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GBK Productions Celebrity Gifting Lounge at the #NYCWFF @GBK-Productions

GBK Productions Celebrating Gifting Lounge was once again the place for celebs and media attending the New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) to relax in-between food events, cooking demos, and panels.

During the 2 day event at The Parker Hotel in NYC, dozens of the world’s most famous chefs, celebrities, and more came together to enjoy great food, drinks, and the year’s hottest gifts & trips.

A few of the chefs who attendance included Andrew Zimmerman, Scott Conant, Adam Richman, Alex Brightman, Casey Webb, Michael Lomonaco, Richard Blais, Sarah Steffan, Scott Tacinelli, Angie Rito, Ario Cecchini, Josh Capone, Marc Forgione, and many more. The celeb cities in attendance included Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Roxburgh & J.R Ramirez from NBC’s Manifest, Sofia Pernas, Erich Bergen from Madam Secretary, Felix Solis from Ozark, Ana Noguiera from Hightown, Lawrence Gillard Jr. from The Deuce and What Not To Wear Host Stacy London.

The travel brands in attendance gifted the celebs and selected press trips by Sailrock Resorts in Turks & Caicos, FitFarm in Tennessee, Raiwasa Private Resort in Fiji, and Palace Resorts in Cancun.

Other brands included Aragon watches, Fortune & Frame Jewelry, Warthers Cutlery, RAK Porcelain, Brachs Candy and Topo Chico Mineral Water who hand delivered cases of water for us to taste. We approve!

 

Us Weekly’s Most Stylish New Yorkers Event to Honor Fashion’s Fiercest During New York Fashion Week #NYFW

 

Fashion Week in NYC is a whirlwind of shows, parties, dinner and late night affairs. Attended by fashionistas, celebrities, influencers, models and the media.

Us Weekly held its annual Most Stylish Event for New York Fashion Week at NYC’s brand new Cathedrale at The Moxy East Village. The 15th annual Red Carpet event is a NYFW staple welcoming some of the most fashionable and famous New Yorkers.

This year’s event celebrated 15 icons in the world of Fashion. The list includes Chris Benz, DJ Pamela Tick, Micaela Erlanger, Nam Vo, Violett Beane, Jennifer Fisher, Cara Santana, Cipriana Quann, Sara Haines, La La Anthony, Army Brook Sharp, Lil’ Kim, Deborah Roberts, and Ice-Tea and Coco.

The guests at the soiree enjoyed delicacies created by the Cathedrale kitchen with specialty cocktails and interactive activations by sponsors Biore, Smirnoff and Chapstick.

Celebrities spotted on the red carpet included 13 reasons why actress Amy Hargreaves, Marc John Jeffries of Power, Michelle Collins, Rachel Lindsey of the Bachelorette, Model Ralph Souffrant, Laura Pieri, Eva Gutowski, Designer Jennifer Fisher, Stylist Micaela Erlanger, RHONJ Melissa & Joe Gorda, Margaret Josephs, Jackie Goldschneider, Danielle Staub & Haley Hasselhoff, Antoine Bethea of The New York Giants, Greg Bello, Amy Herman of Million Dollar Listing, Luann De Lesseps, Designer Ramy Brook Sharp, Model Yasmine Petty, Actress Genevieve Angelson, RHOD Cary Deuber, Kary Brittingham, D’Andra Simmons & Cameron Wescott, Mariah Lynn of Love & Hip Hop New York, Actor Andy Carl with wife Orfeh Carl, Nick Young and more…………..

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Hamptons Roundup 7/20/19 Hamptons Happening @WaxmanCancer and South Fork Natural History Museum 30th Anniversary Gala @SOFO

Last weekend a couple of our favorite events of the summer happened in the Hamptons. The 15th Annual” Hamptons Happening” honored luminaries in cuisine and raised over $440,000 to benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Foundation.

This year’s theme was “Tour de Cuisine”, guests enjoyed tastings from over 25 food, wine, and spirit purveyors representing some of the favorite culinary destinations around the world. There were delicacies from Columbia, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.

The band, titled Pat Farrell and The Cold Spring Harbor Band did a Billy Joel Tribute Show that rocked and had guests dancing in the big tent.

The South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) 30th Anniversary Gala Celebrated the Wonder of The Wild, Marking 30 Years of Nature, Education & Exploration Empowering Families to become responsible Stewards of our Planet.

The evening began with a VIP cocktail party on the lawn featuring acclaimed chefs from The Bell & Anchor, Bostwicks Clambakes & Catering, Calissa Hamptons, Canal Cafe, Centro, East Hampton Grill, Grace & Grit, Montauk Shellfish Company, Page at 63 Main, Saaz Restaurant and the Southampton Social Club.

A buffet dinner catered by Elegant Affairs followed under the tent with an honoree presentation and a live auction featuring once in a lifetime trips to Belize and Madagascar, private dinners donated by Elegant Affairs, a yacht outing provided by Charles Charters and a stay at Villa Bella Vita in Turks & Caicos, and a shark tagging expedition in Nantucket with the at-sea lab MV OCEARCH.

Rolls Royce offered test drives to all the guests of their newest and most luxurious vehicles.

Taste Of The Upper West Side 2019 @TasteUWS #TasteofTheUpperWestSide

The Taste of The Upper West Side is a 2 night affair starting with “Summer In The City” on Friday night.  Several restaurants made their Taste of UWS debut with tastings from Fish on The Fly, Friedman’s Restaurant, Melba’s Restaurant, Big Gay Ice Cream, Miznon, Mokum, Mojo Desserts, Solomon & Kuff and Tacombi Upper West Side. Event favorites such as 5 Napkin Burger, Shake Shack, Bodrum, Gabriela’s Restaurant & Kitchen, Playa Betty’s, Olma Restaurant & Bar, Sarabeth’s and much more offered their popular dishes and guests were treated to signature cocktails, beers, wines, and desserts.

The main event is Saturday Night’s “Best of The West”. The event began with an hour long VIP hour for guests to sample the elevated cuisine in a quieter more exclusive environment. Some of the restaurants present were Elea, Tavern on The Green, Lincoln Center Kitchen, RedFarm, Calle Ocho, The Mermaid Inn, Shake Shack, Boulevard Seafood Company, Burke & Wills, Carmine’s, Magnolia Bakery, Orwashers Bakery, and Insomnia Cookies. There was a dedicated mixology section sponsored by Park West Village Apartments, where one of a kind craft cocktails were created by 67 Orange Street, Da Capo, Manhattan Cricket Club, Maison Pickle, Nobody Told Me Cocktail Club, Tiki Chick, and Tito’s Vodka.

Project Orange Music provided the musical entertainment and had guests dancing to their tunes, much needed to burn off all that yummy 

Russian Samovar: Authentic Russian Cuisine in the heart of The Theatre District #RussianSamovar @RussianSamovar

 

For over 30 years Russian Samovar has been a celebrity hangout for drinks, authentic russian food, and music in the theatre district. Founded in 1986 by Roman Kaplan and later joined by ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and nobel award winning poet Joseph Brodsky.

The decor has remained the same as when it was Jilly’s Canteen, owned by a pal of Frank Sinatra Jilly Rizzo. The red banquettes remain as well as the bar and Baryshnikov’s own baby grand piano which is used daily by performers and guests.

 

 

The cuisine is authentic Russian with lots of caviar options. We started with the fish platter served with blini or potatoes, followed by Siberian Pelmeni (Dumplings) served with sour cream on the side. 

 

 

For the main course I chose the favorite dish of the house, Chicken Kiev. The chicken was tender and buttery served with creamy mashed potatoes. My guest chose the most classic dish of all Beef Stroganoff, lean tenderloin, sautéed mushrooms in a mushroom cream sauce, served with egg noodles.

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Napolean

One of my favorite Russian desserts, me being of Russian decent is the Napolean.  A light and flaky pastry cake with bavarian vanilla cream filling. We recommend this dessert to top of the meal!

There is a wide selection of specialty cocktails, lots of them are vodka based, as expected as well as a large selection of infused vodkas to sample.

Every monday evening there is a live show, performances vary, ours was in Russian so check ahead of time to choose a performance you prefer. There is a three course pre-fix menu ($45), tax and tip not included as well as an a la carte menu.

Russian Samovar is located at 256 west 52nd street New York, NY 10019 (212) 757- 0168 russiansamovar.com

Zavo, A Chic Mediterranean Restaurant On The Upper East Side is more than just dinner! #ZavoNYC @ZavoNYC

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There are a million eateries in NYC so when looking for a memorable evening or special occasion we look for something that stands out. Zavo on the upper east side does just that. Offering fine Mediterranean fare and cocktails with warm friendly service, Saturday night showtime with a pre-fixe dinner menu is what makes Zavo a must visit. 

The rotating show schedule includes Venetian Mystery Night and 1000 Nights, however the newest show premiering January 17th, is titled “Middle East meets Venice”, a mixture of both shows. Buy tickets here: Showtime 1/17. The evening includes a three course meal see ( menu ) and the show, beverages, tips, and tax not included. The menu includes classic favorites prepared with attention and detail including Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Tuna Tartare, Crispy Calamari, Black Sea Bass Fillet, Filet Mignon and to top off the meal Creme Brûlée and Apple Pistachio.

 

 

The ambience is upscale with well dressed patrons looking to have a good time and celebrate. Zavo is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, or a just fun night with friends. Come checkout out this new show experience on January 17th.

Zavo is located at 1011 third ave between 60th and 61st street. New York, NY (212) 753-5500 www.zavonyc.com

GBK NYC Wine & Food Festival Official Thank You Lounge #gbkproductions #gbknycwff @GBK_Productions

 

Photos courtesy GBK Productions

The annual NYC Wine & Food festival is the largest gathering of the nations top chefs, wine & spirits purveyors and personalities in the culinary arts. GBK productions has hosted VIP backstage lounges for major events for years including the Grammy’s, Emmy’s and New York Fashion Week and is the official backstage host here at the two day festival.

A host of brands engage with celebrities, media, and influencers gifting them an array of products ranging from countertop ovens to luxury all inclusive vacations in the caribbean. Offering a relaxing respite from two days of networking the lounge offers snacks and drinks and even a trial run in the Kahuna chair, as seen above with Neil Patrick Harris.

Brand Sponsors included: Brava, Christofle Silver, John Boos & Co, Kahuna Chair, Loacker, Pinnertest, Porto Vino, Spindrfit, Prospek Glasses, The Cup Bearer, Power Air Fryer by Tristar Products, VinGarde Valise, and Warther Cutlery.

Palace Resorts gifted a 4 day 3 night stay at the luxury all inclusive Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios or the Moon Palace in Cancun.  La Corte Dell’ Astore Resort in the heart of Selva di Fasano, Italy gifted a $4500 3 night stay in a luxury suite, paragliding and sailboat experience. Anticalma in Puglia, Italy also gifted a 3 night stay with dinner,considered  by many to be the finest dining experience in the area.

The Sofitel Tony Awards Suite and VIP experience: Bucket list worthy for a true Tony’s fan.

 

 

The Sofitel in NYC is located in the heart of midtown only steps away from where the Tony awards are presented every June. Known as the official hotel of the Tony’s, the week leading up to the awards show, there is a whirlwind of events the hotel hosts from nominee lunches to evening cocktail parties.

For a true VIP experience the hotel offers the $100k Tony Awards package where you will feel like a celebrity in your own right. This package includes 7 nights in a gorgeously appointed suite with of course official Tony’s memorabilia, two VIP tickets to the Tony Awards at Radio City Hall, Styling by Christian Siriano, Hair & Makeup by Nomi Beauty, After Party tickets, and two tickets to any three of the nominated plays. Sofitel also donates $50,000 to the Broadway League and The American Theatre wing when this package is purchased. 

The suite is tastefully decorated with loads of curated Tony’s memorabilia with most glorious being the 600 square foot terrace with a view of the Chrysler Building. The terrace is big enough to host your own Tony’s soiree. The suite is available year round for about 2K a night.

Every Tony’s aficionado must eat, so a meal or two in Sofitel’s french brasserie Gaby is a must. The french staff is very outgoing and knowledgable about the dishes served. Our favorites during the Sunday brunch were the homemade croissants and pastries, the authentic french onion soup and the classic eggs benedict. The Steak & Eggs looked delicious, a few neighboring guests were enjoying them. A full cocktail and wine list is available. 

For more info on Sofitel New York (45 west 44th street New York, NY 10036) visit sofitel-new-york.com

Delmonico’s 150th Anniversary Ladies Luncheon @DelmonicosNYC

20180427_135940-1.jpgOn Friday April 20th Delmonico’s Restaurant in downtown Manhattan celebrated 150 years of hosting a ladies only luncheon, comprised of 150 female leaders in business, media, food, and the arts. Delmonico’s was the first restaurant in the United States to serve women independently of men.

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton of PRUNE , a three time James Beard award winner headlined the luncheon exactly 150 years to the date in 1868, that celebrated this victory.

 

The original menu has similarities to the current one offered last week at the luncheon and can be seen here: original luncheon menu.  Our luncheon menu which is still available for lunch & dinner until the 28th started with Trout Roe and Shaved Radish, followed by Malakoff. Entree choices were Colorado Lamb Loin Chop or Cold Poached Mackerel. Dessert was a creamy bruleed rice pudding with strawberry merengue. 

Delmonico’s is an iconic New York institution that helped pave the way and remains diligent in maintaining this tradition. A must visit for a special dining experience.

Amparo, The Story of Havana Club Rum @RealHavanaClub #TheAmparoExperience #forevercuban

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 03: The guava daqueri on display at an immersive theatrical experience “Amparo” presented by HAVANA CLUB Rum on April 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Havana Club)

A decades long battle over ownership rights to rum brand Havana Club has been recreated in Theatrical form and titled “Amparo”. A combination of storytelling, song, dance and live music. Bacardi goes the distance to explain why they are the true owners of the brand.

An immersive and interactive experience at Bill’s Townhouse in New York City, created by liquor giant Bacardi, takes the crowd through 1950’s pre-revolutionary Cuba, telling the story of the Arechabala’s family to the United States after the communist Cuban government took control of their company.

Roberto Ramirez, marketing director at Bacardi, believes the best way to convince consumers that they are in fact the authentic Havana Club, is through characters who showcase the journey.

Bacardi purchased the original recipe for the rum from the Arechabala family in 1994, However, Pernod Ricard too sells Havana Club and claims they are in fact the authentic version as it is distilled in Cuba and owns the company’s trademark. This marketing campaign by Bacardi began in Miami, came to New York, and will continue to other cities nationwide later this year.

The evening began with a cocktail reception featuring cocktails made with dark and light rums.

We were all given different color keys and divided into groups. These keys led us to veiled spirits meant to be unveiled with shots of Havana Club rum. Every group explored a different facet of the Arechabala family’s journey and struggle in communist cuba and their eventual exile to the United States. 

  • Havana Club Anejo Blanco is distilled and aged for 1 year in oak barrels in Puerto Rico, blended then aged for a few more months. It is a medium bodied rum perfect for cocktail making.
  • Havana Club Anejo Clásico is distilled and aged for 1 to 3 years then blended and aged some more. Can be mixed in cocktails yet smooth enough to drink neat or on the rocks.

    therealhavanaclub.com

Come Celebrate a Night of Great Food and Drink to Benefit No Kid Hungry: Taste of The Nation Wednesday April 18th @NoKidHungryNY @NoKidHungry #NoKidHungry

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On Wednesday April 18th New York City’s Culinary Community will once again come together for a great cause: Taste of the Nation, for The No Kid Hungry Campaign from Share Our Strength.

More than 30 top chefs, restaurateurs and mixologists will descend upon the Brooklyn Expo Center( 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY) for a night of great food and drink.

Taste of The Nation, now in it’s 29th year is focused on ensuring that all children in America have access to healthy food every day of the year. 100 percent of all proceeds raised from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

General Admission Tickets are $250, guests can enter at 7pm, $400 VIP tickets allow early access at 6pm. Cabanas are available for purchase and can seat 10, for $10,000. Visit: www.nokidhungry.org/newyork to purchase tickets now.

Participating Restaurants include: American Cut, Baar Baar, Bessou, BKLN Larder, Blue Smoke, Claro, Colonie, CUT, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Kung Fu Tea, Dough Nation, Pizza Loves Emily, Fausto, Ferris, High Street on Hudson, La Newyorkina, Little Tong Noodle Shop, Mokbar, Restaurant Marc Forgione, Restaurant Norman, Samesa, Shuka, Sunday in Brooklyn, Talde Temple Court, The Doughnut Project, Underwest Donuts, Vic’s and Walter’s Hot Dogs.

Full Coverage of the event will follow! Looking forward to seeing everyone in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

 

New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 18 #NYFW18 #NewYorkFashionWeek

 

 

Every season in the last few years everyone in the industry speculates what the upcoming Fashion Week will be like. Will more designers drop out or relocate their shows elsewhere? Will new designers take their place? Will it be shortened or lengthened ? Will the dates and seasons be changed? Where will it be held? What does Fashion Week even mean to the industry anymore?

All those are relevant questions to an every changing global industry and with social media making a tremendous impact with the way editors and consumers are viewing fashion without the months buyers and editors previously had to view and contemplate the collections. 

That being said, Fashion Week will find a way to adjust. It does bring in close to $900 million dollars annually to the New York City economy and while different each season there are loads of shows, presentations, parties, beauty launches, gifting suites, and recharge lounges to get fashionistas, editors, influencers, and celebrities excited about the bi- annual event.

With so many shows running around can get exhausting. On February 12th and 13th Illumination PR held their annual NYFW FW 18 Celebrity Gifting Lounge. Guests sipped on champagne and received back massages courtesy of The Skin Spa. Some of the brands gifting influencers and celebrities included George The Jeweler, Palace Resorts, Jersey Shore Cosmetics, Its a 10, Pretty Little Thing, BooHoo Man, Marin Bee, Erno Laszlo, and many more.

On the last day of Fashion Week Cygalle Dias of The Cygalle Dias Healing Spa held her editor sanctuary at Casita in the west village. A true believer in holistic healing guests received vegan manicures, massages, reiki healing treatments, spiritual readings, and hair extensions. 

One of our favorite events during Fashion Week was the WWD Style Dimension party at the Samsung 837 store. Michael Todd Beauty showcased his latest skincare devices, Mamonde and Amore Pacific showed off the latest and greatest Korean skincare for 2018, and OGX Hair did touchups for guests.

 

To kick off Fashion Week in a big way Ferragamo Fragrances held a swanky soiree at the west 56th street Townhouse once occupied by Elizabeth Taylor to launch their newest scent Amo Ferragamo

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See you in September!!!!

GBK Grammy’s Celebrity Gifting Suite takes over Philippe in New York City @GBK_Productions #Grammys @PhilippeChow

The Grammy’s excitement begins long before the awards are handed out on Sunday night. With the Grammy awards back in New York City for the first time in 15 years the 60th annual Grammy Awards were a whirlwind stream of pre-parties, dinners, concerts and of course Celebrity Gifting Suites.

One of our favorites is the GBK Celebrity Gifting lounge which took over the highly sought after Philippe restaurant on the Upper East Side. Chef Philippe Chow whipped up some of his most famous dishes to nominees, presenters, talent and media. His “Satays” are on many menus throughout the year on New York City’s social circuit set of events.

Upon arrival guests were treated to sparkling wine from Blue Nun 24K Edition. Talent was gifted a variety of the latest and most sought after products including Vinci Headphones, Jazz Series Cherrywood Executive Series Headphones designed and created by Jazz musician JC Stylles,  Fortune Lockets by Fortune & Frame, Skincare by CO2 Lift by Lumisque Skincare, a 3 night luxury all- inclusive resort stay at The Grand at Moon Palace courtesy of Palace Resorts and much much more.

Guests who joined the all day affair included Bobby Valentino. Adventure Club, Nya Lee, Empire’s Bre-Z, Chris Blue, Demetria McKinney, Denise Rich, DJ Fluker, Ella Mai, Emma Myles, Goldlink, Grammy artist India Arie, JJ Hairston, Just Chase, Justina Valentine, Killer Mike, Marc John Jeffries, Michaela Vybohova, Pat Houston, Rachel Bay Jones, Safaree, Selenis Leyva, Skeery Jones, Blindspot’s Sullivan Stapleton, Tatiana Elizabeth, Ty Hunter, Lil Key as well as influencers and media types.

 

ASPCA Honors Heroes at the 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon @ASPCA 

Founded in 1866, The ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the leading voice for animals. 

Last week we were honored to be invited to cover their Annual Humane Awards Luncheon at Cipriani in NYC. As huge animal lovers and advocates this charity is one of our personal favorites. Hosted by Chuck Scarborough, the event honored both human and animal heroes as well as disaster responders who rescued thousands of animals and brought them to safety during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The honorees included ASPCA Dog of the Year “Rescue”, who provides essential physical and emotional support to Jessica Kensky, who became a double amputee after being injured during the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. 

ASPCA Cat of the Year “Flame”, rescued as a stray kitten in 2015, Flame became the official cat of the firehouse, providing firefighters comfort and companionship during stressful and tragic times.

ASPCA Citizen Hero Award went to Judy Obregon from Fort Worth, Texas. After discovering a dumping ground for injured, deceased, and unwanted animals Judy formed a network of local volunteers to rescue animals, arrange veterinary care, and assist with their adoption. Over 300 animals have been rescued to date.

ASPCA Henry Bergh Award went to Mission K9 Rescue in Houston, TX. This organization assists retired and working military dogs in reuniting with their handlers and adoption after returning home from tours of duty. To date Mission K9 has reunited more than 70 canine teams and has rescued more than 100 dogs in need. 

ASPCA Equine Welfare Award went to Elaine Nash, founder of Fleet of Angels in Evans, CO.  The organization manages large equine crisis and rescues horses in need through a network of thousands of trailer owners and service providers. Most recently Fleet of Angels assisted in rescuing horses displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan, Kid of the Year award went to Jessica Brocksom of Milford, CT. 11 year old Jessica won the job of 2017 Connecticut Kid Governor on her animal welfare platform. Jessica works actively to help animals and owners in need, including advocating for legislation to allow to have therapy animals with them while testifying in court, and helping increase awareness of leaving animals in cars during hot weather.

Guests and supporters of the ASPCA included Jill Rappaport, Wes Gordon & Paul Arnhold, Ellen Scarborough, Jean Shafiroff, Mark F. Gilberston, Sharon Jacob, Arriana Boardman, Serena Boardman, Bill Bratton, Christopher Spitzmiller, Lisa McCarthy, Barbara Cates, Jeff A. Pfeifle, Madeline Weinrib, ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker and more.

For more info and to donate please visit ASPCA.org

Hamptons Weekend Roundup 8/10  #OCRFASuperSaturday #ChefsandChampagne #HamptonsHappening

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years of our favorite Hamptons event, and yes we have attended every one, but this year marked The 20th Anniversary of Super Saturday supporting (OCRFA) Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. On a not so warm summer day at Nova’s Project in Water Mill, NY Hamptons celebs and regulars came out in droves to shop the designer garage sale, enjoy the carnival, catered lunch and desserts by Sant Ambroeus, manicures by Kendra Scott and Hair touchups by Conair.

The event on July 29th raised over $3 million dollars for OCRFA. 

 

On July 29th The James Beard Foundation held at it’s annual event, Chefs & Champagne at the spectacular Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack New York. This year the JBF honored multiple James Beard Foundation award winning chef Marcus Samuelsson. Over 35 chefs and 1000 guests feasted on special dishes created for this event while enjoying wines and ciders from the Wolffer vineyard as well as champagne from Barons de Rothschild. 

The silent auction raised over $100,000 to support the James Beard Foundation which focuses on education, research and advancement of Culinary Arts in the United States.

Marcus Samuellson was this year’s honoree. He sets an unprecedented example for young up and coming chefs with his great talents along with his energy and passion for philanthropic endeavors. 

Last weekend The 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening celebrated culinary excellence, philanthropy and science in the name of finding a cure for cancer. The benefit raised money for The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)

Set on the beautiful Bridgehampton Estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, the fundraiser featured tastings from leading chefs from NYC and the Hamptons, a performance by Grammy artist Rufus Wainwright and Sophie Beem, and most importantly the announcement of two separate grants created by the SWCRF in collaboration with the Kate McGarrigle Foundation and the Anne Liguori Foundation for research in sarcoma and ovarian cancer, respectively. Ms. Liguori presented a $15,000 check to Dr. Samuel Waxman during the presentation.  

This year’s benefit was chaired by event Co-Founder Marion Waxman and co-chairs Karen Amster-YoungChris ArlottaJake Croman,Erica Linden-FinebergJacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-CiproJennifer Saraf Myles and Jake Taub.

 Notable attendees included: Lori Stokes, Sharon Wilkes Kinberg and Robert Kinberg, Sybil and David Yurman, Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Sandy and Marc Taub, Pamela Morgan, Norena Barbella, Laurie Schaffran, James Frankel, Lewis A. Rubin, Gary Jacob, Bettina and Spencer Waxman, Julie and Scott Waxman, Ann Liguori, Scott ValleryBobbie Lloyd, Mark Petracca, Shep Gordon, Margaret Hayes, Gabriel Kreuther, Marion Waxman, Samuel Waxman, M.D., William T. Sullivan, Cesar Ricci, Karen Amster-YoungChris ArlottaJake CromanErica Linden-FinebergJacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-CiproJennifer Saraf Myles, Glenn Myles, Sarah and Chris Wragge, Elle Winter and Jake Taub.

Cosmoprof North America 2017 @Cosmoproflv #Cosmoprof @MandalayBay

 

Cosmoprof North America is the largest B2B trade show in the United States where beauty professionals, media, buyers, retailers and influencers congregate at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention center for a whirlwind 3 days of product exhibitions, business forums, award dinners and press previews.

This year over 1200 exhibitors from around the world showcased the latest and greatest offerings in skincare, haircare, cosmetics, nails, and professional beauty products and tools. The show was divided into multiple categories like Discover Green, which focused on organic and natural products and Discover Beauty where the newest beauty companies from around the world promoted their skincare and beauty collections.

In the next few months we will test and review many of the products received and will have follow up posts and inclusions in gift guides. Stay tuned!

4th of July aboard Classic Harbor Line Schooner America 2.0 @ClassicHarbor

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display over the East River is the largest and most extravagant celebration in the country and nothing beats being on a opulent sailboat champagne in one hand with a delicious treat in the other saluting our nation’s birthday.

Classic Harbor Line operates 5 unique vessels ranging from sleek motor yachts to smaller intimate mini-yachts who travel NYC waterways offering a variety of tours including special full day trips up the Hudson River. These boats can be chartered for private events, weddings, or corporate functions.

The 4th of July cruise was aboard the newest addition to the fleet The Schooner America 2.0. Built in 2011, this 105 foot sailing yacht is a tribute to the original Schooner America who won the first ever America’s Cup in 1851. A wide open deck with seating for 75, bar service, a full galley, and restrooms that would rival a motor yacht’s. 2.0 stands for how modern and eco-friendly the Schooner is ,and with a powerful engine can efficiently travel along our waterways with minimal environmental impact.

To book a cruise please visit: Classic Harbor Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Tech Gala 2017 Gustavinos NYC @UrbanTechCenter

 

Last week the 22nd annual Urban Tech Gala was held at Gustavinos in NYC. The Urban Tech Center is a non-profit organization started by Pat Bransford over two decades ago. It’s primary focus is to build social and life skills, improve academic skills, financial, and digital literacy skills for the underserved youth in urban areas in New York City. It has since expanded to other urban areas nationwide. The Youth Leadership Academy(YLA) courses develop students fundamental skills for life effectiveness. Urban Tech’s “Adopt A School” program focuses on Financial Network Program, Dignity for All, STEM, and Social Justice & Community Leadership.

The Gala was co-hosted by actor, director, and screenwriter Ted Lange and TV Host, reporter and humanitarian Alicia Quarles

This year’s honorees were Vicky Fuller, Chief Investment officer at New York’s State Common Retirement Fund, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama’s Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Don Lowery, Senior Vice President Community Engagement at Nielsen.

The Gala also honored special guest Hannah Bronfman. Hannah is a DJ, health and wellness enthusiast and founder of HBFIT.com, a unique online community for people who are passionate about health, beauty, fitness, wellness, travel, music, and travel. Hannah is also a fashionista and an “It Girl”. The award was presented to her by her mother Sherry Bronfman, a long time supporter of The Urban Tech Center.

To learn more about the center or to donate please visit: www.urbantechnyc.com

Vera Bradley Partners with New TLC reality competition series Girl Starter Airing May 19th 7pm EST on TLC @VeraBradley @GirlStarter

Vera Bradley has been a favorite accessories designer of our team for years now, but now Vera is adding another component by teaming up with TLC and partnering with reality competition titled Girl Starter. Produced by Al Roker’s production company the show is aimed at empowering young female entrepreneurs ages 18-24 and those interested in supporting their dreams.

The competition follows the 6 steps of early phase business building from ideation through the pitch process and features entertaining challenges, vibrant guest stars culminating in a grand prize of $100,000 in funding and services.

Vera Bradley Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard will serve as a guest judge.

Airing May 19th 7:00PM EST on TLC

 

10th Annual Taste of The Upper West Side Coming to NYC on May 19th and 20th @NewTasteUWS

This years marks the 10th Anniversary of The Taste of The Upper West Side. Two nights of celebrations starting with Surf & Turf on the 19th hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli ( Butter owner/chef) & Adam Richman and “Best of The West” hosted by Jesse Palmer on the 20th. Both nights will feature celebrity chefs and award winning food authors.

Over 85 restaurants will serve signature bite size fare, cocktails and desserts while guests mix and mingle with celebrity chefs and DJ El Media will provide the music for the event.

To purchase tickets and to find out more details on participating restaurants please visit: tasteuws

 

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