5% Goes to God’s Love We Deliver!

It was an exciting week for buyers at the New York Accessory Market and I loved working with Robert Rose, planning their rooftop cocktail party for client’s and industry friends on August 7! At the conclusion of their event, they chose God’s Love We Deliver for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!”.

An excerpt from their website:

God’s Love We Deliver is the tri-state area’s leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. 

Founded in 1985 when one woman began delivering food on her bicycle to a man dying from AIDS, God’s Love now cooks 4,600 meals each weekday, delivering them to clients living with life-altering illnesses in all five boroughs of New York City, Newark and Hudson County, New Jersey. All of our services are provided free of charge to our clients, their children and to the senior caregivers of our senior clients, without regard to income, and we have never maintained a waiting list. Because we believe the combination of hunger and serious illness is a crisis, we deliver food within 24 – 48 hours of first being contacted.   

God’s Love We Deliver is a non-sectarian organization, providing meals with the strong belief of “food as medicine.” To that end, we employ a team of registered dietitians who individually tailor meals to each client’s specific medical requirements. God’s Love provides all services by employing a small but dedicated professional staff and with the critical assistance of nearly 8,000 volunteers annually.

Visiting Chef Dinner at the Yale Club!

Each month the Yale Club hosts a “Visiting Chef Dinner” and last night I had the honor of attending the October dinner with photographer Lina Jang. We were guests of Kevin O’Brien, Director of Food & Beverage and the visiting chef was Carmen Quagliata, Executive Chef and Partner at Union Square Café, a Danny Meyer restaurant.

The menu consisted of four courses and included wine pairings and cooking demonstrations. Everything was absolutely scrumptious! For the appetizer we had sunchoke sformato with white truffles, first course was hand-rolled garganelli with speck, brussel sprouts and sage, second course was beef braised in barolo with polenta and root vegetables, and the third course was a honeycrisp apple cobbler with sour cream ice cream. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

If you’re not familiar with the Union Square Café, they have received The New York Times’ three-star rating twice, and also earned Zagat Survey’s #1 ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant for the past nine years and have numerous James Beard Foundation Awards. They also have a mission to support the community, delivering meals to patients of the Jacob Perlow Hospice Center at Beth Israel Hospital, and buy most of their ingredients from the Union Square Greenmarket.

In addition to the restaurant, they have a venue called located in the Hudson Yards neighborhood called Kitchen with spectacular views of the Hudson River. The space is available for seated dinners, cooking classes, film shoots, cocktail receptions, and more. If that wasn’t enough, they also operate Union Square Events’ which offers off-premise catering for special events.

The Yale Club is also a spectacular place for events; whether you’re looking for a wedding venue with outdoor space or private dinner with your closest friends, their facilities are open to the public but there is a screening process if you’re not a member.

5% goes to the Food Bank for NYC!

After planning a fantastic 30th birthday party for my client and her boyfriend, they chose Food Bank for NYC for their 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

“As one of the country’s largest food banks, our mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, the Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research.”

Catch-up over Cake Pops!

After being a repeat cake pop customer of Haute So Sweet, I finally got the chance to catch up with the owner Michelle this week at Birch Coffee.

After doing a lot of business with a vendor it’s always nice to be able connect on a personal level. As a relatively new business owner I’m always looking for ways to improve my processes and structure and Michelle had a lot of great advice to share! I was also able to see more of her cake designs and learn more about that side of her business. She even brought me red velvet and cookies & cream cake pops which was such a thoughtful gift, especially since I’m always ordering them for my clients and never get to indulge myself!

Polar Lounge NYC!

Last night I attended the “Summer On Ice” cocktail party hosted by NiteTables at Polar Lounge located in Murray Hill. The signature cocktails were Caipirinhas and Mojitos and the DJ played a range of music, from lounge to top 40 and hip hop.

The space is cozy and a perfect place for a weekend night out or a more intimate night with close friends in one of their “caves”.

Flowers & Giving Back!

I recently discovered Martha Watson Flower Design, a boutique flower design studio, when I was looking for a florist in Chatham, New Jersey. The business website drew me in and I was extremely impressed with her creative designs and high quality. Martha has been in business for about a year and is completely hands on, providing very personalized service. She caters to corporate clients, individuals, hotels, restaurants and galleries that desire something a little more unique than an average floral arrangement.

Here is an excerpt from her website:

“Drawing from my background in design and photography, my organic style brings together a sense of color, texture, and form. Merging local plant materials as well as those from other places, I design provocative living art with flowers.”

Another reason I was excited to find Martha is that she believes in “giving back”, something I am very passionate about. Her inspiration came from reading Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes. In his book he describes the “one for one” model which Martha has found ways to put in place within her business of flowers. She uses leftover flowers that weren’t able to fit in a particular arrangement, makes them into something special and takes them to someone or to a place in order to spread joy. Most recently she has made leftover arrangements for a local soup kitchen.

Paradise Dreams!

One of my absolute favorite photographers, Lina Jang, will be hosting a happy hour at The Silver Towers on W. 42nd Street tonight, transforming the rooftop into an “exotic landscape of fantasy and glamour”. Be sure to come out to help support the performing arts!

Here is an excerpt from the invite:

“There will be extraordinary performances including seductive belly dancers, titillating burlesque artists, and a pop star inspired performance you’ll go “gaga” over. Topping off your city dream escape is a fashion runway show. For the first time the original Red Zones Djs from Hot 97 will unite & spins sexy beats throughout the night!”

Party at the Brooklyn Clock Tower!

Today I met my client at his apartment, the famous clock tower of Brooklyn, to drop off items for his birthday cocktail party this weekend. One Hanson Place, a luxury apartment building, was once the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower and is still one of the world’s tallest four-sided clock towers.

I was in awe of the interior space and my client was kind enough to show me the old bank lobby which is now still used for events and parties.

The building also has an intimate lounge for residents to use for private parties which is where my client is having his cocktail party. It’s a great space with a nice size kitchen and includes a terrace overlooking Brooklyn.

Now that I have dropped off all the bits and pieces everything is set for Saturday’s party; bartender by A-List Event Staffing, catering by Brooklyn Fare and all the other necessary items to make the party complete!

Martini Glasses & Sales Tax!

I spent the afternoon searching for 30 martini glasses for a client’s upcoming 40th birthday party, all which needed to match. You wouldn’t think this would be a hard task in New York City but it was quite the challenge! I ended up at Pier 1 near Union Square but they had less than half of what I needed. The sales associate was kind enough to call the Jersey City location and luckily they had the remaining amount I needed.

I immediately headed to the PATH train and went straight Jersey City. When I got to Pier 1 I went to the counter to pick up the glasses and when the associate rang me up and gave me the total I was in shock! I couldn’t understand why I was paying less for the same glasses in Jersey City than I did in Manhattan? This is when I discovered that the sales tax in Jersey City is less than half of what it is in NYC! I’m not exactly sure when but New Jersey created an program called Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) which is supposed to help “foster an economic climate that revitalizes designated urban communities and stimulates their growth…”.  Needless to say, at a tax rate of 3.5% I may need to start doing more shopping in Jersey City!

Eat, Drink & Be Married!

Today I was out and about shopping for a client’s upcoming 40th birthday celebration, mainly looking for vintage cocktail and martini glasses. Fishs Eddy on Broadway in the Flatiron is a perfect place for this sort of thing so it was the first stop on my list. When I arrived I was intrigued by their window display which is a mannequin covered in spoons and made into the shape of a wedding dress. Being a wedding planner I thought this was a clever idea, especially being peak wedding season right now!

Taste of 2012 at the French Culinary Institute!

The French Culinary Institute hosted a “meet and greet” for wedding and event planners last night at their Loft, a beautiful venue space located in Soho on Crosby Street. They served liquid nitrogen cocktails, had wine tastings with food pairings, cake tastings by Ron Ben-Israel from Food Network’s Sweet Genius, and there were several table settings designed to set the mood for the spring season which will be upon us (soon I hope!).

Guests were also able to partake in hands-on cooking activities, creating our own spring rolls and chocolate bars. 

The venue is perfect for a small wedding and/or reception, private social gatherings, or corporate team building event.

To see more pictures from the event, check out my Facebook album.