Celebrate the Harvest at the 5th Annual PHEAST

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 5 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

pheastPHS fundraiser brings together the region’s great chefs and local growers 

The region’s leading chefs and mixologists will showcase their garden-to-table creations at “PHeaSt,” the delicious, fundraising celebration on Friday, October 7, from 7:00to 10:00 p.m. at the Navy Yard. 

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the fifth annual PHeaSt brings together renowned chefs, mixologists and urban growers for a special party to benefit the PHS City Harvest program, which supports community gardening and provides healthy, locally grown food for families in need throughout the Philadelphia region. This year the event celebrates the 10th anniversary of City Harvest and will provide the opportunity to help “build” a new community garden. Guests will be invited to pull a plant stake from an interactive, model garden and choose from different levels of support that will fund the purchase of tools, soil, seeds, and other materials needed for the new garden.

The PHS Warehouse at the Navy Yard, home to repurposed props from the Philadelphia Flower Show, is transformed for PHeaSt into an industrial-chic party setting. Guests are invited to “graze” the garden-fresh dishes, chat with the chefs and mixologists, and get gardening tips from the City Harvest growers. The event has been a sell-out each year, as hundreds of area foodies come to sample new seasonal dishes by the culinary stars and the creative cocktails, spirits, wines and beers.

Culinary partners this year include Agno Grill and Yoku, Al Pastor, Bar Bombon, Bella Vista, Brûlée Bakery, Buddakan, Campbell’s Place, Capofitto, Charline was a sinner, Christina Cooks, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Ela, Garces Trading Company, Melograno, Morimoto, Night Kitchen Bakery & Café, Red Owl Tavern,Stove & Tap, The Farm and Fisherman, Triangle Tavern, Whole Foods Markets, Your Personal Chef Joseph E. Shilling, and Zavino.

Sips partners include 13th Street Cocktail Catering, Art in the Age, Backyard Beans Coffee Company, Bank & Bourbon, Bird Dog Whiskey, Boardroom Spirits Distillery, Caledonia Spirits, Don Julio, Fine Wine & Good Spirits, Firestone Brewery, Hendrick’s Gin, Jim Beam Apple Bourbon, Liberty Gin, Mac’s Tavern, Magical Spirits, Martin Millers Gin, Patrón, PHS Cider, Pinnacle Vodka, Round Guys Brewing Company, Russian Standard Vodka, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, Saxbys Coffee, Stateside Urbancraft Vodka, Stoli Group USA, Tamworth Distilling, Tom Gore Vineyards, Whistle Pig Straight Rye, and Yards Brewing Company.

PHeaSt proceeds support the PHS mission to connect people with horticulture and create beautiful, healthy and sustainable communities. Through the PHS network of urban gardeners in the Philadelphia region, the City Harvest program feeds hundreds of families in need each week during the growing season. The growers involved in PHeaSt participate in City Harvest and also make affordable, locally produced food available at farmers markets in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.

Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are $165 (PHS members $150). VIP tickets are $300 (PHS members $275) and include early admission at 6 p.m. PHeaSt is held in the PHS Warehouse at the Navy Yard, 5201 S.13th Street, Philadelphia 19112.


Stemmari Wines Paired All Year Round

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 4 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

stemmariOver the centuries, Sicilians have become adept at coping with intense heat during the summer months when the average temperature is in the 90°Fs. As we also deal with hot, humid weather all year round in South Florida, we can adopt the Sicilian habits of eating healthy dishes and drinking crisp, refreshing wines to beat the heat.

Stemmari, one of the leading sustainable wine producers from Sicily, has created wines that pair well with traditional Sicilian summer dishes, making the saying “if it grows together, it goes together” truer than ever.

Below are a few great pairings to help us all mimic the Sicilian summer lifestyle.

  • The Stemmari Baci Vivaci ($14) is the perfect wine for adding bubbles to beachside weekends in Sicily or anywhere. This sparkling wine is made from the indigenous white varietal Grillo, a Chardonnay-esque varietal that is able to withstand the hot Sicilian summers. Baci Vivaci shows the grape’s profile to be fruit forward, floral, and well structured. Fried foods, such as the traditional Sicilian fritters called panellas, are balanced out by the wine’s refreshing minerality and acidity. Panellas are made from chickpea flour and are a popular street food, particularly in Palermo, the capital of Sicily.
  • One of the most prominent summer dishes is the sweet and sour eggplant dish caponata. The dish can be served warm, but chilled is popular to help cool down in the summer. The dish pairs excellently with the unique Stemmari Rosé ($10) which is made from Sicily’s native red grape, Nero d’Avola. With the roundness of a red and the brightness of a white, this blush wine balances well with the acidity and earthiness of the dish.
  • The Stemmari Dalila ($18) is an expressive wine that captures the richness of Sicily in a bottle. Elegantly aromatic yet still tropical, a bit of honey and vanilla round out this delightful blend of Grillo and Viognier which makes it great with seafood dishes such as Sarde a beccafico. Sarde a beccafico (sardine rolls with pine nuts and raisins) is an old fisherman’s dish that uses sardines, one of the signature ingredients of Sicily.

Shine Bright this Fall with Clarins

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 4 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

bspot_boostersWe can’t rave enough about Clarins’ new products for fall! From the revitalizing boosters, to the luxurious eye shadows and mascara to the “make you feel like new” mask… Clarins is sure to bring out your inner beauty by making you shine bright on the outside!

Clarins’ new Boosters come in three different formulas, giving your skin a tailor-made boost for an innovative beauty step. Just add 3-5 drops to your moisturizer, mask, serum, or foundation to recharge your skin. All boosters will be available for $39 at Clarins counters and on www.clarinsusa.com starting September 2016.


External aggressors (UV, cold temperatures, hard water, etc.) weaken the skin’s protective barrier, making it finer, more permeable and fragile. The Repair booster sooths and comforts, while visibly minimizing redness.


Due to the effects of late nights and a hectic lifestyle, metabolism slows down and skin runs out of energy, causing it to lose tone and appear dull. The Energy booster revives radiance and minimizes signs of fatigue


Environmental factors such as pollution and cigarette smoke causes the skin to accumulate toxins. This creates reduced radiance because the skin is congested and can no longer breathe. The Detox booster detoxifies and plumps, refreshing the skin’s complexi0n.

Clarins Fall 2016 Colour Collection is inspired by skincare and reveals the natural beauty of every woman. Underneath the color lies effective natural plant extracts that respect and care for your skin. New Extra-Firming Mask is the first tension release anti-aging mask to help smooth stress lines for visibly younger-looking, firmer, radiant skin – in just 10 minutes. Stress, fatigue, and a hectic lifestyle generate emotions that can have a negative impact on facial expressions. Repeated muscle contractions due to negative emotions are responsible for the accentuation of tension lines, creation of additional wrinkles and frown lines, dark circles and puffiness, and loss of radiance. Clarins Extra-Firming Mask is an aromatic cream-gel that smoothes the skin and sooths the senses for a wonderful feeling of relaxation. Key ingredients promote firming, smoothing, oxygenating, nourishing, and hydrating benefits. Extra-Firming Mask will be available for $75 at Clarins counters and on www.clarinsusa.com starting September 2016.

cantinaCantina La Veinte in downtown Miami’s Icon Brickell, offers an elevated, authentic dining experience in a strikingly elegant setting. What Zuma is to Izakaya-inspired Japanese dining and Milos is to Greek cuisine, Cantina is to the “Mexican gastronomic adventure.”

Brought to Miami by Cinbersol Group just over two years ago, Cantina delivers the high-end culinary tradition and exceptional service for which the leading Mexico City-based hospitality firm is well known. Upon entering, we were impressed by the opulent, luxurious setting. Immediately, the ambiance signaled that we were in for a night of exceptional dining and a lot of fun. The Friday evening crowd gathered around the striking, contemporary, floor-to-ceiling black onyx bar, complete with a pyramid-shaped black and gold chandelier overhead, to drink and chat and experience the vibe.

But the din of excited guests did not stop at the bar. The restaurant’s adjacent dining room, was filled withcantina-la-veinte-miami-food-06 diners who enjoyed and sang along to music while taking in the action in the open exhibition kitchen, where the talented culinary team showcased their skills at preparing authentic creations. We enjoyed watching the chefs create Mexican tortillas by hand, right before our eyes as we sipped a cocktail at the lively bar. Downstairs, at the outdoor waterfront patio, we listened to Mariachis playing before being seated beside one of the restaurant’s expansive windows back in the upstairs main dining room. Designed by Mexican architectural firm Niz + Chauvet, Cantina’s decor pays homage to the Mexican Art Deco style, while maintaining the distinct décor of a traditional Mexican Cantina.

Cantina boasts an eclectic menu of traditional Mexican cuisine, as well as expertly crafted cocktails and a massive selection of over 260 tequilas and mezcals, considered one of the largest in the U.S. At the helm of Cantina’s kitchen is Mexico-native, Executive Chef Santiago Gomez, an alumnus of NOBU, both in Miami and Mexico City, Erawan, Piso 51 and Corporate Chef of Cantina La Numero 20’s multiple locations in Polanco, El Angel and Santa Fe, MX. Gomez most recently worked at critically-acclaimed restaurant, DANIEL by renowned chef, Daniel Boulud. At Cantina La Veinte in Miami, Cinbersol’s first U.S. restaurant, Gomez delivers a deliciously diverse menu of authentic Mexican food incorporating whimsical touches.

slide3Staying true to his Mexican roots, Gomez has created a menu filled with authentic dishes from south of the border. Diners can choose from seafood dishes including, ceviches and aguachiles to masterful entrees. Our favorites included the Tostadas de Atun and the Tostadas de King Crab, Vuelve a la Vida Ceviche, Sopa de Camaron and the guacamole with home-made chips for starters. The Callos de Hacha (perfectly seared scallops) and the Langostinos (giant prawns) were outstanding as mains. The numerous stuffed chiles at varying levels of heat, fresh oyster selections and numerous cuts of beef are also recommended. Save room for dessert, as the dessert menu is varied and delightful.

Unique to its concept, Cantina La Veinte has its own upscale Mercado adjacent to the outdoor dining area, offering prepared foods, imported Mexican ingredients, charcuterie, fresh baked bread, caviar, wines, and horchatas – traditional rice-based Mexican beverages.

Cantina La Veinte is located at 495 Brickell Avenue at the Icon Brickell. For more information on hours of operation, visit: http://www.cantinala20.com/.

st-jude-logo-horizontalFriends of St. Jude Miami: It’s All About the Kids

Friends of St. Jude (FOSJ) Miami, the young professional group dedicated to raising awareness and funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ®, is hosting the official Kick-off for its signature event, International Dermatology It’s All About the Kids presented by The Andres Asion Foundation(IAAK). The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1st 7:30 p.m. at The JW Marriott Marquis in Brickell. Tickets are $175 for FOSJ members and $200 for non-members. Tickets can also be purchased online at stjude.org/itsallaboutthekids or by calling (305) 265-1371. All proceeds from the event go directly to St. Jude. To join the event conversation online, use the official hashtag:  #FriendOfStJudeMiami.


Yoga in the Park

Join the EBeauty Community on October 1 at 5:30 p.m. for “Yoga in the Park,” as they light the New World Center in Pink, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and yoga will be led by Amy Dannheim, Dawn B. Feinberg, Lina Vallejo and Paula Walker with demonstrations by Olga Luna. Register: bit.ly/ebeautyevents.


The Heart in Hand Awards

The Heart in Hand Awards is a unique event that will honor five outstanding women in our community while raising funds for No More Tears, a non-profit organization that aids victims of domestic violence and human trafficking (http://nomoretearsusa.org/).  It will take place at The Sacred Space in Wynwood on October 1st from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Tickets are already on sale at www.heartinhandawards.org and they are $150 per person. There will be a beautiful awards ceremony, an amazing silent auction, brunch, and live entertainment. All proceeds will go directly to No More Tears. This organization is quite unique as nobody takes a salary, 100% of donations go directly to aiding the victims. This year’s award recipients are Criselda Breene, Belkys Nerey, Rebecca Fishman-Lipsey, Iran Issa Khan, and Tere Blanca.


GKB Wynwood Joins #DineOutWynwood

GKB Wynwood hosts a special evening of cocktails & music as part of #DineOutWynwood THIS FRIDAY September 30. Join both Masha Clap & Dhyana Love as they host #Nonstop featuring deep, groovy house music by DJ Dins Rivera and a special opening set by Rita Valenti. Guests can enjoy 2 -4-1 drink specials including well drinks, house wine and Estrella beer available at the bar. Doors open at 10pm. DJ Dins Rivera was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Puerto Rican parents that have influenced his style of music. He started mixing beats at the tender age of 16 years old. His music is a master mix of both Latin and Afro-Centric sounds. (21 and over to attend, this event is open to the public, no cover);www.gkbistronomie.com


Bleau Goes Pink

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has joined forces with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s leader in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, to host the eighth annual Bleau Goes Pink campaign. To raise both awareness and funds for the cause, the iconic Miami Beach property is offering a variety of month-long dining and spa promotions. The proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at Sylvester. The resort is also debuting an all-encompassing room package with 10 percent of the total package price being donated to the cancer center. On Friday, September 30, the hotel will kick off this year’s Bleau Goes Pink initiative by illuminating the historic Chateau building in pink during a joint event with Modern Luxury MIAMI Magazine and Sylvester. The event will honor Sylvester breast cancer survivors, philanthropists and a community of cancer fighters. Each night, throughout the entire month of October, the lighting will resume from dusk to 10 p.m. Southern Audio Visual is executing the lighting with over 100 high-powered lighting fixtures. Throughout October, the legendary resort is featuring lavish spa treatments at Lapis Spa, decadent prix-fixe menus at Fontainebleau’s signature restaurants, Scarpetta & StripSteak and the Stay for the Cure room package. A portion of the proceeds from each component will go to Sylvester. For more information about Bleau Goes Pink and to view menus, visit fontainebleau.com/bleaugoespink. For more information, call 305.674.464.

Shake Shack”s Shacktoberfest is Back!

Guten Appetit!

Shake Shack’s 8th Annual Shacktoberfest is on tap from Friday, October 4th through Sunday, October 13th.

The highly anticipated Oktoberfest-inspired festival celebrates good food, drinks and friends, Shake Shack-style. Get ready for special-edition biers, bratwursts and burgers at all US Shake Shacks as well as the Covent Garden Shack in London (not available at ballparks, JFK Airport, and other international locations).

Shacktoberfest is also the only time of year to get a special Shake Shack Bier Stein for $10.00 (25 oz.), filled to the brim with your choice of Brooklyn Brewery’s brisk, malty Oktoberfest brew or our very own ShackMeister Ale®; after that, it’s yours to keep and just $7.00 for a refill throughout Shacktoberfest!

The 2013 Shacktoberfest menu, offered in addition to all the beloved Shake Shack standard offerings, includes:

– Cheddar Brat Burger: 100% all-natural Angus beef burger topped with a flat-top griddled cheddar bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and ShackSauce ($7.50)

– Polish Sausage: Griddled smoked sausage served with German-style slaw ($5.25)

– Currywurst: Bavarian Brat topped with crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots and curry ketchup ($5.25)

– Bavarian Brat: Griddled bratwurst topped with spicy mustard ($4.50)

– Cheddar Brat: Griddled cheddar-stuffed bratwurst ($4.50)

– German Chocolate Pecan Concrete: Chocolate frozen custard blended with coconut-pecan caramel and chocolate truffle cookie dough (Single: $4.25 | Double: $6.50)

– Apfelstrudel Shake: Vanilla frozen custard hand-spun with apples, caramel and spices ($5.75)

All bratwursts and sausages are made by Schaller & Weber—they’re the real deal. The NYC-based, family-run butcher has been making authentic German sausages with exacting standards and time-honored recipes since 1937.

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New York Fashion Week Brought the Heat

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 22 - 2016ADD COMMENTS


By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

To say that New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was HOT- would be an understatement. With temps reaching “center-of-the-earth” record breaking highs, attendees were ready to buy the cool looks right off the runways. Once again, various designers offered a runway to retail format this season—Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Siriano, Thakoon, Rebecca Minkoff, and Ralph Lauren among them, wherein the looks in the shows were available for purchase immediately, rather than six months from now. Some of the trends that dominated NYFW were off-the-shoulder and one shoulder styles, statement jackets, hoodies, bra tops, and athleisure, which was especially prevalent at DKNY, Lacoste, and Alexander Wang.

Common across the runways were florals, stripes, flowy/ethereal looks, pastels and bold colors; ruffles, and models with bare faces. Designers had guests traipsing across town, bringing the whimsy courtesy of unique venues and presentations. Tommy Hilfiger threw a carnival at the South Street Seaport, to launch his collaboration with model, Gigi Hadid, who opened the show. The carnival included rides, fair food and lots of VIPs who couldn’t get enough of the relaxed and fun atmosphere, despite the sweltering heat. Taylor Swift sat in the front row, singing along to ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris’ blockbuster, (which she wrote), “This is What You Came For.” Alexander Wang’s show and afterparty were at Pier 94, with a sweaty/campy vibe- complete with a McDonald’s McRig and 7-11 pop up, serving Slurpees to guests including Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Leon. Rebecca Minkoff’s show in front of her Soho boutique had models strutting down the runway down the actual street, followed by a shopping event at her store, where guests could immediately purchase the runway looks. Donna Karan’s show was at the Highline and Club Monaco presented in the middle of Grand Central Station.

Fortunately, Lexus, Official Automotive Partner of NYFW: The Shows and MADE New Yorkscreen-shot-2016-09-12-at-5_56_08-pm presenting sponsor, provided luxury transportation to editors and VIPs in their gorgeous and comfortable, luxury vehicles, 21 of which were custom- wrapped in prints by MADE designers Adam Selman, The Blonds, Brock Collection and 69, (previewing the runway prints), as part of its #HowFashionTravels campaign. Designers and their guests also took respite in the Lexus luxury lounge, which returned for the 8th season, providing refreshments and a chance to rub elbows with celebrities. September 2016 marked Lexus’ third consecutive season as the Official Automotive Partner of NYFW: The Shows and the 11th consecutive season with MADE New York. Lexus aims to “ensure that designers and their guests arrive in style while traversing the official New York Fashion Week venues at Skylight Moynihan Station, Skylight Clarkson Square and Milk Studios.” Below are just a few of the top shows and events of NYFW.

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Rebecca Minkoff showed her FW16 Collection at the first ever outdoor seated fashion show on the streets of Soho, (on Greene Street between Prince and Spring), in front of her New York flagship store, with a star studded front row and a live musical performance by Beau. Minkoff drew inspiration from her “love affair with New York City, her consumer, technology, and bringing awareness to a cause.” Minkoff’s #RunwayToRetail show featured folk rock girl duo, Beau, who gave a live performance as models walked down the cobblestone street that served as a runway at noon on September 10th. “After the success of last season’s See Buy Wear show, we decided to continue evolving the ways we can give our customer access to our product with immediacy. We elevated the experience for her and literally took our show to the streets with Runway to Retail,” said Rebecca Minkoff. Along with models, powerful influencers such as Arielle Charnas of Something Navy, Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor, Gala Gonzalez of Amlul, Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea and Caroline Vreeland walked the runway. After the show, the store’s doors were opened, and guests and consumers were given the chance to shop the collection and meet Minkoff and the influencers. In order to bring awareness to an important cause, Minkoff partnered with Ann Lewis, the celebrated street artist gilf!, to paint inspirational words on the back of her signature leather jacket for the finale walk. This and other gilf! customized pieces were auctioned off with proceeds going to NOT ON OUR WATCH, a charity that has accomplished admirable humanitarian work. Notable guests included: Victoria Justice, Camila Alves, Coco Rocha, Olivia Palermo, Aimee Song, Eva Chen and Louise Roe among others.



Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano showcased his collection at the trendy Artbeam Studios. When asked about his inspiration, the Project Runway winner expressed, “My Spring 2017 collection is perfect for a getaway on the Isle of Capri. Vintage photos from the late 60s and 70s — particularly Settimio Garritano’s photos of Jackie Onassis’ vacations in Capri from 1969 to 1973 -inspired a cool, modern seaside collection fit for a world-traveled woman. Garritano captured Onassis’ effortless chic and elegant silhouettes. The turquoise waters and citrus orange-striped umbrella-lined beaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea inspired a bright and bold color palate. In the collection are soft cotton stripes, woven raffia, textured lace, and sheer organza overlays: casual elegance for day and evening.” Of note and perfectly complementing the colorful looks on the runway, were multiple, striped, brightly hued beach umbrellas, which hung upside down above the runway.

Four looks inspired by the various prints, textiles, and colors of Siriano’s Spring/Summer 17 collection were available immediately after the show, exclusively on Amazon.com. In addition to the see now, buy now runway collection, select shoe styles from Siriano’s signature fragrance, “Silhouette,” are also currently available for purchase. Several celebrities joined Siriano at his show, including actresses, Pamela Anderson, Neve Campbell, Jaimie Alexander, Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Furman, Ashley Graham; models, Leigh Lezark and Coco Rocha; television personality, Kelly Osbourne and writer, Janet Mock.


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Binzario Couture debuted its Spring/Summer 2017 collection, “Daydream” at the Affinia Hotel Manhattan’s Fitzgerald Ballroom, drawing a crowd nearly three times larger than expected. The room was filled with fashion enthusiasts, celebrity stylists, and celebrities, including: D. Smith and Mimi Faust – cast of Love and Hip-hop, Darnell Thibodeaux and Ashley Roberts, of WAGs Miami, Natalie Eva Marie, WWA Wrestler, Bianca Espada, of E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, and Marissa Jade, of Mob Wives.

Yabin and Nazario’s collection focused on the “Modern Woman, staying true to the essential feminine touch, which is the cornerstone of Binzario couture designs.

Of note were the extraordinary detail and beauty of each of the 20 pieces, which included light pastels, luscious embroidery and a mix of delicate and structured dressing. The wispy transparent fabrics, layered with a sea of pearls and stones were stunning. The brand introduced a number of rompers, jumpsuits and transparent dusters – all made with a high level of couture details.


Official partner of the Miami Open for the past two seasons, and outfitter to the tournament staff, Lacoste presented a collection during NYFW that embraces comfort, elegance and sensuality. Designer Felipe Oliveira was inspired by a dream of a chic tennis match on a rooftop in Capri; showcasing a wide range of hooded or shawl-collared bathrobes, along with terrycloth bustier dresses that are belted high on the waist highlighting the effortless silhouette. A faux-denim jacket, as well as reversible terry Bermuda shorts, platform sneakers, sporty track suits, and long tank dresses were just a few of the looks. Lacoste’s animal mascot appeared on a new generation of tropical prints, giving the athleisure line a sophisticated feel. Lacoste ’s Spring-Summer 2017 collection “lays the foundations of a new state of mind, one that centers on the notion of natural seduction.”

The Social Scene

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Tao Group co-owner Noah Tepperberg and actress Katie Holmes attend the Avra Madison grand opening party on September 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Avra Madison)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Tao Group co-owner Noah Tepperberg and actress Katie Holmes attend the Avra Madison grand opening party on September 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Avra Madison)

Avra Madison

The Tao Group’s latest restaurant outpost, Avra Madison, (14 East 60th Street), opened with the fanfare and celebrity presence we’ve come to expect from the “kings of restaurants/nightlife,” Tao partners, Noah Tepperberg, Marc Packer, Richard Wolf, and Jason Strauss. Actresses Katie Holmes, Elena Kampouris; TV personality/fashion designer Jill Martin; Tiffany Trump, TV personalities Richie and Kathy Wakile and Jonathan Cheban; TONY Award nominee Constantine Maroulis; Olympic track and field athlete, Tori Bowie, and Celebrity chefs: Eric Ripert, Todd English and Josh Capon gathered to celebrate the debut of the upscale Greek eatery. Guests enjoyed copious amounts of lobster, oysters, shrimp and all sorts of Greek specialties and delicacies, along with free flowing top-shelf cocktails, Champagne and wines. The party went on until late in the evening, with music by DJ Cassidy, who kept the dance floor packed. The bi-level 207-seat restaurant, which once housed the storied Copacabana and appeared in such films such as Tootsie, Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way is yet another jewel in the crown of the Tao Group, serving traditional Greek cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and outstanding service.


A fashionable crowd gathered downtown at the trendy Café Henrie to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Tome, hosted by comedienne Sandra Bernhard. Guests indulged in an evening of flamboyant fashion and lavish amounts of Moët & Chandon Champagne.

CFDA Fashion Fund winners Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo welcomed friends and fashionables to dance the night away to beats by Kitty Cash and special guest DJ Lady Miss Kier (Dee-Lite). Additional notables in attendance included: Marisa Tomei, Lauren Hutton, Jessica Lowndes, and TK & Cipriana Quann (Urban Bush Babes). Moët & Chandon also debuted the newly-redesigned Moët Minis, which have quickly become one of the season’s chicest accessories. Guests enjoyed their Moët bubbly from golden flute-toppers.

NYC Bites

13173683_1066479153425791_407499421675687541_nBill’s Townhouse

Bill’s Townhouse, once known as the Bill’s Gay 90s, has reopened its doors with a speakeasy feel. The neighborhood gem is housed inside a 19th century landmark that has been around since the prohibition era; the townhouse evokes a “lived-in” feel complete with vintage art-lined walls and a piano bar. The restaurant offers an old-world elegance without felling stuffy and boasts one of the most eclectic menus we’ve tried. The extensive menu truly has something for everyone: from the classic New York strip steak to a variety of Bill’s house made buttered noodles (we recommend the lobster or the beef) to the most flavorful gazpacho with crab meat. Along with the extensive bar menu and private dining room, Bill’s Townhouse is the go-to venue for business lunches, romantic dinners, a wild happy hour and family gatherings. For more information, visit: http://www.billstownhouse.com/

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Alain Ducasse’s upscale Midtown French Bistro is a true delight. Just down the street from Fifth Avenue, modeled after the French original, Benoit channels the classic feel of a Parisian parlor right in Midtown New York. With exquisite French fare, diners can expect excellent service with flair. To start, the fabulous hors d’oeuvres are served in choices of three or five per plate, to get the party started. We enjoyed the roasted and smoked eggplant, sea bass, and the Chicken Ballotine. For our second course our server recommended the classic French onion soup- the ultimate comfort food, as well as the crispy lump crab corn volute. The traditional French onion soup was one of the best, and can serve as a meal on its own. The crispy lump crab corn volute stole the show with the creamiest corn chowder and most delicious corn/crab fritters, beautifully served in a plate decorated with edible flowers. For our entrees we had the mouthwatering 16-ounce sirloin with a béarnaise sauce and seared Maine sea scallops with a cauliflower mash. Needless to say, not a morsel was spared. The pièce de résistance was dessert: profiteroles with a chocolate ganache- to die for! In all, the reimagined Benoit is an exemplary French restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Another success story for Alain Ducasse. For more information, visit: http://www.benoitny.com.