Thursday, October 30, 2008

BizBash Event Style Expo ----New York

The BizBash Event Style Expo was held yesterday - a big day for event planners, caterers, hotels, and everything else you find in the events management industry. Less crowded than last year but with the same amount of exhibitors, it was another interesting day to report on trends, party concepts and what is the next big thing for an amazing event together with endless tastings and treats.

The very well-known in New York catering companies Abigail Kirsch, The Glazier Group and DownTown Kitchen were giving out mouthwatering canapés and chocolate treats. I will stay on the bean salad in a cup served with a sweet potato cracker offered by the DownTown Kitchen, innovative and tasty! I was surprised to see so many M&S, in various colors and designs, less alcohol and definitely much less chocolate than last year's event. Godiva of course was present with chocolate treats and imposing design.

I was also surprised to see the Cirque du Soleil, one of my favorite spectacles (I watched five of their shows if I remember correctly). So, for your information, you can hire Cirque du Soleil for your private event or your corporate gala! If you can afford it!

On the front of trends, speaker L. Shriftman from Harrison & Shriftman events emphasized "experiential marketing" and less about advertising, creative partnerships (think a large automobile brand matched together with a hotel chain), technology (use blackberries for PR campaigns), conceptual design and the importance of being global for the global clients.

But all does not seem great in the events industry. With the economy going down, corporations and major brands have smaller budgets to use for their events than the previous years so event organizers have to think about the ROI before hand. There is still a large number of events taken place every day, especially in large cities all over the world. They are just different.

I was a bit disappointed with the lack of a press office by the BizBash organizers - for the rest it was a fun afternoon resulting in creative ideas!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Reiss shopping night ----New York

October 30th 2008, 6-9pm
We are delighted to invite you to an exclusive shopping night at our West Broadway store. Come and enjoy a cocktail whilst you browse our new collection. We will be offering you a 10% discount off all purchases on the night!
NEW YORK, NY 10012 TEL: 212.925.5707

Monday, October 27, 2008

Artists Space party for THE THING ---New York

THE THING, a quarterly periodical in the form of an object, was founded by San Francisco based artists Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan. Each year, four artists, writers, musicians or filmmakers are invited to create an everyday object that somehow incorporates text. The object is reproduced and hand wrapped at wrapping parties and then mailed to the homes of subscribers with the help of the United States Postal Service. Each issue is kept a secret from THE THING's subscribers, which now number above 1,000 and are scattered throughout the world. "We are not an edition house," says Herschend. "We consider ourselves to be a true periodical, and are interested in making the process of interacting with these artists, writers and filmmakers a more democratic experience."

Past issues have included contributions from artists Miranda July, Kota Ezawa, Trisha Donelly, Lucy Pullen, and Tucker Nichols. Issues have ranged from pull-down window shades with text silk-screened onto them, to beermats (coasters), to door-stops. Upcoming issues include contributions from the writer Jonathan Lethem, the experimental geographer Trevor Paglen, visual artist Ryan Gander and writer/radio personality Starlee Kine.

Wednesday, October 29th from 6-9PM

After-Office-Hours party for THE THING at Artists Space

Co-Hosted by Printed Matter

The reception is free and open to the public

38 Greene street, 3rd floor, Soho

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Beard on Books ----New York

The Beard Foundation presents Greg Patent's book entitled A Baker’s Odyssey.

A Baker's Odyssey is a rich collection of recipes and culinary history, all gleaned from Greg Patent's exhaustive research in the American home kitchens of immigrants from around the world. Through his travels across the country, Patent learned the secrets to traditional baked goods originating from thirty-two different nations. From Scotland and Austria to India and Thailand to Mexico, Norway, and West Africa, the recipes represent the best of each culture's beloved culinary traditions. Patent provides detailed information on the origin of each recipe and its ingredients, and gives a real sense of the cultural heritage behind each dish.

When: Wed, 10.29.2008 at 12:00 PM

Where: The Beard House, 167 W. 12th Street

Beard on Books is an ongoing monthly literary series featuring readings and discussions with some of the food world’s most celebrated authors. Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino waters, illy caffè, and Green & Black’s® Organic Chocolate will be served. Book signing will follow readings and discussions, and books will be available for purchase from Mobile Libris.

Friday, October 24, 2008

MASQUERADE! @ The American Folk Art Museum

Friday, October 24th from 5:30-9pm
The American Folk Art Museum, 45 West 53rd Street
The American Folk Art Museum invites you to a night in celebration of its fall exhibitions, with free admission from 5:30 to 9 PM, four floors of exhibitions, curator-led tours, and live music.

Free Admission Information: Space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, please email or call 212-977-7170, ext. 329.

For more information, visit

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Marcus Goldhaber at Jo Malone ----New York

Last Night, Jo Malone, the British perfumery, hosted a relaxing and indulging evening in anticipation of Marcus Goldhaber’s forthcoming CD, “Take Me Anywhere”. The flagship store, located in the Flatiron building, closed down their shop for the evening for a private party, welcoming guests in for an evening of pampering, fragrance sampling and free flowing champagne. As Marcus Goldhaber & The Jon Davis Trio took the stage, providing soothing jazz music for the eager audience, all-natural dark chocolate macaroons by Holistic Living Now were passed around by the chef. The Jo Malone staff was on site offering fragrance combining tips as well as full hand and arm massages to the guests. Marcus made exclusive advanced copies of his soon-to-be-released album “Take Me Anywhere” available and was signing CDs throughout the evening. Last but not least, event goers departed with a sense of renewal and charming Jo Malone gift bags!

Stay tuned for Marcus’ Official album release party on November 10th!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Godiva Boutique at Rockefeller Center event

Where: Godiva Boutique at Rockefeller Center
When: Tuesday, 10.28.2008, at 6pm to 8pm

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Annual Gowanus Artists Studio Tour ----New York free

Come see what's new!

We invite you to visit the 12th Annual A.G.A.S.T. tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, 2008 from 1-6 p.m. This is a free event open to the public.

Visitors of A.G.A.S.T. have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the creators of photography, drawing, printmaking, mixed-media, video, ceramics, glass, installation, paintings, sculpture & etc. in their own working studio environment. Artist studios are located in large industrial buildings as well as garages, brownstones and warehouses along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Everyone can be easily found on the tour map here. The Gowanus area is conveniently located from many subway stations and the LIRR Atlantic Avenue station between Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and the Boerum Hill neighborhoods.

Visit this site for a guide map of the tour:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Aperture Book Party ----New York free

Tinyvices (Aperture), is an eclectic new series of monographs featuring five of the most promising photographers featured on the wildly popular website, an online photography gallery founded by independent curator and photographer Tim Barber. Join Aperture and Barber in celebrating the launch of the books at Aperture Gallery with photographers Kenneth Cappello, Allan MacIntyre, Jason Nocito, Robin Schwartz, and Jaimie Warren.

When: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Where: Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, 4th floor

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The NYC Wine and Food Festival

The Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival is over but my stomach is still full! It was cool, fun and interesting, and it included plenty of food and alcohol. That said, I didn't have the chance to attend the famous $200 Rachel Ray's Burger Bash at DUMBO nor the Ferrero's SWEET event for the sweet tooth! But I did go to the Grand tasting on Friday, the very first day of the festival. I thought, after reading my ticket, that it would be just a wine tasting but the Grand tasting proved to be a REALLY grand tasting: various wines from all over the world, spirits and cocktails and plenty of food! I can't forget the lovely fois-gras canapés offered by the Beard Foundation, the Porto Rican street food mini sandwiches, chocolate popcorn, prosciutto and plenty of cheese! At the end of the evening, both the taste and the eye were fully satisfied. But I had to continue to the Meatpacking Uncorked event: more wine offered in all major MPD stores. I tried Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Larson Champagne and the Copola Pinot Grigio! Before to call it a day, I made a stop at the Illy Push Button House for my caffeine fix. I always welcome a nice cappuccino!

I still had Saturday for more tastings to go - I visited the Biz Bash Hors D' Oeuvres Lounge and various events at the Chelsea market. A nice day as well although not as exciting as Friday. The Illy House was there for more coffee and chocolates and the MPD area was buzzing!

On Sunday, I woke up with a messy stomach, and I wondered why. Too much food? Too much alcohol or both? I have no specific answers but I will figure that out. Just a few days of "detox" won't harm at all!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Drambuie Den Tastings ----New York free

The Drambuie Den is back in New York for 4 nights to Katraon Bowery on October 20,21,27,28! We would love to see everyone again for a night of free food and cocktails!
RSVP today as space is limited at

Thursday, October 09, 2008

MyItThings 'It'Designer Runway Show ----New York

Join for the runway show event concluding the largest online contest in search for the next "It" fashion designer! Hundreds of designers submitted their portfolios and nearly one hundred thousand votes were cast by the My'It'Things community, making this the largest online fashion design contest in history!

Superstar models including Lisa Nargi, the model-winner of the last Project Runway season, and Jaslene Gonzalez, American Next Top Model winner, will be walking the winning looks!
Fashion designers Malan Breton, Keith Lissner, Kathlin Argiro and industry experts Greg Littley, Hitha Prabhakar, Nathan Cooper, Sheryl Berk and My'It'Things Editor-in-Chief Yuli Ziv narrowed down this talented list to the top three finalists: Nora Del Busto (Chicago), Wakana Koike (NYC) and Adolfo Sanchez (Las Vegas). Each finalist was presented with $1,500 to work on their collections for Spring 2009 and will showcase their creations in a live runway show! See who wins live and receives the grand prize of $5,000!

Sponsors for the event include Sasoon Salon, DEX New York, Direct Model Management, The Event Space, Kathlin Argiro, Kirin, Casa De Vinos and Hint Water. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Fashion Delivers, which provides products from all parts of the fashion and related industries to victims of natural disasters, matching need with availability of products.

WHEN: October 15, 2008, 6 pm
WHERE: Lotus Space NYC, 122 W 26th Street, New York
Visit to buy your ticket, it's only $30!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Opening reception of "Gapscape" ---New York free

On October 9th, an opening reception from the Monkdogz Urban Art gallery.
547W 27th street in Chelsea.
This gallery always organizes cool shows so don't miss out if you have the time!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Biennal New York launch ----New York free

Biennal New York is kicking off on Tuesday, October 7th, with a cocktail reception. Visit the gallery at 137 Grand Street.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Korean Restaurant Week ---New York

Through Saturday 10.4, nearly 20 Korean restaurants are featuring prix fixe bibimbap lunches and dinners, including appetizer and dessert, for $15 as part of Taste of Korea, the first Korean restaurant week. Bibimbap alone, $7, is available at lunch only. On Saturday at 2 p.m., bibimbap, a dish of rice and vegetables, will be served free from a giant pot holding 500 portions at 32nd Street and Broadway. Information about the participating restaurants is at

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fresh Meat show at BAG Gallery‏ ---New York free

The show Fresh Meat is a meditation on how a younger generation approaches, appreciates and creates art. All of the artists involved in Fresh Meat are native or new members of the New York community.

When: Saturday, October 4th, 6-9pm

Brooklyn Artists Gym, 168 7th Street Brooklyn NY 11215