Thursday, May 28, 2009

Snack food with a taste

I am often invited to parties and events. Most of the time, I am focused on the party food when I am out. It's the appearance, the smell, the colors - everything - that draw my attention. Since I started this blog and kept going out and about in NYC, I keep a food diary, detailing the canapés I taste, the hors d'œuvres I see, the snack food I like and the dessert bar I resort for my sugar cravings. And I am thorough and strict. I avoid personal comments, just present the food offered and occasionally the layout. During the last two years, I was invited to hundreds of parties, attended a few and completed more than enough pages of party food notes.

It seemed that I had nothing else to add. I thought that I knew everything.

Until yesterday where in a cosy event promoting Italian photography and art, there was a snack food I have never seen or eaten.

The Deep Fried Olives. Courtesy of Hudson Yards Catering, there were fatty but tasty, small but unique. How far a chef's brain has gone to come up with such an innovation? Most people I know love olives. But deep fried olives, I didn't know their existence.

The Deep Fried Olives will definitely make an entry in my party food diary. And, as I predict, also in my kitchen.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Saks Fifth Event

Saks Fifth Avenue invites you to a kickoff of summer. Get set for outdoor entertaining with artisan presentations, Trunk Shows, designer appearances, food and beverage tastings, and more. Plus, enter for your chance to win special prizes. On Thursday, May 21, from 4pm to 8pm.

DISCOVER: Assouline, Authentic Models, C & F, Aum, Digital Spectrum, D.L. & Co., Globe-Trotter, Graphic Image, Herend, Jacques of London, Jay Strongwater, Jonathan Adler, Julia Knight, Lalique, L'Objet, Michael Aram, Michael Mainwright and Victorinox.

MEET: Jay Strongwater designer, Julia Chaplin author of Gypset Style, Julia Knight designer, Michael Wainwright designer, Rachel Lesser author of Shopping for Love

TASTE: Bakermaid, Charbonnel et Walker, Downtown Cookie, Long Grove, Neuhaus, N.Y. Candy Company, Petal's Iced Tea, SnAKS, South Bend Chocolates, Sweet Bliss and Yoku Moku.

Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC at 611 Fifth Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Design Week's trends

I don't know much about furniture design therefore I won't make any comments regarding the well-known and hugely publicized event in New York. But I will comment briefly on the food and drink trends as witnessed the last couple of days:

1. Recession is definitely here as there was not much food. With the exception of very few stores that provided cooked and snack food, most of them offered just chips, nuts, pretzels, pop-corn, candy and cookies if you were lucky

2. The drink of the day was by large majority vodka with tonic. Served with a leave of mint and slice of cucumber or just with a slice of lime

3. The candy buffet is becoming a dessert trend (see picture). I saw it in Soho on Saturday (and in a number of events in the Big Apple the previous weeks). The table had to offer a selection of licorice, wine gums, chewing gum, M&Ss, lolly pops...There was also a cotton candy machine making fresh pink cotton candy that everybody loved

Do we all miss our childhood days? Just wondering....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lord and Taylor Fashion Show

You are all invited to a private Fashion Show at 6:00 pm on May 21, 2009 at Lord & Taylor (39th St. & 5th Ave - 3rd Floor) hosted by Madama Griffitts O'Hara ( and Artfully Unforgotten (

Find below a copy of the original invite with the details. You are welcome to invite additional guests and forward the invitation to your colleagues and friends. Refreshments will be served. Check-in begins at 6PM on the Third Floor of Lord & Taylor, fashion show begins at 6:30pm. The first 50 people to check-in may receive a $10 gift card from Lord & Taylor and all guests (subject to availability) will receive a savings pass for purchases at Lord & Taylor (subject to limitations).There is no dress code. There will be time before and after the show to mingle with the other guests.
RSVP at by 5.18.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

BoConcept Design Event

Don't miss it. BoConcept and New York magazine celebrate Design Week on May 16th, from 6pm. 69 Greene Street at Soho. Send your RSVP at

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Madison Avenue Gallery Walk

On Saturday, May 16th from 11am to 6pm.

Tours depart hourly from the Event Information Centers in the Fuller Building-Vornado Realty Trust, Owner (41 E. 57 St.) and Arader Galleries (1016 Madison Ave.). Reservations are not required.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Meatpacking District Design Festival

It's back once again for the 4th time. The MPD Design Festival (or week as a few like to say) kicks off this Thursday, 5. 14 at the Standard Hotel with a discussion between hotel owner Andre Balazs and Julie Lovine of Architects newspaper. This event is invitation-only so only designers and architects will be invited. But don't worry. There will be a kick-off reception the same day at Abingdon 12, 613 Hudson street from 6pm to 9pm.

More events to follow on Friday and Saturday but the major party day is Sunday, 5.17 with a series of cocktail receptions in stores and streets of the Meatpacking District.

I will keep you up-to-dated...Watch this space.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

CITE goes Dutch event

Saturday, 5.16, from 6pm to 8pm, 131 Greene street (between Prince and W. Houston).

To RSVP for this event, send an email to:

Monday, May 04, 2009

European Wine Council Gala Dinner‏

European Wine Council's annual gala dinner took place at the well-known Cirque restaurant last Thursday, celebrating fine wine and outstanding cuisine. Participants, who included wine importers and experts, members of the press, restaurateurs, chefs and retailers specializing in food and wine, tasted crab cakes with béarnaise sauce, shrimp tempura with spicy mayonnaise and duck brochette ala orange canapés (amongst others) while sipping Champagne Gosset Brut and Mont-Ferrant Brut Rosé. The sit-down dinner was equally impressive: the wines were paired with the menu specially prepared under the personal direction of owner Sirio Maccioni.
The list included Jean-Luc Colombo, "Amour de Dieu", 2005 maching the egidiana ravioli, Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2007 with the saddle of lamb and Ayios Onoufrios 2006 with the selection of the three cheeses. The dessert, the amazing Millefoglie was accompanied by the Centurion Commandari 30 years old and "Lo Clavell" Muscat de Rivesaltes, 2005.

The Gala honored founder of Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits, Tom Geniesse, and the vice president of European Imports and Sales at Total Wine & More, Alfio Moriconi. The Ambassador's awards were presented by Dr. Lucio Caputo, the chairman of the European Wine Council.
The elegant reception, the fantastic dinner, the impeccable service and the warm atmosphere made this gala dinner an event to remember.
I am looking forward to next year's already.

Brooklyn Designs

Designers and design fans, the Brooklyn Designs festival is back and kicks off this coming Friday, May 8th for the whole weekend. Participants, most of them architects and designers but also the general public, will have the chance to witness the trends in furniture design, learn more about Green designs, get for free their caffeine fix with muffins during the weekend (courtesy of, take a DUMBO gallery tour and many more on design and furniture. For more information on events and tickets, go to: