Hi! We’ve been so busy this Spring, a month has gone by without a blog post. Sorry! Here’s a recap of where we’ve been and what we’ve been working on:
We hosted a fun “Unusual Wine & Food Pairing” walk-around tasting event on April 24th at Vino-Versity, featuring unique ice cream flavors, pickles and relishes and more! Guests enjoyed wines poured AND explained by wine expert Shari Schneider, while mingling and noshing in her casual UES wine store. It was an informative and tasty evening!
Vino-Versity's owner Shari Schneider pouring wine for writer John Brecher
James Beard Foundation Award festivities began for us on May 5th with one of our favorite annual events, Chef’s Night Out. There’s no better way to start the week than with a party at 10pm on Sunday at The Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza with chefs, industry friends, and incredible food and drinks. This preluded Monday’s main event…the #JBF Awards at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. This year’s theme was “Lights! Camera! Taste!” and the ceremony was hosted by the amazing Oliver Platt (New York magazine Adam Platt’s brother). We mingled at the reception and joined in after-parties at Per Se and Eleven Madison Park “loft.” It was an outstanding night!
Shari Bayer and Julie Lerner at the James Beard Awards 2013
We kicked off this year’s Taste of Tribeca with a fabulous cocktail party at Macao Trading Company on May 1st, and then celebrated the annual fundraising event’s 19th year on Saturday, May 18th. Despite a little afternoon rain, it was a huge success with a wonderful turnout. Over 70 Tribeca restaurants participated, serving a fantastic selection of tasty bites! Read more about the event here.
Shari Bayer and Jimmy Carbone at Taste of Tribeca 2013
On May 29th, our client Brasserie Cognac East hosted a grand opening party for its new Upper East Side location. The Consul General of France, Mr. Bertrand Lortholary, joined in the inaugural ribbon cutting, which was followed by a festive cocktail party featuring delicious bites from Executive Chef Florian V. Hugo. The UES neighborhood is already embracing this new, intimate brasserie.
Rita Jammet, Executive Chef Florian V. Hugo and Shari Bayer at Brasserie Cognac East's Grand Opening
Finally, we introduced an original Beef Wellington Burger on the menu at Le Perigord. This is the first time in the classic French restaurant’s 49 year history that it is serving a burger, and it is simply spectacular! Served with a knife and fork, it’s a refined burger and must try!
Beef Wellington Burger at Le Perigord
We will post more updates soon. Enjoy the start of summer!