Saturday, September 19, 2015

The 2015 16th Annual Taste of Tennis Gala – W Hotel - New York City - August 27, 2015

On August 27th, the top stars of the tennis court and the kitchen aligned at the 16th Annual Taste of Tennis Gala at the W Hotel in New York City. Guests including Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman and Serena Williams looking fabulously sporty in a fitted LBD and Nikes!  

Serena Williams with Andi Dorfmann of the Bachelorette
Proceeds from this year's event benefit the rehabilitation of Eli Kulp, a beloved Philadelphia-based chef who was paralyzed in the recent Amtrak train derailment.

Serena and Venus Williams joined sports and culinary enthusiasts for the evening.  Venus and Andi even showed off her culinary chops by throwing on an apron and got behind the burner for a live cooking demo with headlining celebrity chef Marc Murphy of the show Chopped and restaurant Landmarc right here in NYC.

Venus Williams assisting with a cooking demonstration at the 2015 Taste of Tennis Gala
According to Victoria Azarenka, the best thing about this event are the gathering of athletes, great food, drinks, and music all under one venue.

Co-hosted by World Doubles Champions the Bryan brothers, fellow players John Isner, Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard and Gael Monfils attended the interactive tasting experience to mingle and sample bites by New York’s most prestigious chefs. 

Tennis doubles champion players; the Bryan brothers
Culinary stations were set up throughout the space for guests to enjoy dishes from Jonathan Waxman (Jams), Alfred Portale (Gotham Bar & Grill), Daniel Holzman (The Meatball Shop), Ilan Hall (The Gorbals) and plenty of macarons for desserts. 

Mark your calendars - don't miss next year's Taste of Tennis Gala, an event not to be missed prior to the US Open!

Chef Marc Murphy giving a demo of recipes from his book Season with Authority w/ special guest Venus Williams
Chef Marc Murphy with Andi Dorfman

Sunday, July 19, 2015

ACE’s Second Annual Foodie Ball – Rooftop - New York City - July 17, 2015

ACE, otherwise known as the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless – held their second annual foodie ball this past Thursday July 17, 2015.  This event attracted a great turnout for a night of great food, open bar, and music on the beautiful rooftop lounge of the Scholastic Headquarters in Soho, New York.  Sponsored by Blue Apron and some of New York City’s top restaurants, the Second Annual Foodie Ball benefits ACE’s mission of training homeless men and women with skills to sustain self-sufficiency and full-time employment. 

Guests attended the event in festive summer cocktail attire as plenty of food, drink, and music accompanied the warm summer night.  Restaurants participating in the Foodie Ball included some of NYC’s top dining establishments.  The National by the famed Geoffrey Zakarian served watermelon feta salad with basil seed dressing, The Lure Fishbar served Lobster Salad, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que served pork shoulder sandwiches (which are cooked for 16 hours!), tapas favorite Boqueria served Quail Egg Toast and Tomato Watermelon Gazpacho, and Dean & Deluca served a large delicious anti-pasto spread with artichokes, cheese, meats, and grilled veggies.

DJ Claudius Raphael spun groovy pop tunes on the open air rooftop lit up with some mellow pink-purple lighting against the scenic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.  Indoors, a silent auction table was also set up with unique experiences that featured a VIP backstage experience with Jimmy Kimmel and an Illy CoffeeY5 Iperespresso machine.

The night concluded with a fantastic afterparty at Pravda, although we missed this one, we’ll be staying for the after-party of next year’s Third Annual Foodie Ball – mark your calendar’s and don’t miss that one!