Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Best Showings

The second floor of the new Ralph Lauren store on 72nd and Madison last night at a book signing for Karen LeFrak.
Last night at the new Ralph Lauren store on Madison Avenue and 72nd Street, there was a book signing for Karen LeFrak and her second children’s book, Best In Show. Illustrated by Andrew Day, the book is a pre-school to Grade 2 story of Gem, a Standard Poodle puppy who was born to be a champion. It’s a beautiful way to introduce children to fulfilling pleasures of owning a pet. You might call it a biography of a dog Karen knows very well. Gem was there last night, relaxing on an ottoman on the other side of the desk from where his mistress was signing copies of her book. All of the proceeds from the book sales are donated to charity.

NYSD readers have already read something about Karen’s Best in Show, but last night I went over to to support her, as well as to see who was there, not to mention to get a look at the new establishment.
Melinda Blinken waits to descend the grand staircase while her husband converses. The authoress signing.
Karen LeFrak, appropriately dressed in Ralph Lauren, waits for her books to be brought to sign.
No matter what you may have heard about it, considering you may have heard something less than a rave, it was a beautiful environment to hold a reception. I would imagine every woman in that room saw something they would like to take home, including maybe the place itself. Such environments do wonders for the nerves. The staff of the store, many of whom were present, are as attractive and attractively turned out as the house itself also.

Drinks were champagne, white wine and sparkling water. Elegant little hors d’oeuvres accompanied. There was a big turnout and interestingly they dressed for the occasion. I point that out because often people go to book signings from the office or before they end their day. Last night’s crowd looked the part. That was a tribute to the author who passionately devoted to her dogs, her family, and her music – she is a concert pianist and composer; and to Ralph Lauren.
The Donald arrives.
Donald Trump and Karen LeFrak. Sharon Bush.
Among the visitors was Donald Trump who rarely makes an appearance at anything social anymore. He kept his overcoat on so he obviously wasn’t going to be lingering over a glass of champagne. He had The Apprentice on his mind. The cameras in the room were flashing. He had a few words with Mrs. LeFrak and then he was gone.

The venue, of course, shared stardom of the evening. The lighting is so flattering and the merchandise so elegantly presented, and the white sofas so deep and plump and comfortable looking, you could imagine people just settling in and staying for awhile.
Dailey Pattee and Charlotte Moss. Mimi Strong.
Gail and Justin Karr. Amy Fine Collins and Fredi Friedman. I introduced them to each other when Amy noticed each was wearing a vintage Christian LaCroix.
Peter Lyden with Gem. Liz Robbins.
Jake Bright and Harriet Williams. Harriet and Ronald Weintraub.
Marjorie Reed Gordon. Richard LeFrak with Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg.
Carol and Spencer Joynt with Erica Hart. Brian Stewart and Stephanie Krieger.
Blaine Caravaggi. Cornelia Bregman and Jeffrey Caldwell.
Regis Philbin contemplates Karen LeFrak's champion pooch.
The mannequin takes in the party.
The ribbons and the silver trophies are all the winnings of Gem and the LeFrak show poodles.
Looking from the second floor to the main floor.
View across the avenue to the original Ralph Lauren store for men.
This past Sunday night at Restaurant Daniel on 65th Street and Park Avenue, Chef Daniel Boulud continued his more than decade-long support of Citymeals-on-Wheels as he hosted “Burgundy, Bordeaux, Black Truffles & Blue Jeans,” his annual Sunday supper in the charity’s honor.

Joining Chef Boulud as co-hosts this year were Betsy Bernardaud, Executive Vice President of Bernardaud; and Frédéric Engerer, renowned President of Château Latour and Domaine d’Eugénie. Charlie Rose served as Master of Ceremonies.

The exquisite dinner raised more than $550,000 for the non-profit organization that provides home-delivered, nutritious meals to frail, homebound elderly in New York City. The funds raised will enable Citymeals to serve more than an additional 90,000 meals this year.
Gérald Passédat and Daniel Boulud
The four course dinner was prepared by Daniel Boulud along with special guest, Michelin Three Star Chef Gérald Passédat of Le Petit Nice in Marseille, France. The dinner was paired with fine Burgundy and Bordeaux vintages chosen by Wine Chair, Daniel Johnnes. The evening also included a reception featuring Champagne Paul Goerg, and connoisseurs’ silent and live auctions. Robert S. Grimes served as Co-Chair.

Marcia Stein, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, said, “The time and care Daniel Boulud takes in preparing one of his magnificent meals is matched only by his compassion and commitment to Citymeals and those we serve. The nutritious meals his generosity helps us provide are a lifeline to thousands of our frail aged neighbors.”
The cocktail reception included Provençal inspired hors d’oeuvre by Laurent Kalkotour, the new chef at db Bistro Moderne. The dinner menu included Maine diver scallops layered with black truffle, celery root and brown butter; Chef Gerald Passédat’s Loup de Ligne Lucie Passédat, laced with truffle; and a poulard roasted with black truffle and served with fleischnecke, brussels sprouts and chestnuts. Passédat’s dessert, Immaculate White Vacherin with a Multicolored Center, delighted guests as well.
Among those attending: Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch; Ninah and Michael Lynne, Charlie Rose; Drew Nieporent, Julian Niccolini, Joe Cohen and Lally Weymouth; Lillian Vernon and Paolo Martino, Betsy and Michel Bernardaud; Jim and Kristy Clark; Patricia Wexler; Christina Loran Floyd; Emmanuel Di Donna; Fisher Stevens.

100% of ticket and auction proceeds will support Citymeals and their preparation and delivery of nutritious meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers.   

Founded in 1981, Citymeals-on-Wheels is a not-for-profit organization and public-private partnership with the New York City Department for the Aging that raises private funds to prepare and deliver weekend, holiday and emergency meals to the homebound elderly throughout the boroughs of New York City. For more information, visit http://www.citymeals.org.
Beth Shapiro, Charlie Rose, and Georgette Farkas
Jeffrey Gettleman, Karen Gettleman, Michelle Lapardo, and Joseph Lapardo
Lillian Vernon and Arthur Guilium
Diana Taylor and Michael Bloomberg
Michael Lynne and Drew Nieporent
Marcia Stein, Miron Stein, and Susan Frye
Daniel Boulud, Emel Bilek, and Spencer Wadama
Bruce Titlebaum and Suri Kasirer
Emmanuel Di Donna and Christina Di Donna
Federick Engerer and Daniel Johnes
Janine Burstein, Anne Cohen, Suri Kasirer, and Diana Taylor
Jim Clark and Christie Clark
Daniel Boulud, Gael Greene, and Gerald Passedat
Jonathan Tisch, Lisa Niccolini, Julian Niccolini, and Lizzie Tisch
Gerald Passedat, Michael Bloomberg, and Daniel Boulud
Joanne Cardone and Elizabeth Decardoley
Daniel Boulud, Georgette Farkas, and Gerald Passedat
Suri Kasirer, Evelyn Lipper, and William Speck
Gerald Passedat, Charlie Rose, and Daniel Boulud
Joe Cohen and Lally Weymouth
John Raphael and Anne Cohen
Jean Marie McGee and Fisher Stevens
Gerald Passedat, Jonathan Tisch, and Daniel Boulud
Bob Grimes, Ninah Lynne, and Michael Lynne
Last Tuesday, The Jewish Museum in New York City presented Presto, It’s Purim!, its 25th annual Purim Ball, inspired by the current exhibition, Houdini: Art and Magic, at The Waldorf=Astoria. Joshua Nash, Chairman of The Jewish Museum’s Board of Trustees, and trustees Betty Levin and James A. Stern were honored with the Mayer Sulzberger Award for their service to the Museum. Actor Jason Alexander performed a Purimspiel (Purim play) wittily retelling the story of Queen Esther, while escaping from a straitjacket. The proceeds from the event benefit The Jewish Museum. The Purim Ball was attended by 500 people and raised over $1.3 million.
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Jason Alexander performed the Purimspiel while escaping from a straitjacket.
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Nicolas and Pauline Oudin
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Rachel and Daniel Solomon with Eric and Margaret Streicker Porres
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Susan and Benjamin Winter with Ronnie Heyman
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Robert Pruzan and Tracey Winn Pruzan
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Stacey Bronfman and Steven Wisch
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John, Audrey, Henry, and Betty Levin
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Joshua, Jason, Samantha, and Beth Nash
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Robert Pruzan and Joan Rosenbaum
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Ariel, Peter, Jane, and James Stern
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Debi Wisch with Jo Ann and Bernard Kruger

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (Citymeals-on-Wheels); John Aquino/The Jewish Museum
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