Monday, June 15, 2009

The Four Seasons, for All Seasons

The Four Season's staff at its 50th anniversary gala event.
The Four Seasons celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala event this past Thursday evening that brought together the restaurant’s most devoted (not to mention prominent) patrons and fans, including celebrities, a virtual “Who’s Who” from the worlds of business, media, politics and fashion.
Joining co-owners Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder were Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman, Barry Diller, Henry Kissinger, Carl Icahn, Chuck Scarborough, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., Commissioner Ray Kelly, Deborah Norville, Drew Nieporent, Erin Fetherston, Fern Mallis, Mayor David Dinkins, Michael Lynn, Mike Ovitz, Mort Zuckerman, Nicole Miller, Pamela Fiori, Ralph Lauren, Salmon Rushdie, Star Jones, Stephen Schwarzman, Elie and Rory Tahari, Thom Browne, Marjorie Gubelman, Linda Fargo, Robert Burke, Euan Rellie, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Marina Rust Connor, Sandra Ripert, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Dave Zinczenko, Daniella von Gratz, Marjorie Gubelmann, Brooke Neidich, Richard Mishaan, Valentin and Yaz Hernandez, Irina Pantaeva, Christine Cachot, Eric Villency and Kimberly Guilfoyle Villency, and Lauren Remington Platt. And that’s just for starters.
Alex von Bidder
Julian Niccolini
Five decades and 200 seasons later, the landmark restaurant has been synonymous with gracious dining, high standards of food and service, the most sought-after clientele and groundbreaking design. The Four Seasons, which first opened in July 1959, was designed by Philip Johnson, one of the 20th century’s finest architects. Its interiors were executed by interior decorator William Pahlman. What they created was the “jewel” of the famed Seagram Building. When it was built, the restaurant’s design was groundbreaking and no expense was spared in its creation. Everything from furnishings to the glassware was designed specifically for the restaurant and today is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder
Ashley Hart
Dr. Valerie Tornabe and Julian Niccolini
Cindi Leive and Howard Bernstein
Albert Maysles and Jada Yuan
Ralph Lauren
Alessandra Stanley and Jim Kelly
Alex von Bidder, Brooke Neidich, and Dan Neidich
Alex von Bidder, Deborah Norville, and Karl Wellner
Alex von Bidder, Hoda Kotb, and Marc Rodriguez
Alex von Bidder and Drew Nieporent
Angela Sun and Julian Niccolini
Barry Diller
Alex von Bidder and Vicky Ward
Alex von Bidder, Jeffrey Podolsky, and Julian Niccolini
Julian Niccolini, Diane Passage, Alex von Bidder, and Ken Starr
Julian Niccolini, Star Jones, Alex von Bidder, and Herb Wilson
Bentley Meeker, Debra Morris, and Alex von Bidder
Ed Lewis and Julian Niccolini
Chuck Scarborough
Eva Shaye and Bob Shaye
Alex von Bidder with Nina and Tim Zagat
Julian Niccolini and Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
Donald Marron
Charles Kopelman and Stacy Kopelman Fritz
Frances Hesselbein
Eli Mizrahi and Masha Rudenko
Fern Mallis
Linda Fargo
Lisa Niccolini and Lisa Silhanek
Henry Kissinger
Margo Nederlander, Julian Niccolini, and Felicia Taylor
Nicholas Casale
George Wayne, Alex von Bidder, Fruzsina Keehn, Lauren Gurvich, and Julian Niccolini
Margo Nederlander, Julian Niccolini, and Felicia Taylor
Julian Niccolini and Anita Sarko
Marisa Acocella Marchetto and Silvano Marchetto
Mistrella Murphy and Julian Niccolini
Robert Burke, Linda Fargo, and George Sotelo
Julian Niccolini, Dolly Lenz, Ray Kelly, Veronica Kelly, and Alex von Bidder
Marjorie Gubelmann and Kari Talley
Princess Firyal Jordan
Sandra Ripert and Christine Cachot
Alivia Lombardini and Erin Fetherston
Sam Bolton and Terry Allen Kramer
Salman Rushdie
Star Jones and Herb Wilson
Anna Cuervo and Beau Lombardi
Allyn Magrino, Alex von Bidder, and Susan Magrino Dunning
Barbara Hodes, Albert Maysles, Michael Gross, and Elizabeth Fekkai
Anki Leeds and Doug Leeds
Thom Browne
Wendy Diamond
Bettina Prentice and Peggy Siegal
Erin Clarke and Joe Petreli
Ben and Betty Weinstein with Perry Watzburg
Betsey McCaughey and Chuck Brunie
Brooke Neidich, Pamela Taylor, and Nicole Miller
Stephen Schwarzman
Daisy Sinclaire, Russell Rhodes, and Roz Abrey
Bay Wellington, Tom Gesky, and Kathy Colborn
David Sugar, Carol Iselin, and Behroush Sharifi
Craig Lawrence and Daniella van Graas
Ellen Wharton, Ashley Whittaker, and Ashley Potter Bruynes
Eli Mizrahi and Masha Rudenko
Carol Hanratty and Andrea Garcia
Candida Royalle, Leslie Calonge, Kirska Calonge, and Shirley Calonge
Euan Rellie, Geoffrey Leeds, Marina Rust Connor, Vicky Ward, and Matt Doull
Connie Lippert and Keith Lippert
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
James Olsen and Karen Olsen
Jennifer Sample and David Hershkovits
Janice Savitt and Robert Barnowske
Don Grabkin and Lori Spechler
Francoise and Bob Simon with Toni and Jim Goodale
Heinz Schimmelbusch and Patcetke Schimmelbusch
Grace Jachmich, Dakota Jackson, and Lauren Remington Platt
James Yenicag and Glenda Yenicag
Jamie and Bettina Prentice with Trip and Alice Gabriel
Farhad Farman-Farmaian and Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave
Joe Fortay, Alex von Bidder, and Ralph Compatnone
Kinga Brzexzlo, David Sugar, and Claudia Kapinos
Hilary Shor and David Zinczenko
Leslie Crabbe, Sylvia Dean, Peter Lee, and Cheryl Lee
James and Margo Nederlander, Felicia Taylor, Terry Allen Kramer, and Nick Simunek
Ian MacGregor and Erica Almquist
Kevin Thompson, Susan Lyne, and David Kuhn
Lisa Benson, Andre Fernandez, and Sharon Soleimani
Jennifer Smith and Meredith Smith
Jane Young and Randle Doss
Ken Starr and Diane Passage
Pia Glenn
Lauren Messelian and Mia Morgan
Madeline Morel and Howard Kaminsky
Jeff Levine and Julie Earle Levine
Richard Mishaan, Pamela Fiori, and Farhad Farman-Farmaian
Lauren Gurvich and Fruzsina Keehn
Margie Beck, Anna Cuervo, and Amanda Mosley Friedman
Tom Distler and Joanne Lipman
Roger Waters, Terry McDonell, and Jay McInerney
Michael Clinton and Fran Moss
Nadia Karyo, Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave, and Jennifer Gould Keil
Perri Peltz, Maurie Perl, and Mistrella Murphy
Neel Shah and Emily Vernon
Patrick McMullan and Craig Lawrence
Nancy Kering
Nancy and Bill O'Shaughnessy
Peter Knell
Raul Barreneche and Sara Hart
Roger Dreyer, Dr. Alicia Jacobs, and Jack Dreyer
Sandy Golinkin
Thom Brown and Matthew Foley
Vanessa Shanks and Alfredo Pecora
Marina Rust Connor
Roger Waters and Laura Durning
Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave and Tom Finn
Pat Schoenfeld
Robert and Valerie Tornambe
Steven Newhouse and Gina Sanders
Stephanie Pomboy and Elena Arredondo
Terry Allen Kramer and Nick Simunek
Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen
William Marron and Donald Marron
Shawn Parsons and Neil Rasmus
Todd Eberle
Contessa Brewer and Kristina Johnson
Elena Ulyaizskaya
Hal Hamburger and Christina Herman
Julie Henderson and Debbie Weinberg
Valerie Kempner and Karl Kempner
Annie Lee and Laura Markesse
Jessie Chalkley and Adrienne Stillman
Carol Han and Kristian Laliberte
Mariana Verkirk and Julian Niccolini
Susan Magrino
Katherine Werveritsh and Sarah Parr
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Stefano Tonchi
Vartan Gregorian and Henry Kissinger

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