|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.|
|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.|
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