Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall Season Soirees

Chefs and Jilly Stephens at City Harvest’s 14th annual Bid Against Hunger Benefit.
Last Tuesday night the American Ballet Theatre kicked off its 2008 its annual Fall Gala beginning with a special performance at City Center where ABT's Principal Dancers performed highlights from the Fall season, including George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Romeo and Juliet and Paul Taylor’s Company B.

After the performance, guests traveled up and over to the Pierre Hotel where the celebration continued with a black tie dinner and dancing. During dinner, Lamin Periera dos Santos, an exceptional student from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School was presented with the inaugural Northern Trust Award and Sharon Patrick was honored with the 2008 Melville Straus Award.

Tory Burch and Marjorie Gubelmann
Honorary Chair of the evening was Lewis S. Ranieri. Co-Chairs were Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell Aston, Julia and David Koch and Ann and Mario Grauso. Gala Vice Chairs were Pamela Fielder, David B. Ford and Ruthe and Tony Ponturo.

Among the evening’s guests were Rita Gam, Ugly Betty's Eric Mabius, Model Liliana Dominguez, Designers Olivier Theyskens, Tory Burch and Christian Cota, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Lauren Santo Domingo, Henri Barguirdjian, Andrew Barth, Jonathan Farkas, Anka Palitz, Leonard and Susan Feinstein, Jennifer Creel, Barbara Gollust, ABT Dancers Julie Kent, Marcelo Gomes, Jose Manuel Carreño, Herman Cornejo, Xiomara Reyes, Jared Matthews, Maria Riccetto, Kristi Boone; Drs. William and Linda Hamilton, Annaliese Harstick, Sharon Patrick and Beverly D'Anne, Sylvester and Gillian Miniter, Susan Fales-Hill, Barbara Gollust and Claudia Overstrom.

Nina Ricci was the official sponsor of the Gala, Michelob Ultra generously underwrote ABT’s 2008 New York City Center season. $550,000 was raised for the American Ballet Theatre.
Alessandro Fendi and Peter Lyden
Eric Mabius and Ivy Sherman
David and Julia Koch
Anka Palitz
Ann Grauso and Olivier Theyskens
Ashley McDermott and Bridget Keller
Cashmere Snowdon-Jones and Marina Wangold
Jennifer and Allen Andreas
Elizabeth and Bill Kahane
Jennifer Creel and Jill Fairchild
Karen LeFrak and Peter Lyden
Jean and Larry Shaw
Karen LeFrak and Rachel Moore
Christian Cota, Alexandra Adame, and Gabriel Rivera-Barraza
Melville Straus and Sharon Patrick
Howard and Tania Adler
Karin Sadove
Laraine Fischer and Alan Fischer
Sharon Patrick and Melville Straus
Daniel Benedict, Ashley McDermott, Claude Wasserstein, and Andrew Saffir
Jared Matthews and Maria Riccetto
Kevin McKenzie and Martine Van Hamel
Jared Matthews and Yuriko Kajiya
Krisi Boone, Christian Cota, and Maria Riccetto
Lamin Periera dos Santos and Marcelo Gomes
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Rinat Imaev, Xiomara Reyes, and Christian Cota
Jose Manuel Carreno and Melanie Hamrich
Fe Fendi and Susan Sosin
Heidi Dangoor and Ulla Parker
Nancy Ellison and Bill Rollnick
Barbara Gollust
Grace Meigher
Peggy Siegal
Peter and Jamee Gregory
Meryl and Henry Kauffman
Muffie Potter-Aston and Sherrell Aston
Richard and Karen LeFrak
Ulla Parker
Susan Fawcett Sosin, Mary Jo Ziesel, and Meredith Elliot
Paula Mahoney
Liza Thompson Mettles and James Dawkins
Susan Fales-Hill and Peter Lyden
Victor Barbee and Julie Kent
New York City’s premier restaurants including Nobu Fifty-seven, Gordon Ramsay at the London, Le Bernadin, craftsteak New York, Lever House, Porter House, The Modern, Landmarc, Eighty-One, A Voce, Payard Bistro, and Blue Hill joined together for an evening of culinary tastings and fine wine and auctions for one night to fight hunger in New York City at City Harvest’s 14th annual Bid Against Hunger Benefit.
NYPD Drummers Side
The evening ran from 7 to 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Co-chairs included Heather and Steven Mnuchin, Lauren and Scott Pinkus, Pamela and Andrew Kaufman, Tania and Brian Higgins, and Margaret and Randy Brown. Restaurant co-chairs were Sandra and Eric Ripert, Tracey Nieporent, and Pamela and Marc Murphy. Chefs participating included Eric Ripert, Tom Colicchio, Francois Payard, Michael Lomonaco, and John Doherty.
City Harvest Workers
Kerry Heffernan and Tom Colicchio
Francois Payard and guests with his Hot & Cold Pina Colada
Auction winners with Eric Ripert and Tom Colicchio
Clockwise from top left: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, Inc.; Black Tuna Salad Sandwich from Geisha; CH Apron by Nicole Miller; Herbed Ricotta Mousse, Arugula, Proscuitto from A Voce; Desserts from Waldorf=Astoria.
Josh Emett, Eric Ripert, Tom Colicchio, and Kerry Heffernan
Heather Mnuchin
City Harvest's Jilly Stephens
Charlie Romano and John Doherty
Crishelle Strauss
Clockwise from top left: 57 Restaurant at the Four Seasons; Billy's Bakery Cupcakes; Cupcake Cafe Bohemian Maple Walnut Cake.
Akhtar Nawab from Elettaria
Graham Bunn and Chrishelle Strauss
Don Pham from Geisha
Graham Bunn
Stone Barns V8 from Blue Hill
Nicole Miller
Clockwise from top left: T Bar Steak & Lounge; Ron-Ben Israel Cakes; Le Cirque; House Cured Ham from Telepan.
Kelly Choi
Sipping Hot & Cold Pina Coladas with Francois Payard
Star Jones
Eric Ripert
Tracy Nieporent
Clockwise from top left: Truffle Oil from da Rosario Organics; Venison Keilbasa; Gelato Bites; Smoked salmon salad from Aquavit; Smoked salmon salad from Aquavit; Tacos Al Pastor from Toloache.
Also last Monday night in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art held its annual gala with the theme Whitney – Past, Present and Future. Versace was the sponsor for the evening and the following Studio Party after the dinner. Co-chairs were Allison Kanders, Liz Swig and Donatella Versace. Special guest for the evening was Patrick Dempsey. More than 1100 guests attended and the museum raised more than $3 million.

Beth Campbell’s installation created for the Gala greated guests as they arrived. It also served as the décor inspiration for the evening conceptualized by David Stark Design. Playing with issues of repetition and memory, Campbell’s recent installations have conjured up uncanny trompe l’oeil effects suggestive of mirrors.

As part of the Whitney sponsorship, Versace collaborated with Julian Schnabel and Wangechi Mutu to create two one-of-a-kind pieces of priceless jewelry.
Joanne Casullo
Liz Swig
Mary Boone
Among those attending were Sting and Trudie Styler, Christina Ricci, Mariah, Carey and Nick Cannon, Sean Avery, Cindy Sherman, Fred Schneider, Michael Nouri, Beth Campbell, David Salle, Tara Donovan, Carroll Dunham, Mark Fox, Rachel Howard, Charles LeDray, Whitfield Lovell, Malcolm Morley, Lari Pittman, Ugo Rondinone, Laurie Simmons, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner, Fred Wilson, Robert Hurst, Brooke Neidich, Steven and Ann Ames, Anne Dias Griffin, Susan and John Hess, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Charles and Betty Gwathmey, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Amanda Burden, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Julie and Billy Macklowe, Heather and Steven Mnuchin, Mary Boone, Marvin Hamlisch, Campion and Tatiana Platt, John and Susan Gutfreund, Frederic and Shrin Fekkai, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, Jane Holzer, Sari Gueron and Bonnie Morrison.

At the Studio Party later in the evening: Byrdie Bell, Kipton Cronkite, Lydia Fenet, Zani Gugelmann, Behnaz Sarafpour, Gilles Mendel, Poppy Delevigne, Jane Krakowski, Katie Lee Joel, Kiera Chaplin, Juliette Lewis, Emma Roberts, Helena Christensen, Rose Bryne, Harry Josh, Lee Lee Sobieski, Becki Newton and Hana Soukupova.
Andrew Mandell and Barbara Mandell
Patrick Dempsey and Donatella Versace
Beth Campbell and Christian Cota
Amanda Hearst
Alex Kramer
Byrdie Bell
Cory Kennedy
Bonnie Morrison and Roopal Patel
Leelee Sobieski and Arden Wohl
Cristen Barker and Nigel Barker
Amanda Burden and Michael Nouri
Bob Colacello and Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis
Campion and Tatiana Platt
Lisa Anastos and Patti Kim
Leonard Lauder and Julian Schnabel
Dalia Oberlander and William Health
Evelyn Lauder and Allison Kanders
Flora Biddle and Robert Hurst
Bee Shafer
Beth DeWoody, Carlton DeWoody, and Sarah Connolly
Rose Bryne
Martin Dawson
Martin and Audrey Gruss
Sari Gueron
Donatella Versace, Liz Swig, Patrick Dempsey, and Allison Kanders
Kiera Chaplin
Becki Newton
Juliette Lewis
Behnaz Sarafpour
DJ Cassidy
Julie Macklowe
Frederic Fekkai
Cindy Sherman
Helena Christensen
Heather Mnuchin
Jane Krakowski
Andrew Saffir, Olivia Palermo, and Daniel Benedict
Robert Hurst, Brooke Neidich, and Neil Bluhm
Hana Soukupova
Lawrence Weiner and Alice Weiner
Theodora Richards, Patti Hansen, and Alexandra Richards
Leslie Bluhm
Lydia Fenet
Lauren Remington Platt
Wangechi Mutu