Monday, June 12, 2017

A taste of summer

Central Park Conservancy's annual Taste of Summer Benefit at Bethesda Terrace.
On Wednesday, June 7, over 800 guests joined the Central Park Conservancy to kick-off summer at its annual Taste of Summer Benefit, a culinary fête held at the iconic Bethesda Terrace. As the sun set over the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop the picturesque fountain, guests enjoyed tastings prepared by celebrated NYC chefs and restaurants, sipped inventive cocktails, and danced the night away to music by DJ Kiss. The event was presented by Macquarie.

The benefit raised over $800,000 with all proceeds directly supporting the Conservancy’s mission to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park — which spans 843 acres and attracts over 42 million visitors a year.
The Plaza served as this year’s Taste Café host with offerings from CPS Events at the Plaza, Doughnuttery, Lady M Cake Boutique, Luke’s Lobster, Ora Di Pasta, Palm Court at The Plaza, Pizza Rollio, Sabi Sushi, and the Todd English Food Hall.
This year’s Taste of Summer event chairmen included Kelly and Joe Coffey, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr., Laurie and Jay Mandelbaum, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, and Melissa Vail and Norman C. Selby. They were joined by Suzie Aijala, Judy Hart Angelo, Chef David Burke, Chef Todd English, Patti Fast, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Anne Harrison, Laura and Chris Heintz, Kim and Sean Klimczak, Elyse and Michael Newhouse, Liz and Jeff Peek, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, John Stossel, Kristen Swenson, Merryl and James Tisch, Suzy and Jack Welch and Douglas Blonsky (President and CEO, Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator).
Additional restaurants that served savory bites under the Minton tiles in Bethesda Terrace Arcade included: Amali, Auden Bistro, Benoit New York, Bevy, Casa Lever, Felice, ilili Restaurant, Kappo Masa, Kingsley, The Leopard at des Artistes, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, Loi Estiatorio, Maccioni Restaurants, Maya, The Milling Room, Pampano Restaurant, Petrossian Caviar, Porter House Bar and Grill, Ristorante Morini, Root and Bone, Rotisserie Georgette, Sant Ambroeus, Sauvage, The Smith, Southgate Bar and Restaurant, Tavern on the Green, Tavern62 by David Burke, Thalassa Restaurant, and Toloache 82. Guests enjoyed Rhubarb and Foie Gras Macarons served by Bevy.
Those with a sweet tooth indulged in a variety of treats from Bridgewater Chocolate, Canard, Inc., Serendipity 3, and Society Café. Shake Shack delighted guests with its Shake-Speare Shake, a hand-spun strawberry and rosé shake, topped with fairy dust sprinkles.

Fresh summer cocktails were served, along with wine from 90+ Cellars, beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and coffee from Illy Caffé. Event designer Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events set the tone for the evening with a picnic in the park theme. The chic, playful summery décor had an Americana aesthetic that highlighted the surrounding beauty of Central Park. 
Norman Selby, Jonathon Korngold, Kristy Korngold, Laurie Mandelbaum, Jay Mandelbaum, Doug Blonsky, Kelly Coffey, Gillian Miniter, and Melissa Vail
In addition to sampling all of the savory and sweet offerings, guests had a chance to bid on items in the luxury-filled silent auction which included a conservation safari in Tanzania, a 3-night stay at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana, and a Gold Card Experience at Per Se, among several other great packages.

The Central Park Conservancy — a private nonprofit organization founded in 1980 — raises 75 percent of the funds needed to restore and maintain Central Park, which is enjoyed by over 42 million visitors annually. Through the Conservancy’s public-private partnership with NYC Parks, they have invested nearly $1 billion in Central Park to date, which helps to generate approximately $1.4 billion in annual economic activity that benefits New York City.

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Charlotte Dewey, Anna Harrison, and Amanda Roberts
Kristy Korngold and Jonathan Korngold
Gillian Miniter and Elyse Newhouse
David Burke
Nneya Richards and Sophie Elgort
Patti Fast and Anne Harrison
Sam Fox, Tracy Pollan, and Michael J. Fox
Suzy Welch and Jack Welch
Sharon Jacob and Elizabeth Pompa
Suzie Aijala and Tom Kempner
Sydney Mandelbaum, Laurie Mandelbaum, Jay Mandelbaum, Adrienne Mandelbaum, and Will Mandelbaum
Todd English and David Burke
Sean and Kim Klimczak
Kiss Taylor Semple (aka DJ Kiss)
The anticipated opening of RIOULT Dance NY's 2017 season at The Joyce Theater was last Wednesday night. French-American choreographer, Pascal Rioult, began the evening’s program with a re-imagined revival of his classic 1995 work, Te Deum. Following intermission the music of Deep Purple rang through the theater as the audience travelled back to the 1970's for the world premiere of Fire in the Sky. The colorful costumes were created by Emmy-winning designer Patricia Field with David Dalrymple; both in the audience.
Fire in the Sky
Te Deum
Sitting near by were New York City Ballet’s Ashley Bouder, Susan Sarandon, Kathleen Turner, Joanna Fisher, and Maria Cristina Anzola and John Heimann. The after party was held down the block at Il Bastardo, where RIOULT Dance NY's Board Chair, Hope Greenfield, introduced each dancer in the company and Pascal thanked contributors and staff to many rounds of applause.
Ashley Bouder, Artistic Director Pascal Rioult, and Joanna Fisher
Kathleen Turner and Pascal Rioult
Jill Scheuer and Keith M. Pattiz
Board Chair Hope Greenfield and Michael Spencer Phillips
Katherine Breedis, Margie Fine, and Lisa Mueller
Marianne Coughlin, Dancer Chaney Briggs, and Kate Davis
Pascal Rioult, Joyce Herring, Michael Torke, and Polina Nazaykinskaya
RIOULT Dance NY dancers Sabatino A. Verlezza, Sara E. Seger, and Brian Flynn with Patricia Field and David Dalrymple
Susie Sidel, Edmond Franco, and Charis Haines
Wendy Kasell, Sara Elizabeth Seger, and Robert Davis
The Museum of the City of New York honored renowned architect and designer Peter Marino with its 2017 City of Design Award at the annual Spring Symposium & Luncheon on Thursday, June 1, 2017. 

An audience of over three hundred listened as Marino took them on a tour his many and versatile projects, including his designs for the flagships of major retailers around the world, private residents, award winning designs for major architectural competitions, and pro bono work on Our Lady’s Chapel at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and reading rooms at the New York Public Library.  Dressed in his signature biker leather, Marino charmed the crowd with descriptions of each project and the challenges and triumphs encountered in realizing his vision.  Included in his presentation were images of the gardens of his Hamptons home which are detailed in The Garden of Peter Marino recently published by Rizzoli.
Peter Marino speaks at the Spring Symposium
Elizabeth Farran Tozer, founder of the Spring Symposium & Luncheon, served as Honorary Chair with co-chairs Elizabeth Graziolo, Sylvia Hemingway, Susan Jang, Elizabeth Kahane, Laura Lofaro-Freeman, Elizabeth R. Miller, Tracey Pontarelli, Kathy Prounis, and Monica Voldstad.  The Leadership Committee included Museum Trustees Deban Flexner, Leslie V. Godridge, Jim Hanley, Stephanie Hessler, Lotna Goodman, Kenneth E. Lee, Daryl Brown Uber, Elizabeth Belfer, Cynthia Foster Curry, as well as Lisa Abel, Barbara J. Fife, Heather Vrattos, Katie Tozer, Nathalie Comfort, Sharon Jacob, Pierre Crosby, Romy and David Cohen, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Barbara and Donald Tober, Héléne Comfort, and Lieta Urry.
MCNY Spring Luncheon
Peter Marino, FAIA, is the principal of Peter Marino Architect PLLC, the 160-person, New York–based architecture firm he founded in 1978. A native New Yorker, Marino’s work includes award-winning residential, cultural, hospitality and luxury retail projects worldwide.  Significant architectural projects include The Getty, NYC (2017), Hublot, NYC (2016), Louis Vuitton, L.A. (2015), Boontheshop, Seoul (2014), 170 East End Avenue, NYC (2009), Chanel Ginza Tower, Tokyo (2005), The Armani Building, NYC (1995), Barneys, L.A. (1991), and Barneys, NYC (1990).

The City of Design Award honors creative entrepreneurs who have made New York City the design capital of the world and who inspire future generations of designers to bring their talents to our great city. Past recipients have been Jonathan Adler, Jacques Grange, Ralph Pucci, and Simon Doonan. Marino’s remarkable career and extensive body of work exemplifies the spirit of this prestigious honor.
Kamie Ligthburn, Elizabeth Kahane, Kathy Prounis, Elizabeth Graziolo, Peter Marino, Whitney Donhauser, Laura Lofaro Freeman, and Jennifer Cacioppo
Daryl Brown Uber and Ellen Goodwin
Eva Dillon and Kathy Prounis
Liz Peek
Marie Nugent-Head with Peter and Jane Marino
Barbara and Donald Tober
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Harold Koda
Sylvia Hemingway, Whitney Donhauser, and Laura Lofaro Freeman
Sarah Magness, Dave Raines, and Elizabeth Graziolo
Sara Ayres and Mark Gilbertson
Sylvia Hemingway and Elizabeth Kahane
Jennifer Cacioppo, Kathy Prounis, and Kamie Lightburn
Whitney Donhauser, Peter Marino, and Jamie Dinan
On Monday, May 15th at the home of Susan Gluck Pappajohn and Gregory Pappajohn, NEW YORKERS FOR DANCE held a cocktail reception for 60 leading artists and patrons for dance and dance education to celebrate Dance/NYC's newest directors Deborah Gerard Adelman and Brian Colton, and new Secretary Marianne Yip Love, and advisors Michelle Dorrance, Silas Farley, Ravi Rajan, and Tiffany Rea-Fisher.
Susan Gluck Pappajohn, Carole Divet Harting, and Suki Schorer
Susan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the George Balanchine Foundation, the Board of Trustees of Professional Children's School, the Board of Trustees of The Joyce Theater Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Dance/NYC. Susan joined the New York City Ballet at 17 and danced for eight years under the leadership of George Balanchine, Peter Martins and Jerome Robbins. After her NYCB career, she returned to her academic studies and received her BA from Harvard College and MBA from Wharton Business School. Susan went on to co-found Time Warner Electronic Publishing and IBM's Multimedia Studio, and in 2013, she founded out of her love for the arts, technology and learning.
Aamir Khandwala, Julia Kahr, and Brian Colton
Alice Sheppard and Nicky Paraiso
Carol Crossdale and Juny E. Francois
Lane Harwell, Michelle Dorrance, and Donald Borror
Melanie George and William R. Kapfer
Elisa Monte and Rima Vargas-Vetter
Marianne Yip Love, Elizabeth M. Bailey, and Elissa D. Hecker
Melinda D. Cloobeck and Brian J. Heidtke
Morrie Sandler, Deborah G. Adelman, and Charles Adelman
Peter Hatch, Alissa Hsu Lynch, and Lane Harwell
Rajika Puri and Andrea Miller
Wendy Sax, Gina Gibney, Leah Krauss, Micki Levin, and Edward A. Brill
Photographs by BFA (Taste of Summer); Jeffrey Lee/On The Spot Image (DanceNYC); Eric Bandiero (RIOULT)