Thursday, May 31, 2018

Parisians in New York

Chefs Nicolas Sale, François Perret, and their culinary team behind the scenes at a gala dinner to benefit American Friends of the Louvre.
American Friends of the Louvre recently hosted a gala dinner at Forbes on Fifth in New York. The evening featured guest chefs Nicolas Sale and François Perret of the Ritz Paris.

The dinner was hosted by Forbes Media LLC CEO Mike Federle and his wife Lori Schrader, as well as Forbes Media LLC Vice Chairman Mike Perlis and AFL Chairman Christopher Forbes

A highlight of the evening was the live auction of a luxury trip to Paris featuring a two night stay at the Ritz Paris in one of their most glamorous suites, two Business class round trip tickets courtesy of Air France and a VIP tour of the Louvre Museum.
Michael Donnell, George Farias, Jennifer Fischer, and Tom Quick
AFL member Tom Quick conducted the auction which also included a pair of bottles of 1959 Château Lafite Rothschild wine from Malcolm Forbes’ cellar, a bass guitar signed by Sir Paul McCartney along with an original photograph by Larry Marchant, a trip to Acapulco donated by members of the International Council of the Louvre and a LOUIS XIII Experience which sold twice by popular demand.

Among the guests were AFL board members Andy Barth, Fiona Cibani, Patrick Gerschel and wife ElizabethJoan Kahn, Françoise Miller and Becca Cason Thrash. Host Committee members present included Harry and Linda Fath, William Helvie and Elizabeth Dupree Lynch, Sana Sabbagh and David Sadroff. Other guests included Cynthia Friedman, Caroline and Eric Freymond, Elizabeth and Stanley DeForest Scott, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Paul Yaworsky.

The evening’s sponsors included Forbes Media LLC, the Ritz Paris and Air France. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the mission of American Friends of the Louvre.
Grimanesa Amoros and Fiona Cibani Alan Bentz and Sally Moon Benz
Linda Fath, Harry Fath, and Cynthia Friedman
Joan Kahn and Kip Forbes Dr. William Helvie, Elizabeth Dupree Lynch, and Christian Boyens
Biljana Simic and Slobodan Randjelovic Nicolas Sale and Scott Bessent
Kip Forbes and Elizabeth Segerstrom
Faisal Ashraf and Tracey Amon
David Sadroff and Solenne Vervisch
Becca Cason, Michael Kennelly, and Meg Goodman
The New York Chapter of French Heritage Society announced and celebrated the winning author of the Second Annual French Heritage Literary Award, Thad Carhart, for his memoir Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France on Thursday, May 17th, 2018, at a private club in Manhattan.

The program featured a book signing with Mr. Carhart during the cocktail reception, an interview with the author by Elaine Sciolino, contributing writer and former Paris Bureau Chief for The New York Times; and an elegant seated dinner.
Thad Carhart and Elaine Sciolino Thad Carhart signing books
The event was made possible by Co-Chairs Elizabeth Stribling and Christian Draz; the Literary Award Steering Committee, Yann CoatanlemJanet DesforgesPatricia Forelle, and Clydette de Groot; and the New York Chapter Co-Chairmen Guy Robinson and Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt. A jury comprising Laura Auricchio, Anne Poulet, and Elaine Sciolino chose Finding Fontainebleau from a shortlist of five titles that illuminate elements of French cultural or historical patrimony in interesting ways.

FHS is a non-profit American organization created in 1982 that includes 10 chapters in the US as well as one in France. FHS is dedicated to protecting the French architectural and cultural legacy both in France and the United States, with emphasis on raising funds for preservation, restoration and education. Proceeds from the dinner will help support the 2018 restoration projects selected by FHS’ New York Chapter: the Château de Caumont in Gers, the Prieuré Sainte Victoire in Bouches du Rhône, and the Château de Vendeuvre Gardens in Calvados.
Thad Carhart, Simo Neri, Christian Draz, Elizabeth Stribling, and Francis De Marneff
Yann Coatanlem and Odile De Schietere-Longchampt CeCe Black and Christian Draz
Yann Coatanlem, Elizabeth Stribling, Herve Ferrage, and Jennifer Herlein
Janine Atamian and Beverly Behan Charlotte Vignon and Anne Poulet
Jean Doyen De Montaillou, Jennifer Herlein, and Michael Kovner
Richard and Rosann Gutman Elizabeth Stribling, Elaine Sciolino, and Gabriel Sciolino Plump
Marife Hernandez, Elizabeth Stribling, Karen Hsu, and Joel Bell
The French soprano Karine Deshayes, who recently performed Stéphano’s role in Gounod’s Roméo and Juliette conducted by Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera, graced an evening of music and celebration at the French Consulate in New York a few Wednesdays ago.

Along with two young prodigies of L’Académie, a new training program at the Opera de Paris for young professionals destined to a lyric career, Deshayes sang Bizet and Rossini, and the baritone Vladimir Kapshuk and the tenor Jean-François Marras formed the Don Carlos / Rodrigue duet “Dio, che neall’alma infondere” from Verdi’s Don Carlo.
Karine Deshayes and Vladimir Kapshuk
Vladimir Kapshuk, Karine Deshayes, and Jean-François Marras
“We thus celebrated the launch of the 350th anniversary of the Paris Opera and Ballet,” explained Olivia Flatto, the President of the American Friends of the Paris Opera and Ballet (AFPOB), which hosted the evening. "With Karine Deshayes' performance along with the presence of young artists from L'Académie, we showed that the opera, which the French king Louis XIV created in 1669, is more visionary and modern than ever," Flatto added.

It was on June 28th, 1669, that the French King Louis XIV, himself a ballet dancer and music patron, signed the letter of patent to establish the Académie Royale de Musique, known today as the Paris Opera and Ballet. Until then, the art of choreography was only devoted to court entertainment; after, ballet was given a real stage and slowly gained its independence.
An evening of music and celebration at the French Consulate
The evening was graced with the presence of  HRC crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and her husband HRH Crown Prince Pavlos, the Consul Général of France Anne-Claire LegendreSusan Baker, Lorenz Baumer, Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire, Samantha and Nabil ChartouniBrad Comisar, Marina Couloucoundis, Mary Sharp CronsonJoanna and Brian FisherBart Friedman,  Cyril Karaoglan, Marina Kellen-French, René and Marie-France Kern, Julia KochPatricia Landeau, Andrew Litton, Nassir and Muna Abdulaziz Al-NasserSana Sabbagh, Christine Schwarzman, Mailys and Stanislas ThierryMarie-Monique Steckel, the executive director of the AFPOB Laure Vienot-Tronche, Andrew Martin Weber, Hall Witt and Caryn Zucker.

For more information: www.afpob.org
Olivia Flatto, Marina Kellen-French, and Anne-Claire Legendre Julia Koch and Olivia Flatto
Hall Witt and Mary-Sharp Cronson
Arabelle Reille-Mahadavi and Marie-Monique Steckel
Laure Vienot-Tronch, Joanna Fisher, and Sana Sabbagh
Noreen Buckfire and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Cyril Karaoglan, Olivia Flatto, and Andrew Litton
Stanislas and Mailys Thierry with JC Agid
Caryn Zucker
HRH Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Cyril Karaoglan
Olivia Flatto, Raphael Liogier, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Joanna Fisher, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Jean-Yves Kaced, Anne-Claire Legendre, and Myriam Mazouzi
Christine Schwarzman and HRH Prince Pavlos of Greece
Photographs by Natalie Bero/AnnieWatt.com (FH & AFL); Amber De Vos (AFPOB)