Friday, October 12, 2018

Meanwhile, around the town

Looking south towards Central Park South from Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street. 4 PM. Photo: JH.
Friday, October 12, 2018. It was very warm yesterday in New York, with temperatures in the 70s and humidity accompanying it. The skies were grey from clouds and by late afternoon the rains came. There is rain all around us and from the looks of the map, it’s coming up north via Michael at the end of his trip. The humidity is annoying. You find yourself sweating in mid-October; odd.

We got a lot of very kind and thoughtful and empathic mail about our friend Channing Chase on Wednesday’s Diary. We so appreciate any kind words that it bothers me that not everyone is thanked and acknowledged, as well as thanks for their reading of NYSD. So here it goes: Thank You. Channing particularly, would have been fascinated, in awe, and silently flattered and appreciative.

After all, she was an actress first and foremost in her own mind. And the most important person(s) in an actor/actresses’ life is You.

I hadn’t been to Michael’s for a couple of weeks. This past Wednesday was typical, high decibel conversation flooded the rooms: classic New York weekday lunch hour. Here among the tables in the front were Frank Lagella, who was at Table One in the corner;  moving along across the room: Frank McCourt, Jonathan Estreich, Kristen Rathfelder, Stan Shuman, Lori Stokes, Mickey Ateyeh, Rebecca Belldegrun, Jim Broner, Kathy Elsesser.

There was a book party/lunch for Lea Carpenter and her new novel “Red, White, Blue” hosted by Kelsey Leiter with such guests including Jay Felden, Alexandra Wolfe, Terry McDonell; across the way on Table Six Joel Moser who had among his guests the Princess of Brunei (I didn’t catch her first name); David Poltrack, Drew Schiff (newly wed married husband of the aforementioned Alexandra Wolfe).

Still in the room on Wednesday:  Andrew Stein, Gregg Jarrett, Michael Tannenbaum, Nick Verbitsky, Leslie Gallin, Lynn Goldberg with Joan Gelman, Phillys Melhado, Paula Wagner (Tom Cruise’s manager/producer) and her husband Nick Nicita: Ashley McDermott, Victoria Hoffman.

I was lunching with Brooke Hayward, another member of a farflung American show business (theatre/films) family. If you didn’t know, in 1977 or thereabouts, Brooke published a best-selling memoir that set the tone and style of legitimate Hollywood (celebrity) memoirs: “Haywire.” Haywire was the name of the farm where she grew up part of her life in Litchfield County with her mother the actress Margaret Sullavan. The story is as modern as today and deeply affecting.

And among this social/business maelstrom at table 12 in the center of the room was Linda Janklow with her son  Luke Janklow, and daughter Angela Janklow, who lives in Los Angeles. The Janklows’ father is the famous Mort literary agent/tycoon/legend. The young Janklows are third or fourth generation of a famous American family. Their mother Linda’s father was Mervin LeRoy, a very famous Hollywood director of the Golden Age of the Talkies. Her mother was a sister of the Warner Brothers, the boys who started out in the nickelodeon business and ended up a legendary name in the history of American film.  Linda grew up in Hollywood (not exactly that part of the map) experiencing that unique aspect of historic Americana.

Meanwhile, around the town. Last Thursday night, City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, held its annual BID – its signature fall tasting event at the Metropolitan Pavilion with more than 800 attending.
The theme was Havana Nights!
This is a great and important charity, built on the sensible idea of One Woman thirty years ago who had the perception and the foresight and common sense to do something about it. The event raised nearly $1.6 million -- enough to help feed 18,000 New Yorkers in need for a year. The money raised that night will help City Harvest rescue and deliver more food for New Yorkers in need that would otherwise go to waste; as well as distribute more free, fresh produce to its Mobile Markets; and ultimately bring more nutrition education to families across New York City.
This is a great party. More than 50 of New York’s best chefs, restaurants, and mixologists participated, including Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, Geoffrey Zakarian of The Lambs Club, Angie Mar of the Beatrice Inn, Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern. Guests were immersed in a lively Havana Nights theme while enjoying delicious dishes and cocktails, and bidding on once-in-a-lifetime experiences during the live auction led by Auctioneer Billy Harris.
Eric Ripert
Margaret and Geoffrey Zakarian
Waste not; want not. The event’s fund-raising will make it possible for City Harvest to rescue 6.6 million pounds of nutritious food and deliver it to soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs. “Right now,” Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest said, there are more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to feed themselves and their families on a daily basis. The food City Harvest will be able to rescue as a result of BID will go directly to our neighbors in need, helping them put nutritious meals on their tables.”
Billy Harris (auctioneer), Ron Ben-Israel, Markus Glocker, and Gabriel Kreuther
“BID is the only event that brings together so many of New York City’s elite chefs, bartenders, and restaurateurs – all joining together to help New Yorkers in need,” said Geoffrey Zakarian, Chair of City Harvest’s Food Council.
At the event, Inside Access from Chase hosted a private cabana where VIP guests had an opportunity to meet Chef Suzanne Cupps, City Harvest Food Council Member and Executive Chef of Untitled and Studio Café at The Whitney. Additional sponsors for the evening included: Watermill Trading, Wilf Family Foundations, DKNY, Moët Hennessy USA, Empire Merchants, Evian, Institute of Culinary Education, I. Halper, OpenTable, Clement Restaurant & Bar, Pret A Manger, Specialty Food Association, Mandarin Oriental New York, and Taylor Creative Inc. Edible Manhattan was the media sponsor.
Emma Bengtsson, Elizabeth Faulkner, Ariane Daguin, Anita Lo, and Suzanne Cupps and friends
This year City Harvest will rescue 61 million pounds of food and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Their programs help feed insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers.

To learn more visit
Bill Telepan and Angie Mar
Jilly Stephens, Orin Wilf, Kim Cooper, and Eric Ripert
Hillary Sterling (Chef and Owner of Vic's), Erin Shambura (Chef and Owner of Fausto), and Emma Bengtsson (Executive Chef of Aquavit)
François Payard and Marcus Samuelsson
On the Move Entertainment kep the crowd on their feet!
Eric Holder
Participating chefs, cooks and mixologists at BID
Films and documentaries. This month The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival celebrates its eighth year in New York City. From next Thursday, October 18th  through Sunday, October 28th, the festival will screen more than 100 documentary films — many world premieres — at the Cinema Village Theater, which is at 12th Street and University Place. 

Film producers and scientists from around the world will participate in panel discussions and Q&As, from countries including Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, Nigeria, and Portugal.
Christopher Gervais with the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival team
The WCFF is the only film festival dedicated to wildlife conservation. In addition to its festival in New York, the WCFF hosts a wildlife conservation exhibition in Dali, China. That three-month event also features films and a wildlife photography exhibition. The festival will also feature networking sessions, field trips, distribution meetings, a wildlife photography exhibit, and more. 

The opening reception will be held on the 18th at CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center. The closing reception and awards presentation will be held at Rockefeller University’s Caspary Auditorium and Abby Lounge on October 26th. 
Founder & CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Christopher J. Gervais, with Julia Bahlsen and Catherine Chalmers at the kick-off event at Grimandi Gallery
They held a VIP Press Party last Thursday at the Grimandi Art Gallery, hosted by ArtTour International Magazine.

Seating is limited, so be smart and buy tickets in advance. For a schedule of films, speakers, and tickets, visit:
On September 20th, Dress for Success Worldwide ( held its 12th annual Women Who Inspire Breakfast, raising over $115,000 for programming that supports women in attaining financial independence. "It was incredibly empowering to be in a roomful of women who care passionately about women and women's lives," said Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence.

The highlight of the breakfast was a fireside chat between headliner Gretchen Carlson, journalist, advocate, and author of “Be Fierce, and moderator Lucy Kaylin, editor-in-chief of O, The Oprah Magazine. "For anyone wishing to be inspired, look no further than Gretchen Carlson," said Kaylin. "It was an honor to interview her—and be a witness to the life-changing work Dress For Success Worldwide is doing."
DFS Chief Executive Officer Joi Gordon, Gretchen Carlson, and Lucy Kaylin
Anita D’Costa, Gretchen Carlson, and Kay Moini, VP of Peruvian Connection
Anita D'Costa, one of Dress for Success Worldwide's 2018 "Success Ambassadors," gave an eloquent testimony of the role of Dress for Success in her journey from personal tragedy to gaining a new career and life.

"Sharing the news of Peruvian Connection's partnership was the perfect punctuation to the inspirational event," said Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Dress for Success. "Hundreds of women came together to empower each other, honor those paving the way and evoke positive change in the workplace. Peruvian Connection's commitment to Dress for Success amplifies their support and the support of all those who stand behind our mission, enabling us to reach even more women.” 
DFS Client Ambassador Anita D’Costa, Women Who Inspire Event key note speaker
From November 4th through November 10th, Dress for Success and Peruvian Connection will launch the partnership with a week-long initiative of giving back. Peruvian Connection will donate 15% of all purchase proceeds made by Dress for Success supporters. The initiative will be available shopping online and in retail locations.  They will be participating as a signature partner in Dress for Success' #GivingTuesday 2018 campaign by donating 20 percent of sales on select alpaca and wool coats to Dress for Success.

Dress for Success' final signature event of 2018 will be Women Helping Women, a breakfast panel to be held on December 6th, 2018 at Manhattan's fabled Rainbow Room. This event, which sells out annually, raises awareness, funds and support to benefit Dress for Success's Professional Women's Group, a cornerstone program that serves as a networking, educational, and life skill building platform for women who have recently entered or re-entered the workplace.
Camille Aponte, Corporate Contributions Manager Dress for Success Worldwide, with Lucy Kaylin, Editor in Chief of  O, The Oprah Magazine

Photographs by Ben Hider & Eric Vitale Photography (City Harvest Bid); Jasmine Alston Photography (DFS)

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