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Saturday, May 28, 2016



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Drew Nieporent With Jean Shafiroff And David Burke

The American Cancer Society hosted its 11th annual Taste of Hope event on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The prominent culinary, wine, and spirits event featured some of New York’s most popular restaurants, chefs and beverage vendors. Guests enjoyed a walk-around tasting where they had the chance to sample trademark dishes, premier wines and spirits, and inventive cocktails.

Participating restaurants and chefs included cancer survivors Eric LeVine of Morris Tap & Grill and Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Café. Dishes served ranged from savory delicacies such as Fish Tacos from Almond, Mini Pulled Pork Sliders from Dinosaur Bar-B-QUE and Watermelon Gazpacho with Lobster Salad from La Fonda Del Sol to the sweet Southern Style Cupcakes from Doc’s Cake Shop and Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery.

Restaurant and beverage participants included: AG Kitchen, Alidoro, Almond, BLT Prime, Calle Ocho, Fresco By Scotto, La Fonda Del Sol, Luke’s Lobster, Magnolia Bakery, Nobu New York, Rock Center Café, STK Downtown, Todd English, Triomphe, Voilà Chocolat and many more. Approximately 50 participating restaurants and beverage sponsors were represented at the event.

Alysia Reiner And David Alan Basche

Now in its 11th year, the event is presented annually by the American Cancer Society and the Taste of Hope volunteer committee and has raised over $1.5 Million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The Society is currently investing more than $450 million in over 50 types of cancer research, with 103 new extramural grants that will go into effect this July. Like previous years, the event gathered over 800 affluent epicureans and philanthropists from the New York Metro area. This year's event was hosted by event chairs Mark D. Friedman & Jamie Koff and the 2016 Taste of Hope Volunteer Committee. The event raised over $200,000. American Cancer Society are still accepting donations via their website

An hour into the event, event chairs Mark D. Friedman & Jamie Koff took to the stage to introduce the 2016 event host Chris Wragge as well as this year’s honorees David Burke, Drew Nieporent and Jean Shafiroff. Friedman thanked the guests and honorees for coming and for their generous donations to the American Cancer Society and its work. Koff continued on to thank the event committee for all their hard work and dedication to the ACS mission.

The next person to take the microphone was CBS news anchor Chris Wragge and actor Richard Kind. Wragge started off mentioning the event’s great food, great drinks and great desserts, before asking who in the room had been affected by cancer in some way. Many hands were raised – showing just how all-affecting cancer is. Wragge encouraged everyone to help raise money for a cure, and mentioned that it was his fifth appearance at this important annual event.

Chris Wragge

Next, a video of the three honorees was displayed, following which the first honoree, David Burke, took to the stage. Culinary Honoree and award-winning celebrity chef David Burke, thanked guests and volunteers for making this event possible and the committee for being chosen as an honoree. Actor Richard Kind then stepped on to hand Burke an all clad sauté pan, inscribed with the Taste of Hope logo, jokingly noting that “you may not want to get panned, but tonight you will”, placing the pan on top of Burke’s head.

The next honoree to make an announcement was Corporate Honoree and Owner of Myriad Restaurant Group Drew Nieporent, who as Burke, thanked everyone for attending the event and mentioned how close to his heart the cause is, having lost his mother to cancer in 2000. Also Nieporent received a sauté pan from Kind, before introducing Jean Shafiroff.

Philanthropic Honoree and Author Jean Shafiroff thanked her fellow honorees, the American Cancer Society and all the volunteers who helped make the event possible. She pointed out the tremendous difference the ACS Hope Lodge makes in recovering cancer patients’ lives and how vital funding is to allow more research and resources for people struggling with cancer.

Concluding the announcements, Wragge and Kind took to the stage again to challenge the guests to donate $5,000 in 5 minutes. The live fundraising raised $8,000 in the next five minutes – contributing to the American Cancer Society’s mission to beat and treat cancer.

The event also featured a silent auction where guests bid on selected items exclusively offered to Taste of Hope. Highlights from the silent auction included: an exclusive Hamilton theater package, a Fiddler on the Roof theatre package, a Martha Stewart cooking kit, a Knicks pre-game ballkid experience and a golf tutorial by a PGA Tour superstar instructor.

Corporate sponsors of the event were Allstate, Don Q Rum, Eurostruct Inc, Freshdirect, Gentle Giant, Halstead Property, Sabert, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, UHY LLP, Umenoyado, Vinitaly International and Wine Spectator.

About Honoree David Burke:

Blurring the lines between chef, artist, entrepreneur and inventor, world-renowned chef David Burke is one of the leading pioneers in American cooking today. His fascination with ingredients and the art of the meal has fueled a thirty-year career marked by creativity, critical acclaim and the introduction of revolutionary products and cooking techniques.

Burke’s innovations and revolutionizing techniques appear on menus all over the world, including Pastrami Salmon (now available through Acme Smoked Fish), flavored oils and tuna tartare, GourmetPops, ready-to-serve cheesecake lollipops. Additionally, Burke is actively involved with culinology, an approach to food that blends the culinary arts and food technology. In 2011, Burke received the ultimate honor presented to inventors: a United States patent. It was awarded to him for the unique process by which he uses pink Himalayan salt to dry-age his steaks for up to 100 days and led to the citing of David Burke’s Primehouse in Chicago as the number one steakhouse in Chicago and the United States.

Over the years, Chef Burke has become one of the most recognized chefs on television, including appearances on two seasons of Top Chef Masters, a guest spot on the Every Day with Rachael Ray show, NBC’s TODAY Show, Bloomberg's small-business television series The Mentor, and more. In addition, Burke has published two cookbooks, Cooking With David Burke (1999) and David Burke’s New American Classics (2006) co-written by Judith Choate.

About Honoree Drew Nieporent:

Drew Nieporent is the founder of the famed Myriad Restaurant Group. Over the last 30 years, he has opened 36 acclaimed restaurants, including Tribeca Grill, Nobu New York, Nobu Fifty Seven, Nobu London, Nobu Next Door, Citi Field’s Acela Club and Madison Square Garden’s Daily Burger, as well as Crush Wine & Spirits. His latest restaurant, Bâtard, earned three-star ratings from The New York Times and New York Magazine, a coveted Michelin star (2014 and 2015), and the James Beard Foundation award for Best New Restaurant.

Drew has received James Beard awards for Outstanding Restaurateur (2009) and Humanitarian of the Year (2000). He is involved with dozens of charities including Citymeals on Wheels, Garden of Dreams, Food Allergy Research & Education and DIFFA.

About Honoree Jean Shafiroff:

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist and humanitarian, is considered to be at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists. Jean's philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions and includes the gifts of extensive time and knowledge. Through her work she encourages and seeks to empower all individuals to become philanthropists so that they can build the fulfillment of giving into their lives. Jean Shafiroff is the author of Successful Philanthropy: How To Make a Life by What You Give, a practical guide to modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today’s era.

A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Jean’s philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, women’s rights and well-being, health care, animal welfare and resources for children in need, in addition to other causes. Jean serves on the boards of New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (20+ years), Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, and Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation. Widely recognized for her philanthropic work, Jean has been recognized and featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, The New York Times, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others.

Jean works closely with the multiple causes she supports. Each year she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations. She is particularly well-known for her leadership in raising money for many charities, including the Southampton Hospital, New York City Mission Society, New York Women's Foundation and Southampton Animal Shelter. Jean has been honored by several organizations including the New York City Mission Society, Youth Counseling League, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Surgeons of Hope, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, and Animal Zone International.

Jean holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BS in physical therapy from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has worked both in public finance and private partnerships on Wall Street. Prior to that, she was a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Jean is married to Martin Shafiroff, an investment advisor, and together they have two daughters, Jacqueline and Elizabeth, who share their mother’s interest in charitable causes. Jean and her family reside in both New York City and Southampton, NY.

For more information about Jean Shafiroff and Successful Philanthropy, please visit

Successful Philanthropy [Hatherleigh Press/Penguin Random House] is available to order in Hardcover and E-Reader on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound. The book is also available for purchase wherever books are sold.

About Taste of Hope and The American Cancer Society:

Taste of Hope, American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine and spirit tasting soirée continues to shine as one of Spring’s top events in New York. Since inception, Taste of Hope has raised more than $1.5 million to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. 

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of their supporters worldwide, ACS help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions to ensure they have a presence in every community. For more information about American Cancer Society, visit

Friday, May 27, 2016


Maria Van Vlodrop And Stephanie Manasseh

The Accessible Art Fair and its US partner MvVo ART, hosted a Jury Meeting where over 50 top contemporary artists were selected by a prominent jury on May 2nd, 2016. The lucky artists selected will be part of the 2016 Accessible Art Fair for top emerging and mid-career artists of quality which will be held at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, New York, November 1st to November 25th, 2016. The final list of participating artists will be released by the art fair’s primary media partner Artnet – the leading online resource for the international art market – later in May 2016.

The Jury Meeting was held at the Lowell Hotel in Manhattan – perfectly situated within the “museum mile”. At the meeting, the jurors made their final selection from a large pool of American, European and International artists. Neuhaus chocolates provided the jury with delectable chocolates to nibble on throughout the day. Primary media partner Artnet’ Editor in Chief Rozalia Jovanovic was a panelist at the jury meeting. A newly announced partner of the art fair is leading microblogging platform and social networking website Tumblr.

The 50 carefully selected artists will exhibit paintings, sculptures and photography encompassing a variety of styles. The prominent jury which handpicked these artists included experts from Sotheby’s, Gagosian Gallery, Christie’s Collectrium and Artnet. The artists selected will be offered the opportunity to show their art during the Accessible Art Fair’s month-long fair in November 2016 at The National Arts Club, whose mission is to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts – providing artists with a platform to be discovered by the art world, collectors and the general public.

To ensure the quality of the works presented, the expert panel for the 2016 edition of the fair included: Stephanie Manasseh (Chief Curator), Rozalia Jovanovic (Editor in Chief at Artnet), Kevin Doyle (Sotheby’s), Shaune Arp (Gagosian Gallery), Ann Lydecker Bunge (Christie’s Collectrium), Shari Brownfield (Art Advisor), Rachel Rees (Sutton), Sophie Clauwaert (European Art Advisor)

The Accessible Art Fair, which is a concept originating from Brussels by Founder Stephanie Manasseh, breaks with traditional art boundaries. The artists are in direct contact with an art buying public as well as art influencers. MvVO ART’s Maria van Vlodrop describes the fair as a unique concept that she felt compelled to bring to New York given the wealth of talent looking to exhibit in one of the world’s most prominent art metropolises: “I am proud to partner with Stephanie and bring this new art fair to New York City and support emerging and established artists of quality in such an intimate venue as The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park.” Notable members of The National Arts Club include Martin Scorsese and Uma Thurman and works by famous artists such as Dali and Jeff Koons have been exhibited at the club.

Keeping in line with the Accessible Art Fair guidelines, artists get to keep the majority of their proceeds thanks to corporate sponsors committed to supporting the artists. European sponsors of the Accessible Art Fair have included BMW and Montblanc. All sponsorship or other inquiries for the 2016 New York Accessible Art Fair should be addressed to

About MvVO ART:

MvVo ART is in the business of creating opportunities for emerging and established artists of quality, collectors, corporate art sponsors and their guests to discover each other. At its debut in November 2016, MvVO ART will bring the Accessible Art Fair from its home in Brussels to the heart of the New York Art scene: The National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in Manhattan for a month long exhibition (November 1 to November 25, 2016). Maria van Vlodrop is the Founder and President of MvVO ART. In a new venture, Maria has partnered with Stephanie Manasseh, Founder & Director of Accessible Art Fair, to co-found and direct the Accessible Art Fair’s New York edition, uncover new talent and encourage organizations to associate their brands with art to provide their customers with unique experiences.

For more information about MvVO ART, visit

About the Accessible Art Fair:

Accessible Art Fair’s mission is to offer a platform for artists and designers and make them accessible to a discerning audience. Accessible Art Fair offers the opportunity to purchase quality works of art and design and meet the creators behind the work. All their works are carefully selected and hand-picked by a panel of experts and guaranteed the quality of the art presented. Accessible Art Fair is the place to discover great talent. The Accessible Art Fair also strives to make the art purchasing experience as pleasant as possible by removing the barriers between the buyer and the artist. Founder Stephanie Manasseh started the organization in 2007 with the goal to create a platform for both talented emerging and established artists to sell their work to the art buying public.

For more information about the Accessible Art Fair, visit

About the Lowell Hotel:

Established as a luxury hotel since 1927 and privately owned, The Lowell remains one of the few properties where guests feel the welcome of home every time they check in. The beautiful landmarked hotel on East 63rd Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, is a short stroll from New York City’s best shopping and just blocks from Central Park. Situated amongst the most exclusive addresses on the Upper East Side, The Lowell is the picture of classic New York elegance. Sixty percent of the hotel is dedicated to spacious suites, furnished with the comforts of a stylish pied-à-terre; luxurious terraces, kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces, and concierge services to cater one’s every whim. Long the New York hotel of choice for “in the know” world travelers, The Lowell is poised to become even more sought-after in late summer 2016 with a new restaurant and bar, library lounge, and garden in addition to updates to the lobby and Pembroke Room.

For more information about the Lowell Hotel, visit

The Lowell Hotel
28 East 63rd St (at Madison Ave)
New York, NY 10065

Photo By: Patrick McMullan


Jane Krakowski

The 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievements in dance on Broadway and in film. This year’s Award Recipients included Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Nigel Lythgoe, Creator & Executive Director of So You Think You Can Dance. Choreographer Maurice Hines received a special award for his body of work in the field of dance. Dr. Joan Fallon also received an award for special achievement in the field of autism and related disorders.

The gala evening, which was held at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York, commenced with a Red Carpet & VIP Cocktail Reception followed by the Performances & Awards Ceremony, after which a VIP After Party was held at the Hebrew Union College to which some 350 award recipients, performers and well-wishers attended. Over the course of the night, a number of special performances were made.

Maurice Hines & Judith Jamison
The evening’s presenters included Tony Award Nominee Patricia Birch, Tony Award Nominee Leanne Cope, Tony Award Nominee Don Correia, Tony Award Nominee Sandy Duncan, Tony Award Nominee Charlotte D’Amboise, Tony Award Nominee Robert Fairchild, Tony Award Winner Christopher Gattelli, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Tony Award Winner Joel Grey, Obie Award Winner Jackie Hoffman, Tony Award Nominee Terrence Mann, NYCB Principal Dancer Tiler Peck, Tony Award Winner Susan Stroman, Tony Award Nominee Tony Yazbeck, Producer Randi Zuckerberg. There were also several live performances throughout the evening, featuring Emmy Winner and Drama Desk Nominee Spencer Liff, So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Winner Amy Yakima, Broadway Dancer Francesca Harper, Tony Award Nominee Desmond Richardson, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Company Member Rachael McLaren, and the cast of Broadway’s On Your Feet.

All proceeds from the event will benefit non-profit 501 c(3) organization The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, which provides Dance and Movement Therapy for autistic and disabled children in New York City. The goal of the organization is to bring artistic expression to the developmentally disabled children in our community. The event was produced by Patricia Watt, NYC Dance Alliance, Fred Astaire Studios and consulting producers Todd Allan and Beth Bogush, with Associate Producers Jessica Zippin and Alix Michel.

The evening started off with the Latin inspired performance “Tradición” from the musical On Your Feet, written by Emilio Estefan and Gloria Estefan and choreographed by Sergio Trujilo. This was followed by a welcome speech from Patricia Watt and Joe Lanteri, after which the Special Achievement in the Field of Autism and Related Disorders Award was bestowed on Dr. Joan Fallon. This announcement was followed by a few words from Jessica Zippin about the organization’s Dance & Movement Therapy Program and the big difference it makes in the lives of children with autism and severe cognitive dysfunction.

The first dance award of the evening, presented by Kiera Chaplin, was won by Dave Scott for High Strung in the category Outstanding Choreography in a Feature Film of which the nominees included: Luke Broadlick, Teresa Espinosa, Alison Faulk & Channing Tatum (MagicMike XXL); Christopher Gattelli (Hail, Caesar!); Aakomon Jones (Pitch Perfect 2); Joey Pizzi (Lucky Stiff); Fatima Robinson & Charm Jordan (Dance Camp) and Dave Scott (High Strung).

Next was the evening’s second performance “Let’s Face the Music & Dance” by The Fred Astaire Dance Studios, choreographed by Steven Powell. The lively dance performance featured music from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

For the first time this year, the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards recognized excellence in dance, movement, and choreography Off-Broadway. The Off-Broadway awards for the 2015-2016 season were presented next by Jackie Hoffman and Randi Zuckerberg.

Rumi Oyama (Sayonara) was the winner of the category for Outstanding Female Dancer Off-Broadway. Nominees included: Yesenia Ayala (Trip Of Love); Leslie Kritzer (Robber Bridegroom); Rumi Oyama (Sayonara); Jaime Lynn Verazin (Standard Time); Ellen Zolezzi (Cagney).

The award for Outstanding Male Dancer Off-Broadway was won by Robert Creighton (Cagney). The nominees included: Jeremy Benton (Cagney); Dave Thomas Brown (The Legend Of Georgia Mcbride); Robert Creighton (Cagney); Cory Lingner (Once Upon A Mattress); Matt McGrath (The Legend Of Georgia Mcbride).

The Award for Outstanding Choreography Off-Broadway resulted in a tie between Connor Gallagher (of The Robber Bridegroom) and Paul McGill (of The Legend of Georgia Mcbride). Nominees in this category included: Joshua Bergasse (Cagney); Martha Clarke (Angel Reapers); Connor Gallagher (The Robber Bridegroom); Paul McGill (The Legend Of Georgia Mcbride); James Ortiz, Claire Karpen & Will Gallacher (The Woodsman); Sergio Trujillo & Darrell Grand Moultrie (Invisible Thread).

The performance “A Humble Tribute” was then performed by dancers (and also choreographed by) Leo and John Manzari.

Next, Choreographer Maurice Hines, who appeared Off-Broadway this season in his show Tappin’ Through Life, was recognized with a special recognition award for Outstanding Body of Work in Dance. In his remarked he told the audience of how “my final work was choreography of ballet dancers for Stevie Wonder and I was working through the project a life-time of memories and experiences came flooding back.”

This was followed by two back-to-back performances. First, “Where Do I Begin”, choreographed by Spencer Liff, followed by “Dr. Jazz”, choreographed by Warren Carlyle.

The third special award recipient of the evening was Nigel Lythgoe, Creator & Executive Director of So You Think You Can Dance. In accepting the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Dance he noted self-deprecatingly that, “I was the original Billy Elliot. I could take dance lessons only if I took boxing lessons also – after three broken noses dance and choreography became my true focus”.

The performance “For a Sophisticated Lady” was then held by Francesca Harper and Desmond Richardson, staged by Chet Walker and with music by Duke Ellington. After this, an excerpt from CRY (1971) was performed, choreographed by Alvin Ailey and restaged by Masazumi Chaya.

The fourth and last special award of the evening, presented by Patricia Birch and Joel Gray, was given to Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. When awarded the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award she noted that, “People always ask me ‘why did you want to be a dancer?’ to which I reply that I always felt I needed to be a dancer.”

Thereafter, the award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show was presented by Christopher Gattelli, and included: Bright Star, Dames at Sea, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, On Your Feet, School of Rock, She Loves Me, Shuffle Along and Spring Awakening, with the Award being presented to Shuffle Along.

Phillip Attmore (of Shuffle Along) won the award for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show, which was presented by Leanne Cope and Tony Yazbeck. Nominees included: Phillip Attmore (Shuffle Along); Alex Brightman (School of Rock); Daveed Diggs (Hamilton); Carlos E. Gonzalez (On Your Feet); Curtis Holland (Shuffle Along); Kendrick Jones (Shuffle Along); Luis Salgaldo (On Your Feet).

The category Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, presented by Charlotte d’Amboise and Terrence Mann, included nominees: Mara Davi (Dames at Sea); Deanna Doyle (Tuck Everlasting); Sandra Mae Frank (Spring Awakening); Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me); Eloise Kropp (Dames at Sea); Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet); Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along). The award was won by Jane Krakowski (She Loves Me).

The last award of the evening for Outstanding Choreographer in a Broadway Show, presented by Sandi Duncan and Don Correia, resulted in a three way tie between Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), Savion Glover (Shuffle Along) and Sergio Trujillo (On Your Feet). The nominees were: Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton); Warren Carlyle (She Loves Me); Savion Glover (Shuffle Along); Lorin Latarro (Waitress); Spencer Liff (Spring Awakening); Casey Nicholaw (Tuck Everlasting); Josh Rhodes (Bright Star); Hofesh Shechter (Fiddler on the Roof); Randy Skinner (Dames at Sea) and Sergio Trujillo (On Your Feet).

The Awards Ceremony concluded with the performance “Gloria”, featuring a mix of Gloria Estefan music and choreographed by Justin M. Lewis and Mark Orsborn.

The Off-Broadway Committee was comprised of Andy Sandberg (Chair), Jonathan Herzog, Michael Milton, Nikki Feirt Atkins, Judith Jamison, and Lee Roy Reams. The winners were announced on May 16th at the annual Astaire Awards ceremony alongside the 2015-2016 Broadway and Film Awards.

The Nominating Committee Chair was Wendy Federman, supported by committee members: Nikki Atkins, Ted Chapin, Pat Collins, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Jonathan C. Herzog, Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Pia Lindstrom, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Mary McColl, Michael Milton, Mary Beth O’Connor, Laura Penn, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, Andy Sandberg and Harry Haun.

The Honorary Committee for the 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards was comprised of: Karole Armitage, Rob Ashford, Hinton Battle, Bob Balaban, Marisa Berenson, Anna Bergman, Patricia Birch, Chase Brock, Tricia Brouk, Ron Brown, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Marge Champion, Wayne Cilento, Louis Hirschfeld Cullman, Arlene Dahl, Jacques D’Amboise, Graciela Daniele, Peter Darling, Marguerite Derricks, Kelly Devine, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Eve Ensler, Daniel Ezralow, Jules Fisher, Roberta Flack, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Mario Fratti, Christopher Gattelli, Mitzi Gaynor, Kearran Giovanni, Savion Glover, Joel Grey, Peggy Hickey, Steven Hoggett, JoAnn Hunter, Anne Jackson, Susan Jaffee, Denis Jones, Paul Katz, Larry Keigwin, Daniel Knechtges, Spencer Liff, Michele Lynch, Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Julie McDonald, Donna McKechnie, Joey McKneely, Stephen Mear, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Casey Nicholaw, Marsha Norman, Kenny Ortega, Robert Osbourne, Jeffrey Page, Daniel Pelzig, Jane Powell, Josh Prince, Ann Reinking, Michael Rubenstein, Wendy Seyb, Lisa Schriver, Randy Skinner, Victoria Traube, Sergio Trujillo, Anthony van Laast, Chet Walker, Patti Wilcox and Matt Williams.

About The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were established in 1982 to recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film. The annual awards were established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to also honor his sister Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The Fred & Adele Awards remain the gold standard for excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and film. Since 1982, additional awards have been added, including the award for best choreography in film, the lifetime achievement award, and a unique award determined annually for exceptional contribution to the field.

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Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Victoria Flores

Affordable Luxury Hair Extensions expert Victoria Flores of Lux Beauty Club (LBC) hosted a kickoff viewing party, in collaboration with partner Ramona Singer from Real Housewives of New York, at the District CoWork Nomad loft space on Wednesday May 4th, 2016. Guests were invited to try the quality hair extensions and receive a chic hair styling from the LBC experts as well as glamorous makeup from beauty partner Priv. Guests mingled the open loft space while enjoying champagne from Sento Bene and delectable nibbles from Baked by Melissa.

All of Lux Beauty Club’s hair extensions are of the highest quality hair, offering both quality synthetic hair and luxury human hair extensions in lengths ranging up to 24 inches. LBC also offers a wide range of hair accessories, hair care, hair tools, clip-on hair pieces, textured weaves and wigs. Additionally, LBC partners with community stylists and beauty concierge service Priv, whose stylists come to your home to install the hair extensions for you. All to make it more convenient to the consumer.

Lux Beauty Club (LBC) was founded in 2015 and believes hair extensions should be affordable and accessible to everyone. You shouldn’t have to pay hundreds or thousands to a stylist to buy salon-quality hair extensions. LBC understands that you need your hair extensions on a regular basis and by cutting out the middleman and buying straight from the source, the customer wins! Human hair is kept at excessively high prices by stylists and salons, but LBC is turning the industry on its head. Full price transparency is the LBC mission. LBC also partners with community stylists who charge a reasonable fee to install hair extensions or you can simply DIY the hair. You can buy all LBC products as a one-time purchase or subscribe and join the club and save 20%. You can even choose to get hair care product samples in your box every time it arrives.

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Photo By: Patrick McMullan


Manhattan Moonshine

So you want to start drinking Whiskey? Well, where do you start? Much like deciding to suddenly start drinking wine, deciding to start drinking Whiskey can be a daunting task. With endless varietals, a generally intimidating population of connoisseurs, and flavors wholly unlike those found in other liquors, beginning to drink Whiskey can be very intimidating.

Now, with more and more millennials becoming interested in trying Whiskey for the first time, a need has arisen for an approachable Whiskey, that is soft enough for new Whiskey drinkers and does not have the unfamiliar flavors that typically turn new drinkers away from Whiskey: oak and smoke. Enter Manhattan Moonshine, a Whiskey aged less than one hour so that instead of heavy oak and smoke flavors, it simply has a soft grain-forward sweetness and round, spicy finish, making it more approachable for new Whiskey drinkers and an easier transition from the Vodka, Gin, or Tequila that they were previously drinking.

In addition to being softer and more approachable than heavily aged Whiskeys, Manhattan Moonshine has another trick up its sleeve that has been drawing in new drinkers: versatility. Because it lacks the heavier barrel flavors that limit the ingredients that aged Whiskeys can mix with, Manhattan Moonshine can actually replace other spirits in their respective cocktails. Put simply, this means that millennials looking to start drinking Whiskey can start by using Manhattan Moonshine in their current favorite cocktail. Whether it is a Margarita, a Cosmopolitan, or a Martini, Manhattan Moonshine easily replaces the main liquor ingredient and adds a complexity and boldness of flavor that only a Whiskey can supply, while also providing a smooth transition into Whiskey for new drinkers.

It is this same versatility that is exciting the top bars and restaurants across New York, where top mixology programs like Macao Trading Co. and Apotheke are using Manhattan Moonshine to create new, never before seen cocktails that cater to the ever increasing number of millennials that are interested in drinking Whiskey. Whether in a Moonshine Negroni or a Whiskeypolitan (a Whiskey Cosmopolitan), Manhattan Moonshine is being used to reinvigorate classic cocktails and to create seasonal cocktail creations with ingredients from matcha green tea to lavender.

The Manhattan Moonshine formula was carefully created during a year of experimentation by Manhattan Moonshine Founder and CEO, William Kehler, and Master Distiller and author, Ian Smiley, who literally wrote the book on moonshine. The result of this work is a unique grain bill featuring a combination of Oats, Rye, Spelt (an ancestral form of wheat) and Malted Barley, all grown in New York state, and a unique production process. With its unique grain bill and production process, Manhattan Moonshine is able to deliver a smooth, grain-forward, Whiskey flavor that no other silver Whiskey is able to create. Ultimately, this soft yet complex flavor and the versatility that it enables are what have allowed Manhattan Moonshine to establish itself as a staple in the New York cocktail scene and a perfect entry point for new Whiskey drinkers.

Manhattan Moonshine’s unmistakable 750 ml Art Deco decanter retails at the MSRP of $39.99.

About Manhattan Moonshine:

Manhattan Moonshine is the world’s first luxury silver Whiskey and has been designed to be the perfect Whiskey for cocktails and for new Whiskey drinkers. The Manhattan Moonshine Company, LLC was founded in 2013 by William Kehler to establish silver Whiskey as a legitimate expression of Whiskey that is competitive with Aged-Whiskey in flavor, quality and class. Using a unique grain bill featuring a combination of Oats, Rye, Spelt (an ancestral form of wheat) and Malted Barley with its unique production process, a collaboration between Kehler and whiskey expert Ian Smiley to create the formulation. Manhattan Moonshine delivers a smooth, grain-forward, Whiskey flavor that no other silver Whiskey is able to create. A New York City native, Kehler is a New York City native and Whiskey enthusiast who is fascinated by the Prohibition era, Art Deco design and the Jazz age.

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Pancakes At Clyde's Restaurant

What will the Southampton Inn restaurant be for 2016? With a new name, concept, manager and executive chef, Clyde’s Restaurant features a wholesome and healthy menu designed by Executive Chef Scott Adriani featuring all of the guest selected favorite foods from the past five years.

Opening in May 2016, Clyde’s will continue its Dan’s Paper’s “Best of the Best” daily breakfast. Clyde’s classic breakfast specials include Eggs Any Style, which features two farm fresh eggs to order, and Clyde’s Omelet, which is a build-your-own omelet with 2 ingredients of your choice. Other favorites on the breakfast menu are Eggs Benedict, Blueberry Pancakes, Jobs Lane French Toast and the Smoked Salmon Platter. For an extra boost of vitamin C, try the Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice as an accompaniment to your Freshly Brewed Colombian Coffee or choice of Fine Tea.

Luncheon will be served inside or outside in the newly refurbished courtyard under fun umbrellas, surrounded by colorful flowers. Guest voted lunch favorites include a Lobster Roll, Roasted Turkey Club and Classic Caesar Salad. The pool patio bar will open in the afternoon and serve up floats, shakes and tropical drinks all day. Exciting selections include The Southampton Mojito Float, Coconut Margarita Cooler and Old Fashioned Root Beer Float.

Dining At Clyde's Southampton

Clyde’s classic and healthy take on a Tavern Menu will include small pub plates in the afternoon, by the bar or carry-out to the pool. The new tavern menu offers a Classic Gourmet Burger, Lobster Sliders, Korean Fried Duck Wings, and Moules Frites – with Local, Seasonal Beers on tap. On the new dinner menu, diners can mix and match locally sourced vegetable sides and fresh sauces and salsas for their chicken, local striped bass, salmon or hanger steak selection. Those who have room for dessert can enjoy ice cream, sorbets, homemade cakes and post dinner treats from the pastry chef.

Outside Dining In Southampton
Clyde’s concept was created to fill a void within Southampton Village. Guests will experience soundly priced, locally sourced options, with plenty of selections for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free diners – all within a family friendly environment with superb service. Guests have a choice of dining outside in the Inn’s courtyard or in the renovated 68-seat dining room. The restaurant’s club-casual décor creates a relaxing, non-pretentious atmosphere where guests can enjoy a true Hamptons dining experience with style and ease. Clyde’s Carry Out is also available for guests to bring to the pool patio, the beach, or on a bicycle excursion. Clyde’s is planned to be open year round to support corporate groups, full service catering, as well as the local community.

About Clyde’s: 

Launching in 2016, Clyde's restaurant will continue to offer "Best of the Best" breakfast, as well as lunch, dinner, and a bar menu all year long. Focusing on locally sourced ingredients and freshly picked vegetables and herbs from the Inn’s very own garden, Clyde's will specialize in modern salads, classic sandwiches, inventive small plates, and gourmet burgers and inventive entrees at dinner. Classic, comfortable and complemented by excellent service, Clyde's blends Hampton’s hospitality with European elegance with al fresco dining in the beautifully planted courtyard or inside the intimate dining room. Draft beer and local wines will be served, as well as specialty tropical drinks poolside during the summer season.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (631) 283-1166 or visit

91 Hill Street

Southampton, NY 11968


New York's Best Burger

Lunch diners can now enjoy a 3-course prix fixe lunch at renowned restaurant MAMO New York for only $28 Mondays through Fridays. Starters include favorites such as Peperoni dolci grigliati con farcia al tonno (grilled red peppers stuffed with tuna), Supplì di riso e insalata di finocchi (rice croquettes and fennels salad), Come a Capri (tomatoes, burrata, baby romaine salad, olives), Tartare di pescato su panzanella (fresh fish tartare on panzanella), Zuppa del giorno (soup of the day) and a traditional Niçoise salad with baby arugula, romaine lettuce, frissé, eggs, anchovies, tuna, french beans and potatoes. 

Main courses offered range from classics such as Lasagne alla Bolognese and Pizza Margherita to MAMO’s signature Raviolini al tartufo (ravioli with truffles), Tagliata di filetto e salsa al vino rosso (sliced beef filet and red wine sauce) and the popular MAMO burger, featuring a wagyu beef patty with fresh truffles and foie gras, served with MAMO gravy. Blackboard specials are also offered at lunch, so look out for the specials of the day. 

To finish off the lunch on a sweet note, diners can chose from MAMO’s delicious desserts, such as the classic Tiramisu, the rich Amaretti, the velvety smooth Mousse al cioccolato and the Cheesecake alla lavanda (cheesecake with a lavender twist).

Behind the brand new prix fixe menu is Michelin-Starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola, formerly of Eataly Roma and Ristorante Quattro Mori. A native of Italy, Sola grew up surrounded by the flavors and cooking style of the Italian/French Provençal cuisine that MAMO has perfected. Drawing on colors and nature as inspiration, Sola is known for his simple yet eye catching dishes. 

MAMO is the transatlantic sister to Cannes film festival go-to restaurant MAMO Le Michelangelo, a two decades old French Riviera staple and favorite among movie stars and socialites alike. MAMO, the younger SoHo sibling, is run by Italian restauranteur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti (son of MAMO Le Michelangelo’s Herve Mammoliti) and maintains the same authentic feel and dedication to Provençal flavors as its Antibes namesake. Just like MAMO Le Michelangelo, MAMO attracts a wide array of celebrities, including Rhianna, Magic Johnson, Alexander Wang, Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson, Gigi Hadid, Beyonce and Jay Z.

MAMO offers diners traditional southern Italian/French cuisine in an intimate yet elegant setting. The bi-level restaurant includes a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs. Both spaces capture the Riviera’s “sense of home” with original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The decor also incorporates classic New York-inspired touches such as exposed brick walls. 

To complement the flavorful dishes, MAMO also boasts an impressive cocktail menu from which diners can enjoy specialty cocktails such as the MAMO Negroni, the MAMO Spritz and their one-of-a-kind Truffle Martini. In addition to the cocktail program, MAMO also has an extensive wine list of carefully selected French and Italian wines to complement the cuisine. 

About MAMO

Located on West Broadway between Grand and Canal Streets, MAMO restaurant is a purveyor of affectionate Italian and Provençal dining experience. MAMO is bringing a long tradition of Italian hospitality and Provençal charm to New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. MAMO, The New York outpost of Le Michelangelo, a 23-year-old staple located on the French Riviera, boasts Michelin-starred chef Massimo Sola (formerly of Eataly Roma, Ristorante Quattro Mori) as executive chef. Whether you prefer a relaxing night out with your closest friends, intimate gatherings and business meetings, or a grand cocktail party, you are certain to experience an unforgettable evening at MAMO and enjoy the incredible service and food. The menu incorporates a mix of classic family recipes as well as market specials. The restaurant’s design embodies the Riviera’s “sense of home” with a warm color palate, original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The multi-level restaurant offers an unforgettable experience where every single person is treated with affection and love.


323 West Broadway
(between Grand & Canal St)
New York, NY 10013

Monday-Friday: 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM lunch; 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM dinner
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM brunch; 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM dinner

For more information, please call (646) 964-4641 or visit

Saturday, May 07, 2016


Domenico Vacca And Eleonora Pieroni

Victoria Silvstedt

Italian designer Domenico Vacca celebrated the grand opening of his new flagship destination. The flagship is a 10-story building off Fifth Avenue that includes Men’s and Women’s Retail, a Bespoke Atelier, an Italian Espresso Bar & Café, Barber Shop, Beauty Salon, Rooftop Terrace, Art Gallery, Private Members-Only Club, and 30 long-term stay furnished residential units designed by Vacca himself.

Following a red carpet arrival complemented by a beautiful Maserati display, guests were able to explore the various elements of The Domenico Vacca flagship while enjoying specialty cocktails by Disaronno. VIPs were later invited to join Domenico in the exclusive DV Club for dinner and live entertainment by special guests including the Umberto Smalia Band, while sipping Disaronno Riserva and tasting culinary delights from Truffle Sommelier, Christine Berni-Silverstein from Master Chef.

The grand opening event was sponsored by Disaronno, Saicaf, Sofia Falleroni from the Corcoran Group Real Estate, Urbani Truffles, Calvisius Caviar, and Maserati of Manhattan (who will be partnering with The Domenico Vacca long-term by providing the Maserati Quattroporte as the Domenico Vacca house car).

Notable guests included: Maxwell (Singer: wore Domenico Vacca for the event), Shaun Toub (Homeland: wore Domenico Vacca for the event), Savion Glover (Tap Dancer), Paul Haggis (Director: Crash, Million Dollar Baby), Joseph Sitt (Founder of Thor Equities), Michael Cayre (Midtown Equities), Jonathan Cheban (Celebrity Publicist), Pat Morrison (NY Giants), Chris Houston (NFL), Dereck Faulkner (NFL), Plaxico Burress (NFL), Steve Maneri (NFL), Dale Moss (NFL) Daniel Boulud (Restaurateur), Jordan Roth (Broadway Producer), Sammy Adams (Musician), Kaki West (Model), Victoria Silvstedt (Model), Bianca Espada (E!’s Rich Kids of Beverly Hills), Alex & Andrew Harris (Models), Pamela Liebman (President & CEO, Corcoran), Todd English (Celebrity Chef), Francesco Pannella (TV Star, Brooklyn Man an downder of Antica Pesa in New York and Rome), Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim (Curator) and Domenico Vacca’s fiancée, Eleonora Pieroni wearing a couture Domenico Vacca silk red dress with jewelry from Chopard.

About Domenico Vacca:

Domenico Vacca is on a mission to bring back exceptional luxury and quality to fashion. Born in Italy, in Andria, Vacca‘s family was for decades deeply rooted in the craft of fashion. In 2002, Vacca launched his own label to spread the latest sartorial trends in fashion with a lifestyle clothing and accessories collection for men and women. By combining the best of Italian craftsmanship, superb fabrics, and an impeccable fit with a contemporary Italian cut, the Domenico Vacca label is often referred to as the Ferrari of clothing.

For Domenico Vacca, quality is the integrity to his namesake label. With 100 master tailors and 250 seamstresses who sew and construct his collection by hand in Naples, Italy, Vacca offers ultimate luxury in fashion where timeless pieces meet flattering fits, styles and fabrics create an exceptionally chic lifestyle collection. A unique and exclusive custom order program allows clients to choose from more than 2,000 fabrics and an unlimited selection of exotic skins in various colors for the accessories.

Domenico Vacca has become a favorite with Hollywood costume designers by collaborating with them to wardrobe lead actors and actresses in films such as The Son of No One (Al Pacino), Just Wright (Queen Latifah, Paula Patton), The Inside Man (Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer), Stranger Than Fiction (Dustin Hoffman, Will Ferrell, Queen Latifah), August Rush (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), American Gangster (Denzel Washington), The Kite Runner (Shaun Toub), The Lincoln Lawyer (Marisa Tomei), Morning Glory (Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford), and TV series such as HBO’s Entourage (Jeremy Piven), Lipstick Jungle (Brooke Shields), FX’s Damages (Glenn Close) and HBO’s In Treatment (Gabriel Byrne).

Domenico Vacca’s loyal customers include music’s biggest stars such as Kanye West, Usher, 50 Cent, L.A. Reid, Sean P. Diddy Combs, and Yoko Ono; A-list actors, Ashton Kutcher, Denzel Washington, Christopher Plummer, Dustin Hoffman, Jodie Foster, John Malkovich, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Melanie Griffith, Nicolette Sheridan, Queen Latifah, Alan Alda, Vincent Gallo, Michael Imperioli, Glenn Close, and Antonio Banderasn; athletes Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Scottie Pippen and Steve Smith; New York City’s Fortune 500 and VIPs Ronald Perelman, Ronald Lauder, Gustavo Cisneros, Edgar Bronfman Jr, Pepe Fanjul, Giuseppe Cipriani, Ivana Trump and Anne Bass along with designers Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger.

Vacca was recognized twice by the prestigious Robb Report Magazine with the Award for Best Italian Collection in their annual Best of the Best issue and was recognized by Best Life Magazine as the finest tie collection in the world.

The Domenico Vacca is located at 15 West 55th Street, New York, NY. For more information, visit



Latitude Bar &Grill

Todays kick off the 142nd Kentucky Derby at one of New York’s four most exciting venues; Midtown West’s Latitude Bar & Grill, SoHo’s MAMO Restaurant and Midtown West’s Ivy Bar & Grill. All four venues will offer a unique experience and feature some delectable dishes and drinks especially for the occasion. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of horse racing’s most prestigious trophy, the Triple Crown.

Latitude Bar & Grill encompasses four main floors, including an outdoor roof deck. With its 36ft bar, vintage style billiards room, wooden based Mardi-Gras bar and 10ft windows looking out onto 8 Ave, it offers a great atmosphere for enjoying delicious dishes and drinks while watching the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Latitude Bar & Grill will also be offering Kentucky Derby’s signature drinks, including the Mint Julep for Triple Crown on May 7th, 2016; the Black Eyed Susan for the Preakness Stakes on May 21st, 2016; and the Belmont Breeze for the Belmont Stakes on June 11th, 2016.

Latitude Bar & Grill’s Roof Deck, which is now open for the season, offers a perfect view of 8th Ave. Enjoy a casual dining menu that includes the Lobster Sandwich with Crispy Shrimp, Latin Style Lettuce Wedge Salad, Philly Cheese Steak Spring Rolls and a variety of sliders such as: Classic, Latin Style, Pulled Pork and Chicken. Popular cocktails offered include the Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Appletini, Pomegranate Fizz, Lychee Martini and Strawberry Martini.

MAMO Restaurant in bustling SoHo neighborhood offers a special Kentucky Derby Lunch & Dinner Menu, including: Gazpacho Cold Soup With Shrimps And Ricotta ($28); Gnocchi Di Patate With Swordfish Ragout And Eggplants ($33); Chicken Breast With Yellow Peppers Sauce “Alla Romana” ($38); and Pears And Chocolate Pie With Pastry Cream ($12). Pair the delectable dishes with MAMO’s signature cocktails, which include the MAMO Negroni, MAMO Spritz, Valentina, Timal, and the exclusive Martini Al Tartufo.

MAMO offers a perfect place to come and celebrate after watching your favorite horse win the Derby, featuring a bi-level restaurant, including a casual lounge on the ground floor and a formal dining room upstairs. Both spaces capture the Riviera’s “sense of home” with original family photos and oversized vintage movie posters. The decor also incorporates classic New York-inspired touches such as exposed brick walls.

With plenty of seating options low or high top tables and a gorgeous sprawling bar you can be sure to catch all the action at Ivy Bar & Grill. Enjoy a delicious dining menu that includes Kale & Artichoke Dip, Truffle Fries, Lamb Burger, and Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Ivy Bar & Grill will have a huge selection of draft and bottled craft beers available all night long. Specialty themed cocktails will also be offered, including the $10 Mint Julep, the $12 Belmont Jewel, the $12 Brown Derby, and $5 shots. A free shot will also be offered to the person wearing the craziest hat so dress to make an impression!

For more information please visit:

Latitude Bar & Grill

783 8th Avenue (between 47th & 48th)

New York, NY 10036

(212) 245-3034

Twitter: @LatitudeNYC

Instagram: @latitudebarnyc


323 W Broadway (between Canal St & Grand St)

New York, NY 10013


Twitter: @MAMO_NYC

Instagram: @mamo_nyc

Ivy Bar & Grill

944 8th Avenue (at 56th Street)

New York, NY 10019


Twitter: @ivybarnyc

Instagram: @ivybarandgrill


Geraldo Rivera

FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a one-hour special tonight entitled “Fox News Reporting: Beauty & the Beast – When Kate met Chapo,” hosted by Geraldo Rivera on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at 8:00PM/ET and Sunday, May 8th, 2016 at 9:00PM/ET. In this program, Rivera sits down with Mexican actress Kate del Castillo to discuss her relationship with Joaquin Guzman, better known as the head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, “El Chapo.” She goes in-depth on how the two became pen-pals in addition to the secret meeting they later had with Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn.

Also during this special, Rivera reports on Chapo’s pending extradition to the United States, his fascination with Donald Trump, the role the Mexican government has played, as well as the potential impact his incarceration will have on the drug scourge in the U.S. Additionally, Rivera talks with former assistant special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division for the Americas, Carl Pike.

The Beast: In our graphic real-life story the beast is billionaire drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, the head of the ruthless Sinaloa Drug Cartel, better known as “El Chapo” (‘Shorty’). Labeled: The bin Laden of Drug Dealers by the DEA, El Chapo was at large after escaping for a 2nd time from Altiplano Mexico’s most secure prison.

The Beauty: The beauty is Kate del Castillo, the sultry Mexican actress whose character Teresa Mendoza in the wildly popular Mexican prime time soap opera La Reina del Sur (‘Queen of the South’) became El Chapo’s destructive obsession. The fictional Teresa was a ruthless though charismatic drug dealer, and Chapo identified with her and he was crazy about Kate.

This in-depth special report chronicles how El Chapo and Kate became pen-pals, exchanging highly suggestive text messages both while he was in prison and later when he was on the lam.

The Jungle Rendezvous: So desperate was the world’s most wanted fugitive to see the object of his fascination that he risked everything to meet her face-to-face in a jungle rendezvous. Kate brought Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn with her for the high-stakes meeting.

Mexican and American authorities agree that El Chapo’s recapture was the direct result of the Beast’s need to see his Beauty.

The Special Report: With exclusive interviews with Ms. Del Castillo, Mexican authorities, DEA operatives and reporting from Beverly Hills to the Altiplano Prison in Mexico from which Chapo escaped, this Fox News special report chronicles the obsession; the rendezvous; the role Sean Penn played both during and after the steamy jungle meeting; the role of the Mexican government; the pending extradition of Guzman to the United States; his fascination with Donald Trump; and the impact, if any, Chapo’s incarceration will have on the terrible drug scourge his Sinaloa drug cartel has unleashed on the United States.

About Geraldo Rivera

Geraldo Rivera is currently host of Geraldo Rivera Reports on Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a war correspondent. Rivera began his career as a reporter for WABC-TV in New York where he presented a series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School for the mentally ill. These award-winning reports led to a government investigation and the institution was eventually shut down.

Before becoming a member of the original cast of ABC's Good Morning America, Rivera presented the first television broadcast of the infamous Abraham Zapruder film of the assassination of President John Kennedy as host of ABC's Good Night America. He then began an eight-year association with ABC's 20/20 as an investigative reporter. One of his hour-long reports, The Elvis Cover-Up was for more than two decades 20/20's highest rated shows. In 1987, Geraldo began producing and hosting his ground breaking talk show The Geraldo Rivera Show for 11 years. In 1998, he hosted a series of highly rated investigative specials on NBC.

The winner of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award (his third) for his NBC News documentary on Women In Prison, and the Scripps Howard Foundation national journalism award for Back to Bedlam, Rivera has received more than 170 awards for journalism, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, two Columbia-Dupont and two additional Scripps Howard Journalism Awards.

Rivera is a veteran foreign correspondent who has been on the frontlines in virtually every international conflict since 1973. He has expertise in the Afghanistan region, covering the international drug wars of tribal territories in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. His vast war experience has spanned the violent coup in Chile and the Yom Kippur War to the civil wars in Guatemala, the Philippines and Nicaragua as well as the ethnic conflicts in Lebanon (1980-83) and Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo (1998-1999). In 2000, he went to Colombia to cover the country's civil war.

Prior to joining Fox News, Rivera served as host of CNBC's number-one rated prime time show, Rivera Live, where his critically-acclaimed coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil trial verdict set an all-time CNBC ratings record.

Rivera is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Brooklyn Law School and is the author of seven books.

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