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Monday, November 02, 2015



Sophia Ruan Gushee

Author Sophia Ruan Gushée celebrated the launch of her book, A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, on the roof of the Nomad Hotel in Manhattan recently.

Sophia was joined at the celebration by her family, husband Gregory Gushée and her three adorable daughters. Following speeches by her husband and eight-year-old daughter, Sophia took the stage to thank her family, the guests, and those who helped her complete the book, a culmination of five years of research.

In her speech, Sophia told the heartfelt story of how she began her research on the toxic chemicals that pervade our environment; after the birth of her first child, she found herself up late one night reading a book on how best to care for her infant, and was shocked to discover that carcinogens can be found in some baby bottle nipples, and hormone disruptor's have been found in some baby bottles as well. Shocked, she began to research practical alternatives to these potentially dangerous products, and continued to look for safer replacements for the common products in our lives that expose us to countless toxins: pesticides, household cleaners, chemical flame retardants, and even furniture, to name a few.

Guests such as Charlotte Matthews, Gina Marinelli, and Jacqui Kennedy enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres on the roof of the Nomad and browsed through copies of the newly-published book, called a “veritable encyclopedia” by Elena Brower and a “comprehensive…helpful [and] easy-to-read manual” by Dr. Frank Lipman.

A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures is now available for sale on Amazon.

About Sophia Ruan Gushée

Sophia Ruan Gushée is a mother of three who, upon leaving a career in investment management to spend more time with her children, began a journey to build the healthiest and safest environment possible for her family. This mission to become a truly conscious consumer led her into five years of research on the many toxins we are exposed to and the possible effects of these substances on our lives. Sophia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University. She is also a certified yoga teacher, living in New York City with her family.

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Photo By: Patrick McMullan

Saturday, October 24, 2015



Photos By: Victor Hugo/Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Mario Buatta

Jackie Rogers

Carmen D'Alessio

Couture Designer Jackie Rogers, best-known for her bold designs and fabric selection, presented her Spring 2016 Collection on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at an exclusive event.

Her new collection is an homage to the works of famed artist Salvador Dali, with whom she established a friendship with while she lived in Paris. Jackie who started as a menswear designer at the suggestion of Chanel was inspired by Dali’s works and Rogers uses the artistic motif and iconography in the collection coupled with sumptuous fabrics including gabardine, lamé and silk chiffon to create these unique looks. In addition, the new collection features an expansion of her burlap jackets, which she tailors to the body and creates beautiful structured designs and expands her use of the fabric into ornate dresses that turned the heads of many at the event.

Jennifer Smith And Paul Westlake

Jackie Rogers Collection
Guests enjoyed a selection of white and red wine by Sufi Wines in a townhouse that was formerly the home to Elizabeth Taylor's and Mike Todd in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Glamorous models, whose hair and makeup were done by Dion Moore and Jose Rosello for Angelo David Salon, debuted 28 looks from her latest collection. Jackie Rogers also had acclaimed contortionist Natasha King perform at the event, adding to the Salvador Dali theme of the night. Notable attendees included: Mario Buatta (Interior Designer), Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist), Ashlee White (Reality TV Personality), Paul Westlake (Photographer), Jessica Smith (Stylist), Erik Jens (CEO, ABN AMRO International Diamond & Jewelry Group), Christopher Pape (Editor-In-Chief, 25A Magazine), Carmen D’Alessio, Kathy and Gary Andreassen and Hayley Henning (VP, True North Gems).

As Rogers, often referred to as “America’s Coco Chanel,” likes to say, “I don’t believe in fashion, I believe in style,” and this motto is reflected throughout her latest collection, which is made with the timeless elegance that is the signature of the Jackie Rogers brand.

Each Jackie Rogers design makes a statement of sophistication and style with every piece being perfectly tailored to fit the body. When you enter a room, the beauty and craftsmanship of signature a Jackie Rogers design is unmistakable as Rogers uses sewing techniques she perfected while working with Coco Chanel at her Paris studio. Jackie Rogers is conceived, designed and manufactured entirely in New York City in its Midtown showroom and available for purchase in her Southampton, NY and Palm Beach, Florida boutiques as well as at


Angelo David Salon and 95.5 WPLJ Partnered to Host the Inaugural Blow Out Breast Cancer Event


Angelo David With Jayde Donovan

Todd Pettengill With Aviva Drescher And Jayde Donovan

Marion Waxman With Angelo David Pisacreta

Todd Pettengill And Jayde Donovan

The Angelo David Salon, New York City’s leading luxury hair salon for Couture Hair Extensions and Wigs, partnered with New York radio station 95.5 WPLJ for its inaugural Blow Out Breast Cancer event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Norah Lawlor With Aviva Drescher

Tiffany Jones

Anne Marie Leamy
For the event, the Angelo David Salon offered a special $25.00 price on blowouts, from which 100 percent of the proceeds went to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), an international research organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. Additionally, the salon hosted a silent auction with a host of items up for bid including a dinner for two at Benjamin Steakhouse, two bottles of premium un-aged whiskey Manhattan Moonshine, a special pink Elchim hairdryer and Angelo David’s signature Couture Hair Clip-In Bangs. 95.5 WPLJ personalities, including Todd Pettengill and Jayde Donovan (Todd and Jayde in the Morning), Annie Leamy, Joseph “Monk” Pardavila, Vibe and Eutopia made periodic call-ins to the radio station to update listeners on the event as it unfolded. Additional VIP guests included Marion Waxman (Founding co-Chair of SWCRF's A Hamptons Happening benefit), Tiffany Jones (Founder, Pink Chose Me), Aviva Drescher (Reality TV Personality), Ashlee White (Reality TV Personality), Will Kehler (CEO, Manhattan Moonshine) and Benjamin Prelvukaj (Owner, Benjamin Steakhouse).

Courtenay Hall With Danny Hall

Along with the blowouts, the salon served food from Benjamin Steakhouse, craft cocktails by Manhattan Moonshine and Sufi Wines. Additional thanks to sponsors Bella Magazine, POP Chips, OPI, Elchim, Redken and Invisibobble.

Angelo David Pisacreta and his team of exceptional beauty specialists are known for “The Consultation,” a highly customized treatment plan, taking into account the specific desire and lifestyle of each client. As well as the Couture Hair extensions, fillers and additions - which are made from 100% human hair and are designed on-site to match each client’s hair texture, type, and color – the team offer a full range of treatments including cuts and colors, anti-aging hair solutions, beauty and bridal services.

About Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation:

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

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About Angelo David Salon

At Angelo David Salon, anyone can have the hair that he or she always wanted—completely customized for desired volume, length, color and image. As the innovator of Couture Hair extensions and additions, Angelo David has created the only salon that can address any hair challenge with the finest solutions in the world. Angelo’s team members pride themselves in providing a thorough, complimentary consultation in private rooms, which leads to a highly personalized and natural look, based on your eye color, skin tone, desired image and lifestyle. For an amazingly realistic look, all Hair Extensions, Additions, Fillers, Wigs and Hairpieces are hand finished and custom fitted. They are expertly cut, colored and styled to give you exactly the look you want.

About Angelo David Pisacreta

Angelo David Pisacreta, creative director of Angelo David Salon, is one of the beauty industry’s most experienced hair illusionists and makeover experts. He is the creator of Couture Hair and Hair Detox – an all-natural supplement for healthy hair, skin and nails. Angelo pairs his impeccable designing skills with passion for artistic cutting, coloring and styling abilities in order to transform the most challenging hair into any look desired.

Monday, October 19, 2015


Manhattan Moonshine

With cocktail culture booming in the United States, there is certainly no shortage of Speakeasies and high-end mixology bars in New York City, but what some of the best ones have in common is a revolutionary new Un-Aged Whiskey called Manhattan Moonshine, which is rapidly emerging as a number one choice for the discerning drinkers of New York. Inspired by the cocktail renaissance that occurred during American Prohibition and the glamorous yet subversive nightlife that accompanied it, Manhattan Moonshine is the world’s first luxury Un-aged Whiskey and has been developed to be the perfect Whiskey for cocktails.

As mixologists continue to push the envelope with wilder cocktail ingredients and combinations and as more and more consumers begin to explore Whiskey, a need has arisen for an approachable, versatile Whiskey. Enter Manhattan Moonshine, an un-aged whiskey that delivers Whiskey’s naturally sweet, grain forward flavor to an ever expanding array of cocktails. Since it is not aged in barrels, Manhattan Moonshine has none of the heavier barrel flavors like Oak and Smoke that make Aged Whiskeys less approachable and harder to mix. This means that it can be used in an almost endless variety of cocktails, using flavors and ingredients that no Aged Whiskey can mix with. These range from traditional ingredients such as grapefruit juice or tonic water to more exotic ingredients such as lavender, black walnut peel, or saffron.

This versatility is on display at cocktail havens such as Bar Cyrk in Tribeca, Botanic Lab on the Lower East Side, and OTTO in Greenwich Village. Each venue offers Manhattan Moonshine based cocktails that feature ingredients such as Matcha Green Tea, Lambrusco (Sparkling Red Wine), and Fernet Branca, much to the delight of the Whiskey lovers and cocktail enthusiasts alike. It is not just experimental cocktail bars that love Manhattan Moonshine however, storied institutions such as the Harvard Club and the Montauk Yacht Club also serve this un-aged whiskey. These establishments are finding that something as simple as a Manhattan Moonshine and tonic is a welcome twist on a classic order and a great way for them to give their guests something familiar but memorable.

A popular misconception is that moonshine is cheaply made, harsh tasting and made in the backwoods has led people to believe that it cannot be considered a premium spirit. It is this misconception that gave birth to modern day “moonshines” packaged in mason jars or faux-jug-style bottles. In actuality, much of the moonshine that was produced during Prohibition, the high water mark of moonshine production, was produced by sophisticated distilleries that operated in secret, and what they produced flowed into high-class Speakeasies across the country. Now that moonshine is being produced legally, moonshine has come to refer to any Un-aged Whiskey. As for taste and quality, moonshine, like any other liquor, reflects the quality and craftsmanship that went into it.

In the case of Manhattan Moonshine, the quality of craftsmanship is paramount. Whereas other moonshines are made by following traditional Aged-Whiskey or Bourbon recipes and excluding the final step of barrel aging, the recipe for Manhattan Moonshine was developed from the outset to create an Un-Aged Whiskey. The 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, 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 Un-Aged Whiskey is able to create, and the versatility that this creates is what has enabled it to quickly become a serious player in the New York cocktail scene.

Manhattan Moonshine launched in late last year in its unmistakable 750 ml Art Deco decanter, at an MSRP of $49.99.

About Manhattan Moonshine:

Manhattan Moonshine is the world’s first luxury Un-Aged Whiskey and has been designed to be the perfect Whiskey for cocktails. The Manhattan Moonshine Company, LLC was established in 2013 by William Kehler to create the greatest Un-Aged Whiskey ever made and to use it to establish Un-Aged 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, and a unique production process, Manhattan Moonshine is able to deliver a smooth, grain-forward, Whiskey flavor that no other Un-Aged Whiskey is able to create. William is a New York City native and Whiskey enthusiast who is fascinated by the Prohibition era, Art Deco design and the Jazz age. William collaborated for over a year with whiskey expert, Ian Smiley to create the unique formulation.

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Four Cuts Steakhouse

After leading the kitchen at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, Christopher Miller is launching Four Cuts Steakhouse, which will be his first flagship restaurant.

A Brooklyn native, Chef Miller has over 20 years of culinary experience. Upon receiving his culinary degree from the University of Washington, Chef Miller took his first positions at Mortimer’s and Ben Benson’s Steakhouse. After working in those esteemed restaurants, he became the Executive Chef of Bobby Van’s, a position he held for over 13 years where he developed a reputation in New York as the “steak whisperer.”

Four Cuts, named after the four traditional cuts of steak – the ribeye, the strip, the tenderloin and the t-bone – will offer diners traditional steakhouse cuisine in an intimate setting. The operation of the restaurant will be led by its General Manager Rodolphe Siffredi, who most recently worked as a steakhouse consultant for both Desmond’s Steakhouse and Parca Prime Steakhouse.

Four Cuts’ space in the Sutton Place neighborhood, was completely re-designed by C3D Architecture, which set out to create a unique look for the Four Cuts space by combining the sleek look of modern design with rustic elements associated with traditional steakhouses to create an elegant, welcoming dining room. In addition, Marlaina Deppe of Novo Arts is providing a special wall garden, which has been installed on the columns in the main dining room. Franco Lucic of LMF Group designed the walnut wood paneling featured on the restaurant’s walls and on its columns, which accentuate the wall gardens. Along with the wall gardens and wood paneling, there will be custom artworks for guests to admire on the walls of the restaurant.

To sate the thirst of diners, Four Cuts has enlisted the help of Mike Veckovic to construct a special cocktail program. With over 18 years bar and restaurant experience, Mike has previously created cocktail programs for numerous New York institutions including the Hudson Hotel, Morgan Group Hotels, Grace Hotel and for Andre Balazs Properties. Known for his new age spin on classic cocktails, diners will be able to enjoy specialty cocktails such as the Hemingway Daiquiri with Rum, Maraschino, Fresh Lime and Grapefruit or the Sazerac with Rye, Absinthe and Peychaud Bitters. In addition to the cocktail program, Four Cuts will have an extensive wine list with 75 percent of the varietals coming from Napa Valley region in Calfornia to provide a robust compliment to the cuisine.

When guests sit down for dinner, they are able to enjoy a wealth of traditional steakhouse classics from Executive Chef Christopher Miller’s menu. Working side-by-side with Chef Miller will be Sous Chef Joaquin Linares, formerly of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and Benjamin Steakhouse. Diners may start their meals with Four Cut’s signature Seafood Platter which includes jumbo lump crab meat and shrimp served with cocktail sauce, lemon and mustard. For a main course, guests may enjoy signature steak cuts such as the 28 day aged Prime NY Sirloin Steak. If you are looking for a decadent, romantic meal for two Four Cuts serves a decadent Porterhouse for Two or More served with your choice of sauces including cherry peppers and onions, barolo wine, truffle butter or Chef M’s Signature secret sauce. In addition to steak fare, Chef Miller will be serving his signature “blackboard” specials including Veal Chop with a grilled apple jack gastrique with sautéed wild mushrooms and Red Snapper sautéed with a beurre blac burnoise over a vegetable hash.

Four Cuts Steakhouse is located at 1076 1st Avenue between 58th and 59th Street and is open from to Monday-Saturday 5:00-11:00 PM and closed Sunday. For reservations call 212-204-0008 or more information, please call or visit


Wednesday, June 03, 2015



Southampton Inn

The serene seaside villages that make up the Hamptons are best known for their white, sandy beaches and fabulous homes. This summer, explore some of the East End’s hotspots, where you’ll find some of the finest restaurants, clothing boutiques, and luxury oceanfront resorts. Memorial Day marks the start of the Hamptons social season. A look at some highlights on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do:



Southampton Inn

91 Hill Street

Southampton, NY


New this season - renovated guest rooms, THE new ballroom for your perfect Hamptons wedding or corporate retreat and a new outdoor patio for socializing are all part of the allure of the new Southampton Inn this summer 2015. Hungry for more? Then why not experience breakfast, lunch and now dinner at the reinvigorated Café Oso, under the talented hand of Chef Peter Ammar serving small plates using local fish and farm produce daily from 07:00am to 9:00pm. Boasting several acres of manicured lawns and gardens in the heart of the Village of Southampton on Long Island’s stunning East End, Southampton Inn provides an idyllic, year-round escape for bustling city-dwellers. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Breakfast,” “Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location,” Southampton Inn is a warm and welcoming haven with an exemplary reputation that is richly deserved. Celebrate the art of pure relaxation, indulge in a romantic get-away, or enjoy precious time with the entire family – Southampton Inn has everything for the discerning traveler. With 90 well-appointed guestrooms, many of which were renovated this past winter, the Inn is located just steps away from the town’s fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, art galleries, parks and museums, and a short drive from highly-rated Coopers Beach. The outdoor patio and ballroom were also renovated to ensure the Inn is the perfect home-away-from-home to explore the scenic Hamptons.


Ocean Dunes

379 Bluff Road

Amagansett, NY


Four acres of nature preserve surround this oceanfront resort with private beach access within walking distance of upscale Amagansett. Rent one of Ocean Dunes Resort’s one- or two-bedroom units and survey the surrounding environment from your private balcony, relax by the outdoor heated pool, or dine al fresco at the on-site picnic area. The resort is also within walking distance of transportation, making travel between Ocean Dunes and NYC fast and convenient.


Panoramic View Resorts & Residences

272 Old Montauk Highway

Montauk, NY


Located on the beach in popular Montauk, Panoramic View Resorts & Residences offers cozy accommodations with in-room kitchenettes, close to the village’s popular restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, and surfing areas. Set within a 10-acre nature sanctuary with 1,000 feet of pristine beaches, Panoramic offers towel, chair, and umbrella service for lounging on the sand as well as an on-site heated pool with cabanas and pool house. The property also is home to a number of one- to five-bedroom turn-key luxury residences with access to an on-site fitness center, massage therapists, personal trainers and year-round staff.



Osteria Salina

108 Wainscott Stone Road

Wainscott, NY 11975


A stunning new location for the established masters of Sicilian cuisine at Osteria Salina. After three years of creating a loyal following and serving authentic Sicilian dishes highlighting the specialties of Salina located in the Aeolian islands, Osteria Salina has moved from 95 School street in Bridgehampton to 108 Wainscott Stone road in Wainscott. The new Osteria Salina has undergone a thorough refurbishment that has restored the grandeur of this iconic location known formerly as Sapore di Mare. Experience the intimate private dining room, La Saletta. Enjoy the Georgica Room with panoramic views of bucolic Georgica Pond. Socialize in the main room against the backdrop of a castle like fireplace, hand hewn beams, Osteria Salina offers features including a wood burning pizza oven in addition to a classic baby grand piano bar lounge, and will continue its tradition of serving fresh, clean local fare coupled with genuine Sicilian hospitality. Set to open this Memorial Day weekend, followed by a private invitation gala on June 5th & 6th, 2015, Osteria Salina, helmed by Executive Chef & Owner Cinzia Gaglio and Host Tim Gaglio, can now accommodate private events; guests will enjoy live entertainment in the piano lounge and dine in one of its many old world dining rooms.


75 Main

75 Main Street

Southampton, NY


Recognized as one of Long Island’s best brunch spots by USA Today, 75 Main has attracted such high-profile clientele as Barbara Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joe Biden, and Alex Rodriguez with James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Mark Militello’s menu of creative classics. Tuck into seasonal items including watermelon salad with arugula, crumbled feta, chopped pistachios, red onion and passion fruit vinaigrette; truffle crumb stuffed chicken breast with broccoli rabe and Portobello mushroom fries; or Mark’s Burger—a massive sandwich topped with onion-tomato jam, bacon, arugula, Gruyere, blue cheese and a secret sauce—then stay into the wee hours to toast the summer with specialty cocktails like the 75 Main Cosmopolitan or Tuscan Sunset Martini while well-known DJs spin the hottest tracks of the summer.



Hampton Hills Golf Club

County Road 31

Westhampton Beach, NY


Built in 1965 by Francis J. Duane, a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and former course co-designer with icon Arnold Palmer - Hampton Hills Golf Course respects the natural splendor of the Hamptons while offering a challenging par-71, 18-hole course. The members-only establishment has hosted a number of esteemed New Yorkers including Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, David Tyree, Tommy Hilfiger, and Rudy Giuliani for golf and al fresco dining on the patio that overlooks the scenic 18th hole. Set on 209 acres of rolling hills, Hampton Hills also offers a wonderful serene, private & low key atmosphere to its exclusive membership.


Margo Manhattan With Models

Celebrity jewelry designer Margo Manhattan ̶ whose celebrity client list includes Beyonce, Selena Gomez and Amber Heard ̶ stopped Madison Avenue traffic with a casting call in search of the Margo Manhattan “it-girl” for her new web campaign and the designer’s exclusive collection with EVine Live.

Over 150 gorgeous models lined Madison Avenue vying to be the face of Margo Manhattan jewelry featured prominently on, which is set for re-launch July 2015. Models are also competing to be the face of Margo Manhattan’s exclusive EVine Collection, which will be premiering September 2015. The collection, made exclusively for EVine, marks the first time Margo Manhattan has been available on TV.


Vimmi Shroff With Constantin Dancu And Jennifer Brozost

Jane Pontarelli And Nicole DiCocco

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff of the New York Private Education Advisory Service (NY PEAS) celebrated the launch of their new book The NYC Private School Admissions Guide at Ivy Bar & Grill in New York.

In their new book The NYC Private School Admissions Handbook, published by Virgo EBooks launches this month and is available on Amazon. In it, Brozost and Shroff of NYPEAS share their tips on how to navigate the notoriously difficult and stressful process of applying to New York private school. The book takes you through the admissions process, from advice on school tours, how to draft application essays to school correspondence and the post-admission notification process.

Attendees celebrated at Ivy Bar & Grill with cocktails and delicious bites including Barbeque Chicken Spring Rolls, Grilled Pizza and Classic sliders. Notable guests in attendance included Lynne White, Vimmi Shroff, Jennifer Brozost, Constantin Dancu (Publisher, Virgo EBooks), Nicole Dicocco¸ Jane Pontarelli, Kathy and Gary Andreassen, Joe Smith and Michael Travin.

Brozost and Shroff boast years of experience working within the admissions departments at some of New York’s top private schools. With NY PEAS, established seven years ago, they consult and guide families through the application process from start to finish.

Thursday, May 28, 2015



Photos By: Rob Rich

Jean Shafiroff

Jane Pontarelli With Victor de Souza And Pamela Morgan

Jonathan Cheban And Dina Lohan

Christina Cuomo And Mom Carolina Cuomo

Chase Backer With Jean Shafiroff And John Wegorzewski

Southampton Inn launched the Hamptons season with its annual Memorial Day barbeque. Owner Dede Gotthelf and family Terry Moan, Edward Moan and Shane Moan hosted attendees on the Inn’s pool patio for barbeque chicken, burgers, fresh watermelon, homemade cookies, brownies, lemonade, iced tea and cocktails.

Gretchen Mathews With Alessandra Emanuel

Jonathan Cheban With Dede Gotthelf

Notable attendees included Dede Gotthelf (Owner, Southampton Inn); Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist); Jonathan Cheban (Co-Founder of The Dishh; KUWTK); Dina Lohan; Kimberly Guilfoyle (Fox News); Andrea Greeven Douzet (Publisher, Beach Magazine); Cristina Cuomo (Beach Magazine Editor-In-Chief); Victor DeSouza (Fashion Designer); Melissa Gerstein (SiriusXM Host, The Moms); Bradford Rand (President/CEO, RAND Luxury, Inc.);  Nicole DiCocco (Socialite).

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Michael “Mickey” Tohill And Daniel Day Lewis

Michael “Mickey” Tohill, Olympian and 9 Time Irish boxing champ turned celebrity personal trainer, passed away the other day in Belfast, Ireland after a long struggle with cancer. Mickey’s athletic career was a storied one, winning 573 of his 580 boxing matches and competing in the 1972 Munich Olympics, 1970 European Games and the 1969 British Empire Games.

As a celebrity trainer, his client roster boasted names that included Bono, Jimmy Fallon, Liam Neeson, Director Terry George and Daniel Day Lewis, with whom he trained for the movie The Boxer where he had a cameo – he truly was one of the best at what he did.

He will be interred at St. Paul’s Parrish

Friday, May 01, 2015




Treat Mom to the best of Upper East Side dining at Swifty’s. This American-meets-European menu from Executive Chef Stephen Attoe hits all the highlights. Not-to-be-missed dishes include a vegetable frittata with morel mushrooms; special “no toast” eggs; the first of the season soft shell crabs meunière and a blood orange cake with crème fraiche. Cultural aficionados will appreciate the revolving exhibit of fine art that completes the popular bistro’s festive atmosphere.

1007 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

(212) 535-6000


Treat Mom to a one-on-one dining experience at this cozy Upper East Side hotspot. Enjoy high-quality Mediterranean dishes that are a fusion of Italian and French classics, including fresh spring dishes such as Lobster Salad with radicchio, watercress, endive, cremini mushrooms and citrus vinaigrette; Baby Artichokes with Avocado and Parmigiano; or Endives with a Roquefort Cheese to start before moving into enticing entrees such as Pan Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops with mushrooms, braised leeks, and lemon white wine sauce; Straccetti di Vitello, super-thin pounded sliced veal served with arugula and shaved Parmigiano; or Spaghetti with pancetta and peas. Save room for the extensive dessert menu that caters to all of Mom’s favorites including Profiteroles; Apple Tarte Tatin; Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake; or Cantucci al Vin Santo, homemade biscotti served with Vin Santo wine for dipping.

21 East 62nd Street, New York, NY

(212) 980-6700

Philippe Chow

Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Chow puts his own contemporary spin on traditional Beijing-style cuisine at Philippe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The restaurant, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, serves an expertly designed menu of signature dishes such as Chicken Satay, Peking Duck, Green Prawns, and Nine Seasons Spicy Prawns—each presented family style—as well as a too-good-to-resist dessert menu from pastry chef Kostas Paterakis, that includes Red Velvet Cake; the gluten-free Warm, Bittersweet Chocolate Molten Cake; and Peanut Butter Mousse Pie. Specialty drinks ranging from a Lychee Martini to Midnight Mojito, are just the icing on this epicurean cake.

33 East 60th Street, NY, NY 10065



This Upper East Side neighborhood gem will offer a two-course menu for moms. Favorite signature dishes from Executive Chef Ben Zwicker’s special menu include the Kale Salad with apple, sesame, and chili-lime vinaigrette; Yellowfin tuna tartare; or the prime aged Angus burger. Also available are the T-Bar Steak Bar—certified Black Angus, filet mignon, aged New York Strip, aged bone-in rib eye, or Black Angus porterhouse for two, served with steak sauce, béarnaise sauce, or poivre sauce. No meal at T-Bar is complete without tasting the popular desserts Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles or Chocolate Sundae with brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream. An artful menu of specialty cocktails—including the exquisite Downtown Manhattan, made with Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, brandied cherries, Antica vermouth, and cherry herring—and a curated wine list complete this epicurean outing.

1278 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10021


Villagio on the Park

A recent newcomer to Manhattan’s dining scene, Villagio on the Park will wow Mom with a fresh taste of Italy in an unparalleled Central Park South location. Dine within the restaurant’s dining rooms or in Villagio’s 16-seat sidewalk café. Wine-and-dine Mom with seasoned restaurateur Alex Kalas and Thomas Billante’s curated menu of traditional Italian dishes including Fiore di Zucca (zucchini flowers stuffed with smoked mozzarella and prosciutto); Pollo Milanese, chicken breast lightly breaded and topped with tricolor salad with fresh diced tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar; or Risotto Frutti di Mare—Carnaroli rice in a saffron sauce with an array of fresh fish, shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari.

40 Central Park South, NY, NY 10019


Vai Restaurant

A cozy and intimate high-end dining experience. Vai Restaurant is located on Amsterdam Avenue in New York’s Upper West Side and for the past five years has given Mother’s a special surprise gift when dining their on Mother’s Day. Vai provides fabulous contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences under the guiding hand of Executive Chef and Owner Vincent Chirico. Try delicious signature dishes such as the Charred Portuguese Octopus with jalapeño pesto, crisp nugget potato and arugula. Alternatively the Burrata Ravioli with truffle cream, 18 month parmigiano and honshimeji mushroom. Entrée specialties include the Whole Roasted Mediterranean Branzino and 30 oz. Prime Rib Eye for two with brussel sprouts and marble Yukon gold potato. In addition to the regular menu Chef Chirico has a constantly evolving menu of seasonal market driven specials. Why not start and end your celebration dinner with one of Vai Restaurant’s specialty cocktails such as the Anjou Pear Martini with vanilla infused vodka, anjou pear purée and lemon juice or the Pomegranate French Gimlet composed of gin, St. Germaine, lime juice and a dash of Cointreau. Vai Restaurant is open 10:00am to 10:00pm on Mother’s Day.

429 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10024


Village Prime

Wine and dine with mom this Mother's Day at Village Prime for brunch or dinner with a complimentary glass of champagne. A new addition to the West Village with a private courtyard, Village Prime specializes in contemporary American steakhouse cuisine in a rustic yet refined setting. Owner, and chef Paul Singh who has a track record in creating successful restaurants with Chef Rory O’Farrell combine traditional cooking techniques and artful ingredients for frequently photographed dishes such as the refreshing Tomato Basil Burrata, Tuna Tartare, or Maryland Lump Crab Cake to start; entrees including aged USDA Prime meats ranging from filet mignon to the delicious 42-ounce Porterhouse for two; Line-Caught Swordfish with zucchini and Brussels sprout risotto; or pan-seared Chilean Sea Bass with potato puree, Swiss chard, and red-wine Worcestershire reduction. Unparalleled desserts such as Crème Brulee, Banana Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Fudge Cake, and a unique cocktail menu, including the Fig Blossom—fig vodka, elderflower, and orange and cranberry juices—complete the menu.

302 Bleecker St, NY, NY 10014



Melissa Joan Hart

THE MOMS, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein, hosted a Mother’s Day Mamarazzi® Brunch Event and Taping of The Moms SiriusXM Stars 109 Radio Show with Actress and Founder of King of Harts Melissa Joan Hart, Country Star Joe Dee Messina and Actress Alysia Reiner on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro. The event, which brought together influential moms and media, featured a panel discussion recorded for SiriusXM with influential mothers in media and business. The episode taped during the event will air Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central and 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Other panelists included: Regina Calcatterra (Best-Selling Author, “Etched in Sand”), Cozy Friedman (Founder SoCozy Salon Formulas for Children and Cozy’s Cuts for Kids), Liliana Gil Valletta (Founder XLA Alliance), Amy Newmark (Author, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher, Chicken Soup For The Soul), Shelley Ross (President at The Cure Alliance/Former EP of Good Morning America), Amber Sabathia (Creator/Designer, CCandy), Lisa Sharkey (Senior Vice President, Harper Collins) and Maureen Sullivan (President, & Lifestyle Brands).

Guests were treated to bites from French bistro Artisanal Fromagerie’s menu, which features enticing options such as Croque Monsieur Madame with ham, gruyere and egg and Lobster Roll with a butter brioche, fresh leaves and fries. This Mother’s Day, Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro will boast a special Mother’s Day pre-fixe including a gourmet gift basket specially curated for moms featuring cheeses, jelly, crackers and a bottle of wine valued at over $100.

Thursday, March 12, 2015



Story By: Norah Bradford

Corinthia Hotel London

Historic Corinthia
Corinthia Hotel London is a luxury hotel with a unique location. Nestled between the River Thames, The iconic structures of British government and 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and the art exhibition of the National Gallery and a brisk stroll from the chic boutiques and dining of St. James’s and Mayfair. The Corinthia London’s history has an interesting historical pedigree. The establishment opened in the late 19th century with its brochure advertising its virtues which would not be lost on the modern visitor. “That the hotel’s location is particularly recommend it to ladies and families visiting the West End during the Season; to traveler’s from Paris and the Continent, arriving from Dover and Folkestone at the Charing Cross Terminus; to Officers and others attending the levees at St James; to Ladies going to the Drawing Rooms, State Balls, and Concerts at Buckingham Palace; and to colonial and American visitors unused to the great world of London.”

During the First and Second World War the hotel’s location led it to be requisitioned by the Government in order to provide extra space for administrating the conflicts. Room 474 was the first headquarters for SOE, what today is part of the Secret Intelligence Service of James Bond fame.

After the building was sold in the mid 2000s an extensive refurbishment took its history full circle - back to its roots as a luxury destination at the heart of London. The hotel today boasts a number of rooms, suites and penthouses all with Hypnos beds, Nespresso machines and a Loewe television.

Essential for recovery after a long journey to the City, leaving the room you have within the hotel a beauty salon by Daniel Galvin and an extensive multi-floor spa - ESPA Life at Corinthia.

The Northall Restaurant @ Corinthia

Dining and entertaining options abound and are all first rate experiences. Massimo Restaurant and Bar, a large open dining space with massive columns serves flawless Italian cuisine. The Northall restaurant looking forward towards the Embankment and River Thames serves Executive Head Chef Garry Hollihead’s impeccable interpretation of classic British food.

For afternoon tea or drinks the Lobby Lounge, illuminated by a custom chandelier by Baccarat is an exquisite venue. For evening drinks the more intimate Bassoon Bar offers cocktails and classic drinks in replica Queen Victoria glassware. Regular live music underscores the theme and the name of this see-and-be-seen in venue.

For more information please visit

 Corinthia Hotel London

Whitehall Place

London SW1A 2BD


T: +44 (0) 20 7930 8181

Sunday, February 08, 2015


Valentine’s Day Dining & Drinking Guide 2015
Village Prime Restaurant

Romantic Dinners

Village Prime 

If you really want to dazzle your date, take them to the hottest new addition to the West Village culinary scene, Village Prime. Specializing in contemporary American steakhouse cuisine with an emphasis on quality prime beef and seafood, this neighborhood gem is sure to impress. The rustic-chic décor features walnut tables, cow-hide lined walls, and exposed bulbs that emulate candlelight and cast a warm glow over the dark wood and cozy leather banquette seating. Guests can enjoy a pre fixe menu with choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert. Featuring tantalizing appetizers including Tuna Escabeche (pan seared-tuna, glazed carrots, marinated tomato mint salsa & green apple puree) or the Maine Lobster Salad (cold poached Maine lobster salad, mango papaya, sweet corn vanilla essence). Choose between an excellent array of entrees including Diver Scallops (porcini dusted Diver scallops, roasted baby beet and sweetbread hash, champagne caviar crème) or the Land & Sea (petit filet mignon, broiled lobster tail, seasonal roasted vegetables, Burre Blanc, port wine reduction). End on a high-note with dizzying desserts such as the smooth and sinfully rich Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis. Pre Fixe Menu is $89.00pp.

302 Bleecker St, NY, NY 10014


Villagio on the Park


Villagio on the Park

What could be more romantic in New York than dining with views of a snowy Central Park? Set in a bright and airy space beautifully-designed by Jeffrey Beers International, Villagio on the Park is a sophisticated restaurant with a menu of fresh and refined Italian food. The open kitchen overlooks a dining area whimsically lit by 637 crystal light fixtures and wide glass doors that overlook the park. Your date will be starry-eyed with Villagio’s pre fixe Valentine’s Day Menu, featuring delicious Antipasti such as the Amalfi Salad with plump shrimp, Mediterranean mussels, Palm Bay clams, and tender squid rings; Secondi such as the Burrata with cream-filled mozzarella, prosciutto, figs and Gorgonzola cheese; and Principale such as the Australian Lamb Chobs with Barolo wine demiglaze. Pre Fixe Menu is $80pp. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco.

40 Central Park South, NY, NY 10019


T-Bar Restaurant

T-Bar Steak & Lounge 

A classically-chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak and Lounge is always popular choice for couples looking for a romantic dinner with outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. The restaurant’s enchanting charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and orange back lighting. Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna, T-Bar serves prime beef steaks, as well as a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas. This Valentine’s Day T-Bar will offer its regular a la carte menu and have something special to give away to the ladies. Swoon over the decadent desert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, which includes the famous Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce.

1278 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10021


Swifty's Restaurant


This Valentine’s Day, reserve a table at one of the Upper East Side’s most romantic and atmospheric haunts, Swifty’s. Restaurateurs Robert Caravaggi and Stephen Attoe have crafted a special three-course pre fixe menu showcasing classic and supremely-executed American and European cuisine. Appetizers include Grilled Marinated Jumbo Shrimp with Red Thai Curry and Trio of Fruits de Mer with Tuna Tartar, Lobster Salad and Oyster with Caviar. Enticing entrée options include Medallions of Black Angus Beef au Poivre or Olive Oil Poached Chilean Sea Bass. Top the evening off with one of the menu’s delectable dessert options, including Black and White Soufflé with Grande Marnier Whipped Cream, or Bananas Foster Baked Alaska with Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Swifty’s, with its elegant décor reminiscent of a well-appointed English country house, is the perfect cozy destination to mark the occasion in the finest possible way. Pre Fixe Menu is $80.00pp. Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne.

1007 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

(212) 535-6000

Sexy Soirées

Latitude Bar & Grill 

While Valentine's Day may be the night for loving couples, luckily somebody is looking out for all the singles in New York City. Latitude, Midtown West’s lively upscale bar and lounge, is hosting a Black Hearts Party for singles and those looking to avoid the mobs of sickeningly sweet couples at candlelit dinners. Celebrate singledom this Valentine’s Day at this three-level entertainment space. They’ll have life-size voodoo dolls for guests to stick their ex’s name onto and even prizes for the best break up story. Guests can select from an extensive menu of 13 craft beers, or if an expertly mixed cocktail is more to taste, there is a selection of inventive signature cocktails from which to choose. Among the most decadent beverage options is the Electric Pink Lemonade Martini with Stoli Citros, Freshly Lemon Juice and Pink Rock Candy Swizzle Stick, and the Cupid’s Broken Arrow Champagne Cocktail with pomegranate, which will be offered for $5.00 on Valentine’s all night long. The delicious casual dining menu offers a selection of twists on crowd-pleasing American classics.

783 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10036


Amaranth Restaurant 

For couples and singles who are looking to have a more social affair with friends and larger groups, Amaranth Restaurant is throwing a party for everybody to enjoy. They will be glamorously decorating the restaurant with hundreds of red balloons and rose petals and are offering their a la carte menu filled with their high quality Mediterranean dishes, with a few sexy specials. Amaranth offers a fusion of original Italian food and French food, featuring fresh and tasty seafood, creative pasta and perfectly al dente risotto. The restaurant boasts an excellent cocktail list, including the famous Frozen Cosmo, and a well-balanced wine list. Customers come to Amaranth for the full dining experience – excellent service, elegant décor, and the charming, home-away-from-home feel.

21 East 62nd Street, New York, NY

(212) 980-6700

Artisanal Bistro

Artisanal Bistro

Murray Hill’s temple to cheese and wine Artisanal Bistro invites you to participate in a night of romantic revelry this Valentine’s Day. Artisanal – which has been recently refreshed under the new ownership of renowned restaurateur Sarid Drory – is putting on a seductive Valentine’s Day Celebration with a specially-crafted pre fixe menu, decorations and live music. Warm your heart with creative cocktails and dance the night away to sounds of a DJ. The atmosphere will be amazing with 3,000 balloons brought in for the evening. Artisanal boasts an incredible selection of cheeses (there are over 180 types on the menu) and for Valentine’s Day they have imported a French heart-shaped goat’s milk cheese (Couer du Berry) -- an excellent gift idea for your loved one on Valentine’s Day. The menu features mouth-watering appetizers such as Foie Gras Parfait with Duck Maigre Salad & Homemade Brioche, enticing entrees such as Black Truffle Risotto with Chanterelles and Morels, and three dessert options including the Mascarpone Tart with Rhubarb Sorbet, White Chocolate Tuile and Basil Sauce. Pre Fixe Menu is $88.00pp and a la carte menu is also available. Party begins at 11.30PM after dinner.

2 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10014