There are so many amazing things to rejoice about this season.
“Winter Lights Powered by Genesis” premiered on The High Line. Geaturing the first-ever Electrified Genesis GV70, the immersive light experience will be opened to the public through Jan. 2. With hourly shows and a nightly finale at 6 p.m., the installation incorporates 1.3 miles of lighting and is located in Chelsea Market Passage on The High Line between 15th and 16th Streets.
Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Annual New York Dinner saw a special musical performance by Idina Menzel at the landmark restaurant Daniel. The incredible night raised $4 million for ground-breaking research programs.
“Winter Lights Powered by Genesis” was designed in collaboration with De-Yan, Workshop, and renowned event design and production firm Van Wyck & Van Wyck. It takes inspiration from the roofline of the new Electrified GV70 and its vehicle-to-load (V2L) capabilities, a technology that transforms the standard power input used to charge the battery into a power outlet that can be used to run electronics, camping and outdoor gear, home appliances, etc.
The 32nd annual Gotham Awards took place with Blue Moon Brewing Company joining the event as the official beer sponsor of the awards.
Guests included: Adam Scott; Aubrey Plaza, Baz Luhrmann; Brendan Fraser; Brian d’Arcy James (special guest of Blue Moon); Bryan Tyree Henry; Gabrielle Union; Jackie and Adam Sandler; Janelle James; Jennifer Lawrence; Joel Kim Booster; Julianne Moore; Maggie Gyllenhaal; Melanie Lynskey, Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips; Ryan and Ethan Hawke; Taylor Russell; and many more.
Down in Miami, Moonpay Concept House and Casablanca hosted Art Basel parties with the help of Belvedere Vodka.
Notable attendees and performers included Grimes, Rickey Thompson, Bella Thorne, Tinx, The Clermont Twins, and more.
Then 400 friends and supporters traveled to the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida to attend the 14th annual “David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic.” Hosted by David Ortiz himself, the three-day destination golf event raised a record-breaking $1.8M for the David Ortiz Children’s Fund whose mission is to provide lifesaving heart surgeries and care to children in Big Papi’s native Dominican Republic and New England. The night was topped off with Glenmorangie Whisky.
Maestro Dobel Tequila partnered with El Museo del Barrio, the country’s leading Latinx cultural institution, to announce the launch of the Maestro Dobel Latinx Art Prize.
The Maestro Dobel Latinx Art Prize, which will be awarded every two years, aims to raise awareness and amplify the cultural production of Latinx artists, a segment that has historically been underrepresented in the artworld at large. The Prize – which includes a $50,000 grant and showcase in the museum’s galleries – will be administered by El Museo del Barrio, with the inaugural recipient announced in Fall 2023.
From the awe-inspiring Christmas trees to the glittering light displays, the holidays in New York City are a magical time for spreading joy that locals and tourists alike come together to celebrate. This year, Pepsi is kicked off the season by giving one lucky New Yorker the holiday experience of a lifetime: a walk-on role during the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.
The inaugural 2023 Furbes 30 Under 30 list, sponsored by Pumpkin and Animal Haven, has been announced, naming the top movers and paw-shakers of the year. On behalf of the 30 winners, Pumpkin will donate $10,000 to Animal Haven to support rescue dogs and cats. From athletic feats to advocating for disability to educating thousands on TikTok, these pets are the next generation of pioneers who are making the world a better place, one wag or purr at a time. To qualify, pets had to be aged 30 or under in human years, and contribute to their communities in unique and powerful ways. Applicants were asked to give a brief summary of their accomplishments, as well as name their dream mentor and the toy they can’t live without.
“While we all love to celebrate the achievements and potential of young people, at Pumpkin we believe pets should also be celebrated for their creativity, innovation and contributions to society too – and regardless of their age!” says Alex Douzet, CEO of Pumpkin. “We chose to partner with Animal Haven because their mission to find homes for abandoned dogs and cats aligns with the real goal of this campaign – to show people the incredible impact rescue pets of all ages can have on our lives.”
Another barking good time was when Bush’s Bean ambassador and football legend Peyton Manning this week at the Bush’s Bean Squad Training Camp at the SEC Championship in Atlanta. Peyton coached Bush’s team members through various bean-themed challenges and met Duke Bush, the iconic spokesdog, for the first time before working together as Bush’s bean ambassadors.
“I’m excited to be the newest bean ambassador for Bush’s Beans and to represent this family-owned business. I really respect the group of individuals behind this great company,” said Peyton Manning. “There are many reasons Bush’s is known as the Beautiful Bean Co., and I’m excited to help the team continue to highlight them.”
In other news lots of fun happenings all over America. Museum of Arts & Design held RE:FINE 2022. Jewelry artists shared their new necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more to “redefine fine jewelry.” With jewelry at the core of MAD’s ethos, The Store at MAD curates a rich and diverse offering. The collection is tailored to speak to individuals seeking high design, quality precious materials, atypical gemstones and creative application.
Grayson Hotel officially opened its doors in New York City’s Bryant Park neighborhood. The new-build hotel is owned, developed and managed by the Fortuna Hotel Collection, and joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand as its first New York City property.
And the Lower East Side bar and lounge The Skinny unveiled its Naughty or Nice Holiday Pop-Up Bar, which is now open for the winter season, through the end of January. The over-the-top space is decked out in floor-to-ceiling, over-the-top, gaudy Christmas and Hanukkah decor, tons of glittering garland, and boasts interactive games like a Wheel of Misfortune and a Claw Machine filled with naughty take home prizes. Guests are invited to strut down a decked hall of twinkling Christmas lights, catch Rudolph and his reindeer friends alongside a wall of hilarious Bad Santa photos.
Serving Up Smiles for enCourage Kids Foundation Returns to Raise Funds in New York City
On October 16, the enCourage Kids Foundation will host Serving Up Smiles, a premier tasting extravaganza that will include decadent food from world-renowned chefs and top named restaurants in NYC, VIP Lounge, world-class wines, spirits, and incredible auction items at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. Red Carpet & Door 6:30pm-9:30pm.
ABC Sports Anchor Ryan Field will emcee the evening alongside Chef Ralph Scamardella (Chef & Partner TAO Group Hospitality) who is the Culinary Chair for this event. DJ CHEF will keep guests dancing as they enjoy the fine cuisine at the beautiful waterfront venue.
Invited guests include Charles Oakley (NBA All-Star/Coach/Chef), Malik Yoba (Actor – Empire & NY Undercover), Erik Coleman (Former NFL Safety & MSG Commentator of Odds with Ends), Howard Cross (NY Giants Super Bowl Champion & YES Network Commentator), Tony Richardson (NFL Legend & Sports Commentator), Matt Brust (Former NBA Forward & ), to name a few.
Participating Restaurants include Beauty & Essex, Be B.I.O. Café, Bryant Park Grill, Cardinali Bakery, Dolce Bella, F. Ottomanelli By The Water, Hunt & Fish Club, LAVO New York, Ocean Prime, Robert, Sfoglia, TAO Downtown, The Curry Blossom.
Participating Beverages include Dr. Perricone Hydrogen Water, Fever-Tree, FIJI Water, Gelston’s Irish Whiskey, Jade Sparkling Wine, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery and Landmark Vineyards, Newburgh Brewing Company, Owl’s Brew, Whitley Neill Gin, and Zyr Vodka.
Gold Sponsors include Ark Restaurants Corp, Cougar Capital & The Donut Pub, Feil Family Foundation, Flagstar Bank, and GFP Real Estate. Silver Sponsors include Lucy and David Ball and Segal Mc Cambridge.
Photo Booth Sponsors Emerson Entertainment and Goldberg Weprin and Giveaway Item Sponsor Buchbinder & Warren.
Restaurant Workers Discount with Industry Table & New York City Wine & Food Festival
The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One returns to celebrate 16 years this October 12-15 with more than 80+ events featuring over 500+ chefs from around the world who come together with God’s Love We Deliver to support New Yorkers affected by severe illness. The Festival is proud to announce that for the first time, it will be offering discounted tickets to restaurant workers through a new partnership with The Industry Table.
This new initiative invites restaurant workers to dine at select events from the Festival’s Intimate Dinner and Lunch Series at 50% off the ticket price. These intimate dining experiences will feature one-time-only menu collaborations between world-renowned chefs like Daniel Boulud, Alain Allegretti, Phet Schwader, Scott Conant, Tiffany Faison, Vijay Kumar and more. The menus will be perfectly paired with wine and spirits from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio. A full list of available dinners can be viewed here.
“The New York City Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of the entire hospitality industry, and it’s important to us to make it as inclusive as possible,” said Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager. “We’re honored to partner with Chef John Fraser and The Industry Table to offer these coveted seats exclusively to restaurant workers and help celebrate the very people who are the backbone of our industry.”
Launched in March 2023 by Chef John Fraser, The Industry Table offers a table every night of service for hospitality workers to dine at cost across his portfolio nationwide, including IRIS, La Marchande, North Fork Table & Inn, The Terrace and Outdoor Gardens at The Times Square EDITION, Ardor at The West Hollywood EDITION and Lilac at the Tampa EDITION. To date, there have been nearly 500 seatings.
“We launched The Industry Table to foster community amongst hospitality workers by gathering around the table and making dining out accessible,” said Chef John Fraser. “We’re thrilled to team up with the New York City Wine & Food Festival to further expand the mission and spur camaraderie.”
Booking is available in sets of two tickets, and at least one guest must be currently employed in the restaurant industry. Reservations can be made by filling out The Industry Table form on https://www.jfrestaurants.com/
100% of the Festival’s net proceeds support their mission to EAT. DRINK. FEED NYC. through God’s Love We Deliver, the New York City metropolitan area’s only provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling for individuals living with severe illness. To purchase tickets, visit www.nycwff.org.
Stay up to date by following the conversation all year long on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @NYCWFF/#NYCWFF and on TikTok at @NYCWineFoodFestival.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
On Friday, October 27 the opening day of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will be kicking off the 22nd season of NYC’s favorite holiday destination. This event features an expansive free-admission skating rink, unmatched holiday market, and a festive bar and food hall. Partnering with Bank of America for the 11th year, Bryant Park is thrilled to be welcoming back one of NYC’s most popular winter attractions.
- The Rink is the largest free-admission ice skating rink in New York City. Skate time and rentals through November 29 can be reserved in advance online. New skate reservation dates will be released throughout the season.
- The Lodge is a rinkside, après skate-escape where visitors can cozy up with a festive cocktail, enjoy delicious food from local restaurants, and watch the ice skaters or admire the tree.
- This season’s Holiday Shops by Urbanspace Markets will feature over 180+ new and returning merchants in an open-air holiday market, including the Small Business Spotlight presented by Bank of America, where four New York City minority-owned small businesses, with annual revenues of $1 million or less, will showcase and sell their products in a rent-free shop for approximately two weeks each. Featured businesses will be announced in the coming days.
Visitors are invited to Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park to enjoy the holidays and the broader winter season. The Rink and The Lodge will be open daily beginning October 27, 2023 through March 3, 2024. The Holiday Shops by Urbanspace Markets will be open daily from October 27, 2023, through January 2, 2024. Visit wintervillage.org for hours and details.
The entrance is between 40th Street and 42nd Street on 6th Avenue
Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Elevates Javits Center with Street Art for Mankind
This was a project with passion that we can get behind!
Bulleit Frontier Whiskey and Street Art for Mankind worked with artist, Carlos Alberto, to create the mural this fall that aims to inspire the community to become agents of environmental change. A hub for artists, New York is the ideal location for a mural of this size and importance. The mural was unveiled during Climate Week NYC.
“The growth of our partnership with American Forests over the past three years is a testament to our commitment to creating real change,” said Jesse Damashek, Senior Vice President of Whiskies & Liqueurs at Diageo. “The Tree Equity plantings we do are extremely impactful and important to the local communities we serve, and with Street Art for Mankind, we’re able to bring critical attention to these efforts, and the broader need for global Ecosystem Restoration. The Ecosystem Restoration murals that Street Art creates do a masterful job of promoting this important work, as well as inspiring people to be drivers of environmental change.”
In support of the United Nations Environment Programme, a part of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, Street Art for Mankind created the Ecosystem Restoration Murals Project. Through this project, Bulleit is supporting the creation of five ecosystem restoration murals across the US. To create the mural in New York City, Street Art for Mankind partnered with Carlos Alberto. A street artist from Mexico, Carlos loves nature and using 3D effects to bring his art to life.
On the side of the city’s largest convention center, the Javits Center, Carlos created the mural in only 10 days. Carlos explained that his design features a woman hugging a tree to signify that she wants there to be more of them in her neighborhood. The woman is surrounded by the jungle, reminding viewers that, even in the “concrete jungle,” communities need trees and nature.
The mural also makes a reference to biodiversity with plants and animals from New York state, and from around the world. On the left you will find extinct and endangered plants and animals, and on the right you can see recovering species, reflecting the challenge and the hope that comes from global ecosystem restoration efforts. Kicking-off Climate Week NYC, this mural will serve as a vivid reminder of the critical need for global ecosystem restoration.
The public can scan the mural for an audio guide using a free mobile app called “Behind the Wall®”, published by SAM on Playstore and the Appstore. The app allows people to discover the story behind Ecosystem Restoration, hear officials talk about the issue, and listen to Carlos talk about his creation.
Inside the Dazzling Amex Gold & Resy Present: Dip into Gold Dip with Nicole Byer
This event took home the gold medal and more!
Brilliantly re-imagined signature dishes, featuring inventive sauces for guests to drench, drizzle, slather and dunk were grandly showcased during the thrilling night hosted by comedian Nicole Byer.
New York City’s favorite Resy restaurants including Laser Wolf, Foul Witch, Sylvia’s, Seoul Salon, Jacob’s Pickles, and Potluck Club were all on site serving up yummy dishes as special pop-up experiences from Amex Gold Card Dining Credit partners took place by Grubhub, Goldbelly, Wine.com, The Cheesecake Factory, and more.
For the entire affair attendees felt the joy with incredible food, music and epic fun. Chef Romeo Regalli, Executive Chef of Ras Plant, who was serving up his special event dish Injera Nachos, spoke on the importance of the momentous occasion.
“The companies putting this event together gives me a lot of hope businesses in the area. I think what American Express is doing great, especially for me as a small business,” said the chef as guests enjoyed his dish from his exquisite organic vegan Ethiopian eatery.”
Other amazing chefs featured during the party were Chef Mike Mayo of Laser Wolf with French Fries dunked in Tehina Ketchup; Chef Carlo Mirarchi with Foul Witch and Stone Fruit drenched in Leche de Tigre; Chef Marcus Woods of Sylvia’s with Sylvia’s World-Famous BBQ Rib Bites slathered in Sylvia’s Original Sassy Sauce; Chef Eli Sussman of gertrudes with Mini Challah Bite slathered with a Smoke Bluefish Pate, Herbs and Pickled Red Onion; Chef Dave Rizo of Yellow Rose with Corn Fritters with Cream; Chef Carlha Azcona of Shuka with Moroccan Spiced Eggplant; Chef Marc Ellert-Beck of Stretch Pizza with Old Town Square with Mushroom and Pumpernickel; Chef Preston Clark of Lure Fishbar with Lobster and Shrimp Dumpling; and Chef Zhan Chen of Potluck Club with Fried Mantou with Black Sesame Dulce de Leche.
In between splendid culinary discoveries, attendees thrilled in Shake Shack’s Event-Exclusive Gold Sundae: A new sundae featuring vanilla cake, frozen vanilla custard and made with White Truffle Butterscotch Caramel and garnished with roasted hazelnuts and gold flakes; The Basket by Grubhub: Wing tasting with four popular sauces from: Mudville 9, Mable’s Smokehouse, Tacombi, and Insa; Goldbelly Special Delivery: A wall of special Goldbelly boxes are available to choose from, each containing an exclusive Goldbelly takeaway; Wine.com Carts: Exclusive wine sips with Wine.com at various tasting carts throughout Dip Into Gold. The complimentary pours will enhance the bites featured in each unique section; The Cheesecake Factory Photo Booth: Capture your saucy smiles at The Cheesecake Factory photobooth; and to end the perfect night sweet tweets from Milk Bar Milk Truck: a custom-designed milk truck will provide complimentary desserts.
Here is to creating your own golden experience in your own town today with American Express.
Photos by: Jamie Mccarthy, Getty
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