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Labor Day Festival “Hear Me Out” Monologue Competition



With over 400 submissions from around the world, this year’s Hear Me Out New American Monologue Competition’s founder Roland Tec is excited to announce this year’s 13 finalists. The finalist will have their monologues presented live at the Labor Day Festival on Sunday, September 6, at 1 PM.

Tickets are $6 for the Audience in the Rafters (Webinar View) and $22 for the We Are Audience tickets (For those that know the value of a theatre full of love theatre lovers. Bring your headphones and remain unmuted and be a part of the performance experience). Tickets can be purchased by visiting Eventbrite.

This year’s festival judges include celebrated writers Gretchen Cryer, Gary Garrison, Christine Toy Johnson, Craig Lucas, Austin Pendleton, and Charlayne Woodard. Each of the finalists were given the prompt  “Borders” for their submission. Each entry is evaluated for its Character Development, Ear for Authentic Speech, Camouflage of Exposition, Thrilling Story, Dramatic Structure, and Clever Use of Festival Theme.  This year’s competition will feature two competitive divisions: Short Form Monologues (under 650 words) and Longer Form Monologues (word count between 750-1850). 

“We received monologues employing this year’s festival theme “borders” in just about every way imaginable. Some focused on the borders that separate us from the people we love, from the people we fear and in some instances from our true selves. There were just as many pieces about land borders as there were imaginary ones, ones that we create without even noticing to separate Us from Them, Before from After, Love from Hate and Life from Death. The one thread connecting them all? Human beings in search of connection.”. “Founder of the Hear Me Out Monologue Competition, Roland Tec

This year’s finalists are (in alphabetical order): 

It’s Nice to be Out in Society by Andrea Aptecker (Cambridge, Massachusetts USA)

Sometimes a lady just wants a nice dinner out in society—she wants to be noticed, seen, and feel special. She wants what she wants. Is that too much to ask?

Andrea Aptecker is a playwright and teacher from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Aptecker’s plays and monologues have been performed in the United States and the UK. Andrea began writing plays five years ago, fell in love with playwriting, joined writing groups and classes to learn the craft (as she knew nothing!), and was lucky enough to find a writing mentor in teacher and theatre artist Peter Littlefield. Today, Andrea writes in her free time when not teaching. Her new play (Unrequited), a spine-tingling suspense/drama, is available with Next Stage Press. She serves on the Board of Directors of Playwrights’ Platform and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. For additional information, and to read Andrea Aptecker’s plays: New Play Exchange: Andrea Aptecker.

In A Petrified Wood by Mike Brannon (Greensboro NC, USA)

Tom, a socially awkward archeologist and a lifelong bachelor, decides that he’s tired of being alone and summons up the courage to do what all nerdy science guys did in the 1980s – he signs up for a video dating service.

After thirty years of a career and raining a family, Mike Brannon has returned to his first love, writing for the theater.  He began writing plays for local festivals, has had over 20 plays produced in a variety of formats: on stage, on Zoom, and on the radio, as well as short-short play competitions and in play-in-a-day workshops. 

I Love Parties by Kate Cortesi (Brooklyn, NY and Somerville, MA)

Elderly Auntie Patty is presumed to be a member of a “vulnerable population” these days, so she’s here to set the record straight on exactly who is vulnerable to whom.

Kate Cortesi is a Brooklyn- and Boston-based playwright from Washington, DC, who writes about women, young people, liars, and the American psyche – with jokes. Full-length plays include Great Kills (Princess Grace Award), A Patron of the Arts (Cherry Lane Theatre, South Coast Rep New Scripts Series), ONE MORE LESS (NYFA award, Relentless Award finalist, Playwrights Horizons New Works Lab), Love (Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, Marin Theatre Company, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Kilroys List) and Is Edward Snowden Single? (The Jungle Theater, Single Carrot Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, The Pool). Commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Keen Company, and South Coast Rep. Cortesi is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. This past year, Cortesi wrote two quarantine theater works: an audio play called Radio Nowhere, produced by Keen Company, directed by Taylor Reynolds, starring George Salazar, and a short monologue play called “I love parties” – and here we are. For more, visit

In-Between Spaces by Josh Drimmer (Brooklyn, NY)

Cynthia feels stuck. Stuck in her Queens apartment with her stuffed animals, stuck thinking about her uncreative daughter in Connecticut, stuck hearing her neighbor’s music through the ceiling. But there’s magic everywhere, at least to Cynthia, and she will find some wherever she can, as always.

Josh Drimmer’s plays include the full-length monologue Story, and Her (Downtown Urban Arts Festival), the lighthouse invites the storm (Sanguine Theater Company, winner of Project Playwright), Halcyon Days (T. Schreiber Studio’s New Works Initiative), The Beeping (ARTC Winterfest), Love Is Good (Producer’s Club, workshops with Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab and Feed the Herd) and Falling (readings at the Dramatists Guild and Theater for the New City). He is the book writer of a new musical (The Last Days of Pompeii) and a cabaret (Rejected Showgirl), a member of American Renaissance Theater Company and The Pool, and a Brooklynite until the city finally spits him out.

Crossed by Isidore Elias (Brooklyn, NY)

A guard at the southern border has an illegal immigrant who is awaiting deportation in his custody. He is resolved to do his duty, but he would like his prisoner to know he’s not entirely unsympathetic.

Isidore Elias is a playwright/librettist/songwriter whose work has been produced in the US, Canada, and Europe. Honors: grants from the BMI Foundation and the NYS Council on the Arts; commissions from the Royal Carré Theatre (Amsterdam) and Cross-the-Pond Productions (London); Carbonell nomination for best new work. Recent productions of his plays include Muffin (Nylon Fusion Theatre, NYC), Jim Silverstein’s Will (Fresh Produc’d, NYC), Willow Grove (Metropolitan Playhouse, NYC). Taught Writing For Musical Theatre at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, an NEA-funded program he created. Member, BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and The Dramatists Guild.

Made In China by Maggie Gallant (Austin, TX)

London’s her home, mate; it’s all she knows. So why are they trying to send her back to a place she doesn’t even remember?

Maggie Gallant is a British-born writer and performer who grew up in a small English village and escaped to London as soon as humanly possible. In 2000 she moved to Austin, Texas, and jumped into a creative life. First came stand-up comedy, and after not being discovered as a comedy genius, she started writing solo shows, which she’s performed across the US and Canada. Stand-alone monologues are a more recent passion. She is very fond of pandas (can’t eat a whole one) and is interested in their history as China’s international diplomats. The piece came together after considering the theme as it relates to the tenuous position of many foreign citizens under Brexit, the treatment of the Windrush generation, and of her own status and privilege as an immigrant too, and now a citizen of, the United States.

Sound Mind by Dana Hall (Orland Park, IL)

Sam is dying of cancer and recording a portion of their last will and testament via video recording. Sam has fought bravely with the help of their partner, and they have come to terms with the fact the ‘fight’ is over. They were scared and lost at times during their journey, but we see a new side of Sam in this piece, perhaps a bit more of the “old Sam” – humor, reminiscing, and yet still conflicted as the stand on the border of two worlds.

Dana Hall is an accomplished and award-winning author, playwright, speaker, and mental health therapist. It is important for her to tell stories that often go untold from the mental health perspective. She enjoys writing plays that elevate the platform for historically marginalized communities. Her plays have been featured nation-wide this year at Inkwell Theatre (CA), Drawing Cats Theatre (NYC), Palos Village Players (Chicago), Equity Theatre (NYC), Triangle Rainbow Theatre & Riante Theatre (NYC), The New Deal Creative Arts Center (NY), Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT) (NYC), Prism Theatre Company (MO), Scripps Onstage (CA), and 5 & Dime Theater (FL). She is also a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, International Centre for Women Playwrights, and HonorRoll!

Rhymes With Border by Janet Kenney (Boston, MA)

Hanna just wants to be left alone, but her daughter Marjorie is there anyway, prying into Hanna’s business. And if Marjorie doesn’t stop touching her stuff, there’s going to be trouble.

Janet Kenney is thrilled to be included in the Hear Me Out finalist pool for the second time (last year’s entry was What I Wear Outside). She spent the pandemic year writing her new full-length play, Cape Haven, a story of a family whose members are forced to re-define themselves. Full-length plays include her “one woman show for three or more actresses,” Theresa at Home (Boston), More Than What (Boston), a collection of short, intertwined plays, My Heart & My Flesh (Boston, Sonora, CA), and Globus Hystericus (commissioned by Theater Emory, Atlanta). She has written over a dozen 10-minute plays as well as some one-acts, screenplays, and short stories. Her memoir, What Else But Grace, was recently completed. She has a MA in Playwriting from Boston University and a degree in Theater Arts from The University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Mother(Land) Will Teach You That by Anya Martin (Pittsburgh, PA)

The pain of an electric fence is meant to keep Pat’s dog, Stella, safe. When this border is unexpectedly crossed by a little girl, blood and boundaries are drawn as Pat navigates invisible fences in the ground and in the current of her heart.

Anya Martin is a playwright, director, producer, and theatre thinker. Her plays have been praised as “smart, sharp and witty” (Pittsburgh City Paper) with “scenes of imagination and poetic insight.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) In 2018 her play Helen at the Gym was a winner in RedBull Theater’s Annual Short Play Festival (Published by Stage Rights). In the thick of the pandemic, Martin was introduced to “Hear Me Out” in an online playwriting class in which she asked Roland Tec to read for President James Buchanan in her full-length play, The President’s Pants. (In which the ghost of the 15th president haunts a gay woman who must return home to live with her Mennonite family. Roland was very good!) Martin grew up in a conservative Mennonite family in rural Mercersburg, PA, where she graduated from James Buchanan High School. She then ran away to drama school and earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA in theatre from Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, she lives in Pittsburgh, where she is the Founding Artistic Director of Hiawatha Project.

Boot’s Vacation by Rex McGregor (Auckland, New Zealand)

Boot is a teenager whose entire life revolves around his skateboard. When he has to go on a trip to Europe without it, he is not happy.

Rex McGregor is a New Zealand playwright. His short comedies have been produced on four continents, from New York and London to Sydney and Chennai. His monologue TABBY’S PLAGUE DIARY was performed live by Kira Hoag at Some1Speaking in February 2021. Website:

Ecce Mom by Patrick Mulcahey (Concrete, WA)

A widowed mother protests her adult children’s censure and desertion of her.

Patrick Mulcahey wrote plays in his youth, but when health insurance and food on the table asserted themselves as priorities, he took up writing for television, mostly soap operas, over forty years and nine Emmys. The engine of soaps — two people alone in a room — is not so far removed from “two boards and a passion”: it was the work he was given and mostly loved. When he was ready to leave it and write for the stage again, the pandemic had other ideas. But magically, thanks to Roland and “Hear Me Out Monologues,” despite all, a virtual stage made room for me.

Border Line (Feels Like I’m Going to Lose My Mind) by Rick Park (Cambridge, MA)

A Vincent Van Gogh self-portrait contemplates the thin border between love and hate, life and death, and sanity and madness when recounting a childhood trip to the seaside.

Rick Park is a writer/actor in Cambridge, MA. He has been writing plays for 35 years, which have been performed throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. While temporarily stalled in his writing through much of the pandemic, he finds the form and structure provided by Hear Me Out to be a much-needed balm in jumpstarting his creativity.

The Power of Blanca ¡El poder de Blanca! by Michael Wells-Oakes (Saratoga Springs, New York)

Blanca, 40, married, mother of two has the power! She never questions its source until Stanley Weissman kisses her at Royalty Ribbon in early morning Manhattan. Then, she questions—then she knows the answer!

Michael Wells-Oakes is a Resident Playwright at the 29th Street Playwright’s Collective. His Monologue, You Labor, received the Silver Ear Award at the “Me & My Masks” Monologue Festival in September 2020. Since then, You Labor, performed by Stephen Greif, had its London premiere as part of Lost Soul Monologues podcast. Michael is currently part of the Rose Theater Co.’s podcast: The Rose Rhapsody, In Character. Winter Wheat, full-length, was nominated as a semi-finalist for the Risk Theater Modern Tragedy Competition 2020. His play Sea Vine, NJ, was zoomed in November 2020. His work has been seen at The Triangle (SC), Luna Stage (NJ), Puzzle Theater; Bernie Wohl Center; The Ko Festival (MA); the Marble Collegiate Church Theater, and Manhattan Class Company. His screenplay, Drive All Night/ Miraculous Turnaround (with Jennifer Wells), received the NYFA grant for screenwriting. Michael is a member of the Dramatist Guild and Actors Equity. He is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a National Playwrights Conference Finalist, and received the DeWitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Writer of Distinction Award. His newest plays, including Crazy, Leave Philadelphia, Never; Tidings; Corn Fritters: and Remembrance, are available at The New Play Exchange

Hear Me Out Monologues seeks to encourage exploration of the monologue form and continue to expand the Audience for all new work. A key focus of the competition is nurturing the relationships between scriptwriters and their audiences. The relationship between a playwright and her Audience is unique in its power. In no other art form does the writer receive immediate and continuously evolving audible feedback from their Audience. In this way, the playwright-audience relationship is closer and more intimate than most. The playwright knows immediately whether a particular beat in a scene in their play is working because they can hear it through the laughter, sighs, tears, gasps, or stunned silences that audiences respond with. That’s in a traditional live in-person theatre. During the pandemic, too many Zoom presentations silenced everyone who was not themselves a part of the performance. The result was an amputation of the key line of communication which normally flows from the Audience directly to the writer and the Audience itself during the performance. All Hear Me Out Monologues presentations encourage the Unmuting of audience members who join the Zoom meeting equipped with headphones and/or earbuds. 

13 Finalist Winners will compete for the following awards and cash prizes Golden Ear & Earbud ($2,000 ea.), Silver Ear & Earbud ($750 ea.), The August van der Becq Memorial Prize for Daring ($2,001), Most Memorable Character Prize ($975 + 4-month scholarship for craftwork in the RT Private Studio), Alvin Epstein Memorial Prize for Solo Performers ($1,524 + 30 hrs. of developmental workshop time with Roland Tec) for the piece most likely to draw new audiences to the form.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:


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.

More information and for tickets, please visit and

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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 and are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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

Stay up to date by following the conversation all year long on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @NYCWFF/#NYCWFF and on TikTok at @NYCWineFoodFestival.

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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 for hours and details.

The entrance is between 40th Street and 42nd Street on 6th Avenue

#WinterVillage @BryantParkNYC

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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.


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Inside the Dazzling Amex Gold & Resy Present: Dip into Gold Dip with Nicole Byer



This event took home the gold medal and more!

Amex Gold & Resy Present: Dip into Gold at Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard this Saturday, September 30th.

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,, 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; Carts: Exclusive wine sips with 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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