Summer is here and the season is in full swing. This month there are several hot happenings.
On Tuesday July 10, Publicolor is hosting a fantastic benefit. Top Coat is a night of design-infused dance and colorful cocktails with special guest DJ Kreemy. The event at Knoll Showroom will raise important funds for the expansion of Publicolor’s continuum of programs for New York City students. For more information and tickets go here.
Also on July 10, cancer survivor and activist, Arlene Santiago, will exhibit her incredible show Transformation. Jadite Galleries (660 10th Ave) will feature the artist’s powerful and meaningful work until July 28.
Out on Governors Island is a glampers dream come true. Collective Governors Island will be fully opening for summer retreats full of fantastic food, music and the most beautiful camping experiences. Now an incredible experience outdoors with your friends and family is only a short ferry ride away from The Big Apple.
A private kickoff celebration of the U.S. launch of the “Olive Oil World Tour” will take place on Thursday, July 12. Guests will enjoy lovely foods, desserts, and drinks inspired by the birthplace of olive oil. Special guest of honor Chef Seamus Mullen, an award-winning New York chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and health & wellness expert known for his inventive yet approachable Spanish cuisine will be on site to talk about the “Let’s Make a Tastier World” campaign.
On July 21, New York artist Patti Grabel’s new Hamptons gallery exhibit, “Causing a Stir” will host an opening cocktail reception. The new collection of works all feature wooden spoons and is on view at Chase Edwards Contemporary in Bridgehampton from Saturday, July 21st through Saturday, August 4th. A portion of the proceeds will benefit City Harvest.
For this exhibition, Grabel has combined her love of food and art into the central theme of her work as embodied by the spoon. The works feature photographic compositions printed on both paper and glass depicting wooden spoons. The narrative threads in each work embrace a variety of themes such as nourishment, sensuality, creative expression, aspirations and the liberating act of taking chances.
And in other happenings, singer-songwriter Alex Weksler gave a beautiful performance July 8th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Alex recently released her latest EP Air, a poetic journey from the beginning stages of a young relationship, to the pen-ultimate parting of ways. Her unique and etheral-like vocals have garnered comparisons to “a modern incarnation of the Karen Daltons and Peggy Seegers of the Greenwich Village Folk scene of the 1960’s.” You can check out the full EP here.
Brooklyn in the summer is about to get that much better thanks to the newest cocktail from Grand Army Bar. Currently at the top of his mixology game, local Brooklyn bar owner and award-winning mixologist, Damon Boelte has found a way to intertwine all the flavors of the season and pair them with a new single malt called The Sexton, making for a smooth tiki-inspired cocktail.
“I’m a big fan of pineapple and whiskey together. I’ve recently found that cardamom and pineapple is one of my favorite flavor pairings, so that’s where this cocktail idea came from. The Sexton is rich in flavor, yet remains a smooth sipper, so I decided to go a bit tropical with this one”, says Boelte.
Finally, last week the Amsterdam experience was the hottest rooftop event. The fifth annual New Amsterdam Affair had guests enjoying the best of Boska along with Beemster cheeses and Tony’s chocolates. Big thanks went to sponsors: Voorn Croquettes, Testino Events, Heineken, the Dutch Consulate of New York, MPG, ACT, 90+ Wines, Besserat Champagne, KLM and Spielhofer Cheese. Without you it wouldn’t have been such a success.
And remember in life: “at the end it’s not the cheese, nor the chocolate or the tools. It’s the People you party with!”