The Posse Foundation held its 2016 Spring Gala, entitled “An Evening of Stars,” on Wednesday, May 25th at 6:30 PM at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street. Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. The Gala was Emceed by Harry Smith, Correspondent, NBC News with a special Performance by Trevor Noah, Comedian, Actor and Host, The Daily Show. 

Posse Star Honorees:
·        Rana Abdelhamid, Middlebury College Posse Alumna; CEO, Women’s Initiative For Self Empowerment
·        Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte LLP
·        Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran, President, Kalamazoo College
·        Susan Winokur, Chef and Founder, Class Cooking
·        Bart Winokur, Former Chairman and CEO, Dechert LLP; Trustee, Cornell University; Trustee and former Chair, Brandeis University


Be on the lookout for our full coverage of the enchanting evening at Cipriani Wall Street. For more information about The Posse Foundation click here.

                                                                       Writer: Mitchell Acks

There are so many options to consider going to see the annual 4th of July celebration. We were invited to Industry Kitchen in South Street Seaport set off from barges near Pier 17, just across in the East River to eat and see the fireworks up close and personal. It is even more special to see the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks live.

It was not too crowded to view the fireworks with a diverse and energetic crowd that enjoyed the extensive full open bar and scrumptious assortment of buffet tasting station. The ribs, miso salmon and corn on the cob were my favorites. The staff was really great and they also made the event even more enjoyable.

Industrial Kitchen is a one of various fine dining restaurants of the Merchants Hospitality Restaurants Group. CBS considers this place as one of 5 best restaurants with views of Manhattan. CBS also, considers Industry Kitchen having one of the five best Christmas Menu. Haute Living also likes Industry Kitchen especially one of 7 restaurants for celebrating Thanksgiving.

In addition to Downtown Manhattan in the South Street Seaport, they also had fireworks in Midtown Manhattan at 23rd street and 37th street on the barges in the East River.

The spectacular fireworks shows lasted 30 minutes and it was bigger than ever as being the 40th anniversary of the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks.

We had an opportunity to meet briefly with Abraham Merchant – CEO Merchants Hospitality, Inc. {Owner of Industry Kitchen} and this is what he said regarding his favorite holiday.

"4th of July is one of my favorite holidays because of the significance of what Independence day represents, celebrating a unified nation and the heroism of those who protect us from harm’s way. In celebration of this, I host an annual fun filled viewing party at Industry Kitchen, which brings the entire community together, families and friends, and visitors from around the world to enjoy the festivities with delicious food, cocktails and the most spectacular view of the fireworks in NYC,”  said Abraham Merchant – CEO Merchants Hospitality, Inc.

We would like to thank Mr. Merchant for the invitation to attend his special fireworks viewing party while enjoying the different buffet options. If you have not gone to Industry Kitchen yet, definitely go. You do not have to wait for a special occasion to attend as it has excellent food options for everyone.

Industry Kitchen is nestled along the East River next to the historic South Street Seaport, and just steps from the water’s edge.  The stunning 5,000 square-foot venue accommodates up to 300 guests with indoor and outdoor seating, allowing unobstructed views of the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges and Brooklyn Skyline.

Academy Award–winning actress and producer Penélope Cruz talked with New York Times contributor Logan Hill about her latest film — the award–winning Spanish drama “Ma Ma,” from director Julio Medem  (Sex and Lucia, Chaotic Ana), which she also produced — as well as her many wide-ranging roles, including collaborations with such directors as Pedro Almodóvar (“Volver,” “Broken Embraces”), Woody Allen (“Vicky Christina Barcelona”), Cameron Crowe (“Vanilla Sky”) and Ridley Scott (“The Counselor”), and challenges and opportunities for women in film.

The film is about a woman named Magda (Cruz) who goes thru a tragedy, then gets diagnosed with breast cancer but life throws her a positive curve ball. She in addition, to this devastating outcome becomes pregnant and has to try to overcome the experience of dealing with breast cancer while going thru a pregnancy. In addition, she forms an unexpected bond with a soccer scout (Luis Tosar) whose wife has been gravely injured in an accident.

During the Q&A Penélope said she did a lot of research for months and met women whom had breast cancer in order to fully immerse herself in this role. 

The Q&A took place at 7 p.m. on May 23 at Florence Gould Hall at 55 East 59th Street. 

The New York Film Premiere is being held on Tuesday, May 24th at Landmark Sunshine to an invitation only crowd.

If you didn't have the chance to catch the live Q&A online or in person last night, you can watch it right here.

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Photo credit: Steve Meyer

THE POSSE FOUNDATION Annual Spring Gala "An Evening of Stars" 

at Cipriani Wall Street

 Food Network & Cooking Channel NYCWFF

October 13 - 16 at Pier 92

Industry Kitchen, FiDi’s Hottest New Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

4th of July Celebration and Independence Day Party

The red carpet at The Beacon Theatre. Photos by Nick Ford from 40 Visuals.

Dan's Taste of Summer - The East end's Premier Food & Wine Events

Every year we look forward for the month of August asTaste of Tennismakes a comeback in New York City with an array ofevents to attend and this year they've added a few more options for tennis and food enthusiasts alike to experience.

We are excited to announce this year’s marquee Taste of Tennis culinary demo will feature James Beard Award winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson and 14X Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal! This unforgettable experience is brought to you by Olive Oils from Spain, the world’s leading olive oil producer and exporter. 


This year attendees can look forward to the following slated events:

  • Wednesday, 8/24: Meet and Greet with John Isner at The Benjamin
  • Thursday night, 8/25: Taste of Tennis Gala at W New York
  • Friday, 8/26: Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge at World Team Tennis Finals
  • Friday 8/26: Taste of Tennis Pavilion at World Team Tennis Finals
  • Friday Night, 8/26: Meet and Greet at The London NYC
  • Saturday, 8/27: Party with the Stars at Knickerbocker Hotel

The Taste of Tennis is widely considered The World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience. AYS created the Taste of Tennis in 2000, to kick off two weeks of tennis excitement in New York. The event, featuring food prepared by top chefs and appearances by the world’s top tennis players was an immediate hit and has become one of the most anticipated events on the tennis calendar. Since its founding, AYS has produced the Taste of Tennis in New York for 16 consecutive years. They have also produced the event in Australia 4 times to kick off the Australian Open, and most recently they brought the experience to Miami in March 2015.

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Photography by Nick Ford from 40 Visuals for LUXXELIVING.

 “Suicide Squad” opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters on August 5, 2016.




​​​The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and

Atlas Entertainment’s “Suicide Squad” held at The Beacon Theatre and After-Party at Skylight at Moynihan Station

On Monday, August 1st, 2016 The World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and Atlas Entertainment’s “Suicide Squad” took place at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.  The film screening was an invitation only event as well as radio station winners and Midtown Comics guests. The after-party followed to an invitation only crowd at Skylight at Moynihan Station.

At the premiere's red carpet actors from the film included: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara, Jim Parrack, Ike Barinholtz, Common, director/screenwriter David Ayer; producers Chuck Roven, Richard Suckle; executive producer Geoff Johns and soundtrack music artists.

From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC, the film also stars Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Scott Eastwood (“Fury”), Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”), Adam Beach (“Cowboys & Aliens”), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, an Atlas Entertainment production, a film by David Ayer, “Suicide Squad.” The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters beginning August 5, 2016.

This film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.

​The Finest French Cuisine with Louis XIV and Chef Nicolas R. Frezal of Bagatelle

The highly-anticipated series, Versailles held it's first episode on OVATION TV on Saturday, October 1st at 10PM. 

We have attended premieres for film and television shows but we have never experienced a 3-Night Opening Premiere with an invitation only dinner, parties and events all-encompassing the splendid world of the 17th Century reliving a French Era with Louis XIV during his kingdom in Versailles, France.  

Wednesday, September 28th marked the first day of the 3-day event to celebrate Ovation TV’s new series, Versailles. The most-expensive series ever produced in France, Versailles takes the period genre to new dimensions, injecting a vibrant modernity into an era that put France at the epicenter of glamour, culture and fashion.

Chef Nicolas R. Frezal is the French born Executive Chef at Bagatelle who started his culinary training at the age of 14. After working in Paris and then Canada, Frezal moved to NYC in 2009 to work at Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Daniel in the Upper East Side working under Executive Chef Jean-François Bruel. In 2014 he joined Bagatelle New York as the Sous Chef and was promoted to Executive Chef this year. Chef Frezal curated a special Louis XIV menu for this event.

Actors and dancers donned in 17th Century French costumes greeted guests as they came in, guests were able to taste a 110-year old cognac from the Grand Marnier tasting station, and Co-Creators and Executive Producers David Wolstencroft and Simon Mirren, along with key members of the cast shared their behind-the-scenes experience of making the series. Actress and singer Lisa Zane best known for her role in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, closed out the evening with a special performance.


Attendees for the special invitation only evening included: David Wolstencroft – Co-Creator of Versailles, Simon Mirren – Co-Creator of Versailles, George Blagden – “Louis XIV”, Alexander Vlahos – “Philippe", Noémie Schmidt – “Henriette”, Anna Brewster – "Montespan", Tygh Runyan – “Fabien”, Actress/Singer Lisa Zane, Actress – Helen Mirren, Actor – Billy Zane, and Actor – Malik Yoba. 

The invitation only event included a few members of the press whom were able to stay and experience the 3 evenings which was simply divine. Click here for our complete coverage...

​Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation


The 12th Annual A Hamptons Happening will mark the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation by noted oncologist and cancer researcher Samuel Waxman, MD. The benefit, which takes place on Saturday, July 9 th , 2016 at the residence of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, will feature over 30 of the top chefs and restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons. The event will be hosted by CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge and will honor Sandra Lee, philanthropist, Emmy winning television personality, New York Times best-selling author and breast cancer survivor; Jayma Cardoso, Founder of the Surf Lodge in Montauk; and Deirdre Quinn, CEO of the luxury fashion company Lafayette 148 New York.


This year’s "A Hamptons Happening" is chaired by event Co-Founders Mar​rion Waxman and Laurie Schaffran and Co-Chair Karen Amster-Young. Additional chairpersons include Erin Jennifer Woudsma as Auction Chair and Erica Linden-Fineberg as Journal Chair. LDV Hospitality is the featured restaurant group at the event. The Honorary Lead Chef Couple is Fernanda Capobianco, founder of Vegan Divas, journalist and cookbook author; and Francois Payard, pastry chef, restaurateur and author. The event will once again offer beautiful cabanas available for purchase and silent and live auctions. A highlight of the auctions is an exciting package for two to see the Tony Award-nominated hit show “Hamilton” that includes dinner with two cast members and more! Williams-Sonoma Bridgehampton, the retail partner of A Hamptons Happening, will feature in-store promotions on behalf of the SWCRF starting Memorial Day Weekend through July 9.


The annual A Hamptons Happening is among the most eagerly anticipated events of the Hamptons social calendar. Drawing on average 500 guests, the event is held under a 15,000-sq-ft. floored, carpeted and air-conditioned tent on the stunning 15-acre Bridgehampton property of Maria and Kenneth Fishel. The benefit is a scrumptious celebration of New York’s finest cuisine, personally presented by the top chefs of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons. Guests indulge their appetites for the savory and the sweet, mix and mingle, bid on exciting auction items and dance to today’s hottest tunes, all the while collaborating to fund science’s quest for a cure for cancer. 

For more information on SWCRF, visit: For more information on A Hamptons Happening, ticket packages and sponsorships, click here.


Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation 

12th Annual "A Hamptons Happening" 

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The Finest French Cuisine with Louis XIV and Chef Nicolas R. Frezal of Bagatelle for the OVATION TV Anticipated premiere of VERSAILLES

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TimesTalks: An Evening with Film & Academy Award Winner Penélope Cruz Discussing her new Spanish film ‘Ma Ma’
 with NY Times contributor Logan Hill at Florence Gould Hall


August 24th - 27th, 2016

The World's Premiere Food & Tennis Experiences 

Suicide Squad World Premiere after-party at Skylight at Moynihan Station. Photos courtesy of an invited guest.

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Photo Credit: Nick Ford 40 Visuals

Head Straight into the Fun of NYCWFF with a MasterCard® Fast PassBypass the lines and head straight into the fun of the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival with a MasterCard Fast Pass. Created exclusively for MasterCard cardholders, this time-saving pass is available for three exciting alfresco events on the roof of Pier 92.  Purchase with MasterCard and save 15% on tickets and expedited entry into NYCWFF’s 130,000 square foot signature Grand Tasting event.

Join Emmy Award-winning Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis to kick off the festival with the best Italian food that New York City has to offer. The space will be outfitted with authentic wood-burning ovens so that your favorite trattorias, pizzerias, slice joints, and meatball shops can serve up an array of classic fare paired with vibrant Italian wines, all while you take in the beautiful New York City skyline.

Food Network’s Chopped is taking over Pier 92 for a larger-than-life version of the popular competitive cooking series with all your favorite cast members. Each of the chef participants is tasked with preparing a creative & delicious appetizer, entrée or dessert to try & impress the judges & you!

NYC hotspot Union Fare is hosting an awesome new event called Koreatown Eats, hosted by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard. Essentially, the space is being transformed into a k-town club - soju, amazing food (gochujung braised ribs, smoked kimchi chili), k-pop, karaoke, etc. The participating chefs are really high caliber as well - they include Amanda Cohen, Flynn McGarry, Justin Smilie, Sohui Kim of The Good Fork, etc. This event is considered to be one of the most interesting and fun events they have on the roster this year.
Lastly, in terms of more intimate events, there's a Kosher dinner hosted by Eden Grinsphan, as well as a Sushi Rolling master class from Masaharu Morimoto (who is also hosting the fan favorite Rock & Roll Sushi late-night event), a vegetable centric cooking class from Michael Anthony, and a bread making master class from Bien Cuit's Zachary Golper that sound particularly interesting.

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