Writer: Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo
On Monday, July 30th, 2018 Citi Taste of Tennis for the 1st time Heated Up Washington, D.C. at The Hamilton Live with an array of chefs serving up delicious tastings and experiences with international tennis stars!!!
The first Annual premier tennis and culinary event, Citi Taste of Tennis, brought together international tennis stars and D.C. area chefs together at Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. Coinciding with the Citi Open Tournament, Citi Taste of Tennis was also the official Citi Open Player Party benefiting the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation.
D.C. area chef, Edward Lee, World No. 22 Hyeon Chung, and World No. 17 Naomi Osaka served up barbeque brisket and spicy rice cakes at the event among other food served by notable DC area chefs. In addition, Chef John Mooney from New York City supported the 1st annual D.C. event by participating with his team and showcasing a delicious lobster taco which left you salivating for more. He owns New York City restaurant Bell Book & Candle where Mooney was named a 2011 StarChefs.com Rising Star Sustainability Chef. He currently has a D.C. restaurant in the Union Market complex that will continue showcasing his commitment to responsibly sourced cuisine.
Some of the tennis stars in attendance at the 1st annual culinary and tennis experience were as follows:
*Alexander Zverev (World #3) and winner of both Citi Open '17 & '18 entertained the crowd by being guest DJ for part of the evening.
*Naomi Osaka (World #17), Japanese rising tennis star graced us with her presence and partook on culinary tastings with the chefs.
*Marcelo Melo, (World #10) * Mike Bryan, Wimbledon Doubles Champion (World #1 Doubles)
*Hyeon Chung, Australian Open semifinalist (World #22) *Frances Tiafoe, rising tennis star and Maryland native (World #45)
*Bethanie Mattek-Sands *Lauren Davis
Citi Taste of Tennis kicks off major tennis tournaments throughout North America. The event has garnered a lot of press and travels the country to key cities such as Indian Wells, CA, Miami, FL, New York and now Washington, D.C. is produced by none other than AYS. AYS has also produced this event in global markets. The team includes Judi Lerner (President), Penny Lerner (CEO), Brian Hester (VP), Lisa Marie Vargas (Events & Partnerships) and Grace Dollarton (PR & Social Media). Their team with over 60 years of experience combined have created events and hospitality initiatives.
CITI TASTE OF TENNIS Washington, D.C. will be back at The Hamilton Live this summer on Monday, July 29, 2019. To purchase tickets, click here.
CITI TASTE OF TENNIS NYC served your evening with an unbelievable experience at the renowned Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018. This event is an unbelievable experience for the culinary or tennis enthusiast alike. This year's event will also be held at Cipriani Midtownon Thursday, August 22nd, 2019.
For more information or to purchase tickets to Citi Taste of Tennis in upcoming cities, please visit http://www.cititasteoftennis.com
THE POSSE FOUNDATION Annual Spring Gala "An Evening of Stars"
at Cipriani Wall Street
To get a sense of the incredible visuals and how the evening unfolds, here is the 2018 official video of LeDîner en Blanc–New York.
The red carpet at The Beacon Theatre. Photos by Nick Ford from 40 Visuals.
Writer: Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo
As different states are beginning to open up again with Phase 1 and Phase II stages, there are some upcoming tournaments tennis enthusiasts will be very excited to partake. CITI OPEN is currently scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. is from August 1 - 9, 2020. Following the CITI OPEN tournament, the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio is scheduled to take place from August 15 - 23rd.
The US OPEN Tournament in New York is currently still scheduled to take place August 24th - September 13th, 2020 pending the coronavirus pandemic. On the US OPEN website this is the statement they have released so far.
"At this time, no official decisions have been made surrounding the 2020 US Open. We continue to research and explore a number of different models and scenarios, with the hopes of holding the event on the same dates as originally scheduled, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
As has been our position from day one, our primary concern is the health and safety of the players, staff, broadcasters and all those involved. Working with the WTA and ATP, the goal is to implement a plan that eases any undue strain on and mitigates risk for the competitors in all facets of the event, including international travel, lodging, COVID-19 medical screening and testing, and operational protocols.
As previously stated, we are aiming to make a definitive announcement surrounding the 2020 US Open in mid-to-late June."
Let's hope the tournaments will continue to take place. We hope a situation like Indian Wells doesn't happen where all the players and spectators fly in and then are forced to cancel their travel plans.
Romance Reigns as 30 U.S. Cities- -80 Worldwide–Host Legendary All White Pop-Up Culinary Experience at an Undisclosed Locale...
The lelegendary all white French-inspired pop-up dinner has become THE culinary event of the year in the U.S. and cities around the world. A one-of-a-kind global phenomenon, this year over 130,000 food lovers, cultural enthusiasts and fashionistas will gather at an iconic secret locale in 80 cities spanning 30 countries. To preserve spontaneity and secrecy, the elegant dinner takes over iconic public spaces whose locations are revealed at the last minute to the delight of thousands of guests.
New York will host the wildly popular annual event on July 17th for the 9th consecutive year. Over 5500 guests dressed head-to-toe in chic white will gather at a spectacular undisclosed location to dine and dance under the stars. Launched in France 31 years ago, Le Dîner en Blanc exploded in popularity after its 2011 U.S. debut in New York with requests to host it pouring in from around the world.
The event has become a beloved tradition throughout the U.S. This year 30 cities will host Le Dîner enBlanc, and there will be three US premieres: Fort Lauderdale, Harford and Raleigh. Internationally two cities have joined the party this year: Havana (Cuba) and Guatemala City (Guatemala). While new cities join the adventure every year, in many cities, Le Dîner en Blanc has become THE social gathering of the year.
Le Dîner en Blanc is by invitation only, traditionally issued by friends and friends of friends who have participated in the past. Another means of attending is via the often-extensive wait lists in each city–in New York in 2018 there were 64,000 people on the wait-list.
Every summer in cities around the world, thousands of people dressed in head-to-toe white first gather at specific rallying points. Guided by local volunteers, these groups then descend on one of the city’s most beautiful outdoor public settings, either on foot or by other organized means of transportation. They bring everything they need for an elegant soirée in tow, including folding table and chairs, gourmet picnic food, fine china, silverware, and white tablecloth. Over the course of the evening, the guests eat and celebrate amid live music and dancing. Many spend weeks in advance planning their menus and their elaborate white ensembles! The cause uniting thousands: camaraderie, plain and simple.
Guests dine on their own specially curated meals such as lobster, charcuterie, cheese platters, baguettes and desserts, many dishes as opulent as their attire. Le Dîner en Blanc offers guests the ultimate opportunity to express their unique fashion and design style. Originality is encouraged; the creative outfits, fantastical hats, and decorative table settings are always a fabulous spectacle. It’s an Instagram lover’s dream--some participants dress as Marie Antoinette with lavishly detailed gowns and wigs. Other ensembles include gowns embellished with string lights, fairy wings, silk tuxedos, dapper sailor suits, powdered wigs, enormous picture hats and headpieces. The elaborate white table centerpieces range from a miniature carousel centerpiece with each horse carrying a white or silver cupcake to birds in white cages and paper lanterns affixed with LED lights and candelabras.
Christine Tripoli of Looking Glass Events Group and Peter Kohlmann of PEKO Productions are the co-hosts of Le Dîner en Blanc New York this summer with Linda Davis and Kaitlin Davis of The Davis Group. Davis, who serves as host in four U.S. cities, says the Big Apple holds a special place in her heart. She explains, “LeDîner en Blanc first debuted in New York before expanding to other U.S. cities and guests here have developed an extraordinarily passionate bond with the event. They bring a glamour and elegance—along with preparing amazing repasts—that make this an incomparable night in New York. I am thrilled to be a part of such a magical evening again.” Participation in this unique event happens in three stages: Phase 1 is for members from the previous year; Phase 2 is for new members who are referred by Phase I attendees; and Phase 3 is for people who signed up on the waiting list. Guests can register now at newyork.dinerenblanc.com/register.
To maintain the uniqueness of Le Dîner en Blanc as well as stay true to tradition, guests must observe certain requirements and follow a few key rules: Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions.This is a rain or shine event. Dress code:elegant and white only. Originality is encouraged as long as it is stylish and tasteful. Table setting: All white! Champagne and/or wine. Beer and hard liquor prohibited. The alcohol laws and regulations for most states, including New York, do not allow guests to bring their own alcohol. Guests who wish to enjoy some wine or Champagne must reserve online through their caterer website. However, guests are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages.
To ensure that the location secret is kept undisclosed until the last minute, guests meet at assigned departure location and are escorted by a Dîner en Blanc volunteer. In order to leave the event location as clean as when they arrived, guests are required to clean their area, and leave with all their belongings, leftovers and litter.
To keep up to date on Le Dîner en Blanc NYC, visit newyork.dinerenblanc.com #dinerenblanc #DEBNYC2019 #dinerenblancnyc
About Le Dîner en Blanc: Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Le Dîner en Blanc - Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fueling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in close to 80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.
Photography by Nick Ford from 40 Visuals for LUXXELIVING.
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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.
Suicide Squad World Premiere after-party at Skylight at Moynihan Station. Photos courtesy of an invited guest.
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The 144th Preakness Stakes Hosted by The Stronach Group
Belinda Stronach hosts The Stronach Group VIP Chalet at Preakness Village at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, May 18, 2019
The 2nd Annual CITI Taste of Tennis Washington, D.C.
Bringing together tennis players & chefs for the official Tennis Player Kick-Off Party at The Hamilton Live on July 29, 2019
Upcoming Tennis Championships are scheduled to take place
late Summer of 2020
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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
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MACY’S HERALD SQUARE AND SEIKO WELCOMED TENNIS CHAMPION NOVAK DJOKOVIC
On Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 customers and fans were invited to Macy’s Herald Square in New York City for a special meet and greet with tennis champion Novak Djokovic. The first 100 customers that morning were able to meet and snap a photo with the star athlete. Customers who made a Seiko Luxe watch purchase were able to get a fast pass to skip the line and received a special gift.
Macy's Herald Square and SEIKO Host Tennis Star
Tuesday, August 20th @ 6:30PM
THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS 2018 AWARDS Rita Ora, Naomi Campbell, Nina Dobrev, Morena Baccarin and Josephine Skriver Feted the Year’s Top Fragrances
The 2018 winners of The Fragrance Foundation Awards were announced last night at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The iconic, star-studded event, hosted by award-winning actress Jane Krakowski, celebrated fragrance at its finest and paid tribute to legends of the fragrance world.
“Tonight’s winners, finalists and honorees represent the very best of the fragrance industry,” said Linda G. Levy, president of The Fragrance Foundation. “They bring to life the artistry and passion that makes fragrance so transformative and inspiring.”
In total, nineteen winning fragrances were announced, showcasing the richness and diversity of today’s fragrance industry. Winners represented the best in women’s, men’s, home and bath & body fragrance.
Ann Gottlieb, celebrated perfume strategist and founder of her eponymous consultancy, became a Hall of Fame honoree. “To receive this award recognizing my contributions to the world of fragrance is a validation of my work and is absolutely thrilling,” said Ms. Gottlieb. “I’m truly honored and poised to continue for the next 50 years!”
Firmenich Master Perfumer Olivier Cresp was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Perfumer Award. “To start from scratch and have maybe the highest award that one can receive is really incredible,” said Mr. Cresp. “It’s something I never expected and I’m very honored.” Frédéric Malle, known for his groundbreaking Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, received the Foundation’s Game Changer Award, which was presented by the incomparable Leonard Lauder.
“This recognition is like an Oscar for your career, so it’s humbling,” said Mr. Malle. “Since my mother and her father both worked in the industry, this award is very moving for me. It’s like an accolade from someone very close to me recognizing that I maybe contributed something too.”
Other awards presenters and attendees included, models Chanel Iman, Hari Nef and, stylist Olivia Palermo, actors Ben McKenzie and Rick Gonzalez, designers John Varvatos and Jason Wu, dancer Derek Hough, Hearst Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles, ELLE Magazine Editor in Chief Nina Garcia, founder and CEO of Glossier Emily Weiss, founder of Huda Beauty Mona Kattan and more.
The winners of The Fragrance Foundation 2018 Awards are:
THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION 2018 AWARD WINNERS FRAGRANCE OF THE YEAR:
WOMEN’S LUXURY TOM FORD FABULOUS – Tom Ford Beauty; Givaudan; Perfumer: Shyamala Maisondieu
WOMEN’S PRESTIGE GUCCI BLOOM – Coty, Inc.; Firmenich; Perfumer: Alberto Morillas
MEN’S LUXURY TOM FORD OUD MINÉRALE – Tom Ford Beauty; Givaudan; Perfumer: Shyamala Maisondieu
MEN’S PRESTIGE Y BY YSL – YSL Beauté; IFF; Perfumer: Dominique Ropion
POPULAR GLOSSIER YOU – Glossier Inc.; Firmenich; Perfumers: Frank Voelkl and Dora Baghriche
PERFUME EXTRAORDINAIRE OF THE YEAR
ROBERTET – Atelier Cologne Café Tuberosa; Perfumers: Jerome Epinette and Sylvie Ganter
MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA BEACH WALK – Maison Margiela Fragrances; Firmenich; Perfumers: Jacques Cavallier Belletrud and Marie Salamagne
INDIE FRAGRANCE OF THE YEAR
MAISON TRUDON PARFUM BRUMA; Takasago; Perfumer: Antoine Lie
THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION 2018 AWARDS WERE PRESENTED BY:
COTY FIRMENICH INSPIRING GIVAUDAN HEARTS MAGAZINES IFF
ABOUT THE FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION: For nearly seventy years, The Fragrance Foundation has served its member companies as a resource for industry expertise, innovation and education. The Foundation is passionately devoted to nurturing talent in the industry, as well as engaging consumers to increase awareness and appreciation for the world of fragrance. For more information, please visit wwww.fragrance.org and follow The Fragrance Foundation on social media. Connect with The Fragrance Foundation: Instagram: @fragrancefoundation Twitter: @FragranceFDTN Facebook: @TheFragranceFoundation Youtube: FragranceFoundation
Writer: Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo
On Saturday, May 18, 2019 The Stronach Group hosted for the 4th year an epic luxury experience for VIP guests to partake during the 144th Preakness Stakes by having a VIP Chalet for guests to enjoy the full day event. The VIP event was hosted by Belinda Stronach who's named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine, and one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Business Women.
Guests included actors, athletes, business executives, community stakeholders, government officials, racing industry elites, renowned chefs, socialites, singers, performers, and TV personalities. Guests at the VIP Chalet were able to enjoy spectacular finish line views from the two-story glass chalet located next to the Winner’s Circle. It certainly was the place to be as not only locals experienced the delightful event but people traveled from the US and internationally to be part of the activities.
The 144th Preakness Stakes, the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown and the signature race in the state of Maryland was celebrated by 131,256 guests. The total handle on Pimlico's 14-race program was a record-breaking $99.8 million, surpassing the $93,655,128 million wagered in 2018.
War of Will, Jockey Tyler Gaffalione, trainer Mark Casse, and owner Gary Barber, finished first in the 144th Preakness Stakes, completing the 1 3/16-mile race in 1:54:34 minutes. Everfast finished second and Owendale took third. We can't overlook on the jockey-less horse Bodexpress, perseverance to complete the race whom stole the show during the last race by continuing to race the full course and complete it without finishing last.
“The 144th Preakness Stakes surpassed our expectations thanks to the horsemen and fans who came to celebrate this grand Maryland tradition,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President. “It makes for an unforgettable day of entertainment when you combine the world’s top performers with the best Thoroughbred horses and jockeys at one of the most celebrated sporting events. The Preakness is second to none.”
Some of the notable entertainment guests included:
ATHLETES & SPORTS INDUSTRY GUESTS:
Here are some fashionable notes and insights we can't overlook during the event and share away:
More than 20,000 fans flocked to InfieldFest, a full day festival featuring an all-star lineup of performances by artists including Norwegian superstar, Kygo, rap artist, Logic, GRAMMY Award winning producer and DJ Diplo, Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist winner Juice WRLD, Australian House and Techno producer FISHER and rising star on the Billboard Canadian charts Frank Walker. It truly was a full-house at InfieldFest with an excited captivating audience enjoying the music, food, atmosphere and performers during the steamy hot day. Look out for our separate coverage regarding InfieldFest.
The Stronach Group VIP Red Carpet, Imagery Credit: Paul Morigi / Getty Images The 144th Preakness Stakes, Imagery Credit: Daniel Swartz
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