Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns for its 18th annual edition 

February 20 – 24, 2019

​​​​​​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: 


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


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


MAISON TRUDON PARFUM BRUMA; Takasago; Perfumer: Antoine Lie



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 and follow The Fragrance Foundation on social media. Connect with The Fragrance Foundation: Instagram: @fragrancefoundation Twitter: @FragranceFDTN Facebook: @TheFragranceFoundation Youtube: FragranceFoundation 

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

at Cipriani Wall Street

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

Versaille's TV Show New York Premiere

​​​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.

London’s home away from home for creative industries,  h Club, is thrilled to open its first extension, h Club Los Angeles, to members in February, 2019. h Club Los Angeles will offer unrivaled amenities and programming, designed for artists, entrepreneurs and innovators to connect, collaborate and create.

Founded in 2004 by the late philanthropist and entrepreneur, Paul G. Allen, in London, England, h Club has developed a strong reputation for working with and supporting the city’s flourishing creative talent. Its expansion to Los Angeles will build upon this ideal, giving members access to an international network of creatives. h Club LA will be situated on Hollywood’s Vine Street, across from the historic Capitol Records building.

h Club LA is proud to be partnering with Capitol Records and their archives of never before seen photos for one of the first installations in the esteemed h Club Art Program, showcasing original works by both local and international artists. The curated collection of art will be featured in the main club spaces and 35 bedrooms. In addition, h Club LA has enlisted Food & Beverage Director Florence Fall, formerly of Barneys and Sunset Tower Hotel, to lead the sustainable and locally sourced dining program.
The space, designed by HKS Architects in collaboration with London interior designer Russell Sage, is inspired by the Modern Grand Tour of Europe. An ode to those who traverse the world and share knowledge gleaned from adventure, it will encompass five floors designed to host and nurture creativity.

Along with three dining areas and bars, there will be an elegant rooftop restaurant that will showcase breathtaking views of Hollywood and will lead to a desert garden inspired by English film director, Derek Jarman. A stylish tea room will reflect a traditional English tea room infused with the delicate culture of a Japanese tea ceremony. Creative co-working spaces, a music studio, screening room, rooftop cinema and live performance space will further cultivate innovation and artistic expression. Other amenities include an outdoor pool deck, gym, and wellness facilities for members and guests to enjoy.

“What excites me about being a member of h Club LA is its potential to become a major cultural and social powerhouse in Los Angeles, the global epicenter for content creation” said Fritz Friedman, Principal at The Group. “The club will provide a wonderfully kinetic and unique social environment where creative and innovative personalities will be able to collaborate with their peers whilst still having fun. And all of this happening within a superbly located and designed space characterized by world class services and entertainment facilities!”

h Club LA offers a diverse members’ program including: intimate musical performances; film screenings; album launches; exhibitions; book readings; and inspiring debates. Additionally, the Club’s unique philanthropic arm – h Foundation – will be an integral part of the club’s investment in the local community. The Foundation will work with Los Angeles-based not-for-profit organizations to implement educational and employment programs for young people who typically lack access to the creative industries.

- Regular Membership: $2,200 - $3000 per year, plus a $400 initiation fee
- Under-27 Membership: $1,100 - $1600 per year, plus a $250 initiation fee. This applies to anyone under 27, meaning if you are age 27, it does not apply.

For more information and to apply for membership, visit


Widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns for its 18th annual edition February 20 – 24, 2019.  The five-day, star-studded Festival is composed of an unprecedented line up of more than 100 events spanning Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.  To date, the Festival has raised more than $28 million in support of its mission to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. with the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

“We are excited to unveil the 100-plus events we have planned to our passionate fans and partners,” said Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as senior vice president, communications & corporate social responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “With a variety of new offerings and the return of the specially-curated CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, the 18th annual edition of the Festival is our most robust event line up yet.”

Kicking off the 2019 Festival, as well as the featured CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, will be a dinner hosted by Donatella Arpaia, PJ Calapa and Michael Chavez.  The series continues throughout the Festival with:

*Dinner hosted by Anne Burrell and Angelo Elia *Dinner hosted by Elizabeth Karmel and Martina McBride

*Clambake hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Jorge Ramos *Rock ‘n Roll hosted by Adam Richman
*The Great DOCG Wines of Italy Wine Seminar presented by Bank of America
*Drag Brunch hosted by Alex Carr and Elvis Duran, in collaboration with PRIDE Fort Lauderdale
*Sunset Spritz Party hosted by Valerie Bertinelli *A Siren’s Soirée: Dinner hosted by Paula DaSilva & Friends
*Cajun-Cooking Master Class & Lunch hosted by Sam & Cody Carroll

*Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by Jeff Mauro & Geoffrey Zakarian
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Romance Reigns As 80 Cities Worldwide Host Legendary All White Pop-Up Culinary Event
New York Will Celebrate its 8th Le Dîner en Blanc With Over 6500 People on September 17th


Bringing together tennis players & chefs for the 1st annual event at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. 

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

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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


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: 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 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 below tennis stars were in attendance at the 1st annual culinary and tennis experience:

*Alexander Zverev, World No. 3   *​Marcelo Melo, World No. 10     * Mike Bryan, Wimbledon Doubles Champion/World No. 1 Doubles

*Hyeon Chung, Australian Open semifinalist/World No. 22        *Frances Tiafoe, rising tennis star and Maryland native/World No. 45

*Naomi Osaka, rising tennis star and World No. 17             *Bethanie Mattek-Sands               *Lauren Davis

CITI TASTE OF TENNIS Washington, D.C. will be back at The Hamilton Live this summer on 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.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Citi Taste of Tennis in upcoming cities, please visit


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The Annual White Pop-Up Fête not to be missed is Le Dîner en Blanc being held at an undisclosed location on Monday, September 17th returning for their 8th consecutive year to New York, which was the first U.S. city to host the event. This year will be the largest NY event so far – 6,500 guests dressed head-to-toe in chic white will gather at a secret iconic location that is revealed at the very last moment to dine and dance under the stars! The legendary all white French-inspired pop-up dinner has become a worldwide phenomenon, this year over 130,000 people in 80 cities spanning 30 countries will attend and 32 cities in the U.S.!

In an exciting first, renowned chef, Iron Chef and Michelin Star recipient restaurateur Marc Forgione will be curating four special picnic baskets for guests in New York who order through Le Dîner en Blanc.  Forgione has been riding a wave of success since opening his eponymous Restaurant Marc Forgione in 2008 and multiple locations of his modern steakhouse, American Cut. He won season 3 of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” at just 31 years old, making him the youngest winner in the show’s history and is currently one of the Iron Chefs on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” His father Larry Forgione is a culinary legend who revolutionized American-style cooking in the '70s and '80s.

If you are interested to partake on the Blanc Pop-Up Fête in New York City, guests can register at Le Dîner en Blanc.

​On June 3, the original Le Dîner en Blanc marked its 30th anniversary in Paris. A record-breaking 17,000 guests from France and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment.

The legendary 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 worldwide phenomenon, this year over 130,000 people in 80 cities spanning 30 countries will attend. 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. 

In an exciting first, renowned chef and Michelin Star recipient restaurateur Marc Forgione will be curating four special picnic baskets for guests in New York who order through Le Dîner en Blanc. Forgione has been riding a wave of success since opening his eponymous Restaurant Marc Forgione in 2008 and multiple locations of his modern steakhouse, American Cut. He won season 3 of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” at just 31 years old, making him the youngest winner in the show’s history and is currently one of the Iron Chefs on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” His father Larry Forgione is a culinary legend who revolutionized American-style cooking in the '70s and '80s.

Forgione noted, “I’m excited to be a part of one of the biggest, most sensational events in the world. I’ve always heard that Le Dîner en Blanc is an unparalleled and revolutionary experience and I can’t wait to contribute some of my signature dishes and inventive flavors to the party!”

New York was the first city in the U.S. to host Le Dîner en Blanc and on September 17 the wildly popular event will make its return to the Big Apple for the 8th consecutive year.  Over 6500 guests dressed head-to-toe in chic white will gather at an iconic undisclosed location to dine and dance under the stars.

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.

The event has proven to be such a beloved tradition that across the country the number of cities has increased to 32 with five premieres in 2018 alone: Charlotte, Decatur, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Memphis, and Wilmington. While new cities join the adventure every year, in some cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., Le Dîner en Blanc has become THE social gathering of the year.

Internationally four cities have joined the party this year: Toowoomba (Australia), South Georgian Bay and Trois-Rivières (Canada) Madrid (Spain), as well as five new countries: Santiago (Chile), Cartagena (Colombia), Havana (Cuba), Taipei (Taiwan) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania).

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.

Le Dîner en Blanc – New York gratefully acknowledges Champagne Jacquart and The Knot as the official local partners of the 8th edition of Le Dîner en Blanc in New York City as well as Luxury Retreats, Sofitel and ONEHOPE as the 2018 Le Dîner en Blanc U.S. national partners.

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.  For more info, photos and videos of Dîner en Blanc events from around the world, visit

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.