DÎNER EN BLANC in New York City  /  Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017


Four-Time James Beard Winner Todd English Returns to Curate Special Dinners

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

Citi Taste of Tennis NYC is Coming in Hot This August

Get Served like a Pro by tennis and culinary rock stars like Chef Masaharu Morimoto, April Bloomfield, Jonathan Waxman, Alexander Zverev, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Gael Monfils and many more.

Masaharu Morimoto –the Iron Chef, James Beard Award winner, and Citigold Lounge Host – will lead the roster of world class culinary masterminds for Citi Taste of Tennis’ 18th year. Citi Taste of Tennis is an unparalleled Food and Tennis Experience produced by AYS that will take place at W New York on Thursday, August 24th . Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer will be hosting this year’s soiree, where NYC’s top chefs will showcase their culinary skills with some of world’s best tennis players serving the attendees. We are excited to announce that Citi is the Title Sponsor of this year’s event in New York.


“After 3 successful years of partnership, we are excited this year to become the title sponsor of Citi Taste of Tennis New York, a marquee event in one of our most important markets” says Will Howle, Citi U.S. Retail Banking President. “New Yorkers are passionate about their goals and dreams and they work hard to make it here. Citi is glad to be a partner on that journey.”

Serving first at Citi Taste of Tennis is Dynamic Duo Bob and Mike Bryan, who will be facing off in a Sushi Challenge alongside Morimoto during the exclusive VIP hour. The appetizing affair then begins at 7:00 p.m. when guests will enjoy tastings from leading chefs, sip on signature cocktails, and escape to destination-themed lounges. The Citi Taste of Tennis is a one-of-a-kind experience where guests have watched Rafael Nadal fry catfish, been served tacos by Genie Bouchard, and danced with Venus Williams at the DJ booth.

Alongside Morimoto, the impressive lineup of notable chefs at the main event this year includes:  Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto)  Andy D’Amico (5 Napkin Burger)  Antoine Westermann (Le Coq Rico)  April Bloomfield (Salvation Taco, Salvation Burger)  Frances Tariga (Megu)  Istvan Toth (Davio’s)  John Mooney (Bell, Book & Candle)  Judy Joo (Jinjuu)  Kerry Heffernan (Grand Banks)  Oliver Lange (Zuma)  Roxanne Spruance (Kingsley)  Seamus Mullen (Lifeway)  Timon Balloo (SUGARCANE raw bar grill)  Andre Fowles (Miss Lily’s)  Catherine Medrano (Regency Bar & Grill)  Eleazar Estrada (Pampano)  Andy Ricker (Pok Pok)  Istvan Toth (Davio’s) The fun continues with Citi Taste of Tennis After Dark, a delectable dessert-tasting experience in the CitiGold Lounge from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Ticketholders can enjoy trendy treats from vendors like Wowfulls, I CE NY and Cookie DO, dessert drinks, and the company of top tennis players who also have a sweet tooth. Premier event sponsors include Citibank, Jamaica Tourist Board, Etihad Airways, Genesis Long Island City, Lifeway Foods, Campari America, Tropical Cheese Industries, Voss, Chef Works, and Volkl Tennis. Wellness In The Schools stands as the event’s non-profit partner.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Citi Taste of Tennis please visit http://www.cititasteoftennis.com



​​​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.

 Secret Summer Aquarius Artic Chic Cocktail & Sustainable Seafood Festival at The Foundry

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The Legendary All White Pop-Up Dinner Party 
DÎNER EN BLANC Returned to New York City


Thursday, ​August 24, 2017

The World's Premiere Food & Tennis Experience 

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.

New York was the first city in America to host Le Dîner en Blanc. The legendary French-inspired secret pop-up dinner party is among the most coveted events of the year, bringing together food lovers, cultural enthusiasts, and fashionistas. On August 22nd, 2017 over 5,000 people dressed in elegant head-to-toe white will descend upon a secret outdoor location in the city that is revealed at the last minute – last summer 45,000 people were on the wait list.

​Members (those who are  registered and have attended in previous years) of last year’s event will automatically receive an invitation to attend this year's event and will have the privilege of registering in Phase 1 set for Tuesday, August 8th. Please note that your guest from last year is not a member, so if he/she is not accompanying you this year, you have the option to sponsor him/her, or another friend or family member, so they will be invited during Phase 2 (Sponsored friends from Phase 1 Members).

To get a sense of the incredible visuals and how the evening unfolds, here’s the official 2016 Dîner en Blanc New York video:

Guests bring their own gourmet picnic, fine china and silverware, white table settings, white tables and chairs. Once all 5,000 guests are seated, at approximately 7 PM they will wave their white linen napkins in the air to signal the beginning of the dinner festivities. Visuals include all-white fashion ensembles , with a few masks, angel wings, Marie Antoinette wigs and white headpieces thrown in to spice things up; sumptuous food; and elaborate decorative table settings like caged white doves as a centerpiece, candelabras and  flowers. There is entertainment and dancing once dinner concludes.

Dîner en Blanc will be hosted on a secret landmark outdoor public site in New York where diners can “see and be seen.” Groups of several hundred people first gather at 24 meeting points across the city and are guided by local volunteers, either on foot or by other organized means of transportation, to the location, which remains secret until minutes before the event is slated to start.  

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 fuelling this magical 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. Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in 79 cities in 28 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.

New York, NY – The iconic, world-renowned Empire State Building will illuminate in sparkling blue on Wednesday, Dec. 13th to commemorate the 34th annual Empire Ball, New York City’s most anticipated event of the year for the real estate and construction industries that raises needed funds for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) and its mission to find a biological cure for diabetes.

Blue is the international color of diabetes. When the Empire State Building turns blue to 
#LightTheSkyforDRI, it will shine a spotlight on the DRI’s singular mission to find a cure for this devastating disease that has become one of the biggest health concerns in the U.S. today. Supporters are encouraged to take photos and videos of one of the most recognizable symbols of New York going blue on Dec. 13 and share using #LightTheSkyforDRI when they post to social media outlets.

“Lighting of the Empire State Building is a perfect fit for the Empire Ball. The Ball honors the  incredible New York real estate industry, a group of visionaries who built the magnificent NYC skyline to what it is today, all while raising awareness about diabetes, a disease that affects some 30 million Americans,” DRI President and CEO Joshua Rednik said. “A night that is always spectacular will shine brighter this year as that beautiful building turns blue. We are very excited to be celebrating this way, for the first time in the history of this outstanding fundraiser.”

Since its inception, the annual Empire Ball (
DiabetesResearch.org/Empire-Ball-2017) has raised more than $37 million for diabetes research and helps bring awareness to the important work of the DRI. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks.

This year’s Empire Ball on Dec. 13 at the Grand Hyatt will honor three industry leaders: Paul H. Teti of Normandy Real Estate Partners with the Leadership AwardRobert Mullen of Structure Tone with the Camillo Ricordi Humanitarian Award; and Jeffrey A. Duarte of Alliance Building Services with the Peter L. DiCapua Distinguished Service Award.

A team of Vice Chairs and Board of Governors, spearheaded by Stephen Rizzo of The Rizzo Group, James Halpin of Platinum Maintenance Services and Avi Itzikowitz of ATCO Properties & Management, Inc., are shaping this year’s Empire Ball to be the must-attend, networking event of the year.

“My sincere gratitude to Empire State Realty Trust for their support of the trailblazing Diabetes Research Institute, and for raising awareness of diabetes research by lighting the Empire State Building in blue in honor of the Empire Ball,” said Empire Ball Vice Chair and last year’s award recipient, Paul J. Amrich, Vice Chairman of CBRE, Inc.

To purchase tickets for the Empire Ball, which begins at 6 pm with a cocktail reception and networking followed by dinner and a night of dancing, please visit 
DiabetesResearch.org/Empire-Ball-2017 or call 212-888-2217. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Follow us on social media using #EmpireBall on Facebook www.facebook.com/driempireball or Tweet @Diabetes_DRI.

About the Diabetes Research Institute and Foundation
The mission of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now. The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. Researchers have already shown that transplanted islet cells allow patients to live without the need for insulin therapy. Some study participants have maintained insulin independence for more than 10 years. The DRI is now building upon these promising outcomes by developing a DRI BioHub, a bioengineered “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas. While various BioHub platforms are being tested in preclinical and clinical studies, the DRI is also developing strategies to eliminate the need for anti-rejection drugs and reset the immune system to block autoimmunity. For more information, please visit 
DiabetesResearch.org, tweet @Diabetes_DRI or call 212-888-2217.

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On Sunday night February 26th, Fashion Designer FAVIANA celebrated the 2017 Oscar Red Carpet with the most exclusive names in fashion along with host, weWoreWhat's Danielle Bernstein. The East Coast's premier Oscars Red Carpet Viewing Party on the rooftop lounge at 75 Wall Street was quite a success. Attendees included America’s most eligible bachelor and bachelorette’s including; Stassi Schroeder (Bravo's Vanderpump Rules), Kristen Teakman (Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City), Sonja Morgan (Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York City), Violetta Komyshan (Ballet Dancer with BalletNext) , Elisa Johnson (E!'s EJNYC), and Samaria Smith (E!'s EJNYC). The Bachelor franchise made an appearance with Bachelorette Andi Dorfman, along with former contestants Olivia Caridi, Izzy Goodkind, Leah Block, and Danielle Lombard. Travel bloggers "Thetravelinbum" Jeff Perla and Alex D’Alessio were also caught flirting with former contestants over pink Faviana cocktails.
The question no longer stands, "What do fashion's influencers do on Oscar's night" because they all gathered at the Faviana Clubhouse to chat about the trends and who they can't wait to see on the red carpet! Influencers received custom-made flower crowns by Rachel Cho Floral Design.
These fashionista’s snacked on custom treats like decadent cake pops, gold dusted popcorn, and sipped on signature cocktails, wine and Champagne. These signature treats were created by Magnolia Bakery, Dylan’s Candy Bar, and 16 Handles. In the midst of all the snacking and photos, influencers were discussing all the new style trends that hit the red carpet. This included off the shoulder styles, midi length gowns, and an old Hollywood glamour gold color story. 

Check out Faviana.com to see some of the best looks from the Oscars!

​Event Hashtag:  #FavianaClubHouse​​

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On Saturday, January 27th, 2018 The Foundry will host a Secret Summer sustainable Pop-up tasting festival located in Long Island City and will have it's 1st Annual Aquarius Artic Chic Cocktail Soiree and Sustainable Seafood Festival in New York City. This event is brought to you by Highlife Productions, RaptNY, and the Foundry whom curated Secret Summer NYC. 

AQUARIUS will be a magical night filled with sustainable seafood, delicious cocktails, live performances, a snow globe room, ice sculptures, firepits, champagne acrobats and more!

Aquarius being the sign of the fish and water and this the winter equinox event will answer the wildly popular Secret Summer Cocktail Festival Featuring 2 floors and over 4,000 square feet of innovative mixology, worldwide brands, and delectable seafood treats from NYC best restaurants. The event will take place again at The Foundry from 9PM – 1am with a VIP-Only Preview Hour from 7:30-9PM.

The Foundry is a 19th Century Building that has been meticulously restored to showcase its industrial character and stunning proportions. The interior boasts 3,000+ square feet of raw space with a lush outdoor courtyard, rooftop terrace with views of the Manhattan Skyline and an indoor Greenhouse. One of the most fascinating things about The Foundry is the beautiful facade which is a unique ivy-covered and plant filled courtyard. 

Aquarius is the eleventh astrological sign in the Zodiac. The Aquarius constellation is a summer constellation in the northern hemisphere. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun is in Aquarius typically between January 20 and February 18. This astrological event will feature many delicacies of the sea as well as the height of beverage culture and innovative representations from a bevy of premium liquors. Guests will enter the Foundry from the arched stone and ivy passageway along a candlelit trail to the guest check in and coat check. There they will be greeted and ushered into the ‘white room’ adorned with winter wonder perfect for that insta-moment. As the guests meander thru the space they will be able to explore the lush greenhouse and expansive main hall where performers and treats abound. A hand selected cadre of NYC’s finest restaurants will be serving up bites and treats as many of the worlds most popular brands pouring tastes and cocktails in this intimate environment. The marquee whole fish grill by Chef Carlos Barroz will feature the finest in sustainable fishing and local farm to table. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to New York City’s Sustainable fisheries and shellfish farms.

As Secret Summer at The Foundry has been a success, the team curated a winter pop-up event, hence the Aquarius was created. Secret Summer's goal is to have an event for the seasons. They are moving toward something 4 times a year to celebrate seasonality and a different eco-responsible cause with each event centered around food and beverage. Just like how Secret Summer is a "Farm-to-Bar" Festival. AQUARIUS is a celebration of sustainable fishing techniques and cuisine.

Since we are in the middle of winter, a section will be outdoors with heat lamps, not tented but there will be fire pits for guests to enjoy the beautiful exterior of The Foundry.

They have partnered with Wild Fish Direct in regards to the selection of the food. All restaurants were hand selected and noted for their sustainability. 
Small bites will be provided for guests to enjoy complimentary but full meals will be available for purchase.

Some of the expected performers include the High & Mighty Brass Band, Aquarius Dancers/Aerialits, Snow Globe Artists and more.

Tickets for sale now, don't miss the opportunity to attend and experience this winter oasis at The Foundry. TICKETS HERE.

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




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