Each year The Whisky Extravaganza turns up the heat and we love it! This year, the biggest whiskey event in New York City was held at Weylin in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY. If you're a whiskey connoisseur or a beginner this would be a great place for you to check out. At The Whisky Extravaganza every whiskey brand you could think of was there, Widow Jane, Westland, Sagamore Spirits Rye, Bruichladdich, Singelton, Bulleit, Johnny Walker, The Whiskey Five Station and more. The selections were endless. The Whisky Extravaganza is also a networking opportunity to connect with established brands or startups in the whiskey business. Upon entering the venue you were greeted with a whiskey glass and a token. The token in each glass allowed you to pick up a cigar of your choice at the cigar station to take home. This year entering the venue there was also a welcome cocktail by Amanda Victoria, the 2018 gold medal winner of the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. They greeted each guest with a refreshing summer like Glen Moray whiskey cocktail. This year was filled with surprises. Hennessy was an added on addition as one of the participants this year. Hennessy set up a beautifully stocked cocktail making class in the lower level. Each cocktail making station was fully stocked with everything you would need to concoct the best cocktail. The class started out with the brand ambassador explaining the history of this extraordinary brand, then we all were coached on how to make a French 75 with cognac. As the class progressed everyone was given a tasting of the four year old aged V.S.O.P. This tastefully, well organized class ended with a shot of Hennessy's six year old aged XO. Each year this event is superb! Please stay tuned and we will keep you updated on their next tasting event. Thanks Katelyn Hudson (polishedpigmedia) for such a wonderful experience each year.
Taste of Fifth is one of the best food festivals in Brooklyn. Each year this annual food festival extravaganza held at Grand Prospect Hall brings out more than 40+ Park Slope 5th Avenue's restaurants and watering holes,organized by the Park Slope 5th Avenue Business Improvement District. The sight of so much delicious food had our stomach dancing the entire evening. Restaurants like Negril, Artichoke Pizza, Shaking Crab, Pizza Secret, Dram Shop, Zula Wine & Spirits and Calexico with their mini tacos that were breathtaking. Drink sponsors included Two Roads Brewery, Breuckelen Distillery, Boxed Water and KeVita. Proceeds of $20 from each ticket sale goes to the participating charities of the attendees choice: PS 118, Brooklyn Pride, CHIPS, Brooklyn Dream Factory, MS 51, Fifth Avenue Committee, BAX, PS 39, Old Stone House, President Street Garden, Good Shepherd Services,Piper Theatre, Imani House, PS 124, PS 295. This was definitely an evening of dancing, eating and drinking from some of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. During the nights events there were a team of dancers with such awesome moves, all in alignment with each other dressed in matching outfits. Also an ensemble of all female drummers, and a youth chorus and Hot Club of Flatbush. These events had all attendees dancing or waving their hands from side to side. The DJ played a bunch of hits that everyone in the room serenaded along. Thank you Taste Of Fifth (Carol Klenfer) for such a wonderful evening. Looking forward to next year.
The 9th Annual Queens World Film Festival had an awesome ten day run, from March 21st-31st, 2019 and it was phenomenal. The line up of short films and documentaries were so thought provoking. The QWFF has something for everyone to see. Each year, we have had the pleasure to attend and we are always left with amazement. One thing for sure is that the Executive of QWFF, Katha and Dan Kato are truly committed to delivering great content and it shows every year. We watched as many films as possible during this ten day film festival and each and every one of them touched us in a some kind of way. There was one documentary that pulled on our heart strings the most, "The Quiet Storm" a documentary dedicated to The Ron Artest Story Producer Johnny Sweet, Colleen Dominguez and Omar Michaud. These producers had a message they wanted to get out to the world about Mental Health Awareness. They know that Ron Artest would be a great person to help touch millions of others with his adversities and coping with his mental health issues. While watching the film you would be touched just hearing him speak his truth and listening to others that knew him, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and many others speaking on the impact he has had on them during his career in basketball. This documentary was picked up by showtime and will air Friday May 31st. It is a must see! Thanks Katha and Dan Kato, we cant wait to see what's in store next year!
Daniel Alexander is an award-winning designer from Queensland Australia with over 14 years of experience in the fashion industry. With progressive and imaginative craftsmanship, Daniel radiates sophistication and edge. “A true artist” most say, as Daniel's creativity speaks volumes. Daniel Alexander shares his passion with the world by delivering inspired looks from historical and cultural perspectives and bringing them back to life in the modern day under his brand D.A. by DANIEL.Daniel is inspired by women who, not only want to look fabulous, but feel majestic when sliding into a “DA” creation. Daniel’s collections are created for women who have a flair for the dramatic approach and theatrics - women who want to make an elegant yet head turning statement. Daniel Alexander is an award-winning designer from Queensland Australia with over 14 years of experience in the fashion industry. With progressive and imaginative craftsmanship, Daniel radiates sophistication and edge. “A true artist” most say, as Daniel's creativity speaks volumes. Daniel Alexander shares his passion with the world by delivering inspired looks from historical and cultural perspectives and bringing them back to life in the modern day under his brand D.A. by DANIEL.Daniel is inspired by women who, not only want to look fabulous, but feel majestic when sliding into a “DA” creation. Daniel’s collections are created for women who have a flair for the dramatic approach and theatrics - women who want to make an elegant yet head turning statement. Daniel Alexander is an award-winning designer from Queensland Australia with over 14 years of experience in the fashion industry. With progressive and imaginative craftsmanship, Daniel radiates sophistication and edge. “A true artist” most say, as Daniel's creativity speaks volumes. Daniel Alexander shares his passion with the world by delivering inspired looks from historical and cultural perspectives and bringing them back to life in the modern day under his brand D.A. by DANIEL.Daniel is inspired by women who, not only want to look fabulous, but feel majestic when sliding into a “DA” creation. Daniel’s collections are created for women who have a flair for the dramatic approach and theatrics - women who want to make an elegant yet head turning statement. Daniel Alexander is an award-winning designer from Queensland Australia with over 14 years of experience in the fashion industry. With progressive and imaginative craftsmanship, Daniel radiates sophistication and edge. “A true artist” most say, as Daniel's creativity speaks volumes. Daniel Alexander shares his passion with the world by delivering inspired looks from historical and cultural perspectives and bringing them back to life in the modern day under his brand D.A. by DANIEL.Daniel is inspired by women who, not only want to look fabulous, but feel majestic when sliding into a “DA” creation. Daniel’s collections are created for women who have a flair for the dramatic approach and theatrics - women who want to make an elegant yet head turning statement. Daniel Alexander is an award-winning designer from Queensland Australia with over 14 years ...
“ It’s a love affair” Charles & Ron is a contemporary lifestyle brand; high-end clothing and bags with a distinct Mediterranean flair and a dedication to superior quality. Maltese culture is an integral part of the Charles & Ron design ethic. Our brand's vision is to inspire our customer to be part of the “love affair” and our instantly recognisable Mediter-ranean style. Charles & Ron’s Malta inspired designs truly have an international appeal as they have recently been seen on international celebs like ; Jessie J., Kelly Rowland, Ally Brooke ( Fifth Harmony) Nicole Williams (Wags) Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) singer Ashanti, V. Bozeman, Mercedes Mason, Tinashe, Kelsey Ballerini, Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel, Ronni Hawk, Kat McNamara, Rachel Mortenson, Jessica Pimentel, Jean Watts and Brenda Song among many others.
International Beauty Show is one of the top trade beauty shows in the world. We had the pleasure of attending IBS in New York City at Jacob Javits Center on March 10th, 2019. We were fascinated by all things beauty, hair and makeup all in one giant room. There were makeup & hair tutorials, runway shows from some of the top leading brand professionals in the industry today. Entering the Javits Center the music was pumped and every booth was filled with attendees ready to be entertained, shop and get glamorous all at the same time. There were models walking the runways with hair extensions that told its own story. The barber competitions gave each barber that won the competition a reputation that stated "you got skills". Most of the vendors gave away loads of freebies and attendees were super excited. There were loads of students absorbing what whatever they could grasp on details of how to move forward on their journey into the hair and makeup industry. This year marked a milestone for IBS as they celebrated 100 yrs. Congrats to IBS and we look forward to another fabulous year!
We had the pleasure of attending Breukelen Rub Dinner Party at Fitz Carraldo Projects in Bushwick Brooklyn. This event was coordinated by Chef JD, owner of Breukelen Rub featuring Breukelen Rub Premium Spice Blends. This seven course dining experience was flawless and a fun-filled breath-taking evening. The evening immediately started out with a signature cocktail that stated "Hello and Welcome to Breukelen Rub's Dinner Party". As the evening progressed, each course was introduced by the Chef JD himself, giving us details on how each specialized dish is prepared with its very own spices created by Chef JD. Every course given was mouth watering and aligned with a signature cocktail, so picture perfect. Each guest was given their special very own spice rub to take home as a souvenir. This was a perfect networking event or a great date night idea. Vegetarian dinning options were also available. Thanks Breukelen Rub for a wonderful evening!
Style Fashion Week NYC 2018 is the event to be at during Fashion Week NYC. All designers that were involved this year hit the mark, when it comes to detail, design and style. This year Style Fashion Week was held at Cipriani 42nd street. Designers like Draya Michele with her MintSwim Line, Adrian Alicea and so many others just to name a few. There was a front row of celebrities that these designers truly made heads turns. The runway was on fire with gorgeous models from each and every designer. Being in the room had the feel of a party that was never ending. The music was pumped and so was the entire room. Style Fashion Week knocked this years event out the park. When it comes to style, fashion and beautiful models this is the ultimate fashion show each year. Thanks Style Fashion Week
The Big Chocolate Show is the perfect name for this event! There was chocolate everywhere. This is our second year attending and each year we try to eat as much chocolate as possible. This years event was held at The New Yorker, A Wyndham Hotel in Herald Square. Each year brands from all over participate and showcase their specialty chocolate. There was Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate with Nuts, Chocolate Pretzels and more. We truly enjoyed brands like, Snacking Chocolate with Quinoa, Effies, Shirley Delicious Confections and a multitude of others. There were also classes set up for pairings of chocolates with cocktails, seminars and lollipop making. Each class was filled with a bunch of excited chocolate lovers ready and eager to learn and taste. In the 21+ Lounge on the upper level there were spirit tasting from Montanya Rum, Gubba Rum and The Cocktail Guru making cocktails. The Cocktail Guru made a delicious Fall Punch with Don Q Rum, puree cranberry and lemon cider that made you feel like you were somewhere laying on the beach. It was truly such a refreshing drink. Thanks so much to all the staff at The Big Chocolate Show and your volunteers, our experience once again was such a delight. Thanks!!
New York Times Travel Show celebrated its 16th year on January 25th-27th, 2019. Each year visiting the travel show feels like showing up at a destination of so many countries from around the world without leaving New York City. The Jacob Javits Convention Center was filled with over 550 exhibitors representing more than 170 destinations. There were over 30,000 travelers and industry professional attendees. Your admission ticket gave you full access to a whole list of cultural presentations, travel industry speakers and experts. The award-winning food writer and television host Padma Lakshmi headlined this years travel event discussing travel, food, and her best-selling book, Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir. This years 2019 presenting sponsors were Incredible India, Gold sponsors, South African Tourism and Visit California. Silver sponsors were Allianz Global Assistance, Greek National Tourism Organization, MSC Cruises, Visit Florida, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Hungarian Tourism Agency. I Love New York, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Puglia Promozione and the Georgian National Tourism Administration were the Bronze sponsors. We had the true pleasure of meeting them all. If you never had the opportunity to attend the New York Times Travel Show you missed one of the most amazing events of the year. We would truly like to thank The New York Times Press Contact: Adenike Olanrewaju for full access. See you next year!
Style Fashion Week New York S/S '19 Style Fashion Week New York S/S '19 this season was top notch, with some of the most amazing designers. Adrian Alicea, Marco Marco. Kawaii and so many more. Everyone knows when you want to find out whats the next seasons hottest designers you need to attend Style Fashion Week Events. The after parties were on fire, right along with the designers fashion lines. We are always excited to be a part of this event and wouldn't miss it for nothing. The house was packed and everyone was ready for each line to display what was next! The models were on top of their game!! Thanks Style Fashion.
We have the pleasure of attending this event each year and they always aim to please. Beer Bourbon & BBQ will keep you entertained the entire session. There was a bacon eating contest, whiskey classes and bourbon everywhere. This year the infamous DJ kept everyone on their feet dancing the afternoon away with oldies but goodies and some of today's greatest hits. There were brands like Makers Mark, Koval, Four Roses, Larceny, Evan Williams and so much more. The Beast Cage was full of tastings like Alligator & Bison, prepared by Handsome Devil and a Whole Leg of Lamb and Longhorns Rounds, prepared by Kloby's Steakhouse, simply delicious. This is the best BBQ event in NYC! We are truly looking forward to next year.
Toast of Brooklyn was held in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This years event was truly a hit with a long list of spirits and food vendors. When entering you were greeted by such wonderful staff and given a glass with Toast of Brooklyn emblem printed on it as a souvenir . You could smell the food that was being prepped by the special invited Chefs. We had the pleasure of meeting one of them, Celebrity Chef W Simpson. Speaking with Chef Simpson he informed us of how his two delicious dishes became about. He blessed us with the great flavors of his Jerk Escovitch Fish on a Taco with sauteed veggies and a lovely garnish. Chef Simpson's second treat was Pulled Jerk Chicken on a Taco with a savory sauce and a lemon twist, simply mouth watering. There was also a catering company Elephance Catering that caught our attention with their Cranberry Zest Claw and a Hennessy, Ciroc Punch. These two women have exactly what it taste when it comes to presentation and taste. This two floor event gave you an outstanding view of New York City. There was an unlimited amount of wine and spirit vendors like Kaiso, the original coconut water cocktail, Hendricks Gin, Milagro Tequila, The Macallan and Belaire, and we were truly delighted to attend. Thanks Sharon Devonish Leid,NetStruc PR for all your effort and hard work to make this possible, we truly are looking forward to another year.
It was a true honor to attend the legacy celebration event of Ol' Dirty Bastard. This honor was well deserved and was given by his friends, family and loved one. True fans had the honor to remember his legacy through songs that resonated in the crowd. Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Master Killah had the crowd singing to every beat of his lyrics. Young Dirty Bastard, a true image of his father had the crowd in an uproar with his hard and raw lyrics just like Ol Dirty Bastard. There were special performances by up and coming artists. Ol Dirty Bastards immediate family let everyone in attendance know how much they truly appreciated this joyous event and was honored. We would like to personally thank his family for allowing us to be there and celebrating with them.
Opening Night at PhovilleNYC was illuminating, despite the rainy weather. Everyone in attendance refused to let mother nature rain on our parade"literally". We were able to get a first hand look at over 60+ shipping containers filled with portraits of this years line up of amazing artistry. There were so much that stood out for us, it would take us all day to name them all. I was truly moved by "The Power Of Pink" The Las Fatos Project, which is a Lower Eastside Girls Club. The portraits that were taken gives you a true insight on how much girl power can truly inspire other woman. In this container, there was pink everywhere, it would make anyone smile. Another container that we have to mention is " The Project Show". This container was filled with celebrity portraits of themselves, being themselves. Photoville is a festival that gives photographers an opportunity to display their work to the general public and industry professionals. This year festival includes the 50th year celebration of New York Magazine. There are also over 80 exhibitions, workshops, live DJ, entertainment and a food and beer garden ran by Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Beer Brewery. There will be a Photoville expansion to the Annenberg Space in LA in April. So stay tuned. We truly enjoyed the opening night and is looking forward to what's in store next year.
We had the pleasure of attending NYBG's 27th Annual Holiday Train Show Press Preview . We were super exited to see the enchanting model trains with 175 New York landmarks re-created with bark, leaves and a numerous amounts of natural materials, it was simply illuminating. Each replica was made to make you feel like you were actually right in front of the landmark itself. The glow, the details, everything was spot on. You will see replica's of Lower Manhattan, The Statue of Liberty, One World Trade and The Oculus, just to name a few. This tradition has been going on for 27 generations, created by Paul Busse. We were accompanied by Laura Busse, the daughter of Paul Busse whom was willing to answer any questions we may have. These model trains, trolleys and ferries will take you through nearly half a mile long track of iconic sites passing through NYC. You will see rustic bridges, fruits, seeds, waterfalls and streetcars. A true feel of what it's like to be a New Yorker. We noticed the details on some of the train that will blow you away. The inscriptions on the trains were so defined to detail when replicating the railroad companies and their cargo. The Holiday Train Show begins on November 17th - January 21st, 2019. You must also visit Bar Car Nights with some of the best mixologist and vendors including Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-Up, live ice sculpting demos, singing, a cafe, a fire pit and much more starting November 17th . Thanks Gayle Snible and Billy Unotti for such a wonderful experience.
Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender 2018 event was held at the INNSIDE Hotel in Nomad. This year selection of mixologist had to prepare cocktails that held creativity, style and taste. Upon entering this event you were greeted with a delicious cocktail, that made you wonder what was next. Each guest were give a blue ruby stone to simply judge on the best cocktail from 10 stations. One station was set up with a bartender making a gin and tonic cocktail, then you would move down to another station had all the garnishes you could possibly need to make the best cocktail on your own. Each mixologist in this contest had a surprise in store for you upon arrival to their station that would make you want to know more. The winner of this contest would move on to the next phase in London to become The Most Imaginative Bartender. Thank you Bombay Sapphire we truly can't wait for next year's event which we know will be another event to remember.
The PDN PhotoPlus Expo and NYVR Expo was held at the Javits Center from October 25-27th, 2018 and was a full house each day. Attendees were lined up before the expo even opened at 10am. Everyone was patiently waiting with anticipation on viewing the latest technology when it come to digital and video cinematography . The shows featured over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes, special Filmmaking and Drone sessions, the Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews, the Lucie Technical Awards, and over 200 exhibitors and brands displaying thousands of the latest equipment, products, and services for you to touch, try, and compare. See you next year!