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DIFFA Cocktails by Design Event Launches Annual Dining By Design TourPier 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street, NY, NY | 03.20.2014 | by Merry Esparza
On March 20th, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS
welcomed guests to the 2014 Cocktails by Design launch event for
its 17th Annual Dining By Design Tour. The New York leg of the tour, held in conjunction with the
Architectural Digest Home Show at Pier 94,
featured world-class dining environments designed by international and local talents. Guests enjoyed gourmet food and drink from celebrated
New York City restaurants and national beverage sponsors, and had the opportunity to bid on luxury items at the silent auction.
The annual Dining By Design schedule of events includes five days of public table viewing that concludes
this year on Monday, March 24th with a gala dinner.
(left: Design by Marc Blackwell New York)
Sensational Umbria through the Lens of Photographer Steve McCurryItalian Trade Commission, 33 East 67th Street, NY, NY | 11.07.2013 | by Merry Esparza
Sensational Umbria, a spectacular photo exhibit by renowned National Geographic
and Magnum photographer, Steve McCurry, opened on November 7th at
New York's Italian Trade Commission. The exhibit features vibrant large format prints
selected from a body of 100 photos commissioned by the Italian Region of Umbria.
McCurry's images capture Umbria's landscapes, art and architecture, industry and products, food and wine,
tourist attractions, and the lives of inhabitants. Italian Trade Commissioner, Pier Paolo Celeste
introduced the show, along with Consul General of Italy in New York, Natalia Quintavalle,
and President of Umbria, Catiuscia Marini.
(left: "Mercato delle Gaite: A woman in costume for the Perugia Medieval Summer Festival - Bevagna",
© Steve McCurry 2013)
The Joint Was Jumpin' at the Jazz Foundation's Annual Jazz Loft PartyJack Studios, 601 West 26th Street, NY, NY | 10.19.2013 | by Merry Esparza and Alan Horowitz
On October 19th, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) held
its 22nd annual Jazz Loft Party at New York's Jack Studios.
The annual benefit, sponsored by Parmigiani Fleurier in partnership with the
Montreux Jazz Festival, featured spectacular performances by more than 75
jazz, blues, and gospel musicians including Shuggie Otis (left),
Blackbyrd McKnight, Bettye LaVette, James Carter, Kenny Barron, Sharón Clark, Manu Lanvin, Ladell McLin,
Charnett Moffett, Julio Botti, Marco Lo Russo, and Davell Crawford.
Event hosts included Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers;
JFA Chairman, Dick Parsons; JFA President, Jarrett Lilien;
JFA Executive Director, Wendy Oxenhorn; Montreux Jazz Festival Director,
Mathieu Jaton; and Parmigiani Fleurier CEO, Jean-Marc Jacot.
Celebrate Flatiron Chefs!Madison Square Park, 24th Street & Madison Avenue, NY, NY | 07.16.2013 | by Merry Esparza
On July 16th, food lovers and culinary enthusiasts flocked to Manhattan's Madison Square Park for
Celebrate Flatiron Chefs!, the Madison Square Park Conservancy's annual summer
outdoor feast that helps fund the park's maintenance, horticulture initiatives, and free cultural programs. Supported by
Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Air Lines, Los Cabos Tourism Board,
MasterCard Priceless New York, Mexico Tourism Board, and Seagram's Ginger Ale,
the highly anticipated event featured tastings from more than 30 top restaurants and food purveyors located in the
Flatiron District and vicinity.
During a sizzling evening with temperatures topping the 90s, guests (including Chelsea Clinton) sampled
signature dishes and chatted with some of the most respected chefs in the culinary field.
How to Satisfy Your Snack AttackNew York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, NY, NY | 06.12.2013 | by Merry Esparza
Everyone snacks, whether to stave off hunger pangs until the next meal, to fuel up during a hectic schedule,
to pamper oneself during evening activities, or to relax before sleeping at night.
On June 12th, members of the media headed to the New York Marriott Marquis for the
Editor Showcase Snack Attack, an annual brand-to-press networking event at which snack brands
exhibit their latest and most innovative products. Produced by experiential marketing and event production agency,
Fast Forward Events, the 2013 Snack Attack featured 35 to 40 brands showcasing a variety
of delectables, from sweet to salty, from crunchy to creamy, and from nutritious to decadent.
(Left: Megaload Chocolate peanut butter cups topped with cookies and candy-coated chocolate bits.)
International Center of Photography Honors Jeff Bridges and Other LuminariesPier 60, Chelsea Piers, NY, NY | 05.01.2013 | by Merry Esparza
The International Center of Photography (ICP) welcomed supporters to its 29th Annual Infinity Awards
on May 1st at Manhattan's Chelsea Piers. The Infinity Awards were inaugurated in 1985 to bring public attention to outstanding
achievements in photography by both seasoned professionals with distinguished careers and emerging luminaries. The Awards are ICP’s
primary fund-raising event, supporting the full range of its programs, including exhibitions, education, collections, and community outreach.
This year's event drew a mixture of collectors, philanthropists, photographers, artists, writers, media, and other professionals. The program included a
special presentation to Academy Award-winning actor and photographer, Jeff Bridges (shown left).
The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health 19th Annual SportsBall GalaPier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, NY, NY | 04.11.2013 | by Merry Esparza
On April 11th, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) celebrated its 19th Anniversary
at the Annual SportsBall Gala held at New York's Chelsea Piers. New York 1 News Anchor Cheryl Wills
co-hosted the spectacular event with Mary Carillo, Sports Analyst for CBS, HBO Sports, NBC, and the Tennis Channel.
The "black tie & sneakers" event brings together sports celebrities, medical professionals, academic leaders, public figures, and
others who support the legacy of tennis champion and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe, who founded the Institute
prior to his death in 1993. The gala, which raises funds for critical health empowerment programs in urban minority communities,
honors significant contributions by individuals who further its mission.
(left: Hosts Mary Carillo and Cheryl Wills)
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10.27.2013 | Rock legend, Lou Reed, seen here performing at a 2011 Jazz Foundation of America benefit, passed away on October 27, 2013, at 71, from complications following a
liver transplant earlier this year. We'll miss you, Lou.
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