food and drink

l’Art de Vivre at Gaggenau

A celebration of luxurious creative collaboration marked the debut of the new Gaggenau showroom and intimate JCB Lounge last week. Bringing together the best of l’art de vivre, the cutting edge German brand, along with the Boisset Collection and Caesarstone partnered with event sponsors Bernardaud and Baccarat for a truly marvelous experiential evening.…

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See You at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Next week the world of design convenes for the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Along with Architizer, Apartment Therapy and its companion site theKitchn, The New Potato, FashionSnoops, TRNK, Stylebeat and HGTV Front Door, I am proud to be a blog ambassador partner for this premier design show geared toward the luxury market.…

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An Invitation to the Garden from Michael Devine

With our recent Siberian-like weather, An Invitation to the Garden arrived at my door like a welcome breath of spring. Authored and photographed (with John Gruen) by multi talented friend Michael Devine, the volume transports you to his charming garden in upstate New York where he has created twelve enchanting seasonal events with 50 approachable recipes.…

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Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2013

At this festive time of year, it’s become tradition in these parts to publish my Quintessential Guide to Champagne. For those of you who have read it before, feel feel to use it as a refresher and for those new readers, who perhaps didn’t follow along when I used to post about wine, welcome to the world of bubbly!…

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Rustic Chic New Year’s Lunch with Aerin Lauder

Attending elaborate parties thrown by her legendary grandmother, Estée Lauder, certainly influenced Aerin Lauder’s entertaining style. And tempered by her mother’s less is more sensibility, Aerin has developed her own take on her family’s holiday traditions. The upcoming January/February issue of Veranda features a festive New Year’s lunch at the family’s Long Island compound, where, in an old barn on the property, Aerin prepared a rustic chic Austrian-inspired affair.…

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Antique & Artisan Christmas Boutique

It’s no secret that the Antique & Artisan Center is one of my favorite local sources for all that is chic and unique and starting tomorrow, their very first Christmas Boutique will be unveiled. I stopped by yesterday for a sneak peek at some of what partner Mari Ann Maher, below, has hand selected for the event.…

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Lunch Fifth Avenue Style with Howard Slatkin

Not surprisingly, lunch Fifth Avenue style chez Howard Slatkin is a luxurious treat. Following Susanna Salk’s and my video shoot for our “At Home with” episode several months ago, we enjoyed a splendid lunch in Howard’s magnificent dining room.
Howard Slatkin dining room
Entering the space is like being transported to St.…

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Happy Thanksgiving

From my home to yours, wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving
This year my table started with the amber accessories. I continued the theme with a similarly colored tole cachepot. I kept it fresh with the napkins and then added feathers to the autumnal arrangement for a little graphic pop.…

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Sleeping and Eating in Charleston

Eating in Charleston has become a major league sport. As the NY Times noted in its piece on the city last week, “Charleston, a city of 126,000, is home to a concentration of world-class dining normally seen in cities five times the size.” Now, I was only in town for two nights, but every sip and morsel on the gastronomic itinerary organized by the knowledgeable people at Urban Electric Co.…

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Southern Hospitality

Having just returned from my amazing trip to the Charleston, I am organizing both thoughts and photos as I revel in the aftermath of southern hospitality.  The world revolving around Urban Electric Co. is one filled with interesting people, beautiful homes, great food and a city saturated with aesthetic awareness.…

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