food and drink

Champalimaud and Holland & Sherry Present The Comptoirs Collection

Proving the power of creative collaboration, hospitality designer Alexandra Champalimaud and fabric house Holland & Sherry have joined forces to create a chic new outdoor fabric collection. Such a sophisticated pairing could only be celebrated in the most stylish of venues.…
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Living Gilt Home

Tom Delavan, the talented designer and Creative Director of Gilt Home, opened up his beautiful Greenwich Village townhouse recently to showcase some soon-to-be -featured Gilt products. I wish I had better photos of his dramatic entrance painted in high gloss white enamel – it is stunning!…
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Red Cross Red & White Ball Redux

As with many such tabletop fundraisers, it is impossible to feature all the tables in a single post – hence part two, featuring many more of the tantalizing tables that designers created for the Red Cross Red & White ball in Greenwich, CT on April 28th.…
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Spring Fever at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is one of the most well respected and popular nonprofit organizations in New York City. Since 1894, they have been serving over 20,000 New Yorkers in need through various venues, from education to “Meals on Wheels” programs to helping the homeless.…
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Creative Collaboration: Poggenpohl and Blanco

Along with a few other alumnae of the original BlogTour in London last September, I was invited by Modenus to participate, when the British and some new US bloggers recently convened, for BlogTourNYC.  On our first morning, we visited the showroom of luxury kitchen company Poggenpohl.…
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Fancy Some Fondue?

It’s been a slow reentry after the holidays here. I’d become accustomed to the kids’ schedule – late nights playing games (liar’s dice was the obsession this year) or watching movies and lazy mornings sleeping in. As I put my older daughter on the bus back to school yesterday, I reluctantly acknowledged that vacation is over.…
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Quintessential Guide to Champagne

Thin Man New Year's EveIn preparation for New Year’s Eve, everyone needs to know at least a little something about champagne. Long time readers may recognize some of this information, but since many of you are new to Quintessence this year, I am offering an updated version of this must-read guide before the holiday weekend!!…
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Coupe or Flute?

This is the age old champagne dilemma – coupe, flute or tulip! Last year I wrote about Seth Box, director of education for Moet Hennessy USA, who, in the New York Times, discussed his preferences. Not only did he voice his opinion (which of course I agree with) that Americans drink too little champagne but he also had strong thoughts about what glass to serve it in.…
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#Jingletweet Treasure

I’m excited to announce that #Jingletweet has finally arrived. For those of you who haven’t been following along via social media, this is a tweet up (an “in real life” party for those of us connected on twitter) cohosted by friend Ridgely Brode and myself at the fabulous new space of Audiocom, “master craftsmen of modern technology.” During the course of planning the party, we have received a plethora of fabulous gifts to give away to lucky winners.…
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Happy Thanksgiving

All set (pun intended)!! Just deciding between the flatware! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday. I am grateful every day to the amazing people I have met through this endeavor! Cheers to you all!!  
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