Stephen Attoe & Robert Caravaggi Celebrated “Water Works” Art Show at Swifty’s Restaurant Featuring Artist Elizabeth Nagle

Swifty’s Restaurant on the Upper East Side celebrated the start of summer with an Art Show, titled Water Works, on Thursday June 25, 2015 by renowned painter and mixed media artist Elizabeth Nagle, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the restaurant’s front room.

Nagle’s Water Works exhibition included 12 pieces of artwork, which have the representation of water being the predominant theme. Through innovative use of color and form, she aims to capture memories she associates with her experiences with water.  At the event, she said to the crowd of eager guests, that she’s particularly inspired by the phenomena of pareidolia, which is when people can see faces in objects such as tree trunks and in the case for her, faces within the various water-inspired features. She said that each work in the exhibition started without a plan or direction until she utilized pareidolia as insipration.

Notable guests in attendance included Elizabeth Nagle (Artist), Robert Caravaggi (Co-owner, Swifty’s), Stephen and Patricia Attoe (Chef & Co-Owner, Swifty’s), Suzette Charles, Carmen D’Alessio, Kim Freehill, Julie Hayek, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lauren Roberts, Randi Schatz , Jean Shafiroff and Michael Travin. 

Patrons at Swifty’s are always delighted to experience the exquisite selection of paintings and photos displayed on the walls of the restaurant whilst enjoying the menu and its ambiance. Each exhibition is curated by Chef & Co-Owner Stephen Attoe’s wife Patricia and her business partner Rebecca Silver who draw upon on their extensive art backgrounds when selecting the art for the restaurant. New York artist Mary Lou Schempf’s stunning work is currently exhibited in the back room through the end of September when it will return to the front. Her work complements the restaurant’s style and décor which was originally brought to life by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower.

ABOUT SWIFTY’S RESTAURANT:

Swifty’s has been a favorite Upper East Side haunt for over 15 years, despite the chic neighborhood’s ever-changing dining scene. A sophisticated yet low-key restaurant, Swifty’s attracts a devoted clientele. Owners Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi, former chef and maître d’ respectively, of legendary Upper East Side boîte Mortimer’s combine classic, straight-forward American and European cuisine with friendly and impeccable service. The ambient dining room, reminiscent of a well-appointed English country house, was created by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower.

For more information, please visit: www.swiftysnyc.com

ABOUT ELIZABETH NAGLE:

Elizabeth Nagle is primarily a painter and a mixed media artist however she also explores printmaking and sculpture. Her work has been presented in many galleries throughout Fairfield County, Conn. In 2012 she was selected by General Electric, along with 5 other women, to exhibit in their 6th Annual Women’s History month exhibit. She was juried into SOLOS, Westport Art Center 2013 by Curator Susan Cross of MASS MoCA. She was one of nine artists presented in Nine Solos at The New Canaan Carriage Barn. Her work has been included and recognized in many group shows including Spectrum at The Carriage Barn (New Canaan, Conn.), Bruce S. Kershner Gallery (Fairfield, Conn.), Rowayton Art Center and the Flinn Gallery (Greenwich, Conn.).Elizabeth recently moved to Dorset, VT where she regularly exhibits at The Southern Vermont Art Center, including a solo show in 2013. Elizabeth completed her BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute after first attending Bard College.  Elizabeth has spent very few days without a paintbrush in her hands. She started designing and painting needlepoint canvases while attending high school in London, England. This trade provided her with the ability to always work from home and pursue her passion for painting. She has worked for and learned from some of the biggest names in the industry and still produces designs for several well-known stores and wholesalers including Erica Wilson (Nantucket, Mass.), The House of Needlepoint (Darien, Conn.) and In Stitches (Dorset, VT). She also sells her canvases out of her Etsy shop, Doolittle Stitchery.

For more information, please visit http://www.saatchiart.com/Elizabethnagle

Elizabeth Katz, Elizabeth Nagle, Patrica Attoe

Elizabeth Katz, Elizabeth Nagle, Patrica Attoe

Patricia Attoe, Stephen Attoe

Patricia Attoe, Stephen Attoe

Kim Freehill, Robert Caravaggi

Kim Freehill, Robert Caravaggi

Jean Shafiroff, Suzette Charles and Flo Anthony

Jean Shafiroff, Suzette Charles and Flo Anthony

Lauren Roberts, Lucia Hwong Gordon

Lauren Roberts, Lucia Hwong Gordon

Randi Schatz

Randi Schatz

Barbara Camp

Barbara Camp

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Hamptons Salt Adds Taste to Your Summer

The latest luxury in epicurean cooking is artisanal sea salt, particularly those made using only all natural ingredients. Enter Hampton Salt Company, founded by Peter Pierce to provide his family an organic alternative to chemical laden table salts. “As a concerned father, I am cautious about what my family eats and once I began researching salt, I discovered that most of the salt Americans consume is actually nothing more than chemicals. Refined salts are stripped of all natural minerals found in the sea and most contain potentially unhealthy anti-clumping additives,” says Pierce. “I went to our cupboard and got rid of all the refined salts, including my box of kosher salt. This is how Hamptons Salt Company was born and since then, I’ve created an amazing assortment of all natural salts from around the world.”

 Pierce sources the globe to offer gourmands a variety of raw sea salts, flavored salts and smoked salts sure to spice up summer grilling and dining. Eleven varieties of raw salts ($9.99—$24.99) like Hawaiian Red and Hawaiian Black take the minerals of the islands and add texture, flavor, or color to fish, vegetables, and poultry while delicate Bali Pyramid is the perfect accouterment to bagels, pretzels, or chocolate.  “Everyone should have our Cooking Salt ($9.99) and our Finishing Salt ($14.99) as staples in their pantry,” says Pierce. “Then you can experiment with one or two of our unique raw, flavored or smoked salts.”

 Hamptons Salt Company’s 13 varieties of infused salts ($21.99-$29.99) run the gamut of unique flavors, from the unbelievably spicy Ghost Pepper, to the sweet Vermont Maple Syrup, to more robust tastes such as Garlic and Rosemary or the decadent Black Truffle.

 Five varieties of Smoked Salts ($21.99—$24.99) round out the catalog that’s sure to add a memorable kick to anyone’s summer cookout. Try the line’s Smoked Applewood, Bacon, Chardonnay Oak, Hickory, or Mesquite salts on grill meats, burgers, or vegetables—and let the compliments come rolling in. “I hope you’ll follow my challenge to rid your kitchen of refined salts and replace them with some of our amazing sea salts from around the globe,” says Pierce. “Our process is simple. We take great sea salt and combine it with all natural ingredients to produce powerful flavors with a slight sprinkle.”

For more information, go to https://www.hamptonssalt.com/

Philippe Chow New York Celebrates its 10th Anniversary and Reveals Stylishly-Designed New Bar

Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary year, Philippe New York is still the go-to destination for Beijing-style cuisine. With a unique menu crafted by industry veteran Philippe Chow himself, and a stylish décor that creates an intimate and romantic environment for diners, Philippe New York offers an upscale dining experience unlike any other.

The restaurant’s front bar has been revamped with a new stylish look, making it the perfect spot to gather with friends for a drink or a great place to start your meal before being guided to your table by one of Philippe’s friendly staff members. Philippe has remained a crowd pleaser since it opened in 2005, attracting a steady stream of A-list guests and elite clientele, and winning culinary accolades including, “Best Peking Duck”.

Executive Chef Chow, who was trained in his native Hong Kong and has 30 years of experience at some of the most sought-after kitchens in the world, presents a creative menu that captures the subtlety and surprises of traditional Chinese cooking. At Philippe, all signature dishes are served in generous “family style” portion, perfect for sharing with groups, which creates a fun and lively dining experience.

 Not-to-be-missed dishes include the famed Chicken Satay, which is prepared in Chef Philippe’s famous cream sauce, perfectly glazed Roasted Peking Duck, served with housemade pancakes, Green Prawns, and Filet Mignon and Broccoli. Light and healthy options are never hard to find on the Philippe menu, from the Spa Chicken & Mixed Green Salad to the Steamed Whole Fish of the Day.

 Set over three floors, the expansive restaurant has an air of exoticness and opulence, with a signature color palette of black, white and red. Candlelight casts a dim glow over the dining room’s dark wood features and plush banquettes. The six distinct private dining rooms and wine cellar provide for a more intimate setting for private events and group dining.

 Philippe’s talented mixologist crafts an exciting array of world-class cocktails, like Lychee Martini with Absolut vodka, lychee juice, coconut cream, lime juice and Citronage or the Midnight Mojito with Stoli Blueberry, fresh mint, fresh blueberries, lime juice and soda.

 Located at 33 East 60th Street, between Madison Ave & Park Ave, New York, New York 10022

For more information visit: www.philippechow.com

 **Philippe is excited to announce a brand new website has launched! The beautiful new user-friendly website will give up-to-date information on menus and events. The website has been beautifully designed by J Wright Design, food photography by Lucas Zarebinski, and food styling by Victoria Granof.

Alexandra Daddario Celebrates Cover At Osteria Salina

Beach Magazine hosted a fete for cover star Actress Alexandra Daddario at the newly opened Hamptons hotspot Osteria Salina, on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Guests enjoyed cocktails from Altaneve and Wölffer Estate Vineyard and light bites from Osteria Salina’s Sicilian menu at their brand-new, Wainscott location. Actress Daddario is starring in the new blockbuster film San Andreas also starring “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. In an interview with fellow co-star Carla Gugino for the cover story for the magazine, Daddario discusses filming San Andreas as well as life growing up in both New York City and Southampton, NY. Guests at the event included: Alexandra Daddario (Actress, San Andreas); Cristina Cuomo (Editor-In-Chief, Beach Magazine); Tim Gaglio (Owner, Osteria Salina); Sal Romano (Osteria Salina); Christina Wayne (CEO, Assembly Entertainment); Sir John Donaldson; Sonia Nassery Cole (Filmmaker); Casey Jennings (Producer); Tripoli Patterson (Gallerist); TR Pescod (Interior Designer); Quinn Pofahl (VP Creative Styling, Ralph Lauren); Jamie Jimenez (Senior Director of Marketing, Baccarat); Michael Derrig (Renowned landscaper); Nathan Orsman (Lighting Designer).

Osteria Salina, a Bridgehampton favorite, recently re-located to its brand-new Wainscott location in the iconic Georgica space. With idyllic views of Georgica Pond, guests can enjoy signature dishes including the Spada alla Piastra, a swordfish with a caponatina of eggplant, tomato, golden raisins, capers, and agrodolcewhile listening to music in the main room’s grand piano bar lounge.

About Osteria Salina:
A stunning new location for the established masters of Sicilian cuisine at Osteria Salina. After three years of creating a loyal following and serving authentic Sicilian dishes highlighting the specialties of Salina located in the Aeolian islands, Osteria Salina has moved from 95 School street in Bridgehampton to 108 Wainscott Stone road in Wainscott. The new Osteria Salina has undergone a thorough refurbishment that has restored the grandeur of this iconic location known formerly as Sapore di Mare. Experience the intimate private dining room, La Saletta. Enjoy the Georgica Room with panoramic views of bucolic Georgica Pond.  Socialize in the main room against the backdrop of a castle-like fireplace, hand hewn beams,  Osteria Salina offers features including a wood burning pizza oven in addition to a classic baby grand piano bar lounge, and will continue its tradition of serving fresh, clean local fare coupled with genuine Sicilian hospitality. Helmed by Executive Chef & Owner Cinzia Gaglio and Host Tim Gaglio, the restaurant can now accommodate private events; guests will enjoy live entertainment in the piano lounge and dine in one of its many old world dining rooms.
For More Information: www.osteriasalina.net

Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario

Christina Cuomo, Tim Gaglio, Alexander Daddario and Sal Romano

Christina Cuomo, Tim Gaglio, Alexander Daddario and Sal Romano

Quinn Pofahl, Jaime Jimenez, Joe Navarre and Adam Widener

Quinn Pofahl, Jaime Jimenez, Joe Navarre and Adam Widener

de GRISOGONO Hosts Exclusive Viewing Party for the Historic 147th Running of the Belmont Stakes

Well known for its international, jet-set clientele, hosted an exclusive viewing party for the historic 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at its Madison Avenue boutique, on Saturday, June 6, 2015 de GRISOGONO.

Over 100 New York’s elite dined on hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Swifty’s Catering as they watched with bated breath as American Pharoah broke the 37-year-long drought and captured the Triple Crown, considered to be one of the greatest achievements in all of sports.

 Guests included: Giovanni Mattera (President, de GRISOGONO), Keith Scott (Manager, de GRISOGONO Madison Avenue), Ivana Trump, Domenico Vacca (Designer), Dorinda Medley (RHONY), John Mahdessian (Owner, Madame Paulette),  Randi Schatz, Nikki Haskell, Ann Rapp, Geoffrey Bradfield, Viktor Luna (Designer), Mickey Sherman (Lawyer), Rocco Ancarola (Nightlife Impresario).

Founded by Fawaz Gruosi in 1993 in Geneva, De GRISOGONO prides itself of creating innovative, one-of-a-kind pieces with dynamic gemstones including amethysts and black diamonds.

About de GRISOGONO:
de GRISOGONO is a Geneva based International jeweler and watch maker.  de GRISOGONO has a devoted international clientele, embracing nobility and celebrity, 17 boutiques around the world and a reputation as one of the most dynamic, trailblazing creative forces in contemporary jewelry. The high –spirited pieces bring together renowned innovation and ingenuity, with the audacious synthesis of color, form, material and craftsmanship that has been the hallmark of Fawaz Gruosi’s ground-breaking designs for two decades.
For more information, please visit www.degrisogono.com 

Keith Scott, Giovanni Mattera  (Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Keith Scott, Giovanni Mattera
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Atmosphere (Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Atmosphere
(Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Atmosphere (Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Atmosphere
(Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

 

 

33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards 2015 Honoring Joel Grey And Harvey Weinstein

On Monday June 1st, 2015, the 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film each season, honored Broadway legend Joel Grey as well as film and theater producer Harvey Weinstein at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The gala evening was hosted by Two-Time Drama Desk Award nominated actress Christina Bianco.

Presented by Patricia Watt, the Producer of the Astaire Awards and The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, as well as The Fred Astaire International Dance Studios, the event began with a VIP cocktail reception followed by the show and awards presentation. For the first time, the awards were live-streamed across the United States.

Guests included: Patricia Watt (Executive Director), Jessica Zippin (Associate Producer and Executive Director), Alix Michel (Associate Producer), Carolyn Kendall Buchter (Associate Producer), Harvey Weinstein (Honoree), Joel Grey (Honoree), Christina Bianco (Host), Jennifer Grey (Presenter), Countess Luann DeLesseps (Honorary Chair & Presenter), David Alan Basche (Presenter), Alysia Reiner (Presenter), Tovah Feldshuh (Presenter), Mia Michaels (Presenter), Scott Wise (Presenter),  Lee Roy Reams (Presenter), Bebe Neuwirth (Presenter), Charlotte d’Amboise (Presenter), Kathleen Marshall (Presenter), Patricia Wilcox (Presenter), Jack Rothweiler (Presenter), Holt McCallany (Presenter), Richard Thomas (Presenter), Ryan Silverman (Performer), Leeds Hill (Performer), Leanne Cope (Nominee), Jill Paice (Nominee), Megan Fairchild (Nominee), Erin Davie (Nominee), XiaoChuan Xie (Nominee), Melanie Moore (Nominee), Robert Fairchild (Nominee), Clyde Alves (Nominee), Tony Yazbeck (Nominee), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Nominee), Philip Attmore (Nominee), Rick Faugno (Nominee), Drew King (Nominee), Richard Riaz Yoder (Nominee), Joshua Bergasse (Nominee), Christopher Gattelli (Nominee), Warren Carlyle (Nominee), Jean Shafiroff (Honorary Chair), Wendy Federman (Honorary Chair) and Michele Herbert.

The ceremony began with a performance of “New York, New York” from the three-time Astaire Award nominated musical On The Town.  Proceeding, actress and impressionist Christina Bianco channeled Kristen Chenowith and Bernadette Peters in a rousing duet of sorts to “Shall We Dance.” She brought some of her other impersonations into the performance including Barbara Streisand, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Sutton Foster and Patti Lupone. Following that performance, Astaire Awards Executive Producer Patricia Watt and Director Joe Lanteri took the stage to welcome the crowd to the awards ceremony.

The nominees for Best Female Dancer were: Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It with You); Leanne Cope (An American In Paris); Jill Paice (An American In Paris); Megan Fairchild (On The Town); Erin Davie (Sideshow); Emily Padgett (Sideshow); XiaoChuan Xie (The King and I); Melanie Moore (Finding Neverland).

The nominees for Best Male Dancer were: Robert Fairchild (An American In Paris); Clyde Alves (On The Town); Tony Yazbeck (On The Town); Tony Danza (Honeymoon in Vegas); Jay Armstrong Johnson (On The Town); Philip Attmore (On The Twentieth Century); Rick Faugno (On The Twentieth Century); Drew King (On The Twentieth Century); Richard Riaz Yoder (On The Twentieth Century); Christian Borle (Something Rotten); Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time).

The nominees for Best Choreographer were: Christopher Wheeldon (An American In Paris); Joshua Bergasse (On The Town); Christopher Gattelli (The King and I); Warren Carlyle (On The Twentieth Century); Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten); Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly (The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time); Steven Hoggett (The Last Ship); Mia Michaels (Finding Neverland).

The nominees for Best Choreography in a Feature Film were: Longinus Fernandes (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel); Aakomon Jones (Get On Up); Aakomon Jones (Pitch Perfect 2); Akram Khan (Desert Dancer); Alphonse Poulin (Match); Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys); Travis Wall (The Wedding Ringer).

The Nominating Committee Chair is Wendy Federman, and Nominee Committee includes Nikki Atkins, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Wendy Federman, Jonathan Herzog-Sheffield, Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Pia Lindstrom, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Mary McColl, Michael Milton, Andy Sandberg, Mary Beth O’Connor. The Awarding Committee is made up of Sylviane Gold (Chair), along with Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams.

Honorary Committee members include: Karole Armitage, Rob Ashford, Hinton Battle, Marisa Berenson, Anna Bergman, Patricia Birch, Chase Brock, Tricia Brouk, Ron Brown, Sharon Bush, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Marge Champion, Wayne Cilento, Louis Hirschfeld Cullman, Judy Gordon Cox, Arlene Dahl, Jacques D’Amboise, Graciela Daniele, Peter Darling, Marguerite Derricks, Kelly Devine, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Eve Ensler, Daniel Ezralow, Jules Fisher, Roberta Flack, Mario Fratti, Christopher Gattelli, Mitzi Gaynor, Kearran Giovanni, Savion Glover, Joel Grey, Peggy Hickey, Steven Hoggett, JoAnn Hunter, Anne Jackson, Susan Jaffee, Denis Jones, Paul Katz, Larry Keigwin, Daniel Knechtges, Spencer Liff, Michele Lynch, Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Julie McDonald, Donna McKechnie, Joey McKneely, Stephen Mear, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Casey Nicholaw, Marsha Norman, Kenny Ortega, Robert Osbourne, Jeffrey Page, Daniel Pelzig, Jane Powell, Josh Prince, Ann Reinking, Michael Rubinstein, Wendy Seyb, Lisa Schriver, Randy Skinner, Victoria Traube, Sergio Trujillo, Anthony van Laast, Chet Walker, Patti Wilcox, Matt Williams.

About The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were established in 1982 to recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film. The annual awards were established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to also honor his sister Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The Fred & Adele Awards remain the gold standard for excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and film.  Since 1982, additional awards have been added, including the award for best choreography in film, the lifetime achievement award, and a unique award determined annually for exceptional contribution to the field.
For more information, visit www.theastaireawards.org/

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Christina Bianco
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Bebe Neuwirth
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Jennifer Grey, Joel Grey
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Mia Michaels, Harvey Weinstein, Diane Paulus
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Lee Roy Reams, Joel Grey, Patricia Watt
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Countess Luann DeLesseps
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Jean Shafiroff, Harvey Weinstein
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