Model Kiera Chaplin & Former Miss France Cindy Fabre Places 6th out of 137 in the 2017 RALLYE AICHA DES GAZELLES DU MAROC

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More than 1000 people gathered in the marquee tent in Essaouira on Saturday, April 1, 2017 to ring out the 27th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles in style. A total of 158 teams, including 1 electric vehicle, participated in the 27th edition of this one-of-a-kind adventure. It is the only international off-road Rallye race for women only.  Since 1990, it has been bringing together women between the ages of 18 and 71, from more than 30 different countries, who embark on an adventure of a lifetime from the French city of Nice and onward to the start of the Rallye in the Moroccan desert. Participants of the 2017 rally included model Kiera Chaplin and her teammate, Miss France 2005 Cindy Fabre, who came in 6th place out of 137 teams in their vehicle category.

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NYC Mission Society Held its Star Studded Annual Gala

Jean Shafiroff and Katrina Peebles Served as 2017 Gala Co-Chairs

Diahann Carroll, Jean Shafiroff, Katrina Peebles, Don Peebles, Elsie McCabe Thompson ©Patrick McMullan

Diahann Carroll, Jean Shafiroff, Katrina Peebles, Don Peebles, Elsie McCabe Thompson ©Patrick McMullan

The New York City Mission Society held its annual Champions for Children fundraising Gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, raising approximately $520,000. Co-chaired by author and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Katrina Peebles, the benefit supported the Mission Society’s programs and services that help youth and families in New York’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. This year’s event honored legendary actress and singer Diahann Carroll and real estate mogul Don Peebles, as well as recognizing two lifetime members of the Mission Society’s Board of Directors: Dina Merrill Hartley and Lloyd W. Brown II. More than 340 people attended the event, and notable attendees included television personality Gayle King, actress Cicely Tyson, former Mayor of New York City David Dinkins and theater producer Arny Granata.

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Celebrate Easter 2017 With a Delicious Homestyle Meal with Friends and Family


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This Easter, dine at charming SoHo Italian Provencal Restaurant MAMO. The New York outpost of Mamo Le Michelangelo located in Antibes, France, MAMO NYC will delight diners looking to dine in opulence with its regular menu and Easter specials on Easter Sunday, including: Carciofi alla “Giudia” (crunchy artichoke with mint intingolo, pecorino cream and prosciutto crudo), Lasagnetta con Ragù di vitello, olive e parmigiano (lasagna with veal ragù, olives and parmigiano cheese), and Agnello in “due cotture” con Carciofi e millefoglie di patate cacio e pepe (lamb with artichoke and millefoglie of potatoes, cacio e pepe). For dessert, try the decadent Cheesecake Sottovetro (cheesecake in a jar with cheese crumble mousse, popcorn and red fruit sauce).

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Gruppo Italiano (GI) Hosted Authentic Italian Cuisine & Culture Event at Il Gattopardo

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Restaurateur Gianfranco Sorrentino hosted a Members & Press Cocktail Reception for his non-profit organization Gruppo Italiano (GI) at Il Gattopardo on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The New York based non-profit is an evolution from the original Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani (GRI), which was established in 1979 to increase the awareness and to promote the image of authentic Italian cuisine through member restaurants, culinary scholarships and events. The event featured guest speakers such as Maurizio Forte, John Mariani and Charles Scicolone, and offered attendees a chance to learn more GI while enjoying delectable Cocktails and Hors D’Oeuvres from the Il Gattopardo kitchen.

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Celebrity Jewelry Designer Margo Manhattan Celebrated Her Newest HSN Jewelry Collection

With an Exclusive Previewing Reception At Luxury Mott Street Residence

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Celebrity jewelry designer Margo Manhattan ̶ whose celebrity client list includes Beyoncé, Selena Gomez and Amber Heard ̶ celebrated the upcoming launch of her newest HSN jewelry collection with an Exclusive Previewing Reception at luxury apartment building 199 Mott Street.

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From the Top of New York’s D&D Building Meet Executive Chef Jennifer Day of Upper Story by Charlie Palmer

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Executive Chef Jennifer Day is at the helm of Chef Charlie Palmer’s Upper Story kitchen at the top of the Decoration & Design Building, where she combines her longtime passion for creating exceptional dinner party experiences with her incredible attention to detail for large scale catered events. A 20-year fan of Chef Charlie Palmer and his pioneer work in American cooking, Jennifer thrives when creating upscale comfort foods for Upper Story guests, such as her signature Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs with Herbed Polenta, as well as using as many local and seasonal products she can get her hands on.  On working with Chef Charlie Palmer, Jennifer says, “I am so thrilled to work for someone I’ve admired and respected for so long. Throughout the years he’s been so generous with his knowledge and has been a mentor to so many great and successful chefs. Being part of this culture of cooking and teaching is really a dream come true for me.”

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New York’s Decoration & Design Building Celebrated Great British Design


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Laura Hickey, Alistair McCowan, Marianne Howatson

New York’s iconic Decoration & Design Building (DDB) celebrated British creativity, craftsmanship and heritage on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 with 9 British Interior Design Showrooms participating in the event, showcasing the very best of British design. Participating Showrooms included: Chesney’s, de Le Cuona, Farrow & Ball, Forbes & Lomax, George Smith, OCHRE, Osborne & Little, Vaughan Designs, Cowtan & Tout and Zoffany. Showrooms paired up with brands such as Belvoir Fruit Farms, Chapel Down, Designers Guild, Dudley Reed, Ettinger, Molton Brown, Rococo Chocolates, Tom Dixon, Wedgwood, Zone Creations and more.

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27th RALLYE AICHA DES GAZELLES DU MAROC Competitor Kiera Chaplin Completed Off-Road Driving and Navigation Training


Actress and model Kiera Chaplin completed her required driving and navigation training in preparation of the 27th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Northeast Off-Road Adventures in Ellenville, NY. Kiera, who will be competing in the rallye together with model friend Oona Chanel, learned how 4WD systems operate and how to drive on various types of terrain. She put that knowledge to task by driving over rocks, ledges, steep slopes and other obstacles. She learned techniques to extract a vehicle stuck in sand using off-road recovery tools. Kiera also learned how to adjust tire pressure to match driving conditions and how to change a tire off-road if needed. Her instructors commented that throughout her training Kiera remained committed and confident in her abilities.

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Celebrity Jewelry Designer Margo Manhattan Debuts New Rock n’ Roll Chic Jewelry Line March 10, 2017 on HSN

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Celebrity Jewelry Designer Margo Manhattan, whose clientele includes Beyoncé, Selena Gomez and Amber Heard, is soon to unveil her latest collection of bold, edgy, rock ‘n’ roll chic designs created exclusively for HSN, which will air on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:00am – 3:00am and 2:00pm – 3:00pm.   Read more

The Cubano Sandwich: A Foodies’ Favorite at A.G. Kitchen

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Celebrity chef Alex Garcia does more than prepare the masterfully crafted recipes at popular New York City restaurant, A.G. Kitchen located at 296 Columbus Avenue between 72nd and 73rd streets.  The Nuevo Latino comfort cuisines are a true reflection of his personality and, namely, influenced by his Cuban heritage. Specifically, the Cubano Sandwich, which has earned its deserved title as the best in NYC after Alex Garcia and partner Chef Douglas Rodrigues introduced it in the nineties.

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