May 24, 2012
As we’ve mentioned before, the Philip Johnson Glass House, located in New Canaan, Connecticut, is one of those destinations just outside of New York that are truly worth the drive—and never more so than during Dine with Design, its annual epicurean festival. This year, on June 9, Dine with Design will host the Food Film Festival in its first appearance outside of New York and Chicago. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then progress to an eight-course tasting menu in film form, starting with The Perfect Oyster, a short documentary about northwest Canadian oysterman Brent Petkau. As the films progress from appetizers to dessert, the audience will sample a course featuring the foods on screen. Expect local Fanny Bay oysters during the first screening, for example, or flavors featured in the film about Bruce Becker and his Max and Mina’s ice cream shop in Flushing, Queens, which makes more than 4,000 varieties (including grass and Pinot Noir).
As an added treat, the Glass House compound will open earlier in the day to a limited number of guests for a Modern Picnic, featuring local delicacies prepared by six star chefs, including Missy Robbins (A Voce Madison and Columbus) and Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon), who won last year’s James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award. Picnic guests will have the opportunity to chat with the chefs and local food artisans and wander freely through the grounds’ historic buildings—a feast for the eyes as well as the appetite. 199 Elm St.; June 9; Food Film Festival, $100 per person; Modern Picnic, $250 per person; combined VIP tickets, $300; philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.
January 23, 2013
Courtesy of Macklowe Gallery
The annual Winter Antiques Show takes over the Park Avenue Armory in New York for the 59th year, continuing its tradition of bringing stellar collectables to a well-educated audience. Beginning January 25, the show highlights 73 exhibitors offering pieces spanning the gap between antiquities and the 1960s.
One of those exhibitors is Macklowe Gallery, which has been wooing show-goers and collectors for 15 years with its first and abiding love: decorative arts from the turn of the century, or Art Nouveau. All too often with decorative arts what you see is what you get, but the Art Nouveau style adds a special subtext to the work—particularly in Night Moths, an 18-karat-gold and diamond brooch by French jeweler René Lalique.
“The night moth is a sign of transience,” Benjamin Macklowe explains. “It’s the idea of the mystery of the night and the unconscious. It’s the polar opposite of a diamond ring.”
In addition to antiques, the show—which is a fundraiser for East Side House Settlement, one of the oldest social service organizations in New York—will also feature a lecture series in the armory’s Tiffany Room. January 25 through February 3; 643 Park Ave.; 718-292-7392; winterantiquesshow.com.
February 14, 2013
Courtesy of Miami International Boat Show
After a decade of declining levels of outdoor recreation, “People are starting to buy boats again,” says Cathy Rick-Joule, manager of the Miami International Boat Show. Running today through February 18, the 72-year-old expo expects to draw more than 100,000 boating enthusiasts and 1,960 exhibitors for its annual showcase of boats, gadgets, engines, gear and marine accessories.
Highlights this year include appearances by Michael “Bear” Grylls, star of Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild, who will introduce the launch of his extreme boat line, and an 82-foot, double-decker catamaran—one of the largest sailboats in the show—that is making its way to Florida from the Caribbean.
As for Rick-Joule, who spends almost every weekend boating with her husband and their cocker spaniel, Gypsy, the joys of owning a waterborne craft speak for themselves. “All you need to do is spend an hour on the water and watch all the smiling faces of your fellow boaters go by,” she says. “Everyone waves—even the dogs are smiling.” 1901 Convention Center Dr.; 786-276-2628; miamiboatshow.com.
April 26, 2013
Photo courtesy of Textile Arts Center
New York’s Textile Arts Center, which has supported the city’s fiber artists and designers since 2009, is throwing a benefit called a “Night of Color” on April 26 at the center’s Greenwich Village location. The event is designed to bolster awareness about the use of natural dyes while also raising raise money for “Sewing Seeds,” an educational initiative run by volunteers that holds free classes, workshops and readings and sponsors an artist in residence and a natural-dye community garden.
“Natural dye is important in the same way that eating organic or locally-produced food is important,” says studio manager Isa Rodrigues. “Synthetic dye is pretty toxic to the environment, to the user, and to the artist.” In keeping with this ethos, tonight’s event will feature displays curated by Frank Traynor, naturally dyed cocktails, and an interactive performance by Study NY x Cat Lauigan of Cave Collective, in which a limited-edition line of garments and accessories will be naturally dyed in real time and available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the project’s summer programming, which is always free and open to the public. Tickets, $20; 26 West 8 St.; 646-225-6554; textileartscenter.com.
June 13, 2013
Courtesy of LVMH
To get the full story of a luxury item—be it a fragrance a handbag a watch or Champagne—one must begin at the beginning of its creation. The initial innovation, and the often-painstaking work that follows, is a part of the process most never get to see. LVMH’s Les Journées Particulières, however, changes that, opening workshop and atelier doors throughout Europe for two days (June 15–16) and allowing aficionados to see first hand the effort and craftsmanship that goes into each piece.
“Our hope is that visitors will be surprised by the deep cultural, historical and emotional experience that this unique event provides through behind-the-scenes access to these emblematic European locations,” says an LVMH spokesperson.
The first open-door invitation in 2011 drew more than 100,000 people to 25 sites. This year, upwards of 40 workshops in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Poland will be open for tours. Visitors will gain access to (among others) the Louis Vuitton special-orders workshop in Asnières, France; Christian Dior’s haute-couture studios in Paris; Acqua di Parma in Milan; the Guerlain fabrication site in Orphin, France; the Glenmorangie distillery in Scotland; and TAG Heuer and Hublot in Switzerland.
While the main purpose of the celebration is to show off LVMH’s highly trained craftspeople—shoemakers, couturières, watchmakers, cellar masters, jewelers, chefs—it also highlights the magnificent artisanal heritages that many European countries keep alive. “The event seeks to let consumers share the passion of the group’s artisans,” says the spokesperson, “who are all inspired by the same quest for excellence.” lesjourneesparticulieres.com.