2nd Annual Women & Fashion FilmFest, Coming June 3-7th in New York City

The Women & Fashion FilmFest (WFF) returns to New York City for its 2nd edition. Part conference, part film festival, this 5-day event unites leaders in fashion, entertainment and media to empower women and girls, screen films by filmmakers and students, and features a fashion show of student designs.  WFF is partnering with LIM College, which will serve as the festival’s main venue.

Leading up to the 2nd Annual WFF is a roundtable discussion with Director James BelzerMichael Paladino of LIM College, and Paul Van Ravenstein among others. The discussion takes place on May 12th, 5.30pm,Bahr Che, 64 Cooper Square.

On June 3rd Phillip Bloch hosts WFF’s Red Carpet Opening Benefit at Gold Bar (289 Broome St., NYC). Starting at 6 pm, fashion designers will walk the red carpet with models in their designs. WFF will present its first Inspiration & Visionary Award to Sara Ziff, Founder of the Model Alliance. Honorary Hosts include Governor William PatersonCatherine MalandrinoStephen BurrowsTimothy Greenfield-Sanders,Nigel Barker, Supermodels Pat Cleveland, Sessilee Lopez, Grace Bol, Nykhor Paul and Candace Huffine.

WFF’14 panelists include former Vogue Editor-at-Large Andre Leon Talley, Sundance Productions President Lauren Michalychshyn, Vimeo President Dae MellencampUS Weekly Fashion Director Sasha Charnin Morrison, former Essence Editor-in-Chief Constance Whiteand Ovation Executive VP, Network Strategy Liz Janneman, discussing The Fashion Fund on Ovation. An Advance Preview Screening of Make it in America: Empowering Global Fashion, the latest documentary by James Belzer (The Tents) and premiere of The Civic Life Project’s Human Trafficking made by high schools girls are among film highlights.

In addition to our stellar lineup, I am excited about our new Girls Film Festival (GFF) and Girls Empowerment Fashion Runway (GEFR) aimed at inspiring girls and helping them develop skills and talents,” said WFF Executive Director Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim, recently named U.S. Chair of MARITAGE, a UNITED NATIONS affiliated platform focused on empowering women and creating opportunities for women artisans.

On June 6th at LIM College (216 E45th St.), Sessilee Lopez, Nykhor Paul, Claudia Mason and Grace Bolwill discuss their philanthropic work inspiring teenage girls to focus on leadership in society. On June 7th at Yotel Hotel, GEFR, WFF concludes with educational workshops and a fashion show of designs by United Colors of Fashion, a nonprofit providing free fashion education to under-resourced youth.

Sponsors for the festival includes  LIM CollegeMARITAGE InternationalOvationSony Creative SoftwareMakeup ForeverTrue Model ManagementSandi Bass InternationalCompany AgendaRunway The Real WayGold BarSensation of HouseSmall Victory PressUnited Colors of FashionHarmonia HoldingsBeau Monde SocietyLumiere MagazineBrokennessBlack + BlackBahr CheBuilding BeatsFashionTVNetworkE.L.F.CircleSpark SummitThe Civic Life ProjectScenariosUSAFashionOneUnited Nations Association Film Festival

Summer Garden & Bar Opens Rockefeller Center’s Outdoor Dining Scene for the Summer Season

Rockefeller Center has a green new look for summer! 

The Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe opened on Saturday, May 10th, unveiling garden landscaping that sweeps across the famous plaza. In the famed space that houses the Rink at Rock Center in winter, a fresh summer design now creates a sunny al fresco oasis. It’s set with boxwood hedges and topiary, ficus trees, flowers, wicker and resin furniture, nautical umbrellas and comfortable fountain-side lounge seating. Looked over by the iconic Prometheus statue, there is a buzzing bar with communal tables, while quieter seats are placed along the outer rim of green hedges.

Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe (credit: Philip Greenberg) (PRNewsFoto/Summer Garden & Bar)

Summer Garden & Bar at Rock Center Cafe (credit: Philip Greenberg) (PRNewsFoto/Summer Garden & Bar)

The restaurant, organized and operated by the Patina Restaurant Group (www.patinagroup.com). Patina, a bicoastal boutique company, is a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. On the East Coast, its portfolio features New York City’s world-famous Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, The Sea Grill, Brasserie 8 1/2, La Fonda Del Sol and Lincoln Ristorante, among others. On the West Coast its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times‘ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA, and catering and food service operations in museums and cultural centers throughout California.

The restaurant has launched a lineup of programming for 2014 that celebrates summer dining and socializing. The experience of breezy garden dining in an urban setting is one that New Yorkers have embraced for decades. Rockefeller Center, opened in 1939, has long held a place as a beloved escape from the stress of city life.

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Garden (May 19)
Cult Brooklyn beers take over Rock Center for this ultimate beer-focused event. Brooklyn Brewery will co-host an evening of tastings – six brews will be poured – with a selection of beer-friendly dishes from 6-8 pm. Tickets are $45, reservations accepted online at www.SummerGardenBar.com.

World Cup Viewing Party (June 12-July 13)
What better way to celebrate the most-watched sporting event in the world than with Brazilian-themed food and drink specials at Rock Center’s outdoor bar? Every game will be aired live on brand new TVs mounted behind the bar.

Every day throughout the summer, Chef Prontelli sources the freshest seasonal produce for Summer Garden & Bar (complete menus are here). A 3-course prix-fixe is available for $41. Standout dishes include:

Shaved Artichoke and Mushroom Salad
Wild Arugula, Lemon Emulsion 15.

Grilled Marinated Summer Vegetable Plate
Asparagus, Summer Squash, Portobello Mushrooms, Toasted Red Quinoa, Chickpea Spread 24.

Tagliatelle Pasta
Shrimp, Roasted Corn, Smoked Bacon, Asparagus, “Corn Milk” 28.

RCC Chef’s Burger
DeBragga Black Angus Short-Rib & Chuck Blend, New York Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, House-Cured Pickles, Smoked Bacon Aioli, and Crispy Fries 21.

Tartufo Banana Split
Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream, Caramelized Banana, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce 13.

Summer Cocktails include the Summer Garden Rose Sangria and Ginger Basil “Negroni” at $14 each.

Legendary Chefs Pop the Cork off Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit with Eruptions of Prosecco Along The Strip

Daniel Boulud Along With More Than 35 Chefs Kicks Off Festival with First-Ever Las Vegas Strip Tour

The eighth annual Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit began with a pop and threw the destination into a flurry of foie gras and fine wine as world-renowned chefs descend upon Las Vegas this weekend. Acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud launched the event by sabering a bottle of Mionetto Prosecco at The Venetian surrounded by other notable chefs such as Mary Sue Milliken, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Michael Mina, Roy Ellamar and Shawn McClain. The celebrity chefs enjoyed precious moments with other culinary giants, including Sirio Maccioni, to unwind before touring Las Vegas Boulevard and kicking off festivities at ARIA, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand.
Daniel Boulud sabers a bottle of Mionetto to kick off Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit at The Venetian (credit Ethan Miller for Bon Appétit)

Daniel Boulud sabers a bottle of Mionetto to kick off Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit at The Venetian (credit Ethan Miller for Bon Appétit)

The star–studded weekend welcomes new chefs such as Giada De Laurentiis, Buddy Valastro, Masa Takayama and Pierre Gagnaire along with returning favorites Michael Mina, Gordon Ramsay and Joël Robuchon among others. Now in its eighth year, the festival continues to gain momentum with tickets selling faster than ever before. Joël Robuchon’s Cooking & Wine Demo at MGM Grand sold out within the first 90–minutes of tickets going on sale, and by the end of the first week, seven events had completely sold out.

Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit chefs make a quick stop at MGM Grand to kick off the weekend (credit Bryan Steffy for Bon Appétit)

Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit chefs make a quick stop at MGM Grand to kick off the weekend (credit Bryan Steffy for Bon Appétit)