Travel + Leisure and The European Travel Commission Bring Europop to NYC

The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, NY, NY | 06.05.2014 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On June 5th, Travel + Leisure magazine teamed up with The European Travel Commission (ETC) to bring the best of Europe to the Big Apple in the inaugural, one-night-only EUROPOP event. The event brought together sights, tastes, sounds, and products from more than twenty European destinations including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Flanders, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. Offering authentic food tastings of European specialties, live entertainment, and travel information, EUROPOP provided inspiration and information for travelers considering a trip to Europe. (left: Travel + Leisure Vice President and Publisher Jay Meyer) more...

Jazz Foundation of America Presents Cirque Du Jazz

Hudson Studios, 601 West 26th Street, NY, NY | 04.26.2014 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On Saturday, April 26th, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) presented Cirque Du Jazz, a festive, circus-themed incarnation of its annual Jazz Loft Party at New York's Hudson Studios. The 23rd annual benefit, sponsored by Parmigiani Fleurier and the Montreux Jazz Festival, featured performances by jazz, blues, tango, folk, swing, and flamenco legends. Iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis presented JFA's Lifetime Achievement Award to former Columbia/CBS/Elektra/Blue Note record company executive, Bruce Lundvall. (shown left). Musicians Matthew Whitaker, Nick Depuy, Norah Jones, and Dianne Reeves honored Mr. Lundvall with special tribute performances. Notable celebrities included actress Jennifer Beals and journalist Maria Bartilomo. more...

DIFFA Cocktails by Design Event Launches Annual Dining By Design Tour

Pier 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street, NY, NY | 03.20.2014 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On March 20th, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS welcomed guests to the 2014 Cocktails by Design launch event for its 17th Annual Dining By Design Tour. The New York leg of the tour, held in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Show at Pier 94, featured world-class dining environments designed by international and local talents. Guests enjoyed gourmet food and drink from celebrated New York City restaurants and national beverage sponsors, and had the opportunity to bid on luxury items at the silent auction. The annual Dining By Design schedule of events includes five days of public table viewing that concludes this year on Monday, March 24th with a gala dinner. (left: Design by Marc Blackwell New York) more...

Sensational Umbria through the Lens of Photographer Steve McCurry

Italian Trade Commission, 33 East 67th Street, NY, NY | 11.07.2013 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media Sensational Umbria, a spectacular photo exhibit by renowned National Geographic and Magnum photographer, Steve McCurry, opened on November 7th at New York's Italian Trade Commission. The exhibit features vibrant large format prints selected from a body of 100 photos commissioned by the Italian Region of Umbria. McCurry's images capture Umbria's landscapes, art and architecture, industry and products, food and wine, tourist attractions, and the lives of inhabitants. Italian Trade Commissioner, Pier Paolo Celeste introduced the show, along with Consul General of Italy in New York, Natalia Quintavalle, and President of Umbria, Catiuscia Marini. (left: "Mercato delle Gaite: A woman in costume for the Perugia Medieval Summer Festival - Bevagna", © Steve McCurry 2013) more...

Celebrate Flatiron Chefs!

Madison Square Park, 24th Street & Madison Avenue, NY, NY | 07.16.2013 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On July 16th, food lovers and culinary enthusiasts flocked to Manhattan's Madison Square Park for Celebrate Flatiron Chefs!, the Madison Square Park Conservancy's annual summer outdoor feast that helps fund the park's maintenance, horticulture initiatives, and free cultural programs. Supported by Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Air Lines, Los Cabos Tourism Board, MasterCard Priceless New York, Mexico Tourism Board, and Seagram's Ginger Ale, the highly anticipated event featured tastings from more than 30 top restaurants and food purveyors located in the Flatiron District and vicinity. During a sizzling evening with temperatures topping the 90s, guests (including Chelsea Clinton) sampled signature dishes and chatted with some of the most respected chefs in the culinary field. more...