Ice Cream Floats for the win: Eggloo x Brooklyn Crafted

Photo by: Eggloo Ice Cream

If you love ice cream floats and aren’t ready to give up your summer, stop by Eggloo Ice Cream Shop in Chinatown! Why? Because Eggloo has partnered up with Brooklyn-based craft beverage brand, Brooklyn Crafted to deliver a refreshing, Insta-worthy float. The float has 3 scoops of Eggloo ice cream covered in Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. Another cool thing about the floats is that you can choose from Berry Summer, Strawberry Feels, and OG Vanilla. The float just launched yesterday coinciding with National Float Day. No matter which flavor you choose, you’re bound to have a delicious treat!

 I tried the OG Vanilla float yesterday and I loved it! First of all, the combination of the spicy ginger beer flavor with the vanilla ice cream flavor is perfectly refreshing. Secondly, I like how the float comes with a can of Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Extra Spicy. It definitely has a spicy, welcoming kick. In addition, the whipped cream and yellow sprinkles are a nice touch.  In other words, it’s really a delectable sweet creation!

You can get these limited-time ice cream floats through August 31st, and you’ll have a chance to get $1 off from August 19th-31st. All you have to do is present Eggloo’s Instagram post that’s going live on August 19th. Therefore, you should totally try one of the floats. What a tasty, exciting collaboration!

Hamptons in the summer: A spotlight on stand out events

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the Hamptons and attended some wonderful events. The first event was a Wimbeldon party hosted by Hedge New York, a women’s and men’s apparel brand for tennis and golf. The collections were beautiful featuring pocket detailing and the softest silk. Think classic fit polos and feminine, functional skirts and dresses. Hedge also collaborated with SOLDOUT NYC! on a few vintage-style, sporty t-shirts. I met Hedge’s co-founders Antonia DiPaulo and Megan Ouderkirk at the event along with their children. They were all wearing Hedge apparel perfectly. These women have such a creative and inspirational vision!

Next, I attended Amanda Selwyn Theatre’s Green Afternoon VII in East Hampton. Amanda Selwyn Theatre, founded in 2000, creates original and dynamic theatre. The annual celebration benefits the growth of Amanda Selwyn Theatre. It featured impressive interactive performances in an outdoor garden and unique art installations. It also showcased an excerpt of the dance company’s recent world premiere Crossroads. The dancers were incredible and you could really see their passion for the art. Amanda has a creative and inspiring vision for her company and I loved how the dancers combined athleticism, grace, and emotion in their performances. What an innovative idea!

 The last event I attended in the Hamptons that weekend was SOFO’s 30th Anniversary Benefit. South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) is an acclaimed museum with nature exhibits and over 270 educational programs. These programs focus on nature conservation, sustainable energy, wellness, marine science, and more. The benefit was chaired by Eric Goode, Liev Schrieber, and Susan & David Rockefeller. It honored Dr. Demian Chapman, Trammel S. Crow, and Greg Manocherian. The benefit also featured a cocktail reception, a buffet, live auction, and music by In The Groove Band. Guests could also take Rolls-Royce Motor Car test drives during the event. Such a thrilling celebration for a worthy, sustainable cause!

 

A dinner event to remember: Diner en Blanc 2019

Photo by: Konrad Brattke Photography

By: Konrad Brattke Photography

Jonathan Cilia Faro

Kenita Miller, Sydney James Harcourt, and Desi Oakley
Photo by: Konrad Brattke Photography

Photo by: Eric Vitale

By: Eric Vitale

Photo by: Eric Vitale

Photo by: Eric Vitale

By: Jane Kratochvil

Photo by: Jane Kratochvil

A dinner event always excites me! Last Wednesday, Diner en Blanc invited me to its 9th annual event in New York at Nelson Rockefeller Park. Over 5500 guests attended this dinner event dressed in stylish white outfits and sporting creative white table displays. The event’s sponsors included: Citi Entertainment, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Sofitel, President Cheese, and Taittinger Champagne. The evening featured several performances both from opera and Broadway stars. Jonathan Cilia Faro sang a few operatic tunes; Sydney James Harcourt sang “Wait for It” from Hamilton; Kenita Miller sang “Defying Gravity” from Wicked; and Desi Oakley sang “She Used To Be Mine” from Waitress. The Broadway stars came together for a grand finale sing-along of “New York, New York.” Everyone was dancing and singing joyfully. Sadly, the weather forced the event to end earlier, but the entertainment and memories were incredible.

I had the opportunity to chat with one of this year’s organizers for Diner en  Blanc, Christine Tripoli. We discussed what goes into planning the dinner event, what her favorite aspect of the dinner event is, what it unique to this year’s location, and more:

Lesley Reider: This is the 3rd Diner en Blanc that you’ve worked on. How are you continuing to both maintain and build the relationship?

Christine Tripoli: We’re always trying to do the best job we can do in New York City which is a challenging location for any event producer. We work really hard to make sure that all the details are taken care of and that we retain the elegance and goals of the event and that we add special touches wherever we can.

LR: Who else is working with you as co-organizers?

CT: We’re the same group that did it in 2016 and 2018. Peter Coleman and myself, based in New York, and Lynda and Kaitlin Davis are the other co-hosts, based out of DC. We work really well together.

LR: Were their challenges in securing this year’s venue? How far in advance did you and the team work out the logistics?

CT: As soon as the event is over, we start thinking about the following year. We’re lucky to be working with a wonderful host. We try to nail down the venue details at least 6 months out, and we do production 3-4 months out to make sure everything runs smoothly the day of.

LR: Will there be a chef on site as there has been in previous years?

CT: We do have a curated meal through our culinary partner, Great Performances, who has worked on this event for 6 years. They’ve done a beautiful menu for us. We’re really proud of it. We’re really happy with what the chefs came up with. They know what people want. The food is fresh and plentiful, and can be served conveniently at the tables.

LR: What kinds of interactive entertainment can be expected this year?

CT: We always have interactive roaming artists that make great photo opps. We have several photo booths with our partners Sofitel and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. We have a fantastic stage show this year. We’re doing a tribute to Broadway. Some amazing names are performing big Broadway numbers. We have an incredible operatic tenor who will be coming on board, Jonathan Cilia Faro. We have some really great entertainment this year, including one of the top dinner bands, the Marc Humble Quartet. Our DJ is fabulous, and so I think from the moment people get there until the moment they leave, they’re going to be delighted.

LR: What’s your favorite aspect of the event?

CT: My favorite aspect hands-down is the fact that people from all walks of life, from all boroughs, and all adult ages come to this event. It’s a microcosm of New York City. Each person takes time, effort, and care to pick beautiful outfits and to set their tables beautifully. Every person that comes to the event really cares about the event. In the event world, it’s really unique that the guests play such a large part in the overall feeling and excitement for the event. It’s a beautiful diversity of New York City. Every year it’s a beautiful range of people coming together for one night to celebrate something joyfully without politics or issues. We’re here together to celebrate New York and a beautiful night.

LR: What do you feel will stand out this year from previous years?

CT: There’s something that we haven’t planned for that’s unique to the location that is really stunningly beautiful when it happens. What we’re doing in terms of the site itself is beautiful, and we feel that it’ll push us over the top in terms of ambience and feeling. (A New York City Fireboat generated incredible water sprays in the Hudson River!)

Once again, Diner en Blanc outdid itself and delivered an amazing evening filled with bonding, dancing, singing, eating, and all around celebrating. The location was wonderful despite the weather and the night was truly unforgettable. Thank you Diner en Blanc for including me and continuing this beautiful tradition!

 

FounderMade Discovery East Show: Inspiring consumer brands

   

Last month, FounderMade Discovery East Show took place at Spring Studios. FounderMade is a platform and conference series that’s focused on inspiring and promoting innovative entrepreneurs. The show included panel discussions, keynotes and fireside chats with the most recognized names in consumer brands. The conference centers on the beauty, wellness, and food spaces. It also featured a lounge with over 100 brands: Tohi, Nuut, Sovangy, Squeak, PLNT Blend, Dioxyme, Eboost, The Laundress, and Joolies California Superfruit. I also saw Aquis Prime, Know Foods, Halo Sport, Green Roads, and Higher Mind.  Rawmantic, Simple Kneads, Lemon Perfect, Gerig Beauty, Helmm, Intoxicating Beauty, Kusshi, Cle Cosmetics, Codex Beauty, Scentuals, Plus CBDOil, Scentered, Energy Bits, Defunkify, Rosebud, Kin, and so many other brands were also there.

Through the product showcase and panels, I learned about some growing trends. CBD continues to play a role in the wellness arena with brands such as Plus CBDOil, Higher Wellness, and Dixie Brands. Dates are also on the rise as they’re high in antioxidants and fibers; Joolies has whole and pitted dates and a date syrup. Super elixirs can deliver incredible results such as focus, elevated mood, and energy; Halo Sport, Lemon Perfect, Tohi, and Kin are some of the beverages offering these benefits. I enjoyed networking with all of these brands. The innovative thinking behind their products is impressive. Looking forward to next year’s FounderMade Discovery East Show!

 

 

2019 Summer Fancy Food Show: A specialty gourmet extravagana

Late last month, I attended the 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show, which took place at the Javits Center.  Thousands of exhibitors from over 50 countries shared their unique products. This year, Germany was the show’s partner country. I talked to brand teams from Cheddies, Gus Soda, Regatta, Gerrit’s Bakery, La Vucciria, TruFru, and Pretzel Pete. I also learned about The Republic of Tea, John Kelly Chocolates, Beanfields, flow, Maltana, Töst, Petal, and Covered Bridge. It was wonderful seeing products from Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Turkey, France, Greece, Italy, USA, and so many other countries. The show featured 3 days of educational seminars, sampling tables, new product exhibits, and the sofi awards.

I loved seeing and discovering new brands at the 2019 Summer Fancy Food Show. I also enjoyed interacting with brands that I’ve seen in previous years. It’s always tough to see everything, but I definitely enjoyed the flavorful experience. I got to try so many products that I had never had before that ranged from unique potato chips and high protein cheese crackers to botanical sparkling water. All of the brand teams were super informative, attentive, and friendly. Here’s to another successful Summer Fancy Food Show with a variety of innovative and memorable brands!

Teeth Whitening in the spotlight: GLO Lit

With Stacey Levine and Dr. Jonathan B. Levine

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the launch event for GLO Lit, an innovative at-home teeth whitening system from GLO Science. It uses proprietary Guided Light Optics with LED light and warming heat to effectively and painlessly deliver fast results, without sensitivity. The Bluetooth-enabled device pairs with the GLO Whitening App for seamless teeth whitening. With the app, you can easily customize and track your 1-week or 2-week treatments. You can also set up daily reminders to ensure you continue the treatments. GLO Lit will make your smile five times whiter in just a week. You only have to apply 3 automatically timed 8-minute whitening applications a day. In addition, the GLO vials are safe and easy to apply with precision brush tip applicators.

At the event, GLO Science co-founders celebrity dentist and oral health expert Dr. Jonathan B. Levine and prestige beauty expert Stacey Levine shared their insights on the system. They make an incredible couple that’s all about family, great oral health, confidence, and getting to make a positive global impact. They’re both intelligent entrepreneurs who know that giving back is life-changing. 10% of GLO Lit profits are donated to provide free dental care to at-need communities around the world through the GLO Good Foundation. So your smile can make a huge difference on a global level for others!

I myself started using GLO Lit and love it. I am definitely impressed with the results I’m seeing. It’s so easy to use! I love getting the daily reminders that motivate me to continue with the treatments. Since I have a busy lifestyle, I like how I can do other things while I have the applications in. I’ve been using it for close to a week. As a result, I already notice that my teeth are a few shades whiter. In addition, I haven’t experienced any sensitivity, as the system promises. In other words, I can honestly say that GLO Lit is improving my smile.

The GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device retails at $149 and is available online at gloscience.com and sephora.com. Here’s to stress-free whitening and charitable endeavors!

Vodka like you’ve never tasted: Upstate Vodka

All photos courtesy of Sauvage

Vodka is usually made from grains or potatoes, but I recently discovered an interesting new one that has a completely different base. It’s called Upstate Vodka, produced by Sauvage, and it’s created with apples from Upstate New York. The flavor is quite unique with a bit of a sweet taste at the beginning and then a smooth finish. It’s not an apple-flavored vodka, but you get a hint of apples when you first sip it. Afterwards, the overall flavor gets more complex. Upstate Vodka is made in small batches and has high quality standards. It is 45% Alch/Vol and it’s 90 Proof. The bottle is available in 750ml, 375ml and 50ml sizes.

While you can enjoy the spirit on its own, I see it pairing well with club soda, cranberry juice, cider, or anything sweet. The all-natural vodka is definitely in an innovative category. It has been recognized with some prestigious awards such as the Gold Medal 2019 SIP Awards and the Gold Medal 2019 Denver International Spirits Competition. You can find Upstate Vodka in a variety of places in the New York metropolitan area: http://drinksauvage.com/sale-points. It’s also available online at Cabrini Wines & Spirits. The product is quite refreshing, and full of zest. Cheers to new discoveries!

Dinner party of the year: Le Dîner en Blanc

Photos from previous Le Dîner en Blanc events in New York. All by Eric Vitale

Dinner party vibes put me in a great mood. So I’m excited to share that Le Dîner en Blanc is returning for its 9th consecutive year on July 17 in New York! This impressive culinary event brings together crowds of invited guests, all dressed in white. They’ll dine and dance in a beautiful outdoor space. These guests will bring white chairs, small white tables, and creative decorations for their areas. They’ll also bring their own dishes or can preorder curated baskets to pick up at the event. Le Dîner en Blanc is one of the hottest summer events in the city. This year, over 5500 guests are expected to attend. They’ll all gather at a unique, undisclosed location to celebrate the occasion, which is revealed at the last minute to continue the spontaneity of the event. In 2018, there were 64,000 people on the New York wait list!

Le Dîner en Blanc is an innovative global phenomenon that takes place in the US and all over major cities in the world. It is THE dinner party, foodie event of the year all around the world, and this year over 130,000 food lovers, cultural enthusiasts and fashionistas will celebrate at iconic outdoor venues in 80 cities spanning 30 countries, 30 in the U.S. including several US premieres. The three new US cities are: Fort Lauderdale, Harford and Raleigh.

The celebratory event is by invitation only, typically provided by friends and friends of friends who have participated in the past. Another way to attend is via the often-extensive wait lists in each city. Attending this event is completely worth it; you’ll never see such a beautiful display of guests dressed head to toe in white dining under the stars and enjoying a one-of-a-kind ambience. The experience is incredible. Looking forward to this year’s Le Dîner en Blanc!

 

 

Snack Bonanza: Hot new trends in the arena

Last month, I attended the Editor Showcase: Snack Attack! at Marriott Marquis in Times Square. This event brings together a variety of brands that share the hottest new snacks and trends for 2019. These brands included 88 Acres, Black Forest, PRO Bar, Nerds, Frito Lay, Farmer’s Pantry, Jarlsberg, Sprout, PepsiCo, SweeTARTS, Drizzilicious, and Crunchmaster. Such a great mix of sweet and savory snack brands! I love having go-to snacks at home and being able to recommend awesome snacks to my friends! Here I’ll share some quick highlights from the event.

What a treat to see SweeTARTS and Nerds. My family and friends know that I’m a candy fiend so my face lit up! SweetTarts has come out with Mini Chewy Pieces, Ro!s Bites, and Ropes in a variety of delicious fruity flavors. Nerds has Tropical and Rainbow Fruit Ropes as well as Rainbow Nerds. In going along with sweet snacks, Black Forest had some yummy Gummy Bears and Organic Gummy Bears on hands. Drizzilious had an amazing variety of crispy sweet snacks made with whole grains, quinoa, chia and flax. 88 acres showcased an amazing line of seed bars and seed butters, which are sweet and healthy. PROBAR shared its impressive line of plant-based, gluten-free Protein bars and snacks.

Moving on to the savory snacks, I was super excited to see Frito Lay there. The brand showcased its Jalapeno Poppables which are outstanding. Pepsi shared its Simply Organic White Cheddar Cheetos that have no artificial colors or flavors and are delicious. Farmer’s Pantry had an assorted range of corn bread crisps, with its tasty Jalapeno flavor as its new hot item. Jarlsberg showcased its new cheese sticks that are only 100 calories and easy-to-go snacks. Sprout showed off its Curlz, plant-powered snacks made from organic chickpeas and lentils: tasty and healthy! Lastly, Crunchmaster shared its Multi-Grain Crackers that are made with brown rice, quinoa, flax, sesame, quinoa, and amaranth.

This event definitely gave me the opportunity to discover a lot of great snacks. The new trends in the market are very impressive. Looking forward to next year’s Editor Showcase: Snack Attack!

 

 

Hair goals become reality: OGX brings vibrance to your hair

OGX  knows how to deliver on all haircare needs to reach those very possible hair goals! I’m in love with the range of products- everything from shampoos, to masks, texturizing sprays, and so much more. Within the last year, the brand has come out with a lot of new products. They include OGX Stylers, the Replenishing + Water Treatments Collection, the Smoothing + Liquid Pearl Collection, Deep conditioning Masks, and Dry Shampoos. All of these products smell amazing. I feel like I’m transported to an island when I get a whiff of these products’ exotic ingredients. Below, I’m sharing more information about these collections and which one is my favorite.

The Smoothing + Liquid Pearl Collection does wonders for smoother, vibrant hair. It has pearl extract and sea kelp to deliver shiny strands. I absolutely love how the products smell and how they feel on my hair. The collection has a Shampoo, Conditioner, and a Luminescent Serum. I’ve been using all of them for a few weeks now and definitely see that my hair is shinier and smoother than ever- hair goals for the win!

If you’re a dry shampoo fanatic, you’re going to love all of the OGX dry shampoos. They have that exotic, intoxicating smell and both reinvigorate dull hair and extend your style. This collection consists of Refresh & Restore + Coconut Miracle Oil, Refresh & Revitalize + Argan Oil, Refresh & Balance + Teatree Mint Dry Shampoo, and Refresh + Full + Biotin & Collagen Dry Shampoo. They absorb oil and refresh your hair!

 OGX Stylers are all about innovative formulas and convenient sizes. Styling options are limitless. There’s a Natural Finish + Aspen Extract Texture Dry Texturizing Spray and Locking + Coconut Curls Air Cream. It also has a Bodifying + Bamboo Fiber Full Dry Shampoo Foam, and a Bodifying + Bamboo Fiber Full Big Hair Spray in Travel Size. I’m obsessed with Bodifying + Bamboo Fiber Full Dry Shampoo Foam. It’s perfect for when I’m on the go needing a hair pick-me-up.

Lastly, there’s the Replenishing + Water Treatments Collection and Deep Conditioning Masks Collection. The first set has 3 water-inspired leave-in treatments: Replenishing + Water Cream Hydrating Treatment, Replenishing + Water Drops 8-in-Mist, and Replenishing + Water Balm Leave-In Mask. With Hyaluronic Acid and Everlasting Flower Water, these products detangle your hair and gives it moisture. The second set has an Extra Strength Hydrate & Repair Argan Oil of Morroco Hydrate Mask and and Extra Strength Damage Remedy + Coconut Miracle Oil Hair Mask. Both of these masks bring damaged, dry hair back to life with their unique powerful blends of ingredients.

So there you have it- I’m a huge fan of OGX! Every product works effectively giving you amazing, great- smelling hair. I truly feel that I’ve given my hair new life with lots of moisture and shine. I guarantee that you’ll be hooked once you try the brand’s products as well!

P.S. Did you know that OGX makes body creams too? It has a Smoothing + Coconut Coffee Body Cream and a Hydrate + Marula Oil Body Lotion. They both have amazing scents and leave my skin feeling ultra smooth!