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Chefs & Champagne 2017 Event Honors Marcus Samuelsson

Honoree Marcus Samuelsson celebrates with the participating chefs during the 2017 JBF Chefs and Champagne at Wolffer estate on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Sagaponack, N.Y. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for James Beard Foundation/)

The phenomenal James Beard Foundation hosted an incredible soiree and honored multiple James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson at its 27th annual Chefs Champagne summer fundraiser.

More than 1,000 guests attended the grand Chefs Champagne benefit at the Wölffer Estate where 35 chefs presented their artwork. The Foundation’s tasting party featured flowing Champagne Barons de Rothschild, wines and ciders from Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

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Wolffer Estate Sparkling Rose at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Champagne® annual summer fundraiser at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 29, 2017. Photo by David Chow / Courtesy of the James Beard Foundation.

The summertime event is always one of the most popular Saturday nights out east, and it is all for an amazing cause. Food tastings experienced were delightful; and at the same time a silent auction consisting of one-of-a-kind dining experiences, wines and spirits, cookware, and culinary travel packages raised over $100,000 to support the JBF’s mission, scholarship, education and JBF Impact Programs, which include the annual Food Summit and Leadership Awards that help promote a better food system.

The foundation also announced Jordan Werner as the recipient of the 2017 Christian Wölffer Scholarship and the ICC Intensive Sommelier Course tuition waiver. Established in 2006, the Christian Wölffer Scholarship assists students in their study of food and wine. Also in attendance was multiple Christian Wölffer Scholarship recipient Christina Cassel and JBF National Scholars recipient Earlene Cruz.

This year’s summer fundraiser honoring Marcus Samuelsson was one of our most successful ever,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Marcus is a role model for chefs, restaurateurs and culinary entrepreneurs worldwide. His extraordinary talent, philanthropic endeavors, and boundless energy to help others complements our mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture, more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.”

Chefs Champagne’s guest of honor, Marcus Samuelsson, joined the ranks of gastronomic giantssuch as Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Martha Stewart, who have all been fêted at prior events.

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James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro and Honoree Marcus Samuelsson seen at the 2017 JBF Chefs and Champagne at Wolffer estate on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Sagaponack, N.Y. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for James Beard Foundation)

Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie. A committed philanthropist and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, he has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City, and was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner.

Sponsors for the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Champagne include Wölffer Estate Vineyard (host venue); Champagne Barons de Rothschild (exclusive champagne); Neuman’s Kitchen, Events Catering (VIP after-party); Alfredo Prodotti, Audi, Big Green Egg, Brewery Ommegang, FreshDirect + FoodKick, Gokokuya,, Hamptons Magazine, KAMUT®, Melissa’s® Produce, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, Royal Cup Coffee and Tea, Saratoga Spring Water, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, VerTerra Dinnerware, Windstar Cruises, and WVVH.

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‘Bambi’ turns 75; PBS salutes unsung artist – Orlando Sentinel

Happy 75th anniversary, “Bambi.”

The animated Disney classic has thrilled, charmed and scared moviegoers since its release Aug. 21, 1942.

PBS’ “American Masters” is drawing attention to “Bambi” and Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong, who helped give the nature drama its unusual atmospherics. Walt Disney liked Wong’s paintings and made him the inspirational sketch artist for the movie.

Wong will be celebrated in the documentary “Tyrus,” which debuts nationwide at 9 p.m. Sept. 8.

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Choosing Kitchen Cabinetry – Drawers vs. Doors

Storage in kitchen cabinetry is one of the many decisions a homeowner must make when it comes to designing or renovating their kitchen. For many, the question of using drawers versus door cabinetry can become overwhelming; there are so many options and styles out there.

Cabinet Doors: The Pros and Cons

Choosing cabinet doors for your kitchen is a traditional and highly useful way to organize your food, dinnerware, pots, pans and glassware. Visually, it creates a nice rhythm of repetition, and with generous open storage, you can choose nearly any combination of organization. Under-counter cabinetry has the depth and height that allows you to store appliances, stacks of bowls, or bulky pots tucked away until you need them. If you are an avid baker or interested creating your own home brews, this larger space is perfect for equipment storage and can be your designated area for hobby cooking needs.

Alternatively, these larger spaces create one problem that many homeowners struggle with; items can get lost or be difficult to reach with that much open space so low to the ground. Ben Kuykendall, director of sales and marketing at Renovo, says, “While doors can be great for storing larger, taller items, they don’t provide any structure for organizing smaller loose items. Doors orient items front to back, rather than side to side. This forces you to either squat low (or stretch high) while searching and straining for items, and/or to have to unpack your cabinets to clear the way to reach an item in the back.”

Many homeowners and cabinet designers have solved this issue with creating a pull-out shelf, often using similar mechanisms to drawers. It allows full access to the depth of a cabinet without the awkward reaching, stretching or losing of items. If your home has cabinet doors, and you want to solve this without a full kitchen renovation, you can easily retrofit existing cabinetry.

“There is a vast array of options for the interior of door cabinets and many can be retrofitted into existing cabinets,” explains Cecilia Redmond, president of Redmond Interior Design in Burlington, Vermont. “Fittings such as pull out shelves give all the benefit of drawer access.”

In comparison to drawers, cabinetry doors are the lower cost choice. There is less hardware and materials needed to create a set of doors over a set of drawers. This is something to consider when it comes to your home remodeling budget.

Cabinet Drawers: The Pros and Cons

Drawers in kitchens are often customized for specific items. You might be familiar with drawers for utensils, and smaller items, but there has been an increase in drawer design and innovation over the past few years.

With the customized options of drawers that can handle the size and weight of pots and pans, peg boards to secure plates and bowls, as well as pull-out, drawer-style spice racks, there are many ways to get the drawer customization you need. Access to items is one of the great benefits of designing with drawers. As Kuykendall explains.

“Drawers eliminate the need to move or remove items from the cabinet that are in front of the items in the back that you want to reach. By arranging items width-wise across the drawer, rather than depth-wise, from front to back, drawers make more items more easily accessible without reaching, stretching or straining.”

One of the biggest downsides to placing drawers in your kitchen is the higher cost in comparison to cabinet doors. Additionally, drawers often have a restriction to their sizes, so larger items may not fit into the confines of a particular drawer setup.

Drawer and Door Layout: Where to Place Them In Your Kitchen

With all of this talk about the various ways to use drawers and doors in your kitchen, it can be hard to determine where you might begin to place them in your home. For your upper cabinetry, you can certainly play up items you would want to display with glass cabinetry or shelves. This can also visually break up a line of doors and provide a nice focal point.

When it comes to under -counter storage, you will want to first think about the three most active areas of the kitchen: the sink, the stove and the refrigerator.

  • What do you want easy access to around each area?
  • Do those items seem more suited to be drawer storage, door storage or a combination?
  • What will you need access to in your central food prep area?
  • Will your needs change over time?

The key to designing a kitchen to your way of cooking is to visualize how you use the space and what provides the best convenience for your needs. Redmond explains her thought process in designing for under cabinet storage in key areas.

“I like large drawers near the stove – a wide shallow top drawer for knives and utensils and deep lower drawers for pots and pans. Doors are very useful for vertical storage such as trays, chopping boards, and cookie sheets.”

Overall, if you are looking to update the cabinetry in your kitchen, there are many versatile ways to design with both drawers and doors.

Are you updating your kitchen? What else is on your list of renovations? Share them in the comment section.

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Tablescaping brings beauty of the garden to the dining room



Tablescaping is an art form that brings nature into the dining room, providing a feast for the eyes. You can cut your own garden flowers and greenery to make a centerpiece for your table – and then keep on getting creative.

“Adding nature to your table will enliven your guests’ experience as they take their place for a meal,” said designer Tobey Nelson. “A table that is embellished with beautiful natural elements can turn a pleasant dinner into a special occasion.”

“Add a few stems of lovely greenery, such as ferns or hosta, to smaller vases along or around the table,” she suggested. “Place a sprig of an herb, such as rosemary, or a blossom on a napkin or plate to bring your tablescape alive.”

Maybe you have small pots of succulents or herbs on your patio? Incorporate them, too, Nelson said.


“Sometimes, a creative idea for the garden works nicely on a table setting. Think sweet little teacups planted with succulents, or small terra-cotta pots with little herb plants,” she said. “These work well to beautify your table and make cute patio decorations through the summer – or great little gifts for your guests.”

No need to relegate cutting flowers to their own patch in the garden, she continued.

“Weave them into your landscape. Plant a few cosmos (or coreopsis) between shrubs,” she said. “Lots of vines are great in arrangements.”

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Tablescaping with plants from your own garden adds a personal touch to the dining experience.

“A lot of times, you can personalize by using native flowers that emphasize the area in which you live,” said Kaleb Norman James, who owns a wedding and floral design company. “Or something that a bride and bridegroom can display at their wedding dinner that they’re proud of – flowers that tie in to who they are, where they’ve been or what they’ve done.”

Even the smallest details count.

“I love to look into the elements that may be overlooked,” James said. Rarely does he use a plain white napkin, for instance: “Look for color or patterns or some type of decorative element, like a flower.”

Tablescaping is more than a floral centerpiece, he said. “It’s tying in a lot of different pieces. The flatware, glassware, linens, table numbers and place cards that fit a theme.

“Try to add some additional custom things on top of that,” James said. “Fruit or something depicting the season. Little trays with grapes flowing onto the table. Or berries in silver compotes or bowls.”

In winter, add candles, geodes and crystals for a glamorous touch, he said.

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President’s pragmatism shows in Russia visit


Published on Monday, 29 May 2017 01:59

President Duterte’s forging close relations with Russia, which opens the door for improved defense and economic partnership between the two countries, shows he is a pragmatist who would cultivate ties with any country that would help the Philippines, according to political analyst Clarita Carlos.

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Curtain’s up: Fall decor takes the style stage

Theatrical silhouettes. Stirring colors. Compelling patterns. This fall, we’re seeing decor that confidently takes the spotlight, and the story’s got something for everyone.

“It’s like midcentury modern has met Sophia Loren,” laughs New York-based interior designer Elaine Griffin, describing some of the season’s hottest styles. “French and Italian Art Deco influences abound in decor that’s soulful, shapely and voluptuous.”

Textures and layers

At Manhattan’s Kip’s Bay Show House in late spring, Joan Dineen combined luxe textural platinum, honey and mink tones with flashes of mineral hues. She played with scale, placing a hefty, cream-colored sofa laden with pillows and faux fur next to an iceberg-shaped metallic coffee table and a delicate rattan bistro chair.

Other designers, like Richard Mishaan and Kirsten Kelli, layered their rooms with a melange of pattern, texture and color.

Hammered metals, glossy lacquers and polished glass shared space with plush wools and interesting woods, all punctuated by eye-catching wall art or coverings, and statement lighting.

The minimalism of past seasons has given some ground to this new “maximalist” style characterized by layers of pattern, color and texture. In its more casual iteration, it exudes a boho vibe that’s welcoming and lived-in — piles of books; patterned throws; curated accessory collections and gallery walls.

“Say hello to homes that are full of life,” says Claire Bingham about the look she explores in her new book “A Beautiful Mess: Celebrating the New Eclecticism”

Christian Lacroix’s Au Theatre Ce Soir wallpaper collection includes a dream-like collage of fanciful creatures and flora, and another pattern features a digital rendering of decoupaged vintage Aztec prints.

Griffin notes that “the simpler silhouettes become, the more details become important.”

“Look for dense textures like heavy velvets,” she says, “and modern elements like channel and square tufting. Extravagant combinations of materials and finishes within one piece, and an emphasis on the circle and curve.”

“Moroccan and Moroccan-inspired rugs are becoming part of the rug vernacular, inspiring sleeker versions in streamlined flat weaves and overdyed patchworks,” Griffin says.

Global to glam

Asian, African and Middle Eastern motifs remain popular, evoking the well-traveled lifestyle. But you’ll see lots of glamour, too. Facets, highly-polished metals, tropical motifs, faux fur, velvet and Deco patterning bring sophistication into a space, especially when color is used thoughtfully.

Modern Scandinavian and farmhouse styles still have sturdy legs, with their focus on comfort and easy living. Layla Faye’s ‘60s-era wallpaper and fabric prints are fresh and fun. Target’s Modern by Dwell Magazine collection includes a round, blond-wood coffee table with white metal trim, and several mod rugs. IKEA’s new Veberod storage collection features pieces made of steel, plywood and canvas.

Traditionalists will be pleased to see the return of small florals as an alternative to contemporary oversize blooms. Pottery Barn’s got a dinnerware and glassware collection in vintage prints, and Morris Co. has introduced updated versions of William Morris’ iconic patterns.

Warm woods like walnut and oak are main players in virtually every furniture collection, and are also being used as paneling. Look for trims in warm metals, especially brass.

Neal Beckstedt clad his space at Kip’s Bay in oak veneer, bringing it to within about a foot of the ceiling. Then he applied a thick band of teal lacquer the rest of the way, to show-stopping effect.


“We’re experimenting with dynamic motion, layering and sculptural elements to animate our textiles,” says Studio’s Tamalyn Shea of Modra Studio in La Jolla, California.

Artists there depicted South Pacific sea life, Amazonian plant formations, and wave patterns on Kenya’s Lake Turkana, printing them in mineral hues, atmospheric colors, and dusty tones on velvet and linen. It’s a wallcovering and textile collection balancing the organic with the avant-garde.

Dramatic forms are being explored by furniture designers, too. At this spring’s Architectural Digest Design Show in New York, Brooklyn studio MFGR showed a pierced, blackened steel screen depicting the constellations over the equator, and an ebonized ash credenza with natural ash doors honed into a fractal pattern.

Patrick Weder showed a beefy, marble-topped table on a stack of steel and bronze triangles, while This Lexik had a brutalist woven cube made of strips of resin-wrapped cotton.

J.M. Szymanski forged blackened steel into playful side tables that had one balled foot, or a section of a leg missing. He’s made a coffee table with a heavy, ultra-clear glass top filled with fine iron powder; place magnetic objects on top, and the powder shifts about like a black desert in the wind. Theater for the living room.

Bold, earthy color

“Emerald is definitely the ‘it’ color of the season,” says Griffin. “It’s a perfect anchor for the other jewel tones that are trending.”

Look for greens and blues, from moss to teal, peacock to ink. Also mustard, chartreuse, chrome yellow and cream, and fruity hues, like deep plum, cherry and berry.

Dark walls are returning, say designers — slate blue, navy, even brown. They’re being contrasted with jewel tones — rather than white or ivory — in trims and furnishings.

And black is back. PPG, Olympic Paints and Glidden’s 2018 Color of the Year choices were Black Flame, Black Magic and Deep Onyx. The companies said the colors reflect classic modernism. — (AP)

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