It’s a Party: Orphan Black, Mavis Staples, Golden Tier Awards…

Mavis Staples Takest SummerStage

Who: Mavis Staples

What: City Parks Foundation kicked off the 2017 SummerStage season with soul & gospel icon Mavis Staples and musician and soul artist Toshi Reagon on Saturday, June 3rd at Central Park. Ms. Staples delivered an electrifying performance to the packed crowd at Central Park, showcasing her impressive vocal range. She performed the classic hit “Respect Yourself” and ended the evening with her legendary hit, “I’ll Take You There”. Ms. Staples is currently touring in support of her latest record, Livin’ On A High Note.


In addition, musician, producer and rock-folk soul artist Toshi Reagon with her band BigLovely brought her hold-nothing-back approach to SummerStage performing her fusion of rock, blues, R&B, country, funk, spirituals and folk music. City Parks SummerStage showcases over 100 free and benefit shows across all five New York boroughs.

When: June 3rd, 2017

Where: Central Park, NYC

It Comes at Night premiere presented by Ruffino Wine

Carmen Ejogo, Trey Edward Shults (Director), Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott

Who: Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Alex Karpovsky, Abbey Lee, Margarita Levieva, Rebecca Dayan, Keith Poulson, Emily Tarver, John Gallagher Jr., Lilly Englert, Robert Eggers, Josh Safdie, Mona Fastvold, Adam Leon, Rachel Grady, Leslye Headland, Tim Sutton, Bill Powers,Kit Keenan, Ronan Day Lewis, Ira Sachs, Cipriana Quann, Timo Weiland, Sky White Tiger aka Louis Schwadron, Jesse Marchant, Terence Nance, Chaine Downer Jr. aka CJ Fly, and Bosco Delrey.

What: Director/Writer Trey Edward Shults celebrated the premiere of his film IT COMES AT NIGHT with cast members. Following the premiere, guests headed to the after party where they enjoyed drinks courtesy of Ruffino Wines.

When: June 5th, 2017

Where: NYC

Orphan Black Celebrates Last Season


Who: The cast of BBC’s Orphan Black

What: Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction thriller television series, which stars Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Évelyne Brochu, Ari Millen, Kristian Bruun, and Josh Vokey. This is the 5th and final season of the series. The cast danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Kiss and munched on a buffet style dinner. The 3-hour party was one for the books!

When: June 6th, 2017

Where: Vandal, NYC

Hôtel Americano’s Annual Summer Rooftop Kickoff Party

Who: Alexandre Assouline, Dror Benshetrit, Peter Brant, Jr., Ricky Clifton, Malaika Firth, Cyril Foiret, Logan Horne, Ben Jordan, Malik Lindo-Ireland, Ian Luna, Phil Sullivan, and Andrew Warren.

What: Hôtel Americano hosted its annual summer kickoff party with a newly renovated pool and rooftop,  La Piscine. Earlier in the week, they also introduced a weekly gig “Eat Me Alice” hosted by DJ, curator, and food lover Alice Longyu Gao. Guests enjoyed salmon truffle crepes, foie gras tartlets, and parmesan crisps by Americano’s Chef Bryan Noury while shopping the vintage pop-up with finds curated by fashion blogger Anaa Saber.

When: June 8th, 2017

Where: Hotel Americano, NYC

The 1st Annual Golden Tier Awards

Who: The 1st Annual Golden Tier Awards

What: American Cake Decorating Magazine and New York Cake Show founder Lisa Mansour presented the 1st annual Golden Tier Awards over the weekend. The evening included a full open bar, dinner, and of course dessert. The awards ceremony recognizes the achievements of the best of the best in the dessert world. The room was filled with the industries most well-respected cake decorators and designers. After the ceremony, attendees celebrated at the Tuck Room, located just above the iPic theaters. Everyone danced the night away while enjoying cake and other treats.

Winners included:

Cake artist of the year – Benny Rivera
Pastry chef of the year – Johnny Iuzzini
Master chocolatier award – Gerhard Petzl
Rising Star award – Laura Saporiti
American Cake Decorating People’s Choice – Isabel Tamargo
Wedding Cake of the Year –  The Mischief Maker Alex Narramore
Bakery of the Year, Ruze Cake House in Scottsdale Arizona
Albert Kumin Educator of the Year Award – Nicholas Lodge
Collaboration Award – Azzurra Cuomo
Product of the Year – Laped Italia Daisy Paste
Literary Award – Ceri Griffiths
Best Dessert Blog of the Year – Suzanne Brady
The Lisa Mansour Lifetime Achievement Award, Eddie Spence M.B.E
Spence Award for Excellence in Royal Icing, Manuela Taddeo

When: June 10th, 2017

Where: The Tuck Room & iPic Theater, NYC