August 1, 2014

Why I Love My Drone

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog featuring amazing aerial photos of my farm taken by a DJI Phantom flying camera, owned and operated by Dominic Arena, one of my security detail. The blog had tremendous readership and many enlightening comments were posted. I was even asked by TIME to write an essay on the topic, which I did this week. You can read the entire article by clicking here. Enjoy some more of Dominic’s great photos and see how wonderful it is to view a property from a new vantage point!  Aerial photography allows us to see really trees and plan land and forest management, and also plan for new building sites.

July 31, 2014

I Hosted A Party For Dom Pérignon - Part One

Recently, I hosted a party for Dom Pérignon, as they were launching a stellar new 1998 vintage, P2. The champagne, aged for 16 years in the Dom Pérignon cellars and having qualities similar to a White Burgundy, was first revealed globally in Iceland.  P2-1998 signifies the Second Plénitude, or the second evolutionary stage of transformation, which requires a minimum of 12 years of aging.  I have long been a Dom Pérignon enthusiast and remember fondly my visit to their Champagne house.   So, I was especially honored when they asked me to host their US launch of P2 – Vintage 1998, as I was eager to share this very special champagne with friends and neighbors.  With the recent garden renovation at Lily Pond, my home in East Hampton, it was the perfect time for a summer party. Many, many hours went into the planning of the evening, and I wanted to share a series of blogs that show both the behind-the-scenes hard work, and the glamorous party it produced.  Dom Pérignon reached out to Leo Kuelbs Collection, with whom they’ve collaborated in the past, to create a special 3-D video mapping experience about P2-1998. Together with Production Designer John Ensor Parker, Leo curated the installation with the help of artists Glowing Bulbs and sound from Studio H.  Thanks also to Freedome for the dome; Integrated Visions Productions, LLC, for audio and visual support; and Sagafilm Iceland for additional footage.  Please scroll down to watch a time-lapse video and watch my visit to Dom Pérignon by clicking here.

July 30, 2014

Making My Debut At The Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival

This past weekend I visited Atlantic City, New Jersey, for the Food and Wine Festival that took place there.  I spent the day on the boardwalk, hosting various culinary events along with chefs Robert Irvine and Marcus Samuelsson.  In the morning, I designed a three-course menu for Breakfast by the Sea, which took place in the courtyard of Bally’s Casino.  I demonstrated how to make my favorite Green Juice, Bloody Mary, and Giant Cheese Popovers with fried eggs, bacon, and creamed spinach.  Afterwards, I strolled to the Grand Market for a book signing of Martha’s American Food, Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, and Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.  I posed for photos with fans and also explored Atlantic City’s boardwalk, as well as a couple of restaurants.  Later, I hosted a Beach Burger Bash in Caesar Hotel’s Beach Tent, where I discussed my Perfect Martha Burger and shared some helpful burger tips.  Completing a busy day, in the evening I presented a three-course meal for dinner, which included demos of a Ginger Caipirinha, a Cool and Crunchy Melon-Cucumber Salad, and a Cioppino dish.  Afterwards, I served a delicious Blueberry Crisp dessert before returning home.  It was great to see all of the fans who support our magazine, TV programs, cookbooks, and products.