1 We hosted the event again this year in Grand Central Terminal in Vanderbilt Hall.
2 We created display areas to tell the story of the honorees' businesses. Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, Maryland, was chosen as an honoree in the Food category. Deeply committed to local ingredients, they have created their own local supply systems for their restaurants.
3 Woodberry Kitchen Snake Oil Prescription-Strength Hot Sauce
4 And Woodberry Pantry Blueberry Jam
5 The team from Archi's Acres - Filomena Spiese from Veterans Valor Fund and Archi's Acres founders Marine Sgt. Colin Archipley and his wife, Karen
6 Archi’s Acres developed sustainable, hydroponic, organic farming, and have created a program to create opportunities for our returning veterans.
7 On display was an example of how they farm basil hydroponically.
8 The Susan Magrino Agency PR team - Sonia Lessuck (left), Brent Price and Leigh Ann Ambrosi (right)
9 A nice shot of me and Kevin Sharkey
10 This is Carla Hall of Top Chef fame.
11 Peggy Smyth and Georgia Tavlarios
12 Kerry Tucker and Michelle O'Connor from our ad sales team
13 MSLO's Chanhtha Thach and Meredith Avery from FullScreen, Inc.
14 Mohawk Fine Papers was a supporting sponsor of American Made. They printed a beautiful keepsake program that highlighted honorees and event information. http://www.mohawkconnects.com/
15 MSLO's Patsy Pollack and Lisa Wagner
16 MSLO's Kevin Sharkey, Eric Pike, and Meesha Haddad
17 The audience was packed!
18 Here I am addressing the crowd.
19 My co-host was Andy Cohen, who decided that we would have a sip of Maker's Mark Bourbon every time we said the word "maker".
20 Chef Sam Talbot presented the Sustainability Award to Camas Davis of the Portland Meat Collective. http://www.pdxmeat.com/
21 American Made 2013 honorees Lindsey Adelman, of Lindsey Adelman Studio; Maura Grace Ambrose, founder of Folk Fibers; and Charles Pinnell, founder of Pinnell Custom Leather. In the row behind them, the newlywed husband and wife team behind SVGCuts, this year's Audience Choice winners.
22 Since Andy shows crafting on "Watch What Happens Live", I thought it would be fun to teach Andy how to knit! We got these Big Stitch Alpaca Yarn Bumps and Needles from Bagmith, in Ohio. The yarn, a blend of alpaca and wool, is amazingly soft. http://www.bagsmith.com.
23 Chef Bobby Flay joined us to present the award in the Food category.
24 The winners were Spike and Amy Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen.
25 Christie Brinkley looked stunning.
26 Christie, who is an avid gardener, joined us to present the award in the gardening category to Back to the Roots.
27 Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora and of Back to the Roots - They got their start creating kits that use waste products to grow mushrooms. https://www.backtotheroots.com/
28 Andy and I posted a "selfie" to Instagram.
29 The nutritionist and Today Show contributor, Joy Bauer, joined us to present the Community award to Archi's Acres.
30 Charles Pinnell, the American Made honoree of the Style category this year.
31 Charles Pinnell creates custom riding chaps.
33 An iconic photo of Charles
34 Andy brought me some flowers. They were nice, but they needed a little extra touch to make them better.
35 So I took them back stage and fixed them up a bit.
36 Once the ceremony concluded, I had some time to visit the vendors who were selling their products. Here I am talking to Hosanna Houser, who works for MSLO and was selling some of her own handmade gifts. http://hosannahouser.bigcartel.com/
37 Our glittering silver mylar rendering of the country was the backdrop for our stage.
38 Karen Martin, Michelle O'Connor, and Carla Hall
39 Kate Jalkut from PHD and Tina LoRegio
40 Raylene Salthouse, Peter Medwid, and Laura Petasnick - Ad sales team/management
41 Courtney Anderson (center) from our digital team, with Alisa Toninato, Andrew McManigal, Brian Howell and guest.
43 He served several different delicious soups in individual bowls made of vegetables, and perched on a ‘field’ of grass. Chef’s Garden donated these beautiful vegetables http://www.chefs-garden.com
44 And gazpacho
45 Lizzie Meier Utt, from our MSLO ad sales team, with Trixie Ferguson Gray, from Maxus Global Media Agency
46 Sarah Carey and Memrie Lewis posing with architects Tom Pritchard and Jody Rhone
47 Jerry Haggerty, Thomas Joseph, and Lisa Wagner
48 From our Ad Sales team, Pat Degliuomini, Raylene Salthouse, Andrea, Smith and Emily Payton, with client Zvi Cole, Director of Marketing, Biersdorf
49 Sally Downs and Jenny Bernholz, from our communications team
50 Ayesha Patel and Melissa Ozawa helped to organize the American Made Market this year.
51 Andrew Eccles and his guest along with
Stephen Doyle and Gael Towey
52 Lucinda Scala Quinn, Eric Pike, and Lisa Wagner.
53 MSLO's Chris Vystrcil and client Alisa Srikacha, Brand Manager for Nutella for Ferrero, and her husband Brian Kinney
55 This is Andie and Jason Moore, the husband and wife team behind Andie's Specialty Sweets of Dallas Texas.
56 Chocolate Candy Gears - such detail!
57 Adorable chocolate filled toadstools
58 And even candy game tiles and racks
59 A lovely group shot of the wonderful Toyota team who are Official Sponsors of American Made two years in a row and Martha Stewart Living Sales Executives Peter Medwid, Nicolle Stumpf, and Joe Petrillo
60 Stephen Fraser and Gart Davis, founders of Spoonflower, our honoree in the Tech category. Based in Durham, North Carolina, Spoonflower offers custom printed fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap on their website. http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome
61 Celebrating the special evening with fantastic The UPS Store team and Official Sponsors of American Made for the 2nd year in a row!
62 Alisa Toninato, of FeLion Studios, was an honoree from our inaugural American Made awards and Andrew McManigal
63 Here I am with Richelle Parham, Vice President and CMO of eBay North America. eBay will power the brand new American Made online shop coming soon!
64 Kimberly Scola, designer and owner of Chez Sucre Chez, finds inspiration from traditional needlework and cross-stitch patterns. She was selling her embroidery kits, her monogrammed tea towels and her bowl covers.
65 Posing with Hyatt House team - official sponsors of American Made 2013
66 Agnes Rethy, Anduin Havens, and Heather Kirkland - This is my team who worked hard to create the three-day event.
67 Showing off the beautiful American Made keepsake program created by Mohawk Fine Paper
69 Christophe Pourny's entire line is fantastic!
71 Brian Howell of Beeman Candles was Audience Choice winner of last year's American Made Awards! He had a great selection. http://www.beemancandles.com/
72 Here I am with the 2013 American Made honorees, from left to right: Marine Sgt. Colin Archipley-Archi's Acres, Charles Pinnell-Pinnell Custom Leather, Nikhil Arora-Back to the Roots, Karen Archipley-Archi's Acres, Alejando Velez-Back to the Roots, Stephen Fraser-Spoonflower, Gart Davis-Spoonflower, Leo & Mary Kowal-SVGCuts, Amy & Spike Gjerde-Woodberry Kitchen, Heath Carr-Shinola, Camas Davis-Portland Meat Collective, Lindsey Adelman-Lindsey Adelman Studio, Maura Grace Ambrose-Folk Fibers