1 At the American Made Awards, we created a glittering silver Mylar rendering of the United States, which was the backdrop for our stage.
2 The Marketplace of American Made was held, once again, at the iconic Grand Central Terminal. We had bright street banners hanging along 42nd Street, letting people know all of the great things being offered at American Made.
3 Taste, craft, shop, and learn - says it all
4 Once inside Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall, visitors could sample many delicious treats, like these beautiful Mini Choux with Vanilla & Chocolate Frosting from Lady M confections. http://www.ladym.com/
7 Chris Harrold, of Mohawk Fine Papers, taught a class in the art of making decorative paste paper.
9 Danny Meyer, New York City restaurateur and the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, came to sign copies of his new book, Family Table: Favorite Staff Meals from Our Restaurants to Your Home. It's full of wonderful recipes!
10 Visitors were eager to buy Danny's book!
11 MSL American Made honorees Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez of Back to the Roots, were happy to talk mushrooms with Danny Meyer and even gave him one of their grow-your-own mushroom kits.
12 We had many great crafting stations set up, using some of our favorite Martha Stewart Crafts tools. Jodi Levine was on hand to show visitors how to use our Punch Around the Page punches.
13 The Punch Around the Page punches magically turn a square page into something like this design that Allison Donnelly is holding up.
14 Danielle Dolinsky taught visitors how to make friendship bracelets using colorful twine. This craft was sponsored by Toyota.
15 People love making these friendship bracelets.
16 Also from Martha Stewart Crafts, were our wonderful silicone molds and air-dry crafter's clay.
17 At the embroidery booth, visitors sketched out their own designs, then our craft staff taught them an easy transfer technique and got them started with a needle and embroidery floss.
18 Paulie Dibner assisting a visitor - Visitors were able to take their hoops home.
19 Staffers shared many good tips during one-on-one sessions.
23 Tracy called up Susan Jacobsen, who teaches classes at Michael's stores using our Martha Stewart Crafts products, to help demonstrate how to decoupage.
24 Susan showed how easy it is to brush on the decoupage.
26 Clare Albers, Creative Content & Online Marketing Manager at Tata Harper, explained the benefits of this wonderful organic skin care line. http://www.tataharperskincare.com/
27 American Made attendees sampled the all natural aromatherapy line from Tata Harper.
28 Darcy Miller and Anthony Luscia of Martha Stewart Weddings, took part in a class called “There’s More Than One Way to Decorate a Cake,” where four different bakers demonstrated their cake decorating techniques.
29 There was also a little surprise planned for the crowd.
31 Halfway there!
32 The cupcakes spelled Martha Stewart American Made.
33 After the logo was complete, Darcy handed out mini cupcakes to the crowd. It was a sweet success!
35 Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes finds her cake inspiration in textile designs and fashion.
36 Look at the lace on this cake!
38 Amy with her stunning cakes. She recommends using silicone molds, which can be used over and over, to form these beautiful blooms.
40 So pretty!
41 At the Andaz Hotel, Everyday Food's Sarah Carey, led a great demo class, teaching participants how to prepare delicious meals for every night of the week.
42 Sarah's demo was inspired by the October issue of Everyday Food, which featured simple one-pot recipes.
43 A roasted salmon with kale and cabbage recipe is baked all together on a sheet pan.
44 Sarah showed how to make a hearty beef, barley, and vegetable stew - perfect for fall.
45 Sarah loves one-pot dinners, because the clean-up is so easy!
46 This baked skillet chocolate chip cookie couldn't be any easier or yummy!
48 A friendly and great breakfast was served at the Andaz.
49 I greeted baker Dominque Ansel, as guests eagerly sampled his infamous Cronuts, which are a croissant-doughnut hybrid. http://dominiqueansel.com/
50 Chef Adam Sappington and the American Lamb Board grilled these tasty breakfast lamb sliders.
55 The lounge area of Andaz was a great area for taking a break between panels, or to catch the live SIRIUS broadcast.
56 We served ULIVjava coffee in our lounge area. My trainer, Mary Tedesco and her friend Kathleen Schoen, developed this nutritious line of coffee with herbs. http://ulivjava.com/
57 The perfect way to cap off our day of informative panel discussions and workshops - our "Great American Cocktail Party," featuring finely crafted cocktails from some of New York City's best mixologists.
58 Yana Volfson, beverage director at Peels and Freeman's restaurants in NYC. She made a delicious Cluster Buster - muddled concord grapes with Tito's Vodka.
59 Allen Katz brought two of his own gins. His New York Distilling Company in Brooklyn, produces Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin & Dorothy Parker American Gin. They also have a rye whiskey in the works. http://nydistilling.com/
60 All of the spirits poured were American made.
63 The UPS Store team: Michelle Van Slyke,
Chelsea Lee, Cindy Kimball, and guest
64 And, we also dug into those cakes from my demo.