May 27, 2016

Preparing the Plants for Skylands

For me, every Memorial Day weekend signals a significant change of seasons. It is traditionally the weekend I go to Maine, to my home called Skylands, to plant the outdoor urns, pots and planters. I take more than 100 tropical and exotic plants from my Bedford, New York farm to fill the many pots there for summer enjoyment.

This week, my outdoor grounds crew worked hard to prepare the plants heading north for the season. It’s a tedious task, but well worth the effort to see the Skylands terraces full of color and plant life once again. Enjoy the photos…

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May 26, 2016

Another Great Friends of Hudson River Park Auction Dinner

If you could plan the ultimate culinary experience, who would you choose to prepare it?

For two auction winners of the 2015 Friends of Hudson River Park annual gala fundraiser, the prize was a dinner for up to 20-guests made at the venue of their choice by Momofuku’s Chef David Chang and myself. And all for a good cause - the maintenance and care of the beautiful Hudson River Park in New York City.

David and I both sit on the Friends of Hudson River Park board, and we were thrilled to participate in the auction again this year. Earlier this week, we hosted and prepared the dinner for 18-people. It was held at my Bedford, New York farm. David and his team prepared two of the three course meal. It included dishes inspired by his famous Momofuku restaurants. My staff and I were responsible for the table setting and the dessert. It was not only an excellent feast, but a very fun and charitable event.

Enjoy these photos.

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May 25, 2016

Preparing for a Special Dinner on Facebook

I always love entertaining, especially when it is for a good cause.

Yesterday, I hosted a special dinner at my home for the auction winners of the 2015 Friends of Hudson River Park annual gala fundraiser. It included a dinner for up to 20-people at a venue chosen by the winner, and prepared by Momofuku’s Chef David Chang and myself - the proceeds go to the maintenance and care of the beautiful Hudson River Park in New York City.

Before the dinner, Chef David, Chef Matthew Rudofker, the executive chef at Momofuku Ssam Bar, and I, joined together for a LIVE Facebook chat to share some of the evening’s offerings. Enjoy these photos. Tomorrow, I will share beautiful photographs of the foods we all enjoyed at this special feast.

If you didn’t get to watch my Facebook appearance, just click here to my Facebook Auction Dinner chat.

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