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.

May 24, 2016

My Long Clematis Pergola

I love the flowering vine called clematis, and over the years, I’ve grown many varieties of this lovely plant. Soon after I bought my Bedford, New York farm, I built a long pergola along the front carriage road leading up to my home, specifically for clematis. I have clematis growing all over it - all in shades of blue. Each year, the flower display looks more and more beautiful.

On both sides of my clematis pergola, we planted lots of stunning bulbs and perennials. It is looking absolutely spectacular this season, so I thought I would share some photos - enjoy.

May 23, 2016

Planting in the New Garden

This spring, I decided to fill the area across from my long clematis pergola with beautiful Stewartia trees and lush, green shade-loving plants. Over the last several weeks, we’ve planted many different specimens including Epimediums, Syneilesis, Polygonatum, and Disporum - some of which I bought at this year’s Trade Secrets rare plant and gardening antiques sale in Sharon, Connecticut.

This garden has undergone quite a transformation - it used to be planted with rows and rows of ferns and lilies. Although it is still a work in progress, it is looking more and more amazing every day. Enjoy these photos.