Friday, March 29, 2013

The Food Network Wine & Food Festival, NYC

Ina, Bobby, Giada, Guy...a Grand Tasting tent filled with the best curation of wines and spirits? Food & Wine Magazine AND The Food Network?!  Ummmm, music to a Mermaid's ears...
The beautiful Giada de Laurentiis and Guy Fieri hosting demonstrations at the Grand Tasting Tent.

I was honored and thrilled to be at New York City's Wine & Food Festival.  After participating at the Miami and Austin festivals, it was a treat to be in my backyard for this fantastic event.

My friends at Buick asked me to join them in the Grand Tasting Tent to create a luxury tailgate experience with their ENCORE vehicle.  And, to sign copies of my book "Mermaids & Martinis, Turn Your Party Into a Memory" for guests!

Here are a few ways to upgrade your next tailgate with style and simplicity.  First, we spray painted acorns gold and hand painted mini gourds and pumpkins to add a little color...we also gathered bunches of leaves, branches and flowers to add a lush look.  I wanted to add some depth to the back of the car, so I used mini haystacks to layer some elements along with a selection of beautiful silver pieces by Christofle.

Whether you are chasing a hot air balloon festival or rooting for your favorite football team, who wouldn't want to luxury tailgate with sparkling apple cider in these flutes? 

I hired a fabulous artist, George Oh, to add some artistry to three pumpkins.  He created an abstract road trip (grey pumpkin), a night sky themed visual and even carved the Buick logo.

I really do look forward to this event all year long.  The Grand Tasting Tent features so many exciting new products, celebrity chef demonstrations and has an unbelievable energy.  It was a weekend of unforgettable events and interactions.  

Special thanks to my friends at Buick, Christopher Ayotte and Rosalyn Calvaneso, can't wait to share a toast with you both soon!

Photo Credits: Daniel Movitz,

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