A Day of Food and Fashion

An Epic Photo Diary of My Epic Monday

 

Hey all! Miss me? I was starting to seriously feel the bloggers guilt recently as I knew I owed you guys a post. Apologies for making you wait. I was thinking about what was keeping me so busy and realized that I’ve been juggling 5 jobs. Yes, I count this blog as one and today, I’m going to take you behind the scenes of another. One of my gigs is as the social media manager for Kiwiana. A popular Park Slope eatery run by former Top Chef contestant Mark Simmons. (Note: I’m currently sitting in the restaurant as I type this, because… other job.) Hailing from New Zealand, the chef likes to remix popular American comfort food dishes with an upscale twist and kiwi flare. Needless to say, the food is incredible and I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been a part of the growth of this establishment, and the many opportunities it’s led to. Case in point: Monday.

 

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On the set of Good Day New York at the Fox 5 Studios. (Left to Right: Chef Katie Fauchs of The Thirsty Koala, hosts Greg and Rosanna, Chef Mark Simmons, me and Sous chef –and fellow fashion blogger–Sosthene)

Monday night, the Tribeca Rooftop played host to some incredible food vendors for the MDA’s A Taste of Down Under. A charity event for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, highlighting Australian and New Zealand restaurants. To promote the event, my chef did a cooking segment on GDNY that morning.  Even though we, like chef Fauchs were participating in the evening’s rooftop “Lamb Slam,” we demoed a traditional dessert that morning: lamingtons! See the full video here:New York News
And scroll down for all the behind the scenes highlights of the day. From the studio, to the event, what I ate and of course what I wore! There’s even a few geeky surprises.

 

THE TV SEGMENT

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Sous chef Sosthene preps backstage

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I think I was more ready for the makeup chair than the chef was. At least he got to talk about sports to compensate. Go All Blacks!

 

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Oh hey POTUS!

 

THE EVENT

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Pano of the Tribeca Rooftop

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Chef Katie Fauchs of The Thirsty Koala proved to be some serious competition

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Wine in the sky with Delta. One of the event sponsors

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Delicious vodka cocktails

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Chef and his best mate from Flinder’s Lane. Badass chefs.

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This man on the far left just donated $3,200 to send 4 kids to camp. Amazing. 20140624-162127-58887252.jpg

Some epic retro video game geekery in the silent auction

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Even Nicki Minaj made an appearance! The Mynx table btw, was my favorite. They were the party table. #GetInTheMyx

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THE FOOD

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The Thirsty Koala’s lamb came with pumpkin and pesto

 

 

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Nelso Blue offered pastramied lamb! crazy good.

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Nothing like stewed lamb goodness from chef Charlie Hansji, author of Kainga Epicurean

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Our dish, aka, THE WINNING DISH (whaaaaa?!) Lamb chop with smoked beet ketchup and crispy goat cheese. This is what winning tastes like

 

 

THE FASHION

For the evening I kept my cropped Peter Pilotto for Target sweater from the morning and paired it with a simple H&M maxi, and a beaded velvet belt I had to add that bit of evening bling.

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Nothing like an impromptu photo shoot in the crappy, fluorescent lit hallway of a Bronx apartment complex. Art.

 

 

THE DINNER PLANS

Hope I’ve satisfied your need for a new blog post. It’s like 2-in-one here. And now that I’ve left you hungry as well,  here’s when you can sample some of the goodness yourself:

Kiwiana (my restaurant)

The Thirsty Koala

Nelson Blue

Flinders Lane

 

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