Tag Archives: Martha Stewart

FAMOUS CHEFS in NYC

BARNEY’S WINDOWS………fun……fab…..fantastic……by the designer SIMON DOONAN.  Here are a few of my favorite chefs.



Oh dear me…..it’s MARTHA!

The barefoot contessa……..INA GARTEN bites the knife………..WHY???

MARIO take a really big bite out  a TOMATO…….


DANIEL BOULUD…….hails from Lyon France……….but lives in NY where he has 7 restaurants.

The FOOD NETWORK……..

MARIO BATALI.…….of the chew…….sucks on a tomato……..

GUY FIERI..……..owns three restaurants in California.  Born GUY FERRY and changed his name back to the original family name.

Five of my favorite CHEFS

These are scenes from BARNEY’S windows.  The concept is clever…..the execution fantastic……….kudos to the artist, Simon Doonan [who is married to Jonathan Adler the designer with his own chain of stores].

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Yes…it’s MARTHA.…..now a caricature in colorful paper mache.

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INA GARTEN.……….the Barefoot Contessa………and a star on the FOOD NETWORK.

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MARIO BATALI..…and the clogs he made famous.  In July he will return to Good Morning America.

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DANIEL BOULUD…..


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GUY FIERI.……..now has a 500 seat restaurant………American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square.  He doesn’t quite have his act together.  The food is over priced and rather awful.  Give him time!

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Oh MARIO.………I do love your new food adventure EATALY on 23rd street.  Gourmet Italian food…….12 restaurants in one spot……oh that pasta……the sauces…….the breads……….and the wine.

 

VIVA VALENTINO at the NYC Ballet last night

For 30 years, VALENTINO  [Garavani] has wanted to design costumes for the New York City Ballet.  It finally happened !  His haute Couture passion was translated into costumes for the Fall Gala Performance.

Press and paparazzi from around the world were at Lincoln Center last night.

Iman was there…but my photos came out blurry.

Sarah Jessica Parker was one of the first to arrive………..and of course she was wearing one of Valentino’s romantic gowns.

Sarah was mobbed by photographers.  The one I talked to was shooting for the Italian Vogue Magazine.

Angelica Huston….currently in the smash TV hit……called…SMASH !

Michelle Herbert.  I loved the dress.  Was this a Valentino classic?

OMG!  I love Daphne Guiness [the beer heiress]…Socialite….designer….artist.

Scarlet O’Hara would have snagged her man…….Rhette Butler …….if she had worn this dress instead of those drapes.

Off to a wedding?  Whose?

This black-bat number was a show  stopper.  Split up the front……right up to her…….!!!

Two fab  fuchias [ the beauty in the middle is Princess Firyal of Jordan]………and Barbara Walters [ Babs Wah Wah to her friends]. What is that big white bow doing on her shoulder?  Who put it there…..and why didn’t she take it off !

More fuchsia and a flaming red.

There were plenty of “boy toys” around [ HARRY BRANDT]………and why not.  They are so cute.

In front of the ticket windows…………a hugh V…..for………

Stairway up to the “GALA DINNER”…..at $300 per.

Sarah Jessica Parker and I made our way up the stairs.  I sat in the orchestra……she in the first ring………..best seat in the house.

I ran into Diane Von Furstenberg a few times.  She seemed to be everywhere [ tho tonight her dresses were nowhere to be seen].

Yes, he is definitely “eye candy”……and there was a lot of that to be seen.

Don and I had prime seats……….to watch all the glitter file into the auditorium……..Ashley McDermott say next to us.

The foot that sat next to us.  I wonder who designed that shoe.

Her Judith Lieber bag……….bling bling!

Waiting for the curtain to go up.  Out came the announcer…..forbidding us to take photographs during the performance.  I, for once, complied!

Curtain call.  The Danseur.

Valentino throwing a kiss to the audience……….full of women wearing his dresses….and screaming “bravo”.

Ballerinas wearing his costumes for BAL de COUTURE…..a world premier.  Andrews Sill conducted the orchestra……brilliantly.  Peter Martins choreographed his new work.  Flouncy dresses……..layers and layers of tulle………..with under layers of red and fuchsia……….looking just like bloomers on a can-can girl.

Peter MARTINS and VALENTINO.  Standing ovation from their adoring fans.

Ran into Daphne during Intermission.

OUCH!  It must hurt!  But she managed to eat dinner in it!

My dear friend, Clotilde Otrano….the conductor for the evenings first ballet Sophisticated Lady.  She was marvelous !

Micky Baryshnikov……….looking dandy.

MARTHA………I literally bumped into her “OH, hi Martha”.  She was so startled…..she said “hi”…….toddled off and all I got was a snap of her back!

Cigarette break during intermission.

The tables for the Gala Dinner………over the top.  Caviar,,,,,strawberrys and chocolates to munch on before the dinner.

Lincoln Center Plaza……….lit up beautifully for the Gala.

Romance in the air….around the fountain.

Viva VALENTINO and the Fall Gala at the Ballet.  It was a magical evening.

MARTHA ! Need I say more?

I FINALLY GOT TICKETS TO SEE A TAPING ON HER SHOW

Show up an hour and a half before showtime.  Stand out in the freezing cold.  Huddle against the wall for warmth…..with strangers.  Martha does not pass out hot chocolate.

After a tight security check…ID……..metal detector……..purse search………wand waved over your clothes…………and then herded into a “Holding Room”.

Given documents to sign…..writing on your lap [they do not provide boards]. The papers are collected AND the 5 cent bic pen.  Then we get a warning…… LAST CHANCE TO USE THE BATHROOM !  Free bottles of water are provided.

Promise never to sue Martha…..MSLO…….and sign.

We were politely ushered into the studio……and told where to sit.

We were all warned..ie, commanded………to wear colorful clothes.  Martha does NOT like to look out at an audience in drab dress.  NO black. blue, gray.  No tennis shoes.  NO jeans.  Men must wear Polo shirts or button down collars.

All of her staff were polite.  They gave us instructions …………when to applaud and for how long. NO PHOTOS ALLOWED  during the show……but permitted before and after.

This lovely group of ladies were chosen to sit up front…….in front of Martha.

Martha co-ordinates all her decor……..candy included.

Her assistant chef, Thomas………was busy baking the cookie-cake she would later show us how to make.

Today is the PREMIER SHOW  of her new Series called :  “Martha Bakes” . Before the show started I snapped her in the kitchen checking on her demo:  YELLOW CAKE layered with orange curd filling and frosted with chocolate butter creme.

Her kitchen chefs get everything ready before Martha appears.  GRITS was todays topics……..and her GIVE-AWAY today was……you guessed it………

A one pound bag of stone ground GRITS from “Falls Mills”.  I LOVE GRITS ! ! !

Go to:

Falls Mill – Stoneground Grits and Cornmeal

The background shot is the same one as seen from my terrace.

The teleprompter….letting Martha read her lines.  Her guest today was the comedian,TOM PAPA…………..written right there on the camera for Martha to see in case she forgets his name.

After the show we were allowed to take pictures while Martha took a few question from the audience.  She also told us to go to Home Depot and buy some of her new products……..like drawer pulls in 36 different styles.

Outside the studio………..you can catch another glimpse of Martha on the wall………..40 feet tall. All in all it was fun to see Martha in Action.


BARNEY’S CHRISTMAS SPOOF

New Yorkers are either LOVING these windows……or HATING these windows.  Do they have anything to do with Christmas………you decide.