When Barbara Viteri of Designerlebrity throws a party, she throws a party! And who wouldn’t want to partake in an event featuring a pre-Thanksgiving Day dinner with some of the most amazing designers around and an equally amazing chef?
I was invited to cover Barbara’s event at the lovely Showcase Kitchens in Manhasset, NY and it did not disappoint! From the gorgeous table settings on display to the amazing deep fried, Cajun turkey prepared by celebrity Chef Rudy Straker, and of course, Showcase Kitchens’ stunning showroom, the evening was a night to remember.
Our friends David Santiago, Vice President of Interior Design Society and owner of Casa Santi, Marlaina Teich, premier designer featured in publications such as Traditional Home and Better Homes and Gardens among many others and of course, our own Designerlebrity star and hostess with the most-est, Barbara Viteri, brought their own unique table settings.
What fun it was to hear a little about each one; from the china, the sumptuous linens and even accessories, each had their own story. Of course, Barbara, being the jokester she is, fooled us all by pulling out a tray of dollar store goodies to break the ice and get us going!
David’s setting featured china that his mother had given him. He added some sparkle with a fun costume bracelet as a napkin ring and completed the setting with a gold theatrical mask and flower.
Marlaina used a deep, rich plum color, pulling in hints of nature as seen in the twig-inspired gold flatware and even real pinecones that her children foraged for.
After the humor wore off from Barbara’s dollar store items, she pulled out a beautiful gold tray complete with a coordinated ensemble of fine layers and textures, fit for a king (or a Hampton mansion. )
Chef Rudy Straker, famed chef to stars from Ben Stiller to Taylor Swift and owner of OMG-Lato, an exciting line of gelatos available at Madison Square Garden and restaurants throughout NY, treated us to an intriguing Cajun-inspired Thanksgiving meal.
Delectable turkey, stuffing, coconut squash and collard greens were the star of the show amidst the incredible smart kitchen designed by Showcase Kitchens. And to top it off, that pumpkin pie gelato must have been made in heaven! Chef Rudy, you’re a culinary genius or an angel, or maybe both!
So, all in all, being surrounded by great people and eating great food in a gorgeous setting, it was the perfect evening. Hats off to you Barbara and cheers on another amazing event hosted by Designerlebrity!!