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AMC took their 2014 upfront to the next level by allowing 600+ guests to fully experience their roster of new and returning shows like The Walking Dead, Mad Men, TURN and Better Call Saul. Abigail Kirsch was thrilled to work with network as well as Empire Entertainment to bring the experiential event to life.
The event, held at Basketball City at Pier 36, kicked off with a cocktail reception as guests sipped on our Blood Orange Jalapeno Margarita and Hudson Valley Bourbon Cocktails. From there, guests were seated at long banquet tables in a room surrounded by 100’ long screens. The real surprise came with AMC celebrity guests were each seated at each table, including Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks and January Jones of Mad Men; Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, and Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead; Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks of Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul.
The first two courses were themed to the programming, where the amuse bouche was a “Keens” Caesar with a parmesan flan to capture the NYC Mad Men era. Next was the Los Pollos Hermanos Fried Chicken served in branded takeout boxes in honor of the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul. Guests then enjoyed their Braised Short Rib while watching a TURN themed Revolutionary War battle reenactment in the aisles complete with musket smoke effects. The end of the seated meal concluded with closing remarks from AMC execs who were cut off by a Walking Dead Zombie Attack with over 40 walkers ‘chasing’ guests into the after party.
The Halt and Catch Fire 80s-themed and retro arcade game-filled after party gave guests a chance to take photos with the talent. In between games of Space Invaders and PacMan, guests snacked on Neon Rice Crispie Treats, Pac Man Pies, Reese’s Pieces Salted Caramel Brownie Bites and Domino Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches under the glow of a giant Lite Brite.
Ben went for the off-guard approach, popping the question while Cassidy was still in her PJs and getting ready for bed. Since it was post-Hurricane Sandy, the couple relocated to the Cipriani Residence downtown, so Ben set up a private dinner in Cipriani for both families to celebrate their engagement the next night. When searching for the perfect venue, The Loading Dock was their top pick. “Having been to past events thrown by AK and having fallen in love with The Loading Dock, we knew we would be in good hands with the Abigail Kirsch team,” says Cassidy.
“Industrial elegance,” says Cassidy. “The use of the brick walls at the Loading Dock was a key element to achieving this vision.”
Cassidy: Tiny Sirloin Patty Melts and Kirsch Krunch
Ben: Artisan Steakhouse Beef and Savory Lasagna Cupcake
“When we went back to the bridal suite after the ceremony to have a moment to ourselves, we were greeted by champagne and our own personal buffet of cocktail hour appetizers. It was a needed surprise!” says Cassidy. “The AK team does not just provide an amazing venue and food but they are there to support the bride and groom through the whole wedding. From the moment we walked through the doors of The Loading Dock, our anxiety was lifted because the AK team made sure all of our needs were handled.”
“We have heard ‘it was the wedding of the century,’” says Cassidy. “Also, people cannot stop raving about the food!”
floral design: Diana Gould LTD | photography: Mel Barlow | videographer: Open Eye Media | entertainment: Larry Gold (MC) / DJ Phresh / Ami O (drums) | wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier | groom’s attire: Hugo Boss Black Label | bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew | bride’s bracelet and groom’s cuff links: Stephanie Gottlieb Fine Jewelry
With the endless snow and polar vortex finally behind us, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the warm weather. And we’re happy to announce that The Skylark is kicking off the season with the official opening of its rooftop terrace starting Wednesday, April 16.
We invite you to stop up and enjoy the city’s most awe-inspiring views with Times Square to the north, Midtown to east, and the Hudson River to the west. Sip on one of the delicious, crafted drinks from our brand new spring cocktail menu while enjoying comfortable outdoor seating, full bar, and heaters. You can even catch a game on our outdoor TV.
We look forward to seeing you soon.