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  • Food for All: Community Plates Hosts Fundraiser at The Loading Dock
    Posted: May 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    We were thrilled to have Community Plates host their recent 2015 Food for All tasting event at The Loading Dock in Stamford! The event welcomed Fairfield County’s newest restaurants, artisans and craft mixologists for a strolling culinary event to help raise funds to end hunger.

    The organization — whose mission is to directly transfer fresh, usable food that would have otherwise been thrown away from restaurants, markets and other food industry sources to food-insecure families throughout the U.S. — also offered guests the opportunity to purchase works from some of the food industry’s top food photographers. It was a great turnout for a wonderful cause!

    Enjoy some photos below from the evening’s festivities (including our Crab Cake & Sirloin Slider Cart and Cookies & Milk Cart!)

    Photography by Sandro de Carvalho

  • Current Now Open! NYC’s Newest Waterfront Venue
    Posted: May 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    We are proud to announce that Current’s doors are officially open!

    Our recent kick-off party marks the addition of this new waterfront venue to Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers, where it joins its sister properties, Pier Sixty and The Lighthouse.  With cutting edge technology and breathtaking panoramic views of the Hudson River and Chelsea Piers Marina, Current is the most intimate of the three venues, accommodating up to 360 guests.

    Enjoy the photos below from our grand opening event, and for more information on the space, visit piersixty.com/current or call 212.336.6144.

  • Entertaining Must-Haves: Get Grillin’
    Posted: May 4, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Now that those weekends are full of sunshine, it’s time to break out the grills and gear up for cookout season! When it comes time to plan your next BBQ, we’ve got some entertaining must-haves to really up your grillin’ game and wow your guests. 

    When your celebration calls for a juicy, perfectly grilled steak, leave a memorable mark (literally!) with this monogramed hand-forged steak brand. Why not take credit for your delicious work? 

    If you’re looking to infuse flavor into your meats, seafood and veggies but are tired of those cedar and hickory planks, change things up by using a mineral-rich pink Himalayan salt block. On the flipside, you can even chill it and serve cold dishes like sushi or carpaccio to enhance flavors. The best part is it’s naturally antimicrobial and involves little maintenance and cleaning.   

    If you’re always looking for the next great BBQ sauce to smother on your meats, Stuart & Co. offers two rich sauces that are sure to leave your guests coming back for more. Bitchin’ BBQ boasts flavors like bourbon, coffee and brown sugar — perfect on chicken and sweet potato fries. Dark & Moody offers dark beer and molasses flavors — irresistible on beef ribs and brisket.   

    A cookout’s not a cookout without an assortment of refreshing, ice cold beverages. This galvanized metal drink wagon offers the perfect home for your bottles and cans of beer, wine, or any of your favorite beverages. Drinks on wheels – sure to be the life of the party! 

  • Featured Wedding: Alix & Benny
    Posted: April 9, 2015 at 11:03 am




    “Benny and I have a standing date every Thursday at our local sushi restaurant. This particular week, we chose to double-date with two friends on a Wednesday,” says Alix. “The four of us had plans to meet on my roof for a glass of wine before dinner. Our friends cancelled at the last second, but Benny insisted we still have a drink upstairs. We were drinking wine, talking about the day and before I knew it Benny was down on one knee. A photographer appeared and I knew exactly what was happening. I’m sure Benny said something really nice, but it was such a blur that I can’t remember! Before I knew it, I had a beautiful ring on my finger and we were engaged! It was official – I was the luckiest girl in the world.”



    To play off the vibe at The Loading Dock, the couple opted for an industrial chic/modern classic style for their big day. “We had a stunning Chuppah suspended from the ceiling that cascaded down as if it was floating along with clear glass orbs filled with candles and white mini calla lilies,” says Alix. “Glass cylinders with water and floating candles framed the white fabric aisle, and tilted cube vases with flowers on the cocktail tables were illuminated by surrounding votives. Tall arrangements of white trumpet calla lilies mixed in with shorter glass vases sat atop the most gorgeous table linens. And my favorite…modern glass “South Beach” chandeliers suspended over the dance floor. It was so chic and so gorgeous.”



    Bride: Tuna Tartar

    Groom: Slow Roasted Duck from the Asian station



    “At the end of our cocktail hour, the ballroom doors opened up and the band was performing for an empty room. It was so exciting,” says Alix. “It was also so thoughtful and unexpected when our event manager told me that my sneakers (monogrammed Chuck Taylors – a gift from my mother-in-law) were waiting under my table so I could slip them on when my feet started to hurt.”



    “That it was elegant, understated, classic, gorgeous and FUN. Our guests have been raving about the band, the relaxed atmosphere, and the incredible food. I’m a little biased, but it was the best wedding I’ve ever attended,” says Alix. “AK will give you the wedding of your dreams. They are professional and fun to work with. Your guests will love the food and the amazing venues. I would do it all again and wouldn’t change a thing.”



    floral design: Carolyn Dempsey Design| photography: JAG Studios­ | entertainment: Element Music (Groove Society) | bride’s wedding attire: Amsale gown, Jimmy Choo shoes | groom’s attire: Hugo Boss tuxedo, Ferragamo shoes, Happy Socks | bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew