Resident Magazine and Robert “Toshi” Chan—party promoter and majority owner of the Flatiron Hotel—unite to present Tasting New York, a food festival boasting a carefully curated list of top restaurants and celebrities. Guests sample offerings from the likes of IL Tesoro, Pescatore, and the Belgian Beer Café, all while listening to the familiar voice of Fox 5's Ernie Anastos as the emcee. Culinary specialist Claire Thomas, the host of ABC's Food for Thought, will perform a food demo and show home chefs how to keep knives sharp enough to julienne an atom. Other famous faces may stand out among the crowd, such as that of New York Giant Henry Hynoski, former As The World Turns star Eileen Fulton, and CNN journalist Kitty Pilgrim.
As patrons sip, sample, and mingle, Billboard recording artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and rising Broadway singer Hunter Ryan Herdlicka provide a festive soundtrack. A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, a network of 22 nonprofit food pantries, soup kitchens, safe havens, and shelters throughout New York and New Jersey.
Inside Bee N’ Crafty’s kid-friendly studio, shelves of unpainted pottery await the painterly inspiration of brush-wielding guests. The customizable collection includes decorative pieces, such as figurines and coin banks, as well as functional items, including mugs, bowls, and plates. When they aren’t adding life to these scores of ceramic pieces, guests can sharpen their creative instincts with beading projects, woodcrafts, and acrylic painting on canvas, or attend one of the monthly craft workshops. No matter the chosen medium, the studio accommodates both small groups and large parties, and welcomes guests to bring their own refreshments.
Retro Fitness, named one of Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises in 2011, unfurls with 13,000 square feet of vintage-styled workout space that leads visitors to physical peaks in a sunny setting marked by red and yellow fitness equipment and an encouraging team of goal-oriented personal trainers. The capacious gym's sound system blasts energetic jams from the '80s and beyond as exercisers hoist weights or watch TV shows on the 17-inch screens affixed to every cardio machine. Classic flicks such as Grease and Ferris Bueller's Day Off claim screen space in the cardio theater, where guests manufacture sweat by pedaling, jogging, and rewinding hundreds of VHS tapes. Checkerboard pathways venture toward the Retro Blends juice bar with baristas who blend made-to-order fruit smoothies using whey protein and yogurt.
In 1990, home-care expert Eric Gray opened From Top 2 Bottom in the hope of creating a truly one-call outfit for almost all kinds of home-service needs. He gathered a team of excellent tradespeople, including licensed electricians and plumbers, painters, paperhangers, carpenters, remodelers, and lion tamers. Together, they help homeowners tackle time-consuming home projects, from simple interior paint jobs to deck installation, kitchen remodeling, and putting new flooring down in a dollhouse.
In his 15-year stint as a fire-safety instructor and city painter, Steven Soto learned that it’s not always enough to paint walls—you may also need to repair them. To do so, he and his fully insured contractors smooth walls with a fast-drying plaster compound. The skim coating is more durable than traditional drywall, and can seamlessly fill in dents incurred during daily wear or home discus competitions. Beyond painting standard walls, Steven’s techs can also add color to nontraditional surfaces such as sheetrock, metal, and wood.