Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cointreau + Eye Swoon Rooftop Soirée

Photo by Winnie Au
I was recently invited to the most gorgeous rooftop soirée hosted by Athena Calderone of the lifestyle blog Eye Swoon and Cointreau liqueur.  The event was hosted at Ms. Calderone's Dumbo rooftop that overlooks the Manhattan skyline, and delicious edibles were provided by Franny's of Brooklyn.  Chef John Adler put together a lovely menu of seasonal, elevated-yet-rustic cuisine.  For those of you who have not yet visited Franny's - run, don't walk, to this gem of a neighborhood eatery.



Athena Calderone of Eye Swoon and Francine Stephens of Franny's
 Photo by Joy Jacobs


Photo by Winnie Au
I LOVED this flower salad that was served in a baked cheese bowl.  Delicious!
Photo by Winnie Au

The evening started with Strawberry and Mint Cointreau Rickeys - a refreshing spin on the Classic Rickey.  An outdoor bar was set up under festive festoon lights, and guests chatted and enjoyed the gorgeous weather.

Photo by Winnie Au
Photo by Winnie Au
To my surprise, there were a few of my favorite fashion designers in attendance, including Rebecca Minkoff, Mara Hoffman, and Cynthia Rowley, who designed the famed Flask Bangle!  It was absolutely wonderful to have the opportunity to speak with these designers who I admire for not only their creativity but also for their business savvy.  (It is highly likely that I waxed on too long on my love for the flask bangle to Ms. Rowley.  Oops.)

Olive Oil Cake!
Photo by Winnie Au

At the end of the evening, guests left with full bellies and a copy of the Franny's Cookbook - a gorgeous book filled with the new-classic Italian recipes that have made Franny's a Brooklyn institution.  I cannot wait to dive into this book and try out the recipes such as the Chickpea and Kale Soup, Marinated Artichokes, and the Fusilli with Pork Sausage Ragu!

This Cookbook Makes me Hungry
Photo by Winnie Au

At the end of the evening felt very inspired by all of the incredible people I met at this party - lifestyle writers, chefs, food bloggers, fashion designers - all who are successful and focused on their craft.

Thank you so much to Athena Calerone and Cointreau for having me!


Photo by Winnie Au

1 comment:

  1. Just gorgeous. Makes me want a Berry Rickey, right now!

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