Zing: Three Steps to the Ultimate Al Fresco Dinner Party

Three Steps to the Ultimate Al Fresco Dinner Party Spending summer nights on your patio with some café lights and fresh salads sounds like something straight out of HGTV – but it can be your reality, too! If you’re dreaming of dinner under the stars with a glass of wine in hand, an al fresco dinner party can do the trick. The Setting If you’re wondering what al fresco dining is, you’re not alone. It’s actually simpler than it sounds. Al fresco dining is essentially having a meal outdoors, but it tends to be casual and more of a party atmosphere. While an outdoor dinner party may feel more casual, there are a few things to consider if you pop open that bottle of wine. Table and Seating Rule number one of outdoor dining – you need somewhere to dine. Consider getting a wood patio table with coordinating benches or chairs. This keeps the feel casual and refined. If you already have a patio table, use that! If its colors aren’t what you envision for your outdoor dinner party, throw a tablecloth on top for a unified look. If you don’t have a backyard but want to have an al fresco dinner party, Andrea Correale, founder of Elegant Affairs Caterers, suggests setting up on a grassy area. “You can also set up on grass without a problem. Lay indoor/outdoor carpets down if you need or want to add a design element,” says Correale. If you live in an apartment complex, see if you can utilize a rooftop or courtyard space. Lighting Next, think about your lighting. For the ultimate al fresco dinner party, you...

Medium: Social Life Magazine Presents Second Annual Polo Hamptons Match & Event Hosted By Rachel Zoe

Social Life Magazine Presents Second Annual Polo Hamptons Match & Event Hosted By Rachel Zoe Rachel Zoe, designer, TV personality and entrepreneur, hosted the second annual Polo Hamptons Match & Event presented by Porsche and celebrated her July 4th Social Life cover on Saturday June 30, 2018 at The Maria & Kenneth Fishel Estate in Bridgehampton. The cover star arrived in a flowy floral dress with her husband Rodger Berman and two children, Kaius and Skyler, posing for pictures with Social Life Publisher Justin Mitchell, Editor in Chief Devorah Rose, Maria andKenneth Fishel and celebrity caterer Andrea Correale. Over 600 guests enjoyed an exclusive Laurent-Perrier champagne bar and hors d’oeuvres from New York & Hamptons caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs as they watched the thrilling Polo match. The celebrated fashion designer posed with fans and spoke about her Rachel Zoe Collection, The Zoe Report and her subscription box, Box of Style. Known for being a stylist to the stars, Rachel has worked with Hollywood’s hottest stars including Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightly, Jennifer Garner, Kate Beckinsale, Liv Tyler and Nicole Richie. The event was sponsored by Social Life Magazine, Laurent-Perrier champagne, Elegant Affairs, Turks & Caicos Tourism and Dawn & Frank Bodenchak for Sotheby’s International Realty. A portion of all proceeds from the afternoon were donated to a local Hamptons charity. Read full article on...

Chowhound: Don’t Let a Lack of Outdoor Space Stop You From Entertaining This Summer

Don’t Let a Lack of Outdoor Space Stop You From Entertaining This Summer What says summer more than barbecuing? (Hint: pretty much nothing.) Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to have expansive and Pinterest-worthy backyards to host our nearest and dearest for some grilling and cocktails. For those of us unlucky enough to have to sweat through the warmer months in tiny studio apartments, entertaining between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be tough. So what exactly do you do when you want to entertain and your only “outdoor” space is your fire escape or the hallway outside your apartment? Here’s how to host a festive summer party even if you don’t have a backyard. Declutter, Declutter, Declutter The first thing you need to do if you’re throwing a bash in a cramped space is to temporarily get rid of any furniture or decor that makes the space feel untidy. “First, declutter your inside space,” says Anticipation Events owner Elizabeth Tulipana. “You will be surprised how much room you have if you shift around some key furniture pieces.” Stash unneeded furniture in a bedroom or spare closet and use some folding chairs to make sure there’s enough seating for your guests, without crowding your space with bulky furniture. Bring Summer Indoors Don’t have access to outdoor space of your own? Bring the outside into your home, recommends Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs. “Bring in the palms!” Correale says. “Bring in extra plants and place around your space. Maybe add a bit of string lighting around the windows or in the space. Use a summer gingham tablecloth or something that screams summer.” Throw together a tropics inspired playlist or pull up Spotify and queue up some island-y...

NYIT: Alumna Andrea Correale Partners with Celebrity Chef David Burke

News Brief: Alumna Andrea Correale Partners with Celebrity Chef David Burke Two food giants have joined forces on a catering adventure. NYIT alumna Andrea Correale (B.P.S. ’92), president and founder of catering company Elegant Affairs, and celebrity chef and restaurateur David Burke have partnered on a new business venture—David Burke Off-Premise Catering. The company will offer full-service catering for residential and corporate events, including weddings and corporate and social gatherings. Correale has more than 20 years in the catering business. She founded Elegant Affairs upon graduating in 1992 and hasn’t looked back since. Her business has grown to become one of the most sought-after catering companies on Long Island and Manhattan. She has catered events for a number of celebrities and has made several television appearances, including CBS New York, Good Day New York, and News 12 Long Island. Burke is the owner of Tavern 62 and Woodpecker in New York City; BLT Prime in Washington, D.C.; and Drifthouse in Sea Bright, N.J. He plans to open two new spots in The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, N.Y. Read Full Article on...

NewsDay: Celebrity Chef David Burke Takes over Food Service at the Garden City Hotel

Celebrity chef David Burke takes over food service at the Garden City Hotel The landmark Garden City Hotel, starting Friday, is upping its culinary game. Red-salt-aged beef; strips of bacon suspended from a wire by clothespins; crabcakes whose crunch is supplied by thin rafts of pretzel — these are just some of the whimsical creations on the new menu at the hotel now that legendary chef David Burke has taken over all food and beverage operations. (The hotel’s famous Sunday brunch buffet will also be enhanced with some Burkean touches.) The hotel’s restaurant, Polo Steakhouse, has been renamed Red Salt Room by David Burke; the Polo Lounge is now King Bar by David Burke. Executive chef  Ari Nieminen remains in place and will execute Burke’s vision with the existing culinary team of 130.  It’s a reunion for the two chefs, who knew one another at The River Cafe in Brooklyn, where in 1988 Burke burst onto the scene at the age of 26, earning three stars from The New York Times. Burke is known for an approach that is equal parts playful and scientific. It took him years to perfect a technique (now patented) that uses Himalayan pink salt to control and enhance the dry aging of beef. Now diners entering his restaurant in Garden City will pass an entire pink wall of salt bricks; huge chunks of it are suspended in glass cases that flank the threshold; candles on each table are embedded in little pink-salt cylinders. The dining room has been lightened and brightened, the ponderous chandeliers replaced with modern globes. The bar has been given a “soft renovation,” with new artwork and accents. Burke...

Getting hotter? Time to entertain with water!

Getting hotter? Time to entertain with water! “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu And why try to resist water in the simmering summer months still ahead? Nothing lends itself better to summer entertaining than a water-infused celebration. Don’t have a pool? No problem! You’d be surprised at how hosts around the nation are utilizing H2O to have an event worth remembering. Let’s get to the makings of a wildly refreshing water extravaganza. NO POOL? IT’S COOL! It’s only natural to think “pool” when someone mentions “water-themed party.” And, while having access to a pool does offer diverse entertainment options, there are other ways to utilize H2O to have a good time. In fact, as whimsical as it sounds, many are taking pool making into their own hands with DIY pools. One popular trend is the truck-bed pool. People of all ages, demographics and truck preferences have developed means of transforming their vehicle into a mobile swim station. Pinterest and YouTube have no shortage of ideas to offer. If you decide to make a truck-bed pool, most hosts simply construct theirs using a tarp, duct tape and a water hose to do the job. If you don’t have the inclination or resources for DIY pool design, PickUpPools.com has a ready-made vinyl product to pop into your truck bed. To play up the rustic theme of a truck-bed pool party, think about providing guests with a barrel full of iced beer and refreshments, old-school lounge and lawn chairs (the kind with the crisscross mesh), darts, Nerf guns and rubber ducky floaties....