MAE MAE CAFE BLOOMS AGAIN
By Great Performances
After three years, Mae Mae Café is opening at a brand new location with a brand new theme–but with the same company behind the magic.
Located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, Mae Mae reopens with a plant-based theme as Mae Mae Café + Plant Shop. Not only will we sell plants and plant-related goods, the café will feature a plant-based menu. The delicious Latin-inspired menu takes its roots from a project Great Performances participated in with students from the Bronx as part of The Bronx Private Industry Council (The Bronx PIC) initiative at Here-to-Here. Bronx students worked together to come up with ideas for better integrating Great Performances into the Bronx. Among their ideas was creating a food station that incorporated the flavors of the Bronx which has been adapted for the Mae Mae Café menu.
Doubling as a plant store, the café is decorated with a variety of plants that can also be purchased. A potting bench available for use is overseen by Gloria, one of our famous llamas,
Mae Mae Café + Plant Shop
2417 Third Avenue, Ground Floor
The Bronx, NY 10451
CELEBRATING THE GRAND OPENING OF TRINITY CAFE
By Great Performances
This month we’re celebrating the long-anticipated opening of Trinity Café located at Trinity Commons in the Financial District. The café, which will be open to the public, provides meals for the Trinity staff and building tenants. Featuring a seasonal buffet prepared in-house daily, delectable made to order sandwiches and salads, and a host of grab-and-go items, it’s sure to become a local favorite for breakfast, lunch, and those mid-meal cravings. A huge congratulations to the team who made it happen!
Trinity Café is a public café that offers light breakfast and lunch fare to tenants in the building, the Trinity staff, and guests visiting the Wall Street area. The airy, welcoming space is the perfect place to grab a pastry and cup of coffee, or, for those who can linger, the best avocado toast in town along with a hand-crafted Honey Rose Latte. Lunch at Trinity Cafe includes some classic salads and sandwiches as well as some creative options developed by Chef Pat Marrett: The Hamilton Salad (toasted pecans, a perfectly boiled egg with a jammy yolk, blue cheese, and a housemade buttermilk ranch dressing on top of mixed greens); The Downtown Cuban Sandwich (chef’s mojo pork, swiss cheese, mustard, smoked ham, and dill pickle chips on a cuban baguette). Sweet treats include a vegan chocolate Chia Seed Pudding with toasted coconut and banana chips (chocolate decadence made healthy), Greek Yogurt Parfait with house-made fruit compote and granola, and freshly baked cookies that are sure to tempt kids and adults a like.
We’ve partnered with Mike’s Hot Honey to create our Fried Chicken Sandwich and Stumptown Coffee Roasters is our coffee provider.
You can view our full menu below, but be sure to come and check us out in person!
CELEBRATING THE RE-OPENING OF POSTER HOUSE
An extraordinary venue for design connoisseurs, culture mavens, and everyone who enjoys having fun, Poster House is a hidden gem. Nestled between the art galleries of Chelsea and the dynamic NoMad and Flatiron districts, Poster House captures the energy and sophistication of the city while providing a unique experience for guests of all ages. Original fin-de-siécle cast iron columns and vaulted ceilings mingle with modern architectural finishes and natural materials in our award-winning space to create an inviting, airy ambience. Whether your event will be an intimate gathering, a corporate function, or a milestone celebration, let Poster House provide your guests with an unforgettable experience tailored to your needs and vision. Their event spaces include their signature cafe: Café des Affiches, a Reception Area, Galleries, a Conference Room, and an Education Workshop.
Current and upcoming Exhibitions at Poster House include:
- Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property (February 25–August 21, 2022)
- The Utopian Avant-Garde: Soviet Film Posters of the 1920s (February 25–August 21, 2022)
- Peter Max: Cosmic Advertising (October 14, 2021–March 27, 2022)
- What’s The Score? The Posters of LeRoy Neiman (September 2, 2021–March 27, 2022)
- Experimental Marriage: Women in Early Hollywood (April 8–October 9, 2022)
By Great Performances
Last month, Great Performances participated in two incredible events that celebrated women’s achievements in the arts and brought attention to women’s health. March is officially Women’s History Month, and as the month begins, we proudly take a look back at two events that paid tribute to extraordinary women.
The 17th Annual Red Dress Awards hosted by Woman’s Day honored those who have made great efforts in women’s heart health, and the 2020 Dining with the Divas Luncheon raised funds for various arts, education, and community programs there.
17TH ANNUAL RED DRESS AWARDS
February 4, 2020 At Jazz At Lincoln Center
For the 11th consecutive year, Great Performances had the privilege of working with Woman’s Day for their 17th Annual Red Dress Awards, held in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This year’s event honored four prominent women in the wellness and medical fields for their efforts to help women take charge of their heart health: Mindy Grossman, President and Chief Executive Officer, WW International; Dr. Marilyn Gaston & Dr. Gayle Porter, co-founders & co-directors, The Gaston and Porter Health Improvement Center; and Annabelle Volgman M.D., F.A.C.C., senior attending physician at Rush Medical College and Rush University Medical Center.
Guests enjoyed breathtaking views of Columbus Circle and Central Park South while indulging in a variety of dishes served by Great Performances’ all-female staff for the occasion. The menu featured such mouthwatering items as Spicy Mango Maki Rolls, Short Rib Tostadas, Truffle Duxelle Stuffed Chicken Roulade, and Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Lollipops.
Hosted by comedienne Michelle Collins and Woman’s Day Editor-in-Chief Susan Spencer, this year’s “red-dressed” event also included performances by Broadway star Sutton Foster and iconic band The B-52’s. Celebrities in attendance included Betsey Johnson, Joy Bauer, Star Jones, Gloria Reuben, and Dorinda Medley.
2020 DINING WITH THE DIVAS LUNCHEON
February 13, 2020 At The Apollo Theater
For the 10th year, Great Performances is proud to have catered the annual Dining with the Divas Luncheon at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem. The event, themed Advancing Women’s Leadership Through Arts Education, raised almost $400,000 for the Apollo’s various arts, education, and community programs.
GP’s design team impressed again with beautiful floral arrangements and table dressings, and the culinary team delivered a delectable menu that included Spicy Thai Chicken, BBQ Short Ribs, Fall Cayuga Grains Stuffed Petite Peppers and Hudson Valley Succotash Tarts.
The empowering event was chaired by Terri Borden, Joan Haffenreffer, and Carolyn Minnick Mason, and hosted by Tony Award-winning actress Condola Rashad. Amber Imam provided a special musical performance. Opening remarks to the captive audience were made by Apollo Theater President and CEO Jonelle Procope.
Speaking at the luncheon were Nadja Bellan-White, Executive Partner and WPP Team Leader, Ogilvy; Nikole Hannah-Jones, award-winning journalist, The New York Times Magazine; and Bethann Hardison, model, agent and activist, who all spoke passionately about using their own platforms to inspire and achieve. The Apollo’s Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes thanked donors and sponsors such as Capital Markets, RBC, and Great Performances for their support.
By Great Performances
Looking back on 2019 makes GP at once nostalgic about the year past and supercharged for the year to come. As traditional, the gala season kicked off with the Lycée Français de New York fundraiser. Never one to ascribe to tradition, they were first to use the event space, which once was a trading floor and now is a Skylight Group event space. On the heels of that exquisitely appointed crowd was the equally fabulous—but much more monochromatic— Red Dress Awards hosted by Woman’s Day at Jazz at Lincoln Center, honoring those who have made great efforts in women’s heart health. They both have a way of warming up February!
Speaking of women’s health, and placed a little further into spring was Planned Parenthood’s annual fundraiser honoring those who fight the good fight for the health rights of women (a proud partnership for GP as a woman-owned company). Out in Brooklyn, we honored the visionary Frida Kahlo at the Brooklyn Museum’s annual fundraiser. It was a colorful exploration of Mexican flavors and aesthetics. Later in the spring, Time 100 honored the world’s greatest at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and we were honored to breathe the same air! Fortunately, this summer we were able to get plenty of fresh air out in Montauk as we took the show on the road to the Hero Hotel for Saks Fifth Avenue’s partnership with Bumble.
Back to the boroughs, we saw DVF pass the torch to Tom Ford at the CFDA awards. In the Fall, we were privileged to be a part of the evenings of Tina and Dolly. Those only-one-name-needed women both saw the launch of their creative retrospectives. It’s been a year of really THE BEST events and even better clients, and as we near the end of 2019 we are filled with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Lycee Francais de New York Annual Gala
February 9, 2019, at Skylight on Vesey
Lycée Francais celebrated the 20th year of its largest fundraising event at a never before activated space in the financial district, Skylight on Vesey. The gala honored Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani.
The gala’s 900 guests enjoyed a delicious dinner featuring a Gotham Greens’ Salanova Salad with Greenhouse Blooms, Elderflower Carrot Creme, French Verbena ad Lemon Vinaigrette; Eggplant Chermoula with Cauliflower Couscous, Crispy Chickpeas, Tahini, Roast Tomato and Harissa; and a delicious assortment of Petit Fours.
16TH Annual Red Dress Awards
February 12, 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Great Performances had the honor of working with Woman’s Day, for the 10th consecutive year, at their 16th annual Red Dress Awards at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The 2019 Red Dress Awards honored Angela Bassett, Chandra Wilson, Girl Trek (T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison) and Mary Norine Walsh for their work in increasing awareness about heart-related issues.
The event’s 400 guests enjoyed breathtaking views of Columbus Circle and Central Park South while indulging in our delicious Dim Sum and Cheeses for the Growing Season food stations.
2019 Brooklyn Artists Ball
April 16, 2019 at the Brooklyn Museum
David Stark Design transformed The Beaux-Arts Court into a colorful, festive venue for the 8th Annual Brooklyn Artists Ball which brings together local and notable artists, raises money for the museum’s programs and honors individuals and organizations making a difference in the art community. This year, Bank of America and artist Nick Cave were honored for their work and support.
Inspired by the museum’s current exhibit, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, which celebrates artist and activist Frida Kahlo, the decorations featured a custom canopy made from thousands of papel picado flags, creating a magnificent centerpiece in the dining room.
The gala’s 600 guests enjoyed a delicious dinner featuring Shrimp Ceviche Tostada with Hamachi Blood Orange Aquachile; Goffle Road Farm’s Chicken Breast with Mole Amarillo, Vegetable-Stuffed Squash Blossom and Blue Corn; and a decadent Horchata Flan.
Time 100 Gala
April 23, 2019 at Jazz at Lincoln Center
In April of every year, TIME Magazine honors the 100 most influential people in the world with a special edition and a Gala Dinner in their honor. Since its inception, Great Performances has catered this iconic event at the world-famous Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The dignitaries honored range from Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and John McCain to Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, and Dwayne Johnson. Honorees Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Prince, and Jennifer Lopez have performed as well. This is always one of our favorite “Great Performances” of the year and we look forward to it with great anticipation every spring.
The Council oF Fashion Designers of America Awards
June 3, 2019 at the Brooklyn Museum
For the second year in a row, The Council of Fashion Designers of America brought food and fashion under one roof at the Brooklyn Museum. More than 600 of the biggest names in fashion made their way to Brooklyn for an unforgettable night honoring Carine Roitfeld, Jennifer Lopez, Eileen Fisher, Lynn Yaeger and Alexander McQueen.
The night started with an indoor/outdoor cocktail party where guests enjoyed Goat Cheese Bon Bons and Toasted Tomato Tarts. Once inside, they enjoyed a delicious dinner featuring Salad Shirazi with Cucumber, Beet-Pickled Red Onion, Mint, Parsley and Lemon Vinaigrette; Eggplant Chermoula with Agave Roasted Eggplant, Cauliflower Couscous, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives and Crispy Chickpeas. During the award ceremony, guests enjoyed Champagne Truffles, Raspberry Hibiscus Cheesecake and Lemon Drop Bretons for dessert.
SAKS BY THE SEA
August 23 – 25 at Hero Beach Club
Nothing says summer like a weekend in the Hamptons, and nobody does it quite like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bumble BFF. They took over Hero Beach Club for “Saks by the Sea, a Saks and Bumble BFF Bee-Treat,” an amazing weekend retreat for some very VIP guests. We worked with IMG to create an unforgettable weekend with R+R by the beach and pool, specially curated experiences, and of course, incredible local fare. From the Strawberry Basil Prosecco Pops to the Charcuterie Plates that greeted each guest, each and every detail was designed to capture the spirit of a weekend in the Hamptons.
The New York Times DealBook Conference Day
November 6, 2019
Each November, an exceptional group of innovative thinkers and business leaders take the stage for a day of riveting discussions with celebrated Time’s journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin in the spectacular setting of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room at the Time Warner Center in New York City. Sorkin and his guests will explore the most newsworthy topics of the day through the lens of long-term leadership. The audience of high-level executives and entrepreneurs will walk away with new insights on how to navigate the challenges that lie ahead. Great Performances is very proud to have played a major part in its production for the past three years and are booked for another “Great Performance” in November 2020.
A List of the Top Holiday Party Venues in New York
By Great Performances
As we approach the end of the year, we’re filled with excitement and energy. We’re full into our fall / winter event season which is capped by holiday events of all styles and sizes! We’ve seen the merriment and joy that comes from a company’s workforce come together to celebrate the successes of the past year and look forward to continued successes in the next. It’s a time for colleagues and their loved ones to mix, mingle, and reconnect – especially after the past years’ of socially distanced or video-conferenced celebrations.
Finding the right venue for your holiday party can help set the tone for your celebration. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite venues to help provide some inspiration. But, as always, feel free to reach out to us and tap the deep expertise of our event consultants to create the perfect part for you and your teams.
We’ve broken out our list into two main groups: parties for fewer than 300 people and parties for more than 300 people.
Don’t forget to read this article by Shaun Roberts detailing some of our top tips for holiday party success and give us a call! We’re here to be of service.
Top Holiday Party Venues best for parties fewer than 300 people
Another midtown favorite, the 620 Loft & Garden, the penthouse of 620 Fifth Avenue, offers the exciting combination of a city garden and downtown style loft space for your special day. This unique combination invites the opportunity for a memorable event. As the sole event in the space, all the focus will be on you and your guests. Suitable for parties up to 120 people seated or 165 standing.
Located in Upper East Side Manhattan, The Asia Society and Museum is an exceptional space that combines world-class art exhibitions, stunning architecture, and an unparalleled atmosphere – making it one of New York City’s premier event spaces. With 3 versatile spaces available for private events – the 8th Floor Banquet Hall & Conference Suite, Garden Court, and Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium- it certainly caters to any type of holiday event. Suitable for up to 250 people seated or standing.
Recognized internationally for its innovative programming of dance, music, theater, musical theater, and opera, BAM offers five unique spaces for events including an enclosed terrace, a stage, and a ballroom. It’s perfect for as few as 40 and up to 500 guests.
Located on E. 70th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood in a Jacobean townhouse built in 1910, the Explorer’s Club is the perfect gathering place for your holiday event! The beautiful townhouse is rich in history and design, stimulating conversation amongst all that visit!
Glasshouse Chelsea is a unique, multi-functional venue on the 14th and 21st floors of the architecturally-acclaimed Chelsea Arts Tower in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. Floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor terrace space provide guests with spectacular views of the Hudson River, Downtown, and Midtown Manhattan. This venue is perfect for up to 200 people.
The Harold Pratt House was constructed in 1919 as one of New York’s grand Park Avenue mansions. It is an ideal location for celebrations, weddings, dinners, and conferences. Located in the Upper East Side, on E. 68th St. and Park Avenue, the house features a marble stairway connecting a variety of beautiful spaces including the Library, Reception, Drawing, Sitting, and Ballroom. All rooms feature cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, and original chandeliers, creating a magical atmosphere for your holiday event!
Located in the Hudson Yard District, Hudson Mercantile offers 16,000 square feet of modern, versatile studio spaces, that are perfect for parties of up to 300 people.
Located on the corner of 5th Avenue and Central Park South, The Plaza has been the setting, backdrop, and star of New York’s most memorable moments — and could be the perfect location for your holiday party! Our team of event planning experts can help ensure that your holiday party at The Plaza is a joyful celebration that everyone will remember well into the new year.
We love this gem located in Chelsea. Dedicated to the history of posters, this dynamic space is a perfect location for art-minded folks who will enjoy mingling in the space while viewing both contemporary and historic, thought-provoking and conversation-starting posters.
Ready to Plan Your Event at One of the Top Holiday Party Venues in New York?
TOP NY HOLIDAY PARTY VENUES BEST FOR PARTIES MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE
Established in 1934, the legendary Harlem Theater designated a national landmark, maintains its position as the nation’s most popular arena for emerging and established African-American and Latino performers. The Apollo has three unique spaces for you to host your event: the Mainstage, the Soundstage, and the Lobby Atrium. Overall capacity is 750 standing, 350 seated.
Located at Lincoln Center, the Big Apple Circus continues to delight and amaze guests featuring thrilling new acts from around the world and a more immersive experience than ever before. More than a show, it’s an experience you won’t ever forget! Perfect for groups from 15 to 1,600 people.
From a modern glass and steel pavilion to the grandeur of the Beaux-Arts Court, the Brooklyn Museum has a space to fit your event. Suitable for 100 to 1800 people.
Located in the Upper West Side on 59th Street and Columbus Circle, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center is the world’s first performing arts facility designed for jazz. With over 6 spaces within the venue and amazing views of Columbus Circle and Central Park South, it truly is the perfect space for an unforgettable holiday event.
Metropolitan Pavilion is a premier Manhattan special events facility offering versatile room configurations in a convenient and historic Chelsea location. A/V, wifi, private lobbies, an indoor loading dock, and a wide range of production services set it apart as an NYC event destination of distinction. Perfect for groups of up to 800 people seated or 1500 people standing.
The Museum of the City of New York’s beautifully renovated landmark building on Fifth Avenue’s iconic Museum Mile is the perfect place for special events–weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate dinners, birthday and graduation parties, and more. Suitable for up to 350 people.
The magnificent space, catering to both intimate gatherings as well as lavish extravaganzas, will lend a sense of grandeur and distinction to any occasion. This landmark building offers four classically elegant rooms for events. All event fees help to support the Library’s indispensable collections, services, and programs. Perfect for groups of up to 750 people.
TheTimesCenter, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, is a versatile, visually stunning, state-of-the-art event venue. Designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, TheTimesCenter is comprised of The Stage and The Hall, each with its own unique lobby. Suitable for up to 800 guests.
Located in the high-energy southeast end of Central Park, this iconic venue offers a quintessential New York experience on a stunning backdrop, year-round, featuring skating in the winter, warm-weather recreation and continuous special events programming. The facility is available for private and semi-private parties, complete with food and beverage service, as well as exclusive venue buyouts for special events or media, film, and commercial shoots.
STARTING TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY EVENTS? LET US HELP YOU MAKE IT PERFECT.
By Liron David, Founder of Eventique
Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, D’Angelo & Erykah Badu, just to name a few of the Motown greats. Who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to be a part of the former CEO of Motown’s records 50th birthday?
For this special event, we decided to start with a blank canvas – an empty, white New York City gallery space. The party began with an intimate dinner party on the second floor for an A-list crowd of guests including Stevie Wonder, Al Sharpton, and Joe. We built a custom table to provide seating for the 20 guests using contemporary ghost furniture and covered the table with a lush variety of flowers bringing pops of color into the room. As for food, Great Performances set the tone of the evening with a palette of delectable foods fit for music royalty.
A sampling of the menu-
- Grilled Chicken Taco with Radish Escabeche and Chili Crema
- BBQ Short Ribs with Roasted Poblano on Stone Ground Grit Cake
- Caviar Beggar’s Purse with Sake-Cured Lemon Wheels
- Cherry Tomato Wrapped in Mozzarella with Pine Nuts, Capers and Katchkie Farm Pesto
- Peruvian Potato Cup with Truffled Comte Fondue
- Portobello Cannoli with Parmigiano Reggiano and Chives
- Beet Ravioli with Westfield Farm Goat Cheese, Pickled Greens, and Mezze Arugula
- Sirloin and Short Rib Duo with Polenta, Crispy Kale, Bordelaise Sauce
- 5 Texture Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Macaron
After dinner, 100 guests joined the festivities for a cocktail party on the main gallery level. To welcome these guests we transformed the downstairs space into a posh lounge. We brought in large, illuminated flower-pot tables; hung framed photos of the guest of honor and his friends on the wall; and set up a stunning illuminated bar where the guests congregated. For entertainment, there was DJ D-Nice spinning classic R&B hits behind a floor to the ceiling glass wall. Behind DJ D-Nice, was a 20-foot waterfall splashing into a small pond we filled with dry ice to create a layer of smoke. Red & purple colors filled the room through lighting and the guest of the honors name was projected on the center of the main wall.
Stevie Wonder ended the night by giving a wonderful speech and breaking out into his hit song “Happy Birthday” that summed up the night so perfectly it was as if he wrote it just for this occasion:
“To show just how much we love you, and I’m sure you would agree, it couldn’t fit more perfectly than to have a world party on the day you came to be.”