Downtown’s Culinary Launch Party

by | May 24, 2018 | Downtown News, Featured

On May 17, 2018, Downtown celebrated its Spring Culinary Cover Launch with a cocktail party at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. The bubbly champagne was flowing all night, with the most divine hors-d’oeuvres, catered by the Four Seasons. The party was sponsored by The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, Silverstein Properties and Cut by Wolfgang Puck.

With Lower Manhattan quickly becoming a thriving culinary destination, it was befitting that we focus on celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck, Jean-Georges, and Tom Colicchio.

In 2016, Tom Colicchio opened an American restaurant in the Beekman Hotel a beautiful historic space —1883 landmarked building that has many of its original architectural details. Temple Court 5 Beekman St., New York.

Jean-Georges is no stranger to lower Manhattan, with several restaurants downtown, ABC Cocina, ABC Kitchen, ABCV, Louis, Perry Street, Public Kitchen, Mercer Kitchen and soon yet another location in the new world-class Seaport.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his partner Phil Suarez will open a market, in the historic Tin Building next to Pier 17. The 7,300 – square-foot restaurant and market will feature locally-sourced, organically grown products as well as authentic and accessible prepared foods and merchandise. Jean Georges will be in good company with both David Chang and Andrew Carmellini coming soon, with restaurants in the South Street Seaport.

Wolfgang Puck made his first restaurant debut in New York choosing none other than downtown, with Cut located in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown a block from One World Trade. Cut offers a beautiful cocktail lounge/bar, cutting-edge interior decor by French designer Jacques Garcia with a sophisticated ambiance, extensive wine list, and the best steak downtown.

Wolfgang opened his first restaurant California Spago—Italian slang for spaghetti—in 1982. In the ensuing years, he would capitalize on the success of Spago by opening other places across the U.S. Puck has also opened casual eateries, written cookbooks and starred in Wolfgang Puck, a TV series on the Food Network.




Michael Law Director of Marketing for the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, started the evening introducing our CEO Grace A. Capobianco gave a charming speech in gratitude to our guests, advertisers, her team, and Downtown’s ever supporting Chairman of the Advisory Board, Dara McQuillan of Silverstein Properties. The talented editor-in-chief, Deb Martin, was also introduced to our guests as she starts her new position with the Downtown brand. The night was important for these ladies, as we recognized all of the hard work they put into Downtown to make it a success.

Deb Martin EIC Downtown, Beatrice Bernasconi, Sara Massarotto Eataly, CEO Grace A. Capobianco


We were thrilled to host our event in the Greenwich Foyer, beautifully decorated room in the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. Working with Kristi Blake Director of Public Relations & Communications at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, Mark Schwindenhammer, Director of Catering and Conferences Services Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, Denise Giordano head of Private Events Cut by Wolfgang Puck Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, and the sweetest Sean Altberger, Digital Marketing Manager Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, their entire team was nothing short of perfection. 

This room is perfect for any event, with its tall windows giving light, and showcasing views, to our guests. 

Margarette Purvis President and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, Doug Smith Downtown Board Member and Founding Partner of World Trade Gallery, Mathew Volpe Project Lead – Business Administration New York Presbyterian Hospital Lower Manhattan, Catherine McVay Hughes Downtown Board Member and former Chair of Manhattan Community Board 1, and husband Tom Hughes, Paul Andrew Lead Pastor Liberty Church, George Matthews Broker at Compass, Sara Massarotto Eataly New York, John DeJesu Broker Halstead Properties Executive Chef David Teyf one of the most incredible 100% Kosher Chefs in all of New York. Dr. Frank Celenza and guest Nancy Berger Marie Claire William Phillips of Phillips and Associates, Denise Courter Downtown’s longtime Little Apple, Lifestyle and family contributor. Denise was able to jump start Fidi Families with the extraordinary and never-ending access and opportunities Downtown offers. Be sure to catch Denise’s feature on Cat Greenleaf in this issue.

Mihoko Ninomiya, Lori Brizzi, Roberto Valentin and Nicole Voylnets of Dance with Me, Barbara Novak, Downtown Board Member and Owner of Duce Rory McCreech, Teo Adeishvili, Teona Khaindrava and Chef Jemiko L Solo Owner of Senza Gluten,  Aleksandra Lacka, of Insights Atelier and Downtown Board Member. 


Nancy Berger Maria Claire, Dr. Frank Celenza, Grace A. Capobianco

This night was a true celebration of Downtown and how far it has come over the past 8 years. We would like to thank all those who attended and made this night complete. We would also like to thank each and every reader, and the advertiser who continues to support our efforts and over 165 guests shared in this celebration.

Our Spring Culinary issue will be on newsstands May 29th. We hope that you will pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble. It is truly one of our favorite issues to date, and it has a little something for everyone.

Happy reading, Downtowners!

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