On Tuesday night, culinary maestro Jean-Georges Vongerichten marked the golden milestone of his illustrious career with a lavish event held at his iconic Tin Building. The evening bore a striking resemblance to last year’s extravagant affair that launched the opulent food hall. As guests arrived, they were greeted by event staff dressed as newsies, just as they had been the previous year. However, this time, the newsies distributed faux newspapers featuring a snapshot of Vongerichten as a young prodigy chef on the front page.
Among the attendees were a host of notable New Yorkers and industry luminaries. Household names like Martha Stewart, Ted Allen, and Jean-Marc Houmard of Indochine mingled in the bustling food mecca at South Street Seaport. The Tin Building’s various establishments, including abcV, Fulton Fish Co., and the enigmatic House of the Red Pearl, tantalized guests with delectable bites that boasted the rich flavors of caviar and truffles.
Amidst the vibrant ambiance, a myriad of conversations dances through the air. Former Danceteria queen Dianne Brill, now a judge on “Drag Race Germany,” animatedly discussed her new venture with fellow guests at the House of the Red Pearl. A notable presence was that of CT Hedden, a renowned New York drag performer, who, in a departure from his usual flamboyant persona, engaged in lively conversation with New York Fashion Week legend Fern Mallis.
Don Lemon, accompanied by his real estate fiancé Tim Malone, shared infectious laughter with actor George Hahn and writer Molly Jong-Fast. Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives Of New York” alumni, including Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, and Carole Radziwill, contributed to the lively atmosphere. The guest list further included actor Leon, celebrity stylist Philip Bloch, music executive Charlie Walk, and the newly appointed editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit, Jamila Robinson.
An Eclectic Tapestry of Tastes
The event attracted a diverse group of individuals from various industries. Omar Hernandez, Ann Dexter-Jones, and David Rabin, prominent figures in the music and entertainment world, savored the culinary delights alongside esteemed chef Daniel Boulud. Fashion and beauty luminaries such as Nolan Gerard Funk, Marvet Britto, and Alex Lundqvist also mingled in the crowd.
Notably, Merv and Kamela Matheson made an appearance with their one-year-old daughter, Paris, adding a touch of familial warmth to the festivities. As the evening progressed, the decadent ambiance was enhanced further by the captivating performances of foodie magician Josh Beckerman and Michelin-starred chef Marc Forgione.
The evening at the Tin Building served as a testament to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s exceptional talent and enduring influence in the culinary world. As guests indulged in exquisite flavors and engaged in spirited conversation, it became evident that this milestone celebration would be etched in their memories for years to come.