Last Night's Parties: James Beard Awards Honor The Ladies, Lady Gaga Sings For Robin Hood

by Mara Siegler · May 10, 2011

Lady Gaga took the stage at the Robin Hood Foundation, James Earl Jones was given a Monte Christo; NYC chefs took home Food Oscars; ASME gave magazine's (remember those?) an elephant statue; Reed Krakoff was feted by Parsons, and more. Last night's parties may need to buy a new cabinet to display all its awards!

Robin Hood Foundation

Where: Jacob Javitz Center

Who Was There: Henry Kravis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martha Stewart, Steven Rattner and film director Ron Howard.

Other Details: The Robin Hood Foundation gala, Wall Street’s largest single-evening fundraising event, took in $47.4 million last night at its annual New York dinner. Someone paid $400,000 for an auction item to fly to Los Angeles and record a song with Black Eyed Peas front man  Brian Williams got on stage while Tony Bennet sang a few songs, and Lady Gaga performed! [Via]

The 2011 JAMES BEARD Foundation Awards

Where: Lincoln Center

Who Was There: Susan Ungaro, Anne Burrell, Emeril Lagasse, Bethenny Frankel, Andy Cohen, Diff Goldman, Susan Ungaro, Bobby Flay, Todd English, Michael Solomonov, Ted Allen, Tom Colicchio

Other Details: Last night was the Food Oscars and ladies won big! Gabrielle Hamilton, executive chef of east village hot spot Prune, took home the prize for Best Chef, New York City. Belinda Chang, wine director of The Modern, took home an award for Oustanding Wine Service, and Angela Pinkerton of Eleven Madison Park won Outstanding Pastry Chef.

The Frick Collection Spring Party For Fellows [More photos HERE]

Where: The Frick

Other Details: Last night, the Frick Collection held its annual black-tie Spring Party for Fellows at the Frick Collection's lush green Fifth Avenue garden and historic stone building. The Spring Party is a gathering like no other and a benefit of membership. Fancy. Take a look at more photos HERE.


LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL "A Posh Affair" Honoring Kim Baker Campbell, Amy Fine Collins & Linda Fargo

Where: The Plaza Hotel

Who Was There: Linda Fargo, Iris B. Apfel, Carolina Herrera, Amy Fine Collins, Kim Baker Campbell, Pauline Pitt, Hamish Bowles, Dennis Basso, Mark Ackermann

Other Details: Lighthouse International honored Kim Baker Campbell, Amy Fine Collins, and Linda Fargo at this event which included dinner, dancing, and as the title "A Posh Affair," hints at, poshness. [Via]


JAMES EARL JONES To Receive The 11th Annual Monte Cristo Award

Where: Bridgewayers South Street Seaport

Who Was There: Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Michael Douglas, Peter J. Fernandez, Leslie Uggams, Kate MacCluggage, Boyd Gaines

Other Details: Two-time Tony Award-winning actor and voice of Darth Vader, James Earl Jones, was honored with the prestigious Monte Cristo Award during the O'Neill Center's annual gala. [Via]

ASME Presents The 2011 National Magazine Awards

Where: 583 Park Avenue

Who Was There: Jillian Michaels, Lucy Danziger, Mehmet Oz, Katie Couric, Terry McDonnell, Gareth Thomas, Gary Smith, Richard Story

Other Details: Last night the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) honored both Poetry and Harper’s with National Magazine Awards with an Ellie. National Geographic won the magazine of the year. Over 700 magazine editors and publishers turned up and Katie Couric hosted the evening. Gawker has a great rundown of the ceremony.

2011 Parsons Fashion Benefit To Honor REED KRAKOFF [More photos HERE]

Where: Pier Sixty

Who Was There: Reed Krakoff, Arnold Aronson, Marvin Traub, David Van Zandt, Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, Prabal Gurung, Behnaz Sarafpour, Simon Collins, Steven Kolb, China Chow, Glenda Bailey

Other Details: The Parsons Fashion Benefit celebrated Parsons alumnus and board member Reed Krakoff, President and Executive Creative Director of Coach, who hates your Chinatown knockoff.  The event also included a runway show by the school's top students and designer Prabal Gurung was on hand to introduce a film about the school. Be sure to take a look at more photos HERE.




Sister Soldiers Survival Ride to benefit Sister Soldiers Foundation

Where: SoulCycle Tribeca N.Y.C

Who Was There: Jill Acord, Jakie Kerns, Gloria Gaynor, Sue Molnar, Iffie Okoronkwo Aitkenhead

Other Details: Sister Soldiers Foundation is a non-profit group dedicated to the belief that early detection of breast cancer can save lives. Sue Molnar led women in biking, and no one was afraid, nor were they petrified, because Gloria Gaynor was on hand to sing "I Will Survive."

Exhibition of Gerrett Chingery hosted by Gillian Hearst and William Norwich [More photos HERE]

Where: The New Sanctuary Hotel

Who Was There: Jamie Tisch, Gerrett Chingery, Louise Grunwald, William Norwich, Gene Shafiroff, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Jillian Hirst, Janet Lehr, Ashley Platt, Laura Remington Platt, Alexa Winner, Maggie Norris

Other Details: Co-hosts Billy Norwich and Gillian Hearst Simonds held a preview party for the Hotel that spotlighted 25 works by artist Garrett Chingery. This is the first of many exhibits that will be shown at the hotel which soft opens this month and officially opens in the Fall. Be sure to take a look at more photos HERE.

4th Annual Animal Care Spring Fling Hosted by AC&C

Where: Armani/Ristorante

Who Was There: Tia Walker, Karen Biehl, Risa Weinstick, Stephani Jineczko, Philip Bahlburg, Leonard Ceynowa, Michelle Macknight, Nancy Notaro, Patrick Nolan, John Bartlett, Maria Milito, Elizabeth Manwiller, Ellen Curtis

Other Details: Animal lovers came out for the Spring Fling inside of Armani's flagship store on 5th Avenue. No dogs were allowed. Ruff.

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