Last Night's Parties: Blue Valentine Premiers, Food Bank Brings Out Every Chef In The City

by Mara Siegler · December 8, 2010

The city was jumping last night. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams got their twee cuteness on at the Boom Boom Room, Kiehls celebrated Jeff Koons with two buck chuck, a musical odyssey was taken In Umbria and more...

Mario Batali & Food Bank For NYC Launch Culinary Council

Mario BataliWhere: Empire State Building

Who Was There: Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Ted Allen, Lidia Bastianich, Andrew Carmellini, Brad Farmerie, Phillip Baltz, Ken Biberaj, Tim Buma, Anne Burrell, Cesare Casella, Caryl Chinn, Yann De Rochefort, Jean Marc Houmard, Jennifer Leuzzi, Marisa May, Seamus Mullen, Michael Schlow, Susan Ungaro, Tanya Wenman Steel

Other details: The Empire State building was lit orange last night during the event in honor of the 1.5 million Americans who struggle to put a meal on the table. Pretty much every chef, restaurateur and culinary icon in New York was there last night, leaving one to wonder who was manning the city's restaurants. Seamus Mulllen, Executive Chef and partner at Boqueria told us the number one food for the holidays was oysters. "Just a little lemon is all you need. I'm somewhat of a non-conformist. I’ll try cherry with oysters. Manzanilla. Buy cherry for sure." [Via]

FEAST FOR THE SENSES: A Musical Odyssey In Umbria Release

Where: MoMa

Who Was There: John Guare, Agnes Gund, Lin Arison, Marie-Josee Kravis

Other Details: Attendees were treated to a 12-minute film about conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and his ex-babysitter Frank Gehry, who is building a concert hall in Miami for the New World Symphony. Lin Arison has been on quite a book tour of late, hosting a signing right before Art Basel Miami Beach and now off to the West Coast for continued promotion.

Three Boys From Pasadena: A Tribute To Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton TributeWhere: Clic Gallery

Who Was There: George Holz, Ulli Rimkus, David Hershkovits, Just Loomis, Mark Arbeit, Robin Osler, Shaun Ahlers, Pam Geiger

Other Details: The exhibition, curated by June Newton, acts as a memorial to the man whose proactive black and white images were a mainstay of Vogue.  It was put together by photographers Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis who had met Newton while in college and later worked as his assistants. The show includes their art, memorabilia panels, snapshots, handwritten notes, journal pages, contact sheets, and other items. [Via]

Blue Valentine Screening & After-party

Michelle Williams, Ryan GoslingWhere: MoMa, after-party at The Standard

Who Was There: Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, Derek Cianfrance, Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Joel Schumacher, Jason Reitman, Harvey Weinstein, Kelsey Grammer, Kate Walsh, Karolina Kurkova, Lance Bass, Lily Rabe, Michelle Trachtenberg, Paz De La Huerta, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof

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Other Details:The film has serious Oscar buzz and for good reason. The tale of a couple falling in love and falling out of love feels real and raw, and left pretty much everyone exiting the theater depressed. The melancholy mood was quickly alleviated at the after party at the Boom Boom Room set up by Quintessentially and Stoli. Blake Lively, who is rumored to be dating Ryan Gosling, stopped by causing many a hushed whispers; Peter Facinelli lorded over the pool table; and Michelle Williams hung out near the fireplace and chatted with director Derek Cianfrance.

Peter Som For SFERRA New York Launch Event

Where: Crosby Street Hotel

Who Was There: Kristen Vigrass, Peter Hooker, Ronda Carman, Raul Barreneche, Anais

Other Details: Peter Som launched his new line with SFERRA, the world-wide leader in luxury linens. The collection will be in stores in March 2011 and is launching with four bedding sets that include sheets, matelassés, quilts, duvet covers, accent pillows and shams.

Kiehls since 1851 Honors Jeff Koons

Where: Kiehls Since 1851 Flagship Store

Who Was There: Carol Hamilton, Justine Koons, Jeff Koons, Cheryl Viatali, Chris Salgardo, Cory Kennedy, Desiree Gruber, Kyle MacLachlan, Jen Brill, Paul Sevigny

Other Details: The event celebrated Jeff Koons' collaboration with the brand to design a limited edition label for their Crème de Crops holiday collection “A Wonderland of Merry." Cory Kennedy Tweeted: "At the kiehls x Jeff koons event- most hilarious part is they're serving 2 buck chuck from trader joes." [Via]

PRATT + PAPER & RALPH PUCCI Exhibition Preview

Where: Ralph Pucci International

Who Was There: Ken Smart, Dr Tom Schutte, Timothy Obsomer, Anna Sui, Ralph Pucci, Meredith Lyon, Beatrice Weiland

Other Details: The exhibition featured paper designs by Pratt students studying fashion design, fine arts, industrial design and interior design.  They were challenged to a semester-long study in texture and form to dress Pucci’s spring 2011 “GIRL 2” mannequins entirely in paper.