SHELBY'S SOCIAL DIARY
I said last year that The Social Book
honchos Scott Evans
and Jeff Henry
had taken the launch party for the latest edition of their social calendar over the top — had I only known what was coming in 2010.
Thursday night, they blew the public party scene out of the water with "The Emerald City at Discovery Green" bash. Not that this invitation-only party was truly public. But by night's end, as many as 1,000 movers and shakers had poured into the massive party tent erected next to the Grove at Discovery Green
. The Wizard of Oz-themed evening featured lavish presentations of food, drink, fashion, song, dance and introduction of the 2010 Social Book
The talk of the night was the knockout tent from Aztec Events & Tents
, a massive clear-sided, two-story-high construction that featured a balcony at one end and a second-floor terrace, opening to the lawn overlooking Avenida de las Americas, at the other. (It's yours to rent for the sweet sum of $150,000 a night, including climate control. Crystal chandeliers extra.) Big, bold and bodacious — that would describe both the tent and the party. Event-planner extraordinaire Lisa Newburn had asked to attend just to get a look-see at the party site.
We have to anoint Evans as the king of solicitation — the one man in town who can rustle up more freebie contributions than anyone. Liquor and wine distributors, General Cigars, Nino Shbeeb
with his fab flowers, party designer Darryl Murchison
, the Hilton's Paul-David Van Atta
, Elizabeth Swift's Swift & Co
. Richard Brown and his musicians
, Bright Star Productions, LD Systems, Aztec
, on and on and more restaurants and caterers than you could count contributed in big ways to make this party sing. And entertainment ranged from the Ensemble Theatre cast of The Wiz singing "Ease On Down the Road" to the warbler from New York crooning "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Flavored 360 Vodkas
flowed from fantastic ice sculptures by IceWorks
. That cutie chef Chip Hight from 17 at Alden
whipped up mac and cheese with fresh-shaved truffles and fries with truffle oil. Who Made the Cake
's Nadine Moon crafted a stellar "Emerald City" cake while pastry chef Glenna Artripe of Finalé
contributed a vast array of desserts plus a host of Wizard of Oz-themed character cakes including the Wicked Witch. Grotto 610
, La Griglia
, the Grove, Sushic
and more contributed to the feast.
And did we mention the Chivas Regal
and cigar bar, an open-sided tent where stogies were legal for one night, despite the smoke-free zone of Discovery Green? The entire evening was a fantasy on every level.
And we are just scratching the surface. So on to the honorees, who were introduced by Evans and The Social Book
founder Warner Roberts
: The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell
and theRev. Suzette Caldwell;
sisters Ann Berry, Leila Gilbert
and Liz Jameson; Nancy Dinerstein; Debbie
and Rudy Festari; Aileen Gordon, Frann Lichtenstein
and Jill Deutser; Holly Moore
and Jim Kastleman; Anne
and Dr. John Mendelsohn; Beth Sanders Moore
and Jess Moore; Kappy Muenzer; Barbara
and Corbin Robertson Jr., Anita
and Evin Thayer