Last Monday La Sirena and Assouline celebrated the launch of the cookbook, Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe. Held in the beautiful Cabanas at Mario Batali’s in the Maritime Hotel in the Meatpacking, the location was the perfect setting for the union of art and food.
High flyers in the world of food, art, fashion and design came together for the swanky bash. Culinary eats (which were so delish!) inspired by recipes from the cookbook were prepared by La Sirena’s Michelin-starred Chef Anthony Sasso alongside specialty cocktails by VDKA6100, like the Miss Scarlet “Miss O’Keeffe”, a take on a red sangria.
Robyn Lea whose alluring photos grace the pages of the cookbook was also in attendance to chat with and sign copies. DJ Franco V set the mood with some island jams and Sharingbox had us all photo ready with easels for their photobooth . Everything was topped of with beautiful floral arrangements by Oscar Mora. The entire ambiance of the decor gave me Mexican and desert feels with the cacti and animal skulls reminiscent of O’Keeffe’s work.
Attendees included Socialite Nicky Hilton Rothschild; Carla Hall from The Chew; Former NY Giants player and ‘Bachelor’ Jesse Palmer; Assouline founder, Prosper Assouline and son Alexandre Assouline; Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat, Fashion designer Timo Weiland; Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder Morel of luxury jewelry line dannijo and others.
One thing which was really caught my eye were digital frames from Meural, which showcased Robyn’s photographs and other imagery from the book. Available in a range of sizes to display your favorite photos for your desk to your living room wall, it was such a clever way to exhibit the images. What’s even more awesome was the ability to either have a slideshow going or slide between photos with just a wave of your hand at the bottom of the frame.
You might be wondering who created the recipes! Well, being a bit of a foodie herself before the word was even use, recipes were collected from O’Keeffe’s cookbooks with her handwritten notes. Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe includes the fresh, local and traditional ingredients which became a part of O’Keeffe, as she became closer to the Mexican culture and landscape. Robyn does a great job of portraying this relationship through photographs of scenic views and recipes which speak words of their own. Additional text was included by those who cared for O’Keeffe in her later years, with a preface by Christine Taylor Patten.
Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe has recipes for all the type of meals you would want to make, from soups and entrees to side dishes, sweet desserts and delicious drinks. Fifty of O’Keeffe’s favorites are presented, including Brightest Borscht with Sour Cream & Fresh Dill, Christine’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, Hungarian-Style Chicken Paprika, Marinated Green Chile with Breakfast Eggs, Tortas de Huevos Tradicionales, Yogurt-Cucumber Dressing, Tiger’s Milk, and Isadoras.
A lover and food and art yourself? Be sure to get your copy of Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe!
For an even more local touch, Georgia O’Keeffe currently has an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, Until July 23rd. Check it out!