Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Olanafest: In the Gloaming
Dale Stewart reports from Greenport, NY. The third annual Olanafest, a food-fantasma held on Saturday, September 21 at Frederick Church’s 250-acre artist-designed Olana, the Persian-style manor boasted ten of the Hudson Valley’s esteemed chefs like farm to table pioneer Zak Pelaccio of the recently opened Fish & Game and Ric Orlando of the award-winning New World Home Cooking Co. All of the tasty art-inspired tidbits were based on Church’s paintings like Le Perche’s petit Maine lobster based on Sunset, Bar Harbour, 1854. Some 300 plus guests sipped on offerings from Coppersea Distillery, Crossroads Brewing Company, Hudson-Chatham Winery and Shier Winery while bidding on silent auction items like art from DJ Spooky and an intimate NYC concert with Sting were up for grabs. When reflecting on the success of the event the Olana Partnership, president Sara Griffen, pictured left with realtor Mary Mullane to her right, praised this year’s event designer Brown Cranna of Studio Luxe when she said, “Every year we have designers volunteer their time, and I never know how they are going to outdo themselves, but this year they sure have raised the bar. For Olanafest, Olana colors were chosen but pared down to just a few, applying a modernist sensibility to the entire scheme. Brown and his team were a pleasure to work with throughout the process.”
Christine Boeke, Gina Aldisert, and Terry Laughlin.
Nadine and Alain Chevreux; Olana’s Robin Key and Mark Prezorski.
Jim Marinaccio, Nick Haddad, event sponsor Colin Stair; event designer Brown Cranna and Olana’s Paula Rickborn.
Sergio Hortega with designers Geoff Howell and Thomas Froese.
Congressman Chris Gipson and his wife Mary Jo with PJ Birmingham; Red Barn chefs Bert Goldfinger and Christine Jones flank Olana’s Valerie Balint.
Fish & Game’s Zak Pelaccio and Mary Mullane; Cafe Le Perche’s Chef Robert Pecorino and manager Jennifer Houle.
View of the Hudson River from atop the grounds of Olana.