Summer's Soiree- Celia Chen shows how to throw an eco-chic party
August has been mild in New York City and a perfect time for another Night of Eco-Chic Entertaining, presented by Celia Chen and her online magazine Notesonaparty.com. As with the magazine's inaugural party in the spring, Celia used the opportunity of throwing a big bash to show how partying on a grand scale can be environmentally conscious. She partnered with the venue The Xchange to hostess a green roof-top party that was as delicious as it was glamorous. Party-goers were fed by Sage Events, a company which promises to provide clients with sustainable catering by seeking out small, local farms and offers hormone-free chicken, grass-fed beef, organic milk and eggs, and fair trade coffee and tea. Guests crowded around the chefs preparing fresh, made-to-order Cioppina ("San Francisco" style paella), and waiters circulated with delicious, signature treats like the "Heirloom Tomato, Long Island Corn and Scallion on a Zuchinni Cake" and the "Grass Fed Beef Empanadas with Tomatillo Salsa."
My friend Andrew Bradfield was most excited about the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream (www.vanleeuwenicecream.com). All the ice cream company's disposables are made only from 100% renewable resources—cups and napkins from sugar cane husks (the fiber is called Bagasse), and the drink cups, spoons, and straws from corn. Van Leeuwen also donates one percent of it's profits to Wildlife Direct, a Congo-based organization protecting critically endangered species, such as the Mountain Gorilla. And of course, the ice cream itself is all natural. At the party, TreeHugger enjoyed Ginger and Vanilla (the only flavors left by the time we got to the ice cream table), then visited the VL ice cream truck at Greene and Prince Streets later on in the weekend to sample the even more delicious mint chip and strawberry!
Organic Style/Organic Bouquet was Celia's main sponsor and provided the sumptuous, sustainably grown, summer flower arrangements which artfully presided over each table. And Celia herself told us she was especially excited about the "very cool LED wireless lighting and fluorescents" provided by Levy Lighting, and by the participation of L'Olivier Soirees and Galas, an event designer that has just launched a green event design initiative and created the showcase tables of sustainable dinnerware and accessories. It is Celia's hope (and ours too) that her Eco-Chic events will spawn similarly green-inspired entertaining by the many prospective hosts and hostesses in attendance. (Turn-out was great, so that should help!)