Did you have a nice Thanksgiving this year? I sure did. The day was hosted by my friends Lauren and Gary, with a tight, vaccinated crowd of just their immediate families, plus me, so about a dozen people in all. Very intimate and relaxed. Not only was the food just insane — because Lauren and Gary, they can cook — but everyone is on the same page politically, so there are no arguments or lost appetites. It’s the little things that mean so much. I am very thankful for friends like them. Here’s a closer look at that spread:
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Food and Art go together; so what better venue could there be for throwing a cookie launch party than an actual art museum? We were recently invited to the Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street to celebrate leading Japanese French-style confectioner Malebranche’s U.S. launch of its Maru Cha Cha matcha-based biscuits, and the evening was a terrific mix of food, art and Japanese culture.
Whitney Museum with the High Line in the Foreground
The event went beyond the traditional cocktail party to include not only cocktails and delicious passed appetizers, but also tastings of the unique Maru Cha Cha cookies, including an indulgent Trifle dessert recipe by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Anthony. Guests had the chance to meet and mingle with the Japanese brand-influencers behind Malebranche (a high end bakery in Japan) and to learn what Matcha — the key ingredient in the Maru Cha Cha biscuits — is all about.