El Museo’s 2014 Gala honoree was hosted by designer Alejandro Ingelmo for some mixed cocktails and shopping. An event of artists and designers, featured works of both Alejandro Ingelmo and John Gordon Gauld took place at The Salomon Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Interstellar Overdrive, a solo exhibition of egg tempera paintings by John Gordon Gauld, hung on the walls, while Alejandro Ingelmo’s Spring/Summer 2014 shoes surrounded the gallery, both which definitely lit up the room.

Guests received a 10% discount on their purchases and Alejandro Ingelmo donated 10% of the event’s proceeds to benefit El Museo. During the event, guests enjoyed cocktails made of Findlandia Vodka and sipped on Juliette Rosé. The over 200 guests were able to shop for their new shoes, with the personal guidance of Alejandro Ingelmo. Patrons of the museum and fashionistas can still can support the museum and get a great deal on a new pair of shoes–offer is still available on alejandroingelmo.com until May 21st, just use promo code “ELMUSEO” during checkout. Thank you for that generous offer Alejandro!

Gala Chair Cucu Diamantes toasted Alejandro and congratulated him on his new honor and El Museo’s new director, Daniel Veneciano, thanked The Salomon Contemporary Gallery for donating the event space and spoke for a few minutes about his exciting vision for the museum.

For more photos: El Museo Kick Off Event

Photo Credit: Owen Hoffman, Patrick McMullan Company

-Nargas Karimi
 

El Museo’s 2014 Gala honoree was hosted by designer Alejandro Ingelmo for some mixed cocktails and shopping. An event of artists and designers, featured works of both Alejandro Ingelmo and John Gordon Gauld, took place at The Salomon Contemporary Gallery in Chelsea on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Interstellar Overdrive, a solo exhibition of egg tempera paintings by John Gordon Gauld, hung on the walls, while Alejandro Ingelmo’s Spring/Summer 2014 shoes surrounded the gallery, both which definitely lit up the room.

Guests received a 10% discount on their purchases and Alejandro Ingelmo donated 10% of the event’s proceeds to benefit El Museo. During the event, guests enjoyed cocktails made of Findlandia Vodka and sipped on Juliette Rosé. The over 200 guests were able to shop for their new shoes, with the personal guidance of Alejandro Ingelmo. Patrons of the museum and fashionistas can still can support the museum and get a great deal on a new pair of shoes–offer is still available on alejandroingelmo.com until May 21st, just use promo code “ELMUSEO” during checkout. Thank you for that generous offer Alejandro!

Gala Chair Cucu Diamantes toasted Alejandro and congratulated him on his new honor and El Museo’s new director, Daniel Veneciano, thanked The Salomon Contemporary Gallery for donating the event space and spoke for a few minutes about his exciting vision for the museum.

For more photos: El Museo Kick Off Event

Photo Credit: Owen Hoffman, Patrick McMullan Company

-Nargas Karimi

Located on Minetta Lane, Greenwich Village, Perla is a place one goes to feel the epitome of West Village. Trendy, classy, comfortable, Perla is the perfect mix of good energy with intimate vibes. First walking into Perla, one notices the laid-back vibe, with dim overhead lighting. The restaurant décor is filled with tasteful gallery photographs and prints, set against red brick walls and a wooden bar. Though it is a comfortable and laid-back atmosphere, the essence of luxury is ever present throughout the venue.

With Michael Toscano as the restaurant’s chef, he divides the menu into a number of sections, each packed with hearty and delicious food. Perla is the place to go to when looking for fantastic homemade pasta dishes. All are cooked perfectly, al dente, and when wanting a true, authentic Italian experience, you should order both the primi and secondi dishes to start off. The octopus primi, with oven dried tomatoes and eggplant, is tender with a slight crisp exterior. The menu promises rustic Italian food and that is certainly what you get. A popular dish at the restaurant is the Linguine with mussels. However, if you are feeling daring, the tortelli with ricotta-beet filling or the short-rib filled agnolotti sauced in meat drippings, are the way to go.

They have a wonderful selection of fish, including the whole branzino, which they will fillet for you, producing a succulent fish that is made with lemon, oregano and garlic, paired with caponata of eggplant, fennel, pine nuts and olives. The mouthwatering desserts include a ricotta cheesecake with a sweet yet tangy balsamic cherry jam, served with crushed pistachio, a ricotta crostata with mustard and vanilla cream and a chocolate semifreddo with peanuts and salted caramel. And those are just some of my favorites.

The food is not the only titillating charm of the menu. The cocktails deserve the spotlight as well. Tiger juice, crafted with bourbon, orange bitters and lime, is just one example of the well-crafted drinks on the menu. With thoughtful names such as National Lampoon’s Wisco Vacation and Tombstone Sunday Nights, these cocktails are sure to impress your taste buds.

Photo Credit: perlanyc.com

-Amanda DelGaudio