Stephen Attoe & Robert Caravaggi Celebrated “Water Works” Art Show at Swifty’s Restaurant Featuring Artist Elizabeth Nagle

Swifty’s Restaurant on the Upper East Side celebrated the start of summer with an Art Show, titled Water Works, on Thursday June 25, 2015 by renowned painter and mixed media artist Elizabeth Nagle, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the restaurant’s front room.

Nagle’s Water Works exhibition included 12 pieces of artwork, which have the representation of water being the predominant theme. Through innovative use of color and form, she aims to capture memories she associates with her experiences with water.  At the event, she said to the crowd of eager guests, that she’s particularly inspired by the phenomena of pareidolia, which is when people can see faces in objects such as tree trunks and in the case for her, faces within the various water-inspired features. She said that each work in the exhibition started without a plan or direction until she utilized pareidolia as insipration.

Notable guests in attendance included Elizabeth Nagle (Artist), Robert Caravaggi (Co-owner, Swifty’s), Stephen and Patricia Attoe (Chef & Co-Owner, Swifty’s), Suzette Charles, Carmen D’Alessio, Kim Freehill, Julie Hayek, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lauren Roberts, Randi Schatz , Jean Shafiroff and Michael Travin. 

Patrons at Swifty’s are always delighted to experience the exquisite selection of paintings and photos displayed on the walls of the restaurant whilst enjoying the menu and its ambiance. Each exhibition is curated by Chef & Co-Owner Stephen Attoe’s wife Patricia and her business partner Rebecca Silver who draw upon on their extensive art backgrounds when selecting the art for the restaurant. New York artist Mary Lou Schempf’s stunning work is currently exhibited in the back room through the end of September when it will return to the front. Her work complements the restaurant’s style and décor which was originally brought to life by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower.

ABOUT SWIFTY’S RESTAURANT:

Swifty’s has been a favorite Upper East Side haunt for over 15 years, despite the chic neighborhood’s ever-changing dining scene. A sophisticated yet low-key restaurant, Swifty’s attracts a devoted clientele. Owners Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi, former chef and maître d’ respectively, of legendary Upper East Side boîte Mortimer’s combine classic, straight-forward American and European cuisine with friendly and impeccable service. The ambient dining room, reminiscent of a well-appointed English country house, was created by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower.

For more information, please visit: www.swiftysnyc.com

ABOUT ELIZABETH NAGLE:

Elizabeth Nagle is primarily a painter and a mixed media artist however she also explores printmaking and sculpture. Her work has been presented in many galleries throughout Fairfield County, Conn. In 2012 she was selected by General Electric, along with 5 other women, to exhibit in their 6th Annual Women’s History month exhibit. She was juried into SOLOS, Westport Art Center 2013 by Curator Susan Cross of MASS MoCA. She was one of nine artists presented in Nine Solos at The New Canaan Carriage Barn. Her work has been included and recognized in many group shows including Spectrum at The Carriage Barn (New Canaan, Conn.), Bruce S. Kershner Gallery (Fairfield, Conn.), Rowayton Art Center and the Flinn Gallery (Greenwich, Conn.).Elizabeth recently moved to Dorset, VT where she regularly exhibits at The Southern Vermont Art Center, including a solo show in 2013. Elizabeth completed her BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute after first attending Bard College.  Elizabeth has spent very few days without a paintbrush in her hands. She started designing and painting needlepoint canvases while attending high school in London, England. This trade provided her with the ability to always work from home and pursue her passion for painting. She has worked for and learned from some of the biggest names in the industry and still produces designs for several well-known stores and wholesalers including Erica Wilson (Nantucket, Mass.), The House of Needlepoint (Darien, Conn.) and In Stitches (Dorset, VT). She also sells her canvases out of her Etsy shop, Doolittle Stitchery.

For more information, please visit http://www.saatchiart.com/Elizabethnagle

Elizabeth Katz, Elizabeth Nagle, Patrica Attoe

Elizabeth Katz, Elizabeth Nagle, Patrica Attoe

Patricia Attoe, Stephen Attoe

Patricia Attoe, Stephen Attoe

Kim Freehill, Robert Caravaggi

Kim Freehill, Robert Caravaggi

Jean Shafiroff, Suzette Charles and Flo Anthony

Jean Shafiroff, Suzette Charles and Flo Anthony

Lauren Roberts, Lucia Hwong Gordon

Lauren Roberts, Lucia Hwong Gordon

Randi Schatz

Randi Schatz

Barbara Camp

Barbara Camp

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Hamptons Salt Adds Taste to Your Summer

The latest luxury in epicurean cooking is artisanal sea salt, particularly those made using only all natural ingredients. Enter Hampton Salt Company, founded by Peter Pierce to provide his family an organic alternative to chemical laden table salts. “As a concerned father, I am cautious about what my family eats and once I began researching salt, I discovered that most of the salt Americans consume is actually nothing more than chemicals. Refined salts are stripped of all natural minerals found in the sea and most contain potentially unhealthy anti-clumping additives,” says Pierce. “I went to our cupboard and got rid of all the refined salts, including my box of kosher salt. This is how Hamptons Salt Company was born and since then, I’ve created an amazing assortment of all natural salts from around the world.”

 Pierce sources the globe to offer gourmands a variety of raw sea salts, flavored salts and smoked salts sure to spice up summer grilling and dining. Eleven varieties of raw salts ($9.99—$24.99) like Hawaiian Red and Hawaiian Black take the minerals of the islands and add texture, flavor, or color to fish, vegetables, and poultry while delicate Bali Pyramid is the perfect accouterment to bagels, pretzels, or chocolate.  “Everyone should have our Cooking Salt ($9.99) and our Finishing Salt ($14.99) as staples in their pantry,” says Pierce. “Then you can experiment with one or two of our unique raw, flavored or smoked salts.”

 Hamptons Salt Company’s 13 varieties of infused salts ($21.99-$29.99) run the gamut of unique flavors, from the unbelievably spicy Ghost Pepper, to the sweet Vermont Maple Syrup, to more robust tastes such as Garlic and Rosemary or the decadent Black Truffle.

 Five varieties of Smoked Salts ($21.99—$24.99) round out the catalog that’s sure to add a memorable kick to anyone’s summer cookout. Try the line’s Smoked Applewood, Bacon, Chardonnay Oak, Hickory, or Mesquite salts on grill meats, burgers, or vegetables—and let the compliments come rolling in. “I hope you’ll follow my challenge to rid your kitchen of refined salts and replace them with some of our amazing sea salts from around the globe,” says Pierce. “Our process is simple. We take great sea salt and combine it with all natural ingredients to produce powerful flavors with a slight sprinkle.”

For more information, go to https://www.hamptonssalt.com/

Philippe Chow New York Celebrates its 10th Anniversary and Reveals Stylishly-Designed New Bar

Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary year, Philippe New York is still the go-to destination for Beijing-style cuisine. With a unique menu crafted by industry veteran Philippe Chow himself, and a stylish décor that creates an intimate and romantic environment for diners, Philippe New York offers an upscale dining experience unlike any other.

The restaurant’s front bar has been revamped with a new stylish look, making it the perfect spot to gather with friends for a drink or a great place to start your meal before being guided to your table by one of Philippe’s friendly staff members. Philippe has remained a crowd pleaser since it opened in 2005, attracting a steady stream of A-list guests and elite clientele, and winning culinary accolades including, “Best Peking Duck”.

Executive Chef Chow, who was trained in his native Hong Kong and has 30 years of experience at some of the most sought-after kitchens in the world, presents a creative menu that captures the subtlety and surprises of traditional Chinese cooking. At Philippe, all signature dishes are served in generous “family style” portion, perfect for sharing with groups, which creates a fun and lively dining experience.

 Not-to-be-missed dishes include the famed Chicken Satay, which is prepared in Chef Philippe’s famous cream sauce, perfectly glazed Roasted Peking Duck, served with housemade pancakes, Green Prawns, and Filet Mignon and Broccoli. Light and healthy options are never hard to find on the Philippe menu, from the Spa Chicken & Mixed Green Salad to the Steamed Whole Fish of the Day.

 Set over three floors, the expansive restaurant has an air of exoticness and opulence, with a signature color palette of black, white and red. Candlelight casts a dim glow over the dining room’s dark wood features and plush banquettes. The six distinct private dining rooms and wine cellar provide for a more intimate setting for private events and group dining.

 Philippe’s talented mixologist crafts an exciting array of world-class cocktails, like Lychee Martini with Absolut vodka, lychee juice, coconut cream, lime juice and Citronage or the Midnight Mojito with Stoli Blueberry, fresh mint, fresh blueberries, lime juice and soda.

 Located at 33 East 60th Street, between Madison Ave & Park Ave, New York, New York 10022

For more information visit: www.philippechow.com

 **Philippe is excited to announce a brand new website has launched! The beautiful new user-friendly website will give up-to-date information on menus and events. The website has been beautifully designed by J Wright Design, food photography by Lucas Zarebinski, and food styling by Victoria Granof.