Last Friday, John Digweed broadcasted a special edition of his weekly ‘Transitions’ show celebrating two decades of being on radio. The show featured a special Red Zone guest mix from legendary NYC DJ David Morales followed by Digweed’s first-ever Kiss 100 FM broadcast.
Ruffino commemorated the occasion on October 17th. To pay homage to its Italian roots, the brand held the Anniversary Dinner at West Village’s hotspot pizzeria, Emily.
Beppe D’ Andrea, Ruffino’s Global Brand Ambassador, spoke about the brand’s heritage and origins. The brand was born when cousins Leopoldo and Ilario established their winery in Pontassieve, Italy in 1877. They started with a simple belief: that the best wines come from the best vineyards. Since then, the brand has gone on to make it’s wines with the highest quality fruit and modern cellar techniques, embracing history and tradition along the way.
The menu featured Emily’s classic pizzas paired with a selection of Ruffino’s best wines.
Some of our favorite pizza’s included The Emily (pistachio, honey, truffle Sottocenere), The Quattro (bacon, pickled chili, ranch), and The Classic (sauce, farm cheese, mozzarella).
Guests were encouraged to fill out their favorite pizza + wine combos before they left the party.
Ruffino features five kinds of wines:
- Riserva Ducale: This collection features two of Ruffino’s flagship wines: Riserva Ducale and Riserva Ducale Oro.
- Estate Wines: These red wines are produced in small batches, using fruit from Ruffino’s Tuscan Estate vineyards.
- Tuscan Reds: This collection features something for everyone’s palate, with both traditional and modern wines.
- White Wines: I love white wine because it’s light and fruity. I especially loved the Lumina Pinot Grigio, it pairs perfectly with a Margherita Pizza.
- Sparkling Wines: These sparkling wines are grown in Northern Italy. My favorite? The Sparkling Rosé.
Last night, we celebrated G–SHOCK’s 35th anniversary with the announcement of a new collaboration with artist Eric Haze over an intimate dinner at the Michelin recognized bistro, Rider.
The event, located upstairs of the trendy Williamsburg restaurant, began with cocktails as the small group mingled with Casio representatives and designer Eric Haze. Guests also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres in addition to the appropriately named White Haze cocktails made with tequila, yuzu, and coconut; and Black Haze, made from black tea maraschino, white rum, rye, and charcoal.
After cocktails, guests settled around the dining table to begin dinner. Haze gave the initial toast to the dinner party, expressing his excitement for the 35th anniversary of the brand and his collaboration.
The new anniversary collection marks Haze’s seventh limited edition collab with the watch company, this time designed with white brush strokes overlaying a classic black monochrome face. Embossed on the watch strap is a 2017 print along with the artist’s signature star logo, the GA700EH-1A stlylistically follows its predecessors like the DW6900, G304, DW5600, GA100 and GA110 models.
During the speech, Haze described his relationship with Casio and G–SHOCK beginning in Japan 20 years ago as one of the most gratifying developments because of the trust between the brand and artist. The collaboration allowed the him to be involved in raising a voice, and to be part of something that is international and worldwide, regardless of age and demographics. For this project, the brushstroke was inspired by the desire to create things organically and as an antidote to the commercial world, bringing personality and human experience to an otherwise rigid project.
In order to reinvent the launch and translate it to a wider audience, the watch collaboration and 35 year anniversary will be showcased at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City. The showcase will most notably feature a series of paintings by Haze, organically painted from designs made digitally.
The family style dinner began promptly after a quick round table introduction – Main courses included savory Peking duck, pork belly, crab rangoon stuffed artichoke, and vegetarian options hot fried eggplant and cucumber & melon. Following, a second course was served including steak frites, chicken thigh, artic char, and roasted vegetables. Shortly into the dinner, Haze’s wife, actress Rosie Perez made a surprise appearance. The evening came to a close with dessert as each guest left with the limited edition collaboration watch in a chic G–SHOCK gift bag.
The GA700EH-1A will be released on 10/1 online and in select G–SHOCK retailers for $140 with features such as the legendary G–SHOCK technology, led light, and hand retract function.
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