What would you do on a chilly and boring winter Monday? Attend an elegant and fashionable black-tie event. And that’s exactly what I did. I jumped with joy when I was asked to join the Hotel Excellence Awards for the second year in the row.

Where: Cipriani Wall Street

One would wonder what makes it so special. Let me paint the picture.
Imagine New York City – City that never sleeps, a city where 24 hours a day are not enough to catch up, a city where people actually have FOMO (fear of missing out) and a city which welcomes more than 60 million visitors every single year and many more who are either planning, dreaming or remembering the good times they had. So how do all these millions of people with all age groups find something to do in New York – 12 months a year? There is only one answer – Concierge and in recent years this job has branched out to a whole new job description known as Lifestyle Manager.
Everything from flights to hotels, from shopping to shipping, day out to nights out, activities and excursions, metro card to museums, helicopter tours to fashion weeks, proposals to a baby shower – Concierge has an answer for everything and anything under the sky. Thier strength – Experience, and Networking. Now imagine these people serving a very high end, luxury hotels, resorts and apartments and an evening dedicated for them to honor, celebrate and congratulate the best the industry has and the better they are about to welcome.

Hotel Excellence Awards 2018

It is a perfect evening to showcase and enhance your business where the city’s top 500 Vip’s are in attendance from Hotel Managers, Directors of Food & Beverage, Event sponsors and many more. An evening – not to be missed. Want to know more about this – read here about New York Association of Hotel Concierge.

Cipriani – 55 Wall Street 

Cipriani is based in one of the historic buildings on 55 Wall Street. Another reason this is such a mesmerizing event is due to its location and greek style interior architecture to twin the looks of Pantheon in Rome – Cipriani Wall Street. 

Elegant centerpieces by Starbright Floral Designs who also won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

And this event is just not for Hotels, it can be for anyone that has a direct or indirect connection with the service and luxury industry such as Florist, Exquisite Timepiece & Jewellery Stores, Restaurants, Shopping Malls, Museums, Car Rentals, Broadway Shows, Dentist & Rejuvenating Clinics & Spas, Cruises and even Urgent Medical Services. Read more here  Where IN New York on how to attend this event.

Course 1 – Fresh Burrata with Marinated Grilled Vegetables.

This event honors 4 main categories – Concierge of the Year, Chef Concierge of the Year, Best Supporting Manager Of the Year and Community Service.  The evening begins with a silent auction (which continues throughout the evening), seating 3-course dinner, followed by the awards ceremony and of course an evening cannot end without dancing.

Show me your moves.

Cipriani London has been one of my personal fav restaurants, so I am familiar with the awesomeness they serve. However, as I just started my fitness regime, I tried my best to stick to the healthier options and tried my best to avoid those mouth-watering warm Cipriani Rolls.

Vegetable Steak with Baked Cauliflower and Bechamel & Potato Anna

They do have an option of Prime Roast Filet or Beef with Amarone sauce for all meat lovers.

Ricotta Cheese Cake with Pear Compote – I definitely savored a spoon with no guilt – Just one Spoon – Promise!

The evening was decorated with two amazing performance by the cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. & Escape to Margaritaville. Not only that, as a bonus we received 2 complimentary show tickets with many available dates and time preferences. I cannot wait to watch those soon.

As it was a black-tie event, we chose to be a little different and co-ordinated checks (to be honest I did forget it was a black tie event). Check prints can be quite diverse and yet very difficult to carry. However, with the right accessories, it can quite transform from a day look to an elegant evening look. Here’s how we managed to take it from a day look to an evening look.

Couple Goals – Check!

This is all I have to share today from this marvelous evening, until next year!

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