Saturday, July 6, 2019

14th Annual Central Park Conservatory Benefit

I recently attended the Central Park Conservatory Benefit which was held outside in the park's magical garden. 

Beneath a canopy of wisteria overlooking six acres of gorgeous fountains, blooms and lush landscapes guests enjoyed summer fare from Italian steak house Davio's, Latin and Caribbean inspired Angel of Harlem, seafood favorite Ocean Prime, Peruvian street food stand Mission Ceviche and Mexico City style taqueria La Chula. Desserts from Insomnia Cookies and speciality cocktails from New York heritage distillers Coppersea and artisanal mezcal tres papalote.

The Conservatory Garden is Central Park's six-acre formal garden. It is divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style: Italian, French, and English. The Garden's main entrance is through the Vanderbilt Gate, on Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets. This magnificent iron gate, made in Paris in 1894, originally stood before the Vanderbilt mansion at Fifth Avenue and 58th Street.

Frankly I didn't even know this place existed so it was quite the treat to be able to see the garden in this private soiree. 

I went to the benefit with my dear friend Nora who graciously invited me for an overdue adventure. We've experienced so many wonderful galas together and it was so much fun to add this great evening at the Central Park Conservatory to the list.

We sampled almost all the yummy foods including these deviled eggs topped with caviar. Of course what kind of Russians would we be if we didn't eat like 5x of these. ;)

My look that evening was inspired by Audrey Hepburn with my signature black sunnies, vintage black dress and heels. Out of all the old Hollywood movie stars Audrey's always been my favorite style to emulate and even more so since I've just finished reading her autobiography.

Nora and me continued to explore the park and came across this beautiful canopy setting. The photo doesn't do it justice and you can't really tell from this picture but running across the canopy was a mama raccoon and her tiny cute babies trailing right behind her. 

I had so much fun exploring the beautiful Central Park conservatory and despite the rain it was still a breathtaking adventure. Hope to come back again soon during nicer weather and definitely encourage everyone reading to visit this gem of a place in the city.

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