Monday, December 8, 2008

Midtown West welcomes Seasonal Weinbar restaurant - Contemporary Austrian and German restaurant opens its doors December 2008

Midtown West welcomes Seasonal Weinbar restaurant - Contemporary Austrian and German restaurant opens its doors December 2008
December 8, 2008

New restaurant, Seäsonal, offering the finest Austrian and German cuisine and wine, is set to open their doors on December 8, 2008. Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder, the Executive Chefs/Co-Owners of Seäsonal, have combined their award winning culinary skills and created an authentic, upscale weinbar & restaurant that offers New York City diners a fresh perspective on Austrian and German dining with a modern Viennese interpretation of contemporary European cuisine.

“The foundation for modern cuisine should have its roots in a comprehensive understanding of the traditional” says Wolfgang Ban. “Seäsonal will not only bring together the delicacies of Austria and Germany as well as an outstanding wine list, but also a neighborhood in need of a restaurant offering exceptional food, service and atmosphere. Eduard Frauneder, our investors and I are very excited about our new endeavor.”

Seäsonal offers a high-end blend of unique wine and dish options including, Schweinsbauch (Crispy Pork Belly) braised in Riesling served with leeks and caraway foam, Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal cutlet) served with a potato and cucumber salad, Monkfish Medallions served on Szegediner Kraut and Emperor Gulasch (Braised Veal) served in a pepper coulis with lemon zest and sour cream. All menu items at Seäsonal are made with the freshest, locally grown ingredients based on the season, staying true to the restaurant’s name, Seäsonal. In addition, Seäsonal offers several mouth watering desserts that include Austrian Strudel Variation and Chocolate Hazelnut Soufflé with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Each wine listed on the impressive wine list has been hand selected directly by the owners from Austria and Germany specifically to compliment every meal served at Seäsonal. Several indigenous and typical varietals like Riesling, Rivaner, Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkisch (known as Lemberger in the United States), Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Zweigelt, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Chardonnay are offered at Seäsonal.

The décor of Seäsonal combines elegance with a modern European touch, which sets the tone for a memorable dining experience. The dining room is illuminated by a celestial ceiling with sparkling lights in the shape of branches which lay beneath a film of translucent, sound isolating material. Not only does the ceiling create a glowing canopy over Seäsonal’s signature elliptical wine bar, it also ensures the restaurant’s noise level remains at a comfortable level for guests. The twinkling lit room is surrounded by a blank canvas of white walls, which serves as a revolving exhibition space for contemporary Austrian and German art.

Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder, merged professional paths after meeting while students at the prestigious, Gastronomie Fachschule, the Culinary Institute of Vienna. It was there Ban and Frauneder shared the same mentor and went on to manage and cook at many of the same high-end restaurants in Europe and the United States. Both Ban and Frauneder worked for Austrian Ambassadors in London and New York and a few years later were invited by the German Government to manage the German House Restaurant, a private delegate’s dining room located within the German Mission to the United Nations. In 2005, the business partners opened the catering company, Elderberry Catering and just a few years later, Ban and Frauneder decided to join forces with a group of investors and partner on their biggest endeavor yet - Seäsonal.

132 West 58th Street
New York, NY 11002
Tel: (212) 957-5550

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Beekman Bar & Books, Setting the standard for sophisticated hospitality

Beekman Bar & Books, Setting the standard for sophisticated hospitality
October 15, 2008

Beekman Bar And Books is the newest addition to the esteemed whiskey and cigar haven Bar And Books. Originally founded in 1990 in New York City by Raju S. Mirchandani, Bar And Books has set a new standard for cigar bars worldwide by redefining the concept of hospitality, sophistication and comfort. These premier and exclusive cigar bars are the first dedicated cigar bars in New York, offering a variety of over 150 whiskeys from Scotland, America, Ireland, Japan, India and New Zealand and a large menu of hand-made cigars from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Upon entering Beekman Bar And Books, patrons are greeted by a cozy lounge area of leather clad seats and small round tables, all of which are surrounded by a library of antique books. Soft lamps created from the establishment’s signature antique wooden monkeys dress the bar as well as the leather crescent-shaped booths and chairs spread throughout the space. Black and white photos decorate the walls leading to a private cigar room tucked away at the rear of this stylish bar. Bar And Books prides itself on their unique form of entertainment; screening classic James Bond films on flat screen televisions played at each location every night. On Mondays, Bar And Books offers complimentary cigars for the ladies and on Tuesdays all whiskies are specially priced.

The philosophy is to create an inviting ambience with a style of service that is second to none, coupled with an elaborate selection of spirits from whiskies and brandies to classic cocktails, light fare, vintage ports, and fine wines. In addition to Beekman Bar And Books, New York locations include, Hudson Bar And Books and Lexington Bar And Books. Bar And Books has also become an international phenomenon with two Bar And Books locations in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic.

Ben Scorah, Mixologist and Managing Partner of Bar And Books, began his career as a teenager in nightlife by working at the world renowned Hacienda night club as a bar back in Manchester, England. While attending England’s Leeds University to pursue a major in Business Management, he served as a bartender at the Warehouse Bar and Pu Na Na. After graduation he moved to London where he became a mixologist at Bodeca, a private members bar at the Flemings Rooms in Mayfair. There he was responsible for a cocktail list of over 50 signature drinks served to London’s elite. After almost 3 years of living in London, he ventured to New York City where he pursued a career in bar management and mixology at Barmarche in Soho for two years before becoming the Managing Partner of Bar And Books. Ben Scorah has won awards for his expertise in mixology from Theme Magazine, 42 Below Vodka, Belvedere Vodka, Rhum Clement, Glenmorangie Whisky and Glenfarclas Whisky.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Core Development Group

Core Development Group

Core Development Group strives to surpass all expectations by transforming New York Real Estate into first-rate residences. They have revolutionized the meaning “living beautifully” by strategically incorporating only the finest finish elements, luxury products and deluxe amenities into each square foot of their developments.

President and CEO, Josh Guberman, thrives on challenges and is well known throughout the industry for undertaking unique projects requiring extraordinary skill. He believes a successful development group must interpret a client’s personality, including what makes them most comfortable and how they function within their home. For Guberman, “Luxury” is not about stainless steel kitchens and imported tile but a detailed approach to creating seamless design and elegance combining old world European craftsmanship with modern technology and style. High design is not about flashy architecture or the trendy style, it is about paying attention to the details and providing value and beauty for clients.

This esteemed firm focuses their efforts in producing compelling projects that reveal prolific energy and exhaustive attention to detail. For the past ten years, Core Development Group has successfully completed more than twenty ground-up buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. They pioneered the first Condos in the history of the now “white hot” Greenpoint, Brooklyn area with the specific purpose of creating quality housing at attractive price points. CDG, along with partners Steve Novak and Don Fellner of the Bluestone Group just completed 101 Wyckoff, a 32 Unit Loft project in Bushwick, the first of its kind in this up and coming area.

They are now focusing on New York prime with the launches of three extraordinary projects in the West Village and Upper East Side: Union Square Lofts, Legacy and Lux 74. All three projects combine sleek styling, upscale finish packages and opulent amenities at attractive, below market price points.

Qualified, accomplished, skilled service is the hallmark of Core Development Group.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lawlor Media Group wins Dan's Papers Accolade

Influential Dan's Papers readers choice awards has named Lawlor Media Group as best public relations firm in its 2007 Best of the Best competition.

We would like to express our gratitude to the readers whom voted for us as well as to Dan's Papers and their annual readers awards. Thank you ! For more details concerning Dan's papers please visit their website here.

NY Press to Preview Studio Mix




With hundreds of new developments making their mark on the New York skyline, Lesly Zamor, founder of Bloom Flowers, along with Dave Casey and Matt Knott, started Studio Mix, a luxury furniture, lighting and home décor company, to furnish these spaces. Their concept is to combine the fine craftsmanship of global artisans from various cultures and mix them with the clean lines of contemporary design. Studio Mix plans to periodically bring new collections to ensure a diverse selection of products from here and abroad. Such countries like Morocco, Southeast Asia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Europe and Turkey to name a few. As interior designers, the people of Studio Mix understand the need to provide finishing pieces that will have a visual impact on the design of a space. Their pieces are seamlessly able to style with classic or contemporary interiors.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Wine & Hors d’oeuvres
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

WHERE: Studio Mix
127 Madison Avenue
Bet. 30th & 31st Street
New York, NY

(212) 967-6900

Fisher House Foundation Tycher Family Foundation Charity Event

WHO: Fisher House Foundation


WHAT: The Tycher Family Foundation Charity Event Benefiting The Fisher House Foundation

The Tycher Family Foundation is dedicated to reaching out to the next generation- to inspire action and giving through raising awareness of opportunities to make an impact on the greater community. The Foundation selects one charity annually and underwrites an event that will raise awareness and provide the charity with 100% of the funds raised.

This year’s beneficiary is the Fisher House Foundation ( The Fisher House Foundation supports America's military in their time of need. They provide "a home away from home" that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time -- during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. Fisher House™ Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. Annually, the Fisher House™ Foundation program serves more than 10,000 families, and has made available nearly 2.5 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2008
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

WHERE: Church Lounge
@ The Tribeca Grand Hotel
2 Avenue of the Americas
New York City

(212) 967-6900

The 2008 Nature Conservancy Beaches and Bays Gala



The Nature Conservancy’s Eighth Annual Beaches and Bays Gala will be a star-studded affair. The annual event has attracted numerous celebrities and VIPs to the innovative and fun annual fundraising gala. This year the Beaches and Bays Gala will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served on the patio of the Karmely Estate – the historic former home of Robert Lion Gardiner. Guests can enjoy the spacious and lovely grounds before entering the main tent where a sumptuous dinner, catered by Glorious Food, is served. The festivities continue through the night with entertainment and lively dance music from the Paul Richard’s Band of Hank Lane Productions. An after-party for the junior attendees will take place in the courtyard lounge following the main event. The Nature Conservancy is excited to introduce this new aspect of the event, realizing the importance of developing the young leadership supporting the organization’s mission. Since 1951, the Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of river worldwide through pursuing non-confrontational and pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges. The global scope of the organization is one of their unique facets, as their strength is reliant on being one organization with one common goal. However, at a local level, the organization works hand-in-hand with the community to lead Conservancy initiatives across multitudes of regions and landscapes

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2008
Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 PM to Midnight

WHERE: Private Estate of Libby and Shahab Karmely
127 Main Street
Easthampton, New York

Lawlor Media Group (
Tel: (212) 967-6900

2008 Hamptons Golf Classic IV

WHO: HOST David Tyree NY Giants Super Bowl Hero 2008 HONOREE Neal Sroka Douglas Elliman Worldwide Consulting, LLC


NOTABLE GUESTS: Nobu’s Richie Notar; Celebrity Artist, Adam Port; Builder, Joe Farrell; Page Six’s Richard Johnson; Actress, Stella Keitel and NY Giants Super Bowl Hero, David Tyree.

The Annual Hamptons Golf Classic provides a venue in which Hamptons socialites, executives, and entertainment industry personalities can come together to support an important cause. This year’s Hamptons Golf Classic benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation which continues to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Designed to benefit a great cause and create a fun competition with the spirit of the Hampton’s, this charity event is entering its fourth year and has become one of the highlights of the summer season. Past celebrity guests included Kelsey Grammar, Russell Simmons, Amanda Hearst, Billy Crudup, James Lipton, Fat Joe, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Strahan, Dhani Jones, Anthony Anderson, Marc Consuelos, Tim Vincent, Andre Harrell, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Richie Notar, Stephen Baldwin, Jay Fiedler, Samantha Cole, Chace Crawford, Steven Klein, and Jason Binn.

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS: Hamptons Magazine, Bracco Wines, Magaschoni, Zino Platinum Cigars, Douglas Elliman Worldwide Consulting, LLC; Nike Golf, Steiner Sports, Champion Motor Group, Celebrity Service, Stella Artois, A. Harris, and Smartwater.

WHEN: Monday, June 23, 2008

Player Registration 10:00 AM
Continental Breakfast 10:30 AM
Shot Gun Start 11:00 AM
BBQ Lunch 1:00 PM
Dinner & Awards 5:00 PM

WHERE: Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club
1000 Country Road 51
Westhampton, NY 11901

Lawlor Media Group
Tel: (212) 967-6900

Project Cuddle New York 2nd Annual "flip flop casual" event



Flip Flop Casual is a charity event benefiting Project Cuddle. Project Cuddle is the result of one woman's crusade to help prevent infants from being abandoned. The foundation offers a safe and legal alternative to baby abandonment. Through Project Cuddles endeavors, over 600 babies have been rescued across the country and into Canada from the fate of abandonment or worse. Project Cuddle’s national spokesperson is popular actor John Stamos (“ER,” “The Beach Boys: An American Family,” “Full House”). Special musical guests The O.C. Beach Band, which is made up of former members of The Beach Boys, will have you dancing the night away, while you bid on great auction items and enjoy a fully catered meal with an open bar.

WHEN: FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008
7:00 PM TO 11:00 PM


(212) 967-6900

Sneak preview of the 2008 July issue of Social Life Magazine



Social Life Magazine delivers the epitome of luxury from the worlds of fashion, beauty, exclusive society events, weddings and travel. It brings out the opulent elements of society and social adventures of the Hamptons. It captures the spirit and ambience of the area’s most prestigious charity events, polo matches, and galas. From their exclusive feature articles to their innovative portrayals of society events, Social Life keeps their readers in the know of what is elite and luxurious. This summer, Social Life is hosting four events that coincide with their summer issue releases. The exclusive and private guest list will include celebrities, socialites, jet-setters, and taste-makers.

WHEN: Saturday, July 5, 2008
Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

WHERE: Private Estate
330 Middle Line Highway
Watermill, NY 11976

Lawlor Media Group (
Tel: (212) 967-6900

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Body & Soul Adventures - A life-changing experience

Body & Soul Adventures - A life-changing experience
March 2008

Renowned well-being program, Body & Soul Adventures, based in the enchanting rainforests of Brazil, offers clients the opportunity not only to escape from high-stress lifestyles, but also revitalize their health and regain their strength. The power of outdoor adventures coupled with an intense health and fitness program, creates a truly life-altering experience. This magical and challenging sequence of daily activities helps guests to relax and unwind. Owner Michael Mitchell invites guests to partake in this once-in-a-lifetime experience—enjoy rainforest hiking, sea kayaking, yoga, surfing, snorkeling, a complementary daily massage, aromatherapy, evening entertainment and a low calorie diet, all guaranteed to tone bodies and clear minds.

Body & Soul Adventures offers the ultimate solution for those who are looking for a jumpstart to get in shape, need a few days to de-stress or simply want to shed a few pounds. Through intense exercise, adventure and fun, Body & Soul Adventures challenge individuals’ to find and push their personal limits, bringing on the thrill of having accomplished something that was never imagined possible. By embracing and expanding on a philosophy of healthy living, the program provides a life-transforming, active travel and spa experience. It offers a break from the stress of work and career responsibilities, makes clients feel better about themselves, and creates a fresh environment to make new friends.

The program includes a nutritionally balanced diet, contributing to an improved quality of life, consistent weight control, a stable psychological state, better cardiovascular health, increased muscle mass and detox. Body & Soul Adventures has carefully selected the best trails and beaches in Paraty, Brazil as an integral part of this complete experience of exercise, diet, and relaxation in a serene and natural environment. The outcome? A quantum leap into physical and mental well-being.

Three new programs have been added this year—the Yoga Adventure, Dance Adventure and Ilha Grande Extreme. The Yoga Adventure allows clients to deepen their practice of yoga while experiencing the beauty of the Brazilian rainforest and tropical beaches. The retreat program is led by experienced and charismatic guest teachers who refresh guests’ spirits.
Body & Soul Adventures’ Dance Adventure is for those who are looking to learn Brazilian style dancing. This unique adventure combines daily dance lessons of Samba, Forró and Capoeira with yoga, rainforest hiking, and kayaking.

The Ilha Grande Extreme Adventure leads guests on a no-frills 100km adventure around the carefree island paradise. Hike the magnificent island for an unforgettable adventure.
Body & Soul Adventures proves that adventure does not necessarily mean a lack of comfort. Tastefully decorated in beautiful surroundings, this modern, comfortable and relaxing hotel is where guests are pampered and cared for after the day’s grueling activities. Both superior and basic suites are available. The suites are airy and spacious, and Wi-Fi connection is offered in all rooms.

Body & Soul Adventures
145 Rua Prisciliana Soares, Apt. 31
Campinas, CEP 13025-080
Tel: 1-877-627-8431