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Verizon / Motorola Moto Z & Moto Mods Launch

Yesterday's Moto Z / Moto Z Force / Moto Mods launch was filled with energy as tech press swooped in to get a first look. The event featured a number of different displays showcasing both the functionality and design of the new products. Press were encouraged to play with devices, take photos, and watch projections. The event featured an informational session with presentations by Jeff Miller, Corporate VP at Motorola Mobility, and Jeff Dietel, VP of Marketing at Verizon. 

Below are photos from the event. Take a look here for more details about the event from Mashable.

Media line up outside the venue before the launch. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Media line up outside the venue before the launch. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Guests were treated to mac & cheese. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Guests were treated to mac & cheese. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Moto Mods featured on the walls. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Moto Mods featured on the walls. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Kate Spade line of Moto Mods featured at the event. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Kate Spade line of Moto Mods featured at the event. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Press takes photos of the new phones. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Press takes photos of the new phones. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Jeff Miller and Jeff Dietel spoke to the crowd in the HELEN MILLS Theater. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Jeff Miller and Jeff Dietel spoke to the crowd in the HELEN MILLS Theater. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

A display showcases the projection cabability of one of the phones. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

A display showcases the projection cabability of one of the phones. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Motorola

Siggi's Yogurt in the House!

Our most recent delivery of Siggi's products. We can't decide if there is a best flavor.

Our most recent delivery of Siggi's products. We can't decide if there is a best flavor.

We are BEYOND excited to announce that we are now offering siggi's Yogurt! The team has been fans (and neighbors!) of this wonderful Icelandic style skyr yogurt company for a few years now and are ecstatic to be one of their customers as well. Below are a few FAQs to get you acquainted :).

What is skyr yogurt? Skyr is a dairy product with the consistency of greek yogurt but with a much milder flavor. It's been a part of the Icelandic diet for over a thousand years. It is high in protein and low in fat, making it an especially satisfying and nutritious yogurt.

What flavors are available? All of siggi's yogurts contain natural ingredients to lend flavor and complexity to their product. Flavors inlcude everything from plain to pomegranate & passion fruit to one of our seasonal favorites, strawberry & basil. Check out the full list here.

Where is siggi's produced? Yates County, New York and Richland County, Wisconsin.

Who / what is Siggi? Siggi Hilmarsson moved from Iceland to New York City in 2002 and began making skyr in his home. The operation soon expanded and the rest is history.

To learn more about siggi's, check out their website here. For wonderful ideas of what to eat with your siggi's, check out their gorgeous Facebook page.

Gracie's Gorgeous, Record-Inspired Mitzvah

Gracie's mitzvah this past weekend was nothing short of exquisite. From the record-themed decor to the custom-made confections to the crowd clearly bursting with excitement, the evening was everything a milestone celebration should be. We were truly impressed by the creativity, attention to detail, and sense of design that shined through, throughout the night. 

Below are just a few of our favorite things from a spectacular night. We hope this brings you inspiration!

Gracie on the dance floor, surrounded by friends and family. Photo by Art Photographers.

Gracie on the dance floor, surrounded by friends and family. Photo by Art Photographers.

This one take's the cake! Lori's Cakes designed this custom record player cake for Gracie, complete with her favorite record (pictured at left). Photo by Art Photographers.

This one take's the cake! Lori's Cakes designed this custom record player cake for Gracie, complete with her favorite record (pictured at left). Photo by Art Photographers.

Gracie's candle lighting ceremony involved close family and friends who were there to commemorate the milestone. Photo by Art Photographers.

Gracie's candle lighting ceremony involved close family and friends who were there to commemorate the milestone. Photo by Art Photographers.

The dance floor featured paper lanterns, gobos, and LED - raised platform, lounge ottomans, and more. Photo by Art Photographers.

The dance floor featured paper lanterns, gobos, and LED - raised platform, lounge ottomans, and more. Photo by Art Photographers.

It's all in the details - from left to right - hanging mobile made of records, candy bar, and porthole signage. Photo by Art Photographers.

It's all in the details - from left to right - hanging mobile made of records, candy bar, and porthole signage. Photo by Art Photographers.

In addition to the creativity of Gracie and her mother, the following vendors worked hard to make for a magical event: Cake by Lori's Cakes | Candy bar by Lisa Blacker | DJ, dance floor platform, and gobos by Total Entertainment | Flowers by Merriel Weston Floral Design | Lounge furniture provided by HELEN MILLS.

Planning a Mitzvah or other celebration? Contact us for more information or click here to learn more.

Our Top Picks: Summer Cocktails

Whether you're planning a product launch, birthday party, or benefit, one of the key elements for your event will likely take into account what is being served at the bar. Knowing this, last week we announced an all-craft beer menu after much deliberation.

This week, we bring you recommendations from the team on some of our favorite cocktails this summer. Personalize your bar menu by renaming these beloved cocktails to reflect your product, cause, or celebration, or go with the classic names, whichever works best! Whatever you do though, please enjoy. 

#1 AMERICANO Stacie Black

Americano's are made with Campari, sweet vermouth & soda - great for a light cocktail. Photo by: Flickr user hirnrinde_de

Americano's are made with Campari, sweet vermouth & soda - great for a light cocktail. Photo by: Flickr user hirnrinde_de

The Americano is a great, light summer cocktail, composed of Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and club soda. A favorite of our very own, Stacie Black :). Check out the recipe here.

Fun Fact: It is the first drink ordered by James Bond in the first novel in Casino Royale.

#2 MOSCOW MULE ISABELLE M-T

Moscow Mules from above. Photo by: 3stacksdallas on Instagram

Moscow Mules from above. Photo by: 3stacksdallas on Instagram

This cocktail is ubiquitous on drink menus around the city due to its deliciously refreshing flavor.  It consists of vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. Check out the recipe here.

Fun Fact: The cocktail became popular during the vodka craze in the United States during the 1950s.

#3 White Sangria REBEKAH KIM

Photo courtesy of simplyduostyle on Instagram.

Photo courtesy of simplyduostyle on Instagram.

Originally from Spain and Portugal, this is the definition of a refreshing summer drink. It can also be made in advance which is great for quick service. Ingredients include wine, brandy, fruit and more. Check out the full recipe here.

Fun Fact: Sangria was introduced to the United States when it was brought to the 1964 world’s fair in New York City by Alberto Heras.

Have another recommendation? Let us know in the comments!

HELEN MILLS Now Offers All-Craft Beer List

We're very happy to announce that the HELEN MILLS' beer offering is now exclusively made up of craft beer, with one choice brewed just two miles from the venue! 

4 bottles of craft beer

THE BEER LINEUP

In choosing the beer list, our team aimed to appeal to a wide variety of our guests who attend and host events in the event space and theater, while introducing beer drinkers to new experiences. "It was a tough choice to make - I like having a variety of styles because guests may prefer different options, depending on their preferences or even mood," says HELEN MILLS Operations Manager, Rebekah Kim.

In the end, the choices were narrowed to four excellent brews (clockwise below): Alphabet City Brewing Co. - Easy Blonde, 2. Abita Light, 3. Sam Adams - Boston Lager & 4. Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale

A Robust Selection

1. Alphabet City Brewing Company: Easy Blonde Ale

*This is our seasonal choice - it will be rotated to make way for another tasty choice*

About the Beer: This crisp, light-bodied golden ale has hints of citrus and white pepper and is lagered to give it a smooth, crisp finish. This beer is a great choice if you're looking for a smooth, easy drinking beer.

Fun Fact: Alphabet City Brewing Company is located 2.1 miles from HELEN MILLS in the East Village and is one of just a handful of breweries located in Manhattan.

More About the Brewery

2. Abita Light

About the Beer: An all-malt lager brewed with pilsner and carapils malts and Vanguard hops. It is the smoothest and most flavorful light beer you’ll ever taste.

Fun Fact:  Abita Beer is based in Louisiana and was the first craft brewery in the Southeast.

More About the Brewery

3. Samuel Adams: Boston Lager

About the Beer: This lager is well balanced, complex and full-bodied with some malty sweetness contrasted by hop spiciness and a smooth finish.

Fun Fact:  Boston Beer Co, brewer of Samuel Adams brands, is largest U.S. craft brewery

More About the Brewery

4. Sierra Nevada: Pale Ale

About the Beer: It has a deep amber color and a exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. The fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor are the results of the generous use of the best Cascade hops.

Fun Fact:  This pale ale is the second best-selling craft beer in the United States, second only to choice #3 above. 

More About the Brewery

*Beer drinkers* please leave your thoughts and recommendations in the comments section - we'd love to hear from you.

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4 Tips for Better Food Presentation

This week, a number of innovative food brands gathered at HELEN MILLS for Food Fête, an exclusive, intimate event that introduces food PR and marketing professionals to a targeted group of top food writers. Exhibitors showcased their newest food, beverage and kitchenware products and in the process taught a few lessons in how best to present and serve food and engage their audience.

Below are four tips and photos from the event from the Yulu Asussie Style Yogurt (Tip #1), California Giant Berry Farms (#2), Sunset (#3), and Challenge Dairy (#4) booths. Take a look for inspiration for your next event!

Yulu yogurt and berry display at Food Fete NYC at HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater
Chips and salsa display at Food Fete NYC at HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater
Sunset tomatoes display at Food Fete NYC at HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater
Challenge Dairy display at Food Fete NYC at HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater


Need some more ideas for your next event? Download our eBook - Essential Event Tips You Can't Forget or Contact Us for an event consultation.

“Build-Your-Own” at Your Next Catered Event

Catering is one of the most important elements of any catered event. Why not try something that’s a step above a traditional menu for your next event?

Most cocktail parties consist of passed hors d’oeuvres and/or stationary displays in large baskets or platters. One way to make your event standout and more memorable is to provide a unique catering experience. “Build-your own” stations are becoming more and more popular at events. They give your guests an interactive activity by assembling their own meals, and it’s a fun experience for them to pick and choose different flavors and toppings. Next time you are planning a meeting or reception, consider these ideas before opting for a traditional buffet station:

1. Taco Bar

A “build-your-own” taco bar can be a fun way to provide a light dinner for your guests. Guests could start with beef, chicken or a grilled vegetable option, and go down the line adding their favorite toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole and salsa. This would be great for corporate companies and even children’s birthday parties.

2. Mashed Potato Bar

This is a spinoff of the traditional baked potato bar, and even that isn’t common at most events. Providing a mashed potato base makes the dish easier to eat, even for standing cocktail receptions with minimal seating. Toppings could include butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon, chives, broccoli and even gravy.

3. Biscuit Bar

There’s something cozy and inviting about having a biscuit bar at an event. It’s a classic southern tradition, and it never gets old. Southern comfort food is becoming more popular around NYC, so why not provide it at your next cocktail reception? Throw in some fried chicken in the menu, too! You could provide different flavored butters, from strawberry to cinnamon and maybe even one with brown sugar. Another sweet topping could be honey. If you want to provide some savory toppings, you could provide the classic white peppered gravy and one with sausage in it. Mushroom gravy is also excellent, especially for the vegetarians.

4. Donut Bar

So many of us grew up eating fun-flavored donuts as kids, so having a “build-your-own” donut bar is sure to bring some smiles out at the end of an event. Start with a plain, glazed donut and let your guests choose additional flavored frostings, like strawberry frosting, a chocolate frosting or even a caramel sauce. Some other ideas are a Nutella spread and peanut butter. Toppings could include sprinkles, sea salt, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, cinnamon, chopped fruit, crushed graham crackers, M&Ms and one unique one is crushed potato chips. Yum!

5. Ice Cream Sundae Bar

This one is an oldie but a goodie. You basically start with vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream and provide similar toppings as the donut bar (some new ideas are: fudge, whipped cream, maraschino cherries, candy, etc.). Perfect for all summer events!

Photo: Bree Hester of  BakedBree.com

Photo: Bree Hester of BakedBree.com

Need some more ideas for your next event? Download our eBook - Essential Event Tips You Can't Forget or Contact Us for an event consultation.

Event Planning Series: Rethink Your Event Catering - S'mores, mason jars and fresh flavors

As many people who have planned events know, catering can be one of the biggest expenses. Having good quality food is also one of the most important elements of a successful event. Poor food can leave guests with a literal bad taste in their mouth, and complaints that might ruin guests’ overall memory of the event. We spoke with Jessica Alton of Thomas Preti Caterers for advice on how to have food that will make your guests happy and your event a standout.

HELEN MILLS Event Catering Photos

Catering Tips to Inspire

REMEMBER THAT PEOPLE EAT WITH THEIR EYES
If your caterer cares about how their food looks, you can rest assured that they care even more about how their food tastes. Confidence in flavor typically leads to confidence in presentation.

CONSIDER A CREATIVE DESSERT TABLE
Instead of serving traditional desserts, which are costly and usually go uneaten, win over your dessert lovers with a fun dessert table. Some crowd pleasers include a chocolate fountain with dipping treats, a candy bar table for guests to fill small bags, or mini cupcakes on a pedestal. All of these options require little staffing, and create a ‘wow’ factor, while being cost effective.

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Private Event - Ishi Systems 20th Anniversary Dinner celebration

Q&A WITH A PROFESSIONAL

WHAT’S A CATERING CONVENTION YOU THINK SHOULD BE CHALLENGED?
Often clients are looking to do choice entrees or duet entrees. We recommend not offering a choice (we always have a silent vegetarian option) and providing instead a wonderful meal that you select for your guests. As you are the host, this shows your guests that you care about them and have chosen for them what you think they will enjoy.

WHAT ARE SOME POPULAR CATERING OPTIONS RIGHT NOW?
We’re always out there looking to create new things. Some great ideas include:
• Fun, thematic cocktails. It works great to match your cocktail with the menu, season or the preferences of the guest of honor
• Presenting things in a mason jar - it’s fun and people love it.
• S ‘mores are everywhere. S ‘mores cupcakes, cookies, brownies, open faced and cheesecakes.
• I’m a fan of black and white cookies. It’s a perennial favorite. They’re always going to be fabulous.

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