Bevy decided to create a similar vibe for 50 of her "twitpals" and burgeoning entrepreneurs and dubbed it Dining With Bevy: Life With Vision. She did not disappoint. The company, the venue and the food were stellar. The inaugural event was held at the Aureole Restaurant in NYC. She initially warned us not to come "trying to be fabulous or to network but to fellowship and to be prepare to hear the real deal about what it takes to follow your true passion." The guest speaker was Emil Wilbekin, Editor-at-Large of Essence Magazine and one of Bevy's BFFs. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Wilbekin on a prior occasion and was excited to hear about his journey. He spoke openly and eloquently about the transitions and challenges he faced in his career where he worked for magazines such as Vibe, Giant and now Essence. He gave us just what we all needed to hear - that the path isn't also clear but perseverance prevails.
|Emil Wilbekin & Bevy Smith|
As I mentioned, the venue was Aureole located at 135 W. 42nd St in NYC, one block from Bryant Park. Being the foodie that I am, I've been to some amazing restaurants in my time, *clears throat* most notably Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley. However I'm a sucker for a restaurant with classically elegant decor. The space is filled with rich wood panels, leather seating and an elevated glass and lighting sculpted wine case obviously created by a with a sommelier in mind. Dining With Bevy: Life With Vision was held in the private dining room that features a palette of rich earthy textures and silver finishes. Bespoke (that's designer-ese for custom) sculptural sconces backed with silver wallcoverings wrapped the room creating a warm glow. The room is topped with a recessed ceiling cone which houses the same exquisite chandelier made of silver acrylic tiles showcased throughout the restaurant. And yes, the food was great too. Wish I had "instagramed" my plates. We even had our choice of signature cocktails created for the event - I selected 'Vibrate Higher', of course. Check out some pics of the interior.
It was all just FABULOUS...
Peace and Blessings,
Restaurant photos courtesy of CharliePalmer.com
Illustration by Tamika Blockett