February 2013 Newsletter


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February 2013


January went fast, and 2013 is moving right along…soon it will be spring, then summer, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Winter in NYC is actually pretty awesome. I’m crossing my fingers for lots of snow, because if you’re like me you live for the moments when this city is blanketed in the white fluffy stuff and everything seems to get a little quieter, a littler cleaner, a little bit softer. Stay warm folks.

Hugs and kisses, from NYC

John Birdsong


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The 2013 Roger Smith Cookbook Conference

Calling all Foodies…and Wannabe Cookbook Authors

We are thrilled to be hosting the 2nd annual Roger Smith Cookbook Conference this February 7-9th here in NYC. Attendees can expect a gathering of some of the best known personalities in the food world and a chance for one on one discussion as well as a wide ranging program of panels and events.

Can’t make it?? Tune in to our live video webcast at: http://cookbookconf.com

From the organizers:

Everybody knows what a cookbook is – or do we? They’ve been around at least since the Middle Ages, dispensing information on something that all households formerly had to do at least three times a day. Whether written by pros or home cooks, they convey more about their begetters and users than can be reduced to teaspoons and tablespoons. Over and beyond advice on buying, preparing, and serving food for purposes of health, thrift, glamour, or pure pleasure, they can speak volumes about the societies and times that have produced them – including our own. Far-reaching change is underway within the genre as recipes migrate online, or into e-books and culinary apps. The future undoubtedly holds even greater changes in the entire economics of cookbook publishing.


This conference is planned as an eclectic gathering of those who publish, write, edit, agent, research, or simply buy and use cookbooks. Our object is to share as inclusive a range as possible of our very different learning experiences. On each day, concurrent sessions will take place on a broad and stimulating range of topics, from manuscript cookery books and class and politics in cookbooks, to cookbooks in the digital age and the culinary app.


We hope you will enjoy the conference.


Cathy Kaufman, Anne Mendelson, Adam Salomone, Bruce Shaw,

and Andrew F. Smith


A note about the conference format:  


  • The conference runs over 3 days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 7-9.
  • There are separate registration fees for pre-conference workshops on Thursday, and for Friday and Saturday. You may register: 1) pre-conference workshops on for a workshop on Thursday; 2) the Conference on Friday and Saturday; or 3) both. (There is no single-day registration for Friday or Saturday.)
  • Thursday is dedicated to pre-conference workshops only. There is a separate registration fee for the workshops. Pre-registration is a must; no walk-ins.
  • Friday and Saturday are the core of the conference program. On each day, 4 time blocks will each offer 4 sessions from which to choose. These sessions are not pre-registered-you may sample all of them or stick with a single one per block.
“Valentines Quickie” Popup Launch by
Lola Haze and Victoria Bekerman Brings Romance to Midtown

by melissa gonzalez, lion’esque style


February 1-14th


Come join designers Laura Mehlinger of Lola Haze TM and Victoria Bekerman for a special Valentines shopping event February 12 from 5-9, where shoppers can grab up to 50% off select merchandise, while sipping wine and getting personalized shopping consultations.

Says  Laura Mehlinger, “Valentine’s  is the perfect time to indulge in special gifts of lingerie and jewelry, but it can also be a stressful event, especially for male shoppers.  I wanted to set up a comfortable space where both men and women are welcome to browse and receive personal attention and advice.  We want to make Valentine’s shopping easy and fun!”  We decided on the cheeky name “Valentine’s Quickie” because we want to reassure busy midtown shoppers that they can find a special romantic gift quickly and easily.

Lola HazeTM  serves a contemporary market and has been celebrated in such publications as Lucky, Nylon, WWD, NBC, and Dailyfrontrow, and is loved by celebrities like Maggie Gyllenhall, Kim Kardashian, and Mya.

Valentine’s Quickie Popup shop will be located in the RSpop space at 501 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (between 47th /48th streets).

February in The Corner

by melissa gonzalez, lion’esque style
 For Valentine’s Day, our team is dedicated to keeping women sexy for the holiday and helping men shop for the woman they love or are crushing on. We will have selections for the Sweet Secret Admirer, the Lion’esque Lover and the Spicy Spouse, and of course we always champion women looking sexy for themselves too! The style team will be on site ready to help get the essentials together including:

  • Delicious chocolate covered Fretzels starting at $6, the perfect balance of salty and sweet
  • Sensual lingerie by CLO Intimo marked down 25% for in-store purchases from February 4th-February 14th
  • Organic message oil by Surya Brazil containing a luxurious blend of Brazilian oils and botanicals
  • Gorgeous jewelry by coveted emerging brands including Heather Belle, MissFits, Fifth Bond, Susan Hanover and more.

Open Monday through Friday 11am-7pm
The Corner, located at 501 Lexington Avenue at 47th Street at the Roger Smith Hotel


Added Bonus: Be sure to follow Lion’esque Style on Facebook & Twitter throughout the month for Surprise announcements including their All Things Bridal event on February 20th and appointments for a guided style tour.


Chocolate at It’s best: The Mast Brothers

by john birdsong

Chocolate sort of defines Valentine’s day for many people, of course some smooches will round out that equation too. If you like your chocolate hand made and extra special, and of course delicious, you’ll fall in love with these bearded Brooklyn brothers. Their chocolate defines excellence, but don’t take it from me try some for your self. You can pick up their chocolate bars at various locations in NYC (shake shack sells them) or you can tour their factory in Williamsburg. Check out this awesome process video from their site mastbrothers.com. Happy melting…

Click image to watch video

Here’s a video exploring the science and technology employed by craft chocolate makers, Mast Brothers.


The Introducing Series at The Window at 125

by danika druttman

Introduction #14

Huong Ngo, introduced by Nancy Lim
On show February 12-26th 2013

Find us: 125 East 47th St, New York NY 10017


In this public intervention into the landscape of midtown Manhattan, Hương Ngô in collaboration with the Bureau of False Friends excerpt key scenes from La Hora de los Hornos (Hour of the Furnaces, the 1968 revolutionary Argentinean film directed by Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas) in order to haunt our present moment of expedient, global progress with the ghosts of our many colonial pasts, and to argue for the urgency of the militant image today in the interrogation of daily violence enacted on time, labor, and representation.

Huong Ngo is an artist and educator, born in Hong Kong, and based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work, often collaborative and performance-based, has been supported by the New Museum, Rhizome, LMCC, The Kitchen, EFA Project Space, Tate Modern, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Museum in Prague. She is a part of the collective Fantastic Futures, a recent Whitney Independent Study Program Fellow, and has a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently has a collaborative project with Or Zubalsky on view at Vox Populi (Philadelphia) and upcoming works can be viewed at Smackmellon (Brooklyn), Provisions Library (George Mason University), and Quartair (The Hague).

The Introducing Series is an initiative that creates a platform for emerging artists to be formally introduced by an advocate of their art and future career. Twice a month a new artist will be presented by their champion and will have an exemplary piece of work exhibited at
The Window at 125. 

To accompany the piece in the window space, a celebration of each artist and the formal introduction will take place in the form of a conversation between the champion and artist during an invitational evening. They are posted in its entirety every two weeks here on rogersmithlife.com

NEW! Masterpieces of The Met Package

by marlenny paredes
New York is the capital of the arts world, home to many of the finest museums and galleries in the world. The Met is the largest, and arguably the most important art institution, and houses many of the most distinguished, important art collections in existence. It is one New York destination that absolutely must not be missed.  ‘Masterpieces of The Met’ is a tour designed and lead by the accomplished museum educator Wendy Lubovich.
This private tour will consider a curated selection of works at The Met that will provide the framework for a conversation about the qualities that make a piece of art a ‘masterpiece’. Wendy’s approach is to make the arts accessible by providing a truly unique experience, created to enhance the connection the viewer has with the art, as well as the understanding of the stories that make these pieces so celebrated. Wendy’s approach is unique to the  standard art tour format, her style is not to lecture, she is a conversationalist, whilst folding in facts, context and linkages.
Masterpieces of the Met, an extraordinary New York experience.
Package features:
-Two- nights’ accommodations
-1.5 hour long private guided tour including admission
-early check-in
-bottle of wine

in guest room

-2 bottled water in room

- yogurt and Granola breakfast bag for the day of the tour
**surprise welcome amenity upon arrival**
Wendy Lubovich is a graduate of Christie’s Education in London with a Fine and Decorative Arts degree.  She has been an educator at the Frick Collection and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, along with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. A writer specializing in art and design, Wendy is also a former television news anchor who brings a curiosity and directness into understanding art.  A life long painter, Wendy’s passion is to connect people and art in a creative and conversational way.


Package launches: February 8th, 2013
For further information and to book this package, contact Marlenny Parades on 212.583.3184 or email mparedes@rogersmith.com
Main reservation line:800.445.0277
RS Creative Agenda ‘Year in Review 2012′

by danika druttman
2012 was a year of transition and evolution in the Roger Smith’s creative development. With such pleasure we reflect on the last twelve months, with our ’2012 Year in Review’ video, beautifully compiled by Travon Surgeon.
Click image to watch video

For more information about art at The Roger Smith Hotel visit rogersmithlife.com

Apples for Apples
If you’re in the neighborhood…stop by, say hi, and grab an apple at our front desk!Be sure to say hi to Sophie, Manny, Randy or Kucuk!

Roger Smith Radio: Dismissed

by john Knowles
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RSPop[+] presents Roger Smith Radio!
What is you favorite type of sandwich?
This is the best #podcast yet.
Worth sharing.
If you like it, please do so.
Did you enjoy it?
In The Theater

by james fox, director of sales 


- This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has been produced three times for TV, starting in 1957, but this is its Broadway debut. A new book by Douglas Carter Beane gives a hilarious new take on the ultimate makeover story and brings out the sassier side of Cinderella. In previews now, opens March 3 @ Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway. More info

Ann - The acclaimed one-woman show, written and performed by Holland Taylor, brings to life the sharp-tongued, outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards, who summed up George W. Bush with the line “Poor George, he can’t help it; he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.” Previews begin Feb. 18, opens March 7 @ Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 150 West 65th St.

More info



Really Really

- TV stars Zosia Mamet (Girls) and Matt Lauria (Parenthood) take to the stage in Paul Downs Collaizo’s play about a group of college friends, scandal, class warfare and sexual politics. In previews now, opens Feb. 19 @ Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. More info 

The Revisionist

- Film star Jesse Eisenberg wrote and stars in this play about a young man struggling with writer’s block who travels to Poland and stays with his 78-year-old cousin, played by Vanessa Redgrave. Previews begin Feb. 15, opens Feb. 28 @ Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St. More info


- This is the first New York revival of the 1994 Tony Award-winning Best Musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, set in 19th century Italy, about a plain woman’s obsession with a handsome soldier. Previews begin Feb. 8, opens Feb. 28 @ Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th St. More info 

The Old Boy

- Revival of A.R. Gurney’s 1991 play about a politician returning to his prep school to dedicate a building to the memory of his best friend, only to find that he himself may have been the cause of his death. Previews begin Feb. 12, opens March 5 @ Theatre Row/Clurman Theatre, 410 West 42nd St. More info 

The Madrid

- Edie Falco plays a kindergarten teacher with a family who is tempted to leave it all behind in Liz Flahive’s drama about motherhood, freedom and trying to see people in your family as they really are. Previews begin Feb. 5, opens Feb. 26 @ Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 West 55th St. More info

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