On February 7th, the most magnificent tablescapes were showcased in our Grand Ballroom for the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Dinner. Each and every table was designed by a different inspired talent that truly showcased the best of New York City’s creativity. The guests’ favorite way to support the New York Botanical Garden is in their Orchid Sale. These orchids are not of the same caliber of the ones you pick up from Whole Foods, these flowers are grown at the garden and are raised under the most pristine conditions that make them truly the most gorgeous orchids I’ve ever seen.
Within minutes of the reception starting, each and every one had a “sold” sign on it. The early bird certainly catches the worm in this case. During the reception, in addition to fundraising and hors d’oeuvres being passed, guests were able to make their way into the Grand Ballroom for a preview of the outstanding decor. When it was time for the dinner to begin, attendees of the gala enjoyed one of our signature entrees, "Vegetable and Pearls" with candy cane beets, zucchini and mango-passionfruit spheres. What was awaiting the guests for their main course was a succulent Plaza Filet of Beef with Brussels Sprouts, Imported Pancetta and a Thyme-Demi Glace. And what better way to conclude a meal than with S'Mores?! The Plaza's take on this classic dish, with Toasted Italian Meringue, Chocolate Gelato and a Graham Crumble. Yum.
All in all, a very successful evening where guests enjoyed themselves while donating to a fabulous cause. The Botanical Garden ended up raising just around $600,000 – a homerun for everyone.