I was born and raised in NYC. City life is very different than suburban life in many ways. For example, I never went to a mall until I was much, much older. Growing up a city kid, you don’t really go to malls for shopping. As a kid my mom would take me to Macy’s in Herald Square for all of my back to school clothes and even my haircuts. I have fond memories of the Thanksgiving Day parade, visiting Santa Claus during Christmas time and riding those old wooden escalators up and down with my mom.
Macy’s has and always will hold a special place in my heart. It’s a huge part of NYC and is such a landmark which is why I was so excited to receive an invitation to the 10 Anniversary of Macy’s Culinary Council. I mean, when you receive an invitation to eat and party with chefs Todd English, Marc Forgione, Nancy Silverton, Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, Takashi Yagihashi, Johnny Iuzzini and Tom Douglas, you really can’t say no, amiright? The Culinary Council is a national culinary authority made up of many of the nation’s rock star chefs. It was created in 2003, with the goal to inspire the way Macy’s customers shop, cook and eat at home. The chefs are both ambassadors and instructors, providing expert culinary advice and leading cooking demonstrations at Macy’s stores, with the aim of teaching customers how to cook and shop like a chef.
The store itself has undergone a huge transformation including the addition of an awesome new restaurant on the 6th floor called Stella 34 Trattoria where this event was held. Upon entry into Stella 34 Trattoria I was instantly impressed by the decor. This is not your average department store food court, it is every bit a chic NYC restaurant. The decor is modern but totally chill and not at all stark or cold. I have to admit, Stella grabbed my heart when I saw the waiters wearing Converse sneakers as a part of their uniform!!! And we haven’t even talked about the awesome views of the Empire State Building yet. Amazing!! We feasted on culinary delights from all of the Councils badass chefs including these ridiculously delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes with Raspberry Rose Buttercream created by Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini.
Thank you Macy’s Culinary Council for allowing me to be a part of your special anniversary. Here’s to many more years of culinary greatness. Cheers!!!
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