What do you call one part Uma, one-third part Jonas, a high-five from Jay-Z, and a side order of charity? Another typical night-out for me in NYC.
Last Monday night I headed out on the town with my usual red carpet partner-in-crime, Food Network Chef Chris Nirschel.
We started the evening at the Room to Grow Gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan. Room To Grow is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development.
Others on hand to support this cause included Uma Thurman and Liv Tyler. I briefly chatted with a very tall Uma who smelled as beautiful as she looked, same goes for Liv. We were quite impressed with how mature Thurman’s boys looked, all decked out in their finest attire with little men's blazers and penny loafers.
We not only got the opportunity to meet Tyler, but Tyler’s "mom that's got it goin' on." BeBe Buell was former Playmate of the Year in the November 1974 issue and the partial inspiration for Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous. Alongside her was her husband and stepfather to Tyler, rocker Jim Wallerstein.
Buell talked about her new album called "Hard Love," and Wallerstein contributed some entertaining stories about his stepdaughter. Jim shared a fun story of how tough it is sometimes for Liv being famous with all of the paparazzi, how they even followed them around for Halloween with all of them in costume with Livs son Milo, and Jim dressed as a witch. Wallerstein also shared a fun fact, “The decoy car only works sometimes.”
After spending about an hour chatting, sipping cocktails and stuffing our faces at the Mandarin’s food-filled buffet tables, we headed over to the Pierre Hotel. The hotel was hosting The Drama League’s annual benefit gala entitled A Musical Celebration of Broadway Honoring Tony and Emmy Award Winner Kristen Chenoweth.
As we entered the ballroom, we bumped into Nick Jonas who looked dapper in his tux before hitting the red carpet. Kristen looked beautiful and was as sweet as pie to all of the guests. Thankfully the Drama League was Drama free, and the entire evening was a pleasant one. We soon left there and headed over for some brief conversation and a high-five to Jay-Z before the rapper hit the stage at Carnegie Hall, a perfect ending to a fun filled night.