Seen & Heard: Award-Winning Chili

••• Today only: “El Vez Burrito will be serving up award-winning chili; 11-4pm or until it runs out. This is the chili that took home top prize at Sunday night’s NYCHILIFEST competition: El Vez Chili with dry-aged beef, heirloom rattlesnake beans, oaxaca chilis, crema, cheddar cheese and smoked sea salt.”

••• “Any ideas for a rehearsal dinner venue in the area?” emailed a reader. “We’re looking for a low-key space that can fit a large number of people (up to 100 seated). To give you an idea, Forlini’s was our top choice—but they can only seat up to 75 people.” That’s a tough one. I have a couple of thoughts but first, what are your suggestions?

••• Those of us who cut the Canada Goose patches off our coats might consider replacing them with the new patches from Best Made Co. They were designed by illustrator Ross MacDonald.

••• After a rep for Nexxus invited me to the Nexxus New York salon for an event for Fashion Week, noting that it would be closed to the public for that time, I asked whether it wasn’t closed to the public for good these days, as we were recently told by a staffer. “The Salon is currently open by appointment only (not to the public day-to-day), but during our NYFW events we extend the invite to the Nexxus network of local businesses, influencers and press,” was the response.

••• Tonight at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center: Jack Kleinsinger’s “Highlights in Jazz” 43rd-anniversary concert: “Catherine Russell will be heading a group featuring Ted Rosenthal, Warren Vache and more. Russell is a one-of-a-kind musician and vocalist. She has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie,Cindi Lauper, Paul Simon and many others.” Photo by Stefan Falke.



  1. Nooooo! You can’t cut the Canada Goose patches off! How will I know who the dingbats are then?!!! I love the Canada Goose couples.

  2. We had our rehearsal dinner at the TriBeCa Grill. They have a private room that holds quite a large amount of people, and have AV options if that’s something you need.

  3. Thalassa is a beautiful space for a wedding or rehearsal.

  4. Thalassa’s bar is also a great spot once the divorced is finalized.