Happy Tuesday! I try to keep a blog calendar of ideas/crafts/holidays/recipes/events that I plan to blog about each month. The 2014 American Made event took place at the Martha Stewart Omnimedia Headquarters last year on November 7, 2014—so this event has been hanging out on my calendar for nearly 3 months already–so you are in for a treat!
This was my second year attending American Made as a Martha’s Circle blogger and the first year the event took place at the MS offices. Take a look at some of the photos from last year’s event here. Even though I’ve been to the MS offices a handful of times, I get tingly all over each time I walk through those doors. As someone who has been working in the corporate world for the past 8 years, it always amazes me how unexpected life can be–I certainly never thought I would be exactly where I am today.
For the past three years, the Martha Stewart’s American Made event spotlights the American Made winners and finalists, each of whom are American makers in a wide array of fields, products, and services. The event also provides expert panels with various celebrities, successful business owners, American Made winners, and of course the queen bee herself, Martha Stewart. This year, a few of the panelists included: Blake Lively (for her work on Preserve), Barbara Corcoran (one of my personal role models), Carolyn Rafaelian (CEO of Alex and Ani), and more.
While last year I focused my post on the panel presentations–and they are always motivational, business-savvy, and inspiring–this year I was awe-struck by something else: the party the night before. Just like her magazine, the Martha Stewart American Made party was styled to perfection with every detail sprung from the most creative minds in Manhattan. Imagine innovative and colorful presentations—for food, drinks, crafts, flowers, and products. I couldn’t stop taking it all in. Not to mention, I had just given birth to my daughter Wynn 1 month prior to this event, so I was more than a little thrilled to be out and about.
Case in point: passing various types of caviar on wood trays covered in ice with a separate passed tray containing mini-wooden spoons. Call me overdramatic, but this is brilliant.
A glimpse of the bar:
For the food, the room was set up to reflect regional specialties. The MS team and stylists flew in food and delicacies from all over the US, just to be featured on these tables.
Behold, the South:
Behold, the West:
And what’s a cocktail party without the craft table? My thoughts exactly.
Here’s the craft table and room it was in the day of the Summit:
Lunch and mid-day snacks the day of the Summit:
And, oh, look, a holiday card I created (a few weeks before this event at the MS offices–see that post here) on display at the Sprout station. Of course, I had to take a picture…
Beyond the party and decor, another aspect I love about American Made is meeting the different makers and creatives—some of the most interesting, talented, and passionate people you will ever meet. Just being in a crowd like this will get your creative juices flowing. I had 2 or 3 cocktails with Einav Sharon & Jeff Silva from Brooklyn, makers of Filfil, a hot sauce with Israeli origins. These two were neighbors who decided to go into business together, and I had the best time swapping experiences with them. Their hot sauce is phenomenal, even better than Sriacha, and I’ve been devouring it up ever since I was introduced. Filfil was an honorable mention this year at American Made.
Cleverly, the American Made event also sets ups a separate section each year for shopping the Makers/Winners/Honorable Mentions at the event. I bought one of these from Twigg’s Bindery almost immediately after meeting artist and owner Jonna Twigg and her sister-in-law, who handmakes (with her team) these beautiful, one-of-a-kind leather books out of Brooklyn. Everything is ordered online at the event and then shipped to your home free.
And, finally, here’ s a fun photo of the other Martha’s Circle bloggers at the event: moi, House that Lars Built, Lia Griffith, Flax and Twine, Facci Designs (not pictured), and Budget Savvy Bride (not pictured).
A few tickets to the American Made are open to the public each year and I highly, highly recommend attending if you are in the NYC area and get the chance to go. See you there, next year!