Working at Bowen & Company, one never knows where each new day may lead. In any given week, you might don a hard hat at one of the new Museums we are helping to open, check out an up-and-coming chef at the Beard House, tour the Plaza Hotel and a working farm, and attend a […]

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Every special event begins with a special venue. Finding the right venue can be a major time commitment, and one of the services we provide to our clients is narrowing the field to a few ideal choices that meet their needs and fulfill their vision. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located at Stone Barns Center […]

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Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

Over 440,000 people have paid a visit to the darkly wonderful “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit now running at the Met through August 7. Extended hours still cannot meet the public’s demand to view the late fashion legend’s iconic designs, and crowds wait patiently for their turn to enter the world of McQueen. The wait is worth it.

Gallery photography by The Photograph Studio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Andrew Bolton views McQueen’s collections through the eyes of a Romantic, which stands in sharp contrast to McQueen’s inherent—and sometimes controversial—edginess, with elements ranging from grotesque to theatrical to political to downright tormented. But, don’t take our word for it. Check out Bolton’s official Met blog below for an insider look at the exhibit without the wait.

Gallery photography by The Photograph Studio, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

But, kudos also go to the show’s production designers Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett. The diverse galleries serving as backdrop for the exhibit are works of art in their own right, with the rawness of the designs reflected in settings built of concrete and raw wood and everything in between, each gallery mesmerizing in its own way.

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The temperatures are rising, and the Bowen & Company team has been comparing notes on the best way to quench our summer thirst. What is your favorite drink on a hot summer’s day? Comment below to share your go-to recipe. We are vowing to try them all before Labor Day!

A staple at my family gatherings, the infamous Painkiller originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. The Bar doesn’t have a dock, so ordering a cocktail means swimming to shore, thus earning the Soggy Dollar its name. And, you can probably guess how the cocktail got its name.

4 oz. Pusser’s® dark rum
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. coconut milk
1 oz. orange juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with nutmeg and serve.

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When Bowen & Company took over as producer of the James Beard Awards, we conceived of adding a new video component as one of the tools to elevate the overall Awards Ceremony experience. We especially wanted to “put a face to” the Foundation’s five America’s Classics honorees, small regional “mom and pop” restaurants that hold a special place in their respective community’s histories as well as in their hearts. We chose to collaborate with Linton Media Inc. to create unique, short films that captured the human stories behind these beloved restaurants, always an emotional highlight of the annual Awards Ceremony. Five years later, these videos are still earning rave reviews, and we have incorporated additional videos to highlight other special moments in the Ceremony. Linton Media is a full-service production company that specializes in documentary films for television, event videos, and viral web campaigns. Meet award-winning producer Katherine Linton, who founded the NYC-based company in 2004.

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It should come as no surprise that the Bowen & Company team loves an excuse to celebrate. We kept our eyes peeled for good ideas during our Independence Day festivities and jotted down a few tips for your next gathering.

One of the best things about celebrating in the summer is all of the wonderful fresh foods ripe and ready for picking… and eating. The watermelon, tomato, feta and mint salad with vidalia onions that I found on Epicurious is a keeper! No oil, no salt. Just simply delicious.

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I have always been a die-hard foodie, but working with the James Beard Foundation has raised my awareness of great chefs doing extraordinary things all across the country. Thus, I couldn’t wait to make a visit to JBF Award-winning Chef Mike Lata’s Fig in Charleston, SC, and it did not disappoint.

From the moment you approach this unpretentious yet celebrated restaurant, you feel good. The exterior is unassuming and cool. The hosts are polite and welcoming. The atmosphere is easy. Then, there is Chef Lata’s delectable cuisine, highlighting South Carolina’s Lowcountry region from which it is all locally sourced with great care.

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June has officially busted out all over, and as we head into July, the Bowen & Company team took time to smell the roses, along with anemones, peonies, lilies, and a few other exotic choices. Florals are a powerful expression of personality at any event. Here are a few of our favorites.

“The anemone has been a favorite flower of mine for years! And while I love the brilliant reds, pinks, and purples; the black and white variety is the stand out. Its graphic elegance is both romantic and contemporary, making it “tres chic” for weddings and black-tie events.”

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After more than 15 years of producing corporate and nonprofit events of all types and sizes and swearing that “we don’t do weddings,” we finally tossed our bouquet into the wedding biz at Andaz 5th Avenue on Tuesday, June 21, where we celebrated the launch of our new division exclusively dedicated to weddings and private events. With all the long overdue but finally legal weddings about to be planned—thank you State of New York—our celebration turned out to be quite timely.

The truth is we’ve secretly been accepting some plumb wedding assignments over the years and realized that our brides and grooms aren’t so different from our corporate clients. They’re smart, they’re busy, and they desire excellence. They want to remain true to who they are, and they want their big day to reflect their unique qualities. Our ability to act as editors and master organizers for our clients makes the process more efficient without sacrificing any of the quality or creativity. We’ve loved each of the weddings we’ve planned over the years, and we’re excited about making the commitment official with our new division.

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Welcome to Strategy & Style, Bowen & Company’s official blog. If you visit us regularly, (and we hope that you do!) you will find an array of helpful tips, inspirations, and tales from the field.

We have lots of exciting news here at Bowen & Company this summer. We just wrapped up the James Beard Awards, the most successful to date, and we are already in planning mode for next year’s big 25th anniversary. We are also working on an exciting new JBF program focused on sustainability in the food industry…more details coming soon! This fall, the Museum for African Art hosts its first gala event in their new Harlem digs, and we are producing the grand reopening festivities for the National Academy Museum & School. We are also pleased to announce the launch of our new division exclusively devoted to planning weddings and private events.

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