At the end of 2017, the NYC & Company 17th Annual Visionaries & Voices Gala was held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The annual event celebrates iconic individuals and institutions that embody the vibrancy and vitality of New York City. The 2017 event honored “The Greatest Showman,” a new film from 20th Century Fox; SPE Partners and the new National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey; and the NFL and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group for the new NFL Experience Times Square. A Lifetime Achievement Award was present - ed to Susan Ungaro, then the president of the James Beard Foundation, for her past 11 years of dedication at the helm of the national culinary arts organization based in New York City.

More than 300 guests enjoyed appear - ances by Tony Award–winning actress Cady Huffman, who served as the eve - ning’s emcee; Union Square Hospitality Group’s Danny Meyer; and chef and television personality Carla Hall, among others. Guests also experienced musical performances from “The Phantom of the Opera,” which celebrates its 30th anniver - sary on Broadway in 2018.

Sixty-two guests gathered for the Northeast M+E Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards on Aug. 16 at Upstairs at The Pennsy in New York City. The event’s presenting sponsor was Kalahari Resorts & Conventions; the bar sponsor was Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center; and the “green” carpet sponsor was Topgolf. Event partners included Acute Inflections, Jamie Rosler from ComedySportz, Drawing Booth, Eclipse Events, Flowerful Events, Pat LaFrieda, The Pennsy Food Hall, Sabi Sushi and Wizard Studios


It’s all in a day’s work for Julie Sawitz, the 21 Club’s director of private dining.