Calorie counting was put to the wayside Tuesday night when the fashion set converged at Café SFA to toast the release of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Assouline’s American Fashion Cookbook. “I have a penchant for everything spicy, salty and cheesy, so the appetizers sang to me,” laughed the book’s editor, Lisa Marsh.
The occasion was hosted by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and Saks Fifth Avenue chief Steve Sadove—whose store windows pay homage to the title. Among those sampling the bite-size morsels made from recipes pulled directly from the book were many of its food-savvy contributors, including John Truex, Albertus Swanepoel, Jeffrey Banks, Behnaz Sarafpour, Yeohlee Teng and Matt Murphy. “I cook it every Saturday, I swear,” guaranteed von Furstenberg of her aptly named “Saturday Night Chicken.”
Between sips of Lilly Pulitzer “Key Lime Mojitos,” Prosper Assouline took Four Seasons proprietor Julian Niccolini through the tome. “I don’t cook, but I love the idea of cooking and going to the market to buy the ingredients,” offered Assouline, who sold 60 copies to one customer during the evening. “This is another medium of style and to make this book was like cooking something—without knowing what the outcome would be.”
Elie Tahari, meanwhile, proved himself the ultimate perfectionist: in between sampling his recipe for grilled lamb chops with fresh mint and Zac Posen’s “Great Grandma Jeannie’s Butterscotch Wafers,” the designer unabashedly offered a tip or two. “Make sure the meat is very lean and chop the mint very fine,” he piped, before bowing out early. “I’m off to yoga now to burn off the calories.”