Influencers Only Event (+ ME) At Loring Place
The photography for this article taken by Michelle Williams of Coffee And Champagne at the event Melanie Silva wrote about
Whenever I tell people I intern for a food and lifestyle blogger, their faces instantly light up. They can’t even process the fact that such a cool thing exists — to eat my way through the city and write about it. They start asking me all of these questions about what my duties are, what my boss is like (she’s fantastic by the way, not just saying that), and what my all-time favorite experience has been so far.
I have to say, getting to visit Loring Place with Michelle, whom, I hope you all know is the brains behind Coffee and Champagne, and other social media influencers has been the highlight of my internship so far. I couldn’t believe I was even able to attend, seeing as it was a private Summer menu tasting presented by Chef Dan Kluger himself. Exclusive doesn’t even begin to describe how the invitation alone felt. I dressed in major heels of course, 'cause I was not going to be the girl standing out in flats - no sir.
I was the last to arrive, which should never be the case for any up and coming interns by the way, but I blame my undeserved trust towards the Maps app on my iPhone (and those epic heels). Also a big fat ‘screw you’ to the many delayed subway trains across NYC, I know better now.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, to be honest, I hadn’t given it much thought at all. As excited as I was to get a glimpse at this ‘behind the scenes’ aspect to the world of social media influencers, I was more focused on not tripping my way through the city. Sitting down, I looked around and felt like a total dork for being so overdressed. I kid you not — heels was the last thing anyone in the room was wearing. Sneakers, jeans, or a casual daytime dress would have been the right move for me. Suddenly I was the one standing out. Not that it completely matters, ‘cause all my Carrie Bradshaw’s out there that know it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, right? Still, I felt like the epitome of a real life intern in that moment.
One quick look around and I felt pretty glamorous. We were sat in a private dining room with double doors and massive windows overlooking a close to perfect backyard. The amount of attention that was paid to every little detail in the room was hard to miss. My jaw dropped when I glanced at the menu and saw how many dishes we would be trying for the next hour and a half. I thought to myself, “there’s no way I can make it to dessert” (spoiler alert, I did)! I don’t think there are words to describe the amount of yummy-ness I was lucky enough to experience in one sitting. Each dish had a hint of spicy goodness, which the Miami girl in me thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated. To put it simply, Chef Dan knows what he’s doing my friends. My stand out favorites were the Heirloom Tomatoes with Parmesan Croutons, the Squash Blossom Pizza, the Wood-Grilled Arctic Char with Quinoa, and the Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae with Pretzels. I pretty much loved everything on the menu, if you get my gist.
An hour and a half later, as I made my way out of the room, I thanked Chef Dan for all the amazing dishes. He smiled, handed me his business card, and said to let him know when I would be coming back. Who would have thought that I, Melanie the summer intern, could suddenly walk into a restaurant and confidently say she knew the Chef? Major brownie points for me and my ego whenever I bring anyone to Loring Place—so going to bring my family there when they come to visit!Getting to be even a tiny part of this experience made me feel like a princess.