Monday, September 8, 2014

A wonderful Long Table night!!!



Our first Long Table event was a fantastic success! The warehouse came alive as interested guests enjoyed dining surrounded by art, antiques and beautiful floral design.




We seated 60 guests at our stylishly eclectic table and everyone made quick friends as they shared the delicious farm to table meal family style. The feedback exceeded our expectations with guests commenting how special it was to experience such a unique event so close to home.



We met coincidentally when I saw a small arrangement by Jaime of Parker's Petals at a nearby store.  I called her up to to inquire "where are you?? I've never seen anything like this beautiful creation before!!" She stopped by the warehouse the next day with her friend Helaine Winer with a gorgeous arrangement in hand.  Helaine, a social marketing business owner, owns Dot 2 Dot and is one of those rare types of people that within 5 minutes of meeting you has given you 24 ideas you should do and if you did 2 of them you would thank her forever. With her pensive look Helaine mentioned Carolyn Hough of Panetica, whom I had heard is this wonderful chef magically creating memorable meals in Summit and that we should all meet and we did. When my dear friend and tireless adviser,  Nan DiEdwardo got together with Helaine they almost blew the roof off the building with their ideas as they offered one after the other.  Your head goes back and forth like you are at a tennis match as their excitement and brilliance bounces around. Within a couple of weeks we all kept doing more and more and presented this wonderful Long Table Event right here in Summit!
Go HERE to see the menu.



My husbands 1955 pickup set the mood at the door as guests arrived at dusk. Thankfully I never saw the picture Helaine took from the backside of me in my dress arranging the plants! (Some things should NEVER be seen and her discretion is one of the reasons we became fast friends)



There were name tags for your wine bottles at the bar!



Fun loving group!



It was so special to share my treasure filled place with everyone.



A real handsome group of people!



We thank Jennifer Lavelle for her photography AND her enjoyable company.



All available candelabras graced the table.




Carolyn is truly amazing not only making a sumptuous dinner for 60 but making all the breads and crackers from scratch too!  Don't they look beautiful in the elk antler?



I have dozens of hotel silver bowls and they contrast so wonderfully with the rustic breadboards and cheeseboards. P.S. Can you believe Carolyn handmade ALL of this?




Her focaccia breads on an antique zinc sifting screen were delicious!



A vintage punch bowl is not only a wine cooler but displays fresh crudités.




This is a vintage enamel bread bin Carolyn repurposed.....



Carolyn in business mode over her famous handmade sourdough breads, above. She has carried the starter across the world with her as she has lived in several places. 






This pic is a personal favorite....nice one Jennifer!






Sourdough bread served in an old scale bin...



Jaime from Parker's Petals was at the warehouse for days happily creating eye catching arrangements.  Great photography Jennifer...LOVE this table made from a 19th century door.



Old stone platters were useful centerpieces....don't you love moss?







New Artisan and vintage married beautifully together...



The past several months have been such happy times for me in business and it was a true pleasure to partner with these hard working creative women with the simple idea of sharing our passion for authenticity in what we do with the community.
Jaime's proud smile, above, says it all for all of us.






Here Carolyn dollops her ginger whipped cream on each one of the 60 handmade plum gallettes! She is incredible!!




A truly happy crowd!!


The candles burned low and everyone felt good about being the first attendees of our Long Table event. Okay so they aren't pioneers but when something's good it's always fun to say "I was there!"HA!



Heather Cundey, editor of the prestigious The Scout Guide Northern New Jersey, was in attendance and gifted each guest with a guide to their favorite city.  Thank you Heather and also for sharing the talented Jennifer Lavelle with us.




The Team
Top left to right...Carolyn Hough of Panetica, Adrienne Petrino, our dining staff captain, Jaime Chesley of Parker's Petals
Bottom left to right, Helaine Winer, Bonny Neiman, Nan DiEdwardo


We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun working on this for you and have a meeting next week to plan the next!   Like LongTableNJ on Facebook to be the first to receive notice of the next Long Table event date. I will also provide up to the minute notice on my Facebook page here.
To reach Helaine email her at hawiner526@gmail.com

Lots happening at the warehouse with dozens of new items being unwrapped daily. Follow me on Instagram and like us on Facebook to see daily pictures and notice of pop up specials. 
see you soon....
Bonny

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
315 B Springfield Avenue | Summit, NJ

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pizza Vita Birthday!



If you have followed my blog for awhile you know by now how important the role of food is in our family gatherings. My husband thinks it's hard to have a satisfying dining experience outside of our homes with what is created in our kitchens. Cooking and eating delicious fresh food is a passion we all share.
 
My son Ryan's big birthday was approaching and sweet Hannah, his girlfriend, wanted to party!! As a side note Hannah finds a way to celebrate even a good sneeze so, even though Ryan just wanted to celebrate his day by working on his car, she wasn't letting the day pass without a party!  ENTER THE PIZZA TRUCK!!!



Pizza Vita is right around the corner from my store in Summit, NJ.  It is a hip pizzeria and restaurant featuring the best Neapolitan food....pizzas, pastas, salads, even homemade gelato!  And then the pizza went mobile and started winning food truck wars, Munchmobile accolades and long lines at farmers markets ...they even did a stint on the Today Show!  Well the truck pulled up outside the garage and within 5 minutes owner Rocco Flores and
Matt Bowman (pictured above) were cranking out the most delicious Neapolitan thin crust pizza you have EVER eaten. (NOT KIDDING!!)




An instant party like atmosphere was created when it rolled in but it didn't just look good....it tasted great, as well. The team is trained and certified using ingredients and methods in accordance with the controlled association from their Neapolitan homeland. MORE




They personalized and named the pizzas after discussing toppings with the "oh so fussy " birthday boy (where did he get THAT from?) ....Hannah got to wear her party dress and Ryan got to wear his summer mechanics outfit and family and friends with a discerning palate were VERY impressed!!




The RYAN pizza had eggplant, spinach, roasted peppers, homemade mozzarella and ricotta....I want one NOW!!


 
The birthday boys latest pastime...the KIT CAR!



Everyone enjoyed hearing about his kit car adventure. As his mother I was overjoyed when he sold his motorcycle but NOW I lie awake wondering how this guy, who never took a shop class, feels qualified to put together a fast car and plans on DRIVING and RACING IT!!! WHY?? Does the maternal worrying ever end??



Jake loved the rolling cart.



In addition to the pizzas the colorful lentil salad I made was a hit...easy easy  recipe  HERE



Roger's 1955 Chevy pickup truck and Sam Selimo's Harley appropriately added to the event.



Keeping with the theme Ryan lit his candles with a blow torch.



His high school friends and little? brother on the left shared the day...



And, as planned, it wasn't easy but he started the "car" for the first time. He was thrilled!!! His smile brought back the little boy I remember. Time just flies and I told him I don't know how he's getting older because I'm getting younger, HA!



Pizza Vita owner Rocco Flores loves sharing all the details of his fantastic restaurant he heads with Ernesto Santorelli. Rocco had a not so surprising attraction to the antique oven peels on a recent visit to the warehouse. It's a treat when he stops by and we share the passions of what we do!



Pizza Vita is located at 7 Union Place in Summit, NJ.
It's all about the beautiful oven at the restaurant handmade piece by piece from volcanic rock of Mt. Vesuvius but every detail has been attended to by this dynamic team.  A meal shared at Pizza Vita is another great reason to visit Summit....it's a great town! CLICK for a good read and more info on having the Pizza Truck at your event!







I don't like to say it but, even though there are weeks left to the summer, I know your thoughts may be turning to Back to School shopping.  I have bought a few backpacks and thought it would be nice if you could pick up an extra notebook or pack of pens or another standard school supply for elementary school or something and I could put backpacks together to donate locally. Some families are feeling the pinch of what turns into a big expense. It may be a nice conversation when shopping with your kids as you ask them to grab an extra folder or 2 and also may make them a little more tuned in to the many different lives we all lead. LET'S DO IT!! Sometimes we are all overwhelmed at the holidays so I know all you locals will respond for this good cause. It's even easier to drop off as you don't have to worry about parking at the warehouse because we are enjoying the parking lot attached.
It feels good to help!



  Happy summer!
Warmest regards,
Bonny


Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items

EMAIL ME with any questions.


Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com


 Beechwood Road location is temporarily closed for renovation, please visit us at the warehouse Monday-Saturday 11-5:30.
315B Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ. (Free parking lot!) 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

A stroll through East Hampton town and the giveaway winner!!



I always enjoy a stroll through town in East Hampton. Sitting on a bench people watching is always fun in this town of celebrities. The star spottings are a summer past time in our family,  a game we have adopted to see whose star trumps another.  I believe my sister wins with seeing Paul McCartney skip down the street past her with his daughter.  I was sitting in the same row at the theater recently with Bill and Hillary Clinton but it didn't count because it wasn't out at the beach. I was totally star struck and speechless and found their close proximity to be completely distracting. I mean my favorite actor from Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston, was portraying LBJ in All The Way and I couldn't fully concentrate with the Clinton's a few seats away. I will spare you the details about how Bill ended up sitting right behind me for the entire second act and I kept thinking he was looking at the back of my head...whatever...it was fun!

I digress because, although the play was great this post is about East Hampton..


Hydrangea grace many storefronts...



I love swinging through Mecox.



Ralph Lauren's displays always inspire. (I was at his vintage store once and he popped in with Ricky....they looked cute together......McCartney still wins!)






Stores were giving away lots of freebies....gelato pops!



Gift bags from Ricky's, a unique fashion accessory store.



 Hors d'oeuvres and champagne at Elie Tahari...



An auction pop up looking to capitalize on the summer crowd had nice noshes but all repro art.



This dress at Haute Hippie was so beautiful. I love bias cut dresses, do you?



It's hard to see but it had a delicate spray of beading on the top..



What I love about the stores here is the inventory is extraordinary, a real feast  for the eyes.



The leather is the finest....look at that woven one. Sometimes the hardware disappoints but not here. Hefty price tags, of course!



These are not your typical Converse sneakers....sparkled and distressed they were $450.00 a pair.



Back rooms were open to outdoor gardens and beautiful breezes.



Obligato always has colorful dresses with prices a little more reasonable. The sales staff is always nice, too!



The small shops have struggled with rents that keep going up and up and I thought it was nice one shopkeeper was helping another.



My favorite shoe store is Shoe Inn on Newtown Lane. They have dozens of great styles not found in department stores and a terrific sales staff. There is even a smaller one in Livingston NJ if you don't get out to East Hampton. Definitely worth a visit if logistically  possible for you.  The pricing is not sky high, they also have handbags, hats and accessories.



I never like to leave the compound for long because I don't want to miss something. Hands down my favorite summer photo is this one, above, of my mother, niece and sister....cracks me up each time I look at it.  I hope you are having some summer laughs.


We have a new shipment arriving first week in August.  This week we had a "blue sale" where anything blue was 20% off.  Currently we are running 15% off all indoor/outdoor pillows. Notified through Facebook and Instagram, it's the best way to see the new arrivals daily and receive notice of our spur of the moment sales. Like us on FACEBOOK and follow me on INSTAGRAM to receive notice. I will continue to share our progress with the renovation project here.

The winner of our giveaway is Valerie Wise. Valerie liked us on Facebook and won 2 beautiful books covered in handwritten French script paper. Thank you to all who participated, we are running another giveaway soon.

  Happy summer!
Warmest regards,
Bonny


Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items

EMAIL ME with any questions.


Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
p.973-714-4541
www.bonnyneiman.com
  12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ

 Beechwood Road location is temporarily closed for renovation, please visit us at the warehouse Monday-Saturday 11-5:30.
315B Springfield Ave. Summit, NJ. (Free parking lot!)