May 24, 2017
The 2017 Phillips Collection Gala was bursting with springtime! The annual event had a ‘Maifest’ theme that was inspired by the German celebration of the arrival of spring. The Gala honored the museum’s longstanding relationship with the German Embassy, and celebrated the artistic exchange and cultural diplomacy between the United States and Germany.
Garnishes were readied for the Apfelstrudel, a bubbly German cocktail made with sparkling wine, apple juice, vanilla syrup, and vodka.
Passed hors d’oeuvres included Wiener Schnitzel with Grune Sosse, Strammer Otto and Liptauer mousse with gooseberries in toast tassies.
During cocktails, Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski, chats with diplomatic chairs, Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig and His Excellency Peter Wittig,the Ambassador of Germany.
The galleries throughout the Phillips were designed in a sleek style with modern linens, contemporary placesettings, vibrant florals and lush greens.
Bright blue borage blossoms garnished the Spargel (white asparagus) panna cotta with a salad of kholrabi, apple and pink radishes. Delicate cucumber ribbons and nasturtium leaves completed the pretty plate.
For dinner, guests tucked into pumpernickel-crusted veal loin with Butterkase pretzel dumplings, smoked Brussels sprouts, baby beets and carrots. The sauce was prepared with Bock, a strong dark German beer brewed in the fall and drunk in the spring.The dinner ended on a sweet note with Occasions’ signature chocolate salted pretzel bonbons.
After dinner, guests dashed across town to Dock 5 for the Contemporaries Bash. The cocktail-dance party was inspired by the sights and sounds of Berlin’s underground nightlife.
The Phillips Collection’s Maifest Gala and Berlin Bash, two great events with one great team:
Event Design: Phillips Collection Events Office
Florals and Decor: Amaryllis Floral and Event Design
Event Decor: Design Foundry
Equipment and Custom Linens: Perfect Settings
Photography: Pepe Gomez
Guest List Management: Dufour & Company Productions
Valet: MJ Valet