People In Preservation Awards
The People In Preservation awards night was, by all accounts, one of our best ever. Held in the historic El Cortez's Don room, it was an evening of great camaraderie, elegant surroundings and fine dining, where 150 fellow preservationists celebrated this year's winners.
The room was candlelit with elaborate, antiqued silver candelabras, each holding a floral centerpiece consisting of four dozen richly colored roses. These sat atop copper satin covered tables, which highlighted the room's restored gilded finish.
The food was fabulous and plentiful. Positioned on the outer edges of the room were tables creatively decorated with wooden wine crates, stacks of staggered slate and cascading vegetation. Servers generously sliced London broil; portabello mushrooms were stacked with grilled veggies in delicate pools of roasted red pepper and cream caper sauces to present a lovely and delicious dish. A mashed potato bar, with every topping from caviar to capers, was a great favorite as was the chocolate fondue with strawberries; this particular item appears to be becoming a SOHO party tradition.
Everyone was having such a great time it was decided to begin the awards ceremony a half-hour after scheduled. Guests milled about the room in conversation and laughter, at times spilling out onto the terrace to enjoy the weather at dusk.
The awards began at 7:00 with the effervescent Geni Cavitt as master of ceremony, presiding with the ease and calm of the professional television personality that she is. The winners took to the podium to accept their awards, at times humbled with the honor and graciously acknowledging others.
Once the awards were presented, the most endangered list was then announced by the irrepressible Vonn Marie May. As an extra parting gift each winner received one of the floral centerpieces.
The evening ended promptly at 8:30 although friends lingered long after. Thanks to all who attended and congratulations to the 2001-2002 Winners.
All photos by Vykki Mende Gray
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