Getting Party Ready with Kelly Ripa and Tom Colicchio

Greetings from New York City! It’s been a long but extremely fun-filled day. We were invited to participate in Kelly Ripa’s Ultimate Party Ready Boot Camp, part of a campaign by Electrolux to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Chef Tom Colicchio was also there to lend his expertise! We were excited to be in the presence of two of our favorite people!

A little more about the event:

Ever the perfect hostess, Kelly Ripa and award-winning chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio hosted top bloggers in New York City today at the Ultimate Party Boot Camp, part of a campaign by Electrolux to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. When people visit and take Kelly’s “Are you Party Ready?” challenge, $1 will automatically go to OCRF as part of Electrolux’s $750,000 commitment to the cause.

We were picked up bright and early this morning and driven to Boston’s South Station to take Amtrak’s Acela to the Big Apple.



We arrived in the city around 11ish and were whisked away to Center548 a lofty space in Chelsea that was swankily decorated and ready for a party!





There were three tables filled with gorgeous cheese platters and snacks all courtesy of Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft.


And a lychee beverage that was super refreshing even on a dreary and cold NYC afternoon.


After socializing with the other bloggers and some of the PR staff we were escorted into the next room where an Electrolux demo kitchen was set up. Check out the digs including their newest French door refrigerator that includes a party ice system that makes pyramid shaped ice cubes! Want, need, have to have!

And we had a lovely gift waiting for us at our seats, a Moleskin recipe journal and the new Sharpie pen!


Champagne was poured to start the festivities.

Then Chef Colicchio and Kelly made their way out into the kitchen to kick things off!


And joked around a bit, too 😉 They were both hilarious in person and so much fun to be around!


As Chef Colicchio prepared each dish servers brought around plates for us along with an accompanying wine. First up was a cheese platter, which Chef Colicchio highly recommends for last minute gatherings. Using savory jams, candied nuts, artisan meats, and tapenade he created the perfect party ready cheese platter!


Make sure to have plenty of wine chilling in your refrigerator at all times for those surprise guests, too!


The next dish was a quick one-pot pasta with broccoli rabe, olives, and anchovies which is perfect for serving a small crowd.



You might need to make a little more if you’re serving us 😉


The final party ready dish Chef Collichio prepared was a simple roast chicken with thinly sliced red peppers and golden raisins. Delicious!


For dessert, Chef prepared an easy dish using mascarpone, biscotti, and candied orange peel. He also admitted to putting mascarpone on toast for breakfast (which sounds delightful!) and Kelly said it’s the one food she can’t live without!



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Ohh, just posing with Kelly and Chef 😉


As we were leaving the event we were handed gift bags from Electrolux filled with GOOD goodies.


Including Tom Colicchio’s Craft of Cooking, a slate cheese board (!!!!!!!!), and a bottle of wine which will obviously help while entertaining guests!


After the event we were driven to the Hudson Hotel where we are staying for the evening. The PR team for Electrolux was beyond accommodating and offered to switch our flight to Atlanta to leave from NYC just so we could attend today’s event! Which meant we were lucky enough to stay at this swanky lil’ hotel for the night 😉




After we got settled in the hotel, we decided to do some wandering around. We’ve both been to NYC a lot but it felt strange not taking advantage of being in the city, even if it was pouring rain out!


We grabbed a pre-dinner bite to eat (hehehe) at Bouchon Bakery.



Then headed back to the hotel to eat at Hudson Hall. We’ve heard great things about the restaurant and were excited to try it for ourselves.


The restaurant is inspired by an old New England Ivy League college mess hall with large communal tables and a serve yourself small plate selection. This restaurant had one of the most unique concepts we’ve seen taking a traditional setting and adding modern twists.


The strawberry mojito and sweet tea cocktail were made to perfection.


When we approached the counter the chef helped us pick some of his favorites including:

Marinated Olives with dried citrus and toasted cumin


The Wedge Salad with blue cheese dressing, bacon, tomato, and Maytag blue cheese


Chef’s Garden Sizzling Snap Peas with ginger garlic ponzu


Ahi Tuna Tartare with avocado and wonton chips


Organic Cauliflower


Hudson Slider with tomato and bacon


72 Hour Sous Vide Short Rib with fresh horseradish


Grilled Skirt Steak with broken chimichurri


And Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding for dessert!




Hands down, one of the best dinners! And we are officially stuffed from a very full day of eating.

Thank you so much to Electrolux for inviting us to such a fun and memorable event! It was absolutely amazing sharing an afternoon with Kelly and Tom!

Our participation in the Are you Party Ready campaign was sponsored entirely by Electrolux. They provided our transportation, snazzy hotel accommodations, and more food than our bodies know how to digest. As you know, we never blog about companies or products we don’t truly love, no matter what they offer. So if you see it on WANM then you know we fully support them.

With that said, we’re off to Atlanta tomorrow morning to eat some more at BlogHer Food.

[Chels and Sues]

32 Responses to "Getting Party Ready with Kelly Ripa and Tom Colicchio"

  1. Great recap of the day! Looks like so much fun, I’d love to meet Tom in real life! Have a great time in ATL this weekend:-)

  2. Simply Life says:

    wow! what a fun time!!!

  3. Erica says:

    SO cool! ahhhhhhhh! The whole event just sounds like a dream. And that dessert? mascarpone & biscotti- how yummy! So glad you guys had fun. Safe travels to ATL!

  4. Joanne says:

    WHOOAAAA!!! How super cool! And two awesome events in a row…lucky ladies. 😛 I definitely need to add Hudson Hall to my list of restaurants to try!

  5. Anavar says:

    Awesome, I wish I was there.


  6. Michelle says:

    Wow! This looks like an AWESOME event!

  7. Audrey Ellen @ My Scene and Herd says:

    Sounds like such a neat opportunity!
    And may sound weird, but the thing I am most jealous of is the moleskine recipe book, I would die without my moleskine planner, and that just looks like such a fun tool to have.

  8. Kitten with a Whisk says:

    I am so jealous! Looked like it was a great time!

  9. Elle says:

    What an amazing time you guys had! The food looks spectacular.

  10. Erica @ In and Around Town says:

    WOW – such a cool party and a fun night!!! So jealous, looks like you guys had a great time 🙂

  11. Amanda L. (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit) says:

    Amazing! I’m a HUGE Tom Colicchio fan! Incredibly jealous!

  12. Megan says:

    Wow!!! That looks like such an amazing day!! Lucky for you two to meet Kelly and Chef Colicchio! I of course am incredibly jealous 😉

  13. Monique says:

    Just Wow.
    Clearly, I need to hang iwth you ladies more often. I am insanely in awe and jealous of your amazing adventure!
    Gorgeous pics as always

  14. Kelly says:

    Wow! I agree; what a fun adventure. You guys always do the best stuff. I’ll admit I am more than a little jealous. 😀 And that cheese spread, I would have been happy just there.

  15. Katie says:

    this sounds like such a fun day!!! so awesome you got to meet kelly and tom 🙂 have fun in atlanta!!

  16. Judith says:

    Chelsee + Susie = Total rockstars/BFFs with famous people.
    Love them, love your blog, love you!
    I want Kelly Ripa to do a PSA for Reach Out and Read….

  17. Victoria says:

    What, what a fun event!! And all that yummy food, I’m jealous 🙂 Have fun at BlogHer 🙂

  18. linzo says:

    I am pretty obsessed with Kelly Rippa anddddd any New England-esque Ivy League anything! Maybe because I’m just such a CA girl and it’s soooo different. That hotel looks fabulous…loving the chandelier and the restuarant of course. Looks like a blast! 🙂

  19. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily says:

    Great Event! I love that white room. I wish I had the peanut butter pudding.

  20. Michelle Collins says:

    Looks like a great event, and a fantastic opportunity!

  21. Amy says:

    so awesome! looks like such a fun time. i just saw those recipe journals on another blog and put them on my amazon wish list. they look so fun! also, LOVE sharpie pens. they rock. ad now i’m hungry.

  22. Bee says:

    Ohhh my goodness! Can I have your life please? This looks like the most amazing event!

  23. Sharon says:

    I also want your lives! Your experience sounds absolutely awesome…I can’t wait to hear about all you’ve learned…Have continued fun in Atlanta…You 2 are the BEST!

  24. wishful nals says:

    oh, what fun! you two ladies know how to have a blast. xo

  25. Karen says:

    Susie, what an amazing opportunity for the two of you! So glad you were able to go with your hectic schedules!

  26. Julie Q says:

    oh hey.. remember the time kelly rippa posed with me like we were twin sisters?!?!?

    this post just made my day!!! great recap and pix! I’m surprised someone didn’t just do a print screen of your blog with another recap i heard about 😉

  27. Susan says:

    How cool is that??? Very! What a thrill that must have been for you both.

  28. Kerstin says:

    What a cool event, looks so fun!!

  29. Sharlene says:

    Looks like it was a fantastic event!

  30. C.Peb says:

    Yeah Suz, way to rub up on Kelly! I love it!

  31. Rhonda says:

    What a wonderful experience, I confess that I am quite jealous! I must try some mascarpone on my toast!

  32. NicoleD says:

    How fun! I see Ashley of Hither+Thither in there. Love her!

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