AnQi Celebrity Bartender evening for American Heart Association, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, Bloomingdale's fashion shows, Canaletto's, Chris Gialanella, El Torito Grill, Fashion Island, Festival Ballet Theatre, fun parties, Lil Spitzer, Modern Luxury, Riviera magazine, Tina Borgatta, Tommy Bahama Grille
Wherever Tina Borgatta and Chris Gialanella are, you can rest assured, there’s a good time. The high-powered duo, Riviera magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, respectively, plan parties throughout the year, but their anniversary parties are something to talk about. I attended the magazine’s 10th anniversary soiree a few months ago at The Strand at Headland’s spacious clubhouse in Dana Point, which had been postponed when the original party got rained out last November. The recent party was actually fighting rain throughout the day – in July, no less! – but that didn’t stop the Gialanella/Borgatta team from hosting a fabulous “do!” (see my blog writeup on the shindig)
The Riviera team didn’t miss a beat in hosting its 11th annual anniversary party on September 7th in the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard at Fashion Island. The 500 partygoers who gathered were dressed to party on the warm post-summer night, and they weren’t disappointed. The Tatratea liqueur drinks, mixed with champagne, were to die for, with Canaletto’s yummy assortment of pizzas, Tommy Bahama Grille’s halibut ceviche and El Torito Grill’s chips and spicy guacamole decided favorites. Add to that a top-notch fashion show on a catwalk a mile long, I beg to guess, courtesy of Bloomingdale’s, and a beautiful classical ballet presentation on the runway by Festival Ballet Theatre from Fountain Valley. The affair benefited the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, with its appreciative Executive Director Lil Spitzer in attendance.
Before I close, I did want to mention another party the dynamic duo took part in a few weeks ago. Tina and Chris volunteered as celebrity bartenders at AnQi By Crustacean at South Coast Plaza for 100 of their friends, raising money for the American Heart Association. I got there quite late, but I want to say Chris mixed a great margarita for me, smiling all the while. Tina had relinqished her duties by the time I got there, but she was in great spirits. These two dynamic people head an amazing publication and manage to have fun at the same time, a decidedly difficult thing to do. They have found their niche, and we are very lucky for it!