Catalyst International Women’s Day Awards Conference and Dinner

Redefining leadership is the theme of Catalyst’s Awards Conference and we couldn’t agree more with this central tenet and what the organization does as a whole. On a daily basis, Catalyst is working to promote gender equality by focusing on progress for women in the workplace through consulting, executive training sessions, workshops and other invaluable services. The fact that their conference is on International Women’s Day makes their message resonate even more and we’re thrilled to be involved in any way that we can by creating a playlist that complements the day’s schedule and the overall inspiring tone of the event.




Walk into an Eataly in New York, Boston or Chicago and the first impression you will have will be the grand scale of it all. This year marks the 10th anniversary when Italian businessman Oscar Farinetti opened the first Eataly in a former factory in Turin; the first location in the States followed in 2010 under Mario Batali’s tutelage to much acclaim. The stores are structured like markets with every kind of Italian delicacy and ingredient imaginable. You have towering rooms filled with foccacia, fresh pasta, biscotti, meats, olive oils and produce. You have gelato bars and restaurants such as Osteria Valentino, Il Pesce, Le Verdure nestled in the midst of the action at each location that specialize in pizzas or seafood or offer vegetarian fare. It is easy to get lost in the aisles as you ogle all the delicious looking options and hear the accompanying soundtrack with tracks like Ann Peebles’ “Love Played A Game,” Elvis Costello & The Attractions “Every Day I Write The Book,” Electric Guest’s “Back For Me,” Warpaint’s “New Song,” and Charles Bradley’s “Things We Do For Love.”

Outdoor Voices

Fitness apparel has always felt too obviously like workout gear.  There’s normally a healthy heaping of mesh, neon, and other loud garish colors and the clothes tend to be oversized or over-engineered and often scream ‘look at me, I’m clearly sweating over here’ – albeit not too stylishly.  Enter Outdoor Voices. Their stores in New York and Texas feel more like well-appointed boutiques with the likes of KAYTRANADA’s “You’re The One,” De La Soul’s “Pain,” Beck’s “Dreams,” Anderson .Paak’s “Am I Wrong,” and LÉON’s “Tired Of Talking” playing overhead.  The color palette and construction of their clothes is meant to tempt the customer in to wearing the items beyond the workout.  They bill their clothes as technical apparel for recreation and they offer up helpful details on the breathability and durability of the items along with the context of what level of activity it’s appropriate for.  In other words, it feels like you have a knowledgeable and stylish friend giving you advice as you upgrade your wardrobe and fitness level while you’re at it.



Anyone who has ever been to camp has some version of the same experience where you’re hunkered down in creaky cabins with outhouse communal bathrooms a stone’s throw away from cavernous dining halls. Wooden shacks tend to dot the grounds housing everything from a potter’s studio to tie dye facilities to ominous sheds holding all sorts of musty 30-year-old water sport equipment. Enter Ruschmeyer’s. This is like the civilized adult fantasy land version of it. The décor is modern and airy and there’s even a bit of relaxed whimsy with a hammock in each room. The rooms ring a lawn with trees strung with lights and a teepee. The main dining area is spacious and cozy with gingham table cloths and mod architectural touches. The Magic Garden, the outdoor spot with picnic tables, really ratchets up the camp nostalgia and then there’s a sandy area where you can play a rousing game of ping pong all the while hearing the sounds of Night Moves’ “Leave Your Light On,” CAN’s “I’m So Green,” FIR’s “Summer Wasn’t There,” Escondido’s “Moon Child,” and Marlena Shaw’s “California Soul” wafting around.

Night MovesCanFIR albumEscondidoMarlena_Shaw


You can’t miss the boutique with its pink facade beckoning the passerby to come in.  Be prepared to spend your rent money as you’ll want to buy pretty much everything in here.  They’ve got all forms of apparel from the likes of indie designers like Shaina Mote, Me & Arrow, and Rachel Comey.  You could deck yourself out in various baubles, pick up a ridiculously cute outfit for a kid in your life or walk out with vinyl from Light In the Attic Records.  While you’re thumbing through the racks, trying something on in the dressing room, or catching a glimpse of the likes of Kim Gordon, let this eclectic mix be your soundtrack: Porches “Mood,” The Jam “That’s Entertainment,” The Stone Roses’ “I Wanna Be Adored,” Roosevelt’s “Fever,” and TEEN’s “Gone For Good.”

PorchesThe JamStone RosesRooseveltTEEN

La Sirena

La Sirena, Mario Batali’s latest dining establishment, finds itself re-imagining the cavernous indoor/outdoor space on the second floor of The Maritime Hotel in New York.  The space is flooded with light and there’s a grandeur inflected in the swirling tiles, the sleek bar that nearly stretches the length of the restaurant, and the numerous light fixtures that look like their bulbs are perpetually in bloom. The menu is delicate yet decadent with dishes like Bucatini La Sirena featuring spicy octopus with estratto making an appearance. Order another glass of rosé and people watch while a soundtrack of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s “Astonished Man,” On Dead Waves’ “California,” Yumi Zouma’s “Haji Awali,” Bibio’s “Gasoline & Mirrors,” and Nada Surf’s “Believe You’re Mine” plays overhead.

ThaoonDeadWavesYumi ZoumaBibioNada Surf

The Quin

A stone’s throw away from such quintessential New York spots as Central Park, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, The Quin, melds an artistic hominess with some fashionable opulence.  You can relax in the stylish den that sits off the lobby or wait for your ride in the light-filled main entryway.  The lobby is adorned with pop art style paintings of Bowie, Blondie, Diana Ross, and Andy Warhol himself – a perfect setting to listen to the likes of Banta’s “Someday,” Pure Bathing Culture’s “Pray For Rain,” BLØSH “Keep Your Tongue,” RY X’s “Howling,” Kita Alexander’s “Like You Want To.”

BantaPBCBloshRY XKita Alexander

Gabriel Kreuther

The experience dining at Gabriel Kreuther’s eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant will linger with anyone well after they have left.  There is an element of excellence that pervades every detail.  The impeccably designed space while cavernous feels like a stately living room with its carpeted floors and throw pillows adorning the leather couches.  High wooden ceilings with recessed lighting help give the place the feel that a philharmonic could potentially perform and the acoustics would be just right.  As you eye the carefully crafted menu you can hear the strains of jazz greats and newcomers like Ahmad Jamal Trio’s “Time On My Hands,” Anita O’Day’s “Miss Brown to You,” Dexter Gordon’s “Ernie’s Tune,” Twin Danger’s “Past Yet Untold,” and Helena’s “Esse Lugar.”  Dishes arrive from the pre-fixe menu in the main dining room or a la carte at the bar with choreographed timing on the part of the waiters.  Everything from the deceptively delicate fried mushroom appetizer to the baked dorade royale that comes hidden in a bowl of fennel seed-coriander foam broth is mouth-wateringly delicious.  So, enjoy a complimentary glass of aqua fresca to cleanse your palate and peer out at the bustling sidewalk while you relish your meal.

Ahmad JamalAnita ODayD GordonTwin DangerHelena