by Sherry Bruck
It’s easy to write off a restaurant located in the lobby of a hotel as some sort of utility geared to meet the needs of overnight guests. But that’s not how Colby Brock has gone about operating Noma Social, the restaurant in the New Rochelle Radisson that she’s managed to turn into a media happening. Colby and her father, Peter Brock (a prominent commercial real estate developer), own the New Rochelle Radisson and have given the interior a stunning top-to-bottom renovation, starting with the launch of NoMa Social.
On any given night, you’ll find parties in NoMa Social’s glamorous zebra print and white-vinyl upholstered dining room. Recently, the spot has played host to those scandalous Real Housewives of New Jersey (not to mention, those equally Machiavellian Mob Wives, plus, gossip king Perez Hilton and Francine Tesler, the “psychic to the stars”). On every night, you’ll find far less contentious groups settling in for Colby’s excellent cocktails and Chef Billy Rosenberg’s crowd pleasing pan-Mediterranean cuisine. Local foodies might remember Chef Rosenberg from Port Chester’s F.I.S.H. (Fox Island Seafood House) – it was a much beloved seafood restaurant that received this glowing review in the New York Times.
At NoMa (which stands for North of Manhattan), Rosenberg’s food is still gaining critical acclaim. In her August, 2012 review, the New York Times’s Alice Gabriel said of Rosenberg’s sexy Farm Egg in Purgatory, it’s “…A little bit ironic, and deliriously good, the dish involves a poached egg floating in a fiery, basil-laden tomato brodetto, with brittle grilled toast as a means of getting at it. If you’re foolish enough to pass it around, you may never see it again.” The take-away? Keep that egg to yourselves.
You’ll also want to keep Rosenberg’s uniquely herbal cola-braised short ribs, or NoMa Social’s delicious, wood fired pizzas. Don’t miss fabulous boards of stunning cheeses and cured Spanish hams—they’re perfect for groups. And, partiers, look for the NoMa Special: five great, shareable tapas and a pitcher of sangria for $50. You’ll want to stay all nigh—which is fine, NoMa’s kitchen keeps late hours.
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by NATHALIA BERNARDO
Source: Westchester Magazine
At the party, hosted by Hilton, Christina Milian was introduced as an owner of the brand.
Westchester Magazine caught up with Perez Hilton and other celebrities at Viva Diva Wines’ Annual Poolside Summer Bash, held June 5 at NoMa Social in New Rochelle. Among the stars who attended the event, hosted by Hilton, were Christina Milian, the equity owner, official spokesperson, and ambassador for Viva Diva Wines; stars of Big Rich Atlanta; Mob Wife Ramona Rizzo; Long Island Princess Amanda Bertoncini; Patti Stanger of Millionaire Matchmaker; and Westchester’s own Jené Luciani, style and beauty expert and author of The Bra Book.
The bash started off on a relatively quiet note in the indoor party room. By the sound of the acoustic guitar and the tall bongo, Kahdijiha Rowe of Big Rich Atlanta took “selfies” with her sister, Brie Rowe, while guests mingled and sipped glasses of wine. However, the scene changed with the entrance of Hilton, who created an instant buzz.
The 35-year-old controversial blogger sat on a loveseat in the VIP area—wearing a black hat emblazoned with the word “DOPE”, khaki shorts, and a black T-shirt with an image of Amanda Bynes — and chatted for a few minutes with Westchester Magazine about fatherhood. His son, Mario Armando Lavandeira, III, or Perez Hilton, Jr., was born on February 16. “It’s everything I would’ve imagined and more,” he said. “It’s extremely rewarding, challenging, draining, inspiring, educational, and fun.”
As far as dishing Westchester celebrities, Hilton had nothing but positive things to say about the Clintons. He is “a big fan” of Bill Clinton and “I’m excited for Hillary in 2016,” he said with a big smile on his face. “I voted for her in 2008 at the California primary. I think she is an extremely excellent politician and qualified leader to be our next president.”
Also, he was very surprised to hear that the “ferociously talented” Beyonce and “very rich” Jay Z live in Westchester. “It’s nice to see that Jay Z lives here, too. There are a lot of rich white people here,” he laughed.
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Source: The Journal News
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton hosts a launch party for Viva Diva Wines, at NoMa Social in New Rochelle.
Perez Hilton takes a minute to pose with some fans.
Singer Christina Milian poses with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Members of the cast from the reality show Big Rich Atlanta.
Photos: Tara Abadir for The Journal News
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by Heather Salerno
Celeb blogger Perez Hilton will be in New Rochelle to host a Viva Diva wine launch at NoMa Social. / Hannah Ross
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton — aka Mario Lavandeira Jr. — started out in 2004 as a pink-haired Hollywood rabble-rouser, a guy whose stock in trade were mean-spirited comments and often indecent doodles scribbled on paparazzi photos that skewered many of the famous folks covered by his online gossip column.
That strategy worked: PerezHilton.com is one of the most popular websites for celebrity news, the cornerstone of a media company that now includes other sites (like CocoPerez for celeb fashion and TeddyHilton for pets), books, a syndicated radio show and Hilton’s own record label. Earlier this year, though, after becoming a single dad to a baby boy born to a surrogate, the controversial blogger decided to soften the snark and put out more positive posts.
We caught up with Hilton before Wednesday night’s appearance at NoMa Social in New Rochelle, where he’ll host a poolside launch party for Viva Diva wines. Scheduled guests include Melissa Gorga of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Kelly Bensimon of “Real Housewives of New York” and the entire cast of “Big Rich Atlanta.” Hilton agreed to answer a few questions by email in advance.
Q: A few of the Real Housewives will be attending the party at NoMa Social, too. Hoping to get any good gossip while you’re there?
A: Here’s a confession. I’ve never seen a single episode of the Housewives but I’m aware of who they all are and I talk about them on the website all the time. I don’t watch any television but I consume a lot of media online so I’ll watch clips of everything that way.
Q: Congratulations on your new son. How’s fatherhood so far?
A: Fatherhood is awesome and very new. I’ve never done it before but I feel like my instincts definitely come into play, and while it’s not easy, it’s also not hard.
Q: What’s the best parenting tip you’ve gotten from a celebrity?
A: The best parenting tip I got was from David Furnish, Elton John’s husband, which was to put your baby on a schedule, which is what I was already doing instinctually. So you know, like feed him at the same time every day and really give him a routine.
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