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Goodness Fashion Week Pop-Up Restaurant With Celebrity Chefs Like Mario Batali

New York Fashion Week this year was not only candy for the eyes, but for the mouth and the soul.

For the second year in a row, model and philanthropist Elettra Wiedemann celebrated New York Fashion Week with pop-up restaurant and lounge “Goodness.” Goodness was all about melding healthy, delicious food with beautiful presentation and convenience. Located in Columbus Circle, just steps from the Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center, it provides wholesome, sustainable meals to the fashionistas and clothing designers at Fashion Week.

This 4 day restaurant featured celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Alain Allegretti, Leo Forneas, and Julian Medina serving special one day menus in Robert Restaurant, atop the Museum of Arts and Design. The food included gourmet tacos, seasonal pastas, and local, sustainable fish and shellfish. Additionally, the Goodness Lounge, presented by Renaissance Hotels, provided a healthy living space to “relax and recharge” between fashion shows.

Featuring make up and manicure stations by Lancome, refreshments by Vita Coco, and music by RLife LIVE DJ Zen Freeman, the space was both energizing and extremely serene.

Another sponsor of the event was Circa, “the leading global buyer of fine jewelry[...]from the public.” According to Wiedeman,“I founded GOODNESS to provide quick and healthy food in a space that’s close to Lincoln Center[...]We are also excited to partner with CIRCA for the first time. They’re a natural fit for us because both GOODNESS and CIRCA promote environmental sustainability—GOODNESS by using locally sourced foods and CIRCA by ‘recycling’ classic jewelry into new hands. It’s great to tie in a stylish element to GOODNESS during this season’s fashion week, and demonstrate that luxury and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.”

Fashion week and food – who would have believed that they would make such a perfect pairing?

To read more of Sarah’s thoughts on dining in NYC, visit her blog, fritosandfoiegras.

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New York February / March 2014
New York February / March 2014