Haute Living CEO Kamal Hotchandani Celebrates the Big 4-0 with Louis XIII

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Haute Living’s CEO and Publisher Kamal Hotchandani celebrated his fortieth birthday with co-host Louis XIII, the publisher’s favorite Cognac. Friends and family were invited to a posh private dinner at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar.

Kamal Hotchandani and Selita Ebanks
Kamal Hotchandani and Selita Ebanks
Remy Martin's Louis XIII
Remy Martin’s Louis XIII

Guests sipped Chateau Lagrezette  Pigeonnier 2009 Malbec and… they didn’t just enjoy looking at the Baccarat crystal decanter on display, they also enjoyed a tasting of the uber-premium cognac by Remy Martin.

David Martin, friend, Keith Menin, Gil Dezer
David Martin, Joey Goldman, Keith Menin, Gil Dezer

Revelers included friends JR and Loren Ridinger, developer Jorge Pérez, billionaire-philanthropist Stewart Rahr, basketball greats  Alonzo Mourning and Scottie Pippen, and stunning model-actress Seleita Ebanks.

Tracy and Alonzo Mourning, Kamal Hotchandani and Shareef Malnik
Tracy and Alonzo Mourning, Kamal Hotchandani and Shareef Malnik

Dinner, prepared by the restaurant’s expert chef Christoper Lee, was served at three long tables and featured favorites like Miso-marninated Chilean sea bass and a center-cut Creekstone Farms filet mignon.

Kevin Lyttle and wife Dr. Jacqueline James
Kevin Lyttle and wife Dr. Jacqueline James

Although it took place on a Thursday night, the dinner party evoked The Forge’s new Remastered Wednesdays, which features spontaneous performances by top-level performers. For the birthday party, there were various performances throughout the night, including an acapella performance by friend, reggae singer Kevin Lyttle. 

Larsa Pippen, Scottie Pippen, Kamal Hotchandani, Sean Wolfington, Carlos Rosso
Larsa Pippen, Scottie Pippen, Kamal Hotchandani, Sean Wolfington, Carlos Rosso

The rest of the performances were from the cast of Project F, a collective of talented artists. This includes Jackie Mendez, a 4-time Latin Grammy winning vocalist who toured with Ricky Martin, and Karina Inglesias, a 2-time Latin Grammy winner and semi-finalist on NBC’s The Voice.

Yves De Launay, JR Ridinger, Kamal Hotchandani, Loren Ridinger, Scottie Pippen
Yves De Launay, JR Ridinger, Kamal Hotchandani, Loren Ridinger, Scottie Pippen

 

Jeffrey James Harris, of the Jeffrey James Gang performed a song in his bluesy bluster and  Marybeth De Sarle, who has toured with Paul Simon and Mavis Staples, performed soulful songs with her band that effectively brought the house down.

 

Jorge Perez, Kamal Hotchandani, Darlene Perez
Jorge Perez, Kamal Hotchandani, Darlene Perez

The evening was capped off with a surprise montage, a toast to Kamal, and a stunning cake, before guests headed off to the after party at E11EVN.

Kamal's Birthday cake
Kamal’s Birthday cake

Photos by Aaron Davidson for Getty Images

Video by Ryan Hattaway Artist. Filmmaker. Creative Director.

 

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