Haute Author

  • NAME Michelle Won
  • BIO Michelle Won is a writer and journalist who has worked on both coasts covering food, fashion and nightlife. She started her career doing entertainment and food reporting at a Los Angeles cable station, and brought her love of all things delicious and fabulous to Manhattan in 2007. In addition to journalism, Won is also an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Queens. Won graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in communication.

Artcles By Michelle Won

NYC Top Chef Anita Lo Heads to St. Croix to Host a Private Beachfront Dinner

The sound of waves crashing served as the background music as a group of St Croix’s tastemakers sat down for a private14-seat 4-course dinner by the revered Top Chef Master and Chopped All-Star Anita Lo. The setting was the Estate Bella Sera, a multi-million dollar home facing the water, owned by Larry and Peggy Meyer. On the outdoor patio with a beautiful bar on one side, and the ocean on the other, we tasted the creations of Chef Lo who owns the celebrated West Village restaurant Anissa.

Haute Event: Pete Wentz Joins Volkswagen to Unveil Brand New Beetle

Pier 36 in Manhattan was buzzing like a nightclub… at 9 in the morning, Monday as musician Pete Wentz joined VW’s CEO Jonathan Browning to unveil the third generation, 21st Century Beetle. Wentz, at the DJ booth, provided a private and personalized spin session for the exclusive group of revelers who started the debauchery early in the week (and early in the morning), sipping morning cocktails and snacking on breakfast hors d’ouevres.

Fashion Friday at the Boom Boom Room with Marc Bouwer

The ultra-chic and exclusive Boom Boom Room, now known as Top of the Standard, was filled to the brim with the fashionable and sexy, Friday night. I joined designer Marc Bouwer, who recently dressed Melissa Leo for the Oscars, to talk about his upcoming swimwear line. Also at our table was the fabulously creative Brad Beckerman, who is the brains behind the A-list branding and marketing firm IT Worldwide, but more recently, he has founded Moonshine, the newest quadruple distilled corn whiskey to hit the bar scene. This meeting of the minds was made complete by mixologist Shem Blum who poured out the Moonshine cocktails for us to sip as we talked fashion and passion.

Haute Event: Exclusive Soiree with Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr and MTV’s Alexa Chung

The Mondrian SoHo was a-buzz with hot people checking out hot electronics, Thursday night. Jessica Szohr joined the young and fabulous for a preview of the world’s first PlayStation Certified smartphone: the Xperia Play. The private party in the Penthouse of the Mondrian SoHo featured a fabulous DJ set by Alexa Chung who was looking fabulous in her signature Chanel. Party revelers enjoyed canapés crafted by Top Chef’s Sam Talbot and Grey Goose cocktails.

Haute Event: Foodies Turn Out for Exclusive Martini Week Kick-Off Party

The Kitchen NYC hosted the exclusive kick-off party for Martini Week with Thrillist. The city’s food elite turned out to see NYC’s top mixologists showcase their talent with live demonstrations of their mixing mastery. Guests noshed on hors d’oeurves from Top Chef’s Cynthia Sestito as they sipped on Bombay Sapphire and Grey Goose martini cocktails. It was a night of glitz and glam food from quail legs to Grey Goose cupcakes.

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