For those in attendance at the Maysles Institute benefit dinner, the mood was festive. The crowd included the entire Maysles clan (except Auralice who had just flown in from India), Kate and Andy Spade, the incomparable Iris Apfel awash in rich fall reds and yellows donning a flame red orange mohair bag, and an intimate handful of the institute’s top donors and benefactors.
The event, held at Marcus’s apartment, was given in honor to thank the Maysles’s Institutes most generous and loyal supporters. The crowd sipped on St. Germain cocktails and Prosecco while sampling fresh shucked oysters with pomegranate seeds and fried chicken bites plated by chef, who was behind the stove all night long. As guests found their seats at a table decorated with Gillian’s (Mrs. Maysles) best vintage tablecloth finds from eBay, they were treated to “Harrar to Addis Express” ramen with pork belly topped with Marcus’s personal stash of Boston Bay jerk sauce, coffee roasted duck with foie gras mousse and brussel sprouts, and an Iris “Apple” Salad with farro and roasted apples, a favorite of the namesake guest.
Proving that it takes a team, the staff from the Maysles Institute were the servers of the night, pouring wine and dropping bowls of Gillian’s homemade chocolate and strawberry ice cream with ginger pear whoopie pies in front of the guests.
Special thanks to the generous donors who have given their support to such an iconic and beloved center in Harlem who we consider our dear friends. And as always, very special thanks to the Maysles family for letting us be a part of such a fantastic and memorable night.