Trout KOs Pre Fight Dinner

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In ancient Rome the celebrities and gladiators of the day provided thrills and chills for the screaming mob at the Colosseum.  In New York, artisans and athletes of today make themselves immortal at our version of the legendary Italian amphitheater – Madison Square Garden – and they’ve been doing so for decades.  Madison Square Garden known as “The Mecca for boxing” has hosted plenty of epic bouts.  On Saturday Austin Trout, WBA light middleweight champion, intends to retain his title and have a break out performance that lives up to the awesome boxing spectacles The Garden is known for.  But before Trout defends his title against four-time world champion Miguel Cotto, he made time to do something essential for all champions – he ate.

On November 28, Trout was the guest of honor at an intimate candlelit meal at Courgette Restaurant & Bistro, located at 204 W. 55th Street.   Courgette, the French word for zucchini, features Mediterranean cuisine with Italian and French twists and has a sexy basement speakeasy that includes a state-of-the-art sound system and karaoke room.  The champ and guests, who included designers, press, entertainers and other athletes, savored on a tasting regale of the restaurant’s staple dishes.  The event was a feast that quenched all the senses and provided a scorching hot alternative to the frigid temperatures outside. 

Austin TroutThe man of the hour was as cool as a pair of Ray-Bans as he greeted guests and shook hands with an affable flair that is indicative of all great champions.  He stated he was looking forward to today’s weigh-in and admitted he had no intentions of losing his title tomorrow.  If the 25-0, undefeated pugilist’s fight plan is as killer as his style and personality, then he should have no problem shutting up the pro-Cotto mob at The Garden as he hands Miguel his fourth loss.

Photos:  Greatest Entertainment (www.greatestent.com), Tom Casino/Showtime

A Legendary Evening for Legendary Damon

So who can pull off making a grand entrance into a packed nightclub atop a white horse dazzling spectators?  Legendary Damon, that’s who (eat your heart out Bianca Jagger).  Last Sunday, NYC belonged to “the King of New York nightlife” as he celebrated his birthday with all the grandiose fabulosity that he has become recognized for.

Known for his lavish birthday soirees, Damon didn’t disappoint this year as he paid homage to one of the most iconic clubs in Manhattan’s history – Studio 54.  The Marquee, located at 289 10th Avenue, was decked out in silver, reminiscent of the famed hot spot, complete with various old school album covers on the tables of the VIP section and the smiling half moon (minus the spoon filled with snow).    Cocktails were being knocked back courtesy of Remy Martin V, and may I add they were extremely scrumptious. 

Like the legendary club created by Steve Rubell, the A-List, philistines and everyone in between mingled in harmony as DJs Jimmy the Gent, Charlie Brown, Goldfinger, Kiss and MOS spinned an array of classics and hip-hop bringing the club to a frenzy.  Among the celebrities toasting with the famed stylist and promoter were Chef Roblé, Karen Gravano of the hit VH1 show “Mob Wives”, UK R&B diva Estelle and Roc Nation’s Bridget Kelly, both of whom serenaded Legendary Damon.

 

All and all it is a fete that won’t be forgotten soon.  Swankier and more fierce than last year, Legendary Damon knows how to put the swagger back into NYC clubbing.  The countdown is on until next year; I can’t wait to see what he will pull out of his fashionable chapeau.

 

FAMERS, take a gander at the video that preceded his entrance into the club.

Photos and video courtesy of Pretentious PR, Maria Maltsava and Sarah McColgan