Just as everyone was sitting down to their respective tuna tartares, there was a big hullaboo in reception. George Rush (of the Daily News’ Rush & Molloy) entered, film crew trailing. But the real stars were Dennis Hoff, pimp of the HBO Bunny Ranch and Bunny Triple X Becca Brat (sp?). More below…
[For expediency, this post is going up unedited and unfact-checked, so excuse any mistakes. Or, email me and I'll correct them later today].
Table 1: Former Governor Ann Richards, Johnny Roberts and Martha Stewart’s Charles Koppelman.
7: Ashley Schiff, of Howard Rubenstein, with Sharon Peterson in pink, hair pulled back.
8: (his regular table by the door): David Patrick Columbia, New York Social Diary, two socialites, a Ms. Finkle in a leopard-patterned top and jacket and a Ms. Richter, who seemed decidedly unsure as to whether or not to take our hand.
2: Peter Brown of Brown Lloyd James, with colleague Michael Holtzman (sp?).
B: Sally Sussman (Susman?) with a woman in a red twin set and a gigantic white bead necklace.
4: Jim Taylor, Town & Country, with Joan Parker (sp?), of DeBeers.
D (Now known as Table 6, our table): We were with Joanna Jordan, CEO of Central Talent Booking (her 22-person company books guests for major TV shows as well as wrangles celebs for major mags). She’s English, naughty and we like her very very much. Also at the table: Vivian Schiller, a Senior VP at the Times (she’s also, incidentally, and not that we or anyone else would care, one of the privileged few on the published New York Times masthead. Yes, a name we can see!). She works on the joint venture between the Times and Discovery Channel. It’s called Discovery/Times and you may check it out on Channel 111.
5: Jim Griffith (sp?) of William Morris, with Gil Schwartz, PR at Viacom.
11: Children’s clothes designer Carolina Zapf (sp?), Baby CZ, in a gorgeous robin’s egg blue top that she designed, with someone we don’t know in an indian-baticky-patterned outfit.
20: Cyndi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, looking rather sleek in black, her cool, studded purse at her feet like a lapdog. She was dining with a charmingly freckled and raven-haired woman in hot pink. Keith Kelly, who went over to say hello, reported back that the pink-clad woman was a gynecologist. A new column in Glamour?
F: The Post’s Keith Kelly earns an A at Table F today for helping us spot people and increase the general drama of the room. He was with Martin Walker, of Walker Media and another gent, Peter Lauria, of the Post’s Sunday Business Page. At one point during the meal, the peripatetic Posty ambled over to Rush (they are natural enemies). The Bravo team of one got the whole exchange on tape, however, we doubt it will ever be shown anywhere but here…
Kelly: “So, anyone fired at your shop?”
Rush: “I don’t know. The day is young…”
Kelly: “What happened to [name mangled].”
Rush: “I don’t know… Certain people have been there a long time… Half of it, I read in your column.” [uncomfortable chuckle]
At that moment, the Pimp of the Bunny Ranch chimes in: “Hi, I’m Dennis Hof. We put the ‘ho’ in HBO,” he says by way of introduction.
G: Alice Mayhew, editor at Simon & Schuster, was with two female guests and one fellow wearing a fat blue/gold striped tie. As she was leaving, Mayhew discreetly pointed out Ann Richards to one impressed guest.
17: Patty Sellers, of Fortune with someone we don’t know. After 1:15, the table turned over to Sarah Medford, the architecture and design director at Town & Country, who was joined by Adrian Kahan of Ralph Lauren Home.
16: George Rush, of the Daily News with: a Bravo Network camera woman (they’re doing a reality show on the Daily News); the pimp of the HBO Bunny Ranch, wearing a red Cat House handler shirt; and one presumed cat, Triple X Becca Brat, looking very blonde and busty in a brown halter top and dark (very dark for daytime, we might add) grey eye shadow.
H: Xana Antunes, Executive Editor of Fortune magazine (former editor of the NY Post), with Charlie Schueler, of Cablevision.
21: Nina Link, head of MPA, with Tim Davis, of the Ad Council. Makes sense.
26: NY Post media writer Tim Arango, with merchant banker Diane Warshaw.
19: Patricia Burke, Paramount Books, with chic-looking woman in dark glasses.
15: Stanley Schuman, head of the media practice at Allen & Co, with Scott Flanders, retiring Chairman/CEO of Columbia.
27: Faye Wattleton, Center for Gender Equality (and former president of Planned Parenthood), with Ralph Destino, VP (formerly? presently?) Van Cleef & Arpels.
22: Harper Collins’ Brenda Segal with someone we couldnâ€™t identify.
23: Evan Greenberg, CEO of Ace (husband of Fox Anchorwoman Linda Vester) with someone we couldn’t identify.
J: Anna ??, publicist, of CBS.
28: L’Oreal Model Dayle Hadan with someone we couldn’t identify.
25: KPMG’s Terri Santisi with someone we couldn’t identify.
K: David Poltrack, head of research at CBS, with Lauren and Chuck? Please fill us in.
Paul Tharp, self-described reporter who “covers moguls” at the Post, with foxy Chris Taylor (she has beautiful blue eyes), Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, MacAndrews & Forbes (better known as Ronald Perelman’s holding company).
Stuart Zakim Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at American Media Inc., with Men’s Fitness Editor in Chief Neal Boulton and Publisher, Jay Goldberg. Mid-way through lunch, they were elevated to Peter Brown’s table. Zakim and Boulton promptly bolted over the Bunny table to make small talk.
IF you were at Michael’s today (or any day) and would like to report in, or correct the record, please email LaurelT AT mediabistro.com (also, please send us table numbers!)
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