Posted April 25, 2013 by Stephanie Ginzburg
Grab your re-usable shopping bag and come on down! To our delight, the Marina del Rey’s Farmer’s Market, officially planted roots in our backyard today. Executive Chef Edward Valles and Executive Sous Chef Wilson Angel enjoyed meeting folks from the community, talking with growers and vendors and becoming familiar with the items that are available to us each Thursday from 9:00am – 2:00pm.
The weekly Market will offer fresh, locally-grown organic and conventional fruits and veggies, gluten-free bakery items as well as prepared and packaged foods, hand-crafted products and much more!
Meet todays Growers: Denny’s Organic Farms, Fair Hills Farms, Gonzaga Farms, Xiong & Moua Chua, Gama Farms, Gaytan Farms, Scott Farms, Jonas Bees, Adams Olive Ranch, Ha’s Apples, Etheridge Farms Angel Farms, Ruby Farms, Avila and Sons, Salam Ranch, Maust’s California Poultry, Novy Ranches, Skyline Flowers, Atkins and Evergreen Nursery.
Meet todays Vendors: Messy Jesse BBQ, Ruben’s Nuts, Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales, Moms Products, Conscious Foods, Mom’s Specialties, Border Grill, Diana’s Bakery, Juice Crafters, Flor de Lima, Meditea, Rushhour Flowers and Joelle Olive Oil and Radiance Skincare.
The Market is located at 4101 Admiralty Way – Marina “Mother’s Beach” – parking lot 10. Stop in and say hello since you’re here!
Posted April 23, 2013 by Stephanie Ginzburg
Thank you to all who attended the FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club April Shower last week, a delightful evening for the blushing Bride and her entourage. Guests were greeted with Raspberry and Strawberry Champagne Flutes, Lace Parasols for fun photos by Roxy, dined on delicious Hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Edward Valles and enjoyed the “fifty shades of pink” ambiance created in part by Elegant Designs. Look for photos on Facebook and Flickr by weeks end.
In Addition to the FantaSea Team, some of FantaSea’s select preferred resources were on hand to meet face to face with the many brides that they are working with. For those that could not attend, below are the fabulous folks that helped make our evening a huge success.
Entertainment: Rhythm City Entertainment
Linen and Lounge Furniture: Elegant Designs Specialty Linen
Event Lighting: The Perfect Event
Event Photographs: FantaSea Yachts Special Event Producer, Roxy Capella
Event Florals: buds by Stephanie Ginzburg
Wedding Cakes: Torrance Bakery
Hair and Makeup Artist: Design Visage
Posted April 12, 2013 by Stephanie Ginzburg
Being the “Do It Yourself” fanatic that I am, I recently decided to boost my DIY knowledge and attend flower school in Los Angeles. After searching through the numerous options available based on my schedule at FantaSea and as a full time mother of four, I chose the Los Angeles Flower School of Design run by Michael Gaffney.
World renowned floral designer Michael Gaffney teaches flower design from the ground up. Once upon a time, Michael Gaffney worked away in a cubicle on Wall Street. Overworked and uninspired, he didn’t really know how unsatisfied he was until one day, on a visit to his Midwest hometown, he stepped into a flower shop.
“I realized how much flowers can affect a person. They’re part of every stage of life – birth, death, weddings, funerals, memories, romance. And I saw how good designs make a stronger impact. Suddenly, I wanted to be part of that. I saw floral design as a way to help people renew, recover, express sympathy, fall in love, and share friendship. And in doing that, I understood that I could actually make a good living, doing something I love, while adding beauty and flair to events that touch people’s lives.”
Michael’s floral designs have graced a wide spectrum of occasions, from a simple first date bouquet to grand wedding arrangements; from movie sets to haute couture fashion shows, and everything in between. “I came to see myself as an artist for people’s emotions. I made a good living, yes, but my art made other people happy. It was remarkably satisfying. And flowers, of course, grow and bloom, but they don’t last forever. They disappear. It’s a medium that’s both dynamic and ethereal. You’re always being called on to create something new, but it won’t last either. And that’s okay. That’s what makes every bouquet, every event special. It’s like working every single day with the best things in life – flowers, certainly, together with energy, creativity, reinvention, renewal.”
Michael, with the help of two beautiful assistants, Kim and Erika are truly hands on. Standing over your shoulder, insisting on perfection and making you re-work anything that is not Star quality is a huge help. Keeping with the FantaSea motto, I’m still learning everyday, and teaching new lessons everyday. How else do you stay on top of trends, pass educated information on to your clients and learn a new talent? You open your world to learning new lessons. I’ll be sharing my experiences week by week and will showcase the designs that we create in class on Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.