It’s the last Wednesday power lunch of the year (or the last one ever if you believe those wacky Mayans), and the usual suspects at Michael’s came bearing gifts to be traded over Cobb salads today. Some regulars (Linda Fairstein) were hosting year-end catch-ups with pals, while others (Steven Stolman) broke bread with their bosses. Of course, even if Christmas is less than a week away, there are those who mean business with lunch.
I caught up with Eliot Spitzer while he was waiting for his guest to arrive and asked him how he’s faring over at Current TV. “Nobody’s watching, but I’m having a great time,” he told me. “I don’t mean to be facetious, but I am really enjoying myself. It’s like having a cocktail party with friends every night.” Pausing for a moment he added, “Somebody needs to buy the network.” And perhaps they will, he mused, if for no other reason than to snap up Current’s distribution system. Either way, New York’s former governor isn’t quitting his day job, so to speak. “I’m glad all my investments are in real estate, not media companies, but if someone can make money at it, great.” Indeed.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
1. Best-selling author Linda Fairstein, hosting her annual holiday lunch for her former colleagues from her days as head of the city’s sex crimes unit. “I love doing this for these women who are all tops in their field. We’ve been having this lunch every year for over a decade, and for one afternoon they are treated like queens of the world,” Linda told me as she placed artfully decorated gift bags at each place setting embellished with the words ‘Boss Lady.’ The incredible women who were taking a break from their usual daily grind of solving and prosecuting the city’s most heinous crimes: New York Supreme Court Judge Ann Donnelly, Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, trial division chief; Audrey Moore, chief the Special Victims’ Unit; cold case division head Melissa Mourges, who just this week got a conviction on the ‘Dating Game’ murder; Kerry O’Connell, chief of the trial bureau; and Martha Bashford, head of the Sex Crimes Unit. Ladies, I salute you.
2. Peter Brown
3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and David Zinczenko (Happy Belated Birthday!)
4. PR scion Steve Rubenstein
5. Jim Abernathy (who, hands down, wins today’s best dressed honors) with The New York Times’ Tim Arango and other folks
6. Betsy Perry, presiding over a table of pals
7. PR pro Paul Wilmot, designer Reem Acra and WWD‘s Marc Karimzadeh and Hampton Carney
8. Cosmo editrix Joanna Coles with the mag’s entertainment director Dana Stern dishing with BWR co-president and celeb handler Leslie Sloane Zelnik. The high powered were no doubt trio cooking up a short list of cover gals for the new year.
9. Star Jones and Crystal McCrary Anthony
10. Stylista Julie Macklowe, rocking gold pants
11. Accessories maven Mickey Ateyeh
12. Sherrie Westin
14. Simon & Schuster’s Alice Mayhew
15. Money man Stephen Swid
16. The lovely Joan Jakobson and friends
81. PR maven Lisa Linden and Joseph Spinnato, president of the Hotel Association of New York City
17. Steve Rattner
18. Eliot Spitzer
20. Agent Boaty Boatwright
21. Joe Versace (yes, of those Versaces)
22. Rubenstein’s Susie Arons
24. Scalamandre president Steven Stolman with the company’s CEO, Louis Renzo, and design director, Albert Sardelli. Nice to meet you both!
25. BizBash‘s David Adler
26. Stu Zakim with his new client, business blogger Mike Berman
82. Todd Synder
27. Marketing guru and political commentator Robert Zimmerman
28. The Wall Street Journal‘s Anthony Cenname
29. My new pal, scribe Wednesday Martin, and her friend, author Liz Welch (The Kids Are All Right)
Faces in the crowd: Roxanne Donovan, looking chic in all black… Ron Mwangaguhunga and the dashing (literally) Euan Rellie, who must be very popular at home these days after adopting an adorable puppy from a Long Island-based animal rescue center for the kids . Well done!
We’ll be back at Michael’s in January. Here’s hoping for peace and prosperity for all in the new year. See you in 2013!
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