Lifestyle and entertaining expert Pamela Morgan is the founder and CEO of Flirting with Flavors, a special events and culinary company with a strong presence in both New York City and the Hamptons.
She has planned and produced event experiences for non-profit charity galas, private gatherings, and exclusive events, and is known for her one-of-a-kind private parties, wedding celebrations, and special events for loyal clientele and their distinguished guests.
Demonstrating her flair for entertaining and culinary expertise, Pamela Morgan oversees Flirting With Flavors and an impressive roster of vendors including a skilled culinary team, lighting professionals, floral designers, printing manufacturers, and logistic coordinators.
Pamela Morgan executes unique celebrations that take guests on an unforgettable sensory journey. Her undisputed eye for design brings to life the most vivid ideas shared between herself and her clients. Flirting With Flavors is dedicated to entertaining, cooking and creating experiences that inspire.
For more information, please visit: http://www.flirtingwithflavors.com
1. When and how did you first realize that you wanted to work in the industry and business you are in?
I was a dancer/ singer in my early 20s when I first moved to NYC from Texas. I used to work in between shows for small catering companies and I loved it. Soon after, more like a year, I started catering small events on my own in New York City. I would create meals for bachelors hosting small dinners from their home or for men who wanted to impress their dates with a delicious home-cooked meal that was easy to prepare. (Secretly, I was hoping one of them would fall in love with me!)
The autonomy of owning your own business attracted and intrigued me and served as a creative outlet.
2. Any celebrity clients or memorable stories related to your business that you want to share?
I catered an exclusive fundraising event for President Clinton serving a group of 60 distinguished New Yorkers who were supporting his campaign.
I also catered the opening of the New York City office for Martha Stewart Living.
3. What is a typical day like for you? And what do you like to do on a day off?
None of my days are typical. But what remains the same is that I start every day with a workout, either kickboxing at my gym or walking through Central Park with my new Bernedoodle puppy named Remi.
Some days, I am testing recipes, taking photos from my kitchen for my blog, and giving cooking parties plus events. My clients, blog subscribers, and social media followers all have different needs and expect high-quality content. They are always getting my best and this is what I love about my business.
On days off, I often cook and entertain for my husband and friends.
4. What is the next big thing in your industry?
Instagram Photo Walls are more creative than your average step-and-repeat. They are fun to decorate and offer guests a shareable moment to post on social media, when perfectly aligned with the event’s theme.
5. What are people doing differently today, compared to 10-15 years ago?
Social media and blogging allow businesses to interact with their audiences more often and in a completely different way.
6. What are your three favorite restaurants in New York?
a. Le Bernadin by Chef Eric Ripert;
b. L’atelier de Joël Robuchon; and
c. Gotham Bar and Grill by Chef Alfred Portale.
7. What are your three favorite bars in New York?
a. Omar’s on Park Avenue;
b. The Bar at the Baccarat Hotel; and
c. The bar at Gato restaurant, where the food is fabulous.
d. One more, because I cannot leave out the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel.
8. What are your three favorite locations to visit in New York?
a. Central Park, which is right across the street from my apartment.
b. Union Square Market is where I find the best seasonal and local ingredients from farmers right outside New York City. The ambiance itself reminds me of the markets in Europe.
c. The Flower Market on 28th Street – There are many stores that I go to that have décor as well as fresh and seasonal flowers. When I have an event to decorate, I visit the market to find flowers to make my floral arrangements.
9. Which three events on your annual calendar will you will absolutely not miss?
a. My wedding Aanniversary is on May 12th;
b. The Annual James Beard Awards; and
c. Ladies Who Lunch benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation – I have chaired the event for the past five years with a group of influential women.
10. What was your best New York moment?
When my cookbook, Pamela Morgan’s Flavors, was released, it was overwhelming but exhilarating to know that people can experience my recipes from their own kitchen.
One time a client gave us the wrong date for a party and called us to ask where we were?!! The client was very embarrassed, but we actually got the party together in two hours and no one even knew their mistake happened.
11. Tell us something that people do not know about you. (And you cannot say it is a secret!)
I have always wanted to be a cabaret singer, which combines my childhood dreams of being a professional with my singing.
12. How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is classic, elegant and chic, but always comfortable for my daily happenings, events, and activities.
13. Who is your style icon?
Actress Cate Blanchett.
Where do you find your style inspiration?
Everywhere. When you live in NYC, style is on the street!
14. Who is your favorite fashion designer, artist, or architect – and why?
I have so many favorite designers, but I do love Chanel.
15. Name your favorite… and tell us why:
a. Outfit – The St. Laurent Tuxedo. It’s classic and elegant, but when a woman wears a tux it’s powerful.
b. Perfume/Fragrance – I am not a fan of anything in particular
c. Movie – When Harry met Sally. It’s so romantic and heartwarming but funny.
d. TV show – Younger on TV Land! The show is modern and fun, and features Broadway star, Sutton Foster.
e. Book – Eat Pray Love. It’s deeply romantic and authentic.
16. What is your favorite restaurant in the world? What is it you love about it and what is your favorite dish?
It’s tough to name a favorite restaurant in all the world but I do love L’Ami Louis and eat there every time I’m in Paris.
I savor their roast chicken probably because it’s cooked in duck fat. The restaurant is casual, and the simplicity of the food makes it the perfect spot to dine.
17. Name your favorite vacation spot and hotel?
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle De France in the Caribbean.
What makes these places so special?
My husband and I have been visiting the St. Barths for 20 years. We are seasonal owners at Cheval Blanc and the island is perfect with great food and an amazing atmosphere. It’s hip, chic but cozy so you’ll always feel happy there.
18. Which three items can you not live without?
a. My hairdresser! I know it is not an item, but I cannot live without my hairstylist;
b. My Vitamix; and
c. My Japanese Santoku chef knife.
19. What song, meditation or mantra can you listen to on repeat? And why?
I know all the words to Natural Woman by Carol King. It takes me back to my carefree college days.
20. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you like to meet? And why?
The legendary James Beard! He was so outspoken about food and its preparations. He influenced so many of us. I would love to meet him today and show him what a long way we have come in American.
21. Is there anything else you would like to share, discuss or promote?
I will be living out my dream and starring in a cabaret performance. Details coming soon!
I will be releasing my second cookbook this year called Love, Well-Seasoned. It’s a memoir and part cookbook.
Images Courtesy of Pamela Morgan and Flirting with Flavors