Harvey Weinstein and Andrea Illy host an evening of caffeine and creativity

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Last Monday, Harvey Weinstein — best known as the co-founder of Miramax Films — hosted an illyCaffe Grand Classics soiree alongside Andrea Illy, CEO of illy, the worldwide coffee roasting company. A crowd of bon vivants gathered at The Core Club to witness the famed studio executive unveil his greatest inspiration: City Girl, a 1930s film directed by F.W. Murnau.

The coterie of caffeine-guzzling guests — which included notables such as Kelly Rutherford, Katie Couric, Federica Marchionni, Valesca Guerrand-HermesChristian Coulson, Alvin Valley, Katrina Pavlos, and Coralie Charriol Paul — jauntily mingled as they sipped on illy Espresso Martinis and Cioccolatini Cocktails, and nibbled on delectable Domori chocolate-covered strawberries.

At one point, eager to start the film, a giddy Weinstein began seating guests himself. The party sprawled out on plush leather couches and munched on fresh popcorn served in old-fashioned, pinstriped boxes as they watched the exclusive screening of the silent classic.

“All of this is about inspiration,” said Andrea Illy. “Because I’m a chemist, I have to talk about the two molecules for inspiration: dopamine and caffeine. Dopamine is the molecule of pleasure and when you get pleasure, you get inspired. The caffeine is enhancing. I don’t know anyone who is successful in life with no inspiration. If this is the recipe for success, then let’s live happily.”


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