Parties & Events

House of Speakeasy Celebrates 2nd Annual Gala with a Literary Fundraiser

Friday, January 30, 2015

Last night, over drams of Aberfeldy and Craigellachie single malt scotches, great literary minds and their supporters gathered for the House of Speakeasy’s 2nd Annual Gala. The intimate New York affair at City Winery brought society’s elite together to celebrate the House of Speakeasy literary fundraiser. Notable attendees such as Uma Thurman, designer Waris Ahluwalia, Joe Conason and philanthropist Elizabeth Wagley sat in rapt attention and listened to a series of monologues on the night’s topic “Runnin’ Wild.”

Author and Fashion Expert, Simon Doonan kept everyone in fits of laughter as he recanted the story of how he auditioned for the part of Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada, a role he was told he was a perfect fit for and was sure he had secured. After realizing Phillip Black and Robert Verde had also auditioned, Doonan realized they were solely looking for gossip tidbits on Anna Wintour. He defended her saying that Meryl Streep’s cold and malicious character did not resemble his dear friend at all.

Tony and Grammy award winner, Jim Dale,  showed his impressive orating abilities in a speech made up almost entirely of Shakespeare quotes, making it clear we all regularly are quoting Shakespeare in our daily lives.

Producer Susan Fales-Hill confessed to having dreams about Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey… making the actor who plays him, Dan Stevens, in the audience, blush.

Political satirist P.J. O’Rourke pontificated on the perils of baby boomers, at one point claiming his generation has reached the point where, “A passion for living replaces the idea of working for one.”

The evening also included tastings of two of John Dewar & Sons newly launched “Last Great Malts:” Aberfeldy 12 and 21 and Craigellachie 13 and 23 single malt scotches. Guests had the opportunity to speak with The Last Great Malts brand ambassador as he led them through a tasting of various marques for each of the whiskies. Dan Stevens awarded bottles of Aberfeldy to the winners of a literary pop-quiz



Here's to an energizing wake-up call


Classical Music, A Museum Party and Other Weekend Ideas

Our editors' picks for where to go and what to see


Volkswagens, Lighthouses and other Weekend Ideas

The holiday's not over yet!