A Q&A with
our holiday hosts
How do you know each other? WR: Beverly hired me to cook a dinner party for her and her friends over the summer in the Catskills, and she was a consummate host. She brings the FUN to the party.
BN: His energy was absolutely magnetic, and his food was everything I didn’t know my soul needed.
How would you describe your holiday party style?BN: Pretty minimal, with the exception of jewelry. I love lots of sparkles and champagne!
WR: I love clothes that are functional, with a touch of whimsy.
How are you getting together with loved ones this season?BN: I’m looking forward to celebrating with close friends and family in NYC. Since opening the first Beverly’s store, I’ve found staying in town and connecting with the community is a priority.
WR: One family tradition is attending midnight mass on Christmas Eve. After service, we go home and have a big feast of traditional Filipino dishes like pancit, lumpia, kare-kare, bibingkas and American classics like honey-baked ham, pecan pie and sweet potato casserole.
How are you giving back this holiday season? Any specific cause or charity you’d like to shout out?WR: I’m an ambassador for the Ali Forney Center, the largest comprehensive program for homeless LGBTQIA+ youth in NYC. It provides shelter, safety, food and medical and health services for over 1,400 young people annually.
BN: Stop AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Hate.
Learn more and donate at aliforneycenter.org and stopaapihate.org.