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Elana Levin is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of WWW.FASHFOODIES.COM, a dedicated site that shares current events, trends and news in food and fashion. Elana’s passion for culinary and fashion stems from a background in both industries.

She got her start in Fashion while working in-house at French Connection’s corporate office in New York. Learning trend forecasting and working with an international brand, she learned how to gage upcoming styles and looks for the upcoming season, which ultimately gave her a great edge for her site. While working at a top public relations firm KB Network News with Iron Chef Judge Karine Bakhoum, she began learning the ins-and-outs of culinary in New York, which was extremely vast and competitive. Wanting to share her newfound knowledge of culinary trends and news in New York, as well as restaurant hotspots and fashion events, FASHFOODIES.COM was born. Serving as a social go-to-guide for readers seeking the best offerings and events in their city, Elana continues to grow her site to encompass happenings in other cities, including her native Miami, Nashville, London and LA. Still working as a full-time culinary expert and attending fashion events, Elana is in-the-know related to fashion and food topics, as well as a great source for information on top restaurants, news and trends. She still loves forecasting and applies her knowhow from the fashion industry to the seasonality of fashion + food, combining the two industries she loves and sharing her knowledge with her readers.




Bar Primi is an Italian pasta shop on the border of NoHo and the East Village.



Born in Upland, California and raised in rural Hunterdon County, NJ, Justin Smillie’s early environment informed the kind of chef he is today, one with a passion for the bounty of local farms, bold flavors, and the simple expression of extraordinary ingredients. The menu of Upland will combine the casual, fresh culture of California cuisine with Smillie’s signature, rustic, seasonal accents that gained him critical and popular acclaim at Il Buco Alimentari (including three stars from The New York Times).



The NoMad Bar radiates the conviviality and warmth of a classic New York City tavern. The casual menu, which draws inspiration from traditional pub fare, is rooted in the style and foundation of The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park. Here, for example, the NoMad’s famed chicken for two is re-introduced as a chicken pot pie, replete with black truffles and foie gras.