By Jacque Reid

This weekend I was excited to host my first event!  I partnered with my trainer and friend, Coach Jaz and created Fit Factory Fab.  And the occasion was just that, FAB… with mini-fitness classes, consultations from health and fitness experts, delicious drinks,  fantastic food, and the perfect guests!  Fit Factory NYC served as our venue, featuring two rooms… one for fitness and one for the party!

To keep my guests healthy but happy, I partnered with James Beard award winning Chef Bradford Thompson of the newly opened Heartwood Restaurant.
Brad blew us away with appetizing low-cal cuisine such as pretzel rolls with cured salmon and arugula, pita with wood roasted eggplant dip, beef short rib sandwiches with picked vegetables and chilli mayo, chilled shrimp skewers with salsa verde, and jerk chicken legs with mango cucumber salad all made with Chef Brad’s special recipes.   The food was so delectable that by end of the event, all we could think about was planning a trip to Heartwood for more.   When you visit Heartwood, what you will appreciate more than the food is Chef Brad.  His passion for food coupled with his cool vibe will have you making Heartwood one of your favorite NYC spots.

And what is a party without cocktails???!!!  I was able to keep the drinks flowing, but healthy thanks to the new standard for vodka, FOU-DRE.  The first thing that will grab you is FOU-DRE’S artistic packaging.   No kidding… the bottle resembles a lightening strike (FOU-DRE means lightening in French) and stands tall like an award statue.  And we felt like winners at the event when we had a taste of the specialty cocktails.  There was a strawberry-lemonade concoction, a ginger and mint mixture and a blueberry potion… all created before our very eyes with the freshest ingredients.

Mixed in with all of the great food and cocktails, was a day about fitness.  I was pleased to see my guests really get into the fitness of the day.  Many plan to return to the Fit Factory NYC gym one of their kick-butt classes; or one on one personal training by Jaz or one of her incredible trainers on staff.  And what is a party without line dancing?  And we did just that with standards like The Wobble, The Cupid Shuffle and a new one to Pharrell’s Happy.  No question, Fit Factory Fab was a such a hit, we are planning another one next fall.  Keep checking back here on S&LF and we’ll tell you how you can win an invitation.