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Luisa Moraes’ Postcard from the World Cup Bash at Casa Fat Radish


The World Cup may be over, but we still have our memories, right? Last Friday, after the final match in Rio, Brazilian actress Luisa Moraes hosted an all-out bash at The Fat Radish’s World Cup pop-up. Have a look at the festivities through her eyes, below.

Luisa introLast Friday night in Rio de Janeiro, Absolut Elyx and I hosted an evening of delicious food and cocktails at Casa Fat Radish. Over the past month, the team from The Fat Radish in New York and Absolut Elyx had hosted dinners, parties, and screenings of the World Cup matches at the pop-up members-only clubhouse, which was set in a private 19th-century villa. Anyone who was lucky enough to enjoy the pool and view the matches from the screening room knows just how special this place is. Fifty friends (including Gerard Butler, Michael Ballack, Esteban Walther, Vania Catani, and Daniela Tolstoï) who happened to be in town for the last weekend of the World Cup showed up to celebrate. While we dined on a five-course tasting menu created from local ingredients by Casa Fat Radish chefs, Brazilian musicians, The Jesse Monroe Band, played a wonderful acoustic set. After dinner, hundreds of people started showing up for what turned into a dance party beneath Friday night’s full moon.

World Cup Party Brazil

The drive up to Casa Fat Radish in Rio de Janeiro.


Lineup of cocktails in traditional copper cups.

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Michael Ballack (right) was the German football team captain from 2004 to 2010. Now he’s an ESPN World Cup commentator. Here he is chatting with a friend by the bar.

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The beautiful dining room inside the Casa Fat Radish.


The Jesse Monroe Band, joined by Leandro Ferrari, played an acoustic set for the guests during dinner. Jesse says Leandro is the best harmonica player in all of Brazil!

Good food, good friends, the night was perfect!


Gringo da Parada kept us dancing until 4 a.m.

Phil and DJ

After dinner, The Fat Radish’s Phil Winser shared some laughs with Gringo behind the decks.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

The Fat Radish Sprouts In Paris


New York’s Fat Radish is a fashion-set favorite, so it makes sense that when the fashion crowd headed for Paris fashion week, owners Phil Winser and Ben Towill decided to come along, too. The Radish team will host a pop-up version of their Lower East Side restaurant in Marc Grossman’s Marais café, Bob’s Kitchen, from September 26 through October 2, in collaboration with Jenny Capano and Tara Gilson’s new creative agency The Sporting Project.

The cafe will marry the cultures of its native and adopted homes. Winser, Towill, and the Fat Radish’s executive chef, Nicholas Wilber, have been venturing to Paris’ markets every morning to get the freshest local produce for their vegetarian five-course set menu (très New Yorkais), which will be paired with French wines (very Paris). “The French are very traditional in their service,” Winser added. “For example, the waiters are in ties, white shirts, and aprons. They’ve always been about amazing-quality food, but the way it’s presented is very different from what we do in New York.” By way of contrast, the Radish experience is all about good, simple, locally sourced food—plus tattoos, no dress code, and family-style eating.

Menu items will include grilled cheese and organic tomato soup, mushroom ceviche, and spelt risotto with kale pesto, washed down with Champagne or Mimi’s Beer, which is brewed in the Rhone Valley by designer and vintage store owner Laura Marciano. The space features the usual Radishdecor, like stacked vegetable crates and community tables garnished by Chief’s gingham napkins. And in between courses of the €85 set dinner, Kate and Patrick Dougherty will treat diners to their Family Band experience—essentially, an elaborate photo booth complete with a full set, props, and costumes. The photo concept? “Gentleman farmer.”

The Fat Radish Paris pop-up, 74 Rue des Gravilliers, Paris. To reserve a spot at one of the two nightly seatings, send an e-mail to

Photo: Courtesy of The Fat Radish