Bravo's Reality TV Stars Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen Launch Parenting Book

Bravo TV's Real Housewives star Alex McCord and her husband Simon van Kempen recently launched their upcoming parenting book at the ultra elegant Bruno Jamais Supper Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Alex McCord at Bravo TV's The Real Housewives of New York launch Party (r) and Alex and Simon at the launch party of their new parenting book due later this year.

The launch of their book preceded the second season premiere party of Bravo TV's The Real Housewives of New York that had the full cast on the red carpet at Gilt in the posh Palace Hotel in New York City.

SVP of Programming, Bravo, Andy Cohen, reality T.V. stars Kelly Killoren Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill Zarin, President, Women and Lifestyle Networks, NBC Universal, Lauren Zalaznick, general manager, Bravo, Frances Berwick, and reality T.V. stars Bethenny Frankel, Ramona Singer, and Alex McCord, attend “The Real Housewives of New York City” season 2 premiere party at Gilt at the Palace Hotel on February 11, 2009 in New York City.

The book was birth from the roles that each of them have grown into as The Real Housewives have progressed. Known as the jet-setting duo from Brooklyn raising two young boys in what New Yorker’s call the suburbs and the rest of world knows as Brooklyn; the two are dedicated parents balancing big city lives with strong family ties reminiscent of values reserved for life in a much smaller town. And doing it all in front of the cameras.

Simon Van Kempen dips his wife Alex McCord in a nostalgic kiss for the cameras.

Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, Alex and Simon’s home, is right across the Brooklyn Bridge, one stop from the heart beat of Manhattan. The book is directed to every parent and addresses parenting issues that may be lost in chaos. It doesn’t present a “look at our glamorous lives” picture but really squashes all the stories of planning on pre-K pre birth that are often used to describe the children of Manhattan’s achievers.

As in the show, Simon is an active and dedicated Dad who is a believer in communication as the two participate in verbal volley’s that is their signature style of discussion. They bring that same style to the book. Allowing for readers to incorporate the technique into their own lives as each chapter ends with the communicated volleys.  

For media and guest the party at Bruno's was a "real" success.

The ultra elegant  Bruno Jamais Supper club hosted the evening. Bruno’s is nestled in a luxurious Mansion opposite the grand façade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  With the charming Bruno unavailable for the majority of the evening the party seemed almost empty.  In his absence, French artist-in-residence Cyrille Margarit played the part of host with ease. The hor’dourves flowed as freely as the wine and ranged from a whipped mousse foie gras and chicken pate to delicate spring rolls, rolled crab cakes and creamed spinach canapés in thin wraps.

From the menu: Duo of Lamb.

With two wine cellars to cater to even the most exclusive needs the magnificent wine selection at Bruno’s ranges from moderate priced, $40.00 per bottle to the amazing $9,000.00 per bottle. Once again allowing his restaurant to be utilized for the launch party I have sampled both wine and various hor’dourves. The white wine, always my favorite, is smooth and light with a subtle fragrance and at first sip, charming and inviting.

Leading into the ultra elegant main dining area at the Bruno Jamais Supper Club.

This event was the first for Bruno’s new Executive Chef Hok Chin.  Bruno’s offers magnificent culinary creations fusing Asian and French cuisine to create an entrée menu featuring Scallops 4 Ways, A Duo of Lamb, and Porterhouse for Two with bordelaise sauce and potato gratin.  The restaurant caters to an exclusive clientele and creates a comfortable atmosphere with a feel of privacy welcomed by all.

Scallops 4 Ways with salmon cavier.

The evening was a smashing success with a host of celebrities and well-wishers in attendance to celebrate Alex and Simon’s parenting book and like some expectant parents they haven’t decided on a name quite yet. With the due date later this year we are eagerly waiting the title.

Restaurant Owner and Host Bruno Jamais, Katherine Rothman and WCBS Reporter Dr. Max Gomez.

Others in attendance were WCBS Reporter Dr. Max Gomez, TV host of Cognac's Corner and the always celebrity chic, Cognac Wellerlane as well as Black Tie International curator, Gloria T. Cessler.  Over 500 members of the media and paparazzi enjoyed the event. Popular media represented included, People Magazine, The New York Times, The Social Diary and of course, Splash Magazines Worldwide.

Alex McCord with KMR CEO Katherine Rothman, TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Simon Van Kempen.

At the end of the evening all guests received gift bags filled with an amazing assortment of items from clients represented by KMR communications. A sample of Frownies, The Face Lift in a Bag, Coming Up Roses Eye Contour Gel from the Berwick Beauty Collection, FlabulessU, the arm sleeve that contours and shapes the underarms without exercise, a complimentary sample of Drench It face cream by Face It by Camilla, Bio-Facil I Acne Fluide complex compliments of Esente Physioceuticals.

The luxury bag, a gift from Make Love Not Trash also contained Relaxing Shower Milk by Sothys Paris. From the Essencia Collection, the master’s of aromatherapy for the skin, The Garden Blossom oil and Gentleman’s Skin Beauty Bar also organic Nail Polish Remover from G2 Organics with specially charged Reiki crystal that promotes wellness.

Steve Hall from Voodoo Tiki Tequila and Bruno Jamais.

Additionally KMR added a complimentary copy of New Beauty Magazine, which provides a very detailing look at the art of beauty and medical providers who offer those services. A charity raffle was held to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation with items donated by jewelry designer Rebecca Koven, a Marilyn Monroe collection purse, a Weekend stay at The Hotel Chandler and many other amazing prizes.

Gift certificates included a free consultation for Fashion Fit Formula, the innovative body measurement system that maximizes dressing potential, savings on Demi Bella, fashion for Mommy & Baby, one free Jewelry Design by master Jewelry designer Elias Vayas, substantial savings on Belli Pregnancy Skincare Products, the pregnancy skincare line free from harmful chemicals that may endanger either mom or baby and a $50.00 gift certificate toward dinner at the exclusive Bruno Jamais Supper Club.

All guest received a complimentary copy of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida and a very smooth, decadent Chocolate treat from Chocolove.

Chocolate Soufflé: nurture the decadent side.

The Bruno Jamais Supper Club is located at E. 81st at Fifth Ave. Please call 212-396-3444 for availability. Reservations are encouraged. For more information on the Bruno Jamais Supper Club,

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