An Evening at the Explorers Club
For an anniversary celebration and Food Stories Screening
SOLD OUT! Contact Sailing Collective to be put on the waitlist
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Screening starts promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring a curated selection of food, wine, beer, and rum - See RESERVATIONS page for booking details - $95pp and must book on a desktop or laptop computer
Friends, Sailing Collective is celebrating its anniversary and we want you to join us! In just 5 years we have taken thousands of intrepid explorers, vacationers, and travelers in our boats, to over 20 countries, and we are honored and humbled that you joined us. The Sailing Collective adventure has brought us to some of the world's unique tables, from the beaches of the Virgin Islands to family-owned wineries along the Dalmatian Coast. Our explorations are incomplete, however, if we cannot share the table with our friends.
Please join us at the famed Explorers Club, where we will have an expansive grazing table featuring dishes inspired by our journeys, and prepared by the Sailing Collective chefs and crew, alongside a well stocked bar of wine, beer, and rum. We'll also be showing a special screening of a trailer for Episode i. of 'Food Stories', a film series produced by Sailing Collective and Vacationland Studio. Hosted by chef Tara Norvell, with captain Dayyan Armstrong, the story tells the tale of our journey through the Gulf of Naples and Italy's Tyrrhenian Sea. We're looking forward to celebrating with old friends from past journeys, and new ones, soon to embark with us. So please put on your finest for this special night - we look forward to spending the evening with you!
• Roast pig with gravy • Bluefish on marble slab • Autumn vegetables and salads • Whole roasted pumpkins with miso butter • Assortment of cheeses • Charcuterie • Homemade salsas and sauces • Local artisanal breads • Homemade pastries served with piped whipped cream • Chocolate truffles • Seasonal fruit and more...
Food prepared by Sailing Collective chefs and crew, and beautifully arranged by the photographer and stylist, April Valencia
Wine provided by SCRIBE Winery
Dayyan Armstrong founded the Sailing Collective out of a passion for connecting people with the world through adventure and sailing. Having been raised with values based on multi-cultural awareness and the importance of global culture, Dayyan combined his enthusiasm for sailing and exploration to create an integrated sailing vacation organization open to adventures, explorers, and sailors alike. With a background in music performance, social theory, and a graduate degree in economics from the New School for Social Research, Dayyan is always excited to participate in discourse in topics of theory, art, adventure, and exploration. Outside sailing and exploration, Dayyan is passionate about cured meats, design, Maine, social theory, Cook’s Illustrated, a good museum, photography, Harper’s Magazine, and various types of cooking over fire or coals.
Kalim Armstrong is a filmmaker based between Brooklyn, NY and the Catskill mountains where he directs and photographs documentary, commercial, and narrative projects. Kalim's passion for storytelling stems from an idea that a better understanding of the lives of others can contribute in some small way to making the world a better place. His work has taken him to the mountains of Norway to document soldiers training for winter warfare survival, across Europe filming rock and roll tour documentaries, interviewing celebrities behind the scenes, capturing elite athletes in training, as well as creating quiet portraits of communities living on the fringe of society.
On July 4th - 11th, 2015, chef Tara Norvell of Roberta’s, Okonomi, and the Spotted Pig set sail with Sailing Collective in the Gulf of Naples to film the inaugural ‘Food Stories’ journey. Over the course of the journey, Tara explored the culinary traditions of the islands of Ponza, Ventotene, Procida, and Ischia, a rich coastal region of Italian cuisine. She met up with chef Tim Siadatan, of London’s award winning Italian restaurant Trullo and visited the ancient vineyard Casa D’Abra, learning techniques from local chef’s, and prepared a meal for the crew aboard. Tara Norvell went to Le Cordon Blue in London and is a renowned chef in New York City, having worked for The Spotted Pig and Roberta’s before co-founding Okonimi, in Brooklyn.
Sandy Ho grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney Australia and spent most of her time in the kitchen with her mum perfecting her Vietnamese culinary skills. Widely travelling at a young age, she found a great love for food from all over the world and has a ‘try anything once’ attitude. After finishing a BA in Fine Arts, Sandy relocated to Melbourne where she realised her hobby in the kitchen became a real life dream career and left the artist life to learn about food. She headed the kitchen team at Non for Profit bar Shebeen where her flair for menu and recipe planning also led her to move into private catering for many large and small scale events in the Melbourne area. Her interest lies in the use and care of local and sustainable produce which has given her the opportunity to travel, meet and collaborate with the makers of our food. Sandy joins The Sailing Collective with an agenda to spark positive sharing of flavour and food all around the world.
Though a land lover for most of her life, Eva grew up with a love and an appreciation for the ocean, growing up next to the Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. Active both in water and on land, Eva frequently enjoys rock climbing, hiking and backpacking, skiing, and scuba diving. Her greatest love, however, is food. After earning a BA in Cultural Anthropology at Colorado College, Eva got a position in a professional French restaurant in Washington, and hasn’t stopped cooking since. Now, she combines her love of food with her passion for traveling, photography, and writing. For years now, her dream has been to cook on boats internationally, and is excited to bring that love and creativity to the Sailing Collective.
April Valencia is a freelance stylist, photographer and artist based in Brooklyn. Born and raised in the southwest deserts of Arizona, she developed an early appreciation for transparency - a reoccurring influence within her work - capturing subjects free of inhibition. Valencia's company, Native Kind, provides a platform for her to incorporate design with her love for textiles and fabric installations. The Sailing Collective has given her the opportunity to combine her passion for travel, design and photography into one. IG: @april_valencia Web: aprilvalencia.com
The Explorers Club
46 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide. Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, and first to the surface of the moon. And now, the first to hold a Sailing Collective anniversary event and screening.
About Sailing Collective
Formed in the November of 2010, Sailing Collective has led over 300 sailing trips to destinations throughout Croatia, Italy, Madagascar, Thailand, BVIs, Turkey, Greece, and many more, as they explore new routes around the world. Each journey is uniquely magical, full of kinetic energy that reverberates throughout the soul for a lifetime to come. Sailing Collective has brought thousands of beautiful souls on journeys around the world over the past 5 years and we are eager for more!
What makes a great adventure? It is simultaneously the experience of being somewhere as well as collecting memories that last forever - traveling under sail, exploring islands, cities, and beaches - learning about the culture, landscape, and experiencing local ingredients. A great meal makes this memory even sweeter, from a fresh fish perfectly grilled over an open flame on the Croatian island of Komiza, to a cold glass of Casa d'Ambra Frasitelli wine, picked from ancient vines high above the Mediterranean on the Island of Ischia, or a meal shared amongst friends of fresh lobster, while watching the sunset anchored off the coast of Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Hosted by world class chefs, 'Food Stories' captures these moments along a Sailing Collective adventure, sailing the open seas, and learning regional recipes from local restaurants and the people who call these incredible places home. From lush islands of Southern Thailand, the Mediterranean islands dotting the Gulf of Naples, the remote coast of Madagascar, 'Food Stories' invites the viewer onboard to join the adventure.
Adventure and memories are paramount to the Sailing Collective experience, and we want to share every aspect of these special moments with you.
Statement on Food Stories from Vacationland Studio
We are excited to collaborate with the Sailing Collective to bring you Food Stories - a series of films that explore food and culture while under sail. As filmmakers, we devote our lives to seeking out meaningful stories around the world. We make our work to share these stories, and introduce our audience to the inspiring people we meet along our journey, in hopes of contributing, in some small way, to a better understanding of diverse cultures and their vast histories which makes the world a better place for all. To travel the oceans with friends and family, learning about local cuisines and adventuring to the most beautiful ports and islands with talented chefs is a life-long dream - we invite you to join the adventure and come aboard as the Sailing Collective presents - Food Stories.
Explore photos from our past journeys