We’re Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

December 10, 2010 by

Imagine recreating a Winter fairy tale without having to visit the North Pole!   Russo’s on the Bay has done it once again. This year,  Frank Russo, Jr.  decided to take the decorations to the next level and called in the best in the business, Cambridge Floral.  They are responsible for decorating some of the most well-known buildings in Manhattan throughout the year and particularly during the Holidays.  The company also has a bridal division and is known throughout the wedding industry as  James Anthony Floral Event & Design

After speaking to owner, James Conigliaro Jr., Mr. Russo immediately hired James and his team to take on the huge responsibility of transforming our already beautiful catering hall into a snowy Winter Wonderland.  The building is trimmed with an array of icy trees, lush snow, sparkly icicles and whimsical lighting. The front and inside of the building were completed using over 10,000 energy conscious lights, LED snowfalls and flash bursts.  All lighting and special effects are cutting edge and can only be found at some of the most exclusive boutiques and department stores on Fifth Avenue like Tiffany, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Bergdorf Goodman

 My favorite area of the building is the ceiling of our Main Staircase leading to both the Tivoli and Renaissance ballrooms.  As you look up, you will be mystified by the snow covered manzanita branches hanging down, while snowfalls are brought to life using super bright computer-controlled LEDs.  This snowy setting just sparkles with the magic of a Winter fairy tale! 

 What is even more exciting is that our customers have requested and, as always, Mr. Russo has listened, that the decorations (with minor alterations) be kept up not only for the holidays but well into the month of January for our wintertime brides. 

Kelly Greco



October 28, 2010 by

Fairy Tale Affairs has added fabulous new items to keep your guests talking about your very special day!  Please call 718-845-7000 or 516-541-1000 to schedule an appointment!

Sizzling Summer Hot Topics by Vassa

July 22, 2010 by

I recently chatted with the owner of Wedding Dresser Couture by Vassa, Vassa Halatas-Cohen, and got her opinion on some of the latest bridal wear trends gaining enormous popularity.  These are her “Sizzling Summer Hot Topics.”

 Bold and Beautiful -“This tiered ruffle gown makes a statement and shows your silhouette with out all the fuss,” says Vassa.


 Accessories with an Edge -“You can have the look of a headpiece or tiara with a modern touch.  The headband will disappear and the stones will float in your hair.” 

Hollywood Style- “This can be worn as the first gown or a quick change  into a second dress.  This gown is also great for an after party to dance the night away in!”


All of the items seen can be found at Wedding Dresser Couture located in Woodmere, Long Island.  Please call Vassa for further info at 516-792-5955.  Happy Dress Shopping!

Please Be Seated!

July 6, 2010 by

It’s finally arrived!  Keeping in mind both Russo’s on the Bay & Vetro brides, Fairy Tale Affairs has created a timeless oval seating board complete with custom calligraphy and Swarovski crystal design.  This piece is perfect for the bride that loves a little extra BLING!  Reservations for this one-of-a-kind board are currently being taken.  Please contact Fairy Tale Affairs for pricing and details 718-845-7000 or 516-541-1000.

Chef Michael DeGeorgio interviewed on WOR 710 AM

May 28, 2010 by

Chef Michael DeGeorgio recently sat for an interview with legendary radio host and restaurant critic, Joan Hamburg on WOR 710 AM. Joan Hamburg is known as “New York Radio’s First Lady” and often does celebrity and restaurant features.  She has long been a fan of Chef Mike’s and welcomed him on the air for an in-studio appearance.  Chef Mike cooked up a vast array of delights for the whole staff including hot anipasto with baked clams, stuffed peppers, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp oreganate and entrees of rack of lamb and chicken scarpiello.

You’re Invited…

May 19, 2010 by

Wedding Dresser Couture by Vassa, a preferred vendor of Russo’s On The Bay & Vetro invite you to see new bridal designer Angel Rivera’s Spring 2010 collection launched this April on Friday, June 18th through Sunday,  June 20th. Please contact the boutique to make an appointment at 516-792-5955.


May 4, 2010 by

Trying to find unique entertainment for your affair can be a difficult task, especially if your guest list is a mix crowd from young kids to grandma and grandpa. One form  you might not have thought of before is balloon entertainment. Imagine the looks on your guests faces as a Balloon artist creates such favorites as a bouquet of flowers and even Spiderman right in front of their eyes.

Nick The Balloonatic has been in the business of putting smiles on the faces of children and adults alike for many years. Being a professional balloon artist, Nick’s creations are sure to impress the entire family.

Nick was kind enough to come to Russo’s to feature some of his creative balloon sculptures. Enjoy!

For more information on Nick The Balloonatic, you can visit his website at http://www.nicktheballoonatic.com

Introducing…Chef Melvin Huntley.

April 16, 2010 by

Chef Melvin Huntley, Garden Managiere of Vetro by Russo’s On The Bay, is responsible for all the cold items that come from Vetro’s state of the art kitchen. In these episodes behind the scenes at Vetro, Chef Melvin shows you how to make some beautiful, simple, fresh salads that will brighten up your table now that the weather is getting nice and warm! From a delectable, lobster asparagus salad, to a delicious tuna tartare salad, he finishes off with an awesome arugula salad. Enjoy the videos to learn how to prepare them and we hope to see you soon at Vetro and Russo’s On The Bay!

The Perfect Bloody Mary

April 8, 2010 by

Vetro by Russo’s On The Bay has been serving Sunday brunch for the last few weeks and it’s been going great. With the weather getting nice and the patio open, it’s a tremendous opportunity to enjoy Vetro’s cuisine. The feast starts off with a beautiful European Style Table Setting of various breads from around the world such as croissants, brioche and tarrali’s complemented with country ham, mortadella, soppressata with cheeses, jams and butter. From there you have an incredible appetizer choice including Yellowfin Tuna, Salmon, gorgeous vegetable platters, seasonal fruit and yogurt. The menu for entrees is to long to include here but has such wonderful fare as Chef Michael’s famous Sunday Sauce with Pasta, Omelettes, Breast of Chicken, Jumbo Shrimp and Shell Steak and Eggs. You can check out the menus at our website. The Brunch is rapidly becoming famous for Pete the Bartender’s Bloody Mary’s! The first one is complimentary! To see Pete in action making this delicious drink, check out the video below. Can’t promise he’ll reveal all his secrets but you can learn the fundamentals from him! Hope to see you soon at Brunch at Vetro!

Hottest Sweet 16 Trend

April 2, 2010 by

Predominantly in the New York based wedding industry, brides strive to infuse their weddings with their own creative style – particularly transforming elegant ballrooms into lavish nightclub sceneries!  This trend is no longer limited to weddings however.  Sweet 16s have taken the stage and currently the hottest trend includes South Beach-inspired lounge environments featuring LED uplighting, wall drapery, white leather sectionals, acrylic furniture and lit up table tops, dance floors and seating.  And let’s not forget your favorite DJ to really get the party started!  Classie Sounds Entertainment is the one company we rely on for all of our room transformations!  Check out some of their latest work below.  Can you guess which room at Russo’s these parties have taken place in?

For more pictures and information, please visit www.classiesounds.com.