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7 categories, 14 yachts

33 stews participating

Palm Beach Intl. Boat Show 2017

The official tabletop competition

The rules were simple :

Eligibility

All vessels participating at the Palm Beach Intl. Boatshow 2017 are eligible, however entrants must be permanent crew of the vessel.

 

Photo shoot was Friday March 24th.

 

Photos will be posted on the Top-Notch Tabletop Facebook Page March 27th and ends April 1st at midnight.

Winners will be announced the at the spring Triton Expo, April 5th, at the tennis courts of Bahia Mar Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Rules

The rules were simple:

Create a fabulous table setting and show us some of your favorite tricks to wow your guests as they approach the table.

Showcase your creativity.

 

2 main categories:Luxe Interior Tabletop and/or Outdoor Chic.

Awards will also be granted for the following categories:

  • Most Artistic Napkin Fold

  • Top Creative Centerpiece

  • Best Beverage Presentation

  • Stylish Menu Design

  • & Best Tip of the day

Prizes

Our amazing sponsors contributed with over $5500 in prizes.

Awards are granted via FB voting in 3 categories: Luxe Interior, Outdoor Chic & Tip of the Day. Only one prize category winner per vessel. The more categories you enter, the more chances you have of winning. But you can only win once in those 3 categories.

Cris Clifford of Aqualuxe Outfitting photographed the #TopNotchTabletops entrants at the Palm Beach Boat Show this weekend, accompanied by Alene Keenan, The Yacht Stew Guru. Here are the highlights!

 

We began on the north docks with our first participant, Chief Stew Samara Rose, from M/Y MAG III showcasing a chic arrangement of roses in a stunning antique silver vase that depicted the mythological God Triton, son of Poseidon, Messenger of the Sea. Her centerpiece featured roses entwined in the chandelier, complemented by greenery and whimsical glass bubbles holding small bouquets of roses and kale suspended aloft. A unique collection of vintage silver coasters accentuated lovely Hermes china to finish this elegant mythological theme.

 

Ashleigh, Cayla, Goody & Kelly onboard M/Y Spirit displayed a Bohemian Chic Outdoor table setting incorporating succulents, sage, carnations, cactus, an array of vases, crystals, rosemary & thyme arrayed on a soft, muted-green velvet table cover. The simple napkin fold was the perfect accent, with sprigs of evergreen rosemary to complete the earthy look. The Drink of the Day was a refreshing rum-based iced tea concoction named “Spice of Spirit” that featured black chai, cinnamon, star anise, rosemary, thyme, coconut cream and an interesting black-salt rim. Delissh!!

 

Black stones and candles accented a variety of sparkling clear vases, along with driftwood, exotic orchids and lush greenery to compose the centerpiece onboard M/Y Kisses. Krisli, Bernie & Mel chose an ultra-modern Safari look with beautiful animal napkin rings to decorate their centerpiece.

 

Inspired by James Bond movies with a bit of Alice in Wonderland thrown into the mix, Nadine & Natasha on M/Y Sofia combined casino dice, poker chips and character-themed place cards along with whimsical upside down tea cups, flowers and votive candles. The exquisite rose-flower butter carving that accompanied the oil & vinegar presentation is a noteworthy detail.

 

Chloe, Leigh, Nadine & Chantal showcased a classic nautical gold and navy theme. The centerpiece aboard M/Y Broadwater was decorated with LED lights, flickering candles, gold flatware, & navy china. They displayed 2 napkins per setting, a white one on a double roll inside a navy starburst napkin ring and the other, a navy napkin simply draped over the white charger for background effect. Loved it!

 

Maeve & Dani aboard M/Y Abbracci were prepared for a hot South Florida weekend  and created beverage stations on every deck to refresh their guests.. They also displayed two chic outdoor designs, including a modern take on red coral with green napkins on the aft deck, and an avante garde fishing net decorated with shells and succulents on the top deck.   

Melanie & Marica chose a Japanese-theme for both interior & outdoor settings on M/Y Nita K. Artfully arranged gems and stones depicted the symbols for Live, Laugh & Love. They dressed the charger with a French double-sided fan-style napkin fold with elegant Swarovski crystal napkin rings.

 

Daniela Breban & Shannon Jones, from M/Y Lady Joy showcased one of the owner’s favorite elements on their table. Tying together the china, the napkins, the placemats and the vases, red coral was the focus. The use of draped elevations with different fabrics, twinkling candles, sparkling shells & decorative drift wood made this a cozy-chic tablesetting.

 

​Chief stew Ania & Haylee on M/Y Allegria added exquisite deep purple calla lilies to their napkin fold for a sophisticated look. A carefully composed display of asymmetrical ornaments in assorted metallics included gold chargers, silver and gold detailed flatware, copper & black accents, amber votives & silky taupe napkins held in a gold ring.

 

​M/Y Madsummer added colorful bowls of koi fish to their centerpiece to accentuate the two gorgeous tropical arrangements provided by Indigo Hues. Dragon fly napkin rings added the finishing touch to this tropical theme.

The stews on M/Y Match Point took the centerpiece to another level. The popular charter boat is a tribute to athletics and the guests who charter her. Playful tennis balls and rackets were a natural fit for this centerpiece. They even created their own napkin rings from tennis balls. Very creative, Chef JP, and stews Candice and Stephanie!

 

Finally, Marie Ramsay of M/Y Te Manu was refreshing her daring tall flower centerpiece arrangement as we boarded. This elegant design included impeccably ironed and perfectly-folded linens, gold-plated silverware & china, suspended pearls and flickering candles that impressed us at the door.  Te Manu’s crew offered their guests a beautiful fresh lemonade beverage presentation as they boarded. Chelsea Gallagher crafted the yacht’s specialty drink: the Te Manu. We were delighted to learn that “Te Manu” refers to the Maori kite bird of Polynesia. The lemon garnish affixed to the glass depicted a bird gliding in the wind. This charming presentation was definitely one of the highlights of the day. (We also have the recipe for you, so stay tuned!)

​Little touches mean a lot. From M/Y Octopussy’s beautiful rose napkin fold on their indoor/outdoor setting to the impeccable fan fold on M/Y Safira, every one of the Top Notch Tabletops designs were original with an inspirational story to tell. I hope you had as much fun as we did.

Good luck to all participants!

Inspire and be inspired!

Share your creativity and find new and resourceful ways to redecorate and repurpose your decorations.

Thank you for sharing your tablesettings and tips with stews around the world.

Follow us on Facebook for all updates

 

See you all at the Triton Expo in Bahia Mar on April 5th.

7 categories, 14 yachts

33 stews participating

Palm Beach Intl. Boat Show 2017

 

drum roll please....

the winners are:

Palm Beach Intl. Boat Show 2017

Category : Most Artistic Napkin Fold

1st Place

by Chief Stew Marie-Louise Ramsay
by Chief Stew Marie-Louise Ramsay

M/Y Te Manu

by Chief Stew Marie-Louise Ramsay

Sponsored by:

by Chief Stew Marie-Louise Ramsay

Category : Top Creative Centerpiece

1st Place

by Chief Stew Samara Rose
by Chief Stew Samara Rose

M/Y MAG III

by Chief Stew Samara Rose

Sponsored by:

by Chief Stew Samara Rose

Category : Stylish Menu Design

1st Place

by Chief Stew Ashleigh Dugdale, Cayla Platt, Goody De Johghe & Kelly Spencer
by Chief Stew Ashleigh Dugdale, Cayla Platt, Goody De Johghe & Kelly Spencer

M/Y Spirit

by Chief Stew Ashleigh Dugdale, Cayla Platt, Goody De Johghe & Kelly Spencer

This beautiful menu display paired with "the Spice of Spirit" Cocktail complemented the esthetics and overall design perfectly. Well planned!

by Chief Stew Marie-Louise Ramsay

Sponsored by:

Category : Best Beverage Presentation

1st Place

by Chief Stew Marie-Louise Ramsay
by Chief Stew Marie-Louise Ramsay

M/Y Te Manu

by Chelsea Gallaguer

Sponsored by:

by Chief Stew Marie-Louise Ramsay

Te Manu’s crew offered their guests a beautiful fresh lemonade beverage presentation as they boarded. Chelsea Gallagher crafted the yacht’s specialty drink: the Te Manu. We were delighted to learn that “Te Manu” refers to the Maori kite bird of Polynesia. The lemon garnish affixed to the glass depicted a bird gliding in the wind. This charming presentation was definitely one of the highlights of the day. (We also have the recipe for you, so stay tuned!)

aNd by popular vote via FB

the winners are:

voted by liking the photos

on our Facebook links

Category : Luxe Interior

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

by Melanie Reyes & Marica Albingco
by Frem
by Chief Stew Ania Broszkiewicz & Haylee Haddon

M/Y Nita K

by Melanie Reyes & Marica Albingco

Sponsored by:

M/Y Safira

by Frem

M/Y Allegria

by Chief Stew Ania Broszkiewicz & Haylee Haddon

Category : Outdoor Chic

1st Place

Nadine Hertberg & Natasha Cook

2nd Place

by Chief Stew Ashleigh Dugdale, Cayla Platt, Goody De Johghe & Kelly Spencer

3rd Place

by Traci, Savannah & Georgia

M/Y Sofia

by Nadine Hertberg & Natasha Cook

M/Y Spirit

by Chief Stew Ashleigh Dugdale, Cayla Platt, Goody De Johghe & Kelly Spencer

M/Y Abbracci

by Maeve Crimmins & Dani Grochocinski
 

Sponsored by:

Category : Tip of the day

1st Place

by Chief Stew Ashleigh Dugdale, Cayla Platt, Goody De Johghe & Kelly Spencer

M/Y  Octopussy

by Nina Brunello, Samantha Craig & Heather Chase

Sponsored by:

Thank you to all our sponsors!

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​Thank you for your interest in awarding the creativity and design that each Top Crew creates and spreading the word.

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Maritime Professional Training

Located five minutes from the Fort Lauderdale, FL airport, MPT is the largest, most complete full service private maritime school in the country, training mariners since 1983. MPT offers USCG and MCA License and STCW training, including YM, OOW, Chief Mate, Master 3000, BRM, GMDSS, Firefighting, Basic Safety and more. PYA Approved Yacht Interior Courses are taught by The Yacht Guru herself, Alene Keenan. Maritime Professional Training's new 25,000-square-foot $ 6 million expansion of its training facility is now open for business.

1.954.525.1014

info@mptusa.com

Wine Watch

A wine shop like no other. The moment you walk in you know you are in for a treat. Lights are low and everywhere you look there is wine. The lower temperature and the use of wood elements gives the space a cellar feeling. From collector's wines to the everyday crew basics, Andrew Lampasone is your go-to wine guy.

954.523.9463

andy@winewatch.com

 

 

 

The Yacht Guru's Bible by Alene Keenan

This is the book that I wish I'd had when I started out in yachting. Photos, illustrations, schedules, checklists, and more will help you avoid mistakes and teach you how to elevate your skills to excel on a luxury yacht. In THE YACHT GURU'S BIBLE, the author provides practical tips and guidelines along with insider knowledge from many years at sea as a Chief Stewardess. You learned how to get that first job, now learn the essentials to succeed.  Great training tool for Chief Stews to work with new crew.

 

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Hermes

More than just a fashion empire, this brand emphasizes the value of hand craftsmanship rising above other luxury brands for more than 150 years. From the most exquisite leather goods, cutlery, crystal, barware & linens; email Aqualuxe for a quote today.

info@aqualuxeoutfitting.com

Christofle

Luxury Fashioned By The World's Finest Artists And Silversmiths.

 

Silver picture frames, crystal vases, bowls & centerpieces, are amongst the best selling decorative pieces of Christofle's home collection.

 

Glassware, porcelain, dinnerware, and barware dress some of the most stylish tabletops around the world. Available at Aqualuxe Outfitting.

 

info@aqualuxeoutfitting.com

 

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Flowers and Found Objects

Located on Las Olas, this cozy little shop is a gem! A delight for first-time visitors as well as returning customers, stews are sure to be inspired, time after time. Best known for their unique and beautiful floral designs, they also carry an ever-changing selection of fascinating decorations for tabletops or as turndown treasures.  The staff rocks. Talk to Gary or Patrick.

954.523.4155

floward@aol.com

Yves Delorme

From bold prints to classic Athena, Yves Delorme's bedding and bath linens are Top Notch. Top selling brand for Aqualuxe Outfitting.

Be sure to check out their newest beach towel collection. We love the bright summer colors!

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House of Caviar

Everything caviar, from recipes to luxe caviar service ware. Providing simply the best specialty foods including foie gras, gourmet meats & seafood, truffles and much more.

Available thru Aqualuxe Outfitting.

 

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ISS GMT

Global Marine Travel is the industry leader in special airfares for the Maritime Industry. They specialize in one-way, refundable, changeable marine airfares. It's a full-service travel agency.

Contact Shawn here locally for the best fares.

 

Shawn.OBrien@flyissgmt.com

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Yachty Rental

Yachty Rentals is South Florida's #1 choice for scooters, jeeps, RV’s, SUV’s rentals and more. Yachty Rentals is now also offering crew accommodations located with a 3-mile radius of Ft. Lauderdale airport and Marinas.

1.954.226.9177

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The Global Galavant

If you haven't met her, you are in for a treat! Bibi Marinek is a "local" artist from South Africa, she is also a yachtie-chef by day and a traveler at heart.

 

Her boutique style totes that can be customized with the yacht logo are a staff favorite!!

 

1.954.275.9020 

theglobalgalavant@gmail.com

 

American Yacht Agents

A full-service yacht agency and concierge service. Their goal is to simplify the lives of captains and crews visiting the U.S.

 

American Yacht Agents excel at shore side support, customs & immigration for port state compliance while in U.S. ports, dock reservation, fuel and waste management, banking, & executive transport.  Email Deborah Radtke

954.908.7559

captdeb@americanyachtagents.com

Dockwalk Magazine

A crew favorite! You will find many relevant posts for captains and crew about training and Safety, Travel and Superports.

 

Join their online community. Who knows you might even find yourself in it?!

http://www.dockwalk.com/

 

YachtingToday.tv

YachtingToday.TV is a cutting-edge online yachting magazine that combines powerful editorial content with interactive video and a comprehensive photographic library.

 

Suki provides New England, South Florida and international clientele with a complete array of services. Specializing in HD video and photography, Suki also produces, directs and edits promotional video products. If you see a helicopter flying over a yacht, there’s a good chance Suki’s shooting a video.

Suki@YachtingToday.TV

Bluewater Crew Placement

I'm sure you've heard the news that our favorite agents at Crew Unlimited, longtime supporters of Top Notch, have combined forces with Bluewater Yachting creating one of the largest employment databases with access to more than 5000 jobs per year. For interior department positions, give Holly a call and set up a meeting.

 

1.954.462.4624

holly@bluewateryachting.com

The Triton

Our Staff's choice for Nautical News!

 

They are the voice of the yachting community. Their mission: "To give captains and crews the information they need to help them run their boats and manage their careers."

 

Don't miss the Triton Expo on April 5th at Bahia Mar, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. There will be food and beverages to engage an expected crowd of more than 600 captains, crew and industry professionals.

 

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