About

Ellen Swandiak About

WELCOME

Ellen Swandiak, a wizard of food-drink-style, has designed HOBNOB to give you the tools to make all your future gatherings that much more interesting. And, as a result of combing NYC for inspiration, she has compiled the FUN section which highlights the best restaurants, bars, and events—only for those with sophisticated tastes.

GET YOUR PARTY STARTED

 In the PLANNER section, Ellen has assembled imaginatively-themed party packages each with sumptuous bites, signature cocktails, wine recommendations, style tips, playlists, invitations, and more. Click into the ONE-STOP PARTY PLANNER and with just a few boxes to check you can locate the recipes tailored to your needs.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE FOODIE SITE

All the recipes on HOBNOB have been developed with entertaining in mind. Ellen prides herself on choosing organic and high quality ingredients, and creating flavorful, out-of-the-ordinary combinations—enhanced by simple, elegant plating. Wherever possible, the recipes consist of one-bite morsels, thereby eliminating the need for plastic plates and utensils (waste), and allow guests to circulate and graze as the party goes on.

FOUNDER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Ellen Swandiak is not only known for hosting fabulous parties. As an Art Director, her design can be seen in a range of cookbooks from the practical Rachael Ray to esteemed chef and restauranteur Jose Garces. Her career includes the design and launch of a myriad of magazines, many in the cooking, lifestyle, and spa categories. Her knack for throwing parties got her a column in Organic Spa Magazine, HIP HOSTESS, which offered an organic twist to party advice, and spawned the birth of her blog: HipHostessNYC.blogspot.com.

IT’S IN THE GENES

Growing up in an immigrant Slovak family, Ellen experienced entertaining as a natural part of life. The Swandiaks always had people over and supplied enough food and drink for an army. Patriarch, Steve Swandiak, was an accomplished and enthusiastic cook—famous for offering a taste of his latest creation. He would approach guests, spoon in hand, shouting, “Best in the West!” They had no choice but to give it a try. His joy and charismatic ways live on after him. His wife Emily, is the sous chef, and love of Steve’s life, and a partner who always makes sure that visitors have something to nibble on and sip.

With this as her core, Ellen has made it her mission to spread the word on hosting finesse and keeping it real.

A WORD OF THANKS

“I want to take this opportunity to say thanks to my father, Steve Swandiak —for teaching me to appreciate the simple things in life, like the fresh veggies grown in our garden in Upstate New York, for showing me how to conserve and when to splurge, and most of all, for paving the way in the art of making guests feel welcome.”
—Ellen Swandiak

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