Category Archives: Life & Living with Joanna Gagis

Ninamarie Bojekian on Rocco’s Dinner Party & Ooh La La Catering

Ninamarie Bojekian sat down with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss her experience on Bravo’s Rocco’s Dinner Party and her various duties managing Ooh La La.

This NJ native  is never too far from the kitchen, having spent time on Bravo’s Rocco’s Dinner Party and ABC’s The Taste, as well as being Chef and Owner of Ooh La La Catering.

“It was such a crazy experience,” she says of Rocco’s Dinner Party, where was put against identical twin brothers who she recognized from Iron Chef. She finished as the runner-up. “The whole thing was fun,” she explains. She was selected to be on Anthony Bourdain’s team on The Taste, which she says “was huge.”

“I love that I’m in an industry where there are so many unique and fun things you can do,” she says. “That’s what I love about this. I never know what the next opportunity is going to be, and that’s what really motivates me.”

To learn more about Ninamarie Bojekian, check out her Ooh La La profile.

Interior Designer Blanche Garcia Shares Favorite NJ Projects

Blanche Garcia, Certified Interior Designer of B. Garcia Designs, sat down with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss her favorite New Jersey design projects.

Based in Montclair, B. Garcia Designs has done some terrific projects here in New Jersey. One of which being the student housing at Rutgers University.

Garcia was asked to design one of the student housings, which she describes as “a really beautiful project.” The developer wanted higher end finishes, and allowed Garcia to be creative.

“We wanted to elevate the experience for the students,” she says. “As far as student housing goes, that’s a place that I would’ve loved to stay.” The project is complete with a two-sided fireplace and a lounge, giving the building a modern and unique touch.

Garcia can be seen on Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, on which she helps give struggling hotels in hopes of reviving their businesses a makeover.

To learn more about B. Garcia Designs, head over to their website.

Eric Trump On a Mission to End Pediatric Cancer

Eric Trump, founder of the  The Eric Trump Foundation, sat down with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss his mission to help kids with cancer by supporting the St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

The Eric Trump Foundation is dedicated to raising money for children battling life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “St. Jude’s is the best research hospital in the world for pediatric cancer,” Trump states.

Why pediatric cancer? “Kids are a universal. Everybody likes kids.” Trump describes how pediatric cancer puts young, innocent lives at risk, and that is not fair. “First and foremost, you have to help the kids.”

Click here to learn more about The Eric Trump Foundation.