Todd English Calls Off Wedding to Erica Wang
Boston’s foremost celebrity chef is still a bachelor. Todd English, of Olives and Bonfire fame, was supposed to marry Erica Wang, his girlfriend of almost two years, at the St. Regis in New York on Saturday night, but the pair canceled the wedding at the last minute.
English’s reps say the decision was mutual and that the couple’s family and friends were notified of the split a few days in advance, but some guests tell us they were already en route to New York City when they heard the wedding was off. Insiders tell us the news wasn’t a shock. Apparently, English and Wang’s relationship was a turbulent one.
According to the New York Post, Wang gathered her family and friends on Saturday night for a condolence party, making use of the food and drink that had already been purchased for the ill-fated affair. She wore all black, but kept the crowd dancing. English’s reps would only make one official comment yesterday: “No wedding took place this weekend. We appreciate your respect of Todd English’s privacy at this time.” Those reps didn’t shed light on why English and Wang’s registry on the Tiffany’s website lists their wedding date as June 1, 2009. Perhaps this isn’t the first time the party was canceled? (For the record, the couple had registered for some clocks, frames, and $475 salt and pepper shakers.)
It seems the weekend wasn’t ruined for English’s friends, who wound up in New York City with nothing to do. John Henry’s wife Linda Pizzuti Henry and Boston nightclub owner Ed Kane, who are pals of English, said on Twitter that they were spending Saturday night at NBC watching Ryan Reynolds and Lady Gaga on “Saturday Night Live.” Not a bad Plan B, right?
UPDATE: Erica Wang was ultimately charged with with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon after she allegedly attacked Chef English prior to the wedding. The attack prompted him to call off the relationship. Purportedly English tried to keep the matter quiet but Wang chose to play out the dispute in the media. Wang’s publicity-mongering only lends credence to the psycho-bride opinion that swarms this whole affair. Neither does the fact that Wang through a $150,000 bash at the St. Regis and danced the night away at what was supposed to be the couple’s reception.