Tao Turns 5

As anniversaries go, it was an eventful one when Tao marked its fifth year Nov. 6. There was Jack Osbourne celebrating his 25th birthday. There was Brittny Gastineau doing her 28th. There was Karina Smirnoff confirming she was engaged. There were cupcakes served on a mostly naked girl, body-sushi style.

Owners Jason Strauss, Rich Wolf, Noah Tepperberg, Marc Packer and Louis Abin were all on hand for the occasion, with Strauss blowing out the candles lodged in strategically placed cupcakes.

Dancing With the Stars’ Smirnoff, though, stole the show by confirming that she’s engaged to former Cardinals and Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny.

“I said thank you before I said yes,” Smirnoff said. “He planned it very well, and this is the first time I’m even talking about it. I’m going to keep Smirnoff as my last name”

Karina Penny does have a weird ring to it. The righty hurler may have made a convincing case for a name change, though, by sending a diamond necklace to be delivered inside a Tao fortune cookie.

Smirnoff flashed her rock for Christina Milian, but it was Osbourne who came with the practical advice. He said she should get a pre-nup, and that he’d get one when he got married. That may be more of Ozzy’s concern than Jack’s, though.

Also at the party were swimmer Michael Phelps, 90210’s Ryan Eggold, Sean Stewart and Jurnee Smollett of The Defenders, Aussie Rhys Wakefield from Home and Away, White Sox great Frank Thomas, Real HousewivesKelly Bensimon, Sarah Jane Morris from Brothers & Sisters with husband Ned Brower from Rooney and Fame actor Cody Longo.

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