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ooking is one of my greatest pleasures. And I was skeptical when we decided that our TIVOL magazine spring issue would feature me highlighting my love of food. But the all-day photo shoot with me cooking some favorite dishes was beyond a treat! I got a glimpse into the world of styling and photographing food and have a new respect for these professionals. Follow me on Instagram for more fun food snapshots. @cathytivolmaslan

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Penny Preville Personal Appearance New York jewelry designer Penny Preville visited TIVOL December 9th and 10th to showcase new pieces from her Amulet, Stardust and Art Deco Collections. Penny’s loyal following is devoted to her and looks forward to her personal appearances at TIVOL. We look forward to another visit from Penny on May 5th and 6th, 2017.

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Valentina Bicego MARCO BICEGO

Lisa Phillips Frankel with Iris Apfel

“Although I like to draw inspiration for my work from my travels, architecture and the environment around me, my muse is always and forever my wife Valentina. One of my favorite styles I’ve ever created was her wedding band. Valentina is my biggest supporter, so when I asked her to marry me, I wanted to create something that would reflect how much she means to me. In honor of this sentiment, I’ve designed more non-conventional wedding bands for the bride-to-be who is unique and would want something a bit different.”



“Iris Apfel has this unique ability to look at the world with the creativity of a young child. I think you are the most creative when you are young and, unfortunately, start to slowly lose the ability to see the world through such a creative and unfiltered lens since your life experiences begin to pre-determine your views. Iris has inspired me to always strive to maintain an authentic, youthful perspective on things.”

MUSES PENNY PREVILLE “My original inspiration was my mother. She was an artist, an interior designer and an antiques dealer. She designed gift items for small boutiques in the 1950s, then opened an antiques shop and did interior design in the 1960s. She was very passionate about her work and passed down her love of the arts and entrepreneurial spirit to me. I was surrounded by creativity, beautiful antiques and jewelry throughout my childhood. Today, my mom is 90 years young and back in college to get her degree in art history. She recently told me she wants to be an art appraiser after she gets her degree! Needless to say, she inspires me every day.”

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The Pleasures of Cooking, Entertaining and

Making Memories




y love of cooking and food started when I became entranced with

The Galloping Gourmet and Julia Child on TV in the ’60s. They say that the visual aspect of food is almost as important as the taste and smell. I would sit mesmerized in our den and watch the charismatic Graham Kerr and Julia Child prepare dishes. There was certainly no shortage of butter and cream in their decadent recipes. And I saw that when they made mistakes, they would laugh and keep going. (Check them out on YouTube.) I was usually at Mother’s elbow while she cooked and baked. (That old Sunbeam mixer is a classic.) I was fascinated with how you could start with simple ingredients like butter, sugar and eggs and produce a range of delicious desserts. My favorite foods growing up were Mother’s smothered chicken, lemon cake, meatloaf and chocolate chip cookies.



Limoncello Prosecco

MAKES ONE PITCHER INGREDIENTS 1 (750 ml) bottle prosecco, chilled 1 cup limoncello liqueur, chilled ice blueberries thyme lemon slices INSTRUCTIONS Add the prosecco and limoncello liqueur to a pitcher and stir. Place a handful of blueberries in a glass, top with ice and ďŹ ll with the limoncello prosecco. Garnish with thyme and lemon slices.


The benefit of cooking and entertaining has another aspect for me: it’s my therapy. It’s soothing, distracting, stress relieving, an outlet for creative expression. Cooking is my way to show love and bring family and friends together. –Cathy Tivol Through the years, this love of cooking has morphed into a love of entertaining—which for me is as simple as having another couple over for dinner and eating in the kitchen. The interesting thing about loving food and cooking is seeing how it connects people. And for me, this love of food takes many different forms, from cooking sites to cookbooks to TV shows to restaurant menus. I find myself taking pictures of outstanding tablescapes and gorgeous plates of food. So this small obsession that has been with me since I was in grade school has certainly evolved. The benefit of cooking and entertaining has another aspect for me: it’s my therapy. It's soothing, distracting, stress relieving, an outlet for creative expression. Cooking is my way to show love and bring family and friends together. I think when you’re a genuine foodie, your love of food carries over into lots of arenas. When I’m too tired at night to read my latest novel in bed, I turn to cookbooks. I STILL love to buy cookbooks, but I’ve become more discriminating—only if there are pictures and clear, concise recipes. Other criteria when looking to buy: how many of the recipes do I like? How many would I TRY? Ina Garten became my go-to guru years ago, and I continue to buy her latest cookbooks, even if some of the recipes are repetitious. And I’m a sucker for Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Bible. On my cookbook shelf you’ll find the classics: The Joy of Cooking, Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Italian Cooking, Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and The Zuni Café Cookbook. My husband Mark says that our TVs are only on the Food Network or Law & Order SVU when he comes home. (Not true.)

And on Saturday mornings when I’m on the treadmill, I watch Bobby Flay’s Brunch at Bobby’s and record Barefoot Contessa. My go-to blog sites are David Lebovitz, Handle the Heat, Smitten Kitchen and Food 52. Youtube is fantastic for videos—try Tasty. FUN. As long as I continue to love it, I’ll be in the kitchen planning my next dinner party and trying new recipes.

TIPS FOR COOKING 1. Mise en place is the French for “setting in place.” This is right up there in importance in professional kitchens. It’s all about the prep. I do it 95% of the time, and when I don’t, I usually regret it. (I THOUGHT I had vanilla extract!) 2. I’ve learned to toast nuts first, even if the recipe doesn’t call for it. I put them on a cookie sheet in a preheated 350-degree oven and bake for about 10 minutes—usually just until they start becoming fragrant. For pine nuts, I just barely brown them in a little skillet on the stovetop. And always let them come to room temperature before using. 3. I used to break eggs on the side of my Kitchenaid mixmaster and accidentally dropped eggshell in—big mistake. One time I crunched down on an eggshell in a French Silk Pie; I was mortified because we had guests. No one else complained, but I always wondered… It only takes one extra dish and a few seconds more to break them first in a small saucer and THEN add.


4. A few years ago I got in the habit of using clear baggies for both leftovers and for holding cut-up vegetables, etc. for a future dish. So easy. 5. After I tear and clean my lettuce, (or after Mark, my sous chef, does it) I put it on a paper towel-lined cookie sheet and pat it dry. I store it in large baggies with the damp paper towels I used in the middle of the lettuce and on the top. It absolutely makes a difference in the lettuce staying crisp. 6. I use a garbage bowl and keep it at my work station when I prep food—toss potato peels, egg shells, carrot ends in—for easier and more efficient clean-up. 7. Replace your tired kitchen towels. 8. Keep a small stash of Kosher salt out and handy in a covered container. 9. Make your own croutons. Toss cubed bread on a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil, salt and a little pepper. Bake until golden; toss once while cooking. You’ll never use store-bought again. 10. A very quick appetizer: marinate a block of feta or goat cheese with a good olive oil and add chili flakes and fresh herbs. 11. If you need more oil when you’re sautéing, add it in a stream around the inside edge of the pan so it will be heated by the time it reaches the food. 12. Season and taste as you go at different stages of cooking. You can add salt much more easily than taking it away. 13. WATCH garlic when cooking and chocolate when melting… don’t multi-task. 14. Microwave a lemon or lime for 10 seconds before squeezing to extract the most juice.




2 cups cooked, drained, chopped artichoke hearts (I use Trader Joe's frozen 12-ounce bag)

Cook frozen artichokes on stove in simmering water until tender but not mushy, about 4 minutes. Drain in colander and dry on paper towels. (I put layers on a cookie sheet.) Press out as much water as possible.

1 medium Yukon gold potato, about 6 ounces, peeled and diced very small

Cover potatoes with water and add a little salt. Bring to simmer and cook about 8 minutes until potatoes are tender but don't fall apart. Drain, dry pot, and put cream, garlic, zest, salt and pepper in. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, for 1 minute (this will be a small amount). Add potatoes and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

1 small garlic clove, minced ďŹ ne 1/4 cup heavy cream, plus up to 2 tablespoons more Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Juice of half a lemon 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 cup fresh grated good Parmesan 6 large slices sourdough (or substitute your favorite bread)

Chop drained-dry artichoke hearts into 1/2-inch chunks and put in large bowl. Add salt and lemon juice to taste. Add potato cream mixture and 3/4 cup cheese. Stir together. Add salt and pepper to taste. If dry, add a little cream. Heat the broiler on your oven. Arrange bread on a foil-lined cookie sheet and add artichoke mixture evenly to each piece. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and broil until brown and melted, about 5 minutes. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn. Eat hot. Tips: Can make mixture ahead up to 2 hours. (Don't add to bread until ready to broil.) This can be a delicious dinner served with your favorite salad. Thanks to Smitten Kitchen.



For the Dressing

For the Salad

1 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped

1 large head romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn into large, bite-sized pieces

10 big leaves fresh basil

1 large red bell pepper, chopped

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1 cup chopped hothouse cucumbers

2 cloves garlic, peeled

1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Handful grape tomatoes, halved

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Handful pitted olives

3/4 teaspoon salt

Ricotta salata (see note) or feta, crumbled to taste

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1-1/2 teaspoons honey INSTRUCTIONS

Make the dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a food processor and blitz to blend. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Right before serving, add about half of the dressing and toss well. Add more dressing little by little as necessary; be sure to dress greens very generously, otherwise salad will be bland. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Reserve leftover dressing for another use. Note: Ricotta salata is an Italian sheep's milk cheese that has a salty, slightly tangy avor, almost like a dry Italian feta. It is not the same as the wet ricotta in the tub. You can ďŹ nd it at Whole Foods, gourmet grocers or specialty cheese shops. I only use feta. Adapted from Jennifer Segal, onceuponachef.com.


Cathy’s Top 10 Entertaining Tips


Ask your guests what foods they don’t like and if they have any allergies.


Decide on the menu well in advance and make a time line.


Whenever you can make a dish ahead, do it, including salad dressing. This could also mean prepping a recipe by shaving Parmesan, cutting veggies and tearing lettuce, etc.


Plastic bags should be your new best friends. All these prepped ingredients should go in bags.


Tablescape designed by Pryde's Kitchen & Necessities.

Set your table one or two days in advance. Get out all serving pieces and accompanying utensils and label with post-it notes.

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Use unexpected napkins; I love pretty dish towels rolled up.


For a buffet, make a pretty tent card describing each dish. It will save lots of questions.

If you’re using music, decide ahead what you want. A mix is always fun.


I love lots of votives or tea lights. Be generous with these.

Something unexpected: place strawberry halves in an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. These add a pop of color to your drinks.



Le Cirque's

Spaghetti alla Primavera SERVES 4-6 INGREDIENTS 6 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 6 ounces button mushrooms, quartered 1 cup asparagus tips, blanched 1 cup small broccoli florets, blanched 1⁄2 cup frozen peas, blanched 1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise, cut to 1" lengths, blanched 1 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente 1 cup heavy cream 2⁄3 cup grated Parmesan 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Kosher salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 2 tablespoons thinly shredded basil 1⁄2 cup lightly toasted pine nuts

INSTRUCTIONS Heat 5 tablespoons of oil in a 12" skillet over medium heat. Add 2⁄3 of the garlic; cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook 3 minutes. Add asparagus, broccoli, peas and zucchini; cook 3 minutes. Add pasta, cream, Parmesan and butter; season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Transfer to a platter. Bring remaining oil and garlic, tomatoes and basil to a simmer over medium heat; pour over pasta. Garnish with nuts. Note: I prefer thin spaghetti from Barilla.


My Go- to Brownies MAKES 16 2"-SQUARE BROWNIES INGREDIENTS 3-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 3/4 cup unsalted butter 1-1/2 cups sugar 3 lightly beaten eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup flour Pinch of salt

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and chocolate slowly in a small pot. Take off burner and whisk in sugar until incorporated. Add vanilla and eggs and whisk. Add flour and stir just until incorporated. Spray 8”-square pan and add mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Very important: start checking for doneness at 20 minutes. A toothpick in the middle should come out with brownie on it, but not be wet. Let cool a little before adding powdered sugar. Note: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve overdone these—and I HATE dry brownies. Watch carefully. And here’s a bonus: for a brownie pie, spray 9” pie pan and serve with sweetened whipped cream. WATCH TIME.





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Page 33 1. PENNY PREVILLE 18K white gold diamond necklace, $11,760 2. RAHAMINOV 18K white gold diamond necklace, $33,540 3. ROBERTO COIN 18K white gold diamond chain necklace, $4,160 4. FOREVERMARK platinum ring with oval-shaped diamond, $49,550 5. KWIAT 18K white gold diamond eternity band, $1,750 6. HENRI DAUSSI 14K yellow gold diamond band, $800 7. RITANI platinum diamond eternity band, $2,670 8. HENRI DAUSSI 18K yellow gold diamond band, $2,000 9. RAHAMINOV 18K rose gold diamond eternity band, $2,640 10. TIVOL 18K yellow gold diamond band, $1,795 11. ROBERTO COIN 18K yellow gold diamond flower ring, $3,250



#myTIVOLstory Customers share their most treasured moments— and the role TIVOL played in their stories.


Jarrod & Amirah

#myTIVOLstory Not many couples can say their relationship started with a little white lie, but for Jarrod and Amirah, that lie started the beginning of the rest of their lives… They first crossed paths in the fieldhouse at the University of Akron, where Amirah ran track and Jarrod played football. The second Amirah saw Jarrod walk through the doors she knew she had to go talk to him. “We exchanged names and he began to ask how old I was,” explains Amirah. “I said I was a junior, not wanting to lose my opportunity with him by saying I was a freshman. He then stated he was a sophomore. I of course laughed and admitted I was a freshman!” The couple now looks back fondly on that moment and gets a good laugh out of it. They are both originally from Ohio, but Kansas City has become their adopted hometown. The couple moved when Jarrod was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. Amirah found her job as an intervention specialist at a charter school in Kansas City just two days after moving to Kansas City. Jarrod spent three seasons as an offensive lineman with the Chiefs and is currently playing for the Baltimore Ravens. “My baby’s a planner and a bit of a perfectionist, so she has to prepare for every scenario,” explains Jarrod. “This can sometimes cause her to be a worrywart, which is why I’m the

“Jarrod says he became an expert in diamonds while on the search for my perfect ring with Kathryn. I think he did an amazing job.”

perfect match for her because I am very laid back; we balance each other out. That’s what I love most about Amirah.” Along with his passion for Amirah, Jarrod also has a passion for giving back to the community, particularly his hometown of Lima, Ohio. The past two years he has raised over $10,000 to help feed families in the Lima and Elida areas. He also enjoys speaking at middle and high schools to help encourage students to live up to their full potential. “His heart is huge and he’s more than kind and just wants to see positive changes in his community,” gushes Amirah. “I’m pretty lucky to be marrying this ‘more than amazing’ man!” When the time came to put a ring on Amirah’s finger, Jarrod went to TIVOL to meet up with his sales associate, Kathryn Curtright. The ring buying process was a bit overwhelming. With the help of Kathryn though, Jarrod was able to find the ring of Amirah’s dreams: a cushion-cut center diamond surrounded by a double halo of diamonds. “Jarrod says he became an expert in diamonds while on the search for my perfect ring with Kathryn,” says Amirah. “I think he did an amazing job.” Jarrod proposed back in Ohio during the off-season on March 20th, 2016. He surprised Amirah with a serenade of “their song,” Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheehan, in front of all her friends and family. After the song Jarrod dropped down to one knee, Amirah in full-blown shaking tears, and popped the question. The couple plans to wed in the summer of 2017.


Jaclyn & Ben

#myTIVOLstory Ever have a crush on your friend’s older brother? Well for Jaclyn, Ben was that crush, and luckily for her, her friend was more than supportive of the crush becoming a lifelong relationship. Ben and Jaclyn originally met through Ben’s sister, and

“Having somebody we love as much as AJ at TIVOL made the experience that much easier.”

Jaclyn’s best friend, Carly. All three went to Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kansas. Ben was just “Carly’s older brother” until Jaclyn moved back to Kansas City for work after attending Clemson University. She began to notice that Ben was “funny and handsome, and with a bright, engaging personality.” After getting the OK from Carly, the two started to date. Ben explains, “Carly’s not allowed to date my friends, but lucky for me, I make the rules, so I got to date Carly’s friend.” The couple now resides in Texas—a move that actually prompted the moment when Jaclyn knew Ben was “the one.” “My job was moving and I was nervous about what would happen with our relationship, but was motivated to follow my career,” says Jaclyn. “Ben eased my nervousness so quickly—he said he would go anywhere with me. That was what I wanted: a partner who could keep up, somebody who was up for any adventure. Ben can calm me like no one else.” For Ben that moment came when he realized he had never met anyone like Jaclyn who could keep up with him (and manage his ADD for more than eight minutes—his words, not ours!). “She is talented, driven and beautiful,” says Ben. “It was a done deal when all my friends said they liked her.” Jaclyn’s connection to TIVOL goes as far back as she can remember. She fondly recalls her parents taking her and her sister to TIVOL when they were kids to visit family friend and TIVOL sales associate AJ Paddack. “Having somebody we love as much as AJ at TIVOL made the experience that much easier.” For the couple, there was no question; no matter where they lived, the ring would come from TIVOL. With AJ’s professional and personal guidance, Ben picked out a stunning oval diamond set in yellow gold with diamonds. With wedding planning, travels and work, it seems like this couple never sits down, but they still find time to gush over each other and their “dog-child,” Kacey. “Honestly, everybody thinks their kid is the best, but our golden retriever takes the cake,” says the couple. Their favorite parts about each other are actually quite similar— they both love the drive, tenacity and “all-in” attitudes that the other possesses. “She loves me so hard: me, our dog, our family and friends, work, running; she’s passionate, caring and big-hearted,” Ben explains. “She’s the second smartest person I know. She has an ego too, so I can’t tell her she’s the smartest.” Jaclyn responds, “He’s stubborn, in the best way… He would move mountains for the people he loves.” Their adorable banter is what makes this couple’s fun-loving personalities contagious to all those around them.



#myTIVOLstory From growing up in New York City, to his days studying at Georgetown, and now currently residing in Los Angeles, Jonathan Geffrard is a cosmopolitan man who likes to call Kansas City his second home. In 2009, Jonathan moved to Kansas City to run Houston’s on the Country Club Plaza (RIP). “I immediately fell in love,” says Jonathan. “My favorite aspect of KC is the community—I made so many lifelong friends while living there. It’s such a philanthropic town as well, which is important to me and clearly was to most around me.” Jonathan just recently left the Hillstone Restaurant group to go work for SoulCycle—which is not only a career but a passion. “We change people’s lives and get to be the best part of their day,” Jonathan explains. “I love being a part of the support that makes that happen in our studios. It’s a dynamic, ever-changing beast that is simply so FUN!” (We can promise Jonathan one thing: if he can bring SoulCycle to Kansas City, we will have the entire TIVOL staff on those bikes!) When asked where he gets his zest for life, he explains that his mother is, and always has been, his biggest influence. “She is just a dynamic powerhouse of an individual who has taught me resilience, ethics, manners, how to have a great time, how to decorate my living room, all with grace, class, style and integrity,” says Jonathan. He further describes his mother as an “all-around renaissance woman and one of my best friends.” In his limited free time, Jonathan loves to whisk away to Cabo San Lucas (or anyplace warm), dine out and see live shows. Mostly though, he loves for his time to involve his friends and family. Jonathan also has a keen sense of style that he defines as “pretty with a bit of edge and a nod to comfort while always loving a subtle detail or piece of flair.” His newest “piece of flair” is a rose gold Rolex Daytona from TIVOL. “I’d say goal achieved with that Rolex,” says Jonathan. “That was quite the lifestyle purchase for me!” During his time at Houston’s, Jonathan was drawn into TIVOL after hearing about the store’s great watch

“I’d say goal achieved with that Rolex. That was quite the lifestyle purchase for me!”

collection. “I fell in love with a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch that was way out of budget at the time,” says Jonathan. “Subsequently I ended up with it; shocker, I know! I simply love TIVOL because everyone who works there is a gem of a human being. I am always treated kindly and with very open arms. I’m sure when I started sending lunch over periodically that didn’t hurt either! TIVOL sales associate Dominic Quintero and Plaza sales manager Gary Pener have been especially good to me, but even without mentioning those names, I can’t think of a time when I was not left feeling great in that store.”


Mick & Joan

#myTIVOLstory Joan and Mick McHugh are what so many couples hope to become—married for 50-plus years with a beautiful family, rewarding careers and a never-ending love for each other. Mick is from Kansas City and Joan grew up on the East Coast. The couple met at Cornell when they were both attending a fraternity party. “She looked me in the eye all evening,” Mick says. A year later the two were married, surrounded by friends and family from all over the country. Mick is now retired but was a dentist for 50 years and had his own practice in Kansas City. With retirement comes the time to do what he loves (not as much as he loves Joan, of course)—bird watching and fishing. Joan has had a career in social work for 34 years. “Both of us have felt that our work was rewarding but stressful” Joan says. In her spare time Joan loves to get outside to play tennis and workout. When the couple isn’t in Kansas City spending time with their two Kansas City-based children, Kevin and Julie, and grandchildren, they are off to California to visit their other daughter, Stacy, her husband, and children. “We don’t have any pets at this time because we are seldom home,” Joan explains. “We did have a dog named Molly that we adored and she sat on the chairs in the living room.” Sounds like a dog we know (Lucy Tivol). Joan and Mick first heard about TIVOL when they saw the infamous Harold Tivol television ads. “I started coming to TIVOL a lot when Brian [Butler, president of TIVOL] started helping me with my mother’s jewelry she passed on to me,” Joan says. “Mick and I have been to many TIVOL parties, and we love meeting the designers and buying jewelry. Brian has become our best friend, and we have also gotten to become best friends with his partner Jim, as well as Cathy Tivol and her husband Mark Maslan.” Joan’s favorite piece of TIVOL jewelry is the ring Mick gave her for their 50th anniversary. The couple loves the fact that whether they are buying jewelry for each other or their children and grandchildren, it becomes a legacy. “It is not only a TIVOL legacy, but hopefully a family legacy that will be remembered as a gift of love and not money,” Mick explains.

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Adam & Katie

#myTIVOLstory New York transplants Katie and Adam have quite a few special connections to TIVOL. Both of Katie’s parents grew up in Kansas City and got their engagement and wedding rings at TIVOL back in the 1960s. “Flash forward 30 years, and I was lucky enough to become very close to Brooke Tivol McGrath in high school, and we later lived together for years in New York City after college,” says Katie. “Adam was never able to meet Brooke, but he knows how special she and her family are to me, so he knew immediately to call TIVOL when he was planning to propose.” Adam decided the couple’s upcoming trip to Italy would be the perfect place to propose. He kept his cool carrying the ring throughout most of the trip, until he found the perfect moment to propose in Rome. Katie was completely caught off guard; Adam’s plan worked and the proposal was a huge surprise. “When I saw the ring I immediately knew Cathy Tivol had been a part of it!” Katie explains. “I love that it is classically elegant with a gorgeous TIVOL center stone, and it also has a twist of fun with a halo of diamonds set in rose gold.” Along with a love for each other, Katie and Adam also have a love for their yellow lab, Jackson. For Katie, seeing Adam dote on Jackson was an early sign that he could be a caring partner. It didn’t hurt that Katie also fell in love with Jackson! The couple enjoys cooking together, Adam always getting stuck with the tedious onion chopping. They also both love the arts and going to museums, the theater and the symphony. Lucky for them, New York is an exceptional city to enjoy good food and good art. During football season, Saturdays are known as “Alabama days.” Adam is originally from Georgia and grew up a diehard University of Alabama fan. By osmosis, Katie is now a huge fan—she’s even perfected the “Roll Tide” chant, with a southern drawl and all. Between their travels, hobbies and pup, Adam and Katie still find time to have demanding careers. Adam is a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York and Katie is a partner in One River, a company building the first nationwide network of art schools and galleries. Adam and Katie are looking forward to their upcoming wedding at Redemptorist Church in Kansas City, where her grandparents, Jack and Dorothy Nestor, got married.

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hink about how certain colors can “take you away” to a special place. Give you a feeling, a sense of calm and serenity, or of excitement. That’s what colored gemstones do for me—and I’m not alone. For the lady who usually defers to diamonds, adding color to your collection can seem daunting. Will I have enough opportunities to wear it? Should I get my birthstone? Should I buy a stone to go with a specific outfit? Should I purchase one that represents my anniversary? My advice: you only live once, so take the risk! Own the color that has you entranced and gives you a special feeling inside. Consider your hair shade and complexion, as well as the jewelry you already have in your collection. When a jewel is able to pair well with your existing pieces, like a fine wine paired with a cheese, you’ll know you found the perfect match. If you choose the right gemstone, it can help your personality shine through. Having one in an uncommon cut, such as a checkerboard, can add extra sparkle and shimmer to your look. Or consider the ancient (and now popular again) cabochon cut, which acts like a mirror to reflect different shades and tones of the gem being worn.


Whenever I’m looking at a cut, dimension is the first thing I check for. The ability to catch the eye and make others want to look deeper into the stone is one reason gems are so unique and special. Layering and stacking new colored gem pieces with your existing look can be easier than you think. You don’t always have to be so matchy-matchy; in fact, it’s much more fashion forward not to be! Buy bangles with blue gemstones like aquamarine and blue topaz to stack with your sapphire tennis bracelet. Layer on a necklace in green (the year’s hottest shade) to bring new life to your amethyst pendant. I also find that yellow and orange gemstones can add a splash of freshness to almost any palette popular today. They will play off the light whether day or night, and they look different every time they’re worn. Sapphire, topaz, garnet, citrine, quartz, tourmaline and spinel all come in these bold warming shades. With our favorite designers turning more and more to colored gemstones, it’s easier than ever to add a pop of natural color to your jewelry wardrobe. Start standing out. —BY BENJAMIN GUTTERY

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ho could forget the 2015 Met Gala, when Beyoncé stepped out in a nude-colored sheer ensemble that perfectly complemented (and barely covered) her skin. The only thing preventing her trendsetting, jaw-dropping style achievement from falling to the depths of a risqué faux pas were a few very strategically placed warmcolored gemstones. While the focus wasn’t necessarily on her jewelry that evening, one could argue that her entire ensemble was jewelry in and of itself. Nevertheless, from that point forward, diamonds in warm, beige-ish tones (known as “nude” diamonds) started popping up on scores of other celebrities—and on ring fingers— all around the world. Of course, the color diamond trend is nothing new. For years, fancy color yellows have been popular alternative choices for future brides, while “chocolate” and black diamonds have made their presence known in fashion jewelry for well over a decade. While classic white remains the spectrum’s supreme ruler in terms of popularity, in reality diamonds are available in a whole host of hues. According to the American Gem Society, color in a diamond is actually caused by a flaw in the stone, with the value of that color varying based upon its rarity. (In case you’re wondering, red is the most uncommon and valuable of all diamond colors.) Right now, nude diamonds that range from the faintest beige all the way to warm blush are the most fashionforward choices. And if a scroll through any stylish young woman’s Instagram or Pinterest feed isn’t enough evidence of this, then consider the fact that Beyoncé not only wore them to the Met Gala in 2015, but again in 2016. For everyday fashionistas, nude diamonds can provide an additional option for creating a unique, customized look, as no two beige stones are quite the same. In addition, these warmer tones often conjure an impression of vintage or heirloom-quality jewelry, making the pieces seem all the more special and differentiated. It’s no coincidence that these warmer colors often appear in marquise or pear cuts—shapes associated with antique jewelry—adding to their vintage feel. In addition, nude diamonds are often set in yellow or rose gold, which helps bring out their warm glow and highlights their traditional appeal. It’s certain this trend isn’t going away anytime soon. From the runways of Paris and New York to the aisles of a wedding near you, nude diamonds are enjoying a moment of exposure. —BY ADAM GEBHARDT


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husband, Tucker, in October 2015, did exactly that. “I bought the ring,” Gregory says. “I had already told my family, his family and close friends that I planned to propose. I popped the question on a Friday, and we spent the following weekend picking out a ring for me as well. I also offered for Tucker to shop for another ring in case he wasn’t happy with what I had selected for him, but he stayed with my original design. We wore our rings off and on throughout the engagement, and then used them in the marriage ceremony as our wedding bands.” In lesbian couples it’s also common for both women to wear engagement rings, but they usually purchase wedding bands to coordinate with their existing rings (similar to the typical process for a heterosexual bride).


There are as many variations to the structure of a gay wedding as there are for straight ceremonies. However, tradition holds that in a heterosexual ceremony the groom stands at the altar as he watches his bride being led down the aisle by the wedding party. Gay and lesbian couples often circumvent this complication simply by walking in together, led by their own procession of friends and family. n June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United Another solution is to abandon the aisle altogether, States ruled it was unconstitutional to ban gay and which is how Gregory and his husband handled the lesbian couples from obtaining situation. “Our ceremony was very informal,” legal marriages. The landmark decision Gregory says in regard to his destination CHANGING made sweeping changes to US law wedding in Hawaii. “We didn’t walk down the concerning marriage, all while legitimizing aisle. We didn’t have music. We both wrote our TIMES CALL the relationships of thousands of gay and own vows and exchanged rings using a script FOR CHANGING we created with our officiant. We had drinks lesbian individuals throughout the country. While the notion of gay marriage and appetizers following the ceremony and CUSTOMS. remains relatively new in the eyes of the then a big sunset dinner with all of our guests.” American government, LGBT couples have As for attire, the options are endless. Some been solidifying their relationships for many years on their lesbian couples will both wear wedding gowns, while in own terms, often through the form of commitment other couples neither woman will. Male couples will ceremonies. Along the way, the gay community has created sometimes wear tuxedos, or, like straight grooms, they may many of its own traditions as engagements and weddings choose to go with more casual suits. have become increasingly common.



At the end of the day, a gay marriage is no different from a straight marriage. For each of the examples given above, there are hundreds more homosexual couples creating alternative solutions for their own engagements and weddings—just as heterosexuals have always done. The bottom line is that any successful relationship begins with good communication. As gay and lesbian couples navigate their way through the marriage process, they shouldn’t be concerned about expectations. The only thing that matters is what feels right for them. —BY ADAM GEBHARDT

In heterosexual relationships, the future groom will often purchase an engagement ring for his fiancée to be (although in the modern era, this is no longer a given, either). In regard to same-sex couples, who traditionally proposes? The answer is simple: whoever wants to. Regardless of who asks who the big question, one clear trend is for both members of the couple to wear an engagement ring. Ross Gregory, a man in his early 30s who married his







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CHEERS! and all the best Liquor brand anniversaries are a good reason to celebrate in style.


hen my wife and I married, we foolishly chose a year ending in “9.” The math on anniversaries has been challenging ever since. It seems we’re not alone: rather than launch a brand in a “0” or “5” year, a number of hard spirits are celebrating milestones in these off-kilter years. The benefit to drinkers? Special releases, parties and more. Naturally some of the biggest-number anniversaries hail from Europe, where distilled spirits have been a thing for 1,000 years or so. On Scotland’s tiny island of Islay, there are eight extant distilleries, almost all boasting a legacy. Laphroaig, that smoky, peaty Scotch whisky, celebrated 200 years in 2015 (with the release of a special 15year). Lagavulin, another Islay single malt, hit its bicentennial in 2016, but you can still find the celebratory 8-year, 12-year and the unicorn 25-year, which comes in at $1,200. For 2017, look forward to possible special releases from Ardmore and Teaninich. Scotch isn’t the only old booze in Europe. Most of the major Cognac houses have also celebrated “booze-aversaries” recently. Hennessy turned 250 in 2015, celebrating with the insanely sculptural Hennessy-8 bottling: 250 bottles selling for a cool $40,000 each. While Hine Cognac celebrated its 250th in

2013 (releasing Hine 250 at $15,000), the house was given its current name 200 years ago this year; expect another special edition. Meanwhile, Brennivin will release unusual, limited oak-aged Aquavit for its 80th, and Nolet, a gin family best known these days for Ketel One vodka, turned 325 last year, offering a particularly ornate bottle. While American brands are much younger—Jack Daniel’s, billed as “America’s First Registered Distillery” turned 150 in 2016—it’s still a good time for parties. The modern craft/boutique distillery movement is finally old enough to enjoy significant markers: San Francisco’s Anchor distilling celebrates the 20th anniversary of its unusual (and delicious) Junipero Gin (celebrating by revealing the 12 “secret” botanicals in its recipe); Templeton Rye (made in Indiana, bottled in Iowa) unveils a special 10-year “Collector’s Edition” expression of its rye, and Woodford Reserve, a small-batch subsidiary of Bourbon giant Brown-Forman, kicked off its 20th celebrations last October with a very limited single-barrel release of a special 10-year expression. What does all this mean for fans and collectors? The chance to acquire one-offs, to enjoy unusual expressions and to party with the distillers. It’s worth learning when your favorite brands were founded (The Glenlivet turns 200 in 2023, Macallan in 2024) so you can be ahead of the game when the party starts. If you’ve got your own anniversary coming up, consider Taylor Fladgate’s 1967 Single Harvest 50-Year Port ($250): Rich and bold, it’s a perfect birthday or wedding anniversary gift (even if its label does insultingly claim that 50 is “very old”). —BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON


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arry Pettinelli, president of Patek Philippe US, has a problem. “We’re Patek Philippe; we make an understated luxury product. We didn’t get where we are today by flaunting ostentation or conspicuous consumption. Yet we see this tremendous opportunity in America to educate: many people don’t know about the art of fine timepieces and many don’t know about Patek Philippe. But how much attention should we put out there?” It’s a fair question soon to be answered as Patek Philippe unveils its plans for an exciting world-class exhibition this July at Above and right: Patek Philippe’s open-faced, stem-winding and setting pocket watch bears the portrait of George Washington, presented in 1851. Left: Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300 with 20 complications is a double-faced wristwatch that can be worn facing either way.


Cipriani in New York City. According to Pettinelli, it’s only the fourth time in the 30 years he’s been working at Patek Philippe that the Stern family has done this, even sharing some of Mr. Stern’s private collection museum pieces that date back to the 1500s—long before Patek’s founding in 1839. What’s more, it’s the first such exhibit in America, as the prior three Patek events were held in Dubai, Munich and London. “It makes sense in America: the number of collectors and connoisseurs here rivals anywhere in the world,” explains Pettinelli. “But a question I’m always asked is ‘how can we reach the next generation of watch collectors?’ I think this event will appeal to young people (who might not even wear a watch these days) because 2. it’s not simply about promoting or selling


our product. Instead, it’s about educating people about timepieces: the history, the artistry, the lasting value and what it takes to be a watchmaker. We’re a small niche industry, but at the end of the day, how many things are left in this world that you can actually hold and treasure and pass down instead of throw away?” Pettinelli explains that these educational events are effective because they resonate with the public long after the actual exhibit. “We’ve never done anything on this scale before,” he confides. “We’re custom-building a two-story structure inside Cipriani that will be open to the public for 10 days at no charge. We’ve got 15,000 square feet in a beautiful historic bank building and we’re using every inch.” The exhibit will be divided into rooms that will include a Rare Handcrafts Gallery (where actual artisans will showcase the craft of watchmaking, demonstrating enameling, engraving, dome clock building, etc.), a US Historic Room, a Museum Room with timepieces spanning the last five centuries, a Napoleon Room with limited-edition timepieces, a Film Theatre and much more. Says Pettinelli, “We’re not selling watches at the event, but limited editions will be available at several of the fine stores that carry our product.” According to Jasmina Steele, Patek Philippe’s international communication and PR director, the aim of the Grand Exhibition is to recreate elements of the company to provide an unforgettable experience for each visitor, as close as possible to the feeling guests have when they visit the company’s workshop and museum in Geneva. “By offering visitors an immersion into the world of Patek Philippe, we want to share our passion for watchmaking so they come out of the Grand Exhibition with a greater knowledge and appreciation of the art of watches.” The show runs from July 13 to 23. Says Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern, “I am very proud that American visitors will be able to learn more about the historic and contemporary ties between our company and the American market.” —BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN

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e live in extraordinary times, when the unimaginable has become almost commonplace. Man has always been fascinated with speed, and just a century ago the goal was to achieve one mile per minute in an automobile. Once that was achieved, the goal became 100 MPH. The desire to exceed record speeds continues to inspire to this day. Rolex has been associated with speed trials for over 90 years. When British race car driver Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record nine times between 1924 and 1936 in his famous “Bluebird” cars, he was always wearing his Rolex. The same was true of Chuck Yeager, who wore his Rolex Oyster as he broke the sound barrier in the experimental Bell-X on October 14, 1947. When William Knight flew the hypersonic X-15 at Mach 6.7 in 1967, he too was wearing a Rolex. Rolex will once again sponsor a British record-breaking project in the form of the Bloodhound SSC. This ultra-aerodynamic vehicle is powered by jet, rocket and internal combustion engines that produce more than 135,000 horsepower. Their goal is to achieve an inconceivable 1,000 MPH. Flight Commander Andy Green of the RAF will pilot this remarkable machine, which looks more like a fighter jet than a car. He’s no newcomer to setting records. In 1997 he drove the Thrust SSC to set the current land speed record while also breaking the sound barrier at 763 MPH—the first and only supersonic speed ever set on land. After several delays, the Bloodhound SSC land speed record attempt is currently scheduled for October 2017. It will take place at Hakskeen Pan in South Africa’s Northern Cape. Richard Noble, Bloodhound project director and a former land speed record holder (who achieved 633 MPH in 1983 piloting Thrust 2), says, “The project is achieving its primary goal even without the car running yet: we’re turning kids on to science.” The Bloodhound is an educational tool designed to inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 100,000 children took part in Bloodhound-related lessons or events in the UK last year, and universities involved with the project have reported significant increases in the number of students applying to study engineering. —BY DAVID A. ROSE

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here are very few American clothing companies with the heritage and reputation of Hickey Freeman. Founded in Rochester, New York in 1899 and still made in Rochester today, this luxury brand (that has dressed nearly every US president) stays true to time-honored tailoring techniques and the world’s finest fabrics while evolving to modern design. For the past few years, Arnold Silverstone has been Hickey Freeman’s creative director, changing its image from conservative to cool. A third-generation clothing designer, Silverstone’s passion for tailored clothing is immediately apparent as we discuss suit trends for the current spring season. “The fastest-growing segment of the clothing business is made-to-measure,” he explains. “For not much more money, a guy can customize the fit, fabrics and details (buttons, linings, stitching) to create his own signature look. It’s like buying a car: you can buy right off the lot or you can order your own options. Made-to-measure has grown to about a third of our business and is available in most upscale menswear stores.” For guys who just want to walk out with a beautiful new suit this season, what should they buy? “The must-have color for spring ’17 is a brighter, softer blue. Most guys already own navy or gray. This new shade is fresh, contemporary and flattering. (Other good choices are silver or platinum.) As for styling, the runways are full of double-breasted jackets for fashion-forward types, but a slim-fit two-button model is most popular. Go for a slightly shorter jacket and shorter pant (the hem should brush the top of the shoe for fashion guys; traditionalists can opt for a slight break). As for pleats versus no pleats, the rules are reversing: flat-fronts are now considered classic but advanced customers are opting for pleats.” Silverstone emphasizes the importance of fit. “The suit has gradually gotten slimmer in recent years, with higher armholes, a shorter coat, a lower-rise pant with less drape through the thigh and knee. But ironically, due to our unique construction (extra room under armholes, using the best canvases and chest pieces) and performance fabrics, even slim suits are more comfortable than ever. The biggest mistake guys make is assuming that they’re too heavy, or too old, for slim-fit clothing. Our Hickey Freeman suits trace the body but move with you. Try one and be transformed.” —BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN


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veteran of the women’s wear industry, Emily Brickel Edelson spent five years as a fashion illustrator, hanging out at trunk shows, boutique openings and backstage at fashion week sketching models. Today, she’s busy giving everyday fashionistas the illustration treatment. Brickel Edelson co-founded Chic Sketch, an app that invites users to upload a photo of their look and receive a custom sketch by a real fashion illustrator. Each drawing is personalized so no two are alike. Chic Sketch users can also watch a feed of the latest sketches as they roll in, view time-lapse videos of the illustrators at work, and check out trending fashions. The point, Brickel Edelson says, is to make a high-fashion experience more accessible. “People loved watching me draw these sketches at shows, but the average person wasn’t able to get it done unless they wanted to spend a few hundred dollars,” she says. Chic Sketch illustrations cost $10. The service is a joint effort between Brickel Edelson and her now-husband Jordan Edelson, an app developer. (“We married technology and fashion, literally,” she jokes.) The pair launched Chic Sketch at New York Fashion Week 2015, and Brickel Edelson says her team of illustrators has since delivered “tens of thousands of sketches.” “It brings the fun back to fashion,” she adds. “For me, fashion is about inspiration. I love inspiring people to feel good about themselves no matter what they look like. People will come in and say, ‘Oh, don’t sketch me—I didn’t wash my hair, I’m wearing all black.’ But everyone looks fabulous in a sketch, which is just fun.” It’s fun on the other side of the sketch, too, and Brickel Edelson fields so many questions about how to illustrate that she decided to write a book. The recently released Sketch and Go: 5Minute Fashion Illustration offers 500 templates and techniques for aspiring artists. What might her readers and illustrators-in-training be sketching throughout the rest of 2017? Brickel expects to see two hot but opposing looks on the runway: details like embellishments and lace appliques, as well as sleek, strong, utilitarian shapes. —BY JULIANNE PEPITONE

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ue to decades of economic embargo and tense political relations, it’s natural for Americans to feel daunted by the thought of traveling to Cuba. That’s why so many opt for the ease of guided tours, in which one price (typically $3,000 and up) covers most everything. Those options range from being herded around in massive blue, red and white coaches—which are ubiquitous at every tourist stop—to traveling with more intimate groups in minivans led by knowledgeable guides. But you needn’t go that route if you prefer to arrange your own itinerary. The reality is that the paperwork required for entry is minimal, the Cuban people are extremely welcoming of all tourists, and, with proper planning, it’s quite easy Clockwise from top left: Hotel Inglaterra and the Gran Teatro on Havana's Paseo de Martí; a mojito at La Terraza in Cojimar; street scene outside of Casayami in Havana Centro; an old American convertible on the streets of Cojimar.



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to enjoy Havana and beyond with the same sort of make-your-ownschedule freedom you enjoy elsewhere. Here’s how.

For decades, most of the restaurants in Havana were government-owned, and many remain that way. But changes in the law a few years ago allowed private citizens to start serving food in their homes, and there’s been a culinary revolution exploding ever since. The leader of the pack is La Guarida (laguarida.com), whose rooftop bars and historic dining rooms were made famous in the film Strawberry and Chocolate. There’s also creative farm-to-table cuisine at Ivan Chef Justo (no website, but his Al Carbon is around the corner if you can’t get a reservation); the Swedishmeets-Latin American style of Casa Miglis (casamiglis.com), which has a sweet bar; and 304 O’Reilly (whose name is also its address in the heart of old town). Make reservations before you leave for Cuba: they’re required at most spots, and since a working internet or phone connection is hard to come by for tourists, you’ll need to get your dining ducks in a row before landing in Havana.

HOW TO GET THERE Many US airlines fly straight to Cuba now, and the ticket price usually includes the additional medical insurance required by the communist country (though no one ever asks about such insurance once there). For instance, the hour-long American Airlines flight from Miami to Havana is just $120, and AA also flies straight from Los Angeles for about $500. There are also plenty of flights into other Cuban cities as well. Most people are concerned about the visa process, but it’s ridiculously easy. Just buy one for $85 from Cuba Visa Services (cubavisaservices.com). Make sure to fill it out carefully, otherwise you may have to buy a new one at the airport, usually for about double the price. Also, make sure to get it stamped before hopping on your flight to Cuba; the airlines will usually remind you. Much ado is made about the official reasons that Americans are allowed to visit Cuba, which range from religious and family reasons to business research and “support of the Cuban people,” also known as the people-to-people visa. The only time anyone asks about your reasons for travel is in the American airport as you check in for your flight. No one seems to care which one you pick, though people-to-people is the most broad and therefore popular category.

EASY ESCAPES Once you’ve seen a show at the Cabaret Tropicana, sipped on daiquiris with Ernest Hemingway’s statue at El Floridita, and ridden around town in a convertible 1950s Chevy, escape Havana to explore the countryside. An easy half-day is to Cojimar, the fishing village east of Havana where Hemingway used to dock his boat, Pilar. There’s a quaint fort there, numerous shops with cheaper prices than Havana, and the famous author’s favorite table at La Terraza, where a trio will sing your favorite songs as you sip on mojitos and eat escabeche. If you’re hungry, try Café Ajiaco (ajiacocafe.com), one of the country’s best restaurants, home to an amazing taro soup. For a full-day experience, hire a car and guide from taxivinalescuba.com and head west to the UNESCO-protected tobaccogrowing region of Vinales, a quaint town of pastel-colored stucco where amazing limestone mogotes rise steeply from the dark red soil. Explore caves, dine on farmfresh food at Ecologica, get a cigar rolled for you, and grab a Cristal Cerveza while taking in the view from Hotel Los Jazmines. Feel free to doze off on the three-hour ride back to the constant hum of Havana.


There are a number of luxury hotels in Havana with most of the accoutrements — and $500 price tags—you expect at similar properties around the world. Located along the Prado that separates the old town (Habana Vieja) from downtown (Centro), and quite near many of the city’s cultural attractions, are the Hotel Plaza Havana (hotelplazacuba.com) the Hotel Inglaterra (hotelinglaterra-cuba.com), and the Hotel Saratoga, which was rebuilt in 2005 with a rooftop pool overlooking the Capitol Building. Located a bit further away but closer to the waves-splattered Malecón are the famous Hotel Nacional (hotelnacionaldecuba.com)—worth a visit for drinks and music whether you stay From top: Farm-to-table fare at Ecologica in Vinales; there or not—and the Melia Cohiba AND IF YOU DO A Rainier hand-rolls a cigar at his tobacco estate in Vinales. (melia.com), a full resort experience. GUIDED TOUR…. For travelers who are more adventurous, or frugal, or simply want a Don’t hop on one of those huge coaches. Instead, opt for a smaller, more more up-close taste of what Havana has to offer, search out casa focused tour, like the ones offered by Access Trips (accesstrips.com). Its particulares, which are rooms or entire homes that owners are allowed to seven-day experience encompasses the culinary scene of Havana and rent out to guests. The easiest way to book one is through Havana’s massive beyond. And among the cocktail lessons and sustainable farm tours, Airbnb community. A recent four-night stay at the two-bedroom Casayami, you’ll learn all you need to know about Cuba’s economy, how the African for instance, was just $83 a night, and came with homemade breakfast each religion of Santeria is intertwined with Catholicism, and why most Cubans morning (though it didn’t come with tons of privacy). have much hope for a more prosperous future. —BY MATT KETTMANN


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1. A well-balanced cheese board that offers hard and soft varieties. 2. New Orleans’ famed St. James Cheese Company. 3. Cheesemonger James Gentry, ACS CCP.



The Big

Cheesy JAMES GENTRY provides a glimpse into the world of fine fromage.


heesemongers across the US are transforming the way we approach cheese. They not only stock, monitor, cut, wrap and sell it, these connoisseurs share the stories, history and science behind each artisan and farmhouse cheese in their cases. They know which are in season based on the grasses or hays the animals eat; they know the subtleties that distinguish the many cheeses in the blue family; they assist with pairings. With each sample they share, cheesemongers guide us to expand our knowledge and palates, giving us a glimpse into their passion. One of the most passionate is James Gentry, an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional (ACS CCP) who is head cheesemonger at New Orleans’ St. James Cheese Company, recognized as a Top Cheese Shop in America and a Top Ten Sandwich Shop by Travel + Leisure and Bon Appétit respectively. Gentry 3. took a circuitous road to becoming a cheesemonger, his journey representing many in the industry. “I came from a working-class family. My only experience with cheese was that it either came from a can or from a deli,” he says with a smile. Graduating with a degree in philosophy from UC San Diego, Gentry planned to attend either graduate or law school, but wanted to first take a few years off. After working in the food industry at several different restaurants, he secured a position in the Cheese, Beer and Wine division of Whole Foods in Seattle. He instantly became enthralled with cheese. Gentry threw himself into his cheese studies. He read about it voraciously, tasted everything that came in, attended seminars and visited as many cheese shops as he could while taking notes in a journal. He still remembers walking into his first cheese shop (where all the cheese looked the same to him) and feeling overwhelmed. It is a memory he holds on to when working with customers new to cheese. “I want to welcome people to cheese without making any judgments.

I want you to buy something you will like so you’ll want to come back again. It doesn’t matter what kind of cheese I like. I will ask a few questions to help you to figure out what you like, and then I’ll make suggestions based on your answers. Even [when I’m with] a customer with a very discerning palate and knowledge of cheese, I listen and make suggestions for them to try. It’s best to come in with an open mind and a willingness to try new things,” he emphasizes. On his quest, Gentry traveled throughout the US and parts of Europe visiting cheese shops and farms, sampling cheeses and talking to other professionals. He realized that the cheesemonger’s role differs depending on where he or she lives. “In France, because cheese is a way of life—really part of the fabric of customers’ lives—cheesemongers are more like caretakers of the cheese. In the US, it depends on what city you are in as to whether cheese is ingrained in the culture. In cases where it isn’t, cheesemongers are educators, sharing cheese knowledge from around the world,” he explains. In 2012, Whole Foods sent Gentry to Colorado to take the inaugural cheese exam given by the American Cheese Society (ACS), which he passed with just over 100 other people from across the country. Each candidate must “demonstrate a mastery of cheese knowledge and best practices” by working 4,000 hours within six years in a cheese-related field and passing the certification exam. Only about 740 people in the US hold the title of ACS CCP. Gentry believes the certification is important to standardize basic knowledge and believes that, down the road, there will be multiple levels of ACS certification. “It’s significant because [cheesemongers] are the last step before cheese goes to market. It’s my job to protect the integrity of that cheese as the cheesemaker or cheese ager intended it. If I don’t, it is a disservice to the effort, the passion of the person making the cheeses.” Gentry later moved to New Orleans to work at St. James Cheese Company,

Gentry took a circuitous road to becoming a cheesemonger, his journey representing many in the industry.




“Spring through early summer is goat milk season. The cheeses I am usually most stoked on are the goat cheeses from the Loire Valley in France, one of the most historically important goat milk cheese producing regions in the world. I am rather fond of the cheeses from the region, specifically ash rind cheese such as Valancay, St. Maure and Selles sur Cher. All three of those cheeses, along with others from the region, pair exquisitely well with the famous wines of the same region: Sancerre, Vouvray, Chinon, Pouilly-Fume and rosé. But don’t ignore American goat cheeses like River’s Edge Chevre in Oregon, Goat Lady and Prodigal Farms in North Carolina, Vermont Butter and Cheese, and Capriole in Indiana, among many others making fabulous goat cheese on par with the French.”


opened by Danielle and Richard Sutton (who honed their knowledge of cheese by working at the 200-year-old cheese shop Paxton & Whitfield in England) a year after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. St. James makes its own charcuterie and celebrates about 400 unique artisan and farmhouse cheeses from around the US and the world. “In places like the San Francisco Bay Area or New York City, there may be three or four cheese shops each with several locations. We are sort of an outpost here in New Orleans, the only cheese shop of significance from Austin to Atlanta. The owners took a risk and it has paid off.” Like most other cheesemongers, Gentry believes there is always more to learn, so he pushes himself to expand his knowledge and experiences. Enter Adam Mosowich and Paul Kindstedt, two men revered by cheese enthusiasts because both have bolstered the industry in different ways. A scholar and University of Vermont professor, Kindstedt wrote the heralded book Cheese and Culture: A History of Cheese and its Place in Western Civilization. Mosowich, president and owner of Larkin Cold Storage and Columbia Cheese, founded, organizes and hosts the Cheesemonger Invitational (CMI) and The Barnyard Collective. Both programs provide forums for cheese professionals to gather, discuss, collaborate, compete and learn about their craft. Gentry regularly participates in the events. “The education and networking parts are arguably more important than the competition. It’s where friendships are made and contacts are created. I have made life-long friends from participating in the CMI.” On competition day, challengers prove their prowess by taking on tasks such as completing a written test and doing a blind tasting of five cheeses. They must name the milk type, country of origin, what cheese it is most like, what cheese it is most unlike, and finally, identify the cheese. Mongers then typically face challenges such as cutting for exact weight and wrapping cheese while timed. Another task requires them to perfectly plate an assigned cheese, perfectly pair it with a beverage, and then create a perfect bite. Gentry has competed the last three years and placed in the top 10 each time. “It is important for us to all gather. We share our passion and commiserate. It’s good to know that our struggles are not unique, that we all go through trying times and amazing experiences. “I love this industry,” he continues. “It’s a small industry, but it’s filled with passionate, funny, kind-hearted people who care about the environment, about food, about the way to live and posterity. “Plus, they all give good hugs.” —BY LESLEY RUBENSTEIN

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