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April 2011


arlos Gracida, Miguel Forbes, Todd Morley and Trevor Nielson will In this Issue: celebrate the US launch of Gracida Polo. The private reception will take place at the International Polo Club Friday, April 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Connoisseur Spotlights Gracida Polo was recently established as a lifestyle brand, built around Carlos Gracida Polo Gracida and the polo legacy he represents. Institut Le Rosey Connoisseur Event Calendar Chateau Le Port–Joulain

Connoisseur Club Altima Art Northwood Corridor Art & Wine Promenade

Sponsors of the event include: Altima International, Black River Caviar, Emperor’s Vodka, Domodimonti Wines, Giorgio Gucci Cognac and Alpa Luxe.


Bice Events

chool for life— life On Wednesday, April 20th, Institut Le Rosey, Rosey the internationally proclaimed boarding school which boasts Heads of State, Royalty and some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world as alumni, will host a reception for interested parents and students in Palm Beach and Miami.

Maribel Alvarez, Alexis Posada and other alumni will welcome parents and children interested in learning more about this legendary institution to meet Jacques Bounin, the Director of Admissions, during a Black River Caviar, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception. Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn about Le Rosey’s unique and varied summer camp & academic programs, meet alumni and understand why Le Rosey has earned an unparalleled and prestigious reputation as ‘a a school for life.’ life.’ Alumni of Rosey are encouraged to attend! To request an invitation to the reception or to meet privately with Mr. Boudin call Maribel 561 833 8283 or email

Upcoming Events April 15 Gracida Polo Launch (By invitation only) April 20 –21 Beach & Miami) Institut Le Rosey Reception (Palm ( April 21 Big Dog Ranch Guest Bartending at Bice

April 29 Northwood Village Art & Wine Promenade May 5 Bice Luxury & Legacy Caviar Reception— Reception— Joyal Capital Management, LLC



iscover Chateau Le Port –Joulain (Loire Valley)Valley This breathtaking 17-19th century château with its 15th century chapel, lies on 125 acres in Maine-et-Loire, on the Mayenne river (private port) and is surrounded by meadows, plantations and forests including a 37 acre designated hunting area. Annexes to the chateau include a 3 car garage, tack room, 5 horse-boxes, horse stalls, groom rooms and storage room. Le Moulin

La Ferme’—a Ferme’ completely renovated 2-story farmhouse boasts 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms,living room, dining room, large kitchen with original bread oven, wine cellar, heating room, laundry room and workshop with acess to a 1 acre vegetable garden, water tower, garden pond and fruit trees. Additional buildings on the property include ‘Le Le Moulin’, Moulin’ a 16th century former mill and 2 large farm buildings. ‘La La Maison du Jardinier’— Jardinier’—- a 100 year old 3-story house can offer an additional 4 rooms.

‘Le Le Moulin’

La Ferme

Asking 4.5 million Euros. For more information: email


mperor Ultra Premium Connoisseurs Vodka unmistakably clean and without equal. Created from 100% pure “Lux” wheat from Northern France and water from the Cognac region.

"Emperor Vodka is the new ruler of the world of fine spirits! It is smooth enough to sip and reasonable enough to mix. Spectacular." David M. Yanoshik VP Marketing, The ExpressExpress-Times For information and to purchase, log on to Email:


erra Creta Extra Virgin Olive Oil— Oil Since the end of the 18th century, the family-owned business has produced fully traceable olive oils in the village of Vouves Greece. The brand steers clear of chemical fertilizers and pesticides while using environment friendly techniques during cultivation and olive oil production.

For more information or to order, contact


lpa luxe is proud to introduce its brand of ‘de Luxe’; Scarves, shawls and capes made from Vicuna, Guanaco and Royal Alpaca. Superior Mongolian Cashmere produced in Scotland and Italy fine quality silk garments. Coming soon to Worth Avenue! Visit the ‘de luxe’ premium collection at

Altima International offers you access to preferred rates in hotels in Palm Beach County, through its association with Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau To inquire about special rates for friends guests or other…. Email




The ART ECONOMIST, ECONOMIST a handsome new magazine with editorial offices in West Palm Beach, covers the art world and the economics of this fascinating community of artists, dealers and museum personnel. The publication was recently featured on MSNBC’s website and in The New York Observer, Observer, as well as others.

The Art Economist is published 10 times a year, and is available online to paid subscribers. The regular subscription price to the public is $400 annually, but Friends of Altima will receive a $100 credit


eronica Scharf Garcia’s classic clay figurines

are produced in the Raku tradition, in which the last step of the firing process is a smoke reaction which envelopes the piece, lending an element of mystery and chance outcome to the glaze and texture of the finished product. “Clay has been in wide use since ancient times. It has a primordial, tactile feel and I, in turn, feel a strong kinship while working in this method.” says Garcia In the Soldiers of Fortune Series— Series the shapes are morphed animal and human figurines of varying sizes, representing Messengers, Missionaries, Shamans, Spies and Shape Changers. For or more information contact

(This limited offer is good through April 30 only). To subscribe, please call toll free: 877.890.7618 (mention ALTNL), ALTNL or go to the website: Enter the code: ALTNL

Bruce Helander, the editor in chief, also will be contributing to the Huffington Post, Post, selected “Artists to Watch,” as feautured in The Art Economist. In the next issue, a profile of Kadir López Nieves, will be presented (see below), along with a variety of other outstanding editorial.



enry Buhl & Ray Merritt hosted a

private showing the Buhl Hand Collection at Palm Beach Photographic Centre on March 14th. The exclusive event was sponsored by Black River Caviar and Stolichnaya Vodka. Vodka Right: Lillian Bassman– Harper’s Bazaar, c. 1959, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, The Buhl Collection.)


adir Lopez Nieves, was born 1972 in Las Tunas, a provincial Cuban town, his pieces are made on top of original publicity signs of the 1950’s as supports for the photographic images of the Havana of those days. The works of Kadir have come across a swift windfall: in the course of very few years, they have whirled through museums, galleries and showrooms—and are also found in some of the most prestigious private collections worldwide. Kadir incorporates serigraphic engraving, instead of traditional pigments, using the technique of porcelain baking. The colors are applied over the steel and are actually baked separately in different consecutive layers, until the desired design is achieved. Kadir draws and makes his own prints with ceramic pigments, resins, enamels and other materials that naturally allow for transparency in order to let the photographic images of the Havana of those days show through.


“The works arise from the memory and desire to give art work form which today is nostalgia in the memory of so many Cuban born and subsequent generations; it is like infinity. The city enters the sign that was once in it. Each work completes a cycle: past, future, present; and also oblivion, recollection, memory,” observes Lopez.

Soldiers of Fortune, 2010 Raku Fired Clay

To view collection log on to:

Kadir Lopez Nieves Proclaimed ‘one of ten artists to watch’ by The Art Economist March Issue will be featured in

The Huffington Post



orthwood Corridor China Beach Bistro and more...

oices of Pride (VOP), the Gay Men’s Chorus of the Palm Beaches hosted their annual spring fundraiser at China Beach Bistro, in Northwood Village on Sunday evening April 3rd.

The dinner show offered hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a spectacular evening of entertainment. Highlights of the 50-minute show which was presented in ‘parts’ included special appearances by the ‘Divas’ of Voices of Pride, and some solo and group numbers. The show was appropriately named “Don’t Don’t Ask…But we will tell” tell and featured a patriotic salute to the men and women of our Armed Forces. “In traditional VOP style, our guests will be in for some surprises,” said Robert Hamon, Board Member and Chairperson for this event. Say “I paid my taxes’ and receive 20% off your entire bill at China Beach Bistro Valid through April 23rd

Northwood Village’s Art & Wine Promenade

Left: Kate Volman, Mayor Jeri Muoio, Carolyn Bell. Right:: Nick, Kate, Sally and Mo from Kool 105.5


orth Ave Bice Ristorante Events ave the Date Thursday, May 5

Enjoy an afternoon of Luxury & Legacy with Joyal Capital Management, LLC Private Management Group and Altima. In addition to valuable information on how to ’secure our wealth and protect our legacy’ the event will offer Black River Caviar tasting and a special preview of Alpa Luxe cashmeres, cashmeres soon to open on Worth Avenue. For more information, call 561 833 8283

Join us for food, art, wine, & live entertainment Friday April 29th From 6:00—10:00 pm

Start your promenade at China Beach Bistro 407 Northwood Road

Ig Dog Ranch Rescue invites you to a Guest Bartending event Thursday April 21, 6:30—8:30 pm Come support your friends who will be behind the BiCE bar to mix, shake, and stir your favorite cocktail for a great cause.


Guest Bartending: Tiffany Cloutier, Adam Lipson, Vince Norman, Anthony Brusca, Nicole Haboush, Lauree Simmons, Dr. Robert Roy, Byron Russell and Meg Weinberger For more information contact Megan: 561 310 6591 Or email

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