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contents PHOTOGRAPHY BY WING TA

live artfully 37 what to

buy, eat, drink, attend, savor, join, renew, see, collect, read

collage 64 beauty

Sigma Beauty goes viral.

66 restaurant

At Mozza Mia, pizza reigns supreme.

70 entertaining

Don Jensen creates stunning tablescapes, both for his clients and at home.

72 collection

66 home

The art of the recipe card.

76 wine

A passion for Pinot Noir inspired Bill Spell to start his own winery.

spotlight

173 done deal

198 cruise

The Jimmy Jam House goes to auction.

Get on board with Paradise Charter Cruises.

80 order

176 ims discoveries

The latest and greatest from International Market Square.

204 distilleries

Our handpicked selection of can’t-miss mail-order foods.

85 guide

180 landscaping

209 what i love now

Biota creates incredible outdoor spaces for year-round enjoyment.

What to buy now.

93 tour

The very best Chicago, New York and Los Angeles have to offer.

102 fashion

Top looks for fall straight from New York Fashion Week.

185 design

LiLu Interiors designs a dream home to showcase incredible lake views.

192 architecture

Architect and builder Jack Smuckler takes home design/build projects from concept to creation.

217 vineyard

The secret behind New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

233 q+a

A frank discussion with celebrated designer Holly Hunt.

240 showcase 242 club

The kitchen goes high-tech.

The rooftop-to-table movement is alive and well at the Minneapolis Club.

196 build

recurring

The foodie edition.

A look inside the Galleria.

194 technology

Hendel Homes creates beautiful spaces rooted in passions and pastimes.

180

An inside look at Minnesota’s craft distillery boom.

244 shop

Martin Patrick 3 outfits men’s lives with style and substance.

135 Property Gallery

162 Artful Home

248 Back Page


Top Doctor with a Big Heart A Twin Cities household name sets himself apart with his philanthropy. CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to Dr. Crutchfield on being the only dermatologist selected as a ‘Top Doctor for Women’ every year since the inception of the Minnesota Monthly survey! Additionally, he was recognized by The Grio, a division of NBC news, as one of the ‘Top 100 Newsmakers Making History in the United States for 2013’ and by Minnesota Physician as one of the 100 most influential health care leaders in the state of Minnesota. “I want all of my patients to look good and feel great with beautiful skin,” says Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD “For patients of Crutchfield Dermatology, our emphasis is on quality, in-depth skincare knowledge and service. That’s what really sets us apart.” While a long list of awards and honors serves as evidence that Crutchfield is good at what he does, what stands out to many is his generous community outreach and support. “Nobody gets where they are without the help of many people. I’m now at a point in my career where I can give back.” And give back he does, especially for students. He has a long history of supporting scholarships and making (often anonymous) textbook donations. A Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Crutchfield is an enthusiastic mentor in the University of Minnesota’s Future Doctors of America Program, inviting undergraduate students of color to shadow him at his clinic to introduce the art of medicine and a wide variety of related opportunities. His efforts were recently recognized with the Minnesota Medical Association Foundation’s Minority Affairs Meritorious Service Award as an outstanding mentor dedicated to students within Minnesota’s Future Doctors Program, and his medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School have honored him three times as Teacher of the Year. As dedicated supporter of the Minnesota Twins as a fan and physician, his love of baseball surfaces in his philanthropy. As a medical resident, he learned a hospice patient dreamed of meeting Kirby Puckett. He arranged the life-changing meeting, which the Mayo Clinic acknowledged with the Karis Humanitarian Award. When Twins player Bert Blyleven accepted a dare to eat night crawlers for a hundred dollar donation to Parkinson’s research, Dr. Crutchfield upped the ante to a thousand dollars, challenging other medical clinics to join him. His challenge raised almost $15,000 for the Parkinson’s Association of Minnesota. Dr. Crutchfield also routinely donates to the Twins Community Fund to build ballparks for children in the inner city. “Sports give children focus and a sense of personal achievement,” he explains. “Many sports require a substantial investment, but baseball is financially accessible. You give a kid a glove, a ball, and a bat, and they are good to go.” Recalling when he himself struggled with dyslexia in school, Dr.

Crutchfield serves as a “Hero Benefactor for the Reading Center,” stepping in when available scholarship funds aren’t sufficient to cover the number of hopeful students. He personally supports breast cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s walks and encourages his staff to do the same. His staff is motivated and inspired by his commitment. Already a recipient of the “Patriotic Employer Award” from the Minnesota National Guard for his support of our troops, Dr. Crutchfield’s clinic was named by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2013. Awarded the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology promoting healthcare awareness in underserved areas, Dr. Crutchfield offered free skin and scar treatments for the survivors of the tragic Minneapolis 35W Bridge collapse. He was also selected as the first “Physician Health Care Hero” by Medica, Twin Cities Business, and KARE 11 for “Outstanding contributors to the quality of health care in Minnesota.” Dr. Crutchfield is a strong supporter of Camp Discovery, a camp for children with skin diseases. For over a decade, Dr. Crutchfield has been an active supporter and nominator, dedicating all royalties from the dermatology textbook he co-authored to the program. Once accepted in the camp, the entire cost of a child’s experience is covered by donations. “As a child, I loved going to camp. But as a dermatologist treating children with skin diseases, I see many kids afraid to go because they might expose themselves to ridicule. Camp Discovery is a place where kids can be kids again.” Dr. Crutchfield recently established a lectureship at the University of Minnesota honoring his parents. His mother, Susan Crutchfield, MD, was at the time the youngest person and first African-American female to graduate from the medical school. His father, Charles Crutchfield, Sr., MD, was the first practicing African-American Obstetrician-Gynecologist in the Twin Cities, delivering almost 10,000 babies over his career. “They still inspire me,” Dr. Crutchfield says about his parents. Dr. Crutchfield co-authored a children’s book for little leaguers, extolling the virtues of being sun-safe. Little Charles Hits A Home Run is available on Amazon.com, Kindle, Nook and iPad. Proceeds benefit the Twins Community Fund and Camp Discovery for Children. Committed to patient safety and satisfaction, Dr. Crutchfield is the founding member of “Doctors for the Practice Of Safe & Ethical Aesthetic Medicine.” More information can be obtained at safeandethicaldoctors.org. His latest public health endeavor is an initiative requiring auto manufacturers, cell phone providers, and insurance companies equip cars with mandatory technology disabling texting while driving. Visit crutchfielddermatology.com/ safetexting for more information.

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Contributors Tim Alevizos is a partner at Minneapolis-based

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Josh Anderson is a freelance copywriter based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. For nearly 15 years, he has served as prose pro, writing advertising, branding and marketing copy for businesses of all sizes on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. Follow Anderson on Twitter @livewirecopy or visit livewirecopy.com. Jamie Beck is a New York City–based

photographer whose clients range from Donna Karan to Chopard to Lincoln Motor Company. She runs Ann Street Studio, a creative agency in lower Manhattan that produces photographs, videos and cinemagraphs for clients globally.

Carolyn Crooke is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis.

Hayley Dulin is the managing editor of Artful Living.

Heidi Libera is a publication features producer, artist, designer and marketing director working with local and national clients in the arts, home and design industries. Wendy Lubovich is a freelance writer working

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David Mahoney writes about travel, wine and

the environment for a variety of national and regional magazines. He is a former senior editor at Sunset and the former editor of Minnesota Monthly.

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Michael Nagrant is a Chicago-based food writer who contributes regularly to Newcity, CS and the Chicago Sun Times. He’s the founder/editor of Hungry magazine (hungrymag.com) and a contributing author to the award-winning Alinea cookbook.

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Chris Plantan is a Minneapolis-based creative

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Cities and Chicago. Her work has appeared in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Today’s Chicago Woman, Twin Cities Business, Twin Cities Statement and other publications. Gracie’s blog can be found at skinnyplus.blogspot.com.

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This detail-oriented, meticulous philosophy extends to Kosann’s jewelry, an extensive collection of lockets, charm bracelets and other pieces inspired by vintage flea-market finds. After spending years sifting through antique markets to procure powder compacts, cigarette cases and lockets to hold her family photography, popular demand for her creations helped her launch a nationally recognized brand. Available around the world, including at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and JB Hudson Jewelers, Kosann’s designs allow her to continue to tell women’s stories. “I wanted something different than a charm bracelet with a tennis racket for tennis players; I wanted my jewelry to have my children’s names, pieces from my travels, my husband’s birthday,” she says. For the travel-loving designer, her yellow-gold earth charm is a personal favorite from the collection. “You can add a diamond for where you’ve been or a place close to your heart.”


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he agricultural cooperative Il Forteto was founded in 1977 by 16 young people, all students at the time. With the help of their professors, they began to fulfill their idealistic dream of helping less fortunate and disabled children by growing and selling agricultural products at the local market. In 1998, the Il Forteto Foundation was set up to ensure the continuation of that social commitment. The founding members still play an active role in its management. Today, Il Forteto has grown to 96 members and a staff of 30 employees, with customers across the world. In the early days, the co-op refurbished an abandoned farm that once belonged to the famous Medici family, situated on 1,500 acres northeast of Florence. In a small cheese room built into the stable, they started what would become their legacy: the production of cheese, especially pecorino Toscano. Today, Il Forteto’s cheese production plant is one of the most ultra-modern and efficient facilities in the area. It processes an average of 65,000 liters of milk a day from sheep pastured in the provinces of Florence, Lucca, Arezzo, Siena and Pisa. In addition to the finest fresh and aged pecorino cheeses, Il Forteto produces a series of Tuscan sheep cheeses, as well as some cheeses made from cow’s milk.

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Oro Antico Riserva Pecorino Toscano: Although this pecorino is only six months old, it has developed the trademark grainy, oily texture and intense flavor of an Italian cheese far beyond its age. The lavish Tuscan olive-oil treatments the cheese receives during the aging process add to its fruity, herbaceous, nutty flavor profile. Boschetto: This sweet, tender, mild cheese is made from a careful blend of sheep’s milk and cow’s milk that is aged with the shavings of white truffles. Pecorino Toscano Fresco: Aged 20 to 30 days, this straw-colored cheese has a sweet but firm taste of sheep’s milk. Dating back to the 15th century, pecorino Toscano is produced in the springtime.


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Coveted Vino Liquor Boy offers exclusive varietals from the Cameron Hughes Wine Lot Series. | BY RUDY MAXA

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or years, wine drinkers have discussed and debated the Cameron Hughes Wine Lot Series. Hughes and his wife are San Francisco–based wine buyers who source their product in bulk from brokers, growers and wineries with an excess. In the case of brand-name wineries, Hughes signs a confidentiality agreement that forbids him from naming the source, though his wines sometimes identify regions, such as Stag’s Leap in Napa Valley, from whence his juice comes. And it’s that mystique — along with enticing prices in the $15 to $40 range — that so intrigues aficionados who like to guess which big-name wineries and growers are shipping juice out the backdoor. Hughes labels his vino under lot numbers and offers selections from as far afield as Bordeaux or Australia. Grape variety and region of origin are plainly labeled. They’re the Two-Buck Chuck for higher-end wine drinkers. Until the owner of Chicago Lake Liquors, John Wolf — who “loved the whole Hughes story” — decided to open his Liquor Boy warehouse store in St. Louis Park, the only places to find Hughes’ wines were Costco and Sam’s Club. And even then, selections were limited and often sold out quickly. But after months in talks, Wolf wrangled regular shipments of product Hughes promised to provide exclusively to Wolf’s store, located — against the advice of all his friends — across the street from the St. Louis Park Costco. “Costco only has a couple of SKUs, and they run out,” says Wolf. “We have a wider selection, cold beer, a staff to help you, regular tastings, and we’ll carry your purchases out to your car.” And since opening some 15 months ago, Liquor Boy has become the go-to place for Cameron Hughes aficionados. LOT 500 Cabernet Sauvignon is available at Liquor Boy.

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From Vine to Table An annual wine tasting helps fight hunger in Minnesota. | BY MARGUERITE HAPPE

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ho doesn’t like a good wine? That was the mindset behind the very first Vintner Ball, hosted in 2005 by a group of six friends simply looking to have a good time while being philanthropic along the way. They invited some friends and agreed to wholly fund a wine tasting, meaning every dollar raised would go directly to charity. When a friend suggested Second Harvest Heartland as the recipient, the sense of compatibility was immediate. For the first “little get-together,” the goal was to raise $10,000. It was almost by accident, say the Vintner Ball hosts, that they ended up raising $50,000. Since then, the event has not only raised more than $1.2 million for Second Harvest Heartland, but it also has helped raise the profile of child, senior and working-family hunger in Minnesota. Incredibly, the roots of the event remain the same: Every dollar from ticket sales heads straight to charity. Though the Vintner Ball is a relaxed, merry evening, make no mistake: The hosts know the life-changing impact of the money they’re raising and the extremely serious consequences of hunger. “You know how they say to start every day with a good breakfast?” muses John Wanninger, a Vintner Ball host. “Well, there are lots of kids

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who can’t do that. The dangers of hunger are long-term. This event is for the kids who could slip through the cracks, the kids who wouldn’t otherwise have a shot in life.” The ninth annual Vintner Ball, held March 1, raised more than $200,000 thanks to the generous donations and support of local and international guests. With samplings of the world’s finest wines in generous pours, elegant cheese and chocolates from McCormick & Schmick’s and other partners, and the fan-favorite silent auction, the evening was a memorable one for wine experts and vino greenhorns alike.

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What does your background at The Oceanaire Seafood Room bring to the table at Union? I spent 15 years learning, living and teaching seafood and cultivating a clientele of seafood lovers that I’m proud to call friends. I’ve shaken hands with pretty much every seafood lover in the Twin Cities in the past few years, and it’s rewarding to have such an exciting new concept to share with them. Why is Union a standout compared to other Minneapolis seafood restaurants? At Fish Market, diners can explore species not commonly found in Minneapolis. Chef Lucas Almendinger has already received numerous accolades for his innovation with skate wing, smoked sturgeon rillettes, stuffed branzino and more. His combinations of classic presentations with global influences create an exceptional culinary experience. The energy and true spirit of hospitality of our staff is exciting and what really drew me to the company in the first place. Any restaurant secrets you can share with our readers? Tell them to ask for Steve, and they will get all the secrets they can handle!


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that comes in handy when the clock strikes cocktail hour. If you find yourself longingly awaiting Memorial Day, look forward to the annual pig roast that marks the official start of the season — one of the club’s many traditions. The club offers its members a sense of community likened to a home away from home. Many club-goers make a point to enjoy its amenities every day during the summer, whether on Summit Avenue or off-site. Children enjoy Camp U Club activities (particularly the “dive-in movies”) along with the popular swim team, tennis camp, and arts-and-crafts program. Adults take advantage of the club’s myriad programs and groups, including multiple literary clubs (often highlighted with readings by the authors themselves), business discussion groups and a croquet club, among countless others. So settle in and stay awhile — there is something at the club for everyone.

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Magic Man A Minnesota native launches an exclusive show at the historic Casa Del Mar. | BY ALYSSA FORD

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point: As Hughes discussed his new show in the lobby with Artful Living, actor Ethan Hawke patiently answered questions from a reporter at the next table over.) Hughes’ new show, Insomnia, combines magic with performance art and spoken word. “I’m toying with surrealism, dreams and the waking world — the experience is meant to feel as magical and strange as a good Jorge Luis Borges short story,” he says. It’s a return to some of the autobiographical work he did as a theater student at the University of Minnesota under his mentor, professor Michal Kobialka. For one element, Hughes shreds a newspaper into long strips while delivering a soliloquy about memory, reality and the fuzzy distance between the two. With a swift sleight of hand, he unfolds the shreds to reveal a perfectly intact newspaper. The venue for the show sets a stage all its own. The eight-story Italian Renaissance Revival, now on the National Register of Historic Places, underwent a $60-million renovation in 2008 to return it to the grandeur of the 1920s. Over the years, it’s been called the “grand dame of the shore” for its

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sprawling façade overlooking the Pacific and its go-to reputation among L.A. elite. (The 1926 hotel was originally a private club with illegal slot machines and booze.) Most of Hughes’ show dates are on Sunday evenings. For a pre-show dinner, try Casa Del Mar’s sleek, beachy sushi restaurant, Catch, done in mother-of-pearl tile, green sea glass and white leather seating. The signature drink is the Moscow Mule, made with vodka, ginger beer and lime, and served in a shiny copper mug. For the ultimate Santa Monica experience, stay an extra day and book the Surf with the Chef package, which includes surf lessons with a private instructor and the hotel’s executive chef, Jason Bowlin. Post hang ten, Chef Bowlin will prepare a market-fresh lunch for two back at the hotel.

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hen Derek Hughes graduated from St. Paul’s Central High School in 1989, he had dreams of making it big as a screen actor. Now 42, he still has the show-biz bug: “It is my primary goal, always, to work as an actor,” he says. But it has been magic — his favorite hobby growing up in Stillwater and St. Paul’s Highland Park — that thus far has carried him closest to celebrity status. For the past four years, Hughes has traveled the country performing his well-reviewed magic/comedy show in university ballrooms and campus cafés. In 2013, he headlined at more than 80 colleges and universities. “It’s a whole wild world, working the college circuit,” he says. “I’m right in there with the guy who got bit by a shark and talks about setting goals.” This year brings something much more exclusive — and stationary — for the self-described “modern conjurer.” In late January, Hughes launched a private show at the ritzy Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California, a favorite spot for media interviews with A-listers. (Case in

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The Rum Diary Hidden treasure in an English country house garners historic auction prices. | BY WENDY LUBOVICH

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t was a routine inventory check back in 2011 in a cellar in the Yorkshire countryside that turned out to be anything but ordinary. Deep in the basement of Harewood House in Leeds, England, 12 bottles of light and dark rum were discovered, caked in thick dust and tangled in cobwebs. Dating back to 1780, the historic collection made Christie’s history last December, garnering a record $128,000 — making it the oldest and most expensive rum ever sold at auction. But what does rum of this vintage taste like? And if you bought it, would you drink it? According to David Elswood, international director of Christie’s wine in Europe and Asia, it tastes sensational. “All of the bottles were purchased by collectors who will drink the rum and reflect on its 230-plus-year history,” he says. “The dark is very intense and full of spicy, rich character, while the light is more ethereal, with intense, piercing flavors.” Thought to have been produced in the West Indies, where the Harewood House’s Lascelles family owned cotton, tobacco and rum

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businesses, the strong provenance of these bottles helped fetch the record prices. Cellar records show large quantities of wines and spirits bought and consumed in the late 18th century, when the Harewood House entertained lavishly. Yet only one or two bottles of rum were consumed each year, except in December 1805, when a startling eight bottles of the amber-colored spirit were opened — for what occasion is unknown. By the early 20th century, rum seemed to go out of fashion. These bottles were hidden away on a high shelf at the back of the cellar until their chance discovery. Distilled in Barbados, shipped in barrels and bottled at Harewood, the spirits were offered in the original mold-blown bottles. “The market for any true rarity like this is extremely competitive; no other rum ever sold could offer such a long, traceable provenance as the Harewood rum,” notes Elswood. “Lasting forever — if you can resist the temptation of another glass!”


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Stir Crazy A mixologist’s bible details the art of drinking. | BY MARGUERITE HAPPE

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anilla-bean-infused clover honey syrup, dried rosebuds, dark roasted pineapple, lavender-infused gin, kumquat florets — the language of mixology is as exotic as speaking a foreign tongue and as lovely as reading poetry. Each list of ingredients in Craft Cocktails, Brian Van Flandern’s book of beverages, is intentionally elaborate and carefully considered to produce optimum results. In 2004, Van Flandern was given free rein to overhaul the cocktail program at Per Se, the New York City hot spot owned by Michelin three-star chef Thomas Keller. His creations became legendary for their imaginative flavor profiles and sui generis ingredients. Through a collaboration with publisher Assouline and photographer Harold Gottschalk, his years of experience inventing cocktails morphed into this tome. “Because I approached these drinks as a culinary art form, they are a bit more labor-intensive than your standard classics,” Van Flandern admits in the foreword. Each tried-and-tested recipe includes the base spirit as well as an alternative, ingredients, directions and garnishes (think orange slices individually studded with cloves). For instance, the Rum & Smoke calls for a half rim garnished with liquid smoke and crushed tobacco for aromatics; the Matahari requires homemade chai-infused sweet vermouth. Whether you’re honing your mixology chops or simply looking for a change from your usual vodka tonic with lime, Craft Cocktails is a beautiful way to appreciate drinking as only Van Flandern can teach: artfully. Available at assouline.com.

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f you haven’t updated your Facebook page or checked Twitter lately, it might be time to rethink your digital strategy. Just ask Simone Xavier and Rene Xavier Filho, founders of Sigma Beauty — a company “launched by social media.” Sigma’s growth into an international makeup and brush empire expanded at the pace of the social media used to promote it: freaky fast. Prior to founding the company five years ago, Simone was a veterinarian and Rene a civil engineer. After switching gears to develop their own brand of high-quality makeup brushes for friends in Brazil, the duo sent samples to a few makeup-friendly YouTube users to help with product reviews. To their surprise, the users posted videos of them using the brush kits — and almost instantly the beauty company completely sold out of stock. “We had to close the website for two months and open a waiting list with more than 2,000 clients,” says Simone. Almost inadvertently, the duo stumbled upon the key to their marketing strategy. With rapidly growing new collections, innovative products and digital buzz, Sigma has become one of the most widely known beauty companies in the world. Sigma utilizes affiliates as its main sales drivers; the

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Deep Dish Behind the pizza passion at Mozza Mia. | BY TIM ALEVIZOS

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rue, Wolfgang Puck earned fame with Spago’s smoked salmon pizza. And yes, Phoenix chef Chris Bianco’s cachet is such that lines form hours before his Pizzeria Bianco opens. But there are exceptions to the unstated but almost universally held belief that pizza restaurants aren’t serious restaurants. Mozza Mia General Manager Heather Swan, herself a chef, of course disputes that notion, but she also welcomes it. “First-timers come expecting a neighborhood pizzeria,” she says. “We have the pleasure of introducing them to a truly great restaurant.” The unpretentious menu certainly doesn’t give away the game. Created by Parasole’s resident super-chef, Tim McKee, it’s simple, approachable and family-friendly in a way that more pretentious eateries might consider proletarian. “The delight is in the details,” says McKee. “It’s in the integrity of our ingredients, from the Amarena cherries in our panzanella salad to a pizza crust made with Surly beer. It’s in Bolognese made the hard way. It’s in a menu that’s seasonally driven and constantly evolving.” “The delight is in the details.” — TIM MCKEE The same spirit of evolution extends across the guest experience. Lunch was inaugurated in 2011, and the Party Room opened in 2012. Last year, family platters and fresh pastas debuted, along with Bite Squad delivery. The latest? Mozza Mia now offers full-scale office delivery of nearly its entire menu, including house-made mozzarella tasting platters and brick-pressed rosemary chicken. As for Swan’s menu recommendation? “I have my favorites, but I think the real pleasure of Mozza Mia lies in the dishes our guests discover on their own,” she says. “Whether it’s our homemade burrata or Tim McKee’s wood-oven-roasted dates wrapped in pancetta and stuffed with Gorgonzola, revelations come from every quarter.”


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ne look into Don Jensen’s cupboards and it is clear that his passion for helping others create the tabletops of their dreams starts with his own personal collection of family heirlooms and one-of-a-kind finds. As the owner and lead designer of Minneapolis-based Linen Effects, he works tirelessly to create tablescapes that will be remembered for years to come by his clients and their guests. Jensen’s quaint Mediterranean foursquare was built in 1925 and features an open floor plan with all of the cabinets an incurable collector would require. When guests dine at his table, they experience the opulence of an era gone by, complete with crystal, silver and amber with gilt accents hosting treats such as 40-year-old tawny port, chocolates, nuts and dried stone fruits with artisan bread and cheeses. “I enjoy detailing the table more than I actually enjoy the entertaining,” Jensen says. “When people tell me, ‘Your table is gorgeous!’ I’ve been known to reply, ‘I know. Now go get a plate in the kitchen so we don’t mess it up. We are eating in the basement!’ Is that so wrong?”

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Culinary Collection The art of the recipe card. | BY CHRIS PLANTAN

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Long live the recipe card!” is something this writer means both literally and figuratively. In an age of Pinterest, email, YouTube videos and celebrity cookbooks, the personal recipe card is a dying breed, fast becoming a thing of the past. But like a fine wine or cheese, these one-of-a-kind objects only get better with time. Admittedly, their utility has changed. It may be hard to recall the last time you looked up or exchanged a recipe in card format. Indexed cookbooks and digital documents are more easily transferred, catalogued and searched. Yet we hang onto our handwritten recipe cards for a number of reasons. They contain history
and help us pass down stories, legends and family favorites. Recipe cards provide a unique look into their writer, his or her handwriting, the card chosen, and, of course, the recipe itself. We make each card unique, adding notes about the dish, changes and updates we have made, and when and how we have served them. Even the stains are treasured. At one point, a recipe was judged by how yellowed and worn its card was. How we keep our recipe cards is often just as interesting and important as why we keep them. Like all things worth collecting, they are pretty and interesting up close but can be equally appealing from afar. Whether you store them in a box, a binder or on a board, they can be viewed as a work of culinary art. Recipe cards also score points for their giftable nature. Throw a shower where everyone brings their favorite recipe. Add some ingredients and a set of kitchen tools for the perfect present. Or copy a family recipe onto potholders, tea towels and aprons for creative gift-giving. The next time someone asks you for a recipe, consider giving it to them on a card. You never know the value — or format — it may possess down the road.


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Guy Noir A passion for Pinot inspired Bill Spell to start his own winery. | BY DAVID MAHONEY

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ike the character Miles in Sideways, Bill Spell has always had a special fondness for Pinot Noir. “When you find an excellent Pinot, where it’s all coming together, it’s really like a piece of art,” he says. “It’s a thing of beauty.” Spell, who runs a private equity firm that bears his name, has been an avid wine collector for years. He and his wife, Tiki, enjoy drinking wines from all over the world, “but we love California Pinot the best.” So when they were approached by an experienced winemaker from Minnesota working in California’s Sonoma County looking for a partner, it was an offer they couldn’t refuse. From its first vintage in 2006, Spell Estate has dedicated itself to making high-quality Pinot Noir from premier vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Specifically, the winery makes the kind of Pinot Noirs that the Spells like: aromatic and fruit-forward.

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“When you find an excellent Pinot, where it’s all coming together, it’s really like a piece of art. It’s a thing of beauty.” — BILL SPELL

“Some people think Pinot Noir should be light and delicate,” says Bill. “I like a heavier fruit — the big nose, the aroma is half the fun.” Coming up with the right mix of vineyards for their single-vineyard releases as well as their proprietary blend (named after the Spells’ oldest daughter, Nichole) has been a process of trial and error. Over time, they’ve dropped some and added others, though Bill thinks that with the 2013 vintage they have a winning combination in place for the long haul. Along the way, they switched winemakers, too. Their current winemaker, Andrew Berge, is also a transplanted Minnesotan. He embraces the opportunity to work with grapes from distinctively different locales. “They say Pinot Noir is the varietal that really captures the essence of time and place, and I think that’s totally true,” he says. “That’s what I’m trying to preserve. I want to preserve that vintage characteristic. To me that’s what makes wines interesting.” Spell acknowledges that making first-rate Pinot is no walk in the park. “Pinot is one of the most finicky grapes there is,” he says. “That poses a challenge, but also has a big reward to it.” That reward has come in the form of outstanding reviews from the wine press and a regular spot on wine lists of prestigious restaurants around the country — but also from more personal sources. Like the time Bill got a call from an acquaintance who wanted to serve his wine at his daughter’s wedding, but couldn’t find it in stock anywhere. (He got them the wine.) “It means they value it enough that on their special day, they want to serve it because it’s important to them,” he says. Spell Estate produces about 1,700 cases of wine a year. That will probably grow as they get into new markets, but Bill doesn’t want to sacrifice quality for quantity just to boost the bottom line. “I make money in my investment business. That’s my day job,” he says. “We’re doing art now.”

vino virtuosos In addition to its Pinot Noir, PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL AND TIKI SPELL BY MARK SUSAN, SEASALT CREATIVE

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Southern Comfort This can’t-resist cuisine is available direct to your doorstep. | BY HAYLEY DULIN

DOUX SOUTH Product: Pickles Made In: Decatur, Georgia These are not your run-of-the-jar pickled cucumbers. Farm-to-table chef Nick Melvin bottles his pickles with an added kick that packs quite a punch. Aptly called Angry Cukes, they’re spiced with a bold Cajun seasoning. Doux South, douxsouth.com, $10

CALLIE’S CHARLESTON BISCUITS Product: Buttermilk Biscuits Made In: Charleston, South Carolina The finest buttermilk biscuits are made by hand in small batches and are available in seven varieties. From basic buttermilk to cheese and chive to the biscuit that started it all — cocktail ham — you can’t go wrong. All are made with simple yet flavorful ingredients. Callie’s advice: “Remember that the best way to eat a biscuit is with a generous pat of butter.” Now that is Southern comfort. Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, calliesbiscuits.com, starting at $40 for two dozen

THE SALT LICK Product: Ribs and Brisket Made In: Driftwood, Texas This legendary barbeque joint has been serving mouthwatering fall-off-thebone BBQ for almost 50 years. The piled-high platters of brisket, sausage and ribs have tasters instantly hooked. The Salt Lick, saltlickbbq.com, starting at $35

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STAMPEDE 66 Product: Hot Sauces Made In: Dallas Coming to you straight from the Lone Star State, Southwestern restaurant Stampede 66’s line of hot sauces offers four unique flavor combinations. Try the chipotle-tamarind, which delivers a smoky yet sweet flavor with a hint of brown sugar. Other varieties include mango-habanero, pasilla-dried cherry, and jalapeño-roasted garlic. Stampede 66, stampede66.com, $10 per bottle


RED TRUCK BAKERY & MARKET Product: Double Chocolate Moonshine Cake Made In: Warrenton, Virginia Leave it to baker Brian Noyes to whip up a boozy dessert with an ingredient very apropos for the south: moonshine. The richly decadent Double Chocolate Moonshine Cake is made with 100-proof Virginia moonshine and topped with a dark-chocolate glaze. Red Truck Bakery & Market, redtruckbakery.com, $24

COL. BILL NEWSOM’S AGED KENTUCKY COUNTRY HAM Product: Aged Kentucky Ham Made In: Princeton, Kentucky Nancy Newsom Mahaffey, known to many as “the Ham Lady,” now oversees the family business first started in 1917. Newsom’s hams are naturally aged using a technique mastered over centuries. The family-secret process takes nearly a year. Col. Bill Newsom’s Aged Kentucky Country Ham, newsomscountryham.com, $5.99 per pound

HAYPENNY CONFECTIONS Product: S’mores Made In: Charleston, South Carolina Liven up your bonfire with Haypenny’s made-from-scratch marshmallows, in delicious varieties such as bourbon praline, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip. Enjoy them between homemade honey-cinnamon graham crackers and locally produced chocolate. Haypenny Confections, haypennyconfections.com, $12

ANSON MILLS Product: Grits Made In: Columbia, South Carolina Glenn Roberts conceived the idea for his company over a bowl of bad grits. Three decades later, Anson Mills sells its products to chefs and consumers across the country. Available in two forms: coarse grits, which take 50 to 90 minutes to cook, and quick grits, which take 20 minutes to cook. Anson Mills, ansonmills.com, $5.95 for 12 ounces

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Wooden Pig Bowl

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Dacor Discovery WineStation by Napa Technology

Meet the first automated, temperature-controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. With the touch of a finger, the connoisseur can choose the desired wine and just the right amount - a taste, a half glass or a full glass. A perfect addition to your home, the WineStation maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without loss of flavor or aroma. Warners’ Stellian, warnersstellian.com, $5,299 artfullivingmagazine.com Artful Living

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Miele Brilliant White Plus Series

The crisp, cool, white-glass finish mirrors the sleek minimalism of modern cabinet systems and makes a dramatically chic statement. Its clean canvas also works well to showcase other elements, creating a functional, enchanting, inviting space. Collection includes convection, speed and steam ovens; coffee system; and warming drawer. Warners’ Stellian, warnersstellian.com, $999 to $4,299

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Eat. Shop. Sleep. Experience New York, Chicago and Los Angeles the Artful Living way.

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NEW YORK SHOP

THE GOOD STUFF This artisanal food court is a one-stop foodie shop.

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All Good Things, 102 Franklin St., New York 212-966-3663 // allgoodthingsny.com

All Good Things, an “artisanal food court,” specializes in local, organic products sourced from top-quality purveyors. Owner Kyle Wittels, an interior designer by trade, restored the former Tribeca industrial building to its initial character. Renovations started by exposing some of the space’s original brick walls and 1940s seafoam-green paint. Moroccan floor tiles were added, and the once-tired gilded arched ceilings were restored to their former glory. The updated space lends itself perfectly to the produce and product selections. This one-stop shop offers an unparalleled selection of cheese, charcuterie, honey, jams and farm-fresh eggs from Cavaniola’s Gourmet, the Hamptons’ premier cheese shop. You can also pick up daily flower arrangements, plants and terrariums plus tea and candles from artisanal florist Polux Fleuriste. All Good Things carries seasonal produce, coffee, tea and breakfast selections and features a sustainable seafood stall and product case handpicked by Ryan Tate, former chef de cuisine at Savory. He oversees the casual market upstairs (serving small plates like oysters and ceviches) and the fine-dining restaurant, Le Restaurant, downstairs.

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NEW YORK SLEEP

MIDTOWN MAGNIFICENCE Manhattan’s Roger Smith boutique hotel feels like home.

| BY MARGUERITE HAPPE Roger Smith, 501 Lexington Ave., New York 212-755-1400 // rogersmith.com

Honking cabs, bustling streets, hectic subway trains: There’s a reason New York City has been dubbed the city that never sleeps. After a long day in a constant deluge of noise, lights and raw energy, take a deep breath and step into the warm, peaceful lobby of boutique hotel Roger Smith. As artist and hotel CEO James Knowles puts it: “Leave the beautiful chaos of the day behind you — it’s time to make yourself at home.” The Roger Smith is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, just blocks from Central Park, Grand Central Station, the United Nations, the Empire State Building and more. In a city where proximity means everything, a centrally located respite is invaluable to sightseeing families and business travelers alike. Room options include the classic queen, one-bedroom suite or premium suite. All accommodations feature a selection of novels, poetry and short stories shelved neatly in each room. The hotel’s commitment to the arts and literary scene is also evident in visiting art exhibits displayed throughout its halls and on an in-room television channel. The dining room even hosts an antique farm table designated “the artist table” for creative get-togethers. The artistic dedication is inspiring — and one reason the hotel is a favorite of such musicians as Lyle Lovett, Los Lobos and Nanci Griffith. With understatedly elegant rooms decorated with original art and carefully chosen furnishings, the Roger Smith helps cease the bustle of the city. Each stay at the newly renovated boutique hotel offers the comforts of home and the peace of a vacation with a reasonable price tag. Just because the city never sleeps doesn’t mean you can’t.

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FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE A clubby brownstone restaurant feels like theater.

| BY FRANK ROFFERS The Waverly Inn & Garden, 16 Bank St., New York 917-828-1154 // waverlynyc.com

The feeling of exclusivity and intimacy radiates from this restaurant co-owned by Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter. On a residential block in the West Village, it is almost hard to find. A discreet sign at the entry takes you into a cozy bar with a fireplace. The romantic scene makes you feel as if you have been transported to old New York. The dining rooms have little alcoves, and the dark amber lighting is inviting. An indoor patio garden features a glass conservatory top with a fireplace that glows off the faces of beautiful people. Ivy lines the brick walls, and a large, old tree protrudes out the top off the glass roof. Look around and you have a good chance of spotting some billionaire, rock star or celebrity. Local, organic and home-style food is the fare, and of all things, the chicken potpie is the signature entrée. Spring for the (off-the-menu) $100 white truffle mac and cheese appetizer for the table. Waverly Inn would like you to think it’s a hard table to get. The online reservation system lets you book obscure dining times. Book one then call the restaurant directly to adjust your reservation into a prime-time experience. It’s more about the scene than the cuisine.

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HOLLYWOOD REDEFINED A bohemian-chic boutique hotel revives Hollywood and Vine.

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The Redbury, 1717 Vine St., Los Angeles 323-962-1717 // theredbury.com

Unless you are a tourist in search of Neil Armstrong’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you likely would cruise past the tired intersection of Hollywood and Vine. However, with the opening of The Redbury, the iconic corner has seen a complete revitalization. The latest Los Angeles project of hospitality, real-estate and entertainment group SBE’s ever-growing portfolio, the boutique hotel has successfully turned this Hollywood site into a happening destination for tourists and locals alike. SBE CEO and founder Sam Nazarian worked with creative director and photographer Matthew Rolston to transform the original condos into a bohemian-chic spot. Drawing inspiration from France and Morocco, the hotel exhibits an old-world feel with modern-day glamour. The rooms are richly elegant, with velvet upholstery and ruby-red walls. Four-poster beds adorned with modern suede headboards feature 300-thread-count, all-white Italian linens. Playful ikat-printed pillows and a colorful throw bring a whimsical element to the otherwise formal space. Each of the 57 carefully curated rooms (starting at $275 for a standard flat) comes equipped with a fully stocked kitchenette and a balcony or private patio. Some rooms even feature washer and dryer units. Starting at 750 square feet, accommodations are sizable and feature airy, open floor plans. The bathrooms are sleek with black mosaic tiles and an oversize walk-in rain shower. The real lure for guests at The Redbury is to immerse themselves in the full Hollywood experience. Within walking distance to TCL Chinese Theatre and the hottest restaurants and clubs, the hotel is in close proximity to it all. Start the night with an excellent dining experience at Cleo, named after the Egyptian queen. The menu features tapas-style Middle Eastern dishes, like baba gannouj served with warm pita bread, and crispy Brussels sprouts with slivered almonds tossed in a red-wine vinaigrette. Or sample the lamb, beef and chicken kebabs or choose from an assortment of delicious flatbreads with vegetarian and meat topping options. For cigar-smoking folks, Cleo offers signature spicy cigars. Continue the evening with an apéritif at the hotel’s indoor-outdoor lounge, The Library, and see where the night takes you.

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LOS ANGELES EAT

MANHATTAN BEACH BOOM A new oyster bar and seafood house hits South Bay.

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BY HAYLEY DULIN

Fishing with Dynamite, 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-893-6299 // eatfwd.com

The latest sensation to hit South Bay, oyster bar and seafood house Fishing with Dynamite is located in the quintessential coastal city of Manhattan Beach. Transforming this laid-back beach town into a foodie mecca is chef and co-owner David LeFevre, formally of acclaimed Los Angeles seafood eatery Water Grill. He branched out on his own a few years back with the highly successful Manhattan Beach Post, serving up meaty dishes and gastropub fare. The Michelin-starred chef goes back to his roots with Fishing with Dynamite, just two doors down from MB Post. The 33-seat restaurant reflects classic New England style with a modern twist. Large windows let in the bright California sunshine and create a welcoming atmosphere. Broken down into “Old” and “New” sections, the menu offers classics such as New England clam chowder as well as innovative dishes like spicy albacore tuna tartare. Start with an assortment of chilled oysters (three varieties from the United States and three from Canada), perfectly completed by a glass of champagne. Don’t miss the Maryland blue crab cakes served over whole-grain mustard remoulade with in-house pickles on the side. The black miso cod is seared to perfection and prepared over grilled Japanese eggplant and adzuki beans drizzled with pickled ginger and Thai basil. Another standout? The mahi mahi tacos. Be sure to check the menu as specials are handwritten daily. Arrive early; reservations are limited to two tables and wait times on weekends can be upward of two hours. Grab a drink and enjoy the view — Fishing with Dynamite is worth the wait.

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RAISING THE BAR A Silver Lake shop offers up the perfect cocktail of barware.

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BY HAYLEY DULIN

Bar Keeper, 3910 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 323-669-1675 // barkeepersilverlake.com

Consider yourself an enthusiast for all things cocktail? On your next adventure to California, check out Bar Keeper, a one-of-a-kind barware shop in Silver Lake. The store prides itself as a “head shop for those who want to prepare and serve their cocktails with style.” It carries professional-grade and novelty barware that would have even Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper team swooning. In fact, your specially crafted old-fashioned might end up in the same tumbler as those used on Mad Men; Bar Keeper props the set of the AMC series. Since owner Joe Keeper opened the store nearly a decade ago, it has become the ultimate destination for cocktail aficionados, bartenders and mixologists alike. The shelves are lined with an extensive assortment of more than 150 bitters, new and vintage glassware, and accessories like swizzle sticks, muddlers and shakers. Also on offer are unique spirits, including hard-to-find bourbons, scotches, amari, liqueurs and modifiers. And you can purchase a ready-made gift basket with everything needed to attempt that first bourbon Manhattan or vodka martini, glassware and all. A trip to the West coast not in the foreseeable future? Bar Keeper has an online catalog for easy perusing before making a purchase via phone.

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CHICAGO SHOP

ITALIAN OASIS The Boot meets the Windy City.

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Eataly Chicago, 43 E. Ohio St., Chicago 312-521-8700 // eataly.com/chicago Equal parts supermercato, caffè and field trip, Eataly Chicago offers authentic Italian provisions — without the airfare. Located just west of Michigan Avenue on East Ohio, the two-story, 63,000-square-foot colossus offers the best of The Boot’s edibles and potables in a milieu that, despite its Italian roots, is all-American. Innumerable specialized departments offer all the best dry goods: the olive oils, tomato sauces, pastas, pestos, biscotti, balsamic oils and vinos you couldn’t smuggle home from your last trip to Italy. And the meat, seafood, freshly made pasta and colorful produce departments will make you wish for a Windy City address where you can prepare a genuine Italian feast. If you’re just passing through town, let the pros do the work. Twenty-three food stations offer pizza, pasta, meat and fish specialties, vegetable dishes, gelato, coffee, wines, and Italian craft beers. There’s even a Nutella bar. Buonafortuna and buon appetito!

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GOLD COAST GOTHIC The Thompson Chicago embodies modern elegance.

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BY MARGUERITE HAPPE

Thompson Chicago, 21 E. Bellevue Pl., Chicago 312-266-2100 // thompsonchicago.com

It was the era of Al Capone, hustlers and pre-prohibition booze, briny oysters on the half shell, dark mahogany bars and excessive gambling. Early-1900s Chicago boasted a flourishing subculture of wealthy bachelors, many of whom spent their time at the Chicago Athletic Association gentlemen’s club in the Michigan Avenue Landmark District. The Venetian Gothic structure was designed by a club member also responsible for several University of Chicago buildings and the Chicago History Museum. Last October, the somewhat tired building was renovated into a modern boutique luxury hotel: the Thompson Chicago. Chicagoans watched with bated breath to see if the Thompson chain would pay due diligence to this bastion of history. To the delight of tourists and locals alike, critics have applauded the Thompson Chicago for raising the bar for Windy City hotel design standards. The chic, wood-paneled lobby is understated elegance at its finest, thanks in part to cozy design by renowned British designer Tara Bernerd (see: London Belgraves). She works her magic and mixes tasteful, understated elegance with quirky touches in the 247 residential-style rooms. Foodies are equally pleased thanks to Nico Osteria, Paul Kahan’s Italian seafood-driven restaurant located on the first level of the 11-story building. Not craving seafood? The Thompson is located dangerously close to legendary eateries Gibsons and Carmine’s. With a 24-hour fitness center, six bi-level penthouse lofts, and full bathrooms with soaking tubs and crisp modern design, the hotel replicates the comforts of home in a historic downtown setting. The glamour of 20th century Chicago is at home in the Thompson — just with speedier electronics and comfortable king beds.

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ITALIAN STALLION Super-chef Paul Kahan reimagines red-sauce cuisine.

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artist odd couple Despite coming from radically different backgrounds, Charles Schulz and Tom Everhart became

friends in 1980 and stayed close until Schulz’s death in 2000. Today, Everhart makes large-scale paintings inspired by his late friend’s famous cartoon strip, Peanuts. Often the subtext of Everhart’s work says something very direct about the art of Schulz, including the seven-foot-tall paintings shown here, “Performance Art 1” LEFT and “Performance Art 2” RIGHT, both unfinished. In this series, Snoopy rises up on his hind legs, recalling the watershed moment in 1960 when “Snoopy becomes a true abstract character,” says Everhart.  110 Artful Living

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Master Class One artist is out to prove that cartoonist extraordinaire Charles Schulz earned his place among such greats as Van Gogh and Picasso. | BY ALYSSA FORD

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In his lifetime, Charles M. Schulz rarely turned down interview requests. He found them “relaxing” and a welcome distraction from his day job, drawing the world’s most popular cartoon strip, Peanuts. Read through some of those interviews, though, and a curious trend emerges: Schulz is quick to put himself down, downplaying his artistic nature. When Barnaby Conrad of The New York Times Magazine asked him about cartooning in 1967, Schulz said, “Cartooning is a fairly sort of proposition. You have to be fairly intelligent — if you were really intelligent, you’d be doing something else. You have to draw fairly well — if you drew really well, you’d be a painter. You have to write fairly well — if you wrote really well, you’d be writing books. It’s great for a fairly person like me.” He frequently mentioned to reporters that his parents had third-grade educations and that he himself never finished college. When Newsday reporter Stan Isaacs asked if he saw cartooning as art, Schulz responded, “Comic strips aren’t art; they never will be art. They are too transient. Art is something so good it speaks to succeeding generations. … Comic strips are not made to last; they are made to be funny today in the paper and thrown away.” The put downs became such a signature part of Schulz interviews that one reporter, B. Eugene Griessman of the Atlanta JournalConstitution, called him out on it: “You say you are not very sophisticated at all. Why do you say that? Is it because you’re modest or because it’s true?” To which Schulz replied, “I really think it’s true. In the first place, I don’t really think I’m especially smart. … I don’t

regret not being highly sophisticated, but who even knows what it is. I don’t even think about it.” Schulz called himself “just a cartoonist.” But according to his longtime friend and protégé, it was all image-crafting. “He wasn’t trying to be disingenuous,” says artist Tom Everhart, who became very close to Schulz during the last 20 years of the cartoonist’s life. “But he was very concerned that people wouldn’t understand him.” Everhart says Schulz was exceptionally sensitive; that to him, every perceived slight cut bone-deep. “My friend was very insecure,” he tells Artful Living. “Telling people, ‘What I do isn’t art’ and saying things like, ‘I’m not very sophisticated,’ was his way of protecting himself.” Everhart says that, contrary to what he told reporters, Schulz very much saw Peanuts as art and himself as an artist. “Part of my job was to talk about his art,” he notes. “He would send me to explain his art to various groups of people, to say what he couldn’t.” Fourteen years after his friend’s death, Everhart is still on a crusade to prove that not only did Schulz know exactly what he was doing but that he was an abstract master, on par with the greats: van Gogh, Rothko, Pollock, even Picasso. He has made it his mission to dispel Schulz’s own carefully crafted image as the Midwestern simpleton who drew funny-looking kids. Everhart has given more than 75 public lectures, and his own paintings revolve around this central thesis: Charles Schulz was an artist, and he knew it. Here, Artful Living examines Everhart’s case.

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feature || visionary Everhart’s Case Artist Tom Everhart is on a mission to make the case that his friend Charles Schulz was a self-aware artist of the highest degree. Here’s an abbreviated version of his lecture.

EXHIBIT A: Schulz left clues in his strip. Even as he professed himself unsophisticated in the press, Schulz was actually very well-read and closely followed art trends, says Everhart. Thomas Eakins and Vincent van Gogh are named in Peanuts, but some references are much slier. Case in point: Schulz knew and admired painter Philip Guston and paid quiet homage to his famous closet light bulb LEFT in a cartoon published shortly after Guston’s death in 1980 RIGHT.

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He cultivated a form of line work that was revolutionary for its day. A line-work detail from Peanuts LEFT and an untitled painting by American abstract expressionist Franz Kline RIGHT. Everhart says that Schulz intensely followed the developments of the abstract expressionists in the early 1950s, when his comic strip was just a few years old.

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A detail image from Peanuts LEFT and “Palladio” by abstract-expressionist painter Franz Kline RIGHT.

EXHIBIT C: He was tremendously influenced by Dutch post-Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh’s line drawing “Enclosed Field with a Sower in the Rain” LEFT and Peppermint Patty walking through the rain in Peanuts RIGHT.

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a love of agitated line work

Charles Schulz was deeply influenced by the line work of Vincent van Gogh, the post-impressionist master. TOP RIGHT A section of van Gogh’s painting “Marches De Pierres Dans Le Jardin De L’Hospice.” The other three images are examples of Schulz’s line drawings, as printed in the Peanuts comic strip.

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feature || visionary EXHIBIT D: Schulz developed a distinctive wavy-line effect that added incredible visual interest. Says Everhart: “Most people thought his line looked like this because his hand was shaking. Schulz himself would sometimes use this excuse. But the truth was that his pen work was incredibly controlled, and he would lightly push and pull up on his pen to get that exact wiggle effect.”

EXHIBIT E: Schulz believed the best line work incorporated lots of light. “His lines move from fat to thin and then from thin back to fat — almost like a stoplight flashing at you,” says Everhart. The effect is one of dappled light.

EXHIBIT F: Schulz was able to explain complex ideas, such as time and space. Says Everhart: “He told me once that every mark on a piece of paper plays with the surface. So in that way, each mark is noted by the eye individually and thus represents time.” In this way, Schulz’s Woodstock never says a word, but he speaks nonetheless.

EXHIBIT G: Schulz toyed with the artistic feel of his

strip to such a degree that the earliest panels are virtually unrecognizable as Peanuts. He used traditional perspective in the early 1950s RIGHT. Note the horizon line with the house and trees in the distance.

EXHIBIT H: Toward the end of his life, Schulz became a little more frank. In 1975, in the Peanuts Jubilee book, he printed one of his high-school report cards and this first-person caption: “This report card is printed to show my own children that I was not as dumb as everyone has said I was.” In 1999, in A Golden Celebration, he reflected on 50 years of work: “As the strip grew, it took on a slight degree of sophistication. Although I have never claimed to be the least sophisticated myself.” In the same volume, he wrote, “There are several factors that work against comic strips, preventing them from becoming a true art form in the mind of the public. First, there is the quality of the reproduction. Comic strips are reproduced with the express purpose of helping publishers sell their publications. The paper on which they appear is not the best quality, so the reproduction loses much of the beauty of the originals. The strip is not always exhibited in the best place, and there are always annoying things like copyright stickers or the intrusion of titles in the first panel just to save space. The true artist, working on his canvas, does not have to put up with such desecrations.” But perhaps the frankest quote of all was given to Hugh Morrow of the Saturday Evening Post in 1956. “You know,” said Schulz reflectively, “I suppose I’m the worst kind of egoist — the kind who pretends to be humble.”

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feature || visionary From Artist to Abstract Artist From 1950 to 1960, Charles Schulz changed almost everything about his comic strip.

He removed spatial depth. As Schulz read more about the

abstract expressionists, he realized his art needed to be distilled and clarified, that he needed to remove visual obstacles and create a stronger bond of intimacy between character and reader. In the mid-1950s, Schulz began to eradicate traces of spatial depth from his strip. A Peanuts panel from the early 1950s LEFT and a panel printed post-1960 RIGHT.

He clarified his backgrounds. A panel of Schroeder’s piano in

1950 LEFT and a panel from 1960 RIGHT. “By removing perspective, Schulz brings his readers inside the strip,” explains Everhart. “It almost feels as though we are on top of that piano. Once he gets rid of traditional perspective, nothing fades away from us.”

He Picasso-ified his characters.

A detail shot from “Interior with a Girl Drawing” by Pablo Picasso LEFT and a post-1960 drawing of Snoopy RIGHT. Schulz had a favorite Picasso quote: “A face has two eyes, a nose and a mouth. You can put them where you want.” Like Picasso, Schulz abstracted his characters to such a degree that when they turned their heads, their eyes wouldn’t be in the same place (creating an exceptional challenge for the animators of the Peanuts TV specials and movies). Charlie Brown is never shown riding a tricycle, for example, as his arms and legs are too short. A real-life Charlie Brown would not be able to get his arms over his head.

He stripped each character down to its most essential, expressive self. An image of Woodstock from 1950 LEFT and Woodstock circa 1960 RIGHT. Schulz told Everhart that he believed Woodstock to be his greatest achievement in character development, noting: “Woodstock demonstrates perfectly my contention that the drawing is vitally important. Abstracted cartoons can express emotions.”

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Everhart’s Evolution Charles Schulz helped the budding artist blossom.

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Tom Everhart was born on May 21, 1952, in Washington, D.C. His love for the arts began at a young age and led him to enroll in Yale University’s Art and Architecture Program. After graduating in 1976, Everhart found himself yearning for more. He continued to pursue his passion through a post-graduate program at the prestigious Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. Everhart was introduced to Charles Schulz in 1980; the two quickly became close. Armed without much knowledge of cartooning, Everhart frequently blew up the cartoonist’s popular strips on a 25-foot wall in his studio. In this medium, Schulz’s pen stroke spoke to him in a way the traditional comic strip could not. Everhart’s adoration of the finely crafted line-art work impressed Schulz. With Snoopy as their mutual inspiration, the two became inseparable. Everhart reminisces: “We’d sit there and draw nothing but lines for hours. Thin lines. Fat lines. Wiggly lines. Squiggly lines.” Schulz encouraged Everhart to explore the comic strip in his own work, but the artist was scared the world wouldn’t accept his radical Peanuts renditions. Then, in 1988, Everhart was diagnosed with and treated for stage 4 colon and liver cancer. As he lay in his hospital bed, surrounded by stacks of Schulz’s comic strips, light began to shine through the window, gently reflecting Peanuts images onto the wall. Whether it was the light or Everhart’s medicated state, he claims to have seen images of his future Schulz-inspired paintings projected on the wall of his hospital room. Soon after his recovery, the artist made his visions a reality. “I realized, ‘What does it matter if the art world accepts what I’m doing? This is for me,’” says Everhart. His early Peanuts art focused on the iconic objects of the comic strip: Schroeder’s piano, Woodstock’s nest, Lucy’s hairdo. He then transitioned to using characters, with Snoopy and Charlie Brown making the most appearances on his canvas. By taking Schulz’s advice and making the art his own, Everhart has experienced new heights in his career. His Peanuts collection has gained respect and notoriety from fellow artists around the globe. Exhibits have been displayed in New York City, at the Louvre Museum in Paris and in the many galleries of Tokyo. Minneapolis art dealer Dewey Graff describes Everhart’s work as “feel-good art.” Regarding the iconic Peanuts collection, he explains, “Tom’s playful renditions represent every person’s own real-life feelings and experiences. Everhart’s work always draws you in and somehow manages to make you smile!”

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Little-known Facts 11 things you didn’t know about Charles Schulz. |

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1. For five summers after Charles Schulz’s death in 2000, artists all over St. Paul designed and displayed renditions of Peanuts characters. More than two million people from all 50 states flocked to this tribute to Schulz. The first year featured statues of solely Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and finally Snoopy with Woodstock.

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2. There’s a reason Lucy kept pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. One of Schulz’s childhood memories was of holding a football steady for another kid while resisting the urge to pull it away. Years later, this would become a recurring theme in Peanuts.

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3. Charles Schulz never wanted to do anything else but draw comics. In his own words: “My dad was always a great comic strip reader, and he and I made sure that all four newspapers published in Minneapolis and St. Paul were brought home. I grew up with only one real career desire in life, and that was to someday draw my own comic strip.” 3

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4. Charles Schulz was a hockey fanatic. His lifelong passion for the game began during his boyhood in the Twin Cities, where he and his friends would play on his iced-over backyard. He’d also play in the basement with his grandmother, Sophie Halverson: “[She] would take a broom that I gave her and stand in front of this make-believe goal while I shot tennis balls at her with a hockey stick. I like to think she made a lot of great saves.”

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5. Many Peanuts characters are based on Minnesotans. While working at Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis, Schulz met fellow instructors Charlie Brown, Linus Maurer and Frieda Rich, all of whom inspired the names of some of the comic strip’s most iconic characters.

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6. The Little Red-Headed Girl was real. And a Minnesotan. Charlie’s unattainable crush is based in reality. While working at Art Instruction Schools, Schulz met and dated a redhead named Donna Mae Johnson. Eventually she accepted another man’s proposal instead of Schulz’s, which broke his heart. 8 7

7. Charlie Brown — the stalker? In April 2013, the man who gave Charlie his voice in the first Peanuts television specials pled guilty to threatening and stalking both his ex-girlfriend and the plastic surgeon who gave her a breast enhancement for which he had paid. Good grief! 8. Peanuts reached readers in 75 countries, 2,600 papers and 21 languages every day. Comic strips, merchandise and product endorsements brought in more than $1 billion a year. Schulz was reported to have earned between $30 million and $40 million.

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9. Lucy got her karmic due. Lucy made an appearance on the television series Family Guy. On the show, patriarch Peter Griffin says he is tired of Charlie being humiliated and repeatedly kicks Lucy until she promises to let Charlie kick the ball. Even though Charlie finally kicks the ball, Peter kicks Lucy one more time because she isn’t a real psychiatrist. 10. Charles Schulz had an O’Gara’s connection. Schulz’s father owned The Family Barbershop, which was located in what’s now the Shamrock Room at O’Gara’s Bar and Grill in St. Paul.

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11. A full-length 3-D Charlie Brown feature film will be released in 2015. The screenplay was written by Schulz’s son Craig and grandson Bryan.

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Charles Schulz: A Timeline November 26, 1922

1922 to 1925 The Schulz family moves from Minneapolis to an apartment at 1662 James Avenue in St. Paul, which is closer to Carl’s business, The Family Barbershop. Located at the corner of Selby and Snelling avenues, it was a place where Charles spent a great deal of time while growing up.

1929 The Schulz family moves to Needles, California. Forty-five years later, Charles incorporates some of his experiences there into Peanuts through the life and adventures of Snoopy’s brother Spike.

1931 The Schulz family moves back to the Twin Cities. Charles is enrolled in Richard Gordon Elementary School in St. Paul, where he remains through eighth grade. Carl re-establishes The Family Barbershop.

1934 The Schulz family is given a black and white mixed-breed dog named Spike, who will later become the inspiration for Snoopy.

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On New Year’s Eve, Carl writes a letter to Robert Ripley’s Believe It or Not newspaper describing Spike’s ability to eat odd items without getting sick. He includes a picture of the dog drawn by 15-year-old Charles. The illustration is published along with a list of the odd items eaten by the dog. It is Charles’s first published drawing.

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1941 Charles works on his coursework and takes odd jobs (like caddying at Highland National Golf Course). He begins submitting cartoons to magazines and applies to work for Walt Disney.

Summer 1942 The Schulz family moves to 170 North Snelling Avenue, Apt. 2, in St. Paul.

Fall 1942 Charles is drafted into the U.S. Army. Within days of him leaving for induction into the army at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis, his mother passes away at age 50.

Just Keep Laughing, Charles’s first published panel comic, appears in the Topix comic book in February. Charles publishes two of his comic panels, titled Sparky’s Li’l Folks, in the Minneapolis Tribune, introducing readers to nascent versions of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and several other Peanuts characters. Li’l Folks is published weekly in the St. Paul Pioneer Press until January 1950.

1948 On May 29, the first of 17 panel cartoons by Charles appears in The Saturday Evening Post.

1949 Still working as an instructor at Art Instruction Schools, Charles meets and begins dating Donna Mae Johnson, who worked in the accounting department there. She later accepts another man’s marriage proposal instead

signs of the future TOP LEFT Young Charles Schulz looks on as his father pets Snooky, the first family dog. Spike, their

second dog, will become the inspiration for Snoopy. TOP RIGHT Highland National Golf Course, where Schulz caddied. BOTTOM LEFT Just Keep Laughing, Schulz’s first published panel comic. BOTTOM RIGHT Schulz prepares to kick a football held by his cousin Howard Roberts. 124 Artful Living

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Charles Monroe Schulz is born at home at 919 Chicago Avenue South, No. 2, in Minneapolis to Dena Bertina (nee Halverson) Schulz and Carl Fredrich Augustus Schulz.


WEDDING PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CHARLES M. SCHULZ MUSEUM AND RESEARCH CENTER, SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA.

of Charles’s. Eventually, she will become immortalized as the unrequited love of Charlie Brown, The Little Red-Haired Girl.

1950 Charles sells Li’l Folks to United Feature Syndicate, but the strip is renamed Peanuts because of a conflict with a comic strip with a similar name (Tack Knight’s Little Folks). Charles later admits he never liked the name.

October 2, 1950 The first Peanuts comic strip debuts in seven newspapers nationwide: the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Allentown Call-Chronicle, Bethlehem Globe-Times, Denver Post and Seattle Times. Charles is paid $90 for his first month of strips, which run Monday through Saturday.

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The Schulz family moves back to Minneapolis and into 5521 Oliver Street South. With another child on the way, they soon move again to a larger home at 6228 Wentworth Avenue South.

The Schulz family moves to a 28-acre property called Coffee Grounds in Sebastopol, California.

1964 Charles wins another Reuben Award.

1955 Charles is awarded the coveted Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society. On April 13, the Schulz family purchases an impressive home on West Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis’s Tangletown neighborhood.

1965 Peanuts is featured on the cover of Time magazine. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs on television for the first time. It wins an Emmy and a Peabody.

1966 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs for the first time.

1967 Peanuts is adapted into a stage musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

1968 NASA chooses Snoopy as an icon to “emphasize mission success and act as a ‘watchdog’ for flight safety.”

1969 In May, Apollo 10 travels to the moon for a final check before the lunar landing attempt. The mission involves sending the lunar module to skim the moon’s surface and “snoop around” to scout the Apollo

April 18, 1951 After meeting through mutual friends at Art Instruction Schools and dating for several months, Charles marries Joyce Steele Halverson of Minneapolis and adopts her daughter from a previous marriage, 1-year-old Meredith.

May 1951 Subsequent to their honeymoon in Colorado, the family moves to Colorado Springs.

signs of success LEFT You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown opens on Broadway.

Charles and Joyce Schulz on their wedding day in 1951. MIDDLE BOTTOM Peanuts makes the cover of Time magazine in 1965. RIGHT NASA chooses Snoopy as an icon for the 1969 Apollo 10 mission. MIDDLE TOP

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1996 Charles receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 Charles announces his retirement.

1969 Charles, a longtime hockey enthusiast, opens the Redwood Empire Ice Arena in Santa Rosa, California.

1972 Charles and Joyce divorce.

1973 1974 Charles wins an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming for A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

1978 Charles is named International Cartoonist of the Year by his peers at the International Pavilion of Humor in Montreal.

1981 Charles has heart bypass surgery. His drawing hand is shaky thereafter.

Charles is inducted into the Cartoonist Hall of Fame by the Museum of Cartoon Art.

He is presented with the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cartoonists Society.

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Snoopy in Fashion debuts at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Charles receives the coveted Commandeur de L’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture. The Smithsonian presents This Is Your Childhood, Charlie Brown... Children in American Culture, 1945–1970.

1993 Charles is inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Charles dies from colon cancer on February 12, just hours before his final Sunday strip appears in papers around the globe. He is buried with military honors.

2001 Charles posthumously is awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

2009 Charles is inducted into the Minnesota Writers Hall of Fame.

signs of greatness LEFT Ready for action at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena. MIDDLE TOP Snoopy in Fashion debuts at the

Louvre Museum in Paris. MIDDLE BOTTOM Schulz’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. RIGHT Schulz’s final Sunday strip is published on February 12, 2000. 126 Artful Living

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Charles marries Jean Forsyth Clyde.

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“If you’re going to draw a comic strip every day, you’re going to have to draw on every experience in your life.” —­ CHARLES SCHULZ

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feature || visionary Home is Where the Art Is Charles Schulz leaves two treasures in a Minneapolis home. time, I had three children and wanted a bigger house. I asked my wife, and she said yes. So we went over to the house, had a martini and did the deal.” In 1992, the Mall of America — and its indoor amusement park, Camp Snoopy — celebrated its grand opening. Naturally, Schulz was in town for the festivities. While here, he made a point to visit the home. “My

parents were still in the house,” Abdo recalls. “So he and my dad were walking around talking about plumbing problems — guy stuff. Then he went upstairs and took a red magic marker and signed the walls ‘To the Abdos with friendship.’ It used to be a brilliant red, but now it’s fading.” Not long after Schulz’s visit, the younger Abdo generation assumed ownership of the home and undertook a massive renovation, taking special care to preserve the paintings.

“It was built in 1922 and had a lot of problems, so we basically rebuilt it,” Abdo explains. “We had to jack up the house from its foundation because of a structural sag, and we had to hire special structural engineers to pin the Snoopy picture up because it had a small hairline crack.” Abdo says there was never a question about preserving the paintings. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, these are valuable,’” he explains. “They were cool. I liked them.” So did Schulz’s kids. Over the next two decades, Abdo received a number of visits from them. “They were nostalgic about the home,” he says. “At one point, Monte said, ‘If you move, please let us know, because we’d like to talk to you about the artwork.’” The Schulz family was interested in transferring the paintings to the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California. Though it wouldn’t be easy, it had been done before. “Schulz lived in Colorado Springs for a while and painted a series of small figures on a wall,” Abdo notes. “The next owner painted over it, but it was recovered by the Schulz family and is now in the Schulz Museum.” The Abdo paintings soon may follow suit. Abdo and his wife, Karen, recently became empty nesters and are considering a move. But before they go, they want to make sure the paintings will be well-preserved. “We reached out to the Schulz Museum, and they asked if we’d be interested in getting them into the museum,” Ken says. How will it feel to say goodbye? “Certainly they’re part and parcel of the mythology and lore of the home, but our goal is to get these paintings into the museum. There’s no other place I’d rather see them.”

still live with schulz TOP Ken and Karen Abdo flank one of two Charles Schulz paintings in their home, which the artist created when he owned the house in the ’50s. BOTTOM LEFT Schulz returned to the Twin Cities and autographed the paintings in 1992. BOTTOM RIGHT A Charlie Brown–like tribute to son Monte, whose name adorns the 10-gallon hat. 128 Artful Living

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It’s 1962, you’re 6 years old and your family buys a big house in the Tangletown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Your new bedroom has two paintings on the walls. One looks a lot like Charlie Brown, the other Snoopy. Cool, huh? Hell yeah, according to Ken Abdo, who was that kid. Some 50 years later, Abdo owns his childhood home and the paintings in his boyhood bedroom are still intact. That’s because they’re more than cool; they’re oneof-a-kind treasures painted by the man who brought Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang to life: Charles Schulz. “He lived there from 1955 to 1958,” Abdo recounts. And at some point during those three years, the beloved cartoonist made his mark on the home. “There’s this Charlie Brown-ish-looking character with a 10-gallon hat on his head and brandishing six-guns,” Abdo explains. “The hat has the name Monte on it; his oldest son is named Monte. The other painting was of his dog, Spike, who was the inspiration for Snoopy. In this painting, he’s running on all fours, but you can clearly see the resemblance.” Abdo is well-versed in the paintings, having grown up in the bedroom that housed them. And he loved them, even when he was well into his teens. “I plastered rock ’n’ roll, movie and sports posters everywhere, but I never covered them up. Steve McQueen was next to Snoopy, and I’m sure Raquel Welch was somewhere there, too. But I knew they were special and I was a big Peanuts guy — what’s not to like?” As a boy, Abdo often told his parents that he wanted to buy the home when he was older. In 1992, he got the chance. “My dad called and asked, ‘Do you want to buy the house?’ At the


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20435 RADISSON RD SHOREWOOD, MN

Award-Winning Home As the snow melts away, the exterior of this home comes to life. A majestic setting on 1.8 acres and a fantastic landscaped yard that boasts perennial gardens, a dry creek bed, and custom pergola and stone fireplace. With southwest exposure and long views of Christmas Lake, an in-ground pool and built-in hot tub surrounded by various levels of decks, patio and pool-level sun porch, the exterior of this home is the perfect getaway. Your own private oasis — ideal for poolside entertaining!

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The moment you step inside this classic stone cottage, you are filled with a sense of calm. As you walk across the heated Brazilian cherry floors throughout, you can feel the quality of construction and the timeless grace of this beautifully updated home. A main-level owner’s suite with private office/sitting room, five large bedrooms, two fabulous bathrooms upstairs and a large eat-in kitchen/hearth room are just some of the many features of this wonderful home. The natural light that abounds throughout gives way at the end of the day to a well-thought-out interior and exterior lighting scheme that welcomes you home. Offered at $1,295,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

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3328 W 55TH ST EDINA, MN

Creekside Perfection Spectacular European-inspired home nestled among the treetops on the banks of Minnehaha creek. A spacious gourmet kitchen with fireplace and dining all capture the incredible views, making it the perfect place to entertain. Amazing thought to design, flow and detail make this home truly unique, offering multiple family rooms on every level — a great family home and place for all to enjoy. The private creekside backyard has multiple decks and patios, and will remind you of a northwoods retreat, yet it is just blocks to 50th & France, nearby parks and biking trails. Offered at $1,595,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

Smith + Roffers TEL: 612-867-5667 jacob.smith@sothebysrealty.com

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14525 4TH AVE N PLYMOUTH, MN

Stunning French Manor Home This beautiful Parade show home features classic European architectural detailing on a wooded walkout lot in a secluded cul-de-sac convenient to downtown Minneapolis and Wayzata, including Wayzata School District. Highlights include a large gourmet kitchen, pantry, computer room, playroom, home theater and screen porch. As seen in Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens Kitchens, and Perspectives in Design Minnesota. Offered at $1,649,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Non-MLS Listing

Smith + Roffers TEL: 952-237-1100 frank.roffers@sothebysrealty.com

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5020 Blake Rd S Edina, MN

4810 Hilltop Ln Edina, MN

Offered at $2,995,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 8 Jim Schwarz TEL: 612-251-7201

Offered at $1,799,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 612-759-1846

8 Antrim Terr Edina, MN

5520 Park Pl Edina, MN

7121 West Shore Dr Edina, MN

5313 Chantrey Rd Edina, MN

6609 Blackfoot Tr Edina, MN

3209 Galleria #1006 Edina, MN

Offered at $1,355,900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Travis Senenfelder TEL: 651-216-9466

Offered at $999,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Hornig + Regan TEL: 952-230-3159

Offered at $649,900 Acres: 1.06 John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600

West Ridge Farm Edina, MN

Offered at $379,000–$750,000 Acres: .42–1.25 Smith + Roffers TEL: 612-366-0031

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Offered at $1,200,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 612-759-1846

Offered at $799,900 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Kent Marsh TEL: 952-230-3158

Offered at $599,900 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600

5222 Green Farms Rd Edina, MN

Offered at $499,000 Acres: .44 Smith + Roffers TEL: 952-237-1100


3209 GALLERIA #1808 EDINA, MN

Westin Penthouse A one-of-a-kind penthouse at the top of the Westin Edina Galleria features floor-to-ceiling windows affording stunning views to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The premier Edina location sets the standard with around-the-clock security, full fitness facility, heated underground parking and full-time concierge services. Offered at $3,250,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

Tom McGlynn TEL: 612-751-2519 tom.mcglynn@sothebysrealty.com

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3209 Galleria #1102 Edina, MN Offered at $1,550,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

3209 Galleria #1108 Edina, MN Offered at $1,495,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

3209 Galleria #1604 Edina, MN Offered at $1,350,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

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9 Merilane Edina, MN Offered at $4,900,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 9

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

6237 Knoll Dr Edina, MN Offered at $2,500,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

4608 W 56th St Edina, MN Offered at $1,595,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

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2719 Dean Pkwy Mineapolis, MN

2208 Oliver Ave S Minneapolis, MN

2412 W 24th St Minneapolis, MN

3710 Vincent Ave S Minneapolis, MN

3518 W 29th St Minneapolis, MN

1991 Sheridan Ave S Minneapolis, MN

3808 Drew Ave S Minneapolis, MN

429 River St Minneapolis, MN

49 4th Ave N #102 Minneapolis, MN

111 4th Ave #305 Minneapolis, MN

Offered at $1,395,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Seth Nelson TEL: 612-328-1825

Offered at $995,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Hertz + Gerberding TEL: 952-230-3172

Offered at $849,900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Jim Grandbois TEL: 612-229-5415

Offered at $839,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Hertz + Gerberding TEL: 952-230-3172

Offered at $549,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Kevin Mullen TEL: 612-581-8969

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Offered at $1,175,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Debbie McNally Group TEL: 612-388-1790

Offered at $949,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Smith + Roffers TEL: 952-237-1100

Offered at $849,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Hornig + Regan TEL: 952-230-3159

Offered at $719,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Adam Fonda TEL: 612-308-5008

Offered at $529,900 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Kevin Mullen TEL: 612-581-8969


6909 St. Patricks Ln Edina, MN Offered at $1,199,900 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

5160 Malibu Dr Edina, MN Offered at $825,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

1455 Grant McMahan Blvd Ely, MN Offered at $1,195,000 142 acres on the edge of the Boundary Waters Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6

Todd Shipman TEL: 612-382-4550 todd.shipman@sothebysrealty.com

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4857 Fremont Ave S Minneapolis, MN

1875 Kyle Place Golden Valley, MN

8 Parkview Terr Golden Valley, MN

18745 11th Ave N Plymouth, MN

18290 Dove Ct Eden Prairie, MN

7010 Ches Mar Dr Chanhassen, MN

2444 Lake Lucy Rd Chanhassen, MN

5650 Fairway Dr Shorewood, MN

5160 Hooper Lk Rd Deephaven, MN

20790 Linwood Rd Deephaven, MN

Offered at $499,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Ross Melby TEL: 952-230-3142

Offered at $595,000 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 2 Dewey Bakken TEL: 612-867-2187

Offered at $699,900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Dan Hollerman TEL: 952-292-1200

Offered at $559,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Belle Davenport TEL: 952-230-3113

Offered at $499,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Smith + Roffers TEL: 952-237-1100

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Offered at $1,250,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Smith + Roffers TEL: 612-867-5667

Offered at $499,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Joanne Hitch TEL: 952-240-4635

Offered at $849,900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Travis Senenfelder TEL: 651-216-9466

Offered at $839,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6 The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

Offered at $829,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863


5040 Interlachen Bluff Edina, MN Offered at $1,495,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

1930 Irving Ave S Minneapolis, MN Offered at $1,995,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

510 Groveland Ave #222 Minneapolis, MN Offered at $799,900 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 2

John T. Wanninger TEL: 952-240-7600 jtw@lakesmn.com

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4309 E LAKE HARRIET PKWY MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Timeless Luxury on Lake Harriet Located on Lake Harriet near the Rose Garden, this magnificent renovation blends sophisticated spaces with innovation to offer an utterly up-to-date lifestyle. Warm and welcoming with a gourmet kitchen adjoining a stunning family room overlooking a large patio, this home is a showcase for luxury, quality, timelessness and refined elegance. Enjoy lake views in the living room, sunroom, bar/music room and large, elegant master suite. Offered at $1,745,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Visit artfullivingmagazine.com to view a tour of this home.

Smith + Roffers TEL: 952-237-1100 frank.roffers@sothebysrealty.com

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4849 Russell Ave S Minneapolis, MN Offered at $819,900 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 2

Smith + Roffers TEL: 612-867-5667 jacob.smith@sothebysrealty.com Wonderful home steps to Lake Harriet. Fulton area offers charm, convenience and waterfront lifestyle. Top-of-the-line kitchen, gorgeous dining room or transition to main-floor family room. Backyard with patio, and newer heated two-car garage.

4877 Bartlett Blvd Mound, MN Offered at $599,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

Tom McGlynn TEL: 612-751-2519 tom.mcglynn@sothebysrealty.com Affordable Lake Minnetonka luxury. Exceptional finishes throughout. Enjoy Southern views over quiet waters and more than 95 feet of private shoreline. Available May 1.

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315 Margaret Cir Wayzata, MN

The Regatta #410 Wayzata, MN

135 Black Oaks Ln N Wayzata, MN

The Regatta #314 Wayzata, MN

The Regatta #407 Wayzata, MN

218 Waycliffe Dr N Wayzata, MN

370 Waycliffe Dr S Wayzata, MN

35 Interlachen Pl Tonka Bay, MN

45 Arbor Ct Tonka Bay, MN

5970 66th Ln Greenfield, MN

Offered at $1,600,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Travis Senenfelder TEL: 651-216-9466

Offered at $1,375,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 4 The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

Offered at $750,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Beth Ulrich TEL: 952-473-2089

Offered at $599,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Joanne Hitch TEL: 952-240-4635

Offered at $699,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

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Offered at $1,595,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Beth Ulrich TEL: 952-473-2089

Offered at $1,025,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Beth Ulrich TEL: 952-473-2089

Offered at $679,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

Offered at $1,195,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

Offered at $780,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Travis Senenfelder TEL: 651-216-9466


640 Locust Hills Dr Wayzata, MN Offered at $6,450,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 7

Adam Fonda TEL: 612-308-5008 adam.fonda@sothebysrealty.com

13219 Lakeview Ave Red Wing, MN Offered at $1,288,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3

Mike & Lisa Lynch TEL: 612-619-8227 mike.lynch@sothebysrealty.com

2356 Grays Landing Wayzata, MN Offered at $1,200,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4

Joanne Hitch TEL: 952-240-4635 joanne.hitch@sothebysrealty.com

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17170 Beverly Dr Eden Prairie, MN Offered at $1,995,000 Acres: 5.4

Private wooded lot backing up to conserved land

Robin Roberts & Kinnette Downing TEL: 952-270-5370 robin.roberts@sothebysrealty.com

9570 Sky Ln Eden Prairie, MN Offered at $1,379,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

Robin Roberts & Kinnette Downing TEL: 952-270-5370 robin.roberts@sothebysrealty.com

9547 Sky Ln Eden Prairie, MN Offered at $1,299,900 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

Robin Roberts & Kinnette Downing TEL: 952-270-5370 robin.roberts@sothebysrealty.com

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5140 KELSEY TERR EDINA, MN

West Ridge Farm in Edina Another gem in West Ridge Farm features the design talent of Tom Rauscher and quality construction delivered by Carl M. Hansen Companies. Enjoy the sounds of nature and peaceful pond setting from your screen porch, entertain easily in the open floor plan complemented by vaulted study and great room ceilings. While encompassing traditional Tudor exterior design in materials and color palette, this home will delight and surprise with classy, on-trend architectural details. Upon completion, this home will be 3,800+ finished square feet, with three-car garage, walkout basement and full landscaping. Offered at $1,449,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Smith + Roffers TEL: 612-366-0051 heather.hansen@sothebysrealty.com

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5748 Mahoney Ave Minnetonka, MN

5404 Mayview Rd Minnetonka, MN

5209 Woodland Rd Minnetonka, MN

2651 Woodbridge Rd Minnetonka Beach, MN

2100 Shadywood Rd Orono, MN

xxx Brown Rd Orono, MN

xxx Brown Rd Orono, MN

2695 Casco Point Rd Orono, MN

4632 Palmer Pointe Rd Excelsior, MN

4656 Palmer Pointe Rd Excelsior, MN

Offered at $524,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Hertz + Gerberding TEL: 952-230-3172

Offered at $499,900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Travis Senenfelder TEL: 651-216-9466

Offered at $3,000,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 5 Adam Fonda, Hornig+Regan TEL: 612-308-5008

Offered at $960,750 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Travis Senenfelder TEL: 651-216-9466

Offered at $1,395,000 .57 acre on Lake Minnetonka The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

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Offered at $499,000 Kevin Mullen TEL: 612-581-8969

Offered at $1,545,000 Dewey Bakken TEL: 612-867-2187

Offered at $1,060,500 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Travis Senenfelder TEL: 651-216-9466

Offered at $925,000 .43 acre on Lake Minnetonka The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

Offered at $1,295,000 .49 acre on Lake Minnetonka The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863


110 Ferndale Rd S Wayzata, MN Offered at $1,400,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6

The Haas Team TEL: 612-968-4227 garry.haas@sothebysrealty.com

6472 Alvarado Ln N Maple Grove, MN Offered at $725,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 4

The Haas Team TEL: 612-968-4227 garry.haas@sothebysrealty.com

4725 Yuma Ln N Plymouth, MN Offered at $670,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

The Haas Team TEL: 612-968-4227 garry.haas@sothebysrealty.com

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860 Navajo Rd W Medina, MN

900 Fox Path Ct Medina, MN

xxx Blackfoot Tr Medina, MN

7201 Yuma Ct Maple Grove, MN

21750 Fenway Ct Forest Lake, MN

12151 Danbury Way Rosemount, MN

12708 Mentzer Tr Lindstrom, MN

Lake Ida Alexandria, MN

Lake Superior Land Schroeder Twp, MN

Lake Superior Land Two Harbors, MN

Offered at $899,900 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6 Dan Hollerman TEL: 952-292-1200

Offered at $499,900 Acres: 19.96 The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

Offered at $1,995,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 7 Jim Schwarz TEL: 612-251-7201

Offered at $549,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Dan Hollerman TEL: 952-292-1200

Offered at $750,000 Acres: 15.4 Smith + Roffers TEL: 952-237-1100

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Offered at $599,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 The Stabeck Group TEL: 612-747-5863

Offered at $479,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Travis Senenfelder TEL: 651-216-9466

Offered at $3,500,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6 Adam Fonda TEL: 612-308-5008

Offered at $549,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Mike & Lisa Lynch TEL: 612-619-8227

Offered at $739,000 650 feet of sandy beach Mike & Lisa Lynch TEL: 612-619-8227


950 25 1/2 St Chetek, WI Offered at $3,500,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 7

Mike Lynch TEL: 612-619-8227 mike.lynch@sothebysrealty.com

E7853 Starling Rd Strum, WI Offered at $2,250,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5

Mike Lynch TEL: 612-619-8227 mike.lynch@sothebysrealty.com

Bone Lake Retreat Scandia, MN Offered at $849,999

Mike & Lisa Lynch TEL: 612-619-8227 mike.lynch@sothebysrealty.com

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BREEZY POINT RESORT TWO HARBORS, MN

Breezy Point Resort on Lake Superior Available for the first time in more than 100 years, this well-preserved resort on Scenic Highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors embodies the quintessential North Shore experience. Peaceful and private, the property is situated on 12.3 wooded acres with 1,000 feet of Lake Superior shoreline and features 12 updated log cabins with kitchenettes and picture windows facing the water. Whether used for business or as a family compound, this property offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the unique essence of America’s North Coast. Offered at $2,300,000 Acres: 12.3 1,000 feet of Lake Superior shoreline

Smith + Roffers TEL: 952-237-1100 frank.roffers@sothebysrealty.com

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ne of the most sought-after shorelines in the Midwest, the 125 miles along Lake Minnetonka provide a living experience unlike any other in the Twin Cities. At any given time, buyers can take their pick of countless luxury homes for sale among the historic towns that line the water. But it’s not every day that a property with nearly 300 feet of shoreline hits the market. That unlikely fortune became a reality in 1987, when James “Jimmy Jam” Harris purchased the available 3.5 acres — featuring 296 feet alongside Lake Minnetonka — for the bargain price of $420,000. Over the next four years, the music mogul formed a team to help develop and design his 23,000-square-foot home. Seven bedrooms and 11 baths later, the final price tag tipped the scales at $11 million. Sporting a trendy art deco California-contemporary design, the “Jimmy Jam House” quickly became the crown jewel of Minnesota’s premier properties. Despite gaining national popularity in the 1980s, Harris settled in Minnesota and had the action come to him. Some of the music

industry’s biggest stars saw the Jimmy Jam House as a place to escape the bright lights that illuminate the coasts. And who wouldn’t want to visit? Harris was notorious for throwing lavish parties at his not-so-humble abode for such guests as Prince, Kevin Garnett and Mary J. Blige. One of his favorite visitors, Janet Jackson, even had a room of her own, complete with fireplace, wet bar and a salon across the hall. Known to frequent the Twin Cities during the peak of her career, the queen of pop called the estate her “home away from home.” The list of niceties within the halls of the Jimmy Jam House rivals that of its impressive guest list. Much of the interior is exposed to natural light — a calculated design — that makes the manse seem even larger. The garage can house 12 vehicles, with one stall spacious enough for a limousine. The two elevators connecting the garage to the main floor make the trip a breeze. The kitchen features Harris’s custom dining-room table: a solid marble creation brought in by crane before the roof was built. The indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna

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offer a reprieve from the cold during winter months. In the summer, a backyard pool offers plush, private views of the lake. And if that’s not enough, perhaps the three-story home theater and screening room, complete with box office, will entice. The allure of California’s bright lights eventually captured the five-time Grammy winner, and Harris sold the home in 2005 for $7 million — a fraction of what he put into it. After a sheriff’s sale of the property, the new owner made a deal with a local neighborhood acquaintance to live there and maintain the property while he developed a plan regarding the future of the home. For $500 a month, the young friend was given two responsibilities. The first was to keep the gate closed and not let anyone in. The other was to occasionally mow the lawn, an 18-hour task. Instead, the housesitter succumbed to the glamour of his surroundings and attempted to live out the dream. He would frequently put on his best Jimmy Jam impression and throw big parties. Beer cans and Solo cups littered the once magnificent, pristine estate. Unhappy with this turn of events, the owner offered a lump sum of $25,000 to his housesitter to leave the property.

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After it spent some time in foreclosure, attempts were made to sell the estate and restore it to prominence. With little success to show, the 296 feet of stunning Lake Minnetonka shoreline, rich with history to match its breathtaking views, found itself again on the market, 27 years after Jimmy Jam himself purchased the land. On February 6, an auction was held to determine the future of the property. Drawing a crowd of 11 people, the home sold for $2.6 million plus a 5-percent charge for commissions and other fees. The new owners plan to keep the historic estate intact. What’s certain is that the memories of the iconic Jimmy Jam House will remain preserved among the great tales of Minnesota lore.

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e Minnesotans are outdoors people. No matter the season, we’re skiing, skating, sailing, fishing, running and biking. And when we’re not out on the trails, hills or lakes, we’re in our yards chilling, grilling and entertaining alfresco (some of us even in December). A well-designed outdoor space can expand a home’s footprint and make a personal statement about the people who live there. Jim Saybolt and Steve Modrow, principals of Minneapolis-based biota Landscape Design + Build, share some sound advice about creating an outdoor oasis.

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B. STENGEL FOR BIOTA - LANDSCAPE DESIGN + BUILD

Artful Living: What’s the most important thing to know before starting a landscaping project? biota: If the design isn’t strong, it’s all going to fall apart. So don’t be afraid to invest in good design. Know your designer’s background: Do they have a two- or a four-year degree? Did they take a three-month class? Or are you hiring a landscape architect — someone who’s got a four-year undergraduate degree in addition to their master’s degree in landscape architecture? You want to feel confident with your designer, because you’re trusting them to make the right decisions for you. AL: What should we consider when undertaking a project? biota: Hardscape elements. To properly stabilize a two-foot-high stone wall, for example, you might have to dig a four-foot footing to address frost issues. Plenty of companies will build the wall on top of the ground, but in a couple of years, it will start moving. And soil testing. It’s something that can get skipped, but if you’re spending tens of thousands of dollars on plants, let’s make sure they’re going to work. AL: Does winter prohibit what we can do with our outdoor spaces? biota: We have some limitations with winter, but we get a whole season that other places don’t. Winter is a gorgeous opportunity to put things to bed and to think about structure and form. What is the silhouette you’re left with? What do you see when you’ve got this silent blanket over it? A good designer will think about that. AL: What are some low-maintenance landscaping options? biota: We like to remind every client that a “no-maintenance landscape” doesn’t exist; every landscape needs some maintenance. We start by working with the overall space, and then we figure out how to make it as low-maintenance as possible. We ask our clients, “Do you want to be out there weeding and pruning, or would you rather be out there with a glass of wine, talking with your friends and enjoying it?” Most people want the latter. We believe education about proper maintenance is a huge component of any landscape project. AL: What’s your best advice for managing a project? biota: We promote slowing the process down. It allows us to learn the nuances of the home’s architecture, better understand the site and get to know the client better. So often opportunities are born from phasing a project that may not have arisen had there been a full-yard master plan where everything was implemented at once. It could be something as simple as switching out one kind of tree for another that has a more personal connection for the client or figuring out the perfect placement of a stone or sculpture. Opportunities like that take a landscape beyond just a beautiful space into something personal.

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ane had one specific request before she and her husband, Frank, dove headlong into the purchase of their home on a Minnesota lake: “I wanted there to be a view of the water from every room in the house,” she says. It wasn’t easy to find. The two college professors scoured the Twin Cities for a couple years in search of the perfect lakefront address. Eventually they found an idyllic locale nestled along a wooded shoreline that was still close to the city. But the house itself didn’t fit their style. “We were looking for a more modern, cleaner look,” Jane says of the circa-1984 residence. “Still, we could tell that with some remodeling, the house would offer the space and function we wanted.” Knowing this would be where they eventually retired, the empty nesters wanted to get it right the first time. So they partnered with LiLu Interiors and SALA Architects to design their dream home. It didn’t take long for the firms to come up with a design solution. LiLu went to work creating a muted backdrop throughout the home’s 4,200 square feet, while SALA opened up the floor plan to invite in even more stunning lake views.

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“We used a simple and understated palette of materials, colors and textures that lets their family heirlooms and other treasured belongings be the center of attention,” says interior designer Lisa Peck of LiLu Interiors. Architect Bryan Anderson was happy to bring LiLu into the project. “The result is a collective sense of casual elegance throughout the house that transcends its 1984 shell,” he says. When the final touches were completed 10 months later, the couple got everything they wanted - and so much more. “There is no way we could have done this without them,” says Jane. “Everything is just flawless.”

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From Dream to Reality Architect and builder Jack Smuckler takes home design/build projects from concept to creation. | BY IVY GRACIE

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o you’re ready to build a new home. What’s the first thing you do? For many people, the answer is contacting an architect who can design a home that captures its owners’ essence while accommodating their wants, needs and lifestyle. But what happens once the plans are on paper? “Hiring an architect is like hiring an artist or sculptor to design a work of art that you can live in,” notes registered architect Jack Smuckler. But sometimes, when the architect’s plans are passed on to a builder, there can be a disconnect. “If you hand the plan off to a builder, they have to figure out what’s in the architect’s brain.” That’s why he is also a licensed builder. By overseeing both the design and build, Smuckler eliminates flawed interpretation of his vision, keeps

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projects on budget and creates homes that surpass their owners’ expectations. Smuckler’s first responsibility in helping clients create their dream homes is listening: “I say, ‘You talk, I’m going to write. Tell me everything you want in your house. Tell me what your dreams are. Tell me about your children, how you live and dine as a family, how you entertain.’” He then begins the design process, focusing attention equally on aesthetics and economics. “Budgets are the hardest thing,” says Smuckler. “People’s wish lists often exceed their budgets. So I usually give my clients three concepts. The first will be what they want. Then I’ll show them another scheme that’s similar but will better fit their budget. And oftentimes there will be a third idea that might work better with the property. A lot of times, we’ll blend those plans together.”


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Discussing the budget early and often can prevent costly surprises later in the process. “It’s important to have a good idea of what it’s going to cost at the beginning of the process,” he says. “I know what costs are because I build homes,” Smuckler adds. “I can give you a good range of where you’re going to be in price per square foot. We have weekly site meetings, so if I make changes, I explain why. And if you make changes, I’ll tell you if you’re going over budget.” Once the plan is set and the ground is broken, the artistry begins. “I love to be out there when they’re framing my designs so I can mold it while I’m building it,” he explains. “A painter working on a painting can stand back and say, ‘It needs a bit more blue.’ I can do that as an architect/builder. When I build, that’s when I become the artist. I can step back and say, ‘I can make this better by doing this or that.’” Smuckler’s architectural skills have been recognized in the national publication Leading Residential Architects, which features one outstanding architect from each of the 50 states. He also has received a national award for Design Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. Locally, he has received the Trillium Award for best architect in the Twin Cities. As a builder, Smuckler has won Reggie Awards, a Remodeler of the Year Award and three Peoples Choice Awards from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. And his skills have garnered him a lengthy list of loyal clients. “He doesn’t build homes — he creates masterpieces,” says Jim Reynolds, whose 8,000-square-foot home on Rush Creek Golf Course was designed and built by Smuckler. “His design talents are unquestionable,” adds Chris Twomey, former CEO of Arctic Cat and owner of a Smuckler home on Lake Minnetonka. “Jack designed and built a timeless and unique custom home that gave us everything we wanted. And his design took advantage of our property in a way that gave us even more usable space than we had hoped for, all within the budget we gave him.” Smuckler prides himself on his ability to work in a variety of styles. “Whether it’s contemporary, traditional, European or prairie style, it’s about creating architectural detail: three-dimensional spaces, soffits, lighting and excellent design.” And he understands the value of creating lasting designs: “It’s like fashion; if you buy a nice suit, it will last you a long time. The homes I built a while ago look like they were built two years ago. People tell me that my work is timeless.” With an understanding of the pragmatic side of homebuilding and a flair for its artistic side, Smuckler offers a combination of talents that can take a new home from dream to reality. “What I offer is the ability to create then build your dream home,” he notes. “I’ll take your ideas and give them three-dimensional space, and make your home a reality.”

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Inspired Abodes Hendel Homes creates beautiful spaces rooted in passions and pastimes. | BY CAROLYN CROOKE

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he best art begins in a flash of inspiration — the same is true for incredible homes. Artful Living caught up with Rick and Amy Hendel of Hendel Homes, the residential renovation and construction firm known for high-design architecture and exquisitely crafted homes, to learn about the inspirations for their work. The instant the owners of this Lake Minnetonka residence RIGHT found this stunning artifact ironwork grate in California, they knew they wanted to incorporate it into their new home. The Hendel team set it into an exquisite surround of hardwoods between the foyer and great room. Another grate is set into the stonework above the entrance of the French- and Italian-influenced home. “One of the keys to an element like this,” says Amy, “is to not let it overpower the whole.” The spirit of the dramatic piece is carried through in light touches elsewhere and is embodied in the overall historic feel of the property. The garden room in this elegant chateau was inspired by the homeowner’s green thumb. At center stage is a handsome hutch, modeled on a vintage French style. The piece was sized for the room and carefully aged for a “collected” feel. The rustic French sensibility extends throughout the residence with its reclaimed beams, capstone fireplaces and limestone hallway tiles in a Versailles pattern.


The home BELOW, which is flooded with natural light, was built around a central courtyard. “The homes we create are incredibly personal, and they can start with anything — a style, an interest, a fabric, a hobby, even a color,” says Amy. This home was inspired by the great chateau hotels of France at the request of its owners, who wanted to feel as though they were on vacation — even during Minnesota winters. The roof is synthetic slate; fine architectural zinc adds shine to the pitch break, gutters downspouts and rooflines.

The stunning Murano Venetian chandelier, with its 24-karat-gold murine accents and plate finish FAR TOP, was the starting point for this sumptuous bathroom — “a splurge that really made the space,” notes Amy. “A chandelier like this is jewelry for the room.” The space is a symphony of hard limestone surfaces contrasting with soft, rich window treatments. Crystal sconces and cabinetry hardware add sparkle, while the white Calcutta marble pops.

A handmade Brittany & Coggs tile inspired the creamy tone-on-tone palette and high-style fun of this kitchen BELOW. The diamond-lattice pattern contrasts with the deep yellow tiles lining the back of the counter. Every piece has the feel of a long-treasured possession, much like the classic bee tile. Even the window treatments, cabinetry and island play off the theme, adding depth and drama.

In another Hendel Home project, the team worked with this homeowner to come up with a playful concept for a lower-level bathroom ABOVE, located just off the wine room. The bottles were cut and grouted to the wall,” notes Amy. “This space is a balance of many things together.” A thick-hewn stone slab counter and pewter sink with Sonoma Forge faucet round out the wonderful elemental feel of the space.

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Triple Distilled Three husband-and-wife teams are tapping into the bounty of Minnesota’s fields and forests to create craft spirits. | BY DAVID MAHONEY

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ast spring, Cheri Reese was sitting in a seminar at a craft-distilling conference in Denver, listening to an experienced distiller lay out key points for people considering getting into the business. “He said, ‘You cannot do it by yourself,’” she recalls. “If you’re a one-person show, you can’t do it.” Fortunately, that wasn’t an issue for Reese. She has a devoted partner in her husband, Michael Swanson. They’re now co-proprietors of Far North Spirits, whose gin and spiced rum have found their way onto the shelves of liquor stores and bars throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. The past few years have seen a tidal wave of taproom openings sweep across the state, triggered by the 2011 passage of the so-called “Surly bill.” Named for the wildly popular craft brewery that pushed it through, the bill cleared the way for small breweries to be able to serve beer on-site. Mostly overlooked at the time was a brief clause that effectively lowered the annual license fee for small-scale distillers from a prohibitive $30,000 to a far more affordable $1,100. But some people did take notice. More than a dozen craft distilleries in Minnesota have fired up their stills or are poised to do so. At the forefront of this boom are three married couples in different corners of the state who are banking on the proposition that when it comes to distilling artisanal spirits, two heads — and hearts — are better than one.

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grain to glass CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Far North Spirits’

Solveig Gin is made at the family farm near Hallock by Michael Swanson and Cheri Reese. Their copper still is from Kentucky. Duluth’s Vikre Distillery makes three different kinds of gin.


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o get to Hallock — the seat of Kittson County, where a typical square mile barely supports enough folks for a game of bridge — you drive to Fargo, North Dakota, then keep heading north for more than two hours. Miss the turnoff from I-29, and you’ll hit the Canadian border in less than 15 minutes. Hallock is home for Reese and Swanson. They both grew up there — Reese in town, where her parents had a flower shop, and Swanson on a nearby farm. And it’s where they returned last spring to launch Far North Spirits. It’s a big change of pace from the lives they led in the Twin Cities, where she ran a public-relations firm and he worked in corporate marketing. And that’s a good thing. “What really started all of this is that we started talking about how we could live more simply,” Swanson explains. Those discussions often turned to his family farm. It eventually dawned on him they could use grain from the farm to make distilled spirits. He wrote an abbreviated business plan, “and it just snowballed from there.” They started by digging up whatever information they could find on distilling. “But there’s nothing like actually doing it,” Swanson insists. “That’s when you start really learning about it.” He trained with established craft distillers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Colorado. And they hired Dave Pickerell, a former master distiller at Maker’s Mark, to advise them. “He’s been enormously helpful in getting us up to the point where we are,” Swanson says. “There would have been a lot of trial and error that would have taken a lot more time if it hadn’t been for him.” Swanson built a large shed to house the distillery on the farm where his parents still live. He also planted corn and rye to be used as the raw materials for Far North’s spirits. Both of these homegrown grains will go into Røknar, a barrel-aged whiskey that should be released early next year. The base neutral spirit for Solveig, as they named their gin, is distilled entirely from rye. It’s distilled again with each of the flavoring botanicals, some of which are traditionally found in gin — juniper, of course, as well as coriander, angelica and orris — and some that are not: thyme, gentian and lavender. Ålander, their spiced rum, is made from raw sugar and is flavored with whole spices, with the added twist of a bit of coffee in the mix. Reese — who works with packaging vendors and handles social media, bookkeeping and reporting — doesn’t miss her hectic city routine. “Here, you can go to the post office and the pharmacy and the grocery store and do all that in 20 minutes,” she says. “You have the luxury of time.”

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tarting a craft distillery brought Emily Vikre home again, too. Raised in Duluth, she had been immersed for several years in the academic world of food policy and nutrition in Boston, where her husband, Joel, was working in global health. “We were feeling not completely happy in our jobs and looking at what our next steps would be in our careers,” Emily says. “What we really wanted to do was something more grounded and tangible.” During a holiday visit a couple years ago, they were having dinner at Duluth’s Kitchi Gammi Club with Emily’s parents. A conversation about the hidden cabinets where club members kept their hooch during Prohibition segued to the subject of a whiskey

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spotlight || distilleries tasting her parents had recently attended. There they had learned about a whiskey created by some Scotch-loving Swedes who had come to the realization that their native country had all the same whiskey-making resources as Scotland. Emily piped up: “If anybody grows good grain and has amazing water and even peat bogs, it’s Minnesota.” That got them thinking. Between Emily’s passion for cooking and recipe development (she writes a food blog) and Joel’s handyman talents (“He can build or fix anything,” Emily says), making craft spirits could be a natural fit for them. Joel happened to have a colleague whose son ran a rum micro-distillery, so he signed on as an apprentice. Before long, they decided to make a go of it themselves. They moved to Duluth, wrote up a business plan and started raising money by selling equity shares to family and friends. After looking at real estate all over town, they settled on a space in the historic Paulucci Building in Canal Park, just a stone’s throw from the Aerial Lift Bridge. By craft-distilling standards, Vikre Distillery is an impressive operation, with a 1,000-gallon stripping still and a vodka column so tall that it had to be lowered through the roof by a crane. They saved money by doing all of the plumbing and carpentry themselves and by having Bent Paddle Brewing supply their wash (the “beer” that goes into the stills for distillation). Vikre’s products have a distinctively northwoods character. “We wanted to capture the terroir of the area, in both the flavors of the lake and the soil and the botanicals that grow in Minnesota, but also the culture of the people here and the history of the area,” says Emily. They make three versions of Boreal Gin — Juniper, Cedar and Spruce — as well as Øvrevann Aquavit. They hope to start barreling bourbon, rye and peated single-malt whiskey in the fall. One thing Joel particularly likes about the craft movement is that it’s “reviving the cult of the amateur.” “Which means ‘lover,’” Emily adds. “And we love what we’re doing.”

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Here are four more Minnesota micro-distilleries that have recently started producing craft spirits.

Norseman Distillery, Minneapolis

Scott Ervin gave up his job as managing partner of an award-winning architecture firm to start Minneapolis’s first micro-distillery. He released his vodka just in time for the holidays last year and now has a gin in production as well. Plans for future products include whiskey and rum. “I couldn’t have dreamed up a better job,” Ervin says. “When I was in fourth grade, they asked us what we wanted to be. I wrote down ‘mad scientist.’”

Millers & Saints, St. Louis Park

In this family affair, Joe Muggli partnered with his father-in-law, Ron Olney, and Steel Toe Brewing’s Jason Schoneman (Olney’s other son-in-law) to make craft vodka and whiskey using locally sourced ingredients. In fact, the distillery shares a space with the brewery, separated only by a chain-link fence required by law. “You have to start with the finest beer to get the finest spirits,” says Muggli.

Loon Liquors, Northfield

High-school chums Mark Schiller and Simeon Rossi funded their fledgling micro-distillery through an Indiegogo campaign. Although they plan to ultimately barrel-age some whiskey, their flagship product is an unaged white whiskey called Loonshine. “Our goal is to create a product that bridges the gap between vodka and whiskey,” says Schiller, adding that it should appeal to the uninitiated whiskey drinker because “it’s not that dark alcohol that’s kind of scary to people.”

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hanelle and Chris Montana of Du Nord Craft Spirits have more in common with the Vikres than just being startup distillers: Both couples started families while they were getting their distilleries up and running. The Vikres’ son, Epsen, was born last September; the Montanas’ son, Elijah, arrived in November, just a few weeks before the arrival of their first still.

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Former financial analyst Bob McManus and Dashfire Bitters creator Lee Egbert have joined forces to bring a corner of the old Hamm’s Brewery back to life. Named for the number of wells in use in the brewery’s heyday, the distillery will produce gin, rum and a whiskey they’ll call Minnesota 13 (after the famous prohibition-era spirit). They’ve trademarked the moniker, but other Minnesota distillers are welcome to use it. “We’d love to have Minnesota 13 be a state spirit,” says McManus.


dynamic duos ABOVE Chris and Shanelle Montana of Du Nord Craft Spirits. LEFT Joel and Emily Vikre of Vikre Distillery.

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Shanelle, who grew up on a farm near Cold Spring, and Chris, a Minneapolis South High graduate, met as college students working for the Democratic Party. (“I got her some mini-doughnuts at the State Fair, and here we are,” he jokes.) They were living in Washington, D.C. when the craft-beer boom was sweeping the nation. Although Chris was a home brewer himself, he and Shanelle really loved bourbon and other spirits. So after they moved back to Minnesota and the Surly bill passed, they got excited about the idea of starting a craft distillery. In preparation, Shanelle took part in a seminar at a micro-distillery outside Nashville, and Chris set out west on a road trip that took him to 20 craft distilleries in seven states. Although he didn’t schedule any visits in advance, the distillers welcomed him with open arms. “Once people found out that I was starting up a distillery,” says Chris, “they said, ask me whatever you want; we’ll show you whatever you want to see.” Getting their federal distillery permit wasn’t nearly so easy. “We submitted our application and were told it was complete, and then literally the next day the government shut down,” Shanelle recalls. “So then everything went on hold.” Once the government was back in business, the agent in charge of approving their permit went on disability leave. The agent who took it over, they were then told, was a trainee and thus had to have everything approved by supervisors, which delayed the process even further. In the meantime, they started setting up distilling equipment in a former motorcycle shop in South Minneapolis, including a mill for grinding grain. They’re sourcing all their grains from the region, including corn from her parents’ farm. “It was important to us to have that farm and city tie,” Shanelle says, noting that they want to be able to identify “the whole supply chain.” Du Nord’s first product, released this spring, is L’etoile Vodka. It will be joined this summer by Fitzgerald Gin. In the fall, the Montanas plan to release an apple-based spirit and begin barreling whiskey. Because they plan to keep their day jobs — Shanelle is a lobbyist for an alternative-energy company and Chris an attorney — they want to keep production at a manageable level. “This is a family-owned business, and that’s the way we’d like to keep it,” he says. “I want to know what goes into everything. I want to be in here, touching the grains.”

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What I Love Now The female foodie edition. | If Sea Change’s Jamie Malone weren’t a chef, she would be a professional dog photographer (don’t worry, she wouldn’t dress them up). Top Chef contestant Sara Johannes chooses her Asian street food based on how long the line is. Manresa chef de cuisine Jessica Largey steers clear of hard-boiled eggs at all costs. And we concur with Sorella’s Emma Hearst that ordering brains just doesn’t seem right. Artful Living tapped some of America’s hottest female chefs to learn what ingredients, tools, dishes and more are inspiring them right now, inside and outside their kitchens. Called “above and beyond 99.99 percent of her peers” by celebuchef Andrew Zimmern, Jessica Largey commands the kitchen at Manresa in Los Gatos, California. After a career traveling and working throughout Europe and America (including a cross-country trip eating her way from California to the Northeast), she landed as sous chef at the fine-dining hot spot. At age 26, she was promoted to chef de cuisine and has helped develop the eatery’s newest cookbook, Manresa: An Edible Reflection. Emma Hearst, 27, co-owns Northern Italian foodie destination Sorella on New York’s Lower East Side and Stellina, an Italian café and gelateria on Manhattan’s Allen Street. After winning multiple awards from New York Magazine and

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competing against Michael Symon as the youngest challenger on Iron Chef America at just 24 years old, Hearst’s name has become synonymous with exquisite food and incredible eateries. Recently the chef-turned-yoga-instructor took up her pen, writing Sorella with co-owner and close friend Sarah Krathen. Sara Johannes helms the kitchen as executive chef at Shoyu, located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, and recently represented Minneapolis on Top Chef. She attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for theater before changing directions to culinary school and serving as executive chef at Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty in Dallas. With experience at the Nicollet Island Inn and the Walker Art Center’s now-shuttered 20.21, Johannes has honed her chops with Asian-inspired food in a variety of locales and restaurants. Last year, Food & Wine Magazine named Jamie Malone one of the 10 Best New Chefs. She made the list for “masterfully running one of the country’s best sustainable seafood restaurants.” Anyone who has experienced dinner service from Sea Change’s chef de cuisine understands why. Malone’s tutelage includes a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Mendota Heights, an internship at La Belle Vie, and experience at Porter & Frye and Cocina del Barrio.

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BEST MEAL:

“The best meal of my life was on Thanksgiving Day traveling in Turin, Italy, in 2007. It was at this amazing restaurant down an alley with a kitchen full of little old ladies. I remember every single thing I ate, each flavor.”

WHO: Jessica

Largey, Manresa

Signature dish: That’s a tough question; we change our menu so often. One of my personal favorite dishes that I’ve done was young courgettes with nasturtiums, pistachio and a cultured cream. It’s featured in our new cookbook.

Favorite chef right now: Ben Shewry. He’s an amazing chef, father and friend. I really admire both his food and the balance he has created between his time at his restaurant and with his family.

If it’s on the menu, you’ll always order: Caesar salad. It’s one of my favorite things to eat, and it’s much harder to find a solid version than one might think.

Dish you would never order: Anything with hard-boiled eggs — one of the few things I do not enjoy eating.

Favorite destination for food: [Manresa chef/proprietor] David Kinch’s house on Tuesday nights. The restaurant is closed, and we all get together and cook for each other.

Favorite five-ingredient dish: A BLT with avocado and red onions.

Knife brand of choice: Aritsugu.

Go-to wine: Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Dessert kryptonite: The candied pecans our pastry chef, Stephanie Prida, makes. They are candied and then fried.

If you weren’t a chef, you’d be: A pilot. One of my goals in life is get my pilot license.

Best meal you’ve ever had: The best meal of my life was on Thanksgiving Day traveling in Turin, Italy, in 2007. It was at this amazing restaurant down an alley with a kitchen full of little old ladies. I remember every single thing I ate, each flavor. The final course was a dish called stinco di maiale, and it was perfect. I was at the end of my whirlwind trip all over Italy just before I left to stage at The Fat Duck. That was a truly amazing meal.

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FAVORITE NEWLY DISCOVERED INGREDIENT:

“The local avocadoes in Hawaii; they are on a whole different level.”

WHO: Emma

Hearst, Sorella

Favorite newly discovered ingredient: The local avocadoes in Hawaii; they are on a whole different level. And hemp seeds.

Signature dish: Probably our broccoli fritto at Sorella: tempura broccoli with hot pickled pepper aioli, basil and Parmesan. Favorite chef right now: I always will have a soft spot for Michael Anthony. He’s a classic.

If it’s on the menu, you’ll always order: Kale or avocado.

Dish you would never order: Brains — just doesn’t seem right.

Favorite destination for food: New York City.

Favorite five-ingredient dish: Some sort of kale salad that involves avocado, herbs, nuts and something slightly sweet.

Knife brand of choice: Nenox.

Go-to wine: Very dry bubbles or a jammy red.

Dessert kryptonite: I have been really into making raw pies lately.

If you weren’t a chef, you’d be: A yoga instructor — which I am.

Best meal you’ve ever had: That’s so hard to say; I’ve had so many! Probably one of the meals I had in Piedmont, Italy.

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FAVORITE CHEF RIGHT NOW:

“Ivan Orkin was a big inspiration when I went to Japan recently. Here is a classically trained French chef who tackled one of the most simple and soulful dishes in Japan: the lowly bowl of ramen.”

WHO: Sara

Johannes, Shoyu

Dessert kryptonite: Mascarpone.

Favorite chef right now: Ivan Orkin was a big inspiration when I went to Japan recently. Here is a classically trained French chef who tackled one of the most simple and soulful dishes in Japan: the lowly bowl of ramen. He applied the principle of mise en place to his ramen shop and suddenly elevated the whole bowl by isolating and perfecting every component individually. It is a wonderful way to rethink very traditional dishes.

Favorite newly discovered ingredient: I just got back from a trip to Tokyo, so we are playing with all sorts of different types of flour for udon noodles. It is really interesting to see the subtle differences in the noodles you produce just by using a different flour ratio. Rediscovering such a basic ingredient has been extremely refreshing!

Signature dish: We make a ton of Japanese- and Chinese-style noodles here, but my restaurant is probably best known for the big, fat, chewy Shanghai-style noodles that we stir-fry. Sweet, spicy, smoky and herbal all at once, they are excellent with braised beef.

If it’s on the menu, you’ll always order: Rather than stick with one dish that is my favorite, I always ask servers what their favorite is. It’s a handy tip! Your server sees this food every day and knows which dishes are the best.

Favorite destination for food: Asia, specifically the street food. My best technique is to follow my nose. If you smell something good and people are waiting in line for it, you know you have a winner!

Favorite five-ingredient dish: Udon noodles prepared simply are the best. Start with perfectly cooked noodles, stir in a fresh raw egg, nori and bonito flakes and top with scallions and tempura flakes. It really is the perfect dish!

Knife brand of choice: I tend to stick with Japanese-style knives. My favorite as of late is my Glestain Gyuto chef’s knife. The indentations in the blade make cutting through delicate proteins, like raw fish, as delicate as possible.

Go-to wine: I love spicy Asian-style dishes. Although you would not traditionally pair a wine with something like a green Thai-style curry, many people enjoy dry Riesling or a dry Gewürztraminer with these dishes. These wines are excellent choices but a bit too sweet for me. I find that the pronounced citrus and spicy fruit flavors found in Grüner Veltliner work better. A Grüner mimics the florals and fruit I love so much in the chili peppers found in these dishes without the cloying sweetness. The pairing is lovely.

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If you weren’t a chef, you’d be: An auto mechanic. I love old cars! I also love tinkering with things and making them work, whether it be a complex dish or a ’51 flathead Ford.

Best meal you’ve ever had: My favorite place to go in Mexico is a tiny beach near Mazatlan that only the locals and fishermen frequent. If you go, wait for the boats to come in and buy right from the fishermen. Buy a bag of just-caught shrimp or a few spiny lobsters. Bring them, alive and kicking, to the tiny, clap-trap restaurant at the top of the cliff. Surrender your bag to the chef, who will handle the simple yet perfect preparation. Wait with your toes in the sand, drinking a Pacifico. Your patience will be rewarded with the sounds of the ocean, a tan and the best ceviche you have ever had.


FAVORITE INGREDIENT:

“Koji. It’s grain that has been inoculated with a specific mold and is used to make miso and sake. It has an incredible aroma and deep umami flavor.”

WHO: Jamie

Malone, Sea Change

Favorite ingredient: Koji. It’s grain that has been inoculated with a specific mold and is used to make miso and sake. It has an incredible aroma and deep umami flavor. I am playing around with it a lot right now; it makes an awesome marinade for meat.

Signature dish: Abalone/asparagus/bone marrow/yuzu/chili. Favorite chef right now: Massimo Bottura!

If it’s on the menu, you’ll always order: As much as my dining partner will allow. Also, anything with uni.

Favorite destination for food: I have been visiting New York City a lot in the past few years. Eleven Madison Park is a restaurant that I admire deeply. I want to go to the West Coast this year and eat at Manresa, Tartine and Coi, among others.

Favorite five-ingredient dish: A cheeseburger!

Knife brand of choice: Masahiro. Carbon.

Go-to wine: Sparkling.

Dessert kryptonite: Passion fruit. Chocolate-chip cookies.

If I weren’t a chef: I would be a professional dog photographer. But I would NOT dress them up.

Best meal you’ve ever had: Eleven Madison Park.

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ince 1973, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have been known for their explosive aromatics and tropical, grassy, even peppery flavors. But that kind of chutzpah in a wine can be polarizing; while some gravitate to its crispness and vibrancy, others find its acidity too severe. Sileni Estates, a vineyard and winery in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, has cultivated its own interpretation of the big white: a refined, diplomatic version that appeals to a wider range of palates. Sileni USA CEO — and former Olympic weightlifter — Nigel Avery shares some wisdom about wine along with a few tidbits about an illustrious athletic career. What distinguishes a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? I think it’s the aromatics. The taste profile is very fresh, crisp and fruity. And for me, it’s the length on the palate. A Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is probably the closest comparison; its aromatics are great in the initial flavor, but then it just stops. A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc keeps going. What distinguishes a Sileni Estates Sauvignon Blanc from other New Zealand versions? On one end of the spectrum you’ve got really grassy, green, herbaceous styles. We’re on the other end: softer, more tropical, more food-friendly. We started our winery with Sémillon as our lead white. But after a few years, it became obvious that people wanted Sauvignon Blanc, so we invested in the Marlborough

region and began growing Sauvignon Blanc grapes. We blend up to 10 percent Sémillon into our Sauvignon Blanc. That gives it a rounder, more restrained style, we believe, and makes it a better match with food. And that’s our winemaking philosophy — we make wine to be enjoyed with food. Which foods are best with Sauvignon Blanc? The classic matches would be sushi, sashimi and fresh oysters. Their richness balances the acidity of the wine. But Sauvignon Blanc is versatile enough to be paired with many dishes and cuisines. How soon after bottling should you drink Sauvignon Blanc? The rule of thumb is drink the newest you can. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is renowned for being fresh and crisp with vibrant fruit flavors, but that vibrancy diminishes over time. The good thing about Sileni Sauvignon Blanc is that the Sémillon extends the length of time it’s good.

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Designer extraordinaire Holly Hunt talks with Artful Living about the end of trade-only showrooms, her public breakup with Christian Liaigre and why she’s not retiring. | BY ALYSSA FORD

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olly Hunt is late, but it’s really no wonder. She’s been in Europe for a week on business, followed by a whirlwind 16-hour stopover in Texas. This is her first day back at her Chicago headquarters, where everybody in the building needs a quick five minutes. When Hunt finally bursts into the conference room, she’s talking fast, but her speech is calm and affecting, the languid, stretched vowels hinting at her west-central Texas roots. Placing both hands flat on the table, she says, “I am fresh and completely unprepared, so talk to me.” A few minutes later, her assistant pops her head in to ask if she’s wrapping up. “Why? When’s the meeting with Joanna?” Hunt asks. “Two o’clock.” “And the conference call?” “Two o’clock.” “They’re both at two o’clock?” “Um, yes.”

This week is particularly intense for Hunt, and the reason is revealed just two business days later, when she discloses the $95-million sale of her beloved business to Knoll, the iconic modern-furniture company. Her publicist says the deal had been in the works for several months, the papers all signed before Christmas. But Knoll and Hunt waited until February 3 to make the big announcement. As part of the sale, Hunt will stay on as CEO of Holly Hunt Enterprises, and she will keep her team and headquarters in Chicago’s Greektown. But for the first time in 30 years, she will answer to a boss, Knoll CEO Andrew Cogan. On the face of it, the sale definitely looks like Hunt is packing her retirement parachute. Not that that is so outrageous; she is 71 years old. And, really, what’s left to prove for a woman who turned an underperforming Chicago showroom into an empire of branded design destinations, including outposts in London and São Paulo? (Future locales include Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C.) Her cred is well-earned: She was one of the first to curate her showrooms, filling them with meticulously designed vignettes

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rather than crammed piles of furniture. It was she who introduced Americans to the likes of Christian Liaigre, Christian Astuguevieille, Alison Berger and Kevin Reilly; if not directly, then through the dozens of products knocked off from her company by Restoration Hardware. It’s really not so shocking that in a press release, Knoll directly compared Hunt to living design icon Florence Knoll. It may look like she is on the doorstep of retirement, but her son, Hunt Tackbary, says she’s in no mood to stop working. “She’s still 40 in her mind and spirit and every other way,” says Tackbary, who, along with his younger brother, Jett, works for his mother. (A third son, Trent, is an aspiring actor living in West Hollywood.) Hunt says she actually does have something else to prove: She wants to go international in a big way. Ask her how far she plans to take this thing, and she responds, “As far as it will go.” Her issue of late has been capacity. After introducing more than 100 new designs to her own collection, Hunt bought a case-goods manufacturer in Texas and built her own prototype shop. Still, she says, “We can’t make enough, and we can’t make it fast enough.” And she sees heightened competition for the handful of craftspeople in the world who make the best fabric, leather and woodwork. She was alarmed when Hermès, for example, replaced her as the No. 1 client at her favorite calfskin tannery. And it wasn’t exactly great news last summer when trade group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) bought Loro Piana, further consolidating luxury interests. The sale to Knoll gives her a channel to resources. The irony is that Holly Hunt the company is in terrific shape, and it wouldn’t have been possible if not for a particularly terse split with French designer Christian Liaigre in 2009. Hunt first introduced Liaigre’s airy, spare designs in 1993. In turn, he brought a certain European cachet, not to mention a brisk bit of business. But in late 2009, Liaigre sold a significant stake in his company to a Paris-based investment fund. The two designers had words. Various top-tier clients — Jennifer West in Seattle, George Cameron Nash in Dallas — came down on one side or the other, a kind of custody battle for the design world. For Hunt, the breakup wasn’t just acrimonious but financially painful: At the time, she had an $11-million business selling Holly Hunt–branded furniture, but she was selling twice as much Liaigre. The split essentially forced her to get serious about her own collection, and over the next two years, she and her team churned out more than 100 new designs. “Today, we’re doing as much business in Holly Hunt furniture as we were doing in 2009 with Hunt and Liaigre combined,” she says. The other ingredient in her secret sauce is sheer work. Hunt sleeps only five hours a night and keeps herself from getting sick or exhausted with a very regimented diet: no processed or carb-heavy food ever and very little red meat or wine. (“Wine is too acidic,” she says. “But lemons and limes are great for you because they turn to a base when you put them inside.”) Hunt is busy, tough and very disciplined, but she says, “I’ve always been like that. In high school, I did everything — sports, art. I made my own clothes. I made my own patterns. That’s just me.”

eye on international Holly Hunt has her sights set on selling abroad.

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A Discussion with Holly Hunt Artful Living: You’ve long been in favor of a European model in high-end furniture showrooms. Holly Hunt: Yes, this is what’s happening in France, in England, pretty much across Europe: Designers get a 20-percent discount, but there’s no such thing as trade-only showrooms. More and more, anybody can shop. AL: How does that work with custom furniture? HH: If you have time and money, the ideal is to have two separate lines. It’s very hard to do made-to-order with retail clients. People who are buying retail don’t understand the custom stuff, they really don’t. They buy what’s on the floor. AL: What about designers? HH: It’s not hurting the designer business any. It’s just making it more available to the public. Actually, it drives people to hire designers. That person goes in and says to herself, “I’m spending a lot of money, and I’m not sure what I’m getting here. I might as well hire a designer.” AL: So how should designers charge? HH: For me, the big thing is transparency across the board. No more secrets, no more being coy about what things cost. You say, here’s what it costs, here’s the freight, and I’m charging you plus 20 percent or plus 30 percent. Or 10 percent plus a design fee. Or I’m charging you an hourly fee. There are many ways to do it. But the client knows exactly what the cost of the product is versus what the cost of the design is. My thing is, if you’re using a client’s money, the client has every right to know. And I guarantee you that in New York, no one is buying something that they don’t know exactly what the cost is. Now they may be paying 40 percent over, if the designer’s worth it, but they know it. AL: I don’t think there’s a single trade showroom in Minneapolis that’s switched from trade-only. HH: Minneapolis might be one of the last places. I would say it’s about 50-50 in Chicago. On the coasts, it’s moving very fast in that direction. It’s harder in the South, because the designers have the keys to the kingdom, so to speak. AL: When do you predict trade-only showrooms will be completely a thing of the past? HH: It’s a gradual thing. It’s been changing for the past 15 years, but it’s not like the Internet, where — boom — we’re using FedEx one day and the next we’re sending emails. AL: Why haven’t you switched your showrooms? HH: We’re working on it, but there’s more to it than you might think. Right now, we’re building a forward platform online, where people can order furniture, approve samples, the whole thing. It’s going to save a ton in time, waste and paper stacks. But in order to get there, we’ve got to get all of our suppliers online first. So it’s a huge, huge program for us. I call it our quantum leap. AL: When will you be ready for the switch? HH: I would say first or second quarter next year.

“Beautiful designs make for beautiful business. For me, it’s always the product first, never the money.” — HOLLY HUNT

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AL: I want to ask you about Christian Liaigre. You said in an interview last summer that the split between the two of you ended up being a positive. HH: Yes, it forced us to get serious about own our furniture, to really flesh out the collection. But more than that, I was paying him a 10-percent-of-sale royalty, which was outrageous. Now if I’m bringing in a designer, I pay 5 percent. So sometimes out of crisis come good things. AL: Have you seen him since the break? HH: I have not seen him. AL: I know you had several pieces of his. I read you had one of his beds in your Paris apartment… HH: That’s gone. AL: I wondered. HH: I kept a few pieces, of course I did. But not a whole lot. AL: Was it sudden? HH: No. He’d been trying to sell his company for three to four years and had not been successful. And he would always almost sell it and then he would change his mind. Then when he sold it, I was not surprised. They came to me and wanted me to be a partner. But the partner deal was they wanted me to rep them and pay me 25 percent to rep him. Well, I demurred on that, and they said, “Well, you don’t own those factories; we’re going to take them over.” And I said, “That’s not very nice.” Anyway, after much ado, I said anybody who wants to stay and make for Christian can do that, that’s fine. I will not do business with you anymore; I will do business with people who are loyal. AL: How quickly did it all transpire? HH: It took them about a year to decide what they were going to do. Then we had another year after they announced “OK, we’re not going to work with you.” So we had a year to sell, and then we had six months to get rid of the samples. And then after some month in 2010, we couldn’t sell it anymore, so I wound up with some product I couldn’t sell. AL: It sounds like a breakup of a marriage, so intimate and personal. HH: It was a marriage of sorts, but we had separate bedrooms. But yes, business is very personal. Did you see what he said in the Wall Street Journal? AL: When he said your showrooms were “too American”? HH: The paper used the word “vast.” That word vast is not very nice. It means mass-market. But listen, I believe strongly in taking the high road. Even at the time, I said, “It’s what you do, not what you say that counts.” I said, “We went head-forward, we’re going to design our way out of this.” And that’s exactly what we did. AL: Do you feel like Ralph Rucci is your new Christian Liaigre? HH: It will not be Ralph. No, no. It will be what we do inside. Ralph is a fabulous couture fashion designer, but furniture’s not his sweet spot.

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AL: Really? What about his Pagoda sofa that was featured in the huge spread in Architectural Digest last year? HH: Nobody bought it; we took it off the floor. No designer even took a quote on it. AL: Which do you love more: a beautifully designed business or a beautifully designed piece of furniture? HH: Beautiful designs make for beautiful business. For me, it’s always the product first, never the money. AL: What would you do if you weren’t Holly Hunt? HH: I love the art part, I love the business part. I love the people. Honestly, truly, I have no idea what else I would do. AL: So no retirement then? HH: I want to retire when I get it exactly right. So basically that means never.


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