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Publisher’s LETTER IN THIS FALL ISSUE, WE ARE GETTING READY FOR ALL the autumn event openings, the Symphony, the Opera, the Fall Antique Show, the Mill Valley Film Festival, and the once-in-the-lifetime grand opening of the Chase Center, the Warriors’ brand-new arena in San Francisco. We are so pleased to feature Warriors principal owner Joe Lacob and his wife Nicole as our cover story this issue. Nicole is also the cochair of the San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala, a double celebration! The Chase Center opening will take place on September 6 with a historic concert of San Francisco Symphony performing with our beloved local rock band, Metallica. It is a repeat performance of the Grammy Award-winning concert they collaborated on 20 years ago. Our exclusive cover story takes you behind the scene of Chase Center and tells the inside story how Joe and Nicole followed and accomplished their dreams and gave back to the community. Joe promised, “We might not always win the NBA championship, but we will always be here for our community.” We have a close-up interview with San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala co-chairs Rachael Bowman and Nicole Lacob on the celebration of Michael Tilson Thomas’ 25th and final season as music director for the 2019-20 program. Rachael and Nicole shared with us their spectacular Opening Night Gala plans and how the proceeds will benefit the Symphony’s myriad artistic community and education programs. We take you to the 69th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, another fabulous and long-running community charity event. This event has grown to be one of the most significant luxury motorcar events in the world, along with the Motorsports Gathering at The Quail, now in its 17th year. The Pebble Beach and Monterey Car Week events feature some of the world’s rarest and most exquisite OLIVIA HSU DECKER OWNER/PUBLISHER Keep up with us digitally at Here you’ll find daily postings of San Francisco Bay Area stories.

vintage automobiles. The festivities also include launches of new cars and exhibit innovative concept cars that inspire our imaginations on the road. This year, there is so much to celebrate: we covered the 100 years of Bentley Motors, the 25th anniversary of the McLaren F1, and the 110th Anniversary of Buggati. We also recapture the highlights of Festival Napa Valley’s ten best days of summer to share with you the music, the wine, the food, and the generous and gracious hospitality of Napa Valley vintners and community. A big bravo goes to the Arts for All Gala that raised $2.6 million this year for Napa Valley music and arts education programs. Last but not least, I would like to introduce our new managing editor, Teresa Rodriguez, who debuts in this issue. Teresa is no stranger to the magazine, as she has been our major contributor. Teresa and I would like to thank our readers for your support that inspires us to strive for a better magazine in every issue. A big toast to Luxury Lifestyle with Purpose!


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The Symphony’s upcoming season of events


Meet the Syphony’s Opening Night Gala coChairs, Nicole Lacob & Rachael Bowman

Take a voyage to Prague where we uncover new flavors


A sneak peek into the Mill Valley Film Festival



Recapture the 10 Best Days of Festival Napa Valley




Explore Lake Tahoe, the playground for the adventurous who love luxury

Welcome our new managing editor, Teresa Rodriguez


Why Singapore is the world’s hottest place for cocktails

Your guide to autumn’s best galas, parties,and fundraisers


Shop and stroll through the historic alleys in Jackson Square

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Box bags, Gianvito Rossi, and Gucci



Joe and Nicole Lacob give us a glimpse into Chase Center as well as their past and future



Highlights of Pebble Beach Auto Events


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Olivia Decker with Sir Michael Kadoorie, owner of the Best of Show Bentley

Best of the Show 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer



Highlights of 2019


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PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE Founded in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the luxury car world’s

nial of Bentley may have played a role in this award,” he said, “but the 8 Litre

biggest annual gathering showcasing collector cars, the racing greats, special

is the ultimate W. O. Bentley–era automobile. This is the car that represents

classes and displays of dream cars, and concept cars. In recent years, the event

Bentley at its finest, and I have been very fortunate to have a car that has this

has also emphasized the importance of preservation.

elegance and finish, and that the Pebble Beach Concours feels is worthy.”

On August 18, the 69th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance concluded its

Sir Michael hoped and imagined W. O. Bentley was looking down on the

2019 historic automobile competition featuring 216 classic cars from 17 coun-

18th fairway at Pebble Beach, feeling proud of his accomplishment and his

tries and 31 states. Participants dubbed the event as the pinnacle of the auto-

company’s centennial celebration. “This is a high I have not known before,” he

motive dream.


The prestigious Best of Show award was presented to the elegant 1931 Bent-

“This Bentley exudes strength and confidence, and that translates into el-

ley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer owned by the Honorable Sir Michael

egance,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Yes, this is a fast, strong,

Kadoorie, the chairman of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited and

sturdy car, but it also has perfect proportions, a stunning stance, and a bold-

Peninsula Hotels Group.

ness that draws you to it. When you drive it, it does everything you ask of it.”



Sir Michael expressed his gratitude for the award and the car. “The centen-

Arturo Keller’s 1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Pourtout Aerodynamic Coupe

A vintner circle dinner at Eleven Eleven Winery at the 2015 festival

24 vintage Bentley celebrating 100th anniversary 11 of Bentley Motors.

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Adrian Hallmark, CEO of Bentley Motors at celebration of 100th anniversary

Among other participating motorcars for Best of Show this year were a line-up of amazing classic cars from 1900s to 1960s, including Richard and Melanie Lundquist’s 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Figoni & FalaschiTeardrop Cabriolet; David F. MacNeil’s 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Coupé; and Arturo Keller’s 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Erdmann & Rossi Special Cabriolet. This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance raised more than $2 million for charity. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these funds will benefit more than 80 local charities, impacting the lives of more than 10,000 children annually in Monterey County. Jay Leno, comedian and former TV host of the Tonight Show and host of Jay Leno’s Garage, led the charity drawing during the Concours Awards Ceremony. He raised more than $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County by offering tours of his garage at $3,000 per person. He has now raised more Bentley concept electric car interior

than $800,000 for Concours charities. Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, had total sales of $76,824,740 during the 2-day auction. The top sales were the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider which sold for $9,905,000; the 1975 Ferrari 312T which fetched $6,000,000; the 1931 Studebaker Special Indy Car which set a new auction world record at $1,105,000; and the 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Coupe which hammered in at $2,755,000. Of 140 lots, 108 were sold at an amazing average price of $711,340 per car! THE QUAIL MOTORSPORTS GATHERING The Quail Motorsports Gathering, organized by The Peninsula Signature Events, took place on August 16. Attended by over 6,000 car enthusiasts from around the world, the 17th annual automotive lifestyle event showcased more than 250 motorcars from luxury automotive brands, presented two “Fireside Chats” with 2015 World Endurance Champion Mark Webber and moderated by Philip Kadoorie, automotive influencer Alex Hirschi (a.k.a. “Supercar Blondie), and auto journalist Hannah Elliott. The event featured six gourmet

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2019 Best of Show

pavilions inspired by famous roads around the world and catered by Componere Fine Catering. Event proceeds supported local charities, including Ran-


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cho Cielo Youth Campus, The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, Califor-

in 2017, a beautiful futuristic all electric concept car was exhibited at The Quail

nia Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps,

and Concours this year and there is a plan for production of electric hybrid cars.

and the North Monterey County High School March Band.

The icing on the cake of this celebration came the next day when an elegant

The Gathering has 11 classes, and the Rolex Best of Show was awarded to the

1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney Nutting Sports Tourer was awarded Best of Show

1931 Strutz 32 Convertible Victoria by Le Baron.

at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.



In 1919, W.O. Bentley summarized his company’s mission in a single line: “to

Bugatti, the French manufacturer of hyper sports cars celebrated building ex-

build a fast car, a good car, the best in its class.” That mission created a century

ceptionally powerful race cars for 110 years with the new, special-edition Cen-

of extraordinary engineering, classic design, and quality.

todieci. “With the Centodieci, we pay homage to the EB110 super sports car,

Fast forward 100 years later. Adrian Hallmark, CEO of Bentley Motors Lim-

which was built in the 1990s and is very much a part of our tradition-steeped

ited and Christophe Georges, President & CEO of Bentley Motors Americas,

history. We are proud of our long Bugatti history, of which the EB110 is very

invited over 500 guests for a grand centennial celebration on August 17 at The

much a part. That’s why we’re celebrating a reinterpretation of this extraordi-

Beach Club at Pebble Beach where a brand new model of the Flying Spur was

nary vehicle with the Centodieci—Italian for 110,” says Stephan Winkelmann,

unveiled by the pool overlooking the ocean.

President of Bugatti. “With the EB110, Bugatti catapulted itself to the top of the

At the same time, a fleet of 23 vintage Bentleys from 1919 to 1930s were

automotive world once again after 1956 with a new model.”

exhibited at both The Quail and The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Some

Achim Anscheidt, Head Designer at Bugatti, created a sportier and more ex-

of them were veterans of the Le Mans 24 Races. which Bentley won from 1924

treme shape in Centodieci than in the Bugatti Chiron and Divo. Elegant and

to 1930.

timeless like La Voiture Noire, it is a one-of-a-kind Bugatti for the brand’s en-

Despite being a 100-year old classic motorcar builder, Bentley has innovated

thusiasts. Winkelmann unveiled the Centodieci at The Quail on August 16 and

its models and elevated the customers experience to new heights with a global

proudly announced only 10 cars will be made. They were already pre-sold at

sale of over 11,000 cars per year. A new Bentley SUV Bentayga was introduced

price tag of 8 million euros per car!

1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet won First in Class in the American Classic open category

Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti, unveiled new 13 Centodieci to celebrate the 110th Anniversary

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Rolls Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos delivered the Fux Orange Cullinan at The Quail

Collection Cars at Rolls Royce villa Casa Ladera, Pebble Beach

NBA player Tobias Harris with CEO of Rolls Royce Torsten Muller-Otvos


hold multiple events each year to sustain the center and entertain the children.

At The Quail on Friday, Rolls Royce delivered a bespoke SUV Cullinan in “Fux

The colorful collection of cars is used at fundraisers to raise money to benefit

Orange” to collector and philanthropist Michael Fux. Torsten Müller-Ötvös,

those in need.

CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, unveiled the stunning machine and shared:

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has dozens of colors reserved for numerous clients

“Michael is a true patron of our Rolls-Royce Bespoke artistry. He has continu-

around the globe. Among the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars he has commissioned,

ally brought us color challenges ranging from exterior finishes to perfect color

Mr. Fux now ‘owns’ ten bespoke colors, more than any other patron of the

matching for a variety of materials throughout his creations. For more than a

brand. Bespoke colors can only be used by, or with, the permission of the client.

decade, my team has never failed to deliver for him and the brand. He has cre-

While hosting the Collection Car event at Rolls Royce’new villa Casa Ladera

ated a collection of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars that will grace the lawn of Pebble

on Saturday, Müller-Ötvös proudly told Haute Living: “The new SUV Culli-

Beach and Concours around the world for the next century.”

nan has exceeded expectations worldwide. It earned the brand many new and

Mr. Fux’s Rolls-Royce cars are the highlight of his collection, including more

young customers. When Cullinan debuted early this year, we under-promised,

than 150 of the world’s most unique and colorful motor cars. Arriving in the

and now we are confident to say we over-delivered. The Cullinan is indeed the

United States a young Cuban immigrant, Mr. Fux built a series of successful

Rolls Royce of the SUVs! The response has been overwhelming, and new sale

businesses in the bedding and linen industry. Today, he strives to give some-

orders are running seven to eight months waiting time.” A good testimony come

thing back to the communities in which he has worked. Since establishing Mi-

from 27-year old NBA player Tobias Harris who purchased a Cullinan at the

chael Fux Foundation in 2006, he has donated millions of dollars to enrich the

event and beamed from ear to ear as he invested in the Collection Car, getting

lives of children stricken with serious illnesses. In addition to building the Fux

immediate gratification and cutting short that waiting list. All 13 of the Collec-

Family Center at the Miami Children’s Hospital, Mr. Fux and his wife Gloria

tion Cars were sold, including four Cullinans during the Pebble Beach events.


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MCLAREN CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF BUILDING RACE CARS New Zealand native Bruce McLaren started his F-1 and F-2 racing career in the late 1950s, and he started building race cars 25 years ago, with GT (grand tour) models for both race track driving and lifestyle driving. The newest 570 S GT 4 was introduced during Pebble Beach auto week and will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019. It has McLaren’s signature, super sporty design, reduced cabin noise, luxury soft leather like the Rolls Royce Ghost, and carbon body. It’s engineered for extensive driver engagement. At a base price of $210,000, this is the ultimate luxury racing car.

McLaren 570 GT 4 at McLaren event at Bernardus Carmel Valley

McLaren 720 S at McLaren event at Bernardus Carmel Valley.


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Field chef Radeck Kašpárek. Courtesy of Field Prague.


Fresh flavors and world-class chefs emerge from this historic town


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Field Prague. Courtesy of Field Prague.

Field Prague’s pike perch, kohlrabi, horseradish, and quinoa. Copyright Virginia Miller.

Field’s trout, rabbit, turmeric, and tomato. Courtesy of Field Prague.

SPECTACULARLY PRESERVED PRAGUE KNOWS NO SHORTage of stunning architecture, as one of the rare cities escaping much of the WWII devastation that swept Europe. It has lagged behind other European cities in dining, reflected in only two 1-star Michelin restaurants (La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise and Field), and its restaurants that often feel datFIELD CHEF RADECK KAŠPÁREK—COURTESY OF FIELD PRAGUE

ed. But Prague’s growing food scene is on the verge, even as the country’s wines, produced mainly in Bohemia and southern Moravia, are unsung and delicious. Aforementioned Field has a Michelin star, but it could easily grow to two. Its minimalist-chic dining room is the backdrop for tasting menus employing Scandinavian and French elements and serving rich courses like snails in parsnip puree, garlic, and bacon broth. Czech chef Radek Kašpárek drives the unique with lamb tartare in ball form covered in shaved gouda or goose liver accented with berries, peanuts, and tonka bean. Taro is an exciting sign of where the city is going. While Europe’s Asian populations are minimal compared to the States’, it’s a pleasant surprise to find a small but lively Vietnamese com-

Tacos de carnitas

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Casa De Carli.. Courtesy of Casa De Carli .

munity here. Czech-born Vietnamese brothers Giang and chef Khanh Ta bring bright

Housed in a huge warehouse, Eska has been making waves since opening in

Southeast Asian flavors in non-traditional Vietnamese food fascinatingly interpreted

2015, akin to hipster pioneers in San Francisco or London with daily changing

via an Eastern European lens. Single counter dining wraps around the kitchen in

menus, house-baked goods, casual service, and local ingredients. Dishes can be

full view of Khanh’s team preparing vibrant dishes like kohlrabi root filled with lem-

hit-and-miss, though service is friendly and the wine list tight. Likewise, dated

ongrass cashew paste and dotted with pickled mango, fish sauce, chia seeds, and

decor and plating at V Zátiši sets back what otherwise could be a refined Czech-


Indian menu. Simple (cauliflower-apple-curry soup) or Czech dishes (pike perch

But what of traditional Czech food? It’s hard to top Kuchyn, opened in 2018, next to Prague Castle and tourist throngs. Hidden inside the 1811 Salm Palace (now part

filet with lentils, fennel puree, and dill-infused buttermilk) fare better than Indian dishes, which lack the soul of the best in India, London, or beyond.

of the National Gallery), the farmhouse dining room and picnic table-lined patio with

Some of the city’s gems appear straightforward, but delight, like the gracious

its spectacular views deliver the moment you “get” Czech food. Kuchyn offers a rus-

service, elegant Italian food, and Italian spirits selection at Casa De Carli, or

tic, soulful meal of gourmet excellence and quality ingredients. The staff guides you

tiny, pricey Zdenek’s Oyster Bar, an oasis for creative seafood, such as Breton

to the kitchen stove where you lift lids to decide what you want to eat from what’s

oysters dotted with kimchi aioli and seaweed or sea urchin in marsh nettle foam

being cooked that day. Think rabbit in mustard sauce, paprika chicken, pork schnit-

and hazelnut oil.

zel, Czech goulash, hearty dumplings, or the best potato cakes of your life. You’ll feel nurtured, forever craving Czech food you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Prague is a city on the rise, combining cultures in previously unexplored ways, and returning to its roots with understated pride.


Spectacularly preserved Prague knows no shortage of stunning architecture, as one of the rare cities escaping much of the WWII devastation that swept Europe.


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Taro interior. Courtesy of Taro Prague.

Taro Prague kohlrabi root dish. Photo Credit: Vojtech Tesarek


Casa De Carli Prague pasta. Courtesy of Casa De Carli.

Taro Prague Executive Chef Khanh. Photo Credit: Vojtech Tesarek.


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ATLAS Martini

Why the city-state of Singapore is one of Asia’s most exciting bar and cocktail scenes MODERN, CLEAN, SAFE, LINED WITH ENDLESS MALLS…WHAT YOU’VE HEARD

and experimental.


about Singapore is true. But what surprises are narrow streets of colorful colonial architecture and traditional shophouses contrasting against highrises. Or famed

The great Atlas is rightly the city’s most famed bar with over 1,000 gins, hun-

hawker stalls where cooks perfect one dish over decades. Most of all, it’s the friend-

dreds of other spirits and champagnes, dramatic Art Deco design, and towering

ly, mannered, gentle people.

bar. Photos do not do it justice. Nearing 20 years old, the space looks like it was transplanted from NYC in the 1920s. Bar manager Jesse Vida came from NYC (by

Then there are the cocktails. Somewhere between Japan’s elegant perfection and Hong Kong’s hip bars, Singapore brings experimentation, precision, and fun

way of San Francisco, where he got his start) to craft elegant cocktails that go well beyond gin.

in what is arguably Asia’s most vibrant cocktail scene. Early players like Manhattan—a hotel bar with warm service and a menu that walks through centuries of

Native is one of the most unique bars anywhere, serving only Asia-produced

American cocktail history—forge a cocktail path in a town that runs both classic

spirits, theming cocktails around traditional Singaporean dishes and local ingredi-


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HauteDRINKS ents, like curry leaves, candelnut, oyster shells, and even weaver ants in their infamous ant cocktail. Vijay Mudaliar and team forage and focus on environmental practices in all aspects of decor and process, making this one of the great bars in Asia. Bitters and Love is loud, festive, and packed Gibson’s Guava Highball Singapore —courtesy of Gibson

with locals. The dimly lit bar blasts Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys as they convert Singaporean classics like Kaya toast into cocktail form (with toast on top). Also keeping it fun,

The Other Room boasts a wall of house-infused spirits, vintage cocktails of mostly 1960s–1970s spirits, and crushable variations on cocktail classics—all with a gay-friendly party vibe and tunes ranging from disco to funk.

Modern, clean, safe, lined with endless malls … what you’ve heard about Singapore is true. But what surprises are narrow streets of colorful colonial architecture and traditional shophouses contrasting against highrises. From the Japanese crew behind pricey bar D.Bespoke, RPM is their relaxed sister bar focused on vinyl and shochu. Think fizzes, refined shochu cocktails, walls of records, and a vintage stereo system. Like many Singapore bars, including Native, IBHQ distills its own spirits in-house, offering tasting flights of mini-cocktails and an intimate, neighborhood bar vibe. Husband-wife powerhouse Indra Kantono and Gan Guoyi co-founded one ATLAS Head Bartender Jesse Vida


of Singapore’s pioneering cocktail bars, Jigger & Pony, back in 2012. Moving to a new, retro-chic location in 2018, their artistic magazine-as-menu lists balance delights like the mango hazelnut daiquiri. They also run the unpretentious cocktail geek haven, Gibson, serving pitch-perfect cocktails, like a delicate guava highball (tequila, Malaysian white guava, salt, ulam raja). Caffe Fernet is their ode to Italy in food, spritzes, and amari cocktails on the Marina Bay with full view of the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Hemmingway-themed Old Man Singapore is sister to the original in Hong Kong, an elegant respite of a bar serving refined cocktails that tribute Hemmingway and local ingredients, like a twist on Death in the Afternoon with absinthe, sparkling wine, coco-pandan yogurt, and nutmeg. Singapore proves itself a growing destination for cocktail lovers and is easily one of Asia’s drink epicenters.


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Slow shopping in this historic neighborhood district features exquisite, handcrafted merchandise THE STRIKING SILHOUETTE OF THE FUTURIST TRANSAMERICA PYRAMID stands in stark contrast to adjacent Jackson Square. In this historic mini-neighborhood, narrow, tree-lined streets and low-rise brick structures with cast iron shutters define the look of a district with a distinctive Gold Rush heritage. It’s a stylish, fortunate corner of San Francisco that survived the great earthquake and fire of 1906. Come with time on your hands. A handful of pretty streets defines Jackson Square as the slow shopping district for those who prefer craftsmanship to online shopping carts. This is a place for doorbells, polite greetings, and conversations with the makers of specialty items from ateliers. Admire hand-sewn leather shoes, pure cashmere jackets, hand-assembled bicycles, contemporary furniture, and more on display in inspiring, light-filled interiors. In Hotaling Place, a brass plaque pays tribute to the West Coast’s largest liquor repository, circa 1866. Notice the horse head hitching posts, a throwback to the original stables lining the alleyway that’s now home to Allbirds’ flagship store for the popular brand of environmentally friendly footwear. A centerpiece of Jackson Square since 1980, Foster-Gwin is a refined 3,000-squarefoot Hotaling Place gallery specializing in 16th, 17th, and 18th century Continental furniture, tapestries, and works of art. View carefully edited pieces of outstanding quality, including Greco-Roman antiquities beside examples of the best artists from the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionim, all housed in a restored mid-19th century stable. Made in America bicycles, watches, leather goods, turntables, and speakers are among the best sellers at Shinola, an independent, Detroit-based company founded in 2011. Three years later, their leather factory was moved in-house. Today Shinola operates 30 stores coast-to-coast, including this good looking one in Hotaling Place. Creating a light, feminine aesthetic for their West Coast expansion was the objective of Nikki and Simone Zimmermann, the talented sisters behind the Australian fashion brand that bears their surname. Newcomers to Jackson Street, they present designer clothing collections to fill the stunning space where rooms flow just like the flouncy skirts on their floral frocks. Jackson Street has yet more from Australian siblings. FEIT (pronounced “fight”)

Jackson Sqaure old & new

Handmade shoes at Feit


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Lan Jaenicke

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founders Tull and Josh Price have reimagined shoes and the traditional shoe store. There’s a focus on quality over quantity and something zen-like about the relationship between seating, service, storage, and display on a blonde plank of wood. It’s the perfect minimalist backdrop for vegetable tanned leather shoes made entirely by hand using simple, Old World construction, each signed by the maker. Love Danish design? Fritz Hansen has been a leading name in quality furniture production since 1872. Using pure, clean lines and a lighter approach, functional Nordic pieces like the Egg, Swan, Series 7, and PK22, these classic items have become furniture icons around the world. The Republic of Fritz Hansen on Jackson Street is the company’s concept store. Notice the wonderful scent when setting foot inside Atelier Lan Jaenicke. The signature line of luxury women’s wear features great minimalist design. Precisely tailored and perfectly arranged, the contrast of an emerald green cashmere top displayed against period brick walls whispers tasteful elegance that’s the hallmark of Jackson Square shopping. Shinola

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Here are the summer’s best happenings. You won’t want to miss these food, wine, music, and arts events. By Laurie Jo Miller Farr Photo by Drew Altizer

4 Opening Night Gala at San Francisco Symphony This year’s gala opens a landmark season celebrating the incredible 25-year legacy of Michael Tilson Thomas as conductor and music director of the San Francisco Symphony. From the pre-concert sparkling wine promenade to the one-of-a-kind concert to the bombastic after-party, create San Francisco history while toasting the arts in style. 6 Opera Ball 2019 To celebrate the start of San Francisco Opera’s 97th season, Opening Night is a special evening of Romeo and Juliet. Celebrate with a spectacular opera performance, plus an elegant cocktail reception, a sumptuous seated dinner, and dancing into the wee hours. 6 Metallica with San Francisco Symphony Twenty years ago, Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony made history with a legendary performance of

the S&M album. This legendary partnership returns to mark the Grand Opening Concert of the spectacular new Chase Center.

Opera Ball Opening Reception

11 Wente Vineyards Summer Concert Series The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mindblowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, winning four Grammy Awards. Mercedes Benz is the official sponsor of the outdoor concert and dinner series set in a natural amphitheater. 13 and 15 Farewell Yellow Brick Road The “goodbye” in Elton John’s yellow brick road becomes “farewell” when the remarkable Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer takes to the Chase Center stage for two nights. An indelible legacy in classic rock history, the acclaimed performer is live in a glorious send-off to a hugely successful, legendary career.




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19 Bone Bash Gala With Sharon Seto returning as event chair, this year will be more fabulous, more fun, more spectacular. Be ready for an elegant evening reminiscent of centuries-old masquerade balls with guests donning their Venetian masks to enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions, and honoree presentations at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco on Saturday, October 19. After the main program, revelers are invited to Casino Mystique where the party continues with casino games and dancing until the clock strikes midnight.

27 Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch Live Fire Guest Chef Series Some of the world’s acclaimed chefs join Executive Chef Stephen Barber and his culinary team as they roast, smoke, and sear a family-style feast over the outdoor fire pit. The season’s final event in St. Helena features guest chef Howard Hanna of The Reiger in Kansas City.

20 Sunset Cinema in Napa Charles Krug Winery collaborates with the Napa Valley Film Festival for the second annual Sunset Cinema 2019. Gather on the picturesque Great Lawn at the historic estate for gourmet pizza, signature wines, and live music from Piper Hays followed by an evening screening of Summer 03 and Q&A with film director Becca Gleason.

3-6 The San Francisco Fall Show The West Coast’s oldest and most prestigious international art and antiques show turns 38 this year. Opening Night Preview Gala features live music, buffets, caviar and vodka bars, flowing champagne and the first glimpse of the best art and antiques from around the world, all available for purchase. Six prominent speakers headline the expert lecture series.

24 - 25 The Mountain Winery Concert Series Hello, 1969. Fifty years later, Earth, Wind & Fire is still hot. With a remarkable portfolio of 23 albums, their signature sound earned more than 50 gold and platinum albums. EWF is among the best-selling musical artists of the past five decades. Make it dinner and a show at the historic winery in Saratoga.


3 - 13 Mill Valley Film Festival Presented by the California Film Institute, the 42nd Annual Mill Valley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent and world cinema. Founded in 1978, the event has established an impressive track record for launching new films and filmmakers. 6 - 14 Fleet Week The U.S. Navy’s 6-jet demonstration precision flying team returns in a tradition that began in 1981. The Blue Angels F-18 Hornets thundering air shows are supplemented by a Parade of Ships and Visiting Ship Tours. Best views are from The VIP Flight Deck Club, Premium Box Seats and Private Chalets lining the waterfront at Marina Green.

5 Golden State Warriors vs. LA Lakers The very first preseason game at the brand new Chase Center means that basketball is back. The Golden State Warriors host their longtime division rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, in a star-studded matchup between two of California’s finest teams. Fall Arts & Antiques Show


Symphony Gala After Party

Arthritis Bone Bash

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The exciting calendar of events for the upcoming season showcases Michael Tilson Thomas’ final season

SEPTEMBER 4—OPENING NIGHT GALA The spectacular celebration of MTT’s 25th and final season as Music Director of the SF Symphony will be one for the ages. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of San Francisco history as we honor MTT’s legacy and toast the arts in style, Sep 4.

SEPTEMBER 12-15—MTT & MAHLER 6 MTT opens his final season as Music Director with the work that started our love affair with Mahler. Experience the fury and relentless searching of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, a work imbued with impassioned expression, inspired melodies, and tragic vision. Hear this masterwork, Sep 12-15.

SEPTEMBER 19-22—MTT & TRIFONOV: RACHMANINOFF & JOHN ADAMS MTT leads the Orchestra in the world premiere of a new work by one of America’s most celebrated living composers, John Adams. Then, experience Russian virtuoso Daniil Trifonov tackle Rachmaninoff’s athletic Fourth Piano Concerto, a work inspired by Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Sep 19-22.

JANUARY 9-12, MTT—LOVE & LYRICISM Love’s anguish finds its voice in Mahler’s settings of the classic folk poems Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Also on the program, the world premiere of MTT’s Rilke Songs, a six-part song cycle based on lyric poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, featuring Artist-in-Residence mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and gorgeously resonant bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, Jan 9-12.

SEPTEMBER 26-28—MTT, STRAVINSKY, & HAYDN MTT connects reformed bad boy Stravinsky with Haydn, the paragon of eighteenth-century Classicism. The Grammy award-winning SFS Chorus joins MTT and the Orchestra in Stravinsky’s kaleidoscopic choral masterpiece, Symphony of Psalms. Then, Oliver Herbert—an alumnus of the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra—performs Haydn’s brilliant and beautiful Cello Concerto No. 2, Sep 26-28.

JANUARY 16-18—MTT & EMANUEL AX: BEETHOVEN & JULIA WOLFE In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the legendary Emanuel Ax performs one of the composer’s earliest-known works, his Piano Concerto No. 2. Then, experience Berg’s spellbinding Three Pieces for Orchestra, along with the West Coast premiere of Fountain of Youth, an SFS Co-commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe, Jan 16-18.


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The selections below are sure to thrill, inspire and open your world to the greatness of Michael Tilson Thomas. Under his divine leadership MTT displays an array of collections from the inception of his early days with the SFS and concludes with victorious scores summarizing his tenure. Welcome to season 2019-2020!

MARCH 12-14—MTT, CAPUÇON, SHOSTAKOVICH, & STRAVINSKY MTT conducts his 2012 composition Lope, a whimsical piece about walking the dog—from the dog’s perspective—along with Stravinsky’s landmark ballet The Firebird. Also on the program, the SF Symphony joins with fiery virtuoso Gautier Capuçon in Shostakovich’s profound, percussive, and potent Cello Concerto No. 2, Mar 12-14.

JUNE 4-6—MTT & ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER Part of a year-long celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, experience the composer’s one-and-only Violin Concerto performed with the dazzling virtuosity of Artist-in-Residence Anne-Sophie Mutter. Schubert’s hauntingly beautiful Unfinished Symphony opens the program, followed by the revolutionary composer Arnold Schoenberg’s boundary-blurring Five Pieces for Orchestra, Jun 4-6.

JUNE 11, 13, 15—MTT & WAGNER’S THE FLYING DUTCHMAN MTT stirs up a tempest with the SF Symphony, our phenomenal Chorus, and a superstar cast of the great Wagnerian singers of our time. Experience the vast soundscape of Wagner’s musical maritime drama The Flying Dutchman in a semi-staged spectacular that features original set design and costuming, Jun 11, 13, 15.

Michael Tilson Thomas and Joshua Robison

Artist-in-Residence Sasha Cook

JUNE 18 & 20-21—MTT, SHAHAM, & SHOSTAKOVICH MTT leads a program of electrifying emotion, from Shostakovich’s mighty Fifth Symphony to Barber’s romantic Violin Concerto, performed by San Francisco favorite, Gil Shaham. The program opens with a suite from the landmark motion picture Altered States, a sensory-altering film scored by Pulitzer- and Grammy award-winning composer John Corigliano, Jun 18, 20-21.

JUNE 25-28—MTT: MAHLER’S SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND After 25 years, a historic chapter in music draws to a close as MTT conducts his final concerts as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. Join MTT, the SF Symphony, Chorus, and an all-star cast of soloists in this celebratory victory lap through Mahler’s mind-blowing sonic masterpiece, nicknamed Symphony of a Thousand, Jun 25-28.


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Artist-in-Residence Anne-Sophie Mutter

Artist-in-Residence Julia Bullock


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FEATURE A melodious buzz fills the air. The red carpet proudly welcomes a much-antici-

Both Rachael and Nicole profess deep regard for the opportunities presented

pated night of tribute, brilliance, and honor. An evening of epic proportions awaits

to children through education, specifically musical education, which can brighten,

as San Francisco celebrates its 25th and final season with our beloved music direc-

empower, and boost a child in receiving the many gifts that music brings to one’s

tor, Michael Tilson Thomas, in what promises to be a magically historic evening for


all in attendance.

The connection among friendships and philanthropists alike will surround this

In 1994, Musical Director Michael Tilson Thomas took the stage, and 25 years

historic evening with a euphoric feeling that San Francisco has never seen before.

later, the San Francisco Symphony celebrates his legacy: his impressive mark on

In the spirit of their involvement, Rachael and Nicole share beautiful words with

the music scene in the Bay Area and around the world. On September 4, 2019,

Haute Living. Nicole expands upon her devotion and dedication to this year’s gala:

the Symphony’s opening night gala kicks off the symphonic season in grand style,

“I first got involved with the Symphony through their Black and White Ball.

honoring MTT and his husband, Joshua. Praising the legend we all know and love,

Since then, Rachael and I have attended many opening nights together. Educa-

Thomas will conclude his final season with SFS in noble fashion. After 25 glorious

tion is a cause that is very close to my heart, and we both support the Symphony’s

years, his tenure has brought global fame and recognition in creating one of the

work bringing music education to schools. The Adventures in Music Program alone

greatest orchestras of artistic reputation. In his own words, MTT reflects on the

brings meaningful music learning experiences to nearly 24,000 public school chil-


dren every year. That’s something to be celebrated.”

“The opening night gala—and indeed my entire final season—is about celebrat-

Living a life dedicated to serving others, Nicole jumped at the chance to be co-

ing long and meaningful relationships: with the musicians in the orchestra, with

chair of this magnificent and triumphant event. Her life’s work as president of the

remarkable performers and composers, and with the warm and generous San Fran-

Warriors Community Foundation has given Nicole a natural platform to see poten-

cisco community. I love the audiences in San Francisco, both because of the many

tial and funnel inspiration towards those who need it most. When asked how music

performances we have shared together, and because this city is my home. Since

has moved her specifically, she said:

my very first encounter with the San Francisco Symphony in 1974, this city has

“Plato said music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the

embraced me and my husband Joshua in the fullest and richest sense. We are very

imagination, and life to everything. I agree. Music is the engine to my soul. It has

“THE OPENING NIGHT GALA—AND INDEED MY ENTIRE FINAL SEASON—IS ABOUT CELEBRATING LONG AND MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS: WITH THE MUSICIANS IN THE ORCHESTRA, WITH REMARKABLE PERFORMERS AND COMPOSERS, AND WITH THE WARM AND GENEROUS SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY. gala, to the two of us.” At the helm of this season’s opening gala are two remarkable women, both of whom hold classical music and philanthropy near and dear to their hearts. This

given me hope, happiness, laughter, tears; and it has inspired me.” Similarly, Rachael grew up with classical music filling in the household. Her mother signed her up for violin and piano lessons simultaneously, imparting a strong appreciation for music and the gift it can provide a child. She explained:

year’s gala chairs, Rachael Bowman and Warriors co-owner Nicole Lacob, bring

“I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was fortunate to be the child of very

forth an evening of elegance, wonder, and dramatic flair in the see-and-be-seen

progressive parents who love the arts. We attended the South Dakota Symphony

night in our city down by the bay. The co-chairs went to great lengths to personalize

every month from the time I was a small girl. My mother served as the symphony’s

the evening with playful surprises and modern décor in honor of MTT and his hus-

president there for years. She found a wonderful Suzuki violin instructor for me,

band. Dashes of MTT’s favorite color, cerulean blue, are even splashed throughout

and I enjoyed a musical upbringing playing both violin and piano.”

the evening while guests dine on an elaborate, coursed meal prepared by none other

Rachael’s deep understanding of music and its power on the psyche as well as

than McCalls Catering. Guests conclude the evening with a smashing, lively after-

the emotions it can evoke creates strong and lasting bonds with classical music that

party, done in style and taste with MTT and Joshua in mind. Much of the intimate

can be shared with our youth through the many programs the San Francisco Sym-

detailing created by Rachael and Nicole bring thoughtfulness as well as indulgence

phony supports. Rachael continues, “I was asked to sit on the Symphony’s Youth

to the evening. No detail has gone overlooked!

Orchestra Board, in 2019, when I first moved to the Bay Area. The Youth Orchestra

“Every element of the evening was planned to celebrate MTT and Joshua. The

is outstanding, and the training students receive is completely tuition-free in part

décor for the gala tent, for example, will incorporate MTT’s well-known favorite

because of fundraisers like the gala. It’s been an honor to be involved with that

color, cerulean blue. We’ve also designed the after-party to pay homage to MTT’s

program. I believe deeply that providing access to music and music education is

‘other’ home: Miami. There are definitely surprise moments planned for MTT and

essential. This belief is also at the core of the San Francisco Symphony.”

Joshua throughout the night, so you’ll have to wait and see!” Nicole Lacob shared.


touched that the San Francisco Symphony has chosen to dedicate this, my final

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FEATURE tal time and energy to the Warriors Community Foundation and various other charitable organizations throughout our Bay Area. Since the opening night gala is revered as the SFS’s largest fundraising arm for the year, the two women insisted that their combined networks come out in support of this jubilation. Drawing an influential crowd with tremendous affection for the arts, education, and the spirit that music brings to their lives, this evening lays the groundwork for the lifeline of musical opportunity in the lives of children throughout the Bay Area. “Our goal is to usher in a new generation of people to support the Symphony. We are bringing many of our friends from the peninsula to introduce them to this fabulous institution,” Rachael recounted. In their commitment to ensure the San Francisco Symphony continues its mission of educating our youth with exposure to music and community-based programs, Rachael and Nicole felt passionately committed to the lineage of musical discipline and offerings that SFS supports in our educational system. This year, the two women have brought great support from their friendships to safeguard these vital programs in our community. Proudly, the San Francisco Symphony offers a plethora of community and educational programs throughout the year and provides scholarships and countless other programs in support of youth education in the arts. In serving its home community and beyond, SFS grants access to music education for all students in San Francisco’s public elementary schools, while supporting all band and orchestra programs in our public middle schools and high schools over a 5-year contiguous period. The program continues to thrive, thanks to the generosity and colossal sup-


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port of the patrons in attendance on “Gala Night.” Being surrounded by exceptional talent, the Symphony retains its level of global prestige. With prestige comes awareness and respect: Michael Tilson Thomas has given the San Francisco Symphony much to be proud about. The stamp his legacy will leave on this city is one of historic greatness. “The San Francisco Symphony is one of the finest orchestras in the world. MTT’s visionary leadership has brought the orchestra to new heights every year for decades. The level of artistry I witness every time I attend a concert is incredible! He is truly a genius of our time. One of the best things about the Symphony is that it’s constantly innovating and looking for new ways to bring music to today’s audiences. Looking ahead to the future, we will be welcoming Esa-Pekka Salonen as the Symphony’s next music director. He’s a brilliant mind and on the cutting edge of the music scene worldwide. The future is very bright for this Symphony!” Rachael enthused. In this jovial celebration and in MTT’s final season conducting the San Francisco Symphony, we can’t help but recount his early days starting in San Francisco. With his San Francisco debut at age 29, MTT’s legacy with the SFS began in 1974, conducting Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. This was cemented by his role in becoming the full-time leader

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of a major American orchestra as the 11th music director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995. From 1995 to present, Michael Tilson Thomas formulated a vast array of ground-breaking promise through a multitude of areas, bringing rank and honor front and center into the classical music scene. Twenty-five years post, we joyously celebrate the passion and presence of MTT and his myriad of gifts to our community. In creating what Nicole describes as an “epic evening to remember,” we reflect on the musical selections: what inspired them and what prompted their selection for this year’s gala evening? Nicole tells Haute: “MTT himself chose the musical selections for opening night. They are pieces very close to his heart. The gala concert program includes pieces by American composer Aaron Copland and Bay Area composer Gordon Getty. It also includes the inspirational final movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. We’ve also planned the concert to be a cutting-edge, multi-media experience, with some surprises MTT doesn’t even know about yet!” As a parallel in the world of Nicole and husband Joe Lacob, this is a colossal year for them both with the opening of the new Chase Center. What a beautiful play on the similarities of birth and growth as

PLATO SAID MUSIC GIVES A SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE, WINGS TO THE MIND, FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION, AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING. I AGREE. MUSIC IS THE ENGINE TO MY SOUL. a new chapter for the Golden State Warriors begins and the SFS passes the torch to Esa-Pekka Salonen. Is there a word or phrase that highlights both experiences for you? Nicole replies, “At the moment, chaotic. That said, I am so grateful to be able to honor the city that I love and MTT’s 25-year commitment to bringing it such magic. I hope that Chase Center can do the same. I find it fitting that our first event at Chase Center combines the two. Poetic.” Music has a way of deeply connecting people and communities together, intertwining them without bias or judgment, that transcends us to a common space, usually free of conflict. There is no better time to experience the profound nature of this than at present. PHOTO OF ITZHAK PERLMAN COURTESY OF LISA MARIE MAZZUCCO

A mother to three boys, Rachael speaks on the significance of being co-chair and what being a leader of the gala means to her: “I’m extremely grateful and honored to have been asked this year. MTT is such a brilliant mind, and we have worked hard to plan a celebration to send him off to his next chapter. For me, this gala is about helping usher in the next generation of symphony patrons so that the children in the Bay Area will continue to have the incredible resources the Symphony provides. Especially at this time in our history, music helps connect us all. With so much strife in the world, music brings us clarity, calm, and peace of mind. My three small boys will need the Symphony for their generation.”


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Creative Director Alessandro Michele knows how to delight and excite, further emphasized by his Fall/Winter 2019 collection show during Milan Fashion Week. The looks pulled from Michele’s liking for androgynous-themed aesthetics, while a whole slew of masks—each more inventive and creative than the next—really served as the most unique and aptly chosen addition to most of the runway looks. The masks were varied, some boasting aggressive spikes, some plain, some pull-on plastic styles, and some comprised of makeup and jewelry to conceal models’ identities. Additionally, in true Gucci form, a wide range of prints, colors, textures, and materials were used for a real mix-andmatch appeal. As always, Michele brought out a slew of A-listers in the audience, including François-Henri Pinault and his wife, Salma Hayek Pinault; Andrew Garfield; Saoirse Ronan; and Jared Leto.




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When it comes to box bags, no list would be complete with the most classic of all classics, the Louis Vuitton Petite Malle. Inspired by the Maison’s signature trunks made in the early 20th century, the compact style is so versatile, wearable as a clutch with an evening ensemble for a more formal look or with the crossbody strap for a more daytime-friendly aesthetic. The magnetic closure and signature S-lock ensure your belongings are safely enclosed, while the inside flat pocket is the perfect size for cards. This is one of my most personally favorite bags—a real conversation piece that adds such an elegant touch to any outfit. The Petite Malle comes in a variety of styles: pictured here are the Vernis Monogram Embosse Noir and Monogram versions. Prices are available upon request from select Louis Vuitton stores. Call 1.866.VUITTON for inquiries, or visit the brand’s website,

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The Mandolin box bag is Ximena Kavalekas’ signature style that put her on the international fashion scene. Each bag is handmade in Italy from python skin, sustainably sourced from a python farm that protects those that are endangered. Ximena uses naturally shed skins from the protected pythons, which artisans in Italy hand-paint to give them their beautiful colors and finishes. To further her environmentally-friendly initiatives, a percentage of sales goes directly to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Foundation with the mission of protecting the environment and ecosystem for pythons. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, each Mandolin comes with a detachable strap for multi-wearability. Shop the style on the brand’s website,, or visit one of the brand’s third party retailers like Moda Operandi or Net-A-Porter.

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MARK CROSS GRACE SMALL BOX GOYARD MINAUDIERE Incredibly sophisticated and eye-catching, the Goyard Minaudiere is another very elegant and super cool style easily paired with a variety of outfits. Its extra compact sizing makes it more evening-appropriate, accommodating the bare necessities for an upscale night out on the town. A unique element for added interest and functionality is the removable, cage-like strap, which the bag fits directly into, transforming the clutch style into a cross-body bag, without the need for hooks or rings on the bag itself. Available in a variety of colors—classic colors like black and tan are priced a little lower than the special colors—some of which also include fun pops of Goyard colors on the inside lining. Visit your local boutique in Beverly Hills, Bal Harbor, or locations in New York: Maison Goyard on 63rd Street, Bergdorf Goodman’s on Fifth Avenue, and Barneys New York on Madison Avenue.

Mark Cross is one of the most recognizable names when it comes to box-style bags. The Grace bag is one of the brand’s most iconic, inspired by the overnight case that Grace Kelly wore in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, which Mark Cross created. The smaller-scaled size is gorgeous and easy to wear, with a cute and functional top handle giving it that little extra suitcase-like aesthetic. The style is available in an endless number of colors and finishes, such as smooth leather and rattan, and even some super high-end materials like alligator and python. All are made in Italy and include a detachable, matching cross-body strap, as well as gold-plated brass or palladium hardware, dependent on the selected color way. For more information or to purchase, visit the brand’s website, or via any of its third party retailers, including FWRD, Matches Fashion and My Theresa.

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luxury shoe designers when it comes to women’s footwear, each embodying its own ethos and philosophy when it comes to fashion and function. But there is something to be said about the Gianvito Rossi shoe, which somehow, oh-so-seamlessly, combines style, sexiness, and perhaps the most difficult of the three, comfort, into each and every heel. For these reasons (and so many more), Gianvito Rossi has easily become my go-to preference when it comes to buying and wearing shoes. And despite his embracing trends, he is still able to create classic styles that are timeless and elegant. Needless to say, I was thrilled at the opportunity to interview the shoe guru and discuss some of my favorite styles — the Plexi, the Gianvito 105, the Elle 105 and of course, the Portofino 105 — but also to discover more about the history of the brand, Mr. Rossi’s thoughts on the Gianvito Rossi woman, and what we can expect from him in the near future.



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My entire life I have worked in shoes, along with my father who taught me everything I know. After many years of experience, I decided to start my own line in 2006. The first collection was Spring 2007. I really wanted to differentiate my point of view on shoes and embrace my own design philosophy of modern elegance. The momentum started in Europe and then, luckily, the States appreciated my work. WHAT MAKES GIANVITO ROSSI SO SPECIAL AND DIFFERENTIATES IT FROM OTHER SHOE BRANDS?

I care a lot about quality and the way the shoe is built. I think this is something which is very important when talking about a luxury accessory. It’s necessary that the piece be a pleasure to wear, buy, touch, and look at. If not, then it’s definitely not luxury.


I decided to stay focused on shoes, because it’s my world and I really like the design aspect, as it combines two elements: one is physical and the other is architectural or structural with the shape. I think it’s very interesting and exciting to design new shoes.   WHO IS GIANVITO ROSSI FOR? 

I think the Gianvito Rossi woman is an independent, strong-minded woman who wants to express herself in a very confident way. She has a strong character, she’s very modern, and she’s very elegant. She’s not a fashion victim at all! WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE WOMAN WEARING GIANVITO ROSSI FEELS WHEN WEARING YOUR DESIGNS?

I hope that women wearing my shoes can feel like themselves, and be very confident, because it’s important for women to be strong in facing their lives every day. FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR CREATIVE INSPIRATION?

I would say it’s not always easy to say where inspiration comes from. It might be from travels, meeting people, movies or a certain sensation. There is no rule. I will say that having an input and a visual context or experience is important, and I try to immerse myself in that. DO YOU HAVE ANY MUSES?

I have many muses. It’s interesting how it changes. You have longtime relationships with people you work with and you exchange a lot of ideas. This is very important for me; but, at the same time, you meet new people and see things through a totally different lens. I do love seeing my shoes on real women. 


I am obviously very happy that a lot of celebrities choose to wear my shoes. It means a lot to me. But the most important thing is seeing that they look happy wearing the shoes. My designs are meant to highlight women—to make them feel even more beautiful. That’s the most important part and the highest result I can aim for.


I have a lot of favorite styles! One of them is a signature style I designed a few years ago—The “Vamp.” This style has a lot of my design philosophy in it, because it’s a little bootie and represents strength, but at the same time it has a deep décolleté, embodying femininity and sensuality.


There is already so much going on! We will see. My goal remains to make beautiful shoes; and what I’m looking to continue is to bring beautiful emotion and sensation to my clients.


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Film festival attendees gather at The Outdoor Art Club for an event at Mill Valley Film Festival. Photo credit: Tommy Lau

Sir Ian McKellen regales the MVFF crowd. Photo credit: Drew Altizer Photography


Lights, camera, action outside an event at the Mill Valley Film Festival

The scene at a screening after party


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FILM Mill Valley

Festival 2019, Preview





films, and sightings of the likes of Uma Thurman in Muir Woods or recognizable

premieres, the Mill Valley Film Festival enables local audiences to rub shoulders

film faces staying at Cavallo Point, the Mill Valley Inn, or San Francisco’s premier

with marquee Hollywood directors, while

hotels, and the MVFF has perfected a multi-

gaining exposure to the ideas and work of

faceted, multi-day event that blows a gust of

emerging, independent, global filmmak-

cinematic stardust into the Bay Area’s autumn

ers. Via red carpet photo ops, on-stage

air. (CALL OUT)

interviews, and tribute nights, it drops

Despite its proven formula for enrichment

a swarm of leading actors and actresses

and excitement, the Mill Valley Film Festi-

into Marin’s midst, like Nicole Kidman,

val, like other longstanding festivals, under-

Rosamunde Pike, Amy Adams, Steve

stands that the firmament on which it was

Carell, and Emma Stone, just to name a

founded has been changing in the easy access

small sampling from recent years.

of the digital and streaming era. The MVFF

If you’re the betting type, you might

responded by building on its festival back-

want to track which films MVFF taps for

ground to become a leader in independent

its opening night. Its logged history of feature films includes many that walked away with “Best of ” honors during award

Festival revellers at MVFF’s Closing Night party. Photo credit: Kirke Wrench

season. (Witness 2018’s opening night

film in the Bay Area and beyond. “With our theater in San Rafael and the Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley, which we take over in 2023, we are creating the film theater

film, Green Book, which went on to win multiple Academy Awards, including

of the future,” says Mark Fishkin, Director and Founder of Mill Valley Film Festi-

Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, who participated in

val and its umbrella organization, the California Film Institute.

a Q&A after the film.)

One of the signatures of The Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, which

Add in the after-parties, the anticipatory energy of film goers lining up out-

California Film Institute (CFI) owns and runs, is regular appearances by film-

side theaters, the extensive offering of international documentaries and feature

makers or those associated with a film. The Smith Rafael now ranks as one of the


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A Hidden Life. Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.


the Bay Area filmmaking community with ongoing educational film programs

“Going to a film is and will continue to be more of an event,” says Zoë Elton,

aimed at students in local schools.

MVFF’s Director of Programming. “The Q&A and interviews with directors

The Mill Valley Film Festival retains its importance in the Bay Area’s ever-

and actors at the film festivals have opened the doors to what is now happening

growing film festival landscape by balancing the best of Hollywood and inde-

at movie theaters. There may be someone live on stage. There may be wine bars

pendent films.

and something good to eat. This turns going to the movie theater into more of a

This year, the festival will screen Terrence Malek’s A Hidden Life, Noah Baum-

social and cultural experience.”

bach’s Marriage Story starring Adam Driver

Also arising from its festival roots is CFI’s

and Scarlett Johansson, and The Kingmaker,

non-profit distribution arm, CFI Releasing.

a Lauren Greenfield documentary about the

The way Mill Valley Film Festival has long

Marcos family, including Imelda.

searched for overlooked, high-impact films to

On the smaller film front, MVFF 2019 will

screen over its ten days, CFI Releasing seeks

reflect a strong year for French co-productions,

the same kind of films to distribute to other

says Elton, with Swallows of Kabul, an ani-

theaters and outlets.

mated film by Zabou Breitman; Synonyms, an

“With studios making more franchise films,

award-winning, French-Israeli drama by Na-

smaller films can actually have greater cultural significance,” says Fishkin. Last year, CFI distributed Life and Nothing More by Spanish

dav Lapid; and, Frankie, another French-IsraeMill Valley Film Festival founder Mark Fishki., Photo credit: Tommy Lau.

filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza. It won two Film Independent Spirit Awards. Meanwhile the workshops, panel discussions, and master classes on filmmaking that still dot the MVFF schedule have solidified into a major educa-

li production directed by Ira Sachs and starring Isabelle Huppert, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, and Jérémie Renier.

As for the big events—many still to be announced—MVFF will hold a tribute to Barbara Rush, the actress who appeared in It Came From Outer Space, The Young Philadelphians, The Young Lions, and Robin and the Seven Hoods.

tional initiative called the Mind the Gap Summit. The Summit works towards

Ultimately, the Mill Valley Film Festival is a curator, says Fishkin, “trusted by

conscious inclusion in film. Last year, its theme was women, film, and tech.

filmgoers and by the film industry. I feel blessed to be able to do this, to bring

“This year, it’s women, film, and money,” says Elton. CFI also stokes the future of

films that touch hearts and minds, films that affect the quality of our lives.”


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Kristin Scott Thomas at MVFF. Photo credit: Tommy Lau.

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalame at MVFF. Photo Credit: Tommy Lau.

Marriage Story. Photo credit: Wilson Webb

Excited attendees line up for MVFF’s Opening Night party. Photo credit: Caity Ussery

Opening Night party at MVFF. Photo credit: Eddie Hernandez.

Still from the animated film The Swallows of Kabul.


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The chateau and lake

Joe and Nicole Lacob in Chase Center


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From the outside of the roaring Warriors’ arena, it would be easy to assume that the lives of Joe and Nicole Lacob have always been one of gilded opulence. But, pull back the gold metallic curtains and you’ll find two incredibly grounded and generous individuals.


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COVER STORY JOE LACOB Joe Lacob’s journey as Chairman and CEO of the Golden State Warriors started

In 2010, Joe informed his partners at Kleiner Perkins that he was leaving the

one frigid afternoon in New Bedford, Massachusetts. “I was nine or 10 and my

firm to buy the Warriors, then an underperforming team. “I told my partners

mom took me to see the local Boys’ Club. We walked into the gymnasium and,

that I was leaving and that a total immersion was the best way to handle it. I

for the first time ever, I saw an indoor basketball court with its hardwood floor.

wanted to be fully involved with not only owning a team but operating it, too.

I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I am not even sure if I had ever played

I spent 30 years at Kleiner Perkins finding businesses to build, hiring the right

basketball at that point, but I knew that I was really interested in the game.

staff to run those businesses, and creating success for our partners. Now, with

Remember, the Boston Celtics, my hometown team, were a 1960’s dynasty, and

the Warriors, this was my opportunity to build something great and a business

I used to listen to them on my transistor radio.”

model that I was truly passionate about, something very close to my heart. At

The story of Joe Lacob’s family was typical for a New England resident. His

first, there was a lot of intense work; but, with my experience and the experi-

father worked in a leather goods factory as a foreman. When the company was

ence of Peter Guber, we were able to put together a team comprised of terrific

acquired and then eventually shut down, Joe’s father was singled out and, for-

individuals who were dedicated in creating success for the Warriors—from both

tunately, offered a new job to remain with the company. The job, however, was

team and business perspectives.”

located on the opposite side the country in Orange County, California, specifi-

Since then, the Warriors have advanced to five NBA Finals, won three NBA

cally in the community of Garden Grove. So, the Lacob family packed up their

championships, and are now considered one of the best organizations in pro-

belongings and moved 3,000 miles away to a very different place. Joe refers to

fessional sports. Joe’s vision and passion have enabled the franchise to reach

that drastic move as one of the luckiest turns of events in his life.

new heights, which includes a spectacular, new, privately financed arena in San

Although Joe’s favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, did not win the World

Francisco, Chase Center, opening this September.

Series that year, he loved baseball and was inspired to see if he could land a job at Anaheim Stadium, home of the California Angels, which was only a mile or


so from his home. His dream became a reality at the Big A, as he secured his

“Our fans are from all over the Bay Area and we view the Warriors as a team of the

first job of selling soft drinks, a gig that left his hands sticky from drink spillage

region, not a particular city. Still, our first thought was to stay in Oakland and we

while navigating the steep stairs of the stadium.

explored it. We spoke with city officials in Oakland to find potential new sites, but


that garnered no traction. Eventually, we were fortunate to meet with San Fran-

him to selling peanuts, which were lighter to move around and allowed him

cisco Mayor Ed Lee and he partnered with us on Piers 30-32 and the port of San

to carry and sell more, thus yielding more profits. “I was a hawker for seven

Francisco. That location ultimately did not work out, but fortuitously I received

years through high school and college, and I just loved working the games and

a call from Marc Benioff, the Chairman of Salesforce, with some good news. He

being at the ballpark. That job also taught me about the value of hard work,

said that Salesforce had 11 acres of land in Mission Bay where they were going to

as it was straight commission (14%), meaning the harder I worked, the more

build their corporate headquarters, but they decided to pivot and lease Salesforce

I earned!”

Tower. He told me that we could buy the land if that made sense for us.”

Joe’s early years listening to the Red Sox and Celtics on the radio, combined

The land was near the Giants stadium and on the waterfront, too. The most

with his Anaheim Stadium experience as a teenager, shaped him in critical

important aspect for Joe and his team was to make sure that ingress and egress

ways. “Between my love of being at Anaheim Stadium and listening to games on

to the new arena was feasible, and that it was easily accessible via public trans-

a small radio, I knew that, when I eventually made money someday, I wanted to

portation. They concluded that the Mission Bay location was, in many respects,

own a sports team,” Lacob said. Starting at 14 years of age, Joe set his course for

superior to the site on the piers. The organization made a relatively quick deci-

Maria Manetti Shrem with her Star of Italy come medal true with the purchase success and, several decades later, made his dream

sion and purchased the land.

of the Golden State Warriors in 2010. Along the way, Joe dabbled with other

“I’m a guy who just wants to get things done! We bought the land and

sports investments. “Back in 1996, I invested in the San Jose Lasers, a team in

launched forward with our plans through the city. We were, unfortunately, hit

the women’s American Basketball League. The Lasers never won a champion-

with some litigation and two lawsuits that delayed us for two years. Nothing is

ship, and the entire league was shut down in less than three seasons due to

easy in San Francisco, but we prevailed.”

competition with the WNBA. I lost a bunch of money; but, when I was looking

Chase Center is located in a burgeoning part of San Francisco and features

to buy the Warriors, that experience, along with my years in venture capital,

a recently-expanded Muni platform directly in front of the arena. The T-Rail

helped me navigate a successful path in buying and operating a professional

Muni line is connected to the Embarcadero BART station (one level up) and

sports team.”

provides direct and convenient access to the venue.


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Chase Center Theater Entrance

Chase Center Concert Bowl


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COVER STORY The waterfront arena will include two office towers with 580,000 square feet of office space, over 100,000 square feet of retail space, a 5.5-acre public park, and a beautiful plaza that will feature numerous events and attractions. “I am deeply involved in every aspect of Chase Center. Quite honestly, it might be the single hardest thing I have ever done in my career. I have helped build multi-billion-dollar companies and we have won several NBA championships, but this was much tougher. We want this building to be the best basketball arena and concert venue in the world. And, we designed it to be intimate for basketball, have a terrific sound system, and have a wide variety of food. A lot of people put a lot of hard work into this.” Chase Center will have numerous unique options for dining — both inside and outside of the venue — and several retail shops as well, including one of the largest team merchandise stores in the NBA. It will also offer a great city experience that San Francisco has always lacked. “And, it’s going to feature

IF WE RAISE $2 MILLION IN A GIVEN YEAR, WE GIVE ALL OF THAT MONEY AWAY IN THAT PARTICULAR YEAR. IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, WE HAVE GRANTED $11 MILLION TO VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ALL AROUND THE BAY AREA,” JOE DECLARES WITH TREMENDOUS PRIDE. a phenomenal customer experience, which is the part I am most proud of,” Lacob said. Another reason Joe is so proud of the project is because Chase Center was 100 percent privately financed. There were no city funds from San Francisco and no taxpayer money used to pay for the building. “We did not want to take away from essential city services like education, fire, or police,” Joe said. “The fact is, the city didn’t have to pay for it, but the city and the residents will greatly benefit from it. And, we are very proud of that.” San Francisco was the only major city in North America that didn’t have a 15,000-plus seat arena, but now Chase Center will generate ample sales and property taxes for the city. PHILOSOPHY OF GIVING BACK that owning a major sports team, at some level, is more of a community partnership. The team, in some ways, is really owned by the Bay Area and the fans; we have an important role to give back to the fans who support us. We have built many public basketball courts around the Bay Area and, most importantly, the Warriors Community Foundation is committed to improving the lives of others,” Joe shares. The foundation does not create an endowment that is locked away while slowly utilizing a percentage of the funds over a period of time. Instead, the Draymond Green Court

Warriors Community Foundation raises money each year and it strategically and thoughtfully grants that money to those in need in that same fiscal year. Raise it. Give it away.


Joe is extremely passionate about giving back to the community. “We feel


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Joe and his wife, Nicole, believe that a good education is the key to the lives of youngsters. “Underprivileged children and education is our passion and we are extremely focused on that particular issue. Nicole was a teacher for years. We jointly decided to commit to the same goal of education. We are not going to be a championship contender every single season, but we want our fans to know that our efforts in the community will be there regardless and, hopefully, they will stick by us. So, in those terms, it is almost like a joint venture, if you will,” Joe shares. Along with the many programs they support via the Warriors Community Foundation, the organization has also partnered with Kaiser Permanente to support mental health programs in schools. “The Golden State Warriors are now more than a basketball team,” Lacob said. “We are a sports and entertainment organization. We have venues that we own and manage, and we own and operate restaurants. We Club Suite

are booking concerts; the lineup we have in place for the opening month of Chase Center is amazing. Every major act that goes on tour will want to play in San Francisco. We plan to be the Madison Square Garden of the West Coast and like O2 in London.” The opening concert at Chase Center on September 6 will feature Metallica and the SF Symphony. “We wanted it to be big, but we also wanted it to be very San Francisco. Twenty years ago, the Symphony and Metallica won a Grammy for collaboration, so we wanted to recreate that magic. I’m not a huge symphony guy in general, but for Nicole, it is pretty cool,” Joe said. Q: How will you shore up the team after the loss of Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala? A: We think we had a very productive summer with the roster moves that we made. Kevin and Andre were a big part of our team and helped us win multiple championships over the last few years; and, we thank them for all of their terrific contributions. Q: How much pressure do you feel to have a solid team for the first year at the new arena? A: Our goal is to be a good team for a sustained period of time, which

Nicole announces Generation Thrive Project

is the true test of an outstanding organization. We don’t feel any added pressure being the first year at Chase Center, because our goal is to field a competitive team every season. At the end of the day, we realize that we are not going to make the Finals every season, but we will always strive


for excellence. Q: The Warriors have dominated the Western Conference for the last five years. What are your feelings about the monumental changes in the team, the staff, and the big move to SF? A: I’m really excited about the upcoming season and the move to San Francisco and a spectacular new arena. We’ve had a few changes on the roster, but that’s part of the game. Change is inevitable. But, I really like our roster and the moves we made during the summer. And, I think our fans will be excited as well, especially with some of our young players who will get an opportunity to play this season. It’s an exciting time, both on the court and with the new arena in San Francisco. Upper Concourse

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Joe and Nicole Lacob in a new suite at Chase Center


stronger,” Nicole shared.

At 13 years old, Nicole Curran wasn’t given the choice of how her life was going

She later returned to join her mother at home, where Nicole went to school

to unfold. She was raised by a single mother who sent her off Milton Hershey

during the day and worked at an ice cream parlor at night. She spent weekends

School, a boarding school for orphans in Hershey, Pennsylvania. At the time,

working at a hair salon and modeling. Never forgetting the importance of edu-

Nicole’s mother, Barbara, was working full-time and raising her young daugh-

cation, she desperately wanted to attend college and, as if by divine grace, was

ter on her own. As one would imagine, Barbara was overwhelmed and over-

gifted a full-tuition scholarship to George Washington University. The scholar-

worked. So, she packed up her daughter’s belongings one day and sent her off

ship came from an anonymous donor, setting the stage that has made giving

to experience, hopefully, a better life in Hershey.

back a part of Nicole’s mission in life.

Fortunately, the teachers at Milton Hershey, basically a group of strangers to

After George Washington University, Nicole did indeed become a teacher.

young Nicole, were dedicated to teaching and serving underprivileged children.

She taught history and government at an inner-city high school in Washington,

The school, now celebrating its 110th anniversary, only accepts children who

D.C. After getting married, she moved to Phoenix where she helped mainstream

are at or below the Federal Poverty Level. For many, being shipped off to an

kids from Black Canyon Prison adjust to life in the Phoenix Unified School Dis-

orphanage would be the start of a tragic life and a tale of abandonment and

trict. Most importantly, Nicole had an incredible gift of seeing potential in oth-

fear, but not for Nicole. This is where Nicole Curran-Lacob began her lifelong

ers — just as others found potential in her. For Nicole, teaching was all about

journey and ambition to change the world, one child at a time.

providing an opportunity where there was seemingly none.

ceived at Milton Hershey. The school believes that the power to build an excep-

ment dictated,” she said. “I was making $23,500 a year as a teacher and work-

tional life begins with an excellent education. That philosophy was successfully

ing other part-time jobs to make ends meet. When I was teaching, I tried so

passed down to Nicole.

hard to make history exciting. We’d play weekly ‘history jeopardy’ with NERF®

Manetti Shrem with the her Star of Italy medal Nicole’s lifeMaria was changed through compassion and attention that she re-

Eventually, Nicole found her way, thanks to the love and support of her educators, especially her ninth-grade teacher, Mr. Jackson. From that point, Nicole

“I wanted to help students thrive and become more than what their environ-

basketballs and a milk crate. When someone answered a question correctly, they could shoot the ball for their team.”

vowed that she, too, would become a teacher later in life and help others. “At

Education remains her passion many years later. After moving to the Bay

school, I milked cows in the morning and baled hay and scooped poop in the

Area and marrying Joe Lacob, she has been the perfect person to lead the

afternoon. It was rough, but I do believe that the tough things in life make us

charge for the revamped Warriors Community Foundation. Regardless of the


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sparkle and shine that Nicole routinely wears at Warriors games, she will never

navigate. Our kids would drop out due to simple things, like not having money

forget her past and how important it is to inspire, connect, and support the

for books. After we helped them through college, they didn’t know how to pre-

next generation of children who come from less than ideal life situations. That

sent themselves in an interview. As an example, there was a student in Fruitvale

compassion and drive are evident in the incredible success of the Warriors

who had to stay home and sell fruit to help his family, so his foundation men-

Community Foundation under her guidance.

tor needed to have a conversation with the parent about the importance of the

Nicole and Marty Glick, a minority investor of the Warriors and special advi-

internship. Obviously, a kid who is selling fruit is not going to have the same

sor to the team’s ownership, founded the Warriors Community Foundation in

opportunities as a kid who does an internship. His parents understood it and

2012. Glick was inspired by his wife, Judy, who spent her life volunteering at early

now he’s gainfully employed. That makes me happy.”

literacy programs throughout the Bay Area. It was clear, given their backgrounds,

For Nicole, seeing students rise above all that could hold them down is not

that the focus of the foundation would be on education. They both shared the

only her goal, but her dream. To achieve that, the foundation helps with the

conviction and belief that opportunity could change the trajectory of a child’s life.

most mundane, yet critical needs. “One of our programs, Students Rising

In the early days of the Warriors Foundation over seven years ago, the fo-

Above, will buy college-bound students bed linens so they have sheets when

cus was on the journey from kindergarten to high school. However, Nicole and

they go off to college. The program will give the students money for jeans and

Marty quickly learned that was not enough to ensure success. The program

shoes so they can fit in with everyone. Once they get through college, the pro-

eventually morphed into a cradle-to-career model. The foundation now invests

gram will help them find careers.”

in everything from matching funds for college savings accounts at birth to mentorships through college and first job placements.

Nicole beams when sharing the joys of her job. One of her favorite stories is about a young man from Alameda County whom the Warriors Foundation

Nicole keeps close tabs on the kids in the program and is persistent and pas-

has supported. He traveled 2.5 hours on multiple buses to get to school every

sionate about the children in all of the different initiatives the foundation sup-

day because he viewed school as an opportunity. Now, he is a junior at Boston

ports. “At first, we were monitoring their success and they were, indeed, going

College.“This upcoming year, our grants review committee will thoroughly re-

to college, but just for the initial year. They were getting lost in the system. I

view all of the grant applications. We will eventually give away $1.9 million and

got lost in the system, so I know how overwhelming and difficult it can be to

$500,000 for Hoops for Kids.” says Nicole.

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The past few months have been an emotional ride for Nicole. The Warri-

This year, Nicole was asked to co-chair the final season of the Symphony

ors played their final game at Oracle Arena in June and everyone around

with Michael Tilson Thomas at the helm. The money raised from the gala

the Bay Area was hoping for a championship. That did not happen. It

supports a myriad of community programs. These programs include an

was doubly sad, because Nicole knew that she had to say goodbye to the

impressive list of programs that provide access to music education for all

famed old arena and all the incredible people who worked there over the

students in San Francisco’s public elementary schools. The programs also

years. “I cried the night that we lost, because I had to say goodbye. It

support all band and orchestra programs in San Francisco’s public middle

seemed as though I hugged every single employee there. We have been at

schools and high schools—all provided free of charge. Yes, free of charge.

Oracle for so long and there was so much love. Everyone at Oracle Arena

Yes, all students in SFUSD.

had the opportunity to apply for a job at Chase Center; but, to me, it felt

Regardless of all the pomp and circumstance to which the gala is be-

much like high school graduation and leaving everyone who was a big

holden, at the end of the night, the money raised is going to support our

part of my life.”

youth. And, once again, Nicole is fulfilling her promise. This time, instead

Not only did Nicole have to say goodbye to all of the wonderful folks at

of new courts and mentoring, it’s free concerts and music.

Oracle Arena and accept the Warriors’ loss, but she also had to deal with a national cyberbullying crisis that was aimed directly at her. The quick


recap for those who don’t follow TMZ …

Following her commitment to improve the lives of others, the Warriors

Nicole and Joe invited Jay-Z and Beyoncé to a game during the NBA

Community Foundation and Kaiser Permanente viewed the opening of

Finals. As they were sitting courtside, Nicole graciously asked what the

Chase Center as a perfect opportunity to partner with and form a special

two wanted to drink. Jay-Z wanted a vodka tonic. It got loud. Nicole

program called Generation Thrive.

then asked if he wanted a lime with it. It got louder and, as a result, she

“We are going to use our former office space and practice facility in Oak-

couldn’t hear and leaned in, across Beyoncé, for clarity. She was accused

land to create an incubator for our nonprofits. This incubator will create

by a Beyoncé follower that she was trying to pick up on Jay-Z. The accu-

opportunities for them to become better, provide space to collaborate, and

sations spiraled out of control on social media, and Nicole received death

ensure that programs communicate effectively as a whole and with each

threats in the middle of the night. Her Instagram was filled with hate-

other. We can make sure that children in our third grade programs will

ful allegations. She eventually shut down her account because it was so

transition smoothly to our fourth grade programs. We can make sure that

overwhelming and scary. Nicole was hesitant to talk about the incident,

our high school students are being linked with appropriate college finan-


cial and emotional support. The lifespans of our students and programs

dealing with bullying.

will be linked. As it stands, each is different and we want to make sure we

“Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who are perfectly lovely people, were our guests

don’t lose those kids in the transition. Also, we are working with SFUSD

at a game, and a short clip was shown on TV. I leaned over and asked Jay-

and OUSD to provide mental health programs for students and teachers.

Z if he wanted a lime in his drink; and, that’s when the bullying started.

There is a lot of trauma in schools, and Kaiser is the perfect partner to sup-

I feel obligated to speak up about bullying, because I am an older person

port the mental health of the students,” Nicole shares.

and I worked my entire life so that children could have a safe place to ex-

From adopting schools to building billion-dollar arenas, Nicole is not

ist. It makes me incredibly sad that there are people in our society who

slowing down. As she turns her eyes towards the future of Chase Center, she

could try to destroy people’s lives with hateful messages. Just recently,

elaborates. “I joke with Joe, because he loves real estate and he asks me to

a 13-year-old girl killed herself because of cyberbullying. I really think

decorate all of the properties he buys. Then, Chase Center happens, and I

that there is some sort of responsibility that these social media platforms

thought, ‘What now? An arena!’ We have a room named the Bridge Club, for

need to take to, hopefully, end this madness. Children should not be

investors, and it is going to be spectacular. At Oracle, that club was such a

threatened like this. I am an adult and it was heartbreaking. I can’t even

small space, but now we have a very large footprint to work with.

imagine what it would be like to go through such a traumatic experience as a 13-year-old,” Nicole said.

Chase Center opens the night after she hosts the Symphony Gala on September 6, 2019. The grand affair will be an epic concert with Metallica

The drama has died down, but that has not stopped Nicole’s passion

and the San Francisco Symphony performing together. It truly exemplifies

for creating safety and kindness for children. If anything, it has given her

all that Nicole has worked extremely hard to create over the years: some

another reason to press forward and continue the great work she is doing

hard rock gently mixed with the melodic refrains of sweet orchestrated

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Staying and playing by the clean blue lake


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HauteTRAVEL WHERE DOES THE INCREDIBLE BLUE OF LAKE TAHOE come from? Science attributes the lake’s purity and cool temperature to the significant depth of 1600-something feet and the clean granite bed. One of the clearest lakes in the world, Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is a shimmering wonder, constantly under surveillance and protection of university researchers, government programs, and multiple private groups of environmentalists who dedicate plenty of time and resources to keeping it blue and to preserving its ecosystem as a natural treasure. Located on the border of California and Nevada, the largest alpine lake in North America lures travelers from near and far all year round, promising the pure luxury of unspoiled nature. Almost 300 animal species and more than 1,000 plant species are found in the Lake Tahoe Basin. From wildflowers to singing birds and fluttering butterflies, it teems with life. Plan a trip to North Lake Tahoe, where ski resorts await in winter and sandy beaches offer water sports in summer. In spring and fall, for hikers and mountain bikers, forest trails meander between white firs, Sierra junipers, and Ponderosa pines and past sparkling streams and waterfalls. Make your home away from home at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, the only AAA 5-diamond mountain resort in Northern California, on a slope above Village-at-Northstar. You’ll find all kinds of luxurious experiences here, from exquisite accommoBoarding a boat for a Lake Tahoe cruise.


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dations to fine dining, and from a full-service spa to boating,

Luxury boat cruises are available at Lake Club.

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Spa pool at Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe.

You’ll find all kinds of luxurious experiences here, from exquisite accommodations to fine dining, and from a full-service spa to boating, skiing, hiking and golfing.

Water sports are easily accessible from Lake Club.


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skiing, hiking and golfing. The hotel’s restaurant, Manzanita, serves California cuisine – local fish and meats, foraged mushrooms, and seasonal fruit and vegetables. After a skillful massage at the spa, relax in the heated pool overlooking alpine meadows. Study the art of mixology, enjoy roasting s’mores on an open fire with an on-site “marshmologist,” or walk into the dark meadow at night for a weekly stargazing session. Outside the property, join a horseback riding excursion with Piping Rock Horses, or take a docent-guided tour of the Thunderbird Lodge, a former residence of George Whittell, Jr., an early preservationist of Lake Tahoe, and marvel at his legendary wooden speedboat, built in 1939 and powered by twin engines from a fighter aircraft. The Lake Club, exclusively used by resort guests, boasts a modern bar and dining halls with glass walls and panoramic views of the lake, a patio seating, an outdoor whirlManzanita restaurant at Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe serves fresh California cuisine.

pool and fire pit, and a beach with a private pier. Pick your pleasure: sunbathing, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, or kayaking. Or take a boat ride with an experienced captain aboard a high-performance MasterCraft X-24. Choose a daytime or sunset cruise, aided by a shuttle ride to and from the lakeshore. Other recreational activities, like parasailing, waterskiing, charter fishing, and Formula yacht tours, are all readily available nearby. If you feel like dining out, don’t miss Restaurant Trokay in the town of Truckee. Chef-owners John and Nyna Weatherson from New York City will surprise you with highly creative New American cuisine, their dishes perfectly paired with wines or imaginative non-alcoholic concoctions in Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada snowy peaks. Blue water, green mountains

rainbow colors and heavenly tastes.


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Opening Night Dinner

A WARM WELCOME In her new book, Sims invites readers into her home and gives them a glimpse of her everyday private life.


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Arts For All Gala at HALL Winery

RECAPTURE The 10 Best Days Of




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Opening Night Opera Under Stars

Francesco Demuro and Joyce El-Khoury

Gorretti Lui, Olivia Decker, Mayor London Breed, Rick Walker, Lawrence Lui, Willie Brown, Teresa Rodriguez, Sonya Molodetsksya


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he curtains have closed on the Festival Napa Valley’s 10 Best Days of Summer, but the days filled with music, food, wine, and talented artists discovered amid the incomparable beauty and heart-warming hospitality of Napa Valley community created memories that will last a lifetime. From the stunning, world-class performances to the celebration of 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a visiting NASA astronaut to the record-breaking generosity at the Arts for All gala that raised $2.6 million for the Napa Valley charities, these pages recapture the highlights of the events of the Festival 2019.

July 12. Opening Night: Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood

tional estate chef Alejandro Ayala and pastry chef Kristin Davison and paired with

The 14th Festival Napa Valley kicked off in grand style with an opera concert per-

Napa Valley’s finest wine. Festival CEO Rick Walker and Board chairman Timo-

formed by three of the world’s most exciting young opera stars on the lush Red-

thy Blackburn hosted the evening, packed with Festival supporters and patrons,

wood Fairway of Meadowood golf course. Soprano Joyce El-Khoury, tenor Franc-

including San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Council General of Italy Lorenzo

esco Demuro, and baritone Lucas Meachem performed operatic favorites with

Ortona, Gordon and Ann Getty, Jan Shrem, and Maria Manetti Shrem.

the Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra under the baton of conductor Christian Reif. Lebanese-Canadian soprano El-Khoury has performed at prestig-

July 13. Taste of Napa

ious Royal Opera House. She was joined by Grammy-award winning baritone Lu-

The popular Taste of Napa event features food, wine, and music at the expansive

cas Meachem, who was named San Francisco Opera’s 2016 Emerging Star of the

courtyard of Vista Collina, Napa’s newest lifestyle resort which was set up as a tast-

Year, and charming Sardinian tenor Francesco Demuro, celebrated for his amaz-

ing village, a local artisanal market, and a spacious community lawn for a picnic

ing, powerful voice reminiscent of Pavarotti. Lucas Meachem’s barber Figaro aria,

and concert. Guests sampled fare from more than 70 local wineries, restaurants,

“Largo al factotum della citta” from Rossini’s Barber of Seville, was both brilliant

and top artisans. A reserve tasting salon indoors offered exclusive wine tastings in a

and comically entertaining. Everyone loved El-Khoury and Demuro’s passionate

private setting. This year’s entertainment included music by DJ Marcus T and rock

duet of Violetta and Alfredo from Verdi’s La Traviata.

and roll band Wonder Bread 5, who performed hits from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and

The concert was followed by a gourmet feast, prepared by Meadowood’s excep-

’90s and got attendees dancing beyond the 3:00 pm closing time.

Rick Walker, Joyce El-Khoury, Francesco Demuro, Maria Manetti, Lucas Meachem

Charlie Siem, Maria Manetti and Rick Walker

Reception at V. Sattui Winery

Concert celebrating 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing


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Concert with Seal

Francesco Demuro, Olivia Decker, Maria Manetti Shrem, Teresa Roderigues

Christopher Walden, Paul and Nancy Pelosi, Gregg Field


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Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the Havana Chamber Orchestra Perform at Charles

ticket for the 40 tickets donated by Napa Valley Reserve. One of the evening’s most

Krug Winery

memorable moments came when 40 commemorative 3-liter bottles from Napa

What a rare treat to have cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason come to Napa Valley to give

Valley’s finest vintners were auctioned off, raising $125,000 to underwrite Arts for

us an evening of music fit for royal ears at the historic Charles Krug Winery. The

All summer camps for students from the Boys & Girls Clubs and Napa County Of-

night’s celebration featured the brilliant British cellist, who drew rave reviews after

fice of Education. Proceeds from the evening provide free and affordable access to

performing at the 2018 royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Kan-

world-class performances, support public school arts education programs in Napa

neh-Mason performed some of the same pieces he played at the royal wedding, un-

County, and fund scholarships for emerging musicians.

der the baton of the renowned Cuban conductor Daiana Garcia and accompanied by the superb Havana Chamber Orchestra, which returned to Festival Napa Valley

July 16. Opera Bastianello and Patron dinner at Castello di Amorosa

by popular demand. The orchestra members endured an exhaustive process to get

The majestic hilltop castle welcomed music lovers for the operatic production of

their Visas to come to United States and made the trip just in time for the grand

Bastianello, a satiric Italian folktale about the degrees of marriage and its interplay

performance in front of the 500 plus attendees on the spacious lawn. The concert

of sorrows and jubilations. Patrons sat al fresco in the cobblestone courtyard of

was so popular, it more than sold out and had to move from the original venue at

Castello di Amorosa—the castle of love—to witness the parody of marriage, each

Far Niente to the much larger grounds at Charles Krug.

scene depicting deeper and deeper hysterics of marital life. Distinguished American pianist and composer John Musto carried on-stage with fellow pianist and di-

Patron Dinner at Far Niente

rector Michael Barrett in what showcased as a comedic opera. A huge thank-you

One of the finest and most historic wineries in Napa Valley, circa 1885, Far Niente

goes to the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series sponsoring this

offers the most amazing grounds. Restored in the 1970s, this astounding, historical

comical and flirtatious act.

estate stands out from its original 19th century roots

Under a full moon, patrons were escorted to the

with the rise of its legendary Chardonnay and Caber-

castle’s top turret terrace where they dined amid the

net Sauvignon. Guests were treated with a sumptuous

stars. Fit for none other than a prince, this Napa Es-

4-course meal by estate chef Sarah Walz, who paired

tate winery with 121,000 square feet ensures a grand

the food with Far Niente’s exquisite wines. The even-

feeling for all seated at the king’s table. The 13-cen-

ing ended with Far Niente’s signature dessert wine,

tury style Tuscan castle was built by visionary and

Dolce in the Carriage House. Noted guests included

vintner Dario Sattui. Being a guest at his castle calls

Festival CEO Rick Walker and wife Karen, Festival

for an evening of elegance, nobility—nothing short

Board member and President of Far Niente Larry

of regal. Patrons savored a true Italian meal of bur-

Maguire with business partner Beth Nickle, Gore-

rata and tomato basil antipasto followed by roasted

tti and Lawrence Lui, San Francisco Mayor London

chicken and a scrumptious dessert delightfully paired

Breed, former Mayor Willie Brown, Gordon and Ann

with Castello di Amorosa wines. Festival CEO Rick

Getty, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, Festival

Walker introduced honored guest astronaut Donald

Board member Antonio Castellucci and wife Rita,

Pettit, who was selected by NASA in 1996, and, in

and Claiborne and Elizabeth Swanson.

2012, served as a flight engineer for the Expedition

July 14. Arts for All Gala Featuring Seal at HALL

Patron dinner at B Cellars

30/31, where he lived aboard the International Space Station for approximately one year. Celebrating the

Napa Valley

50th anniversary of the moon landing, Pettit paid

One of the primary missions of Festival Napa Valley is to make the arts accessible

homage to his mission while patrons clapped in recognition of his incredible feat.

to everyone. The Arts for All Gala is the most meaningful night of the Festival,

Surprise entertainment by Monica Mancini, who sang the famous “Moon River”

and with more than $10 million raised to date, possibly the biggest fundraiser for

composed by her late father Henry Mancini, delighted attendees. Dining under

arts education in the West. This year, 17 auction lots plus Fund-a-Need raised re-

a full moon with Astronaut Donald Pettit, and sipping on various Castello vin-

cord-breaking $2.6 million. Four-time Grammy Award-winner Seal entertained

tages, left all in marvel as a perfect evening, majestic enough for your highness,

guests with songs from his Grammy Award-nominated album, Standards, which

drew to a close.

pays tribute to legendary artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. He was accompanied by the Festival’s Blackburn Music Orchestra. Vintners

July 17. Grand Cru Concertos at Castello di Amorosa and Patron Dinner at V.

Kathryn and Craig Hall again hosted this year’s gala at their magnificent art-filled

Sattui Winery

HALL Winery in St. Helena. With the majestic Mayacamas Mountains as a back-

A trio of rising classical stars—British violinist Charlie Siem, Cuban-Chinese-

drop, guests were treated to a 4-course dinner paired with extraordinary wines

American Cellist Sophia Bacelar, and Belarus-born percussionist Mitya Nilov—

from HALL, WALT, and Domaine Carneros.

filled the stone courtyard of Castello di Amorosa with a lively concerto accom-

A high-energy, live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experience lots capped

panied by the Festival’s Blackburn Academy Orchestra under conductor Joel

off the auction. Fierce bidding generated amazing amounts, such as a dinner with

Revzen. After the music, guests were treated to a patron dinner at V. Sattui

Tony Bennett performance at Napa Valley Reserve, which fetched $20,000 per

Winery, a second winery owned by Dario Sattui, the proprietor of Castello di


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Cellist Sophia Barcelar


DIAVOLO - Architecture in Motion

Jan and Maria Manetti Shrem with soprano Andriana Chuchman

Amorosa. Named after Dario Sattui’s great grandfather, who started the fam-

July 19. Dance Gala: DIAVOLO/Architecture in Motion at Lincoln Theater and

ily business more than 130 years after immigrated to the U.S. from his home

Patron Dinner at B Cellars

in Genoa, V. Sattui’s classic setting reminiscent of centuries-old Italy includes

In A Voyage to Outer Space, Diavolo Dance Company honors the anniversary of

stone buildings and courtyards, expansive lawns, rose gardens, oak trees, and

the lunar landing. Diavolo takes us into the unfamiliar world of space with vari-

35 acres of vineyards. The dinner under the full moon featured cuisine by

ous unconventional dance movements. Based out of Los Angeles, Diavolo Dance

Stefano Masanti, the Michelin-starred founder and chef of one of Northern

Company was founded in 1992 by Jacques Heims. Defying the odds, Heims’ vi-

Italy’s most beloved restaurants, Il Cantinone, served an amazing Italian feast

sionary talents for combining theatre, film, and dance with architecture creates a

of antipasti, ravioli with potato and fungi, roasted suckling pig, and vanilla

fantasy of life far away from Earth, a hallucination of sorts. Festival Napa Valley

chocolate cake with mint gelato, paired with V. Sattui’s award-winning wines.

brings gusto, a distinct, offbeat crowd pleaser as patrons in their seats at Lincoln

A special performance by tenor Francesco Demuro completed this most en-

Theatre were absolutely astounded.

chanting, Italian summer evening.

The genesis and genius behind this performance is in honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, transporting the audience into space,

July 18. Star Wars: A New Hope Live with Orchestra at Lincoln Theater and

the dark abyss of the unknown. The story begins with a young girl who dreams

Patron Dinner at Trinchero Napa Valley

of travelling to uncharted places as gravity-opposing bodies forge alongside her

Over 40 years ago, the iconic movie Star Wars: A New Hope opened up a

on this odyssey. What she discovers is the life force, the vitality that does exist in

whole new world of imagination for cinema and culture. Festival Orchestra

space. Her greatest feat of exploration during her journey—the inspiration that is

Napa, under conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, performed the extraordi-

drawn—leaves the audience in utter suspense (and nausea!).

nary, Oscar-winning movie scores of John Williams while the 1977 Star Wars

As part of the Dede Wilsey Dance Series, Festival Napa Valley was honored

movie played on the big screen above them at Lincoln Theater. The dramatic

with the presence of Diavolo Dance in its first appearance in Napa Valley. As

music, paired with the action-packed movie, gave audiences an unforgettable

Festival continued its focus on exploration and discovery, Diavolo infused the

experience. Light sabers were distributed in the theater, and audiences re-

evening with extreme contemporary style movement, acrobatics, and a thrilling

connected with the decades-old Star Wars fever: Let the force be with you!

modular set design to mimic the lunar sphere. The way it rotated on its axis was

Following the Star Wars screening and concert, was a patron dinner at Trin-

unbelievable! A whimsical evening full of drama, energy, and passage, something

chero Napa Valley, where Principal and Vice Chairman Robert Torres and his

we can all identify with on this voyage, and how the expressive form of the arts

wife Maria treated guests to a gourmet dinner of roasted Nantes carrot-ginger

take us to a place of wonder. In the words of astronaut Donald Pettit, “That was

soup followed by pave of salmon grilled over oak barrel staves. Trinchero Sau-

the best interpretation of space on earth!” I realized the dancers rocking, floating,

vignon Blanc Mary’s Vineyard 2018, Cabernet Franc Central Park Vineyard

and flying in the air and in the half-moon shaped space ship was to show no grav-

2014, signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, and Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port

ity. Grateful to be in attendance, astronaut Pettit witnessed his year-long mission

completed the fabulous spread and dessert bar in the tasting room. The el-

in space displayed in a dynamic dance rendition at Lincoln Theatre.

egant winery is so inviting and relaxing, many guests lingered hours after the dinner.

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named one of the top 20 winemakers in the world by Food and Wine Magazine,

The final patron dinner this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon

it is safe to say the wines were refined, balanced, and a beautiful expression of the

landing in fr ont of Quintessa’s awe-inspiring, crescent-shaped winery. Nestled

prized Oakville terroir. B Cellars hosted nothing short of a stunning, magnificently

into the contours of the rustic hillside, Quintessa’s architectural design enhances

coursed, food-and-wine-paired dining experience. Crystal chandeliers gracefully

the nature beauty of the landscape and resembles an outer space setting. It didn’t

hung from the vaulted cave ceilings as specks of crystals illuminated the long din-

hurt to have the full moon and astronaut Donald Pettit on stage to point out the

ing table. Estate chef Derick Kuntz prepared a delectable gourmet meal for all to

International Space Station flying over Napa Valley at exactly 9:42 pm at the

enjoy. B Cellars founders Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys welcomed the 50 guests in

speed of 17,500 miles an hour. I captured it on my camera, although it’s just a

the Grand Salon wine cave with a heartfelt welcome toast, a bit of history on the

little blinking light flying at speed of a shooting star. Pianist Liana Pailodze Har-

winery, and lovely sentiments to Festival Napa Valley. It was a night for the record

ron performed during dinner with special earphone headsets for all audiences.

books! Over 100 attending Festival patrons included Festival Board member An-

The gourmet dinner served summer squash risotto and roasted rack of lamb,

tonio Castellucci and wife Rita, Maria Manetti and Jan Shrem, Helen and Stanley

followed by peach semifreddo with house-made honeycomb. This final evening

Cheng, and cellist Sophia Bacelar.

of 2019 Festival was truly an out-of-this-world experience!

July 20. Vintner’s Luncheon at Luna Vineyards Presented by Pomellato and Pa-

July 21, Festival Finale Luncheon and Robin Adele Anderson at Alpha Omega

tron Dinner at Quintessa


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, it was most fitting

Two of the most gracious and generous hosts in Napa Valley, Robin and Michelle

to have a dazzling luncheon at La Luna. I meant “dazzling” with the jewelry on

Baggett hosted the Festival’s finale luncheon, featuring a concert by YouTube sen-

display by sponsor Milan-based Italian jeweler Pomellato! Guests enjoyed a hot

sation and star of Postmodern Jukebox Robyn Adele Anderson. She performed

summer day outdoors, dining at Luna Vineyards next to the vines and an array

her sassy, modern hits that left the audience taping their feet. The lunch was a

of stunning jewels created by Pomellato. The Luna winemaking team blends

feast prepared none other than Robin himself with his Baggett Ranch BBQ Team.

Italian tradition with the beauty of Napa terroir in every bottle they craft from

They served up their signature roast of a whole hog pulled pork, family style BBQ

their estate-grown Pinot Grigio, which was first introduced to Napa Valley by

St. Louis style ribs, fillet of Alaskan halibut, and Mediterranean red quinoa salad,

Luna Vineyards, and Sangiovese, to their award-winning Winemaker’s Reserve

paired with Alpha Omega’s award-winning wines.

bottlings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Attendees in-

What a beautiful way to enjoy 10 fabulous summer days right here in our

cluded cellist Sophia Bacelar who performed during lunch, Festival Chairman

beloved Napa Valley and with our magnificent Festival. Purchase your Festival

Timothy Blackburn, Pomellato representative Nathalie Diamantis, Rick Walk-

passes today for July 17-26, 2020, on or call 888-

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LUXURY AMSTERDAM The recently opened Waldorf Astoria is fit for a king

a bustling European hub of trade and tourism, has spent the past decade quietly cultivating a different kind of experience for a different kind of visitor, the luxury visitor. Settled as a humble fishing village in the 12th century, Amsterdam rose to glamour and glory during the famous Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, when the Netherlands ruled the seas and the country forged a position as a world leader in art, culture, business, and wealth. Some participants in the current wave of luxury hotels, dining, art, and shopping experiences started in that era and are now freshly renovated. Some are new. Together, they coalesce into an Amsterdam prepared to accommodate even the most discriminating traveler.


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HOTELS HOTEL PULITZER Situated in the center of the Nine Streets neighborhood, the city’s shopping and dining hotspot, the Pulitzer Hotel unfolds in a maze of rooms, suites and meeting places. Composed of 25 interconnecting townhouses built 400 years ago along the main canal, Hotel Pulitzer recently underwent a massive and bold transformation and has punched up its personality in the process. Every room is different. Some of the suites, which convey the feel of a private apartment, have been custom-crafted according to themes: the Book Suite, replete with an archway of books; the Art Collectors Suite, like staying in a gallery; and the Music Collectors Suite, highlighted by a wall of trumpets. The Pulitzer Bar was a see-and-be-seen place back when Peter Pulitzer, of the Pulitzer Prize family, opened the hotel and still merits a visit. With a modern sensibility that honors its historic past, the Hotel Pulitzer sits at the center of luxury in Amsterdam. CONSERVATORIUM Laying claim to Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh, Amsterdam is an art lover’s dream. For those who plan on hitting the city’s museums, the Conservatorium, located in the Museum Square District, perfectly fits the bill. Originally the Conservatory of Amsterdam, from which legions of musicians emerged, this architectural masterpiece was converted into a hotel that seamlessly marries its stately past with jaw-dropping modern architec-

Conservatorium Hotel Lounge. Photo Credit: Conservatorium Hotel.

tural elements, especially its sparkling outdoor dining space and lounge. The hotel houses the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing, which the World’s Spa Awards


named as Amsterdam’s best spa in 2018.

Taking over six grand 17th and 18th century canal houses, the Waldorf Asto-

ria quickly became one of the city’s premier hotels when it opened in 2014. Designed in hues of blues and beiges, the 93 rooms, suites, and lofts exude a quiet but contemporary elegance. Amid the bustle of

The Book Suite at the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel. Photo Credit: Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel.

Amsterdam, the Waldorf serves as a haven, especially with its serene, walled garden, one of the largest in the city. The 5-star property also beckons a destination for dining with its 2-star Michelin restaurant, Spectrum.


SHOPPING BIJENKORF Amsterdam bursts with one-of-a-kind shops. For high-end purchases in one stop, the Bijenkorf delivers not only the goods (Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Hermes), but also high touch personal services for demanding customers. It entices visitors with unique experiences as well, such as its “room on the roof,” an odd cramped space with a great view, designed as a place of reflection and

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HauteTRAVEL DINING RIJKS MUSEUM RESTAURANT While still the land of stroopwafels, great cheese, and herring, the fine dining scene in Amsterdam has grown in cachet and diversity over the past two decades. It’s easy to find fine restaurants that rival the most elite of any major European city. But just like the city itself, some dining experiences combine high quality with endearing quirkiness. The RIJKS Restaurant is one. Here, local, seasonal, and organic ingredients reinvigorate old Dutch recipes. Echoing the Rembrandts and Vermeers within the museum itself, the restaurant treats its food like art, both in presentation and in culinary refinement. No wonder it has earned a Michelin star.

Food as Art. RIJKS museum restaurant. Photo Credit: Divina Infusino.

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE WALDORF ASTORIA inspiration for artists and writers. The entire shopping experience otherwise is

All manner of unusual savory and sweet concoctions

open and airy and sometimes splashy, especially during the holidays.

now supplant and elevate those cucumber and egg salad sandwiches endemic

to the high tea experience. The Waldorf’s afternoon tea takes it up another notch. Inspired by the jewelry design collection of Debora Huisman-Lesser, sandwiches,


candies, and cakes are molded to resemble precious stones, earrings, and rings

Amsterdam ranks as one of the diamond capitals of the world. So, head to Coster

so beautiful you will want to wear them, not eat them. Served in a private Roco-

for a personal tour in diamond polishing. Watch an expert at work, and maybe

co-styled room, staff present afternoon tea as if you were visiting a fine jewelry

even sit behind a master polishing table. Tours and demonstrations lure you


toward the diamond jewelry on sale at that location. In case you ever doubted, Coster once again makes the argument for the splendor of diamond jewelry.


RIJKSMUSEUM The Rijksmuseum contains some 350 Rembrandts, Vermeers, and other Dutch masters from the Golden Age who changed the course of art history. If you land in Amsterdam before mid-January, 2020, you can still catch the Rembrandt-Ve-

DiamondPolisher, Coster Diamonds tour. Photo Credit: Mark Schneider.

Jewelry-inspired Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. Photo Credit: Mark Schneider.


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lazquez show, one of the last of the exhibits celebrating the 350th anniversary of

and others, all Mahler’s symphonies will be performed from May 8-17th. Tickets

Rembrandt (full name: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn) and the Dutch Golden

are already selling fast, although more tickets may be available sometime in au-

Age. The Young Rembrandt exhibition at the Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden, Rem-

tumn, 2019.

brandt’s birthplace and about a 25 minute train ride from Amsterdam, will tell the

story of the artist, starting November 3, 2019 through February 9, 2020. VAN GOGH MUSEUM With 200 of his paintings, 500 of his drawings, and 700 of Van Gogh’s letters, what’s not to like here? The crowds. For these legendary art institutions, it is best to schedule a private tour in advance, especially during seasons of peak activity. ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW For an artistic experience unique to the city but with manageable numbers of people in attendance, Royal Concertgebouw showcases Amsterdam’s musical lineage. The 19th century building possesses a stately beauty with acoustics that have earned the concert hall worldwide renown. With more than 900 events a year, the Royal Concertgebouw’s schedule of concerts is likely to please at any time. One upcoming highlight is the Mahler Festival 2020. Through appearances by the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic,

Terrace at Hotel De L’Europe.

Main Hall at hte Royal concertgebouw. Photo Credit: Hans Roggen.

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A MAGNIFICENT MEDITERRANEAN ESTATE Stylish View Residence on over one acre I FIRST MET LARAE AND ROGER QUY IN 2007, WHEN I WAS SELLING THIS MAGNIFICENT SPANISH Colonial style home. LaRae and Roger fell in love with it after over a year of searching for their dream home in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. They bought it on the spot, updated it beautifully, and enjoyed it tremendously. Now they’re ready to part with it as they retire to Arizona and the home they purchased in Scottsdale. Roger is a neuroscientist and a venture capitalist. He has written a book about Jesus for Catholics: All About Jesus: The Single Story from Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John. He was invited to visit the Vatican last year, where the Pope wrote a personal introduction for the book. LaRae was an undercover and counterintelligence FBI agent for 24 years. She exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. As an FBI agent, she developed the mental toughness to survive in environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. After retiring from the FBI, she became a writer and leadership coach. She has written two books, Secrets of A Strong Mind and Mental Toughness for Women Leaders. She shares with readers that there is nothing more powerful than the human brain, once we have the mental toughness we need to succeed in life and business. LaRae recently told me, “The only four-letter word I never heard in my 24-year career as an FBI agent was ‘can’t.’ No matter how hard or difficult the case, my job was to solve it. Often the obstacles I faced were not ones I could predict, so it required a lot of thinking on my feet.” Also, surprisingly, she was always authentic and hon-


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est about who she was, at the core, in all her undercover assignments. She might have

“The neighborhood is one of the best things about living in this area. We frequently

used fake IDs instead of her FBI badge, but her feelings were real. She said, “I knew

get together for dinners and birthday parties. They are an amazing bunch of people.

myself well enough that I knew how to connect with the people in my investigations.”

Roger and I also hosted many charity dinners and events over the years and shared

This tenacity goes with her authentic passion for her home at 229 Upper Toyon

the fun times with our community. We hope the next owner loves this home as much

Drive, Kentfield. She recalled: “It was the first week in our new house, and I threw all

as we do.”

the doors open because we were coming and going all the time. Suddenly from the

Reminiscent of an enchanting villa in the Spanish Colonial period, this gorgeous

foyer closet, I felt a gust of fresh air. A door had opened up from the paneled closet

estate has been expanded with high-quality materials and superb attention to detail,

wall to expose a secret hiding place. Almost like a priest hole, it was big enough to

while preserving the character of the original design. The main house and the guest

hold several people. When I closed the door, it blended in perfectly with the wall pan-

house offer a total of approximately 6,425 square feet of living space and approximate-

eling; it was impossible to tell there was a door. I loved that sense of mystery about

ly 7,758 square feet of usable space, with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 3 fireplaces, spacious

the house!

living room, dining room, and family room, a large recreation room downstairs, and a

“A small part of the house dates back to 1936, and there was a secret hiding place

1,000-bottle wine cellar. Windows overlook spectacular and awesome views of Mount

built into the old part of the house. It was past the day of Prohibition, but I can’t help

Tamalpais, Ross Valley, the Bay, and beyond. Outdoor amenities include a fabulous

but wonder—was it built to hide or protect? The rest of the house was built more re-

pool, spa deck overlooking the valley, flat lawn, meditation space, and outdoor enter-

cently, but the architects matched the grandeur of the original Spanish Colonial struc-

taining areas including spacious loggia and trellis-covered outdoor dining rooms. The

ture. It has the most fabulous kitchen I’ve ever seen, plus the outdoor kitchen and fam-

detached guesthouse with its own 2-car garage is complete with living room, kitchen,

ily room by the pool, all with the amazing, head-on view of Mt. Tam and Ross Valley.

and full bath. With a 3-car garage in the main house, the buildings accommodate a to-

Our home has been featured in the Marin County Tour de Noel Christmas house tour.

tal of five cars. A stately courtyard offers parking for another 10 cars. This exceptional

“The outdoor family room and outdoor kitchen have full-on views of Mt. Tam. I like

estate on two lots, with over an acre behind the gate, offers complete privacy and

to garden, and my plants love the southern exposure. There are open spaces and trails

serenity. It is just a short distance to open space, trails, Ross and Kentfield restaurants,

nearby, including the historic stagecoach trail from Bolinas to San Francisco. Roger

shopping, and the prestigious Ross schools. Offered at $6,950,000.

and I take our mini labradoodle, Gus, with us on walks through the woods.

View photos of this incredible property at

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HauteAMBASSADOR David Stevens and Monica Stevens

Kelly E. Carter is the director of communications at Alpha Omega winery on Napa Valley’s Rutherford Bench. The former editor of “Haute Living San Francisco” previously enjoyed a lengthy, award-winning career in journalism writing about sports, entertainment, and luxury lifestyles for various media outlets. Kelly co-authored New York Times bestseller Come to Win: Business Leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on How Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession with Venus Williams” and penned The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel for National Geographic Books. She has traveled to more than 40 countries and territories on six continents and called Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Italy home. Visit Kelly at: www.

Wine Country

Michael Uytengsu and Tara Cardinal


The $10 million campaign that could take Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch nationwide

Matt Hillman, Michael Hillman, and Josh Hart

IF WE CAN PUT HUMANS ON THE MOON, THEN CERTAINLY WE CAN build a sustainable ranch and solution center for animals in Napa Valley. That was the message Monica and David Stevens, founders of Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, not-so-subtly delivered to their guests at WineaPAWlooza 2019, a memorable, 2-day affair that fittingly took place during the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing. JARR seized the opportunity and launched its Moonshot, a bold, capital campaign to raise $10 million to build the facility which famed architect Howard Backen will design. Under the stars at the beautiful Tusk estate high in the hills of Oakville, I sat in astonishment when a $1 million pledge from donors wishing to remain anonymous was announced to get the ball rolling for Lot 17 in the live auction, JARR’s Moonshot. Please go to to learn about this campaign and plans to replicate the center across the country. The generosity of the people of Napa Valley never ceases to amaze me. On this evening, vintner Michael Uytengsu opened up his private estate, which he calls Papa’s Perch in honor of his late father, for the first time for a charity event. We were welcomed with Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, which we sipped while enjoying the jaw-dropping views of the valley before strolling into the cave for a grand tasting featuring several wines handcrafted by winemaker ex-


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traordinaire Philippe Melka. Vintners, including

wine collection. Auctioneer Fritz Hatton cajoled at- day Festival Napa Valley occupying one third of it.

Robin Lail, Bret Lopez, Dario Sattui, David Long

tendees to dig deep for animals—and they did. One

The festival’s finale at Alpha Omega was especially

and Lawrence Fairchild, mingled with fellow ani- winning bidder shelled out $70,000 for a double- entertaining with a performance by singer Robyn mal lovers and other wine glitterati. I chatted with magnum (3L) of 1998 Screaming Eagle from the Adele Anderson, who adds her vintage flair to renDavid Griffin, the new general manager of the NBA’s founder’s cellar. Another guest, for $90,000, pur-

ditions of songs from across many musical genres.

New Orleans Pelicans, and his wife, Meredith. Da-

chased the Beckstoffer Bonanza, an enviable col- I’m now addicted to this YouTube sensation’s chan-

vid then introduced me to former Los Angeles

lection of 30 magnums of Beckstoffer-bred wine, nel.

Laker Josh Hart, whom he had traded for earlier in including a few Alpha Omega wines, donated from

I didn’t slow down in early August. It was impos-

the month. The GM told Josh I was a Lakers beat the personal cellar of grape grower Andy Beckstof-

sible to with the V Foundation Wine Celebration,

writer back in the 90’s—when David worked in the

fer, who attended with his lovely wife, Betty. What a

which raised $7 million for the V Foundation for

PR department of the Phoenix Suns (and Josh was

special evening this was. Unfortunately, a conflict-

Cancer Research, taking place. An energetic concert

an infant). Such a small world!

ing event at Alpha Omega winery kept me from

by The Struts on the lawn at Domaine Chandon and

attending the second night of WineaPAWlooza so

a fun silent disco following the Rock the V party the

We returned outside for a five-course, plant-

based dinner created by top chef Casey Thompson I missed walking my chihuahua, Honey, whom I next night deprived me of my beauty sleep, but it and supported by Estate Events by Meadowood.

adopted from JARR, in the legendary pet parade at

The array of wines included a delicious 2012 Lim- One Hope Estate in Rutherford. ited Edition Tusk poured from 3-liter bottles and a

was worth it. I hope to see you at some of the exciting fundraisers this harvest season.

July is one of the months where there is way too

2015 Lindstrom Pinot Noir, which I must add to my much going on in Napa Valley with the amazing, 10-

Dario Sattui, Jon Lail, and Andy Beckstoffer

Nan Kocourek, and Wayne Kocourek


Atmosphere, WineaPAWlooza 2019

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Health & Wellness

Inside the Hayward’s Healthy Home

Lydia is a passionate advocate of healthy living. She has launched and positioned many health and wellnessrelated companies, products, technologies and organizations receiving more than 100 awards nationally and internationally. Her focus in the health sector is specifically on life sciences, aging and longevity. She is a partner and investor in several recognized national brands. She sits on the board of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging whose mission is to eliminate the threat of agerelated disease for today’s and future generations. It is the only independent research organization globally dedicated to extending the healthy years of life. Like the scientists at the Buck, Graham envisions it will be possible for people to enjoy life at 95 as much as at 25. To support Buck’s mission, please visit


“natural,” or purchased in a health food aisle or store doesn’t mean it

the quality and quantity of the fresh fruits and vegetables we enjoy in

is. I’ve been obsessed with eating healthy food for decades and doing

California. While buying fresh produce at our year-round farmers mar-

so remains an ongoing challenge. Food labeling is an exhaustive topic,

kets and always cooking at home (where we know exactly what is in our

but let’s break down a few basics so you can be your own best advocate

food) is ideal, we often fall short due to busy schedules and long com-

whether you grab-and-go, dine out frequently, or cook at home:

mutes. Although we aspire to eat healthfully, we’re vulnerable when we buy prepared foods (try to choose fresh foods over processed foods) or

1. Ingredient Lists

dine out in the Bay Area’s fabulous restaurants.

Ingredients appear in order of their amounts in the product. The first

To be healthy, it’s important we be informed and know what’s in our

ingredient is the largest by volume and the last, the smallest. If the in-

food. Food companies make that hard for us—sometimes intention-

gredients list sounds like you need a chemistry degree (a red flag) to

ally confusing us to sell more products. Reading labels requires aware-

decipher or you question if ingredients are healthful, check out the En-

ness and knowledge. Just because something is labeled “healthy” or

vironmental Working Group’s website ( or app.


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ess 2. Sugar

4. Oils

It’s insidious and hidden in many foods we’re not even aware of. While finding two

All oils are fat, but not all oils are created equal. Some diets discourage oils or heat-

nutritional experts or scientists who agree on any one way of eating is difficult, all

ing oils all together; but, if your diet contains oil, then purchase and use it wisely.

agree sugar makes us sick. It feeds cancer cells and exacerbates inflammation and

Consider how the oil is packaged (opaque containers are better, oil goes rancid

insulin-resistance which is at the root of the diabetes and obesity epidemic today.

with light), where it comes from (there have been imposters), and how it’s been

Plus, it’s highly addictive (more so than cocaine), causing us to want to eat more of

processed (extra-virgin, first cold-pressed, refined or unrefined, and whether it’s

it. Research by Lenoir et. al. in 2007 reported on a study of rats fed refined sugar

organic, etc.). Next, when deciding how to use it (cooking or finishing), consider

and cocaine, with the rats consistently choosing sugar.

the oil’s smoke point (the temperature at which it oxidizes, releasing harmful com-

Most people in the U.S. don’t know how much sugar they consume, because it’s

pounds and free radicals). Not all oils are meant to be heated or do well in heated

not obvious. Food labels measure it in grams which most Americans cannot visual-

foods, so read labels. Fats that work well under heat include unrefined coconut

ize. I’ll help: four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar.

oil, avocado oil, ghee, algae oil and extra virgin olive oil (the later is better at lower

Sugar has many names: sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, and dextrose, to name

heat). If you have heart disease, check with your physician about using oils.

only a few—Google the rest. Look for suspects in the ingredients list, but always look at total grams of sugar, then translate it into teaspoons. Try this exercise for one week.

5. What Do Conventional, Organic, or Natural really mean?

Buy a one-pound bag of sugar. Keep a log of your daily sugar grams, translate it into

Conventional produce is sometimes sold alongside organic. Read store labels above

teaspoons and put that amount into a mason jar. If you are not already monitoring

and below produce to make sure you select what you want. In stores where produce

your sugar closely, at the end of the week, your choices will change.

is not all organic, this often adds extra shopping time. An easy way to determine whether a food is organic is the price look-up code. Organic produce has a 5-digit

3. Serving Size

look-up code beginning with the number 9. Conventional produce has a 4-digit

In 1993, the Federal Department of Agriculture mandated Nutritional Facts la-

code starting with 3 or 4.

beling on most packaged foods. Serving sizes were based on food consumption

Conventional food is produced using technology and synthetic chemicals (tar-

and intake surveys conducted in the ’70s and ’80s. Consumption has increased

geting insects and weeds) to increase crop yields. This production method may

since then: super-size fries, anyone? In 2016, the FDA required food labels to more

also include GMOs, confined animal feeding operations, monocropping (i.e., same

accurately reflect consumption, and food labels state a serving size or how many

crop on the same area each year), and the use of antibiotics. If purchasing or eat-

servings per container. Labeled nutrition facts are always per serving size. Food

ing conventional food, check out the “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen” lists pub-

manufacturers calculate small portions on purpose, so it’s easy to glide right over

lished each year by the Environmental Working Group. The lists rank foods by the

this and eat more than one serving at a time

amount of pesticides they contain to inform your shopping and dining choices. ( Organic food is produced using more sustainable and natural methods that prohibit synthetic insecticides and herbicides, GMOs, hormones and antibiotics, hydrogenation and trans fats, and processing must avoid contamination. Organic livestock production requires feed be 100 percent organic and animals have outdoor access and pasture. Organic farming methods encourage biodiversity through crop rotation and mineral-rich soil. Foods can be labeled “100% Organic,” just “Organic” (meaning they are at least 95% organic), or “Made with Organic Ingredients” (70% of ingredients must be organic). Farms producing organic produce or meats must meet the strict legal regulations to be certified organic. The USDA Organic seal or a certifying agent seal like CCOF (California Certification of Organic Farming) indicates at least 95 percent of the ingredients are organic. Some small farmers find organic certification a burden even though they may adhere to organic practices. These foods sometimes are considered “Certified Naturally The first Hayward healthy home in Carmel

Grown.” Get to know your local food purveyors at farmers markets or check your favorite brands’ websites.


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HauteAMBASSADOR Let’s leave the debate about industrial organic versus artisan organic for another discussion. “Natural” products supposedly contain no artificial ingredients or added color and were minimally processed. However, no consensus on what “minimally processed” includes and no clear-cut standards exist.

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or soy diet, this raises other issues regarding GMOs, higher fat content, and the impact of insulin-resistance and inflammation in your body. You are what you eat and what the animal eats as well. “Grass-fed” animals consume a natural diet of grass containing no grains, animal by-products, or synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote growth or prevent disease, although they may have been given antibiotics to treat dis-

6. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

ease. Some producers finish grass-fed animals with grain in a feedlot prior to

GMOs are foods modified through genetic engineering. Up to 75 percent of

slaughter. To ensure an animal has eaten grass its entire life, look for “Grass-fed”

processed food available in U.S. grocery stores contains one or more GMO in-

and “Grass-finished” or the American Grass-fed Association (AGA). (http://

gredients. Pro-GMO advocates argue foods are genetically altered to become

americangrassfed,org) logo or certification.

more resistant to pests or herbicides to increase yields for our growing popu-

“Antibiotic-free,” “Hormone-free,” “Arsenic-free”: To avoid antibiotics alto-

lation. However, there’s little long-term research on their impact on human

gether, look for “antibiotic free” labels to ensure that no antibiotics were given.

health. Detractors argue we don’t know

(Legally, hogs and poultry can’t be given

what the ultimate effect will be on hu-

hormones.) Milk often contains genetically

mans and the eco-system of the planet.

engineered growth hormones (rBGH) and

Countries from Europe to Russia to the

(rBST) resulting from efforts to increase

South Pacific have mandatory labeling

milk production in dairy cows. These hor-

laws for foods containing even 1 percent

mones aren’t permitted in the EU or Cana-

GMO ingredients. The U.S. produces

da. Look for labels that say “rBGH-free“ or,

more GMO crops than any other nation.

better yet, organic milk.

The Environmental Working Group cites

A few other things: conventional pro-

the foods in the U.S. as most likely to in-

ducers often feed chickens arsenic to fatten

clude GMOs: Hawaiian papaya (77%),

them faster. Farmed fish frequently contains

corn (92%), soy (94%—you might think

antibiotics and heavy metals like mercury

twice about that soy latte), canola (94%),

(wild fish is better). Check out www.clean-

and sugar beets (98.5%). If you intend or look for the Global Aquaculture

to avoid GMOs, consider avoiding those

Alliance Best Practices Symbol for the clean-

foods when eating out and buy certified

est fish. Some fisheries such as Safe Catch

organic when shopping.

test each tuna.

7. Making Sense of Animal Product La-

In Summary


Other common food labels such as dairy-

Animal product labels cause the most

free, gluten-free, and nut-free are straight-


forward. However, folks with severe allergies

“Cage-free” only means birds raised with-

should remain cautious: these foods some-

out cages; that’s pretty much it. They can

times contain trace amounts. Often the la-

still be raised in indoor, over-crowded

bel will state whether the production facility

conditions. According to the USDA,

produces other foods containing these al-

“free range” means birds have access to

lergens—cross-contamination can be prob-

the outdoors and can engage in natural

lematic for highly sensitive individuals. The

behaviors. It does not mean the animals spend most of their time outdoors

label “vegan” indicates an absence of animal ingredients, including dairy and

or were kept in cruelty- or antibiotic-free conditions. Free-range claims are

eggs. Not all vegan and gluten-free foods are healthful or meet some of the

not verified by third-party inspections. “Pasture–raised” means the animal is

other criteria mentioned earlier.

raised in a pasture (not a feedlot), can move freely, and engages in natural behaviors. “Organic pasture-raised” is ideal.

Finally, look for the Fair-Trade seal to ensure farmers and workers who produced your food labored under acceptable conditions and were paid a fair wage.

“Grain-fed” simply means animals were raised on a grain diet. To ensure

Regardless of your dietary preferences, hopefully now you can decode the

these animals were not given animal by-products in their feed, look for labels

language of food labels to make more informed choices when you shop and

that state “100% vegetarian diet.” Remember, if these animals were fed a corn

order from menus.


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Christine Cournoyer is a Strategic Advisor to QIAGEN who recently acquired her company N-of-One, a leading molecular decision support firm. She previously served executive positions at Lightbridge Inc. and Lotus Development and was the chief information officer of IBM’s software group. Chris was named one of the “10 Most Influential Women in Technology” by Business Week. Meet Chris at: Chris.


is key to determining the risk. While some mutations of BRCA1 and

breast cancer survivor. While it may seem that the incidence of

BRCA2 do directly impact cancer risk, hundreds of other variants

breast cancer has increased, in fact, it has remained pretty much the

of the gene do not impact risk or currently have an unknown effect.

same for the past two decades in the U.S. What has changed is the

Clinical grade tests, ordered by a physician, can evaluate the spe-

dramatic decrease in death rates due to breast cancer. Between 1989

cific mutation present; this analysis is critical to risk assessment.

and 2016, there has been a 40 percent decline in deaths attributed

It is also important to note that ongoing research has identified a

to breast cancer, due in large part to better treatments and also to

number of other genes with inherited mutations that are associated

the detection of tumors that have a better outcome. The extent to

with higher levels of risk of breast cancer. While a number of direct-

which the drop in mortality rates for breast cancer may be attributed

to-consumer tests advertise that they can detect BRCA1 and BRCA2

to better screening is a hotly debated issue in medicine.

mutations, most of these tests (including 23andMe) can only detect

Studies of breast cancer indicate that only five to 10 percent of

the most common three BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. A negative

breast cancers are directly linked to family history and indicate a

result on one of these tests means only that these specific mutations

hereditary mutation that may have caused the cancer. The popu-

were not detected. These tests cannot detect all of the potential he-

lar press has widely publicized the connection between BRCA1 and

reditary risk mutations and cannot provide a comprehensive assess-

BRCA2 mutations and breast cancer risk. However, it has not always

ment of a person’s risk profile for cancer.

been made clear that BRCA1 and BRCA2 may have thousands of

Approximately 90 percent of cancers are associated with molecu-

different mutations, and knowing exactly which mutation is present

lar changes or mutations acquired during a person’s lifetime and di-




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ss rectly contribute to the genesis of the cancer. These acquired mutations are often

Current guidelines are still “one size fits all” and assume that all women have

linked to lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, alcohol, and hormone therapy, all

the same risk for breast cancer, which we know today is not true. One of the un-

of which have been associated with breast cancer.

intended consequences of screening everyone is the detection of a significantly

Years ago, breast cancer was considered one disease, and patients in a given institution were treated similarly with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Today,

greater number of low risk cancers that might not otherwise come to clinical attention.

we know that “breast cancer is a collection of diseases ranging from low risk can-

Increased diagnoses of low risk cancers has resulted in a growing concern

cers to rapidly growing, aggressive cancers, so we wouldn’t treat those cancers the

for over-treatment for these low risk cancers. Screening guidelines need to be

same way,” said Dr. Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, a leading breast cancer surgeon,

changed to reflect the growing body of knowledge of breast cancer types (e.g.,

director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the University of Califor-

low risk and aggressive cancers), as well as improved knowledge of both heredi-

nia, San Francisco, and clinical leader of the Breast Oncology Program at UCSF, a National Cancer Institute-designated

tary and lifestyle risks. According to Dr. Esserman at UCSF, “We need a comprehensive risk and prevention strategy.” This

comprehensive cancer center .

strategy would provide a framework that

These days, breast cancer therapy is

assesses a women’s risk and provides an un-

more often addressed following a preci-

derstanding of the preventative measures

sion medicine paradigm, where a diagno-

that can be taken to reduce overall risk.

sis often begins with a biopsy and molecu-

Screening is just one component of this

lar tests to identify the tumor’s molecular

framework. The WISDOM (Women In-

profile. The tumor is assessed first for the

formed to Screen Depending on Measures of

most common molecular markers that

Risk) study is a large, adaptive, randomized

could point to either endocrine therapy or

clinical trial that will seek to determine who

targeted therapy for overexpression of the

is at risk for what types of breast cancers and

gene HER2. It may subsequently be pro-

will develop a screening framework taking

filed for a longer list of genes that may be

these risk factors into consideration. WIS-

driving the caner. With the understand-

DOM will assess family history, breast den-

ing of the specific mutations driving the

sity, endocrine exposure, gene mutations,

patient’s cancer, a personalized treatment

and other factors to develop a risk score

plan may be developed, using drugs that

which will be associated with a strategy for

target the patient’s specific mutations. In

prevention and screening. WISDOM is en-

breast cancer there are hundreds of muta-

rolling over 100,000 women into this study

tions across dozens of genes that may be

over the next several years, in multiple loca-

targeted by drugs. Overall survival rates in

tions across the country.

breast cancer have improved dramatically

While there is controversy on screening

due in part to the availability of targeted

guidelines and on the treatment of low risk


breast cancers, the key take-away from Dr.

When routine screening for breast

Esserman is that women need to under-

cancer began, it was assumed that all

stand their risk profiles to take the appro-

women had the same risk for this one

priate preventative measures, and, if diag-

disease and that screening would detect

nosed with breast cancer, understand the

the breast cancer earlier, leading to bet-

nature of the breast cancer and what their

ter outcomes. The age at which screening should commence, the frequency of screening, and the method of screening are still debated. The 2017 guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the Society of Breast Imaging currently recommend annual screening starting at age 40. The American Cancer Society has revised their guidelines and recommend annual mammograms for women over 45 who have average risk, with women between the ages of 40–44 provided the opportunity to begin annual screening. They recommend women over the age of 55 to receive biennial screening, although annual screening may be considered. Screening methods for breast cancer include mammograms, ultrasound, and MRI.

treatment options are. Dr. Esserman encourages women to enroll in WISDOM. Dr. Esserman says, “It is a great way for women to contribute to a body of knowledge that will help so many women for decades to come. We don’t yet know the best approach to screening, and we invite women to participate—either in the standard arm or the personalized screening arm.” If you live in California and are interested in more information on WISDOM, contact or call 855-729-2844. You can also learn more on their website at Sheryl Elkin, Chief Scientific Officer of N-of-One a QIAGEN company, contributed to this article.


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SPONSORS’ VIP SOIREE IN THE SIERRAS A VIP cocktail reception for sponsors and special guests kicked off the 50th anniversary celebration of the League to Save Lake Tahoe|Saks Fifth Avenue Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon. Followed by an exclusive dinner backstage with the designers for a select number of 50th anniversary sponsors. Notable attendees: Laura Kim, Fernando Garcia, Alex Bolen, Eliza Bolen, Kern Schumacher, Julie Schumacher, Linda Coates, Carol Jeske, Christine Wente, Barbara Brown, Karen Kubin, Carol Jeske, Sarah Gallo, Wendy Armstrong, and Jen Cohen Bogan

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OSCAR ON THE LAKE On Saturday, August 3, Saks Fifth Avenue and the League to Save Lake Tahoe hosted 620 guests lakeside at the Schumacher Family estate. The 50th anniversary celebration included a festive luncheon and fashion show featuring Oscar De La Renta. The event raised a record-breaking $1.1 million. Oscar De La Renta Co-Creative Directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia introduced the Pre-Spring 2020 collection with CEO Alex Bolen and his wife, Eliza Bolen, Executive Vice President for Jessica Hickingbotham, Krista Giovara, Riccardo Benavides, Hillary Marble, Bob Damaschino Farah Makras, Carolyn Chang, David Shimmon, Barbara Brown, Mary Beth Shimmon


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Joe and Nicole Lacob

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Larry Bowman and Rachael Bowman

SYMPHONY’S SUMMER SOIREE One warm midsummer’s night, 70 attendees gathered at the home of Joe and Nicole Lacob for Summer Soirée—a pre-party in anticipation of the San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala. Nicole Lacob co-chairs the Symphony’s 2019–20 season Opening Gala along with Rachael Bowman, who co-hosted the party. The napkins were branded “MTT XXV” in honor of San Francisco Symphony’s Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT), celebrating his 25th and final season as Music Director of the SF Symphony, and guests were given mini bottles of a Ruinart Brut Rose as parting gifts.  Haute Living is the official Opening Night Gala Magazine Partner.

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POLO Set in the rolling hills of Marin County in Northern California, the Cerro Pampa event was a perfect West Coast summer evening with both local and international guests. The day commenced with a polo match between the host club and the Mandarina Stick & Ball team comprised of players from the U.S., Mexico, and Argentina. As the sun began to set after the game, guests enjoyed an authentic and elegant Mexican-inspired menu prepared by one of Bravo TV’s America’s Top Chefs, Casey Thompson. Kathleen Korb, Michael Polenske, and Izzy Sullivan

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SF PRIDE THE 12TH ANNUAL VIP PRIDE PARTY HOSTED BY MARK RHOADES And sponsored by AT&T kicked off the month of Pride with 400 LGBT leaders in attendance and a performance by Jinkx Monsoon, the winner of the RuPaul Drag Race (season 5). Some of the attendees were Mark Leno, Karen Caldwell, Gregg Lynn, Navid Armstrong, Scott Weiner, Joel Goodrich, Thomas Horn, and Olya Dzilikhova. “We were thrilled to have hosted REAF and their fantastic Pride celebration at our flagship 1 Powell store. REAF is doing incredibly important work here in San Francisco. It’s an organization that shares our values of supporting those in our community who need a helping hand. We look forward to continue working with them for many years to come,” said Jason Chan, Director of AT&T.

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SUCCESS: YOU WEAR IT WELL Dress for Success San Francisco celebrated 14 years of supporting Bay Area women in the workforce with its annual gala held at August Hall on June 6, 2019. Chair Sharon Seto was at the helm of the gala that magnificently raised over $230,000 in one night. The event, titled “Success: You Wear It Well,� honored women leaders from the Bay Area. Each honoree was recognized for their leadership in business as well as in the community. Honorees include Kellie Abreu, Deputy Chief Banking Officer and Regional Managing Director at First Republic Bank; Melinda Yee Franklin, Managing Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, Western Region at United Airlines; and, Susan Franklin, Founder & President of the Franklin Legacy Fund. Nooshin Behroyan, Dulo Batsuh, Beverly Yip, Sandy Lee, Anna Tran, and Lucy Wu

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METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING, EVERYTHING KEN FULK TOUCHES TURNS TO GOLD, AS EVIDENCED BY HIS LATEST passion project. Saint Joseph’s Arts Society is an art, retail, and performance space handsomely carved out of a restored San Francisco church that stood empty in SoMa for almost 30 years. The century-old, deconsecrated house of worship enjoys a new life as the ultimate event venue with art-filled interiors, sun-splashed by day and impossibly opulent by night. Haute Living asked the designer about his inspiration and vision in undertaking this massive 22,000-square-foot restoration and the stunning multi-purpose space that also supports an artists’ incubator.

Ken Fulk.


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Q: Abandoned since the 1989 Loma Prieta earth-

squatter’s paradise with pigeons living in the towers.

quake, Saint Joseph’s was a soaring, looming, Ro-

Almost instantly, it felt right and I could see in my

manesque Revival church. How did the space speak

mind’s eye what it is today.

to you upon first sight? A: I’ve owned our studio on Folsom and Seventh

Q: Any sense of intimidation about dealing with a Na-

Streets for almost 15 years, so I would always drive or

tional Historic Landmark?

walk by the glorious, decrepit Saint Joseph’s Church. I

A: Actually no, and there probably should have been

watched it become more and more dilapidated, and I

because there were so many added limitations and reg-

always dreamed about bringing the amazing Roman-

ulations that we needed to consider. Page & Turnbull,

esque building back to life. It was only by chance that

the restoration architects, are highly accomplished in

I shared my interest with the right friend at the right

this arena, so we had a talented team of preservation

time, saying, “I would never relocate the Magic Fac-

experts and creative problem-solvers. I was so hon-

tory unless it was for something as spectacular as that

ored to be the next steward of this incredible historic

church on Howard Street.” The very next day I walked

landmark, a gathering place with the potential to bring

through the space, which was a demolition site and a

back hope and beauty to this corner of the city.

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HauteSEAT Q: Tell us more about the striking interior design, the artwork,

Q: Describe three truly special moments that have taken place

and how you made your selections.

at Saint Joseph’s Art Society.

A: The goal was to return the building to its original intent—to

A; It’s been a thrill to support the local arts community, not

create a beautiful sanctuary from our overly digitized, daily lives.

only by promoting artists, but also by offering the space as a

We wanted it to feel uplifting and inspiring. As a haven for local

performance venue, studio space, or fundraiser setting. One of

artists, the public, and those who want to support the arts com-

our very first celebrations after we opened was the fall celebra-

munity, Saint Joseph’s needed to feel inviting and creative, above

tion for A.C.T., which I co-chaired. The dinner and auction

all. The space is enormous and the light is remarkable, so there

for 250 people raised about $900,000 for future program-

was a clear opportunity to go all out with a mix of vintage furni-

ming. As a non-profit and a public arts space, we’ve been able

ture, layers of patterns, oversized artwork, and multiple smaller

to share the experience with many folks from around the city

“moments” designed specifically to draw visitors into a quiet cor-

and around the world, including a family that came to see the

ner so they might take a minute to admire a beautiful floral ar-

church where their late parents had been married in 1959. We

rangement or the juxtaposition of antiques with modern art.

hosted the annual Saint Anthony’s Serving Hope Gala in April, which raised $330,000 to fund meals, clothing, and social services

The Pink Salon at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society

offered to the homeless and low-income in San Francisco. Q: Please explain the “Arts Society.” How does it work and how can someone become a member? A: Saint Joseph’s Arts Society is an arts incubator and creative community offering programming designed to bring art and artists back to the forefront of our daily lives. We offer subscriptions, rather than memberships, to anyone who shares the ethos of Saint Joseph’s. We are only offering 400 subscriptions for the next couple years, one per household, but there are still a few left. You can request an application through our website,


Q: What are the objectives of the Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation? A: With the mission to promote and preserve the relevance of art and artists in San Francisco, the non-profit 501(c)(3) Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation funds the participation of working artists who gain free daily access for co-working and cultural programming. There are opportunities for exhibitions, commissions, and performances. The foundation also partners with local arts organizations and schools, including Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Institute, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Arts Commission, and American Conservatory Theater to offer our artists co-exhibitions, free studio space, residency programs, and lecture opportunities.


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4+ Beds | 4.5 Baths | 4,800± sq. ft. | Tiburon, California Beautiful ±4,800 square foot high quality home on approximately half acre level land with panoramic views of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Belvedere Lagoon and Island, Sausalito and Richardson Bay. Spacious gated courtyard entry with ample parking and gorgeous landscaping throughout the property, including matured olive trees, cypress trees, colorful flower beds and a level lawn. 4+ bedrooms. 4.5 bath, living room with stone fireplace, formal dining room with view terrace, large family room with book-case, office or 5th bedroom, wine cellar, 3-car garage, luxurious master bath, spacious grand gourmet kitchen, and high ceilings. Located on one of the best streets in Tiburon, this immaculate home was remodeled in 2015 with high quality designer touches throughout, such as 9-foot solid wood interior doors, crown molding, 8-inch baseboards, hand painted Italian plaster walls, ceilings and window/door trims, coffer ceilings, special fine stucco and more.


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bar, wine cellar and deck with panoramic views. The dining room is next to the spacious open plan kitchen/family room/breakfast nook with fireplace and wallto-wall glass doors to view decks and a second family room/office with half bath around the corner. The kitchen with enormous center island is equipped with top An approximately 11,200 square foot home with stunning views from the Bay of the line appliances fit for a Michelin Star chef. Bridge to San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito, on appx. 1.2 Master suite features sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San acre lush garden double lot, this resort-like magnificent view estate is truly a Francisco, a fireplace, a deck and an opulent bathroom of exquisite marble. one-of-a-kind property on the prestigious Belvedere Island. Incredible scale Three other en-suite bedrooms complete this floor. A separate guest floor with and unrivaled opportunity, in one of the most exceptional settings in Northern two bedroom en-suite sharing a living room with wet bar and a private view deck. California, overlooking San Francisco Bay with breathtaking panoramic views. Sweeping entertainer’s decks and walls of glass that bring phenomenal views The estate’s resort-like luxurious amenities are as impressive as the residence, to the forefront of the living experience, all in a beautiful and private resort-like offering the versatility to retreat in serenity or entertain elaborate and lavish events, featuring the indoor pool on the garden level with steam room, sauna, setting. spa, an exercise nook, an entertaining kitchen, dining, bar, two bathrooms, wallRebuilt in 2008, this gated contemporary style home offers 6 bedrooms, 10 to-wall glass doors opening onto a spacious deck with a hot tub and outdoor bathrooms, a 60 foot indoor pool and entertainment area with multiple decks dining overlooking the exquisite gardens, various terraces with seating areas and to enjoy world class views, with elevator and walkways connecting the levels and endless views. Ample parking within the gate, plus three-car garage. uniting the indoor with the fabulous gardens and sculptures. This is a perfect home to enjoy luxurious gardens, breathtaking views and resortDouble doors open into a light-infused, two-story atrium entrance of the home’s like amenities in the most exclusive Belvedere location. incredible floor-to-ceiling window walls, flooding the space in natural light and For photos and details, please visit: immersing guests in breathtaking views. Office nook with a fireplace, majestic formal living room with soaring high ceilings, wall of glass windows, fireplace, wet


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California Lifestyle Collection Magnificent San Francisco Masterpiece


7 Beds | 8 Baths | 3 Half Baths | 16,000Âą sq. ft. This stunning Italianate mansion enjoys views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, Marin Headlands, Fort Mason, Russian Hill, Coit Tower, City and the East Bay hills. Exquisite architectural detailing is found throughout, with seven en-suite bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half bathrooms, formal living room, formal dining room, reception hall, grand foyer, mezzanine, library, seven fireplaces, eat-in kitchen, media room, family room, wine room, au-pair quarters with kitchen, gym, five marble terraces, six cast bronze balconies, garden with irrigation, gated driveway with parking plus four car garage, elevator, security system with cameras, two laundry facilities, and is wired for Wi-Fi, automatic drapery, and Lutron lighting throughout. Close to Union Street

shopping district, prestigious schools, transportation and easy access to the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco. This immaculate Italianate villa of approximately 16,000 square feet has been completely renovated using the finest materials and craftsmanship to create the ultimate modern amenities and luxury living, and still retains the elegance and beauty of the classic era. It was the San Francisco Decorator Showcase in 2008. For more detailed information, please visit:

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California Lifestyle Collection Napa Valley Vineyard Estate

6 Bedrooms | 6 Full Baths | 2 Half-Baths | ±5,653 sq. ft. | ±9.46 Acres A Nantucket inspired vineyard estate situated between Saint Helena and Calistoga, this charming residence on ±9.46 acres features a gated entrance with tree lined drive, appx. 5,653 sq. ft. main residence offers 4 en-suite bedrooms, spacious living/dining room, generous gourmet kitchen, plus a separate charming apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 bath and kitchen, a wine cellar adjacent to wine bar, billiard room, a pool and a stone pool house which currently serves as a guest house with bedroom, full-bath and kitchenette. Appx. 1.3 acre fully managed vineyard produces


around 3 tons of Zinfandel grapes and is farmed by the professionals from Alpha Omega Winery. The level lawn and many patios offer ample outdoor entertainment venues, and the convenient Silverado Trail location offers easy access to downtown St. Helena, Calistoga and the beautiful lifestyle of Napa Valley. For more detailed information, please visit:

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For those seeking an exceptional life PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS

Villa Tarka | $24,650,000 Magnificent and one of a kind grand 20,000 sq. ft. custom designed home. Set on 1.5 acres with 246 feet of sandy beach and fronting on the 16th hole of the beautiful golf course in the exclusive gated community of Ocean Club Estates. This stunning 12-bedroom beachfront estate is equipped with resort-style amenities including an infinity edged



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Silicon Valley Aztec Estate

views beyond. The gourmet chef’s kitchen, with large center island and top-of-the-line appliances, features large butler’s pantry, full size indoor grill, and over-sized custom glass windows.

Offered at $15,950,000 Towering above Silicon Valley and Los Gatos hills, the 52± acre Aztec Estate offers 8 bedrooms, 9 baths, appx. 10,309 sq. ft. in the main house and 1,800± sq. ft. in the 2 bedroom, 2 bath guest house, a pool with spa, a tennis court, ridge-top 360-degree panoramic views, incredible scale and unrivaled quality, all in one of the most exceptional settings in Northern California. The breathtaking panoramic views span the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Secluded in a private enclave at the end of a gated drive, the residence features soaring ceiling atrium, modern open floor plan, sweeping entertainment decks and sliding glass walls that bring phenomenal views to the forefront of the living experience. The main residence features superior quality and resort-like amenities throughout the extraordinary living space, linear designs, and prominent contemporary styling. Engineering and utilitarian elements play into the timeless design of George Foy, with materials like glass, stone, and steel used liberally in construction to showcase the natural beauty of this estate and the finest selection of materials and finishes, exquisite interior design and exterior landscape.

Secluded in its own private wing, the luxurious master suite is surrounded by sweeping panoramic views. An opulent marble bathroom boasts amazing ceiling heights and custom walk-in closets. With an office space, oversized fireplace and sitting area, sliding doors lead to a sprawling outdoor lounge overlooking the pool below and sunset on the horizon. This gated estate offers total privacy, steel frame construction, wine cellar, billiards room with wet bar, two custom offices, and state-of-the-art technology. The estate’s resort-like grounds are as impressive as the residence, offering the versatility to retreat in serenity or entertain with lavish events. Features include an infinity pool, spa, tennis/basketball court, outdoor bar and grill, fire pit, manicured gardens, various terraces and seating areas, fountains, waterfall, and wrap-around decks with endless views. As seen on HGTV’s Extreme Homes, Forbes magazine and DuPont Registry, this stunning private enclave, just minutes from the heart of energetically charged Silicon Valley, maintains a retreat from the bustling lights below while sharing the neighbourhood with several of Silicon Valley’s elites. Aztec Estate is truly a unique combination of privacy, serenity, panoramic views, and luxury amenities all in this one-ofa-kind modern masterpiece.

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4 Beds | 4.5 Baths | ¹2 acres This magnificent two-acre gated estate is the former clubhouse of the Marin Golf and Country Club originally built in 1906. Remodeled in recent years, this home features grand spaces for indoor and outdoor entertaining on a grand scale. Sited on a promontory that is perhaps the best location in the Country Club neighborhood, the main residence enjoys vast open spaces and views of the surrounding hills, Mt. Tam, San Francisco Bay, the Richmond Bridge, and one span of the Bay Bridge. San Rafael’s temperate climate can be enjoyed year-round, enhanced by access to marinas, hiking and outdoor activities in nearby China Camp State Park and beyond. The residence is surrounded by extensive gardens which can be enjoyed through the large picture widows. The open-truss living room and grand ballroom both feature large wood-burning fireplaces with ample space for sitting areas, billiard & game tables and grand pianos. The spacious club

bar and library provide unique places for indoor entertaining while the shaded archways and terrace in front of the home provide the same for outdoor living. The gourmet kitchen features a skylight, adjacent outdoor barbeque, and space for a large harvest table. This two-parcel compound is approached by either of two gated street entries, one with circular motor court, 2-car garage plus ample parking inside the gate, and the other entry opening into the orchard of fruit trees, pool and pool house with full bath and kitchen/bar, BBQ area, hot-tub and tennis court. The property can be purchased separately for 75 Margarita at $3,950,000 and 85 Margarita at $2,950,000. For more detailed information, please visit:

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Grand Home on 67± Acres with Panoramic Views 6 Beds | 6.5 Baths | 7,400± sq. ft. | 67.36± Acres | $6,388,000 Luxuriate in the world-renowned indoor-outdoor Napa Valley lifestyle at this newly constructed fabulous private gated ridgetop estate! Enjoy majestic panoramic views of vineyards and lush greeneries from this 7,400± sq. ft. contemporary open floor plan home boasting grand spaces in all the rooms. Entertainer’s dream kitchen opening to a broad lawn and infinity edge pool, spa, and in-pool lounge chairs. There are six spacious bedrooms with six and onehalf baths, grand living room, dining room, and kitchen with 18-foot high ceilings, family room with fireplace, home theater/media room,

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Napa Valley Prime New Home on 70± Acres 6 Beds | 6.5 Baths | 6,350± sq. ft. | 70± Acres | $5,850,000 Located in the exclusive St. Helena Reserve, this 6,350± square foot newly completed six bedroom, six and one-half bath home on 70± acres overlooks beautiful panoramic views of vineyards. Featuring high ceilings, bright/airy open floor plans and high quality materials throughout. The amenities include a generous living room/kitchen/family room designed for hosting intimate or large gatherings, seamlessly connecting the interior to the exterior landscape. This is further reinforced by the large pergola featuring second floor balconies, expansive decks and firepit table on the first floor.

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The extensively landscaped level lawn leads to an infinity edge pool, heated spa and bocce court. Commanding views of Napa Valley vineyards and mountains complete the serenity of this gracious estate. Two additional structures could be built, subject to approval. A perfect home for gracious entertaining with total privacy and yet less than 20 minutes to lively Downtown St. Helena and the prestigious Auberge du Soleil Resort. For more detailed information, please visit:

Olivia Hsu Decker

Direct Line 415.720.5915

Olivia @


Lic.# 00712080

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California Lifestyle Collection

St. Helena Reserve 5 Lots | Price Upon Request Lot 1: Exceptional 50-acre view parcel within the gates at St. Helena Reserve. This parcel has its own well and offers breathtaking panoramic views to valley floor and Mayacamas Range. Soil and aspect report identify 10 plantable acres for vineyards plus winery potential. Underground power services this site. Lot 2: Unique 39-acre parcel offering 360 degree views including local vineyards and the Chiles Valley. This parcel is within the St. Helena Reserve gates and has its own well producing 12 gallons per minute. Soil and aspect report shows 12.5 acres of plantable land with underground power. Lot 4: Expansive 161-acre parcel offering numerous potential building sites allowing for complete privacy and myriad view opportunities. This site has a potential for 33 acres of plantable land with the site served by underground power.

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Lot 5: Beautiful 43-acre parcel featuring Chiles Valley/easterly views of numerous vineyards and mountains. This site has the potential for 11 plantable acres according to soil and aspect report. Lot #7: Located in the exclusive gated St. Helena Reserve, this prime 176 acres lot overlooks panoramic views of Pritchard Hill, Kuleto Vineyards, Napa Valley, Chiles Valley and Lake Hennessey. This is a spectacular ridgetop homesite to build a Wine Country compound with main house and two annex buildings, all with commanding vineyard views and total privacy and yet only 20-25 minutes from the vibrant downtown St. Helena where you will find fine restaurants, wineries, boutiques, quaint stores and all the services you need. Also, the nearby Lake Hennessey provides jogging, hiking and water sports. Power and well are available and 13+ acres are plantable for vineyards according to slope cropcare report and soil report subject to County approval. Priced at $12,800 per acre it is an amazing value for this rare large size lot at this price point.

Olivia Hsu Decker

Direct Line 415.720.5915

Olivia @


Lic.# 00712080

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