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LIFESTYLE LETTER Shonie Kuykendall

MARCH 2018 PUBLISHER

Richard Mellert | Richard.Mellert@LifestylePubs.com George Zorrilla | George.Zorrilla@LifestylePubs.com EDITOR

Emily Glaser | Emily.Glaser@LifestylePubs.com ACCOUNT MANAGER

Michelle Moody | Michelle.Moody@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

WHAT IS HOME? It's a question we contemplated often as we prepared this month's Home Issue. It's a place, certainly, but it's also a feeling—that cozy contentment that's evoked when you turn the corner and things look and feel familiar.  "Home," to us, begins the moment we enter our neighborhood and cruise our own street. They say "it takes a village," and in Charlotte that village comes with winding, tree-lined streets, historic architecture, and friendly neighbors. That's why we've highlighted a few of our favorite 'hoods (which many of you call home) and their fascinating histories in this month's feature.  Where you choose to make your home is only the beginning. How you decorate it (pg. 34), down to often-overlooked elements like your garage floor (pg. 12), influences your personal definition of home.  What's home mean to you? We'd love to hear from you! Check us out on social media and share your own stories of home. Warm Regards and Home-y Wishes,

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2018

FEATURES 16 In The Neighborhood Charlotte’s Historic Neighborhoods and Homes

20 Events Made Easy Red Star Catering Proves It’s Easy to Host at Home

16 34

34 Spruce It Up Easy Ideas for Updating Your Home Decor

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DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Renovate & Refine

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Culinary Creations

20 Local’s Choice 22 Road Trip 24 Travel Destination 25 Realty Report 26 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


GOOD TIMES

Third Annual Light the Way Gala Justice Ministries, a nonprofit serving victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through outreach, emergency services and transitional care, hosted their Third Annual Light The Way Gala to introduce attendees to the organization as well as raise funds for operations. PHOTOGRAPHY BY THAO CALLAND WITH CHOOSE GRACE STUDIO

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AROUND TOWN

CHARLOTTE’S ANNUAL TRAVEL & CRUISE SHOW

commitment to our mission," says co-founder Joe Pagani. "We will be able to serve so many more families with a renewed attention to their needs.

According to travel industry experts, a record num-

While our all-volunteer board does an amazing job

ber of travelers in 2017 will be followed by an even

with the many hours they donate to supporting

stronger 2018. Charlotte’s Annual Travel & Cruise

breast cancer survivors, Susan has a passion and

Show, hosted by Mann Travels, offered attendees

a commitment to focusing on how we can better

free access to hundreds of vacation opportunities,

serve this community and will allow us to increase

presentations, and exclusive savings on cruises,

our donor base and provide support to more fami-

tours, and more. The event, the largest of its kind in

lies in need." Sears' resume includes working with

the region, took place on Saturday, February 3rd and

Charlotte non-profits Komen Charlotte and most

was held at the Charlotte Convention Center. “The

recently Girls on the Run. Sears—whose passion

show gathers our top travel industry partners with

to support breast cancer initiatives began after

our agents and our clients in order to create a one

losing her mother-in-law in 2004—has served on

stop planning and booking opportunity,” comments

the planning committee for Go Jen Go's signature

Roni Fishkin, Director of Marketing & Events with

fundraiser the Run Jen Run 5k since 2013 and

Mann Travels. “Attendees were invited to collect

became a board member of the foundation in 2015.

more information and book on the spot to take advantage of all the show’s special offers.” Other features of the event included seminar presentations exploring new destinations and ways to travel around the globe. There was entertainment for families and door prizes as well.  Though the event has passed, there's still time to plan your 2018 travel! Call 1-800343-MANN (6266) or send an email to RSVP@ MannTravels.com.   Check Mann Travels’ website for a listing of future travel events in your area. MannTravels.com/Events/

THE GO JEN GO FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Go Jen Go Foundation has announced Susan Sears as the organization's first Executive Director. Go Jen Go provides financial assistance to families fighting breast cancer in the greater Charlotte area, providing $103,000 in grants to

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Jeff Clare

ADULT CRAFTING PARTY: NEEDLE FELTING

138 families in 2017. "Bringing on Susan as our

It’s party time in the Mint studios! The Mint

Executive Director gives Go Jen Go a new level of

Museum Uptown's fun twists on craft night

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return with Adult Crafting Party: Needle Felting on Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 8:30 PM.  Art styles and media techniques taught in these regular "parties" reflect artists' works on view and provide the conceptual lens for art-making for beginning through advanced audiences. From shibori tie dye to nature prints, adult artists and amateurs are invited to try out a new art at the Mint.  Go on an after-hours tour of the Craft + Design collection, enjoy an adult beverage with a friend, and try out two wool felting methods. This isn’t your average “sip & paint” class—plan to dress for a mess and bring your creativity! Registration includes admission, art materials, and instruction. BYO beer or wine. $40 general or $30 member.

SOUTH END GALLERY CRAWL South End is home to the largest concentration of art galleries in Charlotte—including the Charlotte Art League, Ciel Gallery, and Coffey & Thompson Gallery—making it a thumping art scene! The South End Gallery Crawl is the hood's signature  event and occurs every month  on the first Friday evening. Many of the galleries (and the occasional unconventional space, like a furniture store) will stay open late to host lively receptions for new exhibits with music, food and drink, and an opportunity to meet the artists.  The galleries are always rotating interesting displays of everything from encaustic cityscape paintings and juried Carolina clay sculptures to funky natural jewelry and broken china mosaics.  It’s easy to make a night of this award-winning event with shops, restaurants, and breweries around every corner, and the gallery crawl is free! Check our HistoricSouthEnd.com for more information. 

We are always accepting submissions for announcements you’d like to see included in our Around Town section. Submissions are accepted via the Contact Us tab at SouthCharlotteLifestylePubs.com. March 2018 | South Charlotte Lifestyle

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RENOVATE & REFINE

FIVE WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR GARAGE FLOORS ARTICLE ROBERT TRAFICANTI

HISTORICALLY, HOMEOWNERS HAVE PAID LITTLE ATTEN-

top coat, these floors can withstand virtually anything. If you have a flair for the

TION TO THEIR CONCRETE GARAGE FLOORS—BUT TIMES

finer things or you’re a serious gear-head (or you actually are a NASCAR® pit

ARE CHANGING. As garages expand from two-car to four-car (and

crew member), quartz will not disappoint. Available in just about any color you

larger) slabs of expansive concrete, the attention paid to finishing

can think of (including neon and glow-in-the-dark), you can create custom

these spaces has similarly increased.

designs, logos, and intricate graphics that are truly one-of-a-kind. A quartz

And it’s no wonder: garages are not just a place to park the family car. Today, the garage has become the quintessential multi-purpose

floor is expensive ($8/sf), but beautiful! Definitely leave this one to the pros. METALLIC FLOOR    

space, and with a whopping 600+ square feet of concrete it’s the

Unless you don’t plan to ever put your car in the garage again,

largest “room” in the house. So what options are available to trans-

don’t consider a metallic floor. So why even suggest it as a transfor-

form the floor of this potential-packed space?

mation option? Because metallic coatings are so cool! If your garage

EPOXY GARAGE FLOOR PAINT    

has been converted to a studio, exercise room, home business or

There’s not much value in painting your garage floor, even so-called

the like, a metallic floor is a great way to transform an ugly concrete

“epoxy paint.” It’s just a latex acrylic with a dab of epoxy in it to extend

floor into a one-of-a-kind work of art! It will be slippery when wet,

the cure time by about two hours. Big box stores sell it with a small bag

but barring that, your floor will be talked about and remembered by

of flakes in a “kit” so you can feel like a pro—until you read the instruc-

anyone who sees it. This is also a great option for basements, sun

tions. Skip the disappointment and go right to the professional version.

porches, foyers and any focal point where conventional products

EPOXY / FLAKE FLOOR COATING        

(carpet, tile or wood) won’t do the trick. Plus the price is actually

Epoxy / Flake floor coatings (distinctly different from an epoxy garage floor paint) are a two-component product consisting of resin and a polyam-

pretty reasonable at $7-9/sf. RUBBER GARAGE FLOORING    

ide hardener that when combined form a chemical bond that is extremely

If you’re the kind of person who’s afraid of commitment, you might

strong. Most installers add vinyl flakes to provide a decorative look while

want to consider a rubber garage floor. Available in tiles or sheets, you

adding a level of slip resistance to the coating. A polyurethane or polyas-

can easily install a rubber floor by yourself in about a day. The tiles lock

partic top-coat is the last step in the process, and the most important step

together, are available in a variety of colors and sizes, and they’re not

to providing a chemically resistant surface. A typical epoxy/flake floor will

installed permanently. Be prepared to do a lot of cutting, measuring and

set you back about $5-6/sf, but it’s an investment you’ll make only once

fitting. As for cost, you’re likely to spend around $4-$5/sf for materials.

in the lifetime of your garage. It’s best left to the pros for the simple reason

Regardless of which system you choose, doing something is better

that they have the equipment and experience to get the job done quickly

than leaving your concrete to weather naturally (option 5). Although

and correctly. An epoxy-coated floor will help reduce dust, give you a long

doing nothing is inexpensive at first, replacing bad concrete (espe-

lasting surface that is easy to maintain and looks beautiful.

cially in your garage) will set you back about $20 grand.

QUARTZ FLOOR    

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When money is no object and you need the abrasive resistance of an

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CULINARY CREATIONS

THE TOAST OF THE TOWN THE FIG TREE IS CHARLOTTE'S FAVORITE FINE DINING DESTINATION, AND WITH GOOD REASON ARTICLE EMILY GLASER | PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINY JOHNSON

A FIG TREE SERVES AS BOTH INSPIRATION AND METAPHOR

that she started in the kitchen of the same restaurant [I worked at

FOR ELIZABETH’S APTLY NAMED EATERY. Its namesake, four

in college] in the evenings, right after I switched to working in the

brown turkey fig trees, still stand sentinel over the grounds of the 1913

mornings,” he says. Finally, the stars and dishes aligned when they

bungalow-turned-restaurant. Figuratively speaking, the fig tree is a

worked together at an Italian restaurant in Cincinnati.

symbol for the both the owners—Chef Greg and wife and general man-

United in both matrimony and careers, the two stoked their shared

ager Sara Zanitsch, whose roots have grown deep into the Carolina soil

dream of opening a new eatery. But their hometown of Cincinnati,

since their arrival 13 years ago—and the fare they serve, which is as

which had provided them both with careers and romance, fell short

simply elegant and deliciously unpresumptuous as a fresh-plucked fig.

when they began the hunt for a restaurant location.

How the husband and wife team came to Charlotte, and conse-

When Chef Greg’s parents, living in Charlotte, found the Lucas

quently opened what our readers voted the best restaurant in town,

House, everything fell into place. One move and a year of renova-

is a story both simple and ranging. It begins, as most of our Culinary

tions later, The Fig Tree opened its doors on March 5, 2005, earning

Creations do, in a kitchen.

a historic preservation award in the process. “Its historic neigh-

“I was introduced to cooking after getting a part-time job wash-

borhood location, proximity to Uptown, large porch and three fire

ing dishes while I was in undergraduate school at the University of

places make it a romantic date spot and place to celebrate special

Cincinnati,” remembers Chef Greg. “I loved working in the restaurant

occasions,” Chef Greg adds.

and started changing my school schedule around so that I could start

Location and ambiance are all well and good, but a restau-

cooking and doing prep in the mornings.” What was initially a part-

rant is nothing if not for its food. There, Chef Greg delivers. The

time job for the student became a full-time passion when he enrolled

seasonal menu, threaded with French and Italian influence, prof-

at the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont, follow-

fers up dishes that are accessibly lavish, like veal carpaccio and

ing the completion of his undergrad degree.

lobster thermidor. “ The kitchen makes everything in-house, from

From Vermont, he traveled to Maui to work in the kitchens at the

bread to desserts, and changes the menu seasonally while keep-

Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, then Napa Valley, where he worked at Auberge

ing some staples that we have become known for,” Chef says. As

Du Soliel, then home to Cincinnati. He carved out a pedigree at some

wonderful as the food menu may be, it’s the wine list that truly

of the country’s top-rated restaurants.

sets them apart. “Our wine list has over 1000 different bottles,

It was upon his return to Cincinnati that Chef Greg met his wife, Sara—though their paths had nearly crossed before. “We realized 14

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which we hand select.” With such a fine selection, it’s no wonder The Fig Tree is the toast of the town.


BEGGAR’S PURSE + 2 green apples, diced + 1/2 yellow onion, diced + 2 T butter + 1 c gorgonzola + 1 c walnuts, chopped and toasted + 8 sprigs thyme

BEURRE BLANC

+ 1 sheet puff pastry + 1 egg

+ 1 c white wine

+ 2 oz milk

+ 1/2 shallot + 1 bay leaf

Sweat the onion in 2 T butter. Add 8 sprigs

+ 6 peppercorns

chopped thyme. When  onion is translucent,

+ 2 sprigs thyme

add diced apples and sauté for 4 minutes, until

+ 2 oz heavy cream

apples are tender. Let mixture cool in large mix-

+ 3/4 c butter, softened

ing bowl, then fold in 1 c crumbled gorgonzola

+ Salt

and 1 c toasted walnuts. Divide puff pastry into

+ Pepper

6 equal portions. Scoop 1/4 c apple mix into

+ 8 sprigs thyme, chopped

center of puff pastry. Pull up the sides of the puff pastry, forming a small pouch. Crimp

Reduce cup white wine, adding in shallot,

and seal at top. Whisk egg with 2 oz  milk.

bay leaf, peppercorns and 2 sprigs of thyme.

Brush pastry with egg wash and bake

When the reduction is almost dry, add heavy

at 450° F for 10 minutes or until golden-

cream. Whisk in butter. Season with salt and

brown. Serve over thyme beurre blanc. 

pepper. Add in remaining chopped thyme.

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IN THE

NEIGHBORHOOD

Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

CHARLOTTE'S HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOMES ARTICLE EMILY GLASER

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Courtesy of 24 Foundation

WE ALL RECOGNIZE, AND MANY OF US LOVE, THE CHARLOTTE SKYLINE: PEAKED SKYSCRAPERS THAT STAND IN SILHOUETTE AGAINST A CAROLINA BLUE SKY. But it wasn’t long ago that our skyline was very different indeed. Drive to the outskirts of our city—to small towns with names like Marshville and Mineral Springs and the gentle, rolling woods that stretch between them—and you can almost imagine the Charlotte of yesteryear.  It was a little more than a century ago that Charlotte’s neighborhoods began to take shape, carved from those same groves of trees and swaths of pastures, manicured and curved into districts we now know by name: Myers Park, Eastover, Freedom Park.  “Charlotte is a city of neighborhoods,” Tom Hanchett, local historian and author of Legacy: The Myers Park Story, explains with

excited

earnestness.

Hanchett’s

experience in and passion for local history stretches back into history itself; he came to Charlotte in 1981 to work for the Historic Landmarks Commission, fell in love with the area, and worked for the Levine Museum of the New South for 16 years. Now he shares Southern history through his website, HistorySouth.org. “It was a tiny place in 1900 with a population of less than 20,000; most of its growth was in the 20th century,” he continues; his voice lilts with love for his adopted hometown. “And we are just now as people, as Americans, starting to think the 20th century had some history to it! Charlotte may not have a lot of log cabins or old Victorian houses, but it does have some amazing 20th century neighborhoods.” Some of them still hold the historic emblems of their making; others have evolved into wholly modern metropolises. All of them have a story.

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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

(CON TI N U ED)

» MYERS PARK

“In the teens and twenties, that area of south-

east Charlotte was really the elite quadrant of the city,” explains Hanchett. The city’s earliest movers and shakers called Myers Park home—people like James B. Duke, mastermind millionaire behind Duke Energy and the The Duke Endowment and Duke University. In addition to claiming the largest residence as his own, Duke also helped forge the foundation of the neighborhood; it was his assistance, for example, that led to the planting of more mature trees on the barren landscape of the new neighborhood. Duke was joined by other of Charlotte’s nouveau riche: “The people around him were the leaders of banks, the electric power

Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

generation, textile mills,” Hanchett adds. “The economic heartbeat of Charlotte was there, and in many ways it still is.” The neighborhood’s residents may have helped shape the economic landscape of Charlotte, but it was the neighborhood’s planner—John Nolen— who helped shape the physical landscape of the city. “Myers Park is of national importance; it is on the National Register of Historic Places, but it is unusually significant even at that level because it was planned by John Nolen, who was probably the foremost landscape/neighborhood planner in the first third of the 20th century,” Hatchett explains. It was Nolen who introduced the notion of curving streets (Myers Park’s trademark), and his ideas continue to influence the evolution of the city today: “Nolen had an idea for greenway parks that would thread through that neighborhood and Sugar Creek, and they’re now building some of his visions from 1911.” MODERN CONVENIENCES FAVORITE SIGHTS + Queens Road West, with its curving, tree-lined avenues, is often cited as one of the most beautiful boulevards around. + Historic architecture shines at Queen’s College and the Duke Mansion. FAVORITE EATS  + Aix en Provence, littleSpoon, RockSalt FAVORITE DOS + The 2.8 mile Queen’s Road loops is a favorite for local cyclists.  + Take in a show at the neighborhood theater, Theatre Charlotte.  18

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FREEDOM PARK Though locals have only recently begun to recognize Freedom Park as a “neighborhood,” the history of the community runs deep. The park itself was planned to honor war veterans following WWII (you’ll still find a plaque dedicated to veterans near the baseball stadium). “People chipped in and raised money for the park, which was part of John Nolen’s greenway plan,” Hatchett says, circling

The Mint Museum makes its home among the verdant trees of Eastover (Courtesy of The Mint Museum). Courtesy of Dickens Mitchener. This Eastover home is available through Dickens Mitchener Residential Real Estate, DickensMitchener.com.

back to touch on Charlotte’s favorite neighborhood planner. Bordered by Myers Park on one side and Dilworth on the other, Freedom Park was largely influenced by its neighborhoods. “The north end of the neighborhood is an extension of Dilworth, which was Charlotte’s first suburb planned out in 1891 by Edward Dilworth Latta (that’s why Latta Plantation is in the middle of that neighborhood),” Hatchett explains. “In the '20s, ‘40s, and ‘50s, Dilworth spilled southward around the new Freedom Park.” Drawn by the now-historic park, people are flooding the neighborhood today to renovate old homes and build new ones.  MODERN CONVENIENCES FAVORITE SIGHTS + The park itself, of course, which is 98 acres of nature, includ-

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ing a 7-acre lake. EASTOVER Though Eastover could be considered an extension of Myers Park, the

FAVORITE EATS + Kid Cashew, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

‘20s-era ‘hood is truly its own entity. “It’s different in significant ways,”

FAVORITE DOS

Hatchett points out. “It’s almost entirely upscale (Meyers Park had a

+ Check out the Symphony’s Summer Pops shows in Freedom Park.

variety of different price points), and Eastover is hard to find because, as

+ September’s five-day long Festival in the Park attracts

the 20th century went along, we got more and more consumed by the

over 100,000 visitors.

notion that a neighborhood is synonymous with privacy, which is not the way neighborhoods were originally.” But like Myers Park, Eastover was also home to the city’s elite, like Hugh McColl Jr., the man behind Bank of America, the first coast to coast bank in America: “And his wasn’t even the biggest, fanciest house!” Hatchett adds with a laugh. The neighborhood was planned by Earl Sumner Draper, a protege of

Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

John Nolen; like his mentor, he loved curving streets and trees, which is still evident in the neighborhood today. What makes Eastover particularly special is that it was the site of the first municipal art museum in North Carolina, the Mint Museum, the original iteration of which was founded in 1837 (and was first housed in a previously functioning mint on the corner of Mint and Trade). “The people who saved that building were some of the movers and shakers in Charlotte, and they moved it there,” Hatchett adds.  MODERN CONVENIENCES FAVORITE SIGHTS + Parks, public tennis courts and quaint little shops and restaurants are all within walking distance. + The red-brick Georgian revival and Tudor Revival architecture are a sight to behold.  FAVORITE EATS + Napa on Providence, Deejai Thai Restaurant FAVORITE DOS + Visit The Mint Museum of Art, located on Randolph Road, for rich history and art. 

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

events made easy RED STAR CATERING PROVES IT’S EASY TO HOST AT HOME

WITH THE WEATHER WARMING UP AND WEDDINGS,

TIPS FOR IN-HOME EVENTS

SPRING FLINGS, AND TEA PARTIES ON THE HORIZON,

+ SIMPLIFY YOUR PLANNING

WE LIKE TO REFER TO SPRING BY ANOTHER NAME: EVENT SEASON. If you’ve got a brunch or barbecue on the docket, you probably have a to-do list as long as your guest list. Grocery shopping,

Having an event is supposed to be fun, so outsource some of the key elements to provide a stress-free environment leading up to guest arrival. Work with a caterer to create a customized menu that will feel personal and unique for your guests, but not like a hassle for you.

veggie chopping—the list goes on. But the good news is, you can knock out a half dozen of those to-dos in one fell swoop with a caterer like Red Star Catering. Locally owned and operated (and founded by the same

+ CONSIDER A BUFFET A buffet allows guests to pick their favorite items and provides movement and flow to your event.

award-winning team that brought you Mac’s Speed Shop), Red Star takes pride in providing the best in cuisine, service

+ PICK A THEME

and event planning to help create memorable and exceptional

Themes are always a great way to help tell a story when hosting any

culinary experiences, without any labor on your part. Led by

type of event. I find it especially important to incorporate a “storytell-

Executive Chef of Catering Alex Ranucci (who brings over 11

ing” aspect in planning. Having a theme also helps to create a sense

years of experience in catering, restaurant and food truck own-

of continuity and cohesiveness, and often can offer a solid foundation

ership to the table—literally), the Red Star team knows how to

when starting your planning. Infusing your theme into aspects like the

make every event—and every bite—special.

table décor and menus is a no-brainer, but it’s important not to overdo it by having a color or menu item that’s too repetitive.

We tapped Ranucci and the Red Star team to help guide you through your next event. Use his tips for planning and picking dishes, and turn your home into party central.

+ BE AUTHENTIC Pick something that feels authentic to you. You should never force a theme or a menu, and if you’re having a hard time connecting with something, take a step back and pull inspiration from places you’ve been, friends, family and even co-workers.

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WHY RED STAR?

ALEX'S FAVORITE DISHES FOR ENTERTAINING GUESTS + Fripp Island Crab Cakes with Cajun Remoulade Sauce

The catering market is extremely saturated

+ 4-Hour Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Red Potatoes, Topped with House-Made Sauce

and often feels mundane. With Red Star, we

+ Italian Chicken Roasted in White Wine Garlic Sauce (his family recipe!)

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ROAD TRIP ARTICLE WESLEY BROWN | PHOTOGRAPHY AUGUSTA CONVENTIONS & VISITORS BUREAU AND THE PARTRIDGE INN

Past & Present

THE VIBRANT HISTORY OF AUGUSTA, GEORGIA

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Augusta offers Southern charm and modern attractions. While you’re

columns bring to mind sunny afternoons spent lounging in sunshine,

in the sweet city make sure to explore these destinations.

mint julep and croquet mallet in hand. It’s this nostalgic and luxurious history that’s brought to mind, and

CHOW DOWN

to reality, at Augusta’s The Partridge Inn, Curio Collection by Hilton.

Eateries abound in this Southern city, but it’s not all chicken and biscuits.

Known as "The Grand Hotel of the Classic South,” the sprawling

Bodega Ultima

property, just minutes from downtown Augusta, has long been a

Born of a mutual love of world travel and culinary art between father

favorite of political and business leaders and celebrities alike (includ-

and son team, Kevin and Cary Goldsmith, Bodega Ultima combines

ing Bob Dylan, Reba McIntyre and James Brown). The original house,

Mediterranean and Spanish landscapes with a dash of Indian influence.

built in 1836 and opened as a boutique hotel by Morris W. Partridge

The Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery

in 1910, remains intact within the larger, more modern structure,

Tucked into an old 19th century cotton mill, the Boll Weevil is a cozy

offering a glimpse into the Augusta of yesteryear.

cafe with a menu featuring more than 30 homemade desserts and

Its foundation may be aged, but the accommodations certainly

delectable “Southern Delights” like local favorites fried green toma-

are not; a recent multi-million-dollar renovation turned this classic

toes and shrimp and grits.

into a must-visit. Traditional high ceilings and timeless decor blend

Nacho Mama’s

seamlessly with modern amenities like 42-inch TVs and personal-

TexMex meets Augusta in this classic kitchen. Folks come

ized, ergonomic work stations. Wide windows offer glorious views of

for the house burritos and nachos, but stay for the surprising

the Augusta skyline and the property’s own stately magnolias.

menu feature: pasta. Grab a seat on the second level for great

The hotel’s award-winning P.I. Bar & Grill serves up Southern sta-

people-watching.

ples in eclectic packages, favorites like Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Shrimp and Grits. Begin your evening with a classic cocktail on the

GET ARTSY

verandah of the adjacent lounge, stuff yourself with homey plates,

Augusta is a surprising enclave of the arts, from the streets to

then dance the night away with live music back at the lounge.

the scenery.

And when the night ends, climb the grand winding staircase back

Broad Street & Art on Broad

up to your room, kick off your heels and fall into the luxurious bed like

Augusta’s downtown main street feature eclectic shops, historical

the Southern belle you’ve always wanted to be.

buildings, modern dining, lots of art and more.

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

ARTICLE RONI FISHKIN

Surprises Await Travelers to Israel IF ISRAEL IS ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-SEE DES-

An exhilarating Jeep ride in the moon-scape Judean

TINATIONS, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The Holy Land

hills is a perfect example of an adventure-filled few

welcomed a record number of tourists last year, and

hours that can accompany a visit to the Dead Sea

expects even more this year to celebrate the 70th anni-

or historical Masada. Adrenaline junkies can coordi-

versary of the establishment of the modern Israeli state.

nate their exploration with biking and rappelling. The

Israel is a land that has special meaning for all major

list of possibilities doesn’t stop there! There’s hot-air

Western religions, and the obvious reasons to travel

ballooning, kayaking, snow skiing, and many more

there usually include those spiritual ones, a love of his-

outdoor adventure opportunities.

tory and an appreciation of archeology. Almost every-

In addition, there’s amazing hiking throughout

one, however, finds the joy of discovering some sur-

the country. National Geographic named the Israel

prises as well when they explore this beautiful country.

National Trail that runs from the southern tip of Israel all the way to the Northern Lebanese border one of the

BEYOND HUMMUS AND FALAFEL

epic trails of the world.

Israel is becoming a culinary destination that boasts an inventive and creative fusion of food and wine

VIBRANT STREET LIFE

recently recognized around the world. While it might

Despite what we are led to believe by media and com-

not be the initial reason you embark on an Israel jour-

mon misconceptions, Israel boasts a thriving, vibrant

ney, it is certainly something that resonates throughout

activity level in all its towns and cities.

your stay. One reason is the melting pot nature of the

In Tel Aviv, for example, families are out in force

Israeli culture: everyone arriving with their own tradi-

in the newly restored neighborhood of Neve Tzedek

tional offerings and taking advantage of the abundance

where galleries and boutiques line the street. The

of healthy, fresh ingredients including fruits, vegetables

sidewalk is full of strollers and there is a long line out-

and fish. Tel Aviv apparently boasts two interesting

side the corner gelato hotspot.

food–related records: the most sushi restaurants and the most vegans per capita anywhere in the world.

Nightlife is also bustling throughout the country where young professionals visit the outdoor bars and

Tourists always come home to regale their

restaurants and add to the creative energy of city life.

friends of the remarkable breakfast buffet in hotels

Popular shopping malls and pedestrian courtyards are

and restaurants across the country. With its origins

natural magnets for young and old.

rooted in the communal kibbutz experience, these breakfasts now include salads and fruits, dozens of

During the nicer weather, the beautiful beaches are filled with people enjoying a day with sun and sand.

cheeses, hot and cold offerings, artisanal breads,

All in all, Israel is far from a country that feels tense

and traditional favorites such as hummus, tahini,

and anxious, but one that is alive with possibility and a

shakshuka and oh so much more.

little something for everyone that travels there.

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the Marketing Director of Mann Travels, which, with local

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR Lily Quilt Show will be held on March

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9 and 10, 2018, at the Union County Agricultural Center. There will be more than 180 judged quilts on display, a special exhibit of Carolina Lily quilts, local and regional vendors, raffle quilt and raffle basket prizes. Admission: $5.00. CharlotteQuiltersGuild.org

9 & 10 FLEISHER PLAYS RAVEL LEFT HAND Belk Theater

Acclaimed pianist Leon Fleisher joins Christopher Warren-Green for a moving performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, bookended by works by Sibelius and Prokofiev. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CharlotteSymphony.org or call (704) 972-2000.

10 #SHAPINGCLT BRUNCH TBA

A do-it-yourself social change toolkit, #ShapingCLT is a solutions-oriented variety show aimed at vanquishing apathy with new vision and energy. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the March edition will explore the history of women’s rights and the cultural turning point of the #MeToo Movement. Learn more and purchase tickets at MuseumOfTheNewSouth.org. 

10 2ND ANNUAL MEMORY GALA The Westin Charlotte

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ern Carolina Chapter for a memorable evening at its 2nd Annual Memory Gala. The black-tie optional event will feature a cocktail hour, seated dinner, dancing, musical entertainment, wine pull, and silent and live auctions. It will also honor former NFL great, Marty Schottenheimer (who was diagnosed with

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Alzheimer’s) and his wife Pat. Proceeds provide opportunities critical to fighting Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds for research and local support services.

11 THE CLASSIC BLACK CINEMA SERIES: ST. LOUIS BLUES Harvey B. Gantt Center for

African-American Arts + Culture

Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but Will can't stay away from the music of the streets. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father while he writes and publishes many blues songs. At last, after many years, the family is reunited when Gogo brings them to New York to see Will's music played by a symphony orchestra.

14 BILINGUAL SPANISH TOUR: DEVELAR Y DETONAR Mint Museum Uptown

Join the Mint for its first free bilingual Spanish guided tour of the special exhibition Develar y Detonar (Reveal and Detonate): Contemporary Mexican Photography.

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR Home Kitchen Tour. Six beautiful homes with outstanding indoor and outdoor kitchens are showcased on a self-guided tour. These homes are located close to Uptown Charlotte in Dilworth, Myers Park, Eastover and  South Park. Guests will experience trending ideas for kitchen makeovers, bold design and innovation, sustainable materials and efficient appliances, and tastings and culinary demonstrations by renowned chefs and artisanal food vendors. The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians will round out this inspiring event with glorious music. Tickets are $25 in advance online and at local retail outlets. Proceeds support the Charlotte Symphony, its Youth Orchestras, and the Guild’s award-winning youth music education initiatives.

17 14TH ANNUAL CROWN JEWELS MARDI GRAS GALA The Westin Hotel

The Crown Jewels (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will host its 14th Annual Mardi Gras Gala on March 17, 2018 at The Westin Hotel, Charlotte, NC  at  7 pm.  Proceeds from the Gala provide scholarships to Charlotte area high school students and support for community programs. Learn more about the Gala by visiting CrownJewelsLinksInc.org. 

18 SUNDAY FUN DAY: FRESH START WITH MODERN ART Mint Museum Uptown

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rary galleries, create a Warhol-style print, explore abstract painting, and enjoy a performance by the Charlotte Children's Choir! Free for kids and members; $6 for adults.

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24 OMB’S 9TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Celebrate the 9th anniversary of South Charlotte's Lifestyle's reader's favorite brewery. They will release their famous Anniversary Alt at this community event full of live music, good food and fresh beer. 

APR 6 DANCING WITH THE STARS OF CHARLOTTE TO BENEFIT THE PINK HOUSE 2018 Knight Theater

Proceeds from Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to Benefit the Pink House, raised by each star, will directly support the many services Carolina Breast Friends provides at the Pink House for those experiencing breast cancer. 

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business directory AUTOMOTIVE

Steve Moore Chevrolet (844) 386-6673 stevemoorechevrolet.com Volvo Cars Charlotte (704) 563-1000 volvocharlotte.com  

CHARITIES & FUNDRAISERS

6th Annual Run Jen Run 5k and Festival (704) 542-8686 gojengo.org Susan Komen Organization - Charlotte (704) 347-8181   The ARC of Mecklenburg County (704) 607-4364 arcmeck.org  

DRY CLEANERS

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ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION

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FASHION & ACCESSORIES

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FINANCIAL SERVICES & PLANNING Sabrina Brathwaite Merrill Lynch (704) 705-3239 fa.ml.com/fritsche.brathwaite

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (704) 525-5844

HEALTH & WELLNESS Aroga Care (704) 319-5500 arogacare.com

HOME DESIGN & FURNISHINGS

Dilworth Mattress Factory (704) 333-6564 Goods Home Furnishing (704) 910-4045 goodshomefurnishings.com  

HOME SERVICES

Blackhawk Hardware (704) 525-2682 Grattan Pest Control (704) 614-6503 grattanpestsolutions.com   Lifetime Flooring Solutions (704) 771-6721 lifetimeflooringsolutions.com   Quality Comfort (704) 821-6920 qualitycomfortnc.com  

INTERIOR DESIGN Decorating Den Interiors - Charlotte (704) 807-7095 decoratingden.com

LAWN MAINTENANCE Eco Lawn Care Services (980) 239-7428

LEGAL

Graser Smith, PLLC (704) 626-6795 grasersmith.com Heritage Law Firm (704) 233-3550 heritage-legal.com  

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Hanes Walker Premier Sothebys (704) 366-2830 haneswalker.com

RESTAURANTS, FOOD & BEVERAGE

Burtons Grill and Bar (980) 299-0999 burtonsgrill.com Mac's Hospitality Group, LLC (704) 529-1300  

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PARTING THOUGHTS

SPRUCE IT UP EASY IDEAS FOR UPDATING YOUR HOME DECOR

For this South Charlotte home, a dramatic bar captures attention with its geometric design and storage making it the focal point in an elegant dining room.

ARTICLE VALERY HUFFENUS & PATRICE HAWKINS OF DECORATING DEN INTERIORS | PHOTOGRAPHY JULIE LEGGE WITH CHARLOTTE REAL ESTATE PHOTOS I KNOW: YOU’RE TIRED OF LOOKING AT THAT SAME FUR-

valuable time, but your design professional will be thrilled with the

NITURE ARRANGEMENT. Or perhaps the wallcovering in the

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If you have a special upcoming event that’s inspired you to redecorate, then it’s important that the entire process start in

Try rearranging what you already own! Sometimes moving

enough time to meet your deadline. And I know that money is

furniture around a room or transferring pieces from one room to

often a challenging topic, but knowing your budget really helps

another makes a huge difference!

your design professional help you.

FIND SOME NEW ANGLES.

IDENTIFY YOUR FOCAL POINT.

For your furniture, of course. Try moving your furniture into

Is it a fireplace, a beautiful view, a bed or an armoire? Your room

more interesting positions. Rather than the traditional line of fur-

arrangement should surround your focal point. Pulling furniture

niture along the walls, try putting some sofas and armoires off

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corners. You’ll love the difference an angle can make!

warmth to your room, but will be inviting to guests as well.

LIGHT UP YOUR WORLD.

WHAT’S YOUR THEME?

If your room seems drab and dull, perhaps your lighting could use

Selecting a theme for your room says something about you and your

a facelift. Consider replacing an old shade or installing new wall fix-

family. It also provides you with a way to display collections, themed

tures. Perhaps adding some new lamps will brighten up your world.

items, or arts and crafts. Once your theme has been selected, you’ll be

ASK YOURSELF: WHAT DO YOU REALLY LIKE?

surprised how your choices and shopping decisions will be simplified.

If you’re unsure, then we suggest you review design books and

WAKE UP YOUR ROOM WITH COLOR!

home decorating magazines. When you find a photograph of a

For instant impact, nothing beats adding color to a room. To

room that you really like, spend some time analyzing what it is that

find the right color for you, find something you adore in a color

attracts you to that design.

that makes you happy. Once your color decision is made, fabrics,

START A REDECORATING NOTEBOOK.

upholstery, artwork and accessory selections will be a snap!

Save pictures of your favorite rooms and favorite things. Make

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some notes as you study these photos. Ask yourself: why do I

Everyone deserves to be able to say, “No matter what kind of

like this room? What would I change? How do the fabrics, colors,

day I’ve had, when I come home I feel happy and uplifted.” Call

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