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THE SECRET TO GORGEOUS EYES Peter Thomas Roth unveils new eye patches for insant brightening NEW ERA OF ALZHEIMER’S TREATMENTS Mount Sinai experts discuss most promising treatments LUXURY IN THE HEART OF PROVENCE Nestled in Mont Ventoux sits Hôtel Crillon le Brave

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one mann’s opinion I wanted to start off by saying Happy Holidays from Mann Publications! Our growth in Mann About Town has been exceptional and we are so proud of each of our ten covers in 2023. The stories and friends we have made with each will always remain with us. Alongside the covers, we’ve had a year of luxury features and we’ll bring you many more going into 2024. A big thank you again to Oz Pearlman for being our October issue cover. He’s a great friend and an even better person. I was thrilled to work with him again and I wish him and his family the best. The Mann Charitable Foundation golf outing, sponsord by PKF O’Connor Davies and White Oak Commercial Finance, LLC, was a great success as we rasied research funds for geriatric diseases. In going through all the photos, I’m reminded on what a great event it was and look forward to the next. As an avid golfer, our feature on the top golf events in Florida is something I enjoyed reading. Be sure to check out the events before the end of the year and as always, happy golfing. In Arts, we are highlighting The Museum of Jewish Heritage as they have opened an exhibit called “Courage to Act: Rescue in Denmark” which shows the rescue of Denmark’s Jewish population in 1943. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the events in the Middle East that are still unfolding as I write. Like everyone, I was horrified by the unconscionable terrorist attack against Israel and pray for the innocent on all sides. I’d like to personally wish everyone a happy holiday and as you celebrate with friends and family, never take them for granted. May we have peace in 2024, and we’ll see you in January.

“The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a masterarchitect; in execution, the labors of many.” - Hubert Humphrey

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18 Out on the Town 28 En Vogue

32 Center Stage 34 On the Upswing 40 On the Table 48 On the Cover 56 Mann Overboard 62 Aspen Living 66 Health & Wellness 68 Healthcare 74 Mann of the Hour 76 Sunshine State of Mind 80 Social Calendar 82 Arts & Affairs 84 Advertorial 87 Window Shopping

features 32 MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Robert Massimi reviews “Merrily We Roll Along” on Broadway 34 CHANGING THE JEWELRY GAME Noble & Precious creates a new space when shopping for gold jewelry 36 SOFIE MÄHLKVIST CHOICES FOR LATEST TREND Beige picks to brighten up your holiday outfits 40 TSUBAME Omakase inspited restaurant opens up between Tribeca and City Hall 42 ITALIAN FOOD COMPANY Authentic Italian and La Dolce Vita is brought to the Florida Keys 56 GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA Live life unpluged at Costa Elena’s new beach club 58 LUXURY IN THE HEART OF PROVENCE Nestled in Mont Ventoux sits Hôtel Crillon le Brave


ON THE COVER Maks Chmerkovskiy Former Dancing with the Stars pro on his past, present and future

60 CRUISE INTO THE HOLIDAYS Ring in the new year with these holiday getaways 62 YOUR GUIDE TO ASPEN WINTER Strap on the snow boots and make your through Aspen 66 FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH Refresh your peptides with OneLife Health and Performance 68 NEW ERA OF ALZHEIMER’S TREAMENTS Mount Sinai experts discuss most promising treaments 74 NAUTICA WATCHES Global lifestyle brand debuts new FallWinter collection 76 GOLF EVENTS TO ATTEND IN FLORIDA See the pros do their thing at the top golf events 80 AUTUMN EVENTS Fill your calendar with these fantastic events 82 COURAGE TO ACT: RESCUE IN DENMARK Visit the new exhibit at The Museum of Jewish Heritage 84 THE SECRET TO GORGEOUS EYES Peter Thomas Roth unveils new eye patches for instant brightenting

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editor’s letter First and foremost, Happy Holidays from the Mann About Town team! If you need any gift ideas, our category Window Shopping has you covered. As a reminder this issue is a double issue for both November and December so unfortunately you won’t be hearing from us until January print wise but be sure to stay updated on our website and social media pages! For this feature we are honored to have past Dancing with the Stars Pro and Season 18 Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy Winner, Maks Chmerkovskiy! As a fan of the show, writing his story was so much fun and I hope it shows a different side of Maks off screen. Our main goal is to bring you the best and most luxurious features on dining, travel, health & wellness and so much more each month. As the winter approaches, check out the guide to Aspen to fill up your Ski trip itinerary. If the mountains aren’t your thing, cruise away with Uniworld Boutique Cruises. A big thank you to Chef Zheng and the team at Tsubame! The ambiance and the hospitality they showed was exceptional and paired perfectly with each exquisite bite. Head over to their feature to read more about the Omakase inspired meal. As we watch the events in the Middle East unfold, I pray for peace and for the innocent who are suffering. I hope everyone enjoys what this double feature brings! It’ll be a perfect read next to the fireplace. Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in January!

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Exhibition Hosted at Consulate Midtown Restaurant to Benefit Spoons Across America The Annie Watt Agency hosted a Fundraising Photography Exhibition. One hundred percent of the net profits were donated to benefit Spoons Across America. Photos courtesy of

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Kiril & Miki Mihajlov owners of The Consulate Midtown Restaurant in NYC generously sponsored the event and permitted their stunning French restaurant to be transformed into an art gallery displaying the Black & White images. Over 120 guests were encouraged to “take their portrait off the wall” as a keepsake while enjoying wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

James Grosso described to the audience how their programs educate children about healthy foods, imparting culinary skills, kitchen science and food origins through diverse, intelligent and nutritious choices. Watt and her agency have been providing photography and media outreach services to the foundation for over a decade and will photograph their next gala in April 2024.

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who captured guests as they discovered their portraits, included David DuPuy, Jill Nelson, John Sanderson, Steve Eichner, Barry Williams and Frank Rocco, plus Mike Jachles who works with Annie in Palm Beach and Alex Agisilaou shot video during the event. Event Manager Alexandra-Dana Gusita created yet another wonderful experience for the guests. The 2024 gala will take place at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.


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New York’ s Top Real Estate Moguls Joined IDF Soldiers in Exclusive Long Island Golf Outing Hosted By FIDF Guests Heard from a Female Soldier Who Commanded and Executed the First Successful Use of David’s Sling Air Defense System Photography by Dimino LLC, Courtesy of FIDF

Some of New York’s most prestigious real estate professionals gathered for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) New York Real Estate Division’s 11th Annual Golf Outing at Glen Oaks Country Club in Old Westbury, NY, where they golfed, networked and dined alongside soldiers who protect the State of Israel. Also in attendance were Mike Sweetney, former NBA player, and Emily Austin, actress, sports journalist and social media influencer. The day-long event was hosted by Marty Burger, CEO of Silverstein Properties and Gary Phillips, managing director of Eastdil Secured, co-chairs of the FIDF Real Estate Division. The FIDF Real Estate division was created in 2006 by a group of successful business and philanthropic leaders who were passionate about uniting members of the real estate community to support the soldiers of Israel. FIDF board member, outgoing Real Estate Division Chairman and staunch supporter, Chuck Rosenzweig of Criterion Real Estate Capital, was the event honoree and commended for his exemplary passion, devotion and generosity towards supporting the young men and women who protect the Jewish State through FIDF’s game-changing and transformative programs. “Rosenzweig has been instrumental in building the Real Estate division into the powerhouse group it is today and we are so thankful for


his ongoing dedication,” said Pninit Cole, executive director, FIDF Affinity Groups. “The impact of his support has been priceless in meeting critical needs of the soldiers, and in turn helping to ensure Israel’s very existence.”

interceptions when deadly missiles were headed towards Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. David’s Sling is designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, tactical ballistic missiles, medium-to-longrange-rockets and cruise missiles.

The contributions of the Real Estate division have been vast. The group participated in four missions to Israel to see first-hand how FIDF transforms the lives of IDF soldiers; raised $500k+ towards FIDF’s emergency campaign to support IDF soldiers’ critical needs during Operation Guardian of the Walls; funded numerous FIDF construction projects including sports complexes and wellbeing centers; sponsored multiple IMPACT! scholarships for former combat soldiers and provided financial support to multiple adopted battalions.

Guests also heard from Capt. Baruch, an instructor of the Supreme Naval Company Course, who shared his involvement in Operation Guardian of the Walls when his ship was called into battle on a mission to protect the Maritime border. Baruch recently participated in FIDF’s Witnesses in Uniform program that brings delegations of IDF officers to Poland to learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust, helping them to connect to their mission more deeply. Baruch shared that he was “overwhelmed with gratitude” for the FIDF’s life-changing contributions to support soldiers like himself on and off the battlefield.

Ofer Yardeni, founder and chairman of Stonehenge NYC and FIDF National Board Member led a special tribute to beloved friend and FIDF supporter Ned Dubofsky Z’L. On behalf of the Real Estate Division, Yardeni announced the building of an outdoor fitness center for the Golani brigade in Dubofsky’s memory, fusing his passion for this group of soldiers and fitness. An event highlight was hearing from two guest soldiers who detailed their experiences in service. The first, a woman, was 2nd Lt. Megal, who commanded and executed the first successful operational use of the David’s Sling Air Defense System, carrying out two


“We are here to show the Israeli soldiers standing on the front lines right now that we have their backs, and that we will do whatever it takes to make sure they succeed on the battlefield and beyond,” said Berger. Distinguished event guests included Israeli attaché, Major Efrat Orenstein, former NBA Player, Mike Sweetney; NBA reporter, Emily Austin; FIDF National Board Member, Ofer Yardeni; FIDF CEO, Steve Weil; FIDF National Director Major General (Res.), Nadav Padan; FIDF Executive Vice President of the Northeast Region, Galit Brichta.


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The GLA Gala Returns with a Headline Performance by Iconic Singer Debbie Gibson Actor Christopher Meloni, Broadway Star Ashley Loren joined Emcee, Good Day New York’s Rosanna Scotto for the event which raised over $1.6 million for Lyme and tick-borne disease research and awareness Photos by PMC / Michael Ostuni / BFA / Sansho Scott

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Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases held their annual GLA Global Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The annual event raises Lyme disease awareness and funds for research to improve diagnostics and treatments and ultimately find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. This year’s gala was a night to remember for invited celebrities, business leaders and top scientists alike. The spectacular event began with cocktails, dinner and an auction followed by a special musical performance by music icon Debbie Gibson. Master of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto, co-host of FOX 5 “Good Day New York” led the affair which in-

cluded appearances by Broadway Star Ashley Loren as well as Celebrity Ambassador Christopher Meloni. This year, the GLA honored Kenzie Vath, a Lyme warrior, devoted wife, loving mother and dedicated hotelier, for her remarkable contributions towards raising both funds and awareness for this relentless disease. Additionally, the GLA introduced a new award for the first time in 2023, generously sponsored by philanthropists Bob and Karen Kelly, which is designed to celebrate the heroic endeavors of family members who serve as medical advocates and play an indispensable role in navigating the medical system during this battle, alongside the patients themselves.

This year’s event raised more than $1.6 million to advance GLA’s mission to conquer Lyme Disease. Save the date: The 9th Annual Gala will return to Cipriani 42nd Street on Thursday, October 10, 2024. The GLA Gala is among New York City’s most highly anticipated fundraising events. It is exclusively dedicated to raising awareness and supporting research and patient service programs for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The cause is more important than ever with a record number of cases reported. According to the CDC, there are 476,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year in the U.S. Support can make a difference for patients today and tomorrow.

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Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia Host Annual Lifeline New York Benefit Dinner The Benefit held at the Explorers Club New York Raised Funds for Children’s Hospitals in Serbia Photos courtesy of PMC/Sylvain Gaboury


heir Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted the annual Lifeline New York Benefit Dinner with a crowd dedicated to championing philanthropic efforts around the world.

Hundreds of guests attended the beloved affair at the world-famous Explorers Club in New York City to enjoy the cocktail and dinner event in addition to supporting this unique benefit that aids children’s hospitals in Serbia. The event featured a performance by Gwyneth Giangrande. Auctioneer Jack Hartnett auctioned special items including a painting donated by Fer da Silva in addition to a basketball signed by Denver Nuggets NBA star Nikola Jokic. Guests celebrated the work of the charity with a special cocktail, the “Royal Blossom,” served from Casa De Sol Tequila and red wines from BZ Consortium.

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7 Banana Republic Launches Exclusive Capsule Collection with Peter Do


Banana Republic (BR), a Gap Inc. brand, launches an exclusive capsule collection in partnership with fashion designer Peter Do. As two American brands who believe there is significance in the approach to dressing, Banana Republic and Peter Do created a collection grounded in versatile, high-quality pieces celebrating impeccable tailoring and craftsmanship, which are at the core of both brands’ design codes.


“BR x Peter Do allows our brands to reach a new consumer who is passionate about fashion and culture,” said Meena Anvary, Banana Republic’s head of marketing. “The intersection of our heritage and Peter’s unique design sensibility creates a fresh, effortless look to support our customers’ multi-dimensional lives. We are excited to offer a collection that will be a mainstay in wardrobes for years to come.” Designed by Peter Do with inspiration pulled from the Banana Republic archives, the capsule defines what the new vision for American clothing looks like with its versatile and ready-to-wear styles and accessories. Crafted in Peter Do’s signature neutral color palette, the product is brought to life in Banana Republic’s timeless silhouettes.


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“For BR x Peter Do, we focused on universal pieces designed with an eye towards versatility, wearability and a timeless point of view,” said designer Peter Do. “We both believe in quality and the end goal is to dress people in clothes that they will want to wear with a feeling of newness each time.” The 28-piece collection features transformational outerwear including the Detachable Pleated Trench, City Coat and Detachable Utility Trench; key tailoring wardrobe pieces such as the Leather Utility Shirt, Tuxedo Utility Blazer and Tuxedo Drill Trousers; and layering items such as the Utility Dress, Detachable Turtleneck Sweater, Artisan Tunic, Sweater Tanks and Convertible Sweater Vest. Accessories include silk scarves and a leather belt bag. To bring Peter Do’s New York sensibility to the classic BR styles, a monochromatic, vintage map of Brooklyn was incorporated into the collection on the Utility Shirt, the Utility Dress, the Reworked Authentic Tee and the Printed Silk Scarf, as well as an under layer of the Detachable Utility Trench. Adding some playfulness to the collection, a sketch of a banana was designed on the Intarsia Sweater, the Reworked Authentic Tee and the Printed Silk Scarf. Mixed media is embraced throughout with leather patches on knits and jackets, a leather and suede button-down shirt and a removable shearling collar for the Detachable Utility Trench that adds texture and dimension to the collection.


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UGG Launches Regenerate by Ugg Collection In taking a step toward a more regenerative world, Southern California-based global lifestyle brand UGG (a division of Deckers Brands) released Regenerate by UGG, an all-gender, sustainability-focused collection crafted with materials from land cared for with regenerative traditions.


The fashion industry and its supply chains are intrinsically linked to agriculture through raw materials resulting in consumer products, often created through destructive farming practices. Regenerative agriculture ensures that farming is conducted in harmony with nature to help restore soil, encourage wildlife diversity, capture carbon in the ground and preserve the land for future generations. By 2025, UGG has vowed to help restore one million acres of grassland into regenerative farmland. In 2022, the brand established a long-term grant with Savory Institute to support regenerative farming practices on sheep farms in Australia. Today, UGG has contributed to the restoration of 310,000 acres. Throughout this five-year commitment, the brand hopes to leave a legacy of transformation on the Australian sheepskin industry by helping these farms work regeneratively. UGG is continuing to find ways to source innovative materials more responsibly and support the well-being of surrounding communities through tapping heroes in the space. The brand partnered with creators, activists and changemakers in the regenerative community to debut the Regenerate by UGG collection.



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“Merrily We Roll Along” on Broadway BY ROBERT MASSIMI

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“Merrily We Roll Along” will be a top Tony contender for Best Musical come June. The show has everything a great musical has to offer, great singing, excellent acting, big staging and effective lighting. Director Maria Friedman has the three main stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Johnathan Groff and Lindsey Mendez in top form. The musical originally played for a short time in 1981 with Hal Prince as its director; its cast was almost exclusively teenagers and young adults and as a result, was rejected by both critics and audience alike. In its recent production, “Merrily” has a first-rate cast. The stars and its ensemble cast bring high octane to this Stephan Sondheim, Kaufman and Hart piece.

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Noble & Precious Changes the Gold Jewelry Game BY ALEX BAUMBUSCH


hile the jewelry industry is constantly evolving with new styles and trends, Noble & Precious has changed the game in how consumers buy and use their gold. Rather than saving up to buy that one piece of jewelry you’ve had your eye on for months, Noble & Precious allows you to buy multiple pieces – for less than the cost of one piece - while still maintaining the luxurious look and benefits of solid gold. Georgia Antill, owner and founder, says she “wanted to put the joy back into buying and owning affordably priced gold jewelry, after years of wasted spending on gold plated options that tarnished early on and ended up in the bin.” Noble & Precious prides itself on having jewelry that serves you. “We want our customers to get value and wear out of their pieces and to feel free to wear them in the jacuzzi, to the office and as they apply creams and perfumes. We are all about the wearer,” Antill said. Total wearability plays alongside desire, which N&P does a great job keeping up. To stay relevant in the jewelry game, N&P keeps updated in their research across global trends and highend brands thus giving customers a wide range of gorgeous custom designs. What makes N&P stand out from its competitors is the shopping experience they give their customers. “We have found a way to offer the look, feel and wear of solid gold pieces for a fraction of the cost,” Antill said. “We really tapped in and listened to what customers want.” A blend of the latest technology with the love and care of oldworld design charm gives customers more style options and more value for their money. To reach the achieved level of quality in their products, N&P only uses marine-grade bio-degradable stainless steel for its design base. This is key, as it is one of few metals that are highly durable, corrosion and rust resistant. Meaning it won’t erode from the inside to tarnish the gold exterior, like copper, brass and bronze bases will do. Their stainless steel is always nickel-free and as such allergy-safe for wearers too. N&P uses a new technology to coat all their pieces with genuine 18K gold via a vacuum chamber to fuse it with the steel, thus creating

a permanent seal. This is a new, different and better manufacturing technique than that of traditional gold plating and vermeil, both for wearers and the environment. So many current brands still use corrosive base metals and adhere gold via the old method of electrochemical plating. N&P’s biggest challenge as a new entry to this market with a better-quality product is trying to get their “Wear it Anywhere!” message across. N&P has created a combined offering of bold styles and new technology that people haven’t experienced over the last 20 years. “We are an innovative new breed, that allows our customers to just, be you! Style yourself with your favorite pieces and wear them wherever you like, without the worry of it tarnishing.” Perfect for today’s conscious consumer. Due to this exciting evolution, N&P has gained attention from all over. Nicole Young, Selling Sunset cast member, is showing off her N&P gold on their fi lming of season eight. She credits social media, specifically Instagram, for introducing her to the brand. The standout piece that caught her eye was ‘The Royal’ Necklace. “It’s a stunning and unique necklace with an Old English fi ligree crest and a fob. A one-of-akind piece of jewelry,” Young said. “I love and so appreciate the superior quality and style of N&P jewelry! As soon as you look at and feel their pieces in person, it is instantly obvious that this is 100% not your typical affordable jewelry. It is far superior!” N&P’s next range will offer gold jewelry with a range of beautiful gems in different sizes and colors all with the same life-proof durability and beauty of their current product range. Beyond this, N&P plans to continue to embrace technology, innovation and customer wants and to expand into different categories within the accessory world.

It was time someone created a new & better category within the ‘affordable’ jewelry market space. - Georgia Antill

“As long as we offer products that are noble in design and precious to our customers, we will keep expanding,” Antill said. “Hence our name being ‘Noble & Precious.’” Instagram: @nobleandprecious



Trends by Sofie Butter Up BY SOFIE MÄHLKVIST

Beige is a reliable color for every season, but this winter, if you want to stand out amongst the crowd, dial the hue up and wear butter yellow. Even though this shade is typically associated with the summer months, this hue will be your go-to for adding a dash of sunshine even when winter’s chill is in the air. So, swap out those traditional beige pieces for a bit of butter and let your outfit brighten up the season! Whether it’s tops, dresses, pants or coats this color brings some much-needed warmth to your winter outfits.

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Galvan London Boyfriend Coat $2,195

Self Portrait Yellow Boucle Cropped Jacket $630

Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Cotton Mock Neck Top $168

Stella McCartney Lace-Trimmed Satin Mini Dress $2,300

Rodebjer Ermine Oversized Knit $520

M. S. Rau Bulgari Multi-Toned Gold Link Bracelet $16,850



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Serving an Omakase Experience in Tribeca




ON THE TABLE Chef-Owner Jay Zheng

a young man where he gained expansive Japanese cultural knowledge, Zheng and his family then migrated to the Midwest, where he grew up working in his family’s restaurants. He was educated as an engineer and tried the business world after college, but hospitality quickly drew him back. Stints at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago hooked him on fine dining. Chef Zheng opened his first Japanese fusion restaurant in Indiana in 2012. Hoping for a more appreciative audience for real Japanese flavors, he moved to New York in 2016 and opened Gaijin, an upscale sushi restaurant in Astoria, Queens. After the pandemic, he relaunched it as Kōyō, where he took over as Executive Chef and served his first kaiseki-inspired tasting menus.


Yakimono, in a more traditional fashion, is a grilled fish course. Japanese Amadai (tilefish) is crisped yubiki style with hot oil before it is finished on a binchotan grill, served with house-made negi shoyu (green onion and soy sauce) over baby corn. The Mushimono that follows features Dungeness crab, and nagaimo (mountain yam), layered in an egg custard that is finished with a slurry of kudzu and shaved black truffles. It’s a worldly New Yorker’s take on Chawanmushi.

Always with his heart set on opening in Manhattan, he found the perfect location in Tribeca for his latest venture, Tsubame. Named for the barn swallow that nested in his childhood village in spring, the single, minimally decorated room is occupied entirely by the 10-seat chef’s counter. Like many kappo spots in Japan, Tsubame is very serious about the food, but less formal and more interactive, with Chef Zheng doing almost all the prepping and serving himself.

n Japan, “kaiseki” refers to a traditional multicourse meal, built around the finest seasonal ingredients. Many restaurants use this terminology in New York, but very few true kaiseki masters actually exist outside of Japan. For Tsubame, Chef/Owner Jay Zheng has created a kaiseki-inspired omakase experience to honor the rich traditions, but not to claim them as his own.

CUISINE: Tsubame offers an eight-course tasting progression, following a standard kaiseki format. Varied culinary techniques and surprising combinations help bring out the natural flavors of beautiful seasonal ingredients. Combined, the array of bites produces a satisfying culinary journey that intrigues diners. Here are some descriptions of courses:

In classic kaiseki style, the menu is an ever changing series of colorful assemblages made with the finest seasonal ingredients and fish, mainly sourced from Japan. His finished dishes reference Japanese classics but also touch broadly on his own roots and influences.

Sakizuke – the amuse-bouche – launches the meal. Chef Zheng’s Shiroebi Uni Shokupan is a big opener, housemade milk bread layered with raw baby shrimp from Toyama and vivid uni from Hokkaido, garnished with shiso flowers. Luxuriously creative, it sets a tone for the meal that follows.

Chef Zheng adds indulgent Western ingredients like caviar and truffles to the mix and displays an impressive array of techniques, but always avoids flash. In the Japanese manner, neglected by many of the omakase chefs who have popped up in NYC lately, Zheng lets the ingredients themselves shine.

Hassun, meaning “eight inches,” is a collection of small bites served on miniature dining pedestals and marks the menu as an evocation of the season establishing Chef Zheng’s range as a chef. Eaten from right to left, the dishes are: Tako, Hokkaido octopus tentacle slow braised for four hours with daikon and served with wasabi, which is pure Japanese country; Caviar Shiso Potato Pave heaps rich,

Born in rural China with frequent visits to Japan as

briny Ossetra caviar atop a crispy scalloped potato and garnished with citrusy sansho pepper that gives the dish a Tokyo-meets-Paris sophistication; Toro Gobo Tart combines raw bluefin tuna, crisped gobo (burdock root) and torched rakkyo (pickled onion) in a rice paper wafer.

The entrée is Gohan, a rice course served in two different sets beginning with a nigiri progression and ending with a small rice bowl. For his nigiri, the chef favors a fluffy, lightly seasoned blend of two grains of koshihikari rice. Tsubame will serve seven to eight pieces of nigiri for each seating, which may include: ten day aged Shima aji (striped jack); Kinmedai (golden eye snapper) from Chiba; Barracuda from Kamasu; lightly cured Iwashi (sardine); Aji (horse mackerel) from Oita; Toro (tuna) from Spain; and Muki Hotate (scallop) from Miyagi. The proceeding rice bowl is composed of Uni from Hokkaido and Ossetra caviar over koshihikari rice. The experience concludes with Mizumono, two light seasonal desserts, and as it is customary to end a kaiseki meal with tea, Tsubame serves ceremonial Uji Matcha Green tea from Kyoto with seasonal fruit.

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Italian Food Company Brings La Dolce Vita To The Florida Keys With Three Authentic Italian Restaurants


he Florida Keys is world renowned for sparkling waters, unparalleled sunsets, endless happy hours and the ubiquitous fish sandwich. Mahi or snapper, fried or blackened, along with a slice of Key lime pie and an iced cold drink; it’s the quintessential Florida Keys meal. But man cannot live on fish alone; something that husband-and-wife team Tony and Isis Wright, owner/operators of Italian Food Company (IFC) banked on when they opened their first restaurant in Key Largo in 2021. Now, with three successful restaurants – each with its own distinct character, style and menu – and a fourth in the pipeline for 2024, the Wrights are officially restaurateurs on the rise in one of the country’s most unique destinations. Italian Food Company Key Largo was the first to open, a charming indoor/outdoor space with authentic Neapolitan wood-burning pizzas and soulful, homestyle Southern Italian cookery that had cars backed up for close to a mile. Italian Food Company Islamorada is a two-story trattoria-style eatery with a full bar and a larger, more elevated menu and live entertainment that turns the dining room into a dance floor most weekend evenings. Open since July 2022, a seat here in season is as prized as a record-breaking marlin. The most recent concept – Italian Food Company Express in Tavernier – opened in June 2023 and offers Roman-style pizzas, swoon-worthy sandwiches and grab-n-go delights perfect for folks heading in or out of The Keys.

Like so many business stories of the past few years, this one got its start with the pandemic. The Wrights’ other businesses were dependent on international travel and were sidelined quickly by the global crisis. The entrepreneurial Keys residents and savvy real estate investors soon found themselves wondering “What’s next?” The answer: turn one of their holdings – a former Papa John’s location on Key Largo – into an authentic Italian restaurant; something the food-obsessive couple saw lacking in The Keys. And although the Wrights had no previous restaurant experience, they quickly embraced the challenge. Both grew up in a culture of generous hospitality and the comfort of home-cooked food, with large family gatherings for holidays and the spirit of shared meals ingrained in their upbringings. Isis is from Miami, part of a Cuban-American clan, and Tony, the son of an American military veteran and Sicilian mother, is an incredible home cook with a repository of authentic recipes who quickly became part of what would become the Italian Food Company team. In fact, every Tuesday she hand rolls meatballs for all of the restaurants; just one example of the dedication to tradition the brand embraces. With a passion for great food, love of their community and its small-town feel and the desire to create something special for their neighbors as well as visitors, the Italian Food Company was born. The flagship Key Largo restaurant seats 100 inside and out in a beautiful garden setting. It becomes clear that this is not your typical Italian-American restaurant.

From the hand-painted murals depicting colorful street scenes and glazed/painted volcanic stone tables so heavy they need to be transported on wheels, to ceramics and serving plates to the heartbeat of the restaurant – the central wood-burning oven – everything has been imported from Italy. The menu is simple, accessible and authentic. Here, diners can choose from a well-priced, comprehensive selection of salads and soups, pastas, entrees and desserts. Arguably the focus here is pizza, Neapolitan-style, made in the wood-burning oven overseen by pizzaiolo Leopoldo Figlioli, who seems as if he was plucked from the streets of Napoli. A casually welcoming place that has struck a chord as the perfect spot for dining with friends and family, Italian Food Company Key Largo captures the “come as you are” ethos of the Florida Keys. The must-try pizzas, meant to be enjoyed fresh from the oven piping hot, are a menu highlight with standouts including Margherita, Diavola, Quattro Formaggi and Tartufo. Not to be missed is Boccas – IFC’s twist on a panini with freshly made pizza dough and stuffed with deliciousness ranging from mozzarella and meatballs to eggplant parm and sliced prosciutto di Parma. On any given night you can witness regulars running up to and embracing managers and servers as one would a friend or family; in fact, many families have made the Italian Food Company part of their family, embracing any or all locations as their own and looking forward to each visit with anticipation and excitement.






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Chmerkovskiy Former Dancing with the Stars pro on his past, present and future


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Dance has always been a constant in Maks Chmerkovskiy’s life from childhood until now. The professional dancer and former Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) member was born and raised in Ukraine and immigrated to the United States as a young teenager. Although being in a new country was challenging, dance was his outlet while facing financial and language barriers. Regardless of where he lived, Maks always knew that he wanted to be a dancer. Maks never had a second thought about this career choice; doing something else never seemed like an option. “Honestly, I don’t have second thoughts,” he said. “Being immersed in a sport at such a young age shaped my goals for the future. Now, here I am. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” Each dancer on DWTS currently has their own experience, but Maks was able to go head-to-head with his brother, Val. They’ve gone through so much together as kids but naturally, there was competition as teenagers. “We have grown to be extremely mutually supportive and encourage each other every step of the way,” Maks said. For Maks, having his brother there actually took some pressure off. “Plus, having the opportunity to work with my brother on national TV was pretty cool,” Maks said. For multiple seasons, Maks and Val were able to do something not too many people get to experience. Throughout the 17 seasons of DWTS Maks has been on, he won the Season 18 Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy alongside dance partner Meryl Davis. After 14 tries, he said that the feeling of winning was “indescribable.” “It was an honor and a privilege, and truly meant the world to me,” Maks said. After working so hard for so many years, winning was extremely rewarding, and there is no one I would rather have had by my side than Meryl [Davis].” Maks said he would absolutely dance with her again in a heartbeat.

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Although the feeling of finally winning was indescribable, DWTS isn’t a walk in the park. The stress and exhaustion eventually pile up and for Maks, the hardest part about being on the show was being more than just a dancer. “You are also a shoulder to cry on, sometimes a therapist, a mother and a father,” he explained. “You are also somebody that the stars open up to in their most vulnerable times.” While Maks announced his DWTS departure on 2018, the atmosphere is something he misses although he’s around with his wife, Peta Murgatroyd, who also happens to be a professional DWTS dancer. “It’s important to understand when you have grown out of an atmosphere. I was a part of the show for a very long time, and I credit DWTS with much of my success.” Maks treasures the memories he made but is now focused on making memories with his family that he’ll treasure even more. As a dancer, an extreme amount of time goes into creating a piece

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Being immersed in a sport at such a young age shaped my goals for the future. Now, here I am. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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from start to finish; from the initial song selection and concept of the dance, to creating the dance moves into the rehearsal of the routine. With each dance, the time the routine takes can vary. “There is a lot to cover,” explained Maks. “It depends on factors such as the experience and dance ability of both parties, as well as how much time can be spent rehearsing.” Maks credits his inspiration to his family and highlights his two children as his greatest sources of that inspiration. With this, he implements discovered cultures into his choreography. Although Ukrainian-born, Latin American is a style of dance he is inspired by and loves performing. Even though South American culture is his favorite to incorporate, he uses new cultures all the time. His favorite project was being one of the directors for the high-end show “Le Reve” at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Outside of dance, Maks has dabbled in acting. He starred in the “Full House” spin-off series, “Fuller House.” After actress Candace Cameron Bure was on DWTS, she and Maks became friends. When a dance scene came up where sisters needed brothers for a date, Maks and Val were the obvious choice. “Teaching a lot at dance conventions of massive sizes, my brother and I have had so many encounters where I’m on stage, with a mic in front of hundreds of kids. And they look at me not as Maks from DWTS but as the dude from ‘Fuller House!’” Maks said. Photo courtesy of Nina Duncan



COVER FEATURE While Maks has no current acting pursuits, he enjoyed his time on the show and says he will consider an opportunity if it arises. Maks’ mindset on his future career has changed now that being a father has become his priority. When the war in Ukraine unfolded, Maks was filming “World of Dance: Ukraine” in Kyiv. It was a dark and heavy time for their family. “We had the time difference and the unknown to deal with, so it was pretty crazy,” Maks said. His time there was a growing moment for him and moving forward, it changed his outlook on life. To help Ukraine, Maks and his father Val created Baranova27. It’s a full volunteer-based initiative that collects essential goods contributed by donors to be sent to Ukraine. A system was set up to get the goods into the hands of those who needed it. After this, the focus was to create a village to relocate people to West Ukraine. “We started ordering mobile homes from Turkey. We put together a chain that delivered ten houses to Western Ukraine that became part of another village, and they became part of another forty houses in the village called the Baranova Village,” Maks said. As the war continues, Maks hopes more people take the same initiative to help. In taking the extra step to help, Maks went to Poland to assist refugees. “After spending some time at home, I realized how important it was for me to go back and help as much as I could, at least as a way to justify my safe way out of the country,” Maks said. Through Baranova27 and Maks’ return, his goal is to bring as much awareness to the conflict as possible.

Helping those in need are not Maks’ only entrepreneurial activities. Following the conclusion of the DWTS journey, Maks co-founded an upscale vodka brand, Tetya KAPA, with close friends, vintner Ian Devereux White and Napa Valley Distillery Founder Arthur Hartunian. “Our profound connection was solidified in Napa Valley, where we collectively decided to pool our talents and establish Tetya KAPA,” Maks said. “This name pays tribute to my beloved aunt, Kapa, who embodied qualities such as family, love, tradition, honor and determination.” Tetya KAPA uses grapes from Napa Valley and ancient winter grapes to represent Maks’ Ukrainian heritage. With his wife, Maks created a unique online shopping space, called the Maks & Peta Marketplace, that reflects their family values and commitment to making a positive impact. “Our marketplace offers a thoughtfully curated selection of products, from household essentials to cosmetics, designed to make your shopping experience easy and enjoyable while sharing our personal style and family essence. But it’s more than shopping; it’s a platform for giving back,” Maks said. The marketplace supports Baranova27 so when you shop, a portion of the proceeds go to the non-profit. Maks and Peta are grateful for all the support. Maks is a family person through and through. Outside of the public eye, their family loves to relax, enjoy family time and play games. Beach days, hikes and the boardgame Settlers of Catan is just a few of their family favorites. So, while DWTS is in Maks’ past, dancing, spending time with his family and helping those in need aren’t.

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Costa Elena Unveils New Beach Club Along The Stunning Remote Coast Of Guanacaste, Costa Rica Luxury residential resort community debuts its first private beach club for owners and guests Photos by Costa Elena


osta Elena, a secluded master-planned resort community and ocean club secreted away within a breathtaking corner of the northern Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, has recently unveiled its first new private beach club. Spread across 3,000 untouched acres and 10 miles of pristine coastline, the sustainable destination of Costa Elena is primed for adventurers who appreciate raw beauty, local experiences, responsible tourism and modern tropical design. The community is being developed by the most prominent businessmen in Central America, led by Pellas Development Group and Don Carlos Pellas. Don Carlos Pellas is the visionary Nicaraguan behind Flor de Cana rum, Nicaragua’s first five-star resort community Guacalito de la Isla and Santa Maria Golf & Country Club in Panama among other impressive developments. The dream team that specializes in organic,


minimalist design also includes EDSA and Hart Howerton for land planning, Eva Hinds of Eva Hinds Architecture and The Design Agency for interiors. Located just over an hour from the Guanacaste Airport, and bordered by a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Costa Elena sales have been quietly fueled by foreign buyers seeking an accessible yet off-the-grid natural playground. Blufftop-tobeach adventures include world-renowned kite surfing, mountain biking, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and more, all surrounded by the wild beauty and incredible ecological diversity known in Costa Rica. The initial residential enclave of Las Mareas Estates offers just 25 ocean-view properties. Limited availability remains in the Founders Collection with homesites available from $350K and four- and five-bedroom turn-key Sunset


Villas with pricing from $2.95M, perfect for multi-generational families. Each home includes property management, concierge services and exclusive rental program management by Inspirato. Through Inspirato, owners and guests have access to infinity pools, a spa, a gym and excellent dining at the nearby Dreams Las Mareas Resort, part of AMR Resorts and World of Hyatt. Residents are given a unique Ocean Club experience with an array of exclusive amenities in the works including convenience shops, restaurants, wellness facilities, hiking and biking trails, three beach clubs and a nature preserve. The first private beach club recently opened on sugar-white sand canopied by lush jungle greenery with a sleek infinity pool, several intimate lounge spaces, thatched roof palapas and a beach restaurant. After swiftly selling out of its Bay Villas in 2022, sales for Costa Elena’s latest phase of real estate, the Sunset Villas, launched in early 2023.





Hôtel Crillon le Brave Where History and Luxury Meet in the Heart of Provence Photos courtesy of Hôtel Crillon le Brave


estled in the foothills of enchanting Mont Ventoux sits the picturesque hilltop village of Crillon le Brave. Dating back centuries from the Romans to the French Revolution, this village prospered and endured. However, like many small European villages, Crillon le Brave declined in the early 20th century. Townspeople departed, shops closed and it was almost entirely abandoned by mid-century. But in the 1980s, the area saw new life with its transformation into a “village hotel” and today, the current Hôtel Crillon le Brave occupies nearly all of the remaining 17th and 18th-century buildings. Hôtel Crillon le Brave is a captivating demonstration of Provence’s timeless allure. This elegant 5-star property, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and hypnotic views, offers an unforgettable stay that seamlessly blends its rich history with classic sophistication. When you arrive, take a moment to wander through its maze of blonde stone buildings, explore the intimate courtyards and visit the panoramic terraces for breathtaking views over the town’s tiled roofs. Only then is it clear that Hôtel Crillon le Brave is not just a hotel, it is an engaging venture into Provençal life. In 2017, Hôtel Crillon le Brave became part of the bespoke Maisons Pariente `luxury



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hotel collection and thereafter saw an exceptional redesign while staying committed to the hotel’s historical roots. Their 34 rooms, including 17 suites, are each uniquely designed; there are no “cookie-cutter” rooms here. Whether you prefer to gaze out at the Mont Ventoux Valley and surrounding vineyards or the charming village, there are options to suit all preferences. The interior decor is an exquisite blend of modern comfort and Provençal elegance, complete with cozy furnishings, rich textiles and all the amenities you would expect from a 5-star hotel. The hotel offers an incredible selection of wine experiences for wine enthusiasts, from private tastings of the hotel’s collection to group and private vineyard tours. With vineyards nearby in Châteauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Ventoux and Côtes-du-Rhône, guests can easily visit these world-renowned producers. Be sure to book your tasting in advance, as space is limited. With its central location, exploring endearing Provençal villages is a breeze. Avignon is a short forty-minute drive. Here, you can tour the historic Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s largest and most important Gothic structures. Other Provençal gems include the hilltop village of Gordes, an ancient village overlooking the beautiful Luberon landscape, Arles and its impressive Roman amphitheater, charming Roussillon, a town cast aglow in red hues and enchanting Aix en Provence, the birthplace of impressionist painter, Paul Cezanne. The hotel’s friendly concierge staff are always ready to assist and plan your countryside adventure.

River, and with its winding canals, fi nding your way through the market is an enjoyable endeavor. Every Friday, the village of Capentras takes over the city center, transforming it into a shopper’s delight, showcasing local products such as crafts, spices, ceramics and housewares. There is no shortage of year-round outdoor activities in the area. Guests can embark on guided biking excursions using the complimentary bikes available on the property or one can reserve e-bikes. Hiking the “Giant of Provence,” Mont Ventoux, is a feat for the adventurous and can be accomplished just seven hours roundtrip from Crillon le Brave, and the panoramic views are worth every step. If seven hours is a bit too long, there are plenty of other hiking options nearby to get some steps in and enjoy the outdoors. Tennis, golf and even a vintage car outing are on offer at Crillon le Brave. Of course, fi nish with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s pleasantly heated pool, making it accessible even in the cooler climate of spring and fall. Restored stone mangers hold the hotel’s wellness facilities. Enter the Spa des Écuires and take a moment to relax and rejuvenate. Featuring organic Tata Harper products and a vast range of treatment and massage options, let your body and mind refocus in this tranquil sanctuary.

France’s weekly outdoor markets are second to none and not to be missed. This area of Provence offers an excellent selection to choose from. Stop by the market in the small town of Bedoin, a short drive from the hotel. Open every Monday, it is referred to as one of the most beautiful markets in Provence. Explore the bi-weekly market in the town of Isles-sur-la-Sorgue. Known as the “Venice of Provence.” Isles-sur-la-Sorgue is situated on the banks of the Sorgue Follow on Instagram @thedestinationdesigner

With superb attention to detail, Hôtel Crillon le Brave has achieved what many strive to do—flawlessly blending the historical and contemporary, refi ned simplicity and luxury. It is a destination where the soul of Provence meets the demands of the discerning traveler. With an abundance of available activities and excursions throughout the seasons, it is a fantastic choice for year-round travel. For further information on Crillon le Brave and journeys to Provence, France, please contact The Destination Designer to start planning your trip. Visit for more information. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2023 • MANN ABOUT TOWN


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Cruise into the Holidays Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ – Holiday Collection One of the most unique ways to see the beloved Christmas markets is with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises aboard a floating boutique hotel. Uniworld takes travelers to the best markets with ease aboard their seven-themed holiday season cruises. This experience includes a mixture of Europe’s most popular and lesser-known markets located in charming towns on a five-star, all-inclusive cruise while only having to unpack once. Like all Uniworld cruises, the holiday sailings are also five-star and all-inclusive of on-trip transportation, gourmet meals, high-speed WiFi, onboard and offshore excursions/activities, gratuities and more. Uniworld’s seven-holiday cruises for 2023 include:

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Rhine Holiday Markets: Eight-day sailing aboard the “S.S. Antonetta” from Basel to Cologne Classic Christmas Markets: Eight-day sailing aboard the “S.S. River Queen” from Frankfurt to Nuremberg Danube Holiday Markets: Eight-day sailing aboard the “S.S. Maria Theresa” from Budapest to Passau Enchanting Christmas & New Year’s: 11day sailing aboard the “S.S. Maria Theresa” from Passau to Budapest Grand Christmas & New Year’s: 13-day sailing aboard the “S.S. Beatrice” from Nuremberg to Budapest European Holiday Markets: Eight-day sailing aboard the “River Princess” from Nuremberg to Vienna NEW FOR 2023* Belgian Holiday Markets: Eight-day sailing aboard the “River Empress” from Brussels to Brussels

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trip aboard the stunning “S.S. Beatrice” – setting sail on December 22, 2023. The itinerary is the ultimate holiday river cruise, sailing through Germany, Austria and Hungary along the shimmering Danube River during the most festive time of year. Guests will escape the hurry of the holidays and explore charming old-world villages and Gothic churches while sailing in style. Itinerary highlights include Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in a Gothic cathedral in the quiet medieval town of Regensburg; a horse-drawn carriage ride through the serene Bavarian Forest; exploring the iconic filming locations from “The Sound of Music” in Salzburg; meeting royalty during a private reception in a castle overlooking the UNESCO-protected Wachau Valley; ringing in the New Year in the sparkling city of Vienna and much more. Relax at Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa Royal Champagne is the Champagne region’s first-ever luxury wellness destination, located just 45 minutes outside of Paris in the French countryside. Situated on UNESCO-protected vineyards, Royal Champagne boasts its original 19th-century Post House; a 16,000 square foot wellness center in partnership with the cult-favorite Biologique Recherche; Michelin-starred dining and sophisticated interiors designed by Sybille de Margerie, combining classic designs linked to French history with local heritage. Royal Champagne has strong ties to Napoleon, boasting its original 19th-century post-trading station where kings of France traditionally stopped en route to their coronations in Reims and Napoleon passed through many times. The hotel’s logo, a horse & rider, appears throughout the hotel, referencing Napoleon and the 19th-century building’s history as the royal coach stop, which is now home to Michelin-starred restaurant Le Royal. The restaurant’s


décor salutes Napoleon with its gold leaf-studded ceiling featuring four curved panels that portray the most important women in his life – Josephine, Marie-Louise of Austria, Countess Marie Walewska and Désirée Clary, his first love. Bumble bee touches are also incorporated on the fine china, on the mirrors in the ladies’ lounge and in the tilework, referencing Napoleon’s bee emblem that he chose to represent his status as Emperor symbolizing hard work, diligence and industriousness. Bumble bees became a symbol of the Napoleonic era after he wore a coat embroidered with 1,500 golden bees during his crowning in Reims. At Royal Champagne, guests can unwind at the spa; sample over 800 wines including varietals from local small-batch wine growers; dine at the Michelin-starred Le Royal restaurant; take an e-bike to the village of Hautvillers, Dom Perignon’s resting place and much more. Off-site, guests can explore local private labels with their own personal “Champagne Chauffeur,” who works in tandem with the property’s concierge to arrange private cellar visits due to exclusive relationships and open the doors to Champagne houses not open to the public + create a bespoke itinerary to top houses and sightseeing spots. Royal Champagne guests can end a busy day by unwinding in their luxurious guest rooms on their private terrace, and receive world-renowned bubbly delivered straight to their door with the hotel’s in-room “Champagne Please” button located on the guest room phones. Guests looking to improve their sleep quality after a busy vacation can also check out Royal Champagne’s “Royal Sleep Experience” which bridges the worlds of sleep and holistic beauty with in-room sleep essentials, a dedicated menu at the restaurant and more.

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Winter Wonderland: Mann About Winter in Aspen BY DURÉE ROSS OF DURÉE & COMPANY

Aspen, with its breathtaking mountain vistas, is a winter haven renowned for skiing and snow-filled adventures. But beyond the snowy slopes, it also offers a blend of signature activities, picturesque views and gourmet dining experiences. Having called Aspen my part-time home for years, I’ve gathered an insider’s knowledge of the must-visit spots in this winter wonderland. Where to Savor the Season Pine Creek Cookhouse: Enjoy a journey to Aspen’s legendary restaurant at the base of the Elk Mountains. Reserve a round-trip on the horsedrawn sleigh for lunch or dinner, which winds its way past serene snowy fields under a starry night. Once there, savor an international alpine cuisine amidst the stunning views. This experience is unforgettable! Mawa’s Kitchen: Celebrate the holiday season with Mawa’s impeccable brunch or order from a selection of appetizers, including exquisite caviar, paired with a curated wine menu. Perfect for festive gatherings! Caribou Club: As Aspen’s most prestigious members-only club, the Caribou Club offers an in62

dulgent New Year’s Eve five-course degustation menu. Experience an exquisite dining experience informed by the management team’s global dining explorations. Reservations for members can be made through Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro: Located on Aspen Highlands, this European-style cabin is a favorite for its hearty raclette and fondue, not to mention the exceptional views. It’s especially renowned for its lively après-ski scene. Reservations are a must in Winter. Matsuhisa: Located in a historic Victorian house in downtown Aspen, Matsuhisa offers Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s renowned Japanese cuisine. It’s a warm and chic spot to enjoy sushi after a day on the slopes. Ajax Tavern: Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, this upscale bistro is perfect for lunch or an après-ski drink. Its sun-soaked patio is a hotspot, especially in the winter months.


Winter Retreats for Snowy Days The Gant: Experience a “home away from home” ambiance at The Gant. Its proximity to the slopes makes it ideal for winter enthusiasts. After a day on the mountain, cozy up in your condominium or indulge in gourmet winter delights at the on-site Pepperjack’s Cafe. Limelight Hotel: Limelight Hotel shines bright in Aspen’s winter scene. Located in the heart of town, it offers spacious suites, ski storage and a revitalized lounge perfect for après-ski relaxation. The St. Regis Aspen Resort: Positioned at the foot of Aspen Mountain, The St. Regis is a skier’s paradise. Beyond the slopes, luxuriate with winter spa treatments at Remède Spa or bask in the warmth of custom Ralph Lauren furnishings. Hotel Jerome: Hotel Jerome marries historic charm with winter wonder. This iconic luxury landmark since 1889 offers ski valet services, ensuring seamless mountain adventures. Warm up later in their elegantly appointed rooms and suites.

ASPEN LIVING The Little Nell: Elevate your winter experience at The Little Nell. The only resort in Aspen to offer ski-in/skiout access, it’s a winter sports enthusiast’s dream. Postski, savor gourmet meals at their world-class restaurants or unwind with their curated wine selection. W Aspen & WET® DECK: Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of W Aspen. This boutique hotel boasts unparalleled mountain access and a rooftop - the WET® DECK - where you can sip hot cocoa by the firepits and enjoy panoramic views of Aspen Mountain. The WET® DECK is the heart of Aspen’s outdoor scene, featuring a pool, a hot tub, multiple fire pits and 360-degree views of the mountains. Events & Activities to Light Up Your Stay Annual Tree Lighting at The Little Nell: Start your holiday season at The Little Nell with their tree lighting event. It’s a festive gathering for locals and visitors. Hannukah Menorah Lighting at Aspen Meadows: Join the community for the Hanukkah Menorah lighting at Aspen Meadows. A great way to mark the Festival of Lights. Hotel Jerome Christmas Celebration: Celebrate Christmas with festive holiday pairings in Hotel Jerome’s Grand Ballroom. Indulge in a Yuletide extravaganza with breathtaking mountain views and heartwarming carols. The Little Nell – The Dom Pérignon Party: Welcome 2024 with the extravagant Dom Pérignon Party! Immerse yourself in an indulgent night of endless Dom Pérignon, delectable bites, cocktails and mesmerizing entertainment. Be sure to look for the fireworks over Aspen Mountain at midnight. Reservations are required. Wintersköl™: Experience Wintersköl™, Aspen’s annual winter festival scheduled for January 12-15, 2024. Anticipate snow sculptures, music and a vibrant atmosphere. Aspen Gay Ski Week: Aspen Gay Ski Week takes place January 14-21, 2024 and is all about skiing and inclusivity. A week of skiing and events for everyone to enjoy.

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Winter X Games Aspen: Get ready for some action at the Winter X Games on January 26-28, 2024. Watch top athletes perform incredible feats on snow.



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re your peptides working or not? My life has been and continues to be filled with high vibration, giving me the ability to summon energy for working out and the demands of my daily life as a businesswoman and mother. The peptides have served as a key ingredient that contributes to my energy and performance. I put on four pounds of muscle in a year thanks to hard work and a mixture of CJC-1295, a peptide that increases the release of growth hormones, as well as a single bottle of Sermorelin, a peptide that stimulates hGH production. With everyone having unique biochemistry, it is paramount to seek out well-qualified practitioners that order and carefully review your blood work on an annual basis so you receive what your body needs.

trainer, Phil Williams. For over 28 years, Phil has been committed to shaping his body and mind, resulting in someone you want to be around. His secret sauce is a combination of immense knowledge of the human body, an infectious smile and vibrant energy. My workouts are never dull and pack a punch in 30 minutes. And I love his mantra: “Whatever you do, do it with passion.” Focused on the long game, I do enjoy a good dopamine hit through an intense workout. Getting bits of adrenaline and tearing down the muscle helps keep my mind, body and soul happy! Dr. Ken Winnard IG:

When my girlfriend argues that it’s too expensive, I retort, “Why don’t you skip Saks one day a month?” I have so many who comment that the price of blood work and the protocols are too much yet when surveying the places where money is spent, these are worth the price. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy life, have fun and enjoy a yummy cup of coffee or glass of Rosé. Moderation is the kind of life sentence I am cool with. I discovered that when I partake in the tasty things, it is far more appreciated when making it special versus an everyday occasion.

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I approach my practitioner and protocol research like Sherlock Holmes. And each year I notice the increase in dividends of sustained energy and overall well-being. We would love to think it takes only one magic pill or your favorite food, however, with a combination of healthy foods, consistent physical training with increased load and practicing stress management modalities like yoga, you can experience quality and quantity of health. Don’t shoot the messenger; the equation is more than eating right and exercising more. In other words, you can’t out-exercise unhealthy habits. My go-to for peptides is Dr. Ken Winnard and his team at OneLife Health and Performance in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. It was incredibly helpful to learn from Dr. Winnard that “Peptides are molecules that occur naturally in all living organisms. Humans have peptides in every cell and tissue, and they are essential for several critical functions related to maintaining health and homeostasis. Depending on your needs, peptides can be used to treat low energy levels, low libido, several mood disorders, elevated body fat, signs of aging and more.” Like any protocol, it is most important to identify a qualified practitioner who will listen to you, customize the treatment to achieve the goals communicated and adjust as necessary. As bio-individualized beings, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all, even from one month to the next for us. Exercise, food and tools like peptides help even the most lively of us. I may or may not have been called the Energizer Bunny by my friend and




Mount Sinai Experts See a New Era of Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Photos courtesy of Mount Sinai Health System

Alzheimer’s disease is an unforgiving illness. It robs people of their memories and their identities, taking a brutal toll on individuals, families and society. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated six million Americans—a number that is expected to reach 14 million by 2060. The disease is a complex puzzle, but one that is beginning to take shape. Among the experts helping put the pieces together are renowned researchers and physicians at the Mount Sinai Health System and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. They shared their thoughts about the most promising treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, now and on the horizon.




Georges Naasan, MD Associate Professor of Neurology Medical Director, Division of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Co-Medical Director, the Barbara and Maurice Deane Center for Wellness and Cognitive Health Since I began caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, we haven’t had many medications to offer. The only medications we’ve had were drugs developed in the 1990s. They work by giving healthy brain cells a boost of the chemical messenger acetylcholine. They make it seem as if cognitive decline slows down, but the disease is still moving along inside the brain. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved some new drugs, Leqembi® (lecanemab) in July 2023 and Aduhelm® (aducanumab) in 2021. Some doctors have questioned whether the side effects of aducanumab outweigh its benefits, but so far, lecanemab is showing more promise. Both are in a class of drugs known as amyloid immunotherapies, which can help clear amyloid plaques in the brain. In people with mild cognitive impairment or early symptoms of dementia, amyloid immunotherapies appear to slow down but not stop the disease. While that is encouraging, we still don’t have scientific evidence that confirms amyloid plaques are the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease. There are many other changes in the brain that occur with Alzheimer’s that these drugs do not target. While I’m cautious about what amyloid immunotherapies can achieve, it is still exciting to have something to offer patients. Of course, our treatment for patients is multipronged. At the Barbara and Maurice Deane Center for Wellness and Cognitive Health, our team includes physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, nurse practitioners and other specialists, all working together to help patients living with dementia and their families. That includes things like treating mental health issues like anxiety and depression, working with families to develop safe living situations, brainstorming about finances, helping with caregiver support and so many other services. In the future, I think drugs targeting amyloid will be combined with those that target other brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease. We still need scientists to continue working to understand the causes of the disease. What starts that ticking time bomb that eventually leads to memory loss and other symptoms? I’m so grateful to be at Mount Sinai, where I’m surrounded by such a dedicated team of providers and where we can work closely with so many talented researchers. We’re continuously thinking about how to incorporate new discoveries so that we can serve our patients better.




Fanny Elahi, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pathology, Molecular and Cell-Based Medicine Director of Fluid Biomarker Research, the Barbara and Maurice Deane Center for Wellness and Cognitive Health Co-Director of Genetics and Genomics Core, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center I believe the reason it has taken so long to find impactful treatments for Alzheimer’s disease is that it isn’t just one disease. There are many different pathways to the same end problem in the brain. We need to understand those different pathways to treat them more precisely. And we can begin to do that now that we have tools available to measure the molecular signatures of Alzheimer’s disease in the blood. My lab focuses on developing new methods to measure those molecular signatures, or biomarkers. Right now, we treat Alzheimer’s disease when someone has symptoms. But by that point, a lot has gone wrong in the brain. With blood biomarkers, we can detect disease before people have symptoms. And we can develop highly precise treatments that target different underlying disease processes. I am hopeful that some of those treatments will come quickly, by repurposing drugs that have already been approved for other disorders. I think in the not-so-distant future, we will have blood tests for brain health. But there will have to be a shift in the culture. We have been treating Alzheimer’s disease like a box: you are either in it or you’re not. It’s a continuum. If we treat it like a continuum, we will be able to make use of blood markers to put people into a risk category, much as we do with blood tests that measure cholesterol levels. When you go to your primary care doctor, they don’t put you in a box based on your cholesterol level. Instead, they put you into a risk category and intervene to prevent heart disease based on that category. Blood biomarkers will also allow us to estimate a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease, so we can intervene with lifestyle modifications and treatments before they have irreversible symptoms. We are starting to shift the perception of Alzheimer’s from a deadly, incurable disease to one we can do something about. I imagine that in a few years, we will be treating each Alzheimer’s patient differently, depending on what drives their disease. These blood biomarkers are taking our interventions to the next level.


Alison M. Goate, DPhil Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Genomics Chair of Genetics and Genomic Sciences Founding Director, Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease at Mount Sinai My lab uses genetic approaches to understand Alzheimer’s disease. What has been frustrating is that for decades, promising findings from animal research just haven’t translated to treatments for humans. But now, two new drugs—Leqembi® (lecanemab) and Aduhelm® (aducanumab)—have been approved for Alzheimer’s disease, and another similar drug, called donanemab, is likely to be approved within the next few months. These drugs are based on hypotheses that came out of human genetic research published three decades ago. It has been a long time coming. These new treatments are a type of drug known as amyloid immunotherapies. They are designed to clear amyloid fragments from the brain. The treatments have only modest effects on cognition. However, they help to confirm the hypothesis that beta-amyloid is central to the disease process. It’s an important first step and I think there will be second-generation drugs to follow that will be even more effective. There are other promising treatments on the horizon. Over the last 10 or 15 years, my lab has focused on trying to understand the genetic components of sporadic late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. We discovered that much of the genetic risk is related to immune cells in the brain called microglia, which clear debris. If you think of amyloid as the garbage, these cells are like garbage collectors. That finding is leading drug companies to new kinds of therapeutics— treatments designed to amp up those “garbage collectors.” Meanwhile, researchers are learning more about the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene, which is the strongest genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the common APOE4 variant, which increases risk, several other APOE variants have now been identified that appear to protect against the disease. If we can understand how they work, we may be able to mimic their effects in people who don’t have the protective versions of the gene. I believe we need to develop multiple drugs that target many different mechanisms and combine them for maximum effect. At the Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease at Mount Sinai, we have many researchers looking at the disease from different angles. I’m optimistic because we’ve identified so many new targets. I think that in the next decade, the way we think about and treat Alzheimer’s disease is going to change dramatically.



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Nautica, the global lifestyle brand inspired by the essence and energy of the water announced its Fall-Winter 2023 watch collection. This Fall, Nautica sustains its mission of environmental consciousness, while staying true to its identity as the standard of nautical apparel, with a new line of watches featuring sleek metal finishes and seasonal, silicone-accented color palettes. The collection perfectly embraces the ethos of the brand with the integration of sustainable materials and a design that draws inspiration from nautical pursuits. Focused on contemporary innovation and high-caliber performance, Nautica watches pair iconic designs with recycled materials while continuing to set the bar for conscious manufacturing across the wristwatch market. Product Description • Sailing to North South West East showcases the soul of sailing. The four references are presented in eye-catching color combinations enriched with f lags at 12 that represent the four cardinal points: North, South, East and West. The watch features a 43 mm Eco Ceramic case with a chronograph movement and is water resistant to 100m/330ft. • 40th Anniversary – Spettacolare and Finn World – The Spettacolare is a limited-edition box set that represents a celebration of nautical heritage and adds further sophistication with unique embroidered details. This watch has a blue dial, a recycled SST (90%) bracelet & a blue silicone strap. Finn World is revamped with new color combinations, always embracing sustainability with its Tide Plastic Case. The top ring is enriched with twelve f lags, creating a modern and eye-catching look. • NST Chrono has a bold 46mm recycled stainless steel case with a textured dial and the option of a silicone strap or solid recycled stainless-steel bracelet (90%). This style is 100M W/R and boasts a screw-down case-back, and screw-down crown and is powered by a Seiko Japanese movement, this collection has a strong attitude for everyday wear. • Wavemakers is made of completely sustainable materials and is available in different color variations blue, black or red. The dial is created with two tone-on-tone shades of color, matching the case and the Wheat PU Fiber strap.

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Top Golf Events to Attend in Florida by the End of This Year BY JORDAN FULLER GOLFINFLUENCE.COM


ove golf? Live in Florida? You’re in luck because aside from the amazing golf courses, you can swing your own clubs; there are some exciting golf events to attend if you want to see the pros do their thing.

Bookmark these events and add a note to your calendar because you don’t want to miss them! And don’t assume they’re just the same old golf tournaments, either—there are some interesting, unique golfing formats to be enjoyed, along with fun, food and doing your bit to help various charities as well. TimberTech Championship Over 50 PGA Tour professionals will play for victory at the TimberTech Championship, held at the Old Course at the Broken Sound Club. This year, the tournament runs until November 5, with the Championship Rounds falling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from ground passes with public seating, concession stands, fan zones and all-inclusive green-side VIP bars. Whichever you choose, know that your ticket goes towards a good cause! Every year, a significant portion of the proceeds of this tournament go towards the Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC), which distribute it amongst various charities. Whether you’re a huge golf fan or just looking for a fun way to spend a day out in the warm Florida sun, this is a worthwhile cause. The golfing is bound to be great, and you’ll be supporting some fantastic charities simultaneously! The ANNIK A “The Annika,” named after golfing great Annika Sorenstam, is Tampa Bay’s signature LPGA Tour event. Proceeds from this tournament go towards the ANNIKA Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering young people through fitness and nutrition, with a special focus on providing opportunities for junior golfers.

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Running from November 6 to 12, the Annika will host 120 golfers at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Florida, all competing for a $2.3 million prize. Floridians who want to get immersed in the action can volunteer and get to see how things work behind the scenes.

CME Group Tour Championship From November 16 to 19, the CME Group Tour Championship will be held at the Tiburón Golf Club in Naples. It’s the final tournament of the 2023 LPGA Tour season and features the top 60 golfers, so you know it’s going to be a great one! Interestingly, this tournament has the highest single prize purse in the history of women’s golf, $7 million in total, with $2 million going towards the winner. The Grant Thornton Invitational The Grant Thornton Invitational is a unique and exciting event. Unlike most, this is a mixed-team event, with 16 LPGA and 16 PGA players coming together to put on a show. Although there will be nine hours of TV coverage, there’s nothing like being right there and experiencing the atmosphere! The tournament promises to be an action-packed one, with three rounds including three different types of play—scramble, foursomes and modified four-ball. This makes it a unique kind of game, so grab your tickets soon! A portion of the price of your ticket goes towards Grant Thornton’s Purple Paladin program and various charities. Have fun, enjoy some spectacular golf and do good at the same time. PNC Championship This fun tournament is a must-see! Watch 20 PGA champions team up with someone from their own family to play a fun and memorable tournament together from December 14 to 17. It happens a little differently than most: both players hit the shot, and the best one is chosen. Both players then play their next shot from that place, and so it continues. The rest of the year has plenty of golfing excitement coming up! Complement your own on-course time by attending a few of these events. It’s about more than just the golf, although the gameplay promises to be amazing. Each one of these is a chance to get your golfing fix, see some of the pros in action, enjoy the atmosphere with other golf fans, and do your bit for charity at the same time.







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Autumn Affairs Create Spectacular Season of Events BY NORAH LAWLOR

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utumn is a season of fetching fall hues of gold and orange that perfectly reflect on the colorful calendar full of fantastic events.

OCC Road House and partners are hosting the first-ever “Salute to American Heroes” celebrity benefit concert for veterans. The star-studded evening on November 4 will be hosted by Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning television host and daughter of a WWII prisoner of war. Musical performers include Grammy-nominated Jimmie Allen and U.S.A national recording artist Dave Bray. Other highlights of the evening include appearances by Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers and Nate Boyer, Green Beret, former NFL player and actor. The event will be filmed and later broadcast on Discovery Channel and other national networks. For more information, visit: After four successful shows, renowned lifestyle entertaining expert and cookbook author Pamela Morgan brings her one-woman cabaret show back to The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street, New York City on November 7. It will be a fun night of singing, dancing and lots of laughs for all those who attend. This will be Morgan’s fifth sell-out performance of her one-woman show. Morgan has teamed up with local cabaret legend Mark Nadler as her director. For information, visit:

Join the New York Women’s Foundation on November 15 for their annual Neighborhood Dinner in Queens at Flushing Town Hall. Celebrate the spectacular diversity of Queens and help honor exceptional women whose courage and leadership have transformed their Queens communities for women and families as The New York Women’s Foundation family comes together in Flushing for its annual Neighborhood Dinner. For more, visit

Also taking place in the month of November is the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) Annual New York Dinner. Last year, the 26th annual PCF event took place at landmark restaurant Daniel in New Mt. Joy performing at the 2022 SWCRF Gala Photo credit: Jared Siskin

The 26th Annual Collaborating for A Cure Gala returns to Cipriani on Wall Street on November 16. Over the years, thousands have joined the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation celebration and have helped raise more than $50 million to fund some of the brightest minds in cancer research around the world. This year, funds will be directed toward the new SWCRF Mission Possible Grants. These highly competitive projects will help identify biomarkers such as longevity genes and epigenetic changes that play important roles in determining healthy lifespans and cancer risk. For more information, visit

Idina Menzel at the 2022 PCF Dinner Photo credit: PMC/Jared Siskin

York City where singing sensation Idina Menzel gave a special musical performance. Over $4 million was raised to support its research program. The charitable organization founded by Michael Milken is dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs. For more information, visit The return of Art Basel Miami Beach comes as the season changes. The annual affair has named the 277 galleries participating in its 2023 iteration, slated to run December 8 to 10, with preview days on December 6 and 7. The number represents a slight dip compared to 2022, during which a record-breaking 283 exhibitors participated. This year’s iteration will focus on the Latin American and Caribbean diasporic scenes and will feature galleries from Egypt, Iceland, the Philippines and Poland. The fair is led by Vincenzo de Bellis, Art Basel’s director of fairs and exhibition platforms. Incoming director Bridget Finn, who will arrive at the organization this fall, will lead the 2024 fair. For more information, visit Here is to an amazing season for the books.




“Courage to Act: Rescue in Denmark”

NYC’s Museum of Jewish Heritage exhibition invites children and families to explore the meaning of courage Photos courtesy of The Museum of Jewish Heritage

People celebrating liberation, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 5, 1945. Courtesy of The National Museum of Denmark, The Danish Resistance Museum

“Courage to Act: Rescue in Denmark,” a new exhibition about the extraordinary rescue of Denmark’s Jewish population in 1943 opened at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. “Courage to Act: Rescue in Denmark” commemorates— through archival materials, photographs, recordings, testimonials and other artifacts—one of the most effective and exceptional instances of mass resistance in modern history. This inspiring moment of individual and collective action raises the daunting question: do you have the courage to act?

These are lessons we can all remember in times of moral difficulty, and they’re particularly important for children as they grapple with our past and build our future.”

Despite the enormous risk, Jewish and non-Jewish neighbors of all ages mobilized to evacuate thousands of Danish Jews to Sweden, as threats of deportations increased. Together, these ordinary citizens united against Nazism and saved nearly 95% of Denmark’s 7,800-person Jewish population.

“We’ve been fortunate to work with Local Projects to bring this innovative exhibition to life and discover new ways to educate the public, particularly young people, through engaging technology,” said Jack Kliger, museum president and CEO. “As the number of Holocaust survivors decreases and we confront resurgent antisemitism, we must proactively engage new generations in the fight for a better world. Our charge is to inspire and equip young people to be compassionate citizens and leaders.”

Designed for visitors ages nine and up, the exhibition incorporates themes of bravery and resilience to help young people make connections to their own lives and reflect on the dangers of prejudice, as well as their own potential for moral and courageous action. Regina Skyer, vice board chair of the museum and founder of Law Offices of Regina Skyer and Associates, New York’s premier special education law firm, said, “Courage to Act,” is a special opportunity to reflect on the Holocaust, one of the darkest moments in history, while also considering our individual capacity to act with bravery. 82

Photograph by Mogens Margolinsky. Jewish refugees aboard rescue boat from Denmark to Sweden, October 3, 1943. Courtesy of The National Museum of Denmark, The Danish Resistance Museum

Created in conjunction with the award-winning firm Local Projects, “Courage to Act” uses stateof-the-art technology and creative storytelling, including dynamic hologram-like technology, to immerse visitors in the story, allowing them to hear directly from the past through the stories of people who engaged in the rescue and whose lives were saved.

The project director for “Courage to Act” is Ellen Bari, the author and creator of award-winning, multimedia exhibits and programs for children and adults. Bari’s own family was forced into the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia, where the Danish Jews who were not rescued were also sent. “Eighty years later it seems almost impossible that the people of Denmark took such acts of


courage,” said Bari. “Yet those who risked their lives to save their neighbors saw it as simply ‘the right thing to do.’ It’s the simplicity of that reasoning that underscores how truly incredible this story is. I am honored to share these acts of courage with young people, as they think about opportunities in their own lives for positive action and their own potential. As the Talmud says, ‘to save a life, is to save the entire world.’ We all have that potential.” Working alongside Bari, the Ukrainian artist Sveta Dorosheva and Bomb author Steve Sheinkin serve as the illustrator and scriptwriter, respectively. Interactive Discovery Walls will allow visitors to look back in time as they open windows, part curtains, or step into a depiction of the Copenhagen Synagogue and be transported back to 1943 via video, photographs and audio. “Courage to Act” will also feature three hologram-like narrators, based on real individuals, who will share experiences of the Danish occupation and rescue throughout the exhibition. In a climate of widespread antisemitism and Holocaust denial, “Courage to Act” will address a critical need by reaching younger children. The Museum is also developing educational materials, prepared by Bari, Museum VP of Education Elizabeth Edelstein, and the Museum’s education team that will be available to schools around the country. In addition, an extensive online museum experience will be created for people who cannot attend the exhibition in person.


Illustration by Sveta Dorosheva, Bent portrait (credit: The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust)

Historic Image of Gerda III (credit to Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust)

Illustration by Sveta Dorosheva_Henny portrait (credit_ The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust)

Gerda III in Mystic, CT (credit: The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust)




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“About Face” by Ben Hagari, Photography courtesy of ZAZ10TS


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