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Collierville, TN 38017

Germantown, TN 38138

$697,000

$888,900

Germantown, TN 38139

Custom built Dickens home two blocks from Collierville Town Square in the private gated community of Washington Gates. Magnificent 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 1 half bath, office and bonus/exercise room. Sprawling front porch with a screened patio. French doors open from the great room into an outdoor screened patio with wood burning fireplace and ventilated grilling area. Backyard is highlighted by a heated gunite pool and hot tub. Spacious kitchen with a walk-in pantry. Master suite on the first floor with a luxury bath highlighted by a free-standing tub. Call to schedule a private showing!

A stunning one owner home in the heart of Germantown. Custom built by Magnolia Homes and features 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 1 half bath, media room and upstairs recreation room. Open design with soaring ceilings into the great room accentuated by exposed beams, detailed millwork and limestone mantel to capture the French country style. Professional kitchen with a butler's pantry is perfect for catering large events. A master suite on the main floor with a luxury bath. Covered patio overlooks the lavish backyard with a gunite pool, fireplace and outdoor cooking. Call to schedule a private showing!

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Elegant yet with the feeling of home. New Orleans ambiance is expressed from the 2 acres of professional landscaping with fountains, brick paths, a grand pool, lovely peaceful setting. 5 BR, 5.1 bath home, over 7500 sf,plus 4 car garage with gated entry. If a Chef's kitchen is your dream this one has it! Sub-zero Refrigerator, double oven by VIking & Wolf Gas cook top. Roof is 7 years old! A Special feature is the ELEVATOR! One of a kind glass art panels in the downstairs Master Retreat with a closet that is breathtaking! Master up has added suite as well. Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist ©

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CONTENTS November 2019 Features

Events Signature Memphis • 10

Dennis Paullus

Memphis Moments • 12, 24, 26, 28, 40,42, 44 & 46

John Malmo Chairman Emeritus, ArcherMalmo, Inc.

Shawn and Cynthia Reed

Memphis Food & Wine Festival • 14

StreetSeen • 20 Ben Smith World influences flavor the menu at Tsunami

A feast for the senses and a good cause

Jennifer Jacobson and Mickey Cochran

StreetSeen • 22

Pawprints Gala • 30

Valerie Berlin Creating for the enjoyment of color and pattern

Animals in need gain a second chance through "love in action"

RSVPhillippi • 49

David and Rachel Brocato

Backyard Bash • 36

Waiting to Inhale You’re almost never in a waiting room waiting for something good

A little fun in the Big Backyard for the adults

Cover Photo Elizabeth and Chris McNally at Pawprints Gala Photo by Baxter Buck 4

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RSVP Staff Volume XXV • Number XI

November 2019 Publisher Roy Haithcock

Chris Pugh

Account Executive Chris has been exercising his talent in the advertising world since 1999. He joined the RSVP team in 2009 and brought with him a love for laughter and creativity. Originally from New Albany, Mississippi, Chris has settled in Memphis and enjoys being active in the fashion community.

Editor Emily Adams Keplinger Copy Editor/Accounting Ruth Cassin Contributing Writers Bill Bannister Virginia M. Davis­­­ Dennis Phillippi Gaye Swan Art Director Kim Coleman Photographers Baxter Buck Don Perry Steve Roberts Account Executives Chris Pugh Carter Davis

Carter Davis

Account Executive

Carter is native Memphian and a veteran of the broadcast industry, and magazine publishing. He is also a freelance voiceover talent and can be heard on WKNO 91.1FM on Sundays. Carter is an avid animal lover and likes to work with aquariums as a hobby. He enjoys his East Memphis home with his wife and 2 dogs, and 6 cats.

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Kim oversees all visual aspects of the magazine — advertising and editorial. Her career encompasses working with both print and digital media for magazines, newspapers and e-publications. Kim and her husband are raising their two children in the Cooper-Young area where their family enjoys the artistic atmosphere and entrepreneurial spirit of Midtown.

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From the Editor

November

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ovember is the pearl-grey month, the changeling between warm crimson October and cold white December; the month when the leaves fall in slow drifting whirls and the shapes of the trees are revealed. When the earth imperceptibly wakes and stretches her bare limbs and displays her stubborn unconquerable strength before she settles uneasily into winter. November is secret and silent.” These words by Alison Uttley seem to perfectly sum up the essence of November. With Daylight Savings Time ending on November 3 (at 2 a.m.), the transition from the last month of autumn to the first month of winter will seem to be hastened by the early evening darkness. But rather than bemoan these changes, let’s embrace them, and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. There’s so much to be thankful for this season. Plan to show your support for historic preservation as the annual Adapt a Door & Design Gala is held on Nov. 2 at Howard Hall, 2282 Madison, benefiting Memphis Heritage. On Nov. 9, you have your choice of at least four major events. The 20/20 Memphis Eye Ball Gala will take place at the Great Hall in Germantown. The annual Agape Heartlight will be held at the Soundstage at Graceland. Meanwhile, the Greenway Soiree, a benefit for Wolf River Conservancy, will be at Opera Memphis. And the Memphis Hilton will be the setting for the fifth anniversary celebration of Courage Thru Cancer. This event gives those who have been diagnosed with cancer a chance to hear inspiring stories of courage of others so that no one has to face their crisis alone. Head over to the Harbor Town Dog Show on Nov. 10 to see cute pooches strut their stuff, all while raising funds for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. The 10th annual Red Boa Ball will take place on Nov. 15 at Memphis Botanic Garden. Not only is this a fun and high profile event, but it supports the critical services provided by the American Red Cross of the Mid-South. And not to be missed, the 69th and final Memphis College of Art Holiday Bazaar will be held at Rust Hall in Overton Park on Nov. 22 & 23. The Bazaar will kick off on Nov. 22 with a ticketed Preview and Purchase Party from 5–10 p.m., and will have an Open Market with free admission on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.­–5 p.m. This is truly the end of an era. At RSVP Magazine, we are thankful for these groups, and all the other local nonprofit organizations that are the weavers of our community fabric. Each one gives us reasons to be thankful!

Emily Adams Keplinger editor@rsvpmagazine.com

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Signature Memphis

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John Malmo Chairman Emeritus, ArcherMalmo, Inc. Hometown: Born in Milwaukee, moved to Memphis in 1937 Favorite Song: Anything from Broadway, Glenn Miller or Frank Sinatra Your Lucky Charm: Betty Cotten Malmo Your Best Quality: I work hard A Nonliving Celebrity/Role Model You Would Invite to Dinner: Winston Churchill Your Favorite Memphis “Thang”: The “I AM A MAN” signs from the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike

Favorite Place

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Travel: Nova Scotia

Best Memphis Hangout: The Rendezvous First Car You Owned: 1941 Chevy Coupe (in 1952) Place You Go

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Think: My office

Favorite Southern Idiom: “Sho ‘nuff” Best Advice You Ever Got: Be quiet Your Most Annoying Habit: Talk too much The Highlight

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Your Day: Going home

Proudest Moment

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Your Life: Marrying Betty Cotten

Who Would Play You

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Woody Allen

Movie: Probably not Clark Gable, maybe

in Dallas 30 minutes late, declaring that traffic was like a “Chinese Fire Drill,” then discovering half the room was filled with Chinese clients.

One Goal You’d Still Like

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Accomplish: Becoming a better listener

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Something You’ll Never Live Down: Bursting into a business meeting


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Pink Palace Crafts Fair A Memphis Tradition

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s one of the oldest crafts fairs in the country, the Pink Palace Crafts Fair has been a favorite fall festival for 47 years. The event provides a kind of entertainment with a purpose with historic crafts demonstrated by skilled craftspeople. And it offers a unique shopping opportunity, just in time for the holiday season, for those looking for one-of-a-kind gifts. There’s also a certain charm about going to this fair. In addition to the artisan crafts, there’s also music, educational exhibits, interactive family activities and of course, food. Along with the usual vendors of pronto pups and funnel cakes are volunteers who have cooked homemade applesauce and biscuits over a wood-burning stove. The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is the largest fundraising event for the Pink Palace Museum and one of the largest volunteer-run events in the Greater Memphis area. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Hugh, Smith and Lisa Mallory

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Susan Prince, Adrianne Walowitz and Mary Iberg

Becky Argall and Gloria Campbell

Elaine Neeley and Lee Cagle

Bill and Leigh Harwell

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Pam Reimann and Laura Edwards with John and Beverly Allen

Ashley and Michael Robilio

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ore than 40 chefs, some local and some from around the country, were joined by almost 40 vintners for this year’s Memphis Food & Wine Festival. The event, held at The Live Garden of Memphis Botanic Garden, was a feast for the senses as tantalizing aromas of culinary items mingled with the sight of rows of tented tables ringing the perimeter of the area under starry skies. Amy LaVere, Will Sexton, John Paul Keith and Ghost Town Blues Band brought their musical talents to the scene, performing from the stage for the crowd, and adding to the party-like atmosphere. This year’s festival chef chairperson was José Gutierrez, chef/owner of River Oaks and one of six participating French Master Chefs. James Beard Foundation winner Wally Joe, chef/owner of Acre, was the festival’s co-chef chairperson. Other local chefs included Erling Jensen from Erling Jensen: The Restaurant; Andreas Kisler and Konrad Spitzbart from The Peabody; Patrick Reilly from The Majestic Grille; Ben Smith of Tsunami; and Ryan Trimm, whose restaurants include Sweet Grass, Next Door, 3rd and Court, and 117 Prime. The roster of local culinary stars continued with Andrew Adams of Acre; Nick Scott from Alchemy; Russell Casey from Bounty on Broad; Raymond Jackson from The Cafe at Crosstown Arts; Josh Burkeen from Capital Grille; David See all the party photos at rsvpmagazine.com Password: RSVP

Krog of Dory; Zach Nicholson of Lucky Cat Ramen; Franck Oysel from Interim; Jonathan Magallanes, chef/owner of Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana; Jimmy Gentry of P.O. Press Public House & Provisions; Valarie Hall, executive chef at Ridgeway Country Club; Chad Getchel of River Oaks; and Phillip Ashley Rix of Phillip Ashley Chocolates. The iconic Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous was also represented. Out-of-town chefs included Tory McPhail from Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Deb Paquette from Etch in Nashville, and Ken Frank, Michelin starred chef-owner of La Toque in Napa Valley and Michael Smith of Farina in Kansas City, Missouri. Smith is a James Beard Best Chef-Midwest Award winner. And to go with each exquisite bite were more than 200 wines from vintners across the country. Sweet treats were also a part of the evening’s offerings and included miniature bourbon pecan pies, raspberry beignets with crème brûlée, espresso coffee mousse with coffee sponge cake and vanilla bean glaze served in edible dark chocolate teacups, a variety of flavors of gelato and more. “Gutierrez, Al LaRocca, and Bob and Sherry Chimenti founded the festival three years ago,” explained Sandra Lewis, relationship manager at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. “Since 2016, Memphis Food & Wine Festival has raised more than $225,000 for FedExFamilyHouse.

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April Dawn and Jason Arms

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Rosie Richmond and Gerry Dupree

Yannik and Sarah Schaly

Malou and Chris Culver

Brad and Amy Moritz

Sam Fargotstein, Becca Belz, Rachel Belz, Steven Gubin and Cody Gubin

José Gutierrez and Chad Getchel


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Keelee Hudson and Randall Pettit

Christy Evans and Scott Felix

Sara and Doug Cook

Mac Duggal and Amik Sodhi

Jennifer Williams, Alice Higdon and Jenny Vergos

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Rebecca Bramlett and Shelby Peranich

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Jim Brigance and Nikki Schroeder

Adrienne Bailey and Erica Balthrop

Gavin Clark and Isabella Goza

Vicki Howell, Camilla Forsythe, Linda Tremayne and Nancy Beck

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Bill and Lori Ludden

James Keen and Emily Morrison

Tiffany Hebert and Brian Robinson

Millie and Mike Young

Randy Robinson and Beth Mobilian

Frank McGrew with Lindsey and Josh Hammond


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Chef Ben Smith World Influences Flavor Tsunami


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“And the Asian cuisine class was a real eye-opener for me — the ingredients, flavors, and techniques had a profound effect on me.”

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person can be on a path and not be not fully aware that it is leading to a future career. Such was the case for Chef Ben Smith. Born and raised in Memphis, Smith made his way through Memphis public schools, and graduated from Central High School.

“I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do, so I was in no hurry for college,” recalled Smith. “Instead, I went to work in the restaurant industry.” When Smith began working at the former La Tourelle, things started to come into focus. As his skills developed, owners Paul Zilch and Martha Brahm suggested Smith go to culinary school. He applied to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY and was accepted for the April 1984 class. As part of his program, Smith had to complete an externship at an approved restaurant. He went to San Francisco, CA and secured a position at The Sherman House Hotel to work under the tutelage of Master Chef Paul Grutter. “Grutter taught me a valuable lesson about paying attention to details,” said Smith. “My time there was frightening, hectic and crazy. I was exposed to the amazing cooking skills of a master chef and got a good taste of the intense pressure

and detail involved in running a kitchen. Also I learned about new and interesting ingredients from the Bay area.” Smith said that his time in San Francisco gave him a sense that there was a bigger world of food out there, spurring his curiosity about traveling and tasting new flavors. He returned to CIA, finished his program, and graduated with an associate’s degree in December 1986. “The seafood class still influences me today,” said Smith. “And the Asian cuisine class was a real eye-opener for me — the ingredients, flavors, and techniques had a profound effect on me.” After completing his degree, Smith returned to San Francisco and worked with Executive Chef Jeremiah Tower, who was one of the pioneers of California cuisine. “Every day offered a learning process for me,” said Smith. “That job still remains one of the most influential of my career.” Wanderlust struck again for Smith. He worked for a weekend retreat-style ranch in Australia before returning to Memphis. Next, Smith set off for a culinary adventure at a Hawaiian resort where he worked with many different fish and new ingredients. When he returned to Memphis again, he worked for the University Club, Three Oaks Grill and Winsor’s. “At Winsor’s I met a woman, Colleen, who would become my wife,” said Smith. “When I left Winsor’s, it was with the intention of opening my own place. I put together a business plan and

was approached by Thomas Boggs, who literally walked up to my house one day and made me a deal. He would do everything he could to help me open my own place if I would work for him for six months at The Half Shell, a restaurant in which he had recently invested. Thus began a partnership with Thomas, who set up all the business aspects so I could focus on the culinary, and my brother, Tim, who came in as a financial guarantor.” Smith’s plan was for a “seafood forward concept with strong Asian influences.” He found a location that met all of his criteria; a comfy place with character in a cool neighborhood. Heeding advice from Boggs, Smith made an offer for the fixtures, and within an hour, was handed the keys and soon assumed the lease. Tsunami opened in July 1998 and was the first Project Green Fork restaurant in Memphis. It has received the accolades of Best New Restaurant, and Best Seafood and Best Chef, several times. Additionally, Smith was voted Best Restauranteur by the Memphis Restaurant Association in 2010 and has been invited twice to cook at the James Beard House. “Our concept is what put Tsunami on the map,” concluded Smith. “The focus is still on seafood, but the menu continues to evolve with more locally and regionally sourced products. However, I think our longevity and continued success rests largely on our staff and incredible people, especially Colleen, who was a creative person helping even before we opened.”

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VALERIE BERLIN Creating for the Enjoyment of Color and Pattern


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“I have never chased after contemporary styles in my work. I create for the pure enjoyment of color and pattern."

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alerie Berlin is a Memphis artist with a very recognizable style. She said that she has had an interest in art from a very early age.

“Both my parents were creative,” explained Berlin. “And I had great childhood reinforcement from winning poster prizes and art contests.” Her interest in art continued as she entered college at Southwestern University (now known as Rhodes College). “I had the most wonderful professors of art at Southwestern, including the late Peter Bowman, Lawrence Anthony and the late Mary Sims who became a close friend and mentor,” recalled Berlin. “Mary played the biggest role in my getting started — she showed me the ropes of becoming a professional artist by her work ethic and devotion to her dream, that is, doing what you love.” When asked when she realized that her own dream was to be an artist, Berlin replied, “We had a senior exhibition at Southwestern and I sold most of my pieces. Additionally, the school chose one of my pieces for their permanent collection.” Berlin graduated from Southwestern in 1974

with a Bachelor of Arts degree. “I have never chased after contemporary styles in my work,” said Berlin. “I create for the pure enjoyment of color and pattern. And much to my delight, my work is often compared to Matisse and Van Gogh.” For years, Berlin has focused her work on recreating the interiors of homes with her colorful and sometimes whimsical mix-and-match manner of using color and pattern. Most often, she includes family pets in her paintings. As to what honed her focus, Berlin attributes finding that artistic niche to time spent with Sims. “I was sharing a house with Mary Sims and she had a most unusual sense of decorating,” said Berlin. “She had a stuffed wild turkey hanging from a ceiling fan, a lot of quirky, eccentric tablescapes and collections of pottery, hats and beads. I've always heard ‘draw what you love’ so I began drawing the interiors of her house. One day her lanky old hound dog curled up in an overstuffed chair. Of course, I included him in the drawing. Then I began painting the interiors I had drawn and people took an interest in the piece with Mary’s dog. I started doing commissioned ‘portraits’ of clients’ rooms with their pets curled up in a favorite chair or stretched out on a colorful rug.” Berlin’s explained that her process starts with a visit to a client’s home. There she takes

photographs of the selected room, with or without pets. Once she returns to her home studio in the Vollintine-Evergreen area, she commits the image to memory, keeping in mind the client’s preferred color scheme. Then she puts the photo away and exerts her own artistic license with patterns and colors. In addition to being in numerous private collections, Berlin was chosen to do the Memphis in May poster honoring New Zealand. As with most of her paintings, the work was done with oil pastels on paper. The image showed the interior of a New Zealand farmhouse, with a kiwi sitting on a window ledge and sheep running through the room. She has also been featured in Southern Living Magazine, in an article about her work and her unique style. Most recently, Berlin had a friend whose home was used in shooting some scenes for Bluff City Law. One of Berlin’s paintings is hanging in the background, and that scene made the final cut. Does she have a favorite work? “I can't name a favorite piece, however I can tell you my favorite part of the creative process — presenting my client with the finished piece,” explained Berlin. “I love seeing their delight at how I have transformed their room into a myriad of colors and patterns and seeing their pet in a whole new light.”

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Vintage 901 Low Country Boil Fundraiser

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intage 901 held a Low Country Seafood Boil as a benefit for Common Table Health Alliance. The sold-out event took place at the Bobby Lanier Farm Park in Germantown. Tables set in autumnal hues with sunflower centerpieces gave a nod to the season. Guests began the evening by mingling under the stars as musician Susan Marshall provided toe-tapping entertainment. There was also a live art installment by Jamond Bullock of AlivePaint, which was auctioned that night. Southern Table Catering, a division of Central BBQ, served up buckets of shrimp, crayfish, potatoes, and corn on the cob, along with sides of cheese grits, greens and rolls. Mempops was on hand to offer cool treats in adult flavors of strawberry margarita and Moscow mule at the end of the meal. A wine pull and a bourbon pull offered guests a means of supporting the cause while taking home something special from the party. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Deidre Malone, Kelly Pharr and Stephanie Carter

Bobby and Elizabeth Rouse with Ed and Rachel Foley

Lauren Burdock and Karman Myer

Kevin and Jackie Prester

Sandra Johnson and Lisa Thomas

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Elegant Southern Style Weekend A Celebration of The American South

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t was a truly unique celebration of the food, fashion, architecture, design and culture of The American South as Priscilla Presley hosted Graceland’s first Elegant Southern Style Weekend. The event was steeped in the charm of traditions and heirlooms, with discussions featuring top experts, one-of-a-kind parties and events, delicious food and more — all in an intimate setting. Some of the notable presenters included award-winning Chef Kelly English; Rebecca Dinstuhl of Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy; Kevin Coble, owner of Le Fleur; motivational speaker and lifestyle expert Leigh Anne Touhy; Hal Lansky, president of Lansky Bros., Clothier to the King; and Bridal Couture Designer Pat Kerr, whose private collection of antique laces and royal gowns have been featured in Kensington Palace for the last five years. Also sharing their expertise were Emmy award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant, top wedding planner Troy Williams, Katie Bodenhamer from Draper James, and clothiers Sid and Ann Mashburn. Story and Photos by Emily Adams Keplinger Ann Mashburn, Pat Kerr Tigrett and Priscilla Presley

Lucy Oppedisano and Julie Carnovale

Leigh Anne Touhy and Troy Williams

Julie Johnson, Paige Miller and Kayce Smith

Kevin Coble with Charles and Rebecca Dinstuhl and Judy Moss

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Christian Ross and Sheena Barnett

Janie Bryant, Katie Bodenhamer, Sid Mashburn and Hal Lansky

Stephanie McGrath and Abbie Labonville

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Memphis Japan Festival A Celebration of Japanese Culture

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he Memphis Japan Festival provided a family friendly taste of Japan at Memphis Botanic Garden. The colorful crowd wandered through vendors’ tents offering bead art, bath products, origami, and more. The Kimono Dressing Experience was an interactive way to educate guests on the intricate way to wear the traditional Japanese garment. Many came dressed in their own kimonos, martial arts wear or in homage to Japanese anime. Children enjoyed bouncy houses and face painting, and the martial arts demonstrations, music and dance performances were popular with all ages. Many festivalgoers took advantage of interesting talks about Japanese culture, including a tea ceremony demonstration, a short lecture on bonsai, and Japanese Garden Tours. Food trucks lined the festival grounds, offering sushi, Thai street food, wings, ices, soda pops and more. The Japan-America Society of Tennessee and the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville presented the event.

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housands of animals in need have gained a second chance at life under the tender ministrations of the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County (HSMSC). The nonprofit organization has provided shelter, nourishment, medical care and other kinds of support to neglected, injured and abused creatures for 86 years. It seeks to have each of its denizens adopted into loving homes with long-lasting relationships. “Simply put, the Humane Society is love in action,” HSMSC Executive Director Ellen Zahariadis said. “Love in action is a powerful thing.” Zahariadis described ways in which acts of love fuel the society’s mission during her remarks to several hundred guests at Pawprints Gala, HSMSC’s biggest annual fundraiser. Shelby Farms Park’s FedEx Event Center was the setting. The affair included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and a video presentation that drew both tears and chuckles. The video, which preceded the live auction, ended by asking, “Will you raise your paw?” Kym Clark proved her considerable auctioneering talents as a multitude of paws were raised when the bidding began. Clark is a weekday news anchor for WMC Action News 5. She also hosts WMC’s Pet of the Week segment that features adoptable animals from HSMSC. “Those sweet little babies. I get to love See all the party photos at rsvpmagazine.com Password: RSVP

them. I get licked on. I get hair all over me. I love it!” Clark said. Competition for “Delta Dog Escape to Oxford, Mississippi” and “Disney Magic” travel packages, among other offerings, was lively. The fiercest spate of bidding, however, ensued once “Alpha Mail” the Buddy Dog was introduced. The bronzehued, larger-than-life size statue adorned with hundreds of postage stamps fetched the highest amount bid for any item. Wanda Miller of Tennessee Carriers made the winning bid. Alpha Mail will reside in the conference room of her company’s offices in Frayser. Miller’s co-workers have helped rescue, care for and adopt homeless dogs in that area. Paradox Catering & Consulting prepared a scrumptious dinner. L & jay Productions provided floral arrangements for table centerpieces, which featured handmade treat dispensers fashioned as red fire hydrants and two-story cat scratching posts. Sponsors were Athens Distributing Co., Century Wealth Management, Deloitte, Demo Memphis, Dorothy Kirsch, Ferguson HVAC, Gant Systems, Haltom Engineering, Happy Tails Dog Training, Harris Shelton Attorneys at Law, KPMG LLP, L & jay Productions, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Mechanical Systems Co., Mobile Vet, Nolan Audio Visual, Renasant Bank, Tennessee Carriers and Randy and Sandy Womack.

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kale salad with apples and brie cheese, candied bacon and three-bean salad. Flours in Bloom and Small Cakes Collierville served mini cupcakes. A silent auction, which took place on the stage of the Live Garden offered partygoers choices of artwork, restaurant gift certificates, workout certificates, spa treatments and more. Alston Meeks Band provided the evening’s entertainment and a photo booth from Captured by Carren was on site offering photographic keepsakes from the event. “Funds raised at this event will help support ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the current My Big Backyard spaces, as well as construction of future projects and educational activities and exhibits,” said Mary Helen Butler, Assistant Director of Memphis Botanic Garden. “My Big Backyard is enjoyed by more than 77,000 guests each year. It is an enchanting garden that is enjoyed by a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds. We look forward to the next 10 years of connecting families with the outdoors and growing the next generation of gardeners. Our goal is to keep My Big Backyard fun, safe, nurturing, creative, and refreshed, ensuring families can enjoy it for years to come.”

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Memphis Moment

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Field to Fork Agricenter Fundraiser

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uests who attended the Agricenter International’s inaugural Field to Fork dinner enjoyed a truly unique on-farm experience. The effect was magical as they dined al fresco amid a cornfield specially planted as an outdoor room, the perimeter rimmed with sunflowers and Edison lights strung overhead. The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as violinist/fiddler Donna Wolf serenaded the crowd. A Moveable Feast Catering, with Chefs Ernie Mellor and Schuyler O’Brien, served a five-course dinner made with ingredients from local and regional farms. Richard Hollis and Vino Del Sol provided wines for pairings. A chilled summer squash soup was followed by courses of smoked poussin with Delta cornbread, pork loin served over a peach puree, and ribeye served with vegetables and a brown butter Hollandaise. Buttermilk panna cotta with whey caramel and blackberries topped off the meal. Proceeds from the event support the Agricenter’s educational programs.

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ore than 150 connoisseurs gathered together at Lichterman Nature Center to celebrate the pairing of fine foods with fine spirits. The event was the inaugural Whiskey in the Wild fundraiser, benefiting a variety of educational programs at Lichterman. Highlander Scottish Pub was on hand with a three-course gourmet dinner that began with an heirloom tomato caprese salad with gulf shrimp and smoked salmon with a charred tomato vinaigrette and followed by SousVide Que pork belly with sweet potato puree and a ginger pear reduction, as well as smoked beef tenderloin with truffled cauliflower mash and red wine herb reduction. Big River Distillery offered tastings of premium small batch Blue Note Bourbon and Riverset Straight Rye Whiskey. There was also a scarecrow contest and a silent auction featuring 165 items made by artists of the Pink Palace Crafts Fair. Germantown Commissary served up barbecue and music was provided by The Whiskey Boys Band.

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es Passees’ fundraiser, the Stock Exchange, kicked off with a preview party in White Station Plaza. Hundreds of shoppers and supporters turned out to have first dibs on tens of thousands consigned items. To the delight of those in attendance, beautiful vignettes included floors covered by Oriental rugs, antique furniture available from many periods, and collectibles spread out for miles. Deals could also be had on jewelry, artwork, china and crystal, and more contemporary pieces, like upholstered furniture. “Each year, it takes over 7,000 volunteer hours to put on this event,” said, Kathy Sapp, this year’s event chairman. “The beneficiaries of the 2019 Stock Exchange are the Harwood Center for children with developmental delays and Les Passees Kids on the Block, an educational puppet troupe used to teach children about topics such as abuse, bullying, nutrition and drug-related issues.”

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ver 275 guests attended the second annual fundraising gala of Memphis Mission of Mercy, a nonprofit agency that organizes surgical missions to rural parts of the Philippines. Held at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis, Vernice Hunt chaired the event, which included a silent auction, dinner, a live auction, and live music by the Bill Hurd Jazz Ensemble. Joe Birch of WMC Action News 5 was the evening’s emcee. The featured keynote speaker was Rev. Dr. David Lewis, founder of Crosslink Memphis, a nonprofit organization that provides supplies and medicines for short-term Christian medical mission teams and charity clinics. Proceeds from the event will help fund the construction of a standalone surgical hospital in the Philippines to provide free medical treatment and services. University of Tennessee Health Science Center residents and students will have the opportunity to complete volunteer missions at the hospital during their studies. The hospital is projected to open in 2021.

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here’s a good chance you are By Dennis Phillippi reading this in a room filled with miserable people. That’s because you very well might be reading this in a waiting room. Everyone in every waiting room is miserable. You’re almost never in a waiting room waiting for something good. You’re waiting to see a dentist or a doctor. You’re waiting to find out how much that weird leak in your passenger door is going to cost you. You’re waiting for some girl with a nose ring that talks too much to give you a questionable haircut. Trust me, if you’re reading this in a waiting room, look around and try to find someone who is having a good time. I’ll wait. See? No one at a doctor’s office is enjoying the rerun of a home renovation show. No one in the body shop waiting room is into the endless tedium that is Fox News. If someone in a psychiatrist’s waiting room seems to be having a blast, move away from them as calmly as possible. One thing about this magazine is that it has a half-life longer than strontium. I have stumbled onto copies of RSVP a decade old. No one throws RSVP away because it’s big and shiny and filled with pictures of what appear to be perfectly nice people. It just seems rude to throw that away. A copy of a celebrity magazine has pictures of pretty people too, but they’re not people you’d want to have an actual conversation with. Celebrities, and I say this from some experience, tend to be both arrogant and stupid at the same time, a terrible combination for a nice chat. Those magazines you throw away without a twinge, but this one, well, it’s just too nice to toss. And you got it for free. If you’re in a waiting room chances are you’re sitting in a chair that is just comfortable enough. Whatever business you’re in doesn’t want people complaining all day about the chairs, but they also don’t want a bunch of unconscious people lying around. It’s probably upholstered, but has hard fake wood arms that are unyielding and at a severe 90 degree angle. The lighting is also punitive. There’s no question that fluorescent lighting is the logical choice economically for a large space, but it’s not the logical choice for human eyes. As often as not a ceiling festooned with bars of fluorescent bulbs has that one that is on its way out and blinks erratically. The people who work there have long since stopped noticing it, so it never gets fixed. It’s just

The choice of reading material in waiting rooms has always been baffling to me. Some of them, my eye doctor for instance, seem to care about the quality of the magazines, and provide a wide selection. There are sports magazines that feature athletes who are still playing. There are cooking magazines that haven’t had half the recipes ripped out by people who are never going to make them.

there to torture someone who is already about to get a root canal. The artwork in waiting rooms is apparently ordered from the same place that manufactures the chairs. There are prints of paintings in elaborate frames that are just good enough to not be offensive, but no better. They’re not shelling out the dough for artwork anyone wants to spend any time actually enjoying. You chose RSVP for your viewing pleasure out of all of the various other publications scattered around the room. The choice of reading material in waiting rooms has always been baffling to me. Some of them, my eye doctor for instance, seem to care about the quality of the magazines, and provide a wide selection. There are sports magazines

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that feature athletes who are still playing. There are cooking magazines that haven’t had half the recipes ripped out by people who are never going to make them. Then there are the other ones. One of my doctors has nothing but quarterly medical journals. If I am at her office the last thing I want to look at is other medical conditions I might have. The place I get my bodywork done exclusively has hunting and fishing magazines, neither of which I do. Even if I did hunt or fish, I find it hard to believe I would want to read about other people hunting and fishing. if you want to worry about the future, flip to the back of a hunting magazine and check out the ads. Serious hunters also seem to expect the world to end in a way that will make their unique set of skills suddenly very handy. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to survive that particular world-ending scenario. Of course the worst part of waiting rooms, like in so many other parts of life, is the other people. We’ve established that no one around you is having a super time, but they’re still around you. Most of them are probably looking at their phone. This is one of the few places where I’m happy to have everyone looking at their phone. That way they’re not looking at me. Or talking to me. Pretty much no matter what type of waiting room we’re sharing I’m certain I don’t want to talk to you. There is no situation where I picture myself wanting to hear about a stranger’s medical condition. Under no circumstances do I want to see the weird spot on your neck that’s been freaking you out. It’s bad enough that literally 100% of the people sharing the room with me are sick, and look sick, I do not want to discuss it. Honestly, I’m trying not to breath the same air as you. Please feel free to not share with me that you’re at the dentist because you cracked a crown on some popcorn. Start that and I’m going to crack your crown. I hope you’re enjoying this copy of RSVP at least. This magazine provides a valuable service to the community. It provides a fantasy get away that is genuinely within your grasp. You can’t pick up a travel magazine and picture yourself flying off to Fiji for a month. But you can look at RSVP and imagine yourself going to a charity auction with free cups of white wine. Just leaf through and see yourself standing around with pretty people all dressed up. Nice huh?

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