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Hotel Confdential Winter view of the New York City skyline from from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. Photo by Bridget Williams.

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on the cover: There Once was a Chef from... Nothing says winter warmth than an apple cranberry pie, fresh from the oven. Tis one is served at Te Ritz. Photo by Carmen Troesser.

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The House Swap

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Purple Reign

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Cape Expectations

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Bibliotaph… Model Behavior

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Hotel Confidential:

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Curating a Lifestyle

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Of Note…

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An Affair to Remember

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An Afair to Remember From the Yoko London Twilight Collection, a 10-14mm South Sea and Tahitian pearl necklace with 2.98cts diamonds in 18kt white and black gold (price upon request; yokolondon.com).

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From the Editor-in-Chief

One of the best things about working as a journalist is you get to see your world through others’ eyes. I love that. I grew up in St. Louis. With the exception of my 20s and 30s, I have always resided here. I am all too aware of both its fnesse and its foibles. I’m basically crazy in love with our city. I love standing beneath the Arch, meandering through the sculpture garden at the Art Museum, strolling the mansion-flled streets of Central West End. I love the bears at the Zoo, the refecting pool in Forest Park, musicals at Te Muny and the Fox, the exhibits and lunch at the History Museum, opening nights at the Rep and symphony, Saturday night dinners at Steak ’n Shake and so much more. I could die happy with a carton of Bissinger’s molasses puffs and Annie Gunn’s potato pancake appetizer with bacon and pear chutney at my side. I revel in the fact that more residents than not are polite and accommodating – and the fact that rudeness isn’t well tolerated here. I’m crazy about the fact that the city is jammed-packed with people who see a problem and roll up their sleeves to resolve it. I could go on and on without taking a breath. Of course, the city’s shortcomings are hard to miss: Segregation, inferior city schools, crime and abject poverty only top the list. In this issue, we interviewed Dr. Tim and Kim Eberlein. Born in Pennsylvania, they met in a biology lab at University of Pittsburgh. Tey moved here 18 years ago when Dr. Eberlein got the dream job of chair of surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Ten he was asked to start Siteman Cancer Center. As the cliché goes, the rest is history. While he was busy at Barnes, she was equally industrious in fnding causes that struck her heart and stoked her passions. She has worked tirelessly for the St. Louis Symphony and Opera Teatre of St. Louis. She’s manned the crisis hot line at Safe Connections. She’s co-founded the St. Louis Women’s Group on Race Relations. And both Eberleins are huge fans of St. Louis. Mention a negative, say the occurrences in Ferguson, and they respond with a positive. Tey look at the situation as an opportunity, a reason to get working. For example, both of them see the problems in Ferguson as a way to make the city stronger – a chance to create a model for other urban areas to follow. As Dr. Eberlein pointed out, the city has done it before – and it can do it again. It’s a wonderful perspective to have on St. Louis. I just love seeing the city through others’ eyes.

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THE HOUSE SWAP Written by Christy Marshall

Photography by Alise O’Brien

Tis house on the grounds of St. Louis Country Club has a history. For starters, former frst lady Eleanor Roosevelt slept in the guest room when visiting the home’s original owner, Stuart Symington Jr. In 2015, a hometown star pretended the house was his when shooting a reality TV show. It wasn’t. Nine years ago, the current homeowners bought the house, which was designed in 1961 by St. Louis architect William Bernoudy. Ten they, with the assistance of Chouteau Building Group, spent 4½ years renovating it.

“We wanted to frst and foremost respect the architectural integrity of the building,” the homeowner says. “We loved, loved, loved Bernoudy’s thinking and what the Symingtons brought to the table. They pushed him for higher ceilings.” Tey also made very specifc demands, right down to a closet custom built for ice skates. When the current owners bought the one-story house, it had a number of small bedrooms, and with the exception of a fallout shelter and a guest room, the lower level was unfnished. slmag.net

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“[Te Symingtons] left it in incredible shape but they hadn’t changed anything since it was built,” the homeowner says. “Te paint colors were the same. We replastered the ceilings and replaced the foors with white oak 12-inch herringbone stained ebony. We moved every wall an inch and some of them we moved right back. We took a few Bernoudy risks and painted the woodwork. We wanted to bring it up to today’s classic contemporary standards’ look and feel.” While the footprint of the house is the same, not terribly much else is. The current owners removed the stairway to the lower level and added a pneumatic elevator and a circular staircase. Five small rooms were rejiggered into two: the kitchen and the family room. “We took out so many walls we had to have steel beams brought in,” the homeowner says. “We didn’t want it falling down.” Te lower level was rebuilt to add bedrooms and baths for their two girls and a second laundry room that doubles as their younger daughter’s art studio. “Eleanor’s room” and the fallout shelter/safe room have remained pretty much as they were. Te home’s interior is sleek, contemporary and chock full of modern conveniences. “I like appliances,” the homeowner says. “I like them a lot. An appliance takes up as much room as a cabinet, so it might as well be an appliance. Tey cost as much as a cabinet, so we have six refrigerators, four dishwashers and four ovens. We don’t know how to use two of the ovens because they are steam ovens, and we get the manuals out when people or the caterers come over.” Te house is built for entertaining – and this family loves giving parties. But if it hadn’t been for a couple of twists of fate and a slew of thoughtful gifts, they would be tossing those fetes at another address. After bidding on the house, the couple left the country confident it was theirs. It wasn’t. They soon discovered it had been sold to someone else. “When we found out what it had sold for, we said, ‘Well, we would have done that, what a shame,’” the homeowner says. “We continued house shopping and dragged our architect, Mark Herman, through many homes, but nothing was right. Ten I woke up in the middle of the night one night and said ‘We are not giving up on that house.’” They wrote a note congratulating the successful bidders, adding that if they ever considered fipping the house, they would love to know. Te successful bidders called within a week, and the two couples met for drinks at the Bernoudy house.

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The successful bidders said they felt terribly guilty: They hadn’t realized that another couple thought they had bought the house and they offered to sell it to them. The couple had lived in the house for just one week. Before long, the current homeowners suggested they continue the party at their house in Kirkwood. “We had a great night and we have so many things in common, including staycations at the Ritz and some favorite wines,” the current homeowner says. “And they also loved the [Kirkwood] house. 32 slmag.net

“The next day we ran around like mad people,” he says. “We took an inventory of our entire conversation with them. We went to Te Ritz and got a bottle of that lotion [a signature of the hotel chain]. We had the cork framed from a bottle of wine called Irony.” In total, they left 16 individually wrapped presents on the couple’s doorstep. Te next-to-last package was the current homeowners’ signed contract on the Bernoudy house, and the last was a contract on the house in Kirkwood. Te couple signed it. Te house swap was complete. sl


PURPLE REIGN

American Pharaoh captures horse racing’s frst “Grand Slam” at the Breeder’s Cup Written by Bridget Williams Photography by Tony Bailey For centuries, the color purple has been associated with royalty, power and wealth. It was only fitting then that the color played prominently on the chrysanthemum blanket that was draped over the withers of American Pharaoh following the thoroughbred’s wire-to-wire win against accomplished older horses at the Breeder’s Cup Classic on October 31st at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY. Te decisive victory for the frst Triple Crown winner in 37 years made it the frst horse to capture horse racing’s Grand Slam. Despite concerns over the historic racecourse’s diminutive size in comparison with other tracks that have hosted past

Breeder’s Cup races, Keeneland easily accommodated the nearly 100,000 racing fans from around the globe who were in attendance over the weekend of racing. “Te 2015 Breeders’ Cup proved to be a resounding success in so many ways, but it starts with the remarkable work from the management and staf at Keeneland, whose attention to detail and superb execution created a spectacular racing event for all,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “We also thank the Lexington business community and to the KentuckyOne Health Breeders’ Cup Festival for their dedication and commitment in support of the worldwide guests attending the Championships.” slmag.net

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While all eyes were on three-year-old American Pharaoh for the fnal race of his illustrious career, the 2015 edition of the Breeder’s Cup saw one of the deepest felds in its history with 161 total starters in 13 races, including 25 from overseas, boasting a cumulative total of 120 Grade/Group 1 wins among them. Jockey Ryan Moore, who cinched victories on Found (IRE) in the Longines Turf and Hit It a Bomb in the Juvenile Turf and runner-up on Alice Springs (IRE) in the Juvenile Fillies Turf

and Legatissimo (IRE) in the Filly & Mare Turf, was awarded the 13th Bill Shoemaker Award. Te award honors Shoemaker, an accomplished jockey with more than 8,800 career victories, highlights of which include a 1987 Breeders’ Cup Classic win at age 56 aboard Ferdinand. Te 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. sl slmag.net

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CAPE EXPECTATIONS Exploring from sea to sky in Cape Town, South Africa Written by Bridget Williams

Tere are certain moments in time when you feel really and truly alive. Standing at the base of Lion’s Head Mountain high above Cape Town, South Africa, just as the sun was making its debut for the day, was one of those times. I stood with my travel mates in complete silence, as there seemed to be an unspoken understanding that words would merely muddle the beauty of this fleeting moment. Below us laid the sleepy, sprawling metropolis, whose periphery is lapped by the frigid Atlantic Ocean. To the right, a dense blanket of fog danced across the surface of Tabletop Mountain. Tough completely random, the intersection of the curling fog and the strengthening sunbeams created a beautifully choreographed

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display of light and shadow that kept our mouths agape at the raw beauty of what our eyes were privileged to behold. Daylight firmly upon us, we set off for the top of Lion’s Head Mountain. As I contemplated the sheerness of the cliff face, marked by chains and footholds, I speculated that clearly South Africans have a vastly diferent view than Americans do of what qualifies as an “easy” hike. I’d initially signed on for the journey to South Africa in the hope that I would get the opportunity to cage dive with Great White sharks, but my disappointment in learning I would not be doing so was quickly tempered by breathtaking adventures such as the one that my height-averse brain was telling me not to do. I didn’t come 8,000


V&A Waterfront. Photo courtesy Cape Town Tourism.

miles to bring regret back as a souvenir, so I took a deep breath and headed to the top, from which I could look down on the same mountain I admired a few hours prior. Te One & Only Cape Town (capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com), located within the Victoria & Albert Waterfront, a varied shopping and entertainment district built seven years ago on the edge of the historic harbor, served as the home base for several days worth of excursions. Te building itself, designed by local architects Ruben Reddy and Dennis Fabian & Berman perfectly encapsulates the city by paying homage to its rich and diverse history with a defnite eye toward a dynamic future. While located in the midst of a bustling city, being on property feels very much like a secluded enclave,

the ideal embodiment of an urban oasis. An expanse of windows in the lobby frames the view of Table Mountain. Indigenous art and architectural accents play heavily throughout the design. To the left of the lobby is a three-story homage to food and wine, housing the Wine Loft and Reuben’s restaurant, and defned by an illuminated wall holding 5,000 bottles of wine. At the opposite end of the lobby and lounge is Nobu, the frst African outpost of Master Chef Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa’s internationally acclaimed empire that serves as the property’s fne dining concept. It has the distinction of being the frst Nobu with a kid’s sushi menu, which is complemented by sushi-making classes for kids available through its comprehensive KidsOnly program.

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Entrance of the One & Only Cape Town.

As Cape Town is quickly becoming a foodie destination, it should come as no surprise that Executive Chef Reuben Rifel is a local celebrity; a local boy of modest means who learned to cook at his mother’s side and has risen through the ranks to become a star in the global culinary stratosphere. Te cuisine at Reuben’s pays homage to its South African patrons. Sommelier Luvo Ntezo, possesses an arguably unrivaled and infectious passion for his trade, and South African varietals in particular (and not at all afraid to cite shortcomings when his nose or palette dictates). He is consistently rated tops among his peers in all of South Africa. Overnight guests can choose from 91 guest rooms and suites in the tower overlooking the marina or one of 40 rooms that surround the spa on secluded and lushly landscaped islands only accessibly by a footbridge. The spa is one of the most comprehensive in the region, ofering 12 treatment suites, two vitality pools, sauna and steam rooms, a hair salon and the Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Care Studio. A large free-form pool and restaurant round out the spa island amenities. A large ftness center in the main resort building boasts a dedicated Kinesis training room and studios for Yoga and Pilates. 38 slmag.net

Tere is a certain discernable gentleness palpable among South Africans, which comes through in the service at the One & Only. When someone responds “my pleasure” to a request, it never seemed contrived. Although be warned that when a local remarks that they’ll see you “now now,” it could be five minutes or 45. A scenario, it should be noted, that I never encountered with hotel staf. With its Mediterranean climate, abundance of wineries, 70 peaks above 950 feet, extensive coastline and semi-arid fringes, at times I felt as though I was traveling through California (the concept of “Cape Time,” also reminded me of a California casual attitude). Day trips encompass the mountains to the sea with areas of interest from art to zoology. Tose seeking to view the “Big Five” can do so as part of a day safari at a game park less than two hours away. The aforementioned shark experience is a 2.5-hour scenic drive along the picturesque “Garden Route.” I’m told Chris Fallows of Apex Shark Expeditions (and the One & Only’s preferred tour provider), is among the best, providing exhilarating experiences that are respectful of the sharks and their environment. A visit to the rugged Cape of Good Hope, situated at the perceived meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, provides the chance to see 250 species of birds, baboons and scores of picturesque overlooks.


5,000 bottles of wine are on view outside Reuben's Restaurant.

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Te Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve Photo by Alain Proust/iAfrika Photos. Courtesy Cape Town Tourism.

Penguins on Boulder Beach. Photo by Bridget Williams.

Baboons at Cape Point. Courtesy Cape Town Tourism.

Oenophiles will definitely want to explore the Cape Winelands. Rent a car, or better yet, arrange for a driver or charter a helicopter to shuttle you from one vineyard to the next. Notable stops include the Delaire Graff Estate and the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch. At the former, Laurence Graf OBE (of the Graf Diamond family) has spent the past 12 years transforming the estate into one of the most prestigious on the Cape. If you like something more sparkling than wine, check out the fagship Graf Diamonds store – the frst in Africa – and prepare to have you breath taken away. Te property serves as a repository for contemporary South African art. Two on-site restaurants serve elegant cuisine comprised of locally grown, ethically sourced ingredients.

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At the Waterford Estate, enjoy a wine and chocolate experience amid the old citrus groves, rolling lawns, and fragrant lavender and rosemary beds reminiscent of Provence. I particularly enjoyed having a glass of the 2010 Kevin Arnold Shiraz with its namesake, Waterford Estate’s winemaker and one of the most respected winemakers in South Africa. “It’s the best example of Shiraz in Stellenbosch,” said Ntezo, who also recommended that those looking to add to their cellar should opt for Te Jem 2010. “I like that the blend is produced from the poorest soil in the region, because of the leanness, dryness and length of fnish it lends to the wine,” he explained. Ntezo’s final piece of advice? “Please don’t drink the local sherry. It’s made for and drunk primarily by senior citizens, for whom taste is irrelevant.”


40 rooms at the One & Only Cape Town surround the spa on lushly landscaped islands that are only accessibly by a footbridge.

Te cellar at the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch. Photo by Bridget Williams.

At press time, $100 USD was equivalent to $1,395 South African Rand. This presents an incredible value for the U.S. traveler (the math wiz in our group tabulated that the most expensive entrée at Nobu – Taban Yaki Wagyu Beef – cost just $35 USD. Collectors of indigenous art and craft should also plan to bring along an extra (empty) suitcase for bringing back wares from the Watershed. Located a little more than block from the One & Only, this sprawling space is home to 150 tenants displaying unique wares from furniture to textiles, fashion and jewelry. Te Woodstock Art District, located in a suburb with a manufacturing history, is quickly becoming a hub for creative types and those who seek out their unique creations. Guests of the One & Only can create a customized art tour led by João

Te vineyards at the Delaire Graf Estate. Photo by Bridget Williams.

Ferreira, who has worked in the South African art market for over 20 years. As we discovered while traversing the rolling roads that wound along the coast and around the scrubby peaks, Cape Town provided exciting discoveries around every bend. Te bohemian atmosphere at Kalk Bay, the intensely hued homes that define the Bo Kaap neighborhood, the playful penguin colony on Boulder Beach, the English enclave at Simon’s Town, experiencing delightful desolation while horseback riding on the wide, wide sands of Long Beach, and surveying the high-dollar homes that line Clifton Beach just scratched the surface. My unfulflled wish to rendezvous with Great Whites leaves me with the perfect excuse to plan a return trip and dig a little deeper into this fascinating corner of the world. sl

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Bibliotaph... Model Behavior

Compiled by Victoria Chase

As the model monarch, born in 1926, married in 1947 and crowned in 1953, nearly every aspect of Queen Elizabeth's life has been captured on flm. Utilizing hundreds of photographs from the likes of Lord Snowdon and Annie Leibovitz, many published for the frst time, this book intertwines, history, politics, high society and global travel to tell the story of her six-decade reign. Christopher Warwick (author), Reuel Golden (editor) - Her Majesty - Hardcover, 306 pages, Taschen Books (taschen.com). In the era prior to digital cameras, Polaroids were essential for testing lighting and the setting. In the post digital world, they've become cherished relics of a bygone era. Photographer Bruno Bisang shares a cross-section of his Polaroid archives,including sessions with supermodels such as Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. Bruno Bisang - 30 Years of Polaroids - Hardcover, 208 pages, teNeues Publishing (teneues.com). Maker and muse–Mario Testino and Kate Moss–examine two decades of collaboration, from candid early shots backstage at runway shows to glossy spreads for fashion magazines. Many of the images were culled from Testino's private archives and make their published debut in this tome. Mario Testino Kate Moss by Mario Testino - Hardcover, 228 pages, Taschen Books (taschen.com).

Fashion photographer André de Dienes met aspiring model Norma Jean Dougherty in 1945. In the few years that followed, the two were briefy engaged, embarked on several road trips and amassed a volume of portraits that would help the ingénue launch her legendary career. Steve Crist (editor) - André de Dienes: Marilyn Monroe - Hardcover, 616 pages, Taschen Books (taschen.com).

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bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books Fashion icon and photographer Karl Lagerfeld focused his lens solely on model Claudia Schifer for his second Stern Fotografe portfolio. Karl Lagerfeld - Claudia & Karl Hardcover, 94 pages, teNeues Publishing (teneues.com).

Among the many starlets Hollywood photographer Bob Willoughby captured - Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Fonda to name a few - Audrey Hepburn remained his favorite. He was among the frst to photograph the fedging star shortly she arrived in Hollywood in 1953. From then, the two became lifelong friends, with Willoughby capturing images from her personal and professional life. Bob Willoughby - Bob Willoughby: Audrey Hepburn, Photographs 1953-1966 - Hardcover, 280 pages, Taschen Books (taschen.com).

From the late 1950s until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol used Polaroids as a method to chronicle his daily life and encounters. Tis book, created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, features hundred of these candid images, the Instagram of his era, with many published for the frst time. Richard B. Woodward (author), Reuel Golder (editor) - Andy Warhol: Polaroids - Hardcover, 560 pages, Taschen Books (taschen.com).

Te master of glamour-meetsgrunge, fashion designer and California native Rick Owens launched his eponymous line in 1994. Now based in Paris, where his signature style has been afectionately labeled "glunge", this book examines his design trajectory through the lens of noted fashion photographers. Terry Jones (editor) - Rick Owens Hardcover, 120 pages, Taschen Books (taschen.com).

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HOTEL CONFIDENTIAL

Te Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park Written by Abigail Hamilton

Boredom in the Big Apple is not a word one would typically expect a visitor to banter about considering the city’s myriad of sights, sounds and setbacks (frustratingly infinite traffic jams spring to mind). In fact, the frenetic pace and vast array of options can leave one feeling slightly harried by the end of their trip. With a little planning, choosing the right hotel in a primo location and cooperation from Mother Nature, it is very possible to fll a long weekend without ever flling the back seat of a cab. Such was the experience during our recent stay at Te Ritz Carlton. Steps from the front door of the 33-story 1930s building designed by Emery Roth, Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages line Central Park South. Tis enviable location in the heart of Manhattan means that major attractions of the city are a short stroll away. Opened in 2002, the interior of the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond property is akin to what one would expect when stepping across the threshold of a Park Avenue apartment belonging to a sophisticated savant. The reception area flows into Te Star Lounge, where the warm wood paneling and gilt 44 slmag.net

accents are mirrored by the golden service of legendary New York bartender Norman Bukofzer (think Mel Brooks-meetsGene Wilder). The elegant environs are further enhanced by a museum-quality collection of paintings, including examples from contemporary landscape artist Steve Hannock and postimpressionist NYC native Samuel Halpert. Te same ambiance is extended to the Auden Bistro, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Executive Chef Mark Arnao infuses the artisanal menu with dishes refective of his varied background and experience; he cites green curry chicken, sushi and foie gras terrine among his favorites to prepare. In the 259 guest rooms and 47 suites, dark wood gives way to soothing shades of celadon, taupe and pale rose executed in plush upholstery, brocade drapery and intricately textured carpets. Cloud-like beds are dressed in 400 thread-count linens, feather duvets and a choice of seven pillow types to ensure a perfect night’s sleep. Spacious bathrooms are sheathed in marble and boast deep soaking tubs and a separate shower.


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Luxurious amenities come as no surprise in a RitzCarlton property, but what consistently sets the brand apart is their unwavering commitment to providing exceptional guest experiences. For instance, a brief mention during booking that our visit coincided with a birthday celebration prompted a welcome amenity of bubbly, balloons and a miniature version of the NYC skyline rendered in dark chocolate waiting for us on the console table in the foyer of our room. Young guests of the property will be treated to cookies and milk at turndown and an amenity bag with branded items to be used throughout their stay, while pampered pooches (those weighing less than 60 pounds) are treated to a posh dog bed, rainproof trench coat for walks in the park and ceramic dinnerware. During our stay we opted to upgrade with Club Lounge access and treated it as our own personal living room, visiting

several times a day, beginning with breakfast at a table overlooking the bustle of Central Park and ending with a glass of bubbly while we refected on our day while settled into one of the comfortable seating areas. Te Ritz-Carlton Central Park has the designation of being the frst American full-service luxury day spa branded by La Prairie Switzerland, the world-renowned skincare line. Top-tier services are available in the European-style spa or in-room. Complementing the spa facilities is a comprehensive ftness center. While “location, location, location� might be enough for some properties, the Ritz-Carlton Central Park goes a step beyond to provide service as memorable as the views. Te Ritz-Carlton Central Park is located at 50 Central Park South. For more information or reservations, call 212.308.9100 or visit ritzcarlton.com. sl slmag.net

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Just as winter brings cooler temperatures, the auction world heats up for the busiest season of the year. Check out these recent prices - hot of the auction block. 1) In a bygone era, news stands were adorned with artwork by such renowned illustrator artists as Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth. Tis painting by George Hughes graced the cover of a 1961 issue of Te Saturday Evening Post and elicited spirited bidding when it sold for $44,400 this fall. 2) Collectors are drawn to the organic shapes and vibrant colors of Dale Chihuly’s work. Tis small, Seaform bowl and nesting ball crossed the auction block at $3,250. 3) Te market for vintage wines and spirits is hot right now, as evidenced by this early case of Booth’s Finest Dry Gin. Distilled in London and imported into Canada decades ago, this case of 12 bottles commanded $4,500 at auction in December. 4) A vintage Swiss travel clock in silver with mother-of-pearl dial is adorned with Masonic iconography, sold $7,500. 5) Tis Rolex President model from the 1980s is the epitome of timeless style, the design having changed very little since President Eisenhower donned one while in the White House. It sold for $21,000 at auction. 6) Te sophisticated but simple lines of this chair (by noted designer T.H. RobsjohnGibbings for Widdicomb) appeals to today’s lifestyle, resulting in an auction price of $2,760. 7) A graduated set of six wonderful silver-plated food domes and trays by Gorham nest in a lovely ftted trunk, lined with blue velvet. Dated 1891 and monogrammed “E.B.” the set fetched $2,640. 8) An unassuming, small painted box from the early 19th century surprised many in the saleroom when it soared to $63,000. From Somerset County, Pennsylvania, the box is part of a very rare group by the same, unknown, maker. Amelia & Jef Jefers are co-owners of two fne art, antique and bespoke collectibles companies: Garth's of Delaware, Ohio and Selkirk of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Of Note... What’s in Store - Chic Storage Solutions for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions 1

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1) Tree shelves of the Model Bookcase from Teodore Alexander feature nude female fgures in polished aluminum as supports (price upon request; theodorealexander.com). 2) Te handcarved Rouen break front from Ebanista stands nearly eight-feet-tall (price upon request; ebanista.com). 3) Te Rider Étagère from Jonathan Adler presents a revised take on French Empire style crafted in black lacquer with antiqued brass accents ($2,995; jonathanadler.com). 4) Palm rectangular hamper from Waterworks ($240; waterworks.com). 5) Archive toy box from Land of Nod ($399; landofnod.com). 6) Saba walnut dressing table from Arteriors Home features two drawers with antique brass pulls ($4,500; arteriorshome.com).

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Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz and Michael Caine at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival. Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI.

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An Afair to Remember

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THE DISH

An Italian food writer shares a hearty recipe for comfort food that suits the season. Written by Bridget Williams

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BRAISED BEEF IN BAROLO WINE WITH POLENTA – BRASATO AL BAROLO CON POLENTA (Piedmont) “Te name brasato derives from brace (BRA-chay), the hot coals over which the meat was traditionally cooked. Braised beef marinated in a fne Barolo wine is one of the most representative and classic dishes of the Piedmont region, a savory delight for a cozy dinner on cold nights. Barolo is a rich, deeply concentrated full-bodied wine, with pronounced tannins and acidity (and therefore ideal for marinating). You can enjoy brasato like we Italians do, with polenta – ‘the Italian grits’. Now, defying its humble origin, polenta has also been discovered by a new, sophisticated audience and it is frequently found in gourmet restaurants. You can also enjoy it with cheese like Gorgonzola.” Total preparation time: 12 hours (Cooking time is 2 ½ hours) Servings: 4 INGREDIENTS (Brasato) (2 lbs) cappello di prete, beef chuck roast 1 bottle Barolo wine 3 carrots 1 celery rib 1 yellow onion 3 garlic cloves 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 bay leaves 1 stick of cinnamon 3 peppercorns 3 cloves 3 Tbsp butter 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil Sea salt to taste Polenta 1.5 quarts water 1 scant Tbsp kosher salt 2 cups cornmeal 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil DIRECTIONS Day 1 You should start preparation the day before you plan to cook the meat. 1. Tie the meat with a cotton string so it keeps its shape. 2. Cut the carrots, the celery and the onion into large pieces, and put in a large glass bowl with the meat and the bay leaves, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves and pepper. Add the wine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 hours. Tis is important to reduce the proliferation of bacteria.

Day 2 1. After 12 hours remove the meat from the bowl and dry it with some paper towels. 2. In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and the butter on high heat, sauté the meat over medium heat for 5 minutes on both sides. 3. Add the vegetables with the wine, and some salt to taste, to the pot containing the meat. 4. Cover and cook on low heat for at least 2 ½ hours. Te meat should be so tender that it could be carved with a spoon. While meat is cooking prepare polenta. 5. In a heavy saucepan bring the water to boil. Add salt. Reduce the heat to low and gradually whisk in the cornmeal to prevent lumps from forming. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 6. Remove the lid and stir constantly with a wooden spoon on high heat. Continue to stir for about 40 minutes (according to package cooking time) until the polenta is thickened. It should separate from the sides of the pan, and be able to support a spoon. 7. Add 2-3 Tbsp olive oil and mix well. Pour the polenta onto a wooden cutting board, let stand for a few minutes. 8. In the meantime remove the meat from the pan. Discard the rosemary sprigs and the bay leaves. 9. Blend the vegetables and liquid with an electric blender, and then boil to reduce the sauce for 2-3 minutes. 10. Slice the meat when it is no longer too hot (it will be easier to slice). 11. Cut the polenta into slices using either a knife or, according to the peasant tradition, a cotton string. You can also enjoy the crust; it tastes like Mexican tortillas. I love it 12. Pour the sauce on the meat and serve with polenta. Note: Barolo wine needs to be matched with food of similar weight such as meat dishes, heavy pasta and rich risotto, and it is excellent for marinating. In fact, marinades work their magic due to the acids in the wine, which break down muscle tissue and tenderize the meat. An appropriate Barolo substitute is Barbera or another full-bodied red wine. In this case let it marinate longer, about 18 hours. Polenta is not difcult to make but needs a lot of attention and nearly constant stirring. Te best pan to use should be a copper pot surrounded by the cooking flame (a large gas-burner is ideal). In the past – and indeed still today – farmers cooked polenta over an open fire, and this is without doubt the tastiest version you can eat! slmag.net

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Tokaj, Hungary

Written and photographed by Scott Harper, Master Sommelier

Te beautiful capital city of Hungary is Budapest. Buda and Pest were once separate cities physically divided by the Danube River; they are now unifed by several bridges, including the lovely Chain Bridge, making it easy to go back and forth between the two. Budapest is safe, very afordable, lively and home to just fewer than two million of the 10 million people living in Hungary. A member of the European Union since 2014, Hungary is located at the juncture of numerous cultures of Central Europe. Spend two or three days in the capital city, but allow the same amount of time if not more for the classic wine region of Tokaj. Tokaj is a mere twohour drive from Budapest in the northeastern part of the Hungary. Tis is exactly what I did, and I am thankful for it. Budapest, but in particular Tokaj, is quickly recovering from the stifing communist regime, which ended in 1989. Before this time, Tokaj had long been well-known as a high-quality classic dessert wine region. Te dessert wine Tokaj Aszu has been said to be a wine of kings and a king of wines. Nevertheless, we are going to save Tokaj Aszu for another day and talk about the dry wine revolution that is underway in Tokaj with the indigenous Furmint grape leading the way. Dry Furmint is emerging as the standard barrier for dry white wine in Hungary. Tis white wine is showing huge potential and it should, as they simply do not make red wine in Tokaj. Furmint possesses everything you would like about a dry white wine –

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refreshing crisp acidity and vibrant fruit such as lemon, apple, mandarin orange and apricot, all in a medium-bodied frame with a balancing bitterness that is both refreshing and structure-adding. It takes to very light oak treatment well or is delicious without it. Te region of Tokaj became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002. I certainly agree, as it is a naturally beautiful place, from the confuence of the Bodrog and the Tisza Rivers, to the foothills of the ZemplĂŠn Mountains, which add a generally hilly topography that lends itself to the terraced vineyards and beautiful vistas. Tere are 27 villages in Tokaj, and you may see them on the label. Te mostly likely and important trio is the eponymous Tokaj, Mad and Tarcal. Most of the wineries are small, family-owned and operated. In this historic area it is ironic that the oldest winery we visited was just 23-years-old, with the average age of the wineries visited being just under 13 years. Given that private ownership has been allowed just since the fall of communism in 1989, it is truly remarkable how far the region has come. Despite the youthfulness of wineries, the region is riddled with a vast matrix of caves dating as far back as the 15th century. Some of the caves are less then six-feettall, while others exceed 12-feet in height. Some are short in length and concise, while still other caves are a labyrinth and would require a map to successfully traverse. Most are snapshots in time complete with the legendary black mold, which for the most part is allowed or even encouraged as it helps maintain a consistent level of humidity.


PRODUCERS Tere is simply not enough room to write about all the quality producers in Tokaj. While the list below does not include them all, I encourage you to try Dobogo Winery, Holdvolgy Winery, Basilicus Winery and Majoros Estate, as well as Kvaszinger Winery. Visiting the wineries is a very pleasant experience as the Hungarian people are friendly and hospitable with an excellent sense of humor and love to show you their wines. Difcult to fnd and difcult to pronounce, these wines will reward your eforts. BARTA WINERY Founded in 2003, the Barta Family owns one of the most important, high-quality vineyards in Tokaj known as Oreg Kiraly Dulo or the Old King Vineyard in the village of Mad. Atilla Homonna is the winemaker. Furmint Old King Vineyard (Oreg Kiraly Dulo) 2012 - Dry and crisp with the favors of apple, lemon, lime, mineral and a light herbal tinge, all in a medium- to full-body that is tasty and delicious. GRÓF DEGENFELD WINERY Founded in 1996 and owned by the Count Degenfeld Family. Degenfeld Hotel is the place to stay in the region and is located on the same grounds as their vineyards and winery, making it a great

place to visit the winery and its forward-thinking winemaker Vivien Ujvari. Furmint Estate 2014 - Honeysuckle, yellow apple, apricot, mandarin orange and ginger with a light mineral favor combine in this fresh, dry, medium-bodied wine with light oak ageing. ERZSÉBET CELLAR Founded in 1992 and owned by the Pracser Family. Every family member involved has a degree in viticulture and oenology including Hajnalka Prascer, the intelligent and affable estate manager. Hajnalka’s husband Ronn Wiegand is a Master Sommelier and Master of Wine and also helps at the winery. Furmint Estate 2012-Tasty mandarin orange, apricot and peach that is dry, crisp, complex and full-favored. An intense yet refreshing wine with delicious minerals in a medium frame. BÉRES ESTATE Founded in 2002 and owned by the Beres Family, the estate benefits from the family business acumen of Beres Drops, a nutritional supplement known globally. Awarded Hungary’s most beautiful winery in 2015. Furmint Estate 2014 - Fresh, lively and crisp, bursting with citrus, green apple and light white peach with a medium body and a fnish that is both vivacious and persistent. sl A Certifed Wine Educator, Harper is one of 140 professionals in North America and 220 worldwide who have earned the title Master Sommelier.

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Crossing Over With the debut of the XT5, Cadillac sets its sight on being tops in sales of crossover vehicles in the U.S. market Written by Andre James

One of the oldest automobile brands in the world, Cadillac demonstrated its staying power with the U.S. debut of its frstever 2017 Crossover Touring 5 (XT5) at the Los Angeles auto show this past November. “Te all-new XT5 not only enters the most popular segment in the worldwide luxury auto market, it is the frst of four new crossovers from Cadillac,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. “It’s pivotal to our ongoing growth, which is why we’ve developed XT5 from the inside out to provide customers more space, more technology, more luxury and more efciency.” A far cry from Cadillac’s first models, the 1902 twoseat Runabout and the rear-entrance Tonneau, which were powered by a 10 hp single-cylinder engine, the XT5 runs on a new 3.6-liter V6 engine with an estimated peak output of 310-horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Featuring Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology, the engine can seamlessly and automatically switch to a fuel-saving fourcylinder mode under low or moderate loads. Weighing in at 278 pounds lighter than the current Cadillac SRX, the unique new chassis improves body rigidity and crash performance while increasing rear-seat legroom by 3.2 inches

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compared to the SRX and allowing rear seats to recline and slide fore and aft. The lightweight structure of the XT5 is stiffer and stronger than the SRX due to the use of improved materials and advanced design methods. A diagonal “A-frame” front chassis brace in the underbody was added to provide a more solid driver feel and tautness for the vehicle in turns. Te resulting architecture imbues the car with a frmly planted stance, and a lean and sleek look. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard for the XT5, which also debuts Electronic Precision Shift – the first electronically controlled transmission shifter for a Cadillac. Electronic Precision Shift reduces noise and vibration and allows further use of the cabin space with storage beneath the center console. An optional “twin clutch” all-wheel drive system is engineered specifically for strong performance in wet, snowy or icy conditions and also provides enhanced stability in dry weather. Te AWD system is driver-controlled and includes a new “disconnect” feature that disables the rear drive unit for improved fuel efciency and reduced emissions. Te new suspension features lightweight components with a MacPherson Strut design in the front and a fve-link independent design at the rear.


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Standard wheels are 18 inches with 20-inch wheels optional. All versions equipped with 20-inch wheels have a Continuous Damping Control system to manage ride control in real time. The XT5 boasts Cadillac’s latest production systems for connectivity and safety. A rear camera mirror system enhances the driver’s rear vision up to 300 percent by utilizing a video display applied over the conventional inside rearview mirror. An HDR camera records wider images behind the car, streams the image to video processing software that “removes” obstacles such as the roof, rear pillars and rear seat passengers, and then projects an unobstructed view to a Liquid Crystal Display. Automatic front and rear braking for low-speed conditions, Lane Keeping Assist, Rear Cross Trafc Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, full-speed range Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Parking Assist are all part of Cadillac’s Driver Awareness and Driver Assist packages to aid vision and collision avoidance Befitting its place in the luxury crossover market, the interior of the XT5 emphasizes comfort, clean lines and fine craftsmanship. “We believe that luxury crossover customers particularly focus on interior design and materials,” said Andrew Smith, Cadillac’s executive director of global design. “Tis design direction is predicated on modern craftsmanship and the artistic integration of technology.” 64 slmag.net

As is the case with all Cadillac models, the interior is assembled with cut-and-sewn wrapped panels, rather than molded surfaces typical of mainstream vehicles. A Platinum edition, initially made popular on Cadillac’s Escalade, provides additional options for unique interior and exterior trim and materials and combines them with the highest technology features. In total, the XT5 includes fve interior color and trim choices, with decorative trim options ranging from carbon fber to two types of aluminum and three types of genuine wood. Te XT5 features an integrated wireless charger for mobile devices and 4G wireless connectivity, with a standard integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for simpler in-car phone integration. Te rear lift gate of the XT5 includes hands-free operation, allowing it to open or close via gesture control beneath the rear bumper. An optional color reconfigurable Heads-Up Display is available. Cadillac’s signature LED light pipes are standard inside and out, while full LED headlamps are optional. A Surround Vision feature enables a “bird’s eye” view of the perimeter around the car to assist in parking. As the replacement for Cadillac’s popular SRX, the XT5 aims to fnally take the top U.S. sales spot from its primary rival, the Lexus RS. Production is scheduled to commence in the spring. sl


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THERE ONCE WAS A CHEF FROM… Written by Judith Evans Photography by Carmen Troesser

When a cook at Te Ritz-Carlton St. Louis struggles with a dish, executive chef Melissa Lee fnds herself ofering the words of wisdom she learned from Kenneth Switzer, her frst mentor: “You control the food. Don’t let the food control you.” Tat means focusing on every detail of every dish, whether cooking for one diner at a restaurant table or hundreds attending a banquet. “No. 1 is quality, for me,” Lee says. She won’t serve anything that misses the mark, even when that meant remaking potato soufés for 800 banquet guests. “Te frst batch was good, not great,” she says. “We played with the recipe until we got it right” – and they did so without delaying dinner. “I’m lucky to have the tenor of staf that I have.” Lee supervises a staf of more than 50 in the kitchens for the Grill, which is open for dinner; the Restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch; the Lobby Lounge; the Cigar Club; plus room service and banquets. “Tat’s the bread and butter – banquet operations,” she says. Te Ritz even has a fully equipped kosher kitchen that can handle the cooking for up to 600 guests. In the restaurants, the diners are a mix of hotel guests and people who live nearby. “We really do cater to the locals,” she says. “We create a home away from home – a second home for the neighbors.”

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Signature Prime Fillet of Beef presented on a Himalayan Salt Block, Forest Mushrooms

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Crab Cake, Lobster Emulsion, Eckert’s Farm Heirloom Apple Slaw

Butternut Squash Soup, Bacon, Pumpkin Seeds, Fried Kale

Spiced Lamb, White Bean Cassoulet House-Made Sausage with Apricot and Fennel, Fine Herbs

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Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass, Carrot Farro Risotto, Crispy Beets, Swiss Chard, Sorrel Nage

Holiday brunches are a big draw, and so are Thursdays in the Lobby Lounge – dubbed Prohibition Night. Te lights are dim, Miss Jubilee is on stage serving up jazz and swing, and old-fashioned roasted nuts are served from newspaper cones. “Beverages out of jars and cans just to make you feel like you’re back in the day,” she says. Her dishes use locally sourced ingredients when possible. Some vendors reach out to her, and she fnds some at farmers markets. Her focus on local extends from foods to beverages, including the Defance Whiskey that spikes the frosting on the chocolate stout cake. Gooey butter cake – and gooey butter martinis – are on some menus, as is toasted ravioli. “We know our St. Louis favorites,” Lee says. “When I frst came here, I put on the menu my version of toasted ravioli made with braised short ribs.” One of the most popular offerings at the Grill is also one of the simplest: an 8-ounce beef flet cooked until rare and presented on a block of pink Himalayan salt heated to 450 degrees. “We try to keep it simple, to focus on the ingredients,” Lee says. Flavored oil comes alongside, and diners can slice of pieces of beef, add a little oil and cook the meat to their liking on the super-heated salt block. “You hear it sizzle, it’s interactive,” she says. The only female executive chef employed by Ritz-Carlton worldwide, about half of the people who work for Lee in leadership roles are women. When choosing leaders, she looks for “the passion, the heart to grow and learn, to grow and develop your self.”

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Lee is from southern Ireland and she started young working in her family’s Chinese restaurant. Her father, an immigrant from Hong Kong, headed the kitchen. Her mother is Irish and she took the front of the house. “My mom really was the backbone. She was the guest engager.” Melissa preferred to be in the kitchen. “Growing up with my dad, sideby-side from when I was 8 or 9 years old, really installed the art, the desire the competitiveness,” she says. “He inspired me as a leader.” In her late teens she enrolled in culinary school, where she met Switzer, her teacher and mentor. “I was going to school. I was working to 2 in the morning,” she says. Rather than cutting back on her work hours, she decided to leave school: “I was so caught up with working with my family.” Switzer reached out and persuaded her to return. “He believed in me,” she says. “It just takes one person in your life.” She earned her degree, in culinary arts in hotel and catering management, from Limerick Institute of Technology. She later earned a food and wine pairing certifcation from the Culinary Institute of America. A few years out of school, Lee literally cooked around the world as a sous chef on the Queen Elizabeth II as it sailed from continent to continent and port to port and through the Panama Canal. Te crew came from many countries, and she learned cooking techniques from them all. “Work for eight months, not a day of – it’s a character builder,” she says. “It makes you stronger.” She describes the best moment of the voyage this way: “Waking up at 4 a.m., going out on the deck, and seeing the Opera House in Sydney. It just blew me away.” While Ritz-Carlton is known for rotating chefs from property to property, Lee wants to stay put in St. Louis. “I can’t see myself leaving anytime soon,” she says. “I really appreciate getting to know people. Tat’s my philosophy in the kitchen as well. My ladies and gentlemen; I know if they’re OK, we’ll be OK.” And while it’s far from home, St. Louis reminds her of Ireland. “It’s a meat and potatoes kind of place,” she says. “I feel connected here; I’ve fallen in love with living here.” sl 72 slmag.net


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ONLY OPPORTUNITIES Written by Christy Marshall

Photography by Peter Wochniak “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching efects.” – Dalai Lama Dr. Tim and Kim Eberlein didn’t know a soul in St. Louis when they moved here 18 years ago. Both are natives of Pennsylvania, and he had been recruited from Harvard to be the chair of surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Then a month after arriving, Tim received a new assignment: Create a cancer center. For 20152016, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish as one of the best in the country. Kim decided to turn her attentions to her new city. “Since I didn’t take a full-time job, it gave me a chance to be involved in the community in a new way,” she says. “I was ready for that. I was ready to see what else was out there, what else was important, what else to be a part of and eventually what else we could support.” Her frst foray was volunteering on the crisis hot line for Safe Connections, an agency that works to end domestic violence. “I met people I never would have if I had taken a job in the academic community, which is what my past is,” she says. “I always worked in public health.” She also became involved immediately with the Symphony. But that was just a toe in the water. Since then, the Eberleins have worked on everything from Forest Park to Opera Teatre to – naturally – the annual Sing for Siteman fundraiser. Kim was a founding member of the Women’s Initiative for Health & Safety, is active in the Women’s Society of Washington University, co-founded the St. Louis Women’s Group on Race Relations, and along with Sara Burke, re-established the St. Louis Visionary Awards. In January, Tim and Kim Eberlein will receive the 2016 St. Louis Arts Awards for Champions of the Arts given by the Arts and Education Council. But aside from what they do for individual not-for-profts, the Eberleins bring fresh faces into the city – and encourage them to follow their lead. “Te opportunities here are pretty spectacular, particularly when you realize that St. Louis isn’t the largest city or the most populated city or the most resource-blessed city, but it has a wonderful array of opportunities: Forest Park, the Missouri 74 slmag.net

Botanical Garden, all of the arts organizations, the whole Grand Center area,” Tim Eberlein says. “I always say to recruits that the nice thing is that those opportunities are incredibly accessible. Tat is something that makes it unique.” As Kim points out, that accessibility comes down to degrees of separation – and there are fewer here. “We can be connectors in a different way. It would be harder in a larger city,” she says. “For instance, a few years ago, you had the Pulitzer Foundation working with the Brown School of Social Work working with a job placement agency. Tat is as progressive as anything in the country.” When the subject of St. Louis’ image in the wake of Ferguson comes up, both Eberleins defy negativity. “I think it is an opportunity,” Kim says. “Clearly we have a lot of work to do here to get more people involved and to understand, we have this gap and how do we narrow this gap? How do we have more people connecting with each other that weren’t connecting with each other? “Tis is a problem everywhere. But we live here in St. Louis, so let’s just focus on what we can do here. It’s an acknowledgment that we have work to do, but we should just jump in and do the work. We have to be positive about it.” Tim Eberlein draws an analogy with the St. Louis Symphony, which was gasping for survival then they arrived in 1997 and is fourishing now. “Tere are a lot of individuals and organizations in St. Louis who are working very, very hard to make St. Louis a better, more inclusive city,” he says. “I would hope 18 to 20 years from now that St. Louis would be a much better place to live. My prediction is St. Louis will become a model of what other cities can do, just as [the St. Louis Symphony] became a model for other American orchestras.” Along the way, the Eberleins will continue to connect with others – and to make a far-reaching impact on numerous parts of the community. It’s like that pebble dropped into the water. “With every opportunity you get to meet new people who are out there doing things, and it sparks new creative ideas,” Kim says. “I’ve already talked to two honorees from the A&E about things that we could collaborate on in the community that involve Ferguson, law enforcement and the arts.” sl


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In 1942, artist Louis Grell was commissioned to paint the “Commerce on the Landing” above the curved ticket counter in Union Station’s Grand Hall. In March 2014, the work was rediscovered. Local preservationist and artist Irek Szelag was hired to restore the massive mural, which was unveiled at Discovered/Rediscovered in St. Louis, an art gallery opening hosted by the Kodner Gallery. 3

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Now entering its 15th year, the Little Bit Foundation helps cover the basic needs of 6,000 disadvantaged elementary and middle school students in 20 St. Louis-area schools. Te organization hosted its annual gala at the Four Seasons. Te entertainment included a performance by the Confuence Academy-Old North choir, while the auction ofered trips to everywhere from Bachelor Gulch, Colo., to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. 3

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Saks Fifth Avenue and Sophisticated Living teamed up with the Missouri History Museum for a kick-of in anticipation of an upcoming exhibit, Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night, opening April 2. Te guests, most of them dressed in classic black, enjoyed a trunk show of the latest Carmen Marc Valvo creations and noshed on appetizers from Butler’s Pantry.

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Te Diamond Family held an estate sale that redefned the term with $3 million worth of jewels, including pieces previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo, Betty Hutton, Mary Pickford, Yul Brynner, Mia Farrow, Sid Caesar and Cher. Guests invited to get a sneak peek were able to try on jewelry that is, in a word, dazzling.

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Te weather could not have been fner for Basket of Hope’s annual golf tournament, held this year at the Far Oaks Golf Club in Caseyville, Ill. Sponsors included Gardens of Grace, Swank Motion Pictures and Sophisticated Living. Te organization delivers gift baskets and provides fnancial support to families with children sufering from serious illnesses, including cancer.

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ANDREW MILLNER 10-Can’t-Live-Withouts Written by Christy Marshall Photography by Matt Marcinkowski Starting at age 18, Andrew Millner studied art at the University of Michigan and painted sets at Te Muny. He continued set painting for a decade after graduation. “I wasn’t painting on the side but I wanted to,” he says. “Ten I started to freelance less and do my own work more.” He held his frst show at Sunfower Cafe in 1995. Philip Slein gave him a show three years later, and then William Shearburn started representing Millner. Today his creations are collected nationwide. Te process begins with photographs, which he uploads on a computer and reduces to outlines that are printed on canvas. “It all starts with a line, a simple line,” he explains. “I very clearly throw out a lot of the visual information of color and texture, and I settle on a contour line. I like that the line is a human invention; it’s the language of our mind.” 100 slmag.net

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Te photo books put together by his wife, Jessica. “She’s documenting all these experiences that I otherwise might forget.” 2. Sharing his love of ice hockey with his 12-year-old son, Eli. 3. Sculptures made out of polymer clay by his 10-year-old son, Zach. “He’s re-creating a miniature world of everything.” 4. His guitar. “I started playing for [his sons] as they go to sleep.” 5. Live music. “We live near the Loop, so it is great to be able to ride our bikes to the Pageant.” 6. Podcasts, i.e. Radio Lab and Invisibilia: NPR. 7. Cup of cofee from Meshuggah in U. City. “I like an honest cup of cofee.” 8. Lunch at Little Saigon Café. 9. Forest Park. “I’m amazed how much I use it.” 10. His studio in Te Grove. “I don’t have people in here very often because it is like inviting someone into your head. It’s a little intimate.”


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