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Renaissance Woman


The Art of Appraising


Curating a Lifestyle:

All that Glitters is Not Gold




Of Note... Trust Fun


A Brief Primer on Three Great

Old World Wine Regions


New York State of Mind


Runway Report: Coat Check


Summer Sparklers


All at Sea


Back to the Future


Subtle Suggestions



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The Arts Bloom at COCA


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Jam for Jazz


A Très Chic Affair for Opera Theatre


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From the Publisher I’m sure some of our readers remember the mood in St. Louis when construction on the Arch was underway. Like the grand projects that came before it – Union Station, the Chase Park Plaza, the Fox, the Kiel and Powell Hall come to mind – bringing our national monument to fruition required large tracts of land, vast fnancial resources, and coalitions of people working together. Projects of that scope are few and far between today, and when big ideas do surface, so many special interests stand in the way that visionaries are often discouraged before they get started. Troughout the past 18 months, I have tried to dedicate the pages of this magazine to those visionaries: people who are working hard to make a big diference in our city, pushing us to think bigger, and undertaking large-scale projects. With Ballpark Village open next to Busch Stadium and work proceeding on the Arch’s expanded grounds, there are plenty of reasons to live and play in downtown St. Louis. Of particular note is the restoration of Union Station, spearheaded by Bob O’Loughlin of Lodging Hospitality Management. Te frst phase of the Grand Hall has been revealed and has received glowing reviews. Te restoration of the iconic barrel-vaulted Grand Hall is impressive. But the installation of a state-of-the art 3-D projection system that turns the Hall into a multimedia happening every hour really has people talking. It’s St. Louis’ equivalent of the fountains in front of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. At the media event to introduce his plans, O’Loughlin couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, in particular with regard to the announcement of a 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel to complement renewed interest in making Union Station an attraction for train lovers near and far. In late May, Jazz St. Louis announced a $2 million lead gift by David Steward, chairman of World Wide Technologies, to a $10-million fundraising campaign. Tis efort will result in a state-ofthe-art jazz listening room, lounge, and education center in Grand Center, making it one of the top three jazz facilities in the United States and among the top fve globally. Telma and David Steward, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Alison and John Ferring and the leaders at Centene Corporation are the big thinkers intent on fnding and supporting the next Scott Joplin, Miles Davis or David Sanborn. COCA is thinking big too. With COCABiz and Jer Torp as data artist-in-residence, the Center of Creative Arts is starting to see the benefts of educating a generation of kids, with alums showing support in ways never imagined. What Stephanie Riven started in 1987, Executive Director Kelly Pollock continues to grow and to gain national recognition. Some of what’s planned will blow St. Louis away. Take my word for it. Tis kind of vision takes bold leadership. And it’s not for the faint of heart. People such as Dave Sandel are working to make St. Louis a Gigabit City, starting with the Loop Data Rail, which will be laid as the new trolley is installed on Delmar Boulevard. Sandel isn’t waiting for Google Fiber or the big telecommunications companies to install fber optics in our streets. He knows that every day we don’t have the bandwidth to support businesses, universities, medical centers, and the creative communities, another city will fnd a way. When St. Louis bet its future on the river instead of rail, we lost out to Chicago. We won’t let that happen again. We live in an age that requires big thinking, and we need to support those thinkers, help them, and cheer them on. Tey’re building the new St. Louis. And as I see it, our future is brighter than ever. Let’s go big!

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Renaissance Woman Written by Veronica Teodoro Photography by Matt Marcinkowski Tirty-six years ago, Alison Ferring moved to St. Louis with words of good advice from her mom: “Pretend you’re going to live there for the rest of your life, and make it the kind of place you want it to be.” Ferring has made those words her mantra, devoting herself to improving the lives of St. Louisans. Alison and her husband, John, have a track record of supporting organizations in the arts, education, and medicine. They’ve worked with Laumeier Sculpture Park, Voices for Children, Places for People, Opera Teatre of Saint Louis, Teach for America, and Meds & Food for Kids, among others. Last fall, Alison Ferring traveled to Haiti to see the impact MFK founder and executive director Dr. Patricia Wolff ’s organization is having on children’s health. Te Saint Louis Art Museum’s current exhibit of large-scale prints by renowned artist Kara Walker is made possible by the Ferrings, who have ofered the works as a promised gift. Ferring is a native New Englander who met her husband at Brown University in Rhode Island. When a business opportunity beckoned him to return to his hometown of St. Louis, Alison Ferring was ready for something new. “John was more reticent to move back,” she says. “So we came out here thinking we’d be here for maybe fve years.” One of their frst decisions was making the city of St. Louis their home. “It has had the most dramatic impact on our lives,” Ferring says. Teir frst house was in Lafayette Square. “I think it starts with where you choose to live, and Lafayette Square in the late 1970s was such an interesting place,” says Ferring, a former studio artist who also ran a non-proft gallery. Bob Cassilly, the artist and visionary behind the City Museum, lived next door, and John Ferring became the museum’s frst chairman of the board. In the early years, as the Ferrings were busy restoring their old house, they jumped at the opportunity to buy other neighborhood buildings “because they were selling for $500,” she quips. “We didn’t know what we were going to do with [the buildings], but we became involved in rehabbing in the ’80s. And because our neighborhood was right next to the projects, we clearly saw that this was a city of the haves and the have-nots.”


Even when they moved to the Central West End to raise their three boys, life on their privileged blocks was a stark contrast to the neighborhood just two blocks to the north on Union Boulevard. When you’re living side by side with people from all walks of life, she says, there’s no turning a blind eye to a city’s complexities. “We saw the failures of education, the poverty, the racism.” When tackling issues, Ferring likes to collaborate, to make things happen behind the scenes. It’s one of the reasons the isolation of an artist’s studio didn’t quite suit her people-centered personality. She understands who the players are, and she’s savvy about community. Ego has no place in her endeavors, which is one of the reasons her projects don’t stagnate. Getting people to take ownership of ideas — even when those ideas aren’t necessarily theirs — is another strength. “I’ve learned over the years that this is quite a skill,” she says. And she credits her husband. “We’re a team. We give of our resources but also of our time. John’s a really great strategist. Every nonproft would want him as their chairman of the board.” From the start, the Ferrings have sought out and supported talented leaders who are doing the best jobs in their felds. Alison Ferring likes to get in on the ground foor with startups, including the Center of Creative Arts (COCA). “It is a place where everyone comes together,” she says, transforming the life of every child who participates. “So you have kids from John Burroughs and inner-city kids, and they literally grow up together in those dance companies. Tere aren’t many opportunities for that kind of interaction to happen that’s not contrived.” Perhaps most central to her identity of late is the renovation of the Central Library in downtown St. Louis, where she is a member of the St. Louis Library Board and the St. Louis Public Library Foundation Board. Ferring and co-chair Tom Schlafy are responsible for raising $20 million for the library project. To date, they’ve raised all but $1.8 million of their goal. “Libraries are more relevant than ever,” she says. All 17 branches of the St. Louis public library, including the Central Library, have been renovated. “You see a lot of ethnic groups represented at the neighborhood branches. Te computers are busy all day long. People are job hunting and developing new skills. Libraries are such a great resource for that.” Yet her work continues, on behalf of urban public schools, to see an end to racism, and to help create business opportunities for young people. “We need more employers,” she says, noting the importance of large corporations such as Express Scripts that hire thousands of St. Louisans. “We need to let people know we’re open for business. People have so many fond memories of growing up here and would like to come back and raise families” – as the Ferrings did almost four decades ago. “I think it was Vartan Gregorian who once said, ‘Give until it hurts,’” she says. “I think it’s more like, ‘Give until you feel good about your investment.’ Because nobody wants to see their investments go bad.” Giving is fun and empowering, she adds. “I hear people all the time who say to me, ‘I didn’t know I had the power in my pocket.’” sl


Te Art of Appraising

Written by Colleen Boyle

Many families and individuals rely on a network of professional advisors to help them manage and understand the value of their real estate and fnancial assets, but many are not doing enough to manage and protect their non-fnancial assets. Recent expansion of the global art market is affecting the value of fne art, silver, decorative arts, jewelry and other valuable objects owned by Americans. Due to the increased number of global buyers, tastes and desires have broadened. Many objects in an American household may have escalated in value and owners may not be aware of this change. Items such as French wine, jewelry, men’s luxury watches, classic cars, silver, Contemporary art, Chinese art, Russian art and other valuables have dramatically increased in value due to global demand. As a result of this shifting landscape, it is essential to understand the value of your art, antiques and collectibles in order to protect and adequately plan for these objects. Protecting investments in valuable objects begins with understanding their worth. ‘An accurate appraisal is the foundation for every decision an individual will make regarding his or her tangible assets’ said Anita Heriot, President of Pall Mall Art Advisors. Before donating, selling, insuring or placing tangible objects in a succession plan, individuals should understand the value of these items in order to make the most prudent fnancial decisions related to their personal possessions. However, appraising is more of an art than a science and a number of factors must be considered. Tere are many determinants of value including condition, provenance, quality, rarity and market trends. No one single factor can determine value, although there are occasions when one aspect is much more heavily weighted. Condition is an important factor when determining value. Has the object been restored and if so by whom? Has the restoration afected the appearance or the original integrity of the object? Sometimes it is better to leave an object as is. Provenance is a record of the people and places an object has encountered throughout its lifetime. Objects afliated with a famous person can greatly increase the value. For instance, Christies sold the legendary jewelry collection of Elizabeth Taylor for over $137 million. The instrinsic Quality of an object can affect its value. Objects created by skilled artisans and artists tend to maintain or increase their value over time. However, keep in mind even notable artists had bad days when their production is not recognized to be the best quality. Rarity is determined by the frequency of which an object appears on the market or the number of specifc type of works

created by the artist during his or her lifetime. Te recent sale of the Meiyintang porcelain ‘Chicken Cup’ for $36 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong is considered the ‘holy grail’ of China’s art world. According to Sotheby’s only 17 such cups exist, four in private ownership and the remaining in museum collections. All these factors, combined with Market Trends, become important in determining value. Tastes and desires change over time. What is ‘hot’ today may not be in fve years. Global economic trends infuence the value and demand for art and collectibles. Understanding and applying the factors stated above to determine the value of an art or collectible object is more of an art than a science; thus the art of appraising. Understanding the value of one’s tangible assets can also subdue signifcant fnancial, legal and emotional issues. FIRST consider the tax implications associated with ownership. If an object in your household is worth signifcantly more than you originally thought, your estate may bear an additional estate tax liability that could in turn affect the planned disposition of your other assets. SECOND, contemplate a loss prevention strategy. Creating an updated inventory of tangible assets and obtaining proper insurance coverage is an important loss prevention technique. Frank DiGrande, a claims executive with PURE Insurance, estimates that 15-20% of contents and collection claims come from transporting valuable objects. Whether you areplanning a move, collecting valuable objects or inheriting family pieces, the last thing you need in case of a theft or damage to your treasured possessions is to fnd out you have inadequate insurance! THIRD make a plan. Talk to family members about the disposition of valuable objects. Be aware of the gift and estate tax structure related to valuable objects. Develop a plan that considers the emotional as well as financial implications for both the protection and the smooth distribution of these assets. If your children have no interest in retaining the collection, then consider either donating or selling the items. Recognize the best venue and market time to sell an object to maximize a fnancial return. Families, insurance professionals and wealth advisors can manage risk and anticipate tax and estate planning issues once the value of treasured objects is determined. sl Colleen Boyle is Vice President of Pall Mall Art Advisors (pallmallartadvisors). She holds advanced degrees in Art History and a diploma in French Fine and decorative Arts from Christie’s, Paris. She has appraised art and antiques for private collectors and corporations throughout the U.S. and regularly publishes articles and lectures about art and antiques (


Curating a Lifestyle: All that Glitters is Not Gold



Written by Amelia and Jef Jefers


1) Tis traveling communion set dates to 1934 but harkens back to the ceremonial formality of an earlier time. Smithed by renowned Omar Ramsden in London, it sold for $2,468. 2) Southern infuence is obvious in this early 19th century teapot and salver by Savannah silversmith Frederick Marquand. Te high style drove a high price of $3,900. 3) Following in their mother’s footsteps was an unusual path for young men in early 19th century England, but when your mother is Hester Bateman, one of the most revered silversmiths of her day, one does not question the opportunity. Tis tankard was made in the shop of Peter and William Bateman and sold for $3,173.

On the night of December 16, 1773, a group of demonstrators known as the Sons of Liberty, covered by the darkness of night, boarded three ships docked in Boston Harbor. Tey threw 342 chests of tea overboard – forever immortalizing the drink, along with the instruments used in their preparation and service. Colonists emulated their British and continental counterparts by embracing the curative powers of the refreshment, as well as the social nuances associated with “taking tea.” Te habit of consuming tea arrived with colonists well before the inaugural events of the American Revolution, indicated by the number of tea equipage recorded in household inventories throughout the mid to late seventeenth century. Te earliest examples of utilitarian silver and holloware were imported from abroad. But by the start of the eighteenth century, American silversmiths began producing Rococo-style bulbous teapots, often employing wooden handles with ivory insulators to protect the user’s hand from the heat-conducting metal. By the later part of the century, silversmiths began c re a t i n g u r n - s h a p e d p o t s r a i s e d o n a n i m a l - l i k e f e e t , capitalizing on Neoclassical design. In addition to teapots and hot water urns, accompanying vessels included creamers, sugar bowls, tea canisters or caddies, and serving trays. Alcohol and spirits also played an essential role in the daily lives of Americans. In a time when drinking water could be non-potable, wine, beer, and spirits were considered safe and invigorating alternatives. The upper class could afford silver tankards and single-handled mugs from which to present and drink their libations. Occasionally, drinking vessels were bestowed as gifts or donated by well-to-do congregants to their houses of worship, many of which were personalized by an engraved monogram, shield, or stylized decoration.


By the frst quarter of the nineteenth century, American silversmiths exchanged the attenuated lines of the Neoclassical period for the bold, architectural aesthetic of classicism – giving way to monumental presentation pieces commissioned for civic achievements and wealthy patrons alike. The establishment of Gorham Manufacturing Company in 1831 and Tiffany & Company in 1837 gave rise to large factories producing work of the fnest quality. Tese manufacturers incorporated new technologies and modern factory methods. As America’s wealth and influence in the world grew, so did American’s desire for achievement and recognition. Both Tiffany and Gorham routinely submitted examples of their best work to international fairs and world expositions. Today, not only does silver tell the story of a precocious country and her people, but it also provides an unmatched acquisition opportunity for collectors. When collecting silver and holloware, it is important to consider one’s lifestyle. Many collectors focus on patterns, makers and era, while others collect singular items such as tankards, porringers, or tea services. Te economical cost of antique silver and holloware afords everyone - from the novice collector to the most adept authority - a competitive position within the marketplace. Even the beauty of a gleaming epergne or a shimmering pair of candelabra placed upon a stately dining room sideboard can be a simple but elegant example of a refned collection and good taste. sl

Amelia and Jef Jefers are the co-owners of Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers, an international frm located outside Columbus, Ohio.





1) Made in 19th century Europe, these candelabra speak to the golden age of excess in an unexpectedly understated manner. Sold, $5,875. 2) Irish silversmith Matthew West crafted this lovely two-handled cup incorporating high-style decoration for the late 18th century. Sold, $1,440. 3) Tis monumental centerpiece was designed and built by London silversmith Stephen Smith in the late 19th century. Weighing in at an impressive 345 troy ounces, it sold at auction for $34,075. 4) Te revival of classical lines and timeless style marked the Federal period in America. Tis teapot is the quintessential element in a well-heeled house of the time. Sold, $1,080.


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An examination of varied takes on the concept of a treasured childhood hideaway, this book ofers more than 50 examples of tree houses ranging from functional to fighty. Loft Publications - Tree Houses - Hardcover, 512 pages, Skyhorse Publishing ( Te pages of this beautiful cofee-table book are flled with vibrant colors and stunning imagery of some of the world's most spectacular swimming pools. Net proceeds of book sales beneft George Mark Children's House in the San Francisco Bay area. Debbi DiMaggio Contained Beauty - photographs, refections & swimming pools - Hardcover, 168 pages, Source Book Publishing (


bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books Kelly Brozyna, author of the cooking blog TeSpunkyCoconut. com, presents recipes for making myriad ice cream favors that are free of dairy, gluten, grains, soy, and refned sugar. Kelly V. Brozyna - Dairy Free: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy or Refned Sugar Paperback, 278 pages, Victory Belt Publishing (

Based on the premise that humans are healthiest when consuming a pre-agricultural diet, the paleo lifestyle excludes the dairy, refned sugar and chemical additives found in store-bought ice cream. Te 75 recipes in this book allow paleo followers to indulge their sweet tooth with treats made from nutrient-dense whole foods. Ben Hirshberg - Paleo Ice Cream: 75 Recipes for Rich and Creamy Homemade Scoops and Treats Paperback, 144 pages, Ulysses Press (

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Tis frst-ever ice pop compendium includes more than 100 recipes for pops with unique tastes and favor combinations as well as innovative techniques for making ice molds from found objects and small toys. Krystina Castella - Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone - Hardcover, 128 pages, Quirk Books (


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A Brief Primer on Tree Great Old World Wine Regions

A bottle displaying the Franciacorta DOCG logo seal. Photo by Nautinut

Old world wine regions can be difcult to understand, but their wines can be highly rewarding to drink. Below I have taken some of the mystery out of them with brief descriptions and two recommendations for each region to add to your collection or get you started drinking the delicious wines of these great old world wine regions. Italy, Franciacorta South of Lake Iseo in the northern Italian region of Lombardy, just northeast of Milan, lays the region of Franciacorta. Franciacorta has quietly become Italy’s finest sparkling wine and one of the best in the world, perhaps because it is quite small – just a fraction of the size of Champagne – or for its unusual and difficult to pronounce name. The mostly likely root of the name is a result of the region being riddled with and having a long tradition of monastic foundations. Te lineage of the region’s name is based on the words “franca curte,” which mean free of taxes, as these monastic orders were tax exempt. Franciacorta is made in the same method as Champagne, which in Italy is called metodo classico or classic method. It uses the Chardonnay and Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir) grapes as in Champagne but adds Pinot Bianco. Non-vintage Franciacorta must be aged on the lees (yeast) in the bottle for at least 18 months, while vintage Franciacorta, called Millesimato, is the product of one year and must be aged 30 months on the lees (yeast). During this time, which is longer than Champagne’s minimum requirement, the lees enrich the


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wine, giving it a delicious yeasty fresh baked baguette favor, as well as a tasty spice quality. A few ways Franciacorta can be labeled: Dosaggio Zero (driest), Extra Brut (bone dry), Brutdry, Sec-dry to medium dry, and Demi Sec-Sweet. Most of what you see will be Brut. Tere is also a Franciacorta produced called Saten: a 100 percent Chardonnay, lees aged 24 months with slightly less pressure than regular Franciacorta. Recommended Franciacorta: Brut Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Prestige. Saten Majolini 2009. France, Burgundy Burgundy can be one of the most difficult wine areas to understand, which only adds to its mystique and interest. It has long been considered the Holy Grail of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; it is what most producers outside of Burgundy compare or contrast their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to. It has more legally defined wine areas than most countries, although a couple easy things to remember are that white Burgundy is made from Chardonnay and red Burgundy is made from Pinot Noir, except for Beaujolais, which is made from Gamay. The hierarchy of Burgundy is Regional, Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. Tis hierarchy is also refective of the price of the wines, with Regional being the least expensive and Grand Cru being the most expensive. There are five main regions in Burgundy, from north to south: Chabli, Côte d'Or (which is subdivided into Côte de

Vineyard in Côte de Nuits. Photo by Stefan Bauer.

Nuits and Côte de Beaune), Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais. All of the regions make white and red wine except Chablis, which is exclusively Chardonnay. Within each of the regions there are villages, and the villages can have the wines named after the village. If the village has a Premier Cru, the village name will have Premier Cru after it (with or without the name of the Premier Cru vineyard; Premier Cru is often abbreviated to 1er). Grand Crus vineyards do not need to have the names of the villages on them, simply the name of the Grand Cru. Most villages do not have Grand Crus as there are only 39Grand Crus in Burgundy, and all of them are located in Chablis and the Côte d'Or. Recommended Burgundy: Red – Chambertin Clos de Beze Gerard Raphet Grand Cru 2005. White – Le Montrachet, Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru 2010. Spain, Rioja Rioja is one of Spain’s fnest red wines. I say red Rioja because it can come in two additional colors, a white and a rose. Although, it is the red Rioja that conjures up a full favored terrifc bottle of fne wine with a multiplicity of favor, placing it as one of the world’s classics red wines. The Rioja region is located in northeast Spain and is named after the River Rio Oja. Rioja is divided into three sub regions: Rioja Alta in the northwest, and as the name suggests is the region with the highest elevation up 2000 feet; Rioja

Alavesa, which is the northern most area; and lastly Rioja Baja, which is in the lowlands of the southeast. The primary grape of red Rioja is the Tempranillo. Tempranillo is the most important quality wine grape in Spain and usually makes up the majority of the Rioja blend. The secondary grapes are Garnacha (Grenache), Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan). Unlike American wines labeled reserve or grand reserve, the Terms Crianza, Reserva and Grand Reserva are defned by law and indicate a progressive amount of oak and barrel aging. Tis ageing takes place in the traditional (believe it or not) American oak, which the Spaniards love for its favor of vanilla, coconut and dill, or the less assertive French barrels or even a combination of the two. The Spanish government elevated Rioja to the highest classifcation of quality wine called Denominacion De Orgine Calificada (DOCa), meaning from a controlled, described, quality wine region in 1991. Rioja sat alone at the top of this wine hierarchy for 11 years before one other wine was added in 2002: Priorato. No other wine has been added since! Recommended Rioja: Rioja Reserva Marques De Riscal 2009.Rioja Gran Reserva Marquese De Caceres 2004. sl

A Certifed Wine Educator, Scott is one of 135 professionals in North America and 211 worldwide who have earned the title Master Sommelier.


New York State of Mind WestHouse New York reimagines the Big Apple hotel experience with a host of thoughtfully planned amenities Written by Bridget Williams Whenever I’m fortunate to fnd myself in New York City during spring or summer, as soon as possible after arriving I make a b-line for my favorite refuge: Central Park (the shoe salon at Bergdorf Goodman’s ranks as close second). Treading the park’s familiar pathways and staking a claim to a shady spot under the leafy canopy, I love watching the constant parade of humanity, from the well-coifed kids climbing the Alice in Wonderland bronze sculpture, to bedraggled street performers vying for tourists’ attention and loose change. During my most recent visit I was excited to discover another urban oasis – the WestHouse New York hotel – opened in December 2013 and situated in a highly covetable location mere blocks from Central Park, Carnegie Hall, MoMA and Manhattan’s luxury shopping epicenter. Even more alluring than its address (55th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue) is the 42

property’s residential appeal, thanks to a carefully curated portfolio of upscale services and amenities designed to satisfy the world’s most discerning guests – referred to as “residents” upon arrival. Orchestrated by award-winning firm Jeffrey Beers International, the design scheme in the common areas and the 156 guest rooms and 16 suites hearken to the Art Deco era, in homage to the original building, constructed in 1927. The overall color palette, comprised largely of heather grey, cobalt blue, navy blue, amber, and bronze is simultaneously timeless and up-to-the-minute. All guests rooms are outftted with marble-top desks with beveled mirrors, bespoke DayNa Decker bath and body products in chic bathrooms designed with hammered silver wallpaper and graphic marble, specially-designed 400 thread-count SFERRA Venetian bed linens and the award-winning ghd air Professional

Performance Hairdryer and best-selling ghd Gold 1" Professional Styler. In addition to a private, spacious outdoor terrace, the hotel’s trio of terrace suites boast a Sleep|Studio adjustable mattress bedding system. Covered by a $30 per diem fee, guests have access to allday complimentary food and beverage presentations in two unique venues. The Den, located on the lobby level behind the reception desk, ofers premium alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic refreshments, Barista crafted coffees, and inventive culinary oferings such as prohibition-era infused cupcakes accompanying afternoon tea. Located on the 23rd foor and featuring foor-toceiling glass windows showcasing breathtaking views, Te Terrace is a relaxing lounge with separate dining areas where guests can savor an array of delectable breakfast presentations as well as afternoon teas, hors d’oeuvres and evening canapés. The resident fee also

includes in room pantry refreshments; unlimited access to Business Center services; 24-hour access to the Fitness Center; digital newspapers and magazines on Intelity Tablets found in each room; overnight shoe-shine service; and, complimentary Wi-Fi. Through an exclusive agreement with Luxury Attaché, WestHouse ofers an in-house team of expert lifestyle curators, who are adept at scheduling a host of unique bespoke experiences, such as a private gown ftting at a renowned fashion designer’s atelier or providing premium access to a “sold-out” event at Carnegie Hall. WestHouse Attachés also coordinate a range of creative packages exclusive to WestHouse that ofer distinctively original and memorable New York City experiences. Rates at WestHouse New York start from $499 per room, per night, exclusive of taxes and fees. For more information or reservations visit sl


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Cruising the Caribbean with Seabourn Written by Patti Bailey Photography by Tony Bailey You know the feeling when you walk into your favorite restaurant and the maître d’ welcomes you with a smile and calls you by name. After you are seated, your server brings you red wine, knowing that you prefer it rather than white. You go there quite often, which is why you are so well known. Now imagine being more than 1,000 miles away from home and walking into a restaurant for the frst time, a restaurant on a cruise ship no less. You are called by name as you are escorted to your table. Te server welcomes you with a smile and, once again, you are personally addressed. Troughout the entire meal you are treated as if you have been there numerous times before. Impossible, you think. Ten, apparently, you have never been on a Seabourn cruise.


From the moment we boarded the ship for our 10-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Seabourn Sojourn, we felt relaxed. We were pleasantly escorted to our suite amid greetings welcoming us aboard. A few moments after entering our suite, our stewardess arrived with flled champagne futes and light hors d’oeuvres, making sure that everything was to our liking and to not hesitate if we needed anything. After a few sips of champagne, it was time to unpack and explore the spacious cabin. Unpacking was not a chore I was dreading, as the large walk-in closet allowed us more than ample room to stash everything out of sight, while our suitcases were discretely stored under the bed.

An entertainer on Isla Catalina.


Once unpacked, we took a few moments to enjoy the amenities of our spacious room. On the credenza was a welcome letter along with stationary printed with our name and room number. The glass sliding door opened to a private veranda, where I could easily envision myself spending a great deal of time relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book. Since the complimentary bar was stocked before our arrival with our personal preferences, I knew that scenario would soon be a reality. Not having set foot on a cruise ship in more than a decade, I was pleasantly surprised by the bath, which was quite unlike the cramped quarters I remembered. Tis was a luxurious granite bath with a large soaking tub and separate shower. On the vanity were toiletries from Hermès and L’Occitane and bath products by Molton Brown. A note from the stewardess presented an invitation to have a warm scented bath drawn from the Pure Pampering therapeutic bath menu. 54

Although I was tempted to hibernate in the room, we did make our way to the pool deck to join fellow cruise members for the ofcial welcome bufet. Te entire staf was on hand for a champagne toast and to present an overview of the adventure that laid ahead, and what an adventure it was. Te cruise ship carries a maximum of 450 travelers supported by 335 crewmembers. Tat alone indicated the attentive service that we would be given. Sitting poolside, it seemed that all I had to do was glance up and a server was at my side with a beverage or ofering a chilled towel. As part of the all-inclusive experience, tipping is neither required nor expected. After basking in the sun, we realized time had quickly passed and the dinner hour had approached. Fortunately, we had our choice of how and when we chose to dine throughout the duration of our voyage, as the ship ofers multiple distinct dining options that range from fne dining to a casual poolside patio grill.

Verandah Suite / Photo courtesy of Seabourn.

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Seabourn Sojourn's atrium.


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Te Restaurant, Seabourn Sojourn's fne dining option serves award-winning cuisine prepared á la minute by skilled chefs.

To start our culinary adventure in grand style, on our frst night we opted for fne dining. Entering the dramatically appointed space, we were ofered the choice of dining alone or with company. Te full-course menu oferings including Pacifc Cod Caponata, Caramelized Sea Scallops, Pan Roasted Arctic Char, Chateaubriand, Lobster Termidor and Beef Tournedos, to name a few. With each meal, a carefully selected complimentary wine pairing is ofered. What meal is not complete without an elegant dessert? The Classic Crème Brulee was superb. After dinner we lingered in the dining room, enjoying an aperitif and getting to know our tablemates and new friends, Bonnie and Jay, who hailed from Texas. Not once did we feel that we were rushed or encouraged to leave. Troughout the cruise, entertainment was ofered nightly in the Grand Salon. Te frst night was a welcome presentation by the cruise director and assistant cruise director. Much to our surprise and delight, their solo performances rivaled any of the 56

subsequent acts. Once the show was concluded, singing and dancing continued in the bars and lounges. Finally calling it a night, we retreated to our suite. We were greeted once again with a fruit basket. Te bed was turned down and the newsletter and menu for the following day were displayed along with a few fne chocolates. Our tickets for the following day’s excursion were neatly placed in an envelope along with directions on how to disembark. Each night, our stewardess would leave a few thoughtful surprises. My favorite was our head shots sailing in a small paper ship made from maps. Te ship made stops in San Juan, Gustavia, St. John, Cruz Bay and Isla Catalina. A benefit of traveling on a Seabourn vessel is that you have access to ports that many larger ships must bypass. As a result, you are able to experience more intimate and less-populated locations frequented by lesser numbers of travelers, creating a cruising environment with rich potential for authentic discovery.

Onboard entertainment is ofered nightly in the Grand Salon.


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Te Caviar in the Surf beach barbeque on Isla Catalina is a Seabourn Signature Event.


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I have to confess that my favorite stop was the Isla Catalina in the Dominican Republic. Tis is where they host the Seabourn Signature Event: the Caviar in the Surf beach barbecue. Guests are welcomed ashore to the playing of steel drums. A full kitchen and bar, chairs, umbrellas and watersports equipment are brought from the ship and set up on the white-sandy beach for the day’s festivities. A speedboat heads to shore loaded with caviar, which is placed on a surfboard bar and uniformed staf members, including the executive chef, plunge into the water and invite guests to wade in for champagne and caviar. Later in the day, a lavish barbecue lunch consisting of steak, lobster and gourmet desserts is served. It was a day to remember. The cruise included four days at sea to enjoy all of the amenities the ship had to offer. At 11,400-square-feet, and with a full menu of treatments and rituals for the face and body,

the Spa at Seabourn is one of the largest on any ultra-luxury vessel. During my Tai Herbal Poultice Massage, all the cares of the world seemed to disappear. Those seeking the ultimate indulgence will want to consider reserving a private Spa Villa for a day of pampering. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Te last night of the voyage found us poolside for the Seabourn Signature Epicurean Event. Chef ’s specialties were provided amidst music from the ship’s featured band, followed by Seabourn Sojourn crew waves, during which the entire staf came out to the deck to wave a heartfelt goodbye. It was like leaving an old friend but with the hope that we would meet again. For additional information or reservations, please contact a professional travel advisor, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit sl


Back to the Future Land Rover’s Discovery Vision Concept combines leading edge technology with time-tested design cues to signal a daring new direction for the company’s new Discovery family. Written by Bridget Williams


Revealed at a private event in mid-April aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in Manhattan in advance of the New York Auto Show, Land Rover’s Discovery Vision Concept provides a glimpse into the future of the company’s new Discovery family. Familiar attributes of the Discovery DNA - a stepped roof, alpine windows, command driving position and stadium seating – are present, but reinterpreted to showcase pioneering technologies from the Jaguar Land Rover advanced research division. The current Land Rover Discovery (sold as the LR4 in North America) is a stand-alone model that will transform over

time into a range of all-new Discovery vehicles. This design future is represented by the Discovery Vision Concept, and will redefne Land Rover's approach to premium and capable SUVs. Gerry McGovern, Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, Land Rover, said, "The Discovery Concept vehicle represents a vision of our future family of leisure SUVs. Its modern, relevant and compelling design is a significant shift from Discovery as we know it, while well considered practicality, configurability and Land Rover's capability seamlessly blend to create a highly desirable vehicle that connects on an emotional level."



Though a full-size SUV, the Discovery Vision Concept appears remarkably compact, thanks to a combination of wellconsidered design elements such as wrap-around headlamps and tail lamps and the short front and rear overhangs serving to reduce the visual length. Slim fog lamps are capable of emitting both infrared and colored lasers, which assist in the Laser Terrain Scanning and Laser Referencing functions. The concept has four coach-style doors: the rear doors are hinged at the rear for easier entry and exit. The doors are operated by an electronic gesture recognition system that eliminates the need for door handles, resulting in clean surfaces and tight gaps between interfaces. A versatile evolution of the Discovery signature tailgate incorporates a powered, single-piece design. In conjunction with a deployable rear step and a folding bench seat in the luggage area, it creates a fexible event platform with social seating. On its own, the sill step can also be ftted with a bike/ski rack. Te advanced interior is both spacious and adaptable with an array of innovative features, including highly reconfgurable seating that can comfortably accommodate seven adults with a 2/3/2 layout in three rows. By folding the seats fat or sliding them forward or back, via the touchscreen menu, the vehicle can be converted to a multitude of confgurations. Detachable, carry-

away roller-style luggage is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle doors, while the back of each seat contains a gesture-controlled infotainment screen with a wide variety of functions, and also has convenience features such as integrated pop-out coat hangers, fold-out tray tables and tablet docking ports. Found within the cabin are two types of washable and water-and oil-repellent Foglizzo premium leather in Nimbus White and Navy blue that can be cleaned in seconds. Open pore grey wood veneer on the foors and instrument panel, brushed aluminum fnishes and bespoke accessories lined in Harris Tweed impart a uniquely British feeling of craftsmanship. Advanced technologies making their debut on the Discovery Vision Concept include Land Rover's vision of nextgeneration Terrain Response, a system that can proactively utilize a variety of intelligent HMI and capability technologies, giving the driver the confdence to tackle virtually any terrain with ease. A "Transparent Hood" head-up display system ofers an unimpeded view of the ground immediately ahead, greatly increasing visibility. Cameras ftted below the grille feed video to the Head-Up Display integrated into the windshield. While traversing challenging terrain, the imagery can be projected onto the windshield, so that it appears as if the vehicle's hood is, in efect, transparent.


The steering wheel incorporates two small OLED touch screens to operate the infotainment system. With turn signals and headlamp functions operated by gesture recognition control, indicator stalks are absent, creating more visual space and less clutter around the driver. This also affords a clear view of the instrument cluster, which features a high-defnition screen with a three-million-pixel resolution for incredibly vivid, sharp imagery. Te top of the dashboard has a leather-wrapped airfoil-shaped structure for a light, minimalist appearance. Te swooping form of the central ‘arm’ encases two high-resolution touch screens, which display the vehicle’s system menus. Te lower touch screen fips up to reveal a storage space with an inductive charging pad for cablefree recharging of smartphones. Further down along the console is a rotary gearshift control, which deploys and rises into the driver’s hand as it approaches, as well as a secondary rotary that controls functions such as Terrain Response and Tow Assist. Tis secondary rotary control can be detached and taken out of the vehicle to operate Remote Control Drive. Laser Terrain Scanning utilizes infrared lasers emitted from the front fog-lamps to continuously scan the terrain being traversed, and renders a contour map on the high-defnition instrument cluster display. Tis mapping can be paired with the All-Terrain Coach guidance system to chart out a path and assist the driver in navigating it. Lasers are also used by the 64

next-generation Wade Aid sensory system to measure the depth of water before the vehicle enters it, and inform the driver of the feasibility of the intended wading maneuver. All-Terrain Progress Control enables semi-autonomous of-road driving at a steady speed across varying terrain. Arguably one of the most interesting features is remote control drive, which enables the driver to maneuver the car at very low speed while not actually seated inside it, via the removable secondary rotary on the center console, as well as via a smartphone or tablet. Possible applications of this unique technology include extreme of-roading, where it is sometimes safer and easier to inch the vehicle over obstacles from an outside vantage point; coupling to a trailer; and driving through gates, where the driver can avoid repeatedly getting in and out of the vehicle by simply opening the gate and letting the vehicle drive through via Remote Control Drive, before shutting the gate and re-entering the vehicle. Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart, Director of Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said, "As a true pioneer, Land Rover is committed to constantly pushing the boundaries to redefine what SUV capability and versatility is all about. The Discovery Vision Concept shows the breadth of innovative, intelligent technologies being developed in order to offer our future customers unprecedented capability across any kind of terrain." sl

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An interesting mix of early to mid-20th century French and Italian furniture inhabits the apartment.

Dark. Moody. Contemplative. The library inside this elegantly designed condominium at The Plaza is a favorite refuge for the homeowners. Te couple spends most evenings there enjoying a cup of tea, reading, or catching up on the day. Te room’s furniture is velvety soft, and a metallic bronze lacquer on the walls creates the illusion of a paneled library, subtle design elements meant to give the books their due place as objects of desire. Jimmy Jamieson, principal of Jamieson Design and the designer on the project, capitalized on the furniture’s sculptured forms to evoke a modern, edited look throughout the apartment. “None of it has a big presence,” he says. “It’s suggesting an idea rather than making a big statement.” Te homeowners were among the frst residents to move into their high-rise apartment just west of Te Ritz-Carlton 11 years ago. “We wanted the apartment to have more character,” say the owners of the home’s former, more traditional appearance. Tey called on Jamieson to help re-imagine their living space. “Tey are understated people,” Jamieson says. “So anything that’s opulent or ostentatious wouldn’t be representative of who they are.” In all of Jamieson’s projects, the clients play a dominant role in the design evolution process. “From there it’s our job to articulate that vision and make it feel like a natural extension of the space,” he says.


Te homeowners say the library is their favorite room.

He used a combination of early to mid-20th century French and Italian furniture by designers such as Jean-Michel Frank, Jules Leleu, Diego Giacometti, and Jean Dunand, setting the pieces against a light background to create an inviting silhouette. “It’s a process of reduction and editing. We figure out the necessary elements, the essential elements to creating a life within the space, then add things discriminatingly,” he says. Over the course of the project, which took about a year, Jamieson provided his clients with plenty of reading material about the designers and the period in which they lived. “Tey were interested in everything,” he says. Jamieson and his associates began with renderings and foor plans. “We just trusted him completely,” say the owners. “He always came to meetings with detailed plans, including wall elevations, furniture layout, room plan options, and electrical layouts.” 68

Subtle design elements, such as this paneled wall in the master bedroom, were added throughout the apartment.

“It’s suggesting an idea rather than making a big statement,” says Jimmy Jamieson of the design.



Te owners purchased a Julian Schnabel screen print for the living room as part of the remodel.


An Art Deco-style crème laquÊ three-drawer commode with antiqued bronze pulls and footplates stands in the entryway.


To make the apartment more architecturally substantial, Jamieson added crown molding and casings. A door leading into the master bedroom from the library was closed to gain space in both rooms; white doors throughout the condo were painted black. Te carpets are handmade. Jamieson designs them, colors them, and provides samples. “Even with all the furniture, the apartment looks twice as spacious as it used to,” the owners say. Te entryway welcomes guests with artwork and minimal furnishings, including an Art Deco-style crème laqué three-drawer commode with antiqued bronze pulls and footplates. A hand-forged, metal-framed mirror in antique gold with crimson-colored cabochon-cut crystal hangs above the commode. A collection of blanc de chine provides just enough detail throughout the apartment. Te accessories are not omnipresent. “It’s about putting something together that has a dialogue and evolves as a collection,” Jamieson says. Te homeowners are partial to a French Art Deco glass vase that was mounted as a table lamp; the dining room table, which they already owned and couldn’t bear to part with, is a Silas Seandel Lippold. A large, ceramic Seto-style bowl rests on the dining room bufet behind it. Crafting areas to refect the clients’ lifestyle and anticipating how they would use the space is a key to good design. But so is introducing something new. “Our job is to push them,” Jamieson says. “If you’re not a little bit uncomfortable you’re not learning.” Te process of selecting artwork came toward the end of the project. Tey chose a Julian Schnabel screen print for the living room, Ross Bleckner screen prints for the entryway, and an Alex Katz for the library. Other pieces—like a Robert Motherwell lithograph and three Andy Millners—already were part of the couple’s collection. Unless a client is a collector or comes with a collection, Jamieson prefers to get to know the client before making suggestions. “Even more than furniture, art is a very personal thing,” he says. “I employ the same principles with furniture as I do with the decorative arts and fine art. We establish parameters, they don’t have to be rigid, but we create something that’s cohesive so that there’s a dialogue when the pieces come together. When you do that it feels very natural.” Back inside the couple’s library, a week before a long-awaited trip to Australia, the owners show a visitor some of their favorite mementos placed among their books: an antique pocket watch, a teapot from Iraq, a mug from the 1904 World’s Fair. It’s a special room, for a very special couple. sl


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Ben Poremba is the owner of Olio and Elaia in St. Louis. “I think professionally, it’s a great city to be in,” he says.

Two names, two buildings, two menus, two wine lists – by all appearances, Olio and Elaia are two restaurants. Appearances can deceive. “One restaurant, two rooms,” owner Ben Poremba says. “Olio is casual and rustic in nature. It really, really defnes who I am as a person.” “Elaia is sort of a more mature, sophisticated dining room.” Olio is in a renovated 1930s-era Standard Oil station at the corner of Tower Grove and McRee avenues in Botanical Heights. An enclosed corridor leads up a slight hill to Elaia, which is in the house next door. Poremba is also an owner of La Patisserie

Chouquette, the French bakery across McRee, and Old Standard, a new fried chicken-focused restaurant across Tower Grove Avenue. “Olio is a Mediterranean-inspired eating establishment with influences from everywhere in the Mediterranean and more,” Poremba says. “It’s foods and dishes that I enjoy eating at home.” As an example, he points to pan con tomate – cherry tomatoes skewered and grilled until the skins blister, tossed in a bath of olive oil, garlic, lots of fresh herbs and plenty of serrano chiles, then piled on garlicky ciabatta toasts.






1) Charred eggplant with Begula lentils, kefr and chives. 2) Te artichoke sandwich at Olio speaks to the restaurant’s casual, rustic feel. 3) “Olio is a Mediterranean-inspired eating establishment with infuences from everywhere in the Mediterranean and more,” Ben Poremba says. 4) Charred tomatoes, cucumbers, hot peppers, feta cheese, and a lot of herbs comprise the Israeli salad.

“Tat’s a play on one of my favorite tomato salads,” he says. “It’s kind of messy eating, it’s cheap, it’s not something I want to serve in a fne dining room.” At Elaia, the food is “refned through the flter of a professional chef,” he says, “toned down, treated with more care.” Tose spicy cherry tomatoes are on the table, but not on the menu. “We’ll use individual ones to garnish certain dishes,” Poremba says. He labels the food and wine at Olio and Elaia as “MiddleTerranean.” To many Americans, Mediterranean cuisine starts and ends with the foods of Italy, Greece, Spain and the south of France. But many other countries border the Mediterranean, including Turkey, Lebanon and Israel. Poremba grew up in Ness Ziona, Israel. “I grew up cooking,” he says. His mother is a French-trained chef who had a small 80

restaurant and a catering business. His father’s job brought the family to St. Louis when Ben was 17. Poremba stayed in St. Louis through college, then returned to Israel for a time before moving to Italy to study cooking. He compares himself to a dandelion in those post-college years, drifting with the breeze. “I left again, I came back. I had roots here,” he says. “Now I’m here to stay. I like it here. I think professionally, it’s a great city to be in. We have an abundance of resources: great pork, great lamb, incredible produce, great cheese makers, great bakers – it’s a great place to live.” Wine and spirits are a focus at both Olio and Elaia. In May, Andrey Ivanov, Olio and Elaia’s beverage director, tied for frst place in a prestigious competition for the nation’s best young sommelier.

Te food at Olio features dishes that Ben Poremba enjoys eating at home.


Before the main course, diners have plenty of choices when it comes to appetizers, including a plate of bruschetta featuring mouthwatering tomatoes.

Olive Oil cake with favors of Negroni, including gin-spiked cream, vermouth gelĂŠe, and blood oranges glazed in Campari. Garnished with chocolate mint leaves and tarragon.


Elaia’s menu is sophisticated, more mature, says Ben Poremba. Pictured here is a slow-roasted loin of lamb with burnt eggplant cream yogurt and a side of asparagus, cucumber and radishes.


Te bar at Olio is one of the best tables in the house.


Wine and spirits are a focus at both Olio and Elaia.

“Wine is defnitely a passion for a lot of people here,” says Ivanov, who holds the title of advanced sommelier. “Tis is the perfect little playground for people who love to do what we do.” Te choices on Elaia’s wine list come from 23 countries, and many of the wines are unique to St. Louis. By-the-glass selections change along with the menu each night, with a specifc wine recommended for each menu selection. “Part of coming to Elaia is trying new things,” Ivanov says. “Tere’s a lot behind each pouring, and we explain everything at the table. It’s a very involved dining experience.” Olio’s wine list fills 23 pages, with Ivanov’s well-drawn descriptions painting a detailed picture of many of the wines. Bar manager John Fausz curates the beer and spirits lists. “What John does is more focused on esoteric, classic cocktails,” Poremba says. Fausz populates the cocktail list, which changes monthly, with pre-World War II recipes. For example, he recently offered the “Twentieth Century,” a Depression-era concoction described as “gin-spiked lemonade with a suggestion of chocolate. Very beguiling.” Classic cocktails also will be a focus across the street at Old Standard, scheduled to open in July. “Te bar is going to be solidly focused on American whiskey, mostly bourbon – a very carefully curated selection of American whiskeys with a handful of classic cocktails,” Poremba says. After choosing a whiskey, patrons can order it neat, in an old fashioned, Manhattan or mint julep, or in a highball glass mixed with house-made soda.

Te sodas will be a rotating selection of favors, sweetened with adult palates in mind. Te restaurant itself will be familyfriendly, with a lower price point than Elaia. Most nights, fried chicken will be the only entrée – “if you want something else, you can go across the street,” Poremba says with a laugh. He noted that while St. Louis’ best chefs have opened restaurants featuring burgers, pizzas and tacos, they tackle fried chicken only occasionally. “I wanted to do something quite diferent from what I have going on right now,” says Poremba, whose previous ventures included a kosher catering company and part ownership of Salume Beddo, an artisan sausage shop. “My partners said, ‘let’s do something very American.’” Poremba’s business, Bengelina Hospitality Group, is taking on yet another role when United Provisions, Global Food’s new market, opens in August in the University City Loop. “I’m in charge of all the prepared foods: the cofee shop, sandwiches, the sushi-ceviche raw bar, a rotisserie, a grill,” he says. Running multiple restaurants and other ventures means that Poremba is rarely behind the stove these days. “I see my role in all of the things that I do now as big picture and very small details,” he says. Te big picture includes favor profles, the tone of a restaurant, its overall look and its location. Te little details? “Candleholders and where to place them,” he says, just as a server walks over with a small glass vessel flled with fuel and a wick to drop of on a marble-topped table for two. sl Judith Evans is a James Beard award-winning food journalist, a food blogger and a past president of the Association of Food Journalists.


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Art lovers and patrons attended a private party April 3 to celebrate the opening of the new William Shearburn Gallery, 665 S. Skinker Blvd. in Clayton. “I am so excited about my new space,” Shearburn says. “Collaborating with noted architect Phil Durham was a satisfying process, and I ended up with exactly what I wanted: a sophisticated, elegant, modernist space to showcase contemporary art.” Te proximity to the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park and the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University are ideal for capturing a focused audience, Shearburn says.

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Music for Pleasure, St. Louis’s high-performance audio and cinema destination, hosted its annual customer appreciation party May 6 at its headquarters in Webster Groves. Guests toured the company’s seven showrooms, including the Empty Nester’s Room and the Hi-Fi Corner, for an insider’s look at new products. A silent auction and rafe to beneft Jazz St. Louis was held in memory of Richard McDonnell, MAXJAZZ Records founder. After light bites and cocktails, audio afcionados relaxed to the sounds of Jazz U, comprised of members of the Jazz St. Louis All-Stars.

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