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A SYMPHONY IN COLOR An Interview with Artist Martina Nehrling Written by Jeffrey Cohen I was already aware of artist Martina Nehrling before she rose to prominence both regionally and nationally. She and my wife attended North Central High School together, and their mothers were close. After the artist moved to Chicago, where she found considerable success, we fell somewhat out of touch until an opportunity arose recently to sit down in the Windy City and chat about her history, philosophy and latest works. What follows is an edited version of our conversation.
JC: Were you interested in art while you were living in Indianapolis, and can you speak to your early influences? MN: I was fortunate to be in a school system with a strong arts program. In addition to really wonderful and encouraging art teachers, my interest and talent was nurtured by an extra-curricular program in which I participated from elementary school through high school. My grandpa, Wally Nehrling, a popular morning radio personality on WIRE for very many years, was a wonderfully animated presence in my youth, and I credit him for inspiring an outgoing spirit in me. I was lucky to have an abundance of creativity in my family: my grandma wrote poetry, my uncle Daniel was an artist, my aunt Tina is an actress and playwright, and her son Rudy is a talented actor, too. I understand a sculpture of your design is on the campus of North Central High School. Tell us about that. That was the result of a design competition I won when I was a sophomore. I loved high school and maybe with an unusual objectivity at my age, I wanted to allude to the significance, yet brevity, of those years before we all would shoot off in different directions. Tell me more about what inspires you? How has that evolved? Color has always been central to my inspiration. To me, colors very nearly have a living presence with which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m compelled to interact. Though employing a full spectrum of saturated color as I often do can appear deceptively simple or easily pleasing, its formal complexity spurs my engagement. I enjoy mining its controversial decorativeness and navigating its mercurial emotiveness in visual rhythms, usually comprised of a multitude of distinct brushstrokes of color. In this way, I almost hear the imagery develop with a visual language. I experience a musicality in the visual.
"Anastasia Abasia" acrylic on canvas, 2019
Expound on that. The places where I most often hang my thoughts are located in the natural environment, and usually at a more intimate scale, such as my neighborhood or my garden. It’s not by chance that I find inspiration this way. I enjoy observing the way forms grow, spread, shift scale, color, or texture, all of which is nearly audible to me. These observations are source material from which I can quote or transcribe visual rhythms that are resonant, discordant, muscular, or mellifluous. Tell me about your process. Do you make sketches before painting? I usually know where I want to go, or at least where I want to begin, so my sketches look like diagrams that map out color shifts or changes in the direction of mark making, and sometimes the position of positive and negative space. They’re very minimalist. I also create color ‘tests’ which have their own aesthetic that I’ve grown especially fond of lately. To borrow a jazz term, these are like little riffs. I was recently commissioned to do a label for a Benziger family wine called Imagery. Right off, I knew I wanted to create a piece composed of these riffs in stanzas, seeing them as analogous to tasting notes. I write down things I come across, or things I hear my friends and neighbors say, that beg for a visual exploration. There are pages of these notes in my sketchbooks, and a wall in my studio is littered with Post-its that contain these image sparks. And often the notes become titles. Does one need to understand art to like it? For example, what do you say to a person who doesn’t find they understand abstraction? You like what you like and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve thought a lot about this. It’s a natural human reaction to feel some hostility about that for which we don’t readily have a reference. The more one is exposed to art of all kinds, terms like ‘representation’ and ‘abstraction’ are distinctions that matter less than the specificity of what you see and how it’s operating. Consider instrumental music: that is a form of pure abstraction that is familiar and comfortable to most of us. In other words, abstraction has already accessed most of us. Lastly, where can readers find your work? I am represented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York, www.markelfinearts. com. Also, my website, www.martinanehrling.com, features recent work as well as pieces that are in private collections in order to show some trajectory. sl
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From the Editor-in-Chief As you may have surmised by now, my wife and I love to travel. Innumerable moons ago, in the dark and distant years BC (Before Children), we used to sojourn at the RitzCarlton Palm Beach (now Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa), apportioning our funds to stay in club-level accommodations whenever we could. You see, club level at that time meant spectacular views, a fourth-floor room and endless pours come sundown. Or before sundown, for that matter. An elite enclave within a luxurious resort, Eau’s club accommodations exist at the very pinnacle of Palm Beach luxury. It’s hard to let go of old habits, especially when they include extraordinary dining, unlimited cocktails and personalized snorkeling trips. But with the arrival of our children, bless them, we decided that it might be expedient for numerous reasons to forgo the luxuries of the club level, and to live a life of relative austerity until the kids were more fully equipped to enjoy the finer things in life. When that day finally arrived, our offspring’s insatiable appetites had gravitated towards, in order of seniority, coma-inducing confections and painfully spicy snacks, both in prodigious quantities. Realizing, paradoxically, that when it came to vacations, the more we spent the more we would save, my wife and I at this juncture decided that it was probably time to revisit club-level accommodations purely to satisfy the seemingly omnivorous beasts that had inhabited the bodies of our young ones. Club lounges run the gamut of quality and added value depending upon where you stay. Even some budget-conscious chain hotels (I am reliably informed) have them— rooms where patrons might grab a drink and some finger food before heading out for the evening. It was at Eau Palm Beach, however, that my wife and I really, finally, understood the truly exalted nature of this parallel universe that exists behind the mostly closed doors of the most exclusive resorts. On a recent extended holiday at Eau, we were fortunate enough, as were our children, to be taken care of by a team of some of the most genuinely charming, engaging and passionately committed professionals it has ever been our pleasure to encounter. Now I don’t like to think that my family is particularly challenging or demanding (after all, who does?), but even if we had been, I know that the unflappable club lounge manager, Phillip Brice, and his gifted team would have handled even our most outlandish requests with grace and effortless aplomb. Since our oceanfront wedding 16 years ago at the then Ritz-Carlton, my wife and I have clocked many wonderful club-level hours together, but seldom have we been made to feel so much like friends and family by our hosts and fellow travelers as we did on this particular trip. And an interesting group of fellow travelers they were. We met a couple of bankers who circumnavigate the world in their private jet and whose dog has his own title and calling card. We met the CFO of a pre-eminent lifestyle company whose home is provisioned with Whispering Angel on tap. We chatted with men and women whose job descriptions we might not have understood even if they had explained them to us. Special and important as all these guests might be, however, inside the hallowed walls of the Eau Club Lounge, my family and I are afforded such exquisite treatment that I can hardly imagine it getting any better. When it comes to truly great service and hospitality, everyone is equal. Although, to paraphrase George Orwell, perhaps some are more equal than others.
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THE SHAPE OF WATER From ice caves to hot springs, Classic Journeys' multisport adventure trip makes Iceland's myriad natural wonders accessible Written and Photographed by Bridget Williams "I'd been to Iceland before, but I don't really feel like I've seen it until now," uttered one of my fellow travelers, breaking the silence between us as we stood behind a majestic waterfall, mesmerized by the cascade as the icy mist needled our cheeks. For six days, water in all forms formed the crux of our adventures in Iceland. We simmered and subsequently froze in it, slid on it, sloshed through it and marveled at it. Iceland has loomed large on my must-see list for years. The most sparsely populated country in Europe, Mother Nature has endowed its 40,000 square miles with a mind-boggling array of amenities: waterfalls, active volcanoes, glaciers, ice caves, black sand beaches, crystal-clear lakes, and hot springs. While a do-ityourself itinerary is undoubtedly doable, given the country's temperamental weather and vast landscape, I knew I was more likely to encounter trip-busting incidents than happy accidents,
so I turned to the experts in insider travel intelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Classic Journeysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and their multisport itinerary to deliver maximum adventure in the minimal time I had available. Delivering the ultimate insider experience is what drove Edward Piegza, a "reformed" banking executive, to found Classic Journeys in 1995. Tasked with planning group outings for VIP bank clients in his former career, he discovered that his ardor for planning group trips was proportional to his abhorrence of banking. Exhibiting the energy and enthusiasm of a Labrador puppy, Edward's passion is palpable, as is his desire to deliver a truly authentic experience, which he says begins with using local guides. "We have one goal: to hand-craft trips of a lifetime," explained Edward, who added that his guides are empowered by the company to be agile in their decision-making. Their guides always have a Plan B (and even a C and D if needed) to account for the unexpected.
At the Sólheimajökull Glacier, we were guided by Jon, an accomplished mountaineer.
Edward pointed out that it takes more than a pleasant personality to be an exceptional guide; he and his staff work closely with local guides in 50 countries on six continents to develop Classic Journeys' current roster of 100 distinct itineraries focused on six areas: culture, walking, culinary, family, multisport, alumni and incentive. "We kiss a lot of frogs and make the mistakes ahead of time so that our trips run seamlessly for guests," he said. Edward's personal desire to experience an upscale trip that is both physically and mentally engaging reflects the interests and expectations of the typical Classic Journeys' client. "I like to get muddy during the day, but I want to sleep on Egyptian cotton sheets at night." There is something incredibly freeing about a fully supported trip; not having to mind the minutiae frees the mind to drink in every delightful detail. Our group was greeted at the airport in Reykjavik by Atli, our guide for the week. A dyed-in-the-wool native of Iceland whose ancestry can be traced back to 9th century Vikings, Atli is a life-long lover of adventure, and the outdoors, fishing, mountaineering, a teacher of history and geology, and an all-around nice guy. The senior tour leader and resident expert guide for Classic Journeys, Atli helped lead the charge to establish the Vatnajökull National Park, which makes up about 14% of Iceland's landmass and includes the largest glacier in Europe. Our group eased into the 6 day/5 night itinerary with breakfast at a Viking museum, just as the slivers of sunlight begun to emerge from underneath the blanket of night. Our transport for 34 slmag.net
Atli demonstrating Iceland's version of a Lay-Z-Boy—volcanic rocks covered in spongy lichen.
the duration of the trip was a posh WIFI-enabled 4X4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter van. While we relaxed and admired the scenery, Atli entertained us with stories of growing up in Iceland, including skinny dipping in the famous Blue Lagoon before it became a popular tourist pilgrimage site, as well as tales of legend and lore. His talk of trolls and "hidden people," had me convinced I could discern shadowy figures in the moss-covered lava fields. From that point onward, I thought twice about disturbing a rock, lest I face the wrath of a troll who might be residing there! There is no bad weather, only bad gear, is a Classic Journeys' mantra. To help their clients avoid the pitfalls of underpacking or the hassles of overpacking, they offer a gear valet program that can outfit you with the appropriate attire to combat every imaginable weather scenario. While you can rent gear just for the duration of the trip, I fell in love with my tough-as-nails parka and rain pants from Iceland's Icewear company and opted for a more long-term arrangement. Our itinerary included Iceland's notable attractions both inside and out of the famed Golden Circle sightseeing route. We were one of the first groups through the door at the Blue Lagoon, which allowed us to enjoy the thermal waters before the place was overrun with visitors. Spying a waterfall in Iceland is like stumbling across a cathedral in Europe. They're everywhere, and we managed to see quite a few from all angles: below, above and behind.
Kirkjufells waterfalls on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula Photo courtesy of Classic Journeys.
The start of our hike on the Sรณlheimajรถkull Glacier
"Blue Crush" ice formation on the Vatnajรถkull Glacier
Reynisfjara black-sand beach
The window of opporrunity to see the Northern Lights is typically late August through late April. Photo courtesy of Classic Journeys
We explored glaciers in a similar all-around fashion. At the Sólheimajökull Glacier, Atli arranged for Jon, one of Iceland's most accomplished mountaineers and respected experts on glaciers, to lead a three-hour trek atop the glacier, complete with crampons and ice axes. We ventured deep into an ice cave at the Vatnajökull Glacier, admiring the obsidianlike surface created by the compression of water and volcanic ash. We also stopped at "Blue Crush," a cerulean chunk of ice sculpted by the elements to resemble a curling wave. A temporary installation, the ice formations will morph and melt as time goes on and temperatures rise. Atli likened the notoriety of the Reynisfjara black-sand beach to the Coliseum in Rome. As our footprints pressed a fresh layer of snow into the sand, the resulting mixture resembled crushed Oreo cookies. Most tourists cluster at the entrance, so it's easy to find a sense of solitude by taking a short stroll down the beach in either direction while pondering the jet-black geology of the substrate, which gradually transitions from grainy sand to smooth pebbles. During one late afternoon drive, the weather changed on a dime from sunshine to a whiteout, and Atli remained unflappable. As night fell and the torrent of snowflakes reflected off of the headlights, he joked that we now know what Hans Solo felt while piloting the Millennium Falcon. Already happy that I wasn't
behind the wheel, spying the occasional rental car off the side of the road only deepened my appreciation for our guide. With much of the country sparsely populated, finding the best lodging options isn't always easy. Classic Journeys carefully vets its hotel partners to make sure they meet exacting standards and contribute to the uniqueness of the experience. "We like to call it 'refraining from sameness,' "explained Edward. Our trip included stays at both Hotel Ranga and Skalakot Manor Hotel. Hotel Ranga is full of quirky personality reflective of its jocular owner, who provided me with my first taste of Iceland's Black Death. Contrary to its menacing name and labeling, Black Death, also known as Brennivín, is a popular traditional distilled beverage flavored with caraway, and not the plague. A short walk from the hotel is a cabin with a retractable roof and a high-tech telescope, allowing you to ogle the night sky in a whole new way. If Ralph Lauren designed a hotel in Iceland, it would surely resemble the chic Skálkot Manor Hotel. Set on a working multigenerational family farm with sheep, cuddly Icelandic horses, and miles of trails for exploring. Spending one afternoon on horseback, we spied the snow-capped "tongue" of a nearby glacier that seemed to lap at hills defined by tuffets of straw-colored grass that proved irresistible to my steed. I made judicious use of free time in the itinerary by taking a canyon hike and later a run to a waterfall, where I relished in being its solitary admirer. slmag.net
Snorkeling in the crystal-clear and near-freezing water above Silfra, the fissure that marks the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
Farm-fresh lamb burger at Skรกlkot Manor Hotel
Curious barnyard residents on the farm at Skรกlkot
Riding Icelandic horses on the gentle slopes of the Eyjafjöll mountains
Meals each day were full of memorable and hearty local fare. During a picnic atop a glacier, Atli presented us with samples of kleinur, an Icelandic pastry flavored with cardamom (which I loved), as well as fish jerky (which I would say is more of an acquired taste). We feasted on fresh-caught langoustine the cozy Fjöruborðið restaurant and farm-fresh lamb at Skalakot. Because pre-planning on the part of the team at Classic Journeys is thorough, those with dietary restrictions were amply accommodated. "Iceland is one of those places people may only go once. We want to make sure they are getting a real immersion while they're here," said Edward. Our last day came with the option to explore the continental divide in Þingvellir National Park— a UNESCO World Heritage Site—on foot or by floating. I chose the latter, which allowed me to snorkel in some of the world's purest water, leaving me feeling
as if I were floating on air above Silfra, the fissure that designates the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which continue to move apart at a rate of 2.5 centimeters a year. Definitely not for the faint of heart, the water temperature hovers just above freezing (hello ice cold facial!), and there was quite a lot of effort involved in stuffing myself into the dry suit, but I wasn't about to miss the grand finale of an action-packed trip that made me feel like a traveler and not just a tourist. For more information, visit classicjourneys.com. sl Getting There: The sudden closure of WOW Air this past March stranded passengers on both sides of the Atlantic and grabbed headlines around the globe. Intrepid travelers needn't fear, as Icelandair, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017, offers transatlantic routes from 24 European and 21 North American gateways. You can even make a day trip to Iceland an add-on to a broader European adventure with a range of distinct Stopover campaigns, all for the price of a flight ticket. Icelandair passengers can call the Buddy Hotline for personalized planning of their stopover. And, you won't mind getting to the airport two hours early when you have access to the comfy and chic Saga Lounge at Keflavik Airport (Icelandair.com)
RENEE BRINKERHOFF RALLIES FROM PEKING TO PARIS One woman’s determination pushes new boundaries in automotive racing and social issues Written by Deb Pollack / Photos courtesy of Valkyrie Racing When Colorado-based philanthropist and mother-of-four Renee roads that claimed several crews on day one. Her class made her Brinkerhoff decided to race in the legendary and highly dangerous the only female driver to accomplish this feat. Further success in La Carrera Panamericana rally in 2013 at the age of 57 – not only subsequent years encouraged her to look at challenges further afield, was she a rookie on a race track, but sheWritten had yetby to Andre ever experience and a plan was hatchedSpA to race on every continent: Project 356 James / Photos courtesy of Pininfarina a road race – let alone a 2,000-mile racing challenge. As the founder World Rally Tour. of Valkyrie Racing, Brinkerhoff has exceeded her dreams and all To help achieve her goal, Brinkerhoff partnered with leading expectations by earning class victories in the famed Mexican race specialists in rally car competition, including famed rallyist and four years in a row and made history as the ‘only woman to finish Porsche restoration master Richard Tuthill -- and she soon began the race’ each year she has partaken. racing the car all over the world. The story captured unexpected With a self-imposed challenge to complete six races across media attention, which the savvy sixty-something soon realized seven continents, at press time, Brinkerhoff was embarking on her could be used to draw attention to worthy causes in the areas she next challenge along that path: the month-long Peking to Paris intended to race. A philanthropic wing – ‘Valkyrie Gives’ - was rally. She hopes to continue her winning ways while extending formed to assist in directing financial support and donations to the her charitable mission on a global level through her dedication charities closest to Brinkerhoff’s heart: countering child exploitation to fight child trafficking, a cause she has already championed in and human trafficking in poorer parts of the world. Mexico, Australia, and Peru. “I had so much spare energy and personal time when my Brinkerhoff made her driving debut in Mexico behind the children left home,” said Brinkerhoff. “I initially filled this with wheel of a 1956 Porsche 356A, navigating treacherous mountain rallying – an incredibly exciting passion which requires immense 40 slmag.net
focus and courage – but I knew there was more I could do. We started by exposing the audience that was building around our story to important social issues and asking for help to make peoples’ lives better." Brinkerhoff began researching social problems in the countries she was rallying through, finding that child trafficking was a significant issue across the Americas, where she was participating in two rallies: Mexico for the La Carrera and Peru for Camino del Incas. Looking at the racing calendar, Renee noted that similar issues are found in Asia, where she will race on the Peking to Paris Rally in June and July, and also in East Africa, where she will be racing in late 2019 as part of the East African Safari Classic Rally. “Understanding the scale of these problems and how a lack of transparency and education keeps children in danger from exploitation and trafficking, we reached out to some of the agencies on the ground in our target areas, to figure out ways we could help by pooling our resources,” she explained.
During each rally, Valkyrie Racing gives financial support to carefully vetted charitable efforts active in preventing or intervening in trafficking operations and restoring victims of trafficking. These charities provide education, rescue victims, provide legal assistance and travel funds to repatriate victims and nurture and counsel them after their rescue, for a healthy and productive future. Brinkerhoff’s goal through Valkyrie Gives is to bring comfort to those in need, working to identify children at risk and working to secure and protect them. Efforts have included funding trafficking investigators and rescuers and obtaining the latest technology so that charities can match the traffickers on a technological level. Valkyrie Racing is proactive in rural communities, taking rain boots to remote Quechua communities in Peru, and using the opportunity to educate children on their right to be safe, and when to report issues to trusted authority figures. Learn more about the exciting story of Valkyrie Racing and follow Renée Brinkerhoff’s progress on the team website at racevalkyrie.com. sl slmag.net
UPPING THE ANTE ON EXHILARATION Aston Martin Vantage AMR Written by Andre James / Photos courtesy of Aston Martin Launched ahead of the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season – a world where Aston Martin Racing competes with the Vantage GTE – the Vantage AMR delivers an extra dose of excitement with the addition of a third pedal and manual transmission. The heart of the Vantage AMR is a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which is set as low and as far back in the chassis as possible to create near perfect 50:50 weight distribution. This high performance, high-efficiency engine propels the two-door coupe from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, and 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds, with a top speed of 195mph. Vantage AMR is equipped with a motorsport-inspired 7-speed transmission developed by Graziano, featuring a ‘dog-leg’ first gear. Inside, the driver is presented with the opportunity to deliver each gear via a hand-stitched leatherclad gearstick. Second to seventh gears are positioned in a traditional double H-pattern configuration. Vantage AMR’s transmission is mated to a limited-slip differential, tuned and calibrated by Aston Martin’s leading dynamics team, to ensure the rewarding and engaging experience expected of a manual. The manual transmission features the driver-selectable AMSHIFT, which uses the clutch, gear position, and prop shaft sensors, together with a finelytuned engine management program to mimic the technique of heel-and-toe downshifts. AMSHIFT also offers the capability of full-throttle upshifts for maximum smoothness and minimal interruption in acceleration. Skyhook technology, part of Aston Martin’s latest adaptive damping system, offers Sport, Sport + and Track modes to ensure the car’s character can be tuned to the driver’s preference or road conditions. Limited to 200-units, Vantage AMR is available in five designer specifications. 141 of those 200 will be available in either Sabiro Blue, Onyx Black, China Grey or White Stone, with a recommended retail price from $179,995. The remaining 59 will sport details that commemorate the 60th anniversary of Aston Martin’s 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans victory with DBR1. Named “Vantage 59”, this fixed specification features a Stirling Green and Lime exterior paint scheme and Dark Knight leather and Alcantara interior, finished with a signature AMR lime stripe and stitch, and is priced $204,995. Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the final quarter of 2019. sl
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A celebration of life on the move, this book features vans, overland vehicles and their passionate owners as they embark on adventures around the globe. Gestalten—Hit the Road: Vans, Nomads, and Roadside Adventures— hardcover, 272 pages, Gestlaten (us.gestalten.com) The first gasoline was sold in pharmacies. As the car experienced an exponential rise in popularity, gas stations promulgated as temples of mobility. With a preface written by passionate car collector Jay Leno, this book explores the diverse world of the gas station, from functional high-tech temple to an abandoned ruin. Gestalten & Sascha Friesike—It's a Gas!: The Allure of the Gas Station— hardcover, 240 pages, Gestalten (us.gestalten.com) Since the early 2000s, an explosion of interest in Volkswagens with original paint, rust and patina have inspired a generation of car fanatics. Once looked upon as needing restoration, these vehicles, especially within the global Volkswagen community, have gradually become more popular than restored cars. These rare, unspoiled survivors tell a story of an interesting and varied past. This book takes an inside look at key car builders, dealers, celebrities and hobbyists, as well as the different styles of build, meaning every single car has a style all its own. Mark Walker — Patina: Volkswagens — hardcover, 160 pages, Veloce (veloce.co.uk)
The American charm of Robert Frost's iconic poem is paired with impactful images from the mountains of New Hampshire to the streets of India. Available in October. Robert Frost—The Road Not Taken: The Classic Poem in Words and Photographs— hardcover, 224 pages, Cider Mill Press (cidermillpress.com)
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Created by photographer and art historian Dr. Fred Sigman, this book is an ode to a bye-gone era and a reflection on America's iconic automobile culture. Sigmans' photographs capture the praised architectural vernacular that once dominated Sin City's skyline and served as the foundation for today's mega-resorts. Dr. Fred Sigman—Motel Vegas— hardcover, 200 pages, Smallworks Press (smallworkspress.com)
Jeff Gordinier, food and drinks editor of Esquire and a frequent contributor to the New York Times chronicles the four years he spent traveling with renowned Danish chef René Redzepi in search of the most tantalizing flavors the world has to offer. Jeff Gordinier—Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World—hardcover, 240 pages, Penguin Random House (penguinrandomhouse.com) In May 2007, with her husband as co-pilot, Dina Bennett was behind the wheel of a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle, one of 128 antique autos racing in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. Bennett's resulting book is both funny and self-deprecating. She says it was written for “every woman who's ever doubted herself and any man who's wondered what the woman traveling with him is thinking.” Dina Bennett—Peking to Paris: Life and Love on a Short Drive Around Half the World—hardcover, 280 pages, Skyhorse Publishing (skyhorsepublishing.com) The opening of America's interstate highway system in the 1950s ushered in the road trip phenomenon. Author Richard Ratay contends that families didn't so much take vacations as survive them. This lighthearted trip down memory lane chronicles what made the Great American Family Road Trip so great. Richard Ratay—Don't Make Me Pull Over: The Informal History of the Family Road Trip—hardcover, 288 pages, Scribner (simonandschusterpublishing.com)
GO FORE IT
With unlimited golf on three courses and an onsite kitchen garden, Casa Velas resort in Puerto Vallarta makes it easy to get your greens Written by Caylee Matthews It took less than an hour for me to go from planeside to poolside at Casa Velas, an 80-suite boutique hotel and spa located just five minutes from Puerto Vallarta's international airport and discreetly integrated within an upscale residential neighborhood alongside the greens of Marina Vallarta's 18-hole golf course. The ease with which you can slip into this adults-only, all-inclusive paradise, where colorful peacocks meander through lush tropical landscaping, makes it ideal for a quick battery-charging getaway. Part of the Velas Resorts group, whose tagline is "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond Compare," guests at Casa Velas have access to big resort amenities in a boutique setting. All-inclusive rates include luxury suite accommodations; a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, including dining privileges at sister resorts, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Velas Vallarta; unlimited golf at Marina Vallarta and Vista Vallarta 48 slmag.net
golf clubs (excluding cart fee); shuttle service and access to the private Ocean Club; premium branded beverages; 24-hour in-suite service; a well-equipped fitness center; a comprehensive lineup of weekly events; and, taxes and gratuity. Traditional Mexican colors and furnishings define the dĂŠcor in the spacious guest accommodations. Whimsical in-room artwork by sculptor Sergio Bustamante is one of many ways that Mexican culinary, artistic, and cultural traditions are woven into the guest experience. A recently unveiled pair of 1,350-squarefoot Wellness Suites reflect a property-wide commitment to wellness. Each suite is complemented by a dedicated Wellness Concierge; in-suite fitness amenities; a private plunge pool and rooftop Jacuzzi; bespoke soaps created from local botanicals; a Nikken Kenko sleep system; and an Alchimia Apothecary essential oil aromatherapy kit.
The lineup of complimentary weekly activities is always evolving. Those interested in local culture can partake of a micro-adventure to a local Huichol village that begins with an ancient energy cleansing ritual performed by a shaman. Of note to art enthusiasts is a guided tour of the weekly art and crafts market in nearby Marina Vallarta, as well as a two-hour art gallery tour of downtown Puerto Vallarta, and an hourlong themed art workshop with artist LeĂłn de la Vega. Founder of Estudio-cafĂŠ, a cultural center that promotes local artists, authors, and environmental activities, de la Vega's program is accompanied by tastings of Mexican wines to help get your creative juices flowing. Every evening at 6pm, guests assemble on the large terrace, which is bordered by a serpentine-shaped koi pond, to participate in an interactive activity that can range from margarita samplings to a casino night, where "winnings" can be redeemed in the boutique, which has a thoughtful selection of locally made jewelry. The boutique is also where guests can partake of the designer Handbag Bar, a program that allows guests to borrow from a revolving selection of 13 different designer handbags. 50 slmag.net
The roots of the culinary program are found in the kitchen garden, tucked away in a quiet corner of the property. Each of the 49 varieties of herbs, vegetables, and fruits are clearly marked, and in season, guests have the opportunity to select their favorite fruits and vegetables to create their own fresh-squeezed juice blend or personalized craft cocktail. Casa Velas recently launched six new five-course gourmet tasting menus at its Emiliano restaurant. Built around the cuisines of France, Italy, the Mediterranean, and Mexico, each is overseen by head chefs from its sister resort, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Distinctive food and beverage offerings also extend to the pools at both Casa Velas and the Ocean Club. Quench your thirst by choosing from a selection of nine infused teas from Casa Velas' iced tea bar. Twice a day, poolside palette carts at Casa Velas dole out the Latin American ice pop made from fresh fruit. The Coco Cart at the Ocean Club serves food and cocktails from a fresh halved coconut collected on the property. Other posh poolside pleasures include foot rubs, butler service, and manicures and pedicures. At night, the
Ocean Club becomes the ideal destination for a romantic sunset dinner. Taking advantage of dining privileges at nearby Velas resorts permits you to take a journey for all of the senses at Sen Lin, the newest restaurant to open at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. The warm and exotic environs are a perfect backdrop for an Asianinspired menu that plays on modern textures and original presentations with traditional ingredients. For a fun night in, you can opt for a gourmet DIY taco bar from room service, complete with creative meat and vegetable fillings, and sublime sauces such as Xni-Pec, made with purple onion and habanero chili peppers. Guacaholics should plan to check into Casa Velas in September for Guacamania, their property-wide celebration of the green fruit, which runs the gamut from ceviche to the spa. To up the ante on relaxation, opt for a treatment at the 6,500 square-foot SPA Casa Velas, which incorporates botanicals from the garden into many of the 60 available holistic spa treatments for face and body. Before my Harmony massage, which included hot stone therapy and lots of TLC for my tootsies, I partook of a
guided hydrotherapy journey that included prescribed time in a sauna, pressure shower, steam room with eucalyptus inhalation, and Jacuzzi. I will admit to not being a big fan of saunas, but having an attendant come in and place cucumbers over my eyes and a cooling aloe vera compress on my forehead halfway through made the experience much more soothing. While I was perfectly content whiling away my short stay ensconced in a lounge chair by the pool or the ocean, the concierge at Casa Velas can help organize unique adrenalinepacked off-property experiences for those seeking more uplifting experiences for their downtime. These include a surf and turf package that combines a six-hour fishing trip and a cook-yourcatch dinner; bungee jumping at Banderas Bay; skydiving; a babymoon package with specialty spa treatments, a photoshoot and personalized healthy dining options; and a cultural tour package with a visit to the historic town of San Sebastian del Oeste, located in the Sierra Madre Mountains. All-inclusive rates start at $268 per person per night based on double occupancy. For more information or reservations, visit hotelcasavelas.com. sl slmag.net
SEA AND BE SEEN
Clockwise from top left: Michael Aram sterling silver Ocean Caged bracelet ($1,525; michaelaram.com). Bibi van der Velden shell Bangle ($5,115; bibivandervelden.com). Roqayas Rocks Golden Reef necklace (roqayasrocks.com). Bibi van der Velden Mammoth Sea Horse ring ($5,500; bibivandervelden.com). Large Lunasea hoops from RENNA (rennajewels.com). Seal ring from DeGrisogono's Mascote Collection (degrisogono.com). Dudley Van Dyke Pisces pendant ($5,750), and Kristopher Double Albert chain ($9,800; dudleyvandyke.com). Opposite page: Annette Ferdinandsen Coral Stick earrings ($990; annetteferdinandsen.com). Breguet 9518BR Marine ladies wristwatch with mother-of-pearl hand-engraved "marea" wave motif on dial (breguet.com). Katey Walker pearl, pink sapphire, and pink conch drop earrings (kateywalker.com). Morning Glory ring from Aida Bergsen with diamonds, green garnets, enamel, coral and pearls (aidabergsen.com). Octopus ring from Caratell (caratell.com). Sea Turtle Caret earrings from Begum Khan ($15,400; begumkhan.com).
The private island called Acasi is reserved exclusively for guests of Casa San Agustin.
A SHINY JEWEL
A milestone birthday is celebrated with a trip to Cartagena Written and Photographed by Carrie Edelstein "I need to get to Cartagena to save my sister!" I'm embarrassed to admit it, but all I knew about Colombia was from the 1984 film Romancing the Stone, in which Kathleen Turner embarks on a journey to Cartagena to find her kidnapped sister. So, when my mother said she wanted to celebrate her 70th birthday in Cartagena, I was a bit apprehensive. Her requirements were "a city with rich culture, history, shopping, and a beach." A friend suggested Cartagena, and despite booking our airfare and hotel months in advance, I didn't know anything about the city until we got off the plane. It was the first time I traveled blindly and just assumed all would go as planned. Aboard the plane, I sat next to my sister and a gentleman from Chicago. He was traveling via Miami with a group of five married couples. They too chose Cartagena for its cultural appeal and the promise of turquoise beaches. He said they didn't want to "do CancĂşn" again; they wanted somewhere different, yet close to the United States. Just minutes past the airport, there was a colorful and Instagram-worthy "Welcome to Cartagena" sign on the beach. The oceanfront views were not spectacular initially. While there were umbrellas and chairs set up with dozens of beach-goers, it was clear the more picturesque areas would be a boat ride away. 54 slmag.net
After a few quick turns within the walled parameters of Old Town, we arrived at Casa San Agustin, perhaps the most beautiful and intimately luxurious boutique hotel I've ever visited. It is owned by Mr. Woods Staton, a wealthy global businessman from MedellĂn, Colombia. Behind the armed street-front gate, we were greeted by a kind and welcoming staff. After a soothing drink of cucumber, mint, and other fresh ingredients (the water is 100% fine to drink for travelers), we went up a flight of steps to our three-bedroom suite. The atrium style of the hotel, which encompasses a pool and 16th-century wall supporting the newer parts of the building, afforded a slight breeze to interject the hot and humid air; guest rooms are perfectly air-conditioned and cooled with fans. After changing into cooler clothes, we headed back outside and explored the endless streets of shops, restaurants, street vendors, and food stands. The locals were young; no one appeared to be over the age of 40, aside from a handful of business owners. We later learned that a 70-year-old in Cartagena is generally confined to a wheelchair or walker and closer to the end of life, rather than celebrating in a foreign city like my mom was.
The religious complex of La Popa dates back to 1607. The convent faced multiple attacks and invasions throughout the centuries. Today, locals make an annual pilgrimage up Mount Popa where one can see a spectacular view of all of Cartagena.
We shared appetizers at one of the many outdoor eateries which were just getting started with live music, watched horsedrawn carriages go past, and did what you do in a new city: ogle at everyone and then hit all of the street vendors. It was difficult saying "no gracias" to those sweating to make a few pesos. The next few days were filled with private guides, must-see itineraries, and magical experiences. One of our tour guides drove us up Mount Popa for a scenic view below of Cartagena as well as a stroll through the convent at the top of the hill, which dates back to the early 1600s. We learned the skyline of Cartagena is not defined by buildings for business, but rather apartment living. Later, we stopped at the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, an imposing fortress in the middle of the city from the 1500s, built by the Spaniards who had invaded the area. Lunch and dinner spots of note included Cocina de Pepina, where we had our first taste of Colombian coconut rice and local seafood, and Lobo De Mar on Calle del Santísimo. A band at the latter played a sultry version of a popular song from the '80s: "Un Monton De Estrellas," by Polo Montañez. I sensed from the crowd's reaction that this is similar to hearing an amazing local band sing Air Supply's "All Out of Love." Another nearby
One could spend an entire day roaming the streets of Getsemani, the art district of Cartagena. The walled city center is filled with vibrant decorations, mural art, and opportunities to sneak a look inside businesses and residences with open doors.
restaurant we enjoyed was Cande, which featured Caribbean food, colonial architecture and a live dance show. Many of our meals were taken in Alma, the hotel's primary restaurant. Cherry juice was a popular choice among the featured fresh juices offered each morning as part of the breakfast buffet. A must-have is the traditional Cartagena breakfast, featuring an egg inside an arepa with sausage and sweet corn bollo. Our third day was one I will likely remember for the rest of my life. We chartered a boat through Boats 4 U to take us to Acasi, the hotel's private island. I was nervous about being on a boat in the middle of the ocean without my children, and even more so when we were told at the dock that our captain did not speak English. Pointing to a young man at the check-in area who spoke English, my mom took the words out of my mouth when she asked if he could join us. The dock manager let us "abduct" Andréas, who said he was "about to have the best day of his life," as he had never been to Acasi until that day. Once the marina was out of view and the boat increased its speed, Andréas tried to calm me down by saying in a thick accent, "Yesterday you did not have this experience, and today you do, and it's going to be incredible." He was right not just about the boat ride, but the entire trip to Cartagena. slmag.net
La Gorda Gertrudis is a statue by Fernando Botero that rests in the Plaza de Santo Domingo.
Baruco By Cuzco in Old Town is one of dozens of delightful restaurants serving up Colombian cuisine with a Caribbean atmosphere.
A sampling of homemade dried and sugared fruits in different flavors for sale in the marketplace near La Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower Gate).
"The Cartagena Breakfast" consists of an arepa with egg , carimaĂąolas (a typical sausage), sweet corn bollo and local cheese.
"Adidas Superstar Colors" or Pura Apariencia, is a piece of art comprised of shoes with acrylics by Laura Castro. La Presentacion Art Gallery is on the main floor of the El Claustro Hotel House, just one block up and over from Casa San Agustin.
A typical local dish served at the private kitchen at Acasi. Staff live on the island for a month at a time, waiting to delight tourists with cuisine and hospitality.
The wall inside the pool dates back to the 16th century when it functioned as part of an aqueduct. Formerly used as an apartment building, it has been the Casa San Agustin hotel for six years.
It took about 45 minutes to get to the Islas de Rosario (Rosario Islands), which included a close look at Pablo Escobar's abandoned secret island mansion. I loved asking the tour guides to tell stories of Escobar; they were all different, filled with animation and likely embellished details. We snorkeled around the islands before stopping at Acasi. There, we were greeted by a host who led us through a short trail to a small restaurant and beachside seats where we spied just one other couple there from our hotel. The sand was soft and light, and the water was warm, calm, and turquoise-colored. After a swim, we sat down for a typical Colombian lunch with assorted kinds of seafood, plaintains, coconut rice, exotic fruits, and squid served in a coconut shell. We were told the chef stays on the island for a month at a time to prepare for guests. The next day, we toured the art district of Getsemani, once again "abducting" a local; this time, the hotel's private driver, Roberto. We gave him a list of places to take us with our guide who had greeted us without a car. In Getsemani, there is street after street of colorful walls, flowered balconies, mural art, shops, galleries, and eateries. On what would seem like a dangerous street filled with graffiti, a local approached us with a smile saying "Bienvenidos," or "welcome to the area."
From tasteful graffiti to colorful walls and flowered balconies like those in New Orleans every street is worth exploring. Don't forget to watch out for cars and bicyclists zipping down the narrow streets as you look around.
A famous Salsa singer, a Colombian Pocahontas, and various images of social movements decorate the walls at Plaza de la Trinidad. We stopped in a local gallery to see artists at work; in another, a music video was being filmed. The famed Gertrudis statue by Botero rests back in Old Town in the Plaza de Santo, near a few smaller museums. One of our favorites in that area was a rotating exhibit inside El Claustro Hotel House. We spent the last hours of our vacation shopping for emeralds. While I'm not one to shop and tell, I highly recommend the Caribe Jewelry family for quality jewels. A set of brothers owns the business, and they can make anything you'd like during your stay as well as educate visitors on how to buy emeralds and where in the world to find the best ones (Colombia, Zambia, Pakistan, and Russia). The one suggested tourist attraction we did not see? The Totumo Mud Volcano. Google some blogger experiences though, and you might leave it off your list as well. I would highly recommend exploring Cartagena. The U.S. dollar is strong, the culture is rich, the locals are extremely friendly, and it's beautifulâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; like a small European city infused with vibrant Caribbean flare. We certainly had a great time, and most importantly, our safety was never in question. sl slmag.net
KING OF THE JUNGLE The new Land Rover Defender Competes Tusk Testing to Support Lion Conservation in Kenya Written by Andre James / Photos courtesy of Land Rover Eagerly anticipated by fans of the iconic off-road vehicle, Land Rover inched closer to production of its newest iteration of the Defender with the successful completion of a demanding testing program in Africa. Carried out at the Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya in partnership with Tusk, a prototype Defender—fitted with an integrated raised air intake and wrapped in a camouflage design devised for the surroundings—helped to track radio-collared lions and transport supplies. The Conservancy, one of Kenya’s largest, is home to some of Africa’s most iconic and endangered species. The sanctuary utilizes a holistic mix of tourism, ranching, and other enterprises to support the livelihoods of the human population while enhancing the integrity of the ecosystem. Tusk operatives were able to put the Defender through its paces in a series of real-world scenarios that included river crossings, towing heavily-loaded trailers, and negotiating challenging terrain 58 slmag.net
encompassing flat plains, deeply rutted tracks, steep rocky inclines, muddy river banks, and dense forests. “Working with our partners at Tusk in Kenya enabled us to gather valuable performance data,” said Nick Collins, Vehicle Line Director for Jaguar Land Rover. Charles Mayhew MBE, Chief Executive of Tusk, added: “The new Defender took everything in its stride, from deep river wading to climbing rocky trails.” Land Rover has been an official partner of Tusk for 15 years. While the test program was influential in tweaking the new Defender, it also presented an opportunity to highlight the critical situation faced by lions across Africa. Over the past century, the number of lions living in the wild across the globe has dropped from 200,000 to less than 20,000. Today, black and white rhinos outnumber the big cat in Africa. The new Land Rover Defender is scheduled to make its world premiere later this year. sl
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Clockwise from top left: Irene Neuwirth turquoise Lilly of the Valley hoops ($18,740; ireneneuwirth.com). Hueb Romance earring with pearl drop (hueb.com). Large Signature Swinging hoop earrings from Rush Jewelry Design ($3,830; rushjewelrydesign.com). Brick Brigade hoops from Era Jewelry ($880; erajewelrydesigns.com)
Clockwise from top left: Bianca hoops from Marrow ($3,250; marrowfine.com). Gemstone hoop earrings from Bassali Jewelry (bassalijewelry.com). Motty hoops from Nora Kogan ($2,860; norakogan.com). Lotus Samsara floating hoops from Ananya (ananya.com). Jemma Wynne Prive pearl and diamond hoops ($5,460; jemmawynne.com).
A TWOFER FOR TOWNEND AT THE LAND ROVER KENTUCKY THREE-DAY EVENT
The prestigious event is one of six annual Five Star Eventing competitions in the world, and the only one held in the United States Written by Caylee Matthews / Photos by Tony Bailey Following a nail-biting finish decided by the last jump, Great Britain’s Oliver Townend became just the fourth person to defend his title in the 41-year history of the Land Rover Kentucky ThreeDay Event. The prestigious event was staged at the Kentucky Horse Park, the only theme park in the country dedicated solely to horses. Townend logged a perfect performance in show jumping aboard Cooley Master Class, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse he has been riding since the horse was four. “We’ve had the horse from the word go, and it’s a huge team effort,” said Townend. “So much effort goes into it, not just on my part. The horse has had a checkered career, and we’ve finally got him on top form. We’ve always believed in the horse, and it’s thanks to everybody at home putting in a huge team effort. It was just my job to push the buttons at the right
point in time. I couldn’t be more proud of the horse and the whole team.” Originally staged around the world to test the fitness and finesse of cavalry mounts, today the sport is an equestrian triathlon, consisting of three distinct elements: Dressage, CrossCountry, and Show Jumping. The winner is the horse-and-rider combination with the fewest combined penalties in each of the disciplines. Governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event has been ranked as a Five Star Eventing competition, designating the highest level of competition that has been awarded to only six events in the world. Referred to as “The Best Weekend All Year,” the event also serves as the Land Rover/USEF CCI-5*-L Eventing National Championship presented by MARS EQUESTRIAN.
At the Land Rover Kentucky event, riders vie for their share of $400,000 in prize money as well as the elusive $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to the rider who wins Land Rover Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton and Land Rover Burghley Five Star Events in succession. Townend took home a check for $130,000, a one-year lease on a Land Rover Discovery, and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch. Following his fault-free show jumping round riding his 12-year-old Trakehner gelding, owned by Christine Turner, American Boyd Martin finished in second place. Speaking of his 64 slmag.net
steed, Tseterleg, Martin remarked, “He’s probably not the fanciest horse here but he’s an absolute gutsy little trier, and that counts for a lot.” Tim Price of New Zealand riding Xavier Faer rounded out the top three. When they aren’t taking in the action, fans shop and browse the nearly 200 booths in the Sponsor Village and International Trade Fair. Land Rover also sponsors a tailgating competition and off-road test drives. A fundraising dinner benefitting the event’s official charity, The Bluegrass Land Conservancy, as well as a twilight 5k race are included among the varied spectator experiences. The 2020 event is scheduled for April 23-26. sl
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KEEPING UP WITH THE NEIGHBORS Williams Creek Revisited
Written by Neil Charles/Photography by Rachel Lutz In the July/August 2012 edition of this magazine, we featured a spectacular guesthouse, known (with a hint of irony, perhaps?) as The Cottage, created by designer Julie Boutilier and architect Bill Sickmeyer, that we still consider to this day a benchmark for quality of execution and audacity of design. After all, how many homes can boast a full-sized basketball court, complete with 27-foot ceiling – underground? Now, seven years on, we are revisiting the main home that dates from around 2009, although the porte cochère and mullioned windows might suggest a bygone era. Like the rest of this secluded neighborhood, the home’s exterior harkens back to the elegance and formality of the 1920s. Feeling the need for an update, and to perhaps bring the house more into line with its exquisite guest accommodations, the owner recently 66 slmag.net
commissioned Boutilier and her team to perform a much-needed makeover. With worn Brazilian cherry wood floors throughout and a dark kitchen with limited storage space, orange granite and a large copper hood, the owner was looking for something more contemporary that would accommodate a love of cooking and entertaining. “We wanted to lighten up the space,” explains the designer. “Once you tear up the floor, you also need to replace all the cabinetry, so this became a complete remodel.” As principal of Cornerstone Interiors, a firm she bought from her mother in 2012 having already achieved considerable success in her own right, Boutilier heads a gifted and innovative team of professionals, including lead designer Monica Due, whose work was integral to this comprehensive remodel. “She comes with a wealth of knowledge and a huge amount of talent,” says Boutilier.
Designer Julie Boutilier
Beginning at the bottom, the remodeling team replaced the old floor with top quality engineered ¾” white oak, creating a unified look throughout the various living spaces. In the dining room, Boutilier decided to do something different, knowing that she wanted to create an accent, but preferring not to use carpet. “I had been in Paris at the Louvre, and I saw this wonderful diamond pattern on the floor,” she explains. “I brought it back to our hardwood person, and we played around with the design and used that as our guide.” The library, formerly a somewhat dated space finished entirely in brown-stained poplar, offered an opportunity for
the design team to push the envelope a bit. Learning that the owner’s favorite color was blue, Boutilier decided to paint the room in a very rich and deep twilight gloss. The resulting finish resembles Japanese lacquer and lends a subtle impression of translucency. The designer wanted the fireplace to be a focal point, so the painters finished it in a cream shade from the same manufacturer, with the mantel a contrasting deep gray. Executed flawlessly, this intriguing room, with its ergonomic chairs and ottomans in front of the fireplace and spectacular artwork, is a marvel of meditative tranquility. Needless to say, the owner was thrilled with the results. slmag.net
Back in the kitchen, the new focal point of gatherings and events, the team pulled out all the stops, creating a welcoming space rich with unique design features that seamlessly merge aesthetics with functionality. Being such a large room, the kitchen could easily have felt cavernous, so contrasting elements were introduced to create a sense of intimacy. Repeating motifs, such as chevron-patterned Italian veneer, were used on the back of the thirteen-foot-long island and on the cabinets housing the refrigeration. Functional mirrored cabinets above the fridge and freezer reflect light into the room, while the units themselves are custom-painted to match the décor. The bespoke range hood was fabricated in Indianapolis. As for the island, it is well-equipped with outlets for charging phones and computers, as well as a separate coffee bar at one end, for which a dedicated water supply was plumbed, so it is never necessary to fill the coffee maker. The bar also dispenses sparkling water for those who prefer bubbles. The sink, a five-
foot behemoth, is so large that it requires two sets of faucets, and comes equipped with a collection of inserts that range from a cutting board to a taco prep area to an ice chiller for serving shellfish. A built-in pullout shelf provides instant access to the blender for the family’s daily smoothies. Boutilier says that projects as encompassing as this one define her own purpose. “If I have had a part in creating joy, peace, and order in a person’s life, I have met my life’s mission that I incorporated into Cornerstone. Create. Serve. Love. If we have done this, there isn’t anything else to be done.” With its extraordinary attention to detail and highest possible standards of workmanship, this exquisite remodel combines the contemporary with the timeless. Further proof, if it was ever required, that one does not need to travel to the coasts to find designers and artisans of such exceptional quality. Everything we could possibly want is right on our doorstep. sl
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COCKTAILS ON HIGH The Peninsula Chicago Continues to Impress Written by Jeffrey Cohen Since our last visit to five-star The Peninsula Chicago, this iconic establishment has continued to elevate its hospitality, services and programs to an even higher level of luxury. Offering an exemplary itinerary that is nothing short of magical, the exclusive Peninsula Academy program is packed with some of the city’s quintessential sights, sounds and tastes, providing guests with VIP access to incredible only-in-Chicago experiences. Having already availed ourselves of several of its bespoke activities, my wife and I were looking forward to trying the hotel’s new rooftop lounge, Z Bar, as well as taking advantage of a host of additional attractions. This year, these include preparing authentic Cantonese dim sum with an expert chef, and boot camp with a former Navy SEAL. Both sounded equally daunting. Greeted by name at the curb, we were first escorted to the lobby on the eighth floor, and then on to our corner suite, where the soothing palette of blues and greys reaffirm a sense of tranquility, even in the heart of the busy, jostling Magnificent Mile. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular views of Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan, not to mention the private lives of local residents, I confess to briefly feeling like James Stewart’s character in Rear Window. Our first order of business was a leisurely lunch on the patio at Peninsula's Pierrot Gourmet. This cozy European-style café and bistro offers a taste of Paris with a warm farmhouse-inspired decor featuring rustic wood panels and wrought iron accents. Outside, tables surrounded by colorful flowers face bustling Rush Street, providing top-notch people watching at any time of day. Having recently returned from The Peninsula Paris, we experienced a pleasant touch of déjà vu as we enjoyed one of the best quiches we have ever tasted, accompanied by a perfectly iced rosé that proved an ideal foil to an unseasonably warm spring day.
Noted mixologist Vlad Novikov pours one of his craft cocktails at Z Bar
An afternoon stroll led us to an exceptional early dinner at the West Loop’s overachieving Monteverde. We then headed over to the Music Box Theatre for a dose of contemporary film noir, before ending a most enjoyable evening with a couple of Painkillers at Three Dots and a Dash, an ultra-cool tiki joint tucked away off N. Clark Street. The following morning, it was all aboard for a little sightseeing by way of a 90-minute Chicago Architectural Foundation River Cruise on First Lady Cruises, part of Peninsula’s Keys to the City program. The boat tour up and down the Chicago River sheds an unexpectedly fresh light on the city’s everchanging, soaring skyline, along with stunning views of landmark
skyscrapers and iconic buildings like Marina City, the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. That afternoon, following a brief dawdle to shed our sea legs, and a spot of casual lunch at The Publican in Fulton Market, we ventured into the pre-rush hour traffic for an exclusive custom tour with celebrated historian Liz Garibay, an encyclopedic authority on the history of Chicago, in the hotel’s 1946 Packard Clipper. Our chauffeur assured us that this beautifully maintained vintage vehicle would attract plenty of attention; he was right. As we soaked up Liz’s anecdotes and facts about the city’s fascinating history and stunning architecture, we also took pleasure in the admiring looks on the faces of passers-by. I wish all my history lessons had been like this.
A view of Z Bar's elegant interior
Z Bar offers an inventive menu of small plates and snacks, as well as a luxurious Sunday brunch
When we finally glided to a stop back at our vertiginous home away from home, we settled in for a refreshing cocktail or two on the rooftop bar - a Manhattan Royale for my wife and a Paradis Sazerac for me. A recent addition to the hotel’s already exceptional dining options, Z Bar offers innovative cocktails and cuisine showcasing bold global flavors. Peninsula’s ownership often names its restaurants in honor of key staff; Z Bar pays homage to Chicago general manager Maria Zec, the group’s first female GM (and a Purdue graduate originally from Indiana), and features illustrations of her beloved pet pugs. Boasting unrivaled views, the terrace is an ideal perch from which to admire the Windy City’s wonders; with nothing more than a transparent glass wall separating our table from countless feet of air, and being somewhat afraid of heights, I made certain to position myself well away from the edge. On our second full day, a casual stroll through a number of art galleries whetted our appetite for a superb dinner — a multi-course parade of stunning dim sum at Peninsula’s sleek Shanghai Terrace. Steamed dumplings, potstickers, seafood, and an entire Peking duck served with all the traditional accoutrements made a procession to our table during the course of the evening. Fabulous unfiltered sake, just slightly sweet, provided the perfect accompaniment. An early riser, I made sure to take full advantage of the hotel’s beautifully appointed fitness center each morning, while my wife
enjoyed sleeping in, with the exception of a visit to the soothing spa - a highlight of the stay for both of us. Here, guests refresh mind and body with an extensive menu of services inspired by Ayurvedic and Asian philosophies. Massage options range from the Hot Stone Massage, which I can personally recommend, to the blissful Marma Massage. The spa is complemented by amenities including an indoor half-Olympic length swimming pool with stunning views of the city, a relaxation lounge with a fireplace, and a yoga room. As was quite obvious throughout our visit, service is king at The Peninsula Chicago. The first hotel to bring traditional ideals of Asian hospitality to the midwest, its entire staff, from management to housekeeping, goes well out of its way to ensure utter and ultimate guest comfort. Between its forwardthinking accommodations and the Academy programming, the Peninsula offers the definitive Second City experience, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler. And although our stay provided a perfect and much-needed couple’s getaway, we noticed several families (with nattily dressed children), prompting us to consider a family visit next time. Perhaps then I’ll pluck up the courage to try the Navy SEAL experience. Or maybe I’ll just stick to the gym. sl For more information, visit www.peninsula.com, or www.zbarchicago.com
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LOW COUNTRY STYLE The Northside Social Reinvents its Menu Written by Neil Charles / Photography by Rachel Lutz At The Northside Social, the hub of a three-restaurant cluster (the other two being The Northside Kitchenette and The Nook By Northside), flavor takes pride of place. It’s the kind of place where you actually go to eat the food, not immortalize it on social media. For the past decade, this well-regarded establishment, under the guidance of co-owner Nicole Harlan-Oprisu and partners Tim Oprisu and Bill and Nancy Ficca, has offered a diverse menu of boldly traditional American cooking with more subtle Mediterranean influences. Clearly not targeted towards the attention-seeker or superficial Instagrammer, this is dining created for folks with the appetite and taste for hearty flavors. Portions are generous, and flavor combinations assertive. During those ten years, Northside Social has become something of an institution, beloved by its many regular customers for the consistently high quality of the cooking, the creative cocktail selections and the well-thought-out wine and beer lists. “Close enough to Broad Ripple to be cool, but far enough away to find a parking space” is how the owner describes her prime location on College Avenue: right in the middle of an affluent, settled neighborhood, but removed from the nocturnal chaos a few blocks to the south. Being an institution comes with its own challenges, however. “It’s wonderful to have been here for so long, and it’s not unusual to see the same people in here or at the Kitchenette or Nook five days a week,” says Nicole. “But there comes a time when you have to reinvent yourself, and try to reach a new clientele while retaining the regulars; otherwise you just become known as that place that’s been there forever, and your business inevitably suffers.” Not enthusiastic about having Northside Social become a museum piece, and eager to immerse herself and her long-serving staff in a more stimulating culinary environment, Harlan-Oprisu, with Chef Dean Sample, has completely re-imagined and reworked the menu based upon classic dishes from the Low Country of the Carolinas and Georgia. With the popularity of Charleston as a food destination, and the absence of comparable menus anywhere else in Indianapolis, the decision is bold, yet inspired.
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Designed to attract younger, more adventurous diners from further afield, the new menu offers a diverse range of dishes that draw heavily on the gastronomic riches of this unique coastal region. “It’s a mixture of African, Creole and French traditions with a lot of seafood and bold flavors that we don’t necessarily have in our local cuisine,” says the owner. “It’s the freshest ingredients prepared with very traditional techniques.” Chef Dean Sample, a veteran of local restaurants including Meridian Restaurant & Bar, is thorough in his research, visiting the Low Country at every opportunity. “I try to eat at all the best places for traditional food, ranging from the hole-in-the-wall joints to the James Beard award restaurants,” he says. Although the cooking might appear simple, there are often many steps involved, lending complexity and depth to sauces and preparations. Fish bellies are smoked before being added to stock; the sauce for the redfish is built on Gulf shrimp shells, while the flesh of the shrimp makes its way into the finished dish. Although Chef Dean often uses a roux as a base, it is a far lighter treatment than one might find in traditional southern cooking: additional thickening comes from blending the mirepoix of onion, carrot and celery after a long and slow braise. There is also a generous use of spices usually found in Indian cuisine, such as cumin, coriander and allspice, that are also a staple of Island and Creole cookery. “Having one focal point sets us apart from the crowd,” the chef explains. “You see that regional focus a lot in foreign cuisines, but not so much in American dining, because here it’s such a culinary melting pot.”
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Many dishes on this ambitious menu dazzle with their profound flavors, refined spicing and melting textures. The shrimp and grits is an absolute standout: the sauce velvety with just a perfect degree of heat; the grits from Weisenberger Mill in Kentucky are perfectly al dente, while house-made tasso ham lends a savory, subtly smoky note to the proceedings. There’s an utterly more-ish whipped pimento cheese with n’juda, accompanied by pickled okra and the puffiest pork rinds I have ever seen in these parts. Although there are only three desserts, they are all indispensable; the coconut pot de crème, a fluffy, irresistible confection, is impossible to abandon once tasted. “Like eating sunshine” is how the owner describes it, and she’s right. While the restaurant is only open for dinner and drinks, lunch is served six days a week next door at the Northside Kitchenette, a light and airy space opened in 2010. Offering a lighter menu of sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes from eight to three, it’s a popular eatery with the mostly local crowd. In addition, the more recently added Nook serves a tempting selection of madeto-order pizzas and pasta dishes in the evening. sl For more information, visit www.northsidesocial.com, www.northsidekitchenette.com, and www.northsidenook.com.
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Rev, presented by Fifth Third Bank at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 4, is the signature event for Indiana University Health Foundation. NTT IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan and wife Lauren Kanaan served as honorary co-chairs, alongside event chair Melina Kennedy. The event included 70 restaurants, 25 entertainment acts, 3,100 guests, and over 300 volunteers, as well as Indycar Drivers, Indy Lights drivers and racing legends. In its six years, Rev has raised over $3 million dollars. Proceeds support IU Health trauma and critical care programs statewide, providing care for drivers and patrons at the IU Health Emergency Medical center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as for patients in need of critical care. 6 4
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SOPHISTICATED GIVING CHARITY REGISTER LAUNCH
The 2019 Sophisticated Giving Charity Register launched with a celebration April 17 at the Indiana Design Center. The Charity Register, published by Sophisticated Living magazine, highlights the work of more than 65 nonprofits in central Indiana, and was made possible by the gracious support of National Bank of Indianapolis, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, and Shapiro’s Delicatessen. VIP guests enjoyed a cocktail party with specialty cuisine from Ambrosia, Blu Moon Café, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, Sangiovese Ristorante, Mailinia, Northside Social, and Illinois Street Food Emporium, while Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine provided live music.
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JANE SEYMOURâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S OPEN HEARTS GALA
Actress Jane Seymour hosted the Open Hearts Gala benefiting Wheeler Mission on April 13 at the Lucas Estate. This was the first Open Hearts Gala held outside of Beverly Hills and there are plans to make it an annual event. The gala was co-chaired by Katie Lucas and Allison Melangton, with emcee Fanchon Stinger and auctioneer Eddie White. A live performance by Ashley Campbell, daughter of the iconic Glen Campbell, topped the touching evening that raised over $300,000 to benefit the homeless women and children of Wheeler Mission. 8
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The 6th annual 500 Prelude benefiting the Survivors of Violence Foundation was held on May 8 at Prime 47 in downtown Indianapolis. Established by Dr. Gregory Chernoff and patient Royia Grizzell in 2002, the Foundation provides scar improvement treatments and reconstructive surgery for people with disfiguring scars or wounds caused by injury, violence, or abuse. The Foundation is grateful for the ongoing support of Mario Andretti, Linda Vaughn, Nancy George, and the Hulman George Family. Drivers and racing legends attended and supported the event, including Mario Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Bill Simpson, Tony Stewart, Ed Carpenter, James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato, Charlie Kimball, Ed Jones, Scott Dixon, Colton Herta, Spencer Pigot, Kyle Kaiser, and Michael Steinbrenner IV. The Foundation thanks event emcees Lindy Thatston, Laura Steele, and Eddie White and major event sponsors Prime 47, Bill Simpson Designs, and Reis Nichols. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prelude raised more than $30,000 for the Survivors of Violence Foundation.
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For decades, Goodwill has hosted an annual event honoring the achievements of its employees, students, families, and partners. On May 10, nearly 800 people attended Goodwill's Awards Breakfast at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than ever before. The event featured the stories of six award recipients who overcame a number of different challenges, including criminal history, drug addiction, homelessness, limited education, and more. The featured speaker was Tom DeBaun, mayor of Shelbyville, who was instrumental in bringing The Excel CenterÂŽ, Goodwill's high school for adults, to his community. Visit goodwillindy.org/achievers to see why attendees are calling this event "truly inspiring." 6 4
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CHUCKSTRONG TAILGATE GALA
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay generously donated $1 million of the more than $1.8 million raised â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a record â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at the annual Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala on May 9, which benefits cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano returned to Indianapolis for the gala at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. The 500 guests included representatives from both the Colts and the Chicago Bears, where Pagano is now the defensive coordinator. Since the Chuckstrong initiative began in 2012, nearly $7.5 million has been raised for cancer research at the IU Simon Cancer Center. 6 4
1) David Weiner, Howard Friedman 2) Lori Efroymson-Aguilera, Paco Argiz, Sergio Aguilera, Jamie Gibbs 3) Chuck Pagano, Pat Loehrer 4) Benny Weidberg, Peggy Throgmartin, Mary Maxwell, Billy Walsh 5) Kaddy Davis, Pat McAfee, Beth Ann Kennedy 6) Alexis, Ambria, Eddie White, Mariah, Lexi 7) Ahmad Thomas, Amy Willis, Jalen Collins, Carren Geppert, Chris Milton, Jessica Galloway, Kemeko Curry 8) Cindy and Vince Todd 9) Janel and John Corbin 10) Cris Rivas, Amber Senseny, Jamie Renbarger, Deb Hutchison 11) Rick and Debbie Bartlett, Lori Nichols, Rhonda Bremen, Joe Bridwell, BJ Nichols 12) Lindsay Gross, Tori Pagano, Jeremy Conley, Tina Pagano, Ali Walradth, Duston Foxen
$1.86 MILLION FOR IU CANCER RESEARCH! That’s how much the 2019 Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala raised for research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. We’re grateful to all our donors, but especially to Colts owner Jim Irsay for his extraordinary $1 million gift—and to DEEM Mechanical and Electrical, for contributing an incredible $250,000!
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The Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University presented the 15th Annual Indiana’s Campus Superstar 2019 on April 14 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Singers from all backgrounds, representing the full spectrum of musical genres, competed for a variety of prize packages, culminating in a $5,000 grand prize. This year’s winner was Terica Anthony. Several past winners of Campus Superstar have gone on to professional music careers, and include a recording artist and a Broadway performer. The Helene G. Simon Hillel Center trains the leaders of tomorrow’s Jewish community and helps students find meaningful ways to connect to the Jewish community. Hillel also promotes diversity education and understanding on the IU campus.
1) Gayle and Jerry Ancel, Nicki Felix 2) Phil Lande, Lee Borinstein, Arlene Grande, Kathy Cohen 3) Jess Goldblett, Jay Lewis, Mason Greenberg 4) Steve Nahmias, Randy Nahmias, Noah Glazier 5) Diane Lutz, Margo Fox, Judy Sosin 6) Donna Nelson, Judy Laikin, Charlotte Zuckerberg, Shelley Frisch, Myra Echt 7) Dick and Barbara Levanthal, Laura Steele, Marianne Brinson, Louie Snyder 8) Debby, Sam, Ben and Jonah Grant 9) Yvette Winfrey, Travasha Runyon, Candace Winfrey, Tony Winfrey 10) Rayce Nahmias, Helen Nahmias 11) Arlene and Neal Jacobs 12) David Glass, Shelley Kahn 13) Roger Snyder, Ruthie Snyder, Cynthia Yosha-Snyder
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JDRF FASTER TOWARD THE CURE HOPE GALA
The JDRF Indiana State chapter hosted its annual Hope Gala on May 11. The theme for the evening was Faster Toward the Cure, honoring local entrepreneur and car enthusiast Steven J. Cage. Steve was presented with the Living and Giving award while his son, Spencer, was presented with the T1D Champion Award. With a silent and live auction, and multiple donations, the event raised a record-breaking $1.3 million for JDRF, including a generous gift from Steve Cage. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. 6 4
1) Tony and Jennifer Dzwonar, Mike Manion 2) Rich and Emily Boits, Amber and Edwardo Garcia 3) Linda Gann, Bijon and Carrie Jalaie 4) Pam and Dan Gorgol, Ilya Yuffa, Valerie Adamson 5) Clay Cage, Kyle Moore, Spencer Cage 6) Audra Caldwell, Julie and Rick Davis, Dana Caldwell 7) Steve Briggs, Cyndi Court, Steve Cage, Gary Waters, Barb Skinner 8) Kevin and Diane Kinder 9) Elizabeth and Daniel Philpott 10) Addie and Michael Taylor 11) Eleanor Lorton, Becky Cage, Brad Schildknecht 12) Bill and Sue Ringo, Sarah and John Lechleiter 13) JJ Nelson, Amy and Tony Robinson, Margaret Trimer 14) Richard and Stephanie Grinage, Connie and Doug Brunne
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