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From the Publisher When I was considering whether or not we should start Sophisticated Living, I asked a lot of people what they thought of the idea of starting a magazine for high net worth St. Louisans. I showed them examples of similar magazines from other cities, and told them why I think this type of high-end print media was succeeding nationally and why I thought it would work in St. Louis. What did they say? Tey asked a lot of questions, told me all the reasons it would fail, and wished me luck. (As a serial entrepreneur and ex-New Yorker, I wasn’t surprised.) It’s certainly too early to know if we’ll be a long-term success, but the magazine is off to an incredible start. Perhaps it’s the right idea, or just a good time to do it, but let’s put it this way, I would have started it sooner if I knew it would go this well. We are hearing success stories from our founding advertisers, lots of positive feedback from readers, and we continue to add an impressive list of luxury brands to our ad partner roster. While the initial anecdotal surveys should have scared us of, it appears that St. Louis has been dying for something like Sophisticated Living but didn’t know it until St. Louisans saw it. And this brings me to the point. St. Louis has a rich history of pioneers and entrepreneurs – from Clark to Lindbergh to Busch -- but as a city with an enormous amount of old money, we have slowed our innovation and too often play it safe. Until recently. There is more happening here than any other time in my 25 years here. Te Busch’s are back in the brewing business and we have a large number of excellent micro brews that continue to thrive and expand. Downtown is alive (thanks to the low rents during a down economy) with new ventures, new residents, and a thriving creative community. We are attracting some of the top chefs in the country back to their hometown and St. Louis now gets more foodie attention on the national level than most other Midwestern cities. And Jazz St. Louis is one of the most successful not-for-proft Jazz organizations in the world, when just a few years ago outof-towners knew more about our jazz legacy than we did. I hope this magazine is just one example of someone starting something new and succeeding. Great things are on the horizon, and I hope others take calculated risks to invent our future. My favorite t-shirt company in Cabo San Lucas is named “Die Trying” and I have always been inspired by this simple and irreverent idea. Tis is a new time for St. Louis when a phenomenally well-educated, well-funded, and well-traveled group of people will dispel their risk aversion, and invest in our collective future.

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MAISON & OBJET For the international design community, all roads lead to Paris for this biannual trade show Written by Bridget Williams He l d t w i c e a ye a r i n Pa r i s , t h e M A I S O N & O B J E T exhibition draws an international crowd of the who’s who in the interior design community. The most recent event, which took place from January 18-22nd, featured six distinct to-the-trade shows spread out over nine halls of the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center. With it’s unique focus, scènes d’intérieur served as the international meeting place for high-end interior design professionals. In this hall a total of 225 exhibitors used bold and often avant-garde interior design innovations to stand out among collections of the most prestigious manufacturers and houses, some of which have been in business for centuries. Encompassing everything from arts and crafts to furniture, accessories and fabrics, the constellation of exhibitors also


included some of the greatest names in fashion: Fendi Casa, Roberto Cavalli, Etro Home and Rick Owens to name a few. Ralph Lauren Home, which does not take part in any other trade show in the world, chose MAISON & OBJET to mark its 30th anniversary, while Rosita Missoni was on hand to support the launch of the latest Missoni Home collection. Famed Parisian lingerie designer Chantal Thomass partnered with ceramics manufacturer Rometti to produce a collection evoking her glamorous imagination, made up of ribbons, bows, braid, lace and guipures. In the same spirit of collaboration, Daum unveiled a new glass collection by Japanese fashion designer Manae Mori, while La Cristallerie Val Saint Lambert presented a collection signed by Studio Job, an award-winning design studio based in Antwerp.

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Baccarat has long understood the benefts of collaborating with designers, and showcased pieces by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. Christofe featured a new collection of silver plated fatware by Marcel Wanders, co-founder and art director of the successful design label Moooi as well as a line of accessories rendered in precious metals by French designer Ora-Ïto, returning to the themes of his previous designs for the brand. Porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud celebrated its 150th year in design by launching a series of pieces executed in collaboration with from contemporary artists such as Sophie Calle, David Lynch and Jef Koons. Among the many design luminaries featured at scènes d’intérieur were a number of smaller frms who used the show as a springboard to showcase their expert combination of high-


quality materials, innovation and creativity. London-based Sè, which exhibited at the trade show for the frst time, embodied the ambition for excellence with furniture created by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. Craftsmanship of the highest order was found among the artisan stands of Sylvie Guyomard, who presented her subtle marquetry in slate and metal, Marie-France De Crecy, whose elegant embroideries were reminiscent of hautecouture, poetic blown-glass by Pascale Riberolles, and fabrics and accessories of Refejos De Mi Tierra, which refected the expertise of Argentine craftspeople. Now in its 10th year, the MAISON & OBJET éditeurs trade show brought together the most representative roundup of players from the high-end manufacturers of wall coverings,

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wallpaper, paint, brocades and rugs. A recurring theme among many of the exhibitors in the segment was the close link between fashion and interior design. Designers Guild, for example, presented collections for Ralph Lauren and Christian Lacroix, while Fornasetti was in the spotlight at Cole & Son. Te colorimeter was of the scale for collections from Lori Piana, the Robert Allen Group, Farrow and Ball and Romo. Also present as strong focus was the infuence of historic fabrics on new collections. Not simply a reissue of old motifs, designers reinterpreted classic patterns and colors to interact with the contemporary imagination and art of living. Ian Sanderson ofered a collection inspired by 1930s fabrics, while Toiles De Jouy launched an outdoor fabric imbued with a famous 18th-century motif.

The dual aspect of retro futurism was a creative movement found in the collections of Kenzo for Delorme, John Robshaw and Linum, among others. The first aspect celebrates the past through vintage geometric patterns, as well as tartan, stripes and checks. Washed-out efects and faded colors, as well as a focus on lace, embroidery, pleats and overstitching emphasized this nostalgia. The second movement is more forward-looking, with choices of fnishes and glossy efects evoking the future. Hall 8 held now! design Ă vivre segment, in which leading industrialists and fashion houses mingled with designers who came to present their work, from furniture to objects, either as part of a consortia or independently. Attracting specifers and buyers from department stores, specialty boutiques, concept


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stores and multi-brand furniture distributors, now! design à vivre has become a vital outlet for the emergence of new designers and collections and a place to gauge trends. Talent and expertise went hand-in-hand at craft, the arts and crafts area, which presented a selection of 180 craftspeople and designers who embody a form of expression that is perpetually reinvented, refecting strong and powerful imaginations. Each stand in the sector was an encounter with a work, an expertise, as well as a journey and an exceptional personality. Côte Déco contained four sectors ofering and exhaustive overview of prevailing trends in interior design, ranging from furniture to the smallest accessories. One segment of the sector is most noted for amassing a contemporary collection of furniture, lighting, rugs, accessories and decorative objects unrivalled anywhere in the world. 28

Home accessories are MAISON & OBJET’s core products and a major trend at the 2013 event was the evolution of a new niche market – the masculine art of living. A total of 35 exhibitors presented a collection of decorative objects, unusual gifts, well-being products and fashion accessories as an objective response to the modern man’s search for elegance. Increasing numbers of creative and responsible exhibitors are featured at MAISON & OBJET, and in response a “Fil Vert” (Green Teme) pathway was launched in 2010 to better identify those exhibitors taking a sustainable development approach. In 2013, organizers chose to highlight the CO2-free paints from Fernob, candles made from frying oil by Nahan, We Are Nothing’s handbags fashioned from old fre hoses, Marron Rouge’s seat-belt poufes, wooden radios by Fine Ecodesign and Cocomosaic, who creates walls and upholstery from coconut. sl


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Wine Closures

Written by Scott Harper, Master Sommelier

‘Cork versus alternative closures’ would probably be a better name for this article because there are certainly more ways than one to close a bottle of wine. Gone or at least mostly gone are the days when a bottle of wine sealed with a screw cap was considered inexpensive plunk. Now wines from every country, every price level, and every quality level are sealed with a variety of closures – not just cork.

also able to be transferred into the wine from barrels in the wine making process, but according to the cork industry they have dramatically reduced the incidents of TCA; while other sources state between 1% to 15% of natural closed wines have TCA. While TCA does not pose any health risk, it certainly poses a risk to wine drinking and could be construed as a winery’s bad wine instead of a faw from the cork.

What is a cork? Natural Cork is the name given to the bark of the Cork Oak tree; this bark is stripped of to make wine bottle corks. A common fallacy is that the tree dies after the cork is harvested, when in actuality the average life of a cork tree is between 170 and 200 years. Furthermore, after the bark is harvested it regenerates and can be harvested about every nine years. With all factors included, a cork oak tree will yield around 17 harvests. The majority of the world’s cork comes from Portugal, with Algeria, Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, and Tunisia making up the balance. Cork has been used since the 1700s to seal bottles of wine. Corks are biodegradable and recyclable.

Issues with alternative closures. While alternative closures are all but a guarantee of no TCA, most consumers do not understand TCA is the largest reason for the alternative closure. Many still think it is because it is more afordable or because it is an inexpensive winemaking technique; the consumer feels uncomfortable on special occasions opening an alternative closure as they are at risk of seeming cheap. Occasionally, screw caps get stuck and require real strength to open. Some other closures simply catch consumers unaware of how to open the bottle. Lastly, what will be the long-term efects of aging a fne wine for 30 years with an unproven alternative closure?

What is an alternative closure? Most screw caps are aluminum closures that thread on to the neck of a bottle. Screw caps are the most used alternative closures and have taken off in the last 10 years. Crown caps are the same closures you see on beer bottles and are used in the sparkling wine industry for the closure during the secondary fermentation, capturing the coveted bubbles. Vino-Seal or Vino-Lok are two of the names used for a closer that makes an airtight seal; these closures remind you of a liquor bottle closure, but instead of being made from cork and plastic, they are made of glass or acrylic. Synthetic corks are made from plastic and in the same shape/size of natural corks. Tese represent the vast majority of today’s alternative closures and most are recyclable.

Benefts of Natural Cork. Natural Cork is a traditional, if not a formal way to close and therefore open a bottle of wine without it appearing inexpensive or cheap. Natural Cork has a proven track record for long term aging so there is no fear (other than TCA) of what may happen to an aged wine. Cork is biodegradable, recyclable, and a renewable natural resource.

Issues with natural corks. A bottle of wine can be tainted by a cork. It was found that if a fungus was present on a cork and the cork was cleaned with a chlorine solution, those two elements could come together and create 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole (TCA). Many people call a TCA-tainted wine ‘corked’ or having cork taint. Te result of TCA is a wine with the smell and favor of must, moldy newspaper, wet dog, or old, wet cardboard. TCA can also mute and reduce the aromas and favors of wine, taking away the characteristics the winemaker fought so hard to achieve. Cork producers have eliminated the use of chlorine and have replaced it with hydrogen peroxide, but corks with TCA still exist. TCA is

Benefits of Alternative closures. The most important benefit to alternative closures is the guarantee that there is no cork taint because there is no cork. TCA is unlikely, but still possible due to other issues at the winery. Screw caps are easier to open and do not require any special tools. Other alternative closures use very simple tools such as a bottle opener. Tis lightens the formality and ease of appreciating a bottle of wine. Most alternative closures are recyclable. I personally like alternative closures, but I also appreciate the timehonored tradition of natural corks. I say make room for both! sl

A Certifed Wine Educator, Scott is one of 118 professionals in North America and 186 worldwide who have earned the title Master Sommelier.


Curating a Lifestyle: Taste of Home

Written by Amelia and Jef Jefers

Tis fne miniature blanket chest earned a western Virginia attribution due to the distinctive stylized fower motif found on other inscribed pieces from the region. Te exuberant decoration and fne, untouched surface make this example a stand out. It sold at Garth’s for $41,125.

If the taste of mint brings back memories of days at the Derby, you have probably spent some time in Louisville. From Cincinnati? Te thought of a “Four Way” chili may fll you with the warmth and sweetness of a Saturday night family dinner at Skyline. Is your idea of barbeque a thick sweet sauce poured over spare ribs? Yep, you must be a St. Louisan. And, who doesn’t associate the wonderful favor of jambalaya with New Orleans? Drive down the main street of any city or town, and you can usually identify a local cuisine or culinary favorite - simply by looking for the local eatery with the most cars in the lot. Tune in a bit more to your surroundings, and you should notice architectural distinctions that speak to the early history of the area. If you are lucky (and, it’s a Saturday night), you can pop


into a bar and catch the latest tunes from a hometown music sensation. It is the cumulative efect of these tastes, sights and sounds that contribute to the identifable culture of a region. In the world of art and antiques, these characteristics manifested in construction and design elements that developed shortly after settlers in a region overcame basic survival concerns. Some collectors are willing to pay top dollar when they fnd a work that exemplifes a region to which they identify. Often, as appraisers, we are asked: how do you know where it was made? Determining the origin of a piece of furniture, pottery or painting is not so diferent from associating a favor with a region. Like food, architecture and music, the material culture (all the “stuff ” people use in their daily lives) is often

Left - An inlaid cherry Kentucky sugar chest, circa 1820 with star and string decoration. Tis example sold at Garth’s for $7,520. Center - Tis horn cup was presented to Kentucky militia General Green Clay after he successfully defended Fort Meigs (Ohio) during a critical battle of the War of 1812. Tis signifcant piece of Ohio Valley history came to Garth’s from a collection in St. Louis, where it had traveled from the Clay Plantation in Kentucky. It sold for $38,775. Right - An eponymous example of regional signifcance on material culture, the furniture from Soap Hollow, Pennsylvania is distinctively decorated and wildly collectible. With three top drawers, bold decoration and a strong signature, this “Cadillac” example brought $132,250 at Garth’s, setting a record price for the category.

infuenced by the geographic character of the area, ethnic and religious makeup of the population, indigenous materials and accessibility of major centers of commerce. Regional design was heavily infuenced by style makers in major cities, with craftsmen in smaller towns developing their own version. Some elements were lost, some gained - with the loose interpretation known as a “vernacular” or “colloquial” style. When a style can be readily identifed by comparing an unknown example to documented pieces, we can begin to understand the material culture of an area. Attribution does not have to be so technical, however. Tiger maple chest? Most certainly made in New England, Pennsylvania or Ohio - why? That’s where the wood was found. Kasten (or, schrank, depending upon your preference):

nine times out of 10 it was made in Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey as both words translate from Dutch (and German) to “cupboard,” and those areas had large numbers of immigrants in the 18th and 19th centuries. If you are looking for a way to refine your collecting taste, consider a regional focus. Serving your favorite bread pudding from a new (old) southern sideboard will add an element of sophisticated authenticity that will serve up a healthy helping of nostalgia for any guest. sl Amelia and Jef Jefers are the co-owners of Garth's Auctioneers & Appraisers, an international frm located outside Columbus, Ohio.


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More than Machu Picchu

Written by Bridget Williams

View of Cusco from the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site. Photo by Eric Williams

Peru’s diverse cultural treasures and ancient wonders form a fascinating network equally intriguing as its most famous site Te ability to tick one of the boxes on my bucket list by visiting Machu Picchu was the impetus for my visit to Peru, but what I didn’t expect was the City in the Clouds would be just one, among many highlights, throughout the duration of our wanderings in the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca regions. We discovered so much, in fact, we had to make the experience a two-part story. Like many people these days, I began planning for my trip by conducting online research, during which, it became quickly evident the services of a tour company would be advisable to make the most of what I hoped would be an epic adventure. After reading the good, the bad, and the ugly of reviews for countless tour operators and after initial online inquiries, I settled on Kensington Tours for their ability to custom-tailor an itinerary that most suitably met my varied criteria: soft adventure opportunities and an even softer pillow on which to rest my head each night!


After a few back-and-forth interactions via email and phone with Kensington’s South American destination expert, Noraly Barillas, I received a link to a proposed itinerary that promised a comprehensive tour of Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, all with a private guide and vehicle. Each day’s schedule was outlined frst in bulleted summary form and later in expanded detail on subsequent pages, which allowed me to research each tour stop and proposed accommodation. With the itinerary settled, we booked about three months in advance of our mid-October travel date, at the tail end of peak season and just prior to the rainy season, November-April. Considering that the only way to reach Machu Picchu is via a four-day hike or a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (the closest town to the ruins) and the area’s elevation ranges from 8,500 – 11,000 feet, it’s advisable and enjoyable to spend a day or two in Cusco for an altitude adjustment.

A grassy terrace provided an ideal view of the nearly empty site just before sunset. Photo by Eric Williams


More than Machu Picchu

Palacio Nazarenas

Tourism is a well-oiled machine in Peru – demonstrated by the massive assemblage of taxi drivers and sign toting tour operators just outside the terminal in Lima. Tis is the moment that always makes me hold my breath in anticipation and just a bit of worry. In this instance it was just a split second as I easily spied a smiling man holding a large printed sign with my name on it in a sea of handwritten ones. After exchanging pleasantries, Christian Chang whisked us across the street from the terminal to the Hotel Costa Del Sol Ramada. We convened briefy in the lobby to go over our welcome packet with all of the tickets we’d need over the course of the next eight days before turning in for a very brief rest. Like many airport hotels, this one was spare but clean and comfortable. I wouldn’t want to spend a week here, but it was easy for our early morning fight to Cusco the next day. Even though he’d left us at 2am the night before, Christian was back at the hotel by 6am with our boarding passes in hand to walk us back across the street to the terminal. Prior to takeof, we took his advice and had a cup of mate de coca tea; an


herbal tea made using leaves of the coca plant and purported to help ward of altitude sickness. Te historic capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the southeastern Peruvian city of Cusco receives nearly 2 million visitors each year. We were met outside the tiny airport by Meliton, our contact in Cusco who related points of interest and places we’d be wise to avoid, en route to our hotel, Palacio Nazarenas, the newest member of the Orient Express hotel portfolio in the Peru. Located in a quiet, cobblestone plaza behind Cuzco’s central square, the Plaza de Armas, and next to another Orient Express property, the opulent and lauded Hotel Monasterio, the architecture of Palacio Nazarenas, a former convent and palace, is simple, austere, and elegant. Notifed in advance of our impending arrival, we were greeted at the door by our personal butler who presented me with a bouquet of local flowers and ushered us to our room to complete the check-in process. A foating wall with a fat-panel television mounted on either side separated the living room and bedroom in our Grande Suite.

Indulgent bathrooms at Palacio Nazarenas boast a soaking tub and separate shower with rain shower head and body sprays, under-foor heating and Peruvian travertine marble décor.

A bedroom in the Grande Suite at Palacio Nazarenas.

Te interior design was serene and appropriate to the magnifcently restored building’s humble roots. Hand painted details adorned the vaulted ceiling and plaster walls, while wall niches served as a receptacle for objects that gave a nod to Catholicism. Richly colored textiles comprised the upholstery and accent pillows. Passing through the bedroom furnished with an iron, four-poster bed, there was a large walk-in closet with both silk and terrycloth robes, an even bigger bathroom with fluffy, monogrammed towels, an oversized soaking tub, and separate shower with rain shower head and body sprays, under-foor heating and Peruvian travertine marble décor. Two sets of six-pane windows fanked by blue painted shutters overlooked a central courtyard landscaped with indigenous fowers and kitchen herbs. Te tranquil sound of fowing water emanated from a multitude of fountains as well as a steady stream of water that is pumped through water channels designed to mimic irrigation channels found throughout the Sacred Valley and at Machu Picchu. Though tempted by the complimentary cocktail bar stocked with rum, Peruvian pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice,

egg whites, and recipe cards to whip up signature cocktails, I opted for even more coca tea to accompany a welcome plate of gourmet chocolates in the hope that it would counter an altitudeinduced headache. Enjoying our modifed high tea, we explored destination information pre-loaded on an in-room iPad. Palacio Nazarenas has the unique distinction of laying claim to Cusco’s first outdoor heated swimming pool. Located within the largest of seven cloistered terraces, the pool area, which also includes the Senzo Bar and Restaurant, serves as the social hub of the hotel. While it was a treat sitting poolside at lunch savoring a fresh, colorful salad and surveying the surrounding rooftops and hillsides, our fivecourse dinner later that evening inside the candlelit restaurant was the culinary high water mark of the entire trip. Every detail – from the chilled hollowed-out stone that held butter striped with cocoa and salt to accompany the warm bread service, to each of the colorful, inventive and artfully plated courses so lovely that it (almost) seemed a shame to disturb their composition – was absolute perfection!


More than Machu Picchu

A religious festival outside the Church of la Compañía de Jesus in Cusco.

Street scene in Aguas Calientes.

Bright and early the next morning (I’d told Noraly at Kensington I’d rather spend my time exploring than sleeping), we were collected at the hotel by Rossio Echarri, our most knowledgeable guide for the day who escorted us on a private, full day tour of Cusco’s cultural, historic, and archaeological points of interest, including the impressive walled complex of Sacsayhuaman, built by the indigenous people of the Killke culture around 1100 AD. It’s hard not to stand in wonderment at the precise ftting of the massive stones (the largest of any building in prehispanic America) comprising the terrace walls. Positioned on a steep hill, the expansive site boasts panoramic views of the city. Strolling the Plaza de Armas, we happened on a religious festival outside the Church of la Compañía de Jesus, during which hundreds of festively costumed dancers swayed in unison to the rhythmic drumbeats. A persistently patient street peddler (there are many), who couldn’t have been more than nine-yearsold, fnally convinced us to buy his wares after he rattled of the names of US presidents (in order) all the way back to Richard Nixon! I came to realize quite quickly one major beneft of a private guide was the ability to stray from the itinerary if an alternate activity piqued our interest, like our impromptu stops to visit several artisans.

On day three we were picked up at 6:30am for the 1.5-hour drive to Ollantaytambo where we boarded the royal blue Hiram Bingham Orient Express for the scenic ride to Aguas Calientes. Te highly polished interior of the train car and the crisp white linen tablecloths certainly seemed at odds with my dressed down hiking attire. There was a convivial atmosphere among the passengers throughout the duration of the journey, and by the time we arrived at the station, everyone had become fast friends. The train station presented a scene reminiscent of the airport in Lima, with people from all walks of life (and levels of personal hygiene) coming and going. Once again, a Kensington Tours sign with my name on it stood out among the chaos. After a short walk through the craft and bric-a-brac vendors encircling the station and picking up some bug spray, at our guide’s request (one of the best pieces of advice we received judging from bug-bitten extremities of many we passed), we joined the queue of those waiting for a bus to Machu Picchu. The 30-min ride gains 2,000 feet of elevation via harrowing switchbacks; when a bus passed in the opposite direction you’d be hard pressed to ft a sheet of paper between them! You can also reach the entrance by foot, taking a strenuous trail that dissects the switchbacks and loosely follows the 1911 route of Hiram Bingham.


Hotel Sumaq is the only fve-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town closest to Machu Picchu.

Passing through the entry and into the complex was an amazing moment, only slightly marred by the feeling I was at Disneyworld because of the huge crowds and the multitude of languages being spoken. Sensing my slight disappointment, our guide told me, after our tour, he’d show us the perfect vantage point and if I’d wait until just before closing, I’d get to experience the view as it’s portrayed in countless books and magazines. One thing to keep in mind is there are no explanatory signs, which reduces visual clutter, but those without a guide are left looking at a lot of expertly engineered rock structures with no idea of their function or significance (I noted more than one group who expressed frustration at this trip planning misstep). For a primer, visit the small Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón, located at the end of a long dirt road near ruins detailing the history, culture, and rediscovery of the site. We peppered our guide with questions during our twohour tour, after which we adjourned for a late lunch at the Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant in Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located just outside the ticket booth. The only other choice for those who don’t opt for the bufet is an expectedly overpriced concession stand, as outside food and drinks aren’t permitted (though we had no problem bringing in bottled water). Following lunch we took the trail-less-traveled to

the Inca Bridge – a relatively easy hike that culminates at an impressive piece of architecture – a stone path cut into a clif face that is partially built up by a tower of stones. Te 20-foot gap in the path – with a nearly 2,000-foot drop in-between – was designed to be bridged by tree trunks that could easily be removed to stop intruders. After exploring every nook and cranny to our satisfaction, we sought out the spot recommended by our guide: a grassy terrace above the ruins and patiently waited, watching the interplay of light and shadow on the ancient stone structures. Just before sunset, the crowds dissipated and there it was – the magical moment I’d traveled so far to experience. Enveloped by towering, verdant mountains whose jagged peaks snag cotton-candy clouds, the town of Aguas Calientes caters to the throngs of visitors with a host of lodging and dining options at all levels of quality and service. Hotel Sumaq, positioned near the boulder-strewn banks of the Vilcanota River, has the distinction of being the only fve-star hotel in the small town. Committed to sustainable tourism, the property immerses guests in the local culture through its architecture and interior design, cuisine, and authentic custom-designed experiences. A coca sour in the Suquy Café Bar proved to be a good tonic for our aching muscles, as was the hearty Peruvian-


More than Machu Picchu

Each of the 21 suites and two villas spread over 2.5 lushly landscaped acres at Hotel Rio Sagrado by Orient Express are oriented to overlook the Urubamba River.

style dinner with heavy American influence orchestrated by chef Rafael Piqueras. The sound of the river rushing over the boulders just outside our window provided a wonderful soundtrack for a peaceful night’s sleep. We’d turned in our bus tickets to Machu Picchu the night before and two staf members from Hotel Sumaq waited in line for us at the bus stop at 5:30am so we wouldn’t have to. An hour later, the bus stopped in front of the hotel, the staf members hopped of, and we took their seats. Among the frst to arrive, we headed to the trailhead for Wayna Picchu – the prominent peak seen behind the ruins in most photographs. Planning ahead for this experience is essential as only 400 people are given tickets to attempt the ascent each day. Dually strenuous and exhilarating, hiking shoes and stamina are a must, but the bird’s eye view of the ruins and the chance to stand at the edge of a several thousand foot drop, are well worth it. After summiting and catching your breath, I’d advise taking the much less traveled trail to the Temple of the Moon, located a few thousand feet below the peak, where a ceremonial shrine with niches, purportedly used to hold mummies, has been built into a large cavern. Following the return train to Ollantaytambo, we bedded down at Hotel Rio Sagrado by Orient Express. Ideally located


between Cusco and Machu Picchu, each of the 21 suites and two villas, spread over 2.5 lushly landscaped acres, have riverfront views of the mighty Urubamba. The property’s riverfront orientation makes it appear rather non-descript from the street side, especially for those arriving after dark, as we did. Rooms are best described as rustic contemporary, pared down to white walls with vaulted lashed-beam ceilings. An orange velvet upholstered headboard and local textile bedspread enlivened the décor. Doors led to a private terrace. Te chic bath included a two-person rain shower with a rear glass wall to savor the river and mountain views. Recycling bins and toiletries, in large bottles, help reduce and reuse waste. We rewarded ourselves for another day of hiking by seizing on a last minute cancellation and indulging in a couples massage at Mayu Wilka, the onsite spa. Relaxed and hungry we took a short walk along a Jasmine-scented walkway to El Huerto, the hotel restaurant. Tis area of the country is known for a wide variety of high-altitude potatoes of all shapes and sizes as well as 40 diferent kinds of corn, and a variety of indigenous ingredients, including four local trout options, played heavily into the menu. Since we’d arrived at night, the next morning we were awed by the sunrise view of the river and mountains, whose scrubby brown/green vegetation were in stark contrast to the

Te Maras salt mines.

A Paso horse show accompanied lunch at Wayra Ranch.

lush tropical environs in which we’d found ourselves just a day earlier. After breakfast we were reunited with Rossio, our guide in Cusco, for a full day of exploring the Sacred Valley. Our frst stop was Inca Pisac, an impressive and expansive set of hillside ruins that encompass military, religious, and agricultural structures. Clear societal and functional delineations, evidenced in the layout and styles of architecture, provide a comprehensive overview of daily Inca life. Pisac is considered the regional center of artisan silver jewelry production, and in the colorful, bustling market, Rossio steered us to the most reputable artisans (should you be so inclined a two-hour hike leads from the aforementioned ruins to the market). An abundant al fresco lunch of grilled meats, empanadas, and the like served family style at Wayra Ranch was accompanied by the thundering hooves of Paso horses who “danced” to the rhythm of ‘la merinera’, the national dance of Peru, in unison under the direction of their Peruvian caballeros. Te exhibition culminated in a beautiful duet between one of the riders and a lovely senorita. A long trip down a dusty dirt road led to the Maras salt ponds, operated communally by local villagers since pre-Inca times. Te intricate mosaic of several hundred collecting pools, terrace down

the hillside along with a carefully controlled fow of water from a nearby natural salty spring. As water evaporates from, the salt crystals form on the inner surfaces of the pond’s wall and foor. When water fow is shut of, the pond goes dry, the salt is harvested, and the process repeats itself. The most amazing spectacle is observing men of small stature hauling bags of salt weighing in excess of 100 pounds up the hillside, balancing on pond sidewalls so narrow I had trouble staying upright unencumbered! As we headed to the day’s fnal destination, the Moray Incan Ruins – a series of enormous concentric terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is 98 ft deep, creating a temperature diference of as much as 27 degrees from top to bottom – our driver took a number of “shortcuts” on dirt paths through miniscule towns way off the tourist grid. Children in school uniforms herding sheep, sleeping babies wrapped in slings while their mother’s tended to the felds, and a man with a time worn face taking an afternoon siesta in the doorway of his adobe home – these moments of exploration provided a memorable glimpse of a robust culture whose daily lives are so diferent from my own. sl Sources Kensington Tours,, 888.903.2001; Palacio Nazarenas, palacionazarenas. com; Hiram Bingham Train,; Hotel Sumaq,; Hotel Rio Sagrado,; Wayra Ranch,


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Rugged and Refined Te All-New Range Rover Written by Bridget Williams


Pomp and pageantry heralded in the worldwide debut of the AllNew Range Rover during a star-studded launch party held at Te Royal Ballet School in London this past September, followed by a world tour of special events including reveals in Paris and Los Angeles and a unique partnership with the American icon, Airstream. Lean and green(er), the fourth generation of the iconic Range Rover is the world’s first SUV with a lightweight, all-aluminium body produced in a new, state-of-the-art, lowenergy manufacturing facility at Solihull, UK. With over £370 million invested by Land Rover, they have created the world’s largest aluminum body shop.

“Launching the All-New Range Rover represents a major milestone for Land Rover, being the first exciting output from an unprecedented investment in premium vehicle technologies,” said John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director. “The new Range Rover preserves the essential, unique character of the vehicle – that special blend of luxury, performance and unmatched, all-terrain capability. However, its clean sheet design and revolutionar y, lightweight construction have enabled us to transform the experience for luxury vehicle customers with a step change in comfort, refinement, and handling.”


Still instantly identifiable as a Range Rover, the newest incarnation boasts a smoother and more streamlined profle. Te 15-foot long car has nearly fve additional inches of legroom than the outgoing model. “When we were developing the new Range Rover, we had a duty to protect that DNA while at the same we needed to be bold in moving it forward for a new generation.” said Land Rover Design Director & Chief Creative Officer, Gerry McGovern. Among the industry-leading innovations is the nextgeneration version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response System, which analyses the current driving conditions and automatically selects the most suitable vehicle settings. An all-new, state-ofthe-art, lightweight suspension architecture delivers class-leading wheel travel while providing exceptional wheel articulation and composure to deal with the toughest conditions. Traction and dynamic stability is provided by the proven Range Rover full-time, intelligent 4WD system, with a two-speed transfer box working in parallel with the sophisticated, electronic traction control systems. Other performance enhancing technologies that add to the driving experience while improving safety include: electric 50

power assisted steering enables park assist, intelligent emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with new closing vehicle sensing, reverse traffic detection warms drivers of potential collisions during reversing maneuvers, and a surround camera system. The line-up features an Autobiography 4.4-litre SDV8, Vogue 3.0-litre TDV6 and two Autobiography models powered by the 5.0-litre LR-V8 supercharged gas engine, both paired with a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Weight savings throughout the chassis and driveline helps the 510PS LR-V8 supercharged model to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 5.1 seconds, a reduction of 0.8 seconds over the outgoing model. At the same time, fuel consumption has been cut by 9 percent. Te new Range Rover’s environmental credentials will be further enhanced by the introduction of a state-of-the-art, high-efciency, diesel hybrid model later in 2013. True to the Range Rover DNA, the new model features the unique Command Driving Position, placing the driver in an elevated, upright seating position – typically over 3.5 inches higher than other premium SUVs – to provide a supreme sense of confdence and control.


Te new Range Rover’s unmatched breadth of capability is also refected in its tremendously strong structure with enhanced body geometry for: all-terrain conditions, wading depth (which has improved by 200mm to 900mm), and its position as the best towing vehicle in its class with a 3,500kg trailer capability. To ensure exceptional durability and reliability, the new Range Rover was subjected to Land Rover’s punishing on-and off-road test and development regime, with a fleet of development vehicles covering countless thousands of miles over 18 months of arduous tests in over 20 countries with extremes of climate and road surfaces. Land Rover teamed up with Airstream to take part in the ultimate road-trip to one of the highest points in Africa. With an Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminum travel trailer hitched to its electrically-deployable tow bar, a Range Rover Autobiography with a 339PS SDV8 engine drove from Airstream’s European home in the English Lake District, to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco - and back. Often on the move for more than 12 hours a day on every type of road and driving


condition imaginable, the Rover rose to the challenge of towing the two and a half ton Airstream 3,676 miles in just 11 days. “Half way through Spain, we encountered horrendous side winds, the type that sees articulated trucks tipped onto their side, but the Range Rover’s Trailer Stability Assist meant any sway in the trailer was dealt with before it ever started”, said Ben Samuelson, whose frm Samuelson Wylie Associates planned and executed the trip. Te luxurious interior has a modern and pure character, incorporating distinctive Range Rover design cues, but with a fresh and very contemporary treatment. Te cabin's strong, architectural forms are emphasized by extremely clean and elegant surfaces executed using the fnest leathers and veneers. Te interior is packed with a full suite of premium features to provide both front and rear seat passengers with the same peerless luxury experience. Notable amenities include power upper and lower tailgates, cooler compartments, an exclusive Meridian surround sound music system, a full digital instrument cluster, a central eight-inch touch-screen with

Dual-View functionality, seamless connectivity package for mobile devices, upgraded seating with multi-mode massage, the exclusive new Executive Class rear seating package, and the latest LED illumination for subtle and sophisticated ambient lighting, including the ability to change the color scheme to suit the driver’s mood. Those who order an All-New Range Rover have the option of purchasing an exclusive multimedia handover experience that takes place at Land Rover’s Solihull factory in a dedicated building that evokes the look and feel of a highquality boutique hotel. Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Global Brand Experience Director - Land Rover, explained: “This facility has been designed to provide customers with the opportunity to come into direct contact with our brand. It offers an intimate setting while delivering bespoke and premium experiences using the latest technologies to ofer the very highest levels of customer service.” After being greeted by a personal concierge, guests will be ushered through a series of experiences culminating

by stepping into a dedicated room where their new Range Rover will be spectacularly unveiled using cutting-edge 3D projection technology that silhouettes the build of the car over the customer’s vehicle. Dramatic lighting and Meridian audio sound is added to the mix to create a full sensory experience. Following the reveal, customers will have the option of a factory tour and be able to drive at the Land Rover Experience of-road driving center. John Edwards, Land Rover Global Brand Director said: “This is a vehicle that will take us to the next level of success. Range Rover is our flagship and a true British success story; designed, engineered, and built in Britain. Its distinctive design, breadth of capability, and class-leading refnement and comfort has always made it unique. When we asked our customers what they wanted us to change, they told us ‘don’t change it, just make it better’. We set out to create not just the world’s fnest luxury SUV, but the world’s fnest luxury vehicle.” The 2013 All-New Range Rover is priced from $83,545 ( sl


Places in Paint

Written by Bridget Williams

A new book ofers a retrospective of Peter Williams’ 50-year career

The Bluegrass of Kentucky is a long way from artist Peter Williams’ Kiwi roots. Throughout the journey from New Zealand to his adopted hometown of more than 20 years, the plein air painter has captured polo, fox hunting, steeplechasing, thoroughbred, and even camel racing in various locales around the globe. He is a versatile artist who paints flower gardens, vintage automobiles, nudes, cityscapes, rodeos, and nautical scenes with equal enthusiasm. Always oil painting from life makes Williams unique in his ability. He believes spontaneity and freshness bring poetry to art, a quality lost when painting from photographs. He paints quickly with a sure hand and deft brush strokes – all the while


conversing with the ever-present gaggle of bystanders looking over his shoulder, who soon learn his wit is as expeditious as his hand. Te passion he maintains for his craft is infectious, even inspiring his own children to attend art school and later paint scenes from life alongside their father. A chance meeting with New York gallery owner Richard Stone Reeves, who specialized in equine art, led to Williams being commissioned to paint racing scenes; a successful collaboration that lasted fve years. At the outset of this enterprise, Williams expected he would cross paths with many artists who, like him, painted only from life. However, over the past 50 years he can recall meeting only two. His trackside ubiety and outgoing

personality has led him to become known as the unofcial artistin-residence for both Keeneland and Churchill Downs. In Peter Williams Retrospective: Paintings and People Dear to Me, edited by Fran Taylor and designed by Suzanne Dornman, snapshots of dignitaries and friends (most with paintbrush in hand “enhancing” the artwork-in-progress) share the spotlight with the rich variety of paintings. From presidents to queens, jockeys to movie stars, dear friends and family – all get a quip or quote from Mr. Williams. Make no mistake, however, it is an art book and the paintings, over 160 of them, ofer a true artist’s view of the world. If you are lucky enough to catch him at a signing, he may draw a little sketch as he personalizes your book. He will be in

the Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky areas through the spring racing season – with Keeneland and Churchill Downs already lining up signings for the big race days during their meets. He will also be arranging a U.S. exhibit for later in 2013 to ofer a group of his personal collection of paintings for public sale. “After a while, you realize that you can’t take them with you and you bloody well aren’t going to live forever!” he says with a twinkle in his eye. Don’t bet on this Kiwi to be cashing in his chips any time soon -- he’s having too much fun! Published by West High LLC, Peter Williams Retrospective: Paintings and People Dear to Me is available for purchase at sl


Best Foot Forward

. e l y t s g in r p o s t n i g n i March drew Kung

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(Page 56) Annette Gortz 18 Dots Dress and Graph Pant ( Attilio Giusti Leombruni ballet fat ( Hublot ‘Big Bang Tutti Fruitti Caviar’ 41mm wristwatch ( (Page 57) Lef, ‘Emery’ Hat by Christine A. Moore Millinery ( ALC ‘Howell’ top and stretch leather pant ( Chan Luu necklace ( Rolex Lady Datejust in yellow gold from Simons Jewelers. Claudia Ciuti ‘CCal Freda’ pump ( Right, ‘Malorie’ Fascinator by Christine A Moore Millinery. La Roque dress in Pink Carousel print (shoplaroque. com). Eric Javits croc clutch from Neiman Marcus. Jack Rogers ‘Claire’ rope wedge sandals from Saks Fifh Avenue. (Page 58) Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2013 beaded gown ( Valentino Bridal Crystal-Coated Satin platform pumps from Saks Fifh Avenue. (Page 59) Nicole Miller foral sequin gown from Neiman Marcus. Plume de Paon emerald and diamond earrings and necklace from Boucheron, special order through Neiman Marcus. (Page 60) David Yurman sunglasses from Erker’s Fine Eyewear. VPL ‘Pectoraus’ dress ( 18k gold and diamond ‘Cristina’ band by Erica Courtney from Ylang Ylang Fine Designer Jewelry. Gumuchian ‘Gallop’ bangle in 18KT pink gold and pave diamond from Simons Jewelers. (Page 61) Left, Vince blazer, BCBG ‘Nikko’ top, 7 for all Mankind ‘The Skinny’ floral jean and Saint Laurent ‘Y Clutch’ in blue leather, all from Saks Fifth Avenue. Attilio Giusti Leombruni ballet flat. Right, Chanel optical (chanel. com). Elva Fields necklace. Theory ‘Tivona Rokel’ blazer, Alice + Olivia Dot sleeveless shift and Saint Laurent ‘Petit Cabas Y’ in yellow leather, all from Saks Fifth Avenue. Cartier ‘Baignoire’ watch, mini model, from Simons Jewelers. Claudia Ciuti ‘CCal Freda’ pump. (Page 62) RAOUL dress ( (Page 63) Marks + James Tweed ftted jacket and skirt and Stuart Weitzman ‘Platswoon’ pumps, from Neiman Marcus. (Page 64) Lef, Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Nanette Lepore Sandstorm jumper and duster coat from Saks Fifh Avenue. Claudia Ciutti ‘CCall Freda’ pump. Right, Ali-Ro ‘Alice Bloom’ dress and Stuart Weitzman ‘Platswoon’ pumps from Neiman Marcus. Dior VIII Baguette 35mm watch ( (Page 65) Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2013 peplum dress. Valentino ‘Noir Rockstud’ slingbacks and David Yurman ‘Midnight Melange’ stackable bangles from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Photography: Andrew Kung Stylist: Catherine Jones Hair & Makeup: Nick Carter Models: Anna Hurst, Sarah Mattingly SOURCES Erker’s Fine Eyewear – 9717 Clayton Road, Ladue, MO; 314.997.0002; Neiman Marcus – Frontenac Woods Ln., St. Louis, MO; 314.567.9811; Saks Fifh Avenue – Frontenac Woods Ln., St. Louis, MO; 314.567.9200 Simons Jewelers – 8141 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO; 314.725.8888; Ylang Ylang Fine Designer Jewelry – 1701 South Lindbergh Blvd. Ste 81, St. Louis, MO; 314.567.5555;


Classic Cool Tis contemporary condo brings the best of European design to St. Louis Written by Barbara Hertenstein Jacobitti Photography by Alise O’Brien

As warm sun pours in through sheer curtains eight foors above the city, Todd Lannom’s home feels a bit like a ship sailing calmly in an ocean of gold. Spare, contemporary style adds to the serenity. Lannom and his partner, Brian Clore, arrived to choose their apartment on the frst day Conrad Properties made the condos at 4545 Lindell available. “Tey just had a trailer set up in the lot for presales,” Lannom says, and thinking ahead, the company had hired a crane to take a photographer up to several foor levels to show clients what the view would be. And quite a view it is, from the Gateway Arch to the east, sweeping through mid-city to the south, with a glimpse of the art museum on the horizon and views of Clayton’s towers to the west. “We see some great lightening and thunderstorms from up here,” he says. Tey were hoping to get the 9th foor, but arrived just minutes too late, so tagged their 8th foor condo and crossed their fngers that their balcony would extend enough to clear the buildings along side. It does. Tat settled, the real work began. Waiting for the building to go up, and knowing they would be given the keys to an empty box, they had hundreds of decisions to make. Every surface: foors, walls, doors and more, had to be chosen. Every piece of furniture and lighting was planned for the 2200 square-foot space. Because Lannom is co-owner of the upscale contemporary furniture store, Centro, when it came to choosing furniture, he was, as the English say, spoiled for choice.


Architect Lou Saur designed the striking building at 4545 Lindell, which was developed by Conrad Properties.


Left; In the master bedroom are a few family pieces, including a mid-1950s dresser and cabinet, a gift from Lannom’s parents. Te vases were collected by Clore. Right; Guests are greeted in the entry by a chair by Gerrit Rietveld of the Netherlands. Te pendant milk-bottle light is by Tejo Remy for droog Design.

Traveling to Milan and other European capitals at least once a year for the furniture shows, Lannom sees the newest of the new in furniture and lighting, cutting edge design that brings shoppers to the Central West End shop. A few favorite pieces make their way into his home. “I’m surrounded by lots of things in the store,” he says, so he fnds it more relaxing to have just a few favorite pieces in his own home. Lannom, who moved to St. Louis in 1992 after growing up in Cincinnati, had always been interested in design. “My father made furniture, mostly Shaker, so I learned about joinery and all that. And I grew up going to open houses with my family. But I’d never been exposed to the kind of furniture I saw at Mossa when I arrived here,” he says, referring to St. Louis’ frst truly contemporary furniture store. “I liked it right away. It was a step away from surface decoration, to a modern, minimalist look.” Owner Dwight Reum hired Lannom to work at Mossa. “Dwight taught me the industry. He took me to the shows in Milan and I sat in on the meetings with the vendors.’’ After Reum died in 1996, Lannom continued at Mossa for a time, then later teamed with Ginny Stewart, who had been running Centro, selling furniture on a commercial basis. The partners took the Italian name, pronouncing it the Italian way, “Chentro” (how could you not, after all those trips to Italy?), 68

and opened their store in July 1998. Tey stocked it with classic modern furniture and new contemporary designs. “A lot of the things we’re selling are in museum collections today,” he says, and in his home as well. But before the furniture, came the box. With the help of architect Phil Durham of Studio Durham Architects, they kept track of measurements down to the millimeter to be sure the satin-smooth glass doors being shipped from Italy would fit exactly foor to ceiling, and the sculptured tub would slide into the space between the bathroom wall and shower. “Many contractors say it’s harder to do modern,” Lannom says, because you can’t cover gaps or mistakes with molding and such. Perhaps the most eye-catching surface is the striated Greek Olympia marble that covers the wide kitchen wall. Its subtle gray lines are repeated in the horizontal ridges of the cabinets by Driade Chef of Italy. A hanging metal shelf holds china. Faucets throughout are sleek German designs by Dornbracht. Te foors are covered in dark gray rectangular ceramic tile from Italy, as are the walls in the baths. Te color scheme is monochromatic throughout, with pops of color. Te gray L-shaped sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia has removable hemp fabric covers that are attached with Velcro and easy to remove to clean or change.

A chandelier by Gino Sarfatti hangs over a round black table whose edges can be folded down to turn the circle into a square. Natural saddle leather chairs are by Mario Bellini for Cassina.



Striated Greek Olympia marble covers the wide kitchen wall. Its subtle gray lines are repeated the horizontal ridges of the cabinets by Driade Chef of Italy. A hanging metal shelf holds china. Stools by Philipp Mainzer for e15 of Germany. Faucets throughout are sleek German designs by Dornbracht.


A minimalist aesthetic and monochromatic color scheme create a serene atmosphere in the living room. Pops of color come from carefully placed green cushions by Antonio Citterio. An Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni hangs over the L-shaped sofa also by Citterio for B&B Italia. Lounge chairs are by Vitra of Germany. Te wood bench is a limited edition piece by John Pawson for When Objects Work of Belgium.

Te master bedroom is dominated by Antonio Citterio’s B&B Italia bed dressed in gray and white. A green chair of knotted fber by Marcel Wanders for droog Design for Cappellini adds a touch of whimsy.


Te foors and walls of the bath are covered in dark gray rectangular ceramic tile from Italy. Te tub is made of Cristalplant by Agape. Te standing mirror is by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini.

The newest addition to the living room is a low, hanging walnut cabinet by Philipp Mainzer for e15 of Germany. “It took a long time to decide what to put there”, says Lannom. “For awhile the TV sat on a hand-me-down piece of furniture. We just couldn’t decide what we wanted there.” Above the cabinet, a wide TV screen seems to foat on the white wall, with no cords in sight, thanks to help from Lannom’s father who opened space in the wall to hide them inside. Details, details. Always worth the trouble. Centered in the dining area is a round black table whose edges can be folded down to turn the table into a square. Natural leather chairs are by Mario Bellini for Cassina. Te library holds Clore’s piano and shelves stacked with design books.

The bedrooms include a few family pieces, including mid-1950s dressers and shelves, gifts from his parents. But it’s Citterio’s B&B Italia bed dressed in gray and white that makes a statement. A shot of green comes from the quirky, knotted fiber chair by Marcel Wanders/droog Design for Cappellini. “I don’t want to live in a period room,” Lannom says. “Tere are so many new and exciting designs.” And as each new piece appears, you can be sure a few of them will fnd a home in this stylish condo overlooking the city. sl Barbara Hertenstein Jacobitti is a former style editor, food editor and reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she covered interior design, the decorative arts, travel and other feature subjects for that newspaper and various national magazines.


MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS Te Cheshire’s restaurants get a major update – and so does the bill of fare Written by Judith Evans Photography by Carmen Troesser

Maine Sea Scallops with Sweet Potato Puree, Toasted Hazelnuts, Blood Orange and Butter Sauce.

What’s old is new again at the restaurants and watering holes of Te Cheshire, the venerable and newly reopened Tudor-style hotel on Clayton Road where St. Louis City meets St. Louis County. “You get so many stories,” said Rex Hale, corporate chef for LHM Inc., which bought the Cheshire in 2010. Diners share memories of weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and in one instance, a special dinner that wasn’t. A woman came to dinner 41 years after she and her husband had been turned away because he wasn’t wearing a jacket. It was her frst time back, and Hale gave her the grand tour before she sat down to dinner. “ T h i s p l a c e h a s s u c h a h i s t o r y i n St . L o u i s , i t’s unimaginable,” he said. He surveyed old menus and sourced local producers when working on the fare for Te Restaurant, the most formal of the hotel’s four dining venues. “It’s not fancy food, it’s straightahead food with great ingredients presented well,” he said. “You 74

can come twice a week if you want, and we get that. We want people to come back.” Executive Chef Patrick Connolly described Te Restaurant as an American chophouse. “It’s not a steakhouse per se because we have a smoker, and a rotisserie. Te food is a little more sophisticated than a steakhouse. It’s a very American dining experience.” The centerpiece of The Restaurant’s menu is the “Throw Backs” section, with updated versions of the foods Te Cheshire was known for. “Te Restaurant’s customers are mostly people with a strong memory of Te Cheshire,” Connolly said. “I think that’s a major draw.” Prime rib is an enduring favorite. Chef Hale rubs it with a blend of seasonings and roasts it on a spit in the rotisserie for three and a half hours. Te Restaurant frequently sells out of prime rib, Hale said, but customers can reserve the dish when they make dinner reservations.

Roasted Duck Breast and Duck Conft Leg with Butternut Squash, and Poached Pear.


Left; Prime Rib on the Rotisserie. Right; Black Kale Salad with Lemon Anchovy Vinaigrette, Soft Boiled Farm Egg.

He said the best-selling entrée is another “Throw Back,” braised beef short ribs. Te accompaniments are apt to change daily, as is the rest of the menu. “We do our twist on it,” he said. On a recent evening, that included accompaniments of roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a winter vegetable ragu. Rotisserie-roasted duck is also popular, he said, as is the cheese board, another reminder of the past. “People have memories of that,” he said. The Restaurant’s salmon is shipped directly from Skuna Bay in Canada. “Te fsh is just gorgeous,” he said. Like the menu, the redesigned restaurant retains some highlights from the past. Te cozy freplace still blazes in winter, and the three adjoining tables, each seating two, are popular with couples. Te stained glass windows still glow on the walls, and the dark wooden beams still run the length of the ceiling. A glassed-in wine room holding 1,700 bottles divides the entrance and bar from the dining room. A sliding library ladder lets servers pluck bottles of wine from high shelves. 76

Te main dining room is flled with cozy banquettes and booths. Red pleated fabric light fixtures imported from Italy provide a burst of color and updated style. Two long chef ’s tables in a second dining room overlook the open kitchen. In addition to the rotisserie, cooks use a wood grill, a fat-top grill and a smoker. In a third, private, dining room, tables sit under a striking woven red ceiling. Tat room seats 60, and Hale hopes to utilize it on some nights as a pop-up bar. Te Cheshire also has a casual Italian restaurant, Basso; a cafe-market with food to eat in or carry out, called Te Market; Upstairs you will fnd a private dining space on the second level that holds up to 250 guests; and a hotel bar, Fox and Hounds Tavern, which serves sandwiches and classic English pub fare such as fsh and chips and bangers and mash. All the food is made in house, and as much as possible is sourced locally. “In St. Louis, it’s really unique,” Hale said.

Pickled Local Beet Salad with Toasted Pistachios, Ruby Grapefruit, Spiced Yogurt.


Braised Pork Belly with White Cheddar Grits, Popcorn Shrimp and Pickled Red Onions.


Executive Chef Patrick Connolly

Basso has an extruding machine that shapes the pasta, including the ridged cresti noodles used in The Restaurant’s macaroni and cheese. Ice cream is made with eggs from a local farmer. Cooks break down whole pigs and cut sections of beef into pieces that each restaurant can use. “We collaborate on using the whole animal. Tat’s the luxury of this property,” Connolly said. Te Restaurant tends to serve the center cuts, such as prime rib and pork chops, and Basso often uses what are known as second cuts, such as the shoulder and shanks, in ragus and braises. Ham steaks and pork belly are cured and smoked in Te Restaurant’s kitchen. Like The Restaurant, Basso has an open kitchen. Connolly’s cooking is on display, and so is his sense of humor: The best-seller is the Emo Cover Band pizza, with shaved cippolini onions, shaved crimini mushrooms, poblano peppers, house-cured pancetta, house-made sausage and “Basso provel,” a blend of Swiss, provolone and white cheddar cheeses. “I took all the ingredients from the Imo’s Deluxe and did my own version on it,” he said.

He describes Basso as an Italian gastro pub. Leather booths surround a 40-seat bar, where almost three dozen beers are on tap and another 30 or 40 are available in bottles. “I love this building,” he said. “I grew up in Richmond Heights, down the street.” Connolly started his restaurant career at Tucker’s Place in Manchester. He attended cooking school at Johnston and Wales in Providence, R.I., then moved to Boston and a job at Radius restaurant. In 2008, as Radius’ executive chef, he won a James Beard Award as “Best Chef Northeast.” His next stop was New York, where he was honored in 2009 as a Rising Star Chef by StarChefs for his work as executive chef at bobo. Next, he worked as the executive chef of Te Kitchen NYC. When he frst moved to Rhode Island, he planned to live on the East Coast for two or three years, he said. Tat stretched out to almost 11 years, and when he learned about the job at Te Cheshire, he was eager to come home. sl Judith Evans is a James Beard Award-winning food editor and writer and past president of the Association of Food Journalists.


America’s Biggest Givers Regardless of the economy, one thing is certain, charitable donations continue to be a top priority for many of the most fortunate. And it shows! Te largest gifts announced by American philanthropists in 2012 totaled nearly $5.1-billion! Check out the list of who’s giving and how much. Amount


Purpose or Benefciary

$1.03-billion (pledge)

Te investor Warren Bufett

Howard G. Bufett Foundation

$1.03-billion (pledge)

Te investor Warren Bufett

NoVo Foundation (Peter Bufett’s fund)

$1.03-billion (pledge)

Te investor Warren Bufett

Sherwood Foundation (Susan Bufett’s fund)


Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder, and his wife, Priscilla Chan

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, to support education and health

$300-million (pledge)

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder

Allen Institute for Brain Science, so it can expand its staf and programs

$200-million (pledge)

Te publisher and real-estate executive Mortimer Zuckerman

Columbia University’s Mind Brain Behavior Institute

$150-million (bequest)

Fred Fields, who headed Coe Manufacturing Company

Oregon Community Foundation, to support arts and education

$150-million (pledge)

Te fnancier Carl Icahn

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, for medical research

$140-million (bequest)

David Gundlach, founder of an insurance company

Elkhart County Community Foundation

$125-million (pledge)

Phil Knight, Nike’s chairman, and his wife, Penelope

Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, for a cardiovascular institute

$116.4-million (pledge)

Te venture capitalist Michael Moritz and his wife, Harriet Heyman, a writer

University of Oxford, for undergraduate scholarships

$100-million (pledge)

Te entertainment executive David Gefen

University of California at Los Angeles’s medical school, for scholarships

$100-million (pledge)

Te fnancier John Paulson and his wife, Jenny

Central Park Conservancy, for endowment and park-restoration programs

$60-million (pledge)

Te businessman David Koch

Metropolitan Museum of Art, for renovations of its outdoor plaza

$60-million (pledge)

James Simons, a technology entrepreneur, and his wife, Marilyn

University of California at Berkeley, for a new computing institute

Note: Does not include gifts of artwork or other noncash donations or gifts from anonymous donors. Source, Te Chronicle Of Philanthropy

Looking at the list of America’s biggest givers, made us wonder about St. Louis. Tanks to the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, we are able to show you that St. Louis has been big-hearted in 2012! Te following shows the largest single donations made by individuals to these organizations: Youth Learning Center - $650,000, Boston College - $560,000, Center of Creative Arts (COCA) - $500,000, Support Dogs, Inc. - $435,000, Humane Society of Missouri - $360,000, DePaul Health Center Foundation - $335,000, Team Activities for Special Kids - $300,000, Te Christian Academy - $300,000, Forsyth School - $300,000, and the John Burroughs School - $250,000. sl 80

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When you live in a great sports town like St. Louis, it’s not uncommon for star athletes to leave when their careers are over. Some leave because their families live in other cities; others because their bank accounts and abundance of free time allow them to live just about anywhere. Not Gus Frerotte. Frerotte grew up in Pittsburgh, married his high school football coach’s daughter, and moved 9 times during his 15 year career. So as his retirement approached, he decided to stay in St. Louis where his wife Ann and 3 kids had grown comfortable. Actually, he decided to call St. Louis home because his daughter Abby loved her high school experience and he just couldn’t bring himself to ask her to move a 10th time. So after years on the road, the former Ram and ProBowl quarterback settled down, got completely immersed in his kids’ lives, and started actively looking for endorsements, business deals, and other lucrative ways to leverage his NFL career. But it didn’t take long for Frerotte to combine his desire to spend a lot of time with his wife and kids -- and his love of football -- to discover what he would do for the second half of his career. As luck would have it, the long time head football coach at Burroughs (where Abby Frerotte is now a senior) was contemplating cutting back to part time, and the newly appointed Head of School, Andy Abbott, had a big idea to see if he could get Frerotte to be the school’s new football coach. So Abbott scheduled a time to meet with Frerotte to foat the idea. And the rest is history. Frerotte started as the offensive coordinator in 2010 under veteran coach Todd Small and together led the team to the state championship at the Edward Jones Dome. It wasn’t a fuke; the next 2 years as head coach, Frerotte led Burroughs to the Dome again. And with the guidance only a pro can offer, Frerotte is turning Burroughs into a statewide powerhouse with Big Ten, Ivy League and prestigious Division 3 schools lining up to recruit Burroughs’ kids. In just 3 years, Burroughs has gone from a school known

best for its scholastic excellence, to a school known nationally for its scholar-athletes. And while there are a lot of people to thank for this, Frerotte’s impact can’t be overlooked. To Frerotte, this is his way of giving back…back to his family, back to St. Louis and back to the Burroughs’ students who love getting coached by someone who has done it at the highest level possible. When asking Frerotte about his “sports philanthropy,” he quickly joked, “Sometimes it’s easier to give money.” He openly talked about his days at Burroughs, which includes teaching physical education classes, monitoring a lunch table, and coaching sports other than football in the winter and spring. “It has taken a lot of getting used to,” said Frerotte. “I had to slow down. Coaching is not only about winning. I want kids to learn to love the game of football. Even the kids at my lunch table who never play football have learned quite a bit about the game because of our time together. I like that.” “Like many professional athletes, I wasn’t always around for my kids because of my career. So now I’m the dad who has the time to throw around a ball with my kids – and hundreds of other kids too -- and I can see the diference it makes every day.” And while Burroughs parents love to schmooze and talk football with Frerotte, he thrives on the feedback he gets from the very capable kids he interacts with every day. “I see a big change in kids when athletics are part of their lives. Sports develops kids in diferent ways from academics.” Frerotte continues, “Burroughs parents are intensely focused on their kids’ academics. But kids need sports too. I love seeing them do both. It builds the whole person. And it’s no surprise that our kids are getting into top colleges and universities because they are excelling at academics and sports.” After a long pro career, in front of the camera, with a lot of famous friends, coaching at the high school level has “taught me a lot about myself. I don’t think I will coach high school forever, but it has been really rewarding and the perfect transition from the pros to real life.” sl


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Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri held its 29th Annual Snow Ball, Friday, December 7th, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at Te Arch. Te Snow Ball, Mental Health’s largest fundraiser, featured both silent and live auctions. Kevin Steincross, of KTVI-FOX TV, handled the master of ceremony duties, supported by event co-chairs Norma Stern and Lee Kling. Mark Utterback, President and CEO, with the assistance of some guest introducers, presented the organization’s two highest honors: the Silver Key Award and the Silver Bell Award. MHA acknowledged Lesley Levin, retiring President & CEO of Behavioral Health Response (BHR), as the recipient of its 2012 Silver Key Award. Te 2012 Silver Bell Award went to Moneta Group for its commitment to those in need.


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Te 128h Annual Veiled Prophet (V.P.) Ball took place Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at Te Arch, where a new “Queen of Love and Beauty” (Miss Margaret Frances Schnuck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd R. Schnuck) was crowned and 67 young women were honored for their service to the community and made their formal entrance into society. Te Veiled Prophet tradition in St. Louis dates back to 1878. Since its founding, the V.P. Organization’s mission has focused on making signifcant economic and civic contributions for the beneft of the Saint Louis area, providing fnancial support and leadership for various community projects and not-for-proft agencies.

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Tony LaRussa hosted the 8th Annual Stars to the Rescue, Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Peabody Opera House. A star-studded lineup headlined the evening featuring comedians and performers from country and pop. The show opened with Kelleigh Bannen and closed with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Te rest of the lineup included Grammy award-winning Air Supply along with comedians Allan Havey and Greg Warren and country singer Eric Pasley. Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (known as ARF) saves the lives of countless animals whose time has run out in public shelters and who are scheduled to be killed. Te ARF’S team of trained volunteers and expert staf make sure the animals receive proper nutrition, medical evaluation and treatment, training and most importantly lots of love as they await their new forever home.

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Cyndee England, Kim and Martin Kilcoyne, Bobbe Bartlett

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Ranken Jordan-A Pediatric Specialty Hospital attracted more than 500 guests to Te Crystal Ball, its largest annual special event, Saturday, January 19, 2013. Guests enjoyed a grand evening of cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment as they celebrated the renewed lives of the most medically complex children in the country.Special guest Mike Matheny, the St. Louis Cardinals manager, gave an inspirational message about never giving up in life. Rising star Clayton Jones put on an amazing surprise performance, and within 2 hours the hospital raised over $200,000. A magnifcent start to the New Year!


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Te St. Louis Arts Awards were held Monday, January 21st, 2013 at the Chase Park Plaza. Te St. Louis Arts Awards kicked of the Arts and Education Council’s 50th anniversary year and was chaired by Ken and Nancy Kranzberg. Tose being honored in 2013 are: Chuck Berry, Liftetime Achievement in the Arts; PNC Bank, Corporate Support of the Arts; Judy and Kerry Kent, Excellence in Philanthropy; Opera Teatre of St. Louis, Excellence in the Arts; Michael Uthof, Excellence in the Arts; St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7KWMU, Champion of the Arts; and Duane Martin Foster, Art of educator of the Year.

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Barbara Bridgewater, Greg Sullivan, Cheryl Holman

Susan and Jack Musgrave, Susan Block, Millie Cain


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Te Repertory Teatre of St. Louis held Te Premier Tasting for its 11th Annual St. Louis Food & Wine Experience, Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Chase Park Plaza’s Starlight and Zodiac Ballrooms. Te Premier Tasting enabled wine connoisseurs and novices alike the rare opportunity to sample an international selection of hard-to-fnd and library wines, special magnums and vertical tastings.


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Te National Children’s Cancer Society hosted a VIP reception preceding “An Evening with the Cardinals”, Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Sheldon Concert Hall. A wonderful silent auction lined the walls with all kinds of rare Baseball Cardinals’ memorabilia and collectables all benefting Te National Children’s Cancer Society, with a mission to improve the quality of life for not only children with cancer but their families as well. Following the reception, former St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famers Lou Brock and Bob Gibson, along with Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny and “Voice of the Cardinals” Mike Shannon, engaged the guests on a wide variety of topics and issues, both past and present, involving the Cardinals and Major League Baseball.


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Te Saint Louis Auto Dealers Association hosted its 5th Annual Pistons and Pearls Gala, Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the America’s Center. Over 600 guests enjoyed drinks, dancing to the classic sound of Accolade, and delicious hors d’oeuvres all while raising funds exceeding $100,000. VIP patrons had access to an exclusive viewing of the Million Dollar Mile immediately following the Gala, which provided the an up-close look at some of the most luxurious vehicles on the market. Tis year’s special guest involved speedpainter and PaintJam Artist Dan Dun. Dan, a classically trained painter from Houston, Texas, moved at an extremely fast pace while painting and creating amazing one-of-a-kind works of Art. Another remarkable aspect came with the announcement by the Saint Louis Auto Dealers Association that it was donating $70,000 to the St. Louis Auto Dealers Charitable Foundation. Tis sizable contribution allows the Foundation to increase substantially its giving to local charities throughout St. Louis.

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