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The Big Reveal

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Of Note... Green is Good

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Bibliotaph... Color Stories

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Curating a Lifestyle:

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In a few months, I will have reached my full retirement age. Even now, the Social Security Administration stands poised to cut me monthly checks. I fnd this situation stunning. How did all those years skitter by so quickly? Tere are some aspects of aging I fnd amusing, but that swift slippage of time is not one of them. However, things like freshly minted AARP and Medicare cards force you to evaluate what’s important, what’s not. I love to write. I would happily do it 24/7 if I didn’t also adore eating, sleeping, talking (and talking and talking) to my family and friends, being involved in the community, going to movies, shopping, playing with our animals … having a life. Several years ago, while taking an online creative writing class at Stanford, I started a book. It’s ever-so-loosely based on a case I learned about while working at the U.S. attorney’s ofce, many moons ago. I wrote the opening chapter and forged on from there. Many mornings, I’d fall out of bed around 4 a.m. and write before I headed out to work. Two close friends and I established the “Ever-So-Exclusive Writers Workshop.” Tey fnished their books; I did not. Sadly, the frst draft is only one-third done. I haven’t touched it for a solid year. With days and years zipping by, it’s clearly past time to get that puppy published. With a frm hold on that long-held dream, I have tendered my resignation. So with this issue, I conclude my 40-plus years as a journalist and my 12-year run as editor-in-chief, a gig that has spanned three magazines. I leave with no worries for Sophisticated Living because I’m turning over the job to the eminently qualifed Carrie Edelstein, a frequent contributor to the magazine and a former producer with KSDK’s Channel 5. Born and raised in St. Louis, Carrie graduated from John Burroughs before heading of to Syracuse University to get a degree in broadcast journalism. She came home and went to work producing and writing for “Show Me St. Louis” before moving on to KMOV-TV, ultimately ending up as a producer for “Great Day St. Louis.” I met Carrie in 2012 when she started pitching stories for St. Louis Family and St. Louis At Home. With her strong powers of observation as well as her prowess with the pen, I welcomed her ideas and she’s been writing for me ever since. Now it’s her turn to be in charge. Her frst issue of Sophisticated Living will be out in May. I only wish her the best of the best. I know what she creates will be great. And with fngers tightly crossed, I’m hoping my novel will be too.

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THE BIG REVEAL Written by Christy Marshall

Photography by Alise O’Brien Te walnut on the walls is from a mill in Georgia and is the same as the fooring. Te kitchen opens into a large family room. Penn, now 4 years old, takes a turn on his scooter.

When shopping for a new house, most people look for an ideal abode with tricked-out kitchen, updated bathrooms and landscaped yard. Not Stacy Galt. “I was really looking for a dog,” she says. “I needed cracked linoleum foors and appliances that worked at their leisure. I needed to be able to justify to my husband that we needed to replace everything. I didn’t want cherry cabinets and granite countertops. I needed the end-of-the-road everything.”

She found it in a circa-1940 house in Ladue that came with the bonus of a large lot and a rambling back yard. “Tis house made me feel like a mouse in a maze,” Stacy says. “It was a ton of tiny little chopped-up rooms. Tey had added on one room. We called it the panic room. Tere was a bearing wall about a third of the way in, low ceilings and small windows. Tere were all these doors that locked. …Te house [exterior] was white, and parts of it had vinyl siding. I couldn’t deal with that. We took all of that down.” slmag.net

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Another Stacy Galt signature is mixing styles, like the modern Pantone and Philipe Starck Ghost chairs with a French antique dining table.

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Te bath cabinet was originally a desk owned by Scott’s mentor and good friend, who passed away suddenly. Terry Stratmann, Stacy’s dad, built the surround around the tub.

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Scott had expected a dark man cave. “So what’s more cozy than glass walls and everything painted white?” Stacy asks. “He never comes in here.”

Stacy, her husband, Scott, their four sons and dog Scooter lived in the house for two years before they started a gut rehab in 2013. Stacy and her parents, Terry and Pat Stratmann, own French Wench Interiors and used to own a store of the same name. Galt’s frst step was to rip of the addition, which had been built about fve years before. “Scott said, ‘Wait a minute. It’s the only new thing on the house,’ ” Stacy says. “We ripped it of down to the foundation and built this one big room where we live.” Tat was only the beginning. One day Scott came home to find a hole in the floor (with a view into the basement) and an extension ladder where the staircase had been. ‘He was like, ‘I thought [the house] was fne. We were happy. I’m sorry but I can’t see it. I don’t know where you are going with this. I’m going to trust you but I can’t live with this,’ ” Stacy recalls. “I said, ‘Let’s just make it a surprise.’ ”

Tey moved into his parents’ house in Clayton, left vacant while the senior Galts wintered in Florida. Acting as the general contractor, Stacy, her parents and builder Ron Boedeker of Warrenton got down to business. What had been the living room was transformed into the master bedroom. Stacy found a wonderful pair of doors with porthole windows from the Admiral on Craig’s List. She sent them on to her ex-husband, Bill Dean of Dean Team Automotive, to be repainted. Te end of the house was punched out in order to add a new master bathroom, closets and a study for Scott. Tey added another bedroom and bath downstairs. They moved the front entry, installing brass doors from a bank. Tey moved the kitchen into the new addition in the back. Tey painted the exterior of the house gray. slmag.net

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A Trova hangs on the wall, and Penn sits on steps built out of planks 15 feet long and 4 feet wide.

Stacy left the original foors and freplace but had everything painted white. She furnished the rooms with furniture she had accumulated over the years and pieces left when she and her parents closed French Wench. “We have a lot of fun stuf, things I would price so they wouldn’t sell,” Stacy says. “On purpose.” Tose leftovers include an armoire, a sideboard, a Swedish mother’s clock and an oversized mirror. At every turn are touches that are trademark Stacy Galt: Te pitch of the ceilings. Te artwork. Te silver. Te carefully curated collections. Those oversized arched windows. “I found them on 32 slmag.net

eBay,” she says. “I was in the hospital delivering Penn and I was going back and forth bidding on the windows. “It’s in my blood to fnd interesting things,” she adds. “I just don’t want it to be predictable. In order to do that, you have to search. I found those huge mahogany windows in Texas.” Te whole house sparkles in the sun. Every detail and every vignette fts perfectly in the surroundings. For six months, Scott Galt didn’t come near his house. When he did, it was done. “It was like the Big Reveal on HGTV,” Stacy says. “And he had the right reaction.” sl


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1) Luxury green peacock feather, gold leaf and gold metal ribbon armoire from Touched Interiors ($25,200; touchedinteriors.co.uk). 2) A green crackle lacquer Chinese antique console table from the Shandong province of China dated c.1900 ($1900; orchidfurniture.co.uk). 3) Winchester Tile Company Classic Field Tile in Emerald Green (to the trade; winchestertiles.com). 4) From Pure & Original, Classico water-based 100% natural pigment chalk paint in Nautique. (From $43/liter; pure-original.com). 5) Inspired by plastic trash plucked by artist Foekje Fleur from the waters of Rotterdam, porcelain bottle vase #7 in dark green is part of a larger Bottle Vase series ($75; foekjefeur.com). 6) MALKIY lounge sofa with green velvet upholstery and aged golden leaf frame with gloss varnish from Brabbu (price upon request; brabbu.com).

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1) Currey & Company Sinclair Bar Cabinet with Malachite-printed glass (to the trade; curreycodealers.com). 2) Measuring more than seven-feet-tall, the MARIE THÉRÈSE mirror from Boca Do Lobo makes a grand statement (price upon request; bocadolobo.com). 3) PRIVÊ Day Bed from Koket (to the trade; bykoket.com). 4) Kate Spade Worthington chair ($1,675; katespade.com/home).

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5) Arko letterbox from Ute Design ($250; utedesign.com.au). 6) Kastehelmi glass bowl from Iittala in emerald ($20; iittala.com). 7) Green teacup and saucer from IN-SPACES is made in England and fnished with hand-painted 18-karat gold ($120; in-spaces.com). 8) Bespoke Maze Wool Rug from Rug Couture (from $1500; rugcouture.com).

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Bibliotaph... Color Stories

Compiled by Victoria Chase An of-the-moment hue found in chic restaurants, boutiques and homes, grey is a perfect neutral. In her frst book, interior expert Kate Watson-Smyth demonstrates ideal ways to incorporate grey into your home's color scheme. Kate Watson-Smyth - Shades of Grey: Decorating With the Most Elegant of Neutrals - hardcover, 192 pages, Ryland Peters & Small (rylandpeters.com).

Organized by color and brought to life via photographs of her collections, travels, style icons, and the works of artists, authors, business leaders and interior designers she admires, fashion designer Tory Burch provides a glimpse into her personal life and the varied sources from which she draws inspiration. Tory Burch, Nandini Wolf (Editor), Anna Wintour (Foreward) - Tory Burch: In Color - hardcover, Abrams Books (abramsbooks.com). A comprehensive and fascinating foray into the history, science, culture and beauty of color in the natural and man-made world supported by stunning photographs and informative graphics. Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut - Te Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Violet - hardcover, 240 pages, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (blackdogandleventhal.com).

For four decades, interior designer Tricia Guild has been sought after for her on-trend collections of fabric, wallpapers and furnishings and her ability to deftly combine color with bold patterns, chinoiserie and Indian infuences. Te book is flled with examples from her own projects as well as real-world examples from around the globe. Tricia Guild, Amanda Black and James Merrell (photographer) Tricia Guild: Decorating with Color - hardcover, 208 pages, Rizzoli (rizzoliusa.com).

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bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books Associated as being a positive symbol of life, luck and hope as well as less savory characteristics of greed, envy and disorder, author Michel Pastoureau presents the interesting history of the color green in European societies from prehistoric times to today. Michel Pastoureau - Green: Te History of a Color - hardcover, 240 pages, Princeton University Press (press.princeton.edu).

Never without his camera, it wasn't until he was in his late sixties that Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986) enjoyed critical acclaim for his photographs, whose broad subject matter encompassed wealthy Parisian milieu to sport, landscapes and aviation. Tis book is the frst publication of his color work. Martine D'Astier and Martine Ravache - Lartigue: Life in Color - hardcover, 168 pages, Abrams Books (abramsbooks.com).

In this lively tome, photographs by Nichole Robertson (co-founder of the creative studio and blog Little Brown Pen) are cleverly grouped by color to celebrate the city as never before. Nichole Robertson - Paris in Color - hardcover, 128 pages, Chronicle Books (chroniclebooks.com).

Color photography became a reality in 1907 with the introduction of the Autochrome. Tis book provides a history of color's integration with American fne art photography and its revolutionary infuence on the artistic medium. Amon Carter Museum of American Art and John Rohrback Color: American Photography Transformed - hardcover, 344 pages, University of Texas Press (utexaspress.com).

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SINGULAR SENSATION Park City and Canyons combine to fashion America's largest ski resort Written by Eric Williams In March of 2105 a plan was approved to create the largest ski resort in America by combining Park City and Canyons. Te $50 million dollar capital plan is the most impactful capital program in history of the US ski industry. Conveniently located 40 minutes from downtown Salt Lake and home to many skiing and non-skiing events such as the famous Sundance Film Festival, the new merger offers 7,300-acres of skiable terrain with 14 bowls, over 300 trails, and 17 on-mountain restaurants, linked by a 22-mile network of 41 lifts. Tis merger ofers an unrivaled wealth of skiing for all levels with enough trails to occupy an extended trip. Beyond its sheer size, the new set up enhances the experience by not having to choose to stay in the charming town of Park City, filled with restaurants, galleries and bars, or at the base of Canyons, which has better access to the slopes. Now you can lodge at either and ski the interconnected terrain. Among the many improvements that have taken place include the Interconnect Gondola, an eight-passenger, high-speed 38 slmag.net

two-way gondola from the base of the existing Silverlode Lift at Park City to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons. Tis will mark the frst gondola at Park City Mountain Resort since "Te Gondola" was dismantled in 1997. Te new Miners Camp restaurant at the base of the Silverlode Lift is the main dining hub, with 500 indoor seats and a top-of-the-line kitchen and culinary experience. Te dining stations ofer fresh salads, burgers, pizza, Mediterranean wraps and chili. Te dining is cafeteria style, however the quality of the food feels more like a carefully crafted meal at an upscale restaurant. Tis location is a great spot to refuel, warm up and head back out on the slopes. With its 360-degree views of the Wasatch Mountains, Lookout Cabin, located atop Lookout Peak, is the perfect on-mountain dining experience. The well-crafted menu offers soups, salads and a few heartier dishes including my favorites: mac and cheese with cubed bacon and sea bass with bok choy on a polenta cake. Te 1400-square-foot deck features a striking view of the Canyons and is a perfect spot for an après-ski cocktail.


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Te Grand Summit Hotel (parkcitymountain.com) is a ski in / out hotel located conveniently between the Orange Bubble Express and the Red Pine Gondola. The amenities include a spa, health and ftness center, childcare, ski valet and an outdoor heated pool. Room accommodations range from a standard room up to a fourbedroom penthouse to accommodate groups of all sizes. Under the culinary leadership of executive chef Manual Rozehmal, Te Farm restaurant, located at the Grand Summit resort, ofers an exceptional dining experience. Originally from a small village in the mountains of Germany, Rozehmal started cooking professionally at age 15 at Le Meridien in Munich through a three-year apprentice program while also attending culinary school. After receiving his culinary degree, Rozehmal continued cooking in Germany and Switzerland until moving to Dana Point, California. to work as a junior sous chef with

world-renowned Chef Michael Mina at Stonehill Tavern. Missing the mountains from his hometown in Germany, Rozehmal was drawn to Park City. Chef Rozehmal relies heavily on local purveyors to source the ingredients. Both the menu and wine list are extensive, the trout is a must have and the charcuterie board is a perfect starter for the table. High West Distillery & Saloon is a hot spot for unwinding after a day of skiing. Proprietor David Perkins moved to Park City in 2004 to pursue his passion to make whiskey. He grew up in Georgia and learned the secrets of making good whiskey from distillers in Kentucky and Scotland. His background as a biochemist in the biopharmaceutical industry plays a big part in his approach to making great whisky. Te Bison Burger and the High West Rendezvous Rye (served neat of course) are sure to please and a wonderful way to wrap-up the trip. sl slmag.net

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Curating a Lifestyle: More Tan Face Value

Written by Amelia and Jef Jefers

Left to right: A more restrained trend in men’s jewelry limited the marketability of this bold watch encrusted with diamonds, sold $10,200.Te gold Rolex Day-Date became popularly known as “Te President” after Dwight Eisenhower made wearing the watch synonymous with power and authority. Spirited bidding for this example sent the price soaring to $21,000.

Most would agree that time is a precious asset–of which there is just never enough. Just two centuries ago, our only reference for the passage of time was a lengthening shadow, the chime of a clock or (for a few) a coveted pocket watch. In the 21st century however, time is measured in nanoseconds, reminders are ever-present, and it is even malleable. Participating in a live, online auction? Your clicked bid can competitively compete with bidders sitting in the auction gallery. Need to keep an eye on the clock? Look around¬–chances are there are several visual indicators of time within just a few feet of where you sit right now. Miss a great play during the big game? Simply rewind. With a culture focused on time (and how to fll every moment), a nod to an accessory that emphasizes the importance of time seems right (ahem) on time. Wristwatches are both a convenient marker of the precious commodity of time and a tangible asset in their own right. Given

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their popularity as a collectible and an accessory, the history of wristwatches might surprise you. While pocket timepieces were all the rage for men in the 19th century, fashionable and afuent ladies donned watch bracelets. It was not until requisitioned for military use that wristwatches found favor among men; with early versions created by simply mating a pocket watch with a leather band. Patek Philippe was of the earliest makers of purposefully built wristwatches. Te esteemed frm pioneered the feld with a perpetual calendar, split-seconds hand, chronograph and minute repeaters, and their luxurious timepieces continue to lead the market for collectible watches today. Watch collecting tends to be a male-dominated hobby. Traditionally, men are more limited in their choice of accessories than women, and an interest in watches complements a host of men’s interests. A choice of watch is more than a statement of style. A bold, rugged sports watch conveys an interest and


Left to right: Commissioned as a presentation gift for a leading Cleveland Clinic physician, this Chopard watch bears an image of a 1980s United Arab Emirates leader, sold $3,600. Tis Waltham watch was designed with Masonic symbols in place of numeric markers, sold $1,250. Te timeless appeal of Patek Philippe’s innovative function and luxurious design hedges against market swings, evidenced by this Calatrava, sold $5,700.

enthusiasm for personal challenge, nature and competition. A sleek modern watch can signal someone who is comfortable with change and innovation; a hefty gold timepiece encrusted with gems indicates power and afuence. In terms of value, vintage watches have appreciated as steadily as any other asset–with fluctuations from time to time–but solid performance among the blue-chip sector (think Rolex, Patek Philippe and Cartier). Major auction houses now conduct several auctions per year devoted to luxury watches, but beginners may want to start with an expert local estate jeweler or trusted luxury auction frm who can advise on authenticity, marketability and maintenance. Highest prices are paid for unique pieces that were innovative in function, but timeless in design. Understanding the history and evolution of watch features will beneft savvy collectors. Precious metals, of course, command a premium

based on the commodities market, meaning the buying is good when gold is down. A quality, vintage gold Rolex in good working order may be purchased at auction for as little as $3500. Looking to enter the market at a lower price point? Opt for more obscure brands, pared-down features, or go the historical route. Finding timepieces with an interesting historical connection can ofer a bit of conversation starter at a reasonable entry. As a collector’s confidence grows, their tastes generally change and an ever-increasing focus on quality and rarity emerges. For seasoned horologists, an investment in their next watch may be in the realm of a new car. Purchased wisely, these acquisitions may grow appreciably in value, offering a most fashionable investment. sl Amelia & Jef Jefers are co-owners of two fne art, antique and bespoke collectibles companies: Garth's of Delaware, Ohio and Selkirk of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce Roadster 0-60MPH: 2.9 seconds / Pricing from $530,000 ‘‘Te Superveloce is the purest, most sports-oriented and fastest series production Lamborghini ever. Te Roadster version represents our commitment to satisfying our passionate clients with immensely emotional driving dynamics combined with an extraordinary open-air experience,’’ said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. Te naturally aspirated, 6.5-liter V12 produces 750hp and a top speed of 217mph. A highly innovative 7-speed ISR transmission transfers the engine’s power to all four wheels through a Haldex Generation IV 4WD system. Driving dynamics are further enhanced by an adaptive Magneto Rheological Suspension, a pushrod damping system and Lamborghini Dynamic Steering. Music to any car lover’s ears, the engine’s growl can be fully appreciated thanks to the removable hard top, crafted from two panels of carbon fber and stowable in the luggage compartment, as well as a descending rear power window. Te frst series produced, open-top Lamborghini to bear the name Superveloce, a limited series of 500 units will be available worldwide (lamborghini.com). 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn 0-60MPH: 4.9 seconds / Pricing from $320,000 “Quite simply, it is the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built,” said Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Chief Executive Ofcer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars of the new Rolls-Royce Dawn, the world’s only true modern four-seater super-luxury drophead. Among the unique driving enhancements is the standard Satellite Aided Transmission, which utilizes GPS data to allow the car to see beyond what the driver sees, anticipating their next move based on location and driving style. It uses this information to select the most appropriate gear from the Dawn’s 8-speed ZF gearbox to ensure the driver is able to appropriately exploit the power from the Rolls-Royce 6.6-liter, 563hp twin-turbo V12. The Dawn is Rolls-Royce’s most powerful full four-seat drophead motorcar to date, and thanks to its advanced engineering, is lighter and more fuel-efcient than the majority of compromised 2+2 convertibles in the market. While holding the distinction of being the least feet-footed among its peers on these pages, driving a little slower will allow you to better hear the oohs and aahs as you cruise by (rolls-roycemotorcars.com). Koenigsegg Regera 0-60MPH: 2.8 seconds / Pricing from $1,890,000 If you thought Swedish ingenuity was limited to fat-packed furniture from IKEA, take a look at Regera, a limited production plug-in hybrid supercar by Koenigsegg. Derived from a Swedish verb meaning “to reign”, the Regera aims to be the most powerful production car ever. Backing up the company’s ambitions is a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine that works in concert with a trio of UASA electric motors. Te Direct Drive Battery can be charged either by the combustion engine or through the charging port. Upping the cool factor is the Regera’s status as the frst fully robotized car; the ability to operate all body closures completely automatically and simultaneously from the remote or a Smartphone calls to mind a creature from a Transformer flick. Most impressive is the mechanism of the fully foldable, top-mounted carbon fber rear wing that disappears into the body, enhancing the car’s elegance while parked and reducing drag while cruising (koenigsegg.com).

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Ferrari F12tdf 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2016 McLaren 570S Coupé 2016 Ariel Atom 3S

2016 Ariel Atom 3S 0-60MPH: <2.8 seconds / Pricing from $89,975 A performance-based “toy”, the Ariel Atom 3S occupies a niche market for those seeking racecar performance minus F1 prices. Ariel’s US partner, Virginia-based TMI AutoTech, has designed a fully intercooled turbocharging system that mates well with the Honda 2.4L engine with a major focus on performance and reliability. Owners will be happy to know that both goals have been met while pushing the engine to 365hp – even more signifcant when you consider the Atom weighs in at just 1,300 pounds. Additional cooling radiators for the turbo are neatly packaged in aerodynamic twin side pods which are unique to the Atom 3S. The Atom's well-known pushrod suspension system keeps it glued to the road with the assistance of JRi adjustable dampers featuring a two-piece spring layout. All Atom 3S feature a full glass windscreen to allow for a clear view ahead while seated in the race inspired composite seat. A full LCD display allows for easy viewing of data such as speed, RPM, gear position, as well as water temperature and fuel level. Tis is a seriously powerful performance vehicle that is meant to be put through its paces (arielatom.com).

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Ferrari F12tdf 0-60MPH: 2.9 seconds / Pricing from $370,000 Ferrari’s F12tdf pays homage to the Tour de France, the legendary endurance road race that Ferrari dominated in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly with the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta, which won four consecutive editions in a row. Just 799 examples of this extreme road car, which is equally at home on the track, will be built. Powering the F12tdf is a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 with 769hp derived from the F12berlinetta’s multi-award-winning engine. Te car ofers a dynamic driving experience, in particular lateral acceleration in corners, due to an 8% increase in the ratio of the front tires to the rear ones. Te innovative rear-wheel steering system, known as the Virtual Short Wheelbase, makes its debut on the F12tdf and provides steering wheel response times and turn-in of a competition car while increasing stability at high speed. Design elements that generate negative lift means that aerodynamically, the F12tdf ’s efciency fgure is nearly double that of the F12berlinetta and its downforce is increased by 30%. Extensive use of aluminum and carbon fber in everything from the door panels to the dashboard were part of an extreme diet to shed weight and increase speed. As a result, the F12tdf is both svelte and speedy (ferrari.com). 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo & Turbo S 0-60MPH: 2.9 seconds (Turbo); 2.8 seconds (Turbo S) Pricing from $159,200 for the Turbo and $188,100 for the Turbo S The 3.8-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine is equipped with a dynamic boost function that improves throttle response. Te Turbo version boasts 540hp, while the Turbo S ups that number to 580. Standard is the Sport Chrono Package with a steering wheel switch to toggle between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual driving modes. A new “Sport Response” button preconditions the car for optimal responsiveness (porsche.com). 2016 McLaren 570S Coupé 0-60MPH: 3.2 seconds / Pricing from $185,000 Te McLaren Sports Series is the third and fnal product family to join the recently announced three-tier model range from McLaren Automotive, based in Woking, England. “The Sports Series is aimed at a new audience for McLaren,” explained Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive. ‘”It is the frst time we’ve competed in the sports car as opposed to the supercar market. As with all McLaren models, we have prioritized performance, driving engagement and exhilaration. It is totally a driverfocused car, with excellent ergonomics and visibility, and a class-leading driving position. This is also the most day-to-day usable, practical and attainable McLaren we’ve ever made. It is a dramatic and beautiful sports car.” As with every McLaren model designed for road or track since 1981, the Sports Series range is built around a lightweight carbon fber chassis. High performance and high efciency is also delivered through a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 562 horsepower and 30% new components. Te Sports Series uses the same seven-speed twin-clutch SSG (Seamless Shift Gearbox) as seen in the Super Series, offering ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes. Road gripping Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires and carbon-ceramic brake rotors come as standard. In Brit-speak, it’s the bee’s knees (mclaren.com).

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2016 Audi R8 0-60MPH: 3.2 seconds / Pricing from $208,000 “The new Audi R8 V10 plus is the most powerful and fastest production Audi ever,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Board Member for Technical Development. “In all technical areas it is extremely close to being a race car.” Powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 mid-engine with 610hp and a top speed of 205mph, the R8 is the dynamic vanguard of Audi. Positioned behind the V10 is a seven-speed S tronic that executes speedy gear changes by electrical control. Management of the clutch is integrated in the Audi drive select dynamic driving system, which gives the driver a choice of modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. Also integrated and regulated under these modes are the accelerator pedal, steering, S tronic, damper control (optional), dynamic steering (optional) and the faps of the exhaust system. Similar to the configuration of a racecar, the driver can view all key information at a glance from the Audi virtual cockpit and operate important functions with the multifunction and satellite pushbuttons without having to take their hands of the steering wheels or their eyes of of the road (audi.com). 2017 Ford GT 0-60MPH: 3.2 seconds / Pricing from $400,000 “Ford GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Ford GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.” A remarkably efcient next-generation, 600hp twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle that provides for nearinstantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control. An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, allowing uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and confgurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and diferent driving modes. An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions. With production limited to less than 1,000 cars, catch one if you can (ford.com). 2016 BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition 0-60MPH: 3.8 seconds / Pricing from $165,000 Available exclusively for the BMW M6 two-door coupe, the Competition Package gives the 4.4-liter V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology an output of 600hp with a top speed of 190mph, versus 560hp and 155mph for the standard M6. Te Edition model comes with a chose of two exterior colors: Alpine White and Austin Yellow metallic. Te white version boasts stripes in the trademark BMW M colors. Defning characteristics of the Edition in the cabin include”M6 Competition” lettering in metal on the doorsills and in the side gill elements, along with lettering on the cupholder lids. Interior trim strips, gear selector and M sports steering wheel spokes are made from carbon fber, while the steering wheel rim is lined with Alacantara. Only 220 units of the M6 Competition will be produced, with 100 of those designated for delivery to the United States (bmw.com).

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2016 BMW M6 Coupe Competition Edition

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2016 Hennessey Venom GT

2016 Hennessey Venom GT 0-60MPH: 2.7 seconds / Pricing from $1,200,000 (1244hp); $895,000 (1000hp) Maximum power and minimal weight is the simple formula that in 2013 allowed the Hennessey Venom GT to set the Guinness World Record as the world’s fastest hypercar from 0-300km/h, reaching the top speed in just 13.63 seconds. In 2014, on a 3.22-mile runway at the Kennedy Space Center, the land rocket reached 270.49mph, setting a new world speed record for a two-seat production sports car. Making such blazing speed possible is a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine churning out up to 1244hp. On the horizon for 2017 is a Venom with a jawdropping 1451hp, capable of going 0-60mph in a mind-boggling 2.4-seconds. “Te Venom GT is a purpose-built thrill ride designed to dominate the competition,” said John Hennessey. “Tis car is for a very select client who demands ultimate performance, but with absolute exclusivity.” Only 29 Venom GT’s will be produced; even with the steep price tag more than half are already spoken for (venomgt.com). sl

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Te Classic Dessert Wine – Tokaji Aszú

Te process by which the great dessert wines of Tokaj, Hungary are made is a fascinating one. Every grape has sugar in it. For a dry wine, the sugar and yeast combine to make alcohol, with the sugar being consumed during fermentation. In contrast, dessert wines keep or get their sweetness at the end of the process, as fermentation is stopped before completion or is unable to remove all residual sugar, thereby leaving behind that luscious sweetness. Here is the way they do it in Tokaj: Te grapes are allowed to stay on the vine after the normal harvest, creating more sugar to leave behind after fermentation. Te grapes get botrytis, or noble rot, as they are attacked by the fungus Botrytis. Te fungus punctures the skins of the grapes and causes dehydration, leaving them looking rotten or like raisins. As a result, grapes made by botrytis and late harvest produce a fraction of the wine that ripe grapes do, and this, of course, is one of the primary reasons dessert wines are expensive. Referred to as Aszú in Hungarian, the process is part of the name of the great wines of Tokaji Aszú. Te methods of late harvest and botrytis are how Aszú is made, but the story of how this began is a combination of mystery and legend. Why in the world would anyone leave grapes on the vine to rot without fully being aware they would make majestic wines of sweet perfection? As is the case with many a great invention, it happened by mistake. In ancient times, vineyard workers were told when to harvest

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the grapes by the landowners. One legend purports that a vineyard owner was away at war or detained by illness or other situations. Te workers, being afraid to harvest without the direction of their owner, left the grapes on the vine, which caused them to over-ripen and be attacked by botrytis. When the owner fnally returned months after the usual harvest, he was aghast at the appearance of the grapes and mad at the vineyard workers inaction. Despite thinking all was lost, he ordered the vineyard workers to harvest and make wine from the “rotten” grapes. Te resulting wine was rich, lush, sweet and delicious, and all was forgiven. While the story seems a bit magical, it is probably rooted in some truth. Botrytis simply cannot occur in most vineyards, and when it does, it is not consistent. Of the grape varieties in the region of Tokaj, the most important is Furmint, followed by Hárslevelű and Muscat Lunel. Indigenous to Hungary, Furmint is very susceptible to botrytis and represents the majority of the Aszú blend. Botrytis is widely assisted in Hungary by the confuence of two rivers: the Bodrog and Tisza. Te presence of rivers or bodies of water increases humidity, which is essential for the fungus to grow. Additionally, most growers will make multiple passes through a vineyard, days or even weeks apart, to pick individual bunches of overripe botrytized grapes and in some cases even individual berries.


Before 2013 Aszú was added to a dry base wine to create varying levels of sweetness that were measured in units of Puttonyos. Te more Aszú they added, the sweeter the wine. You can still find labels that list the range of Puttonyos on a scale of three-to-six. However, after 2013, all Tokaji Aszú will be at a sweetness level of five-to-six Puttonyos. These are intensely sweet, complex and lush dessert wines. Te fnal level of Tokaji is Eszencia, which is 100 percent Aszú. Tis is an unbelievable wine that is thick and viscous, giving you the feeling that the gravity in the glass is diferent than outside the glass. Te closest equivalent could be honey but with crisp balancing acidity. It has a very low percentage of alcohol as no yeast can survive to ferment more than a couple of percentages. Tis is the remedy reputed to bring czars back from their deathbed and what inspired King Louis XV to call it the wine of kings and king of wines. I eschew dessert not because I don’t enjoy it, but simply because I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle, saving the carbohydrates for something I may appreciate more. One way to satiate my sweet tooth is with a complex dessert wine, which serves as dessert in a glass. If you are good with diving into a dessert, when pairing it with a dessert wine, be sure that the wine is as least as sweet as the dessert. If the dessert is sweeter then the wine, the wine will seem sour. Truth be told, very few wines pair well with a dessert that is over-the-

top sweet. Suitable accompaniments for Aszú are crème brûlée, fruit tarts and certainly blue-veined cheeses. I recommend tasting the following two wines to give you an idea of Aszú’s sublime deliciousness. Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Béres Estate 2008 Intense color of full golden with copper highlights. Flavors of vanilla, orange preserves, dried apricot, honey, beeswax and light minerals. A fantastic wine with a rich, sweet and seductive round texture that is extra long. Finishes with balancing acidity. A classic dessert wine that pairs well with blue cheeses. Tokaji Eszencia Barta Estate 2013 Very intense yellow/gold color. An amazing wine that is as thick as lemon curd with unbelievable unctuousness, yet with fresh acidity. Full body, full favored and full sweetness with the favors of Acacia honey, lemon curd, baking spice and mandarin orange marmalade. It boasts an infnite fnish that cannot be forgotten. When wine is said to be the nectar of the gods, I am quite sure this is what they mean! sl A Certifed Wine Educator, Harper is one of 140 professionals in North America and 220 worldwide who have earned the title Master Sommelier.

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View of the meadow outside Spa Town. Photo by Bridget Williams

A BIG TIME IN BIG SKY COUNTY Te Resort at Paws Up Written by Bridget Williams Some of my earliest childhood memories involve camping; paramount in my brain’s treasured cache is an epic grade school road trip “out west,” that cemented my perpetual fondness for that part of the country. While I’m apt to say that I am just as happy in a tent deep in the woods as in a posh hotel suite, truth be told, the older I get the more I appreciate creature comforts. Satisfying this recreational dichotomy is not as difcult as one would imagine as I discovered last fall on a visit to Te Resort at Paws Up, a vast 37,000-acre ranch in the heart of Montana Big Sky Country. Let’s start with scenery: it’s the kind that inspires slow panning in epic movies; the kind whose grandness puts selfimportance into perspective, a reminder of being a small player on a very vast stage; the kind that inspires you to breathe deeply, chuck the Smartphone and feel like a kid again; the kind that reminds you how good it feels to be in the outdoors; and, the kind that inspires a feeling of wonderment certainly shared by Captain Meriwether Lewis in 1806 as he climbed atop Sentinel Rock on the property looking for the Marias River. As someone who has trouble sitting still for fve minutes, I could have easily spent an eternity watching sunlight flit across the surface of the famed Blackfoot River as the swiftly running current gradually honed the pebbled riverbed to a smooth polish.

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Located just 35 miles from the Missoula International Airport, the resort came about organically, beginning with scattered guest houses erected on the owners’ favorite spots. Formerly a working ranch, snow-capped mountain peaks ring the acreage, ofering excellent seasonal skiing within a two-hour drive. Officially opened in June 2005, The Resort at Paws Up offers accommodations for up to 250 guests in 28 rustic-chic vacation homes and 30 “glamping” tents. Te circa 1915 farmhouse residence of property owners Dave and Nadine Lipson overlooks the heart of the resort, a roughly 600acre “village” where livestock barns and sales facilities have been meticulously converted into a state-of-the-art conference center, reception building, dining house and high-end trading post (just in case you forgot to pack your Stetson). In the old bull barn, now a 10,000-square-foot conference center, original foorboards creak underfoot; their rustic nature is an interesting contrast to the art glass and gleaming chandeliers that also inhabit the space. One could easily imagine a Ralph Lauren ad campaign photo shoot being staged in the chic environs. Dave is the architecture buff, while Nadine oversees all of the interior design. One of the most interesting buildings in the village is a functioning one-room schoolhouse with a current enrollment of four pupils.


In the "village", livestock barns and sales facilities have been converted into a conference center, reception building, and restaurants.

One of 28 Big Timber homes

A short gander from the reception building, a brand new 11,000-square-foot activities barn next to the stables serves as a centralized jumping off point for the plethora of available activities. Dually rugged and refined, high-tech interior accoutrements are camoufaged behind upholstered leather walls, galvanized metal and stone. Clever windows in the kids’ retail section of the Wilderness Outpost, the “WO,” allow curious horses to peek their heads in for a look and a pet on the nose. Te small high-end retail boutique opens into a soaring-ceilinged space reminiscent of a contemporary cathedral. Tented accommodations are arranged into a series of fully supported camps a short distance ride from the village. The Moonlight, River, Creekside, Pinnacle and Clifside camps are far enough removed to lend the impression of a backcountry adventure without the hassle of actually trekking into the wilderness. One- and two-bedroom tents, ranging in size from 565 to 1,030-square-feet, are clustered around an alfresco dining pavilion with a long communal table, living room with fireplace and bar where guests enjoy a chef-prepared hearty breakfast (the French toast made with local Rockport Hutterite Colony banana bread and banana caramel sauce is a must try) and seasonally-inspired dinner (think fresh fish, grilled beef

Setup for a Montana Long Table dinner.

tenderloin, chestnut soup, grilled romaine with maple-walnut dressing and warm bread pudding served in a mason jar). A pair of on-site Camping Butlers assigned to each camp ensures guests’ needs are amply and quickly met. Te canvas tents, erected on dedicated wooden platforms, are anything but primitive, with electricity, feather king-sized beds, western chic furniture, copper or jetted soaking tubs in the en-suite bathroom, and a private deck. Seven of the 28 Big Timber homes have a glamping tent in their backyard, an ideal solution for a house divided on which accommodation style to choose. Each home is assigned a zippy bright green Kia Soul for getting around the resort. Ranging in size from one-to-four bedrooms (1,600-3,300 square-feet), each luxurious home boasts original artwork, cozy woodburning freplaces, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry room, and cowboy chic furnishings. Repeat guests may be surprised to spy a photo from their previous sojourn in a frame on the nightstand; it’s just one example of innumerable small gestures that combine to create a truly unique experience. Amply spaced for privacy but not far enough to feel isolated, the site placement of the homes is ideal for large groups or extended families traveling en masse.

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Eagle Clif Tent at Clifside Camp Bufalo Jump at Clifside Camp

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Changing facilities at Spa Town. Husband-and-wife wranglers lead the cattle driving activities. Photo by Bridget Williams.

Ringing the edge of a picturesque meadow where horses languidly snack on prairie grasses a short walk from the Big Timber homes is “Spa Town,” comprised of 11 stand-alone treatment tents (in colder months treatments are conducted in an adjacent cabin). Spa Manager Laura Russell makes salt and sugar body scrubs from herbs and fowers picked on property and Montana-made honey. Unique treatments include the heavenly 120-minute “Last Best Massage,” in-home “Suite Dreams” massages, children’s treatments and night massages, where a hand-held lantern illuminates the path to your treatment tent and the rhythmic concert of crickets and a glimpse of the starry, starry sky all but guarantees a state of blissful relaxation. Group yoga is ofered several days a week. When it came time to select from the menu of available late fall activities, I decided to go way out of my comfort zone, choosing cattle driving and rappelling (in addition to becoming a regular at the spa and lacing up my trail running shoes daily to explore sections of more than 25-miles of hiking trails).

A horse eye view of the herd. Photo by Bridget Williams.

Adventure and autonomy are recurring themes that have always drawn colorful characters to the American West. Paws Up is no exception. Most notable among the infnitely fascinating staf is poetry-reciting, epic mustache-wearing, draft horse-driving Cowboy Steve. Adding to the already colorful cast of characters are artists, artisans, musicians, and experts in yoga, horsemanship and outdoor skills who are brought in for special programs throughout the year. For this inexperienced equestrienne, driving cattle was a pinnacle experience. I saddled up with a Stetson on my head and a resolute pounding in my heart, wondering how the motley crew of “city folk” united for the day’s adventure could possibly convince a few hundred head of cattle to move across two vast pastures. Although being a cowgirl is definitely not in my future (I was chided on more than one occasion for “splitting the herd,” as I was enamored with riding through the middle of the pack of bulky bovines), the experience of seeing a six-hour-old calf make the trek alongside its mother and speeding up to a sprightly gallop to help round up a wayward member of the herd was exhilarating. slmag.net

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Lookout Rock. Photo by Bridget Williams.

Treehouse at the kids camp. Photo by Bridget Williams.

Equally heart-pounding for obviously diferent reasons was rappelling of a rock face the equivalent of a 17-story building perched on a bluf another 100-feet above the river. I put a lot of faith in the knots and know-how of our guide as I shouted out a few expletives before taking my frst big step back. Near the halfway point, I spied a massive nest with a dozing bald eagle in it, which allowed me to temporarily relax my death grip on the rope and savor the descent. Other notable seasonal activities include guided wildlife viewing tours; horseback riding on 120-miles of trails, sporting clay shooting; access to the 72,000-square-foot Saddle Club at Paws Up; ATV tours, fy-fshing in the Blackfoot River (of A River Runs Trough It fame) and in the “Bob” on the blue-ribbon

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A sunset serenade in the village. Photo by Bridget Williams.

Fitness cabin in Spa Town. Photo by Bridget Williams.

South Fork of the Flathead River; summer swimming, boating, waterskiing, kayaking and jet skiing, and use of the Paw’s Up private lake house on Seeley Lake; winter snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, ice fishing, skiing and sleigh rides. Children with seemingly boundless energy can recreate to their hearts content as part of the robust “Kids Corps of Discovery” program. A nanny is available for infants up to three months; full and half-day programs are available with a ratio of one counselor for every fve children for older children and teens. “We always strive to look for teachable moments and provide a lot of tactile activities,” said Jackie Kecskes, Youth Programs director.


Far from roughing it for dinner in a tent camp dining pavilion.

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Dining Pavilion at Clifside Camp

A typical day for children ages six-to-12 may include pony or horseback rides, spending time with animals in the petting zoo, archery, arts and crafts, a feld trip to a nearby authentic ghost town (note: it’s a fun day trip for adults too), mining for gems in the sapphire-rich dirt and fashioning finds into jewelry. I was enamored with the kiddywampus tree house and the endless adventures, both real and imagined launched from within its walls. Teens can rappel, raft, canoe and fsh, among other peer-centric pursuits. A new evening children’s program and available after-hour care ensures “everyone gets exactly the vacation they want,” said Kecskes. Fresh air and jam-packed days inspire Montana-sized appetites, and the Lipson’s are staunchly committed to supporting local farmers as well as providing top-notch dining experiences, frequently recruiting winemakers, sommeliers and guest chefs from 64 slmag.net

top restaurants around the country for unique culinary programs. Several times a years a table for 225 is set for a themed Montana Long Table Dinner; prior to breaking bread attendees can stroll and sample from a pop-up farmer’s market. Hearty culinary oferings across the board range from rustic to refned, always highlighting the next of what’s in season. In the introduction to their 2016 program guide, the Lipson’s ideally summed up the appeal of The Resort at Paw’s Up: “In a world stressed by an endless supply of complex problems and overtaxed by technology, it’s comforting to know that there’s still a place where you can experience a pristine land that time forgot.” Nightly rates (from $464/person) include three meals per day, airport transfer, on-property transportation, snacks and amenities in the accommodation. Spa services and guided activities are available separately for purchase. For more information visit pawsup.com. sl


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Giovanni Gabriele’s success is written—and pictured—on the walls of his renowned restaurant, Giovanni’s on the Hill. Every inch of space in the reception area and every hallway is covered with awards, glowing reviews and photos of famous customers. There’s an ever-growing display of AAA Four Diamond Awards, which Giovanni’s has won every year since 1989. Tere are the DiRoNA Awards, placing Giovanni’s among the most Distinguished Restaurants of North America. On one wall is a letter from Ronald and Nancy Reagan thanking Gabriele for cooking for the 1981 inauguration festivities. A framed photo of Reagan is displayed too, along with a parade of many of his successors: Presidents George H.W. Bush (“Bush the older,” Gabriele says), Clinton, Barack Obama. Ten there are the celebrities, everyone from Frank Sinatra, Oprah Winfrey to Michael Jordan. Gabriele grew up in Sicily, where his family was in the restaurant business. However, he didn’t grow up behind the stove. “In Italy, cooking skills were in my blood,” he says.

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In November 1964, he came by ship to America and took a train to St. Louis, where his wife’s family lived. Once here, he got a job in the old Combustion Engineering factory. When he needed more income to support his growing family, he began working nights at Tony’s. “I started work as a busboy,” he says. “You see business leaders, big diamonds, beautiful dresses, movie stars … I became in love with the job.” He left the factory and started working as a waiter, enrolling briefly in community college to study cooking. “To be a chef, sometimes you don’t need a school,” he says. “You need a passion.” In 1974, he opened Giovanni’s. “It was nothing like what it is now,” he says, pointing to the moldings on the walls, the paintings, the sculptures, the elegant light fixtures. “With experience, I got better and better. Tat’s what happened to me.” In December 1981, he was invited to represent Missouri during President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration festivities. The event in Washington would last for four days, and he needed enough food for 10,000 people a day.

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Gabriele knew exactly what to make: “Pasta is the best dish in Italian cuisine.” Cooking for 40,000 presents unique challenges, so he turned to an expert in deciding what type of pasta would work best. “I went across the street to talk to Mr. Ravarino,” an owner of R&F pasta. Tey talked over the pros and cons of various shapes, deciding the best bet was farfalline – small, sturdy bow ties. In Washington, Gabriele, his brother and two culinary students stirred together pan after pan of sauce to toss with cooked pasta. Frank Sinatra, the master of ceremonies, came into the kitchen to see what was cooking. “He said, ‘Why don’t you call it presidential farfalle?’ ” Gabriele did just that, and Farfalline del Presidente Reagan – bow-tie pasta with fakes of salmon and Parmigiano cheese in cream sauce – is still on Giovanni’s menu. “I love America,” Gabriele says. Another pasta with a nod to a well-known name is Pappardelle alla Bella Oprah, fat, wide noodles tossed with fresh tomato, basil pesto and ricotta cheese.


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“‘She said, I have so many awards, but I never had a pasta after my name,’ ” he recalls. “She told the waiter to bring a bottle of Dom Perignon to every table. She spent $6,000. She stood up and made a toast to the new dish. “Oprah is a woman you can’t believe. She’s very open. She kissed everybody — every busboy, every customer.” That was on Saturday. First thing Monday, Oprah Winfrey’s production company asked Gabriele to cook the dish live on her television show. By week’s end, the show had fown Gabriele and his son, Frank, to Chicago. Tey cooked enough for the entire audience to sample. “It was an unbelievable, unforgettable experience.” Giovanni Gabriele’s daughter, Alicia, is an attorney, but sometimes she too plays a role in the family business. About 20 years ago, a man wearing a mink coat came into Giovanni’s, looked around, and asked to reserve a table for 10 in the middle of the room. He stipulated that the other tables in the room be kept empty. Gabriele balked at that, because he didn’t 72 slmag.net

want to turn away business and he had never heard of the guest of honor: Paul McCartney. “I didn’t know who it was,” he says. “I don’t follow television.” He called his daughter and asked. “She said, ‘Daddy, the Beatles.’ “Frank Sinatra, I would know. Pavarotti, I would know. The Beatles I heard about, but I didn’t know who was Paul McCartney.” Frank and Gabriele’s other son, Carmelo, are now his business partners at Giovanni’s and their other two restaurants, Il Bel Lago in Creve Coeur and Giovanni’s Kitchen in Ladue. “My boys, they’re my right and left arms,” Gabriele says. Te names of his extended family and their restaurants are also familiar to St. Louis diners: Mineo, Manno, Benedetto, Sanflippo, among others. “St. Louis is the most beautiful city for Italian dining,” Gabriele says. “We are immigrants. We come from Italy. We love it, and we challenge each other.” sl


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Photography by Jennifer Silverberg Karen Kalish’s home is indicative of her essence: colorful like the Agam painting in the front room and multi-tiered. Her vibrant eyeglasses blend right in with the bright walls that create a gallery-like setting, museum worthy art descriptions included. Everything in the early 19th-century Clayton structure broadcasts her individualism. A graduate of Clayton High School and Saint Louis University, Kalish started her career as an elementary school teacher in Washington D.C. She moved to television as an on-air consumer reporter and was recognized as an activist during the consumer movement in the 1970s. She took a similar job in Chicago in the late ’70s, then returned to Washington to work at “Entertainment Tonight.” In the early ’90s, after years of heading her own media consulting company, Kalish had what she calls a “V8 moment” while watching a morning talk show. “The African-American majority whip [William Gray III] on Capitol Hill had started a program with a Jewish guy [George Ross, managing partner of Goldman Sachs] in Philadelphia called ‘Operation Understanding,’” Kalish says. “It was for a small group of black kids and Jewish kids to teach them about their own and each others’ race, religion, culture and history, and I was just, ‘Oh my gosh.’” Within a week, she met with the organization and asked if she could start a similar program, Operation Understanding D.C. Twenty-two years later, it is still operating. “Tat was my frst nonproft, and I did everything wrong,” she says. “I had no idea how to start a nonproft; I had no idea about leadership.” Five years later, at 54, Kalish left the Operation Understanding D.C. in the hands of its board so she could earn a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard University, tacking on classes in leadership, community organizing and nonprofts. In 2001, she made her way back to St. Louis. She has spent the ensuing years focusing on her favorite causes: promoting literacy and providing assistance to low-performing students to help level the playing feld in education. Kalish, now 70, also founded “Books and Badges,” a program where St. Louis police recruits help city students struggling with reading. She got the idea during an uneventful police ride-along. She knew from research that children who aren’t reading by the end of third grade have a much greater chance of ending 76 slmag.net

up in the criminal justice system. After spending time with the police, Kalish came up with an idea of having recruits read to and work with slow readers in the schools. “It was just an idea and I took it to the police chief and he bought it,” she says. More than a decade later, she is still fne-tuning the program, checking in at the schools and making adjustments. She wants to spread the program across the nation. Her next nonprofit was Cultural Leadership, a year-long program for high school students that originally included only African-American and Jewish students but now involves students from all walks of life. “The kids apply, fill out essays and have face-to-face interviews,” she says. “Tey meet on Sundays, they have retreats and they take a three-week trip in the summertime to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, all over Alabama, all over Mississippi, Little Rock and Memphis, to learn about civil rights, social justice and democracy in this country. It’s really a niche program for kids who want to change the world.” But Kalish also recognized a need to build relationships between schools and parents. That program, called HOME WORKS!, pays teachers to visit families where education is not a priority. “We just keep learning how to be even more efective to get to these kids who are below grade level, who have attendance issues and behavior issues and tardiness issues,” Kalish says. “They’re in homes where the mom gave birth and she thinks school will take care of it fve years later. Tere’s very little reading and talking and valuing education in these homes. Many of them are just working their hearts out to keep the lights on and put food on the table. How do we create a future for these kids?” A master networker, Kalish finds young professionals and hosts meet-ups, asking only that attendees have a college degree and the right mindset. It’s all part of her plan to spread her vision to younger generations. Kalish also loves to promote philanthropy, particularly when it comes to HOME WORKS! “I love asking people to support giving kids a future they wouldn’t otherwise have,” she says. “Tis one is so important, and it’s going to take generations. It will go into more school districts and states, and it will help get kids education. We need them in our workforce.” sl


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Te Rotunda of St. Louis’ City Hall never shines quite as brightly as it does when the local citizens gather to celebrate Mardi Gras at the Mayor’s Ball. Funds raised go to the Marid Gras Foundation which makes community grants for the well being of downtown and Soulard.

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Te lights of the Chase Park Plaza paled in comparison to the luminaries chosen to receive the 2016 St. Louis Arts Awards, given annually by the Arts and Education Council.

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To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Ranken Jordan added a touch of the past to its present. At this year’s Crystal Gala held at the Ritz-Carlton, they added touches that date back to the 1941 spring tea parties held by founder Mary Ranken Jordan when Care Beyond the Bedside began.

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COCA has a tradition of inviting the members of the Richard Barron Leadership Circle over for an annual fete. Tis year the organization honored Bill Carson and the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation.

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Te Fabulous Fox Teatre added to its air of magic recently when the Young Friends of Kids With Cancer gathered to hold their annual VooDoo in the Lou Masquerade Ball. Guests dined, danced, and watched a burlesque show by Lola Van Ella & Company.

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A DEBUTANTE BALL

His Excellency Most Reverend Edward Rice received 19 young women debuting at the 2015 Fleur de Lis ball, the Archdiocese’s 57th. Te gala raises money for SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital; to date, that fgure is nearly $3 million.

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