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This year will be the first time that Melissa and I have not gone on a spring break in a long, long time. My oldest son, Jack, works full-time for BMI, and my youngest, Charlie, a senior at Wake Forest, has decided to take a Caribbean cruise with his college friends. So, Melissa and I find ourselves missing out. Since this is spring break season, I wanted to share some childhood spring vacation memories, specifically my first spring breaks from 1967 through 1973, spent in Florida at the Key Biscayne Hotel and Villas.

For the first two trips to Key Biscayne, we drove 10 hours daily for two days. Back in the late sixties, the journey was not all interstates. I remember going through the streets of downtown Atlanta past the Hyatt Regency, with its blue flying saucer restaurant on top, which dominated the skyline back then. At the end of the first day, we would stay overnight at the Holiday Inn in Valdosta, GA, on the Florida–Georgia line. The Holiday Inn seemed very inviting to a 9-year-old who had been bored out of his mind for the last 10 hours. The dining room had the best fresh broiled shrimp with drawn lemon butter. The next day, we would head down the Sunshine Parkway, where you could experience the sweet smell of the orange groves and grab some fresh-squeezed orange juice. Once we got to Miami, Key Biscayne was a quick trip across the Rickenbacker Causeway through Key Virginia to our destination, the Key Biscayne Hotel.

At the end of a long, straight driveway stood the Key Biscayne Hotel. The hotel was a glamorous white mid-20th century modern fourstory hotel, like a mini-Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The grounds had an 18-hole chip-and-putt golf course surrounded by villas connected by sidewalks. The course ended at the seawall and the beach on Biscayne Bay. You could walk south on the beach to an old burned-out lighthouse from the 19th century. The pool featured the head lifeguard, Joe Green, who would do fancy diving during his lunch hour (my father mockingly referred to him as “Mr. Wonderful”). The ballroom in the evenings had an elegant buffet that included the first Seafood Newburg I had ever eaten. It also had a dance floor and featured a society dance band that would play standards like “Tea for Two.” The lobby had an automatic typewriter constantly typing out the news, probably from Dow Jones or Reuters. That was quite high-tech back then, and I was fascinated by it.

It would only be a Mahanes family vacation if fine dining were involved! My family had some regular places we would go. These included Joe’s Stone Crab, still a favorite of mine and still in existence, the Luau for Polynesian food, the Jamaica Inn for prime rib and Yorkshire pudding, and Shorty’s for barbequed ribs and fresh corn on the cob.

Our 1968 spring vacation was my very favorite visit to Key Biscayne. It started with me winning at bingo and winning a shoehorn–a big deal for a 9-year-old who had never won anything! I also won a trophy for getting a hole-in-one on the chip and putt course. The shot never got airborne and was one long putt with a seven iron. In 1968, my father and I would build World War I model airplanes together. Coincidentally, on that trip, I met Eddie Rickenbacker, America’s top ace in World War I and Chairman of Eastern Airlines, by the pool and got his autograph. When I thought my trip couldn’t get any better, I saw President Richard Nixon and his bodyguard on the beach and ran up to introduce myself. President Nixon took me to his beachfront villa and signed two postcards for me.

Those Key Biscayne spring vacations are some of my favorite childhood memories. Unfortunately, Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm, wiped out the Key Biscayne Hotel in 1992. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne now stands approximately where the Key Biscayne Hotel and Villas used to be. Melissa, Jack, Charlie, and I stayed there during spring break 2006. Like all Ritz-Carlton properties, it was pretty spectacular. However, I am still nostalgic for some of that mid-20th-century modern vibe.

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We speak to Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung about his fashion journey and road to Nashville

Interview by Melissa Mahanes / Photos Courtesy of Prabal Gurung

Melissa Mahanes: Can you tell us about your journey into the fashion industry and how you started your brand?

Prabal Gurung: My journey into fashion began with a childhood immersed in the vibrant colors and rich textures of Nepal. After studying design in New York City and gaining experience with esteemed designers, I founded my own brand in 2009. Prabal Gurung reflects my commitment to diversity, empowerment, and social consciousness, offering modern elegance with a global perspective.

MM: How would you describe your signature style as a designer?

PG: My signature style as a designer is characterized by modern elegance infused with a sense of cultural richness and social consciousness. I strive to create pieces that celebrate diversity, empower women, and challenge traditional notions of beauty. Each collection merges impeccable craftsmanship with a global perspective, resulting in garments that are both timeless and forward-thinking.

MM: What inspires your designs, and how do you translate that inspiration into your collections?

PG: My designs are inspired by a multitude of sources, from my heritage to contemporary art, literature, and the diverse women I encounter. I’m deeply influenced by the world around me, from the colors of nature to the stories of resilience and strength. Translating these inspirations into my collections involves a meticulous process of research, experimentation, and collaboration with skilled artisans, resulting in garments that resonate with emotion, authenticity, and a sense of purpose.

MM: As a Nepalese designer, how do you incorporate your cultural heritage into your designs while appealing to a global audience?

PG: My cultural heritage serves as a constant source of inspiration for my designs. I infuse elements such as traditional textiles, motifs, and craftsmanship into my collections, while also ensuring a modern, global sensibility. This balance allows me to create garments that resonate with a diverse audience, celebrating the beauty and richness of my heritage while appealing to the global zeitgeist.

MM: How do you approach creating inclusive and diverse fashion, and why is it important to you?

PG: Creating inclusive and diverse fashion is not just a goal but a fundamental value of my brand. I believe in celebrating the beauty of all races, genders, and body types, ensuring that everyone feels represented and empowered through my designs. It’s essential to me because fashion has the power to shape perceptions, challenge stereotypes, and promote acceptance, fostering a more inclusive and compassionate world for future generations.

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MM: Fashion collaborations have become popular in recent years. Are there any future collaborations or partnerships that you are particularly excited about?

PG: Collaborations are indeed a dynamic way to explore new creative avenues. While I cannot reveal specific details at this moment, I’m always open to exciting collaborations that align with my brand’s values and ethos. Stay tuned!

MM: What do you consider your most significant achievement as a designer so far?

PG: One of my proudest achievements is the ability to use fashion as a platform for social change and empowerment. Whether it’s through advocating for diversity, supporting important causes, or challenging industry norms, I believe my biggest accomplishment lies in making a meaningful impact beyond the realm of fashion, inspiring positive change, and fostering a more inclusive world.

MM: Can you share some challenges you have faced throughout your career and how you overcame them?

PG: Throughout my career, I’ve faced various challenges, from navigating the competitive fashion industry to overcoming personal doubts and setbacks. However, each obstacle has been an opportunity for growth and resilience. By staying true to my vision, surrounding myself with a supportive team, and embracing adversity as a catalyst for innovation, I’ve been able to overcome challenges and emerge stronger, more determined, and more inspired than ever before.

MM: Are there any emerging trends or movements in the fashion industry that you find particularly exciting? Do you use technology in your design process?

PG: I find the increasing focus on inclusivity incredibly exciting. It’s inspiring to witness the growing movement towards ethical practices and diverse representation. As designers, embracing these trends allows us to not only create beautiful garments but also contribute positively to society and the planet. And absolutely, technology is an integral part of my design process that allows me to innovate and streamline my creative process, while also empowering me to push boundaries and create garments that are cutting-edge.

MM: What is your vision for the future of the Prabal Gurung brand, and what steps are you taking to actualize that vision?

PG: My vision for the future of the brand is rooted in continued innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity. I strive to further expand our global presence while maintaining a strong commitment to ethical practices and diverse representation. Through collaborations, partnerships, and ongoing dialogue with our community, we’re taking proactive steps to actualize this vision, ensuring that the brand remains at the forefront of fashion while making a positive impact on the world.

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The Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a delightful destination and it’s own Magic Kingdom

Nestled within the heart of Orlando, Florida, The Four Seasons Resort offers a luxurious escape surrounded by the enchanting landscapes of Walt Disney World Resort. With its impeccable service, world-class amenities, and breathtaking surroundings, The Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a beacon of elegance and relaxation in one of the world’s most beloved vacation destinations.

From the moment you arrive, you are immediately impressed by the Resort’s grandeur and sophistication. The Lobby exudes timeless charm with its elegant furnishings, soaring ceilings, sweeping views

of the surrounding lush gardens, and tranquil water features. The Lobby includes a designated Disney Planning Center to assist you with anything your heart desires. Conveniently located near the Front and Concierge Desks, you can meet one-on-one with a Disney Cast Member to plan the details of your stay. They can also arrange private, guided VIP tours for your group and expedited access to attractions, like 30 minutes early entry to any Theme Park daily. The hotel provides complimentary luxury motor coaches to the four main Disney Parks and surrounding area. 27

Accommodations at The Four Seasons Resort Orlando are nothing short of extraordinary. The newly renovated 443 guest rooms and 68 suites are spacious and designed with both comfort and luxury in mind, featuring contemporary décor, plush furnishings, and stateof-the-art amenities. Many rooms offer stunning views of the Resort’s pristine golf course, shimmering lakes, or the iconic Cinderella Castle at nearby Magic Kingdom Park. The luxuriously spacious Royal Suite, at over 3,000 square feet with wraparound terraces, has the ability to expand to a stunning 9-bedroom residence. Every detail, from the carefully curated artwork to the attentive staff, reflects the Resort’s commitment to providing an unparalleled guest experience.

Guests of The Four Seasons Resort Orlando are spoiled for choice when it comes to recreation and relaxation. The Resort boasts a lavish spa with 18 treatment rooms, including six couples’ suites, offering an array of rejuvenating treatments inspired by the elements of nature. Spa treatments include massages and facials, as well as cryotherapy,

IV treatments, hair, and nail services. For those seeking quiet relaxation, The Oasis Adult Pool offers an infinity-edge pool with two jacuzzis, attentive poolside chaise lounge service from the PB&G Restaurant, and delicious cocktails of the shaken or frozen variety.

For the more adventurous, there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities, including golfing on the Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course, three Har Tru tennis courts, yoga lessons, personal training, and workout classes both outdoors and in the stateof-the-art Fitness Center.

Kids and kids-at-heart will delight in the Resort’s private 5-acre Water Park, including a winding Lazy River, Drop Water Slides, a Splash Zone, a Family Pool, The Peak Rock-Climbing Wall, and Sports Courts. Kids can also enjoy their own personal clubhouse in The Hideout Game Room.

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Seasons for children ages 4-12 has a full schedule of programming open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm. The activities are extensive and are offered complimentary to resort guests. There are also dive-in movies at the Family Pool on Thursdays and Saturdays. For children three years and older, the spa even offers transformations into Belles of the Ball or Shining Knights during one of their magical makeovers.

Culinary delights await at the Resort’s diverse dining venues, where guests can savor delectable cuisine ranging from contemporary American fare to authentic Italian dishes. Whether enjoying a romantic dinner at the rooftop steakhouse, sipping handcrafted cocktails poolside, or indulging in afternoon tea at the elegant Lobby Lounge, every dining experience at The Four Seasons Resort Orlando is sure to tantalize the taste buds. In addition to PB&G, the Resort has Lickety Split, a coffee and gelato bar, The Lobby Bar that offers indoor and outdoor cocktails and dinner, and Plancha, indoor/ outdoor dining at the Tranquilo Golf Course.

For more elevated dining, Ravello Restaurant offers lavish breakfast buffets (with Goofy on Thursday and Saturday mornings) and dinner from Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi. Modern Italian is the menu’s focus, which includes everything from small plates and pizzas to house pastas and hearty main courses. The chef employs his family’s recipes, so expect personalized dishes such as grilled melanzane with zucchini, cucumber, and ricotta or calamari sautéed in tomato sauce with oregano, olives, and capers. The Spinach, Veal, and Ricotta Ravioli is an homage to his grandmother, and desserts such as Tirami Su Classico and Pistachio Tartufo are not to be missed. The cocktail menu is imaginative, the wine list is extensive, and a highlight is their signature house-made limoncello. Ravello even offers Pasta & Play, a complimentary service for Ravello guests dining with kids ages 4-12. After the meal, kids can enjoy supervised activities on the Spa Lawn with the Kid for All Seasons team while adults relax and have a nightcap. 29

Capa and Capa Bar encompasses the entire 17th floor of Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Drawing inspiration from the Basque culture of Spain, the restaurant décor pays homage to an essential part of Spain’s history. Design highlights include a vibrant bar that is featured front-and-center, surrounded by a mural of antique replica Spanish coins positioned in the shape of a matador and bull. Capa has been rated one Michelin star since 2022, when Michelin Guide published the inaugural Michelin Guide Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. Menu highlights include prime meats, fresh seafood, wagyu, and Spanish tapas. In addition to Schenardi and Chef Malyna Si at the helm, Capa features

exquisite desserts by Executive Pastry Chef Rabii Saber, a twicenominated James Beard Award semi-finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. A highlight is the expansive terrace, with incredible views of the Disney area and the nightly Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot fireworks. The attentive staff will course your meal so you can step out onto the terrace to take in the show.

Whether seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a memorable destination for a special event, The Four Seasons Resort Orlando promises an unforgettable experience marked by unparalleled luxury, impeccable service, and the timeless allure of Central Florida’s most enchanting destination. You’ll never want to leave. sl

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The debut of La Fantaisie last summer in Paris' 9th arrondissement has created more buzz than a beehive.

I knew from social media clatter that travel influencers were agog about La Fantaisie (, which opened in Paris this past summer. Still, after walking from Gare Du Nord in a steady drizzle with luggage in tow, I was surprised to see a bevy of gendarmes stationed at the start of Rue Cadet, a few yards from the hotel's front door in the bustling Faubourg-Montmartre neighborhood. Following an awkward interaction that reminded me (once again) that I must acquire a basic level of conversational French, I learned that the crowd control wasn't for the hotel but rather security for French President Macron, who was attending an event next door.

No staff were stationed outside the hotel, but this slight was absolved as soon as I stepped inside this maximalist's dream. I

imagined that this would be the result if Wes Anderson and Iris Apfel collaborated on a hotel. The lobby and its cozy lounge, covered floor-to-ceiling in color and pattern, was slightly retro, very funky, and totally unique. I was instantly smitten.

And, as if I needed a reminder that this property was a complete departure from the rarefied air (some would say stuffiness) found in the upper echelons of Parisian hotels, the reception staff, whose ages appeared to bridge the era where Millennials end and Gen Z begins, boasted casual uniforms, a more 21st-century letme-know-what-you-need attitude, and spoke perfect English. Adding to the "cool kids" vibe was a fantastic playlist and a sprinkling of artfully dressed modelesque locals tucked into the lounge's corner banquettes conversing over an aperitif.

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Golden Poppy’s ikejmecaught fish with parsnip milk and “Leche de Tigre,” a spicy citrus marinade.

Rue Cadet draws its name from 16th-century gardeners, brothers Jacques and Jean, who owned the Clos Cadet and supplied the royal court with fruit and vegetables. At La Fantaisie, Swedish-born and London-based designer Martin Brudnizki pays homage to this history, with interiors given over to a rainbow of botanical motifs, a charming and unexpected "secret" garden in its "backyard," and a rooftop bar with a lushly landscaped terrace.

I enjoyed the sweet sound of bird song piped into the elevator—clad in green grasscloth wallpaper and antiqued mirrors— as I rode up to my room. The door slid open to reveal more color-on-pattern-on-texture, with bright green trim surrounding Fornasetti's iconic Chiavi Segrete wallpaper, in which dense foliage conceals golden skeleton keys. The color of each guestroom door evoked a sunshiny day.

Brudnizki, whose dossier includes the new Vesper Bar at The Dorchester in London and The Britely at Pendry West Hollywood in LA, certainly has a flair for the theatric, providing an Alice-InWonderland-worthy psychedelic dreamscape inside and out of La Fantaisie's 63 rooms and 10 suites. While the design of guestrooms is slightly less exuberant than that of its public spaces, there is no shortage of whimsy.

Mirroring the star power of its design, culinary luminary Dominique Crenn oversees Golden Poppy, La Fantaisie's flagship restaurant, which is a destination in its own right. French-born

Crenn, who has worked in the US since the 1980s and holds the distinction of becoming the first – and only – female chef to be awarded three Michelin stars in the States, has seized on her homecoming with great aplomb, creating a fine dining experience with a zero plastic and zero waste philosophy. Golden Poppy's interiors—a glass-roofed main dining room reminiscent of an antique greenhouse that offers direct access to a large walled garden—are apropos for Crenn's vegetable- and fish-forward menu, which brings a touch of California's multicultural cuisine, and a subtle spiciness that's hard to find in many Parisian fine dining experiences. I could have eaten a dozen of her mushroom tarts, but I was glad I didn't, so I had room to enjoy spicy fried rice noodles with seaweed wakame butter and smoked trout roe.

For its subterranean spa, La Fantaisie partnered with French brand Holidermie, which employs a unique, naturally vegan approach in its quest to offer effective, simple, and radiant beauty products.

Normally a 7th arrondissement gal when I am lucky enough to be visiting Paris, I appreciated the cute pocket-sized guide to the neighborhood left on my nightstand, which allowed my wandering to be a bit more purpose-driven than usual. La Fantaisie is located in a charming part of the city, full of intriguing passageways, magnificent architecture, and À la Mère de Famille, the oldest chocolatier in Paris. C'est si bon! sl 37
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A new wine subscription service aims to create adventurous oenophiles through education and exclusive partnerships.

In 2020, while participating in a socially distanced wine tasting with a friend, Stephanie Franklin began tasting through bottles of her kit and thought, "Yikes, this is not good." As Franklin put down her glass, a question arose in her head: "Why can't I make a better version of this?" she thought. Feeling stagnant in her career, Franklin used the global pause provided by the pandemic to perform research, investigate the wine industry, and ponder her next move. Another attribute in her arsenal included the time she'd spent living in Europe, where she got to experience Old World wine culture firsthand. As a bonus, one of the first friends she made when moving to the Bay Area, Guiliano Manno, was a practicing sommelier and served as a sounding board for her ideas.

After her mother's sudden death in the same year, Franklin wanted to eliminate any "would've, could've, should've" in her life and finally lead a life of her own design rather than what others expected her to be. Leaving behind a lengthy career in technology, Franklin realized she could meld her prior experience and knowledge with her love of wine by creating a wine subscription service aimed at shaking up the market.

Franklin launched FlyWines ( in late 2023. Aiming to be more than just a wine seller, Franklin is passionate about bringing undiscovered and underrepresented wine regions to the US market. To make this happen, Franklin traveled the world, visiting winemakers in person to discover wines missing from store shelves and create a connection with these wineries and winemakers that goes above just being a business partnership. As a Black woman in an industry historically dominated by men, she feels it's essential to have a diverse portfolio and tell stories that show the vastness of the wine industry and the passion that goes into those 750ml bottles sent to customers' doors.

Riding the learning curve in establishing her business has been eased somewhat by technology. However, Franklin emphasized that the time-honored tradition of building one-onone relationships is just as important as it was 50 years ago. For Franklin, most of the wineries she works with are generations in the making, and she wants to tell their stories with every pour. Through exclusive partnerships with winemakers in Turkey, Northern Italy, California, and soon Portugal, Georgia, Greece, and Morocco, Franklin has made significant inroads


in introducing these wines to an entirely new audience that wouldn't have been possible without her advocacy.

Franklin said one thing that differentiates FlyWines from other subscription services, outside of having access to their oneof-a-kind portfolio, is the option to sample before committing to a full order. You can refine your palette preferences while tasting through a four-bottle sample to successfully curate future purchases. Franklin's current model is two bottles a month, as she found other subscription services were overwhelming customers with too many bottles. However, depending on customer demands, her subscription boxes will eventually be expanded to four or six bottles a month.

Following a surge in wine sales during the pandemic, an inevitable correction has seen wine consumption decline in recent years, with a two-to-four percent drop in overall wine volume sales in 2023. The wine industry has the daunting task of capturing the attention and loyalty of an audience with so much to choose from and limited wine knowledge. Despite these challenges, the premium wine segment represents a bright spot as customers buy less but are willing to pay more for a high-quality bottle. Franklin's wine selections frequently fall into the high-end category and are intended for

consumers willing to spend more on experience and quality. Franklin singled out one of her selections, a Mosole Tai that she compared to a buttery chardonnay, which kept customers clamoring for more.

Franklin wants to contribute to a wine renaissance through various means of education. FlyWines will soon launch virtual tasting sessions for subscribers, allowing consumers to fully understand their palette and the wine they're tasting. Franklin says she wants "everyone to become their own sommelier" and get excited about expanding their wine knowledge. She is also investigating group events, such as corporate retreats with wine kits, to further her pursuit of wine education and expose customers to overlooked wonders of the wine world.

For many, wine tasting can seem daunting, with people seeing it as a test with hard and fast rules and right and wrong answers. Fearing a poor grade can make people afraid to switch lanes and veer away from what they know. FlyWines wants to be an option for people looking to be more adventurous from the comfort of their homes. Looking to the future, Franklin hopes her leap of faith into the world of wine will inspire others to take theirs with FlyWines and allow themselves to discover the joy of being a curious oenophile. sl 39
FlyWines founder Stephanie Franklin



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Ariella Chezar, an instructor and artistic director at FlowerSchool New York, shares how to harness the inherent drama of nature and alter a room’s energy through her artful floral arrangements.

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In her first book, iconic multihyphenate Barbra Streisand reveals another aspect of her vast skillset by sharing a deeply personal look into the creation and construction of her newest residence, a “dream refuge” she’s pined for since the days when she shared a small Brooklyn apartment with her mother, brother, and grandparents. Barbra Streisand—My Passion for Design—hardcover, 288 pages, Viking Press

A peek inside 12 unique abodes, many never before published, home to artists, designers, photographers, musicians, and more, with a shared theme of creatively decorating. Available March 12. Anna Malmberg (photographer), Mari Strenghielm (stylist)—Creative Homes: Evocative, Eclectic & Carefully Curated Interiors—paper over board, 208 pages, Ryland, Peters & Small

When it came to the interior design of his homes, the late and legendary Karl Lagerfeld was as exacting and opinionated as he was renowned for when it came to both his personal appearance and prowess as a fashion designer. The included homes are documented by date, beginning in the 1960s through his final home purchase in 2009. Patrick Mauriès, Marie Kalt—Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Houses— hardcover, 240 pages, image courtesy of Thames and Hudson.

A beautifully illustrated survey of the awardwinning Sydney-based design practice Arent & Pyke founded in 2007 encompassing interior architecture and design with a unique focus on decorative arts. Available March 9. Juliette Arent & Sarah-Jane Pyke— Arent & Pyke: Interiors beyond the primary palette—hardcover, 304 pages, image courtesy of Thames and Hudson.


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Certified nutritionists Tamara Green and Sarah Grossman provide information and recipes to help you boost your mood through food. Available March 26. Tamara Green & Sarah Grossman—Good Food, Good Mood: 100 Nourishing Recipes to Support Mind and Body Wellness— hardcover, 248 pages, Appetite by Random House

Home gardener, baker, entrepreneur, and awardwinning cookbook author Rosie Daykin shares how she designed and nurtured her Vancouver garden and recipes highlighting freshly harvested produce. Available April 9. Rosie Daykin—The Side Gardener: Recipes & Notes from My Garden—hardcover, 288 pages, Appetite by Random House

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Peach Fuzz

PANTONE Color Institute Selects Peach Fuzz as its 2024 Color of the Year

“A cozy peach hue softly nestled between pink and orange, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz brings belonging, inspires recalibration, and an opportunity for nurturing, conjuring up an air of calm, offering us a space to be, feel, and heal and to flourish from whether spending time with others or taking the time to enjoy a moment by ourselves,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute. “Drawing comfort from PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, we can find peace from within, impacting our wellbeing. An idea as much as a feeling, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz awakens our senses to the comforting presence of tactility and cocooned warmth.”

The introduction of PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz also marks the 25th anniversary of the Pantone Color of the Year

program. First introduced by the Pantone Color Institute in 1999 with the Pantone Color of the Year, PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean Blue, the Pantone Color of the Year captures the global zeitgeist, serving as an expression of a mood and an attitude on the part of the consumer.

“In the spirit of PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, we reflect on the last 25 years of the Pantone Color of the Year program, grateful to provide an avenue where designers and color enthusiasts all over the world can engage in a conversation about color, be inspired by color and showcase their creativity within their communities. We look forward to continuing this for many more years,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. sl

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Living the life of a “Golden Guinness

Girl” at Ireland’s Ashford Castle

On a recent winter night in Ireland's County Mayo at Squire Danagher's Cottage, the original house where 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara was filmed in the 1950s, we feasted on a traditional Irish dinner comprised of slow-cooked stew and potatoes (with a few glasses of champagne and seasonal canapes added to the mix). We capped off the private dining experience at this Ashford Castle outpost by sipping warmed whiskey while local students showed off their Irish dancing skills and traditional songs were performed in front of the fireplace. Much like Wayne's character of Sean Thorton, I felt right at home.

Ireland has always evoked feelings of home for me. I know I'm not alone, with nearly ten percent of the US population

reporting Irish ancestry. In my case, it's Éire's rolling hills, rugged landscape, and picturesque villages dotting the countryside that stir up something deep inside, making even first-timers feel a sense of déjà vu.

At Ashford Castle, it's the Irish themselves who feel the tug on their heartstrings as second and third generations of families, from guests to employees, have continued to return to the storied estate, spanning 350 acres of gardens, woodland along the shores of Lough Corrib, the largest lake within the Republic of Ireland. The manicured grounds provide for an array of activities ranging from country classics, such as horse riding, shooting, falconry, and fishing, to modern favorites, such as golf and biking.

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The Spa at Ashford Castle is housed in a contemporary addition to the 14th-century castle.

Vaster than its setting is Ashford Castle's nearly 800-year history. Built in 1228 as a medieval fortress, it was passed among noble owners, most notably the Guinness family, who fashioned it into a "grand retreat" to impress well-to-do guests. Following centuries of additions, expansions, and owners, Ashford Castle joined the Red Carnation Hotels family in 2013. The Tollman family's ardent affinity for the property ushered in a massive multi-million-dollar renovation that breathed new life into the castle and reestablished its pre-eminence among the world's luxury hotels.

A symbol of the Tollman's sweet spot for Ashford Castle is delivered at check-in: a chocolate Irish wolfhound crafted by director of chocolate and patisserie Paula Stakelum, lovingly named 'Stanley' after the late Stanley Tollman. When he died at 91 in 2021, Niall Gibbons, head of Tourism Ireland, wrote, "The investment of Red Carnation Hotels into Ashford Castle ... and the consequential impact on rural Ireland cannot be overstated."

Entering the hallowed halls at Ashford Castle feels a bit like emerging from a time capsule. Still, the castle's contemporary grandeur is something even former esteemed guest George V would revel in, from the castle's 83 rooms, each uniquely designed (but always equipped with a pair of Hunter boots and a tartan jacket for the weather) to the myriad of amenities and experiences that make every stay different than the last. Ashford exquisitely balances the royal experience with humble pleasures, allowing guests to experience Ireland's history and culture but at an elevated level.

A pinnacle experience for guests who are keen to sample an afternoon of royal rural idyll in the Irish countryside, Ashford's School of Falconry, the country’s oldest, offers a "Hawk Walk". As you stroll the estate grounds, a pair of feathered friends follow along and deftly swoop onto your gloved hand for a quick bite.

Suppose you're more inclined to fur than feathers. In that case, you can walk through the woodlands with a member of Ashford's

Prince of Wales Bar The three-dimensional mosaic installation in the spa pool was designed by by South African ceramic artist Jane du Rand. The Connaught Room serves afternoon tea and views of the castle’s manicured gradens and Lough Corrib.
The George V dining room is named in honor of George V of England, who visited Ashford Castle in 1905.

pack of canine companions: two Irish wolfhounds, an Irish setter, and a black lab (who guided the way with his favorite slipper in mouth). While our guide frequently stopped for photo ops and Q&A, my favorite moment was when he asked us to share a picture of our dog with the group and the collective "oohs and ahhs" that followed with each person's slideshow of their favorite pup.

Sitting at the apex of our afternoon activities was a round of clay shooting, and leading up to the excursion, I fretted that it would be a frustratingly fruitless pursuit. However, our patient and knowledgeable instructors made us such good shots that even the noblemen who roamed the grounds centuries ago would've been impressed.

Whether you're looking to unwind after a day of excitement or indulge in a self-care day, Ashford's award-winning Spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments alongside impressive facilities encompassing a luminous relaxation pool, a hammam, a steam room, and a state-of-the-art fitness suite. Just recently opened on

the Ashford estate is Éalú (an Irish word for 'escape'), a leisure and wellness facility with a suite of fitness facilities, classes, and one-on-one personal training sessions. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the pool pavilion illuminate the 15m pool, jacuzzi, splash pool, sauna, and essence-infused steam room.

I'd argue that one of Ashford's most impressive feats is reinventing what the world thinks of Irish food. Executive Head Chef Liam Finnegan's extensive 23-year career has led him to his Ashford, where his philosophy is keeping things simple but sourcing the best possible ingredients and executing every dish to perfection.

With their original kitchen gardens used during the Guinness era restored to their former glory by head gardener Alex Lavarde and his team, Ashford harvests seasonal ingredients and looks for every possible way to be more eco-friendly, such as using certain flowers as natural pesticides and working with as many local and organic food suppliers as possible. 51
Oak Hall Lounge sits at the heart of the castle. Junior Stateroom #326 Hideaway Cottage bedroom
Reagan Suite

Visiting the gardens, we crafted our dinner menu by pulling up carrots and cutting celery stalks. At the same time, Lavarde walked us through their future plans, including truffle propagated trees and growing willow to make handmade baskets, to name a few. Our dinner prepared later that day at Stanley's (patriarch Stanley Tollman's casual diner where he'd watch his beloved rugby matches) was entirely crafted by Finnegan with our ingredients foraged hours prior.

Whether it's afternoon tea in the Connaught Room, with excellent recommendations from tea master Thomas and unique blends only found at Ashford created using herbs sourced on the estate, to fine dining in the George V dining room, where the Royal Ossetra Caviar and Martin Jenning's 28-day dry-aged short rib were just as excellent as the wine pairings compiled by resident sommelier Paul Fogerty, there are endless opportunities to discover the seasonal and local ingredients of Ireland with food that warms the soul.

Today, the self-named 'characters of the castle' are as constitutive as the ancient stone walls within which they work their magic. Following our first night, I was excited to see the staff's familiar faces, from Robert Bowe, the restaurant and wine program manager who cheerfully greeted us before each meal, to a colorful cast of characters who were happy to engage in quick

quips and stories of the castle while delivering exceptional service. The rapport between guests and staff is one of the many aspects that makes Ashford so endearing. When every staff member addressed me by name, I felt just as vaunted as Aileen, Maureen, and Oonagh, the daughters of Ernest Guinness, dubbed the "Golden Guinness Girls" and darlings of 1920s British society who used to grace the halls of the castle.

While taking a nightcap in the Drawing Room, Ashford's lounge singer, Annette Griffith, took care to tour the room and greet familiar faces. It was a testament to her longevity at Ashford and guests' desire to keep coming back.

Our dinner at Squire Danagher's Cottage culminated with a classic apple pie; despite its humble reputation, the dessert became the talk of the trip, with the staff gifting us the coveted recipe as part of our turn-down service on the final night, proving not only the food was unforgettable (that was the topic of conversation over several days), but also that the staff takes a particular interest in the guests, and in this case handcrafting a small recipe booklet to bring home with us. Throughout its storied history, Ashford Castle served as a haven for the aristocrats who frequented it. Today, the Tollman family has ensured its legacy as a welcome and luxurious travelers' respite and symbol of Ireland for generations to come. sl

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century-old Czech Republic car manufacturer enters the hypercar market.

Praga is likely the oldest car brand you've never heard of. Founded in the late 1800s as a manufacturer of heavy industrial machinery, it moved into vehicle production in 1907 with its two-cylinder Praga Charon. In the following decades, Praga moved into producing motorcycles, trucks, farm equipment, single-engine aircraft, military vehicles and machinery, enduro bikes, and race cars. The company recently reached a performance pinnacle when it announced that its first road-legal hypercar—the Praga Bohema—commenced production in a dedicated facility in the Czech Republic.

The Praga Bohema, first revealed in prototype form in late2022, will be hand-built in very limited numbers over the next four years. The company says it could well be the last all-new gas-powered hypercar. With a carbon fiber monocoque and body weighing less than 2,204 pounds and boasting 700bhp at 6,800 rpm and a top speed of just over 186mph, the mid-engine aerodriven two-seater will be a dramatic addition to hypercar collectors' garages. The company said in a launch press release that in the right hands, the two-seater "is capable of extreme high performance on

track targeting GT3 race car lap times on its semi-slick Pirellis." When not traveling at breakneck speed, extreme rubbernecking is guaranteed during off-track road driving.

Praga says the inspiration for Bohema came from longstanding Praga pal and former F1 and current IndyCar driver Romain Grosjean, who challenged the company to deliver an uncompromised two-person road/track performance car, a rare creature that you can drive to the track, pull on a crash helmet (taken from the bespoke luggage fitted in each of the car's 13.2 gallon side pods), put in lap after lap at high speed on its Pirelli Trofeo R tires, and then drive home again. "On the road, you get a smooth ride, the car eliminates the bumps, you can chat with the passenger, and everything is calm and OK," said Grosjean. "Then simply switch focus, and you are on the track. The same clothes, the same car, but the feeling changes, and you are pushing the limit and collecting amazing lap times again and again."

Although race-bred, the Bohema doesn't skimp on comfort and bespoke functionality, with a hand-assembled and hand-stitched

Tomas Kasparek, owner of Praga Cars

interior comprising carbon fiber, Alcantara and leather that can comfortably accommodate two 6.5-feet-tall adults. The narrow cockpit boasts a fully adjustable driver's seat, steering column, and pedal box. The custom steering wheel, which incorporates a sizeable digital display, is removable for easy entry and exit. The slim center console, launch control, built-in fire extinguisher trigger, and electronic parking brake are located within the slim center console. Hearkening to Praga's aviation division, the airconditioning controls are mounted in a 'fighter jet' style roof console.

First customers of the $1.5m road-legal hypercar were recently invited to visit Praga's bespoke assembly facility to see the handbuilding process and experience the final production specification Bohema on its standard Pirelli Trofeo R tires on icy Czech roads, ahead of its public reveal scheduled for later this spring.

The first customer Bohema handover will occur in Europe in the first half of 2024, with that particular hypercar featuring a unique specification to celebrate the occasion. Customer handovers are also planned in the UAE and USA in 2024, with Praga scheduling Bohema

production into 2025. Limited test drive opportunities in Europe and the UK will begin this spring before Praga activates its North American and Middle East Bohema launch programs later this year.

Bohema production follows the completion of Praga's intensive on-road pre-production development and on-track ride-and-drive test programs occurring throughout 2023 at locations including Spa-Francorchamps, the Red Bull Ring, and Nürburgring. Praga says they sourced advice and performance expertise from some of the world's best drivers on road and track, including F1 and IndyCar driver Romain Grosjean, former "Stig" of BBC's Top Gear, and Praga's Chief Test Driver Ben Collins, and experienced GT racer, Josef Kral.

"This is an important milestone for Praga in our long 117-year history," remarked Tomas Kasparek, owner of Praga Cars. "We're especially proud to be commencing production only one year after revealing the Bohema prototype. We are monitoring every stage of the build process very closely to make sure that the Bohema production car matches, and even exceeds our customers' expectations." sl 57


Nature and luxury co-exist in refined harmony at Camp Sarika by Amangiri.

While it's often said that "money can't buy happiness," I'd argue that a stay at Camp Sarika by Amangiri most certainly can. Having spent several days before our arrival exploring the natural wonders of the Grand Circle region, I was absolutely giddy with excitement en route from the Page (AZ) Municipal Airport to the 920-acre resort, surrounded by five national parks, several national monuments, and the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in the United States.

Anyone with deep enough pockets can construct a jawdropping luxury resort, and there has certainly been no shortage of such properties featured on the pages of this magazine over the past two decades. What truly distinguishes Camp Sarika and Amangiri is how its physical structures are nearly indiscernible from the landscape in the protected valley in which it's nestled, dwarfed by lofty flattopped mesa rock formations carved over millennia through the random interplay of water and wind. It's also the way the property touches on all the senses as an homage to Native American culture and the desert's desolate beauty, from the subtle scent of sage to the

sound of wood "popping" in the fireplace, the fabric hand of a wool blanket emblazoned with Navajo motifs, to the constant interplay of sunlight and shadow on the built environment and the mesa.

A short and scenic hike (or golf cart shuttle) from the amenities available at Amangiri, Camp Sarika's ten tented pavilions are scattered among 55 acres. The concrete composition of the main pavilion, comprising the lobby, restaurant, and spa/pool buildings, and their minimalist interiors—punctuated by iconography representative of the local landscape and culture—convey the iconic design of its sister property.

After completing the check-in process, the smell of onions, garlic, and butter cooking drew us into Camp Sarika's all-day restaurant, where we chatted up the chef about what he was making with the divine combination, destined for that evening's dinner tasting menu, which changes daily. A trail leads from the restaurant's terrace to a natural amphitheater: a rock alcove at the base of a 600-feet mesa large enough to have once hosted a private performance by Dave Matthews.

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Camp Sarika Pavilion Plunge Pool

Unlike any other "tent" you've likely slept in, there isn't a single sleeping bag or air mattress in sight at Camp Sarika. With a minimum of 1,900 square feet inside and 764 square feet of terrace around a private plunge pool, each of the 10 one- and twobedroom pavilions offers a feeling of spaciousness that mirrors the expansiveness of their surroundings (Camp Sarika's name comes from the Sanskrit word for 'open space' and 'sky').

Designed to weather the full spectrum of desert weather that can span temperatures from 20° to 105° F, the sand-colored tents are strategically spread out along a single paved road that snakes along the base of the copper-colored sandstone mesa, so no one could hear me exclaim "can you believe this place?!" as I moved from roomto-room, marveling at the chic interiors, sprinkled with myriad influences, from campaign to contemporary, and encompassing furnishings that are both bespoke and sourced from brands including Nanimarquina, Annie Selke, Christian Liaigre, Marset, and Dedon. The sprawling bath included a walk-in closet, indoor and outdoor showers, a mesa-facing soaking tub in front of a floor-to-ceiling window, and luxurious Aman-branded toiletries.

A Douglas Fir sliding door in the dining area grants access to the covered terrace, a heated plunge pool, and an array of comfortable loungers. Outside the sheltering embrace of the extended canvas overhang is a firepit encircled by chic safari-style leather and canvas chairs with a warm blanket neatly folded on each seat.

Even with scores of natural wonders within easy reach, Camp Sarika and the additional amenities offered at Amangiri and available to Camp Sarika guests are ample enough to amply fill out the itinerary of even the most type-A vacationers.

Following a seasonally-inspired breakfast, you can head to Amangiri for a complimentary morning fitness class in their superbly equipped gym, part of a sprawling 25,000-square-foot spa complex. Set off for a hike on 12 miles of well-marked on-property trails, or let a horse, e-bike, or UTV do the work while you enjoy the scenery. Challenge your fear of heights and relish in the adrenaline rush of completing one of several guided Via Ferrata routes, in which a series of cables and ladder rungs fixed to the rock face allow you to literally ascend to new heights. Those who opt for the "Hoodoo" route can traverse an 18-inch wide, 270-foot-long suspension bridge spanning a 400-foot deep gorge. Any angst felt while ascending is worth it for the jaw-dropping views at the top (not to mention the sense of accomplishment you'll feel!).

Reward all that effort with a spa treatment, either at Amangiri or in a pair of spa suites adjacent to Camp Sarika's pool. The latter delivers a complete menu of therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices and incorporates Aman's superbly scented products. With Sandalwood, jasmine, amber, and rose notes, the Grounding line is a personal favorite and can now be purchased online to impart a little spa experience to your daily beauty ritual.

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Camp Sarika Tent 9 living and dining areas
In partnership with the Navajo Nation, the resort provides daily programming highlighting aspects of Navajo culture. Crossing a 232-foot-long suspension bridge spanning a 600-foot deep gorge as part of an on-site Via Ferrata excursion. 63
Via Ferrata “Hoodoo” route

In partnership with the Navajo Nation, the resort provides daily programming highlighting aspects of Navajo culture, from dancing and music to storytelling, weaving, jewelry making, and the history of Navajo Code Talkers. Distinguished by petroglyphs and recognized as a significant archaeological site where 6,000-yearold artifacts have been unearthed, Broken Arrow Cave, a short hike from the resort (and enterable with a guide), is where, from August through October, German artist-in-residence Ulrike Arnold creates unique paintings with natural materials procured on site for guests to observe the process. At day's end, marveling at an infinite sky packed with stars is the perfect nightcap.

Suppose you do want to head off property. In that case, the concierge can arrange for scores of over-the-top experiences, such as landing via helicopter atop Lake Powell's Tower Butte for a private yoga class or visiting remote backcountry geological wonders with a Navajo guide. The available adventures here are as big as your imagination.

Meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the nightly room rate. Camp Sarika's restaurant, open only to Camp guests for breakfast and lunch and to Amangiri guests with a reservation at dinner, serves flavorful Southwestern-inspired cuisine highlighting local and seasonal produce. Their lineup of

wellness mocktails are as exciting and beautifully presented as their boozy brethren. While I wanted to avail ourselves of the nearly banquet-sized dining table in our tent by enjoying an in-villa dinner, we so enjoyed conversing with the restaurant staff, who hail from all corners of the globe, that it never happened. A testament to the staff's attentiveness, during breakfast our first morning, I mentioned that my sinuses were suffering in the desert air, and by the time we returned to our tent, a humidifier was up and running.

Several unique al fresco spots on the property can host parties or dinners from four to 60. Offering a dramatic setting with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the view across the plains, be sure to time your visit to Amangiri Restaurant with the sunset. The open-plan kitchen with a wood-fired oven supports a menu deeply influenced by Native American cuisine, the pinnacle of which is the four-course 'Spirit of the Journey' tasting menu that pays homage to the region's five tribes.

The Navajo proverb, be still, and the earth will speak to you, resonates at both Camp Sarika and Amangiri, where the built environment plays second fiddle to their majestic surroundings and embrace of Navajo culture, reminding guests luxury can lie in the embrace of simplicity and moments of quiet solitude. sl

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A piece from a temporary windbell installation along the trail leading from Amangiri to Camp Sarika created in partnership with the nonprofit Cosanti Foundation.
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Nazia’s Cake Garden brings flowers to life in a most delicious way

A Bangladeshi/American sugar artist, Nazia Rahman grew up with two avid gardener parents whose rose gardens drew admirers from near and far, whether it was their vast rose garden in Nolensville, Tennessee, on a rooftop in Bangladesh, or a balcony in Singapore and Great Britain. The beauty of their rose gardens infatuated Nazia.

So, to honor her parents’ beloved rose gardens, she launched her home bakery in 2022, Nazia’s Cake Garden, featuring those roses but in edible, life-like hand-tinted homemade buttercream. Her parents’ celebrated gardens, her buttercream flowers were spotlighted in Southern Lady Magazine and Tea-Time magazine, garnering admirers in Nolensville, across the country, and the world.

Now happily married with two sons, she has stumbled upon an unexpected passion: combining flowers and baking. Crafting edible bouquets from exquisitely frosted cupcakes, Nazia’s creations are so intricately designed that they could easily be mistaken for real flowers, if they weren’t so delicious.

“I have always had a deep love for flowers—the way their petals delicately layer and the intricate details within,” Nazia explains. This appreciation blossomed during her travels, where she learned the art of carving flowers on various mediums. From carving coconut flesh in Bangkok to experimenting with watermelon in Cambodia and ice in India, Nazia’s fascination with floral artistry grew. 67
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Originally from Bangladesh, Nazia lived in England for a few years before moving to the U.S. with her family. Despite facing financial challenges, she recalls their unwavering happiness with what they had and their relentless pursuit of the American dream. After college, Nazia embarked on a journey of self-discovery, earning a master’s degree in creative writing and teaching in Chicago before eventually settling in Tennessee after marrying her husband, Saidur.

Driven by her desire to bring joy to others, Nazia combined her love for carving and flowers with her newfound passion for baking. Discovering tutorials on floral frosting design, she honed her skills relentlessly, eventually launching her company with a simple $50 local ad on New Year’s Day. The response was overwhelming, and

through word of mouth, her business has flourished. She now can fulfill orders of any size through her commercial kitchen.

Specializing in buttercream floral designs atop delectable cake bases, Nazia offers a variety of flavors, including her unique saffron-infused vanilla and indulgent chocolate. She crafts a wide variety of flower types, like realistic-looking hydrangeas, tulips, roses and peonies. She tailors each bouquet to her clients’ preferences, incorporating their stories and intentions into her creations, with the goal of spreading happiness through her artistry. Nazia’s creations are almost too beautiful to eat, but you won’t be able to resist! sl

Nazia’s Cake Garden / / (615) 997-0951 / (615) 593-4975 Instagram and Facebook: @naziascakegarden / Local pickup and delivery 69

Bienvenue to spring at Cheekwood! This year, impressions of France are brought to life with 250,000 blooms in cheerful pastel colors. Traverse along parterre-inspired gardens, stop to capture a photo at the model Ei el Tower and complete your Parisian journey by viewing the exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist .

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Belle Fleurs | March 9 – April 14 Cheekwood is funded in part by


Joe Muer Seafood opens in Nashville and it’s a-luring

As robust as it is, the Nashville dining scene has longed for a highend seafood restaurant for quite some time. The recent addition of Detroit-based Joe Muer Seafood has successfully addressed this need. Joe Muer Seafood prides itself on serving sustainable and fresh seafood from the finest sources in the world, paired with top-shelf service. In addition to seafood, their extensive menu also features premium aged meats, fresh sushi, creative interpretations of classic cocktails, and an impressive wine list curated by their sommelier.

The restaurant began in 1929 in Detroit when Joe Muer added a small oyster bar to his cigar establishment. Over the years, the restaurant continued to grow, and by the 1950s, Joe Muer Seafood had gained a nationwide reputation for excellence. In 1998, the establishment closed during the economic hardships in Detroit. In 2011, Joe Vicari, a highly successful Michigan

restauranteur famous for his five fine-dining Andiamo restaurants, purchased the Joe Muer name, intellectual property, and recipes. The reborn Joe Muer Seafood was an immediate success, earning HOUR Detroit Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year in 2012 and Best Seafood Restaurant every year after that for the next 11 years. Mr. Vicari opened the first Joe Muer Seafood location outside of Michigan in Nashville in the latter part of 2023. “It’s a big step, but we’re excited to be doing so in Nashville. The city has grown so much over the years and is the perfect place to expand our Joe Muer brand,” says Joe Vicari, president of the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group. “I visited Nashville several years ago for the Country Music Awards and fell in love with the vibrancy of the city, which led me on a quest to find the perfect location for the next Joe Muer in Music City.” 71

Located at Capitol View on the corner of 11th Avenue North and Nelson Merry Street, one block off Charlotte, the 12,000-square-foot space exudes old-world elegance. The twostory high ceilings and expansive glass windows adorned by white curtains are anchored by an immense central bar, where they shake up cocktails from Espresso Martinis to the renowned Smoked Old Fashioned. The 200-seat dining room features luxurious booths and tables, draped with white linen tablecloths and an elevated grand piano. The space also includes two 40-seat private dining rooms and a two-sided 80-seat patio. “Nashville needed more upscale seafood options, and we are pleased to be able to fill that void.” says General Manager Oleg Bulut, whose resumé includes opening Drusie & Darr in The Hermitage Hotel. The color scheme is a bold ruby red, black, and white. The waitstaff is elegantly clad in white dinner jackets, black pants, and red bow ties. They are very knowledgeable about the menu and highly attentive. The incredibly charming Bulut checked on us several times during our dinner.

“Collaborative chef experiences and special pairings dinners are always something you can expect from us. Foremost, though, is our commitment to always serve sustainably caught, exceptionally fresh seafood to our guests.” shared Bulut.

The menu, designed by Certified Master Chef® Daniel Scannell and Chef Jim Oppat, is extensive and robust. The raw bar has a wide variety of shellfish, including a chilled Maine Lobster Cocktail and Smoked Fish Dip. Appetizers & Starters offer the classic Oysters Rockefeller, Escargot Henri Maire, and a #1 Bigeye Tuna Tartare. Highlights from the Soups & Salads section of the menu are the Lobster Bisque, New England Clam Chowder, and Lump Crab & Tomato “Louie” Salad. The Seafood Menu features Dover Sole, Crab Stuffed Atlantic Flounder, Ora King Salmon, and George’s Bank Sea Scallops, all prepared with a creative French flair. A standout for my next visit is the fresh Maine Lobster, served broiled or steamed—not many places in Nashville offer this favorite of mine. The meat lovers’ menu includes Prime Steaks with toppings such as Lobster, King Crab, or Blue Cheese Brûlée, and sauces ranging from Béarnaise and Classic Green Peppercorn to Red Pepper Chimichurri. Don’t dare miss dessert, an eclectic assortment of delectables such as their signature Coconut Cake, Crème Brûlée Adesso, and Autumn Spiced Carrot Cake wheeled out on a classic trolley to tempt you and to make the decisionmaking process all the more difficult.

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Melissa and I began our dining experience with their signature white bean, vegetable, and pepper relish, served with a selection of crackers and toast. For a starter, I enjoyed the raw bar special that night – chilled Stone Crab Claws with mustard mayonnaise dipping sauce, a rare Florida delicacy from my childhood (read my publisher’s letter for more on that). Melissa had the Steak House Caesar Salad, with chopped romaine, parmesan, and white anchovies, deliciously topped by a one-eyed Susan (brioche toast with an egg in the center). I tasted it, and it is probably the best Caesar I’ve ever had. Melissa had an incredible Tristan South African lobster tail with whipped potatoes, asparagus, and drawn butter for a main course. I selected the Dover Sole Veronica à la Nage, prepared in a simmered sauce of grapes, pine nuts, capers, parsley, artichokes, tomatoes, and braised leeks. I don’t often see Dover Sole featured on Nashville menus, and it was terrific. The waiter deboned the fish tableside, which was an elegant touch. We

paired our entrées with a 2020 Le Garenne Sancerre from the Loire Valley. Their wine list is quite extensive and has won numerous Wine Spectator awards. At our server’s recommendation, Melissa and I shared a unique and delightful treat: the tomato cobbler— San Marzano tomatoes baked in a cast-iron casserole dish with pastry, herbs, and cheese. We capped off the evening by sharing their Valentine’s Day special dessert, chocolate mousse wrapped in a chocolate shell with a raspberry syrup stripe. The waiter then poured hot chocolate syrup on top, melting the shell (and melting in our mouths). It was an excellent way to cap off the evening.

If you are craving fresh seafood prepared with a creative French flair in a classic old-school atmosphere, book a table at Joe Muer Seafood now. It is truly an exemplary dining experience. sl

Joe Muer Seafood / 500 11th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203 / 615-433-6837 / Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Happy Hour 4:00pm to 6:00 pm / Reservations: Open Table / @joemuerseafoodnashville



The Garden Club of Nashville puts flowers, music and water together in a beautiful way

Information Courtesy of Garden Club of Nashville

The Garden Club of Nashville invites the community to celebrate beauty and conservation at the GCA Zone IX Flower Show at the Hilton Green Hills on Thursday, April 18th. The show’s theme—“Strings & Springs”—draws inspiration from Nashville’s unique role in American music and its historical importance as the location for water sources that have shaped the city’s legacy as a gathering place.

Divisions judged at the event are floral design, horticulture, photography and botanical art. Exhibitors hail from 21 GCAaffiliated clubs based in Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition to the displays on the show floor, the public is welcome to shop at the event’s Market Zone located in the Lobby. There, vendors will offer a unique shopping experience with one-ofa-kind treasures and a host of handmade creations—from artwork to jewelry—and signed copies of Nashville-based author Margaret Renkl’s latest book, The Comfort of Crows.

“This show is not only about showcasing exquisite design but also about articulating the important role of water conservation, particularly through aquifers and rain gardens,” said Lise

Bohannan, a GCN president who is chairing the event with GCN member Mary Kay Hunt. “It’s imperative that we protect our water sources, and the GCN is committed to educating our members and the public on this issue.”

“We are excited to invite the public to see the beauty of the horticulture, floral designs and arts and photography that will be entered in the many categories. We are also thrilled to be able to give attention to the value of responsible and sustainable use of our natural resources, especially the waters in our area, that will be highlighted in our education entries.” said Hunt.

Nashville stands on a strong foundation of water—with myriad springs carved within bases of limestone—that has coursed through its earliest history to today.

All Flower Show events are held at the Hilton Green Hills Nashville at 3801 Cleghorn Avenue. The Flower Show is open to the public from 1:30pm to 5:30pm Thursday. Hours for the Market Zone are 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Hilton Lobby on Wednesday and Thursday. For more information about the show, visit Strings and Springs on Instagram. sl 77



Living’s Features Editor, Carolyn Smith Bryant is strapping on her dancing shoes for an amazing cause

Melissa Mahanes: Carolyn! We are so proud of you that you are Dancing for Safe Haven! Through Sophisticated Living and Sophisticated Giving, we like to focus on those who back to our community, so Dave and I are super proud that you’re walking the walk, or is there some fancy dance term I should use instead?

Carolyn Smith Bryant: I’ve been using the word chassé, and I’m really proud to help this wonderful organization to the best of my ability.

MM: I know you were a model as one of your multi-hyphenate careers! You conduct fabulous interviews for Sophisticated Living, are writing a musical about your in-laws Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, and do a hundred other things. Are you a dancer, too? How did this opportunity come about?

CSB: I attended last year to support contestant Sandi Borchetta. Later, I saw her at a BMI dinner and asked what her involvement entailed, and the next thing I knew, she texted that I was “in.” I was grateful but a little panicked. I took Cotillion in 4th grade, but that did not prepare me to dance with a global champion in front of hundreds of people.

MM: What type of dance are you doing on May 4? And what do you like most about your experience so far?

CSB: Well, I have to leave something for a surprise, so I will say I’m going old school. I love everything about this experience! The Ballroom of Nashville’s owner, Christopher Wayne, is my partner. He is an incredible instructor. I also loved my orientation day at Safe Haven Family Shelter, where I met the team and learned about their multi-pronged approach to helping homeless families. I read somewhere that the average American family has $400 in savings. If you think about an emergency, such as filling a cavity or putting a couple of new tires on a car to get to work, it’s very easy to imagine how families get far behind quickly. I hope our readers will come out and support this event. Every dollar spent counts toward a “win” on the dance floor, but the real win for me and my fellow contestants is being able to help families who have fallen on hard times.

MM: Best of luck to you, Carolyn. We’ll see you and Christopher on the dance floor! sl

Dancing for Safe Haven / Saturday, May 4, 2024 / Omni Nashville For info and tickets, see ad on page 76 or visit



Cheekwood embraces the magical folklore of trolls

Prepare for an enchanting experience as the imaginative exhibition

“Trolls: Save the Humans” by renowned Denmark-based recycle artist Thomas Dambo comes to Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, captivating visitors from May 2 to September 1. Sprawled across the 55-acre expanse of Nashville’s botanical haven, six towering trolls, crafted from reclaimed wood and standing between 16 to 50 feet tall, will weave tales of stewardship and sustainability, offering insights from both human and troll perspectives.

Jane MacLeod, president and CEO of Cheekwood, expressed excitement about welcoming these larger-than-life guardians, stating, “We’re excited for guests of Cheekwood to discover and learn from these larger-than-life visitors next summer.” She emphasized the resonance of Dambo’s message, where discarded materials transform into breathtaking creations, inspiring audiences of all ages.

Presented by Imagine Exhibitions in collaboration with Dambo, “Trolls: Save the Humans” at Cheekwood promises a unique narrative

tailored to the garden’s distinct features. From the folklore-inspired stories of the six featured trolls to their poignant messages for humanity, visitors will embark on a journey of imagination and reflection.

In this installment, six youthful activist trolls, led by the spirited Ronja Redeye, observe humanity’s disconnect from nature and its destructive impact on the planet. Determined to bridge this gap, they embark on a mission to guide humans toward harmony with the natural world. Each troll is brimming with personality and purpose, offering a distinct lesson, from Rosa Sunfinger’s joy in nurturing flowers amidst recycled relics to Ronja’s commanding presence reminiscent of wind-whispered leaves.

With a background in music and street art and a master’s degree from Kolding Design School, Dambo infuses creativity and versatility into his installations. Internationally celebrated for his troll sculptures, Dambo’s gentle giants are ambassadors for environmental consciousness, urging spectators to cherish and preserve our planet. sl



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Cheekwood in Bloom

10 ECHO Chamber Music Series: Alias Chamber Ensemble in The Parthenon at 7:30pm

12-17 Beetlejuice at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall (3/12-14 at 7:30pm, 3/15 at 8:00pm, 3/16 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, 3/17 at 1:00pm and 6:30pm)

21 Nashville Repertory Theater’s LookIn: The Color Purple at TMProductions at 6:30pm

23 Nashville Ballet’s Carnival of Animals at The Martin Center (at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm)

23 Goodwill Industries’ Wedding and Formal Gala Sale at Rivergate Goodwill in Madison,TN at 7:00am

24 Grand Kyiv Ballet’s Giselle at The Grand Ole Opry at 4:00pm

25 Giving on the Green at The Grove benefiting High Hopes Development Center

27-30 Annie at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall (3/27-28 at 7:30pm, 3/29 at 8:00pm, 3/30 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm) 81


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2 Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital’s Friends and Fashion at 10:00am at Music City Center

2 Nashville Opera’s LookIn:The Magic Flute at Noah Liff Opera Center at 6:30pm

5 Nashville Children’s Alliance’s Dine to Shine: Lighting the Night for Nashville’s Children at Riverwood Mansion at 6:00pm


Nashville Repertory Theater’s The Color Purple at TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater (4/5 at 7:30pm, 4/6 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, 4/7 at 2:00pm, 4/11-12 at 7:30pm, 4/13 at 7:30pm, 4/14 at 2:00pm)

5-9/2 Black Joy, in Spite of... at Frist Art Museum

6 12th Annual Great Futures Gala at the Omni Nashville Hotel benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs at 5:00pm

6 One Night Only 2024: Rodgers and Hammerstein at Studio Tenn at 6:30pm Co-Chairs: Bethni & Trent Hemphill and Susan & Robert Deaton

6 TPAC Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel at 6:00pm

8 Total Solar Eclipse at Adventure Science Center at 9:00am

11 Red Cross Lifesaver Luncheon at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University

12-13 Nashville Opera’s The Magic Flute at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall at 7:30pm

13 50th Anniversary Celebration at Graystone Quarry, Franklin benefiting Pinson Hospital Hospitality House

13 Wine,Women and Shoes benefiting YMCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee at Music City Center

14 Runway of Hope at Liberty Hall at the Factory in Franklin benefiting High Hopes Development Center

16 Brightstone’s 25th Anniversary A Night Full of Stars featuring Lady A at 6:00pm at Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin

16 3rd Annual Fund Recovery Charity Dinner at City Winery

16-17 Encanto in Concer t at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (3/16 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, 3/17 at 2:00pm)



The Garden Club of Nashville’s “Strings and Springs” at Hilton Green Hills, free of charge and open to the public 4/18 from 1:30pm-5:30pm (see p. 77)

Nashville Comedy Festival at TPAC

18 Red Cross Nashville’s Go Red For Women Luncheon at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

18 Rally Foundation’s Rally on the Runway at Marathon Music Works


Move Inclusive Dance’s Get Move’n 5K at Edwin Warner Park

20 The Next Door’s Pickleball Palooza

20-21 Nashville Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall (4/20 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, 4/21 at 2:00pm)

22 Hart Golf Classic for STARS Tournament at Hermitage Golf Course President’s Reserve at 8:00am

22 Faith Family Medical Center’s Golf Tournament at Hermitage Golf Course

22-23 Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Festival

23 Symphony Fashion Show featuring Prabal Gurung at Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 6:00pm Co-Chairs:Tracy Frist and Emily Humphreys, (see p.









Cumberland Heights’ Reaching New Heights Luncheon
Little Night of Music (PENCIL)
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Tim McGraw at Bridgestone Arena
Centerstone’s Reclaiming Lives Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Nashville at 11:00AM Co-Chairs: Kate Cain, Eddie George and Kerry Wilson
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall 4/26 at 8:00pm,
4/28 at 2:00pm
CASA’s Red Shoe Party at the Bell Tower, (See p. 85)
Frist Art Museum at 7:00pm Co-Chairs: Lake Eakin and Christine Weller
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Friends of Warner Parks’ Shelter Dinner
Sexual Assault Center’s Safe City Breakfast at 14TENN at 8:00am


2 Warner Parks Spring Luncheon at Edwin Warner Park

Co-Chairs: Cathy Grier, Jodie Lawton and Whitney Topping

2-4 Harding Art Show at Harding Academy, Featured Artist: Ashley Mary

2-9/1 Thomas Dambo Trolls: Save the Humans at Cheekwood (see p. 80 & 81)

4 Dancing for Safe Haven at Omni Nashville (see p. 72)

Co-chairs: Harry L. Allen,Tonya Mitchem Grindon and Beth Witte

4 Morgan Wallen at Nissan Stadium

4-5 Menopause The Musical 2: Cruising Through ‘The Change’ at TPAC

7-18 Disney’s Frozen at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall (5/7-10 at 7:30pm, 5/11 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, 5/12 at 1:00pm and 6:30pm, 5/14-16 at 7:30pm, 5/17-18 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm)

9-26 Studio Tenn presents Cabaret at Studio Tenn’s Turner Theater (various times)


Nashville Repertory Theater’s POTUS at TPAC’s Johnson Theater (5/10 at 7:30pm, 5/11 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, 5/12 at 2:00pm, 5/16 at 7:30pm, 5/16-17 at 7:30pm, 5/18 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, 5/19 at 2:00pm)

14 Hermitage Spring Outing

One Night Only: Trent and Bethni Hemphill, Susan and Robert Deaton Grand Kyiv Ballet’s Giselle 83
Harding Art Show: Ashley Mary
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Tennessee Performing Arts Center celebrated Middle Tennessee’s business community and their support of the arts at the annual TPAC Partnership Luncheon. Hosted on the stage of Andrew Jackson Hall, the 2024 event was emceed by Spotlight Awards Alumnus Josh Jordan, who recently made his Broadway National Tour debut in Jesus Christ Superstar. After an opening number performed by Jordan himself, the lively event featured remarks from TPAC President and CEO Jennifer Turner, and a special bilingual performance by Wright Middle School and the cast of Aladdin, Jr. as part of TPAC’s Disney Musicals in Schools initiative. (January 12)


Project Redesign, a non-profit organization that uses donated furniture to help those in need redesign their homes and reclaim their lives, hosted their first annual Girls Night Out at 14TENN, which was a smashing success despite the winter weather. The event grossed more than $100,000 and will benefit many local families as a result. Project Redesign founder Karen Moore kicked off the night with grateful remarks, and the fun-filled night featured a silent auction, festive pink details by Please Be Seated, catering by Beyond Details and performances by standup comedian Henry Cho and singer/songwriter Amy Grant. (January 18)

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Photos by Daniel Meigs Courtesy of Project Redesign TPAC Partnership Luncheon 1) Josh Jordan 2) Adam Geist, Adam Sansiveri, Cybele Raver 3) Danielle Pyle, Elizabeth Goodwin, Don Hardin 4) Michael Carter, Brooks Rutledge 5) Jessika Hickman, Chris Jones, Cliff Kimmerling 6) Kathleen Fuchs, Cybele Raver, TPAC President and CEO Jennifer Turner, Suzanne Iler, Tracy Kane Project Redesign 1) Monterrey Smith, Melanie Ball, Amy Grant, Lisa Maki, Bunny Cothran 2) Karen Moore and Patricia Gilbert 3) Emily Mitchell, Kate Sangervasi, Katie Benson, Murray Dick and Sandy Sangervasi 4) Camille Good, Mellicent Harris, Lucy Bowen Taylor 5) Sarah Teague, Elizabeth Holets, Victoria Tanner, Erica Hazlehurst 6) Melody Cates, Amy Grant, Ali Telfer
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PENCIL for Schools hosted a Cabaret-themed fundraiser at Music City Center in honor of Angie Adams to celebrate her eight years as PENCIL’s leader, and established the Angie Adams Fund, a beautiful way to honor her legacy and assure PENCIL’s impact on future generations of MNPS students and educators. (January 20)


The Blake McMeans Foundation held its annual Evening of Promise event at The Bell Tower. Co-Chaired by Allie Barry, Mimi Beaver, and Virginia Voigt brought together friends to help Blake continue to spread awareness about the dangers of combining driving and texting and drinking. (January 27)

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Courtesy of PENCIL Pencil’s Cabaret Night 1) Wes Payne, John Doerge 2) Andrew and Julie Galbierz, Laurie Eskind, Steve Sirls and Allen DeKuyper 3) Paul and Missy Huffman 4) Kevin and Kathleen Hritz, Johari Matthews 5) Christal Merrifield, Adrienne Battle 6) Laurie Taylor, Angie Adams, Maggie Adams Evening of Promise 1) Beth Alexander, Blake McMeans 2) Alex Waddey, Clay and Megan Stauffer, Martha Gaylon, Jackson Wray 3) Blaire Murfree, Mollie Reed 4) Event Chairs Virginia Voigt, Allie Barry, Mimi Beaver with Blake McMeans 5) Julie Dretler, Jenny Steele, Sharon Hale 6) Liz Vaughn, Kelsey Bickley, Emily Cox, Mary Catherine Healy
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Nashville Ballet kicked off their 35th Annual Ballet Ball with a lively Patrons’ Party held at Vanessa Falk’s home. The event featured Flavor Catering’s delectable bites, captivating performances by Brian Charles Rooney, Jake Tudor and Gabe Galletti, beautiful floral arrangements by High Cotton Floral and unique specialty cocktails including “Cherry Blossom” and “The Jade Slipper” from wine and alcohol sponsor Lipman Brothers, LLC. Underwritten by Lee Ann Ingram. Ballet Ball is the largest source of funding for Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement and Education program which serves more than12,000 members of our Middle Tennessee Community with free educational arts programming throughout the year. (January 25)

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1) Entertainers Jake Tudor, Brian Charles Rooney and Ming Aldrich-Gan 2) Bob Deal, Amy M. Joyner, Evelyn Cate Galletti, Jason Bradshaw 3) Gabe and Evelyn Cate Galletti, Ruth Lawson Cate, Chuck White 4) Diane and Trey Smith 5) Sandra and Larry Lipman, Melissa Mahanes, Sarah Reisner 6) Mary Morgan Ketchel and Senator Marsha Blackburn 7) Vanessa Falk, Bob and Susan Falk 8) Jere and Linda Ervin, Seenu Reedy, Meera Ballal and Susan Falk with Madeline 9) Morel Enoch Harvey and Vanessa Falk 10) Owen and Amy M. Joyner 11) Eleanor and Tom Warriner 12) Dallas Wilt and Nashville Ballet’s COO Mary Poiley 13) Marci Houff, Tracy Wade, Vicki Horne and Julie Schneider 14) Steve Sirls, Bill and Tracy Wade, Allen DeCuyper 15) Jeremiah Chamberlin, Rhea Heath, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director and CEO Nick Mullikin, Joanne Sowell
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Jennifer Harris and Joseph Sliskovich hosted Patrons of La Bella notte at their Northumberland home. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and creative beverage pairings and celebrated the 2023/2024 Nashville Opera Season, and were abuzz with anticipation for the upcoming La Bella Notte. (February 1)

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1) Belinda Berry and Thomas Barrett 2) Patron Party Hosts Jennifer Harris and Joe Sliskovich 3) Kate and Graham Jackson 4) Rachel Robinson, Apphia Maxima, Sharon Sandahl 5) Martin and Annemarie McNamara, Maude McClay and Nashville Opera Board Chair Nicholas McClay 6) Kimberly and Jim Lewis, Milton White, Apphia Maxima 7) Sharon and Todd Sandahl 8) John and Julie Schneider 9) Melissa Mosteller, Brooke Trusley, Julie Schneider 10) John Schneider, Douglas and Ashley Henry, Susan Falk 11) Joe and Ann Gilbert, Morel Enoch Harvey, Geary Leathers
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The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County Hosted a VIP Party to celebrate the opening of the long-awaited MooreMorris History and Culture Center of Williamson County in downtown Franklin. The event brought together the Heritage Foundation’s most devoted donors and supporters, as well as members of the Board. (January 24)


Held at Marathon Music Works benefiting the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (VCCC), Ruby Gala raises funds and awareness to support people with HIV. The evening was Co-Chaired by Sean Kelly and Margaret Wiles, and the Raffanti Award was presented to Lashanda Salinas for her substantial contributions to people living with HIV. The entertainment included the string quartet, Corwin Trio, followed by Burning Las Vegas. Emcee and auctioneer Shane McCarroll led the live auction. The after-party was held at L27 Rooftop Lounge atop Westin Nashville. (February 10)

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Photos by Melissa Mahanes Photos by Sandy Campbell and Anthony Romero Heritage Foundation VIP Party 1) Sondra Morris, Heritage Foundation President and CEO Bari Beasley 2) John McNeely, Susan Andrews, Emily Magid, Sharon McNeely 3) Bo Segers, Alma McLemore, David Garrett, Debbie Segers 4) Spencer and Whitney Wallace, Susan Whittaker 5) Trent Hemphill, Ward Brown, Paul Jankowski 6) Shelly and Brent Bowman, Rick Warwick Ruby Gala 1) Peter Raffanti and Michelle Bullock 2) Dr. Toyin Nwafor, Dr. Sean Kelly 3) Ron and Carole Sofka 4) Dr Jeff Balser and Melinda Balser 5) Kevin and Ali Manno 6) Jenn and Mark Nolden
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La Bella Notte: The Gilded Age of Opera was held at the stunning Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Co-Chaired by Julie and John Scheider, the festive evening was full of performances by End emceed by John Hoomes, who entertained the well-heeled crowd with fascinating tales of his experiences with productions of the Nashville Opera. A rousing live auction was conducted by Mac Hardcastle. (February 10)

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1) Kim Hewell, Emily Weiss, Elena Reinert, Norm Scarborough 2) Michelle Nowell, Brittany Jones, Julie Schneider, Emily Humphreys 3) Andre and Dorothea Churchwell 4) Karl and Liz Sillay, Milton White 5) Luis Fernandez and Viviana Lavin 6) Jack Schneider, Julie Schneider, William Scheider 7) Co-Chairs John and Julie Schneider 8) Sandra and Larry Lipman 9) Eva Daneker, Rachel Robinson, Keith and Emily Summers 10) Mayra and Sean Lehman-Grimes 11) Jim and Kelly Calvetti, Maude and Nicholas McClay 12) Larry and Elizabeth Papel, Elizabeth Millsaps, Mac Hardcastle 13) Doralyn Harris, Natalie Sliskovich, Jennifer Harris, Lana Pargh and Franklin Pargh, Joe Sliskovich 14) Bill and Tracy Wade, Nan Parrish, Bob Deal and Jason Bradshaw
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The Veronica Beard Nashville store at Hill Place in Green Hills hosted a sweet Valentine’s Day morning of sips, sweets from Little Gourmand and shopping. Katy Dieckhaus shared fond memories of her daughter Evelyn and her admiration for author Farrell Mason, who shared her new book Soulfull Soulfull logos were custom embroidered on-site on Veronica Beard items by Tilly Goose. A portion of the proceeds of sales from the day benefited The Evelyn Dieckhaus Shining Light Fund. (February 14)


Crossroads Campus, Impact100’s $100,000 grant winner in 2022, is a non-profit dedicated to providing job training and affordable housing for young adults (ages 18-25) teetering on the brink of homelessness. These individuals lack the vital career skills necessary for stable housing. At Crossroads, young adults forge nurturing bonds with abandoned dogs and cats while acquiring pet-related job skills crucial for long-term employment. (February 22)

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Photos by Melissa Mahanes Feel the Love 1) Farrell Mason, Sarah Bartholomew 2) Liann Young, The Tilly Goose’s Megan Crossway 3) Margaret Ash, Farrell Mason 4) Susan Batron, Jane McCracken 5) Rebecca Howard, Maryanne Weprin, Rebecca Rutledge 6) Katy Dieckhaus, Farrell Mason, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Ramsey Corn Impact 100 x Crossroads Campus 1) Assembled group 2) Crossroads Campus Director of Social Enterprises Daryl Evans, Impact 100’s Jill Pepper 3) Crossroads Campus Marketing and Community Outreach Manager Becky Dan, Crossroads Board Member Ally Conner 4) Crossroads CEO Lisa Stetar, Anne Curtis 5) Crossroads Campus Senior Manager Animal Behavior Ash Holden, Crossroads Campus Grooming Manager and Instructor Gray Van Sant, Impact 100’s Nancy Lamberton 6) Tori Watkins and Board Chair Karen Christian Photos by Melissa Mahanes 6
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The Williamson County Library Foundation hosted a fundraising event to secure funding for the Williamson County public libraries’ summer reading programs, including the communities of Bethesda, College Grove, Fairview, Leiper’s Fork, Nolensville, and Franklin. They also provide funding for other important community programs such as Music Education through Love Learning Music Organization, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and VEtnow which helps veterans understand their benefits and provides job search advice. The evening featured a book signing by prolific local author J.J. Ellison and was followed by a conversation with WSMV4’s Jeremy Finley, which made everyone LOL. (January 25)


Swan Ball 2024 Chairs Sally Nesbitt and Carolyn Taylor welcomed Committee Members at the home of Judy and Brian Wilcox to get a peek at Kentshire’s gorgeous jewels. Kentshire’s dynamic siblings Carrie Imberman and Matthew Imberman displayed a dazzling array of sparkly baubles with something to suit everyone’s tastes. (February 28)


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Love Our Libraries 1) Featured Author JT Ellison, WCPL Board Member Cathy Esworthy 2) Lisa Beathard, Kathy Hunley 3) Wayne and Jenan Merrill, WCPL Director Jessica Jeffers, WCPL’s Jeffie Nicholson, WCPL’s Deborah Reschke 4) Tim and Robin Kotora, Debbie Tab, WCPL Board Member Melinda Pulliam 5) WCPL Board Member Mary Lee Bartlett, Alice Russell 6) WCPL’s Deborah Reschke, Bruce Esworthy, Lauren Esworthy, Deborah and Mike Lovett Swan Ball Jewelry Preview 1) Anne Maradik, Susan Quaedvlieg 2) Swan Ball Co-Chair Carolyn Taylor, Jewelry Preview Hosts Judy and Brian Wilcox, Swan Ball Co-Chair Sally Nesbitt 3) Janice Elliott Morgan, Emily Humphreys 4) Kentshire’s Carrie Imberman, Kathryn Brown, and Kentshire’s Matthew 5) Swan Ball Auction Co-Chair Mary Jo Shankle, Swan Ball Co-Chair Sally Nesbitt 6) Mayra Lehman-Grimes, Amy Keith, Natalie Clements
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Swan Ball 2024 Chairs Sally Nesbitt and Carolyn Taylor will “unveil” their exciting plans for Swan Ball 2024 to their fabulously chic committee. The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Kristen Winston, conversation, and big announcements with reference to the Swan Ball 2024 headline entertainment Old Crow Medicine Show, featured jeweler Kentshire, designer Jim Knestrick, and Swan Award recipient Amy Grant. (February 29)

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Jay Joyner, Swan Ball Auction Co-Chair Mary Jo Shankle, Barbara Keith Payne
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Steve Taylor, Swan Ball Co-Chair Carolyn Taylor, Steve Masterson
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The 35th Annual Ballet Ball was held on a beautiful evening at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The theme of Coral and Jade envisioned by Co-Chairs Evelyn Galetti, Bob Deal and Jason Bradshaw was carried throughout the space spectacularly realized by Bruce Pittman, and worn by many of the guests who clearly knew the assignment. Dinner from Kristen Winston, entertainment from Australian Idol Wesley Dean and star Cassadee Pope, with special choreography by Nick Mullikin with the dancers of The Nashville Ballet. Dancing continued with the Late Party guests and Bizz and Everyday People into the night. Magical! (March 2)

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Taco Bamba Taqueria opens in Green Hills and their tacos are (ZZ) Top notch

James Beard-nominated chef Victor Albisu has just opened its thirteenth Taco Bamba location in the Hill Center at Green Hills. Like all Taco Bambas, Nashville’s menu and design were created exclusively for the neighborhood. From unique artwork celebrating the thirteenth iteration of the concept to the menu with nods to Nashville and the people who influence it, Albisu has written another album to feed his fans. “Opening our doors in Nashville is the fulfillment of an old promise,” Albisu said. “Years ago, during a tour stop in the D.C. area, Billy Gibbons told me I had to open in Nashville and to pay special attention to Green Hills. When Billy talks, I listen. The man doesn’t miss. This city has been so inspiring to me and my chefs. Whenever we open a new Bamba we compose a menu of original dishes inspired by our new surroundings, and this lineup is one of our best ever.”

Taco Bamba has built a loyal following through wildly creative original menu items generously portioned and approachably priced. The team behind the cuisine is an all-star lineup of trained chefs with fine dining backgrounds, honoring traditional flavors and cooking methods while diverging from taco conventions with memorable culinary mashups. Taco Bamba’s most creative diversions are original to each store, and Taco Bamba fans are known to travel far and wide to try each menu’s unique offerings. Taco Bamba’s first Nashville stop will have tables and bar seating in a 2800-square-foot-space and include a seasonal patio. Table seating will be serviced from a carryout counter, while the bar will offer full service to accompany the creative list of mezcal and tequila cocktails.

At the Nashville location, these will include the Jolena, a taco with crispy cornmeal crusted catfish, agave lime slaw, chipotle spiced ranch, and a pickled corn salad. Another taco, the Broken

Holas features Tennessee whiskey BBQ pork carnitas, potato salad, chipotle mustard, and tobacco onions. The All-American Chica torta is a Vegetarian ensemble of garlic herb cream cheese spread, cucumber, roasted peppers, avocados, and pickled Fresnos, while the El Pimento Empanada stuffs perfectly flaky pastry with molten pimento cheese and roasted jalapeño.

Albisu and his team are known for their collaborations, whether with artists and photographers, or other chefs. No creative partnership makes them prouder than the Sharp Dressed Hombre, one of Taco Bamba Nashville’s signature menu items. The taco features a slow roasted brisket cooked in Billy Gibbons and Tim Montana’s Whisker Bomb hot sauce, which will also be available throughout the restaurant. The taco is dressed (sharply) with pepitas, sweet and spicy slaw, citrus onion, and pickled jalapeño.

All tacos can be ordered dirty-style, the tortilla dressed with seared cheese and chili sauce before filling, or clean-style, setting aside the tortilla in favor of a fresh and crisp cabbage cup. Beyond tacos, each location boasts original empanadas, ceviches, quesadillas, sopes, and nachos, in addition to Mexican street food favorites like elotes.

Each Taco Bamba also offers a full bar program, giving the menu’s bold Mexican flavors a steady backbeat of agave-based cocktails that are also unique to the release. Nashville Bamba Heads can order the Ole Yella, with mezcal, bourbon, Chinola passion fruit liqueur, pineapple Jarrito, and chocolate mole bitters. The His Brother Is Worse mixes reposado tequila, al pastor-spiced grapefruit juice, orange-scented agave, and lime juice. sl

Taco Bamba Taqueria / Hill Center at Green Hills Shopping Center, 4017 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 / (720) 697-2247 / / Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am-11:00pm, Happy Hour: Weekdays 3:00-6:00pm / Instagram: @TacoBamba / Twitter/X: @therealtacobamba



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