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This custom renovation in Green Hills epitomizes the perfect blend of rich historical character and contemporary design. Features include a completely custom kitchen with gorgeous walnut butcher’s block countertops, a primary bedroom situated on the second level with the adjoining primary bathroom showcasing a skylit standing shower and antique vanity. There is a stunning two-tier deck, and covered patio area, as well as the guest house featuring custom wood ceilings, reclaimed barn wood flooring, and an attached back deck. 3 Beds / 2 Full Baths | 1,935 SF 198 Kenner Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205 Sales Price: $1,550,000 Represented by Jennifer Armstrong, 708.408.1788

LUXURIOUS MEETS WELCOMING While the stately exterior and sheer size of The Manor is sure to impress, it’s the surprisingly intimate ambiance that wraps you in a warm embrace as you step inside. The beautiful home is inviting, calm, and enjoyable. When you walk outside, the backyard is an oasis of greenery and serenity. The covered patio houses a summer kitchen. Looking past the heated, salt water pool and through the beautiful wisteria arbor is a 734 square foot guest cottage with 1 bed and 1 bath tucked away in the forest. 7 Beds / 10 Full Baths / 2 Half Baths | 11,778 SF 5028 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN Price Upon Request Represented by Mona Wilson, 615.400.0708

ITALIAN PROVINCIAL ESTATE This historic estate of timeless beauty was fashioned after an estate in Milan, Italy, built in 1928 and located in Cookeville, TN, 75 minutes from the city of Nashville. The property is surrounded by elegant gardens decorated with tall, wide-spreading magnolia trees. The prestigious estate was constructed of rough stucco and cut stone featuring small balconies from which you can enjoy wonderful views and serenity. 6 Beds / 5 Full Baths / 1 Half Bath | 4,798 SF 508 North Dixie Avenue, Cookeville, TN NEW Price Offered At: $1,250,000 Represented by Larissa Farley, 404.372.6938







COMING SOON TO THE GROVE Situated on one of The Grove’s most coveted lots, this home overlooks The Grove’s equestrian wide open fields where horses graze and your view is unequaled. Gazing out your front porch enjoy the green common space. All bedrooms are ensuites with the owner’s suite residing on the first floor. Stunning details are found in the millwork, custom tile work, and beautiful hardwood flooring. Enjoy the luxury living The Grove has to offer with amenities that are unparalleled and a stellar golf course. 5 Beds / 6 Full Baths / 2 Half Baths | 7,400 SF | 3-car garage 5214 Wildings Boulevard, College Grove, TN Price Offered At: $3,850,000 Represented by Maria Holland, 615.289.6056

RENOVATED EAST NASHVILLE GEM This newly renovated home features stunning hardwood floors leading you through the open concept of the main level, with two living areas. The kitchen features new, high-end stainless steel appliances, a large center island and sleek, custom cabinetry. A built-in cabinet system adorns the primary suite. The luxurious primary bathroom features double vanities and a large walk-in shower. On the third floor is a spacious bonus room with two walk-in closets and a full bathroom. The covered back deck and fenced-in yard are ideal for entertaining and relaxing.

ONE-LEVEL LIVING MID-CENTURY HOME This unique, one-level living mid-century home situated on 2.8 acres in West Meade is under contract. We knew this home wouldn’t last long on the market with its beautiful updates of classic architecture with sleek and artistic details and finishes throughout. The renovations were beautiful and set the scene for captivating showings. Conveniently located in West Meade, this home is perfect for its new owners. Larry thoroughly enjoyed helping his repeat sellers with the sale of this unique home. 4 Beds / 4 Full Baths / 1 Half Bath | 4,381 SF 166 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville, TN Price Offered At: $2,300,000 Represented Sellers: Larry Lipman, 615.364.3333


3 Beds / 3 Full Baths / 1 Half Bath | 2,689 SF 15 S 13th Street, Nashville, TN Price Offered At: $1,650,000 Represented by Donna Tisdale, 615.202.8799 2002 Richard Jones Road, Suite C-104 Nashville, TN 615.463.3333 Each RE/MAX office is independently owned and operated.






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Ballet Ball


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From the Publisher

Lifelong friends, especially those that love hanging out together, are one of life’s true treasures. Some of my life-long friendships were made at Duke University at the Phi Kappa Psi, North Carolina Alpha chapter fraternity. This is the story about the On The Rocks group or the “OTR.” The OTR often hung out in my junior and senior rooms in my fraternity section, which I shared with fellow OTR member John Tyson or “Tyce.” (Duke has sections, not houses, in continuous interconnected gothic buildings whose boundaries are defined by the fire doors). People hung out in our room a lot, just not for study group sessions (let’s just leave it at that). We also had a special place in Duke Forest where we would party together. These were the cliffs where we sat about three stories high overlooking New Hope Creek. So OTR is really a triple entendre. It means sitting on the cliffs, but we also like our adult beverages on the rocks, and from time to time, one of the members has something in their life that is on the rocks that we share amongst the group. Following our graduations, some of us kept up, and others drifted out of touch. When we all started coming to the Duke class reunions when most of us were still single, we reconnected and went back to the cliffs. This slowly morphed into the official OTR group. A few years later, we started seeing each other at members’ weddings. In recent years, we have been going to OTR members’ kids’ weddings, most recently a spectacular one in Oaxaca, Mexico (more about Oaxaca and Dean & Ceci’s wedding later on in this issue). As technology evolved over time, a never-ending text chain that’s been going on for years was born. We share pictures of family and pets, vacations, cheer on Duke Athletics, etc. We wish each other happy birthday, convey condolences, announce new jobs and promotions, and now applaud retirements. During Covid, we started doing OTR Zoom calls every few months and still do them, usually during cocktail hour. As OTR has matured, we started to have official OTR “Board Meetings” at different locations. OTR member Alan Talpalar had a luxurious beachfront 8-bedroom home in a gated community in Bethany Beach, Delaware, where OTR has convened several times. During Covid, Alan scraped it and built another beach house (I can’t wait to see it because it’s difficult for me to fathom anything better than what he had before!). Recently, I hosted some of the OTR in Nashville in September of last year. It was a skeleton crew because of concerns by some of the members about the Omicron variant spike, but it was still something I relished hosting and sharing my wonderful city with some of my best friends. Tyce just bought a lovely summer home on the back bay in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, where the next OTR Board Meeting will be in September of this year—I can’t wait! I feel so blessed to have a group of friends like the OTR; it’s a big part of my life and a club that I truly value my membership.

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Artist Erik Skoldberg continues to take Nashville and the art world by storm from his new country compound Written by Melissa Mahanes / Photos by Danielle Del Valle

Many of you have heard about artist Erik Skoldberg and seen his former bespoke studio in The Gulch, where he hosted some of the best parties Nashville has ever seen. With Skoldberg, his art is the party. He has hosted elite athletes, musicians, and real estate moguls in the unexpected setting, offering tequila shots from his interactive paintings and hosting ping pong matches on his resin art table. Skoldberg knew he ultimately wanted the room to flex his creativity and some open spaces for his young family. With his wife, Kylie, pregnant with their second child, country life called their name. They just needed to find the perfect property to bring Erik’s vision to life. The answer was

twelve bucolic acres on the Harpeth River in Kingston Springs, and “Camp Skoldberg” was born. Every element of the property brings another unexpected experience. Upon arrival at the property, you are greeted by a champagne yurt inspired by the Veuve Clicquot Après Lounge at Montage Deer Valley. This was a must as Kylie is a loyal champagne drinker. Jump in his mule, covered in sheepskins, and visit the future site of Skoldberg’s luxury art barn under construction—a 5,000 square foot mix of showroom space, studio, and guest house for collectors looking to stay, and friends who won’t want to leave.


Their principal residence is centered on the property, and if you are lucky, you may meet their sons, one-year-old Max and new baby Oliver, everything with Erik centers around his young family. Beyond the pool is his current working studio, which will eventually become the car barn with all things motorcycle, a boat for the river, endless kayaks, and his Bronco. While clearing the property, Skoldberg saw natural elements that many would have overlooked. An abandoned bus was among the many things hidden in his woods, and instead of hauling it away, he saw the potential for a tiki bar with a roof deck overlooking the river. When cutting down trees, he noticed a perfect circle that just had to surround the perfect bonfire. You will have a chance to see Erik’s art featured at Steeplechase this year in the Sophisticated Living and Gus Mayer tent. Skoldberg loves the races and was the official artist for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in 2014, where he met Kylie. Skoldberg, originally from San Diego, began painting with his mother, a production potter, muralist, and teacher. Growing up surfing on the La Jolla shores, much of his work is centered around the ocean and movement. He 22

focuses on large-scale abstract work on both canvas and linen. His massive pieces have garnered the attention of real estate developers for office lobbies, hoteliers, and even DJ and record producer Zedd. When entering an office lobby, hotel, or the ultimate Beverly Hills home, his work makes a statement. He has painted works as large as 20x20 feet and has plans to go even bigger! Erik is quite the collaborator. He has created custom shoes for Zedd featuring an array of neon and even glow-in-the-dark paint that could be seen from any seat in the nightclub or arena. Perfumier Erwin Creed appreciated Erik’s work and commissioned limited edition bottles (the first House of Creed collaboration they have ever done in 200 years) featured at Art Basel at their flagship location in the Miami Design District. The playful nature of his work is what struck Hermès, where he created a custom piece for their Palm Beach flagship. Many brands want to align with Skoldberg’s work, like Eleventy Milano, who features his work throughout their U.S. showrooms. Skoldberg has not taken the traditional gallery route but enjoys collaborating with individuals and brands that share his ethos.



Another aspect of Skoldberg’s work is wrapping objects such as cars, surfboards, and guitars with his signature colorful abstractions. Erik personally rides his Triumph motorcycle with its custom hydro-dipped tank—the ultimate functional (and promotional) art statement. His ability to capture personality through his Icon Collection paintings led him to be the official artist for Adidas’ Superbowl LIV painting Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rogers, and Von Miller. These pieces featured NFL footballs and even players’ helmets attached to the canvas. Additionally, Erik has incorporated everything from NHL hockey sticks and golf clubs, to Bronco grilles and Ferrari rims into his works, making them literally pop.

He even incorporates details that even pour the perfect shot of tequila! Come enjoy a shot of Woodford Reserve at Steeplechase and try it for yourself. One particular work from his Icon Collection has stolen the show here in Nashville. This issue’s cover photo captures Skoldberg with his original Dolly Parton icon painting in the entry of Nathan & Keri Lyons’ home in Belle Meade, built by Vintage South Development with interiors by Rachel Halvorson. Erik enjoys working closely with designers where he can intimately be a part of the process with his private collectors. It’s clear that Skoldberg has thoroughly embraced his new lifestyle and that this California boy has officially gone country. sl



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TAPAS THE HEAP A pinch of Spanish flair arrives at 5th and Broadway

Written by Melissa Mahanes / Photos Courtesy of Max Flatow, Rey Lopez and Digital Love Boqueria brings the lively atmosphere of Barcelona-style tapas bars at 5th and Broadway right across from Ryman Auditorium and serves Spanish classics, seasonal specials, and curated cocktails. Influenced by Barcelona’s buzzy atmosphere and delicious food, the 150-seat restaurant celebrates the vibrant communal spirit of tapas and small plates inspired by the season’s best produce. Designed by Mancini Duffy Architects in partnership with owner/founder Yann de Rochefort, Boqueria Nashville blends the timeless heritage of Spain’s tapas culture with a modern European sensibility. The energetic space features an impressive white marble bar with handmade, black-glazed tiles highlighting traditional Spanish wines and beers. A gigantic tapas bar and a large open

kitchen, bar-height seating, and several large communal tables contribute to Boqueria’s spirited, shared dining experience. “Since opening our first restaurant in New York City 15 years ago, we’ve always been inspired to create an atmosphere where people find a connection. When first looking at Nashville as our newest location, we were inspired by the locals’ deep sense of community. Opening a tapas restaurant that would bring more variety to the downtown dining scene while contributing to its festive atmosphere felt like a natural move,” said Yann de Rochefort, Founder, and CEO of Boqueria. “We’re thrilled to offer locals a spot downtown at 5th and Broadway that showcases our love of Spanish cuisine in a space that transports them to Barcelona’s best tapas bars.”



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Standout menu items include Pan con Tomate: the iconic Catalan dish of grilled stirato bread rubbed with tomato, garlic, and olive oil; Gambas Al Ajillo: shrimp with garlic, brandy, and guindilla pepper in olive oil; and an impressive Paella de Mariscos: bomba rice, monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, saffron and salsa verde served in a massive copper paella pan. In addition to the a la carte menu, guests will be invited to enjoy a sampling of tapas through the prix-fixe Chef ’s Menu, served family-style. Custom-crafted cocktails thoughtfully created by Nashville’s celebrated mixologist, Demi Natoli, will accompany Boqueria’s classic cocktail list, including the Shishito Pepper Margarita and rotating menu of Seasonal Sangrias.

Boqueria also features an impressive brunch, where guests can enjoy the entire tapas menu in addition to enjoying Torrija: caramelized French toast with citrus honey; Huevos Con Chorizo with chorizo, fried eggs, patatas bravas, and salsa verde; and a Brunch Paella with Bomba rice, roasted chicken, piquillo peppers, chorizo, kale, topped with three farm eggs. Brunch cocktails feature riffs on traditional brunch libations like the Gilda Maria (Spanish Bloody Mary) or a Shishito Margarita. In addition, they feature a special 90-minute free flow of Sangría, mimosas, beer, Bloody Mary, or cava. Grab your amigos favoritos and take a siesta at Boqueria. sl Boqueria / 5005 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 / (615) 245-7160 / Boqueria will accept reservations and walk-ins for dinner, lunch, and brunch service. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 615-245-7160



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The Grand Canal with a a view of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. Photo by Matthew Cottrell

SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN Ca Di Dio, Venice's newest five-star hotel, presents a masterful melding of old and new. Written by Bridget Williams "If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you've imagined. Venice is—Venice is better." ~Fran Lebowitz On the long-haul portion of our flight to Venice (via CDG), I delved into The Venice Sketchbook, an easy and engaging read by Rhys Bowen. The author wove the narrative by alternating between the stories of a young British woman in Venice around World War II and her niece in the present day. The author did such a fabulous job setting the scene that several sights appeared familiar even though it was the first time I'd laid eyes on them. I have COVID to thank for a much less crowded visit this past February, which also happened to coincide with the start of Carnevale. Lingering restrictions meant more breathing room in places like the famous St. Mark's Square to watch the parade of lavishly costumed revelers. Following the movement of the swarm of onlookers made it easy to locate the most over-the-top ensembles, and I was happy to join the fray seeking a photograph. We arrived at our hotel, the newly-opened five-star Ca Di Dio, as one should when visiting Venice for the first time (or anytime you can): by motoscafi (water taxi), at the hotel's "side" door. The property sits in the quieter Arsenale district, where the famous Art Biennale

is held; it's taking place now through November ( art/2022). We braved the chill to sit in the open-air portion at the back of our motoscafi to watch as the bell tower of Piazza San Marco came closer into view as we transitioned from open lagoon to narrow canals. Instantly enamored, I marveled at how the water, which some argue is cleaner and clearer due to Italy's 2020 lockdown, lapped at doorways like an incessant solicitor. As an American whose county is a mere 246 years old, learning that portions of Ca Di Dio were erected in the 13th century is just mind-boggling. For reference, during this time, the Crusades were still underway, and Venetian explorer Marco Polo was traveling the Silk Road. Part of the VRetreats collection, managed by Italy's VOI Hotels, Ca Di Dio's three-story structure has served as a hostel for Crusaders and later as a hospice for women. Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola spearheaded the three-year renovation. Strict historic preservation guidelines prevented changes to the Istrian stone façade dotted with 442 windows and the interior floorplan, resulting in an aura of austere elegance. Juxtaposed with the original features are contemporary building and interior design elements sourced exclusively from Italy, such as the handcrafted Murano glass lamps, Venetian plaster walls, and custom furnishings.


A walk-in closet is concealed behind antiqued mirrors in a suite at Ca Di Dio.

Once the site of an ancient house of worship, the centerpiece of the double-height lobby is a massive chandelier comprised of 14,000 Murano glass tiles designed to evoke the sails of a boat. Old-meetsnew as a pair of antique statues peers down from their plinths at sinuous sofas upholstered in colorful velvet. There are 57 suites and nine deluxe rooms, all sumptuously decorated with custom-made furniture from Molteni & C in a unique style that defies cliché categorization. Our third-floor corner room was one of ten suites offering a view of the lagoon and San Giorgio Maggiore Island. The two largest suites have a staircase leading to a private roof terrace overlooking the San Marco basin. Following the original contours of the roof, the ceiling height in our sleek suite went from low at the perimeter to vaulted at the center, lending a shape-shifting Alice in Wonderland effect, especially when considered alongside the room's whimsically-shaped Murano light fixtures. I spent a good deal of time trying to locate the promised complimentary minibar and Lavazza espresso machine before finding it concealed cleverly behind wood paneling. A sliding door sheathed in antiqued mirror revealed a spacious walk-in closet. A portion of the walls in the suite are upholstered in the same Venetian Rubelli fabric as the drapery. An expanse of Rosso Verona marble and Venetian 34

plaster walls executed in a complementary hue emanates a sleek, contemporary vibe in the bathroom. The hotel leaves a nightly postcard imprinted with a vintage photo from Camera Photo Epoche's archive in lieu of a traditional turndown sweet. As we quickly discovered, greenspace is a rarity in a city where buildable land is scarce. This makes Ca Di Dio's courtyard garden, complete with two original wells, a hidden gem for relaxing after a day of exploring. This predominance of private spaces has already made the property a hit among A-list celebrities seeking an underthe-radar sojourn. Also counted among Ca Di Dio's treasures are its food and beverage program. Comprised of three small rooms, the goldceilinged Alchemia Bar appears to be the place for well-heeled Italians to congregate, and with good reason: the cocktails are as exceptional as the convivial bartenders. We became fast friends with bartender Marco Mdolla, a Venetian with palpable enthusiasm for botanicallyinspired craft cocktails. If you want to know what to see and where to go that's off the typical tourist beat, just spend a few hours here, and your itinerary for the following days will be complete. It's notable that Alchemia features a line of gins distilled by Zu Plun, and created exclusively for Ca' di Dio in collaboration with The Merchant of Venice. The Sál variety is infused with saltwater from the lagoon.

Once the site of an ancient house of worship, the centerpiece of the double-height lobby at Ca Di Dio is a massive chandelier comprised of 14,000 Murano glass tiles designed to evoke the sails of a boat.


Antipasti of cooked and raw sturgeon with candied lemon, caviar, cheek lard foam and bitter salad at VERO restaurant. Photo by Matthew Cottrell.

The Alchemia Bar at Ca Di Dio.

VERO restaurant at Ca Di Dio


Bartender Marco Mdolla at Alchemia Bar in Ca Di Dio. Photo by Matthew Cottrell.

The Reading Room at Ca Di Dio.

One of two 13th century wells in the courtyard at Ca Di Dio.


A traditional a mascarer's workshop.

Glass artisan Giorgio Nason at Designs 188.


On the right is the Palazzo Papadopoli, a Baroque-style palace located on the Grand Canal. Photo by Matthew Cottrell.

Following an aperitif and lively conversation at Alchemia Bar, we passed through the lobby and into the cozy wood-paneled reading room to reach VERO, an intimate restaurant. I couldn't keep my eyes off the Jannelli & Volpi wallpapered ceiling, a custom design by Patricia Urquiola inspired by the region's land and sea bounty. Again, the service was exemplary, as was Chef Raimondo Squeo's cuisine, complemented by wine pairings focused on vintners from northeast Italy and served in lovely glasses handcrafted nearby in Murano. Overlooking the courtyard, Essentia Restaurant offers a more casual atmosphere. It was a must-stop for us before heading out each morning to partake of their European-style buffet and a cappuccino. Ca di Dio's location in the Castello District, known for its contemporary art scene, is less crowded. Yet, it's still just a 20-minute walk from the perennially packed Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco. So, without a hard and fast agenda, we walked, and walked, and walked—most days in excess of ten miles— making frequent pitstops at out-of-the-way bacaris (local bars) to partake of Venetian cicchetti (finger foods), accompanied by an Aperol Spritz. I loved being able to try small bites packed with so many varying flavors from land and sea. Venice boasts a dizzying array of shops offering wares from kitsch to couture. While we enjoyed fawning over high-end goods, including sumptuous diamond-quilted-leather-wrapped espresso machines at GIOBAGNARA ( and exquisite Venetian-made linens at Jesurum (, it was the smaller shops off the beaten path that we found most intriguing. Spying a shattered rainbow of glass rods on the worktable of artisan Giorgio Nason—whose ancestors are among Murano's original

glass-making families—in the window of his studio near the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Modern Art (, drew us in to admire his work-in-progress and his unique collection of glass jewelry ( Despite the proliferation of vendors selling mass-produced masks, less than a dozen shops produce papier-mâché versions in the traditional style. Stepping into a mascarer's workshop immerses you in an environment that's simultaneously cool and creepy. Wanting to experience an icon, we met friends from Milan at Harry's Bar. Credited with inventing beef carpaccio and the Bellini cocktail, it's known for hosting some of the most famous faces of the 20th century. Two Bellinis each and $211 later, our Italian friends joked that some fleecing of tourists is expected, but that Harry's was next level. They selected Bistrot De Venise (bistrotdevenise. com) for dinner, and we thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant's fresh interpretation of Venetian recipes from the 14th to the 18th centuries. A few other dining options of note include 1000 Gourmet for a dizzying array of pizzas (; Ristorante Da Ivo, an upscale spot frequented by George and Amal Clooney (; the quiet and charming Al Covo (; Antiche Carampane for their takeaway paper cones bursting with fried mixed seafood (; and cicchetti at standing-roomonly Enoteca Schiavi (; and Bar All'Arco. Our experience is that you have to work hard to have a bad meal. The psychology of anticipation means that some destinations don’t live up to expectations. However, reality definitely trumped imagination for my first trip to Venice. sl Rooms at Ca Di Dio begin at $800. For more info and reservations, visit



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This hardcover collection of stories brings to life the magnificent southern regions of Italy, from Naples to Sicily, as seen through the eyes of literary greats from Ovid and Virgil to Elsa Morante and Elena Ferrante. Ella Carr—Stories of Southern Italy— hardcover, 400 pages, Everyman’s Library After a one-week trip to Florence in 1994, Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri became infatuated with the Italian language, eventually reading exclusively in Italian in preparation for a move to Rome in 2012. This collection brings together 40 writers representing a cross-section of Italian society who informed her love of the language; more than half of the stories have been translated into English for the first time. Jhumpa Lahiri (editor)— The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories—hardcover, 528 pages, Penguin Classics

This collection of 80 recipes with wine pairings focuses on a unique region of Italy that bridges the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Bobby Stuckey, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson & Meredith Erickson—Friuli Food and Wine: Frasca Cooking from Northern Italy’s Mountains, Vineyards, and Seaside—hardcover, 272 pages, Ten Speed Press.


Acclaimed Italian wine expert, sommelier, winemaker, and restaurateur, Joe Campanale went on an epic quest through Italy’s 20 wine regions to produce a comprehensive, transportive, and educational guide to contemporary Italian wine. Joe Campanale & Joshua David Stein—Vine: The Essential Guide to Real Italian Wine—hardcover, 320 pages, Clarkson Potter.

Missy Robbins, one of New York City’s premier pasta chefs, who has been cooking and researching Italian food for two decades, shares recipes for 40 handmade pasta shapes and 100 Italian American, regional Italian, and modern dishes. Missy Robbins & Talia Baiocchi—Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy’s Greatest Food, with Recipes—hardcover, 416 pages, Ten Speed Press.

bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books New York Times bestselling author Dianne Hales highlights our enduring love affair with Italy and Italian culture, from literature to art, music to movies. Dianna Hales—La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World—hardcover, 320 pages, Crown Archetype. For the most fervent Ferrari enthusiast, this massive $6,000 limitededition tome holds hundreds of photographs from the Ferrari Archives and private collectors. It comes enclosed in an aluminum display case designed by Marc Newson. Giuseppe (Pino) Allievi— Ferrari XXL—leather cover, 514 pages, TASCHEN (

Native Italians Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla take readers on an off-the-beaten-path tour of their home country that’s on point with the quintessential details that define timeless Italian style. Daria Reina and Andrea Ferolla—Italian Chic—hardcover, 264 pages, Assouline ( A vividly illustrated and definitive exploration of how and why the Renaissance flourished in Italy for two centuries. Norbert Wolf—The Renaissance Cities: Art in Florence, Rome and Venice—hardcover, 272 pages, Prestel


Andréa McBride John and Robin McBride

HALF-SISTERS MAKING A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENCE IN THE WINE WORLD Founded in 2010, McBride Sisters Wine Company is the largest Black-owned wine company in the US. Written by Bridget Williams / Photography courtesy of Michelle Magdalena & Garrick Gray Half-sisters Robin McBride and Andréa McBride John grew up in world-class winemaking regions but on separate continents and no knowledge of one another until they were young adults. Robin hails from Monterrey, California, while Andréa spent the first 16 years of her life in New Zealand. While their father, who died in 1996, was not a prominent figure in their lives, their reunion was the fulfillment of his dying wish. After meeting for the first time in 1999, they found themselves together in California in 2005, united by a shared passion for all things wine and a desire to shake up the industry with a blend of old-world elegance and new-world finesse. Capitalizing on Andréa's winemaking connections in New Zealand and Robin's business background in importing and exporting goods, they started in 2010 as importers of New Zealand wines before launching their own label five years later. Today, the McBride Sisters Wine Company has grown to become the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States. Community, inclusivity, and philanthropy remain core company tenents. Today, a team comprising fifty-one percent of people of color and ninety-three percent women across two countries oversee three core brands: McBride Sisters Collection, Black Girl Magic, and SHE CAN. The SHE CAN Fund, established in 2019, promotes the professional development of women as part of a concerted effort to help close the gender and race gap. The Fund pivoted to support Black-and-women-owned small businesses across several industries and awarded 30 women with $10,000 scholarships in response to the pandemic. This year, the Fund has announced it will be supporting women specifically in the hospitality and food and wine industries and awarding $50,000 scholarships to Southern University as part of the Fund's Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Initiative and Scholarship Program. 42

Making wine education more accessible and inclusive for all was the driving force behind the development of McBride Certified: Wine 101 with Robin and Andréa, a free, multi-module wine course available to anyone interested in wine. Prospective students—more than 10,000 to date— can request to join the Facebook group and complete the course at their own pace. The McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Wine & Book Club launched in 2021 with publisher Simon & Schuster. Club members receive a book of the month, authored by a black woman author, paired with Black Girl Magic wines, and an invitation to a live virtual event with the author. The May selection is Speak, by Peloton fitness superstar Tunde Oyeneyin. McBride Sisters Collection Reserve Wines, single-vineyard wines from California and New Zealand representing pivotal moments in the Sisters' journeys and founding story, sit at the top of the company's portfolio. This past March, they released a pair of wines from New Zealand, made by the brand's Kiwi-based winemaker, Diana Hawkins: Reserve Gamay “Rebels” 2020 ($69) and Reserve Pinot Noir “Papatūānuku” 2019 ($69). Reflecting the standout characteristics of New Zealand's southernmost and mountainous wine region of Central Otago, these wines illuminate Andréa's upbringing in Aotearoa, the Māori name for New Zealand. Available in late spring, the fifth McBride Sisters Collection Reserve Wine is the 2020 "Abalone or Pāua?", a white blend from Paso Robles, California made by the brand's Golden State winemaker Amy Butler. The name of this wine references the mother-ofpearl-lined sea mollusk and unites the two different cultures and hemispheres where the Sisters grew up. McBride Sisters Collection wines are available at various retailers throughout the United States and through their website, sl

Reserve Gamay “Rebels” 2020 & Reserve Pinot Noir “Papatūānuku” 2019



BMW reveals a refresh of its 8 Series Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe for 2023 Written by Andre James / Photography courtesy of BMW BMW has continued to refine the award-winning design of its 8 Series luxury performance vehicles since the model debuted in 2018. The new 2023 8 Series heralds a redesigned front fascia and technologydriven interior refinements that include an enlarged interior 12.3-inch Control Display for the BMW iDrive operating system. Most notable among the exterior changes is the addition of a BMW Illuminated Kidney Grille. Waterfall lighting highlights revised grille elements and activates when the vehicle is unlocked or a door opens; it can be switched on or off manually by the driver. In addition, five new exterior paint colors and two new wheel options are available. Wheel style 895M is fitted with highperformance, non-runflat tires. It is included in the Cooling and High-Performance Tire Package, which is optional on M850i xDrive coupe and Gran Coupe. A new optional M Sport Package Professional adds extended Shadowline trim with black kidney grille, black calipers for the standard M Sport brakes, M Shadowline headlights with dark inserts, and a black M rear spoiler for the M850i xDrive coupe. M850i models also boast new side-view mirrors. To mark the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH, all M850i xDrive models will feature the classic BMW Motorsport logo on the hood, trunk, and wheel hub covers in lieu of the usual BMW roundels. The anniversary emblem is reminiscent of the original BMW M GmbH trademark first used on racing cars in 1973. 44

Technological advances drive changes inside the cockpit. Standard is the BMW Live Cockpit Professional. This fully digital display network consists of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a central Control Display, which has increased from 10.25 to 12.3 inches. The larger screen enables fast, convenient, and intuitive operation of numerous vehicle functions, powered by the seventh generation of BMW iDrive. Under the hood, the powertrain remains unchanged. All 203 8 Series models come standard with 8-speed automatics and allwheel drive. The base 840i xDrive is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 with 335 hp; the M850i xDrive has a twin-turbo 4.4liter V-8 with 523 hp; the Alpina B8’s V-8 outputs 612 hp; while the M8 Competition boasts the most horses at 617, courtesy of a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 with a maximum speed of 201 mph. The 8 X Jeff Koons, unveiled this past February at the Frieze Los Angeles art fair, is the latest car resulting from a decade-long collaboration with American artist Jeff Koons. The special edition BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe features an entirely custom design inside and out personally created by Koons himself. It will be exclusively limited to 99 models worldwide. THE 8 X JEFF KOONS will be displayed in New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Plaza from April 1-4, and a charity auction at Christie’s New York on April 4, 2022. Full pricing is yet to be announced, but BMW says the base price for the 8 series will remain unchanged at $85,995. sl

Artist Jeff Koons with thespecial-edition 8 X Jeff Koons. Photo by Enes Kucevic.




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Kathy Lefakinis (center), with daughters Alexandra and Kassandra.


Valef Yachts' second generation, all women, take the helm of the fifty-three-year-old charter company. Written by Elliott Greene / Photos by Gregory Karydis When he founded Valef Yachts in 1969, Vassilios (Bill) Lefakinis pioneered the yacht charter business in a country predestined for it: Greece. Born in Athens in 1933, Bill left Greece on his own at the age of 13 to go to the United States to pursue a better life. He graduated from an Ivy League school on a scholarship, served in both the U.S. Army and in the Hellenic Air Force, and founded Valef Yachts at the age of 36 to provide comfortable access to the wealth of the Greek islands, under his motto 'Discover the Yachting World of Greece.' When the yachting scion passed a year after the company's 50th anniversary, there was little doubt who would fill his deck shoes: his daughters Alexandra and Kassandra. Their mother, American Kathy Lefakinis, manages Valef Yachts' U.S. office. Working together, the women manage a portfolio of more than 400 exclusive vessels, delivering bespoke land and sea experiences in Greece and the Mediterranean with 24/7 support for their discerning clientele. Bill's drive came from the need to succeed, and his daughters experienced first-hand the passion he put into the business, spending every summer on the Aegean Sea. "He did a lot of heavy lifting with his personality and charm. That was back then with no internet when you really had to make a lasting impression," remarked his daughter Kassandra. Before taking a co-ownership role in Valef, she made a name for herself in the wellness industry as co-founder of the organic 48

self-care brand OPUNTIA Luxury Oils, which features a skin-healing aromatherapeutic blend of rare essential oils procured from the Mediterranean. Kassandra added, "The biggest gift of my life has been growing up on boats. It is all about a new approach to living and access to a different world. Greece serves that in abundance with each Greek island being completely unique and in no comparison to the other." To reflect the generational and gender shift in leadership, the sisters have coined a new campaign moniker designed to celebrate the power of the female: "She will lead you anywhere and everywhere." The slogan reflects that boats are traditionally referred to as "she," a practice dating back to ancient times and likely stemming from goddesses and mother figures playing a protective role in looking after a ship and crew. In this instance, the' she' is a nod to both a Valef executive and the fleet in their charge. "Greece reflects the soul. Being out on the sea feeling the elements looking into an endless horizon, your mind, heart, and soul go different places. It's a priceless experience," says Kassandra. With vessels ranging from 60 feet to 325 feet, Valef's weekly charter rates range from $16,000 for a yacht accommodating up to six passengers to the highest category yacht with rates starting at $647,000 per week for a party of 36. For more information, visit sl

Alexandra and Kassandra Lefakinis.


STILL STUNNING AT SEVENTY Corvette Celebrates Seven Decades as an Icon with a 70th Anniversary Edition. Written by Andre James / Photos courtesy of Chevrolet

2023 marks the 70th anniversary of Corvette. As one of the longestrunning nameplates of any car on the road today—bested only by the Chevrolet Suburban, which launched in 1934 as a commercial vehicle—Corvette has pushed the boundaries of technology, performance, and style while remaining an attainable cultural icon. For their 2023 model year, the Corvette Stingray and Corvette Z06 will celebrate this milestone with a special 70th Anniversary Edition package. "Passion for Corvette runs deep at Chevrolet, and this anniversary is extra special because of the excitement and sales success we've achieved with the eighth generation of America's iconic sports car," said Steve Majoros, vice president, Chevrolet 50

marketing. "Even after 70 years, Corvette still makes hearts race and kids dream of the open road." The Anniversary Edition Corvettes stand out in one of two exterior colors unique to this package: an all-new White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat or Carbon Flash Metallic. Optional stripes are available in complementing colors: Satin Gray with the White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat and Satin Black with the Carbon Flash Metallic. While Stingray and Z06 will feature distinct wheels with commemorative wheel center caps, the wheels share a similar dark finish and Edge Red stripe. Additional commemorative touches on the exterior include 70th Anniversary Edition exterior badging with special Corvette crossflags, Edge Red brake calipers, and rear

bumper protector and trunk cover. The 70th Anniversary Edition Stingray coupes will also include an Edge Red engine cover. Drivers will find two-tone Ceramic leather GT2 or Competition Sport seats, red stitching throughout, red seat belts, and sueded microfiber seat inserts and steering wheel inside the cockpit. Coordinating with the interior is a set of custom luggage with red stitching and the 70th Anniversary Edition logo. The 70th Anniversary Edition package will be available when production starts later this year on the 2023 Corvette Stingray 3LT and Z06 3LZ coupe and convertible models. In addition, the 2023 Corvette Z06 visualizer at now includes the 70th Anniversary Edition package.

Indicative of the car's desirability, when VIN 001 of the special edition Corvette Z06 crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this past January, with proceeds benefitting Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit focused on building strong, stable, and secure military families, it fetched $3.6 million. The winning bid annihilated the previous record of $3million set in 2020 for a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001 auctioned by Barrett-Jackson to benefit Detroit Children's Fund. All 2023 Corvettes, including those not equipped with the 70th Anniversary Edition package, will feature a commemorative 70th-anniversary interior plaque located on the center speaker grille and a graphic imprinted on the lower rear window. sl


BACK TO BARNSLEY Not content with resting on its laurels, the award-winning north Georgia resort continues to evolve its offerings. Written by Bridget Williams Some travelers have their go-to place, whether inherited, generational, or discovered. And, even if it’s only visited annually, the sojourn serves as a bookmark in a life’s chapters. Though I’ve always been more globally curious than a repeat visitor-type traveler, Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia—nearly smack dab in the middle between Atlanta and Chattanooga—could be my place. Why? First of all, it’s a snap to get to. As a fan of road trips, I opted to make the five-hour drive from my home in Louisville for my visit this past November. Second, there are scores of things to do. And, even if you want to be a total sloth, you can eat to your heart’s content and be very, very happy you came. The 3,000-acre resort, sited in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, envelops the ruins of Woodlands, an 1840s estate with an exquisite boxwood parterre garden. Guest accommodations are spread out amongst 39 spacious freestanding cottages organized in the style of an English-inspired pedestrian village, along with a 55-room Inn. Opened in 2018 and 52

inspired by the work of noted British architect Edwin Lutyens, the stately structure sits prominently at the end of a tree-lined boulevard, standing watch over the charming cottages like a proud parent. The Inn is the antithesis of a bland box, boasting16 different room configurations, including third-floor dormer rooms with window seats that complete the country estate feel. The entirety of the resort is charming year-round, but it really comes alive at Christmas, where a storybook quality is even more pronounced. I arrived after dark, and after so much COVID-era travel, where resorts were primarily empty, and visiting seemed to serve more a reminder of the pandemic rather than an escape, I was happy to find myself in a bustling place with people genuinely enjoying themselves. After taking a hot second to admire my spacious room, I headed through the center of the village to meet my travel mates for dinner at Woodlands Grill. En-route, I spied a crowd, bundled up off to ward off the chill and sticking close to a firepit, raucously sharing a drink at the Beer Garden while listening to live music. This being the

The 55-room Inn at Barnsley Resort opened in 2018. The architecture is inspired by the work of noted British architect Edwin Lutyens.

South, you better believe that they answered my curious glances with an invitation to join them. A feeling of community is encouraged throughout the village, demonstrated by the Adirondack chair-ringed fire pits and corn hole sets lining the greenspace separating the cottages. S’mores kits are set out in the lobby of the Inn each evening, adding to the allure of the firepits. Renovated from floor-to-ceiling since my last visit, the food at Woodlands Grill was even better than I remembered. Focused on Southern regional comfort food, the familiar hallmarks are there, some remixed, others true to form, but all exceptionally plated. An arugula salad with grilled peaches was particularly memorable, as was the sinful brioche French toast coated with Frosted Flakes I enjoyed there following my workout the following morning. As a side note, it’s not unusual to find pre-dawn gym goers coaxed from their machines to head outside and admire spectacular sunrise views. A strong commitment to craft extends to all dining options, including privately catered affairs where the creative tablescapes

whet the appetite. For a private barbeque lunch in the Beer Garden, property pit master Paul shared some secrets of his 48-hour brisket, and gave each guest a glass jar filled with his proprietary housemade rub to enjoy at home. At the time of my visit Javier Cuesta, an accomplished French-trained chef with 25 years of experience in destinations around the globe, had just been appointed Executive Chef. During our visit, he took our taste buds on a journey to his native Portugal by serving Cataplana, a pork and seafood stew, and Morocco with a lamb and faro dish, before returning “home” with bacon-wrapped venison. Launched in 2021 and offered seasonally, Barnsley’s Fire Kettle Cooking Demonstrations offer an open-air culinary exhibition where Chef prepares one of his favorite seasonal recipes over the open flame of a Sea Island Forge fire kettle. Guests are given recipes following the experience to recreate the dish and relive the memory at home.


An aerial view of the cottages at Barnsley Resort. At the end of the greenway is Woodlands Grill and the 18-hole Jim Fazio-designed golf course.

A king dormer room in the Inn at Barnsley Resort.


Property pit master Paul sharing some of the secrets to success of his 48-hour brisket.

Executive Chef Javier Cuesta presenting salt-baked fish during at dinner at Rice House.

The pinnacle of on-property dining is Rice House, a seasonal, dinner-only destination housed in a 19th-century farmhouse painstakingly relocated to its present site from Rome, Georgia. The tasting menu is ‘garden-to-table’ focused and rotates every few weeks to accommodate in-season ingredients sourced within 150-miles. With Perrier-Jouet champagne pairings, our five-course tasting menu went from one high note to the next, including the dramatic presentation of salt-baked fish and desserts (almost) too perfectly pretty to eat. As a native Kentuckian, I appreciate Barnsley’s commitment to the Bluegrass’ native spirit, bourbon. Resort Manager Matt Quick is a Certified Bourbon Steward. On weekends and during other special events he leads a tasting at the Inn of Woodford Reserve infused with hickory-smoked Georgia pecans via a drip system on display in a case in the lobby. Quick, who also leads bourbon exploration experiences for corporate groups on the property, has a palpable passion for the spirit going back two decades and genuinely enjoys engaging with guests who have questions. Quick can take his show on the road with a custom Party Peddler trike outfitted with a two-bin cedar chest for cold beverages and a pair of three-gallon kegs. “You better believe that people come running when I ring the bell,” laughed Quick. Working up an appetite is easy at Barnsley, and engaging in activities from morning-till-night made all of my indulging a little

Southern favorites infused with global flavors are a hallmark of Executive Chef Javier Cuesta’s cuisine.

less guilt-inducing. We started with a lesson at the Beretta Shooting Grounds’ 28-station clay course. Noticing several nervous firsttimers in our group, our instructor, Randy Mangum, lightened the mood by remarking, “If you can’t have fun shooting, you have issues I can’t help you with.” Randy displayed a superior knack for employing everyday analogies to make the physicality of the sport understandable. His relaxed and expert instruction had the newbies shouting “pull!” with great aplomb by the end of the outing. We took our outdoor adventure up a notch with wingshooting and a UTV tour, offered in partnership with John Burrell’s High Adventure Company. The upland quail-hunting venue is part of an 1,800-acre property a short drive from the mainland resort. Here, legendary Italian Beretta firearms pair with a world-class team of guides and their pointing and flushing dogs. The operation is the first time Beretta has allowed its name to be used alongside another enterprise. “It really speaks to the caliber of clients that come to Barnsley,” remarked Burrell, a native of the area who also operates hunting and fishing lodges in Hawaii, New Zealand, and South Africa, to name a few. “We’re just good old boys with a big old idea,” Burrell said. High Adventure Company has developed a combined major in wildlife management and hospitality with a local college and offers students the opportunity to get “real world” experience as interns at their properties.


Above: John Burrell (foreground) and Drew Burrell of John Burrell’s High Adventure Company along with their expertly trained pointing and flushing dogs lead quail hunts on an 1,800 property near Barnsley Resort. Photo by Bridget Williams. Below: The Golf Performance Center utilizes Trackman technology. 56

The private Wine Library at Woodlands Grill

The ruins of Woodlands, an 1840s estate with an exquisite boxwood parterre garden look particularly picturesque during the Christmas season.

Safety briefings and post-shoot banquets are staged in the High Adventure clubhouse. In the distance, you can hear a cacophony of sounds emanating from the dog kennels, where prized pups call out for their turn in the field. We learned that Southwest Georgia is often referred to as “The Quail Hunting Capital of the World.” In my first foray into the sport of wingshooting, I have to say I was utterly captivated by the dogs, which Burrell refers to as “super-star athletes.” I admired watching their focus and pure joy as they carried out the tasks they were bred and trained to do. Following the hunt, we returned to a beautifully set long table at the clubhouse, where Chef Cuesta created a field-to-table quail feast. The only birdies we pursued the following day were on the 18-hole Jim Fazio-designed Par-72 golf course. I am not even an amateur by any stretch of the imagination, but a photo of me teeing off above the dramatic drop on the 14th hole belies my ineptitude. Then, hoping to make some gains in the skill department, I headed to the Golf Performance Center. My swing was analyzed using Trackman technology and then tweaked by Director of Golf Bill Daggett and Head Pro Kyle Morris, both of whom had me believing I might finally get the hang of the game.

Setup for an infused bourbon tasting at the Inn.

Overlooking the golf course and near the Woodland’s Grill, the 10-room Spa at Barnsley Resort harvests their own loofah gourds onsite. I opted for one of their signature services, a Fire and Ice facial. I likened the paprika-laced treatment to the feeling of eating a Habanero pepper and chasing it with a glass of ice-cold milk. My therapist reminded me of the importance of skin cancer checks and using products with natural ingredients, saying that skincare “needs to break its love affair with lab-created products.” I used the time in-between activities to explore the 1.8-mile fitness trail with 20 different stations, miles of walking trails that alternate between forest and field, and the resplendent ruins of the Manor House, lavishly decorated for the holidays. The ruins would be absolutely dreamy for a destination wedding, and there’s plenty of room to party, with seven distinct event venues able to accommodate intimate affairs all the way up to 500 guests. Even with all I experienced over my three-day stay, I still didn’t get to try everything or venture to nearby Adairsville, Cartersville, or Rome. This trio of small towns offers interesting museums, locally-owned restaurants and boutiques, and turn-ofthe-century architecture. Next time. sl For more information, visit


WINDS OF CHANGE Maserati unveils its new Grecale SUV Written by Andre James / Photos courtesy of Maserati Following a tradition begun in 1963 with the Mistral, Maserati named its newest model, Grecale, after a wind, this time a northeasterly Mediterranean breeze. Reflecting Grecale’s position as the future of Maserati—it will become the first full-electric SUV in Maserati history— its global debut was entirely digital, and broadcast live on Maserati’s website this past March. Italian actors and Brand Ambassadors Matilda De Angelis and Alessandro Borghi were tapped to illuminate how the new model, developed at the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena and produced at the Cassino plant, represents the everyday exceptional. At 190.8 inches long and with a wheelbase of 114 inches, Grecale is a smaller sibling to the mid-size Levante SUV, accounting for nearly 60 percent of Maserati’s global sales. While the Grecale boasts a distinct design language, the shape of the low and imposing grill and the vertically oriented headlights call to mind the MC20. At the same time, the Giugiaro 3200 GT inspires the taillights. Carbon fiber highlight the technical components. 58

Notable among its many attributes is the extensive range of available engines: conventional internal combustion, hybrid, and, in a year’s time, full-electric. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard on all variants. Powering the GT is a fourcylinder mild-hybrid engine capable of delivering 300 hp. Modena offers a four-cylinder 330-hp mild-hybrid engine. The powerful Trofeo is equipped with a high-performance 3.0L 530-hp V6 based on the Nettuno engine fitted to the MC20. As a result, the Trofeo can make the 0-60 sprint in 3.8 seconds. Completing the range is the Grecale Folgore, the 100% electric version with 400V technology. New to the Grecale is a 100% Maserati Vehicle Dynamic Control Module (VDCM) system, offering 360° control over the car and clear distinction between the various DRIVE MODES: COMFORT, GT, SPORT, CORSA (Trofeo only), and OFFROAD. Maserati says VDCM “can be compared to a top-ranking orchestral conductor who can set precise targets and timing for all the major actuators in the vehicle, ensuring they are all aligned,

reducing intervention times and increasing performance, driving pleasure and vehicle safety.” The sportscar finish in the cabin is heavy on technology. Even the traditional Maserati clockface, positioned in the center of the dash, has been given a digital update and can transform into a veritable in-car concierge, courtesy of voice control. Touch-based technology is primarily controlled via a large 12.3” central screen, the largest ever seen in a Maserati. An 8.8-inch lower screen manages the climate system. The latest Maserati Intelligent Assistant (MIA) multimedia system provides each customer with a simple, intuitive, and customizable user experience. MIA can be configured with multiple tab-based screens based on favorite or most commonly used functions to optimize quick access and enable operations with just one tap. Audiophiles will appreciate the Sonus Faber 3D sound system. The standard Premium level includes 14 speakers, while the High Premium level offers 21 speakers on demand for a fully immersive listening experience. Engineers at the Maserati Innovation Lab in

Modena worked directly with Italian artist Dardust to customize the “chimes” – the sound alerts received by the user. Tremendous attention has been paid to the fit and finishes in the interior, available in three trim levels. With characteristics that include a Saffiano leather dashboard insert, and burnished inserts on the central console and door panel, the GT interior presents an environment that draws inspiration from interior design. Sporty and outdoor-oriented, the Modena interior features an embroidered and stitched graphic motif on the dashboard, panels, and seats. Available trim in this variant includes dark ash burl, an unusual, contemporary wood with a grey tone, and an open-pore finish. The Trofeo trim level is suited to sports enthusiasts. It focuses on high-performance materials, such as exposed, three-dimensional carbon fiber and perforated leather, paired with chevron motifs that emphasize the car’s dynamism. Pricing for the Grecale SUV will start at just under $65,000, with delivery scheduled to begin in the fall of 2022. sl


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Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry’s new Moditional collection offers inset styles in some of the companies most popular transitional door designs (

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This “Midcentury Botanical” kitchen features Sub-Zero’s new 48” stainless steel Classic French Door refrigerator, Wolf M Series 30" stainless steel built-in professional convection steam oven, Wolf 48" dual fuel range, Wolf 48" pro wall chimney hood, Wolf M Series Contemporary 30" stainless steel coffee system, and Wold 30” warming drawer.

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Clockwise from top left: BARE Fine Jewelry Lotus Ring in titanium ($6,500; VHERNIER Calla bracelet black titanium and 18K pink gold ($9,500; Akillis Paris Fatal Attraction pink gold and titanium pendant ($2,500; Limited edition BR-X1 R.S.19 from Bell & Ross with titanium and ceramic case with rubber inserts ($21,500). Available from Diamond Cellar in Columbus, Moyer Fine Jewelers in Indianapolis, King Jewelers in Nashville, and at Chopard ceramised titanium 42 MM L.U.C. Time Traveler One Black ($15,500). Available from Moyer Fine Jewelers in Indianapolis, King Jewelers in Nashville, and at David Yurman Chain Link Bold Bracelet with Black Titanium ($800). Available at Diamond Cellar in Columbus, Moyer Fine Jewelers and Reis-Nichols in Indianapolis, Davis Jewelers in Louisville, and at Jose Marin pink titanium, black silver,18k gold bracelet with garnet and citrine ($6,284; Stella Flame Gallery Francesca Villa Ad Astra agate ring ($7,590; Titanium, diamond, and opal ring from Picchiotti ($797,000) Available through Moyer Fine Jewelers in Indianapolis, and at




Artistic Tile opens its newest showroom at Nashville Design Collective Written by Melissa Mahanes / Photos Courtesy of Artistic Tile

Artistic Tile is among the newest showrooms in The Nashville Design Collective and is celebrating its Grand Opening on May 12. Their stunning 5200 square foot Showroom and Slab Gallery is an inviting atmosphere where you can titillate your senses and touch everything. Their design associates are experts at helping you choose from a meticulously curated assortment of natural stone, glass, porcelain, and ceramic available as slabs, mosaics, field, waterjet, and decorative tile. The finishes range from translucent to metallic, classic to contemporary, and everything in between. The product displays in Artistic Tile are remarkable examples of how far your imagination can take you for kitchen countertops, backsplashes, bathrooms, and home bars. Richard Anuszkiewicz of Design Galleria (right next door) has created an incredible functioning kitchen in the Showroom that combines materials in creative and unusual ways that will help spark ideas for your own future renovation. Artistic Tile is a family-owned business founded by Nancy Epstein in 1987. After designing custom cabinets for her young son’s bedroom, the cabinet maker was so impressed with the results that he asked Nancy to come work for him in his Tenafly, New Jersey showroom. Nancy quickly recognized that the cabinetry showroom could do more business if they would offer more products for the bath and kitchen, such as tile and stone! She took over the company, and soon Artistic Tile was born. By 1993, she had established an import and wholesale distribution company to service her Showroom. Today, Artistic Tile has become one of the largest wholesale distributors of luxury 66

tile and stone, with nine showrooms nationwide and products distributed through more than 150 luxury tile and stone showrooms across the United States. In 2011 Artistic Tile acquired the esteemed Waterfall Bathroom Furniture line of sustainable bath vanities. Nancy continues to make product development trips throughout the world, including Tunisia, Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, China, Vietnam, Turkey, India, and Israel. Nancy’s designs have been featured in top shelter media outlets and consistently win “Best of” awards. The firm’s 110,000 square foot corporate headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey, comprises a state-of-the-art production facility, warehouse, training center, customer service center, and design studio, and in November 2014 was expanded to include an additional 25,000 square foot slab gallery. “The growth in Nashville has been explosive, especially since Covid hit. Establishing a local presence allows us to best service this expanding market. We chose the Nashville Design Collective to join other like-minded luxury design brands. The destination collects the most sought-after industry offerings in a single destination, creating an easy and enjoyable experience for our clients. The newest Artistic Tile showroom is particularly exciting for us, as we are experimenting with a showroom combined with a slab gallery in one location. We will have the opportunity to present an even more extensive offering to our clients.” - Nancy Epstein, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Artistic Tile. sl Artistic Tile (open to the public and to the Trade) Nashville Design Collective / 510 Merritt Ave, Suite 301 / Nashville, TN 37203 / (615) 810-0470

Martello (left and below): Stone tiles wrapped in hand-worked, hammered & antiqued metal sheets wrought in a technique used for centuries in jewelry and decorative objects. Presented in Gold and Silver, Martello adds rich, luminescent texture to any design project. Gold $100 per S/F / Silver $100 per S/F Hidden Circles (far left): Evoking the work of graphic artist M.C. Escher, Hidden Circles layers a mix of elemental shapes to create a mesmerizing geometric pattern. Presented in Blue, Mocha, and Vanilla colorways, Hidden Circles can also be customized via their Tailored To program. Blue Blend $140 per S/F / Mocha Blend $115 per S/F / Vanilla Blend $120 per S/F


FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND JUNE 18-19, 2022 Cruise into Cheekwood and stroll among impeccably maintained classic cars from a 1927 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 to a 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe. Bring the whole family to enjoy the sounds of a barbershop quartet, activities for kids, and tasty fare from local food trucks. Visit for more information and reservations. Sponsored by

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The Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience brings out some of the movers, shakers (and stirrers) behind Nashville’s bars Written by Dave Mahanes / Photos by Sam Calderon Congratulations to Atticus Bashore from Earnest Bar & Hideaway, winner of Nashville’s qualifying round of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience held at the bar of the Hutton Hotel on April 4th. Also, kudos to Matt Lawson from O’ Be Joyful in Franklin for being the competition’s runner-up. Sponsored by and the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience is a nationwide competition to find the mixologist who can create the best recipe for the classic Manhattan cocktail and an original craft cocktail displaying the best of their bartending talents. One cocktail must feature Woodford Reserve Bourbon as the base spirit, while the second must feature Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Rye, or Woodford Reserve Double Oaked as the base spirit. Qualifying rounds have taken place in 39 cities across the country in the past few weeks. The 39 regional finalists will travel to Louisville in June for the final competition to select the national winner and attend a special distilled spirits educational event at the Woodford Reserve Distillery. The Nashville competition included friends and colleagues of the 11 regional finalists and Woodford Reserve professionals.

Guests were able to sample one of the two cocktails prepared by each of the contestants and enjoyed tasty canapes prepared by the Hutton while listening to the grooves of DJ Guy Fell. The discerning judges for the competition were Jonathan Howard, national winner of the 2016 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience, Amy Van Buren, Nashville regional winner in 2021, and Tom Miller, Brown-Forman General Manager Southeast Cluster with over 30 years in the spirits industry. The criteria for judging the original Woodford Reserve Manhattan were taste and balance, creativity and originality, presentation and appearance, and thoughtful use of ingredients. The basis for evaluating the original Woodford Reserve cocktail was taste and balance, creativity and originality, intelligent use of Woodford Reserve, presentation and appearance, and creativity, relevance, and appeal of the recipe name. The national winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, a four-night trip to New York for themselves and a guest, and a featured article on announcing the national winner. We wish Atticus the best of luck as he moves forward in the Manhattan Experience.


Original Woodford Reserve Cocktail – The Red Herring 2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon .5 oz Nux Alphina .5 oz Cherry Heering .5 oz Hidalgo Gobernador 1 dropper of Old Forester Bohemian Bitters 5 drops of Pipe Tobacco Tincture Assemble ingredients into a mixing tin. Stir for an ounce of dilution then smoke a rocks glass with a large format ice cube with an aromatic pipe tobacco blend like The Keeil from Smoker’s Abbey. You can make the pipe tobacco tincture at home by infusing a bottle of lemon hart 151 with that same pipe tobacco. An ounce per bottle. Let it sit for three-four months to extract some of the tannins from the tobacco.

Here are the recipes for Atticus’ winning cocktails: Woodford Reserve Manhattan – El Trasiego de Sangre (The Transfer of Blood) 2 oz Woodford Reserve Rye 1 oz Cocchi Barolo Chinato .25 oz Hidalgo Gobernador .25 oz Aurora Pedro Ximenez 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 3 drops of Madagascar Vanilla Extract Stir for an ounce of dilution. Strain into a coupe. Add three Amarena cherries. We wanted you to meet the talented individuals behind the bar of some of your favorite watering holes. When you visit, perhaps you will be lucky enough to have them whip you up something delicious! ATTICUS BASHORE “El Trasiego de Sangre” / “The Red Herring” Restaurant/Bar: Earnest Bar & Hideaway Hometown: Nashville, TN Years Bartending: 7 How did you get your start in mixology? “My grandfather felt like the true representation of a Southern man to me, so he was a drinker in all of its good lights and bad lights and would put together these parties. My father worked in kitchens all around Nashville, so I learned how to put together flavors at a young age, and just kind of got into mixology. There is something just so sexy about cocktails. Inspired by my grandfather’s party hosting, I would put together parties with my friends in high school and buy a nice bottle of bourbon. We would play cards, and I would make cocktails for them. When I was about 18, I went to a professional bartending school. When I first moved to Chattanooga, I took a job as a bartender at this nice farm-to-table restaurant called Roots. Then I went into the beer industry for a couple of years. During that time, I still loved cocktail bartending. After work, I would come home and experiment by making craft cocktails. It wasn’t until I moved back to Nashville in 2020, Atticus Bashore


when I was working at this sports bar called Nobles, that a friend and co-worker saw something in me and said, ‘hey, I want you to come with me to Earnest’, where I became the bartender. At Earnest, if you don’t see what you like on our menu, I want to find a cocktail that works for you.” Fun Fact: Before he got into cocktailing, Atticus was going to go into fashion. In high school, he designed button down shirts, jeans, and bowties. In Spring 2017, he studied abroad in Florence, Italy, taking some fashion classes and also some more alcohol-based classes. Earnest Bar & Hideaway / 438 Houston Street #160, Nashville, TN 37203

MATT LAWSON “Fruits and Labors” / “Miner Key” Restaurant/Bar: O’ Be Joyful Hometown: Chattanooga, TN Years Bartending: 7 How did you get your start in mixology? “When I originally started, I was a cook for a long time from when I was 15 to 21 years old, and then when I got the opportunity and was old enough to start drinking, I started working at a little higher stuff across the street working 90 hours a week in the kitchen. So, I started slinging beers and shots and was far more interested in doing craft cocktails, so I did that for about a year then moved my way up.” Fun Fact: Matt’s arms are longer than he is tall. O’ Be Joyful / 328 TN-6, Franklin, TN 37064 / Matt Lawson

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CHRISTIAN MILLWOOD “Suffrage Manhattan” / “Black Boulevardier” Restaurant/Bar: Drusie & Darr Hometown: Knoxville, TN Years Bartending: 4 How did you get your start in mixology? “I originally started as a dishwasher at a craft cocktail bar in Knoxville about four years ago, and then I worked all the way up to a bartending position there. When I moved here, I kept bartending and working my way up until Covid hit. During Covid, I had to take almost half a year off and do landscaping as all the bars were closed. Luckily whenever I came back, I found a great job at the Hermitage Hotel, and I’ve been a bartender there ever since.” Fun Fact: Christian plays drums in a garage rock band with one of the other bartenders that works with him. Drusie & Darr by Jean-Georges / 231 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219 / (615) 345-7116 /

SARAH TURBRETT “Cause and Reflection” / “Relax and Respite” Restaurant/Bar: Ole Red and Skull’s Rainbow Room Hometown: Penfield, NY Years Bartending: 15 How did you get your start in mixology? “When I was in college, I wanted to be a bartender because that was the only job that would fit my schedule. It was a job to get through school. Once I got behind the bar, there was this energy, connection, and creativity that I couldn’t have in the rest of my day-to-day life. So, I kept it going. When I graduated from school, I was supposed to be a violinist. I still play a little bit, but not a full-time job. When I graduated college, I kept coming back to that service industry. I kept finding myself behind the bar doing something, then it took off, and now it’s a fulltime job. With learning craft cocktails, there was a lot of trial and error at first, and learning how to use a lot of math. It’s like finding portions of ingredients that work together in these basic cocktails and elaborating from there. I like to dive into flavors, so when I found out,

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like alright, if orange is good, passion fruit must be good. So, you start with these little ideas, and the more you dive into the bar world, the more possibilities there are.” Fun Fact: Sarah is a classically trained violinist and played electric violin with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She also plays viola and does session work. Ole Red / 300 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 / (615) 780-0900 / Skull’s Rainbow Room / 222 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201 / (615) 810-9631 /

TYLER HALEY “Astoria” / “Second Act” Restaurant/Bar: Drink Like Royalty (a private event bar service and front-of-house consultation program) Hometown: Aurora, IL Years Bartending: 9 How did you get your start in mixology? “So, I have always had some service industry job in the nine years I’ve been in Nashville. I’m a musician as well, so I play the drums. That’s the whole reason I moved down here. In 2015, I started my first serving job at Porta Via Ristorante e Bar. I put in some time there, then moved to Bar Louis in the Gulch in 2016. In early 2017, I went across the street to Sambuca, where I started working the bar. Eventually, I started to keep my skills up by leading a shift. During my time at Sambuca, I met a new bar owner and restaurateur who was a regular of mine. I joined his team at pH Craft Cocktails in October 2019, just before the pandemic. Fast forward to a couple of months after the big shutdown, I started back up both my jobs again. I quickly became the lead bartender at pH, and from then I could see that things were looking up at pH, so I left my job at Sambuca and became the bar manager at pH Craft Cocktails throughout 2020-2021. I left that job in October of 2021 to reevaluate and focus on my life and start my private events and bar consulting business called Drink Like Royalty.” Fun Fact: Tyler plays drums in a three-piece rock band called Beset. Drink Like Royalty, LLC /


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KEENAN JEFFERS “Classic Manhattan” / “Blood in Chinatown” Restaurant/Bar: The Dutch Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Years Bartending: 5 How did you get your start in mixology? “Craft cocktails came into my world right before the pandemic. I was working at a bar called Union Common. My best friend was a bar manager there, and I was the lead bartender. That bar really facilitated bartenders to go outside of the norm and create whatever they thought would work. Our cocktail menu changed seasonally, and it was meant to reflect whatever bartenders were working there at the time. So, we were given liberties that most bars don’t have. If I found some interesting liquor on the Internet and wanted to try it, we were allowed to order it. It really brought in this whole aspect of creation that I’ve been looking for, this sort of design where I can get something weird in to create something new, put it on the menu for three months, and then call it a day, and we’ll try something new.” Fun Fact: Keenan’s been to 6% of the world. The Dutch at W Hotel Nashville / 300 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 / (615) 379-9000 /

JENNIFER JACKSON “Rod Leon” / “Gogo Koki” Restaurant/Bar: Henley Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ Years Bartending: 20 How did you get your start in mixology? “I started bartending at Applebee’s where I was doing lots of volume like Jack and Coke bartending. Then I managed out there for a couple of years and burnt out really fast. I was just dying to get back behind the bar. So, when I quit my last management position, I thought if I’m going back 72

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to bartending, I want to learn something, so I applied to Strategic Hospitality for a bartending position at Pinewood Social, where I really got invested in craft cocktails by reading certified cocktail books and learning more about it. I think that was three or four years ago.” Fun Fact: Jennifer was a musical theater actress and worked at a Walt Disney World for two years in Festival of The Lion King. Henley / 2023 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 / (615) 3406378 /

PAIGE KAMMES “Medieval Tomb Raider” / “The Manhattan Beet” Restaurant/Bar: Café Roze Hometown: Chicago, IL Years Bartending: 12 How did you get your start in mixology? “I got kicked out of college when I was 19 years old, and I moved back home. My grandparents were super sick, so I needed a job where I could take care of them during the day and work to make money at night. So, I started hosting at a restaurant, and the sommelier at the restaurant loved my work ethic so much that he started to secretly teach me about wine before I turned 21 because he thought I had such a great palate. So, I made my way into serving, bartending, and then to managing. After that, I got into French wine and worked at a French bistro in Chicago. Then, when I moved to Nashville, there weren’t a lot of wine options, so I had to get into the craft cocktail world. The last five years have been my first experience with craft cocktails. Since everybody is obsessed with them here, I was like, if I’m a bartender who will make some money, I need to put my wine obsession on the back burner and really focus on craft cocktails.” Fun Fact: Paige’s boyfriend can paint her nails better than she can. Café Roze / 1115 Porter Road, Nashville, TN 37206 / (615) 645-9100 /

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DEREK RATTO “Manhattan” / “Spring Fever” Restaurant/Bar: Amendment XVIII Cocktail Club Hometown: Reno, NV Years Bartending: 12 How did you get your start in mixology? “I started bartending in L.A. just working in cocktail bars, not taking it super seriously until about five or six years ago when I realized I was pretty good at this. So over time, I put in the work, hundreds of hours, and books, and I’ve been fortunate enough to work at a couple of bars that have really given me the keys to the kingdom and let me explore my creativity. So, I think I progressed so much faster because of that boundary that it was drawn was a little wider than most people would get.” Fun Fact: Derek was a professional songwriter in L.A. and Nashville. Amendment XVIII Cocktail Club / 328 TN-6, Franklin, TN 37064 / (615) 567-6201 /

EVAN CHILDERS “Morning Woodford” / “Half Day” Restaurant/Bar: Dream Hotel Hometown: Lebanon, KY Years Bartending: 10 How did you get your start in mixology? “My dad did bartending in college. It was one of those things he wanted to teach me, and I’ve always enjoyed it. I think the thing I love about bartending is actually the people you meet from all walks of life. I have friends all over the spectrum because of this business.” Fun Fact: Evan is a descendant of Jim Beam and is from the heart of bourbon country in Kentucky. Dream Hotel / 210 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219

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LACEY WELLS “Traditional Manhattan” / “The Preamble” Restaurant/Bar: North Italia Green Hills Hometown: Dayton, Ohio Years Bartending: 11 How did you get your start in mixology? “I actually started at Red Robin, which was my first gig ever in the restaurant business, and was such a crazy place to start. From there, I moved to Sambuca down in the Gulch, and it just really opened my eyes to what the industry is, and I fell in love with everything that this business offers. I just kept bouncing around and worked downtown for a little bit, but I worked with amazing people who had taught me a lot about their business.” Fun Fact: Modeling and acting as a child brought Lacey to Nashville. She was discovered at a convention in Dallas and was offered the choice of working in L.A. or Nashville. North Italia / 2159 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN 37215



SOMETHING SPECIAL IS GROWING JUST OUTSIDE OF NASHVILLE. Southall is the evolution of Southern hospitality—and a study in contrasts. A working farm with a charming inn and cottages tucked amid 325 acres of lush hills, it’s expansive yet intimate, rustic yet modern, traditional yet innovative. It’s the perfect balance of simple and luxurious. Here in Franklin, Tennessee, life slows to a more mindful pace. Free of distractions, the focus is on building connections. And everything revolves around the cycles of nature, from the greenhouses and scenic hillside orchards to the dining and spa experiences that draw upon their bounty. Join us on the journey, beginning in mid-2022.



CULTURAL MECCA Oaxaca is a heavenly fusion of sights, sounds and flavors Written by Melissa Mahanes / Photos by Melissa Mahanes and John Tyson Just a three-hour flight from Dallas, Oaxaca’s (pronounced whoahock-ahh) quaint, historic metropolis has long been a popular landing pad for ex-pats and bohemians attracted to its colonialera streets, Baroque churches, and charming plazas. Lately, though, Oaxaca has gotten lots of attention, drawing all types of international travelers to its tantalizing mix of colors, textures, sounds, traditions, and the mingling aroma of mezcal, chocolate, and spices. In Oaxaca, you will be satisfied from your first sip of local coffee or chocolate de agua to your last bite of mole or nightcap of mezcal. Today, ambitious modern restaurants exist alongside traditional mom-and-pop eateries and humming street food vendors. Occupied by the Aztecs from the 15th century, Oaxaca subsequently was conquered by the Spaniards and officially designated a city by Hernán Cortés in 1529. Oaxaca is the historic home of the Zapotec and Mixtec peoples, among others, and contains more speakers of indigenous languages than any other Mexican state. The various indigenous civilizations in Oaxaca, fused with Spanish and other European influences, have created a vibrant mestizo culture emphasizing the arts. The richness and quality of local hand-made crafts attract many visitors to the city. They also know how to celebrate in Oaxaca—there are festivals year-round such as the Day of the Dead in late October and the Guelageutza Festival celebrating the cultural diversity of the 16 different ethnolinguistic groups in the area.

Located in the state with which it shares its name, Oaxaca de Juárez is one of the most important destinations in Mexico, owing to its cultural, artistic, and culinary legacies. Oaxaca is designated a World Heritage Site and referred to as Verde Antequera due to the majestic green quarry structures. The streets that branch out from it will bring you to museums, such as the Textile Museum and Oaxaca’s Museum of Contemporary Art, founded by Oaxacan painter Francisco Toledo. The Corridor is also a wonderful place to purchase handicrafts and often offers the possibility of seeing them crafted live. Oaxaca’s Textile Museum houses nine private collections of unique textiles. You can purchase pieces directly from the artist to promote the #yonoregateo (“I do not bargain”) campaign that seeks to raise consciousness regarding fair prices for the artisans’ beautiful work. In addition to textiles, Oaxaca is known for its traditional alebrijes, small, animal-like figurines with very vibrant colors and signature black pottery called barro negro. Located in the center of the city of Oaxaca is the former Convent of Santo Domingo. It is one of the most incredible architectural feats of the Dominican order and highlights the splendor of the New Spanish baroque style of the last third of the 16th century. Inside the convent, you will be immediately drawn to the plasterwork and gold leaf representations of a genealogical tree of the Dominican family, both in its earthly and spiritual life.


Visits to Santo Domingo are not limited to the temple. The modern-day space is a cultural center composed of the Ethnobotanical Garden, the Fray Francisco de Burgoa Library, Oaxaca’s Public Newspaper Archives, and Oaxaca’s Museum of Cultures of Oaxaca. The museum has a chamber devoted to the treasure excavated from Monte Albán’s Tomb Seven, consisting of objects of gold, silver, and semiprecious gems like obsidian, jade, and pearls. The Ethnobotanical Garden features plants that evolved from the Jurassic period, cacti and agave, and a traditional medicine herbarium. The collection is housed in what was once the orchard planted by the Dominican friars who inhabited the former convent of Santo Domingo. (Necessary sidebar: Nacho Libre was filmed in Oaxaca, starring Jack Black) Oaxaca is closely associated with the production of mezcal. A cousin to tequila, mezcal is made with a wood fire, and has a distinctly smoky flavor. Mezcal can be made from a combination of different types of agave, including both wild and cultivated. Most mezcal is produced about an hour from Oaxaca City in Santiago 76

Matatlan, where the town is full of small micro-distilleries. Mezcal plays an important role in Oaxaca’s culture and daily life. It is consumed at every special occasion, and the ritual of pouring a bit of one’s mezcal on the ground before one has their first sip—it is considered to bring good luck. Restaurants highlighting Oaxacan cuisine are located throughout the city. Some are courtyard or garden spaces, while others offer panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. In addition to the famous moles, you can sample dishes made from Oaxaca’s chiles, corn, seafood, and more. No matter how elegant the restaurant, the fare remains rooted in home cooking, and is all delicious. The city’s markets have become increasingly popular among travelers looking to try some of the region’s typical fare and purchase handicrafts. Mercado 20 de Noviembre has two main areas: the general market and food courts. The food court features a variety of stalls where you can taste moles, soups, broths, milk chocolate, and even grasshoppers. The food is quite affordable and is accompanied

by live music. However, the Smoke Aisle has become popular with tourists searching for a culinary adventure. When you arrive, you are handed a tray with chilies and onions. Next, you select your choice of protein, and leave your tray for your food to be charcoalgrilled. Marchantes will pass by, offering you tortillas and condiments for your meal. The Benito Juárez Market is the most representative market of the city. You will find various artisanal products, such as jewelry, textiles, ceramics, basketry, and regional dishes. Though not situated right on the ocean, Oaxaca is often referred to as Mexico’s “last coast.” Backed by the Sierra Sur mountains, the best beaches in Oaxaca run along a jagged coastline that weaves in and out of rocky bays and inlets. Puerto Escondido, approximately 100 miles away, is one of the most famous surfing beaches in the world. It is also home to the closest beach to Oaxaca City, and many Mexican tourists travel here. In addition, whales and dolphins can often be spotted off the Oaxaca coastline. Located about 40 miles from the city of Oaxaca are the petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, between the mountains of

the Sierra Mixe and the Oaxacan Sierra Norte. The most famous waterfall in Hierve el Agua is El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheater). It is nearly 200 feet tall and is shaped diagonally, which has allowed natural pools to form. One such pool is an infinity pool on the edge of a ravine. Although Hierve el Agua means “water boils” in Spanish, the water is quite cool. However, swimming is discouraged to prevent pollution. Monte Albán, which served as the capital city of the ancient Zapotec people, was built in Oaxaca’s central valley and was deeply linked to Teotihuacán, as evidenced by the style of its buildings, ceramic, and murals. The Gran Plaza is a fantastic place from which to give yourself an idea of the importance of Monte Albán, one of the main cities in Mesoamerica and the size of the city of Oaxaca. If you are wondering when the best time is to visit Oaxaca, the city’s best weather doubtlessly occurs between January and May and between October and November. No matter when you go, you will be captivated by all the sights, sounds and flavors of this slice of Mexican heaven. sl


SOULFULISM Artist Joanna Caldwell brings her colorful palette (and her miniature donkeys) to Steeplechase

Written by Dave Mahanes / Painting courtesy of JOANNA Joanna Caldwell is the official artist of the 2022 Iroquois Steeplechase. Known in the art world simply as “JOANNA,” she first became known for her paintings of French and Italian chefs and waiters, often in front of a bistro which allowed her to place her paintings worldwide. She has licensed and sublicensed many of these pieces, which you can still find hanging in restaurants and kitchens. JOANNA’s current work features images of whimsical creatures such as horses, hounds, foxes and fox hunters, farm animals, and polo players. JOANNA describes her recent work: “I’ve created my own category. Today, I’m calling it ‘Soulfulism.’ I love to watch my viewers’ expressions. If I can touch a soul, evoke a smile, or even a chuckle, then I feel that I have accomplished something.” Joanna Caldwell has been painting since she was a child. She always knew she had a gift and was encouraged by her parents and by her favorite uncle, Julian Bibb, who urged her to make a go with her art and do it full time. Growing up in Franklin, JOANNA worked for Barbara Kurland at Goodies on Main, a unique gift store with merchandise and art from all over the world. Barbara took her to New York City to study the new painted furniture and ceramics by MacKenzie-Childs, similar to the type of work she was already producing. Although primarily selftaught, she matriculated to the University of Tennessee Knoxville with an art scholarship but eventually switched to majoring in business with a concentration in marketing. Caldwell continued advancing and developing her skills by taking painting classes at Scottsdale Art School in Arizona and other local workshops. She has always loved Henri Matisse and is also a big admirer of Donna Howell-Sickles’ animals & cowgirls and of local artists Nall (Fred Nall Hollis) and David Arms. The Caldwells are quite the equestrian family. JOANNA typically paints in her country studio in Coldwell, Tennessee, where she manages a farm with 45 horses (most for polo), a small heard of Corriente cattle for rodeos, a pack of foxhounds, a few

stray dogs and cats, one giant Kunekune pig, multiple free-range chickens, and an adorable basset hound puppy named Biscuit. The Caldwell’s two twin sons, Charlie and Harry, are finishing up their business degrees at the University of South Carolina while also playing polo professionally, where they keep eight to twelve horses with them at all times. Joanna also has a new business, Black Burro Events, a beverage-toting miniature donkey service for events, especially weddings. Equestrian indeed! JOANNA is no stranger to the Iroquois Steeplechase, where she grew up watching the races on “the hill” with all of her friends. She has been volunteering for Steeplechase for many years. In recent years, she has been running the Jockey tent. She was also the featured Iroquois Steeplechase artist in 1995. Her husband, Rob, is the man who runs the track the day of the races. Check out and bid on “I’m the Lucky One” that JOANNA was commissioned to paint for the Iroquois Steeplechase 2022 at the following link: In addition, a poster will be available for purchase at merchant tents in the infield and in The Shoppes on the day of Steeplechase. To contact JOANNA, the best route is via Instagram @Joanna_art_life or call her directly at (931) 993-9566. sl


He Gave Me My Life Back Local clinic has a modern, medical solution to treat your Peripheral Neuropathy and is seeing incredible results “It started out as a normal outing. My wife and I had to run to the grocery store. We were driving down the road casually going over our shopping list when the car ahead of me started to slow down anticipating the yellow light. I started to move my foot from the gas to the brake as any normal person would do when they see brake lights in front of them but I couldn’t. I couldn’t feel my foot. The car kept moving forward and I just couldn’t get my foot on the brake. And CRUNCH! I finally came to a stop when I hit the car in front of me.”

Dan S. had suffered almost everyday of his life with tingling and burning in his feet until numbness set in and he could no longer feel even the brake pedal beneath his foot. He realized it was time to get help. “The first stage is pain.” shares William Alexander L.Ac of Affinity Acupuncture in Brentwood. “You feel burning, tingling, sharp pains, or you feel like you’re walking on tacks or marbles. This pain eventually subsides and the numbness sets in which brings with it a whole other host of problems.”

Dan’s general practitioner and several specialists told him there was nothing they could do other than prescribe him pills that would ease the pain of his neuropathy. Unfortunately, it is very common that peripheral neuropathy and its debilitating symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to live their life. This was the case with Dan. "I said I wasn’t going to drive again. What if that had been a pedestrian?” He was now reliant on his wife to drive him around, even the simple pleasure of cruising down Natchez Trace or taking her out to dinner was outside his capabilities. That’s where Dr. Alexander and his staff at Affinity Acupuncture come in. “Many of our current patients come to us suffering from the same condition as Dan S.” tells Dr. Alexander. “They’re in constant pain from neuropathy and it prevents them from not only living their lives but more importantly, it prevents them from enjoying it. Depending on the severity of their nerve damage, we typically see tremendous progress in 3-4 months of treatment. I like to say we’re in the business of making your golden years golden.”

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“I can’t lie,” confides Dan. “I was skeptical at first. Turns out after about three months treatments I was able to confidently drive myself to my appointment." While Affinity Acupuncture specializes in acupuncture and it’s definitely part of their protocols in treating neuropathy, the real secret is in a more modern medical solution called ATP Resonance BioTherapy™. “This technology was originally developed by NASA to expedite healing and recovery” shares William. “It’s like watering a plant. ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ stimulates the blood vessels to grow back around the peripheral nerve and provide them the proper nutrients to heal and repair.” You can learn more about Affinity Acupuncture by visiting If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call (615)939-2787 and we will get you on our schedule quickly. Affinity Acupuncture is a very intimate clinic and the staff takes pride in their ability to take their time with each patient so they are very limited in their ability to take on new patients. Centrally located in Brentwood right off Highway 65 and Old Hickory Road.

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Greenville is more than ready to become a destination for everyone Written by Dave Mahanes / Photos by Melissa & Dave Mahanes and Visit Greenville

Melissa and I recently had a chance to visit Greenville, SC, for the first time. Just a one-hour flight from Nashville on Contour Aviation, Greenville is a beautiful mid-sized city sitting at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city oozes Southern allure and hipster chic. It has a rich history and a significant commitment to the arts, and the ever-growing culinary scene is a food lover’s playground. Greenville was originally Cherokee hunting grounds. It wasn’t until 1770 that the first white settler arrived. Named after Nathaniel Greene, commander of the Southern forces in the Revolutionary War, Greenville was originally the Upcountry summer vacation destination for the tony Lowcountry folks from Charleston. After the Great Boston Fire of 1872, when many of their textile mills were destroyed, the first mill was built in 1876, allowing mill owners to be closer to their raw material— cotton. By the mid-20th century, much of the textile business started moving to China, and Greenville began a long and steady decline. Downtown was not a place anyone wanted to be. In the latter part of the 20th century, the town fathers started to make significant urban developments to their infrastructure to make downtown Greenville more attractive to tourists and businesses. When Michelin chose Greenville as its North American headquarters in 1986, and BMW and its suppliers arrived in

the 1990s, Greenville began its major comeback. Greenville is currently building a new convention center to attract even more attention and jobs to the area. To dig deeper into the fascinating history of Greenville, a tour of the Upcountry History Museum is highly recommended. We were also treated to a West End walking tour with John Nolan of Greenville History Tours—a published author of guides to Historic Greenville. Through his storytelling, he was able to tell us how the city has changed and what original features remain. The beauty of Greenville cannot be overstated. We stayed at the historic Westin Poinsett, which sits in the very center town square laid down when the town was first planned. Built initially as a hotel in 1925, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel was one of the first skyscrapers in Greenville. It was named for Joel Poinsett, Secretary of War under President Millard Fillmore and the man who is credited for bringing the poinsettia to the United States from Mexico. The downtown architecture is a mix of renovated old Southern charm and gleaming modern buildings. It is a very walkable city, and a leisurely walk down the beautiful shady tree-lined Main Street with its charming boutiques, shops, and restaurants is not to be missed.


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Falls Park on the Reedy

The heart of Greenville, Falls Park on the Reedy, was designed by landscape architect Andrea Mains in 1999, at a time when the area was still industrial. By 2003, the community’s devotion to the Reedy had created a new identity for Falls Park and Greenville’s city. The new East Gateway Master Plan includes the soon-to-becompleted Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville, taking the form of a mixed-use park view lodge with unique retail, spa, and food and beverage amenities that will attract locals as well as visitors. The best place to view this is from the curved Liberty Bridge, a 345-foot walking bridge held in the air by a single suspension cable, the only one of its kind in the country. A stroll along the walking path by the river will lead you to the beginning of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile multi-use trail that is one of the best urban bike trails in the country. There are also places to rent electric bikes, and an excursion to Traveler’s Rest a few miles away down the trail is strongly encouraged to visit the historic town and have lunch and shop and work off the calories on the way back. Greenville is a treasure trove of performing and visual arts for the art lover. There is a lively theatre scene, with concerts, lectures, and ballets on stages throughout Greenville. In addition, there are over 100 outdoor public works of art. My favorite was the bronze memorial to Charles Townes, Greenvillian and inventor of the laser, who holds a pen with an actual illuminated laser at its tip. Another highlight was the red steel sculpture at the end of the Liberty Bridge

by Joel Shapiro named “Untitled 2002-2003,” more commonly known by the locals as “Gumby.” The Greenville County Museum is well known for its extensive collection of works by Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns, which houses an outstanding collection of Southern art. The MAC gallery in the historic West End features works of MAC’s local artists. Housed in a repurposed textile mill, the Greenville Center for Creative Arts is the center for Greenville’s visual arts community. It offers classes and exhibitions and has resident artists working in individual studios. In addition, they host lively First Friday art crawls where gallery-goers can interact with artists over cocktails. Finally, for the jewelry enthusiast, please make an appointment with Kate Furman (yes, that Furman family) and see her exquisite handmade jewelry and her studio. Built using antique bricks reclaimed from local mills and modeled after Boston’s famous Fenway Park, Fluor Field at the West End is more than just home to the Red Sox Single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive. Fluor Field proudly anchors the city’s revitalized West End, which is part old, new, inviting yet pleasantly intimate, and always packed with fun and excitement. Nicknamed “The Well,” Greenville’s downtown Bon Secours Wellness Arena is a world-class, 15,000-seat sports and entertainment venue that rocks and rolls with the best of them. From major music acts to the circus to monster truck jams and more, the arena also serves as the home ice for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team.



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Shrimp & Grits/Soby’s

For foodies like Melissa and me, Greenville is a culinary paradise. For breakfast, try Camilla’s strata at M. Judson Booksellers or visit Southern Pressed Juicery, a 100% organic, plant-based cold-pressed juicer and restaurant for oatmeal and açai bowls topped with fresh fruit and local honey. I recommend the Passerelle Bistro for lunch, featuring traditional French bistro fare with a breathtaking view from their stone patio overlooking Falls Park on the Reedy by the Liberty Bridge. I had the mussels with saffron, garlic, white wine, cream, and tomato with a grilled baguette. This dish was complemented by the frites with remoulade. We had a wonderful time chatting with the owner, Michael Minelli, who transplanted his family a few years ago from New Jersey because he loved a prior visit to Greenville. Another excellent lunch alternative is Coastal Crust in the West End for delicious wood-fired pizza. Melissa and I had the pleasure of having dinner at three very different restaurants during our stay. On our first night in town, we went to Soby’s New South Cuisine—a converted warehouse space serving South Carolina twists like shrimp and grits with andouille sausage, tasso ham, roasted tomatoes, and Anson Mill’s grits. The menu was a delicious beginning to our visit to Greenville. On our second night, we visited Halls Chop House, a traditional high-end steakhouse with only the best cuts of USDA

prime beef, including dry-aged, wet-aged, and wagyu steaks. The service was impeccable, and the raw oysters tasted fresh from the sea. The side-item recommendations were incredible, particularly the creamed corn side skillet, local corn shucked and baked in cream and pepper jack, and topped with crispy breadcrumbs. We are thrilled that Halls first outpost outside of South Carolina will be opening in Nashville at Broadwest in June. On our final night, Melissa and I began our evening with cocktails and charcuterie at Up on the Roof, an elegant rooftop bar on top of the Embassy Suites with a spectacular view of downtown. After we finished our cocktails, we walked over to Urban Wren, a fabulous establishment inspired by the love of food, wine, and hospitality specializing in shareable small, creative, and delicious plates. Melissa and I shared the kalbi, Korean barbeque flanken ribs, quick-chi, roasted pear, scallion glaze, and the chorizo-lobster corn dogs served with grapefruit slaw and avocado. We will return to dive further into their exceptional menu and lively atmosphere. Writing this article made me relive our wonderful visit to Greenville. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there. So, if you are looking for a quick getaway from Nashville that has beauty, art, parks, fine dining, and fascinating cultural history, book a trip to Greenville, South Carolina. You won’t be disappointed. sl

The Westin Pointsett / 120 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-421-9700 / • Soby’s New South Cuisine / 207 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-232-7007 / • Camilla Kitchen / 130 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-603-2412 / • Falls Park On The Reedy / 601 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-467-4350 / • Passerelle Bistro / 601 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-509-0142 / MAC Gallery / 16 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-467-3132 / • Halls Chophouse / 550 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-334-4200 / Southern Pressed Juicery / 2 West Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-729-8626 / • Greenville Center For Creative Arts / 101 Abney Street, Greenville, SC 29611 / 864-735-3948 / • Upcountry History Museum / 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-467-3100 / Kate Furman Jewelry / 547 Perry Avenue, Greenville, SC 29611 / 864-230-3347 / • Up on the Roof / 250 Riverplace, Greenville, SC 29601 / 864-242-4000 / Urban Wren / 116 North Markley Street, Suite 102, Greenville, SC 29601/ 864-867-1081 / • Village of West Greenville /



Dean Overdyk and Cecilia Villareal, January 15, 2022

Photography by Michael Segal

A sweet couple celebrates their Oaxacan wedding with family, friends and mezcal Dean and Cecilia (“Ceci”) met at work while working on a project together in Richmond, VA. After the project was over, Dean asked Ceci out on a date by leaving her favorite dessert (a locally baked Nutella brownie) on her desk. Their sweet future together took off from there. Their wedding was a destination wedding in Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico, where Ceci’s family had traditionally spent vacations. The ceremony started at 1:30pm at the historic Temple of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, built between 1575 and 1608 in the center of Oaxaca with a finely carved baroque facade and breathtaking interior decorated in three-dimensional relief with elaborate gilt designs wrapping around a plethora of painted figures. Ceci looked gorgeous in an Anne Barge dress. Her favorite bridal accessory was her grandma’s antique sapphire earrings (something old, blue, and borrowed). The strapping groom, an impressive 6’8” tall, only had eyes for his bride the entire Catholic ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony was a calendar, a traditional wedding parade through the center of town that featured dancers in Oaxaqueñan wardrobes and giant papier-mâché puppets called mogigangas that resembled the bride and groom. There were also traditionally costumed women serving shots of mezcal in bamboo shot glasses. The wedding party then proceeded to the reception dinner at Jardín Etnobotánico de Oaxaca behind the church. After an elaborate multi-course dinner, the dancing began, and women were given slippers so they could dance until the wee hours. 86

The signature cocktail was named after Dean and Ceci’s sevenyear-old Australian Shepard, Kora. Ceci’s cousin, a graphic designer, created a lotería card based on Kora’s picture. Following dinner and the cake cutting, the festivities went into high gear lasting until 2:00am. Dancing amongst the guests were giant colorful alebrijes carried on sticks by puppeteers, and the guests could don a pair of neon flashing wings while dancing. The evening concluded with a spectacular fireworks display over the garden. Dean and Ceci’s honeymoon to southeast Asia was postponed due to Covid, so they spent a week in Tulum, Mexico. They stayed at the Conrad Tulum, a beautiful resort described as “a sanctuary of wonder on the coast of Riviera Maya” that just opened a few months ago. Dean works as a Senior Account Manager, and Ceci is an Associate Marketing Manager. Both work for large CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies. They currently live in Dallas, TX. Dean is the son of Frank Overdyk who is a member of the OTR (see the publisher’s letter for more details) and one of our closest friends. Ceci’s family resides in McAllen, TX: parents Juan Jose and Macarena, and siblings Juan Jose Jr. and Maya. Dean’s family lives in Charleston, SC: parents Frank and Elyse, sister Mieke and brother-in-law Chandler Catanzaro. sl MC Weddings (Marcela Cerbón) out of Cabo San Lucas. IG Handle: @mc_weddings Gaby Muro Weddings (Gaby Muro) out of Mexico City. IG Handle: @gabymuroweddings ...and John Tyson (also of OTR)





Hannah Shepherd and Matthew Barker, December 19, 2021

Wightman Chapel at the Scarritt Bennett Center was the charming setting for the evening wedding ceremony of Hannah Shepherd and Matthew Barker. The wedding party was composed of 13 groomsmen and seven ushers, the bride’s maid of honor, matron of honor and five bridesmaids. The maid of honor and matron of order wore black velvet dresses, and the rest of the bridesmaids wore black chiffon. The gentlemen wore black tuxedos. The reception followed at The Country Music Hall of Fame. Matthew and Hannah shared a private dinner together backstage at the Ford’s Theater while their guests were at the cocktail hour. This gave them time to spend together and share a meal after a busy day and before the reception. Hannah channeled her inner country 90

music star and changed into a sequined jumpsuit, complete with bejeweled pink guitar earrings and pink shoes to dance the night away with her new groom! Hannah and Matthew spent their honeymoon in Santa Rosa, Florida. Matthew is the Vice President of Two Rivers Ford, a business that has been in their family for three generations. Hannah is a second-grade teacher at an elementary school in Brentwood. The Barkers live in Green Hills with their two dogs Wrigley, a one-year-old Australian Shepherd, and Doodle, a fouryear-old Chinese Crested. sl Bride: Gown by Florence by Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory Nashville Glam: Hair by Rylie Shepherd, Makeup from Tailor Berry of Made & Tailored Groom: Black velvet tuxedo coat with black satin tuxedo pants with black velvet accents


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IROQUOIS STEEPLECHASE from 8:30AM-5:30PM SWAN BALL AUCTION PARTY at Belle Meade Country Club at 6:00PM Co-chairs: Dione Dewitte, Irwin Fisher and Coco Kyriopoulos JUSTIN BIEBER at Bridgestone Arena at 7:30PM STING at Ascend Amphitheater at 7:30PM GEORGE THOROGOOD at Ryman Auditorium at 7:30PM BALLET EXTRAVAGANZA WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Featuring performances by Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Symphony (various times) BONNIE RAITT at Ryman Auditorium at 8:00PM KENNY CHESNEY at Nissan Stadium at 5:00PM WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL at Centennial Park from 5:30PM-9:30PM Festival tickets include floating lantern kit, LED candle, commemorative drawstring bag, and post-event lantern retrieval and water cleanup / Tickets:

NASHVILLE SYMPHONY presents BEETHOVEN’S NINTH: 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (various times) FRANKLIN ART SCENE DOWNTOWN TOUR OF THE ARTS LIGHT, SPACE, SURFACE: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ART from LACMA’S Collection at Frist Museum WEHO ART CRAWL at WeHo Arts Nashville MEOW MEOW Cabaret show presented in a partnership between OZ Arts and TPAC at War Memorial Auditorium at 8:00PM Post-postmodern chanteuse and international sensation Meow Meow arrives in Nashville to kick off Pride month with an unforgettable one-night stand. Tickets: $35-$70 at NASHVILLE BALLET AT BELMONT at Belmont Performing Arts Center The Emmy-winning Nashville Ballet will conclude their 2021-22 season at the brand new Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. DARIUS RUCKER at Ryman Auditorium at 7:00PM MICHAEL W. SMITH AND FRIENDS CLAY SHOOT at Nashville Gun Club from 7:00AM-9:00PM Benefiting Rocketown. Tickets and info: SWAN BALL on the Swan Lawn at Cheekwood at 7:00PM (by invitation) Co-chairs: Mary Catherine McClellan and Elizabeth McDonald Ball Designer: Ken Fulk/Headliner: Darius Rucker/Swan Award Recipient: Mish Tworkowski/Featured Jeweler: Vock & Vintage SWAN BALL LATE PARTY at Cheekwood Co-chairs: Ann Ralls Brown and Janie Rolfe ABBA THE CONCERT at Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 7:30PM CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL at Nissan Stadium CHELSEA HANDLER at Ryman Auditorium at 7:00PM CMA FEST presented by Country Music Association at Nissan Stadium MEOW MEOW presented by OZ Arts and TPAC at War Memorial Auditorium at 8:00PM Post-postmodern chanteuse and international sensation Meow Meow arrives in Nashville to kick off Pride month with an unforgettable one-night stand. Tickets: $35-$70 at MAY WE ALL: A NEW COUNTRY MUSICAL’s Opening Night at TPAC GATHER IN THE GARDEN DINNER & AUCTION at The Garden at The Cordelle at 6:00PM (VIP) and 7:00PM. Wine dinner with special selections celebrating Jordan Wineries’ 50th Anniversary. Presented by The John Jordan Foundation with 100% of proceeds benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee BONNAROO at The Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, TN. Lineup and tickets on BACK TO THE FUTURE IN CONCERT with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (various times) BROOKS & DUNN at Bridgestone Arena at 7:00PM BERNADETTE PETERS with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 7:30PM “ALLY 400” NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE at Nashville Superspeedway BEN FOLDS with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (various times) THE HIDING PLACE by The Rabbit Room Theatre at Soli Deo Center at Christ Presbyterian Campus. Visit for tickets and more information.

LES PAUL: THRU THE LENS at Musician’s Hall of Fame A traveling exhibition of 24 photographs of guitar innovator and musician Les Paul ( DUDE PERFECT: THAT’S HAPPY SUMMER TOUR at Bridgestone Arena at 6:00PM MUSIC CITY JULY 4th 5K at E.S. Rose Park Athletic Fields ROD STEWART W/CHEAP TRICK at Bridgestone Arena at 7:30PM THE MASKED SINGER NATIONAL TOUR at Ryman Auditorium at 7:30PM BRANDI CARLISLE at Ascend Amphitheater at 6:30PM

Below: Helen Pashgian. Untitled, 1968–69. Cast polyester resin and acrylic insert, height: 8 3/8 in., diameter: 8 5/8 in. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Hillcrest Foundation and the Modern and Contemporary Art Council Acquisitions Endowment. © Helen Pashgian. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

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HOW ABOUT DINNER AND A MOVIE? Park Center’s signature event, How About Dinner and a Movie, headed back to the Belcourt Theatre after last year’s event was reimagined into a drive-thru dinner with an at-home film. The honorary chair for this year’s 25th anniversary was the organization’s founder Barbara Daane, and she chose Dream Horse. I think her dreams came true, because the evening was a smashing success with over 100 attendees. (February 24)









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1) Barbara Daane and Will Connelly, Park Center CEO 2) Elizabeth and James Bumpas 3) Bill Forrester and Charley Kates 4) Bennett and Dani Lieberman 5) Barbara Daane, How About Dinner And A Movie, Honorary Chair 6) Jonathan Pinkerton and Pamela Lewis 7) Webb Campbell, Park Center Board Chair 8) Deena Drummond and Dara Russell 9) Lisa Foote and Whitney Daane 10) Lele Thompson, Kirsten Schriner, Barbara Daane 11) Clare Armistead and Hilda McGregor

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The Schermerhorn Symphony Center was transformed by Bruce Pittman into an “Evening of Midcentury Elegance” with a dazzling array of red flowers, a delicious dinner by Kristen Winston and a performance by Nashville Ballet to two selections Nine Sinatra Songs choreographed by Twyla Tharp Dance. The Synergy Award was presented to Caroline Randall Williams and performance by Allison Russell, accompanied by Megan McCormick and Larissa Maestro with dancers from Nashville Ballet. The full evening was capped off with Late Party attendees joining the party and dancing to Bizz and Everyday People. (March 12)


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1) (Late Party) Mark and Kristen Mosley, Taylor Richardson and Stefan Baskin, LP Co-Chair Lindsey and Dylan Burroughs 2) Andrew and Julie Galbierz 3) Sandra and Larry Lipman 4) Madalyn Willems, Brittni Walker, Kevin Koenig, Kayla Walker, Jeremy west, Andrea and Vincent Smyczynski, Nick Willems 5) Curt and Heather thorne, Cheryl Constable, Neil Thorne 6) Caroline Randall Williams and Timothy Scott Darrah 7) Seenu Reddy and Meera Ballal 8) Co-Chair Joanne Sowell and Joe Sowell, Co-Chair Brooke Trusley and Josh Trusley 9) Jason Facio and Paul Vasterling 10) (Late Party) Will and LP Co-Chair Maggie Finn, Mitch and Kat Carrington 11) Annette Eskind, Jeff Eskind


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Official Steeplechase artist JOANNA Caldwell revealed her canvas “I’m the Lucky One” to excited attendees, eager to celebrate Steeplechase on May 14th. (March 24)







1) (L) Marianne Byrd, Margaret Currey, Sammy Currey, Kathryn & Tyson Christian Currey, (R) Joanna Caldwell, Tyson Moore, Bank of America & Merrill Lynch, Mattie Ann Harwell, Dr. Kathryn Edwards, Dr. Meg Rush 2) Michael and Sarah Lancaster 3) John Ridenour and DeeDee Wade 4) Bill Haggard, Mark McMillan, Mary Brockman, Dr. Monty McInturff and Tom Magli 5) Official Artist Joanna 6) Christine A. Moore Millinery Hat Display 7) Hank Brockman, Mary Brockman and Virgina Lazenby 8) Natalie Ryman and John Stack

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Co-Chairs Nancy Floyd and Adam Sansiveri welcomed Patrons to the Veranda of The Hermitage Hotel for cocktails and to celebrate the upcoming TPAC Gala at War Memorial on April 9th. Over 150 people enjoyed passed appetizers and signature cocktails in one of the newly decorated spaces. (March 31)








1) Will Lower and Melissa Lummus 2) Bob Deal and Jason Bradshaw 3) Diana Pelham, Joy and Brian Heinrichs 4) Marty and Betty Dickens, Laurie and Jim Seabury 5) Carson Bedenbaugh, Misty Blue Hardwick 6) Linda and Jere Ervin 7) Julie Lucus, Jeff Ervin and Suzanne Smothers 8) Laura Niewold, Sandra Lipman, Janice Elliott Morgan 9) Dave Mahanes, Dave Briggs 10) Vicki Horne, Co-Chair Nancy Floyd, Lisa Kennedy 11) Janyl Igadna, Blake Baskin, Co-Chair Adam Sansiveri, Mae Hughes, Antonio Compton


Photos by Melissa Mahanes

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JLN Centennial Celebration Co-Chairs Suann Davis and Linde Pflaum were joined by four former JLN President couples, Tricia and Ben Carswell, Karen and Gene Fleming, Patti and Brian Smallwood and Julie and Breck Walker to celebrate Patrons at Nashville Public Library. The evening began with cocktails in the JLN Children’s Services Area, followed by a lovely dinner in the Grand Reading Room catered by Kristen Winston, and included an exclusive silent auction of trips and treasures. The highlight of the evening was the “JLN Centennial Puppet Show”, created by chief puppeteer Brian Hull. (March 31)







1) Victoria Payne, Emily Davis, Chelsea Curtis, Ellen Zhang, Kara Wilhite, Claire McClaine 2) Melissa Wyatt, Brande Thomas, Mary Lee Bartlett 3) Timothy Amos and Beth Scott Clayton Amos 4) Patron Party Co-Chairs Mary Lindley Carswell and Janie Berry 5) Ralph Davis, Max Davis, Gala Co-Chair Suann Davis, Sarah Reisner 6) Matt and Ann Taylor Fones, Dara Russell and Michael Bussard 7) Gala Co-Chairs Linde Pflaum and Suann Davis 8) Wendy Burch, Donna Joyner, Jay Joyner 9) Tony Heard, Phyllis Heard

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A stunning 810 fashionable and philanthropic guests flocked to Music City Center to celebrate 50 years of Friends of Monroe Carrell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Co-Chairs Shea Ghertner, Whitney Musser, Amanda Tolbert and Anna Peebles greeted guests from the stage and Allison DeMarcus served as emcee. Fashions from Dillard’s and The Friends Shop were modeled by past Friends presidents and former patients. A large silent auction and a Friends Shop pop-up, and champagne at the bar preceded the luncheon and psyched everyone up for the fashion show. (April 4)



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1) Monroe CarrelL Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt President Dr. Meg Rush 2) Karen Mathews, Co-Chair Shea Ghertner, Robbie Warner, Liz Vaughn 3) Val Cole, Nancy Deaton, Elizabeth Foss 4) Friends of VCH President Shawn Hale and JD Haile 5) Emcee Allison DeMarcus 6) Fashion Show Runway, Music City Center 7) Rose Grindstaff, Mary Gingrass, MD 8) Kindy Hensler, Angela Bostelman, Bonnie Johnston 9) Tiffany Gardner and Christy Waller 10) Tonya Stevens, Elizabeth Williams


Photos courtesy PHHH and Ted Clayton

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Rock the House, in its 10th Anniversary year celebrating the C. Wright Pinson Hospitality House, and honored the memory of long-time Board Member Nelson Shields. Co-Chairs Susan Holmes, Robin Puryear, and Kim Holbrook treated guests to an evening of cocktails, a seated dinner, silent and live auctions and capped off with live entertainment by Dallas Remington and Becca Jordon followed by dancing with Soul Incision, the popular physicians. (April 8))







1) Silent Auction crowd 2) Dallas Remington 3) Live Auction 4) City Winery Dining 5) PHHH’s Robin Smith, Becky White, Shannon Farris, Angie Stiff, Andrea Kenney 6) One Digital Staff with Board Member Natalie Withers (r) 7) Co-chairs Susan Holmes, Robin Puryear and Kim Holbrook 8) Rachel Ailor, Sheila Shields and JJ Ailor 9) Co-Founder Mickey Beazley and Board Member Dr. Wright Pinson

Photos by Jen McDonald



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TPAC Gala Co-chairs Nancy Floyd and Adam Sansiveri hosted a stunning evening at the historic War Memorial Auditorium. Broadway star Norm Lewis performed and was presented with the Impact Award for his considerable talent and philanthropy. The black-tie gala is TPAC’s signature fundraising event, benefiting the organization’s arts education and community engagement initiatives. Late Party attendees kept the party rolling. (April 9)




1) Rob Turner and Jay Jones 2) TPAC President and CEO Jennifer Turner, Coffi Bell Corbin, Brenda Corbin, Brandon Corbin, Robin Dunlap, Sheila Gibson, TPAC Board Member and Secretary 3) Sharon Sandahl, Alberta Doochin, Nan Parrish 4) Norm Lewis performing 5) Co-chair and TPAC Board Member Adam Sansiveri, TPAC President and CEO Jennifer Turner, Co-chair Nancy Floyd 6) Matt Logan, Norm Lewis, Melissa Hammans 7) Lee Baskerville, Theresa Menefee, Shawn Wilson 8) Lance Gruner, David Andrews, Vince Dreffs, Amos Gott 9) Mary Neil Price & Reggie Hill, TPAC Board Member and Treasurer 10) Katie Crumbo, Alex and Helen Jahangir

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More than 300 guest attended the festive One Night Only: Broadway’s Big Top was held at Liberty Hall in The Factory in Franklin. Patrick Thomas, dressed at P.T. Barnum, performed alongside Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy, Laura Osnes, Piper Jones, and Gary Morris. The 2022 Legacy Award was presented to one of Franklin’s new residents Kathie Lee Gifford. It was a big time under the Big Top for a great cause! (April 9) 4




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1) Laura Osnes and Patrick Thomas 2) Melissa Cassidy and Trish Munro 3) Diane Crabtree and Jim Munro 4) Danny Anderson 5) Honorary Chairs Tyler and Dudley Berry 6) Patrick Cassidy, Tony McAlister, Lynne McAlister, Dudley Berry, Tyler Berry, Todd Morgan 7) Kathie Lee Gifford and Bethni Hemphill 8) Marty Warren, Theresa Anderson and Nancy Warren 9) Dr. Norman and Brenda Johnson 10) Piper Jones, Patrick Thomas, Laura Osnes, Curtis Reed 11) Andy Marshall and John Schuck

Photos by Melissa Mahanes






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Cheekwood’s sunny Loggia housed Underwriters of the Swan Ball for a reception in anticipation of the Swan Ball on June 4th. Signs that the floor is already being installed was evident and filled everyone with anticipation for the Big Event.




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1) Winston Justice and Cheekwood CEO Jane McLeod 2) John Chadwick, Pete Delay, Dave Mahanes 3) John and Autumn Rainey, Jon Miller 4) Joyce Vise 5) Sissy and Bill Wilson, David and Kaylee Wilson 6) Deb Bryant, Co-Chair Mary Catherine McClellan, Summer Bryan 7) Curt and Val Cole 8) Karin Adams and Anthony Barton 9) Mark McDonald, Janette Smith 10) Ron and Laura Stanley 11) Marte Christian, Dana Windrow, Libby Page, John Chadwick 12) Whitney and Wally Conyers 103


TPAC welcomes a World Premiere full of local hitmakers Compiled by TPAC Lively McCabe Entertainment and CuzBro Productions – the production company founded by Brian Kelley of the multi-platinum duo Florida Georgia Line – the World Premiere of May We All, a country music stage musical featuring hit songs from artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Sara Evans, Brooks & Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, The Chicks, Old Dominion, Jessica Andrews, and LOCASH, among others. Two original songs co-written by FGL global superstars Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are also featured in the score and will debut exclusively in the project. The World Premiere of May We All, a country music stage musical featuring hit songs from artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Sara Evans, Brooks & Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, The Chicks, Old Dominion, Jessica Andrews, and LOCASH, among others. Two original songs co-written by FGL global superstars Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are also featured in the score and will debut exclusively in the project. sl



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