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From the Editor-in-Chief

As each year comes to an end, I pull out one of my all time favorite Andrew Lloyd Weber tunes from Sunset Boulevard, “The Perfect Year.” The story is about a no-longer-wanted silent film star, Norma Desmond, and a screenwriter, Joe Gillis, who ends up staying with her. After the back and forth of “ring out the old, bring in the new,” the two dance the night away. When Joe realizes no one else is in the room, Norma says, “Joe, there are no other guests.” She tells him they don’t need a crowded ballroom because everything they want is “right here.” At the end of each year, this is how I feel, whether the ballroom’s guest list is only my sister, who turned me on to Broadway musicals and fulfilled my lifelong dream a few weeks ago of seeing Saturday Night Live in person. Or my parents, who took me to the musicals from the time I was little. Or my husband, who never says no to a place to dance, or my children, who make up their own musicals every single day. It’s an amazing feeling when what is right in front of you is enough… and more. With each house I’ve scouted for the magazine, I see the love the homeowners have put into their homes to make their own “ballroom” enough for those close to their hearts, —be it children, friends or an ailing family member. When Christy Marshall and I sat down with the homeowners of “The Tomorrow House” (pg. 17), they wowed us with details of a full life lived by age 31: being able to “retire” and build a dream house across the street from family. Yet as the building process was underway, one of the homeowner’s parents suffered a stroke in another city. So he moved him here to care for him, ending up living in his parents’ basement. But at least he could say he bought that basement! In this issue’s “10 Things” feature (pg. 96), Dr. Gary Marklin, the Chief Medical Officer at Mid-America Transplant Services, lists his wife as one of life’s essentials—his own ballroom guest. At a holiday party last year. I heard the mother of an organ donor speak with a man who was the recipient of her son’s recovered heart. Her son had passed in a car crash, and what struck me was that she said both her son and the heart recipient had the same birth date. We all tend to think about what is important in life, who is important to us and what we might do differently in the coming year. So when you ring out the old, how will you bring in the new? Please share your thoughts with me (carrie@slmag.net) and see if your words show up in one of our upcoming issues. Happy holidays to all!

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“Starting from the existing driveway we had a journey or path to the guest parking to get into the house,” Bower says. “That is along the water course and you really don’t know that the pool is at the end of that until you get to the bridge. When you cross the bridge you get a glimpse of the rock spillway and the slide.”

THE TOMORROW HOUSE Written by Christy Marshall

Photography by Alise O’Brien The homeowner glances over to a speaker sitting on a countertop and says, “Alexa, close the shades.” Immediately blinds lower without a whisper over 9-foot tall windows. This house is smart; the owner is smarter. While still a student at Carnegie Mellon, he was recruited to work at PayPal. Then he moved on to Facebook. “They were still expanding,” he says. “Before that if you didn’t have an account at the right college, you had no idea what [Facebook] was. I had an opportunity to cash out my stock and take a break. I retired or took a fun-cation, I’m not sure. I stopped working.” Still in their 30s, he and his wife decided to move from California to Missouri and to buy a house in Wildwood, across the street from her brother.

“We wanted our kids to be near their cousins,” she says. “We wanted them to be able to run back and forth between the houses and explore and have a little more freedom than they could have in California.” After initial plans to update the existing structure were abandoned, they started working with architect Susan Bower of Mitchell Wall & Associates and designer Julie Abner of Julie Abner Interiors to create an entirely new home. Several renditions of the plan were created before settling on the home they built. “It took a while to get everything to fit,” Bower says. “They wanted a modernist vibe, a lot of space,” Abner says. The finished house is approximately 11,000 square feet on a nearly 10-acre parcel of land replete with pond and sand area. slmag.net

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“The kitchen is the core of the house,” Howard says “All rooms lead through or to there.” The veneers are all book matched and mirror each other perfectly. Howard added a hidden door to the pantry, right next to the refrigerator. The open staircase, the sole staircase in the house, was designed early on by Susan Bower.

From the bridge crossing the moat over a wall of water that connects to a lazy river that flows into the pool, the house—inside and out—abounds with architectural and design details. “[The homeowner] has a zen quality about what he likes in houses,” Abner says. “I think he was especially drawn to that moat and how it worked with the entrance and how it also works with the lower level. It needed to be continuous from the main floor to the lower level.” “The house is steel and wood and most of the wood framing was done off site and brought in and erected,” says Vince Mannino, president of R.G. Ross Construction Co. The interior walls are framed by a tiny groove, a flush-reveal trim. “It’s a simple looking detail that is extremely difficult,” he adds. “Most of the trim has to go in before the house is finished.” 18 slmag.net

Jim Howard, designer at Glen Alspaugh Custom Kitchens & Baths, took that same reveal detail and repeated it in the cabinetry and around the countertops. The fumed European larch veneer on the cabinets has a slight undulation in its surface. “Texture is the underlying theme with the whole house,” Abner says. “Everything has a layered quality, there is always some sort of textural contrast. That was what we were trying to do to warm up the space so it wasn’t too cold. We relied on those textures to really enliven it and make it feel warm and comfortable to the family.” The front door opens to face the kitchen with the dining room on the immediate left. Designed by Howard, the shelving units work as dividers between the two areas. A dramatic twosided fireplace in black crocodile stone delineates the dining room from the family room.


“It is a little jewel,” Abner says. “I selected that tile and they really loved it. That was a no-brainer.” The glass floating countertop was Vitro Form, the stone wall tile by Artistic tile. “It’s the glass and stone, the warm against the polished.”

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“We had the pool design but then we had that really hot summer two summers ago and I said, ‘This is not enough. We need more. So, what about if we add a lazy river?’” the homeowner says. “So we added a half lazy river feature. And a sand feature where the kids like to play. The rocks go up the hill and the slide comes down.”

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“The combination of the soaking tub’s water line flush to the top of the white marble stone bench gives the whole set-up an outdoor reflecting pool quality,” Howard says. The size of the tub required the building to be bumped out so it could fit.

Simple but dramatic, Abner had the bed custom-made by Altura Furniture in Portland, Oregon. The same company made the Claro walnut dining room table.

The family of four—with four resident felines—brought no furniture with them, so Abner started with a clean slate. “They leaned toward that California relaxed-but-tailored, clean-line aesthetic, contemporary look,” she says. “It was important to them to have cleanable surfaces. We did a lot of high-end faux leathers, some nice finishes that you wouldn’t know were maintenance free.” The house consists of three levels: a lower level with a fullkitchen, office, home theatre, large play area, bathroom and pool access. The main floor is the kitchen, dining and breakfast room areas, family room, craft room, and two guest rooms. On the top 24 slmag.net

floor are the master bedroom and the children’s bedrooms as well as an outside area. The house also has 120 solar panels and thermal wells for the heating and cooling. And naturally enough for this smart house, there is a server room and 10 miles of low-voltage cable. “Based on the level of technology I would throw into the house, I always assumed I would be able to automate and control most things,” the homeowner says. “It’s custom one-off bespoke programming. All these different pieces to get them to talk to each other—talk to TV, talk to the doorbell, which is not just a doorbell, but it’s a phone call system. I just wanted to automate the simple things in life.” sl


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IT TAKES A TEAM Olive + Oak: Webster Groves’ Hot Spot Written by Johnny Fugitt Photography by Carmen Troesser

Blue Crab Gratin with Calabrian chile

Perhaps no new restaurant in St. Louis has been as well-received this year, by critic and community alike, as Olive + Oak. The downtown Webster Groves eatery quickly became home to some of the most sought after seats in St. Louis and the buzz has not abated. While observers are quick to define restaurants by dishes and spaces, co-owner Mark Hinkle knows the success of Olive + Oak lies not in products, but people. “Our people are what make this place special,” says Hinkle. “There is so much value in every individual that is part of our team and I cannot stress that enough.” This starts with Executive Chef Jesse Mendica. Hinkle and Mendica spent years working together at Annie Gunn’s as general manager and sous chef, respectively. “I knew Jesse ran a great kitchen,” Hinkle says. “I knew Jesse was an amazing leader and an amazing person. What’s been so much fun has been watching Jesse’s creativity blossom and see her own style come through.”

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Mendica’s creative mind is well exercised as Olive + Oak’s menu constantly changes. “It keeps pushing us, keeping the menu fresh and interesting for our guests,” continues Hinkle. “We want you to dine here often and not get bored. The dish you had and loved last time may be gone, but hopefully we gain your trust, and you know that you’ll find something on your next visit that you’ll like as much or more.” With that said, the menu features American comfort foods ranging from sourdough strata to sole, burgers to bruschetta. Just two items have earned a permanent place at Olive + Oak. The first is the Blue Crab Gratin with Calabrian chile and pretzel bread. The second is the Butterscotch Pot de Crème. “[My wife] Jenn and I fell in love with Nancy Silverton’s butterscotch budino at Mozza in LA years ago,” explains Hinkle. “We go there every time we are out there. It’s one of a kind and truly amazing and definitely the inspiration for ours. We’ve tweaked it a number of times since the opening, but I think we’ve got it right where we want it and people love it!” Hinkle’s focus on building Olive + Oak’s team doesn’t end with the chef. “I believe strongly in empowering our staff. I can’t do this by myself and I need everybody on board to get the job done.” Hinkle provides so much attention to his staff because he believes this equates to hospitality for his guests. The goal is to provide top-notch service to customers as they share meals and build relationships. The Okonomiyaki

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While each guest at Olive + Oak is treated with the utmost care, the story behind the restaurant’s name has provided Jennifer and Mark Hinkle, along with co-owners Greg and Becky Ortyl, a number of touching moments with certain guests. The Hinkles and Ortyls met through the illness and passings of their sons, Ollie Hinkle and Oakes Ortyl. Both boys suffered from congenital heart defects and the two families became close. “We’ve met so many people through the tragic loss of Ollie and Oakes,” says Hinkle. “Some that are dealing with the same loss or struggle with their children’s health. Some that went through the same thing 20 or 30 years ago.” While the hurt will never go away for these families, the Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation (mightyoakes.org) and Ollie Hinkle’s Heart Foundation (olliehinkleheartfoundation.com) are creating awareness, healing and hope. “We constantly meet people that encourage us, and hopefully we can encourage others,” Hinkle says. “We hope that you feel the love when you come to Olive + Oak. We put ourselves and our loss out there. The hope is that those two sweet boys, in their short time on this earth, can impact lives.” sl Olive + Oak is located at 102 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119. For more information call 314.736.1370 or visit oliveandoakstl.com. Johnny Fugitt is author of The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America.

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At left, a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta with coachwork by Touring was named Best of Show while a Mercedes-Maybach 6 Vision associated with a dress created by Jean-Paul Gaultier received the "Prix Public" award. Photo by Mathieu Bonnevie.

CHANTILLY ARTS & ELEGANCE RICHARD MILLE A distinctly French celebration of l’ automobile Written by Andre James When he founded the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille in 2014, Patrick Peter of Peter Auto set out to revive the great French tradition of the Concours d’Elegance. Instead, he created a new style of Concours by combining art, motoring and fashion at a lavish party in the gardens of Le Nôtre surrounding the historic Chantilly Château, whose art gallery, the Musée Condé, houses one of the finest collections of paintings in France outside of the Louvre. In its first two years, the event nabbed Motoring Event of the Year honors at the International Historic Motoring Awards. The 2016 rendition, held on the first weekend in September, commenced with a Saturday morning rally, one for concours entrants and a separate event for Supercars, allowing the public a rare glimpse of some of the fastest and most exclusive cars in the world.

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On Sunday, 100 of the most distinguished cars in the world lined up on the Le Nôtre lawn to vie for a victory in one of 21 classes that would put them in the running for the “Queen of the Day” (Best of Show) award as part of the Concours d’Etat. Five classes were devoted to racing cars of the last century, including Bugatti grand prix cars, front-engined Formula 1 cars and the cars of the Tour de France Automobile (1951-1964 and 19691986). A trio of classes was dedicated to famous Italian coachbuilder Zagato. There were also distinct categories that focused less on performance and more on coachwork and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura P400. The jury awarded the Best of Show to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta with coachwork by Touring belonging to American collector John Shirley, entered in the class Pre-war beginnings of aerodynamics – Closed road-going cars. There were eight concept cars in the running for the Concours d’Elégance entered by Aston Martin, BMW, Bugatti, DS Automobiles, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce. Each was paired with a creation by one of six French fashion houses: Balmain, Eymeric François, Giorgio Armani, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jorgen Simonsen and Timothy Everest. The Best of Show award went to DS E-TENSE combined with a creation by Eymeric François. A Mercedes-Maybach 6 Vision associated with a dress created by Jean-Paul Gaultier was named “Prix Public.” The prize for the motorcar and fashion combination deemed the most beautiful ensemble went to the 570GT by McLaren Special Operations with a model also dressed by JeanPaul Gaultier. A special prize was awarded to the new “atelier” motorbike by Zagato, which made its world premiere at Chantilly.

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 with model dressed in Jean-Paul Gaultier. Photo by Mathieu Bonnevie. A BMW Concept Coupe Mille Miglia paired with model wearing Balmain. Photo by Mathieu Bonnevie.

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Enhancing the event’s elegant aura each year are the picturesque tailgating tableau created by participating automobile clubs who bring their finest cars and vivid imaginations in an attempt to win the coveted Grand Prix des Clubs Prize with spreads ranging from a simple picnic in the grass to a silver candelabra-laden tablescape. Forty clubs made the trip to Chantilly bringing 800 cars that were on show in the domain. Ensuring that guests will be appropriately attired for such an elegant fete, awards are handed out to the person deemed “most elegant,” as well as the woman with the most beautiful hat. After the event, founder Patrick Peter remarked, “Our concours is now acknowledged as one of the best and most beautiful in the world. This is an important factor in the eyes of the manufacturers. We also have to attract a bigger crowd to reach a figure of 20,000 or 25,000 spectators in the next few years. It took several Le Mans Classics to achieve this number. Thus, I feel confident about the future of Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.” sl

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LOCALIZED LUXURIATING A Sicilian sojourn via villa is an ideal way to become intimately immersed in the Italian island’s many charms Written by Bridget Williams

Brave souls at Mazzaro beach take the plunge into the Ionian Sea. Photo by Bridget Williams.

To varying degrees, the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians and even the Brits have lost their heads over the control of Sicily, which for thousands of years served as an important strategic crossroad of the Western world. In spite of the rich archaeological and cultural remnants they left behind, it is a single Moorish Casanova of Sicilian legend that arguably left the most indelible mark. There are alternate versions of the story, but around the year 1000 (around the time Viking raider Leif Eriksson discovered North America), a Moor knight or merchant spied a beautiful girl on a balcony in the Kalsa district of Palermo and the pair eventually engaged in a passionate love affair. From here you can choose the outcome of your lore: in the first scenario, unbeknownst to her, the knight is actually married with children, so the scorned woman cuts off his head to use as a flower pot so that her lover can never leave her; in an alternate ending, the lovers’ indiscretion is discovered by the man’s brother who decapitates his sinning kin and discards the body in a nearby forest. The woman locates the head, places it on her balcony and from her tears springs basil, a symbol of passion and love. Her 40 slmag.net

neighbors, noticing how well the plants flourish in the macabre container, made clay copies that are now ubiquitous throughout the country (with the best examples hailing from Caltagirone). Enraptured by the stylized heads even before I knew their grim back-story, for me they sum up a central characteristic of the Sicilian experience: passion. Experiencing the myriad marvels of Sicily required far less effort than mustering up a conquering army or having my head turned into a flowerpot; I booked a stay in a villa through The Thinking Traveler. Not just any villa mind you, one that was built around the time of the French Revolution and is now lovingly cared for as the family heirloom it is. The property is representative of the uniqueness and quality of accommodations in The Thinking Traveler’s portfolio of properties in Sicily, Puglia, and the Ionian and Sporades Islands. Lending credence to my kudos are the readers of Condé Nast Traveller, who awarded the company “Favorite Villa Rental Company” for its 2016 Readers’ Awards. Headquartered in London, The Thinking Traveler maintains a large team “on the ground” that is at guests’ disposal for as much or as little interaction as desired.


The lushly landscaped pool and gardens of the Don Arcangelo all’Olmo villa. Photo by Bridget Williams.

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Sighilli villa sits within the seafront Vendicari Nature Reserve.

Terrace of the Sighilli villa.

Bedroom in the Crossing Together villa in Santa Maria La Scala.

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Architect-designed Ortensia villa in Giarre.

Living area in the Sighilli villa.

Breakfast service in the garden of the Don Arcangelo all’Olmo villa.


The pool and gardens of the Ortensia villa offer views of the Ionian Sea and the slopes of Mount Etna.

Several weeks prior to my visit, I received a lovely care package from the company that included a thoughtfully compiled guide to Sicily prepared in-house by the affable Max Lane, a British expat who now resides in Sicily full-time. At nearly 200pages, it was a light and entertaining read interspersed with photographs, that served as an ideal roadmap for planning where and what to visit based on my interests: archaeology, architecture and eating (not necessarily in that order). Situated south of Taormina on the east coast of Sicily, my chosen villa, Don Arcangelo all’Olmo, boasts enviable views across a lemon orchard to the Ionian Sea at the rear of the property and Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano at the front. Etna’s daily grumblings, accompanied by an occasional release of a luminous ash cloud, proved to be simultaneously unsettling and symphonic, and a source of constant wonderment as I gazed upon it from the comfort of a chaise in the villa’s lush garden. A bit of a sleeper from the outside, once the ancient front door creaks open you are welcomed into the rarefied air of a space that truly feels like a home and displays the worldly point-of-view of a globetrotting aristocrat. Fine antique casegoods nestle up to plush sofas dressed with breezy linen slipcovers; stone and wood floors peak out from beneath an assortment of vibrant kilim rugs; objects of interest and curiosity adorn tabletops and bookcases; breezy drapery billows in the oceanic and jasmine-infused breeze emitted from a plethora of French doors purposely left ajar; oversized arched doorways, groin vault ceilings and soot-stained fireplace mantels add additional architectural. With 12 unique

en suite bedrooms, the fully staffed property can comfortably accommodate up to 24 guests. Wandering and wondering, as I explored each nook and cranny in the grand estate, what these walls, which have held sturdy for more than a millennium through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, would utter about the varied lives of those who have crossed its threshold. Outside, the scene intoxicates the senses, with stone paths meandering through terraced gardens and squares of lush grass, all dotted with varied seating arrangements should you need to steady yourself after having your breath taken away one too many times. “Achingly beautiful” is how I described it in my travel journal. It’s the kind of place where sickeningly sweet love sonnets should be written and recited – ideally to someone gazing wistfully off at the sea from a Juliette balcony on the second floor. A large pool, heated just enough to take the edge off but still feel refreshing, abuts the lemon orchard and is lined with chic iron daybeds and several carefully placed umbrellas for seeking respite from the sun. Each morning I pleasantly awoke to the smell of chocolate croissants baking in the kitchen in preparation for the daily hearty breakfast spread of fresh fruit, bread, meats and cheeses waiting for us in a garden alcove whose structure was composed of tangles of wisteria vines wedded to an iron frame. We chose to have two dinners at the villa and each was a glorious multi-course affair celebrating the region’s local cuisine, expertly served by gloved wait staff and paired with wines from Planeta, a family-owned winery and one of Sicily’s foremost producers, who offers in-villa delivery of their 14 wines in a special partnership with The Thinking Traveller. slmag.net

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A bedroom in the Don Venerando villa.

While a good hotelier will recognize the importance of conveying a sense of place, there are often constraints dictated by the property’s size, budget and location. Villas in The Thinking Traveler Portfolio – from ancient farmhouses to modernist masterpieces – encompass myriad viewpoints of the ideal Sicilian experience. A recently refurbished lavastone farmhouse in Pozzillo, La Limoncella, boasts sea and Mt. Etna views and plenty of manicured outdoor spaces, including a divine lap pool and ample covered terraces to soak in the scene. Set amidst a working nursery with sweeping sea views (the owners are the world’s largest exporter of Mediterranean plants), the Don Venerando villa was purpose built as a rental property, but no expense was spared in its construction or elegant interior design, which features top-drawer Biedermeier and Chinese antiques and original artwork. Built around the remnants of an old winery, the original wine press is ingeniously integrated into a half wall in the foyer. Portions of the tile floor were purposefully broken as they were hammered into place to emulate years of use. The owner/architect of the mountainside Ortensia villa in Giarre has filled his eclectic and modern home with a range of contemporary artwork that reflects his Sicilian and aristocratic roots as well as spoils from his far-flung travels. Sighilli is a sevenbedroom villa located within the Vendicari Nature Reserve, whose heated pool overlooks sandy beaches, vineyards and salt lakes that regularly attract flamingos. Casa Vera, a perfectly proportioned 44 slmag.net

estate crafted out of concrete, caught the attention of Elle Décor Italia, which produced a feature story on the property. Perched on a rocky outcrop on the ocean in Santa Maria La Scala, the five bedroom Crossing the Rock is supremely elegant in its austerity, with white walls, upholstery and drapery interspersed with antiqued mirrors, crystal chandeliers and fine wood antiques, many with gilt accents. Although it is steps from the center of town and its restaurants, bars and shops, one look at the oceanfront pool engineered to sit atop the boulders that reinforces the shoreline, as well as the optional services of chef-for-hire Rosa Maria (whose gnocchi and meatballs are to die for), I imagine one could find it hard to leave. A dearth of activities will certainly never be an issue during a Sicilian holiday. Our first day was spent exploring Taormina. Following lunch on the terrace of Trattoria Il Barcaiolo, which sits in an alcove of the Ionian Sea where brave souls plunge into the azure waters from towering sea stacks, we took a cable car from Mazzaro beach to the historic town center, perched on a rocky promontory. Popular since its inclusion as a stop on the Grand Tour, its demure size belies its importance as a conquest at one time to the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, French and Spanish, each leaving its mark on the “Pearl of the Mediterranean.” The town’s pièce de résistance is its GreekRoman theatre, which was started in the third century BC and whose views would certainly force performers to be at their best.


Don Venerando is a lovingly restored and beautifully appointed seafront villa.

Living area in the Don Arcangelo all'Olmo villa.

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The granita at Caffe Sicilia in Noto is regarded as some of the best in Sicily.

Dinner in the dining room of Don Arcangelo all'Olmo villa.

Piazza del Duomo, Syracuse.

The cathedral in Noto. All photos by Bridget Williams.

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Sicilian-inpsired original art in the Ortensia villa.


A garden party at villa Don Venerando.

Wares at the market in Piazza Battisi Cesare.

Since I’d been admiring Mt. Etna from afar since my arrival, her subtle rumbling a reminder of the tremendous latent power within, I devoted a half-day to exploring all around the active volcano, both on and off the beaten path with a driver/guide arranged by The Thinking Traveller. Hiking the moonscape-like lava fields, I was struck by the visual contrast of iridescent silver birch trees that have sprung up intermittently from the crumbly and rocky black-as-night soil created by older deposits of cooled magma. Even from a safe distance, it’s still quite fascinating to watch the clouds that swiftly swirl around the nearly 11,000-foot apex comingle with plumes of steam released from within the crater. An important Greek stronghold, Syracuse, and its island heart, Ortigia, retain a fair share of Greek and Roman architectural remains, along with Medieval Norman and Baroque structures.

I Sapori dei Gusti Smarriti delicatessen in Syracuse.

The Greek-Roman theatre in Taormina.

After admiring the Piazzo del Duomo with its cathedral built on atop a Temple of Athena, epicures must make a point to visit “I Sapori dei Gusti Smarriti,” located at one end of the market in Piazza Battisti Cesare. I carted out my fair share of Sicilian delicacies, some available exclusively at this exemplary deli. As much as I delighted in devouring each upon my return, a trinket of more permanence–a Maiolica pottery head–as you likely guessed, is my most prized souvenir. Staring back at me from its spot on my kitchen counter, it serves as a colorful reminder of my visit and fittingly, a line from The Princess Bride: "Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!” For more information about villa rentals and trip planning services in Sicily, Puglia, and the Ionian and Sporades Islands through The Thinking Traveller, visit TheThinkingTraveller.com. sl slmag.net

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Bibliotaph... Eating Their Words...Cookbooks inspired by notable authors to make things literary Compiled by Victoria Chase Beautifully photographed and thoughtfully compiled, this book highlights notable literary meals, including the madcap tea party from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, watery gruel from Oliver Twist, and the lavish chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird. Dinah Fried - Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals - Hardcover, 128 pages, Harper Design (harpercollins.com). A collection of more than 60 recipes inspired by the indulgent food and libations gormandized by F. Scott Fitzgerald and his fellow expatriates. Carol Hilker - F. Scott Fitzgerald's Taste of France: Recipes inspired by the cafĂŠs and bars of Fitzgerald's Paris and the Riviera in the 1920s - Hardcover, 160 pages, CICO Books (rylandpeters.com).

The ultimate libations guide for the literary obsessed, this book features 65 drink recipes garnished with wry commentary on history's most beloved novels. Tim Federle - Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist - Hardcover, 160 pages, Running Press (runningpress.com).

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bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf]: a person who caches or hoards books Butcher, former pastry chef and food blogger Cara Nicoletti shares 50 recipes influenced by the books and their characters that have engrossed her since childhood. Among them are breakfast sausages from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods and New England clam chowder inspired by Moby-Dick. Cara Nicoletti Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books - Hardcover, 304 pages, Little Brown & Company (littlebrown.com).

Recipes and culinary mores from Austen's era are interspersed with quotes from her novels that allow the reader to recreate dishes and dining experiences experienced by the author's characters and their contemporaries. Pen Vogler - Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes inspired by the novels of Jane Austen - Hardcover, 160 pages, CICO Books (rylandpeters.com).

Organized like a cookbook, this title is a collection of American literature (poetry, prose and essays) centered on the theme of food that progresses chronologically from the late 1700s to the present. Each section also incorporates at least one recipe. Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldtwaite - Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal - Hardcover, 384 pages, NYU Press (nyupress.org).

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET Our editor's and publishers share items from their most wanted list

Painting by artist Francine Turk By Bridget McDermott, Publisher, Sophisticated Living Chicago In the last issue of Sophisticated Living, we featured an amazing story on Chicago artist Francine Turk and her latest collection of work, Next Level BadAss: Miles Davis & Francine Turk. I was fortunate to attend the back-to-back events that celebrated the collaboration of the late jazz musician and this incredibly talented woman. The moment I stepped into the gallery I saw this painting, lit up perfectly from every angle, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I have had a crush on Turk and her art for a long time, but this particular canvas really speaks to me. The explosion of color, the in-your-face messages and the pure rawness of it all…perfection. I Start a Painting and I Finish It, oil on canvas (84”x84”), $68,000 by artist Francine Turk, $68,000 (grace@francineturk.com). Landscape painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir By Jeff Jeffers, Publisher, Sophisticated Living Columbus Who wouldn't want to own a painting by an Impressionist giant like Renoir? This landscape is perfectly understated and a stunning palette - really a wonderful example of his skillful eye for color. Too bad I'm not allowed to bid at our auctions! Selling on November 25 at Garth's Fine Art Auction, this painting is estimated at $140,000 - $160,000 (garths.com). Artisan 22k gold and opal ring by Carolyn Tyler By Amelia Jeffers, Editor-In-Chief, Sophisticated Living Columbus This lavender opal is a striking shade of blue, and I love the luster of the high karat gold. The design gives this ring the feel of an ancient archaeological find. Selling in Garth's December 1, 2017 jewelry auction, this ring is estimated at $2,500 - $4,500 (garths.com). 50 slmag.net

Blue Sense+ intelligent air purifier By Elise Hofer Shaw, Editor-In-Chief, Sophisticated Living Chicago As a mom, providing a safe and healthy environment for my family is always top of mind. We try to eat clean and lead an active lifestyle. But I had never really thought about the air quality in my home until an interior designer friend of mine introduced me to Blueair air purifiers. It's HEPASilent filtration process captures 99.97 percent of airborne particles down to 0.1 micron in size! I have the Sense+ model in my bedroom and have become obsessed with monitoring my outdoor and indoor air quality in real time via the app. With a quick tap, I can turn it on or off, increase the fan speed if activate the child lock–et voila! It swiftly removes all impurities from the air inside my home. Blue Sense+ intelligent air purifier, $499, with Aware monitor, $199 (blueair.com). Roger Lounge Chair from Thayer Coggin By Matthew Millett, Editor-In-Chief, Sophisticated Living Cincinnati I'd love to be lounging and enjoying my wine in the Roger chair from Thayer Coggin. An original Milo Baughman design, the perfect pitch of the chair and 'floating' appearance make it the ultimate showpiece of any room. Available through the trade (thayercoggin.com). Manila Boxing Gloves in Blue Paint Splatter Snakeskin from Elisabeth Weinstock By Bridget Williams, President, Sophisticated Living Media Boxing is the best way to knock out stress and get killer abs in the process. While more suitable for display than delivering a punch, having these over-the-top handcrafted snakeskin boxing gloves hanging around is a chic reminder to make some time for the gym. Available in colors ranging from solid white to paint splatter, the gloves retail for $1,562 (elisabethweinstock.com).


Manila Boxing Gloves in Blue Paint Splatter Snakeskin from Elisabeth Weinstock

Painting by artist Francine Turk

Artisan 22k gold and opal ring by Carolyn Tyler

Landscape painting by PierreAuguste Renoir

Blue Sense+ intelligent air purifier

Roger Lounge Chair from Thayer Coggin

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The True 48

Art Escape

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Coravin Model Two Elite Wine System

Caracus 16-Light Chandelier from Jonathan Adler

Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Crown Tiara

Caracus 16-Light Chandelier from Jonathan Adler By Bridget Williams, President, Sophisticated Living Media An unglazed Peace Hand executed in white porcelain that sits atop a square Lucite base served as my gateway into the wonderful world of Jonathan Adler, and I have since become enamored with everything in his collection, which sports a definite 1970s vibe. Partially through the process of renovating a nearly 150-year-old house, it’s been fun injecting an eclectic mix into the historic framework. I am absolutely pining over this generously proportioned chandelier that would be an ideal companion for the tall ceilings in my kitchen. It’s priced at $2,250 (jonathanadler.com). Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Crown Tiara By Claire Williams, Editorial Assistant, Sophisticated Living Louisville & Lexington Everything about Dolce & Gabbana is perfection. Even if I am in my pajamas watching Netflix, I could put on this tiara and instantly imagine myself as one of the glamorous models in their ads. Price upon request (dolcegabbana.com). The True 48 By Carrie Edelstein, Editor-In-Chief, Sophisticated Living St. Louis I cook a minimum of five nights a week, pack lunches and serve breakfast seven days a week. My average grocery shop yields anywhere from 30-50 pieces of produce alone for my family of five. To say I need more space is an understatement! The True 48 is True's brand new side-by-side refrigerator that has more than 29.4 cubic feet of space. And with little hands that constantly are opening the doors and staring at what's inside our refrigerator, the 120-degree stay-open feature might just put this baby on the kids' wish list! The price tag: $17,000. Anyone wishing to fulfill my kitchen fantasy should contact AUTCO Home, autcohome.com.

Art Escape By Jeff Cohen, Editor-In-Chief, Sophisticated Living Indianapolis My wife and I are crazy about art and Italy, not to mention cooking, wine, great conversation and the Tuscan countryside. So when I first read about Art Escape Italy, and its extremely reasonable all-inclusive pricing, I knew an art-filled vacation would make the perfect dream gift for our upcoming thirteenth wedding anniversary. The brainchild of three friends from three continents and three decades, Art Escape Italy was conceived after an intensive course at The Florence Academy of Art in 2015. With a strong emphasis on high quality art instruction and a focus on the figurative and portrait painting, Art Escape Italy delivers a serene Tuscan vacation experience. Everything for a seven or 12-night course, apart from your plane ticket, is included in the price. In addition to expert art instruction in painting workshops, trips include excursions to Florence and nearby destinations, an exclusive winery tour, a cooking class and ample free time, making the trip ideal for painters of all level and their nonpainting travel partners. Prices begin at €1680 per person for a private single room and €1260 per person for a twin share for a seven-night trip with five days of art instruction (artescapeitaly.com). Coravin Model Two Elite Wine System By Matthew Millett, Editor-In-Chief, Sophisticated Living Cincinnati As I'm starting to build my wine collection, I find it is going to be an absolute necessity to have a Coravin Model Two Elite Wine System (in red). Now I can sample a sip or glass to ensure my prized bottles are at their peak age before pulling the cork completely. Also available in gold and silver, the pouring system retails for $349.95 (coravin.com). sl

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Hotel Confidential: One&Only Le Saint Géran Written by Bridget Williams

The mention of Mauritius typically conjures quizzical looks from those whose exotic inklings are likely inspired by a vague knowledge of where in the world the island is located. A small speck in the Indian Ocean some 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of the African continent, if you are arriving via South Africa, your flight path will likely take you over Madagascar, which for me made the destination seem that much more remote, foreign, and therefore exciting. Uninhabited at the time of its first recorded visit by Arab sailors in the Middle Ages and later by the Portuguese, the island was first colonized by the Dutch in 1638. Prior to the opening of the Suez Canal, Mauritius served as an important base for trade routes between Europe and the East, with the French and British involved in a long power struggle for its control. After France surrendered in 1810, the British remained in charge until 1968, when the country became an independent state. Today the 1.2 million residents of the island represent a multiethnic society, with most identifying their ancestry with Indian, African, French and Chinese origins. Hinduism is the dominant religion.

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Set within this rich cultural tapestry on its own remote white sand peninsula on the northeastern coast of Mauritius, is One&Only Le Saint Géran. A distinct sense of place is evident as soon as you set foot in the soaring open-air lobby. Water is everywhere, both seen and heard, instantly initiating a mood of tranquility. Each of the resort's 162 suites and signature Villa feature a private terrace or balcony that face either the ocean or the calm waters of a sheltered lagoon that is ideal for an array of complimentary water sports, including water-skiing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking. Land-based activities include a nine-hole Gary Player golf course, tennis, mountain bikes, Speedminton, a very well equipped fitness center, yoga, Pilates and volleyball, among others. The brand’s signature KidsOnly program is available for children from ages three to 11. Notable onsite dining options include PRIME Contemporary Grill, which serves Australian Angus Wagyu beef, fresh seafood and organic produce in bold, contemporary environs. La Terrasse, the resort’s main restaurant, is situated adjacent to the sprawling pool with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. At breakfast there is a bountiful buffet; lunch encompasses light meals, salads,


Photo by Bridget Williams. Flacq Market. Photo by Bridget Williams.

The spa's reflecting pool offers views of the Indian Ocean.

vegetarian and organic dishes; and at dinner the menu includes table d’hôte or specialist buffet options, accompanied once a week by traditional Mauritian Séga dancers. My favorite was the waterside Indian Pavilion, which immerses guests in a North Indian experience, complete with the intoxicating and mouthwatering aroma of roasting Indian herbs and spices wafting from the theatre-style kitchen. The resort’s signature private dining experience is staged in a waterfront, bohemian chic tipi conceived by noted British fashion designer Alice Temperley, complete with a Parisian glass chandelier suspended from the canopy, a custommade wooden floor and dreamy golden-dotted fabric floating all around the interior. In similar fashion to the entirety of the property, the Spa at One&Only Le Saint Géran offers an exclusive sanctuary of quiet pampering nestled amongst a lush tropical landscape. The interior design has discernible Mauritian influence, with subtle tones of amber and gold calling to mind sky and sand at sunset. The relaxation room overlooks a reflecting pool with views of the Indian Ocean, with a sauna and steam rooms rounding out the relaxation spaces. Treatments and signature

wellness “journeys” are carried out in partnership with the award-winning ESPA brand. A hair salon and the celebrated Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure studio round out the array of amenities. Celebrities and others “in the know” have long sung the praises of his unique buffing technique, which leaves nails pink and shiny – no varnish needed! Comfortably reclined on a plush chaise throughout my entire 60-minute “dry” pedicure, my piggies were pampered to perfection. Hard as it may be to pry yourself from the indulgent environs, the resort offers several off-site excursions, including Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius and the Botanical Palmplemousses Garden. I dusted off my haggling skills and opted for an afternoon at the bustling Flacq Market, the largest outdoor market on the island. Maneuvering through throngs of locals jabbering in Mauritian Creole, I surveyed rows and rows of purveyors hawking goods, running the gamut from pleasing to pungent, who were keen on making certain I didn’t leave empty handed. sl Rooms at One&Only Le Saint Géran begin at $354/night. For more information or reservations, visit lesaintgeran.oneandonlyresorts.com.

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Sip, Savor & Celebrate

Written by Scott Harper, Master Sommelier

Holidays are a time for celebrating life, family and friends. There is arguably no better way to celebrate than by gifting wine and food, or even better yet, enjoying wine and food with said people. Sparkling Wine Every get-together should start with sparkling wine. An excellent alternative to Champagne is high quality Prosecco. The difference between the two is in the second fermentation, the process that creates the bubbles. For Prosecco, fermentation is quicker, taking place in large tanks, hence the term “Tank Method.” The fermentation of Champagne takes place in individual bottles, a process known as the “Traditional Method” or Méthode Champenoise. The less time-consuming fermentation process for Prosecco does not lead to a complex sparkling wine, but it is not intended to. Rather, it produces a sparkling wine that is fresher, flavorful and less expensive. Prosecco Tommasi Filodora (Veneto, Italy) Pale yellow color with copious tiny bubbles forming a light but vivacious mousse. Fresh, vibrant and floral with citrus blossom and white peach in the nose. Dry and refreshingly crisp with a medium body, nice citrus and yellow apple flavors. This is an excellently flavored sparkling wine and a departure from inexpensive Prosecco. Made from 100 percent Glera grape. Winter Reds and Decanting Lots of white wine can be enjoyed year-round, but as we move into winter, I want to introduce a couple of red wines for our celebrations and recommend decanting for both. Decanting red wine is typically done for two reasons. The first is to remove sediment from an aged wine in order to keep the sediment from being poured into the glass. The second is to allow a young wine to aerate or breathe. By aerating a red wine, you are helping to expand the flavors or bring out the aromas and complexities that may only come out in the glass as the wine is poured over the evening. Decanters come in many shapes and sizes, but Riedel has long been considered the benchmark for wine glasses and decanters. They have an immense selection of decanters and glasses for every wine and wine style you can fathom. Ayam Decanter Riedel (Kufstein, Austria) Newly available in July of this year, Riedel’s Ayam Decanter is handcrafted and mouth-blown in Kufstein, Austria. This is a decanter for serious aficionados and is something you must try a couple of times to feel comfortable using, but once you do, you will feel like quite the decanting specialist. It has a beautiful design

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that seems to defy gravity, as it can safely hang from the side of many tables. Why you would want to hang this striking piece out of sight, besides being a quick conversation subject, is beyond me. I decanted the two wines below with the Ayam, and it was an excellent vehicle to aerate the wines as well as an elegant and enjoyable decanter to work with. The Northern Rhone of France is home to the finest Syrahbased wines in the world. One of the very best sub-regions is Côte-Rôtie or “roasted slopes.” The continental climate and terraced vineyards on its southeasterly facing slopes help make these wines the benchmark for Syrah. While there are many fine producers, E. Guigal is one of the very best. Côte-Rôtie E. Guigal Château d’Ampuis 2012 (Rhone Valley, France) A medium purple color leading to a garnet red. Ethereal nose of red and black fruits of black and red cherry, raspberry, blackberry and plum. Generous baking spice, pepper, vanilla, anise, violets and cured meats. Dry, full bodied and full flavored with a tannic structure that benefited from decanting in the Ayam Riedel decanter. This wine will age and should be consumed in five to 10 years but is seductive now! It is made from 93 percent Syrah and seven percent Viognier and aged for 36 months in new French oak. 2012 is the 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, available in magnums as well as 750 ml bottles. In south central Tuscany lies the great hilltop town and wine region of Montalcino, famed for one of the very best wines in Italy, Brunello di Montalcino. Brunello di Montalcino is made from the grape Brunello, a synonym for Sangiovese. The dry, maritime climate encourages viticulture on the slopes of the Montalcino hills. Brunello di Montalcino Casisano 2011 (Tuscany, Italy) A ruby red wine leaning to garnet. The nose possesses red fruits such as raspberry and cherry mixed with a touch of plum, blackberry, purple flowers, anise and a touch of herbs, all of which combine to make this a rich wine in a full-body that is complex and appetizing. Crisp and dry with tannins that benefitted from decanting in the Ayam Riedel decanter. Full-bodied yet fresh, this wine is lively and not too big and rich. Made from 100 percent Sangiovese and aged three years in a Slavonian oak cask. Feel free to let this one age three to five years or decant and drink posthaste. This wine is from the Veneto producer Tommasi, which has expanded into Tuscany, as well as other Italian regions. sl A Certified Wine Educator, Harper is one of 147 professionals in North America and 230 worldwide who have earned the title Master Sommelier.


Riedel Ayam decanter ($425; riedel.com).

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1) Engagement ring designed by Karl Lagerfeld incorporates geometric shapes for a sleek modern design; showcasing unique knifeedge elements echoing in the collar under the head to create fancy center stone shapes (price upon request; 630-932-4900). 2) Ritani marquise cut micro pavé diamond band engagement ring with milgrain finish ($2,420, excluding the center stone; ritani.com). 3) JB Star handcrafted platinum and diamond ring featuring a 2.16ct oval diamond center with half-moon and tapered baguette diamonds on the side embraced with micro pavé (price upon request; jbstar.com). 4) Henri Daussi AMDS pavé halo ring in rose gold featuring a 2.50Ct. Signature Daussi Cushion cut diamond (price upon request; henridaussi.com). 5) Steven Kretchmer Estelle diamond solitaire ring (price upon request; stevenkretchmer.com). 6) KONZUK Union Collection ring features a .15ct diamond set into the concrete and stainless steel band. Also available in platinum (from $850; konzukshop.com). 7) Patras Octagonal Rainbow Moonstone ring from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry ($2,200; ivankatrumpjewelry.com). 8) From the Colin Cowie Estate Jewelry collection at Blue Nile, platinum ring with a 14.95 ct. oval-shaped yellow sapphire set in a halo of round diamonds with additional diamonds down the shank and on the underside of the mounting ($35,000; bluenile.com). 9) Simon G. MR1840-A engagement set from the Passion Collection (from $3,256 excluding the center stone; simongjewelry.com). 10) Pasquale Bruni 18K white gold “Atelier” ring with diamonds (price upon request; pasqualebruni.com). 11) Gerrard 1735 platinum engagement ring set with white diamonds and emerald feature stone (price upon request; garrard.com). 12) Chopard Haute Joaillerie ring (price upon request; chopard.com). 13) Engagement ring from the Scott Kay Heaven's Gates collection in platinum (price upon request; scottkay.com). 14) Daniel K Blue Pear ring with fancy light blue diamond with white diamond pavé set in 18K rose gold and a handmade platinum mounting (price upon request; danielk.net). 15) Le Vian Couture Neopolitan opal ring (price upon request; levian.com). 16) Le Vian Bridal two-tone 14k Strawberry Gold and 14k Vanilla Gold ring with 0.74 tcw Chocolate Diamonds and Vanilla Diamonds ($4897; levian.com). 17) Purple sapphire engagement ring from the Claire Pettibone Collection for Trumpet & Horn ($17,200; trumpetandhorn.com).

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1) Arya Esha yellow gold amethyst and diamond ring (price upon request; ayraesha.com). 2) Bespoke Alexandra Mor custom overlay diamond wedding band and engagement ring in platinum and 18K yellow gold (price upon request; alexandramor.com). 3) Sethi Couture rose cut black diamond ring with white diamond accents in 18K white gold (price upon request; sethicouture.com). 4) Classic Winston, emerald-cut engagement ring with tapered baguette side stones. Available with center stones from 1.00 to 3.50 carats (price upon request; harrywinston.com). 5) Karen Karch Desire ring with 1.78 CT center yellow/brown diamond ($20,000; karenkarch.com). 6) From Jewelmer Joaillerie's Bollicine collection, ring composed of a single golden South Sea pearl set with diamonds in 18K yellow gold (price upon request; jewelmer.com). 7) Giamcomelli Arrow Marquise engagement ring in 14K gold and 1.08 total carat weight ($5,600; giamcomellijewelry.com).

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WORTH WINING ABOUT The Destin Charity Wine Auction Written by Madeline Michaels Although it holds the distinction of being the most popular tourist destination along Florida’s Emerald Coast (4.5 million visitors annually), Destin is golden when it comes to philanthropy, as evidenced by its hugely successful annual charity wine auction, which has raised in excess of $10 million for charitable causes in Northwest Florida. The 2016 Destin Charity Wine Auction on April 30th, raised a record $2.65 million; a staggering $350,000 increase over 2015. “Our ability to continually increase the funds raised year over year is a testament to both the strength of our organization and the power of our mission of the charities we support," said John Russell, president of DCWAF. “All of us associated with the foundation are amazed that we continue to garner this kind of support to help children in need in our community." Together with the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, which is a separate but related event also held on the fourth weekend in April to complement the Destin Charity Wine Auction, the pair create an indulgent few days for oenophiles, craft beer and spirits aficionados, and gourmands alike. Not just for locals, guests hailing from all corners of the US are given a welcome as warm as Florida sunshine at all events, including private patron dinners held in notable restaurants and private homes in the area on the eve of the auction where guests savor exclusive wine and food pairings and get a closer look at one of the 14 charities the mission-driven event benefits. In 2016 alone, 14 Patron Dinners raised $530,000. Prior to the sold-out 11th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction this past April, guests milled about in a large tent adjacent to the auction tent sampling gourmet bites and wines poured by notable vintners while perusing 120 lots up for grabs as part of the silent auction. Once the doors to the auction tent were open, guests eagerly took their seats in anticipation for the 55 unique lots up for grab. The opening Magnum Force lot (50 autographed magnums from DCWAF vintners past and present) caused quite a ruckus and raised the bar for the rest of the afternoon by garnering a record-winning bid of $55,000. Finding ideal accommodation near all of the auction action as well as the pristine beaches in Destin and South Walton is as easy as booking a vacation home or condominium from Newman-Dailey Properties diverse portfolio (destinvacation.com). Jeanne Dailey, founder and CEO of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, is a bastion of philanthropy in Destin and a board member/ marketing chair for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. A true dynamo, her passion for her profession is evidenced in the many accolades and awards for exemplary customer service, business integrity and overall excellence that have been bestowed upon Newman-Dailey since it was founded in 1985.

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View of the Gulf of Mexico from the balcony at Hidden Dunes, available through Newman-Dailey Resort Properties.

Under the Tuscan Sun, a home available for rent through Newman-Dailey Resort Properties.

Lot 1, comprised of 50 autographed magnums from DCWAF vintners past and present fetched record-winning bid of $55,000. Photo by STM Photography.

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Jeanne Dailey, CEO of NewmanDailey Resort Properties celebrates a winning bid. Photo by STM Photography.

There’s no need to check-out after the auction as there is plenty to do in the area. Shop art ranging from fine to funky at artist colonies in Rosemary Beach (rosemarybeach.com), Ruskin Place in Seaside (seasidefl.com), Shops of Grayton and Artists of Gulf Place (artistsatgulfplace.com). Stop into NEAT at Alys Beach to browse their selection of high-end and hard-to-find craft liquors and beers (alysbeach.com). Dine al fresco and enjoy live music at The Hub in Seacrest Beach (hub30a.com). Enjoy a curated wine selection and eclectic cuisine at Vin’tij in Miramar Beach (vintij.com) or opt for a fine dining experience at Bijoux in The Market Shops at Sandestin (bijouxdestin.com). Savor fine seafood in artful surroundings at Fish Out of Water, located beachside overlooking the Gulf of Mexico on the second floor at the WaterColor Inn, Northwest Florida’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel. A stay at one of the Inn’s 60-oceanview rooms is akin to luxuriating in the sought-after slipcovered perfection portrayed in a Pottery Barn catalogue (watercolorresort. com). Even if you aren’t lodging at WaterColor, active travelers will want to check out Run/Sup, a unique 60-minute workout that combines trail running with stand-up paddling in the calm waters of Western Lake in the WaterColor neighborhood (runsup.com). Next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction weekend are April 28 – 30, 2017. For more information on the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit www.DCWAF.org. sl

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MOVING THE MUMMIES Written by Carrie Edelstein Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Art Museum The task sounds daunting: Move the mummies, along with hundreds of other ancient Egyptian artifacts. But that is what the Saint Louis Art Museum plans to do. The mummies and antiquities were placed in a temporary location a decade ago when the foundation for the East building was being excavated. Soon the embalmed bodies and artifacts will have a new home among the permanent gallery spaces. “You’re not going to have this weird experience where you’re looking at mission-style furniture and then it’s like, ‘oh hi ancient Egypt,’” says Lisa Cakmak, SLAM’s assistant curator of ancient art. “There won’t be skylights. It will be much darker and it will feel more tomb-like since so much of the collection is funerary artwork.” The museum currently houses about 300 artifacts in the Egyptian collection, and one-third of those are on view. More will be added, as will more information uncovered from CT scans done in 2014 at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Cakmak says digitally interactive displays will be by each mummy, and visitors can choose to see the CT images as well as analysis of the films and new interpretations of life lived during three different time periods in ancient Egypt. “What the doctors were amazed by was the general health and quality of the bones and skeletal remains, even their teeth,” Cakmak says. “For being 3,000 years old, they had signs of wear, but they looked generally healthy.” The three mummies are: Amen-Nestawy-Nakht (currently owned by SLAM), and Pet-Menekh and Henut-Wedjebu, both on long-term loans from Washington University’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Specks around the head that showed up on the scans of Henut-Wedjebu, an Egyptian noblewoman who lived during 1300 B.C., were interpreted to be the beads of a headdress. A visible skull fracture seen may indicate an injury sustained before her death. Her brain was left intact whereas those of the other mummies, from 1,000-1,100 years later, were removed before the mummification process was completed. The mummy reinstallation is underway, and will be part of the focus of SLAM’s Egyptian-themed gala in December. The permanent gallery is slated to open in the fall of 2018. sl “Midnight at the Oasis,” December 3rd at 7pm, Saint Louis Art Museum, slam.org

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Mummy Case of Amen-Nestawy-Nakht, 945–715 BC; Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, (1069–664 BC); linen, plaster, and pigment; 14 x 16 x 67 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barney A. Ebsworth

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IMMERSIVE THEATRE AT NIGHT Written by Carrie Edelstein

Photo provided by Immersive Theatre Project

“It’s a mishmash of art and theater and nightlife,” says Kelly Hummert, artistic director of Rebel and Misfits Productions’ Immersive Theatre Project. “It’s huge in New York and L.A. It’s a thing in Chicago. It’s just not here yet. No one has popped that bubble.” Here’s how it works: The show, or experience, starts from the moment an audience member enters. In truth, there is no audience because everyone is a participant in the production. Often the shows aren’t even held in a theater but simply a sound space so you come in not knowing what to expect. And Hummert says no one will have the same experience. “First you see them come in, talk about their day, put their bags down, and then they realize there is nowhere to sit,” she says. “There’s a bar, the characters are all around, and within 20-30 minutes you see [the audience] starting to move like the characters and speak like them. I guarantee they will be immersed in it.” “Hamlet: See What I See” is the first production in the Immersive Theatre Project. “I think ‘Hamlet’ is an easy one to remember,” Hummert says. “I would see a production of it and be disappointed and wonder about the other characters…They usually are glossed over and it’s really such a rich production.” Hummert, 36, is the show’s producer, and plays the role of Ophelia, who, she says, will be drowning onstage. Phones, recordings, talking, pretty much anything is allowed. “Maybe Polonius takes the hand of a person and pulls them away and gives them information, like ‘Pass a note to another character,’” Hummert adds. “We ride on that moment and hope for that. You have to keep in mind where people’s attention spans are now; they like to go on Instagram. We want people to question the experience.” The ensemble features NYC-based television and film actor Brandon Alan Smith [Gotham] as Hamlet, East St. Louis native Joel Patrick King as King Claudius and a crew from all over the country. “Hamlet: See What I See” debuts at the Barnett on Washington, in the Grand Center Theatre District on November 12th. It will run a week, but possibly longer depending on interest. Tickets available at metrotix.com. sl slmag.net

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KIMBERLY STEWARD PHONES HOME Written by Jillian Thomadsen

Photography by Terence Patrick Kimberly Steward’s first job after college was at W Magazine as a marketing assistant. The only problem was she preferred fashion to business. “People told me, ‘You can’t make it from the marketing side to the editorial side,’” Steward says. “But I was determined. My job was to take the mail down. So I would purposely walk around to where Women’s Wear Daily employees were and there I’d try to get a job.” It worked. She was hired as a fashion assistant to the editors. Then in 2010, Steward flexed her entrepreneurial muscles and co-founded Kess Agency, a creative talent agency based in New York that represented photographers, stylists, hair- and makeup-artists. Four years later, she founded K Period Media, a film financing and production company. Its first film, “Manchester By The Sea,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The movie was subsequently acquired by Amazon Studios for $10 million and will be released in theaters this month. Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler, the film is about a man who assumes guardianship of his teenage nephew after his brother dies. “I wanted a project that people can walk away from and they can identify with,” Steward says. “It can change them. ‘Manchester’ does have very sad moments, but Kenny [Lonergan, the writer and director] is very funny too. There are moments where you burst out laughing. He has a good balance of that because life is a mixture of laughter and tears.” Steward’s own life has been a combination of hard work and myopic focus on the creative arts. “After I worked for a couple of magazines, I didn’t know where I was going to go with it, so I moved back to St. Louis for a bit to try to get my head focused,” she says. The daughter of Thelma and David Steward, chairman of World Wide Technology, Kimberly went to Whitfield School before going on to Webster University. When she reflects on factors, which have influenced her, she cites the example set by her parents and her high school alma mater. “Whitfield was very influential in some of the decisions I made as far as my career,” Steward says. “They care so much

about the drama, theater and the creative arts. They put a lot of investment around that, so it was a good choice for me.” Steward now has a scholarship fund that provides for a handful of students to attend Whitfield. “That was something that my brother and I wanted to do at our individual schools,” she says. A dedication to philanthropy was clearly passed on to Steward by her parents. “We obviously cross over on many of the charities we are involved in but my dad and mom always encouraged us to forge our own [philanthropic] path,” Steward says. “There are a lot of opportunities out there to help young filmmakers and to help young writers out.” Recently she has been involved in the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), a non-profit that educates young African children about sexual health in order to stop the spread of AIDS. Next year, Steward plans to travel with Theron to Africa. “One of the things Lauren Beck— my [producing] partner— and I want to do is send supplies and makeup to show these girls how to promote themselves,” she says. “A lot of them are thinking about schooling and college and it’s really about letting them see all the possibilities in front of them.” Although Steward lives in Los Angeles, for years, Steward and her mother have presided over the annual Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis Runway Lights fashion show. “I just recently tried to implement into the program a charity from one of my friends, Pat Davis, that’s called Curls for Girls,” Steward says. The organization provides wigs to girls suffering from hair loss due to Alopecia, burns, and cancer, among other conditions. In her scant spare time, Steward indulges in anything related to the arts. “Watching films, going to the theater. Music is life for me. Anytime I get a chance to go a concert, I am there. I’m always chasing down Jamiroquai.” And despite her career anchoring her elsewhere, Steward still has a soft spot for St. Louis. “Last year, I only visited twice,” Steward says wistfully. “I keep telling [my parents], ‘I’m still coming around.’ They’re like, ‘No, you’re not. You’ve got too much on your plate.’ I said, ‘Yeah, but if I’m successful, that’s a good thing!’” sl

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Presented by Moneta Group, The Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis held its Kids & Clays dinner auction at the Missouri Athletic Club in Downtown St. Louis. More than 400 guests attended the dinner and dozens more reconvened the next day for the clay shoot at Strathalbyn Farms Club.

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KOOKIN’ FOR KIDS

St. Vincent Home for Children held its 25th Annual Kookin’ for Kids night at the Chase Park Plaza. More than two dozen restaurants set up stations in the Khorassan Ballroom. The organization helps youths facing life challenges with love, security and therapeutic services to improve their lives, their families and the community.

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1) Harden Ervin, St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, Lisa Rath 2) Kyle Ulmer, Jared Ater, Nick Del Gaiso 3) Bjorn Ranheim, Katie Corrigan, Parth Patel 4) Lauern Ziegler, Michael Teblin, Alexia Robinson, Joe Jovanovich 5) Josh Allen, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, Shea Behymer 6) Lou Brock, Chris Koster, Rex Sinquefield 7) Sabina and Doug Holtzman, Ellen Hope, Corbin Holtzman 8) Cindy and Paul Herrin 9) Tom and Erika Ackerman, Tim Linck 10) Kelly Jackson, Adam Jokich

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CELEBRITY WAITER NIGHT

Familiar faces took orders at the annual Celebrity Waiter Night for Saint Louis Crisis Nursery. Three restaurants from West County Center let local celebrities fill in for a good cause at BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood and McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks.

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1) Ginnie and Dr. Daniel Isom 2) Jennifer Nelson, Don and Gretchen Gerber 3) Pascal Beauboeuf, Jamal Mayers, Ben Newman 4) Keith and Jeanine Kreig 5) Janet and Larry Connors 6) Dan Johnson, Mollie Spire 7) Allison Means, Sara Johnson-Cardona, Ann Wier, Mary Pat Smith 8) Theo and Daphne Peoples 9) Michael Henderson, Stan Williams 10) DiAnne Mueller, Alan Brainerd


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ON THE TARMAC

It was jets, jams and fast cars at the Jet Linx event for the St. Louis Polo Club appropriately enough at the Jet Linx hangar near the airport. Cars were displayed courtesy of the St. Louis Lamborghini Club and St. Louis Motorcars.

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1) James Barton, Reagan Wilson, Scott Lancaster 2) Dawn Runge, Samantha Wilds 3) Kendra and Jim Epstein 4) Angie and David Porter 5) Lisa Alderson, Aaron Tang 6) Ariel Andres, Loza Colangelo 7) Jetlinx 8) Dravin Kennedy, Alex Ebel 9) Molly Sansone 10) Peter Hobler, Leonard Johnson


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LOYOLA CHEFS’ FEAST FOR A KNIGHT

Chefs from Café Napoli, Napoli2, LoRusso’s Cuccina, The Block and Herbie’s Vintage 72, collaborated to prepare a four-course meal to help raise funds to further Loyola’s mission: Break the cycle of poverty through education. Guests interacted with the chefs at each station and Loyola Academy students served as sous chefs.

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1) Diane and Michael Wamser, Betsy and Ronald Fiehler, Linda and John Steinway 2) Kayli and Kate Saracinom, Genna Bennington 3) Matt and Emily Wacker, Kate and Bob Wacker 4) Shelly McNutt, Dennis Hallahan, Stephanie Hallahan, Dr. H. Eric Clark 5) Dot LeGrand, Dr. Mark Azar, Larry LaGrand, Pat Azar, Mark and Mary Jo LaBarge 6) Faith Barnes, Charlie Brennan 7) Kelly and Tom Berra 8) Jay and Candice Frederick 9) Kimberly Tickle, Daryl Williams 10) Roseanne and Patrick Mathis


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A SOPHISTICATED EVENING WITH TRUE

True Refrigeration opened its showroom doors in O’Fallon for the first time to St. Louis’ top designers, architects and builders. Owner Steve Trulaske spoke about the company’s history and introduced True’s luxury residential product line. The evening was hosted by Sophisticated Living and catered by Butler’s Pantry.

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1) Cindy Nevins, Chris Powers, Debbie Jacobs 2) Steve Trulaske, Steve Proctor 3) Debbie Kaminer, Chelsea McClaran, Cortney Vaughn 4) Heather Clark, Kelly Kenter 5) Jeff and Susie Hochman 6) Craig Kaminer, Paul Reigelsberger 7) Zak Baisch, John Roth, Daron Deen 8) David Pape, Scott Pozzo 9) Paul and David Hamtil 10) Christia French, Roni Brader, Lisa Crayon


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GLENNON GALLOP

There was wining and dining, but no divots this year at Kraftig Polo Club. The field was too wet from rain, but that didn’t stop the party from going on under the tent. The event featured pop-up shops, live music and an auction to benefit the kids in the Danis Pediatric Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

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1) Kelly and Sheila Farrell 2) Gil and Marty Biekel, Peter Von Gontard, Chase Butler, Susie Von Gontard 3) Sandy and Al Koller 4) Jim and Bernie Cook, Deb Rich, Angie Baron 5) Alissa Duel, Peter George, Kelly Danis Fitzpatrick 6) Jackie Dunne, Kim Miselnicky, Susan Koby 7) Kori and Eric Stechmesser 8) Greg and Julie Fix, Ken and Donna Naumann 9) Matt and Kelly Danis, Jim and Kathe Myer 10) Karen Lorenzini, Laka Huyette 11) Matthew and Angie Orland, Melissa and Chad Edwards


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STARCATCHERS GALA

In a mere matter of hours, the St. Louis County Library was transferred into a fairyland fit for a fete. Dennis Lehane, author of 10 novels including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and The Drop as well as contributing writer on the television series “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wire,” regaled the several hundred in attendance with his wonderfully witty comments.

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BASKET OF HOPE GOLF

The rain cleared just in time for Basket of Hope’s annual golf tournament at Far Oaks Golf Club in Caseyville. BOH delivers generously packed gift baskets to seriously ill children in the St. Louis area, and hope totes for their parents.

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APRĂˆS SKI PARTY

Ron Kruszewski, chief executive officer of Stifel Financial Corp. and Stifel Nicolaus, opened up his home in Huntleigh to host the 2016 Après Ski Party, a benefit for the United States Ski & Snowboard Team Foundation. Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin was a special guest for the evening. Nearly $250,000 was raised.

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1) Becky Carapella, Charlie Galli, Corrie Galli, Libby Hamilton, Jeff Shiffrin 2) Emily Helling, Katie Christopher 3) Maggie Gadell, Lucy, Grace, Kelly Kruszewski, Dale Walter, Carrie Kruszewski 4) Lyndon Gross, Melanie Moon, Alain Garcia, Laura and Danny Baker 5) J.J. Krane, Ron Kruszewski, Mary Martin 6) Barbara and Nicola Pozzi 7) Jim and Meredith Holbrook 8) Tyler Sondag 9) Tiger Shaw, Louise and Richard Jensen 10) Chris and Lauren Pronger, Michael Haddad


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It was the celebration of many events benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center, and a time to honor the “Rock Docs” who fight every day to treat cancer and party for a cure. The Venetian theme was complete with opera singer Zachary Devin and the Cirque Du Soleil act, “Icarian Games.” 7

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The 6th Annual Art of Travel toasted The Dawn of St. Louis Aviation in 20s style. Fancy flappers, fedoras and food filled the air while the Galaxy Band performed at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The Lambert Art and Culture Program aims to generate community pride and build upon Lambert’s rich visual legacy.

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DR.10GARY MARKLIN Things I Cannot Live Without Written by Carrie Edelstein Photography by Matt Marcinkowski At the age of 61, Dr. Gary Marklin started a new career. Already a critical care specialist and pulmonologist at St. Anthony’s Medical Center, he opted to assume the additional position of chief medical officer at Mid-America Transplant. Now 63, Dr. Marklin and his staff of more than 150 members change lives and give people second chances. Every. Single. Day. Last year, MTS had its biggest year: 618 lifesaving organ transplants made possible by 190 organ donors. Gifts from 1,500 tissue donors restored sight, treated burns and other wounds. With nearly 1,400 patients in St. Louis waiting for an organ transplant, Dr. Marklin is a very busy man. We wondered what he would deem essential for someone who recovers the organs required to save lives. 1.

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