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Visiting Aspen during the winter ski season and trying to explain why you don’t ski elicits a similar reaction to saying that you live in Louisville and don’t attend the Kentucky Derby (guilty of both I’m afraid). Speaking of the former, my recent visit to the haute skiers hangout was prompted by the second annual Aspen Fashion Week (see related story on pages 40–53), where many of the après-ski events took place next to the gondola at the base of the formidable Aspen Mountain.

Having a long-standing fear of chairlifts, Ferris wheels and any other form of transport that dangles me from high altitudes with little restraint, I was happy to make the 2.5-mile, 3,000-foot vertical climb to the apex via the Silver Queen gondola. From the safety of the Sundeck, I was able to gaze out at scores of runs that zigzagged in all directions, the sight of which confirmed my belief that at age 36 the last thing I should think about doing is hurtling myself down the side of a mountain.

Even though I don’t ski, there are other ample opportunities to enjoy the area’s natural beauty, so as an anecdote to the adrenaline rush of schussing through the snow, later that afternoon I hiked up Smuggler’s Mountain, where the view and serenity made up for any perceived notions that I was missing out on something ( and l eft m e w ondering i f I c ould figure out a way to reinvent myself as a “hiking concierge” for the bevy of luxury resorts so I could experience feeling that good every day).

Already known for an eclectic mix of locals and visitors, Aspen Fashion Week adds even more interest to the mix with its scores of participants, sponsors, models, VIP ticket holders and casual gawkers. One of the major sponsors was Juice Beauty (, a line of organic juice-based skincare. I’d signed my daughter and me up for a makeover to be one of the first to try the company’s new makeup line. While we were waiting, I met Karen Behnke, the company’s founder. To say that Karen, a self-professed “serial wellness entrepreneur,” is passionate about her product is an understatement; she spins quite a yarn about the shortcomings and perils of most skincare products (I wanted to shout “Parabens, petroleum and propylene, oh my!”).

My flippancy stems from the fact that my own skin has been in a state of teenage rebellion since my daughter was born a decade ago. It wasn’t always this way; as a teen, not even the halo of Aquanet required to support my gravity-defying hairstyles was enough to faze my resilient complexion.

So, after years and years of subjecting my skin to a montage of self-inflicted and doctor prescribed treatments (from an absolutely outstanding dermatologist who shares my dogged determination I must add) – stopping just short of consulting with a witch doctor (although I haven’t ruled it out entirely either) - I found myself once again listening to a pitch of gilded promises related to recapturing the dewy glow of days gone by. As Karen went to retrieve her Green Apple antioxidant serum, under my breath I murmured “you and everyone else” to my daughter, who was patiently waiting for her own makeover and could care less about my skin woes. I took the media kit with a smile and went about our afternoon.

It’s been said many times that hope springs eternal (a boon no doubt for the burgeoning health and beauty industry that makes billions selling hope in a jar). So upon our return, I came across the Juice Beauty media kit, and long story short, I decided to add to my collection of skin care products and ordered the “Organics to Go” kit ($39). I promised Karen that if I purchased her product and noted any improvements, I’d be the first to renounce my skincare cynicism. Although it’s not the silver bullet I’ve been pining for, after several weeks of integrating Juice Beauty products into my existing regimen, my skin seems ever so slightly more willing to act its age (even though I’d be happy if I could cajole it to linger in the 20-year-old range for awhile, but that involves a whole other bag of tricks, or rather, drawer-full of products). At least I can say I’m doing my part to help stimulate the economy!

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Now an antique of many styles.

Oftentimes one antique furniture name or term can be used for several different furniture pieces, regardless of style or period. Settee is one of those terms.

Today the term settee is loosely used to describe any antique seating piece that can sit two or more people, along with having a back and arms on each side. Another key factor in today’s terminology is that a settee’s back and arms can be completely upholstered. Sofas, loveseats, daybeds and even some couches are sometimes called a settee in the contemporary antique marketplace, but for the purist, a true settee is a bench-like furniture piece with open wooden arms.

The characteristic of open wooden arms on a settee is a defining feature, and any settee without this distinguishing attribute is truly not a settee. Early settees oftentimes have a solid wood paneled back with a simple plain wood seating area, and as time and fashion progressed, settees began to have an open decorative wooden back.

Some do have a simple upholstered seat and back, however the upholstered back of the settee will not be completely upholstered but set into a straightforward simple rectangular wood frame as part of the settee’s design. In terms

of size, settees are usually narrow in depth but can be a myriad of assorted lengths.

The settee was popular in all countries throughout continental Europe and in England and America from the early 18th century throughout the entire 19th century. Although there are some very stylish and formal metropolitan-made settees in all different antique periods and countries, for the most part, the majority of the settees I have seen have been provincial-made. While I cannot give an explanation for why this is the case, I can guess that settees were more popular in the country, along with being easier to make. Most provincialmade settees will have a degree of provinciality about them, with some being quite unsophisticated. With that said, there are some very stylish provincial-made settees, which oftentimes have an especially high degree of refinement about them. The illustrated Italian settee, circa 1815, is a prime example of high style and sophistication for a provincial-made settee.

The settee has remained fashionable over the course of 200 plus years because of its usefulness and decorative aspects. But remember, it is not a true settee if does not have open wooden arms, regardless of what the tag says. sl 33

Around the Block... Recent automotive auctions of note

Legendary racecar driver Sir Stirling Moss purchased a 1961 Porsche RS61 Spyder for $1.705 Million from Gooding & Company’s debut Amelia Island Auction on Friday, March 12. Despite a serious accident a few days earlier, Moss relied on a proxy bidder who had been instructed by him from his hospital bed in the United Kingdom to pursue the car vigorously, which saw him eventually claim the winning bid for the Porsche RS61.

“I was terribly disappointed to miss Gooding & Company’s inaugural auction in Amelia Island last week,” said Moss. “I have long sought after a Porsche RS and had my eye on that Porsche RS 61 for several weeks and now cannot wait to see my new car!”

One of only 14 ever built, the lightweight, 4- Cam RS61

was the ultimate evolution of the Porsche Spyder project that began with the legendary 550 Spyder. Between 1961-1963, this car captured over a dozen victories in the hands of numerous significant racing figures.

The Porsche RS61 was one of two world record sales at the auction, which garnered more than $16.1 million for a total of 58 out of 71 lots sold, averaging an impressive $278,300 per car. A 1931 Voisin C20 V-12 Mylord Demi-Berline realized $2,750,000.

Gooding & Company is the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and will conduct its annual two-day Pebble Beach Auction on August 14 & 15, 2010 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center.

Amelia Island Gooding & Company 1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline 1961 Porsche RS61 Spyder

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RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, posted more than $19 million in total sales with an impressive 88% sell-through at its 12th annual Automobiles of Amelia Island event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The single-day sale saw 112 cars cross the block before a packed house, with four cars breaking the magic million-dollar mark and 15 lots exceeding their pre-sale estimates.

The top-seller at $1,705,000 was a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Sport Berline from the estate of noted American collector, the late John O’Quinn. A second Model J Duesenberg from the collection – a 1932 Convertible Coupe – realized a final sale price of $825,000.

Beyond the O’Quinn Collection, RM’s top-seller list was dominated by a range of historic Ferraris. Garnering $1,650,000, a striking and multi-award winning Fly Yellow 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta was another example to well-exceed its pre-sale estimate, while an alloy-bodied Four-Cam from the same year and offered for the first time in 30 years brought $1,265,000. Rounding out the million-dollar-plus sales was a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder formerly owned by Edsel B. Ford II that achieved $1,017,500.

Fly Yellow 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta

Around the Block... Recent automotive auctions of note

Ft. Lauderdale

RM Auctions completed its second March sale in Florida with the Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event at the Broward County Convention Center. The event was RM’s second sale in the Sunshine State in as many weeks. In all, 365 cars sold, achieving $16 million in total sales and a solid 79% percent sell through rate.

“The combination of interested bidders in attendance, on the phone and over the Internet produced an exciting sale in Fort Lauderdale, with many lots surpassing their presale estimates,” said Donnie Gould, RM partner and 30-year veteran of the collector car market.

The highest selling motorcar was a well-documented and restored 1935 Auburn 851 SC Convertible Sedan from the estate of John M. O’Quinn, which brought $211,750. A

total of 138 O’Quinn motorcars crossed the block in Fort Lauderdale, representing $6,843,000 million in sales.

Other notable sales included a 1931 Cadillac Model 370-A V12 Convertible Coupe for $209,000; a 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 also for $209,000; a1954 Buick Skylark Convertible for $187,000; a 1935 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan, from the O’Quinn estate, for $165,000; and, a1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang, also from the O’Quinn estate, for $151,250.

Up next on the RM calendar is the Classic Muscle & Modern Performance event on June 19 in San Diego. The event will present over 80 magnificent examples from a prominent Southern California collector, all to be offered without reserve.

1935 Auburn 851 SC Convertible Sedan

Barrett-Jackson’s 8th annual Palm Beach Collector Car Auction reported more than $20 million in total sales. The all No Reserve auction saw bidders vying for more than 450 cars, including a 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Special Edition that sold for $297,000; a 2005 Ford Mustang “Platt & Payne Signature Edition” for $190,000; the only 1965 Boyd Coddington roadster ever built that went for $184,800; a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible for $165,000; and, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air custom hardtop for $162,250. The action in the main auction arena was so intense on Saturday evening that SPEED extended its scheduled live coverage for an hour, bringing the total to 23 ½ hours of televised coverage for the 2010 Palm Beach event.

"This year's Palm Beach auction was another testament to the vibrancy of the collector car market," said Craig Jackson, Chairman/CEO of Barrett-Jackson. "We had an outstanding

event that was attended by many of our best customers along with a strong showing of new bidders and consignors. The average hammer price per car was up over last year, and we're thrilled to have helped raise $60,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation during our opening night party, as well as over $560,000 for other deserving charities during our auction."

In addition to the auction, the full week of activities included a Road Rally, which featured approximately 75 vehicles, the 3rd annual Cruise-In at Wayne Akers Ford that showcased 150 collector and custom cars, a Barrett-Jackson exhibit at City Place, and a pre-auction charity reception benefitting the Darrell Gwynn Foundation hosted by John and Janet Staluppi at their Cars of Dreams museum.

Up next for Barrett-Jackson is the Orange County, CA auction on June 25-27. sl 37
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Alsace is one of the most northerly regions in France, and perhaps that is why it reminds me of spring. It is a continental climate and hence has all four seasons, including cold winters, unlike the Mediterranean climate of southern France or Italy. Spring is appreciated most by those who go through a cold winter, and the wines and the regions themselves seem to celebrate by having a fresh vibrant feel, not unlike spring itself. The wines are crisp, fresh and vivacious, lending themselves to the lighter fare of spring and summer. The picturesque half-timbered houses with flower boxes of multicolored blooms are more prevalent than one would think, and when combined with the breathtaking views of the vineyards from the Vosges Mountains, they make a mind’s eye picture of a perfect spring day.

Alsace is located on the northeastern border of France between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River of Germany, about 275 miles from Paris. The wine region is a thin strip about three miles wide and 75 miles long. It is protected by the watershed of the Vosges Mountains, which allows the region to be sunny and green with a chance of drought but less worry of rain during important vineyard times, such as harvest. Many vineyards are planted on the slopes of the Vosges Mountains to capture the sun.

The German heritage is strong in Alsace; after all, it has been back and forth with France and Germany for its ownership for hundreds of years. If you asked an Alsatian if

they were French or German, they are likely to tell you they are Alsatian, although it has been part of France since World War II. The German heritage is reflective in the wine in a number of ways. The bottles are tall and flute shaped as in Germany. Their labels denote the grape variety, although there are some blends, where in most of France the wine is named for the region. Many of the grape varieties originally hail from Germany, and Alsace is the only area in France where Riesling and Gewurztraminer are legally grown. And, as you can imagine, many of the wine producers and the language on the label have Germanic lineage.

Alsace makes 90 percent white wine. Red wines grapes require a warmer-longer growing season, so the only red grape of note is the Pinot Noir. The most important and highest quality grapes start with Riesling. Riesling is one of the most misunderstood grapes. It is almost natural to think it is always sweet, as it makes some of the best dessert wines in the world and some of the most mediocre sweet wines of limited character. But it also makes some of wine experts’ absolute favorite white wines on the planet, possessing an ethereal quality, tension, minerality and sense of place that many other grapes dream of. Other important grapes are Pinot Gris (same grape as Pinot Grigio), Muscat and Gewurztraminer, with the secondary grapes being Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc.

Alsace makes essentially three styles of wine: dry, sparkling and dessert.


Dry, usually varietal labeled, although about five percent of wines are blends and are typically labeled Edelzwicker, Gentil or a proprietary name. Occasionally these dry wines can be off dry.

Sparkling wine is called Cremant d’Alsace. These bubblies are lighter and less complex then French Champagne but delicious sparklers made by the Champagne method. They are excellent, less expensive alternatives for everyday drinking.

Dessert wines are all picked by hand, a higher quality method over mechanical harvesting. There are two types of dessert wines:

Vendanges Tardives which are late-harvest wines that can only be made from Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat or Gewurztraminer. The wines are rich and sweet.

Sélections de Grains Nobles which are late-harvest wines that can only be made from Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat or Gewurztraminer. The wines are sweet and honeyed as the grapes are affected by noble rot, which is a mold that dehydrates the grapes hence increasing the sugar to liquid ratio in the grape, dramatically decreasing the amount of wine you can make from a vine, and hence producing what many consider to be some of the rarest and best dessert wines in the world.

Four percent of the vineyards or 51 vineyards are classified as Grand Cru. These Grand Cru vineyards are considered the very best wines of Alsace and therefore have an appropriate price to match. All Grand Cru vineyards are harvested by hand. Only the grapes Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat and Gewurztraminer are classified as Grand Cru, with the exception of Sylvaner in the Grand Cru vineyard of Zotzenberg. Grand Cru wines may be dessert or dry style wines but not sparkling.

For the taste of a vibrant spring day; a feel of refreshing, renewing quality, elegance and complexity; for flavor without weight or oak; I look to Alsace and suggest you do as well. sl

Suggested Alsatian Wines

Cremant d'Alsace Domaine Bott-Geyl "Paul Edouard" NV

A delicious light, dry and refreshing sparkling wine, which is delicately flavored with baking spice, fresh baked bread and citrus.

Riesling Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés 2006

This wine is the perfect companion to the fantastic indigenous Alsatian dish of Choucroute Garni. The aromatic wine is mediumbodied, high-toned with crisp acidity, wet stone minerality, and apricot and citrus flavors.

Riesling Domaine Zind-Humbrecht “Gueberschwihr” 2006

Dry, rich and fruity with honeysuckle, orange peel and pink grapefruit flavors, which are balanced by crisp acidity and minerals that are complex and long.

Crustaces Dopff & Irion 2008

Made from a blend of Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc, as the name suggests is the perfect pairing of shellfish and wine. Light, dry, crisp and citrusy, it is like squeezing fresh lemon on your seafood. 39
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Competitive skiing traces its roots to Norwegian military units in the mid-1700s. However, clothing designed specifically for skiing has only been around for some 50 years. Today, winter sports products, including ski wear, represent a mammoth industry with an excess of $3 billion in annual sales, yet there was a notable void in the fanfare given to showcasing the latest and greatest in winter wares. That was the case until 2009, when Lisa Johnson, an Aspen-based special events public relations guru, launched Aspen Fashion Week. A favored winter playground of the wellheeled and headquarters of Obermeyer, a bastion of technically responsible winter clothing since 1947, Aspen seemed the ideal location for the ambitious undertaking.


Johnson was not forging naively into unknown territory. As a promoter of high-profile events such as the Winter X Games and the annual Food and Wine Classic, she was well-versed in selling Aspen as a premiere event destination. The inaugural Aspen Fashion Week event drew sponsorships from W Magazine, Burberry and Jaeger Le-Coultre, to name a few. Fashion icon Valentino Garavini created great fanfare when he came into town for the screening of a documentary that bore his name. 41
Heidiskis runway show.  Photo by Eric Williams
Dannenmann Pure runway show.  Photo by Eric Williams
Parajumpers runway show.  Photo by Eric Williams

With all of the hype generated by the 2009 event, the March 2010 affair drew even greater participation in its highenergy slopeside runway events, daily après ski fashion shows, in-store presentations, on-mountain events and late night fashionable soirées. W Magazine returned as a major sponsor and kicked-off the week-long event with a standing-roomonly opening night party at Brexi Brasserie in the Dancing Bear Lodge, where hoards of fashionistas gravitated between the restaurant and rooftop. Model/designer Lauren Bush chatted up the crowd with her signature Aspen Fashion Week FEED bag slung over her shoulder (Aspen Fashion Week has partnered with FEED as the official charitable partner, and proceeds from the FEED Nature bag will benefit earthquake victims in Haiti), while fashion designer Christian Siriano held court from a cushy sofa.

The majority of the events took place après ski, beginning with a pair of early evening runway shows at the base of Aspen Mountain featuring the likes of Marmot, Kjus, Victorinox, D&E, Helly Hansen, Obermeyer, Wellensteyn, Authier, Gray, Gabriel Conroy and Dannemann PURE. Under the bluest of skies, bottles of Veuve Clicquot chilled on runway-side VIP tables, while guests attired in everything from skinny jeans to skiwear took their seats. Evening in-store events were held at J. Crew (featuring Creative Director Jenna Lyons), Burberry, The Gallerie, Pitkin Co. and a Calypso pop-up shop. Famed fashion documentary filmmaker Douglas Keeve was on hand to provide an introduction and commentary before nightly screenings of his films (Hotel Gramercy Park, Seamless, Unzipped and Fashion Kingdom aka Naomi Conquers Africa) at the Wheeler Opera House. FEED Founders Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson hosted a cocktail reception at the Ralph Lauren boutique, followed by an evening of music with John Forte at Aspen’s famous Belly Up to benefit FEED. If that were not enough, a slew of after parties and soirées kept the festivities going well into the wee hours. 45

Aspen manages to toe the line between nostalgia and new, displaying a tenacity to retain a sense of place while remaining eternally chic. The enduring popularity of the Hotel Jerome, built in 1889 during the height of Colorado’s silver boom, is a testament to this legacy. The AAA Four Diamond property and member of the Leading Hotels of the World boasts 94 spacious, well-appointed mountain view guest rooms individually attired in ornate Victorian style.


While prior attempts by former owners to contemporize the threestory red brick property have met with great resistance, the current ownership has moved in the opposite direction, going to great lengths to preserve the property’s historic integrity. In homage to the spirit of the Wild West, bellmen sport Stetsons with their jeans and cowboy boots. 47

A full relief-carved oak fireplace and silver-dust mirror mantel dominates the sitting area just past the reception desk. Its mate sits back-to-back in the Century Room in a space once reserved for ladies in the Victorian era. Touches of chinoiserie, all the rage in the late 1800s, as well other as Eastlake-gothic or mine-camp Victorian touches, encompassing lively and colorful floral and geometric patterns, can be found throughout the property. Many of the period antiques found in the common areas are from the Herschel Bartlett Mansion, which was built in St. Louis in 1891.

While the décor might be historic, the clientele is definitely not, as the raucous laughter emanating from the crowd that gathers nightly in the J Bar will attest. With its original 111-year-old maple bar, tile floors, tin ceiling and distressed leather banquettes, one almost expects to see Mae West saunter out onto Main Street for a cigarette.

Also fronting Main Street on the opposite side of the building is The Library, a charming venue for an evening nightcap. Assortments of comfortable armchairs are casually arranged in groups around coffee tables. The bar serves premium liquors and fine wines accompanied by tapas-style small plates and an abbreviated menu of popular dishes from the hotel’s

other restaurants. Be sure to stop by on Monday evenings for “magic bar,” a sleight of hand magic spectacle led by professional magician Eric Mead. An angled mirror hanging over the bar allows even those in the far corners to enjoy the show.

The food does not play second fiddle to the ambiance; rather, in each of the hotel’s four dining venues, it serves to enhance the experience. Nearly everything is made in-house from scratch, including the fresh sourdough bread used to make the ultimate comfort food – grilled cheese – and highly addictive truffle fries. Whenever possible, Executive Chef Evan Francois uses locally sourced, sustainable ingredients to give each venue its own identity.

After a day recreating in the out-of-doors, time spent relaxing in the hotel’s heated outdoor pool and pair of Jacuzzis or indulging in an in-room massage is well deserved. For a nominal fee, guests of Hotel Jerome are also given privileges at the exclusive 77,000-square-foot Aspen Club & Spa. The hotel provides complimentary transportation to the club. As an option, there is a small, well-equipped fitness room on site, and the 41-mile Rio Grande Trail that runs the entire length of the valley between Aspen and Glenwood can be accessed just outside the hotel’s back door. 49

Closer to Aspen Mountain, the 179-room St. Regis Aspen was constructed to resemble a grand alpine palace overlooking the Rockies. Inside, the interior recalls the feeling of an English country home complete with period antiques intermingled with Western-themed fine art representing several mediums, including bronze statuary.

Entering via the porte-cochere, the warmth from a double-sided granite fireplace mitigates the winter chill. The smell of hot cider wafts through the room, guiding arriving guests to the reception desk.

A massive bronze eagle with wings spread appears to be ready to takeoff from his perch amid a fountain positioned at the top of the grand staircase, which winds its way to the lower level, past hand-colored lithographs of stylized hunting scenes and under the watchful gaze of a lifesized sculpture of bear upright on its hind legs. 51

The lower level is the site of the grand ballroom and the Remède Spa, the only full-service spa located on a hotel property in all of Aspen.

The luxurious 15,000-sqare-foot spa features a large fitness center and movement room with a full complement of LifeFitness cardio and nautilus equipment and free weights, 15 spa treatment rooms, vapor caves, Vichy room, whirlpool, and invigorating warm and cold waterfalls. After indulging in one of the many customized and signature treatments, guests are offered a glass of Champagne, Jacques Torres truffles and a cozy Kashwére throw while relaxing in the oxygen lounge.

Neal, my massage therapist, was superb. Not only was he able to expertly pinpoint nagging trouble spots, he took 20 minutes after my treatment to go over several stretches aimed at keeping the aforementioned issues at bay.

Also on property is the Aspen Back Institute, which has become an annual destination in its own right for fans of Clinton Phillips, a thirty-something native of South Africa

who has worked his magic on more than 1,500 bad backs, from Hollywood A-listers to regular Joes with nagging aches and pains.

Further down the corridor is the Aspen Outfitting Company, which offers horseback riding, shooting instruction and custom gun-fitting and sales. Aspen Sports provides year-round recreation and sport activity sales and rentals for pursuits such as skiing, biking and fly-fishing.

There is something absolutely decadent about swimming outside when the landscape is covered in a blanket of snow. The St. Regis makes the experience guilt free with a solarheated swimming pool and a trio of hot tubs situated in the shadow of Aspen Mountain.

With a near constant schedule of special events and festivals taking place year-round, combined with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation and an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, Aspen is an ideal destination any time of year. sl 53
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Aspen Fashion Week, Hotel Jerome 330 E. Main St.; 888.367.7625;, St. Regis A spen 315 E. Dean St.; 866.594.4591;, Aspen Back Institute; 970.920.7772


Renowned photographer James Archambeault captures the natural beauty of Kentucky's Bluegrass region and the thoroughbred industry for which it is famous. Kentucky Horse Country contains 165 full-color images, from tender scenes of mares and foals grazing, to the excitement of race day at Keeneland, to gorgeous landscapes of white fences enclosing lush rolling hills. The book also includes rare photographs of some of the legendary horses that have made horse racing so exciting and popular: Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and others. James Archambeault - Kentucky Horse Country: Images of the Bluegrass - cloth, 184 pages, The University Press of Kentucky,

Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame member Kent Hollingsworth (19291999) traces the development of the thoroughbred in Kentucky from frontier days through the present. Kent Hollingsworth ( foreword b y E dward L . Bowen) - T he K entucky T horoughbredpaperback, 2 24 p ages, Th e University Press of Kentucky, k

A compendium of the legendary horses, the rich history, the personalities and the reallife experiences of Derby Day, from the backstretch to the winner's circle. WIth colorful anecdotes and striking photography, authors Sheri Seggerman and Mary Tiegreen have captured the rivalries, fanfare and unpredicability that give the Run for the Roses its allure. Sheri Seggerman & Mary Tiegreen - The Kentucky Derby: 101 Reasons to Love America's Favorite Horse Race - hardcover, 128 pages, Abrams Books,

Robert Vavra is the world's most renowned photographer of horses and his love of these noble creatures clearly resonates from each of the more than 350 photographs in this impressive tome. In addition to his most famous photographs, Vavra's Vision includes a plethora of previously unpublished imagery that will evoke a sense of awe in any lover of animals or photography. Robert Vavroa - Vavra's V ision: E quine I mages - h ardcover, 4 08 p ages, h .f. Ullmann Publishing,


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Certain to inspire unbridled pleasure in horse lovers and nature-photography enthusiasts, this magnificent volume portrays our beloved equine friends in the rarely seen and increasingly endangered setting of the wild. The 200 aesthetically stunning photographs in this collection provide the increasingly rare opportunity to glimpse them in the increasingly endangered setting of untrammeled nature. The book is the product of the patient work of a small band of dedicated photographers who tracked wild horses in the farthest reaches of the world, from Iceland to Namibia, the steppes of Mongolia to the American plains. A breathtaking contrast to the domesticated variety and those used for equestrian sports, the equines featured here include the Mustang, the steppe, the brumby, the crioulo, the iceland pony, the namibian, and the Maremmano. Paolo Manili – Wild Horses – hardcover, 256 pages, White Star Publishing,

From the private to the historic to the state-of-the-art, this book provides a lavish tour of some of the most notable stables throughout the United States—from the East Coast to the Bluegrass, the prairie and mountain ranches, and to the Pacific Coast—and traces the origins of twenty-five stunning stables, from their vernacular beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the contemporary designs of today. K athryn M asson, w riter a nd Paul Rocheleau, p hotographer – Stables: B eautiful Paddocks, Horse B arns and Tack Rooms – h ardcover, 1 92 p ages, R izzoli, r

This oversized luxuriously illustrated book, designed by Sam Shahid, is a celebration of the physical beauty of the animal, of what horses can do, and the sense of wonder and awe that the horse evokes. A competitive amateur show-jumper since childhood, Kelly Klein is a highly respected horsewoman, as well as a renowned fashion stylist. In this stunning collection of more than 250 selected photographs, including many previously unpublished, she conveys her very intimate and personal fascination with horses, and the intense vulnerability that counters their natural power and majesty. Kelly Klein with a foreword by Michael Matz –Horse – hardcover, 272 pages, Rizzoli, 55

Of Note...

One of Thos. Moser's signature pieces, the Chaise, takes its inspiration from the European modernist movement of the 1920s and 1930s. The two-position design features both the warmth of natural cherry and mortise-and-tenon joinery. The webbed back is upholstered in full-grain leather.

What's Old is New - A Contemporary Take on Familiar Forms

Moooi's classic Royal Blue Delft porcelain vase appears as though it's been blown aside by a powerful gust of wind. Each vase is handmade and the illustrations are applied by hand. The wind motion becomes part of its features and its beauty also lays in the fact that it is bent but not defeated.

The Vieques steel tub, with white finish on the inside and dark grey finish on the outside, can be complemented by a teak shelf and backrest. A contemporary restyling of the old-fashioned bath tub for a decidedly unconventional environment.

Add supermodel quality to a tired sofa or chair with House of Habit’s leather and adorned furniture legs. The Italian leathers used are from the same vendors that supply all of luxury fashion house Prada’s leathers. Italian artisans apply the Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones and leathers by hand. Available to the trade.

Patricia Urquiola's powder-coated Re-Trouve chair for Coalesse is inspired by gyroscope doodles of the 1950s and available in a range of candy-colored hues. 57

Of Note...

The beauty and character of

creates the strange sensation of sitting on burnt furniture.

burned wood is captured as part of the Smoke Chair from Moooi, designed by Maarten Baas. A chair finished with fire

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Ilcapo's glossy modern table transforms into a rococo incongruity. The piece measures 80 inches long by 41 1/3 wide by 30 1/3 tall. It comes in Shiny Dove Grey or Shiny White on the smooth side and gold leaf or silver rubbed with steel wool for the carved end. The Evolution storage unit from Property Furniture features baroque-style, hard carved solid oak that evolves into contemporary clean lines in burnished brass.

The Launch of a New Car Company McLaren Automotive

At a press conference in March, British company McLaren Automotive, heralded for a slew of Grand Prix victories, announced a bold new direction involving the design and development of a range of premium, bespoke high-performance sports cars, beginning with the MP4-12C, scheduled to be available in North America in mid-2011 at an expected price of $250,000.

Antony Sheriff, McLaren’s managing director, reviewed the launch plans and market position for the MP4-12C and future McLaren high-performance sports cars. “By the time the 12C is launched in 2011, we expect the economic conditions to be much improved. In its first full year we plan to produce up to 1,000 cars, which represents just one percent of the highperformance sports car market. The long-term plan is to sell around 4,000 McLaren sports cars and take between three and four percent of the market.”

While no one would claim that building a road car is inherently the same as designing a Formula 1 racing car, the attitudes of the 12C’s creators are highly influenced by the culture that is borne of Formula 1. As of the end of the 2009 Formula 1 season, McLaren had won 164 of the 664 Grands

in principle, difficult to build a relatively fast, exciting and dramatic sports car, but that’s not our ambition. We want to deliver the best possible high-performance sports car from day one into a mature global market of very good cars.”

The company’s unique motor racing record does not overshadow the achievements made by the company in roadgoing cars. The McLaren F1 was, and in many eyes remains, the definitive sports car: the first road car with a carbon fiber construction. Only 107 examples of this iconic supercar were made, but at a recent auction, one sold for £2.53 million, almost five times its original retail price. The F1 was also the last true road car to win Le Mans, and the first to achieve this feat since the ‘60s.

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, which completed its production run in December 2009, was conceived and styled by Mercedes-Benz as a powerful, touring sports car before being presented to McLaren Automotive to engineer, develop and manufacture. The SLR was prodigiously fast, exclusive and a technological tour de force. With over 2,100 examples produced, the SLR became the most successful ultimate supercar ever built.

Prix in which the team has competed. On average, McLaren has been on the podium on two of every three races in which it has competed. The interplay between engineers in racing and automotive, as well as career moves from one to the other, provide a cross-pollination that benefits the whole company.

“Having come from the McLaren Group’s Formula 1 operation, I know first-hand the benefits of integration in areas such as aerodynamics, simulation or packaging, said Dick Glover, McLaren Automotive’s technical director. “With the technologies available to all car companies today, it’s not,

The new McLaren MP4-12C is a mid-engined, two-seat sports car, a layout chosen for good, historical reasons. Almost all racing cars up until the late 1950s had a traditional bonnet housing the engine in front of the driver. In a revolutionary move, Cooper Cars, who were to be Bruce McLaren’s first British employer and Ron Dennis’ first racing employer, placed the engine behind the driver, and within three years all other Formula 1 cars had moved to a mid-engined layout. Sporting road cars followed this lead towards the end of the 1960s, and most cars claiming a sporting intent since have stayed true to this pattern. 61

The core of the 12C is a carbon fiber composite chassis - the carbon MonoCell – which is lightweight and adds stiffness, efficiency, safety and integrity to the package. A small number of other cars in the market offer such technology today, and all of them lie in McLaren’s definition of the “ultimate” segment – a select group of ultra-low volume cars priced far over $450,000. No manufacturer has commercially introduced the advantages of carbon composite technology to cars priced between $185,000 and $260,000 –where currently only traditional metal structures are offered – a reality the 12C aims to change.

The 12C’s face is dominated by large and distinctive air intakes. A removable front splitter, bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights inspired by the form of the McLaren logo, and a large windscreen with low cowl complete the 12C’s face. The McLaren logo itself graces the bonnet of a road car for the first time.

Illumination from the running lights bleeds into three distinctive gills just above the headlamps. The windscreen is

deep and low for superb forward visibility and redolent of the McLaren F1: in wet weather it is swept by a single weightsaving pantograph wiper blade, as was the F1.

The other prevailing design characteristics are the dihedral doors (a hereditary gene from the McLaren F1) that allow the driver and passenger to get into and out of the car as easily as possible, as well as allowing a smaller door opening than would otherwise be necessary.

At the rear of the car, exhaust pipes exit high in the center of the car and straight out from the engine – minimizing their length and therefore weight. The rear features a bank of slats and vents to ensure efficient evacuation of hot air from the engine bay, and the engine itself is visible through a thin glass cover on the rear deck. The LED tail light clusters are only visible when illuminated. The two upper bars at the rear light up as LED brake lights and turn indicators.

The 12C is powered by McLaren’s own V8, dubbed M838T, a 3.8-litre 90 V8 engine with dual variable valve timing that develops 600ps and 600Nm of torque. The


company reports that the car can accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in under 10 seconds and tackle a standing quarter-mile in 11 seconds.

The maximum engine speed at 8,500 rpm is extremely high for a turbocharged application, and the wide maximum torque curve provides immense pulling power from under 2,000 right up to 6,500 rpm. The sound of the engine has been thoroughly engineered through exhaust manifold design and tuning of the exhaust and intake systems to deliver a unique engine note.

The engine drives the rear wheels through two wet clutches and a seven-speed SSG Seamless Shift dual-clutch gearbox that is tailored to the 12C. The Seamless Shift technology offers variable programs ranging from “normal” for road use and “sport” for quicker changes still, right up to a lightning quick high performance “track” mode.

Gears are changed using a Formula 1-style die cast aluminum rocker shift that pivots in the center of the steering wheel. The rocker itself incorporates an innovative feature created by McLaren engineers called Pre-Cog. The rocker has two positions, each with a slightly different feel. The first

pressure applied by the driver to the rocker informs the gearbox to get ready to swap ratios thereby saving time between the message being sent and the gearbox being primed to act. The second pressure confirms that the gear should be changed, and the torque handover is completed in milliseconds.

Internally, the MP4-12C offers an unparalleled driver and passenger environment where space, comfort and driving enjoyment at all levels were not compromised. While the interior is compact, it was designed to accommodate 98th percentile adults in comfort.

A central component of the interior console is a seveninch touch-screen telematics system oriented in “portrait” mode. This is a first for the automotive industry and is more intuitive than “landscape” orientation. The screen, which can be viewed by both driver and passenger, displays a minimum of command buttons in order to minimize complexity of operation. The small and tactile steering wheel is “clean” –there are no buttons to distract the driver. None of the internal switches or controls are carry-over parts from another maker: all are bespoke items designed exclusively by McLaren for the 12C. 63

The 12C’s infotainment system supports all major file types with custom-made extensions for typical MP3 players and other devices. It accommodates all Bluetooth V2-compatible mobile phones and uses a world-class navigation system. It has a picture viewer, a video player and AM/FM radio. It is notable in not offering a CD player – modern use of MP3 players in cars negates the need to add such a weighty device. Audio quality is enhanced by a system from Meridian, the first time the premium audio manufacturer has designed an automobile application.

The infotainment system also supports the option of a three camera recording system. One is placed in the nose of the 12C, a second at the rear and the third at eye line from behind the driver’s shoulder. Thus, a full, three-angled record of the 12C’s lap around the Nürburgring, for example, can be permanently stored on a customer’s hard drive.

Although the McLaren MP4-12C will have a comprehensive standard specification, customers in the market for such an exclusive car, a discretionary purchase similar to a yacht, will

have the ability to specify bespoke items, interiors and special equipment for their own car.

The McLaren Automotive development team plans to test the 12C in every regional market in which the car will be sold: North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and South Africa. “We have tested in the Arctic for cold weather programs, Bahrain for extreme hot weather cycles, South Africa for altitude, and a huge amount of road and track time at proving grounds and race tracks across UK and Europe, including the Nürburgring,” said Geoff Grose, head of Testing and Development.

“We expect our customers to own a variety of cars, including Porsche and Rolls-Royce, as well as the more predictable highperformance sports cars. Most early buyers will, I am sure, be sports car enthusiasts who are looking for something different and truly unique,” said Tony Joseph, McLaren Automotive’s regional director for North America. “These are exciting times - for McLaren, for car enthusiasts and, just as importantly, for people who are passionate about technology, innovation and engineering.” sl



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An Estate of Exceptional Pedigree


Do houses reflect the people who live in them or are the people reflections of their home and environment? Such a question is far beyond my inchoate and esoteric reasoning. However, I do know that houses, just like horses, dogs and people, have pedigrees, some good, some bad, most indifferent and on rare occasions exceptional. The house that luxury homebuilder Penny Love and her husband, developer Steve Canfield, now call home is a house with one of those exceptional pedigrees.

The Colonial Revival style house located in Prospect was built in 1937. Said to have been inspired by Ridgeway in St. Matthews, the house also bears a resemblance to the William “Lord” Morton house and Rose Hill, both in Lexington, as well as The Grange in Bourbon County. The interior of the house however, unlike the typical Southern arrangement of antebellum residences, is pure pre-WWII grand country house architecture. Acquired in 2005, the residence was owned by just two families prior to the current owners’ purchase. 69
From the front motor court, the house, built in 1937, appears to be a one-story dwelling with a center section and two hyphen-wings. But in reality, as this photograph reveals, it is a two-story house with a full basement. Homeowner and luxury homebuilder Penny Love undertook a five-month renovation of the house (shown here from the rear), taking great care to preserve the original design.
The most recent addition to the house is the expansive family room created from a smaller existing room and a new addition. Huge windows overlooking the pool and wooded lawn sloping down to the creek bring the woods and nature right into the room. Large comfortable furniture and sisal floor covering make this area both family and dog friendly. The beamed ceiling and woodwork reflect the detail in the original part of the house.

On March 25th 1929 the following small item appeared on the Chicago newspaper society page, “ Married. M ary Meeker, Chicago socialite, daughter of Vice President Arthur Meeker of Armour & C o.; a nd Ambrose C Cramer, a rchitect, w ho w as divorced two years ago on the ground of desertion by Mary Meeker’s older s ister Grace: i n Washington, D .C. ” Ambrose Cramer was a wealthy Chicago society architect who had worked with the famous estate designer and art patron David Adler on many of the lavish Gold Coast estates and residences. Relations with the senior Meekers must have remained genial because that same year Adler designed “Constantia”; a summerhouse for the Meekers in Montecito, California. As his later commission in Kentucky would be, the design for Constantia was based on an historic structure, this time a Dutch Colonial Cape residence.

At the height of the depression, George Washington Norton III hired architect Ambrose Cramer to design the house that is the centerpiece of Fincastle Farm. The red brick, Georgian style residence and adjacent cottage were completed in 1937.

George Washington Norton III graduated from Yale University and the Harvard University School of Law in 1926. Two years later he married Jane Morton, the daughter of Dr. David C. and Mary (Ballard) Morton. Norton began his broadcast career with the purchase of WAVE radio station in 1933. In 1948 WAVE-TV was the first television station in Kentucky, and in 1962 it pioneered color television in the state. A gentleman farmer, Norton’s WAVE-TV broadcast a unique, live, local farming program. His wife, Jane Morton Norton, was an accomplished businesswoman, artist and author, exhibiting her paintings in galleries from New York City to Lexington, Kentucky. However, she is best remembered for her civic and philanthropic work. On the board of many local arts groups such as the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera Association and the Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation, she also served as a trustee for Center College and Shakertown. At her death in 1988, Mrs. Norton left over $10 million to local charities.

The Norton family sold Fincastle Farm and the house to W. L. Lyons Brown, Jr. He has been the president, chairman, CEO and a director of the Brown-Forman Corporation, as well as being appointed by three presidents to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Active in both cultural and educational causes Brown served for over 15 years as honorary consul to France and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the World Monuments Fund. Last month he was named as an honorary trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While serving as ambassador to the Republic of Austria, Mr. Brown sold the residence to Love and Canfield. 71
The library contains a pair of large bay windows that overlook the rear garden and pool. A sizeable collection of antique leather bound books fills the shelves of the room. Schumann’s Antiques completely refinished all of the walnut paneling and bookshelves in the room. 73

The formal living room, decorated in the soft neutral colors that emphasize the woodwork and details so well, is surrounded by gardens. Steps lead up to French doors that open onto a partially brick walled front garden. Two additional pairs of doors open onto a side porch leading to a formal garden, fountain and the charming guest cottage. A pair of Old Paris porcelain urns sits on each side of the original mantle flanking a portrait of the owner. The soft colors of the Oriental carpet are reflected in the upholstery and accessories.

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The house has always been well taken care of, but by the time Love got hold of the property, it was time for an update to bring it into the 21st century. She undertook a whirlwind five-month renovation of the house, guesthouse, pool, pool house and garden. Acting as both general contractor and interior designer, she was responsible for the entire project. Major changes to the house included turning old servant quarters into a self-contained apartment and converting the old servants’ hall and service porch into a comfortable sitting room. She had to work very carefully to fit updated wiring and plumbing into the old fabric of the house without damaging the esthetic integrity of the design. For example, to provide air conditioning to a sunroom, a false chimney was constructed from matching brick on the open porch below the sunroom. This chimney now houses the cooling units. Ductwork was concealed in a false ceiling and decorative cornice on the porch below. Every care was taken to preserve the original design.

From the front motor court, the house appears to be a one-story house with a center section and two hyphen-wings. In reality, the home is a twostory house with a full basement. The true scale of the building can only be seen from the garden side. Built with an “upside-down” design made famous by local architect Stratton Hammon, the front entrance opens to a large stair hall on the bedroom floor. A circular staircase descends to the lower floor, which contains the public rooms, overlooking the rear garden. Delicate reeded columns flank the archway over the stairway and doorways. The opening to the cross-hall leading to the bedrooms is topped with a delicate fanlight matching the one over the front door. Opposite the arch over the stairway, a matching arch forms a slight recess for an English bow front serving table with bellflower inlay. All of the woodwork in the house is perfectly balanced and matched. False doors are used to provide perfect symmetry where needed.

The lower stair hall has reeded columns, woodwork and arches to match the hallway above. Again everything is perfectly balanced and matched. The floors in the house are all original and are quarter-sawn oak. Those on the upper floor are narrow two-inch boards, while those on the lower floor are six, nine and 12 inches wide. They have all been refinished to a soft medium brown with a low sheen. Carpets in both of the hallways keep to the muted soft neutral colors that Love has chosen for the entire house.

The oval entrance hall on the garden front is completely paneled; even the doors are curved to follow the line of the room. Each of the sections has original period paintings, by an unknown artist, of scenes that reflect life on the farm during the Norton residency. These have been restored and reglazed and are a wonderful window into life at the house during the 1930s and 40s. 77
The oval entrance hall on the garden front is completely paneled; even the doors are curved to follow the line of the room. Each of the sections has original period paintings, by an unknown artist, of scenes that reflect life on the farm during the Norton residency. These have been restored and reglazed and are a wonderful window into life at the house during the 1930s and 40s.

Artist Jim Hurst has taken a color palate from the dining room’s Oriental rug and created a fanciful garden landscape that enhances the finely detailed woodwork and the delicate tracery on the original built-in china cupboards. Wakefield –Scearce, Trace Mayer and Bittners have all been sources for the beautiful antiques that grace every room of the residence. Carved Chippendale style chairs surround the mahogany pedestal dining table.

The formal living room, decorated in the soft neutral colors that emphasize the woodwork and details so well, is surrounded by gardens. Steps lead up to French doors that open onto a partially brick walled front garden. Two additional pairs of doors open onto a side porch leading to a formal garden, fountain and the charming guest cottage. Rear windows overlook the terraced lawn leading down to the creek. A pair of Old Paris porcelain urns sits on each side of the original mantle flanking a portrait of the owner. The soft colors of the Oriental carpet are reflected in the upholstery and accessories.

Chippendale style woodwork and fine mahogany furniture are featured in the long dining room. Artist Jim Hurst has taken a color palate from the room’s Oriental rug and created an elegant and fanciful garden landscape that enhances the finely detailed woodwork and the delicate tracery on the original built-in china cupboards. Building on their own collection of antiques, Canfield and Love have added furnishings from several different local sources to fill out the home’s over 10,000 square feet of space. Wakefield –Scearce, Trace Mayer and Bittners have all been sources for the beautiful antiques that grace every room of the residence. Carved Chippendale style chairs surround the mahogany pedestal dining table.

The library contains the second of a pair of large bay windows that overlook the rear garden and pool. A large collection of antique leather bound books fills the shelves of the room. Schumann’s Antiques, on Taylorsville Road, completely refinished all of the walnut paneling and bookshelves in the room, restoring the original rich color to the wood. A sofa, comfortable leather chairs and a Sheraton style open armchair provide seating.

The lower stair hall has reeded columns, woodwork and arches to match the hallway above. The floors in the house are all original and are quarter-sawn oak and refinished to a soft medium brown with a low sheen

A complete new kitchen suitable for family use every day or catering large events was created using the footprint of the existing kitchen. The refrigerator now covers the old call box that summoned servants to different rooms in the house. 81

The major changes to the dwelling have occurred in the former service areas. The former flower room has become a convenient wet bar, but the gun room still contains its wall of locked cabinets fitted out for hunting rifles. A complete new kitchen suitable for family use every day or catering large events was created in the existing kitchen area. All new appliances include a professional Thermadore gas range and double dishwashers. The refrigerator now covers the old call box that summoned servants to different rooms in the house. Custom cabinetwork with granite counter tops and a friendly eating

area all designed by the owners grace what was formerly a much more utilitarian space.

The most recent addition to the house is the expansive family room created from a smaller existing room and a new addition. Huge windows overlooking the pool and wooded lawn sloping down to the creek bring the woods and nature right into the room. Large comfortable furniture and sisal floor covering make this area both family and dog friendly. In fact, the special dog room is right next door. The high beamed ceiling and woodwork reflect the detail in the original part of the house.

Resembling a large English park, the grounds of the property are a rich combination of old gardens with majestic boxwood and new landscaping that perfectly enhances the rural natural setting for the house. Love restored the unique pool and pool house during the renovation.

Across the formal rose garden, located to one side of the house, sits the charming guest cottage. From its fan lit door, the beautiful cherry paneled front door surround and fireplace wall, to the exquisite needlepoint carpet on the floor, it is a perfect small jewel. A small kitchen, a bath and bedroom join the living room to make this the ideal get away spot or guest quarters.

The grounds of the property are a rich combination of old gardens with majestic boxwood and new landscaping that perfectly enhances the rural natural setting for the house. Korfhage Landscaping helped with the design and execution

of the new landscaping work. The grounds look like a large English park. One of the owners’ favorite things about the house is the beauty of the grounds during all four seasons of the year. Another is the tranquility and privacy offered by the rural setting yet still being only minutes from downtown. Leaving the farm one night recently, six deer were grazing along the drive near the stone bridge. Of the original farm, over 80 acres still belong with the house ensuring that the private park like atmosphere will continue for years to come. I think all three different sets of owners would approve. sl 83
Across the formal rose garden, located to one side of the house, sits the charming guest cottage. From its fan lit door, the beautiful cherry paneled front door surround and fireplace wall, to the exquisite needlepoint carpet on the floor, it is a perfect small jewel. A small kitchen, a bath and bedroom join the living room to make this the ideal get away spot or guest quarters.
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Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse

Photography by Eric Williams

Neither Ellana nor I had the chance to attend the 2007 Kentucky Derby, but I imagine the entrance of her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, was heralded by the familiar melody of “God Save the Queen.” It is part of the packaging that surrounds and to some extent defines a distinguished head of state: the meticulously tailored conservative wardrobe, the respectful and softly modulated tone of conversation, the graceful carriage and gracious warmth of the sovereign.

After almost ten years as a conspicuous leader among Louisville’s elite restaurants, Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse is not quite a dowager monarch but has succeeded in assembling many of the earmarks of an elegant dining establishment. Perhaps more telling than the awards is Z’s reputation for presenting superlative fresh seafood and prime meat dishes with understated service. We know what to expect when the queen comes to town. We were eager to learn if dinner at Z’s could match the high expectations we carried with us.

Pomp and pageantry have their place on high state occasions but would doubtless be a distraction from the more dignified atmosphere of the court. The atmosphere at Z’s embraces this emphasis on dignity, featuring softly lit wood paneling, a palisade of similarly colored blinds and accents in the rich tone of lapis lazuli. This deep blue color, a signature of proprietor Mehrzad Sharbaini’s restaurants, is employed sparingly and artfully on the leather seat cushions and the shirts of the serving staff. We saw several larger groups of patrons, mixed seamlessly among the two and four tops, enjoying the sober surroundings with a clubby conviviality.

I asked our server, Beverly, to walk me through the formidable wine list. Z’s is a recipient of the 2009 Wine Spectator

Award of Excellence, and the cellar is filled with exclusive vintages, which were acquired at auction and would be otherwise difficult to encounter. Beverly allowed me to sample the Chappellet 2006 “Mountain Cuvee,” a blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals with fruit flavors. I found it very appealing, and my attention drifted to the wine list, which offered the Chappellet Pritchard Hill 2005 Signature Cabernet (the vineyard has since sold out of the 2006 and 2007 vintages!). In the end, I abandoned my usual reticence to spend the publisher’s money and was seduced by the opportunity to uncork a half bottle of a different Napa Valley blend, the renowned Opus One. More about this later.

Since Ellana was counting on ordering oysters, she experimented with a wine flight (four glasses, each two and 87

one-half ounces) called Oyster Flight. The varieties were a 2008 Long Boat Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region, a 2006 Chehalem “INOX” (unoaked) from the Willamette Valley, a Poema (a licorice scented sparkling Cava from the Penedes region of Spain) and a 2007 Maso Canali Pinot Grigio from Trentino. These were thoughtfully presented on a special placemat identifying the name and origin of each wine. Ellana savored the floral sweetness of the chilly Sauvignon Blanc, while I discerned an ironic woodiness amid the unoaked Chardonnay. I was most taken with the Pinot Grigio, whose spicy finish seemed to convert my mouth into a cozy cabin warmed by a hearth. The Kumamoto oysters, from Humboldt Bay, California, were each the size of a half-dollar, served on the half-shell and were the most petite and sweetest of the six varieties on the menu. Their freshness was an apt accompaniment for the nuanced wine selections.

Much of the reputation for seafood that Z’s has accrued comes because the fish selections arrive by air daily from Hawaii. I started my dinner with

ahi sashimi, the equal of any I have enjoyed in Hawaii. The glistening ruby fish was molded over a mound of moist julienne cucumber slaw and crowned by pale tan pickled ginger alongside a cube of wasabi shaped like a miniature marshmallow. Every yielding bite of the tuna was a soothing counterpoint to the sharp condiments. As if to remind us of the theme of kings and queens, we received two spectacularly large shrimp posed like a royal couple on an icy throne, either one too large to fit the mouth of the dish of cocktail sauce. Too impatient to wait for summer, I was pleased to try a trio of ripe California tomato slices displayed like Olympic medals, representing a variation of classic caprese with mild scallions instead of basil and cool chunks of feta cheese in the place of mozzarella.

I carry a picture in my mind of a crusty saddle hand in an old Western who indignantly announces, “It ain’t bragging if it’s the truth.” The staff at Z’s unabashedly proclaimed the specially aged filet mignon to be the best in town. This was one aspect of Z’s reputation we were not prepared to test, since our interest strayed to a veal porterhouse served with shitake mushroom and a Danish bleu cheese sauce and a full Australian rack of

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lamb with mint demi-glace. For me the word porterhouse conjures up the image of a steak the size of a landscape, so I was delighted to see Ellana receive a substantial but eminently manageable light hued steak on a simple white platter. She permitted me a few bites that were distinguished by exquisite tenderness and a succulent flavor embodying the unique savory taste I recognize in a braised veal shoulder and the heartier one typical of a charcoal grilled beef steak. I declined the sauce, but Ellana claimed it gave the veal a delicious but meatier feel and preferred to eat the steak without it. My lamb portion was notable for its presentation, with the meat separated from the slender ribs. The caramelized exterior had a pleasing crispiness and surrounded a juicy pink center.

I mentioned that we divided a half bottle of a 2000 vintage Opus One, and this was a fabulous match for both entrees. I rarely get the chance to sample a true premium wine, and my impression called to mind the many times I have read reviews of wines which rely on the words “cassis” and “intense berry flavors.” Now I know what they are talking about.

A la carte side dishes with proportions fit for sharing included a coarse textured cream-style corn and creamed roasted

sweet potatoes with bacon, pecans and Jack Daniels whiskey. In Ellana’s words, “It tastes like Thanksgiving.”

The opening page of the Z’s wine list highlights a list of selections made by the restaurant staff, identified as the Captain’s List. With six whites and seven reds, the offerings range from the economical to the venerable. I find it reassuring that the staff is willing to stake their own reputation on these choices. We were also advised we could choose to ask our server to replace the cork of any unfinished bottle and receive a receipt to facilitate transporting it home.

At the urging of our server, we carried out a piece of Pastry Chef Amber Diamond’s Yummy Butter Cake. She stakes her reputation on this dessert. It has a warm soft center reminiscent of chess pie, and the crusty exterior sports a different flavor every week; we got banana. I sipped a cup of the chef’s choice coffee, named Rain Forrest, which indeed delivered a promised mélange of subtle vanilla, caramel, cashew and Brazil nut.

Keeping a promise to deliver the ultimate in fine dining in a setting of simple elegance cannot be easy. Our dinner was a fulfillment of that pledge carried forth with facility and served to reinforce Z’s elite reputation. sl 91

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Southern Comfort in the Big Apple

Joy Yudofsky Behr points to a tabletop vitrine in the living room as the raison d'être for the spacious 5th Avenue apartment she shares with her husband Claus. The 23-story building, designed by influential American architect Phillip Johnson, is enviably located across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Contained within the delicate glass enclosure are the tools her father used as a furrier, crafting fine fur coats and accessories for legions of fashionable fans worldwide beginning in 1924. “They are my most precious possessions,” she remarked as she ran her hands lovingly across the case.

A black and white tiled floor laid on the diagonal – a Lee Robinson signature design element – is found in the foyer. Crisp white wainscoting separates this graphic design element from bold coral and red silk upholstered walls. 95
One of the few pieces purchased specifically for the apartment is the dining room table and chairs. Without a freight elevator in the building, the former was precariously perched atop the elevator car for transport up to the apartment. Silk drapery panels are secured with Waterford crystal tiebacks that belonged to Joy’s mother.

Even more luxurious than the interiors, which were artfully composed by Lee Robinson of the Lee W. Robinson Company, is the amount of elbowroom, a result of combining two neighboring units. Behr had owned a corner apartment for nearly 10 years when the neighboring space came on the market. “There were moose and bison heads on the walls, and the place reeked of cigarettes,” she recalled when asked about the challenges and opportunities presented by acquiring the second apartment.

Robinson was brought in soon after closing to help devise a new floor plan that maximizes space for entertaining long-time friends from both New York and Louisville, while providing comfortable and intimate spaces for quiet repose and relaxation.


A black and white tiled floor laid on the diagonal – a Lee Robinson signature design element – is found in the foyer. Crisp white wainscoting separates this graphic design element from bold coral and red silk upholstered walls. To the left is a sleek butler’s pantry/catering kitchen outfitted with tortoise shell wallcovering from Stark, ebony cabinetry, black granite countertops, a mirrored backsplash and stainless appliances. Behr calls the room “the greatest little space in the world – the perfect New York City takeout kitchen.”

Equally dramatic is the nearby powder room, where soft lighting from gilded wall sconces enhances the shimmer of “Pearlessence,” a wallcovering from Stark crafted of golden mother of pearl seashells.

Due to its prized corner location, the living room boasts an abundance of windows dressed with striped silk festoons accented with tassels from which one can ogle the endless parade of people coming and going from the museum or admire the changing of seasons played out amongst the tree canopy in Central Park just beyond. 97

Fine antiques, from expertly crafted case goods to delicate porcelain pieces, are abundant. “Her mother collected incredible things and possessed impeccable taste,” remarked Robinson. One of the few pieces purchased specifically for the apartment is the dining room table and chairs. Without a freight elevator in the building, the former was precariously perched atop the elevator car for transport up to the apartment. On the wall opposite the living room, built-in corner china cabinets flank “Nan Song Garden,” a hand-painted scenic panel mural from Stark. Atop the herringbone-patterned wood floors is a lovely needlepoint rug. Silk drapery panels are secured with Waterford crystal tiebacks that belonged to Joy’s mother.

Due to its prized corner location, the living room boasts an abundance of windows dressed with striped silk festoons accented with tassels from which one can ogle the endless parade of people coming and going from the museum or admire the changing of seasons played out amongst the tree

canopy in Central Park just beyond. A favorite piece of Behr’s is an elaborate burl wood secretary, circa 1750, purchased in the 1970s. She remarked that it offers so many nooks and crannies that it took her three days to empty every one when she moved the piece to New York.

The master wing occupies one corner of the apartment. A satinwood bed that belonged to Joy’s mother serves as the focal point for the master bedroom. A sunny window seat in the sitting room serves as a repository for a lifetime of photographs that document special personal and professional milestones.

Joy and Claus hosted a festive New Year’s Eve dinner party to celebrate the completion of the renovation project. Friends and family from Louisville to New York gathered for the elegant affair. Even Holly and Molly, Behr’s pair of adorable Ocherese, were dressed in their holiday finest. “Only sables and minks were permitted past coat check,” Joy joked. sl 99
All opposite page | Top left: An elaborate burl wood secretary, circa 1750 in the living room Top right: Babs & Lee Robinson, Joy Yudofsky Behr & Claus Behr Bottom Left: Holly and Molly, a pair of adorable Ocherese, wearing their party dresses Bottom right: A satinwood bed that belonged to Joy’s mother serves as the focal point for the master bedroom. One wall in the dining room is dressed with “Nan Song Garden,” a hand-painted scenic panel mural from Stark.


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Hit and Run Art

In 1999, while examining the museums of Europe my wife, Laura Lee Brown, and I began to formulate a concept we later named Museum Plaza. It was to be a community within one building. The idea was to create a vibrant and exciting environment that would entice people to live downtown so fewer farms would be turned into subdivisions and our city center would be more populated. We decided that such a building would have to be innovative architecturally and would have space for living, learning, shopping, working and playing. And, of course, the glue that would hold it all together would be an art museum like no other. In eight years' time and with countless consultants from around the world, we, along with our partners, actually broke ground on our dream project that by then had become known as Museum Plaza. The following week, the economy took a turn, and, like most other major construction projects in the world, we postponed construction. The delay made us step back and reconsider everything. During that time of evaluation and soul-searching, there were several other museums around the world that were in the middle of capital campaigns that, most likely, would never be realized. Our expert consultants were advising us that “certifiable, insurable“ museum space would cost $990 a square foot to build. What? How preposterous!

Even though we ultimately decided to go ahead with the project, we realized that the heart of the project, the art museum within, would never be the same. As it turned out... all for the better.

Beginning in October of 2008 and continuing through the next several months, we met with museum consultant Chris Dercon (director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst) and Alice

Gray Stites (now director of artwithoutwalls) and determined that the time was right to launch a new model. It would be a nimble, innovative, non-collecting art institution defined by its programming – not by the value of a collection or how much art could be stuffed into ever growing store rooms. Our new institution was founded to achieve three important goals: To bring the best contemporary art to more people, to help artists realize ambitious projects outside the restrictions of a traditional museum and to use money for art – not to build infrastructure. Its official name is artwithoutwalls, but I call it “Hit and Run Art.” Here today and gone tomorrow!

Over the years of collecting and working with living artists, Laura Lee and I have realized that artists are increasingly eager to create work in unconventional places—in parks or shopping centers, on streets or the internet, and anywhere else their art can engage directly with people in an uncontrolled setting. We’ve also seen that museums are struggling to attract and retain audiences. Many people feel they do not have the time or the interest required to go to a museum. Or, they think they would feel intimidated by the environment. Today, people have so many ways to spend their leisure time that museums are low on the their list of priorities. Through our work with 21c, we’ve learned that people really enjoy contemporary art. We capture their interest when they encounter it in such an unexpected way. We think the time is right for a new organization that can bring together artists, civic organizations, and cultural institutions to realize ambitious projects and to enrich life with art in new ways.

Integrating art into everyday life is what Laura Lee and I do at home and in our work places. We always wanted the future

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Opposite page, L-R: José Toirac: Installation view of the exhibition Censure and Celebration in Cuba. Miami Art Basel, December 2009. Most of the works on view had never before been seen outside of Cuba. Stefan Sagmeister, Everybody Always Thinks They Are Right, 2006. Six inflatable monkeys, installed on 7th and Main Streets, August-September 2008. This Page; Walter Martin/Pamela Munoz, Labyrinth, 2004, is featured in Transparency and Trans-formations in Contemporary American Art, currently on view at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Stockholm, Sweden. Courtesy of the International Contemporary Art Foundation.

contemporary art center at Museum Plaza to do that as well. But, now that we have redefined our mission, we don’t have to wait until the building is completed. We have already started bringing the spirit and energy of Museum Plaza to the street... into every home through Louisville's daily newspaper and soon to our American Embassy in Sweden. I want to bring equally as interesting projects to the Kentucky State Fair, Slugger Stadium, TARC facilities and even to the river. The possibilities are as endless as dreams in which one can fly or breathe under water.

Our first project was done in conjunction with the ‘08 IdeaFestival when we installed six gigantic, inflated monkeys by Stefan Sagmeister, an Austrian artist, in Fort Nelson Park on Main Street. The 30-foot inflated sculptures each held a sign, which, when put together, read “Everybody Always Thinks They Are Right.” The monkeys worked! They fostered a lot of reaction and discussion among Louisvillians and visitors alike, and created an ongoing collaborative relationship with an innovative partner, the IdeaFestival. This was Sagmeister’s first public art project in the U.S. He will be speaking at IdeaFestival this fall.

Next, we turned to The Courier-Journal to help us take a contemporary print of handmade work into as many households as possible. Turkish born artist, Serkan Ozkaya, with a team of fine arts students from the University of Louisville, hand drew the text and images of the front page of the April 10, 2009,

edition of the newspaper, after it was created by the newspaper’s editors. The drawing was printed as Page 1 of every copy, in effect, transforming The C ourier-Journal into an accessible, affordable, and surprising work of art, delivered to anyone who got the paper that day. The edition sold out entirely. The New York Times printed an article about the project the very next day, and thousands of online media picked up the story as well. Just recently the project won an award from the Society of Newspaper Designers and we’ve just published a book—our first—about Today Could Be A Day of Historical Importance; it is an art object itself: You need a can opener to open it!

Last September, again with the IdeaFestival, artwithoutwalls presented another first: Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde’s U.S. debut, Dune 4.0. An interactive, techno-hybrid landscape made from hundreds of LED lights that flashed and chirped in response to people passing by. The work was installed in a 45-foot-long tunnel made of construction scaffolding on a stretch of the Main Street sidewalk between 6th and 7th. For every person who walked that section of downtown, Roosegaarde’s creation provided a seamless transition between everyday experiences and contemporary art—exactly the kind of encounters we want artwithoutwalls to cultivate. Our collaborators for Dune 4.0 included the University of Kentucky College of Design, whose students donned hardhats to help with the installation. After

Daan Roosegarde's techno-hybrid landscape, Dune 4.0, encouraged interaction between visitors, the work, and their surroundings. The installation was the artist's U.S. debut, organized in conjunction with IdeaFestival 2009.

leaving Louisville, Dune 4.0 was shown at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and in Vancouver, as part of a citywide exhibition in honor of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

I need to step off my soap box, so I’ll try to bring this article to a close but we hope these projects will continue for years to come and we will need every Sophisticated Living reader to participate. It is clear to us that Louisville can be as important a player in the global art world as New York or Venice. The programming of artwithoutwalls is reaching far beyond our region. Last December, we organized a major exhibition in Miami, of Cuban artist, José Toirac. This project was very special to me, as I had met the artist and seen much of the work in his Havana studio a few years earlier. Most of his pieces had never before been seen outside of Cuba. José was invited to attend the opening but at the last minute his visa was denied.

Currently, artwithoutwalls is facilitating an art-asdiplomacy project in Stockholm. This installation, which features painting, sculpture, photography, video, and digital art, was the brainchild of Louisville native Brooke Brown Barzun, wife of the new U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Matthew Barzun. Brooke approached Alice with the idea that American contemporary art could become a viable platform for diplomatic engagement. To realize this project, we collaborated with the United States ART in Embassies Program administered

by the State Department. A majority of the art is being loaned by the Louisville based International Contemporary Art Foundation, while other pieces have been borrowed from collections and galleries in the U.S. and Sweden. We are very pleased that two Louisville artists are included in the exhibition, Valerie Sullivan Fuchs and Letitia Quesenberry. While ART in Embassies has always borrowed works from a variety of sources, this installation marks a truly new level of cooperation between a federal agency and an independent nonprofit to create cutting-edge programming. When the Barzuns return home in a few years, we hope artwithoutwalls will continue connecting Louisville with Stockholm as well as with many other cities around the world as diverse as Beijing or Cairo.

By bringing new art to new audiences, we believe that artwithoutwalls can play an important part in the enlightened development of Louisville, and in connecting with communities all over the world. After all...”Louisville is the City of Art and Parks.” sl 105
Steve Wilson is a philanthropist and arts patron who seeks to engage the public with contemporary art in new ways. Dinh Q Le, Go Cong Dong Beach #2, 2006, is on loan to the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Stockholm, Sweden, from Louisville's International Contemporary Art Foundation for a twoyear exhibition examining global issues and engaging cultural diplomacy.

Garden Inspiration

Spring is here, and with all the buds and blooms come Louisville’s garden tours. Always a favorite, the Kilgore Tour this year will not disappoint. The theme for this year’s tour is The Homes of Stratton Hammon, one of Louisville’s most prominent architects, with three of the six homes on the tour by this distinguished architect. Hammon (1904-1997), studied art and mechanical drawing at Du Pont Manual High School and designed his first house at age 16. He went on to become one of the most popular architects of the 20th century, featured in magazines such as Good Housekeeping.

Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center provides individual, couple, family and group therapy. The Center is a ministry of Second Presbyterian Church and St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. Proceeds of the Garden Tour benefit the Kilgore Samaritan Fund, which supplements fees for those who seek counseling, so that no one is turned away. The following is a brief overview of the homes and gardens on tour this year.

Primrose Terrace Garden

Named for its numerous terraces, this garden is a wonderful complement to the imaginative architectural design of the house that shares this sloping corner lot in Cherokee Gardens. Designed in 1937 by renowned Kentucky architect Stratton Hammon, this property is now home to Robert and Suzanne Wallace Whayne. The expansive garden has numerous outdoor rooms on multiple levels – from small nooks to large seating areas - connected by a series of walkways. It is great for entertaining or quiet contemplation. Plantings include mature trees, perennial beds, spring bulbs and landscape features that only enhance the beauty of this property. Primrose Terrace is the site of this year’s Plant Sale.

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“Trash to Treasure” Garden

This garden is a tribute to the tireless hard work and devotion of owners J.R. Cannaday and Allen Montgomery. Over the past 16 years this duo has transformed a blank slate into a gardener’s paradise. The garden includes roses, iris, ferns and a wide array of perennials as well as many shrubs and trees such as King Hawthorn, White Ash and the unique Kentucky Coffee tree. “Yard art” is creatively placed throughout the garden, adding an eclectic flair. Many of these pieces have been crafted by Cannaday and Montgomery from recycled materials, resulting in the garden’s name, “Trash to Treasure.”

Edgewood Garden

Edgewood Garden is home to Winfrey Blackburn, author of the acclaimed book, Kentucky Homes of Stratton Hammon. With the backdrop of the second Hammon-designed house on the tour, this garden is especially beautiful in the spring. It includes early blooming perennials - bleeding heart, coral bells, wood poppies and trillium - along with an array of ferns and Hosta. The wide variety of trees includes spring favorites such as Eastern Redbud, Flowering Dogwood and Sweetbay Magnolia. The cascading Pennsylvania Bluestone terrace is a perfect complement to the design of the house and the steep topography of the lot. Signed copies of Mr. Blackburn’s book will be available during the tour.

Rose Cottage

Rose Cooper and Allen Bush began their garden in 1995 on a third of an acre lot. Their home, designed by Stratton Hammon in 1936, sits on a ridge above Beargrass Creek and Cherokee Park, which presented them with some unique challenges. The end result is a beautiful garden that contains many unusual perennials that are sure to delight both experienced and novice gardeners alike. Additionally, the landscape design includes such interesting elements as a millstone pond, scree beds, borders and a wetland area. Note: This home is not open for the garden tour.

“EaBu” Botanical Garden

Located in the Clifton neighborhood, the “EaBu” Botanical garden was lightheartedly named for its location, “East of Butchertown”, by homeowners Tomese and Craig Buthod. The garden, which occupies a full city lot, was begun eight years ago by the previous owner, but in the last three years the Buthods have brought their own vision to the design and the choice of plantings. “EaBu” has something for everyone: native wildflowers, dozens of perennials, specimen trees, and vegetables, herbs, and other edible plants. Enjoy meandering along the rock paths to the knot garden, the greenhouse, or the koi pond.

House of Rock and Rows

Located in historic Crescent Hill, the garden that surrounds this charming 1910 “Grand English Bungalow” style house provides a beautiful setting for homeowner Kathleen von Roenn. It includes dogwoods, azaleas, numerous flowers and one of the oldest ginkgo trees in Louisville. A portion of the property has been developed into a “young urban fruit and vegetable garden.” Plantings include dwarf fruit trees, seasonal berries, vegetables and herbs. Colorful ceramic planters are scattered throughout the shaded areas of the yard to add color and interest. A unique backdrop is created by a large undulating rock wall that represents sedimentary rock.

Don’t miss this year’s tour as it promises to be a crowd pleaser with something for everyone’s taste and gardening level. The dates are Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th. Tickets are available by calling 327.4622. Please note that the Kilgore office has moved to 918 Ormsby Lane. sl

Editor’s Note: On June 12 and 13, the Anchorage Garden Club will be sponsoring a tour of the following five distinct gardens as part of a benefit for the Hobbs Memorial Chapel; Cave Spring (2305 Cave Spring Place), home to an artist’s retreat; Stonegate Farm (2004 Stonegate Road), an Olmsted-designed farm; Tilden-Sublett House (11406 Ridge Road), offering vista views from a Southern veranda; Gray Tower (1401 Elm Road), with garden boutique on site; Walnut Grove (11700 Owl Creek Lane), a native shade garden.

As part of the event there will be self-guided tours of the award-winning Anchorage Trail, developed by John Schnatter, and home to many interesting plantings, wetland conservation areas, a preserved wildflower meadow, architectural bridges and over 100 bird species. For more information visit, call 245-3244, or e-mail

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mint julep keeping it simple

How in the name of blankets of roses could a drink that so many people purport to hate cause so much consternation and caterwauling over the proper method of manufacture? The mint julep is as Southern as white pillars and hoop skirts. While we didn’t invent any of them, we know what we like in an image, and we are perfectly able to latch on to those we choose as part of our Southern traditions.

The fact is that at least three countries and most other Southern states claim the mint julep as their own. Today, most experts agree that it probably originated in Northern Virginia and soon spread to Maryland, down the Eastern Seaboard and into Kentucky. That tidbit of history doesn’t faze Kentuckians in the least. We know where bourbon comes from and it’s a fact that you can’t make a proper mint julep without using good Kentucky bourbon whisky. We also cheerfully ignore the fact that an unsouthernly Samuel Pepys mentioned the julep during the 1660s in England, some 100 years before a good Baptist minister in Bourbon County invented his superior way to use corn. That’s just history, and it's well known that we Southerners never let history or facts get in the way of a good story. The mint julep is a Kentucky drink and there are as many “correct and proper” methods for making it as there are Kentuckians.

Now I must clarify that what I refer to as a mint julep has as little resemblance to that drink coming out of a plastic hose at large bars and enormous sporting events (get my drift) as a wellmade backyard burger grilled over hickory charcoal resembles a White Castle burger. Not, I hasten to add, that there is anything wrong with a White Castle hamburger. I love them and have downed my fair share, usually in the middle of the night and often to counteract the results of far too many mint juleps. However, it is apples and oranges. They are simply not the same item. It’s Dior versus dollar store; what more can be said?

I personally believe that the reason so many people profess to hate mint juleps is because they have never had one that was carefully, beautifully and individually prepared. Or, their maternal third grandmother was born in Vermont.

The oldest recipes seem to be the simplest. In 1803, John Davis, an English tutor on a Virginia plantation, wrote in his book, Travels of Four Years and a Half in the United States, that

the mint julep is a “dram of spirituous liquor that has mint in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.” The Willard Hotel in Washington, DC still uses the recipe purported to be the one given to them by Henry Clay. No simple syrup, no mint infusion, just sugar, mint, shaved ice, spring water and bourbon.

A turn of the 19th century bar guide lists much the same recipe. Simple syrup arrived later as an easier method of dissolving the sugar in such an icy environment. Then, anarchy and chaos begins to reign! Infused mint, cooked mint, infused-cooked mint, chopped mint, ground mint, mint tied up in little doilies, confectioners sugar blended with mint – the combinations are staggering and dreadful. There is even one recipe that calls for boiling the mint, sugar and water and pouring the bourbon into the hot mixture, then chilling the whole thing. I know, I know, quick – grab some smelling salts and get Momma off the floor! We won’t even mention the awful concoctions involving Maraschino cherries, candied pineapple, crème de menthe, brandy and tea, lest Momma succumb again!

You boil simple syrup; I muddle sugar (please no confectioners as it makes the drink cloudy). Infuse mint if you will, or bruise the little leaves with the back of a coin silver spoon - all of that is as unimportant and as personal as a chili recipe. What is important and cannot be ignored are the ingredients. You must have good Kentucky bourbon. OK, the one from Tennessee is fine also – it wants to be a Kentuckian so badly. Beautiful spring mint is so easy to grow that every Kentuckian should have a patch by the water tap or a pot sitting in the windowsill. You also need pure water, sugar or simple syrup, tons of shaved ice and yes, a julep cup. You can make them in a glass or mug or those beautiful stoneware julep cups from Louisville Stoneware. When well chilled, all of these alternatives will work fine.

On the other hand, I’ve always suspected that the real secret ingredient to the proper taste of a good julep is the faint hint of Wright’s Silver Cream that comes from the julep cups semiannual polishing. Give yourself plenty of time to make them and enjoy a true bit of the Old South.

Right now, go make your juleps, relive Derby memories, and raise a cup to all of your friends, here and departed. sl 113
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