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A Home of Their Own


Smart Moves


To Whom Much is Given, Much Will Be Required


Fifteen Minutes of Fame


Sophisticated Celebrations Emily and Bear


Inns and Outs


Bibliotaph... What’s Cooking


Raising the Bar


Ten Natural New South Wales Winemakers to Love


Dominican Idyll


Of Note... Sleep in Heavenly Peace




Gifting Game Face


Sophisticated Pursuits


Bling It On


As Seen by Bob Denlow


The Here & Now of Memphis





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From the Publisher

After a 19-month pandemic engagement, my son Bear got married on September 18, 2021. The wedding was in a magical setting north of New York City at Cedar Lakes Estate where 300 guests from 121 cities gathered to wish the bride and groom well. Ironically, the location is a former campground which was purchased by two sisters and transformed into a luxury venue -- and just a mile or so from where I cried myself to sleep at my first sleep-away camp experience at the no-longer-open Camp Cejwin in Port Jervis, N.Y. We had all thought COVID would be well under control by this point but it spiked again shortly before the big day. We decided collectively to mandate a strict COVID protocol. All guests had to be vaccinated and/or have a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to the wedding weekend. The protocol was rigid, but considering my son and his now wife attended a wedding just five weeks prior, and they both were exposed to Covid and subsequently tested positive, we thought that was appropriate. On multiple occasions leading up to the wedding weekend, our rigid protocol and determination to host the wedding in as safe a way as possible was tested by family and friends. Some called and told us they would not be able to come. Others said they were not vaccinated and did not plan to be vaccinated. And still others said they would not be able to get a PCR test within 72 hours of the wedding and wondered if it would still be okay to come. Even as I write this, I am continually amazed at the large numbers of people who make this pandemic a personal platform for freedom, individual rights, and sheer defiance. Schools are divided, employers are being forced to choose a side, wedding planners arrange seating by the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated, and cities and counties can’t live by the same rules even as their citizens watch the mounting death tolls among the unvaccinated. For me, what I don’t understand is why some people think the pandemic and the vaccination process is an evil plot by other countries, our own government, the pharma industry, healthcare, or another political point of view. What is the benefit to anyone to propagate such social, financial, and political destruction? And ironically, of the 93 million people who are unvaccinated, the majority have been vaccinated multiple times in their life for measles, rubella, mumps, influenza, tetanus, and an array of other diseases. I used to believe that most people want the same things from life: safety, security, and a better place for their children and countrymen. I have been called idealistic before, so I don’t mind being called idealistic now. Can’t we all do what is best for the greater good and get over our individual biases? If not now, how will we deal with a global environmental crisis, manage mental illness, cure cancer, solve poverty, or simply follow the rules of the road while driving our cars? As you look at the pictures of my son’s wedding (see page 30), I hope you will think about what we can do to convince our families, friends, and neighbors to get vaccinated and win this war against two formidable enemies: the COVID virus and human nature. We are so close but yet so far away to a solution. So many people go into medicine, serve in the armed forces, become police officers, firefighters, and EMTs putting themselves in harm’s way so that others may live. The least we can do is help. If you don’t agree, please let me know why. I would love to have a two-way conversation about this and many other subjects. From our larger family to yours, stay safe and have a joyous holiday season and New Year with those who mean the world to you.

Craig M. Kaminer, Publisher




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Dan Walsh, Compound, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 55 x 55 inches

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From the CEO of Stifel

When I received an invitation to visit the USS Harry S. Truman, a Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, I was honored. I thought of the Navy veterans in my own family: my dad, who served on the USS Midway in the 1950s, and my older brother Rick, who served on the USS Kitty Hawk in the 1970s. If my dad and brother could spend four years in the Navy, surely I could handle a “VIP” invitation to spend two days and onenight aboard. So, I thought, why not? The Navy moves fast. “Pack light,” I was told. “Wear comfortable shoes.” And, most ominously, “be in good physical shape.” Wait, what was that last one? Before I knew it, I was airborne, en route from a base in Norfolk, Va., to the HST as it conducted exercises in the Atlantic. We were welcomed aboard by the ship’s arrestor cables, which yanked our plane to a stop on the short runway. I learned later that I was now part of the exclusive club of those who have landed on a carrier: a “tail hooker.” I resolved to do some reflecting before tattooing that on my arm. If you have never been on an aircraft carrier, there is no easy way to convey the colossal scale of it. A floating city, really a moving island, with its own airport and nuclear power plant to give you some sense of the complexity. But the scale is something you must feel for yourself. At more than 1,000 feet long and as high as a 20-story building, it was built to house, feed, and protect over 3,000 crewmembers. It has an almost unlimited range and a fuel supply that can last for decades. The sheer size alone almost brings the impossible into reach. But not quite -- because the thing that seemed most impossible to me, even as I watched fighter jets being catapulted off a 300-foot runway, was not the technical marvel of the thing but the cooperation, coordination, and humanity of the crew. During my visit, I was fortunate to meet both the current and prospective commanding officers of the HST. Both were impressive and thoughtful sailors as well as masters of the intricate logistics of the ship. But their orders and designs were carried out by a crew of thousands, most of whom were 18 to 22-year-old kids. One of the first crewmembers I met during my visit was a 25-year-old seaman from Puerto Rico. He told me that his daughter was born while he was deployed. I commiserated. When my daughter was born, I almost missed the back nine of a golf match. Yes, but here he was, making that sacrifice alongside thousands like him. Whatever their backgrounds, whatever their political persuasions, whatever camps they might belong to back home, here they all awoke at dawn and went to work in the name of something larger than themselves. And, although I met hundreds of sailors during the visit, not one of them ever mentioned anything about a “remote” work environment! Over two exhausting and exhilarating days we met more of the crew by exploring the entire ship and climbing and descending more stairs than any workout. We went to sleep around midnight in our “VIP staterooms,” which included twin bunk beds and a roommate, a 50-yard trek in the dark to the “head,” and the dulcet sounds of the takeoff catapults running until 2 a.m. Reveille, of course, was at 6 a.m. sharp. I left the ship with a new appreciation for the service and sacrifice of the men and women in our military. Without their diligence and their dedication to service -- to the nation and to each other -- even a multi-billiondollar ship like the USS Harry S. Truman would be a mere hunk of metal, not a floating American city carrying out a mission to serve and protect our great country. Contemplating this as I left the ship behind, I took with me a renewed sense of duty of my own - to support our service people who puttheir lives on the line to protect and preserve the American way of life.

Ron Kruszewski Chairman and CEO Stifel Financial Corp.


On view through January 9, 2022 In conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Missouri’s statehood, Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration explores the remarkable artwork produced and collected over 1,000 years in the region surrounding St. Louis. Marvel at more than 150 works of art that tell the story of this region’s role in the history of North America due to the confluence of powerful rivers. Plan your visit to the Saint Louis Art Museum today! Visit for tickets, safety protocols and more information. Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration is organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and is presented by the William T. Kemper Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Edward L. Bakewell Jr. Endowment for Special Exhibitions, the Trio Foundation of St. Louis, and the Ken and Nancy Kranzberg Fund.

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Frederick Oakes Sylvester, American, 1869–1915; The Mississippi at Elsah (detail), 1903; oil on canvas; 30 1/8 x 45 1/16 inches; Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri–Columbia 2021.103


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White paint on the ceiling, walls, and floor provide a bright backdrop for the dining room’s striking china cabinet and green wicker chairs.


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A HOME OF THEIR OWN Written by Jessen O’Brien / Photography by Alise O’Brien

Often, couples fall in love with an older home despite the work it needs. But for Amy Studebaker and her husband, Nick Milonas, the fact that their 1950s Southern Colonial required a complete demolition of the interior was what made it so perfect. “I wanted a blank canvas to work with,” says Studebaker. “One of the first things I loved about our home was that it needed a gut renovation.” Gut renovations are Studebaker’s speciality. As the owner and principal designer of Amy Studebaker Design, she’s been helping families from New York to California create their dream homes for more than a decade using her signature blend of new and classic décor. This time, however, her own family was the client. A fixerupper meant they had the opportunity to design a home whose every inch was just right for them. “We wanted a place that we could put our stamp on -- a space that felt like it belonged to us and functioned well for our family,” says Studebaker. While there were some aspects of the home they loved just as they were -- such as the gracious second level foyer, which charmed Studebaker right from the start -others would require considerable construction before they could move in. So they got to work right away, updating the kitchen and most of the bathrooms; reconfiguring the lower level and much of the main floor; installing new flooring; and completely redesigning the front facade.

“Both Nick and I had strong feelings of what we wanted and didn’t want,” says Studebaker. As a result, “over the course of the construction process, our vision stayed on course.” In particular, Studebaker had a vision of what the exterior should look like even before the couple purchased the home. “The curb appeal had to be just right: a balcony with a beautiful, southern design along with large columns.” White brick was non-negotiable. Studebaker paired it with black details for a clean yet traditional look. But first impressions can be deceiving; step inside, and the classic monochrome disappears in favor of a color palette that feels as if it were pulled from a spring day, with plenty of sky blues, fresh greens, and little splashes of coral. Painted wood floors -- white throughout much of the home, with blue-and-white stenciling in the first-floor foyer -- bounce the light, bringing an extra brightness to the space. “Keeping to a particular color scheme and making one color the primary color in each space helps make a home feel cohesive,” says Studebaker. For example, the living room is mostly made up of soft blues, with a few touches of green -- the inverse of the neighboring dining room. Here, green paint gives the inside of an antique china cabinet a modern twist. Floral drapes and green wicker chairs decked with green and coral pillows add to the room’s garden feel. 15

The blue-and-white kitchen combines traditional touches with clean, modern lines.


The conservatory and patio connect the original home, to the left, with the previous addition on the right. 17

A bright blue vanity and mirror create a modern and fun first-floor powder room.


This spacious second-floor foyer is one of the reasons Studebaker fell for the home. 19

Botanical prints and a garden stool bring the colors used throughout the home into the master bath.


A cozy corner in the master bedroom.

The dining room flows directly into a sophisticated blue-andwhite kitchen -- bringing the color scheme full circle. Studebaker chose to forgo upper cabinets, instead making the most of a generous island and lower cabinets, both painted a muted light blue. This decision established an open feel to the room that’s enhanced by the minimalist white marble backsplash, which cascades down to the countertops. An oil still life with an antique frame is perched atop the backsplash’s ledge, where it can easily be admired from wicker Serena & Lily barstools. Blue toile Roman window shades and brass hardware complete the look. Around the corner, the first-floor powder room provides a playful take on this blue-and-white palette with a bold printed wallpaper and cheery, bright blue mirror and vanity. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find antiques juxtaposed with new pieces, from the artwork to the furniture. “I love mixing old and new, and when you create this mix throughout a home, it brings each of your spaces together,” says Studebaker. Take the living room, where a blue velvet sofa by Hickory Chair and white linen Lee Industries’ club chairs hug a lacquered coffee table custom-made by Goebel Furniture. While Studebaker “adore[s] every single piece of furniture in my home,” in the corner lies one of her favorites: an Italian commode from the early 1800s. “The craftsmanship is absolutely stunning,” she says. This approach of pairing high and low as well old and new is the same one Studebaker uses when working for clients. “The only difference is that I finally get to live in a home that I created,” says Studebaker. Her process always begins by “designing for

function, then adding beautiful details.” The next stage is picking out furniture and décor, keeping to only the items you love and “absolutely can’t live without.” Upstairs, the blues and greens continue. Painted white walls, floor, and ceiling create a bright and airy backdrop for green and blue fabrics in the master bedroom, including a blue rug, whose pattern mirrors the stencil work in the first floor hallway; green cushions; and floral curtains. The connecting master bathroom is a showstopper, with white marble tile laid in a herringbone pattern and blue botanical prints surrounding the luxurious freestanding tub. But the real star is the double vanity, a custom piece rendered in white marble with antique brass fixtures and piping. Above it hang two Regencystyle mirrors flanked with sconces. Down the hall, the dressing room is utterly feminine, thanks to its floral wallpaper and coral curtains. A crystal chandelier and gilded chair provide a bit of sparkle, while a faded pink-and-green rug and comfortable sofa with green velvet trim help the room strike just the right balance of cozy and glam. Because of the extent of the renovation, Studebaker touched almost every room before her family moved in. As a result, it can be hard to choose a favorite. “I truly enjoy each space and how they have all come together,” says Studebaker. “Everything was designed specifically for us and how we live. When I look back at the process of selecting and designing our home, I remember how excited I was to be able to create a home for my family that was just for us.” sl 21

Photo by Steven B Smith Photography

SMART MOVES Recommendations from Realtor Julie Lane

The residential real estate market remains hot in St. Louis and according to Julie Lane, an agent with Janet McAfee Real Estate focusing on the luxury market, there are tactics sellers and buyers can use to increase the likelihood of a win-win situation. “Sellers and buyers are watching the market right now -- you can’t fool anyone. Both sides need to be prepared,” she says. “This is still a good time to sell -- no telling how long the market will be like this however. If looking to capitalize on the market, be ready to go now.” “The competition is fierce,” she continues. “Every market is local and what’s happening in one city does not affect the other. In St. Louis, luxury homes are selling but there is not a lot of inventory available right now. We look at sales and listing statistics regularly for the luxury market ($1 million plus). In the past year, 675 homes were sold in that category. Today, the inventory is only about 192 listings.” “By win-win, I mean that sellers are able to sell their homes for the most in the least amount of time and buyers feel the home they bought is a good value and checks as many of their boxes as possible,” Lane says. She outlines a few things buyers and sellers should consider implementing. 22

“For buyers, pick a broker who can negotiate for you -- one who knows how to finesse the components of the nine-page standard contract.” Lane points out the baked-in contingencies that can be manipulated to get the outcome you want. For example, offering the highest price is not always the best strategy. “There are lots of levers to push besides price. I have been pleasantly surprised at how buyers have negotiated the various contingencies to get the houses they want and not always paid the top price offered. It makes a huge difference.” Lane relates the story of one house that received 10 contracts – all of which were overbids. “Sometimes there has been no more than an hour turn-around on a contract. In this instance, we took the contract with the fewest contingencies even though all were overbids.” Lane has specific recommendations for sellers. “It is important for sellers to manage the expectations of the buyers from the beginning,” she says. “Brand your house to differentiate it from the other homes they are viewing -- how it smells, feels to people who enter, what they see. People pay attention to their emotions when house hunting. Sure, they have a list of must-haves, but it is important that your home reflect a lifestyle to which they can relate to and enjoy in that house.”

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She also notes that although the market is great for sellers, this is not the time to overprice your house. “If you price it right, you increase the likelihood of getting multiple bids with different contingencies and even overbids. “There are lots of things we overlook in our own homes – because it’s our home. Buyers, however, see these things. They’re looking for things.” To that end, Lane recommends deep cleaning the house. “Straighten and organize. Don’t just throw things in a closet. People are buying into a lifestyle now of organization. No clutter. Organizing is a big business now so take advantage of that resource if you need help in this area. She also recommends cleaning the appliances. “No dirty ovens or ranges.” Having the windows washed is important. Shades should be up, curtains back to let in light because buyers gravitate to windows. “Have baseboards painted – it makes a house look crisper and cleaner.” Lane recommends hiring a designer to come in and give you a quick list of things you can do to freshen the house and ways to incorporate some of the latest trends. “People may not adopt all the trends, but they shop them when buying a house. For

example, if the trend is all white/neutral and your home is full of color; people can’t get past it. Consulting with a designer is money well spent. They know what people are wanting in their homes and what tweaks you can make that will resonate with buyers and make your home stand out. With the current low inventory, it is very important to differentiate your house.” “Generally, it is best to depersonalize your home before showing it and use a neutral palette. However, if you have a great piece of art on the wall, for example – leave it. Again, that is part of reflecting a certain lifestyle.” Lane suggests finding a happy medium between depersonalized/neutral/and great pieces that complement your home. For homes which are already empty, Lane says staging the home is a must. “Empty spaces are intimidating to buyers.” sl A number one-selling agent at Janet McAfee Real Estate several times, Julie Lane has been in the real estate business since 2008. She can be reached through her website

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Karen Kalish at home. Photo by Craig Kaminer

TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH WILL BE REQUIRED (Luke 12:48) Written by Craig Kaminer

For years I have known Karen Kalish as a self-proclaimed serial social entrepreneur and quite visible in our community as an activist, a doer, and an outspoken advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Recently I bumped into her at dinner in Clayton and we briefly discussed her history, some current projects, what she wants to do next, and we agreed to meet at her home to share coffee and stories. Karen Kalish’s world is colorful, upbeat, hopeful, and actionoriented. She loves solving societal problems and lets nothing get in her way. In the past 30 years, she has started three successful nonprofits (Operation Understanding DC, Cultural Leadership, and HOME WORKS!) as well as a program within the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department called Books and Badges. With her striking silver hair, handsome good looks, fiery spirit, and intensity to get things done, she isn’t like many people I know. As a former TV news reporter in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, and armed with a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School, she doesn’t mess around. She literally speaks in perfect sound bites with no “ums, ya knows, or likes.” She has a lot on her mind, is clear in her resolve, and tells it like it is. While she admits most people either love her or don’t love her, she seems perfectly fine with that. Now 76 years old and healthy, she knows that she will start or do something else soon. She lives by the 26

saying, “To whom much is given much is required.” She does her work in the community with love, intention, purpose, and passion. Once she gets started there is no stopping her. She admits, “When I see something that needs doing, I grab an ally or two or three, roll up my sleeves, and get to work.” She’s a fifth-generation Jewish American with her genetic roots from Germany and Poland. She is the daughter of a patent attorney father and amateur archeologist mother, and granddaughter of another patent attorney and “a grandfather in millinery.” She has been married twice, but is not currently, and says she doesn’t want to be a nurse or a purse! The story of starting each of the nonprofits is fascinating. But Kalish warns, “Never start anything alone. It’s the weakest form of leadership. You need partners, collaborators, mentors, and coaches to be successful.” She feels strongly about nonprofits being high performing and making an impact with data to prove it. “There are too many nonprofits that aren’t.” Years ago, when living in Washington, D.C., she heard about a leadership program in Philadelphia for Black and Jewish kids to learn about their own and each other’s race, culture, and history. She started it in Washington, calling it Operation Understanding DC (OUDC). The students in Philly learned about the historic

relationship between the two groups and planned trips to Israel and Senegal as part of the program. Karen’s goal was to build an “army of racism eradicators” and to rekindle the relationship between Blacks and Jews. “We didn’t raise enough money for the trips, and you don’t go to Israel to see what it’s like to be Jewish in America, or Senegal to understand what it’s like to be Black in America, so we put together an American trip to New York City, Atlanta, all over Alabama and Mississippi, Little Rock, and Memphis.” The trip has not changed. “I had no idea how to start, much less lead a nonprofit, and I made lots of mistakes, and it still exists today.” For five years Kalish had been running her business -- teaching clients how to talk to the media without putting their feet in their mouths -- and OUDC needed a refresh button, so she secretly applied to the Harvard Kennedy School. She shouted her acceptance from the rooftops as she gave the nonprofit to the board and the business to her trainers and off she went. “It was like drinking from a firehose. I thought I had died and gone to heaven,” she said. ”I loved it so much I stayed a second year, full load, non-degree, just for fun. “ Back in St. Louis in 2001, she was accepted into Leadership St. Louis and signed up for a ride-along in a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department car to see what it was like. She requested north St. Louis, Saturday night, 7 p.m. to midnight; but her night was so uneventful that she made an appointment with then-police chief Joe Mokwa to request that police go into the schools on a regular basis to read and write with students who were behind. “If Saturday night wasn’t very busy, what might Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. be like?” she wondered. Mokwa agreed that it would be good for recruits and they named the program Books & Badges. It lasted for 18 years and ended just before COVID. In 2004, 10 years before the shooting of Michael Brown, folks in St. Louis asked Karen to start the same teen leadership program here that she started in Washington. She invited people from both communities to discuss the possibility. Fifteen people attended -- 14 Jews and one Black. Karen asked the Jews to come back two weeks later with an African American friend and they did. Everyone agreed to start what came to be called Cultural Leadership. But it’s a bit different from OUDC. It is no longer just for Blacks and Jews – who since 9/11 are no longer the two most hated groups in America. The group attracts teens who care about civil rights, social justice, and democracy and who, it is hoped, will be the next generation of civil rights activists. A few years later she heard about teachers in Texas going to the homes of struggling students to engage their parents in their children’s education. “Too many children, especially in communities of color, are coming to school up to two years behind,” she notes. To engage their families, she started HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program. Now, 14 years later, HOME WORKS! has been in 116 schools and trained 2,760 teachers who have made tens of thousands of home visits. “I want all students in the workforce, not the workhouse,” says Kalish. “I want our children to come to

school ready to learn, stay on or above grade level, graduate on time, and go on to college or some other post-secondary institution (we need police, firefighters, plumbers, electricians and the military) and graduate ready for a job, a career, or more education.” Kalish is a stickler for results, and more than 90% of the parents, teachers, and administrators feel that HOME WORKS! works. When I asked Kalish what she plans to do next, she quickly sat up, leaned in, and said, “I don’t know yet. The Mayo Clinic says the results of my stress test were those of a 43-year-old woman which means two things -- my emphasis on health and exercise (her vacations are boot camps in California or hiking and biking trips) has paid off, and I have another chapter. What fun it will be to figure it out. With all of my energy and all the societal problems there are, I am ready to go.” Kalish wears her principles on her sleeve and can rattle them off without even thinking about it. She calls herself a tikkun olam (meaning heal the world in Hebrew) junkie. Her gratitude cup runneth over as she talks about all the things she “gets” to do, and makes clear the difference between “get to’s” and “got to’s.” And despite her great fashion sensibility and vibrant, fun home (someone once said her home looked like Benjamin Moore had thrown up in it -- she took it as a compliment!), and a small, colorful art collection, she says she gives as much as she spends. “When I spend money on myself, I donate that amount soon after. It’s called guilt-free shopping,” she said. St. Louis needs more people like Karen Kalish. When I asked her about what excites her, makes her happy, she didn’t hesitate to list the following: friends and family, purpose, choice -- the freedom to choose how I react (she’s very positive!), gratitude, giving – money, time, random acts of kindness, curiosity, and a sense of humor. My follow-up question was, “so what’s the best joke you’ve heard lately?” She said it was inappropriate to tell in the magazine so I can just imagine. I asked, “when you meet people who don’t do what they can to make the world a better place, what do you do? Do you get frustrated? And Kalish said “I just move on. I prefer to be with doers and activists.” At the end of the day, “the status quo doesn’t work for me. I have to speak out whenever I see/hear injustice. Recently I went up to a counter in a store where a person of color was waiting to be helped. Yet the salesperson asked if she could help ME. So I said, “Do you not see this other person? You can help me after you help her.” We all need to do that. Kalish said it all starts with listening -- with the intent to learn -not to invalidate or defend. “I suggest to people who aren’t as ‘woke’ as they might be to spend time with a person of color and ask what’s it like to be Black in America? Then listen. Just listen. The ones who do it call me crying, thank me profusely for the idea, and recount all the things they didn’t know about being a person of color in America. And how would they? It’s like asking a fish about water.” sl 27

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME By Wendy Cromwell / Photo courtesy of The Greenberg Gallery

Andy Warhol is credited with saying, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” From his early career as a fashion illustrator, Andy Warhol understood the power of media imagery, the reach of advertising, and the fleeting attention span of the modern consumer. That’s partly why he painted images taken straight from pop culture. From the success of his signature paintings in the early 1960s, Warhol became a celebrity. His art became a global brand through merchandising and cultivating a celeb persona. Selfies? Warhol practically invented them! But there’s more to Warhol than just those Marilyns: he introduced the art of brand influencing as we know it. By blending business strategy with art production, he devised the roadmap for some of today’s most successful artists operating as brands with multi-channel 28

businesses. AND Warhol was an astute social observer who exploited our celebrity-obsessed culture, anticipating today’s image-heavy reality. Takeaway: Warhol saw the future -- through his camera lens. Origin Story: Cue the Campbell’s. It began in the early 60s: Warhol lifted the Campbell’s brand from the shelves to the canvas, hand-painting 32 cans of soup in all -- one for every flavor. In 1962, The Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles exhibited them together, in a row. The gallery’s owner bought them all, selling them to the Museum of Modern Art in New York two decades later. With this early success, Warhol began to automate production, switching from hand-painted images to stencils, hiring assistants to help feed demand (no pun intended!). Warhol’s studio, which he called The Factory, was born.

Warhol was the first Contemporary artist to apply business acumen to art production. He used silkscreen, a commercial printing technique, to transfer existing images of superstars like Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, and Jackie Onassis, to canvas. He squeegeed paint through the screens in unique color combinations, making serial images that could easily be repeated and customized. Although they were handmade, the works look printed, a radical concept at the time, which Warhol intentionally cultivated as part of his brand. “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” -- Andy Warhol In 1967, Warhol started Factory Additions: a pun on “edition,” the fine art term for a limited print. He reproduced printed silkscreens of his most famous images on paper in editions of 100. These prints circulated to a broader audience unable to afford the paintings, increasing his reach. The formula worked. By the end of the 1960s, Warhol was the most widely recognized Contemporary artist in America. Mission accomplished! The Interview Magazine Years: 1969 - 1987. After surviving a murder attempt in 1968, Warhol pressed pause on painting. Enter Interview, Warhol’s magazine, published continually until 2018 (but changed ownership after his death). Nicknamed “the crystal ball of Pop,” Interview profiled the who’s who: movie stars, musicians, models, and beyond. The media empire didn’t stop there. Warhol also created two TV shows: “Fashion” (1979) and “Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes on MTV” (1985). Now a celeb himself, Warhol appeared in numerous ad campaigns (for Braniff Airlines, among others) and had cameos on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Love Boat.” Warhol was a one-man social media content producer before it even existed! He carried a camera everywhere, frequenting Studio 54 with his squad, documenting his scene through Polaroids. He turned these snaps of socialites and celebs into commissioned portrait paintings -- what he called “art business.” Along with print sales, these supported Interview, his socialite lifestyle, and his employees, keeping Warhol’s empire financially afloat. Show You the Money. Warhol’s auction market only developed in earnest after his death in 1987. The next year, the first Warhol passed the $1 million mark when 210 Coca-Cola Bottles (1962) sold for $1.4 million. But the market didn’t really take off until 1998, when Orange Marilyn (1964) sold for $17 million, blowing past its pre-sale $4-6 million estimate. The current auction record for a work by Warhol was set in 2013: $106 million for Double Disaster (1963). Note that the market favors Warhol’s 60s paintings, but there are exceptions.

The record for an 80s Warhol painting was set in 2017 when Sixty Last Suppers (1986) sold for $61 million. The Warhol Legacy. Countless artists have been influenced by Warhol’s innovations -- too numerous to mention! So here are just a few of “our favorite things”... Glenn Ligon (b. 1960). Warhol created a series of Chairman Mao paintings and prints in 1973, following President Nixon’s visit to China. He used the official portrait of Mao to call attention to the power of propaganda, and transgressed that image from a queer perspective by adding makeup to Mao. Similarly, Glenn Ligon, in his painting of Malcolm X, adapted an image of another political figure as depicted originally in a children’s coloring book. By doing so, Ligon highlighted the irony of this powerful Black male, rendered on a white page, who is meant to be “colored” in. On top of that, Ligon adds “makeup” à la Marilyn, queering the image in a way made possible by Warhol. Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971). Warhol made his Ladies and Gentlemen series, depicting drag queens, in the mid 1970s. Combining his silkscreen technique, fascination with glamour, and signature color combinations, the series blazed a new path of beauty, race, and gender in art. Fast-forward to Mickalene Thomas’s 40-panel work capturing her model with a fierce amount of black, applying rhinestones to each individual canvas, creating depth and dimension. Mickalene’s notion of female beauty is radically different from Warhol’s, but her style is indebted to his. By quoting Warhol, she claims a feminist stake in the vaunted Pop art tradition. Richard Prince (b. 1949). Remember Warhol’s commissioned portraits? These paintings were not only a means to sustain his media empire, but allowed patrons to memorialize themselves through the artist’s lens. Fast forward to the selfie age, where one can be famous every five minutes, 15 times a day (as Andy predicted!). Richard Prince, mining social media for the content of his paintings, continues Warhol’s legacy with his Instagram portraits. Culling existing imagery from the app, Prince captures people capturing themselves, adding his own nonsensical captions. This body of work, and Prince’s practice at large, owes itself to Warhol’s appropriation of media images, blurring perceptions of art and popular culture. sl Prior to founding Cromwell Art 18 years ago, Wendy Cromwell was Vice President of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art for nearly a decade. She ran a Fortune 500 corporate art collection before that, and consulted for several blue-chip art galleries while in graduate school. Wendy received her Master of Arts in Modern Art from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Wendy is past president and current board member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors and a member of the Appraisers Association of America. For tasty bites of art world knowledge delivered to your inbox monthly, subscribe to the Cromwell Art Snack. 29


EMILY AND BEAR Photography by Lauren Fair Photography

Just 90 miles from Manhattan, the picturesque wedding of Emily Albert to Bear Kaminer took place on September 18, 2021, at Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, N.Y. The idyllic former campgrounds were the perfect setting for a weekend getaway for the bride and groom who wanted to be reminded of 30

their childhood camp experiences and lifelong friendships. This location complimented Emily and Bear’s love of the outdoors and nature’s beauty, their sense of adventure, their style and elegance, their sophisticated casualness, and their wish to have as many of their besties as possible -- family included -- surrounding them. sl 31

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Applewood Manor is situated on a leafy one-acre lot. Guests have access to a fleet of bikes from 3T Cycling to use throughout their stay. Photo by Aaron Hogsed.


Offering easy access to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the charms of Asheville, the historic Applewood Manor elevates the typical bed and breakfast experience. Written by Bridget Williams Situated on a leafy-acre and tucked into a gentrified neighborhood of distinguished historic homes within walking distance of downtown Asheville, North Carolina, Applewood Manor, a six-room bed and breakfast, serves as a charming and ideal home base for exploring the region's plethora of cultural, culinary and outdoor offerings. Far from the folksy, lace-curtained, and Queen Anne-furnished interiors often associated with B&B’s, 110-year-old, 6,000-squarefoot Applewood Manor is fresh off the first phase of a $1.5 million renovation and redesign, spearheaded by new owners Robin and Stephen Collins. Here, the bohemian-chic interiors reflect the personal passions of the owners, with carefully selected art and furnishings in public and private spaces hailing from the Collins' collection and enhanced by pieces sourced from 1stDibs, Duxiana, and Bloomist, among others. "Having lived and worked in more than 20 different countries, I was inspired by boutique hotels around the globe, and we aim to bring that level of sophistication, authenticity, engagement, and curation to deliver a more contemporary differentiated bed and breakfast experience," said Stephen. During our stay, the refurbishment of a trio of groundfloor porches and second-floor bedroom balconies was nearing

completion. In addition, the kitchen was gleaming from a significant renovation that had Robin, who lovingly creates breakfast for guests each morning, smiling from ear to ear. What thankfully remains intact is the old-house charm, including an endearing creak of the floorboards as we ascended the broad staircase to our second-floor York Imperial Suite. The scintillating scent of freshly made cookies laid out for us next to the coffeemaker greeted us as soon as we opened the door to our room. Each guestroom at Applewood Manor boasts a king-sized Duxiana DUX 6006 bed; the deep sleep afforded each night by the $14k mattress made believers out of us. Our bed was dressed with crisp white Sferra linens and topped by a sari-inspired cover at the foot. The Collins, who also own a home in Provence, are bona fide Francophiles, evidenced by the large map of French wine-growing regions over the bed, and another one over the fireplace. As someone whose personal style leans towards the eclectic, I appreciated the mix of antiques from varying periods. The hallway leading to the compact en suite bath with cast iron tub retains the original built-in linen closets. Enveloped by mature trees, surrounding homes are largely obscured from view. 33

Photo by Aaron Hogsed.

Breakfast is a communal affair, served at 9am in the dining room. While not a chef by trade, Robin said she's long been interested in food and wine. She and Stephen, a technology entrepreneur, and their children have frequently moved for his job, including stints in Austin and Nashville. After deciding to put down more permanent roots, the couple settled on Asheville, allowing Stephen to indulge his passion for cycling and Robin to flex her culinary muscle, something she's been pondering since their daughters went to boarding school in France. Robin recounted that Stephen helped her check several boxes on her "dream list," including ballroom dance lessons and a one-week intensive pastrymaking course in New York City as a year-long celebration of her fortieth birthday, the latter of which has been put to good use for the benefit of Applewood’s guests. Robin's bubbly personality seems tailor-made for her current role as an innkeeper, and it's evident that she takes great pride in what she brings to the table. She makes bread from scratch and employs an "eat with your eyes first" ethos that incorporates local ingredients into tarts, quiches, and Dutch baby pancakes (my personal favorite). During our stay, Robin's daughter Grace was on hand to help out. After learning of my affinity for French bulldogs, I was elated when Grace brought their snorty snuggle bugs Cleo 34

and Pearl for a visit. Chatting with other guests each morning during breakfast helped inform our daily itinerary, as we tweaked it based on their experiences and recommendations. Asheville is an ideal destination for those who like to be active. There's a large public park with tennis courts, access to a lovely greenway, and the 10-acre Botanical Gardens at Asheville within close proximity to Applewood. A zealous cyclist who hosts weekly Zwift rides that attract three thousand riders, Stephen has developed a partnership with 3T Cycling to offer a fleet of bikes for guests to use throughout their stay. In addition, guided "Peep and Pedal" foliage rides with Stephen, cycling camps, and coaching with 2018 USA national road race champion Jonny Brown are regular offerings. Outside of hopping in the car to drive portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway and to access popular trailheads in the area, a good bit of our exploring was done on foot, taking advantage of the many shopping and dining options in downtown Asheville. For an interactive Ashville Hike Finder, head to Positioned on the French Broad River, the gritty-yet-artsy River Arts District is home to 230 artists. Vinyl fans and architecture buffs will want to stop for a coffee or cocktail at Citizen Vinyl (, home to a record pressing plant, independent record store, and a bar and café.

The living room at Applewood Manor. Photo by Aaron Hogsed.

The Northern Spy bedroom at Applewood Manor. Photo by Aaron Hogsed.

The newly renovated kitchen at Applewood Manor. Photo by Tim Robison. 35

Sunset views from the Craggy Gardens Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Homemade cookies destined for guest rooms. Photo by Tim Robison


From February 17-20, 2022, Michelin-starred Chef Xavier Mathieu of Relais & Chateaux Le Phébus & Spa in the South of France will bring Provencal flavors to Applewood Manor. Photo by Mario Kucera

Grilled octopus at Asheville Proper

For a town with less than 100,000 residents, the culinary scene in Asheville is outstanding, with more than 250 independent restaurants and 15 James Beard-nominees. We enjoyed a fantastic al fresco meal at The Market Place (, a 42-year-old farm-to-table spot helmed by chef/owner William Dissen. A classic steakhouse experience centered around livefire cooking and seasonal ingredients is served up in a chic setting at Asheville Proper ( Chef Jacob Sessoms, Asheville's original James Beard semifinalist, serves continuously evolving seasonal New American-style cuisine at Table ( From French to Filipino, if you have a culinary craving, chances are there's a place to satiate it. While the city is known as a craft beer hub, it's easy to move beyond beer. After getting a taste of their product in a cocktail at The Market Place, we sought out the tasting room at Ginger's Revenge ( to sample a flight of their award-winning ginger beer. Located in a converted auto shop, Ben's Tune Up (benstuneup. com) is the nation's fifth American-owned saké company. Near the Grove Arcade (, one of the city’s Art Deco gems, Cultivated Cocktails Distillery ( makes

Hazel 63 Rum, the only rum produced in Western North Carolina. Located on the South Slope, the Chemist distillery's tasting room looks like a Prohibition-era apothecary ( Applewood Manor will be adding to the diversity of the culinary scene with a pair of immersive guest chef events this winter. First, from December 10-13, 2021, three-Michelin-starred Chef Mads Refslund of Noma fame will host a weekend of foraging, cooking, and dining, focusing on Nordic meets Appalachian cuisine. Then, from February 17-20, 2022, Michelin-starred Chef Xavier Mathieu of Relais & Chateaux Le Phébus & Spa in the South of France will bring Provencal flavors to Asheville for a fourday weekend of tastings, workshops, and friendly competitions. Curating wine and craft beer pairings for both events is Applewood Manor's Sommelier Todd Mathis, founder of DNS Wines, who plans to use bottles from the Collins's collection. "We couldn't be more excited to bring these world-renowned chefs to Asheville and create a unique opportunity for locals and travelers alike to interact with them in an intimate, inviting setting," said Stephen. sl For more information and reservations at Applewood Manor, visit or call 828.254.2244. 37

Bibliotaph... What’s Cooking

Compiled by Victoria Chase

Brooklyn Borough president and Democratic nominee for New York City mayor Eric Adams is on a mission to tackle one of the most stubborn health problems in the country: chronic disease in the African American community. Adams explores the origins of soul food and how it can be reimagined with healthy alternatives. Eric Adams — Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses — paperback, 257 pages, Hay House Inc. This cookbook brings the excitement of the Food Network show stage into your home kitchen, with more than 100 recipes, behind-the-scenes stories of fan-favorite moments, tips to help you “beat the clock”, and pro-chef suggestions. Bobby Flay, Stephanie Banyas, and Sally Jackson — Beat Bobby Flay: Conquer the Kitchen with 100+ Battle-Tested Recipes — hardcover, 256 pages, Clarkson Potter

This collection of 100 recipes spans bestselling dishes from Maman’s rusticchic cafés in New York City, Montreal, and Toronto. Elisa Marshall, Benjamin Sormonte, and Lauren Salkeld—Maman: The Cookbook - All-Day Recipes to Warm Your Heart— hardcover, 256 pages, Clarkson Potter


Director and actor Eric Wareheim might be known for his comedy, but his passion for food and drink is no joke. For the last fifteen years he has been traveling the world in search of the best bites and sips, and this book shares everything he’s learned on his epic food journey. Eric Wareheim with Emily Timberlake — Foodheim: A Culinary Adventure — hardcover, 304 pages, Ten Speed Press

Intermingled with more than 300 recipes that span traditional High Holiday preparations and contemporary spins on dishes that reach back thousands of years are lessons on the history of Jewish food traditions. Joshua Korn, Scott Gilden, and Kimberly Zerkel — Jewish Food: The Ultimate Cookbook — hardcover, 800 pages, Cider Mill Press

bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the beloved classic film, this cookbook features recipes directly inspired by the movie, along with crafts and entertaining tips for throwing the ultimate vintage Christmas party. It’s a Wonderful Life: The Official Bailey Family Cookbook — hardcover, 128 pages, Insight Editions Blogger, food photographer and stylist and recipe creator Jenn Davis’ first cookbook is a pandemic project that she styled and photographed herself. Her creations reimagine crowd-pleasing classics with a twist. Jenn Davis— The Southern Baking Cookbook: 60 Comforting Recipes Full of DownSouth Flavor—hardcover, 168 pages, Page Street Publishing

Cookbook author Edgar Castrejón, a proud first-generation Mexican American, went vegan as a college student. In this book he takes beloved family recipes and remakes them as healthier meatless variations. Many take 30 minutes or less and rely on readily accessible ingredients. Edgar Castrejón — Provecho: 100 Vegan Mexican Recipes to Celebrate Culture and Community — hardcover, 256 pages, Ten Speed Press

Scores of people discovered the joy of being a plant parent during the pandemic. This lively illustrated book is full of interior design ideas, plant care and troubleshooting tips, and recommendations for more than 70 houseplants. Emily L. Hay Hinsdale—Never Put a Cactus in the Bathroom: A Roomby-Room Guide to Styling and Caring for Your Houseplants—paper over board, 208 pages, Tiller Press (

This is an organized, easy-to-follow guide that includes cocktail recipes with accompanying themed food boards that enlist the everyday basics that are stocked in most kitchens. Katherine Cobbs — Pantry Cocktails: Inventive Sips from Everyday Staples (and a Few Nibbles Too — paper-over-board, 176 pages, Tiller Press 39

RAISING THE BAR Jewelry that elevates effortless chic Compiled by Bridget Williams

Clockwise from top left: Angie Marei Jewelry Invidia ring ($15,000; Mateo New York Rainbow sapphire and diamond ring ($3,200; In Pieces stack ring from Eden Presley ($3,400;


Clockwise from top left: Fearless bar pendant with blue sapphire from Girl Up Collection ( Sig Ward Jewelry Loren pink sapphire baguette enamel bar necklace ($2,800; John Hardy reticulated pendant ($3,200). Available in Cincinnati from James Free Jewelers, in Indianapolis from Moyer Fine Jewelers and Reis-Nichols Jewelers, and in Louisville from Davis Jewelers, and at Meadowlark Lunar barbell stud earrings ($405; Sophie Ratner Everytown X baguette diamond stud earrings ($430; Alor large monochrome cuff in black cable with diamonds ($2,595). Available from Richter & Phillips in Cincinnati, Genesis Diamonds in Nashville and Maya Gemstones Pencil ring with Maya Cut ruby ($2,161; Samantha Tea Revolution rainbow sapphire single drop earring ($3,377; Walters Faith Grant diamond bar earrings ($6,550; Rising Star earrings from Star Animal Sundays ($525; Jelly Munchkin Gold Bar earrings from Bondeye Jewelry ($810; 41

Wines at Ari’s Natural Wine Co, Sutton Forest. Copyright 2019 Ari's Natural Wines Company


Organic. Biodynamic. Vegan-friendly. Minimal intervention. For some innovative winemakers in the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales, it's not just about what you put into the wine but what you leave out. From the North Coast Orange to the Southern Highlands to the Hunter Valley wine regions, meet the winemakers making waves with their natural wines. Sam Leyshon of Mallaluka, Yass | Now at the helm of his family winery, Mallaluka, in Yass, a three-hour drive southwest of Sydney or an hour north of Canberra, Sam Leyshon (formerly of renowned Canberra District winery Clonakilla) aims to minimize the fingerprint on his wines, using low-impact techniques such as openvat fermentation, basket pressing, and minimal additives. In addition to cool-climate favorites such as Riesling and Shiraz, his range includes lesser-known whites including Fiano, Vermentino, and aligoté, a little-known Burgundy varietal. There is no cellar door, but you can buy Mallaluka wines directly from their website. Sam Renzaglia of Renzaglia Wines, O’Connell Valley | You don't often find a Rosenberg's goanna—an Australian reptile with rugged bodies and long tails—on a wine label, but there's a reason that Sam Renzaglia's Di Renzo range of wines features wildlife on its labels. At Renzaglia Wines in the O'Connell Valley near Bathurst, a three-hour drive west of Sydney, the focus is on restoring the local ecosystem. That influences how Renzaglia treats not just his vines — minimizing herbicides and pesticides and weeding by hand — but also how he treats the rest of the property, introducing nesting boxes and planting more trees to support native birds and koalas. Renzaglia's award-winning wines, made without fining and filtering, include chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. 42

Richie Harkham of Harkham Wines, Hunter Valley | When Richie Harkham describes his wines as "pure grape juice," he's talking about what he leaves out of the winemaking process: there are no chemicals, no preservatives, no additives, fining, or filtration. At this boutique Hunter Valley winery, which makes a maximum of 20,000 bottles a year, workers hand-pick all the grapes used to make its acclaimed Semillon, chardonnay, rosé, and shiraz. That's not the only thing that sets Harkham Wines apart: the winery operates according to kosher guidelines and has an on-site restaurant and accommodation for those looking for a more extended stay. Jared Dixon of Jilly Wine Co, Clunes | Jilly Wine Co. is a 40-minute drive inland from Byron Bay in the village of Clunes. Winemaker Jared Dixon sources his grapes from the cooler New England region, just a few hours away, where settlers first grew vines in the early 19th century. The crisp highland air suits varieties such as Nebbiolo, Gewurztraminer, and chardonnay, and Dixon uses natural yeasts and avoids fining and additives, apart from a small amount of sulfur. The Clunes cellar door is open only by appointment, but you can pick up a bottle or two at the Clunes Store & Cellars on Main Street in town. Tony Zafirakos at Ari's Natural Wine Co, Sutton Forest | Located in the picturesque Southern Highlands, a two-hour drive southwest of Sydney, Ari's Natural Wine Co is all about keeping it simple. Inspired by the techniques used in the Greek village where his father Ari grew up, winemaker Tony Zafirakos uses wild fermentation and harvests and processes his fruit by hand. His unfiltered, unfined, sulfur-free wines include unusual drops such as Pash & Pop, an orange wine made with Greco and zibibbo grapes fermented on skins, and Lucky No.5, a blend of the season's varieties.

Casa Grande. Photo by Simon Lewis

A selection of Harkham Wines from the Hunter Valley. Copyright 2019 Harkham Wineries

James and Meagan Becker of M&J Becker Wines, Hunter Valley | In Australia's oldest wine-growing region, relative newcomer M&J Becker Wines operated by a husband-and-wife team, James and Meagan Becker, who are passionate about making wine that captures its environment with as little intervention as possible – so no fining agents or additives. As a result, you'll find pinot noir and chardonnay, as well as Syrah, made with certified organic grapes. A visit to their cellar door, located at the beautiful Roche Estate, will not disappoint. Bryan Martin of Ravensworth, Murrumbateman | Situated in Murrumbateman wine country in the Canberra District, Ravensworth is a winery with a master at its helm, making wine that is a mixture of scientific exactitude and experimental flair. This is a family affair, with Bryan Martin making wine with his wife Jocelyn and brother David. Bryan crafts Ravensworth's wines at nearby Clonakilla winery, where he has worked for over a decade. His wines are mostly aromatic and light-to-medium-bodied, with Sangiovese being the most popular red variety. Other varietals on offer include Nebbiolo, Riesling, and Gamay. Peta Kotz of Sabi Wabi, Hunter Valley | Sabi Wabi, founded in 2019, is another newer winery doing things differently in the Hunter Valley. Inspired by the Japanese term wabi-sabi - a world view centered on accepting transience and imperfection - this winery is all about eschewing flawlessness. Located on the banks of the Hunter River, the small-batch wine is made by Peta Kotz, who grew up in the area. Kotz's debut wine, Bright Eyes, was a sunny blend of chardonnay and Semillon. Production increased for 2021's vintage, and Kotz was able to make a white, red, and rosé. Fruit for the Semillon was sourced from Tranquil Vale Vineyard in Luskintyre, while the Shiraz from the rosé and red are from Lovedale, with a cooler year meaning

more natural acidity. As always, the wines were made imperfectly, intentionally, and with minimal intervention. Benson Brown and Joel Mucci of Benson & The Mooch, South Coast | Protégées of Tony Zafirakos at Ari's Wine, Benson Brown and Joel Mucci of Benson & The Mooch started out making their wine out of Ari's winery before setting up their own space in the South Coast, near Wollongong. It was their debut pét-nat that put them on the map. Called Disco Juice, it's a good-times wine, made for drinking at sunny backyard barbecues. Grapes are sourced from the Central Ranges and left pretty well alone – with no additions, sulfur, filtering, or fining. Other wines in the range have equally fun names and characters on the label: Purple Rain is a GSM blend with a slight spritz, and Gaucho is a Nebbiolo and Mourvèdre blend, out in late 2021. Charlie O'Brien and Simon Jones of Chateau Acid, Central Ranges | Although their wine is based on principles of minimal intervention, you'll find the winemakers' personalities splashed all over Chateau Acid. Old friends Charlie O'Brien and Simon Jones are heavily involved in the music industry, inspiring the aughts-style club poster vibe of the labels that Jones – also a graphic designer – created. It's a fun brand, but they are serious about their wine, sourcing grapes from the biodynamic and organic certified vineyards of Rosnay Organic Vineyard in Canowindra. The Bianco, Vermentino with three weeks skin contact and 12 months in a terracotta amphora, has been a hit. They've also produced a popular Grenache, chardonnay, and a Rosato – a refreshing and tangy Grenache-Syrah blend. sl You can find more information on NSW Wine Regions at 43


Amanera makes it easy to strike the right balance between down time and playtime. Written by Bridget Williams


Casa Grande. Photo by Simon Lewis

In the rarefied air occupied by hotels in the upper echelons, it's often the teeniest details that nudge one distinguished property ahead of another. During a recent visit to Amanera on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, I began to notice as I came and went throughout the day that the stack of coffee table books I'd been leafing through had been straightened, my shoes organized, and the snack jars and refrigerator were restocked to my preference by the time I returned. Everything remained in such a perpetual state of orderliness that I admit to peeking around the landscaping, expecting to see an army of attendants lying in wait to pounce into action as soon as they heard my departing footsteps. This level of invisible attentiveness, particularly appealing in the current era, is a hallmark of the 400-acre resort, which combines the best of back-to-nature activities with peaceful seclusion. In true Aman fashion, the architecture is sleek, dramatic,

minimalistic, and thoughtfully planned to take full advantage of an arresting position overlooking Playa Grande's wide mile-long beach. The VIP experience begins soon after disembarking at Puerto Plata, where a pair of attendants greeted us at the end of the jet bridge, whisked us through customs, and into a luxury SUV for the hour-and-a-half drive through areas of seemingly impenetrable jungle dotted with colorful and bustling small towns. Pulling beneath the portico at Casa Grande, the heart of the resort, one can’t help but marvel at two-story structure perched atop a steep precipice. It presents itself as an assemblage of glass, concrete and Indonesian teak, artfully melded within an indoor/ outdoor maze of floating walkways, walls of glass, and infinity pools all oriented to the ocean view. Facing due east, at sunrise, the reflection of the clouds on the infinity pool creates images reminiscent of a Rorschach test. 45

The second-floor Casa Grande Library overlooks the ground floor pool and lounge areas. Photo by Simon Lewis.

Guest accommodations take the form of 25 individual casitas that are terraced on a hillside adjacent to the beach to provide unobstructed ocean views, and complete privacy within this green cocoon. Lush landscaping and grass-topped roofs enable the casitas to nearly disappear into the verdant canopy, so much so that we got lost more than once when returning to our casita in the evening. Floor-toceiling glass doors open onto expansive outdoor terraces in each casita, complete with dining and lounge areas and some with private pools. Situated at the top of the hillside, our casita boasted a comfortably furnished living room separate from the bedroom. Both were oriented to face the covered terrace and lawn, which seemed to offer more than enough seating if the mood struck to invite our fellow guests over for an impromptu party. In the sprawling spa-like bathroom, tropical vegetation combined with skylights and walls of glass brought the outside in. The enormity of the walk-in closet made a mockery of my efficient packing. Amanera is unique in the Aman portfolio for being the brand's first-ever golf-integrated property. Located next to one another, both the golf clubhouse and spa are a short shuttle ride from the resort. The 370-acre, 18-hole, par-72 golf course, originally designed in 1995 by golf legend Robert Trent Jones, Sr., is often referred to as "the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean." Jones' son Reese gets credit for its most recent refurbishment. The meticulously contoured greens dramatically amble along the natural undulations of the cliffside topography, offering ten 46

holes of play directly on the ocean, the most of any golf course in the Western Hemisphere. There are six tee sets, permitting play from 5,230 yards on the forward tees and up to 7,259 yards from championship tees. The golf clubhouse is adjacent to the spa, which places an emphasis on the healing traditions of the Taino Indians by combining native plants and herbs with natural blends from the Aman Skincare range to provide lasting benefits. Sited to overlook both the golf course and the Atlantic Ocean, Amanera has a series of residences planned, ranging in size from two-to-six bedrooms. Managed by Aman and privy to all resort amenities, if you're interested in one of the amenity-rich homes, act fast as lots were almost all spoken for at the time of our visit in late July. Amanera's remote location, relaxed pace, and accommodating staff make it ideal and easy for Type B's to find their bliss. However, if you're more Type A like me, there are plenty of activities to satiate your need for perpetual motion. The vast swath of beach with deep sand offers an invigorating 1.5-mile round-trip walk from end to end. As we finished our stroll each morning, during which we often didn't see another soul, an attentive beach attendant was waiting for us with a silver tray laden with chilled lemongrass-scented towels. The perpetual churning of the Atlantic turns out powerful waves that are great fun for boogie boarding, and an on-site watersports program provides guests with a range of complimentary gear.

Terraced on the hillside above the ocean, the casita’s green roof combined with lush jungle foliage ensure privacy. Photo by Steve Turvey.

Casita interior. Photo by Simon Lewis. 47

Playa Grande Golf Course

Beach Club and Playa Grand beach. Photo by Simon Lewis.

Paddle boarding in Laguna Gri Gri. Photo by Steve Turney.


Beach Club at night. Photo by Simon Lewis.

Various excursions take advantage of natural resources on and off the property. We opted for a "secret beach" hike in nearby Rio San Juan. Orlando, our guide, is a native of the town. Orlando pointed out his parent's house during the trek, and we thoroughly enjoyed learning about life in a foreign place from a local's perspective. Slipping through an opening in a farm fence, we traversed what seemed to me to be an indistinguishable trail through grass and forest to reach a series of small enclaves where turquoise waters gently lapped at the beach. An unexpected swim across a lagoon led us to the terminus of the excursion, a bustling public beach with a large rock outcropping that's a popular jumping spot. Other available guided hikes, ranging from less than a mile to more than six, include a sunrise breakfast in a mountaintop pavilion, opportunities to learn about traditional agriculture (and the chance to milk a cow!), and herbal medicine, among others. Water-based activities encompass kayak or paddleboard eco-tours, boat excursions, deep-sea fishing, surfing and kite surfing lessons, and reef and wreck dives. Amanera offers high/low dining options, and by that, I mean high on a bluff in Casa Grande or down below with your toes in the sand at the Beach Club. Executive Chef Diego Martinez, a native of Mexico, oversees a culinary program that puts a Dominican spin on international techniques. While Casa Grande is available for three meals daily, the Beach Club is open for lunch and on select evenings for themed dinners. One of these, centered

around wood-grilled meats, seafood, and vegetables ranked as our favorite dining experience. The vastness of the property, combined with the jungle setting, provides ample places for private dining experiences. Based on the number of setups I observed during our stay, these intimate affairs are popular with guests. Of course, you can't leave without trying a shot of Mama Juana, a local concoction of rum, red wine, and honey infused with tree bark and herbs. While the portwine flavor of one of the first distilled spirits in the Americas is an acquired taste for some, I was excited to find a little bottle of the herbs and directions for making it at home on my nightstand after returning from dinner one evening. It was one of several thoughtful turndown trinkets that serve as a meaningful souvenir. My only regret on the trip was that I didn't discover the services of personal trainer Raoul until the morning of our departure. Having time to kill before an afternoon flight, we participated in a complimentary HIIT workout class that ended with a custom sports massage, an unexpected but very much welcomed reward for forty-five minutes of non-stop intensity. The fitness staff can devise a custom fitness program for guests who want to use their holiday to amp up their fitness routine. Raoul's souvenir arrived the morning after our return—waking up to the kind of good muscle soreness that comes from a great workout. sl Nightly rates at Amanera begin at $1,500 per casita. For more information or reservations, visit 49

Of Note... Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Compiled by Colin Dennis

This page, clockwise from top left: Russian Karelian birch pamper tray from iWoodDesign ($3,396; Dodow Fall Asleep Faster kit is designed to re-educate your brain to fall asleep faster by projecting a soft halo light to the celling that expands and retracts its illumination field in synchronization with your breaths ($59; Cayden Campaign Leather Panel Bed from RH ($4,575; Reversible cashmere blanket from Heating & Plumbing London ($511; Saddle bed ($5,188) and bench ($1332) from Bonaldo ( Mr. Bunny children’s bed from Circu ( Blend 1 tsp of this herbal blend, informed by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, into milk, hot water or non-caffeinated tea to help promote tranquil sleep ($38; Blissy Silk Pillowcases are handmade and crafted from high quality 22-Momme 100% Pure Mulberry Silk (from $79.95; A Mask for Night from No Thank You ($85; Pod Pro Cover with PerfectFit allows you to upgrade your mattress by adding the most advanced cooling and heating technolgy to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Settings are controlled via an app that also provides a daily sleep fitness score ($1,745;


The Hästens 2000T mattress is comprised of 37 layers, including horsetail hair, cotton, wool and flax) (from $27,795;

Triplo Bourdon sheet set from Frette ($1,175;

Un Jour, Une Histoire duvet cover (from $450) and sham (from $60) from Yves Delorme (

Resort Diamond Trellis Egyptian cotton sheet set from Frontgate (from $256;

Backed by 95 years of R&D, the DUX 8008 is Duxiana’s most advanced and luxurious bed. Boasting 4xs as many springs as an average bed arranged in multiple layers, it offers more customization possibilities than many other beds on the market (from $9,030;

And if you didn’t get enough sleep, Neora’s Eye-V Hydrogel Patches were designed to revitalize the look of stressed and fatigued eyes with a quick delivery of intensive, age-fighting ingredients ($52; 51


All you need to know about EQS, the first all-electric luxury sedan from Mercedes-EQ Written by Andre James / Photography courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

As part of its Ambition 2039 initiative, Mercedes-Benz will offer a carbon-neutral new car fleet within the next two decades. The company set a target of having more than half of the cars it sells by 2030 feature electric drive systems, including fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The initiative took a significant leap forward this past spring with the global premiere of the EQS, the first model to be produced in a carbon-neutral manner and based on the modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles. The first models introduced to the U.S. market are the EQS 450+ with 329hp and the EQS 580 4MATIC with 516hp. Owners will benefit from complimentary maintenance and free unlimited 30-minute DC-Fast Charging sessions with Electrify America for the first two years. In addition to standard equipment such as enhanced active and passive Driver Assistance Systems, a 12.8” OLED multimedia touchscreen portrait display for the EQS 450+ Sedan and MBUX Hyperscreen with three displays merged seamlessly under a 52

single 56-inch curved glass surface on the EQS 580 4MATIC Sedan, a trio of trim packages—Premium, Exclusive and Pinnacle—are available, along with an array of additional options for further customization. Visually distinct from models with internal combustion engines, the exterior of EQS, which is over 17 feet long, showcases cabin-forward aesthetics in its unmistakable purpose-built design, resulting in a benchmark drag coefficient value of .20. At the front, a distinctive ‘Black Panel’ unit incorporates innovative headlights connected by a light band and a grill with a three-dimensional star pattern. Flush-positioned and aerodynamically optimized wheels range from 20 to 22 inches. In addition, the EQS comes standard with a power tilt and sliding panorama roof consisting of two modules that together form a large glass surface. With the aid of artificial intelligence, Mercedes-Benz has developed a user interface with context-sensitive awareness, which displays the right functions at the right time. Up to seven

individual MBUX profiles can be created directly in the vehicle and synchronized with the existing profile data of the Mercedes me account. An EQ-specific navigation system seamlessly plans the fastest and most convenient route, including charging stops, and it dynamically reacts to traffic jams or a change in driving style. If there is a risk of not reaching the destination or the charging station with the set settings, Active Range Monitoring issues the prompt to activate ECO driving functions. The EQS is the first Mercedes to offer the option of activating completely new vehicle functions via over-the-air updates (OTA) in many functional areas. In-cabin luxuries include rapid-heating and ventilating front seats, leather seating surfaces, active multi-contour front seats with enhanced massage and comfort headrests, wireless smartphone integration, wireless charging in the front, and an air balance cabin fragrance system with a new HEPA filter. Silver Waves and Vivid Flux are two soundscapes that are part of the standard 15-speaker

Burmester® Surround Sound System and provide a slightly futuristic “soundtrack” for the driving experience in lieu of traditional combustion engine reverberations. Since the EQS is based on all-electric architecture, it opened up new design possibilities for passenger safety, such as allowing for a favorable location to be chosen for the installation of the battery in a crash-protected area in the underbody. In addition, with no large engine block on board, the behavior in a frontal crash was modeled even better than before. Equipped with a new generation of batteries boasting significantly higher energy density, the EQS offers a range of up to 487 miles. At home or at public charging stations, the EQS can be conveniently charged with AC using the onboard charger. The driver can switch off various energy consumers to increase the range and activate the ECO driving functions to support a more efficient driving style. sl Pricing for the new EQS from $102,310 53

GIFTING GAME FACE Host and hostess gifts to put you atop the most wanted guest list Compiled by Victoria Chase

This page, clockwise from top left: Olive vodka: Kástra Elión vodka is distilled from hand-picked Greek olives from the Nafpaktos region along with premium grains and mineral-rich spring water from the Crystalline Rock in Mount Taygetus ($55; For a spirited connoisseur: ABERFELDY’s 18-Year-Old Limited Edition Whisky ($120/750ml). Initially spending 18 years in a combination of first-fill bourbon, rechar and refill casks, the whisky has undergone a finishing period in Côte Rôtie French wine casks, which were used to complement and elevate the signature character of ABERFELDY, not mask it ( Time to Celebrate: Solios women’s watch that’s consciously created with solar-powered movement ($275; For the caffeinated colleague: Alexander Vargas, Heza PB, and All Day coffees from Black Fox Coffee (from $20/bag;


This page, clockwise from top left: Not Afraid of the Dark: Mount Veeder Winery 2017 Reserve Red Blend ($120; Founded in the 1960s and located on scenic Mount Veeder, the unique landscape truly sets these wines apart – the vines are forced to cling to the extra steep slopes, resulting in tiny grapes that burst with flavor and pack a punch. The full-bodied 2017 Reserve Red Blend boasts flavors of dark cassis, black cherry, bay, and vanilla. This beautifully crafted deep red wine adds a quintessential kick of spice is perfect to indulge in over a harvestthemed dinner table. Hail a cab: Double Diamond 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon ($80; is a rich, character-driven cabernet that boasts aromas of Mexican chocolate, nutmeg, and violets. This wine features flavorful notes of black currant, blackberry reduction, and allspice, creating a sleek and voluptuous sensation with silky and smooth tannins to make for a complex structure. Holiday kicks: Miron Crosby Noelle boot ($1,950; Blooming where it’s planted: Carolina K handprinted peacock vase ($185; Mad for mod: Peacock menorah by Jonathan Adler ($120; For the friend you’d love to travel with: The Quartermaster in cloud from Ebby Rane opens to an interior packed with 12 designated pieces to make packing a hassle-free task ($995; Have wine, will travel: Leatherology cognac leather wine carrier ($90; 55

Hog heaven. The artisan Bacon Lover Box from The Baconer ($84;

For the friend who loves to “spill the tea”: Marriage Freres Paris Tea Time Gift Set ($85; Pura Smart Home Fragrance Diffuser Best Sellers Box allows you to customize your scent experience with premium, designer grade fragrances from the convenience of your smartphone ($99;

Like giving a hug: Chunky Knit Blanket from Bedsure home ($130; Gift hilariously: Customized Hanukkah wrapping paper from Gift Wrap My Face ($18.99/roll;


For the girl with everything: Known for her impressionistic and abstract style, New York-based artist Cindy Shaoul can create a one-of-a-kind painting to commemorate a favorite place or moment in time to thrill even the most hard-to-buy-for friend or loved one (

This page, clockwise from top left: Sophisticated sipping: Casa Dragones Barrel Blend 100% Blue Agave Añejo sipping tequila ($150; Off the cuff: Tracee Nichols Roman Courage cuff links with black diamonds ($525; Boost your morning brew with ReNude, your new fav fully formulated mushroom mocha, and transform your typical coffee into a sugar-free, vegan, keto-friendly latte ($50; The eyes have it: Lito porcelain candle from L’OBJET with 24-karat gold plating and inlaid with resin details ($150; The gift that keeps giving: 111SKIN’s first-ever advent calendar features 11 mini products and 1 full sized Y Theorem Repair Serum Light. Sheathed in a classic black recyclable box, each of the 12 days features a pull-out surprise ($420; Perfect pour: RIEDEL Wings to Fly Rieslng/Sauvignon/Champagne stemless wine glass ($19.90; Adventageous: Shop KSW by Kimberly Whitman Christmas House advent calendar ($89; 57


Written by Bridget Williams / Photography by Shelby Bourne When Cara and Tom Fox of The Fox Group decided to remodel the generic shed on their property into a 3,000-square-foot horse barn to house their family's beloved thoroughbred horses, they pulled inspiration from Cara's travels abroad. Trips to England's Blenheim Palace – the birthplace of Winston Churchill – and The National Gallery informed many aesthetic decisions that differentiate The Fox's unique, luxurious barn from more traditional barns throughout their home state of Utah. By thoughtfully repurposing the existing structure and incorporating details such as checkered flooring, chandeliers, and European stalls, The Fox Group created an elegant, airy, 58

one-of-a-kind horse barn that doubles as a prominent design highlight on the property. The structure, which was built in the 1940s, required The Fox Group to reframe the interior completely and level the floors. Its size is approximately half a standard barn, yet the clever design provides ample room for each horse and their accompanying equipment. Tearing out the existing 12-foot ceilings exposed a dramatic vault, which enhances a feeling of spaciousness. White planking installed throughout further amplifies openness and verticality. The Fox Group inlaid a gray and black checkerboard pattern floor in place of the generic black rubber flooring predominant in most stables. 59


Essential to the barn's design are custom horse stalls, inspired by those at Blenheim Palace and not found elsewhere in the state. Tom and Cara maximized the small floor plan through bespoke stalls, creating individual spaces for each horse (including one sized explicitly for their miniature horse), and outfitted each with an automatic water system. Beyond the remarkable functionality, powder-coated white wood and brass detailing in each stall reflect the airy, European aesthetic within the rest of the barn. Several unique decorative elements artfully implemented throughout the space enhance the barn's elevated style. Bridles

hang on brass horseshoes adorning the walls while delicate glass-free chandeliers from Visual Comfort balance beauty with practicality. Bringing the project full circle in terms of its European inspiration, George Stubbs' Whistlejacket painting hangs at one end of the barn, a meaningful memento Cara discovered at The National Gallery during a high school trip to Europe. Through attention to detail and clever use of materials, The Fox Group transformed a small shed into a highly functional and elegant barn that's a delight for both horses and their owners. sl 61

BLING IT ON ‘Tis the Season to Sparkle Compiled by Bridget Williams

Navete diamond and gold earrings from Graziela ($13,900). Available from Moyer Fine Jewelers in Indianapolis and at


Clockwise from top left: Carbon & Hyde chevron tennis bracelet ($4,830; Shahla Karimi diamond double band ring (from $1,750; Effy Pave Classica white gold and diamond ring ($8,396.50; Fabio Salini cuff with 22.20ct tanzanite ( Vram oak diamond and pink diamond ring ( Kwiat Starry Night two-row hoop earrings with diamonds ($18,100). Available from The Diamond Cellar in Columbus, Reis-Nichols Jewelers in Indianapolis, King Jewelers in Nashville, and Bell & Ross BR 05 Diamond ($21,500). Available from Diamond Cellar in Columbus, Moyer Fine Jewelers in Indianapolis, King Jewelers in Nashville and at Grace Lee pavé globe ring ($15,880; Gauhar three-piece ornamental pavé diamond earrings ($4,900; Penacho cocktail earrings from Colette ($19,000; 63

Clockwise from top left: The Majesty ring with 26ct citrine from Aisha Baker ( Nancy Newberg pearl and diamond cluster ring ($2,000; Pasquale Bruni Goddess Garden necklace with white diamonds, champagne diamonds and morganite ( Soirée Mood bangle from Nouvel Heritage ($12,500; Karma El Khalil Tiger cuff bracelet ( Melissa Kaye large Aria Jane ring ($19,950; Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39 in Everrose gold and diamonds (price on request). Available from The Richter & Phillips Company in Cincinnati, The Diamond Cellar in Columbus and Nashville, Reis-Nicholas Jewelers in Indianapolis, Davis Jewelers in Louisville, Simons Jewelers in St. Louis, and at Lily Gabriella Pink Swirl earrings in titanium, rose gold and 12.80ct of pink sapphires ($40,767; Venyx Tortuga cufflinks ($3,686; Temple St. Clair diamond Sea Star earrings ($2,950; Almasika Vidi pave signet ring ($4,750; Jemma Wynne Prive Luxe 3.52ct diamond solitaire ring ($34,900; Briony Raymond New York antique emerald cut Sloan solitaire ring (


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himself a travel and street photographer. Denlow has chaired the Eminent Domain committees of the American Bar Association and the Missouri Bar as well as written and given talks at conferences. Several years ago, he spoke at The Hague on the recovery of artwork stolen by the Nazis from Jews in World War II. He currently serves on the board of the International Photography Hall of Fame (IPHF). Denlow lives with his wife and two children in Clayton. sl 67

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THE HERE & NOW OF MEMPHIS Written by Craig Kaminer

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Memphis, but I jumped at a chance to return and be a guest of Memphis Tourism. For three days, Debbie and I were wined and dined, toured and pitched on the relevance of Memphis as the perfect travel destination for St. Louis’ sophisticated readers. Considering all of the similarities to St. Louis, we came away convinced this is a perfect road trip destination. Memphis is just four and a half hours away by car and is a great counterpoint to St. Louis. It has many similarities, yet enough differences to make a long weekend of it, especially if music history, a live music scene, barbecue, craft beer, baseball, and the turning point of civil rights compel you into action. We were guests of the new Hyatt Centric on Beale Street overlooking the Mississippi waterfront, the two majestically lit bridges at night -- Hernando de Soto and Big River Crossing bridges -- and an easy one or two block walk to many of the attractions at the top of anyone’s list. Hyatt is adding two additional hotels adjacent to the Centric, one to cater to the millennial traveler and a Hyatt Grande catering to the luxury traveler. The Hyatt campus should be completed in the next few years and will cater to all guests in perfect comfort depending on their tastes and budgets. The Centric starts in the mid-to-upper $100 per room night, and jumps to the mid $300s for weekends and special events. 68

With so many metropolitan cities within driving distance, the hotel created a special “Memphis or Bust” road trip package with special perks for those driving from Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, Birmingham, and other metropolitan areas. The package included complimentary valet parking for one vehicle, a bottle of wine since travelers won’t need to check a bag, as well as a complimentary “Put it in Park’’ cocktail for when the road trip has come to an end. Additionally, the resort curated two playlists -- timed at three hours and five hours -- so that guests from these top drive-market cities can amp up the trip with tunes timed for the drive. Playlists feature hits from famed Memphis artists like Elvis, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Cash, and more. Perhaps most striking about Memphis is that despite its history of segregation similar to St. Louis, it seems to make the most of its past, depict it for what it was, and is taking great strides forward to embrace its diversity. One of its ugliest memories was Martin Luther King’s assasination at The Lorraine Hotel, which now is the The Civil Rights Museum, one of the great museums of our time, depicting one of the worst eras in our country’s history. It’s like going to a Holocaust museum, where despite what you know or have heard, the experience will change you forever.

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Just a couple of blocks away, Beale Street, which is Memphis’ Bourbon Street, is where African American shopkeepers were originally located for their clientele. While it was boarded up for many years, it is now a thriving entertainment district which is busy all day and night with tourists and locals singing, dancing, and enjoying the music which epitomizes the Memphis sounds of Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and B.B. King. While I am confident that any St. Louisan will feel the Memphis barbecue scene is no better than Pappy’s or Sugarfire; you can get great barbecue on virtually any street in Memphis. Our first night we went to Central BBQ in Midtown which attracts more locals than tourists, and we feasted on everything from barbecue nachos, wet and dry rub ribs, pulled pork, the obligatory sides, and local craft beer. The food was excellent, the hospitality perfect, and the stories told of Memphis by Kevin Kern of Memphis Tourism were simply mesmerizing. Some of the other great barbecue places are Rendezvous, Corky’s, and Elwood’s Shack, not to mention the famous Memphis fried chicken joint Gus’s, which now has a spot on Manchester Ave. in Maplewood. This is a city where native Memphians ooze pride -- despite some of its unseemly past -- and are committed to making the present and future the best it can be.

On our first full day of exploring, we started at the famed Arcade Restaurant, where Elvis was known to be a regular and the restaurant still has his booth marked, waiting for his return. Their sweet potato pancakes stole the show, but everything was quite delicious and reflected Memphis’ southern roots from its decor, the clientele, the wait staff, and Southern hospitality. From here we jumped into Ubers and headed to The Metal Museum -- not on most itineraries but exceptionally worthy of a visit. Because of Memphis’ central location, great logistics, and mighty Mississippi at its doorstep, metal production and distribution has been part of its history. The Metal Museum sits on 3.2 acres, with lavish renovated buildings dating from the late 1800s, and houses a superior collection of fine metalwork, an active blacksmith, foundry, small metals lab, and a design lab that provide educational opportunities for metalsmiths through artistic creation as well as vibrant community education and engagement programming for learners of all ages. A highlight is the beautiful metal gates that welcome you to the metal gazebo overlooking the river. This is a world class venue fit for a wedding and other lavish outdoor events much like Laumeier Sculpture Park is in west St. Louis County. 71

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Following our tour and trying our hands at metalwork, a small group of us took a hike across the Mississippi on a bridge called the Big Muddy Crossing to get a great view of downtown Memphis, have one foot in Tennessee and one in Arkansas at the same time, and get in our 10,0000 steps. Everything was just perfect and I would highly recommend this free attraction to anyone willing to walk approximately two miles roundtrip. You can also rent an e-bike or scooter if the barbecue is weighing you down. After burning off some calories, we headed downtown to Huey’s which is just across the street from the Peabody Hotel -best known for its old world charm and live ducks which parade in its lobby daily -- for some of the best-tasting hamburgers in Memphis and monstrous onion rings. Perhaps the most unique characteristics of its location are the graffiti walls, hometown feel, and local live music. The World Famous Huey burger has been voted Best Burger in Memphis since 1984. Sundays at Huey’s are traditionally known for live music, including jazz, blues, and even a little rock from local and regional groups. As we each headed in our own directions back to the Hyatt to lounge by the pool, Debbie and I checked out the streetcarlined Main Street. There are some fun shops, a lot of restaurants, and conveniences for the gentrified crowd who live here. There are beautiful buildings which have been renovated, and dozens more which must be on someone’s watch list as the city attracts a new generation of developers and citizenry growing tired of the expensive communities of Nashville. 72

For dinner, we gathered at CIMAS, a new Latin-inspired restaurant located at the Hyatt, for an exceptional fine dining experience hosted by the Director of Sales and Marketing Nick Janysek. Nick ordered every appetizer on the menu for us to try including salad, cobia carpaccio, and shrimp and grits. Each was outstanding, perfectly prepared, and our waiter, Byram, could not have been nicer, more thorough, or more hospitable. With the beer, wine, and cocktails flowing, the evening was off to a great start. For dinner I ordered their American Wagyu steak with a chimichurri sauce and Debbie ordered the Joyce Farms chicken thigh roulade. For dessert we shared brown butter banana cake with vanilla gelato and a chocolate pot de creme. If we hadn’t imbibed enough (I sense this is part of the Memphis way), we retired to Beck & Call, the first and only rooftop lounge overlooking the Mississippi, for a night cap, lightshow of the two bridges, and conversations with each of the media guests from New York, Houston, Phoenix, and Miami. We often take for granted rooftop restaurants and lounges with St. Louis now having many, but Beck & Call is not only the first, but it’s first class all the way. With its signature whiskey program, indoor and outdoor seating, live music, and sexy decor, it attracts locals and VIP guests. Its separate elevator, direct from the ground floor to the rooftop, adds to its sophistication and its well-dressed, spirited crowd is as much fun to watch as it is to drink with. After Beale Street, Beck & Call is the perfect spot for a refined night cap. The next day, we were scheduled for a history walking tour, but the intermittent rain caused us to change our plans. So we headed to the Stax Museum -- where Otis Redding, Carla

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Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Albert King, and many others got their start -- the Mecca of the Memphis Soul Sound and what is now called Soulsville. The Stax and Sun Studio (where Elvis first recorded) are the two must-visit sites on any trip to Memphis. The tours are not long, but they are memorable and you quickly realize that music history can still be made by a few passionate people, sticking with their dreams, cultivating talent, and taking some risk. After the Stax, we headed to check out some high-end retailers in the Laurelwood Shopping District, particularly Joseph’s. It was what you would expect...sort of an open-air Frontenac Plaza, with beautiful stores, luxury goods galore, a phenomenal bakery and great historic homes surrounding it. I don’t know if I would book a shopping trip to Memphis, but as part of a few days wandering for music, museums, food, and river views, it’s worth the diversion. After a short respite, we gathered with the others to visit the Grind City Brewing Company on the banks of the Mississippi and met up with the owner, Hopper Seely. Hopper is a graduate of Brewlab in Sunderland, England -- where he was taught the trade of brewing. Once he graduated, he had one goal, and that was to open a brewery in his hometown of Memphis. Grind City brews a diverse range of great-tasting craft beers, staying true to a process that ensures quality and goodness through and through. Hopper is extremely affable and led us on a tour of the brewery and offered us samples of anything we wanted. Some of his beers were from recipes he learned in Europe and others from just making mistakes. His Viva Seltzer line is great tasting with

zero grams of sugar and under 100 calories. He told us many of the hard seltzers sold nationally are made in Memphis because of their clear water and easy access to transportation. There are a lot of benefits to living in the hometown of FedEx. For our final night of revelry, we headed to Lafayette’s Music Room, which has been a mainstay of Memphis since it originally opened in the 1970s, for some live music and eclectic Memphis home cooking. Led by Milton Howery III from Memphis Tourism, we drank some more, ate to our heart’s content, and watched a band named Waker, a six-piece ensemble from Nashville, Tenn. The group combined the spirit of classic rock, the pathos of Motown soul, the restless experimentation of jam-band music, and the songwriting acumen of the best indie rock, resulting in a wholly original and stirring aural gumbo. It’s this unique sound that has earned them slots on stages at Bonnaroo, Hangout, and SXSW. The evening ended with some handshakes and hugs, a promise to share each other’s stories about Memphis, and a commitment to return again to catch all the things we didn’t have time to fit into our schedule. While not an Elvis fan, I still want to visit Graceland, watch a minor league Cardinals game, see a couple of other music history museums, and get to know the locals. It’s hard not to respect what Memphis is doing, where it’s come from, and how it has contributed to the new America so many are seeking. Jump in your car, turn on the blues, jazz, and Elvis and in four hours you’ll be in the heart and soul of America. As they say, if you didn’t have a good time in Memphis, you can’t leave. sl 73

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With the holidays on the horizon, it’s time to start filling your calendar with SL’s roundup of noteworthy celebrations, fundraisers, and galas. As in-person events increase, it feels good to interact with and engage in the community we all have missed so much. During this holiday season, we encourage you to be a Sophisticated Giver. From Food Outreach’s “It’s in the Can” virtual canned food drive to the Kaufman Fund’s “Trees for Vets” in-person tree lot, there are many opportunities to make an impact. Share your celebrations with us by tagging your pictures with @sophisticatedlivingmag. Let us know which charities you want to see featured in our society pages. The list of organizations needing support is long. – SL


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“It’s in the Can 2021”, virtual canned food drive, Sippin’ 4 Sunnyhill, Veterans Day 5K Run/ Walk, Humane Society 150th Anniversary Gala, Over the Top for Tots, Check Presentation, YPB Nursery Night, TRIBUTE Fashion Show, JFS Annual Gala and 150th Celebration, Giving Tuesday


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Trees for Vets, Stray Rescue’s Hope for the Holidays Gala, Grand Opening Celebration, Central West End Window Walk, Clark Terry Centennial, Saint Louis Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Veiled Prophet Ball Fleur de Lis Ball


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“Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” opened its doors with an exclusive VIP event at the Starry Night Pavilion at the Saint Louis Galleria on September 30th. From now until from November 21, this limited engagement is open to the public. It features over 300 of Vincent Van Gogh’s most iconic paintings, displayed in a three-dimensional world that exhilarates the senses. Beyond Van Gogh breathes a new life into Van Gogh’s vast body of work, including classics such as “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers.” French-Canadian Creative Director Mathieu St-Arnaud leads this project from the world-renowned Normal Studio.



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It’s Your Birthday Inc. celebrated its seventh birthday in September! The organization creates fun and memorable birthday experiences for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters. The goal was set to raise $7,777 to give birthday memories to countless children. To do so, It’s Your Birthday partnered with local favorites to engage the community in fundraising. The weekend of September 18th, shoppers at Kendra Scott at Plaza Frontenac donated a percent of their purchases towards this goal. All month long, the Central West End Mission Taco donated for every yummy cheeseburger-taco sold. Happy Birthday, It’s Your Birthday Inc.!

Beyond Van Gogh 1) Ian Noble, Fanny Curtat, John Scher, Steve Litman & Greg Hagglund 2) Robin & Jean Carnahan 3) Julie Lally & Nancy Milton 4) Fanny Curtat 5) Self portraits of Van Gogh 6) Visitor at Beyond Van Gogh It’s Your Birthday 1) Valerie Hughes & Tina Wiley 2) Angela Ward-Morgan, Relunda Washington, Rolanda Finch, Inez Hughes & Tina Wiley 3) Greg Turner & Rosalina Syahriar 4) Doni Grooms, Donielle Grooms & Darla Grooms 5) Rolanda Finch & Rebecca Schwartz 79

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® rolled out the gold carpet at Busch Stadium on August 28, 2021, to kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September) with the inaugural St. Jude Presents: The Saints Gala. Honorary co-chairs were St. Louis Cardinals part-owners Bill and Ira DeWitt and MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith -- who served as the event’s emcee -- and his fiancée, Yolonda Lankford. Centene Charitable Foundation was the presenting sponsor. Four hundred guests enjoyed cocktails served from bars located in the dugouts; relaxed in draped cabanas behind home plate; and ate dinner on the field; helping to raise more than $1.6 million to support the mission of St. Jude: Finding Cures. Saving Children.™ The amount was announced with a fireworks display from the roof of Busch Stadium. All guests shown unmasked are in the same household -- with the exception of the honorary co-chairs. This is standard St. Jude protocol during COVID.


1) Joe Buck and Michelle Beisner 2) Lauren & Chris Pronger 3) Andy & Tayla Dragicevic 4) Patient Artwork brought to life via Augmented Reality on display at STL Aquarium 5) Yolanda Lankford 6) B. Marcell & Brandon Williams 7) St. Jude Chief Marketing and Experience Officer Emily Callahan 8) Honorary Co-Chairs Ozzie Smith & Yolanda Lankford, Ira & Bill DeWitt 81

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4729 MCPHERSON AVE, (314) 361-4100 DUANEREEDGALLERY.COM Established in 1994, this Central West End Gallery exhibits nationally recognized artists along side the work of mid-career contemporary artists in the fields of painting, ceramics, glass and photography.


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4728 MCPHERSON AVE, (314) 496-1377 HOUSKAGALLERY.COM Located in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Houska Gallery exhibits and represents emerging artists from the Midwest. In November, we will be featuring work from artists Nick Schleicher and Martin Kahnle.


4733 MCPHERSON AVE, (314) 696-8678 PROJECTS-GALLERY.COM projects+gallery is a commercial art gallery created by Barrett Barrera Projects and designed to feature contemporary exhibitions and artists that blur the boundaries of traditionally understood artistic disciplines and practices. The gallery features regional, national and international artists.

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The 2021 Glennon Gallop, presented by the T. Danis Charitable Trust, returned to August Busch Polo Club in Defiance, Mo., for an unforgettable day of fun and fundraising! Now in its 9th year, Glennon Gallop has become one of St. Louis’ most unique events. Proceeds support The Danis Pediatric Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. The funds raised at Glennon Gallop ensure that all the needs of Danis Pediatrics families are met. Guests in the VIP tent enjoyed wines by Bommarito Wine and Spirits, a lunch buffet by LaChef Catering, an exciting live auction followed by a fast-paced polo match. Field-Side Party guests enjoyed yard games and tried their luck at the cooler of booze and blood oath No. 6 raffles before taking in the polo match.


1) Avani Nayak, Amy Prada, Racquel Frisella & JenniferDavis 2) Bill and DeAnn Gueck 3) Cindy & Tim Drury 4) Game on at the Gallop 5) Tim & Jackie Danis 6) Molly & Doug Sansone 7) Dr. Cynthia Fletcher & Mikki Jones 8) Billy and Christi Busch & Family 9) Guests at the Gallop

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Laumeier Sculpture Park hosted its annual fall fundraiser, The Big Dinner, in person at the Park on Saturday, September 18. Nearly 200 guests gathered safely outdoors on Laumeier’s beautiful grounds, enjoying a cocktail hour and luxury picnic table dinner by Ces & Judy’s Catering, followed by music by The Grooveliner. The co-chairs of The Big Dinner were Jim Kemp and Michael Slawin, Jamie and Jeff Ryan, and Carlos Zamora. Stephanie Copp Martinez and Gina and Travis Sheridan served as honorary chairs. Jeff Ryan, Carlos Zamora, Stephanie Copp Martinez and Travis Sheridan all serve on Laumeier’s board of directors. Nancy and Ken Kranzberg and Emerson were the leading sponsors of The Big Dinner, with the Ferring Family Foundation and Kerrin and David Kowach as contributing sponsors. The entertainment sponsor was Christner Architects. Table sponsors included Ameren Missouri, Anders CPAs + Advisors, Barrett Barrera Projects, Christner Architects, The Estate Planner, and Mary Ann and Andy Srenco. Schlafly, Dierberg Estate Vineyard, Star Lane Vineyard and St. Louis County Parks were in-kind sponsors.




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1) Jeff & Jamie Ryan, Ryan & Dessa Kopp 2) Ken & Nancy Kranzberg 3) Ann Kelley & Georgie Busch 4) Michael Slawin & Jim Kemp 5) Cat Neville & Lauren Ross 6) Scott & Marsha Hoffman 7) Carrie Burggraf, Cindy Blake, & Stephanie Copp-Martinez 8) Claude Bond & RaShetta Chavis

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Pedal the Cause hosted 3,750 riders in Chesterfield Valley on Sep 25th and 26th. All participants continued to fundraise through October 31st for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. As part of the weekend celebration, Pedal the Cause founders, Bill and Amy Koman, were presented the inaugural Founders Award in recognition of the $32 million raised and 175 cancer research projects funded since 2009.



1) Kim & Tim Eberlein 2) Steve Trulaske 3) Amy & Bill Koman 4) Peter Mitchell & Kathy Brodsky 5) David & Julie Drier 6) Jay Indovino 7) The Founders Award 8) Jeff Glik, Judy Glik, Katie Lerwick, Chip Lerwick 9) Bob Cannon, Rich Liekweg, David Drier, Julie Drier, Jim Gorman 85

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ZOOFARI 2021, presented by Wells Fargo, took place from 7 p.m. until midnight on Friday, September 10, at the Saint Louis Zoo. Around 2,250 guests, dressed in creative black-tie attire, roamed the Zoo enjoying food, drinks, and music by local musicians. Guests enjoyed the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, Emerson Dinoroarus, and Emerson Zooline Railroad. The Zoo raised over $800,000 to support the Saint Louis Zoo and its conservation efforts here and around the world. 4 6

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1) Stuart & Susan Krawll 2) Mike & Gina Dougherty, Landy and Craig Mueller 3) Kelly Fesler, Sam Melendez, Vicki Brown, Michael Macek, & Roseann Buse 4) Judy & Nick Kouchoukos, Cynthia Holter 5) Cynthia J. Brinkley & Alicia S. McDonnell 6) Kelly Griswold, Allie Merriman, Tim Lowe, Jessica Lowe, Daniella Thayer, Julia Nichols 7) Collin Cox & Angie Schaefer, Jeffrey Bonner, Dana Brown, Melody Noel, Marcia and Joe Ambrose 8) Terry Purtty, Marsha Mitchell 9) Michelle & John Kilper 10) Rebecca & John Sheehan 11) Jo-Elle Mogerman & Josh Mogerman 12) Michael Hickey, Megan Martin, Kim Rayford, Todd Tiefenauer, Jill Graftenreed, Jesse Graftenreed, Angie Schaefer, Joe Ambrose, & Caryl Flannery 13) Matt & Jane Beth McCarty, Molly Hyland Ittner & Harry Ittner

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AUDRA, a St. Louis-based women’s luxury fashion brand that launched in 2013, celebrated its first anniversary in its new Ladue Atelier (9753 Clayton Rd.) on Friday, September 24. The fête was hosted by founder and creative director, Audra Danielle Noyes to thank her loyal customers and the St. Louis community for supporting her business growth in the region and the milestone of her business relocating to Ladue. The event also marked the official launch of the Fall/Winter 2021 Collection, where guests shopped newly released garments and toasted to her ongoing success.



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1) Sean and Carol Walsh 2) Patti Duvall, Monique Levy, Susan Sherman, Ruthe Ponturo, Ellen Soule 3) AUDRA FW 2021 Collection 4) Diedre & Mike Gray 5) Audra Danielle Noyes & Beau Herndon 6) De’Edra Seawood & Sylvia Petty

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