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From the Assocociate Editor

A new year! Time to let the resolution reflections begin, right? This year I want to make it my resolution to appreciate life. I know it is a bit cliché to constantly say, “Life is too short,” but there is real truth in that statement. This past year I have seen my four-year-old acclimate to a new school and write his name in a straight line; my one-year-old learn to jump, throw, and say ‘Frosty Noman’ over and over; my husband double his business; my father recover from both prostate and colon cancer; and my mother, as usual, remain my father’s rock and grow stronger every day...goodness I admire her. I have seen friends having babies, marriages ending, new relationships forming - all in just one year. A lot can happen in a year of your life, so embrace it and appreciate all that it holds for you and your loved ones. Appreciate change and take risks. Change is good and most of the time initiating a change is taking a risk. Celebrate your accomplishments, celebrate yourself and take time to reflect on what you accomplished over the past year. Whether you initiate a change, or life throws change your way, embrace it. Embracing change, trying new things and competition are all food for the soul, challenging us to push ourselves to create memories, stories and often times, tradition. While it might also be cliché to say, “Change builds character,” I would also add to that cliché that “Risks initiate change” and test us to reach inside and go beyond our typical reactions. Oh, and during all of this appreciation, reflection and resolution, don’t forget to make it your resolution to stop and have a good cocktail every now and then! Remember, it is always five o’clock somewhere! Cheers! Jen Dotson, Associate Editor


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The Breakers, Palm Beach

Unapologetically indulgent is one way to describe the enduring allure of The Breakers. Few rivals are willing and able to spend upwards of $20 million annually to keep things appearing the same as they ever were – which is to say at the pinnacle of fivestar service and amenities. It’s such a sensory-rich experience that the subtle scent of hair or skin perfumed with their privatelabel Sun Petals products instantly transports me to a Palm Beach state of mind. For the uninitiated, The Breakers is a 540-room Italian Renaissance-style hotel situated on 140 acres of the most coveted oceanfront real estate in Palm Beach. Founded in 1896 by Henry Morrison Flagler and still family owned by his descendants, the original property, destroyed by fire in 1903, was rebuilt twice more, in 1904 and again in 1926, at a cost of $7 million. The signature entrance, a 1,040-foot boulevard flanked by stately palm trees, manicured shrubbery and flowering tropical plants culminates at a Florentine Fountain patterned after the fountain at the Boboli Gardens in Florence. The front façade, punctuated by twin Belvedere 34

towers with graceful arches, is reminiscent of the Villa Medici in Rome. The grandioseness continues in the lobby, which draws inspiration from the Great Hall of the Palazzo Carega (circa 1560) in Genoa.   With an exhaustive list of amenities, The Breakers is much more than just a pretty face. The resort features 36 holes of championship golf, including The Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones Course; 10 tennis courts; a 20,000-square-foot luxury spa; a new $15 million Mediterranean-style beach club with a half-mile of private beach and 20 fully-equipped, luxurious beach bungalows for daytime-rental (a comfortable respite for a day spent transitioning between the beach and the three oceanside pools - lap pool, main pool and children's pool, and whirlpool spa); a Family Entertainment Center with an arcade, movie and gaming areas; an extensive program of family and children’s activities; and, a variety of water sports. There are nine distinct restaurant concepts at The Breakers that cater to every dining whim, from poolside

sandwiches to Muscovy duck “L’Orange” Roulade served in a most refined setting. The latter can be found at L’Escalier, the resort’s eponymous haven for contemporary French cuisine enthusiasts and those looking for an authentic white tablecloth experience void of pretense. Now in his second season, Chef de Cuisine Greg Vassos - whose decades of experience include apprenticeships and cooking alongside esteemed Michelin-starred chefs - is quite capable at the helm. Each course, abundant with the freshest seasonal ingredients, is exquisitely presented as a work of art, featuring bold and complex flavors that amaze yet do not overwhelm. Complementing the dining experience is the available expert consultation from Virginia Santarsiero Philip, the Breakers’ wine director and Master Sommelier. Only the 10th woman to earn the esteemed Master Sommelier certification, Santarsiero Philip leads a team of five sommeliers (including Master Sommelier Juan Gomez) who have assembled an exceptional list of more than 1,600 wine selections for L’Escalier. The sommeliers also sustain a magnificent 7,800-bottle display 35


wine cellar, which showcases only a fraction of The Breakers’ noteworthy 28,000-bottle collection. Rivaling L’Escalier’s flair for the dramatic is the Top of the Point restaurant, which crowns the top floor of the Phillips Point office building’s east tower in the heart of West Palm Beach. Part of the private Phillips Point Club, The Breakers completely overhauled every aspect of the Club environment following their takeover in June 2008. Capitalizing on its urban setting and stunning, panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean and Palm Beach, the new facility is chicly outfitted with ebonized and polished woods complemented by warm wall colors and supple leather upholstery. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, the menu includes steakhouse favorites, fresh seafood and inventive sides served in generous proportion. If you are lucky, you might get a glimpse of Argentine polo standout Nacho Figueras at Echo, another of The

Breakers outstanding off-site restaurants. Featuring edgy contemporary décor that attracts an equally chic crowd, Echo serves outstanding dishes with flavors that pull from the cuisines of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. The menu is arranged into Five Elements: Wind (small plates), Fire (creations from an open flame wok), Water (sushi, seafood and shellfish), Earth (meat, game, poultry and produce) and Flavor (desserts). From January 4 through April 27, 2010, the resort is offering a “Breakers Re wards” program, providing $100 or $200 nightly credits per room (based on type of accommodations) for significant savings on resort amenities. Rates start at $499 per room per night, based on availability. For reservations or more information, visit www.thebreakers. com, call toll-free 888.BREAKERS (273.2537) or contact your travel professional. 37

Costa d’Este, Vero Beach

The laid-back beachside hamlet of Vero Beach is the kind of tight-knit community where locals gather at the corner coffee shop each morning to greet and gossip and are just as eager to chat it up with visitors (where the six degrees of separation rule almost always rings true). Just an hour-and-a-half from the hustle of Palm Beach and part of the “Treasure Coast,” the city boasts wide, uncrowded beaches, varied art and cultural values (twice named one of the best small art towns in America), fine dining and cozy mom-and-pop-style eateries, quaint shops and a host of outdoor pursuits. Instantly recognized by its distinctive mid-century modern architecture and enviable location on Ocean Drive in the heart of Vero Beach, Costa d’Este, singer Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s $50-million hotel, opened its doors in June of 2008. The 94-room beachfront property began life as the Palm Court Hotel, which was severely damaged by hurricanes in 2004. The design scheme for the architecture and interior design draws from various organic geometric expressions, particularly the circle, which is demonstrated in dramatic fashion via the porte 38

cochere entrance with a dramatic waterfall-style fountain. A onestory connector, flanked by twin, five-story towers whose façades feature bas reliefs of random-patterned circles, creates a horseshoe shape that opens to the beach and envelopes a long infinity-edge pool and spa, a focal point throughout the day and night. The interiors are minimalist chic, with muted colors drawn from natural materials and textures, including limestone, teak, bronze and woven fabrics. Near the reception counter, an image of a ghostly purple orchid (Gloria’s favorite flower) is projected on a bronze chain metal curtain. Each of the guestrooms incorporates custom straightlined teak furniture-style credenzas, platform beds with backlit headboards, marble flooring, an I-pod docking station, crisp white Egyptian cotton bedding, flat panel televisions and complimentary high-speed wireless internet. Bathroom vanities share the same lines as furnishings in the bedroom and feature distinctive, oval-shaped showers lined in tumbled limestone with built-in benches and Kohler rain showerheads and a Hansgrohe hand-held shower fixture. Nine cabana rooms with private beachfront gardens are accented by fabric sunshades and furnished with a chaise for lounging and a table for dining alfresco. Three corner suites offer one bedroom, two full baths and a separate living area. The expansive presidential suite offers a master bedroom with private dressing room and bath, as well as an optional second bedroom. Large sliding rice paper panels connect the suite to its living area, complete with a state-of-theart audio/visual entertainment system. Rounding out the unit is a gourmet kitchen, dining room and four oceanfront balconies. If a trip to the spa is a vacation prerequisite, the Spa at Costa d’Este is the only resort spa in Vero Beach. An intimate space located on two-levels, the spa’s Zen-like décor features wall coverings crafted of mother-of-pearl mosaic tiles and sea grass, marble and wood-plank flooring, limestone surfaces and walnut furnishings. Facilities include relaxation areas and four treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite. “Spa at Costa d’Este is a distinctive experience from the moment a client steps in the door and exemplifies the owners’ philosophy that our guests should want for nothing,” said Awilda Rivera, the resort’s general manager. Opposite the spa’s reception area is a well-equipped fitness center with partial ocean views. Even if you are not lodging at Costa d’Este, the property’s outstanding signature restaurant, Oriente, is a worthy destination on its own. Named for Cuba’s Oriente region, the cuisine pays homage to the Estefans’ heritage. The bold interior

design includes a “peek-a-boo” window to the bustling kitchen, reinforced by teak wall panels, slate ledger-stone and patterned, woven fabrics the color of aged rum. An owners’ roundtable seating eight is located in the center, while plush banquettes line the walls. The bar is laced with backlit, hand-wrought ironwork and topped with a honed slab of concrete. Low-slung cocktail seating is positioned to optimize conversation and views of oversized plasma monitors. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Oriente is unrivaled in the region in terms of its bold exploration of Latin American, Spanish and Creole traditions. Executive Chef David Rodriguez, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a member of the American Culinary Federation and the prestigious Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, watches over the dining room like a mother hen, chatting with guests and ensuring that every last detail is properly attended to. “Something special happens in the evenings at Oriente,” said Rodriguez. “Naturally I’m biased, but many, many restaurant guests tell me they come first because they are curious, but they come back again and again for the great food and the energy, which is really alive here.” Lacking the corn syrupy flavor typically inherent in cocktails using a premixed base, a refreshing pre-dinner madefrom-scratch “Mosaic Mojito” was the best I have ever had. In addition to a number of specialty cocktails, the restaurant’s wine cellar is well stocked with South American, Spanish and Californian selections, along with selected French, South African and Australian vintages. Having difficulty narrowing our choices from the expansive dinner menu, we opted to dine tapas-style, by choosing several dishes from the small plates selection to share. A surprising standout and representative of the menu’s overall inventiveness was the seared tofu, an intensely flavorful dish that incorporated red miso, piquillo peppers, edamame and Latin aromatics. Music is the pulse of Costa d’Este. While a Latin beat reverberates with varying intensity throughout the public spaces, it is the heart of the vibrant beachfront pool area. During the day, the cadence of activity is relaxed. As the sun sets, the activity ramps up as an eclectic mix of locals and guests gather around the poolside bar or congregate en masses on circular loungers. Adding energy to the mix is a DJ on Friday and Saturday evenings and a live band on Sunday afternoons, bringing a little Miami heat to Vero Beach. Costa d’Este is located at 3244 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. For more information or reservations, call 877.562.9919 or visit 39

The Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach

What a difference $130 million can make. My last visit to The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach just prior to their major renovation project was, to be frank, a bit underwhelming. While the hallmark of a Ritz-Carlton stay – unparalleled customer service – was on par with other Ritz properties, the décor was tired and dated. The spa and fitness facilities were operated out of cramped quarters in the lower level, and the children’s program was held in a repurposed guest room. This time around, I was wowed from the get-go. The 310-room property is presently only one of four Ritz-Carlton resorts in the United States to have earned both Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond accolades. The elegant, expansive lobby serves as the resort’s living room, and as such, interprets the Palm Beach experience by putting a contemporary spin on hallmarks of high design. Whereas period antiques and fine oil paintings were once displayed in a staid setting with saturated colors, today they seem equally at home as part of a soft tropical color palette and juxtaposed with youthful large-scale iridescent damask and geometric upholstery, antique mirrored finishes and chinoiserie flourishes. 40 sophisticated living 41

Honestly, it was the accolades lauded by snowbird friends regarding the new Eau Spa that piqued my interest to return. So blissful was my afternoon at the new 42,000-square-foot sensory playground that I texted ‘EMG’ (substituting Eau for Oh in the ubiquitous ‘OMG’) to a friend who had inquired about the experience. Inside the glass doors is a Baroque and Turkish fantasy that left me feeling a little like Alice in her whimsical wonderland (a feeling underscored by a backward-ticking clock projected on the floor just inside the entrance). After checking in, I was led past the Beautique to an expansive room where a domed copper leaf ceiling soared above a wishing well. After selecting everything from the color of the ambient light of my treatment room to the essential oils and soundtrack, I was given a floating tea light and instructed to make a wish and set the candle adrift in the water. Moving on to the scrub and polish bar, my neck careened from side to side as I tried to take everything in. An on-site mixologist helped me make a fresh-to-order scrub (I opted for the lavender and mint mixture) that could be applied in the 42

bath lounge following my facial. Having arrived early, I made a cup of tea, selected one of the spa’s signature mini chocolate cupcakes and settled in a comfortable chaise located underneath a magnificent chandelier crafted by UK artist John Harrington from 300 crystal stemware glasses. There are 19 total treatment rooms, 12 of which have private outdoor gardens. Single garden rooms boast a hanging chair and an outdoor shower, while the double rooms feature an outdoor soaking tub, shower, waterfall and day bed. After my treatment, I headed to the 2,000-square-foot bath lounge. A flock of oversized rubber ducks bobbed in the hot tub. Overhead, a water shower circle created the feeling of a gentle rain. After a refreshing soak, I melted into a heated chaise lounge and wondered how I could retrofit one for my desk chair. Before heading outside to the Self-Centered garden, I poked my head into the sauna and was surprised to find penguin statues looking back at me from carved-out nooks. In similar unexpected fashion, reflected light from an overhead disco ball bounced around on glistening water molecules in the steam room.

At one end of the garden is a mirror mosaic, over which flows a heated waterfall that provides a neck, back and shoulder massage. Nearby, metal interpretations of the iconic Egg Chair gently swing suspended above an ankle deep pond. A social zone offers a sense of community with shared lounging, while private niches are cordoned off with soft green curtains. At night, the seductive garden transforms with color-changing lights, canopy tents and twinkling, underwater fiber optics. Whimsy continues even in the fitness studio, where a message etched into the glass window that overlooks the tranquility pool and ocean reminded me how many miles were required to burn off each of the aforementioned cupcakes. In addition to a full array of cardio equipment, free weights and weight machines, there is also a Motion Studio for yoga and Pilates and a Spinning Studio featuring Lance Armstrong’s indoor cycling program. 43


Part of the reason I was so eager and able to linger at the Eau Spa was the peace of mind that came with enrolling my daughter in a half-day program at AquaNuts, an imaginative underwater-themed play space for children from ages five through 12. Before I could even say goodbye, the crackerjack staff had already engaged her in one of the many activities in the center, which include an indoor climbing wall, a performance theatre complete with state make-up, costumes and props; computer workstations and gaming consoles; and an AquaNuts laboratory where glow-in-the-dark slim and colorful secret potions are concocted. While quite contented with AquaNuts, she could not help but wish she were a few years older so that she could enjoy Coast, a hip teen lounge complete with an interactive recording studio, DJ booth, gaming lounge and a salon. Emerging from the Eau Spa at dusk, I was amazed to see the lobby’s transformation as the soft glow of candlelight replaced sunlight and how it highlighted the lustrous silks, sparkling crystal and gilded elements of the décor. Well-attired guests, including a mix of couples and families, mixed and mingled on the terrace at Stir Bar and in private niches defined by embroidered linen drapery. Outside on the terrace (the only oceanfront hotel terrace in Palm Beach), guests lounged in an arc of cushy upholstered seating that surrounds a large gas fire pit and partook in torching their own s’mores and playing “Cupcake Tic Tac Toe.” A DJ and sushi bar added to the eclectic mix and all but erased my prior post-renovation recollections. Throughout the month of January, The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach has signed on to contribute five percent of room proceeds from the “Sweet Dreams for the Cure” package to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Valid January 1 to 31 and starting at $569 per room, based on double occupancy, the package includes overnight accommodations, as well as: two pink bath robes, two pairs of fluffy pink socks, a special pink cupcake welcome amenity and Sole Foot Delight treatment with pedicure from Eau Spa. For more information or to make reservations, call 561.533.6000. sl 45

Chilean Wine Chile is similar to an island: in the north it is sheltered by the Atacama Desert, which is one of the world’s driest; to the south are the Patagonian Ice Fields; to the east, the Andes Mountains, which are the source of irrigation; to the west, the Pacific Ocean; and in the center is a winemaker’s paradise, a veritable garden of Eden with an almost perfect Mediterranean climate that produces exceptional grapes, as well as some of the best fruit I have ever tasted. A long thin strip of land running along South America’s west coast, Chile is no more than 110 miles wide but is 2,900 miles long. These natural barriers have worked to the viticulture advantage of Chile by protecting the vines from pest and disease. A matter of fact, the vines are predominately own-rooted, meaning the fruiting vine is not actually on root stock, hence considered to be the true expression of the fruit. Very few vineyards in the world, let alone entire countries, are own-rooted, as they are very susceptible to a root louses called phylloxera, but because of its natural boundaries, Chile has the oldest vineyards in the world and has a large percentage of “green” wine! The traditional area of Chilean vineyards’ is the vast Central Valley with its sub-regions of the Maipo, Rapel, Curico and Maule valleys. While these areas produce very good wine, there is a strong move to the cooler growing areas of Chile, with the aim to produce wines with greater finesse and elegance. It is ironic that, despite Chile’s undersized width, there is a bigger difference in soil and climate from east to west than north to south. Some of the cool growing areas to look for are Elqui Valley, Limari Valley, Casablanca Valley, San Antonio Valley and Bio Bio Valley. T h e Sp a n i s h C o n q u i s t a d o r s s t a r t e d v i t i c u l t u r e approximately 460 years ago in Chile to celebrate religious ceremonies. Their primary grape varietal was Pais, which produces low quality but a high quantity of wine, and still exists in very small amounts. The French brought the noble varieties in the 1880s, and hence most of the grapes now have French lineage. Chile makes 75 percent red wines and 25 percent white wines, with most of the wines being from Bordeaux varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon is king and is produced more than triple the amount of any other grape. Merlot comes in second place and the very interesting, if not esoteric, grape Carmenere is the third. Filling out the top five are Syrah and Pinot Noir. Carmenere, once thought to be Merlot in Chile, is an ancient Bordeaux varietal brought to Chile in the 1800s


Written by Scott Harper, MS

from Bordeaux. It is all but extinct in France but thrives in Chile for its uniqueness. Carmenere has soft tannins, deep red color, red and black fruit flavors, a herbaceous character that is decreasing as winemakers allow the grape to ripen longer, and qualities similar to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and, of course, Merlot. It is commonly used as a blending grape and is more and more frequently seen as a varietal labeled wine. For white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are almost evenly produced with the Moscatel of Alexandria coming in

On a recent trip to Chile, I was astounded and learned much about the dramatically improving quality of Chilean wine. Having always thought of Chilean wine being a great value, I now know that they are great value wines at every price level. In fact, Chile is undergoing a wine revolution headed by many young winemakers that have trained abroad and are pushing the quality bar perpetually up.

third. Moscatel is used in making the grape distillate Pisco, which when mixed with lemon juice, sugar, egg whites and bitters forms the national drink of Chile, the Pisco Sour. Lastly a little Viognier, Riesling and Gewurztraminer are also seen from a limited number of wineries. Chile offers values in every price range and frequently overdelivers in each of those ranges. Here are just a few of many good wineries to pick up: Cono Sur, La Rosa, Sena, Santa Carolina, Chono, Casa Lapostolle, Concha Y Toro and Quintay. sl

Scott is General Manager of the Bristol Bar & GrilleJeffersonville and is Wine Director/Sommelier for the 5 Bristol Bar & Grille’s in Louisville and Indiana. He teaches wine through Bellarmine University. Scott is a Master Sommelier and a Certified Wine Educator. 47

Supreme Sedan 2010 Porsche Panamera 48

With the release of its four-door Panamera, Porsche has proven that luxury performance automobiles need not be a solitary sanctuary for speed-lovers. The Panamera is the first all-new, built-from-the-ground-up vehicle from the Stuttgart, Germany-based manufacturer since its historic debut of the Cayenne in Paris in 2002. “The crucial task for our engineers was to combine Porsche’s sporting DNA with all the spaciousness and driving comfort of a luxurious sedan,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Porsche’s executive vice president of research and development. “The Panamera is an alternative car concept for the premium customer, and while competing with established vehicles in the premium class, it will be a clear segment leader in terms of performance, driving dynamics and efficiency.” 49

The Panamera is Porsche’s fourth model line, joining the 911, Boxster/ Cayman and Cayenne model series. It is the first premium car with an automatically shifting double-clutch transmission to feature an engine start/stop system that saves fuel and reduces emissions by turning the engine off when it is not needed, such as sitting at a stop light, for example. All engines have advanced and fuel-efficient Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) as well. All U.S. Panamera models feature a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox delivering a dynamic driving experience, ultra-fast gearshifts without the slightest interruption of engine power, a very high level of comfort for four, and outstanding fuel efficiency when compared to a conventional automatic transmission. The Panamera is offered in three versions: 400-horsepower, two-wheel drive Panamera S (0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph); the all-wheel drive Panamera 4S (0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds and a 175 mph top speed); and, the 500-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo (0 to 60 mph in four seconds and a top track speed of 188 mph).


To create the lightweight structure of the Panamera body, Porsche employs advanced production methods and all kinds of steel grades, light alloys like aluminum and magnesium, and plastics. In the case of the Panamera S, the result is a car that weighs just over 3,990 pounds. This structure, and a 76-inch width, allows for two full-size, perfectly contoured rear seats and a highly functional, variable luggage compartment. The rear seat backrests tilt forward individually, providing up to 44.6 cubic feet of luggage capacity. One further visible highlight of the overall aerodynamic package and another innovation is the active four-way rear spoiler on the Panamera Turbo. Through its efficient management of control angles and surface geometry geared to driving conditions, the rear spoiler optimizes both the car’s aerodynamics and performance. The elongated headlights hearken to those of the 996 generation. The Panamera chassis and suspension represents a combination of sporting performance and superior comfort. In its basic setting, it offers a very high level of driving comfort, yet at a touch of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) button, it turns into a thoroughbred sports suspension. Another highlight is the adaptive air suspension – standard on the Panamera Turbo and optional on the other models – that can provide extra air volume on demand. The optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) system with its two active anti-roll bars can further enhance driving dynamics and comfort. Through the Sport Plus button, the optional Sports Chrono Packages enable the driver to choose, at the touch of a button, the high-performance configurations for the engine, drive train and suspension systems, including Porsche Traction Management (PTM ) with its fully- 51


controlled all-wheel drive. PTM is standard on both the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo. In the cabin, the primary cluster is composed of five circular dashboard instruments, with a large analog tachometer placed squarely in the middle. To the right is a 4.8-inch high-resolution digital display presenting a selection of on-board computer information. The centerpiece of the Porsche Communication Management System is a seven-inch high-resolution touch screen located high in the middle of the dashboard. Interior accoutrements, as expected, are top-notch and incorporate supple leather, exotic woods, carbon fiber, aluminum trim and high-quality plastics. Up to four optional multi-zone temperature controls allow each occupant to regulate his or her microclimate. “I always believed that Porsche would build a car like the Panamera – a car where the Porsche experience could be shared with more than just the co-pilot,” said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “Just like with the Cayenne, we found another chance to forge a new path and create a car that did not exist: a sports car for four. Our dealers are excited because this will bring new customers, and the list of hand raisers is growing every day. Despite the tough economy, I am confident the Panamera will be a success.” The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Panamera S is $89,800, while the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo retail for $93,800 and $132,600, respectively. sl 53

Arty Party

Written by Bridget Williams

Miami turns up the heat on the contemporary arts scene A great many of the more than 250 gallerists from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa who collectively represented some 2,000 20th and 21st century artists offered positive feedback following the eighth edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. “This was a surprisingly strong show,” said David Zwirner of David Zwirner Gallery in New York City. “This art market is stabilizing and gaining momentum.” Zwirner’s sentiments were echoed by Andrew da Conceicao, director of the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. “It has been a long while since we have met this many new and serious collectors and curators in such a short time span. We are leaving with a big smile on our face.” Sale prices ranged from a few hundred dollars for multiples and works by young artists to several million for museum-quality masterpieces.

Wendell Castle, Barry Friedman and Marc Benda


Kelly Nipper in Art Perform at Art Basel.

Attendance was strong, with an estimated 42,000 visitors attending special exhibitions, panel discussions, private collection tours and events featuring film, performance and video. To facilitate a better visitor experience, the layout was extensively redesigned to include larger spaces for many galleries. For instance, the Art Positions sector, focused on special projects by young artists and galleries, was formerly situated at Collins Park but was sited in the center of the Miami Beach Convention Center this year, bringing young energy into the halls. The Art Collectors Lounge was significantly redesigned and enlarged and included a restaurant with seated and served dining, along with lounges by title sponsor UBS and associate sponsors Cartier, NetJets and AXA Art.

Max Hetzler Galerie at Art Basel 55

An installation at Art Miami. Photo: RED EYE PRODUCTIONS 56

Franz West, Lying Not, 2008,Gagosian, New York

The new Oceanfront environment, created by Los Angeles artist Pae White, proved to be hugely popular with the public. White’s interactive cityscape exuded a particular energy at night when the elements transformed into a shadowy group of buildings. The site played host to a number of daily programs, including Art Basel Conversations, Art Perform (an intensified program of longer performances by rising international artists, such as Kelly Nipper, Kris Martin and Claire Fontaine), Art Video and Art Film (an exclusive work-in-progress preview of the feature documentary film “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” directed by Tamra Davis). While Art Basel Miami is certainly a major drawing card, it is not the only (or even the oldest) show in town, as no less than 17 complementary concurrent events were staged to capitalize on the presence of key collectors and curators. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Art Miami, the anchor of the Midtown Arts District, highlighted a wide variety of art from 80 national and international contemporary art galleries and prominent institutions. 57

"Eco-Totems" outside the Red Dot Art Fair created by Luis Valenzuela

Red Dot Art Fair

Graffiti Gone Global. Photo courtesy of

Bernice Steinbaum of The Bernice Steinbaum Gallery the 2009 Official Host Gallery of Art Miami

Following a highly successful debut in 2008 as a booth-based event, the Red Dot Art Fair, a boutique fair for galleries specializing in emerging, mid-career and established artists that seek to present work of lasting value and beyond current trends, returned to the Wynwood Art District. An opening reception benefitted GreenMiami, which seeks to increase the city’s tree canopy to 30 percent by 2017. Complementing the green theme were Eco - Totems, an art installation created specifically for the event by Luis Valenzuela of recycled plastic bottles and solar panels. In addition to daily outdoor concerts, the fifth PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, held at Miami’s Ice Palace, included 89 exhibitors (27 of which were newcomers) in its main gallery, with an additional 15 galleries in its IMPULSE section. Making its debut, the Graffiti Gone Global event, curated by New York photographers and writers James and Karla Murray, represented the largest ever gathering of international graffiti artists. The asymmetrical 4,000 square-foot gallery was built of interlocking elements of wood and steel to resemble the multi-ethnic Brazilian shantytowns known as Favelas. Participating artists, including Brazil’s Smael, Japan’s Aiko Nakagawa, Colombia’s Billi Kid, Ewok One 5MH of New York City, home-town favorite Crome, created artwork during the show on individual panels that were subsequently detached and sold. The 2010 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach will take place December 2 to 5. 58


John Baldessari, Raised Eyebrows/ Furrowed Foreheads: Woman (with Semaphore Flags), 2009 was shown at the Mai 36 Gallery (Zurich) at Art Basel. 59

Bibliotaph Nestled in the blue mists of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, the 10,000-acre bucolic refuge of Blackberry Farm houses a top-rated small inn with one of the premier farm-to-table restaurants in the country. This sumptuous cookbook offers a collection of recipes that are as inspired by the traditional rustic cooking of the mountainous south as they are by a fresh, contemporary, artistic sensibility. Some of the dishes are robust, others are astonishingly light, all are full of heart and surprise and flavor — and all are well within the reach of the home cook. Sam Beall - The Blackberry Farm Cookbook: Four Seasons of Great Food and the Good Life - hardcover, 300 pages, Clarkson Potter,

In this book, Valerie Aikman-Smith, an L.A.-based food stylist and writer, introduces the reader to salts from all over the world and how they can be used in everything from a gazpacho with smoked salted croutons to chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. Valerie Aikman-Smith - Salt: Cooking with the World's Favorite Seasoning - hardcover, 64 pages, Ryland Paters & Small,

From one of America's premier wineries comes The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook: Recipes from Great Chefs and Friends. Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, first produced in 1992, is internationally recognized, well loved by wine connoisseurs, and served with distinction by well-known chefs. The book showcases more than 80 favorite recipes from culinary masters who have a passion for Bryant Family Cabernet. A portion of the proceeds from the cookbook sales will be donated to The Bowery Mission. Barbara Bryant & Betsy Fentress - The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook - hardcover, 192 pages, Andrews McMeel Publishing,


bib 'li' o 'taph, [bib-lee-uhtaf, -tahf ]: a person who caches or hoards books For fans of PBS’s Everyday Baking from Everyday Food and home bakers seeking one easy-to-follow reference for all their sweet and savory baking needs, from breakfast breads to beautiful party cakes. John Barricelli, owner of The SoNo Baking Company & Café in South Norwalk, CT, presents 125 recipes for sweet and savory breads and baked goods, with a focus on techniques and finishing skills to produce beautiful, bakery-quality results at home.Available in March. John Barricelli - The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook - hardcover, 288 pages, Random House,

Ottolenghi is one of the most iconic and dynamic restaurants in the UK. Ottolenghi: The Cookbook captures Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's zeitgeist for honest, healthy, bold cooking presented with flair, style and substance. This painstakingly designed book, lavishly photographed book offers the timeless qualities of a cookery classic. Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi - Ottolenghi: The C o o k b o o k - h a r d c o v e r, 304 pages, Ebur y Press,

Renowned tableware designer and Elle Décor contributing editor William Yeoward reveals his expert secrets of planning wonderful parties to ensure you become the perfect host or hostess and throw a soiree your guests will never forget. William Yeoward – The Perfect Host - hardcover, 144 pages, CICO Books, 61

Of note... Animal Attraction

Handmade needlepoint 'Zebra Safari' rug from Vermilion. Available to the trade (

The life-sized Horse lamp is one of a three piece collection of animal furniture designed by Front for Moooi. Polyester, pvc/cotton laminate on metal structure. ($6,542, Bodo Sperlein brings an equestrian theme to his unique Lladró Ascot collection, a versatile group of tabletop accessories that bring a touch of originality and style to any table. Horses’ legs, heads and hoofs are used in clever and inventive ways to invite us to touch and admire each piece. ($75-$500,

Easton chair with Cirque Linen upholster y from C.R. Laine. ($1,574,


Goofy tousled tentacles dangle from a bell shaped body that's lit from within. Handmade by Haitian artisans from papier mache and recycled materials, the light is available in white or an array of low VOC paint colors ($215.00).

A single bulb drops dramatically from a scalloped tin collar, illuminating two lovely birds perched high in a cage. Made of oxidized tin and papier mache by artisans in Haiti and Mexico ($460.00).

The gender neutral ‘Berkeley’ bag from Moore and Giles is inspired by vintage doctor bags. Shown in a handstained dry lagoon finish. ($1,060.00, 63


Written by Kirby Camm, Bittners

It’s all about the wood. One of the major misconceptions about antique furniture is its method of construction and the type of wood used. For some reason, a good many people think of antique furniture as being made of solid wood. This is far from the case! While there are many examples of provincial and metropolitan-constructed furniture pieces that are made of solid wood, it’s safe to say that seventy five percent of the antique furniture pieces one encounters are veneered. There is a simple reason for this: a scarcity of fine quality wood. All hardwood trees such as walnut, mahogany, or even cherry are somewhat scarce in comparison to common soft wood trees like pine. Along with this scarcity, cabinetmakers learned early on that there was a limited amount of irregular wood grain to any given tree (the irregular grain is what gives antique furniture its desirable aesthetic). We simply don’t have enough page space to expound upon the various types of wood grains, but a few famous examples 64

include burl, fiddleback, crotch grain, plumb pudding, birds eye, tiger stripe, and the simple and beautiful curvy grain. By veneering the furniture, the cabinetmaker could use myriad combinations of wood in different colors to create unique inlaid pieces. An interesting piece of trivia related to antique veneer furniture is the fact that the majority are English and Continental, and very rarely American. The thickness of the wood veneer is often helpful for dating a particular piece of furniture. Early veneered furniture pieces have very thick veneer, sometimes more that a quarter-inch thick. Over time, as skills of cabinetmakers increased, along with advances in technology, veneers have become thinner and thinner. The illustrated late English Sheraton chest, circa 1840, is a fine example of decorative veneer work. By using different wood veneers, the 19th century English cabinetmaker was able to incorporate a combination of satinwood, mahogany, and ebony string inlay to create a very stylish and distinctive English chest. sl

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Dining outside

AZUR restaurant & patio

the circle Written by Bridget Williams | Photography by Eric Williams There is one thing you will not find in the kitchen at AZUR restaurant & patio: a microwave. There is simply no place for it in their globally inspired, farm-to-table menu. Celebrating their fifth year of business, AZUR’s spin on fine dining is as unconventional as its location in a Beaumont Centre strip mall. For owner Fred Wohlstein and Executive Chef/partner Jeremy Ashby, taking their clients on a whirlwind culinary adventure is not just their business model, it is their passion. Spend five minutes with either one and you will find your mouth watering over a discussion centering around the creative preparation of New Zealand rack of elk, rabbit, sea bass, veal, bison, boar’s tail and scallops. When quizzed about the origins of the AZUR name, Wohlstein is quick to reply that it was begot by the physical space. Influenced by contemporary European décor, the interiors boast a multitude of curvilinear surfaces and a varied blue-green color palette that calls to mind the azure colors of the Mediterranean. 67

Unlike its name, the concept for the cuisine was not derived by happenstance. “Our goal was to provide a level of cuisine that Lexington lacked. Before we opened, people would have to travel to enjoy the type of worldly influenced but locally sourced cuisine that we offer,” said Wohlstein. He is quick to add that while AZUR attracts foodies, locavores and adventurous diners, the dining experience is one without pretense. “We want to provide an elevated level of cuisine in a relaxed environment … You don’t need to be a gastronomist to read the menu,” he added. Executive Chef Jeremy Ashby, a culinary graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, cut his teeth in the industry at the heralded white tablecloth Magnolia’s Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, and Norman’s in Miami, Florida. He cites the cuisine at Norman’s, a melting pot of Latin, Asian, Caribbean and European styles, as a big influence on his own worldly culinary stylings. At AZUR, each white plate serves as Ashby’s canvas, providing him with opportunity to wow diners not only with an explosion of flavor but also with presentations that push the envelope, such as his favorite portabella napoleon and desserts presented “by the bite” on tiny white pedestals. “We want to mystify the customer with our creativity,” said Ashby. “We pay attention to current dining trends and experiment with those while also setting our own benchmarks that get emulated by other institutions.”


While they do not espouse traditional “Southern” cooking, they do not eschew it either, and specific menu elements call to mind comfort food aspects, such as oxtail whose preparation mimics a traditional pot roast. Monthly chef series dinners allow them to dig into avant-garde cuisine even deeper. Examples include “AZUR Distilled” in which the base source of various spirits (grain, rye, wheat, potatoes or sugar beet molasses) serves as the foundation of a tasting menu.


The vast range of products promoted through the Kentucky Proud movement provides continual inspiration to Ashby and his culinary team of fellow Chef/ owner Miguel Rivas and Sous Chef Justin Clark. “Every day I get contacted by a new farmer, which keeps me excited about innovation. The variety translates into better quality in taste and presentation.” Ashby points out that duck eggs sourced from Winchester are used in dishes calling for eggs and lend a richer flavor than typical hen laid varieties. “It’s a subtle nuance that enhances the dining experience,” he added. With just 500 square feet in the kitchen, space is at a premium, meaning that fresh ingredients are brought in almost daily. 71

The menu, which evolves seasonally, features Ă la carte selections and five-to-seven-course tasting menus. Designed to take approximately one-and-a-half hours, the tasting menu is intended to foster the social aspect of dining. Nowhere is the social aspect more at play than on the lushly landscaped 2,500-square-foot patio that serves as a hub of activity during temperate climes. When dining “outside the circleâ€? at AZUR restaurant & patio, your taste buds will certainly never be boxed in. sl 73



For the Love of History & Horses The fall season would not be complete for the Garlington family without the annual dove hunt hosted on their 217-acre farm in Paris, Kentucky. Jennie and her husband Peek, founding partner of Edge Capital Partners, love bringing together their family, friends and colleagues from all around the country for this event.

Written by Jen Dotson | Photography by Eric Williams


Opposite page | The 217-acre farm in Paris encompasses a Federalstyle home and original stone barn that date to the 1800s and a small historical cemetery. This page | Homeowner Jennie Garlington has been riding American Saddlebreds since she was 11. The restored original stone barn from the 1800s is now home to Bluejeans and other family horses. 75


Opposite page | “This house reflects a collection of our life and doesn’t have room for anything that isn’t sentimental to us,” says homeowner Jennie Garlington. A collection of family photographs in the breakfast room is a reflection of that philosophy. This page | Enjoyment of the outdoors is important to the family and is reflected throughout the décor, including the cozy study.

For the Garlingtons, the opening of dove season is heralded by the massive rolling fields of bright yellow sunflowers. These fields lure in children as much as the hungry dove, offering hours of entertainment and beauty. “We routinely hop in our open Jeep, grab our buckets and take daily rides out to the sunflower fields,” says Jennie. “The children love collecting them and placing them all over the house! It is our family’s favorite time of year.” Jennie, Peek and their four children, Anna, Hope, Peek and Sarah Bailey, have created more than a few memories in these fields, from playing hide-and-seek to taking family photos. After all, it is Jennie’s philosophy that if you are blessed to live in a place with such natural beauty, especially during the fall season, then you should embrace it and share it with your loved ones. Now, after several years of the hosted hunt, Jennie and Peek enjoy witnessing family and friends, including their sons, at this event. “The hunt is really becoming a rite of passage,” says Peek. “It warms our hearts knowing the younger generations are going to keep this event alive.”

The Garlingtons did not look long when they moved to Kentucky almost eight years ago. A family friend of Peek’s father assisted them in their search, and this stately, restored 1800s federal-style home was the first farm they toured. The couple says they walked through the front door, and it just “sang” to them. And Jennie’s dream to be surrounded by horses began take shape. The house still needed some renovation work, as well as an expansion. Architect Tom Wilmes of Wilmes and Associates in Lexington worked closely with Jennie and Peek on their year-long renovation. Wilmes stayed true to the integrity of original architecture and historical aspects of the home. The elegance is subtle from the entry, but when you walk into the foyer you see the graceful detail in the restored Palladian windows and doors, the grandeur of the high ceilings and the detail in the moldings. Even with the soaring ceilings, like in the master bedroom, the rooms of this stately home feel inviting and intimate thanks to a number of design aspects, such as massive pine wood ceiling beams, exposed 77

This page | In the dining room, as elsewhere throughout the home, there is an understated palette of antique white with splashes of color coming through in the form of art and other home accessories. The art throughout the home is an eclectic mix of old horse oils with more contemporary artwork by Atlanta artist Todd Murphy..

brick and refinished wide-plank wood flooring. Rooms flow one to another with a window-lined gallery hall acting as a connector to the whole house. The main house sits on the highest point of Bourbon County, lending a dignified feel as you drive up the twomile tree-lined drive. The restored original stone barn from the 1800s sits to the left of the house and is truly a gorgeous piece of history. The barn is now home to one of the family’s 78

favorite horses, Bluejeans, as well as many others. Jennie’s love for the Bluegrass, as well as the horse world, started when she would visit with her trainer looking for horses. Since she was 11, Jennie has been riding American Saddlebreds. Lexington is a huge mecca for saddlebreds, and paired with being a wonderful place to raise children, as well as an amazing landscape for people that love the outdoors, they could not ask for a better setting.

Even with the soaring ceilings, like in the master bedroom, the rooms of this stately home feel inviting and intimate thanks to a number of design aspects such as massive pine wood ceiling beams, exposed brick and refinished wide plank wood flooring. The elk was shot by homeowner Peek Garlington in Montana.

Massive pine wood ceiling beams in the family-friendly hearth room are just one of the myriad architectural elements that appealed to the homeowners. 79


This page | An antelope-print carpet from Stark anchors the cozy keeping room, which serves a repository for treasured family photographs and mementos. 81

Being very sentimental, the Garlington home is inspired by memories – family trips to Europe and Asia, walls filled with their children’s framed artwork, as well as many family heirloom pieces. “This house reflects a collection of our life and doesn’t have room for anything that isn’t sentimental to us,” says Jennie. Their home displays many traveling treasures, such as a chest from Morocco; artwork from St. Petersburg, Russia; many antiques from Atlanta; and an enormous elk head, shot by Peek in Montana, mounted in the master bedroom. The art throughout the home is an eclectic mix of old horse oils with more contemporary artwork by Atlanta artist Todd Murphy. The home is an understated palette of antique white with hints of grayish blue, while Jennie adds in splashes of color with art and other home accessories. Another very sentimental aspect is a small historical cemetery near the house. “I almost feel like we are borrowing the home from the original owners at times,” says Jennie. “We feel the original owners are still here to share in the love we can continue in the house every day. I love being a part of history every time I walk through the door.” sl 82

This page | The living room reflects the homeowners’ eclectic style, which includes pieces acquired during trips around the world.


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Decorative artist Kim Comstock rendered the trellage pattern on the walls and ceiling in the sunroom. Limestone floor from Paris Ceramics. The daybed was sourced from a Parisian flea market.


Building a proverbial dream home nestled amid the rolling hills of a former tobacco farm was a coming home of sorts for one homeowner, who spent his formative years in similarly bucolic environs. Initially reluctant to forfeit the conveniences inherent with living “in town,� his wife is now just as enamored with their comfortable family home and its subsequent menagerie that encompasses five horses, a pair of Great Pyrenees, cats, ducks and geese. 85

Given the role within the family as project manager, the wife originally envisioned a Georgian-style estate when she first met with architect Chris McCoy. A series of revisions ensued, with the final result incorporating not only Georgian, by Palladian and Arts & Crafts influences. The wife also opted to have the oversized brick painted, a manifestation of her desire for a clapboard country house. “Because it is a large family home, the painted brick keeps it from seeming too pretentious or stately,” she said. The husband is credited with determining the home’s site placement at the crest of a knoll near the rear of the property, which affords enviable vistas of a pair of ponds, while allowing for the extensive landscaping buffer to ensure total privacy. When it came time to customize the interiors, the wife knew exactly who to call. Several years prior she had admired a room decorated by interior designer Matt Carter of Matthew Carter Interiors as part of a holiday house tour and made a mental note to contact him when their project came to fruition. His willingness to consider the owners’ needs and tastes and become a trusted advisor and educator as they continue to expand their collection of heirloom quality antiques and interesting art has resulted in abundant adulations from them. “Not only is Matt extremely talented, he is just wonderful to work with and be around,” said the wife. 86

Above | Casters were added to the 18th century English oak table to make it more conducive for everyday dining. A purposefully mismatched hot pink and brown toile from Manuel Canovas adds levity to the antique chairs. Opposite, top | According to interior designer Matt Carter, the newly constructed table and chairs in the dining room are “the right kind of new” to complement several fine antiques in the room. The walls have a subtle cream strie finish and the ceiling has been painted a soft shade of blue to counterbalance to the dark wood tones. Opposite, bottom | Interior designer Matt Carter chose “a heavy dose of brick-colored Fortuny fabric” for an ottoman and accent pillows in the living room and tempered it with a sea grass rug and a pale silk wall covering to keep the room from feeling too formal. Starfish and shell mirror above the fireplace is from Crossgate Gallery. 87

The majority of upholstered pieces in the family room and elsewhere were custom-made for the home. Carlton Varney floral linen was used for the drapery, an oversized ottoman and pair of armchairs. An antelope-print carpet from Stark mixes in a bit of whimsy.

In the entry, a true hand-blocked large-scale damask wallpaper from Clarence House and a stenciled floor compensates for a lack of significant wall space available for placing furniture or displaying art.


“[The homeowners] understand that great things don’t happen overnight,” said Carter, who relished in the opportunity to start with a blank slate. “It wasn’t a case where once construction was complete we backed up a truck and unloaded everything. It was a more methodical process where we focused our attention first on the background – the drapery, rugs and upholstery – and then built on that solid foundation by adding great pieces over time.” In some rooms, such as the foyer, a background element takes center stage. In this case, a true hand-blocked, large-scale damask wallpaper from Clarence House compensates for a lack of wall space for hanging art or placing furniture. “It’s a nice surprise to see a large pattern broken up with so many doors,” said Carter. With their children now in adolescence and beyond, the homeowners are free to indulge in a more refined interior design scheme. “I was a relaxed mom, and our previous home was complete with rabbits, guinea pigs and finger paint.” A perfect example of their new perspective is the kitchen table. Whereas in the past the humble table was treated as a utilitarian throwaway – “I can’t tell you how many kitchen tables we went through over the years,” said the wife – the new home boasts an exquisite 18th century English oak banquet table. Other recently acquired antique pieces include a pair of Italian console tables and a George II commode in the dining room; tables in the living room; and a French walnut commode, chest and a pair of settees with linen velvet upholstery in the sunroom. The couples’ appreciation for antiquity extends through nearly every room on the main level, courtesy of reclaimed hardwoods floors from Longwood Antique Woods that purportedly came from a barn that housed Secretariat. Willing to acquiesce on several stylistic elements, the wife remained steadfast on the inclusion of two specific rooms: a butler’s pantry and a sunroom. Both were designed to evoke the wife’s fond memories of such rooms in her grandparents’ homes. For a family that relishes in cooking and entertaining, the butler’s pantry is a vital extension of the kitchen. A unique steam oven (called into frequent service during the growing season to prepare produce harvested from the family garden) and a Miele espresso machine are built into the floor-toceiling cabinetry with a hand painted hunter green finish. Five sets of Palladian windows in the sunroom are purposefully left unadorned to provide unobstructed views of the verdant landscape. It is not uncommon to find the wife admiring the songbirds in myriad colors that visit the strategically placed birdfeeders just outside the windows. All of the room’s furnishings, including a velvet daybed sourced by Carter from a Parisian flea market and a pair of armless chairs with overstuffed down cushions, provide a clear sight line through the room. Carter commissioned decorative painter Kim Comstock to render a trellage pattern on the walls and ceiling to further enhance the feeling of being in the out of doors. Utilizing his highly trained eye and covetable sense of style, Carter has melded livability and antiquity to create a home that is both timeless and a reflection of the times. “It’s all about the mix of high and low that gives each room levity and a bit of surprise,” he said. sl 91

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The American International Fine Art Fair (Palm Beach), Dallas Art Fair, The Emerald City: The Living Arts & Science Center ’s 20th Anniversary H’Artful of Fun, 7:00, Big Ass Fans (2101 Jaggie Fox Way), The Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association’s G ala Celebration, 7:00, Marriott Griffin G ate, Marketplace Auction, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (Chicago), Lexington Rotary Club Sweetheart Soiree, 6:00 PM, Lexington Downtown Hotel, A Night of Literary Feasts individual author dinners to benefit the Lexington Public Library, Downtown Gallery Hop, 5:00, Downtown Lexington, Art Antiques Design Dubai, Coffee with the Authors at L.V. Harkness, Lexington Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics, 10:00 AM, Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Road,

Bid & Buy

More than 450 guests were in attendance at Birthright of Lexington’s 20th annual “Bid and Buy” fundraiser. Former Jockey and Hall of Famer Pay Day served as emcee and was joined by Rev. Wayne Smith, Channel 37 news anchor Kristi Runyon, Valeria Cummings and Super Bowl champion Marty Moore. This year’s “Louise Summerhill Award” recognized Carol Earl for her 17-years of outstanding volunteer work. Birthright is a non-profit organization that has been providing services to women faced with unexpected pregnancies for 37 years in Lexington.

Jeanette Kelly & Dr. David Blandford

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Bob Rupp, Kathy & Dan Bork

Pat Day, Ary & Angelo Baez

Tom Rolfes & Dr. Carol Cottrill

Abby, Duane & Marrion Cook

Beth Wright, Craig Dance, John & Jane Cullen, Mark & Cindi Dodson, Ron & Barbara Halloway, Don & Cari Scordo 94

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Rob & Dr. Nicole Freels, Dr. Shaunna & Doug Johanneman


Boots & Bourbon

This was the inaugural year for Boots and Bourbon, presented by The Lexington Cancer Foundation’s Pegasus Board, a group of young women with an interest in philanthropy and raising funds in the fight against cancer in support of the Foundation’s mission. The event was held at Round Barn at the Red Mile and featured a casual barbeque dinner by Bayou Bluegrass and music by Kentucky’s own Halfway to Hazard. The Lexington Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization whose philanthropic mission is to create awareness and raise funds in the fight against cancer and to improve the quality of healthcare for cancer patients.

Kristi Martin, Jamie Leveridge, Whitney Lochmueller and Heather Couch

Madison Newton and Kara Heissenbuttel


Natasha Glass and Chad & Robin Hobson

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Chad Dobson, Riley Kirn and David Baehler

Leslie Wilson & Kati Prickett

Kelly Sturgill, Tammy Marcum, Heather Couch and Tracey Couch

Brenda Rice and Kristi Martin

Vent Rice, Don Mueller and Mike Byrne

Whitney Lochmueller, Ginger Booth & Haley Kerwin

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Unlike any women’s facility in the state, The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East is a state-of-the-art maternity building to open March 29, 2010. Featuring patient centered design and amenities, with the entire family’s comfort in mind, it will offer the outstanding patient experience that Saint Joseph has always delivered. The facility will be dedicated exclusively to women’s services. Our Grand Opening Celebration will take place during the 11th Annual Maternity Fair on May 8, 2010.

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12 Labor/Delivery/Recovery Rooms 3 Cesarean Section Rooms 28 Post Partum Rooms 28-Crib Well Baby Nursery 16-Bay Level II NICU 10-Bed Antepartum Rooms Separate Waiting Rooms for Labor/Delivery and Post Partum • Special Waiting Area for Expecting Dads — “Mancave” • Ground Floor featuring Physician Office Space, Gift Shop, Education Center & Courtyard

Cole Porter Cabaret Evening

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Patrons of the Headley-Whitney Museum sipped champagne while getting a first look at the museum’s new bibelot creation by Angela Conty. Music from the Starry Night Players filled the big top overlooking the gorgeous Bluegrass farms.

Mary Lou Whitney, John Hendrickson, Sarah Henrich, Meg Jewett

Ted Bassett, Gay Reading, Fran Taylor

Brereton & LIbby Jones, Sue Wylie

John & Donna Hall

Neal, Derrick & Cooper Vaughan

John Paul & Judy Miller

Misdee Wrigley Miller, Diane Lott


Mandy Vaughan, Linda Roach

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Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:30 pm Keeneland Racecourse

Hats and Handbags for Life is a silent auction of new and gently worn hats and handbags from national and local designers. Designers have included Badgley Mischka, Gucci, Prada, and hat creations from Christine Moore, Polly Singer, and Frank Olive, to name a few. It is a perfect way for friends to get together for an evening of fun, while supporting the LCFI’s mission in the fight against cancer.

The Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction is a unique event held during one of the most exciting weeks of the year in Kentucky — Derby Week! The night begins with an exclusive vintner pouring and silent auction. Dinner and the live auction follow, which have included items such as a new Lexus, ownership in a thoroughbred racehorse, trips to Italy, New York Fashion Week, Cabo San Lucas, England, and more! • 888.388.2620 99

Holly Days

The Junior League of Lexington launched their annual Holly Day Market in 2007 as a way to raise funds to further the League’s mission of promoting the quality of life in the Bluegrass. Unique vendors from near and far give shoppers the opportunity to buy holiday gifts in one spectacular location.


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Jessica Dawson and Jen Keszler

Terri Upchurch, Candy Lane Thacker, Jacky Space and Whitney Keough

Kristen Stinsen

Leonard & Leslie Cox

Leslie Stoll

Sherry Wainscott and Whitney Roberts

Ashley Hull

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“An Evening with the Beagles� was the theme of the sold-out Beastie Ball held at the Marriott Griffin Gate to benefit the Lexington Humane Society. Proceeds help the Society care for the nearly 5,000 animals that come through their doors each year.

Emily Meek, Franklin Bryle, Ron Brown

Beth & Mike Mankel

Madison Carey, Emily Walks, Elizabeth Dorsett-Williams, Amy Vil

Nicki & Dirk Browning

Sue McCarty, Stuart Bennett

Taft & Douglas Rood

Patricia Morgeson, Rebecca Laudermilk


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Toys for Tots

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The Lexus Store of Lexington hosted their 4th annual holiday dance at the Keeneland Entertainment Center. Invitees were asked to bring an unwrapped toy to be given to Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship charitable endeavors for 52 years. The black tie event featured festive cocktails and light Buffet Fare music by the TTP Band, and a Lexus Owner Welcome Answer Bar.

Brian & Kelly Mullins, Cindy & Gene Hamm

Karen & Glenn Boens

Lacy, Reese & Becky Reinhold

Julie & Jay McCord, Marnie & Phil Holoubeck

Alan & Lisa Zumstein, Renee & Vince DaGrava

Abel Bogale, Dan Defler, Tony Ottaiano, Davis Thomas

Ssgt. Jason Moody, April White, Sgt. Anthony Wilder, Becky Sullivan. Cpl. James Medley, Lanie Pund

Rob Hoenscheid, Sandra Burton, Ron Dutton

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Greentree Close Open House

Kicking off the season of Holiday revelry, complete with a visit from St. Nick himself, the festive Greentree Close Holiday Open House was held at L.V. Harkness & Company showroom on Short Street.

Linda Tzouanaltis and “Santa” Buzz Carmichael

Rob Walker and Ken Hixson


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Rob Springelmeyer and Cindy Gatterdam

Justin & Libby Sautter

Mary Ann McKee, John Gorden, Betty & Dlenn Hoskins

Betty Hoskins and Karen Nielsen

Dlenn & Betty Hoskins and Rob & Vicky Walker

Sue Ann & Jerry Truitt and Meg Jewett

Marry Ann McKee, “Santa” Buzz Carmichael and Judy Wells

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Stallion Season Auction

Over 250 people attended the 20th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Stallion Season Auction live auction, sponsored by Brushwood Stable, Cobra Farm, CandyLand Farm, Lael Stables and Rosenberg Thoroughbred Consulting. Herb and Ellen Moelis and the late Allaire duPont were recognized as the founders of TCA.


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Jane Buchanan, Debbie O’Connor, Susan Imbert

Robin Mims, Nicole Iuliano

Herb Moelis, Bev Strauss, Jinny DuPont Suarez, Ellen Moelis

Katie & Jamie Lamonica, Amber Tate

Amy Diamond, Shari House, Genna Freeman, Jill McCully

Jayne & Alex Waldrop, Liz Harris, Rick & Becky Reed

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Beverly Strauss and Ginny duPont Suarez of MidAtlantic Horse Rescue were presented with the TCA Industry Service Award. TCA was formed in 1990 to raise and distribute funds for charities in the Thoroughbred industry which provide a better life for Thoroughbreds both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue, research and by helping the people who work with them.

Barry Crume, Jamie Hill, Mike McMahon, Rodney Nardelli

Anna & Kenneth Ford, Frances Relihan

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Blessing of the Hounds

Deacon Bryant Kibbler presided over the annual Iroquois Hunt Club blessing of the hounds on the front lawn of the old mill that serves as the Club’s headquarters.

Edie & Clay Green

Jane Scott Hodges, Talley & Nalty Hodges

Lynn de Seroux, Betsy Van Nagell

Libby & Justin Sautter with their daughters

Chett & Diane Lott

Kristi & Alex Martin

Irv & Selma Harris


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At the conclusion of the ceremony, gathered riders mounted their horses and moved off with their hounds up the hill to Miller Trust Farm to enjoy a stirrup cup prior to start the hunt. Martie Mayer chaired and organized both the Blessing Day and the hunt celebration day later that evening.

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Evening with the Stars

Saint Joseph Associates for Renowned Services (STARS) held their 21st annual Evening with the Stars at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center. The event honored Robert K. Salley, MD as the Saint Joseph Hospital Physician of the Year; Tamara James, MD as the Saint Joseph East Physician of the Year; and Jack Kain as Outstanding Community Volunteer. A performance by the Jimmy Church Band followed the honoree recognition and live auction.

Michelle Ripley & Barry Stumbo

Carol & Gene Glowatch


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Dawn & Ralph Averado, Ken & Sara Haynes

Suresh & Geetika Rekhraj

Barry Stumbo, Jim Newberry, Jack Kain

Dwight Badgett & Leslie Ayers

Kemp Wolverton & Dr. Chris Riley

Joel & Lucy Pett

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KY Equine Humane Center

The historic Round Barn at The Red Mile was the site of a bourbon tasting and cocktail fundraiser to benefit the KY Equine Humane Center, an organization that provides shelter while seeking adoptive homes for all of Kentucky’s unwanted equines, regardless of breed. In lieu of a ticket charge, attendees were asked to bring an item from the group’s wish list to benefit their special charges.

Holly Groshek, Joan Campi, Sue Ann Truitt, Lori Kirk-Wagner

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Cathy Edwards, Jim Smith, Meg Jewett, Harkey Edwards, Alan Leavitt

Courtney Feltner, Bob Cranfill, Danielle Bonner, Katie Cranfill, Dusty Bonner, Bennett Thornbury, Marshall Cibils

Chris McCarron, Karyn, Pirrello, Colleen Pirrello

Arnold Kirkpatrick, Allen Greathouse

Jim Smith, Lori Kirk-Wagner, Meg Jewett

Al Young, Ann Evans, Linde Karns, Alan Leavitt


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Diamonds for a Cause

St. John & Myers was one of a limited number of fine jewelers selected to exhibit a museum-quality collection of rare natural color diamond jewelry. Available for a mere 15 hours, guests at a special cocktail reception were among the first to try on and select from the amazing collection. The event also served as a fundraiser for the Makenna Foundation. Established in September 2001 in memory of Makenna David who died of a rare lung disease in 1998, the foundation raises funds to help make the Kentucky Children’s Hospital a benchmark of children’s hospitals by providing the necessary equipment and assist in hospital expansion.

Olivia Scholz, Lynn Guindon, Paula Holley

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Jim & Suzanne Elliott, Tim & Janet Bricker

James & Lauren Bricken

Julie Swindler

Bob & Sara DeMuth

Patricia Potts, Pamula Honchell

Louis Scholz, Tim & Janet Bricker, Jim & Suzanne Elliott


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