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Contents April 2014 | Vol. iv, No. 11



Chefs for Hope


Pandora’s Masquerade


Year of the Horse




Wrapped in Red


Pearls & Pumps

Tasty Benefit for the Salvation Army’s Culinary Training Program

Celebrating Theatre and Diversity

Crane House Asian New Year

Red Tie Gala for Ronald McDonald House

Red Cross Fundraiser for Local Disaster Relief

On the Runway for Women’s Health at Baptist





The Dahlems of Derbyville


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week



Editor’s Letter


Food and Wine


Chat with the Chair

The Derby Element

Charlie and Lisa Dahlem

A Conversation with Todd Calvert about Fall/Winter 2014

Destination Derbyville

A Chat with Erika Chavez-Graziano

Elizabeth Dodd Lococo, KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway


Corporate Spotlight


Charity Spotlight


Holly on the Go

Churchill Downs’ Pink Out Campaign

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Guest Column


On the Circuit


The Scene



Bright Pink

Derby Pitch Tips from the Pros

CREATE The Way Forward!

 aising Ms. President, Judy R Chicago Reception, Guys & Gals Hats & Ties

Calendar of April Events

June Marcille Eliason, It Runs in the Family

36 ON THE COVER Charlie and Lisa Dahlem photographed by Clay Cook. Creative Direction by Gunnar Deatherage. Makeup by Isidro Valencia. Wardrobe by Dillard’s.

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Hop on over to Pam Brooks Laura Snyder editorial associate Josh Miller features editor Tonya Abeln food editor Lincoln Snyder fashion editor Gunnar Deatherage art director Derek Potter production manager Matt Bach graphic designers Katy Barrett-Alley, John Cobb Amy Gomoljak, James Osborne, Christie Passarello contributing photographers Jolea Brown, Clay Cook, Steve Squall circulation manager Chris Sparrow sales and marketing associate Julie Trotter account executives Marsha Blacker, Sarah Conti, Melissa Fallon, Kelley LaBarbera, Laurie Lennon, Taylor Springelmeyer financial accountant Shauna Tolotti group publisher David Brennan publisher editor

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couldn’t be happier to usher in spring (have we ever waited so long?) with Charlie and Lisa, “The Dahlems of Derbyville,” on the cover of this April Nfocus! As honorary co-chairs of The Julep Ball, Charlie and Lisa share a message of hope via the Debby Dahlem Fund, established in honor of Charlie’s mother, at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, the beneficiary of Derby Eve’s “premier party with a purpose.” As expected, our fashion feature takes on track attire, but titled “The Derby Element”—with a nod to sci-fi film The Fifth Element, styled by Jean Paul Gaultier—in Gunnar’s words, it takes a fashion event that’s overly familiar to us “and makes it a bit alien.” With styling echoes from Fashion Week runways, Gunnar imagines “a visitor from another world arriving in Louisville at Derby and trying to fit in.”

To be sure, there will be plenty of visitors descending on our fair city come the first weekend of May and in preparation for your starstruck encounter at the track or the many charity events listed in this month’s Scene, Holly on the Go shares “Derby Pitch Tips from the Pros.” Dialogue and engagement are always on the mind of our guest columnist, Theo Edmonds, who brings exciting news from I.D.E.A.S. (International Dialogue and Engagement Art Space) the organization he co-founded “to pioneer transformational new ways for artists, entrepreneurs and other creatives to effect positive social and economic change in Louisville,” at a time, I think we all will agree, that the city needs it more than ever! Bring on Derby, bring on the visitors, and bring on the hope… Derbyville is ready!


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hand up, not a hand out. That’s what the Salvation Army’s culinary training program gives. This remarkable program not only provides daily meals for hundreds, it also provides marketable work skills and job opportunities to people who are willing to work for a chance to turn their lives around. It is to this vision of direct community involvement that Louisville’s best chefs and their staff volunteer their time and talents to create a six-course epicurean adventure, which helps fund this enterprising charity. Hosted by Big Spring Country Club, Chefs for Hope was attended by a veritable who’s who of local foodies and philanthropists. During cocktail hours, the happy crowd of attendees milled about sipping drinks and enjoying canapés prepared by Sullivan University chefs Sam Mudd, Eugene Bell, Jackson Hodges and culinary students. The initial course of garlic-butter poached Argentine red shrimp was provided by Chef Dallas McGarity of Marketplace. Next up, the Village Anchor’s Chef Geoffrey Heyde presented crispy sorghum glazed pork belly, Kenny’s white cheddar Wiesenberger grits, and spiced apple chutney. As each course was being served, the creating chef would come out front and describe the dish and its production to the guests. Chef Shawn Ward of Jack Fry’s introduced the third course of boneless quail breast with foie farce, candied grapes, pearl onion confit, and natural jus. Chef Dean Corbett of Corbett’s and Jack’s Lounge delighted guests with his signature classic comfort food: 30-hour prime Creekstone Farms brisket and mashed potatoes. Chef Daniel Stage of Louisville Country Club gave guests a real treat with pan roasted Creekstone Farms beef tenderloin leek and potato galette and white asparagus. Finally, Chef Josh Hillyard of Big Spring Country Club put the braised cherries and cocoa nibs on the dark chocolate cremeux! But the real icing on the cake is that since 2005, more than 125 men and women have hope for a better future because of The Salvation Army Culinary Training Program!

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ressed in 1920s attire and masks, guests of the Roaring 20s’ Masquerade, sponsored by Horseshoe Casino, partied to the music of Billy Goat Strut and DJ Sleepy T at The Pointe in Butchertown in support of Pandora Productions, a local theatre company producing bold, cutting edge theatrical pieces relevant to GLBTQ issues. An open bar, sponsored by Absolut Vodka, Four Roses Bourbon, Schlafly Beer and Horseshoe Bend Winery, provided the Jazz Age bootlegging-speakeasy element. The Event Company, along with flamboyantly dressed theatre lovers and performers on the dance floor, brought the flapper culture and Gatsby-esque vibe. “This is the seventh year Pandora Productions has held the Masquerade fundraiser,” said Todd Mercier, chair of Masquerade 2014. “The proceeds from Masquerade are a big portion of what keeps Pandora alive and their ability to create artistic pieces that inspire diversity amongst all people.” Such upcoming artistic pieces include Devil Boys from Beyond by Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliott, opening May 8, a play set in the aging community of Lizard Lick, Florida, where a UFO sighting is followed by the transformation of the withered retirement community into a gaggle of gorgeous muscle boys. Opening June 19 is Marry Me a Little, conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene with music by Stephen Sondheim, a play about four single strangers isolated in their Manhattan studio apartments and remote from another, but unknowingly united by lonely dreams. While Pandora Productions stages plays with GLBTQ themes, Artistic Director Michael Drury, shared that Pandora Productions “reveal the commonality of all people,” “expose the beauty and dignity of all people,” and “ignite the unfailing hope and triumph of the human spirit.” Now that’s something to celebrate!

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ocelyn Warren and Firas Hamza, and their event committee, planned and executed an Asian New Year celebration benefiting the Asian Institute— Crane House that featured all of the sensory delights that make this blacktie event truly unique in a city replete with galas. At Mellwood Art Center, the evening of February 22 began with a cocktail hour featuring the Brown-Forman Lunar Equus cocktail by Heather Michaels of August Moon and included performances by the Louisville Lion Dance Team and East Invazn and an unparalleled dinner prepared by the area’s “Fab Five” of Asian-influenced chefs. The annual celebration was, as always, a sensory explosion with vibrant, enticing fashion, music, dance and food. Guests were dressed in clothing representing the many cultures of the Asia Institute - Crane House, whose educational and arts programs impacted 21,000 recipients in 2013. In addition to these 60 programs, in 2014, Asia Institute will provide Asian dance classes for students in at-risk communities. Chef Peng Looi, of August Moon and Asiatique introduced the five amazing chefs who came together to collaborate on an outstanding dinner: Sukh Bains, owner of Shalimar Restaurant, preparing chicken tikka and vegetable biryani; Blake Pascua, chef de cuisine at Basa, preparing braised pork belly with blue ginger and baby bok choy; Ming Pu, chef de cuisine at River City Winery, preparing lamb chops with pickled mustard risotto; James Moran, chef de cuisine at Seviche, preparing kal bi shortrib and baby bok choy kimchi; and Robbi Santos, pastry chef at Jack Fry’s, preparing turon and coconut ice cream. The many guests who bid on spectacular silent and live auction items and sponsors D.D. Williamson, Stites & Harbison, and Ms. Evelyn Wong help enable Crane House to continue its mission of promoting an understanding of Asian culture and heritage through education, outreach, and the arts. May you all have happiness and prosperity in this year of the Horse!

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As honorary chairs of the The Julep Ball, Charlie and Lisa Dahlem are working to bring more awareness and funding to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center than ever before. Inspired by the cancer struggle of Charlie’s own mother, Debby Dahlem, the couple hope that this annual “party with a purpose” can positively impact lives and the city of Louisville.


t the onset of the classic novel Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell describes the home Twelve Oaks as: “beautiful as a woman is beautiful who is so sure of her charm that she can be generous and gracious to all.” I’ve often thought not of the actual house that it describes, but of the woman to whom the simile compares. “Generous and gracious to all.” By every account that I have heard, that woman could very well be the late Debby Dahlem whose legacy of grace, charm, kindness and generosity encouraged family, friends and all that she encountered. “She treated absolutely everyone with respect,” recalls Lisa Dahlem. “Some people put on a smile when they have to, but she had it to offer everyone and never discriminated whose day she would brighten.” Never was this more apparent than when Lisa was completing a routine retail purchase following her mother-in-law’s death. Upon checkout, when the clerk inspected the last name on her credit card, he questioned her relation to Debby Dahlem. “He said, ‘She was one of the most kind and wonderful people I’ve ever met,’ and went on to explain that he used to valet her car at the hospital and that the entire valet staff would actually fight over who got to park her car because she was so sweet.” This is just one of many stories of those moved by Debby’s generosity of spirit. She was the University of Louisville Homecoming Queen in 1949 and her son Charlie jokes, “People who went to the University during that time

still tease my dad that they can’t figure out how he got my mom. In fact, my father had made the decision that if mom had not accepted his marriage proposal, then he was meant to be a priest. He meant that seriously.” Fortunately, she did accept that proposal and with the union came daughters Karen and Blair and twin sons Jim and Charlie. She joined her husband Bernard in running the family business, The Dahlem Construction Company, credited with building Louisville’s first shopping center, as well as her own antique jewelry business called Estate of the Art. A lover of fine arts, she served as a Kentucky Opera Board Member, but what Charlie recalls most fondly of his mother was her specific brand of humor. “She had a very healthy ability to laugh at herself or about things that many people around her were taking seriously,” he shares. “I still have a stash of cards that she and I would send back and forth to each other that would surprise people. It was a game of sorts where we would get the craziest card we could find on the shelf. Some of them you wouldn’t expect to get from your mom and most of them you definitely wouldn’t send back to your mom.” Her humor and spirit served Debby well through her unfortunate diagnosis of peritoneal cancer, an extremely rare form of the disease affecting the lining of the abdomen. Despite a four year battle that included over 30 chemotherapy treatments, Debby always put on a brave face for others. Lisa remembers, “It was hard to tell she was sick because she was still always laughing and engaged in life, taking care of others until the very end.” She died in March 2011 at

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the age of 80, just two weeks after Charlie and Lisa announced their engagement. Debby’s oldest daughter, Karen, transported her to chemotherapy treatments and recalls her mother’s preoccupation with helping others even when struggling with her own health. “She would look into rooms at people who were by themselves and wonder how anyone could cope with this illness alone. She considered herself so lucky to have a family support system and would always say, ‘When I get cured of this, I’m going to help others get to their treatments or help with their childcare so they can come.’ She was always so positive about her outcome.” When Debby did realize she was dying, she called Karen to discuss the difficult arrangements of her funeral. “She said she always wanted to do something to raise money for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center (JGBCC) but had not been well enough to do it. She asked that her obituary state that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Center.” The amount raised in her name was significant enough that Karen, a Board Member at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, discussed how it should be allocated, all the while knowing where her mother’s heart had been in this effort. Now, the Debby Dahlem Fund at the JGBCC exists to assist patients who need assistance in their journey to health. Social workers at the hospital aid in identifying individuals with an immediate need for this financial supplement. Diane Warner, RN-Coordinator-Oncology, has seen first-hand how the fund has positively impacted patients. “Lack of transportation can be an obstacle,” she shares. “This gift helps patients by providing them with TARC tickServing a s Honorary Chair ets or cab rides at no cost to them. This is essential for keeping treatfun par ty ; it i s about mu ch ment plans on schedule. Lodging Jame s G ra ham B rown is another issue for out of town patients. The Dahlem Fund provides local lodging and cafeteria meal cards to take the financial burden and stress of long car rides away from families.” Together, the Dahlem family are working to keep the fund alive in memory of their mother and to commemorate her wishes. “When we talk about this fund,” Charlie says, “we’re not referencing an endless amount of money just waiting to be spent. We really hope to encourage others to contribute in this way. People get caught up thinking they can’t participate in helping the Center because they don’t have a large amount of money to donate, but there are other ways to give where the rubber can really meet the road.” When Charlie and Lisa were married, like Debby, they asked that guests contribute to the fund instead gifting them with wedding presents. Charlie reminds us that it is essentially random acts of kindness that can turn a bad day for a cancer patient into a better one.

i s about more t han t he needed funding for Th e Can cer Center.

Party with a Purpose At around the same time the Debby Dahlem Fund was officially established, Lisa and Charlie ran into Sarah Mitchell, Executive Director of The Julep Ball, the largest fundraiser for JGBCC. Of the chance meeting Sarah recalls, “I love to encourage my friends to volunteer with me for causes that I feel are important and I knew that Lisa would be a valuable asset to my team so I convinced her join the executive planning committee last year for The Julep Ball. Little did I know the immense connections the Dahlems had in this city and that they were simultaneously working to raise money for the same cause.” That initial involvement and the efforts of the Dahlems on behalf of The Julep Ball resulted in the naming of the couple as this year’s honorary chairs of the premier Derby Eve soiree. “They are by far some of the most genuine people I have come to know in this city,” Sarah continues. “No one would ever know the wealth they bring to the table in more ways than just money. They are humble people who are willing to work hard for something they believe in and require no glory or recognition for it. They truly want to do what is right by Charlie’s mother and what she stood for in helping others in need.” The hard work of the Dahlems and that of the planning committee will result, once again, in a grand event on May 2 on the floor of the Yum! Center, a venue that last year hosted over 1000 guests for The Julep Ball. The event is one of the longest

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running Derby weekend fundraisers and for years has set the standard for Derby entertainment. Along with a multi-course dinner, the evening promises priceless entertainment featuring The Bob Hardwick Sound, one of the greatest pop orchestras in the country and Nashville recording artist J. D. Shelburne. Product sponsorships from Maker’s Mark, Tito’s Vodka, Heaven Hill Distilleries and Old 502 Winery, the official wine of the Kentucky Derby Festival, promise to keep guests dancing until Derby morning. As always, there is buzz of celebrity guests but organizers hope to keep the focus this year on the mission itself. For the Dahlems, serving as honorary chairs of this event is about more than the fun party that it will inevitably be; it is about raising awareness and much needed funding for our local cancer center, an effort from which they believe everyone can benefit. Caught up in their Derby social calendar, some people, Charlie fears, don’t even know what The Julep Ball funds. “So that is our primary goal,” he says. “Making sure people know why we are really there.” Both Charlie and Lisa have been able to utilize their professional experience in assuring the success of this event. Charlie and his twin brother, Jim, are now the third generation at the helm of the family business with Charlie serving as President of Dahlem Realty Company, Inc. and Vice-President of Dahlem Enterprises, Inc. A graduate of Kentucky Country Day and Vanderbilt University, walking across a crowded room with Charlie in this city can be a long term commitment, as he shakes hands and seems to know almost everyone he encounters. Lisa, a graduate of South Oldham High School and Miami University of Ohio has a vast entrepreneurial background which includes founding her own purse company that went on to be featured on The View and The Rachel Ray Show as well as national publications such as US Weekly, Time, People, and Lucky magazines. “It’s been amazing to connect with people from our past through this effort,” says Lisa. “We have reached out to friends who have moved away from Louisville but because of their connection to this city, they have wanted to help out in any way they can by donating auction items or various other ways. I have always been passionate about causes that benefit our local community and supporting our cancer center does just that, whether you’ve been affected directly by cancer or not – you will. I think we are missing an entire demographic of young people in our fight against cancer because they don’t want to think about what is in their future. It is my goal to engage that group more fully and let them know that if you are going to fight for a cause, this is the one that could save your life.” Also worth noting is the major public health issue our state faces due to tobacco use. Kentucky deaths to lung cancer is almost 50 percent greater than the rest of the country making funding for research and treatment even more imperative at JGBCC. Lisa explains, “People tend to get overwhelmed by the thought of cancer and think that it is this huge monster that can’t be cured, but what we want them to realize is that there are some incredible things happening in our very own city that make that a possibility. Dr. Miller has organized an effort in the western part of the state where the tobacco leaf is used to generate vaccines. We can save lives nationwide and worldwide from this research center. People need to know that there is hope.” Charlie shared one of his father’s most oft-quoted pieces of advice. “Bernieisms,” his family called them. “He would always say, ‘Experience is the best teacher, and someone else’s is the cheapest.’” The Dahlems hope that their shared family health crisis with cancer will be all the experience someone will need to give to the JGBCC either by attending The Julep Ball or making a small contribution so that a family can have a nutritious meal as they await the treatment of their loved one. Debby Dahlem’s dream of making a positive impact on cancer patients is now a reality thanks to the efforts of her family. “Generous and gracious” in death as she was in life.

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week A Conversation with Todd Harrison Calvert about Fall/Winter 2014


s usual, Todd Harrison Calvert, stylist and buyer for Glasscock Boutique spent a whirlwind month in NYC, this year hosting Melanie Simpson and her daughter, Alexandra, who we are told at age 13 is already using her sophisticated taste to help Todd order. Angela Leet along with Lee Robinson and son Rodes accompanied him to Michael Bastian, Carolina Herrera and Christian Siriano shows while other clients took advantage of the extra days snowed in by admiring presentations from The Library Bar at The Hudson Hotel, dubbed “Fashion Central” this year due to its proximity to Lincoln Center.

Todd, we hear that Alexander Wang had guests trek two hours to a Brooklyn warehouse for his presentation and a handful of fashion insiders can recount a sweltering 45 minutes stuck in an elevator with Vogue’s editor-atlarge, André Leon Talley, at the Oscar De La Renta show. Did you have any adventures?

When Karl Lagerfeld put sneakers on the Chanel couture runway last season, the sound of tweed-clad women fearfully clutching their pearl necklaces could be heard around the globe. This season, Marc by Marc Jacobs paired high top motocross sneakers with clean cut suits. Nike even collaborated with Givenchy’s Creative Director Riccardo Tisci. What’s your advice on this sportswear trend and on shoes in general? Well, I am going to get my hands slapped by most of my clients, if not all of Louisville. The wedge: OUT. The sandal: IN. 3-6” heals: IN. Platforms: OUT. Classic pump: IN. Spectator: IN. Rhinestone heals: OUT. Thigh boots: OUT. The classic ladies shoe is back in. As for the sneakers, don’t be fooled. They’re only for the runway.

Many, including five blizzards and two ice storms, but through it all, each collection was better than the other, time after time. From the fur trims used to the intricate embroidery work, there were few misses going into Fall 2014.

This season certainly prepared fashionable women to face frigid winters in utmost luxurious style. Calvin Klein swaddled models in cozy cashmere knits and expensive woolly blends while Badgley Mischka bundled women up in colossal fur collars and Russian fur hats. Were you surprised by all the fur? Judging by the way the buyers were reacting, the tide may be changing. J. Mendel used the most lux sheared sable, fox and mink in chevron patterns of different colors to create geometric patterns for jackets and coats, even offering a $250,000 queen-sized sable blanket in the collection. Carolina Herrera, long a staple of the luxury designer labels, offered suede and pony skirts and jackets and even a sheared lamb dress in UK blue that is to die for! Bibhu Mohapatra used white alligator and sable trim to create a mouth-watering gilet (vest) and full length coat that was lined in sheared sable. Shearlings are definitely “in” going forward.

What is being offered to those that don’t like fur? And what’s your take on “pony”? Carolina Herrera opened her show quite cinematically as Karlie Kloss stormed the runway in a pony-hair black caped coat and skirt. Most designers offer a faux option for those that disagree with using real fur. As for “pony,” it is cowhide with the hair still attached, and treated in such a way as to resemble in texture the hide of a horse, but rest assured it is not a real pony. The use of, or import of, horse or pony hide is illegal in the United States. Men’s designer Ricardo Seco had a pair of “pony” dress pants that I absolutely loved!

If hem lengths are anything to judge by, happy days are, indeed, here again. Yes, most designers used a length that is 1”-4” below the knee for their runway shows. But keep in mind that a “runway look” does not translate into a real look. For commercial looks, a.k.a. what you will see in stores, the hem lines are adjusted, the plunging neck lines filled in, the “plumber’s rear” brought up, etcetera. Translation: shock effect is good advertising, but it does not sell, and they know it. After seeing the adjusted collections in showrooms, the best bet for the hem line is 1” below or no more than 2” above the knee. And ladies, keep the “girls” covered: plunging neck lines are passé. It’s time to start thinking of yourselves as ladies again. Reference, for example, Dior’s “New Look” that highlighted the hourglass figure—strong shoulders, cinched waists, hips.

This season certainly set forth more daring, almost revolutionary, silhouettes. At the Victoria Beckham show, garments hung slightly away from the body. Rodarte reinvented ‘girly,’ pairing a flowery crop top over a turtleneck and trousers while glittery accents adorned otherwise serious and subdue ensembles. It seems there are vast opportunities for new approaches to femininity.

Viva la Christian Siriano! I loved the show, I loved the collection! It was obvious from the first dress down the runway that Christian used Dior as his inspiration! The lady-like looks, the wonderful fabrics that moved with the body, the ostrich feather opera jacket…I was in love with it all! However, this is not the first time that I came across that look this past February. Circle and A-line skirts that emphasize the waist and broad shoulders were in every collection. It is all rat pack-elegant in a 1950’s style. When we visited with Christian in his studio, he agreed to make the most beautiful custom party dress for Alex, full of silk flower petals and beads. She will look wonderful in it!

This season also ushered in a new wave of nostalgic power dressing. Anna Sui cut a modern edge from the cloth of the 20s. An elegant silk tunic and palazzo ensemble walked the runway ornamented with a long single-tassel necklace; sharp, black, cat-eye sunglasses were paired with a long feathery boa over a geometric black and red pantsuit. This powerful entrance gave way to a plethora of commanding women, sporting looks you would expect to see on the starlets of the 50s and 60s silver screen. Everything old is new again. Ladies and gentlemen alike, be ready for a return to early 80s “prep.” Black and white, combined or alone, is completely in. Rich shades of Orange, fuchsia, dark to emerald greens, plums and all shades of brown are back. And…welcome back the 1-2” hound’s-tooth pattern! Herringbones were shown in every shade of burgundy to navy, and cashmere plaids, with Glen and Tartan leading the way in collections such as McQueen and Posen.

You mentioned embroidery? Naeem Khan, perhaps the most masterful craftsman with embroidery, sent a collection down the runway that was breathtaking from the moment the lights came up. Crafted primarily in black and gold or bronze tones, Khan’s collection was one of the finest that I have seen. He also artfully used beaded fringe and feathers that flowed with the body, creating a moving show of light. Monique L’Huillier used spider web embroidered lace to create masterful transparent opera coats worn over lavish gowns with full skirts! Carolina Herrera, or the “Divine Mrs. H” as she is known in fashion circles, used hand painting, stones and embroidery on her cashmere and fox trimmed jackets, dresses and outerwear. This may have been the most special showroom visit, because the president of the company came out and brought Alex a gift bag that Mrs. H had left for her, as she had to be out of town. Cassandra Mastropaolo

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A Chat with Erika Chavez-Graziano

>> recipe

Jackknifed Benedictine pho t oS BY JO LEA BRO WN

Cellar Door Chocolates and Jackknife Café at Butchertown Market


y family has long been fans of Cellar Door Chocolates, and I love to treat my wife and eleven-yearold daughter by bringing home the Dark Chocolate Almond Bark with Sea Salt or the Sea Salt Caramel Cups. Meeting Erika at her shop and new Jackknife Café at Butchertown Market was a real treat, even if I did get questioned about possibly being a ‘bronie’ because of how easily the names of the “My Little Ponies” drawn on the shop wallboard rolled off my tongue. (Did I mention I have an eleven-year-old daughter?) The pop culture references continued with Donnie Darko, bounced to political science and landed solidly in the realm of chocolates and Benedictine. Erika is nothing if not well rounded.

Tell me a little about your background. Where are you from and how did you end up here? I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and will have been here for ten years in December. I have an economics degree from the University of New Mexico, and when I first arrived, I was focused full time on attaining a Masters in Political Science from the University of Louisville. I was having a difficult time completing my thesis, so my mentor, Carol Norton, advised me to take a break and work on something I love, like my truffles that I used to make and give to my friends in grad school. I’ve been doing this now for seven years, but I still dream about that thesis.

I’ve wanted to ask you about the name Cellar Door for the longest time. Drew Barrymore’s character in Donnie Darko says that a famous linguist called it the most beautiful combination of words in the English language. Yes, Edgar Allan Poe used it and so did J. R. R. Tolkien. I picked that phonaesthetic phrase to connect my love of literature to my love for chocolate. It is mellifluous and euphonic, and I hope one day it will be synonymous with fine chocolate!

So you were thinking along the same lines when you came up with the name Jackknife. Yes, it’s a great word. It brings to mind the angle of our dining area, easy to remember and fun to say.

It’s obvious that you love to cook. What is your food background? My grandma’s kitchen. She has 8 children and 26 grandchildren of whom I’m the oldest. In New Mexico, instead of gravy, we use red or green chile on everything. My Grandmother used to make ‘Torta De Huevos’ which is a fluffy, egg soufflé covered in red chile and eaten with homemade tortillas. It’s so good, it makes my mouth water just thinking of it.

With Cellar Door going so well, why did you decide to diverge and open Jackknife Cafe? Everyone here at Butchertown Market recognized the need for some onsite food. Not only does it draw new traffic, it gives our patrons a place to relax and further enjoy their time here with us. We serve lunch and brunch and it was fun and easy to come up with the delicious sandwich menu. We like to change the menu frequently and feature local ingredients and bread from Lotsa Pasta. The girls in the kitchen come up with most of the specials, as I think it’s important for everyone to participate in the creative process.

What is your favorite philanthropy? You know, I’ve never had enough money to be philanthropic, but love to donate chocolate to Actors Theatre of Louisville and I support Boys and Girls Haven on the advisory board. I also encourage civic engagement from my team.

So Jackknife Café is off to a great start. What’s next? Well, next week we will be switching all desserts over to Cellar Door Desserts. And as you can see, Saturday is happy hour with ten dollars off all bottles of wine all day. So come, shop, drink wine and eat chocolate!

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Elizabeth Dodd Lococo

>> the event

KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway

KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway When: Friday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Where: The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft Note: The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft Info: (502) 589-0102 ext.219,

Back row: Sandra Perry, Guy Tedesco, Lainey Jurich Front: Frankie Adams, Elizabeth Dodd Lococo, Lisa Walker

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ast year, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft’s first KMAC Couture runway art show was a sold out success as they brought together regional artists, costumers, designers and milliners to create a one-of-a-kind wearable art fashion experience. As a founding member of the much anticipated event, and chair for the 2014 KMAC Couture, Elizabeth Dodd Lococo gave us the scoop on both the inspiration behind the event and what we can expect to see this year as art walks the runway in support of KMAC’s education and outreach programs.

How did you get involved with KMAC Couture? Last year, Charity Beck Ghali spearheaded KMAC Couture. I joined her along with Guy Tedesco, Janice Carter Levitch and Kris Pettit and together we uncovered unique couture designs. These designs morphed into a production that exceeded even our expectations. The collaboration of artists, stylists, models and music was an enthusiastic undertaking, which resulted in an incredible production. I love the process of creating the design and inspiration behind the materials used.

How has the event changed and grown since last year? This event was pivotal for the Museum last year. After rebranding the name of the museum several years ago and a new director in 2011, the museum was ready to make a statement. It brought people downtown for a fundraising event that was not your typical experience. Instead, we surprised the audience with a spectacular show. We had three times the entries this year, have double the tickets available and are shutting down Main

Street, an undertaking in and of itself. We feel very fortunate to feature the show with the City of Louisville as the backdrop. The runway on the street adds to the urban attitude that will play a tremendous part in the entire art experience in this year. We have such unique materials this year, yet there is almost no overlap with items used to create last year’s garments. Materials include: dried fruit, Kroger bags, pinecones, rosewood, rope, Popsicle sticks, and rubber gloves. Many more surprises, but we want to keep people guessing.

How has the collaborative nature of the event contributed to its success? I am continually awed at the talent portrayed in this city by all of the artists. The collaboration between Maui Crane, Raina Trimble and Clay Cook resulted in the phenomenal image for KMAC Couture. It has been a true honor to chair this event and without an incredibly dedicated team of people and Museum staff this event would not happen. Supporting art inspires creativity in all of us and is a gift to the community.

Last year, attendees were encouraged to wear white, is that the case this year? We again ask the community to wear white, which allows the spectacular art to make a statement on the orange runway. With a committee including Guy Tedesco, Sandra Perry, Frankie Adams, Lainey Jurich, Julia Buckler Lewis, Lisa Walker, Amy Hamm, Ron Wolz, Janice Carter Levitch, Charity Beck Ghali and Michele Beam, this year’s event promises to be better than the last … with even more art, fashion and fabulously white-clad guests. JOSH MILLER

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n the first Friday in May, a giant pink ribbon woven throughout Churchill Downs and a crowd in “pink out” fashion will symbolize the partnership between the country’s top race for three-year-old fillies with women’s health issues. Prior to the running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks, breast cancer survivors will join together in a Survivors Parade presented by Kroger. The number of survivors will match the Derby year, so on May 2, 2014, 140 survivors—chosen through an online nomination and voting process—will tread Churchill

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will once again be the local beneficiary. With an anticipated 100,000+ guests in attendance, Churchill Downs will donate $1 from the sale of each Grey Goose Oaks Lily, the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks, to Horses and HopeSM. “Horses and HopeSM allows me to combine my love for horses with my desire to help women of Kentucky,” said First Lady Jane Beshear about the program’s mission to bring breast cancer aware-

On Oaks Day, Churchill Downs will pay a special tribute to long-time employee Tricia Amburgey, who lost her battle with cancer in 2013. Downs’ main track as loved ones cheer them on. For survivors and their families, you can bet that journey around the track is as emotional and memorable as any winning jockey’s ride. In only five years since introducing the Pink Out campaign, Churchill Downs has donated nearly $500,000 to women’s health organizations. On March 18, Churchill Downs publicly announced Bright Pink™ as their new women’s health partner and kicked off the 6th annual Pink Out campaign by making a donation of $50,000 to the national nonprofit, which focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer and provides support for high-risk individuals (see this month’s Charity Spotlight). Horses and HopeSM, founded in 2008 by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear,

ness, education, early detection, and treatment referral to Kentucky’s horse racing industry workers. Churchill Down became actively involved in breast cancer awareness in 2009 when one of the company’s longtime employees, Tricia Amburgey, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. “Although she eventually lost her battle with cancer this past year at the early age of 42, the strength and courage Tricia displayed over the past five years serves as an inspiration to all and motivates us to do what we can to prevent others from suffering the same fate,” said Ryan Jordan, general manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack. During the 2014 Survivors Parade, Churchill Downs will pay a special tribute to Tricia, who began as an intern and then worked her way up to VP of Sales during the more than twenty years she was a part of the Churchill Downs family. “It is our hope that through education, prevention and treatment we eventually no longer have a need for a Survivors Parade, ” said Jordan. LaUra SNYDer

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elcome to Louisville, Bright PinkTM! On March 18, Churchill Downs publicly announced the national nonprofit as their new women’s health partner and kicked off the 6th annual Pink Out campaign by making a donation of $50,000 to Bright Pink, which focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer while providing support for high-risk individuals. Bright Pink was founded in 2007 by their CEO Lindsay Avner, who lost both her grandmother and great-grandmother to breast cancer before she was born. At age 12, Lindsay witnessed her mother’s battle with both breast and ovarian cancer. At age 22, she underwent genetic testing, which revealed a

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through innovative programs and tools such as Brighten Up™, 20-minute workshops led by a certified Bright Pink Education Ambassador, where participants learn the basics of breast and ovarian health. Bright Pink is currently searching for someone from Louisville to apply to Bright Pink University, their training program for volunteers, to become a local Bright Pink Education Ambassador equipped to deliver the Brighten UpTM program in our community. Interested individuals should apply at no later than June 20, 2014 in order to attend

Bright Pink is currently searching for someone from Louisville to apply to Bright Pink University mutation on the BRCA1 gene, indicating she had up to an 87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 54% chance of developing ovarian cancer. Determined to be proactive, rather than reactive, at age 23, she became the youngest US patient to undergo a riskreducing double mastectomy. Lindsay then took on the mission to empower other young women. She founded Bright Pink, seeking to impact the 52 million young women in the U.S, between the ages of 18-45, who have never been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and encourage them to be proactive by reducing their risk of breast or ovarian cancer or detecting these diseases at an early non-lifethreatening stage. One way Bright Pink educates, equips and empowers women is

the Bright Pink University in Chicago, Illinois, July 25-27. There is no cost to attend. “Bright Pink is so grateful to be a part of the Longines Kentucky Oaks in 2014,” says Lindsay. “To have the opportunity to spread our message of breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection on such an international stage is invaluable and will undoubtedly have a tremendous lifesaving impact.” Guests attending Oaks can contribute directly to Bright Pink at donation stations, where they will receive a pink lapel ribbon in return for their support. Additionally, Vineyard Vines, the “Official Style of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby,” will donate thirty percent of proceeds from the sale of its Kentucky Derby Collection Pink Lilies tie, bow tie, pocket square, and tote bag to Bright Pink™. Nfocus can’t wait to see you at the track on May 2 at the first Bright Pink out! LAURA SNYDER

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swore I wasn’t going to write about Derby. Not because I don’t love it, but because everybody will write about Derby from mid-March to the Monday following the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. I will use it as a starting point, however, for you, sweet Louisvillians from Louisvillia, to get you to ask yourselves this: “If I see the founder, employer, politico, potential partner or celebrity of my dreams during Derby, is my pitch ready?” Herewith, “Pitch Tips from the Pros.” Remember me when you’re famous.

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2. Take up your space. Find your power stance and keep it. Keep your power zones open: neck, torso, naughty bits and feet. Don’t cross limbs or appendages. 3. If you’re tipsy? Try to buy the person a drink and ask for a meeting later.

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4. Don’t offer business cards. Patton said he banks on this advice: “Justin, the best business card you’ll ever get is a good handshake.”

1. Prepare your pitch almost like you’re getting ready to catch a big wave: your surfboard needs to be waxed, scratched, seasoned and ready to ride.

5. Do not approach or pester if the person’s foot is pointed away from you. It means they’re not interested.

2. Get a mentor to help you hone. Kate Wiley was Zanetti’s. Wiley told her, as a female in a government agency, “You only get one shot.” Zanetti said her advice rings true today: apply an extra degree of effort to your endeavor so when a dreamed about opportunity opens, they can’t say “no” to you.

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with men. Straightforward action and speech is key.

3. Build your skill sets to help yourself and help your organization, and so that you can draw on varied experience if you get stuck in your job or in your pitch. 4. Wear the best stilettos you can find! (Bring flip flops to track though. Local Rule.)

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6. Holly: if you meet Hillary Clinton in the bathroom, don’t get in the stall.

Claudia Coffey WHAS11 4 p.m. anchor. Frequent Emcee. Dunker of face in ice water to get camera ready. 1. Have your iPhone ready. Google non-A-list celebs if necessary. Take deep breaths. 2. Gently grab the elbow and realize this person is dying to meet you. Use the person’s first name with a sense of confidence. 3. Practice your pitch to spit out everything that’s important to you in the time it takes to walk the senator from elevator to office, approximately three sentences. 4. Start with a joke. Make whatever you say funny and memorable. 5. Don’t fear “port-o-let” chit chat. It’s how Claudia met ESPN sportscaster Jeanne Zelasko, and they became fast friends. 6. When confronted with a Ron Burgundy in life or on the air, “Just tell him how important he is all the time. Wink.”


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Out of 1270 contenders from across the country, I.D.E.A.S. is one of only 97 national finalists in the running for the prestigious ArtPlace America innovation grant. nology and entrepreneurship to come together as catalysts for positive social and economic change. Art—moving beyond cultural asset. Artist—becoming business entrepreneur and civic innovator. One of I.D.E.A.S. evolutionary prototypes is for a sustainable, long-term, creative entrepreneur residency program/incubator that facilitates new economic and cultural development in Louisville’s marginalized Smoketown neighborhood. Our prototype, developed with YouthBuild Louisville, is called Creative Innovation Zone. And, out of 1270 contenders from across the country, we are one of only 97 national finalists in the running for the prestigious ArtPlace America innovation grant. The grant is funded by major foundations like Bloomberg Philanthropies,

formational NEW WAYS for artists, entrepreneurs and other creatives to effect positive social and economic change in Louisville. Our city is a patchwork of histories, economies and personal ambitions, but we generally want the same things — safe streets, good schools, a vibrant economy, opportunities for personal growth, healthy bodies, peaceful minds and creative places. Creative placemaking requires smarts, skill and hard work. It requires the willingness to try, fail and get back up again. The gumption to stick to it until you get it right. This is also the artistic process. This is what makes good enough into greater good. We may not agree on the same answers. But, those of us who create for a living can agree on one thing—by coming together, we can ask new questions and share in the process for creating a prosperous future. Together,  we can CREATE The Way Forward!™  Theo edmonds

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What: 38th Humana Festival Bash When: Saturday, April 5, 10:00 p.m. Where: Actors Theatre of Louisville Lobbies Info: (502) 584-1205, What: Taste of Derby Festival When: Wednesday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Louisville Slugger Field Note: Dare to Care Food Bank Info: (502) 966-3821 What: The Fillies Derby Ball When: Friday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Where: The Galt House Hotel Archibald Cochran Ballroom Info: What: KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway When: Friday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. Where: The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft Note: The Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft Info: (502) 589-0102 ext.219, What: Derby Divas When: Thursday, April 17, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Where: Rodes For Him and For Her Note: Norton Healthcare Foundation Info: (502) 629-1234 What: The Wellspring Derby Preview Party When: Tuesday, April 22, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Churchill Down’s Millionaire’s Row

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The evenT On Wednesday, June 4 Nfocus celebrates the June issue and unveils the identity of those honored residences through a spectacular real estate event. The Homes of Distinction event is an upscale cocktail party hosted by Nfocus and our sponsors at a newly listed, luxurious home. Top local real estate and design professionals are honored and have the opportunity to network with other professionals in their field. If you would like more information on sponsoring this event, please contact Kelley LaBarbera at



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une Marcille Eliason is pictured above in the front row of this photo taken of the University of Cincinnati Nursing School sorority Beta Beta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi in 1945. June is the standout beauty in the stunning white gown with the broad standing collar. “She loves fashion, was always well dressed and loved going to parties,” says son Mark Eliason. According to Mark, June was also a standout each year at the Louisville Trinity United Methodist Church Bazaar, where she is still an attending member. “She got pretty competitive and always wanted to bring in the most money,” shares Mark, who is equally talented at curating all things beautiful at his Lexington Avenue store, Jenkins Eliason Interiors. “She would make things, search for them and collect them throughout the whole year, not just the week of the bazaar, so her total would be much higher than anyone else’s.” June is also a great fan of her granddaughter’s, Summer Eliason’s, jewelry. Like her grandmother and father, Summer has a unique style and talent for creating objects of beauty. Clearly, it runs in the Eliason family.

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