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Shining bright Vince Gill performs at the new CMA Theater for STARS

32 Glam for the holidays Familiar faces rock the runway at Cum berland Heights Friends Fashion Show 34

Paint the town red


The bee’s knees

A red, red night for Blood:Water Mission at the Red Tie Gala

Rally Foundation creates a swingin’ speakeasy at Nash Bash

39 Into the woods The rustic and chic Symphony Patrons Party sets the stage for upcoming Ball 40 Fashion forward Nashville’s fashion gurus shine at Sparkle and Twang 42

The last laugh Magic, melody and merriment at Monroe Harding’s Laughter for the Children

45 Flatts and friends Rascal Flatts and Boyz II Men sing for the Children’s Hospital


Holding court


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The little details


Taking vows

From the dresses to the diamonds

Nuptial bliss 67 68 70 72 74

Irion-Yungfleisch vows Leo-Raja vows Gambill-Ryan vows Watkins-Nemer vows Orman-Melvin vows

departments 8 In our words Inspired ideas—Organza and lace and pearls! Oh my! 10 Behind the scenes Happily ever after—Wedding 101, Ashley Hicks and Amy Dickerson


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Nashville Symphony presents the Harmony Award to Brad Paisley


45 Autumn Turpin wearing Monique Lhuillier Creme Brulee gown, Toni Federici truffle veil and PARIS by Debra Moreland jewelry from The Bride Room and gold diamond ring from Fine Jewelry at Jamie. Styling by Michael Cosme, assisted by Elizabeth Turner. Hair by Jaima McReynolds and make-up by Lawrie Wallace. Photographed at Riverwood Mansion by Michael W. Bunch. Check out our Bridal feature starting on page 57.

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t’s that time of year again. The Nfocus office has been in full faux wedding mode the last few months.  We’ve researched cakes, invitations, menus, flowers, rings, venues, dresses, photographers, veils and everything else in between. Everyone on our team can tell you the latest trends in song choices and bridesmaids’ dresses, and three of us are even ordained online.  We may as well have been planning an actual wedding. But our Big Day has two parts: first, the photo shoot where nobody was walking down the aisle, and second, the day the issue hits the stands. One thing we all agreed on is our newfound respect for the wedding planner. Trying to understand, design, and execute someone else’s—perhaps her mother’s—special day is no easy job. Take the five weddings we featured;  they are all

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enewal House kicked off the holidays a little early this year with their annual Women’s Thanksgiving, a fundraiser and celebration dinner hosted in early November at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. The event serves as a way to bring hope to recovering addicts and their families during the sometimes-difficult holiday season. The festive feast, complete with live music and an auction, raises much-needed funds for Renewal House’s programs to serve women suffering from substance

square handwritten with their name and words of wisdom to be stitched together, a symbolic manifestation of the nonprofit’s ongoing work of joining women’s lives, trials and triumphs into one beautiful story.

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he American Heart Association’s Hands on Heart Reception was quite literally a hands-on event as guests were able to reach out and touch a display of human hearts and brains. One part cocktail party, one part interactive science fair, the event brings together physicians and researchers with AHA supporters for a gathering as informative as it is fun. The Bridge Building was dressed in red, naturally, and lit with candles as guests enjoyed Debbie Miller, Laura Berlind, James Tenpenny, Yazoo beer, a seShannon Casteel, Joi Shaw lection of wines and light hors d’œuvres such as sweet chili tuna abuse or mental illness, while also tartare and smoked salmon on rye. celebrating the successes of the proThroughout the room, scientists and gram’s graduates and residents. doctors were standing by to offer lifeAfter a word of welcome from cosaving tips and astounding statistics chairs Kim Lapidus, Kate Viebranz on cardiovascular health. The main and Jennie Zagoev and an invocaattraction, however, was the assorttion from Paula C. Hoos, guests ment of hearts and brains in various watched a poignant video of testistages of health. Partygoers were monials from Shannon, a Renewal stunned to see the damage caused House graduate, and Vickie, the to the organs by high blood pressure child of a graduate. The heartfelt and and smoking. inspiring tales were just two examPast president George Crossley ples of the many lives being radically welcomed the crowd, an impressive changed by this treatment facility. lot that included Deby Pitts, VictoLisa Silver, a GRAMMY-nominatria Hallman Traver, Bill Anderson, ed singer-songwriter, provided the Bruce Inverso and ’80s pop princess musical entertainment throughout dinner, a set that included an original song she wrote for Renewal House. The traditional Thanksgiving buffet boasted everyone’s favorite holiday classics while the dessert buffet was nearly as long, with a smorgasbord of homemade pies, cakes and candies Tiffany, Bill Anderson, Victoria Hallman Traver from Goldie Shepard. At each table, a variTiffany, and shared inspiring tales of ety of beautiful cakes sat atop colorwhat the AHA has been able to accomful stands made by Renewal House plish. One of the most impressive acresidents. These individual works of complishments—and the one George art (as well as the treats on top) were was most proud to share—was the available for purchase. fact that in 2001, the AHA set a goal to Partygoers also had the chance reduce cardiovascular disease by 10% to participate in the crafting of a Rein the next 10 years. By 2011, cardionewal House quilt. By making a donavascular disease was actually down tion, guests could contribute a fabric

38%, an amazing success for the AHA and one that this crowd undoubtedly played a part in with their unwavering support of the cause.

Farewell to Tom


reen Hills traffic was busier than usual on a recent Wednesday morning as more than 450 guests arrived at Woodmont Christian Church for Faith Family Medical Center’s fifth annual Birthday Breakfast. The event is always popular, with guests arriving as much as 30 minutes early to visit and congratulate the morning’s honoree. This year, the parking lots filled up quickly, and people streamed into Woodmont’s Fellowship Hall to honor a very special man. Dr. Tom Hender-

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nesseans give back to the community every day, but in honor of National Philanthropy Day, the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals held an awards luncheon to acknowledge a few of those contributors. The luncheon was held at The Music City Center, which offered guests a stunning view overlooking the recently built Omni Hotel’s rooftop pool. If only it were still summer! As Middle Tennessee’s professionals mingled, the winner of the Philanthropist of the Year, Vince Gill, fresh off a performance at the CMA Awards the night before, quietly arrived with his wife, Amy Grant. Guests were then treated to a delicious lunch, while NewsChannel 5’s legendary newsman, Harry Chapman, emceed the awards ceremony. As attendees enjoyed their three-course meal—a delicious spiced mustard vinaigrette salad accompa-

son is transitioning out of the role as Medical Director and into medical care for FFMC patients. He began as the doors opened and for 12 years guided the Center in its mission to deliver affordable, quality medical care to uninsured Nashvillians. Co-chairs Sondra and Doug Cruickshanks’ biggest challenge may have been how to seat the sell-out crowd in the spacious hall. Another benefit to getting to the church on time: MM Event Services returned with a filling breakfast buffet. A few might have missed the bacon, which was replaced with a yogurt bar offering several flavors, Chair Cheryl Davis, Janet Ayers, granola and other healthy Susannah Shumate, Harry Chapman toppings. MM’s homemade breads and Memphis casserole remained on the menu nied by pretzel bread rolls, an herto keep it all in balance. bed chicken breast with a succulent Early risers included Tom’s wife, smoky tomato fondue sauce and desLinda Henderson, new Medical sert that featured either carrot cake or Director Parker Panovec, Terry chocolate chess pie—they were also Warren, Karyn Frist, Missy Eason, treated to presentations by Mayor Charles Sueing, Raleigh Harwell, Karl Dean, AFP Nashville Chapter Jan DeLozier, Jean Ramsey and President Susannah Shumate, and Bitsy and Wearen Hughes. NPD Chair Cheryl Davis. Throughout the ceremony, attendees enjoyed video presentations highlighting a few of Nashville’s volunteers who work hard to make the lives of their fellow Tennesseans better. It’s quite humonsidering that we do live in the bling to be in a room full of so many “Volunteer State,” countless Ten-

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individuals who devote their time and money to helping others less fortunate. A few of those contributors we spotted include 2013 Fundraising Executive of the Year Art Woods, Diane Gramann, George Gruhn, Tom Starling, keynote speaker Janet Ayers and 2013 Fundraising Volunteer of the Year Carol Daniels.

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abana’s back patio transformed into an oasis of culture for the Nashville Jewish Film Festival kick-off party. The evening was bar mitzvah themed to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the festival. Yarmulkes were placed on every table and balloons of the number 13 surrounded the room. Spanning November 6-14, the festival featured entertaining and thoughtprovoking Jewish-themed films such as Fill the Void and Paris-Manhattan. n the same evening a certain Belcourt Theatre, GJCC and Frankcountry queen was hosting the lin Theatre hosted the scrumptious CMA Awards in one of his floral, screenings—guests of the kick-off frothy gowns, Christian Siriano was were given a free popcorn pass to enshowcasing his Spring collection at joy during one of the films. a Gus Mayer trunk show. It’s evident Festival directors Laurie Eskind, that Christian is taking over Nashville. Jackie Roth Karr, Cindy Moskovitz and Loretta Saff chatted with the managing director of NJFF, Fran Brumlik, and other guests. The food was provided by none other than Cabana and featured an array of cultural diversity. Thai chicken peanut lettuce wraps, prime rib sliders and a Mediterranean platter were among the dishes served. Live saxophone and keyboard music aided the relaxed ambiance, and secluded Co-chairs Dara Russell and Vicki booths and a lively bar area Horne, Christian Siriano kept movie buffs mingling. The large clear garage doors that The last time we laid eyes on him he acted as walls for the patio looked was the featured designer for our 2012 out on the rainy night, but that didn’t Model Behavior fashion show. Now, dampen the spirits of any of these he is prepping his collection for the partygoers. As the evening winded Symphony Fashion Show on April 29, although, he did admit that he was a bit unsure of what he would be putting down the runway. Some of Christian’s biggest fans were in attendance— we caught him signing autographs for a couple of starstruck Co-chairs Laurie Eskind and Jackie Roth teens—and among Karr, Kurt Myer, Fran Brumlik, Co-chairs Loretta Saff and Cindy Moskovitz them were fashion show co-chairs Vicki Horne and Dara Russell. Vicki was down, the guests were invited to resporting a gray draped cocktail dress locate to the Belcourt for the opening by the Project Runway winner, and night film, Zaytoun. The evening left Dara was seen running back and forth us saying, “Mazel Tov!” to the NJFF on from the dressing rooms, each time 13 great years and continued cultural with a different frock in her hand. enrichment for Nashville. Dara wasn’t the only guest smitten with the designs as ladies flocked to the store to select the gown they would be wearing to the April fashion show. We really hope we catch one of elebrating a 10-year anniversary you beauties styling the gorgeous cais a big deal, so for Show Hope’s nary two-piece gown hybrid seen on th 10 birthday, they held their annual statuesque model Sammi Moore. fundraising banquet in the grand ballVicki touted the upcoming event as room at the Music City Center with a the perfect ladies’ night out while goal of raising $1 million. The nonprofpartygoers noshed on delectable apit, which was founded by GRAMMY petizers by Table 3. Among the elite and Dove Award winning artist Steattending the event were Billy Ray ven Curtis Chapman and his wife, and Nancy Hearn, Holly Whaley, Mary Beth, helps orphaned children Sandra Lipman, Janice Elliott and around the world by providing adopLaurie Davis.


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lege of Business Administration at Belmont, introduced keynote speaker Bob Dennis, Genesco CEO, who addressed the room of young leaders, sharing stories from nearly three decades in retail. Bob’s advice? “Embrace serendipity.” We saw a lot of movers and shakers soaking up this advice, including Katy Maki, Jena Layne, LeShane Greenhill, Evan Owens, Brian Taylor, Jessika Poirier, Marcus Stamps, Andy Arbuckle, Jordan Waldron and Dave Cherry.

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This evening, the room was filled with grant recipient families, donors, sponsors and supporters who exemplified the generous spirit that has driven the organization for the past decade. The event was hosted by figure skating star Scott Hamilton and featured a performance by Steven Curtis Chapman. And as long as we’re on the subject of generosity, the folks at Show Hope were grateful to share that they reached their $1 million goal that night, which is one-tenth of the organization’s annual fundraising goal. A show of hope, indeed!

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he closing party of the 13th Nashville Jewish Film Festival had a joyous feel to it, and for good reason. As the group enjoyed dinner at Pancake Pantry—not pancakes, but a Cabana-catered spread of pizza, salad and varieties of chili, a deliciously appropriate dish on this chilly night— co-chair Laurie Eskind announced that the 2013 fest was the most successful one yet. Gisela Moore, Project Manager of the Tennessee Film and Music Commission, addressed the crowd, commending the group’s commitment to embracing and sharing their story, reflecting the NJFF’s mission of creating a forum for our community to understand the complexity of issues surrounding Jewish life in the modern day and age. As the dinner wrapped, everyone grabbed a bag of candy and rushed over to the Belcourt for the final film, Sophie Lellouche’s Paris-Manhattan. We spotted Belcourt executive director Stephanie Silverman with her husband, acclaimed violinist Tracy Silverman, Nashville Film Festival’s Deb Pinger and Ted Crockett, Paul

he Young Leaders Council held their Fall Leadership Luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel, welcoming more than 350 community and business leaders, current YLC class participants and alumni. The YLC is instrumental in our community, training and connecting motivated young individuals with nonprofit boards and organizations, strengthening their volunteer leadership for years to come. After a welcome from YLC executive director Diane Hayes, board chair Jill Robinson was presented with the 2013 Young Leader of the Year Co-chairs Jackie Karr, Laurie Eskind, Award. Jill, who serves as the Cindy Moskovitz and Loretta Saff director of executive learning and marketing for Belmont’s Center Ladd, festival co-chairs Loretta Saff, Jackie Karr and Cindy Moskovitz for Executive Education, was instrumental in the expansion of the YLC and festival director Fran Brumlik. nonprofit board training program into Williamson County. Jill was presented the award by he ACLU-TN Bill of Rights Cellast year’s recipient, current YLC ebration served as both an opboard member, Avenue Bank’s Santi portunity for supporters to convene Tefel. Pat Rains, Dean of the Coland celebrate recent victories in the continued advocacy of our constitutional rights and an occasion to honor two award recipients. Held at The University Club of Nashville on Vanderbilt’s campus, the evening started with a packed cocktail hour and silent auction. The group then enjoyed a dinner of pan-seared salmon with sun-dried tomato olive bruschetta and tarragon balsamic reducKaty Maki, Jill Robinson, Jena tion, Parmesan polenta and grilled Layne, Patty St. Clair

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on one side of the room. After emcee Evan Farmer welcomed the crowd, everyone rushed to the other side of the room for the buffet, and a bunch of young revelers hightailed it to the photo booth before the line got too long. The evening also marked the end of a friendly competition between 15 motivated young professionals who tirelessly raised funds for Best Buddies. Ashley Hescock, a kindergarten teacher at Shayne Elementary, was crowned Champion of the Year for raising over $25,000 in just eight weeks, truly setting the bar high for future champions. Drost Kokoye, Remziya Also setting the bar high were the Suleyman event’s co-chairs Lindsey Van Cleave and Ashley Webb, who both looked fantastic in their party dresses. We also spotted Best Buddies’ state director Anneliese Barron among partygoers such as Melissa Shcleicher, Maureen Hawks, Fiona Hawks, Rhea Sookdeo, Jason Gruba, Whitney and Steve White and Sue Fort White, Edwin C. Sanders III, Iris Buhl Jon Benner, Robbie Goldsmith, Michelle Jacobs, and for the American Center for OutDave and Emily Adams. reach Remziya Suleyman with the Benjamin S. Pressnell Bill of Rights Award. Following a performance little bit of drizzling rain on from award-winning songwriter Ana crisp late-autumn evening nie Mosher, Reverend Edwin C. couldn’t dampen the spirits of footSanders III, who was appointed to ball fans gathered to enjoy barbeque, the CDC Advisory Committee on football, and to honor the memory of HIV and STD Prevention during the Clinton Administration and was a presenter at multiple World AIDS Conferences, among many other accomplishments, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Both honorees received standing ovations from the crowd, which featured former honorees such as John Seigenthaler, George Barrett and Micah Lacher, Whit Polley, Reverend James “Tex” Thomas.

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Chad Welch. Whit and Melissa Polley graciously offered their home and backyard, decked out with a huge tent from Classic Party Rentals. Within the tent, which offered multiple TV screens showing several football games, plenty of tables for snacking and couches for lounging, you could pick up the delectable scent from Notorious P.I.G.’s smoker, stationed out in the driveway. As soon as those pigs were ready, hungry guests hurried to the food tables to fill up on barbeque, washed down with ice cold beverages from the bars manned by An Extraordinary Experience. The event commemorated Chad Welch, a huge UT football fan, who, at the much too young age of 30, lost his two-year battle with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia in 2007. His friends and family established the Chad Welch Memorial Fund, forming “Team Chad” to support leukemia research and cancer-related charities. On this evening, more than $10,000 was raised for the fund, and in the perfect kind of celebration that Chad would have loved.

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its audience size, proceeds and, of course, roster of stars. Restless Heart’s hen guests walked into the Larry Stewart, performer and emNashville Opera’s Mad Men Af- cee for the event, boasted about the fair, not only were they seeing the new “magical evening” and the number home of Lexus Nashville for the first of “great talented artists” helping out, time, but they were instantly trans- artists that included Amy Grant, Meported back several decades. After ar- linda Doolittle, Tracy Lawrence riving on the red carpet and perusing and, naturally, The Nashville Symgoods from Gus Mayer and Tiffany, phony. We spotted Peter Noone of the lively cocktail party took over the Herman’s Hermits roaming around stunning Lexus showroom. Co-chairs backstage doing vocal exercises while he waited for his cue, while nearby artists were seen greeting their fellow performers outside of dressing rooms like old pals. Before the show, guests filled the Schermerhorn’s main lobby and perused silent auction offerings that included guitars autographed by the likes of Jason Aldean, Trace Atkins, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson, along with a fidBethany Langford, Dave Crumpton, Marin Miller, Lauren dle autographed by Charlie Daniels. Reed, Hayes Johnson Upstairs in Founders Hall, a meet and greet gave lucky guests a chance Judy and Joe Barker, Barbara and to mingle with performers before Jack Bovender, Joy and JR Roper the show while noshing on smoked and Sue and Earl Swensson certain- salmon canapés, tropical fruit skewly motivated the crowd to play along ers and roasted red pepper hummus. with the theme; the gentlemen were perfectly coiffed, the ladies, dressed in stunning structured dresses and furs. Also, it was once again socially acceptable to smoke inside! Well, kind of—the “cigarettes” expelled nothing but water vapor, so most guests puffed away, enjoying generous martinis as they worked the room. And what a luxurious room this was! Before dinner even started, Lee Ann Dichter, people were magically whisked away Larry Stewart to Napa Valley, where an adjoining room offered tastings with Hendry Nothing could compete with the main Winery vintner Mike Hendry and event though: the lively and entertainsamples of Crowned Heads cigars. In ing concert from such an impressive the lobby, a bounty of Godiva truffles lineup of stars. The crowd enjoyed the tempted guests (we never argue with festive performances, while the Nashville Rescue Mission brought in more dessert before dinner). The dinner room was also a literal than triple the proceeds of their first throwback to a more elegant time; Music with a Mission fundraiser. Misthe Craig Duncan Orchestra turned sion: accomplished. back the clock, singing favorites from Frank, Dean and Sammy while guests noshed on hickory-smoked prawn he newly renovated Loews and candied Jack Daniels pork belly Vanderbilt was packed to the gills bisque, Boston lettuce Waldorf salads, brandy flambéed Chicken Diane, and on a recent November afternoon for white chocolate bread pudding with Habitat for Humanity’s Houses for Hope, an aptly named luncheon for salted caramel. an organization that provides exactly that—houses and hope—to those in need. Nearly 500 guests came together hen it came time to plan an in the ballroom to celebrate Habitat’s annual fundraising event, the newest homeowners, a group that was Nashville Rescue Mission sought a little clearly proud and thrilled to be there. neighborly help from their friends at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The two nonprofits teamed up three years ago to form Music with a Mission, a star-studded concert benefiting the Rescue Mission’s work with Music City’s homeless population. Ridley Wills, Christi Edwards, The event has grown Wendy Mazzo, Don Klein, Lauren tremendously since its inLane, Danny Herron ception in 2010, expanding continued on page 22


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Guests enjoyed a delicious mixed greens salad dressed with dried fruit couscous, caramelized apples, pumpkin seeds, white cheddar, grilled salmon and mustard vinaigrette for lunch. Dessert was a choice of vanilla custard with mixed berries or the most adorable chocolate and caramel trifle in mini mason jars topped with a scoop of ice cream and adorned with a chocolate swizzle stick. After a word of welcome, President and CEO Danny Herron recognized Joel Cooper of Deloitte as Volunteer of the Year. Habitat’s newest home recipients, Aisha Lbhalla and Shanika Ostine, shared their journeys with the crowd. Aisha, who lives in Edison Park with her husband and two children, is the president of her community’s homeowner association. Single mother Shanika lives in Park Preserve and is working on her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at TSU. First grade students from Ensworth School, who have been a part of Habitat’s fundraising efforts through their penny drive, charmed the crowd with a performance of “Love is Something if You Give it Away.” Lastly, Steve Lainhart inspired the room with tales of his own involvement with the organization. “Homes rise from the ground as good intentions meet the hopes and dreams of our homeowners,” he said. A thoughtful and accurate reminder of the work that Habitat continues to do, building both homes and futures for low-income families in our city and around the world.

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he Jack C. Massey Leadership Award Dinner always gathers a who’s who of distinguished area leaders to honor an individual who exemplifies superior leadership while enriching the quality of life for citizens in our community. This year’s honoree, Mike Curb, joins an illustrious list of past award recipients, such as Senator Howard Baker, Jr., Annette Eskind, Mayor Bill Purcell, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, and Nick Zeppos. The lobby of Loews Vanderbilt Hotel swarmed with guests eager to connect with colleagues and past honorees (if anyone had trouble finding them in the crowd, their portraits were displayed upon entry to the event). After enjoying a boisterous cocktail hour, everyone moved into the ballroom, where Mike was presented the award by Robert Fisher,

Tom Starling and Nick Zeppos after a tribute from Bill Andrews and remarks from Jim Ed Norman and Howard Gentry. We spotted many familiar faces in the crowd, such as Bo Thomas, Bill Purcell, Ron Samuels, Bill Ivey, Bill Hagerty, Don Cusic, Jody Williams, Troy Tomlinson, John and Dolores Seigenthaler, Martha Ingram and Belmont University’s Wesley Bulla, Harry Chapman and George Gruhn.

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he invitation was cryptic. We’d been to OZ, the corporate headquarters that became an event space when the Ozgener family sold their CAO cigar company, but we didn’t know what to make of the mysterious invitation to “Brave New Art.” Man behind the curtain Tim Ozgener explained it all. BNA is a nonprofit organization bringing groundbreaking performing and visual arts to Nashville. Think Wayne McGregor, Intergalactic Nemesis, Ethel, The Suit, Philip Glass and Dane Zanes—the kind of contemporary works that don’t often touch down in Music City. Tim and dad Cano Ozgener describe the endeavor as a gift to the city, in return for the hospitality Nashville has shown their family of first-generation Turkish-Armenian immigrants. In addition to the six big shows, BNA will host monthly Thursday Night Things, events curated by local artists, with cocktails and conversations about contemporary art. If the launch party—with a decadent charcuterie buffet from Porter Road Butcher—is any indication of future events, audiences are in for a treat. Plucking pâté and prosciutto from dazzling Lucite countertops and planning a season of theater-going were Arnita Ozgener, Esen Ozgener, Aylin Ozgener, Betsy and Ridley Wills, Erin Daunic, Jennifer and Billy Frist.

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hen Gordon Bonnyman announced that he was stepping down as executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, his friends, colleagues and family knew that he couldn’t go down without a roast. And what a roast it was! More than 300 people gathered at the Hutton Hotel to pay respect to—and poke fun at—Gordon, who has dedicated his career to serving lowincome clients. He co-founded the Tennessee Justice Center with Michele Johnson in 1996. During the cocktail hour, many guests could be seen sneaking away to the back bar, where a SuperJim Ed Norman, Howard Gentry, man-clad cardboard Mike Curb, Jody Williams, Bill Hagerty, cutout cartoon of Troy Tomlinson Gordon was just begcontinued on page 25


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ging for a photo opp. We also spied several people wearing Gordon masks, making it a little difficult to find the man of the hour. After dinner, roasters such as Don Sundquist and Bill Purcell—who shared the entertaining story of Gordon’s first (and last) visit to the Supreme Court—had the audience in stitches with tales of Gordon, ranging from high school and college anecdotes to his early career as an attorney. If you missed the roast, check out the Tennessee Justice Center’s Facebook page, where you can watch a funny and touching video of roasts.

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t’s hard to believe that the 25th Ballet Ball will take place in 2014, and anticipation is already running high for the silver anniversary of this elegant event, which serves as the largest fundraiser for the Nashville Ballet. Co-chairs Suann Davis and Sarah Reisner join an esteemed group, many of whom gathered at Clare Armistead’s home for a cocktail party honoring all former Ballet Ball and Masked Ball chairs. While guests nibbled on Kristen Winston’s Thai shrimp cakes with lemon ginger sauce, crostini with goat cheese, butternut squash, and fried sage, and mini BLTs with candied bacon, Nichole Huseby held court in a stunning gown by Jeanne Dudley Smith. We saw many lovely ladies,

Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a planning committee of dedicated volunteers—Tricia Ericson, Mary Lampley, Melissa Hood, Rachel Hornsby, Jodi Rall, Josephine Smithwick and Friends President Lynn Ghertner—assembled a bountiful auction, an incredible spread of Loveless food and entertainment. When guests weren’t enjoying the always adorable barbeque martinis—that would be large martini glasses layered with barbeque, po-

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tatoes, and all the fixins—and famous Loveless biscuits, they mingled and enjoyed music by The Black Lillies. We saw a bunch of familiar faces having a wonderful time, including Chris and Leigh Rogers, Joy and Charlie Cox, Brad and Terrah Akard, Beth and Mike Huth, David and Nancy Comperry, Theo Morrison, Vanderbilt’s Cindy Comperry and Beth Moore, Miss Tennessee Shelby Thompson, Donna Dalton, Richard and Tara Stone, Rose Grindstaff, Don and Karen Bouldin, Joyce Kreth, Elizabeth Doolittle, Louisa Altman, Jill Porter, Mary Carmen Englert, Ruth Elliott, Jay Joyner, Peter Depp, Stephanie and Joel Galanter and George and Virginia Lazenby.

Merry and bright


he Belmont Mansion’s Christmas Dinner and Luncheon are treasured holiday traditions, and the preceding patrons party got everybody in the spirit for the upcoming events. Hostess Judith Bracken welBailey Bergman, Co-chairs comed guests into her home, Suann Davis and Sarah Reisner, which was decorated with stunAlainna Brown ning, inventive floral arrangements that Judith created with including party co-host Elizabeth her daughters, Jessica Bracken and Nichols, Susan Chapman, Jennifer Jacqueline Fisher. Puryear, Sandra Lipman, Joyce Patrons dined on an incredible Vise, Laurie Eskind, Meredith Weispread from T. Party’s Catering, engel, Patsy Weigel, Ashley Henry, joying beef tenderloin, shrimp, baby and the Nashville Ballet’s Bailey roasted vegetables, baked brie with Bergman and Alainna Brown.

Surrounded by friends


he annual An Evening With Friends event welcomed nearly 300 generous guests to enjoy a festive, fun night at the Loveless Barn. Presented by the Friends of Monroe Carell

fruit, stuffed mushrooms, baconwrapped dates and a buffet of miniature desserts. Miss Tennessee 2013, Shelby Thompson, served as the evening’s emcee, and did double duty as the entertainment, performing the aria she sang in the Miss America competition, along with everyone’s favorite Christmas songs.



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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BRIGHT GIVING The right lighting and sound design can take an event from drab to fab, especially a wedding. Event production veterans Abi Reid and Clint Pilkinton started Bright Event Productions last year in order to provide only the best lighting and audio visual design to Nashville’s events and weddings. From chandeliers and table settings to your favorite songs on the dance floor, Bright has you covered. But that’s not all Abi and Clint want to accomplish with their company. From the beginning, Bright has sought to shed light, so to speak, on good causes by working charity events and highlighting many of these events on their website. This year they are stepping things up by opening the Bright Shop, an online store where clients can purchase all kinds of branded gear. The company has some pretty catchy slogans, like “Be innovative, be artful, be vivid, be bright,” and clients started asking for items with these phrases and other Bright emblems. So Abi and Clint took the idea and turned it into yet another way to give back to the community. Proceeds from the Bright Shop will go to charity, and each quarter Bright will roll out special edition gear that highlights and benefits specifically chosen nonprofits. The shop will launch later this month, and the first promotion will benefit Nashville Fashion Forward Fund in conjunction with Nashville Fashion Week. Want more info on how to participate in Bright Giving? Visit their website at Oh, and use them to brighten up your next event too!

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DRESSED TO THE NINES When you’re looking for a special dress for a big event, the ultimate splurge is to have something custom created for you. And at Nashville’s own Romantic Creations, owner and designer Maria Elena Bishop will make your dream dress become a reality. Maria, a native of South America who has been in the business for 40 years, creates couture gowns for brides and bridal parties, and for anyone looking for a show-stopping, oneof-a-kind formal gown. She truly has something for everybody, whether you want something traditional or modern, short or long. Her custom-made creations, crafted from the finest silk, exemplify superior artisanship that you’d expect from a woman who started sewing dresses for her dolls when she was five. Maria, who is excited to celebrate her 20th retail anniversary in 2014, says that she prefers to have three to six months to work on the perfect custom creation for her clients. So, if you’re looking for something new for your big day—or maybe something unique for Swan Ball—you might want to put a date with Maria on your calendar soon! Maria meets with clients by appointment only. For more information, call her up at 615-292-1535.


If you’re planning a wedding or special event in the coming months, there’s a new (old) favorite on Nashville’s paper scene. Buchanan Ink is getting a new name, but they’re still offering the same great service, supplies and charm that locals have come to know and love. Under the ownership of Jessica Clark, Buchanan Ink is becoming Ink Nashville—tagline: “Paper and Gifts” to clarify that they don’t offer tattoos or piercings! The stationer carries traditional brands like Crane and William Arthur, along with a few specialty paper lines not sold anywhere else in town, such as the eco-friendly letterpress shops of Smock and Bella Figura. In addition to invitations and stationery, Ink Nashville offers a wide variety of customizable paper goods and gifts to ensure that every party detail is creatively coordinated. From colorful paper straws with personalized tags to custom cocktail napkins to one-of-a-kind bar signs and menus, they provide everything you need to make your special day as unique as you are. And, Ink Nashville’s cozy retail space, housed in a 1920s residential building in Midtown, makes the sometimes arduous task of selecting invitations a lot more relaxing, especially with added amenities like a Bride Room for extra privacy. “Customers tell us they feel like they are walking into a friend’s home,” Jessica says. The small and helpful staff certainly adds to the comfortable, friendly feel, eager to assist clients every step of the way, from stationery design to budgetary concerns to proper etiquette. Whether you’re planning a huge wedding or an intimate dinner party, pay a visit to your friends at Ink Nashville and let them help create an event that people won’t soon forget. For more information, visit



at a whopping 9,200 square feet. It was known for its lavish parties, hosting seven U.S. presidents in its heyday. In 1859, it was sold to William Cooper, who eventually became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. In 1994, Joe and Jackie Glynn bought and restored the mansion, finishing it just in time for their son’s wedding. It made for such a perfect wedding venue that they opened it to the public and have been hosting nuptials and special events there ever since. Riverwood is the perfect backdrop for any wedding, with its plantation exterior, spacious indoor parlors and sprawling gardens that bloom virtually year round. And speaking of location, Riverwood is nestled in a residential neighborhood in East Nashville, lending it a sense of seclusion while offering quick and easy access to the downtown area. And to top it all off, Riverwood’s staff is dedicated to making every couple’s wedding day the best day of their lives. For more information on how to plan your wedding at Riverwood, visit


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resh off being named Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Vince Gill was at it again, performing a private concert to raise funds for STARS Nashville. For five years, the country superstar has lent his talents to Chair-ish the Night, often recruiting celebrity pals to join him for the festivities. This year, however, was all about Vince as he performed for the first time in the brand new CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Prior to the concert, an intimate patrons party on the fifth floor gave guests stunning views of Nashville and delicious fare to eat. Colorful chevron tablecloths, a walkway lined with puppets from Kids on the Block and, appropriately enough, star-shaped candleholder centerpieces created a playful atmosphere for the preparty. Guests nibbled on passed hors d’œuvres and paid frequent visits to a clever orzo bar, complete with three varieties of orzo and toppings, all while browsing a packed silent auction. Downstairs, Vince was excited to be performing by himself on the CMA Theater stage for the first time. As president of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Board of Officers, the new auditorium had even greater significance to Vince. “I purposely didn’t come in and watch the building of this. I wanted to see it finished,” he said. And it certainly made a good impression on him. “It’s mind-blowing! It’s beautiful, stunning,” he said about his first glimpse of it. Typically, Vince brings along a few famous pals to perform with him at Chair-ish the Night, but this year, he was grateful for the opportunity to sing solo on the new stage. It also didn’t help that next door at Bridgestone Arena, 112 country artists were performing at the George Jones Tribute Concert—a concert, it should be noted, that Vince himself sang at after finishing his set at Chair-ish the Night! A typical night for one of Nashville’s biggest stars, and a monumental evening for one of Music City’s brightest nonprofits. NANCY FLOYD PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL W. BUNCH Erin Daunic, Vince Gill


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Glam for the holidays Familiar faces rock the runway at Cumberland Heights Friends Fashion Show


he Cumberland Heights Friends Fashion Show is always something to look forward to, but for this year’s 30th anniversary, the festivities were even bigger and brighter. The foyer of Belle Meade Country Club was a mixture of excited chatter, preparation and bargain hunting as the crowd mingled and admired the collection of art and fashions for sale from vendors like The Ladies Shoppe, ReCreations and Mignon’s. President Nancy Russell, accompanied by fashion show co-chairs Lynda Evjen and Mary Herbert, happily welcomed guests as they arrived, everyone eager to see the stylish duds on display, as well as the parade of friends working the runway. NewsChannel 5’s April Eaton served as the master of ceremonies, corralling the chatty crew as the fashion show was about to begin. Nancy thanked the sold-out crowd, stating, “You cannot imagine how much we appreciate your support.” Lynda added, “We hope you have the best time you’ve ever had on a Tuesday.” Tuesday or not, the four-part fashion show was a hit, including glitter and glam looks from Chico’s, holiday lounging apparel from Soma Intimates, chic menswear from Bachrach and stunning wedding attire styled by Jeanne’s Fantasia. Our very own Holly Hoffman and Beth Alexander were spotted strutting their stuff down the catwalk, along with a slew of familiar faces that included Nichole Huseby, Eleanor Whitworth, Paul Kuhn, Jeff Garner, Allen DeCuyper and Steve Sirls. The fashions on display were a wonderful, wearable blend of patterns and textures, ranging from silk and cashmere to sequins and velvet. They were so perfectly styled that many of the models were quick to purchase the outfits they wore in the show. A salad plate consisting of chicken salad, frozen tomato aspic, cream cheese filled pear and finger sandwiches served as lunch, followed by a toffee coffee ice cream dessert. Guests walked away with goodie bags from Chico’s, loaded with make-up and Aveda hair products, ensuring that this crowd will stay chic and stylish throughout this holiday season and beyond.

Co-chairs Mary Herbert and Lynda Evjen

Bobby Smith, Teddy Clayton, Paul Kuhn


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Morel Harvey

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Beth Hamilton, Leigh Anne and Stuart McWhorter, Chet Frist

Marie Martin, Brian Heuser, Helene Gayle

Jena Lee and James Nardella

Drew and Ellie Holcomb

Paint the town red A red, red night for Blood:Water Mission at the Red Tie Gala


s guests stepped off the elevators at the Hutton Hotel, there was instant enchantment with red lighting and attire filling the room. The Red Tie Gala, an annual event hosted by Blood:Water Mission in an effort to raise funds for the global HIV/AIDS crisis, was a night to remember from the very beginning. Partygoers were given a $25 voucher as a thank you for their continued support of the organization to redeem at merchandise tables throughout the room. And how can one host an all-red evening without a classically chic red carpet? Everyone from Melinda Doolittle to Jars of Clay lead singer— and Blood:Water Mission co-founder—Dan Haseltine was seen gliding down the carpet discussing their involvement with the cause. At an event where red was all the rage, we enjoyed seeing the unique ways in which the night’s most fashionable ladies and gents incorporated the color into their outfits. Our favorite was co-founder Jena Lee Nardella’s black sleeveless cocktail dress with a red tie accenting as a sash. Co-chair Tiffany Fallon mingled with guests while sporting a sleek red dress with lace detailing, and her husband and co-chair Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts didn’t look too shabby himself ! While the cocktail party winded down, revelers moved into the ballroom, which was magnificently decorated with neutral taupe striped tablecloths and beautiful centerpieces made up of a bevy of white flowers. Guests sat down to a dinner catered by the Hutton Hotel featuring a menu of sundried tomato basil and Parmesan stuffed chicken, a seasonal vegetable medley and Miracle One wine. Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors performed, but it was the chemistry between Drew and his wife and bandmate Ellie that had the crowd swooning. After being shown a video of Suki, Ethiopia, one of the many communities that benefits from the organization’s work, guests went their separate ways for the evening. A large red drop projected onto the side of the hotel, though, left in the hearts of the attendees and all in Nashville who viewed it the powerful mission that was being lauded that very evening.

Jake Smith, Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell

Jaci Velasquez, Melinda Doolittle

Jewel, Virginia Davis


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Co-chairs Tiffany Fallon and Joe Don Rooney, Eddie Garcia, Christine Burger

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The bee’s knees Rally Foundation creates a swingin’ speakeasy at Nash Bash


he folks behind the 2013 Happy Hiller Nash Bash transformed one of Nashville’s most beloved venues, the Loveless Barn, into a 1920s-style speakeasy. Co-chairs Jenni Rodgers, Lisa Bernard and Elaine Kay helped everyone get in the speakeasy spirit by donning fringe, feathers and plenty of sparkles for the evening’s festivities. Most guests started the night by perusing the impressive silent auction area, where you could find anything you needed—or wanted—from Botox packages to a week in Sandestin, autographed Duck Dynasty photos to antique lamps, and Predators tickets to landscaping gift cards. But for those who really wanted to gamble, they had the opportunity to partake in the “Rally On!” Heads or Tails game. Those who chose to participate bought a blinking ring from one of the lovely ladies wandering the room, and Rally Kid Marshall Billingsley led a progressive coin toss to determine the winner of a $1,000 gift certificate to Genesis Diamonds. When people weren’t enjoying the incredible Loveless spread with different varieties of gourmet mac and cheese, a carving station and those famous biscuits dressed with country ham, jam and gravy (is it just us, or do those biscuits taste better each time you have them?), they enjoyed cocktails and played with two adorable puppies, certainly the cutest “live” auction item up for grabs that night. We also spotted Miss Tennessee Shelby Thompson and honorary chairs Hilary Williams and Amanda Uggla (also known as Mrs. Tennessee) in the crowd. One of the most touching parts of the evening was when one of the auction pups—a sweet Goldendoodle named Rally—was given to Rally kid Gigi Pasley. And while the barn was filled with an air of celebration, the cause that inspired the evening was never far from anyone’s mind or heart: to find better treatments—and ultimately a cure—for childhood cancer. Thanks to the folks behind the Nash Bash, we get closer each year.

Co-chair Jenni Rodgers, Shelby Thompson, Amanda Uggla, Co-chairs Lisa Bernard and Elaine Kay

Heather Loden, Adam and Ashley Birch

Tommy and Lisa Bernard


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Nancy and Billy Ray Hearn

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Into the woods The rustic and chic Symphony Patrons Party sets the stage for the upcoming Ball


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Louise and John Bryan

ith the Symphony Ball just days away, a stunning group of devotees packed the breathtaking Belle Meade abode of John and Louise Bryan for the always fun and festive Patrons Party. The cozy foyer and living room, beautifully decorated for the holidays, provided a warm respite from the frigid temperatures outdoors as guests arrived. Everyone took ample time to admire the collection of jewels on display from Kimberly McDonald, creating a bit of a human traffic jam as patrons made their way to the magnificent tent out back. Dark wood banquettes and the glow of candlelight set the stage for the chic night ahead, with revelers enjoying cocktails and hors d’œuvres of smoked salmon and crème fraîche on homemade chips and candied tomato crostini. Among those who chose not to wear black, metallics were a popular choice, like the gorgeous one-shouldered pale gold silk gown worn by co-chair Jennifer Puryear. It was the ideal complement to co-chair Jane Anne Pilkinton’s creamy tea-length dress, the blonde beauties looking picture-perfect all night. Design chairs Melissa Mahanes and Lynn Civitts really outdid themselves with the décor, transforming the Bryans’ courtyard into a woodland dreamscape that was simultaneously rustic and elegant. Tables were draped with crinkled taffeta and appliquéd velvet cloths in aqua green and chocolate brown and topped with white florals in birch containers. Panels of sheer ivory fabric and iron chandeliers adorned with candles and greenery hung overhead, while Bert Hensley from Gary Musick Productions completed the ambiance with ample mood lighting. Dani Kates’ three-course dinner commenced with a fall squash salad dressed with gala apples, frisée, pomegranate, toasted pumpkin seeds and blood orange vinaigrette. Osso bucco gremolata with shaved Brussels sprouts and bourbon ginger glazed baby carrots served as the entrée, and a warm chocolate cake, poached seckel pear, salted caramel ice cream and caramel corn followed for dessert. The lovely Holly Williams provided some surprise entertainment, charming the crowd with her hauntingly beautiful voice. It was a memorable evening and the perfect precursor to the magical night awaiting at the Symphony Ball. NANCY FLOYD PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC ENGLAND

Sue and Bob Mendes, Nancy and Ed Goodrich, Janice Elliott, David Morgan


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Kristen Motil, Jeff Garner

Milton White, Leslie Darling and Adam Dread

Melissa Core, Rick Caballo

Otis James, Claire Wallace

Fashion forward Nashville’s fashion gurus shine at Sparkle and Twang

Jonathan Pinkerton, Amber Chapman


e all know that the Tennessee State Museum knows how to throw a party, and the eighth annual fall fundraiser, which showcases the museum’s Costume & Textile Institute, was no exception. Attendees packed the first floor of the Bridge Building, clamoring for silent auction items—many that would be at home in any fashionista’s closet—and spilling out onto the covered patio for hors d’œuvres. The event introduces the recently selected class of the Young Professionals Council and serves as a celebration for the newly inducted members to the Costume & Textile Institute. This year, the Institute welcomed a diverse set of inductees mined from our local creative design pool. Australian transplants Melissa Core and Rick Caballo of CORELLO meld rock and roll and bohemian influences in their clothing and accessory designs, which you may have seen on luminaries like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Nashville cast members, Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line. Haute Couture designer Jeff Garner, the man behind Prophetik, draws inspiration from pre-Civil War era dressmakers, creating elaborate designs with ecofriendly materials. Named “2010 Eco Men’s Designer of the Year” at London Fashion Week, Jeff has created original designs for the likes of Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Miley Cyrus and Sheryl Crow. The final inductee, Otis James, won Garden & Gun’s Made in the South award in 2011 for his custom necktie, bowtie and cap designs. His handcrafted accessories, made in historic Marathon Village, are all uniquely hand-stamped, and he recently expanded his line to include a women’s tie. After the presentation, guests mingled until the late hours, dancing and enjoying cocktails and light bites. Co-chairs Stacey Rhodes and her daughter-in-law Meghan Rhodes donned sparkly dresses for the occasion and they—along with the museum’s fabulous Leigh Hendry, who looked fantastic in her Prophetik—ensured that a splendid time was had by all.

Co-chairs Stacey Rhodes and Meghan Rhodes

Susan and Damon Byrd

Laurie and Eddie Gore, Leigh Hendry


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The last laugh Magic, melody and merriment at Monroe Harding’s Laughter for the Children


ccording to Charlie Chaplin, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Monroe Harding is doing their part to make sure their supporters spend their days wisely by giving them ample reason to chuckle at the annual Laughter for the Children fundraiser. This year’s festivities were held at OZ, the art-filled space providing a lively and colorful backdrop for an evening of magic, comedy and fun. Fire jugglers lined the path to the back patio as guests arrived, setting the stage for the slew of unexpected surprises ahead. Inside, DJ Aydamn contributed to the convivial atmosphere with a nonstop playlist of upbeat tunes while magician Ryan Shadow confounded the crowd with sleight of hand tricks. Bacon and Caviar catered the casual and delicious fare that was cleverly named after famous comedians. A few of our faves were the Jerry Seinfeld (a mini New York deli-style sammie), the Jim Gaffigan (a sausage and queso hot pocket) and the Will Ferrell (a tasty assortment of bite-sized Christmas treats). Country star Rodney Atkins, accompanied by his new bride, Rose, served as honorary chairman with Rhori Johnston and Tim Shaw acting as the night’s emcees. The party’s main entertainment came from Einstein Simplified, an improv group from Knoxville, who kept the crowd laughing all night. Thanks to questionnaires on the table, guests had a chance to join in on the fun, contributing ideas for the comedy troupe to incorporate into their act. As if that wasn’t enough entertainment for one evening, an animated live auction roused the crowd into a bidding frenzy for items like a week in Ireland or a suite at LP Field, and music from Almost Famous got them up on their feet to dance the night away. It was an evening of melody and merriment, a worthwhile day to benefit foster kids across the Middle Tennessee area.

Lisa Cheek, Co-chairs Bonnie Kearns and Coe Heard

Danielle Morabito, Denton Kanouff

Micah Lacher, Brit Griffin


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ou’re buried with work. The children’s schedules are so chaotic. Balancing your sick parent’s doctor’s appointments with your own life is too much. Diets just never work.You don’t have the time, energy or finances to invest in anything else right now. Well, the truth is, you can’t afford not to take care of yourself. With rising health care costs and uncertainties, taking charge of your physical well-being is more important than ever. Tiba Nu believes success springs from simplicity. That’s why the Re-Nu Lifestyle Six-Week Challenge works. It’s a smart, holistic approach to eating, moving, thinking and being that turns on your inner light. No gimmicks, no trends, no one-trick ponies. Just you, at your best, with that peaceful glow and serenity you can only obtain from living well. So stop dieting and start living. Tiba Nu’s six-week program includes a weekly one-hour private session with a trained health coach, who will customize a program of exercise and healthy eating specifically for you. Your sessions will incorporate proven workout regimens with the newest technologies for the most time-effective weight loss, strengthening, and de-stressing results. Enjoy your sessions in the private atmosphere of Tiba Nu’s luxurious spa. And don’t think that increased energy and beauty will be your only reward. You will also enjoy a complimentary Thai Balancing Body Work or a slenderizing Deep Sea Mud Body Double-Wrap Detox as a part of the experience. Once you’re headed down the right path, you’ll wonder how you ever functioned at all – let alone flourished. Tiba Nu. It’s a way of life. And life should be sweet. Contact Tiba Nu at 615.269.5121 to sign up for the Tiba Nu Re-Nu Lifestyle Six-Week Challenge or go to for more information. Space is limited. Tiba Nu is a proud sponsor of

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Ridley Wills, Barbara Burns, Jennifer and Gus Puryear

Christine Drexel, Laurel Kittleson, Jackie Campbell, Jake Basden

Meg Rush, Jeff and Melinda Balser, Laura Currie, Fran Hardcastle

Emily Fletcher, Megan Sykes, Rod Essig, Denine Torr

Rondal Richardson, Beth Moore, Allison DeMarcus

Charles Esten, Jay DeMarcus, Shawn Stockman, Gary LeVox

Flatts and friends Rascal Flatts and Boyz II Men sing for the Children’s Hospital

David and co-chair Kathryn Brown, Co-chair Julie and Bob Gordon

Erin and Theo Morrison

Sandi Spika Borchetta, Cassadee Pope, Scott Borchetta


t’s no secret that the men of Rascal Flatts are loyal supporters of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The band has long been dedicating their time, talent and resources to the facility, often recruiting some big name pals to assist their fundraising efforts. These celebrity friends come in handy at the annual Behind the Music event, a dinner and intimate concert with the band, and as patrons can attest, this year was certainly no disappointment. Joining the ranks of surprise performers that include Taylor Swift and Vince Gill, this year’s special guests at Behind the Music were Boyz II Men. The harmonizing R&B group kicked off the show with a short set of their chart-topping numbers, riling up the crowd for the performances ahead. The band took a break from their ongoing Las Vegas gig to fly to Nashville for the fundraiser—for free. “We’ve been doing this long enough that we realize what really matters,” band member Shawn Stockman said about their involvement. And they weren’t the only celebs interested in lending a hand to the cause. Adorable Cassadee Pope, winner of The Voice, hopped onstage alongside the Flatts, as did equally dashing Nashville star Charles Esten. Upon introducing “Deacon,” Jay DeMarcus joked, “I don’t know about you, but I’m a really big fan of the show Nashville. Although it’d be even better if we were on it!” Take note, ABC producers! The event and the cause had special significance to Charles, whose own teenage daughter suffered from leukemia as a toddler. Personal connection or not, everyone in the room was unanimous in their agreement that children shouldn’t spend their days in a hospital, and if they absolutely must, they deserve to receive the best treatment possible. Thanks to talented men and women like these, and the faithful benefactors that filled the audience, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital is providing unparalleled care to kids in need and will continue to do so for years to come. Now that’s something to sing about. NANCY FLOYD PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL W. BUNCH

Shawn Stockman, Jay DeMarcus, Nathan Morris, Allison DeMarcus, Wanya Morris


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Mabry Jackson, Katie Davidson, Sara Martin Tom Bennett, Honey Bennett

Sean Parham, Olivia Coble, Shockey P’Pool, Beth Diveley

Charley Bairnsfather, Kelsey Bairnsfather

Tom Stumb, Grace Stumb

Roger Briggs, Marianna Weaver

Holding court Excitement runs high at Bal d‘Hiver


he Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae Chapter of Nashville couldn’t have predicted their fundraiser would begin with Auburn and Alabama and yet… perhaps for the first time in history, Dads, fans, brothers and boyfriends drifted into the party early. They left home at halftime, found a seat in the stylish new lobby of the Loews Vanderbilt hotel and without an inkling of what was about to happen, provided the absolute best kick-off the Bal d’Hiver has ever had. Champagne in hand, and 109 yards to go, their collective cheering could be heard all the way down West End Avenue. Sixty-two young women were presented this year. They were dazzling and a tiny bit nervous; utterly polite and charming in a way that only young women in spectacular white gowns and elbow length gloves can be. They came to have fun and raise money for CASA, Family and Children’s Service and the Kappa Alpha Theta Scholarship Fund and, by all accounts, it was a resounding success. The Pages of the Court, a crowd favorite, presented each deb with a bouquet of Purple Stock (in the 1500s those would be Gillyflowers) and green Hypericum berries, Jim Knestrick-style. Dads and escorts got the berries, as well, for their lapels. The entire Court was alive with excitement and, not surprisingly, their audience was completely impressed. Lifted from the pages of some incarnation of Miss Manners, has a page online with an article entitled, “How to Address a Debutante.” These guidelines include: Assess the atmosphere of the party, and Wait in the receiving line if there is one. Skilled observation at this year’s Bal d’Hiver would suggest such advice may be in need of some revision (e.g. Run to the debutante straight away, preferably ecstatic and say: “OMG You look fantastic!” or “Girl, where did you get that dress?” Or perhaps the best, “Oh honey, you look just like your mom did when she was your age.”) Whether participants chose the old rules or the new, this year’s Bal, with the help of top-notch and tireless chairmen Elizabeth Coble and Laura Dale, alongside honorary chair Margie Dale, had enough warmth and excitement packed into it to last through the coldest of winters.

Amy Marsalis Simpkins, Co-chairs Elizabeth Coble and Laura Dale, Margie Dale

Kendall Waddey, Jack Waddey


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A N e w Ye a r i s u s h e r i n g i n n e w s t y l e s a n d trends. Here are a few of Keith's favorites and new arrivals, which I am sure will end up in some of Nashville's HOTTEST HOMES!

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Helen Beckner, James Beckner

Reed Trickett, Allison Trickett

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Reid Berry, Kirby Wiley

Robert Stallworth, Meghan Stallworth

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Sara and Richard Bovender

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Vicki and Rick Horne, Jeff McMahon, Dara Russell

Luis and Vivian Fernandez, Craig and Nichole Huseby

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Winter wonderland Nashville Symphony presents the Harmony Award to Brad Paisley


ne night a year, the Schermerhorn—already one of our city’s most breathtaking buildings—gets a glamorous makeover, transforming the architectural gem into the belle of the Symphony Ball. As guests arrived at One Symphony Place, a pathway of trees, candles and greenery flanked the main entrance, leading the way into a stunning winter (white-tie) wonderland. The woodland décor was carried indoors, with faux snow-covered trees enveloping the lobby and welcoming guests into a cozy cocktail reception. When they weren’t admiring baubles from jeweler Kimberly McDonald, this dapper crowd was sampling specialty cocktails, like the oh-so-sippable champagne and elderberry concoction with a sugared rim, and snacking on mini crab cakes and a host of other delectable eats from Kristen Winston. Sounds of the season filled the Main Lobby, thanks to the Music City Bronze Handbell Choir who performed on the balcony above, while co-chairs Jane Anne Pilkinton and Jennifer Puryear exchanged the warmest of greetings with everyone they passed. Design chairs Lynn Civitts and Melissa Mahanes carried the sophisticated rustic motif into the magnificent Laura Turner Concert Hall for dinner. Bare trees with snow-laden branches and hefty evergreens lined the balconies, a curtain of twinkle lights hung overhead, and on the main floor, tabletops were adorned with a blend of white florals in birch containers, greenery and candlelight. Miniature pinecones and sprigs of greenery tied with satin ribbon secured napkins at each seat. Adding to the magic of the night was a performance by the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Symphony Chorus, celebrating their 50th anniversary. Of course, everyone was equally eager to get a glimpse of this year’s Harmony Award Winner, the oneand-only Brad Paisley and his gorgeous wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley. After a heartfelt introduction from Bill Frist, the Award was presented to Brad, who said he was so honored to represent the city of Nashville—right after he joked

Gus and co-chair Jennifer Puryear, Brad Paisley, Co-chair Jane Anne and Dale Pilkinton

Richard and Adrienne McRae, Suzanne and Grant Smothers

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that he was going to fill the glass award with beer! Brad began his set with a performance of “Southern Comfort Zone,” accompanied by the Nashville Symphony and Chorus, before moving onto a medley of “I’m Gonna Miss Her” and “I’m Still a Guy.” He finished his set with “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” an apropos choice for this December gala in his hometown. The country crooner took a bow and exited the stage, but this party was far from over. Craig Duncan struck up the band and guests filled the dance floor, kicking up their heels until well after midnight. And as partygoers made their way out of the cozy confines of this year’s Symphony Ball, Sarah Souther of Bang Candy Company was waiting in the lobby with one final treat—hot cocoa and those heavenly marshmallows—to allow guests to savor the sweetness of this night just a little while longer.

Ed and Nancy Goodrich, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Brad Paisley, Jan and Alan Valentine


Karlen Gerrard, Betsy Wills, Anne Maradik

Nancy and Billy Ray Hearn

Gwen Gordon, Co-chair Jane Anne Pilkinton

Debbie and Fred Cassetty

David Morgan, Janice Elliott, Ron Gobbell, Janet Kurtz

Clark and Norah Spoden, Chad and Sarah Hannah, Abigale Jasinsky, Will Helou

Sandra and Larry Lipman

Tori Wimberly, Owen Joyner

Doreatha and Andre Churchwell

Sue and Bob Mendes, Jonathan Marx Kevin and Katie Crumbo, Elizabeth and Larry Papel

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ON COVER Creme Brulee gown by Monique Lhuillier, The Bride Room; Truffle veil by Toni Federici, The Bride Room; Golden Bed Vine by PARIS by Debra Moreland, The Bride Room; Marie Antoinette earrings by PARIS by Debra Moreland, The Bride Room; Laurie Kaiser gold sliced diamond ring, Fine Jewelry at Jamie THIS PAGE Gabrielle couture wedding gown, Karen Hendrix Couture; Le Jardin de Julia veil, Alain Patterson; Jordan Alexander sliced pearl drop and diamond earrings, Jordan Alexander grey peal and blue diamond bracelet, Fine Jewelry at Jamie; Diamond engagement ring, Village Jewelers

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JANUARY 19, 2014 Every bride registering at the Nashville Pink Bridal Show will recieve $1,000.00 worth of Pink Bridal Bucks. What are Pink Bridal Bucks? Inside there are $25.00, $50.00 and $100.00 Pink Bridal Buck coupons. Many of the vendors will be offering one day special discounts. And as part of their payment they will accept Pink Bridal Bucks. Don’t miss this chance to save money!

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ly Jean Irion marries Justin Owen Y ungfleisc h


ashvillian Kimberly Irion met Justin Yungfleisch from Mill Valley, CA through college friends seven years ago and began dating three years ago. He proposed on a mountaintop, kneeling in fresh snow, while on a ski trip to Sun Valley. They married in October in Nashville at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. The Rev. Jimmy Bartz, founder of the church they attend in Santa Monica, flew in to officiate and join in the festivities. It was the couple’s intention for the event to resemble a garden dinner party. Invitations, handwritten in calligraphy and lined with botanical paper, set the tone. When guests arrived, the women were served champagne and truffles in the drawing room of the 1920s Georgian-style mansion, and the men mingled around the Reflection Pool sipping

bourbon and telling stories about the groom. They wrote notes to Kimberly and Justin in The Green Florilegium, a book full of old botanical prints. Guests took their seats in the Wills Perennial Garden, the wedding party processed to “Sweetest Thing” by Van Morrison and Kimberly and Justin said their vows as the sun was setting. The newlyweds recessed to their favorite song, “Glory of True Love” by John Prine. Kimberly wore a Reem Acra gown of nude tulle with embroidered lace and beading and accessorized with her great-grandmother’s diamond earrings. Her bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo dresses in dove grey, each tied in a different manner. Cocktails were served on the loggia under a grand chandelier designed by the light artist Bruce Munro. A Southern dinner catered by The Clean Plate Club

and dancing to the music of Super T Revue followed in a tent on the Swan Lawn. Table decorations were Irion family heirloom silver containers filled with herbs, ferns, fruits and fall blooms—all designed by Jessica Sloane who also planned the event. After a wedding trip to the Ventana Inn and Spa in Big Sur, overlooking the central coast of California, the couple returned to their home in Venice, CA where Justin is a television producer and writer and Kimberly is an actress and entertainment branding consultant. She is a graduate of Harpeth Hall and Kenyon College. He is an alumnus of Mt. Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley and University of California, Santa Barbara.



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hele Leo c i M e Delphin marries Raja a t a M Deepak


ashville native Deepak Raja and Delphine Leo from Brittany, France met in 2010 through and began dating in New York where they have lived and worked for several years. They married last August in Nashville at his family home on Belle Meade Boulevard—in two separate ceremonies. Father Breen performed the Roman Catholic rite, and Dr. Swamy officiated at the Hindu ceremony for which the participants wore saris and traditional wedding outfits ordered from India. Delphine’s family—including her parents, her sister and nephews—traveled from France and Spain to celebrate the union. They were joined by

the couple’s school friends and business partners, as well as colleagues of Deepak’s father, the late Dr. Raja, who practiced medicine for many years at St. Thomas Hospital. Some 85 guests celebrated after the ceremonies at a reception—also at the Raja home. Kristen Winston catered the dinner featuring beef tenderloin, shrimp, mixed vegetables, salads, cheeses and late-night mini burgers and fries. The wedding cake was a coconut concoction from Nashville’s Firefly Grille. Dennis Scott’s band provided the music, and family friend Mike King masterminded the planning of the event. The rehearsal dinner on Friday night featured barbeque from Hog Heaven.

After a wedding trip driving over 900 miles through California—visiting San Francisco, Sonoma, Yosemite national park and Gualala—the newlyweds returned to their home in Brooklyn. She teaches kindergarten at the private French/American Ecole Internationale de New York, and he is Portfolio Manager at Broad Arch Capital in New York City. Deepak is a 1991 graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy with a B.A. in Economics from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Delphine received her Literature and Master’s Degree in Education at University of Paris XII: Paris-Val-de-Marne.


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ashville native Scottie Gambill and Frank Ryan from St. Louis first met in 2002 while attending University of Virginia, reconnected as friends in 2007 and began dating in 2008. Frank proposed in 2012 when Scottie visited him in Los Angeles during her spring break from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management where she was studying for her MBA. He popped the question at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, surprising her with both of their families flying in to celebrate the occasion. They married in June at West End United Methodist Church with Pastor John Feldhacker officiating. Organist Don Marler accompanied the church choir. The bride wore a custom Pnina Tornai gown of silk organza with a dropped waist and ruffled skirt and train. Her bouquet was pale pink peonies with lamb’s ear. Bridesmaids wore blush pink mermaid gowns by Monique Lhuillier.

The reception was at the Gambill family home, Belle Forét, where City Lights played during cocktail hour in the courtyard. The couple joined the party with a gospel choir singing “Oh Happy Day.” Guests nibbled on candied bacon, lamb tartare, mini lobster rolls and hush puppies with country ham. Horns playing “When the Saints Go Marching In” led guests through the house to the dinner tent in the front. Mike Whitler of Branches and event planner Jenny Richter Corts transformed the tent with lemon trees, pergolas with hanging lanterns, alternating floral designs of blue hydrangeas or pink peonies, Lucite vases and floating candles. The handpainted dance floor, a replica of the mosaic floor at the Gambills’ villa in St. Barths, was busy all night with non-stop music by Jessie’s Girls from Atlanta. Close friend of the couple and James Beard finalist chef, Jon Shook, helped conceptualize the menu and, with his team, executed it along

with John Howard’s team from Sargent’s. The first course was beets three ways (golden beet gazpacho, shaved raw beet salad, roasted golden beets) and a shared-plate duo of pork and mushroom pâté. The main course was Poulet Cajun fashioned after the Gambill family’s favorite dish from Le Bilboquet in New York. In addition to traditional wedding and groom’s cakes, dessert was baconchocolate-crunch bars made famous by Shook’s Animal Restaurant in Los Angeles. Late-night treats of salted caramel milkshakes, hamburger sliders and bacon grilled cheeses made their way around the dance floor later, and the evening concluded with a surprise fireworks show. The newlyweds honeymooned on safari in Kenya, followed by a visit to the Seychelles, before returning to Los Angeles where Frank is a field sales professional at Oracle Corp. and Scottie is founder and CEO of a new social travel site called Getaway Plan ( SANDY NELSON

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April N icole Wa tkins marries Jaco b R o bert N emer


pril Watkins and Jake Nemer, both attorneys, met in Davidson County Circuit Court in November 2010. Two years later, he proposed on bended knee at brunch, presenting April with a super-sized cupcake designed by Leland Riggan of Dessert Designs. They married in 2013 at The Temple Ohabai Sholom with Rabbi Mark Schftan, Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler and Cantor Tracy Fishbein officiating. April and Jake exchanged vows in a traditional Jewish ceremony under a Chuppah where they were joined by their parents, siblings and a wedding party of 18. The ceremony concluded with the traditional “breaking of the glass” by Jake and a hearty “Mazel Tov” shouted by guests. The bride wore a Lazaro gown with chapel train, all adorned with ivory lace and freshwater pearls, and a necklace of Akoya pearls presented to her by the groom. Her bouquet designed by Terry White

of The English Garden featured various shades of white English roses accented with dusty miller. Her bridesmaids wore Love Lane slate and smoke crinkle chiffon gowns. The reception was at Sambuca in the Gulch where the entire restaurant was decorated with roses and hydrangeas, mercury glass and candles. Five crystal chandeliers hung over the dance floor and black and white framed engagement photos of April and Jake graced the walls. Upstairs and downstairs, there were food stations offering beef tenderloin, salmon, sushi, Thai, pasta, grilled veggies, salad, cheese and dessert—all prepared by Sambuca. Leland Riggan designed the sour cream and caramel wedding cake and the Tennessee Titans groom’s cake. Observing another important Jewish tradition, the bride and groom, along with their parents and siblings, were lifted on chairs high overhead with

guests circling around them dancing the “Horah.” As it was time to say goodbye, Sam Levine and City Lights moved outside playing New Orleans jazz. The couple exited amidst a blaze of sparklers making their getaway in a limo. After a wedding trip to Playa Mujeres, Mexico, April and Jake are in Nashville where she is a Family Law Attorney with MTR Family Law PLLC, and Jake is a Domestic Relations and Estate Litigation Attorney with Nemer Law LLC. April is a graduate of Belmont University and New England School of Law in Boston. Jake is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy, Rhodes College and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.


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Grace O rman marries Sco tt D avis Me lvin


artha Grace Orman met Scott Melvin in August 2006 when she was visiting Wilmington, NC with a college friend. After she returned to Raleigh, they stayed in touch by email at first, eventually exchanged phone numbers and began visiting each other on alternating weekends. Scott accepted a job with the State of North Carolina the following spring and moved to Raleigh. He surprised Martha Grace with a ring in a quiet, corner booth at Raleigh’s Sitti Restaurant in 2012 on their 6-year dating anniversary. They married in October in a wooded clearing at The Glen at Homewood in Asheville, NC with the bride’s uncle, Joseph Hamilton Thompson, officiating. Martha Grace wore a gown of champagne silk charmeuse with a multi-layered tulle skirt and a floor length veil. She carried her great-great-grand-

mother’s antique handkerchief with embroidered blue flowers and wore an opal pendant belonging to her grandmother, a gift from late grandfather Joe Thompson, Jr. Family played an important role in this occasion. Readers were Jean Joyner Thompson, the bride’s aunt, and Martha Crook Thompson, grandmother of the bride. Alice Thompson Orman, sister of the bride, was Matron of Honor, and Otis Gary Melvin, father of the groom, served as Best Man. Father of the bride Scott Orman escorted her down the aisle. Photos of past family weddings were displayed at the reception along with childhood photos of the couple. Reception guests enjoyed peach Bellinis, local draft beer and appetizers including Caprese skewers, hot sausage rolls and chicken salad tarts. The dinner buffet featured mini cheeseburgers, white truffle

mac ‘n cheese, chicken satay with sauces, salad greens with cranberries and feta, gourmet cheeses and assorted fruit. In addition to a two-tiered chocolate marble wedding cake, other dessert selections were mini cupcakes and assorted pies. After a wedding trip to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, the couple returned to Raleigh where Scott is an environmental engineer with The State of North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture and Martha Grace works for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. A graduate of Rockingham County Senior High School in Reidsville, NC, he earned a degree in Biology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington. A graduate of Harpeth Hall, she has a degree in Sociology/Criminology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. SANDY NELSON

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CHEATER CHEF {Deconstructing The Dish}

Make some salsa Spice up your winter parties


he bonus room playoffs and Super Bowl hangouts are calling for chips and salsa and your fresh summertime Tennessee tomato pico de gallo is a distant memory. What now? Are you just grabbing the generic bottle perched by the Doritos or are you honestly shelling out for the Rick Bayless-endorsed fancy brand? We’re here to tell you it’s so easy to concoct your own fabulous salsa and once you start, you will never stop. Our year-round, all-purpose salsa is a clever combination of canned and fresh ingredients. A few seconds in a food processor and you’re done. And truthfully, your own salsa will shock and awe everyone who tastes it, not just because it tastes fresh and homemade, but because most people don’t bother to make the effort and don’t know anyone who does. Like most of our Cheater Chef recipes, this salsa is just the start of a million variations you will invent as you go. For example, swap the tomatoes with a can of drained tomatillos and you have fabulous green salsa. And if you can’t stand cilantro, leave it out. Add a canned chipotle pepper for smoky flavor or soften any whole dried chile, like a pasilla or a New Mexico, in hot water for 20 minutes and then add it to the food processor with the other ingredients. To our taste, this salsa is still a bit mild so we kick it up with a few more fresh jalapeños. Serranos will heat it up even more. You never know what you’ll get from a fresh jalapeño so each batch will be a little different at the start. Once blended, just adjust your ingredients to make it hot, medium or mild to suit everyone. Now that you’re a salsa enthusiast, you might consider frying your own tortilla chips. It’s easy and they are so worth it. Cut fresh corn tortillas into quarters (let them sit on the counter for a little while to dry out). Fry the quarters in batches (don’t crowd the pan) in a heavy pot of hot 365°F oil about 2 to 3 inches deep. Turn them frequently until they begin to brown, about a couple of minutes. They will continue to cook a little after they’ve been removed from the oil, so pull them out before they are well-browned. Carefully remove the chips with tongs or a big slotted spoon to a big bowl lined with paper towels.

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MUSIC CITY CENTER I Love Lucy Live! Everyone’s favorite chocolate-eating redhead comes to Nashville to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the beloved show. January 14-26. Tickets $15-65. James K. Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick Street, 782-4000,

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The Barber of Seville

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A love triangle threatens to ruin a beautiful girl’s existence until she decides to ask the fabled Figaro for help. January 30, February 1. Tickets $21.50-97.50. Andrew Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick Street, 782-4000,

Before TPAC’s June production of the acclaimed play, learn more about World War I—the setting of the story—and Tennessee’s role in it. Through June. Gratis. Polk Cultural Center, 505 Deaderick Street, 741-2692,

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WorkSpaces: Artists’ Studios II

Based on the squeak-worthy children’s book, this tale of a mouse and her cute and colorful accessory comes to life. January 16-February 2. Tickets $7-20. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street, 252-4675,

The second in a series of exhibitions displaying various artists’ workspaces features photographs by Jerry Park. Through January 11. Gratis. The Arts Company, 215 Fifth Avenue North, 2542040,


WORLD-RENOWNED DESIGNERS Mario Buatta Charlotte Moss Nina Campbell Alexa Hampton Jon Carloftis Jennifer Boles and more than 150 antique and horticultural dealers

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The Little Mermaid Dinglehoppers and laryngitis drive the Act Too Players’ musically enchanting production. January 17-19. Tickets $15-25. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, 538-2076,

Scenes Artist Dorothy O’Connor transforms spaces into a conceptual autobiography. Through January 11. Gratis. Tinney Contemporary, 237 Fifth Avenue North, 255-7816,

Illustrations for 12 classic works of literature include Eichenberg’s representation of Mr. Rochester’s proposal to Jane Eyre under the trees. January 16-February 27. Gratis. Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 1220 21st Avenue South, 343-1702,

Under the Radar Works by Andrew Holmquist, Eric Oglander, Greg Sand, Jesse Shaw, Patrick Brien and Max Shuster will be displayed. January 11-February 15. Gratis. Cumberland Gallery, 4107 Hillsboro Circle, 297-0296,

Architecture Tour Before hopping on a free shuttle to the First Saturday Art Crawl festivities, explore the history of the Frist’s Art Deco building—once a post office. January 4. Tickets $7-10. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, 2443340,



Truth be told


ere we go again, blurring the line between fiction and nonfiction. In his latest book, The Death of Santini, novelist Pat Conroy allowed as how, as reviewer Frank Bruni put it, “the fictions he [Conroy] has spun over his long, celebrated literary career aren’t really fictions.” So the Great Santini, the tough-guy, fighter pilot who tortured his sensitive son Pat Conroy in real life as it turns out, was a living, breathing monster. Normally the complaint is that fiction is masquerading as nonfiction. What’s hailed as a true story, nonfiction, turns out to be a fairy tale, as in James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, a novel marketed as a memoir. Oprah made him pay for that one. Strangely, a lot of people came out of the woodwork to defend Frey and not just some squirrelly bloggers. Heavyweights like novelist Joyce Carol Oates and A Million Little Pieces publisher Nan Talese (Doubleday) stepped up. (Coincidentally, Talese is the wife of Gay Talese, one of the pioneers of socalled “creative nonfiction.”) The Frey brouhaha led to lots of discussion about the line between fiction and nonfiction. Oates was reportedly heard “musing” in public “on what truth is within the context of memoir.” Oh please. Nonfiction, Ms. Joyce, Ma’am, is the stuff that really happened. Fiction is the stuff we make up. Think that’s obvious? Consider In Cold Blood, Truman Capote’s nonfiction novel about the murder of a Kansas family by a cou-

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ple of psychopaths. Capote had a little trouble with the ending. “Since events had not provided him with a happy scene, he was forced to make one up,” wrote Capote biographer Gerald Clarke. (Forced by whom?) This kind of thing has a long history. “The truth does not make a good story. That’s why we have art,” wrote legendary New Yorker writer Janet Malcom, instantly making all of her nonfiction suspect. Earlier this year, a Malcom article turned me on to fellow New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell, one of the pioneers of creative nonfiction. Beginning in the ’40s, Mitchell wrote profiles of people inhabiting the gritty side of New York: fishermen, small restaurant owners, the salt of the earth. His stories feature long, long quotes from the people being profiled. One includes a single uninterrupted quote running more than 10 pages. This from a writer who reportedly used no tape recorder and “rarely” took notes. My suspicions about the quotes were first aroused when I noticed that the people being “quoted” from story to story sounded a lot alike. Same tone. Same attitude. Same guy. And that guy, I guessed, was likely a character created by one Joseph Mitchell. Mitchell even admitted that one of his subjects, octogenarian Hugh G. Flood, “was a composite of several old men.” All this is understandable. As Bruni said in his Pat Conroy review, “while fiction calls for lucid explanations and a certain tidiness, life resists both.”

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The perfect cup Beve Mobile Coffee makes espresso an art form


e fell monk’s head over heels for Beve Mobile Coffee at the Nfocus Alfresco dinner where they offered specialty lattes and cappuccinos. Since then, I enjoyed their beverages during meetings at CREMA. It was time to find out more about these Beve Boys. Besides, I wanted to know how baristas make Latte Art, the hearts, tulips and other artful designs atop my drinks. In case you didn’t know, for three years Sean Stewart and Nathanael Mehrens, co-owners of Beve Mobile Coffee, have been breaking out from behind the counter and bringing the coffee shop experience to you. They arrive at events with espresso machine, scales, teakettles, pour-over bar—the whole nine yards. The killer set-up even includes handmade tables. It’s really quite impressive! Just ask anyone who has seen them at a wedding reception, party or the Nashville set. They also train the baristas who craft your lattes and cappuccinos around town. They offer classes at CREMA for espresso enthusiasts who want to make foam art at home. For the serious home barista with the full catering set, they provide one-on-one training. Fortunately, they agreed to give me a private lesson, someone more familiar with Mr. Coffee than Mr. DeLonghi. Sean and Nathanael arrive and immediately set up shop—an espresso machine, scales and grinder, as well as their own locally roasted beans, whole milk and even filtered water. They aren’t boys. They are polite and professional,

not to mention cute. They are members of the Barista Guild of America, certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, and have competed successfully in competitions. Nathanael shows me how it’s done first, slowly making a latte. To create something many of us take for granted, you almost need a science degree. Building the perfect coffee drink requires, among other things, measuring the beans to the 100th of an ounce, heating the water to a precise temperature and timing the pull (too long = too strong). Completing this part of my first latte was easy compared to what came next. The first design baristas learn to make is the “monk’s head.” I steam the milk as directed. Taking the cup in my hand, I tilt it just so and slowly pour the milk into the top and pull it through the espresso. The result is more of a blob while my second attempt resembles a heart rather than the balding pate of an aging friar. Sean kindly assures me with more practice, I too could create a tulip, which he then does with great ease. Oh well, the result was still delicious! If you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy a Beve espresso or tea, look for them at special events around town. Or take a class any Wednesday at CREMA and gain a new appreciation for your barista. As for me, after my disastrous attempts at creating the entry-level monk’s head, I will drop by CREMA more often to enjoy one of their artfully prepared lattes.

Holly Hoffman

Holly keeps up with the latest on fashion and dining, however musically, she is stuck in 1982.

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Top chef 11.02.13


Linda’s Hope kicked off Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month at the Third Annual Chili Cook-Off. Special judges Chris Carmack, Eric Close, Steve Bunchanan, Max Goldberg and Jamie Bryant, among others, had quite a task choosing the victor, but with $21,000 raised, the real winner is the VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center.


1. Chris Carmack, Jamie Bryant, Max Goldberg, Meredith Crowley, MacKenzie Strawn, Steve Buchanan, Chris Carter, Eric Close 2. Catherine Smith, Alice Strange 3. Heidi Huerta, Brooke Rosolino, Abby Gordon, Meredith Crowley, Morgan Crosson 4. AJ Bentz, Alexandria Lovelace, Ruth Franklin, Julie Summers, Kallie Forte 4


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Taste and see 11.08.13 The Phoenix Club of Nashville treated patrons to enjoy a Taste of Nashville, all the while supporting the work of the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. Guests snacked on delicious fare from 30 area restaurants that included 1808 Grille, Edley’s Bar-b-que, Alegria, Local Taco, Sambuca and the new kid on Nashville’s culinary block, Pinewood Social. Local distillers and brewers were on hand to serve up some tasty libations, while Guilty Pleasures provided the evening’s upbeat soundtrack.


1. John Winnett, Jennifer Edwards 2. Kate Tong, Jordan Holland 3. Angie Edwards, Emily Ford, Allie Anderson 4. Co-chair Todd Shafer, Craft Hayes, Clay Jackson, Co-chair Allen Grant 5. Julia Sullivan, Josh Habiger, Ben Goldberg, Matt Tocco



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Nashville Children’s Theatre gave patrons the freedom to be young again at Big Kid Night, an adults-only evening at the theatre. Partygoers snacked on heavy hors d’œuvres and sipped Yazoo brews before enjoying a nostalgic performance of School House Rock! Guests donned colorful leis (available for purchase before the show) for a chance to win Predators tickets, all while supporting NCT’s topnotch productions and educational programs for kids and grown-ups alike. 1. Scot Copeland, Winston Harless 2. Co-chairs Michael McDaniel and Bob Benson 3. Forrest Havens, Rachel Hamilton, Bill Rios 4. Billy Eskind, Suzanne Cravens, Jamie Eskind, Sara Bartram, Jon Rich 5. Jason and Margaret Holleman, Bill Purcell and Debbie Miller by Nancy Floyd photographs by Michael W. Bunch

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What: La Bella Notte Preview Party For: Nashville Opera Guild When: Thurs., Jan. 9, 6 p.m. Where: Tiffany and Co. at The Mall at Green Hills Tariff: $75 per person Info: What: Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Days For: Hands On Nashville When: Jan. 18 and 20 Where: All over Nashville Info:



18 What: La Bella Notte Patrons Party For: Nashville Opera Guild When: Sat., Jan. 18, 6 p.m. Where: Home of Sylvia Roberts Party note: Special performance of The Barber of Seville Tariff: $250, $350 or $450 per person Info:





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What: Ballet Ball Table Host, Ladies and Gents Party For: Nashville Ballet When: Tues., Jan. 21, 6 p.m. Where: Music City Tippler Tariff: $200 per person Info:

What: Dance 4 Dance For: Nashville Ballet When: Sat., Jan. 25, 2 p.m. family event, 7 p.m. adult only Where: The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet Co-chairs: Leslee T. Alexander, Colleen McCanless and Rachel Schneider Party note: A celebration of different styles of dance, cocktails and hors d’œuvres served at night Tariff: $50 raised per person Info: What: Midwinter Blues Bash For: Ronald McDonald House When: Mon., Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. Where: Sambuca Tariff: $125 per person Info: 343-4000


What: Night for Newborns For: Nurses for Newborns When: Thurs., Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m. Where: The Bridge Building Party note: Performances by Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall Stewart and Lee Roy Parnell Tariff: $75 per person Info: nightfornewborns14.


What: Wine Women and Shoes For: YWCA When: Thurs., Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. Where: Omni Nashville Hotel Party note: Wine tasting, boutique marketplace, fashion show Tariff: $150 per person Info: 983-5110 What: Swan Ball Unveiling For: Cheekwood When: Thurs., Jan. 23, 6 p.m. Where: Home of Sissy and Bill Wilson Info:

What: La Bella Notte For: Nashville Opera Guild When: Sat., Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. Where: Hilton Downtown Nashville Co-chairs: Morel and Howard Harvey Tariff: $300 per person Info:

What: Women’s Fund Consignment Sale For: Community Foundation When: Fri., Jan 31, 11 a.m. Where: Junior League of Nashville Info: What: Alive at the Bluebird concert series For: Alive Hospice When: Every Tues-Sun, 9 p.m. show Where: The Bluebird Café Info: or



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Here comes the bride 1993


hen founding editor Herbert Fox, Jr. launched Nfocus 20 years ago, he sought to create a magazine that would shine a light on Nashville’s vibrant social scene, giving readers an invitation to the lavish, fabulous, elite events happening around town. And everyone knows that sometimes the most remarkable parties are private affairs, which is why Nfocus has always included coverage of the city’s most beautiful and memorable weddings. Our inaugural issue in November 1993 featured two such fêtes: the glamorous nuptials of Trevania Dudley and John Henderson and the romantic alfresco wedding of Mary Entrekin and Kent Agee. Fashions and flower trends may change throughout the years, but one thing never goes out of style: the beautiful bliss of a blushing bride.

Left photo, Mary Entrekin and Kent Agee Right photo, Trevania Dudley and John Henderson

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Nfocus Nashville January 2014  

The Little Details—From the dresses to the diamonds; Symphony Ball, Bal d'Hiver, Behind the Music; Taking Vows—Five local weddings

Nfocus Nashville January 2014  

The Little Details—From the dresses to the diamonds; Symphony Ball, Bal d'Hiver, Behind the Music; Taking Vows—Five local weddings