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End a n ge r e d S pe c i e s Jewe l ry H e l p s S ave Wi ld l i fe By Marsala Rypka
Before creating his own 18-karat gold, platinum and conflictfree gemstone designs that include one-of-a-kind customized pieces, Frank Alexander Jewell crafted jewelry for some of the most prestigious houses, including Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels and Mikimoto. Jewell, now 53, was 18 when master jewelers began teaching him the artisanal techniques of hand-carving intricate wax molds for custom luxury jewelry. That skill is becoming a lost art, with so many pieces now being designed and generated by computers. Jewell, whose last name foretold his vocation, left New York two years ago and moved with his wife, Cheryl, to San Clemente, California, to be closer to nature. As a boy, Jewell loved carving animals, so when he was introduced to Peter and Corie Knights, who have dedicated their
lives to saving endangered animals, he wanted to do something to support their conservation efforts. He created BE-Jewelled for WildAid, an endangered species line of pendants, necklaces, rings and bracelets that include a whale tail, a stingray, a turtle, a pangolin, an elephant and a rhino. Jewell’s stunning gold Serengeti bracelet with two adult elephants on each side of a baby elephant was auctioned off at WildAid’s 2015 charity gala, An Evening in Africa, for $44,000. The relationship between WildAid and Alexander Jewell continues with a percentage of the proceeds from the Endangered Species line going to the nonprofit. BE-Jewelled is a great way to wear something beautiful that speaks of one’s passion and makes a difference. To support WildAid, visit alexanderjewell.com.
P r ot e c t in g th e He rd SAN FRANCISCO NONPROFIT WILDAID KEEPS E N D A N G E R E D S P E C I E S S A F E T H R O U G H E D U C AT I O N
By Marsala Rypka | Swahili translation courtesy of Fr. Sambya Zawadi
The statistics are heartbreaking. In 1970, there were 1.5 million African elephants; now there are 400,000. There were 100,000 lions; now there are 20,000. There were 65,000 black rhinos; now there are 5,000.
Nambari hizi ni za kutishaMwaka 1970, kulikuwa na tembo za Afrika milioni 1.5; sasa kuna 400,000. Kulikuwa na simba elfu 100,000; sasa kuna 20,000. Kulikuwa na hinoceros nyeusi 65,000; sasa kuna 5,000.
Wildlife is in such peril that on March 19, 2018, global news outlets reported the death of 45-yearold Sudan, the last male northern white rhino on the planet at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Only two females remain.
Wanyamapori walikuwa katika hatari kama hiyo mnamo Machi 19, 2018, vyombo vya habari vilivyoripoti ya kwamba Sudan mwenye umri wa miaka 45, mwanamume wa mwisho wa kaskazini mweupe, alikufa katika Ol Pejeta Conservancy nchini Kenya. Wanawake wawili tu waliobaki.
Imagine how tragic a world it would be if wild animals could only be viewed in captivity at zoos instead of roaming free in their natural habitat because they had been hunted to extinction. Thanks to the efforts of people such as British-born Peter Knights, a former Greenpeace activist and undercover investigator of illegal wildlife trade, and his wife, Corie, endangered species have a chance of surviving. When Peter co-founded WildAid, a San Francisco nonprofit in 2000, he took a different approach. Instead of focusing on protecting wildlife, he focused on educating consumers and reducing demand. WildAid’s tagline is “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too.”
Dunia itakuwa mahali pa kusikitisha ikiwa wanyama wataweza kuonekana tu katika zoo na si katika mazingira yao ya asili kwa sababu wote wameuawa. Shukrani kwa watu kama Peter Knights, mwanaharakati wa zamani wa Greenpeace na mke wake Corie, wanyama waliohatarishwa wana nafasi ya kuishi. Petro alipoanza WildAid huko San Francisco mwaka 2002, alionyesha kweli. WildAid inasema “Acha ununuzi, uacha kuua.”
photo by Kristian Schmidt
“When we began, most people thought ivory and rhino horn came from animals that died naturally. They didn’t know thousands were being slaughtered for their body parts,” says Peter.
“Tulipoanza, watu wengi hawakujua tembo na rhinosarus waliuawa ili kupata pembe zao,” alisema Peter.
WildAid gets its message out through campaigns like “Join the Herd” and $300 million a year in donated media placement (mostly in China), along with help from 200 or so celebrity ambassadors and a small team of staff members, partners, supporters and contributors in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.
WildAid hutumia $300 milioni kutangaza ujumbe huu (hasa nchini China), 200 celebrities na wafanyakazi wachache kutoka Marekani, Asia, Afrika, Ulaya, na Amerika Kusini.
In 2013, Peter met HRH Prince William at a Wildlife Crime Conference in London, where the prince agreed to do a public service announcement for WildAid and offered to enlist David Beckham to join him and Yao Ming. “It was hard coordinating schedules, but we shot two PSAs at Wembley Stadium, and Prince William did the tagline in Vietnamese and Mandarin,” says Peter. “When he visited China, our PSA aired 75 times a day on Chinese state TV.” WildAid’s campaigns raise public awareness and put pressure on the Chinese government. In the last three years, the consumption of shark fin soup declined 82 percent and the sale of ivory was banned starting Jan. 1, 2018, following a two-thirds reduction in price.
WildAid operates on grants from foundations and individual gifts. For the past six years, Charity Navigator has given WildAid a perfect 100 score for fiscal responsibility and good governance. One of the ways the nonprofit raises money is by bringing its donors on safaris to Africa. “These aren’t your typical safari tours. They are immersive experiences with a conscience we call ‘Journeys With Heart,’ where people learn about conservation,” says Corie, who is in charge of major gift donations, planning WildAid’s annual November gala and donor trips to Africa, the Galapagos Islands and Mexico, where people swim with whale sharks and giant manta rays. Their Africa adventure costs $25,000, and each couple pledges a $100,000 tax-deductible donation, half of which goes to WildAid’s five local partners, including The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphanage for baby elephants and rhinos in Nairobi. Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o recently visited the orphanage and says, “I’m proud of my Kenyan heritage and honored to be a WildAid global ambassador. I spent three transformative days at the Amboseli National Park and learned elephants each have unique features and a distinct character. A 1-year-old also named Lupita trumpeted loudly when her mom wouldn’t stop to breastfeed her. That made me proud. I like a girl who knows what she wants.” Nyong’o says if it weren’t for humans, elephants would live 65 or 75 years. She explains that a live elephant creates jobs and brings in $1 million in tourism in its lifetime. When poached, it only provides a few hundred dollars for a handful of people.
Mwaka 2013, Peter alikutana na HRH Prince William huko London ambaye alifanya PSA kwa WildAid, David Beckham na Yao Ming. “Tulifanya PSA mbili kwenye Wembly Stadium ambapo Prince William alizungumza Kivietinamu na Mandarin, “alisema Peter.” Alipokuja nchini China, PSA yetu ilionyeshwa kwenye Kichina TV mara 75 kwa siku.” WildAid inaweka shinikizo kwa serikali ya Kichina. Katika miaka mitatu iliyopita, matumizi ya supu ya shark fin ilishuka 82% na uuzaji wa pembe ulipigwa marufuku kuanzia Januari 1, 2018. WildAid inafanya kazi kwenye utuaji wa misaada. Kwa miaka sita Charity Navigator amewapa WildAid alama 100 kwa wajibu wa fedha. Njia moja wanayoiingiza fedha ni kuleta wafadhili Afrika. “Hii si safari yao ya kawaida. Ni uzoefu ambapo unafunza juu ya wanyamapori,” alisema Corie, ambaye anapanga safari ya kila mwaka kwenda Afrika, Visiwa vya Galapagos, na Mexico, ambapo watu wanaogelea na papa za nyangumi. Safari yao Afrika ilitoa $ 25,000 na $ 100,000 kwa maeneo ambayo yanahitaji msaada kama David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust kwa tembo huko Nairobi. “Ninajivunia kuwa ni balozi wa Kenya WildAid. Nilikaa siku tatu katika Hifadhi ya Taifa ya Ambulance kujifunza juu ya tembo.” kasema Lupita Nyong’o. Nyong’o alisema isingekuwa wanadamu, tembo angeishi miaka 65 au 75. Uzima wa kila tembo huleta dola milioni moja kwa utalii. Wanapouliwa kunakuwepo na upungufu wa mapato.
Peter Knights with actress Lupita Nyongâ€™o in Kenya Corie Knights and guides up close with an elephant in Kenya photos by Kristian Schmidt
photo by Kristian Schmidt
Peter and Corie Knights swimming with a whale shark in Mexico, photo by Shawn Hendricks
“An elephant is poached every 15 minutes, which means $96 million a day is lost,” says Nyong’o. “At that rate, elephants will soon be extinct. Fortunately, brave, dedicated people at organizations like Wildlife Direct, the African Wildlife Foundation, Save the Elephants Foundation and WildAid are combating poaching. But they need our help.”
“Kila Tembo moja anapouawa, ina maana $ 96,000 kwa siku upotea kwani haipiti dakika 15,”kasema Nyong’o.” Watu wenye ujasiri katika mashirika kama Wildlife Direct, Foundation Wildlife, Wildlife Foundation, na WildAid wanahitaji msaada wetu ili kuokoa tembo.
Despite the atrocities they are trying to stop, Corie, who has been to Africa 20 times, says it’s the place she feels most at peace. “Being near these majestic animals is humbling.”
Cory ametembelea Afrika mara 20. Kusafari na wanyama huleta amani.
Peter proposed to Corie at the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and they got married in 2002. Each year they celebrate their anniversary with safari guests who become family at the Ol Jogi Lodge, a 58,000-square-foot privately owned wildlife conservancy ranch in Laikpia, Kenya, lauded by CNN and Forbes as one of the best places on earth to stay. This year, daughters Julia, 13, and Charlotte, 9, joined them. “We stay in luxurious lodges and tents and feel so privileged eating delicious food and drinking a glass of wine, surrounded by a herd of elephants at dusk,” says Corie. “Africa is magical. Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in Kenya, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fell in love in Botswana. Highprofile people can relax on safari, which is refreshing. One of our guests, a big finance guy, didn’t use his phone for two weeks.” Peter, who has been to Africa 50 times, recalls some incredible moments captured by renowned photographer Kristian Schmidt. “This year we were at Amboseli when a flock of flamingos took off in a blaze of pink with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background. Then Tolstoy, a giant bull elephant in musth, came within 10 feet of our vehicle and trumpeted loudly to let us know who was boss. “We’ve drifted through the mist at sunrise in a hot air balloon 1,000 feet above the ground while a herd of wildebeest grazed below and a huge African sky stretched out before us. We also skimmed along the Mara River in a helicopter with hippos and crocodiles a few feet below, watching 13 lions that just killed a hippo standing at water’s edge feeding on their catch.” Beyond the savanna, the Knights are also passionate about protecting marine life. They just returned from Mexico, where National Geographic photographer Shawn Heinrichs spent four days taking photos of their group swimming and snorkeling with 30-foot whale sharks and giant manta rays. “It’s exhilarating to be 2 feet away,” says Corie. “We took Richard Branson, who said it was one of the most beautiful mornings of his life.”
Peter alimpendekeza Corie walipokuwa Crater Ngorongoro nchini Tanzania na kufunga ndoa mnamo mwaka 2002. Kila mwaka wanaadhimisha ndoa yao Ol Jogi Lodge, 60,000 Laikia, Kenya ambapo CNN na Forbes usema ni mojawapo ya maeneo bora zaidi duniani. Mwaka huu Julia (13) na Charlotte (9) walikuja. “Tunashukuru kuwa na nyumba bora, chakula na vinywaji na pia kuwa karibu na tembo, “alisema Corie. “Afrika ni ya ajabu. Prince William alipempendekeza Kate Middleton nchini Kenya, naye Prince Harry kampendekeza Meghan Markle inchini Botswana.” Peter amekuwa Afrika mara 50. Anakumbuka nyakati zingine za kutisha kutokana na picha za Kristian Schmidt. “Tulikuwa Amboseli na flamingos Mlima Kilimanjaro wakati tembo aitwaye Tolstoy alipiga tarumbeta kutujulisha uwepo wao. “Tulikuwa hewani na kundi la wildebeast chini yetu na pia uzuri wa anga ya Afrika. Tulikuwa kwenye helikopta hewani tulipowaona kiboko na mamba kwenye mto mbali kidogo na simba 13 waliokuwa wakimla kiboko.” Peter na Corie Knights pia wanajali kuhusu maisha ya baharini. Wao tu walirudi kutoka Mexico ambapo mpiga picha wa Taifa Geographic, Shawn Heinrichs alichukua picha za kundi lao la snorkeling na papa kubwa nyangumi. “Tulimchukua Richard Branson aliyesema ni moja ya siku bora zaidi ya maisha yake,” alisema Corie.
“Fishermen who hunted them now protect them,” says Peter. “They realize they are worth more alive than slaughtering them.”
“Kwa Wavuvi wanaowalinda,” alisema Peter. “Wanajua kwamba wao ni thamani Zaidi wakiwa hai kuliko kuwaua na kuuza sehemu zao.
Remember: When the buying stops, the killing can too!
Ununuaji ukiisha, mauaji yanaweza pia!
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London Fashion Week London
Las Vegas Philharmonic Celebrating Bernstein Las Vegas
Milan Fashion Week Milan
The Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair Istanbul
Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival Las Vegas
SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 2
Paris Fashion Week Paris
SEPTEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 13
La Bohème Metropolitan Opera House New York City
The Melbourne Festival Melbourne, Australia
Frieze Art Fair London
Tremé Fall Festival New Orleans
The New Yorker Festival New York City
Eagle Rock Music Festival Los Angeles
Eric Clapton New York City
San Diego International Film Festival San Diego
Outsider Art Fair Paris
OCTOBER 18-NOVEMBER 4
Sculpture by the Sea Sydney
Dracula Nevada Ballet Theatre Las Vegas
Las Vegas Philharmonic: Glass, Mozart, Bach with Simone Dinnerstein Las Vegas
Seville Film Festival Seville, Spain
Napa Valley Film Festival Napa, California
The Lion King The Smith Center Las Vegas
AFI Film Festival
New York City
The American Art Fair New York City
International Jazz Festival Buenos Aires, Argentina
EFG London Jazz Festival London
NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 26
La Cenerentola: Paris Opera Paris
New York Fashion Week
1. Elaine Wynn, Michael Shulman and Lovee Arum 2. Denise Valdez, guest and Rachel Smith
F L A I R F O R C A R E FA S H I O N S H O W Nathan Adelson Hospice’s annual Flair for Care Fashion Show and Luncheon was held May 19 at the Wynn Las Vegas. More than 500 guests attended a special showing of the Fall 2018 designs from the Wynn Collection. The event highlighted some amazing runway fashions and celebrated Nathan Adelson Hospice’s 40th year of caring for Southern Nevada. Emcee Rachel Smith from FOX5’s More news show hosted this extraordinary day. NAH CEO Carole Fisher spoke about the hospice’s legacy while keynote speaker Robin Greenspun shared a heartwarming story of her beloved mother’s experience with Nathan Adelson Hospice.
The legacy of Nathan Adelson Hospice and Flair for Care continues with this year’s passing of the torch. Founding members and long-time co-chairs Susan Molasky, Jane Schorr, Beth Weinberger and Sharon Jenkins stepped down from their duties, and Dena DuBoef-Roth, Nicole Parry and Tami Hance have stepped up to carry on the tradition. 4
3. Looks from the runway 4. Novelty DuPree, Emily Stewart, Makiah DuPree with adopted puppy
This year’s Flair for Care raised nearly $500,000 for the foundation, ensuring that no one in the Southern Nevada community ends the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. Nathan Adelson Hospice is thankful to everyone who helped make this event happen, especially the Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Collection, Destinations by Design, committee members, volunteers and everyone who donated items and came out and supported the organization. Photos by Infinity Photo
KEEP MEMORY ALIVE ANNUAL SUMMER SOCIAL AND RODEO AT S H A K E S P E A R E R A N C H On June 29 and 30, Keep Memory Alive hosted the annual Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare Ranch, a weekend of Western-style fun and fundraising featuring a professional rodeo event and an evening with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and “The Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar. The philanthropic weekend’s events benefited Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which provides state-of-the-art care for those suffering from brain disorders. Camille and Larry Ruvo, along with the McGill family, resurrected the Glenbrook rodeo in 2000, which had been discontinued in 1965. The weekend fete kicked off on Friday, June 29, with a rodeo featuring bull riding and barrel racing, as well as carnival games, a watermelon-eating contest for kids and a Western-style barbecue. On Saturday, June 30, the festivities continued when chef Lagasse’s cowboys took the reins in the kitchen to prepare a delectable dinner at Shakespeare Ranch. Guests enjoyed the best of his signature cuisine perfectly paired with a selection of fine wine and spirits. The evening culminated with an intimate performance by Sammy Hagar. Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation 2
1. Dr. Jeffery Cummings and Keep Memory Alive co-founder Larry Ruvo 2. Sammy Hagar 3. Chefs Sean Roe, Emeril Lagasse and Scott Pajak 4. Drs. Marwan Sabbagh, Jeffery Cummings, Dylan Wint and Jim Leverenz
LAS VEGAS URBAN LEAGUE AWARDS GALA AND SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
1. Kevin E. Hooks and George Sakin 2. MGM employees with Maria Jose Gatt
The Las Vegas Urban League hosted the 2nd Annual Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser on June 1 at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. More than 200 North Las Vegas community leaders attended. The following Awards were presented: • Business Titan of the Year: George Sakin, Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits • $500K Award for Service: Maria Jose Gatti, MGM Resorts International • Broadcast Award: Stan Verrett, ESPN & Sports Center News Anchor
The sponsors for this year’s Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser were Nevada State Bank, MGM Resorts International and Enterprise Car Rental. The silent auction took place during the awards gala dinner and included autographed sports memorabilia, hotel rooms with spa packages and autographed books from the following private donors and companies: Aaron Lelah Jewelers, Ben Litvin, Scotch 80 Prime, Mike & Lakiha Tyson, Townsley Painted Portraits and MGM Resorts International. Las Vegas Urban League’s President and CEO Kevin E. Hooks, COO Ryan Myers and CFO Derek Stubbs also attended the annual event. Photos by Brian Reese
3. Rhonda Nolen and Dr. Farrah Gray 4. Rev. Donald Chaney, Andrea Fleming and Dino Browne 5. Arnelle Simpson, Kylynn Luna, Marquita Ward and Rhonda Nolen
1. Bryan Chan and Skye Dee Miles 2. Latoya Holman, Laura Sussman and Sean VanGorder
13TH ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN GALA The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, hosted its 13th Annual Las Vegas Gala on May 12 at ARIA Resort & Casino. Centered on the call to “RISE: Rally. Ignite. Support. Empower.,” HRC’s 2018 Las Vegas gala brought together the most dynamic philanthropic members of the Las Vegas and LGBTQ communities as it honored community leaders with the following awards: • Equality Award: Bob Boughner, senior partner at Global Market Advisors • Community Leadership Award: Jamie and Judy Dahlem, trailblazing community leaders and advocates • Ally for Equality Award: Monica O. Jackson, FOX5 Emmy Awardwinning news anchor • Ally for Equality Award: Nick Robinson, title character of the revolutionary film Love, Simon Photos courtesy of Human Rights Campaign Las Vegas
3. Nick Robinson 4. Jamie and Judy Dahlem 5. Monica Jackson
L i g h ti ng th e Way CANCER-STRICKEN FA M I L I E S G E T S U P P O RT FROM CANDLELIGHTERS
By Genevie Durano
A child’s cancer diagnosis is devastating for any parent to hear. Forty years ago, two families who received this heartbreaking news joined forces to create Candlelighters (candlelightersnv.org), a Las Vegas nonprofit whose mission is to provide “emotional support, quality-oflife programs, and financial assistance for children and their families affected by childhood cancer.” Today, Candlelighters works with more than 600 families a year. Any child under the age of 21 who has been diagnosed with cancer qualifies for assistance from Candlelighters. In addition to services such as art and play therapy for the kids, marriage and family therapy, and bereavement support, Candlelighters also helps families financially with mortgage and rental payments, copay reimbursements and travel costs for treatment. Throughout the year, Candlelighters’ dedicated staff of nine hosts fun events such as movie nights, Halloween parties and family picnics. The highlight for the kids is the summer camp program, where a team of 130 volunteers takes 60 kids to Camp Independent Firefly in Big Bear, California, for a five-day, four-night medically supervised camp experience. “The children have a week full of swimming, archery and horseback riding, high and low ropes courses, rock climbing and many activities throughout the week,” says Melissa Cipriano, Candlelighters’ executive director. “It’s just an amazing week with these kids where they can forget about their disease. It’s a childhood tradition that we feel is so important where they can learn independence and make friends and be with like-minded peers. It’s super-important for their growth and development.”
Candlelighters provides all its services to the families free of charge through the help of the community. “We do not receive any state or federal funding as part of our fundraising efforts,” Cipriano says. “We have our two major events per year. We have our general contributions from our community, and we also have our grant sources where we receive some funding. But everything we do is solely from donated dollars.” In addition to financial contributions, the best way to help with Candlelighters is by giving the gift of time. Volunteers are always welcome at events such as the Superhero 5K, one of the nonprofit’s biggest fundraisers, scheduled in September to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Participants can either walk or run the event, and all of the money raised goes to Candlelighter families. The event, now in its 29th year, features a kids’ zone with bounce houses, a bone marrow drive and a raffle. Last year, more than 1,000 participants donned a cape and put smiles on many children’s faces. It takes not just a family but a whole community to face a cancer diagnosis. Just the knowledge that they’re not alone in this fight can be a source of hope and comfort for children and their families. When Candlelighters began four decades ago, its founders could not have imagined how impactful this organization would be. “It was such a grassroots charity in Las Vegas and has now grown into a mediumsized nonprofit that continues the vision and the mission of the founders,” Cipriani says. “That’s a beautiful thing to be able to have that lasting legacy in our community.”
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By Buford Davis
A mother pushes a few wayward strands of her young son’s hair from across his forehead in preparation for the family portrait. The boy wears a white button-down shirt cuffed at the forearm, a bow tie, shorts and loosely laced black sneakers. It is still morning, but the studio is already sweltering in the Las Vegas summer heat. The photographer kneels in front of the boy, whom she has placed in a rounded, white swivel chair. “Are you a professional?” she asks the boy, eliciting a shrug and a reticent smile. “You are. This is good … you are an absolute natural.” “You are like the king,” the father says laughing to his son as the family of three huddles around the boy from behind for the group shots. The session lasts only last a few minutes and the family departs after embracing and thanking the photographer for her work. “Absolutely, it’s my pleasure,” she tells them. “Thanks for letting me photograph you.” The only indication that this is something other than an ordinary family photo shoot is the 6-inch long scar along the back off the boy’s skull, still visible from where surgeons have shaved away a small portion of his jet-black hair. “Working with these kids who are fighting cancer, they come in here with more hope and more happiness than some kids who have everything,” notes Denise Truscello, the photographer who has captured each of the images for 40 Faces of Candlelighters. The project, sponsored by Comprehensive Cancer Centers, features 40 individuals and their families who have been helped by the services of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. “They tell me their dreams,” Truscello says. “We have a lot to learn from them. The amount of love and support these families have for these kids is unending and unconditional — like all parents have for their children — but because there is an illness
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involved, there is something deeper that people who have not experienced it [might] not understand. I think time means a lot more to families that are dealing with sickness. These are families who have gone through a lot.” Truscello says that despite the circumstances, the people she has worked with demonstrate unyielding positivity. “For them, it is just something they are living with, there is no attitude of despair,” she says. “There are bigger smiles, bigger dreams — this has been an incredible experience for me because of that. “Yes, it is very hard to go through illnesses and to see somebody you love being sick — but the amount of strength and closeness that happens with that has been beautiful to see.” ‘THE HARD THINGS’
Truscello has established herself as a leading celebrity photographer through a body of work that marries an artistic eye and innate sensitivity while documenting the lives of entertainers, historical figures and world leaders. 32
But much of her experience in the medium has been to document a very different area of life. “I always wanted to help, to be involved in things,” she reflects. “Even when I was a kid.At first, I wanted to be a photojournalist. To work on causes. I was more into the reality of life. The hard things, the difficult things, I wanted to shoot that.” Truscello reached an inflection point on an early September day 17 years ago when she was sent by the Las Vegas ReviewJournal to cover the scene of a fatal accident. “A little boy was hit by a car and killed,” she recalls.“I remember getting yelled at by some of the people at the school [near the scene]. I had a hard time with that. My intent was to photograph human causes that the average person wouldn’t get to look at. It’s not to exploit. It’s so you can see what is happening in the world and maybe try to change it. But something struck me at that one shoot, the little boy.” Only a few days later, Truscello headed to New York City on the first day that commercial flights resumed following the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. “Photographing 9/11 really affected me,” she says. “And as
I was in the taxi from the airport and had my first look at where the World Trade Center buildings once stood, I only saw smoke.… I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can actually do this,’ because the first sight of that made it so real and surreal at the same time … but once I got to the area, something kicked in and I was able to focus and not think about how it was affecting me in the moment. I felt it but I didn’t let it get in the way of what I was supposed to do.” On the wall in her studio hangs two Nevada Press Association awards for best spot news photography, one of which was for her work the week of 9/11 and the other is for the one-year anniversary/memorial. “It’s weird how things can have two sides,” she says. “I don’t really like awards, yet it was nice to be recognized. But it was tough to be recognized for that.” Truscello was so shaken by the experience of photographing the aftermath of 9/11 to such an extent that she was preparing to abandon photography altogether. Soon after, an assignment to shoot a portrait of singer Britney Spears would lead her into the genre of celebrity photography. “That’s when I met the people who would give me my first jobs,” she says. “That was Amy Sadowsky and Robert Earl from Planet Hollywood. That is how it started, with that one shoot. That’s when I met photographer Kevin Mazur and the other founders of WireImage who brought me on as a ‘mini’ partner a few months after it began. Then I opened the Las Vegas office [in 2001]. It all happened very fast.” ‘ TA U G H T M E A B O U T L I F E ’
Truscello first got into photography in 1993 after walking out of her acting class in Los Angeles. The same day she bought a camera and a ticket for a three-month backpacking tour through Europe. When it concluded, she settled in Paris, where she lived until 2000. “I did not have a lot of money,” she recalls. “I would take a roll of film and shoot one or two photos a day because I could not afford the film or getting it developed. It was $20 a roll to develop then, which was a lot. “You did not waste your photo and it made you a better photographer. Plus, I did not have a flash, so I had to learn how to hold my breath and shoot at a low speed.”
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Her street photography was featured in a small exhibition in Paris, where she met the acclaimed photographer Édouard Boubat, one of the classic 20th-century Franco photographers that included Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Jacques Henri Lartigue and Robert Doisneau. Best known for sumptuously atmospheric black-and-white images deeply rooted in humanism, Boubat mentored Truscello periodically for three years until his death in 1999 at age 75. “He didn’t sit around and teach me photography; he just taught me about life,” she says. “I would go around and walk with him and take photos. He would talk more about life, love, different things — about reading and seeing people. And respect for people when you shoot. That’s how I learned photography.” Some of her images from those years now hang inside the Paris Las Vegas hotel. “I made all these photos when I had absolutely no money. I didn’t want to ask my parents for help because it was my
choice to be there and I was happy,” she says. “Having money doesn’t add anything extra to experiencing life and art. Money adds nothing to the beauty of what I was able to see and live. One of the photos [I took back then] is of a dog in a cafe. I remember that day, because it was very cold. I did not have enough francs to buy a coffee — this was before the euro. I was standing there pretending to take photos. But I could only take one, because I didn’t have [enough] film. “It is pretty funny to look at those photos now. I sure wasn’t thinking, ‘I’m going to sell this to the Paris Las Vegas hotel.’ I didn’t have a plan. I was working in Joe Allen’s restaurant in Paris; I didn’t even know I was going to be a photographer. I didn’t know I could make a living doing something that I loved so much.” “RESPECT’
Today, whether she is shooting performers like Céline Dion, four former U.S. presidents, Pope Francis or school kids in Ethiopia — where she supports a charity, Tariku & Testa Kids’ Education Through Tennis Development — Truscello’s
Timkat, The Celebration of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river (Aksum, Ethiopia)
approach is the same. Which is to say, each shoot is different, offering unique challenges and opportunities. “You have to feel it out,” she explains. “Even if you are doing a documentary, every time it will be different. You have to find a new approach. But every single shoot is important to me. “Sometimes I will shoot something, and I’ll just think it’s amazing. I don’t care what anybody says. That has been my attitude from the beginning.” Such attitude is borne not out of conceit, but from a need to remove outside influence from the delicate, personal details of sensibility and awareness that defines any photographer’s images. Truscello’s passion for the art form is evident when she speaks about its history and tradition that informs the philosophical foundation for her work. “Everyone you are working with is different; I talk to some, and some I just observe and I don’t say a word. I am sensitive to the subject and know what is appropriate for each shoot, that has always been a natural thing for me.” She says she keeps in mind an important lesson from Boubat that she wants to share with other photographers. “‘Do-neez,’ he would say, ‘you press the button when the photo belongs to you. You don’t just make a lot of pictures, then make the sign of the cross and pray you get something.’” “if you have respect for photography it drips into respect for the people you photograph. Respect for human life. For animals. For the world. I think it can make you a sensitive person that sees deeply, differently than other people,” Truscello says. “That’s the beauty of it, we all see the world in a different way, and I’m blessed to be able to share my view.”
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SUSAN PILLSBURY ON THE FOUNDING OF LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC
By Bobbie Katz Photos courtesy of the Las Vegas Philharmonic
Forty years ago, Las Vegas was pretty much a desert as far as culture was concerned. But Susan Pillsbury (then Susan Tompkins), who moved to town with her husband, Andrew, in the mid-’70s, longed for a different community climate. Amid the clanking of slot machines, she heard a symphony and became the catalyst for changing Las Vegas’ dry cultural sand into what Ludwig van Beethoven called the “electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents,” as he referred to music. It ultimately took her pulling a few strings, but the result was the founding of Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. A former British ballerina who had come to America in her 20s and notes that she is an American, Pillsbury naturally gravitated to Nevada Ballet Theatre, founded by her neighbor, Nancy Houssels, and Pillsbury’s good friend, Vassili Sulich, upon her arrival in Las Vegas. But she and Andrew (co-founder of the Philharmonic and builder/founder of the Lady Luck Casino, who passed away in 2004), soon found themselves missing Austria’s Salzburg Music Festival, San Francisco’s Opera Company and Los Angeles’ Philharmonic Orchestra performances, which they used to attend. Above all, the couple missed having a reliable symphonic presence in town. “Music is a powerful art form with a timeless appeal that can bring joy and spiritual renewal,” Pillsbury says. “In my own country, during the Second World War, ballets and musical performances continued even as bombs were dropping, so powerful is the human need for deliverance from the horrors of deprivation and suffering.”
Carmina Burana and the Las Vegas Philharmonic
Star Spangled Spectacular Las Vegas Philharmonic
Star Spangled Spectacular onstage view with Maren Wade
However, it took some 20 years, until 1997, for Pillsbury’s vision to take on the specter of a reality. That’s when Sulich introduced her to Hal Weller, who was in Las Vegas to conduct the ballet’s Nutcracker performances, and they began having serious talks about forming a new classical orchestra. “We teamed up with Dick McGee, the Pops conductor of the previous now-defunct Nevada Symphony, and the wonderfully rich pool of Las Vegas’ talented musicians,” recalls Pillsbury, who was awarded the Community Achievement Award for Arts and Entertainment in the year 2000 for the founding of the Philharmonic. “With Las Vegas being the fastest-growing city in the world and the demographics of the city rapidly changing, the critical mass to support such an orchestra seemed viable. It was the right idea at the right time.” “With the cancellation of Nevada Symphony’s Fourth of July concert in 1998, we were presented with the opportunity to step in and save the day,” she recalls. “With just 10 days’ notice, we were able to produce our own Star Spangled Spectacular on July 4, 1998, at Hills Park in Summerlin. Inspired by the success of that first concert, we formalized the orchestral support system, creating a sound board of like-minded civic leaders and began the arduous task of fundraising. Doris Lee was the
first person to have faith in us and presented us with our first $25,000 donation, soon to be followed by many such donors.” In addition, Lionel Sawyer & Collins’ Paul Hejmanouski provided pro bono legal advice; Wendy and Richard Plaster were among the first board members; Lamar Marchese offered free office space at KNPR’s new facility; Anita Meyer became the organization’s business manager; Bill Marion handled publicity; and Keith Neel took care of the orchestral logistics. “We were a lean, mean skeletal office staff of just six, closely working around the clock preparing for our classical premiere season,” Pillsbury says. “When it came time to present our first concert, we were advised to ‘Go out with something easy … like Tchaikovsky.’ Instead, we chose none other than Mahler’s Second Symphony, aptly titled “The Resurrection.” Mahler? In Las Vegas? One hundred musicians onstage, six offstage with church bells and chimes, a chorus of 150 voices, two soloists, a soprano and a contralto. It brought down the house and earned a 20-minute standing ovation. We knew then that we were on the right track in not dumbing down our musical programs. We intended to present serious classical music, not just Pops. We knew that Las Vegas was ready for it.”
Susan Pillsbury Las Vegas Philharmonic bass players
In trying to drum up support for the orchestra, Pillsbury approached Steve Wynn but found him to be less than enthusiastic. He candidly warned her that a professional orchestra being paid musician union fees would never be financially solvent and that such an effort would fail. It was Elaine Wynn who gave her support by featuring the orchestra in the opening festivities of the Bellagio. Soon, other casinos contributed to the orchestra’s financial support by contracting its services for their special events. In addition, Cartier’s Mariam Afshai sponsored the Soiree Series of intimate concerts in private homes, which became a very lucrative source of funding for the organization. Performing music that enriches and educates while helping to build a vibrant, culturally rich community, is the core mission of Las Vegas Philharmonic. One of its first goals was to introduce schoolkids to the orchestra and familiarize them with instruments that they may want to take up in school. To date, 250,000 local kids have been introduced to the experience of live classical music in the last two decades. Through the years, the orchestra has continued its tradition of presenting music from the classical canon, as well as exploring recent compositions, music from the screen and stage, and Pops, offering its audience a vast array of musical experiences in any given season. “In today’s world, a professional orchestra can serve as the cultural ambassador for a community,” Pillsbury sums up. “It is also good for business, attracting talented and educated employees who are looking for local cultural events for their families. Music is an essential part of almost every important event, and a local orchestra can provide the perfect backdrop for a city’s special celebrations. And since music affects us on so many levels, I would like to think that Las Vegas Philharmonic has and continues to bridge any divide in the community, and that it is a strong catalyst in creating harmony.” In this day and age, that’s music to the ears.
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IF THERE IS LOVE,
th er e i s h op e th a t one may have real f amilies, r ea l b r o th er h oo d, real equanimit y, real peace. â€“ Dalai Lama
Revolution, Illustrated by Lucia Emanuela Curzi
And the irony is, they can. Because even a random path leads to someplace we would not have otherwise seen, provides perspectives we might never have considered had we not indulged in the journey. Please indulge me to offer such a journey now, to three moments in the past that may offer a degree of insight into this — in many ways tempestuous and seemingly volatile — place and time.
We eagerly risk wages on numbers we believe, hope or pray are lucky ones. We avoid unlucky ones with equal zeal, going so far as to skip them in the numbering of high-rise floors. Following a chain of numbers — we sometimes feel — can lead us to hidden meanings, deeper understandings about our lives and the broader world. Chance and coincidence as tools of divination.
Numbers comprise the language of the universe, that is true, but the fascination they hold over the human mind extends to the mystic power with which we often and arbitrarily bestow on them.
By Buford Davis
The Yea r o f
Three events occurred that year that are of some historical note but also speak more broadly to our time and place. 1958: The year of Peace, Loving and Hope.
The intensification of the Cold War would lead us perilously close to mass-scale nuclear war — in the form of the Cuban Missile Crisis — within four years. The United States was edging closer to involvement in the escalating war in Vietnam (the first combat troops — excepting more than 20,000 military advisers already in the region — were deployed in March 1965).
The year 1958 offered a world that was staring at a tumultuous horizon.
To loved ones, each loss is an irremediable tear in the web of intercourse that defines a personal life. But if they were strangers to us, then the names, the personalities, are inevitably folded into a sort of symbolic mass grave in the form of a number that becomes sacred ground. Fifty-eight.
Each of the 58 was an individual with a name and personality and story of life, love, folly and hope, all those little details of past and present that define who we are.
The number 58 will long remain infamous in the history of Las Vegas. Fifty-eight lives ended in a brief spree of madness that revealed the worst and very best of human nature. The new benchmark of carnage against which future acts of this kind will be measured.
Holtom died in 1985. His original peace symbol design is displayed at the Peace Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
The symbol has gained such moral resonance that it has been falsely attacked by the conservative advocacy group John Birch Society as having Nazi or satanic origin, and was among a number of flags and symbols banned by South African authorities in response to its use by anti-apartheid activists.
Holtom’s symbol, which was never copyrighted, became iconic of broader peace movements globally and of forces of societal change that would profoundly shape the cultural landscape of many nations.
Francisco Goya’s 11.4 x 8.3-foot canvas vividly depicts the moment a group of Madrileños face execution by French troops following an civilian uprising hours earlier against Napoleon’s invasion of Spain. The incident would be a prelude to the six-year Peninsular War and would leave up to 750,000 people dead.
“I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad [in the painting ‘The Third of May 1808’]. I formalized the drawing into a line and put a circle round it.”
“I was in deep despair,” Holtom wrote to Hugh Brock, editor of the British pacifist periodical Peace News, to explain the thought process behind the creation.
Holtom drew from flag semaphore code, combining the body/flag shapes for “N” and “D” — standing for “nuclear disarmament” — enclosed by a circle. But he was also inspired by darker symbolism.
In early 1958, 44-year-old British artist Gerald Holtom created a design intended to be used in an April 4 nuclear disarmament protest march from central London to an atomic research facility in Berkshire, 50 miles to the west. He could not have guessed that the work would endure as the international peace symbol.
PEACE AND WAR
The Third of May 1808, by Francisco Goya
Peace sign drawing, by Gerald Holtom
Mildred and Richard Loving
Nobody was injured in that 1958 attack, but Klan members would bomb the same church again five years later, killing four girls, ages 11 to 14. This was the world in which Mildred and Richard Loving lived.
Just 13 days prior, the predominantly African-American Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was damaged by a dynamite explosion. The crime was allegedly committed by a member of the hate group Ku Klux Klan, which was founded in nearby Pulaski, Tennessee — my own hometown — in the weeks after the end of the Civil War.
The civil rights movement was gaining momentum in 1958 and resistance from many white Americans, particularly in the South, was becoming more forceful and dangerous.
This was the crime for which they were arrested and jailed in nearby Bowling Green, Virginia, and the resulting court case would eventually lead to the legalization of interracial marriage nationwide.
The targets of the raid — likely based on an anonymous tip — were the homeowners, Mildred and Richard Loving, whom the officers located sleeping in a bed together. The Lovings were newlyweds, having been married in the District of Columbia a few weeks earlier.
In the early hours of July 11, 1958, sheriff’s department officers in the tiny, unincorporated community of Central Point, in eastern Virginia, stormed a family home in search of criminals.
Voice, Illustrated by Lucia Emanuela Curzi
Represented by American Civil Liberties Union attorneys Philip J. Hirschkop and Bernard S. Cohen, the Lovings prevailed in a 1967 Supreme Court ruling that effectively nullified racially discriminatory marriage laws throughout the U.S.
The couple settled for a time in Washington, D.C., but yearning to raise their three young children in their hometown, they sued the state of Virginia.
Facing one to five years in prison if convicted, they pleaded guilty to avoid incarceration and agreed to leave Virginia for at least 25 years.
Virginia law forbade marriage between white and nonwhite people and also prohibited couples marrying in another state and returning home, as the Lovings had done.
Richard was 17 years old when he met 11-year-old Mildred Jeter, the sister of one of his friends in Central Point. Seven years later their connection would evolve into a romantic relationship, but Richard was white, while Mildred was of uncertain ethnicity that included Native American (Rappahannock and perhaps Cherokee) and possibly African and/or Portuguese.
Their story has been told in books and several films, including the critically acclaimed Loving in 2016. Their Supreme Court victory was cited as precedent in the 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. The unofficial holiday, Loving Day, is celebrated each June 12.
On June 29, 1975, Richard and Mildred were driving near their home when another vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with them. Richard, 41, was killed. Mildred lost her right eye but survived. She resided in Central Point until her death in 2008.
Humble and shying from notoriety, the Lovings were motivated solely by the desire to live together in the place they called their home. Yet their case is a cornerstone civil rights victory and profoundly impacted the lives of millions of Americans then and now on the most personal of levels.
The history of civil rights worldwide is marked by individuals compelled to take moral stands to induce social progress. Mildred and Richard Loving were, by contrast, the most reluctant of change agents.
L O V I N G D AY
Heart Face, Illustrated by Lucia Emanuela Curzi
Richard and Mildred Loving
Hope Unmounted, photo by Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution
The French Blue, as it was now called, remained with the monarchy until the overthrow of Louis XVI by revolutionaries. It was stolen — along with the majority of crown jewels — by looters on Sept. 11, 1792, and never seen again.
It was purchased by the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, and in 1669 it became part of the royal jewel collection. It was recut by court jeweler Sieur Pitau into a 67-carat gem and set on a cravat pin.
In 1666, gem merchant Jean-Baptiste Tavernier acquired the diamond through commerce or thievery — historical accounts vary — and brought it from India to Paris. The Tavernier Blue, as it became known because of its unusual coloration, the result of trace boron atoms, originally weighed 112 to 115 carats.
The anonymous miner was one of tens of thousands of men, women and even children who worked the mineral-rich site in grueling and dangerous conditions, usually in exchange for food rather than wages. The stone was a diamond like no other ever discovered, and would soon become the most famed — and infamous — gem in history.
One day in the 17th century, a worker in the Kollur mine on the south bank of India’s River Krishna unearthed a stone.
A 2005 study confirmed that the diamond is in fact part of the Tavernier Blue/French Blue that disappeared more than two centuries earlier. Historians theorize that the stone was split into two or three pieces after the theft, but no other portion has ever surfaced. Today, the Hope Diamond is on display — behind bulletproof glass — at the Smithsonian.
In November 1958, Winston donated the Hope Diamond to the National Museum of Natural History — part of the Smithsonian Institution — to be the centerpiece of a proposed collection of notable gems.
In 1949, the diamond was sold for the final time. The buyer was renowned American gem merchant Harry Winston, who retained ownership for a decade and cultivated its notoriety in popular culture by having it featured in traveling tours, exhibitions and on television.
The fates of Tavernier, rumored to have been attacked and killed by dogs (he wasn’t); King Louis XVI, Queen Marie Antoinette and her lady-in-waiting, Princess de Lamballe MarieLouise Thérèse all executed by revolutionaries (they were); and the myriad of woes to befall one-time Hope owner Evalyn Walsh McLean (her husband’s infidelity and mental illness, the early deaths of her son and daughter via accident and drug overdose, respectively) are all attributed to the gem’s curse.
The stone changed ownership at least six times in subsequent years, and along the way it developed a reputation for attracting misfortune based largely on vague and unsubstantiated rumors about ills that befell those who came into the Hope’s orbit.
The Hope Diamond was passed along through the family until it was sold in bankruptcy to gem merchant Adolph Weil in the early 20th century.
An unusual blue diamond came to public attention in 1812, within days of the 20-year statute of limitation expiring to prosecute thieves of the French Blue. The 45.5-carat gem was in London and in the ownership of gem merchant Daniel Eliason; by 1839 it was in the possession of London banker Henry Hope, who died the same year.
But these are all fundamental and potent forces of our nature, a trinity that binds to form the best of humanity’s collective character. Reason enough to take heart and move forward no matter what, as we always do. These, I think, are honest lessons of 1958. By the numbers.
Peace. Love. Hope. All elusive and maddeningly ephemeral. At times shiny objects that fool us with false dazzle, at others, lifelines that tether us to our own humanity when the darkness gains the dominant hand.
Despair would be understandable and false optimism as pointless as it is banal. But history does seem to offer a more honest way forward.
One can easily look at the world today and say this is not so, that the world never really changes. We can point to nuclear and economic threats, war, famine, the effects of climate change, the ebb of democracy around the globe connected to the rise of authoritarian rule and populist nationalism that often takes the form of demagoguery. The specter of overt racism, the sort that many us believed was buried forever, encroaching from our cultural fringes back into its heart. The plague of gun violence … 58. And counting.
The course of human history is defined by grudgingly creeping social progress, punctuated recurring fits and starts. Setbacks — some so severe that the vision of a world better than this one blurs like a scarcely remembered dream — threaten to continually demoralize us. But we always gain our footing against the flow of regression and begin to trudge forward again. Eventually. No matter what.
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Bu t Fi r st , Cof f e e H O N E Y S A LT, P A R Q V A N C O U V E R
1 oz. Stolichnaya Vodka 3/4 oz. Baileys Almande 1/4 oz. vanilla bean syrup 2 oz. cold brew coffee Pour all ingredients together over ice in a shaker glass. Serve in martini glass, and garnish with roasted cocoa nibs. “The goal of this cocktail was to have a little more fun while getting your much needed caffeine fix to start the day. Baileys Almande and vanilla bean syrup pair perfectly with the cold brew. Soft and velvety in texture with a chocolatey crunch. The Espresso Martini’s alter ego.” – Nick Canteenwalla
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Mi d n i g h t R ambl er H O N E Y S A LT, L A S V E G A S
2 oz. honey 2 oz. Bulleit Bourbon 10 dashes bitters Garnish Candied ginger Orange peel Build in a glass, starting with honey, and stir. Serve with ice sphere. Garnish with a candied ginger and orange peel. “The inspiration behind the cocktail was Keith Richards’ love of bourbon, and the simplicity and balance of the cocktail are what make it so special.” – Kim Canteenwalla
photo by Sabin Orr
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C L A S S I C C O C K TA I L S
Hopeful. Sustainable. Thoughtful.
By Marisa Finetti
It takes examining one piece of the food cycle to realize how closely the system is inextricably woven with broader ecological concerns. Along this delicate cycle we find people working to increase sustainability on all fronts, from agricultural, aquaculture and food waste advocacy programs, to chefs striving to create kitchens that make an impact in the world, all while delivering a delicious experience.
We’re talking about chefs who grow herbs on the roof, the one who seasons with salt that is “harvested” from the leftover brine from fermenting potatoes, the one who serves the whole animal, even the one that pours biodynamic wine that is delivered by bicycle. Meet two sustainability game-changing chefs and how they — together with a host of chefs, producers, restaurateurs, suppliers and discerning diners — are driving the movement toward sustainable dining throughout the world.
a selection of yakumi, Bamboo Sushi photo courtesy of Bamboo Sushi
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Amass, Copenhagen In a warehouse district at the edge of Copenhagen, Matt Orlando, chef and owner of Amass, is committed to sustainability every day. His food is influenced by carefully examining every ingredient and determining which techniques will pay the highest respect to the ingredient as a whole. Instead of finding the perfectly shaped carrot, what Orlando can do with dried walnut pulp or the miso he makes out of lemon skins — socalled “byproducts” — drives his creativity. “Our main goal is to show people that you can create an amazing experience with food and drink without compromising anything by being responsible,” Orlando says. “By being responsible, we have created a unique experience.”
In terms of sourcing, Amass guarantees that 90 to 100 percent of food and beverages are certified organic, which has earned it the Danish Gold Organic Certificate. The restaurant vets most of its purveyors, including foragers, hunters/fishermen and vintners, to ensure their agricultural or gathering practices have demonstrated both product quality and environmental responsibility. Amass also supports small local farmers who take the time and financial risk to raise heritage crops and breeds. The restaurant’s environmental initiatives have reduced waste by 75 percent since its opening in 2013 and water usage by 5,200 liters a year. Sustainability also includes people, and to that end, Amass has founded the Amass Green Kids, a farm-to-table program for underserved youth in Copenhagen. “I have worked at restaurants around the world [where] this is not part of the everyday thought process,” Orlando says. “It needs to be if we are all to move forward in the restaurant industry. This is what has fed this passion of mine. It’s a great feeling to have a passion that is rooted in responsible thinking.”
Matt Orlando photo by Mikkel Heriba
Rick Moonen photo by Sabin Orr
CHEF RICK MOONEN
RM Seafood, Las Vegas When a young Rick Moonen was standing on the shores of Sag Harbor, New York, his father handed him a freshly shucked clam. While it took Moonen much effort to eat the raw, seemingly large clam, it left a lasting impression beyond taste and texture. “That day connected me to his love of the ocean, and I fell in love with seafood,” Moonen says. “I was submerged at age 8.” The chef and owner of RM Seafood in Las Vegas attributes his passion for wanting to make a difference to his life experiences. What started with this father continued when he was at The Culinary Institute of America, where his instructor, chef George Bernard, gave him a taste for being sensitive to the environment. “He taught me that we are lucky, and it is a privilege to work with these ingredients every day. He said we need to take care of our resources to maintain a continuous flow.” That was 1978, before anyone was thinking about caring for tomorrow’s supply. Forty years later, Moonen continues to be an activist and environmentalist, driven by what he calls “seeds of his core values.” At RM Seafood, Moonen advocates for sustainable fishing practices and sound environmental stewardship through his thoughtful selection of seafood. The selections flown in daily make their way to his raw bar, sushi bar and delectable dishes. “Not all fish are created equal; sometimes we love them to death — and actually to death — so we have to create the diversity that are available to us and celebrate them. It sounds very idealistic, and it is.”
TERRINE OF VALDARNO CHICKEN, RED PEPPERS, C H I C K E N L I V E R S A N D C I B R E O AT O S T E R I A D E L B O R R O
Terrina di pollo, peperoni, fegatini e cibreo Borro, Italy The Valdarno white chicken takes diners to the most convivial occasion in the life of every family — the Sunday roast — while showcasing an authentic dish of the region. Sharing the same values as Il Borro, livestock farmer Laura Peri is passionate about her homeland. She provides poultry to chef Andrea Campani, who seeks to use every part of the animal for this dish. The meat is cooked at a low temperature until tender and delicious, alongside traditional Tuscan chicken liver pâté and cibreo, made with giblets — all made even more appetizing with the addition of crispy chicken skin.
SEA SNAILS, MUSHROOMS, PICKLED GREEN S T R A W B E R R Y, F E N N E L S E E D A T A M A S S
Havsnegle, svampe, syltede grønne jordbær, fennikelfrø Copenhagen
The base of the dish focuses on mushrooms and fresh sea snails. Sous chef Maximillian Bogenmann thinly slices the mushrooms and soaks them in a concentrated broth made from mushroom trimmings. They are then slightly dried and rehydrated in a liquid from the trimmings. Steamed sea snails and slightly rehydrated green strawberries (which have been preserved from last summer) are also thinly sliced. The mushrooms, sea snails and green strawberries are served in a broth made from Danish seaweed and dried fennel seeds from the restaurant’s garden. Everything is seasoned with a salt “harvested” from the leftover brine from fermenting potatoes, which are also used in Amass’ potato bread.
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Las Vegas Cioppino Fra Diavola is executive chef Rick Moonen’s personal obsession. The seafood used in this dish are caught or farmed in ways that cause little harm to habitats or other wildlife and are recommended on the Monterey Bay (California) Aquarium Seafood Watch program. Along with a generous offering of mussels, clams, king crab, shrimp and the fish of the day, Moonen includes a curious form of pasta called calamarata, which takes its name from its resemblance to calamari rings.
terrine of valdarno chicken, red peppers, chicken livers and cibreo sea snails, mushrooms, pickled green strawberry, fennel seed cioppino fra diavola
mozza caprese atlantic blue cod
T H E M O Z Z A C A P R E S E AT P I Z Z E R I A M O Z Z A
Newport Beach, California The Mozza Caprese is a distinctively delicious dish created from simple, high-quality sustainable ingredients from local sources. Executive chef Matt Mintzias uses burrata cheese from Gioia Cheese Company, a small producer that makes its cheese fresh to order and prepares it in a traditional Italian style using California ingredients. Roasted cherry tomatoes that top the dish are grown on greenhouse vines to help control environmental impact. Housemade basil pesto is made with Baja California olive oil, a much more sustainable alternative to importing from Europe. Lastly, the Mozza Caprese is garnished with Maldon sea salt, a naturally occurring flake sea salt, and Fresh Origins petite basil, which is not factory farmed. As for the restaurant space, Pizzeria Mozza occupies a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified building.
AT L A N T I C B L U E C O D AT H A L I FA X
Hoboken, New Jersey Helmed by chef Seadon Shouse, a Nova Scotian native, Halifax is known for its northeastern farm and coastal cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable and local ingredients. Chef Shouse works closely with trusted purveyors to receive fish that are not only sustainable but also caught using nondestructive fishing practices. One example is the Atlantic blue cod, a plentiful fish caught using gillnets or set longlines. The blue cod is served with a smoked shellfish broth, onion soubise, smoked mussels, seaweed, sea beans, radishes and potatoes. The broth is poured tableside.
A L B A C O R E C A R PA C C I O AT B A M B O O S U S H I
Portland, Oregon (multiple locations) + Denver The Albacore Carpaccio is garnished with smoked cipollini onions, pickled shiitakes, ponzu and chervil — all ingredients that complement the melt-inyour-mouth flavor of the fish. Featuring Marine Stewardship Council-certified Oregon Coast albacore, the dish is designed to highlight the flavors of the fish while promoting one of the most well-managed fisheries in the world. The albacore is caught young when the schools come closer to the coast during their annual migration just beyond the Oregon coastline. The fish have been feeding on anchovies and sardines, and this rich diet ensures a healthy fish full of nutritious oils, lending itself to the flavor of the albacore — moist and light with a perfectly meaty texture.
P R I M E R I B AT 8 0 0 D E G R E E S W O O D F I R E D K I T C H E N
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800 Degrees’ prime rib is sourced from Pat LaFrieda, where all the beef come from small family farms and are 100 percent antibiotic and hormone free. It is cooked on a rotisserie and served with a side of fresh horseradish cream. The Black Angus steers live on pastures and are finished on corn to develop marbling for delicious texture and flavor. 800 Degrees executive chef Anthony Carron always considers the environment when sourcing ingredients, from packaging and recyclability to farming practices and local sourcing.
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Dorade arinée à l’huile d’olive N°50 et aubergine Saint-Tropez, France Le Rivea by Alain Ducasse sources the freshest Mediterranean ingredients. The marinated sea bream caught in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez is served on a wooden board from a local olive tree. Vegetables, edible flowers, sprouts and herbs are harvested by environmentally friendly grower Yann Ménard, while the lemon confits come from Menton, France, which is delicately prepared by chef Vincent Maillard during the winter months.
albacore carpaccio prime rib sea bream marinated in n°50 olive oil with aubergine
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J O H N C O O G A N | for gold star military families
John Coogan, president of the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation and The Folded Flag Foundation and a West Point graduate like Bill Foley, owner of the Vegas Golden Knights, says many military families who lose loved ones suffer in silence rather than ask for help. The Folded Flag Foundation provides educational scholarships and support for children and spouses of military and government personnel killed in the line of duty. Financial aid includes K-12 private schools for kids having a hard time dealing with anger, grief and isolation; after-school programs; tutoring; counseling; summer camp; and college and trade school tuition for kids under 26 as well as surviving spouses who need to establish a career so they can enter the workplace. Four of Bill Foley’s companies underwrite FFF’s costs. FFF projects spending $5 million a year on recipients for up to 20 years, which is $100 million. Coogan says a folded flag has 13 folds, but The Folded Flag Foundation, which operates in 36 states, added a 14th fold by starting the Fourteenth Fold Society, where people who pledge $1,000 or more stay connected with Gold Star families and participate in community events. Recipients say The Folded Flag Foundation means more to them than just receiving a check; it is the foundation’s belief in the families they are serving that means so much.
S e e d s o f Hop e By Marisa Finetti
For brothers Daniel and Georges Daou of Daou Vineyards, the desire to find happiness was a result of a near-death experience. At the tender age of 10 and 14, they fled their homeland during the Lebanese civil war after a bomb hit their home. Yet, the times of rubble also marked the beginning of a life that they would learn to love … and share. “Not only did it create a desire to be happy, but it created a bond between us and built tremendous resilience, leaving us no fear,” says Daniel, winemaker of Daou Vineyards, who remembers when a bomb hit their home. The young Daou brothers moved with their French/Lebanese parents from Lebanon to France, then to the United States. “Lebanon taught us how to have a big heart, France taught us discipline, and America gave us the opportunity to live our dream and pursue our potential,” Daniel adds. With the love and support of family, the brothers took the best of all three worlds and went on a quest to pursue their dreams. With $50,000 from their father, the engineering grads from U.C. San Diego developed a hospital IT network company under the name Daou Systems. In 10 years, they had the market share, achieved the fifth largest IPO in Wall Street history then sold the company to pursue their true passion. As children they were enamored with wine. Surrounded by the culture and idyllic lifestyle, Daniel says wine left an imprint in their soul. They remember the days when they played in olive orchards as children at their grandparents’ home. Over the years, they had a longing to be one with the earth again.
Georges and Daniel Daou Bell Tower Daou Vineyards
The brothers explored different regions of the world and finally chose Paso Robles in California’s central coast to realize their vision of producing California first-growth wines while fulfilling Adelaida District’s destiny to become the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties. Here on the western edge of Paso, they discovered a terroir of symmetry, power and purity. Rich, calcareous soils, maritime climate, influences of both the Templeton Gap and Salinas Valley fogs, and steep hillside topography create a spectacular climate for growing wine grapes. “In wine we have to be able to taste the soil. In Bordeaux, you’re tasting 80 percent soil and 20 percent climate because they don’t have great climate,” says Daniel. “In California, you’re tasting 20 percent soil and 80 percent climate. When you taste our wines, you’re tasting 50 percent soil and 50 percent climate.” With enviable traits of having calcareous soils similar to the great wine-growing regions of France and weather like that of Napa Valley, the brothers make critically acclaimed wines — rich, cultish, inky and unctuous — that are comparable to the finest areas of the world. With all the success, their greatest form for satisfaction is sharing their love and passion with others. “We invite humanity to join us and we deliver this experience in every bottle,” says Georges. “We don’t compete with anyone; we compete with this 2,200-foot mountain at 60-degree slopes, and we are working to unlock its potential.” Today, Georges and Daniel sit high on this mountain overseeing the vast expanse of a fertile land they now call their own. Their hardships and losses will never be forgotten, but the seed contained within in them offer realized hopes and dreams. “We feel fortunate that our parents taught us how to love and how to bestow that love as gift to others.”
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September 18 | New York City Vintage powerhouse What Goes Around Comes Around celebrates 25 years in business with a one-off sale at Christie’s on view during New York Fashion Week (Sept. 7-17) with the actual auction on Sept. 18.
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September 27-29 | Las Vegas
Widely regarded as the world’s greatest auctions for car collectors, Barrett-Jackson auctions have evolved into a global automotive lifestyle experience. Thousands of the most coveted, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of an unprecedented audience of motor enthusiasts — in person and on live national and international television.
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October 3 | Edinburgh, Scotland Bonhams Whisky department specializes in auctioning old, rare, collectible and affordable whisky. Old and rare blended whiskies dating from the 1950s and earlier as well as commemorative bottlings of both blended and single malt are always of interest, as are quality pieces of whisky-related memorabilia.
bonhams.com C R E AT I N G A S TA G E : T H E C O L L E C T I O N O F MARSHA AND ROBIN WILLIAMS
October 4 | New York The collection of beloved entertainer Robin Williams and his wife of more than 20 years, film producer and philanthropist Marsha Garces Williams, will be part of a dedicated auction in New York, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit charities championed by the couple.
Sale number: N09977 Lot: 8 | sothebys.com THE HOSPICES DE BEAUNE WINE AUCTION
November 18 | Beaune, France Held on the third Sunday of November every year, Hospices de Beaune is the oldest charity wine sale in the world. It has beckoned wine connoisseurs and collectors from all over the globe every year since 1859, and the acution features some of Burgundy’s finest vintages from the vast domaines surrounding Beaune.
Hospices de Beaune, photo courtesy of Destination Beaune & Pays Beaunois Robin Williams (as Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993) with Marsha, photo by Arthur Grace A Fine White Gold Tonneau-Form Minute Repeating Tourbillon Wristwatch, photo courtesy of Sotheby’s Muhammad Ali’s Alfa Romeo, photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. LLC
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B E N S O N R I S E M A N | for disadvantaged youth
Benson Riseman had no idea that growing up in the impoverished town of Chelsea, outside of Boston, and losing his dad when he was 6 would have such a profound effect on his life. Or that years later he would become a successful entrepreneur who is able to go back to the place he grew up, to the University of Tampa where he realized his talents, to Las Vegas, the city he and his wife, Lee, call home, and other areas of the country. There are many worthy causes, but Riseman says his sweet spot is helping disadvantaged kids like he once was.
Besides supporting local nonprofits, the Riseman Family Foundation supports the Riseman Family Theater in Chelsea, where inner-city kids participate in full-scale youth productions including Shakespeare, as well as Venice Arts in California, which aims to ignite creativity in kids at risk. Riseman also sits on the board of UT and often returns to his alma mater to mentor students and provide scholarships. He says the true value of a person is not the check you write. There are many ways to make a difference, including giving your time and effort to a cause you are passionate about.
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T h e G re at G i ve T H E F O R U M S H O P S ’ G R E AT G I V E B R I N G S H O M E T H E H O L I D AY S
By Bobbie Katz
While leaping lords, French hens and swimming swans may not be readily available, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will be offering its very own special 12 days of Christmas, including eight days of Hanukkah and other celebrations. From Dec. 1-12, a number of the venue’s world-renowned shops and restaurants will be partnering with a wide variety of local and national nonprofit organizations and causes in a 12-day shopping event in the third annual Great Give. A partridge in a pear tree aside, it is a concept that is bearing more fruit each year, where its goal of giving back to the Las Vegas community is concerned. Each participating retailer has a designated charity and, for this event, will either donate a portion of sales from specific items, donate a flat percentage of sales or raise funds directly to benefit their partner charity. The Great Give was initiated on Dec. 1, 2016, with 12 retailers and increased to 30 participants in 2017. The idea was to take what individual store and restaurant owners were doing for charity and combine their efforts. Charities have included American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Candlelighters, Nevada Ballet Theatre and a host of others. “So many of our wonderful retailers support charitable organizations and give back,” says Maureen Crampton, director of marketing and business development, who met with the merchants and suggested pulling their efforts together to make a larger statement. “It’s nice to be able to present a united program under the
umbrella of the Great Give. That way, we are able to collectively promote it and encourage visitors to shop or dine at their favorite shops and restaurants and support many worthy causes during this time. We’ve seen an increase in merchant participation due to this collective effort. And the funds raised stay in Las Vegas.” Recognized worldwide as offering the premier combination of luxury retail, excellent location, entertainment and thematic ambient surroundings with more than 160 specialty shops and restaurants, The Forum Shops, which opened in 1992 with 283,000 square feet and has added two phases since, remains among the top-performing retail centers nationwide. There are more than 50 shops that can be found exclusively at the retail center, including CH Carolina Herrera, Chanel Fragrance, Beauty and Sunglasses, Dior Beauty, Guiseppe Zanotti and Agent Provocateur. The trendsetting venue, set amid the changing sky and thematic Roman atmosphere, was the first to bring the world’s most celebrated designers to Las Vegas. Versace, Armani, Ferragamo, Fendi, Gucci, Valentino and many more all tell tales of how The Forum Shops was their first location in the city. Attracting global guests as well, there are more than 25 languages spoken by The Forum Shops retailers and within the concierge center. This holiday season, one thing is for certain: The language of giving will be the one that stands out above the rest.
Dazzle A N O N P R O F I T T H AT O F F E R S L U X U R I O U S S A FA R I S WITH A PURPOSE
By Marsala Rypka | Photos courtesy of The Bushcamp Company
“In my dreams, my love affair with elephants started long ago. Think Karen Blixen, the 1900s, Kenya,” says Stacy James, co-founder/executive director of the nonprofit, Dazzle Africa, as she describes the connection she felt the first time she set foot on the magical, resource-rich, economically-challenged continent of Africa. When James was in her late 30s, her mom sent her a video of elephants walking through the lobby of the famous Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia, where every November the matriarch leads her family onto the grounds in search of wild mangoes. A few years later that video had a major impact on James’ life. “I was booking musical acts in Las Vegas when the recession hit. I began questioning what I was passionate about and wanted to do next. Suddenly I declared, ‘I’m going to Africa.’ I knew it would change my life forever, and it has.” In 2011, James and five other women booked a flight to Zambia. “We set off on an adventure to see elephants walk through the Mfuwe Lodge; and we ended up falling in love with the children, animals and community in the South Luangwa Valley, one of Africa’s last frontiers that is teeming with wildlife.
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“Peter Zulu, the village chief and our favorite guide over the past seven years, is the keeper of traditions and rituals,” says James. “He mesmerizes us with his wealth of knowledge, which he shares in a rhythmic cadence that is warm and inviting like the Zambian people.” On their first plane ride home from Johannesburg, the six women decided to start a nonprofit called Dazzle Africa to support conservation, education, and community development programs. “We chose our name because dazzle is a group of zebra, and each zebra’s stripes are as unique as we are,” says James. They partnered with Bushcamp Company, which Travel + Leisure rates No. 1 in Zambia. According to its co-founder, Andy Hogg, “From a vehicle you see Africa. On foot you feel, hear and smell Africa.” A Dazzle safari is a great way to be pampered and make a difference,” says James. “The cost ranges from $5,500 to $8,500 for eight to 12 nights, and the money we raise helps Conservation South Luangwa, the Zambian Carnivore Program, and Bushcamp Company’s nonprofit, Charity Begins At Home. “Zambia needs clean water,” says James. “A lot of our guests come for a safari and after seeing the work we do, they sponsor a bore hole for $7,000 that provides a village with clean water for 20 years. “They support the local economy by buying jewelry made of metal from animal snares, beads, and feathers from companies such as Mulberry Mongoose. Dazzle, a small but mighty 501c3, has funded 12 water wells, a full-time wildlife veterinarian, and contributes most of the $118,450 needed to operate the only plane in the area used for anti-poaching surveillance and scientific studies. Dazzle has also sponsored 27 students, 19 who have attended college, as well as Hands Over Zambia, an apprenticeship program that teaches skills to kids, many who walk miles on an empty stomach to go to school. “Gratitude is abundant in Zambia,” says James.
In June they partnered with Boldly Embody Life, a company that offers transformational tools to build a better life. “Thirty-four women embraced their feminine grace, got more in touch with their hearts, and are living more courageous, authentic lives,” says James. ‘You blossom in Zambia, discover new things about yourself, and experience genuine connections.” Dazzle Africa is not only changing lives in Africa, it’s helping change laws in Nevada. With support from community influencers Kristi Overgaard and Iris Ho and her team from Humane Society International, Stacy James, Dr. Cathy Smith and state Sen. Moises Denis introduced Nevada’s Wildlife Trafficking Bill at the 2017 Legislature, banning the sale of ivory, rhino horn, and products from 12 other species. Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law, making Nevada the fifth and only landlocked state to have such a comprehensive bill. “National wildlife organizations didn’t think the bill would pass, but it did thanks to the grassroots effort of a handful of people and support of many Nevadans,” says James. Never underestimate the power of dedicated, ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Reflecting on the dire situation, James says, “We are so small compared to the magnificent elephants and other wildlife, but they can’t stand up to poison arrows, AK-47’s, or even snare wire. We must do more than love them. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
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G R I F F I N H A D D R I L L | music scholarships Griffin Haddrill’s journey to become a successful music producer began in 2012 at a California summer camp for aspiring DJs. “There at Camp Spin Off I realized I didn’t necessarily have that creative magic, but I loved being around the energy,” he recalled. “The passion and creativity was infectious.” Haddrill turned his website design business, GT Projects — which he had co-founded with a friend while the two were in a substance abuse recovery center — into an artist management company. Griffin manages and works with a growing stable of artists, including successful electronic DJs and starting a record label with Zoltan Bathory from Five Finger Death Punch, one of the world’s top heavy metal bands. “My niche is being able to come in and find a solution, a problem that needs to be fixed or a connection that needs to be made. I found that just being able to put the right people in the same room, a lot of magic can come from that.” Haddrill’s success has allowed him to provide a scholarship annually to allow more young people interested in music to attend Camp Spin Off. Additionally, Griffin is an active member in the recovery/sober community and helping adults and adolescents navigate their path to healthy lifestyles. “It was an important time in my life,” he said. “After that camp, it became very apparent to me that I could make a business out of music. It is a great community filled with very supportive people. It is rewarding to see that come full circle and to put something forward for the next generation of musicians.”
THE ECLECTIC WONDERS OF PORTLAND, OREGON
By Scott and Elaine Harris
Many of the airports in America are rather predictable, but passengers arriving in Portland are greeted with the soulful sounds of a guitar-playing troubadour. The aroma of coffee wafts through the air as arriving guests make their way along an impressive wine bar and coffee shop that stretches the entire length of the bustling corridor. S TAY
The Hotel Vintage Portland is housed in a refurbished turn-ofthe-century building complete with exposed bricks and stately windows. The boutique hotel offers nightly wine tastings led by a local vintner and small bites from Il Solito, the hotel’s full-service Italian restaurant. Rooms feature plush retro furnishings, luxury bedding and a large soaking tub. DINE
Meet up with Portland’s renowned food-cart expert, Brett Burmeister. Wheeled snack shacks are competitively grouped together in various sections of the city. Each vendor is zealous in capturing a hungry passerby’s appetite and pocketbook. The Lebanese pita wrap spiced with zaatar, a soulful Hungarian soup and a flavorful steamed pork bao are just a few bites you can try. Tusk’s Middle Eastern-driven menu is fresh and vivid, like a Portland day after it rains. Executive chef and partner Sam Smith spent years at Zahav and Ava Gene’s honing his Armenian and Middle Eastern approach in inventing dishes that are in step with Mother Nature’s seasonal goodness. Ingredients such as Aleppo pepper, preserved lemon, amba, zaatar and nigella seeds are the alchemic additions that make these meals unforgettable. Pair each dish with a glass from the eclectic wine list or a refreshing cocktail. P L AY
Portland is nicknamed The City of Roses, and nowhere is this more evident than at the International Rose Test Gardens, which features a dazzling display of bountiful blossoms. The garden is free for all who want to experience some of Mother Nature’s best work — the garden showcases 10,000 rose bushes from more than 650 varieties.
International Rose Test Garden, photo courtesy of travelportland.com Downtown Street Scene, photo by Torsten Kjellstrand | Portland Skyline at Night, photo courtesy of travelportland.com | Crispy fried chicken breast, photo by Scott Harris | A bartender mixing a craft cocktail, photo by Torsten Kjellstrand | Hotel Vintage, photo by David Phelps
The Portland Japanese Garden, lauded as the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, exudes a peaceful beauty. Created to highlight the elements of nature, the welldesigned gardens, pagodas, arbors, bridges and colorful koi instantly envelopes guests in a world of serenity. Along with the gorgeously groomed spaces, a cultural village with a tea cafe, gallery and gift shop is available for pleasant pursuing of gift items. Want to try some Portland Beervana history? Hop on the Oregon Trail Bike and Brewery Tour at Pedal Bike Tours, where cyclers pack as much history and drinking time into a three-hour ride-about. Lucky Labrador Brewing Co. (luckylab.com) is where beers and man’s best friend come together in a relaxing picnic-table venue, McMenamins Crystal Ballroom and Brewery (mcmenamins.com), once a service station, is now home to zany artifacts, rich lore and craft beer. SHOP
Portland is home to big-name fashion houses and inspired entrepreneurs. Visit Nordstrom with celebrated lines like Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. Just blocks from the main store, snap up apparel and accessories at up to 70 percent off at Nordstrom Rack. Nearby, Pioneer Place covers four city blocks of more than 70 retailers, including Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Tiffany & Co., Apple and H&M. The Boys’ Fort is home to unique gifts, custom-built furniture and vintage-inspired men’s products. Stop into Crafty Wonderland, which sells original artisanal works from more than 90 local vendors. Screenwriter Dean Devlin said, “Portland has all the accoutrements of a big city, but the heart and soul of it is a small town, so that creates an intimacy in a large environment.” Taste, tour and fall in love with this city that embraces nature and nurtures the body and soul.
PARQ VANCOUVER BREAKS NEW GROUND IN DOWNTOWN DISTRICT
By Scott and Elaine Harris
Vancouver is what many would call a global city that beckons the world to its welcoming ports. It is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. There are plenty of reasons to visit this iconic seaport, and recently, the opening of Parq Vancouver has taken the downtown area to new heights. S TAY
Right next to the BC Place Stadium, Parq Vancouver has arrived in style, featuring two luxury hotels, the JW Marriott and the Douglas, an Autograph Collection hotel. The JW Marriott — 329 exquisite guest rooms including 44 suites, three luxury suites and a two-floor villa — was designed by acclaimed Studio Munge. This exceptional hotel also offers amenities that include Spa by JW and a state-of-the art fitness studio. The Douglas — comprising 188 rooms and suites — is a beautiful balance of nature and city, where natural stone and wood elements
embellish the hallways. It offers numerous social spaces where guests can enjoy stimulating conversation or relax and read a book, and the lobby bar and the sixth-floor park provide a memorable experience. DINE
The dynamic husband-and-wife team of Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla are experts in their field and at the top of their game. Their restaurant Honey Salt specializes in chef-driven farm-to-table dishes sourced locally and regionally, showing off the diversity of British Columbia. Guests feel right at home in a bright, comfortable atmosphere. Start the day with fresh avocado toast with serrano chilies, pickled peppers, watermelon radish and green goodness juice, or enjoy a BC smoked salmon board, bagel, capers and a farm fresh egg. For lunch, enjoy the poke bowl with BC albacore, green chili ponzu, avocado, cucumber, tobiko and black rice. The organic king salmon steak with Dungeness crab stuffing, spring vegetables and charred lemon is a signature dish and guest favorite. Honey Salt also features a quaint and delicious afternoon tea that fits in flawlessly with the restaurant’s ambiance.
Victor is a classic steakhouse of international standards. With Chef Canteenwalla’s culinary expertise, you can taste creativity in every bite. Blau’s signature style is seen in the decor of detailed thoughtfulness — tranquil green hues and whimsical touches with pockets of plush seating. The menu is seasonally inspired featuring an array Pacific Northwest seafood and an unparalleled selection of specialty steaks. From its sixth-floor vantage point, diners enjoy outstanding views of False Creek and the vibrant downtown district. The Victor is true fine dining serving premium libations and cutting-edge cocktails 1886 can be considered ultra fine dining Chinese in every sense of the word, so named for the year Chinatown was established in Vancouver. When guests walk through the door of 1886, they are transported to Canton, Szechuan, Hunan and Shanghai. Steamed Chilean sea bass fillet with bok choy, silky tofu, shiitake mushroom, ginger and soy broth and wok-tossed Wagyu beef with sautéed matsutake mushroom, snow pea and black peppercorn sauce are just a few of the dishes to tantalize the palate. Additionally, 1886 offers dim sum on weekends.
P L AY
Gastown is the first settlement that would eventually become Vancouver. By day or evening, it’s an excellent place to explore quaint shops, local pubs and dining venues. Stanley Park is a 450-hectare park where visitors can enjoy nature. It’s very close to the downtown area and well worth a visit. The Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 140 meters long and 70 meters high above the Capilano River and provides breathtaking views for the more adventurous travelers. SHOP
The McArthurGlen Designer outlet is the perfect place to window shop as well as indulge in ultra high-end boutiques, perfume, cosmetics and outlet malls. Downtown’s Robson Street is Vancouver’s most well-known area, and luxury brands are plentiful on Alberni Street.
JW Marriott exterior | Couples room at Spa by JW, photos courtesy Parq Vancouver | burrata beets at Honey Salt, photo by Bill Milne | The Den luxury suite at The Douglas, photo courtesy Parq Vancouver | The Victor Bar, photo by Bill Milne
FA S H I O N C A P I TA L O F T H E W O R L D : PA R I S , F R A N C E
By Leslie Frisbee
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening,” exclaimed Coco Chanel.
The hotel’s restaurant, Odette, is operated by the Rostang family of the twoMichelin-starred Maison Rostang, and offers guests a relaxed setting with authentic French cuisine.
No place on earth exudes that essence more than Paris. The birthplace of haute couture — and Coco Chanel — Paris is the quintessential fashion capital of the world. Twice a year, the well-heeled elite flock to the French capital to attend Paris Fashion Week. One of the “Big Four” — along with New York, London and Milan — the event is the culmination of the biannual fashion fete.
Bistros abound in France’s capital, and few chefs do it better than Michelinstarred Christian Constant’s eponymous cafe. Located next to the Eiffel Tower, Café Constant features an ever-changing menu designed around local food markets’ offerings.
The emergence of American designers in the ’60s helped launch the iconic fashion spectacle. In an effort to keep up with its New York contemporaries, Parisian designers formed the Fédération Française de la Couture and brought a collection of shows together for the Semaine de la Mode. On November 28, 1973, the Battle of Versailles pitted five American designers (Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, Anne Klein, Halston and Oscar de la Renta) against five French counterparts (Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro). The American designers stole the show by featuring 11 black models — an unprecedented number at the time. Today, Paris Fashion Week comprises more than 90 runway shows, industry events and star-studded soirees. While access to official PFW activities is reserved for the fashion world’s elite, there’s still plenty to see and do in the City of Lights. S TAY
Onetime headquarters to Parisian fashion house Céline, Maison Albar Céline is nestled between the chic shopping districts of rue Saint-Honoré and rue de Rivoli. The 1920s-inspired boutique hotel is walking distance to the city’s most lauded landmarks, including Musée du Louvre, River Seine, Champs-Élysées and Le Marais. Guest rooms are well-appointed, with touches of velvet, brass, wood and leather. The marble-adorned bathrooms feature rain showers, indulgent toilet-bidets and Lalique toiletries. Amenities include an on-premise tailor and laundry services, fitness and spa facilities and a swimming pool.
No visit to Paris is complete without a stroll down the Champs-Élysées, home to two of the city’s trendiest culinary hot spots, Ladurée and Pierre Gagnaire’s celebrity haunt Fouquet’s. The recently renovated Bar Hemingway at the Ritz Paris is a bucket list destination for anyone yearning for the classic Parisian experience. The landmark, known for being liberated from the Nazis by Ernest Hemingway, exudes old-world charm. Situated in the historic halls of Musée des Arts Décoratifs is Italian eatery Loulou. Named after Loulou de la Falaise, a fashion muse and designer for Yves Saint Laurent, the restaurant is a favorite among fashionistas and A-listers. SHOP
From the ornate façades of rue Saint-Honoré and Place Vendôme to the bespoke boutiques of boulevard Saint Germain, the city’s expanse of couture, jewelry and beauté is unparalleled. Boulevard Haussman is home to upscale department store Les Galeries Lafayette, a passionate advocate for sustainable and ethical fashion. If money isn’t an object, rue de la Paix is fashion’s ultimate fantasyland. Here, displaying merchandise price is considered faux pas — if you have to ask the price, you probably cannot afford it. P L AY
Paris’ most well-known landmarks — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and NotreDame — are a must-see, of course. Tap into you hotel concierge — often, they can arrange front-of-the-line passes for popular attractions, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée Rodin and Arc de Triomphe, as well as access to some of Paris’ greatest hidden gems such as a behind-the-scenes tour of the Louis Vuitton Fondation, Musée du Parfum and a private viewing of Coco Chanel’s apartment.
Bar Hemingway | Maison Albar Hotel Paris Céline | Louis Vuitton Foundation | The Louvre | Eiffel Tower
S a n t or i n i THE AEGEAN’S CRESCENT JEWEL
By Marisa Finetti
As the only inhabited volcano cauldron in the world, Santorini is already special. Sitting halfway between Athens and Crete, the crescent moon–shaped island is recognizable around the world for its vividly charming, chalky whitewashed buildings topped by azure-blue domes. The island is famous for shopping, dining and beaching, but when viewed in the raw, its natural beauty is astonishing. From jagged rocky promontories and smooth downhill slopes to arable land crawling with volcanic rock and deep ravines that break up the scrubby plains, Santorini is a land of textures. During the growing season, from high above, grape vines resemble green sea stars invading the land that meet the calm blue sea that surround the island. To scour the land by foot is to notice that volcanic rock is everywhere. From red sand beaches at Red Beach and Perissa’s jet-black lava sands, the island’s colors are the product of nature’s wild side. Santorini is essentially what remains of an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single, round island. It is the most active volcanic center in the South Aegean volcanic arc. On the island’s rolling buff-colored plains, wine country extends from the interior to the caldera’s edge. At the ground level, heavy, black, semi-shiny, angular fist-size rocks dot the land. Considerably smaller porous black pebbles and light and airy white pumice stones crunch under the feet like puffed rice. Walking between the vines, a whiff of salty air, mixed with the scent of ash, blows from the sea. Beyond the dazzling panoramas are the pristine wines that are produced from this windswept landscape. It is this land upon which Santorini has built its reputation in the international wine market. Its aged vines — some a few hundred years old — were unharmed by the phylloxera louse, which didn’t stand a chance in this soil. The island produces four classic varieties: the white Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani, and the red Mandilaria. And it’s no coincidence that they go so lovely with the food. Assyrtiko, which has been prolific for hundreds of years in this island, is the dominant cultivar, accounting for roughly 75 percent of the total terroir. It is considered the choice white grape for its ability to produce a variety of styles — from fresh and crisp to complex and aged, sweet and semisweet to sparkling. The grape vines, too, are unique to the island. Each vine is trained in the shape of a coiled basket, or kouloura. In the summer the “baskets” are covered in bright green leaves, and within their embrace, the grapes ripen while being protected from the blasts of sand borne by the strong Etesian winds, which would knock the buds before bud-break otherwise. Finally, from the ground to the sky, sunsets streak the strata with colors ranging from spring lilac to plum and eggplant and marigold to amber, as the golden sun sinks into the shimmering sea, only to rise for another glorious day.
THE RISE OF GREEK WINES
It’s a mystery why Greek wines may be the most underrated on this earth despite having enjoyed an illustrious winemaking tradition since 2000 BC. As the birthplace of Western civilization, Greece in many regards is also the place of modern wine culture. For the ancient Greeks, wine was a gift to man from the god Dionysus, symbolizing blessing and worthiness, and eventually became integrated into religious celebrations. Wine was often diluted one part wine to three parts water as a nod to moderation. During the Middle Ages, Greece paved the way of the modern world of wine. The best wines were made by monks, but the fall of Byzantium, two world wars and Greece’s own civil war left the country’s wine industry in ruins. Today, wine producers are intent on making wine fine again while elevating native varieties. And they have been successful. Among wines to try are the full-bodied Agiorgitiko. It is an important red variety of Greece and is a native of Nemea, a wine region from the Peloponnese. Malagousia is an aromatic white grape variety that was recently brought back from near extinction and grows in Macedonia. Also from Macedonia is Xinomavro, another notable red variety that means “sour black,” which has proven to have excellent aging potential, thanks to its rich tannic character and acidity. From Crete is Vidiano. As one of the island’s oldest indigenous Cretan white grapes, it is a rising star that produces elegant wines while still remaining full-bodied. The widely planted Savatiano is widely planted but mostly grown in the Attica region where Athens is located and is used to make Retsina, as well as rustic, non-resinated wines. For sweet wines, Vinsanto is a sun-dried wine from the island of Santorini and is made from three white grape varieties: Assyrtiko, Aidani and Athiri. It is luxurious in texture with alluring aromas of raisin, dried apricot and maraschino cherries, and offers stunning contrasts between sweet and hefty bitter, flavors. V E N E T S A N O S W I N E R Y, S A N T O R I N I
Venetsanos Winery sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking Santorini’s caldera and the Aegean Sea. George Venetsanos, an acclaimed Greek chemist, developed this site in the late 1940s and leveraged the power of hillside gravity to produce his wines when electricity and other energy sources were limited on the island. To export his wines, wine would flow down the cliff through a pipe directly into barrels onto a ship at the Port of Athinios below. The winery structure is a highlight as it descends down the cliff’s interior and along the way, guests can learn about the history of the winery. On the sunny terrace overlooking the sea and small volcanic islands, Venetsanos offers a picturesque spot to taste indigenous varietal wines, including Assyrtiko and Mandalaria, local cheeses and cured meats. Its current winemaker, Ionna Vamvakouri, is the only female owner, winery director and winemaker on the island. She produces exceptional quality wines for the winery and is widely recognized as one of Santorini’s premier winemakers. Her wines, made in a variety of styles, are entirely from singles blocks, unlike any other winery on the island. Venetsanos Winery
R H O U S W I N E R Y, C R E T E
Above the quaint town of Houdetsi in the appellation of Peza is Rhous Winery, where husband-and-wife team Dimitris Mansolas and Maria Tamiolakis strive to modernize winemaking practices started by her parents. In this pristine spot, they provide a splendid suite of terroir-driven wines from indigenous grapes grown on limestone-rich claylike soils. The humidity and breeze off the Sea of Crete create the desirable shift in day-to-nighttime temperatures, while planting on high-elevation, north-facing exposure protects the vines from the hot African winds. Tamiolakis and Mansolas met while studying enology in Bordeaux and now operate the small but state-of-the-art facility. To know their story is to understand their passion and persistence, evident in the way they make their wines to the very labels that adorn their bottles. As ambassadors of Cretan wines, Tamiolakis and Mansolas’ forward-thinking, creative approach has resulted in the rescue of indigenous grapes on the verge of extinction, specifically Vidiano, Plyto and Muscat of Spina.
KTIMA GEROVASSILIOU, CENTRAL MACEDONIA
After the Malagousia grape was rescued from virtual extinction during the 1970s, Vangelis Gerovassiliou, a young enologist at Porto Carras winery, propagated this variety further and became the first to vinify and revive the long-forgotten Greek variety. In 1981, urged by his family’s love, knowledge and experience in grape growing, he began to renovate the family vineyard and created Ktima Gerovassiliou.Today, more than 50 hectares are devoted to native and international varieties, ranging from Assyrtiko, Malagousia, Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc, to Syrah, Merlot, Grenache Rouge, Limnio, Mavroudi and Mavrotragano, among others. The area’s Mediterranean climate offers mild winters and warmto-cool summers that are tempered by the sea breeze. Guests are welcome to taste the wines, walk the vineyards and tour the wine museum, which holds one of the world’s greatest corkscrew collections.
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Aut um n a l P l e as u re s SPAS AROUND THE WORD PAMPER GUESTS A S T E M P E R AT U R E S C O O L
By Shan Bates-Bundick
Our autumnal spa feature takes us on a journey to destinations around the world famous for stunning fall foliage and gorgeous seasonal temperatures. We then return to a Las Vegas favorite, perfect for a day of pampering before hitting the red carpet to many events of the social season. T H E S PA F O U R S E A S O N S H O T E L T O K Y O AT M A R U N O U C H I , KYOTO, JAPAN
In city known for its incredible palette of leaves changing color amid its Japanese architecture, Kyoto is the perfect spot for an autumn trip. The Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi is in this former city of emperor’s temple district; it surrounds the 800-year-old Shakusuien, a pond garden. The grounds itself whisper of relaxation and peace, the hotel stylishly designed with hints of Japan’s famous minimalism. The spa takes cues from its environment with treatments such as the Zen Mind and Spirit, in which guests experience a full-body slow-stoke massages to relieve stress and transcend into another plane of relaxation, culminating in a sake bath. The featured Royal Enso Treatment is fit for an empress, which begins with a scrub of bamboo extract and organic green tea. Next, rice milk is drizzled along shoulders and spine, followed by a honey-dipped poultice massage. Bathing rituals are additional experiences to prepare guests for massage or scrub treatments. Influenced by ancient Japanese traditions, the menu of options include sake, Uji green tea and yarrow milk baths. Multiple facial services are noninvasive alternatives for Botox and fillers, drawing upon centuries-old acupressure techniques. Tatcha gold-leaf products are applied, lending to an organic face-lift effect. For the 80-minute Facial Transformation by Biologique Recherche, skilled aestheticians stimulate collagen growth and use the Parisian line’s antiaging products to soothe and reinvigorate skin. The Second Skin Facial is pure regeneration on the extracellular level, treating signs of aging with sumptuous products.
BOB & CLOCHE BEAUTY LODGE
The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Scotland Gleneagles recently finished a propertywide transformation and debuted Bob & Cloche. This Scottish beauty destination is housed in the former gate lodge and includes a nail bar, pedicure den, salon and treatment rooms. Not only is the space both glamourous and cozy, taking décor hints from a bygone era, but treatments feature products from award-winning British skincare line Oskia. Antiaging facials are bespoke and leave skin healthy with a luminous glow.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas Spanning more than 134,000 square feet and offering more than 150 options for wellness experiences, Canyon Ranch is a peaceful escape right on the Las Vegas Strip. The spa is known for its calming atmospheres, including a crystal steam room, experiential rain cooling showers and HydroSpa lounge with massage fountains. Signature Aquavana thermal cabins relax muscles and remove toxins from the body. In addition to a full fitness facility, Canyon Ranch offers ritual baths, services inspired from the East, and traditional facials and massages.
S P A S T. J A M E S
The Ritz-Carlton, Montréal Opened in 1921 and called The Grande Dame of Sherbrooke Street, The Ritz-Carlton Montréal is Quebec’s only five-diamond hotel. Nestled inside is the Spa St. James, a peaceful oasis famed for Canadian-inspired treatments, including its signature maple sugar massage or nail treatment. Additionally, the spa features a “face-lift” treatment that utilizes a gentle microcurrent to retrain facial muscles, leaving the face (and the body) rejuvenated. The award-winning Spa St. James has 12 treatment rooms and a relaxation lounge with fireplaces, perfect for a fall escape!
Bo o k o f B e au té COUTURE
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B e st i n G la ss BEST IN CLASS | WINE LISTS
By Marisa Finetti
DELMONICO, THE VENETIAN
Delmonico, a recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, offers selections from 14 countries and five continents, touching on classic and up-and-coming regions with bottlings dating back to 1900. For novice wine drinkers, the Coravin program features exciting selections, such as the 2004 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon “Eisele Vineyard” Napa Valley, the 2015 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley and the 2014 Kistler Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. The restaurant regularly offers eight selections for guests to try one of these sought-after wines without purchasing the entire bottle.
Joël Robuchon Restaurant Delmonico
J O Ë L R O B U C H O N R E S T A U R A N T, M G M G R A N D
The late Joël Robuchon’s Las Vegas outpost has been recognized for its impeccable cuisine and wine, including this year’s Wine Spectator Grand Award. A sampling from the 18-course degustation menu features Le Caviar Imperial with P2, the Second Plentitude of Dom Pérignon, a wine so rarified it is necessary to understand how Champagne is made and aged. The evening finishes with Château d’Yquem — the 1995 vintage shows a deep golden color with hints of honeyed fruit, apricot and spices, accentuating myriad flavors found in Le Papillon Chocolat Azélia. A U R E O L E , M A N D A L AY B AY
Aureole offers an experience like no other with its spectacular four-story wine tower comprising 10,000 bottles. Guests can choose from 2,700 selections and a rotating selection of 50 wines by the glass including Aureole Cuvée, a sparkling wine made exclusively for the restaurant by California’s Iron Horse Vineyards. Pairing is effortless with two suggested recommendations indicated alongside each dish on the main menu. A wine table located at the entrance to the dining room displays the full inventory of the evening’s by-the-glass offerings. G U Y S A V O Y, C A E S A R S P A L A C E
Guy Savoy’s wine list is one of the largest in Las Vegas and has received Wine Spectator’s Grand Award since 2008. The list has a large selection from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhône Valley, as well as old vintages including a 1947 Château Petrus, 1959 Château Cheval Blanc, 1945 Château Palmer, 1961 Château Mouton-Rothschild and 1934 Château d’Yquem. While the strength in this list is French wines, it also offers a comprehensive selection of U.S, Italian and Spanish varietals. MARCHÉ BACCHUS
The wine shop at Marché Bacchus acts as a wine list with 950 different labels from the most sought-after collectible wines in the world. Included in the offerings are more than 100 different labels of cabernet sauvignon and more than 50 labels of domestic pinot noir, as well as an extensive offering of red Burgundy from every major appellation and a significant number of well-aged red Bordeaux. The restaurant offers 55 different wines by the glass, including 23 selections of finer wines poured using the Coravin preservation system.
S m a l l B i te s, B i g Fl avo r B E S T I N C L A S S | TA PA S
By Scott and Elaine Harris In Spanish cooking, tapas are appetizers or snacks that may be served hot or cold. Across the globe, these “snacks,” which can be combined to make a full meal, have evolved into a more sophisticated cuisine, limited only by the imagination of the chef. In Central American countries, they are called bocas, while in Mexico, similar dishes are called botanas. No matter where you reside, these delectable small bites paired with international wines are an exquisite way to sample a variety of ethnic flavors. L A C AV E W I N E A N D F O O D H I D E AWAY
La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway at Wynn Resort and Casino offers some of the best tapas in town. You know you’re in the right place when you see a red sign that says “In vino veritas,” meaning “In wine, truth.” Guests enter a wine-tasting room reminiscent of centuries gone by. The atmosphere is convivial and welcoming for the connoisseur as well the novice. The wine flights are designed to pair beautifully with small plates served on decorative, handcrafted trays. Guests can enjoy two ounces of hand-selected specialty wines in the intimate wine-tasting room or “cave” stocked with 250 bottles from all over the world.
La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway
Julian Serrano Forte
Off Strip, Pamplona is a popular tapas destination highlighting authentic dishes from Spain, the Canary Islands, Basque and more. Lamb chops, the meat and cheese spread and crispy pork belly are guest favorites. Along with the food, live music and a welcoming atmosphere have Pamplona’s guests coming back again and again. J U L I A N S E R R A N O TA PA S
Award-winning chef Julian Serrano’s Spanish Tapas at Aria Resort brings a classic appeal to tapas. He enjoys sharing his cuisine with guests, such as the Bang-bang rock shrimp with guacamole, Spanish chicken croquettes with béchamel and lemon-pepper aioli, and Chuleta De Cordero grass-fed organic lamb chop, potato, aioli and nuts. Other traditional table pleasers include stuffed piquillo peppers redolent with mushroom duxelles, goat cheese and spicy tomato sauce. Meat tapas are available along with hot and cold seafood tapas, bread tapas and vegan tapas. FORTE
Forte has been a Las Vegas tapas standout for years and is invested in keeping its tapas menu vibrant and interesting. Owner Nina Manchev understands tapas, having traveled the world and immersing herself in European cuisine, learning the complexity of flavors and spices and then bringing that knowledge back to hungry diners. Guests can feel and taste the passion with every bite and sip from an eclectic wine list paired with a global selection of tapas. Signature items on the menu include octopus in olive oil, Hungarian goulash, beef and lamb confit, and of course traditional Spanish bocadillos and Spanish olives.
C oul d It B e M a gi c ? BEST IN CLASS | MAGIC
By Bobbie Katz 112
M AT F R A N C O
Consummate magician Mat Franco learned a long time ago that the trick to being successful in his art was to entertain audiences and make them smile rather than trying to fool them. As a result, his award-winning show at The LINQ, Mat Franco-Magic Reinvented Nightly, combines his signature breezy humor with his inventive magic and crowd-guided improv, creating a once-in-alifetime adventure for showgoers. “If people are laughing and having fun, then my job as an entertainer is complete,” Franco says. “That’s my philosophy 100 percent. My uniqueness is that my show is 100 percent personality-driven. That’s the style I’ve cultivated. I combine that with a lot of interaction with the audience. I have a map, and I know where I’m going. I know how to get from point A to point B, but I let the audience drive. I am happiest when they become part of the show.” The first and only magician to win the million-dollar prize on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Franco says that his type of magic is actually a nonexistent form in terms of the genre: Not quite close-up and not quite stage magic, it’s what’s known in magic lingo as parlor magic with an interactive element.
Criss Angel Mac King Mat Franco
Penn & Teller Xavier Mortimer
Criss Angel will disappear from the Luxor on Oct. 28 but will be reappear with his brand-new Mindfreak show at Planet Hollywood on Dec. 19. This immersive evolution of Mindfreak will combine pop culture with the iconic Angel’s steppedup, mind-blowing original illusions and cutting-edge technology never before used on a live stage. MAC KING
A Las Vegas act onstage sporting a bowl haircut and a retro plaid suit? Yes, that’s Mac King, who performs afternoons at Harrah’s in a fun family show that mixes quirky humor with his original and amazing sleight-of-hand and visual gags. He’s even been known to have a live goldfish appear out of his mouth.
PENN & TELLER
The renowned duo at the Rio might sometimes let you think you can see what’s up their sleeves, but you’ll be laughing the entire time. The original bad boys of magic, they go for shock value, combining humor with clever pranks and graphic tricks, even occasionally claiming to show audiences how a trick is done. XAVIER MORTIMER
Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream is a show unlike any other in Las Vegas. Mortimer, who grew up in southwestern France, transports audiences into his dreamworld in the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood with illusions comprising a totally inventive and unconventional adventure. In his dream, a hidden world of magic unfolds.
T h e F u tu re o f Fi tness B E S T I N C L A S S | FA L L F I T N E S S T R E N D S
By Shan Bates-Bundick SCIENTIFIC WELL-BEING
Equal parts clinic and gym, BioMetrix has all components of health and fitness under one roof. Its 13-week program offers accountability and results, starting with blood work. Comprehensive tests determine a client’s current health levels—including hormones—with a robust evaluation process. Guests then meet with BioMetrix’s physician and registered dietician for initial screening and consultation. DEXA scans reflect muscle-to-fat ratio and bone density, while the 1RM test assesses strength.
Upon reviewing results, BioMetrix’s team crafts a program tailored to the individual’s goals. Clients exercise in a fully equipped, 3,000-square-foot gym three times a week. Owner Gene Carrejo is proud of the personalized training, touting that no workout is the same. In addition to customized nutrition coaching, a perk of the BioMetrix program is weekly massages and Ozone Sauna Therapy. Inspired to open the swanky Las Vegas outpost of BioMetrix after going through the process himself, Carrejo says, “It’s fulfilling to see our clients’ results.” Beyond the measured successes of his clientele, he offers members deals on à la carte services like Botox and HydraFacials. Carrejo takes the Vegas lifestyle into account as well: “This is a social town; we can help our clients work around this to reach their goals.”
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Combine general conditioning with graceful techniques at an aerial silks class. Steven and Yukari Cooperstock—both Cirque du Soleil performers—opened Aerial Athletica in 2017. “Safety is our ultimate priority as our clients build strength, grace, power and balance.” The sessions, which are 75 minutes long, are led by trained instructors and include body position skills, calisthenics and apparatus work in either group or private classes. CRYOTHERAPY
Cryotherapy—the use of low temperatures for well-being and other medical benefits—activates the body’s natural pain and inflammation fighters. The ice therapy benefits the whole body, or locally via facials. “Three minutes generates new oxidized blood throughout the entire system,” says Scott Vasaitis, owner of Gla·cé Cryotherapy. “In addition to a beautiful endorphin rush, one can burn up to 800 calories after a treatment.” COMPETITIVE DANCE
Dancesport (which literally means “competitive ballroom dance”) offers private lessons from a team of highly trained professionals. Students, regardless of their level of experience, learn classic dances such as the cha-cha or the Viennese waltz and perform in monthly national competitions. “We teach every partner dance,” says owner Lupe Martinez. Dancesport also sells dance footwear and glittery Latin ballgowns.
O n e for th e B o o k s BEST IN CLASS | SPORTSBOOKS
By Judythe Ann Michelle T H E C O S M O P O L I TA N
The venue here features state-of-the-art LED video walls, with dozens of high-definition television screens. This sportsbook, powered by CT Technology, is more like a chic boutique with lounge-style seating areas, traditional betting stations and VIP areas where guests can view their own 90-inch high-def screen. A 24-hour bar anchors the space and features 23 video poker machines and multiple televisions for live sporting events. Enjoy the sports-themed atmosphere while enjoying a cocktail or craft beer and pair it with braised short rib, crispy potato skins with pulled pork or breakfast burritos.
photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
If you havenâ€™t been to the Palms lately, you might not be aware of all the changes that have taken place, such as the new state-of-the-art race and sportsbook, which has more than 1,200 square feet of LED TV screens and nearly 120 seats with individual TVs. You have the freedom to wager from the mobile application as you stroll around the 95,000-square-foot casino, which boasts loose slots and classic table games. RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA
One of the most well-appointed race and sportsbooks off Strip is at Red Rock Casino. There are more than 200 personal TVs at the exclusive VIP race section, allowing you to enjoy the excitement in private. If you need help with making a wager, the friendly staff is there to assist you. And should you get thirsty from all that betting, cocktail servers abound, with a wide array of cocktails for you to try.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Race & Sports Book
Red Rock Casino Wynn Race & Sports Book
L A G A S S E ’ S S TA D I U M
Lagasse’s Stadium, located in The Palazzo, offers a unique sportsbook experience. Set up like a stadium with plush seating and more than 100 screens, you can place your bets while enjoying chef Emeril Lagasse’s full assortment of stadium food. This venue tends to attract college students, large groups and tourists looking for a place to take in the game, so the atmosphere is somewhat casual. Reservations are recommended, especially if you are planning to be in town for March Madness. WYNN LAS VEGAS AND ENCORE
The recently renovated Wynn Race & Sports Book is ready for the action with its state-of-the-art technology, a sophisticated design and a new restaurant next to the 1,600-square-foot wraparound LED video screen. Encore Race & Sports Book is adjacent to Encore Players Lounge and has three betting stations and multiple televisions for maximum sports viewing. The Wynn Mobile Sports app is also available for those who want to place bets from anywhere in Nevada.
L a ke L a s Veg as A H O U S I N G M A R K E T O N T H E FA S T T R A C K
Gene Northup has lived at Lake Las Vegas since 2006, not only as a delighted and proud homeowner, but also as the owner of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty, which sells previously owned and new homes in this picturesque 3,592-acre golf course community. They range in price from several hundred thousand dollars to multimillion-dollars. “Right now, we have more buyers than sellers. Homes are selling from the high $300,000s to $2 million and over,” Northup says. According to Home Builders Research Inc., a Las Vegas housing research and data company, new single-family home permits at Lake Las Vegas in 2016 totaled 48; it doubled in 2017 to 96 and as of early August rose to 110. In this oasis in the desert, cleverly engineered around a 320-acre man-made lake formed by backing up part of the Colorado River that feeds into Lake Mead, new homesites are perched on rocky bluffs and amber skeletal wood framings are going up for more homes pretty much everywhere you look.
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Custom homebuilder Blue Heron recently purchased 34 lots near the North Shore to build custom homes, and Woodside Homes acquired 21.4 acres for its Alta Fiore development just off Galleria Drive and Lake Mead Parkway, Northup says. “It’s an exciting time here at Lake Las Vegas, and we make the process easy for buying a home,” Northup says. Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty has 55 agents in the Southern Nevada market with an average experience of 18 years. Because Sotheby’s is an international company with a presence in 62 countries, local agents have a global list of potential buyers to introduce to the Lake Las Vegas community lifestyle. Northup credits Raintree Investment Corp. with breathing new life into Lake Las Vegas. Raintree is the agent representative at Lake Las Vegas for Paulson & Co., which is owned by New York hedge fund manager John Paulson. The company acquired approximately 900 acres for $17.3 million in 2012. Paulson rescued Lake Las Vegas when the original developer, Ron Boeddeker, died of cancer in 2010 two years after his company, Transcontinental Corp., filed for bankruptcy.
Raintree undertook three major renovations at Lake Las Vegas. First, the infrastructure was revitalized. Streetlights were installed along Lake Las Vegas Parkway. Second, Galleria Drive was turned into a four-lane parkway connecting it to Lake Las Vegas Parkway, which provided a direct access to U.S. Highway 95. Third, Reflection Bay golf course was significantly improved and The Falls course, which remains closed, had nine holes turned into greenbelts for homeowners who live along the holes. Also, former golf cart paths along The Falls were converted into walking trails.
The old clubhouse at The Falls course was renovated into the Lake Las Vegas Sports Club, an exclusive athletic facility for residents. It offers outdoor tennis courts, pickleball courts, a 25-meter lap pool, resort-size swimming pool, spa, steam room, yoga studio, game room and state-of-the-art exercise equipment. “You can buy sticks and bricks anywhere,” Northup says in reference to shopping for a home. “But it’s the lifestyle that sells Lake Las Vegas. We show the community first before we show homes to buyers. There are so many ways to live, and Lake Las Vegas is unique.” Northup points out that Lake Las Vegas has two world-class hotels, the Westin Lake Las Vegas and the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. There are nine restaurants, and you can even drive up to them in your golf cart because Lake Las Vegas is 100 percent golf cart permissible. The rustic MonteLago Village not only offers a variety of shops and eateries to browse, but also seasonal weekend live entertainment and holiday activities.
COMMUNITIES OFFERING NEW HOMES FOR SALE INCLUDE:
CalAtlantic Homes Regatta Pointe 2,276 to 2,856 square feet from the mid-$300,000s
CalAtlantic Regatta Heights 2,642 to 3,100 square feet from the mid- to high-$400,000s
Pulte Homes Bellano 1,579 to 1,920 square feet from the mid- to high-$300,000s
William Lyon Homes The Peaks 2,977 to 3,399 square feet from the high-$400,000s to low- $500,000s
William Lyon Signature Homes Largo Vista 3,733 to 5,032 square feet from the high-$700,000s to high-$800,000s
Century Communities Monte Lucca 2,537 to 4,187 square feet from the high-$500,000s
Edward Homes Vita Bella Three-story townhomes 1,694 to 2,138 square feet from the $370,000s to mid-$400,000s
Lennar The Outlook single-story homes 2,300 to 2,600 square feet from the high-$500,000s to mid-$600,000
North Shore Estates at Reflection Bay
custom 1-acre lots from the low $1 million and half-acre homesites from mid-$300,000s to low-$700,000s
It features a floating park, a sand beach with a large sandbox for kids to play in, and water sports including flyboarding, Duffy electric boat rentals, kayaking and cable wakeboarding. The newest category of homebuyers looking at properties in Lake Las Vegas are what Northup calls preretirement clients. These are younger people who plan to retire in a few years and are seeking to lock in interest rates before they continue to rise. “The traffic has outstripped our availability of homes at Lake Las Vegas,” Northup says. “That’s because the minute you turn onto Lake Las Vegas Parkway, your shoulders drop and you feel very relaxed. Then on the weekends, there are plenty of things do if you like. Lake Las Vegas is just a phenomenal place to live.”
Jack s o n H o l e 1515 N. LOWER RIDGE ROAD JACKSON, WYOMING
Built in 2016, this 6,329-square-foot luxury property on top of Spring Creek Ranch offers dramatic views of the Teton Range. The estate rests on 3.76 acres and was designed with meticulous attention to detail and the highest-quality finishes. Upon stepping into the expansive foyer and walking through this five-bedroom, five full-bath and one partialbath home, one immediately notices the captivating outdoor environment visible through panoramic ceiling-to-floor windows, complemented by rustic exterior elements of reclaimed wood and stone. The homeâ€™s oversize, three-car heated garage features large storage lockers for every necessity needed to enjoy the adventures in Jackson Hole. This elevated luxury estate is priced at $11,750,000. Jackson Hole pairs the romance of the Old West with a lifestyle tailored for creative individualism. It is the gateway to three national parks: Yellowstone, National Elk Refuge and the Grand Tetons, a lush 60-mile-long high-mountain valley surrounded by breathtaking wilderness scenery. Collin Vaughn, associate broker | 307-413-1492 Photos courtesy Jackson Hole Sothebyâ€™s International Realty
Lake Ta h oe S uga r Bow l S k i Re sor t 5 7 1 0 T I G E R L I LY C O U R T NORDEN, CALIFORNIA
This newly built 4,200-square-foot contemporarystyle estate is located at Lake Tahoe’s Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, along the historic Overland Trail. The two-story home provides breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding forest and ski slopes. It offers the best of adjoining Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge cross-country resorts, featuring Alpine and Nordic skiing in winter and hiking, mountain biking and easy access to Lake Mary for boating and swimming in summer. With five bedrooms and five and a half baths, the home is priced at $3,790,000. A magnificent gourmet kitchen dominates the center of the great room. A second “master” west room completes the main level of the house. A wet bar has been provided for outdoor entertainment. Two towering granite chimneys bookend the structure. One provides the fireplace for the living room and the other for a sitting area in the master bedroom. This lavish estate was designed by award-winning, San Francisco-based BCV Architecture + Interiors, recognized for designing noteworthy food-world projects, including the Ferry Building Marketplace, Oxbow Public Market and Hudson Eats food hall. Brit Crezee, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty 530-412-1477 photos courtesy of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty
De e r Pa rk 3 0 0 7 D E E R C R E S T E S TAT E S P A R K C I T Y, U T A H
Wake up and enjoy a perfect sunrise in one of Deer Valley’s most luxurious and elegant mountain contemporary homes located in the private gated community of Deer Crest Estates. You’ll enjoy panoramic views on the spacious decks of this grand home. Meticulously built with refined craftsmanship, this six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home features a spacious open-floor plan with main-level living, a dramatic great room with vaulted floor-toceiling windows, a chef ’s kitchen where you can concoct lasting family memories and more than 1,000 square feet of deck space, creating an ideal indoor-outdoor living experience. Tremendous attention to detail was taken to design the perfect ski access and expansive outdoor spaces for family and friends to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings of Deer Crest all four seasons of the year. Valen Lindner, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty 619-865-3646 photos courtesy of Summit Sotheby’s International Realty
L esl ie Fr i sbee EDITOR IN CHIEF
As the ME TOO movement continues to dominate the news, several questions linger: How can we move from pontification to action? From being bombastic to being contrite? From having a sense of entitlement to embracing the spirit of inclusivity? From “me” to “we”? Systemic sexism is pervasive. I have yet to meet a woman who has not experienced some sort of sexual harassment in the workplace. The fact that women are objectified and salary disparity between genders still exists in the global corporate structure is not novel. These are extremely important discussions to have and long overdue. An equally important conversation is the prevalence of same-sex harassment, which is mostly written off by executive leadership as “women being women” or “cattiness.” Throughout my 20-plus-year career, my greatest advocates and mentors have been men, and the majority of harassment prevailed upon me has come from women. Until “WE” women choose to become better allies with one another, the swath of divisiveness will continue to swell. It is time to act and use your voice. In the words of Reese Witherspoon, “I encourage women to step up. Don’t wait for somebody to ask you.” 126
The CLASS Project is stepping up by launching WE TOO (Women Empowered Together Optimize Opportunities). As the traditional corporate structure continues to evolve and diversify, more and more women are stepping out to tell their stories and show their support for one another. WE TOO™ is designed to help women network, find mentors and investors, give advice and make a difference. In closing, I would like to send “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” to one of my biggest advocates over the past decade. Rest in peace, Robin Leach — you will be forever remembered and dearly missed. Cheers to you, my friend!
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S O B E T SY A R T E L E VAT I O N & C O N S U LT I N G , # W E TOO
THE FIG FIRM, #WETOO
“Make it a practice to elevate your mind by focusing on light and the positive truths; elevate your words with intentional direction; and elevate your surroundings by adding in something aesthetic that feeds your soul. Do just one thing to bring a moment up a level — and be a part of doing that for those around you. We rise by lifting others!”
“Don’t be afraid to let your light be the brightest, because (some believe) favor isn’t fair. … And while your light shines, walk through crowds, speak kind words and uplift those around you. Most importantly, give others the chance to feel favored and be inspired.”
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St e ve M i l ler
PRESIDENT OF V EG AS GOLDEN K NIGHTS FOUNDATION
CEO OF ANDRE AGASSI
“We had different plans to introduce the Vegas Golden Knights at our first game on 10/10/17, but we shifted our focus after 10/1/17. As a team born and raised here, we shared in the grief and pride of our new hometown, and knew we had to be part of the recovery. We pledged $100,000. Four days later we had matching pledges of $1 million that we gave to the Metro Police Dept. Foundation’s new tactical training center.”
FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION / CEO OF AGASSI GRAF HOLDINGS LLC
“October 1, 2017 transformed a city in the desert from a generally accepted characterization to a community of compassion, camaraderie, and strength.”
M a r sa l a Ry pk a CELEBRITY JOURNALIST
Life is precious, tomorrow is not guaranteed, nothing is more powerful than love, and nothing is more devastating than losing it. While I didn’t know the 58 people who died on October 1, 2017, I feel the pain of their loved ones left behind. I don’t know the 489 people who were wounded, but I understand the challenges they face. I know because on September 26, 2003, my mom, the matriarch of our Italian family, had a stroke that left her partially paralyzed. This event instantly changed our lives. Being thrust into the world of elder care for 13 years took a tremendous toll, yet I experienced many gifts as the roles reversed, and I mothered my mother. A week later, on October 3, 2003, Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy fame had a stroke onstage that partially paralyzed him. And in November 2017, shortly after I interviewed Robin Leach, he had a stroke. We don’t know how much time we have on earth. My mom took her last breath on my birthday in 2016, the day she gave me life and I took my first breath. It’s a bond I cherish. Roy Horn is miraculously with us 15 years later, while Robin Leach passed away on August 24, 2018. All life is precious. Here’s to my beloved mom; the 58 innocent victims of October 1; Robin Leach, who cared more about finding a cure for Alzheimer’s than Champagne wishes and caviar dreams; and to endangered wildlife that are slaughtered every day.
Photography: Shane O’Neal and Deed Bruno for SON Studios Las Vegas Hair and makeup by: Andeen Rose and Didi Akerman for ADD Hair & Make Up Agency
58 Angels Weep, my lady, today you earned the right 58 angels – souls in flight City of lights, in all its glory First of October, another sad story Shots rain down, in the dark of night Evil lurking, victims in sight
Weep, my lady, today you earned the right 58 angels – souls in flight
Hatred and violence have no place In a city filled with hope and grace Vegas strong – true grit and might Heroes abound, from left to right Weep, my lady, today you earned the right 58 angels – souls in flight All the senseless loss and pain Let this bloodshed not be in vain America, the mighty and great Living in fear is not our fate Weep, my lady, today you earned the right 58 angels – souls in flight As I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep Dreaming of a better day 58 angels light the way #VegasStrong ~ Leslie Frisbee
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