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TIMELESS We all have a passion. We all have a dream. For some, it’s about adventure. For others, it’s about tranquility. Our dreams are as vast and varied as the world is wide. But they all start with inspiration, and inspiration starts with our surroundings. That’s what home is – what you choose to surround yourself with. Family. Friends. History. An amazing view. Atmosphere. Art. It’s all part of what makes a space a home, because your home is where you truly LIVE.


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R oya l Chess By Carla J. Zvosec

Conceived by Hollander in 1996, and crafted in collaboration with Bernard Marquin, his longtime friend and a leading fine jewelry designer, the two set out to reimagine and reproduce ordinary items into exceptional pieces of art. It took the duo more than 9,000 hours to develop and craft the brilliant chessboard and its pieces, which are composed of over 1 kilogram of gold, and set with 9,900 black and white diamonds. So captivated by its stunning beauty, one of Hollander’s customers bought their first set for $1 million, resulting in a demand from discriminating individuals for other jeweled works of art, including a diamond backgammon set and diamond roulette wheel.


The first showcase creation of the Charles Hollander Collection, this ultraluxury diamond-encrusted chess set is one of the most popular items in this unique collection.


La s Ve g a s I s a Me l ti n g Po t o f Tal ent W O R L D - C L A S S C O L O M B I A N C H O C O L AT I E R I N F U S E S FRENCH CHEF WITH A NEW PASSION

Many of us have experienced a time when the exuberance we once felt about a chosen career has melted into mediocrity, and we’re at a crossroads, not as fulfilled as we’d like to be. Benoit Cornet reached that point in 2016, after his wife, Jennifer, gave birth to their second son. Though it was exciting to welcome a new baby into the world with a future that had infinite possibilities, it caused Cornet to take stock of his life.

Muchos de nosotros hemos vivido una época, en la cual el interés desmedido que alguna vez sentimos por una carrera escogida, se ha disminuido y nos encontramos en una encrucijada, no tan satisfechos como quisiéramos estarlo. Benoit Cornet alcanzó ese punto en el 2016, después de que su esposa Jennifer diera luz a su segundo hijo. A pesar de ser emocionante el darle la bienvenida a un nuevo bebé al mundo, y con un futuro lleno de infinitas posibilidades, Cornet decidió hacer un balance de su vida.

After moving to Las Vegas in 2007, Cornet has spent the past seven years as executive chef at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits where he enjoys creating memorable dining experiences. While Cornet excels at pairing fine dining menus with the wines and spirits offered by Southern, dessert was not his forte.

Después de mudarse a Las Vegas en el 2007, Cornet ha dedicado los últimos siete años a ser chef ejecutivo en el restaurante Southern Glazer`s Wine and Spirits donde disfruta creando experiencias gastronómicas memorables. Mientras Cornet se destaca emparejando platos de alta cocina con licores de la carta de Southern, el postre no era su mayor fortaleza.

Looking for a challenge that would ignite a new passion in him, a life-changing event came by way of Melissa Coppel, a pastry chef from Colombia whom Cornet worked with years ago at Joël Robuchon.

Buscando un desafío que encendiera una nueva pasión en él, un acontecimiento que le cambiaría la vida llegó a través de Melissa Coppel, una chef pastelera de Colombia con quien Cornet trabajó años atrás en Joël Robuchon.


By Marsala Rypka | Spanish translation courtesy of Paula Andrea Avila | photos courtesy


Like Cornet, Coppel had embarked on a challenging journey that earned her a reputation as one of the country’s top 10 chocolatiers. A spark ignited when Cornet learned chef Coppel had opened her own atelier and that pastry chefs from around the world were coming to take her intensive chocolate workshops.

Al igual que Cornet, Coppel había emprendido una aventura desafiante la cual le mereció la reputación de uno de los 10 primeros chocolateros del país. Una chispa se encendió cuando Cornet supo que la chef Coppel había abierto su propio atelier y que chefs pasteleros de todo el mundo venían a tomar sus talleres intensivos de chocolate.

Cornet wanted to attend, but he was hesitant to ask Larry Ruvo, managing director at Southern Glazier, for the time off. Finally, he sent Ruvo an email and, five minutes later, he got the go-ahead. It’s not surprising. Ruvo, who founded the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in honor of his father, is a kind, fair and generous man.

Cornet quería asistir, pero estaba dubitativo acerca de pedirle a Larry Ruvo, el director administrativo en Southern Glazier los días libres para hacerlo. Finalmente, envío a Ruvo un correo electrónico y cinco minutos después, obtuvo la aprobación. No es sorprendente. Ruvo, quien fundó el Centro Clínico de Cleveland Lou Ruvo para Salud Mental en honor a su padre, es un hombre amable, justo y generoso.

“It meant a lot that Mr. Ruvo believed in me enough to pay for the workshop and give me three days off, (and) that he recognized this would add value to what I bring to the table.” Cornet also can’t say enough about Coppel. 16

“She doesn’t just make bonbons; she’s the Einstein of flavors. Instead of just lecturing, she has a very hands-on approach.” Coppel’s teaching style comes from her experiences as a student. “My teachers let us students know we’d never be as good as them,” she said. “My kitchen at the atelier is a magical place with a soul filled with creativity, honesty and fairness — and no room for big egos to crush anyone’s self-esteem. I encourage everyone to believe in their dreams.”

“Significaba mucho que el señor Ruvo creyera en mi lo suficiente para pagar por el taller, darme tres días libres, y que reconociera que esto agregaría valor a mi trabajo.” Para Cornet, las palabras no son suficientes para hablar sobre Coppel. “Ella no sólo hace bombones; ella es la Einstein de los sabores. En vez de dar un sermón, ella tiene un enfoque muy práctico.” El estilo de Coppel viene de sus experiencias como estudiante. “Mis profesores nos transmitían a nosotros como estudiantes, que nunca seríamos tan buenos como ellos,” expresó. “Mi cocina en el atelier es un lugar mágico con creatividad llena de alma, honestidad e igualdad — y no hay cabida para que grandes egos le dañen la autoestima a nadie. Yo animo a todos a que crean en sus sueños.”

Coppel’s dream at 17 was to be a chef, but there were no cooking schools in Colombia, so she spent three years at a hospitality school where cooking was only taught one hour a week.

El sueño de Coppel a los 17 era ser chef, pero no había escuelas de cocina en Colombia, así que estuvo tres años en una escuela de hotelería donde sólo enseñaban cocina una hora a la semana.

“I was hungry to learn, so every day I watched this female chef on Argentina’s cooking channel, El Gourmet, and took notes,” said Coppel. “Then grandma took me grocery shopping, and I’d cook for her.”

“Estaba ávida de aprender, entonces todos los días veía a esta chef en el canal de cocina argentino, El Gourmet y tomaba nota,” explicó Coppel. “Después mi abuela me llevaba a comprar ingredientes, y cocinaba para ella.”

After graduating, Coppel visited a cousin in Chicago, where she took a few cooking classes and met her husband, Alain.

Después de graduarse, Coppel visitó un primo en Chicago, donde tomó algunas clases de cocina y conoció a su esposo, Alain.


Melissa Coppel Benoit Cornet

Coppel returned to Colombia, taught housewives how to cook, saved money and went to Argentina for six months to study with a French chef. After she got married, she went to The French Pastry School in Chicago for six months while her husband came to Las Vegas. “It was hard for us as newlyweds to spend our first six months apart, but Alain has always supported my dreams,” said Coppel.

Coppel regresó a Colombia, enseñó a amas de casa cómo cocinar, ahorró y se marchó a Argentina durante seis meses a estudiar con un chef francés. Después de casarse, se fue a la Escuela de Pastelería Francesa en Chicago seis meses mientras su esposo llegaba a Las Vegas. “Era duro para nosotros como recién casados estar nuestros primeros seis meses separados, pero Alain siempre ha apoyado mis sueños” dice Coppel.

A teacher helped her get a job as a pastry helper at Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas. Eight months later, she was promoted to cook. A month after that, she became the assistant to the executive pastry chef. Then, after rarely seeing each other for two years, her husband wanted her to get a day job.

Una profesora la ayudó a conseguir un trabajo como ayudante de pastelería en Joël Robuchon en Las Vegas. Ocho meses después, fue promovida a cocinera. Un mes después de eso, se convirtió en la asistente del chef ejecutivo de pastelería. Después, tras verse con su esposo ocasionalmente durante dos años, él quería que ella consiguiera un trabajo diurno.

“I heard Caesars Palace was looking for a chocolatier. I had no experience working with chocolate, but I knew I’d figure it out, even if I had to sleep there.

¨Supe que el Caesars Palace estaba buscando un chocolatero. Yo no tenía experiencia trabajando con chocolate, pero sabía que lo resolvería, incluso si tuviera que dormir allá.”

“I worked alone for six months, teaching myself. The shift began at 5 a.m., but I’d go in at 3 a.m., in case I made a mistake. I worked 14-hour days.”

“Trabajé sola durante seis meses ensañándome a mi misma. El turno comenzaba a las 5 a.m, pero llegaba a las 3 a.m, en caso de cometer un error. Trabaja 14 horas diarias.”

Next, Coppel went to the Bellagio and, a year later, opened a shop with another chocolatier. During her time there, she was featured in the Spanish publication, which is every pastry chefs’ dream, and won People’s Choice and Chocolatier of the Year awards in 2013.

A continuación, Coppel se fue al Bellagio y un año después, abrió una tienda con un colega chocolatero. Durante ese tiempo ahí, fue destacada en la publicación española So Good lo cual es el sueño de cada chef pastelero, y ganó el premio People’s Choice y Chocolatero del Año en el 2013.

In 2016, Coppel opened Atelier Melissa Coppel where she teaches students how to make bonbons that are such works of art, they’re almost too exquisite to eat. However, she spends 80 percent of her time on the recipe.

En el 2016, Coppel abrió el Atelier Melissa Coppel donde ella enseña a estudiantes cómo hacer bombones, los cuales son tales obras de arte, que por poco son demasiado exquisitos para comer. Sin embargo, ella le dedica el 80 por ciento del tiempo a la receta.

“We live in a society where everything looks beautiful for the camera,” she said. “I do the opposite. Only after I have perfected the taste do I focus on the decor.”

“Vivimos en una sociedad donde todo se ve hermoso para la cámara,” dijo ella, “Yo hago lo contrario. Sólo después de haber perfeccionado el sabor, me enfoco en la decoración.”

Cornet said he’s excited to go to work every day and try new things, like creating six bonbons infused with the tasting notes that are part Bombay Sapphire gin.

Cornet dijo que le emociona ir a trabajar cada día y ensayar cosas nuevas, como por ejemplo crear seis bombones infundidos de notas de cata del ginebra Bombay Sapphire.

As Steve Jobs said, “Work fills a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Como dijo Steve Jobs,“El trabajo abarca gran parte de la vida, y la única manera de estar realmente satisfecho es haciendo un gran trabajo, y la única manera de hacer un gran trabajo, es amando lo que uno hace.”

Chef Coppel’s line of chocolates will be available for Mother’s Day at 

La línea de chocolates de la chef Coppel, estará disponible para el día de las madres en 


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The Masters Tournament Augusta, Georgia

APRIL 12-14

Grand National




Aintree, United Kingdom


Sky Lantern Festival

APRIL 13-15, 20-22

Pingxi, Taiwan


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2018

HSBC Sevens World Series

Indio, California

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas

M AY 4 - 5

Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky

M AY 9 - 2 0

Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France


Shen Yun 2018

Academy of Country Music Awards

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

NYC Winter Wine Festival Times Square, New York City

MARCH 10-12

Taste Florence Food Festival Florence, Italy


March Madness 2018 Various U.S. locations

MARCH 17-25

Oxford Literary Festival Oxford, England


World Series of Poker Planet Hollywood Resort, Las Vegas


Melbourne International Comedy Festival Melbourne, Australia

MARCH 29-31

Art Basel Hong Kong

Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China

Gnaoua and World Music Festival Essaouira, Morocco


Sant Jordi Festival Barcelona, Spain

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Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

APRIL 27-28

An Evening With Mel Brooks

M AY 1 8 - 2 0

Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Tiger Jam Shadow Creek, Las Vegas

APRIL 27-29

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans, Louisiana

M AY 2 4 - 2 7

Monaco Formula One Grand Prix Monte Carlo, Monaco



MGM Grand, Las Vegas

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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Lake Como, Italy

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The Stars of the White Nights International Ballet and Opera Festival St. Petersburg, Russia

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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

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1. Ken Henderson 2. Members of the performance arts company Blue Man Group 3. Singer-songwriter Jewel







VEGAS CARES On Nov. 5, a little more than a month after the horrific mass shooting of Route 91 Harvest Festival concertgoers, the Venetian Theatre hosted the sold-out “Vegas Cares” benefit concert to honor and support the victims and first responders on the scene that shattering Oct. 1 evening. 6

4. Elvis Monroe leads all-star ensemble in finale 5. Anne Martinez, Naomi Mauro, Janien Valentine, Kelly Clinton Holmes and Gret Menzies 6. Celebrity journalist Robin Leach

Jewel performed a two-song melody of “Mercy” and “Hands,” and Las Vegas band Elvis Monroe closed the show. Other entertainment included an all-male medley, an all-females medley, and many Las Vegas headliners and show cast members. Britney Spears donated a flower watercolor painting that was auctioned for $10,000. The proceeds of the sale went to the victims of the shooting. Photos courtesy



Nevada Ballet Theatre celebrated its 34th annual Black & White Ball, Jan. 27, at Wynn Las Vegas. In attendance at the black-tie affair, which was sponsored by Nirav Modi, were approximately 500 arts supporters who came out to celebrate this year’s NBT Woman of the Year, Giada De Laurentiis. During the Woman of the Year tribute, a montage video highlighting De Laurentiis’ accomplishments was shown, and she was presented with diamond earrings from Nirav Modi and a one-of-a-kind sculpture by Richard McDonald. Proceeds from the evening enable NBT to present professional company dance productions, offer quality dance instruction and expose students to dance through its education and outreach programs that reach 20,000-plus students annually. Photos courtesy of Cashman Photography






1. Giada De Laurentiis 2. Chip and Helen Johnson


3. Madeleine and Don Andress

4. Maurice and Jessica Wooden; Giada De Laurentiis and Stella and Rob Roy 5. Irais and Robert Kolesar 6. Nancy Houssels, Roy Kaiser and Beth Barbre

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FA S H I O N S H O W L U N C H E O N The Fashion Show Luncheon, which takes place each November, was held at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago (now closed) in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace on Nov. 17. The intimate fundraising event, which is highly anticipated and sells out months in advance every year, benefits Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. Hosting more than 175 attendees — many Las Vegas’ most fashionable women — the luncheon featured the cuisine of executive chef Eric Klein and fashions by Stella McCartney. The charity gathering raised a record $560,000 in ticket, raffle and live auction sales, plus sponsorships. Since 2002, the charity event has raised more $2.3 million, which has granted wishes to critically ill children in the Las Vegas community.



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The fourth-anniversary celebration of Mondays Dark lit up with 2,000 attendees at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel on Dec. 18. The event, which raised $70,000 through the sale of $20 admission tickets, plus proceeds from the evening’s silent and live auctions, benefits 21 charities — announced during the celebration — that Mondays Dark will partner with throughout this year. Among the local charities receiving support are St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Help of Southern Nevada, Cure 4 the Kids Foundation and Officer Down.

5. Mark Shunock

The entertainment for the evening kicked off with an all-female performance by Jaime Lynch, Savannah Smith, Rockie Brown, Noybel Gorgoy, Christina Shaw and Cheryl Daro, Shunock’s wife. Also on hand were many notable, ongoing supporters of Mondays Dark. Photos courtesy

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R O B I N L E A C H | for keep memory alive

Entertainment reporter Robin Leach, best known as the host of the television series “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” is also a compassionate, generous philanthropist. He does all he can to support Keep Memory Alive and its mission to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. It’s not just old people who suffer from this memory-robbing illness; Alzheimer’s affects middle-aged and, tragically, even young people. By 2050, one out of two people will have it or be caring for a loved one who does. Currently, no cure is available, but because of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s cutting-edge research of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, and multiple sclerosis, there is hope that one day a cure will be found here in Las Vegas. You can help support this research by attending Keep Memory Alive’s annual Power of Love fundraising gala.


Jennifer Hudson, 21st annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love gala photo courtesy

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By Marsala Rypka

Multiple-award-winning singer-songwriter Michael Bublé headlines Keep Memory Alive’s 22nd annual Power of Love gala, April 28, at MGM Grand Garden Arena. This memorable event — which has become a national sensation — includes a red carpet of who’s who, first-rate entertainment, a celebrity-chef-prepared dinner by Wolfgang Puck and Jean-George Vongerichten, wine chosen by Master Sommeliers, as well as a live auction that offers the opportunity to bid on dazzling items and one-of-a-kind experiences. Every year, people from around the world come to Las Vegas to attend this celebration of life. Monies raised during this special happening support the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s programs and services for patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s diseases, as well as those with multiple sclerosis, and their caregivers — who also are in need of emotional support. For ticket information, call 702.701.7894 or go to





Every spring, ardent collectors, celebrities and connoisseurs eagerly await the release of Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Book Collection. Since unveiling its first edition in 1845, the coveted collection has become a global institution. This past spring, the iconic brand presented its “Art of the Wild” campaign. Comprising six themes — Whispers of the Rainforest; Miracle Berry; The Falls; Leaves of the Sun; Feathered Cloak; and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow — the collection pays homage to the marvels of nature. Inspired by an immersive journey throughout remote lands, Tiffany’s talented design team developed an awe-inspiring collection with intricate designs and narrative that were drawn directly from the wonders of the wild.



“We always look to nature as our guidance. … This year, we really wanted to get a bit more wild with nature. It was this whole notion of really getting immersed into the rainforest or jungle. And to really stimulate our designers to really think about recreating those different elements — the intricacies and colors — that happen in that environment. It was a very exciting journey,” said Melvyn Kirtley, chief gemologist and vice president of high jewelry.

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Since its founding in 1837, Tiffany has had a profound relationship with nature. “Tiffany has historically used the power of its brand and voice to speak on important issues like wildlife conservation,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer at Tiffany & Co. “In particular, Tiffany has long been dedicated to the environmental, social and economic well-being of Africa, where we source many of our rough diamonds and operate state-of-the-art diamond cutting and polishing workshops.”

BIRD BROOCH Bird Brooch in platinum and 18K yellow gold with colored gemstones and yellow and white diamonds, from the Tiffany 2017 Blue Book Collection, “Art of the Wild”

BRACELET IN 18K YELLOW GOLD Bracelet in 18K yellow gold with Tsavorites and yellow sapphires, from the Tiffany 2017 Blue Book Collection, “Art of the Wild”

E A R R I N G S I N P L AT I N U M Earrings in platinum and 18K yellow gold with baguette and round brilliant diamonds, from the Tiffany 2017 Blue Book collection, “Art of the Wild”

RING IN 18K YELLOW Ring in 18K yellow gold, with cushion-cut spessartite garnets, 11.76 total carats, round yellow diamonds and round brilliant white diamonds, from the Tiffany 2017 Blue Book Collection, “Art of the Wild”

From vocally opposing mines on sensitive lands and speaking out against the use of coral in jewelry, to protecting marine ecosystems and even relocating black rhinos through its foundation, Tiffany continues its support of wildlife conservation.

“Elephants are in crisis, beset by the ivory trade. The challenges are global and complex, and to secure a future for elephants we need an alliance that spans continents and sectors. The support of Tiffany & Co., and industry colleagues, could be a game-changer. May their leadership prove infectious,” said Frank Pope, chief executive officer of Save the Elephants. 

BRACELET IN 18K YELLOW GOLD Bracelet in 18K yellow gold with round pink, yellow and fancy blue sapphires, Tsavorite and spessartite garnets, and round brilliant white diamonds, from the Tiffany 2017 Blue Book Collection, “Art of the Wild”

RING IN 18K YELLOW GOLD Ring in 18k yellow gold with a pair of cushion-­cut green tsavorites, 9.50 total carats, and round brilliant white diamonds, from the Tiffany 2017 Blue Book Collection, “Art of the Wild”

The Na t ur e of t h e


By Bobbie Katz

It is a rare artist who, upon being asked to create portraits celebrating the life of Muhammad Ali, would approach the boxer’s face like it was a flower. But that’s the essence of Simon Bull, who draws his inspiration from the world of nature, and has found green pastures with his emotionally charged paintings of flowers and his latest passion, trees. Having planted the seeds of his acclaimed artwork for more than 20 years, the award-winning artist’s reputation has continued to bloom. As a result, he has been honored by being named one of the artists for the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., taking place March 20 through April 15.


Beyond The Gates by Simon Bull, 48”x 72”, June 2017, acrylic on canvas

Pink Snow by Simon Bull, 48”x 48”, Dec 2017, acrylic on canvas Let’s Get Together by Simon Bull, 40”x 30”, Oct 2017, acrylic on canvas

Over The Rainbow by Simon Bull, 48”x 72”, Oct 2017, acrylic on canvas

About 1,000 invited guests will have the opportunity to watch Bull paint cherry blossoms live on March 15 at the Pink Tie Party fundraiser for the National Cherry Blossom Foundation in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

interpretation of birds being the fish of the skies, and fish being the birds of the ocean, while both are connected to the earth. Likewise, for his 2007 flight of 60 Ali portraits, he explains that a flower is circular with many layers, which is how he spiritually interpreted Ali’s face.

The British-born painter, who moved to the U.S. in 2003 and became an American citizen in 2008, calls himself a colorist, saying that it is his sense of color and his exuberance that defines him.

“A lot of flowers have centrist shade,” Bull said. “There is light and shade; conflict and resolution; and ascension. A flower appears to fill the canvas, but it is responding to the light above it and the darkness of the earth below it.

“I love to play with color,” enthused Bull, whose current work, as well a small selection of the Ali exhibition, is on view in his gallery, Meuse, on famed Ocean Avenue in Carmel, California.

“I could see Ali oftentimes looking away from his past into the future. I called those paintings Distant Thunder and Shadow Boxer.”

“It is the most powerful way to communicate my paintings. Color, tone and texture are the only tools in my toolkit. I’m inspired by the world of nature, and anything I can see with my eyes or whatever is on my mind at the time — flowers, animals, trees, the latter being my big thing right now. “I started out doing landscapes because I was very into flowers. I was drawn closer and closer to them, and developed a reputation for painting them. I’ve now gone from flowers to trees. Flowers are one particular moment in a plant’s life cycle, but a tree is year-round throughout its whole life. Trees are more powerful symbols.” As for animals, though he has painted all kinds throughout the years, Bull is now into birds and fish. His paintings reflect his spiritual

Simon Bull

Many of his Ali works are now on permanent display in the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, but Ali also had several hung in his home. In 2009, Ali’s wife called Bull and commissioned him to do portraits of her husband and President-elect Barack Obama together. The portraits were unveiled at the Kentucky Bluegrass Ball on the eve of the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., by actress Ashley Judd. The prolific Bull, who says that he paints almost every day, reveals that he doesn’t paint from pictures unless he has to. He spent years studying, researching and analyzing subjects from a scientific perspective so that he could go into his imagination to create his own version from feeling, mood and memory, as he does with his trees, which he calls “Simon Bull trees.” 





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Nancy Houssels’ mother enrolled her in ballet class when she was age 3, but her childhood dream was to star in Broadway musicals.


Las Vegas is known as the “entertainment capital of the world” because of the city’s numerous casino resorts and live entertainment options. But it is the $470 million LEED Gold certified Smith Center for the Performing Arts that established Southern Nevada as a cultural icon.

This crown jewel is to Las Vegas what Lincoln Center is to New York. It is also the residence of the Nevada Ballet Theatre and Las Vegas Philharmonic.

When one thinks of the elegance and class of The Smith Center, two grande dames with those attributes come to mind. Nancy Houssels, who co-founded the Nevada Ballet Theatre in 1972, and Jeri Crawford, the Philharmonic’s president and chief executive officer. Houssels and Crawford have helped change the artistic landscape of this community. The Nevada Ballet Theatre and Las Vegas Philharmonic nourish our thirst for culture. And, through their outreach programs, thousands of underserved children are exposed to the wondrous magic of dance and a symphony orchestra. These two women serve as great examples of seeing a need and jumping in, setting lofty goals, reaching beyond expectations and contributing to the greater good.

“The problem was, I couldn’t sing. After my dad saw me perform in a school show, he said I better stick to dancing,” laughed Houssels, whose eyes twinkled as she poked fun of herself. Houssels stuck with dancing, though not ballet. The 4-foot11-inch dynamo traveled Europe as one-half of the adagio act Szony and Claire, which is her middle name.

Later they performed at New York’s famous Latin Quarter Nightclub owned by Barbara Walters’ father, Lou Walters. They performed at Radio City Music and Carnegie halls, and appeared on the iconic Sunday night TV variety show “The Ed Sullivan Show.” In 1966, the duo moved to Las Vegas and performed in Casino de Paris at the Dunes and then Folies Bergere at the Tropicana. In 1970, Houssels married John Kell Houssels Jr., president of the Tropicana, and became a stepmom. After hanging up her dance shoes, she put on holiday shows at Child Haven, a temporary facility for abused and neglected kids who cannot safely remain with their families.



Nancy Houssels Snow scene from the Nevada Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker” photo courtesy, Virginia Trudeau Photography


In 1972, Houssels gave birth to the first of two children and co-founded the Nevada Dance Theatre, which became the Nevada Ballet Theatre. Impressed with how Child Haven’s artistic program helped kids, NBT became a leader in arts education. N E VA D A B A L L E T T H E AT R E G I V E S B A C K

In 1993, NBT started Future Dance, an outreach program that provides hundreds of underserved students with free in-school dance instruction, and scholarships for those talented and dedicated kids who want to continue studying dance at the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre.

county’s schools get to participate in a choreographed Future Dance spring concert at The Smith Center. Through NBT’s School Matinee Series, CCSD students are invited to experience a professional company production at The Smith Center. Afterward, a Q&A is held, giving students a greater understanding of the process that goes into bringing a production to the stage. Clark County kindergarten through 12th-graders also may attend a matinee of The Choreographers Showcase of Las Vegas, a collaboration of the Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil.

NBT’s GO-MOVE-DANCE!!! gives Clark County School District elementary school students 25 weeks of free in-school dance instruction focusing on ballet, jazz and hip-hop. Scholars from that program have a chance to take ballet classes in a more focused atmosphere through NBT’s Dance Discovery.


At the end of the year, students involved in those programs from all the

Elaine Wynn was the first to be honored in 1985. Since then, NBT has

For more than 30 years, the NBT has held its highly anticipated Black & White Ball honoring female icons for their artistry, leadership and philanthropy.

recognized many notable women, including Giada De Laurentiis (2018), Vanessa Williams (2017), Olivia Newton-John (2016) and Debbie Allen (2015). Funds from this gala support a variety of Nevada Ballet Theatre’s endeavors, including its education and outreach programs for atrisk youth. JERI CRAWFORD

“My mother grew up in a cultured environment in San Francisco, where all her family members were educators,” said Crawford. “My parents met at UC Berkeley, then moved to my father’s hometown of San Diego, where I was born. Being a Navy town, it just started to have performing arts, and my mother took us to every artistic thing going on.” Crawford began taking ballet classes when she was 2 years old and continued until she was 35. She started taking classical piano lessons when she was age 5, continuing through adulthood. So it’s not surprising that Crawford, a commercial real estate broker, became a patron of the arts in San Diego. Then a call from a childhood friend she hadn’t talked to in 30 years changed her life. “Rick used to be my family’s paperboy. His father was my brother’s Little League coach. He said he’d moved to Las Vegas in 1971 and owned several businesses there,” said Crawford. “We’d both been married before, and when he asked if I would move to Las Vegas, I said if he got season tickets to the symphony. He didn’t know there was one, so I told him there was, but it was in its infancy.” After moving to Las Vegas in 2003, Crawford and her husband sponsored a couple of classical concerts. In 2004, she joined the Philharmonic’s board and, in 2008, became its president. LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC’S COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series is a cornerstone of its music education outreach initiatives that benefit CCSD students. For 18 years, this program has provided free classical music experiences to more than 245,000 children, approximately 70 percent of whom attend Title 1 at-risk elementary schools. “For many, it’s their first and only exposure to live music,” said Crawford. “Grants and private donations have allowed us to expand the program. About 25,000 elementary school students a year now attend a concert at The Smith Center.”


Beforehand, students receive a curriculum guide that links what they will hear at the Youth Concert Series with science, math, language and social studies. They study the composers, listen to the music and discuss protocol at The Smith Center. “The kids come dressed in their Sunday best and for 45 minutes, music director, Donato Cabrera, talks with them about the music and the instruments,” said Crawford. “We’re now developing programs for middle school.”

it could go beyond Las Vegas, which is exciting,” said Crawford, who was named in 2015 to the National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees, an advisory board of the Kennedy Center. LVP’s ensemble groups also perform at several senior communities. “We ask seniors how many have played or still play a musical instrument, and 95 percent raise their hand. Music was so prominent during their era, it brings them joy,” said Crawford.

The Phil, as it’s affectionately called, has partnered with the Discovery Children’s Museum. Kids selected by the school district get to go to the museum after the concert, and experiment with different science, math and art activations related to the music they just heard.

Houssels and Crawford have helped enrich the lives of both young and old

“The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., is interested in this program so

I can do.”

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“Once a week, my mom and I would watch it, and I was just completely obsessed,” he said. “Now, we all are surrounded by fashion all the time, but it was not really like that when I was growing up. So that one show was, for me,

Da Costa has filled his hands with a pencil and sketch pad since he was a small child, and he recalls drawing the models featured on the BBC One-TV program “The Clothes Show” in the late 1980s.


“Fashion is a conceptual art form,” he said. “It is about leaving that emotion of the artist on the human form. Designers are like poets, and the clothing is poetry. And the clever ones confuse it and commercialize it as well. It is a business.”

Da Costa’s career has provided him a rare perspective on the fashion world. He has collaborated with and befriended some of the industry’s most accomplished figures. His images have graced the pages of the top fashion publications, including the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

“I have always been obsessed with beauty,” Da Costa explained. “Beautiful packaging, drawing, comic books, beautiful art. I’m a very visual person.”

They live suspended in moments of perfect elegance, but their varied faces often belie the mood. Offering gazes that reflect internal depth, they hint of something darker — something compelling yet inscrutable that belongs outside this world. These women are the creations of artist Nuno Da Costa, who is among the fashion industry’s most sought-after illustrators.

They are clad in the world’s most celebrated and innovative fashions like skin, as though born into the exclusive clothing that drapes their lithe, classically posed forms.

The trio met for a portfolio review soon after and connected almost immediately.

“It turns out, he was out with a group of friends, one of whom was Neil Moodie, a top international session hairstylist who was the beauty director of a fashion magazine called Wonderland,” Da Costa said. “He was looking for a fashion-beauty illustrator to work with on a story with him and top makeup artist Lisa Butler.”

At that second club, Da Costa met Edward Enninful, who, at the time, was the fashion editor at U.S. Vogue and fashion director of the British magazine i-D. Now he is the editor in chief of British Vogue.

“The club was packed when our group arrived,” he remembered about the night early in his career, “so we ended up going to a different club.”

He describes his career trajectory as partially a series of mistakes and chance meetings, including a fateful evening when out clubbing with friends.

The decision was life-altering. Today, Da Costa is one of the most highly sought illustrators in the field. He splits his time between London and Portugal when he is not traveling for events like the “Big 4” fashion weeks held in London, Milan, Paris and New York.

“I hated it,” he recounted. “I left because I just wanted to draw. I was not satisfied with my studies in that field, so I decided to make a change. I quit university, made a portfolio and called lots of magazines.”

At college in London, Da Costa focused his education on modern languages and cultural studies.

an insight into the fashion world.”

Vogue Portugal, 10th Anniversary Celebration

Personal piece created for New Year’s Eve

“You leave a trace of yourself every time you draw,” the artist explained. “It is not a conscious thing that you do; but I think most artist will do that, which is wonderful. But you can feel quite drained after working back to back because you do literally leave yourself out there.”

Da Costa finds metallic garments the most difficult to reproduce in an illustration, but says “everything is kind of doable” given patience, ingenuity and strong technique.

“I work a lot from photographs,” he said. “Even as a child, I was always able to imagine an object in 3-D. If I was looking at a 2-D image, I could sort of see all the way around it and imagine it in my mind’s eye. So that has been very useful.”

Da Costa utilizes a variety of materials in his artwork, including watercolors, pencil and ink. It typically takes two or three days to execute a single illustration, although he usually is busy with multiple projects at any given time.


“I am lucky enough to have become friends with a lot of great, inspiring people that I work with.”

“Working with them was life-changing,” said De Costa. “The quality of my work grew so much ... people of that calibre somehow just know how to bring out the best in you.

Thom Browne, Spring/Summer 2018

“I care a lot about what I do. I am ambitious about career goals, but more than that, I’m ambitious about the work I want to create, the quality of it. And that puts you in a position where you are shooting to achieve wonderful, beautiful things on the page, even if sometimes you fall a little bit short of that.”

“It is almost like you are not doing it — you are a conduit for it,” he explained. “I know how that sounds, but it is true. It’s like a roller coaster. Sometimes you feel really great about (the work); sometimes you do not feel so great about it.

He says his strongest works often come when he allows instinct to override conscious process.

“It does not matter if I draw something in pencil, ink or acrylic paint because your style is not in the material (you use). It is an attitude. It is something you leave on the page. So I think that mosaic is a combination of the things I have been interested in, and those photographers are, definitely.”

“I suppose, in some ways, it comes out in an attitude. I have given talks to students, and I will be asked, ‘Oh, you have a style — how do I find a style?’ And I always say, ‘You do not have to worry about finding a style because you already have it. It is just who you are. It is a mosaic of everything you were interested in since you were a kid. That is your style.’

“I do not know if I am good enough to say that (photographic tradition) is reflected in my work, but I cannot help but be inspired by it,” said Da Costa.

Da Costa’s illustrations reflect a timeless grace that brings to mind the classic fashion and portrait photographs of artists like Richard Avedon, David Bailey and Lillian Bassman.

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Delpozo, Fall/Winter 2017–2018

“So if you are working for Vogue

“It is not really casting; it is just me drawing her,” he explained, “but my approach is quite deliberate to create the woman on the page in relation to the client and what the product is.

He says that, although the women are created from his imagination, he takes great care to “cast” the right model to represent a given product.

“A lot of people, when they meet me, they see me reflected in my work, even though I am a guy with a shaved head,” he noted. “It has a lot to do with the expression in the eyes, the drawing of the body language, the small gestures. I suppose as an artist, the greatest skill you can have is putting yourself on the page.”

Many admirers of Da Costa’s work assume the artist is a woman due to what he describes as a sensibility that can be interpreted as subtly feminine.


“But in today’s world, there’s also going to be an element of ‘digitalness’ to people’s work, especially when you’re working on other sides of the world. That’s a part of the process, and it will inevitably involve some kind of digital work on it.”

“In the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, there was a fashion illustrator (named) Antonio (Lopez). You could just feel the emotion of the lines on the page. He would do a movement. and everything that he was thinking was just left there for the viewer. And I think that is a very beautiful thing.

“I think (viewers) want to see where the hand has been on the page,” he said. “Somehow, they connect with that.

As media imagery becomes increasingly dependent on computer manipulation or full digital creation, Da Costa finds added value in plying traditional art techniques to illustrate a designer’s creation.


magazine, you would not cast the same girl, or draw the same girl, as you would if you were working for another magazine. You think about it all as a whole. That is how I tackle my creations. It is much like an artistic director or a photographer would.”

Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2018

“But I think there is this thing with writers and artists. It’s not just the thing you do, it is who you are as well. To separate the two would be quite odd. I feel like I have always been meant to be doing this.” 

“I did not think that would happen because I’ve always considered myself very British and also a city boy. Here, I am on a quiet road and have to journey to town. I did not think I would be that kind of person, but it fits me really well. Fashion and art can be quite about appearance and things. So it’s nice to dip into that and not have a full-on immersion into that world.

He says each time he returns to London, he feels slightly less connected to it.

“I have three dogs, so we do country walks every day. It is hard not to have (the environment) reflected in your work, in terms of the light, the colors and things. And that, in a weird way, takes it back to fashion because fashion is seasonal. And (in Portugal), we have clearly defined seasons so you can really see the differences.”

The environment affects his work in subtle ways, Da Costa explains, even though his subjects generally are not directly related to it.

“My parents are Portuguese, and we would always come here for holidays and vacations when I was a kid,” he said.

Da Costa is a Londoner from birth, but creates much of his work from his rural home on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal, where he has lived since 2015.


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A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the U.S., José Andrés is known for his inventive, avant-garde cuisine and award-winning group of 27 restaurants. He also has his Pepe Food Truck that travels throughout the country and Mexico City. Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” Andrés has received James Beard awards for best chefs in America (2003) and outstanding chef (2011), and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the foundation for 2018. Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, humanitarian, TV personality and the chefowner of ThinkFoodGroup. ThinkFoodGroup is an organization that aims to feed the many via innovation and education. Andrés is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues, and he is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. Changing the world with the power of food, he has teamed with World Kitchen Central to develop a model for feeding the hungry following disaster. Most recently, Andrés has worked to get people fed during Hurricane Maria and the wildfires in California. Here’s a snapshot of his creative genius and the extraordinary cuisine the world-renowned chef feeds his guests, from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.


Nestled away in a small, private room inside Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, é by Andrés offers a clever and creative tasting menu of innovative Spanish dishes. At an intimate counter that accommodates only nine diners, guests can reserve their spaces during the room’s two dinner seatings nightly. Reservations can be made up to three months in advance on Tock. The two-hour meal features 20-plus courses, with the gastronomic experience giving a nod to the chef ’s concept of cooking as a performance.

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The Philly cheesesteak is one of Andrés signature modern tapas. The chef recommends enjoying this unique dish as a stand-alone course, preferably at the end of your meal. You’ll thoroughly enjoy savoring the delicate air bread, which is filled with cheddar cheese espuma (foam or froth), and topped with carpaccio-style wagyu beef and caramelized onions.

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Inventive, whimsical tapas presented by Andrés is always a feast for the eyes, as it is for the palate — even when it comes in small sizes. Dill cream cheese and salmon roe make this cone a one-bite delight.

bagels & lox cone divine wind


Inside André’s futuristic swanky cocktail lab, the Divine Wind meets at the crossroads of science and art. It seemingly was created in homage to “Back to the Future” day, which was Oct. 21, 2015, and a corresponding ’80s theme of cocktails. The color-changing drink is made with shochu, a distilled liquor that is very popular in Japan; orange liqueur; butterfly pea; lime; and yuzu. It is garnished with a purple butterfly pea flower.

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Inside the “splashiest” restaurant at MGM National Harbor, guests arrive to eat seafood — and lots of it. Andrés pays tribute to the South with lobster jambalaya that serves two to four, and is prepared with Carolina gold rice and chicken andouille sausage. lobster jambalaya gazpacho

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Andrés’ wife, Patricia, is from Andalusia, a region in Spain known for sherry, hams … and gazpacho. Although she doesn’t like to cook as often as her famous husband, one thing she has perfected is this classic Spanish chilled tomato soup. Andrés claims it’s also one of the reasons he married her.


There’s no sight of pork from Spanish acornfed pigs in this burger because it’s completely vegan. A juicy thick-cut tomato delivers hearty flavor.


The richness typically provided by fat and cheese on a burger instead comes in the form of sliced avocado, which is optional; vegan mayonnaise that’s spiked with capers and herbs; plus pickled red onions that add an extra zing, all nicely stacked between an olive oil brioche bun.


Bites of savory goodness come on a crispy fried corn puff topped with caramelized onion and scrambled egg. This dish pays homage to chef Nacho Manzano from Asturias, Spain, who is a good friend of Andrés. 

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It was early morning inside Aria’s sunlit cafe, and before the server even could ask, Gaia Gaja said with Italian charm and conviction, “I know what I want — coffee.” The charismatic daughter of Angelo Gaja, the legendary, dynamic and inventive wine producer who propelled the Piemonte region of Italy into modernity, doesn’t come to Las Vegas very much. So on her recent visit, we sat with our orders of Greek yogurt and seasonal berries to talk about her family’s wines and their uncompromising quality. Clearly, her passion showed during several more cups of coffee. Dressed in a black pantsuit, fresh faced with striking slate-blue eyes against her dark hair, Gaja’s smile is engaging and radiant. She carries the torch of her family’s legacy, spending many months on the road doing tastings of their wines. The highly recognizable black-and-white-labeled bottles boldly printed in all caps with “GAJA” is one of them. These bottles hold the juice of estate-grown Barbaresco wines. These are exclusive, powerful, spellbinding and gaspingly pricey.


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The daughter of the empire created by her father has been ranked No. 12 in the world of the most powerful women in wine, according to The Drinks Business, an international online publication of wine professionals. Gaja closely follows such illustrious names as Philippine de Rothschild, owner of the celebrated Château Mouton, and Lalou Bize-Leroy, queen of Burgundy. What drives her forward is her commitment to making innovative, even unconventional choices in winemaking. Gaja grew up in Italy’s Barbaresco, a tiny village of approximately 600 residents. Her family was among many others that made wine in Barbaresco. “My parents have always been engaged by their job,” said Gaja. “I wanted to help them, and bring forward their project and dream of my grandfather. I started because of tradition and the love I have for my family. It was dear to them, and it becomes dear to you.” Like her family’s heritage, Gaja is passionate and fluent about viticulture, and she continually embraces the ways in which they, as wine producers, can adopt to the constantly evolving earth.

Among many things that top her concerns is climate change. The result has prompted adjustments in agricultural, winemaking practices and vineyard varieties. “There is a soul and personality in every piece of land,” said Gaja. “It doesn’t matter whether you plant Nebbiolo, chardonnay, carrots, cherries. It’s about trying to listen and transfer the originality into the wine. Otherwise, you’ll never be authentic.” As with the family’s Ca’ Marcanda estate in Bolgheri, Tuscany, Gaja talks about the direct result of global warming, which has promoted a change in grape variety in the Magari blend, as of the 2015 vintage. “This is the year we took merlot out of a blend because it’s an early ripening variety, and it wasn’t in line with what we wanted to make” said Gaja. “Late ripening varieties perform better here, so we decided to make a big move to make cabernet franc mainly, with 30 percent cabernet sauvignon and 30 percent petit verdot; for there is more freshness, drinkability and elegance.” Climate change also has promoted the move toward higher elevations. Gaja was excited to share her family’s most recent news – their entry into the Mount Etna region of Sicily in March. “We picked our grapes last week,” she said excitedly. “Nerello Mascalese and 1 hectare of carricante. We will understand how to go forward after the first year. Etna was the final decision after being so focused on this topic (of climate change). The higher you are, the more you can maintain acidity.” Gaja’s winemaking philosophy is vibrantly in tune with the terroir, the environment, the grape and all the living creatures that live on the land. “Working with nature is very beautiful. It’s listening to all forms of life,” she said. “You can take a plane and travel all over the world, and it’s amazing. Or, you can do another kind of traveling, and that is to stay on the piece of land forever and discover the universe on that land. And that’s a trip.” 


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By Carla J. Zvosec | photos courtesy Louis Vuitton

Remaining faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented the “Art of Travel,” the iconic fashion house introduces its exclusive Exotics Caravan. The private affairs, which takes place April 23 through May 7 at the retailer’s Las Vegas CityCenter location on the worldfamous Las Vegas Strip, will feature the luxury brand’s most extraordinary classic leather goods collection handcrafted at its workshops in France. This rare, unique selection of bright-colored exotics will showcase the natural details and high level of craftsmanship incorporated into the collection. These exceptional exotics are available in both plain and shaded versions, and come in a matte or polished finish. Their magnificent designs are highlighted through paintwork or embroidery. This presentation of Louis Vuitton classics will include the refined and elegantly designed Capucines; the City Steamer, which was inspired by the iconic steamer luggage; and Twist, a bag reimagined by French fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director of the house of Louis Vuitton, in reflection of the Trapeze clutch. In addition to having access to the exclusive collection, clients will be able to explore Louis Vuitton’s made-to-order crocodile program. They may choose from four iconic shapes — Alma, Capucines, City Steamer and Twist — and 21 colorways — three of which are new for spring — to create their own truly one-ofa-kind bag. 



“Color is a power, which directly influences the soul.” –Wassily Kandinsky


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By Scott and Elaine Harris


Valais is one of 26 cantons, or regions, of Switzerland that stretches along the Rhône River Valley. It is a culinary destination showcasing Michelin restaurants. Valais is also the largest wine-producing region, with 40 percent of the country’s production happening high in the Alps where 50 official grape varietals are grown across 5,000 hectares. We boarded a nonstop Edelweiss Air flight to Zurich. Nine hours later, our connecting train brought us to the Alpine town of Brig. We arrived at the four-star Hotel Ambassador, ready for a guided tour of Brig’s famous Stockalper Palace and a popular thermal resort. We stood in awe of this regal landmark, a tribute to Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper, who shaped the future of Brig through trading along the Simplon Pass and formed the infrastructure of the town. The recently updated Thermalbad Brigerbad thermal spa, along with its invigorating waters, offers views of Valais and the Bernese Alps. Rejuvenated, we set out for Sierre and headed to Kasperskian Caviar, a sturgeon caviar company that touts the motto “Caviar with Life.”




“Everything is made to help the fish with the excellent food, pure water and expert treatment,” said Frederic Cherpin, the company’s marketing and sales manager. After two days of Alpine adventure, we pulled into the four-star Hotel Chandolin Boutique. This ultramodern, sustainable hotel embellished with natural elements of wood, stone and sophisticated contemporary design captures this pastoral setting. Our room of luxe linens and high-tech lighting was the perfect combination. From train to bus, we next arrived at Saas-Fee where we checked into the five-star Hotel Ferienart Resort & Spa. The Ferienart is known for being a place of residence for the late singer George Michael while he filmed his video “Last Christmas.” Restaurant Swiss Chalet is tucked away just up the hill from the hotel. We took a seat inside the dining venue, and enjoyed traditional fare and Valais wine. We also met with renowned executive chef Holger Schultheis. “I have worked in very big kitchens and had very large staffs on numerous occasions. Now, at this point in my career, I wanted a small kitchen and work mostly alone with the menu changing daily. I am very happy here,” the chef said. We then arrived in Crans-Montana, a resort town known for its sporting events and that has a reputation for being a golf mecca due to its legendary 18-hole Severiano Ballesteros course. It’s also the home of chocolatier David Pasquiet. Honored as one of the premier Swiss Chocolate Masters, he has 35 varieties of Grand Cru tablets selected from the best sustainably sourced cocoa beans. With his French accent, Pasquiet exclaimed, “I was very humbled. In January 2013, I participated in the Swiss Chocolate Masters and won first place!” In Crans-Montana, Michelin stars shine bright and lead us to LeCrans Hotel & Spa, where the stately dining room of the LeMontBlanc restaurant revealed a panoramic view of the spectacular mountains. Chef Pierre Crepaud gave us an opportunity to discover as closely as possible the life, the rigor and the creativity of a brigade in the kitchen.

“I was 10 years old when I decided to become a cook. I thought of dishes by contemplating the mountains, climbing them, picking wild raspberry, mushrooms, pine buds, hazelnuts or chestnuts. “At LeMontBlanc, they have remained my greatest source of inspiration. Throughout the seasons, I like to create unusual vegetable associations to sublimate nature that inspired me on the steep paths of the Alpine mountains,” Crepaud said with passion. Autumn’s reflections feature “four different spaces” — air, water, earth and fire. The chef ’s favorite dish of wild turbot roasted in a saffron butter; artichokes and figs confit; Melissa’s potatoes; gnocchi; and a meat sauce was well executed. For a sweet finish, the LeMontBlanc signature dessert, a crunchy meringue-tufted dome with fresh blackberry, marrons glacés and Gruyère double cream, was assembled into an empire of taste and presentation. Our next evening, we visited Hostellerie du Pas de l’Ours where the gourmet restaurant L’Ours, which translates at “The Bear,” has earned a Michelin star and 18 points from Gault&Millau. At the helm is executive chef Franck Reynaud, who was chosen as Chef of the Year by Gault&Millau in 2018. Dishes reflect his Provençal roots, the rhythm of seasons with suckling lamb, sea bass and mushrooms atop venison enriched with fragrant white truffles of Alba. “I am a son and grandson of a pastry chef, hotel manager and restaurant owner,” Reynaud explained.“I spent a lot of time in the laboratories and the kitchens from a young age. As I got older, I spent a few years by the sides of great chefs that allowed me to perfect my skills.” On the final train ride to Zurich, where our Edelweiss Air flight would depart to bring us home, we realized Valais was engraved in our hearts, and it echoed through our minds as the countryside whirred past. We were forever changed by the beauty and synergy of a place that has learned to expertly weave hospitality and natural resources, giving way to memories that will be cherished for all time. 

Lac Grenon | ©Crans-Montana Tourism & Congress/Olivier Maire; Venison with local vegetables | courtesy of Scott and Elaine Harris; Les Vins du Valais | ©Crans-Montana Tourism & Congress/Michel Villars; Skiing | ©Crans-Montana Tourism & Congress/ Luciano Miglionico



By Scott and Elaine Harris

La Jolla

La Jolla is known as San Diego’s “Jewel by the Sea” and for good reason. There is a treasure trove of travel options available to all. With a bevy of recreational, shopping and superb dining options that are embraced by near picture-perfect surroundings, this is a place where stories are written, and dreams do come true.

captivated by evening cocktails at Cusp Dining & Drinks rooftop restaurant on the 11th floor, which features a seasonally inspired menu and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. P L AY

Pantai Inn speaks to exotic places and faraway mythical lands with its flowing fountains, Balinese bamboo fixtures and exotic artworks. The hotel offers a boutique collection of rooms, suites and cottages that suit every traveler’s needs and also includes a lavish complimentary breakfast, wireless internet access and parking.

A day out for an electric bike tour with San Diego Fly Rides is exhilarating. The tour affords riders the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea lions; effortlessly glide along gated multimillion-dollar luxury homes; and enjoy a look at a secluded beach that was the site of the first surfing craze. The final ascent to the top of Mount Soledad, the highest point in La Jolla, encapsulates a stunning 360-degree view of the area and is easy to get to with these electric wonders.

For those who crave high-tech amenities and easy access to nearby ocean activities, the Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton is the place for you. With only 108 guest rooms in the hotel, you’ll feel cozy in your spacious accommodations. You can keep hydrated at the Hiatus poolside lounge and

Why not transition from land to sea with La Jolla Kayak? The tour company specializes in guided kayak and snorkeling adventures that depart daily from La Jolla Shores. La Jolla is known for its seven sea caves, and paddling along the coast for a closer look at these natural wonders is a great way to go.




Near the beach in downtown La Jolla, you will find Girard and Prospect streets. This area is well-known for its exemplary mix of unique boutique shops and ultrahigh-end establishments. Enjoy strolling and window shopping, or make a special purchase. University Town Center, the largest ultimate resort shopping experience located in San Diego’s most affluent communities, is complete with upscale boutiques, artfully landscaped gardens and alfresco dining. E AT

La Jolla’s dining scene is a mix of long-established fine dining restaurants mixed with newer venues featuring everything from California Coastal to vegan. No matter your preferences, there is a dish for everyone to enjoy.

Chef Trey Foshee is at the helm of the historical George’s at the Cove. Foshee calls his food offerings California Modern; an ever-changing menu of creative, regional cuisine utilizing the area’s seasonally driven produce and proteins. George’s also features the lounge-style Level2 bar and rooftop Ocean Terrace. Lunch at the award-winning A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a must. Chef Jeff Jackson’s seasonally inspired menu captures the true essence of the local farmers, small growers, ranchers and fishermen who labor to produce some of the freshest, most delectable ingredients available. Go old-school local at The Marine Room. This dramatic onthe-surf location with its award-winning global cuisine has been wowing diners for more than 75 years. Here, executive chef Bernard Guillas’ expertise is enhanced only by the aweinspiring view of the ocean waves breaking against the wallto-ceiling windows just feet from your table.

Windansea Beach | courtesy of Myles McGuinness; Pantai Inn | courtesy of Pantai Inn; La Jolla shopping | courtesy of Joanne DiBona; Kayaking La Jolla Cove sea caves | courtesy of; Salmon tartare | courtesy of Scott and Elaine Harris

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By Leslie Frisbee

Home to Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart and Ernest Hemingway, Kansas City, Missouri, is steeped in history and culture. Renowned for its food and music scene, the fabric of the city was shaped by local legends such as Count Basie, Charlie “Bird” Parker, Arthur Bryant and Satchel Paige. However, this former railroad town is much more than just blues, barbecue and baseball. Said to have more fountains than Rome and more boulevards than Paris — hence its moniker, “Paris of the Plains” — Kansas City is one of America’s hidden gems. S TAY

Located in the heart of the city’s upscale shopping district, Country Club Plaza, The Fontaine is Kansas City’s premier luxury hotel with a perfect blend of cosmopolitan cool and Midwest sophistication. A favorite among Hollywood A-listers and entertainers, the boutique hotel features 132 guest rooms, and a 1,500-squarefoot presidential suite, spacious fitness center and rooftop swimming pool. With convenient access to some of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment, The Fontaine is ideal for both business and leisure travelers.


Best known for its famed barbecue, Kansas City has something to offer the most discerning palates. Parker at The Fontaine serves up an eclectic yet approachable cuisine. Cuisine with a conscience, the Farmhouse Restaurant in the River Market works with local farmers to reduce its carbon footprint. Its restaurant and scratch bar use all parts of the vegetables sourced from the farmers, offering several creative, seasonal vegetarian and vegan options. Not to miss: authentic Kansas City barbecue at the legendary Char Bar; late-night bites and specialty cocktails at The Monarch SHOP

Country Club Plaza, the city’s premier shopping and entertainment center, features more than 180 shops and dozens of fine dining establishments in an open-air setting. Enjoy live music in the Plaza’s charming courtyards during the annual concert series, May through September. Home to more than 400 local artists, the Crossroads Arts District is a diverse mixed-use community bustling with vibrant art galleries, restaurants, specialty boutiques and a world-class performing arts center.


Home of college basketball, Kansas City offers more games than anywhere else in the country, and it rolls out the red carpet each March for rabid sports fans. And no sports lover can make a trip here without taking in a Royals game. The 2015 World Series Champions home opener is March 29. Spring in Kansas City also marks the arrival of festival season. Celebrate the city’s rich cultural roots at The Brookside Art Annual, May 4-6. Known for its spirited atmosphere, it’s become a mustattend event for artists and art lovers alike. Film buffs won’t want to miss the Kansas City FilmFest, April 1115. Celebrating its 23rd year, it’s one of the most popular festivals in the country, with hundreds of filmmakers from around the world attending each year.

Renowned for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is the cultural jewel of Kansas City, featuring more than 30,000 pieces. Home to ballet, opera and symphony, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts also presents diverse entertainers and performances from around the world, plus Broadway productions. Take a tour of the J. Rieger & Co. Distillery founded in 1887; it was the largest mail-order whiskey house in the U.S. with more than 100 products. It’s also the first legal distillery in Kansas City to open (2014) since Prohibition. Not to miss: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; American Jazz Museum; live music at the iconic Green Lady Lounge

The Fontaine lobby | courtesy of The Fontaine; Kansas City Skyline East | courtesy of Jason Dailey; Green Lady Lounge | courtesy of Brian Paulette; Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts | courtesy of Mike Day


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Few cities in the world have the allure of New York. Something about it compels one to believe it is an actual living being unto itself.

The city is a vibrant mix of world influences interwoven with diverse cultures and unique landscapes. Composed of five boroughs— the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan — New York is a city of neighborhoods with a plethora of options for shopping, dining and sightseeing. S TAY 94

Since opening in 2013, The Quin has been lauded as one of New York City’s poshest hot spots. At the intersection of shopping, music and art, The Quin’s premier midtown location offers convenient access to some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Central Park is just around the corner, and Carnegie Hall, Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Fifth and Madison avenues are all within walking distance. The Quin’s impeccable attention to detail is evident throughout the property, including its 208 guest rooms and 28 suites. The sophisticated rooms combine timeless elegance with modern convenience and unparalleled services from a QA, who curates each guest’s New York experience. We also love The New York Edition (Flatiron District), The Ritz-Carlton (Central Park), The Carlyle (Upper East Side). SHOP

No trip to New York would be complete without a stroll down Fifth Avenue. Running north to south all through Manhattan, it is best known for its luxury boutiques, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and many more. Madison Avenue, from 57th to 79th streets, boasts the most expensive retail real estate in the world. With Barneys New York as its anchor, it is home to some of the most luxurious designer boutiques, including Chanel, Fred Leighton and Nirav Modi. Die-hard fashionistas will want to head to Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, which is a hot spot for designers showing during Fashion Week. Big names such as Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin and Alexander McQueen have set up shop in the neighborhood, making it one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city.


When it comes to the classic activities around midtown, a carriage ride through Central Park or the view from the Empire State Building is the perfect way to take in the sights of the city. Live music abounds in the city that never sleeps. Jazz at Lincoln Center plays host to some of the world’s greatest vocalists, such as Dianne Reeves, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Lizz Wright. Usher in the new week at The Carlyle for Sunday evening jazz at Bemelmans Bar, or swing through Café Carlyle where you can catch Woody Allen & The Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band through June 11. Carnegie Club Cocktail and Smoking Lounge harkens back to the days of Ol’ Blue Eyes with its Chairman of the Board tribute, “Sinatra Saturdays,” featuring Steven Maglio. A New York institution, the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village serves up stylish jazz and moody blues six nights a week. Don’t miss Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, MoMA and Carnegie Hall. E AT

After a brisk walk or run through Central Park, stop by Bouchon Bakery & Café at Columbus Circle for chef Thomas Keller’s scrumptious avocado toast or famous deviled eggs. A glass of rosé and a baby kale salad at BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman provides the perfect amount of sustenance for a day of power shopping. The eatery also makes for great people-watching. An afternoon perusing the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is made sweeter by a stop at The Modern. The Michelin-two-star-rated restaurant’s decadent Mont Blanc vanilla-chestnut glacé is just the right amount of pick-me-up to get you through until dinner. For a casual yet five-star dining experience, The Wayfarer on the corner of 57th Street and Sixth Avenue is a must. Executive chef Chris Shea’s seasonally changing menu takes a fresh approach to classic American fare, as well as innovative sushi selections. And the service is second to none. Other favorites: Marea (Central Park), The Elephant Bar at The NoMad Hotel (Madison Square Park), Eleven Madison Park (Flatiron District), The London NYC (midtown), Rainbow Room (Rockefeller Plaza)

Central Park; Carnegie Club; The Quin lobby | courtesy of The Quin; Appel Room | courtesy of Jazz at Lincoln Center


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By Leslie Frisbee

Considered one of the most lauded food and wine meccas in the world, Napa Valley boasts a bounty of renowned eateries, more than 500 wineries and a landscape blanketed with viticultural wonderment. And it all started when an American carpenter received a land grant from Mexico. In 1834, George C. Yount, an out-of-work fur trapper from North Carolina, made his way to Sonoma, California, which was a territory of Mexico at the time. Yount was hired by the Republic of Mexico’s Gen. Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo to build a cabin and gristmill, which earned the laborer a 11,887-acre land grant from the Mexican government. Yount became the first permanent Euro-American settler and the first person to plant grapes in the Valley. In the early 1850s, he developed a six-block area with a public square that he called Yountville. Today, Yountville is the ultimate destination for discerning palates. Home to some of the finest restaurants in the world, including chef Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, the city possesses more Michelin star-rated restaurants per capita than any other region in North America. However, there’s more to the city than just food. The 1.5-squaremile culinary candy land oozes charm. Dotted with vines, the cobblestone walking paths beckon visitors to explore all the town has to offer, including its award-winning vineyards.



It’s safe to say that success is as much a part of Carmen Policy’s DNA as his affable personality. The former San Francisco 49ers chief executive officer was an integral part of one of the NFL’s greatest dynasties. Under his tutelage, the team won five Super Bowls. Today, the attorney, philanthropist and hands-on vintner, along with his wife, Gail, oversees the operations of their 14-acre vineyard. Founders of Casa Piena winery, the Policy’s have been producing award-winning cabernets — lauded by the likes of Robert Parker — at their Yountville estate since 2006. Recently, CLASS was invited to visit with the couple at their vineyard. How did you go from building winning football teams to creating winning wines?


Part of our attraction to the wine country came while we were involved in the NFL in San Francisco. After we won Super Bowl XVIIII, we disappeared into Napa Valley for four days. I think that’s when we really fell in love with the area and said we’re going to have a piece of this. How did your upbringing in Youngstown, Ohio, influence your affinity for wine? A good part of our neighborhood were immigrants and firstgeneration Americans from Italy — everybody made wine. Everyone would come together and drive to where all the railroad cars came in, filled with grapes from the central valley … probably grapes the Gallos didn’t want. The old-timers would then make wine and store it in their basements. They would start tasting it in February or March, and right around Good Friday they’d think it was ready for release. Wine would even be served to the kids on Sunday after church with the meal. We never thought of wine as drinking; it was just part of the meal. The same way pasta was part of the meal. You have a spectacular garden with Meyer lemon trees. Any chance you’ll start making Limoncello? Gail is insisting no. She says, “There’s enough alcohol on this place the way it is.”

But the olive oil we produce, people love. Even if you don’t think it’s the most wonderful olive oil in the world, no olive oil costs more to make than ours. It costs so much to make, we’re embarrassed to sell it. Every now and then, we’ll tie it to a wine special, but it’s for people who love our wine. How did you come up with the name Casa Piena? We made the decision we weren’t going to put our name on the label. We wanted it to be all about the land and the lifestyle. So Gail asks how do you say “full house” in Italian? I say, “‘Casa’ something — why?” And she says, “... this house we are going to build is not only for family and friends — it’s going to be full all the time. If it sounds good in Italian, what if we call the wine Full House?” So I called my good friend Pino Spinosa. I say, “Pino, how do you say full house in Italian?” He says, “Casa Piena.” We fell in love with it. But we had to do more checking because, with our friend Pino, you don’t know if he’s talking dialect or pure Italian. His version of full house could mean house of bad women or house where the harlots live. But it checked out, and we went with Casa Piena. Talk about your philanthropy work. I have the privilege of being on the board of UCSF (University of California, San Francisco). It’s very fulfilling. I am not only giving back to the greater Bay Area, but to the world, because that is the mission of UCSF. It’s an honor to be connected with such an institution. We also support a variety of organizations in Napa Valley, including the Boys & Girls Clubs; that’s been fun to watch and help in a small way. And we are proud supporters of Auction Napa Valley. What is the best part about what you do as a vintner? In Napa Valley, you are part of some paradise that you’ve been admitted to, where you can enjoy all the best that God has created. The forbidden apple is only glitz; you don’t take a bite of that glitz because that spoils everything. You just have to keep it authentic. You’re living in God’s country.

Casa Piena vineyard Award-winning cabernet, Casa Piena Carmen and Gail Policy


Nestled in the heart of California’s Napa Valley, between the Vaca Range and Mayacamas Mountains, the quaint village of Yountville is within easy driving distance to some of the most notable resorts and wineries in the country. Famous for its cabernet sauvignon no trip to the region would be complete without a visit to Cliff Lede Vineyards. Situated on 60 acres of pristine land in the northern part of the Stags Leap District of the Valley, Cliff Lede is named after its proprietor. A successful businessman from Canada, Lede (pronounced Lay-dee) purchased the property in 2002, after falling in love with the terrain while on a business retreat. 100

Picturesque statues, fountains and lush gardens surround the winery, which embodies the values of great Old World winemaking — while celebrating the youth and verve of the New World. Art plays an important role in the Cliff Lede story. Drawing on grapes from estate vineyards, each block is named after famous rock-and-roll songs from albums such as The Who’s My Generation and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. The winery offers two wine brands. Cliff Lede brand features Bordeaux varietal wines from its Stags Leap District estate, and the grapes for the Poetry cabernet sauvignon are sourced from the steep terraces of the estate. The Veranda Table Tasting is the perfect way to experience the allure of the Valley. Enjoy current release wines from both Cliff Lede Vineyards and FEL Wines — named after Lede’s mother, Florence Elsie Lede — while overlooking the Stags Leap palisades, home to Cliff Lede’s Poetry Inn.

Modeled after a private villa, the ultra-exclusive inn opened in 2005. Each room features awe-inspiring views of the Valley, a wood-burning fireplace, private terrace, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Perched above the Silverado Trail overlooking the Valley floor, the inn was saved this past fall by the diligent and steadfast work of local firefighters when the Napa and Sonoma wildfires swept through the area. DARIOUSH WINERY

Just down from Cliff Lede on the Silverado Trail is Darioush Winery. A true “American dream” story, the eponymous winery was founded in 1997 by Iranianborn Darioush Khaledi and his wife Shahpar. Inspired by old-world influences from the ancient city of Persepolis (located about an hour outside of Shiraz in Iran), the palatial building sits on 33 acres. Encouraged by his father’s winemaking efforts and the cultural history of winemaking in Shiraz, Khaledi set out to produce wines that celebrated his heritage. Specializing in shiraz, merlot and cabernet, with merlot being most prominent, the estate comprises 120 acres that span the Mount Veeder and Oak Knoll AVAs in southern Napa Valley. Like the winery itself, Khaledi’s wines are lush, complex and worthy of royalty. A must-see while visiting is the proprietor’s personal wine cellar. A fan of French wines, Khaledi’s collection is filled with first-growth Bordeaux wines, including a bottle of 1942 Chateau Lafite Rothschild — reportedly one of only two left in the world. 

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Benson and Lee Riseman have individual histories of business and philanthropic accomplishments. Together, they support shared and personal passions, including the Nevada Ballet Theatre, Vegas PBS and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts — where Benson proposed to Lee in 2016. Their philanthropic efforts also provide leadership, involvement and support to causes outside the Las Vegas area. The support we share for each other’s philanthropic interests reinforces our common bonds and encourages a deeper involvement in the community. We share the belief that philanthropy is more than the money you donate. It is the time and effort you put forth that bring personal fulfillment and make a positive difference. – Benson Riseman As Las Vegas continues to transform into a worldclass city, our community’s needs will continue to evolve as well. In addition to current outreach, new causes and opportunities will organically develop. We are actively involved now and will continue to seek out new ways to support the community in its future. – Lee Riseman


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By Shan Bates-Bundick

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, the luxury hotel group with deep sustainable practices and properties in exotically gorgeous locations around the world, will open Six Senses Spa Fiji in mid-April. Located on Malolo Island, surrounded by crystalline water and white sand beaches, the resort includes 24 private pool villas and four- to five-bedroom residences.


As with all Six Senses concepts, sustainability is at the heart of the entire resort, including “environmental performance, support for the preservation of natural and cultural heritage, and enhancing social and economic benefits to local communities.” Six Senses Spa is designed to resemble a tradition Fijian village, and it mixes themes of science and human awareness that Six Senses touts as “uniting a pioneering spirit with treatments that go beyond the ordinary.” Spa services are both high-tech and high-touch, and they’re crafted with the needs of the individual in mind. Skilled therapists provide treatments using native medicinal plants that are grown in the spa’s garden. “It is not only a science, but also an art that helps to raise human awareness; not only on the external surface, but also on a deeper level toward your inner soul,” said Deepak Rawat, Six Senses director of spa and wellness. A team of respected medical doctors — Dr. Mehmet Oz (overall health), Dr. Michael Breus (sleep) and Dr. Steven Gundry (nutrition) — came together with the Six Senses Spas team to create a menu of services. Each guest’s program is personalized and could include spa treatments, exercise, meditation and sleep enhancement. Six Senses Spa Fiji also boasts a yoga pavilion and an Alchemy Bar where guests can attend workshops to learn to blend custom elixirs and cures to enhance the good life.



Nestled amongst desert mountains less than 10 miles from the Coachella Valley in Indio, California, and Indian Wells Tennis Garden in La Quinta, California, La Quinta Resort & Club caters to weekend getaways. Opened in 1926 as a luxury getaway, the Waldorf Astoria resort boasts a wellness experience enhanced by the area’s glorious weather. Spa La Quinta’s Sun Worshipper menu takes advantage of its stunning desert locale, and those seeking rest and rejuvenation can retreat to the spa’s private relaxation area or sip on champagne during express treatments.


The storied five-star Berkshires resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, recently announced a multimillion dollar renovation and will unveil its new spa — The Retreat — in April. The Retreat will offer bespoke experiences, including four treatment rooms, a water suite, sauna and eucalyptus steam rooms, relaxation lounge and mediation garden.


In addition to completely transforming the spa, upgrades will be made to Blantyre Hotel Resort Spa’s common spaces and suites, and plans are in place to create a culinary destination.


By Bobbie Katz When it comes to hair, there is probably no one more at the forefront of color and style than award-winning celebrity hairstylist, colorist and innovator Michael Boychuck, who owns the exclusive Color Salon by Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Boychuck will brighten up 2018 with his new “Enjoy Color” line, a palette of bright, revolutionary shades that can go from dark, to light, to transparent in three minutes. It is being produced by a South Korean company and debuts in July.


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Christian Louboutin Sheer Voile Loubiminette moisturizes your lips and delivers a luminous high-shine finish in a perfect shade of pink that is perfect for spring.


Frédéric Malle’s Portrait of a Lady eau de parfum is a floral Oriental fragrance inspired by the sensuous beauty of a woman.


Intensive Infusion ultra-rich moisturizer features a blend of high-performance active formulas designed to nourish your complexion, helping to restore your skin’s luminosity and vitality.


Made with natural bamboo fibers offering superior antibacterial properties, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Monday to Sunday Bamboo Muslins gently remove makeup while stimulating circulation.


Oribe’s “Dry Collection” comes with two products that are designed to give you picture-perfect strands fast. Available at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas.


Paris Hair Nail Couture trio is perfect for matching with evening outfits or to add a touch of glamour to everyday looks. This shimmering trio dries to a high-shine, streak-free finish.


March 12 | Lake Norman, North Carolina A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the home will be donated by the Reggie White Foundation for sleep education.


March 15 | London Grandi Cru d’Italia Comprising big-name wines, including Antinori, Frescobaldi, Masciarelli and Caprai auctions | sale number: 16009



March 31 | 10 a.m. HKT | Hong Kong An Extraordinary Collection Sold to Benefit Charitable Causes All net sale proceeds will be donated to improve health and education conditions of children and young adults in rural China, mainly through the efforts of Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Program, the major beneficiary of the sale. | sale number: HK0781


May 1 | Heritage Auction Featuring a rare Patek Philippe ultrarare platinum automatic with enamel dial for Tiffany & Co. Ref. No. 2526 | sale number: 5363


May 10-12 | Auburn Auction Park, Indiana Previously held under the Auctions America banner, the 2018 Auburn Spring sale is a haven for passionate motorheads providing an environment in which you can buy, sell and trade with confidence. | sale number: AS18

Vintage wine Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co. | photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions, Classic car





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By Marisa Finetti | photos courtesy


Perfect weather, like we have in Las Vegas, presents the optimum setting for a scenic culinary journey. One of the newest outdoor dining spots in the city is at Primrose inside Park MGM. Primrose’s terrace is an invitation to a relaxing and romantic south-of-France-inspired ambience. With potted lavender plants and other fragrant culinary herbs gracing the patio, and aromas wafting from the kitchen’s open-fire grill, guests virtually are transported to Provence’s sun-swept countryside. The restaurant’s garden features a range of herbs and ingredients from which award-winning cocktail program manager Emily Yett draws inspiration for her fresh, innovative libations. While enjoying the outdoors at Primrose, indulge in some of the restaurant’s highlights from the grill, such as king salmon, filet mignon, Cornish hen and Mediterranean sea bass. A classic dish for the outdoors, which complements any table fare, is the ratatouille that includes eggplant, tomato, zucchini, smoked paprika, basil and herbs de Provence.


Herringbone Las Vegas inside Aria resort offers a lush, airy patio where guests are swept away to a whimsical oasis that provides the ideal backdrop for a spirited outdoor meal. Inspired by trips to the shore, the gorgeous landscape brings the restaurant’s locally sourced ethos to life, perfectly complementing Herringbone’s “fish-meats-field” roots. HAWTHORN GRILL

The sound of waterfalls while unwinding outdoors on the patio of Hawthorn Grill at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is the perfect recharge to get through the day. With a balance of crave-worthy steakhouse fare and American classics, alongside an extensive wine and cocktail program, the restaurant features a new lunch menu available six days a week that’s full of seasonal flavors. AMERICANA LAS VEGAS

Nestled on the relaxing Desert Shores waterfront, Americana Las Vegas — named by Gayot as one of the top-10 best new restaurants in the U.S. — offers elegant outdoor fine dining options for an afternoon lunch or soiree. Guests can enjoy flavors from around the world fused together for a twist on modern American cuisine.


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For e Yo u r C o n s i d e rati o n BEST IN CLASS | GOLF COURSES

By Brian Sodoma | photos courtesy BEAR’S BEST LAS VEGAS

There are about 50 golf courses in the Las Vegas Valley. Many are great, but a handful offer bucketlist-worthy experiences. In the northwest, you’ll find one that plays like a Jack Nicklaus’ greatest hits album. Bear’s Best Las Vegas replicates many of Nicklaus’ best holes in his 250-plus worldwide portfolio of course designs. For example, unique black sand gives a nod to courses in Montana and Colorado; other holes replicate those from celebrated courses like Castle Pines, PGA West, the Desert Mountain courses and his Cabo del Sol Ocean Course. Bear’s Best also is known to have one of the toughest 18th holes in the business. Plenty others offer tight fairways and undulating greens that challenge even the most experienced pros. Isolated desert and the Las Vegas Strip provide scenic views in the back nine. The course also has a 75,000-square-foot practice facility with a grass range and two 10,000-squarefoot putting greens. It may not get the attention of TPC Las Vegas or others like the now-shuttered Wynn Las Vegas course, but Bear’s Best is known for being meticulously maintained year-round and has offered many memorable rounds to players since 2001.


Bear’s Best Las Vegas Cascata TPC Las Vegas


Opened in 1989, this Tom Fazio design still attracts golf enthusiasts from around the world, ranking in the top 20 of Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list for 2016-17. With pristine waterfalls, creeks and gardens all set against a serene mountain backdrop, the private course is open to guests of any MGM International resort. C A S C ATA

Bucket-listers say this one is well worth the 22-mile trek from the Strip. Cascata doesn’t shy away from its rugged desert environment; instead, the terrain weaves kindly into its design, complete with crisp greens and great views of the Valley. It’s also known for its 800foot elevation change throughout and worldclass 37,000-square-foot Tuscan clubhouse. TPC LAS VEGAS

Red Rock Canyon views from the back nine keep this tournament course a delight yearround. The Raymond Floyd-designed firstclass experience has what some say are the fastest greens in the city. It also has the richest tournament history of any course in Las Vegas, with players like Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Hale Irwin having graced its turf. ANTHEM COUNTRY CLUB

A private offering, Anthem recently opened to limited nonmember play. It rests against the Black Mountain range, has six lakes, canyons and waterfalls, and offers some of the most breathtaking panoramic Las Vegas and mountain views the city has to offer. Understated in some ways, but a true championship course experience tucked away in the southern edge of the Valley.


Seventh - In n in g S t r e tch BEST IN CLASS | SPORTS BARS

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Long synonymous with games of all kinds, Dave & Buster’s opened its first and only Nevada location in August 2016. Residing within the swank Downtown Summerlin complex, the 33,000-square-foot Las Vegas location is a top-rated immersive entertainment experience. The adult-focused — those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a guardian of at least 25 years of age — state-of-the-art arcade and game-viewing haven has everything you could want in a sports bar, including a vast selection of tasty eats and libations. Perfectly encapsulating the company’s motto “Eat, Drink, Play, Watch,” Dave & Buster’s Las Vegas features 30 high-definition television sets and a 660-inch projector. And, with two dining lounges and a main bar, you’ll be able to eat, drink and always have great access to a TV. You also can feel good about dropping some coin for gaming tickets at Dave & Buster’s. It’s been a longtime supporter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of America. So get your March Madness on, catch opening day baseball — this year’s is the earliest in history at any traditional Major League ballpark — or take in nearly any other sporting event you desire. Dave & Buster’s wants to be Vegas’ go-to destination for all things sports and gaming.

L A G A S S E ’ S S TA D I U M

Emeril Lagasse has been a driving force in the Las Vegas culinary scene for more than two decades, so it’s no surprise that this longtime New Orleans Saints fanatic tossed his hat into the world of sports bars. Located inside The Palazzo, Lagasse’s Stadium features stadium seating, high-quality cuisine and private luxury boxes that all make for a stellar sports bar experience. TA G S P O RT S B A R

When The Linq hotel-casino surged onto the Las Vegas Strip landscape, it did more than change the city’s skyline — it upped the party game as well. Tag Sports Bar is a jewel in The Linq’s crown. A serious upgrade to the standard sports bar, Tag features hundreds of beers, an upscale menu, interactive gaming and 43 TVs worth of 24/7 sports. TA P S P O RT S B A R

Not to be confused with Tag, Tap Sports Bar is a chic, well-appointed yet chill sports bar located at the MGM Grand. Known for its extensive collection of sports memorabilia and for hitting it out of the ballpark on traditional sports bar grub, Tap’s proximity to T-Mobile Arena also makes it the perfect Golden Knights pre- and postgame stop.


Dave & Buster’s Lagasse’s Stadium courtesy of The Palazzo Las Vegas Tag Sports Bar Tap Sports Bar courtesy of MGM Resorts

A Fa r e ( s) t o R e me mb e r BEST IN CLASS | FOOD & WINE EVENTS

By Scott and Elaine Harris | photos courtesy VEGAS UNCORK’D

This year’s Vegas Uncork’d, May 10-13, marks the 12th year for the annual event, and it just keeps getting better. Throughout the years, it has become one of the premier culinary and wine happenings in the country. On the Strip and downtown, Las Vegas’ celebrity chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Savoy, Lorena Garcia, Nobu Matsuhisa, Masaharu Morimoto, Buddy Valastro and Michael Mina show off their skills to thousands of attendees. During the multivenue event, guests can enjoy a Hell’s Kitchen VIP experience with Ramsay; coffee and cake at De Laurentiis’ newly open Pronto; a private-selection bourbon dinner featuring Pappy Van Winkle at Old Homestead; and the ultimate steak and eggs breakfast at Cut by Wolfgang Puck, and much more.


There even will be a sunset clam bake with clams, lobster, shrimp and other delights from the sea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Boulevard Pool. The Grand Tasting, the signature event held poolside inside the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace, will feature more than 50 renowned chefs, and over 110 world-class wines and spirits. An event to suit everyone’s taste, get ready to indulge in the world’s best in culinary and wine under the neon lights of the famed Las Vegas Strip — and — beyond.

U N LV I N O 2 0 1 8

Now in its 44th year, guests can “take a sip for scholarship” at UNLVino for one night only, April 14, at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park. It will include a vast selection of wines, spirits, champagne, sake, craft beers, and award-winning chefs and restaurants. L A S V E G A S E P I C U R E A N A F FA I R

The Las Vegas Epicurean Affair returns to a new venue this May, dates TBD, and, as always, is sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association. The annual gourmet evening of indulgence will feature nearly 80 of the finest restaurants and nightclubs from around the city, along with a premier selection of libations.

Vegas Uncork’d UNLVino 2018 The Nth 2018 Ultimate Whisky Experience


T H E N T H 2 0 1 8 U LT I M A T E W H I S K Y E X P E R I E N C E

A truly unique luxury whisky tasting event offering a once in a lifetime opportunity, The Nth 2018 Ultimate Whisky Experience takes place at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, April 4-7. Guests may indulge in premium brands, fine rare whiskies. cigars and epicurean delights. Various packages, a Joël Robuchon cognac dinner and master classes are offered. W I N E S P E C TAT O R ’ S G R A N D T O U R

Enjoy an evening of exceptional wines from the world’s best wine-growing regions at Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour. All wines have been rated 90-plus points by Wine Spectator’s editorial staff. Taste more than 200 wines, meet the winemakers, enjoy a delicious buffet and take home a souvenir Riedel glass at The Mirage on May 5.


By Carla J. Zvosec | photos courtesy


Juicing is about achieving balance and well-being in your life, and maintaining a strong, healthy body. That’s why Pressed Juicery founders Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores and Hayden Slater — who personally have experienced the powerful health benefits of cold-pressed juice — decided to create their own juice bar in 2010. With the goal of bringing delectable, top-quality, nutrient-rich juice to others to improve their lives, the trio focused their efforts on four basic principles: make it taste great; make it simple; make it affordable; make it for everyone.


Although they started small with a meager storefront in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood, they’ve strived to help more and more people along their journey. Considering themselves pioneers in the advocacy of minimally processed foods, the three pride themselves on the great care and consideration they put into choosing what goes into their products. Their choices are based on clinical studies conducted by David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and their own medical and nutrition advisory board’s research. Not only does Pressed Juicery uphold high standards when it comes to what goes into its products, it also makes food safety its top priority. It uses a high-pressure process to deliver only the best quality in nutrient-rich, flavorful juice.



Co-founded by health-conscious, food-savvy Las Vegans Jamie Stephenson Goguen and Marcella Williams — who witnessed the positive effects that came from the fresh, raw, cold-pressed juices they were creating and serving from their own kitchens — The Juice Standard was born from the desire to help many others get clean from the inside out. And it’s all based around the honeybee. PRESSED FOR JUICE

Always using 100-percent raw, organic and locally sourced (whenever possible) ingredients that maximize various targeted health benefits, Pressed for Juice’s recipes make each of its fresh, cold-pressed juices truly one of a kind. The juice bar also offers three levels of cleanses — Virgin, Amateur and Pro — plus a knowledgeable staff that can address questions and help customize your own cleanse. CARPÉ DIEM JUICE CO.

Serving pure, wholesome juices that are cold-pressed, raw, all-natural, organic, unpasteurized and not put through the high-pressure process that some believe substantially lowers nutritional content, Carpé Diem handles the production of its juices from start to finish. And it takes extra care in making certain its facility’s cleanliness is upheld to ensure the safety of its products.


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Presented by Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty, the magnificent Laguna Pointe Mediterranean-style custom estate is located in the guard-gated Mountain Trails village within the scenic master-planned community of Summerlin. Designed by renowned architect Michael Knorr, this luxurious Las Vegas home provides five bedrooms — including a sophisticated master retreat that boasts an opulent, newly remodeled master bath with a dual fireplace — seven bathrooms, a basement and three-car garage. The inviting two-story estate includes more than 9,100 square feet of indoor living space, with plentiful formal and family areas. Additional interior spaces include a basketball court, media and billiards room featuring a full wet bar, stateof- the-art theater room, temperature-controlled wine cellar and an office with built-in desks.

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By Carla J. Zvosec | photos courtesy



Upon passing through the stately wooden-and-iron door leading into the awe-inspiring courtyard, you’ll find yourself transported into a breathtaking desert oasis. To become fully immersed, follow the lit stone bridge into the awaiting paradise complete with meticulous landscaping, glistening swimming pool, soothing rock waterfall, rejuvenating Jacuzzi, builtin outdoor kitchen and stone fireplace. What a great place to entertain!

The striking chef’s kitchen has beautifully crafted custom cabinetry, every appliance you could hope for, a built-in breakfast nook and large walk-in pantry. The elegant openconcept formal living room features 25-foot coffered ceilings, large windows and exquisite inlaid hickory wood flooring.


Fo u r Peak s Ra n ch 1 2 2 0 WAT S O N D I V I D E R O A D SNOWMASS, COLORADO

Surrounded by 876 captivating, scenic acres with 15 miles of private trails, Four Peaks Ranch is the ultimate mountain sanctuary. Providing a spectacular landscape for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, fishing and more, this property is an outdoors lovers’ dream. The massive Craftsman-style ranch home is LEED certified and offers 18,000 square feet of living space with seven bedrooms and 11 baths. Its refined, rustic style, premium workmanship and numerous oversized windows with spectacular views are featured throughout, making this exquisitely grand estate a warm, comfortable and inviting retreat. And, with its spalike atmosphere complete with a massage room containing a chromotherapy tub, vitamin D-infused sauna and steam room; equipment-filled exercise room; plus a 20-by-60 indoor-outdoor saltwater pool featuring grottos, a waterfall and amazing view of the mountains, there’s really no reason to ever want to leave.

photos courtesy of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Bal i n e s e -S ty l e Estate 2955 EAST VALLEY ROAD MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA

Entrancing and alluring, this exquisite, modish Balinese-inspired estate offers the very best in indooroutdoor living. Snuggled between the mountains and ocean, its 8.24 acres of tropical appeal and breathtaking views will make you feel as though you’ve been swept away to nirvana. A highlight is the extraordinary basalt pebble infinity pool that carries the eye into the ocean beyond. In addition to the main home, the property includes a cabana, guesthouse, and an adjacent residence for staff or family. Meticulous workmanship is found throughout the three-bedroom, six-bath home. The great room’s wall finish painstakingly was handcrafted using a process replicated from Los Angeles’ Getty Museum.

L esl ie Fr i sbee EDITOR IN CHIEF

It’s been said the two greatest luxuries in life are time and health. Recently, having lost three family members in the span of two weeks, I couldn’t concur more with that statement. Last spring, I was one of four editors in North America invited by Tiffany & Co. to its Blue Book Collection release week in New York. While there, I had the opportunity to sit in on a very inspiring discussion about sustainability. The panel included Oscar award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon; Tiffany & Co. chairman and interim chief executive officer Mike Kowalski; Tiffany & Co. chief sustainability officer Anisa Kamadoli Costa; and elephants activist Dudu Douglas-Hamilton. Topics ranged from the rising demand for corporate responsibility, to the role of business and brands’ protection and preservation of wildlife, to the importance of women’s rights. “It’s important to leverage the power of celebrity, the power of business and the power of consumer to ignite change,” said Costa. …” Equally important is to leverage the power of media. That’s when I decided “Time’s Up.” I realized it was time to focus on creating something meaningful that aligns with my own core beliefs, rather than using my voice and platform to support people and organizations that do not possess these same values.


Welcome to CLASS, a global multimedia publication built on five pillars: Compassion, Living Consciously, Authenticity, Service and Solutions. Composed of a group of award-winning journalists and designers who all live, work and give back to our community, CLASS is dedicated to telling stories with a purpose. Collectively, we believe, what the world needs now — more than ever — is class.

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“As a mentor, I believe class is about sharing wisdom and imparting life skills for success; it’s teaching someone to fish.”

“It’s the giving by people who are more fortunate than others. It’s neighbor helping neighbor. It’s caregiver helping patient. That is luxury with a purpose.”

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“Creatively speaking, class is a masterpiece. Brushstrokes of compassion, gratitude and grace, followed by textures of honesty and humility, and finished with detailed wisps of wisdom. Our life experiences paint the canvas of class, and I think we are always striving toward the masterpiece.”

“To have class is to be elegant in mind and spirit. It’s to be conscious of others, to be engaged in the world, to appreciate the simple things, and embrace challenges and fears with grace and gratitude. The rest really falls into place.”


Besides being an acronym for the pillars of our company, to me, CLASS means not judging people by their looks, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, IQ, economic status or age. I became even more conscious of that while interviewing recording artist Jay Z. Driving to the Strip to meet him, I wondered how a middle-aged white woman who didn’t like rap and the biggest hip-hop artist in the world possibly would connect. I prayed we’d transcend the generation, culture and gender gaps. During our time together, I witnessed his razor-sharp wit. The real gift, though, was when the seemingly aloof, tough guy showed his authentic, sensitive self. He shared the pain he felt at 12 when his beloved pop abandoned the family and how, years later, he had the chance to forgive him before he died. Each day, we have the opportunity to show compassion, live consciously, be authentic, be of service and provide solutions in our communities, workplace and home. Every day, we can choose to live a life of CLASS.

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

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