February Love Issue 2015

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Winter Wonderland 42

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Secret SoirĂŠe 52

Social Hour


Behind the Scenes


Column: Kristin Armstrong


Inspiration Board


Love, Austin 58




Style Pick


Last Look

The Flower Dude 64 Glamorous Revival 70 Real Weddings 78



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Arts & Entertainment Calendar


Events Pick


Artist Spotlight


Dining Pick


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: illustration by kelti smith; nikisha and carl photo by kate lesueur; alex and sarah photo by wynn myers; britt maren photo by hyde park photography; the flower dude photo by wynn myers; glamorous revival photo by jessica pages.


Letter from the Staff


he annual Love Issue is always one of our favorites. As you know, we love our city, so we especially enjoy hearing stories about people falling in love in Austin. From what may be our best

“Real Weddings” section yet to “Winter Wonderland,” where five stylish couples spent the day at a theme park with us sharing their favorite local date night spots and wearing our picks for winter wardrobe staples, this edition of TRIBEZA is full of Austin love stories, but there is also

Left: Britt Maren (who is pic-

much more in these pages, like the feature “Secret Soiree.”

tured on the cover) in her stunning Monique Lhuillier gown.

Writer Jaime Netzer heads out (and even underground) to

Right: Gardner—TRIBEZA's

find the best unexpected spots to throw an epic party. Be

pick for where you should be

prepared to want to do some serious entertaining.

eating this month.

from the pages of Vogue, a Free People catalog or from opening a New York Fashion Week show for Alexander Wang. We are thrilled to feature her wedding to former model and head chef of The Heyward in Brooklyn, Derek Orrell on page 78, that was held in October at the Escondido Golf Club in Horseshoe Bay. The Orrells own a house in Hyde Park and split time between New York and Austin (Derek hopes to open a restaurant in Austin one day). Each Real Wedding featured inspired us with their unique sense of style—from Will Meredith and Natalie Kothe’s California cool nuptials to Anna Anami and Will Hardeman’s glamorous and multi-cultural celebration at the Driskill Hotel. We celebrated last month’s Interiors Issue with our fun and wildly popular second annual Interiors Tour and have an exciting 2015 line up of stories and events that we can’t wait to share with you. We hope this month’s edition inspires you to experience the city we all love in new ways! Our recommendation for the date spot you need to try right now? Gardner. Get all the details about this new East Side spot that is unlike anything else in the city right now in Karen Spezia’s Dining Pick on page 110.



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You may recognize this month’s cover star Britt Maren, a native Texan and internationally known model,

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Social Hour






Filson Party at By George


Fans of Filson headed to the By George Men’s Shop for live music by Dan Dyer and drinks and snacks by Lamberts BBQ. Guests were welcomed by a tricked out AEV Filson edition Brute Jeep and one lucky partygoer scored a Filson bag in the exciting giveaway of the night.





WORK Holiday Party

One of our favorite creative spaces, WORK, that houses Hoiden Supply Company, Golden Eagle Creative and Noah Marion Quality Goods hosted their first ever holiday party to end 2014. Guests enjoyed brews from the South Austin Brewery and lobster rolls from Dock & Roll. Proceeds from the evening were donated to Dress for Success, which Hoiden will be working with in 2015.

Filson: 1. Bryan Strom & Fabian Uribe 2. Jessica Nernst & Jasmin Jones 3. Manuel Navarro & Raul Baeza 4. Kathryn Meyer & Steven Allen Ridge 5. Lucas Ingram & Philip Nelson WORK: 6. Ashley Mosley 7. Helena Stergiou & Brent Brown 8. Alice Rabbit & Liz Davis 9. Selena McCartney & Evan Streusand 10. Daina Huntington & Andi Fogel


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The Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals ended 2014 with their annual fundraising bash, Skyfall, at Bambu Nightclub & Lounge. The live auction helped raise funds for the League’s scholarship fund.





Indie Chefs Week Dinner

Foodies gathered at Foreign & Domestic for the grand finale of Indie Chefs Week for a sold-out 15 course wine dinner. The week was created by Ned Elliott and Crystal Esquivel, who started the event to get people talking about what indie chefs are doing in the food world with the hope that the idea will spread out across the country to bring dedicated chefs together to cook, collaborate and inspire.

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Love Stories BY K R I STI N ARMSTRO NG I llu s tr ation by Joy G a ll agh er My longing for the love of my life has evolved over time.

My first marriage was not just falling in love; it was plummeting. It wasn’t just being struck by lightning; it was a freaking electrical storm. It wasn’t love at first sight as much as it was a total blinding eclipse. Our courtship wasn’t merely a whirlwind; it was a Category 5 hurricane. For as epic as our love story was, both its inception and its annihilation, our children will never have to wonder if I was in love with their father. I adored him. At 43, I’m too tired to fall in love like that again. For a while in my early single years post divorce, I wanted to meet a man and have more babies. Even though I already had three, I was so taken with them that I thought I wanted more. So I would date and rate each suitor on his potential to be a good father. I would size up his genetics, his finances, his family tree, his past and his potential. I also wanted to know if the man would be suitable for my own beloved children, so I analyzed everything he said and did and naturally everyone came up short under such scrutiny. Eventually my patience, and my biological clock, ran out. I thought it would be ideal to meet a man whose family was tragically lost at sea so he would be unencumbered yet experienced. Such a suitor did not present himself so I moved onto another dream, the perfectly blended family. In this phase I inserted every single daddy I dated into a mental family Christmas card. In this card, we would look at each other adoringly, and our combined beautiful array of children would make a panorama of harmony and bliss, and even the blended canine component would sit nicely and look at the camera. Nevermind that I couldn’t ever get my own unblended family to mind me for the annual Christmas card photo. The kids would cry, fight, or run off, I’d have a bad hair day or a pimple, and the dogs would gnaw the Santa hat or run off chasing the children. I wisely gave up and only attempt collage cards on Tiny Prints using random photos from my iPhone. I thought I wanted a partner to shoulder the parenting load with me. I thought I had so much mother love inside me that I had sufficient overflow

for his brood. I thought that we could merge our lives, our children’s lives, their sports and school schedules, our careers, our finances, our exes, our custody schedules, our travel plans, our holidays, our extended families, and our dreams. I thought we could combine all of our baggage and hit the road together. I thought I needed that man in order to raise my kids. But in the meantime, I was doing a damn good job of raising them. And now they are getting older, as in, I can see the light at the end of the proverbial parenting tunnel and in a few years my beloved chicks will leave my nest. This is both liberation and lament (definitely more lament). So my vision changes yet again. I’m not sure with only a few years left with my darlings that I would even want to blend our lives, divide my time and my energy, and shake up the good mojo we have going on over at Chez Armstrong. I would do it, but I am no longer looking for it. It would have to find me, and make itself abundantly known and undeniably compelling. So today, what do I want? I don’t want to fall in love so fast or so hard that I lose myself and get the bends. I don’t need anyone to “complete me.” I don’t need a man to pay my bills or raise my children. I don’t as much need a man, as I would like one. But my previously rigid requirements are very blurry now. I would hope my children love him, but I’m more concerned that I do. I want someone to make me laugh, travel with me, make adventures and mischief, someone smart enough to challenge me, strong enough to bolster me, and soft enough to undo me. I want a partner, not a plan. He doesn’t have to share my house, or I his, but I’d like to share a mutual version of already wonderful lives. We could be married or unmarried, blended or unblended—what’s important is no longer when, what or how, but whom. Late one night in Barcelona, my dear friend Ana summed up my heart quest better than I have ever been able to do it before or since. “Kiki, you need to meet un hombre imperfecto que te quiera en una manera perfecta.” An imperfect man who loves you in a perfect way. I will wait for that for as long as it takes.

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The Nichols p h otog r a p h er s


J and Jennifer Nichols love story is just as sweet as those of the many couples’ weddings they have captured over the years.

They met and fell in love while working at a summer camp for kids near Yosemite National Park (their oldest of two daughters just attended as a camper last summer). Both of them had a background in photography so they started hanging out and taking photos together. “We spent our first date taking long-exposure night photos, so we've been taking photos together since the very beginning,” Jennifer says. “We feel really fortunate that we've been able to build a business doing something that we love.” The sought after wedding photographer duo shoots about 30 weddings a year, and have captured everything from a beach wedding in Grand Cayman and nuptials in the mountains of British Columbia to a New York wedding in Central Park and a chic desert affair in West Texas. “Wedding photography has been the perfect fit for us. We get to work together, be creative, and document some really special moments in people's lives,” she says. “It’s a privilege that we don't take for granted.” l. smith ford

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9 Questions for the nichols How did you two get into photography? I was a Journalism major in college and was required to take a photography course. As soon as I developed my first photo in the darkroom, I was hooked and immediately changed my major to fine art photography. CJ became interested in photography when a family friend gave him a film camera in 6th grade. He studied photography in Philadelphia and San Francisco. How did you decide to move to Austin? We were living in a tiny town in the Sierra Nevada mountains when our oldest daughter was born. We wanted to be closer to our family in Texas, and Austin seemed like the perfect place to raise our kids. It's been such a great city for our family and our business. Austin has an awesome community of photographers that really supports each other, which we're thankful for. What are your different roles when shooting a wedding? Being a married photography team is a great dynamic for shooting weddings. I'll spend time with the girls getting ready and CJ will be with the guys, then we'll come together once the

The Nichols

been shooting weddings together for 8 years, and

West Texas desert and the California mountains.

have become a really efficient team. Weddings

We're a musical family and have a room at home

are fast-paced events and there's a lot of pressure

full of musical instruments. Maggie, our 10-year old,

to capture these fleeting moments, so it's really

plays piano, guitar, and drums. CJ and I both play

comforting to be able to rely on each other and

guitar, bass, and drums, and we're hoping Georgia,

to be able to anticipate each other's next moves.

our 4-year old, will become our vocalist, then we can have a full-on family band!

You have shot so many weddings. What is usually your favorite moment in a wedding?

What are your three favorite date night spots in

The father/daughter dance always gets me, be-


cause I'll imagine CJ dancing with our daugh-

On the rare date night, we like to catch a movie at

ters one day. I always get teary eyed at wed-

The Alamo Drafthouse or grab some Mexican


food at Maudie's or Curras, then head over to

You work with a lot of creative brides. What are some of the most unique elements of a wedding you have seen brides do? At one of our favorite weddings out in the Hill Country, the bride and groom had tents brought in so that their friends and family could camp out together after the wedding. One of our couples commissioned a neon sign from CJ, who has been a neon glass bender for 12 years, that they used as the centerpiece of their ceremony site. It read ad vitam, in bright pink, which means "for life" in Latin. Now, they have the sign displayed in their home. At a recent wedding, the bride and groom had a barbershop available for any guests who wanted to drop by for a haircut or shave.

festivities get started.

What do you enjoy doing together when you aren’t shooting?

What do you love about working together?

We enjoy traveling with our daughters, especially

We've been married almost 11 years and have

heading out west. We love spending time in the

the Horseshoe Lounge to shoot pool and play the jukebox. When we go out with the kids, we grab pizza at Home Slice, then head over to Big Top candy store. And, I like to pop into Uncommon Objects to browse around and check out all their odds and ends. What is something most people don’t know about you? In California, we lived in what used to be a market back in the 1950's. The hand-painted letters were still on the front windows, and the weather was always so nice that we frequently had the front door propped open. Since we lived about 10 minutes from a lake resort, we'd often have people walk right in our door expecting a market. It happened so often that we eventually put a "closed" sign in our front window. We always joked about starting a business since we already had the customers!

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February Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music GUSTER

February 5, 7pm Stubb’s Outdoors THE ROCKETBOYS

February 6, 9pm Stubb’s Indoors COSTELLO


February 6-7, 8pm The Long Center


February 7, 7:30 Frank Erwin Center

February 14, 8pm ACL Live at Moody Theater FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS

February 17, 7:30pm The Long Center


February 19, 8pm Stubb’s Indoors


February 19, 8pm Paramount Theatre


February 20, 8pm Stateside at the Paramount DR. JOHN

February 21, 8pm Paramount Theatre





February 7, 8pm Emo’s Austin

February 11, 8pm ACL Live at Moody Theater STEVE AOKI

February 13, 8pm Austin Music Hall THE ASSOCIATION

February 14, 7pm One World Theatre



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February 21, 8:30pm Stubb’s Indoors February 22, 7pm Bass Concert Hall


February 26, 8pm The Parish


February 27, 8pm The Long Center


February 28, 8pm The Long Center


February 5, 7:30pm Marchesa Hall and Theatre


February 18–March 8 The Long Center JULIUS CAESAR

February 20, 8pm The City Theatre ONCE

February 24-March 1 Bass Concert Hall


February 6, 8pm Marchesa Hall and Theatre TEXAS UNION FILM FESTIVAL

February 26, 6pm Texas Union Theater ARRANGED

February 26, 7:30pm Marchesa Hall and Theatre


February 5-14 The City Austin Theatre


February 6-7 Bass Concert Hall


February 4-7 Cap City Comedy ADAM DEVINE

February 10, 8pm Paramount Theatre BILL MAHER

February 15, 8pm ACL Live at Moody Theater BRIAN POSEHN

February 19-21 Cap City Comedy LISA LAMPANELLI

February 20, 8pm Paramount Theatre DAVE ATTELL

February 27-28 Cap City Comedy


February 14, 3pm Zach Scott Theatre


Chil dre n kids hip hop workshop

February 4-March 14

Ballet Austin Butler Dance Education Center THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

February 27–April 25 Zach Theatre PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Through March 1 Zach Theatre


February 12-15 B. Iden Payne Theater Ballet Austin: Belle Redux

February 13–15 The Long Center


February 7, 6pm Bullock Museum

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February 14 Four Seasons Austin


February 20 & 21 Julian Gold


February 21 JW Marriott Austin

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Yun and Yang, featuring JeongChoon Yun Artist Reception, 6pm Through February 28 FEBRUARY 7 WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY

Patrick Puckett Opening Reception, 6pm Through February 28

event pick

Five x Seven


ickets are going quickly for The Contemporary Austin’s most celebrated fundraiser of the year, Five x Seven. This year, on February 26, attendees will have the chance to bid on work from more than 300 artists who have donated original works of art (all measuring five by seven inches). Proceeds from the event support the exhibitions program at The Contemporary Austin, permitting the museum to share the latest talents of internationally acclaimed artists with the Austin community. Guests are advised to arrive at Brazos Hall promptly at 6:30pm to stake out their favorite pieces while enjoying cocktails by Tito’s Vodka and Independence Brewing Company and bites by TRACE and The Preserve Kitchen. Once a signal sounds at 8pm, guests must race to claim their art by being the first to retrieve a tag placed under the work. “The lively atmosphere and friendly competition of Five x Seven makes this one of my favorite benefits of the year,” says Elizabeth Stanley, 2015 Five x Seven Committee Chair. “The added bonus of raising much needed funds to help support The Contemporary’s mission of bringing world-renown artists to Austin makes the fun that much more meaningful.” Each piece ranges from $100 to $150 for museum members, and any remaining pieces can be purchased during the after-party, beginning at 8:30pm with live music, bites from El Naranjo, Ranch 616, Frank Hot Dogs, and sweets from Hey Cupcake. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/five-x-seven. t. mendoza


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Hannah Neal: Left Bank Closing Reception, 6pm FEBRUARY 28 DAVIS GALLERY

Orna Feinstein: Now and Zen Artist Talk & Closing Reception, 6pm


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland February 10 – July 6 Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird Through March 31 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties February 15 – May 10 La línea continua Through February 15 Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary Through June 14


Katherine Polk: In Her Place Through February 14 DAVIS GALLERY

Orna Feinstein: Zen & Now Through February 28 LORA REYNOLDS GALLERY

Tony de los Reyes: Border Theory Through March 7 Arlene Shechet: Blockbuster Through March 21 WOMEN AND THEIR WORK

Sara Frantz: Between Borderlands Through March 19 THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective Through April 19 JJ Peet: Brain to Hand to Object_ Through April 19


Contemporary Art Collection Through April 26 Changarrito Permanent Collection: 2012-2014 Through April 26 BULLOCK MUSEUM

La Belle: The Ship that Changed History Through May 17

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Friday, March 6 / 6-10pm Music by The Soul Supporters Media sponsor:

Blanton Museum of Art / The University of Texas at Austin / www.blantonmuseum.org

Curiouser and curiouser! Satisfy your curiosity at

Tom Sachs, Model One, 1999. Mixed media. 32 x 41 x 14 inches. Collection of Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons, New York. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio.

Also on view at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria:

Jan 24–April 19, 2015 JJ PEET: BRAIN to HAND to OBJECT_

Feb 14, 2015–March 4, 2016 John Grade: Canopy Tower

Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78701 thecontemporaryaustin.org

Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park / Laguna Gloria 3809 West 35th Street Austin, Texas 78703

On view through July 6, 2015 Harry Ransom Center 21st and Guadalupe Streets Free admission www.hrc.utexas.edu 512-471-8944

Tom Sachs Exhibition Support: Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, Nancy and Dr. Robert Magoon, The Moody Foundation, The Nightingale Code Foundation, Vision Fund Leaders and Contributors Museum Support: Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Bank of America, Oxford Commercial, Pedernales Cellars, Vinson & Elkins LLP This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

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Art Spaces


3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 thecontemporaryaustin.org THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN: JONES CENTER

artist spotlight

Carolyn Jane


ike the graceful curves of her renown calligraphy, Jane Fischer of Carolyn Jane’s path to becoming a chalk artist and expert hand letterer has been long and winding. She’s lent her talent for calligraphy, illustration, and chalk design to local businesses for years, and if you’ve walked into a Central Market store any time between 2006 and today, chances are you’re already familiar with her work. It was that exact gig that she credits as her big break into the business. “I've always loved lettering and drawing but it wasn't until that job did I realize it was something that I could make a career out of.” Fast forward to the present and Fischer has done just that. And while the San Antonio native has established herself as an Austin creative power force, she’s also earned national recognition from popular blogs such as Style Me Pretty and Refinery 29 for work that’s a little more personal—wedding invitations. “I am always so touched and honored whenever someone asks me to be a part of their wedding,” Fischer says. “Since the invitations are the first thing the guests see, I feel a unique responsibility to wow them and provide a little preview for the beautiful and memorable wedding to come.” She is currently working on a a line of wedding stationary templates that couples can purchase. To see more of her work, visit carolynjane.com t. mendoza


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700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 thecontemporaryaustin.org BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org


1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com ELISABET NEY MUSEUM

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org


1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver HARRY RANSOM CENTER

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org


419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org O. HENRY MUSEUM

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5 The THINKERY

1830 Simond Ave (512) 469 6200 Hours: T-Fri 10-5, Sa-Su 10-6 thinkeryaustin.org UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org

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Galleries Art on 5th

3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com ARTPOST:


4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com


1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com


5804 Lookout Mountain Dr. (512) 495 9363 By appt. only austingalleries.com AUSTIN ART GARAGE

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351 5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com AUSTIN ART SPACE GALLERY AND STUDIOS

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com BIG MEDIUM GALLERY AT BOLM

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 Temporarily closed bigmedium.org


916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 #101 (512) 939 6665

Hours: Tu-Sa 12-6 bigmedium.org CAPITAL FINE ART

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com


905 Congress Ave. at Nelsen Partners (512) 300 8217 Hours: W 5:30-8 co-labprojects.org


613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By event and appt only co-labprojects.org DAVIS GALLERY

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4000 Hours: M-Th 10-9, F 10-5:30, Sa 10-2 austintexas.gov/department/ dougherty-arts-center FAREWELL BOOKS

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 473 2665 Hours: M-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7 farewellbookstore.com FIRST ACCESS GALLERY

2324 South Lamar Blvd (512) 428 4782 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-7, Su 12-5 firstaccess.co/gallery


2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com GALLERY 702

702 San Antonio St. (737) 703 5632 Hours: Tu-Su 10-6 gallery702austin.com GALLERY BLACK LAGOON

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 galleryblacklagoon.com GALLERY SHOAL CREEK

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 galleryshoalcreek.com GRAYDUCK GALLERY

2213 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702 (512) 826 5334 Hours: Th -Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com JULIA C. BUTRIDGE GALLERY

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–2 austintexas.gov/department/ doughertygallery LA PEÑA

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org LORA REYNOLDS GALLERY

360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6 lorareynolds.com


1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com MASS GALLERY

507 Calles St. (512) 535 4946 Hours: F 5-8, Sa-Su 12-5 massgallery.org MONDO GALLERY

4115 Guadalupe St. (512) 296 2439 Hours: Tu-Sa 12- 6 mondotees.com


702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org ROI JAMES

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only roijames.com RUSSELL COLLECTION FINE ART

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com SPACE 12

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

(512) 236 1333 studiotenarts.com TINY PARK GALLERY

1101 Navasota St. #2 (512) 809 3242 Hours: Sa 12-5 and by appt.


314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5 fbartgallery.com


502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By appointment only fluentcollab.org


214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 insightgallery.com


2300 Trinity St. (512) 232 2348 Hours: Tu–F 10–5, Sa 12-5 utvac.org



209 S. Llano (830) 997 0073 Hours: M-F 9:30-5, Sa 10-5 larryjacksonantiques.com

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com


1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org YARD DOG

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com

208 E. San Antonio St. (830) 990 1727 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 agavegallery.com



230 E. Main St. (830) 992 3234 Hours: M 8-6, W-F 8-6, Sa 8-9, Su 8-5 vaudeville-living.com

425 E. Main St. (830) 990 8151 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 whistlepik.com

Fredericksburg AGAVE GALLERY



1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com


1011 West Lynn Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5

(830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3 artisansatrockyhill.com

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DIY with Bird Dog W edding While DIY and rustic looks have ruled wedding décor for the past few seasons, expect something bolder this year. “We’re going to see something a little more pulled together and elevated, kind of elegant but with a playful twist,” says Sarah Reichardt, florist for Bird Dog Wedding. Here she shares some tips for creating the perfect wedding centerpieces: • "I usually do two or three larger and more expensive blooms and then go in with three or four other less expensive but still beautiful flowers. It depends on the budget and the look.” • "I love doing centerpieces in little urns that are lifted off the table a bit. It creates a really beautiful shape for the florals to go in. I’ve always loved using garden roses. They’re super romantic and classic and timeless and we can make them work for any wedding.” • "Ranunculus are really easy to work with and they’re really fun and playful. A lot of people really love them right now, and they’re not too expensive either.”

Custom Wedding Illustr ations from Kelti Smith After studying art at UT Austin and Parsons The New School for Design, Kelti Smith turned her fashion sketching and illustration experience toward a new challenge in 2012. “A friend of mine was getting married and she and her husband were really obsessed with Brazilian folk art,” Smith says. “I made a portrait for them as a wedding gift and that’s kind of where this type of drawing for weddings started.” Working in pen and ink and colored pencil, Smith utilizes photos and details about a couple to capture their essence. “I’m very drawn to how people express themselves with fashion. I really try to pay attention to their individual style so that it feels authentic.” For more information, find @keltismith on Instagram.

• "You want centerpieces to be beautiful and still be functional. And you want your guests to be able to talk to the people across the table.”For more information, visit birddogwedding.com


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bird dog photo by leah overstreet

A Ne w V enu e for the Modernist B ride When Erich and Kathryn Oswald were getting ready to get married in 2011, they didn’t quite know how much their wedding would change their lives. “What started as a casual conversation about modern design and wedding venues started becoming more serious,” Erich says. Noticing a lack of hill country venues with sleek modern sensibilities,

I nstagrammer O f T he M onth : Geoff Duncan

the native Texans (Erich is from Austin, Kathryn from Houston) de-

On a trip to Ethiopia in 2008 Geoff Duncan stumbled on his true

6,000 square-foot wedding and event venue on 20 acres in Dripping

passion. “I had bought a camera on Craigslist and while I was there

Springs. “We’re very happy with the design,” Erich says. “It really fits

I got hooked pretty instantly; I wasn’t able to put the camera down,”

the setting, and frames this beautiful long distance view.” While the

he says. While finishing his business degree at the University of Ar-

space officially opens June 1, bookings and tours are available now. For

kansas, Duncan started shooting street scenes, concerts, and weddings. “I like the challenge and the fast pace,” he says. Currently shooting about 25 weddings a year, Duncan’s unique eye has attracted admirers—some 22,600 follow him on Instagram. “When my numbers got up I kind of felt like I had to deliver what my followers were expecting, like sunsets, silhouettes, something unique about the city, epic skylines, and I found over time that it’s been a lot more satisfying to just post whatever I want.” We like it. For more information, visit geodun.com and @geoffduncan on Instagram

Say Chees e At first glance it might look like a classic multi-tier wedding cake, but on further inspection there’s something different. “You have to double-take to say, oh, that’s cheese?” Kendall Antonelli says. Drawing from a more European tradition of offering cheese as a dessert course, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop has unveiled custom cheese wheel cakes. Available in different sizes and flavor combinations, these creations offer a savory twist on the classic cake. Before opening Antonelli’s five years ago, Kendall and her husband John gave a guided cheese tasting for a couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. “From that moment on what was really cool was that we could be included in such momentous occasions for people,” Kendall says. For more information, visit antonellischeese.com prospect house images courtesy of Corey Beaulieu for Prospect House

cided to relocate from Brooklyn and create their own. Working with architect Max Levy, the Oswalds embarked on Prospect House, a

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F i v e co u p l e s s h o w t h e h i s a n d h e r way t o w e a r o u r fav o r i t e w i n t e r wa r d r o b e s ta p l e s . Lauren Martin and Jason Gonzales take a stroll through the batting cage.


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lauren martin + jasoN gonzales

The Leather Jacket—Jason and Lauren met when he hired her to be a cocktail waitress in the bar he managed downtown. Three months after they started dating, the couple founded their start-up Phox Charge together. After a long day, they head to Parkside for dinner and Garage Bar for a cocktail.

l a u r e n : to p b y ap i e c e apa r t, $ 2 2 1 , s k i r t b y r h o i , $ 2 7 1 , b ot h ava i labl e at k i c k pl e at; jac k e t b y v e da , $ 8 5 0 , ava i labl e at b y g e o r g e ; n e c k lac e b y g r o w i n g , $ 1 2 5 , ava i labl e at g r o w i n gj e w e l r y.c o m . j a s o n : jac k e t, $ 1 ,4 9 5 , s h i r t, $ 1 8 5 , b ot h ava i labl e at b i lly r e i d ; j e a n s a n d s h o e s , ja s o n ’ s o w n .


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alex roka + SaRah stuchbery

The Denim Jacket—This stylish pair found love at work when they were both at GSD&M where Sarah is a new business manager (Alex has since joined Preacher as an Art Director). Elizabeth Street Cafe is their go-to date spot. She says: “Being creative folk, you can’t beat the combo of gorgeous branding along with amazing food, atmosphere, coffee, cocktails and hello—macaroons!”

a l e x : jac k e t b y k ap i tal , $ 3 0 3 , ava i labl e at b y g e o r g e ; t- s h i r t b y s av e k h a k i , $ 7 5 , s hi rt by ca rt er , $ 2 2 5 , pa n ts by RR L , $ 1 8 5 , s h o es by n ew bala n c e, $ 7 8 , all ava i labl e at s tag. s a r a h : s h i r t b y b i lly r e i d, $ 2 2 5 ; jac k e t b y R 1 3 , $ 5 9 5 , pa n t s b y j o n at h a n s i h m k a , $ 3 8 5 , all ava i labl e at b y g e o r g e ; s h o e s b y r ac h e l co m e y, $ 2 7 8 , n e c k lac e by s a m m a , $ 2 9 8 , h at b y cly d e, $ 3 0 5 , all ava i labl e at k i c k pl e at.

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MATT FAJKus + ERICa raE The Blazer—Matt, the principal architect of his own firm MF Architecture and a professor at UT, and Erica Rae, a master stylist at ROAR Salon, met at a Fusebox event at the State Theater. Now, dating for six months, you can usually find the couple running together on the trail or catching a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse.

e r i c a : bla z e r b y b i lly r e i d, $ 3 4 9 ; t- s h i r t b y f r a m e , $ 9 4 , s k i r t b y g i v e n c h y, $ 1 , 3 9 0 , s h o e s b y c h lo e , $ 8 2 5 , all ava i lb e at b y g e o r g e . m at t: bla z e r b y c o r e c o ll e ct i o n , $ 3 4 8 , j e a n s b y RR L , $ 3 0 0 , b o t h ava i labl e at s tag ; s h i r t a n d s h o e s , m att ’ s o w n .


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The Chambray Shirt—Five years ago, Duane’s band was playing a show in Dallas, and Abbi was working behind the bar. They met and have been inseparable ever since. Now, they have a two-year old daughter,

d u a n e : S h i r t b y C a r t e r , $ 2 2 5 , s w e at e r b y g r e y e r s , $ 1 2 0 , Pa n t s b y RR L , $ 1 8 5 , all ava i labl e at s tag ; coat, $ 5 9 5 , p o c k e t s q ua r e , $ 6 8 , b ot h ava i labl e at b i lly r e i d.

Estella Maple, and their own line of kimchi (Oh Kimchi). Their most

a b b i : s h i r t b y r ac h e l c o m e y, $ 2 8 7, jac k e t b y a p i e c e

romantic date? “Duane surprised me last year with a sunset picnic in

apa r t, $ 4 74 , n e c k lac e s b y g r o w i n g , $ 1 5 0 & $ 2 2 5 , all

Zilker Park on Valentine’s Day,” Abbi says. “He had a friend prepare an

ava i labl e at k i c k pl e at; pa n t s b y t h e r o w, $ 2 ,1 9 0 ,

awesome vegan dinner and secretly set it up. It was a huge surprise and

S h o e s b y c e l i n e , $ 6 6 0 , b ot h ava i labl e at b y g e o r g e .

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Sam + Ty Davidson The Striped Tee—These college sweethearts and parents to three kids met at Baylor and when they aren’t hard at work on their businesses (Ty is a dentist and Sam owns Cultivate PR), the Davidsons head to Uchiko or Hopfields for a date night.

S a m : S h i r t b y W o n Hu n d r e d, $ 1 4 7, ava i labl e at K i c k P l e at; C oat b y B i lly R e i d, $ 5 1 9 ; J e a n s b y R e d E n g i n e , $ 1 7 2 , ava i labl e at B y G e o r g e ; N e c k lac e , $ 3 4 , ava i labl e at r av e n + L i ly. T y: S h i r t b y A l e x M i ll , $ 1 4 0 , ava i l abl e at S TA G ; S w e at e r b y G r ay e r s , $ 1 3 5 , ava i labl e at S TA G ; J e a n s a n d s h o e s , T y ’ s o w n .


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C e l e b r at e a n y t h i n g i n t h e s e t u c k e d - a way s p ot s s u r e t o impress your guests

Justine’s Secret House, a Victorian-style home with a New Orleans-style garden, is part hidden Parisian salon, part haunted New Orleans home—the tucked away spot is one of Austin’s


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best kept secrets.

You don’t have to spend this month celebrating love.

rant into a private party—in a space that’s part Chateau Marmont,

February in Austin brings myriad, wonderful, completely-not-love-related

part haunted New Orleans Victorian, part hidden Parisian salon,” says

excuses to throw a party: budding trees, Singles Awareness Day (February

events director Erika Stojeba. “Think rock-n-roll records, salade de

15th), the marathon and half-marathon mid-month, Carnaval Brasileiro on

crabe and Boeuf Bourguignon on antique plates, beautiful wines, and a

the 28th. Still looking for a reason? Why not throw a party to celebrate the lack of any festival in town this month. Call it an ATX insider bash, and— this is where we can help—host it somewhere unexpected, somewhere your

staff that loves throwing parties!” Still brand new, the Justine’s team has experimented with the space in order to get themselves better acquainted with it, Stojeba explains. “We held Justine’s birthday there with Chinese take-out and cham-

guests haven’t seen before. Show them a new corner of town and that

pagne and a French mariachi band; Tina Rivera shot a music video for

alone is plenty of reason to pop some bubbly.

the Black Angels; Make.Eat.Drink Pop-up Dinner benefited Big Medi-

Justine’s S e c r e t H o u s e

um and brought together artists like Keith Kreeger and chefs from Jus-

Justine’s Secret House is an opulent Victorian House with a New Or-

Stein’s Paris salon there for a fundraiser.” Stojeba’s best tip for throw-

leans-style garden tucked away on East 7th Street. Invite 48 of your

ing a successful soiree? “Always give guests a cocktail when they arrive,

closest friends for a seated dinner or 165 for a cocktail party. “The house

making everyone feel instantly welcome,” she says. “No two parties will

channels what’s fun and decadent about Justine’s Brasserie as a restau-

ever be the same, so be open and interested in what unfolds!”

tine’s, Qui, Odd Duck, and Uchiko; and we even replicated Gertrude

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Justine’s Secret house comfortably hosts up to 165 for a cocktail party, and the house’s historic charm provides plenty of atmosphere for thirsty guests.


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La Condesa The Flour House was originally dug out as a brewery basement more than two centuries ago, and was rediscovered during the 2009 build out of La Condesa.

The F lo u r h o u s e a t l a c o n d e s a

sides tequila and good food? “Communicating with your guests ahead

Winter months have you craving something subterranean? Consider

of time is key,” Lanman says. “Let them know about the family-style

hosting a party at The Flour House, which seats up to 20 and boasts no

format, where to park (valet is complimentary for guests dining at La

room fee for parties of 11 or more who book the space. Originally dug

Condesa), and how the bill will be paid ahead of time. Sharing this in-

out as a basement to a brewery in the 1860s and rediscovered during

formation ensures you and your guests have a flawless experience.”

the build out of La Condesa in 2009, the Flour House subsequently

Kontiki F u n B oa t

served as a basement of a successful general store owned by Austin’s Schneider family. During prohibition, it was also used to store barrels

Self-dubbed “Austin’s best party barge,” your Kontiki Fun Boat soiree

of beer and whiskey. Today, it’s a two-room structure that offers sepa-

will likely lean more Austin-weird than chic, but that’s perfect after all,

rate spaces for cocktails and family-style dining

right? The boat is full of island-style charm, bedecked in cheery toma-

Need more convincing? Consider the famous clientele who have

to red trim and bamboo. An aluminum roof overhead of the boat will

hosted Flour House soirees. “We have hosted quite a few notable guests

protect from the Texas sun, and the boat includes all of the necessary

in the Flour House,” says Alexis Lanman, director of marketing and

amenities: a generator for small appliances like blenders or margarita

events for Violet Crown. “Some of our favorites included Thom Yorke,

machines, two, six-foot tables to set up drinks or food, two large marine

Johnny Depp, Beck, and Anthony Bourdain (not at the same time, al-

coolers, a truly impressive stereo with iPod and Mp3 compatibility, and

though that would be a sweet guest list).” Lanman’s best party tip—be-

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La Condesa The Flour House is always busy, so book ahead of time—they typically host two parties a night, six to seven nights a week.


The boat leaves out of Walsh Landing just north of Hula Hut and

living room—you get the picture.) Sophie Parrott is the owner of the

Abel’s on the Lake on Lake Austin. Comfortably seating up to 40, the

Marvelous Vintage Party Company, which is Austin’s only vintage-in-

boat is helmed by a captain who will help facilitate your soirée. Want

spired entertainment, décor and party provider, specializing in fantas-

to bring a small band on board to entertain your guests? Kontiki can

tical experiences centered around food, tea and, Parrot says, “utter joy!”

accommodate you. Another pro tip? Plan on picking up food from any

The Marvelous Vintage Tea Party Company is a lighthearted, beautiful

of the Lake Austin joints—why not go with a Mexican theme, bring

marriage of the decadent and lavish celebration that is a classic English

aboard some margarita machines and stop to grab grub at Maudie’s or

tea with the fun-loving quirkiness of Austin.

Hula Hut? And if we happen to get a scorching early spring day in the

Parrott says she prefers to meet with clients to determine what might

forecast, don’t worry about that either—Kontiki keeps foam noodles on

be best for their fête: “I adore chatting, or meeting with each client to

board, too, just in case any of your guests require a dip.

really get to the root of what they adore,” she says. “Emails just don’t

Your O w n B a c k ya r d

convey personality like a good ol’ chin-wagging-session over a nice cup-

Think about it—is there anything more uniquely you (and therefore

in-character staff for your soirée, in addition to tea and “tetails,” so your

uniquely Austin) than your very own space? Why not throw a vintage

space can quite easily transform into something ever-so-slightly more

tea or cocktail party in your own backyard? (Or front yard, or condo

magical with Parrott’s help. And magic is always worth celebrating.

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pa tea.” Parrott can provide furniture, props, décor, food, music, and

The Flour House’s initmate dining space is landmarked by the Texas Historical Commission.

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B y K at i e F r i e l P h oto g r a p h y b y K at e L e S u e u r

T h r e e co u p l e s i n v i t e u s i n f o r a s n e a k p e e k o f h ow t h e y t h r ow a s p ec i a l dat e n i g h t.


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Jennifer Rose Smith and Michael Spruiell showcase their classically cool style over Spaghetti Aligio E Olio.

Jennifer Rose Smith + Michael Spruiell Despite only “officially” being together for a year, this pair’s love story begins back in the fall of 1999. “We were college sweethearts. We met … at the University of Texas and shared a magical time there together,” says Jennifer Rose Smith, art director for Camille Styles. Though the duo spent the next decade apart, traveling and living in different cities, they remained friends. “Michael is just this beautiful soul,” says Smith. “He’s one of the last real gentlemen—ask anyone who knows him.” Now back together and experiencing a dating “renaissance,” Spruiell and Smith seek out intimate places for their date nights. “We seek out dark and cozy atmospheres like Justine’s where they play good music and time just sort of melts away.” If they’re looking for adventure, the couple will head to a dark bar like The Cloak Room or catch a show at The Cactus Cafe. “The best nights end up with a discovery,” says Smith. Not that this couple needs a fancy restaurant to enjoy a romantic evening. Spruiell and Smith will often just pop open a bottle of wine, throw on a record and grab a seat on their balcony. Says Smith, “[We can] keep that conversation going on the balcony into the very, very late hours of the night.”

jenn’s Spaghetti Algio E Olio “One night we wandered into the grocery store and ended up eating at the pasta counter. We liked the dish we ordered which was a simple—but spicy—spaghetti in olive oil. Michael suggested it might be something we could make ourselves so we watched the guy carefully the next time we went in. Neither of us has much experience cooking, so you can imagine our surprise Smith and Spruiell describe their dating

our trusted meals to make at home. I’ll light a few candles, Michael

style as, “under-the-ra-

throws on a good record, we’ll open a bottle of wine, and suddenly

dar, intimate and full of discovery.”


and delight when the first attempt was a success. Now it’s one of

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you’ve got a very decent Tuesday evening.” - Jennifer Rose Smith

Shane + Catherine Stiles They say love is about being at the right place at the right time—or the right New Year’s Eve party. Though Shane and Catherine Stiles both attended Texas A&M University, they didn’t meet until a chance encounter in Austin brought them together. Catherine, who was living in Houston, came to town to celebrate New Year’s with her sister and ended up at the same party as Shane. “I ended up talking to him for a long time,” With two young children at home, the Stiles and owners of Stiles Switch BBQ prefer hosting intimate dinner parties to a raging night out. And, Catherine’s Caldo de Pollo is what’s on the menu on cold nights.

says Catherine, who recently stepped down from her role as director of media and public relations for My Fit Foods. Eight years, two kids and a few career changes later, the couple, who owns the uber-successful Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, find that keeping the magic alive begins at home. “We have a three-year-old and an 18-month-old, so our date nights are few and far between,” laughs Catherine. As a result, Shane and Catherine have crafted a home perfect for hosting friends and family—and epic backyard blowouts. “Our house is set up for entertaining so we can entice people to come to us.” When the couple does hit the town, they stay close to their Northwest Hills neighborhood, hitting up hot spots like Uchiko and Fonda San Miguel. They are currently working on a new project, Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary Mix.

As for a fun night out, that involves an overnight babysitter, says Catherine. “The girls still wake up at 6 am, no matter how you feel!” she jokes. Pair that with a night full of good food and live music at The Moody Theater and you have the Stiles’ perfect date night—and a classic Austin night on the town. tribeza.com february 2015


Carl + Nikisha Brunson This musically-inclined couple’s love story has taken

Though the family, which includes Nikisha’s son, hasn’t

them from New York City to Washington, DC to now,

been in Austin very long, their love of music and commu-

fittingly, the Live Music Capital of the World. The pair

nity has made them feel instantly at home. Nikisha says

met while they were living in New York, and began their

their perfect date night would include a show at the Mo-

relationship as friendly acquaintances who would occa-

hawk and stops at East Austin haunts like Whisler’s and

sionally jam together. “I always thought Carl was cute

Bufalina. As they learn more about their new hometown,

and sexy, super smart and creative,” Nikisha gushes. “He

Nikisha says they find themselves in awe of Austin’s cre-

seemed like the most normal person I had ever met.”

ative folks. “We’re inspired by how creative and how smart

After spending time as friends, Carl texted Nikisha


we moved to Austin,” Nikisha explains.

[Austinites] are. They have their stuff together,” she says.

to go out on a date and the rest is history. “We found

For the Brunsons, who note that church also plays a

out we had way more in common [than we thought],”

vital role in their relationship, a perfect night sometimes

says Nikisha. Since that first date, the Brunsons have

doesn’t even mean hitting the town. “We want to come

embarked on one adventure after another. “He proposed

home and make music together,” says Nikisha. Though

after three years, we were engaged for seven months, got

they may have just arrived, it seems this creative couple

married in Big Sur, moved to Virginia and a year later,

has already embraced the Austin ethos.

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Nikisha’s signature Jamaican Curry Chicken is always a hit. It’s made with coconut rice, beans, kale and vegan tapioca pudding. She loves sharing healthy recipes on her blog, urbanbushbabes.com.

When he’s not performing with his band St. Rainer, Carl and his wife Nikisha often stay home and make music together.

He’s bearded, covered in tats and rocks hard to heavy metal, but don’t let it fool you. Antonio Bond of Transplants is making some of the most beautiful flowers in town. 64

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by lauren smith ford photography by wynn myers Clad in one of the many metal band tees from his vast collection, Antonio Bond is in his happy place. The AC of his East Austin bungalow is turned down to refrigerator cool and his favorite Hank Williams record echoes throughout the house, interrupted only by giggles of his two young daughters. He arranges and then re-arranges a stunning grouping of pink roses, lush white hydrangeas and bright yellow mimosas into a bouquet. Peaking from his lumberjack plaid shirt is one of Antonio Bond and his

the many tattoos that covers his body, a tiger in honor of his daughter

daughter Bijou, who often

who was born on the first day of the year of the tiger. The finished ar-

helps him make arrangements for weddings or for the Hotel St. Cecilia, where he is the in-house florist.

rangement is beautiful, but this isn’t your typical arrangement. That’s because Bond’s approach to doing flowers is anything but typical. Look tribeza.com february 2015


mom is an artist and his uncle, a sculptor), Bond often found himself becoming increasingly interested in observing as a co-worker put an arrangement together. As he moved up in the department, his manager asked if he wanted to try and start making arrangements. “I still think about the first one I made. It was terrible,” he says with a laugh. “The lady returned it. But, after that I started experimenting and quickly realized that I had finally found my medium.” When friends would get married, Bond would offer to do their flowers for free if they paid for the cost of the flowers. So he slowly started building a business doing flowers for events on the side while still working at Central Market and bar tending at Emo’s. And then, his world was rocked when he became extremely ill with renal disease that caused kidney failure. Bond, now 36, has a warm sincerity and speaks openly about his life threatening illness at age 23, when he completely lost function of the organ and spent two years on dialysis. “I was living off a machine. Bond at home with his family, his daughters and wife Camille, who he met when he was working at Emo’s 10 years ago.

I was really a boy at that time, sitting in a room with people three times my age, many of whom I saw lose limbs or pass away,” he says. “It really changed my perspective on things, and I would spend my days dreaming about what I would do when I was out of there.” It was during one of his many treatments, as he waited for a kidney transplant (he received one from his brother in 2004), that he decided to

closer at one of his arrangements and you might see a chipped hand sculpture peaking out the back of a bouquet or a centerpiece cascading from a wasp hive. His work is surprising, edgy and striking.


name his floral design company, Transplants. Post-transplant, he started to focus more on his business, but never advertised and clients would only find him through word of mouth.

Bond, who grew up in Austin just behind the Austin Motel on South

He loved working on weddings from the start. “Making brides dreams

Congress, started working when he was just 14. He calls himself a

come true is the best part! I love figuring out what makes them tick. I

“straight edge kid from a poor family,” and he lived for seeing live mu-

have done gay weddings, straight weddings, and whoever it is, every-

sic. So as an enterprising junior high student, he convinced the man-

one has a childhood image of what their dream big day is going to be

agement at Liberty Lunch to let him clean up after shows in exchange

like,” he says. “I love figuring it out and giving them my interpretation

for getting into a concert for free. He spent the rest of his teen years

of what they want. I usually meet with them, go to the flower shop,

working at stores in the mall and landed at Central Market when he

and ask them to show me what they like, and show me what they don’t

was 18. He started in produce, and it was total chance when he was

like. More than anything, I love making brides happy!”

switched to the flower department where he began working in the cool-

A big break came in November of 2013 when he did an event for

er processing flowers for most of the day. From a creative family (his

Hotel Saint Cecilia. They were so impressed by his work that the Hotel

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Bond often pulls up to the Austin Flower Market to pick up orders in his minivan with his two daughters in tow. Or, if his daughters are not with him, he has been known to strap a finished arrangement in to one of their car seats for safe keeping.

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For more of Bond’s work, visit transplantsfloral.com.

The proud father of two hopes his daughters will take over his business, Transplants Floral Design, one day.


hired him to be their in-house florist. Special Events Director for the Hotel,

There is nothing I love more than giving new life to something, like tak-

Emily Waldmann, remembers the first time she met him when she had the

ing rusty sheers people might ignore and putting them in the spotlight

same surprise reaction as many others to see a “burly, tattooed, bearded” guy

for a minute. For some reason, if you put them in the right light, they are

doing flowers. “The first time I heard him talk about flowers, it was just

transplanted to something new.”

game over! I knew he was special. He really loves what he does and gets

Besides flowers, what Bond really lights up about is to talk about

so excited talking about flowers,” she says. “In this era of Pinterest where

is his wife Camille (who he affectionately calls “my lady”) and his two

everything starts to look the same, his work really stands out. He has such

daughters Bijou and Oona (5 and 2). He has spent a lot of time with

a clear vision and has an approach to flowers that is different than what any-

the girls, especially as a stay at home dad for the baby years and the

one else is doing. His pieces are like art installations, not just arrangements.”

girls are well-known fixtures at the Austin Flower Market, as they of-

Bond has surprised many partygoers at events (including Senator

ten come along in the minivan to do floral pick ups with their dad.

Wendy Davis herself who became a fan after seeing his work at a fund-

His hope is that one or both of his girls will one day want to take over

raiser at the Hotel Saint Cecilia) by using broken statue pieces, bones,

Transplants. “I love my job. I have to create—it’s a life source for me.

vintage trinkets and crystals in his arrangements. He has even turned an

August 31 marked the 10 year anniversary of my transplant. I know I

old meat grinder and car parts into a container for one of his arrange-

will have to get back on dialysis at some point, but I don’t even think

ments. He says: “I like to take things that people might throw out and

about when that will happen. I will cross that bridge when I get there,”

don’t think are good anymore and try to make them beautiful again.

Bond says. “I am a cup half full kind of guy, so I just keep going.”

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Drawn to using distressed and often broken sculptures, Bond can turn almost anything in to living art with one of his flower arrangements.

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by jaime netzer | photography by jessica pages

How a chic couple with vision turned a historic West Austin abode in need of work into the home of their dreams.

Left: Diego Mendez-Sabre and his husband Gerard Subira in front of a painting by the artist, Fumio Sakamoto, entitled Hermaphroditos—Belt of Blue, 1966. Mendez-Sabre acquired it several year ago through Sotheby’s. Right: The art deco bar cart is adorned with a brass and malachite lamp that Mendez-Sa-


iego Mendez-Sabre is a man of eclectic interests, pur-

you see why it never worked out with anyone else.’ I still keep a screenshot of

suits, and, perhaps not surprisingly, tastes. The central

this quote with me, “ Mendez-Sabre recalls.

Austin home he shares with his husband Gerard Sub-

When it came to designing their home, Mendez-Sabre took the lead as he

irà is reflective of the many facets of who they are, and

has also long been interested in design, though he never studied it formally.

a respite for the internationally traveling couple—a

His long-time friend and celebrated designer Tracey Overbeck Stead also

space that is uniquely their own, and uniquely shared, as well.


bre made himself.

helped along the way in the remodel process. Scattered throughout their

Mendez-Sabre and Subirà also work together at Latin Field, their

art-deco, modern, comfortable home are his own creations—an architectur-

marketing research firm, and they also just launched a skin care line

al lighting fixture in the living room, a lamp with mounted fluorite crystals

called Haute Custom Beauty. It was an instant connection when they

in the dining room. Like so much else in their lives, it is a process the guys

first met. “As cliché as it sounds, within one hour of knowing him I

share—Mendez-Sabre will design the piece, and leave Subirà to wrestle with

absolutely knew he was the one, in fact there’s this quote I randomly read

the wiring. But Mendez-Sabre has always found the design process medita-

on Facebook just a couple of days after we met, and it absolutely resonated

tive: “I like to work with my hands when I’m stressed,” he explains. Subirà

with him which was, ‘One day, someone will walk into your life and make

laughs, and adds, “I go to the spa, get a massage; he builds something.”

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The couple’s main dining room is a showcase for Mendez-Sabre’s many talents—he refurbished the green vintage sideboard and designed the brass and fluorite lamp himself.

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The kitchen is anchored by a stunning Ch창teau 165 La Cornue range.

Left: The old kitchen was transformed in to a media room with custom built-in benches. Right: The Tom Dixon marble and brass mortar and pestle fits seamlessly in to the white kitchen.

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The couple’s favorite spot to relax after work, read and watch movies. Mendez-Sabre says: “Our niece and nephews love this room!”


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Left: In the master bedroom, this chic Inout Cappellini bench sits under a gallery wall of planet prints by artist Thierry Despont. Right: The antique, refinished settee was re-lacquered and re-done in a vintage Herman Miller fabric. The Minotti Cesar side table is just the right accompaniment for the vintage horse wall panel that hangs above.

The house is also an incredibly inviting mix of hi-low—in a sitting area that was once the house’s formal dining room, white turtle shells

tary, Mendez-Sabre says with a laugh, is something he grabbed at a garage sale and spray-painted.

from the Nate Berkus Target line keep watch over a pair of Milo Baugh-

It was more than eight years ago when Mendez-Sabre saw the house,

man chairs. “I definitely like to do both,” Mendez-Sabre says. “Some

which itself is a historic Austin site, come on the market. He wanted it

things are new, something things are really old, some things are

even before he saw it—he says he just knew. “And when I saw it, it was

heirlooms.” And some things, Mendez-Sabre simply modified to

probably in worse shape than I imagined, and still I was like, that’s it.”

fit the couple’s needs—when they couldn’t get a big enough couch

The walls were peach, the now gorgeous hardwood-floors covered in

through a small door in a media room, they simply built in cozy

dark green carpet. Mendez-Sabre and Subirà converted a kitchen to

benches along the walls. When they couldn’t find a dining room ta-

the media room, an under-stair area to a powder bath, and a screened-

ble big enough, Mendez-Sabre added shimmering gold extensions

in porch to a dining room. They bent the house gently to their own

to an art deco table so that it might echo lamps he had designed

needs, much the way a designer might bend a piece of metal, coaxing it

years before. A gorgeous blue tea set that invites constant commen-

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by Kristen Schryver


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Britt Maren and Derek Orrell share an intimate moment as newlyweds at their October 2014 nuptials.

BRITT MAREN + DEREK ORRELL October 4, 2014 They say there are two sides to every story, and in model Britt Maren’s case, this old adage holds true. Britt’s husband Derek Orrell, head chef of The Heyward in Brooklyn, vividly remembers the first time be saw Britt in Barcelona, when the two of them were a part of the same modeling agency. Britt, however, didn’t recall meeting Derek until she walked into his apartment by chance six months later in New York City. No matter the story, it’s certainly no surprise that the chef and model duo were married in a classically gorgeous (and delicious!) affair. As a Houston native, Britt came back to her Texas roots to have her wedding at the Escondido Golf and Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay. You may recognize Britt (who planned the entire wedding herself ), from the pages of Vogue, and she has also appeared in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Neiman Marcus and Alexander Wang. Stunning white floral arrangements and a pig-topped groom’s cake filled the day—the perfect blend of timeless elegance and personal touches. A few of the bride’s favorite details included walking down the aisle in a Monique Lhuillier dress and matching lace jacket, and gifting guests with pretzel brittle and cacao nib caramel corn from one of her and Derek’s favorite New York City pastry chefs. Looking to the future, the newlyweds can see themselves eventually settling down in Austin, especially after purchasing a house in Hyde Park last year. “We both love it [in Austin] and Derek would love to open a restaurant here,” Britt says.

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4. 1. Britt poses in her Monique Lhuillier lace “Treasure” dress with Derek, wearing a dark navy Lanvin tux, and her bridesmaids, dressed in strapless chiffon Amsale gowns. 2. Derek’s dark chocolate and hazelnut groom’s cake by Simon Lee Bakery got a special chef’s pig topper. 3. Britt and Derek exit their Escondido Golf and Lake Club ceremony. 4. In the midst of their sparkler exit, Britt and Derek steal a kiss. 5. Florals by Picture Perfect Events.

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1. Will and his groomsmen pose in their custom white dinner jacket tuxedos. 2. Anna and Will say their “I dos” at the Persian and American ceremony at the Driskill Hotel. 3. Anna’s ornate wedding gown was a jeweled bodice with a trumpet silhouette made of duchess tulle. 4. Chef Tony Sansalone, Executive Pastry Chef of the Driskill, made the Grand Marnier and orange chiffon masterpiece with buttercream


filling and spring roses. 5. Guests toss flower petals on Anna and Will as the newlyweds head to their honeymoon on the islands of Anguilla and St. Barths. 6. The dinner selection included Iranian lamb and rice, as

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well as seafood towers and a beef carving station.


Anna Anami + Will Hardeman April 19, 2014

“And as is always the case, our moms were right,” Anna Anami says about the relationship between she and now husband, Will Hardeman. After meeting in 2007 and attending UT Austin together, the couple finally began dating in 2012, after years of encouragement from their mothers. One year later, Anna said, “One thousand times, Yes!” to Will’s proposal, and they were married in just four months at The Driskill Hotel, the same place where Will’s parents hosted their own wedding reception years earlier. An elegant spring affair on Easter weekend was the perfect way for the couple to celebrate their romance. Over 400 guests enjoyed both an American and Persian ceremony and feasted on a mix of Iranian and American fare. The cultural traditions were a very important and special part of the wedding day for Anna, as was incorporating several nods to the Easter holiday. The evening culminated in a custom choreographed Viennese Waltz and an Easter-themed dessert bar, complete with a five-tier orange and Grand Marnier chiffon cake. Anna and Will left their wedding lavished in love, surely thanking their mothers for the persistent matchmaking effort that began seven years ago.

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Chelsea Johnson + Trey Hardee September 13, 2014

It was a track meet for Team USA that allowed them to meet 10 years ago, so it’s only fitting that their special day included a pole-vaulting bride-and-groom cake topper and custom Nike shoes for all of the groomsmen. Now an Olympic Decathlete, Trey Hardee said “I do” to “the woman of his dreams,” Chelsea Johnson. Trey describes the moments after he and his new wife walked down the aisle together as his favorite of the day. “We stood alone in a room for about a minute [and] it felt like eternity. That feeling of being with my soul mate, intertwined spiritually forever, made my heart skip several beats,” he says. The deep love that Trey and Chelsea share was prevalent throughout their beautiful, blush-colored celebration with friends and family at Pecan Springs Ranch. The couple infused local Texas flair into their day by serving Rudy’s Barbecue and Gourdough’s Doughnuts, which Chelsea admits were so delicious that they were “devoured in five minutes.” One of Chelsea’s favorite parts of the day, however, was when she and Trey publicly thanked their mothers with a poem and roses during their ceremony. It is this mutual love and care for other people that makes Trey and Chelsea a perfect match today, years after their athletic endeavors first brought them together.

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1. The youngest members of the wedding party make their way down the aisle. 2. A vanilla cake by Sweet Treets Bakery gets a special pole-vaulting bride-and-groom cake topper. 3. Chelsea wears an Elizabeth Fillmore lace gown and Trey dons a custom Billy Reid suit and light pink tie. 4. The newlyweds enjoy a moment together at their reception at Pecan Springs Ranch. 5. Will poses with his groomsmen, who are each wearing their own custom Nike shoes.

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5. 1. Standing by the creek at the University of Texas Alumni Center, Natalie looks elegant in her art deco Nicole Miller dress, alongside her husband Lawrence, who is wearing a navy Oxford suit. 2. With sparklers in hand, wedding guests cheer on Natalie and Will as they make their exit. 3. Flowers by Rosehip Flora. 4. Michelle’s Patisserie created a vanilla and tres leches cake, complete with a specially-commissioned

86 Billfebruary 2015topper. tribeza.com Wilhelmi cake 5. The ballroom at the Alumni Center provided a modern, yet cozy atmosphere for the autumn celebration. 6. Natalie and Lawrence say, “I do” under a ceremonial chuppah.



Natalie Smith + Lawrence OConnor October 25, 2014

For bride Natalie Smith, it was the Chair Dance during Hava Nagila that she remembers most from her wedding to Lawrence O’Connor, especially “Being up in the chairs and looking out on all of our friends and family dancing around us in a circle,” she says. This incorporation of Jewish traditions was important to the couple, who married at the University of Texas Alumni Center, under a foliage-adorned chuppah. The fall fête was eight years in the making, as Natalie and Lawrence first met at a Bandera Chili Cook-Off and Biker Rally in 2006, but the timing between them never quite worked until they saw each other four and a half years later at a Funky Meters concert. This love of music led them to find the band, Shinyribs, for their celebration, and Natalie and Lawrence were thrilled to share such a fun and memorable night of live music with their guests. Other personal touches infused their day with eclectic charm, from two of Natalie’s uncles taking part in the wedding ceremony to a specially-commissioned Bill Wilhelmi cake topper, a nod to both the bride and groom growing up with the artist’s work in their childhood homes. The couple may have saved the best for last, though, when they rode off in a pedicab and listened to passers-by cheering them on as they drove through downtown Austin to their after party.

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kelly wynne + WALT FERGUSON July 5, 2014

When Kelly Wynne, founder and designer of contemporary handbag line, Kelly Wynne, and Walt Ferguson, project manager at White Construction Company, first met at a friend’s party on the Fourth of July, the sparks that flew that night were not just in the sky. The couple, who both grew up in Austin, had instant chemistry when they finally met on that summer night in 2010. They were married exactly four years later, on Fourth of July weekend. The ceremony took place in Hyde Park Baptist Church, where Kelly and Walt shared one of their favorite moments of the day. “It felt like no one else was in the room,” Kelly recalls, “It was just my best friend and me making a life promise to each other.” From there, the day turned into a true celebration, with Kelly and Walt exiting the church to two trumpets playing the song, “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams. As guests entered the reception at the Austin Country Club, they walked into multiple lavishly-decorated rooms, each dripping with lush florals, candlelight and elegant metallics. The magic of the evening continued when Kelly and Walt shared their first dance, leaving Kelly feeling like a proper princess in her Pnina Tornai Venetian lace and Swarovski crystal ball gown. The newlyweds were off to Bora Bora for their honeymoon, but not before the fairytale day concluded with confetti on the dance floor and a sparkler-lit send-off in a 1979 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible.

photography by Julie Wilhite


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1. Kelly and Walt share a kiss in front of their custom ceremony backdrop at Hyde Park Baptist Church. 2. One of the many elegant reception tables, adorned with candlelight and flowers by Merveille Events. 3. Wearing a Pnina Tornai gown and cathedral veil, Kelly exits the church with Walt as a newly-married couple. 4. Flanked by rows of sparklers, Kelly and Walt make their grand exit in a Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible. 5. Kelly poses with her bridesmaids, who are dressed in navy Watters gowns and carrying custom champagne-colored evening bags that Kelly spent 10 months designing for the occasion.february 2015 tribeza.com





5. 1. Natalie and Will pose with their two Vizslas after their ceremony on the Monte Vista Lawn at the Biltmore Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara. 2. Florals by Mindy Rice and event coordination and


planning by Alexandra Kolendrianos. 3. Natalie and Will’s beautiful wedding stationery suite and invitations, complete with floral detailing. 4. Natalie and Will walk hand-in-hand as newlyweds to their reception at the february 2015 tribeza.com Coral Casino. 5. The Four Seasons created two cakes for the couple, one of which was vegan. 6. Dressed in a Monique Lhuillier gown, Natalie smiles with her bridesmaids.



Natalie Kothe + will meredith july 19, 2014

Surrounded by palm trees and standing beneath the warm California sun, Natalie and Will Meredith said “I do” on the gorgeous grounds of The Biltmore Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara. Will attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Meredith family has a home in Montecito, so these two Austinites chose to whisk their family and friends out west to witness their seaside nuptials. The all-white affair exuded elegance in every detail, from Natalie’s Monique Lhullier gown to the hand-calligraphed dinner menus. Even the couple’s two Vizslas dressed up for the occasion, with Champ donning a bowtie and Lady wearing a garland of greenery. Their first kiss as a married couple was among the highlights of the day for the new Mr. and Mrs. Meredith, along with the swoon-worthy florals that filled the ceremony and reception sites. “Our floral designer, Mindy Rice, did such an amazing job,” Will recalls, “Her work is incredible and really brought our venues to life.” The celebration also included the best in local fare, as Natalie and Will served their guests sweet pea risotto, a salad of greens, avocado and heirloom tomatoes, and a selection of seasonal entrees. The night wasn’t complete without the newlywed’s first dance to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” and a moment to take in the view of beautiful Butterfly Beach from their reception. It was then that the events of the day finally sunk in—they were now, finally, and forevermore, husband and wife.

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Wedding Guide


Umlauf sculpture garden 605 Robert E Lee Rd | (512) 445 5582| Umlaufsculpture.org Surround yourself with tranquil beauty at the Umlauf Sculpture Gardens. The natural beauty surrounding the terrace and sprawling lawn provide a peaceful setting for a one-of-a-kind celebration. Green Pastures 811 West Live Oak St | (512) 444 1888| Greenpasturesrestaurant.com Green Pastures Restaurant offers fine event catering and a beautiful location to host your wedding day. Say, “I do� on the manicured lawn and dine inside the Cotillion room of

four seasons hotel austin

the historic Victorian home.

fair market 1100 E 5th St | (512) 582 0844 | fairmarketaustin.com

98 San Jacinto Blvd | (512) 685 8040 | Fourseasons.com/austin Situated just steps from Lady Bird Lake, Four Seasons

hotel ella

Hotel Austin offers an unparalleled location for weddings

1900 Rio Grande St | (512) 495 1800 | hotelella.com

and an outdoor garden house, Fair Market offers a unique

and events. The hotel features a beautiful back lawn for an

Offering the perfect blend of modern luxury and historic

venue option in East Austin for weddings, corporate and

outdoor ceremony or reception, as well as the convenience

charm, Hotel Ella provides an elegant backdrop for every

social events. Let your eclectic charm or modern spirit

of downtown Austin, making it the ideal spot to say, "I do."

important milestone, from weddings and anniversaries to

transform the space into the ideal location for your one-of-

charity and business galas. With an emphasis on Southern

a-kind celebration.

lady bird johnson Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Ave | (512) 232 0200 | Wildflower.org

hospitality, the expert hotel staff will carefully consider and complete each detail of your unforgettable occasion.

With a landscaped garden, large indoor industrial space

Camp Lucy 3509 Creek Rd | (512) 894 4400 | Camplucy.com

With magnificent gardens, a stone courtyard and an in-

The splendor of this spot cannot be beat, with its idyllic

door library, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

19th Century chapel, sprawling oak trees and Hill Country

offers an idyllic setting for couples searching for a natural,

views. Choose from two venue options and enjoy on-site

yet elegant wedding venue.

catering and accommodations.

Prospect House

Laguna Gloria

12745 Silver Creek Rd | (512) 850 2884 | Prospecthousetx.com

123 W 6th St | (512) 123 4567 | Website.com

Situated atop 20 acres of native grasses, the modern and

This Italian-style villa and its immaculate grounds make

light-filled Prospect House provides a simple backdrop for

for a grandiose setting for a variety of elegant celebrations.

any wedding and offers striking views of Texas Hill Country.

Overlooking Lake Austin, Laguna Gloria also offers simply stunning views and sunsets.


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The Driskill

The Brodie Homestead

604 Brazos St | (512) 439 1234 | Driskillhotel.com

5211 Brodie Ln | (512) 439 2981 | Brodiehomestead.com

The ultimate in elegance and romance, The Driskill Ho-

The newly-renovated historic barn offers a contemporary

tel hosts weddings and events in its magnificent, historic

spin on rustic charm. Complete with stone walls and crys-

ballrooms and provides couples with the option of full ser-

tal chandeliers, the space provides the ideal setting for an

vice planning.

elegant affair.

french legation museum 802 San Marcos St | (512) 472 8180 | Frenchlegationmuseum.org Boasting the title as the “oldest house in Austin,” the French Legation Museum provides your wedding day with plenty of history and a touch of classic romance. The venue offers a carriage house loft and several lawns to let you have your very own garden party or charming outdoor celebration.

mercury hall

salt lick

615 Cardinal Ln | (512) 236 1226 | Mercuryhall.com

(512) 894 3117 | Saltlickbbq.com

Mercury Hall provides a tranquil escape in the middle of

Enjoy the best in Texas barbecue in the heart of Hill

the city, with its four acres of beautiful lawns and century-

Country with Salt Lick. Choose to celebrate under mag-

old chapel turned reception hall. Complete with tall oak

nificent pecan trees or inside of an old stone mansion

trees and stained glass windows, the venue offers historic

— Salt Lick offers several idyllic venue choices and many

elegance and rustic charm to weddings, events and performances, alike. Palm Door 401 Sabine St | (512) 391 1994 | Palmdoor.com Choose from two contemporary venues in downtown Austin, both of which boast indoor and outdoor event options in an industrial setting. Let your unique style shine in these open, airy spaces while enjoying delicious bites by Palm Door's own, Pink Avocado catering.

Olive & June

diverse catering options, allowing you to create the wedding of your dreams.

3411 Glenview Ave | (512) 467 9898 | Oliveandjune-austin.com Let Olive & June help you create an affair to remember with its in-house catering and beautiful event space, available for weddings, showers, and other special occasions. Situated beneath an oak tree, the indoor reception room and outdoor courtyard offer the perfect place to celebrate with friends and family.

Plant at Kyle (512) 689 6777 | Theplantatkyle.com Just south of Austin lies this modern home and event venue, an old cement plant turned architectural marvel. The minimalist space, compete with a pool, lies amidst a grove of oak trees. tribeza.com february 2015


florals | style | beauty

Unbridaled 701 South Lamar Blvd | (512) 444 2743 | Unbridaled.com This bridal boutique specializes in providing unique selections for bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses. With a wide variety of couture gowns, Unbridaled offers the “cure for the uncommon bride.” blush bridal lounge 1815 West 35th St | (512) 407 9236 | Blushbridallounge.com Specializing in gowns, accessories, and creating a peaceful and pleasant shopping experience, Blush Bridal delights in sharing every bride's joyful moments spent on her journey

bricolage curated florals Samantha@bricolagecf.com | Bricolagecf.com

to find the perfect dress.

blue bridal boutique

quets and arrangements for businesses, homes and wed-

1007 S Congress Ave | (512) 441 7700 | Bluebridalaustin.com

A brand new boutique nail salon owned and operated

dings throughout Austin. Finding inspiration in nature

Blue Bridal offers a wide selection of boutique wedding

by two sisters. The serene location in the Bryker Woods

and raw materials, Bricolage creates works of art that are

dresses to fit any bride’s style. Striving to provide a posi-

neighborhood also offers private parties for manicure

just right for brides looking to add an abundance of ro-

tive experience for every client, our expert staff will use the

and pedicures.

mance or a touch of whimsy to their wedding day.

utmost care, patience and professionalism to help you find the dress of your dreams for your wedding day.

Mandarin design lab (512) 300 3163 | Mandarindesignlab.com Mandarin Design Lab is a creative sister duo, offering full event and floral design. They specialize in creating spectacular and unique settings for weddings and social gatherings. Rosehip Flora (512) 917 6513 | Rosehipflora.com Rosehip Flora has been creating organic and beautiful floral arrangements for Austin weddings and events since 2002. The Rosehip team is also available for full event consultation and styling.



Bricolage Curated Florals offers carefully crafted bou-

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1605 W 35th St | (512) 551 9148 | Polishatx.com

Blo Blow Dry Bar 1611 W 5th St #145 | (512) 355 1256 | Blomedry.com Blo offers group styling for brides and her party. The signature Blo On The Go bridal service is available in-bar or takes the styling to your hotel, reception or other location to guarantee flawless pictures. Adore Makeup Boutique + Salon 1709 W Koenig Ln | (512) 355 1256 | Adoremakeupsalon.com This central Austin boutique is a creation of makeup artist Rhea McCarther, an award winning airbrush makeup artist specializing in wedding event makeup.

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Premiere rentals 8868 Research Blvd | (512) 870 8552 | Premeireeventsonline.com Use Premiere Events’ online virtual showroom to create the perfect vision for your wedding day. Browse the selection of linen, decor and furniture rentals before you decide what is uniquely you. Monarch Event rentals 8863 Anderson Mill Rd | (512) 219 6666 | Monarcheventrentals.com Boasting high quality pieces at affordable prices, Monarch Event Rentals provides everything you need for your ideal gathering. The North Austin showroom is the perfect place

loot vintage rentals 3700 Thompson St | (512) 464 1184 | Lootvintagerentals.com

to see the inventory and make your selections.

firehouse libations 605 Brazos St | (512) 992 5670 | Firehouselibations.com

Loot Vintage Rentals offers one-of-a-kind furniture, rugs,

birch & brass vintage rentals

linens and accessories to bring a touch of classic charm

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cocktails for any event or soirée in Austin. Work with profes-

to your wedding or special occasion. Servicing events

Offering an eclectic mix of specialty rentals with a bohe-

sional event specialists to design the perfect service to suit

throughout Texas, Loot also offers personal styling to cre-

mian twist, Birch & Brass is the perfect place to find pieces

your unique style and preferences. Complete with charismat-

ate custom event details and to help turn your wildest vi-

that will take any wedding, event, or photo shoot from

ic bartenders and thematic drink menus, Firehouse’s services

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Firehouse Libations curates portable bars and custom craft

classics to unique, curated finds from around the globe. Marquee rentals

Whim Event Rentals

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fering an exhaustive assortment of options, from the funky

with this variety of custom rental options.

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Aztec rentals

ilios lighting design

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Aztec Events and Tents lets you cover your event in style,

Specializing in event production and lighting design for

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tials. Let this wide selection of rentals be your go-to guide

a live concert to an intimate wedding, all with exceeding

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Nouveau Romantics 123 W 6th St | (512) 123 4567 | Thenoveauromantics.com This worldwide event design and planning company provides every beautiful detail you need for your wedding day, from the initial design to the final gorgeous flowers and perfect letterpress invitations. Kennedy Creative 123 W 6th St | (512) 123 4567 | Kennedycreativeevents.com Let the wedding planners at Kennedy Creative create a thoughtful celebration just for you. From consultations to wedding day set-up, the Kennedy staff will help you enjoy

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liv by design 123 W 6th St | (512) 123 4567 | Livbydesignevents.com

Alysha Rainwaters is a lifestyle family and wedding pho-

bird dog wedding

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playful. Alysha feels most at home behind the camera and

Bird Dog Wedding strives to create unique, stress-free

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is committed to creating timeless photos and embracing

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cerning taste, the expert planning team will work with you

spontaneity—Oh, and she's equally devoted to dancing

every client, Bird Dog Wedding can design and plan your

every step of the way to design a beautiful, personalized

with you at your wedding reception.

entire affair or simply help with month-of coordination.

and unforgettable occasion.

Specializing in weddings, corporate and non-profit events, Liv by Design takes every detail into consideration when

Leave the “bird dogging” to the experts and let the team Annie Ray Photo Booth

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Photographer Annie Ray puts a unique spin on your wed-

Specializing in making events distinctive to each client

ding day with her photo booth rentals, where she directs

and location, Pearl Events offers expert advice and a wide-

guests to be themselves and captures countless candid

range of planning options to suit any wedding day needs.

moments in the process. The Nichols 123 W 6th St | (512) 123 4567 | Nicholsphotographers.com As husband and wife photographers, the Nichols create a story out of your wedding day through their contemporary imagery and creative approach. They are available for work throughout the globe.


exceed your every expectation.

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the simplifiers Thesimplifiers.com This award-winning, full service event planning firm specializes in unique and non-traditional events ranging from one of a kind weddings to corporate functions with high ROI and memorable social events of all sizes.

Event planning and production since 2004 Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special day, call High Beam to make your next event brilliant!

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Your dream wedding. Exquisitely elegant. Opening in February 2015, the JW Marriott® Austin is the area’s newest luxury hotel and a perfect setting for your special day. The hotel features stylish event spaces, a team of certified wedding planners and impeccable service to make sure your wedding dreams come true. Book now and receive all of the following: • Personal wedding event manager • White-glove service • Complimentary floating candle centerpiece for each table • Votive candles for dinner and cocktail receptions • Complimentary JW Marriott Austin linens, tables and chairs • Complimentary suite for the bride and groom on the wedding night • Discounted room rates for your guests • Marriott Rewards® points for each food and beverage dollar spent TO BOOK YOUR DREAM WEDDING TODAY, VISIT JWMARRIOTTAUSTIN.COM OR CALL 512.474.4777.


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behind the scenes

Sargent Brothers Printing Press A f a m i ly - r u n l e t t e r p r e s s shop runs with a keen e y e for detail and a respect for the history of the art form .

Handset type is locked up and ready for the press in a chase—an iron frame—with wood blocks called furniture and steel wedges called quoins.


en Sargent spent 35 years as an editorial cartoonist for the Austin American-Statesman, and he also spent the better part of two decades designing an intricate, functioning model

train scene from northern New Mexico, which keeps silent watch over the old, trusty equipment in the Sargent Brothers Printing Press shop. In other words, Sargent is a man well-versed in details, which makes him perhaps the perfect person to have inherited a family printing press. “I love the craft process,” Sargent says. “I like being able to use my hands on iron and steel and lead equipment to make something that looks good.” Joking that the process of printing is 90 percent patience and just 10 percent ingenuity, Sargent explains that the work is always an exercise in detail and precision. Central to this exercise is a 10- by 15-foot Chandler & Price platen job press, built in Cleveland in 1905 and in Sargent’s family for three generations and counting. Beneath the press, ink collects on the concrete floor, and when Sargent turns it on for a demonstration, its spinning gears whir like a fan. It is an unmistakably physical machine, perfectly suited to a process sought after precisely because of our own tactile cravings. The room smells like the ink, but also like solvent, and, Sargent explains with a laugh, “probably a hint of cigar smoke— Ben Sargent was also a TV critic and editorial cartoonist at the Statesman for 35 years.

this is a cigar-friendly kind of area.” Sargent also has under his charge an impressive collection of handP h oto g r a p h y by j e s s i c a at t i e

Samples of the Sargent Brothers' Printing Company's work range from invitations to birth announcements. Sargent says current style leans toward heavy printing, so that you can really feel the letterpress— something he says would've made his father cringe.

Sargent's printing press was built in 1905 and bought by his father and uncle in 1928.

set metal type—more than 230 fonts in a collection of sizes, faces and styles. They sit nestled in organized trays adorned in peeling labels, waiting to be put to use. Nearby is a framed notice—no poetry or other uplifting materials, please—and a paper explaining Murphy’s Law, tacked to the container for the metal type. Sargent’s father and brother bought the press in 1928, and it has been in the family ever since. “My dad one time told me that when a boy get’s printer’s ink on his shirt, it takes three generations to wash out,” Sargent says. His work comes from area designers and individuals craving that hand-printed feel. And he says that the style today leans Left: A framed photo of Ben's father Joe Sargent hangs in a framed photo on the wall of the shop, operating the same press Ben uses today in his shop in Amarillo. Right: Hundreds of fonts of metal type are neatly arranged in Sargent's workshop and labeled with peeling but still legible paper. Tihanyi-sargent invitation design by taylor green; Chapple-Driskell invite design by nathan driskell; sonal-vijay invitation design by kara fuhlbrugge.

deeper, more obviously “impressed,” than ever before. Sargent flips on the model train he’s spent so many years building, explaining over the sound of a huffing train that he also works as a volunteer conductor and chairman for the Austin Steam Train, and it becomes clear all over again: This is a man absolutely devoted to machines—and the details that make their function so beautiful. j. netzer tribeza.com february 2015



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The Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation gives hope to families struggling with infertility.

February 26, 2015 at Brazos Hall | Tickets $150


Over 600 works by artists from Texas and beyond, PLUS live performances by DJ ADRIAN QUESADA and WHISKEY SHIVERS. All proceeds from Five x Seven help support the exhibitions program at The Contemporary Austin

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The Wixoms The Wixoms, a dynamic advertising creative directing team and married couple, Alisa and Kris, moved back to Austin from New York City in 2010. In their impressive career at agencies like Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and TBWA\ Chiat\Day NY, they have produced a Superbowl spot for Garmin, ads for Levis and Planters, and award-winning campaigns for the likes of Absolut Vodka and Skittles, to name a few. For the past four years, they have been commuting between Austin and NYC while still working as creative directors for TBWA, but starting this month, they are thrilled to be joining GSD&M as Group Creative Directors. It all feels like a full circle moment since the couple met in college and started collaborating when they were in the ad sequence program at UT Austin together in 2001. “GSD&M has an amazing culture. They throw one of the best SXSW parties and are just good people, which is important for us since we haven't gone into an office for nearly five years,” Alisa says. “Plus, they have incredible momentum right now. We can't wait.” While they are both creative directors, Alisa’s background is as a writer and Kris’ as an art director. Their favorite thing about working together over the past decade as described from their light-filled shared office on the second floor of their modern home in Bouldin? “Laughing. Not everything we work on is comedy based but I think it’s the funny stuff that we really gravitate towards,” Alisa says. “Also getting to go on shoots together, especially in places like Germany, Malaysia and Romania.” For date nights, the couple (parents to toddler son Sawyer) usually cooks together or heads to Elizabeth Street Cafe, Contigo or the Alamo Drafthouse (they particularly love watching the theater’s live karaoke nights), and we had to know where they head when seeking inspiration for a new concept. “We go for a walk on South Congress or the trail around Lady Kris and Alisa Wixom at home with their son, Sawyer.


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Bird Lake or for a hike on one of the greenbelts,” Alisa says. “If we’re really in a bind Kris will go beat on his drums and I’ll go to yoga. Or if all else fails, cocktails!” l . smith ford

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1. The Rolling Stones 1972: My brother took me to see the Rolling Stones’ Steel Wheels tour in 1989 for my first concert. I’ve loved them ever since. This is a book of photographs by Jim Marshall of the Stones in 1972, recording Exile on Main Street and the ensuing tour. Rock and roll photography at it’s best. -Kris. 2. Horse book: I’m obsessed with vintage horse books but this one is even cooler because it was Kris’ grandparents. It was printed in 1894 and is in pristine condition. -Alisa 3. Whisk: My alter ego is a stay at home wife who makes every meal from scratch and bakes up a storm. 4. Fleetwood Mac Rumors Album: This is one of the few albums that works during good or bad times. 5. Ruby ring: When my dad was in high school he put this ring on layaway for a girl. By the time he could buy it, she’d broken up with him. He held onto it and gave it to me when I turned 15. It’s a nice reminder that everything happens for a reason. -Alisa 6. Bolex 160 Super 8mm: If only real life looked as good as the film this old camera captures. 7. Beard balm: For obvious reasons. -Kris 8. Vintage 70s Ludwig Cowbell: Oh I think you’re gonna want all that cowbell. -Kris 9. Sawyer’s Vans: These crush me. Can’t handle them 10. Wooden Cocktail Measurer: Many a Paloma and Moscow Mule have been born out of this little measurer we found at a vintage shop years ago. So many in fact, we had to glue the wooden bottom back on recently. 11. Horse: I’ve been a horse lover my entire life and this vintage doll looks just like my retired Quarter Horse, Barbie. -Alisa 12. Mini Cow Skull: This is Spit. He keeps watch over our kitchen counter and doubles nicely as a ring holder when I’m cooking. 13. Lone Star sign: Nothing brings out our Texas pride like this vintage sign my dad got us a few years back. Makes us feel like we’re at Gilley’s in the 80’s. 14. Sawyer’s Drum sticks: Our son Sawyer started wailing on his daddy’s drums before he could walk.

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The property owners Harper and Dave Connell (pictured) held their own wedding at the venue in March of 2013.

The Greenhouse at Driftwood

The three-story, tropical greenhouse is filled with rainforest plants like cycads, palms, orchids and bromeliads.

A new e v ent v enue just west of Austin offers an elegant setting in nature .


ot only is this a one-of-a-kind place in the Texas Hill Country, to the natural beauty of the area. but it was also a big part of our love story,” says Harper Connell As the name might suggest, the greenhouses are the highlight of the of the new special event and wedding venue, The Greenhouse venue. Just to be clear, this is not your grandmother’s greenhouse. There at Driftwood. Before Harper and her husband Dave Connell trans- are presently over 70 different species planted in not one but two beauformed their small slice of utopia into a venue, the couple exchanged tifully constructed houses made of glass and steel. A 2.5-story desert their own “I dos” amidst the lush wildflowers and century old Oaks that greenhouse filled with soaring cacti, aloes, succulents, and pachypolie at the confluence of Onion and Jackson Creeks. “After Dave proposed, dia makes for the perfect backdrop for bridal portraits--or walk over we knew without a doubt this was where we wanted to get married,” to the property’s massive three-story tropical greenhouse where cycads, Harper says. “Through the planning process, and ultimately the wed- palms, orchids, and bromeliads flourish for colorful and romantic ending, we realized how well the place worked as a venue, and here we are!” gagement shots year round. The 80 acres property has been in Dave’s family for three generations, Recreating the property into a fully functioning event venue was no since a love for the outdoors brought the family to the oasis in the 1970s. small endeavor, but after three generations of caring for the land, the Today, the husband and wife team operate on their own, running Connells are used to such labors of love. Attention to conservation and the grounds for intimate dinners, large reception, and everything sustainability, they note, is a way of life here, where rainwater collection in between. Harper’s background in public relations and events has is the primary water source and most of their power needs are met with helped tremendously in creating a vision for the venue’s brand while rooftop solar panels. “The greenhouses, the views, the architecture, the Dave’s passion for the land has been invaluable in imagining the prop- whole package is really romantic,” the couple says. “And it’s lovely to have erty’s potential. To achieve the perfect marriage of these other people see what we love about this special place.” 850 Darden Hill Rd. two ideas, the team sought out Tom Hatch of Hatch Ulland The Greenhouse at Driftwood is currently booking (512) 239 9187 Owen Architects to design a space that would offer an events for 2015 and beyond. Tours are by appointment thegreenhousedriftwood.com elegant backdrop for successful events while staying true only. t. mendoza


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pick Left: Gardner’s version of beef tartar, the dry aged beef is served with delicious sweet potatoes and black garlic. Below, left: The carrot dish is served with beef heart and grape for a surprising flavor punch. Below, right: Gardner perfects the art of stunning minimalism, with custom furniture by Michael Yates and interior design by Ann Edgerton.


The vegan friendly Brassicas dish, served with toasted grains, preserved lemons and chili broth, highlights some of the season’s best ingredients and delights vegans and non-vegans alike.

Veggies are a plent y—but there is so much more to this, refined East Austin spot.


alking into Gardner was a bit disorienting. It didn’t feel like Austin. Nor LA, NYC, or Miami. It felt like someplace I’d never been…maybe a place like Scandinavia or Japan where design is sparse, serene, cerebral. There were bare walls and floors, warmed by simple wood accents, glowing pendant orbs, and decorative fireplaces. Seating was thoughtfully laid out, with no communal tables in sight. Cool tunes floated in the background. The place was sleek yet soft. Modern yet timeless. Minimalist yet welcoming. Glancing at the menu, I started to get my bearings: the food was decidedly farm-to-table and mostly vegetarian. I knew I was back in Austin. But when the food arrived, I was transported again. This was ambitious, creative food—not trickster stunt-cooking. And, it was all delicious. Gardner is the latest project from the folks at Contigo, the urban ranch restaurant near the Mueller development. And except for their shared dedication to top-quality food and service, the two


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restaurants couldn’t be more different. Whereas Contigo focuses on rustic meats, Gardner is all about sophisticated veggies. The menu spotlights seasonal produce, with some meat thrown in for good measure. There are lots of small tasting portions—and I suggest you taste a lot of them. Like the chicken skin: several pieces of perfectly crisped skin dotted with crème fraiche, Japanese spices, and a drizzle of honey. It was crunchy and creamy, salty and sweet, and totally yummy. Beets were equally delightful. Roasted cubes were topped with a thin layer of Turkish-spiced mayo, herbs and toasted pine nut brittle. For entrees, our server encouraged us to try the gnudi and we were glad she did. Tossed with smoked mushrooms and wilted arugula, the plump, tender ricotta dumplings melted in our mouths (and my husband and I fought over the last one). The dry-aged beef was straightforward and delicious, accompanied by a sweet potato cooked three ways and brightened with tangy Asian black garlic. We didn’t make it to dessert, but options

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included a cheese plate and a tempting concoction of milk chocolate, pears, sunchokes and anise. Like the ambiance, the drink selections were unexpected and lovely. For aperitifs, my husband was thrilled to find authentic French apple cider and devoured his glass of Manoir de Kinkiz Cidre Fouesnant from Brittany. And I thoroughly enjoyed my glass of Spanish Valdespino Manzanilla en Rama dry sherry. Next came tasty glasses of a Tuscan Cosimo Maria Masini Sangiovese and a Traminer from the Italian Alps, an aromatic white wine not yet on the menu recommended by our helpful server. There were also interesting beers, both domestic and imported, like a Flemish sour beer and a Texas smoked lager. Service was outstanding. From the hostess to the wait staff, they were knowledgeable, professional and polite. No one wanted to be our best friend, but they wanted us to have the best meal. As Gardner began to coax me into a blissful, mellow mood, it didn’t take long before I felt right at home. k. spezia

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