Levy's: Spring/Summer 2016

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features The cat’s meow | 32 Jaguar’s F-type S two-seater combines classic inspiration with a sassy new spirit.

4x4 | 42 Meet four talented chefs from “the four corners of the world” as they present four distinctive dishes.

tuscan treasure | 58 On a hill overlooking Florence lies an exquisitely restored 45-room villa—Il Salviatino.


Memo | 8

Reason to celebrate

The LEVY’s Guide | 13 Kiwi weekend wear...honored by Esquire...tux tips...K-9 training for your canine...and more.

Essentials | 16 Stock up on new must-haves for spring and summer.

0n the run | 26 With luxurious textures and smart silhouettes, this year’s offerings from Canali make the case for elegant nonchalance. THE LEADING MAN

Johnny depp | 28 This rascal with style thinks outside the box on screen and in his personal style too.

Grape | 50 A beachy bastion of celebrities, Malibu is gaining new fame for the wine it produces.

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Romantic getaway? Check. Weekend errands? Check. Let Levy’s fill your sartorial needs.



spirits | 54 In honor of National Tequila Day we serve up a half-dozen of the top tequilas in the world.

In good company | 62 We celebrated our 160th anniversary with a big bash at the store. Check out the photos!

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On the cover: On her, white and silver dress by Elisa Cavaletti. On him, teal bamboo sportcoat by Armani Collezioni, pink sport shirt by Eton, tan trousers by Hickey Freeman, leather belt by Anderson’s.

These genre-bending artists are making music that sounds bang up to date.

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memo LEVY’S 3900 hillsboro pike, suite 36 nashville, TN 37215 615.383.2800 www.levysclothes.com Store Hours Monday to saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Editorial Director david levy Editor Mark Dowden Art Director stephen M. vitarbo

Reason to celebrate sneak peeks

Prints Charming p. 23

Lather up! p. 13

Levy’s loves Nashville. From its beginning on North Market Street (now 2nd Avenue) in 1855 to our home on Hillsboro Pike in Green Hills, Levy’s has been the constant in the clothing business. We recently celebrated our 160th anniversary with a fabulous event featuring food from Union Common and Hattie B’s. The Kingstons entertained our guests for hours, and Little Harpeth Brewing Company provided local craft beer. Turn to page 62 to see photos from the party. For the last 160 years we’ve built our reputation on finding the most beautiful and luxurious clothing and accessories from around the world, presenting them to you courtesy of an expert sales team and finalizing your perfect fit in our on-site tailor shop.

As always, our goal is to make your shopping experience enjoyable—from our convenient front-door parking to our private shopping area to our wardrobe consultants who will happily pre-select fashions to save you precious time when you shop. Call us to request an appointment at any time. In addition, we offer complimentary gift wrap and will work hard to earn your trust and loyalty in every way. We look forward to showing you our newest spring/summer fashions and hope to see you soon.

Executive Editor rita guarna Managing Editor Carol Bialkowski Senior Editor timothy kelley Associate Editor darius amos Contributing Editors Virginie Boone, Liz Donovan, Everett Potter, Josh Sens Contributing Designer Yvonne Marki Contributing Photographers Peyton Hoge, Daniel Springston Publishing staff Publisher Shae Marcus Associate Publisher Amy B. Weiss National brand Manager monica delli santi Director of Production and Circulation Christine Hamel Advertising Services Manager jacquelynn fischer Senior Art Director, Agency Services Kijoo Kim Production/Art Assistant alanna giannantonio Accounting agnes alves, megan frank Published by Chairman Carroll V. Dowden President & CEO Mark Dowden

­—Ellen and David Levy

Senior Vice Presidents Shae marcus, carl olsen Vice Presidents Nigel Edelshain, Rita Guarna, christine hamel levy’s Magazine is published twice a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with Levy’s. Copyright © 2016 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, LEVY’S, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email mark.dowden@wainscotmedia.com. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, LEVY’S Circulation

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We’re excited to announce the newest addition to the Levy’s family—Piper!

Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae.marcus@wainscotmedia.com.

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Lather up!

If you’ve overslept and you’re running late, the electric razor you received for the holidays will come in handy. But for the closest, most comfortable trim, you have to journey back to your grandfather’s day and experience a wet shave. You’ve probably seen it done on film— remember Robert DeNiro in The Untouchables? A barber lathers up your face and uses a straight razor or safety razor to trim your whiskers. Then comes a splash of cool water and aftershave to soothe the pores. There’s an art to the process and steps to follow to achieve the perfect wet shave. With any project, proper prep is important. Wash your face with warm water and soap meant for the face (body washes might leave your skin too dry). For the next step, lather up with a fine shaving cream applied with a brush. You can pick up premium shaving products from Jack Black, King’s Crown and The Art of Shaving right here at Levy’s. Despite what you see on TV, you don’t need a six-blade, vibrating razor—one blade is all you need. As long as it’s sharp, a single blade gives the closest shave and reduces the amount of irritation. Opt for the safety razor, which has a double-edge disposable blade. Only after you’ve honed your skills with the safety razor should you consider giving the straight razor— also known, gulp, as a “cutthroat”—a try. Shave with the grain first, then pass the razor across the grain. Finally, pass against the grain if your skin isn’t too sensitive. Once you’re whisker-free, enjoy a cool rinse and some aftershave. Then stand back and admire the results. Once you go wet, you’ll have a hard time going back to dry.

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There’s certainly no shortage of shops in Nashville that will rent you a tuxedo. So why should you buy one? We can think of four reasons: Perfect fit. When a tuxedo fits properly, you feel more comfortable and look your best. Other people notice that. Dollars and sense. It takes just a few tuxworthy occasions in a decade for this garment to pay for itself. And when you own, you may find you’re tux-clad more often. Top quality. When you buy a tuxedo or other formal attire at Levy’s, you can select from the finest Italian fabrics. They’ll stand the test of time and also have a softer, more sumptuous feel. Personal style. The basic black tuxedo is the hallmark of elegance. You’ll find variations in lapel styles (shawl, peak or notch), number of buttons (one or two) and contrasting fabrics (satin or grosgrain). Most tuxedos have a silk stripe down the length of the trousers. To make a personal statement, choose a subtly patterned black fabric or a midnight blue. A velvet jacket paired with solid trousers and a fancy bow tie is another elegant option. Whatever you choose, your tux can express your style. Stop by Levy’s and let us show you the myriad ways you can customize a tuxedo for the special occasions coming up in spring and summer.

The social circuit

Look good, feel good and do good this spring and summer by attending events that benefit the local community. Here are two of our favorites taking place in Nashville. And don’t forget to stop by Levy’s to help you find the perfect outfit. May 12: Eat, drink and give back at Generous Helpings. This annual food and beverage tasting event, taking place at City Winery at 6 p.m., will feature many of Nashville’s best local restaurants showcasing tastings of signature appetizers, entrees and desserts, along with fine wines and craft beers. Proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, which works with 450 partner agencies to feed hungry men, women and children throughout its 46-county service area. To purchase tickets, go to secondharvestmidtn.org. May 14: The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941. Sip a Honey Jack Julep while watching the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles and timber at Percy Warner Park. It’s the sporting and social event of the season, but it also benefits Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Friends of Warner Parks and other nonprofits and charities. To learn more, and to purchase tickets, visit iroquoissteeplechase.org.


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Does Fido have behavior issues? Call Nashville K-9. They train dogs for law enforcement agencies, search and rescue teams, and executive protection, so they can certainly teach your furry friend to learn basic commands and solve your daily dog obedience problems. The company offers both on-leash and offleash training programs as well as a “train the trainer” program—custom-tailored, one-on-one sessions during which you are trained to train your dog. Want to help your pup put his or her best paw forward? Call 615.283.7100 or visit nashvillek9.com.

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Kiwi weekend wear

You’ve got your weekday wardrobe covered. That’s relatively easy. Now what about the weekends? Come in and try on some pieces from Rodd & Gunn. The iconic New Zealand sportswear brand (with the cool pointer dog logo) gets its inspiration from nature, using lots of linen, cotton and wool in its designs. The result? Unpretentious, relaxed comfort—soft, beautifully textured clothes that are as functional as they are fashionable— perfect for getting out and enjoying the outdoors this spring.

Everyday chic The modern “it” girl got a treat in the late 1990s when Donna Degnan launched her first fashion line, and her gift of contemporary styling and a chic look for every occasion is still giving. Today, Degnan’s New York company is known for producing the highest-quality clothing for trendy yet sophisticated women. From everyday essentials to ’60s-inspired jumpsuits to whimsical floral dresses made from carefully sourced fabric, each piece is made with a focus on quality. Like the women who wear them, the brand’s styles are poised, cool and intelligent—good for the office, a weekend getaway or a stroll through the park. These are designs made for the senses as well as for function. If you’re not wearing Donna Degnan yet, swing by Levy’s where we’ll show you what’s hot from the collection this season. You’re sure to find one (or two or three) pieces that you’ll want to take home!


A FLATTERING FIT Don’t know their size? Can’t decide what to buy? A Levy’s gift card guarantees your gift will be the perfect style, size and color. Purchase a gift card online (levysclothes.com) or call the store (615.383.2800). Gift cards are available in any denomination you choose for a remembrance that will dazzle any lucky recipient.

Honored by Esquire

The A–Z List With dozens of designer brands to choose from, you’ll always find what you’re looking for at Levy’s. See if you don’t find your favorites in the list below. Then visit the store for a shopping experience you’ll love. 34 Heritage AG Denim Agave Alberto Allen Edmonds Amour Vert Anderson Belts Armani Collezioni Baci Ballin Borgo 28 Bosca Byron Carol Lipworth Circle of Gentlemen Conrad C Culturata David Donahue Derek Rose Dion Donald J Pliner Donna Degnan Eleventy Elisa Cavaletti Ermenegildo Zegna Eton Flynt Gimo’s Gitman Bros. Gravati Gucci Hickey Freeman Hiltl Hook & Albert Hugo Boss I.C. by Richard Choi Jack Victor Jonathan Wachtel Judy P Left Coast Tee Lola & Sophie

M Made in Italy Mac Magnanni Majestic International Massimo Bizzocchi Measure Up Meyer Peserico PYA Quinn R. Hanauer Rafe Remo Tulliani Robert Graham Robert Talbott Rodd & Gunn Royal Highnies Salvatore Ferragamo Sand Santiago Save the Duck Scott Barber Scott Kay Second Yoga Jeans Sorial Southern Firefly Candle Southern Tide Swims Ted Baker Tees by Tina Tommy Bahama Torino Trafalgar UP VK Nagrani Victorinox Will Leather Goods Yoana Baraschi Zanella

For more than three-quarters of a century, Esquire magazine has been advising men on how to look great, and for just as long, Levy’s has been helping men follow that advice. Once again, Levy’s has earned a spot on Esquire’s prestigious Gold Standard list, which recognizes the Circle of Gentlemen finest menswear specialty stores in the country. Come see why we’re one of the few stores to consistently receive this distinguished honor.

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Show your patriotic pride with these Made in America products. Clockwise from left, candles by Southern Firefly Candle Company, sport shirts by Gitman Bros., bow tie by R. Hanauer, leather belts by Torino, boxer shorts by Royal Highnies, jeans by AG and Agave.

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You can spread your wings and still put down roots.

Nashville thrives on originality and imagination. Where people with small town roots accomplish big dreams. So here’s to the creative spirit. Here’s to dreaming big but never losing sight of where you came from. Here’s to the art of crafting a success story that takes you places you could only imagine…and then brings you back home.

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With plaids, prints and bold colors, shorts by Ted Baker, Rodd & Gunn, Robert Graham and Tommy Bahama will make you stand out and keep you cool this summer.


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Anderson’s contemporary braided belts are perfect for your warm-weather outfits. “Weave” got a great assortment of styles and colors at Levy’s.


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The Perfect Mix of Old & New At Gitman, we combine craftsmanship and technology to deliver a range of products that uphold our ongoing dedication to quality, comfort and style.



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Show your fashion sense with these print shirts from Robert Graham and Sand. The wardrobe staple from the two designers always comes in the perfect fit and a variety of shades and patterns that are sure to bring life to your wardrobe.


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Spring/Summer 2016:


With luxurious textures and smart silhouettes, this season’s offerings make the case for elegant nonchalance.


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child’s first glimpse into a kaleidoscope—like the first time he spins and makes himself dizzy—can be a mind-expanding moment of discovery. “I still remember the sense of wonder I felt,” says Milan-based designer Andrea Pompilio, now heading into his third year as creative consultant for Canali. That’s why he showed different-sized slow-mo videos within a fragmented kaleidoscope image as a backdrop at a recent Fashion Week as his models strode across the catwalk to show off the line’s spring/summer 2016 offerings for men. That way, people could appreciate the overall impact of each jacket, sportcoat, suit or other garment while also seeing Canali’s relentlessly meticulous attention to fine tailoring and detail. Indeed, this family company has been a synonym for tailor-made Italian luxury since it was launched in 1934. Today it boasts ultramodern manufacturing facilities and some 1,800 employees worldwide, but it remains the essence of what makes “Made in Italy” a cherished label. For Canali, the values of wearability and comfort are always in harmony with the ideals of top-quality materials and precise craftsmanship. The Canali man? He’s a creature of kaleidoscopically changing moods, as the images at left suggest. “He’s a free spirit, audacious and unconventional, who plays with a casual elegance rich in details and opulent textile fabrics,” Pompilio has said. There’s always room for whimsy, but never for the haphazard. And a constant emphasis on innovation keeps the brand’s vision fresh, as it surely is for this season.

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the leading man

Rascal with style Actor Johnny Depp likes to ignore the rules and lose himself completely in a role. This abandon is reflected in his personal style too. By Timothy Kelley


above. And even when it’s theoretically a bit too much, he’ll somehow look great. On occasion, Depp’s film roles provide inspiration for his sartorial choices—consciously or not. When he turned up at the recent premiere for the movie Black Mass wearing a high-decibel, peach-colored suit, people wondered if he’d taken the role of gangster Whitey Bulger too much to heart. But he has also incorporated a pirate motif suggested by his costume as Captain Jack Sparrow, the character he’s played in the popular Pirates of the Caribbean series since 2003. “There’s only one man who can look red carpet-ready in a pirate kilt, caftan, handkerchief and cowboy hat, worn all at the same time and topped off with a gold chain or eleven,” wrote Details magazine not long ago. “And that man is Johnny Depp.” Like any true original, Depp is an exciting, unpredictable amalgam of influences. And he’s always worth watching.

There’s a bit of the rocker in film star Johnny Depp, who played guitar in garage bands before he ever memorized lines from a script. But there’s also a soulful intensity—seen in this hatted, necklaced, bespectacled and tattooed Depp of 2013—that makes him a potent performer in demanding movie roles.

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f attitude is all you’ve got, watch out. But if you’ve got attitude plus integrity and tons of talent, let the world watch out. That’s the way it is with Johnny Depp. This handsome, sometimes feisty actor first caught our eye in the ’80s Fox police show 21 Jump Street. Since then he’s ruffled feathers from time to time—and worn them too. As an actor he’s known for going deep, for being less concerned with box office than with thinking— and playing—outside the proverbial box. And he’s similarly intense about what he wears. “There’s something that’s authentic about Johnny, and you can see it in his eyes,” said Council of Fashion Designers of America President Diane von Furstenberg in 2012, when the group made Depp the first male recipient of its Fashion Icon Award. “He’s nice and naughty.” Depp’s affinity for accessories is well known. He’ll sport a hat, a scarf, a necklace, a bracelet, a bandana, purple sunglasses or maybe all of the

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This entitles you to savings of $75 on any new men’s spring sportswear purchase of $375 or more.



This entitles you to savings of $75 on any new spring furnishings and accessories purchase of $375 or more.


One certificate per client. Must present certificate to receive credit. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not applicable to previous purchases, sale merchandise, shoes, Made to Measure, special orders, Remo Tulliani Jewelry, Carol Lipworth Jewelry, Rosa Hermosa, or Will Leather Goods.

One certificate per client. Must present certificate to receive credit. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not applicable to previous purchases, sale merchandise, shoes, Made to Measure, special orders, Remo Tulliani Jewelry, Carol Lipworth Jewelry, Rosa Hermosa, or Will Leather Goods.

Certificate is valid through June 30, 2016.

Certificate is valid through June 30, 2016.


This entitles you to $100 on any new men’s spring suit, sport coat and pant, or tuxedo purchase of $500 or more.



This entitles you to savings of $100 on any new spring women’s apparel purchase of $500 or more.


One certificate per client. Must present certificate to receive credit. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not applicable to previous purchases, sale merchandise, shoes, Made to Measure, special orders, Remo Tulliani Jewelry, Carol Lipworth Jewelry, Rosa Hermosa, or Will Leather Goods.

One certificate per client. Must present certificate to receive credit. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not applicable to previous purchases, sale merchandise, shoes, Made to Measure, special orders, Remo Tulliani Jewelry, Carol Lipworth Jewelry, Rosa Hermosa, or Will Leather Goods.

Certificate is valid through June 30, 2016.

Certificate is valid through June 30, 2016.


This entitles you to savings of $500 on any total purchase of new spring merchandise of $2,500 or more.



This entitles you to savings of $1,000 on any total purchase of new spring merchandise of $5,000 or more.


One certificate per client. Must present certificate to receive credit. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not applicable to previous purchases, sale merchandise, shoes, Made to Measure, special orders, Remo Tulliani Jewelry, Carol Lipworth Jewelry, Rosa Hermosa, or Will Leather Goods.

One certificate per client. Must present certificate to receive credit. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not applicable to previous purchases, sale merchandise, shoes, Made to Measure, special orders, Remo Tulliani Jewelry, Carol Lipworth Jewelry, Rosa Hermosa, or Will Leather Goods.

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the cat’s meow

Think you know Jaguar? It’s time to re-think. The F-type S two-seater combines classic inspiration with a sassy new spirit. And in 2016 it comes in a 6-speed manual transmission, delighting those who still prize the art of driving.


hen Ian Callum was a kid in Scotland, he wrote to Jaguar seeking tips on becoming a car designer and got a reply advising him to study technical drawing. It took a few decades and a few other automotive stops along the way, but today he is Jag’s chief designer. This elegantly sculpted two-seater shows that he hasn’t forgotten the brand’s sporty tradition.

The ’16 is the first Jag sports car to use electric powerassisted steering (EPAS), controversial with driving purists. Company engineers believe it now outshines the hydraulic alternative (for example, it can be programmed to adapt to different ambient temperatures) without compromising that sports car feel.

The 3.0-liter engine boasts 380 horsepower at 6,500 rpm; it takes just 5.1 seconds to get from 0 to 60. And when you’re toodling to the gym, won’t it be secret fun to know that if the laws allowed, you could be getting there at 171 mph?

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Matte black and chrome exterior trim helps give this Jaguar its elegantly assertive look.


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There’s driver-selectable “active sport exhaust” with center-mounted dual exhaust pipes, just in case there’s any question about this beast’s authority on the road. Vr-rooom!

Customers used to pay extra for configurable dynamic controls (such as interior lighting with five color choices) and 14-way power seats, but this year they’re standard on the F-type S.

This year’s F-type features an upgraded “infotainment” system and an app that lets you simply tap your smartphone to operate locks, windows, remote start, climate control—and a beep-and-flash in case you’ve forgotten where you parked your Jag.

The S is impeccably dressed— right down to the floor with 19-inch Propeller alloy wheels. And thanks to the Jaguar highperformance braking system with black calipers, these wheels can stop almost on a shilling. A recent test put the 70 mph-to-zero braking space at less than 150 feet, competitive with the industry’s best.

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Client meeting? Check. Romantic getaway? Check. Weekend errands? Check. Let Levy’s fill your sartorial needs. Photography by Daniel Springston

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Navy vest by Save the Duck, blue sport shirt by Culturata, cargo pants by Eleventy, necklace by Carol Lipworth.


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On her, white and silver dress by Elisa Cavaletti. On him, teal bamboo sportcoat by Armani Collezioni, pink sport shirt by Eton, tan trousers by Hickey Freeman, leather belt by Anderson’s.

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On her, yellow knit sweater by Santiago, black leggings by Minxx, bracelets by Carol Lipworth. On him, plaid sportcoat by Circle of Gentlemen, sport shirt by Ermenegildo Zegna, linenblend pants by AG.

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On him, blue linen sportcoat by Robert Graham, white sport shirt by Eton, russet five-pocket pants by AG, leather belt by Torino, messenger bag by Will Leather Goods. On her, denim vest by Conrad C, white fringe tank by Amour Vert, floral pants by Up!, necklace by Suzy T Designs.

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On him, knit sportcoat by Eleventy, white linen shirt by Armani Collezioni, five-pocket pants by Ermenegildo Zegna. On her, white jacket, silk blouse and silk cargo pants all by Eleventy, necklaces by Carol Lipworth, suede handbag by Etienne Aigner.

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Reversible floral print dress by Animapop, bracelet by Carol Lipworth.

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On him, navy windowpane suit by Hickey Freeman, dress shirt by Eton, silk tie by Ermenegildo Zegna, pocket square by J.Z. Richards. On her, white fringe top by Yoana Baraschi, white tank by Judy P, black pants by MAC, necklace by Carol Lipworth, pebble leather tote by Etienne Aigner.

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Tan leather fringe top by Eleventy, jeans by Vince and red heels by Manolo Blahnik.

On him, black suit by Armani Collezioni, white dress shirt by Eton. On her, black and white dress by Hugo Boss, earrings by Carol Lipworth.

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Chef Magnus Nilsson Fäviken Magasinet, Fäviken, Sweden

Aged Rib-Eye with onion purée Ingredients n 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, divided n 2 medium onions, very thinly sliced n ¼ cup low-salt chicken stock n 1 Tb. buttermilk n Kosher salt n 1 Tb. vegetable oil

n 1 28-oz. rib-eye steak (about 2 inches thick), at room temperature for 1 hour n Coarse sea salt n Assorted soft herb sprigs (such as tarragon, flat-leaf parsley and chervil)

directions Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over mediumlow heat. Add onions and cook, stirring constantly, until translucent (do not brown), 10–12 minutes. Add stock and ¾ cup water. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and continue to simmer until onions are falling apart, about 20 minutes. Uncover and stir until onions are almost dry (do not brown), about 5 minutes. Transfer onions to a blender. Add buttermilk and 1 tablespoon water. Purée until smooth. Season with kosher salt. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Arrange a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with oil in a large castiron skillet or large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak generously with kosher salt. Cook until a deep brown crust forms, 3–4 minutes per side and 1–2 minutes on edges. Place on prepared rack. Roast until a thermometer inserted into steak registers 115ºF. (Steak will carry over to medium-rare.) Let rest for 30 minutes.


etting a seat at The Mind of a Chef star Magnus Nilsson’s restaurant takes a bit of effort. The highly acclaimed Fäviken Magasinet is located in an 18th-century barn on 24,000 acres of hunting grounds in northern Sweden, only 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. And it’s not just the journey that makes dining here difficult: The small space can accommodate only 12 guests a night, so you can imagine the wait list. But, critics say, it’s worth it. Nilsson’s contemporary interpretation of Scandinavian cuisine is both theatrical and avant-garde, focusing on local ingredients, including fish caught by the man himself. Last summer, Nilsson surprised his fans when he bought a campervan and turned it into a hot dog stand, which he runs out of “places that seem like fun.”

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Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook until butter browns, about 2 minutes. Add steak and cook for 30 seconds per side, allowing steak to absorb butter. Cut steak into 4 slices. Place 1 steak slice on each plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Spoon warm onion purée alongside. Scatter herbs over purée.


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Chef Martin Benn Sepia Restaurant, Sydney, Australia

Prawn and Buckwheat Risotto

with grain mustard and tarragon Ingredients n 180g raw buckwheat n 900g green (raw) prawns n 60ml olive oil n 30g French shallots, finely chopped n 1½ tsp. finely chopped garlic n 1½ tsp. thyme leaves

n 450ml hot prawn stock n 3 tsp. chopped tarragon n 60g unsalted butter n 30g grain mustard n 30g mascarpone cheese n Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

directions Cook the buckwheat in boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain and set aside. Clean the prawns by removing the heads and peeling off the shells. Devein the prawns by cutting down the back of each and scraping the black vein out with a small knife. Dice the prawn meat and set aside.

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artin Benn somehow managed to make it through almost two decades as a relatively unknown chef in Australia. In 2009, he opened Sepia, and his artfully prepared and playful Japanese-inspired seafood dishes became the little secret of the people lucky enough to visit the new restaurant. Last year his cookbook, Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn, caught the attention of celebrity chef Eric Ripert, who invited Benn to cook on his television show Avec Eric. Since the show aired, Benn has earned fame in the culinary world. His French technique and experience in Japanese cuisine allows him to take full advantage of fresh Australian seafood, which he serves in an Art Deco-inspired setting that is as light and unpretentious as the food enjoyed there.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic and thyme, and sauté until softened and transparent. Add the buckwheat and stir to combine well. Add all of the stock and cook until the buckwheat is tender. Add the prawn meat and stir well to combine. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from the heat. Add the butter, mustard, mascarpone and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Spoon into a bowl and serve immediately.


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Chef Vicky Lau Tate Dining Room, Hong Kong, China

Shrimp and Lemongrass Consommé Ingredients FOR CONSOMMÉ n 500g fresh raw shrimp with shells, washed and peeled n ½ stalk lemongrass n 3g ginger n 1 tomato n 1 clove garlic n 1g Kampot peppercorns n ½ bird’s eye chili

n 350ml distilled water n 5g fish sauce FOR BOTAN EBI n 8 pieces Botan Ebi shrimp, peeled and deveined n 2g chives n 1 lime, zested n 30g caviar n 10g sea urchin

directions For Consommé: In a blender, purée all the ingredients except fish sauce until smooth. Transfer mixture to a heavy-bottom stock pot set over medium heat. Stir constantly until it starts to simmer, then stop stirring. Simmer for 45 minutes— watch closely so that it does not come to a boil. Take the pot off the heat and strain mixture through a fine cheesecloth. Add fish sauce to finish.

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nly in her mid-30s, Vicky Lau has achieved success most chefs only dream of in their lifetimes. In 2015 she was named Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef, and her Hong Kong restaurant, Tate Dining Room and Bar, earned a Michelin star the first year it opened. Her menus are designed to be “edible stories” with each dish—or chapter— adding another layer of complexity to the meal. Likewise, Lau’s career is a collection of vignettes: Her journey to Japan inspired her focus on matcha and other Japanese flavors, and her background in graphic design is evident in her artistically presented dishes, including most famously, a dessert crafted to resemble a Zen garden.

For Botan Ebi: Rinse shrimp thoroughly in ice water. Pat dry and cut into small pieces. Gently mix with chives and lime zest. Place a ring mold in the center of a bowl and fill with a spoonful of the shrimp. Layer a small teaspoon of caviar on top and remove the mold slowly. Garnish the top with a sea urchin sliver. Slowly pour the consommé, filling the sides of the bowl. Serve immediately.


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Chef Gabriela Cámara Cala, San Francisco, United States

Ceviche Contramar-Style Ingredients n 6 oz. white fish (such as rock cod), cut into 1-inch cubes n 5g celery, thinly sliced n 1/ 3 cup lime juice n ½ scant tsp. freshly ground black pepper n 1 scant tsp. sea salt n 10g pickled red onions (see recipe below)

n 5g serrano chile, seeds removed and minced n 5g cilantro leaves, chopped n 15g manzano chiles, seeds removed and thinly sliced cross-wise

directions In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except the manzano chiles, and let sit for 20 minutes. Next, place the mixture, including the juices, in the center of a large, cold plate. Garnish with manzano chile slices.

Quick-pickled red onions n 1 red onion, sliced thinly in half-moons n 100g vinegar n 365g lime juice n Pinch of salt

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t’s been less than a year since Gabriela Cámara moved across the Mexican border to bring her celebrated seafood dishes to San Francisco with the opening of her new restaurant, Cala, last fall. Although new to the States, Cámara is no stranger to the culinary world—her Mexico City restaurant, Contramar, received praise from U.S. food critics and chefs, including Alice Waters. Cámara’s success comes from her focus on local and sustainable fish (“Cala” is Spanish for “creek”) as well as her fresh tortillas, which she makes daily from scratch. The restaurant’s coastal wines and agave-based cocktails are the perfect complements to Cámara’s famously light, creative dishes; dishes that have earned Cala its instant popularity.

In a large bowl, pour the vinegar and lime juice. Add the sliced red onion and let sit for at least 2 hours. Remove onions from brine and place in a sealable container. Refrigerate.


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This beachy bastion of celebrities is gaining new fame for the wines it produces. By Josh Sens


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n the early 1980s, while working as a studio musician in Nashville, Elliott Dolin did his share of California dreaming. But those reveries involved the Beach Boys, not buttery chardonnay. “All I pictured was fun, fun, fun, with lots of surf and sunshine,” says Dolin, 65. “Wine wasn’t even in the back of my mind.”
By the middle of the decade, though, Dolin had left behind his life as a versatile bass player, recording with such legends as Johnny Cash and John Prine. He’d embraced a new existence in Los Angeles, where he took a job as a real estate broker and fell in with a group of wine enthusiasts. Over regular business luncheons, Dolin saw his wine horizons widen. His palate sharpened. A passion developed. In 1998, he and his wife Lynn moved to Malibu, the upscale seameets-mountains city just north of

Santa Monica. Now better known around the world as an affluent hideaway for celebrities, Malibu was once recognized as a bright star in the wine world—it welcomed its first vineyards in the early 1800s. Though most of those vineyards were lost during Prohibition, the climate and the soil remained ideal for grape growing. The Dolins understood that promise when they planted 900 vines of chardonnay on a small, southwardfacing plot behind their home. Their first year of production, in 2009, was a bootstrapping test run, carried out at a custom-crush facility just up the coast. The result was so successful that the couple upped their ante, hiring a respected winemaker from the Santa Ynez Valley to help fine-tune their operation. Mission accomplished. Their second release, a 2010 Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards chardonnay, won a coveted Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle, beating

out such iconic Napa Valley labels as Rombauer and Cakebread. “Before you knew it we’d made that leap from ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be nice to have a vineyard?’ to ‘Let’s try to make a serious go at this,’” Dolin says. Not that Malibu wines were a slamdunk sell. “When people think Malibu, they tend to think of movie stars and celebrities in big homes by the beach,” Dolin says. “But I always say if you turn your back to the beach you’re staring up at the mountains, and that’s an entirely different side of Malibu.” Joining forces with other Malibu vintners, the Dolins worked to raise the profile of a region whose temperate coastal climate and volcanic soils are comparable to swaths of Napa and Sonoma. As part of their efforts, they applied to have Malibu recognized as its own grape-growing appellation—a designation that was awarded in the summer of 2014. At 46 miles long and

Clockwise from top: Colcanyon Estate has made its mark with award-winning merlot, cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux-varietal blends. Elliott Dolin of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards rocks out on the bass guitar during the first annual Malibu Wine Festival. Flowing wine is always a welcome sight for enthusiasts. Dolin shows off a bottle of pinot noir from his vineyard. The stunning view of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards. The perfect pairing: great wine with fresh fruit, cheese and crackers. Wine tasting has become a favorite pastime in Malibu.

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| grape eight miles wide, the Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area stretches through the Santa Monica mountains, its boundaries touching on Hollywood, Thousand Oaks and Beverly Hills. It includes such noted wineries as Montage Vineyards, a respected producer of chardonnay and pinot noir, and Colcanyon Estate, a property that has made its mark with award-winning merlot, cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux-varietal blends. To drive the winding roads through the coastal mountains here is to stumble on delightful day-tripper destinations like Malibu Wines, where a tasting room opens onto sylvan picnic grounds. With Malibu real estate prices at a premium, vineyard acres aren’t easy to come by, so a number of local vintners acquire additional fruit from beyond the appellation. The Dolins, for instance, make a subtle pinot noir with grapes from Santa Barbara, as well as a Central Valley-sourced rosé. But their estate chardonnay, drawn from their original Malibu plantings, remains a Dolin signature, a complex wine that holds up as nicely as a summer sipper as it does as a companion to food. “If you told me all those years ago that this is what I’d end up doing, I never would have believed it,” Dolin says. It just goes to show that you never know where a dream may take you.

TASTING NOTES 2013 Dolin Estate Chardonnay $39 Judicious use of oak lends dimension to this well-structured white, which exudes hints of pear and vanilla on the nose. Those flavors give way to pineapple and citrus on the palate and resolve into a clean, smooth finish. A great warm-weather wine, perfect with seafood or grilled vegetables. 2009 Colcanyon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $39 This lush, full-bodied red suggests ripe plums and dark cherries on the nose but plays on the palate in a medley of oak and summer berries. With its fruit-forward profile, it pairs beautifully with hearty roasts and braises.

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2011 Montage Vineyards Seven Sons Syrah $45 An intriguing dark red in color, the supple wine gives off complex aromatics that mingle hints of blueberry with clove and other wintry spices. Its round structure feels almost silky on the palate, which gives way to a long, smooth, berry-inflected finish. Clockwise from top: Malibu grapes have produced several awardwinning wines. Everyone knows the beverage of choice in this sea-meets-mountains city. This merlot from Colcanyon Estate won a bronze medal at the San Francisco International Wine Festival. Wine connoisseurs enjoy the Malibu Wine Festival. Jim Palmer shows off a gold medal winner from Malibu Vineyards.


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Artisanal agave In honor of National Tequila Day, July 24, we serve up a half-dozen of the top tequilas in the world. Salud! By Virginie Boone


here’s one drink with an eponymous anthem all its own: tequila. Recorded by the Champs in 1958—a time when this liquor was barely available in the U.S.—the sax-driven instrumental with the random yelps of “tequila!” seeped into brain cells as powerfully as a stiff drink. Back then Jose Cuervo was just about the only brand known. How things have changed!

Tequila Ley .925 Ultra Premium Extra Añejo Pasión Azteca It’s the bottle, not the tequila inside, that drives the price of Ley .925. The Diamond Sterling Bottle (or La Ley del Diamante), which boasts 4,000 diamonds set in a five-pound platinum bottle designed by Mexican artist Fernando Altamirano, fetches $3.5 million. A more reasonable option offered by the distiller, Hacienda La Capilla: the $225,000 version pictured, which is handcrafted in gold and pure platinum. Only 33 bottles were made, and each comes encased in a leather box with a series of pictures of the original Pasión Azteca by Mexican painter Alejandro Gomez Oropeza.

Gran Patrón Platinum Silver Tequila Among the producer’s higher-end offerings, triple-distilled and aged in oak to become both smooth and full-bodied, this is a remarkably citrus-tinged drink, with bursts of fresh agave and black pepper. Each bottle is crafted from crystal and hand-numbered, cradled in an elegant black case. It is a sultry sipping tequila priced at $195.

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Partida Elegante Extra Añejo Gran Reserva The top of Partida’s line, priced at $350 a bottle and limited in production, Elegante is aged a minimum of 40 months in American oak. Complex and velvety, it combines brooding layers of black pepper, toasted oak and dark chocolate around a persistence of almond, caramel, vanilla and coffee. It even suggests the undeniable goodness of maple butter and bourbon. Handcrafted, with each bottle numbered, it comes with a crystal decanter stopper and a sterling silver charm (called the Partida Tequila Spirit Bird) around the bottle’s neck. It makes an impressive gift.

Now there’s no drink that’s hotter; nearly 14 million cases of tequila were sold nationally in 2014, and sales keep climbing at an average yearly rate of 5.6 percent. Some of that growth has been powered by the priciest bottles—pure artisanal versions with price tags upwards of $300. Tequila is made from agave azul tequilana Weber, or blue agave, a Mexican plant with ties to the lily family that can take from eight to 10


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years to mature. (Mezcal, on the other hand, can be made from more than 30 varieties of agave, including blue agave.) Just as bubbly must come from the Champagne region of France to officially be called Champagne, tequila must be produced in specific areas of Mexico. The spiky succulent is grown primarily in Jalisco, but the official tequila region extends into parts of four adjoining states. To make tequila, the pineapple-shaped piñas (hearts) of the agave plant are harvested by hand with a machete-like knife, cleaned and cut into pieces, then slowly baked, a process that extracts the sweet agave juice, converting its starches into sugars. The piñas are then mashed to separate the juice from the pulp, and the juice is mixed with yeast and fermented into alcohol. Water is used to cut the distillate to about 80 proof. Classifications have to do with how long the tequila is aged. Blanco or white tequila isn’t aged at all; reposado (which means “restful”) spends at least two months in oak; añejo (Spanish for “mature”) is wood-aged for a year or more; and extra añejo (a new classification added in 2006) is barrel-aged for more than three years. Since blanco never touches oak, it

Casamigos Reposado Yes, this is George Clooney’s tequila, a partnership with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. More importantly, it’s a damn fine, small-batch, entirely legit tequila, made by a master distiller in Jalisco. The Casamigos team slow-cooks its piñas for three days and gives it an extra slow fermentation as well, looking to further capture the purity and intrigue of the plant. It’s then aged in American oak. The reposado ($50) is a caramel-laden and smoothly textured quaff that will go down easy after dinner, on the rocks, finishing with a hit of cinnamon stick that lingers on the tongue. No salt or lime required.

Herradura Selección Suprema Extra Añejo This caramel-colored concoction ($350) comes entirely from the Casa Herradura estate in Jalisco, the piñas cooked for 26 hours in stone and brick ovens. This is when the plants become dark orange in color and give off an intensely sweet aroma and flavor. After fermentation, the tequila is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for four years. Upon release it becomes a celebration of vanilla, crème caramel and apple pie, with additional seasonings of citrus and allspice. Enjoy over ice.

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Rey Sol Extra-Aged Añejo Double-distilled and then aged six years in French oak barrels by Tequila San Matías de Jalisco, this dark-hued tequila in a smiling-face bottle (designed by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante) carries a $250 price tag. The aging lends a smoothness that’s deliciously sublime on the palate, with a taste of chocolate and hazelnut. It’s hearty enough to stand up to red meat—or serve it as an accompaniment to dessert and coffee.

delivers the purest notes of agave, while añejo features deeper, woodier, tannic notes layered over the agave. All of the varieties have a place in mixology—or can be sipped straight. For a long while, the only brands available in the U.S. were adulterated “mixto” tequilas, which could contain up to 49 percent non-agave sugars—the kind more likely to give you a nasty headache the next day. (Remember those tequila-fueled nights in college? You were probably drinking mixto.) In the 1950s, singer and actor Bing Crosby and his buddy Phil Harris, both of whom knew their way around a tequila bottle, started their own import company specifically to bring in Herradura, a 100 percent blue agave tequila they discovered on a trip to Mexico. It would be the only “pure” tequila available north of that nation for the next few decades, positioned as a sipping tequila rather than a cocktail ingredient. Read about Herradura’s extra añejo at right below—along with five other standout tequilas on these pages. They are all, of course, made with 100 percent blue agave.

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On a hill overlooking Florence, the luxe villa Il Salviatino promises a soothing immersion in the rural charms of the Renaissance. By Everett Potter

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he glories of Florence are legion, from walking awestruck through the Uffizi Gallery to marveling at the Duomo, the 15th-century cathedral with a spectacular dome designed by Brunelleschi that lies at the heart of this Renaissance city. Not to mention daily samplings of the world’s best gelato. But at day’s end, instead of staying in the marvelous but often congested heart of town, the cognoscenti head for the hills of neighboring Fiesole. Barely 15 minutes from the Duomo by taxi (assuming a local is at the wheel), Fiesole offers a tranquil aerie ideal for contemplating the marvels of Florence. And there’s no better place to make your overnight base than a spectacularly restored villa there called Il Salviatino. Long the favored hillside summer retreat of wealthy Florentine families and British writers such as Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Fiesole was the birthplace of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico. It features Etruscan and Roman ruins and a Roman theater that is still used today. Il Salviatino dates from the 15th century—it was once the home of the Bardi family of bankers. The years have brought many owners and several additions, including a tower, a conservatory and gardens. But for nearly half a century,

until 2007, it housed students for Stanford University’s overseas branch. That’s when veteran hotelier Marcello Pignozzo bought the run-down villa masquerading as a dorm, hired award-winning architect Luciano Columbo and poured millions of euros into restoring the buildings and the gardens. When they finished in 2010, they had 45 exquisite guest rooms and suites, some retaining 19th-century frescoes, along with public areas festooned with fine paintings and a blend of antique and modern furniture. Think of this as a country house hotel at the edge of the city. There is no check-in desk. Instead, you will be met, escorted and coddled throughout your stay by so-called “service ambassadors,” which is a bit like having a flock of concierges hovering just out of sight. This remarkably restored and reimagined villa has oak floors, red carpets, silver candelabras and a staircase in the entrance fit for a 1940s Hollywood movie. If there’s a favorite room, it might be the grand library, with Chesterfield sofas begging you to sit and read a book or maybe just contemplate the grandeur. The guest rooms are decorated in muted browns and yellows, the look classic and a tad conservative, and the marble bathrooms are opulent indeed. For those seeking a bit

more, there are suites to satisfy every fantasy. The top-floor Ojetti suite is on three levels with a glass-floored rooftop conservatory and a Jacuzzi overlooking the distant rooftops of Florence. There is a terraced pool area with three infinity pools that’s open from mid-April to mid-October, and pampering is available at the Spa Il Salviatino. During the summer, you can dine alfresco at La Terraza, which exudes a certain expected formality with its white linen-covered chairs—even with gravel underfoot. The designated dining room, Le Serre, offers more regimented gastronomy. And when it’s time to go into Florence there’s a shuttle that conveniently leaves you next to the Duomo. Il Salviatino is refreshingly 21st century when it comes to conveniences, and your room will have a Bose sound system, an iPod dock and a full-length mirror that conceals a TV. Yet what you’re likely to remember are not the electronics but the 12 acres of formal gardens and the private park that surround the hotel, as well as distant views of Brunelleschi’s dome framed by ancient pine trees. That is the true essence of Italian luxury. Il Salviatino, Via del Salviatino 21, Fiesole, Florence, Tuscany, Italy (00 39 055 904 1111; salviatino.com)


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At Levy’s, we’re always looking for an excuse to have a good time. And we couldn’t think of a better one than our 160th anniversary. Recently, we marked the occasion with a big bash attended by a few dozen of our favorite customers, vendors and friends. Union Common and Hattie B’s provided the food. Little Harpeth Brewing Company supplied local craft beer. And The Kingstons entertained our guests for hours. We had a great time...as you can tell from the photos.

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Reinterpreting traditional styles and borrowing freely from the past, these artists are making music that sounds bang up to date. By Mark Dowden

Carrie Rodriguez

Raised to play classical violin, Texas native Carrie Rodriguez used to have no interest in singing. That changed some years ago, and the 37-year-old went on to success as a singer-songwriter of roots music. She finds full voice on the new album Lola, which contains half a dozen original songs, plus five Mexican folk tunes of the genre known as ranchera. Among these is “Perfidia,” which was a pop hit for dozens of American artists in the 1940s and ’50s. Her version, sung in Spanish, is the perfect update. The album: Lola Go-to song: “Perfidia.” Love that steel guitar. Deeper dives: “Llano Es-

Just as there was no performing artist named Marshall Tucker (or Lynyrd Skynyrd for that matter), the band Dawes has no member of that name. Their debut album brought them instant notice for reviving the Laurel Canyon sound of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and Crosby, Stills & Nash. But Dawes front man Taylor Goldsmith says he and his mates had no such goal. Rings true, as Dawes’ chill stylings are unstudied, uncommercial and fresh. The album: All Your Favorite Bands Go-to song: the title track, with Goldsmith’s perfect lyrics Deeper dives: “To Be Completely Honest” and “Now That It’s Too Late, Maria”

tacado,” a Spanglish-inflected track from Lola, and “Whiskey Runs Thicker Than Blood” from the album Give Me All You Got

Nathaniel Rateliff

Growing up in rural Missouri, Nathaniel Rateliff taught himself guitar and began to write songs as a teenager. He earned critical praise for early albums and toured with Dr. Dog and The Lumineers in 2013, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he broke out with the self-titled album, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. The infectious, rollicking single “S.O.B.” was conceived by Rateliff as a kind of call-andresponse tune in the Gospel tradition, but its narrator seems more at home in a dive bar than a church choir. The album: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Go-to song: “S.O.B.” Like the man says, give me a drink! Deeper dives: “Howling at Nothing” and “Look It Here”

Catherine Russell A member of David Bowie’s band, Catherine Russell pitched in on guitar, keyboards, percussion and background vocals. After Bowie stopped touring in 2004, Russell concentrated on a solo career as a jazz and blues singer. She has consistently delivered a new album every two years, and does an especially fine job of reviving old standards. That’s her singing “Crazy Blues” on the soundtrack of Boardwalk Empire. On her latest album, Russell goes large with a swinging 10-piece band. The album: Bring It Back Go-to song: “Aged and Mellow” Deeper dives: “Lucille,” written by

her father, who was Louis Armstrong’s music director, and “After the Lights Go Down”

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Bloody Yes! Sunday brunch at my place has two requirements: Bloody Marys and music. Some-


times the mood calls for Billie Holiday or Bach, but when I have a high-energy crowd and want to encourage dancing, I go for the musical equivalent of Tabasco. A playlist like this one fills the bill. “Run On” by Moby “Put the Message in the Box” by World Party “Wild Child” by Lou Reed “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse

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“I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket” by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong “Groove Me” by King Floyd “Empty Pages” by Traffic “Sitting in Limbo” by Jimmy Cliff

Amy Winehouse

“Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club “Tipitina” by Professor Longhair “Caroline” by Old Crow Medicine Show “A Quick One, While He’s Away” by The Who

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