This just in…USA Today has declared the FOUR SEASONS ST. LOUIS as one of the top hotel breakfasts in America. In its latest Daily Meal ranking, the newspaper lists the Four Seasons’ Cielo restaurant at No. 6, citing its Belgian waffle with cappuccino mascarpone cream and pralines and the crème brûlée French toast with blueberry compote, as well as the egg-white frittata and the chocolate bomboloni (Italian filled donut). Congratulations to hotel general manager ALPER OZTOK and his team!
Kudos to KEN MIESNER’S FLOWERS and floral designer NICK DECKER, who recently earned first-place honors in Teleflora’s 29th annual Flowers & Design Contest. This year’s theme, The Second Time Around, solicited bridal bouquet designs for a second (or third or fourth) wedding. Decker’s winning entry featured an arrangement of roses and ranunculus with some succulents, sponge mushrooms, hypericum berries, sprouting curly willow and grevillea flowers—perfect for a garden or at-home ceremony.
The CITY OF CLAYTON is throwing the ‘Party of the Century’ to celebrate its centennial year. The Nov. 29 event at The Ritz-Carlton will include cocktails and nostalgic appetizers (think Parkmoor sliders and Famous-Barr French onion soup), as well as live entertainment and a Champagne toast. Tickets are $100 each, and can be purchased by calling 290-8500 or visiting potc.brownpapertickets.com.
VARIETY THE CHILDREN’S CHARITY has announced its 2014 Man and Woman of the Year. TOM VOSS, chairman/CEO of Ameren, and community volunteer LELIA FARR are being recognized for their active role in shaping the St. Louis community for the better. They’ll be honored at the organization’s annual Dinner with the Stars in early 2014.
Three former Ladue men recently returned from a 58-day canoe trip to the Arctic Ocean, where along the way, they shot video and photographs for National Geographic and collected water samples for the International Arctic Research Center in Alaska. HENRY CORDEAL, ANDREW HUBB and BEN WOODS were part of a team of six men who paddled 1,000 miles from Black Lake, Saskatchewan north to the Arctic. Their trip began in May, when they assembled at Camp Kooch-i-Ching in Minnesota, which sponsored the expedition. The three are Rossman School alums; with Cordeal attending Whitfield School, and Hubb and Woods attending John Burroughs School. Cordeal currently is an environmental educator at Blue Ridge Outdoor Education Center; Hubb is finishing his master of engineering at the University of Tulsa; and Woods is a journalist in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
No need to adjust your glasses…you are seeing double—and then some: There has to be something in the water at in Ladue, where this year, there are six sets of twins at CONWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL among the second-graders.