Local designer DAVID DEATHERAGE of Century Design Ltd. recently took a phone call from the Hamptons that he won’t soon forget: The person on the other line was inquiring about the price for a Mid-Century Paul McCobb desk that Deatherage had for sale. It turns out the caller was an assistant to SIR PAUL McCARTNEY, who was interested in purchasing the vintage desk for use in his London studio. Deatherage tells LN that he received an email last week, saying that the desk reached its destination in tiptop shape. Coincidentally, the desk was featured on the cover of LN’s Fall 2012 Elegant Living edition, a copy of which is now apparently in Sir Paul’s possession (we’re told Deatherage snuck a copy of the magazine in the desk’s top drawer).

This month’s cover of U.K.-based Opera magazine features soprano CORINNE WINTERS, a familiar face to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis fans. Winters wowed European critics in her English National Opera debut as Violetta in La traviata. Opera magazine declared she “scored a triumph,” while The Sunday Telegraph said “Corinne Winters' hypnotic Violetta leads an excellent ENO cast.” Winters returns to OTSL in June to star in The Kiss.

Tony Award winner and Webster University alum NORBERT LEO BUTZ will deliver this year’s commencement address at his alma mater. Butz also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the May 11 ceremony at The Muny in Forest Park. Butz, who will play the dual lead for the premiere of Big Fish, the musical, also will appear at a benefit concert in St. Louis next month for The Angel Band Project.

Wine, women and shoes...can you think of anything better? Actually, we can: On Wednesday, May 29, at The Ritz-Carlton, the Wine Women & Shoes event will take place to benefit the ST. LOUIS AREA FOODBANK, which works to feed the hungry and educate people about the problem of hunger. In addition to wine and food sampling, guests have the opportunity to preview and shop the latest in shoes and accessories and bid on one-of-a-kind auction items. For tickets, visit stlfoodbank.org.

Speaking of shoes, artist SHARON VON SENDEN, the main mosaic artist at City Museum, has unveiled her latest work: a Carlos Santana Boot (donated by Brown Shoe Company) that has been completely encrusted with Von Senden’s handiwork. The piece will be auctioned off at VARIETY’s Runway Lights Fashion Show this weekend, as part of Variety Week. The boot, the largest footwear piece that the artist has done, contains 52 hearts from Variety’s Gold Heart campaign, as well as jewels collected by the organization’s staff and supporters.

Is your toddler tony enough to be LN’s next pint-size ambassador? The search for our 2013 LIL’ ONE is underway via Facebook, with the grand prize winner to be awarded the starring role in a Ladue News photo shoot with fashion editor KATIE YEADON. Submit your candidate via Facebook, or vote for your favorite. Voting ends Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m. A panel of LN judges will determine the winner from the top 10 vote-getters. Find out more on facebook.com/laduenews.