More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma."
Champagne glasses, $165 a pair, The Service Bureau (silver)
Traditions must start somewhere; and this holiday season, Butler’s Pantry says it’s time to create a few new ones. Jeanne Whitworth and Bridget Pelster, both VPs of sales and catering with Butler’s Pantry, share fresh, fun and festive ideas that are sure to set your party apart from the rest.
Sometimes, dreams do come true. And sometimes, it's not wildly difficult to make that happen. Gardeners, once they learn of it, dream about the Chelsea Flower Show. So do some of us who just love the beauty of botany. This year, I was able to go.
If you enjoy the finer things in life, you expect to travel in style and comfort. Fortunately, today’s automakers can provide luxury cars in a variety of price ranges.
Madame Jeanne Chaudruc, an ancestor of St. Louis founder Pierre Laclede, breaks a bottle of Champagne during the Pierre Laclede Center rededication in 1984.
Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
The architecture of the Colonial property at 34 Briarcliff in Ladue reflects its formal Mid-Century design roots with notable features such as a stately columned portico, floor-to-ceiling windows and a classic double-door entry. Just inside, a compact and rather plain central foyer and staircase leads to a second-floor hallway. It was interior designer Tamsin Mascetti’s job to bring both of these areas into the 21st century, while respecting the essence of a well-loved and lived-in family home.
The master bedroom was transformed from tasteful traditional to frankly fabulous by designer David Deatherage, who specializes in high-design vintage furnishings. “The house was built in the Mid-Century era, but instead of organic modern, it had formal aspirations,” Deatherage observes. “It's Champagne instead of a martini; Beverly Hills in the 1950s, as opposed to Palm Springs.”
Anne Allred and Drew Lammert added hints of Southern charm to their nuptials for an affair that was fun and care-free, much like the two of them.
Make plans to join the folks at Truffles in Ladue this Thursday, Oct. 16, as they officially open the Butchery, its new meat market expansion adjacent to the restaurant. There'll be plenty of Champagne, food samples and live music. Festivities will begin on the restaurant's parking lot on Clayton Road at 5 p.m., and move indoors to continue the celebration.
With seemingly endless choices, varietals spanning the globe, and descriptive words like ‘angular’ and ‘toasty’, the wine aisle can be an intimidating spot. Add the task of matching seasonal fall dishes with specific flavor profiles, and choosing the right bottle might leave a sour taste. But fret not—below, local sommeliers and wine managers dish about their go-to bottles for fall, meaning you can sit back, relax, and uncork a bottle…or two!
Many years ago, when I lived in Europe, I dined al fresco in a café in southern France. I ordered a bottle of Vouvray to pair with my seafood dish. To my surprise, the server brought a Champagne-shaped bottle to the table. However, my French was a bit rusty so I accepted the bottle.
As the holiday season draws near, and pumpkin ales, eggnog and Champagne become abundant, it’s even more important for drivers to use good judgment about their sobriety, as well as what to do if they’re pulled over.
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This enchanted fall event at a private home offered guests a popcorn bar, Champagne bar, fall-infused eats and treats, and lavish entertainment.
Chardonnay is known as a classic grape. Grown in most parts of the world, it’s a grape that is praised, revered, bashed and misunderstood. It’s the white-wine darling of the American appetite, and a golden star in Burgundy. It’s a staple in the winemaker’s dream palette.
Attractions and food go hand-in-hand. The movie theater has popcorn. The circus has peanuts. And the history museum has…award-winning dining?
When Alex Davis and Isaac Wouk describe how they met, how they became engaged, and how they got married, one thing is prevalent: laughter. The two joke and tease and smile at each other in a way that only those experiencing true love can.
So this weekend is Mother’s Day. Personally I never held much stock in the event. It’s an overly involved brunch, some unwanted picture taking and a lot of beginner-level pottery. Now I’m not made of stone, an affectionate handmade card gets me every time, but the rest? Honestly, I would skip the holiday altogether if it meant eliminating the ads, commercials and hype. That being said, I did, purely for curiosity’s sake, browse the interweb to see what was trending for moms. These are the top 10 gifts virtual men have chosen for the moms in their lives:
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On a warm August day at a historic plantation in South Carolina, Allison Harding and Brian Reichenbach wed in true Southern style.
LN’s own design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD and his business partner, MARIA CLIFFORD, were among a privileged few who recently attended the highly anticipated auction of socialite LILLY PULITZER’s estate in West Palm Beach. Brainerd and Clifford, co-owners of Great Estates, were able to secure seats in the second row of the packed auction house for the sale of items from the fashion icon’s Palm Beach compound. Among Brainerd’s acquisitions for the day: three LILIAN MACKENDRICK watercolors and a charming, lidded cabbage box to add to his majolica collection. For her part, Clifford secured Chinese Chippendale cocktail and side tables for her living room.
No get-together is complete without a nice meal—or, at least, a few scrumptious bites. With spring on its way, asked local caterers for their favorite seasonal specialties to spice up your gathering.
Just like blooms peeking through the soil and baby bunnies taking their first hops, parties and gatherings are a sure sign of spring. From simple baby and bridal showers to large weddings and bar mitzvahs, these tips and ideas from local party planners will make your spring soiree breezy and refreshing.