Dr. Samuel Achilefu received the 2014 St. Louis Award for his contributions to medical research and optical imaging technology, specifically for his invention of cancer-detecting glasses that were successfully used in surgery.
The Missouri Wine and Grape Board has recognized Chef LOU ROOK III, exec chef at Annie Gunn’s in Chesterfield, as the 2014 Friend of the Industry for his support and dedication to the state’s wine industry. Rook was presented with the award at the 45th Annual Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture last month. Congrats, chef!
Nonprofit boutique Sign of the Arrow recently awarded 17 grants to local agencies at its annual philanthropy brunch. Recipients include Haven of Grace, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital and World Pediatric Hospital. Since its inception, Sign of the Arrow has donated more than $3.5 million to local charities.
Schnucks Des Peres
More women than men suffer strokes each year, according to the National Stroke Association. Part of the reason is that women tend to live longer than men, and stroke risk increases with age. However, other risk factors can be modified.
With just a single table on the sidewalk outside and subtle signage, it'd be easy to miss Gerard's, and you really don't want to do that because there's much goodness to be had inside the innocuous facade.
Luka Deutsch of Des Peres
My mom is an amazing cook—so much so that I never really learned how to do it myself. Sure, she had me help prep ingredients, stir this or mix that, but I left the heavy lifting to her—dinners just turned out better that way. Now that I’m a ‘grown-up,’ I have begun dipping my toes into cooking, to mixed results (and, if I’m being honest, several burned, bland or otherwise inedible meals). So when the opportunity arose to take a cooking class at Schnucks, I jumped at it faster than I can reach for a takeout menu.
With so much online information at the consumer’s fingertips, the challenge for today’s influential, high-end interior designers is to ferret out truly unique and hard-to-find furnishings for the most discerning and fashion-forward clients.
The old Phillips Furniture on Manchester Road in Des Peres
If anyone can outwit Father Time, it just might be Ellen Port, who recently won her ninth Missouri Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore.
Most parents of toddlers are familiar with the tiny face of disgust peering back at them above a plate of peas—or bananas, green beans, the list goes on—shaking from side to side: No way. Wanting to teach children about nutrition in a fun and inviting way, a group of local parents have teamed up to create Kitchen Club Kids, a series of three award-winning ‘recipe adventure story books,’ for ages 2 to 6. Each book, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, Garden Safari Vegetable Soup, and Feed Your Senses Homemade Bread (due out later this year), includes a recipe told in traditional storybook format, as well as the real recipe the story is based on at the end of the book, so that parents and children can work together in the kitchen to prepare nutritious meals. Eluka Moore, Kitchen Club Kids co-creator and author, and soon-to-be mom of two, shared the genesis story of the books, as well as tips for parents on teaching their kids about nutrition and trying new foods—even, perhaps, peas.
The Sherwin-Williams residential Colormix 2015 forecast is filled with optimistic stories that reflect a brightened outlook and provide fresh color combinations to inspire creativity.
Between its substantial size, charming design and prime location in the Kirkwood School District, this home is ideal for raising a family. Enjoy relaxed mornings in the vaulted kitchen, with a center island and sunny breakfast room, as well as an adjoining laundry room for extra convenience.
The crème de la crème of local kitchens will be on display during the upcoming Junior League of St. Louis A Gathering Place Kitchen Tour. Before the tour begins, take a peek inside the featured homes; they're sure to leave you saying, Ooh la la!
A Kitchen in Des Peres
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
Huge congratulations to chefs GERARD CRAFT and KEVIN NASHAN, who have both been chosen as finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Midwest. Craft and Nashan, along with KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus, BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine were all named semifinalists for the award last month. Winners will be revealed at a gala in NYC in May. We'd like to thank all of the folks who represented St. Louis this year--well done!
Last weekend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee watched the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi from her West St. Louis County home with a smile on her face. Come to think of it, there isn't much of anything she does without a smile on her face! And why not? She became a six-time Olympic medalist (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in heptathlon and long jump) as a member of Team U.S.A. in four different Olympic games (Los Angeles, 1984; Seoul, 1988; Barcelona, 1992; and Atlanta, 1996). She was named by Sports Illustrated as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Indeed, she has had a lot to smile about. “I realize I've been blessed,” she says. “There are times when I have bad days, but the smile helps me keep things in perspective—and really recognize my blessings.”
The close-knit community drew the Muths to Des Peres. The family of four includes Sherry, a nursing administrator for Washington University’s Sleep Medicine Center; her husband, Rich, senior director of marketing and new product development at International Mulch Company; and their sons, Jacob and Andrew, enjoy all the social activities offered in their neighborhood and at the boys’ school, Saint Gerard Magella. Sherry spoke with us more about her family’s favorites in Des Peres.
Todd and Scott Schnuck at their Des Peres store
By next fall, look for plenty of activity in the Upper Muny Lot in Forest Park. Forest Park Forever has revealed preliminary design plans to transform the area into a sustainable festival and parking plaza to better meet the needs of its users.
Looks like one of our favorite chefs will be leaving the Lou soon: It's been announced that FABRIZIO SCHENARDI, executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will be heading south this coming spring to help open up a new Four Seasons property at Disney World in Orlando. In the meantime, the search is on for someone to fill his sizable culinary shoes. He'll have some familiar company in his new gig: Local Four Seasons food and beverage director STEPHEN WANCHA also will be moving to Florida to work on the same property, which is scheduled to open for business sometime this summer. All the best, we'll miss you both!