It's been announced that Chef GIAN NICOLA COLUCCI has been tapped to replace Chef FABRIZIO SCHENARDI as executive chef at Cielo and the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. A native of Turin, Italy, Colucci most recently served as executive chef at Starwood Hotel & Resort Danieli in Venice. He's expected to take the reins later this month. Benvenuto, Signore!
It was time for wine and I fancied something elegant, golden and white. A classic, French-style Viogner beckoned me, Condrieu, arguably one of Northern Rhône’s most distinctive appellation and its place of origin. As luck would have it, we had one bottle left in the cellar.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Home Buy Design Now Casting in St. Louis
Has wine become a natural beverage of choice for American consumers? Let’s take a look at what’s on the pulse and the likely future trends for wine.
You could say that timing is everything when it comes to the romance between Megan Sclaroff and Daniel Katz.
Stephanie Kantis is a bona fide St. Louis success story. LN recently spoke with Kantis about her Ladue roots, advice for fellow entrepreneurs and her most sought-after venture to-date.
Sarah Murphey grew up in-and-out of foster care, without a stable home, always facing an uncertain future. But when she was 13, Megan Murphey and Michael Lettau came into her life. “They adopted Sarah a year later, and she is now a confident, young teenager attending a Ladue high school and looking at opportunities for college,” says Lisa Schaffer, Missouri director of development at The Adoption Exchange.
The legendary canals of Venice, the tragic love affair of Romeo and Juliet, the jagged peaks of the Dolomites – just a taste of the romance and wonder offered by one of the world’s most inspiring places, Northeast Italy. Rich in history, culture, music and culinary heritage, it is the most visited region of Italy, with more than 63 million tourists every year.
Jennifer Reiss and Jerred Killoren
St. Louis tends to be a pretty conservative town, but many local boutiques are embracing the rocker-chic look that was so big on the fall runways. Try a leather jacket, stud details or plaid to give your everyday favorites an edge.
According to Merriam-Webster, the word ‘atheneum’ means a building or room in which books, periodicals and newspapers are kept for use. The Greeks included ‘arts’ in their definition, as well. So if you connect both definitions, the word aptly describes the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Arts.
While traveling in Italy, a Des Peres family fell in love with the Carrara marble that filled the bathroom in their luxury hotel. Kelly Layton, a designer with Mosby Building Arts, helped the couple capture the soothing tranquility of an Old World Italian bath with stunning touches of contemporary elegance.
On a little corner in Chesterfield are three Sicilian gems, where customers in West St. Louis County can receive the finest products and services from long-standing Italian families, without having to drive the long distance to The Hill.
For many St. Louisans, the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park is their single-most favorite public structure. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style and sited on a majestic hill that overlooks the Great Lagoon, the building is arguably the finest example of Classic Revival architecture in St. Louis.
“Pink? I don’t drink pink.” Sound familiar?
Neighborhood farmers markets are re-opening and welcoming back local producers—a very exciting time for those of us who enjoy the bounty of our bi-state area!
The weather teases us. Sunshine and splendor one day, and back to chilly grayness and wicked winds the next. It’s a sure sign that spring is here, and with that touch of spring fever, my thirst for warm-weather wines is growing.
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
Elaine Blatt welcomes guests into her contemporary Ladue home with a warm smile and cup of frothy cappuccino. The day she welcomed me was particularly cold and snowy. She was busy packing for an upcoming photo journey, destined “to get out of the cold.” She also was completing work on From Field to Fork…The Plants We Eat, her photography exhibit opening March 15 (through May 31) in Monsanto Hall at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It the first time I have seen the petite and stylish redhead casually dressed without one of her signature hats atop her head.
Becca Edwards & Peter Jordan
Story: Bernard is an architect, and a very successful one at that. When he’s not designing fancy buildings, he’s designing romantic conquests from his fabulous apartment in Paris. When his old chum Robert pays an unexpected visit, Bernard is delighted to welcome him and promptly introduces Robert to his fiancée, an American stewardess named Gloria.
Sitting down to talk about Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ programs to avert bullying, the first obvious question is, What does Shakespeare have to do with bulling? As it turns out, the connection runs deep.
Maybe your bedroom closet space is limited to a few flimsy wire racks and a metal pole, or you struggle to fit groceries in a disorganized pantry. Perhaps there’s no storage system in the garage, or the entertainment center is overrun by cords and DVDs. If you find yourself in such a situation, California Closets may have the answer to your home organization problems, says James Cline, the company’s retail sales and marketing VP. “We work to align our customer’s needs and desires with an exact solution. We could have two spaces with the same dimensions, but because we are customizing each for that particular customer, you’ll never see the same design twice.”