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Let me start off by saying that had I written my traditional list of Oscar predictions—for which I have a remarkably accurate record. Well, I would have failed miserably this year. This had to have been one of the most unusual, scattered, unpredictable, Academy Awards I have ever seen. That being said, I am prepared to eat a little crow and perhaps do a little Monday morning-quarterbacking.
It’s that time of year when A-list actors wait patiently by the phone and pretend that awards mean nothing (and that approval from colleagues and fans is recognition enough), but hoping against hope that their agent calls to tell them they got an Oscar nomination. The nominations were announced last week, and I must say there were a few surprises…and not the good kind.
The lists are fairly uncontroversial this year. I said fairly. Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, there are three films on the list that I have not yet seen. I just feel that confident. So, without further ado...
Any old actor will tell you to never share the stage with children or animals. Certainly, that is the case here, as the film is almost exclusively child and animal—and wonderful.
It’s a fun time of the year, movie-wise. If you’re eagerly awaiting Oscar buzz, the moment has arrived. And if you’re excited for some holiday horror, there’s plenty of that, as well. But, if you’re waiting for some wholesome family fare…well, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Like November days, next month’s movies are moody and dark.
Local nonprofit boutiques are giving St. Louisans new reasons to shop for a cause. The shops are debuting clothing and accessories that will have you looking fashionable this summer while helping them donate much-needed dollars to area charities.
While the glitz and glamour of the annual ball attracts most of the public’s attention each year, behind the scenes, the Veiled Prophet Organization works to have a positive impact on the St. Louis area. Through its community service initiative, maids of honor and their families give back by volunteering with various projects around the city. But today’s debutantes don’t just stop there. We learned how three young women who walked in this year’s ball are helping others throughout the community, across the country and around the world.
BEST COFFEE HOUSE
January - March
> ADAM TILFORD, co-owner of Tortillaria in the CWE, is working on construction of Milagro Modern Mexican, which will be located in The Shoppes at Old Webster in the space previously occupied by Natural Fact Foods. The 120-seater with full bar will be open for lunch and dinner, with a focus on grilled meats and seafood. Look for a mid-April or early May opening. Consulting on the project is Tilford’s brother, JASON TILFORD, who owns Barrister’s in Clayton and worked with restaurateur Chris LaRocca on Triumph Grill and the new Kota Wood Fire Grill, where he serves as executive chef.
> Ruth’s Chris Steak House is partnering with Operation Food Search to support the hungry in St. Louis. For every $50 bottle of Mount Vedeer Cabernet Sauvignon the restaurant sells in November, it will donate $25 to Operation Food Search. The Cab is a well-balanced, full-bodied red that features dark blackberry and subtle spice notes, and the offer is good at both Ruth’s Chris locations. In addition, in an effort spearheaded by Bryan Cave, the legal community will gather Nov. 18 at both steakhouse locations to tip the scales of justice in support of Operation Food Search. The individual who makes the largest contribution to OFS will receive a premium wine basket!
Here’s a ‘tweet’ for fans of TWITTER, the social networking and micro-blogging phenomenon: Twitter creator/chairman/co-founder JACK DORSEY is returning to his native St. Louis to speak at Webster University next Friday, Sept. 18. He’s being honored as the university’s ‘Success to Significance 2009 Person of the Year.’ The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at webster.edu/jackatwebster. Business Week recently named Dorsey, a ‘95 grad of Bishop DuBourg HS, as one of technology’s ‘best and brightest.’
• “The kitchen was so small!” That was the first thing that Pi restaurant owner CHRIS SOMMERS said when I asked him about his White House adventure. At the request of the President, Sommers, Pi partner RYAN MANGIALARDO, and ANNE SCHUERMANN traveled to Washington to create what turned out to be a White House staff lunch. Anne said she was stunned when it was White House executive chef CRISTETA COMERFORD who came to the gates to let them in. When they checked out the ovens, it was determined that the 10 thick-crust pizzas would be made in the main kitchen, and the 10 thin would have to be made in a smaller kitchen upstairs. Chris said it was nearly comical trying to share ingredients because only a tiny circular staircase connected the two. The pizza boxes were laid out on the polished wood table in the Roosevelt Room, until someone realized they probably should put something down to protect the famous conference table!