The holidays came early this year when readers submitted their homemade sweets for LN’s Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest. Four Seasons pastry chef Mary Boehne, LN Cooks’ chef John Johnson and Spicy Bits writer Matt Sorrell helped judge the tight, but oh-so-delicious race, and Ladue Florist decked the festive holiday table.
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Fall is prime time for apple-picking and enjoying the crisp, juicy fruit, whether on its own fresh from the tree or prepared in the form of a sweet treat. Recently, LN called on its readers for their favorite apple dessert recipes. And after careful consideration, we have a winner!
A ground-breaking exhibition on Thomas Jefferson currently is on display at the Missouri History Museum. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, which attracted more than a million visitors while on display at the Smithsonian, explores one of the most difficult topics in American history and how it played out in Jefferson’s world at Monticello. The exhibit features more than 280 museum objects, works of art, documents and artifacts found through archeological excavations at Monticello, including Jefferson’s personal chess set and books. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello runs through March 2014, and is free and open to the public.
You’ll find history, local lore and sweeping views of the Missouri landscape at the Old Courthouse Rotunda as it features the works of area artist Bryan Haynes on exhibit. TREES/WATER/SKY—A Walk through Missouri showcases sketches and original works by Haynes, who is based in St. Albans. The exhibition runs through Oct. 20, and is free and open to the public. On a related note, look for Haynes’ new book, New Regionalism: The Art of Bryan Haynes to be released in October.
Duck, duck…A red carpet welcomed the legendary Peabody Ducks to St. Louis and the University City Children's Center (UCCC). Escorted by Duckmaster Anthony Petrina, the world-famous flock of fowl from The Peabody hotel in Memphis visited the Center last week. Just as they do twice a day in the lobby of The Peabody, the ducks paraded up a red carpet to accompanying music. During their appearance, the Duckmaster also talked with UCCC preschoolers about the ducks’ history and their care, as well as how the children can help protect the environment and all living things.
A star is born… Making his final bow this weekend on the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis stage is 10-year-old Jordan Jones, who plays Little Emile in Champion. He tells LN how he found out about getting the role.
What a chip off the old block! In honor of Father’s Day, we asked LN readers to submit photos of St. Louis dads and their look-alike children. This year’s winners are Brian Tash and his one-and-a-half-year-old son, Hunter Tash, of Creve Coeur. “Everyone tells me all the time that Hunter looks just like Brian’s Mini-Me,” says wife Cristina Tash. The two love to play baseball, football and soccer together, and “Brian loves to read to him.” For winning, Brian will receive gift certificates to La Cantina and Amigos Cantina restaurants (a $100 value)—just in time for Father’s Day. Below, take a peek at other area look-alikes. Can you tell who’s who?
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An assistant of Sir Paul McCartney recently called local designer David Deatherage to discuss purchasing a vintage desk-- the desk that was featured on the cover of LN’s Fall 2012 Elegant Living edition.
We asked for submissions of moms with doppelganger daughters and spitting-image sons, and LN readers did not disappoint. After careful consideration--and a little help from your Facebook votes--we've selected St. Louis' best Mother's Day Look-Alikes. Coming in at first place is Kirk Day School fourth-grade teacher and mother of three, Lisa Engel, and her 8-year-old daughter, Reagan Engel, of Webster Groves. For winning, Lisa will receive a full-service package at Dominic Michael Salon, including a haircut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure and makeup application. Below, we have included some of our other favorite look-alikes, with many so similar it will leave you wondering 'Which is which?'
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From pecan pie to red velvet brownies, our 2012 Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest produced our best-ever reader turnout—and a delicious one at that! With help from LN Cooks' chef John Johnson, Spicy Bits writer Matt Sorrell and Wedding Wisdom columnist John Sullivan of Ken Miesner's Flowers (who also decorated the holiday table), we took on the sweet task of coming up with a winner from the 20 dessert entries.
Newly published author, 13- year-old MATTHEW PEARLMAN, is doing plenty of name-dropping in the pages of his first book, That’s Great Advice! Advice from Pro Athletes for Kids, Written by a Kid. Matthew, a soon-to-be freshman at Valley Park H.S., turns to marquee players like the St. Louis Rams’ STEVEN JACKSON, basketball’s KEVIN DURANT and baseball’s CHIPPER JONES for positive character lessons. The young author has a July 19 book-signing scheduled at Lester’s Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue, from 4 to 7 p.m. When he’s not hobnobbing with the pros, Matthew volunteers as a math and reading tutor at Valley Park Elementary School. Proud parents are DR. BRYAN and LENA PEARLMAN.
Step aside decadently decorated cupcakes, cake pops are the new sweet treat in town! And many are finding fascinating ways to embellish this latest sugary sensation, including LN readers!
THE NAME SAYS IT ALL: OOEY, GOOEY, SUGARY, BUTTERY GOODNESS FILLS EVERY BITE OF GOOEY BUTTER CAKE. MAYBE MOM MADE IT BEST, BUT THESE RECIPES SURE GET THE MOUTH WATERING.
A fond adieu to Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) director PAUL HA, who will soon depart for Cambridge, Mass. Ha has been selected as the new director of Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) List Center for the Visual Arts. Ha arrived in St. Louis in 2002 to oversee the construction and opening of CAM’s new facility. He has since successfully positioned the museum as a national and international leader in contemporary art, as well as secured more than $40 million in funding and a $5 million endowment. A search committee has been formed to name a replacement for Ha, who begins his new post in December.
There’s plenty of buzz surrounding an exclusive CWE party to celebrate SAINT LOUIS BALLET’s 10th year. The March 31 reception at the home of MARY STRAUSS will have artistic director GEN HORIUCHI, choreographer CHRISTOPHER D’AMBOISE and artist SOKVANNARA SAR as guests of honor, as well as a performance by the ballet company. Saint Louis Ballet’s spring offering, Tribute to New York featuring choreography by D’Amboise, will be at The Touhill April 2 and 3. For tickets, visit stlouisballet.org.
Peek-a-boo! NOKOPO, a female Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey, has begun poking her head out from within her mother’s pouch at the SAINT LOUIS ZOO. Born the size of a lima bean six months ago, Nokopo is now the size of a small cat. Patient visitors to the Emerson Children’s Zoo have been rewarded by seeing her climb partially out of the pouch to reach for her mother’s food and explore the world outside. Nokopo is expected to ‘move out’ of the pouch at 10 months old, but will continue to nurse until she is at least 16 months.
Many delicious pies were submitted to the annual Ladue News pie recipe contest, and the race was almost too close to call. Each pie was both unique and tasty, and our judges had a great time sampling them. Special thanks to guest judge Chef Susie Judy of L’Ecole Culinaire, and to all of those who entered. And congratulations to winner Gail Dollard, whose Lemon Meringue Pie won over our hearts (and taste buds!) and earned her a gift certificate to L’Ecole Culinaire.
The Office star and JBS alum (’98) ELLIE KEMPER has been announced as the host of the 34th annual Mid-America Emmy Gala, to be held in St. Louis Oct. 9. The ceremony will honor a few local luminaries, including Silver Circle inductees MARTIN DUGGAN and SUZI SCHRAPPEN. Incidentally, we’re told Kemper and her sister, CARRIE KEMPER, are working on a book. The New York Times reports the tentatively titled Monday Sessions chronicles a fictitious Manhattan psychiatrist through her diary entries and patient files.
Prepare to do a double-take at the Dads and their clones sent in by Ladue News readers for our annual contest. And congrats to top look-alike pair Kelly and Ryan Klamen. The elder Klamen wins a six-month membership to The Cigar Club at The Ritz-Carlton! Click below for more entries or to upload your own!
The gooey, the crunchy, the fruity and the nutty (all of them yummy!) made an appearance on the Ladue News cookie judging table for the annual spring reader’s recipe contest. Thanks to all who entered, and to our judges, a.k.a. in-house cookie fiends. And congratulations to winner Anne Rosenberg, whose Oatmeal Cookies hit the spot and earned her a gift certificate to the LÉcole Culinaire presentation kitchen.
Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Tony-award winning actress GLENN CLOSE will be in St. Louis for several appearances this month to raise awareness about mental illness. She created her campaign, BringChange2Mind.org, after her sister Jessie was diagnosed with mental illness. Close, who is working with organizations across the country to address the stigma of mental illness, has recently partnered with the KARLA SMITH FOUNDATION, a Metro East nonprofit that provides support to those who have a loved one suffering from mental illness and those who’ve lost a family member to suicide. During her visit here April 16 to 17, the actress will attend the ‘Change a Mind, Change a Life’ fundraising dinner at the Four Seasons. Close also will sing ‘America the Beautiful’ at a Cardinals game and throw out the first pitch.