Her spark was fading—that’s what Kathy Boyd-Fenger says brought her to Logos School.
Chef and restaurateur Ben Poremba has made quite a name for himself in the local culinary scene in recent years. His places—Elaia & Olia, La Patisserie Choquette and Old Standard Fried Chicken—have brought a wide range of good food and drink to St. Louis. Poremba’s efforts have garnered him plenty of attention locally and beyond, including being named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Midwest award in 2014, and as one of 10 chefs who vied for Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Chef: Midwest title that year, as well.
When you pick up a book, it can take you to another world: You could become a county sheriff charged with protecting the life of a controversial politician, or a teenage theme park guide who is suddenly tasked with stopping Disney’s most evil villains—or maybe even Peter Pan meeting Captain Hook for the very first time. And author Ridley Pearson, whose works include the adult suspense series Risk Agent, Walt Fleming and the children’s Kingdom Keepers and Starcatchers series, among others, has built almost 50 worlds where adults and kids alike can escape.
Frontenac Bank has hired KIMBERLY WEISHAUPT as senior VP of business development, and NEAL ALSTER as the Investment Professionals’ financial adviser.
Dr. Robert Bergamini chose pediatric oncology as his medical specialty almost 35 years ago because he knew it was challenging: He saw it as an opportunity to care for sick children and their families, part of "doing the complete job of providing care for the entire family unit," he explains. And while you may assume working with cancer-stricken children would be emotion-ally draining, when asked how he copes, Bergamini pauses and then says simply, “We have fun.”
Sheri Sherman’s life as a community volunteer began innocently enough, some 30 years ago, when she was asked to be on the board of the Ethical Society preschool, which her children attended. “I had no experience, and someone said, You can be the vice-president, because the vice-president doesn’t really do much and you can develop,” Sherman recalls. “Soon after I started, the board president resigned, and the executive director quit at the same time, so I was thrown in deep water right away.”
St. Louis increasingly is being recognized as a Mecca for enterprising and innovative business owners. Major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MSNBC have all hailed the Gateway City as the destination for startups.
Brittany Butts believes music soothes the soul: Wise words coming from a 16-year-old living with sickle cell disease. The teen has taken her negative experiences battling the illness and turned them into a positive message through song, with the help of the Kids Rock Cancer program.
With a mission of finding a cure for melanoma, Blackout Melanoma recently donated $10,000 to Washington University School of Medicine, funding research to eradicate the deadly disease. The donation is the second of a five-year, $50,000 research grant.
Demispheres filled with Honey Caramel, Cinnamon Honey Ganache, Salt Caramel and Winter Mint Ganache. Honey Foam, Box Turtles and Dark Chocolate Almonds with Cocoa Powder. These are only some of the sweet rewards resulting in the very worthy journey of chocolatier Rick Jordan, who set up shop in Chesterfield in July 2011.
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The Contemporary Art Museum will look a lot greener this summer, thanks to a 'living' installation that will transform the courtyard into an immersive green space. New York-based landscape architecture firm Nomad Studio is helming the project.
From preparing meals to planting flowers and painting houses, the Veiled Prophet Organization’s (VP) Maids of Honor Project is making a positive impact on the community. Funded by the VP Foundation, the program annually has averaged almost 400 volunteer dads and daughters, and about 2,500 hours of community service in recent years. LN spoke with five of these outstanding young women, who debuted in this year’s ball, about their volunteer work.
The Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology hosted Bob and Dottie King, the founders of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Development Economics (SEED), as well as Tralance Addy, its executive director. More than 75 guests attended the event, where the presenters spoke about using entrepreneurship to address poverty in West Africa. Pictured: George Herbert Walker, Dorothy King, Robert King, Tralance Addy, Carol Walker and dean Benjamin Akande
Following auspicious reigns as the Veiled Prophet Queen of Love & Beauty, these young women have been traveling the world—and making a difference. LN recently caught up with four former VP queens.
More than 1.2 million—that’s how many Americans are estimated to have HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Monthly treatment for HIV can be as much as $5,000. For those who feel that they have to choose between paying for housing and medicine, Doorways is here to help.
JERRY CRYLEN has joined Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, as senior director of development.
Chef ERIC BRENNER recently added his name to the list of local chefs who’ve found success on the small screen. Earlier this month, Brenner took the top prize of $18,000 on the Food Network show, Guy’s Grocery Games, hosted by GUY FIERI. Brenner currently is working to open Lascelles Tap & Grill in Granite City, where he’ll serve as executive chef and GM. Most recently, he was the exec chef and GM of Alumni St. Louis downtown.
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Innovative research at Washington University' Genome Institute has gotten a big boost with a $25 million endowment from longtime philanthropists Elizabeth and James McDonnell.
Gateway to Hope, which provides uninsured and underinsured breast cancer patients and those at high risk of having breast cancer with comprehensive care at no cost, has announced MARY LEE SALZER as its executive director.
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Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled its first-ever temporary exhibit: Stan Musial: 'The Man' Off the Field. Displays include artifacts from the Cardinals, as well as items on loan from the Musial family.