Anthony Head

Spirits: Mixing It Up

Brazil’s national spirit, the sugarcane-derived cachaça, is the third-most-imbibed distillate in the world (behind vodka and soju). Until recently, however, less than 1 percent of the total production of cachaça entered the United States, and the low-grade varieties that reached the country served almost exclusively as ingredients for caipirinhas and similar cocktails. But with the […]

Dining: Dean’s New Digs

Dean Fearing has left the Mansion, and he is preparing to open his own place. Fearing’s Restaurant, housed in the new Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, is scheduled to debut with the hotel at the end of July.   Fearing spent two decades as the executive chef at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, establishing the Dallas hotel’s restaurant […]

Wine: Masters of Malbec

From the terrace of his newly completed winery, which overlooks a vineyard appropriately named Finca de la Vista, Santiago Achaval rests his gaze momentarily on an olive grove. He points to the shade the grove casts on his vines. He would like to cut the trees down, he admits, but they have been here at […]

Furnishings: Fruits of the Loom

Ben Soleimani’s great-grandfather worked as a rug trader in Isfahan, Iran, and in 1981, his father, Mansour Soleimani, founded the House of Mansour, the London purveyor of antique rugs and tapestries. It is not surprising, then, that the fourth-generation Soleimani has, for the last 13 years, operated a Mansour showroom in Los Angeles and continues […]

Appliances: Uncommon Cold

In 1945, two years after he built the first freestanding freezer in the basement of his Madison, Wis., home, Westye Bakke launched the Sub-Zero Freezer Co. Sixty years later, the Madison-based kitchen appliances business, under the direction of Bakke’s grandson James, continues to advance the science and style of food preservation. Its new Pro 48 […]

Dining: Vive Las Vegas

In his paris restaurant, Guy Savoy serves his steamed turbot on a bed of baby spinach topped with a poached egg. The whitefish’s delicate taste mixes so divinely with the salad that you are inclined to chew slowly, hoping to prolong the turbot’s presence on your plate. Just as the last bite disappears, however, the […]

Grape Expectations

Judged solely on his youthful appearance and alliterative name, Valentino Valentini seems as though he should be waiting tables in a Los Angeles trattoria while awaiting his big break. Instead, the 31-year-old is serving his second term as mayor of Montefalco, an Umbrian village that dates to the height of the Roman Empire and now […]

Travel: Home Again

In 1939, Swedish industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren built his Shangri-la on the white-sand beaches north of Nassau, the Bahamas. His creation, which he in fact named Shangri-La, remained a private home until 1961, when then-owner Huntington Hartford II, grandson of the founder of the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., transformed the villa into a 52-room […]

Best of the Best: Dining

Bradley Ogden Upping the ante for dining in Las Vegas. After establishing a California restaurant empire that includes the celebrated Bay Area destinations Lark Creek Inn, Yankee Pier, and One Market, chef and restaurateur Bradley Ogden entered Las Vegas in March 2003 and raised New American Cuisine to unprecedented levels. Located at Caesars Palace, Bradley […]

Dining: Trotter with the Top Down

Charlie Trotter is obsessed with culinary aesthetics. For more than 16 years, the Chicago-based chef, his shirt buttoned close to the chin, has relentlessly executed superior dining experiences at his namesake restaurant on the city’s North Side. His mastery in the kitchen is equaled, if not surpassed, by the precision service in his dining room—the […]

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