Inaugural Palm Beach Winter Games to benefit First Serve

The premiere of the Palm Beach Winter Games, hosted at the Breakers, promises to be one of the season’s most exciting new events. This three-day event has something for everyone, especially in benefiting First Serve, which is a nonprofit organization that inspires high-risk children to realize their full potential.

If you are a golf or tennis aficionado, here is an opportunity to play with world-renowned pros and Olympians. The Pro-Am Doubles Tennis Tournament offers a chance to play with both Grand Slam Champions and former top-ranked touring pros in a friendly, yet competitive, round-robin format at the exclusive Breaker’s tennis courts.

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Former Wimbledon Champion and Tennis Ambassador John Lloyd

The Sports Celebrity Golf Tournament will pair you with sports celebrities, such as former NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL players, pro golfers and tennis professionals at the magnificent Ocean Course at The Breakers. Prizes will also be awarded to teams and individuals.

If you prefer to dance the night away, the First Serve Sports Night Gala is billed as “not your grandfather’s gala!” You’ll be able to mingle with sports celebrities and Olympians, while enjoying gourmet food and specialty drink stations.  Restaurants participating include  Meat Market Palm Beach , Imoto, Buccan, Rocco’s Tacos, Sant Ambroeus and Bolay  The nightclub-inspired venue will also have live music and an in-house DJ. Junior Tickets are available for those under 40!

For you fashionistas, check out the Tennis Luncheon and Fashion Show officially sponsored by Cosmo & Company, which in addition to doing hair and make-up for the models, their team of experts will offer a touch-up station for guests.   Guests will also enjoy a fabulous lunch served by the Breakers and walk away with a Tennis swag bag.

Two-time Australian Open Champion, Johan Kriek, First Serve Board Member, Sandra Shaw, Paul and Joanie Van der Grift.

This three-day event runs January 12-15. In addition, there are individual and package opportunities for the different events.  Click here to view ticket prices.

Giving to the Community through FIRST SERVE

The best part of the Palm Beach Winter Games is your participation with the benefit First Serve. Their mission is to help high-risk children through various programs, including sports, education, mentoring, and interaction with law enforcement officials. First Serve endeavors to break the cycle of crime and poverty, helping children transcend their circumstances and transform their lives.

Participants and sponsors will have the opportunity to meet the children First Serve supports and inspires. The Palm Beach Winter Games will be bringing together a vast community; sponsors, local businesses, and volunteers across a wide-scale of activities, within a truly a community-based effort for good.

Click here for sponsorship Information or email Annie to request a customized package.

VIA ENCANTADA–Where Elegance and Trendy meet on Worth Avenue

Via Encantada, or ‘The Enchanted Way’ lies nestled in the heart of what is arguably one of the nation’s most exclusive shopping destinations– Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue.  Property owner, art collector, and Warhol muse, Jane Holzer, makes sure this Via has a whole different vibe; from understated elegance to trendy and hip.

Elegantly framed by stylishly understated Italian fashion houses, Brioni, Loro Piana, and fashion-forward  French sister boutiques Sandro and Maje, Jane Holzer has personally curated a delightful shopping experience where old world charm meets contemporary and pop.

Italian Perfection

Everyone knows BRIONI is synonymous with BESPOKE and BEST-DRESSED.  Professional athletes, celebrities, and industry leaders alike know the brand set meticulous standards for its craft, and turn to the Master Tailors of Brioni for a polished Bespoke look.  They know that the Brioni Tailors’ artistry is imbued in all the unseen details that distinguish Brioni garments.  Brioni’s meticulous standards are matched by their unrivaled personalized service, making every visit a memorable experience.

It’s hard to beat ‘the look, the craftsmanship and the feel’ of anything Loro Piana.  One of the world’s leading manufacturers of fine fabrics, renowned for taking wool and cashmere to an exceptional level of fineness and quality, Loro Piana is also a favorite of the well-heeled man.  The quietly elegant man demanding quality and comfort will choose timeless Loro Piana walk loafers as the finishing touch to his travel wardrobe.

French Flair

French fashion-forward women’s boutiques, Sandro and Maje are the brainchild of two creative sisters, Evelyn and Judith.  Sandro features a more classical, timeless line of clothing and Maje features more flirty and edgy designs.  Both lines range from daywear to evening, crafted with an eye for detail and the finest fabrics such as silk and French lace. The two brands are well-known for silhouettes with a formal feminine but oh so Parisian casual edge!  Local loyals count on Marcella Teper and Demetrius Mickens to keep them up to speed on new arrivals and timely sales.  (BIG SALE going on right now!)

Via Encantada Revealed

The charming corridor with its whimsical chandeliers leads visitors to the newly opened Contessa Gallery where a display of eclectic art immediately catches your eye.  The wide open doors to the sun-filled airy space and owner Steve Hartman’s friendly warm smile, make it a ‘must stop in and look‘ kind of place.

A pink-painted staircase and large-scale Will Ryman rose sculpture marks the entrance to Sarah Gavlak’s recently expanded art gallery and beckons art lovers to further explore.  Gavlak Gallery, one of the most respected galleries in Palm Beach, has been Via Encantada’s destination for art lovers and collectors since it moved from West Palm Beach in 2008.

Fabrikant and Miller- Hidden Jewel

Discreetly nestled between the galleries at the foot of the whimsical staircase is Fabrikant and Miller.  Co-owner Craig Miller has deservedly earned iconic status on Worth Avenue.  Miller’s début at Cartier in 1993 resulted in being ‘poached’ by Van Cleef & Arpels, and subsequently by the houses of Bulgari and Graff.  Craig specializes in buying and selling estate jewelry, watches and diamonds.   After 24 years it’s about more than his expertise; it’s  about the personal relationships, the trust Craig’s earned and his discretion that sets this private salon apart.

 

 

Black River Caviar and Schramsberg Vineyards

This fall brought us a match made in heaven, or in this case, Napa: Black River Caviar and Schramsberg Vineyards.   Napa Valley Entertaining is a beautifully illustrated table book showcasing Napa Valley gatherings, as well as serving as a hostess’s guide to adding a touch of wine country flair to entertaining. The author Blakesley Chappellet, with photographer Briana Marie, chronicles décor, recipes, and perfect wine pairings that make Napa Valley unforgettable. Black River Caviar and Schramsberg Vineyards are among the perfect partnerships highlighted.napa entertaining with black river caviar

“All of Schramsberg’s sparkling wines pair wonderfully with Black River Caviar,” says Graham C. Gaspard, President of Black River Caviar. Their Brut Rosé, however, is his personal favorite. Schramsberg brilliantly crafts the Rosé from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; they handpick as well as meticulously press the grapes in order to provide the best possible taste. Furthermore, the wine gives just the right amount of acidity to compliment Black River’s equally high-quality, and flavorful, sturgeon roe.

Schramsberg Vineyard Holiday Savings

Just in time for the holiday season, Hugh and Monique Davies (proprietors of both Davies Vineyards and Schramsberg Vineyards) have an exclusive offer for “Friends of Black River Caviar.” There will be 1 cent ground shipping on orders of $139 or more with the coupon code “BLKRIVER” at checkout.

Click here to shop now and use coupon code BLKRIVER at checkout

Also, take note of the recommended shipping deadlines for Schramsberg Vineyard shipments:

  • Residents from states that are north, south and east of Missouri,
    place ground shipping orders by:
    New Year’s Eve – 12/19

  • Residents from states in the Northwest to Texas,
    place ground shipping orders by:
    New Year’s Eve – 12/21

  • California residents must place ground shipping orders by:
    Christmas – 12/17       New Year’s Eve – 12/25

Black River Caviar Holiday Savings

Black River Caviar is offering free shipping on all orders of $350 or more with the coupon code “ELF” at checkout. Click here to place your Black River Caviar order on line.  The product is locally available in Palm Beach at Mary Mahoney on Worth Avenue.

 

Mr. Brainwash booth blockbuster attraction at Art Miami

Contessa Gallery will be participating in the 28th annual Art Miami Fair, December 5- December 10. Contessa Gallery will hosts two booths, one entirely dedicated to Mr. Brainwash’s electrifying works. The brilliant artist will design the booth, and it is sure to be a blockbuster attraction at Art Miami.  Mr. Brainwash began his artistic career over 17 years ago documenting the underground world of street artists. His artistic evolution is chronicled in the Academy Award nominated documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by Banksy. Known for his stylistic combination of pop and street art, Brainwash creates his works by fiercely fusing together historical pop imagery with contemporary cultural iconography.

 

Contessa Gallery sets up roots on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue

Steve Hartman, current President of FADA (Fine Art Dealers Association) and owner of internationally renowned Contessa Gallery, experienced first-hand the depth of the local Palm Beach area arts and cultural scene when he experimented with a West Palm Beach satellite gallery last year.   This year a unique opportunity fell into his lap:  A high-prized locale on Worth Avenue belonging to well-known art collector and Andy Warhol muse, Jane Holzer (AKA Baby Jane)  unexpectedly became available.  Contessa Gallery is up and running at 247 Worth Avenue (former Calypso space).

Contessa Gallery’s Current Featured Exhibit

Currently on display is a specially curated collection of works by leading contemporary artists, including a very extensive selection by pop and street art sensation, Mr. Brainwash. Contessa Gallery is excited to showcase the artist’s continual revolutionary experimentation with new techniques, media, materials and subject matter. The Palm Beach gallery also features major artwork by Chuck CloseHanneke BeaumontDavid Drebin,HijackGilles CenazandottiCayla Birk., Jasper JohnsLouise NevelsonDaniele Sigalot (Blue and Joy)Tom Wesselmann and most recently, Brendan Murphy.

“The response we’ve seen to our presence in the South Florida art scene is off the charts. We’ve experienced a phenomenal welcome from Collectors.  We think our highly curated collection of impressive artists will continue to attract important patrons.” explains Steve Hartman.

 

 

For detailed information, contact Steve Hartman at 216-956-2825 or via email: art@contessagallery.com

 Art Miami (December 6-10)

One Herald Plaza at NE 14th Street on Biscayne Bay.  Contessa Gallery’s booths for Art Miami 2017 are #A137a & #A137b.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Munder exclusively at Hamilton Jewelers

Yes, that is Laura Munder who you’ve seen again on the Avenue.  While her well-known eponymous boutique on Worth Avenue closed several years ago, fine jewelry designer Laura Munder has returned to Palm Beach through a new exclusive relationship with Hamilton Jewelers.   Known for her color-rich branded pieces, many one-of-a-kind, she closed her retail store in 2010 to focus more on the creative process.  Since that time, Laura has been working on launching a new line of fashion-oriented pieces.  She has also  produced a new collection of “past hits,” remaking some of her most successful designs in new materials and stones. “I have been committed to working in the studio rather than in the store,” she said.

Laura Munder, artistic and fashion-driven

Since 1997, Laura’s appeal has always been fueled by an artistic and fashion-driven approach to designing. Being a long-time jewelry collector and jewelry lover herself, Laura’s design philosophy fuels her production of fresh, stylish pieces that she would want to have and wear. Stones are found all around the world. Her collection includes many one-of-a-kind pieces made with mandarin garnet, a rare stone available in extremely limited quantities.  A striking addition to the collection is the use of blackened gold in combination with diamonds, mandarin garnet, sapphires and tourmaline. “The blackening of gold represents the sense of old-world style, while the introduction of the colored gemstones produces a fresh and modern look,” says Laura.

Laura has spent a lifetime in the jewelry business. As the daughter of a renowned diamond expert, Laura quickly learned the skill of distinguishing remarkable stones and the talent required to delicately mold them into works of art. Her jewelry’s extravagant use of colorful gemstones, unusual cuts and unique settings have garnered loyalty from serious collectors.

Laura Munder, nationally recognized

The style of the Laura Munder Fine Jewelry Collection has also been recognized by national media. Women’s Wear Daily has identified Laura as one of the industry’s newest designers to contribute to the rise of branded jewelry. Pieces from Laura’s collection regularly appear in national fashion publications such as Vogue, Town and Country, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Women’s Wear Daily, InStyle, Glamour, as well as The New York Times.

Hollywood has been very interested in Laura Munder, with many celebrities spotted around town in her designs, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jada Pinkett Smith, Anne Hathaway, and Molly Simms.

To experience the Laura Munder precious jewelry collection in person, visit Hamilton Jewelers, 215 Worth Avenue.  Laura’s exquisite pieces will also soon be available online shortly at www.hamiltonjewelers.com.