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THE DOCKET RESTAURANT TO BOW IN SLU LAW SCHOOL BLDG

 The Docket will soon take on a new meaning for Saint Louis University School of Law students, faculty and staff as well as downtown’s legal and business communities. This fall an aptly named café and bistro will open on the ground floor of SLU LAW’s new home at 100 N. Tucker Blvd., in the heart of downtown’s civic and judicial center. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant, operated by the award-winning Palo Alto-based food service group Bon Appétit Management Company in partnership with Saint Louis University, will offer quick breakfasts and lunches with a more leisurely dinner service. The design of clean modern lines paired with a rustic farmhouse sensibility will feature an open kitchen and both communal and casual seating, with 110 seats inside and 72 outside, weather permitting. “We envision The Docket as place for the legal and civic community to gather alongside SLU LAW students, faculty and staff,” said Dean Michael Wolff. “The concept Bon Appétit has put together perfectly embodies the idea of our integration into the downtown community.” Bon Appétit Management Company focuses on chef-driven cafés set at corporations, universities, museums and specialty venues that develop relationships in the communities they serve, specifically through the use of local foods and sustainable practices.  They currently operate an award-winning program at Washington University and are set to open a new restaurant on July 1 at the St. Louis Art Museum. The menu at The Docket will focus on small plates, pizzas, pastas and rustic entrees featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and skilled from-scratch cooking. A wood-burning oven and grill will be the heart of the space serving a steady stream of pizzas, flatbreads and earthenware casseroles.A notable hallmark of the restaurant is also The Docket’s bar. It will feature everything from fresh-squeezed juices and house-made aqua frescas to craft brews and signature cocktails made with local spirits, with the focus on carefully made, handcrafted beverages.

CIRCUS FLORA HITS 27TH YEAR WITH A GALA

Tino and Aurelia Walenda

Tino and Aurelia Walenda

“Watch where you step!” is the mantra by circus folks and Saturday night was no exception at the Circus Flora gala next to Powell Hall.  Themed “A Trip to the Moon,” inspired by George Melies’ ground-breaking film of 1902, the concept fit well for the 27th anniversary of Flora. Aside from the one-ring circus production based on the traditional circus arts, it showcased the working partnership of humans and animals with a live band.  The ensemble company was graced with the wire-walk of The Flying Walendas.  Aurelia Walenda, 28:

Jake Wheeler

Jake Wheeler

“We rehearse two hours a day and stretch daily.”  Her dad, Tino:  “Our family has been doing this for 55 years and we’re going next to the Circus Hall of Fame in Indiana and then to the Canadian National Expo. I ride the bike on the wire and my daughter stands on my shoulder while my wife, Olinka,does a head-stand on the trapeze.  One time, we had a close call working in a train station and had to use forklifts to anchor the wires, because the place was on the National Register of Historical places and we couldn’t use the walls.

Molly Cox, Jake Wheeler and Alexis Tucci

Molly Cox, Jake Wheeler and Alexis Tucci

The wires couldn’t be tightened enough. They were eventually stabilized.”  Hefty Circus Flora donors Erin and John Wright were honored following the reception, dinner and auction. Rita and Joe Carpenter (he was the visionary who first conceived transforming the dormant Fox Theater film palace into a live venue) were on hand as were muscle-bound partners Cameron Earnheart and Matt Schiermeier, who confided they’ve been together for 10 years and are planning a fall wedding in NYC.

Amy Sprandel clutched by Colombian boa and Leah Wilson

Amy Sprandel clutched by Colombian boa and Leah Wilson

On hand were entertainers Jake Wheeler on his flame-throwing tricycle, Leah Wilson and Amy Sprandel, who toyed with a Colombian boa named Tranze.  Alexis Tucci was tapped to handle all the entertainment. House managerHarald Boerstler tipped that Flora is a “charity circus” on call by hospitals and fundraising agencies. Ducats for the production and dinner were priced up to $250 each and among the do-gooders were: Nancy and Ken Kranzberg with their daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann andAndy Srenco; Carol and Tom Voss 

John and Erin Wright in center and in the background Sara, James and Joseph and Paige  Oster

John and Erin Wright in center and in the background Sara, James and Joseph and Paige Oster

and Parkway Schools psychologist Andrew Haley with Mollie Ring

Matt Schiermeier and Cameron Earnheart

Matt Schiermeier and Cameron Earnheart

 

Rita and  Joe Carpenter

Rita and Joe Carpenter

Tom and Carol Voss, Ken and Nancy Kraznzberg, Mary Ann and Andy Srenco

Tom and Carol Voss, Ken and Nancy Kraznzberg, Mary Ann and Andy Srenco

Andrew Haley and Mollie Ring

Andrew Haley and Mollie Ring

 

 

 

ANDY COHEN, FR. KEVIN HEDERMAN, SARAH PALIN

St. Louis has telent!  Check out this link of Morgan McDonald, 11, daughter of Beth and Shaun McDonald and grandaughter of Rich and Cindy Mueth and John and Renea McDonald:

Sports Illustrated launching its live, half-hour talk shows at 12 noon on weekdays beginning Monday on SI Video. . .Not to be missed: the trailer for “Innocence of Muslims” over YouTube. . .Mo. A.G. Chris Koster has posted the number of vehicle stops in 2012 on his website - amazing!. . .East St. Louis/Belleville’s own Jimmy Connors is front ‘n center with his book, “The Outsider: A Memoir,” in which is recalled his wacky, steel-frame racket and his advice, “Take the ball on the rise”. . .Bravo hot-shot Andy Cohen will host this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards in N.Y. For those who came in late, the ex-Clayton resident has rocketed to fame by bringing us “Project Runway” and “Real Houswives”. . .Strange that reporter Ann Rubin’s name remains on KSDK’s website although she hasn’t been there for months. . .St. Louis Archdiocesan staffers now say that Fr. Kevin Hederman is “retired.” Back in 2009, he was tremporarily suspended for child abuse allegations. . .Jallen Messersmith of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. has become the first openly-gay player in men’s college basketball. . .Sarah Palin has forked over $5,000 to Republican Jason Smith’s campaign to fill the seat left vacant by Jo Ann Emerson. . .Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has checked out of rehab where he completed treatment for heroin abuse.

KENRICK-GLENNON GETS NEW TOPPER

 According to the National Catholic Reporter, the U.S. bishops’ conference has picked a Jesuit from Kenrick-Glennon seminary to replace Capuchin Fr. Thomas Wienandy as head of their doctrinal office. The conference is headed by St. Louis native Cardinal Timothy Dolan who oversees the New York archdiocese. . .Google has a new inbox designed to automatically organize some of the chaos.  It sends emails into five categories, which appear on the top tabs. . .Ford’s new Focus ST.offers a six seconds.. . powerhouse of 252 horsepower is turbocharged that can rocket the car from 0-60 in six seconds. . .

OKLAHOMA GETS LIFT FROM PASTORS

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology describes University of Missouri researchers’ study suggesting that statins, the cholesterol-lowering meds, may actually block some of the fitness benefits from exercise. . .Pastors from the Ignite Church in Joplin were in Moore, Oklahoma on Monday ”to be able to empower the people,” said one of the ministers. (The devastation there came the day before the second anniversary of a tornado that leveled one-third of Joplin). . .Tablets may overtake Smartphones as a major shopping device by 2017.  Nearly three-fourths of mobile retail sales will be tablets with 125 million people using them for purchases. . .Atheist/comedian Ricky Gervais, no fan of prayers for victims of the disastrous Oklahoma twisters, and would prefer donations: “Prayers for something, but not doing anything to make it happen, has the same effect as writing to Santa and not letting mummy read the letter”. . .

NOSTALGIA

They’re gone now along with the impending closure of Macy’s downtown store.  We’re talking about Nugent’s, Famous-Barr, Scruggs Vandervoort & Barney, Stix, Baer & Fuller, Garlands, Kline’s, Sonnenfeld’s, Cunningham’s, Werner-Hilton, Richman Bros., Bond’s, National Shirt Shop, Lane Bryant, Boyd’s, Wilkinson’s, Wolff’s, Stacy Adams, Red Cross Shoes, Birdie’s Hat Shop, Kresge’s; Schneider Millinery – all of which wove the fabric of a booming downtown St. Louis.  There were the popular restaurants over those years: Trader Vic’s; the Orient; Rio Room; the Forum; Tunnelway; Max Carl’s; the Pines; Grecian Garden’s; Miss Hulling’s; the Washington Cafe; the Holland Bldg. Cafeteria, Tutenberg’s and F&E Sandwich Shop. There were the burlesque houses: Garrick, Grand and Harry Wald’s World, where he was overheard to say, “That stripper is great except for two little things.”  Merchants prospered.  Long gone are  Central Hardware, C.E. Williams Shoes, Greenfield’s Poultry and a bevy of hardware stores. Saloons had their doors propped open, and bartenders kept running out of Tom Collins mix in this normally vodka, scotch town. The old Union Market building remains and houses a Drury Inn and the wonderful Jf Sanfilippo’s Ristorante. The naked downtown district is shrinking to small town size.

FOGLE FLIES TO FREEDOM

Richmond Heights native Ryan Fogle, 29, flew out of Moscow on Sunday for the U.S.  Fogle was the accused American spy for the CIA and was the third secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. . .Treasurer Clint Zweifel will announce a new education initiative partnership with the Jewish Federation tomorrow re unclaimed property worth $750 million for more than 4.4 million accounts. . .WashU researcher Jeffrey Gordon in the spotlight of the national media for his work on malnutrition in mice.  He found that the mice which were fed the children’s typical diets and could not metabolize nutrients and he concludes that it takes more than calories to cure malnutrition. . .Hostess to guest: “Is that a tan?”  Guest: “Yes.  Either that or my liver’s going.”

HARRY POTTER ATTRACTION ADDED TO THEME PARK, “MILLION DOLLAR QUIZ” TO NBC, BOB COSTAS/CARDINAL GLENNON BENEFIT

 John and Sue Sinclair

John and Sue Sinclair

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled to revoke a mining permit of a proposed mine by Arch Coal (Spruce No. 1). . .Keep your eyes peeled to KSDK, Ch. 5 for this falls’ “The Million Dollar Quiz” in which participants could compete to win up to $10 million.  The panel would compete for 12 straight days and nights and live in an hour-glass structure in Manhattan.  Home viewers can play along and win opportunities to appear on the show.. . .Also, NBC Universal has gotten the green light to build a $1.6 billion structure, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in the company’s southern California theme park. . .The 25th anniversary of the Bob Costas Benefit for Cardinal Glennon Chidlren’s Med Center at the Fox Theater was a resounding hit.  Hosted by Mike Neidorff’s Centene Charitable Foundation, the stage headliner was John Mellencampwho has amassed 22 Top 40

Tom and Carol Voss with Dr. Pennell

Tom and Carol Voss with Dr. Pennell

hits and nominated for 13 Grammys. A pre-show dinner was held in the innards of the showplace and attracted such A-listers as: Susan and Michael Scully, regional prez of US BankCh. 5′s Mike Bush and his wife, Claudia, who mentioned their son Matthew had just passed the bar; Janet and Jeff Rainford, Mayor Slay’s chief of staff; Mercy’s Dr.Rick Pennell cornered by Carol and Tom Voss; Sue and John Sinclair, who tipped a new dealership is in the wings and added, “I played Indian ball with Costas in the 1970s Jim and Jennifer Komen; mortgage scion Ray Vinson with Olga Senante; Zoo exec Susan Gallagher with hub, biz scribe Jim Gallagher and elsewhere – WashU profs Cameron Adams and Josh Lawrence with students Brianne Murphy and Jordan Sanders. Quipped former Ameren puffer Susan Gallagher: “I went from one zoo to another.”

 

Susan and Michael Scully

Susan and Michael Scully

Jim and Jennifer Komen

Jim and Jennifer Komen

Ray Vinson and Olga Senanante

Ray Vinson and Olga Senanante

Mike and Claudia Bush

Mike and Claudia Bush

Janet and Jeff Rainford

Janet and Jeff Rainford

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