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Olivier Leguet

Olivier Leguet

Olivier Leguet, the guy with an idiosyncratic passion for his native French food, hosted the grand opening of his La Bonne Bouchee Bakery & Patisserie adjoining his beloved restaurant – replete with a new lounging area.  While violinist Irena Goren Scheer and cellist Heather Olivier (Olivier’s wife) serenaded the crowd, Olivier’s daughter Isabelle greeted the pomp-free employees who were guests at the catered buffet.  All-in-all, it was a mood-elevating evening. . .Over at the Sheraton Westport, the Italian Golf dinner was in full swing with guests bidding on “priceless” items.  One of them was dinner for eight, catered by Monsignor Vince Bommarito at his St. Ambrose Catholic Church.  One winner, who bought the gift, outbid everyone for $3,000.  Then, someone matched it with another $3,000. ..At Il Bel Lago, a crowd of Edward Jones staffers greeted members of the Kansas City firm, VMl, which is designing a new website for

Brenna and Diangelia Phillips, Selamawit Fisseha and Baiza Engida

Brenna and Diangelia Phillips, Selamawit Fisseha and Baiza Engida

the financial firm. “It (www.edwardjones.com had 21 million hits last year,” boasted marketing chief Brad Iversen. . .Over at Blueberry Hill a gaggle of habitues were caught al dente to honor recent retiree Bill “Big Mule” Hayes.  They sported commemorative t-shirts with the touching sentiment: “BIG MULE HAYES – Forgotten, but not gone.”  It was a trip down St. Louis radio memory lane as they recalled their adventures and Ms. adventures with the likes of Terri Garr, Mort Crowley, Dave Allen, Harry Honig, Thom Lewis and Thed Barbone.  On hand were Robert R. Lynn, Larry Gross, Bill Hayes, Becky “the buxom bartender” and Dick Ulett, topper of Clayton Studios. Witness Protection Program’s and Blueberry Hill raconteur Joe Edwards personally stopped by to throw them out since they had long since lost their thrill.

COL. LEONARD GRIGGS TRASHES AMERICAN AIRLINES

Lambert Field  was arguably one of the best ideas of mankind.  It allowed the world to intrude in our paradise  It was an oasis in a sensibly sized region favored by God and nature.  No shortage of bars and people to drink in them with so many reasons to get drunk. However, we may all live to see the end of non-stop flights at the airport. Tourism was our big industry, but will tourists continue to come here to look at parking lots where graceful architecture once stood?  Some may have to opt for direct flights as opposed to non-stop flights. Anyway, that brings us to a table at Le Bonne Bouchee, where the columnist shared a few moments with former airport director Leonard Griggs and his wife, Denise. He took a few shots at American Airlines and said, “I think it’s criminal what they’ve done.  There are only 35 flights now compared to the hundreds we used to have.”  At 79, Griggs was resilient over his dismissal from his job by former mayor Vince Schoemehl. In a mellow tone, Griggs said, “We are friendly these days.”  Then it was on to check out the new lunch fare of chef-owner Olivier Leguet‘s non-stop signature dishes. Among them – Asian bay shrimp salad, Adriatic chicken salad and sauteed tilapia.


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