Posts tagged "Oprah"

Jay Leno tearfully calls it quits on Tonight Show--what's next?

Jay Leno tearfully calls it quits on Tonight Show--what's next?
I was miserable watching Jay Leno on his last night as Tonight Show host after a 22 year run.  He opened the show by saying “I don’t like goodbyes but NBC does.  I’ve been fired three times.  I get the hint.”  I admit, I wasn’t a regular viewer of the show but it was always... Read more »

White House Holiday Party Creates Lasting Memories for Chicago Family

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama welcome guests at a White House holiday party
If you’ve ever been to RL Restaurant, you would know Rich Varnes, the charming general manager there since 2001.  His friendly face has greeted everyone from Oprah to Justin Bieber at this much loved spot on Chicago Avenue.   So it was no surprise that he would also have the opportunity to meet Valerie Jarrett, President... Read more »

Lady Gaga and Chef Art Smith Set to Heat Up the NY Dining Scene!

Lady Gaga and Chef Art Smith Set to Heat Up the NY Dining Scene!
Thanks to a happenstance encounter as the result of a reality cooking show, international pop star Lady Gaga and beloved Chef Art Smith are doing some BIGGGGG, EXCITING things together!  Chef Art and Lady Gaga met on the Oprah Show.  She admired Art from Top Chef Masters and expressed disappointment that he didn’t win.  He... Read more »

My Favorite Photo Memories of 2010

My Chicago Magazine feature was definitely a year’s highlight! The City of Big Shoulders had busy feet visiting the many fundraisers, cocktail parties, soirees, get-togethers, galas, launches, previews, openings, meet-and-greets, luncheons, dinners, events, fests and weddings that took place this year.  There were so many moments that will never be forgotten with friends that I... Read more »

Oprah Winfrey and Chilli Pepper: A Tale of Two Icons and Me!

Dining with Oprah Winfrey and Chilli Pepper at Chicago Cut Steakhouse! The bash of the Titans occurred last night at Chicago Cut Steakhouse when global icon Oprah Winfrey dined with another icon and long-time friend, Chilli Pepper.  Chilli is a top female impersonator at the Baton Show Lounge and has been friends with Oprah for... Read more »


Oprah, Carl Sandburg Literary Award recipient Toni Morrison and Mayor Daley. We attended the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner as guests of Chicago Public Library Board member, Leslie Hindman.  Our table was filled with luminaries such as Martha Lavey (Steppenwolf Artistic Director), Jan Melk (noted Chicago philanthropist), Temple Smith, Helen Melchior (Joffrey honcho) and Dia and... Read more »

It's Going to be a Fashionable Spring!

With Visual Therapy’s Joe Lupo and Jesse Garza and their latest book, “Work It!”. The stars were aligned last week when four iconic fashion giants came together to celebrate spring.  J. Mendel, BoChic jewelry and Visual Therapy’s Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo all showcased their must-have selections for 2010 on a windy night on Chicago‘s... Read more »

Inside Chef Art Smith's Private 50th Birthday Party!

Mayor Daley congratulates Chef Art Smith at his 50th birthday party. Fit, fab and fifty!  Chef Art Smith threw a party and EVERYONE came!  The private, by-invitation-only 50th birthday party for Chef Art Smith was held at the James Hotel on Sunday evening, February 28th.  150 friends packed the room to celebrate not only Art’s... Read more »

Chicago Florist is Stylist to the Stars!

Vanessa Williams and Robert Gonzalez. (Photo by Mike Ruiz) I became aware of Robert Gonzalez a few birthdays ago one day in May when a massive floral arrangement was brought into Gibson’s by TWO people as a gift from Chili Pepper.  They were the most beautiful and creative flowers I had ever seen in my... Read more »

Oprah, Should She or Shouldn't She?

  I have been on both sides of the Oprah “should she/shouldn’t she” fence and I am now still firmly in the…….middle!  My first thoughts when I heard about Oprah closing down Michigan Avenue to film the premier show of her 24th season was GOOD FOR HER and US!  I had heard that she had... Read more »