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Artful Living is a quarterly magazine centered around beautiful homes and the lifestyles within. We bring to you the highlights of arts and culture, food and wine, desirable destinations and a special portfolio of Sothebys International Realty properties both locally and globally. Since the founding of the Sothebys auction house in 1744, the Sothebys name has earned renown as a marketer of the worlds most valuable and prestigious possessions.


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  • Cover Image by Annie Leibovitz A great meal starts with

    the right ingredients. Take

    these three for example:

    the Peninsula chefs

    Joelle Moles, Curtis Duffy

    and Terrence Crandall

    photographed in Chicago

    by Annie Leibovitz as part

    of Portraits of


    Portraits of

    Peninsula, the


    of two legends

    that originally

    debuted in October 2004 with the launch of The Peninsula

    Hotels award-winning global advertising campaign featuring

    the work of renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz,

    continues in 2009 with the second collection of Leibovitzs

    images commissioned by the hotel group. This time her

    photos showcase staff at The Peninsula hotels in Chicago

    and Tokyo.

    A collection of black-and-white images, Portraits of

    Peninsula goes to the heart of the guest experience that

    distinguishes Peninsula hotels as the finest in the world. With

    the photos, Leibovitz departs from her tradition of celebrity

    portraiture to focus on the people and personalities behind

    the Peninsula brand. While not famous, the faces of Peninsula

    pageboys, housekeepers and bellmen are just as compelling

    as those of celebrities when seen through her lens.

    I love the stories behind what people do, and in portraiture, you

    need to know the stories and then the image comes to life for you.


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  • Artful Living arrives just in time to help lift spirits in one of the most intense Minnesota winters on record. Get ready for an experience packed full of the best in food and wine.

    Raise a glass to David Mahoney, who returned to California wine country once again, this time to uncover the MinnesotaSonoma wine connection. Our other features include a look at some of the finest cuisine in the Twin Cities with local chefs and their food philosophies. The kitchen is the most important room in our homes, and we provide you with a look at the latest and best custom-designed kitchens, all found at IMS. Our friends on the North shore at Bluefin Bay resort provide a Lake Superior backdrop for North Shore Chic, a fashion shoot with the best of winter fashion. Our mission at Artful Living continues to be to inform, entertain and share with you outstanding homes, emerging ideas, travel destinations, the best of design, flash points and profiles of remarkable people. Our editorial content is entirely original and is created here. Dont forget to check out the finest property listings for Sothebys International Realty, and on page 93, Ivy Gracie tells us about the second-home deals in the places Minnesotans flock to this time of year. Our departments round out this issue to observe other outlooks on food and wine, from a profile of Gavin Kaysen, a rising star on the New York City chef scene who was first discovered working at an Edina Subway, to a discussion of the raw-fare trend, to Dan Buettner telling us how happiness plays into food. Be prepared to get hungry and feel free to be a nutritional overachiever. A special thanks to our contributors, advertisers and especially the outstanding and talented team listed on our masthead.


    Frank RoffersPublisherArtful Living Magazine

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    WiNTeR 2011

    A Perfect Wine Pairing 56Californias Sonoma County has a strong Minnesota connection.

    Kitchen Couture 67International Market Square offers customizable creations for the heart of the home.

    Foodie Philosophies 73A peek into the perspective of top Twin Cities chefs.

    sonoma connection Bella Vineyards in Sonoma Valley was started by two Minnesota natives, this cave serves as a tasting room and entertainment center.

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    sonoma connection Bella Vineyards in Sonoma Valley was started by two Minnesota natives, this cave serves as a tasting room and entertainment center.

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    81 buildTreHus Architects + Interior Designers + Builders helps create a getaway in the heart of the city.

    85 real estateSnowbirds can snag a deal in these second-home markets.

    93 property gallery Selection of properties form Sothebys International Realty.

    collage44 raw appeal The raw-food movement is gaining momentum in the Twin Cities.

    48 chefWunderkind Gavin Kaysen got his start at a Subway sandwich shop.

    50 artist Pamela Sukhum takes her cues from nature in creating her emotionally charged paintings.

    54 designer discoveries Designer Billy Beson welcomes the revival of the in-home bar.




    || WiNTeR 2011

    spotlight109 fashion The ultimate winter wardrobe combines fashion and function.

    114 food+happiness A thoughtful look at the connection between cuisine and contentment with author and explorer Dan Buettner.

    116 chef Curtis Duffy dishes up delightful delectables at the PeninsulaChicago hotel.

    120 lifestyle Staying svelte is simple thanks to Steele Fitness.

    122 travel Elite Destination Homes equips globetrotters with world-class accommodations.

    126 finance Charitable giving is more than writing a check.

    128 beauty Spalon Montage gives new meaning to customer service.

    130 technology Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens predicts the futureof food.


    live artfully17 what to... Buy, drink, visit, collect, eat, use, attend, devote, drive, give, read, support.


  • publisherFrank Roffers

    designArt Director: Mollie Windmiller

    Assistant Art Director: Ryan Nelson

    managing editorHayley Dulin

    copy editorKate Nelson

    business managerNaomi Johnson

    marketingHeidi Libera

    contributorsWriters: Ashley Bergren, Billy Beson, Dan Buettner,

    Carolyn Crooke, elizabeth Dehn, Hayley Dulin, Alyssa Ford, ivy Gracie, David Mahoney, Leslee Miller, Michael Nagrant, Susan Powers, Alecia Stevens, Lori Storm, Berit Thorkelson, Mitchell

    Wherley, Andrew Zimmernphotography: Joan Buccina, Kristi Kienholz

    style + product coordinator: Jill Roffers

    advertising sales Ketti Histon

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    Operated by NRT Incorporated.

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    Billy Beson is a daring, dynamic, and dapper interior designer known for his risk-taking style and extraordinary creativity in both work and life.

    Elizabeth Dehn is the founder of, and a regular lifestyle contributor to Minnesota Monthly, Star Tribune, and Twin Cities Live television.

    Alyssa Ford has been covering architecture and design scene since 04. She has written for Midwest Home, Minnesota Monthly, the Star Tribune, and many other publications.

    Carolyn Crooke is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis.

    Dan Buettner is the New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones and Thrive -- Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way. Buettner is an internationally recognized explorer who founded Blue Zones a lifestyle brand that improves health, happiness and longevity.

    David Mahoney writes about travel, wine, and the environment for a variety of national and regional magazines. A former senior editor at Sunset and the former editor of Minnesota Monthly.

    Alecia Stevens is a freelance writer and interior designer, dividing her time between Minneapolis and New York. Her blog is

    Ivy Gracie writes for publications in the Twin Cities and Chicago. Her work has appeared in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Todays Chicago Woman, Twin Cit