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Supercharge Your Life: The Path To Reinvention -- November 27

Supercharge Your Life: The Path To Reinvention -- November 27

 

We are thrilled to announce a very special event -- Supercharge Your Life:  The Path to Reinvention.  Every week, many of our clients ask me how and when I decided to open my business.  I opened The Perfect Provenance at age 51 -- I was inspired and encouraged to do this by my family and many special people in my life.   I thought I was 'too old' to start a new business but you are never too old for a new beginning.  This event will be a truly special evening with three incredible women -- space is limited.   RSVP: info@theperfectprovenance.com.

About Tracy Chadwell

Tracy is a founding partner at 1843 Capital and has over 19 years experience in venture capital and private equity. She has 6 years of experience investing in early stage companies with a female founder through her personal entity Coyote Capital.

Tracy was Partner of a growth capital fund - Baker Capital which had more than $1 Billion under management. As a frequent speaker and startup competition judge, Tracy has developed a broad network in the female founder community. She is a member of Women in VC and Private Equity Women Investor Network. A trusted board member, she serves on the boards of Marstone and Sachs Insights.

Her philanthropic work includes the Advisory Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Executive Advisor for the Echoing Green Foundation and New York Institute of Technology. She acts as a mentor for both Techstars KC and Monarq.

She is an attorney and earned her JD at Loyola University of Chicago. Tracy speaks conversational Japanese and restaurant French.

About Lesley Jane Seymour

Lesley Jane Seymour is a media entrepreneur and founder of CoveyClub a new club for life-long learners launched in February 2018 (Covey is a small flock of birds). CoveyClub allows women 40+ to bond over issues of interest and concern through virtual salons (Coffee & Conversation) or topics in the CoveyClub monthly magazine which is written and produced by the best journalists around the world. CoveyClub also offers a daily blog, weekly podcasts with women reinventing themselves (The CoveyCast) and a special list for high-level one-on-one networking (Lesley’s List).

In January 2008, she was named Editor-In-Chief of More Magazine, the leading lifestyle magazine for women over forty with a readership of 1.5 million and Editor-in-Chief and Social Media director of More.com. In July of 2015, Seymour created history by having the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, guest edit an entire issue—leading to 8.5 billion media impressions worldwide.

In 2008, Seymour led More to its first National Magazine Award nomination. In 2012, Seymour was named Executive Director of Meredith’s Beauty Center of Excellence; in 2009 she was named number four on the 2009 Most Powerful Fashion Editors List by Forbes magazine. Before taking over More, Seymour served as the Editor-in-Chief for Marie Claire magazine, Redbook magazine, and teen book YM. She was Beauty Director of Glamour, and senior editor at Vogue. She is the author of two books: On the Edge, 100 Years of Vogue and I Wish My Parents Understood. In 2013 she was named Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for Duke Magazine and a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices. She is a trustee at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

About Jenny Galluzzo

As co-founder of The Second Shift, Jenny Galluzzo lives her life committed to the empowerment of women through work. She is fiercely dedicated to shifting the path forward for women, encouraging them to forge their own career paths with confidence, intention and optimism. Jenny is responsible for the member community and all things brand, overseeing messaging, communications, and content channels. She curates events across the country to bring members and business partners together, and with her team, is in close contact with members during the multi-step application process. Beyond connecting women with jobs, Jenny is also in regular contact with members, advising about career transitions, gender equity in the workforce, and becoming an agent for change.

 Prior to starting The Second Shift, Jenny spent many years in journalism, researching, writing, hosting and producing for Good Morning America, News 12 and Plum TV. Jenny holds a BA from Duke University and an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

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The Perfect Vinaigrette Dressing

The Perfect Vinaigrette Dressing

The Perfect Vinaigrette

The launch of our signature olive oils and vinegar has been thrilling to see how warmly they have been received!  Every month we will bring you a recipe using them -- we started with a recipe everyone should have in their kitchen.  Please enjoy!  Click for more info on our line.  

 

¾ Teaspoons Garlic,

Minced ¾ Teaspoons Shallot,

Minced 1 ¾ Tablespoons Dijon

½ Cup Champagne Vinegar

¼ Cup Honey

¼ Cup Lemon Juice

½ Teaspoon Tabasco

1 Tablespoon Salt

1 Cup Extra Virgin Nocellara Olive Oil by The Perfect Provenance

Chef Duane Shand

Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender, and blend until smooth. Reduce blender speed to low and slowly drizzle in extra virgin olive oil. You can then place in dressing bottle and store in refrigerator. Va Bene -- you have a perfect salad dress!  

Mangia Bene!  Lisa Lori

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The Perfect Provenance Launches Perfect Olive Oil & Vinegar Line

The Perfect Provenance &  The Secret Ingredient Girls

New Line of Perfectly Gift-able Olive Oil and Vinegars by All Female Team The Perfect Provenance, a luxury lifestyle store & café, based in Greenwich, CT launches an exclusive line of vinegars and olive oils made in collaboration with The Secret Ingredient Girls - Chopped Champion, Silvia Baldini and olive oil sommelier Alina Lawrence.

The line of exclusive Olive Oils and Vinegars include:

* Aged Rosé Balsamic Vinegar ($16.50 250mL) – Keep rosé all day going all year– Our Aged Rosé Balsamic Vinegar is made from the Pinot Nero grape variety, and has all the highlights of your favorite rosé wine. Bright acidity and soft, subtle aromas of strawberry, watermelon, and raspberry balance notes of minerals and slate. Excellent for salad dressings, marinades, glazes, pan sauces, soups, pickling, grilling or reduced to top cheese plates and fresh fruit, it pairs beautifully with extra virgin or flavored oils.  Click link for more info.

* Nocellara del Belice Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($19.50 250mL/$28.50 500mL) – The Perfect Provenance EVO comes straight from Sicily and epitomizes everything a mild all-purpose oil should be. Its sweet, floral aroma gives way to a slightly spicy taste that is packed with green apple, green grass, mint and black pepper. Fresh and lively, this one is sure to please for months to come.  Click link for more info.  

* Herbs De Provence Olive Oil ($19.50 250mL) - a luscious olive oil that contains Savory, thyme and bay leaf, capturing the essence of the hillsides of Southern France; great for roasting chicken or poultry, create savory aioli, perfect for bread dipping, drizzle over roasted vegetables and grilled fish - $19.50  Click link for more info.

* Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena ($16.50 250mL/$23.50 500mL) - made from the finest grade of Balsamic, aged for up to 18 years in chestnut, oak, mulberry, cherry and ash barrels, the Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena exceedingly rich, complex and dense, making it markedly adaptable; excellent for salad dressings, marinades, glazes, pan sauces, soups, pickling, grilling, over ice cream, cheese, and fresh fruit.  Click link for more info.  

About the Perfect Provenance:

The Perfect Provenance is an art-inspired, luxury lifestyle store and café founded by Lisa Lori in a renovated and restored 1912 Victorian style home. The Perfect Provenance, which means -- a place of origin, seeks to find, curate and exhibit, artisan products from around the world and exhibits throughout the year. The exhibitions inspire the entire retail and culinary experience, including art, home, fragrance, and men’s & women’s fashion. The shop also includes Cafe 47, an award-winning cafe is led by Chef Duane Shand,

 

About The Secret Ingredient Girls:

Silvia Baldini and Alina Lawrence have created The Secret Ingredient Girls to share their passions for food, cooking and wellness, with others. Silvia, originally from Turin, Italy, became the first professional female Chef in Connecticut to win Chopped, an award-winning show on Food Network. Alina is one of just a few women olive oil experts in the United States. She received her training and certification in sensory analysis from The National Organization of Olive Oil Tasters in Imperia, Italy. Her talent and passion, combined with years of training, have helped her becoming a highly sought-after olive oil consultant.

### For press inquires please contact Madeline Familia – Mfamilia@bratskeir.com

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Grammy Winner Sheena Easton to Perform at Smile Greenwich

Grammy Winner Sheena Easton to Perform at Smile Greenwich

Grammy Winner Sheena Easton

Smile Greenwich Tickets

I am honored to be serving on the co-chair for Smile Greenwich benefiting Operation Smile on Friday, November 9th, at the Belle Haven Club and would love for you to join me in supporting this incredible cause.   We are thrilled to announce that Grammy Award Winning Artist Sheena Easton will perform as our special guest entertainment.  Last year's event sold out and we are hoping to sell out this year as well!

In 2010, my family hosted the first Smile Greenwich event at my home, and we couldn’t have imagined all of the love and support shown by our community. Smile Greenwich is now an integral and blessed part of all of our lives, and together with friends like you, we have changed the lives of thousands of children and their families.

Our community efforts have raised more than $2.5 million through events, corporate partnerships and, of course, the beloved Three Little Bears program created by Lisa Lori and Kathy Van Zeeland.

On Friday, November 9, we will gather once again for a night of dancing, laughter and smiles. Smile Greenwich will celebrate the life-changing surgeries that Operation Smile’s medical volunteer teams perform every day around the world.

This year, we are pleased to include a Junior Ticket and extend a warm welcome to our future generation of change makers.

With your support, how many lives can we change tomorrow? We can't wait to see you there!  Please join my co-chairs & I for a wonderful evening -- Alisyn Camerota, Trisha Dalton, Lisa Lori & Stacy Zarakiotis

Special Guest Auctioneer:

Gary Dell'Abate

WHEN:
Friday, November 9, 2018
7:00 p.m Cocktails and Silent Auction
8:00 p.m Presentation, Smile Auction & DJ

WHERE:
Belle Haven Club, 100 Harbor Dr, Greenwich, CT 06830

WHY:
A surgery can change a child's life forever; you have the power to help transform a child's life.

DRESS:
Smiles & Dancing Shoes

For Additional Information:
Please contact Robyn Elefane at:
relefane@operationsmile.org
310.598.9960

 

Sponsor

For tickets, sponsorship or to donate please visit https://www.operationsmile.org/smilegreenwich

About Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton, whose career has spanned four decades, was born in Bellshill, Scotland, the youngest of six children and is the mother of two children, Jake and Skylar. Her recording career has included Gold and Platinum albums in the United States, Europe and Asia. She has sold over 20 million records worldwide, received two Grammys, and was the first --and still only-- artist to have top five records on five major Billboard charts. In addition to her recording success, Sheena is a top concert attraction around the world. Sheena also has a list of notable acting credits including a five-episode appearance on Miami Vice, a costarring role opposite Stacy Keach in a John Carpenter-directed trilogy for Showtime titled “Body Bags,” and as a guest star in the cult syndicated series “The Highlander” and a starring role in UPN’s “Ghost Stories.”

Other guest roles have included “Brisco County” and Tech Wars,” as well as a starring role in Showtime’s “Outer Limits.” Sheena also appeared as a regular on the 2005 PAX TV show “Young Blades”. During 2004 Sheena and Brian McKnight hosted a talk show originating in Las Vegas - she especially enjoyed this area of performance. . On Broadway Sheena starred as (Aldonza/Dulcinea) in “Man of La Mancha” opposite the late Raul Julia’s “Don Quixote.” Throughout its year run the play remained one of the top five grossing hits at the box office. She also starred on Broadway in the hit musical “Grease” as Rizzo.

Sheena has been busy with frequent appearances in Las Vegas where she has been a major attraction for the last two decades, and she was recently inducted into the Las Vegas Hall Of Fame. Seen in venues not only nationally, but internationally Sheena continues to perform her hits and fan favorites. She is most at home working with the band, but has expanded her love of the concert stage as a guest vocalist in various programs with symphonies across the nation and has made frequent appearances in “The Spy Who Loved me”. 

Seen in venues not only nationally, but internationally Sheena continues to perform her hits and fan favorites. She is most at home working with the band, but has expanded her love of the concert stage as a guest vocalist in various programs with symphonies across the nation and has made frequent appearances in “The Spy Who Loved me”. This allows her to blend her romance with various styles of music ; American standards , pop and Broadway .

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Luxury Lifestyle Around the World

Luxury Lifestyle Around the World

One of the great joys of my career has been to travel the world and see what people are wearing, eating and designing around the world.  For the Perfect Provenance, we try to look at the 'whole picture', meeting with designers, attending shows and talking to experts.  Equally important, is walking the streets, going into shops, talking to sales people in other markets and understanding how people live.  

Trends, as we all know come and go, but finding designs and products that you will cherish over the long haul is one of the hallmarks of our Perfect lifestyle.  This year, I have traveled to a variety of places including: Copenhagen, London, Milan, San Francisco, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Bogota, and Paris, and met with friends who work in PR, fashion journalism and architecture.  I visit innovative and creative shops and restaurants in all of these markets and try to bring a little piece of each place back to our shop and restaurant.  Luxury, is not defined by price of course, true luxury is defined by quality of life, time spent with friends and family, an incredible culinary experience, and cherished memories.  Here are just a few highlights of what I have seen:

-- Copenhagen -- within the past few years, Copenhagen has become the cool new kid on the block.  With it's innovative approach to the environment, restaurants and design, it is big enough to be a city, but small enough to be a 'village' as one resident told me.  Why?  With it's army of bike riders, everything feels within reach.  My oldest son Zack and I spent a beautiful weekend this summer biking along the canals, stopping at delicious outdoor food markets or halls and taking in the history.  Food markets located throughout the city feature amazing food from the classic to innovative and are the hot trend in the city.  Visit Tivoli Hall or Bridge Street Market (perfect stop on a bike ride) -- this is the good life, healthy, delicious and fun.  www,tivoligardens.com

-- Napa Valley -- this is my home turf so I don't usually stay in hotels but my last two visits have included a stay at the Hotel Yountville, a charming hotel at the beginning of Yountville.  It is so peaceful there, enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese and charcuterie plate by the fire, this is bliss.  Take a two minute walk down the street and eat at Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc - one prix fixe meal offered per night for all.  Our last visit had their famous fried chicken and I can still smell it's savory scent.  Heaven.  www.hotelyountville.com

-- Paris -- Of course, Paris has some of the most incredible five star hotels and restaurants on the planet, but the real secret is that the amount of amazing four star hotels is equal to none.  When I go for work, I stay at a new, charming hotel each time, tucked in an arrondissement (neighborhood) that when I leave makes me feel like a local.  Last week, we stayed in the Marias which is bustling with boutiques, restaurants and history.  Our hotel 's facade -- Hotel du Petit Moulin --  is housed in the first boulangerie of all of Paris, and where Victor Hugo bought his bread everyday.  Each room is designed by Christian LaCroix.  Four stars don't usually have a restaurant but no worries, they have a wonderful breakfast and there are restaurants on every corner.  At night, put on your chicest outfit and have a cocktail or champagne at the Hotel Le Meurice or Hotel Crillon (just recently renonvated and reopened) -- j'adore.  You will step back in time where elegance and hospitality co-exist.  Favorite restaurant this trip -- Les Foodies -- in the Marais, innovative, delicious and well, perfect.  www.hotelpetitmoulinparis.com/en/

 

-- Milan -- Milan is no longer the ugly stepsister to every other city in Italy  Food, fashion and design are all around you.  I went to Design Week this year and never have I seen a city work together to host events and exhibits like this.  Sporting events such as the Olympics or Super Bowl have been doing this for years, but to see it with design was thrilling.  The Grand Hotel (5 star)  is right in the shopping 'triangle' where three famous streets intersect and there is shopping and eating all around.  Great shopping?  Corso Como 10 -- the original concept store & restaurant and Tea Rose -- love both.  Biggest trend in Italy right now, flowers, flowers, flowers.  Floral crowns, flowers sold in fashion stores, fiori everywhere. www.grandhoteletdemilan.it/en/

London -- Last but not least, we were visiting during a heat wave for London and the mood was gleeful.  I went with my oldest son Zack and we stayed in a wonderful little hotel Hazlitt's Hotel in Soho.  Like Paris, London has wonderful four star hotels that offer delicious breakfast and charming neighborhood locations.  Three townhouses joined together were owned by author Hazlitt and the literary tradition continues today, with first editions in the library signed by authors who frequent the hotel including JK Rowling.  Enjoy a Pimm's or glass of wine at the honesty bar in the library and then go to dinner in one of the hottest areas in London.  Two of our fav activities this trip -- a tour of Parliament and a speed boat ride on the Thames that gave an incredible history on the city of London and was so much fun.  Thames Rockets was the boat company and I highly recommend.  www.hazlittshotel.com/

 

That's it for now, hope you are having a good back to school and enjoyed your summer.  We hope to see you soon.  

Best, lisa lori

 

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Smile Greenwich 2018

Smile Greenwich 2018

On November 9th, 2018, we will be celebrating Smile Greenwich at the Belle Haven Club.  I hope you will join us.  Details about donating and tickets coming soon! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or joining our committee, please contact us.  Have a great day #smilegreenwich

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Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake

"Let them eat cake" is the traditional translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", supposedly spoken by "a great princess" upon learning that the peasants had no bread.-- from Wikipedia.

A lot has been said over the past few days about the people seeking asylum in the US, the countries they come from and why they are coming here.  A lot has been said about people who don't speak English immediately.  I am not an expert on geo political dynamics.  I have traveled the world extensively including to Central America and South America. and I am a mother who has met, worked with and listened to people in these countries about the plight of their people. 

I have visited Belize, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and Colombia all in the last 10 years.  I have taken my children to these countries and have seen it thru my eyes as well as theirs.   I have seen my children gain perspective about their own lives by seeing the lives of others.  This has been the greatest gift of my life.  Perspective.

Sometimes I have gone as a tourist, sometimes I have gone on a medical mission with Operation Smile which brings you to places well off the beaten tourist path.  I have see people living in poverty --  in their homes which are cleaner than most American homes by the way, I have seen shoeless children not more than 3 feet high carry luggage twice their weight to make a few pennies. I have met and seen beautiful families working three jobs to provide for their families.  Some travel 14 hours to be considered for a surgery, I have accepted a gracious thank you letter from a 7 year old child who lives in a house without a door for helping his family.  

Finally, I have listened.  Listened intently to locals in countries such as Colombia or Belize, that have seen extreme violence and turned it around with a lot of work and commitment.  In all of these instances, I have seen people who love their countries, love their families and are proud of their culture.  I have never met anyone who thinks -- I wish I could break into America and get arrested.  It's just ridiculous. I have seen the well educated helping the impoverished without judgement, something that is truly humbling when you experience it.  Kindness, true kindness is giving without judgement, with grace, with respect for human life.

Here's a newsflash -- the criminals aren't trying to come to America, they want to stay right where they are.  It is the good people, it is the hardworking people, it is the MOST DESPERATE OF PEOPLE who seek asylum.  It is people who have NO CHOICE that seek asylum.  When they leave, they know they can't go back.  When they leave, they know they may never see their extended families again, when they leave, they leave with the clothes on their back, in the cloak of night.  Do 'bad' people also try to get into America?  Of course, but the hallmark of many of these cultures are violent gangs which is marked by specific tattoos.  The reason why many families with young children flee is because as a young boy reaches 10 years old he is marked for a gang, if he does not join and have a tattoo to show it, he and his family will be killed.  It is as simple and brutal as that.  Murdered.  What would you do?  Would you stay?  If you flee and have the tattoo here in America, you think your peers will accept you?  

In America,we are blessed with many benefits -- natural resources, a stable government, freedom of speech and of course, economic opportunity.  To think that these freedoms are available to all peoples, in all countries is of course ,to be willfully ignorant about the world.  It has been said over the past few days that the families running from violence -- the small country of Honduras has consistently led the world in murders -- led    the   world -- deserve to have their children taken away from them.  Some of the logic is that they are criminals breaking into our country -- despite the fact that many of these people came thru approved checkpoints seeking asylum.  Some just don't want these families 'infesting' our country with their poverty because they are not the best of their country -- despite the fact, that they are fleeing the country because they are good people, good people trying to protect their families from murder, gangs and war.

Isn't it easier for us to demonize all of these people, belittle them, strip them of their humanity and simplify their plight by calling them criminals and tell them to just go home.  Go home to be slaughtered.  But here's the thing, if you are running away from a lion and your choice is to run into the closest shelter or stay and be mauled to death, especially to protect your child, you will always, always seek shelter.  

I recently visited Bogota, Colombia and met Colombians who are over the moon with happiness because after decades of being terrorized by crime, kidnapping and drug cartels, they are thriving and poised for the future.  In Colombia, I listened as our guide, a young man in his 20s, a college graduate, described how every family, rich or poor, had family members kidnapped and killed.  Every single family, let that sink in.  In Colombia, there isn't inherent disdain for the poor --  only for criminals, only for anyone who tries to hurt other people.  The poor, he explained are no different, they work hard and live honorably.  In fact, the rich were the criminals for so many years benefiting from the drug cartel money.

The new Colombia did not happen by a miracle, it happened through a variety of economic, political and humanitarian interventions.  The same is true for Belize, formerly British Honduras, the same is true for Panama -- which are far from perfect but they are on their way to economic stability.  Deep inside the rest of Central America and South America, there are people right now desperate for change, desperate for stability.  None of these countries now experiencing stability has solved poverty, it is 100 percent about breaking the choke hold of crime, gangs, cartels and corrupt governments.  

I don't have the answers for how to destroy the gangs, the drug cartels running most of these countries, but without a world plan of countries offering trade agreements, supporting democraticly elected governments to help the good people in these countries turn this around, people will keep coming here in droves.  

Torturing human beings by stripping their children from them, throwing them in jail is the ultimate human rights violation.  Surely, we are better than this.  Surely we can create a humane system to vet immigrants, to treat them with dignity.  Not everyone can come here, we all know that, we cannot absorb all of the world's poor but we are a nation of immigrants.  Families have always come here to flee oppression and poverty, always.  

Please, please don't support thinking that says it is their fault they are poor or deserve to be mistreated.  No one deserves to have bad things happen to them or their children.  I am the mother of three children born with disabilities and I know a little bit about the randomness of life and unfairness.  I know a little bit about being treated with disdain by people more fortunate than me.  I know a little bit about wondering why God had let this happen to us.  I know what it is like to be told God only gives us what we can handle by earnest people.  It turns out it had nothing to do with God, it has everything to do with the randomness of life.  We are not in control of where or how we are born.  We are not.  

The world is full of critics.  Be an encourager.  Be part of a solution.  What does any of this have to do with fashion, art and food?  Provenance is cultural.  Provenance is heritage.  Provenance at it's essence is our humanity.

How You Can Help

Have a nice weekend.  Lisa

 

 

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NYC Trunk Show, Amanda Wakes Up Paperback Launch & Champions of Change on CNN

NYC Trunk Show, Amanda Wakes Up Paperback Launch & Champions of Change on CNN

Last week, on June 12th we hosted our first NYC Trunk Show at my friend Anne Sylvestor's beautiful home on the Upper West Side.  We celebrated the launch of Alisyn Camerota's paperback launch of her book Amanda Wakes Up and introduced our store & food to NYC.  We had a wonderful evening full of toasts, appetizers from Chef Duane Shand, plenty of laughs and smiles.  We want to give a special thank you to Flavia Barker of Green of Greenwich for the beautiful flowers, Catherine Cutier of Vineyard Brands for the delicious wines including Miraval Rose Wine (my favorite),and everyone who turned out to help us celebrate.  Check our Facebook page for more photos.  

To give you a behind the scenes look on the inspiration for her book, we sat down with Alisyn Camerota and asked her about her work, her life & the book.  To buy the book, you can click Amanda Wakes Up.

As fate would have it, we are lucky 10 times over as this week CNN is featuring their Champions of Change series spotlighting charities supported by their news anchors.  Alisyn and I went on a medical mission in April with Operation Smile to Bogota, Colombia and the segment aired for the first time yesterday.  It will air several times this week, and the full special will air this Saturday, June 23rd at 8 p.m.EST on CNN. click to see the segment -- Champions of Change

Enjoy!  Lisa Lori

A Conversation with CNN's New Day Alisyn Camerota, Author of Amanda Wakes Up

1.When did you know you wanted to be a journalist?

 When I was 15 years old and sitting on the sofa after school watching Phil Donahue run around his studio audience with a microphone, I thought, what's THAT job called?

2. Tell us what you and Amanda have in common?

Well, have eerily similar career trajectories and job experiences. 

3. What advice do you have for young journalists today?

Always be open to having your mind blown by a new fact or perspective. 

4. Who are your (heroes) in real life?

Firefighters, police and emergency responders who run towards danger to save lives. 

5. What is your greatest extravagance? 

Fancy restaurants.  I just had an amazing meal at Chiltern Firehouse in London when I was covering the Royal Wedding.  It's possible I did a lousy job of converting from Euros to Dollars but I'd never seen that many digits on a dinner tab. 

6. Tell me about what you’re wearing & why red?

Ever since Amanda Wakes Up came out, I find myself wearing a lot of red.  It works with the cover of the book, as well as the themes of drama and heat and power -- all of which play in the plot. 

7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
 "Let's fact-check this tweet."
 
8. What’s the quality you most like in a human?
Non-judgemental acceptance
 
9. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having a happy family 
 
10. What is your motto? 
 
"To thine own self, be true."
 
 

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Meet Our New Executive Chef -- Chef Duane Shand

We are pleased to announce Chef Duane Shand has joined us as Executive Chef.  Born in Trinidad and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando, Florida, Chef Duane has worked at some of the world's leading restaurants including: Bad Saint in Washington DC, the Royal Mail Hotel in Australia, Asador Etxebarri in Spain, among others.  Below is an interview we did with Chef Duane so you could learn more about his culinary background and his work.

1)Tell us about your background — places you have lived, where you grew up

I am from Trinidad, a small island in the Caribbean. I moved at a young age to South Florida and lived in various parts of Florida until graduating from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Orlando. After graduating, I moved to northern Virginia and worked at a small farm to table restaurant called Vermillion in Old Town,Alexandria. From there , I traveled to Australia to work for one of the best chefs in the country,Chef Dan Hunter at the Royal Mail Hotel. After returning I took a job back in Washington DC with chef Tony Conte at the oval room restaurant, working my way up to sous chef. I left after for a short stint in Spain at Asador Etxebarri. I traveled back to DC as a Chef de Cuisine of the Oval Room and later helped open an award winning Filipino restaurant called Bad Saint as the Sous Chef. 

2) When did you know you wanted to be a chef?

I kind of fell into the profession. I have always been cooking since I was young, helping my family in the kitchen. I originally went to school for business, after realizing it wasn’t for me, I attempted to take a year off of school. My father wouldn’t let me waste a way a year not doing anything, he suggested I try culinary school since I liked to cook. I enrolled shortly after and never looked back.

3) What inspires you?

I’m inspired from everything around me, I love traveling, learning about new cultures and eating new foods.

4) What is your culinary vision and favorite cuisine to make?

I would love to make West Indian food a more recognizable cuisine, I don’t get to cook it as often as I would like, but it’s definitely a part of my culinary influence. It is what I grew up on and the food I crave the most. Aside from that Asian food is my go to.

5) What appeals to you about The Perfect Provenance and being the executive chef?

The Perfect Provenance is very similar to what I would do if I opened my own place. Its like inviting people over for dinner. It’s small, intimate, and friendly. I prefer smaller restaurants, I think it allows me to have more of a connection with the people eating. 

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The Perfect Rewards Program Launches Today!

The Perfect Rewards Program Launches Today!

At The Perfect Provenance, we are so grateful for all of the incredible support of our Perfect Provenance & Cafe 47 clients.  We are proud to officially announce our new loyalty program that will reward you just for shopping, eating, special offers or attending events.  Here's how it works: Join The Perfect Provenance Rewards Program today and start earning points.  

 

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