You may know her as one half of WTMX-FM’s hit morning radio program, “The Eric and Kathy Show,” but Billy Baruth met Kathy Hart before her career took off. One Saturday night in 1995, Hart’s brother dragged her to a Crystal Lake bowling alley — and while she wasn’t thrilled about the scene at first, her attitude changed when she spotted Baruth working behind the bar. She describes it as a “whoa” moment, and though the two hit it off immediately, they remained just friends for nearly 15 years. But in 2010, with previous marriages behind them and four kids between them, their connection turned romantic, and within two years they were engaged. They decided to keep things intimate: They packed up and took their kids to Philitsburg, Montana, a town of 800 that they’d visited a few months prior. Former governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer, who’d hosted the couple during their trip, officiated the ceremony on Feb. 17 in a log cabin off the lake.
Splash stopped by Little Market Brasserie for lunch with Jill Katz and Lara Shiffman from JKLS PR, where we snacked on chef Ryan Poli’s deviled eggs, mac and cheese, pork belly sandwiches and a plate of gravy-topped poutine. We left totally stuffed but dreaming of the delicious desserts.
Congrats to Dara Levy, the skin guru behind Cellular Intelligence MedSpa. The Gold Coast spot is mentioned in the March issue of Allure as a place “Where Pros Go.” The magazine also shouts out its signature DermaFlash facial ($125), which is perfect for brightening up winter-worn skin. 100 E. Walton, (312) 255-1495, Cimedspa.com
Three years ago, Jessica Musselman was waiting to be seated at Three Aces on Taylor Street when she spotted Justin Kowaleski at the bar, waiting for a drink. His work badge caught her eye — he’s the director of wound care at Advocate Trinity Hospital and she’s an account manager at Orthofix, which develops medical devices — so she struck up a conversation with him, hoping to network after her recent move from Atlanta. The following week, the two went on a business date, which quickly turned personal, and within nine months, they were engaged. They married at Loft on Lake (1366 W. Lake) in front of more than 100 guests. Musselman says the ceremony, officiated by her longtime friend David Vincent, was the highlight of the day: The couples’ Pomeranian accompanied their niece and nephew down the aisle, then elicited laughs from the crowd when he snoozed through the rest of the ceremony in a groomsman’s arms.
Ryan Poli, the culinary force behind the new Little Market Brasserie, stopped by Splash to drop off a basket full of the restaurant’s baked goods and housemade jam. The Splash team made quick work of the sweet treats, and we haven’t stopped thinking about the blueberry scones and almond croissants. Poli also demonstrated his athletic prowess by playing a few rounds of Pop-a-Shot in the game room. Check out that form!
Val Warner lights up the set of WLS-Channel7’s “Windy City Live” every morning, but on Feb. 15 she shined even brighter than usual when she hosted 150 friends and fans at Hotel 71 for her engagement party to Illinois State Police Special Agent Jeff Cartwright. Just weeks prior, the duo had set the wedding date on-air during a special segment. “The viewers love to be involved, and this was my way of letting everybody in,” she says. The momentum of the announcement gave her the boost she needed to plan the bash along with help from the show’s entertainment contributor, Debi Lilly. The pair’s efforts paid off: The party was packed with Warner’s colleagues, both from “Windy City Live” and her previous gig on the WGN Morning News, including Ana Belaval and Pat Tomasulo.
Ay Chiwowa’s Billy Dec and director of marketing Meghan Goulette stopped by Splash last week to drop off a big bottle of Casa Dragones tequila. We can’t wait to hit the new hot spot to sample some of their house-kegged cocktails and tacos.