It reads like something out of a Thoreau novel: summering on a secluded tropical isle, bone fishing in a mangrove forest and island-hopping in a sailboat. But that’s how Dana Hokin spent her childhood summers on her family’s private retreat in the British Virgin Islands. Luckily, the Hokins’ slice of paradise is no longer exclusive: Over the last 37 years, the family has transformed their hideaway into the Bitter End Yacht Club, a luxe resort and must-visit for sailors and water-sport enthusiasts.
These days, you’re hard-pressed to find a restaurant that doesn’t throw around terms like “organic” or “farm-to-table.” But few spots truly spend the time — and the money — to craft consistently healthy, sustainable food. Enter the new Farmhouse Evanston, which continues the legacy of the original River North location by supporting small, local producers, brewers and distillers.
After wrapping work on President Obama’s reelection campaign and finishing a master’s degree in public policy and public administration from Northwestern in January, Barisa Meckler could have used a break. Instead, she moved full-speed ahead, planning her wedding to Cook County Assistant State Attorney Joel Bruckman, a fellow Chicagoan whom she met while in law school at John Marshall in 2007.
We’re thrilled for Matthew McCahill, who’s taken a new position at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 W. Huron) as director of food and beverage. McCahill will oversee the hotel’s meeting and event space and I|O Urban Roofscape, a fourth floor venue set to open in 2014.
For 19 years, the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 N. State) has been hosting the Black Harvest Film Festival, a month-long movie series that celebrates the African diaspora. On Aug. 2, more than 200 guests joined board member Chaga Walton, event chair Ellen Sandor and the film center’s Executive Director, Jean de St. Aubin, to kick off the festival with Black Harvest Feast, a program of four short films produced by up-and-coming talent. NBC-Channel 5’s LeeAnn Trotter served as emcee and Deloris Jordan presented this year’s Deloris Jordan Award for Excellence in Community Leadership to installation artist and activist Theaster Gates, who works to revitalize inner city neighborhoods.
Famed British designer Antonio Berardi joined 100 women for an elegant evening hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue in the Library Room at Public Hotel (1301 N. State) July 30. Models donned tailored, feminine pieces from Berardi’s fall and resort collections and mingled with guests who sipped cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres such as miso salmon tartare by chef Moosah Reaume. After the party, Berardi joined an intimate group, including Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Director Julie Saunders and Onward Luxury Group’s Ladan Amin, for dinner in the Pump Room.
It’s hard to imagine a more stylish afternoon than the Service Club of Chicago’s annual Day on the Terrace fashion show, held Aug. 5 at the Peninsula Hotel Chicago (108 E. Superior). This year’s event — themed “Disco: That Was Then, This is Now” — was the largest yet, featuring more than 80 looks from top clothiers, including Escada, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang, as well as local lines Elda de la Rosa and Starr Couture.
To raise awareness for ovarian cancer, the leadership committee of the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA) welcomed 150 guests to the inaugural Susan M. Roman Scholarship Awards Dinner, held July 21 at The Signature Room at the 95th (875 N. Michigan).
Dr. Julius Few has been keeping Chicagoans beautiful at his Michigan Avenue office for more than five years. To celebrate, he invited 200 of his patrons and friends to join him and his host committee — which included Les Coney, DC Crenshaw, Sheryl Dyer, Desirée Rogers, James Chandler, John Carroll and Norma Williams — for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, a silent auction and raffle at Vertigo Sky Lounge (2 W. Erie) July 25.
We’re all for strong pops of color, but sometimes it’s OK to take a break — especially when it’s with sorbet-colored pastel hues. The softer side of the season’s color palette, pastels are a must-wear to those warm outdoor cocktail parties, but are equally at home in a formal ballroom. Badgley Mishka nailed the look, dotting their spring collection with flowing fabrics in pale shades of lavender and baby blue. Pair the pastels with natural-looking makeup — bright colors will clash with the softness. It’s a look that won’t fade from memory anytime soon.