Be Present

Sure there are plenty of stores and boutiques around town where you’ll find gifts. But there’s a long-standing tradition in town that really helps get us in the holiday shopping spirit every year, the holiday boutique. These pop-up shopping experiences are a lot like Santa on Christmas Eve—they come and go pretty quickly, so be sure to mark your calendars.

You’ll find hundreds of unique vendors peddling their wares—everything from fabulous furs and unique jewels to old-fashioned toys and kitschy hostess gifts. Most of the vendors are independent shops, so the offerings are as unique as the personalities on your list. And the best part? A portion of the proceeds of every sale benefits the host charity. If that doesn’t score you a spot on the nice list, we don’t know what will.


ENCHANTED FOREST COCKTAIL SOIREE

Friday, November 17
Special workshops take place throughout the weekend.

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREENWICH
Thursday, November 16, Sneak Peek cocktail party, 6 – 9 p.m.; $30
Friday, November 17, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets range from $10 (individual) to $70 (weekend family pass)
Christ Church, 254 East Putnam Ave.
203-869-1979 jlgreenwich.org

WOMAN’S CLUB OF GREENWICH
Friday, November 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Woman’s Club, 89 Maple Ave.
203-869-2046 womansclubofgreenwich.org

ANTIQUARIUS, GREENWICH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Friday, December 5, opening night cocktail reception, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 6, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Rd.
203-869-6899 greenwichhistory.org/antiquarius

GREENWICH EXCHANGE
Wednesday, November 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Lunch available Noon – 2 p.m.
Round Hill Club, 33 Round Hill Rd.
203-869-0229 greenwichexchange.org

 

 

Sweet Potato, Leek, and Fennel Soup

Photograph by Julie Bidwell

Q: I’m stuck in a butternut squash rut when it comes to fall soup. Any ideas for something new?

A: While everyone else is getting excited for the changing autumn leaves and arrival of everything pumpkin spice, we’re celebrating the start of soup season. Fall’s bounty of hearty root vegetables is perfect for slow cooking and this combination of sweet potatoes, leeks, carrots and fennel is bursting with flavor (and that vivid orange color). Brighten with fresh ginger, breathe in the aromatic herbs and enjoy a warm bowl.


INGREDIENTS
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled, roughly cut into small chunks
2 leeks, roughly cut into small chunks
½ white onion, roughly cut into small chunks
1 carrot, peeled, roughly cut into small chunks
2 stalks celery, roughly cut into small chunks
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 large fennel bulb, roughly cut into small chunks
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh oregano
1 star anise
1 tsp pink peppercorns
Oil (for sautéing vegetables)
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION
1. Place the rosemary, oregano, star anise, and pink peppercorns into a cheese cloth and tie with string or a rubber band.
2. In a pot, sauté sweet potatoes, leeks, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and fennel until partially soft. Add ginger, nutmeg, and the cheese cloth.
3. Cook for another minute, then add enough water to fully cover vegetables by three inches. If water levels get too low, just add a little more.
4. Bring water to a boil, then simmer until vegetables are soft throughout (at least an hour). You can add a touch of salt and pepper at this time, but not too much.
5. Let cool. Purée until very smooth, and then strain to get out all unnecessary chunks. Season with salt and pepper.

TO SERVE
1 cup soup
½ balsamic glazed pear with the center scooped out
1 tablespoon mascarpone (in a squeeze bottle with large tip)
5 candied pecans (optional)pinch rainbow micro greens

 

 

Great Expansion

Photographs courtesy of waterworks
The newly renovated and expanded Waterworks showroom.

Waterworks reopened its showroom this past March after a complete renovation, expanding the space by over 1,200 square feet. The new showroom carries Waterworks Kitchen with fully realized cabinetry displays for the first time and new bath ideas.

“Waterworks has been a resource in the Greenwich design community for nearly two decades,” says Peter Sallick, CEO and creative director of Waterworks. “With the renovation and expansion of our showroom and the introduction of Waterworks Kitchen, we’re able to showcase and inspire a new vision of what Waterworks can provide our Westchester and Fairfield County clients. Our highly specialized cabinetry program, complete with expert design advice, and our complete assortment of hardware, kitchen fittings, sinks, lighting, surfaces and even furnishings are tailored to the needs of the local design community and represent a total approach to this favorite room.”

The 5,675-square-foot space includes expanded product offerings for baths and kitchens, and clients will get to experience full kitchen, pantry and bar vignettes. The showroom will also include the ready-to-ship Waterworks Studio bath brand and an additional thirteen bath vignettes showcasing new ideas. New stone offerings, the new digital shower system and the latest furnishings and apothecary will also be on display.

Waterworks showroom exterior


FINE LINE

In addition to its new showroom, Waterworks has also reintroduced its Waterworks Studio brand, which includes fittings, lighting, hardware, surfaces and accessories for the perfect bath.


CLEAN DESIGN
Sophisticated new Decibel fittings, lighting and hardware designs are inspired by the world of music.


MIRROR IMAGE
Designed with smaller living spaces in mind, new mirrors pair effortlessly with any Waterworks design.


LIGHT TOUCH
Modeled after vinyl records, each new Decibel light is topped with a sleek disc of molded glass.


WATERWORKS
23 West Putnam Avenue; 203-869-7766; waterworks.com

 

 

Rise of Rosé

Rosé is the summer wine. With pretty pastels ranging from blush to peach; crisp, dry, refreshing minerality; and light, berry flavors, rosé evokes dreams of the South of France. And at an affordable price—you can find good bottles from Provence between $12 to $15.

In 2014 imports of Provencal rosé climbed by 39 percent in the United States, and we’re starting to drink rosé all year round. (Count me in.) Rosés with the Côte de France appellation are the classic example of this ancient European wine made with red grapes. But today rosé is vinted all over—France (Provence, Rhône or Loire valleys, and the Languedoc), Italy, Spain, Austria, United States (Oregon, California), Argentina, Chile, South Africa—and shows a range of flavor profiles.

Experts’ Pick
Rosés to Explore

Château d’esclans
Whispering Angel

a blend of grenache, rolle and
cinsaut grapes

Piano Piano
an Italian rosato from Terre de Talamo
in Tuscany; half cabernet
and half sangiovese.
(14 percent ABV)
Betty Swietek, comanager
Bev Max, Stamford

Lieu Dit Rosé de Pinot Noir
Santa Barbara County

Gobelsburg Cistercien Rosé
faint effervescence when first opened.
85 percent Austrian zweigelt and 15 percent St.
Laurent and pinot noir
Peter J. Troilo, managing director,
Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine, Darien

Château Miraval
Côtes de Provence
,
a blend of grenache and cinsaut.
(13 percent ABV)

Mouton Noir Love Drunk,
an Oregon pinot noir
Jeb Fiorita, owner
Val’s Putnam Wines, Greenwich


Guide to Drinking Pink

TALK THE TALK
French—Rosé
Spanish—Rosado
Italian—Rosato

TASTING PANEL
Strawberry, Cherry, Peach, Citrus, Lime Grapefruit, Stone, Watermelon Rind, Minerals and Green herbs

PREP METHOD
Red grapes (remember, they have white juice) are crushed, then sit with their skins briefly, no more than three days. The skin color bleeds into the juice.

GRAPES
Regional, ranging from 100 percent pinot noir to blends of grenache and sangiovese, with syrah, mourvèdre, carignan and zweigelt

PARTY MIX
A rosé makes a refreshing spritzer. Muddle seasonal fruit—strawberries, raspberries, peaches or plums— add rosé, ice, and a splash of seltzer.

WARNING
Rosés range from 11.5 percent to 14 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and can sneak up on you. My friends and I aren’t ashamed to put ice cubes in our rosé.

FOR BOYS, TOO
Though women have driven the rosé market, “BRosé” is now a thing. Try a Spanish or Argentinean rosato by itself or with whatever you’re grilling.

PAIRING TIPS
Rosé also goes with food, from aperitif to dinner. Pair it with cheese, fruit, fish, vegetables, paella, grilled meat. Recently, I’ve enjoyed a glass of Provençal rosé with raw Blue Point oysters at Rizutto’s in Westport, and a glass of Les Valentines with sea bass with Jerusalem artichokes at The Modern in NYC. At the Greenfield Hill Liquor store, I was steered to a bottle of Juliette rosé. I brought it to a friend’s, and we drank it with Mediterranean vegetable soup topped with Parmesan croutons.

Green Room


Farrow & Ball
Ringwold BP 1638; $230 per roll.
Greenwich, 203-422-0990; us.farrow-ball.com


Lillian August
Table lamp; $425.
Greenwich, 203-489-3740; lillianaugust.com


Jonathan Adler
Nixon baby alpaca throw; $295.
Greenwich, 203-622-1476; jonathanadler.com


oomph
Saybrook XL lantern in Parakeet; $5,795.
Greenwich, 203-518-8068; oomphonline.com


Siemon & Salazar
Moss teardrop vase; $1,000.
Interieurs, Cos Cob, 212-343-0800; nterieursdesignstudio.com


Serena & Lily
Teak step stool; $128.
Westport, 203-635-8000; serenaandlily.com


Lettermade
Virginia guest towel; starting at $36.
shoplettermade.com


Fresh American
Trimaran Stripe Sprout/Ivory indoor/outdoor Wouf; starting at $98.
freshamerican.annieselke.com

All products courtesy of designers/brands.

 

 

For Mom


Simon Teakle
Antique gold and diamond necklace; $23,000.
Greenwich, 203-769-5888; simonteakle.com


Steven Fox Jewelry
Moonstone, diamond and pink spinel earrings; $26,250.
Greenwich, 203-629-3303; stevenfoxjewelry.com


Graff
Diamond Bombé 34.83 ct earrings; price upon request.
The Vault at the Saks Shops Greenwich, 203-862-5300; graffdiamonds.com


Genevieve Lau
Rose Gold Tourmaline and Rose Quartz necklace; $9,950.
Richards, Greenwich, 203-622-0551; shop.mitchellstores.com


Shreve, Crump & Low
30 ct Citrine ring; $12,000.
Greenwich, 203-769-5888; shrevecrumpandlow.com


Chanel
J12 38mm Soft Rose White ceramic watch; $6,750.
Betteridge, Greenwich, 203-869-0124; betteridge.com


Lauren K.
Green Tourmaline and Opal Gemma earrings; $4,620.
Manfredi Jewels, Greenwich, 203-622-1414; manfredijewels.com

Images courtesy of designers/brands

 

 

Pop Stars

Who said bubbly is best saved for an engagement or birthday party? I say you should open that sparkling wine just because dinner’s ready. It can be poured with hors d’oeuvres, takeout or dessert, too. “Sparkling wine goes with anything and everything. It tastes as good with a holiday turkey as it does with pie,” says William Miller, owner of Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield.  To that end, here are some favorites we should all have ready and chilled.  —Elizabeth Keyser

 

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>ORIGIN<

Champagne
is sparkling wine made in
the Champagne region of France.

Crémant
is made in other parts of France.

Cava
is from Spain.

Prosecco
comes from Italy.

>TERMS<

Méthode champenoise
is a slow, second fermentation in the bottle.

Non-vintage
(NV) is a blend of grapes
from different vintages.

Vintage
Wine made from grapes
from one year’s harvest.

Style Watch

Strong Suit

Suitsupply
80 Mason Street, Greenwich, 203-318-714

There’s a new man (shop) in town. Dutch-based Suitsupply specializes in tailored suits made from Italian-milled fabrics and also offers a full range of menswear, everything from shoes and slacks to cashmere sweaters, T-shirts, ties and mor. Each rack represents outfit variations, so it’s easy for guys to put things together. The three-level store on Mason Street has fifteen dedicated parking spots in back. Inside are seating areas and a VIP lounge where guys can enjoy a single-malt scotch. “It’s convenient and quick—tailoring with a whole new energy. It’s not a dusty menswear store,” says Nish de Gruiter, vice president.

“A suit is never an impulse buy. It’s all about fit,” says Nish. Seventy percent of the alterations are done on the spot. “There’s instant gratification,” he says. Larger alternations are done with a three-day turnaround. The suits are designed to be affordable, with three price points depending on fabric and style; tuxedos and made-to-measure suiting are also available. Most popular? The Traveler Suit because it’s made of natural fibers yet can be tossed into a suitcase or sat on during the daily commute and won’t wrinkle. us.suitsupply.com

Savvy Shopping

Roundabout
48 West Putnam Avenue, 203-552-0787

One of the best-kept secrets of well-dressed women has just expanded its fashionable footprint. Roundabout, a luxury resale and designer consignment shop, moved to a new 5,000-square-foot space that has a department- store feel and several internal, glassed-in “boutiques” (one all Chanel items); a bag area with Louis Vuitton, Hermès and other high-end labels, and also a dedicated shoe shop. In the Chanel room, you’ll find  jackets, assorted clothing plus accessories like wallets, jewelry and sunglasses, all sold at 50  to 70 percent less than retail—as is everything in the store.

The shop stocks many never-been-worn items, designated by blue-dot tags. Ladies looking for evening gowns can find a large inventory along with all kinds of clothing from designers comparable to those you’d find on Net-a-Porter—everything from Alexander McQueen to Zac Posen.

“Because we have more room now, we’re including more contemporary brands, not just the highest-end labels,” says Randy Kran, a lead stylist and store manager (think brands like Vince and Rag & Bone). A frequent-shopper program lets you earn points to use for future purchases. Need more room in your closet? You can consign your seldom- and never-worn designer clothes and get
50 percent back when they’re sold, and 66 percent of selling price for Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.roundaboutcouture.com

Be Mine

1. Blue Tulip Chocolates
Assorted ganache and solids; starting at $2 each.
Rye, 914-481-4840;
bluetulipchocolates.com

2. kate spade new york
Statement tassel earrings; $98.
Greenwich, 203-622-4260.
katespade.com

3. Eres
Pensee Noir; $755.
Greenwich, 203-340-9500;
eresparis.com

4. Diptyque
Rosa Mundi; $68 for 6.5 oz. candle.
diptyqueparis.com

5. Martone
Gramercy step-through bike; $1,325.
The Perfect Provenance, Greenwich, 203-900-1133;
theperfectprovenance.com

6. Tory Burch
Amore heart double wrap bracelet; $95.
Greenwich, 203-622-5023;
toryburch.com

7. Mansur Gavriel
Bucket bag in blush; $695.
Steven
Alan, Greenwich,  203-714-8062. stevenalan.com

Glam Love

1. Shreve, Crump & Low
6.28 ct Radiant fancy yellow & pink diamond earrings; $210,000.
Greenwich, 203-622-6205; shrevecrumpandlow.com

2. Simon Teakle
Amethyst and turquoise necklace, circa 1960; $39,500.
Greenwich, 203-769-5888;
simonteakle.com

3. Doves by Doron Paloma
18 kt rose gold, morganite and diamond earrings; $8,620.
Manfredi Jewels, Greenwich, 203-622-1414; 
manfredijewels.com

4. Neha Dani
Amarante bracelet; price upon request.
Copious Row, Greenwich, 203-340-2720;
copiousrow.com

5. Gumuchian
Pink sapphire & diamond honeycomb ring; $15,200.
Betteridge, Greenwich, 203-869-0124;
betteridge.com

6. Steven Fox Jewelry
Cushion cut pink spinels surrounded by lavender sapphires and micro-set diamonds in platinum; price upon request.
Greenwich, 203-629-3303; stevenfoxjewelry.com

7. Moritz Glik
18kt rose gold “Shake” necklace with loose pink sapphires and diamonds enclosed in double white sapphires; $8,170.
Peridot Fine Jewelry, Larchmont; 914-833-7333.
peridotfinejewelry.com

8. Oscar Heyman
Platinum pink sapphire & diamond bracelet; price upon request.
Richards, Greenwich, 203-622-0551.
shop.mitchellstores.com