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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Boris and Doris On the Town

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Foodie Frenzy: A Pfister crowd queued up for seemingly endless small plates of gourmet delights at the 28th annual Taste of Milwaukee, benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin (UCP). From Carnevor’s steak tartare, to the Milwaukee ChopHouse’s grilled foie gras, to Umami Moto’s tuna poke, no one wanted for more. The program, emceed by Dan Kyle, included remarks by Rae Anne Beaudry, UCP board president and VP of The Horton Group, the evening’s presenting sponsor; as well as UCP executives Yvonne Stueber, Joe Hapka and Kelly Puff. Accepting the award for Marshalls as UCP’s “Employer of Distinction” was Dave Erkfitz.

Among the diners were UCP board members Curt Bertram of Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics and Peggy Williams-Smith, corporate director of catering at the Marcus Corp. Event planner Madeline Cope received a round of applause, including from proud parents Jim Cope and Mary Louise Mussoline, executive director of 88Nine RadioMilwaukee. Afterward, a sold-out crowd ascended to Blu for a station benefit performance by Sonos. The group’s fans included Jeff Bentoff and Julie Penman, Claudia Egan, Kate Keener, Gordon Gohr from Gohr Creative Services, Bonnie Lewis-Tschannen, Sara Kearns and 88Nine board member Sarah Zimmerman, her husband, Steve, and cousin Joe Pabst.

Frank’s Fans: There were more shooters at Frankfest than at the O.K. Corral, with photographers crowding Steny’s Tavern to honor one of their own, Frank Ford. Mingling and talking shop were Al Gartzke, Tom Fritz, Peter Carter, Richard Beauchamp, John Nienhuis, Deone Jahnke, Stanley Ryan Jones and Nancy Yuenkel.

Ford, recently sprung from the hospital after heart surgery, held court as friends and family enjoyed the sounds of Jim Liban, Paul Cebar, brothers John and Mike Sieger, singer Robin Pluer, Bob Jennings, Rob McCuen, Mike Fredrickson and Mark Shurilla and others.

Ford’s family on hand included his son Tom; brother Tom Sr., and his wife, Carrie, along with their daughter, Ruth, and son, Tom Jr., and his wife, Susie. Frank’s mom, Brittany, was there in spirit. Artist Carri Skoczek flew in from NYC for the event; while ad maestro Ken Hanson, Liz Schoone, VP of Express Yourself Milwaukee, and Ford model Jack Eigel clustered among the bar throng.

The auction included four donated portraits from Naked Modern’s Skip Forrest, including a Lady Barclay he secured from the late Madame Kuony estate and several WWII-era pinups. Also contributing artworks were Troy Freund, Mary Gordon, Orlandini Studios, Tara Bogart, J.P. Atterberry, Kevin Miyazaki, Demetra Copoulos, Bridget Griffith Evans, Jason Fricke, Timothy Meyerring von Thymann, Michael Flasch and Jim Brozek.

The benefit was assembled by architect Scott Jackson and Steny’s owners Jerry and Cheryl Stenstrup and bar manager Laura JeanDean Kettinger guarded the gate.

Hats Off: B&D wandered through the looking glass into the Iron Horse lobby to find the Mad Hatter (James Valona, the hotel’s “manager of desires”), a foxy Alice in Wonderland (server Allison Holm) and a lovely Queen of Hearts (Ruth Kuhagen) celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Tim Burton’s movie version of the bizarre kind-of-children’s tale. Prepping for their roles, the ladies glimmered from a makeup session at Jessica Holm’s nearby Glow Salon & Spa.

Costumed servers Andrew Holm and Megan Schoeneck skipped past as the slimmer version of twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee, with the White Rabbit (bell captain Graham Adams) artfully dodging amid the crowd. Bartenders Ellie Harbeck, James Gutierrez and Chelsea Labadie busily poured potent Mad Hatter Ice Teas for a packed house of revelers.

Tittering teacups, oversize playing cards, a grinning Cheshire Cat painted by staffer Chad Edwards and the Disney movie playing in the background were part of the evening’s “surprise and delight” strategy. Hotel co-owner/marketing manager Brigette Breitenbach oversaw the extravaganza.

In a corner of the lobby, a Kohl’s fashion team relaxed after a seven-week photo shoot: photographers Charles Schiller and Lindsey Mehlhorn, prop stylist John Harrelson and photo assistant Armando Moutela. Food stylist William Smith shared a couch with Alba, his rare Bracco Italiano sporting dog, who made friends with Bronx, a 100-pound Leonberger. The latter pooch was in town for the Wisconsin Kennel Club dog show with owners Terry Haseman, a 45-store Taco Bell franchise owner, and his wife, Kathy, a dog groomer.

Big Opening: Lydia Hamilton threw an elegant champagne-style opening for her new Boutique Larrieux on Milwaukee Street, a shop for plus-size, curvy women “where exclusive fashion becomes inclusive.” The event was well orchestrated by NYC’s Shanique Bonelli. Store ambassador Carmen Prasnick circulated with pal Deb Monefeldt. In the crowd were Hamilton’s brothers, James and Jason; Deanna Inniss, Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 retail recruiter, who helped Hamilton find her space, GE Healthcare’s Richard Barr, journalist Colleen Heather Rogan, and Eric Ziarek, a Columbia St. Mary’s health promoter and a personal trainer. The latter is a dead ringer for a young Tom Hanks (check him out on Inniss’ Twitter account). Jessica Fenner, aka DJ Fortune, spun records while Peter DiAntoni snapped photos.

If you have any tips for Boris and Doris, contact them at borisanddorisott@aol.com. Their next column will appear in the April 8 issue of the Shepherd.n

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