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Kelly English is executive chef/owner of acclaimed Restaurant Iris, The Second Line and Fino’s in Memphis. By virtue of his steadfast approach to contemporary southern cuisine, deeply rooted in his Louisiana upbringing and heavily influenced by his travels around the globe, Chef English has earned his position as one of the most recognized culinary names in the South.
Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book "The Blind Side," Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. Leigh Anne is an interior designer by trade and her work has been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications. She has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, Isaac Bruce, and OJ Mayo and was a member of the design team for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Troy Williams loves nothing more than to see a sparkle in someone’s eye when they realize their vision has been brought to life in a spectacular fashion. Whether its high-profile weddings for Julianne Hough or Eva Longoria or a once-in-a-lifetime event honoring the legendary Carol Burnett and “The 50th Anniversary of The Carol Burnett Show”; his attention to the thoughtful details, both big and small, is consistently at an exceptionally high standard for all of his clients.
Pat Kerr Couture has been featured in the windows of the most successful upscale retailers in the country including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel. Her gowns were on the covers of numerous books and magazines including Martha Stewart Weddings, The Tiffany Wedding book, and The Plaza Hotel Wedding Book. Estee Lauder chose Pat Kerr Bridal Couture to launch their “Beautiful” campaign in print and tv, as the first perfume made exclusively for brides. Today, Pat Kerr, Inc., features three divisions: Bridal Couture, Evening Couture, and Children’s Couture, creating designs for discriminating taste and the ceremonies of life.
Janie Bryant is an Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer well known for her designs on AMC TV’s Mad Men and HBO’s Deadwood, for which she earned the prestigious Emmy award. Janie is currently costume designer for the new Marc Cherry created production “Why Women Kill” scheduled to premiere in August 2019 on CBS All Access.
President of the famous Lansky Bros. shop on Beale Street. Hal has seen a lot of musicians as they began their careers. Notable Lansky customers throughout the years include Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, David Porter, Steve Cropper, Albert King, Willie Mitchell, Robert Plant, and many more.
As Southern Living’s Senior Homes and Garden Editor, Zoë Gowen canvases the South looking for the best interiors, architecture, and gardens. She collaborates with the country’s top designers, stylists, architects, and writers to put out lively and inspiring stories chockfull of helpful and practical tips in both print and online.
Aron Ramage was the lead interior architect for The Guesthouse at Graceland, a DreamCatcher Hotel, which he began designing while working for the architect of record, Hnedak Bobo Group. He was instrumental in designing spaces that were inspired by Graceland and Elvis’ personal style. The design team worked closely with Priscilla to understand Elvis’ design style and create a modern interpretation of what Elvis might have done if he was renovating his home today. During the construction of the project, Aron joined DreamCatcher Hotels to continue to oversee the interior design and construction of the project which has earned a 4 diamond AAA rating.
Jim Norton has emerged on the entertaining scene as a “triple threat” and the true definition of a lifestyle expert. With more than 400 “over the top” dinner parties under his belt, this charming, funny host, celebrity chef and master of home entertaining is a regular guest on Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family” show, and a Culinary Contributor to At Home Memphis & Mid South magazine.
Sid and Ann met in New York in the 80's. He a designer with some of the world's biggest brands. She an editor with Conde Nast. Soon they joined forces and today, their concept is simple: a combination of their own designed-and-produced clothing and their favorite classic, iconic, and hard-to-find pieces... all in spaces designed to feel as beautiful, inspiring, and welcoming as possible.
Katie is the Director of the flagship store of Draper James, the fashion retailer founded by Reese Witherspoon to honor her Southern heritage by bringing contemporary, yet timeless Southern style to their customers' wardrobes and home, no matter where they might live.
Art founded Chadwick and Son Orchids in 1989 with his father who has been growing orchids since 1943. His first book, "The Classic Cattleyas," sold out in 2006 and is being reissued with new material this fall. Martha Stewart favorably reviewed the book and had both Chadwicks on her TV Show. A second book, "First Ladies and their Cattleyas," is being edited and is scheduled for a 2020 release.
Interior designer Greg Baudoin was sketching rooms and floor plans as soon as he could hold a pencil in his hand. Now he is the owner and founder of Greg Baudoin Interior Design, a full-service firm with multiple interior designers, project managers, a showroom, and extensive library of custom fabrics and furnishings.
As the Assistant Director at Memphis Botanic Garden, Mary Helen has been working with the Gardens Education staff, Horticulture, Membership, Marketing, and Development teams as they plan for the future.
As owner and founder of Hope Wilkinson Design her goal when working on a home is to make it reflect both the Architect's Intent and style of the house as well as the personality and lifestyle of the people who will live there.
Michelle was instrumental in the renovation of the Sensory Garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden as well as Ways and Means Board Chairman and Horticulture Chairman.
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