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Issue Date: September 2006 Issue

Bon Appetit

The ingredients for a night of the fine dining? Chef with style, fresh fashions, a hint of glitz and an elegant look make the perfect recipe for a meal done right.


Photo by Jerry Mann
Location Courtesy of The Viking STore at Legacy Village

Jonathan Bennett, executive chef and partner of Moxie and Red the Steakhouse, likes to take risks — but nothing too crazy. From his version of spaghetti carbonara (using spaghetti squash instead) to jeans and T-shirts (he looks for richly textured fabrics), Bennett describes himself as conservatively eclectic — he can normally be found wearing a pair of Birkenstocks. “I take the old traditions and re-twist them into something a little new and a little different,” he says of his food and his fashion. “They feed off of each other. My clothes will go bold and my food will follow suit.” For an evening of fine dining, Bennett takes a chance on a pair of light-colored slacks and a blazer with a button-up shirt in bold colors. He also looks for a restaurant that can surprise him. “I’m looking for something that not everyone else in the city is doing,” he says. “Something different that I don’t see every day at work and that I can gather inspiration from.” Bennett is wearing a striped shirt ($59), tan blazer ($159) and pants ($69) all from I.N.C. International Concepts available at Macy’s.




Photo by Jamie Janos

On the Flip Side by Color Nation Salon & Spa in Rocky River. Jacklyn’s hair was deepened to a rich, chocolate brown, cut into long layers and set with rollers for a soft, bouncy look. Copper and bronze shades play up her eyes with a touch of pink gloss on her lips.




Photo by Jamie Janos

Crown of Curls by Charles Scott Salons & Spas in Rocky River. Angela’s hair is styled with a round curling iron to create ringlets and depth. Dark colors accentuate her eyes while a berry lip adds color.




Photo by Jamie Janos

Banging Style by Ibi David Salon and Spa in Westlake. Brittany’s hair was set while slightly damp with Velcro rollers. Once dry, her hair was brushed to smooth out waves and create a deep side part. Dark, dramatic eyes are paired with a muted lip.




Photo by Jamie Janos

Crisp Color by Head Quarters Aveda Lifestyle and Concept Salons and Spas in Westlake and Lorain. Dena’s jet-black hair comes alive with cool blond highlights and added texture to complement the contrasting colors. Her smoky eyes and lip color complete the look.



Photo by Jerry Mann
Location Courtesy of The Viking STore at Legacy Village

Karen Small, executive chef and owner of Flying Fig, is down to earth. And her fashion sense is a no-fuss look. She loves wearing her favorite pair of jeans (that fit perfectly) and a mixture of neutral, earthy colors. “It’s part of your personality,” she says. “I think some people relate to natural things all the way around.” She incorporates her love of nature into her cooking, which is evident in entrées such as an Ohio tomato salad or her short ribs with a radish and onion salad. “I like staying as close to the source as possible,” she says of shopping at local farmers’ markets. “You are just one person away from the person who grew it.” She adds depth to her wardrobe (with silver and turquoise jewelry) and in her cooking as well. “I like to use bold flavors, but I layer flavors so there are subtle nuances as you are tasting it,” she says. And when she does don a dress for a night out, she goes bold by wearing red. Small hopes restaurants follow her fashion lead. “I like to see people who are really pushing the envelope with food,” she says. “They have to put a lot of interesting tastes on the plate.” Small is wearing a black wrap dress ($119) with tan tapestry print from I.N.C. International Concepts available at Macy’s.




Photo by Jerry Mann
Location Courtesy of The Viking STore at Legacy Village

Classic with a twist. That’s how Pamela Waterman, former executive chef at Lockkeepers, describes her cooking and sense of fashion. From running around in pink and maroon polka-dot Vans to stockpiling black skirts and pants, Waterman mixes up her wardrobe with accessories. “I like to garnish with a nice necklace, pair of earrings or a bright scarf,” she says. In the kitchen, Waterman brings new life to a traditional Mediterranean dish with unexpected touches. Just taste her chicken saltimbocca, to which she adds a roasted pepper and olive salad. When she’s out for a night of fine dining, she opts for a black lace skirt with a silver silk camisole. “To me, fine dining is the atmosphere, the service, the wine list along with freshness and the preparation — the passion that’s put into it,” she says. “It should be a total experience. If one thing is missing, it’s not fine dining.” Waterman is wearing a wide strap tank ($60) by Papillion Blanc, silver jacket ($299) and black skirt ($130) both by Joseph Ribkoff available from Bonnie’s Goubaud in Woodmere.




Photo by Jamie Janos

Side Swept by Spa West in Westlake. Nicole’s hair was teased before curls were created with a curling iron. A ponytail sweeps all her curls to one side, and a flower is added for fun. Smoky eyes finish the look.




Photo by Jamie Janos

The Braidy Bunch by Spa West in Westlake. Caitlin’s long blond hair was set in hot rollers before being teased and then braided on each side for a trendy look. Neutral makeup keeps the focus on her fun style.



Trends and Tips for Fall

• The ponytail has grown up, says Jennifer Kovalak, a stylist from Spa West in Westlake. Side ponytails with loose curls are the latest trend. This look can be worn anywhere, but says Kovalak, “It’s really cute for going out downtown or out to dinner.”

• “People tend to wash their hair every day, but they should really wait a day or two so hair doesn’t get dried out,” says Kovalak. She suggests using Spa West’s thyme and sage organic-based shampoo to help reduce oil production.

• Look for plum or berry stains on lips to pop up this season, says Kate Herbert, aesthetician and makeup artist at Charles Scott Salons & Spas in Rocky River. “Use berry tones for warmer skin tones and plums for people with fair skin.”

• Smoky eyes are always in style, but this year it’s more plum or silver tones than black. “Use liner all the way around, and put on the lower lid lash line,” Herbert says. “Start with the deepest color closest to the lash line and get lighter as you go out.”


Photo Barney Taxel

Swarovski crystal baguette beads and Murano glass beads bracelet ($1,045) by Killian Rieder from Chamilia at




Photo by Barney Taxel

Clockwise from top right: 18-karat white-gold necklace ($2,950) by Denny Wong with a diamond and 11 mm golden pearls from IMG Jewelers in Lyndhurst; 18-karat white and yellow gold bracelet ($6,550) featuring a 3.95-carat Mali garnet and princess-cut diamonds totaling .34 carats from Jewelry Art in Hudson; 18-karat white and yellow gold bracelet ($1,750) by Denny Wong with golden pearls and diamonds from IMG Jewelers in Lyndhurst; 18-karat yellow gold ring ($6,100) by Tom Munsteiner, featuring a 7.38-carat bicolor tourmaline from Jewelry Art in Hudson; 18-karat white and yellow gold ring ($1,975) by Denny Wong with an 11 mm golden pearl and diamonds from IMG Jewelers in Lyndhurst; 18-karat yellow and white gold pendant necklace ($3,625) by Tom Munsteiner, featuring a 5.30 carat ametrine and a round brilliant-cut diamond from Jewelry Art in Hudson.

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