Taigan Profiles

Michaela Jones, Gavin: “Hopping in the car at noon to go to Dairy Queen with just me and my dad, no siblings. Windows down and Earth, Wind and Fire blasting.”

Jim Fowler, FowlerPeriod Gallery: “My favorite father’s day was being able to teach my 2 sons James and Landon how to tie their very 1st fly, a woolly worm. I then had the pleasure of taking them to Silver Creek a spring creek Bahama clear water stream that Papa Hemingway use to fish with Gary Cooper back in the 1940′s. Landon landed a 4 lb , 20 inch Rainbow, while his older brother not wanting to be out done landed a 6 lb. Brown trout that measured 24 and1/2″. That was definitely one of my best fathers days of all time.”

Lisa Kanouse, Saurette“My favorite father's day memory is a recent one.  My two sons (8 & 4 year old boys) and I created hand made certificates for their Dad for a 10 minute hand massage, 5 minute foot massage and 5 minutes of complete silence!”

Ann Koerner, Ann Koerner Antiques: “In my childhood, most of the gifts we as children gave were made by us.  Once for our father, my siblings and I came up with the idea to make a holder for cigarettes that would attach to the wall.  We had some discussions about the design of the thing–it was meant to hold a carton of Camels.  We got the wood, put it together and painted it apple green.  I still love that color.  My father was so pleased and happy and used this gadget for many years. I cherish the memory of his being so pleased with our creation, and also of dreaming up the whole brilliant design project with my siblings and making it a reality.”

Heather Moore, Heather Moore Jewelry“Going to the air show into down town Cleveland with my dad on the back of his triumph motorcycle when I was 10.”

Curt Morse, Caribiana Sea SkiffsCirca 1975…”I grew up in the Mississippi Delta, and I can't remember a time when we didn't have a boat of some kind. It was on one of the classic “hotter than hell” Sunday afternoons that we celebrated Father's Day out on Lake Ferguson. I vividly recall my mom sitting about 50 yards down the beach, tucked into a shallow stand of willow trees on the water's edge. She was fishing for bream, or crappie, or catfish, or anything that would eat a cricket on a hook.

I can hear the 8-track stereo playing Carly Simon and my two brothers splashing around the boat. The mostly emptied bucket of chicken on the sand bar is testament to the power of eleven herbs and spices, and there's my dad – sitting like a lake king on the bench seat at the back of the boat, a cold, sweating steel can of Budweiser within reach, the June issue of Playboy on his lap. He's looks like he's drifted off for a brief Father's Day nap with the sirens of the lake. He is the Lake King today.”

Tracey Glibowski, Cerato: “Seeing how excited my husband was to take his 4 month old son to his very first baseball game on his very first Father’s Day.  We still have that picture framed and the smiles on both of their faces always makes me smile!  A Dad’s first Father’s Day is so special.”

Greg LaFollette, La Follette Wines: Australia, Yarra Valley, 1992… “I don’t believe Father’s Day is celebrated on the same day in the US and Australia, so my wife decided to make it a very “American” affair.  My daughter Rose was starting to really walk all over the place and my son Peter was only 9 weeks old.  Peter went to the winery with me while Rose went with Mum to shop in the closest big town, Lillydale, for some “special” ingredients for a special dinner.  Peter slept in his bassonet in the shade while I shoveled out one of our last tanks of the vintage, then I placed him alongside of me in the tractor to finish up some pommace delivery and spreading in the lower paddock.  At 9 weeks old, this was one of Peter’s first times riding in a tractor!  My wife and toddler daughter didn’t find the taco ingredients, which was the special meal, but she did get close with some pita bread.  She came and picked up our infant son before dinner, and when I got home, some of my very best friends in the whole wide world were there, friends who had been my classmates at UC Davis, including my best (US-based) friend, David Vergari.  We celebrated fatherhood with a number of really great bottles of wine from Australia and around the world.  Some of the standouts of the evening were a bottle of Coldstream Hills Shantal-Rising Vineyard Chardonnay from 1987 that had been gifted to the celebration by the owner of Coldstream Hills, and a bottle of Hill of Grace from 1988, gifted by Pru Henschke.  I was overwhelmed with the generosity of my friends and family and fellow vignerons.  It was a great celebration of what wine had brought to my life on that Father’s Day of long ago.  I still have those feelings to this day!”

Sandy Simonian, 88 by Sandy Simonian“I have many childhood memories of father’s day, as I recount them I realize that my favorite father’s day memory has just happened. My father and I live thousands of miles apart, he in California and I in Hawaii.   Just a couple of days ago my schedule opened allowing me to visit him.  My happiest memory was hearing his delight and surprise as he learned that I would be with him this father’s day.  He asked me “Are you coming to California just because of me”?  The innocence I heard in his question and the intimacy that I felt will always be a wonderful memory for me.  I’m so happy that  I can appreciate how much sharing father’s day this year will mean to him.”

Eli Hardof, A Wine for All: “When I was growing up in the suburbs of NYC in the late 60′s and early 70′s my dad always owned a convertible, usually a Ford or Mercury, and his biggest pleasure on Fathers Day was to go for a ride with the roof down, my mom riding shotgun and me in the back seat along with our dog Kimbo (a rather large Rhodesian Ridgeback) and usually one of my buddies in tow.  My friends always had to be cajoled to join me but I knew there was a payoff because towards the end of every ride my dad would always experience some sort of mechanical problems with the car forcing him to pull off the road.  It was kinda cool that every time these problems would occur we would end up in front of a Carvel.  Miraculously, after we all downed a “chocolate brown bonnet” cone the car would magically start up without any more problems and we’d be on our way.  Many years later my daughter experienced a similar phenomenon, apparently these unpredictable breakdowns can occur in a Lexus as well.”

Joanne Teichman, Ylang 23: “Inviting Daddy to Northwestern for a Fathers Day celebration and him paying for dinner at the most expensive Chicago restaurant with a carefully folded $100 bill (a fortune in ’72) saying “you are what I’ve been keeping  this for.”

Jessica Packer, Imperio JP: “I used to make eggs on toast every weekend for my dad topped with muenster cheese– and before he tasted it he would smother it in salt and pepper. On Father’s Day I poured half a shaker of salt and almost a full shaker of pepper into his eggs, and when he sat down and did the usual I didn’t say anything. The face when he tasted it is one I will always remember. He always tasted before adding salt and pepper after that… “

Sallie Dent Porth, Sallie’s Greatest: “I lost my father when I was 19 so I spend most Father's Days with my husband's family. We live in rural South Carolina with lots of rich pastures and farm land that are known for their beautiful man made ponds. My husband's family business over the years built many of these ponds and my brother-in-law, John Porth, has one of the prettiest. We enjoy the day at his home overlooking the pond and John and my husband, Gary spend their day entertaining the nieces and nephews with rides on the old antique horse cart pulled by their beloved horse, Ralph; having a corn feast with corn they just harvested that same day, the kids feed the fish late in the afternoon and we then end the day with home churned ice cream topped with your favorite flavor of “Aunt Sallie's jam! The Peach + Mint and Strawberry + Basil seem to win out every time. Delicious!”

All photos from Pinterest.com

Michaela Jones, Gavin: “Hopping in the car at noon to go to Dairy Queen with just me and my dad, no siblings. Windows down and Earth, Wind and Fire blasting.”

Jim Fowler, FowlerPeriod Gallery: “My favorite father’s day was being able to teach my 2 sons James and Landon how to tie their very 1st fly, a woolly worm. I then had the pleasure of taking them to Silver Creek a spring creek Bahama clear water stream that Papa Hemingway use to fish with Gary Cooper back in the 1940′s. Landon landed a 4 lb , 20 inch Rainbow, while his older brother not wanting to be out done landed a 6 lb. Brown trout that measured 24 and1/2″. That was definitely one of my best fathers days of all time.”

Lisa Kanouse, Saurette“My favorite father's day memory is a recent one.  My two sons (8 & 4 year old boys) and I created hand made certificates for their Dad for a 10 minute hand massage, 5 minute foot massage and 5 minutes of complete silence!”

Ann Koerner, Ann Koerner Antiques: “In my childhood, most of the gifts we as children gave were made by us.  Once for our father, my siblings and I came up with the idea to make a holder for cigarettes that would attach to the wall.  We had some discussions about the design of the thing–it was meant to hold a carton of Camels.  We got the wood, put it together and painted it apple green.  I still love that color.  My father was so pleased and happy and used this gadget for many years. I cherish the memory of his being so pleased with our creation, and also of dreaming up the whole brilliant design project with my siblings and making it a reality.”

Heather Moore, Heather Moore Jewelry“Going to the air show into down town Cleveland with my dad on the back of his triumph motorcycle when I was 10.”

Curt Morse, Caribiana Sea SkiffsCirca 1975…”I grew up in the Mississippi Delta, and I can't remember a time when we didn't have a boat of some kind. It was on one of the classic “hotter than hell” Sunday afternoons that we celebrated Father's Day out on Lake Ferguson. I vividly recall my mom sitting about 50 yards down the beach, tucked into a shallow stand of willow trees on the water's edge. She was fishing for bream, or crappie, or catfish, or anything that would eat a cricket on a hook.

I can hear the 8-track stereo playing Carly Simon and my two brothers splashing around the boat. The mostly emptied bucket of chicken on the sand bar is testament to the power of eleven herbs and spices, and there's my dad – sitting like a lake king on the bench seat at the back of the boat, a cold, sweating steel can of Budweiser within reach, the June issue of Playboy on his lap. He's looks like he's drifted off for a brief Father's Day nap with the sirens of the lake. He is the Lake King today.”

Tracey Glibowski, Cerato: “Seeing how excited my husband was to take his 4 month old son to his very first baseball game on his very first Father’s Day.  We still have that picture framed and the smiles on both of their faces always makes me smile!  A Dad’s first Father’s Day is so special.”

Greg LaFollette, La Follette Wines: Australia, Yarra Valley, 1992… “I don’t believe Father’s Day is celebrated on the same day in the US and Australia, so my wife decided to make it a very “American” affair.  My daughter Rose was starting to really walk all over the place and my son Peter was only 9 weeks old.  Peter went to the winery with me while Rose went with Mum to shop in the closest big town, Lillydale, for some “special” ingredients for a special dinner.  Peter slept in his bassonet in the shade while I shoveled out one of our last tanks of the vintage, then I placed him alongside of me in the tractor to finish up some pommace delivery and spreading in the lower paddock.  At 9 weeks old, this was one of Peter’s first times riding in a tractor!  My wife and toddler daughter didn’t find the taco ingredients, which was the special meal, but she did get close with some pita bread.  She came and picked up our infant son before dinner, and when I got home, some of my very best friends in the whole wide world were there, friends who had been my classmates at UC Davis, including my best (US-based) friend, David Vergari.  We celebrated fatherhood with a number of really great bottles of wine from Australia and around the world.  Some of the standouts of the evening were a bottle of Coldstream Hills Shantal-Rising Vineyard Chardonnay from 1987 that had been gifted to the celebration by the owner of Coldstream Hills, and a bottle of Hill of Grace from 1988, gifted by Pru Henschke.  I was overwhelmed with the generosity of my friends and family and fellow vignerons.  It was a great celebration of what wine had brought to my life on that Father’s Day of long ago.  I still have those feelings to this day!”

Sandy Simonian, 88 by Sandy Simonian“I have many childhood memories of father’s day, as I recount them I realize that my favorite father’s day memory has just happened. My father and I live thousands of miles apart, he in California and I in Hawaii.   Just a couple of days ago my schedule opened allowing me to visit him.  My happiest memory was hearing his delight and surprise as he learned that I would be with him this father’s day.  He asked me “Are you coming to California just because of me”?  The innocence I heard in his question and the intimacy that I felt will always be a wonderful memory for me.  I’m so happy that  I can appreciate how much sharing father’s day this year will mean to him.”

Eli Hardof, A Wine for All: “When I was growing up in the suburbs of NYC in the late 60′s and early 70′s my dad always owned a convertible, usually a Ford or Mercury, and his biggest pleasure on Fathers Day was to go for a ride with the roof down, my mom riding shotgun and me in the back seat along with our dog Kimbo (a rather large Rhodesian Ridgeback) and usually one of my buddies in tow.  My friends always had to be cajoled to join me but I knew there was a payoff because towards the end of every ride my dad would always experience some sort of mechanical problems with the car forcing him to pull off the road.  It was kinda cool that every time these problems would occur we would end up in front of a Carvel.  Miraculously, after we all downed a “chocolate brown bonnet” cone the car would magically start up without any more problems and we’d be on our way.  Many years later my daughter experienced a similar phenomenon, apparently these unpredictable breakdowns can occur in a Lexus as well.”

Joanne Teichman, Ylang 23: “Inviting Daddy to Northwestern for a Fathers Day celebration and him paying for dinner at the most expensive Chicago restaurant with a carefully folded $100 bill (a fortune in ’72) saying “you are what I’ve been keeping  this for.”

Jessica Packer, Imperio JP: “I used to make eggs on toast every weekend for my dad topped with muenster cheese– and before he tasted it he would smother it in salt and pepper. On Father’s Day I poured half a shaker of salt and almost a full shaker of pepper into his eggs, and when he sat down and did the usual I didn’t say anything. The face when he tasted it is one I will always remember. He always tasted before adding salt and pepper after that… “

Sallie Dent Porth, Sallie’s Greatest: “I lost my father when I was 19 so I spend most Father's Days with my husband's family. We live in rural South Carolina with lots of rich pastures and farm land that are known for their beautiful man made ponds. My husband's family business over the years built many of these ponds and my brother-in-law, John Porth, has one of the prettiest. We enjoy the day at his home overlooking the pond and John and my husband, Gary spend their day entertaining the nieces and nephews with rides on the old antique horse cart pulled by their beloved horse, Ralph; having a corn feast with corn they just harvested that same day, the kids feed the fish late in the afternoon and we then end the day with home churned ice cream topped with your favorite flavor of “Aunt Sallie's jam! The Peach + Mint and Strawberry + Basil seem to win out every time. Delicious!”

All photos from Pinterest.com

Meet Jane Hedreen of Seattle’s famed children’s clothier, Flora and Henri. Unique and sought after worldwide, Flora and Henri combines the finest European fabrics with superior craftsmanship to create a collection of clothing, shoes, and gifts. While timeless and beautifully appropriate, their products are of the highest quality and are never too precious for climbing, digging, swimming and running.

Describe your store's style in 3 words or less.

Pure, simple, fresh

What is the most beautiful place you have ever seen?

Lamu, Eastern Kenya

Whose style do you admire right now?

Yesterday, now, tomorrow: Marni!

What is your most prized possession? 

My children

You have one full day to spend in [your town]. What would you do? 

 Well, ideally, this day would include my three children (Estelle 20, Guy 17 and Frances 10).   We  would start the day getting coffee and breakfast at Joe Bar on Capitol Hill, then a walk in the Arboretum/Foster Island, lunch at Macrina Bakery and then a visit to the Henry Art Gallery or Seattle Art Museum.  Later, dinner at Licorice with dear friends, Char and Amy.

Describe the outfit or accessory that makes you feel the most beautiful?

Santa Maria Novella Scent Ginestra

Tell us something that no one knows about you?

  No secrets here!

Describe your most memorable Taigan find? (Your finest Taigan find at any point in your life, anywhere: favorite dish, place or object)

My Mizrahk photo

Your favorite item found on Taigan?

Handmade bamboo fly rods for my husband.

Your favorite item found in your shop?

Nona outfit (named for my Grandmother who represented all things beautiful to me).

Meet Jane Hedreen of Seattle’s famed children’s clothier, Flora and Henri. Unique and sought after worldwide, Flora and Henri combines the finest European fabrics with superior craftsmanship to create a collection of clothing, shoes, and gifts. While timeless and beautifully appropriate, their products are of the highest quality and are never too precious for climbing, digging, swimming and running.

Describe your store's style in 3 words or less.

Pure, simple, fresh

What is the most beautiful place you have ever seen?

Lamu, Eastern Kenya

Whose style do you admire right now?

Yesterday, now, tomorrow: Marni!

What is your most prized possession? 

My children

You have one full day to spend in [your town]. What would you do? 

 Well, ideally, this day would include my three children (Estelle 20, Guy 17 and Frances 10).   We  would start the day getting coffee and breakfast at Joe Bar on Capitol Hill, then a walk in the Arboretum/Foster Island, lunch at Macrina Bakery and then a visit to the Henry Art Gallery or Seattle Art Museum.  Later, dinner at Licorice with dear friends, Char and Amy.

Describe the outfit or accessory that makes you feel the most beautiful?

Santa Maria Novella Scent Ginestra

Tell us something that no one knows about you?

  No secrets here!

Describe your most memorable Taigan find? (Your finest Taigan find at any point in your life, anywhere: favorite dish, place or object)

My Mizrahk photo

Your favorite item found on Taigan?

Handmade bamboo fly rods for my husband.

Your favorite item found in your shop?

Nona outfit (named for my Grandmother who represented all things beautiful to me).

Meet Brad Norton, one of the owners of Heirloom Books, a company devoted exclusively to the culinary arts. Located in the heart of Charleston, this shop specializes in rare, out of print and new books with subjects ranging from Southern cooking to Haute Cuisine.  A number of the books in this unique store are from Norton’s own personal collection, making the offering at Heirloom Book Company an even more personal experience.

Describe your store's style in 3 words or less.

Enthusiastically Culinary.

What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?

A roadside stand back in Mississippi laden with tomatoes and fresh vegetables.

Whose style do you admire right now?

Anthony Bourdain.

What is your most prized possession?

It's a tie between a perfectly seasoned cast iron pan I use and my battered copy of Patricia Wells  ‘Bistro Cooking'.

You have one full day to spend in Charleston. What would you do?

The Farmer's market for breakfast, the beach with some friends for midday, then cap the day off with dinner and digestifs downtown.

Describe the outfit or accessory that makes you feel the most confident.

Well worn Khaki shorts with one of my Sid Mashburn shirts.

Tell us something that no one knows about you.

I eat a McDonald’s “Filet o Fish” about once a quarter. I loved it as a kid and the first bite always takes me back.

Describe your most memorable Taigan find.

Pretty excited to see Heirloom on the site.

What is your favorite item found in your shop?

The Lobster in a Pan photograph by Squire Fox.