As is our monthly tradition around here, we now present our favorite utterances from the April issue of San Francisco's "most exclusive news magazine". Provided (mostly) without commentary and in no particular order. This month's themes: A whole bunch of galas you weren't invited to, and SFMOMA's upcoming Modern Ball. Observe:
- "[Original NHG Publisher Gardner Mein]’s theory was to hire only ladies with 'good names' and/or 'great legs,' and I loved seeing the 'legends' of San Francisco in our office on a regular basis" - Lois Lehrman, remembering NHG's original publisher in her Letter from the Publisher.
- “Picasso and I share a passion for African masks and the primeval.” - Party designer Stanlee Gatti quoted in
his monthly interviewJenny Lenore Rosenbaum's "Art of the Art" preview of SFMOMA's Modern Ball.
- "...celebrity chef Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys) will be wearing another hat as a DJ, spinning his world-beat and jazz-infused international club sounds for the dinner revelers, which have become sought after in Las Vegas." - Also from Jenny Lenore Rosenbaum's "Art of the Art" preview.
- "The House [of Prime Rib] drill includes a 20-minute wait, even with reservations, just to further whet your appetite, as if it needs whetting once you step inside and inhale the pungent aroma of hot roast beef." - Gerald Nachman's "Our Town" tour.
- La Traviata, an unexpected Italian restaurant in the heart of the Mission... is resolutely unpretentious, serving consistently superb, un-flashy Italian food in what feels like a family-run restaurant: fresh warm bread, a side of tortellini with every entrée, and straightforward cooking (harkening back to the days before militant foodies took over our local cuisine)." - Gerald Nachman again.
- "Living in that hinterland where the dictionary claims one is middle-aged, but the desire to go clubbing and imbibe cocktails still remains intact, this writer was a bit taken aback by her assignment" - Erika Mailman, rationalizing her "Luxury Senior Living" report.
- "While thoughts of Greece bring to mind the bailout crisis for many, this writer thinks of his freshman year at Rutgers University and a Greek civilization course with the pre-eminent Greek and Byzantine scholar," - Wine writer Ed Schwartz, going way back to the beginning of wine culture.
- "Some people believe that it’s bad luck to put a hat on a bed, so when you take your hat off in someone’s home, look for a hat rack or some other place to put it." - Lisa M. Grotts' "Hatiquette" column.
- "For Women: If you’re wearing what is traditionally thought of as a man’s hat, such as a baseball cap or a panama hat, you should follow all the rules for men." - Lisa M. Grotts' "Hatiquette" column, again.
- "On [Sunday Afternoon, April 29th], you are invited to meet us on Nob Hill and check out our cars." - Martin Swig, inviting you to check out his cars (plural).