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Of Epicurean Adventure and Success Stories

Bob Capazzo

With its traditional focus on dining and entertaining, this issue features our popular inGoodTaste section and also guides our readers through some of the rich ethnic enclaves that flourish around us — Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for Italian fare and wares; nearby New Jersey for Portuguese and Japanese; Queens for Greek in Astoria and Indian in Jackson Heights.

Ah, Jackson Heights. Just ask Lucy Day about her trip there last May with some hardworking members of the Renaissance Ball committee for the Bruce Museum benefit. It was called “Jewels of India” and, of course, you had to have them. They tried on fabulous dangle earrings, multicolored forehead stones, diaphanous saris and handsome turbans. Nat Day had treated the group to a limo (though we’ll tell you how to get there without going that route) and cochairman Jean-Doyen de Montaillou supplied chilled Champagne and lovely fluted glasses for the ride home. All together a great learning experience — and fun. Let us know how you like our piece and maybe next year we’ll explore some other ethnic destinations.

We profile yet again a hugely successful Greenwich woman: this time she’s television personality (and many time mother) Joan Lunden. October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we also visit with some courageous survivors and their doctors for another kind of inspiring story.

Finally, in case any of you missed our third annual Best Of party at the Hyatt in August, this was the scene. In spite of the fact that people tend to take end-of-the-summer vacations, at least 2,500 people showed up at the event. (We know because that’s how many yellow wristbands we handed out). So eager were they to sample the wares of those chosen by our readers and editors as the best in their categories — be it hair cutting, martinis or yoga — they started arriving half an hour early. They jammed the hallways, corridors, patio and tent (where we had four bands playing — blessedly, not all at once). They danced with Arthur Murray, had make-up done by Elizabeth from Saks, sipped tiny glasses of watermelon soup from caterer Marcia Selden and posed  for sketches by caricaturist Tom Glover. Such  was the networking spirit of the event that the sister of our marketing assistant Caroline Coursen even got a job offer — from Richards — and took it! See you on the Avenue, Lauren.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.