Arnold Myint grew up surrounded by food, literally. His parents, Patti and Win Myint, owned and operated International Market & Restaurant, Nashville’s first authentic Asian market and Thai restaurant, for more than 40 years. He went from sleeping in a baby carrier next to the cash regis…

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“Are you behavin’?” is the phrase often asked when Bill Forrester greets you at the door of any fundraiser, private party or wedding. It’s also the question that lets you know the evening will be perfect. For decades, Bill has been indispensable in coordinating an untold number of family cel…

    When did you first discover a love for golf? I was 7 years old when we were on a family vacation at the beach and my dad put a club in my hands. That’s how it started. We lived close to McCabe so I would watch my dad play and as I grew, I would walk over there by myself and chip and putt. Da…

      When did you first discover a love for soccer? I’ve loved the game of soccer for as long as I can remember, simply because it’s a shared family love. My father raised my brothers and me to learn life lessons through soccer, and those childhood experiences placed the game in a special place i…

      Emmy Award-winning meteorologist and Talk of the Town co-host Lelan Statom has been helping Middle Tennesseans plan their days since he joined NewsChannel5 This Morning in 1999. He has an undeniable gift for taking something that is complicated and relaying it in a way the rest of us can und…

      Named president of Friends of Warner Parks (FOWP) last July, Jenny Hannon was already a familiar face to the walkers, hikers and horseback riders who use the 60 miles of primitive, paved and horse trails in Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. She had been hiking there with Libby, her 12-year-old m…

      Rick Schwartz’s fascination with animals extends back as far as he can remember. He fell in love with animals as an infant, started collecting snakes at the age of 7 and got his first job — at a pet shop, naturally — at 12. When he moved to Nashville in 1989 to manage the Nashville Zoo, he h…

      A leading global authority on hospitality, Bronson van Wyck has organized some of the most memorable and imaginative parties of the past two decades in locations all over the world. His firm Van Wyck & Van Wyck, founded with his mother, counts heads of state, rock stars and royalty among…

      Growing up in Miami, Alex Vaughan never saw flowers other than tropical varieties and grocery store bouquets. She was 18 years old and living in Boston when she finally experienced the arrival of spring and saw her first peony. She was captivated and set out on a path that eventually brought…

      With a string of history-making hits, vocalist, songwriter and performer Kelsea Ballerini has certainly experienced a meteoric rise. She is the only female country artist to send three consecutive songs from a debut album to No. 1, and the platinum “Miss Me More” brings the total to five. As…

      As a child, Lee Robinson wanted to be a veterinarian. Today, as managing partner and travel consultant for Belle Meade Vacations, she has the career countless others dreamed of. It was the Harpeth Hall Winterim trip to Europe she took — “with Miss Patty and Mrs. Manier as chaperones!” — that…

      While in Memphis a handful of years ago, Andra Eggleston discovered countless drawings her father, iconic photographer William Eggleston, had done in years past, many decades before she was even born. Andra was inspired by the sketches and began, almost unconsciously, to turn them into repea…

      Although technically a native Nashvillian, Mary Laura Philpott spent 17 years in Atlanta before moving back to Nashville with her family five years ago. “It was time for a change. That’s, in part, what I Miss You When I Blink is about,” Mary Laura said.

      Long ago, we bought an armoire at Made in France on West End. It seemed massive, and I wondered how on earth to get it home. Made in France owner Karin Coble suggested I call Larry for help. “You have to use him,” she said. “He’s the only one I trust to move all our furniture. He may be hard…

      David Bates was born into the family business. He’s been working at Bates Nursery & Garden Center since he was a child, and growing up around plants and landscape architects has taught him a thing or two about horticulture. Bates Nursery carries everything from ground-cover plants to lar…

      In addition to being a highly respected, award-winning architect, Kem Hinton is an author, historian, graphic designer, photographer, lecturer and visual artist. A co-founder of Tuck-Hinton Architecture & Design, this Renaissance man is responsible for some of the area’s most exceptional…

        Growing up an only child in West Tennessee, Burke Conley learned to cook out of“latch key necessity.” Today, he oversees a team of 17 as executive chef and director of design for G Catering. He learned to satisfy crowds working his way up in the hotel industry, but it’s his ability to consid…

        After studying fashion at O’More, designer Van Hoang was inspired by the process of constructing her own garments and had gained an appreciation for knowing where her clothes came from, who produced them and how they were made. But she also found herself disillusioned with the fashion indust…

          If you’re not familiar with Benjamin Goldberg — but honestly, who isn’t? — you’re likely acquainted with one of his many dining destinations. As the founder and co-owner of Strategic Hospitality, Benjamin is responsible for bringing culinary hot spots like Pinewood Social, Patterson House an…

            Nashville native Crystal Churchwell spent time working in New York and Chicago before returning home for a new career and a chance to be close to her family. For almost two and a half years, she has been at the Frist Art Museum where she serves as director of development. Like the rest of he…

              Laura Kimbrell is a Nashville native, but she’s no stranger to life outside of Music City’s boundaries. An avid traveler, she’s visited 49 states and more than 40 countries. When she’s in town, she stays busy as the vice president of marketing and branding for TKO Artist Management, where he…

              Amos Gott has always been drawn to event planning, but growing up in the small town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he didn’t know it could be an actual career. He organized events for groups he was a part of in high school and college, but in terms of a job, he had the intention of heading down …

              For the past 20 years, Paul Vasterling has served as the artistic director for Nashville Ballet. He's choreographed and directed a slew of productions, and under his leadership, the Ballet has commissioned 22 original scores for new works. A decade before Paul took on the role of artistic di…

              Architect Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of 5 and hasn’t stopped since. He creates homes with a soulful, timeless presence, including those built here in Nashville, which started with two Italianate-inspired houses in the late ‘90s and continues today with a South African…

                For 24 of Nfocus' 25 years, Eric England has been as permanent a fixture on the social scene as Champagne flutes and mini BLTs. The ladies are drawn to him like a magnet — perhaps it's that his Nikon camera provides a chance to appear in the pages of our publication, but we have a feeling it…

                Founding editor Herbert Fox led Nfocus through 2001, creating a voice for the socials, A-listers who attend pay parties. A mashup of Francophilia and an Old Nashville perspective infused every word he wrote. Like Hirschfeld caricatures, his write-ups were a few judicious lines in giving read…

                  Daniel Meigs joined the Nfocus staff just two years ago, but it's hard to remember a time when he wasn't an integral part of our team. From wrangling Jack Hanna with a penguin to elegantly posing the ever-so-lovely Kelsea Ballerini and Zac Posen, Daniel has photographed some of our most stri…

                  As America’s most famous zookeeper, Jack Hanna captured the attention and hearts of scores of children — and grown-ups — with his animal-centric programming and TV appearances over the past 30-plus years. He passed on a passion and enthusiasm for wildlife and conservation to generations of k…

                  Eleanor Menefee Parkes grew up in a family of equestrians. Her parents, Valere and Albert Menefee Jr., were active members in the Hillsboro Hounds, and some of her earliest memories are of watching the hunters off behind the hounds at meets. At 16 years old, she participated in her first hun…

                  Fashion designer Jason Wu was only 26 years old — and two years into running his eponymous clothing line — when first lady Michelle Obama catapulted him to international fame by wearing one of his gowns at the 2009 inauguration ball. It was a career-defining moment for sure, but it also shif…

                  If you have attended a fundraising event, wedding, retail opening or birthday party in the past 20 years, chances are overwhelming that you’ve enjoyed food prepared by Kristen Winston. The little girl who made mini buffets for her Barbies grew up to become Nashville’s in-demand caterer as we…

                    Fletcher Foster and Dennis Johnson made Nashville their full-time residence in 1995. Since then, they have been making an impact on the city’s entertainment, real estate, social and philanthropic circles. Fletcher is a Music Row veteran whose Iconic Entertainment Group manages several artist…

                      Nashville natives and friends since high school, Tara and Ben Armistead married in 1984 and recently welcomed their first grandchild, Clare, into the family. The outdoors enthusiasts stay connected over their love of the natural world. Tara follows her passion as a landscape architect, worki…

                        From their stunning Belle Meade home to their playfully adventurous sartorial style, everything about Lorie and Gavin Duke feels effortlessly cool. It’s no wonder then that the philanthropically minded couple has played a pivotal role in some of the most fashionable and chic events in town. …

                        When Butch Spyridon became the president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. in 1991, Nashville’s landscape looked quite different — both literally and figuratively. There was no Bridgestone Arena, no Nissan Stadium, no Music City Center. Our beloved Nashville didn’t hav…

                        On Feb. 2, the Antiques and Garden Show's Keynote Lecture will be a royal engagement not to be missed. In Althorp: The Story of an English House, Charles, ninth Earl Spencer, will reflect on the 500-year-old estate and the 19 generations of the Spencer family who have called it home througho…

                        It was no wonder that this year's Reaching New Heights Luncheon — an annual fundraiser for the women's programs at Cumberland Heights — welcomed a record crowd. Co-chairs Kathleen Estes and Grace Clayton welcomed special guest Jeannette Walls to speak to the packed house at Hillwood Country …

                        The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee has a long history of welcoming some big names to their annual Great Futures Gala, and this year was no exception as Shaquille O'Neal charmed the crowd at the annual fundraising event. From anecdotes about his childhood spent at the Boys & G…

                        Phillip Nappi’s dream of becoming a shoemaker was born when he worked at a shoe store in college. He felt at home among the piles of boxes and smell of leather, telling his co-workers he would one day open a store in New York City. He went into sales after college, but despite his success, h…

                        As Nashville’s preeminent charity gala, the Swan Ball has a history of welcoming world-class entertainers. From Johnny Cash to Aretha Franklin, the roster of past performers reads like a who’s who of musical legends. This year, a certain sassy, redheaded hometown hero joins the list. Since s…

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