The Recommended List

NFocus, August 2013

NFocus Magazine

If I was throwing a last-minute dinner party, I’d call Johnny Haffner, Caper’s Catering.

My favorite shop for a gift for a hostess or an out-of-town guest is Gilcrest and Gilcrest.

Best restaurant for a midweek dinner is Copper Kettle. For a weekday lunch, Ted’s Montana Grill. For a weekend brunch, Loveless Cafe.

My top pick for an upscale dinner with friends is The Capitol Grille.

The best new Nashville restaurant is Kayne Prime.

My favorite place to buy produce is the farmers’ tent across from Green Hills Post Office and 12South Farmers Market every 4th Tuesday.

Best birthday cake? Sweet 16th Bakery. Best cupcakes? The Cupcake Collection.

My favorite ice cream flavor is Chocolate. My favorite ice cream parlor is Maggie Moo’s West End.

Favorite dessert is coconut cream pie, Sylvan Park Restaurant.

My barber is Molly at Heads Up Green Hills.

Best place to buy jewelry is Draper Jewelry.

My favorite florist is Zia Flowers.

Best shop to get a tuxedo is Loring and Company Bespoke.

Best landscape architect is Jim McGee thegardenwizard.com.

For alterations, I go to Stitch-It.

My favorite interior designer or decorator is Mark Simmons.

For a quiet getaway, I go to Westport, Connecticut.

The fundraising event I look forward to most every year is Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville.

Best place to bike, hike or picnic is Percy Warner Park.

The one luxury I can’t live without is my tailor, Jeff Loring.

Currently in heavy rotation on my iTunes or car stereo is Tony Bennett, Unplugged.

I’m currently reading Phillip de László: His Life and Art by Duff Hart-Davis and Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarchby Sally Bedell Smith.

My favorite place to check out an artist is Temporary Contemporary at Cheekwood.

The Nashvillian I think has great personal style is Jack Bovender: one of my past clients and a sharp guy with a lot of style!

My most recent celebrity sighting was Vince Gill.

My biggest fashion faux pas was wearing two different spectator shoes.

My first job was a sack boy at H.G. Hills.

As a kid, I wanted to be a doctor when I grew up.

The people who have influenced me the most are my parents—loving support and instilled belief that there is no substitute for hard work and dedication.

If I had one million dollars to donate to one nonprofit, I would give it to Nashville Inner City Ministry—amazing work that is changing the lives of inner city communities led by a loving group of people who care deeply for families.

If I could have one guest at my party, it would be…If he could come back for one evening, Theodore Roosevelt!

My most treasured possession is my 1946 Chevrolet Fleetmaster.

The thing I’d like to cross off my bucket list is to sail on a slow voyage from NYC to London on the Queen Mary 2.

My favorite holiday is Easter.

My favorite season in Nashville is autumn.

My biggest pet peeve is overuse of plastic.

I love Nashville because it’s home and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Michael Shane NealMichael Shane Neal