The Salonniere 100: 2017


Is it twue what they say about the way you people are gifted?

After six months of querying more than 1,000 in-the-know influencers from Aspen and Charlotte to St. Louis and Washington, D.C., it’s time to raise a glass to the honorees on 2017’s The Salonniere 100, our annual list of America’s 100 best party hosts. From LA’s Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus to New York’s Darcy Miller and the duo who brought Diner ên Blanc to Philadelphia, this year’s group of TS100 honorees represent the nation’s most gracious, creative, and inspiring party hosts and hostesses.

From LA’s Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus to New York’s Darcy Miller, the men and women on The Salonniere 100 are America's 100 best party hosts.

TS100 honorees Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus of Los Angeles

Diverse across a range of variables, including age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation, those on the TS100 run the gamut from writers, educators, photographers, and business leaders to designers, philanthropists, retailers, and community leaders. This year’s list includes an Aspen gallery owner who hosts salons designed to start conversations about politics, power, and activism; a Chicagoan who threw a weekend-long party in June that attracted A-listers from around the globe; numerous philanthropists who have raised millions of dollars for local charities; and a woman in Orlando who ignites friendships by hosting dinner parties with random strangers. Thirty-four of this year’s TS100 also appeared on last year’s list.

“Whether known for hosting casual dinner parties or black-tie fundraisers, the men and women on The Salonniere 100 deserve recognition,” says Carla McDonald, The Salonniere‘s founder and editor in chief. They invest tremendous time, thought, energy, and money to bring joy and opportunities to others. One can’t overestimate the value of their efforts to our communities.”

From LA’s Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus to New York’s Darcy Miller, the men and women on The Salonniere 100 are America's 100 best party hosts.

TS100 honoree Susan Fales-Hill of New York City

To compile the TS100, we spent six months asking national and local society reporters, cultural figures, and leaders in the arts, business, and non-profit worlds for their confidential input about the people nationwide who host the best parties. Those mentioned most often were then reviewed by a group of national and local social experts and members of The Salonniere’s editorial team to determine the final list of honorees. Professional event planners and experts were considered only in their capacity as hosts in their personal lives.

From LA’s Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus to New York’s Darcy Miller, the men and women on The Salonniere 100 are America's 100 best party hosts.

Sisters and TS100 honorees Elisa Summers (second from left) and Heather Washburne (right) of Dallas with Lauren Bush and Reese Witherspoon

“From the dawn of humankind to the salons of 17th century Paris to the gatherings of today, socializing has always played a vital role in the quality and advancement of human life,” says McDonald. “The Salonniere 100 is our way of honoring those who are dedicated to advancing the tradition of using parties to connect people, foster ideas, and promote joy.”

Pour yourself a glass of this aptly named giggle water and join us as we toast the gracious socials who are the cat’s meow of American entertaining.

The Salonniere 100: 2017

Honorees are listed alphabetically by first name according to how they were most often nominated, i.e., individually or with someone else, and in the geographic area in which they received the most nominations. If a city is not represented, it is because there was no critical mass in terms of nominees in that city. 

Aspen, Colorado

Amy Phelan*
D.J. Watkins
Melissa and Marc Ganzi

Atlanta, Georgia

Anne Quatrano and Cliff Harrison*
Annette Joseph*
Danielle Rollins*

Austin, Texas

Bobbi Topfer
*     Carla McDonald (while honored to be voted onto the list, our founder has opted to give her “seat” to another guest)
Eugene Sepulveda and Steven Tomlinson

Birmingham, Alabama

Patricia Murray

Boston, Massachusetts

Alli Achtmeyer*
Ashley Bernon*
Elizabeth Georgantas*
Kay Bernon

Charleston, South Carolina

Carolyne Roehm
Patricia Altschul

Charlotte, North Carolina

Sarah Crosland

Charlottesville, Virginia

Christy Ford

Chicago, Illinois

Alessandra Branca
Ikram Goldman*
Nina Mariano
Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez

Dallas, Texas

Cindy Rachofsky*
Elisa and Stephen Summers
Gene Jones*
Heather and Ray Washburne
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman*

Denver, Colorado

Tristan Chan

Detroit, Michigan

Chuck Bennett*
Diane and Tom Schoenith

The Hamptons, New York

Ben Watts
Julie Macklowe
Pam and David Zaslav

Hartford, Connecticut

Bunny Williams

Houston, Texas

Becca Cason Thrash*
Isabel David
Lucinda Loya
Lynn Wyatt*
Phoebe Tudor*

Lexington, Kentucky

Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher

Little Rock, Arkansas

Tobi Fairley

Los Angeles, California

Eva Chow*
Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus
Jim Berkus
Kathryn Ireland
Lisa McRee*
Lulu Powers*
Sue Wong

Miami, Florida

Gloria and Emilio Estefan
Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Steven Stolman

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Martha “Muffy” MacMillan
Nancy and Richard Nicholson

Nashville, Tennessee

Genifer and Benjamin Sohr

New Orleans, Louisiana

Alexa Pulitzer
Julia Reed*
Melissa Rufty
Sara Ruffin Costello*

New York, New York

Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict*
Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney*
Ashley McDermott*
Athena Calderone*
Charlotte Moss
Darcy Miller
Dennis Basso*
Eddie Ross
George Farias*
Lela Rose*
Lisa and James Cohen
Michael Devine
Serena Boardman
Susan Fales-Hill

Newport, Rhode Island

Bettie Bearden Pardee*

Orlando, Florida

Dana Marie Roquemore

Palm Beach, Florida

Annie Falk*
Hilary Geary Ross*
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, Jr.
Lorraine and Malcolm Hall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran

Sacramento, California

Mary Gonsalves Kinney and Jason Kinney

San Francisco, California

Alexis and Trevor Traina*
Ann Getty
Anna Weinberg
Hillary Thomas
Kay and Sandy Walker
Ken Fulk*
Pamela Joyner*
Sloan Barnett
Sonya Molodetskaya

Santa Barbara, California

Oprah Winfrey

Seattle, Washington

Renée and Carl Behnke

St. Louis, Missouri

Roy Pfautch
Signa and Robert Hermann

Washington, D.C.

Aba Kwawu
Aniko Gaal Schott
Barry Dixon and Will Thomas
Francesca Craig
Karen and Bill Sonneborn
Katherine and David Bradley*
Mary and Robert Haft*
Sydney “Nini” Johnson

* Denotes those who also appeared on 2016’s TS100.

The Salonniere 100 Welcome Mashup

Welcome Photo: Richard Avedon photo of Marilyn Monroe as Clara Bow, 1958
Welcome Quote: Blazing Saddles, 1974

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