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Chuck Bennett
Special to The Detroit News

‘Today’ host Hoda gives shout out to Life Chests

With glamor quotient totally on point, Donna Yost of Bloomfield Hills was spotted in the audience of the “Today” show on Tuesday morning, after presenting Hoda Kotb, the show’s co-host, with a gift in the studio’s green room. Donna owns a company called Life Chests that makes heirloom quality keepsake chests to hold life’s most precious memories.

Last year, Donna met cancer program advocate Jill Brzezinski-Conley, a friend of Hoda’s, who at the age of 38, has since lost her own battle with breast cancer. “Jill’s wish was to present Hoda with a Life Chest, but she became very ill and was never able to do that,” explains Yost, who was also in the Big Apple collaborating with Detroiter Katarina Bocci on the presentation of her 2017 gown collection for New York Fashion Week. “I was so honored to carry out Jill’s wish to gift Hoda with a Life Chest. It was very touching and very emotional.” During Tuesday’s broadcast, Hoda mentioned the gift and gave a shout out to Donna, who gave a wave hello to the camera. For a first-hand view of Donna’s Life Chests, she’s co-hosting Darakjian Jewelers’ 52nd anniversary celebration with the Singer Estate Collection. Heirloom-quality chests will be up for sale, along with estate jewelry that was previously owned by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis and Joan Rivers. The celebration takes place at Darakjian Jewelers in Birmingham from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.

Fashion photog Hardwick shares the dish from Paris

We love hearing about the international escapades of our own celebrated fashion photog, Boswell Hardwick. He’s one of the chosen few Detroit shooters who regularly work during Paris Fashion Week. While there, he also often shoots some of the world’s top models and campaigns for brands like Le Snob and Majesty Black. Boswell returned earlier this week from his most recent three-week jaunt to Paris, where he visited many of his favorite places and saw lots of interesting and well-known faces. “My first night I stopped by Hotel Costes where I ran into Owen Wilson enjoying cocktails in the bar,” he says. During a regular stop, he had a chance to catch up with his Parisian friends, Roman Deveaux and Colin Field at Hemmingway Bar at the Ritz to try the hot new “Clean Dirty Martini,” voted best cocktail in the world by Forbes magazine. “Walking out, we ran into Karl Lagerfield,” he adds. “We also ran into fashion photog Tim Walker and actress JenniferTilly.” And if that were not enough, while lunching at a Le Village, Kris and Kourtney Kardashian walked up in front of his table and stopped to chat with friends.

Dine Drink Detroit restaurant week’s younger sibling

In short, the Dine Drink Detroit event is a younger, hipper, less-expensive version of Detroit’s popular Restaurant Week. For $15, 30 restaurants in downtown Detroit will offer select food items and a cocktail. To promote Dine Drink Detroit, founder Scott Rutterbush hosted a “tweetup” on Wednesday night at La Feria, a participating restaurant. He invited eight well-known food/restaurant social media influencers, including Sarah Fennel’s bromabakery, who has 46.5k Instagram followers, motorcitymunchers, which has 21.7k Instagram followers, and motorcitymangia with 17.9k Instagram followers. The eager group posted the experience to their respective pages as they munched on Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes dressed with spicy marinara), Gambas al Ajillo (seared shrimp), and Calamar a la Parilla (grilled squid steak), all washed down with pitchers of house-made sangria. Dine Drink Detroit runs through Oct. 20. For information, visit dinedrinkdetroit.com.

Chuck Bennett is the creator of TheSocialMetro.com and is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador.