Hand-Painted Clubroom Murals, by Sally Colbert

"The walls in our Clubroom are hand painted with rich murals by acclaimed New York artist, Sally Colbert. Soft lighting, hand made wall sconces and chandeliers, along with a working marble fireplace only further highlight the historic architecture so well preserved today."

Cruising the Mediterranean with Jacques Pépin, by Jane Sigal

"On a sailing of the luxurious M/S Regatta, the star chef croons in a karaoke contest, plucks wild bay laurel from a roadside bush, eats flaky Greek pastry and teaches spectacular recipes inspired by his Italian shore excursions."

Stir the Pots, July 2005: Jeremy Shapiro’s conversation with Jean-Michel Gammariello, General Manager and Sommelier of the Union League Café

"Jeremy talks with his first Chef Jean Michel Gammariello, who built a career working in three Michelin-starred restaurants in France, he is both manager and sommelier of the Union League Cafe in New Haven, CT. For this conversation, Gammariello talks about cooking (and hanging out) with his good friend Jacques Pepin, moving from the kitchen into the world of wine, and reflects on the larger world of chefs and food."

Professional photographer finds iPhone a fun way to capture a moment, by Pamela McLoughlin

"In the exhibit, 'Iphoneography,' local photographer Mike Ross captured an image of the perfectly waving American flag against a blue sky when he ran to Home Depot. One of the pictures in his show is of an interesting parking booth key hanging board that he spotted while doing a job at Union League Cafe. Another is the cool shadow of his grandmother coming back from church in New Haven, along with the shadow of a cat she feeds. There is a picture of an ice cream truck driver on his cellphone that Ross took while walking his dog in East Rock Park. Also featured in the display are a person walking with balloons, an old car covered in overgrown weeds, the shins and feet of a sitting young child wearing Crocs, a person dancing, birds flying over Atlantic City, a shopping cart sign he spotted while at Walmart. 'The iPhone is awesome,' Ross said."

Blind date at the Union League Café.

"John said it was a pleasant evening, and she was a nice person, but he didn't get the impression that they were all that compatible with one another. Marilyn said they enjoyed each other's company, and she felt kind of in the middle, not either extreme, but it's too early to tell. John walked her back to her car, thanked her then shook her hand."

UNION LEAGUE CLUB. — House Rules.

"In complying with these rules we create harmony and good fellowship, and avoid infringing upon the rights and privileges of our fellow members. The Board of Governors of the Union League Club of New Haven, Conn."

La Crêpe, at Chapel Square Mall.

"The sensation of New York... La Crêpe now comes to New Haven at Chapel Square Mall. A charming and unique restaurant featuring 110 varieties of authentic French crepes. Such delectable paper-thin, taste tempting delights as: chicken & ham, sausages, mushrooms, crabmeat ratatouille, onion soup gratinée, etc., all moderately prized. Cocktails."

L’Occitane en Provence, at Warner Hall

"International retailer L’Occitane en Provence opened its newest boutique on Chapel Street just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The company signed a lease with Yale University Properties in early October and has spent the last several weeks refurbishing the building, which now features a wired glass and metal structure that is supposed to mimic a traditional greenhouse, according to a L’Occitane press release. Since its establishment in 1996 as a branch of the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, University Properties has sought to reinvigorate New Haven’s downtown shopping district by bringing in new restaurants and retailers to Broadway and Chapel streets."

A little less luxury, by Deborah Hornblow

"As for the future of fine dining, the veteran McKenzie takes the long view. 'It's just like somebody that always has a blue blazer in their wardrobe,' she says. 'They always have it and it's always going to be there. Fine dining will always be there.' She also summons up something James Beard once told her. 'He said, 'You can't hide a good restaurant, no matter what the economy, no matter what the weather,' and I've never forgotten it.'"