In one form or another, Ivor David Balding, who grew up on a horse farm in Camden, S.C., has always performed under a very big top. First, he earned numerous awards while staging 21 plays on and off Broadway. Next, he covered sports in Europe for CBS, eventually co-producing the Circus World Championships in London. Falling head over heels in love, like a kid, with the circus, he turned to managing Circus World and then producing shows for the famed Big Apple Circus. In 1986, with Spoleto in mind, he created Circus Flora, named after a baby elephant he saved from a poacher in Africa. Drawing from his vast experience, David has combined theatre with live music, circus clowning, highly-skilled acrobatics, and other feats of derring-do.
Favorite Lunch Spot: This was David's first visit to Jestine's Kitchen at 251 Meeting St. He felt quite comfortable here. That is because the atmosphere, service, and food here are a lot like David: down home and humble yet with much substance.
Favorite Dish: Today's blue plate special was Shrimp Creole, crawling with shrimp. Living in St. Louis much of the year, David does not often get to dine on fresh shrimp. He washed it all down with unsweetened tea. —Roy Freedman