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People often ask me how I come up with our stories. Honestly, I have to say they find me. I usually have one anchor story, maybe it’s a story from a local nonprofit, like following a client for 18 months while she goes through her journey to home ownership with Habitat, or a story about the art legend George Dunbar. After establishing the main story, the others fall into place to balance the issue in what I always hope is something for everyone. I love the challenge of a tough topic and we have tackled many over the years. I have to give credit to my writing staff for their talents and to the photographers for capturing the images that help tell the stories. In my anchor story for this issue you will get to know photographer Robert Dutruch. Last year I was honored to be named by Kelly Fortier as one of ten woman for her Artwalk at Ballet Apetrei’s show, On Woman. I was photographed for the show by Robert, and each time I spend time with him I hear another one of his great stories. I knew that our readers would enjoy getting to know Robert, and I think when you read his story you will agree. Also, in this issue we have a story on Glamping and our Readers’ Choice awards. Thank you to all that voted. I am always excited to share the results with our readers. Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy this issue,

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Prioritizing the Future From the beginning of my service as St. Tammany Parish President, I have made the infrastructure needs of our community a priority. I plan to continue as I review all proposed projects, weigh in on their feasibility, and ensure that proper funding is in place to see them through to completion. As we all know, and as I hear often, among the primary concerns of citizens is proper drainage. We live in a coastal community, often vulnerable to storms, flooding, and rising river levels. It is essential to have the proper drainage in place to ensure protection of life and property. In 2019, over $8 million in major drainage projects in the River Glen, Riverwood, and Country Club Estate subdivisions in Covington; French Branch and Lake Village subdivisions in Slidell; and the Erindale Heights subdivision in Lacombe, were fully completed. Each one of these projects was completed utilizing the funding from our ad valorem tax of 2.17 mills, currently assessed at 1.69 mills, dedicated solely to fund drainage initiatives in our community. A portion of the design and construction of the innovative Brookter Street FloodBreak Automatic Floodgate Mitigation System completed in 2020 in the Foxhollow subdivision in Slidell was also funded by this millage. Since 2010 over 70 drainage projects throughout St. Tammany have been funded through this same millage. On March 20, 2021, citizens will be asked to renew this dedicated drainage millage for an additional 10 years. This amounts to roughly 1.2% of all property taxes that citizens in St. Tammany pay each year. With a home valued at $250,000, a homeowner will pay about $29 per year. This millage is dedicated to the sole purpose of improving, maintaining and constructing bulk heading and bridging drainage ways, drainage ditches, drainage channels, and drainage canals within the Parish. As we continue to prioritize drainage infrastructure in St. Tammany, we ask each citizen to consider the renewal of this millage for another ten years, so that we can ensure that the millions of dollars of identified drainage projects remain a fully funded priority. Thank you for your consideration.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy New Year. 2020 was a rough year for all of us, but as a community we will continue to move forward and do what we need to do to overcome this pandemic together. As we begin a new year, it is common practice to look inward and to make resolutions and changes in our lives. Many of us will resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, lose weight and take better care of our bodies. While making your new year’s resolutions this year, I ask that you consider one more … to lock your car doors. We at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office have adopted the national social media campaign: #9pmroutine. I ask you to adopt it in your homes as well. On selected nights of the week a #9pmroutine reminder is posted on the agency’s social media pages, reminding followers to remove valuables from vehicles, to secure their valuables that are left outdoors, to lock their vehicle and residence doors and windows and to turn on outside lights before they go to bed. The campaign, which has been adopted by law enforcement agencies around the nation, is aimed at reducing vehicle and residential burglaries in neighborhoods. Burglaries, particularly vehicle burglaries, are often crimes of convenience. Criminals simply travel thru neighborhoods, pulling on door handles, looking for ones that have been left unlocked. When they find one, they quickly grab what they can – loose change, an unsecured firearm, a prescription bottle, an expensive pair of sunglasses, a forgotten purse – and move on to the next vehicle. Unfortunately, many of our residents leave these items and others, even cash or electronics, in their unlocked cars at night, making it easy for these criminals. While St. Tammany is still a very safe community to live and work, the days of leaving your cars unlocked and your keys in the ignition are unfortunately long gone. Please help us reduce the number of vehicle burglaries by practicing the #9pmroutine and make locking your car doors one of your new year’s resolutions. Happy New Year and God Bless!

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Clay Madden City of Mandeville Mayor

I hope you had a great holiday season and, like me, are looking for “Good Things to Come in 2021.” The City of Mandeville is now on Twitter! Please follow us at @MandevilleLoui1. The City Council recently voted unanimously to confirm my appointment of the new City Engineer, David LeBreton with Digital Engineering. Assisting in project management on current and upcoming projects, Mr. LeBreton will also aid my administration in process improvements for these projects, including billing. My administration, working closely with our city attorney, is continuing to conduct a full review of all city contracts after several lapsed contracts were found. All contracts will be updated in the best interest of the City. Several existing community cameras are currently being upgraded with new fiber lines. Additional community cameras will be added as part of the upgrade. The beautification project under the overpass at Monroe Street and East Causeway Approach will soon begin. Plans for the traffic flow improvements at that intersection, by way of turning lane modifications, are currently under engineering review with plans being 90%. Lastly, due to the cancellation of many events in Mandeville due to COVID-19, our Cultural Development Department has partnered with the Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall to live stream three virtual concerts on the Facebook pages of the Mandeville Trailhead, the City of Mandeville and the Dew Drop. Virtual concert dates are as follows: January 29th – John Boutte Trio (7:00 p.m.) February 5th – Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Quintet (7:00 p.m.) February 12th – Doreen Ketchens (7:00 p.m.) The Krewe du Pooch dog parade will be virtual this year. The Krewe du Pooch Virtual Run/Walk and Costume Contest will take place Saturday, February 20th. Registration at www.krewedupooch.org. Thank you for letting me serve as your Mayor. Happy New Year. Great things to come in 2021!

Six more weeks of winter, or is spring just around the corner? It matters not in Tangipahoa, where our people are EXCITED to be getting out with the return of sports in our community. From the state high school soccer championships to the return of Marsh Madness and Southeastern athletics, our calendar will be dominated by a ton of athletic events this spring! The excitement begins Feb. 24-27, when we welcome the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer State Tournament. This event will draw the best high school soccer teams I from across our state. The following week, LHSAA returns to town, and we will welcome the best in girls’ high school basketball. The 2021 Marsh Madness state tournament is an event we have proudly Robby Miller Tangipahoa Parish President hosted off and on for more than two decades, and we are so excited to welcome it back to Hammond. In recent years, several of our local teams have made “repeat” championship runs in this tournament. It is my hope we have some great local favorites to cheer on March 1-6. Speaking of Southeastern, our Lions return to the field in a special “spring” season of football, starting Feb. 27. At times this spring, Southeastern will literally have football, basketball, softball, and baseball all happening on the same weekend, sometimes in overlapping games. If you haven’t had a chance to come cheer on our Lions, now is the time! Check out LionSports.net for all the details on upcoming events and online ticket options. As we always say, there’s so much to do here in Tangipahoa. Make plans to come out and enjoy a safe, family-oriented visit in Tangipahoa this spring!

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Covington enjoys a historic and storied past dating back to schooners in the 1800’s and trains in the 1900’s. One of our most storied residential neighborhoods, the West 30’s, has been home to our Black community for over a century. The West 30’s was home to Isiah “Butch” Robertson, a high school football star at Pineview High, an All American at Southern University where he made a record setting 102 yard interception return for a game winning touchdown against Grambling State University in the game’s waning seconds. In 1971, he was the first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and named to six Pro-bowls. His younger neighbor, Mike Williams, starred at Covington High. Mike became the first Black person to play football for LSU, helping break the racial barrier. He was a first team All American in 1974 and a first-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers. The neighborhood also enjoys a rich musical history. During the days of segregation, Black bands would frequent the clubs on West 30th Avenue such as Dot’s Ponderosa, the Band Box, the Funky Londoner and Club 30. Speakers were placed on the roof of the Band Box so folks crowded in the street could hear Sam Cooke, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Bobby Blue Bland, Irma Thomas, Fats Domino, James Brown, Ray Charles and BB King … all in the heart of little ole Covington. When Lifetime Grammy Award Winner Bobby Blue Bland’s drummer was ill, the call went out around the neighborhood for little 11 year old Henry Randle. Little Henry played that night and continued to play around the world for the next 50 years. He’s still playing today. So, when you visit Covington, listen carefully … because there’s a story on every block.

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I hope everyone’s 2021 is off to a good start! We are still dealing with COVID-19 in our community. No one is immune to this virus as I have experienced myself. My wife and I both had COVID-19 and we quarantined in January. So please be cognizant of what’s going on around you and take the necessary precautions to protect you and your family. I would like to thank all of our citizens for taking this public health emergency seriously and following the federal, state and local government recommendations for practicing social distancing and wearing masks in public. I ask everyone to continue to be personally and socially responsible and respectful of those around you in our community. Remember, we are all in this together and together we will get through this and be stronger and better for it. For up to date information about the City of Slidell, visit our website at MySlidell.com and follow us at “City of Slidell, Louisiana” on Facebook.

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The Alchemy & Wizardry of Robert Dutruch


STORY LIZ GENEST SMITH PHOTOS ROBERT DUTRUCH

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s a fairly competent journalist, I like to be as prepared as possible before I interview someone I’ve never met. I scour the internet for anything I can get my hands on – like biographical information, news stories and social media accounts – and I dive as deeply as possible into their line of work or whatever they’re known for or are passionate about. Based on all that, I craft a series of questions and topics of discussion, one dovetailing neatly into the next, to create a general road map of how I expect the conversation to go, so I can steer it in a smooth and generally linear direction. This usually works like a charm . . . but not always. Two minutes into my conversation with artist Robert Dutruch, I pretty much tossed my trusty old map right out the window, and just went along for the ride. Two hours (and a million unexpected, zigzagging topics) later, we were both laughing about how the heck I was going to organize my notes. “Good luck with that!” he joked. Luckily, I enjoy a challenge. Join me as I ride shotgun into the unconventional world of Robert Dutruch, won’t you?

KICKING THE TIRES

Before we embark on this epic journey, let’s cover some basics. Robert Dutruch is an award-winning, Northshorebased photographer and printmaker. His studio, the fabulously named Lost Hills Atelier, is located in rural Bush, Louisiana; he’s represented by Claire Elizabeth Gallery in New Orleans; and he’s known for fine art images in black-and-white and sepia tones, which have been featured in countless exhibitions, venues, and galleries

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all over the country. This is pretty much the extent of what I initially learned about him online. Since I didn’t find a lot of personal details, I figured maybe he was a private kind of guy, and perhaps we’d just talk business – his interesting body of work and his use of old school equipment and techniques. In studying his work, I was struck by how, at first glance, some of his most intriguing pieces – a stunning close-up of a young child’s face, a haunting grove of trees, eerie dolls and antique tools, staged as though they are priceless museum pieces – seem like completely unrelated subjects. Yet, they all have a hint of mystery, as though they each harbor their own secret stories. I definitely planned to delve into that. As for his equipment and techniques, he mainly uses large format view cameras, 19th century brass lenses and a 3,000-pound etching press … and he works exclusively in some of photography’s earliest forms of processing, such as wet plate collodion ambrotypes, platinum/palladium printing, and intaglio heliogravures. Um, come again? Trust me, I had to do tons of Googling before I spoke with him. In layman’s terms, he develops his images using lots of heavy equipment, crazy chemicals and arduous techniques. I don’t pretend to fully understand all the technical aspects, but as a terribly lazy short-cut person, I’m sort of fascinated by someone’s decision to make their work more complicated and inconvenient than it has to be. I’d also read that Dutruch is a respiratory therapist by trade, and that he was tasked with repairing broken anesthesia machines in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquakes (where he also captured a collection of striking images, including the aforementioned child’s face). Something told me there was something interesting happening in a mind that resides at the intersection of science and art. I was not wrong.


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Our conversation started off straightforward enough. When I asked Dutruch about his connection to the Northshore, he told me his grandfather arrived here in 1868 with 25,000 clippings from the family vineyard back in the Bordeaux region of France. He was unsuccessful in getting locals interested in winemaking, so he switched to the timber business, which was taking off like a rocket around that time. (This ability to turn stumbling blocks into firewood is an important family trait. Put a pin in that.) Though he was born in New Orleans, Dutruch explained that he spent many weekends at his grandfather’s ranch, playing rodeo. “Did you know I used to be a rodeo clown?” he casually mentioned. Cue the screeching tires. This was the first of many hairpin turns that we took as our conversation picked up speed and covered lots of unexpected territory. What seemed random and unrelated at the time, eventually – much later, after much scrutiny and contemplation – started to form a cohesive character profile. But, we’re not there, yet. So, back to the rodeo ... “In college, I did some bull riding, but I was terrible at it. I’d go home sore and with empty pockets.” He discovered that rodeo clowns make more money, so naturally, he enrolled in rodeo clown school. “I was expecting lectures, but they just gave us cleats, sent us out in the arena, and told us not to get run over, and try not to die.” While he managed not to die in his decade-long stint in the rodeo, Dutruch wound up getting fitted with nine screws and a metal plate after a mishap in Baton Rouge left his ankle in a 45-degree angle. There are two recurring themes here – fearlessness and a committed, often academic approach to even his most impulsive choices. And like many other seemingly haphazard decisions, the rodeo wound up providing Dutruch with a life-changing opportunity.

DETOURS & MENTORS

We were several stories deep into our conversation before I was able to get Dutruch to provide a few basic coordinates to help me start constructing a mental map of his life’s journey. “I graduated from college in 1976. Things got out of hand after that,” he admitted. Dutruch enjoyed some success as a young artist in New Orleans, but his mentor and collaborator, the late art historian and Times-Picayune critic George Jordan, encouraged him to get out of Louisiana and head for New York or Los Angeles to spread his wings and maybe learn the commercial side of the business in order to make a living.

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He certainly spread his wings when he became a rodeo clown, and though it seems like a major detour to the casual observer, it was actually while on the circuit that he had a careeraltering chance meeting with famed fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon, who shot a mind-boggling array of provocative ad campaigns and portraits of the 20th century’s most important icons. Thrilled by the prospect of possibly landing a job as an assistant to this legend, Dutruch took off for New York on a whim, but wound up opting to work for another acclaimed, yet very different brand of photographer – innovative commercial artist Yasuomi Hashimura. His extraordinary work, Dutruch explained, was the result of a fierce work ethic and painstaking attention to detail. “Working for Hashi was brutal – he fired and rehired me so many times – but it was amazing. To be honest, I probably made the right choice (choosing him over Avedon). I learned how to create special effects before computers.” But, given that we now have super advanced computers and software, what’s up with the ancient tools and techniques? “I had to decide years ago whether to jump on the digital bandwagon or go back 100 years. I decided to go old school. The frustrating part is that everyone with a cellphone thinks they’re a photographer. People don’t appreciate how difficult this is and how much work goes into it. I have to make everything from raw chemicals. That can create a lot of problems when you’re dealing with things like potassium cyanide. It’s dangerous.” Just FYI, this highly toxic and volatile substance is often used in gold mining, organic synthesis and electroplating, but it was also used as a chemical warfare agent in both world wars, it was in the Kool Aid at the Jonestown Massacre in 1978, and in the Tylenol poisonings in 1982. Yikes! Beyond the immediate physical danger, I wondered if the feds ever came knocking. And sure enough, despite filling out all the proper paperwork, he’s been visited – and cleared, of course – by Homeland Security. Exciting, right? As I tried to wrap my mind around how an artist can also be so very scientific and technically inclined, he quite simply said, “I like to call it alchemy and wizardry. My studio looks more like a laboratory than an art studio.”

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Alchemy and wizardry. That did the trick. I felt like I had a firmer grasp on what makes Dutruch tick, but I still wanted to know if it was the satisfaction of mastering the difficult processes or the results he enjoyed most. Without hesitation, he told me, “The results! If I could do it easier, I would.” But, honestly, I’m not sure I believe that. This is someone who never seems to shrink from a challenge or take any shortcuts. He admits to being academic at his core, which explains why he frequently goes to the trouble to seek out influential mentors and educational opportunities.

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

My initial impression that each of Dutruch’s pieces have stories to reveal turned out to be spot on. His projects and collections all appear to have sprung from topics and experiences that touched him deeply in some way or another. When something truly catches his attention on the road of life, he pulls over and sets up camp. Ask about his “Finding Vincent” project, and he’ll not only speak of his annual pilgrimage to France and his deep admiration for Vincent Van Gogh’s work, but he’ll describe in detail an immersive labor of love. Reading the troubled genius’ personal letters and retracing his steps have helped Dutruch to “identify with his frustration and struggles,” and understand how it must have felt to be locked up in the asylum, how the view out the window affected him and inspired famous paintings, and even how the theory that he died by suicide doesn’t match the forensic evidence. When he speaks of his “Haiti, A Portrait” collection, Dutruch bears witness to the world beyond the protected hospital zone where he was stationed. Sneaking over the barricade, he discovered the resilience, generosity and joy of people dealing with a level of chaos, horror and destruction in the wake of a catastrophic earthquake that “made Katrina look like a camping trip in comparison.” Personal encounters with a destitute old woman who wanted to share her meager lunch with him, and a small child who’d been separated from his mother still bring raw emotion to Dutruch’s voice as he speaks of them. Of his “Lost, Abandoned and Forgotten” project, he explained, “I like old things. I don’t like anything new. And when I found the dolls, I knew they’d once been cherished by a child and I began to see a story that needed to be told.” And of one of the featured dolls, he said, “She became important again. She became valuable again.”


THE BIG PICTURE

Towards the end of our marathon conversation, when we were laughing about the volume of stories he had shared, Dutruch told me, “My mom always says, ‘When Robert dies, the world is going to owe him nothing. He’s done it all.’” Indeed, it appears that he has. And as I struggled mightily to tame and organize my reams of hastily scribbled notes, I finally sat back and ruminated a bit on this adventurous yet focused, impulsive yet meticulous, science-minded artist. And eventually, I got a little clarity. Are you familiar with GPS art? This is the relatively new practice where runners systematically plot out their routes and sync their GPS tracking apps in order to create an image or even words on a map. They probably look lost or confused to people on the street, as they make odd, abrupt turns or they inexplicably retrace their steps. It’s not until you step back and get a bird’s eye view that it makes sense. Though Dutruch hasn’t premeditatedly charted his course, his instincts, courage and curiosity have certainly directed him toward a series of encounters and well-timed opportunities that have had a cumulative effect on him and his work. It also helps that he apparently inherited his grandfather’s adaptability, allowing him to turn roadblocks and detours into purposeful paths. In my completely untrained and amateur estimation, Robert Dutruch is essentially a portrait artist of both people and inanimate objects, creating visual stories by using a combination of the exuberance of a rodeo clown, the painstaking innovation of Hashi, the minimalist yet emotive aesthetic of Avedon, but most importantly, his own unique ability to form and convey a personal connection with his subjects. The result is a body of work that seamlessly merges the science of alchemy with the magic of wizardry.

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n May of 2020, Alex Carollo, Slidell’s Director of Cultural Affairs, called me with an idea. He intended to use the budget that would have gone to the multiple cultural events in 2020 and designate it for public art murals celebrating Slidell. As a curator and arts administrator who has worked on several site-specific public art projects such as this, I quickly jumped on board. “The Celebrate Slidell Public Mural Project was born out of the desire to continue to support artists and the arts in our community amid a pandemic. Since the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs was unable to host any public events after March of 2020, the city used funds allocated for Arts Evening, Bayou Jam concerts, Slidell Movie Nights, etc., to commission artists to create public murals. The murals serve as a thank you to our first responders and health care heroes and celebrate all the wonderful things that make our community a unique and great place to live,” Alex Carollo said of the project’s origins. “Because a certain amount of funding was about to expire, our department had to move quickly to start the mural project. We selected six artists who were known for their unique artistic styles and talents and who had previous experience creating murals.” Carollo explains.

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It was at this point that I signed-on as the curatorial consultant for the project. Each artist was commissioned to highlight a different aspect of Slidell. We matched the artists according to their style, connection to the topic and/ or location and medium. Lori Gomez, known for her large scale fence paintings and community workshops, was chosen for the Celebrate Creativity mural and the Celebrate Healthcare Workers mural. Gomez, a self-taught artist who prefers acrylics, began her Louisiana-based business in 2002. Some of Lori’s public art projects include a 35-ft Mardi Gras float mural featuring 21 commissioned portraits of riders, located in Olde Towne Slidell. In 2005, Gomez created a life-size nativity that spans over one acre to lift her community’s spirits following Hurricane Katrina. She created a second life-size nativity for the city of Slidell’s public Christmas display and has since been a major contributor to the holiday spectacle. In 2016, Gomez’s poppy fence mural on her property gained international attention. She has since partnered with Beyond Scapes to bring her beautiful flowers to the masses.


The Celebrate Creativity mural is a large interactive mural featuring a butterfly on the fence outside of Lori’s Art Depot on Front Street, where the artist hosts weekly artistic workshops for all ages along with summer art camps. Those viewing the mural are encouraged to stand between the massive wings of the butterfly for a picture. Gomez’s Celebrate Healthcare Workers mural is located at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Fitness Park. The large fence mural features flowers, a hummingbird and a butterfly. The mural is centered around the words “Thank You Healthcare Workers,” a testament of gratitude to those who are still working tirelessly for our community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Artist Phil Galatas was chosen to create the Celebrate the Bayou mural in the Slidell Technology and Cultural Arts building lobby. A native of Slidell with roots running deep along Bayou Liberty, this is not his first time painting Slidell’s bayou landscape. Galatas’ murals can be found at Peck’s Seafood and Palmetto’s in Slidell. Nancy Pratt and Mary Christopher were chosen to complete murals honoring our first responders. Pratt is a multimedia artist and teacher, dance instructor, event

coordinator and creator of The Guide to Being Fancy. Known as “Fancy Nancy,” she incorporates her colorful pop aesthetic into all of her art, fashion and lifestyle projects. You can find her art locally at The Wine Garden, Bella Style Salon, Hope Beauty Bar and in many homes throughout the United States. Collectors can find her wearable art, including light-up holiday headpieces and her fashion line #PUNKFANCY in boutiques and online. Pratt’s Celebrate our Firefighters is a large Americanastyle mural at the newly constructed St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1 Headquarters on Robert Boulevard. “The mural is an American flag waving behind the silhouette of a firefighter. Incorporated into the piece are six words to meaningfully represent the six fire districts; five words that serve as the district’s motto: ‘honor, courage, commitment, compassion, and integrity,’ and one I added,” said Pratt, “which is ‘hero.’ May the murals be a tribute to those who have helped us through this historic year and preserve their honor for generations to come.”


“The City of Slidell has welcomed me with open arms as a young artist and has provided opportunities for me to grow and learn as a creator. Whether it has been in high school through a juried ‘Salad Days’ art show or providing support through art markets and events, I’ve been able to show and sell my work to the community I love. I am honored to have been selected to do a mural for the City of Slidell as part of the Celebrate Slidell series. During these uncertain times, the City of Slidell found a way to support not only their artists, but also the first responders and care workers who always have and will remain essential. STFPD1 is an important pillar of our city, so being able to honor them through a mural they are personally connected to and proud of is what I set out to do.” said Pratt. The mural is now the backdrop for many official events for the St. Tammany Fire Department. Pratt recently completed another commissioned mural near Bella Style Salon in Olde Towne Slidell in memory of Lorrie Kauwe, a beloved team member at the salon and active member in the Slidell community who recently lost her battle with cancer. The City of Slidell has asked Mary Christopher to create the Slidell Police Department’s mural in Olde Towne Slidell. As a member of the Slidell Art League, Christopher has competed in the artist of the month competitions, which she credits for developing her drive and skill as a born-again artist. Christopher was the 2010 Art League’s Master Artist of the Year. She was honored by the City of Slidell with a solo exhibition in 2015, and her artwork was featured on the 2018 Slidell Arts Evening poster and subsequently the cover of Slidell Magazine. Matt Litchliter and Keith Dellsperger are both creating murals in Olde Towne Slidell. Matt Litchliter is a Slidell artist and has been featured on the cover of Slidell Magazine eight times. He challenges his conceptual processes by experimenting with mixed media, assemblage and found-object wall sculpture. Litchliter also used his painting skills to make a series of works celebrating the rich musical history of the surrounding area. It was this series that became the inspiration for the mural in progress now. Litchliter’s mural is on the side of Electric Avenue bar. Like Gomez’s butterfly, the mural is interactive to encourage foot traffic in the area. The Celebration of the Arts mural will feature a musical quartet flanking either side of an arched banner reading “Carey Street.” Passersby will be encouraged to stand beneath the banner for a picture. The mural’s location is by the common stage area for Carey Street crawls and other Olde Towne events. It will serve as a backdrop for the cultural heart of the city.

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“It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of this project and to showcase my work in my hometown,” said Litchliter. Keith Dellsperger’s mural will be on the side of KY’s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop. An award-winning artist working and living in Slidell, Dellsperger’s paintings are mostly Louisiana landscapes and architectural landmarks containing vivid color and hinging on the edge of surrealism. Slidell’s picturesque scenery, including its bayous, marshes, old architecture and community members, serve as Dellsperger’s inspiration. The mural commissioned as “A Celebration of Nature” will be no exception. Dellsperger currently serves on the Slidell Commission on the Arts, which helps bring visual and performing arts to the area. His mural is expected to be completed in early spring of this year. Public art invigorates public spaces, increases foot traffic around small businesses and reveals our cultural uniqueness in an accessible and best-of-all free manner. Public art is not only an act of revitalization, but a public good that multiple studies have shown positively impacts mental health and overall well-being. When so many are struggling with the hardships inflicted by the pandemic, the City of Slidell is dedicated to bringing joy to the community and creating some financial opportunities for both local artists and curators. This project would not have been possible without Mayor Cromer’s support, the City of Slidell Commission on the Arts, Alex Carollo, the participating artists, DAF grant funding and Slidell’s 2020 Cultural Season sponsors. And, of course, all of our citizens who liked, thanked, shared and enjoyed the murals.

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HooDoo Ice Cream

Italian

Leonardo’s Trattoria & Pizzeria

PO BOY Lunchbox Express 1680 Hwy. 59 Ste. 500 Mandeville 985.951.2120 lunchboxexpress.us

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Thank you for voting Pardo’s for Best Romantic Restaurant and Best Service! 5280 Highway 22, Mandeville 985.893.3603

Come visit Chef Robert Vasquez, crowned 2020 Seafood King at Forks and Corks! 141 Terra Bella Blvd., Covington 985.273.663


Juice Bar

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Megan Helwick

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Just Chillin’

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Vietnamese Pho Cong

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Gallagher’s 527

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CPA Garrety & Associates 1795 West Causeway Approach, Ste. 202, Mandeville 985.629.4661 GarretyCPA.com

Michele Tinker

PEEPS Artist

Scott Withington

Attorney

Jared Miguez

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Anti-Aging Specialist Kelly Burkenstock, M.D.

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Cardiologist

Farhad Aduli, M.D.

Chiropractor

All American Healthcare

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Benjamin Boudreaux, M.D.


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Patio Furniture & Accessories

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Visit our showroom for a large selection of patio furniture on display!

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Umbrellas & Bases

Gas and Charcoal Grills

Wood & Gas Fire Pits

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Rachel Murphy, M.D.

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Dance Studio

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St Tammany Health Systems

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OB/GYN

Vicki Steen, M.D.

Oncologist

Jay Saux, M.D.

Orthodontist

Amy Sawyer, D.D.S.

Orthopedist

Tim Devraj, M.D.

Pain Doctor

Shaun Carpenter, M.D.

Pediatrician

Kathryn Quarles, M.D.

Phlebologist (Vein)

Randall Juleff, M.D.

Physical Therapist

Michelle Sierra, M.D.

Surgery Center AVALA

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Three Rivers Art Festival

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30 by Ninety Theatre

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Fitness Studio Crossfit Francos

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Mandeville Sports Complex

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Bogue Falaya Park

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Liza Ledet, D.V.M.

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Painting with a Twist

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URGENT CARE Rapid Urgent Care 218 E. Boston St. Covington / 985.875.0077 1111 N. Causeway Blvd., Ste. 2, Mandeville 985.674.4464 / Rapidurgentcare.com

CARDIOLOGIST Farhad Aduli MD. 20 Starbrush Cir, Covington 985.777.7000 louisianaheart.org

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST Michelle Sierra - Dynamic Physical Therapy 653 Myrtle Drive, Covington 985.893.4700 getwellatdynamic.com

VETERINARIAN & PET GROOMING Mandeville Animal Hospital - Liza Ledet, DVM 419 Girod Street, Mandeville 985.377.0800 mandevilleah.com

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Live Music Venue

Columbia Street Tap Room

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Greige Home Interiors

Jewelry

Lowe’s Jewlers

Kid’s Shoes

Joe’s Family Shoe Store

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Pine Grove Electrical Supply

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Cypress Bar/ Southern Hotel

Place to go Dancing Ruby’s Roadhouse

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Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux

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Mandeville Bake Shop Olivia Couture Bridal Boutique

Car Dealership

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Consignment Style Encore

Garden Center Garden Spot

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Southern Avenue

Jos. A. Banks

Joe’s Family Shoe Store

Fabrics Second To None

Sporting Goods

Massey’s Outfitters

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Sunglass Hut

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Tire World

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Acquistapace’s

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Madisonville Elementary

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Pelican Pointe

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Day Spa

Kid’s Hair Cut Stadium Cut

Kid’s Party Venue

Franco’s Health Club & Spa

Landscape Services Smoketree Landscape

Stone Creek Health Club & Spa

Mani Pedi Spa

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Shelby’s Cleaners

Christian Brothers Automotive

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MORTGAGE LENDER Christina Rusca loanDepot 34 Louis Prima Blvd. Ste. A Covington 985.272.7064 crusca@loandepot.com

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CHILDREN AND MENS SHOES Joe’s Family Shoe Store 1814 N. Causeway Blvd., #4, Mandeville 985.626.5633 joesfamilyshoes.com

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Well, with that glowing review, I had to check it out for myself. Three of the sites at Fontainebleau are only accessible by water, so that factored into my planning. I wanted the full immersive experience, so I booked one of the remote locations. Once everything was booked, I called Shannon Bordelon – owner of Bayou Adventure – to rent our canoes. After the canoes were booked, her next question was, ‘How can we spoil you?” She didn’t have to ask twice. I ordered sandwiches to have upon our arrival, fire wood, beverages and Alligator Sausage to cook for dinner along with a s’mores kit. All I had to do was pack our bedding and a change of clothes. For the other sites that are accessible via car, supplies can be picked up at Bayou Adventures in Lacombe on your way to the park.


So, on a cool December morning my husband and son loaded up the truck, and we headed to Fontainebleau Park in Mandeville where I had arranged to meet the local Tentrr representative, Patrick McPike. Patrick had recently returned from college in Colorado, where he had grown a deep love of the outdoors. His job with Tentrr is clearly a perfect fit for him. Shannon and Patrick had our canoes and supplies ready to go. It’s important to remember that it you chose a remote site, everything you need has to be taken via canoe. We loaded up and set off on our overnight adventure. The paddle to the site didn’t take long, and the directions were simple to follow. We came across the site, set on its own beach, and pulled our canoe onto the beach and set out to explore. The site was outfitted with a queen-sized cot and memory foam mattress, a heater, portable toilet, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, a grill and a picnic table. These sites also offer pop-up tents to accommodate a group larger than two. We had everything we needed, so we set about making our fire and preparing dinner. Glamping is much more than a nice tent for me. It’s about being in the middle of stunning nature with my family creating lifelong memories. To find all of the Louisiana State Parks with glamping sites, check out LaStateParks.com. Happy Glamping y’all!


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St. Tammany NOW

St. Tammany Distance from Major Metros in the U.S. Baton Rouge: 80 miles, Houston: 350 miles, Atlanta: 450 miles, Dallas: 500 miles, Chicago: 900 miles

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Tammany NOW is a curated collection of the latest economic development information and business and industry insight in our community directly from St. Tammany Corporation, the economic development organization for St. Tammany. We began partnering with EDGE of the Lake on this featured section in the summer of 2020. Since then, we have shared how we define economic development in St. Tammany, identified our target industries for business retention and business attraction, and showcased our data and research publications through their online platform. This year, we want to highlight what and who makes the St. Tammany business community thrive and illustrate the opportunities to diversify and fortify our economy. When we launched our five-year economic development strategic plan, THRIVE2023, in February 2019, we shared a bold strategy for our community. Our vision at St. Tammany Corporation is to strategically align the economic landscape in St. Tammany to be the destination of choice for highly skilled talent, business formation, attraction, expansion, and retention. One of the ways we are bringing this vision to fruition is by telling the St. Tammany story directly to industry leaders throughout the country. This includes publishing articles in economic development

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industry publications, sponsoring and participating in national economic development conferences, engaging with national site selectors, and serving on industry panels. These are all opportunities to share the specific, data driven reasons why St. Tammany is a place for people, businesses, and communities to thrive. We believe that our competitive advantage lies in three main areas: strategic geographic location, desirable, available land; and a skilled and talented workforce. Connectivity is crucial for businesses, and St. Tammany’s proximity to major infrastructure access points can mean efficiencies for companies looking to grow. The intersection of major interstates I-10, I-12, and I-59 on the eastern side of the parish and I-55 right next door in Tangipahoa is a distinct advantage for getting people and products where they need to go. There are also two international airports and 21 airports within 50 miles of our community. Our proximity to the Port of New Orleans, the Port of South Louisiana, the Port of Manchac, and the Port of St. Bernard offers access to 30-plus major inland hubs such as Memphis, Chicago, and Canada via 14,500 miles of waterways. We are also in proximity to six Class I railroads and intersection of 4 major interstate roadways. St. Tammany is also located in reasonable distance to major metropolitan areas:


In addition to these infrastructure assets, St. Tammany also boasts desirable and available land for businesses to locate. Currently, St. Tammany is home to nine Louisiana Economic Development Certified Sites. As stated on the LED website, “LED Certified Sites are development-ready industrial sites. LED certification is granted after an extensive application process and exhaustive review. The benefits of certification include official acknowledgement of a site’s suitability and readiness and improved success in the site selection process. The program’s rigorous review process is conducted by an independent, third-party engineering firm.” These sites provide opportunities for companies looking for build-to-suit options for their expansion, relocation, or new business location. The site certification designation is also helpful when companies are assessing the timeline needed to bring their vision to fruition on these development ready properties. Proximity and place are critical pieces of the decision-making process, but people are perhaps the most essential component. Whether you have lived here for years or are just visiting for the day, you might notice that there is something special about the people here. Yes, we have the Southern hospitality that many have come to expect and the zest for life and celebration that those in Southeast Louisiana are known for.

Chris Masingill Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corporation

The talented St. Tammany workforce is comprised of highly skilled individuals who bring that same passion for life and commitment to excellence to their work. Current workforce stats: • Labor force participation (2019): 62.2% (Percent of working-age, able adults in the labor force) • Adults over age 25 with associate’s degrees or higher: 39.7% • Median age (2019): 40.4 (Half of the population is older and half is younger than the median age) • Average annual wage: $46,805 Source: Census Bureau

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Northshore Technical Community College Lacombe campus, Photo courtesy of St. Tammany Corporation

Our access to educational institutions in the region, especially our primary higher education partner Northshore Technical Community College in Lacombe, presents the opportunity to train and educate lifelong learners at all levels and a vast array of disciplines. In addition to NTCC, there are 36 higher education institutions within a 70-mile radius of St. Tammany, plus an excellent public school system with career and technical training programs. St. Tammany businesses can recruit employees from these institutions and retain local talent in the area as those employees pursue their own educational goals. There is considerable discussion in national economic development circles that midsize markets will have tremendous opportunities over the next few years. According to USPS residential change-of-address data, nearly 16 million people moved either temporarily or permanently during just six months last year, from February to July, an increase from the same months in 2019. A Pew Research poll also found that one in ďŹ ve people either moved because of the pandemic or know someone who did. Many of these relocations have been from large metropolitan areas to more aordable, midsize cities with more room for personal space. This trend, set in motion by the coronavirus pandemic, plus the increased acceptance of remote

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work, represents an important opportunity for midsize markets like the greater New Orleans area to take advantage of a potential “brain gain” by attracting the professionals leaving large cities and looking to plant new roots. Many say that these markets provide the desired access to other regional markets, already have lifestyle elements of arts, culture, and recreation that are valued by the residents and visitors alike, and have the space needed for new business ventures to establish and grow to scale. New Orleans is a region that is poised to maximize this opportunity, and St. Tammany Corporation is ready to help businesses find the location and employees needed to set them up for long-term success in our community. Another important note is that the industry sectors many anticipate will experience growth in coming years are also the target industry sectors identified in our strategic plan, THRIVE2023: transportation and logistics, scientific and technical companies, and business and professional services. We look forward to sharing our community’s attributes, assets, and opportunities with those who are exploring new locations to advance their organizations and expand their footprints. Happening Now February is Black History Month, and March is Women’s History Month. According to the Census Bureau’s 2018 Annual Business Survey, nationwide, there are more than 124,000 Black-owned businesses with at least one employee. Additionally, 19% of all businesses with at least one employee were femaleled, and 36.1% of all Black-owned businesses were headed by women. That is the highest share of businesses within any racial or ethnic group. Use the hashtag #StTammanyTHRIVES on social media to recognize an outstanding Black-owned or woman-owned St. Tammany business. Stay connected with St. Tammany Corporation on Facebook at @StTammanyCorporation, Twitter at @StTammanyCorp, our website at StTammanyCorp.org, or our data and research platform at StTammanyStats.com. Ashley Llewellyn and Elizabeth Lee are the lead staff contributors to this article.

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Foie Gras IN THE DEEP SOUTH


STORY ELAINE MILLERS PHOTOS BACKWATER DUCK FARM

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oie gras is perhaps one of the most misunderstood foods. Foie gras translates to ‘liver fat’ and has been a delicacy for thousands of years. It is believed to have originated with the ancient Egyptians who observed that migratory ducks and geese store fat in their livers. While a fatty liver is unhealthy in humans, it is a biological necessity for migratory waterfowl. Lipogenesis, as it’s called, occurs primarily in the liver for these birds, and great stores of fat are kept there for the long journey southward. Foie gras production is a mimicry of this natural process. Just as we’ve observed the ability of the cow to grow on grass and bulk up on grain, and then have replicated this process en masse for food production, so have we observed the duck’s ability to grow on grass, bugs and mixed grains, and to fatten its liver on corn. At Backwater Duck Farm in Bush, the McKnight and Dias families have put a onetime dream into reality. The name of the farm plays homage to Percy Walker, who referred to Covington as the ‘back water of a back water.’ Oh, how things have changed. I wonder what Mr. Percy would think of Covington being home to one of the only four foie gras farms in America. Dan and Julie McKnight, along with their son, Ross, are natives of Louisiana and have lived on the Northshore since 1992. Ross and his wife, Dorothy, manage the day-to-day operations of the farm with the help of their children. Laurent and Mailys Dias came on the scene in late 2018 when they moved from Toulouse, France to the Mandeville area. They are the inspiration for the core product. The farm started out as a dream for the McKnights, who many years ago wanted to do something right by humanity and right by the land. For several years, Ross and Dorothy practiced intensive farming techniques on a 1-acre homestead in Covington. While raising laying hens, meat chickens, pastured rabbit, and keeping a kitchen garden, they learned a great deal about sustainable farming and animal husbandry. In 2018, Ross and Dorothy met Laurent and Mailys, who shared their love of the delectable foie gras produced in the French countryside. In their research, they discovered that all of the foie gras currently served in the U.S. is “imported” from New York or Canada. It seemed to them that Louisiana, with its rich French heritage, should have a part to play in this story. Moreover, many Americans view foie gras as a fancy item to be ordered at a whitetablecloth restaurant. Their vision was to make foie gras more accessible, so that it could grace the dinner tables of their friends and family as often as it was wanted, thus incorporating it into our Louisiana food culture. EDGE February | March 2021

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In the spring of 2019, they purchased their first ducklings, putting them out on pasture at three weeks, moving them as needed to fresh grass and feeding them a healthy diet for weight gain. They started gavage (the hand-feeding of male ducks to produce foie gras) that July, and had their first samples ready for customers and chefs that August. In October 2019, they relocated the farm to 12 beautiful acres in Bush, with plenty of pasture and room to grow, and named it Back Water Farm. Like most farmers, they are in the business of respecting their animals. When the ducklings arrive, they are kept in a warm brooder until they reach three weeks of age, at which point they are put out on a rotational grass pasture system. From Week 3 to Week 12, they enjoy sunshine, forage, clean water and fermented feed. During the last two weeks on pasture, they are taken through a process called ‘pre-gavage,’ where the ducks have a fixed meal time to encourage them to self-gorge and stretch their crop. From Week 13 to Week 15, they move into the hand-feeding stalls, where they run freely on fresh straw during

the fattening phase. During this time, each duck is individually hand-fed, ensuring they receive precisely the amount of nutrition necessary to bring them healthily to harvest. The truth is, a happier, healthier duck is a tastier duck, and the key to a beautiful product is a beautiful process. The products from Blackwater Duck Farm can be found at Acquistipace’s, local farmers markets and served in many fine restaurants around the region.

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by Frank Marcello

ABOUT FRANK MARCELLO In every issue, EDGE of the Lake invites a local chef or restauranteur to visit another eatery on the Northshore. Frank Marcello started working in his parents’ restaurant in Baton Rouge when he was 11 years old. He worked the bar or waited tables as an LSU student, with the intention of going to med school. But he decided the restaurant life was his true passion, so he went to work for Calendars, then Semolina then Copelands. He opened seven restaurants in Albuquerque in the early 2000’s, but moved back to Louisiana in 2008 and bought Mandinas in Mandeville. Frank loves to make everything from scratch. He says Mandeville is the nicest place and has the friendliest people, and that’s saying something since he’s lived all over.


Restaurant Coté 2219 Carey St., Slidell Monday – Thursday 11 am-10 pm Friday and Saturday 11 am-11 pm Sunday Brunch from 10 am-2 pm Find out more online at restaurantcote.com or call them at 985-288-5440.

I took a friend to eat at Restaurant Coté in Slidell. It’s located in the middle of Olde Towne opposite the new St. Tammany Chamber office. I had never eaten there before and was impressed with the inviting exterior of the building. Inside was kind of eclectic with art from local artists hanging on exposed brick, beautiful old wooden tables and a bar towards the back. The whole restaurant had a relaxing vibe while still maintaining an upscale atmosphere. My friend opted for the Steens Old Fashion. They put orange pulp in Steens, and added bitters topped with red stag. It was nice. I had the Coté Pimms, which came with lemons, limes, cucumbers and simple syrup, topped with Pimms and a Hendricks Floater. It was well done and I enjoyed it. We heard that Steaks are their thing, so we skipped the appetizers and both went for that option. My friend had the Filet with Beurre Blanc. It was a hand cut filet, perfectly grilled, and topped with lump blue crab and some rosemary beurre blanc that was just excellent. It was served with charred asparagus and roasted red potatoes accompanied by a side salad. The fillet was seared perfectly, crisp on the outside but tender on the inside. Plenty of food and perfectly cooked. I got the Black and Blue Ribeye. This is a blackened, hand cut ribeye, seared with applewood smoked bacon topped with blue cheese crumbles. It was served with roasted potatoes and asparagus with a side salad. I’ll be honest, I don’t know which entrée was better. The blue cheese on that seared meat was excellent. We opted for the Crème Brulee for dessert, a classic way to end a delicious meal. I noticed that they do a special on Thursday Nights: $20 Steak Night, or two steak dinners and a bottle of wine for $50, perfect for a date night. They also do a Sunday Brunch that I’ll probably go back for. I got a look at the menu and they listed a Crab 3 Way Benedict that caught my eye. You know, this is one of those ‘enjoy the dining experience kind of places.’ They are making your meal from scratch. You know, a place you slow down, take a deep breath, enjoy your company and enjoy the meal. Our server told me that Coté means “At the Home of...” in Creole French. After our meal, we moved to the adjoining Maple Room. The Maple Room had a real pub feel about it, filled with locals and friendly bar staff. We ordered a nightcap and enjoyed sitting in the courtyard before calling it a night. All in all, an exceptional option for a meal. The prices are modest for what you are getting, service was on point and the ambiance was nice. I’d highly recommend this place.


St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter hosted its ďŹ rst Barksgiving, an event for shelter animals to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The OfďŹ cial New Orleans Liverpool Supporters Club volunteered their time and shared their passion for soccer with the kids at Miracle League, Northshore. YNWA!

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The St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural Clay Shooting Tournament. Brian Walls came in ďŹ rst place, shooting 99 out of the 100 targets.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper welcomed members of the arts and health communities to the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex, for the art opening of Percent for Art. The opening for 31 Healing Arts Collections procured through a Call to Artists earlier in the year, as well as donations from local philanthropists. Cooper opened the event by thanking members of the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, local philanthropists, arts advocates Carlos Sanchez and David Fennelly, and Safe Haven Director Mary Burckell for their investment in Safe Haven and their work to bring this collection to the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center. EDGE February | March 2021

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The St. John’s Fools of Misrule’s Skulls travelled in Royal Carriage’s horse drawn carriages to visit local elected officials to announce the start of the Mardi Gras season. The group picked their Lord for the next season at the Covington Trailhead later that evening. EDGE February | March 2021

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Chicks for Charity and The Lakehouse hosted a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity St Tammany West’s Woman Build/W.A.T.C.H.

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Bogalusa hospital, Our Lady of The Angels, was nationally recognized as a Top Rural Hospital by the Leapfrog Group for its patient safety and quality.

Northshore Plastic Surgery held its 5th Annual Botox for Blood Drive.

Chris Masingill, CEO of St. Tammany Corporation, and Dr. John L. Crain, President of Southeastern Louisiana University, signed off on a partnership aimed toward the expansion of access to services and resources for the business community in St. Tammany Parish. EDGE February | March 2021

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The yearly inspirational drive-through luminaries at St. Paul’s School offered the perfect word to end 2020.

Michael Doherty, a young man who suffered spinal-cord injuries four years ago, showed gratitude toward his Lakeview medical care team on this week’s episode of Lakeview Regional podcast, “House Calls.”

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The Southern Orthopedic Specialists team celebrated the opening of their new practice in Slidell. EDGE February | March 2021


Dr. Jill Gibson posed with her Medical Director’s Award which she earned for having the lowest c-section and highest delivery rates in November 2020.

Excited parents Meaghan and Jacob Thomas welcomed their New Year’s Day baby, Levi Jacob Thomas, at St. Tammany Health Systems

Children’s Advocacy Center - Hope House held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the expansion of its Covington facility. The addition was made possible by more than $200,000 in funding from the In Jesus’ Name Foundation.

After 40 years of practicing architecture in the region, Holly & Smith Architects APAC of Hammond and New Orleans has appointed new leaders, the Board of Directors appointed Kevin Morris as its new President, Ryan Faulk as CEO and Pierre Theriot as VP in Charge of Design Direction.

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Kelly Kicking Cancer held a Magic of Friendsgiving Gala, money raised went to brain cancer research in honor of Kelly O’Mahoney who passed away from Brain Cancer.

St. Tammany Parish President and the Commission on Cultural Affairs held an outdoor event at the Koop Drive Trailhead Pavilion, which honored various artists within St. Tammany Parish.

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Edge of the Lake Magazine February | March 2021  

EDGE of the Lake gives a fresh edgy look at the parishes north of the lake and the unique people that make up our community. Expect the unex...

Edge of the Lake Magazine February | March 2021  

EDGE of the Lake gives a fresh edgy look at the parishes north of the lake and the unique people that make up our community. Expect the unex...

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