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MARCH-APRIL 2018 VOL. 33, NO. 2

March-April 2018


Vol. 33, No. 2

Lori Murphy

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Features 18 Shattering the Single Point of View Cover Artist Edward R. Whiteman 34 Spinning His Wheels Master Potter Craig McMillin 42 Florentine Splendor Why the Saenger Theatre is of Paramount Importance

Home & Garden 2018

68 A Mexican-Inspired Outdoor Retreat 72 Slipcovered Sectionals Offer Comfort and Function 74 Home Trends 77 IN the Bookcase The Grumpy Gardner by Steve Bender 78 Home & Garden Resource Guide

Senior Living 2018 81 The Year of the Senior

81 Senior Living Resource Guide page 34 8

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12 Publisher’s Note 14 Editor’s Note 16 Contributors 24 INside Scoop 32 Summer Camps

61 INside Look

88 INside Peek Featuring Mutts to Models Ball STWCC Installation and 48 Generous Hearts Awards Luncheon Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy St. Tammany Humane Society’s 52 At the Table The Seasons of Sicily in New Orleans Fine Wines for Canines 33 IN Other Words What if...?

56 Flourishes Extraordinary gifts and home accents

94 INside Dining

98 Wine Cellar Domaine Romanée-Conti

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Heart Healthy in 2018 by Lori Murphy Being healthy is at the top of my to-do list. I am lucky to be alive, and I’d like to stay that way! In November, I had open-heart surgery. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for my doctors, hospitals and the technology and medical advances that saved my life. The American Heart Association funds the research needed to create these life-saving treatments and procedures. In Louisiana alone, they have invested over $3.9 billion in cardiovascular research! This year, Laurie McCants and CJ Ladner stepped up to co-chair the Northshore Heart Walk this spring to help fund local initiatives. They are helping the AHA provide science-based treatment guidelines to physicians and quality initiatives in five northshore hospital systems. The American Heart Association is the nation’s leader in CPR education, and thousands of northshore residents take part in that training every year. They educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as they advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our northshore community. One of these initiatives is a push to ensure that all high school students are trained in CPR! Because I am living proof that what they do matters, I have agreed to chair the AHA Executive Challenge for the northshore this year. I want to personally invite you to join me. Involve the people around you to make the effort more fun and rewarding. Let’s put our health first and invest in our future. If you accept my challenge, the AHA’s Stephanie Chastain is there to make it easy! She works with you or your team on your Executive Challenge fundraising campaign that runs through April 16. You can reach out to her directly at There are many ways to participate in this northshore initiative for heart health, including taking part in the Northshore Heart Walk on May 5. Please let me know if I can help you get started! Sincerely,

Editor’s Note by Anne Honeywell Spring is often a time to celebrate new beginnings. At Inside Publications, we are excited to announce a new annual publication, Welcome to the Northshore. We are always searching for new ways to tell the stories of the northshore. Often, people tell us that they learned this or discovered that about the northshore from reading Inside Northside. In publication for over 30 years, Inside Northside has certainly told many heartwarming and enlightening stories about the place we call home. The Northshore Community Foundation has been working to put words and definition to what is treasured about the northshore, a great experience that continues to evolve for all of us. Welcome to the Northshore will roll those ideas into a history-telling and overall reference guide for both newcomers and long-time residents. As we build our first issue, we invite you to join us. We hope you will share with us what you like best about living north of your expectations. In addition, this publication will offer a unique opportunity to advertising your business to a valuable market. For more information and to let us know what you treasure about the northshore, email me at editor@ or call us at 626-9684.

ps…And speaking of new. Don’t miss all that this issue has to offer. From ideas to welcome a new season of living both indoors and out to what Tom Fitzmorris says about local takes on Sicilian foods, I think you’ll find plenty to read with your feet up while resting from those get-the-garden-ready tasks!

Contributors Our contributors give Inside Northside its voice, its personality and its feel. Here we are proud to highlight a few of them so that you can put a face with a name and get to know them.

Sandra Scalise Juneau Freelance writer Sandra Scalise Juneau continues her many years of writing for Inside Publications. Sandra’s passions as a culinary arts historian and cultural/ community events coordinator and fundraiser keep her involved. She represented her Sicilian heritage to the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, tracing the influences of la cucina Italiana on Louisiana’s cuisine. On page 84, she writes about the Hospice Foundation of the South.

Tom Fitzmorris

Bill Kearney

Joey Kent

Tom Fitzmorris grew up in Treme, ate red beans every Monday from his Creole-French mother until he left home. Not long after that, he began writing a weekly restaurant review column that has continued for more than 40 years. In 1975, he began a daily radio feature, which grew into his current three-hour daily talk show on 1350, 3WL. He is the author of several cookbooks, more than a dozen restaurant guidebooks, a daily online newsletter ( and joins us At the Table on page 52.

Bill Kearney believes if you like a wine, it’s a great wine—and the best wine is shared with friends. For more than 20 years, he has added wines from many regions, grapes and friends to his private collection. Recently certified as a sommelier, he serves as the wine director for Galatoire’s Restaurant, Galatoire’s Bistro
and 33 Bar and Steak, where
he is also a partner. A graduate of Tulane, Bill is president of Yenraek, a governmental affairs firm. On page 98, Bill talks about Domaine Romanée-Conti in Wine Cellar.

Joey Kent, a longtime author, historian and archivist, relocated his family from Shreveport to New Orleans several years ago to continue work in the movie industry. He has over 60 film festival awards for screenwriting and is wrapping up work on a coffee table book about the historic Louisiana Hayride radio and stage show, which is due for release next summer. The Kents—Joey, Amber and daughter Adelaide—love the rich history and culture of their new home. On page 42, Joey tells “the rest of the story” of the Saenger Theatre.

Other Voices: Gretchen Armbruster, Susan Bonnett Bourgeois, Candra George, Billie Comeaux, Linda T. Dautreuil, Thomas B. Growden, Mimi Greenwood Knight and Terri Schlichenmeyer.


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Shattering the Single Point of View by Linda T. Dautreuil

THE RUSTY WHEELBARROW with unusually straight legs resting on small wheels would be the focal point in Dove Cote Studio were it not for the large collection of recent paintings on reconstituted paper by visual artist Edward R. Whiteman. On a day when the weather is grey in anticipation of the next cold front, the vibrancy of what life in the studio means to this man and his work is evident before a word is exchanged. His most recent paintings on paper line the walls of his workspace. They are expansive, and each invites multiple interpretations. Unframed, rich black lines enclose an array of shapes and washes of color, pushing and pulling the viewer’s eye beyond the borders into the world from which the images spring. Inevitably, the eye returns for more. Accomplishing such a feat is a complex endeavor. It requires a deep and abiding connection between the artist’s interior experiences and the conviction that connecting to the exterior world is essential nourishment for his work. Whiteman’s process is rooted in respect for humble materials. He is not seeking perfection in a 18

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conventional sense. He is drawn to weathered things, wounded inanimate objects, once functional and enduring over time. As Whiteman speaks, my eye returns to the wheelbarrow. What first appeared to be a bundle of twigs is a collection of rusty shapes snipped and repurposed by Whiteman from metal fencing. The variety of shapes appear to form a jumbled, three-dimensional vocabulary, a visual stimulus for Whiteman’s interaction with materials and form during his decision-making process. He considers the shape and scale of each in relation to the size of the heavyweight Arches paper placed on the floor. Using black oil sticks and translucent tracing papers, Whiteman draws the chosen rusty shapes, then places the drawings on the heavyweight paper, shifting them about and pushing them to the point where content and materials come together in a satisfactory arrangement. Water baths are essential in various stages of reconstituting the paper, creating texture and dimension. Once the drawings are transferred, the paper is completely submerged >>


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movement, aligns with the way I perceive things. We think we see something as it really looks when we only see the front. The more realistic depiction in thinking of the whole person or object is the threedimensional view. “I grew up in New York on the Lower East Side. When I was 7 or 8, I was given a pad and pencil to occupy my time during long church services. I drew what was before me, the backs of people in the congregation. Women with the most interesting hats were favored for the exotic shapes resting on their heads, some with fruits, feathers, flowers, and most memorable to this day, the head of a fox. We did not have much money, so after services, I shared the drawings with my unsuspecting subjects for a nickel. This was my first realization that I might make a living as an artist. When I was older, I enrolled in art school in the commercial art program. I had no great experience with the breadth of the art world at that time. After classes, I would explore the building and discovered what was going on on the second and third floors was much more to my liking. I met the professor of fine art, who was a total abstractionist. He was responsible for my earliest motivation to branch out and experiment. “While attending the Albright Art School, I encountered the paintings of Morris Graves, an artist who lived on a sixty-five-acre farm in upstate New York. Graves was inspired by nature, mysticism and the practice of Zen Buddhism. I was entranced by his ability to capture the essence of things. I spent hours copying his paintings on rice paper. I observed a profound sense of scale between object and background in his work. One professor gave me wise


and dried more than once. The process is not precious, but rather vigorous treatment to produce a sturdy surface strong enough to support even the largest paintings. As an extra precaution, Whiteman reinforces the rear top border with a layer of canvas secured with Elmer’s Glue-All. Whiteman has used this product for years, and his respect for the simplicity of the all-purpose glue is apparent. He describes the day when a worker clearing debris from a closet found one of his unframed paintings. Without realizing he was folding a completed work of art, the workman carefully handed what appeared to be an envelope to the artist. Whiteman knew immediately that the intention was well meaning, but the condition of the painting was precarious due to meticulous folding. Determined and confident in the strength of his materials, Whiteman promptly submerged the painting in water five times, drying between cycles over many days, until crease lines were no longer evident. A fidelity to process and a high standard of craftsmanship make paintings and relief sculptures by Edward Whiteman distinctive and particular to his style. According to Whiteman, “Without craft, the visual artist cannot make symbols or signifiers of creative thought manifest.” He continues, “Philosophy and art have always been areas of interest important to me. The theories of Carl Jung and his research on archetypal imagery and cubism as practiced by Picasso and Braque revealed new ways of thinking about form and space. The shattering of the single point of view in perspective, the essence of the cubist

advice after realizing my dilemma. He observed that nothing great grows under a big oak tree. I realized that I had to move out from the shadow of Graves. The advice did not prevent me from looking at art while developing my own style.� Whiteman moved back to the city when the abstract expressionist movement shifted the attention of the art world from Paris to New York. Short on funds yet convinced of his ability to make it as an artist, Whiteman moved to the Lower East Side. He recalls the scale and proximity of the close living quarters there. Looking out and up meant that you would see the tops of objects on shelves in other apartments. He recalls a fascination with the shapes, usually portions of objects that had served their purpose but retained some residual memories for the owner. An opportunity to travel to England and live in the countryside near the ocean resulted in eight years

abroad before returning to New York and a teaching position at the Arts and Crafts School in Harlem. A spike in violent crime, drugs, a meager police presence and rapidly deteriorating living conditions in his neighborhood convinced him that he had to leave because he could not afford to live anywhere else in the city. New Orleans became a possible destination, with a connection to well-known artist Robert Gordy. Simone Stern Gallery was one of the oldest and most >> March-April 2018 21

highly regarded galleries in the city, and Gordy suggested the gallery might be interested in his work. Whiteman’s reputation grew rapidly. When Simone Stern Gallery closed, Whiteman joined and remains represented by Arthur Roger Gallery. Whiteman spent long days in a small shotgun house and studio during his time in New Orleans before he made the decision to move to Abita Springs and expand his enterprise into a complex of home and studio. Today, Dove Cote Studio is located in Covington on a swath of land where hay bales dot wide-open spaces. He lives with his wife and companion, Pat, in a home with a wrap-around porch within walking distance to Dove Cote Studio. Pat’s background is in dance, and her awareness of the importance of the cultural arts becomes evident in our discussion. The title of Whiteman’s latest series, Quilted Snapshots, grew out of a conversation about the series with Pat. As I look at Whiteman’s work, I am aware of formal qualities of shape, line, composition and texture. To Whiteman, the process is the manifestation of a much more complex and intuitive 22

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process involving both his mind and the world around him. Pat sees the symbolic content of not only the composition but also the more objective view of how the work connects to life. We speak of quilts and the traditional method of sewing together blocks of color. The geometric shapes are attached to a support backing that unifies the parts into a whole. Traditional quilts serve a functional purpose. Snapshots, like the snapshots of a Polaroid, reference the moment when the eye recognizes the intersection of the visible world and the point of view of the photographer. In combining the two into the series title, there is an opportunity for viewers to enter the paintings and attach nuances of thought, their own interpretations. As we walk into the home Ed and Pat share, we pass through a series of viewing areas where work from various periods hang. There are also rooms where very large paintings on paper are stacked high, leaving only enough room for a person to move around the perimeter. It is an astonishing collection. Whiteman speaks of the hours he spends each day in the studio and his intense interest in exploring one idea over time. “One painting is never enough because each gives birth to others if you are truly exploring and finding new things along the way. For artists who work with realism and a specific subject, it is possible to have a beginning and an end. Abstraction is never finished, because the perception of the artist changes over time. When I view my older paintings, I see them in an entirely different way; they have new meaning for me.� To see more paintings by American artist Edward R. Whiteman, visit or Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans.

Magic of Memories Street Rod and Classic Car Rally

INSIDE the definitive guide to northshore events and entertainment

March 2-18 Steel Magnolias. Rivertown

Association Spring Seminar. Castine

Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325

Clearview Pkwy, Metairie. $20-$75.

Center, Pelican Park, Mandeville.

Minor St, Kenner. (504) 461-9475.

8am-2:30pm. $25, lunch included.

1-May 27 New Orleans the Founding Era. Sponsored by Whitney Bank. The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533


2 St. Tammany Master Gardener

Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 1118 2-3 Mack and Mack Trunk Show. Ballin’s

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 “Legacies for All” Estate Planning Day. Schedule time for a

Royal St, New Orleans. Free. (504) 523-

LTD, 721 Dante St, New Orleans. (504)

legacy/estate plan, which includes a



will, power of attorney, and living will.

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1-4 The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

April 28 Magic of Memories Street Rod and Classic Car Rally. Funfilled family day benefiting the St. Tammany’s Alzheimer’s Association and NAMI. 50/50 drawing, music, food, and door prizes. Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington. 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Entrance free. Onsite car registration, $25, 8:3011am; judging, 11am-12pm; award ceremony, 2pm. Rain date is June 2. Ricky Quigley, 237-9134, or Cindy Quigley, 273-8579.

Christie Tournet & Associates, 1795 W Causeway App, Suite 103A, Mandeville. 10:30am-2:30pm. $500. 951-2177. 2, 9, 16, 23 Lenten Fish Fry. Mary Queen of Peace, 1515 W Causeway Appr, Mandeville. 5-7:30pm. $10. 3 Louisiana Chapter Firefighter Cancer >> March-April 2018 25

Inside Scoop Support Network 1st Annual Benefit.

9 Lark Party in the Park. The Goldring/

Shamrock Sprint 5K, 1-Mile fun run,

Food, raffles, music, inflatables, small

Woldenberg Great Lawn, City Park, New

family fun day and festival. Covington

carnival games, interactive activities

Orleans. VIP party, 7-8pm; gala, 8-11pm.

Trailhead, 419 N New Hampshire St. 5K

with the fire and sheriff’s departments.

(504) 483-9376.

registration, 7am; fun run, 8am; 5K start,

Lakeview Regional Medical Center,

9 New Suit. Bring your lawn chairs and

8:30am. Registration, 12 and under, $10;

95 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington.

dance shoes to listen to New Suit. Food

13 and over, $30 or $25 with no shirt.

11am-4pm. Adults, $5; 12 and under, $2.

and beverage available for purchase.

Day of, increase by $5. Post-race festival 705-2319.

No ice chests. TerraBella Village, Terra

for non-runners, adults, $10; 12 and

Bella Blvd, Covington. 5:30-8:30pm.

under, free.

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Camellia City Farmers Market. 1808 Front St. 8am-12pm. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Covington Farmers 9 Northlake Newcomers Club Luncheon.

10 Italian-American St. Joseph’s Day Parade. French Quarter at

Fashion show by Chicos. Benedict’s

the intersection of Convention

Market. 609 N Columbia St. 8am-12pm.

Plantation, 1144 N Causeway Blvd,

Center Blvd and Girod St. 6pm.

Mandeville. 10am. (803) 730-7831.

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Mandeville Trailhead Market. 675 Lafitte St. 9am-1pm. 9 The Heart and Soul Gala. No Heart Left

11 Bringing Amédé Home. Unveiling a new public memorial, a steel- forged statue of

Behind presents an evening of dinner,

Amédé Ardoin. St. Landry Parish Visitor

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Happy Feet. Dance

cocktails, auctions and live music by 4

Center, 978 Kennerson Rd, Opelousas.

lessons for students in special education.

Unplugged. Proceeds benefit the No

Presented by the Junior Auxiliary of

Heart Left Behind Foundation that looks

Slidell. Cross Gates Family Fitness, 4038

to walk alongside families and individuals

health, fitness, diet and other topics in

Pontchartrain Dr, Slidell. 2-3pm. jaslidell@

in crisis. The Greystone, 935 Clausel St,

conjunction with the St. Tammany Council 265-7111.

Mandeville. 7-10pm. Tickets, $65; all

on Aging’s year-long 50th anniversary

inclusive, $85.

celebration. Slidell Senior Center, 610

4 Bubbly on the Bayou. A Tip to the Derbythemed champagne brunch benefiting Rainbow Child Care Center. Live music, fashion show, silent auction/raffle and

Dante St, New Orleans. (504) 866-4367. 10 BeauSoleil Trio. Friends of the Cabildo

Cousin St. 8-11am. Free. 15 Preschool through 7th Grade Open House. Cedarwood School, 607

more. $65; at door, $75. Patton’s, 127

Concert Series. Old U.S. Mint, 3rd floor.

Heavens Dr, Mandeville. 9am. 845-7111.

Cleveland Ave, Slidell. 11am-2pm. 646-1603.

(504) 523-3939.

4, 11, 18, 25 Abita Springs Art and

10 2018 Relay for Life. St. Tammany

16 Julia Jump. Benefiting the Preservation

Farmers Market. Trailhead Park.

West for The American Cancer Society.

Resource Center. The NOCCA Institute’s


Lakeview Regional Medical Center,

Solomon Family Hall, 2800 Chartres


95 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington.

St, New Orleans. 7-11pm. $75-$3,000.


5-7 Getaway Event. Palm Village, A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, 2735 U.S. 190 Ste C, Mandeville. 778-2547. 7-9 LRMC Volunteer Auxiliary SemiAnnual Jewelry Sale. Lakeview Regional

weststtammanyla. 10 Falaya Fling Auction and Gala. Under

16-18 Audubon Pilgrimage. West Feliciana Parish Historical Museum, 11757

the stars on the SSA Campus, 122 S

Ferdinand St, St. Francisville. (225) 635-

Massachusetts St, Covington. 7-10pm.

6330. 16, 23 Mandeville Live. March 16, The

Medical Center, Main Entrance Lobby, 95 892-2540.

Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington. March 7-

10 Free Family Day: A Tricentennial

8, 7am-5pm; March 9, 7am-3pm. $5 per

Celebration. Art activities and

King. Mandeville Trailhead. 6pm.


entertainment for the whole family. Odgen

7, 14, 21, 28 Covington Farmers

Museum of Art, 925 Camp St, New

Boogie Men. March 23, Little Freddie

17 SSA Alumnae Easter Egg Hunt. Under

Market. Covington Trailhead, 419

Orleans. 10am-2pm.

the stars on the SSA Campus, 122 S

N New Hampshire. 10am-2pm.


Massachusetts St, Covington. 10am-2pm. 26

9-10 Arte Trunk Show. Ballin’s LTD, 721

4pm. 15 Active Aging Fair. Presentations on

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10 Kelly Kicking Cancer Benefit. 892-2540.


Inside Scoop 17 St. Patrick’s Parade & Celebration. Downtown Covington. Parade, 12pm; music and drinks til 5pm. 18 Chef Soirée. Benefits the Youth Service

Center New Orleans, 900 Camp St. (504) 528-3805. 23-24 Hogs for the Cause. Nationally

24 SSA Alumnae Luncheon. Mass in SSA Chapel and lunch at the Southern Hotel, Covington. 892-2540. 24-25 Spring Break Event. Palm Village, A

recognized bands, amateur and

Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, 2735 U.S.

Bureau. Food, drink, entertainment.

professional BBQ competitors and an

190 Ste C, Mandeville. 778-2547.

Covington Trailhead, 419 N New

Oktoberfest-style tent with thirty craft-

Hampshire St. 5-9pm.

beer taps and more music. Proceeds

Foundation, Louisiana Chapter, Baton

support families whose child is being

Rouge. Children’s style show by local

306 St. Mary St, Madisonville. 8-10am

treated for pediatric brain cancer.

merchants. Brunch, silent auction,

and 11am-3pm.

UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans.

pictures with Easter Bunny, egg hunt

and games! L’Auberge Baton Rouge.

18 St. Joseph’s Altar. St. Anselm Church,

22 Celebrity Waiters Dinner. Saint Paul’s School, 917 S Jahncke, Covington. 22 Discover Delgado Day. Area high

24 Birdwatch Thru the Woods. Hike through the bird migration flyway zone

25 Bunny Hop Brunch. Cystic Fibrosis 25 Gurney Games. Benefitting St. Tammany

at the 400-acre Northlake Nature Center

Hospital Foundation. Teams of costumed

school students visit the City Park

in Mandeville with local bird guides.

racers navigate hospital gurneys through

Campus, 615 City Park Ave, New

Information on “Birding for Beginners”

a fun obstacle course. Food, beverages,

Orleans. (504) 671-5010.

and a Birding Checklist provided. Bring

music and more. Covington Trailhead,

22-July 8 Sarah Morris. Exhibition of


tercentennial year. Contemporary Arts

binoculars, telescopes and cameras.

419 N New Hampshire St. 2pm.

painting, drawing and film, examining the

Space is limited; reservations required.

mythologies of contemporary urbanity

Free for members; nonmembers, $5.

and the city of New Orleans during its 626-1238.

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27 Vintage Chanel Trunk Show. Ballin’s Ltd, 806 E Boston St, Covington. 892-0025.

28 Mimosas, Mumu and Monogram Party. Mumu Trunk Show, Andreas Vinyl Shoppe monogramming tumblers

6, 20, 27 Mandeville Live. Mandeville Trailhead. 6pm. 7 Autism Awareness Walk & Family Day.

Market. 1808 Front St. 8am-12pm. 7, 14, 21, 28 Covington Farmers Market.

in store, and mimosas. SUELLA, 70515

Half-mile walk/run fundraiser for SOAR

609 N Columbia St. 8am-12pm.

Hwy 21, Ste A, Covington. 276-9775.

(Strengthening Outcomes with Autism

Resources) with food, music, raffle items,

31 Great Strides Hammond. Benefiting the

7, 14, 21, 28 Mandeville Trailhead

silent auction, and more. Lakeview

Market. 675 Lafitte St. 9am-1pm.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. greatstrides.

Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge

Tanner Blvd, Covington. 10am- 2pm.

April 4, 11, 18, 25 Covington Farmers 7 Southern Nights Gala & Auction.

8 Woofstock. Mega adoption dog festival and low cost clinic to benefit the St. Tammany Humane Society. Castine

Music, auction, raffle and food by Abita

Center, Pelican Park. 8:30am-3pm. Clinic

Market. Covington Trailhead, 419

Cafe and Abita Roasting Co. Benefiting

closes at 1:30pm.

N New Hampshire. 10am-2pm.

the Women’s Center for Healing &

Transformation. Abita Springs Town Hall,

Farmers Market. Trailhead Park.

22161 Level St. 7-10pm. 501auctions.




6, 13, 20, 27 “Legacies for All” Estate Planning Day. Schedule time for your legacy/estate plan, which includes a

7-June 9 Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of

8, 15, 22, 29 Abita Springs Art and

9 Perfume Event. Palm Village, A Lilly

will, power of attorney and living will.

Sex, Saints and Sin. M.S. Rau Antiques,

Pulitzer Signature Store, 2735 U.S. 190

Christie Tournet & Associates, 1795 W

630 Royal St, New Orleans. rauantiques.

Ste C, Mandeville. 778-2547.

Causeway App, Suite 103A, Mandeville.


10:30am-2:30pm. $500. 951-2177.

7, 14, 21, 28 Camellia City Farmers

11 Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon. Benedict’s Plantation,


1144 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville. 11am. $22. 630-6491. 11-15 A Taste of Covington. Five days of food, wine, music and art, including Vinter Dinners, Grand Tasting with over 70 wines, Fiesta del Vino and Champagne Brunch. 12-15 French Quarter Festival. Presented by Chevron, free festival featuring Louisiana’s unique music, food, arts and culture. 13 Northlake Newcomers Club Luncheon and Game Day. Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N Beau Chene Dr, Mandeville. 10am; games, 10:30am. (803) 730-7831. 13-15 22nd Annual Great Louisiana BirdFest. Annual event of the Northlake Nature Center when many species of birds are migrating north through Louisiana from Mexico and South America. 14 Spring for Art. Downtown Covington. 6-9pm. 19 Get Lucky! Golf Tournament. Benefitting St. Tammany Hospital Foundation. Money Hill Golf Course in Abita Springs. 21 Crawfish Cookoff. Saint Paul’s School, 917 S Jahncke, Covington. 21 Doggie Dash. Walk, run and play with your four-legged friends to benefit the St. Tammany Humane Society. Varsity Sports, 2021 Claiborne St, Mandeville. 8:30am. 21 Girod Street Stroll. Mint juleps served at participating businesses; light tasting plates by the top chefs of Old Mandeville. Check-in at registration table (corner of Girod/Monroe) beginning at 3:00 pm; with photo ID, receive cup and armband for admittance. 5-9pm. Only 500 cups available. 21 Hospice Foundation of the South Crawfish Cookoff. Over 60 teams, live music and fun. Fritchie Park, Slidell. 11am-6pm. 30

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21 Run to Remember 5K and

140 Jackson Ave, Mandeville.

1-mile Fun Run. Dynamic

6-9pm. sttammanychamber.

Physcial Therapy presents the


5th annual Run to Remember

27-28 Ronen Chen Trunk

benefiting Wounded War

Show. Ballin’s LTD, 721

Heroes. Live music by

Dante St, New Orleans. (504)

Band Camp, and food and


beverages available for

28 Annual Magic of Memories

purchase. TerraBella Village,

Street Rod and Classic Car

Terra Bella Blvd, Covington.

Rally. Fun-filled family day

5:30-8:30pm; run at 5pm.

benefiting the St. Tammany’s

Alzheimer’s Association and

NAMI. Lakeview Regional

21-22 Angola Prison Spring

Medical Center, 95 Judge

Rodeo & Craft Show.

Tanner Blvd, Covington.

Angola State Prison. Gates

8:30 am-2:30 pm. Entrance

open at 9am; rodeo, 2pm. (225)

free. Onsite car registration,


$25, 8:30-11am; judging,

22 15th Annual Garden Party.

11am-12pm; award

Summergrove Polo Farm

ceremony, 2pm. Rain date

and adjacent New Heights

is June 2. Ricky Quigley,

Therapeutic Riding Center,

237-9134, or Cindy Quigley,

Folsom. 1-5pm. 796-4600.


28 Arts & Eats Art Walk. Live

23-26 Painting the Night

jazz music, fine art from local

Watercolor Workshop.

artists, wine tastings and

Master Watercolorist Paul

more. TerraBella Village, Terra

Jackson, AWS NWS. St.

Bella Blvd, Covington. 5-9pm.

Joseph’s Abbey 75376 River

Rd, Saint Benedict. $450.

28 The Aioli Dinner Supper

Accommodations in the

Club. Four-course wine

retreat center are $112.50 per

dinner while recreating

night. Contact Jane Brown,

George Rodrigue’s Aioli

Dinner painting. Cuisine by


Chef Jeff Hansell and wines

27 Senior Prom. Adults 60

by DAOU Vineyards & Winery.

plus are invited to dress up

Presented by the George

and dance the night away

Rodrigue Foundation of the

in conjunction with the St.

Arts. Home of Daniela and

Tammany Council on Aging’s

Elie Khoury, Mandeville.

year-long 50th anniversary


celebration. 6pm. Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St. 6pm. 27 St. Tammany West

Send your event information to to have it featured in an

Chamber Crawfish Boil.

upcoming issue of Inside

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Summer Camps

Beau Chêne Summer Tennis Camp (Ages

climbing tower, canoeing, golf, archery, riflery,

technique, balance, footwork, serving and more.

gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, flag-twirling,

Sessions offered: May 28-June 28 and July

sports, outdoor-living skills class and more. Mother

9-August 2. Located at 602 N Beau Chêne Drive,

Daughter weekend: April 28-29. One-week session:

Mandeville. 845-3504.

May 27-June 1. Two-weeks sessions: June 3-15,

Cedarwood’s Camp Kaleidoscope (Ages

at 757 County Road 614 in Mentone, Alabama.

assistants kindle the imaginations of the youngsters St. Paul’s Sports Camp (Ages 8-13):

session. Sessions include: June 4-8, Down on the

St. Paul’s School coaches teach fundamentals.

Farm; June 11-15, Clowning Around; June 18-22,

Sessions offered: Baseball, June 4-8; Football,

Summer Swampy WETLANDS; June 25- 29, Spy Kids

June 11-15; Wrestling, June 18-22; Basketball,

go STEAMING; July 9-13, Mickey Mouse Club House;

June 25-29 or July 9-13; Lacrosse, July 9-13;

July 16-20, Disco Daze; and July 23-27, Summer

Soccer, July 16-20; and Speed & Strength, July

Olympic Games. Cedarwood School, 607 Heavens

23-27. Contact or fktnt2@

Drive, Mandeville. Located at 917 South Jahncke Avenue,

Cedarwood’s MADD Camp (Grades 1-7):


Talented artists and teaching professionals spark the

St. Paul’s Drama Camp (Ages 9-13): For

imaginations and talents of young people in music,

boys and girls; held at the Alumni Theatre on St.

art, drama and dance during each two-week session.

Paul’s campus. Two sessions available, June 4-8 or

Sessions: June 18-29, Spy Kidz Mission and July

June 18-23. Contact Denny Charbonnet at dennyc@

9-20, Disco Daze. Cedarwood School, 607 Heavens Located at 917 South Jahncke Avenue,

Drive, Mandeville.


Junior Summer Sailing Camp (Ages

St. Paul’s VEX Robotics Camp (Grades 5-6):

8-16): Learn to sail at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club.

Build your own robot with Saint Paul’s Project Lead

Sessions offered: June 4-15, June 18-29, July

the Way Master Teach Julie Beck and Science Teach

9-20, and July 23-August 3. Located at 140 Jackson

Marie Childs. Provides hands-on use of STEM skills

Avenue, Mandeville.

using real-world project-based learning and team-

Musical Theatre Camp (Ages 8-17):

building. Dates TBA. Contact Julie Beck at j.beck@

Two-week camp instructed by Emily Antrainer or 516-2761. Located at 917 South

Carmadelle. Campers will be cast in and perform

Jahncke Avenue, Covington.

a junior version of a hit Broadway musical. Camp

Summer Shakes Shakespeare Camp

dates are July 18-22 and June 25-29, with

(Ages 8-17): Two-week camp instructed by

performances June 29, 30 and July 1. Limited to 25

Jennifer Bouquet exploring the magical seas in

campers. 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette Street,

Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Campers will learn how


to speak and perform Shakespeare’s language, but

Riverview Camp for Girls (Ages 6-16):

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June 17-29, July 1-13 and July 15-27. Located

2-6): Experienced professionals, artists, teachers and while they forge new horizons during each one-week


and Western), swimming, tennis, ropes course,

5+): Indoor tennis camp focusing on stroke

will also gain confidence in speaking, body and

Recognized as one of the South’s favorite all-

spatial awareness and learn the collaborative, team-

around summer camps for girls, Riverview’s

building experience of putting on a production.

Christian emphasis and exciting programs are

Camp dates are July 9-13 and July 16-20, with

appreciated by both parents and campers. Riverview

performances on July 21 at 10am and 1pm. Limited

offers both one-, and two-week camp sessions,

to 25 campers. 30 by Ninety Theatre, 880 Lafayette

with activities including: riding (both English

Street, Mandeville.

IN Other Words by Becky Slatten

ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON in 1979, my mother and I were packed and ready for the four-and-a-halfhour drive to visit my grandparents in Natchitoches when the phone rang. I begged her not to answer, but she did it anyway. This particular phone was a “harvest gold” wall-mounted beauty with a long cord that reached all the way to the kitchen table, where I could get comfortable and chat while doing my homework. I was giving her the “wrap it up!” sign language when she strolled over to a kitchen chair and made herself comfy. NOOOOOOOOO! Fifteen long minutes later, we were finally on our way, and I was ticked. Back then, there was no I-49, only I-10 to 190 to Highway 71 North, which, on the bright side, put Lea’s Lunchroom right in our path. If you’ve never had a Lea’s pie, you really should; so, in order to bribe me out of my snippy mood, I was promised my favorite, coconut—we all have a price, right? But, the closer we got to the pie, the more uneasy we became; the sky was a weird green color, several cars had pulled over on the side of the road and an 18-wheeler was lying on its side in the median. We reached Lea’s, parked, walked in and found about 20 customers sitting silent and stunned in the relative dark. Finally, the cashier spoke up, “You just missed a tornado by about 10 minutes.” Mother and I stared at each other in disbelief, realizing simultaneously that were she not such a blabbermouth, we would probably be dead. Or at the very least, really freaked out. I’ve recalled that day often, like the time I got a flat tire, or got lost or one of the many mornings I caught the open Madisonville bridge—it really helps with the cursing. “If it weren’t for this damn bridge, my kids wouldn’t be late for school, but we probably avoided a tornado, so that’s good,” for example. It’s strange to think that the trajectory of our very lives might be altered by an inconvenient phone call. There are definitely times when I’m tempted to lament certain events in my life; I love to second

guess my mother’s decision to move us twice while I was in high school, but who knows where I would be if she hadn’t? Probably dead by tornado. Every single step we’ve taken on this journey has shaped us into the people we are today. I graduated from LSU with a Broadcast Journalism degree mainly because I was born with no left brain and the only math requirement was Accounting For NonAccounting Majors—sign me up! I shudder to think where I’d be this very minute if I had an ounce of ambition—no doubt trapped in my limousine in horrible Los Angeles traffic on my way to my Glamorous Broadcast News Job while in the middle of a messy divorce with Matt Lauer. Not interested. Thankfully, by nature or nurture or just good luck, I’m

What if … ?

a professional underachiever, so I instead get to write occasionally for a local magazine and be married to my best friend and the greatest guy I know, bless his heart. (He will not be happy about this. Ha-ha.) Sometimes, though, it takes a tornado for some of us to realize that even though life didn’t go as planned, it doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy. This is also known as A Wake-Up Call, and only the lucky ones answer it. For whatever reason, these fortunate few get to re-evaluate a life previously deemed inadequate and realize they actually already have all they ever wanted—minus the Lamborghini and the jet, or perhaps the F-150 and the camp in Venice, or the minivan and the riding lawnmower—you get it. The family and friends acquired along the journey, even though it may have required moving twice in high school, are what make the journey worth taking. Who knows how many tornados we’ve all narrowly missed along the way? Despite all our planning and precautions, ultimately, there’s no hiding from them. So, when the phone rings, go ahead and answer it—it’s just life calling.

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Spinning His Wheels Master Potter Craig McMillin by Mimi Greenwood Knight


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ONE ST. TAMMANY PARISH DRIVEWAY has intrigued me for years. Along the stretch of highway between Folsom and Franklinton, there are miles of metal and plastic mailboxes, each very much like the other. Then suddenly, a stone’s throw from the Washington Parish line, three oversized pottery urns are mounted high in the air above a sign reading Studio McMillin, with a tightly wooded driveway disappearing beyond. I’ve passed that driveway dozens of time thinking, “One day I’m going to find out what’s back there.” Well, ‘one day’ finally arrived and, after years of intrigue, I was not disappointed. At the end of that lush and winding drive, tucked into a forest of bamboo, is the studio of Master Potter Craig McMillin, where this modest craftsman is creating objects that have garnered the attention of local and national art communities. You

could say Craig is an artist’s artist. Fellow ceramicist Denise Loveless agrees, saying, “Craig’s work is simply phenomenal. Even accomplished, experienced wheel ceramicists are blown away by the scale of Craig’s work. What he does isn’t easy, or a lot of people would be doing it. He’s included in some of the top shows around the country. Not to mention he’s an allaround great guy.” Vern Chamness, co-owner of Trenz Gallery in Palm Springs, California, carries McMillin’s work. He says, “His work is unique in the pottery world. No one else is doing anything that comes close. It’s not something that flies out the gallery door, because it’s not for everyone. It’s for that unique client who appreciates unique pieces of art.” And the praise goes on. “I’ve worked with Craig at different arts markets for ten years,” says Gene >> March-April 2018 35


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who want more than the normal bigbox store sink.” As a potter himself and former Loyola pottery teacher, Preble says he admires McMillin’s sense of scale and his use of crystalline glazes. “Those glazes are very daring and often difficult, a feat for any potter.” As for Craig, he’s not much on tooting his own horn. “I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve raised three kids and never missed a meal, never missed a mortgage payment and am still able to do the thing I love,” he says. “Even when my wife, Ana, decided she wanted to homeschool the kids, we were able to make it on my art. When I teach a >>


Meneray, director of the Louisiana Craftsmen’s Guild. “I’ve bought his work, and I’ve given it as gifts. What people may not realize is that there’s a lot of athleticism that goes into what he does. It’s physically demanding, requiring a lot of agility. But it also requires artistry to make it appealing. That’s a rare combination. He also puts as much thought into a $50 vase as a $2,000 platter.” Louisiana oil painter John Preble agrees. “Craig’s work is very impressive,” he says. “The fact that he does some architectural pieces (like his vessel sinks) is great for homeowners

workshop, which isn’t often, I want to let the (college-age) kids know it’s doable. I’m not a rich man, but I wake up every day and look forward to going to work.” That work takes place in a threeroom workshop a stroll down a verdant trail behind the family home. It consists of one room where Craig keeps his potter’s wheel and shelves of pottery pieces, waiting to be fired or glazed. Another room houses supplies and his larger platters (up to 4 feet in diameter). The third has two regular-sized kilns and the King Kong of kilns, a combination of gas and electric, 5 feet by 6 feet, with a huge cement-and-brick door mounted on tracks. McMillin has to throw all his weight behind it as he muscles the door along the track to reveal four staggered shelves inside, each large enough to hold the oversized platters and vases he’s become known for. McMillin is, for all intents and purposes, self-taught. “I first got my hands in clay in high school. Then I worked toward my BA in art and worked at a big production place, churning out bowls and cups, when I was in my early 20s,” he says. “But I ultimately learned what I needed to know by making a lot of mistakes. The last pot is my greatest teacher. And the skill I used to make it came from the hundreds of pots before it.” The ground around McMillin’s workshop resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape on a movie set with the flotsam and jetsam of twenty years of failed or broken projects or experimental design he says just didn’t make the cut. “It’s a good thing I don’t discourage easily,” he says. Exceedingly modest McMillin doesn’t consider himself an artist. “I like to make stuff,” he says. “And I’ve been lucky to find something in life I’m good 38

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at. I’ve also never had to have a real job, and that’s something. I guess I’m doing my best interpretation of an artist.” McMillin has made his name with simple pottery designs that come to life through custom glazes, finishes he allows to have a mind of their own—so even he doesn’t know exactly how a pot or vase or platter will emerge from the kiln. “I have a rough vision for each piece, but the crystals in the glaze grow as the pot cools, and there’s no >>

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torch first before firing. The fired pieces go from the kiln to a shelf in the workshop in their raw, white bisque state until they’re ready to be glazed. That’s when the magic begins. McMillin uses a special glaze containing frit, zinc and silica and small amounts of cobalt, copper or iron oxide, which he airbrushes on as he spins the pieces on a turntable. “I fire them to 2,350


predicting what they’ll eventually look like,” he says. “Even the best potter can only make an educated guess at what his finished product will be, so it’s a process of abstract thinking.” As best he could make me understand, McMillin builds a bowl or vase or platter, allows it to dry, and then bisque fires it. Sometimes the bigger pieces are dried with a blow

degrees; then, once the temperature cools to about 2,000 degrees, the crystals begin to attract the color elements (the cobalt, iron or copper flecks) and the emerging patterns grow and change for as long as the kiln stays at 2,000 degrees.” McMillin allows his glazes to drip or puddle or blend, as they will, even as the crystals create a multi-dimensional finish, so even his simplest design is anything but symmetrical. There’s no glancing at a McMillin piece, as the glazes draw you in, requiring a good, long look: head cocked; eyes squinted; step back; lean in; look away; look back again. There are worlds going on within the glaze of each piece, and it can take a while to read all it has to say. “Most people see something organic in the glaze and assume I used a plant or seed or something,” McMillin says, “but it’s just whatever the glaze does on any particular piece.” Each piece of pottery takes about a month to go from the wheel to completion. McMillin’s unassuming designs with complex finishes have attracted the arts community, art collectors and casual observers alike. He stays busy selling his work at arts markets around the country, as well as in galleries such as Tripolo Gallery on Columbia Street in Covington. He can be seen on show days in his signature kilt with waistcoat, boots and top hat holding court and fielding questions among his creations. But in truth, McMillin is most comfortable at home in the Folsom woods, with his wife, their three kids, an aging lab and an elusive community of cats. “All I try to do, on any given day,” he says, “is create something as beautiful as I can and hope that someone out there will see the love and care I put into it.” March-April 2018 41

Why the Saenger Theatre is of Paramount Importance 42

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NOT QUITE FIVE YEARS AGO, the Saenger Theatre on Canal Street reopened after a $53 million restoration, its opulent marquee shining forth as a beacon of hope in the post-Katrina era. Once more, it fulfilled the promise of its creator, Julian Saenger, as “an evidence of our faith both in the amusement-loving public and in the commercial future of the city.” As Hollywood struggles to find its footing amid the latest torrent of scandal, it is worth noting that the movie industry in this country might look very different today were it not for the vision of the Saenger Amusement Company of New Orleans. Allow me to elaborate. Our story begins in 1890. Rabbi Israel Saenger has just moved his family from Norfolk, Virginia, to Shreveport and assumed the reins of the B’nai Zion congregation. His seventeen-year-old son,

Julian, takes a job as a clerk for a local druggist and begins pharmacy studies with his younger brother, Abraham. Within five years, the two enterprising young men establish the Saenger Brothers Drug Company on Milam Street, among the first “open all night” drugstores in America. Julian and Abe run a successful business, and the soda fountain is soon a favorite gathering spot for area teenagers. Fast forward ten years. In a corner of the drugstore sits a small amusement machine, called a kinetescope or penny arcade, through which viewers can watch short visual displays of still images flashed in rapid succession for the price of one penny. The huge popularity of this early movie machine is not lost on the brothers, and they begin to consider possibilities in the entertainment industry. In 1911, they open a vaudeville theater on >>

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becomes the largest in the South, and New Orleans is proclaimed in the trades as “the most important exhibiting center outside of New York.” The newly expanded enterprise takes up residence in our city at 1401 Tulane Avenue (now part of Tulane Medical Center), and the Saengers’ quarter-million-dollar Strand Theater is born on the fourth of July. With the death of his father the following year, Julian Saenger relocates from Shreveport to New Orleans, and the real expansion begins. Saenger and Richards are hailed as major players in the movie industry as offices expand to New York and Hollywood and movie houses are acquired or built throughout the South, more than doubling their holdings to 75 by the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. In April 1921, the rumor mill of Hollywood is


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the second floor of the drug store. The following year, the two meet and befriend E.V. Richards Jr., a former vaudeville performer who sells them on the latest concept of motion picture houses. The Saenger Amusement Company is officially chartered by summertime with Julian and Abe in partnership with their brother-in-law, L.M. Ash, and the enthusiastic Richards, who oversees the conversion of the Saenger Theatre to this new medium and finds a lifelong friend in Julian. One by one, the Saenger concern acquires the theaters of Shreveport that suffer and fall under the demise of vaudeville. Through a series of new partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, Julian and E.V. rapidly expand the company and leave the drug store in the capable hands of Abe, who is content to sit back and watch the movie money pour in. In 1917, the Saenger Amusement Company joins forces with Herman Fichtenberg and his New Orleans-based theater chain, resulting in the ownership or control of 35 movie houses in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Florida. By virtue of this merger, the Saenger operation

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full of speculation as to the source of capital funding for a $3 million building spree announced by Julian Saenger and reported in the April 8 issue of Variety. Plans are unveiled for a new $800,000 theater in Shreveport, and one each in Texarkana, Monroe and Pensacola. Another state is added to their network as a venue for Arkansas is confirmed. Topping this impressive list is the flagship of the Saenger chain, its namesake theater to be built on fifty feet of Canal Street frontage in New Orleans at a cost in excess of $1 million. “That’s a lot of money,” Variety observes, “and has everybody South rubbing eyes and making all sorts of guesses.” When asked where all the coin is coming from, Julian Saenger smiles knowingly and replies, “We never worry about money. It is always at our command.” The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans would take nearly six years to >> March-April 2018 45

finally come to fruition—at more than twice the stated budget. The result was described at the time as “a Florentine Splendor,” referring to the theater’s spectacular interior designed to look like an ornate Italian courtyard. The Texarkana Saenger (now the Perot Theater) opens in November 1924, followed by a Saenger in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The Pensacola Saenger opens in April 1925, followed by Shreveport’s Strand Theatre a few months later on the Fourth of July weekend. All are hailed in their time as masterpieces of architecture and accommodation—and each has been spared the wrecking ball in the modern era, carefully restored to stand as great show palaces for their respective communities. As the 1920s roar to a close, the Saenger chain of motion picture theaters grows to number 320 at locations in twelve southern states from North Carolina to New Mexico, as well as Cuba, Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica. Once more, the rumor mill swings into action as talk of the acquisition of the Saenger Amusement Company becomes daily industry fodder. As much as Julian Saenger enjoys the role of movie mogul, he is always quick to say “everything has its price.” In August 1929, the price turns out to be just over $10 million dollars, well shy of his “buy it now” price of $15 million, but still representing the largest financial deal of its kind in motion picture history to that date. Paramount Pictures, in partnership with Publix Theaters, inks the deal with Saenger mid-month, and the August 29 issue of Variety reports “Julian and Abe Saenger, who lately disposed of their Saenger Circuit stock holdings to Publix and retired from the show business, intend to engage in the manufacture of airplanes, it is said.” E.V. Richards, an aspiring pilot, moves over to Paramount-Publix to 46

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administer the Saenger chain but tells Variety he is planning on partnering with the Saengers once more in their new venture. Less than two months later, however, the stock market crash changes everything for all parties concerned and the nation at large. In 1932, like so many great companies in America, ParamountPublix finds itself struggling to stay afloat. Faced with bankruptcy, the company files for protection from its creditors and is allowed to enter into receivership due, in large part, to the real estate holdings amassed by the Saenger brothers during their seventeen-year run. This proves too much for Julian Saenger, whose entire wealth is tied up in Paramount-Publix stock; his death that February is attributed to a heart attack brought on by excessive stress, although some contend he took his own life. E. V. Richards mourns the loss of his dear friend, later naming a son in his honor. By 1935, Paramount-Publix emerges from protection and goes on to become one of the giants of the movie industry to this day. Richards reclaims twenty of the Saenger properties and manages them for many years to come. So, the next time you find yourself on Canal Street staring up at the marquee of the magnificent Saenger Theatre, take a moment to realize that were it not for the dreams of a couple of pharmacists from Shreveport and their belief in the commercial future of New Orleans as evidenced by the theater that still bears their name, the mighty Paramount Pictures would most likely not be around today. And that means no Forrest Gump, no Godfather series, no Shane, no Star Trek series, no Holiday Inn, no Breakfast at Tiffany’s, no Titanic ‌ you get the idea. Wow. Someone should make a movie about that.

Generous Hearts by Susan Bonnett Bourgeois

Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy


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over 4,100 people who wanted to touch Glen James. Single moms offered $5 of their already tight budgets; students sent the little that they could afford; and others gave more—whatever moved in them. Their spirit had been stirred, and they were called to give. And it felt good—really, really good. And that, in its most simple form, is philanthropy. Closer to home, it seems a little different, and that raises an uncomfortable question: Why is it that while our region continues to outpace the nation in our economy, our educational outcomes, our crime statistics and our quality-of-life measures, we struggle to keep up with other communities in our culture of philanthropy? We are a prosperous people with significant resources; we are a caring people who know our neighbors and look out for them; and we are a committed people who long to maintain the value of the communities we call home. Look around at the rest of the nation, and everywhere you find thriving, vibrant places, I promise you that you will find robust cultures of philanthropy where giving back is so ingrained that it is literally part of all that they do. Why aren’t we there yet? And more importantly, how can we get there? This enigma has been the center-point of countless conversations I have had over the last


EACH ISSUE OF INSIDE NORTHSIDE finds us at the Foundation doing a little soul-searching about the various topics at the forefront of our current work that we would like to highlight in our Generous Hearts column. Five years ago, in my very first article for ISNS, I wrote about something that has been on our minds lately, and I am re-penning it now as it is more relevant today than ever. A Boston area homeless man made headlines when he found a backpack containing over $40,000 and immediately brought it in to the local police station to return it to its rightful owner. That man, Glen James, was given a commendation by city officials, and his response was simply, “Even if I was desperate for money, I would not have kept even a penny of the money I found. God has always very well looked after me.” An extraordinary story, certainly, about honesty, integrity and faith. What happened next, however, is more remarkable, as it speaks to what one man’s actions stirred in thousands of others’ hearts. Hundreds of miles away, another man read the story of Glen’s honesty and his situation in life. Having a deep desire to help, that man started an online giving webpage specifically to support Glen James and change his life. Forty-eight hours later, over $100,000 was raised by

eleven years of leading our Northshore Community Foundation. As I spend my days focused on philanthropy in our region, I talk to anyone who will listen, and I dig. I dig a lot—some might even say pry—into people’s attitudes, thoughts and even secrets about sharing their resources. With all I have uncovered, albeit unscientific information, I have developed a few thoughts about why our sister communities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge have more robust cultures of philanthropy, yet our giving net is loosely woven, and the holes are broad.

We Are Relatively Young Until the last 40 years or so, we were a rural region. We gave money to our places of worship, and when our neighbors were in need, we took care of them. We made them a casserole, helped to look after the children and gave them a little extra when times were lean. Then, the people started coming. They kept coming and coming, and without even realizing it, there were so many of us that it wasn’t just our neighbor or our church anymore. We became more anonymous, and the needs in our communities grew. Our hearts didn’t change—our demography did. As a result, organizations were born around common needs such as social services, the arts, the environment and animal welfare. We moved from an individual approach to a larger scale, almost wholesale way, of addressing the issues that faced us and our neighbors. But then those organizations needed to be funded.

Tickets and Tournaments – The Event Explosion When an organization needed funding and a committed group of volunteers agreed to raise it, the almost automatic solution became


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an event. After all, it’s Louisiana; a good party is always a good solution. Over the last thirty years or so, we have grown our community events calendar to resemble the to-do list of an overachieving, type-A, stressed out superhero with no sidekick and no end in sight. The unfortunate and unintended consequence of this solution is that in many ways, we have morphed into a society of ticket buyers and foursome sponsors who often have vague information about or connection to the organization we are supporting. While the event pays the bills in the short term, it does little to connect the attendee to the true missions and needs of our communities. Even worse, it does nothing to teach the value of philanthropy.

Giving Begets Giving One of the issues our region faces is that when we give—and we do give—we most certainly don’t talk about it. We are not a boastful or proud people and further, we don’t want to get even more requests than we already do because we already have to say “no” too often. Our giving is a secret, and we like it that way. In other communities around our nation no bigger or wealthier than ours, it is not uncommon to read in the local paper about a $50,000 gift to this organization or a $250,000 to another. On the northshore, that news story is rare, but amazingly, that gift is not! We have many donors who generously support the people, places and missions they love, but it is so quiet no one even realizes it happens. One of the most kind and generous couples in our community sat across a table from me one day and asked me what they could do to promote philanthropy in our region. My answer to them was 50

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simple; “Let me tell people what you do!” When your neighbors and friends hear what you are doing, it will light a fire in them, and that spark is just what we need.

Selfishly Selfless The fact is that true philanthropy feels really, really good. Generously giving of one’s self and one’s resources to impact humanity is one of the best feelings in the world. Once you feel it, you’re hooked. Just like the 4,500 people found out from helping a homeless man in Boston, positively touching our world and the people in it stirs something deep inside—and once stirred, it cannot be contained. That contagious spirit of giving is not only what the true spirit of philanthropy is; it is the roadmap to a vibrant and thriving future for our region. So, the next time you are asked to sponsor a foursome in a golf tournament, do it because it is a fun day off work that will ultimately fuel a critical mission in our community. And before you make the turn at the 9th hole, make sure you know what that mission is, and then see if it matters to you. There are hundreds of organizations in our region meeting needs, all day every day. They do it on incredibly tight and efficient budgets. I challenge you to learn about them— not for them, but for you. When you find the mission that stirs in your soul, you will know it, and your checkbook will know it too. Giving out of guilt or obligation is a limited short-term action that pays few dividends in return, but giving when it touches a place in your heart is limitless, no matter your resources. Find your passion; give generously and yes, selfishly, because at the end of the day, it feels really, really good. March-April 2018 51

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to make sure that the salted, dried codfish, and thick spaghetti with bread crumbs instead of cheese will make you holy through Lent. I was thinking about this during a recent dinner at Fausto’s. Every time I turn up there, I mull over what an interesting blend of different, regional takes on Italian cooking it embodies. And it goes further still in its use of the dominant Sicilian dishes. Here is a solid representation of the thoroughly blended New Orleans-Sicilian style. And I can take a wider stride still and say that here is the best collection of Sicilian cookery to be found anywhere around town. Then it occurred to me that I have never seen a top-dozen list of the best Sicilian eats here. See? The more you think about these tastes, the better they seem. This night, it began with a big bowl of mussels. You’ve got to get your mussels while they’re around, which they are right now. Most servings of mussels are in a highly liquid sauce made of white wine, herbs, olive oil and the mussels in their shells. But the southern Italian version serves the bivalves in marinara red sauce. Mussel lovers—including me—have a disdain for that concoction. But it took only seconds for me to lock in on this tomato-based version of mussels. The only way an eater could not like Fausto’s version of the dish is if he didn’t like mussels. On my long trip home, I mentally built a number of lists that highlight the differences of the many Sicilian-Creole served in our restaurants. Here goes.

by Tom Fitzmorris THE CULINARY CALENDAR at this time of the year

shows two dramatically different kinds of cooking. The carnival season’s very name calls for having our last steaks and chops before Lent begins. In Lent itself, it’s all about seafood. We all know this shift. But there’s another shift in local kitchens. Before, after and between the beef and the fish is a wide range of edibles from the Italian cooks and eaters. One doesn’t get in trouble with the eating laws if one eats lots of Italian and—even more specific—Sicilian food. Indeed, it’s not a big challenge to create otherwise general Italian dishes in vegetarian forms. Even the celebrations of the season are certified Italian. After all, St. Joseph’s Day is right in the middle of Lent, and he will be there 52

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The Seasons of Sicily in New Orleans

Comparison Number One. If Tony Angello’s were still around and served mussels, they wouldn’t be as good as Fausto’s, because of the saucy marinara’s contribution. Tony’s food was much admired because there were many straight New Orleans flavors on his menu. Things like gumbo and oysters Bienville, along with eggplant Tina, like lasagna, the eggplant replacing pasta. Comparison Number Two: Pascal’s Manale has the best fancy oyster dishes (and great raw ones, too) in addition to its more famous barbecue shrimp. But Fausto’s has them beat on the veal and chicken dishes and on the predominantly pasta piles. Fausto’s wide spread of variety in those two areas is fascinating. Best examples: veal saltimbocca and the irresistible arancini, which may be the best Sicilian dish of them all. Comparison Number Three: Andrea’s takes this another step forward by having seafood and major steaks and chops, all of which are filleted or butchered in house. The funny thing is that the Italian basics—pasta and red sauce being the most familiar—are just okay at Andrea’s. Comparison Number Four: Impastato’s has everybody beat in the serving of basic pasta. Its best shot is fettuccine Alfredo, the noodles for which are made in house with a thinness that results in a fantastic flavor release. Fausto’s fettuccine pasta is a little too thick for my tastes. They make up for that with their sauces and other pasta shapes, particularly dishes like cannelloni. Comparison Number Five. Fausto’s is in a close tie with Vincent’s in the making of cannelloni. But then Vincent’s is a decidedly Sicilian-New Orleans Italian place, with dishes like crawfish bisque and blackened tuna. Which is my whole point. Comparison Number Six is self- >> March-April 2018 53

At the Table contained. The new Rizzuto’s (where Tony Angello’s used to live) seems to push its steaks harder than it does the Italian section of the menu. It does both specialties equally well. Another version of this shows up when Mosca’s and Irene’s Cuisine come to mind (or palate) simultaneously. Comparison Number Seven. Really deep roots in Sicily almost always give birth to great restaurants, especially when modern ingredients and cooking techniques show up. The most intriguing is Avo, a two-year-old trattoria whose owners go way back in New Orleans. Their culinary work shows this off. Also good in a lot of the same ways is Nuvolari’s, which during most


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of its history was more about New Orleans food than Italian. That has changed recently, and results in the best cooking ever in Mandeville. Comparison Number Eight. We wrap this up with rare incursions here by Italian chefs from the Northeast, which cook a lot like our guys do. Sicilian roots are as strong in New York as they are here. But they are not exactly the same, either. We saw an example of that last year when Altamura—a New York-style Sicilian place—opened and closed in the same year. To sum up this advisory, I tell you that the best eating to be found in our many Italian restaurants may be Sicilian, and perhaps one you haven’t tried yet.

French Quarter


539 St. Philip.

246 Girod St., Mandeville.





6262 Fleur de Lis Dr.

7839 St. Charles Ave.





3100 19th St.

5908 Magazine.




Pascal’s Manale.

530 Veterans Blvd.

1838 Napoleon Ave.



Irene’s Cuisine.



Impastato’s. 3400 16th St. 504-455-1545. Vincent’s.




West Bank Mosca’s.

4137 US 90,

4411 Chastant St.




a l a s r a M l Vea Veal Marsala is one of the standbys of the basic Italian menu. It’s

easy enough to make (which is one reason it’s so commonplace), yet when done with some care it’s delicious. Most—but not all—versions include

mushrooms in the sauce. The dish is named for the Sicilian

wine that gives the sauce its distinctive flavor. (And, in turn, the city where the wine is made.) Marsala is a fortified, sweet wine along the lines of port and sherry, but with a flavor all its own. However, most veal Marsala is

made with dry Marsala, which is less alcoholic and sweet. (Florio is the most

common—and often only—brand name.) You can make the dish with sweet

Marsala, though, and that’s quite good.

1/2 cup flour 2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. white pepper 1 lb. veal round, sliced against

the grain into medallions (scallopine)

3 Tbs. butter

2 Tbs. chopped onions 1 cup sliced mushrooms, preferably shiitakes or portobellos

2/3 cup dry Marsala

1/2 cup demi-glace (optional) ed 8 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, chopp Turn oven on to 150 degrees. 1. Pound the veal medallions lightly

between two sheets of heavy plastic (such as in a food storage bag). Blend the flour, salt, and pepper, and sprinkle veal scallops very lightly with salt, pepper and flour.


2. Heat 2 Tbs. of the butter in a heavy skillet it bubbles. Cook veal, two or three pieces at a

time, for about a minute on each side. Remove to a platter and keep it warm in the oven. Add more butter to the skillet to finish the rest of the veal. 3. When all the veal is cooked, add the onions to the skillet, and cook until transparent.

Add the Marsala and bring to a boil, whisking the pan to dissolve the browned bits from the veal. 4. Add the mushrooms. Lower the heat and r

allow to simmer until the mushrooms are tende and the sauce has thickened. 5. Stir in the demi-glace if you have it.


Return to a simmer, then add the parsley. Adjus seasonings with salt and pepper.

6. Return the veal to the skillet, along with all juices that may have collected on the platter. Stir lightly to coat with the sauce. Serve on warm plates, perhaps with polenta. Serves four.

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1. The Easter Story Egg, 7 wooden nesting eggs, $35. Olive Patch, Covington, 327-5772. 2. Seven new scents in Demilune EPURE Collection candles, $48. Niche Modern Home, Mandeville, 624-4045. 3. Prayer Bowls, a place for your intentions, $52.The Lifestyle Store at Franco’s, Mandeville, 792-0200. 4. Hand-embroidered geography and collegiate pillows featuring cities and landmarks, $149 to $169. Outdoor Living Center, Covington, 893-8008. 5. 6” x 8” embellished giclées from pen and ink art by Michael Pizzella mounted on wood and framed in floater frames, $59 each or $99 for set. Pizzella Picture Framing & Fine Art, Mandeville, 231-7088 or


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1. Ceramic bunnies, $16-$25. deCoeur Gifts & Home Accessories, Covington,


809-3244. 2. Cream farmhouse-style table lamp with subtle distressing, $99. Southern Farmhouse and Furniture; available at the Clayton House Marketplace, Covington, 718-9249. 3. Glamorous Wash laundry detergent in Diva scent, $90. Layton Family Pharmacy, Covington, 888-1170. 4. Lidded marble box filled with 70 ounces of fragranced candle, $199. Greige Home Interiors, Covington, 8757576. 5. Carved bench with cabriole legs, scroll feet, shell and foliate motifs, and S-scroll arm; upholstered, tufted seat and arms. American Factory Direct, Covington, 871-0312. 6. Sugarboo pillow, 24” x 24”, $120. mélange by kp, Mandeville, 807-7652. March-April 2018 59


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1. Oval 1.5 ct tw peridot, surrounded by .20 ct tw diamonds set in 14k white gold, $575. DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts, Covington, 892-2317. 2. Reserve Collection Traditional and Tailored Fit Spread Collar Plaid Sportshirts, $109.50 each; paisley silk tie, $79.50 Jos. A. Bank, Mandeville, 624-4067. 3. Green fringe earrings, $19.


Shoefflé, Covington, 898-6465. 4. Tropical prints inspired by nature. Columbia Street Mercantile, Covington, 809-1789, 809-1690. 5. Corsages for prom, starting at $35. Florist of Covington, 892-7701. 6. Auraluz boy and girl handembroidered piqué bubbles, $52. Auraluz, Metairie, 504888-3313 or 7. See U Soon long-sleeved dress in flower print; flounce at bottom, longer back; $92. Suella, Covington, 302-5000. 8. Cross-back sleeveless tank with peplum detailing. The Villa, Mandeville, 686-9797. March-April 2018 61

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1. 100% silk cocoon in cherry blossom design, $104. cdn clothing, Covington, 327-7300. 2. Azalea one-piece swimsuit in Shady Lady Swim, $128. Palm Village – A Lilly Pulitzer Store, Mandeville, 778-2547. 3. 18 kt white gold ring with 2.45 ct tw fancy yellow diamonds and .35 ct tw white diamonds. Thomas Franks Jewelers, Mandeville, 626-5098. 4. Spring and summer smocked apparel, sizes newborn to 4T. Baby’s Corner, Covington, 892-5300. 5. Parisian aquamarine and citrine dangles, $255. Ballin’s LTD, Covington, 892-0025. 6. Coola makeup-setting spray with SPF 30, $36; OPI Nail Lacquer, $10. Oasis Day Spa, Mandeville, 624-6772. 7. Johnston Murphy slip-on style Myah made of premium kid suede, $148. Ballin’s LTD, Covington, 892-0025. 62

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1. Cushion-cut peridot pendant with a pavĂŠ diamond halo set in 18k white gold on an 18-inch, 18k white gold chain, $700. Cushion-cut peridot earrings with pavĂŠ diamond halos set in 18k white gold with post backs, $1,075. Lee Michaels, Metairie, 504-832-0000. 2. Off the shoulder print dress. Posh Boutique, Covington, 898-2639. 3. Petit Bebe smocked bubble embroidered with alligators, $50. Baby & Me, Mandeville, 626-0267. 4. VersaSpa Bronzing Mist; provides instant head-to-toe bronzed tone with the power of an extended tan, $45. Sea Spray by Private Beach, Mandeville, 674-2326. 64

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Pontchartrain Cancer Center When Karen Stephen’s father-in-law was diagnosed with colorectal cancer,

but saw herself as a doctor. “I noticed throughout Pop’s treatment that it

he decided to forgo treatment at a large, impersonal cancer hospital and to see

was the nurses who really cared for him,” she says. “My mom and the staff at

Dr. David Oubre of Pontchartrain Cancer Center instead. That decision changed

Pontchartrain Cancer Center inspired me to switch from med school to nursing

the course of Karen’s life, and that of her daughter, Kamie. “My father-in-law

school and eventually to work in oncology. It’s been my dream to work with

moved in with us after his diagnosis,” says Karen. “I had the blessing of taking

my mom at Pontchartrain Cancer Center. I’m here now building long-term

him to all his doctor’s appointments and treatments and caring for him at home

relationships with patients and their families, the way the staff did with us.”

until he died.”

“We have the same drugs and equipment, the same in-house chemo suite as the big hospitals, but our patients know when they come here, they’ll see the

Karen’s Story “Everyone at Pontchartrain Cancer Center welcomed us with open arms,” says Karen. “They became like family to us. Dr. Oubre was very easy to talk to,

same familiar faces who know them, know their families, and really care about them,” Karen says. “They can call us any time with questions and we’re here for them.”

very approachable, and straightforward. My father-in-law wasn’t an easy patient. He was noncompliant and disagreeable. But he liked Dr. Oubre. We never felt rushed at his appointments. Dr. Oubre was gentle and caring, but didn’t sugar

Angela’s Story At 27, Angela Palmisano was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. “I was

coat the truth. I felt like the staff at Pontchartrain Cancer Center and I were a

trying to get into MD Anderson, when an ER doctor I know recommended I at

team and we were all caring for him together.”

least meet with Dr. Oubre at Pontchartrain Cancer Center,” she says. “The first

At the time, Karen had a child in high school and one in college and had been teaching high school for ten years. But after her positive experience at Pontchartrain Cancer Center, she enrolled in nursing school, graduated at age 49,

time I met him, I knew he was who I was supposed to see. He told me we could beat it, but it wasn’t going to be easy.” As her treatment progressed, Angela’s young son watched her lose her

became an oncology nurse, and eventually went to work there. “This is exactly

hair and grow pale. “I kept telling him the treatment was working and I was

where I want to be,” she says. “I’m right back in the room where our family was

getting better, but I didn’t look better to him,” she says. “So, I brought him to the

treated so well, able to give the same love and attention to other families.”

office and Dr. Oubre took time to speak to him. He showed him around the office explaining, ‘Your mom sits in this chair. Here’s where she gets her medicine.’ Dr.

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Oubre and the staff really made him feel like a part of the process. After that, he was a lot less worried about me.”

“They went far beyond anything I expected, not just treating my cancer but caring for me emotionally. They saved my life on so many levels.” - Linda Chustz Angela is in remission now and goes back for a check-up, every three months. “I’m back to playing tennis, back at the gym, and feeling great,” she says. “And the nurses at Pontchartrain Cancer Center are some of my very best friends.” Leah’s Story When Leah Wilkinson was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2017, she already knew Dr. Oubre from working at the hospital. “He was also the oncologist for a couple of family members and I liked his bedside manner,” says Leah. “He called me personally to reassure me after my mastectomy. A friend was trying to persuade me to go to one of the big hospitals, but I wanted to try Dr. Oubre.” “I had no idea what to expect for my first chemo and showed up with an iPad, earphones, a book, and a pillow. But they already had all of that waiting for me,” Leah says. “Every visit there was positive. Dr. Oubre took time with me. I always had a room full of family and he explained my treatment and prognosis to them and answered everyone’s questions.” Linda’s Story Nobody expects to get cancer twice but that’s exactly what happened to Linda Chustz. “I had cancer in my left breast, but we caught it early and I didn’t need chemo,” she says. “Then four years later, at my annual checkup, the doctor found cancer in a lymph node. After removing the lump, my surgeon made an appointment for me at Pontchartrain Cancer Center. Now, I know that God led me there. I knew nothing about the treatment but after only one visit, I trusted them completely.” Linda is cancer-free now and on a maintenance regimen. “I still go in to Pontchartrain Cancer Center, every three weeks,” she says. “They went far beyond anything I expected, not just treating my cancer but caring for me emotionally. They got me involved in You Night and I know I’ve made lifetime friends at Pontchartrain Cancer Center and through my involvement with You Night. They saved my life on so many levels.”

Pontchartrain Cancer Center is located in Covington at 120 Lakeview Circle (985) 875-1202 and in Hammond at 15752 Medical Arts Plaza, Suite 101 (985) 419-0025. March-April 2018 67

Home & Garden 2018

A Mexican-Inspired Outdoor Retreat A Mexican-inspired outdoor retreat brings additional living and entertaining space to this old Metairie property. Featuring colorful outdoor elements, it includes custom fountains finished with ornate tile and an adobe-style, wood-burning fireplace. The eclectic and unique outdoor kitchen boasts a custom “beach shell” façade with bar stool seating at the counter. The painted outdoor pavilion is broken into various gathering spaces and complements the vibrant colors of the space, which creates a unifying theme.


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“We took pleasure in working with these clients to develop and create the perfect landscape for their property, paying attention to cost, on-going maintenance and their desired timeframe,” says Mullin Landscape’s Chase Mullin. “This project included a variety of landscape elements, such as an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor fireplace, plantings, irrigation and a water feature. The beautiful and simplistic nature of this yard’s landscaping ties the entire backyard together into a warm and inviting entertaining space.”

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Opposite page, clockwise: The Mexican-inspired outdoor living space features a hand-painted farm table, which is surrounded by turquoise and chartreuse bamboo dining chairs to provide seating for eight. A large drum light trimmed in gold hangs from the turquoise ceiling; the “beach shell” façade of the bar; beautiful ceramic-tile fountains finished in blues and whites flank the adobe-style, wood-burning fireplace; four barstools line the bar.

Though visual beauty most often directs an outdoor design, many other aspects contribute to its enjoyment. Consider your back yard’s point of view when designing your space. An outdoor vista just off the house presents a chance to easily slip outdoors for morning coffee or evening conversation. Eastor west-facing views let you savor the beauty of a rising or setting sun, or simply enjoy the lovely scenery at any time of day. Create a full sensory experience with the earthy perfume of heirloom roses or an herb garden filled with flavorful leaves. Let texture-rich plants build out your spaces, and water features can add soothing sounds to your space.

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Slipcovered Sectionals Offer Comfort and Function by Billie Comeaux

BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR LIVING require furnishings that combine comfort and function. A great way to attain comfortable and practical seating is to choose a slipcovered sectional for your family room or outdoor seating. With a variety of layout options and numerous fabrics to choose from, it is easier than ever to design just the right sectional for your family’s needs. 1. The first step is to consider how the space will be used. If it is outdoors or a high-traffic area with lots of activity, consider having the slipcover made with a durable, stain-resistant fabric such as Revolution® or Sunbrella®. These types of fabrics are designed to be low maintenance and easy to clean. 2. When choosing the size and arrangement of your sectional, consider the focal point of the room. This will help insure that everyone seated has a good view of whatever you choose as your focal point, whether it be the television, fireplace or a view overlooking the exterior of your home. 3. Choose a color palette that evokes creativity and a relaxed atmosphere, such as soft blues, aqua, and shades of soft, neutral tones. Be creative and have fun in the planning! 72

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Home Trends



1. A hand-knotted, durable, 100-percent wool rug is an investment to be passed on through 1

generations. Rug Chic, Mandeville, 674-1070.

2. Cici custom-made dining table in Antique 2

White finish. The French Mix by Jennifer DiCerbo, 809-3152.

3. 3� x 6� subway tile and marble mosaic tile. Triton Stone Group, Harahan, 504-738-2228.


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4. Dress up your closet while adding functionality and saving space, when


you add this 48� chrome-framed mirror to your closet, $275. Louisiana Custom Closets, Covington, 249-6283.


5. Stickley Highlands Bedroom group in solid oak or cherry; storage option with two full-extension drawers and cubby compartment on each side. Doerr Furniture, Covington, 900-2425.

6. Custom master closet designed by Ruffino Custom Closets, Mandeville, 809-7623.


7. Kohler Dutchmaster Vessel bathroom sink. Pictured in Midnight Floral, $799. Southland Plumbing, Covington, 893-8883.

8. Matouk embossed initial bath towel, $45; fingertip towel, $12. Hestia Linens, Covington. 893-0490.


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IN The Bookcase by Terri Schlichenmeyer

The Grumpy Gardener by Steve Bender NORMALLY, YOU’D NEVER ALLOW IT. Holes in your yard? No way! Trenches near your garage? Nuh-uh, except in the spring, when you start thinking about hostas in those holes, tomatoes in the trenches, daisies in the divots. Oh, how you love a garden, and with The Grumpy Gardener, by Steve Bender, you’ll get a shovelful of ideas. Larry, Mary, Geri, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? If you’re frowning now, remember that even the most dedicated, experienced gardener has a dud now and then, but there are ways to minimize that. Steve Bender has ideas. The first thing you’ll want to know is your zone, which is not at all newagey. Growing zones are delineated areas that indicate average low winter temperatures; you’ll need to know your zone to know where a plant might thrive or die. On that last note, you’ll find the “Grumpy” in Grumpy Gardener. There are many garden and landscape plants that Bender wishes would just die. Here, find a list of the Five Most Awful Plants; reasons why you don’t want a river birch, cottonwood, or weeping willow in your yard; and why you should never move next door to someone who adores bamboo. If you hate critters in your garden, learn what bulbs they won’t eat, what they like and how to get rid of pests altogether. Read how to use a chainsaw the Grumpy way, and how to get your plants ready for winter. Find a way to love dandelions and know what not to plant if you have pets. Teach your teens to grow kale, then send them to college with plants that thrive on neglect. Scratch the surface on poison ivy mythology; see why sycamore trees are good if you’re a kid; and learn why kudzu could become more than just a weed someday. Get useful lawn ideas, tips on fertilizer use, mulches to avoid, and organic methods to embrace. And finally, relax, says Bender; a dying plant is God’s way of telling you to try again … Will silver bells or cockle shells grace your yard this year? Or do you struggle to keep the lawn green? Either way, you can’t help but laugh about it when you put The Grumpy Gardener between those greenish-brown thumbs. And yet—don’t be thinking this is all fun and geraniums. There’s humor inside this book, but author Steve Bender is serious about gardening, planting and caring for greenery. The advice you’ll get is sound and useful, including sidebars in a Q-and-A format and chapters on things that may seem only barely garden-related until you need to know them. Also helpful is when Bender recommends alternatives—what to grow, for instance, if your Minnesota rhubarb hates Texas climate—and better ideas to make your garden glow. Much of this book is set in Zone 8 (the South), so if you’re itching to plant, get The Grumpy Gardener. You’ll really dig it. March-April 2018 77

Home & Garden 2018 Resource Guide American Factory Direct 871-0300 Artistry of Light 225-247-8963 Doerr Furniture 900-2425 Eduardo J. Jenkins Landscape Architect 225-343-0571 French Mix by Jennifer DiCerbo Interiors 809-3152 GNO Property Management 504-528-7028 Greige Home Interiors 875-7576 Hestia Luxury in Linens 893-0490 Integrity Builders 626-3479 JaRoy Pest Control 892-6882 Jennifer Rice 892-1478 Keesler Federal Credit Union 1-888-KEESLER K2 Realty LLC 234-9930 Mullin Landscape Associates 504-275-6617 NOLA Lending a Division of Fidelity Bank Outdoor Living Center 893-8008 Palatial Stone  249-6868 Pan American Power 893-1271 Pine Grove 893-4003 Rug Chic Home Décor 674-1070 The Scoggin Group 867-8670 Southland Plumbing 893-8883 Triton Stone Group 504-738-2228


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Senior Living 2018

The Year of the Senior When St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister designated 2018 as “The Year of the Senior,” she declared, “We are proud of our large senior population in St. Tammany, and appreciate the significant influence they have in our community, particularly on our culture. St. Tammany is not only a great place to raise a family, or start a business, we are also an ideal place for seniors to retire.” St. Tammany is especially appealing to seniors because it is a lakefront community offering outdoor recreation of every sort—from the St. Tammany Fishing Pier to golf to the Tammany Trace.

Senior Living Resource Guide Avanti Senior Living 2234 Watercross

0515 or 800-480-4361 christwoodrc.

Parkway, Covington covington.avanti-sl.

com Independent living, assisted living,

com Technologically-advanced senior

cognitive memory care, rehabilitation,

living community offering assisted living

skilled nursing, companion services,

and memory care.

Christwood at Home, and Christwood Dementia Home Services.

Canon Hospice 19375 N 4th St, Covington; 626-3015, New Orleans,

Hogan Family Physicians 216 East

504-818-2723 Helps

Gibson St, Covington, 898-1106; 4315

patients and their families accept terminal

Houma Boulevard, Ste 302, Metairie,

illness resourcefully and positively.

(504) 909-1106

Christwood Retirement Community

Drs. M’liss and Ross Hogan are located in

100 Christwood Blvd, Covington; 898-

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Robert Hogan, and sister, Dr. Leigh

The Trace Senior Community

Hogan, AUD, CCC-A, in Metairie.

19432 Crawford Rd, Covington;

They are accepting new patients at


both offices.

Health and wellness care services; outstanding amenities; comfortable

Istre Hearing Care 350

apartment homes.

Lakeview Ct, Ste A, Covington; 845-3509 istrehearingcare.

The Windsor Senior Living

com Comprehensive hearing

Community 1770 N Causeway

evaluations, specialized

Blvd, Mandeville; 624-8040

diagnostic testing, hearing aid

evaluation/fitting, industrial

Twenty years of providing seniors

hearing screenings.

with independent and assisted living services.

Oak Park Village at

Hammond 17010 Old Covington Hwy, Hammond, 772-6109

COAST Transportation Services

Maintenance-free retirement

For ride requests, call direct: 327-

community or independent

0185 Each COAST Senior Center

living, or if you need more

offers a midday meal.

personalized attention with supervised independent living,

Bush Senior Center 81605 Hwy.

personal care living, assisted

41, Bush; 886-8971

living or memory care. Oak Park Village at Slidell

Covington Senior Center 500 N. Theard St., Covington; 892-8530

2200 Gause Blvd E, Slidell,

Folsom Senior Center 82010 Hwy.


25, Folsom; 796-9803

Maintenance-free retirement community or independent

Lacombe Senior Center 27397

living, or if you need more

Hwy. 190, Lacombe; 218-9340

personalized attention with supervised independent living,

Mandeville Senior Center (Paul

personal care living, assisted

Spitzfaden Community Center)

living or memory care.

3090 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville; 624-4629

St. Anthony’s Gardens 601 Holy Trinity Dr, Covington; 605-5950

Pearl River Senior Center 39443 A ministry

Hwy. 41 Spur, Pearl River; 863-

of the Archdiocese of New Orleans


specializing in independent living


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55+ and older; assisted living;

Slidell Senior Center 610 Cousin

and memory care.

Street, Slidell; 641-1852

Doris Antoine, Barbara Antoine, Edwin Besson and Marie Laurent.

The Windsor Senior Living Community “It’s not what people think. It’s not an institution or ‘old folks home.’ It’s a community,” says resident Edwin Besson. Edwin has lived at The Windsor Senior Living Community for two years alongside his sister, Marie Laurent, and his daughter’s mother-in-law, Doris Antoine. “The staff goes out of their way to make it feel like home. With every season, there’s new things to do,” says Marie. The Windsor keeps a full calendar of activities for residents to participate in as they wish. The family joined the community after Doris’ son toured The Windsor for a networking event. His wife, Barbara Antoine, says: “Since day one, this has been a welcoming atmosphere for our family. It has opened their worlds to socializing and doing the activities they enjoy.” “Our residents live as they would in their own homes,” says Patty Suffern, Director of Marketing. “They attend events, enjoy happy hours, use our bus to go to the grocery or doctor and worship freely.” “I have always felt safe here. The people are very nice, and the food is good,” smiles Doris, a three-year resident. She has enjoyed getting to know the staff that cares for her. “Our staff cannot be beat,” says Patty. “We have a long-tenured staff, which is a rarity in this industry. It’s not just a job for them; it’s a passion. Because our staff is involved in the day-to-day of our residents, we are able to communicate with the family when something isn’t right. We have second-generation residents—and even a retired staff member.” Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the locally owned, independent/ assisted living community is still focused on happy, family-like living. “I never dreamed of everything that has happened to me since living here,” says Edwin. “It’s clear that the Lord is in the midst of it.”

Windsor Senior Living Community is located at 1770 N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville. 624-8040. March-April 2018 83

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Caring for our Loved Ones by Sandra Scalise Juneau

AMONG THE MANY RESOURCES for elder care that serve our community is the Hospice House, an extraordinary place for end-of-life care provided by the Hospice Foundation of the South. Since opening its doors just four years ago, the Hospice House has welcomed over 140 patients, providing to each patient the dignity of compassionate care for a comfortable, serene, end-of-life experience. Miranda Parker, assistant director of the Hospice Foundation of the South, poignantly states, “There are 140 different stories, each representing a different patient.” Our story is just one.

St. Anthony’s Gardens “I describe living at St. Anthony’s Gardens in a few words, using the title of a beautiful song: What a Wonderful World,” says independent living resident Howard Moreaux. “Everything I could want or need is here for this stage of my life.” Howard and other residents of St. Anthony’s Gardens enjoy a variety of activities and amenities to make life wonderful. From a movie theater to balance classes to a variety of entertainment including Hawaiian luaus and Octoberfest, life enrichment activities overflow for residents. “To assist our residents in achieving a healthier and happier lifestyle, St. Anthony’s Gardens incorporates wellness programming that offers opportunities for a balanced and active life, rich in liveliness and wellbeing,” says Life Enrichment Director Lisa Ray. Now celebrating one year, the overall life at St. Anthony’s is thriving with

wonderful residents and friendships being formed. Director of Marketing and Sales Julie Portmann says: “I’ve been involved with St. Anthony’s Gardens since the start-up phase. It has been amazing to see the progression from bricks and mortar to a warm, friendly and family atmosphere. “The friendships and family-like environment has been wonderful to witness. We even have a set of four friends who went to high school together in New Orleans. The four of them are thrilled to rekindle their friendship here at St. Anthony’s.” St. Anthony’s Gardens has flexible contract options for its 213 residences, consisting of 120 apartments for independent living in one-bedroom and twobedroom floor plans; 57 apartments for assisted living in studios, one- and two-bedrooms; and 36 private suites for memory care. For assisted living and memory care, a licensed nurse is on the premises 24/7.

The path that Roland and I traveled together through his illness from Parkinson’s disease was eased by excellent care we received from Hospice of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, whose team of professional caregivers graced us daily with personal healthcare, support and concern provided in our home. When it became evident that our needs for care were beyond what could be provided on a daily basis at home, we were fortunate to have been welcomed by the Hospice Foundation of the South into the Hospice House. Being embraced with warmth like family during those critical last weeks of Roland’s life and being able to share each day for the duration of those weeks in the comforting atmosphere of the superbly appointed, immaculately sustained home was an overwhelmingly calming experience. Nestled among residential homes just off Hwy. 190 near Lacombe, the Hospice House is designed to serve only three individuals at a time. Each personal suite includes a comfortably furnished, spacious patient room, complete with pull-out sofa bed for a family member’s overnight stay as needed. Each room is adjoined by a fully tiled, wheelchair-accessible bathroom, and each suite opens onto a private, screened-in porch for patient and family to enjoy. What we encountered there was unlike any other care facility and beyond the Mission Statement of Hospice Foundation of the South: “Dedicated to providing resources for medical and emotional care for terminally ill patients and their families.” There was the memorable day I walked into the kitchen to be greeted by the familiar aroma of fresh gumbo simmering on the stove. Then, during the preChristmas weeks, finding stockings hung by the fireplace, each in sparkling print bearing the names of the three patients. There was even a Christmas party, when Jennifer Bobeck, a board-certified music therapist, shared her gift, bringing the joy of holiday music into the Hospice House. She came with her collection of musical instruments, visited each patient in their room, encouraged each into singing carols and even had them join in strumming guitars. Mark Myers, chairman of the Hospice Foundation’s board of directors, joined the board in 2012. He recalls his experience: “During my mother’s final months in 2011, we were very fortunate to receive hospice care and support that greatly eased both her passing and the effect of that on our family. Shortly after she passed, I reached out to Kathy Busco, the Foundation’s executive director, to relate my experience and to make

St. Anthony’s Gardens is located at 601 Holy Trinity Drive in Covington next to the Most Holy Trinity Church. 985-605-5950. 84

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a donation in my mother’s memory. She asked me to meet and, from that meeting, I ended up on the organization’s board. What I have seen in my six years with the

Foundation is amazing, the highlight of which was the construction and opening of the Hospice House and its ongoing assistance to families going through their own end-of-life experiences.” According to Myers, “Many people think the Foundation and the Hospice House provide hospice care, but we do not; we provide the home environment for hospice patients to receive hospice care when remaining at home is not an option for that family. The three bedrooms we have in the home, plus the full kitchen, dining and living areas, library and more, plus the caring and attentive around-the-clock staff, allow the family the best environment possible as they handle this situation. This home is provided to families at no cost, nor does the Foundation or House receive any form of payment or reimbursement for our services. Fundraising events and private donations provide the resources to develop and operate the House and, hopefully, another one in Western St. Tammany when we are able. Donations of money, home products and services are always welcome.” For information about Hospice Foundation of the South, see: For donations, please mail to: P.O. Box 5806, Slidell, LA 70469.

Hospice Foundation of the South 15th Annual Crawfish Cookoff

Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fritchie Park, Slidell The Crawfish Cookoff brings out over 8,000 individuals, as friends and families gather to enjoy music, food and fun for kids. Over 60 teams will boil up over 45,000 pounds of crawfish, competing for the title of “Best Crawfish in St. Tammany Parish.” Admission for ages 13 and up is $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Kid Zone tickets are $20. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 643-5470, or online at March-April 2018 85

Dr. Ross Hogan, Dr. M'liss Hogan, Leigh Hogan AuD, CCC-A, and Dr. Bob Hogan.

Hogan Family Physicians Blue Bunny wasn’t just any stuffed animal. He was Ross Hogan’s favorite lovie. His mother, Debbie remembers, “Ross carried Blue Bunny around from

career they wanted. M’liss, Leigh and Ross each chose to be a doctor like their dad. We’re exceedingly proud of all our children.”

age three to seven. He was rarely without him. Of course, when his three older siblings wanted to taunt him, they knew all they had to do was hide Blue Bunny and Ross would be devastated.” One day, the teasing went too far and poor Blue Bunny lost an ear. So, it was that, at the end of a long day at his Metairie OB-GYN practice,

Meet M’liss Hogan, MD Dr. M’liss Hogan is a talented board-certified plastic surgeon providing highquality plastic surgery to her patients in the greater New Orleans and Northshore area. Dr. Hogan received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from LSU and

Dr. Bob Hogan came home to an inconsolable Ross and three rightfully

Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Her

remorseful, older siblings. He did what he does best. “He dressed in his surgical

training included four years of general surgery residency and three years of plastic

mask, hat, and scrubs,” says Debbie. “He put a mask and scrubs on M’liss, Ross

and reconstructive surgical training at LSUHSC in New Orleans.

and Leigh, covered Blue Bunny with a sheet and the three of them performed surgery to reattach the ear.” Little did Debbie know, looking on at this endearing scene, how much it foreshadowed the future for three of Dr. Bob Hogan’s children. Fast forward

Dr. Hogan and her staff place an emphasis on personalized care and compassion for men and women seeking aesthetic or reconstructive surgery of the body, breast, and face. They also offer non-surgical services such as Botox, dermal fillers, and skin care.

a few decades and, even as their father’s OB-GYN practice is still flourishing,

Dr. Hogan holds privileges at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Lakeview

three of his children have thriving medical practices of their own, M’liss as a

Regional Medical Center, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, East Jefferson

board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Ross as a board-certified

General Hospital, Ochsner Baptist Medical Center and University Medical Center

comprehensive Urologist, and Leigh, a Doctor of Audiology. Dr. Bob and

New Orleans.

Dr. Leigh have an office on the Southshore, while Dr. M’liss and Dr. Ross have offices both on the Northshore and Southshore. And Debbie takes her place at the helm, making sure all offices run smoothly. “Bob and I gave the kids the freedom and support to choose any 86

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Dr. M’liss Hogan can be found at 215 East Gibson Street in Covington (985)898-1106 or 4315 Houma Boulevard, Suite 302 in Metairie (504) 9091106. She is accepting new patients at both the Covington and Metairie offices.

Meet Ross Hogan, MD Dr. Ross Hogan is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. In 2008, he earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. In 2013, he completed his urology residency at LSU/Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. He is board certified in Urology and is a member of the American Urological Association. In 2015, Dr. Hogan received the Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. Dr. Hogan is a comprehensive urologist who is able to manage a wide range of urologic issues in men and women. Dr. Hogan holds privileges at East Jefferson General Hospital, St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Lakeview Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Ross Hogan can be found at 215 East Gibson Street in Covington (985) 8924544 or 4228 Houma Blvd, Suite 310 in Metairie (504) 455-2800. He is accepting new patients at both the Covington and Metairie offices. Meet Leigh Hogan, AuD, CCC-A Dr. Leigh Hogan is a licensed Audiologist that has been in practice since 2005.  She received her Master’s degree from Louisiana State University and Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Louisiana Academy of Audiology.  Dr. Hogan is dedicated to providing high quality hearing healthcare, including comprehensive audiological services and the latest in hearing aid technology to adults of all ages. Her commitment to better hearing is enhanced with an extensive line of digital products that are proven to be on the leading edge of hearing technology. With the goal of providing her patients with a richer, more engaged life, she will guide you through the important steps to improve your hearing and get you back to enjoying all the sounds of your daily life. 

Leigh Hogan, AuD, CCC-A, is accepting new patients and can be found at 4315 Houma Boulevard, Suite 302, in Metairie (504) 616-8919. Meet Bob M. Hogan, MD, FACOG Dr. Bob M. Hogan is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. With over thirty-five years of experience, Dr. Hogan has endeared himself to generations of women with know-you-by-name care and next-generation technology. Realizing a gynecologic office visit can be stressful, he does everything he can to provide his patient’s with an experience that is as stress-free as possible. Dr. Hogan takes the time to really listen to his patients, get to know them, answers all their questions, and addresses their concerns. He offers a full range of services to women of all ages from teen, expectant mother, to the woman going through menopause. He offers his patients minimally-invasive, as well as, laparoscopic Robotic surgery. He holds privileges at East Jefferson General, Tulane-Lakeside Hospital, Omega Hospital and Jefferson Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Dr. Robert Hogan is accepting new patients and can be found at 4315 Houma Boulevard, Suite 302, in Metairie (504)454-7800. March-April 2018 87

INside Peek This first-ever ball hosted by the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws was held at the Fleur de Lis Event Center. During the evening, hosted by Ian Somerhalder, 40 dogs and their human escorts walked the runway. The 2018 Mardi Paws court wore fashions designed by Mary Viveiros of the House of Privilege Canine Couture. The sold-out evening raised an estimated $150,000 to benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and Scott’s Wish. The ISF has purchased 100 acres of land near Mandeville, 70 of which will be set aside to preserve the bayou and the remainder of which will serve the needs of animals, youth and the community at large. Scott’s Wish provides aid for patients with leukemia and other life-threatening illnesses.


Mutts to Models Ball

1. Mayor Mike Cooper, Kenneth Wm. Smith and Ricky Galloway at the open house and ribbon cutting of T. Baker Smith’s Covington location. 2. Joel Randazzo Forjet and Gretchen Armbruster at Nonna







Randazzo’s Italian Bakery for the signing of Gretchen’s 2018 carnival poster. 3. American Factory Direct Furniture celebrating the

cutting. 4. Five St. Tammany mayors sign joint proclamation in support of the Louisiana Shop Local Artists initiative presented by St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister. 5. Katherine and Patrick Hamby with their

photo courtesy: STWCC

opening of their new showroom with a ribbon

children who served on the royal court at the Olympia Ball. 6. Robert Peltier; 2017 Nurse Practitioner of the Year Jean GenzaleBertrand; 2017 Physician of the Year Nik Abraham; Michele Kidd Sutton; and A. Gayden Robert Jr. celebrating Jean and Nik’s awards from North Oaks Health System.

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INside Peek 1. Andrew Baier, MD and Michael Hill, MD after Andrew was awarded the 4th quarter Medical Director’s Award at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. 2. SSA Athletic Signing Class on signing day. 3. St. Tammany



Parish President Pat Brister presents a proclamation to the St. Tammany Council on Aging declaring 2018 the Year of the Senior and recognizing the 50th anniversary of COAST’s service to the 54,000 seniors in St. Tammany. 4. Shane, Jenny, Sebastian and Ella Mutter at the northshore Doerr Furniture store ribbon cutting party. 5. Saint



Paul’s junior Jackson Gold was recognized at President’s Assembly for scoring a perfect 36 on his ACT test. 6. Kelly Battaglia, Courtney Jenkins and Kelley Reichert of NOLA Lending Group making dat gumbo at the Archbishop Hannah Alumni Gumbo Cookoff 2018. 5


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STWCC Installation and Awards Luncheon Held at The Greystone, the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Luncheon gathered nearly 200 guests. The Tammany Award went to Stone Creek Club and Spa. General Manager Larry Conner accepted the award from Chamber CEO Lacey Toledano. Dr. William Wainwright, Chancellor of the Northshore Technical Community College, was awarded the Community Leadership Award. The Member of the Year Award was presented to Bret Kolman, CEO of Lakeview Regional Medical Center. Doug Ferrer of Resource Bank received the Board Member of the Year award, and the Advocacy and Public Committee was once again named Committee of the Year.






6 1. Mark Johnson, Lindy Stonecypher, Tim Lentz, Kathryn LeBlanc, John Barry, Julie Phillipus, Norma Richard, Dorothy Noreia, and Collin Sims at the Children’s Advocacy Center Hope House 2018 Board of Directors Officer Installment. 2. 7

The Scoggin family enjoying a ski

trip in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 3. Jennifer Perilloux, Lisa Hinkel, Tammy O’Shea, Barbara Roscoe, Renee Cheek and Peggy Wooton at N’tinis for National Go Red for Women Day. 4. Mary Jane Arlt and Kaylen Marchand at Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s Girls Health Day. 5. Cyndi Bellina, Katie Brooks, Shelley Winstead and Dr. Brandee Simon Davis. 6. Northlake Christian Lower School honor students celebrating their accomplishments. 7. Sponsors and Northshore Home Builders Association members at groundbreaking of the 2018 Raising the Roof for Charity Home built by Blake Mendheim of 110 Builders. 92

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St. Tammany Humane Society’s Fine Wines for Canines Annadele’s Plantation hosted the 7th annual Fine Wines for Canines charity dinner and wine pairing to benefit the homeless animals of St. Tammany Humane Society. The reserved-seating dinner was centered around a five-course tasting handcrafted by Annadele’s Chef Bonnette, each course specifically paired with a glass of wine. The highlight of the evening arrived when local supporter Mark Lewis presented the first four acres of a 12-acre lot to be donated to the no-kill rescue. “We are excited to begin this first step in our journey to help more homeless animals in our community. This donation symbolizes a promising future for our organization and the animals we will serve,” said St. Tammany Humane Society CEO Scott Bernier. March-April 2018 93

INside Dining MCC: Major credit cards accepted ME: Menu Express delivery RR: Reservations recommended ABITA SPRINGS Abita Brew Pub, 72011 Holly St., 892-5837. Good fun and great beer. On the Trace. Lunch, dinner. MCC. Abita Springs Café, 22132 Level St., 400-5025. Open 7 days a week. MCC. Camellia Café, 69455 Hwy. 59, 809-6313. Traditional seafood and New Orleans cuisine. thecamelliacafe. com. MCC.

Hwy. 59, 809-0308. Lunch, dinner. COVINGTON Abita Roasting Company, 1011 Village Walk, 246-3345. Acme Oyster House, 1202 Hwy. 190, 246-6155. Lunch, dinner. MCC. Albasha, 1958 Hwy. 190, 867-8292. Mediterranean cuisine. MCC. Annadele’s Plantation, 71518 Chestnut St., 809-7669. Yellow fin tuna, domestic lamb & much more. MCC, checks. bacobar, 70437 LA-21, 893-2450. International street food with South Louisiana soul. MCC. Bear’s Restaurant, 128 W. 21st St., 892-2373. Best po-boys in the world. MCC. Beck ‘n’ Call Cafe, 534 N. New Hampshire, 985-875-9390. Lunch Cafe, Breakfast. MCC. Bud’s Broiler, 1250 N. US 190, 985803-8368. Hamburgers. MCC. Buster’s Place, 519 E. Boston St.,

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Lunch, dinner. MCC. Carreta’s Grill, 70380 Hwy. 21, 871-6674. Great Mexican cuisine and margaritas served in a family-friendly atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Kids eat free every Wednesday! Private events and catering also provided. MCC. CC’s Coffee House, 1331 N Hwy 190., 900-2241. Catering, coffee, pastries and more. Open 7 days a week. Easy drive thru. MCC. The Chimes, 19130 W. Front St., 892-5396. Catering, Sunday brunch, daily lunch specials, 72 beers on tap. Lunch and dinner. MCC.

Mama D’s Pizza & More, 22054


809-3880. Seafood, po-boys, steaks.

Coffee Rani, 234-A Lee Ln., 8936158. Soup and salad specialists. MCC. Columbia St. Tap Room & Grill, 434 N. Columbia St., 898-0899. Lunch, dinner. covingtontaproom. com. MCC, ME. Copeland’s. 680 N. US 190, 985809-9659. Creole. MCC. RR. Dakota Restaurant, 629 N. Hwy. 190, 892-3712. Contemporary Louisiana cuisine using local and seasonal ingredients. MCC, RR. Del Porto Restaurant, 501 E. Boston St., 875-1006. Northern Italian cuisine. MCC, RR. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 69292 Hwy. 21, 871-2225. Locally-owned and -operated franchise. Kids eat free on Sundays. MCC. DiCristina’s Restaurant, 810 N. Columbia St., Ste. C, 875-0160. Italian and seafood. MCC. DiMartino’s, 700 S. Tyler St., 2766460. Great food and reasonable prices. Lunch, dinner. MCC. Don’s Seafood Hut, 126 Lake













Dr., 327-7111. Lunch and dinner.

Megumi of Covington,

fries, coleslaw, texas toast, signature

outstanding service and value. Live MCC.

1211 Village Walk, 893-0406.

secret dipping sauce. Dine-in, to-go

music. Lunch and dinner seven days a

and catering. MCC.

week. MCC.

St., 898-3988. Authentic English

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers,

Sala Thai, 315 N. Vermont St., 249-

Tommy’s on Thomas, 216 W.

cream teas. Special event teas, English

1645 Hwy. 190, 327-5407. Salads,

6990. Special salads, spring rolls,

Thomas St., 350-6100. Pizza, pastas.

scones, crumpets and cakes. Mon-

pizzas, calzones. 20 craft beers on

soups, noodle and curry dishes.

Lunch, dinner.

Sat, 7:30am-6pm. englishtearoom.

tap. Open 7 days a week. Lunch and

Sun-Thurs, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat,

MCC, checks.

com. MCC, RR.

dinner. MCC.

11am-10pm.Lunch buffet weekdays,

Fat Spoon Café, 2807 N Highway

Mugshots Grill & Bar, 300

190., 893-5111. Breakfast, Lunch,

River Highlands Blvd., 893-2422.

The Scotts at the Southern Hotel,

Tues-Sun. 7am-2pm. Breakfast

428 E Boston. Coffee kiosk with

The English Tea Room, 734 Rutland

11am-3pm. MCC.

severed until 10:30 on weekdays and

Contemporary delights.

Yellow Bird Café, 222 E. Charles St.,

Daily, 6:30am-2pm.

345-1112. A great place to start your

New Orleans Food and Spirits, 208

Fat Spoon Café for your next party.

Lee Ln., 875-0432. Family owned and MCC.


Sugarbear’s Sweet Shop, 100


Tyler Square, 276-2377. Creative

day. Breakfast, lunch. MCC, checks.

La Provence Restaurant, 25020

Hwy. 190, 626-7662. Dinner, Sunday

Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery

11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner, 5-9:30pm.

and Cafè, 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Ste. MCC.

5, 893-1488. Full service, year-round

Sweet Daddy’s, 420 S. Tyler St.,

bakery. Luncheon salads, panini,

898-2166. Pulled pork, brisket and ribs.

Garcia’s Famous Mexican Food,

catering, donuts, kingcakes, cupcakes MCC, ME.

200 River Highlands Blvd., 327-7420.

and wedding cakes. Tues-Sun, open at

Glory Bound Gyro Company, 500


cakes and assorted sweets. Tues-Sat.

St., 892-9992. Lunch, Tues-Sat

7am. MCC.


Scott’s coffee, crepes and fresh wraps.

all day Saturday and Sunday. Reserve

Gallagher’s Grill, 509 S. Tyler

Tope là, 104 N. Cate St., 542-7600.

brunch. MCC, checks. RR. Sal & Judy’s, 27491 Hwy. 190, 8829443. Veal is the house specialty. Tchoupstix, 69305 LA Hwy. 21, 985- MCC, RR.

892-0852. Japanese. MCC.

River Highlands Blvd., Ste. A, 871-

Osaka West, 804 N. US 190, 985-

0711. Open 7 days a week, lunch and

871-8199. Japanese. MCC.

dinner. A new age American restaurant

MADISONVILLE Vasquez Seafood & Po-Boys, 515

Abita Roasting Company, 504 Water

E. Boston St., 893-9336. Cuban

St., 246-3340.

concept with Mediterranean influences.

Ox Lot 9, 428 E Boston St., 400-

sandwiches and more. vazquezpoboy. MCC.

5663. Hotel. Dinner, Sunday brunch.

com. MCC, checks, ME. MCC. Italian Pie, 70488 Hwy. 21, 871-

Hwy. 21, 845-9940. Lunch, dinner, Yujin Japanese Restaurant and

5252. Dine in or carry out. italianpie.

Papi’s Fajita Factory of Covington,

Sushi Bar, 323 N. New Hampshire

com. MCC, checks.

1331 N. Hwy. 190 Ste. 100, 893-1382.

St., 809-3840. MCC.

Kids eat free on Tuesday nights. Open

Tues-Fri. MCC. Morton’s Boiled Seafood & Bar, 702 Water St., 845-4970. Lunch,

La Carreta Authentic Mexican

7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Zea Rotisserie & Grill, 110 Lake Dr.,

Cuisine, 812 Hwy. 190, 624-


327-0520. Inspired American food.

2990. Festive Mexican atmosphere,

Keith Young’s Steakhouse, 165 MCC.

dinner. MCC, checks. Orlando’s, 304 Hwy. 22 West, 985-

fresh food from traditional recipes,

Pardos, 69305 Hwy. 21, 893-3603.

outstanding service and value. Live

Lunch, Tues-Fri; Dinner, Tues-Sun;

music. Lunch and dinner seven days a

Happy hour, Tues-Fri, 4-7pm. Private

Brady’s, 110 SW Railroad Ave., 542-

Water Street Bistro, 804 Water St.,

week. MCC.

parties and catering. pardosbistro.


985-845-3855. Contemporary Creole.

845-4446. Seafood. MCC. HAMMOND

com. MCC. Lola, 517 N. New Hampshire St., 892-

MCC. Don’s Seafood & Steak House,

4992. Lunch, Mon-Fri; Dinner, Fri-Sat.

Pat’s Seafood Market and Cajun

1915 S. Morrison Blvd., 345-8550.

Closed Sundays.

Deli, 1248 N. Collins Blvd., 892-7287. MCC.

Jambalaya, gumbo, stuffed artichokes. Mac’s On Boston, 324 E. Boston St.,

MCC, checks, ME.

985-892-6550. Contemporary Creole. MCC.

190, #7, 985-951-2246. Breakfast. Jacmel Inn, 903 E. Morris St., 542-


0043. Fresh fish, small plate classics, PJ’s Coffee & Tea Co., 70456 Hwy.

house cut steaks, Sunday brunch.

The Barley Oak, 2101 Lakeshore Dr.,

21, 875-7894. Catch your morning MCC.

727-7420. Serving 130 styles of beer,

Mattina Bella, 421 E. Gibson St.,

buzz at this convenient drive-thru!

892-0708. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Catering. MCC.

MCC, checks.

call and premium liquors. Lunch and Kirin Sushi, 223 S. Cate St., 542-

dinner. MCC.

8888. MCC. Pizza Man of Covington, 1248 N.

McAlister’s Deli, 206 Lake Dr., Ste.

MANDEVILLE Another Broken Egg Cafe, 1901 US

Collins Blvd., 892-9874. Checks, ME.

15, 898-2800. Great sandwiches,

Beach House, 124 Girod, 985La Carreta Authentic Mexican

624-9331. Neighborhood Cafe.

Cuisine, 108 N.W Railroad Ave., 419- MCC.

salads, overstuffed potatoes.

Raising Canes, 1270 N. Hwy. 190,

9990. Festive Mexican atmosphere, MCC, checks.

809-0250. Chicken fingers, crinkle-cut

fresh food from traditional recipes,

Bistro Byronz, 1901 Highway 190, >>

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Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm. kgeesrestaurant.

Pinkberry, 3460 Hwy. 190, 612-7306.

0930. Festive Mexican atmosphere,

com. MCC.

Pinkberry is the original tart frozen

fresh food from traditional recipes,

yogurt that is the perfect balance of

outstanding service and value. Live

La Carreta Authentic Mexican

sweet and tangy paired with high

music. Lunch and dinner seven days a

Cuisine, 1200 W. Causeway

quality, fresh cut fruit and premium dry

week. MCC.

Café Lynn Restaurant and

App., 624-2990. Festive Mexican


Catering, 2600 Florida St., 624-9007.

atmosphere, fresh food from traditional

Casual fine dining for lunch, dinner and

recipes, outstanding service and value.

PJ’s Coffee & Tea Co., 2963 Hwy.

A Touch of Italy Café, 134

Sunday brunch by Chef Joey Najolia.

Live music. Lunch and dinner seven

190, 674-1565. Catering. pjscoffee.

Pennsylvania Ave., 639-0600. Lunch,

Tues-Fri, lunch: 11am-3pm. Dinner,

days a week.

com. MCC.


5pm. Catering provided. cafelynn.


985-951-7595. American. MCC. Bosco’s Italian Café, 2040 Hwy. 59, 624-5066.


MCC, checks. Pontchartrain Po-Boys, 318 Dalwill

com. MCC. La Madeleine, 3434 US 190, 985-

Dr., 985-626-8188. Sandwiches.

Assunta’s, 2631 Covington Hwy.,

626-7004. French. MCC.


985-649-9768. Italian.

The Lakehouse, 2025 Lakeshore

Raising Canes, 3801 Hwy. 22, 674-

Coscino’s Pizza, 1809 N. Causeway

Dr., 626-3006, events 778-2045.

2042. Chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries,

Bear’s Grill & Spirits, 550 Gause

Blvd., 727-4984. Italian. MCC.

Restaurant open. Call for reservations.

coleslaw, texas toast, signature secret

Blvd., 201-8905. Po-boys and more. MCC.

dipping sauce. Dine-in, to-go and MCC.

Coffee Rani, 3517 Hwy. 190, 6740560. Soup and salad specialists.


El Paso Mexican Grill, 3410 US 190,

catering. MCC.

624-2345. Daily specials, happy hour,

LaLou, 200 Girod St., 985-231-7125.

2-7pm. MCC.

Breakfast. MCC.

Blue Bayou Cafe, 1101 East Howze Rip’s on the Lake, 1917 Lakeshore

Beach Rd., 985-649-3264. American.

Dr., 727-2829.


Fat Spoon Café, 68480 Hwy. 59.,

Little Tokyo, 590 Asbury Dr., 504-

809-2929. Breakfast, lunch, Tues-

727-1532. Japanese. littletokyosushi.

Rusty Pelican, 500 Girod

Blue House Grill, 2170 Gause Blvd

Sun. 7am-2pm. Breakfast served

com. MCC.

St., 778-0364. Lunch, dinner.

W., 985-288-5544. Sandwiches. MCC.

until 10:30am on weekdays and all MCC.

day Saturday and Sunday. Reserve

Liz’s Where Y’At Diner, 2500 Florida,

Fat Spoon Cafe for your next party.

985-626-8477. Breakfast, Diner. MCC. MCC.

Bonnie C’s, 1768 Front St., 985-288SWEGS Kitchen, 4350 Hwy 22, Ste

5061. Creole Homestyle. MCC.

H, Mandeville, 951-2064. Healthy preMande’s, 340 N. Causeway App.,

made comfort food. SwegsKitchen.

Camellia Cafe, 525 Hwy. 190, 649-

Fazzio’s Seafood & Steakhouse,

626-9047. Serving breakfast and

com, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

6211. MCC.

1841 N. Causeway Blvd., 624-

lunch, daily specials.


traditional Italian. Lunch, dinner.

Mandina’s, 4240 Hwy. 22 in Azalea

Taqueria Corona. 1901 US 190. 985-

Great Mexican cuisine and margaritas MCC, ME, RR.

Square Shopping Center, 674-9883.

778-2135. Mexican. MCC.

served in a family-friendly atmosphere for

Carreta’s Grill, 137 Taos St., 847-0020.

9704. Fresh fish daily, aged beef,

Seafood, Creole and Italian. Lunch and

lunch and dinner. MCC.

Franco’s Grill,100 Bon Temps

dinner, Mon-Sat. mandinasrestaurant.

Taqueria La Noria. 1931 LA 59. 985-

Roule, 792-0200. Fresh organic foods


727-7917. Mexican. MCC.

New Orleans Hamburger &

Times Bar & Grill, 1896 N. Causeway

Seafood Co., 3900 LA 22, 985-624-

Blvd., 626-1161. Lunch, dinner.

El Paso Mexican Grill, 1100 Robert

8035. Sandwiches. MCC. ME, MCC.

Blvd, 445-1450. Daily specials, happy

Family owned. Fajitas, George’s

Nuvolari’s, 246 Girod St., 626-5619.

Trey Yuen Cuisine of China, 600 N.

nachos, Carne al la Parrilla. Best

In Old Mandeville. Italian cuisine for

Causeway Blvd., 626-4476. Quality

Felipe’s Taqueria, 176 Town Center

top-shelf margaritas in town.

fine dining daily for dinner or special

China cuisine with Louisiana flair. Lunch,

Pkwy., 985-288-1210. Mexican. MCC,

events. MCC.

dinner. MCC, checks. MCC.

for breakfast, lunch and takeout. MCC. George’s Mexican Restaurant,

Copeland’s, 1337 Gause Blvd., 985643-0001. Creole. MCC.

hour. MCC.

1461 N. Causeway Blvd., 626-4342.

ME. The Old Rail Brewing Company,

Vianne’s Tea House, 544 Girod St.,

Michael’s, 4820 Pontchartrain

Gio’s Villa Vancheri, 2890 E.

639 Girod St., 612-1828. Homemade

624-5683. A full café menu with over

Dr., 985-649-8055. Creole French.

Causeway App., 624-2597. Sicilian

American cuisine with fresh,

120 loose leaf and speciality teas. MCC.

specialties by 5-star chef Gio

local ingredients. Family-friendly

Breakfast, lunch. MCC.

Vancheri. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat.

atmosphere. Lunch and dinner. Closed MCC. RR.


Nathan’s, 36440 Old Bayou Liberty PONCHATOULA Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant,

K. Gee’s, 2534 Florida St., 626-0530.

Pat Gallagher’s 527 Restaurant and

30160 Hwy. 51, 386-6666.

Featuring Louisiana seafood with

Bar, 527 N. Causeway Blvd, 778-2820.

raw oysters 1/2 price on Tuesdays.

Lunch, Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm.

Express lunch and daily lunch specials

Dinner, Tues-Sat 5-9:30pm.

La Carreta Authentic Mexican

under $10. Mon-Thurs, 11am-9pm;

Cuisine, 147 N.W. Railroad Ave., 370-


Inside Northside

Rd., 985-643-0443. Contemporary Creole. MCC. Osaka, 792 I-10 Service Rd., 985643-9276. Japanese. MCC. Palmettos on the Bayou,

1901 Bayou Ln., 643-0050.

Lake Ave., 504-831-4141; 841 Iberville St.,

504-581-1316. Louisiana seafood prepared in Creole seasonings, available in Bucktown

Peck’s Seafood Restaurant, 2315

or the French Quarter for lunch and dinner.

Gause Blvd. E., 781-7272. Po-boys, MCC.

seafood, burgers and lunch specials. MCC.

Gautreau’s, 1728 Soniat St., 504-8997397. Open Monday through Saturday.

Speckled T’s, 158 S Military Rd., 985-

Dinner. MCC,

646-1728. Seafood. MCC.


Vera’s, 2020 Gause Blvd W., 985-690-

Gumbo Shop, 630 Saint Peter St.,

9814. Seafood. MCC.

504-525-1486. Award winning gumbo and soups, ship nationwide. Lunch

Young’s, 850 Robert Blvd., 985-643-

and dinner. MCC.

9331. Steak. MCC. Louisiana Pizza Kitchen French NEW ORLEANS/SOUTHSHORE

Quarter, 95 French Market Place,

Andrea’s, 3100 19th St, 504-834-

504-522-9500. Casual dining in a fine

8583. Northern Italian and local

dining atmosphere with experienced

seafood. Lunch, dinner, Sunday

waitstaff, fresh dishes and made-from-

brunch. MCC.

scratch menu items. Lunch and dinner. MCC.

Antoine’s Restaurant, 713 Saint Louis St, 504-581-4422. antoines.

Mellow Mushroom, 3131 Veterans

com. MCC.

Memorial Blvd., 504-644-4155. Pizza, 30 craft beers on tap, lunch and

Bayona, 430 Rue Dauphine, 504-525-

dinner. MCC.

4455. Fresh local ingredients, balanced yet complex dishes. Lunch and dinner.

Messina’s Runway Cafe, 6001 MCC.

Stars and Stripes Blvd., 504-2415300. Tues-Sun, 8am-3pm.

Brennan’s, 417 Royal St., 504- MCC.

525-9711. Creole traditions and contemporary influences. Breakfast,

Nola Beans, 762 Harrison Ave.,

lunch and dinner. brennansneworleans.

504-267-0783. MCC.

com. MCC. RR. Opal Basil, 719 S Peters, New Caffe! Caffe!, 4301 Clearview Pwky.,

Orleans, MCC.

504-885-4845; 3547 N. Hullen, Metairie, 504-267-9190. Breakfast, lunch and

Restaurant R’evolution, 777 Bienville

coffee. MCC.

St., 504-553-2277. Located at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Triptych of

Carreta’s Grill, 2320 Veterans Blvd.,

Quail and Oysterman’s spaghettini.

504-837-6696; 1821 Hickory Ave., MCC. RR.

Harahan, 504-305-4833. Mexican, lunch and dinner.

Riccobono’s Peppermill, 3524


Severn Ave., 504-455-2266. Seafood, filets and Italian. Breakfast and

Criollo Resturant and Lounge at

lunch. Dinner, Wednesday-Sunday.

Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 504- MCC.

523-3340. Creole dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sala, 124 Lake Marina, New Orleans

criollo/. MCC, RR.

504-513-2670. Cocktails and shareable plates. MCC.

Dat Dog, 5030 Freret St., 504-8996883; 3336 Magazine St., 504-324-

Warehouse Grille, 869 Magazine

2226; 601 Frenchmen St., 504-309-

St, 504-322-2188. Lunch and dinner

3363. MCC.

specials, Monday-Friday. Brunch, Saturday-Sunday, 9am-3pm.

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant, 1713 MCC.

March-April 2018 97

Wine Cellar

Domaine Romanée-Conti

by Bill Kearney

OFTEN CALLED THE HOLY GRAIL of wine, Domaine Romanée-Conti is amongst the world’s most sought-after wines. For pinot noir or Burgundy lovers, it is the enigmatic pursuit of that which is almost impossible to find. In addition to the insatiable quest for the perfect wine, DRC (as it is known to the faithful) commands a price that is certainly not for the faint of heart. I recently had occasion to partake in a tasting of many of these wines at Galatoire’s Restaurant’s DRC Wine Dinner. It was heralded as an amazing evening of wine and food that was unparalleled in my memory. Indeed, the president of the DRC importer noted that he had never heard of such a tasting having been done before. It is not my habit to write about wines that are beyond the reach of the consumer, but this evening was so special in nature that I felt compelled to share my thoughts. Having never had the opportunity to embark on such a tasting, I was understandably excited and curious. Inevitably, my speculation traveled to the question as to whether anything was indeed this good. Could the wines possibly match the hype surrounding them, or was this simply another marketing event that withheld product from consumers so as to create greater demand? Chef Michael Sichel created a menu that was ingenious in its simplicity as he correctly determined that the evening should be about the wines—the food should only serve as a complement to the wines and should never overpower or outshine what we came to drink. His approach was brilliant, as nothing on the plate confused the palate with sauces or flavors that stood in contrast to the featured wine. Chef Sichel’s selections were not about him and further cemented the notion that he is indeed an amazingly talented cook and creator. We had the opportunity to try one white and three reds during the evening. Each wine was paired with a perfect dish that served to enhance its luscious nature. After being treated to a bright and amazing glass of 2004 vintage Gosset Champagne, 98

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we embarked upon a tasting that I will likely never forget. It started with a chardonnay wine that was simply without equal. While I have been fortunate enough to have had Montrachet from several producers, the 2011 Domaine Romanée-Conti Montrachet was exceptional. I think what was even more significant was the fact that this wine has a much brighter future and will only get better with time. This chardonnay provides amazing harmony and pleasure and it comes from a producer that simply cannot get better. There are layers of complex fruit that make each sip a neverending pursuit of desire for more. The evening showed three red wines that were as unique as one can imagine. Each was a different exhibition of pinot noir that was true to the land from whence it came. The DRC Grand Echezeaux was bold and delightful. The Romanée-St. Vivant was gorgeous in the feminine expression of fruit and floral components. The La Tache is monopole from Domaine Romanée-Conti, which means that they have a monopoly on ownership and production. It is somewhat unusual that a company owns all of one wine, though it usually signifies something of excellence. The La Tache lived up to this hype and was integrated and harmonious. One need not wonder if this wine is anything other than extraordinary. I hope you will pardon this reflection down memory lane that is difficult for many to find, much less travel. My hope is that it will inspire the Burgundy lover in us all to pursue a wine of incredible joyous consumption. There are many wines that are great, but Burgundy might well provide endless hours of happiness for most of us.

March-April 2018 Issue of Inside Northside Magazine  
March-April 2018 Issue of Inside Northside Magazine