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Features 18 Citizen of the World, Son of New Orleans Cover Artist Jamar Pierre 32 Natchez Pilgramige A Visit to Historic Oak Hill Inn 38 Carved in Stone Sculptor Enrique Alférez
50 The Enigmatic Founder of La Nouvelle Orléans Where the River Didn’t Flow into the Marshy Surrounds 62 New “Must Try” Emerald Coast Restaurants
Business & Leadership Begins on page 65 8
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12 Publisher’s Note 14 Editor’s Note 16 Contributors 24 INside Scoop 30 INside Story The Most New Orleans 46 At the Table Who is this Al Fresco...? 49 Wine Cellar Château Beaucastel 55 Flourishes Extraordinary gifts and home accents 58 INside Look 77 Travel The Grand Life: Alabama’s Grand Hotel Completes Massive Transformation
80 IN Love & Marriage 81 INside Peek Featuring: Sacred Heart Headmistress’s Dinner Le Moyne Bienville Beauregard-Keyes House Spring Gala Hogs for the Cause Art & Soul Gala Jackson Symphony League Spring Luncheon Women IN Business Luncheon Orléans Club Closing Reception Roast of the Town Gala WYES Studio 12 Gala Beauregard-Keyes House Gala 90 IN Great Taste Easier Than Pie 93 INside Dining 98 Last Bite Andy’s Bistro
The Secret of Success by Lori Murphy Heather Mahoney and I were chatting about what it takes to be successful in business. She believes it is all about sustainability. I have to agree. There are plenty of good ideas, crazy ideas, enticing ideas. The idea is certainly a part of success, but it won’t sustain you. (Remember the pet rock?) What you need, right after the idea, is the discipline to build a formula for being the best at whatever you do. Can your idea and the resulting company adapt to the market? Can you keep yourself and your team focused on your goal, not swayed by what others in your industry are up to? If your idea is best, stick with it. When we began publishing in New Orleans several years ago, I was asked by someone else in the business, “Well, you aren’t going to mail all of those copies, are you?” My response was that of course we would, because we believe that it is a defining difference. My team does create what I think is the most engaging magazine in the market, but it wouldn’t really matter if we didn’t put it into 30,000 mailboxes. That is a good idea for our clients. It is quite a blessing to be doing business with many like-minded professionals in our community. Keeping your unique idea in motion over time is great. Keeping your company alive for over 100 years is astounding. Among others in New Orleans that have achieved that goal are five of our partners. Fidelity Bank is celebrating 110 years, Galatoire’s has been in business for 113 years, Adler’s has been taking care of customers for 120 years, Antoine’s for 176—and Poydras Home is 201 years old! That is what I call sustainability! Keep your eye on your idea. Respond to your clients in a way that is a winwin, and you will be a success. Though I have owned Inside Publications for fewer than 20 years, my goals for our company are the same as they were when we started. Has our industry changed? Of course it has. Name one that hasn’t. My idea—to engage readers, you entertain them while they put their feet up on the ottoman—is what I think a community magazine is all about. That is my promise to our clients and to the readers of our publications. It is working, and for that I thank you.
ps… Happy anniversary to everyone celebrating milestones in their business this year. You inspire the rest of us!
Covington Art Weekend June 29-July 1
Editor’s Note by Anne Honeywell Both of my children completed their educational journeys last month. My son, Jefferson, graduated with a BS in Finance from LSU, and my daughter, Katherine, completed her Juris Doctorate at Loyola College of Law. Those were positively two of the proudest mom moments in my life to date. Both of my kids are determined and driven—and they are ready for the ‘real world’ and all that it entails. They have worked hard, and I am confident they are prepared for their respective careers in finance and the legal world. This issue features a special section called Business & Leadership in which we profile leaders in their fields. I always find it so interesting to learn more about these businessmen and -women and the journeys that got them to where they are today. How they determined what path was right for them. When they were well on their way to success, some were as
Events will include:
Opening Cocktail Reception
young as my children are now. The many works of sculptor Enrique Alférez found
Covington Gallery Stroll
throughout the city witness to his success. Don’t miss his story
Private Tours of Artist Studios
on page 38 as told by new contributor, Leslie Cardé. And Joey
Tour of the de Wit Murals at St. Joseph Abbey Call
to place your reservation today.
Kent continues our celebration of the tricentennial with “The Enigmatic Founder of La Nouvelle Orléans” on page 50. Summer is upon us. If you are looking for a road trip or two, how about Point Clear, Alabama; Destin, Florida; and Natchez, Mississippi? In this issue, learn a bit more about the Grand Hotel experience, dining in Destin and a wonderful bed and breakfast in Natchez. Enjoy the issue—and enjoy your summer!
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Contributors Our contributors give Inside New Orleans 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. Other Voices: Gretchen Armbruster, Cindy Caruso, Leah Draffen, Mary Ann Fitzmorris, Candra George, Michael Harold, Yvette Jemison, Tracy Louthain and Terri Schlichenmeyer.
Leslie Cardé Veteran journalist Leslie Cardé began her career reporting for NPR in Los Angeles. From there, she landed in New Orleans as an anchor/health and science editor before moving on to anchor three hours of daily financial news and host an entertainment show for CNBC. She’s reported from the Middle East for CNN, worked as a producer and narrator for E! Entertainment and wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary America Betrayed. Leslie currently writes for The New Orleans Advocate and Los Angeles Magazine. She is also a producer/reporter for CBS Newspath. On page 38, she writes about sculptor Enrique Alférez.
Shauna Grissett grew up in New Orleans and graduated from St. Martin’s Episcopal School, the University of Virginia and the Fashion Institute of Design’s oneyear fashion design program. She worked in New York’s roughand-tumble garment industry for over sixteen years before returning home. Shauna has been writing a fiction book based on her former life on Seventh Avenue for the past few years. Shauna’s article on cover artist Jamar Pierre is featured on page 18.
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. 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 49, Bill talks about Château Beaucastel 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 50, Joey continues telling the story of the founding of New Orleans.
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Citizen of the World, Son of New Orleans LIKE MOST NEW ORLEANIANS, cover artist Jamar Pierre—or J. Pierre—always returns home, but he is an explorer, a traveler in constant pursuit of new adventures and cultures that add depth to his work as an artist. Pierre journeys far and wide to bring imagery of the new worlds he encounters back to his studio for inspiration. Renowned for having the unique ability to blend different cultures and history together, while infusing the spirit and culture of New Orleans into his work, Pierre’s art is instantly identifiable. He creates with a fervor, bearing the weight of social responsibility as he speaks through his brushes to his worldwide audience. When asked what drives him, he responds, “I eat, sleep and live art. I paint from my spirit and my soul. I have a love and passion for art, and I need to make a positive influence on the community and environment through my work, whether it’s teaching, doing a commission or mural in the community or traveling for a residency. Born and raised in New Orleans, Pierre was surrounded by art and music. He says, “My father was a musician as well as an artist. I was born in 1973; I remember the old New Orleans, and I feel like that spirit haunts me. I remember going to the juke joints with my family and seeing the funerals with second lines in the neighborhood. The French Quarter, the brass bands, the Mardi Gras Indians, all of 18
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by Shauna Grissett
those things have influenced me and my work.” Pierre’s grandparents lived in the bayou and river parishes, and he recounts fondly the time spent with them. “Growing up, I would visit my grandparents over holidays or on weekends, and I always had this connection to nature. Then, as a teenager, you rebel of course, and I started hanging >>
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out in the French Quarter and became a ‘Quarter Rat.’ I began doing graffiti and street art—it was all about living an urban lifestyle, jazz and hip hop.” At the time Pierre began doing graffiti in the 1980s and ’90s, it wasn’t accepted as a mainstream form of artistic expression. He says, “I was 21 or 2, and I almost got into a lot of trouble for street art. It was then that I made the decision I wasn’t going to go to jail for my talent. So, traveling on the coattails of other graffitists at the time in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York who were making t-shirts and backdrops, I decided to make money off my art as well.” In addition to capitalizing off his talent as a graffiti artist, Pierre began taking classes at Southern University of New Orleans. “I enjoyed the art classes I took and met a lot of great people and mentors there.” Now, with over 25 years of professional visual art experience, Pierre is a multi-faceted artist who works in many different mediums, including oil, acrylic, pen and ink, aerosol, oil pastel, colored pencil and watercolor. His portfolio encompasses corporate and private commissions, public murals, official posters, set design, album covers and product advertising. In terms of process, the artist explains, “I start with the basic principles of design—good balance and composition—but I also have a story in mind. There’s
a lot of critical thinking that goes into a painting. Once I get the basic shapes down, then I build up my color scheme and blend my colors. Sometimes I’ll have up to 20 layers of paint.” A methodical texturing distinguishes Pierre’s brush strokes, and his works are filled with vitality, color and exuberance. Contrast is a consistent theme in Pierre’s art, the urban and the natural, rhythm and stillness, busy and serene. He says, “My work is a conversation between nature and urban. As I got older and started traveling more, I began to realize how much I loved nature. Nature represents the inner child, and it has brought me back to my inner child. Nature brings me to a spiritual place that allows me to be creative.” Pierre is Longue Vue House & Gardens 2018 Artist-inResidence. He talks about his experiences at Longue Vue and the influence it has had on him as an artist: “It’s very inspirational
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to be at Longue Vue. The gardens and ponds, with the fish, birds and ducks, they’re just breathtaking. I find my spirit is calm when I walk in the gardens, and when you’re calm, you can really focus. And when you’re calm and focused, you paint better.” Until September 2, Longue Vue is presenting an exhibit of 26 of Pierre’s works titled Citizen of the World, Son of New Orleans. Featured are pieces created at Longue Vue, as well as paintings from Pierre’s international residencies in Iceland, Costa Rica and the Toronto Islands. So, pack your
bags for a visual global journey through Pierre’s eyes and see the show. Maria Pote, executive director of Longue Vue House & Gardens, speaks glowingly about Pierre: “A local gem, much like Longue Vue, Jamar has an incredible talent—his work is vibrant, dynamic and engaging. Longue Vue is committed to making art and art education accessible to children, adults and families, and we are honored to partner with local artists like Jamar Pierre.” Pierre teaches a variety of art workshops at Longue Vue and develops art-based educational programs for students of all ages with diverse socio-economic and multicultural backgrounds throughout the metro New Orleans area. The artist describes the reciprocal benefits of teaching: “I teach kids, and I tell them to just try and not be scared. Just let it flow. When I teach, I’m teaching myself how to paint all over again. What I really teach is how to be patient and how to be mindful. You cannot paint or create until you let go of the ego.” In addition to Pierre’s current residency at Longue Vue, he was chosen by the NOLA Foundation, formed by the mayor, to be the official New Orleans Tricentennial Artist. He created the artwork for the official Tricentennial Celebration print, Resilience, a reproduction of which is currently being >> June-July 2018 21
exhibited in the Adams Reading room of the Library of Congress. When asked about the painting, Pierre says, “Resiliency is who we are; it is what we are about, and we do it with a joie de vivre found nowhere else on earth.” His print of the official Tricentennial painting is sold in two sizes in the Shop at Longue Vue. Pierre, along with Daniel ‘DeeJay’ Pate, also created the New Orleans Tricentennial Activity Book, a fun-filled coloring and activity book for children and adults featuring crossword puzzles, games, quizzes and historical lessons. Pierre’s list of accomplishments, awards and honors is long. Highlights include his selection by the mayor’s office for the past four years to design a mural honoring the country to be represented at each local festival. Then the artist orchestrates the painting of the mural by local students, and ultimately, the mural is exhibited in the mayor’s office as a permanent installation. Pierre also serves as the Artistic Ambassador for New Orleans. He participates in city-wide celebratory events and meets with visiting international dignitaries and guests of honor.
Though a traveler of the world, Pierre is truly a son of New Orleans. No matter how far he treks, this talented artist is never very far from home because he carries his New Orleans heritage and identity with him in his art. The rhythm and culture of the city are always with him and are the heartbeat of his work.
For more information on J. Pierre, his works, the exhibit Citizen of the World, Son of New Orleans, and Longue Vue House & Gardens: Jamar Pierre, 504-656-5540; email@example.com; artbyjpierre.com and Longue Vue House & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans; longuevue.com.
a handy guide to events and entertainment in and around New Orleans
CIRCOVIA at Beau Rivage
June Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Miss. 7pm and 10pm. beaurivage.com. 1-3 Walker Percy Weekend. Good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and
4221. walkerpercyweekend.org. 1-9 Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin. M.S. Rau Antiques, 630
of New Orleans Shakespeare Festival’s
Royal St. rauantiques.com/events.
25th Anniversary Season. Tulane’s Lupin
1-10 One Place Understood:
a great time talking about books and
Photographs From the Do Good
Southern culture under the live oaks. St.
Fund Collection. Ogden Museum of
Francisville, La. (225) 635-6330. (800) 789-
Southern Art, 925 Camp St. 10am-5pm.
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ogdenmuseum.org. 1-17 All’s Well Ends Well. In celebration
Theater, 16 Newcomb Blvd, Dixon Annex. neworleansshakespeare.org. 1-17 Jockum Nordström: Why Is Everything A Rag. Contemporary Arts
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1 Comedian Jim Gaffigan. Beau Rivage
June 9-Aug 7 CIRCOVIA Summer Production Show. A Cirque-style sensation. Beau Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Miss. MonThurs, 7pm; Sat-Sun 3pm and 7pm. Tickets starting at $12.95. For hotel packages, (888) 566-7469. beaurivage.com.
Center, 900 Camp St. 528-3805. cacno.org. 1-30 The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans. Tricentennial exhibit at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, 1100 Chartres St. 529-3040.
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Inside Scoop oldursulineconventmuseum.com. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 “Legacies for All” Estate Planning Day. Schedule time for a legacy/estate plan, which includes a will, power of attorney and living will. Christie Tournet & Associates, 1795 W Causeway App, Suite 103A, Mandeville. 10:30am-2:30pm. $500. (985) 951-2177. 1-July 8 Recovered Memories: Spain, New Orleans and the American Revolution at the Cabildo. Louisiana State Museum, 751 Chartres St. 5686968. louisianastatemuseum.org. 1-July 8 Sarah Morris. Exhibition of painting, drawing and film examining the mythologies of contemporary urbanity and the city of New Orleans during its tercentennial year. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. 528-3805. cacno. org. 1-July 22 The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. 10am-5pm. ogdenmuseum.org. 1-July 31 Women in New Orleans: Builders and Rebuilders. Nola 4 Women, 5208 Magazine St, #164. nola4women.org. 1-Aug 12 Lee Friedlander in Louisiana. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Crl. noma.org. 1-Aug 19 A Precise Vision: The Architectural Archival Watercolors of Jim Blanchard. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. 10am-5pm. ogdenmuseum.org. 1-Aug 26 Carlos Rolón: Outside/In. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Crl. noma.org. 1-Sept 2 Salazar: Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans, 1785-1802. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. 10am-5pm. ogdenmuseum.org. 1-Dec 21 EMPIRE. Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane, 6823 St. Charles Ave. newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu. 26
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2 Annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival. A community, family-fun event held in conjunction with the Ocean
Community: Family Equality Day. togetherwenola.com. prideneworleans.com. 9-10 French Market Creole Tomato
Springs Fresh Market featuring numerous
Festival. Food, drinks, music, bloody
vendors, blueberry recipes, free vanilla
Mary market, kids activities, tomato
ice-cream topped with blueberries
eating contests, cooking demos and
and strawberries, entertaining cooking
more. 1008 N. Peters St. frenchmarket.
sessions and more. Ocean Springs, Miss.
oceanspringschamber.com. 2-3 New Orleans Oyster Festival. Oysters,
9-10 Walking Through New Orleans. Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s
cooking demonstrations, crafts, contests
Leading Ladies Guild presents Walking
and more. Live music by Treme Brass
Through New Orleans. Westwego
Band, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Bucktown
Performing Arts Society, 177 Sala Ave,
All Stars, Darcy Malone & The Tangle,
Westwego. June 9, 7:30pm. June 10,
Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs, The Mulligan Brothers, Sweet Crude, Naughty
2pm. 885-2000 ext 203. 9-Aug 7 CIRCOVIA Summer Production
Professor with Sexy Dex, and Bag of
Show. A Cirque-style sensation. Beau
Donuts. Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St.
Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi,
Miss. Mon-Thurs, 7pm; Sat-Sun 3pm and
5-9 30 Years Young at H2O. Anniversary
7pm. Tickets starting at $12.95. For hotel
celebration with music, food, specialty
packages, (888) 566-7469. beaurivage.
retail items, giveaways and cocktails.
h2osalonnorthshore.com. 7 Evan Christopher. Botanical Gardens, New Orleans City Park. 6-8pm. $10. neworleanscitypark.com. 8 June Under the Moon. Open beer
10 Family Equality Day. Longue Vue Houe & Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd. 10am-1pm. longuevue.com. 12 A Tricentennial Salute: Piano Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Friends.
bars, unlimited amusement park rides,
Features works by four 19th-century
food, shots, give-a-ways, and more.
New Orleans-born composers—Louis
Carousel Amusement Park Gardens, New
Moreau Gottschalk, Basile Barès, Emil
Orleans City Park. 7:30-10:30pm. $30.
Richard and Edouard Déjan performed
by Peter Collins. THNOC’s Williams
8 Purple Takeover: A Prince Celebration
Research Center, 410 Chartres St.
with DJ Soul Sister + Lenka Paris.
6-7:30pm. General public, $20; THNOC
Civic Theatre, 510 O’ Keefe Ave. 10pm.
and MASNO members, $15. 523-4662.
8-10 Day the War Stopped.
12-17 Waitress. Presented by Broadway
Commemorating the brief moment of
in New Orleans. Saenger Theatre,
brotherhood when the war stopped for
1111 Canal St. $30-$120. neworleans.
the burial of Union officer Lt. Commander
John E. Hart. Grace Episcopal Church,
13 Tapas Tasting and Wine Cooking
downtown St. Francisville, La. (225) 635-
Demonstration. Chef Hosie Bourgeois
4224. (800) 789-4221. stfrancisville.us.
of Briquette. St. Anthony’s Gardens, 601
Holy Trinity Dr, Covington. 5-7pm. RSVP
8-10 New Orleans Pride. Dance party, parade, Pride Awards and One
by June 11. (985) 605-5950. 13 We’ve “Got Rhythm” with
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Inside Scoop BonOperatit! Four Points by Sheraton
Bamboo Rd. Members, $5; nonmembers,
and 7pm. Tickets starting at $12.95.
French Quarter, 541 Bourbon St. 7-9pm.
$7. 1:30-2:30pm. longuevue.com.
For hotel packages, (888) 566-7469.
30 Slidell Heritage Festival. Food,
14 Maroon 5 with Special Guest Julia
live music, fireworks and family fun.
Michaels. Smoothie King Center.
Benefitting Boy Scouts of America
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins
Cypress District, Slidell Police
Diboll Crl. noma.org.
14 Ronnie Kole. Botanical Gardens,
Association, Family Promise of St.
1-Aug 19 A Precise Vision: The
New Orleans City Park. 6-8pm. $10.
Tammany, Exceed in Stem, Bring It
Architectural Archival Watercolors
Home Northshore, Community Christian
of Jim Blanchard. Ogden Museum of
Concern and the Children’s Advocacy
Southern Art, 925 Camp St. 10am-5pm.
14 The Food of Love. Musical cabaret starring Leslie Castay, featuring
Center Hope House. Heritage Park.
Clint Johnson and Jefferson Turner.
In celebration of New Orleans
30-July 4 Independence Day Weekend
Shakespeare Festival’s 25th Anniversary
at the Grand. A full schedule of family
Season. Tulane’s Lupin Theater, 16
activities, fireworks and special rates.
Newcomb Blvd, Dixon Annex. 7:30pm.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 739 Canal St, and various locations. nolatangofestival.com. 16-July 1 Crowns. Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St. lepetittheatre.com. 20 Evening with the Eagles. Smoothie King Center. 8pm. smoothiekingcenter. com. 21 Julio and Cesar. Botanical Gardens,
ogdenmuseum.org. 1-Aug 26 Carlos Rolón: Outside/In. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Crl. noma.org. 1-Sept 2 Salazar: Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans, 1785-1802. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925
14-17 New Orleans Tango Festival. Astor
1-4 Independence Day Weekend at the Grand. A full schedule of family activities, fireworks and special rates. marriotgrandhotel.com. 1-8 Recovered Memories: Spain, New Orleans and the American Revolution at the Cabildo. Louisiana State
Camp St. 10am-5pm. ogdenmuseum.org. 1-Dec 21 EMPIRE. Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane, 6823 St. Charles Ave. newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu. 3 Happy 3rd of July. Fireworks and music by the Marine Corps Band New Orleans. City Park. 6-9:30pm. neworleanscitypark. com. 4 Go Fourth on the River. Dueling barges
New Orleans City Park. 6-8pm. $10.
Museum, 751 Chartres St. 568-6968.
fireworks on the downtown New Orleans
21-24 FestiGals. Commemorate the
1-8 Sarah Morris. Exhibition of painting,
5 Bobby Cure and the Poppa Stoppas.
city’s tricentennial with the Women’s
drawing and film examining the
Botanical Gardens, New Orleans City
Weekend Experience, including culinary
mythologies of contemporary urbanity
Park. 6-8pm. $10. neworleanscitypark.
experiences, tours, seminars, Bodacious
and the city of New Orleans during its
Bras for a Cause Brunch and the Stiletto
tercentennial year. Contemporary Arts
Stroll Second Line Parade. festigals.org.
Center, 900 Camp St. 528-3805. cacno.
jazz and blues music, speakers, crafts
and more. Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
22 Business & Breakfast. Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Wyndham
1-22 The Whole Drum Will Sound:
5-8 ESSENCE Festival. R&B, hip-hop,
Garden New Orleans Airport, 6401
Women in Southern Abstraction.
Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie. 7:45-
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925
Orleans Shakespeare Festival’s 25th
Camp St. 10am-5pm. ogdenmuseum.org.
Anniversary Season. Tulane’s Lupin
9:45am. 835-3880. jeffersonchamber.org. 29-July 1 Insider Experience: Covington
1-31 Women in New Orleans: Builders
6-22 Macbeth. In celebration of New
Theater, 16 Newcomb Blvd, Dixon Annex.
Art Weekend. Opening cocktail
and Rebuilders. Nola 4 Women, 5208
reception, Covington gallery stroll and
Magazine St, #164. nola4women.org.
7 The Westbank Beer Festival. Presented
1-Aug 7 CIRCOVIA Summer Production
by NOLA Motorsports Park. 11075
more. (985) 400-5657. 30 Made for the Shade. Shade garden
1-Aug 12 Lee Friedlander in Louisiana.
Show. A Cirque-style sensation. Beau
Nicolle Blvd, Avondale. 12-6pm.
workshop lead by Master Gardener Nell
Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi,
Howard. Longue Vue Houe & Gardens, 7
Miss. Mon-Thurs, 7pm; Sat-Sun 3pm
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11 King Lear Stage Reading. In celebration
of New Orleans Shakespeare Festival’s 25th Anniversary Season. Tulane’s Lupin Theater, 16 Newcomb Blvd, Dixon Annex. 7:30pm. neworleansshakespeare.org. 12 Klezmer All-Stars. Botanical Gardens, New Orleans City Park. 6-8pm. $10. neworleanscitypark.com. 13-15 San Fermin en Nueva Orleans. The 12th annual bullrun festival that pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain. Running with the bulls on Saturday, July 14. nolabulls.com. 13-22 Beauty and the Beast. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St, Kenner. $36-40. rivertowntheaters.com. 14 Bastille Day Fête. Celebrate France’s national holiday with Bastille Day Fête presented by the Alliances Française of New Orleans, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the French-American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter, and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Diboll Cl. 6-9pm. bastilledaynola.com. 17 Sam Smith. Smoothie King Center. 8pm. smoothiekingcenter.com. 17-22 Tales of the Cocktail. The international bar and spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking and special events, including prix fix dinners. Various locations. talesofthecocktail.com. 18 By Any Scenes Necessary. Collaboration with The NOLA Project in celebration of New Orleans Shakespeare Festival’s 25th Anniversary Season. Tulane’s Lupin Theater, 16 Newcomb Blvd, Dixon Annex. 7:30pm. neworleansshakespeare.org. 19 Tim Laughlin. Botanical Gardens, New Orleans City Park. 6-8pm. $10. neworleanscitypark.com. 23-24 Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival. Presented by The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Live music by: Bruce Daigrepont, Sean Ardoin, Les Freres Michot, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Li’l Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Chris Ardoin & NuStep, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, and Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers. Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N Rampart St. 11:30am-6:30pm. Free. jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco. 26 Hot Club of New Orleans. Botanical Gardens, New Orleans City Park. 6-8pm. $10. neworleanscitypark.com. 27 Business & Breakfast. Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway, 3838 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie. 7:45-9:45am. 835-3880. jeffersonchamber.org. 27 The Isley Brothers. Beau Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Miss. 8pm. beaurivage.com.
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INside Story by Michael Harold
AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH, I play an imaginary game with myself where I bestow nonexistent gold, silver and bronze medals upon my friends and acquaintances. I hate to admit it, but the make-believe medals are usually awarded the day after some boozy party. The categories are normally selected randomly or at my whim since I concocted the silly contest.
Abita beer, and only Louisiana hot sauce. It would be repugnant for them to purchase Angostura bitters over Peychaud’s or chose California oranges over Louisiana navels. Can you imagine a gold medalist eating a po-boy on French bread baked anywhere else but within the confines of Orleans Parish? Not gonna’ happen. The best part about the Most New Orleans
The Most New Orleans Categories might include most mortifyingly wasted, best dressed (or worst dressed), most annoying, and my favorite of the whole lot: “Most New Orleans.” The last is by far the most amusing since it’s unquestionably local in character and poses the most challenge. Let’s face it, picking out the drunkest person in a room is usually pretty easy. A typical gold medalist in the Most New Orleans category is famous for defending the city to a fault. For them, there is no other place to live. Period. They live and breathe New Orleans, and if you’re ever feeling anxious about the city, just ring up a finalist and they’ll calm you down. It’s as if the city employs them to convince everyone that potholes and parking tickets constitute part of the city’s charm. Also, it’s generally assumed that most award winners keep their kitchens stocked with local ingredients. You’re likely to find Blue Plate mayo,
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category is the fact that the winners don’t have to be born and reared in The Crescent City. On the contrary, like many Catholics I know, the convert is always the person more fervently loyal than the one born into it. In fact, two of my favorite gold medalists are actually from Memphis and New York. The first, Dannal Perry, owns a charming gift store on Magazine Street, where she sells heaps of cheery items with local character. She attended Tulane and never left the city. I gave her the gold medal once after I discovered that she not only gives tours of New Orleans but also purchased a tattoo around her ankle saying, “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?” One day, Dannal noticed a customer grinning from ear to ear as he read the message on her ankle. Imagine her disappointment when he finally built up the courage to tell her that I Know What You Did Last Summer was also one of his favorite movies.
The second award-winning convert, Deb Shriver, grew up in Alabama and currently lives in New York, where she’s a bigwig at Hearst Publications. She and her husband, Jerry, bought a home in the French Quarter and return as much as they can. She fell so hopelessly in love with New Orleans that she published a magnificent photographic essay book called Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard. If you want to feel good about New Orleans, just sit next to Deb. I decided she deserved the gold medal one scorching July evening when she compared the still air to being swaddled in a baby’s warm blanket. That was the last metaphor I would have used. I ate lunch last week with one of my favorite New Orleans characters. who of course picked the most-New Orleans of restaurants, Domilise’s. After finishing our Barq’s root beers and fried seafood po-boys, I decided that I had my next potential gold medalist, namely, Gordon Peter Wilson. I was in stitches as I listened to his stories of growing up in New Orleans with his mother, Peggy Wilson. It was like listening to an updated version of A Confederacy of Dunces. When I mentioned that he should write a book, Gordon responded with a “funny you should ask” smirk and handed me a copy of a soon-to-be-published novel entitled Quench the Smoldering Wick. The naughty smile on Gordon’s face told me that the book was not about gardenias, gumbo and cemeteries but rather about scandal. Knowing Gordon’s witty but honest personality, I was convinced the little novel in my hands was going to cause quite a stir. We will soon find out, as the book goes on sale this month. I only hope Gordon is not banished to Texas with a new tattoo bearing the words “I know what it means to miss New Orleans.” June-July 2018 31
by Cindy Caruso
AFTER JUST A SHORT DRIVE to Natchez, Mississippi, you are soon immersed in its historic past. Natchez, the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River, is one of the few places in the United States with over 500 buildings constructed prior to 1860. A quaint little town filled with historic homes, antique stores, restaurants, a beautiful cathedral and a lovely cliff-side view of the Mississippi, Natchez has much to capture your attention. Our visit brought us to town for the Spring
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Pilgrimage, an event hosted by the Natchez Garden Club since 1931. During this month-long event, many of the historic private homes are opened to the public for tours, as well as several owned by the Natchez Pilgrimage Garden Club. Some are hosted by descendants of the original owners dressed in period costumes. Along with the home tours, you are treated to a history lesson that recognizes not only the original homeowners, but also the workers and their families who contributed their lives to these homes. >>
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the Natchez Historical Foundation, it has been ranked one of the best inns not only in the United States, but also in the world. The hospitality offered by Doug and Don is beyond compare, and the gourmet breakfasts served could stand up to any 5-star restaurant. With only three guest rooms to offer, you are treated as a close family friend when you stay here. Their home is filled with beautiful period furniture and many antiques acquired by Doug’s great aunt, whose past takes us back to another part of history. Bessie Fisher left home in her teenage years and became a Powers Model in New York City, where she caught the eye of Florenz Ziegfield and became one of the early Ziegfield Girls. While performing, she met A. J. Stasny, an up-and-coming music composer. They married and went out on a limb to start the A. J. Stasny Music Company, which, by the early 1920s, became one of the largest music publishing companies in the country. Sadly, the Stasnys had no children of their own, and Mr. Stasny died in 1923, leaving Mrs. Stasny to build and manage their company. She traveled worldwide, buying antiques along the way. Doug, being one of her few relatives with any appreciation for antiques, was quick to >>
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To truly experience the historic feel of Natchez, a stay in one of the historical bed- andbreakfast inns is a must. While there are many to choose from, our choice is the historic Oak Hill Inn. Built in 1835 by William A. Beatty for his wife, Elizabeth, the home features the traditional center-hall design and an expansive front porch for lazily enjoying the afternoons. Doug Mauro and Donald McGlynn, New Jersey natives, were frequent visitors to the New Orleans area when they took a side trip to Natchez and fell in love with the town and the people. While Donald was planning an early retirement with hopes of settling in Natchez, little did he know that Doug had kept that dream alive by reaching out to a Natchez realtor to search for their future home. After they visited three antebellum homes, Oak Hill spoke to them, saying “this is home” when they walked through the door. Purchased in early 2004, Oak Hill was returned to its former glory following two years of loving restoration. Awarded the 2005 Restoration Award by
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obtain a few upon her death. Many of these items are now scattered throughout Oak Hill Inn. One of his most prized possessions is a marble lamp made of solid Carrera marble hand carved and sculpted by A. Petrelli in 1850. The top globe of translucent alabaster was originally gas powered and was later converted to electricity. The Stasnys purchased the lamp in 1919 for $3,800. Upon arrival at Oak Hill, you are greeted with
mint juleps and homemade chocolate chip cookies to begin your immersion into true Southern hospitality. Doug lovingly leads you on a tour of their home, filling you in on its history and their large collection of antiques. The following morning, you are treated to a gourmet breakfast, which could include any of the following: eggs benedict or fresh herb frittata with peaches-and-cream French toast, mascarpone-filled crĂŞpes topped with fresh berries, homemade biscuits and brioche rolls and plantation potatoes or grit cakes. You do not leave hungry or dissatisfied. Oak Hill Inn is the perfect setting for a getaway to enjoy all that this historic town has to offer.
Just a quick 176 miles away, Natchez is home to many activities. From historic homes, like the Oak Hill Inn and Melrose, to outdoor recreation in the Homochitto National Forest, there’s something for everyone. For history buffs, view Natchez in Historic Photographs located in the Stratton Chapel at 405 State Street behind First Presbyterian Church, which is also a historic site constructed in 1828-1829. The photograph collection depicts life in Natchez from 1845 to circa 1910. The exhibit is free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. With a vivid Native American history, Natchez has several ceremonial mounds nearby. Built and used by ancestors of the Natchez Indians, Emerald Mound offers amazing views from the top. In the late 1600s, the Natchez Indians abandoned Emerald for a new capital at the Grand Village. Also known as the Fatherland Site, the prehistoric mounds, reconstructed Natchez Indian House and museum are open for exploration by visitors. At night, enjoy live music as you watch the sun set over the Mississippi River at the Under the Hill Saloon, the oldest bar in town, or try a unique cocktail at King’s Tavern, one of the oldest standing buildings in the Natchez territory. For day drinks, tour the Old South Winery, whose motto is “The Best in Everything Muscadine.” The winery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free individual and small group tours and tastings. For itinerary ideas and more details, go to visitnatchez.org.
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The massive basrelief Symbols of Communication.
ANYONE DRIVING THROUGH New Orleans has undoubtedly seen the magnificent sculptural work of Mexican-born and beloved New Orleans transplant, Enrique Alférez. Although he died in 1999 at the age of 98, his legacy lives on, from the Botanical Gardens of City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art to the Lakefront Airport. Whether you’re meandering downtown, where you’ll find his 18-foot bronzes of The Lute Player
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by Leslie Cardé and David (with his trusty slingshot) gracing the enormous front entrance of the 909 Poydras Street skyscraper, or ambling through the hallways of uptown hospital Touro Infirmary, the city has been wrapped for decades in a cocoon of chiseled charm by one of the world’s great artists. His grand-scale Symbols of Communication, commissioned by The Times-Picayune when its former headquarters opened on Howard >>
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Sculptor Enrique Alférez
This bronze sculpture, Repose, recently sold at auction for over
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Avenue, is a massive bas-relief, three stories high, containing gigantic symbols from Arabic to Morse code and mathematical symbols to Sanskrit. There has been much speculation of late about the fate of the unusual piece when new owners took over the building and it became known that it would eventually be demolished. “It’s heartening to know that the owners have promised to save that great work,” says art conservator Elise Grenier of Grenier Conservation, who has been involved in numerous restoration and preservation projects both here and abroad. “Alférez is an important sculptor on both a national and international scale. To lose his work would be a travesty.” Conserving, restoring and exhibiting the artist’s works has become a theme in the city. The fate of Charity Hospital has been in question since Katrina, when the facility sustained damage and was closed. Alférez’s bas-reliefs adorn the 20-story Art Deco building’s exterior. And the Fountain of the Four Winds, now enclosed in a cyclone fence at the Lakefront Airport, is in need of repair. “Fountain of the Four Winds was created by my
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dad in 1936 and was funded by the WPA, the Works Progress Administration under President Roosevelt,” says the artist’s daughter, Dr. Tlaloc Alférez, an Ochsner physician. “It’s a shame to let priceless pieces fall into disrepair. Perhaps it belongs in a location where more people can enjoy it. We have numerous sites where Confederate statues have been removed. Perhaps a welcoming fountain would make more sense on a site like Lee Circle. If Charity Hospital comes down, the history of bas-reliefs in this city will be destroyed, after a hundred years.” Enrique Alférez has a colorful past. As a young lad of 12, he ran away from home but was captured by forces inside the rebel organization of Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution. After 10 years, he escaped and fled to El Paso, Texas, eventually landing in Chicago after hearing a lecture by acclaimed artist Lorado Taft of The Art Institute of Chicago. He took a train to the Windy City and during his formative years studied with the renowned artist. “Alférez began with reliefs that spoke to the Art Deco architecture of the city,” says Cesareo Moreno, Curator of the National Museum of Mexican Art in
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Chicago. “His wood reliefs in the old Playboy building adorn the cabs and doors of the elevators there. We tried to obtain them for our new exhibit, but the building owners didn’t want them removed, even temporarily. So, we have snapshots.” The Chicago exhibit in question, Arte Diseno Xicago, has garnered a lot of buzz since it opened at the end of March to rave reviews. It includes the works of 34 famed Mexican artists from Diego Rivera and José Maria Velasco to Jesus Torres and beyond. But, as you approach the exhibit, it becomes clear that Alférez just might be the star. “For me, Enrique Alférez is the artist who stands out so much,” says Moreno. “We have given his works an entire room, and he’s the first artist you see when you enter this exhibit.” In that main room, amongst the centerpiece La Soldadera, is the stunning Moses. Aficionados of sculpting know that the most difficult parts of the anatomy to replicate are the fingers and the toes. In his Moses, the left foot’s toes are curled around the stone tablets holding the Ten Commandments, as he tells the Jewish people he has just received >>
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Bust of the late Claire Newman.
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these, pointing skyward as if God has electrified him to deliver the news. The artwork displayed in Chicago is on loan from Alférez’s daughter and will be on display until the exhibit ends on August 19. It was trucked in from her father’s former studio next door to her home. It houses a seemingly endless amount of his work, which makes one wonder why it isn’t being exhibited somewhere in the city to be appreciated. There is the breathtaking La Pieta, which shows the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene holding Jesus. “My father did his own version of the Pieta, because he believed that one woman couldn’t have held the lifeless body of Jesus,” says daughter Tlaloc. That particular sculpture has a very interesting backstory. In his starving artist days, Enrique crafted the piece as a way to repay the doctor who treated and saved his 8-year-old daughter from encephalitis. This wonderful piece was displayed in the doctor’s home for decades. Upon his death, Tlaloc Alférez
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learned he had willed it to her with a note thanking her for all of the years of enjoyment he had garnered from her father’s work. “Alférez ordinarily came up with his own ideas for his works, but he would also frequently receive specs from an architect with principles of the project he would be undertaking, or commissions which had been requested, and he would then submit drawings,” says Katie Bowler-Young, Director of Global Relations at The University of North Carolina and the author of the upcoming biography of Alférez, in conjunction with The Historic New Orleans Collection. One such commission came in the ’50s from Alférez’s friend, Bobby Newman, a contemporary of the artist and a former president of the New Orleans Museum of Art. They both loved art, and Bobby wanted a realistic >> June-July 2018 43
rendition of his wife, Claire. “Oddly, it’s now in the home of another Claire Po Newman, my daughter, who is the elder Claire’s granddaughter,” says Brandy Newman, the daughter-in-law of the original Claire, who named her daughter after her mother-in-law. “Alférez certainly captured her essence. Claire was lovely, but she could be a tough taskmaster, and I think this sculpture shows that side of her.” When it comes to realism, Alférez might have gone a bit overboard with one of his sculptures. For all of his religious-themed art you see throughout the city, he had a few qualms with the tenets of organized religion. His father, in fact, was an atheist. So, when Alférez decided to donate a statue of the Virgin Mary to a local church, the parishioners got a lot more than they bargained for. Unbeknownst to anyone in that church, when the statue was delivered, Alférez had it hooked up with tubes and a bloody-looking substance. During the middle of the service, blood started coming from its eyes—to the amazement and horror of the worshipers. “If you knew him,” says Slater, “you knew he could be quite the prankster.” Practical jokes aside, much of New Orleans is enveloped in his religious renderings, whether it’s the beautiful wooden doors of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Old Metairie or a perennial favorite, Our Lady of Prompt Succor, a copy of which rests in his uptown studio. It would certainly seem to outsiders that Alférez never really understood the value of his work. In spite of commissions like the one to sculpt maquettes of athletes around the perimeter of Tad Gormley Stadium or those for his larger-than-life pieces throughout the city, the inherent value of his work seemed to elude him. 44
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“My wife, Willa, and I had just bought a small piece of Enrique’s called The Acrobat,” says Slater. “Peggy (Enrique’s wife) told us that Enrique was thinking of going back to Mexico, then tearfully said that the last time they left, he took all of his work to the dump and broke it up. To save his work, Peggy brought over 28 pieces. We had them lined up along our ceiling shelf under the indirect lighting. Over the years, we sold them and sent him the checks. But the point was to save his art. We refused to take any commissions, even though Willa was an art consultant; we were friends. For our work, Enrique would gift us with pieces from his collections. Willa loved his work. She bought the Mother and Child decades ago, and it’s still in our home.” “There is great demand for his work,” says Amanda Winstead, owner of Amanda Winstead Fine Art and a longtime appraiser. “He’s a beloved man who worked well into his 90s and was quite a character. His work is all over the city; it’s beautiful, and people love it. We set a record price for a bronze sculpture entitled Repose that I brought into the Neal Auction Company in December 2016. It was expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000. It sold for $173,000 and change.” “During his lifetime, Enrique Alférez was constantly up against the powers that be who criticized his work for his ideas and for its nudity,” says Katie Pfohl, Ph.D., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA. “But this was an artist who had the courage of his convictions, and no one today would ever doubt the value of his work.” Visit The Enrique Alférez Studio and view works for purchase from the permanent collection. Call 504-897-2646 for appointments. enriquealferez.com. June-July 2018 45
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Who is this Al Fresco...?
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FULL DISCLOSURE: there are wait staff out there that have served me outside in the cold and (I might be a little embarrassed to admit) the rain, so obdurate am I with the notion of dining in the wild. My friends put up with it; my husband whines about it; and only my daughter revels in it as I do. Al Fresco dining isnâ€™t as much a given here as it is in some other places. We have rain and bugs to discourage us, and maybe less of a view, but there are a surprising number of places in New Orleans to indulge in outdoor dining those four days each in spring and fall when the conditions are optimal here. Pleasure is in the soul of the beholder, so here are my perimeters. Adjust your adherence to this advice accordingly. To me, sidewalk tables render the allure of outdoor dining moot. They are usually too close to each other and invite intruders to the dining experience. I prefer that the outdoor dining space be fully enclosed, where only patrons of the restaurant will be milling around. There are exceptions to this, of course. Del Porto and Ox Lot 9 in adorable downtown Covington have tables outside where >> June-July 2018 47
a diner is unlikely to encounter much foot traffic. As I look over the list of personal favorites, most of them are not in an enclosed space. I love sitting outside at Andy’s Bistro on N. Turnbull in Metairie. Everyone who has ever joined me at 5 p.m. there has delighted in it as I do. When the weather is wondrous, this is my Number One. The dining options are comfy sofas with coffee tables, and there are only three groups, one of which will likely be occupied by owner Kevin and his buds and their cigars. (I still love you, Kevin!) But I’m just nuts about this one, with its large trees wrapped in lights and the soothing fountain and the gosh-darned hospitableness of it all. There are lots more tables outside at Station 6 in Bucktown, which is good because this place is busy busy. And why not? Allison Vega and husband Drew have taken a shack by the levee and turned it into a hip place with superb food and polished service. Charming patio. The Lakehouse has a bit more to work with. In a centuries-old home on Mandeville’s lakefront, the food is good and the service friendly, making it a fine place to watch the sun turn evening into night. The lights on the Causeway mesmerize. Fork and Corks in Covington and Cafe B in Old Metairie have tables out front but far from the madding crowd, allowing for a focus where it ought to be, on the plate of yummy food in front of you. Ruth’s Chris downtown flanks the promenade at Harrah’s in a classier way than its neighbor Gordon Biersch. Go for Happy Hour, but the full dining experience here under the lights would be great too. One last on-the-street good one … Alon Shaya will soon open Saba in the space that was Kenton’s. Shaya is one of my favorite fully enclosed 48
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patios in town. Broussard’s is another beauty, though neither of these is sexy like the tiny neighbor patios at Sylvain, Bayona and especially Doris Metropolitan. If fun is what you seek, there are picnic tables at Rum House, Bourrée and Dat Dog. Long, familystyle foldaways at Parkway, and a cozy cluster of seats under the pergola at Cowbell. The Velvet Cactus and its sister (or would that be brother?) restaurant are always rockin’, and doesn’t everyone sprawled at the tables at Lucy’s seem to be having more fun than you? If being above the street for your outdoor fix appeals to you, Muriel’s, Curio and Tableau in the Quarter have the best food, along with Cava in Lakeview. Crescent City Brewhouse offers views of the River, and Barley Oak in Mandeville looks out to the lake. Good seafood joints Blue Crab and Rip’s flank opposite sides of the lake, and Morton’s in Madisonville is a throwback to the old West End, keeping with the ordinary food. A few outliers worth mentioning: La Caretta in Mandeville, Covington, Hammond, etc. has good-but-not-great Mexican food, and very good Casa Borrego has a bohème back patio. Pepe’s in Covington is another good choice. Ming’s at the lake is good Chinese. Palmetto’s in Slidell has a unique back patio. I keep waiting for a gator under my table. And wildlife abounds at The Chimes in Covington. Don’t miss this if you have kids. The back patio has a long walkway to the Bogue Falaya River. Goats keep the lush grasses under control. Sort of. The food is good enough, but brunch is better. One last one to mention is Lola in Covington. The tiny deck is not worth a visit. The food definitely is. See you out in the fresh air!
Wine Cellar by Bill Kearney AS AMERICANS, we are often puzzled by French wine laws that are designed to promote areas of geography as opposed to grape varietals. American labels are focused on cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay and others, whereas the French choose to place emphasis on the “terroir,” on areas such as Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne. Under French wine laws there can be no focus on the grape varietal, as it is truly the land where the grapes are grown that receive the attention and accolades. That is not to say that the French have any less respect for varietals, as there is an abundance of very stringent laws that are imposed upon wine producers. One of the truly most interesting areas of French wine production is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose literal translation is “new castle of the Pope.” This is a historical reference to the year 1308, when the former Archbishop of Bordeaux (Pope Clement V) temporarily moved the papacy to the town of Avignon in southeastern France.
not flourish in the Southern Rhone Valley, these are not wine types that many Americans are familiar with. Yet, I find that one of the greatest wine producers in the Rhône Valley and Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the Perrin Brothers holding known as Château de Beaucastel. One of the things that sets Beaucastel apart is their holding on to the blending of many of the 13 different varietals in their wine. This blending of other grapes creates fascinating nuances and layers of complexity that are unique. Their heavier reliance on mourvèdre in final blending is another unique aspect. The wines of Beaucastel are very age worthy and enhance the fascinating wines that evolve over time. While one can claim that most quality wines certainly benefit over time, this is readily apparent for wines from both Châteauneuf and Beaucastel. There are certainly no other wines that exude the fascinating characteristics like these. I have tasted wines that are over 30 years of
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is located on the northern end of Provence and receives a unique set of topographical and weather issues that help to create some of the most fascinating wines in the world. Massive winds (Le Mistral) rolling off the Mediterranean have made topsoil littered with large rocks (galets). These are an important component for growing grapes, as they assist in retaining heat and then releasing at night. The laws of Châteauneuf allow for up to 13 different varietals to be used in the blending, though the king of grapes here is unquestionably grenache. It is also interesting to note that French municipal decrees in 1954 strictly prohibited flying saucers to land or fly here. Many producers of Châteauneuf successfully rely on grenache to create stunning wines. A few famous producers include Vieux Télégraphe and Château Rayas. The laws here allow for up to 13 different varietals, though the final blend can retain most any of these. The different varietals include grape types that are foreign to most of our ears, such as cinsaut, counoise, grenache noir, mourvèdre, muscardin, piquepoul noir, syrah, terret noir, and vaccarèse. Admittedly, other than syrah, which does
age from Beaucastel, and they are without equal. Certainly, wines from Bordeaux have even greater aging potential, though I think the wines from Châteauneuf are simply more curious. They also produce a wine known as “Coudelet” that is priced in a more friendly price point. Even this village wine is simply wonderful after some aging. Côtes-du-Rhône wines are generally best when consumed in the short term, though Coudelet will provide amazing rewards for those who are patient. Whenever looking for Châteauneuf-duPape, a savvy buyer will undoubtedly notice the raised seal of the Papacy, denoting one of the many unique characteristics of these wines. The second unique aspect is the everevolving nature of the blends of Beaucastel. These are great wines that rarely, if ever, disappoint. They can be difficult in their extreme youth, but I assure you that they will evolve and delight with time.
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The Enigmatic Founder of by Joey Kent
La Nouvelle Orléans Where the River Didn’t Flow into the Marshy Surrounds
Hand-colored map of America east of the Mississippi River, Cuba, and the Bahamas, showing areas of French exploration from 1683 to 1698-99. 50
IN THE PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS of this series celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, we met the lively Le Moyne brothers and followed them on their mission to claim the Mississippi River for the King of France and establish a stronghold there. We learned these rugged Canadian explorers were, in fact, titled Lords of vast land holdings in France bequeathed them by their father from the many rewards he received for his loyal service to King Louis XIV, and we celebrated the first Mardi Gras in America with the brothers when they successfully found the mouth of the Mississippi in 1699. Working with faulty maps and skewed historical accounts, Pierre Le Moyne led his flotilla up and down the Mississippi until they could finally prove the river they were on and the one fellow explorer Réne-Robert Cavelier de La Salle had traversed from the north some years earlier were one in the same. The waterway was then claimed for King Louis and the territory christened La Louisiane in his honor. A fort was hastily constructed to guard this new asset near what is now Ocean Springs, Mississippi, but the job would prove to be far from over. Our story continues. Once Fort Maurepas was established to his minor satisfaction, Pierre Le Moyne, the Lord of Iberville, was anxious to return to France and bask in the glory of his crew’s collective achievement. He outfitted his ship with just enough crew for the transAtlantic journey then declared Lieutenant Sauvole was to be in charge of the fort. Pierre’s brother, Jean Baptiste, the Lord of Bienville, was promoted to Sauvole’s now vacated position of Lieutenant of the King and would remain behind with the majority of
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the crew in this latest outpost in “New France”. On Saturday, May 2, 1699, Iberville and crew pulled up anchor and set off on the nearly two month return trip to France. No big deal, right? Well, actually… Iberville and company had just claimed the Mississippi River and its surrounds for the King of France, so it was virgin territory within their American holdings – a new state in New France, if you will. Iberville was the commander of the mission, so he called the shots as the one credited with “discovering” this territory. Pierre ordered a fort built, thus creating an indigenous location and populating it with his crew. He named Sauvole the man in charge of this new outpost and, just like that, the territory of La Louisiane had its first governor!
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So, who was this Sauvole guy? As it turns out, we don’t know a great deal about Louisiana’s first governor, other than the fact he, too, was a Lord. Neither Iberville nor Bienville referred to him in their records as anything more than Sieur de Sauvole. Yes, here we are again back at the naming of historical figures by the single name of the land associated with their territory. “Lord of Sauvole” gives us few clues as to the identity of this man, but we can infer a few things. First of all, we need to establish that the title of Sieur de Sauvole was one of the batch bequeathed to Charles Le Moyne by order of King Louis XIV, and it was assigned to one of Charles’ many sons, Francois Marie. Some historians have been quick to assert Sauvole and Francois Marie were one in the same, but that doesn’t seem to be
the case. While little is known of the life of Francois Marie, it appears he died in 1687, some twelve years before the expedition in question. Further, Iberville and Bienville did not claim Sauvole a relative in their writings nor to outside observers. Bienville, especially, was known to tout his every brother’s achievements each time he sought additional funding from the King, but not once did he claim Sauvole among his famous kin. Nor did Sauvole make any mention of these men as relatives, rather expressing a certain disdain for Canadians in general. An early historian claimed Sauvole was born in France and endowed with his title at a young age by a wealthy aunt. I would venture a guess the aunt in question might have been Catherine, the wife of >> June-July 2018 51
Above: Map showing the disposition of Fort Maurepas near what is now Ocean Springs. Right: French explorers visiting Native Americans. 52
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Charles Le Moyne and mother of all the Le Moyne explorers. Charles passed away in 1685 and, if their son Francois died two years later, I could see the grieving widow passing his title and money to a cousin of similar age in France, the home of Charles’ many siblings. This would explain how a title owned by the Le Moynes ended up falling in the lap of a French boy, and how he came from obscurity to a positon of power among the Le Moyne brothers in Iberville’s Mississippi mission for the King. The same historian recounts that Sauvole was somewhat frail and sickly and jumped at the chance for an adventure to the New World. Who among us can’t imagine Mama Catherine telling her boys to be nice to their cousin and take him along on their little sea adventure? And who among us can’t imagine Iberville ditching him at first opportunity by giving him a seemingly important title and task? The first few months of the Sauvole administration passed without incident. The men were fresh and provisions adequate, but soon a drought came upon them and the earth dried up. Worms ate into the trees, lumber stocks and ship timbers. Provisions ran low and a small spring became their only source of fresh water. Morale plummeted and infighting broke out as alcohol was relied upon to quench the thirst of the men who could toil no more than a few hours a day in the unbearable heat. A ship was dispatched to Santo Domingo for supplies and Sauvole fought to maintain order. Bienville busied himself during all this by surveying his surrounds and acquainting himself with the many native tribes in the area. Toward the end of August, he set out to retrace their route back to the Mississippi and
cement relations with the various tribes up and down the river. On the return, some seventy five miles above the mouth of the mighty river, Bienville and company rounded a bend in their two little pirogues and were surprised by the sight of a small English war ship known as a corvette. The Carolina Galley was commanded by Captain Louis Bond, a man known to Bienville as a former prisoner of Iberville’s taken in the battle of Hudson Bay. The two exchanged pleasantries and the captain was quick to divulge he was there to establish an outpost on the Mississippi, exactly as predicted by the French. It seems their vessel had been delayed in its quest several months and the crew was only recently back underway from North Carolina. Bienville proceeded to inform the captain he was too late; that the Mississippi and all surrounding territory was already in possession of the King of France and, no doubt buoyed
by the history the two men shared, this outrageous fabrication was bought – hook, line and sinker. Had Captain Bond pressed further on, he would have found no French warships around the bend, no thriving settlement as he was told, and our city might look very different today, but he ordered the corvette to reverse course, thus creating a moment in time and a place on the map east of Algiers known to this day as “English Turn”. Within two years of his appointment as the commander of Fort Maurepas and acting governor of La Louisiane, Sauvole succumbed to yellow fever and Bienville was immediately installed as his successor. Many were the accomplishments of this frail Frenchman whose surviving journals provide vital details of our region’s earliest days even though his name has become largely unknown to history. A shame, truly, for it was he, the enigmatic Sieur de Sauvole - not Jean Baptiste, Sieur de Bienville - who first advocated a spot along the bend in the Mississippi “where the river didn’t flow into the marshy surrounds” as the ideal place to establish the first permanent settlement in the new territory – a place that would rise up from those marshy surrounds almost seventeen years after his passing to become the location we have celebrated for 300 years now as the city of New Orleans. “C’est bon!” June-July 2018 53
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1. Ardmore Monkey Paradise in Flame, 20” x 20”, cotton, $205. The Linen Registry, Metairie,
831-8228. 2. Corkcicle insulated cup with pelican etching by Boyd Cruise, $29. The Shop at The Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection, 598-7147. 3. Kings & Pawns—The Bloodline of Bourbon Orleans, $25. Bourbon Orleans, 523-2222. 4. 36” Ronbow Amora vanity in navy with Carrara white marble top and backsplash, white undercoat sink, and sunburst LEB mirror (faucet sold separately), $3,325 plus tax. Southland Plumbing Supply, Metairie, 835-8411. 5. John Hart shave kit and weekender bag, monogramming available. Hilltop Shoppe, 533-9670. 6. Trellis table lamp with sculpted branches in a mix of gold and silver. Greige Home Interiors, Covington, 985-875-7576.
1. 18-month planners with month-at-a-glance and weekly layouts, available in two sizes. Hilltop Shoppe, 533-9670. 2. Custom chair and ottoman. The French Mix by Jennifer DiCerbo Interiors, Covington, 985-809-3152. 3. The Oyster Bed for grilling, oven or campfire; assorted sizes starting at $85. Niche Modern Home, Mandeville, 985-624-4045. 4. Dueling Oysters by Becky Fos, 24” x 48”, also available in canvas print sizes. B. Fos Gallery, 444-2967. 5. The Looftlighter fast, safe and clean fire starter, $79.95. Outdoor Living Center, Covington, 985893-8008. 6. Mackenzie Child’s Butterfly Garden tea kettle, $130. The Beau Rivage, Biloxi, 888-567-6667. 7. Console with distressed white finish, wood-tone top, canted corners and scalloped apron; two doors with adjustable wood shelf behind each door. American Factory Direct, Covington, 985-871-0300.
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1. Linen shorts and long-sleeve linen shirt from the Reserve Collection. Shorts, $89.50; shirt, $109.50. Jos A. Bank, Metairie and New Orleans, 620-2265. 2. BR Collections Studio Polo custom silver, 5
labradorite, topaz, and blue quartz necklace, $396. The Beau Rivage, Biloxi, 888-567-6667. 3. White silk flower earrings with 18k gold-plated rose pendants; blue floral fully lined chiffon tank. Cailtlin Elizabeth Collection, caitlinelizabethcollection. com. 4. Platinum and diamond ring featuring a floral-motif cluster of Old European-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 1.45 total carats, $3,500. Friend & Co., 866-5433. 5. Echo multicolored scarf, $39. The Shop at Longue Vue House, 488-
5488. 6. Kate Spade tortoise shell sunglasses, $218. Optical Shoppe, Metairie, 301-1726.
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“Wow Hat” with flowers on rim, $41. The Shop at Longue Vue, 488-5488. 6. Embroidered circle cork handbag that can be carried clutch or crossbody style. Ballin’s Ltd., 866-4367.
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The Gulf Restaurant
by Tracy Louthain
THE FLORIDA BEACHES of South Walton and Destin are a popular vacation spot for many Louisiana families. The area’s soft, sugar-white sand makes the five hours of dashboard time well worth it. In addition, there is also no denying the incredible culinary offering along Florida’s Emerald Coast. From Celebrity Chef Tim Creehan to Chef and author Jim Shirley to the many other talented chefs that call South Walton and Destin home, the result is an abundance of award-winning restaurants sprinkled along this stretch of beautiful beaches. For those seeking the inside scoop on the Emerald Coast’s dining scene, this round-up of what’s new and delicious is a helpful “go to” in finding the Gulf Coast’s newest culinary delights. (These recommendations are presented from west to east starting on Okaloosa Island and ending on Highway 30A.)
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(Where to stay near The Gulf? The Hilton Garden Inn is a brand-new hotel in Fort Walton Beach. The airy lobby opens to a large enclosed courtyard, fire pits and pool deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. hiltongardeninnfortwaltonbeach.com)
Brotula’s Seafood & Steamer Located along the Destin Harbor, Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer might not be the newest restaurant on the coast, but it is definitely one of the most talked about. For those familiar with the area, Brotula’s opened in the former Fisherman’s Wharf building. Opened by longtime Destin locals Tyler Jarvis and Chris Ruyan, Brotula’s is winning over hearts and taste buds with their steamed and boiled seafood entrées, which include an assortment of finishing seasonings and butters. Locals and visitors alike
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The Gulf on Okaloosa Island is anything but ordinary. For starters, the restaurant is constructed of repurposed shipping containers. In fact, the concept is so green that Mother Nature is likely applauding the effort. With car-charging stations outside and an up-to-date menu options inside, The Gulf offers one of the freshest experiences on the coast. The menu changes daily as chefs take the latest catch and locally harvested produce to create brilliant dishes. Their commitment to sustainability is to be commended, and the view from The Gulf is enviable. A definite “must stop” on any trip to the Emerald Coast. Address: 1284 Marler Ave., Okaloosa Island. TheGulf.com.
are buzzing about their Fish Trax program, which monitors local catches. Diners can simply scan the QR code on the flag placed on their meal to see where and when their fish was caught. The restaurant overlooks the Harbor and the Destin fishing fleet. For anglers who take a chartered excursion, Brotula’s offers a hookand-cook program in which chefs will prepare and serve your fresh catch at the restaurant. Finally, their Sunday Brunch is wildly popular. With live music, bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary specials and all-you-can-eat crawfish, what’s not to love? Address: 210 US-98, Destin. Brotulas.com. (Where to stay near Brotula’s? Jade East Towers, a 15-story condominium with Gulf-front pool, hot tub, tennis courts, grilling station and private beach access, is a top pick. JadeEastCondos.com)
Emeril’s Coastal Italian While everyone knows Chef Emeril Lagasse, the award-winning restaurateur, cookbook author and television star, as well as his New Orleans restaurants, not everyone knows about his latest venture— Emeril’s Coastal Italian at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. He has made Sandestin his home and is one of South Walton’s newest restaurateurs. Coastal Italian offers a combination of modern Italian cuisine with local Gulf seafood. He is an avid fisherman, so the focus on Gulf-to-table dishes is a natural extension of his hobby and passion for using the freshest ingredients. He personally created the new concept and developed each menu item, >> June-July 2018 63
their oysters, both “naked” as well as chargrilled and crowned with toppings such as sharp cheddar, jalapeno and bacon, Shunk Gulley brings flavor out of their shells. As a bonus, shells are recycled in partnership with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to create a living shoreline in the Bay. Address: 1875 S. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach. Shunkgulley.com. (Where to stay near Shunk Gulley? Consider San Remo. The four-story, upscale condominium tucked in a gated community along 30A features a large, seasonally heated pool with spa, sprawling decks, a lake with fountain, and lush natural vegetation with a private dune walkover to the beach. DestinVacation. com/destin-condos/san-remo) which included researching local purveyors and experimenting with local ingredients. Whether you’re a fan of Emeril or just love creative meals, Emeril’s Coastal Italian is a “must try.” Address: 435 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach (next to the Grand Boulevard 10 Cinemas). EmerilsRestaurants.com/emerilscoastal-italian. (Where to stay near Emeril’s Coastal Italian? Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort offers secluded bliss. With winding foot paths, lush gardens and relaxing fountains, the 27-acre, Gulf-front resort features three pools, hot tubs, grilling stations, basketball, horseshoes, and a top-ranked Tennis Center. HiddenDunesDestin.com)
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Everyone loves a great legend. Since Highway 30A’s newest restaurant is near a highly coveted and hard-to-find fishing spot known as “shunk gulley” reef in the Gulf of Mexico, it was only natural that the restaurant bear its name. Local builder Thomas Gallion partnered with Perdido Key restaurateurs John McGinnis and Cameron Price to open the restaurant across from Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. With Chef McMahan at the helm, Shunk Gulley’s menu combines familiar classics with a few creative new spins on local favorites. Renowned for
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Trebeaché and Red Fish Taco Chef Jim Richard is no stranger to the dining scene in South Walton. His first restaurant, Lake Place in Dune Allen, was a local favorite for many years. Most recently, he’s known for Stinky’s Fish Camp on 30A and Trenasse in New Orleans. But like any flourishing restaurateur, Chef Richard has more to give. His latest project is Trebeaché. Located in Red Fish Village in Blue Mountain Beach, Trebeaché is South Walton’s newest fine-dining spot, serving fresh dishes with a creative twist. Locals have come to enjoy the daily 5 – 6 p.m. happy hour, as well as their Sunday brunch. Those looking for a more casual lunch offering will find it at the pop-up food stand outside, Red Fish Tacos, serving street tacos, fish tacos, shrimp queso and Cubanos. Yum! Address: 2052 County Rd. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. Trebeache.com. (Where to stay near Trebeaché? Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach is a luxury condominium resort located on approximately 14 acres on one of South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes. With breathtaking lake and Gulf views, Sanctuary at Redfish features four separate pools, two Jacuzzis, large fire pit, two outside grills, and pontoon boat rides to the beach.)
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Building a Legacy
time.” To Lee, the jewelry business is all about relationships with
wife Brenda gave life to—their three sons—and the family that gives
customers. But without the right products to sell, it’s hard to build
life to their business—their two hundred employees.
those relationships. “So I went overseas and bought directly from
With eight Lee Michaels stores in Louisiana, Mississippi
the same suppliers I was buying from when I worked at Zales.”
and Texas, featuring quality lines such as Rolex, Patek Philippe,
Lee parlayed his knowledge, experience and connections with
David Yurman and Montblanc, as well as three Pandora stores, Lee
manufacturers into obtaining the best buys for his customers.
Michaels Fine Jewelry has attained a level of excellence few firstgeneration businesses can match. It all began in Dallas, handing out colorful baby chicks at Levine’s Department Store. “I worked in my grandfather’s store during high school,” recalls Lee. “I sold clothing, mopped floors and gave away these colorful chicks at Easter. It was my job to get the right color chick, put it in a box and bring it to the customer.” Eventually, Lee’s grandfather sold Levine’s to Zales. When Lee graduated from college and moved to New York, he was hired by Zales for its training program. After only six years, he was
Lee worked long hours to nurture his fledgling store. “Be good to your business and it will be good to you” is his mantra. And he was good to Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry—very good. “He worked six days a week, 12 hours a day at the store,” says Brenda. “When the laws changed, he worked Sundays, too.” “I remember Mom taking us to eat dinner in the mall so we could visit Dad at work,” says oldest son Ryan. Son Scott agrees. “If we wanted to see Dad, we had to see him at work.” “I was 13 years younger than Ryan, so by the time I came
promoted to senior vice-president in charge of merchandising for
along, Dad didn’t have to work those long hours,” says Chad. “Still,
all their divisions, over a thousand stores.
if I wanted to be with him, I went to the store.”
It didn’t take long for Lee’s inherent entrepreneurial spirit to
Adds Scott, “Some of the greatest learning experiences were
emerge. “I wanted to open my own business, set my own destiny and
watching my father interact with customers. He was so natural. It
control what my business looked like. So I quit my job, put all our
was almost like a dance how he got to know a customer’s needs
furniture in storage, sold our house and moved back to Dallas.” For the
and then found the perfect piece of jewelry for them.”
next year, he and Brenda searched for the perfect jewelry store to buy. Unable to find an established business, the couple opened
Given his extraordinary work ethic, it’s not surprising that Lee’s entrepreneurship rubbed off on his sons at an early age.
Ryan, Chad and
their own store at Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge. “We started
When they were in elementary school, Ryan and Scott sold
in 1978, with no big name brands, and built it one day at a
seashells from Florida to their neighbors. “We set up a stand
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For Lee Michael Berg, it’s all about family. The family he and
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outside the house and sold them for $10 a piece,” says Ryan with
The Bergs are just as passionate about affirming each of their
a laugh. Not to be outdone, their younger brother opened his own
associates. Their daily “10 to 10” staff meetings celebrate employee
sidewalk business selling gemstones for a dollar each. “I even
successes and special occasions. They also focus on integrating the
made a hand-written Lee Michaels sign,” say Chad.
day’s goals with the company’s code of excellence, integrity and
While her sons were working their sidewalk stands, Brenda
service. As a result, Lee Michaels employees are valued like family,
was helping in her own way. “I remember Mom doing payroll
love their job and stay with the company. Sometimes that attitude
at the kitchen table till 11 o’clock at night,” says Ryan. “She also
begins even before they’re hired. Recalls Amy Hughes, Marketing
worked in the store at Christmas time.”
Manager, “I applied for one position but our HR director saw that I
“I used to work behind the counter,” Brenda adds. “It was so funny when customers would tell me, ‘I’m really good friends with Mr. Michaels.’” (Really good friends knew his last name was Berg.) “Lee had a dream to build a business—and share the joys of
was a better fit for this job. She made the most of my talents.” Jane Widas, the HR Director and the company’s longest tenured employee, has been with Lee Michaels for 35 years. She points out that 30 percent of their associates have been with
running that business with his sons,” says Brenda. “And I lived that
the company for 15 years or more. They even have a second-
dream with him. Now the boys are making that dream come true.”
generation employee, Mary Harris, who’s been at the Lakeside
“Being Lee Berg’s sons gave us an opportunity to grow.
store for 13 years. Her mother, also named Mary Harris, retired
It did not guarantee us a top position in the company,” says
as manager of the Hammond store after 20 years. “I have happy
Market President Ryan, who oversees store operations, the watch
times when I’m at work,” says Mary Jr. “This is a family-oriented
department and the San Antonio and Shreveport markets.
company. We treat customers as guests.”
“Yes, we all started working stock, cleaning bathrooms—
Always as guests—even if it means going above and beyond.
learning the business from the bottom up,” adds Market President
“A customer came in looking for a certain $500,000 necklace for
Scott, who oversees the corporate office, the diamond market and
Christmas,” says Chad. “Only problem, it was in Arizona, and this was
the Baton Rouge market.
Christmas Eve.” So Chad flew to Arizona, got the necklace, wrapped it in a
“As early as I can remember, I went to work with my dad. I couldn’t ask for a better role model,” comments General Manager
Lee Michaels signature red box and delivered it in time for Christmas. Scott, who buys the company’s diamonds, remembers
Chad, who oversees marketing, non-branded merchandise, the
a customer who wanted to purchase a very large $100,000
New Orleans and Jackson markets and the Pandora operations.
diamond. The caveat? It had to be made into a belly button ring by
Not only are all three sons working in the business, they are also active in the industry’s trade associations. Ryan was elected the 2016 president of Jewelers of America. Scott will serve as 2016
the next day. It was—and some very lucky lady has probably never covered her midriff since then. The ultimate in customer satisfaction, however, has to go to
president of the American Gem Society. And Chad is president of
Lee’s wife. “I used to sell all of Brenda’s jewelry right off of her. If
Jewelers of Louisiana. To see his sons achieve such recognition
someone admired her ring, I’d take it off and sell it,” confesses Lee.
among their peers brings enormous pride to Lee. He knows the
After 15 years as a human display case, Brenda said “No more!”
impeccable standards he set 37 years ago are the same ones his
and Lee promised never to do it again.
sons—and his employees—hold dear. “This is a very personal business. When people come in, they
But when Scott called saying a customer wanted 10-carat diamond studs immediately, and there weren’t any in their stores,
want to talk with the person who owns the business,” says Lee.
Lee reneged. He knew Brenda had 10-carat studs. Being the
“But, the bigger the business gets, the further the owner gets from
ultimate salesman, Lee cajoled his wife into letting the customer
the customer. The trick is to figure out how to get our employees to
simply look at her earrings. Being the ultimate negotiator, Brenda
act like owners of the business, to feel the passion, the ownership,
proposed the following terms: sell her earrings, split the profits
the desire to please as well as we do.”
with her and replace the studs with a bigger set. Lee agreed. The
Lee found that the key was to hire associates who love people and want to provide Lee Michaels customers with an extraordinary
customer got the earrings. And Brenda scored the ultimate coup. Everyone’s happy. And that’s the way Lee Berg likes it. “We’re
experience. “They can always learn about the business, but they
really not in the jewelry business. We’re in the people business.
can’t learn how to care for people. That has to come from within.”
We’re in the celebration business!” And 37 years of happy
He readily admits that he and his sons are always looking for
customers agree. That signature red Lee Michaels box contains
their next great employee. They don’t have to know a thing about
more than just jewelry. It holds a lifelong reminder of a moment
jewelry as long as they’re passionate about people.
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DIDRIKSEN, SAUCIER, WOODS & PICHON LAW FIRM Didriksen, Saucier, Woods & Pichon Law Firm is a general civil litigation firm that focuses on
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Caleb worked as
insurance and corporate defense, personal injury, product liability and subrogation cases. The firm has a a process control engineer in glass manufacturing plants balance of plaintiff and defense clients. The firm’s founding partners, Caleb Didriksen, Erin Saucier, Trey Woods and Jeremy J. Pichon; and associate Alex Lauricella have diverse legal backgrounds as well as extensive experience with
before attending law school at Tulane. Caleb has also been active as a Scout leader, a soccer coach and at his church. “Many of our referrals are based on Caleb’s
technically complex issues, all of which they utilize for the maximum benefit of their clients. This
engineering and science background,” says Erin Saucier. “He
firm provides clients with legal advice supplemented with technical training and experience—a great
has the ability to understand unusually technical cases and
choice for companies and individuals with complicated and technical risks.
is able to decipher what happened or what was supposed to
The firm also is regularly retained to provide trial assistance in matters that are litigated. “We have a growing trial reputation because of the way we are trying cases,” says Caleb. “We have the ability to uncomplicate complicated things and to speak to juries effectively.” Didriksen, Saucier, Woods & Pichon Law Firm (DSWP), an outgrowth of Didriksen Law Firm, PLC
happen and to make it sound simple.” Erin Saucier, the firm’s managing partner, graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University in 2002. Erin specializes in complex, multi-party personal injury, asbestos
(est. 1988), was formed effective January 1, 2016. Its boutique size allows DSWP to take a hands-
and products liability cases and also handles succession
on approach with clients and give clients the personal attention they need and deserve. DSWP has
and insurance defense cases. She currently has an active
achieved record-breaking judgments, including the largest single-plaintiff jury verdict upheld through
appellate practice that has assisted the firm in overturning
all appeals, in the history of Louisiana, $51.5 million.
adverse rulings and in keeping its largest successful verdicts.
Caleb Didriksen, who has degrees in law and engineering, with over 30 years of law experience,
Erin, together with Didriksen and Tony Clayton, of
also has a general contractor’s license and a pilot’s license. He uses his technical and engineering
Clayton Fruge & Ward of Port Allen, Louisiana, represented
knowledge for the benefit of his clients, regardless of their needs. His experience includes defense
the plaintiff in the record-breaking $51.5 million judgment
and prosecution of environmental claims, including class actions; industrial, highway, railway and
in Marable. Their client suffered grievous injuries when
automotive accidents; construction defect and design defect claims; subrogation prosecution, and a
her husband’s Freightliner Truck moved despite having its
variety of plaintiff litigation. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the
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Erin is a New Orleans native, having attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart for 13 years before she attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
by Super Lawyers as a Louisiana Rising Star. Carl A. “Trey” Woods III is a trial attorney who works on the firm’s first- and
She has three children at New Orleans-area Catholic schools, including one at
third-party property, casualty and liability coverage and defense cases, as well as
her alma mater. Since graduating from law school, Erin has also served as the
in the areas of personal injury and complex trial litigation. Trey has successfully
director of a local non-profit helping to rebuild homes with volunteer labor after
tried many cases in both state and federal courts as well as successfully
prosecuted and defended numerous appeals.
Jeremy J. Pichon has a diverse background in law, finance and technology.
Trey has experience managing all aspects of numerous personal injury
This enables him to provide high-quality integrated legal services across several
cases and workers compensation issues, for both the plaintiff and defense. He
practice areas. He says, “My mother, who grew up in the St. Bernard housing
worked with the trial team on the BP MDL under the co-liaison counsel and
development, is the most wise and smart person I have ever met, and my dad,
also provided oral and written opinions for the BP Settlement program’s policy
who worked for Lockheed Martin for over 25 years, raised me to treat every
decisions and to the Third Party Seafood Neutral. Trey has worked on numerous
person with dignity and respect, to work harder than anyone else, to always
mass tort litigations and Multi-District litigations, including the BP MDL, Chinese
remain humble yet confident, and to never give up on my dreams.” Jeremy’s
Drywall MDL and the West Texas Fertilizer Explosion.
comfort level and experience in court allow him to effectively pick juries and
Trey is tireless in his community involvement and is the founder and
navigate the courtroom with confidence and poise. He has successfully tried
president of the Red Shoe Society of New Orleans. He sits on the executive
many jury and bench trials before state, federal and military judges throughout
board of Ronald McDonald House of Southern Louisiana and has served as Court
Louisiana and represented soldiers throughout the country. On average, Jeremy
Appointed Special Advocate for Children in Orleans Parish.
and the team at Didriksen, Saucier, Woods & Pichon try several jury and bench
In 2007, Trey received a bachelor’s degree in business administration
trials annually. “Approaching trial is kind of like preparing for a military operation;
from Millsaps College and received both his juris doctor and MBA from Loyola
you have your objectives, targets, and goals; you have to have contingency
University in New Orleans in 2010. He has an extensive background and
plans in place in case something goes wrong at trial; and you always have to be
education in the fields of business administration and economics.
prepared to adjust fire when at trial,” says Jeremy. “I love working with everyone at this firm because when we prepare for trial, we prepare as a team.” Prior to joining the team, Jeremy had years of experience as a trial
Alex Lauricella recently joined Didriksen, Saucier, Woods & Pichon as an associate. Born and raised in and around New Orleans, Alex graduated from John Curtis Christian School as class valedictorian. He received an athletic scholarship
litigator on major civil and criminal litigation and has been involved in several
to play football at Tulane University, where he received his BA in political
high-profile class-action trials representing hundreds of clients and recovering
science. Alex excelled at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Alex was
hundreds of millions in settlements and judgments.
actively involved in the Loyola Maritime Law Journal as Comment Editor and
Jeremy received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and his juris
was published for his research on multinational corporations. He also worked as
doctor from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. He attended The
a student-practitioner for the Loyola Law Clinic, where he represented indigent
Judge Advocate General’s School, where he became certified to represent soldiers
defendants in Orleans Parish Criminal Court.
before a military court. In 2003, Jeremy deployed with the US Army Reserve in support of
In addition to effectively handling the general work of the firm, Alex also works with professional athletes to broaden the offerings of the firm. “We are
Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom for over one year in finance. He has over 19
excited to have Alex with us,” says Caleb. “He is an absolute delight to work with
years of military service. He is currently the Command Judge Advocate of the
and is growing very quickly in his talents.”
61st Troop Command of the Louisiana Army National Guard. Jeremy, serving as
Caleb says, “We are just having a ball, honestly. The comradery of our team
Judge Advocate, has prosecuted and defended soldiers under the Louisiana Code
is very positive and effective. In the many years that I have been a lawyer, this is
of Military Justice. Jeremy received commendations for distinguishing “himself
the best place I have ever worked.”
through outstanding meritorious service as the 1-244th AHB Command Judge Advocate providing quality professional advice and counsel to the command and soldiers of the unit during this trying period” following a March 2015 fatal helicopter accident. Active in his community, Jeremy speaks regularly at local schools and universities, mentors young men at local schools and in the community, and currently serves as a member of U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond’s Service Academy review board. In 2016, Jeremy was recognized by the Times-Picayune as one
Didriksen, Saucier, Woods & Pichon Law Firm is located at
of New Orleans Top Lawyers. In 2017, he was recognized by The National Trial
3114 Canal St. in New Orleans. 504-586-1600.
Lawyers Award-Top 40 Under 40 Civil Lawyers, and in 2018, he was recognized
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While enjoying your visit, stop by the Bourbon O’ Jazz Bar to order an expertly crafted cocktail and enjoy the jazz music that was invented on these very streets. Feeling brave enough to walk the very halls where mysterious ghostly guests of the past roam? The hotel concierge is a licensed tour guide that provides a weekly haunted history tour for hotel guests. Everyone loves a party and the Orleans Ballroom hosts a variety of events year round. The who’s who of New Orleans society meet monthly for a fabled roundtable luncheon. Holiday parties and Brunch with Santa are where memories that families treasure for years to come are made. The ballroom can accommodate wine dinners, elaborate weddings, and other celebrations to meet both destination and local needs. Premier Wedding Expert and Special Events Manager Alyssa Shaheen has been executing impressive occasions for the past seven years. Alyssa and her catering team receive many accolades. To quote one happy bride: “I don’t think there are enough words to express how fabulous Alyssa and the entire staff were for our wedding. Everything flowed so well from the time we arrived with our second line
THE BOURBON ORLEANS HOTEL A French Quarter treasure, the historic building that houses the Bourbon Orleans Hotel began its 200 years
to our final dance.” The Bourbon Orleans offers many special rooms packages including the New Orleans Tricentennial, Love to Eat at New Orleans Restaurants, Summer in the City
with decadence and revelry as the Orleans Ballroom. At the top of the winding staircases of the present-day lobby,
and more. If you would like to learn more about the
the Ballroom opened its doors in 1817. Originally paired with the Orleans Theatre, it was the center of society’s
Bourbon Orleans getaway packages or tour the hotel
music, masquerades and political rallies—and the shining crystals of the Ballroom chandeliers have seen much more
for a future event, feel free to make an appointment or
history than is readily apparent.
just stop by for a cocktail.
In its beginnings, the Ballroom was home to a very controversial event known as the Quadroon Balls. These
And while you are there don’t be surprised if
events continued—until Henriette DeLille thought differently. She formed a congregation of nuns, the Sisters of
you see a lonely ghost dancer dancing underneath the
the Holy Family, the first order of Creole nuns in the city. By 1881, they purchased the old Orleans Ballroom and it
ballroom’s crystal chandelier.
became the order’s motherhouse and the first Catholic secondary school for girls of color in New Orleans. The order outgrew the building in the 1960s and signed the property over to the Bourbon Kings Hotel
The Bourbon Orleans is part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, a local ownership group, that includes
Corporation. In 1964, it became what it is today—a French Quarter icon representing 218 guestrooms and suites,
the French Quarter Hotel Collection and a total of 17
a saltwater pool, an enclosed courtyard, wrought-iron balcony suites overlooking Bourbon Street and the gardens
behind St. Louis Cathedral—and the famed ballroom in its original glory. A multi-million-dollar restoration has positioned the hotel as an upscale sanctuary for the modern traveler. Its historic location, in a sea of celebration, nestles guests right into the action of Jackson Square and the nearby nightlife on Bourbon Street. Fine restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and antique shops are just steps away. For a quiet night away from the revelry of Bourbon Street, enjoy a delicious dinner of Creole cuisine at Roux on Orleans. Roux also prepares a breakfast buffet each morning. Mimosas and festive bloody Mary’s are made to order. Don’t forget to ask for a pickled green bean. 70
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The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is located at 717 Orleans Street. bourbonorleans.com.
GULF COAST OFFICE PRODUCTS Established in New Orleans in 1977 by Bob Walsh and Bill Kenny,
call us for service, they aren’t calling a ‘1-800 number’ and getting lost or
Gulf Coast Office Products is the largest locally owned distributor of office
forgotten about in the prompts. They get a live person on the phone at any of
hardware and software in Louisiana, with over 17,000 clients and employing
our four locations.”
over 110 people. The words “office products” in the company’s name, however, are a bit
Gulf Coast Office Products has a wide-ranging client base, including schools, churches, banks, law, engineering and architectural firms and sports
misleading, because this is not a small mom-and-pop shop selling paperclips
franchises. “We have official partnerships with the New Orleans Pelicans, New
and Post-it Notes. As Director of Sales, Andrew Cassara says, “We’re thrilled to
Orleans Saints, LSU and ULL athletics. We work with clients of all vertical
be celebrating 41 years in business as Louisiana’s largest copier distributor,
markets and sizes, and we give the same customer service and attention to
but we do so much more. In addition to the printers and copiers that we
all, from the most well-known firms to the more modest. I prefer the term
sell, we sell commercial and industrial printers, as well as projectors, video
‘partner’ rather than vendor. We have a tremendous team of employees, and
conferencing and interactive whiteboards. And, we sell software for document
we go above and beyond to make sure every customer is satisfied,” says
management, cost control and recovery, mobile printing and sharing, and
printer and network security.” Gulf Coast Office Products is a full-service
Cassara is dedicated to providing his customers with excellent service
company and has an internal IT department that delivers, sets up and
and the best office equipment and software solutions on the market today. “At
manages the products and software that it sells.
Gulf Coast Office Products, we want to be known as the place where people
In today’s advancing technology, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be underestimated. Cassara adds, “Adding our secure products on a network is
come not just for copiers—I want our customers to know us for our many other cutting-edge products we sell.”
extremely important, and our IT team has the capacity to understand how to connect them with our clients networks so they can operate efficiently, and securely.” Gulf Coast Office Products believes in Louisiana and growing the local economy. “We have been approached numerous times to sell and service other brands, but we have turned them all down, remaining loyal to our partners and to the award-winning Savin-Ricoh products we know so well. Our technicians have been working with the same manufacturer for 41 years, and we only stock inventory for one brand,” Cassara explains. “When customers
Gulf Coast Office Products has locations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mandeville and Lafayette. 504-733-3830. gcopnet.com. June-July 2018 71
Business & Leadership
IN The Bookcase by Terri Schlichenmeyer
Other benefits become apparent when employees’ workstyles are considered; younger workers generally like to be managed differently than do their older peers. Part of that managing comes from knowing that leaders who display caring, empathy and honesty get more respect. Employees work harder for those who know that kids get sick, vehicles break down, and life happens sometimes, but that doesn’t mean that a supervisor should be a pushover: an employee worth keeping will know that expectations are never erased and that the company’s goals still stand, no matter what. To get to that point, though, takes a paradigm shift. Supervisors still supervise, but “Employee First” workplaces rely on “employee-centered leadership, which uses a shared, more collaborative approach to making team decisions,” says Bergdahl. It requires “100 percent employee engagement,” public kudos for a job well done, trust and mutual respect and it results in happier employees who display pride in their work, loyalty to their companies, and stellar customer service. To start, says Bergdahl, teach your managers to empower employees and to listen to them—but that’s not all. This method for a better workplace must come from the top, down. At under 160 pages, you might think that Putting Your YOUR OFFICE LOOKS like Grand Central Station at rush hour. Like that iconic location, you see many people Putting Your Employees First, by Michael Bergdahl
repetition inside these pages. That doesn’t make this book
times to know the work-score. You also have younger,
bad, however; author Michael Bergdahl has good, albeit
less-experienced people whose career journeys are just
commonsensical, advice here and it’s useable for managers
beginning. So how do you best manage a diverse group of
who want to embrace a different style of workplace and
employees like that? Read Putting Your Employees First by
for entrepreneurs looking to hire staff that work better in
Michael Bergdahl and find out.
a uniquely structured atmosphere. Here, there are plenty
Your company holds a lot of assets.
of bold-type statements, helpful worksheets to accomplish
You’ve got computers, furniture, office supplies,
goals, and re-reiterated bullet-points—and yet, employees
product, perhaps a fleet of vehicles, maybe an entire
who require more hand-holding to do their jobs confidently
building. But your most important assets, says Bergdahl,
and well are largely left out of the conversation in a sea of
are the people you’ve hired. So, when did you last pay them
redundancy. That’s unfortunate.
If your answer is anything other than “today,” you’re
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absolutely correct, especially considering that there’s a lot of
who are older and have been around the block enough
any serious attention?
Employees First would be a quick, easy read. And you’d be
Even so, and repetition notwithstanding, this book could at least make workplaces less stuffy, more worker-
missing out. Investing in your staff and putting your
friendly, and quite possibly more efficient for better
employees first in the workplace offers many benefits for
profitability. Putting Your Employees First could also mean
you and your profitability. But that’s only half the equation.
better retention—and wouldn’t that be grand?
width and weight all online to get the exact price. It’s going to be a great asset moving forward.” Friend & Company also has a premium selection of vintage and estate wristwatches for men and women. “We now specialize in mintcondition, pre-owned, high-grade watches. All of our watches are guaranteed authentic and come with our comprehensive in-house warranty.” The selection adds to Friend’s ever-changing collection of estate and antique jewelry. The business has been home to Ken since he joined his mother, Pat, in the venture in 1983. Ken never had any intention to enter the jewelry business, but soon found out that’s where his creativity was kept. He says, “I’ve never thought of myself as creative. Nor did I ever think I would be creating jewelry at this level. But I also now believe that everyone has creativity—it’s just a matter of how they express it.” Ken’s roots stretch deep into New Orleans, while his mother’s reach even further. Friend & Company began under the name Simply Gold, out
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of their family home on Arabella Street. The store’s house-like building on Maple Street adds to that continued family nostalgia. “Shopping here is like coming home,” smiles Ken. “Our customers become our family.”
If ever a name captured the essence of a business, it’s Friend & Company Fine Jewelers. Owner Ken Friend, Jr. makes his relationships with his clients a priority, creating the friendship and family-like atmosphere that New Orleans has enjoyed since 1976. In 42 years, Friend & Company has earned the trust of customers, notably when designing or picking out the most important rings in their life. “I like to help every man that comes in to choose or create the perfect engagement ring,” says Ken. “Once that relationship is started, they know that they can come to me in the future for anniversaries and birthdays.” That very relationship and trust is what Ken believes will help their family business continue to thrive even amidst the wave of online jewelry shopping. “Within the last couple of years, we’ve seen a trend of young people coming in asking if we can match prices,” he grins. “We not only can match prices, we can usually beat them—especially in value. You get the high quality piece at a great price, and you get me for free. Do you want to talk to an operator or face-to-face with the owner? You pick.” With the changing times, Ken knew that Friend & Company needed to create an online experience that can draw customers into its brick and mortar location. The store’s new website features the jewelry found in the store, including diamond engagement rings and ruby, sapphire, emerald and South Sea pearl collections. “There will be videos and images of each piece along with pricing options. For a bride looking for her groom’s band, she can choose size, metal,
Friend & Company is located at 7713 Maple St. 866-5433. Friendandcompany.com. June-July 2018 73
Thrive Academy students, with Executive Director Sarah Broome (left) and School Leader London Moore (second from left), break ground for new dorm.
THRIVE ACADEMY Founded in 2011, Thrive Academy in Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s first
pathways. During the school day, the students are taught by their teachers
and only state-funded, public boarding school serving at-risk students.
as they would be at any other school. In the early morning, afternoon and
Following the death of a student at her school, Teach For America alum
evening, mentors work with and supervise the students; a security team
Sarah Broome started Thrive to be a place where students could have
monitors the students overnight. Transportation is provided for students
their needs met. She says, “At Thrive Academy, we believe in providing
to go home from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.
students with resources to be the best version of themselves.” Thrive opened with a class of 20 sixth graders in 2012. Students
In 2015, Thrive broke ground on a permanent campus at 2585 Brightside Drive. Construction on the first dorm was completed in August
saw incredible academic gains, making it one of the highest-performing
2016, and students moved in that month. A capital campaign to fund
schools in Baton Rouge. Thrive continued to grow and now has 160
Phase 2, a permanent academic building, is currently underway.
students in grades 6-11. Next year, there will be 180 students in grades 6-12 living on the Baton Rouge campus. In 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards signed Act 672, creating Thrive
Thrive’s success is best summed up by this quote from an 11th grade student: “Before I came to Thrive, I didn’t think I would make it to see high school. But now, I see myself graduating from college.”
as a legislatively authorized school effective July 1, 2017, making Thrive available to students across the state. Currently, Thrive students come from 14 parishes, including Lafayette, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes and those surrounding Baton Rouge. They come from every background, from those experiencing homelessness to victims of human trafficking to students living in kinship care. Each student has a unique reason to be at Thrive. With a five-day-a-week boarding model, students receive holistic services designed to meet their unique needs and geared towards ensuring a promising future after graduation. While on campus, students attend classes, learn life skills, participate in athletics and extracurricular activities, and have the opportunity to prepare for both college and career 74
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Thrive Academy is located at 2585 Brightside Drive; Baton Rouge, LA 70820; (225) 367-6855; email@example.com; thrivebr.org.
array of professional landscape services. What sets his firm apart from the rest of the pack? Chase says, “We have a layered project management system, and we operate more like a commercial construction company, with a manager assigned to each project, which is outside of industry standards for the landscaping business. Whenever our clients have a concern or question, they know who to go to, which makes the project run more efficiently. Often, small things can get overlooked while building a pool or other outdoor space. We enjoy presenting a well-finished product to our clients on time and on budget.” Because Chase has been able to streamline and organize his business operations to such an efficient level, 50 percent of his client base is commercial. He explains, “Because we operate like construction companies, we’re a little more sophisticated, which lends itself to more complicated jobs. That and our attention to detail and high quality have made us stand out and above in the commercial arena. I think
CHASE MULLIN Chase Mullin, founder and president of Mullin, happened into his future career while helping
most of our commercial construction clientele appreciate that we’re structured similarly. We’re able to communicate better, schedule better and work a little bit faster and more efficiently.
with the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Chase says, “A family friend was
We’re different from the mold of an old-school
a landscape architect. She recruited me for an installation, and it sparked an interest in me. I had
landscape contracting business, and it’s exciting
worked in construction in high school during the summers, but it didn’t appeal to me as a lifelong
to be a part of this.”
career. However, landscaping is heavily creative and dynamic. You put something in today and it looks one way, and next year, it looks different. It grows and changes indefinitely.” Chase started the company when he was only 22 years old, and it doubled in size after one year. Eleven short years later, the company has grown to nearly 100 employees and has a clientele that spans New Orleans, the Northshore, Baton Rouge and Mississippi Gulf Coast areas. “My vision from the beginning has been to offer more value to people—a better overall experience—while maintaining competitive pricing. We made landscape construction, the whole ‘outdoor living experience,’ available to our clients very early on. In other markets, the outdoor living experience happened about 15 to 20 years ago but here, in our market, it has really only picked up major traction in the last eight or ten years. It has snowballed in popularity, and we offer the whole package—the pool, the pool house, the pavilion, the pool deck, the landscaping, the fencing, the bricks, the masonry walls. We’re full-service, and we make sure it all comes together to meet our client’s expectations. I believe that’s a cornerstone of our good reputation.” Mullin is a comprehensive landscape design, build and maintenance firm that offers a wide
Mullin Landscape Associates offers services to residential and commercial clients in New Orleans, Mandeville, Covington, Slidell and the Gulf Coast region. 10356 River Road, St. Rose, LA 70087; 504275-6617; mullinlandscape.com. June-July 2018 75
LINI TAING AND QUYNH PHAM In March of this year, two sisters-in-law took the leap into business
MICHAEL HAROLD A legal recruiting company, YSR Search provides the most individual
ownership. “We’re both moms who wanted to juggle a better work-life balance,”
attention possible to both lawyers and firms. Michael Harold, YSR owner and
says owner Lini Taing. Lini and her sister-in-law, Quynh Pham, were searching for
principal, started the firm in November 2014 after successfully practicing law
an opportunity to open a salon and spa when the perfect situation arose—they
in New Orleans for 23 years.
were able to transfer ownership of the existing John V Salon & Spa in Kenner. “It was what we wanted,” Quynh says. “The facility is large and beautiful, with plenty of space to provide a relaxing atmosphere for nails, hair and massages.” The two began shaping their business model to better fit what they wanted to provide: “A place for working moms and dads to get away and let it be all about them, even if it’s just for an hour.” Lini and Quynh’s goal was to create a one-stop shop for women to be pampered with mani/pedi packages, full-salon services and a menu of massages. They succeeded and continue to develop new relationships with clients. John V Salon & Spa has a team of eight nail technicians , two stylists and
“Although I enjoyed the work and the lawyers with whom I practiced, I came to realize that this was not a passion,” says Michael. “I resigned at the end of 2013 and started recruiting for a firm based in Los Angeles, concentrating on the southern United States and Texas. I quickly came to the conclusion that doing this on my own would be a better option. I have complete freedom now—I can work in any state and make placements anywhere in the world.” Born and reared in New Orleans, Michael graduated from St. Martin’s Episcopal High School, earned degrees from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. and LSU law school. He enjoys studying and playing classical
one massage therapist. “Our team is very talented,” says Lini. “We are able to
piano music, writing for Inside New Orleans and The Local Palate, a national
provide any nail, hair or massage service you’d like. For nails, we are well versed
publication, and serving on a number of boards.
in nail enhancements like acrylics, dipping powder and gel. We even have an organic and John V 24 KT exclusive pedicure and manicure.” So, if ‘me-time’ is what you need after a long day at the office, make an appointment or stop by John V Salon & Spa. Lini and Quynh are happy to help you relax.
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Michael says, “The world of recruiting is a joy to me. Now, rather than arguing with lawyers, I get to work with them. I represent firms looking for lawyers and lawyers wanting to change firms. The tough part of the job is not being able to place every lawyer who comes my way—supply and demand dictate most of the framework—but I do my best.”
Michael can be reached at www.ysrsearch.com.
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The Grand Life
Alabama’s Grand Hotel Completes Massive Transformation
ANNA CLAIR OWENS AND SCARLET ANDREWS packed their swimsuits, tiaras and matching pink pajamas preparing for an adventure. They could not wait to see the new changes at the historic Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama. The girls’ families have been coming to the Grand from Louisiana all their lives, and they were in for a real treat. They discovered the new splash pad while their moms eyed the beachside cabanas. Massive oaks, afternoon tea and daily cannon firing remain Grand traditions, as do the iconic fireplace, tropical pools and spectacular sunsets. Grand families play together on the resort’s new activities lawn before parents step away to explore updated golf and spa options. The Grand Hotel’s Southern charm remains, while new amenities and room upgrades were added. “Opened in 1847, “The Queen of Southern Resorts” has never looked better,” says Scott Tripoli, general manager of the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa. “From pool, spa and golf upgrades to exceptional indoor and outdoor improvements, the excitement continues to build at the Grand. The resort will become part of the Autograph Collection hotel brand in early August and be renamed as the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa.” The Autograph Collection properties are high end and remarkably independent while still benefitting from Marriott’s expertise. These >> June-July 2018 77
GRAND DINING AND DRINKS Eating well is unquestionably the grandest of the Southern arts. With three new signature restaurants coming soon and a reinvention of all our dining experiences, the Grand pays homage to this great art magnificently. Southern Roots. Modern Southern cuisine with breathtaking views overlooking Mobile Bay, Southern Roots combines a picturesque ambiance and exceptional signature service. Chef-driven menus focus on high quality, locally sourced and estategrown, farm-to-table fare to create a chic yet casual experience. Infused with flavor and fun, Southern Roots showcases signature quality, inviting a return. 1847. Every great hotel has a great bar to steal away to, and 1847 is the Grand’s. Tucked in at the 78
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entrance of Southern Roots, and showcasing an upscale yet amiable personality, 1847 is home to the beverage arts, with Grand Garden-to-glass crafted cocktails, local libations and signature wines by the glass. Bayside Grill. Bayside Grill’s casual, relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere and gorgeous, bay-front scenery make it the perfect place to share lunch or dinner. Enjoy mouth-watering local fare, including shareable appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, wood-stone pizzas, flatbreads, pasta, fresh local seafood or a steak cooked to perfection—all with ingredients sourced from local farms and estate gardens. Dine inside or on the outdoor patio while the kids have fun playing on our activities lawn. Bucky’s Lounge. The signature lounge of the Grand Hotel, Bucky’s celebrates the iconic Bucky Miller, a time-honored associate of the Grand and legend in the hospitality industry. With a piano bar beckoning inside, and additional fire pits outside,
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international hotels focus on great design, are located in preferred locations and are beacons of good taste.
guests pull up to some of the finest mixology in this part of the state, enhanced by an outstanding selection of rare whiskies, fine wines and an excellent Southern small-plates menu. The Grand Hall. Generations of families have long enjoyed our exquisite breakfast buffets and award-winning Sunday brunches in the Grand Hall. Combining old traditions with new, the Grand Hall will feature High Tea each afternoon. The daily event has a modern outlook that features savories to balance out the sweets and sparkling wines as a counterpoint to traditional teas, tempting a variety of palates. Jubilee Poolside Grill. Dining al fresco is one of life’s best pleasures, served up in style at the Jubilee Poolside Grill. Jubilee is casual, comfortable and convenient from a pool-side chaise. Featuring an open-air setting, with a rooftop to cool yet welcome the bay breeze, Jubilee welcomes families and friends. Local Market. Wake up to Grand Gourmet
Coffee, roasted exclusively for the Grand Hotel, as well as a wonderful assortment of pastries, muffins and the world’s best coffee cake. Located just off the lobby, Local Market serves breakfast sandwiches and barista-inspired drinks, shifting to on-the-go specialties for lunch and late day, with wraps, salads, snacks and sweets. Try the macaroons, truffles, tortes, cakes and other delectable treats from our Grand Hotel pastry team. Re-staking its status as a glorious gem on Mobile Bay, the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa shines with reimagined rooms and reinvented dining experiences, freshly cast meeting and event venues and thoughtfully curated amenities—all of it laced with the timeless essence that has made this place “The Queen of Southern Resorts” for generations. Anna Clair and Scarlet could not agree more. For more on the Grand Hotel, visit grand1847.com. June-July 2018 79
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Caroline Elizabeth Rittiner and Joseph Birrcher Landry Jr. exchanged vows at Immaculate Conception Church in a ceremony officiated by Fr. Tim Hedrick and co-celebrant Fr. Frank Carabello. Caroline graced the aisle in a Romona Keveza silk taffeta strapless gown with an attached French Alençon lace cap-sleeved topper made by Debbie Gill. She was escorted down the aisle by her father, Greg Rittiner, and carried a bouquet by Meade Wenzel. Her maid of honor and sister, Katie Rittiner Marjanovic, and bridesmaids wore ivory crêpe gowns from Town and Country. The bride and her party were pampered with hair and makeup at H2O Salon & Spa. Hon. Joseph Birrcher Landry, the groom’s father, served as his best man. Vocalists Gregory Rittiner, the bride’s brother, and Sarah Jane McMahon provided music during the ceremony, including Coeur de Jésus, Academy of the Sacred Heart’s traditional song, for the bride and majority of the bridesmaids, who are alumnae. Guests reconvened at the Orpheum Theater to celebrate the newlyweds. Upon arrival, they enjoyed French 75 specialty cocktails and cuisine by Ralph Brennan’s Catering. The bride and groom’s cakes were uniquely displayed in box seating areas of the Orpheum. Z Event Company decorated the theater with mosaic linens, gold Chiavari chairs and custom napkins and cups with Caroline and Joseph’s logo. The Celebrity All Star Band provided entertainment throughout the reception. Arte de Vie and Bride Films captured the fun. With party favors of top hats, masks and LED-lighted balloons, guests sent off the happy couple to their honeymoon in the French Riviera and London. The two now reside in their home in Old Metairie. 80
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INside Peek Sacred Heart Headmistress’s Dinner More than 120 guests joined
Academy of the Sacred Heart Headmistress Sr. Melanie Guste, RSCJ, to experience the flavors of New Orleans during an evening honoring the Headmistress’s Circle of Donors for their contributions to the school’s 2017-2018 Annual Giving Campaign. The event, which took place in the school’s historic front courtyard on St. Charles Avenue, featured delectable cuisine generously donated by the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group.
Le Moyne de Bienville Club Spring Party Members of the Le Moyne de Bienville Club celebrated the season with a Spring Party hosted at the home of Rick and Lori Murphy. Everyone enjoyed great conversation and libations as members from the south- and northshores gathered.
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INside Peek Hogs for the Cause Hogs for the Cause closed out its biggest fundraiser to date with three days of sellout crowds from over 40 states. The 10th Annual Ben Sarrat Jr. Cook-Off featured 85 teams this year. The BBQ competitors vied for the title of Grand Champion, along with champions in the categories of Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, and Porkpourri (anything pork) divisions. High on the Hog Grand Champion was awarded to northshore team The Swine Krewe, led by Boss Hog Rick Murphy.
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Art & Soul Gala St. Martin’s Episcopal School celebrated the arts with an Art & Soul gala featuring student paintings, sculptures and art installations and a large interactive frame display that allowed guests to become a part of the work of art. Nearly 300 silent and live auction items were bid on, including a stunning American Flag painting by Blaine Breaux and a signed Cam Jordan jersey. The evening honored Robert W. Merrick ’62 and the Solomon family for their outstanding support of the arts at St. Martin’s. Amy Lawler serve as Gala Chair and Saints Community Organization President. Gala committee members included Penny
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Salvaggio, Kimberley Crawford, Eve Peyton, Jeff Henderson and Marcella Fink.
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behalf of the Kelly Gibson Foundation to install an artificial putting green and shortgame practice area on its campus. 2. Kathy Loescher receiving the Stephen B. Lemann Faculty Award for Middle School at Isadore Newman. 3. Keith and Evie Katz with Andy and Anne Black at the opening
of M.S. Rau Antiques Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin. 4. Dianne Bragg and Lyndon Lasite. 5. Rebecca Rau, exhibition curator, and Amanda Wallich. 6. Rebecca Rau and Bill Rau. 7. Len Kline, Kay Lee, Sybil Kline, Rebecca Rau, Bill Rau and Leslie Rau. 8. Fans enjoying the
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Jackson Symphony League Spring Luncheon Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry was proud to partner with the Jackson Symphony League to invite patrons to the League’s annual luncheon, with a special presentation by the David Yurman team. The luncheon was held al fresco under a grand tent on the grounds of Lee Michaels
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at Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Immediately following the luncheon, David Yurman greeted guests at Lee Michaels with a trunk show, where a portion of the proceeds were donated to the Symphony League.
Women IN Business Luncheon The powerful Inside New Orleans’ Women IN Business gathered for a luncheon in the warehouse district at Briquette. Publisher Lori Murphy welcomed all and introduced presenting sponsor Fidelity Bank’s Tammy Gennusa O’Shea, who spoke inspirationally to the women and shared the details about Fidelity’s P.O.W.E.R. program. Cover artist Becky Fos also joined the group, displaying her paintings on the walls of the restaurant.
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INside Peek Orléans Club Closing Reception Orléans Club members and their spouses and guests gathered at the beautiful St. Charles Avenue clubhouse for the annual Closing Reception. Greeting them on the front porch were the Storyville Stompers, who later moved inside to the Presidents Room, providing background music for all of the visiting. VIPs milling around were President Marilyn Aiken and Reception Chairman Lydia Buckley with spouses David and Ross. The rooms of the club were filled with floral arrangements of English garden roses, bells of Ireland, hydrangeas and lillies, beautifully arranged by Kathy Youngberg and her committee. Chef Sarah Wood provided a menu of fried oysters with dill caper sauce; lamb lollipops with a mint julep reduction and asparagus gruyere torte passed by staff. To satisfy the sweet tooth were chantilly cupcakes, ganache cups of Irish cream and coffee liqueur, and the chef’s famous pralines!
Roast of the Town Gala The Delgado Community College Foundation’s Roast of the Town gala, held at the Harrah’s New Orleans theater, featured Louisiana’s current and former governors Edwards. This year, Governor John Bel Edwards was the target of goodnatured ribbing by former Governor Edwin Edwards, State Senator Troy Carter, 4th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Dale Atkins, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives Walt Leger III and New Orleans City Council Member Helena Moreno. Eric Paulsen, WWL-TV news anchor, was Master of Ceremonies. After a gourmet meal donated by community partners and served in grand style by the Harrah’s staff, the nearly 200
and local political figures lobbing insults at Governor Edwards, who received them with grace and good humor before returning the favor with pointed remarks of his own. 86
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attendees enjoyed the spectacle of state
1. Charlotte Benton; Mandi Frischhertz; Sr. Melanie Guste, RSCJ; Alyson Igoe; and Katie Eddins enjoying the
Academy of the Sacred Heart Mothers’ Club annual spring luncheon. 2. Sandra Hermann and husband Russ at the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Mad Hatters event. 3. Lynn Abide and Faith Peperone. 4. Cain and Jourdana Webber, dressed in Lillly, on top of the world. 5. The JPAS Leading Ladies Guild gathered for an
afternoon election of officers and garden celebration at the home of Jackie and John Morgan. 6. The Palm Village Mandeville team after receiving several awards from Lilly Pulitzer corporate for marketing, events and outstanding performance. 7. Mark Romig and Bryan Batt at the Gallier Hall rededication event in celebration of New
Orleans’ Tricentennial. 8. A ribbon cutting for the rededication.
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Public television supporters boogied the night away in bell bottoms, platform shoes and velvet pantsuits at the WYES Studio 12 Gala presented by the Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation. Inspired by Studio 54, the WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media was the hottest and most exclusive “club” in town for one night only. DJ Ann Glaviano (HEATWAVE!) kicked off the Patron Party, and The Phunky Monkeys played disco dance favorites. Rapper, record producer and DJ Mannie Fresh closed out the night. The evening included delicious cuisine from Celebrate! Catered Events by Windsor Court and Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar and libations by Sazerac Company and Goldring Family Foundation. The popular specialty drink was the “Disco Mule” featuring Wheatley Vodka and served in copper cups. Event co-¬chairs were Pepper Baumer, Julie Comarda, Mary Clare and Danny Conwill, and Susan and Jimmy Gundlach.
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Beauregard-Keyes House Spring Gala Members and guests at the Beauregard-Keyes House Spring Gala enjoyed an evening of merriment in the 1826 home. As the sun set, all feasted on a delicious buffet, bid on fabulous auction items and danced in the newly updated courtyard to the music of Deacon John & the Ivories. Chairs for the beautiful evening were Michael Harold and Dr. Quinn Peeper and Jill and Minor Pipes.
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IN Great Taste by Yvette Jemison
IT’S SUMMERTIME, and the markets are bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables that inspire us to prepare flavorful dishes. If you’re searching for a baking project for your farmers’ market bounty, you must try a simple galette. This free-form pastry is every bit as impressive as a lattice-top pie. The rolled-out pastry crust is mounded with the filling, and the crust edges are folded over for a beautifully rustic creation. There’s no need for a pie tin, as the more rustic you form the galette, the better. Novice bakers, this is a low-stress baking project that can be made either sweet or savory. A galette begins with the versatile pastry crust that can be made in batches and kept frozen for up to one month. With pastry crust on hand, you’ll easily create galettes with
your peak-of-the-season bounty. The Tomato Galette is a savory option that gets a flavor punch from a creamy base of goat cheese and caramelized onions. The deeply browned crust is complemented by fresh cracked pepper. A savory galette can be served with a garden salad for a delicious family-style meal. If your baking plans include a dessert, it doesn’t get any easier than this Summer Blueberry Galette. A fresh-baked pastry with juicy berries is the perfect base for a big scoop of ice cream. The beauty of a galette is not just in the simplicity of its construction. You can vary the fillings with your seasonal favorite flavors. We’d love to see your version. Show us your creations by tagging us on Instagram at @InsideNewOrleans.
Easier Than Pie Sweet and Savory Summer Galettes Tomato Galette Servings: 6-8 1 Tablespoon oil 1 onion, sliced (about 2 cups) 1 pastry crust
5. Fold crust over tomatoes, overlapping slightly. Brush crust with egg and sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper. 6. Bake galette until crust is dark golden brown and tomatoes are roasted, 45-55 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes before serving.
4 oz. goat cheese 1 large tomato, sliced
Summer Blueberry Galette
1 egg, beaten Fresh cracked pepper
Servings: 6-8 1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling on crust 2 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
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1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Zest from 1 lemon 2 cups fresh blueberries 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 pastry crust 1 egg, beaten Ice cream or whipped cream for serving (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. >>
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1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. 2. In medium skillet on medium-low heat, warm oil and cook onions until caramelized, 10-15 minutes. 3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry crust to a 12-inch round. Fold in half, and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Unfold and center crust on prepared baking sheet. 4. Crumble goat cheese in center of crust, leaving a 2-inch border. Arrange onions on goat cheese. Arrange tomato slices on onions.
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2. In a medium bowl, stir sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon zest until combined. Add blueberries and toss until coated. Add lemon juice and toss until evenly moistened. Set aside. 3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry crust to a 12-inch round. Fold in half and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Unfold and center crust on prepared baking sheet. 4. Mound blueberry mixture and any remaining dry ingredients in bowl in center of crust. Spread blueberry mixture, leaving a 2-inch border. 5.Fold crust over blueberries, overlapping slightly. Brush crust with egg and sprinkle with 2 Tablespoons sugar. 6. Bake galette until crust is dark golden brown and filling is bubbling, 45-55 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes before serving. Serve topped with ice cream or whipped cream. 92
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Pastry Crust Servings: 2 crusts 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup (2 sticks) chilled, unsalted butter 1/2 cup ice water 1 Tablespoon white or apple cider vinegar
1. In a medium bowl, whisk flour and salt together. On the large holes of a box grater, grate butter into the bowl and toss to coat with the flour. 2. Stir ice water and vinegar together and sprinkle over the flour/butter mixture. Using your hands, combine the mixture until it forms pebblesize pieces. Some of the flour will not be incorporated. Using your hands, rub while flattening the butter and the loose flour between your fingertips. Continue until all of the flour is incorporated. If necessary, add 1 teaspoon of water to incorporate the flour. 3. Gather the dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead just until dough forms. Divide in half and shape into two discs. Seal each disc tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour and up to 2 days. Dough will keep frozen up to 1 month. Do Ahead: Dough can be made 2 days ahead and refrigerated. Keep chilled or freeze up to 1 month.
Carrollton Ave., 504-866-3683 CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
New Orleans is home to more great restaurants than we could hope to list here. For a comprehensive listing of restaurants in the New Orleans metro area, please refer to Tom Fizmorris’ nomenu.com. In this guide, you will find some of the best bets around town. Tom’s fleur de lis ratings are shown.
Blue Room aaa American, 123 Baronne, Roosevelt Hotel. 504-648-1200 Bon Ton Café aaa Cajun, 401 Magazine St., 504-524-3386 Borgne aaa Seafood, 601 Loyola Ave. (Hyatt Regency Hotel), 504-613-3860 Café Adelaide aaaa Contemporary Creole, 300 Poydras St., 504-
CARROLLTON, RIVERBEND AND BROADMOOR Babylon Café aaa Middle Eastern, 7724 Maple St., 504-314-0010 Barcelona Tapas aaa Spanish, 720 Dublin St., 504-861-9696 Basil Leaf aaa Thai, 1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-9001 Boucherie aaaa Southern Barbecue, 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-5514 Brigtsen’s aaaa Contemporary Creole, 723 Dante St., 504-861-7610 Cooter Brown’s Tavern aaa Sandwiches, 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104 Dante’s Kitchen aaaa Eclectic, 736 Dante St., 504-861-3121 Dat Dog a Craft Hot Dogs,
5030 Freret St., 504-899-6883
Hana aaa Japanese, 8116 Hampson, 504-865-1634 Jacques-Imo’s aaa Cajun, 8324 Oak St., 504-861-0886 Lebanon’s Café aaa Middle Eastern, 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-6200 Louisiana Pizza Kitchen aaa Pizza, 615 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-5900 Maple Street Café aaa Creole Italian, 7623 Maple St., 504-314-9003 Mat & Naddie’s aaaa Eclectic, 937 Leonidas St., 504-861-9600 Mikimoto aaaa Japanese, 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-1881 Mona’s Café aa Middle Eastern, 1120 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-861-8174
595-3305 Chophouse aaa Steak, 322 Magazine St., 504-522-7902 Desi Vega’s aaaa Steak, 628 St. Charles Ave., 504-523-7600 Domenica aaaa Italian, 123 Baronne St. (Roosevelt Hotel), 504-648-6020 Drago’s aaaa Seafood, 2 Poydras St., 504-584-3911 Herbsaint aaaa Creole French, 701 St. Charles Ave., 504-524-4114 Liborio aaa Cuban, 321 Magazine St., 504-581-9680 Legacy Kitchen’s Oyster Counter + Tap Room aa American, 817 Common St, 504-827-1651 Lucky Rooster aaa Pan-Asian, 515 Baronne St., 504-529-5825 Lüke aaa French, 333 St. Charles Ave., 504-378-2840 MiLa aaaa Eclectic, 817 Common St., 504-412-2580 Morton’s The Steakhouse aaa Steak, 365 Canal St. (Canal Place Mall), 504-566-0221 Mother’s aaa Sandwiches, 401 Poydras St., 504-523-9656 Poppy’s Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill a Seafood, 500 Port of New Orelans Pl., Suite 83. 504-569-3380 Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar & Grill. Hamburgers. 1 Poydras St. (Riverfront). 504-247-9265 Restaurant August aaaaa Eclectic, 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-299-9777 Ruby Slipper Café aaa Breakfast, Neighborhood Café, 200
Panchita’s aaa Central American, 1434
Magazine St., 504-525-9355
S. Carrollton Ave., 504-281-4127
Ruth’s Chris Steak House aaa Steak,
Pupuseria La Macarena aaa Central American, 8120 Hampson St., 504-862-5252 Riccobono’s Panola Street Café
525 Fulton St., 504-587-7099 Windsor Court Grill Room aaa American, 300 Gravier St., 504-522-1994
aa Breakfast, 7801 Panola St., 504-314-1810 Vincent’s aaaa Italian, 7839 St. Charles Ave., 504-866-9313 Ye Olde College Inn aaa Neighborhood Café, 3000 S.
FRENCH QUARTER Acme Oyster House aaa Seafood, 724 Iberville St., 504-522-5973 Antoine’s aaaa Creole French, 713 St. Louis St., 504-581-4422 Arnaud’s aaaa Creole French, 813>>
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g Bienville St., 504-523-5433 Bayona aaaa Eclectic, 430 Dauphine St., 504-525-4455 Bombay Club aaa Contemporary Creole, 830 Conti St., 504-577-2237 Bourbon House aaa Seafood, 144 Bourbon St., 504-522-0111 Brennan’s Contemporary Creole, 417 Royal St., 504-525-9711 Broussard’s aaaa Creole French, 819 Conti St., 504-581-3866 Court of Two Sisters aaa Creole French, 613 Royal St., 504-522-7261 Crescent City Brewhouse aaa Pub Food, 527 Decatur St., 504-522-0571 Criollo aaa Creole French, 214 Royal St., 504-681-4444 Dat Dog a Craft Hot Dogs, 601 Frenchmen St., 505-309-3362 The Davenport Lounge Small bites and cocktails, 921 Canal Street (The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans) 504-670-2828 Deanie’s Seafood Seafood, 841 Iberville St., 504-581-1316 Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse aaa Steak, 716 Iberville St., 504-5222467 El Gato Negro aaa Mexican, 81 French Market Place, 504-525-9752 Frank’s aaa Creole Italian, 933 Decatur St., 504-525-1602 Galatoire’s aaaa Creole French, 209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021 Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak aaa
Muriel’s aaaa Contemporary Creole, 801 Chartres St., 504-568-1885 Napoleon House aa Sandwiches, 500 Chartres St., 504-524-9752 New Orleans Creole Cookery Classic Creole, 510 Toulouse St., 504-524-9632 NOLA aaaa Contemporary Creole, 534 St. Louis St., 504-522-6652 Palace Café aaa Contemporary Creole, 605 Canal St., 504-523-1661 Pelican Club aaaaa Contemporary Creole, 312 Exchange Place, 504-523-1504 Port of Call aaa Hamburgers, 838 Esplanade Ave., 504-523-0120 R’evolution aaaa Creole French, 777 Bienville, 504-553-2277 Red Fish Grill aaa Seafood, 115 Bourbon St., 504-598-1200 Rib Room aaa American, 621 St. Louis St., 504-529-7045 SoBou aaa Contemporary Creole, 310 Chartres St., 504-552-4095 Ted Brennan’s Decatur Classic French Creole, 309 Decatur St., 504-525-7877 The Country Club Contemporary Creole, 634 Louisa St., 504-9450742 Trinity aaa Contemporary Creole, 117 Decatur St., 504-325-5789 Tujague’s aaa Creole, 823 Decatur St., 504-525-8676 Vacherie aaa Creole Homestyle, 827 1/2 Toulouse St., 504-207-4532
Steak, 215 Bourbon St., 504-335-3932 Gumbo Shop aaa Creole, 630 St. Peter St., 504-525-1486 GW Fins aaaa Seafood, 808 Bienville St., 504-581-3467 Irene’s Cuisine aaaa Italian, 539 St. Philip St., 504-529-8811 K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen aaaa Cajun, 416 Chartres St., 504596-2530 Kingfish aaaa Cajun, 337 Chartres St., 504-598-5005 Louisiana Bistro aaa Contemporary Creole, 337 Dauphine St., 504-525-3335 Louisiana Pizza Kitchen aaa Pizza, 95 French Market Place, 504-522-9500 M Bistro aaaFarm to Table
GARDEN DISTRICT Caribbean Room 2031 St. Charles Ave., 504-523-1500 Commander’s Palace aaaaa Contemporary Creole, 1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221 Coquette aaaa Creole French, 2800 Magazine St., 504-265-0421 Delmonico aaaa Contemporary Creole, 1300 St. Charles Ave., 504-525-4937 Juan’s Flying Burrito aaa Mexican, 2018 Magazine St., 504-569-0000 Mr. John’s Steakhouse aaaa Steak, 2111 St. Charles Ave., 504-679-7697 Sushi Brothers aaa Japanese, 1612 St. Charles Ave., 504-581-4449 Tracey’s aaa Sandwiches, 2604 Magazine St., 504-897-5413
Restaurant 921 Canal Street (The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans) 504670-2828 Mr. B’s Bistro aaaa Contemporary Creole, 201 Royal St., 504-523-2078
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LAKEVIEW Café Navarre aa Sandwiches, 800 Navarre Ave., 504-483-8828 Cava aaaa New Orleans Style, 785 Harrison Ave, New Orleans LA
i 70124, 504-304-9034
1001 Live Oak St., 504-838-0022 aaa Seafood, 3117 21St. Street, 504-833-6310 Parran’s Po-Boys aaa Sandwiches,
3939 Veterans Blvd., 504-885-3416 Pho Orchid aaa Vietnamese, 3117
Contemporary Creole, 900 City
Houma Blvd., 504-457-4188 Riccobono’s Peppermill aaa
Sala Cocktails and Small Plates, 124
Creole Italian, 3524 Severn Ave.,
Lake Marina, 504-513-2670 Steak Knife aaa Contemporary
Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House
Park Ave., 504-488-1000
Memorial Blvd., 504-644-4155
Munch Factory aaa Contemporary
Ralph’s On The Park aaaa
Mr. Ed’s aaa Neighborhood Café,
911 Harrison Ave., 504-486-4887
Creole, 6325 Elysian Fields Ave.,
craft beers on tap, 3131 Veterans
Harrison Ave., 504-488-0107
Mondo aaa Eclectic, 900 Harrison
Mellow Mushroom aa Pizza, 30
El Gato Negro aaa Mexican, 300 Lakeview Harbor aaa Hamburgers,
504-455-2266 Ristorante Filippo aaa Creole
Creole, 888 Harrison Ave.,
Italian, 1917 Ridgelake Dr.,
504-835-4008 Ruth’s Chris Steak House aaaa
Steak, 3633 Veterans Blvd.,
Acme Oyster House aaa Seafood, 3000 Veterans Blvd., 504-309-4056
504-888-3600 Sandro’s Trattoria aaa Creole
Andrea’s aaa Italian, 3100 19th St.,
Italian, 6601 Veterans Blvd.,
504-834-8583 Andy’s Bisro aaa American, 3322 N.
504-888-7784 Shogun aaaa Japanese, 2325
Turnbull Dr. 504-455-7363 Austin’s aaaa Creole, 5101 West
Veterans Blvd., 504-833-7477 Taqueria Corona aaa Mexican,
Esplanade Ave., 504-888-5533 Caffe! Caffe! aa Breakfast, 4301
3535 Severn Ave., 504-885-5088 Vincent’s aaaa Creole Italian, 4411
Clearview Pkwy., 504-885-4845; 3547 N. Hullen., 504-267-9190
Chastant St., 504-885-2984 Zea aaa American, 4450 Veterans
Café East aaa Pan-Asian, 4628
Blvd. (Clearview Mall), 504-
Rye St., 504-888-0078
780-9090; 1655 Hickory Ave.,
Carreta’s Grill a Mexican, 2320
Veterans Blvd., 504-837-6696; MID-CITY
1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 504-305-4833
Angelo Brocato aaa Dessert and
Casablanca aaa Mediterranean,
Coffee, 214 N. Carrollton Ave.,
3030 Severn Ave., 504-888-2209 China Rose aaa Chinese, 3501 N.
504-486-0078 Café Degas aaa French, 3127
Arnoult St., 504-887-3295 Crabby Jack’s aaa Sandwiches,
Esplanade Ave., 504-945-5635 Café Minh aaaa Vietnamese, 4139
428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 504-833-2722 Cypress aaa Contemporary Creole, 4426 Transcontinental Blvd., 504-885-6885 Dat Dog a Craft Hot Dogs, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd. (Lakeside Mall), 504-304-7005 Drago’s aaaa Seafood, 3232 N.
Canal St., 504-482-6266 Cafe NOMA Contemporary Creole,
1 Collins Diboll Circle, 504-482-1264
Canal Street Bistro aaa Mexican, 3903 Canal St., 504-482-1225 Crescent City Steak House aaa Steak, 1001 N. Broad St., 504821-3271 Dooky Chase aaa Creole, 2301
Arnoult Rd., 504-888-9254
Orleans Ave., 504-821-0600
Heritage Grill Contemporary Creole,
Five Happiness aaa Chinese, 3605
111 Veterans Blvd., 504-934-4900 Impastato’s aaaa Creole Italian, 3400 16th St., 504-455-1545 Legacy Kitchen aa American. 759 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 504309-5231 Little Tokyo aaa Japanese, 2300 N. Causeway Blvd., 504-831-6788 Martin Wine Cellar Deli aaa Deli, 714 Elmeer Ave., 504-896-7300
S. Carrollton Ave., 504-482-3935 Juan’s Flying Burrito aaa Mexican, 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 504486-9950 Katie’s aaa Neighborhood Café, 3701 Iberville St., 504-488-6582 Little Tokyo aaa Japanese, 310 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-485-5658 Liuzza’s aaa Neighborhood Café, 3636 Bienville St., 504-482-9120 >>
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g Mandina’s aaa Italian, Seafood, 3800 Canal St., 504-482-9179 Parkway Poor Boys aaa Sandwiches, 538 Hagan Ave., 504-482-3047
Mandeville, 985-624-2990 La Provence aaaa French, 25020 US 190, Lacombe, 985-626-7662 Lakehouse aaa Contemporary Creole, 2025 Lakeshore Dr.,
Ruby Slipper Café aaa Breakfast,
Neighborhood Café, 139 S.
Mandina’s aaa Italian, Seafood,
Cortez St., 504-309-5531 Rue 127 aaaa Contemporary Creole, 127 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-483-1571 SWEGS Kitchen Healthy comfort food, 231 N. Carrollton Ave., Ste. B, 504-301-9196 Toups’ Meatery aaa Cajun, 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-252-4999 Venezia aaa Italian, 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7991 Willie Mae’s Scotch House aaa Chicken, 2401 St. Ann St., 504822-9503
4240 La 22, Mandeville, 985674-9883 Mattina Bella aaa Breakfast, 421 E. Gibson St., Covington, 985892-0708 Nathan’s aaaa Contemporary Creole, 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Rd., Slidell, 985-643-0443 New Orleans Food & Spiritsaaa Seafood, 208 Lee Lane, Covington, 985-875-0432 Nuvolari’s aaaa Creole Italian, 246 Girod St., Mandeville, 985-626-5619 Ox Lot 9 aaa Contemporary, 428 E Boston St., Covington, 985-
NEW ORLEANS EAST Castnet Seafood aaa Seafood speciality, 10826-1/2 Hayne Blvd., 504-244-8446 Deanie’s on Hayne aaa Seafood, 7350 Hayne Blvd., 504-248-6700 Messina’s Runway Cafe Creole
400-5663 Pardo’s aaaa Contemporary Creole, 69305 Hwy 21, Covington, 985-893-3603 Ristorante Del Porto aaaa Italian, 501 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-875-1006
Homestyle, 6001 Stars and
Sal and Judy’s aaaa Italian, 27491
Stripes Blvd., 504-241-5300
Highway 190, Lacombe, 985882-9443
NORTHSHORE Acme Oyster House aaa Seafood,
Zea aaa American, 110 Lake Dr., Covington, 985-327-0520; 173
1202 US 190, Covington, 985-
Northshore Blvd., Slidell,
Café Lynn aaaa Contemporary Creole, 2600 Florida St., Mandeville, 985624-9007 Carreta’s Grill a Mexican, 1340 Lindberg Dr., Slidell, 985-847-
OLD METAIRIE Byblos aaa Middle Eastern, 1501 Metairie Rd., 504-834-9773 Café B aaa Contemporary Creole,
0020; 70380 LA Hwy. 21,
2700 Metairie Rd., 504-934-4700
Galley Seafood aaa Seafood, 2535
The Chimes aaa Cajun, 19130 W. Front St., Covington, 985-892-5396 Dakota aaaa Contemporary Creole, 629 N. US 190,
Metairie Rd., 504-832-0955 Porter & Luke’s aaa Creole Homestyle, 1517 Metairie Rd., 504-875-4555
Covington, 985-892-3712 DiCristina’s aaa Italian, 810 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985875-0160 Fazzio’saa Italian,1841 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-624-9704 Gallagher’s Grill aaaa Contemporary Creole, 509 S. Tyler St., Covington, 985-892-9992 George’s aaa Mexican, 1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985626-4342 Keith Young’s Steak House aaaa Steak, 165 LA 21, Madisonville, 985-845-9940 La Carreta aaa Mexican, 812 Hyw 190, Covington, 985-400-5202; 1200 W. Causeway Approach,
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UPTOWN Ancora Pizzeria aaa Pizza, 4508 Freret St., 504-324-1636 Apolline aaaa American Gourmet, 4729 Magazine St., 504-894-8881 Atchafalaya aaaa Contemporary Creole, 901 Louisiana Ave., 504891-9626 Baru Bistro & Tapas aaa Caribbean, 3700 Magazine St., 504-895-2225 Bistro Daisy aaaa Creole French, 5831 Magazine St., 504-899-6987 Casamento’s aaa Seafood, 4330 Magazine St., 504-895-9761 Charlie’s Steak House aaa Steak, 4510 Dryades St., 504-895-9323
Clancy’s aaaa Contemporary Creole, 6100 Annunciation St., 504-895-1111 Dat Dog aa Sandwiches, 3336 Magazine St., 504-894-8885; 5030 Freret St., 504-899-6883 Dick & Jenny’s aaaa Contemporary Creole, 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-894-9880 Flaming Torch aaa French, 737 Octavia St., 504-895-0900 Gautreau’s aaaa American, 1728 Soniat St., 504-899-7397 High Hat Café aa Creole Homestyle, 4500 Freret St., 504-754-1336 Joey K’s aaa Neighborhood Café, 3001 Magazine St., 504-891-0997 Kyoto aaa Japanese, 4920 Prytania St., 504-891-3644 La Crepe Nanou aaaa French, 1410 Robert St., 504-899-2670 La Petite Grocery aaaa French, 4238 Magazine St., 504-891-3377 La Thai Cuisine aaaa Thai, 4938 Prytania St., 504-899-8886 Lilette aaaa French, 3637 Magazine St., 504-895-1636 Mahony’s aaa Neighborhood Café, 3454 Magazine St., 504-899-3374 Martinique aaa French, 5908
Legacy Kitchen’s Craft Tavern aa Refined American Fare, 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-613-2350 Emeril’s aaaaa Contemporary Creole, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393 Grand Isle aaa Seafood, 575 Convention Center Blvd., 504520-8530 Josephine Estelle Italian, 600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070 La Boca aaaa Steak, 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-525-8205 Mais Arepas aaaa South American, 1200 Carondelet St., 504-523-6247 Opal Basil Artisan Sandwiches, 719 S. Peters St. Pêche Seafood Grill aaa Seafood, 800 Magazine St., 504-522-1744 Rock-n-Sake aaa Japanese, 823 Fulton St., 504-581-7253 Root aaaa Eclectic, 200 Julia St., 504-252-9480 Seaworthy Oysters and Cocktails, 600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3071 Tomas Bistro aaaa Creole French, 755 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-527-0942 Tommy’s Cuisine aaaa Creole Italian, 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-581-1103
Magazine St., 504-891-8495 Midway Pizza aaa Pizza, 4725 Freret St., 504-322-2815 Mona’s Café aa Middle Eastern, 4126 Magazine St., 504-894-9800 Pascal’s Manale aaa Creole Italian, 1838 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-4877 Patois aaaa Creole French, 6078 Laurel St., 504-895-9441 Rum House aaa Caribbean, 3128 Magazine St., 504-941-7560 Slice aaa Pizza, 5538 Magazine St., 504-897-4800 Sukho Thai aaa Thai, 4519 Magazine St., 504-373-6471 Taqueria Corona aaa Mexican, 5932
WEST BANK Kim Son aaa Vietnamese, 349 Whitney Ave., 504-366-2489 La Fiesta aaa Mexican, 1412 Stumpf Blvd., 504-361-9142 La Providencia aaa Central American, 2300 Belle Chasse Hwy., 504-368-5724 Legacy Kitchen Steak + Chop aa American, 91 Westbank Expy., 504-513-2606 O’Brien’s aaaa Steak, 2020 Belle Chasse Hwy., 504-391-7229 Pho Bang aaa Vietnamese, 932 Westbank Expy., 504-872-9002
Magazine St., 504-897-3974 Upperline aaaa Contemporary Creole, 1413 Upperline St., 504891-9822
WEST END AND BUCKTOWN The Blue Crab aaa Seafood, 7900 Lakeshore Dr., 504-284-2898 Brisbi’s aaa Seafood, 7400
Lakeshore Dr., 504-555-5555
AND CENTRAL CITY
Deanie’s Seafood aa Seafood, 1713
American Sector aa American, 945 Magazine St., 504-528-1940 Annunciation aaaa Contemporary Creole, 1016 Annunciation St., 504-568-0245 Briquette Contemporary Coastal Cuisine, 701 S. Peters St. Café Reconcile aaa Lunch Café, 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-568-1157 Cochon aaa Cajun, 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-588-2123
Lake Ave., 504-831-4141 New Orleans Food & Spirits aaa Seafood, 210 Hammond Hwy., 504-828-2220 R&O’s aaa Seafood, 216 Old Hammond Hwy., 504-831-1248 Sala Small plates and great cocktails, 124 Lake Marina, 504-513-2670 Two Tony’s aaa Creole Italian, 8536 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-282-0801 Wasabi aaa Japanese, 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-267-3263
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WHILE YOUR FIRST THOUGHT may be steak when you think of Andy’s Bistro, there is so much more! Showcasing fine French-influenced cuisines from panéed veal to groundfresh Angus burgers, Andy’s Bistro provides an intimate and relaxed dining experience close to home. “We want to be the go-to neighborhood restaurant,” says Joseph Trotta. “We strive to create a comfortable environment for our guests.” The Metairie restaurant aims to 98
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plate the best ingredients possible and takes particular care in selection of its menu options. Believing that fantastic food can be just as good for the soul as it is for the body, they hand select their produce to ensure the freshest flavors and cuts of meat. The menu offers sizzling housecut bacon with Andy’s house sauce, crabmeat Napoleon, sweet garlic shrimp and more. Andy’s wood-fired options are endless, from small plates to main courses, including oysters, cauliflower, a
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selection of flatbreads, salmon and Gulf fish, as pictured. And if a steak is what you’re after, order Andy’s melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon paired with an Andydote cocktail or glass of wine. Join Andy’s for dinner Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; or Friday and Saturday, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Andy’s Bistro is located at 3322 North Turnbull Dr. in Metairie. 455-7363. andysbistro.com.
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