August-September 2021 Issue of Inside New Orleans

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August-September 2021

Vol. 8, No. 4

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Artist Michael Guidry. Find more on page 14.

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10 Publisher’s Note 11 Editor’s Note 12 Contributors 18 INside Scoop 42 Home & Garden Resources

14 A Learned Natural page 46 Cover Artist Michael Guidry 24 What’s Hot in New Orleans 30 Fall Festin’ 34 Elite Lawyers

40 A True Transformation 44 Travel 41 Inside New Orleans Readers’ Weekending in Orange Beach Favorite Home Edition 46 Flourishes page 64 50 INside Look 53 Orthopaedic Resources 55 IN Love & Marriage 56 INside Peek 61 IN the Kitchen Keeping It Cool 62 Drinks with Anna Summertime Sippin’ in New Orleans 64 Haute Plates 66 Last Bite Briquette


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Publisher’s Note by Jonée Daigle-Ferrand

Is summer getting shorter and shorter every year? I am not ready to lose my sidekick (my daughter) for the next ten months. She is always close by listening to my work calls or asking me business and personal questions while I am hard at work on my computer or phone. With school comes all of the activities she enjoys, and I love being there to watch her. Melanie with Milestone Photography captured my dance- and sportsloving girl perfectly. The best part about school starting means fall is near and lots of events, festivals, galas and football games are right around the corner! I know we are all excited to attend many upcoming local events. Inside New Orleans has formed partnerships with some amazing local nonprofit organizations. I have always enjoyed promoting and attending events to meet new people and help support local businesses and nonprofits. I am very excited to host our fabulous cover artist, Michael Guidry, at Degas Gallery on White Linen Night, August 7. His white alligator and pink alligator paintings are some of my favorites. There is no coincidence that our cover is a white alligator, and we celebrate his cover on White Linen Night. I hope you can join us for a fun night!

Editor’s Note by Leah Draffen

Growing up, one of my favorite humans was my grandfather. I loved sitting on his tailgate every evening after school. While he always had a story to tell, he would often get distracted by the birds chirping in the trees nearby. He had an enormous respect and adoration for nature—it was infectious. He’d smile ear to ear as he guessed an unseen bird. “‘Purdy, purdy, purdy.’ Oh, that’s a cardinal,” he would say. An avid fisherman as well, he made sure that my brother and I knew how to cast a line. And of course, set a hook. While I still enjoy time out on the water fishing and absorbing the environment around me, I truly enjoy time on my back porch listening to the birds. It always makes me grin as I hear a mockingbird in the distance or see a cardinal in our yard. It gives me even more happiness as I now get to spot birds with my 2-year-old son. He loves pointing at the pelicans on the lakefront or the ducks at the park. He’s also been known to chase a seagull or two. I hope that he and his sister grow up to cherish nature the way that I do. Someone who shares this gratitude for nature is our cover artist, Michael Guidry. I gravitated quickly to his Birds in Flight paintings. The detail of his Louisiana nature pieces stirs that same feeling of excitement that I once had while sitting on my grandfather’s tailgate. You can read about Michael’s inspiration for his work on page 14. As the hottest month of the year has arrived, grab a cool cocktail (Anna Tusa has some perfect concoctions on page 62), don your linen, and take a moment to listen to the birds. Life is too fast. May we never forget to slow down and soak in the nature around us! Cheers,

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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 some of them so that you can put a face with a name and get to know them.

Anna Tusa

Anna Tusa is the Director of Operations for Briquette, the Briquette Wine Room and New Orleans Creole Cookery. On page 62, Anna mixes up summertime cocktails.

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. See Leslie’s article about fall festivals on page 30.

Sue Strachan

Sue Strachan has been writing about New Orleans culture for more than 25 years. Sue has been an editor and writer for a number of locally- based publications including Uptown/ Mid-City Messenger, St. Charles Avenue magazine, New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Preservation in Print, Louisiana Life, and was society editor for the Times-Picayune for five years. Her work has been seen internationally in Time Asia and HG magazine. She is regularly featured on Hollywood Highlights on WWL-TV’s Great Day Louisiana. Sue is coming out with a book, Cafe Brûlot, in midSeptember. In this issue, Sue writes about many of the exciting things happening in the Crescent City on page 24. Other Voices: Leah Draffen, Brad Ferrand, Lorin Gaudin and Thomas B. Growden.

A Learned Natural Cover Artist Michael Guidry


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YOU MAY FEEL an instant sense of nostalgia when looking at one of Michael Guidry’s painted marsh creatures. Sweaty mornings on a flat boat as the sun appeared upon the horizon or soggy boots with net in hand as you peer into muddy water. No matter your age, we all have had those South Louisiana experiences. Michael explores those memories with oils on canvas. “I first started painting Louisiana subject matter based on trips I used to take out to our fishing camp in Lafourche Parish,” he reflects. “I would go out not even thinking about looking for subject matter, but then I couldn’t help but try to relive those things when I got back to my

studio.” Michael began collecting items like clumps of marsh grass, and assorted flora and fauna, including birds brought in by his duck-hunting friends. Posed with some directional lighting, Michael’s clump of marsh grass opened the door for his first solo show, Out of the Marsh. After professionally photographing the series, he eventually submitted the images to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for consideration. “I got a letter that I was accepted as a Louisiana Nature Painter. Obliged to show what I got juried in with, I had to revisit it.” From banana stalks to alligators and gallinules above, Michael found that his subject matter was endless. >>

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photos courtesy: MICHAEL GUIDRY

About the source of his subjects, he says, “It’s usually something from my childhood. Something that shaped my environment, but you never really think of it as a single item until it’s taken out of context. That’s how I started with banana stalks. So, instead of painting the plant, I would remove it, isolate it and hang it up in the studio.” Using traditional materials, Michael’s style offers added familiarity often unseen in contemporary art. After attending LSU, Michael went to the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts (NOAFA). With a desire to learn to work with an academic approach, he studied how to portray life using traditional techniques. “Now, I use all those same techniques, starting points and materials but with a contemporary, new life. Because you recognize the materials, you may feel like you know something, which makes it easier to look at.” Michael began his adoration of and study of art as a child. “I was in third grade when I discovered cubism,” he says.

“I felt like it was accessible. I never really understood anything until I read about that.” Yet, Michael spent his childhood and teen years thinking you had to be born with artistic talent. “I was clearly infatuated with art but never thought it was a skill I could acquire. It truly was a revelatory experience for me when I started studying sculpture and painting in college. It was then that I was exposed to the practice of art.” And practice Michael did. After graduating with a degree in journalism he moved to New York for some time before returning to LSU to study sculpture. He then spent four years at NOAFA. Years later, Michael continues to practice and learn, especially from a 4-year-old who frequents his studio. “Fatherhood has changed everything for me and I had no clue that she would affect me in my work so much. She puts paint on canvas with total confidence,” he smiles. “I have found myself seeing everything from a child’s eye again. When I was little my parents had this small cubist still life print by Picasso. I find myself drawn back to that

painting, particularly the colors of the piece. Rediscovering it, I have reincorporated it into my work. Because of her, I have been brought back to that time in my life.” When Michael doesn’t have a tiny helper in his studio, he approaches his work by stretching his own canvases (a skill he revived during the pandemic) and staining the canvas one color. “Sometimes I let the stain dry, sometimes I don’t, depending on what kind of effect I’m trying to create. So, without even thinking about the subject, I’m already sort of into it. Usually, when I put down a color, the next color I put down is a reaction to that color. It becomes a call and response on canvas—a life of its own.” After spending much of last year working on commissioned pieces, Michael is now getting to explore new ideas that have been floating in his mind. And, he has continued gathering experiences at the fishing camp. “Most of our recent trips have been remediating storm damage, but we are still in the middle of the Louisiana Salt Marsh so we can’t help but have nature

come to us sometimes. For instance, a purple martin family built a nest on our little porch area. It was a magical experience watching the acrobatics of the mama as she collected insects to feed the babies.” Michael enjoys those moments in nature, but also truly enjoys capturing them in paint. “When studying at the Academy, I used to wait tables. I remember when I was able to get the night off, it was the feeling of knowing I was going to be able to stay home and paint. I still get that feeling. Now, my studio is behind my house so I can just go in at any point. I love walking in and smelling the oil paint. “When I was young my parents would load us in the car and we would find out we were going to Pontchartrain Beach. I would get so excited. Even if I have just 20 minutes to work, I get that same feeling. I call it that ‘Pontchartrain Beach feeling.’” View Michael’s latest works during White Linen Night at Degas Gallery on August 7, from 6-8pm. To learn more, visit A ug u s t- S e p te m be r 2 0 21



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1 Satchmo SummerFest. Presented by Chevron. Live music shows, food, drink, and special events including seminars and lectures. 1-Sept 5 COOLinary New Orleans. Enjoy 2- or 3-course lunches for $25 or less, and 3-course dinners and brunches for $45 or less. Plus, continued this year, you can experience COOLinary New 18

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Orleans on the go! Dine in, takeout and delivery options are available. Find participating restaurants at neworleans. com/coolinary. 7 Inside New Orleans Meet the Artist Party on White Linen Night. Meet August-September 2021 Cover Artist Michael Guidry and view his works. Degas Gallery, 604 Julia St. 6-8pm.

7 Fidelity White Linen Night. An evening filled with exclusive performances and exhibitions, gallery showings, parties and more. Be sure to stop by Degas Gallery (604 Julia St) from 6-8pm to meet Inside New Orleans AugustSeptember Cover Artist, Michael Guidry! 300-600 Julia Street and surrounding areas. 6-9pm. artsdistrictneworleans. com.


August 7 Fidelity White Linen Night. An evening filled with exclusive performances and exhibitions, gallery showings, parties and more. Be sure to stop by Degas Gallery (604 Julia St) from 6-8pm to meet Inside New Orleans August-September Cover Artist, Michael Guidry! 300-600 Julia Street and surrounding areas. 6-9pm.

7, 14, 21, 28 Champagne Saturdays. Symmetry Jewelers & Designers, 8138 Hampson St. 18 Nola Bike Night 2021. Enjoy the fun of the North Track with none of its usual high-speed stress! NOLA Motorsports Bike Night is a recreational event for cyclists of all ages and skill. Bike Night allows anyone to have a safe and fun place to ride without the hassles of the city! Afterward, cyclists can replenish with ice-cold beverages and hot food off the grill! Bring your friends and family. Riders should register online prior to the event. Nola Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Boulevard, Avondale. 5pm. Adults, $10; kids, $5.382-4875. 19 Prime Examples of Excellence in Music: Curated by Jesse McBride. In partnership with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and the Musicians’ Council on Fair Wages Inc., the New Orleans Jazz Museum presents Prime Examples of Excellence in Music: Curated by Jesse McBride, a monthly performance series sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave. 5pm. 21 “Mutts to Models” Charity Gala. Local celebrities, veterans, philanthropists, media personalities, athletes and other VIPs will escort their own dogs and adoptable shelter dogs down the cat (or should that be dog?) walk. Hosted by Ian Somerhalder. Benefitting both the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, the parish’s only open-admission animal shelter, and the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington, Louisiana’s leading cancercare organization. Mercedes-Benz of Covington. 7pm. 28 De La Salle Summer Alumni Party. De La Salle’s campus, 5300 St. Charles Ave. 7-10pm. summer-alumni-party.


1-5 COOLinary New Orleans. Enjoy 2- or 3-course lunches for $25 or less, and 3-course dinners and brunches for $45 or less. Plus, continued this year, you can experience COOLinary New Orleans on the go! Dine in, takeout and delivery options are available. Find >> A ug u s t- S e p te m be r 2 0 21


Inside Scoop participating restaurants at 4, 11, 18, 25 Champagne Saturdays. Symmetry Jewelers & Designers, 8138 Hampson St. 8, 29 Nola Bike Night 2021. Enjoy the fun of the North Track with none of its usual high-speed stress! NOLA Motorsports Bike Night is a recreational event for cyclists of all ages and skill. Bike Night allows anyone to have a safe and fun place to ride without the hassles of the city! Afterward, cyclists can replenish with ice-cold beverages and hot food off the grill! Bring your friends and family. Riders should register online prior to the event. Nola Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Boulevard, Avondale. 5pm. Adults, $10; kids, $5.382-4875. 11 De La Salle Football vs Holy Cross (Alumni Game). Tad Gormley Stadium, 5400 Stadium Dr. 2pm. 16 Prime Examples of Excellence in Music: Curated by Jesse McBride. In partnership with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and the Musicians’ Council on Fair Wages Inc., the New Orleans Jazz Museum presents Prime Examples of Excellence in Music: Curated by Jesse McBride, a monthly performance series sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave. 5pm. 17 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Fashion Show. Organized by the New Orleans Mission, the event launched in 2019 with a vision to celebrate and support


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the women at the Lynhaven Retreat. Their Women’s Discipleship Program offers a safe drug and alcohol-free environment where guests can focus on recovery and how they use everyday choices to take charge of their health and wellbeing. Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur De Lis Dr. 6:30-9pm. $50. 17-Oct 3 God of Carnage. This triple Tony Award-winning comedy without manners is about two sets of parents who meet up to resolve a playground fight between their sons. Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Avenue, Westwego. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30pm; Sundays, 2pm. 885-2000. 23-26 Alligator Festival. Hosted by the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish. Westbank Bridge Park, Luling. 23-26 Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival. New Iberia. hisugar. org. 24 Love in the Garden 2021. NOMA is thrilled for the return of LOVE in the Garden presented by Hancock Whitney in NOMA’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Guests will enjoy a fun, festive and casual evening offering a selection of traditional New Orleans cuisine, spirits and entertainment. Funds raised at LOVE in the Garden provide crucial general operating support to NOMA, allowing us to serve our community with art, education and programmatic initiatives. Patron party, 7-8pm; garden party, 8-11pm.

30 WYES The Worlds of Hemingway Gala. Presented by Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media, 916 Navarre Ave. Patron admittance, 6:30pm; gala, 8pm. 30-Oct 3 French Quarter Festival. Presented by Chevron. As the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world, more than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international. frenchquarterfest. org.

Looking Ahead

1-3 French Quarter Festival. Presented by Chevron. As the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world, more than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international. Oct 1-3 God of Carnage. This triple Tony Award-winning comedy without manners is about two sets of parents who meet up to resolve a playground fight between their sons. Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Avenue, Westwego. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30pm;

Sundays, 2pm. 885-2000. Oct 8-17 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Presented by Shell. Hundreds of performances, food, drinks and entertainment at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. Oct 21 Games in the Garden. Presented by Friends of Longue Vue, Games in the Gardens 2021 will support garden education for children and families in New Orleans, as Longue Vue enters a second century of engagement with our community. Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd. 5-7pm. Oct 28 Inside New Orleans Meet the Artist Party. Meet October-November 2021 Cover Artist James Michalopoulos. New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave. 6-8pm. insideneworleansmagazine. com. Oct 30 Deo Gratias. Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, 75376 River Rd, Saint Benedict. Vespers, 6pm; gala, 7-10pm. (985) 867-2226. Nov 2 De La Salle Open House for 8th-12th. Tour the only Catholic co-ed high school serving New Orleans. 5300 St. Charles Ave. 4-7pm. NOTE: All dates and events are subject to change or cancellation. Send your event information to to have it featured in an upcoming issue of Inside New Orleans.

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School Scoop DE LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL Rooted in the Lasallian heritage and tradition of the Christian Brothers, De La Salle High School excels in guiding young men and women of varied backgrounds and abilities to develop spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially. De La Salle High School offers outstanding college preparatory programs which prepare students for higher education with growth opportunities for a lifetime. In the De La Salle classroom, you will find dynamic teachers who inspire young minds to grow and develop. From eighth to twelfth grade, faculty presents a comprehensive college model academic program that challenges students to reach their full potential. Open house, Nov. 2 from 4-7pm. Located at 5300 Saint Charles Ave. 895-5717. DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE Delgado has been a leader in online education for more than 15 years, and always offers a large variety of online classes, as well as “hybrid” classes that are part online and part face-to-face. While on campus classes have resumed, enrollment services at Delgado are completely virtual! Students can visit the Online Welcome Desk for help with all matters related to enrollment. Delgado offers live chat and virtual appointments in addition to email and phone options to assist with scheduling classes, applying and checking on the status of financial aid, checking the status of an application for admission, and registering for classes through the LoLA online system. Fall classes begin August 14. Final day to register, August 17. Located at 615 City Park Ave. 6715000. ECOLE BILINGUE DE LA NOUVELLE-ORLÉANS Founded in 1998, Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans provides a private, friendly and language-enriched environment for every student. As Louisiana’s first and only private French school accredited by the French government and the State, Ecole Bilingue provides multilingual education for 18-month-old students through the 8th grade. The mission of Ecole Bilingue is to develop globally literate students through a rigorous bilingual French-American curriculum set in a nurturing and multicultural community. The school guides students to excel academically, fosters their curiosity, and prepares them to become creative and innovative contributors to the world. Located at 821 General Pershing Street. 896-4500. KEHOE-FRANCE SCHOOL SOUTHSHORE At Kehoe-France School, children are nurtured in a warm and welcoming environment. With small class sizes in a secure and picturesque environment, our degreed and certified staff encourage our students to explore their curiosities. As an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and candidate for Middle School Programme, Kehoe-France is focused on providing an inquirybased approach to learning. Our students are actively engaged in their development, education, and activities. They focus not only on the academic fundamentals but also a child’s physical health and wellness through expansive athletic programs, exposure to the fine arts through classes and clubs, and a commitment to a service as a 22

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school community. Facilities are newly renovated with more improvements to come. Kehoe-France School invites everyone to come tour with us and take those first steps onto the path to success. Located at 720 Elise Ave. in Metairie. 733-0472. STUART HALL SCHOOL FOR BOYS In 1984, William Gallop saw the need for an elementary Catholic boys school in New Orleans and decided to turn a dream into reality by founding Stuart Hall School for Boys. During Gallop’s tenure, he oversaw the school’s establishment of a permanent campus on Carrollton Avenue and the addition of a middle school as the student body grew both in numbers and maturity. Shortly after, Stuart Hall embarked on an expansion and continued to increase enrollment under the guidance of the school’s second headmaster, Kevin Avin. Now in its 37th year, serving boys PK3-7th grade, Stuart Hall holds membership in The Archdiocese of New Orleans, Independent Schools of the Southwest, National Association of Independent Schools, and the Independent Boys’ Schools Coalition. Private tours available by appointment. Located at 2032 S. Carrollton Avenue. 861-5384. URSULINE ACADEMY Diverse by design, Ursuline believes that appreciating and learning from people with different perspectives is how they build a better world. For many girls, Ursuline can be the first place they meet people with different backgrounds, beliefs and talents. The academy celebrates girls for who they are and elevates their confidence to influence the world. They learn from each other, celebrate each other and raise each other up. Here, girls gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how to be successful in a global society. Through interactive experiences tailored to girls’ interests, Ursuline students learn how to think deeper, communicate clearly and solve problems independently and collaboratively. At Ursuline, STEM and the arts are equal partners in powering the girls’ education. They believe that creative thinking - a key to 21st century success - is best nurtured when young brains explore both analytical and imaginative ideas. Schedule a campus tour for Age 1 through 12th Grade. Located at 2635 State Street. 861-1106. A ug u s t- S e p te m be r 2 0 21


THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING going on in New Orleans — summer heat or not. And, with so much happening, Inside New Orleans scoped out what should be on your radar.

reminiscent of the 1920s, then progressed through the later decades, mimicking “the development of food over time,” says Schattman. “We have featured older Broussard’s dishes and those with a global scale.” The menu pairs cocktails with the dishes. For example, for the 1960s dinner on July 14, a Vieux Carré cocktail, made of Redemption Rye, Benedictine, brandy, sweet vermouth and topped with a maraschino cherry, was paired with an allspice-crusted rack of lamb. Upcoming dinners are: Aug. 11, the 1970s featuring Jose Cuervo Tradicional; Sept. 15, the 1980s featuring Don Q Rum; and Oct. 13, the 1990s featuring Absolut Vodka. Broussard’s is part of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. New to its properties this summer are the “cool zones” that have been situated in balconies and patios, including Curio and Flamingo-A-Go-Go, allowing guests to enjoy the outdoors while staying cool.

BROUSSARD’S DINING THROUGH THE DECADES Broussard’s reached its 100th anniversary in 2020. The restaurant had plans to mark the occasion, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused the restaurant to cancel or push some of the special events to 2021. One of them was the Centennial Menus which the restaurant created to celebrate the state’s fruit, vegetables or products. Now, to continue honoring its anniversary, the restaurant has moved forward with these focused menus while celebrating 101 years, according to Rebecca Schattman, general manager of the restaurant. “Chef Jimi Setchim is paying tribute to all the ingredients,” she says. Louisiana coffee, rice, pecans, citrus and spices are included. Currently the restaurant is featuring a special berry menu, in addition to its regular menu, that can be ordered prix fixe or a la carte. Among the menu items are: strawberry gazpacho; a honeyglazed salmon with an herb and pecan couscous, charred broccolini and topped with a blueberry-honey gastrique; and a blueberry and almond bread pudding. This menu runs through September. The restaurant has also been hosting monthly Century Suppers. The first featured food and cocktails


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Left to right: Jose Cuervo Tradicional cocktails for Broussard’s 1970s dinner; Brittany Picolo-Ramos filming for HGTV’s “Selling the Big Easy.”

REAL ESTATE – THAT’S HOT! One thing everyone can agree on is that the real estate market in New Orleans is hot. And Brittany Picolo-Ramos of Godwyn & Stone Real Estate is right there in the middle of it. She is also the star of “Selling the Big Easy” on HGTV, scheduled to kick off season two in September. “The market is still very healthy in New Orleans,” says Picolo-Ramos. “It’s good for buyers and sellers.” Neighborhoods such as Uptown, Lakeview and those on the Northshore remain popular. She noted that since the


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COVID-19 pandemic started, people are looking for more yard and entertainment space. “Slidell is growing,” she says, “And Kenner and Destrehan have seen a huge boom.” Picolo-Ramos also says she finds it is out-of-towners, such as those from New York or California, who want to buy homes in New Orleans. Another popular request—whether the buyer is from New Orleans or not—is houses with pools. EXPANDING ITS SERVICES Nestled into Uptown by the Mississippi River is LCMC Health’s Children’s Hospital, which has been expanding for more than four years resulting in a $300 million transformation of its campus when completed this fall. “We often compare this incredibly complex project to ‘changing an airplane engine while in flight.’ Throughout the multi-year construction project, our staff has

remained focused on providing expert care for kids,” says Ben Whitworth, vice president of Hospital Operations, Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “Our team has been amazing with the ebb and flow of the changes.” Among the many highlights are: the new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; the Hank and Betty Lauricella Pavilion, which houses the clinic’s lobby and registration area for patients; an expanded Emergency Care; the new Behavioral Health Center; a Pediatric Palliative Care center called The Pelican Krewe, and, in partnership with Hogs for the Cause, the Hogs House provides housing for families who live outside of New Orleans and have a child receiving care at the hospital. ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS Cider in New Orleans? Well, actually in Jefferson Parish, and it’s the new project of Colleen Keogh. >>

The Peacock Room at Kimpton Hotel Fontenot.

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Above: The Funny Library Coffee Shop at Virgin Hotels New Orleans. Right: Breeze Airways CEO David Neeleman.


Kingfish Cider was founded in 2018 by Keogh, who first caught onto the craft cider boom when in Austin, Texas, and then wanted to bring it to New Orleans. “A lot of people haven’t had craft cider,” says Keogh. “After tasting it, they say, ‘Oh, this is different,’ because they are exposed to what is commercially out there, such as Woodchuck or Angry Orchard.” Keogh says craft cider has a different taste, along the lines of a “dry white wine or champagne.” She also notes her cider contains no sulfates or added sugars, and is gluten free. While many people think cider can only be made out of apples, Keogh says she makes hers with pears (called a

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“perry”) and other local fruit in addition to apples. Kingfish Cider is named after former Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long, whose nickname was “The Kingfish.” Each of the main cider varieties is named after someone or something related to Long: Blanche, a dry apple cider; Uncle Earl, hopped dry apple cider; Prohibition, a dry perry; and Huey Perry, the signature drink that is a medium-dry perry. St. James Cheese Company provides build-your-own charcuterie boards for snacking. For music, the city’s famed Frenchmen Street is like a gravitational force for visitors and locals. You just can’t help to be drawn in. Jazz mainstay, Snug Harbor, has

been there for more than 30 years. In 2000, d.b.a. was founded and remains one of the more popular spots to have a drink or see a live band. Owner Tom Thayer is showcasing all of your favorite musicians, most of whom “have been playing d.b.a for years,” he says. The who’s who include John Boutté – you know him from singing the theme song for the HBO series “Treme” — as well as Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars, Soul Brass Band, Dave Jordan and The NIA, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, to name a few. Right now, the club is showcasing music Thursdays through Sundays, and starting Wednesdays some time in September.

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UP UP AND AWAY Tired of driving long distances or making multiple connections from New Orleans? Breeze Airways is here to the rescue.

Breeze Airways is the fifth airline start-up for CEO David Neeleman, who founded JetBlue. “It’s so exciting to be inaugurating service from New Orleans again,” says Neeleman. “I remember the JetBlue launch there so fondly 20 years ago. Now, with Breeze, we’re starting low-cost, nonstop service to ten routes from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to places like Charleston, Hunstville and Columbus. “Cities that didn’t have nonstop service. With Breeze, we’ll always get you there twice as fast but also for half the price of the other airlines.” The airline’s network is starting with 39 nonstop routes between 16 cities in the Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and the Eastern U.S. Direct flights from New Orleans started in July and include Charleston, South Carolina; Akron/Canton, Ohio; Bentonville/Fayetteville, Arkansas; Huntsville, Alabama; Louisville, Kentucky; Norfolk, Virginia; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Richmond, Virginia; Tulsa, Oklahoma and Columbus, Ohio. Breeze’s introductory “Nice” airfare starts at $39 one-way, and includes a personal item, such as a backpack or purse. Time to book your trip now! LOVE SHACKS With travel rebounding, the city has responded with a number of new high-rise hotels, and one more in the early fall. But before we dive into those, there has been a number of boutique hotels making their debuts over the past few months. >>

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photo: Arnaud Montagard, courtesy of the Columns photo: Paul Costello, courtesy of The Chloe

photo: Douglas Friedman, courtesy of Hotel St. Vincent

From top: Inside the Columns; Paradise Lounge at Hotel Saint Vincent; the front entrance to The Chloe.


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Starting the trend last year was The Chloe. A former boarding house, then bed-and-breakfast, it is now a boutique hotel with a restaurant and bar that became a popular Uptown spot the moment it opened its doors. The hotel rooms are a mix of antiques, art and clever updates that create a fresh look. The front patio for this Queen Ann style house has scenic views of the streetcars rolling down St. Charles Avenue — and for eyeing the “who’s who” arrivals — and the food and drink are top-notch. The hotel has a pool open to the public (for a fee) 11 am to 9 pm, seven days a week with an adjacent pool bar to make sure all summery cocktails needs are met. Columns, also on St. Charles Avenue, got a sophisticated makeover. A beloved place to have drinks, particularly on the front porch, this stately standard — it was built in 1884 — was given a refresh that longtime and new fans have approved of. Go for drinks and dinner, or stay the night in one of the chic rooms. Debuting with a party in late June featuring the musician, St. Vincent, the Hotel St. Vincent’s eccentric ambiance is one part Italian villa, one part New Orleans sultry sensuality. With two restaurants and a bar, as well as a private bar for hotel guests only, the hotel has already attracted a crowd. COSMOPOLITAN AND COOL Heading downtown, there are two new hotels in the Warehouse District, and one on the edge of the French Quarter. The Kimpton Hotel Fontenot is located on the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas streets. Start your day —or get a treat for later — at the Gospel Coffee & Boozy Treats, or relax in the Peacock Room, where cocktails and light bites are available. And, yes, the room is painted in the hue best known as “peacock blue.”

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The new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

The Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences in New Orleans has been one of the most eagerly anticipated launches, which is set to open in September. The former International Trade Center, which sat empty for years, has been turned into a smart and elegant place to visit or stay. Food by New Orleans chefs Donald Link and Alon Shaya and the lobby’s Chandelier Bar – highlighted by a custom chandelier designed by Preciosa using 15,000 crystals — are sure to lure visitors and locals. Virgin Hotels New Orleans is set to debut late-summer 2021, with reservations being accepted for stays starting Labor Day weekend. “Virgin Hotels New Orleans will definitely be a go-to destination for locals,” says General Manager Cody Bertone. “The hotel will bring a fresh and new type of property to the city and will offer something for everyone.” The building, located at 550 Baronne Street, is new construction, and will have the full Virgin panache that aficionados have come to expect, but with a New Orleans ambiance. According to Bertone, Virgin Hotels’ in-house design team partnered with leading local design firm, Logan Killen Interiors, to bring an authentic New Orleans flair to the interiors. Virgin is also excited to be teaming up with New Orleans Chef Alex Harrell as executive chef of Commons Club, that will anchor the main entrance of the hotel and offer a modern social club experience. “We aim to go above and beyond to provide our guests with an experience that surpasses all that one would expect from Virgin Hotels – our trademark great music, food and drink, art, design and tech innovations — delivered in a way that not only captures the spirit of New Orleans, but also makes all of our guests feel at home,” says Bertone. A ug u s t- S e p te m be r 2 021


FALL IS AROUND THE CORNER, and the festivals are back! Everyone loves a second chance, and the fan-favorite festivals are returning with all new schedules for 2021. Each organization is hoping that the largest number of people can enjoy their festivities, taking advantage of autumn’s cooler temperatures. Following is a jambalaya of sensory delights for your eyes, ears and tastebuds—in and outside of New Orleans. As we go to press, here’s the latest. Check the websites listed for ongoing updates and have a blast at the many festivals we’ve been anticipating.

than ever at the Westbank Bridge Park in Luling, where it’s been located since 2000. The festival, which has traditionally been the last full weekend in September, is hosted by The Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish to fundraise for college scholarships for local youth. They’ll have live alligators, ten different bands, carnival rides, Cajun cuisine, and more than 50 craft booths. The festival opens with music from Kevin Gullage and the Blues Groovers and closes out with Category 6. Try a little alligator étouffée, or jambalaya with a side of alligator. In the 40 years since the festival began, over $1 million in scholarships has been awarded. So, ‘pass a good time’ for a great cause. For more information, visit

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ALLIGATOR FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 23-26 See you later, alligator? The organizers of this festival say they certainly hope not, as they’re coming back bigger

LOUISIANA SUGAR CANE FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 23-26 The annual New Iberia festival is also the last week of September when the fields of sugar cane reach their pinnacle. This festival plays host to the 24 parishes that produce sugar in Louisiana. The fest, which began in 1937, is credited to a Californian named Charles Stevenson who ventured to New Iberia, loved the bayou and never left. He also realized the economic value of the sugar crops and the zest for life of the people in the sugar parishes, and decided to launch a festival honoring all of it. The festival kicks off on a Thursday with Farm Fest, held on the grounds of The Shadows on the Teche in downtown New Iberia. Live entertainment is provided by Alligator Blue, along with regional food and cocktails. It’s followed by three days of street fairs, Fais Do Do parties featuring live bands, a 4H livestock show, street fairs, tractor and candy toss parades, art and flower pageants,


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a 5K run, and the Queen Sugar Pageant and the Royalty Parade finale. “The 79th annual Sugar Cane Festival has something for everyone,” says Media Chair Lisa Lourd. “We welcome folks to our family-friendly fest in historic downtown New Iberia, in the heart of Acadiana. It’s four days of fun and relaxation, along with great food, Cajun culture and live local music.” For more detailed day-by-day information, visit

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL OCTOBER 8-17 The world-renowned festival’s kick-off date is the weekend of October 8-10, then resuming October 15-17. The birth of this extravaganza dates back to 1970 when two key players, Mahalia Jackson and Duke Ellington performed a duet at what was then known as the Louisiana Heritage Fair. When jazz and heritage collided, a new festival was born. George Wein, a jazz impresario behind the Newport Jazz Festival was charged with putting this new festival on the map. Believing that New Orleans was the “real deal”, he predicted it would become a bigger jazz festival than Newport, in time—and, he was right. It was Wein who >>

Jazz Fest 2019 with wall-to-wall crowds at the New Orleans Fairgrounds watching the event’s amazing musical acts.


FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2 The French Quarter Festival, presented by Chevron, bills itself as the largest free festival showcasing Louisiana music along with food and culture, taking place over three days. “We have always been a four-day festival in the spring, but we were asked by the city to drop Sunday from our fall rescheduling, as it coincided with the Saints’ first home game that day,” says Emily Madero, President and CEO of French Quarter Festival, Inc., the non-profit which produces this event. “It was a matter of policing and the difficulty with crowd control, so we gladly obliged. Therefore, we have an action-packed three days on tap.” New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood will host more than 200 performances on 19 stages, featuring such luminaries as Tank & the Bangas, Irma Thomas, Soul Rebels, Kermit Ruffins and Ricky Lee Jones, just for starters. And, with the city’s reputation as a culinary capital, attendees will be treated to delicious cuisine from over 50 restaurants, including Broussard’s, Galatoire’s, and so many more. The festival began 37 years ago as a response to the World’s Fair in New Orleans in 1984. “Back then, Mayor Dutch Morial felt all of the businesses in the French Quarter were suffering under the massive construction that was being done in and around the Quarter in preparation for the World’s Fair,” says Madero. “So, it was a way of enticing people to come to the

French Quarter and experience all of the great shops and restaurants, in spite of the cranes and earthmovers.” As this year’s festival unfolds, there will be stages all along the riverfront from Jackson Square to the New Orleans Jazz Museum, and a jazz stage by the French Market further downriver, where dance lessons featuring zydeco to swing, will be available. The debut of a festival art installation brought to the event by JAMNOLA, the city’s new experiential art and music museum, will showcase New Orleans’ love affair with its distinctive culture. This festival is expected to give a tremendous positive boost to the many local French Quarter businesses, which have suffered through and are now coming back from the pandemic shutdowns. The 2019 fest generated nearly $200 million, and organizers hope to top that number. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy both French Quarter Fest and a Saints game on the same weekend,” exclaims Maduro. “We’re bringing together our great hometown festival and our own hometown team. We couldn’t script a better celebration to memorialize the resilience of New Orleans and the return to normal life.” For a complete list of musicians and stages, as well as other information,

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Above: Current Queen Cotton Shelbi Rials reigning over the 2021 Louisiana Cotton Festival in Ville Platte, the end of this October. Right: Children always enjoy themselves on the “teacups” in the carnival area of the annual Sugar Cane Festival in New Iberia, Louisiana.

hired Quint Davis, who would quickly become the creative force behind the festival, and to this day is still the fest’s producer and director. This fall, Jazz Fest’s musical line-up will not disappoint. With many in the canceled 2020 lineup back in the fold, they’ll be getting a second chance to entertain the masses. Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, the Black Crowes, Dead & Company (the Grateful Dead minus Jerry Garcia and plus John Mayer), Lizzo, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, the Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, David Sanborn, and Chris Isaak will all be returning. And, a previously scheduled tribute to Dr. John will finally come to fruition, 18 months after it was originally scheduled.

Many local acts will be returning to the Fair Grounds this year. Among them, the Revivalists, the Radiators, Big Freedia, Jon Batiste, Terence Blanchard, PJ Morton, Trombone Shorty and so many more. Included in the 2021 roster is first-timer Demi Lovato along with previous Jazz Fest artists Melissa Etheridge, Ludacris, longtime Jazz Fest favorite Jimmy Buffett, and singer-songwriter Randy Newman. The Jazz & Heritage Festival has made a name for itself in the craft arena, and you’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, carved Creole and Acadian furniture, weavings, duck carvings, hand-colored photography, and many other examples of local craftsmanship in the numerous booths dotting the grounds. Jazz Fest is no stranger to indigenous food, either. Feel like alligator? No problem. Have a craving for crawfish étoufée? It’s here. Hankering for oysters? There are various varieties, both cooked and raw. With well-known culinary establishments partaking in the activities, there’s food here for every taste. There are a variety of ticketing options this year, from weekend passes to single-day tickets. Those who still hold tickets from the canceled 2020 Jazz Fest will be contacted via email about re-booking. Jazz Fest generates about $3 million each year for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization which disburses the profits throughout Louisiana for educational programs and cultural activities. When the gates to the Fairgrounds swing open again in October, it will have been two and a half years since the last Jazz Fest. It’s expected to be a big one! For all updated information on The Jazz & Heritage Festival, visit LOUISIANA COTTON FESTIVAL OCTOBER 19-24 If you’re looking for a traditional festival with deep roots in the community, head on over to The Louisiana Cotton Festival in Ville Platte within Evangeline Parish, deep in the heart of Cajun country. The festival, which began in 1953, was started by World War II vets who were interested in promoting Evangeline Parish as the first parish in the South where cotton farmers had planted and raised one-variety cotton. The purpose of the farmer’s association that puts on the festival is to entertain while educating about the advancements in agriculture. According to a festival board member, and previous Cotton Queen, Katelyn Calhoun, the fest begins on Tuesday night with the Contradanse, a French square dance performed by the elders in the community. Throughout the following five days, horsemen joust at breakneck speeds in a tradition known as Le Tournoi (the tournament), an ancient sport brought to the area by the first French settlers. The riders figuratively battle the seven evils of cotton... the bollworm, the boll weevil, flood, drought, rayon, nylon and silk. For over sixty years, the “Cotton Pickers” have been the official entertainment, singing and dancing at every

event. The festival is known for its carnival rides, parades, and the crowning of King and Queen Cotton. Organizers say it’s a great place to have a “cotton pickin’ good time.” For more updated information, BUKU MUSIC & ART PROJECT (RENAMED BUKU: PLANET B FOR 2021) OCTOBER 22-23 The Buku event premiered in 2012 and has been a fan favorite ever since. It’s held at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World along the Mississippi Riverfront. This year, organizers say they will be changing it up with a thriving, immersive music and art festival, with headliners this year including Megan Thee Stallion, ILLENIUM, Machine Gun Kelly, Playboi Carti, and Alison Wonderland. Art installations at the uniquely industrial venue are set to reflect much of the lively street culture of New Orleans. Displays will include a Live Graffiti Gallery, along with a multitude of projects by local artists, creating an interactive space for attendees. Expect to find a smorgasbord of comfort food from local vendors with fare as diverse as fish tacos and barbecue to vegetarian specialties, assorted crepes and more. There are a wide range of ticket choices, so consult the website for types and prices. NATIONAL FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL OCTOBER 23-24 If you live in New Orleans, want to stay close to home, have done enough nutria, alligator, and other exotic foods for the season, and wish to keep it simple, try the free festival featuring Southern fried chicken, presented by Raising Cane’s, and taking place on Lakeshore Drive, right along the lakefront. Along with food, expect a bevy of festivities which include a Chicken Wing Eating Contest, and a Best Fried Chicken Contest. Thirty-five different restaurants will be slinging their chicken in the midst of live music on two stages. Enjoy the eats with great weather along Lake Pontchartrain, and bid adieu to the festival season until Mardi Gras 2022. Learn more at To share your thoughts or ideas, contact Leslie Cardé at A ug u s t- S e p te m be r 2 021


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THE SPYRE HEALTH CENTER recently opened at 1772 Prytania Street in the Lower Garden District, allowing its guests to experience a complete transformation of the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church buildings and grounds. This entire space was redesigned by Bell Butler Design & Architecture and renovated by Ryan Gootee General Contractors into a refuge of holistic wellness, featuring a variety of detox methods such as yoga, acupuncture, meditation, water aerobics and other amenities and services. Careful thought was given to the exterior design of the facility to ensure harmony with the interior and overall mission of the complex. Visitors will enjoy exploring their inner peace throughout Spyre’s interior and surrounding property. A unique outdoor feature envisioned for this is the meditation labyrinth located in the main courtyard adjacent to the pool. The idea for this space came from the owners’ mother, Dian Winingder. Her interest in the healing power of labyrinths compelled her to create one for Spyre, called Chelsea™. It was designed in Connecticut by The Labyrinth Company – the world’s premier meditation space creator. Local contractors, LA Pavers and Vista Landscaping, brought the labyrinth to life by providing and installing the hand cut concrete pavers and grass walkway. It features five circuits, or concentric paths emanating from the center to the outer edge, and it measures 18’ in diameter. It was built for solitary journeys from the edge to the center, and back out again, where one can enjoy a non-sedentary type of meditation. Special healing crystals, including amethyst; citrine and blue; green; smokey; fire; rose and clear quartz have been cleaned and charged in a special ritual, and lie buried in the center of 40

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the labyrinth to provide positive energy. Spyre’s salt water pool offers a central oasis to the footprint of the courtyard sanctuary. The 1,120 square foot pool was fully refurbished by Vista Landscaping, now with a Diamond Brite® finish made of natural materials ideal for light reflection and durability. The pool will be used for water therapy classes and lane swimming. Nearby is a fire pit with seating, and hanging swings for poolside lounging. All of the vegetation on the grounds, selected by Daly – Sublette Landscape Architects and planted by Vista Landscaping, is non-toxic, indigenous and intended to complement the aesthetics and amenities of Spyre. Special drainage was carefully installed by SiteCo, without disrupting the existing trees’ root systems, to ensure that the footprint of the property dries quickly and evenly. Edible herbs and fruits from the garden will be used as ingredients in the grab-and-go teas, soups and salads offered inside. And cuttings from the flora grown on the grounds will be used in arrangements as natural accents throughout Spyre’s interior. An old, mighty, live-oak tree that has stood from the earliest beginnings of this space, still anchors the corner of Prytania and Urania Streets. It was even included in the original schematic drawings of the Norwegian Seamen’s Church from 1967. Today, it provides shade for much of the front yard’s footprint, including a new bicycle parking area. The Norwegian Seamen’s Church (a.k.a. the Scandinavian Jazz Church) at 1772 Prytania Street endured as a landmark in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans since the late 1960s. The property’s history dates back further, to the Seaman’s Mission which was established in 1906 as a place where Norwegian sailors could gather to worship and find comfort while traveling. In 2016, the Norwegian government stopped supporting the church financially and it struggled to survive until it closed in 2018. Now, it is reborn as Spyre Health Center and it emerges, once again, as a different kind of sanctuary for holistic healing and inner wellness. Opening after Labor Day (September 6, 2021) for the health club offerings, which will operate seven days/week, but open now to visit the practitioners using a variety of modalities for healing.


A True Transformation

Home Edition

For the inaugural Inside New Orleans’ Readers’ and Editor’s Home Favorites, we asked you for your top picks in home categories from Antique Shops to Stone and Tile. Congratulations to the winners below! Be on the lookout for more Readers’ Favorites online at


Gardening Store

Mortgage Broker

Architecture Company

Home Delivery Meal Company

Outdoor Furnishings

Dop Antiques & Architecturals M.S. Rau Antiques Renaissance Interiors Flynn Designs NANO LLC NOLI Designs

Perino’s Garden Center The Plant Gallery

Clean Creations Sensible Meals

Home Décor

Marcus Buring, Northstar Mortgage, LLC Paul Loria–Whitney Eros Home Outdoor Living Center

Pest Control

Campbell Cabinet Company Classic Cupboards

Dugas Pest Control Hilltop Shoppe J & J Exterminating Niche Terminix Auraluz


Home Loan Lender


California Closets Louisiana Custom Closets Ruffino Custom Closets

Commercial Contractor

Jos. R Labadot, Inc. General Contractors Ryan Gootee General Contractors, L.L.C.


Jim Owens Flooring New Orleans Flooring, LLC

Furniture Designer Doorman

Furniture Store Doerr Furniture Fur.nish JADE

Gallery or Artist

Abigail Reller Art Casey Langteau Art Gallery B Fos Terrance Osborne Gallery Zana Brown Studio

Hancock Whitney Bank Jefferson Financial Federal Credit Union NOLA Lending

Interior Designer

Maria Barcelona Interiors, LLC KHB Interiors Rivers Spencer Susan Currie Designs

Kitchen Design

Nordic Kitchens Southland Plumbing Supply



ClearWater Pool & Spa Paradise Pools and Spas Premier Pools & Spas

Real Estate Agent

Brittany Piccolo Ramos, Godwyn & Stone Real Estate Glennda Bach, Latter & Blum Stacie Carubba, Athena Real Estate

Residential Builder/ Contractor Chatagnier Construction, LLC J Hand Homes, LLC Precision Builders of Louisiana

Exterior Designs, Inc. by Beverly Katz The Garden Gate Gregg Porter Gardens Mullin Landscape



Solar Alternatives, Inc.

Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights Greige Home Interiors Gulf Coast Lanterns Julie Neill Design

NOLA Rugs Rug Chic

Solar Panels

Stone and Tile

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Home and Garden



4408 Shores Dr., Metairie, 504-888-3313

Athena Real Estate

Stacie Carubba 118 W. Harrison Ave., Ste 301, 504-507-8331

Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights 521 Conti St., 504-522-9485

CPA Realty

Jessica D. LeBlanc, 504-812-8807

Campbell Cabinets

Showrooms in Harahan, Mandeville and Picayune, 504-733-4687

Classic Cupboards

5809 River Oaks Rd S, Harahan, 504-734-9088

Doerr Furniture

914 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-947-0606

Exterior Designs, Inc. by Beverly Katz 504-866-0276

Fidelity Bank


Godwyn & Stone Brokerage 1912 Clearview Pkwy., Ste 200, Metairie 504-826-8426

Greige Home Interiors

2033 N. Highway 190, Ste 10, Covington 985-875-7576

Gulf Coast Lanterns

401 North Columbia St., Covington 800-910-3275


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Hilltop Shoppe

3714 Magazine St., 504-533-9670

J&J Exterminating

416 Commerce Point, New Orleans 504-833-6305

Money Hill

100 Country Club Dr., Abita Springs 985-892-3300


10356 River Rd., St. Rose, 504-275-6617

North American Insurance Agency 2255 N. Hwy 190, Covington, 985-871-5480

Outdoor Living Center

1331 N. Highway 190, Covington, 985-893-8008

Ruffino Custom Closets 111 Campbell Blvd., Mandeville 504-252-9884

Ryan Gootee General Contractors, LLC

1100 Ridgewood Dr., Metairie, 504-832-1282

Shirley “Toni” McCord, CPA

2908 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 504-888-8333

Southland Plumbing Supply 2321 North Arnoult Rd., Metairie 504-835-8411

State Farm Agent Mary Beth Rittiner 125 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 504-392-5808

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by Brad Ferrand

Weekending in Orange Beach YOU DON’T HAVE TO DRIVE to 30-A in Florida to experience luxurious beach accommodations near the beautiful emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Set along the Gulf Coast in Orange Beach, Alabama, Turquois Place Resort packs a punch in terms of luxury and enjoyment for everyone. As soon as you arrive at Turquoise, there really is no reason to leave. We recently made the trip, and boy were we glad we did! Turquoise boasts incredible amenities that are sure to delight all age groups. We were particularly impressed with the spacious threebedroom condo unit we called home for two nights. In addition to the spacious condo units, Turquoise offers two grand Gulf-side pools as well as a kiddie pool 44

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which allow for breaks from the white sand and warm Gulf waters feet away. The covered pool-side bar is also conveniently located to cater to your cocktail needs, and rescue the little ones in your crew from the dreaded mid-day hunger pains with a wide array of food. We took full advantage during our stay. We recommend the mojitos! Need a break from the beach? Take a trip to the fourth-floor lazy river that sits atop the covered parking garage. We were perfectly at peace as we floated away with our favorite cocktail and forgot our troubles as the water gently guided us along. Additionally, an indoor pool as well as a sauna is conveniently located adjacent to the lazy river to provide a break from the sun, if needed. As an

photos courtesy: TURQUOISE PLACE

added perk, the Spectrum Club Lounge provided our party an excellent complimentary breakfast during each morning of our stay. The condo units at Turquoise are something to behold. Each unit is a spacious three-bedroom condo with an open floor plan. The master bedroom overlooks the emerald waters of the Gulf and boasts a spacious master bathroom complete with a whirlpool bath and a large shower. The guest bedrooms are also spacious, and each have their own bathrooms as well. The balcony of each unit comes complete with comfortable outdoor furniture as well as a hot tub so you can enjoy a beautiful beach view while soaking away in your own private spa. We were extremely impressed with the luxurious and spacious accommodations. If the kids are restless or just not in the mood for the beach, jump in your car and take a 20-minute ride over to the thrillingly fun OWA theme park. The Park at OWA is a newly-developed theme park located in Foley, Alabama. Its reasonable prices won’t break the bank. Don’t want to ride any rides? No problem. You get in for free at OWA! The Park at OWA offers rides and attractions perfect for all ages. A water park on the property is also opening soon. Ready to break into a cold sweat and see your life pass before your eyes? Hop on Rollin’ Thunder for a thrilling roller coaster ride that rivals the fastest rides at Universal Studios or any Six Flags theme park. We took advantage of the quick wait times and rode most of the attractions multiple times! After your daredevil activities have concluded, we recommend that you walk on over to the Downtown OWA area and enjoy several wonderful dining and shopping options. Downtown OWA is a perfect spot to spend an evening with the family and enjoy live music and other shows. We recommend Paula Dean’s Restaurant as a dining option. It was surprisingly delicious with a wonderful atmosphere and friendly staff. We enjoyed homestyle favorites such as fried catfish, fried chicken, creamed corn, mac n’ cheese, and sweet tea. Dessert is also complimentary and was ooey-gooey delicious! Who says you can’t experience first-class luxury and out of this world excitement in Orange Beach? Turquoise Place Resort and The Park at OWA are awaiting your arrival. Load up the family vehicle and take the short drive over to Orange Beach. You and your family will be glad that you did. A ug u s t- S e p te m be r 2021







Jessica D. LeBlanc Jessica LeBlanc, CPA/CFF, RENE/ePro owns her own CPA Firm called Jessica D. LeBlanc, CPA, LLC in which she provides financial consulting and accounting services in the areas of business consulting, forensic accounting, litigation support and outsourced accounting. In addition, she is a Louisiana licensed real estate broker and owner of her own real estate brokerage firm called CPA Realty, LLC, which specializes in residential and commercial real estate transactions and property management services.

1. Vintage Mid-century Modern Italian Murano Lamp with tiered fiberglass Sshade from the Bevolo Mid-Century Collection, $750 as shown. Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights, 522-9485, bevolo. com. 2. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional, $6,300. Boudreaux’s Jewelers, 831-2602, 3. 2021 St. Jude House. Campbell Cabinets, 733-4687,

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4. sunbetter® TONE SMART SPF 68 Sunscreen. High level of sun protection in a tone-adapting, silky smooth compact that provides a hint of blendable color. Aesthetic Surgical Associates, 309-7061, 5. Aqua gradient contemporary vases, starting at $93. Greige Home Interiors, Covington, 985-875-7576, greigehome. com. 6. This modular outdoor kitchen suite by THOR Kitchen features a sleek design and allows flexibility to arrange the pieces in any configuration. Southland Plumbing Supply, Metairie, 504-835-8411; Mandeville, 985-893-8883,


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1. Graceful, Biltmore Antler Hill Lantern, gas or electric available in three sizes, starting at $629. Gulf Coast Lanterns, Covington, 800-910-3275. 2. King Hickory Santorini recliner. Doerr Furniture, Covington/New Orleans, 3. Wolf Convection Steam Oven. This item combines microwave, convection and broil technologies to provide all-in-one oven versatility. Classic Cupboards, 734-9088,



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4. Great for condos and apartment balconies, the Blaze Electric Grill can reach temperatures of 749°, $1299.99. Optional pedestal base. Outdoor Living Center, Covington, 985-893-8008, 5. White pickleball bag available with three different strap colors. Hilltop Shoppe, 504-533-9670, hilltopshoppe. com. 6. Your home. Your happy place. Mullin, 2756617,

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1. Opal necklace and pendant, $385; opal earrings, $120. Jennifer Ponson Jewelry Design, 850-698-3183, 2. Auraluz hand-embroidered dress and bubble, $50-$52. Auraluz, Metairie, 888-3313,

6 3. Vivetta top, $494; Vivetta pants, $453; Rumisu scarf, $330; Robert Clergerie shoes, $625. SOSUSU Boutique, 309-5026, 4. 24kt gold-plated leaf motif post earrings (1 ¾”) featuring turquoise dangle and cubic zirconia accents by designer Bernd Wolf, $280. Symmetry Jewelers, 861-9925, 5. Kimberly Witham The Gleaner Series, Oriole archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle rag paper with matte varnish, 36” x 24”, edition of three. SPILLMAN | BLACKWELL Fine Art, 265-2268, 6. Wake up to brighter, younger-looking skin in as little as 4-8 weeks with revolutionary and proprietary AlphaRet. This unique combination of an AHA and a retinoid provides visible skin rejuvenation with little-to-no irritation. New Orleans Aesthetics, 475-1000,

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Metairie Orthopedics & Sports Medicine R. Douglas Bostick III, MD

30001 Division Street, Suite 204 Metairie 504-541-5800

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center 602 N. Acadia Rd. Thibodaux 985-447-5500

Westside Orthopaedic Clinic Ralph Katz, MD

1301 Barataria Blvd. Marrero 504-347-0243


Culicchia Neurological

New Orleans, Jefferson and Northshore 504-340-6976

Urgent Care

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Stacey Asaro and Ryan Gaudet exchanged vows at the Marigny

Baby” played by a twenty-piece marching band. As the band serenaded the

beading and scalloped lace from designer, Martina Liana. As an alternate

crowd, a grand firework display appeared bursting above the oak trees.

to having a traditional bridal party, the couple chose to highlight their


the tone for the entire night. They entered the front gates to the tune of “Hey

Opera House. Stacey wore an art deco wedding gown with detailed, rich

Passing through the canopy of flowers, guests discovered the

immediately family to act as their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Bella Blooms

grand ballroom compete with shimmering candelabras and blossoming

set the stage for Stacey and Ryan’s romantic wedding ceremony. Guests were

white and ivory flowers. Stacey and Ryan’s extensive cuisine featured an

greeted with large candelabras and draping flowers at the start of the aisle.

artistic, hand-passed, cocktail-style menu of over 80 different items. Guest

The altar backdrop was illuminated with multilayer crystal candle towers

indulged themselves in an array of traditional Southern style hor d’oeuvres

and accentuated with white and ivory orchids and garden roses. The bride’s

and entrees. As guests ventured by the pool and patio area, they were

bouquet was a clean-lined arrangement of white peonies and ranunculus.

surprised with a classic Lucky Dog stand and Drago’s charbroiled oysters.

Instead of having a “first look” before the ceremony, Stacey and Ryan

La Louisiane Bakery created the bride’s four-tiered cake and Royal Cakery

shared a “first moment” alone immediately following the conclusion of the

crafted the groom’s surprise cake which featured Ryan’s 2003 LSU National

ceremony. The couple had the chance to embrace and take in the moment

Championship ring. Guests danced the night away to the upbeat sounds of

before being whisked away to the reception. Family and friends reconvened

The Mixed Nuts.

at Stacey’s family-owned business, Southern Oaks, for the reception. Stacey’s father, Bobby Asaro, planned a surprise entrance for the couple which set

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INside Peek Inside New Orleans Business & Leadership Inside New Orleans’ Business & Leadership honorees gathered for a fun event at Abigail Reller Studio in Metairie. Guests enjoyed the art by Abigail Reller, the Fidelity photo booth, decor by Sparkle and Swag, champagne and boozy snowballs from Mr. Snowball Catering, and beer from Tap That Nola. Bill Laderer Catering served savory delights and sweets were provided by Haydel’s Bakery, Fluff Gourmet Fairy Floss and Everyday KETO to Go. Music by the Detroit & Kanako Brooks Duo, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz Museum, added to the excitement.


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INside Peek 1. Fidelity’s P.O.W.E.R. Plates kick off breakfast at Birdy’s Behind the Bower. 2. Dr. Stanton McNeely III, Gayle Benson and Sr. Majorie Hebert, MSC, at an event honoring Mrs. Benson with the annual Spes Unica Award, the university’s highest honor. 3. Cajun Pop can be enjoyed on the go! 4. Haley Pegg, Pamela Otibu, Trish Trahan and Sandra Lindquist networking at a New Orleans Chamber event. 5. Ryan Gootee General Contractors veteran team members Randy Robert, David Barbier, Kevin Sprehe and Chad Leibe celebrating their various


promotions. 6. Lafitte Seafood Festival kicked off the return of festivals to Jefferson Parish in late June. 7. Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop has outdoor dining open where friends and family can gather.



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INside Peek Margarita Bergen’s Round Table Luncheon at Briquette Margarita Bergen’s Round Table Luncheon at Briquette Restaurant was hosted by Fidelity P.O.W.E.R. and media partner, Inside New Orleans. Margarita and co-host Liz Broekman honored 11 talented, powerful women.


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IN the Kitchen

ASIAN-STYLE PORK RIBLETS 3 lbs Asian style riblets

by Lorin Gaudin

2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger (jarred version is fine) 2 Tablespoons soy sauce 2 Tablespoons Unseasoned rice wine vinegar or regular white vinegar ¼ Cup brown sugar, packed (Swerve Brown Sugar can also be used for a Keto option) 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar (for use at the end of the cooking process)

Keeping It Cool

Asian-Style Pork Riblets and Chile-Spiced Cucumbers Finger food, gently spiced, quick to prepare and served with a cool, crisp salad, is a great heat-buster and perfect late-summer meal. It is popularly believed that eating foods with a touch of chile heat helps keep our bodies cool—like air-conditioning from the inside out. Add bonus points for not needing to turn on the oven and the minimal amount of time spent at the stove! It’s all about the cool, and these dishes are the very definition of it. Packed with salt, fat, acid, heat and a little sweet, Asian style riblets and chile-spiced cucumbers are a lovely balance of texture and flavor. Play with the amounts of sweet and heat, adjusting to your taste.

Cut pork riblets into 1 to 2-inch sections, between bone segments. They should all be roughly the same size. Set aside. Heat 1 Tablespoon neutral oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the ginger and stir until golden and crispy, about 1 minute. Add pork riblets and stir until lightly browned, about 2-5 minutes. Add soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar, and brown sugar. Stir until the pork riblets are well coated. Cover and lower heat to medium low. Simmer until pork riblets are tender, about 20 - 25 minutes. Stir about halfway through cooking time to make sure the riblets are evenly coated with sauce. Remove the lid and raise the heat to medium. There will be a lot of liquid in the pot. Simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, leaving a dark and sticky glaze, about 10-12 minutes. Turn off heat and immediately add remaining teaspoon rice vinegar, stir thoroughly. Serve immediately with rice and cucumber salad.


KOREAN CHILE-SPICED CUCUMBERS 2 English cucumbers, sliced into 1/8inch thick rounds 1 scallion, thinly sliced 1-½ teaspoon white distilled vinegar 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 small garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon sugar (optional and can sub with Swerve granulated) 2 teaspoons Korean red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru) 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Place the cucumber slices and chopped scallions in a medium or large mixing bowl and set aside. In a small bowl, mix vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. Stir in sugar and salt and keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the sauce over the cucumber slices and scallions and toss. Sprinkle Korean chile flakes and sesame seeds and toss until the cucumber slices are evenly coated. Serve.

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Drinks with Anna by Anna Tusa

Summertime Sippin’ in New Orleans

WE ALL KNOW by now that living in NOLA during the Summer is HOT! So, I have decided to work on some refreshing handcrafted cocktails that are perfect for beating the NOLA heat. All of these cocktails will use fresh berries or juices to enhance the handcrafted cocktail experience. I will be featuring products from Sovereign Brands. Y’all, they produce the best products using high quality ingredients, and their bottles are so beautiful; true works of art on your bar. First up McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin cocktails. McQueen has 21 botanicals; including six that are rarely found in gin. This gin is so clean that it will mix well with everything. 62

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MCQUEEN STRAWBERRY BASIL 2 oz Mc Queen and Violet Fog Gin 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice ½ oz basil syrup 3 oz soda water 3 whole strawberries

FRENCH QUARTER FROSE makes 2 drinks 5 oz McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin ½ bottle of Luc Belaire Rare Rose 2 oz St. Germain 2 oz strawberry puree

In a rocks glass muddle the strawberries then add crushed ice, the rest of the ingredients, and stir. Garnish with a strawberry and basil leaf.

Blend all ingredients in a blender filled with ice. Pour into your favorite stemless champagne flute or your favorite insulated tumbler. Moving on to another spirit made for summertime fun...RUM! And not just any rum, Bumbu Rum. Its “X” on the bottle marks the spot for a delicious libation straight from the islands. The delicious spice in the rum makes it perfect for a naew take on some classic cocktails.

WATERMELON GIN SMASH 2 oz McQueen and Violet Fog Gin 6 large cubes of seedless watermelon 4 strawberries sliced 2 cups of crushed ice ½ fresh squeezed lemon juice Mint for garnish In a blender, place watermelon, pulse until crushed. While blending watermelon, place your rock glass in the freezer to chill. After blending, remove your chilled glass, muddle the strawberries then add ice, McQueen and Violet Fog Gin, watermelon puree, and lemon juice. Tumble using a shaker tin, and garnish with a mint leaf.

BANANA FOSTER OLD FASHION 2 oz Bumbu XO 1 oz simple syrup ½ fresh banana cut in slices 3 dashes of El Guapo Holiday Pie Bitters Cinnamon stick for garnish Muddle bananas in a rock glass. Add ice, Bumbu, simple syrup, bitters, and stir.

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French Quarter Frose.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick. (This is drink is so NOLA!) BUMBU TROPICAL MOJITO 2 oz Bumbu 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice 1 oz pineapple juice 1 oz coconut water 3 lime wedges Mint Soda water Rock candy on a stick In a Collins glass muddle lime and mint. Add ice, Bumbu, lime juice, pineapple juice, coconut water, and soda water. Stir, then garnish with a piece of rock candy on a stick, lime wedge and mint. Finally, what is more French Quarter than Champagne and Cognac cocktails? The Villon cognac just released in Louisiana is so delicious and smooth that it works so well with so many spirits.

LIMON VILLON (My French version of the Classic Lemon Drop.) 2 oz Villon 2 oz Limoncello (chill before using) Sugar for rimming glass In a shaker tin filled with ice combine both ingredients and shake vigorously. Take a chilled Martini glass and rim the edge with sugar and strain the shaker tin into the glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. THE PERFECT VILLON 2 oz Villon ½ oz St. Germain ½ oz simple syrup Luc Belaire Brut In a shaker tin filled with ice, shake the Villon, St Germain, and simple syrup. Strain into a Champagne flute, and finish with Le Belaire Brut. Garnish with a lemon twist. A ug u s t- S e p te m be r 2021


Haute Plates

A selection of restaurants and haute dishes found in New Orleans and beyond.

A Tavola


METAIRIE 504-577-2235 ATAVO.LA

Modern Italian cuisine in a lively, family-friendly setting. Featuring a


Bill Laderer Catering

Boulevard American Bistro



NEW ORLEANS 504-410-5171



Uncle Bill’s Boudin King Cake topped with cracklins. Authentic





Classic American cuisine with

Award-winning contemporary

locations in Elmwood and Metairie.

coastal cuisine featuring Gulf seafood

Enjoy delicious dishes, exceptional

and fish, beef, lamb, chicken, Maine

service, and outdoor dining. The bar

Lobster and unique chef specials

hosts Wine & Dine Wednesdays, $5

daily. Enjoy the COOLinary 3-course

wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, paninis,

Martini Thursdays, and a happy hour that

meal for $43 PP all inclusive now

salads, and more!

runs weekdays from 3-6 pm.

through September.

bright, spacious dining room, patio and bar offering Salute! Wednesdays, Vino Thursdays, and daily happy hour from 2 – 6 pm. Join us for Italian favorites,


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Cajun Boudin stuffed inside this pastry topped with cracklins baked to perfection drizzled with Steens syrup.

Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard

Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop





NEW ORLEANS 504.581.3866

Celebrate Broussard’s 101 years of service with Chef Jimi Setchim’s $45 3-course


GUMBOSTOP.COM Chef Ron’s seafood platter

prix fixe menu. Enjoy the ambiance of outdoor

is like no other. Louisiana Shrimp,

dining in the largest courtyard in the French

Oysters and Catfish are golden fried

Quarter. Join us for our monthly Century

and nestled above crispy potato fries

Supper Series featuring craft cocktails from

and a lagniappe of fried crab balls.

each decade we have been in service.

Everyday Keto To Go

New Orleans Creole Cookery


NEW ORLEANS 504-524-9632


EVERYDAYKETOTOGO.COM Healthy can be delicious! Gluten free, Sugar Free, Low Carb and Keto Bakery delivering weekly to New Orleans and surrounding areas including the Northshore! or call/text 504-957-9033 to place your order.


NEWORLEANSCREOLECOOKERY.COM Experience the traditional Creole tastes of New Orleans in the historic French Quarter. Specialties include jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, shrimp creole and raw and chargrilled oysters on the half shell. Craft cocktails and signature drinks with Happy Hour, weekdays 3-6pm.

Last Bite


by Leah Draffen


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Briquette, a blend of shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes, and arugula tossed with pasta in a mushroom cream sauce. A seasonal fresh fruit Romanoff finishes the meal. As a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2021 recipient, sipping a glass of wine with your COOLinary meal is a must. Briquette has an extensive wine selection housed in the contemporary, yet comfortable atmosphere. Rest assured that you will enjoy the finest in dining and drinks as co-owners Anna and AJ Tusa are members of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious food and wine society. Take advantage of happy hour Thursday to Saturday from 5-9pm. Find Briquette’s full menu at Located at 701 S Peters Street. 504-302-7496.

Anna and AJ Tusa with their Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs plaque and ribbons.

photos courtesy: ANNA TUSA

EVERY YEAR IN THE HEAT of summer, New Orleanians happily welcome COOLinary. Restaurants across New Orleans participate in the extravaganza by sharing prix-fixe dinner menus with incredible prices. In the warehouse district, Briquette is thrilled to offer its COOLinary three-course dinner menu for only $43 Wednesdays through Saturdays from now until September 5. Begin your Briquette COOLinary experience with a choice of Creole Gumbo; a Briquette Salad of baby market greens, eggplant caviar, fresh goat cheese, petite tomatoes and dressing; or Carmelized Sea Scallops with charred poblano. Second course offers the choice of Chicken Marsala served with Trotelle Alfredo; Pan Seared Redfish Almandine with Tabasco beurre blanc, heirloom potatoes, and haricot vert; or Pasta

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