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Accolades

People Doing Special Things Kay Parker Chance Publisher/Editor Phyllis Barrington Nell Cahn Mark M. Cotter, M.D. Dotsy G. Galloway R. Keith Jones Chris McKinney Emily Zum Brunnen Contributing Editors Terry Atwood Mabry Elliott Dick Goodall Pat Harrington Neil Johnson Nikki Melder John McLeod Patricia Serra Scot Smith/SPS Contributing Photographers Portfolio Magazine is published quarterly by Portfolio Publishing Company and in an 80 page video online to promote S’port-Bossier, the ArkLaTex and the Great State of LA in a positive, upbeat way. For info about advertising and/or promotional stores, call (318) 868-8413 or (318) 470-3606 or e-mail kpcportmag@aol.com. Story ideas and constructive criticism are both encouraged and appreciated. COVER: Shreveport attorney Gia Kosmitis and Registered Nurse Shelly Hebert are a unique team in the River Cities. Kosmitis after graduating Law School at LSU tried it all before deciding that protecting the elderly would be the concentration of her practice. RN Shelly Hebert joined her soon afterwards and the two continue to do incredible work. See story by Kay Chance beginning on page 61 of this issue. Cover & inside photography by Scot R. Smith/SPS.

CPA John W. Dean is the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year 2011. At the Shreveport Country Club mid-January Dean was honoree along with the Chamber looking back at the 100th Year Anniversary and reviewing the New Year Chamber initiatives. Dean is a partner in the firm of Heard, McElroy & Vestal where he served as managing partner from July 1999 to June 2010. Under his leadership, the firm achieved a number of significant milestones, increased personnel and continued to position itself as a top CPA firm in the region. He is active in numerous community organizations: the Chamber, Greater Economic Development Foundation, Volunteers of America, Holy Angels and the Committee of 100. The Society of LA Certified Public Accountants recently awarded John the 2010 Distinguished Public Service Award presented jointly by LCPA and the American Institute of the CPAs. John Dean has also been

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inducted into the Junior Achievement of North LA Hall of Fame. Shreveporter John Zum Brunnen has received a Certificate of Appreciation for Preserving the Historical Character of Marshall, Texas for the Exterior Painting of an Historic Building. The award was bestowed by the Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board. Now in the process of restoring an 1895 house on East Austin Street (two houses from the Marshall Town Square), Zum Brunnen has moved to Marshall and will be opening a storefront there carrying Victorian Collectibles and architectural fragments. Zum Brunnen, an art major at Centenary College and Northwestern in Natchitoches, is also recognized as an accomplished gardener. Celebrity artist and outstanding jazz enthusiast Eugene Mosley creates masterful collages of history in recognition to legends in the exciting world of jazz. For his incredible work, he

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has been inducted into the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Stars. Using millions of dots, meticulously arranged, Mosley has captured such legends as Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington and is also in the Jazz Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center. Mosley is also the official artist for Altovise Davis and Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra Enterprises. The Best of Times, a free monthly magazine for mature adults in NW La., received 12 awards at the annual meeting in November of the North American Mature Publishers Association in held in Branson, MO. The prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism judged the awards. The magazine received honors in a wide variety of editorial and design categories, including the coveted “Best of Show.” Gary and Tina Calligas are the publishers of The Best of Times in Northwest Louisiana.

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Thanks for the delicious memories!

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huge feature on family owned and operated restaurants in ShreveportBossier City would not be complete without a heartfelt tribute to the late Joe Cobb. His Joe Cobb’s Barbecue on McCormick Street , a stone’s throw off Barksdale Boulevard, for many a year has served the best barbecue in the whole wide world, and today thanks to his wife Sue the tradition of incred-

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ible barbecue continues in the River Cities. And what a delightfully delicious story it is...C.E. Byrd High grad (Joe) & pretty Fair Park High red-headed cheerleader (Sue) falling in love, marrying & welcoming thousands to their BBQ haven. Many can still hear him telling newcomers their love story, welcoming customers by name as they walked through the door. And all remember the

mouth-watering BBQ served every customer. Joe Cobb’s barbecue is still the best anywhere, and he will long be remembered and revered for its phenomal excellence & greatly missed for his genuine friendliness, his love of God and his fellow man. Thanks, Joe, for the delicious memories! (The home-owned restaurant story begins on page 35 in this issue.) — Kay Chance


The Ultimate

Randy Kirkland eager to relocate treasures

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t was inevitable that one day Randy Kirkland would offer a number of his prized possessions to others, and so it happened. Many of the incredible treasures he has collected over the past 25 or so years now fill his intriguing space at Shreveport Trading Company on Kings Highway. “I have cherished and coveted these things for ages, but now I want to give them new homes,” Kirkland announced as we chatted in the upstairs sitting room of his magnificent townhouse. Without any question, he and his favorite design team Cindy Miciotto and Richard Clements have turned the townhouse into one of the most dazzling dwellings in this area. Just as eclectic and wonderful are the treasures filling his space at Shreveport Trading Antiques, L.L.C. — glassware from Baccaract and Lallique to the now highly col-

lectible Fostoria; furniture from fine antiques to delightful collectibles; gorgeous linens, paintings and prints, statuary and several very fascinating collections. The place is “buyer friendly,” Kirkland quickly emphasized. “I want people to touch things. They are more impressive if you can touch them, don’t you think?” he asked rhetorically. And as one might imagine, Kirkland has a special way of presenting these wares. For instance, he has paired a 19th century French commode with rustic cowhide chairs from the same era. He contends that the approach shows they may be different but they can work together in harmony. An eternal optimist who readily admits to being “a bit eccentric,” Kirkland talked about the film industry’s being in Shreveport-Bossier and what it

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has added to the community. “They’ve been good for us,” he said, pointing out some of the film visitors who had utilized the Shreveport Trading. Kirkland also likes the fact that he does not have to be an on-the-premises shopkeeper at Shreveport Trading Company. On occasion, how-

ever, he does drop by to see how things are going. “This is a learning experience,” he hurriedly insisted. And who knows: One day Randy Kirkland very well might open his own shop! It would definitely be a fascinating place for sure and for certain. — Kay Chance

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At the Table

Bridge...A Game of Enduring Fascination By Nell Cahn

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ith the popularity of Bridge on the rise, I have received numerous calls from people who have an interest in the origin of the game. Actually, it was a number of years ago when I realized that I had played the game of Bridge for the better part of my life and I really knew nothing about the history of the game itself. Therefore, I did some indepth research and wrote a column published in Portfolio about my findings. So in response to the recent requests, I have revised that column of some years back, and start with this question: What is it about the game of Bridge which attracts so many serious and devoted players? Today most of us live in the fast lane with television, cell phones and computers. We live in a remarkable century, one in which parents and grandparents regularly email their children and grandchildren in remote places as well as in the same city. There is little time to be spent on a leisurely game of bridge. In this fast lane, we find ourselves dealing with many different types of cards . . . Baseball Cards, Trading Cards, Credit Cards, Tarot Cards, and yet none of these has the background of history

and art as does the game of Bridge. First of all, I must point out that Bridge provides an avenue for social and mental stimulation. Possibly it is the knowledge that the deck dates back to the 12th century in China when the world was a much more leisurely and gracious place. I have always considered Bridge a game of royalty, a game of Kings and Queens, a game played in the parlors of palaces among the socially

hearts, diamonds and clubs. Bridge dates as far back as the early 16th century, although at that time it was called Whist. Under that name, the game was played through succeeding centuries when prototype forms of the game were played under such names as Triumph, Trump, Ruff, Slam and Honours. Then in the following centuries, Whist went through stages of evolution, and actually became popular with all classes.

The Game of Bridge in this day & age is being played in that grand salon, Cyber Space. elite. English playing cards are known and used all over the world, everywhere Bridge and Poker are played. In England the same pack is used for other games such as Whist, Cribbage, Rummy, Nap and so forth. Cards entered Europe, however, from the Islamic Empire. In England, courtly human beings pictures were added—kings and their attendants, knights (on horseback) and foot servants. To my knowledge, there is no historical information as to who named the suits—spades,

With the migration towards the New World, both sailors and immigrants alike took along their card games, which became a very popular way to pass the time. Around the 1890s, the game of Bridge was introduced in the United States. The rules of the game underwent many changes. Financier Harold Vanderbilt did much to perfect a system in 1925 by introducing rules, treatments and principles, and even a scoring table. His established rules became so popular that his game of Contract Bridge was adopted

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by the majority of players. How did the card game come to be known as Bridge? An interesting question but no one seems to be able to answer it. Many seem to attach value to the Russian word “biritch” or ”britch,” which apparently meant an announcer or heralder of some news or event. However, when you ask an entomologist, you could receive an answer like the following, but the truth alas is that no one knows precisely where the name Bridge came from. It is fairly certain though that it has nothing to do with other senses of the word bridge. The invention of Bridge in the 19th century was evidently based upon a card game long popular in the Near East and known at that time as Russian Whist. The word Whist itself, by (Continued to page 16)

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Keyboard Magic

Three Wideman finalists vying for medals Jan. 8 at First Baptist of S’port

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udges named Janine Sing-Yen of San Francisco Conservatory, Ko-Eun Lee of Julliard and Soyeon Park of Manhattan School of Music the finalists of the 60th Wideman Piano Competition. The three young pianists will play in the finals at 7:30 p.m. January 8, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Shreveport. They will vie for the William Peyton

Shehee & Virginia Shehee $5000 Gold Medal; the Thomas Siskron III/John Shenaut & Marcille Young $2500 Silver Medal & the Martha Jones Rice $1500 Bronze Medal. Finalists for the $1000 Martha & Bill Smith Honorable Mention are Canadian Samuel Deason, Korean Sun-A Park and Brian Keng-Lun Hsu and Han Wu, both from Taiwan.

“This has been a terrific year and an exceptional competion, and the finalist concert will be a musical treat,” said Dr. Lester Senter Wilson, Wideman’s executive director. The 60th Wideman Piano Competition was in memory of Board chair Marcille Young. Centenary Hurley School of Music was host; the Shreveport Symphony Guild, the sponsor.

At left: Brad Baker, Alabama; Julia Sicillano, Michigan; finalist Ko-Eun Lee, Julliard; and Roomme Lee, Cincinati were among 43 pianists enjoying dinner at the Symphony House across from Hurley on Saturday evening. Below: Chien-l-Lynn U. Conservatory, Maria Lyapkova-Lynn, Darren Matias-Lynn, Jeanette Aufiero-Cleveland and Peter Klimo-Eastman. At right: Ben Corbin, Oregon; Kyung Ah Noh & Mi-Jin Kim, both of North Texas, top; and Charles Chocallo, Cleveland Institute; finalist Jannie Lee, San Francisco Conservatory; Chien-Lin Lu, Oberlin; and Hanqing Zhou, Rice.

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From the Publisher

In Loving Memory of Caroline Walters

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eldom does anyone live life with such vigor & vitality as Caroline Jones Walters did. She died peacefully on April 6, 2010 with family members and close friends at her bedside. Her life was celebrated at Osborn Funeral Home on the Saturday following with the Reverend Ray Holman of Bethel Assembly of God and the Reverend Kenneth Paul, formerly the Below: Seen often ’bout town in a smocked white dress, Caroline Walters stands at the doorway of the East Kings home where she lived most of her eighty-one years.

rector of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, officiating. A lifelong resident of Shreveport, Caroline graduated high school at All Saints Episcopal School in Vicksburg, MS. She was an active member of Pi Beta Phi, elected a campus beauty and was one of the celebrated Breck Girls while earning her B.A. in psychology from the University of Alabama. After her collegiate years, Caroline returned home and was among those instrumental in raising funds for Shreveport Symphony and bringing its legendary Director Emeritus John Shenaut to this area. She was a talented interior designer, a gracious hostess who adored entertaining and an excellent cook. Caroline, a devoted mother to sons Winston, Craig & Clay and their friends, a loving grandmother to grandsons Winston & Christian, and a caring sister to Becky Perteka, always saw the good in others and never said an unkind word about a living soul. We miss her!

Inside this Issue

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ithout question this issue of Portfolio Magazine has been in production longer than any publication ever, and we certainly apologize for the very lengthy procedure. But thankfully this 80-page updated issue is definitely filled with photos, stories and advertisements that you are bound to find interesting, informative and/or exciting. So please enjoy the Cover Story on two outstanding women in Shreveport-Bossier—attorney Gia Kosmitis & RN Shelly Hebert, who are working in a positive way for this community, making giant steps for clients in today’s legal world. Scot Smith shot the cover and inside photographs. Then there is the lengthy feature story with photos of homeowned restaurants and their proprietors in the River Cities, starting with the oldest Herby K’s and Ernest’s Orleans through MiLea Casten’s Deli Tini, Lora Silva’s Cakes on Youree, J. B. Emery’s Bistro To Go, Another Broken Egg Cafe and The Ranchera on

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Youree Drive. We hope you will also enjoy reading about the 10 Best Dressed Women, captured by photographer Scot Smith. Columns on healthcare, bridge and antiques offer pertinent information, and there’s coverage of annual benefits including 2010’s CiS, a party for the Chancellor of LSUHSC, features on two of the area’s finest artists—Jerry Wray & Jasmine Morelock-Field, up through the 60th Wideman Piano Competition (in memory of Marcille Young) at Hurley School of Music with finals January 8 at First Baptist Church of S’port.

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Fitness & Health

Fitness Xcellence . . . The Best Kept Secret in the ArkLaTex

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ome time ago, I sat down with a Personal Fitness Trainer whose program just may be the best kept secret in this area for those interested in losing fat, gaining muscle and improving quality of life. Chances are slim, however, that Fitness Xcellence won’t be a secret long! You’ve heard the adage: “The proof is in the pudding.” An example could be the results of a 12-week course instructed by Cooper-Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (PFT) Blake DeFatta’s & his wife Kelli’s fitness facility on Youree. Seventy-one participants who completed such a course lost a combined 511 lbs., 440 inches and had an average strength gain of 42%. Hearing what some of those people said is as impressive. A sampling of their testimonials follows: “I’ve been through many trainers in my life and have lived the weight loss roller coaster. But your class, Blake, provided me with the life changing plan I’ve always needed and I’m not going

back to my old ways. You bring the whole package to the table . . . a trainer with personality AND motivational influence. — G. Kent “After years of not doing for myself, I was feeling hopeless. So when a friend told me about your class, I was excited about trying something new. You made things easy and understandable. Thank you for guiding us on food, exercise and attitude. I feel positive that this isn’t an overnight fix. — L. Harrington “Blake, you’re a great motivator, very effective in assisting others to change eating habits and incorporating exercise to improve overall health.” — K. Fitzgerald “You gave us the tools to improve our health and overall body appearance. The class was fun; your encouragement great. If everyone does what you teach, it will work! Gerald

Blake & Kelli DeFatta at their Fitness Xcellence that opened May 2009.

and I really enjoyed the 12 weeks, and we are both very pleased with our results.” — L. Savoie

Portfolio: So, Blake, how did you get started in the Fitness Training business? (Continued on page 13)

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Antiques

The incredible story of Josiah Spode By Emily Zum Brunnen

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osiah Spode was a man of remarkable achievements. He was born in England in 1733. In his lifetime he rose from poverty and obscurity to become proprietor of an extensive pottery factory, exceeded in prominence in England only by the Wedgewood factory. The descendent of an old Staffordshire family, Mr. Spode began his life in the then tiny hamlet of Lane Delph in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, which was the center of the England’s pottery-making district. His father died a pauper when young Josiah Spode was only six years old, and some time later he was hired as a lathe treader (a job usually reserved for a child) by Thomas Whieldon, the leading Staffordshire potter of that time. Although he was not old enough to be an apprentice, evidence has been revealed that he was treated more like an apprentice than a mere hourly worker. Spode performed a number of different jobs for the Whieldon manufactory company and during his time there became well versed in all the processes of pottery making. It is not known how many years he worked for Thomas Whieldon but in 1767 Spode purchased a pot works in the area that became known as Spode Works. It was run by the partnership of Spode and Tomlinson except for the year 1775 when Spode was the sole proprietor. In the printing of books, the transfer of ink from an engraved copperplate to a surface such as paper or vellum began in 1477. Later in the production of transfer print earthenware or bone china, the process began with a hand-producted etching on a copper

plate made by a skilled and experienced engraver. Ink was “floated” into the design on the plate, a heavy oil controlling where the ink was allowed to go, and the design was transferred by means of pressure and glue to a thin “pottery” tissue, and from there to the item to be decroated. Finally, the item was covered with a glaze and “hardened” by firing at very high temperatures in an enormous oven or kiln.

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Joseph Spode introduced printing on eathenware at his manufactory in 1767. The first items were in black only and were called “black printing.” Then “charcoal” followed. This on-glaze printing process was rapidly followed by the development of underglaze blue printing at the Worcester (pronounced “Wooster”) and Caughley (pronounced “CafLee”) factories. Spode began production in 1784. The first designs employed were line Chinese patterns. The engraving techniques for underglazed blue printing were not fully developed until 1806 after the death of Joseph Spode I and during the tenure of Joseph Spode II. It was at this time that the Oriental designs gave way to European art

on earthenware. The most collected series, “Spode’s Indian Sporting” was not produced until 1812 or later. Spode’s “Blue Italian” (shown in the illustration) was introduced in 1815 and has been in production down to and including the present time. In 1806, the Prince of Wales (who later became King George IV of England) toured the Spode factory. Observing the methods used by the manufactuer, he was so greatly impressed that he bestowed upon Spode Works the appointment as “Potter to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales,” as well as the right to display the “Royal Warrant,” (the Royal Coat of Arms). In appreciating the lasting achievements of the Spode manufactory, it seems appropriate to consider conditions that existed in Europe that would affect trading conditions during its tenure. The factory continued despite the French Revolution in 1789; war with the French Repulic and the Dutch, 1793-97; two wars with Napoleon and the Great Money Pan in 1823 when 60 or more banks in England failed. Today, the Spode factory continues to produce superior goods made by traditional methods and original designs with the same copper molds, many dating back to its beginning, eagerly sought by a world-wide market. EMILY ZUM BRUNNEN, a graduate of Centenary College did two years post graduate work in architecture at Oklahoma University, She has closed her wonderful antiques atelier in Shreveport but we are delighted that she is stillsharing her exceptional knowledge of antiques in each issue of Portfolio.

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Opera Celebration

Shreveport Opera celebrates six decades Knicleys & Ogwyns open side-by-side abodes for possibly the most successful benefit to date!

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hat happens when dedicated Opera Guilders Janet Lindsay and Mikey Carlisle join forces with equally enthusiastic committee members to celebrate Shreveport Opera’s 60th Anniversary? The answer: A true beauty, so very successful that Shreveport Opera Guld was able to sponsor the orchestra & choruses for Manon Lesrart! Adding to the excitement: incredible

edibles by The Petroleum Club, Jack Farmer floral designs at the Knicleys, Chinaberry’s at the Ogwyns & Julia Sippel for the pathway between. Music by Roger Barnes & George Hancock kept partygoers dancing. On the committee: Virginia Chastain, Libby Gleason, Sue Goff, Rochelle Goldsholl, Jane James, Susan Kelley, Lottie McGuire, Sybil Patten, Valerie Taylor and Martha Van Horn. Bravo!

Above: Linda & Charles Kniceley by the exquisite four-tiered birthday cake. The celebrating crowd began at the Ogwyns’ home, then walked the lovely path to the Kniceleys’ for buffet & cake. What a night!

Above: Greg & Karin Barro with hosts David & Mary Ogwyn, at left; and Miriam Sklar, Ruth Atkins, Evelyn Quinn and Katherine Bicknell. Below: Opera Guild presidents, from left—Sue Goff, Sybil Patten, JoAnna Robinson, Libby Siskron and Janet Lindsay with hubby Charles Lindsay. At right: Delton Harrison, left, was host to John Jenkins who came from San Francisco for Shreveport Opera’s 60th Anniversary, top; fabulous Shreveport floral designer Julia Sippel with Lola Mikovich. (Photography by Mike Van Horn)

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Opera Celebration

Above: Merritt & Virginia Chastain visiting with Edie & Lacy Williams during the deligtful event; Lee Michaels’ GM Greg Johnson, Sylvia & Roy Beard and past Opera Guild president Libby Siskron, from left.

At left: Oliver & Ann Jenkins with Carolyn Nelson. Above: Mikey & Jack Carlisle, at right, with Mary Ogwyn’s favorite decorators David Steward & Vicky Macisaac.

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Fitness & Health Best Kept Secret... (Continued from page 9 ) Blake DeFatta: My wife Kelli & I have always been interested in exercise and working out! My first clients were two ladies in their mid-20’s who asked me to train them at a local gym in 1998. One did exceptionally well, the other not as well. The client who did everything I asked was the one who kicked off my personal training career because her great results led to six new clients for me. Kelli had the idea to create an affordable way to offer 1-on-1 training in a small group setting. We have people from all walks of life who have joined our program because it works! I humbly tell you that with so many clients on the waiting list, I had to do something to help within the limited amount of time I was afforded. That’s when Fitness Xcellence was born!

blessed with a passion to do so in the Health & Fitness profession.

Portfolio: So what makes a great Personal Fitness Trainer?

Portfolio: There are a lot of Personal Fitness Trainers. Why go to a Fitness Xcellence trainer?

DeFatta: A truly great Trainer is one who has a strong knowledge of six key principles plus the most overlooked quality which is having one who understands how to overcome the Client’s perceived obstacles. We always teach the Client “Lead with the Mind and the Body will Follow!” Portfolio: Do you consider yourself to be a great Trainer? DeFatta: I ’d like to think I am effective at what I do and I do qualify myself as a Trainer who is truly passionate about what I do. I love assisting others and have been fortunate enough to be

Portfolio: Why can’t I simply join a gym & get great results? DeFatta: Gyms are great and I believe there are some intelligent and qualified trainers in some of the local gyms. However, the major difference is at a gym you may or may not get the personal attention that we provide in our setting at Fitness Xcellence. Gyms are most interested in generating strong membership sales with contracts that vary in length. A well run personal training studio is most interested in a “commitment” on behalf of the Client, not a binding contract. We’ve found a way to make Personal Training more affordable with a comprehensive program focusing on all 6 principles.

DeFatta: Both Kelli (who’s coowner & a Cooper Institute Certified PFT) and Mary Cobb (a Cooper-Certified PFT) are excellent Trainers. Both incorporate the principles of the Fitness Xcellence program into their own lives and teach them to Clients. We’ve all had great success. Portfolio: How can you be reached if someone is interested in losing fat, improving strength and developing a healthier lifestyle through exercise and nutrition? DeFatta: They’re welcome to call

A Fond Tribute to Nena Flournoy Nena Flournoy was a loving wife to her husband Glenn of more than fifty years and truly devoted mother, mother in-law and grandmother to her daughter Melissa, son Brian, daughter-inlaw Jenny and grandchildren Alex, Tallie, Camille and Russell. She adored the arts, was a gifted artist herself and gave her late parents Mr. and Mrs. E. Pendleton Courtney much credit for instilling in her that appreciation and love. Nena was proud that her father was one of the founders of Shreveport Opera and she served as president of Shreveport Little Theatre. She was also president of Shreveport-Bossier Opera Guild and received the Eugenie Somdal Award for her volunteer efforts. In the community she was president of the Woman’s Department Club, chairman of the Centenary Women’s Endowment Quorum and served on several other boards, including Shreveport Little Theatre Guild, Shreveport Symphony Guild and The Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier City. Very active all her life at First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Nena was president of WMU and a longtime member of the Agape Sunday School Class. A graduate of C.E. Byrd High School, Nena attended Hollins College for two years, LSU in Baton Rouge a year

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Nena Flournoy (where she was a Kappa Delta) and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in art. She was presented by the Demoiselle Club of Shreveport and was a maid in the Cotillion Court. And did she ever love to travel. Nena and Glenn celebrated their 50th Anniversary on a trip to Alaska with “in-laws” Martha and Sam Talbot joining them. The December before she became ill, Nena and Glenn took a week-long vacation in New York...they stayed at The Waldorf, enjoyed several Broadway plays, went to 21 and dined in fabulous restaurants throughout the Big Apple. On return, Nena was hospitalized with pneumonia and passed away January 24, 2009. She was born March 12, 1932 in Shreveport. We will long remember her infectious laugh, delightful personality and kind heart.

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Beautiful Benefit

A Loving Tribute to Marcille Snider Young The first time I saw Marcille Young was in 1972 when my husband and I were enjoying dinner at Ernest’s on the riverfront. Seated at a table just inside the front door, we could see the breathtaking beauty, dressed in a stunning black gown, standing outside on the sidewalk. We were intrigued by the elegant lady, wondering out loud if she were a visiting celebrity or maybe European royalty. But when questioned, our waiter said she was a local Shreveporter, a dedicated patron of the arts and a recognized fashion icon. She was also a “regular” at Ernest’s on the riverfront and other fine dining establishments owned by the Palmisano Family, as well as a frequent diner at the Shreveport Club, Petroleum Club, Barksdale AFB’s Officers’ Club and Sansone’s. Both Marcille and her husband Clayton enjoyed fine cuisine, the symphony, opera and the theatre, and they absolutely adored dancing. Graduates of the Arthur Murray Studio, they regularly took S’port Symphony’s maestro John Shenaut and their dear friend Nena Plant Wideman out on the town. After Nena’s death, Marcille became cochair along with Mr. Shenaut of the celebrated Wideman Competition, Lester Senter Wilson, the executive director, and the dedicated trio continued to bring young artists and well respected judges from around the world each December to Hurley School of Music at Centenary. Marcille Snider Young and Dressed by the legendary Goldring’s in the her geologist husband Clayton 1980’s for a spread in The Front Gallery, were proud natives of the state Marcille Young posed downtown at The of Arkansas, marrying soon after Remington. (Photo by Scot Smith/SPS) her high school graduation. It was the beginning of World War II, and the newlyweds were assigned to Providence, R.I. where she pursued a degree in philosophy at Brown University. Later, Marcille became fascinated with quantum physics, spending many a night studying its intricate principles till the wee hours of the morning. “The Wideman and quantum physics were her passions—she was the heartbeat and the pulse of the competition,” Lester emphasizes. Marcille thrived on interesting conversation, loved giving gifts, wrote countless beautiful notes, had a delightful sense of humor and never ever lost her thirst for knowledge. There will never be another Marcille! — Kay Chance

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f you want to have a colossal spring benefit, one that raises phenomenal funds for the community, call the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier and the results are sure to be absolutely amazing. And so it was Spring of 2008 when Jennifer Frierson chaired the annual fundraiser at Bossier Convention Center. It began with a “Pink” Preview Night with the 15-piece Soulfire entertaining the crowd all night long. KTBS-TV’s Tim Fletcher emceed; there was a Judith Ripka Trunk Show featuring special jewelry giveaways and raffles, thanks to the always-eager-to-help Sid Potts. Tasty gourmet fare was presented by Bella Fresca; wine, beer and “Pink PIzzaz” Cocktails were served. Friday Capital One sponsored “Girls Night Out: Martini Magic.” The Convertibles played music for dancing; a Rolex Raffle sponsored by Clarkes Jewelry & Red River Bank very exciting.

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Above: Trends & Traditions chair Jennifer Frierson & Raffle chair Michelle Doolittle at Preview Night. Below: Jennifer flanked by cochairs Ashley Alley, & Paige Reagan; and Kelly Stewart, Delia Jeffcoat, Brandy Canatella Thompson, Kim Wood & Laura Alvis posing on the dance floor rocking with great Soulfire sounds. At left: Sherry Sellers and Linda Pedro perusing the impressive Silent Auction, top; and Tracy Prestwood and Toni Thompson, then League president and president-elect.


Tradition

Kappas celebrate the season & sisterhood

O Above: KKG Brunch ’09 hostess Judith Werner & KKG Mary Margaret Weston.

ne of the area’s oldest Christmas festivities, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae’s Holiday Brunch is always a study in merriment and sisterhood. And so it was December 19, 2009 at Judith Werner ’s Pierremont home and at the 2007 KKG holiday happening at Dayna

Willis’ home on Erie. For years it’s been a KKG tradition to bring all women in each Kappa alum’s family to the brunch, always annually buzzing with memories, plus news from actives & pledges at LSU & Tulane to Baylor, Ole Miss, SMU & Alabama and many other campuses around the nation.

Above: 2007 Kappa Brunch hostess Dayna Willis and daughter Taylor.

Above: KKG Meredith Allen with mom Lori, at left; Kappas Ellen Hussey & Kim Poindexter. At right: Three generations of KKGs...Ginny Homza, Cissie Smith, Bev Hand and Ellen Homza.

Above: KKGs Katherine Ferrier, Alison Touchstone, Evelyn Quinn & Jane Bicknell w/ Katherine Bicknell, & little Miss Ferrier. Below: KKGs Jariel Jones, Melissa Simon, Sara Price & her daughter Lindsay.

KKGs enjoyed margari-tas and appetizers at Cantina Loredo Spring 2010. Among those in attendance: Kay Chance, Carla Marler, Carol Lorence, Sarah Price, Ellen Hussey, Amy Kirkland & Alison Touchstone, standing; Dana Pickens, Jose-phine Carmody and Loralee Cehajic, seated.

Above: KKG Gracie Rice brought grandmom Margaret Rice to the ’07 brunch, top; and enjoying 2009’s gathering, Kappa Carol Lorence & her Baylor Kappa daughter Mary Margaret.

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Kappas arrived at Susan Hardtner’s Southfield home decorated festively by floral designer Jack Farmer for the annual Holiday Brunch. Assisting Susan with the courtesies were her daughter-in-law Michelle Hardtner, and Loraliee Cehajic, president; Amy Kirkland, president-elect & Amy Williams, social chair. The KKG sisters sipped champagne cocktails garnished with sugared cranberries or a fruit punch and enjoyed an awesome brunch consisting of breakfast casserole, veggie squares, tomato cups, cheese grits & applesauce cake, all by The Village Cuisine’s Rhonda Meek of Grand Cane.

Alums of Kappa Kappa Gamma had a proverbial ball “mixing & mingling” in September ’09 at KKG sister Amy Williams’ & husband Allen’s East Ridge digs. And what fun it was...sipping wine & enjoying delish party fare in the Allens’ stunning state-of-the-art kitchen, some prepared right before their eyes by Petroleum Club chefs. Then upcoming: Founders’ Day at Superior’s Steakhouse, Brunch at Judith Werner’s Pierremont home, Forks & Corks at Line Ave. eateries and a gatering on Cantino Laredo’s patio.

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(Continued from page 6) the way, is an old British equivalent of “shhhhh!” And it is also the natural name for a game that demands silence from its players. Both Biritch and Britch sound Russian but neither is a Russian word. In any case, once the British took up the game, Britch became a Bridge through the process known as “folk etymology,” which is a fancy way of saying that people often substitute a word they do know for one they don’t know, even when the substitution makes sense. So the answer is that the name Bridge is almost entirely random and does not mean a thing, or so they say at my house, Go Fish. In 1929 the American Auction Bridge dropped the word “Auction” from its title, and it became clear that contract had supplanted auction. The growth of tournament Bridge was hampered in the 1930s by the simultaneous activity of three separate organizing bodies. But from 1937 onward the American Contract Bridge League (or ACBL as we know it today) had the field to itself. The year 1935 was the year of the first recognized World Championship. The only major innovation in Contract Bridge during the first 40 years of existence was the development of CHICAGO. But this, like Contract Bridge itself, was a change in scoring rather than in structure, and there have been very few changes in the fame, nor do they seem likely in the immediate future. As we continue on in the fast lane today, that glamorous and social game once played in a grand salon is now played on a computer. I find myself able to play a social top-level game of bridge on the computer with friends around the world! I am able to have a game with someone on the East Coast, on the West Coast and in Europe, all at the same time! In fact, a bright spot in my day on the computer is when my friend who lives in Brisbane, Australia logs on as “Whynot” and types me: “Hi, NBC (my log name) care to play a few hands?” Or maybe I go to the table and watch Warren Buffet (who logs on as “Thone”) and his partner playing. The game of Bridge in this day and age is being played in that grand salon known as CyberSpace! NELL CAHN is a National and World Bridge Champion, a WBF World Master and ACBL Grand Life Master. Today, she’s an avid internet player. This is the 7th year she has penned her bridge column for Portfolio’s readers.


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The only man engaged in that day’s for detoxing was John, who was suffering with lymphedema. His medical doctors had told him to wear “the stockings” he shared with us disgustedly. That day he had been teated by the Chi Machine as well as the foot bath. His legs were not as swollen, he could now feel his toes and he was pleased with the results. But no one can accurately describe the water in which each individual was soaking his or her feet. Personally, I would have not believed it unless I had seen it with my own eyes. The water is disgustingly filthy-looking, filled with horrible looking lumps and several unappealing colors. Really awesome, folks. So what does the procedure do? According to Phyllis, the benefits of the Detox Foot Spa treatments include the following: Full-Body Detoxification...removes heavy metals, improves sleep, relieves headache, pain and stress, deduces

fluid retention, aids in disease and injury recovery time and reduces the effects of varicose veins. Several of the group opted to begin the FIR Machine, a rather interesting contraption that one zips herself or himself up in (after removing outer clothing and jewelry). FIR stands for Far Infra-Red Sauna, which moves the infra-red heat waves in spirals that go round the body. The heat penetrates the body approximately six centimeters and this helps circulation, the bones and joints and helps with fat release! Regular usage helps arthritis as well! Phyllis also reminds about the medicinal properties of herbs and plant life. “They offer a variety of treatments for a variety of ailments, including emotional, physical and spiritual,” she points out. One way to treat ailments is the use of Essential Oils, she continued. “Oils have been used throughout time in holistic

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Best Dressed

Patricia Davis Marisa Baratelli Ballgown with Tone-on-Tone Beading and Gay Boyer Bracelet, Earings & Necklace, all from Knox Goodman’s Boutique Silver Silk Pumps by J. Reneé from Ruth’s in Bossier Hair by Shannon Vicknair of The Studio at 1935 E. 70th Nails by Theresa Smith at The Loft on Line Avenue Make-Up by Kitty Roark of Couleur’s Emerald & Baget-cut Diamonds designed by Charles Pelz of Pelz Jewelers of Marshall, Texas

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here’s little doubt about it...Patricia Davis loves clothes. “It stretches back to my childhood,” she said. “I was the baby of the family and the only girl, plus my mother was a great seamstress and she taught me to appreciate good clothes and fine fabrics.” Then Tricia added: My father always said I was born knowing the difference between velvet and burlap. The construction of the garment plays a big part,” she continued, and said she leaned more to the tailored side with emphasis on well-constructed, traditional clothing.” Plus, as those who know her will attest, she always spices her dressing up with a touch of her own personality. Often Tricia is dressed in black & white or a combination of the two, some bright colors (yet never ever yellow!), plus she insists she must always be careful with pastels. She gives credit to her membership in the Pilot Club of Marshall (where she and her late husband Bill resided a number of years) for her modeling ability. Not long after being invited to join Pilot Club, Tricia chaired its annual fundraiser. Other modeling gigs have included tearoom shows for Knox Goodman’s Boutique and for Ruth’s at the University Club, as well as for a professional photo shoot for Deborah’s Boutique in Marshall. Having served as Shreveport LIttle Theatre Guild’s first vice president and recording secretary, Tricia Davis also chaired the Guild’s Silent Auction for the 2007 Gala. She made her acting debut on the SLT stage in the hilarious Dearly Departed. Earlier in her volunteering, she served two-terms as president of the Shreveport Rose Society and became a member of the Woman’s Department Club while still residing in Texas. Back in Shreveport-Bossier for over a decade, Tricia is active in WDC and the SLT Guild, receiving its John Wray Young Award in 2007, and is a devoted member of S’port Opera Guild, S’port Symphony Guild and PEO and she serves on the Altar Guild of the Reformed Episcopal Church.


Best Dressed

Regina Hall Black Satin Dress by David Meister from Bev’s in Broadmoor Center Prada Python Boots from The Prada Shop on London’s Bond Street Long Silver Star Dangle Earrings from the outstanding collection at Bev’s Hair by Joey Guin at Joseph Guin’s Salon in Evangeline Square Make-Up for Shoot by esthetician Zayda Ralph at Joseph Guin’s Regular Work-Outs at Willis-Knighton Fitness Center

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est Dressed Regina Hall and her adoring hubby Frank were in chilly Londontown to welcome the New Year. Part of their holiday included shopping on the city’s famed Bond Street. Hence, the avan-garde python Pradas that Regina wears, below. They were on sale, “one-half of a zillion,” announced ultra chic Mrs. Hall quickly, reminding that “until six months or so ago, I was very sedate looking...black hair, cut in a bob, and usually was dressed in a bubble blouse, pencil skirt and very high heels.” Now she describes herself as “edgy and retro,” and may we add the look works beautifully. But Regina said she had yet to figure out the make-up for this new look. “I am still re-inventing mysef and having fun doing it. I am also daring and have no qualms about breaking the rules,” she added. Yes, Regina is most definitely one you would call a “stylish maverick.” And she enjoys and thrives on the fact. A New Orleanian, born and bred, Regina and Shreveport native son Frank J. Hall were married in 1990 at magnificent Saint Louis Cathedral. And not for one moment does she deny that moving afterwards from the Crescent City to Shreveport was anything short of traumatic.“I must admit that I felt some what like a hostage,” she added quickly. Time does heal, however, and in 1992 she opened Shreveport’s Stein Mart in Pieremont Mall. It was her second position in retail, her first at Adler’s in New Orleans as a bridal consultant. Some time after that Stein Mart opening, she and Frank moved back to New Orleans for a while, then down to Boca Raton and the time was right to return to Shreveport. And so they did. Today she fondly remembers her quest looking for Robert Cavalli during one of their frequent trips to Europe and that she is always considering getting involved with the film business here in North Louisiana. Regina also stays involved at St. Joseph’s, often preparing really awesome Sicilian dishes for frequent church events. “I’ve never been a housewife per se but today I’m enjoying being a Domestic Diva,” she admitted shamelessly. We then asked about the watch she was wearing. “It’s a Michelle; Neiman’s sells them in all their stores. Everybody in South Florida has one,” she told us. Then she added a little news about Burberry. Regina is really a true diva, one with oodles upon oodles of style!

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Best Dressed

Jennifer Frierson Black Nicole Miller Cocktail Dress from Chez Rivage Bezel-set Diamond Necklace, Diamond 3-Ring Bagle Bracelet, Blaze-cut Diamond Ring & Diamond Hoops, all from Sid Potts Steve Madden Leopard Shoes from The Beverly Center in Los Angeles Hair by Santo Ferrara and Christy Hannon at The Salon at 1935 East 70th St. Make-Up by Bobbie Brown, NARS and MAC

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earing the stunning diamonds Diane Keaton wore in the film Mad Money and a very chic black Nicole Miller, Best Dressed Jennifer Frierson made it crystal clear that she loves the camera. And as photo guru Scot Smith clicked his digital, it was obvious the camera also adores her. Now the mommie of two young sons, Timothy and Matthew, Jennifer began modeling at age 14 under the watchful, super critical eye of Michael Turney. Through the years, without question, she’s proven she is an excellent mannequin in front of the camera and on the runway. “I like to look good and wear things that look good on me,” Jennifer began. “I like, and I buy, designers of note, but I also have some fun stuff from The Gap and Old Navy that I bum around in,” citing Bagely Miska, newcomer Randolph Duke, Louis Vuitton and Prada as designing favs. “Yes, I do shop out of town some,” she readily admitted, “but I also find many wonderful things in Shreveport, like the Nicole Miller I am wearing.” At the time she talked with Portfolio, she was busy carrying out her duties as Junior League of Shreveport/Bossier’s Trends & Traditions chairman. And what was the theme of that 2008 affair? “Pink,” she returned, “and, yes, it is my favorite color.” Before motherhood, Jennifer was encouraged by hubby Tannie Frierson to following her modeling dream in New York and in Boston. She did and also lived in New Orleans two years where she had a part in a television series, a spin-off of The Big Easy. For an additional two years, she was in Los Angeles, working on The Practice and Ali McBeal, as well as modeling for both print and broadcast. “Then after all that, I decided I wanted to have children,” she added matter-of-factly, and she did. Today, it is not unusual for Jennifer and her longtime friend Michael Turney “to date” when Tannie’s skiing or hunting. They’re also phone buddies, talking for hours many nights. From time to time, Jennifer teaches a class or so for him as well.

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Best Dressed

Linda Biernacki Feraud Pinstripe Pantsuit with Turquoise Silk Shell from Knox Goodman’s Boutique on Azalea Dr. Judith Ripka Necklace, Diamond Studs & Aquamarine Ring, all from Sid Potts Snakeskin Cole Hahn Boots & Bella Fiorae Handbag from Perfect Pair Hair by John Morrell at Alexander & Company Makeup by Deborah David, Nails by Michele Lowe, both at True Colors in Pierremont Mall Personal Training by Todd Miller at Skye-Miller Fitness Center on Line Ave.

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est Dressed Linda Biernacki, almost in a whisper, announced “I love clothes and I love to shop.” Her expressive brown eyes sparkled as she added almost apologetically: “But I am a fast shopper, and I guess you could say I am a classic, traditional dresser with somewhat of a flair.” Often Linda calls Knox Goodman’s for Knox or for James Osborne for assistance with wardrobe decisions. “And the same goes for Cynthia Cage at Perfect Pair, and I also love Couleur’s and DeBruhl’s,” she said. “I am very conscious of supporting local businesses. It is most important,” Linda continued seriously, hurriedly reminding that Sid Potts also offers exceptional jewelry to local shoppers. At that time, Linda was enjoying a Judith Leiber cocktail bag and a pair of the designer’s earrings that were gifts from her husband Richard. She admitted she shops some out of town, for she & Richard and their daughters Emily & Nikki travel a lot, both for business and pleasure. “My husband’s my support system,” Mrs. Biernacki reiterated. A native of Kennington, Maryland, Linda spent her senior year at North Caddo High after her family moved South. When we talked, her Fire Tech Systems was celebrating its 20th year in business. The company has a laundry list of completed jobs, including the new Shreveport Convention Center, Harrah’s Casino (now Sam’s Town), Eldorado Casino & Hotel and Independence Stadium. Fire Tech’s highly conscientious ceo Linda had at that time just signed a contract with John Goode for the upscale Vilaggio Apartments. In the community she has chaired Christmas in the Sky and remains one of its mainstays. Her Fire Tech has been named Shreveport Chamber’s Small Business of the Year, she’s listed in the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives & Professionals and hers and Richard’s names appear on most patron lists in Shreveport-Bossier.

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Best Dressed

Libby Gleason Black & White d. terrell pantsuit selected in New York by Dee Terrell of Atlanta Black Croc Print Shoes by J. Reneé from Ruth’s of Bossier City Jet & Pearl Earrings from Gleason & Co. Hair by Debbie Lunn at True Colors Nails by Francine Brown at True Colors Makeup by Grace of Australia of All Natural Ingredients Exercise & Aerobic Workouts with Beth Parker at the Gym at First Baptist Church and Tennis at Pierremont Indoor Courts

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est Dressed Libby Gleason gives her late mother credit for her love of clothes. “She sewed for me constantly. I always had a new formal and my older sisters had ballgowns for the Mardi Gras Balls in New Orleans. My mother also made me very conscious of fine fabrics,” Libby adds. Though she does wear mostly “classic, tailored clothes,” Libby admits that for “fancy occasions” she enjoys “sparkly, fancy clothes.” It’s important, she contends, for women to be in style yet dress their age. She’s also a card-carrying advocate of exercise, playing tennis three times a week and exercising at Broadmoor Baptist. Then to keep her mind alert, she plays bridge regularly with the same club she’s played with for 40 years! Now president of the Republican Women locally, Libby has served as president of Shreveport Symphony Guild, Shreveport Little Theatre Guild and the Woman’s Department Club and continues to be active in all, as well as serving on Shreveport Opera Guild’s Board (she’s currently ’09-’10 president) and the Big Board of Shreveport Little Theatre. (In 2007 she chaired SLT Guild’s “Night of the Stars” and for both 2008 and 2009 galas headed the Live Auction.) She’s past president of Altrusa, currently belongs (with hubby Hubert) to the North Shreveport Lions Club, and is involved with the Zeta Tau Alpha Alumnae. A New Orleans native, Libby attended Centenary College but graduated from LSU in Baton Rouge. She’s been involved with Mardi Gras here since its inception, in 1999 was Krewe of Centaur’s Duchess of Fantasy, rides in the krewe’s parade each year and was very proud that her granddaughter Lindsay Gleason was a Centaur princess in 2008. Libby remains interested in the arts and is consistently involved in the community.

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Cathy Zahn Black & White d. terrell pantsuit selected in New York by Dee Terrell of Atlanta Black Croc Print Shoes by J. Reneé from Ruth’s of Bossier City Jet & Pearl Earrings from Gleason & Co. Hair by Debbie Lunn at True Colors Nails by Francine Brown at True Colors Makeup by Grace of Australia of All Natural Ingredients Exercise & Aerobic Workouts with Beth Parker at the Gym at First Baptist Church and Tennis at Pierremont Indoor Courts

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hen anyone asks her to name her favorite designers of today and yesterday, Best Dressed Cathy Zahn reminisces about such fashion greats as Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Carolina Herrara, Oscar de la Renta and Bob Mackie, and those memorable days when they visited Shreveport. It was a magical time for the area’s fashion-minded, she reminded. “I have a vintage closet full of those designs from John Grambling (at The Fashion) and from Stefan (Scalco) and still others from Lois Gean’s in Magnolia,” Cathy reminisced. “I even have some vintage Carlisles, and I’m still enjoying the furs from years ago that came from Stefan—you know things reminiscent of the Dynasty Days.” On one occasion, Cathy said she actually flew to Canada, picked out the pelts and Stefan had them made into a full length white mink coat! Cathy, aside from her obvious flair for fashion, also has an exciting aptitude for entrepreneurship. Her creativity shines forth in her Flower Power which holds artistic court on Youree Drive. Across Albert Street from Absolutely Abigail’s (which is definitely one of her fav shopping spots for daytime and nighttime dressing)). At glam events ’round town, Cathy and her handsome husband of 29 years, chiropractor doc Bob Zahn, are always among the style setters. Aside from running her floral/gift shoppe, Cathy Zahn continues to be involved in local happenings. She was American Horse Show Association’s Zone 7 Adult Hunter Champion in the 1990’s, chair for The Times 2005 Best Dressed Women, Lori Allen’s cochair of another year and also on the list herself. She’s served as Parade Chair of the La. Redbud Festival and has been a Celebrity Chef five years for the American Cancer Society’s “Let Them Eat Cake. She & Bob are longtime supporters of SRAC’s Christmas in the Sky and patrons of SLT Guild’s Annual Gala and S’port-Bossier’s Opera Guild’s Les Boutiques de Noel.

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Artistic Happening

Artist Jerry Wray guest of honor on a Friday afternoon

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Above: Hostesses Mary Lou Shaffer, at left, and Julia Sippel chatting with Pioneer Artist of the South Jerry Wray during a late afternoon party celebrating the publishing of her impressive new book. Below: Carol Shafton, at left, reminiscing about her phenomenal grandmother Clyde Connell with hostesses of the day Stephanie Harrell, center, and Jean Hundley.

n enthusiastic group of friends, including tennis playing buddies and fellow artists, gathered together at Harland and Jean Hundley’s home in South Highlands. The Friday afternoon soiree was to celebrate the publication of artist Jerry Wray’s magnificent book, the first of several special events surrounding Jerry Wray, Pioneer Artist of the South. At the time, upcoming were an interview with Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Jerry Wray’s September visit (accompanied by 20 friends) to NYC for a reception at the National Association of Women Artists and then a book-signing on return at Tower Book. Jerry Wray, Pioneer Artist of the South (printed locally at Mid-South Press) was a labor of love. Mrs. Wray dedicated it to her late husband George Wray Jr.

“who always supported me in what I wanted to do.” She praised her three granddaughters for “constantly spurring me on,” and daughter Nancy Armistead for suggesting the book be published, daughter Deanie Galloway for wonderful ideas and daughter Mary Virginia Hill for being “a compassionate, strong editor.” Filled with pictures of Jerry’s originals, info penned by Bob Trudeau, newspaper clippings & photos, the book instantly gained a place on coffee tables across the South. So what made the afternoon an affair to remember except for delish cucumber and pimento & cheese tea sandwiches, a bounty of fruits & cheeses, delisht deviled eggs, tasty cookies and favorite wines? The sensational guitarplaying of hostess Tookie Barr, who is a truly fabulous musician!

Below: Carol Lamm and Mary Virginia Hill (who was her mother’s perpetually excited editor throughout the birthing of the book, at left; and Jerry Wray, seated, and her longtime artistic friend Zama Blanchard Dexter.

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Benefit Beauty

SLT Guild raises funds at artspace

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hat an evening it was March 14 when Shreveport Little Theatre Guild hosted the 10th Annual “Night of the Stars”—A Great Gatsy Gala to raise sizeable funds for the theatre now under construction. SLT Guild president Barbara Zerrahn invited friend Susan Miller to chair the annual event, which with a second devastating fire destroying the historic theatre on Marga-

ret Place was more important than ever that it be a huge success. Artspace’s talented Chef Michael Chisum presented delish cocktail fare, most of the elaborate plants and flowers were graciously donated for the eve by Cathy Zahn’s Flower Power and Akin’s Nursery, and Instant Imprints donated the colorful posters announcing 2009’s Gala patrons and very generous business owners who

donated Silent and Live Auction items up for bid. Partygoers went back in time to the glorious Flapper Days with patrons chair Carol Zaffater and her darling daughters Julie Zaffater and Paula Prevot dressed to the nines for the affair. A spirited Charleston contest saw Live Auction chair Libby Gleason take first prize, and the Bill Bush Combo (with Monroe Brown and Bill’s tal-

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Best Dressed

JoAnna Robinson Black Silk Taffeta Gown from the Carlisle Holiday Collection Heirloom Antique Jewelry, Watch & Ring from Connie & V. Cross Jewelers of Bossier Liz Claiborne Patent Shoes from Dillard’s Hair by Allison Dickson at Alexander & Co.

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est Dressed JoAnna Robinson when she talked with Portfolio was president-elect of Shreveport Opera Guild and eager to begin her term of office. Her husband Bob was serving as president of the Shreveport Opera Board. Both of the Robinsons are very supportive of the arts, the community in general and are involved in family business and properties in Bossier City. “I love clothing collections,” JoAnna readily admits, adding that her very first interest in fashion began when she was a little girl. (Yes, she sewed her own doll clothes!) But more recently, in 2003 she made the elaborate collars for both King Aesclepiius and Queen Aesclepius, as well as the costumes for all six pages. A huge project, so much so that after all was completed, JoAnna officially retired! Today, she’s enjoying the retro styles prevalent in the fashion world and like a number of the world’s well-dressed women loves antique jewelry (all of which her loving husband carefully selects). He always knows exactly what will please her to a “T,” she quickly adds. It’s no surprise that she’s an accomplished artist and once did an Artist’s Sabbatical on the Island of Maui, Hawaii. JoAnna is also an interior designer, worked in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and last year did the interior design work for the offices and New York-style apartment in the family’s Airline Plaza in Bossier. She and Bob (a Bossier native who has a PhD in public health) were married 12 years ago in Santorini, Greece and honeymooned in the Greek Islands. They both love to travel...in the United States and abroad. Their traveling took them to Great Britain one year. JoAnna and Bob both like to cook and enjoy the local restaurant scene, their favorites—Ernest’s, Giuseppe’s, Superior’s Steakhouse and Olive Street Bistro. Businesswise, JoAnna is a member of the Toastmasters Club, Shreveport & Bossier Chambers and Women’s Business Council. She’s active in Bossier Arts Council, S’port Little Theatre Guild, S’port Opera Guild ( served a year as president), Les Bons Temps Dance Club and Mardi Gras in the ArkLaTex Musuem. She’s been Queen of Aesclepius and a Gemini Duchess, and her favorite pastimes include dining, dancing, boating, swimming and, last but certainly not least, S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G!

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Donna Poimboeuf Bright Red Joseph Ribkoff Dress from Couleur’s Ann Klein Boots from Perfect Pair on Line Ave. Black Onyx & Diamond Necklace & Drop Earrings by Judith Ripka from Sid Potts Stephen Dweck Bracelet from Neiman Marcus Baume Mercier Watch from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry Haircut and Color by Jolene Woods at Ambience Hairstyle for Photo by David Glasgow at Spa Concepts Regular Workouts with Nick D’Anna at Southern Trace

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er very favorite thing when it comes to fashion? “Mixing things up,” returns Best Dressed Donna Poimboeuf...i.e. an Escada dress with Jimmy Choo shoes and a purse from Target. “It works and it’s fun,” she says with a bright smile, then admits with little shame to having “a serious shoe problem, the Imelda Marcus fetish!” The Poimboeufs—Donna, hubby Cliff and young daughter Grace—spent a Thanksgiving several years ago in New York. During that family outing, Donna and Grace enjoyed fab shopping in SoHo, one of their favorite stops Michael Kors. “I like shopping out-of-town,” she readily admits, “yet I go often in Shreveport to Knox Goodman’s. James Osborne is invaluable for special events; he knows me, my body. I also really enjoy Kitty Roark’s Couleurs in the local area.” Since she wears scrubs daily (taking care of biz for her Doctors Lab), Donna contends that dressing up is “especially enjoyable.” She classifies herself as a classic dresser—no patternns and her colors: black, white, red or navy. So what’s on Best Dressed Donna’s agenda when she’s not working? “I love to travel...anywhere, sometimes with friends,” she answers. A trip at interview time was to Italy with gal pals Melinda Kent and Emily Mott. Then there was a great time on the calendar for Donna & Cliff, Jennifer & Tannie Frierson and Linda & Richard Biernacki to the Bahamas. (The three couples had been high bidders as a team at the SciPort fundraiser.) “Then I like to stay home,” Donna inserts. “I love my house; we love to entertain.” They were hosts for a Southfield School benefit, Artscare’s appreciation dinner was at the Poimboeufs’ digs. S’port Little Theatre Guild’s 2006 gala took place there as well and private parties are there often. Donna’s community involvement? Christmas in the Sky design co-chair, working with Artscare , Krewe of Gemini Board, Red Cross Board and First United Methodist Church’s finance committee. Yes, Donna’s a very busy, fashionable lady!

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ne day they went white water rafting, another they rode horses and roped calves on a ranch, and on another day they pedaled up the side of a a mountain—five times! Dr. Norman & Carol Zaffater (in black hats on third row above) were celebrating their 50th Anniversary. It all took place in beautiful Beaver Creek, Colorado, every detail carefully planned and happily and energetically attended by their five children and 14 grand children.

Married on June 7, 1958 at St. Peter & Paul’s Church in the New Orleans French Quarter, Carol and Norm exchanged wedding vows again in Beaver Creek 50 years later, and left the church in a carriage pulled by two huge black horses. Then there was dinner atop Mt. Beano, some shopping and a dramatic visit from a mother bear and her cubs. “Just breathing up there is something,” said Carol,after a successful kidney transplant

and now recuperating from back surgery.. (Norm had the same kidney surgery six or seven years before Carol’s, possibly placing them in the Guinness Book of World Records.) The Zaffaters, their children and grand children have been going to Colorado for years. Daughter Nancy Carter (Baton Rouge advertising agency owner) got the shirts made for the photo, at left, while pediatrician daughter Christine Smith made all the arrangements in Colorado and purchased the cowboy hats. Daughter-in-law Barbara Zaffater arranged for the varied activities while daughter Julie Zaffater worked with the church for the vows and the Cinderella Garage for the bride & groom, and finally daughter Paula Prevot made all the flight and three condo arrangements. Children and grandchildren celebrating with Norm & Carol...oldest daughter Nancy Carter & husband Bill, a chemical engineer in Baton Rouge, and their four— Lauren, Amanda, Christopher & Caroline; second daughter Christine Smith & orthopedic surgeon hubby Dean and four children—Melissa, Nicholas, Andrew & Daniel, who live in El Paso, TX; third daughter Julie Zaffater, who works for the Federal Government in Shreveport; fourth daughter Paula Prevot, an accountant, her architect hubby Mark and their four offspring— Hillary, Wesley, Zachary & Avery, also Shreveporters; and the youngest & only son Norman Jr., an opthamologist, his wife Barbara & their two sons Anthony and John Paul.

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Tabitha Taylor Black & White Albert Nipon Suit from New to You Boutique Vintge Brooch and Necklace Compliments of Aunt Dorothy Sterling Silver Studs from WalMart Black Patent Leather Shoes by Worthington from J.C. Penney Hair by Toni Wright at Textures Salon

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est Dressed Tabitha Taylor, looking ever-so-sharp in a chic black & white suit, admits that she is not remotely label conscious, and a few minutes later proved it. “If I like the outfit, it fits me and my budget, I get it,” she explains with a smile. “Affordability is the name of the game,” she continues, adding that “we all develop our individual, unique style, but I personally always wanted to dress like my mother (Linda Thomas, a Shreveport school teacher for decades).” Tabitha well remembers her mother sewing her a dress on Sunday morning before church, and how proud she was to tell anyone who asked that her mother made it. Former Brit Jane Ryder, another well-respected clothing designer, made the good-looking, bright orange suit that Tabitha had seen in a made-for-TV movie some years before for her Best Dressed photograph in The Times back in 2003. “My standard color is black but I also like bold colors,” Tabitha says. So what was her suit label that day after photographer Scot Smith shot her photo for Portfolio’s Best Dressed spread? She had purchased the linen ensemble at New to You Boutique but was actually unaware it was an Albert Nipon, not a dressmaker’s copy. “I like clothes that make me look and feel like a lady,” she adds, and we assured her that she does. Best Dressed Tabitha has a degree in mass communications/ TV production from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Today she uses her major in her job—booking entertainment for Eldorado Hotel & Casino. She also works as executive director for Odyssey Foundation for the Arts and much of her time and energy goes into the DMT Agency, which is a workforce development program. “My strongest community involvement is Autism; it is my passion,” Tabitha inserts. Her son Dominique is a student in the program at Turner. Tabitha also works in the nursery at Greenwood Acres Baptist Church. She has received the Humanitarian Award for the National Association of Black Social Workers twice and was one of the Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 Professionals two years ago.

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It was A Jingle Bell Christmas for the 36th Boutiques

he Shreveport Opera Guild again threw a festive Preview Party on Wednesday eve to kick-off its annual Les Boutiques de Noel, and once more the four-day shopping extravaganza raised impressive funds—over $100,000—for Shreveport Opera. Sid Potts, Inc. sponsored the party, which took place again at Bossier Civic Center. Chaired by Guild president Libby Gleason and cochaired by Wendy Sibley-Harper, the 2010 benefit presented an old-fashioned Jingle Bell Christmas with catering by David Alvis’ Texas Street Steakhouse and unlimited libations by Thrifty

Liquor! Maria Casten was Preview Party chair; Carolyn Pearce, her cochair. Music at the gala was provided by two superbly talented local legends—The Bill Bush Combo and Dorsey Summerfield & The Polyphonics! Karen Bryant and Jennifer Beason were responsible for the 142 booths and there were many first-time vendors—Frivolous Boutique, Smith-Mason, The Spotted Zebra, C.C. & Marie, Pineapple Patch, Gourmet Graters and Corrente Galleries among them. Other chairs for the 36th Boutiques... JoAnna Robinson, advisor; Barbara Salley, decorations; Rebecca

Miller, hospitality; information, Lottie McGuire & Sue Goff; patrons, Judy Chidlow, Martha Smith & Julie Festervan; Susan Dossey, silent auction; Sweet Shop, Gretchen Bell & Jo Pennington; volunteers, Gail del Corral, Monique Dennie, Tricia Davis, Debra Herrin & Pat Key; tickets, Carol Zaffater & Marianne Mosteller; sponsorships, JoAnna Robinson & Mikey Carlisle; publicity, Michelle Odom & Sally Gardner, treasurer. ’Twas a true beauty!! At right: Charlotte Sweeney and Judy Nance enjoying the gala. Far left: Bonnie Dubin, Nila Willhoite, Ora Layne Guice & Miriam Dehan, top; Dr. Jorge & Martha Martinez, Virginia & Merrit Chastain. At left: Janet Lindsay and Lottie McGuire by an intriguing food tables, top; Party chair Maria Casten with hubby Ted and son William.

Above: Hubert Gleason & Tricia Davis. At right: Rochelle & Don Massad exiting the Boutiques gala, which annually raises funds for the sake of S’port Opera.

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Birthday Bash at Wine Country Bistro A Smashing Success

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sons Todd and Paul, the cordial cohosts. Enjoying the festive celebration: Bubba and Kathy Rasberry, Gerry and Tommie Sue Brooks, Joe and Susan Cage, Susan Rice, Dwight and Bonita Fugate, Pat and Patricia Johnson, Don and Maurice Wilkins, Bud and Martha Storer, Charles and Margaret Ann Boone, Mann and Libby Wallace, Mike and Beth Williams, Brannon Aden of Jackson, MS, Dr. Judd and Judy Chidlow, James and Cheryl Philen of Natchez, LA, Tom and Patti Guanella, Tom and Linda Watts, Herman and Marie LeJune and Kay Chance.

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The Culinary Scene

Shreveport/Bossier’s Incredible Home-Owned Restaurants At left: Ernest Palmisano Jr. sits beside a tempting tray of the family’s legendary marinated crabclaws in the dining room at Ernest’s Orleans on Spring Street Hill. Several years ago he was named Restaurateur of the Year by the La. Restaurant Association, the only one in North La. ever to be so honored! Below: In business since 1936, Herby-K’s is the area’s oldest restaurant. The atmospheric cafe serves its award-wining Shrimp Buster, tasty gumbo and has the best juke box on the entire planet.

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n business on Pierre Avenue since 1936, Herby-K’s is the oldest, home-owned restaurant today in the River Cities! The popular little eatery, now being operated by Herby’-K’s former daughter-in-law Jan Bean and his grandchildren, features the superb Shrimp Buster along with to-diefor seafood gumbo, excellent fried oysters. outstanding marinated crabclaws, divine homemade onion rings, great burgers and a variety of Daily Blue Plate Specials. Memorabilia is historically unmatched, as delightful as the fare served Monday-Saturday, inside or on the enclosed, temperaturecontrolled patio. Plus many “regulars” contend that Herby-K’s has mighty hot video poker and the best jukebox on the planet. “Despite the economy, we are blessed with business,” said Ernest Palmisano Jr. from behind his big desk off the kitchen at Ernest Orleans, “and if it were not for my Mama,” his voice trailed off, giving heartfelt credit to his beauti-

ful mother Margie Palmisano for a huge amount of the restaurant’s phenomenal success. Then he pointed out the culinary path his late father Ernest Palmisano Sr. blazed in North La. A collection of photos—Ernest Sr. & Jr. and Ernest III to Lynyrd Skinyrd bandmates—line the wall of the office. In the entrance are still more celebs—the late great Bob Hope with Ernest Sr., Denzel Washington, Michael Douglas, Samuel Jackson and Mel Gibson, each most appreciative of the cuisine served by the Palmisano Family during their Shreveport/Bossier City visits. Today, floral design is available at the restaurant, thanks to the exciting talent of Ernest Jr.’s wife & soulmate Tina Marie. Event planning, including corporate, is now in motion at Ernest’s—power point presentations and wireless internet are available. “We’re the perfect place for business and social luncheons,” encourages Tina Marie, “and we (Continued on page 36)

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The Culinary Scene Home-Owned Restaurants (Continued from page 35) can set up projection screens plus whatever’s needed for meetings.” Then, of course, there is the incredible fare that Ernest Jr. proudly serves his guests coupled with a remarkable staff who make every visit memorable as well as entertainment in the lounge several nights a week. A class act! Anthony Williams excited palates at Merle Kemmerly’s Sandpiper before joining the wellrespected culinary staff at The Shreveport Club. “Christian Berge there allowed me to do my thing, and he taught me how vital butchering is to how to prepare excellent steaks,” Anthony said as we visited late afternoon at his Anthony’s Steak & Seafood on Mansfield Rd. “He taught me how to get the meal to the table, that presentation’s important. You could say it was at The Shreveport Club that I actually arrived.” Following that rewarding experience, Anthony lent his expertise and considerable knowledge several years to longtime friend Roger Wilbanks after the latter bought The Cub Restaurant.. But in 1993 the time was right for Williams to open his own place, and Anthony’s began serving customers fine steaks and seafood of South Louisiana. Today, Anthony is proud to have on staff his daughter Shariett and son Anthony Jr. , his wife and his sister. “Having your family working with you is a true blessing,” Anthony added sincerely. “I do enjoy

the restaurant business and I love working with all that goes with it.” Monday-Friday at Anthony’s, there’s a reasonably priced buffet, 11’til 2. For dinner there’s a superb selection of appetizers and steaks to fried softshell crab. Customers have favs but are eager to try new items Anthony often introduces. The Village Grille, owned & operated by the entrepreneurial Cush Brothers, is often called “the most chic little restaurant around.” But during Summer 2009, TripAdvisor.com took it to another level, naming The Village “the No. 1 Restaurant in the ShreveportBossier area.” Naturally, Joey Cush and brother Brian Cush are extremely pleased about it all! Chef Reynaldo Jandres holds culinary court at The Village Monday-Saturday for dinner only; Phillip Cuellar is the dedicated front manager; Phyllis Stoddard, a fab waitstaffer; and Joey and/or Brian, the official greeters nightly. “We could have never done this without them,” Joey emphasizes. “They’ve all been here since we opened 24-plus years ago!” Main ingredients at The Village? “No corners are ever cut,” Joey Cush assures. Drinks are quality, there’s an appealing atmosphere and impeccable service. It goes without saying—the food is the finest...Chicago Prime Steaks & Live Maine Lobster to New Zealand Baby Rack of Lamb. Drinks at The Village? Awesome! A stone’s throw off Fairfield Avenue, Olive Street Bistro owned by the cordial Fernando

Chef Anthony Williams, above, “arrived” on the local culinary scene while on staff at The Shreveport Club, was the man behind the fine food reputation at The Cub Restaurant and opened his own place on Mansfield Rd. in 1993.

Maldonado is the favorite restaurant of many discriminating diners. The place has been beautifully refurbished, the kitchen staff prepares incredible edibles, diners enjoy great food and piano music nightly by Brett Endsley. Sometimes, Fernando and other talented folks sing along—opera, show tunes and Top 40. There’s a deck outside where many enjoy eating when weather permits, and Olive Street can claim the area’s first woodburning pizza oven. For lunch...Cantaloupe Chicken Salad’s most popular; French Onion Soup, divine. For dinner...Incredible lamb chops, pastas and fresh salmon. Roger Wilbanks bought The Cub Restaurant 20-something years ago after selling the family marina business, never regretting it one iota. Though he enjoyed good food, Wilbanks was admittedly not a food aficionado, so

brought in friend Anthony Williams to take charge of the cozy kitchen. “I would have never been able to make it without Anthony,” Roger continues to tell people today. Currently, head waiter Brad Victory keeps things rolling in the small dining room with seating for only 38 for dinner. Many enjoy steaks, some softshell crab after salads drizzled with Red Vinaigrette (which Roger found in Southern Living years ago) or Ranch (that is Anthony’s recipe), along with superb au gratins or baked potatos. Most customers are there, enjoying the food, meeting friends, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. A noteworthy percentage are more than likely ordering what they did on their last visits. Dinner’s served, beginning at 6pm six days a week. The Cub has an outstanding wine list; cocktails come from The Cub Bar. (Continued on page 66)

At left: Enterprising brothers Joey and Brian Cush welcome diners nightly to The Village Grille on historic Louisiana Ave while Restaurant Manager Renee Christopher David and Mollie Chiles, below, greet guests at David Alvis’ Texas St. Steakhouse in Bossier City.

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Best Dressed

Robin Covington Organza Blouse from Caché in Mall St. Vincent Khaki-colored skirt from Pope’s for Men & Women Iridescent tapestry shoes from Imelda’s Rose-cut Diamond Necklace designed by Stephen Miller Gallery in Evangeline Square Hair Cut & Color by Brian Sullivan at Alexander & Co. Makeup by Deborah David at True Colors Nails by Mildred Bison, formerly of Becky’s Nails

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ipping the hot tea of the day at Sharon McCullar’s Glenwood Tearoom, Best Dressed Robin Covington tells us she shops four or five times a year, except for special occasions, she adds. “I rely on someone who knows and understands my style,” Robin continues. Her favorite haunts? Caché in Mall St. Vincent, Knox Goodman’s and Pope’s, as well as Carlisle and Etcetera. A Carlisle rep herself, Robin contends she is a classic dresser, “though I do have fun with my clothes.” “My mother Laura Webb is a true fashion diva. She can work up an outfit in many more ways than I can and my grandmother June Touchstone took me shopping in Dallas from the time I was a little girl. We’d go to Neiman’s, have lunch and watch the beautiful models,” Robin remembers fondly. Is she passing her stylish ways on to her daughters? “Christine’s my actress and loves clothes; Caitlin’s my artist rides English and little interest in fashion; Catheryn at four loves dolls and then there is seven-year-old Michael, who is into contracting,” Robin returns, slipping her only son into her answer. She is also proud that she was the Christmas in the Sky volunteer who as Silent and Live Auction chair had over 1000 items. She was the first Design Chair for Sci-Port’s Mad Scientist Ball, the second to chair the Red Cross Culinary Classic and also chaired the Croquet Classic which raises funds for Shreveport/Bossier Community Renewal. Then she also was the overall chair for the first-ever A Wine Affair at Eldorado, which handsomely benefitted the YWCA of Northwest Louisiana. Back to clothing, Robin said: “I buy clothes that will be timeless, and I try to invest wisely.” However, she enjoys interior design as well and praised The Bungalow’s Robert Harrell and its owner Linda Crosby for the awesome job they did on her family’s new digs in Bossier’s Stonebridge. “They absolutely took the headaches and the hassle out of the design process!”

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A Loving Tribute

The utterly delightful Betty Phillips

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ooking fabulous in one of Oscar de la Renta’s most dazzling creations, Betty Phillips greeted every single solitary partygoer to the 25th Las Vegas Night at the Cambridge Club. It was an amazing Saturday eve per usual for The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center—“the very best ever,” insisted a delighted Mrs. Phillips the next day. Always upbeat and optimistic, Betty loved a razzle dazzle party, and always made sure the DAC benefit was nothing short of great. She was from its 1982 inception the active chairman of Deaf Action Center’s Board of Directors, consistently influencing the center’s programming and other services as well as raising countless sponsorships for the long beautiful benefit. Betty, the only daughter of oil and gas pioneer Sam and Ida Sklar, graduated from C.E. Byrd High School and attended both Newcomb College of Tulane University and the University of Texas before marrying Denver, Colorado native Leonard Phillips, her loving husband of 45 years. Together they traveled the world, raised their son and daughter, Fred Phillips and Sandi

Kallenberg, and founded The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center and The Betty and Leonard Phillips Foundation. Aside from being philanthropic and always caring, Betty loved to have fun. She thoroughly enjoyed the Sport of Kings, betting on the horses (and football), and playing gin rummy, the latter with close friends Stacy Anderson Mijalis, Elaine Francis, Barbara Sugar and Ruby Dehan. Preceded in death by her parents, brothers Fred Sklar and Albert Sklar, her sister-inlaw Miriam and daughter Judy Sklar Silberstein, Betty is survived by her daughter Sandi and husband Jeffrey Kallenberg and son Fred Phillips and Electra Churchill; grands Gregory & Heidi Kallenberg, Kimberly & Bradley Schlosher, Randolph & Tina Kallenberg, Christopher & Shannon Phillips, Cassidy & Carin Phillips, and Colin, Sue & Alexa Phillips; great grands— Tobias & Daisy Kallenberg; Razzi, Sophie & Alex Schlosser; Pierson, Betty & Alexander Phillips; and Sklar & Pace Phillips. Thanks, Betty, for making a gigantic difference in this world!. You will long be missed!

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Above, from top of page: Marcy Everett & Linda Goldsberry; Dr. Maurie Patterson, Donna Poimboeuf & Heather Robinson; Andy Shehee, Jeff Hendricks and Gary Calligas. At right: Dr. Holly Wall and Portfolio’s Kay Chance.

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ington, succulent prime tenderloin and incredible smoked salmon to delish, ever-so-Southern cucumber sandwiches and the most gorgeous sweets—Pistachio nut, dark chocolate, l’orange and Grand Marniere truffles, thanks to Cariere & staff. The welcoming took place at one of the area’s loveliest abodes, that of Stafford & Marianne Comegys, the perfect place to meet & greet new chancellor Robert Barish, his wife Jenny & their daughters.

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another exhibit was seen at Meadows Museum on the Centenary campus. During those years, while watching C-SPAN, Carolyn saw the director talking about the then new Clinton Visi-

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tors Center in Hope, AR. Not long afterwards, several of her room settings were placed there

for over a year. Today, her room settings are among the treasures on exhibit at the Old Court House Museum in Natchitoches. Four of her Victorian settings are on loan to Spring Street Museum, and there will hopefully be other historic venues for the settings...in Jefferson or Marshall, maybe in Monroe and Alexandria. There are numerous miniature settings from which to choose—Williamsburg-style 18th century, Victorian, Turn-of-the-20th century, a Chinese Bazaar room and a Japanese display, as well as settings based on childhood memories, plus six of rooms designed in the 1970’s and the 1980’s. Room settings are done with many historical items...miniature portraits by noted English and American painters in the 18th century-style rooms, a portrait of Bill of Rights writer George Mason and wife Jane, paintings by American folk artists and a portrait of The Trinity by Charles Wilson Peale, father of an Early American family dynasty. Local rooms depict area families and portraits by Queen Victoria’s favorite artist F.X. Winterhalter. But all are truly intriguing for the viewer. — Kay Chance

Below: A birthday party setting, complete with honoree, guests and a cake, is shown, at left, while a miniature replica of a sleighbed is enhanced, at right, by curtains sewn by talented Shreveport designer Caroline Walters. Other favorite settings in Carolyn Gray’s intriguing collection: A kitchen filled with period furnishings including a miniature ice box and pots & pans, and a master bedroom lighted with a William & Mary brass chandelier. Carolyn first put the rooms together, then added portraits and other accessories. The rooms did happen “little by little,” she admits with a smile.

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At the VIP Opening of Restaurant 560 in Dallas’ posh Hyatt Regency, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck posed for a popular Big “D” mag with Shreveport’s own restauranteur John Cariere, at right. The world-famous Mr. Puck signed Cariere’s menu & presented him with an autographed copy of his new cookbook.“It was an awesome affair,” Cariere reported. He in turn “gifted” the cookbook to an accomplished chef and friemd. (Photo by Kristina Bowman of Dallas)

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most nostagic party ever, according to countless partygoers, and, of course, it was soldout. Waynette Ballengee & Donna Poimboeuf chaired and co-chaired the colossal event of events. Julie Lyles, a first-time CiS volunteer, was the incredibly energetic Auction chair!

The Long & Winding Road of the extravaganza took the excited crowd to the Second Floor where Strawberry Fields featuring Icee Distributors and Yellow Submarine featuring Lee Michaels were among the shining stars! (Continued on page 64)

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2009’s Pilot of the Year Miriam Sklar waving to the crowd during the Guys & Doll Riverbend Revue.

here was no doubt about it: Miriam Sklar loved the camera, and it absolutely adored her. Everyone who knew and loved the magnificent Miriam could tell you about her strategy for an always sensational photo: Chin up, body erect, lips slightly parted and sometimes a radiant smile. No one shot a bad photo of Miriam Mandel Sklar...ever! From 1948 when she arrived in Shreveport after marrying its native son Albert Sklar, Miriam was “embraced” by the city and she embraced it. Considered an in-

stant glamorous addition to the social set, she was dressed to the nines on all occasions, was a dedicated volunteer and always a fashion icon. Miriam was the first on Portfolio’s initial Best Dressed Women List and always a favorite model on local style show runways. She was a devoted, loving wife & mother and a delightful hostess. Miriam & Albert enjoyed life yet they did much for others. She was involved with the Blind Association, chaired the first March of Dimes, headed American Cancer Society’s Big Gifts, served

on Centenary College’s Board of Trustees, chaired both SBCR’s Croquet Classic & Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure. Miriam & Albert in 1954 established an endowment to build the new Schumpert Hospital & in 1994 set up the Miriam & Albert Sklar Foundation at Schumpert for Colon & Rectal Diseases honoring Dr. Whitney Boggs Jr. They were instrumental in bringing the Despujols Collection to Meadows Museum, were generous contributors to LPB and Miriam established chairs at both Centenary College and LSU-S. Far left: Decked out in a smart red pantsuit, Miriam celebrating at her 2009 birthday bash is pictured with son Howard & daughter Suzie Simons, top; with renowned designer Howard Wolf & his wife Lois. At left: During the early 1990’s in Aspen, Albert Sklar is all smiles posing with a bevy of beauties that included Marcy Everett, far left, and the “love of his life” Mir and Linda Goldsberry, at right.

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Mrs. McGregor’s proprietor Paulette Pennison in her delightful “garden” on Line Avenue.

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Zaffater; Live Auction chair Libby Gleason; Silent Auction chair Tricia Davis; treasurer Alice Roberts, and committee members Ann May, Martha Smith and Liz Beck. The Guild staged the night benefiting SLT at Delton Harrison’s home on East Ridge...the perfect party place for such a Southern soiree. Delton was delighted to welcome all for the gala so artist Larry Shor designed the invitations and fav daily social scribe Margaret Martin did a spectacular story in The Times to spread the word. Carol Zaffater composed the perfect letter, and the patrons came rolling in... alll 134. At five o’clock, two hours before the gala curtain would go up, the stage was set (fresh magnolia branches on the mantles from Delton’s huge tree) and all waiting for the then three oldest, continuously running restaurants in town—Kon Tiki on the antique dining table, Don’s Seafood with gumbo & bread pudding on a sideboard and Ernest’s Orleans & legendary crabclaws on the sunporch...plus Eddie’s Seafood whose founder created the first stuffed shrimp at Freeman & Harris with those incredible edibles on another sideboard. Back in the foyer, partygoers found Monroe Brown & Co. ready to entertain. Rhett Butler, Scarlett O’Hara, Ashley, and Melanie, plus Mammy repeating It’s not fittin’, it’s just not fitti’ were in character, oozing with Southern charm, and that was just the begining of the incredible eve for SLT.

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At top, above: Gala Sponsors Gail del Corral, Dr. Dudley Talbot, JoAnna & Bob Robinson; some of the “Night of the Stars” committee—cochair Kay Chance, Ann May, treasurer Alice Roberts & Live Auction chair Libby Gleason. Above: Dr. David & Jan Pou and Sybil & Fred Patten, at left, and Silent Auction chair Patricia Davis enjoying a chat with author Dorothy Nance during the memorable eve. At left, from top: Dr. Jorge & Martha Martinez, who were high bidders for the Live Auction’s Wine Tasting party at Ron & Natalie Miciotto’s Fairfield home; SLT Guilder Janet Lindsay flanked by fellow actors Frank Baggett, left, and John Fertitta from The Country Girl cast directed by the legendary John Wray Young during SLT’s 50th Anniversary Season; and singer/songwriter/producer Monroe Brown (Ron Johnson and Leonnas Richardson in background), who entertained all night long singing her rendition of fabulous favs by Ella Fitzgerald to Tina Turner. At right: Jennifer Frierson (high bidder for portrait donated by artist Jean Hundley), her mom Carla Hancock & a handsome portrait of host O. Delton Harrison’s late father. What a gorgeous gala to remember!

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Triple Treat

A Brunch Affair at Henry & Laurice Goodrich’s fabulous digs Celebrating the beauty of opera, symphony and theatre and the perpetuation of each, the day’s host Henry Goodrich, at right, smiles for the camera with Ruth Atkins, former Shreveport Opera president Bob Robinson and Knox Goodman, from left. An autumn affair to remember it was, staged at the stunning Goodrich home in Pierremont with exceptional brunch fare by Danny Beavers & his accommodating staff.

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Hostess of the day Laurice Goodrich in sparkling yellow joined Evelyn Quinn, Katherine Bicknell and Anne Wilson, from left, in the spacious garden room that autumn day. The Triple Brunch is sponsored by the three Shreveport guilds devoted to the advancement of music and drama in the community.

Above: Enjoying the truly beautiful brunch at Henry & Laurice Goodrich’s smashing home are Claudia Oliver, Sylvia Goodman and Ann May. At right are Karen Kennedy and Vicki Franks, Ida Hayden and Martha Talbot and Lottie McGuire and Sue Goff, from top. Below: Vassar Mills, Teeny Houston and Betsy Lunn, left to right, approving the delectable fare that included divine sliced turkey sandwiches, tasty pasta salad, forktender pork loin in fresh-baked rolls and a variety of decadent sweets. Mmmmmm good!!

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Museum Happening

Friends of the Meadows dine at Giuseppe’s

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riends of the Meadows Museum of Art enjoyed impeccable fare created by Executive Chef Giuseppe Brucia, sipped wines (provided by Kevin Hill for the annual dinner meeting), voted on officers and talked about upcoming museum happenings at the museum. Special guests were Robert and Joile Shelton of Lafayette whose collection of Martelé Sterling was shown at Meadoms from last fall. Outgoing Friends of the Meadows prez Mary Virginia Hill was presented a lovely Waterford pitcher for her two years of service, and Sean O’Con assumed the presidential duties. Betty Black and Neil Johnson began their terms as vice-presidents (replacing Rhonda Dossett and Delton Harrison) and Stephanie Crowder assumed the secretarial duties. Frank Pearce received a presentation for his long tenure as treasurer. Later the gala to raise funds for Meadows was held at Ernest’s Orleans with former . Friends president Nell Cahn chairing the very successful benefit. Back in July, the Studio 50 summer show was hanging at Meadows, including art students of legendary artist/teacher Camille HIrsch...among them Beverly Calhoun,

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Artistic Happening

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sk celebrated Shreveport artist Jasmine Morelock Field what has been the most rewarding aspect of her career, and she will probably return quickly with “The best thing I ever did was teach children.” And those classes transpired at Southfield School and C.E. Byrd High School as well as at her home in South Highlands. What names of former art students come to mind? Jasmine answers with an impressive list...artist/children’s book author Bill Joyce, geologist Stafford Comegys, ophthalmologist Bruce Henderson, LSU-S professor Howard Sklar and cardiologist John Hardin. Jasmine Morelock Field was talking to Portfolio over delish tomato soup & tea sandwiches a few days after her showing at The Woman’s Department Club. She was still excited over the beautiful reception that showcased some 30 of her paintings which ran the gamut of techniques and mediums. (Another group of her paintings would hang at Meadows Museum throughout the month of May, she told us.) The phone rang; Jasmine excused herself to answer. It was Susan Berry, one of the almost 300 in attendance at the delightful April 11 artistic reception that featured Jasmine’s incredible paintings. Susan was

excited to have purchased her very first Jasmine Morelock Field that day and was calling to inquire about when to pick it up. “I was kind of unprepared for the people who responded, but it was so nice,” Jasmine admitted, hanging up the phone. She was very happy about the hundreds who were graciously greeted by former WDC president and friend Maredio Bowden that reception afternoon. As Jerry Malone and Gail Russell took turns playing at the club’s handsome grand piano, art lovers of all ages admired the beauty of Jasmine’s work— Turner Art Center’s Bruce Allen & artistic wife Kristi Hanna, Sara Hudson-Pierce, The Meadows Museum’s director/art lecturer Diane Dufilho, Richard Lyles & sister Bambi Trickett, Meadows gallery coordinator Kathy Brodnax, retired LSU-S Librarian Bill McLeary, Bill & Doris Gray, legendary artist Jerry Wray, Minor & Ruth Vinck, Betty Black, Winn & Carolyn Jackson, Houstonian Gene Forsythe, Jim Gardner, Tom Bryson, Ed & Virginia Henderson, Emily Ann Ostendorff, Katherine Erickson and her son Chris Erickson, Betty McDonald and three childhood friends of Jasmine’s daughter Valerie—Gaynell Stacy, Vickie Vickery and March Kingdorf who was in from Mandeville for the lovely artistic occasion.

Artist Jasmine Morelock Field sits beside a painting in the collection of more than thirty that were on display at the Woman’s Deprtment Club several weeks in April. Admiring the colorful work are music therapist Mary Eileen Lassiter and popular Shreveport portrait artist Jean Hundley.

Then there were Tom & Nancy Reinowsk, who helped hang the memorable show! They all admired the paintings throughout the clubhouse and enjoyed going through the artist’s fascinating scrapbooks. They sipped punch and coffee and enjoyed tantalizing tea sandwiches, delicious cheese straws and delectable sweets a la the very talented Vickie Potts! Pouring punch were Ann Gardner, Jean Wilkey and Kay Moore; at the coffee service were Ann Brock, Betsy Lunn, Donna Erickson, Betty Arce-

neaux, Sheila Crumley, Billie Burt, Beverly McGoldrick and Carolyn Gray. Under the tutelage of distinguished Yugoslavian James Pinto, Jasmine graduated cum laude with a Masters of Fine Arts from the very prestigious Instituto de Allende Guanajuato-San Miguel, Mexico. She earned a B.A. from Louisiana State University under graduate professor Conrad Alvrizio as well as a masters degree in painting from Louisiana Tech from Louisiana Tech. — Kay Chance

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hen 98 seniors walked the runway November 10 at Shreveport Convention Center, it was Loyola College Prep’s Parents Association 58th Annual Style Show and Luncheon. Diane Buseick and Kay deBerardinis chaired the stylist event. The 2010 Loyola Seniors modelid fashions from the following fine merchants of Shreveport-Bossier: Cactus Trading, Chez Rivage, Medina, Squires, Pope’s, Rachelli’s, Sue Peyton’s, Zoe’s Closet, SportSpectrum and John Pickens Clothiers. Tickets were purchased from school families or the Loyola Development Office; $25 a ticket in advance and $30 at the door. Corporate tables with seating for eight patrons sold for $700 and jointly sponsored tables for four for $350. There were also three levels of Sponsorships this year: Treasure Chest, $5000; Diamond, $2,500 and Pearl for $1000. These include Premier Seating, VIP admission and Sweepstakes Tickets. These tickets were purchased for $5 from students, from the Development Office or at the door. Sid Potts donated a piece of jewelry, with chances to win $10. This event has been the Parents’ Association’s primary fundraiser since 1952 with proceeds used for financial aid, classroom/lab enrichments and upgrades.


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Gia Kosmitis found her ninche early and has never regretted her decision Story by Kay Chance • Photography by Scot R. Smith/SPS

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wenty years ago, fresh out of LSU School of Law, Gia Kosmitis saw a distinct need, one that few if any of her fellow, just-graduated cohorts even briefly considered a legal road to travel. As she “tried it all—domestic, personal injury, wills and successions,” Kosmitis made up her mind . . . nursing home abuse and/or malpractice there in would be the concentration of her law practice. And she has continuously over the years stood by and upheld several excellent reasons for her decision and her dedication to the cause. Gia Kosmitis was instantaneously offended by what she observed two decades plus ago at several nursing homes. However, she was simultaneously challenged and motivated by those intense observa-

tions. “I am Greek,” announces the forty- law practice of Gia Kosmitis was a onesomething attorney, ”and we do not throw woman show which included long work away our elderly.” weeks, more often than not including SatThat thought understood, Kosmitis urdays, with road trips to various parts of added, excitement building in her voice: Louisiana and sometimes flights to Wash“This is my passion, and today my vision is ington, D.C. Then, out of the blue, nine years ago, to have places (nursing homes and retirement centers) that older people really want a fax came in one afternoon from Shelly to go!” Hebert, a Registered Nurse who holds the She reiterates that “making people feel credentials of both a Rehabilitation Nurse useful and wanted is essential to their well and a Forensic Nurse. She had learned in being,” and quickly followed that premise Dallas the need for RNs in law practices with the fact that several nursing homes in and had seen Kosmitis’ advertising in the this area “do adhere to the right standards.” local telephone directory. She pointed out The Glen’s impressive exHebert was impressed, so called pansion and the giant steps now being Kosmitis and talked with her briefly via taken at Live Oak Retirement Center as phone before sending over her resume. two prime examples. The daughter of retired, long-reIt was a little over a decade that the spected Shreveport police officer Frank Fall 2010/PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE/Page 61


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Cover Story Lopez, she consequently has a built-in affinity for upholding the law. “I wasn’t ‘protected’ from any of my father’s cases,” Hebert inserts, pointing out that her dad was one of the chief investigators in the highly publicized Graham murder case decades ago. Immediately impressed by these credentials, Kosmitis from the get-go wanted Hebert to join the law firm full-time. However, for some time Hebert worked in the law office by day and for the late Dr. George McCormick in the Caddo Coroner’s Office at night. The two women talked with Portfolio several weeks before they were flying to Washington to make their voices heard on staffing requirements in nursing facilities nationwide.“A nursing home will actually

Gia Kosmitis was born and bred in Shreveport, the youngest of three children. Her father sold appliances at Sears and her mother was a stay-at-home mom. Gia’s brother is a dentist and her sister has five degrees. “I knew early on that I wanted to be either a tennis pro or a lawyer,” she admits. A lengthy list of clients are thankful she chose the latter. However, as often as she can, Kosmitis does work a game or so of tennis into her very busy schedule. “I love what I do,” she continues. “I’ve worked this entire week after a five-hour deposition on Saturday. But I love it. I enjoy the challenges and I enjoy the rewards.” That morning she had received a letter of thanks from a client. Most of her clients begin their first visit saying: “I am not one of those people who sue!”

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have 100 residents to one RN who in turn is assisted by two to three LPN’s and perhaps five certified nursing assistants,” Kosmitis explains, and then pointed out the need for more nursing schools in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Shelly Hebert shook her head in agreement. Both insisted that the legal work done And an by the Law Firm of Georgia “Gia” Kosmitis interesting is predominantly against the corporate collection level at the nursing homes. The “profits of over people” mentality needs to change. Clementine When you examine their cost reports you Hunter Giclees. see that nursing homes are extremely profitable in our state despite low reimbursement levels, Kormitis continues. And only a very few cases are actually against health care providers, she quickly emphasizes. It was not until she prosecuted a mal“It’s the Mix, practice case involving the death from unnot the Match” diagnosed stomach cancer of a single mother with three young children that Gia Kosmitis experienced a sort of vocational epithany. Thankfully, she relates, the resultant financial award has provided “a 6505 Line Ave. • Pierremont Common Phone: 318-869-0295 comfortable and fine education” for all three youngsters. The eldest, she announces, We Do Monograming and Repair Lamps & Chandeliers is now in his first year of law school. Page 62/PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE/Fall 2010

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Kosmitis reports with pride that she has only lost one case “in which we got no reward for the client,” and that was mid-career. Ninety percent of her cases are settled out of court. Proud of the progress made in nursing home lidigation over the past eighteen or so years, Kosmitis points out that there was a time that few attorneys throughout the country handled such cases. Now the number is in the hundreds. “Thank goodness,” Kosmitis says, reminding that she most definitey welcomes competition. However, she must admit that most all nursing home related cases go on three to four years “before you see any money.” Seldom is a case not on contingency, Kosmitis adds, but she reiterates that those living in the nursing homes should be protected at all cost. “All of them must get the best of care and business cannot get in the way,” she explains. “ I am never the healthcare provider’s enemy, we are justly on the side of the patient, and I am always looking at the big picture.” That big picture, Kosmitis is quick to relate, is often the result of information given her by Hebert. “She is always able


Cover Story to educate me by telling me what is real and what is practical,” Kosmitis goes on. Consequently, Hebert (who has worked at all the local hospitals) is quickly able to say what happened and how it all affects the case at hand. She knows the standard of care that’s consistent and, of course, is familiar with the realities. “I have always loved being a nurse,” Hebert adds. “Shelly comes with a pool of colleagues who are willing to testify,” Gia Kosmitis continues. “I feel very lucky,” Hebert says, adding “I have a key position here and I do not know of another nurse in the state who does what I do in this law firm.” There are 19 nursing homes in Shreveport-Bossier, definitely a goodly number to keep Gia Kosmitis’practice busy. “I travel the entire state pursuing cases involving starvation, dehydration, bed sores and patients being kept over-medicated,” she explains carefully. “Anyone administering medication needs to know the side-effects of each medication,” Hebert hurriedly inserts. “Nursing is to prevent problems.” Both Kosmitis and Hebert are constantly trying to bring about better standards in the workplace for nurses and better care for nursing home patients. “They go hand-in-hand,” insists Kosmitis, “and who wouldn’t want both? “My goal is for people to understand there are problems but that they have solutions. I am careful to explain what the goal of the litigation is and what is just?” she maps out her strategy in each case. “Change comes through adversity,” Gia Kosmitis reminds, and our lengthy interview closed on that observation.

In the library of her law office on Line Avenue, Gia Kosmitis goes over important facts with RN Shelly Hebert who now works fulltime in the Shreveport practice, which concentrates on nursing home abuse and malpractice. (Photography by Scot R. Smith/SPS)

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BeaBenefit Beauty CiS BeatleMania (Continued from page 49) Benefitting Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC), the 15th fundraising spectacular also featured Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sponsored by The Anderson Family, Bed Peace (Crow Interests) and Lucy in the Sky featuring Clarkes Jewelers. Partygoers danced to the great sounds of The Eggmen of Austin,

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Sorbet, a medley of tropical fruits was next; then diners chose Sole Florentino Papier or the Veal Chopped Tuscano. Dinner ended with a medley of raspberries, blackberries & blueberries and homemade sauvignon. Delish. Soloists Nancy Carey and Kasi Kimball, accompanied by the Bistro’s pianist Ruben Reyes, sang a delightful selection of Christmas music from Ave Maria to O Christmas! Among those enjoying the second annual culinary event: Hal Sutton, Bob & Linda Nowery, Steven Schoonover,

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The Culinary Scene Home-Owned Restaurants... (Continued from page 36) A third generation dedicated to good food, Rocky Cascio is definitely enjoying his Cascio Market Bistro, between Airline Dr. and Benton Rd. in Bossier City. Rocky remembers fondly being with his grandfather Salvatore Cascio at his grocery store established in the 1950s on Barksdale Blvd., as well as working as a teen at the grocery his father revamped and expanded in the 1960s. There was time spent traveling in Italy and then Rocky began working for Counter Culture, subsequently becoming its founder Jan Middleton’s first franchise and continuing it for five years. During that time he was in Kansas City, Missouri visiting an Italian grocery where people dined evenings, and that experience convinced him to open Cascio’s Market Bistro. Today lunch is served there; orders are picked up at the convenient drive-thru window. For lunch: Soups, Salads, Burgers, Specialty Sandwiches, Paninis, Pasta (Chicken Pesto Tortellini is No. 1) and Pizza are served. Dinner features Angus Beef Steaks—Ribeyes, Filets & Strips, with stuffed potato or rice, a vegetable, salad, dinner roll and a tantalizing dessert! There are cut-to-order Boar’s Head meats, Cascio’s homemade Italian Sausage and a wide variety of cheeses to entice you in the deli as well as olive oils, fresh tomatoes, breads, pickles, Roland Sea Salt, Polenta Cornmeal and

Cocina Artichoke Hearts. Cascio’s Market Bistro seats 80 at lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Vince’s South Port on E. Bert Kouns is a class act, and its owner Vince Lanoue & operating manager Bill Johnson are pleased as can be. Darrell Ballentine, operating partner of 12-year-old Vince’s North Port trained the kitchen staff at South Port, which is open to serve you for lunch & dinner 7 days a week. Between Willis Knighton Pierremont & Christus Schumpert Highland, South Port has All-YouCan-Eat Catfish and seafood fried, broiled, blackened and grilled. Yet there are also excellent ribeye steaks, which Vince is quick to announce, are aged for 28 days! Sunday Specials at Vince’s are “a little more upscale,” points out Johnson, and the variety usually includes carved turkey, roast beef, freid chicken and pork tenderloin with all the trimmings and very reasonably priced.

Above: Vince Lanoue & Bill Johnson stand before the handsome fireplace at Vince’s South Port. At right: Lance Hauth poses behind the busy counter at his Oyster Bar & Grill. Below: In Ralph & Kacoo’s Mardi Gras Room, Eddie Anderson, Event Coordinator Jimi Lindgren, restaurant/ marketing manager Deborah Falardeau and R&K’s GM Leslie Sisson, from left.

Though they both had the best of intentions to continue the 38-year-old traditiion established by Kon Tiki’s Chuck Wing Joe, brothers Pancho & Jorge Trejo are now serving only Mexican fare at their Trejos on Youree Dr. But it’s all upscale, the family’s best dishes, they both insist. The bamboo-accented dining rooms are decorated with bright colors, pinatas, sarapes and sombreros. True, some loyal fans did (Continued on page 69)

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ony Villa recommended Beanchiladas, one of his popular Tacomania’s fortyseven specialty items, and it proved be an excellent suggestion for my fussy tastebuds. The two enchiladas (your choice of chicken or ground beef) are topped with bean sauce, sour cream, grilled onions and

Jalapenos. Plus they share the colorful plate with a crisp green salad. Very, very tasty. During my brief wait, Tony’s pretty sister (and his partner) Maria came from the kitchen, carrying steaming hot plates of still other specialty items. She hugged each of three luncheongoers after setting their

lunches before them, then dropped by several other tables to say “hello.” Maria and Tony want their customers to enjoy each and every visit and always make sure they do. Tacomania, aside from serving “unique” and “fresh” fare from South of the Border (and specifically that’s Mexico City), is proud

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They Made A Difference! Linda McKaskle Pedro lost her courageous eightyear battle with cancer on October 11, 2008, two months after a surprise birthday party in her honor at Chianti. A devoted wife to her husband Sammy, caring mother to daughters Linda Pedro Susan and Stephanie and loving grandmother to Julia and Taylor, Linda was tiny in statue but had a huge heart, a passion for life, a unique understanding and a remarkable spirit. Linda’s volunteer work was phenomenal, ranging from president of SLT’s Guild and chair of its 2008 Night of the Stars to secretary, then treasurer of Woman’s Department Club and she was instrumental in putting the chair lift in its clubhouse. She was Maintenance chair of Symphony Guild and a loyal supporter of its Thrift Shop. She served as Hospitality chair for the Opera Guild and its annual Les Boutiques de Noel. Linda was also secretary of the Bossier High Alumni and was looking forward to her 50th Class Reunion. She served as presidednt of Quota Club of S’port & with Sammy attended the Quota International Convention in California. It’s no wonder that Linda received a number of awards, including the SLT Guild’s John Wray Young Award, Symphony Guild’s Eleanor Colquitt, Opera Guild’s Beverly Sills and Little Theatre Board’s President’s Award. She will long be missed by many.

of its excellent service and true concern for the health and well-being of each and every customer. “We never use lard, we use the smallest amount of vegetable oil possible, all our meats are grilled and our ingredients are always fresh,” Tony assures. Tony Villa came to Shreveport in 1981 from beautiful Mexico City, via several years working in California restaurants. It was not long before Cadillac Grill (now Superior Grill) was opening on Line , and for several years after that Tony served on the highly successful eatery’s management team. His sister Maria (who practiced law in Mexico City) joined him in Shreveport during the early 1980s, and the two of them began the original Tacomania, A Mexico City Cantina a few blocks west on Kings Highway. With no exaggeration, it became an overnight success on the local eating out scene, and Tony is quick to give credit to The Times, Portfolio and Forum for “putting us on the map.” That publicity certainly helped the momentum but the fine food and impeccable service, stories would not have been written and photos never snapped.

Christmas in the Sky 2008 and 2010 just weren’t the same without Jim Williams at a grand piano entertaining the crowd. He also yearly donated his talent to Les Boutiques de Noel and Little Theatre Guild’s membership luncheon and Jim Williams “gave himself” for countless Silent Auction in his 30-plus local career. During that time his piano artistry was appreciated at Krock O’ Cheese, Suzybelle’s, Cross Lake Inn, Chianti, The Cambridge, Fairfield Place, Fertitta’s, the “University Club & his own Jim Williams Bistro where he played piano and was chef. Jim died of pneumonia April 14, two days after his 70th birthday. A celebration of his life was held at St. Mark’s Cathedral with a reception afterwards at Olive Street, the last place that he entertained. Baptized James Williams Katz, his incredible talent was first realized when he was only five years old. With his parents and two sisters as witnesses, he listened to a classical piece on the radio, walked over to the piano and played it perfectly, note by note. “We were astounded,” remebers big sis Norma, today a noted watercolorist in New Orleans. Jim is survived also by his daughter Kirsten Katz (who now lives in Shreveport and is working in cancer research at LSUHS Center) and his other sister Phyllis of Memphis.

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Today things are running beautifully, inside and out of Tacomania, and there is a strong possibility that franchising might come soon. “We are still the mama and papa restaurant and we are still ourselves, not ever imitating anyone yet giving our nice clientele good choices. But we would love to franchise sometimes in the future, especially in Bossier City,” Tony continues. “The good, fresh food is thanks to my sister Maria, who spends much of her time in the kitchen, making sure things run smoothly and that the food is always consistent,” he adds. At interview time they were both looking forward to the bar’s renovation. The cantina’s margaritas, according to many, are awesome and very probably the best in the River Cities. Though Tacomaniacs (the waitstaff wears tee shirts imprinted with the word) can enjoy anything on the big menu in the lounge, Tony and Maria also offer an outstanding list of appetizers—Queso Asado Billy served in a hot skillet and Mexican Pizza perhaps the most popular of all. At left: Loyal Tacomania customers include Betty Segall, her daughter Suzee Robison and her grandson Bryan Robison (who now lives in Austin). Below: Stephen and Deborah Roberts frequent Tony’s and Maria’s popular Tacomania at both lunch and dinnertime. Also seen in the colorful dining room the day of the photo shoot were several docs from LSU Medical Center, including Mark Havekor, Jason Rigemen and Doug Milton, all three regulars at the E. Kings eatery. (Photos by Kay Chance)


The Culinary Scene Home-Owned Restaurants (Continued from page 66) not want Kon Tiki to become history, yet that group never included Chuck himself, and he dropped by Trejos on a weekday to talk about it. “Cooking is cooking,” he began, reminding that fresh ingredients are the making of all good food, regardless of the origin. Jorge Trejo jumped in, assuring that Trejos makes everything from scratch...beans, rice, ground beef, hot sauce and guacamole. “Plus we always shred our own cheese,” added the Trejo brother. Pancho Trejo continued by saying, “Chuck has handed us more than a building; he has given us memories. We always want him to be in the picture. We are friends so we don’t ever want to disappoint him.” Open on Sundays, Trejos is doing all kinds of catering and having parties on site as well. Towne Oak Square is the upscale address of Lance Hauth’s super popular Oyster Bar & Grill facing Line Avenue. Although the Oyster Bar serves

oysters every way imaginable: on the halfshell, mesquite grilled, angels, barbecued, fried, oysters champagne and combos, there are also more enticing items on the big menu. Lance, former owner of Podnuh’s, and the one who brought the BBQ haven to this area, is as adept at Marketing & PR as he is in food service & management. Hence, the packed house at Oyster Bar just about any time, day or night. Drinks are as good as the wide variety of food, and Lance offers a most unique appetizer menu, perfect for Happy Hour, and it runs the gamut from Papa Skins to Lucky Bread. And we must elaborate after the Gulf oil crisis that Hauth is making certain all oysters served at the Oyster Bar are of the highest quality and are in no danger whatsoever to the consumer. He guarantees it so enjoy the bivalve at his busy Oyster Bar anytime during any given day of the month. Ralph & Kacoo’s on Barksdale continues to carry on (Continued on page 70)

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Above: Kon Tiki’s Chuck Wing Joe poses with Trejo Brothers Pancho & Jorge in front of Trejos on Youree Dr. At right: Standing in the lounge area of their Shogun Steakhouse & Sushi Bar on East 70th St. are Charlie and Kay Kang—she’s at that Shogun location each night while Charlie runs Bossier’s Shogun. Below: At his busy Cascio’s Market Bistro on Shed Rd., Rocky Cascio carries on the family tradition his grandfather began in the 1950s on Barksdale.

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Thanasi “Tom” Triperinas, above, at the window into the elegant dining room at Yeero, Yeero! is upstaged by three of the most popular appetizers on the menu. Below: Danh’s Garden proprietor Hiep Danh with his wife Thoa Bui and their young son Minh at the restaurant’s counter.

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mother’s Mississippi kitchen, helping her make chicken & dumplings, cornbread muffins and dozens upon dozens of cookies. Today, the memories are ever so fond, and Mama’s Chicken Salad is one of the favorites at parties he caters. “I have also learned a lot over the years from the Food Network,” Chuck tells us as we chatted mid-afternoon out front of his catering facility across from KTBS, Channel 3 TV. It has been 14 years since Chuck Ashley arrived in Shreveport-Bossier from Mississippi, working at Palmetto Country Club, then as a partner in the restaurant at The Remington Suites. Currently, he stays busy with catering and the take-outs abundant in the large refrigerators on Kings Hwy. Make no mistake about it: Chuck puts on a memorable party. Don’t expect a set menu; he doesn’t have one. Each party’s a special event...like the Sunday Brunch Chuck dressed out his staff in choir robes and they sang gospel music while serving the guests! There was a Wedding & Reception for 500 staged in a cow pasture as well as a spectacular fundraiser, a BBQ picnic in Longview, with bales of hay for seating at the tables! SRAC’s Johnny Appleseed event was all about apples, and Chuck reminds he gives discounts to non-profits! At the front steps fragrant mint permeates the air as lunchgoers arrive at Cafe Pierremont. Inside sunflowers (Continued on page 73)

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Guests at 2Johns enjoy phenomenal cuisine with impeccable service and exquisite atmosphere. Open for dinner only, 2Johns has two Happy Hours. The cuisine is served in the dining room, the upscale piano bar (where James Pendley often entertains) or on the attractive patio. Discriminating palates heartily approve the fare at 2Johns, and we prophesy that you will, too. It’s a fact: Gerald Savoie is the most diversified restaurant owner in town. When he established his first local eatery called The Shrimp Boat, Gerald built it himself, poured the parking lot and did the cooking. Then fellow South Louisianian Dudley Vallot came on board and they enjoyed 10 years of success as Dudley & Gerald’s, after which the eatery became Gerald Savoie’s and soon catering moved to a large building across East 70th. Chef (Continued on page 76)

At right: The super creative Chuck Ashley is SRAC’s “main man” when it comes to catering but he and his talented staff also keep an impressive multitude of food afficiandos happy as can be with innovative casseroles, an array of salads and awesome cakes and pies. Chuck’s Smokehouse 301 has Slow Smoked beef and sausage sandwiches, poboys, ribs and burgers, top; Salvadore Flores and his brother Alfonso have opened their 4th store, The Ranchera, on Youree. The brothers offer customers an excellent meat market, many products from Mexico including hand-tooled cowboys boots & matching belts and a huge selection of pinatas! Below: The Cub Restaurant’s Roger Wilbanks goes over the biz with headwaiter Brad Victory at the popular 20year-old steakhouse.

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he biggest crowd ever—more than 10,000—enjoyed Shreveport Opera Guild’s 35th Les Boutiques de Noel’s three-day shopping extravaganza. “It was a record,” excitedly reported overall chair Maria Casten. Shoppers heartily approved the 90 exhibitors (127 booths) and the incredible variety cochairs Karen Bryant and Jennifer Beason had put together. Designer Marc Marcussen did still another spectacular job, creating memorable holiday settings throughout the lobby for “A Williamsburg Christmas.” Sid Potts was Gala Sponsor while others generously adding to the eve were Chesapeake Energy, Mary Smith & I.M.A. Inc., Wachovia Securities, Bobbie Hicks, KTBS Channel 3 and Forum/City Life. Those in attendance at the Preview Party, chaired by Melinda Kent, were in for a culinary treat...awe-some party fare, thanks to restaurateur David Alvis & his superb Texas St. Steakhouse. The cocktail buffet was diversified, delightfully delicious and included marinated crabclaws, sliced ribeye, au gratins, stuffed At right: The Dressing Room of Marshall had one of Boutiques ’09’s most appealing booths. Owners Dottie Dillard & daughter Julie stand amid some of the ladies’ clothing, shoes & handbags. At The Dressing Room fashion statements are made daily!

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The Culinary Scene scene Home-Owned Restaurants (Continued from page 73) David Stoddard and three longtime cooks at Gerald Savoie’s Cajun eateries keep the culinary momentum going. Seafood and steaks at their finest are served, outstanding salads and gumbo and, of course, the crawfish are awesome, according to many “the best in the River Cities.” Today the restaurant’s open during crawfish seasons as well as for special events. Catering continues across East 70th for parties of all sizes. The Original Monjunis on Louisiana, owned & operated by the industrious Rosso Family, serves exceptional Italian fare in one of Shreveport’s most historic neighbors. Beautifully landscaped outside, a culinary jewel inside, Monjunis Cafe & Grocery has been in the capable hands of Judy Rosso

since her son Jimmy and wife Leslie took the popular eatery to Baton Rouge several years ago. Ms. Rosso is Monjunis’ executive chef and its talented landscape architect. You’ll not find better Lasagna anywhere and that holds true for Spaghetti & Meatballs (both made from recipes of Jimmy’s late paternal grandmother Camille Rosso). Many Monjunis “regulars” also rave about the Shrimp Toast, Curried Chicken Salad, Italian Salad, Poboys and Muffalettas. Judy Rosso also offers customers an excellent selection of grocery items, makes the most appealing gift baskets on the planet, fills dozens upon dozens of pick-up orders weekly and does lots of catering. A fine dining ristorante long applauded for its incredible cuisine is Chianti on Line Avenue. Owned by Enrico Giacalone, the exceptional restaurant has a host of devoted admirers who

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day, he prefers preparing shrimp in the kitchen at Danh’s Garden! The restaurant’s open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 till 9, and Hiep offers an outstanding menu featuring Vietnamese and Thai dishes—the most popular Vietnamese the Noodle Soup (a spoon and fork are needed to enjoy it!). Spicy Thai dishes popular there...Basil Chicken and Coconut Shrimp, and Hiep Danh is proud of his catfish and tilapia entrees. Seating is for 180 and the spacious eatery is available for private parties. “Children are always welcome here,” Hiep inserted, as the interview came to a close. There are two Giacalone Brothers pleasing palates in Bossier City—Claudio, the gracious host and Giovonni, the talented chef. Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner and Saturday for dinner only, L’Italiano has a wonderful menu that stars

Below: Richard Taylor & his wife Tracy in the midst of their eclectic Monjunis at Portico, owned & operated by the Taylor Family since 1995; Gerald Savoie with his manager Josh stand in the entrance of the casual dining room where countless boiled crawfish are enjoyed; Barbara Landman at the busy counter of her popular Cafe Pierremont, top, Judy Rosso carries on the family tradition at Monjunis on La. Avenue; and Real Pickle’s Joey & Joe Monsour can boast over 1000 in their Beer Club.

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The Culinary Scene excellent Italian dishes, an impressive wine list and impeccable service. Guests are treated to beautiful music—operatic and Broadway tunes alike, and often Claudio (who sings in the chorus of local opera productions) will sing along. On the walls throughout L’Italiano are paintings by local artists (most are for sale) and customer signatures accompanied by interesting greetings which make for entertaining reading. A sign on the wall behind the front counter at Monjunis at Portico suggests: “Take home some lasagna,” countless clusters of grapes hang from the ceiling and red & white checkered tablecloths drape the tables. Owned & operated by the Richard Taylor Family, the quaint restaurant out Youree is open 7 days & 7 nights a week, the only Monjunis with such a schedule. Richard Taylor & his wife Tracy share responsibilities with son-in-law Todd Mitchell (GM) and daughter Brooke, along with other daughter LSUS student Paige, who bakes the cakes in-house, including the divine Italian Creme Cakes. Richard is quick to give credit also to his extended restaurant family—Irma Taylor (kitchen manager), Augustine Miles and Gloria Jefferson. “We’ve basically had the same menu for the past decade,” Richard continued, “but we add new items from time to time.” Two such additions: Little Sicily and the Eggplant Pirogue. From 3 ’til 7 daily Monjunis at Portico offers 2-for-1 House Wine. And you can follow Monjunis @Twitter.com/monjunis for weekly specials. There is also a drive-thru window! Just call 318.797.9999 and your order will be ready when you drive thru. Charlie Kang stood at the computer in his Shogun Steakhouse & Sushi Bar in Bossier checking out several to-go orders, making sure each was perfect. Hanging on the wall above his head is The Times award for “Best Japanese Restaurant” in the River Cities. Charlie is proud to be so honored.

One of the 25 employees (7 are chefs), Jacob Thompson is bringing out still more orders to be picked up, and then walks over to the Sushi Bar to serve four “regulars” for their mid-week Ahi Tower Sushi—tuna, crab, avocado and rice. “It’s the only sushi we will eat,” speaks up Derek Ellis who with his wife Tina and Josh & Raelynn Adcock “discovered” the Sushi favorite at Shogun in Shreveport.. However, they now only eat the fav sushi in Bossier...after swimming, biking or running (often at Cypress Lake). Jacob placed a large bowl of fortune cookies on the table as they enjoyed the sushi. Charlie keeps the Bossier store (he designed the attractive free-standing building himself) running smoothly, and his wife Kay makes sure everything is just right at the Shreveport store on East 70th. There is a varied menu at both...Teriyaki chicken and Samurai Steak to the Seafood Combo, Surf & Turf to the shogun Special (lobster, shrimp & Atlantic salmon) to Shogun’s super colossal Triple Seafood Platter (lobster, filet mignon and Teriyaki Chicken). Charlie is happy about Shogun’s popularity and that daughter Angela (a theatre major at NSU in Natchitoches) “grew up” at Shogun on East 70th. The Greek restaurant Yeero! Yeero! on Youree was founded by the industrious Thanasi “Tom” Triperianos as just a drivethru 12 years ago, and Tom liked it like that. However, in 2005 he changed his mind and added one of the most elegant, intimate dining rooms in the River Cities. “I wanted a little cozy place, more elegant than cozy,” Tom quickly explained. You can be sure that almost every Greek god and godness from Hermes and Zeus to Achilles and Aphrodite are represented. Tom is also proud of a huge collection of his gold and silver Greek coins on display. The handsome ceiling is made of metal tiles from Greece while fine furnishings in the room, including a dramatic chandelier, work together to create an incredible setting.

Now the only Greek restaurant in Shreveport, Yeero! Yeero! proudly serves a variety of Appetizers, including Tzatziki, Dolmades Combo and Oven Roasted Potatoes “Greek Style.” There’s a choice of Greek, Athenian or Caesar Salad, and the Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup is a huge favorite. According to Yeero! Yeero!’s hardworking owner Tom, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a big, big seller, and many regular customers order the Greek Sampler or Lamb Chops in the Pot. Both are exceptional Deli Tini is the cozy little cafe that MiLea Casten opened in March on Kings Highway. Down the busy food corridor from her dad George Casten’s long popular George’s Grill, the deli is outfitted with stainless tables, that are surrounded by lemon yellow chairs. It is open serving sandwiches, salads & soups from 11am-3pm Monday-Friday and 11am-2pm Saturdays. MiLea offers Signature Sandwiches cleverly named for relatives, friends and her friendly landlord Edward Nader who regularly and enthusiastically recommends Deli Tini to others. Wraps are also on the menu, as are paninis, homemade potato salad, seasonal fruit and fresh baked cakes. Having been involved in the mortgage finance business for 15 years, MiLea is quick to adit that she really always wanted to have her own cafe. And those who have lunched with her at Deli Tini are glad she followed her dream. Of course, she had done quite a bit of catering so few who know her were surprised when Deli Tini opened its doors. She like her dad is often in the kitchen, preparing orders. Though he had mixed feeling at first, George Casten now is proud as can be about his daughter’s success. Co-owned and operated by Zoran Tomic & Chef Weston McElwee for going on three years now, Bella Fresca is one of this area’s most appealing & sophisticated fine dining restaurants. The decor is truly (Continued on next page)

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Above: MiLea Casten stands in Deli Tini on KIngs beneath her cafe’s fetching fleur de lis logo.

chic...blond charis and tables, booths upholstered in blue and wonderful whimsical artwork by noted artist Henry Goodrich. Indeed, a culinary adventure beckons discriminating palates at the little eatery on Line. There’s an interesting selection of Cheese & Charcuterie from the USA, Italy, France, Sicily and the Netherlands as well as a wide selection of soups and salads. Enticing entrees at dinner include Grilled Angus Filet MIgnon, Veal Scallopini over Crabmeat Risotto, Herb-Crusted Trout and Homemade Fettuccini with Shrimp in a Crabmeat Alfredo Sauce. They also have an impressive wine list. Open six days a week, Bella Fresca has Happy Hour (at the bar) 4 till 7 M-F...on Mondays HH continues all night long. Breakfast served anytime—omelets to a breakfast sandwich and lunch are now served at Cakes on Youree Restaurant & Bakery, a division of 16-year-old My Pastry Chef in Bossier City. It’s all evolved because of the very talented, incredibly enthusiastic Lora Silva who has proven beyond doubt that a New Jersey native can indeed become a true Southern Belle. Lora passed the test with flying colors, baking awesome, award-winning wedding

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cakes and custom decorated cakes featured in People magazine, and is happy her daughter enjoys baking and cooking and is an integral part of Cakes on Youree. They have made a name for themselves with their King Cakes plus birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, pies and desserts. So what’s on the menu for lunch at Cakes on Youree? The Spinach Salad (with or without grilled chicken) is drizzled with the Signature House Dressing while the House Salad with a scoop of Lora’s amazing Chicken Salad make ordering difficult. “All sandwiches are served on our homemade bread,” Lora announced, “and I’ll put our Italian Sausage PoBoy up against anybody’s.” There’s a Soup of the Day and a Daily Special and remember private rooms are available for luncheons, business meetings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and after hours events with advanced notice. Dayle and Sam George laughingly say that Deli Casino was the first casino in Shreveport-Bossier but it’s true. The little sandwich shoppe seating 40 “where you always win” dates back to 1979. It’s decorated with clubs, diamonds, hearts & spades and features a menu that includes a Player’s Choice, One Armed Bandit and Gambler, among other George creations. It all started in a grocery store on Line Avenue where they made sandwiches for sale and did they ever please! So it wasn’t long till someone told them about the little building where they are today. “We’ve always liked the smallness of this place,” Dayle said, handing a sandwich over to Sam. He takes the orders from customers on arrival and also makes the old-fashioned maltsand cuts the fresh apple pie served with a scoop of ice cream! “We’re a healthy place to eat,” Dayle reminds. “All meat is 90 percent fat free and not greasy and people seem to really enjoy our oil and lemon dressing.” The Georges are now open six days a week (10:30am till 3pm) and declare that they will never ever retire!

For a solid week, Bistro To Go gave away every delectable morsel to all customers who walked through the door on Lassus Street. It was owner/chef J.B. Emery’s way of making certain the food was impeccable at the new eatery and it worked beautifully. Now serving lunch Monday-Friday, the bistro has numerous market Items available and does exceptional catering. Right off Line, Bistro To Go is the energetic chef’s brain child. Emery (who gives credit for his cooking expertise to his grandmother Nee Nee) and co-owners Mark Wright and Monty Montelbalma continue to stress featured items—awesome chicken pot pie, fork-tender pot roast, gumbo, homemade Natchitoches Meat Pies, delectable salads and a daily soup special. The Bistro is also a great place to have a holiday or office party!

Above: Owner/Chef J.B. Emery flanked by co-owners Mark Wright & Monty Montelbamo, in the Bistro To Go kitchen. Below: Zoran Tomic & Chef Weston McElwee make a great team at Bella Fresca where fine cuisine & impeccable service are key ingredients.

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The Pynes Family invites you to breakfast, brunch and lunch on Line Avenue seven days a week.

ip a Mimosa or Bloody Mary, savor an Irish Coffee or Hot Chocolate. Excite your palate with Another Broken Egg Cafe Omelette—Shrimp Florentine, Smoked Salmon, Lobster et Fromage or The Mardi Gras. Maybe one of the Signature Benedicts is the dish for you...the all-time favorite Eggs Benedict or one of the other six poached beauties. Or you might want to treat your tastebuds to the Chef’s Quiche Creation of the Day! At Shreveport’s Another Broken Egg Cafe...The Lucky 13th in Towne Oak Square, there are also awesome pancakes, outstanding brunches, bodacious burgers, very special sandwiches and sensational salads. The Baked Brie, Biscuit Beignets, Blackberry Grits, Gourmet Muffins and Monster Cinnamon Rolls are all extremely popular with countless regular customers at the new cafe on Line. Another Broken Egg Cafe excitement broke out here after a four-and-a-half-month construction job by McInnis Brothers, following guidelines set up by founder Ron Green. He did a major renovation on a 1908 summer home in Old Metairie, turning it into

the first Egg anyplace. It was the enterprising Pynes Family—Ray Pynes Sr. and his wife Lynn Dell and their son and daughter Ray Jr. and Lacy who all moved to town from their home in Leesville to open Shreveport’s Another Broken Egg Cafe, Line at Pierremont. It’s really quite a story, very probably the only such family to join the ranks of restaurateuring in this area. Today the family led by Ray Jr. and his sister Lacy are proudly serving breakfast, brunch and lunch daily, using the menu established at that very first Another Broken Egg across the causeway from The City That Care Forgot. But the Pynes Family was not introduced to Another Broken Egg there. Often vacationing in Destin, it was in the Sunshine State that they first enjoyed Egg’s intriguing concept & its outstanding fare. Maybe it was his hours following retirement on the golf course or maybe fond memories of a little restaurant he owned as a young man, but Ray Sr. couldn’t stop thinking about being involved with a family-owned Another Broken Egg Cafe, preferably in Shreveport. So the local location search

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Lacy Pynes and her big brother Ray Pynes stand beneath the rooster logo at Shreveport’s Another Broken Egg Cafe in Towne Oak Square.

began, and the Pynes Family’s move to this area came to pass. Today the family plus a staff of 12 are pleasing palates seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Lacy and Ray Jr. cook on the line, she is the official greeter and they share the responsibilities. Their parents drop by often, ready to help where they are needed. Kitchen manager James Laar offers a Quiche of the Day

and Soup of the Day; otherwise the menu at the local Egg is identical to the other 12 ’round the Southland. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. daily; brunch is available 10 a.m. ’til 2 p.m. “But you can order anything anytime,” reminded Lacy, who was planning her October 2 wedding to electrical engineer Kyle Galligan at First United Methodist’s Couch Chapel at interview time. — Kay Chance

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