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Board President Semmes Walmsley, Gala Chair and Board Member Joy Okoro and Executive Director Curry Smith for The Young Leadership Council’s “Role Model Gala.”



on the cover

Consisting of 25 business, community and civic leaders, the Young Leadership Council will honor their 2015 Role Model class at the 29th annual “Role Model Awards Gala� on Saturday, September 12 at the Hyatt Regency. Since 1986, each year the YLC has selected 25 New Orleanians who have distinguished themselves by actively contributing to the betterment of the region, while serving as an example to the community at large. The black-tie event will begin with a Patron Party at 6 p.m. at 8 Block Restaurant. The gala will begin immediately afterward at 7 p.m. in the Empire Ballroom. The formal presentation of the 2015 Role Models will be followed by dinner, and Board Member and Chair Joy Okoro encourages guests to remain in the ballroom for the After Party, which will feature dancing and entertainment. Board President Semmes Walmsley and Executive Director Curry Smith urge you to buy your tickets in advance for both the gala ($200) and the After Party ($50); and tickets can be purchased online at n

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to YLC Development Director Caitlin Rudin for her invaluable assistance. | 1


features 24 A Vintage Party for Modern Healthcare Children’s Hospital fêtes its 60th birthday with a

throwback celebration.

26 Transforming Health Care Daughters of Charity Foundation New Orleans

celebrates 180 years of service.

28 Reeling With Inspiration

The New Orleans Film Society honors the art of film.

30 Year of the Goat


Edible Schoolyard NOLA presents the Dreamkeeper Garden.

32 School Is Cool

City Year’s annual gala raises funds to give kids what they need to rule at school.

34 And They’re Off!

“Downton Abbey” meets derby when WYES “Goes to the Races.”

36 Dancing to the Stars

The Men and Women of Fashion show their continued support of NOBA.

38 Exemplary Examples

The annual “Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala” honors regional donors, entrepreneurs and businessminded students.

40 Life Support


Catholic Charities’ annual “Jazz Brunch” provides support for the ACCESS program.

42 Around the World

LCM’s”Children’s World Fair” highlights cultural diversity in the STEM fields.

45 St. Charles Avenue Weddings Rhame – Porrharst

Bart –Goehring Heumann –Saporito Crabtree – Rodgers Elkins –Newcomer Gunn –Eustis Zanone – Suquet by Mallory Lindsly

55 Defining a Neighborhood Metairie Road Shopping & More

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by Kelcy Wilburn

61 St. Charles Avenue’s Guide to Entertaining

by Mirella Cameran



in every issue 10 Editors’ Note 12 Artful Minds Poydras Home and NOMA connect to help those

with dementia.

14 Splish Splash Water parks within reach 16 Southern Glow Saving Face: Keeping your face on despite the situation 18 What’s Hot Sports & Swim 20 On the Menu


Cold Comforts: Chef Daniel Volponi of Ursa Major shares his refreshing Soba Noodle Salad.

22 The Dish

Winging It: Trying out new places and tastes

66 Entertaining with Bev

Bahamas Dream Come True: Win McMurray and Evans White met, became engaged and were married at Old Fort Bay

68 Young Bloods

The Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association: Co-Chairs Summer Duperon and Torry Dean

70 Student Activist


Alexander Christian Lucas – Brother Martin High School

72 Shop Talk

Ramsey Sims: Owner, I Do Bridal Couture

73 Shop Talk

Dr. Kamran Khoobehi: Owner and Chief Physician, Khoobehi & Associates

76 Snapshots 78 School Days 85 OnStage Performance Calendar 88 Nostalgia History Ahoy: Hunting for the truth and treasure of

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Pirates Alley | 5

New Orleans’ definitive social magazine august 2015 / Volume 20 / Issue 3

Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Sarah George contributing editor Mirella Cameran Beauty Columnist Lorin Gaudin Society Columnist Marilee Hovet Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson Associate Editor Melanie Warner Spencer web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout interns Lani Griffiths and Morgan Heuer advertising vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan sales manager Brittany Brady (504) 830-7248,

Account Executive Erin Duhe (504) 830-7226,

Production/Web Manager Staci McCarty Production DesignerS Ali Sullivan, Monique Di Pietro, Claire Geary traffic coordinator Jess DeBold Administration Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND EVENTS Cheryl Lemoine Distribution Manager John Holzer Subscriptions Sara Kelemencky (504) 830-7231 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Denise Dean

A Publication of Renaissance Publishing, LLC Printed in USA 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 123 Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 828-1380 The entire contents of this magazine are copyrighted by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, © 2015 with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. St. Charles Avenue is not responsible for photos or artwork and assumes that all releases have been cleared upon submission to the magazine. St. Charles Avenue is published monthly by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 123, Metairie, La. 70005, (504) 828-1380. Subscription rate: one year $17.95, two year $31, three year $43 — foreign rates vary call for pricing. It is the policy of this magazine to employ people on the basis of their qualifications and with assurance of equal opportunity and treatment regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or handicap.

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Meet our sales team Colleen Monaghan Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan is a seventh-generation New Orleanian and member of the Mayflower Society who passionately loves her city. She is an alumna of the University of New Orleans and has more than 30 years of experience in both the nonprofit sector and publishing. She enjoys art collecting, traveling the world and has been known to organize fabulous events both for herself and many charities in the New Orleans and San Francisco areas. You can reach Colleen by calling 830-7215 or emailing

Brittany Brady Sales Manager

Brittany Brady was born in the deep South of Mississippi and has led a nomadic lifestyle ever since. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business Administration, she migrated to New Orleans and is currently residing in the Warehouse District. In addition to being a part of the St. Charles Avenue team, she enjoys being involved in the city’s music scene, craft cocktails, being an eccentric “foodcentric,” having more knowledge of the NBA than the average male and learning from people of all walks of life. You can reach Brittany by calling 830-7248 or emailing

Erin Duhe Account Executive

Born and raised in the heart of New Orleans, Erin Duhe embraces all of the qualities that make this city special. She is an active member of the New Orleans social scene and a professional at wining and dining. After graduating from St. Mary’s Dominican High School, she followed her educational path to Louisiana State University and earned a degree in Business. She can be found at almost all festivals and loves reading a good non-fiction book, and aspires to become a master at Pilates – to offset finding the best restaurants. You can reach Erin by calling 830-7226 or at Erin@

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Editors’ Note

Celebration & Service The Young Leadership Council has raised over $25 million for projects in the New Orleans area since 1986, and we’re thrilled to have them on our August cover! Thanks to Executive Director Curry Smith, Board President Semmes Walmsley and Gala Chair and Board Member Joy Okoro for gracing our cover this month! Each year the YLC chooses 25 Role Models who have actively contributed to the betterment of their city and have been examples to the YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large. The black-tie gala will take place September 12 and will feature a presentation of the 2015 Role Model Class, followed by dinner and musical entertainment. There will be an after party reception at a lower price so that all who want to attend will be able to. Please call Caitlin Rudin at 585-1198 to learn more. Associated Hearing has a very special group of doctors who take time to get to know their customers and their listening lifestyles so they can create a customized hearing plan for each person. Their motto is, “trusted providers, trusted friends,” so call them today at 833-4327 or in Covington at (985) 249-5225 so they can get to know you! Many of our families, including mine, have their final resting place at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral

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Home and Cemeteries. It is a beautiful place, with majestic oaks and incredible historic statuary. They not only serve families compassionately, but they’ve also designed free outreach programs to honor those who serve and to comfort those who grieve through their Dignity Memorial provider network. Call them today to explore options for burial or cremation to fit your budget at 486-6331 or by visiting This is our fabulous wedding issue featuring seven of the most stunning local weddings, alongside my entertaining column, which features Win and Evans White’s wedding in the Bahamas; you’ll get great ideas from every one of them. Our feature on shopping and dining along Metairie Road showcases some old favorites along with new stores and restaurants, so you definitely want to check it out! And, our Guide to Entertaining will give you inspiration for everything from invitations to florals and beyond. Our experts will help you be at ease when hosting a small dinner or a large cocktail party – which is the most important part. Have a great summer! Bev

Since there are not as many nonprofit events right now as there are most months, it’s the perfect time to rest up and prepare for the ramp up to the holidays and hectic furor of the fall cultural season. With that in mind, this is your last chance to submit your event to be included in St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events for SeptemberDecember 2015. To make certain your event is included, all you need to do is fill out the form found at the following link as completely as possible on or before Wednesday, August 5: CharitableEvent. If you miss the deadline for the Registry, please remember that we accept these forms throughout the year. St. Charles Avenue uses these to create our calendars and determine which events we will cover in what ways, so they are very important. The sooner you can send in the form, the better; even if all you have is a

title and date, send it in – you can always fill it out more completely later. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please email me at Weddings and entertaining go hand in hand, and this month you’ll find both in our features! Whether you’re looking forward to a dream wedding, already deep in the planning process or just love to see how others celebrate their “Big Day,” the seven local spotlighted weddings – and Entertaining With Bev – are for you! Hosting in your home and not sure where to start or how high your flower arrangement should be? Local experts give their best tips in our Guide to Entertaining. And while you’re looking for the perfect outfit for your event, why not take a day along Metairie Road – we have a feature on that, too! Stay cool and prepare – the events are coming! Morgan

My good friend Maurice Le Gardeur has recently written Mona’s Law & Disorder, which he says, “contains 200 parodies and cartoons about love, life, the law and lawyers behaving badly.” It is “a must” for lawyers or people who mess with them! Though it will be available in bookstores later this year, call (985) 892-1420 to order yours today!



7 “Wine & Dine,” benefiting the Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center, 453-8626 or 887-1420 16 “Summer Party 2015,” benefiting the Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera, juniors@ 19 “2015 SPE-YP Silent Auction and Casino Night,” benefiting the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Delta Selection, (985) 665-1562 19 “Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Gala,” benefiting the Young Professionals of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, 274-3611 20 “St. Jude in the Big Easy, A Legends for Charity Event,” benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, (225) 282-3240 21 “Next Generation’s Banquet Fundraiser,” 885-0980 21 “Power of Women Luncheon,” benefiting the American Red Cross, 620-3107 22 “CHAIRish the Children,” benefiting the Louisiana Children’s Museum, 266-2415

Reminder: The deadline for your event to appear in St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2015 is August 5. If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the form found at the following link for your upcoming event as soon as possible: CharitableEvent | 11

making a difference

By marilee hovet

require the use of memory, and there are no right or wrong answers – all of which might come as a relief for a person with dementia.

Artful Minds Poydras Home and NOMA connect to help those with dementia. When Julianne Moore accepted the Academy Award for playing the part of a woman diagnosed with early onset dementia in the movie Still Alice, she gave a beautiful speech in which she mentioned the importance of shining a light on Alzheimer’s disease. I recently learned that, right here in New Orleans, Poydras Home and the New Orleans Museum of Art are collaboratively launching a project that, among other things, will do just that. Artful Minds is a program with a very clear mission: To use directed exposure to art in ways that will benefit people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. 12 | St. Charles Avenue August 2015

The Disease Alzheimer’s is a multifaceted and complex disease for which there’s no cure. Anyone who has watched a friend, family member, or loved one face the reality of Alzheimer’s understands that it is quite literally life-changing – and not only for the person who has the disease. Because it impairs one’s memory and one’s ability to communicate, Alzheimer’s has a particularly intense impact on friends, family members and caretakers. Caring for a person with dementia, by all accounts, is overwhelming. With symptoms that are constantly in flux, one never really knows what to expect. A relatively calm day might be followed by a

day filled with anger and extreme confusion. And, especially because people with Alzheimer’s tend to wander, something as simple as a trip to the grocery store might turn into a frightening experience. Hence the need for programs like Artful Minds. The Program The goal of the program is to offer carefully planned museum tours that will suit the unique needs of people with Alzheimer’s. Under the right circumstances, a visit to the museum has the potential to offer a respite from the challenges that come with dementia’s impaired cognitive functioning. Art stimulates the mind, senses and emotions, and one’s response to art is fully subjective. Enjoying art doesn’t

Getting Guidance For guidance in bringing Artful Minds to fruition, NOMA and Poydras Home enlisted the help of consultants Arts & Minds. A nonprofit organization committed to using art-centered programs to enhance the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, Arts & Minds facilitates the planning, training and implementation of programs like Artful Minds.

Forward-Thinking While not all of us are touched directly by Alzheimer’s, its ripple effects are far reaching. Offering innovative programs such as this one will enhance the lives of many while bringing attention to an important issue. With their foreword-thinking efforts to utilize art as a therapeutic tool for people living with dementia, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Poydras Home are making a difference in our community. If you would like to learn more about Artful Minds, contact either Poydras Home Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Brammell at 897-0535 or NOMA’s Communications and Marketing Manager Allison Gouaux at 658-4106. n

Heard something interesting for “making A difference?” If so, please send it to: St. Charles Avenue, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 or email Morgan@ with the subject line “Making A Difference” | 13

kids play

By lynne gibbons

Splish Splash Water parks withing reach To echo the sentiment of both my kids these days, summer is too short and goes by too quickly. How is it possible that it’s already August and the start of the next school year is looming just days away? I always start the summer with grand ideas of fabulous activities that we’ll do in the long summer that stretches before us. And then, bam, it’s August and a surprisingly few things have been checked off the list. But even with the end of vacation right around the corner, there’s still time for a quick day trip to Mississippi that delivers big summer fun.

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Buccaneer Bay Located just over an hour from New Orleans, the Mississippi Gulf Coast offers two different water park options: Buccaneer Bay in Waveland and Gulf Islands Water Park in Gulfport. Located in Buccaneer State Park, Buccaneer Bay is approximately 4.5-acres and offers two waterslides, one open and one completely enclosed. It also boasts “Pirates Lagoon Wave Pool,” a 17,000square-foot, 460,000-gallon wave pool. Inner tubes are available, so you and your gang can float and enjoy the six-foot waves created in the pool. For the younger set, there’s “Lil’ Smugglers Cove”, a 12-inch-deep smaller pool

with water sprayers and tipping buckets. Admission rates vary depending on the height of the participant. Buccaneer Bay also offers a reduced non-participant rate if you’re just watching the kids, as well as a reduced twilight rate. For dates, hours and details, visit Gulf Islands Water Park A bit further down Interstate 10 in Gulfport, you’ll find Gulf Islands Water Park. This water park is home to the “Horn Island Blaster,” the Gulf Coast’s only water roller coaster, as well as two more traditional water slides: the “Deer Island Express” for the more adventuresome and the “Cat Island Catapult” for the younger crowd. Our gang’s favorite was the new “Riptide Racer,” where six lanes race from the 45-foot-high starting point. You gain serious speed as you go down the 300-foot slide

head first on a mat before you splash. Next we tried the “Camille Cutter,” a rafting adventure in an 84-inch open-air chute. Gulf Islands also has a large shallow wading area for the younger kids where they can spray each other with giant squirt cannons, slide down two smaller flumes or wait to get soaked by the giant tipping bucket. “Spray St. Louis” and “Padscagoula” are also where you’ll want to head to splash around with the toddler set. Gulf Island also offers a huge wave pool and a lazy river, nicknamed “The Lazy Pearl River.” For the majority of slides at Gulf Islands, participants must be 42 inches high or taller. For more specific details, prices and directions, visit Pack Well There are a few things to remember before setting out for your day of wet fun in Mississippi. You will want to bring plenty of sunscreen and your own towels. Outside food or drinks are not allowed into either water park, but both facilities offer concessions such as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and treats, as well as soft drinks and water. For days and times of operation, consult the websites mentioned above. So before your calendar reflects nothing but carpool drop-offs and pick-ups, team try-outs and back-to-school nights, grab one more day of summer fun with a splash at one of our nearby waterparks! n | 15

southern glow

By lorin gaudin

that act like blotting paper … instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color.” The result: Flawless, not cakey skin and all day true color. New from Mac, the Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation has quickly become a favorite among beauty experts. In 16 shades, this standout product can also double as concealer, provides medium to full coverage and is oil-free. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place is another winner and it comes in an impressive 31 shades. When it comes to blush, the stains from Jouer (available at Buff Beauty Bar) are outstanding, and for powder, it’s Cargo Water Resistant blush that reigns supreme.

Saving Face Keeping your face on despite the situation There is nothing worse for a beautifully made up face than New Orleans’ summer swelter. The heat, the humidity, the random rain showers … all of it face fatale – unless you know the products, tricks and tools to help save your face.

The Skin Situation Establishing a base to bolster cosmetics’ staying power is the first order of business. A cleanser that does its job, without over-drying or imparting too much moisture, is an imperative. Obviously that will differ depending on skin type, although everyone’s mantra might be: Gentle yet effective. As a proponent of skipping a heavy-duty morning cleanse (except when you’ve worked out or failed to wash the night before), a swipe of micellar cleansing water (Simple is inexpensive), followed by a toner (alcohol-free or glycolic is best) will help create a neutral

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surface. Follow that with hydration: A serum, light moisturizer or a couple drops of face oil. The trick here is to wait until everything sinks in and is no longer tacky before applying makeup. Face It No matter whether you wear BB or CC cream, tinted moisturizer, foundation, powder or nothing, start with a primer. My top picks at the moment are Pixi’s (at Target) Flawless & Poreless Primer; and Indeed Nanoblur (at Walgreen’s and Ulta); and powder fanatics will swoon for Too Faced Flawless & Poreless (silky, super-fine micro powder can be used alone or as a setting powder). For more coverage, Chanel’s CC cream with SPF50 does the job and has serious lasting power. Drugstore beauty fans will adore the L’Oreal Infallible line. The Pro-Matte 24hr Foundation has “Shine Defy Blotting Spheres

Brows No surprises, felt tip brow pens rule. Top picks for color and staying power are Stila’s Stay AllDay Waterproof Brow Color, Lauren Prats’ Waterproof Brow Pen (and Brow Mascara) are only rivaled by Anastasia’s Brow Pen, Kat Von D Tattoo Brow and a personal favorite, Pixi Natural Brow Duo with a waterproof angled pencil on one end and a tinted soft-hold gel on the other. As for pencils and crayons, It Cosmetics Brow Perfector 5-in-1 Gel Pencil is perfection for covering gray hairs, has anti-aging properties, is an eight-hour waterproof automatic brow pencil, taming gel, treatment and brow brush, in one.

Eyes For dark circles: Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer. On the lid: Two Faced Shadow Insurance Primer and Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base combat oily, dark lids and ensure shadow color sticks, while Mac’s Paint Pots and Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream shadows pack pigment and don’t melt or go off-color in the heat. When it comes to mascara: Everyone has their favorite brand and formula that comes in a waterproof version. I am a bit of a mascara snob and am

a slave to Dior Show, Shu Uemura and Tom Ford for standing up to sweat and swimming, but they’re a hassle to remove. The blackest mascara that holds a curl and withstands crying is Perfekt Lash Perfection Gel, with one caveat: Buy the “try-me” size (available at Ulta) for value (two sample-sized tubes equal more product for less money than a single full size tube) and because the mascara dries out before a dent can be made in the full-size version. For liner: The CoverGirl newest liquid liner pen, Instensify Me, is deep, dark, matte black and the dual-sided tip can do thick or thin lines for a great cat-eye that doesn’t move all day. Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner are cult classics for good reason.

Lips The magic to lasting lip color for lipstick wearers is: Liner over the entire lip, coordinating lipstick slicked on, dab with a tissue, then re-apply color. Matte formulations will stay well, but they can be drying and emphasize lip issues. Liquid lipsticks are all the rage right now. From the drugstore, NYX and Rimmel are tops, but the brands that outdo them all for great doe-foot applicators, pigment, texture and lasting prowess are Sephora’s house brand liquid lip color and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.

Tools of the Trade The must-have tools to help glide face products across the skin are a Beauty Blender sponge; a dense bristled, flat-top foundation brush; and a large fluffy powder brush. One of the best tips for going into the heat and humidity with full make up that will last is to finish with Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray, kept in the fridge. Before walking out the door, spritz a cooling veil of mist to face the day and night looking great. Have questions or products to recommend? Email SouthernGlow@ n

photos courtesy Megan apothecary and vital asssist

what’s hot

by amy gabriel


Sports & Swim We are in the homestretch of summer and you’ve got the urge to put down your sweet tea and get active. From wind in your hair boat rides on Lake Pontchartrain and playful weekend excursions, to tossing the pigskin at The Fly and poolside family picnics before school is back in session, August is a time for fun in the sun adventure.




1. Up to try a paddleboard session on Bayou St. John? Throw on a lightweight crochet cover-up to keep your shoulders safe from the sun. California Drawstrings, 812 Royal St., 523-1371; 3650 Magazine St., 702-8515; 2. The epitome of modern masculinity, the wayfarer Canby frames from wooden sunglasses line Shwood will keep the rays out of his eyes while playing catch with the kids. Rubensteins, 102 St. Charles Ave. 581-6666, 3. Swim trunks for a personality-plus man, the seersucker swimsuit with Perlis’ classic crawfish logo embroidered throughout will be the life of the party. Perlis, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; 600 Decatur St., Suite 104, 523-6681; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., (985) 674-1711; 4. An

ultimate adventure shoe, the Columbia Men’s Bahama Vent slip-on has super gripping power on wet surfaces, making for great hiking shoe when exploring the Barataria Preserve Trails. Massey’s Outfitters, 509 N. Carrollton Ave., 648-0292, 5. Make a sporty splash with the striped 18 | St. Charles Avenue August 2015

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Huit It’s You swim bra and high-waisted bottoms. The structural build offers a form-fitting way to play. Trashy Diva, 2048 Magazine St., 299-8777; 537 Royal St., 522-4233; 6. After a day in the water, launder your swimsuit with eco-friendly Soak. Available in lovely scents such as Fig and citrusy Yuzu, the wash also works well on underthings. Basics Underneath Fine Lingerie, 5513 Magazine St., 894-1000, 7. Leave no beverage behind on the sand volleyball court thanks to the boiled crab beach spike plastic drink holder. Available in several colors and with various motifs. NOLA Couture, 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959; 528 St. Peter St., 875-3522; 8. A belt for an outdoorsman, the embroidered fishing boat club belt detailed with handmade leather lets him showcase his favorite hobby. Available in men’s sizes 30-44. Pelican Coast, 5509 Magazine St., 309-2314, | 19

on the menu

Soba Noodle Salad 500 grams soba noodles 1000 grams sesame cashew sauce 100 grams cucumber, julienned 100 grams radish, sliced 100 grams crushed salted cashew 100 grams fried onion Sesame Cashew Sauce 300 grams cashew butter 250 grams soba sauce 50 grams pickled chili brine 50 grams sesame seed, toasted 35 grams sesame oil 15 grams whole pickled chilis, sliced 5 grams sugar Soba Sauce 120 grams soy 120 grams dashi 60 grams rice wine vinegar 10 grams sugar 10 grams MSG 90 grams H20 Combine ingredients of noodle salad together and top with Sesame Cashew Sauce and Soba Sauce to taste. * Note all ingredients are listed in grams, so should be weighed appropriately.

Cold Comforts Chef Daniel Volponi of Ursa Major shares his refreshing Soba Noodle Salad.

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Ursa Major, 611 O’Keefe Ave., 309-8765,

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the dish

By jyl benson

TRY THIS Travelling to the British Virgin Islands this month? So is Tenney Flynn, Chef and Owner of GW Fins. He will be cooking at the Bitter End Yacht Club, a top-notch sailing and watersports destination located on Virgin Gorda. He will bring his signature brand of New Orleans cuisine for the first time August 2-3.

For dessert, the white chocolate semifredo with strawberries and basil syrup is not to be missed.

Avo daily special bruschetta

Winging It Trying out new places and tastes Most nights it can be a challenge to get my exhausted husband out to dinner, so I was delighted when I was able to lure him to Avo, Chef Nick Lama’s chic new Creole-Italian bistro on Magazine Street. Most recently Sue Zemanick’s chef de cuisine at Gautreau’s, Lama’s New Orleans

restaurant cred spans the ages. A fourth-generation Sicilian, he accompanied his father to work at the historic St. Roch Seafood Market, which the family operated in the Ninth Ward until Katrina. Lama’s menu at Avo is comprised of family recipes and

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childhood experiences, heightened with a fresh perspective alongside Southern-grown and locally harvested ingredients. The daily special bruschetta – one with fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil, the other with prosciutto and fresh figs when I dined – did not disappoint. Nor did a special salad featuring a small, intensively flavored cheese custard served atop arugula and ladled generously with pickled chanterelles mushrooms. The chanterelles made another welcome appearance atop my entrée of grouper with chickpea ragu, olive tapenade and fresh spinach.

Once my ever faithful and adventurous dining companion, my daughter has been vegan for 18 months, and while I appreciate this culinary genre and the Vietnamese food I often enjoy with my daughter, even excellent pho can get boring if done to excess. These factors withstanding, I greedily grab up my daughter’s teenage friends and drag them about as my dining companions. Being broke, they take zeal in the prospect of being fed well and often at restaurants they could never afford themselves. Their dining proclivities most often run to Felipe’s and Slim Goodies. A night at Juan’s Flying Burrito is a splurge for a hot date. Beautiful, brilliant and outgoing, 19-year-old Madeleine Ruiz will eat absolutely anything, so I carted her along the first day Primitivo, chef Adolfo Garcia’s temple of smoke and fire, opened for lunch. With a complex and interesting menu we had a hard time making decisions but finally settled on starters of grain salad with baby lettuces, radish, buttermilk and feta, and fried duck wing confit with herbs and sunflower seeds. The

lunch specials were numerous that day and we almost ordered three, but showing restraint, we

went for the smoked catfish tartine with corn salsa, arugula and aioli, and the “pastramied” Painted Hills coulotte served with turnip slaw and fluffy biscuits. We left stuffed. But

still we’re both eagerly anticipating our return in hope that the

smoked chicken potpie with Crowder peas and fresh corn under puff pastry is on the menu that day.

With menus diverse enough to satisfy all dietary persuasions, both Shaya and MoPho have become go-tos in my world. At the former, chef Alon Shaya’s “For the Table” collection of small pates is hard to beat with a price tag of five for $23. The baba ganoush,

Israeli salad, Lutensia and tabouleh

satisfy the vegan; the vegetarians can add Labneh and a Bulgarian salad to the mix, and I’m made happy with Ikra (a paddlefish caviar spread with shallots and basil). All of this is served with Shaya’s incomparable pita bread moments after it’s plucked from the wood-burning oven. At MoPho, the Som Tam Salad is comprised of whatever vegetables and greens are in season, served with sweet cured sausage (this can be ordered on the side or done away with altogether for the vegan), spiced peanuts, Thai peppers and cilantro. The Mississippi Sweet Corn Dumplings with purple potato, fennel, orange blossom and chili oil is adventurous

enough to satisfy any palate. n

Avo 5908 Magazine St., 509-6550, G.W Fins 808 Bienville St., MoPho 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, Primativo 1800 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 881-1775, Shaya 4213 Magazine St., 891-4213,

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philanthropic fun

by shelby simon

A Vintage Party for Modern Healthcare


Children’s Hospital fêtes its 60th birthday with a throwback celebration. The theme of this year’s “Sugarplum Ball” was “The Classics,” chosen to commemorate Children’s Hospital’s 60th birthday. The tented venue was decorated in a 1950s theme, complete with a soda shop with soda jerks and a vintageinspired living room. The program was reminiscent of a 1950s issue of TV Guide. Valero St. Charles Refinery was the 2015 honoree. The refinery has supported a wide range of projects that the hospital has undertaken over the past 10 years, and its employees have given countless volunteer hours to hospital events. Marianna Trepagnier and Lisa Happoldt served as Event Co-Chairs. Thrity-two local restaurants served delicious food with a ’50s flair, and Sha’on and the Girls With Success featured songs from the era. A silent auction featured hotel stays, ticket packages to sporting events and antique furniture pieces. A highlight was the jewelry raffle, which included a unique necklace from Valobra Jewelry and Antiques valued at $20,000. This year’s ball hosted 1,000 patrons and raised nearly $300,000 to benefit the Clinical Outcomes Research Center. This is a new initiative that will improve the quality of care offered at the hospital. n



event at a glance What: 34th annual “Sugarplum Ball presents The Classics,” benefiting Children’s Hospital When: Friday, March 27 Where: 210 State St.

1. Event Co-Chairs Marianna Trepagnier and Lisa Happoldt 2. Chairman of the Board Bill and Gabrielle Mimeles with Sarah and LCMC President Greg Feirn 3. Decoration Co-Chairs Chalon Dominick and Jessica Krinke 4. President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Mary and Dr. Keith Perrin 5. Auction Chair Katie Brandner with Don and Entertainment Chair Sharon Lo Drucker 6. Drs. Costa and Victoria Dimitriades with Dottie and David Haydel

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Transforming Health Care


Daughters of Charity Foundation New Orleans celebrates 180 years of service. During the “Keeping Our Promises Gala,” Daughters of Charity Foundation honored Steve Worley, the former President and CEO of Children’s Hospital, with the prestigious Inspired Cross Award. The Inspired Cross Award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that work with DCFNO to transform health care through innovation and courage, sharing vision and risk, always open to new possibilities and belief in DCFNO’s capacity and values. Mary Wyatt and Kerry Milano Co-Chaired the event, which hosted 300 patrons. Elegant uplighting and a custom 180-year anniversary gobo served as an impressive backdrop for the evening. A slideshow played throughout the event showcasing photos of DCFNO patients, staff and partners. Patron Party entertainment was provided by Tanya Boutte, followed by Boogie Falaya at the gala. A silent auction featured 66 diverse offerings, including artwork from notable New Orleanians, sports memorabilia and gift packages from premiere locations throughout the region. A raffle was also held for an Oscar de la Renta marquise leaf necklace. DCFNO holds the annual “Keeping Our Promises Gala” to raise awareness and much needed funds to continue to serve individuals who are uninsured and underinsured in the New Orleans community. All proceeds go directly to providing primary and preventative care for these individuals. In 2015, DCFNO has raised over $175,000. n



event at a glance What: Fourth annual “Keeping Our Promises Gala,” benefiting Daughters of Charity Foundation When: Saturday, March 28 Where: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

1. Co-Chairs Kerry and Mary Wyatt Milano Jr. 2. Board Members Dr. John Estrada and Holley Haag with Patrick Quinn 3. Laura Worley Fornash with Honoree Steve and Patty Worley 4. Board Members Bob Angelico and Ron Carrere with Amanda Isaacs and Foundation Board Member Guy Curry 5. President and CEO Michael and Tracie Griffin with COO Frank Folino and Brian T. Landry 6. Committee Member Margaret Villere with Andy and Lauren Ryan

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Reeling With Inspiration


The New Orleans Film Society honors the art of film. The “New Orleans Film Society Gala” began with a Patron Party catered by Chef Susan Spicer. Music was curated by David Torkanowsky of Drumline by X-Factor. Gala Co-Chairs were Sayde Finkel, Nan and Britt Galloway and Weezie Porter. Honorary Gala Chairs were Paul and Sara Costello, Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis. Matthew McConaughey, who was in New Orleans shooting The Free State of Jones, a Civil War-era drama directed by Gary Ross, was honored as the 2015 Celluloid Hero. During his acceptance speech, McConaughey offered a poetic homage to New Orleans and Louisiana. After the awards presentation, Ross took the stage and announced McConaughey would be offering his favorite sneakers up for auction. As the bidding progressed, more was added to the package: his custom-made Dolce & Gabbana jacket, an extra role on The Free State of Jones, lunch with the crew and a personal drive to set with Ross. Bryan Batt, Guest Auctioneer, presented additional items such as a private dinner for eight by Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery; a VIP red carpet New Orleans Film Festival experience with Spa Day at Embodyment Salon & Spa; a curated iPod and coffee with Grammy winner Randall Poster, music supervisor for such films as The Wolf of Wall Street, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Skyfall; a New York City experience including Tribeca Film Festival passes; a one week stay at a private home in Grayton Beach, Florida and more. All proceeds benefit the New Orleans Film Society’s mission to engage, educate and inspire through the art of film. n



event at a glance What: “New Orleans Film Society Gala” When: Saturday, March 28 Where: Home of Paul and Sara Ruffin Costello

1. Gala Co-Chairs Weezie Porter, Nan and Britt Galloway and Sayde Finkel 2. Honorary Co-Chair Paul Costello, Sean Yseult and Guest Auctioneer Bryan Batt 3. Honoree Mathew McConaughey 4. Margie Schegmann Brown, Honorary Co-Chair Alexa Georges and Toni Bachmann 5. Mellanie Merrit and Ron Bienvenu 6. Parker Roy, Sergio Lopez and Jolene Pinder

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Year of the Goat


Edible Schoolyard NOLA presents the Dreamkeeper Garden. Langston Hughes Academy’s Dreamkeeper Garden is the only FirstLine schoolyard garden that hosts animals. During “An Edible Evening,” goats in bow ties entertained and let patrons experience the joyful interaction that 700 Langston Hughes students have through Edible Schoolyard NOLA’s hands-on garden science education. The event featured a bountiful raffle with prizes including a one-of-a-kind painting from Simon; a one-year membership to Dinner Lab; tickets to the Audubon Zoo and Louisiana Children’s Museum; a gift certificate to Windsor Court Tea; a “pretty is as pretty does” pampering package and a mountain getaway to Kingston, Tennessee Music was sponsored in part by Positive Vibrations Foundations and included Seguenon Kone, NOCCA Jazz Ensemble, Social Se, Tuba Skinny and DJ Brice Nice. Myriad local restaurants and beverage purveyors provided for the party. A highlight cocktail was “The DreamMaker,” created by Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, made in part with oranges, grapes and rosemary harvested from Samuel J. Green’s school garden. Event Co-Chairs were Alice Glenn and Shon Baker. “An Edible Evening” was also the inaugural event for the Dreamkeeper Garden’s new outdoor garden-culinary classroom, funded in large part by Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson, where students gather daily for garden classes. n



event at a glance What: “An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans When: Thursday, March 26 Where: Dreamkeeper Garden at Langston Hughes Academy

1. Co-Chairs Alice Glenn and Shon Baker 2. Dee McCloskey and Randy Fertel 3. Madison and Suzanne Murphy 4. Christian Rhodes and Leah Brown 5. Gregory and Denise St. Etienne with Adrienne and Jay Altman 6. Brent Becnel, Michael Murphy, Claudia Barker and Franchesca Cain

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School Is Cool


City Year’s annual gala raises funds to give kids what they need to rule at school. “School House Rock” celebrated service in New Orleans at the annual gala on April 9, 2015. Funds raised help support City Year’s mission to ensure more kids in New Orleans’ high-poverty communities have the resources they need to be successful in school. Host Committee Co-Chairs Norma Jane Sabiston and Donna Whalen Little steered the event along with Honorary Co-Chairs Mitch & Cheryl Landrieu. School House RockStar Honorees included Dr. Scott Cowen and Dr. Norman Francis. Additional guest speakers were Senator Mary Landrieu and Ryan Cotton of Bain Capital, presenting sponsor. An apple motif decorated Rosy’s Jazz Hall, including dining table centerpieces of glass vases holding green apples and colorful hydrangeas. Rosy’s provided catering, and Mr. Apple provided sweet candied apples. NOCCA Jazz Ensemble and City Year Chronicle Team provided entertainment for the approximately 200 patrons who attended the event. n



event at a glance What: “School House Rock Gala,” benefiting City Year New Orleans When: Thursday, April 9 Where: Rosy’s Jazz Hall

1. Ryan Cotton, Speaker Senator Mary Landrieu, VP Peggy Mendoza and Core Member Terry Peng 2. Board Chair Diana Lewis, Senior Core Member Malcolm Lloyd and VP Peggy Mendoza 3. Host Committee Member Dr. Juan Gershanik with Core Member Caitlin Riddle and Karl Weber

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And They’re Off!


“Downton Abbey” meets derby when WYES “Goes to the Races.” Patrons kicked off the evening with a reception in the Paddock, which was festively decorated with jockey silks above food stations by the paddock stalls. A Highclere Castle backdrop took center stage as a photo opportunity for guests. The Jon Bauer Jazz Trio strolled the area entertaining the party and ushered patrons to the Clubhouse and Suite level for the gala by a “Call to Post” bugle. At the gala, florals by Susana Ascendia in mint julep cups adorned tables. Enlarged racing photos evoked discussions of WYES’ documentary, New Orleans Fair Grounds Memories. Life-sized cast character cutouts graced the area for additional photo ops. Lending to the atmosphere, guests arrived in “Downton Abbey” or derby attire. Margaret and Ken Beer, CeCe and Trevor Colhoun and Allison and Ben Tiller served as Co-Chairs. Celebrate! Catered Events by Windsor Court provided delectable food, and Churchill Downs Incorporated and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots provided libations. There was also a raffle with two extravagant prizes: The first was a bourbon basket with cocktail and wine pairing dinner for 12. The second was a three-night stay for two in an ocean view king room at The Cove, Eleuthera, Bahamas Resort & Spa. n



event at a glance What: “Downton Goes To The Races,” benefiting WYES When: Thursday, April 9 Where: New Orleans Fair Grounds

1. Co-Chairs Ben and Allison Tiller, CeCe Colhoun, Margaret Beer, Trevor Colhoun and Ken Beer 2. Marc Leunissen, Mary Wyatt Milano and Bill Hines 3. Darryl and Louellen Berger

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Dancing to the Stars


The Men and Women of Fashion show their continued support of NOBA. This year’s “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon” set records in attendance and funds raised for the New Orleans Ballet Association’s award-winning education and scholarship programs. Tiffa Boutte served as Luncheon Chair. The Presidents of Men and Women of Fashion, Leon L. Giorgio and Teresa Guzzetta, also gave Renaissance Publishing CEO Todd Matherne special recognition for more than a decade of sponsorship of the event. Men and Women of Fashion honorees were: Paul Aucoin, Roy Glapion, Mel Grodsky, Bully Nungesser, Darren Patin, Jack Pruitt, Robert Ripley, Mark Schneider, G. Raymond Seamon Jr., Desi Vega, Dottie Belletto, Daphne Berger, Dianne Breaux, Heidi Dugan, Betsie Gambel, Cheryl Reuther Georgusis, Lauren Lagarde, Sue McNabb, Stephanie Osborne and Lynne Uhalt. Hall of Fame recipients were Mark Andrews and Virginia Eckholdt. A Walk of Fame, Chaired by Sandra and Russ Herman, featured the following past recipients from 1984 and ’85: Raul Bencomo, Bob Breck, John Bullard, Barry Fox, Pamela Halter Lupin, Dr. Nia Terezakis, Janee Mercadel Tucker and Joseph Young Jr. Jeff Chouest of Jeff’s Haberdashery and Rebecca Nordgren of Chatta Box presented the runway Fashion Show, and five preprofessional students of the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance provided entertainment. Men and Women of Fashion have worked alongside NOBA’s staff and board and the members of BRAVO (Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization) to benefit NOBA’s programs. NOBA annually provides tuition-free dance training to 1,750 students – over 5,500 classes annually, worth over $1 million. Each summer, talented students attend prestigious dance programs all over the country and also study with some of the industry’s most renowned names in the dance world right here in New Orleans. n



event at a glance What: “The Men and Women of Fashion’s Prix d’Elegance Luncheon,” benefiting New Orleans Ballet Association When: Wednesday, April 15 Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

1. Fashion show presenter Jeff Chouest, Honoree Daphne Berger, fashion show presenter Rebecca Nordgren and Juan Barona 2. Luncheon Chair Tiffa Boutte, Laura Badeaux, Kent Ozborn and Sandra Chaisson 3. Walk of Fame Honoree Janee Mercadel Tucker, Kathy Singleton, Walk of Fame Honoree John Bullard, Janie Singleton and Honoree Lauren Lagarde

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Exemplary Examples


The annual “Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala” honors regional donors, entrepreneurs and businessminded students. The “Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala” honored Albert R. Lepage for the Albert Lepage Foundation’s $12.5 million gift to the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University to establish a center dedicated to the study, teaching and practice of entrepreneurship. Chef John Besh of Besh Foundation was honored as 2015 Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and James Maurin of Stirling Properties, Inc. was honored as 2015 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year. The 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition finalists included first prize winners Disease Diagnostic Group of MIT, second prize winners D&P Bionnovations of Tulane University and third prize winners REEcycle of University of Houston. 230 guests attended the event. Affiliates of the Freeman School of Business, including Tulane Board of Administrators members, Business School Council members, donors, judges for the Tulane Business Model Competition, faculty, staff, alumni, current students and guests of the honorees gathered to celebrate this year’s illustrious honorees of entrepreneurship. The event began with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner program. Tulane students had the opportunity to network with some of the most successful and well-respected entrepreneurs from around the region. There were video presentations highlighting the accomplishments of Chef John Besh and James Maurin as well as highlights of the 15th Tulane Business Model Competition, which offers tens of thousands of dollars in startup funds to student ventures each year. n



event at a glance What: “Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala,” benefiting Tulane Freeman School of Business When: Thursday, April 16 Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. Honoree James and Lillian Maurin and Jennifer and Honoree Chef John Besh 2. Andrew Barowsky, Honoree Albert Lepage and Dean Ira and Susan Solomon 3. Executive VP for University Relations and Development Yvette Jones and President of Tulane University Michael Fitts

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Life Support


Catholic Charities’ annual “Jazz Brunch” provides support for the ACCESS program. From the moment guests arrived, New Orleansstyle music resonated throughout the Audubon Tea Room, compliments of the Archbishop Rummel High School Jazz Band. Louise Jardell and Jean Rice served as Co-Chairs for the event. Each year, an exemplary pro-life Catholic Church Parish is honored. St. Philip Neri was selected as the 2015 honoree. Lisa Baynham shared words of welcome, followed by an invocation from Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Sr. Marjorie Hebert from Catholic Charities entertained with her sense of humor! Archbishop Rummel Ambassador volunteers, dressed in navy crested blazers, assisted in running the auction boards and other activities. A large, lavishly framed signed James Michalopolous art piece, titled “Scene for 10:15,” was one of the biggest moneymakers. For announcing auction board closings, instead of ringing a bell, a teak and brass gong with a mallet got bidders’ attention. There was also a game of 50/50 with a cash prize. This year’s event sold out ahead of time and had one of the largest crowds ever. The Catholic Charities ACCESS Program is a pregnancy and referral center, providing pro-life pregnancy support to more than 900 women and their families in the New Orleans Area in the last year. n



event at a glance What: “ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” benefiting ACESS Pregnancy & Referral Centers When: Sunday, April 12 Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. John and Janice Montelepre with Co-Chair Louise Jardell and Archbishop Aymond 2. Gayle Gaubert, Wyatt Vanlangedonck, Sharon Rodi and Diane Gannuch 3. Lynn Schonberg, Sister Marjorie Hebert, Pat Baynham and Co-Chair Jean Rice

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Around the World


LCM’s “Children’s World Fair” highlights cultural diversity in the STEM fields. Travelers learned about Inuit igloos and scored hockey goals in Canada; donned a Viking’s hat and wove jule hjerter (Christmas hearts) in Denmark; and created worry dolls in Guatemala along the full-day journey at the “Chidren’s World Fair.“ Explorers could also play kugelach (Israeli jacks) in Israel, make African masks and sample crunchy chin chin snacks in Nigeria before traveling to Romania to decorate intricate Romanian Easter eggs and learn traditional folk dances. In Tibet, travelers learned the craft of making authentic sand mandalas, and in Venezuela they tasted pastelitos and boca dulce cakes. While traveling, visitors had their Passport Activity Books stamped in each country. Throughout the day, Dow STEM Ambassadors highlighted the global importance of science, technology, engineering and math with interactive activities and science experiments. In the Dow STEM Lab, fair-goers explored sports science, learned about Dow’s No. 3 Chevrolet NASCAR car, participated in matchbox car races and posed for a special souvenir photo. In the theatre, young scientists made silly putty using everyday household items and discovered that “Science is pHun” while making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Highlighting Dow’s partnership with FIRST Robotics, guests worked with Legos to build moving robotic parts and enjoyed lively demonstrations featuring area high school teams’ robots in action. Event Chair Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin steered the event along with Canada Co-Chairs Pat Denechaud and Elizabeth LeBlanc; Denmark Co-Chairs Marlene Friis and Erin Winther; Guatemala Co-Chairs Martine Chaisson Linares and Kelly Theard; Israel Chair Liba Kornfeld; Nigeria Co-Chairs Vernecia Goffney, Angela Nyong and Tracy Thomas; Romania Chair Domnica Fotino, Tibet Co-Chairs Neil Guidry and Ngawang Legshe; and Venezuela Chair Jesus Alberto Garcia. n



event at a glance What: ”Children’s World Fair” presented by Dow, benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum When: Saturday, March 28 Where: Louisiana Children’s Museum

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Weddings Each year St. Charles Avenue magazine enjoys rounding up a selection of locals’ weddings for you to enjoy. Whether you’re planning your own wedding, dreaming of one or just like to view the “big days” of others, you can find inspiration, beauty and the knowledge that no matter where New Orleanians' weddings takes place, our locals can’t help but show their NOLA pride. In this, our 12th compendium, we offer you seven weddings ranging from big to small and simple to elaborate, and hope that you enjoy the love shown throughout the next 7 pages. | 45





Rhame – Pottharst 1. The Bride and Groom leaving the wedding reception while friends and family toss flower petals 2. Sarah Villere Pottharst, the Bride and Katherine Wilhelm Rhame 3. Elona Eargle Rhame, Dr. Robert Whitfield Rhame Jr., the Bride, Robert Whitfield Rhame III and Katherine Wilhelm Rhame 4. Timothy Krey Carnahan, Sarah Villere Pottharst, the Groom, Katherine Livaudais Carnahan, Burt Krey Carnahan and David Friedrichs Pottharst

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Ellen Elizabeth Rhame and Robert Clark Pottharst decided to vacation in Italy in the summer 2014, and Robbie took that opportunity to plan a surprise engagement. On the couple’s first stop in Venice, Ellen was surprised to a leisurely cruise through the city’s romantic canals on a private gondola. Halfway through the ride, the gondolier brought the wooden boat to a halt in a secluded Venetian canal. Robbie dropped to one knee and asked Ellen to marry him while a photographer captured pictures of the happy moment. On the night before their wedding, a festive rehearsal dinner celebration was held at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing in Charleston, South Carolina. The two wed the following day, January 31, at St. Philip’s Church. Ellen walked down the aisle taking her father’s arm to a pipe organ, trumpets and timpani, and wearing her soon-to-be mother-in-law’s wedding veil. Doris Hutto King provided the wedding coordination as well as magnificent floral arrangements that transformed Hibernian Hall into a winter-white wedding reception. Guests were served delicious food from Hamby’s Catering and wedding cake from Claire’s Confections. Family and friends danced to live music performed by The Men of Distinction while photographer Evan Laettner captured the entire evening. The happy couple spent the first week of their honeymoon on the secluded beaches of The Maldives, and enjoyed a second week snow skiing in Verbier, Switzerland and then admiring the city lights of Geneva. They returned to their home in the French Quarter neighborhood of downtown Charleston, where Ellen is an Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine Physician at Roper Saint Francis Health System and Robbie is a Vice President at CareMore Health System, a subsidiary of Anthem.

Celebrants: The Reverend Brian

McGreevy and The Reverend John Haden McCormick Bride’s Dress: The Gown Boutique in Charleston Bride’s Veil: Borrowed from the groom’s mother Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo with bow tie and cummerbund designed by the groom Bride's rings: Keith Miller Gem & Jewelry Brokerage Groom’s Wedding Band: Croghan’s Jewel Box, Charleston Wedding Invitations: Betty Tompkins Hunley Designs Hair & Makeup: Charlotte Belk





Bart – Goehring 1. The Bride and Groom 2. Chris Ezell, Laura Goehring Spanjer, Brent Harris, Mindy Lieberman, David Donaldson, Jamie Simon, Burton Upchurch, Mathilde Semmes, Austin Marks, Carrie Bart Marks, the Groom and Bride, Jennifer Bart, Scott Goehring, Marisa Katz, Rush Thompson, Melissa Lyman, John Romer, Isadora Stevens, Jude Guerin, Bess Meeks and Clay Segrest 3. Bill Goehring, Tammye Goehring, the Groom and Bride, Cathy Bart and Morris Bart III 4. Kinfolk Brass Band and the Bride

On December 21, 2013, John Jacob Goehring took Michelle Erin Bart out to a romantic diner at Ralph’s On The Park, followed by a nighttime stroll through the French Quarter. Halfway up the steps to the Riverwalk he dropped to one knee and proposed amidst the iconic backdrop of Jackson Square. She immediately said, “Yes!” The Goehrings hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Palm Court Jazz Café before the January 17 wedding at The Ritz-Carlton. With assistance from wedding coordinator Michele Adams of Unique Weddings in New Orleans, the couple was able to create their dream wedding. The Ritz was artfully decorated with floral arrangements by Urban Earth Design Studios and Michelle walked down the aisle to music by Tanya and Dorise. A reception with music by MoJEAUX entertained guests throughout the evening. Guests enjoyed both a groom’s and wedding cake by Royal Cakery, while photographer Oscara Rajo and videographer Bill Blanke captured the memories. Guests left with a Michelle and Jacbog “Keepin’ it Hot!” personalized hot sauce. They made their way to St. Lucia for 10 days for their honeymoon and returned to their New Orleans home where Jacob is an attorney at Christopher Schwartz Law Firm and Michelle works as a Guidance Counselor at Louise S. McGehee School.

Celebrant: Rabbi Alexis Berk and Cantor David Mintz Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza, Wedding Belles Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Wedding Belles Groom’s Attire: Perry Ellis, John’s Tuxedo Groomsmen’s attire: Perry Ellis, John’s Tuxedo Bride’s and Groom’s Wedding Band: Jack Sutton Invitation:

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Heumann – Saporito 1. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Saporito 2. Cricket and Annie Heumann, the Bride and Groom, and Rhenda and Jerry Saporito 3. Hunter Heumann, Miller Richmond, Andre Bienvenu, Andrea Flandry, Tim Finn, Katie Scanlon, Neil White, Mimsy Brewster, Cooper Johnston, Simms Carbine and Holly Mabry Poole, (front) Scott Saporito, (back) Jonathan De Laureal, (front) the Bride and Groom, (back) Mac Brown, Crutcher Reiss, Harris Diano, Colleen Gravley, Charlotte Discon, Meg Delozier Ferguson, Robert Richmond, Kindall Caldwell, Barrett Bass, Julie Sanders, (front) Chas. Richard, (back) Ben Price and Andrew Wilson 4. The Bride and Groom cut the cake

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Christopher Barrett Saporito created the perfect proposal weekend in Pass Christian for Heidi Christina Heumann. Chris planned a sunset boat ride and once in the bay – suggested that they fish. He asked Heidi to pass him a cork from the compartment, and she didn’t even notice the engagement ring dangling from it until she saw Chris down on one knee. Chris asked for her hand in marriage, and when they returned to the dock both the Heumanns and Saporitos were waiting to celebrate with the happy couple. Ten months later, another celebration began with gatherings, luncheons and a memorable rehearsal dinner at Arnaud’s. A sunset ceremony took place under the oak at the New Orleans Country Club with ceremony music performed by Harry Hardin. The couple celebrated their wedding with family and friends amidst lovely blossoms arranged by Meade Wenzel and Linda Tarnok. All danced the night away to the music of the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra as they enjoyed tasty treats and libations, including a stunning ruffled wedding cake by Denise St. Pierre and a humorous groom’s cake from Zoë’s Bakery. Sam Hanna of Eau Clair Photographics captured the memories. After a church ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Heidi and Chris flew to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. The two now reside in Houston, where Chris is a Private Equity Associate for Encap Investments and Heidi continues working as a commercial real estate appraiser.

Celebrants: Reverends W.

Gedge Gayle Jr. and Ronald L. Calkins Lantern Lighters: Travis Michael Bairnsfather, Trent Joseph Bairnsfather, Luke Anthony Trombatore, and Seth Joseph Trombatore Readers: Margaret “Maggie” Pendleton, Jordan Heumann and Stephanie Gail Heumann Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca, Mia Bridal Couture Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Dessy Group Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank Bride’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Groom’s Wedding Band: Hiller Jewelry Invitation: Gem Printing Hair: Rhonda Walter Braquet Makeup: Marta of Salon Tereska





Crabtree – Rodgers 1. Bride and Groom 2. Tammy Hudson, Donald Scott Crabtree, Kaitlin Rodgers, James Rodgers II, James Buck Rodgers, Jaci Rodgers 3. (Back) Joseph Conley, Cody Adams, David D’Urso, Robert Ingraham, Kevin Kush, Jamie Madaris, John Rodgers, Charles Harrison Crabtree (front) Judith King, Meghan Bright, Elizabeth Corey, Elizabeth Bowman, the Bride and Groom, Sarah Pottharst, Forrest Richards, Amanda Menniti, Eliza Richardson, (very front) Courtney “Bella” Frankowski, Gabrielle Frankowski and Sophie Frankowski 4. The wedded couple leaves as loved ones throw rose petals

One evening, Kaitlin Elizabeth Crabtree was working late at Arnaud’s while her boyfriend, James Stewart Rodgers II, was placing candles and roses all over the apartment. James also surprised Kaitlin with one of her favorite dinners from Magasin Café. Kaitlin thought that James was being sweet after a long week at work, but halfway through the dinner James pulled the ring out of his pocket and asked for her hand in marriage. Even though Kaitlin first thought he was joking around, she quickly said “Yes!” In preparation for the wedding ceremony, the Rodgers hosted a rehearsal dinner at Red Fish Grill. On June 6, the two families came together to celebrate the union of Kaitlin and James at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. Kaitlin did all of the planning herself, along with the Arnaud’s team and good friend Kate Rosson, a wedding planner based out of Oxford, Mississippi, to assist with the day of coordination. Kaitlin walked down the aisle to the music by Stephen Blackmon and adorned the Church with flowers from Ambrose Gardens. A reception followed at Arnaud’s Restaurant. Photographer, Matthew Foster,captured all of the special moments of the guests dancing to The Escalade Band. Kaitlin and James had a wedding and groom’s cake by La Louisiane Bakery, and guests left the wedding with Koozies, Cups and America themed sunglasses. After the wedding, the happy couple spent six days in Cancun, Mexico. Kaitlin and James returned to their home in the Broadmoor neighborhood ,where she works as Arnaud’s Assistant Director of Sales and James is an Inventory Analyst for Stryker Orthopedics.

Celebrant: Dr. Donald Frampton Wedding Gown: Handstitched

by Sarah Pottharst, Maid of Honor Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Wedding Belles. Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Fabian Couture New York, Perlis Bride’s Wedding Band: Hiller Jewelry Groom’s Wedding Band: Grandfather’s wedding band Invitation: Pepperite Hair: Robert McElwee, with Salon Dante & Trent Patin Makeup: Lynna Hong Vo | 49





Elkins – Newcomer 1. The Bride and Groom 2. The wedded couple cuts the cake 3. Kimberly Robertson, Caden Robertson, the Groom and Bride and Ron and Ian Robertson 4. Geoffrey and Caitlyn Elkins, Kate Elkins, Marilyn Sevier, Sophia McLeod, the Groom and Bride, Keli, Nicholas and Brett Elkins, Beverly Elkins, Gary Elkins, Liam, Callum, Kathryn Robertson, and Matthew and Rowan McLeod

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Michael A. Newcomer and Elizabeth Miles Elkins first met on the steps of South Coast Repertory theatre. Their courtship continued in Los Angeles and New York City, and finished with a proposal on the coldest and rainiest Mardi Gras Day in recent memory, which also happened to be her father’s birthday! As friends and family gathered in the den to sing happy birthday to Elizabeth’s father, Michael asked her to join him upstairs in that back office. Once Elizabeth arrived, Michael got down on one knee and proposed! The wedding festivities began on the Thursday before the wedding with a rehearsal dinner hosted by Michael and Gary Elkins at Gautreau’s. Friday evening was spent celebrating the guests who travelled from out of town with a Cochon de Lait at the Pharmacy Museum hosted by family friends of the bride. Elizabeth and Michael wed on April 18 at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception hosted by Gary and Kate Elkins at their home. Guests were greeted with a special gin and elderflower cocktail, and sounds from a jazz trio. Kenneth LaCour and Laura Monk with Grand Events worked together with Bee’s Wedding & Event Floral Designs to create a lush and elegant wedding. Dakota Restaurant in Covington provided a delicious menu highlighting both Elizabeth’s and Michael’s tastes, while Zoë’s Bakery created a Toasted Almond Buttercream wedding cake and a croquembouche groom’s cake. Katie Stoops Photography captured the moments of guests dancing to the music of BRW throughout the evening. The two honeymooned to St. Lucia at Rendezvous for eight days. After returning to their Garden District home, Elizabeth is enjoying her first summer off as the drama teacher at Isidore Newman School while performing as a Victory Belle at The National World War II Museum, and Michael is exploring his new hometown while continuing his acting career.

Celebrant: Dr. Donald Roy Frampton Wedding Gown: Lihi Hod, Gabriella New York Bridal Salon Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew Groom’s Attire: J. Crew Groomsmen’s attire: Own Grey Suits Bride’s Engagement Ring: An Edwardian Cocktail Ring from Trumpet & Horn Bride’s and Groom’s Wedding Band:

Friend & Company Invitation: Scriptura Hair: & Makeup: H20 Salon





Gunn – Eustis 1. The Bride and Groom 2. James Peters, Thomas Peters, James Eustis, Jonathan Dubos, Carlisle Gunn, Melissa Marino, Armand Samuels, Jessica Sanford, Ashley Blanchard, Joe Vaccaro, Tara Micelle, Lacey Howell, Jeffrey Howard, Brittany Stegall, the Bride and Groom, Dane Halpern, Lindy Gunn, Lauren Schaper, Deidra Baird, Ellen Bridges, Bess Granger, Mary Eliza Reep, Totty Kostmayer, Larry Eustis, Jordan Matthews, Charles Perez, Paul Arnemann and Casey Forshag 3. Bud Conaway, Mary Elizabeth Conaway, Linda Gunn, the Bride and Groom, Robert Gunn, Carlisle Gunn, Lindy Gunn 4. Christine Egner, Karin Giger Eustis, the Bride and Groom, Larry Eustis and James Eustis

Hayden Elizabeth Gunn had been traveling for work all week and had promised friends that she and her boyfriend, Laurance Brittin Eustis, would cook dinner that night. Brittin needed to bring their dog, Hammer, to the vet that evening. After a few minutes, Brittin called to let Hayden know that the vet wanted her to come quickly to see an X-ray of Hammer. Dr. Joe, the vet and good friend of the couple, pointed out that there was a ring on the X-ray, and Hayden just thought that somehow Hammer ate someone’s ring. When Hayden finally turned around, Brittin was down on one knee with the same ring that was on the X-ray screen. Brittin asked Hayden if she would make him and Hammer the happiest men in the world by marrying him. The Eustis family hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Ridge Club on Lake Martin, Alabama to celebrate the May 9 ceremony. With assistance from wedding coordinator and florist, Jeffrey Long, Hayden and Brittin had a beautiful ceremony at The Chapel at Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin, and Hayden was able to walk down the aisle to the Auburn Quartet. A reception was held at Kowaliga on Lake Martin, where guests dined on cuisine from Kowaliga Restaurant and wedding cake from Teresa’s Catering and Wedding Cakes. Guests danced to music by Bo Henry Band and were also given sunglasses and koozies too. Photographer Hillary Gamble, Je Vois Photographer and videographer Justin Clayton captured the evening. After the wedding, the happy couple honeymooned in Costa Rica for 10 days. Hayden and Brittin returned to their Lakeview home, where Hayden is the district manager of sales for Cascades Tissue Group and Brittin is a Charter Fishing Guide at Bag ’Em Charters.

Celebrant: Reverend James Haskins Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel, Wedding Belles Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung, Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Mr. Burch Gray three-piece suits, ties and pocket squares from Nola Couture Groomsmen’s attire: Mr. Burch Gray three-piece suits Bride’s and Groom’s Wedding Band:

Benny’s Jewelry Invitation: Carlson Craft Hair: Brenda McSweeney, Shear Concepts Makeup: Barret Fleming | 51





Zanone – Suquet 1. The Bride and Groom's first kiss 2. The couple with their wedding cake 3. Beth Zanone, Emily Wheat, Toni Zanone, Jon Suquet, the Bride, Dr. Michael Zanone, Sarah Jane Zanone, Susan Williams 3. Joseph Suquet, Ileana Suquet, Jon Suquet and the Bride and Groom

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Mother’s Day weekend 2013, Jonathan Matthew Suquet planned to propose to Mary Abigail "Abby" Zanone with a sweet surprise. Abby thought that they were going to see a movie, when instead Jon surprised her with flowers, candles, champagne, homemade bread and an engagement ring. Abby was upset because she couldn’t get in touch with her parents – who live in Memphis – because little did she know they were actually in town waiting to celebrate at the Suquet house. Both families came together the next day to celebrate with a barbecue with family and friends. The Suquets hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Freedom Pavilion at The National World War II Museum to prepare for the April 18 wedding at St. Francis of Assisi Church. With the help of wedding coordinator Robin Legendre, the couple wed in front of their friends and family. Guests were invited to a reception at the New Orleans Country Club, where they danced all night long to music by Jessie’s Girls from Atlanta, Georgia. Urban Earth decorated the reception hall to complete the new couple’s whimsical vision. Paul Morse Photography and Life Stage Films documented the ceremony and reception to capture Abby and Jon’s memories. Guests enjoyed delicious bites throughout the evening and celebrated with wedding and groom’s cakes by Royal Cakery. At the end of the evening, guests left with light sabers, wands, beads, and cookies to remember the union of Abby and Jon. After the wedding, the two honeymooned in San Francisco and then made their way to Napa for a week to enjoy wine tastings and excellent food. They are now settled in their Uptown home, where Jonathan is a Financial Analyst for IberiaBank and Abby is a Compliance Analyst for Pan-American Life Insurance Group.

Celebrant: Reverend Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph. D Wedding Gown: Liancarlo ivory Alençon lace gown, Maggie Louise Bridal from Memphis, Tennessee Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Samuelsohn fitted by George Bass Groomsmen’s attire: Perlis Bride’s and Groom’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Invitation: Betty Thompkins Hunley Designs Hair: Lauren Cothern, Paris Parker Salon Makeup: Jackie Gould, Paris Parker Salon | 53

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Metairie Road Shopping & More by Kelcy Wilburn // photos by cheryl gerber


ust as the name “Metairie” may bring to mind Veterans Memorial Boulevard and its long stretch of box stores, chain restaurants and office buildings, the name “Old Metairie” leaves a different impression while still eliciting images of a neighborhood defined by its main thoroughfare.

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Metairie Road, certainly Old Metairie’s main vein, is quaint and unassuming, a two-lane, tree-lined roadway connecting residents to more urban areas while also providing the neighborhood with its own local businesses, tailored to fit residents’ styles and interests. Old Metairie’s unique clothing boutiques, gift shops, jewelry stores and restaurants keep the road bustling with activity. 56 | St. Charles Avenue August 2015

B Kids is one such boutique and is a relative newcomer to the neighborhood. “We opened our first store in Baton Rouge in 2010, Old Metairie in ’12, and Magazine Street in ’14. We found that there was a need for a funky kids boutique in each area, and

it just so happened two years apart each time,” says Owner Terryn Fudickar Mann. A contemporary kids boutique, B Kids offers stylish, comfortable clothing, shoes and accessories for infants, toddlers, tweens and juniors. The store features brands such as Splendid/Ella Moss, Hudson Jeans, Tea Collection and Johnnie O. “A lot of customers walk from surrounding neighborhoods,” says Mann. “People in Old Metairie are very welcoming, and we love it here,” she says. August brings an annual Summer Blowout Sale to B Kids with details on Instagram (@bkids_nola). Next door to B Kids is Emma’s Shoes, which opened its second location a year ago on Metairie Road after enjoying three years of growth at their first location on the Northshore. “We love our clients and really try to think about them when we’re buying for the stores. It has been a wonderful year spent getting to know the ladies of the south shore. We look forward to building those relationships over the next year,” says Manager Mallory Goorley. Emma’s Shoes will feature a Summer Sale the first week of August to make room for new fall merchandise, which will include lines such as Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs, Aquatalia and Loeffler Randall. The store recently launched a new website, ShopEmmasShoes. com, allowing customers to view new arrivals and shop by designer. Evie Poitevent is another local footwear connoisseur, and she brought her expertise to Metairie Road in 2013 with Feet First, New Orleans’ largest independent retailer of women’s shoes, handbags, jewelry, accessories and local New Orleans designers. Family-owned and celebrating 39 years in business, Feet First has been voted “Best Shoe Store in New Orleans” by Gambit Weekly readers for the last six years in a row. “We opened up in our shopping center, Friedrichs Square, within a week of our neighbors, The Green Fork. In the last few years, we have continued to see more and more shops and restaurants opening up along the upscale shopping corridor,” says Poitevent. “We hope to see that trend to continue.” As summer eases into fall, Feet First will highlight new flats, wedges, chunky heels and ankle booties by Kork-Ease, Isola, Sam Edelman, All Black, Fly London, Matisse and others. With origins in 1996 in Natchez, Mississippi, Banbury Cross has also been a New Orleans mainstay for several years from its location

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just off Metairie Road at 100 Atherton Drive. Owner Peggy Roth was given her first sewing machine at age 10 and has sewn for generations of families ever since. A children’s clothing store, Banbury Cross stocks clothing for infants through girls 16 and boys 12. The boutique is also known for its special occasion wear and for stocking hard-to-find basics. As New Orleans approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Roth remembers how the storm personally affected her and her business. “We had four shops before Hurricane Katrina. Our house flooded and I lost all of my patterns and fabric, but by October we had reopened in Baton Rouge and Metairie,” she says. Since then, Roth has continued her passion of providing clothes that both parents and their children enjoy. In addition to their own lines, clients of Banbury Cross also love The Proper Peony, Feltman Brothers and Florence Eiseman. FeBe is another clothing boutique that has seen its share of changes along Metairie

Road. In its current location since 2005, FeBe is known for its variety of designer merchandise, from cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories to jeans and tees. Store Manager Ron Jones has also seen his share of fashion trends come and go, and this fall he looks forward to an influx of 1970s influence from many designers. “I love the fringe details on shoes, boots and handbags – it’s a fun and easy way to update for the season,” says Jones. “Also, starting with the fall 2015 season we’re excited to add Kate Spade New York. We love the classic silhouettes with interesting details.” On September 25-26, FeBe will host a Sennod Jewelry Design Trunk Show featuring the “vignettes” of local designer Michele McKeon. Speaking of jewelry, Metairie Road is host to two locally famous family-owned jewelry stores that have serviced the region for generations. Lisa Biderman and her father, Joe Biderman, carry on the legacy of Hiller Jewelry – their family business founded nearly 100 years ago. Specializing in diamonds,

engagement rings and custom designs, Hiller Jewelry is excited to bring in the diamond X ring as well as dainty, sliced diamond pendants from designer Meira T. In fall, they will welcome the new collection of designer Alexis Bittar. “We are the opposite of a big retail store with lots of sales people,” says Lisa Biderman, emphasizing the intimate nature of a small family business. “We provide a very personalized shopping experience for our customers.” A couple blocks away is another famous name in jewelry: Boudreaux’s Jewelers. Now in its fourth generation, Boudreaux’s moved from its original downtown location to Metairie Road in 1985 and continues to expand its store and customer base. Well known for their bridal offerings and custom manufacturing, Boudreaux’s carries Tacori, Verragio and more, while boasting in-house custom capabilities. “We do everything in-house – from the design to 3D printing, wax making, casting and setting. From start to finish, we have control over everything,” says Brandon Boudreaux, VP of Operations. Boudreaux | 57


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enjoys the retail growth along Metairie Road and how it appeals to shoppers of all ages. Likening the area to his family’s store, “Metairie Road continues to move with the generations,” he says. Dotted among the fashion and beauty boutiques are also home and gift stores, including JADE. JADE’s 4,000-square-foot contemporary showroom contains a mix of fine furniture, lighting, local art and accessories. JADE offers interior design services with in-house interior designer Tina Lagasse and recently introduced a new bridal registry department. “We have since curated a great selection of fine and everyday china and glassware, as well as expanded our already existing fine linens collection,” says Owner Jennifer Rabalais. According to Rabalais, upholstery has been a major focus of late. “We saw a lot of unique frames at the last furniture market, so we got on a kick of buying really unique pieces. This is a fun way to update our showroom and show clients something they haven’t seen before,” she says. While shopping is certainly Metairie Road’s biggest attraction, the thoroughfare has a burgeoning dining scene as well. Vega Tapas approaches its 20th anniversary next year and is known among Old Metairie residents as a place to gather, to meet and make friends and to enjoy Spanish-inspired food and drink. “Vega Tapas is a community destination in the truest sense – people are forging lifelong 58 | St. Charles Avenue August 2015

friendships by coming here and meeting one another,” says Owner Greg Francis. “It’s more along the lines of what traditional restaurants once were – less for tourism and more for community,” he says. Originally known for its tapas-based menu of hot and cold small plates, Vega’s menu has expanded over the years to include pinchos (snacks) and platos principal (entrées), as well as seafood, meat and vegetable paellas and fideos. In August, Vega continues its eight-week Taste of the Mediterranean series. Another Old Metairie favorite is café b, a smart, casual neighborhood restaurant. Café b’s menu is less international and more local, and dotes heavily on Gulf seafood. From 3-7 p.m., café b offers $0.50 oysters and half-off select beer, wine and cocktails for either an afternoon of unwinding or to kickstart your evening. Oysters are accompanied by a trio of mouth-watering sauces: honey jalapeño mignonette, preserved lemon salsa verdé and classic cocktail sauce. “It’s a pleasure to serve the community, and we have had the opportunity to build and nurture authentic relationships over the last four years,” says Charlee Williamson, Executive VP of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. “It’s fun to host so many milestone celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and girls’ nights out,” she says. “It’s the place to ‘b’ seen in Metairie.”

B Kids 115 Metairie Road Suite B 301-2954 Emma’s Shoes 115 Metairie Road Suite A 407-0668 Feet First 200 Metairie Road Suite 102 324-2194 Banbury Cross 100 Atherton Drive 837-0447

FeBe 474 Metairie Road Suite 102 835-5250

Hiller Jewelry 923 Metairie Road 837-8200 Boudreaux’s Jewelers 701 Metairie Road 831-2602 JADE 324 Metairie Road 875-4420 Vega Tapas Café 2051 Metairie Road 836-2007 café b 2700 Metairie Road 934-4700

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Entertaining by Mirella Cameran

“Be pretty if you can. Be witty if you must. But be gracious if it kills you.” This quote about hosting parties comes from Elsie de Wolfe. The only thing is, what does gracious really mean? We spoke to some entertaining experts from our city, which thankfully still holds entertaining as a precious pastime, and it seems that gracious is the host or hostess who goes out of his or her way to make sure all guests have a good time. They provide a beautiful location and menu, and ensure all of their guests feel comfortable enough to have a good time. The quickest way to do this is to be happy and at ease yourself – you set the tone. That is easy to say but harder to do, so here are pointers from those experts on the perfect party.

Locating Your Location

Setting the Tone

Sarah Hall, President, Joel Catering and Special Events: “The location a host picks sets the tone for the whole event, from design to floor plan, and even timing. There are so many logistics: square footage, date, budget, ancillary rules, etc., so make sure all these work first, then when you visit locations you can focus on décor, event flow and food. “Do not be rushed into decisions, not by a salesperson or well-intentioned friends. Rarely do you have to make a decision on the spot, so take a few hours or a day to make sure you’ll be happy with the results.”

Sallie Jones, Owner, Scriptura: “Invitations are a guest’s first introduction to an event, but they also build excitement and anticipation. Use the design, typography and wording to make it clear what type of party it is, the formality of the event, what attire is appropriate and why the get-together is being held. “Encourage guests to recognize that the response is important by asking everyone to RSVP by a certain date. An included response card certainly calls attention to itself and commands the respect of returning it.” Betty Hunley, Owner, Betty Hunley Designs: “We like to make the invitation reflect the personality of the hosts, and we send them out three weeks in advance unless it’s a wedding, then it’s six weeks.

“If the guest doesn’t respond, absolutely call them and make sure that the invitation wasn’t lost or something. “If it is a surprise party, you can use the word ‘promptly’ by the timeline. If it’s really important that the party ends at a certain time, then put that on the invitation too. If children are not invited put ‘adult reception.’”

Choosing the Best Décor

Maitee Gomez, Owner, Royal Event Rental: “Many customers initially plan their event with Pinterest boards and Facebook. They have great ideas but realize quickly how expensive it can get. That’s when we come in with our rentals and décor services. We show them how to bring together their vision within their budget.


Party Like a Champion You don’t have to have thousands of guests to hire some of the most iconic venues now available. Turf Parties at The MercedesBenz Superdome can be for a few hundred guests, with flexible configurations and rates. The space can be adapted for formal seated dinners with chandeliers or causal parties with bouncy castles and photo booths. Champions Square & Club XLIV both are named in honor of the win of Super Bowl XLIV by the New Orleans Saints. The club is in the Square and has built-in amenities including modern furnishings, illuminated bars, specialty lighting and advanced audio/video equipment. There is also Encore, which is connected to the club and is customizable for any event.

“Certain pieces will set the ambiance of the event and create the landscape. Our top rentals usually include some type of candle décor or uplighting, along with unique lounge furniture. It can range from a simple candelabra to crystal globes and floral backdrops.”

Kay Fausett, Owner, Judy at the Rink: “I believe that the entryway or door to your event should herald the party. Once inside, the colors, such as napkins tied with colored ribbons, table runners and vibrant glasses should reflect the theme. 62 | St. Charles Avenue August 2015

“Entertaining casually seems to be a big trend, too, so people love to use our no polish Beatrice Ball serving pieces, as well as more casual pottery and stonewear.”

Grace Kaynor, Owner, Sotre: “For parties large or small, take an important silver piece – it could be bought or an heirloom – and use it in an unusual way. “Mix china patterns and silver, and then tie it all together with a beautifully monogrammed dinner napkin. I like a table that tells a story and reminds me of the past while at the same time creating new memories.

Steven Sonnier, Owner, Dunn & Sonnier: “Flowers should fit the season and space, but they’re personal, so there are no hard and fast rules. You don’t need to fit flowers to a menu, but only use fragrant ones in the bathroom and not on the dining table because the fragrance can change the taste of the food and people might have allergies. “In New Orleans we have an abundance of foliage, produce and natural accents, so work with a local florist to make the most of what’s available.”

Getting to the Party on Time Kelly Snesrud of Albert Brown Salon: “With all the preparations for a party, the hostess can often forget to save time to get ready herself. As well as offering services in our salon, we often go to people’s houses or venues so they can stay on site and continue to oversee the organization, or to be on hand if necessary. “After all the hard work, hostesses love being able to hand themselves over to us to do hair, make-up, nail services – whatever they need. It allows them to relax and feel their best. We also have


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agree planning ahead and preparation enables a hostess to relax on the night enjoy her party. If the hostess is having a good time, so will everyone else. They also agree that the perfect parties can stand imperfection. Of course, a hostess should think ahead, imagine the worst that can go wrong and plan for it, but even the best laid plans can sometimes go awry. The truly skilled hostess knows the best way to handle it is probably humor. If she smiles at a little party misfortune, the world that she has created that night will, in all likelihood, smile with her. So what’s the true test of a good party, the social media posts the next day? No. The sounds of laughter and conversation through the night, and the stories we tell not just the next day or for an instant, but for years to come.

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a great collection of jewelry and accessories, including high-end pieces we can loan, to add a fantastic finishing touch.”

A Bite of the Big Easy

The richness and diversity of food in the Crescent City can seem overwhelming when creating a

menu. When it comes to dessert, the venerable praline can offer a sweet and easy way to serve some NOLA flavor and create a happy ending for any meal. At Southern Candymakers, a family-owned French Quartier stalwart, all the pralines, tortues (turtles), toffees, caramels and other candies are hand made from scratch. Better

still, visit the store and see the candymakers pouring fresh batches and hand-decorating frogs and alligators. With over 1,000 molds, they can create virtually any shape you want in full size or mini, to compliment the theme of your bash. Whether you are hosting 10, 100 or 1,000 guests, all experts

New Orleans’ almost year-round warm weather creates the opportunity to entertain outside. A current trend for homeowners is to create an outdoor entertaining space with outdoor kitchens and cedar cabanas. Local companies like Luxury Outdoor Designs advise that there’s no minimum space or budget required and most homes can accommodate some kind of outdoor living. With free consultations and 3-D renderings, more New Orleanians are considering the option. | 63

Dunn & Sonnier Flowers Albert Brown Salon 3424 Magazine St., 861-0090, Betty Hunley Designs 6057 Magazine St., 895-2870, Dunn & Sonnier Flowers 2138 Magazine St., 524-3235,

Steven Sonnier’s Five Rules for Flowers

3. Be clever with containers; make sure they’re appropriately sized and designed for chosen flowers (i.e. they

1. Consider scale; you want the right size and amount of flowers depending on the space and location they’re going.

allow the flowers to get hydration).

2. Think about where the flowers are going; for a seated dinner make sure the height of the flowers doesn’t interfere with the conversation.

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4. Do not overlook non-floral items such as beautiful greenery, fruits, vegetables, seashells, feathers, antlers and more. 5. Be realistic about what’s in season and available, and work with someone you trust

Joel Catering and Special Events 1201 Convention Center Blvd., 827-2400, Judy at the Rink Rink Shopping Center, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, Luxury Outdoor Designs 2233 Lafayette Ave., Harvey, (985) 641-9800, Royal Event Rental 110 Campbell Ave., Unit 1, Mandeville, (985) 400-9416,

SMG Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1 One Sugarbowl Drive, 587-3663, Scriptura 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555, Sotre 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475 Southern Candymakers 334 Decatur St., 523-5544, | 65

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Bahamas Dream Come True Win McMurray and Evans White met, became engaged and were married at Old Fort Bay Evans White, eighth generation New Orleanian, met Win McMurray, golf television personality from Wilmington, North Carolina, on a blind date in Lyford Cay, Bahamas. The 66 | St. Charles Avenue August 2015

attraction was instant, and they were engaged six months later. Evans surprised Win with a ring inspired by Grace Kelly as they were paddleboarding near the Old Fort Bay Club. When she

said, “Yes!” she and her mom, Jane, began planning! The first night, Evans and Win invited guests to an island fiesta, complete with a Calypso band, lobster, chicken, steak

tacos and s’mores by an open fire. The evening was complete with eco-friendly paper lanterns released into the starlight sky. n

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1. Evans surprised Win with a fireworks show. Afterward, amid guests lighting the way with sparklers, the couple swam out to the Pipe Dream, the Gunthers’ yacht, decorated with twinkling white lights and paper wedding bells and balls. The couple left the next day for St. Barth’s. 2. The Junkanoo Band livened up the crowd, as guests following the island beat danced along. 3. Twinkling lights, parasols, lush bouquets of palm fronds, pineapples, monogrammed linen napkins and hand calligraphied place cards weighted with abalone shells were on display for the reception. 4. Evans and Win cutting their wedding cake. 5. Yachts in the marina enhanced the nautical theme of the rehearsal dinner given by Hunter and Lynne White, as did giant maritime signal flags emblazoned with the couples’ names. A jazz quartet played during dinner, and to end the evening DJ Daddy D from Harbour Island spun dance music late into the night. 6. Jane McMurray, Hunter White, Win and Evans at the rehearsal dinner table, with Lynne and Dr. McMurray in the background 7. Win McMurray marries Evans White April 18, 2015, at the Old Fort Bay Club, New Providence, The Bahamas. Thirty pieces of the Bahamian National Symphony Orchestra played before and after the wedding. 8. The Hunter and White families | 67


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familiar with the artistic aspects of opera performances. “We are a relatively small group that many women enjoy, but many don't know exists,” Duperon says. Duperon and Dean are actively seeking new members – from all backgrounds – to help them support the arts in New Orleans.

Events The Junior Committee hosts several events during the year to raise funds for the New Orleans Opera Association. These upcoming events include:

The Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera Association Co-Chairs Summer Duperon and Torry Dean About The Junior Committee of the New Orleans Opera is an association of young women who support the local arts community. Members include opera aficionados and newcomers alike. 68 | St. Charles Avenue August 2015

Current Co-Chair Summer Duperon first joined the Junior Committee to make connections with other women in New Orleans and to support the arts. Her fellow Co-Chair, Torry Dean, studied music in college and was more

• Summer Party (August 16): Mixer to celebrate Southern style • Masquerade (October 17): Costume party with opera flair • Hansel & Gretel Children's Opera (December 20): Opera event for kids • Mardi Gras Fête (February 7, 2016): Casual celebration before Bacchus • Paddy Party (March 12, 2016): Party prior to Irish Channel Parade • Spring Children's Party (March 20, 2016): Celebration with opera and egg hunt These six fundraisers typically cost $10-$75 per event, and along with sponsorships, they help in the Committee’s goal of donating $10,000 to the Opera Association each year. Perks Duperon credits the Junior Committee with helping her to learn more about the opera,

as well as the fundamentals of running fundraising events. She also notes that this is an accessible organization for young women. By volunteering for certain events, Junior Committee members can even earn comp tickets to the performances. Furthermore, the New Orleans Opera offers numerous educational opportunities and lectures. With all of these resources at their disposal, interested Junior Committee members will know La Traviata from Il Trovatore in no time. For the upcoming year, the Junior Committee will also incorporate more social events outside of the opera – such as yoga classes and movie nights – for members to network and make connections. “We want members to have a good time,” Duperon says.

Goals The Junior Committee is focused on increasing membership this year. Her team promotes the Junior Committee as an easy way to support the local arts community. How to Join Interested young women may join the Junior Committee online, and yearly membership dues are $30. The Junior Committee is aimed at ladies from 21 to 40, and members may then “graduate” to the Women’s Guild. n

For More Information and to purchase tickets for upcoming events,; email; visit them at nooajuniors; and follow them on Twitter @NooaJuniors.

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student activist

By Mallory Lindsly

Alexander Christian Lucas Brother Martin High School

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Alexander Christian Lucas, a senior at Brother Martin High School, is very passionate about his volunteerism within his community. Cisco Gonzales, a Brother Martin alumnus and Louisiana Students for Life President, inspires Lucas to give more to the community. Gonzales was a student leader at Brother Martin’s pro-life club, Crusaders for Life, and the two met in April at Camp Joshua, a pro-life education camp. Gonzales inspired Lucas to become more involved with the pro-life movement at Brother Martin and within the community. Since meeting Gonzales, Lucas has participated in NOLA Needs Peace Coalition rally and the Women’s New Life Center Born to Run race. “It is important to be involved in your community because it encourages others to get involved also,” says Lucas. “Community involvement is the key to creating and nurturing a close-knit, supportive community.” Lucas is very involved with the pro-life movement and was even involved with planning the

Student Day of Prayer outside of an abortion clinic. Throughout the day, students from 11 Catholic high schools and a dozen churches came together to peacefully pray for all involved. “Some people can barely survive, lacking a home, food or a steady source of income. I, on the other hand, have all of those things, possessing many opportunities that others don’t have. It gives me an idea of the hardships others endure, lacking things that I take for granted,” says Lucas. Throughout his activism, Lucas has gained a sense of the value of a human life and believes human life is priceless. He is also involved with Student Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Excalibur, the Dionysians (drama), Chorus, Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Quiz Bowl and Crusaders for Life. In his community, he’s involved with St. Rita Parish and their CYO, participates in community theater and sings in the New Orleans Children’s Chorus. Lucas spends his free time researching ancestors, contacting distant cousins and locating antique family photos dating to the mid-1800s. He has an entire closet dedicated to his family’s lineage and even planned a large family reunion this past July at Oak Alley Plantation. Lucas enjoys learning about history. Even though he’s unsure exactly what he wants to do for his profession, he would love to do something involving singing or history and has a true passion to work at Disney. n


By Mirella Cameran

Ramsey Sims Owner, I Do Bridal Couture

How did you start I Do Bridal Couture?

When I was shopping for my wedding dress I couldn’t find a boutique with the couture selection of dresses and an experienced team that understood what was possible with each designer’s particular lines. So three years ago I gathered the best in couture wedding dresses and launched. We have the most sought-after designers in the world, and we are the bestreviewed wedding dress store in Louisiana on Google. What’s different about your offering?

Our lines and the customer’s experience; a lot of stores say this, but we really understand our brides and who they want to be on their special day. Plus, we offer designers exclusively. What are the most popular styles right now? Classics such as A-lines and

fit-and-flares are always in style, as are lines such as Monique L’hullier, Amsale, Liancarlo and Heidi Elnora. We’ve also seen a lot of lace recently.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to a bride choosing a dress?

Start looking six to 12 months in advance, although we can take care of spontaneous brides, too! Keep an open mind – brides are often surprised when they try on different styles. What are you excited about? Trunk

shows and a buying trip to New York City.

What’s the best part about your job?

Helping brides find “the one” and making them happy. What else do you want our readers to know? We’re carrying new

exclusive lines: Christos, Blue Willow by Anne Barge and Lela Rose.. n

I Do Bridal Couture 4265 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, (225) 361-0377,

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cheryl gerber photographs


By Mirella Cameran

Dr. Kamran Khoobehi Owner and Chief Physician, Khoobehi & Associates

What are the most common mistakes that people make when considering cosmetic surgery? Not properly

researching their surgeon and picking procedures or surgeons based on the cheapest price.

What’s the best way to find the right surgeon? Search

for a board certified surgeon in your area, and schedule a consultation with a few surgeons. You should be able to relate to a surgeon and feel like you’re going to have a long-term relationship with him or her.

What pieces of advice would you give to someone looking to have cosmetic surgery of any kind? Do

your homework in order to pick a plastic surgeon and find out about their experience performing the procedure. Also, ask to see before and after photos. What are the most popular cosmetic services that you offer? Breast

augmentation, local anesthesia facelift, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, fat grafting, mommy makeover procedures, hair restoration and revision of plastic surgery for the face and body. Do you think someone can have too much cosmetic surgery? This can be

assessed on an individual basis, but it takes interviewing the patient to know if they are having symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder. When done correctly, plastic surgery restores your appearance in a natural way. n

Khoobehi & Associates 3901 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 304-1248, Dr. Kamran Khoobehi, M.D., F.A.C.S., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, practices with Sean R. Weiss, M.D., Facial Plastic Surgeon/Hair Restoration and Jules A. Walters III, M.D., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

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by lani griffiths







1. Light of Hope Advocate Ronald White, Staff Member Ramona Graham and her son attend the third annual “Light of Hope” gala on March 6 in the Arbor Room in City Park. The gala raised funs for CASA Jefferson, a nonprofit in Jefferson dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect through advocating safe and permanent homes. 2. Gala Co-Chairs Jaye and Mike Herzog are pictured at the third annual “Light of Hope” Gala, which raised over $58,000 for CASA Jefferson programs. 3. Barbara Bossier, Dr. Erin Fleming, Janie Kahn and Faith Pepperone are pictured at the Mad Hatter Committee’s patron party at the Opera Guild Home on Prytania Street. 4. Opera Guild President Betsy Dowling, Co-Chairs Karen Villavaso and Dr. Jane Miller and Penny Baumer attend the Mad Hatter Committee’s patron party, which raised funs to support the New Orleans Opera. 5. Grant recipients attend the “Bread for the World” reception, where New Orleans Artists Against Hunger & Homelessness distributed $26,000 in grants to 14 organizations serving the Greater New Orleans Area. The reception was held at Loyola University New Orleans on March 8. 6. The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights Executive Director Josh Perry speaks before a crowd at the “Fete de Justice” on March 13. 7. State Representative Walter “Walt” Leger III and former Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana Executive Director and honoree Dana Kaplan attend the “Fete de Justice.” Dana Kaplan was honored with the 2015 Champion of Justice Award for her rich legacy

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of child advocacy, and proceeds from the event went to benefit the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. 8. Jenna Burke, Jeff Delatte and Kaitlyn Delatte are pictured at the “Drafts for Crafts” presented by the National World War II Museum. Proceeds will go to support the Museum’s Young Benefactors current project, the restoration of the Higgens boat PT-305. 9. Joel Hitchcock and Cidney Cristie attend the National World War II Museum’s “Drafts for Crafts.” The event featured an open bar, delicious fare from Emeril’s NOLA Restaurant, Galatoire’s “33” Bar and Steak, Deanie’s Seafood and many others, and live entertainment by Sweet Crude and Mississippi Rail Company. 10. Cedric Scott and Ted Selogie are pictured at the “PINK Tie Affair Gala,” hosted by local nonprofit PINK House at the Historic Terminal of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport. 11. Kelly McHenry, Kayla Allian and April Scott attend the “PINK Tie Affair Gala,” which featured live music by DJ Spin and the Brassaholics, and gourmet food by Messina’s at the Terminal. 12. Saints Super Fan Whistle Monsta, Brook Anastasiadis and the children’s entertainment for the day have some fun at WOW Chalmette’s 10-Year Anniversary Event, which celebrated how far we have come since Hurricane Katrina. There were free prize giveaways, musical entertainment by At Fault, as well as many kid-friendly activities. | 77

school days

by lani griffiths







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1. Event Co-Chairs Ashley Nolan Maguire, Cate Cummins Stag, Kristin Shannon, Mandy Romig and Mary Larson attend the Stuart Hall School for Boys’ 31st annual auction “Speakeasy Knight”, March 7. Themed after the Roaring ’20s, the Patron Dinner was held at the Lakefront Airport Terminal. 2. James and Elizabeth Williams, Tammi and Gentry Major enjoy the 31st “Speakeasy Knight”. All proceeds go to benefit the Stuart Hall School for Boys. There were silent and live auctions, and Messina’s and other famed New Orleans chefs provided the delicious fare. 3. Sr. Suzanne Brauer, O.P of The Dominican Peace Center, Johnny and Kay Fitzmorris (’62) are pictured at St. Mary’s Dominican High School “Legacy Gala: A Night for All Generations” on March 20 at The Cannery. 4. DHS Principle and Vice President Instructional Area Carolyn Favre, Ernest Harrison of First NBC Bank and Joan Harrison are pictured at St. Mary’s Dominican High School “Legacy Gala: A Night for All Generations.” Toulouse Gourmet Catering provided the food, the Benchwarmers entertained and the evening featured both live and silent auctions and a raffle. 5. Amelia Ledet and Mackenzie Silva attend Archbishop Chapelle High School’s “Emerald Gala” on March 21. 6. Councilman Ben Zahn, “Deus Providebit” award recipient Joe Dempsey, and Chapelle Principle John Serio are pictured at Archbishop Chapelle High School’s “Emerald Gala,” which featured live and silent auctions, raffles, and delicious food and cocktails. 7. Stanton Moore (’90) and the Brother Martin Drum Line attend Brother Martin’s inaugural “Marty Gras” benefit concert at Tipitina’s on May 28. 8. Alumni Director Kenny Spellman (’84), Ed Anderson (’84) and Clarence Johnson (’82) are pictured at Brother Martin’s “Marty Gras” benefit concert in honor of drummer and Band Director Marty Hurley. The concert featured a silence auction, a VIP area and a special performance by Crusader Drumline on Napoleon Avenue. | 79



Dining, Entertainment Cocktails

Café Adelaide in the Loews Hotel 300 Poydras St. • 595-3300 •

Batch in the Hyatt French Quarter 800 Iberville St. • 586-0800

Eat, drink and carry on with Café Adelaide’s playful, modern Creole cuisine. Sip craft cocktails in the newly renovated Swizzle Stick Bar by the Commander’s Palace Family of Restaurants. Complimentary Valet parking! For reservations visit:

Young, hip and upscale, Batch delivers a different vibe than most bars along Bourbon Street. Sample their creative handcrafted cocktails – the bacon-bourbon Manhattan is a must!

The Court of Two Sisters 613 Royal St. • 522-7261 •

Oak 8118 Oak Street • 302-1485 •

Cool off in New Orleans' finest courtyard at The Court of Two Sisters, with famous Jazz Brunches held daily!

Come celebrate Oak’s 5 year anniversary on August 1: Free house wine from 4-6 p.m. Come enjoy anniversary specials nightly through the whole month of August. Live music Thursday through Saturday.


Bourbon O in the Bourbon Orleans 717 Orleans Ave. • 523-2222 • Ralph Brennan Catering & Events Providing full-service custom catering for events large and small, we tailor our services to enhance your palate, theme and budget.

Rock-n-Sake 823 Fulton Street • 581-7253 • Rock-n-Sake can provide catering for your corporate or personal events, from weddings to grand openings, they do it all!

The Midas Cup is the classiest addition to the Bourbon Street Souvenir drink world. No Everclear, however! It is made at the Bourbon O Bar of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel (New Orleans Hotel Collection). It includes house-made strawberry purée, Icelandic Vodka and Champagne. Not to mention it's served in a golden champagne bottle with a sensible lanyard and 18 inch straw! $25 for 40 oz – not the“golden touch,” but still a bargain in comparison to what else is on Bourbon Street!

Vega Tapas 2051 Metairie Road • 836-2007 •

Creative Mediterranean tapas have Louisiana flair at this funky, colorful joint with a relaxed vibe. | 81

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performing arts

By Lauren LaBorde

Performance Calendar August through Aug. 16 Kingdom of Earth A troubled young man brings home his new bride, a sometimes prostitute and showgirl named Myrtle, to his family’s home along the Mississippi River on the verge of the surrounding levee overflowing. The Tennessee

Williams Theater Company of New Orleans, Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave.,

28-29 Katrina: Mother-in-Law of ’Em All Set at Ernie and Antoinette K-Doe’s titular Tremé lounge, five New Orleanians gather to drink and reflect on the anniversary of the storm. The Joy Theater,

1200 Canal St., 528-9569,

7-23 The Cradle Will Rock

Local theater company Cripple Creek Theater, known for staging politically minded productions, this month presents a free production of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 political opera as part of its Civilian Theatre Project.

Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., 948-9998, 13-29 Flowers in the Attic

The play adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ book is about four children who, after the death of their father, endure harsh treatment from their grandmother. Old Marquer

Theater, 2400 St. Claude Ave., 298-8676, | 85

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new orleans nostalgia

By Seale Paterson

History Ahoy Hunting for the truth and treasure of Pirates Alley What is now known as Pirates Alley was first laid out in the 1790s as the Cabildo and was rebuilt following the fire of 1794. The paving stones, brought in as ballast on ships arriving in New 88 | St. Charles Avenue August 2015

Orleans, were placed in 1831, and besides its name, not much has changed since. Originally called Ruelle d’Orleans, Sud (Orleans Alley South), its name was officially

This was purportedly a business transaction: Lafitte’s strategic intelligence to help defeat the British in exchange for the release of his brother Pierre, held in prison at the Cabildo for smuggling and piracy. A similar story has the pirate tunneling out from the prison walls, making his escape into the alley. Others claim that the alley became an established place of commerce for the pirates’ black market goods, including Lafitte’s gunsmith shop, where he melted down his looted gold and silver. While the story of the alley name may never be resolved, there’s one fact about Pirates Alley not in question: its most famous resident. William Faulkner called it home in 1925, living at what is now 624 Pirates Alley. It was there that he wrote his first novel, Soldier’s Pay. Another famous resident was Morgus the Magnificent. The “horror host” of local late-night television was on air from the 1950s to the ’80s. His mad scientist’s lab had a fire escape that was said to lead to Pirate’s Alley. n changed to Pirates Alley in 1964 to reflect common usage and to make the popular tourist destination easier to find. Lore and rumor more than hard fact attempt to explain where the name originated. Some claim that General Andrew Jackson and the pirate Jean Lafitte conferred about the 1814 Battle of New Orleans in the alley, located conveniently next to the seat of local government.

Pirates Alley, c 1960s. When the name of the alley was changed in 1964, the street sign erected by the city said simply Pirate Alley. This discrepancy has led to three different versions of the name being used by various people and entities: Pirate, Pirates and Pirate’s. According to current Orleans Parish tax records, the correct name is Pirates Alley.

Photo from the Greater New Orleans Tourist Commission, provided courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library.

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