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On the Cover

Whether you’re considering a complete room re-do, want to update one thing in particular or getting excited about a new construction, we’ve checked in with eight local experts who know a thing or two about customizing your rooms and playing with current trends, starting on pg. 46.


Views in Vogue Our Fashionable New Orleanians embody true style by Mirella Cameran | Photographed by Jeff Strout


Consider Customizations Local kitchen & bath trends & ideas by Kelcy Wilburn

55 St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events September-December 2018 compiled by Morgan Packard Griffith

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Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Standing) Dr. Eric Laborde, Vice Chair of Urology at Ochsner Health System; Betsy Laborde, President and Founder of Monarch Blue Consulting, LLC; and Vernon Brinson, Owner and CEO of Royal Honda; and (seated) James Michalopoulos, artist and sculptor; and Dylan Tête, Founder and CEO of Bastion for St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” presented by Royal Honda. Our fifth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” will once again benefit Bastion, an intentionally designed neighborhood for our veterans. Co-Chaired by Sheldon and Michael Schmidt and Betsy and Dr. Eric Laborde, this tablescapes event will feature 25 extravagantly decorated tables created from the ground up by local retailers and designers at the Audubon Tea Room. From linens and chair backs, to glassware and cutlery, each table will be a unique and elaborate work of art. This year the Preview Party presented by Royal Honda will be on Wednesday, October 3, featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, wine, beer, and live music. The Luncheon, presented by Royal Honda, follows the next day, Thursday, October 4, and will include a live auction that will feature a four-day stay at the Swanson Family Estate, a live painting of the luncheon by Alex Harvie, a painting by James Michalopoulos valued at $25,000 and more. We are almost sold out, so get your tickets now by visiting or calling Abbie at 830-7264, and learn more about Bastion (which is almost through Phase Two!) at

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In Every Issue

18 8 & 10 Editors’ Notes

12 Making a difference

Hoffman Early Learning Center: Because “All children deserve a great early childhood education.”

14 Kids play

A Chauvin Showcase: Three places to play

16 What’s Hot

Home Furnishings

18 On the Menu

Fancying Fall: Galatoire’s Creole Seafood Gumbo

20 The Dish

Southern Cuisine & Fine Hospitality: EAT New Orleans & Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse

62 Entertaining WIth Bev

Spur of the Moment Fun: A few days of fun in Peurto Vallarta

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Philanthropic Fun

68 64 With This Ring

Carvin – Luchenta A Roaring Return “Whitney Zoo-to-Do 2018” roared about a new lion exhibit at Audubon Zoo. 24

Learning for a Lifetime Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik were honored for their lifetime of service to the children of New Orleans. 34


Sweetness of Life Jewish Family Services recognized Mental Health Awareness month with an Israeli cuisine-themed benefit. 36


Entrepreneurial Spirits Junior Achievement GNO welcomed six local entrepreneurs into the 2018 Business Hall of Fame. 28

Angels Against AIDS Two volunteers of Project Lazarus, who have made a lasting impact on the agency and mission, were named Guardian Angels. 36

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Art Advocates Over 700 patrons attended The NOCCA Institute’s “Art & Soul” gala. 30

Spain’s Lasting Legacy An exclusive preview of the Cabildo’s first major exhibition in 25 years retold the story of Spain’s massive influence on New Orleans’ and America’s history. 40

Dressing the Part Four hundred patrons dined in style at the luncheon in support of Dress for Success New Orleans. 26

Moving Away From MS The National MS Society honored The Hulin Family as the “Family On The Move” in recognition of their support. 32

Horsing Around World class riders and horses competed in a thrilling Grand Prix benefiting Equest Farm in City Park. 42

Young Bloods

Damon Burns: President & CEO, Finance Authority of New Orleans Student Activist

Camille Patton: Isidore Newman School

68 Oliver and Shalanta Jackson: Owners, Cherry Blow Dry Bar

69 Shop Talk

Erin Kolb MSW, LCSW, NFA: Interim CEO, Poydras Home & Dianne McGraw MSW, LCSW, CMC: Director, Home Care Solutions

70 OnStage calendar 76 Snapshots 80 Nostalgia

No Beer Goggles Needed: The Falstaff Brewery’s history 5

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Kelcy Wilburn September 2018 Vol. 23 Issue 4 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Griffith Art Director Ali Sullivan contributing editor Mirella Cameran Society Columnist Catherine Freeman Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout


Kelcy Wilburn is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, though New Orleans has been her home since 2001. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in writing from Loyola University New Orleans before receiving her Master’s in Fine Arts from the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans. In addition to writing for St. Charles Avenue and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Kelcy is a local songwriter (Kelcy Mae) and published poet. When not writing and working from her back porch in Tremé, Kelcy is often on the road, either touring with the band, camping or traveling with family and friends. She loves entertaining both audiences and guests, so it’s no wonder her favorite articles to write center on New Orleans’ arts and entertainment, food and cocktail culture and home design and improvement.

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We at Renaissance Publishing are thrilled to support Bastion and our wounded warriors for the third year at our fifth annual “Wine, Dine & Design!” Thanks to our cover movers and shakers: Betsy Laborde, President and Founder of Monarch Blue Consulting, LLC; Dr. Eric Laborde,Vice Chair of Urology at Ochsner Health System; James Michalopoulos, artist and sculptor; Dylan Tête, Founder and CEO of Bastion; and Vernon Brinson, Owner and CEO of Royal Honda, our presenting sponsor! (Not pictured are our other Co-Chairs Sheldon and Michael Schmidt.) This year the Preview Party presented by Royal Honda will be on Wednesday, October 3, with the Luncheon, presented by Royal Honda, following on Thursday, October 4, both at the Audubon Tea Room – and the excitement will be amazing. James Michalopoulos has donated a $25,000 painting for the auction and Alex Harvie will produce a painting of the luncheon; we’ll also be auctioning a four-day stay at the Swanson Family Estate and more! Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, music and 25 of the most beautifully designed tables created by New Orleans most sought after designers on view at the Preview Party, and lunch with wine at those tables and the auction at the Luncheon will wow you and your guests! We are almost sold out, so get your tickets now by visiting or calling 830-7264. When we started supporting Bastion, an intentionally designed neighborhood for our veterans, there was a plot of ground in Gentilly. Now they’re finishing Phase Two and have purchased the land for Phase Three. There are currently 58 homes and the amount of veterans and their families Bastion serves is growing as they sign new leases for Phase Two every week! Bastion is a beautifully designed area that includes a Wellness Center where residents can meet, do yoga and other exercises and get emotional support and have get-togethers. It is an incredible idea that Dylan Tête created, and he’s hoping that it will be a model for the rest of the country! I can’t wait for you to see our Fashionable New Orleanians: Edgar “Dook” Chase IV; Martine Chaisson Linares, Jill McKay Pipes; Carroll W. Suggs and Ileana Suquet. Not only are the stylish, but they do so much for our community!

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This month’s What’s Hot for Home Furnishings will let you make the most of your fall choices by incorporating pieces and concepts with an eye-catching element of interest that will set you abode above the rest! If finding that perfect touch leads you to want to update your kitchen and bathrooms, we’ve checked with local experts who know a thing or two about customizing your rooms and playing with current trends. Our Registry of Charitable Events for September through December 2018 is here! If you don’t see your event in our magazine, you didn’t let us know in time, but please fill out our online form as soon as you can so we can include it in our calendars and coverage!: This year’s American Cancer Society “Belles And Beaus Ball” will turn Mardi Gras World into “Garden Splendor: A Place Where HOPE Can Grow” with a “Beer, Bourbon and Bubbles Room” designed like an outdoor beer garden! The Patron Party is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. upstairs, with the Ball following downstairs. This year’s Belles are: Dr. Rabia Cattie, Dr. Rupa Jolly, our own Lisa Picone Love, McKenzie Lovelace, Monica Mullooly, Jessica Schulman, Dr. Tammuella Singleton, the incomparable Dr. Kathleen “Kate” Sullivan, Allison Tiller, Delia Young; and Beaus: Glen Boyd, Dr. John Gordon, Michael Hecht, Dr. Brian Moore, Dr. Jody Morris, Jim Nelson, Jim Perrier, Dr. Danny Raines, John Regan and Dr. Ravi Tandon. As always, the event benefits the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge, a home away from home for those seeking cancer treatment in New Orleans. Find out more and purchase your ticket today by visiting The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation’s “Almost Fall Bus Crawl Y’all!” will take place Thursday, September 20, 6-10 p.m. It is just what it sounds like, and begins at Central City BBQ, moving on to The Shop @ the CAC, then to Art Klub and finally to Paradigm Gardens. There will be cocktails and auctions on the bus, and each stop will feature food, adult beverages and live music! For more information and to purchase tickets ($100 each), call 895-2800 or visit We are happy to say hello to fall; be sure to watch for school zones and get ready for tailgating and fun!

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Michalopoulos donates a $25,000 painting to be auctioned off at “Wine, Dine & Design!” Painter and sculptor James Michalopoulos was born in Philadelphia in 1951. His father was a prominent modernist architect and his uncle was a famous surrealistic painter. He moved to New Orleans in 1981, and the city became his muse. He started sketching artists, musicians, shotgun houses and Creole colltages. His body of work established him as one of the most influential living artists in the region today! “My style is an abstraction of the figurative,” he says. “I like color, volumetric shape and graphic lines. While one may recognize the subject of my painting, through my work, one discovers the spirit of it.” Be sure to attend “Wine, Dine & Design” – 100 percent of the money raised goes to Bastion! Learn more by reading my note, left, and purchase your ticket today by visiting or calling 830-7264. 9

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I am writing while my son takes a nap, which is pretty much the only time I can sit quietly and focus on one thing for more than three minutes. I don’t mind it as much as I thought I would though, because the deficit of quiet working time has been more than filled by being able to watch the exact moment when he discovers something, and the hugs and kisses he has just learned to give. Though our days are often subject to his temperament and health (his teething often presents with fever), we as a family have a very definite routine. We start each day with a walk, and on weekends take those at the zoo, aquarium, French Quarter or Magazine Street. The heat of summer tends to push us into the shops and has definitely upped our pace. At least this month brings the official start to fall, even if the cooler temperatures have yet to truly arrive. This is the perfect time to begin to fill our calendars with the myriad nonprofit events that benefit our beloved city. We have more than 60 events between September and December listed in our Registry of Charitable Events! If you don’t see yours there, make certain to fill out our online form now: Next month, we at St. Charles Avenue will present our annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes events benefiting Bastion presented by Royal Honda at the Audubon Tea Room October 3 and 4. This event is always beautiful, inspiring (both the tables and the stories about Bastion)and lots of fun. The Preview Party is a wonderful way to view the 25 decorated tables and enjoy some drinks, hors d’oeuvres and music, and the Luncheon the following afternoon is a great opportunity to partake in a delicious lunch with wine and iced tea while bidding on fabulous auction opportunities and examining the incredibly decorated tables up close. Visit today to learn more and purchase your tickets! If you are unable to make the events, I encourage you to learn more about Bastion and make a donation directly by visiting This month, “LOVE in the Garden,” benefiting NOMA is what’s making me happy! Offering a night of cuisine from 50 local restaurants; a cocktail competition; entertainment by The Storyville Stompers, The Boogie Men and Otto; a Kendra Scott jewelry pull; and a late-night party complete with food trucks, this event in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is an evening not to be missed! Call 658-4100 or visit event/love-garden-2018-presented-whitney-bank to learn more and purchase your ticket today!

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Hoffman Early Learning Center Because “All children deserve a great early childhood education.” By Catherine Freeman

When I moved here over two decades ago and started learning my way around, the city was described to me as a “checkerboard” of good and bad neighborhoods. I’m fairly confident this was a warning, but I actually found the checkerboard to be one of the more fascinating characteristics of my new home. I still love that no matter where you live, work or play it’s nearly impossible to not notice and be touched by the cross pollination of unique people and cultures around us that is New Orleans. In contrast to this melting pot of neighborhoods, most early learning centers are either entirely tuition-based or entirely publicly funded, leading to segregation in our schools that doesn’t reflect the diverse makeup of the city. But I recently learned there’s an innovative option when a board member of New Orleans College Prep invited me to visit one of their schools: Hoffman Early Learning Center. Tucked neatly on a large lot of South Prieur Street, Hoffman Early Learning Center’s unique model is a mecca for families searching for an affordable, high-quality early education program. With nearly 12,000 low-income families with children ages infant to 4 in New Orleans and the importance of pre-K education in long-term development, Hoffman offers a racially and socioeconomically diverse learning experience for our city’s youngest students that truly mirrors our community at large. “One of the things that drew us to Hoffman was the economic diversity that the school’s mission tries to attract amongst the families,” says a current parent.

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Unlike most schools, tuition at Hoffman is a sliding scale of rates based on family income with 56 percent publicly funded seats (from Early Head Start, Head Start and the City of New Orleans) and 44 percent tuition based for a total enrollment of 150 students from infants to 4-year-olds. Hoffman developed their model from a tremendous amount of research supporting the theory that “kids in racially and economically diverse schools perform better academically and enroll in college at higher rates” (The Century Foundation study, 2016). Through community partnerships with Kingsley House, Boys Town and Charter School Collaborators and with extensive waiting lists, Hoffman achieves economies of scale by implementing a diversified funding model with the hope to serve 235 students by 2020. The school has a warm, welcoming vibe with classrooms entered off large porches centered on an inviting play area equipped with gardens, play structures, and picnic tables. Peeking into a few classrooms to witness the learning first hand brightened my day – one classroom of chatty 4-year-olds was working collaboratively on a project and a sweet

younger group was resting quietly post-lunch on cots while their teacher read. Hoffman uses the Creative Curriculum, a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. Low student-teacher ratios and hands-on learning assure that every child receives attention and engagement at an increased level. Not only do all Hoffman teachers have degrees in early childhood education or are currently enrolled in an education program, but the joy and enthusiasm they exuded during my brief visit was palpable. Hoffman Executive Director Eboni Walker explains it best: “All children deserve a great early childhood education that sets them up for success in life and so that’s what we’re trying to do here – level the playing field, put them in a room together to learn together at a high quality and you’ll see the outcome. This is what learning should be.” n

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A Chauvin Showcase Three places to play By Brittany Kennedy

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and international tourists that are seeking folk art, bayou vistas or just an interesting story about a local, troubled man who abandoned the project in 2000, lopping off the head of one of his Jesus figures as he left the property on foot. Visitors departing the garden (perhaps less dramatically than Hill) can go further down the bayou where they’ll find Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). While the facility focuses on research into the unique environment that is our coastline, the facility also has self-guided tours every day (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) where kids can see the animals in their aquaria and experience some of the exhibits, ending it all with a climb up their observation tower where they can get a bird’s-eye view of the marsh and see first-hand the importance of our coastline and just how much of it is disappearing at a rapid pace. A visit down the bayou wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the 100-yearold Cecil Lapeyrouse Grocery store. Whether you’re stopping to grab some water for your fishing trip or just want to enjoy a Coke on their porch swing next to the bayou, this spot currently owned by the third-generation of Lapeyrouses is, without a doubt, an experience far

removed from your typical run to Rouses’s to grab a gallon of milk. People popping in to say hello to the incredibly kind owners find themselves staying longer than they expected and the space itself is almost a museum to the types of small grocery stores we had growing up but that are few and far between now. Top off the day by buying some fresh fish or shrimp caught nearby (Tip: Bring a cooler!), and you have a nice dinner when you get back to New Orleans to remind you of just how close we are to a place that seems so different from our city but that is, nonetheless, so important. n

Just the Facts ... Chauvin Sculpture Garden 5337 Bayouside Drive Chauvin, LA 70344 Monday–Sunday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) with tours of the art studio 11- 4 p.m. and by appointment LUMCON 8124 Highway 56 Chauvin, LA 70344 Self-Guided tours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. everyday Lapeyrouse Grocery 7243 Shoreline Drive Chauvin, LA 70344 Open daily 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Marine Center Photo Courtesy of Lo uisiana Un iversities Marin e Con sort ium (LUM CON)

While summer “vacation” for many people means heading to the beach or some far-off place, summer camp and other obligations can make getting away more challenging than we would like. Yet, in our own backyard – well, maybe our back bayou – going about an hour out of New Orleans to Chauvin, Louisiana (pronounced show-van) can take us to an artist’s fantasy world as well as a place where we can explore our role in the delicate ecosystem of South Louisiana. Although it’s smaller than it seems from the photos, the Chauvin Sculpture Garden was the project of eccentric local Kenny Hill, who lived on a small plot of land in Chauvin, and from about 1990 to 2000 constructed a whimsical garden of concrete sculptures. Most of the over 100 are human figures that carry some sort of Biblical or historical reference. Mostly, the figures reflect struggle, perhaps alluding to the many struggles the artist himself faced throughout his life. For a child, however, the densely packed space is a larger-than-life representation of color, fancy and the human form. For younger children, the smaller space is actually a benefit. It doesn’t overwhelm even as the 50-foot lighthouse inspires awe. For older kids and adults, the daily tours (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and museum on site provide insight into the troubled man and his fantastic creations. The green space next door houses Nicholls art students’ large-scale sculptures and provides a space to picnic. The site was gifted to Nicholls State University and opened to the public in 2002 and, of late, it receives both local 15

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Home Furnishings By Amy Gabriel

High design is all about the details. Make the most of your fall home furnishing choices by incorporating pieces and concepts that have an eyecatching element of interest that will set your abode above the rest.

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w h at ' s h ot 1. Put disarray at bay and perfect each inch of your pantry by customizing every nook, cranny, corner shelf, spice, wine and hook rack. Louisiana Custom Closets, 8853188, 2. An embroidered edge dresses up any duvet cover, sham, bed skirt and pillow. The Linen Registry, 200 Metairie Road, 8318228, 3. A powder room becomes a work of art with a shower curtain showcasing a view of New Orleans; ca. 1851; lithograph; by John Bachmann, Léon Auguste Asselineau, Auguste Bry, lithographer; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1939.6. The Historic New Orleans Collection, 4. Let the light in your living room shine from above with custom raised panel shutters. Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design, 1533 Prytania St., 525-7409,

7. Elegance starts from the floor up with gallery-esque acrylic legs on the modern Talin Settee in Elenor Sapphire. Z Gallerie, 3301 Veterans Blvd. 249-7938, 8. Take pendant lighting up a notch with a Bola Disc that adds visual depth by mirroring its surroundings. Sizes and metals vary. Modern Market, 1200 Annunciation St., 8962206,

9. Elevate the scene at your dining table by swapping in Minara-Printed Elowen chairs with back brass handles. Anthropologie,

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5. Triple up on vintage glamour with a set of Belgium-made Belgo Chrome gold plated nesting tables with mirrored glass circa 1960s1970s. Sunday Shop, 2025 Magazine St., 342-2087, 6. A reading lamp becomes a tower of interest when alternating between blue and gold design elements. Perch, 2844 Magazine St., 899.2122, 17

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Fancying Fall Galatoire’s Creole Seafood Gumbo

Ingredients 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large onion, diced (about 2 cups) 2 8-ounce cans crushed tomatoes 2 pounds okra, stemmed 1 Tablespoon salt 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 Tablespoon fleshly ground white pepper 3 bay leaves 1½ gallons crab stock 2 pounds 40/50 count shrimp, peeled 30 oysters 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, cleaned 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups steamed white rice Heat 3 Tablespoons of the oil in a stockpot, then add onions and celery. Sauté over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until they’re tender and the onions begin to brown. Add tomatoes and okra and simmer until the moisture has cooked out. Season with the salt, peppers and bay leaves, and add stock. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to a simmer and add shrimp, oysters and crabmeat to stock. Simmer for 10 minutes. While gumbo is simmering, make a roux in a castiron or other heavy frying pan. Place pan over medium heat and add remaining 2 cups of oil and the flour to the pan, whisking until smooth. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until the roux becomes a walnut color. If the pan starts to get too hot, remove it from heat, still whisking, and allow it to cool briefly. Be extremely careful not to burn the roux. Constant whisking will keep the roux from sticking. Note: A rich, dark roux is a crucial flavoring agent and provides structure for the entire dish.

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Southern Cuisine & Fine Hospitality EAT New Orleans & Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse By Jyl Benson

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In 2015, chef Jarred Zeringue and Matthew Moreland, a New Orleans attorney, purchased Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse & Restaurant (WJS), a heritage business in Laplace, Louisiana. The smokehouse had been passed down through generations of the Nolan family, producing artisan-smoked meats and fresh sausage they ultimately shipped worldwide. Zeringue’s family owned a farm on River Road in Vacherie and had shopped at the smokehouse for generations. Upon assuming ownership of the business, the partners took a minimally invasive approach. They closed for only two days so as not to disrupt the habits of the community it served, instead sneaking in after hours to paint and make physical improvements to the restaurant. The smokehouse’s on-site restaurant is open only for weekday lunch and a Sunday brunch that showcases Bloody Marys made with in-house smoked tomatoes, onions and garlic. Deviled eggs are topped with tiny slivers of house-smoked bacon. Rounds of roasted andouille sausage “chips” are served with Creole mustard. Smoked tasso enhances creamy macaroni and cheese, and the dessert list is comprised entirely of Zeringue’s Grandmother Winnie’s recipes for scratch-made treats like banana cream cheese pie, chocolate chip buttermilk pie and blonde fudge cake.

Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Pecans, Goat Cheese, Red Onions, Bacon Vinaigrette

Lining the restaurant’s shelves are products from Zeringue’s Circle Z Foods line of house-made vinegars, condiments, pepper jelly, smoked salts, salsas and roasted fruit butters, all presented in elegant, minimalist packaging. There are cartons of fresh yard eggs for sale from the variety of chickens, both common and exotic, that now live in the backyard, merrily feeding off of peppers and leftover donuts from a shop down the street. The result is ultra-rich deep golden yolks with a slight peppery kick. Moreland and Zeringue have planted numerous fruit and nut-bearing trees and vines including muscadine, Moreland paper-shell pecan (Moreland’s grandfather patented the variety, a result of grafting a paper shell and a candy pecan root stock together), avocado, fig and olive. Lines of numerous varieties of citrus trees – including a pink lemonade variety with vibrant flesh – are forming a lovely allée in the yard. The wealth from the garden is used in the restaurant and in the Circle Z Foods line. *** In 2017, Moreland joined Zeringue, his best friend, in ownership of EAT New Orleans, the perennially popular French Quarter corner restaurant he opened in the spring of 2006. For lunch, brunch and dinner the small dining rooms are packed mostly with people from the neighborhood, but the occasional in-the-know tourist makes it to the picturesque spot at the corner of Dumaine and Burgundy streets where a rotating gallery of works from local artists adorn the walls. The peerless smoked meats and pickled vegetables from WJS have found a natural home at EAT blending seamlessly

Try This: The tradition of making labor intensive crawfish bisque during Holy Week dates back generations in the Zeringue family. Though out of season now, real deal, nearly impossible to find crawfish bisque made with stuffed heads is offered on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at both WJS and EAT during Easter week in the spring so mark your calendars.

with Zeringue’s farm-fresh, home-style, seasonally driven menu of southern heritage cuisine. All starters are generously sized and intended for sharing and it is hard to go wrong with offerings like bleu cheese and fig torte; crawfish boullettes; fried chicken livers with house-made pepper jelly; and hog head cheese served with and andouille chips. Salads are more than an afterthought. Two are favorites: Smoked chicken with avocado, bacon, bleu cheese and mesclun greens with house-made bleu cheese dressing; and warm Brussels sprouts with bacon, roasted pecans and goat cheese with house-made bacon vinaigrette. Plate lunches and dinner specials include choice of protein and a side and may include roasted bell peppers stuffed with either beef or shrimp; panéed pork loin; crawfish pie (seasonal); or shrimp and crab fettuccine. Butterbeans and shrimp are offered as a side; don’t miss out. n EAT New Orleans 900 Dumaine St., 522-7222, Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse & Restaurant 769 A West 5th St., LaPlace, LA, (985) 652-9990, 21

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Philanthropic Fun Each month St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans’ definitive social magazine, highlights recent nonprofit fundraisers. In the following pages we acknowledge the people, social activism and lifestyles that make our city exceptional. Event profiles by Shelby Simon 23

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A Roaring Return


“Whitney Zoo-To-Do 2018” roared about a new lion exhibit at the Audubon Zoo. Over 4,000 attendees at the 41st “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” enjoyed a memorable evening of fine dining and dancing on the picturesque grounds of Audubon Zoo. The theme of this year’s gala was “Celebrate Lions: The Roar Returns!” in honor of the zoo’s new lion exhibit under construction, made possible through a generous donation by Joy and Boysie Bollinger. The gala featured a mouth-watering array of cuisine from 70 of the city’s most famous eateries as well as specialty and full-service bars serving premium cocktails. This year's Chair was Stephanie Stone Feoli. Headline entertainment was provided by The Big Beyond with additional activities and musical entertainment throughout the zoo, including: Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bon Bon Vivant, Bamboula 2000, Uncle Wayne Caricatures and Maverick VR. Guests were also able to enjoy the party without missing a moment of Game 3 of the NBA playoff series between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Golden State Warriors thanks to TVs placed throughout the event provided by Event Producers. Patron benefits included early admittance and all-night access to the Patron Lounge & Patio, featuring upscale cocktail bars and delectable cuisine as well as recognition on printed materials, including event invitation, event program and welcome signage. The 2018 silent auction featured staycations, recreation packages, jewelry, dining experiences and much more, with all bidding held online and not restricted to gala attendees. Package highlights included: team trips with New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, commissioned artwork by “2018 Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Featured Artist Alex Beard, a Manchester United team experience for two and a progressive dinner at Commander’s Family of Restaurants. A 2018 Jewelry Raffle presented by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry & Distinctive Gifts included two Roberto Coin handwoven 18 karat yellow and rose gold primavera bracelets featuring a pavé diamond station. Ten participants also won a $250 Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry gift certificate. n



Event at a Glance

1. Filippo Feoli, Ileana Feoli, Chair Stephanie Stone Feoli and Ludovico Feoli 2. CEO Ron and Sally Forman with Myles Carrere, Michele Reynoir and Porter Carrere 3. Joe and Debbie Exnicios with Ann and John Hairston 4. Clifton and Elizabeth Leblanc with Malise and Clay Kearney 5. Anne and Luis Banos 6. Carmen and Kelly Duncan

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

What: “Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute When: Friday, May 4 Where: Audubon Zoo



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Dressing The Part


Four hundred patrons dined in style at the luncheon in support of Dress for Success New Orleans. Dress for Success, the organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing tools of support and professional attire, hosted its ninth annual “Suits and Salads Luncheon” at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Client of the Year Daviauna Morrell gave a testimonial followed by a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, which included local civic activists Lynn Abide, Sarah Martzolf, Aimée Gowland and Maria Oliver, as well as Dress for Success Clients and expectant twins, Janelle and Trenelle Dennis. Liz Reyes led a panel discussion, which included Vice President of Saks Fifth Avenue Carolyn Elder, CEO of Acrew Crystal McDonald and Ellen Macomber, local designer and artist. Lisa Irons, Stacy Melvin and Leigh Thorpe served as Chairs, with Elizabeth Stalfort as Auction Chair and Claire Capitelli as Décor Chair. Steven Putt, Marketing Director Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans, served as Fashion Show Coordinator. The luncheon portion of the program included cold gazpacho soup and Mediterranean chicken salad with specialty cookies made by Apple Berry Delights. Moet Hennessy donated champagne for the affair. The silent auction included more than 200 items, including a diamond estate pendant courtesy of Friend and Company. n



Event at a Glance

1. Décor Chair Claire Capitelli with Event Co-Chairs Leigh Thorpe and Lisa Irons 2. Volunteer of the Year Donna Fitch, Client of the Year Daviauna Morrell and Diane Riche 3. Board Members Shannon Brice, Sarah Martzolf and Arie Kaller with Board President Nadine Brown 4. Emcee Liz Reyes, Maria Oliver, Tamara Wyce and Amiée Gowland 5. Angela Palmisano and Fashion Show Coordinator Steven Putt 6. Alumna Janelle Dennis, Board Member Katherine Madere and Alumna Trenelle Dennis

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Photographed by Ke nny Martin ez

What: Ninth annual “Suits and Salads Luncheon,” benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans When: Friday, May 11 Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans



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Entrepreneurial Spirits


Junior Achievement GNO welcomed six local entrepreneurs into the 2018 Business Hall of Fame. The “Business Hall of Fame Gala” recognized six local businessmen and women who have made significant contributions to the community and to the success of their professions. To begin the evening, 25 attending members of the Business Hall of Fame were introduced in procession style by class year. The 2018 Laureates honored were: Ray Brandt, CEO, Ray Brandt Auto Group with wife, Jessica Brandt; Adolph Bynum Sr., Co-Owner, Bynum Pharmacies and Co-Owner, Doby Properties, LLC with wife, Naydja Bynum; Michelle Gobert, Owner, Image360 with husband, Norm Gobert; and Matthew Schwartz and Chris Papamichael, Principals, The Domain Companies with wives Crista Schwartz and Lori Papamichael. The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to honoree Phyllis M. Taylor, CEO, Endeavor Enterprises L.L.C., Chairman and CEO, Taylor Energy Company LLC and Chairman and President, Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. Each honoree was featured in a special video tribute and introduced by a fellow Hall of Fame Laureate, also on video. Patrons were treated to a refreshing three-course dinner capped with seasonal strawberry shortcake while enjoying music provided by pianist Phillip Melancon. A raffle featured a $3,000 Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry Gift Card. n



Event at a Glance

1. Past Honoree Alden McDonald with 2018 Honorees Michelle Gobert and Adolph Bynum Sr. 2. Larry Washington, Seth St. Martin and Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Phyllis Taylor 3. 2018 Honoree Ray Brandt, Past Honoree Roger Ogden and 2018 Honorees Chris Papamichael and Matthew Schwartz 4. Past Honorees Jose Suquet and Paul Flower 5. Katharine Kay, Past Honoree Warner Thomas and Diedra Dias 6. Kevin Ericksen, Laurie Young and Chad Berg

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Photographed by Gill Rubman

What: “Business Hall of Fame Gala,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc. When: Wednesday, May 9 Where: The Ritz-Carlton



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Art Advocates Over 700 patrons attended The NOCCA Institute’s “Art & Soul” gala. “Art & Soul,” presented by the The James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation, raised $315,000 for The NOCCA Institute and its programs for NOCCA students, faculty and the community. Whimsical springtime décor, including colorful floral arrangements with birds and flowers, created a festive scene. Jesse McBride Presents The Next Generation provided music at the Patron Party, followed by Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Big Freedia at the gala. The Merry Antoinettes made a special appearance with costumes created especially for the gala, representing each of the 11 arts disciplines offered at NOCCA. Elektra Cosmetics Glitter Bar also entertained. Food came from 27 vendors, with featured dishes including a roasted whole hog from Cochon; shrimp rings with finger lime cocktail from Restaurant August; salt-roasted red snapper with salsa verde from Emeril’s NOLA; and a Louisiana seafood raw bar (with oysters and shrimp provided by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board) and snowballs prepared by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts students. The silent auction featured 311 items, including a guest riding membership for two and table for 10 at the Orpheuscapade, donated by the Krewe of Orpheus. The live auction, with auctioneers Claire Elizabeth Thriffley and Mark Romig, featured three items, including a private dinner for ten prepared by Chef Frank Brigtsen. “Art & Soul” was Co-Chaired by Shanekah Johnson (Vocal Music, ‘01) and Nicole M. Regan. n



Event at a Glance

1. NOCCA Founder Shirley Trusty Corey with Dr. Steve and Kathy Price 2. Kelly Brown, chef Frank Brigtsen and James Brown 3. Gregory Morey with Debbie and Bobby Patrick 4. Linda Christovich, Anne Raymond and Dana Douglas 5. Sidney Torres, Rita and Floyd Gue and Bill Haines 6. Anne and Paul Candies

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What: “Art & Soul,” benefiting The NOCCA Institute When: Saturday, May 12 Where: Press Street Station



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Moving Away from MS The National MS Society honored The Hulin Family as the “Family On The Move” in recognition of their support. The Roosevelt Hotel Waldorf Astoria Ballroom provided an elegant setting for the “On the Move Luncheon,” which leverages support for the National MS Society. The fundraiser supports the organization’s mission to empower communities with the knowledge, inspiration and relentless resolve to end Multiple Sclerosis. The 2018 luncheon raised over $82,000. Allison Gouaux served as the Luncheon Chair, and Carolyn Lorio was Honorary Chair. The Hulin Family was given the distinction of Family On the Move. Dan and Jennifer Digmann served as the keynote speakers. The Quint Adkins Trio entertained as guests dined on a meal including chicken breast and mushroom sauce, wild rice pilaf and green beans, strawberry mousse, lemon curd and pistachio sponge. Centerpieces and orange roses were provided by Giverny Design. More than 250 patrons attended the event. n



Event at a Glance

1. Honorary Chair Carolyn Lorio and Luncheon Chair Allison Gouaux with President, South Central National MS Society Linda Bates 2. Vanda Lattie, Honoree Erin Hall, Natalie Hall (in arms) and Debbie Montreuil 3. Louisiana Community Council Member Lindsay Levine, Regional Board Member Mark Preston and Leadership Council Member Kelly Kropog

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Photographed by Kenn y Martin ez

What: “On the Move Luncheon,” benefiting National Multiple Sclerosis Society Louisiana Chapter When: Tuesday, May 8 Where: The Roosevelt Hotel 33

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Learning for a Lifetime


Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik were honored for their lifetime of service to the children of New Orleans. City Year’s recognizable emblem and signature red – the color of the jackets that AmeriCorps members wear while tutoring and mentoring students – could be seen throughout Messina’s at the Terminal on April 25 for the organization’s benefit party, “School House Rock.” Many of the guests even wore red in support of the AmeriCorps members for whom they came to celebrate. The program included an address from City Year New Orleans’s First Lady Cheryl Landrieu, who, along with her husband, has been a long time City Year supporter. Event Co-Chairs Cathy McRae and Patty Riddlebarger graciously thanked the Host Committee and event sponsors.Vice President and Executive Director Meli Manuselis introduced the School House Rock Stars, the night’s honorees: Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik. Ana and Juan were honored for their lifetime of service to the children of New Orleans, and support of the multiple classes of City Year AmeriCorps members that have served our city’s children throughout the years. Ana and Juan received their own City Year red jackets, presented to them by a current AmeriCorps member. Additionally, four City Year AmeriCorps members took to the stage and gave the audience a glimpse of their year – from incredible breakthrough moments while tutoring and mentoring their students, to moments of personal growth and reflection, to the bittersweet end of their year of service. A jazz band from New Orleans Center for Creative Arts serenaded guests throughout the evening. The dinner and dessert selection was provided by Messina’s Catering. The bar served, amongst other beverages, beer donated by Urban South Brewery. The Host Committee and Sponsors received City Year New Orleans mugs, filled with sweets made by Java Ram at Opportunities Academy, a post-secondary program run by one of City Year New Orleans’ partner schools, George Washington Carver High School of the Collegiate Academy network. Funds from this event allow City Year New Orleans to sustain and grow its programs in six Orleans Parish public schools, where AmeriCorps members serve as tutors and mentors for a full school year. n

What: “School House Rock,” benefiting City Year New Orleans When: Wednesday, April 25 Where: Messina’s at the Terminal, Lakefront Airport 1. Honorees Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik 2. Host Committee Member Todd Battiste and Co-Chair Cathy McRae 3. Vice President of New Site Development George Deveney, AmeriCorps member Alex Asaro and Regional Vice President Ryann Denham

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Sweetness of Life


Jewish Family Services recognized Mental Health Awareness month with an Israeli cuisine-themed benefit. In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness month, proceeds from “Dvash: a Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine” directly benefited JFS mental health services, which are made affordable through a sliding-fee scale based on income. JFS mental health services include counseling, case management, senior services and teen suicide prevention training. The name of the event, “dvash,” from Hebrew, literally translates to “honey.” It posits the notion that anyone, families and individual alike, can experience the sweetness of life through time, love, and support: three attributes of mental health service. “Dvash” was Co-Chaired by Debbie Pesses and Art Waterman. The event was preceded by an Exclusive Chef ’s Table Dinner for event sponsors at Doris Metropolitan the evening before. The Patron Party took place an hour before the main event. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of JFS, the Agency recognized the legacy of JFS Past Presidents. The presentation was led by JFS Past President Nancy Bissinger Timm, Current JFS Board President Larry Manshel, and Executive Director Roselle Ungar. Patron Party food was provided by Sterling Events & Lebanon’s Cafe. The main event began with tasting dishes from restaurants and chefs of the Greater New Orleans area, including: Doris Metropolitan, Red Fish Grill, Kingfish, The Governor, Café Reconcile, Tal’s Hummus, Shahrazad Cafe, Hummus & More, Chef Rommel’s Catering, Belinda’s Kosher Catering, Casablanca, Rimon, Kosher Cajun, Kvetchy’s Kosher Soul Food, Bywater Bakery, New Orleans Cake Cafe. Two vodka-based craft cocktails were provided: the Honey Pom Pom featuring pomegranate juice, honey and lemon; and the Israeli Lemonana with lemonade and crushed mint. Both an auction and a raffle were open to event attendees. The auction featured six culinary focused trips and the raffle included items donated by Octavia Books, béjé, Kosher Cajun, Liberty’s Kitchen and Station 6. Music was provided by Countdown Sound & Productions. As a thank you gift, Patrons were given jars of honey at the end of the evening.The honey jars were graciously donated by Sasnak Farms. n

What: “Dvash: a Celebration of Modern Israeli Cuisine,” benefiting Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans When: Thursday, May 10 Where: The Cannery 1. Leon and Co-Chair Debbie Pesses with Martie and Co-Chair Art Waterman 2. President Larry and Elizabeth Manshel with Executive Director Roselle and Stanley Ungar 3. Howard and Susan Green with Anne Gauthier and Sanford Pailet

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Angels Against AIDS


Two volunteers of Project Lazarus, who have made a lasting impact on the agency and mission, were named Guardian Angels. The annual “Guardian Angel Award Gala” celebrated two of its most impactful and passionate volunteers as Guardian Angels: Maryam Bahman and Angie Bowlin. Both awardees have made significant contributions to Project Lazarus through their tireless advocacy and commitment to this mission. Co-Founder Fr. Paul Desrosiers opened the program with an invocation and dedicated the night in the memory of Fr. Bob Pawell, Co-Founder of Project Lazarus. The Guardian Angel Award was presented to Maryam Bahman by Rob Gerhart and Jerry Fredieu and to Angie Bowlin by Reverend Thomas Bouterie. Video introductions to the honorees were produced by the Avita Pharmacy marketing department. They also produced two additional videos highlighting Project Lazarus. Executive Director Steve Rivera introduced a video sharing the story of a former resident; an additional speech was made by Board Chair Lance Cardwell. Lawrence Henry Gobble served as Event Chair, and Leslie Castay served as Hostess. The Ace Hotel provided the catering. The silent auction featured 33 packages, of which the highlight was a signed artist proof by Gustavo Duque. A live auction featured eight packages with highlights including a five-night stay in a condo in Rome and an original George Dunbar painting, entitled “Bonfouca.” This fundraiser for Project Lazarus, a transitional home for people living with HIV/AIDS, raises critical funds that directly support the mission of housing and supporting people living with HIV/AIDS and provide the resources and opportunities for residents to overcome obstacles such as homelessness, addiction, mental illness and stigma. n



Event at a Glance

1. Michael Mohrlang, Honoree Maryam Bahman and Glen Cunningham 2. Martin Robinson and Honoree Angie Bowlin 3. Casey Monnerjahn, John Norris and Bradley Bunch

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What: “Guardian Angel Award Gala,” benefiting Project Lazarus When: Friday, May 11 Where: Ace Hotel New Orleans 39

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Spain’s Lasting Legacy


An exclusive preview of the Cabildo’s first major exhibition in 25 years retold the story of Spain’s massive influence on New Orleans’ and America’s history. The Cabildo, enveloped in a flurry of red and gold, Spanish music, cuisine and even period costumes, transported 500 patrons back to Spanish Colonial Louisiana at the exclusive viewing of “Recovered Memories” before it opened the next day to the general public. Guests were treated to a magnificent 7,000 square foot exhibition on all three of the Cabildo’s floors, showcasing hundreds of historic artifacts, documents, costumes, and works of art from Spanish and U.S. museums, archives and private collections, including pieces which have never been publicly exhibited before. The opening reception welcomed more than 50 international senior level dignitaries, ambassadors and foreign diplomats from across the globe. Attendees also included state and local officials, Louisiana Museum Foundation members and supporters, special guests from various Spanish interest and arts and museum organizations, and officials from IBERDROLA, a multinational Spanish energy company, and its U.S. subsidiary AVANGRID, in association with the Louisiana State Museum. Stationed at the Cabildo’s entrance gates to greet guests upon their arrival were reenactment Spanish Soldiers Paul Bergeron and Stephen Estopinal, authentically dressed in period costumes. Ladies in Canary Islander-inspired dress also greeted guests as they walked under the portico on a red carpet past an authentic Spanish cannon and a paparazzi photo-site, complete with a step and repeat. Waiters offered guests chilled sparkling rose and cava blanc while a harpist played romantic tunes as guests entered the exhibition. Cuisine by Educated Palate included delicious Spanish-inspired fare crafted by Nora Wetzel and Gallician Chef Andres Rodriquez. Each full bar featured an array of Spanish inspired wines, cavas and themed libations compliments of the Goldring Family Foundation and Sazerac. The Spanish Flame was the specialty cocktail. Patrice Fisher on harp and Fran Comiskey on keyboard played lovely Spanish melodies and other tunes as guests arrived under the Cabildo’s arcade. Paky Saavedra, an acoustic guitarist and vocalist, serenaded guests also with romantic Spanish melodies in the outside courtyard and Javier Olondo, a locally renowned classical Spanish guitarist and Tulane instructor, played beautiful Spanish guitar music on the second floor inside gallery overlooking Jackson Square. The Louisiana Museum Foundation, the major donor support arm of the Louisiana State Museum, was pleased to organize the event. n



Event at a Glance

1. Semmes Favrot, Catherine Favrot, Caroline Calhoun and Murray Calhoun 2. Kevin Kelly, Holley Haag, Melissa Steiner and Eduardo Garrigues 3. Captain Robert Phillips and Juan Barona

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Photographed by Jef f St rout

What: “Recovered Memories: Spain, New Orleans, and the Support for the American Revolution Exhibition Opening Reception,” benefiting Louisiana Museum Foundation When: Friday, April 20 Where: The Cabildo

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Horsing Around World class riders and horses competed in a thrilling Grand Prix benefiting Equest Farm in City Park. Donning their best “cowboy casual,” equestrian enthusiasts at the 13th annual “Tails But No Black Tie” were treated to an elegant evening filled with spectacular horseback riding with proceeds donated to Equest Farm in New Orleans City Park. Attendees arriving on the grounds were transported to a country estate and greeted by the magnificent participating USEF Champion Jumpers and World Class riders, each getting ready for the exciting Grand Prix and to compete for $10,000 in prize money. The horses seemed to love the company and attention as they got a pre-show grazing, grooming, hay or treats. Patrons in the VIP Grandstand enjoyed an up-close view of the horses and riders, a private pre-event cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres, reserved seating, exquisite catered dinner, open bar, entertainment by the Tom Fisher Jazz Ensemble and participation in the auction to win an exquisite rug donated by NOLA Rugs. Following the national anthem, these patrons had the opportunity to view the Parade of Horses and bet on which horse and rider team they felt would win the jump off competition in the New Orleans Grand Prix Calcutta. Leading bidders received 10 percent of the overall pot, with the remainder of proceeds donated to New Orleans City Park. General Admission offered families and individuals access to view the horses and riders prior to the competition, along with a ringside view of the Grand Prix. The Competition teams navigated a 15-jump course with speed and precision. The teams that jumped a clean round competed again in a second round, the Jump Off, in which the winner had to jump a clean round against the clock. The exhilarating Grand Prix jumper competition followed with rider Holly Shepherd riding Manchester winning first and second place riding Ashland in the final round Jump Off. n



Event at a Glance

1. John Hopper, Chris Brupbacher, Event Organizer and Director of Equest Farm Leslie Kramer and Ellen Addison 2. Shelby, Britton and Sheila Sanderford 3. Barbara Arras, Richard Gill and Paula Dickey

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Photographed by Gil Rubman

What: “Tails But No Black Tie,” benefiting Equest Farm and Friends of City Park When: Saturday, April 21 Where: Equest Farm

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Vo g u e o u r Fa s h i o n a b l e New Orleanians embody true style

By Mirell a Camer an Photos by Jeff Strout

We are all obsessed with style – from stylish celebrities to style blogs, stylish shopping services and more. However, true style cannot be bought or borrowed. Genuinely stylish people look amazing all the time, no matter what they’re doing, if they’re dressed up or dressed down, their confidence shines through. Each one of the five fashionable New Orleanians profiled here commits their time and talents to worthy causes aimed at improving the lives of everyone living in the city. We have enjoyed learning their secrets to cutting a stylish figure and hearing about some of the charities they’re involved in, and we hope you do, too.

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Martine Chaisson Linares Age: 35 Occupation: Director of Martine Chaisson Gallery Event you have chosen to represent: BRAVO Gala What is appropriate attire for the event: Black-tie How would you describe your personal style: “Always a little over the top. I’m in mommy mode (I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old) most of the time, so when I get to express my personal style and escape the athleisure look I really go for it.” Is your significant other well dressed: “He is always handsome in whatever he’s wearing ... but I do enjoy having a say so.” Where do you like to shop locally: Saks, Em’s Boutique, UAL Whose style do you most admire: Lauren Santo Domingo What are you wearing: Milly dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. 45

Carroll W. Suggs Age: “Who cares! Old enough to be worldly and wise and young enough to enjoy every moment of life.” Occupation: Philanthropist; Former Chairman and CEO, Petroleum Helicopters, Inc. Event you have chosen to represent: “‘Key to the Cure,’ a fabulous party hosted by and held at Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium dedicated to research and eradicating this disease.” What is appropriate attire for the event: Cocktail How would you describe your personal style: “It varies but I like to think of my look as sophisticated, fashionable, colorful and fun. I love to seek great ‘finds’ that are interesting and unusual, and I enjoy dressing to depict a holiday, event theme or team colors on game day! “ Where do you like to shop locally: Saks Fifth Avenue and Ballin’s Whose style do you most admire: Phyllis Taylor What are you wearing: Midnight blue Marisa Baratelli three-piece Thai silk suit

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Jill McKay Pipes Age: 46 Occupation: Professional volunteer supporting a variety of community organizations Event you have chosen to represent: “Cocktails for KID smART” What is appropriate attire for the event: Cocktail How would you describe your personal style: “I’m mostly conservative with a bit of an edge. I gravitate toward neutral colors and detailing in clothes that’s unexpected.” Is your significant other well dressed: “I think so, especially when he wears what I buy for him! Seriously, his suits are Brooks Brothers and Perlis; his shirts are Charles Tyrwhitt; and he buys an occasional piece from Harvie and Hudson on Jermyn Street in London.” Where do you like to shop locally: “Locally, I’ll pop into Em’s, Clover, Spring, Head Over Heels, Hemline and UAL.” Whose style do you most admire: Sarah Jessica Parker What are you wearing: Liniert dress with Tibi shoes 47

Edgar “Dook” Chase IV Age: 35 Occupation: Owner, Chase Hospitality Group Event you have chosen to represent: Edgar “Dooky” & Leah Chase Foundation Gala What is appropriate attire for the event: Cocktail How would you describe your personal style: Classic and clean Is your significant other well dressed: “Yes, she picks out my clothes. She tries to get me to mix it up a little.” Where do you like to shop locally: “Saks and my own closet (I believe in recyclingsame suit, different shirt)” Whose style do you most admire: “Overall, President Barack Obama because he’s classic and confident. Also, James St. Patrick from the television series “Power,” strictly based on wardrobe not morale compass. What are you wearing: Jos A. Bank suit with a Hugo Boss shirt, Saks Fifth Avenue tie and Gucci loafers

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Ileana Suquet Age: Suffice to say I will be entering a new decade soon! Occupation: Community Activist (“In my prior life I worked in International Banking, Real Estate and Jewelry Design”) Tell us about the event you have chosen to represent: The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s “Azúcar Ball.” (Ilena serves as Board President) What is appropriate attire for the event? This year’s theme is Una vez en Nuevo Orleans (Once upon a time in New Orleans) in keeping with the Tricentennial, and the attire is black-tie. How would you describe your personal style? “It is more classic than not, but I do throw in an occasional trend! My current favorite is colorful large fringe earrings! I love jewelry so I focus on accessories and shoes and handbags are a passion.” Is your significant other well dressed? “My husband isn’t trendy at all; he’s very classic and his business calls for it. As a CEO in the financial world he’s all about suits and ties. He usually wears golf attire on the weekends! I think he always looks great!” Where do you like to shop locally? “I shop with Orelia at Saks. I like a few of the new boutiques on Magazine Street, and Pie at Ballin’s hooks me up with some great linen and silk separates. I also shop with Lynne at Carlisle during their shows.” Whose style do you most admire? I believe that Carolina Herrera’s style is terrific! She’s chic and elegant and always age appropriate. What are you wearing? Black Escada dress with black suede and feather Dior shoes; diamond earrings from Friend and Company and a Cartier watch 49

Consider Customizations Local kitchen & bath trends & ideas By Kelcy Wilburn Select photos by Mike Lirette

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From a home design standpoint, kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most fun rooms – there’s a lot at play in these two areas, where form and function are quite interconnected. As humans, we need a place to prepare food and we also need a comfortable space for grooming. While satisfying those basic needs is standard, the design approach you take can vary a great deal.

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Some families have enthusiastic cooks who require six burners and a place to store their vast wine collection. Other families buy prepared foods and often dine out, requiring only a basic cooktop and standard fridge. Some individuals are shower-only folks, while others enjoy a long soak in a large tub. For those considering a room re-do or new construction, we’ve checked in with local experts who know a thing or two about customizing your rooms and playing with current trends.

Kitchens are the expertise of Joey Edwards, President of Cameron Kitchen & Bath Design, a local design firm that has served the area for more than six decades. According to Edwards, stainless steel still rules the kitchen and American-made appliances from Whirlpool, KitchenAid, SubZero & Wolf are the preferred brands over “flash in the pan” appliances focused on electronics. “In the world of top quality appliances, our clients want them made by companies who know kitchen appliances, not units made by a company whose manufacturing lines are 95 percent televisions and cellular phones but who are now dabbling in the appliance industry,” says Edwards. Top recommendations for outdoor kitchens from Cameron include durable, no-maintenance cabinetry made of stainless steel, composite materials and natural teak woods, as well as outdoor appliances with high grades of stainless steel. Stone continues to be a popular choice for countertops, including granite, quartzite, marble and quartz slabs. Select Stone carries over 300 colors of the oftsought durable materials. “As the foundation for kitchen décor we’re seeing neutrals becoming the new norm. Veining and patterns are also becoming increasingly popular. Texture is

coming into focus as well with the options of polished, leathered and honed finishes,” says Arnold Molano, General Manager. Playing with texture is a popular current trend and can take you in many different directions. At Nola Boards, Owner Mandy Simpson and her husband build and sell handmade wooden products for the kitchen, dining room and home bar. “We’ve seen an increase in our clients wanting to mix their granite or marble countertops with a wooden island being its own stand-alone piece,” says Simpson. “Mixing cypress or other river and swamp reclaimed wood into your current structure isn’t difficult and can completely transform the space.” According to Simpson, wooden countertops help bring a sense of warmth and depth to the kitchen. Nola Boards is also able to customize an array of features such as sunken cutting boards within the countertop that are easily removable for cleaning. “This allows you to essentially cut right on your countertop surface while protecting the rest of it,” she says. When it comes to appliances, Randall Shaw, President of Nordic Kitchen and Baths, says many manufacturers are moving away from “pro” or industrial ranges and towards a more transitional look. One of Shaw’s favorite new appliances is the 51

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combination steam oven, which offers convection, steam and combination cooking. Some incorporate a vacuum drawer underneath for convenient sous vide cooking. Contemporary whites and greys with textured wood finishes continue to trend in kitchen cabinet design, according to Shaw. He is also seeing an uptick in “transitional” styling, which incorporates elements of both contemporary and traditional design. He says a rising number of homeowners are opting for cabinet fronts on their appliances in contrast to stainless or white. Cabinetry is a major factor in kitchen design and function, and more homeowners are seeking minimal-maintenance, ecofriendly materials, according to Kristen Mason Klamer, Design Principal at Mason•Ros archi-

tecture and design firm. Klamer notes a trend towards getting rid of upper cabinets and maximizing lower cabinet space. One way to do that is to use drawers instead of traditional swing cabinets to make items more easily accessible. “We find this can really open up the space and provide opportunities for open shelving, more windows or even art in the kitchen where you wouldn’t have seen it much in the past,” says Klamer. To maximize space in a small kitchen, Klamer recommends taking advantage of the tall ceilings found in many in New Orleans homes. When clients want upper cabinets, Mason•Ros recommends extending them to the ceiling, which can maximize storage for seasonal dishes. Storage is always key in a kitchen

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a design. And while cabinets and shelving provide the main storage for the kitchen itself, some homeowners seek the extra storage of a pantry, wine storage, or other small off-the-kitchen room. Experts at Louisiana Custom Closets maximize the storage of these areas and can personalize just about any space. Coffee is a staple in most homes, and the ways people make it can range from electric drip makers and Keurigs to a counter-top grinder and French press or even a large-scale espresso machine. As people trend away from countertop clutter, more people are adding coffee bars in their pantries, according to Owner Ann Wise. New Orleanians love their wine and entertaining, so the local company has a great deal of experience helping organize and store your prized bottles and seasonal table linens as well. And what about bathrooms? Tile and stone are often used here for flooring, backsplashes, tub surrounds and showers, so we checked in with Floor & Decor for the latest trends. Marble continues to be a highly desired material in bathrooms, but if you splurge elsewhere and need to cut your budget, Floor & Decor recommends convincing, marble-look porcelain as a cost-saving alternative. Looking for more ways to save? ”Lots of times, a little creativity with how you install a tile can really up the design impact without upping the price tag,” says Lindsay Swenson, Chief Executive Merchant. Current tile trends include using large, shaped tiles such as pickets, hexagons and herringbone to create patterns on the floors and walls. Matte finishes on tiles and stones are popular, and more people are creating feature walls in showers using a statement decorative mosaic or tile that creates a lot of texture. Another creative application for tile includes installing it above vanity areas like you would wallpaper, up and around the mirror. You would probably take a different approach to a powder room than your master bath, and Penny Francis, Owner and Principal Designer of Eclectic Home, points out that in today’s world, the cool powder room is the new selfie backdrop. She recommends having fun with your powder room design since you might be seeing it on social media. “Lighting is the jewelry and can make or break the design. Scale is critical so we start by determining our size restrictions. Whether a suspended chandelier, sconces or a

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combination of both, look for the unexpected in the design for interest and conversation,” says Francis. ”Dimly lit powder rooms with the amount of lighting needed to freshen up is all you need here,” she emphasizes. Other tricks Francis likes to use include wallpapering the entire space including the ceiling, which can make a smaller space seem larger by adding fluidity and blurring the lines between walls and ceilings. “The same happens when you paint walls, ceilings and trim the same color and in a semi gloss or gloss finish. The high reflective value of the paint reflects light and makes the room appear larger,” she says. New trends in master baths include more wet rooms wherein a tub sits in a glassed-in area with a curbless shower, according to Kristen Mason Klamer at Mason•Ros. “It has been making our five-fixture master baths so much more efficient in layout and does lean towards a progressive European experience,” she says. At Nordic Kitchen & Baths, Randall Shaw notes a rise in large rain heads for showers, sometimes as big as 30-by-30 feet. He also notes a rise in homeowners opting out of tubs in their master baths so long as there’s a bath somewhere in the home. 53

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St. Charles Avenue’s

Registry of Charitable Events September-December 2018 Compiled by Morgan Packard Griffith

SEPTEMBER 8 32nd annual “Role Model

Awards Gala”

Benefits: Young Leadership Council Event Info.: This annual gala will

honor 15 exemplary New Orleanians and their contributions to the community while raising funds for the YLC’s volunteer-led community service projects and leadership development curriculum. Tickets: $200 and up/Ticket; $3,000 and up/Table Location: The Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way Contact: 585-1198

14 “Light Up the Night”

Benefits: Lighthouse Louisiana Event Info.: An evening of live

music, signature cocktails, great food and a live auction Tickets: $100/Ticket Location: Home of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grace Jr. Contact: 889-4501 extension 257

14 18th annual “Celebration of Life Luncheon”

Benefits: Cancer Crusaders Event Info.: This annual luncheon

with over 100 silent auction items, a parade of prizes and raffles will honor cancer survivors while raising money for cancer research. Tickets: $85/Ticket Location: New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St. Contact: 454-7869

14 “‘Making History’

Fall Gala”

Benefits: Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans Event Info.: This gala will feature

cuisine from local restaurants, specialty libations, a luxury auction and raffle and more. Tickets: $125/Ticket

Location: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park Contact: 484-7744

15 Fifth annual

“NOLA Bluedoo”

Benefits: Tulane Cancer Center Event Info.: A festival-like

celebration of prostate cancer survivorship offering New Orleansstyle food, drink, music, a silent auction, a survivors’ tent, a kids’ tent, awards costuming and a competitive two-mile walk/run, held in conjunction with the New Orleans Track Club. Tickets: $15-$35/Ticket Location: Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave. Contact: 988-6592

15 “Doris Ulmann Panel Discussion” Benefits: Ogden Museum of

Southern Art

Event Info.: This will be a panel

discussion of the “Doris Ulmann: From the Highlands to the Lowlands” exhibition. Panelists include Joshua Mann Pailet, Founder/President of A Gallery for Fine Photography; Jessica Lange, Collector, Photographer and Actress; and Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Tickets: Free Location: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. Contact: 539-9631

17 “A Blind Taste”

Benefits: WRBH Radio for the Blind Event Info.: An annual fundraising

five-course dinner created by James Beard Award-winning Chef Justin Devillier with wine pairings where guests wear blindfolds, in order to gain awareness of some of the challenges that WRBH listeners experience on a daily basis.

Tickets: $200-$5,000/Ticket Location: Le Petite Grocery, 4238

Magazine St. Contact: 899-1144

20 “Almost Fall Bus Crawl Y’all!”

Benefits: Louisiana Cultural

Economy Foundation

Event Info.: This take on a bar crawl

begins at Central City BBQ, moving on to The Shop @ the CAC, then to Art Klub and finally to Paradigm Gardens. There will be cocktails and auctions on the bus, and each stop will feature food, adult beverages and live music. Tickets: $100/Ticket Location: Originating at Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St. Contact: 895-2800, aimee@,

21 “Martini Madness”

Benefits: Friends of City Park Event Info.: This annual young

professional-aimed event hosts over 1,000 guests and offers 30 creative martinis and cuisine from 25 different New Orleans restaurants, as well as raffle prizes, a photo booth, a DJ and more. Tickets: $55/ Member Ticket; $65/ Non-member Ticket Location: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, City Park Contact: 483-9676

21 “Curtain Call Ball”

Benefits: Le Petit Théâtre du

Vieux Carré

Event Info.: The year’s ball, a

celebration to support Le Petit’s mission of providing the highest quality theatrical performances while nurturing up-and-coming talent, will be a celebration of the American musical. Tickets: $150-$450/Ticket Location: Le Petit Théâtre,

616 St. Peter St.

Contact: 522-2081

22 Ninth annual “NOLA on Tap Beer Fest sponsored by Port Orleans Brewing Co.” Benefits: Louisiana SPCA Event Info.: The largest beer fest

in the region is dog-friendly and will offer live music from the GIVERS, Sexual Thunder and Cha Wa; 400+ local, national and homebrewed beers; Homebrewers Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) competition and People’s Choice Awards; food; contests; art and merchandise vendors; non-beer drinks; and games. Tickets: $5/Ticket; $25/VIP Ticket Location: New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds Contact:

23 22nd annual “Dinner at Emeril’s”

Benefits: LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry Event Info.: Emeril Lagasse generously donates his entire restaurant and waitstaff for a multi-course dinner and personally attends this annual gala event. Tickets: $500/Ticket Location: Emeril’s, 800 Tchoupitoulas St. Contact: 568-6004

24-30 “Diaper Need Awareness Week”

Benefits: Junior League of

New Orleans

Event Info.: Diaper Need Awareness

Week shares online resources, holds in-person events and encourages diaper drives to raise awareness of the one in three families who experience diaper need. Tickets: Free Location: Online Contact: 891-5845 55

28 “Volunteer Activists

Awards Luncheon”

Benefits: St. Elizabeth’s Guild Event Info.: This annual luncheon

will recognize 10 community activists and two hall of fame activists, and will also feature a fashion show, lunch, silent auction and parade of prizes. Tickets: $75/Ticket Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. Contact: 301-4321

28 “Belles and Beaus Ball”

Benefits: American Cancer Society Event Info.: This annual ball will

feature cuisine from more than 40 local restaurants, dancing and special guests, an auction, a sapphire and diamond ring raffle and surprises around every corner as Mardi Gras World is transformed into multiple gardens. Tickets: $150-$5,000/Ticket Location: Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place Contact: 219-2282

28 “Taste America New Orleans”

Benefits: James Beard Foundation Event Info.: Four benefit dinners

will feature an exciting lineup of local chefs offering ideal entertaining opportunities for executives, clients, media and VIPs. Tickets: $500/Ticket Location: Various Contact: 583-5550

28 “LOVE in the Garden 2018 presented by Whitney Bank” Benefits: New Orleans Museum of


Event Info.: NOMA’s annual fall

soirée honors artists while offering a night of cuisine from 50 local restaurants, a cocktail competition, entertainment by The Boogie Men and Otto, a Kendra Scott jewelry pull and a late-night party complete with food trucks. Tickets: $50-$150/Ticket Location: Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, 1 Collins Diboll Circle Contact: 658-4100, event/love-garden-2018-presentedwhitney-bank

29 “Blue Rose Ball”

Benefits: St. Michael Special School Event Info.: This ball will offer

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dining and dancing in support of the students attending St. Michael Special School along with live and silent auctions and entertainment by Four Unplugged. Tickets: $150/Ticket; Patron Levels and Sponsorships available Location: Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave. Contact: 524-7285

OCTOBER 5 “City Stars Soiree”

Benefits: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans Event Info.: A social gala featuring food, libations, music, a silent auction and more while honoring young entrepreneurs 40 and under who have demonstrated strong entrepreneurial skills with high moral and ethical standards. Tickets: $75/Ticket Location: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, 5100 Orleans Ave. Contact: 569-8657

5 30th annual “The Justice For All Ball” Benefits: The Pro Bono Project Event Info.: This year’s theme for

the annual gala is theme “One Friday Night at The Justice For All Ball ...” Will offer entertainment by Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, with music by Nayo Jones at the Patron Party; food and drink from more than 25 of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and bars; silent and live auctions feature art, jewelry, travel and some special surprises; and a raffle offering gifts from local and regional business. Tickets: $200/Ticket; Sponsorships available Location: Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St. Contact: 581-3480,

5 “Greenway Soirée” Benefits: Friends of Lafitte


Event Info.: An elegant evening

of dining, dancing and drinks to support the Greenway with cuisine from local restaurants, live local music and live and silent auctions. Tickets: Check website for prices Location: The Cellar on St. Louis, 2500 St. Louis St. Contact: Soiree2018

6 Third annual “Beignet Fest”

Benefits: Tres Doux Foundation Event Info.: From traditional

sweet treats covered in powdered sugar to savory options bursting with seafood, cheese and more, Beignet Fest will feature more than 20 beignet dishes; live, local music performances; a kids village; artist market; and a VIP experience. Tickets: Free-$50/Ticket Location: Festival Grounds, City Park Contact:

6 “‘Newton Howard:

Painter of the Sportsman’s Paradise’ and ‘New Southern Photography’ Opening Reception”

Benefits: Ogden Museum of Southern Art Event Info.: Celebrating the opening of two exhibitions. Tickets: Free/Members; $13.50/Ticket Location: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. Contact: 539-9631

9 “Baubles and Bubbly for Beethoven”

Benefits: Louisiana Philharmonic


Event Info.: This cocktail party will

offer shopping opportunities from the Encore Shop with a designer boutique and a super sale table, along with music by a combo of LPO musicians. Tickets: $85/Ticket; $100/Patron Ticket Location: Home of Mary Matalin and James Carville Contact: 861-9028

10 “Susan G. Komen New Orleans Race for the Cure”

Benefits: Susan G. Komen New Orleans Event Info.: This annual event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Tickets: $40/Survivors and Adult Tickets; $30/Youth Ticket; $45/Virtual Ticket Location: City Park Practice Track, 1 Palm Drive Contact: 455-7310

10 “2018 Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure”

Benefits: Louisiana Cancer Research Center Event Info.: Saks Fifth Avenue will celebrate 20 years and $2,200,000 raised for cancer research at this annual gala since 2006. Cuisine from local restaurants and caterers, local music and a designer fashion show. Tickets: $75/Ticket Location: Saks Fifth Avenue, 301 Canal St. Contact: 888-7608

12 “Magic in the Moonlight & the Moonlighters”

Benefits: Botanical Garden Foundation Event Info.: This annual al fresco dinner served under the lit oaks will showcase the new Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden and the new entrance to the Botanical Garden and Storyland. Tickets: $300/Ticket; Sponsorships available Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park Contact: 483-9386

12-14 Fifth annual “WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival 2018”

Benefits: The National WWII Museum, Commemorative Air Force and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Event Info.: This annual threeday historic WWII aircraft show will honor the legacy of the WWII generation and highlight the machines that contributed to Allied victory on air, sea and land. It includes: a two hour air show featuring WWII aircraft from around the country; dockside tours on the museum’s fully restored PT-305; an expanded Kid Zone complete with a challenge course, a rock-climbing wall and hands-on history stations; a military vehicle parade; and a WWII fashion show. Tickets: $20/Ticket for Child, Student, Senior, Military and Museum Member; $25/Ticket; Sponsorships available Location: New Orleans Lakefront Airport: 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd. Contact: 528-1944 extension 313,

13 “Dancing

Grounds Showdown”

Benefits: Dancing Grounds Event Info.: The Dancing Grounds

Showdown is a new citywide dance competition produced by Dancing Grounds with dual goals of fundraising for DG’s transformative youth programs and showcasing the incredible dance talent in greater New Orleans. Tickets: N/A; Sponsorships available Location: The Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave. Contact: 535-5791,

13 “Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s”

Benefits: Davis Phinney Foundation Event Info.: Louisiana Walks for

Parkinson’s is a multi-route walk with a silent auction, a parade of prizes, live music, a kids craft corner, local food and beverages and more. Tickets: Free/Children; $25/Adult Ticket Location: Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie Contact: (720) 259-0907,,

13 “UNCF Walk For Education”

Benefits: UNCF Event Info.: One of the largest

walks for education in the state, the race course begins and ends on the Riverview directly behind Audubon Zoo and winds its way through Audubon Park. The family fun event will include children’s activities and local food. Tickets: $35/Ticket over 12; $15/Ticket 12 and younger Location: Audubon Park and Zoo Riverview Contact: 581-3794

14 “Feast at the Board

of Trade”

Benefits: Parkway Partners


Event Info.: This seated Jazz

Brunch will honor Dr. Lake Douglas as the 2018 Green Spirit Award Winner. Tickets: $100/Tickets; Sponsorships and Tables available Location: New Orleans Board of Trade, 316 Magazine St. Contact: 620-2224

19-21 “Ghosts in the Oaks” Benefits: Friends of City Park Event Info.: This family friendly

Halloween fundraiser asks that children of all ages dress in their Halloween best for unlimited rides, air-brush face painting, live music, arts and crafts, balloon animals, a pumpkin patch and trick-or-treating. Tickets: $12/Member Ticket; $15/ Non-member Ticket Location: Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland, City Park Contact: 483-9376

20 “Center Celebration: A Sweet and Saucy Night at the J”

Benefits: New Orleans Jewish Community Center Event Info.: This event will include cocktails, Kansas City Kosher Barbecue with all the trimmings, an open bar and live music by Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers – all poolside. Tickets: $75/Ticket under 35;$150 and up/Ticket over 35 Location: New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave. Contact: 897-0143

20 “O What a Night!”

Benefits: Ogden Museum of

Southern Art

Event Info.: The black-tie event

celebrates the mission of the Ogden Museum and includes a live auction led by auctioneer Robbie Gordie of Christie’s and a gala dinner provided by chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise. Tickets: $600/Supporting Ticket Location: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. Contact: 539-9631

21 “Fete du Jardin – Big Fun on the Bayou” Benefits: Louisiana Landmarks


Event Info.: Louisiana Landmarks

Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year features food, music and dancing. This year’s theme, “Big Fun on the Bayou,” celebrates New Orleans’ tricentennial and cultural connections to Cajun country. Tickets: $35/Ticket 35 and under; $75 and up/Ticket with Benefits Packages Location: Pitot House, 1440 Moss St. Contact: 482-0312

22-28 “Crescent City

Chamber Music Festival”

Benefits: Young Leadership Council Event Info.: This third annual

festival is a mission-centric event presented by Artistic Director Luke Fleming, a Juilliard-trained New Orleanian who travels the world performing Classical music. Fleming recruits other world-class musicians and ensembles to perform in New Orleans for the event. This year, the festival is offering five free public performances and 20 more outreach concerts at various locations, such as nursing homes, schools, churches, homeless shelters and other helping organizations in the Greater New Orleans area, providing exciting, interactive musical performances. Tickets: Free Location: Various locations Contact: CrescentCityChamberMusic

24 “Bewitching! Luncheon & Fashion Show” Benefits: New Orleans Garden


Event Info.: This annual event

features a style show presented by Yvonne LaFleur, costume contests, a silent auction and a parade of prizes. Tickets: $60/Ticket; $80/Patron Party Ticket Location: Audubon Tea Room Contact: 430-4937

24 11th annual “Fall Gala:

Lambeth House Foundation Toasts the Tricentennial” presented by Guardian Angel Hospice Benefits: Lambeth House Event Info.: This dinner buffet

features classic New Orleans cuisine, an open bar, silent and live auctions and entertainment. Tickets: $150 and up/Ticket Location: Lambeth House, 150 Broadway St. Contact: 865-1960 extension 170

25 “Cocktails for KID smART”

Benefits: KID smART Event Info.: KID smART’s signature

fundraiser is held in a private home of an art patron and features the work of a local artist at each event through a commemorative giclée for sponsors and patrons that serves as a reminder of the rich artistic and cultural environment in which local children live. Tickets: $125/Ticket; $375 and up/

Sponsor and Patron Ticket

Location: Home of Walton and

Jeffrey Goldring Contact: 940-1994

25 “61st annual “Weiss Awards’”

Benefits: New Orleans Council for Community and Justice Event Info.: The “Weiss Awards” recognizes members of the Greater New Orleans community whose civic and humanitarian contributions to the furtherance of human dignity were outstanding and an example to be followed. Tickets: $300/Ticket Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave. Contact: 522-3760

26 “Signature Chefs Auction”

Benefits: March of Dimes Event Info.: This year’s event marks

the 80th anniversary for March of Dimes, and they’re celebrating with their annual gathering of culinary talent, including Lead Chef Tom Wolfe. This black-tie gala begins with a 90-minute tasting experience followed by a live auction and “Fund the Mission.” Tickets: Varies, see website Location: Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St. Contact: 470-5936,

27 “Deo Gratias”

Benefits: Saint Joseph Seminary College Event Info.: Saint Joseph Seminary College, the largest seminary college in the country, will host its annual fundraising gala with by awardwinning chef John Folse. Tickets: $100/Ticket Location: Saint Joseph Seminary College, 75376 River Road, Covington Contact: (985) 867-2284,

NOVEMBER 1 “2018 Annual Patron Party & Art Exhibition”

Benefits: Poydras Home Event Info.: Artist Billy Solitario

and pottery artisan Evelyn Jordan will each be showcased with 15 to 20 select pieces of their work displayed gallery-style within Poydras Home’s Historic Hall and 1857 Hall for several weeks prior to the Patron Party event, where Deacon John will 57

entertain while guests dine on fine restaurant offerings. Tickets: $100/Ticket; $65/Young Adult Ticket Location: Poydras Home, 5354 Magazine St. Contact: 897-0535

2 “New Orleans Then and Now”

Benefits: French Quarter Citizens Event Info.: Honoring legendary

French Quarter entertainer, club owner and entrepreneur Chris Owens and former Vieux Carré Commissioner and long-time French Quarter resident C. J. Blanda, the event will feature delicious cuisine, an open bar, music by Phillip Manuel and a chance to bid in both live and silent auctions led by auctioneer Angela Hill. Tickets: $125/Ticket; Sponsor and Patron Tickets available Location: The Jung Hotel, 1500 Canal St. Contact: 588-2929

2 “Magnolia

Moonlight Gala”

Benefits: Magnolia Community


Event Info.: This annual event

will feature cuisine from over 50 restaurants, a silent auction and entertainment by the Rockenbraughs. All proceeds will go towards helping adults with developmental disabilities lead meaningful, independent lives. Tickets: $125/Ticket Location: Magnolia Community Services, 100 Central Ave., Jefferson Contact: 731-1387

3 “Tour de Cure

New Orleans 2018”

Benefits: American Diabetes


Event Info.: This annual 5K asks

participants to walk, run or bicycle, and also features breakfast, lunch, entertainment, activities and a wellness festival for the community. Tickets: $15/Registration Location: Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St. Contact: 889-0278

6 33rd annual “STAIR Affair” Benefits: Start the Adventure in Reading Event Info.: Paying homage to the Tricentennial, this annual event’s theme draws from Alexandre Dumas’ book The Three Musketeers. Guests

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will enjoy cocktails, cuisine donated by local restaurants, music and a silent auction. Tickets: $60/Ticket; Sponsorships available Location: Home of Anna Beth and John Goodman Contact: 899-0820,

7 “An Evening in the Garden of Eden” Benefits: Eden House Event Info.: This annual gala

will begin with a wine and cheese reception followed by a one-hour program to share the accomplishments and goals of Eden House, a movement to eradicate the trafficking and selling of human beings. Tickets: Free Location: Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St. Contact: 407-0943

9 “Boudin, Bourbon & Beer”

Benefits: Emeril Lagasse Foundation Event Info.: The South’s biggest boudin bash offers hand-crafted spirits and cusine from more than 60 of the country’s best chefs. Tickets: $98/Ticket until September 1; $99/Ticket after September 1; $5,000-$25,000/Sponsor Levels Location: Champions Square, Lasalle Street Contact: BoudinBourbonandBeer. com

9 “Victory Ball”

Benefits: The National WWII


Event Info.: This open house,

reception-style cocktail party is a salute to the men and women who have and continue to dedicate their lives to our freedom. As a “Salute to the Military,” the event will have a 1940s USO theme in the main area of the event (US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, Battle Barksdale Parade Grounds and American Sector Restaurant + Bar) and guests are encouraged to wear military dress, cocktail or period attire. Tickets: $80/Early Bird Ticket; $100/ Ticket; $150/ Military and Museum Member Patron Ticket; $175/Patron; Sponsorships available Location: The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. Contact: 528-1944 extension 363,

9 “All Saints Soirée”

Benefits: Save Our Cemeteries Event Info.: The Patron Party

kicks off the evening with live entertainment by the Truffle Honeys, specialty cocktails and cuisine. The gala will feature libations, music by the Courtyard Kings, photo opportunities and live and silent auctions. Tickets: $125/Ticket; $150/Junior Patron Ticket; $175/Patron Ticket; $2,000/Patron Party Table for 6 Location: Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Contact: 525-3377

10 “Carnivale du Vin”

Benefits: Emeril Lagasse Foundation Event Info.: Elected as a 2017 “Top 10 U.S. Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator Magazine, the black-tie gala offers food, wine and entertainment while raising crucial funds for children’s charities. Tickets: $1,000/Ticket; $6,00$30,000/Sponsor and Table Ticket Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St. Contact:

10 “Touro Infirmary

Foundation Gala”

Benefits: Touro Infirmary


Event Info.: The gala – themed

“Touro, Baby”, modeling a Sinatraera Vegas – includes a cocktail reception, Patron Party, seated dinner and after party, this year honoring Allan Bissinger with the Judah Touro Society Award, benefiting Women’s Services and the Family Birthing Center at Touro. Tickets: N/A Location: Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place Contact: 897-8435

10 “Odyssey 2018: All That Glitters in partnership with IBERIABANK” Benefits: New Orleans Museum

of Art

Event Info.: The “Odyssey Ball”

celebrates and enhances the New Orleans Museum of Art in an evening of unparalleled elegance. Tickets: $150-$2,500/Ticket Location: New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle Contact: 658-4106

10 23nd annual

“Pasta and Puccini”

Benefits: Jefferson Performing Arts Society Event Info.: Themed “Mi Amore,” this event will feature some, of your favorite love songs performed by vocalists accompanied by the JPAS Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Dennis Assaf. In addition, there will be a performance by Tango and Tarantella; complimentary appetizers, libations and dinner; a silent auction; and both wine and destination vacation raffles. Tickets: $200/Ticket; $360/Couple Ticket; $1,350/Table Location: Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St. Contact: 214-7177,

14 “SOUPer Bowl Gala”

Benefits: The Salvation Army Event Info.: This event features

a reception followed by dinner and a program. Tickets: $150/Ticket Location: Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St. Contact: 509-7790

15 “Historic Houses Society Gala”

Benefits: Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Event Info.: This event honors Historic Houses Society members of the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. Tickets: $1,000/Ticket Location: Home of Anne and Sandy Villere Contact: 274-0744

16 “Just Say YAYA 30th Anniversary Gala”

Benefits: YAYA Event Info.: YAYA will celebrate 30

years of creativity with a cocktail party celebrating the generations of artists who have passed through their doors with fabulous food and drinks, live music, a silent auction, an exhibition of work by YAYA artists past and present and honoring Founder Jana Napoli and 30 years of YAYA Artists. Tickets: $50 and up/Ticket; Sponsorships available Location: YAYA Arts Center, 3322 LaSalle St. Contact: 2529-3306

16 Ninth annual “Dancing

for the Arts”

Benefits: Young Audiences

of Louisiana

Event Info.: This event features

celebrity dancers, cocktails, a silent auction and fine fare. Camille Whitworth will preside as the Mistress of Ceremonies welcoming our extraordinary dancers who will take to the dance floor for a rugcutting competition. Vote for your favorite dancer in advance online or at the gala. Tickets: $75 and up/Ticket Location: Harrah’s New Orleans Theater, 8 Canal St. Contact: 523-3525

16 32nd annual “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party”

Benefits: New Orleans City Park Event Info.: This soirée will kick off

the light festival with a first glimpse of the lights and exclusive access to the Botanical Garden and Train Route. Tickets: $100/Ticket Location: New Orleans City Park Contact: 483-9417

17 Seventh annual “Touch a Truck”

Benefits: Junior League of New Orleans Event Info.: This event will provide the opportunity to interact with the wide variety of businesses and vehicles that protect, serve and build South Louisiana. Children will connect these gigantic vehicles to our economy and possible careers in construction, manufacturing, emergency response and many others. Tickets: $10/Ticket; $40/Family Pack of 5 in Advance Location: Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner Contact: 891-5845

29 “Salvations Gala + Auction”

Benefits: The Green Project Event Info.: New Orleans-based

environmental nonprofit The Green Project is proud to announce the return of its gala after a three-year hiatus. It will include the Salvage Design Competition, silent auction, locally crafted food, an open bar and live music. Tickets: N/A

Location: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, City Park Contact:

29 “‘BIG’ Opening Reception”

Benefits: Ogden Museum of Southern Art Event Info.: Celebrate the opening of the Ogden Museum’s latest exhibition during the museum’s weekly concert series, Ogden After Hours. Tickets: Free/Members; $13.50/Ticket Location: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St. Contact: 539-9631

30 “Son of a Saint Gala”

Benefits: Son of a Saint Event Info.: In partnership with

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, attendees will be welcomed with a Patron Cocktail Party, followed by the gala, which will include live performances and special guests, silent auctions, a three-course dinner, a premium open bar and an after party. Tickets: $250 and up/Ticket Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal St. Contact: 561-7508

DECEMBER 1 “Inaugural Founders Ball” Benefits: Louisiana Museum


Event Info.: This inaugural

ball will open an exhibition in the Cabildo on the legacy of Don Andres Almonester and his daughter, Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba. Micaela’s descendants, Charles-Edouard and Isabelle, Baron and Baroness de Pontalba from the family’s ancestral chateau of Montl’Évêque, France, and other family members will be in attendance as guests of honor to represent the family legacy. The family has also agreed to loan family heirlooms once owned by Micaela for the exhibition. This lavish costume ball will be reminiscent of the parties that Micaela hosted in the 19th century at her Paris mansion, which is now the residence of the American Ambassador. This gala is the Louisiana State Museum’s

closing tricentennial exhibition and celebration. Tickets: $300/Ticket Location: The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St. Contact: 558-0493

1 “Azúcar Ball”

Benefits: New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation Event Info.: Presented by PanAmerican Life Insurance Group and themed Una vez en Nueva Orleans (Once upon a time in New Orleans), the event will start with a Patron Party followed by the ball, featuring food, great Latin music and a silent auction. Tickets: N/A Location: Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave. Contact: 636-0107,


Benefits: Musical Arts Society of

New Orleans

Event Info.: Honoring Anderson

& Roe Piano Duo (Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe), the evening includes a champagne reception, salon recital by a world-renowned pianist(s), and a sit-down dinner. Tickets: $200/Ticket; $150/Young Patron Ticket Location: Ritz-Carlton, 921 Canal St. Contact: 899-4826

6 Fifth annual “Latkes with a Twist” Benefits: Jewish Children’s

Regional Service

Event Info.: A community-wide

Hanukkah party that will feature food by Adam Biderman, chef and owner of Company Burger, who will be cooking up latkes and other amazing items all evening. The evening will also feature live music by the Joe Gelini Trio, drink specials and a silent auction. Tickets: $25/Ticket Location: N/A Contact: 828-6334,

shopping at a festive holiday boutique. Tickets: Home Tour Tickets: $30/ Member Ticket; $45/Non-Member Ticket; $50/Day-of Ticket Location: Tour headquarters: Trinity Church, 1329 Jackson Ave. Contact: 581-7032

7 “Fete de Noel”

Benefits: Ladies Leukemia League,


Event Info.: This annual event will

feature a silent auction, door prizes, a parade of prizes, lunch and a fabulous fashion show by Dillards. Tickets: $110 and up/Ticket; $850$1,100/Table Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St. Contact: 458-4288

21 “32nd annual “Home

for the Holidays’”

Benefits: The NOCCA Institute & the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists Event Info.: The NOCCA Institute, The New Orleans Advocate and the family of Daniel Price invite you to this annual night of spectacular art and music benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, which honors the memory of NOCCA alumnus Daniel Price. In keeping with Daniel’s twin passions of art and music, the fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students at NOCCA. Tickets: $45 and up/Ticke Location: House of Blues, 225 Decatur St. Contact: 310-4999

20-24 “It’s A Wrap”

Benefits: LA SPCA Event Info.: LA SPCA volunteers

will be on hand to wrap your holiday gifts for donations. Tickets: Donation for Service Location: Clearview Mall, 4426 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie Contact: 453-3048

7-9 “Holiday Home Tour & Patron Party” Benefits: Preservation Resource


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Rising Stars 2018 On Friday, October 5th, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans will honor its 15th class of Rising Stars at the City Stars Soirée. The celebration presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and City Stars Soirée print sponsor the St. Charles Avenue Magazine, will take place at JA BizTown located on the City Park campus of Delgado Community College. We are honored to introduce our deserving 2018 JA Rising Stars in this section of the St. Charles Avenue magazine. They are Sterling Barrett, Founder/Creative Director at Krewe; Chad Berg, Vice President and Co-owner of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; Mark Berger, Health and Wellness Guru and Philanthropist; Eddie Compass, IV, President and CEO of Next Generation Logistics, LLC; Crystal McDonald, Founder/CEO of Acrew; David Hecht and Clayton Randle, Managing Directors of Ajax Holdings. Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success with its many experiential learning experiences and business lessons. A part of this education is learning about successful role models and what it takes to become one. Recipients are individuals aged 40 and under from the Greater New Orleans area that demonstrate leadership, vision, integrity and innovation. These Rising Stars serve as role models for others in business and in life. Come celebrate on October 5th. For more information and tickets visit or contact

For 63 years, Junior Achievement has gone about the work of empowering young people to own their economic success making it possible for nearly 750,000 of Greater New Orleans area K-12 students to have the JA Experience. Our formula is simple – we equip accomplished community volunteers with our proven programming, and send them into the classroom to join teachers in instructing students on the basics of money, careers and business … and it works. As we reflect on the accomplishments of our organization, I find it important to share JA’s work through the voice of one our students as she speaks directly to the incredible impact we are having on young people every day. When asked about her experience with Junior Achievement, Kelly Yu, a local high school senior shared: “Participating in Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge impacted me in a way that has been so crucial to not just my entrepreneurial and creative journey but also my personal one. By being given opportunities to meet mentors from different kinds of backgrounds and also have access to workshops and resources only accessible in college, I realized that achieving success or fulfilling my dreams does not have to rest on my shoulder alone, but that there is so much value in being given and accepting help from people who want to see me succeed. TYCIC helped me see the value in teamwork, collaboration, and seeking input from different perspectives. It also helped me to see entrepreneurship as a true pathway for me to achieve success for me and the city of New Orleans!” Our goal at JA is simple: That every young person grows to contribute to, be successful in and advance their local and global economies. Without question each of our honorees has realized that vision through the successes they’ve achieved, and I am convinced that we are indeed inspiring young people right here in New Orleans to follow in their footsteps. On behalf of our staff, our board of governors and the 38,000 young people in Greater New Orleans who will be impacted by JA’s programs this year, I invite you to attend the 2018 City Stars Soirée on October 5th at JA’s Biztown to help us celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our seven outstanding and deserving honorees. JA is only as strong as the community support we receive so we are counting on you to help empower a future generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and rising stars! Best,

Larry Washington, President Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans

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Junior Achievement’s City Stars Soirée “Passport to the Stars” will shine brightly at JA BizTown and the tented courtyard illuminated brilliantly by the Solomon Group on Friday, October 5th. Over 350 people will attend to honor Stirling Barrett, Chad Berg, Mark Berger, Eddie Compass IV, David Hecht, Crystal McDonald and Clayton Randle. All sponsors will enjoy a special cocktail and delicious appetizers provided by Windsor Court Hotel before the event. Every guest will have the opportunity to delight in scrumptious dishes from the best local restaurants. Music will be provided by the very talented Robin Barnes. The event will feature a Spoof Photo Booth and a silent auction with trips available to St. Andrew, Scotland, skiing in Telluride, a Carnival Cruise and wine tasting in Rhone. To purchase tickets or learn more contact Gail Smith at or visit

Presenting Sponsor:

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Stirling Barrett Creative Director, Founder & CEO, Krewe du Optic Creative Director, Founder and CEO of Krewe du Optic, Stirling Barrett started the successful eyewear company in 2013 with the ambitious goal of creating a fashion brand in his hometown of New Orleans. It has exceeded expectations and triumphed in a city that isn’t always known for its fashion scene. A former photographer, Barrett says he’s always “hustled” work-wise, and it has clearly paid off with the success of this company. The company’s on-trend sunglasses and prescription eyewear have caught the attention of celebrities as well. “Beyoncé was the first celebrity to be spotted wearing them.” He adds, “New Orleans was ready to have a brand like this.” Since its inception, Krewe has opened five stores: two in its hometown, one in New York City and two that are mobile shops that make appearances at festivals and the like. The company also distributes its products to more than 5,000 stores through wholesale and will be opening up internationally next year. Currently, the company is building a 15,000 square-foot warehouse in the Lower Garden District with plans to move in by November. “We are putting roots even further down,” says Barrett. “That’s really exciting.”

Chad Berg Co-Owner & Vice-President, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry “We view our customers as friends, and we want to form a lifelong relationship,” says Chad Berg, Co-Owner and Vice President of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. “Each person that walks through our door or visits our website is a client, whether it’s a nervous young man looking for the perfect engagement ring or the couple celebrating 50 years of marriage.” Founded by Chad’s father, Lee Michael Berg, the company now has nine stores across the South. “When I was born there were three Lee Michaels locations, and the business occupied a lot of Dad’s time,” says Berg. “Some of my earliest memories are of working alongside him and answering phones, cleaning floors and gift-wrapping packages.” Berg’s parents required him to work outside the family business before officially getting hired. After college, he was selected for the executive development program at Neiman Marcus; he then went onto become an assistant men’s sportswear buyer for the aforementioned company. “A few years later, I earned my graduate gemologist certification” and then went into the family business, he explains. Now he oversees several stores, along with managing the marketing department. He is also part of the buying team that selects the jewelry. “I always enjoy the time I spend working with customers every day in our stores,” he says. His family life is also a priority: he finds every opportunity to spend quality time with his wife, Vanessa, and their two sons.

Mark Berger Wellness Guru, Berger Fitness & Yoga Mark Berger, a Wellness Guru at Berger Fitness & Yoga, founded his business in 2007 to “make New Orleans and the rest of the world healthier and happier through fitness, yoga and philanthropy.” His career path took a sharp turn in his 20s, after he spent a few post-college years working in marketing and publicity for an internationally known beer company; he says he spent too much time “drinking beer and eating all the time” and realized he had a bigger purpose in this world. His job duties now entail working in corporate wellness, public speaking, teaching personal and group fitness classes, serving as a nutrition consultant, running and triathlon coaching and producing events centered around “wellness and fun.” Of course, it isn’t always easy in New Orleans – a city known for its temptations. “The decadent atmosphere of our city and trying to balance my clients’ lives with enjoying the great things our city offers,” can be challenging, he notes. But by creating events that incorporate healthy activities he finds life to be satisfying. “Getting people to their goals” and helping “thousands of people each year” inspires him. “My job is something I will do no matter how much money I make, how many Instagram followers or awards I receive, there will always be lots of people that will need help from me.” Always a goal-setter, he says that his future endeavors will include continuing to work in corporate wellness, and help the masses and companies be more efficient by investing in their employees’ health and wellness. He also hopes to travel to third-world countries and to commit himself to charity work and explore diverse cultures.

Captain Eddie Compass IV CEO, Next Generation Logistics, LLC Capt. Eddie Compass IV’s mission is to create value in the maritime industry to clients while helping to reduce inefficiencies and save them money. After graduating from St. Augustine High School he went on to Texas A&M University with a full academic scholarship to obtain a bachelor of science degree in marine transportation. He then became a Third Mate Navigational Officer. During this time he circumnavigated the world and visited foreign lands, while taking note of the business side of the maritime industry. Finally, while working as a seasoned captain and master mariner, he purchased his first two vessels and founded Next Generation Logistics, LLC. “The U.S. is in a historically underperforming market for oil and gas,” he says. “We’ve been in this state for some time. As necessity demands innovation, the best trick for overcoming this market hurdle was to improve upon the inefficiencies of industry standards.” He diversified into dredging, hydrographic surveying and maritime construction: “the pivot we needed,” he says. A proud Christian, Compass says that he strives to operate the company with the same moral compass instilled through his faith.

Crystal D. McDonald Founder and CEO, Acrew A native of Houston who graduated from Dillard University, Crystal D. McDonald is the founder and CEO of Acrew, a preemployment screening platform that connects employers and job seekers by using brief video interviews. “Our mission is to create a rich communication environment for employers and job seekers through accessible and innovative technology for all,” she says. After moving to Chicago briefly to work in finance, she says that she became more comfortable in environments that allowed her to “imagine and build.” When she moved back to New Orleans, she found the hiring process could be time-consuming, burdensome and didn’t have a technology resource that allowed candidates to be vetted quickly. So she created one. Acrew works with small, medium or large employers that prioritize skill, personality and fit early on the hiring the hiring process. “It solves a big problem that all employers have. We work hard to solve this problem every day.” McDonald credits her husband, Todd, and her children, parents, siblings, church family and colleagues in the tech world for serving as inspiration. Ultimately, she says, her goal is to “fundamentally change the way people hire and get hired in the world of work. It’s also important for me to build a sustainable business that employs people who love their work and allow them to take the steps necessary to create generational wealth for their families.”

Clayton Randle & David Hecht Managing Directors, Ajax Holdings Clayton Randle and David Hecht serve as Managing Directors of Ajax Holdings, a company that identifies opportunities, creates partnerships and provides leadership that results in successful business ventures and enriching work environments. Their business is also committed to improving the social fabric of communities, “where we invest through financial support of various nonprofit groups and programs,” says Randle. In pursuing this mission, he hopes to create long-term, increasing value for owners, employees, clients and communities. Working in development presents unique challenges, says Hecht. “Working in cities today requires one to be facile in so many areas. In a way, it’s the ultimate generalists’ profession. Succeeding in all of these areas is a constant challenge and I’ve had to learn to recognize when tasks are outside of my expertise.” The duo’s accomplishments have included a recent development of May & Ellis at 221 Chartres St. in the French Quarter. “It was a great accomplishment for Clayton and me,” says Hecht. “That project honors the history of these robust historic industrial buildings and upgrades them in a thoughtful way – we carved two light wells out of the building to ensure natural light reaches everyone in the building.” Notes Randle, “I’m always striving to better myself and my work, so there really hasn’t been this “aha” moment, but I did feel a huge sense of accomplishment when my project in the French Quarter was completed.” This fall they also plan to open a restaurant coming to the ground floor of the building. 61

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Spur of the Moment Fun A few days of fun in Puerto Vallarta By Bev Church

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It all started a week before the Fourth of July when my sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and Alan Mumford, asked us to go with them to Puerto Vallarta – off-season! We made the reservations and were on the plane three days later. Their house is in Old Town, one block from the Catholic Church on Hidalgo, and has beautiful views of the Bay of Banderas! Breakfast on the terrace was followed by a walking tour of the city and Gringo Gulch. Of course we went by Richard Burton’s and Elizabeth Taylor’s houses that they lived in when John Huston was filming The Night of the Iguana. We went over the swinging bridges and into the fun markets where locals sold their wares, including fans and flowers that we used in our photos and our gatherings! Jeep rides along the coast, kayaking, swimming in the surf and great meals with family and friends at local restaurants complete with mariachis made this the best spur of the moment trip ever! n

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Carvin – Luchenta By Mirella Cameran

Jessica Elizabeth Carvin was enjoying a lovely evening in New York’s West Village when she met Joseph Albert Luchenta. Just 10 months later, while she was visiting for Mardi Gras, Joseph asked if they could stop by Jessica’s family church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in downtown New Orleans, to light a candle for her father and his mother, both of whom are deceased. They entered the church, which Joseph had arranged to be completely empty, and he dropped to one knee to propose. After Jessica said “Yes!” they returned home to a huge surprise party of family and friends. Jessica knew she wanted to be married in Hacienda San Angel in Mexico, a place where she had enjoyed family celebrations throughout her life and the first place that she been on vacation with Joseph. The festivities began at the rehearsal dinner, which was a sunset boat cruise and dance party in Puerto Vallarta. The next day, January 13, 2018, Jessica and Joseph were married at Hacienda San Angel by Elizabeth Lyons Sanders, a close friend of both the bride and groom. Piel Canala played during the ceremony, which took place in the Hacienda’s open-air church overlooking the water. Jessica’s best friend and college roommate Sara Fay Egan, from florist and event planners Jackson Durham, coordinated the evening and created a beautiful ambiance for the intimate wedding with white flowers and candles. The authentically Mexican reception was followed by a cocktail hour featuring the Paloma, a favorite of the bride and groom. A violin mariachi band played as the sun set and guests enjoyed a veritable Mexican feast. The celebrations were made even more special by celebrating in the same place Jessica’s parents had celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans” by Louis Armstrong was perfect for the couple’s first dance. New

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Orleans is Jessica’s hometown and Joseph spent a year working in the Crescent City, developing a deep connection with it. Afterward, Jessica and Joseph broke into a few verses of “Despacito,” which ensured the party was underway! At the end of the evening a nightcap of churros and a boozy milkshake were served on the hacienda’s rooftop accompanied by fireworks. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Rome, Positano and Capri, Italy followed by a few days in Paris. Jessica and Joseph returned home to New York City where Jessica works in f inance and Joseph in technology. Just a few months later on April 7, 2018, Jessica and Joseph returned to New Orleans to receive a blessing for their wedding vows at St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Father Harry Bugler. This time, Jessica included all of her closest friends’ children in the wedding

party – 14 in all. After the blessing, there was a traditional New Orleans wedding brunch at Brennan’s. Dunn Sonnier Antiques • Flowers * Gifts decorated with pink dogwood and white pear branches mixed with ranunculus, peonies and garden roses. Guests danced the afternoon away to band Groovy 7 while the bride and groom cut into three cakes by Beth Buindo Sweets. Afterward a second-line lead the group to an after party on the balcony at Arnaud’s where DJ Heatwave kept everyone on their feet until well after the sun went down. n

Invitations: Scriptura Wedding Dress: Liniert Photographer: Jeff Strout Videographer: Cinematographia de Bodas, Mexico Hair & Makeup: Salon Sebastian, Mexico Music: Mariachi de Mexico, Mexico

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Damon Burns President & CEO, Finance Authority of New Orleans By Lindsay Mack

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them, and help turn the dream of owning a home into a reality. But homes aren’t the only focus of FANO. Burns was also careful to stress the communal approach that his organization takes to its projects. “Our purpose is to create a better quality of life for all residents by making investments that benefit the community overall,” says Burns. For entrepreneurs,

business owners and home buyers alike, the Finance Authority of New Orleans is a dedicated partner. As Burns says, he wants the FANO to be around for another 40 to 50 years to support New Orleans. n

Get Involved For more information, call 524-5533 or visit

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Inspired by the organization’s devotion to public service, Damon Burns became the President and CEO of the Finance Authority of New Orleans about two years ago. Since that time, he has furthered the organization’s mission to provide a better quality of life for all residents of the Crescent City. A housing and development finance agency, the Finance Authority of New Orleans has been in operation since 1978. The agency provides financial programs targeted at issues surrounding home ownership, making sure families in lower and moderate incomes have affordable home access. The goal is to not only to offer these families homes, but also to support the economic development of other businesses and organizations in surrounding areas. Overall, FANO is in the business of building entire communities. For many first-time homebuyers, entering the real estate market is an intimidating and overwhelming task. But thanks to FANO’s homebuyer education programs, potential homeowners can learn about credit, mortgage loans and finances in a helpful environment. The courses are offered both in-person and online, making the process of buying a home more accessible to many New Orleanians. Many factors have complicated the home buying process in recent years. Stagnant incomes, combined with an ever-increasing cost of living, have left many families feeling like the idea of homeownership is an impossibility. As Burns explained, plenty of families are working extremely hard to keep New Orleans open and operating, but incomes are not as strong as they once were when compared to the cost of living. FANO and its programs exist to help these families learn more about the homeownership opportunities that are available to

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Camille Patton Isidore Newman School By Mallory Lindsly

“My most rewarding volunteer experience so far has been helping to improve literacy by providing access to books through my work with Little Free Libraries for the Mississippi Delta,” says Camille Patton, a senior at Isidore Newman School. Patton’s love of reading allowed her to spread that joy through Free Libraries in the Gulf South. She was always fortunate enough to have access to books through school, libraries and bookstores, but knows many people don’t have this easy access to books. There are a number of Little Free Libraries in the New Orleans area, but Patton saw a need for the Little Free Libraries in Mississippi Delta Area – where her grandparents and extended family live. “This has been a rewarding volunteer experience because I believe that literacy is a fundamental human right and that every child should have access to quality books,” says Patton. “I am a voracious reader, and I want to give others that same opportunity.” Patton collected over 300 used books from friends and the public library, contacted over 200 children’s authors and publishers for donations and received over 300 new books for the libraries. “I plan to build several more Little Free Libraries, and I’ll continue to contact authors and publishers requesting books. My goal is to contact at least 500 authors, and I hope to be able to provide children in the Delta with at least 1,000 new books,” says Patton. Patton is an A.C.T.I.O.N.S. representative at Newman, which is a community engagement board.

The organization creates monthly projects in a variety of areas to encourage Newman upper school students to get involved with the community. Kimberly Causey, a community service organizer at Newman, is an activist who inspires Patton. She supports Patton’s community and the efforts on the A.C.T.I.O.N.S. board to help further Newman’s involvement in the community. This past year, Patton was chosen to attend the National Service Learning Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she networked with students, teachers and local community organizers. Patton was able to learn more about the student voice and how students are the leaders of their community engagement. Patton is unsure what she wants to study or go to college just yet, but she wants to be an advocate in her community for those who are underrepresented. She is also a member of Jesuit Philelectic Society, Jesuit’s theater troupe, a volunteer at her church, St. Francis of Assisi and is a peer leaders at Newman. She is also a member of the cross country and basketball teams at Newman. n 67

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Oliver and Shalanta Jackson Owners, Cherry Blow Dry Bar By Mirella Cameran

How did Cherry Blow Dry Bar start? Cherry Blow Dry Bar launched in 2013, providing glam styling services at affordable prices. Since then, the following has grown, transforming the original concept of blowout styling into a wildly popular membership model. We wanted to bring Cherry Blow Dry Bar to service people in the New Orleans area.

What kind of services do you offer? We offer blowouts, dry styles, updos, lashes, extensions, makeup and more.

Is there anything new and exciting coming up? We will continue offering specials, so please follow us on social media and download the Cherry Blow Dry Bar app. Is there anything else you would like to share with readers? We love Louisiana and it’s an honor to open a business that offers so much to the New Orleans area. n

Cherry Blow Dry Bar, 210 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, 372-3094,

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What’s special about it? Cherry Blow Dry Bar offers that “look good, feel good” service whenever you need it – all day, every day! We offer memberships packages and quality products and services. The members are offered the best prices and 10 percent off all retail. We are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday to accommodate busy schedules.

Tell us about your clients? We serve a wide range of clients. One thing people these days don’t have enough of is time. We are here to service all clients and to pamper and enhance their beauty as time efficiently as possible.

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Erin Kolb MSW, LCSW, NFA Interim CEO, Poydras Home

Dianne McGraw, MSW, LCSW, CMC Director, Home Care Solutions By Mirella Cameran

Tell us about Poydras Home’s new acquisition? Erin: Poydras Home is reaching deeper into the Greater New Orleans area to fulfill the diverse care needs of even more seniors with the acquisition of an in-home, sitter companion services company: Home Care Solutions. Tell us about the need you see for this in the community? Erin:

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Poydras Home (a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Uptown New Orleans offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Nursing Care, Memory Support and an Adult Day Program) recognizes that community living is not the only option available to our aging population. Following national industry trends, many CCRCs are

What’s unique about Home Care Solutions? Dianne: Home Care Solutions is the only local in home sitter companion services provider to also offer Aging Life Care Management services, personally advising seniors and their families as they face a wide variety of healthcare choices. Will it be a physical merger? How can people get in touch now with Home Care Solutions? Dianne: Home Care Solutions will continue to deliver their menu of services out of their current office location in Metairie. Is this a one-stop solution, and if so, how should people approach the new company? Dianne: Home Care Solutions will keep its name and will continue to operate as it did before.

now offering support within the home through the acquisition of in-home sitter companion service Is there anything else you’d providers to be able to serve seniors like to share? Erin: This exciting new venture will allow greater who choose to remain at home. flexibility for both Poydras Home What’s makes Poydras Home and Home Care Solutions to meet different? Erin: Poydras Home the growing needs of more New celebrated its 200th birthday Orleanians as they age. n in 2017, and maintains historic architecture within expansive, park-like grounds. Home Care Solutions, 3421 N. Causeway Blvd., Poydras Home, 5354 Magazine Suite 502, Metairie, 828-0900, St., 897-0535,

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World-renowned singer/ songwriter Paul Simon (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”) comes to the Smoothie King Center for one night only. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

New Orleans’ live, ongoing soap opera continues as sisters Chanel and Cartier continue their outrageous adventures. Church of Yoga NOLA, 1480 N. Rocheblave St., 522-6545,

Pop diva Taylor Swift comes to the Crescent City as part of her Reputation tour. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Drive, 587-3805,

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Jay-Z and BeyoncÉ

Married pop superstars Jay-Z and Beyoncé join forces for a spectacular concert at the Superdome. MercedesBenz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Drive, 587-3805, 13 & 15

Beethoven’s Ninth and Schubert’s “Unfinished”

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 2018-19 season with this dynamic combination of Beethoven and Schubert, including the famous “Ode to Joy” chorus. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, 14-October 2

The Music Man

Con man Harold Hill comes to a small town with plans of swindling the locals, but falls in love in this classic Broadway musical. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, 15



A Symphony is Born With Music by Gabrieli and Haydn

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra follows the development of the symphony with three works by Gabrieli and three by Franz Joseph Haydn. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, 21

Nick Cannon Presents:

Wild ’N’ Out Live Based on the hit TV show created by Nick Cannon, Wild ’N’ Out Live will feature stand-up performances by cast members, as well as interaction with audience members. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, 21-October 28

Shear Madness

It is a day like any other at the Shear Madness salon until the lady upstairs is murdered and the audience gets to join in the fun of figuring out whodunit. Westwego Performing Arts Theater, 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000,

Lewis Black – The Joke’s On Us Tour

Acerbic comedian Lewis Black from The Daily Show performs his raucous stand-up routine on current events. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,

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Drake & Migos

Platinum recording artist Drake goes on tour with Migos in advance of his fifth studio album, Scorpion. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, 26-October 7 Aladdin

Take a magic carpet ride into the world of Disney with this stage adaptation of the hit animated musical. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, 28-29

Tom Segura

The Civic brings comedian and podcaster Tom Segura, who has recorded two successful Netflix specials, to town for one weekend only. The Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., 272-0865,

The cultural community in New Orleans is thriving! Whether you enjoy dance, theatre, opera, music or the visual arts, you’re sure to find top-notch, professional options in our culturally rich city. Don’t miss all New Orleans has to offer this 2018-’19 season. Contact the organizations listed here to find out more. Season subscriptions are on sale now!

Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University Located in the Woldenberg Art Center on Tulane’s uptown campus | 504-865-5328 Current Exhibition: EMPIRE by Fallen Fruit, celebrating the New Orleans’ tricentennial On view through December 22 Special Events (all events are free; check online for date, time and location): September: Welcome Back Reception with an artist talk from Bmike Odums Exhibition tour with Mohan Ambikaipaker Screening of “All on a Mardi Gras Day” directed by Royce Osborn Artist talk with Monique Verdin October: Artist talk with Nicole Awai Exhibition tour with Chloe Raub Interdisciplinary conversation with Joel Dinerstein and Dr. Renata Ribeiro November: Exhibition tour with Lee Miller Interdisciplinary conversation with Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and Chef Ryan Prewitt Free family activity day at the museum December: Exhibition tour with Justin Mann Live jazz in the museum with Courtney Bryan


Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

New Orleans Ballet Association

New Orleans Friends of Music

616 St. Peter St., New Orleans 504-522-2081 |

Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts, New Orleans 504-522-0996 |

Dixon Hall, Tulane University 504-895-0690 |

Under Artistic Director Maxwell Williams, this season features a one-man, three-character play based on jazz legend, Louis Armstrong, a Victorian classic, an award-winning musical comedy, a regional premier and a powerful and inspiration play featuring selections from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and more. Satchmo at the Waldorf | October 5-21 A Christmas Carol | December 7-23 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder January 18-February 3 Baby Doll | March 15-31

NOBA’s 2018-’19 dance season is packed with stellar performances by four brilliant and world-renowned dance companies. In January, NOBA kicks off its golden Anniversary with a star-studded evening, celebrating 50 years of Bringing Dance to Life in New Orleans.

Since 1955, Friends of Music has presented chamber music of exceptional quality. Their mission is to support and extend the full range of chamber music through performances, commissions and educational activities that bring diverse audiences to appreciate the art form. Academy of St Martin in the Fields Monday, October 8, 7:30 pm

Diavolo | Architecture in Motion Saturday, September 22, 8 pm

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, “Trout” Quintet Monday, November 5, 7:30 pm

Dance Theatre of Harlem Saturday, October 20, 8 pm

Benjamin Appl, baritone Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 pm

50th Anniversary Evening of Stars Saturday, January 26, 8 pm

Lera Auerbach, piano Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater March 22 & 23, 8 pm

Pavel Haas String Quartet Wednesday, March 13, 7:30pm WindSync Monday, April 1, 7:30pm

The Pianist of Willesden Lane May 10-26

BODYTRAFFIC at Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA April 5, 8 pm & April 6, 2 & 8 pm

New Orleans Opera Association

Marigny Opera Ballet

Southern Rep Theatre

Marigny Opera House, 725 S. Ferdinand St., New Orleans 504-948-9998

2541 Bayou Road, New Orleans 504-522-6545 |

504-529-3000 | This season includes a fairy tale fantasy; a French Baroque evening; an exciting comedy; a unique acapella opera; and a popular fast-paced drama. New for this year is an expansion of Opera Nouvelle, which consists of exciting interactive events at Jazz Museum, The Ogden and NOMA Sculpture Garden. Puccini’s Turandot, Mahalia Jackson Theater September 28 & 30 Rameau’s Pygmalion, Le Petit Théâtre November 8-11 Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio, Mahalia Jackson Theater February 8 & 10 Lera Auerbach’s The Blind, Marigny Opera House April 4-7 Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mahalia Jackson Theater April 26 & 28

The Marigny Opera Ballet is New Orleans’ resident contemporary ballet company, featuring a full season of original productions accompanied by live music. Follies of 1915 November 1-4 Querelle / Pierrot Lunaire January 17-20 Book of Saints March 21-24

Ebène String Quartet Tuesday, April 30, 7:30pm

Southern Rep Theatre comes home to a renovated space at the former St. Rose de Lima church building this year, offering a dynamic season of comedy, drama and musicals, including regional premieres of award-winning plays alongside homegrown new works! REGIONAL PREMIERE: A Doll’s House, Part 2 October 3-21 WORLD PREMIERE: Mandatory Merriment: An Untitled Holiday Musical November 28-December 23 REGIONAL PREMIERE: The Wolves January 9-February 3 WORLD PREMIERE: Azul March 27-April 14 WORLD PREMIERE: Flowers for Halie May 8-May 26 71


Archdiocese of New Orleans 1000 Howard Ave., Suite 400, New Orleans 504-596-3023 |

Holy Name of Jesus School 6325 Cromwell Place, New Orleans 504-861-1466 |

In our New Orleans Catholic schools, it is our Catholic identity that sets us apart from the rest. Our concentration on educating the whole child, spiritually, academically and morally is the ultimate advantage. Every school wants to provide a quality education, but our Catholic schools are doing just that and more. From a young age, Catholic schools instill in students the importance of leading a values-based, spiritually strong life. Learn more about why we have faith in Catholic schools at

Established in 1891, Holy Name of Jesus School is located in the Uptown area of New Orleans. It is a Roman Catholic, co-educational school for Pre-K3 through grade 7. The philosophy of Holy Name centers on teaching children confidence, compassion and integrity while achieving academic excellence and maintaining the Catholic faith in an inclusive community. For 127 years, the traditions and charisms of the Jesuit Fathers and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have guided this mission of educating the whole child, both academically and spiritually.

Early & Primary Ecole Bilingue De La Nouvelle-Orléans 821 General Pershing St., New Orleans 504-896-4500 | Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only private French school in New Orleans that’s accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana, providing multilingual education for 18-month-old students to grade 8. Since its founding in 1998, Ecole Bilingue’s mission has been to provide a strong and distinctive bilingual education for children in New Orleans by combining the best of French and American academics.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School 8012 Oak St., New Orleans 504-861-3743 | St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with over 60 years of experience in educating the mind, body and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 18 months through Grade 8, offering 10+ years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on the Decade of Childhood. St. Andrew’s utilizes small classes to promote a challenging learning environment where students interact with teachers and grow spiritually, socially and intellectually. A strong academic program, enhanced by state-ofthe-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and library skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports and community service round out St. Andrew’s program. Come see their students and teachers in action at an upcoming Open

House (October 25 at 9 a.m.: Cottage; November 15 at 9 a.m.: Pre-K-Grade 4; December 6 at 4 p.m.: Middle School Preview) or call for a personal tour.


Stuart Hall School for Boys 2032 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans 504-861-1954 | Stuart Hall School for Boys, “Where Good Boys Become Great Men,” is an independent, ISAS school offering a Catholic education to students Pre-K3 through grade 7. It is the mission of the faculty and staff to work with parents to help each child build a foundation for life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others and a commitment to Gospel Values. Stuart Hall School for Boys is open to all qualified boys, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin. Open House for Middle School is October 2 at 6:30 p.m. and for the PreSchool/Lower School October 24 at 8:30 a.m.


Trinity Episcopal School 1315 Jackson Ave., New Orleans 504-525-8661 | Trinity is an early childhood through grade 8 coeducational school located in the Garden District. Trinity’s mission is to build confident, resilient upstanders on a foundation of academic excellence, moral responsibility and faith who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world. Open Houses for Pre-K through grade 8 will take place at 9 a.m. on October 12 and January 11. 73


Kehoe-France Southshore School 720 Elise Ave., Metairie 504-733-0472 |

Metairie Park Country Day 300 Park Road, Metairie 504-849-3110 |

High School

At Kehoe-France School, children are nurtured in a warm and welcoming environment. With small class sizes in a secure and picturesque environment, their degreed and certified staff encourage students to explore their curiosities. As a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme, Kehoe-France is focused on providing an inquiry-based approach to learning. Their students are actively engaged in their development, education, and activities. They focus not only on the academic fundamentals but also a child’s physical health and wellness through our expansive athletics programs, exposure to the fine arts through classes and clubs, and a commitment to service as a school community. Their facilities are newly renovated with more improvements to come. All are invited to come tour the campus and take those first steps onto the path to success.

Metairie Park Country Day School is a co-ed, nondenominational, independent school where care and cultivation of each child, from Pre-K through 12th grade, come to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. Its use of advanced technology and expansive, rigorous curriculum opens the world to its students. Attend an Open House: Pre-K, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.; grades 6-12, November 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin High School 2001 Leon C. Simon Drive, New Orleans 504-286-2610 |

Continuing (K-12) Academy of the Sacred Heart 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-269-1213 | The Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college prep school for girls, toddler through Grade 12. Since 1867, the school has remained committed to values of faith, intellectual advancement, social awareness, the building of community and personal growth. Come see how their girls are truly inspired to change the world. Personal tours for ages 1-grade 12. Call 269-1213 for details.


Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-561-1224 | With over 106 years of excellence in education, Louise S. McGehee School is an all-girls college preparatory school for grades Pre-K through grade 12. This year McGehee has new leadership with Dr. Kimberly Field-Marvin as Headmistress. McGehee is a school for girls that focuses on the individual student and fosters a lifelong love of learning. In addition to rigorous academics and competitive athletics, honor, service and leadership are at the core of the McGehee experience. Learn more about McGehee Leading Women at one of the school’s Admission Open Houses, October 4, 6-7:30 p.m. for grades 5-12 and 8:30-10 a.m., October 11 and 18 for Pre-K through grade 12. Call 561-1224 to schedule a private tour.

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St. Martin’s Episcopal 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie 504-736-9917 | St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent college preparatory school for students from ages 8 weeks through grade 12. St. Martin’s prepares students to thrive in college and in life. Families are encouraged to tour the school’s 18-acre campus at Open House on Saturday, October 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Guided personal tours are conducted Tuesdays–Thursdays by admission representatives. Please call 504-736-9917 or email to arrange your personal tour. Inquire online at


St. Michael Special School 1522 Chippewa St., New Orleans 504-524-7285 | For over 52 years, St. Michael School has educated students age 6 through adulthood with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The school uniquely provides for the development of the whole child – academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Under the leadership of President/Principal Tish Sauerhoff and with the support of the local community, the school currently serves over 200 students from 37 regional zip codes. Come and experience all that St. Michael has to offer at an open house on October 18 or February 7, 9-11 a.m. Sign up for a tour at or call 504-524-7285.


Ursuline Academy 2635 State St., New Orleans 504-866-5292 | Serving Toddler 2 through 12th grade, Ursuline Academy has the distinction of being both the oldest Catholic school and the oldest, continuously-operating school for girls in the nation. Ursuline’s educational approach combines tradition and innovation and is validated by its dedication to the moral, spiritual, intellectual and social growth of each student. The academy’s strong musical, visual and performing arts are matched by the excellence of STEM. High School Open House (grades 8-12) is Thursday, October 25, 4-6 p.m. High School Spend A Days start in September. Elementary Open House (Toddler 2 through grade 7) is Friday, October 26, 8:30-10 a.m.

Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school, has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since it was founded in 1957. In 2018, Franklin was ranked the No. 1 high school in Louisiana by US World and News Report and in the top 100 best high schools in the country. Franklin has been repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School and recently won the National Green Ribbon Award. The school has produced many Presidential and National Merit Scholars. The Franklin Class of 2018 boasts 193 graduates receiving 709 college acceptances in 38 states and six countries.


Cabrini High School 1400 Moss St., New Orleans 504-482-1193 | Cabrini High School, located on Bayou St. John, is a place where young girls find themselves and grow into successful, talented and driven women. At Cabrini High School, we do not only educate the minds, but also the hearts of our students. Cabrini students excel in a learning environment that features small class sizes and individualized attention, an experienced, caring and certified staff and academic rigor with support for students’ varied abilities. Cabrini develops young women who live the core values of respect, excellence and service. Find friendship. Find faith. Find your future. Find yourself at Cabrini!

After School Love Swimming 5221 S. Front St., New Orleans 504-891-4662 | Parents must remember that children can be around water even in cooler months, such as ponds, lakes, hot tubs, bathtubs and even a back yard with an uncovered pool. Having a swimmer who takes lessons year-round provides a more robust education and higher success for knowing how to react in an emergency. Parents should also remember that swimming is one of, if not the only sport a child can learn that can literally save their lives … Love Swimming is year round, sign up today. 75

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7. Keith and Evie Katz and Andy and Anne Black enjoy a private viewing party before M.S. Rau Antiques opened a new exhibition to the public in April. The show was curated by Rebecca Rau to celebrate New Orleans’ Tricentennial through a look at universal struggle between vice and virtue. 8. Bob Rhoden, Retired Senior Volunteer Program Director Dee Wild, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and Assistant Vice President of Administrative Services Jason Burt are pictured at the Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana’s RSVP Volunteers annual recognition luncheon presenting a check to St. Tammany Parish to celebrate the 38,000 hours of community service in done in 2017. 9. Jerry Coner shows off his gift basket at the Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana’s annual luncheon to recognize the thousands of hours of community service its retired senior members competed in 2017. The luncheon was held at the Fleur de Lis Event Center in Mandeville 10. Austin Young, Monica Ramirez Montagut and David Burns attend a VIP reception at Newcomb Art Museum before the opening of “EMPIRE,” an art installation created by Burns and Young celebrate the New Orleans tricentennial. 11. Dr. Henry L. Bart Jr., Valerie Besthoff, Mia Miller and Neil Barclay celebrate together at the VIP reception for the Newcomb Art Museum’s opening of “EMPIRE,” which was commissioned and presented by Newcomb Art Museum, Pelican Bomb and A Studio in the Woods. Guests were treated to custom desserts, hors d’oeuvres and live music by Samba Soul. 12. A student in the St. Michael Special School shows off his smile before the school the broke ground on their renovations of the school’s historic convent where Mother Teresa stayed when she visited New Orleans in 1976. The groundbreaking ceremony featured performances from St. Michael Special School’s bell choir and cheerleaders and a blessing from Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond. 76 st. charles Avenue September 2018

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1. Carlos Sanchez, John Melton, Jackie Case and David Fennelly at Raphael Village’s seventh annual “Soraparu Soiree” in March at the historic Bond Bakery building in the Irish Channel. Over 300 guests attended the event and were treated to food from local restaurants, a silent auction, a raffle and music. 2. Rita Gue, Leah Melton and Floyd Gue celebrate the “Soraparu Soiree”, which raised over $75,000 for Raphael Village to benefit their mission to support those living with autism and other developmental disabilities. 3. Erica Dudas, managing director of New Orleans Musicians Foundation, is pictured with the block-long table of crawfish at the “2018 Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil and Block Party” on Oak Street in March. Over 5,000 pounds of fresh crawfish was boiled by Seither’s Seafood and Clesi’s Restaurant & Catering for the sixth annual event to benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. 4. Dave Jordan on stage at the New Orleans Musicians Clinic’s 2018 crawfish boil and block party on Oak Street in March. Jordan helped organized the annual event, which is held in memory of beloved musician and chef, Jamie Galloway 5. Jackie Alexander, Girl Scout Louisiana East CEO, with 2018 Women of Distinction Honorees Elizabeth “Betsy” Stoner, Dr. Rebekah Gee and Julie LeBlanc, and Joan Mollhan, Girl Scout Louisiana East Board Chair and 2018 Women of Distinction Honoree Donna Britt (bottom center) attend the “Girl Scouts of Louisiana East Women of Distinction” luncheon in April at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel which included a luncheon and champagne reception 6. Rebecca and Bill Rau pose together during a private viewing before the opening of M.S. Rau Antiques’ show, “Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints & Sin.” 77

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No Beer Goggles Needed The Falstaff Brewery’s history By Seale Paterson

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Another modernization and expansion of the facility occurred in 1952, which was when the Falstaff sign topped with a weather-predicting ball was erected. In 1978, after a decline in beer sales cut profits, workers at the brewery went on strike following a 30 percent pay cut. Despite some last-minute rallies, the brewery closed. It sat empty for the next two decades, ignored by almost everyone except for rats, vagrants and metal and wiring scavengers. In 1997, Mickey Boes and Larry Hamm partnered to buy the brewery for $225,000, full of hopes for development, but with no real plans. A series of fires, plus some hefty environmental fines and suspect real estate transactions, led the still empty property to be put back up for sale seven years later.

In 2006, developer Ted Mondale bought the brewery for $1 million, and in two years developed it into 147 mixed-income apartments. The weather ball sign was refurbished in 2011, with identical new 10-foot-tall letters made to replace the old ones. The rooftop patio was rebuilt and opened soon after. n

A 10-foot state of Gambrinus, a European cultural hero often referred to as the “patron saint of beer,” holds a beer aloft on a corner of the Falstaff Brewery. While many assume it is Falstaff, the drink-loving Shakespearian character, he is not. This statue, along with the legendary lighted weather ball perched atop the 128-foot-tall vertical neon Falstaff sign, ensure that the brewery is well represented in New Orleans photography.

Image provided by: The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at Th e Historic New Orleans Collec tion. Acc no. 1979.89.7315

What is now known as the Falstaff Brewery Building on Gravier Street near South Broad Street was originally built in 1911 by the National Brewing Company. Ownership changed hands a few times over the following 25 years until St. Louis-based Falstaff Brewing Corp bought the brewery for just over $500,000 in 1936. In two years and after $400,000 in improvements, the number of employees went from 65 to 200, and sales of Falstaff beer increased greatly, making it one of the leading plants in the South. The brewery’s heydays were the 1940s through the 1960s. Workers were handed fresh cold beers every two hours, and the brewery’s 1,000-sqare-foot rooftop beer garden became a very popular location for business and social club meetings, class reunions and crab and shrimp boils.