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Dress up your look this holiday season! Photographed in our own NOMA, you’ll find everything you need for all of the events you have coming up, from shoes, to earrings to full outfits, starting on pg. 46.

Fashion Meets Art From flowing dresses to sharp looks with asymmetrical details,these holiday fashions have an artistic state of mind.


styled by Tracee Dundas photographed by theresa cassagne

Inspired Designs


Dining out for the holidays

St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design”” 2017 tablescapes preview party and luncheon presented by Bryan Subaru and IBERIABANK benefited Bastion

by Kelcy Wilburn photographed by cheryl gerber

by Morgan Packard griffith photographed by jeff strout

Celebratory Feasts

On the Cover New Orleans Hispanic Heritage foundation’s annual “Azúcar Ball,” themed “El Festival de las Flores” (The Festival of Flowers) promises to be a festive night of music, dancing, food and entertainment. This year the Gálvez Cup will be presented to Jenny Hamilton, New Orleans Ballet Association’s Executive Director. NOHHF President Ileana Suquet; Co-Chairs Mullady Voelker and Mary Petikas; President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Lead Event Sponsor Photographed by Jeffery Johnston

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Pan American Life José Suquet; and NOHHF Co-Founder, VP of Sponsorships and Chairman Emeritus George Fowler invite you to join them on Saturday, December 2 at the Hyatt Regency to support NOHHF, whose main purpose is to provide an organized and directed effort in cultivating and promoting the Hispanic heritage of New Orleans and the Southern region, primarily through its scholarships program. Since 1993 the NOHHF has awarded over $600,000 and 600

high school and freshman-year college scholarships to top-notch students who attend some of the best schools in our area. In addition to a silent auction, a raffle of a diamond and 14 karat gold estate Cartier Pantherstyle necklace will be held. Only 100 tickets will be sold; you can purchase yours today by visiting For more information and to purchase tickets,

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In Every Issue



10 & 12


Editors’ Notes

Entertaining with Bev



Making a difference

Bastion: A community of resilience 16

Philanthropic Fun

Kids Play

Storyland: Stories in sculpture 18 What’s Hot

Fall Fashion Accessories 20 On the Menu

Comfort by the Bite: Executive Chef of Dickie Brennan & Co. Gus Martin shares Palace Café’s Potato Pot Pie 22

Justice Jubilee The Pro Bono Project hosted its 29th annual ball to ensure justice is served. 26 River Revelry Proceeds from “CHAIRish the Children” supported the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s educational programs and exhibits. 28 Partying On Island Time The largest fundraising gala for Le Petit helped support quality productions and mentoring young artists. 30 Brighter Days Ahead Lighthouse Louisiana raised funds to empower persons with disabilities through services, employment and advocacy. 32

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Walker – Puckett Lessons in Leadership YLC raised funds to continue to serve young professional leaders through community service. 24

The Dish

Warehouse District Dining: Three fall favorites

A Fall Luncheon in Old Metairie: In celebration of The New Orleans Town Gardeners’ 65th birthday

Support for Special Needs St. Michael Special School raised funds to allow students to reach their full potential. 34 Latin Beat Casa Argentina hosted a tango opera to support the Latino community. 36 Cooking for a Cure Susan G. Komen hosted a starstudded chef lineup to support breast cancer research endeavors. 38

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Dave Emond: Executive Director, Liberty’s Kitchen 79 Student Activist

Brena Robinson: Benjamin Franklin High School 80 Shop Talk

Cristy Cali: CEO & Jewelry Designer, Cristy’s Collection, Inc.

Ta-Ta to Cancer “Bodacious Bras for a Cause” was one of 20 events throughout FestiGals New Orleans. 40


Down With the Dogs A tropical luau brought 200 patrons out to support NOLA City Bark. 42


Shop Talk

Julia Webb Bland: CEO, Louisiana Children’s Museum Snapshots

92 OnStage calendar

96 Nostalgia

About Big Shot: the long reach of a local soda

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We are thrilled to feature the fabulous and always spectacular “Azúcar Ball 2017” benefiting the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation on our cover this month! Thanks so much to George Fowler, a Co-Founder,VP of Sponsorships and Chairman Emeritus of NOHHF; NOHHF President Ileana Suquet; Co-Chairs Mullady Voelker and Mary Petikas; and José Suquet is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Pan American Life, Lead Sponsor of the ball. The ball will be held on Saturday, December 2, at the Hyatt Regency from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mullady and Mary promise a festive night of music, dancing, food and entertainment, a silent auction, a raffle and the presentation of the prestigious Galvez Cup.The black-tie event’s theme this year is “El Festival de las Flores” (The Festival of Flowers), and you don’t want to miss it. For information and to purchase tickets, call 636-0107. I want to add a special tribute to George Fowler’s wife Cristina, who passed away in September after a long and painful illness. She was larger than life; she founded the “Azúcar Ball,” which raises funds for scholarships given by the NOHHF. She was such a great friend to so many and will be so missed! Her friend Ana Gershanik said, “She was one of the most loving people I ever knew, always positive and making everyone feel comfortable and letting them know they were unique. She was always ready to help others, and she always did. Cristina was passionate about the things she believed in, most importantly her family, friends and life!” New Orleans Opera continues its 75th anniversary season with Jacques Offenbach’s comical spin on the myth of Orpheus, the musical demigod. Orpheus in the Underworld features a marriage on the rocks (Orpheus’s wife is weary of his virtuosic performances), a lusty god of the underworld and the pivotal character Public Opinion. The opera concludes with a raucous celebration, to the tune of the original can-can dance. Orpheus and the entire season center around New Orleans Opera’s new vision for the next 75 years: Opera Connects! For tickets, visit or call 529-3000. The New Orleans Ballet Association continues its 2017-2018 season with Aspens Santa Fe Ballet, co-presented with The NOCCA Institute, on Friday, November 10, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 11, at 2 and 8 p.m. at Freda Lupin Memorial Hall at NOCCA. Hailed by The New York Times as a “breath of fresh air,” Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is at the forefront of American dance with its innovative, sleek and adventurous programs. For two performances on December 3, NOBA presents the holiday classic The Nutcracker Suite at Dixon Hall at Tulane University.This hour-long adaptation features a cast of over 200 participants ages 6 to 80 from the NORD/NOBA Center for Dance.Ticket information for both performances can be found at or by calling 522-0996. Now that fall is here, we all want to add new accessories to update our wardrobe, so check out What’s Hot for Fall accessories with shoes, scarves fabulous jewelry and more. Our Fall Fashion Feature will give you ideas for the most up-to-date trends that you’ll want to wear to your next fundraiser or party! Find this season’s top trends and wearable art starting on pg. 46. Once you get your new wardrobe, you’ll want to go to your favorite restaurant. Be sure to look to our feature on holiday restaurant specials, and this year leave the oven off, dress up and step out on the town with your loved ones. We are so excited about all of the people and sponsors who worked to make the fourth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” one of the most profitable yet for Bastion! I want to thank all of the sponsors and table designers and our chairmen, Celeste and Curtis Eustis and Bryan and Lauren Fitzpatrick, and also thanks to Cheryl Lemoine, Whitney Weathers, Morgan Griffith, Todd Matherne and everyone at Renaissance Publishing. The success of this event wouldn’t have happened without each and every one of you – and our “angel” that matched the amount that we raised! Thanks also to Dylan Tête, Founder and Executive Director of Bastion, which is having an open house on November 9 at the site, so don’t miss it! Happy Thanksgiving!! Bev

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Lynne Farwell White (left), pictured with Bettie Pardee at a book signing in Newport, Rhode Island, has written the first-ever book on gift giving: Giving and Gifts: The art of thoughtful giving! White, a New Orleans native, learned the art of gift giving from her parents and grandparents, and dedicates the book to them. With the hustle and bustle of our technology filled life, we have lost the “personal contact of thoughtful giving,” White says. Save the date for her book signing at the Garden District Book Shop on November 7, 6-9 p.m., sponsored by The Garden District Book Store and Judy At the Rink!

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November Events 1



“SOUPer Bowl 2017,”

“Touch a Truck,”

“2017 Oracle Gala: ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz: A Roaring Celebration at the Joy Theater,’” benefiting

benefiting the Salvation Army, 913-3906 1 “Stake Out for Justice,”

As I type, cooler weather is finally here - at least this week. Watching my son’s face the first time we walked on a cool morning was almost as fun as getting to put on long sleeves and feeling the cool breeze. Our fourth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” was a resounding success for Bastion, for the designers whose tables were even more beautiful than last year and for all of us who had a part in it – large or small. Read more about the event and get a glimpse of the designs starting on pg. 57, and read Catherine Freeman’s Making a Difference column, pg. 14, for more on Bastion and its purpose. Though our fundraiser is complete for this year, you can still give directly to Bastion; visit There is an event coming up November 2, 3 and 5 that doesn’t fit in with what we usually highlight, but I believe is important. The Sexism Project is a portrait photo series created by local music photojournalist Katie Sikora showcasing over 50 women in the local entertainment industry and sharing their stories pertaining to gender-based discrimination in order to spread awareness and cultivate a community of free-thinking, equitable people. View it at Preservation Hall while enjoying live performances from more than 12 local musicians. Learn more about the project by visiting Enjoy this weather while it lasts and make sure to take some time for yourself as the holiday season approaches!

Morgan Packard Griffith

benefiting Junior League New Orleans, 891-5845, 4

benefiting New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, 432-1717

“Touro infirmary foundation gala & after party,” benefiting Touro


Infirmary, 897-8435

“Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumni Gala,” benefiting

“Nocturne XV,” benefiting

University of New Orleans International Alumni Association, 280-2586 3 “Just Say YAYA: Central to the City,” benefiting YAYA:

Young Artists, Young Aspirations, 529-3306 3 “CADA Carnivale Soirée,”

benefiting the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 821-2232 3 “Moonlight Magic at the Monastery,”

benefiting French Quarter Citizens, Inc.,

5 Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, 899-4826 9 “Historic Houses Society Gala,” benefiting The

Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Museums, 9 “Southern Dominican Gala,” benefiting Southern

Dominican Province, 837-2129, extension 8 9 “STAIR Affair 2017: The Tale of Peter Rabbit,”

benefiting Start the Adventure in Reading, 899-0820 10


“Victory Ball,” benefiting

“Boudin, Bourbon & Beer,”

The National WWII Museum, 528-1944, extension 365

benefiting Emeril Lagasse Foundation, 212-2222, 4 “Carnivale du Vin,”

10 “Moonlight & Miracles Gala,” benefiting Ochsner

benefiting the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, 212-2222; 4 “Odyssey 2017” presented by IBERIABANK, benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4121

benefiting Louisiana SPCA, 762-3307; HowlingSuccess



“Fashion Gala,” benefiting Dress for Success, 891-4337

Cancer Institute, 842-7113 10 “Howling Success Patron Party & Gala,”

“JCC Center Celebration,”

benefiting the JCC, 897-0143

the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, 14 “Celebrating Growing Partnerships for The Latter Library Garden Conservancy,”

benefiting Latter Library, 15 “An Evening in the Garden of Eden 2017,”

benefiting Eden House, 407-0943 17 “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party,” benefiting

New Orleans City Park, 483-9417 17“ Signature Chefs Auction,”

benefiting March of Dimes, 264-9288 17-19 “2017 Essence of Style Design Symposium,”

benefiting Friends of Longue Vue, 293-4722 18 “Jingle Bells and Beer,”

benefiting New Orleans City Park, 483-9417 19 “Celebration in the Oaks Family Preview Party,”

benefiting New Orleans City Park, 483-9417 19 “2017 Azúcar Ball,”

benefiting New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, 636-0107

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Bastion A community of resilience by Catherine Freeman

He lived across the street from us in the home he bought as a newlywed. A World War II veteran, he always did his best to suppress tears whenever my curious young sons asked questions about his past. He told them about the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach, let them hold the pocket knife a French solider gave to him and shared how much he missed his wife while he was so far from home. His memories – good and bad – were still so painfully raw despite the years gone by. The transition from military to civilian life is never an easy one, and the physical and mental wounds can last for decades. Historically, government services haven’t been equipped to provide the level of comprehensive support necessary as veterans strive to acclimate to their new life. In New Orleans however, returning warriors have an unprecedented opportunity to join a neighborhood “stronghold” where they can heal, find purpose, and renew their commitment to serve others: Bastion. I have long been curious about Bastion, so realizing the St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” event would again benefit Bastion was an undeniable sign for me to finally visit. The moment I arrived at the five-and-a-half acre Gentilly based neighborhood, I was wowed by the 19 striking Jonathon Tate designed buildings. Each double family dwelling is strategically built to foster relationships by being positioned to face another home, not the street. Large porches and a central grassy courtyard encourage veterans and their families to interact, develop strong bonds and reap the mutual benefits of helping others. Positioned closely to the homes, the Wellness Center is where I was privileged to meet Bastion Executive

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Director and Founder, Dylan Tête. Tête shared his moving experience of the difficult challenges he faced personally. Following a tour in Iraq as second in command of an infantry company, he returned home to discover his civilian life was one of isolation, loneliness and depression. Through his own recovery Tête became inspired to develop a long-term holistic approach to be offered in a caring, intentional environment specifically addressing the unique needs of returning warriors. Bastion’s ultimate mission is for residents to maximize independence in the home and thus age in place. With 73 current residents, Bastion offers community-based mentorship by utilizing human capital to create a network of social and instrumental support. Residents and their caregivers are offered resources and assistance from dedicated Bastion staff to develop individualized life and care plans as well as the tools and resources to achieve their goals. Programs span a wide range from meal preparation and yoga classes, to financial planning and more critical care for those with Traumatic Brain Injury. Already quite successful, it isn’t surprising Bastion has a waiting list of over 500 people and has embarked on plans and fundraising

for a $4.5 million Phase 2 housing on adjoining property to the current location. While Phase 1 is structured to accommodate highly functioning veterans, the Phase 2 addition will be geared toward veterans who need more support. Additionally, new programs for Bastion residents are being developed through innovative partnerships with local nonprofits specializing in mental health services, career placement and recreational activities. Resident Malik Scott best describes the essence of what this inspiring and caring community strives to offer those who have given so much of themselves to others through their military service. “Bastion has been a huge blessing for me and my family. It gave us hope at a time when hope was in question.” n

A little more … Support the Bastion mission by donating at 15

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Storyland Stories in sculpture By CeCe Colhoun

Deeply embedded beneath centenarian live oaks dripping in moss is a child’s fairyland right here in New Orleans. In the heart of the city’s most impressive City Park is Storyland, an enchanted little playground that brings to life the most impressionable of childhood fairy tales. The inspiring sculptures that are of larger than life scale feature stories such as the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella’s Pumpkin and Snow White and a few of her beloved dwarfs. The fire breathing dragon slide is amongst the children’s favorite of the mountable sculpture art. On any given afternoon, and particularly in early fall, the droopy trees keep cool this chamber of childhood fantasy. Along with the breeze, nostalgia envelops the guests with the fabled characters of our fantasies past and allows parents and children alike to channel childhood, enjoying the retreat into far away lands. Much like most all things in New Orleans, Storyland is no spring chicken. As history may have it, Storyland was created to help a local businessman in his slow growing amusement park. Learning of a California garden plush with greenery and oversized fairy-tale characters, he saw no reason why it wouldn’t work here in the fertile swamplands surrounding City Park. Thus, Children’s Storyland, as it was first called, open its doors in 1956. Since the purpose of the characters was to enrapture children’s minds and imaginations, they were built so sturdy that, even through hurricane Katrina, the park sustained minimal damage with only small nicks and cuts. The sculpture art is meant to be mounted, climbed on, poked-at and used, which is a different approach to art, and an expression of freedom for children who are often being taught to keep their hands to themselves.

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Initially Storyland began with 13 nursery rhyme themed attractions, adding more as they went, growing now to almost double in size. Some of the most notable scenes are Old King Cole’s castle that offers a stairway to its battlements; a rocket ship that has buttons that can launch to the moon; and, personally, a corpse-like Snow White that my 7-year-old promptly laid a smooch on, hoping he would be the charming prince to awaken her from her eternal slumber. We climbed deep into the mouth of Pinocchio’s Willie the Whale, surprised to find the tail end of a fish wedged deep into the whale’s craw. Storyland’s is maintained thanks to all the skilled fiberglass artists that come amongst the best in the world and reside here for Mardi Gras. According to one website, “There are additions from local mythology as well, strange as any fairy tale. These include The Story Gator with its Bermuda shorts and concertina, and ‘Mama’ Coleen Salley, a popular New Orleans teacher and author who sits on a bench with her diaper-clad marsupial sidekick, Epossumondas.”

Even as an outdoor gallery of whimsical artistic delight, kid-free guests may enjoy a respite from the exhaustive attractions that make City Park so wonderfully dynamic and interactive. It is a lovely spot to simply rest weary feet, enjoy a snack and delight in the beautiful lushness that is the hallmark of New Orleans’ City Park. n

Just the Facts: Located on the southwest side of City Park. Entrance is on the north side of Victory Avenue. 483-9402 Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed during VooDoo Fest, Endymion and Mardi Gras Day Adults $4. Free for kids under 3 feet tall. No pets. You can host your birthday party or private event on Storyland’s grounds (learn more on the website). For more information, e-mail and visit website 17

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Fall Fashion Accessories

By Amy Gabriel

Fall fashion in New Orleans is all about stepping up your style with luxe fabrics, rich prints, sparkling accessories and pops of color as brilliant as the golden light filtering through City Park. Take your look to new heights with these divine additions. n

� 1. Color your world in a vibrant angora felt Kabocha hat from Clyde. FREDA, 600 Carondelet St., Suite 130, 309-7515, 2. Slip on the double star Pop Star ring, available in 14 karat rose or yellow gold with 41 hand-set white diamonds, for instant elegance. CROWE Jewelry, 3903 Magazine St., 507-0628,

3. A calf skin tote from the new heirloom embossed small leather goods collection from Billy Reid makes for a sophisticated way to carry your essentials. Billy Reid, 3927 Magazine St., 208-1200, 4. The ultimate neutral, look chic from day to night in a pair of leopard-printed calf hair pointed toe slingbacks with a flashy red insole. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 8355250,

5. A timepiece that’s both rugged and refined, the Gianni VII is a unique mix of stainless steel and sustainably sourced Ebony wood. Root New Orleans, 6. You will stop traffic in a pair of color-blocked Prada platforms in nero and tobacco velvet. Joseph, 5500 Magazine St., 900-1422,

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7. Good style is a cinch with the studded leather B-low Barcelona belt, available in dove grey (pictured) and almond blush. Bella Bella, 501 Metairie Road, 8342009,

8. You will look perfectly ontrend in a pair of oversized rectangular Stella frames in Sable Horn and Rose Clay. Warby Parker Frame Studio, 3964 Magazine St., 799-2830,

9. Add some pep to your step with a pair of unisex burgundy jazz matazz socks, complete with a signature embroidered streetcar logo. Bonfolk, 19

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Comfort by the Bite Executive Chef of Dickie Brennan & Co. Gus Martin shares Palace Café’s Potato Pot Pie

Potato Pie 1 (5-7 pound) Boston pork putt kosher salt and cracked black pepper or Creole seasoning to taste 8 cups chicken broth 1 cup roasted garlic 3 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 1 cup warm milk 3 cups fresh spinach 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese Season pork butt on all sides with kosher salt and cracked pepper or Creole seasoning. Place in a large baking dish and bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. Add enough chicken broth to fill the baking dish halfway. Bake, covered with foil, for 1 hour. Add the roasted garlic and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes longer or until meat is very tender and falling easily from the bone. Cool to room temperature and remove the meat from bone. Cook potatoes in water to cover in a sauce pot until fork-tender; drain. Mash in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add the butter and warm milk and mix well. Season with kosher salt and cracked pepper. Wilt the spinach lightly in a nonstick sauté pan over low heat. Layer the pork, potatoes and spinach in a baking dish. Top with the cheese. Broil until the cheese melts.

Onion Gravy 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups julienned yellow onions 2 Tablespoons blend 80% vegetable oil and 20% olive oil 1 3/4 cup chicken stock 1 cup veal stock sugar to taste kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste Melt better in a small sauce pot and whisk in flour gradually. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until pale golden brown, or blond, with a toasty smell. Remove roux from heat.

Whisk a small amount of the hot mixture into the roux, then whisk the roux into the hot mixture. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Season with sugar kosher salt and cracked pepper. Reduce the heat and keep warm. Serve gravy on the side or ladle around each serving of the pie. Note: This dish can be served family-style in a casserole dish or in individual baking dishes, as pictured.

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Palace Café 605 Canal St., 523-1661,

Sauté onions in the oil blend in a large sauce pot until caramelized. Add the chicken stock and veal stock and mix well. Simmer over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. 21

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Warehouse District Dining

Boudin tamales with roasted tomatillos and red chile sauce from Meril

Three fall favorites By Jyl Benson

Set in an 1882 cotton mill

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at the edge of the Warehouse District, chefs Samantha and Cody Carroll’s deeply personal restaurant, Sac-a-lait, showcases refined south Louisiana food with contemporary takes on Acadian and Cajun cuisines made with locally sourced ingredients. The husband and wife pair met while attending Louisiana Culinary Institute; their menu was inspired by the fishing, farming and hunting culture they grew with up with, Samantha in Gonzales and Cody on a farm in Batchelor. The couple designed and built the expansive space with their families, often repurposing found materials. The 140-yearold pine was salvaged out of an old broom factory located across Annunciation Street and the wrap-around bar was crafted out of crushed oyster shells. The menu is divided into “Fish,” “Hunt” and “Farm,” and portions are large enough to provide two with appetizersized tastings. Raw oysters arrive with wild pepper mignonette, cocktail and horseradish sauces. The char-grilleds are bathed in jalapeño and bacon laced garlic butter and blanked under a crackle salty Pecorino Romano cheese, and the broth of coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger in which the

oysters are steamed for Oysters et Frites is good enough to drink. It seems like just the thing to cure whatever may ail on a grim day. Boudin Canard (duck confit boulettes with strawberry and Serrano jelly and pickled baby garlic), Alligator & Mirliton with honey powder, white remoulade and pickled mustard seeds,and Harvest Preserves (cured venison backstrap, cornmeal beignets, kumquat, almonds and figs) were standouts on the “Hunt” sections of the menu. Crawfish appear in “Farm” as a Crawfish & Mirliton pie with Tabasco honey. Refreshingly, the menu’s non-protein option, Hen of the Woods, is anything but an afterthought. It combines a variety of roasted wild mushrooms with pepper meringues and sauce Chasseur. If the theme at Sac-a-lait is immediately discernible, it’s anything goes a few blocks away at Meril. The vibe is casual, the dining room of light colored wood awash in natural light and open to an exposition-style kitchen and a large bar area. Chef Emeril Lagasse named the restaurant for his daughter and stocked the expansive menu with all of his favorite foods. Chef de Cuisine Will Avelar, a veteran in the Lagasse organization, brings his own style to the mix and successfully executes such disparate dishes as Spanish croquettes oozing Manchego; Boudin tamales with roasted tomatillos and Maypop 611 O’Keefe Ave., 518.6345 Meril 424 Girod St., 526-3745 Sac-a-lait 1051 Annunciation St., 324.3658 Toast 5433 Laurel St., 250-1267

Try This: Always popular and never a disappointment, Toast recently added a simple new dish that’s destined to remain a favorite: A fluffy two-egg omelet with plenty of fine herbs and a melty center stuffed with sharp Gruyere cheese. It is perfection of a plate for a thrifty $8.

red chile sauce; buttermilk biscuits with foie gras butter and blackberry preserves; and Brussels sprouts caramelized and served cold with roasted sweet potatoes, candied walnuts, grapes, blue cheese and a Steen’s cane syrup vinaigrette. All of the pastas are handmade, but the saffron papardelle with braised lamb, oyster mushrooms and nutty Parmesan was a standout that could soothe on the coldest of winter nights. A few blocks to the north at Maypop, in the trendy SoMa corridor, chef Michael Gulotta has made his trial run of Dim Sum Brunch a permanent weekend installation. Offered 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, the brunch explodes with bites as unique and inspired as you would expect them to be: bacon-scallion pancakes with oyster kimchi, salt and pepper shrimp with roasted chilies, head cheese and blue crab soup dumplings and crabmeat toast with asparagus and coconut Hollandaise. Gulotta also offers his regular lunch menu during the dim sum brunch so I can still get my fixes of harissabraised lamb with roti, fried egg noodles with shrimp; chaat salad with coconut cucumber ranch, green tomato relish and cashew bánh xèo crisp; and fried buster crabs with heirloom grits, blueberry xo, bacon and sweet corn salad. n 23

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Lessons in Leadership


YLC raised funds to continue to serve young professional leaders through community service. By Shelby Simon

Celebrating the 31st annual “Role Model Awards Gala,” the Young Leadership Council hosted honored a selected class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the region. The 2017 Role Model Award Recipients were: Joseph Pierre “Big Chief Monk” Boudreaux; Amy Boyle Collins; Gabriel A. Feldman; Dr. L’Issa L. Gates; Bill Hammack; Jeffrey P. Hebert; Raymond “Ray” Jeandron Jr., CPA; Kay Kerrigan; Andrew “Andy” Kopplin; Bivian “Sonny” Lee III; Carol G. McCall; Leann Opotowsky Moses, Esq.; Alyson M. Mount, CPA; Todd P. Murphy; Terri B. North; Wesley J. Palmisano; Greg Reggio; Lee C. Reid, Esq.; Petrice Sams-Abiodun Ph.D.; Salvador A. Scaccia Pharm.D.; and Derrick Tabb. Board President Jermaine Smith, Executive Director Stephanie Powell and Gala Co-Chair Caleb S. Roberts addressed the gala. Carolyn S. Buckley also served as Gala Co-Chair, and Mark Romig served as emcee. 1718 Catering provided a three-course menu. Following dinner, band Phat Hat provided musical entertainment. More than 440 people were in attendance at the gala, which featured a silent auction with package prizes ranging from health and lifestyle gift cards and fitness memberships, a gentleman’s package with custom suits, a New Orleans sports package with autographed Pelicans and Saints gear and game tickets, limited edition artwork and a French Quarter culinary staycation. Mystery Boxes were also available for purchase for those willing to take the leap. n



Event at a Glance What: 31st annual “Role Model Awards Gala,” benefiting the Young Leadership Council When: Saturday, September 16

1. Executive Director Stephanie Powell, Board President Jermaine Smith and Role Models Jeffrey P. Hebert and Bill Hammack 2. Role Model Raymond J. Jeandron Jr., CPA and Co-Chair Carolyn S. Buckley, Esq. 3. Role Models Lee C. Reid, Esq.; Leann Opotowsky Moses, Esq.; and Co-Chair Caleb S. Roberts 4. Board Member C. Garlan White, CFP and VP of Development Jennifer Jeandron, CPA 5. Role Model Terri B. North, Board Member Kevin Ferguson and Treasurer Amanda Menniti 6. VP of Communications Margaux Krane and Role Model Amy Boyle Collins

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Justice Jubilee


The Pro Bono Project hosted its 29th annual ball to ensure justice is served. By Shelby Simon

“Justice For All Ball” is the annual fundraiser to benefit The Pro Bono Project, which provides civil legal service through pro bono representation to private bar attorneys to the low-income residents in a six-parish area. More than 300 people joined the Patron Party festivities and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres from Commander’s Palace and Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse. The evening’s specialty cocktail was created by The Pro Bono Project’s Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi, and was named The Chaser in honor of Chef Leah Chase. Emcee Mark Romig gathered guests for a thank you to Mrs. Chase, who was presented with an engraved bowl courtesy of Adler’s by Choi and Committee Chair Dana Douglas. Keeping it a Chase family affair, daughter Leah Chase Kamata and her musicians provided musical entertainment. Following the program, the doors were opened to welcome the more than 600 partygoers attending the evening’s festivities. The Solomon Group lit up the room with a large LED video screen that projected images and information throughout the event, and also bathed the walls in a stunning golden red-russet to complement the Audubon Tea Room décor. More than 20 food and beverage providers along with the Audubon Institute offered guests a sampling of dishes. Later in the evening, the ever-popular cover band, the Bucktown All-Stars, brought guests to the dance floor. Auction tables zig-zagged across the back of the room with shimmery pink and teal tulle accenting the more than 40 silent auction items donated by area businesses and individuals. The live auction, hosted by John Calhoun, engaged the audience with prizes that included a coveted “NCIS: New Orleans” Behind the Scenes Tour. The ball wouldn’t have been possible without the JFAB 2017 Ball Committee,Volunteers and The Pro Bono Project Staff, who worked tirelessly to make certain the event ran smoothly for all guests. n



Event at a Glance What: “Justice For All Ball,” benefiting The Pro Bono Project Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. (Seated) Commitee Chair Dana Douglas, and Honorary Chair Chef Leah Chase with (standing) Executive Director Jenny Rizzo-Choi and Edgar Chase III 2. Judge Nannette Brown, Marcus Brown and Kim Boyle 3. Wendy Hickok Robinson, Chief Justice Bernette Johnson and Mimi Koch 4. Philip Franco, Helena Henderson and Steven Lane 5. George and Vickie Demos with Nancy and Mark Samuels 6. Judge Robin Giarrusso with Judge Jay and Joy Zainey

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River Revelry


Proceeds from “CHAIRish the Children” supported the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s educational programs and exhibits. By Shelby Simon

The Louisiana Children’s Museum opened its big blue doors for the 19th annual “CHAIRish the Children” fundraising event, “Revel on the River.” Decorated in hues of blues and greens, fishing nets lined with sparkling white lights draped across the three-story atrium’s banisters and stairways. A large, glittering gator scaled the three-story red “logo” house structure. Red and white fishing bobbers floated overhead. Patron partygoers enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by Pêche Seafood Grill and two specialty cocktails: “Whiskey River” provided by Sazerac Rye and “River Breeze” provided by Wheatley Vodka. For the main event, more than 500 “CHAIRished” guests enjoyed a fun and festive evening of gourmet cuisine and spirits from more than 20 local restaurants, silent and live auctions, one-of-a-kind chairs and sultry music by The Jenn Howard Band. Partygoers who entered the $2,000 Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry shopping spree raffle sipped their cocktails from colorful, blinking cups. Event Co-Chairs were Jessie Schott Haynes and Allison Berger Tiller. “CHAIRish the Children” featured more than 200 auction packages that featured trips, art, jewelry, local attractions and restaurants and one-of-a-kind chairs. The live auction featured a Saints vs. Dolphins in London weeklong vacation, a private three-course dinner for six by chef Alex Harrell of Angeline and a seven-day Carnival Cruise to the Western Caribbean. Decorated chairs in the silent auction included “Front Porch Seat” by Terrance Osborne, “Pelican Feathers” by Beck Fos and “Stay Cool with Sno-Balls Chair” by Dr. Bob. n

Event at a Glance What: “CHAIRish the Children,” benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum When: Saturday, August 26 Where: Louisiana Children’s Museum

1. Co-Chair Jessie Schott Haynes, CEO Julia Bland and Co-Chair Allison Berger Tiller 2. Stephanie and Terrance Osborne 3. Warner Williams, Leonard Wiggins, Pamela Sidney and R.G. Sidney 4. Vanessa Berg, Samantha Stokes, Caroline Good and Carrie Marks 5. Qi Wiggins, Pam Williams and Kasey and Brett Lott 6. Gregory Smith, Dr. Mara Hasseltine, Dr. Melissa Montgomery and Dr. Scott Montgomery

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Partying On Island Time


The largest fundraising gala for Le Petit helped support quality productions and mentoring young artists. By Shelby Simon

In honor of Le Petit Théâtre’s season opener, Once On This Island, this year’s “Curtain Call Ball” was Caribbean-themed. Pineapples, orchids and fresh palm leaves decorated the party, and guests took the opportunity to wear vibrantly colored and patterned dresses or linen suits. Republic National Distributing Company catered drinks, and Tableau Restaurant catered the Caribbean-inspired food menu, which included Trinidadian chicken Pholourie, Puerto Rican shrimp curry and desserts including the highlights of rum raisin rice pudding, mango macadamia mousse cups and Kahlua cream puffs. Casa Samba provided performances, as well as the Once On This Island cast. Tom Hook played piano in the Drawing Room, accompanied by musical theater’s greatest performers, including Leslie Castay, Sean Patterson and Keith and Leslie Claverie. Burlesques performers Roxie Le Rouge and Gran MaFun joined as hosts for the evening, and the theatrical program was emceed by Sean Patterson. Auction highlights included Tim Trapolin's “La Courtisane” painting, an antique green onyx and diamond Cameo brooch, a vintage diamond pendant with pearl necklace and a George Dunbar painting, “Rouville No. 54.” Penny Baumer served as Committee Chair; Shon Baker as Le Petit Board Vice President and Development Committee Chair; and Kathleen Van Horn as Le Petit Board Vice President. n



Event at a Glance What: “Curtain Call Ball,” benefiting Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré Where: Tableau Restaurant

1. Board Vice President Kathleen Van Horn and Board Vice President and Development Committee Chair Shon Baker 2. Janet Daley Duval and David Pons 3. Larry Feldman and The Honorable Susie Morgan 4. Frank and Paulette Stewart 5. Kathy Singleton, Ben Bagert and Judy Geddes Bajoie 6. Ned Benjamin, Diana Bajoie, Bob Gettys and Jay Bourgeois

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Brighter Days Ahead


Lighthouse Louisiana raised funds to empower persons with disabilities through services, employment and advocacy. By Shelby Simon

The Old Ursuline Convent gardens provided a beautiful setting for Lighthouse Louisiana’s “Light Up The Night” gala, accented by draped tenting with chandeliers, tables adorned with black and yellow tablecloths and floral arrangements. Food purveyors included Catering d’Orleans, Chez Nous, Joel Catering, Joey K’s, Mandina’s, Red Dog Diner and The Rum House. Music was provided by DJ Swamp Boogie spinning his vinyl. The Roux La La dance troupe entertained throughout the party and energized the auction. Prizes included artwork by famed New Orleans artists such as Jennifer Andsardi and a framed giclée print by George Dunbar, a barkeeper’s set from Studio Amanda Talley, a diamond necklace from Friend & Company, a Luca custom blazer from Luca Falcone Custom Clothiers and an at-home private dinner from Ralph Brennan’s Catering. Blair Monroe, Amy Farnsworth, Dr. Troy Scroggins and Julie Nosser served as Event Chairs. Approximately 300 partygoers were in attendance. n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, September 15 Where: Old Ursuline Convent

1. Event Chairs Julie Nosser, Blair Monroe and Amy Farnsworth 2. Jim Ashbee, Jim Perrier, Jane Heidingsfelder and Andrew Freesmeier 3. Board Chair Paul Masinter, Juli Pattison and Whitney Bank's Elder Gwin

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Support for Special Needs


St. Michael Special School raised funds to allow students to reach their full potential. By Shelby Simon

The “Blue Rose Ball” raised funds to support operations of St. Michael Special School, which provides education and attention to 204 students from diverse backgrounds throughout metro New Orleans. In the 2017-2018 academic year, 27 students are new to the school; this is the highest admission since Hurricane Katrina. Tuition to attend the school covers less than 50 percent of the per capita cost to educate each student, making the community support for this event invaluable. Archbishop Gregory Aymond delivered the invocation and acknowledged faculty, administration and parents by inviting them to stand. “These are the people who keep this school going,” he said as he praised the work of St. Michael as the only school of its kind. President and Principal Tish Sauerhoff spoke about the importance of providing a place where students are able to learn and be academically challenged as well as find belonging and lifelong friends. The Hyatt Regency New Orleans hosted the 620 guests in attendance at 63 tables. Dat Band provided entertainment and brought their Dat Booth photo booth. There was also a wine glass raffle, and prizes including a Kendra Scott jewelry set, an assorted wines and party beverage bucket and a framed 1992 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage framed print. Event Chairs were Scott and Robyn Guidry, parents of a St. Michael School student. Mark Romig served as emcee and auctioneer. n



Event at a Glance What: “Blue Rose Ball,” benefiting St. Michael Special School Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Jean and Committee Member Darlene Cohen with Co-Chairs Robyn and Scott Guidry 2. Committee Member Julie Vanderbrook, Advisory Board Member Sam Mickal Solomon and Assistant Principal Ann Higgins 3. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Maggie Rousselle and Georgine and Henry Bienert

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Latin Beat


Casa Argentina hosted a tango opera to support the Latino community. By Shelby Simon

New Orleans Opera and Casa Argentina presented Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, a tango opera, which shares the work of renowned Argentine musician and composer Astor Piazzolla. Proceeds from the event were allocated to organizations that serve the Latino community. The sold-out event featured decorations which matched the opera setting, all in black and red with red florals and greenery. Chef Carlos Rafael Lainez of the JW Marriott provided a menu including arepas and lamb chops at the Patron Party accompanied by Argentina Chardonnay and Malbec wines. The dinner menu also featured pairings with Argentine wines. The opera was interpreted by Colombian soprano Catalina Cuervo, Mexican baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco, Argentine Milton Loayza and an ensemble of two couples of professional singers and tango dancers, Maureen and Carlos Urrego and Jermias Massera and Mariela Braufaldi. They were accompanied by renown duet of bandoneonist Daniel Binelli and pianist Polly Ferman, musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the local Polymia Quartet, directed by Robert Lyall, Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera. In addition, Julio y Cesar and their band provided music for the patron party and for dancing after the dinner and show. Yakelis Anzola, Marlene Donovan, Juan Gershanik and Betty Speyrer served as Event Chairs. Approximately 300 patrons participated in the dinner and show. n



Event at a Glance What: “Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires,” benefiting Casa Argentina When: Saturday, September 9

1. Event Chairs Betty Speyrer, Yakelis Anzola and Marlene Donovan 2. Joe Young, New Orleans Opera Artistic Director Robert Lyall, Stephanie Feoli and Ludovico Feoli 3. Ana and Event Chair Dr. Juan Gershanik with Gabriela Gonzalez and Jorge Pullin

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Cooking for a Cure Susan G. Komen hosted a star-studded chef lineup to support breast cancer research endeavors. By Shelby Simon

Susan G. Komen New Orleans hosted the 16th annual “Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner” at the Windsor Court Hotel to make a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer. The evening featured cuisines prepared by outstanding chefs paired with wine importers extraordinaire. Guests dressed in pink to show their support, and Honoree Pat Denechaud sported a pink coat. Denechaud, a breast cancer survivor, was one of the New Orleans affiliate co-founders. The 2017 Spectacular Chef lineup included Host Executive Chef Vlad Ahmadyarov, chef Bill Brand from Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, chef Michelle Weaver from Charleston Grill, chef Justin Devillier from La Petite Grocery and Balise and chef Beth Biundo from Sweets. Each chef prepared a course, which was paired with a fine wine from Artisan Wines, Jackson Family Wines, Purveyors for Fine Wines, Republic National Distributing, Terlato, Uncorked and Vino Wholesale. New in 2017, Tico Sighting LLC showcased the featured Summer Cure Chefs, the host Windsor Court Hotel, featured Restaurants, and Sponsor Partners by delivering immersive and interactive experience through the use of large scale projection and installation art. Event Chairs were Patricia Denechaud, Holley Haag, Kristi Post, Dottie Reese and Jordan Teich, with Event Coordinator Joe Briand. Emcee Mark Romig donned a Susan G. Komen tie. A silent auction completed the evening. n



Event at a Glance What: Susan G. Komen Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner benefiting Susan G. Komen New Orleans Where: Windsor Court Hotel

1. Event Chairs Holley Haag, Dottie Reese, Pat Denechaud, Jordan Teich and Kristi Post 2. Brittney Briand, chef Bill Briand, Event Coordinator Joe Briand and Michelle McDermott 3. Henry Kothmann and Mary and Bill Hines

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Ta-Ta to Cancer


“Bodacious Bras for a Cause” was one of 20 events throughout FestiGals New Orleans. By Shelby Simon

The annual “Bodacious Bras for a Cause” brunch was the centerpiece of the seventh annual FestiGals New Orleans Women’s Weekend Experience. The live auction and Bodacious Bra Challenge raised more than $31,000 for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans (CAGNO) and Breastoration to provide support and meaningful services to women in their treatment and recovery. Sandra Herman and Jean Rice served as Event Chairs. Honorary Chairs included Gayle Benson, Sue Ellen Canizaro, Angela Hill and Paulette Stewart. Zoe McLellan of Heart Screams, Speaker, Mom, Writer & Actress from “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Suits,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “JAG” was the guest speaker. The brunch included a Thriver Fashion Show by Stein Mart featuring 12 models thriving in their cancer journey. Hair and makeup by Biba Islah Salon, Claudine Hope’Perret and the Aveda Institute. Joan Ingram, Stein Mart Style Coordinator, shared each model’s story and triumph, followed by a stylish narration of fashions, as she walked the runway. Dr. Jules Walters and Dr. Jay Saux served as escorts to the stage. Cumulus personality Dino Hanson of Old School 106.7 was emcee. Music by was provided by Noble DJ Nola with entertainment by the Rolling Elvis Jailhouse Rockers. Chuck Mutz, “The Black Tie Auctioneer,” conducted the live auction of the top three fundraising bras from the Bodacious Bra Challenge and original works by six local artists depicting the cancer journey theme: Luis Colmenares with metal, Simon of New Orleans with oil on wood, Molly Kimball and Kristin Malone with mixed media, John Hodge with pottery, Joyce Laporte with acrylic on canvas and Connie Born with mixed media. Kristy Oustalet of Color Me NOLA created a live event painting. Approximately 330 attendees joined “Bodacious Bras for a Cause.” The FestiGals New Orleans Women’s Weekend Experience attracted approximately 2,000 women to more than 20 events throughout the weekend. n



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Where: JW Marriott

1. Sandra Dartus, Diane Lyons and Event Chairs Jean Rice and Sandra Herman 2. Faith Pepperone, John Satssi, Shelly Ruffin and Val Grubb 3. Katie Kelly, Cindy Paulin and Joan Ingram

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Down With the Dogs


A tropical luau brought 200 patrons out to support NOLA City Bark. By Shelby Simon

Hawaiian leis and handcrafted palm trees lined the entrance of NOLA City Bark’s tropical bash, the bi-annual “Bow Wow Luau.” Tables were set with fresh pineapples, brightly colored overlays, palm leaves, coconut shells and tropical plants to set the festive tone. City Park Catering delighted guests with a cochon de lait, coconut shrimp, Hawaiian meatballs and salads, plus luau bone-shaped sugar cookies from Essie’s Sparkling Confections. Drinks included Port Orleans Brewing and Velvet Cactus Canine Kahuna cocktails. The Fleas three-piece band greeted guests as they arrived. The house band was made up of NOLA City Bark members in the medical field, naming themselves “The Prescriptions.” Auction highlights included a drawing by artist Shirly Rabe Masinter, a handmade dog quilt by Mary Padury, a James Michalopoulos framed and signed limited edition print and a Becky Fos print. Dean Howard and Scott Discon served as Event Chairs. Over 2,000 gate openings per week results in tremendous wear and tear on the dog park by our dog friends. New Orleans City Park, a self-sustaining entity with no city-designated operating funds, relies on dog park annual permits and the “Bow Wow Luau” to help pay for ongoing improvements, major repairs and capital projects for NOLA City Bark. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, August 19 Where: Arbor Room at City Park

1. Co-Chair Dean Howard, NOLA City Bark Board Member Monica Frois and Bruce and Founding Board Member Jackie Shreves 2. Decorations Committee Member Julie Brown and Co-Chair Scott Discon 3. Dessa Griffin, City Park CEO Robert Becker and City Park Board Member Susan Hess

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From flowing dresses to sharp looks with asymmetrical details, these holiday fashions have an artistic state of mind.

Power Play Cobalt blue scuba dress with sculptural side ruffle from Ballin’s; rhinestone bow necklace and silver satin platform sandal, both from Maiya Boutique; pavÊ flower stud earrings from Saks Fifth Avenue

Photographer: Theresa Cassagne Fashion Stylist: Tracee Dundas Makeup: Midori Tajiri / Midori Makeup Artistry Hair: Tommy Centanni Model: Sarah Faulk Location: New Orleans Museum of Art

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White Night White sequined long-sleeved romper from Maiya Boutique; acrylic clutch from Saks Fifth Avenue; W agate stone statement ring from Joseph; crescent tassel earrings from Mignon Faget 47

Lady Luxe Silver studded and sequined art deco cocktail dress, grey cashmere cape with fox fur trim and chandler earrings, all from Yvonne LaFleur


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Red Haute Red neoprene gown with peplum and rosette detail at waist, pavĂŠ chandler earrings, all round crystal necklace and Gianvito Possi black asymmetric glitter sandals, all from Saks Fifth Avenue

Abstract Beauty Black one-shoulder jumpsuit, gold leaf chandler earrings and teal satin and gold clutch, all from Joseph; gold plated arrow ring and cuff bracelet, both from Reagan Charleston

Modern Art Cobalt blue and black lace pant suit from West London Boutique; black handbeaded lace silk cami and stretch velvet glitter ankle boots, both from Saks Fifth Avenue; black beaded multi-strand choker from Yvonne LaFleur

Celebratory Feasts Dining out for the holidays By Kelcy Wilburn Photographed by Cheryl Gerber

While we don’t usually need an extra excuse to dine out at any of the exceptional restaurants we have at our disposal, local restaurants and chefs are always devising new ways to get us through their doors and exploring their menus and cuisine. Fall and winter holidays present another opportunity to welcome guests who look forward to celebrating the season with family, friends and food. November and December are rife with celebrations, and as you’d imagine, local stalwarts of the restaurant industry are inviting you to join in the fun with special menus, seasonal cocktails, parties and more.

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Thanksgiving is synonymous with family feasts, and Arnaud’s opens its doors for the occasion from 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., on Thanksgiving Day, November 23. The restaurant will feature a four-course table d’hote menu from Executive Chef Tommy DiGiovanni. Highlights of the menu will include a traditional roasted turkey, herb crusted Gulf fish and roasted pork Loin entrées; as well as shrimp Arnaud and wild mushrooms bisque appetizers; a Little Gem Salad; and pumpkin roulade or pecan pie for dessert. In December, Arnaud’s will celebrate the season in a number of ways, including a traditional Reveillon dinner

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menu (December 1-23), special lunch offerings (December 11-15 and 18-22), seasonal cocktails at Arnaud’s French 75 Bar and the 12 Days of Moët, beginning December 10. During the 12 days leading to Christmas, Moët & Chandon Champagnes will be offered through a variety of daily specials, such as a Bubble Bar on Sundays, Mini-Moët Mondays and Double the Bubbles on Tuesdays. For details, visit Arnaud’s website or call the restaurant. Thanksgiving is also a special occasion at The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue. Last year’s Thanksgiving menu featured a number of traditional items, such as oven roasted turkey, maple and cranberry glazed ham, The Column’s popular oyster dressing and pumpkin crème brulée. The menu is celebrated at the hotel on Thanksgiving from noon to 5 p.m. On November 29, The Columns Hotel will introduce its Reveillon menu, which concludes at brunch on Christmas Day. Served nightly Tuesday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m., the meal features four courses and includes coffee and tea service for $59 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended. According to Adam Miller, Director of Catering & Events, The Columns Hotel is distinguished by its expansive holiday décor, including a live 14-foot-tall tree, wreaths, garlands, figurines and a centuries-old, hand-carved crèche. “But the best attraction is our live fireplace inside the Victorian Lounge, lit daily when cold to take off the chill and warm the weary traveler or guest,” says Miller. SoBou’s chef Juan Carlos fondly remembers Thanksgivings spent celebrating with his large family in Puerto Rico. As a 5-year-old, Carlos thought his mother was crazy when he’d help her inject the turkey with champagne and Cointreau days before the family gathering. As a chef, Carlos now realizes it was a brilliant take on the drunken bird, and today he honors her ingenuity every Thanksgiving at SoBou with his take on the holiday meal. Offered as part of a three-course meal, the dish can be enjoyed with decadent sides at the restaurant for lunch or dinner on Thanksgiving. In December, SoBou will also offer a Reveillon Menu (December 1-23) for dinner, in addition to special menus offered on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. The four-course Reveillon menu includes a lagniappe shot of house-made coquito, a Puerto Rican-style egg nog. For a special lunch, visit SoBou December 20-24 and enjoy the sounds of the season with carolers

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TOP Ruth’s Chris Turkey Carving BOTTOM Smoked and Roasted Duck Breast from Brennan’s Restaurant RIGHT Old Fashion Braised Beef Lengua Tamale and Kumquat BBQ Lamb Steam bun from SoBou

in the restaurant. Pick up your signature Commander’s Family of Restaurants jingle bells during lunch, weekdays in December through the 22nd. For families who enjoy dining out on holidays, there are a handful of restaurants that accommodate with multiple courses and festive fun. While several local

restaurants are open for Thanksgiving, fewer are open on Christmas Day. A Metairie favorite, Andrea’s accommodates discerning diners on both holidays with menus that feature chef Andrea Appuzzo’s signature style of cooking influenced by his native Northern Italy. Last year’s Thanksgiving menu included

homemade pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sage yam sauce, roast turkey with giblet gravy and double cut pork chop with an apple bourbon sauce; while the Christmas dinner menu delighted holiday feasters with dishes such as American roast leg of lamb, white veal scaloppine, pork shank osso buco Abruzzi, and Louisiana crabmeat ravioli Andrea. An iconic New Orleans locale, The Caribbean Room as restored by John Besh and Executive Chef Chris Lusk, is said to evoke the nostalgia of the original restaurant while infusing a fresh, contemporary energy to the menu. The same energy is infused with the holidays as the restaurant introduces its Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. On Thanksgiving, the four-course menu offered 11 a.m.-8 p.m. features a variety of choices for each course that include, among many others, foie gras torchon, short rib ravioli, satsuma salad, butternut squash bisque, roasted breast of turkey with oyster dressing, pompano en papillote with blue crab, and desserts such as pecan pie and silver​​ whistle​blueberry muffin bread pudding. Multi-course Reveillon menus are common throughout New Orleans, and Dickie Brennan’s Tableau is bringing the traditional holiday meal to Jackson Square this year. December 1 through 24, Tableau will offer a four-course menu for guests to enjoy from one of the restaurant’s three floors of dining spaces. General Manager Chris Esteve calls the cuisine “sophisticated, yet true to tradition.” Tableau’s 2017 Reveillon menu includes your choice of Gulf oyster stew or turtle soup; maison or bleu cheese salad; an entrée of grilled pompano, paradise spiced lamb loin or housemade fettucine with roasted duck; and either shoofly pie or gingerbread pudding. The Reveillon on the Rocks cocktail will be the Bonne Nuit, featuring Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth and Cynar. More highlights of the season at Tableau include the “largest mistletoe in the city” hung from Tableau’s balcony at Chartres and St. Peter streets and brunch with Santa on December 10. 55

The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group welcomes families for a number of holidaythemed events in December. The family-friendly fun begins at Red Fish Grill on Saturdays, December 2 and 9, with the annual Red Fish Grill Gingerbread House Workshop; 10 a.m.-noon, Executive Pastry Chef Brett Gauthier offers a step-by-step guide for children, who bring the fairy tale icon from Hansel and Gretel to life. Called a “Scrumptious Swamp Romp,” the charitable event will draw some design inspiration from scenic Cajun country. For details on the Gingerbread House Workshops or to reserve your spot, call 598-1200. On the Monday, December 18, Brennan’s Restaurant brings some holiday cheer by transforming its famous courtyard into a winter wonderland perhaps worthy of a Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye “White Christmas” performance. For the first time, young ladies and gentleman – and naughty and nice parents – are invited to enjoy a very merry white Christmas with snow at Brennan’s. As Brennan’s “lets it snow” in the courtyard, Santa will join guests in enjoying the rare, white precipitation in New Orleans. Every family in New Orleans has their own holiday tradition, and while some love the seasonal, Reveillon experience, many people love returning to a generations old staple for family celebrations: the steakhouse. A New Orleans original with a decades-old, tried and true recipe, Ruth’s Chris Steak House continues doing what it does best throughout the holiday season with a couple of extra twists of excitement. On Thanksgiving Day, many guests choose to treat themselves to a steak dinner, but if you’re looking for a more traditional meal, you can enjoy a turkey dinner with your favorite sides, such as Ruth’s Chris crowdpleasing mashed potatoes. Later in the year, Ruth’s Chris will introduce a Surf & Turf special for those looking to really indulge. Choose your own size of filet, and enjoy it alongside two twin lobster tails for $49.95.

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Arnaud’s, 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, | The Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308, | SoBou, 310 Chartres St., 552-4095,

Andrea’s, 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583, | The Caribbean Room, 2031 St. Charles Ave., 323-1500, | Dickie Brennan’s Tableau, 616 St. Peter St., 934-3463, | Red Fish Grill, 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, | Brennan’s Restaurant, 417 Royal St., 525-9711, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 525 Fulton St. (inside Harrah’s Hotel), 587-7099, 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600,

Inspired Designs St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2017 tablescapes preview party and luncheon presented by Bryan Subaru and IBERIABANK benefited Bastion By Morgan Packard Griffith Beginning with a Preview Party on Wednesday, October 11 and culminating with a luncheon on Thursday, October 12, St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC and the Renaissance Foundation, together with Presenting Sponsor Bryan Subaru and IBERIABANK, presented a check for $143,070 to Bastion at their fourth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes luncheon, which was matched by an “angel,” bringing the total raised to about $300,000! The Preview Party allowed almost 250 guests a sneak peek at the fabulous designs while sipping wine and dining on hors d’oeuvres by the Audubon Tea Room Culinary Team. In addition, patrons enjoyed live music by the Harry Hardin Jazz Duo and bid on live auction packages including a three-night stay at Swanson Vineyards for two couples courtesy of Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson; a “Best of NOLA Package” including hotel stays, over $300 to local restaurants and

more; and a pair of diamond and South Sea pearl earrings courtesy of Aucoin Hart. The next day, the Audubon Tea Room hosted 25 tables created by retailers and designers, each with its own theme and design elements. Almost 225 guests dined and sipped among these creations, while learning more about Bastion. Following our thank yous, we held a live auction of a pair of hand-designed and decorated Marie Antoinetteinspired mules and a bottle of Jason Wu perfume made exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue courtesy of Ambrose Garden; a children’s birthday party at any one of Audubon’s locations courtesy of Audubon Nature Institute; a hand-crafted vase and flower arrangement by Glenn Vatshell; and a painting of the luncheon created by artist Alex Harvie. The Renaissance Foundation’s mission is to support nonprofit organizations through marketing, events and financial support. Bastion, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an

intentionally designed neighborhood for returning warriors and families located on 5.5 acres at 1901 Mirabeau Ave. in New Orleans. Their powerful community model incubates meaningful, lifetime relationships to sustain a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war. Phase 1 is complete and 100 percent leased up, including 19 double family homes with 73 residents who have 196 years of combined military service, green space and a 1,700-square-foot Wellness Center. Bastion is executing a three-phase development strategy that will fill a critical gap in the continuum of care for post 9/11 veterans and families in Southeast Louisiana. Similar to Phase 1, the second phase will include 20 residences with mixture of one-, two- and three-bedrooms. Bastion is $300,000 from closing the gap in financing for Phase 2! Read on to learn more about these tables and see the incredible designs, and prepare to join us next year! 57

TOP: “Through the Looking Glass Madhatters’ Tea Party,” designed by Shelley Pigeon and produced by her Decorator Constantine Kritkos of Kappa Designs for ACCESS New Orleans ( BOTTOM: “Déjeuner Avec Marie Au L’Hameau de la Reine” designed by Gene Luke for Ambrose Garden (8015 Maple St., 861-1953,



“Environmental Sustainably,” designed by Richard Buchsbaum for Audubon Catering & Events (212-5301, AudubonInsitiute/org/catering) “Purple Rain” designed by Eric Fredericks for Bee’s Wedding Designs (738 Phosphor Ave., Metairie, 830-4031,




“Fantasy” designed by Kim Sayatovic for Belladeux Event Design (8131 Oak St., Suite 500, 323-2100, BOTTOM: “Healing and Renewal” designed by Grace Kaynor, Lise Kuhn and Kathleen Waring for the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (8325 Oak St., 982-0685.


TOP: “It’s a Colorful World” designed by Stephen Sonnier for Dunn and Sonnier Antiques · Florals · Gifts (3433 Magazine St., 524-3235, BOTTOM: “Salute to the Flag” designed by Richard Young for Event Rental (4400 Woodland Drive, 433-2624,


“Oysters & Pearls” designed by Terry and Lane Sistrunk for The Jaxson (620 Decatur St., 571-6333, “Mod Meets Mod” designed by Kim Starr Wise for Kim Starr Wise Floral Events (437 Philip St., 315-5607,



TOP: “Latter Library Conservatory” designed by Marianne Mumford for Landscape Images Ltd. (655 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-8380, BOTTOM: “Longue Vue Botanical” designed by Amy Graham and Laren Holzer for Longue Vue House & Gardens (7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488,


“There is Nothing Like a Dame” designed by members of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America – Louisiana Society for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America – Louisiana (1413 Louisiana Ave., BOTTOM: “The Art of Simplicity” designed by Christina Lossi for the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100,



“Coral Seas” designed by Glenn Vatshell for Palate New Orleans Catering, Special Events and Décor (8220 Willow St., 864-2990, BOTTOM: “Winter White” designed by Sue Komidor for Perino’s Home & Garden Center (3100 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 834-7888,




“Old World Charm” designed by Eva Baillie for The Plant Gallery (9401 Airline Highway, 488-8887, “Homes for the Holidays” designed by Sarah Martzolf of The Martzolf Group for the Preservation Resource Center (The Leeds-Davis Building, 923 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-7032,



TOP: “La La Land/Hollywood Glam” designed by Melissa Ursin and Gail Varuso for the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group (111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 539-5511, BOTTOM: “Royal Tea Time” designed by Maitee’ Gomez for Royal Events, Candles and Decor (110 Cambell Ave., Unit No. 1, Mandeville, (985) 400-9416,



TOP: “The General’s Gala” designed by Steve Baker Designs, LLC (777-0537) “’70s Glam” designed by Joanie Hodnette for Trashy Diva (1022 Josephine St., 299-3939,



“Bayou A-Drift” designed by Tucker Fitz-Hugh for The Garnished Palette (352-9291, “Circle of Life” designed by Christina Chapuis, Hien Nguyen and Kim Tran for Wink Design & Events (1519 Tchoupitoulas St., 366-8063,




“They All Ask’d for You!” designed by Nan Dupuy for Z Event Company (508 Metairie Road, Metairie, 510-5358, BOTTOM:


Thank You We wish to thank our Chairmen: Celeste and Curtis Eustis and Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick. We also wish to thank our Presenting Sponsors: IBERIABANK and Bryan Subaru. Our Contributing Sponsors: Capital One, Hibernia Bank, the New Orleans Saints, Woodward Design + Build and Phyllis M. Taylor. Our Bag Sponsor: Community Coffee. Our Band Sponsor: Crescent Capital Consulting.

Our Program Sponsor: Fidelity Bank. Our Glass Sponsor: Royal Events & Weddings. Our Supporting Sponsors: Patricia and Vernon Brinson, Michele and Lamar Villere, Peyton and Liz Bush and Celeste and Curtis Eustis. And our Table Sponsors: Faye and Marshall Ballard, Manny Bright, Liz and Peyton Bush, Sally Cockerham, Susan Colton and Dee Eustis, Celeste and Curtis Eustis, Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick, Dorothy and Joe Mann

and Meredith and Baldwin Montgomery, Ann Packard, The Packard Family, Arlene Philipson, Trashy Diva, Michele and Lamar Villere. In addition, we wish to thank The Libby Dufour Fund, and a very special thanks to Richard Buchsbaum and the Audubon Tea Room. And last but not least, thank you to our “angel” who matched the proceeds raised at the event!

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A Fall Luncheon in Old Metairie In celebration of The New Orleans Town Gardeners’ 65th birthday By Bev Church

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Harriet Nelson, Flora French and Adelaide Benjamin touting the amazing projects of The New Orleans Town Gardeners! The dining room table was beautifully set with an Italian Point de Venise lace cloth topped with beautiful silver serving pieces, a flower arrangement created by Mary Funderburk and lunch created by Epsie Hennessey. Who could have a birthday party without a cake? This one was created by Maurice! The New Orleans Town Gardeners have been instrumental in many civic projects that have benefited our city, including:

spearheading the funding and beautification projects at Lee Circle and at Jackson Square; funding the Garden Library,now housed at Tulane University; and funding the Edible Schoolyard at Samuel J. Green Charter School. We are now involved with the Grow Dat Youth Farm at City Park and are creating a new fundraiser, “The Heart of the Park,” which will raise funds for the preservation of the oak trees at City Park as well as for projects of the club. Happy 65th birthday! n

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getting cooler, what better way to entertain than to have a luncheon for the girls in your garden club – especially when it’s the club’s 65th-birthday! The party was for all ages, from 30 to 90. (Which reminds me of the most important advice that icon Sunny Norman gave me: The way to stay young is to have young friends and friends of all ages!) Front door pieces by Melissa Hayley greeted guests. Tables were set up in the garden. Cyclamen in antique cache pots accented floral tablecloths. Lunch was served after a special program created by

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Walker – Puckett By Mirella Cameran

This column doesn’t usually start with a reference to a 1966 Supremes song, but the words to “You Can’t Hurry Love’ seem too apropos not to mention when talking about Emily Ruth Walker’s wedding to John William Puckett. The Walker and Puckett families had been friends for more than 30 years, but as fate would have it, Emily and John had never met. Not until John’s sister, Jennifer, walked into Emily’s women’s wear store, Em’s Boutique in Old Metairie, and mentioned to Emily that John, who lives in Houston, was coming to town. Jennifer thought Emily and John would make a good match. A few days later, John called and took Emily to dinner at her favorite restaurant in New Orleans, Lilette. Jennifer was right, the pair hit it off immediately and started a long-distance relationship. Fast forward two and a half years and Emily and John were back at Lilette. Just after they had ordered their first glass of wine, John popped the question. Emily was ecstatic, and after dinner John took his new fiancée to celebrate with friends and family, including his three boys, John William, Charlie and Peyton. On September 2, 2017, Reverend William Barnwell married Emily and John at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Lower Garden District. The night before, Pam and Mike Thompson, friends of the bride’s parents, hosted the rehearsal dinner at their beautiful condo in Uptown, catered by Patti Constantine. The reception was held at Il Mercato, where the clean, white, modern style of the wedding complemented the beautiful architecture and romantic vibe of the indoor/outdoor venue. Bella Blooms Florist accentuated the look with white mono botanical flowers. Guests enjoyed the sumptuous catering by Joel, including classic bites such as shrimp

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and grits, crab beignets, mini grilled cheeses and mini lamp chops. Melissa’s Fine Pastries provided the wedding and groom’s cakes. Emily’s and John’s honeymoon was delayed due to Hurricane Harvey, but they

plan to visit Cabo San Lucas sometime in the spring. The couple continues to split their time between New Orleans and Houston, where John works in the oil and gas business. n

Bride’s Dress: Wedding Belles Bride’s Engagement and Wedding Rings: Friend & Company Fine Jewelers Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Karina Gramaldi and Alice & Olivia, Em’s Boutique Groom’s Attire: Sid Mashburn in Houston Groom’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Fine Jewelers Coordinator: Elyse Jennings Invitation: Scriptura Photographer: Catherine Guidry Videographer: Nathan Willis

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Dave Emond Executive Director, Liberty’s Kitchen By Lindsay Mack

Liberty’s Kitchen is a nonprofit

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year, however, Emond recognized the need for healthy school lunches in the area and began the school nutrition program as well. Using great food to empower area youth remains the organization’s goal. Thanks to its proven success, Liberty’s Kitchen has the potential to help the almost 6,000 young people in New Orleans who are still disconnected from school and work. By increasing its capacity, the organization can serve and train even more. To this end, Liberty’s Kitchen just finished construction on a new Youth Leadership Center. Plus, the organization recently opened a new cafeteria on Poydras Street. With these additions, Liberty’s Kitchen can provide more leadership development and management opportunities for New Orleans youth. In addition, the school nutrition program currently provides around 4,000 daily meals to low-income public-school children in the city. All meals are fresh and made from scratch. By serving up fare such as sweet

and sour chicken, crunchy turkey tacos and turkey and sausage gumbo, children can learn to love healthy, nourishing meals. As a testament to the organization’s success, Liberty’s Kitchen graduates are in high demand for local jobs in the hospitality industry. Thanks to its effective workforce training program, young people gain access to career opportunities all over New Orleans. “We struggle to keep up with requests from employer partners seeking to hire our young people,” says Emond. “This is a good problem to have.” n

Get Involved Liberty’s Kitchen needs donations to continue its mission. Although its food service business generates approximately half of the organization’s operating revenue, community member support is still crucial for its continued growth and success. Visit to learn more, get involved and check out their menu.

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organization providing career development training and school nutrition programs for New Orleans area youth. For the youth development program, participants gain occupational skills to succeed in the food service industry. In addition, Liberty’s Kitchen provides school children with healthy, freshly made meals prepared onsite at their cafeterias. If that weren’t enough, the Liberty’s Kitchen Cafés serve up breakfast and lunch to lucky diners at the Broad Street or Poydras Street locations. To learn more about this organization, I spoke with Dave Emond, Executive Director of Liberty’s Kitchen. Recognizing the tremendous untapped potential of New Orleans youth, Janet Davas founded Liberty’s Kitchen in 2009. The original aim was to help young people in New Orleans gain career development opportunities in the hospitality industry, the city’s largest employment sector. Within a

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“I believe that helping others get a better lot in life, through opportunities and the ability to make changes, gives the entire community a better chance to succeed,” says Brenna Robinson, a junior at Benjamin Franklin High School. Robinson is a leader of Ben Franklin’s Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, an organization that helps rebuild houses and supplies relief for those affected by natural disasters. Through that volunteer experience, renovated houses are able to be sold at a discounted price to public school teachers. Those teachers then bring their skills to the public schools to help New Orleans students to achieve greatness. One of Robinson’s most rewarding experiences was volunteering with those affected by the Baton Rouge flood in 2016 and the tornado in New Orleans in 2017. “Rebuilding after natural disasters means a lot to me after seeing how, even more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans still has to rejuvenate parts of the city that were lost,” says Robinson. Robinson also volunteers with From Student to Scientist, an organization that fosters student interest in science. She is also the point person in the student leadership for Franklin Prep, a program to help incoming freshman adjust to high school life. “It makes me really proud to help lead Franklin Prep, and see anxious eighth graders from all different backgrounds bond together and become confident freshman ready to face rigors of high school,” says Robinson.

“A lot of work goes in all year round in order to make it run smoothly and improve it each year, but giving students a running start at a legitimately difficult school makes it absolutely worth it.” Allie Mayer, the foster coordinator at the Louisiana SPCA, is one of Robinson’s inspirations. Mayer re-homes animals struggling to get adopted from the shelter, making sure they have a second chance to find love. “As a foster parent (to animals), I can see how important her work is, as shy, scared or simply unhappy animals transform into confident animals who get adopted by loving owners,” says Robinson. Robinson is interested in attending Tulane University or the University of Southern California, but she’s still keeping her options open. She isn’t sure which specific profession she wants to pursue, but enjoys the engineering and veterinary fields. When Robinson isn’t working on schoolwork, she enjoys going out with friends. The Robinson family fosters dogs and she hopes to continue support for the LA-SPCA. n 79

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Cristy Cali CEO & Jewelry Designer, Cristy’s Collection, Inc. By Mirella Cameran

How did you start your company? I grew up in the jewelry industry, and when I was a sophomore in high school Hurricane Katrina forced me to move to Florida until Hurricane Wilma forced me back home. That whole experience was so lifechanging, and as an artist I began expressing my feelings through drawings. Eventually, people began paying me for my drawings and it gave me the confidence to keep moving in that direction. I did my college internship at a jewelry manufacturer in Thailand, where I turned some of my drawings into jewelry designs. At 22 years old, I ventured out on my own.

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Do you only sell in New Orleans? No, I do have dealers outside the city and I’m always looking for reputable dealers in other parts of the country; and I sell online. Do your pieces only reflect life in New Orleans? Initially, I focused primarily on New Orleans-inspired designs because I wanted to capture the essence of New Orleans. Now my designs reflect my three “Cs”: consciousness, compassion and creativity. Is there anything coming up you’d like to tell readers about? I have a line of solid 18 karat gold and diamond jewelry in development right now, as well as a new men’s collection. n

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What were your first pieces? I started learning how to make jewelry when I was 14 by stringing necklaces and experimenting with different techniques. I used as high a quality of material as I could afford, like freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and sterling silver findings.

Where do you find your inspiration? My inspiration comes from within. As cliché as that sounds, it’s a collective of my experiences and emotions in combination with world conversations that inspire me.

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Julia Webb Bland CEO, Louisiana Children’s Museum By Mirella Cameran

How did you become involved in the Louisiana Children’s Museum? About 25 years ago I was asked to volunteer with the museum. That led to a position on the board, and then to being hired as the museum’s Director. I’ve been in this job for 20 years, and totally love what I do! Where were you before? I was engaged with several nonprofits in the city, with a big focus on creating meaningful experiences for young children

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Why do you enjoying working for LCM? The museum serves a unique role in our community. We are the primary resource in the city, really in the state, developed specifically for young children and their caregivers, and open to the public.

What is in store for the LCM in its move to City Park? An obvious change will be our ability to use the many resources available in the park, with a great focus on environmental education. A very exciting focus we’ll grow in our new home is around parenting education. What are your most popular exhibits? That’s a question with an easy answer: our grocery exhibit, with the bubbles right behind. When we move to City Park we’ll have a water table 100 feet long outlining the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. n

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Describe the role of the LCM in the community and why it’s important? It is a place where all sorts of children and families come together. We look at our work as a serious way to build assets in a child, a family and a community. What happens in the first 1,000 days of life helps shape the architecture of the brain. 81

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1. Marcia St. Martin, Barbara Barnes, Edgar Veillon, Patricia Meadowcroft, John Kinabrew and Randy Waesche attended the Lake Pontchartrain annual “History Trolley Tour,” an event that raises awareness of the lake and basin’s history. 2. Gissela Zsembik, Mariana Montero and Yvel Flemming attended the Hispanic Apostolate’s annual gala, “Join the Angels Under the Stars.” 3. Fr. David Caron, Fr. Mariano Veliz, Fr. Thomas Condon and Fr. Charles Johnson pose together at the Hispanic Apostlate’s annual gala. Proceeds from the event benefited tuition scholarship funds. 4. Morgan and Jill Nalty, author Bettie Bearden Pardee and Katy and Chris Weil are pictured at the New Orleans Town Gardeners event, which raised funds for their projects by inviting Pardee from Newporrt, Rhode Island, to treat guests to photos from her most recent book. 5. Chuck Mutz and Shannon McCloskey Able share a smile at the America Cancer Society’s “Belles & Beaus” announcement party to kick of the 17th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball.” 6. Students from St. Michael Special School model at the annual “Style Show,” which featured fashion from Dillard’s Lakeside. Carpe Diem provided hair and makeup for each of the four categories: Prom, Dress for Success, Picnic Wear and Saints Gear.

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7. John Thomas, Mimi Parker Thomas and Mignon Parker attended the 25th anniversary celebration for Parkers Inc. 8. Mimi Parker Thomas and Magnolia-Rianna Thompson celebrated the Parkers Inc. 25th anniversary in Pass Christian. 9. Jennifer Fontenot, Drew Brees and Seth Fontenot are pictured supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana at the “2017 Great Futures Dinner.” Funds raised at the event went to the Boys and Girls Club’s Summer Initiative. 10. Anna Simpson, Chuck Simpson, Andy Peterson, Kelly Flurry, Seth Fontenot and Jennifer Fontenot are shown at the “Great Futures Dinner,” sponsored by Chevron and Sampson to help the Boys and Girls Club inspire and prepare kids to achieve “great futures.” 11. Chefs Michael Gulotta, Michael Pirollo, Aaron Brooks, Nina Compton and Levi Raines prepared an intimate four-course meal to raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization that has provided over 500 meals to hungry children. 12. Laurel and Dan Harlin attended No Kid Hungry event at Compére Lapin. The event was attended by over 50 guests who were treated to a dinner cooked by award-winning chefs. 84 st. charles Avenue NOVEMBER 2017

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Holiday Gifts Crowe Jewelry 504-507-0628 Diamond starburst ear jacket by Crowe Jewelry. 14K rose gold ear jacket with 20 hand set white diamonds. Made in the USA.

Ballin’s LTD 504-821-4000 Knit shawl/wrap with rabbit fur pom poms in 4 colors – black, camel, light grey and navy. These can be found at all seven Ballin’s locations, $79.

Gem Printing 504-834-9580 Brighten up your holidays with personalized cocktail napkins. There are 21 colors to choose from and start at 100 for $23.95. One day service.

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Art and Eyes 504-891-4494 Hand made in France. THIERRY LASRY gold metal frame sunglasses with a 100% UV protection, green lenses with a lavender mirror flash.

Boudreaux’s Jewelers 504-831-2602 Omega 28mm Constellation watch, $2950.

Claire Elizabeth Gallery 504-309-4063 Add a little sweetness to your home with “I Knew This Would Be Love,” acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in. by Ashton Shaw Despot. Price upon request.

The Shops at Canal Place 504-522-9200 Purchase a gift card this holiday season from Canal Place. Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, this world-class shopping center boasts a superb mix of stores and exclusive designer boutiques, and a 9-screen in-seat service movie theater. 87

Louisiana Children’s Museum 504-266-2408 From puppets to puzzles, the Louisiana Children’s Museum Store carefully selects every item to help children discover the world around them! This holiday season give the gift of imaginative puppet play! Children will delight as they learn to express their ideas, feelings and creativity with Silly Puppets! $28.95 each.

Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry 504-832-0000

Kevin Gillentine Gallery 504-891-0509

This 18k white gold and black rhodium 24mm wide bracelet features 31.39ctw of various shaped blue sapphires prong set with 4.22ctw of round diamonds scattered throughout and a hidden push button clasp, $32,500.

8 x 11” framed gouache drawing, diamond jewelry designs, French c. 1930, $250 (Set of 7 $1,500).

Perlis 504-895-8661

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 504-587-7099 A gift card to Ruth’s Chris is a gift you’ll never forget. This holiday season, make memories that last forever at Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

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The Corkcicle stemless wine glass keeps beverages cold for nine hours and hot for three. With its easy-grip sides, no-slip bottom and shatterproof, drink-through lid, you’ll enjoy spill-free sipping wherever, whenever! Colors include gloss turquoise or white, copper and matte black.

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FeBe 504-835-5250

Print velvet boot and pump.

Diamond Disc Collection by Sennod. Available in rose gold, gold, silver and two toned (gold and silver). They are $228 each and 16 inches long.

Louisiana Custom Closets 504-885-3188 Louisiana Custom Closets represents the pinnacle of quality design, materials and service for all of your home and office organizational and storage needs. They manufacture their products, which provides endless solutions for home storage.

Joseph 504-900-1422 PRADA Velvet Animalier Leopard Cahier Shoulder Bag – leopard-print velvet with calf leather trim. Golden hardware. Adjustable leather shoulder strap. Flap top with logo lettering at center, $2,710. 89

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Swap 504-324-8143 Brenton Black 24K Krewe Du Optic sunglasses at Swap Boutique for $114.99. Visit one of Swap’s two locations at 5530 Magazine St. and 7716 Maple St. Apparel, handbags, shoes and accessories.

Relish 504-309-3336 Enjoy this beautiful addition to your holiday decorations. Each piece is handmade and embellished with traditional German-style sterling silver glass glitter. These deer will become one of your favorite pieces to enjoy each year and will develop a lovely patina over time.

Feet First 504-899-6800 Vintage inspired beaded and embroidered brass frame evening bag in burnt orange, $115.

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Cristy’s Collection 504-407-5041 The Fleur de Knot Key: Sterling silver key design inspired by the ancient Celtic love knot represents finding the key to happiness in love. 91

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The Battle for New Orleans

Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape Tour

Old Crow Medicine Show

A neighborhood protection organization fights against an upscale food court masquerading as a community market in New Orleans. St. Alphonsus Art and Cultural Center, 2045 Constance St., 302-9118,

Grammy-nominated comedian and New York Times bestselling author is traveling the world with his unique brand of humor. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

The renowned American string band Old Crow Medicine Show will be performing its new album 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde in its entirety. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


Iron & Wine


The Odd Couple

Iron & Wine brings its low-key, cinematic songs to the Joy for one night only. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,

The International Arts Music Series


Ricky Graham adapts Neil Simon’s classic comedy about mismatched roommates with a twist: there will be a male version and a female version in the same show. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

3&5 Pops Specials: Star Wars and Beyond – the Music of John Williams

John Williams has composed some of the most memorable scores in film history and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is paying tribute to his work. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

3-19 The Last Five Years

This story follows five years of a marriage between Cathy and Jamie, alternating perspectives between the two lovers. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

5 So You Think You Can Dance? – Season 14 Tour

Catch your favorite dancers from the hit TV show “So You Can Think You Can Dance?” in person at this high-energy show. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

9 Jay-Z 4:44 Tour

Legendary rapper Jay-Z has sold over 100 million records worldwide and 13 consecutive No. 1 albums. He will be in New Orleans for one night only. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

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This is the start of a new music series featuring a curated lineup of New Orleanian and international artists with an emphasis on highlighting multiple genres. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

15 Debauchery!

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

16 & 18 Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique”

Guest conductor Karina Canellakis returns to the LPO to lead the orchestra in performing Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Strauss. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

18 10 & 12 Orpheus in the Underworld

The New Orleans Opera Association presents this comic opera about the life of everyman Orpheus. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052,

14-19 The King And I

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical is a love story between a British school teacher and the King of Siam in 1860s Bangkok. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

Colin Quinn

MTV, “Saturday Night Live” and Comedy Central veteran funnyman Colin Quinn performs. Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Ave., 272-0865,

29-Dec. 23 Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Revisit your favorite Jane Austen characters in time for the holidays as Mary Bennet looks for love. Southern Repertory Theatre, Location TBD, 522-6545,

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About Big Shot The long reach of a local soda By Seale Paterson

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were sourced from Louisiana. In 1982, a group of local businessmen bought Big Shot to keep it in business. Through various marketing pushes, one of which included owner Robert Cory making in-store appearances dressed in a bowler and tuxedo with a cigar like the Big Shot logo, they were able to double production. They also brought back the previously retired black cherry flavor, based on public request. In 1987, Big Shot was sold to Affiliated Food Stores of Little Rock, Arkansas, but retained the Jefferson Bottling name. Bottling operations were moved to Winnsboro, Louisiana. In 1993, it was sold to Florida-based National Beverage Corp. The label was updated with the words “New Orleans’ Own” added to the logo. Big Shot branded

vending machines were placed to give it more visibility, and new flavors – peach and lemon-line – were introduced. The majority of Big Shot sales happen in New Orleans, primarily in corner groceries, although it’s marketed regionally as well. But it’s also showing up in new ways: as ingredients in high-end restaurants which pride themselves on using local products – and in Lil Wayne rap lyrics. n

A Big Shot Root Beer billboard as seen from the 1100 block of Tulane Avenue in 1941. Root beer was the only flavor available initially. The Big Shot logo – a man wearing a derby hat and necktie, puffing on a cigar – signified economic success during the economic depression. And with six-packs of 12-ounce short-necked Steinie bottles available for just 25 cents in 1938, Big Shot was accessible to everyone.

Image provided BY The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at T he Historic N ew Orleans Collection. Acc no. 1979.325.5639

Irbin Pailet started Jefferson Brewing Company in 1920 with a horse and wagon, and grew it into a thriving company. By 1927, Jefferson Beverages offered drinks in flavors including root beer, sweet mandarin, cider and grape, and with the purchase of the Orange Crush bottling company in 1928, started producing 4,000 cans daily. But it was in 1935 with the creation of the Big Shot brand that they really made their place in New Orleans history. By 1938, Big Shot Root Beer was a hit. Heavy promotions involving cash prizes and exchanging bottle caps for sliver-plated spoons helped drive sales up. Over the next 50 years, Big Shot added more flavors: cola, pineapple, strawberry, fruit punch, orange, grape, black cherry and crème soda. Most ingredients, including cane sugar,