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Whether you’re looking for somewhere special to take loved ones during the holiday season or a place to celebrate on your own, we have over 20 local holiday restaurant specials – like this pumpkin cheesecake from The Country Club – starting on pg. 56.


Beauty That Benefits St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2019 tablescapes Preview Party and Luncheon presented by Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln benefited Bastion BY MORGAN PACKARD GRIFFITH | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF STROUT


Something Special New Orleans holiday dining specials BY JYL BENSON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM HANNA


The More the Merrier Make sure you have the perfect fashions for every occasion this holiday season. BY TRACEE DUNDAS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY TERESA CASSAGNE-KING

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Co-Chairs Anne and Edmund Redd with IBERIABANK New Orleans Market President Hunter Hill and Co-Chairs Tarun and Rupa Jolly and for “Odyssey 2019: Mystère Louisiane,” presented by IBERIABANK benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art. The annual “Odyssey Ball,” this year themed “Mystère Louisiane” will take place on November 15 beginning with the Patron Party 7 p.m. and the gala following at 8 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The ball celebrates and enhances NOMA in an evening of unparalleled elegance while raising the funds necessary to support NOMA’s nationallyrecognized exhibitions and educational programs, which bring more than 300,000 annual visitors to the museum and Besthoff Sculpture Garden. There will be cuisine and libations from local restaurants, and entertainment will be provided by Élan Artists. NOMA, our city’s oldest fine-arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 with only 9 works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The 12-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States. Tickets for “Odyssey” start at $150 and sponsorships are still available at Special thanks to NOMA’s Director of Brand and Communications Margaux Krane for her invaluable assistance.



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Building Dreams With Eden House: A new fundraiser for a true need


Kitchen in the Garden: A delicious new adventure in food education at the New Orleans Botanical Garden


¡Vámonos NOLA!: Play-based learning – and holiday camps

16 WHAT’S HOT: Holiday Fashion



Falling Into Warmth: Chef Edgar Irias of Mayas shares his Pork Belly, Seared Scallops and Charro Beans


Stopping to Savor: Sharing an attitude of gratitude at Clancy’s

Healthy Hearts The American Heart Association continues the fight against cardiovascular disease and defects. 22 Backing the Blue Crimestoppers GNO reinforced its commitment to crime prevention with a blue-all-over gala. 24 Orchestraic Opulence The LPO warmed up their instruments for its 100-concert season. 26 Chefs for a Cure Five chefs were honored by Susan G. Komen at its annual summer wine pairing dinner. 28 Dancing Deeply Casa Argentina and generous supporters danced and donated to local and international charities. 30

Medical Miracles NOMMS honored its volunteers and supporters of its medical missions. 32 Community and Culture The festival block party for the CAC featured art at the center. 34 Champagne and Shoes THNOC put their best foot forward for their annual Friday reception. 36 Empower Women, Empower All You Night honored 24 cancer survivors with a powerful runway fashion show. 38 Hats With Heart FestiGals hostsed the inaugural “Hats Off” luncheon and awards presentation. 40


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Adelle Bergman: Executive Director, Crescent City Cafe


Brad Corcoran: Brother Martin High School


Cristy Cali: Designer and CEO, Cristy Cali New Orleans


Patrick Schoen: Managing Partner, Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home

76 SNAPSHOTS 88 NOSTALGIA Gloriously Happy: Armistice Day in New Orleans .


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Get ready for the New Orleans Museum of Art’s fabulous “Odyssey Ball,” 2019 brought to you by IBERIABANK! The date is November 15th and the theme is “Mystère Louisiane,” so get ready to dress to the nines and dance all night! Thanks to Co-Chairs Rupa and Tarun Jolly and Anne and Edmund Redd and IBERIABANK’s Hunter Hill for gracing our cover. There will be incredible dishes from New Orleans most famous restaurants, cocktails, wine and live music. There is always a fabulous auction with items that you won’t be able to get anywhere else! For ticket information, please call 658-4100 or visit As most of you know, the “Odyssey Ball “raises critical funds to support NOMA’s nationally acclaimed exhibitions and educational programs, along with the 12-acre Walda and Sydney Bestoff Sculpture Garden. You don’t want to miss this elegant affair! With Thanksgiving and Christmas almost here, you’ll want to check out our annual holiday fashion feature. Then look to What’s Hot featuring Holiday Fashion Accessories to go with the fabulous outfits you’re sure to go purchase. And once you’re outfitted, show off your new looks while partaking in some of the local holiday meals highlighted in our feature “Something Special.” When you go into the stores that we feature in the magazine, please mention that you saw their ad in St. Charles Avenue magazine; their support is how we’re able to spotlight the many fundraisers that you’re involved with in the city! The second annual Shuck Cancer event, presented by Latter & Blum and hosted by Superior Seafood, will take place Thursday, November 21! This amazing block party offers guests oyster and wine pairings from across the United States and Canada (as well as non-oyster cuisine from 15 restaurant partners and brew from local breweries, including the limited addition Shuck Cancer Oyster Stout by Urban South Brewery), live entertainment and a silent auction – on Napoleon Avenue’s neutral ground and outside of Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar. Funds raised will go to American Cancer Society’s local Access to Care program for transportation grants to Greater New Orleans area health systems. For more information and to purchase tickets visit The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s “Azùcar Ball” presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group is Saturday, November 23 at the Hyatt Regency and our own Production Designer Rosa Balaguer Arostegul is one of the Co-Chairs, along with MaryCole McCants and Marguerite Henry! The Patron Party starts at 7 p.m., followed by the Ball at 8 p.m. This year’s Gálvez Cup Recipient is Beatriz Ball, and the theme for this year’s event will highlight the many contributions and influences of Cuba and its music to the city of New Orleans. The majority of the proceeds from the event will provide scholarships to outstanding high school Hispanic students in our community who have demonstrated the desire to excel through their academic record. Tickets and Sponsorships are available at or by calling (985) 259-1177. Maurice Legardeur from Covington has a new book Mona’s Greatest Criminal Defenses, illustrated by Roy Robinson.You can get it online at or by emailing Wait until you read about “Wine, Dine & Design” brought to you by Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque and Lamarque Lincoln, and Chaired by Adrienne and Archie Casbarian and Amy and Stephen Farnsworth. The designers were amazing and guests were treated to Ronnie Lamarque’s incredible singing voice, a fabulous lunch and cocktail party produced by the Audubon Tea Room! What a fun evening and luncheon all to benefit Bastion founded by Dylan Tête, an intentional neighborhood for returning wounded warriors situated right here in New Orleans in Gentilly. Thanks to Terrance Osborne for a painting that was auctioned off at the luncheon! We are still counting, but we raised over $100,000 for Bastion! Thanks to Morgan Packard Griffith for being our auctioneer, she’s great! Happy fall and look at my entertaining column for a new fundraiser benefiting Eden House with a country and western twist!

Beverly Reese Church


As it has done each year since 1969, the Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. will once again host its annual Fete de Noël luncheon and fashion show –its 50th! – on Wednesday, December 11, at the Hyatt Regency. Pictured here are Train Conductors and greeters Anita Hymel and Eryn Melancon with one of the honorees, Anna Belle Thomas, at the 2018 “Fete de Noël.” The event has had recent attendance of close to 1,100 people and has grown bigger and better with age. From its early days, when fashions and models were provided by Kreegers, to the more recent gala presentations by Dillards, this event is an eagerly anticipated opening to the holiday season in New Orleans. Through the efforts and dedication of LLL’s 225 volunteers, your support of this major event has helped them raise over $3.8 million dollars for Leukemia research. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 458-4288.

M O R G A N ' S N OT E

NOVEMBER This month I’m writing just days after our successful annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes events sponsored by Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln, which benefited Bastion. I just want to say thank you again to all of you who attended the Preview Party and Luncheon, and to those who created the astoundingly beautiful tables! I always enjoy seeing the ideas that spring forth from these artists and watching the faces of those who attend as they enjoy the display. I also love getting to chat with representatives from Bastion (Hi Dylan, Lauren and Charise!) and, selfishly, I love this event because my mother and I host a table together. So, even though I don’t always get to relax with our guests and hosts (Hi Stephen and Jackie!), I enjoy seeing everyone enjoying themselves and getting some time with my mom. While she was here, my mom brought to my attention the Bra Ministry. “In May of 2016,” says Founder Donna Smith, “I recognized a need in our community for bras. With the help of a network of friends and family, we’ve distributed more than 6,000 bras to 18 organizations. We have honored specific requests for people needing special sizes, sports bras, nursing bras and mastectomy bras. … My sister, Sammye Cravens in Oklahoma City, was mailing me bras until she gathered a group of friends and they now have their own ministry. I hope this works in New Orleans too!” To learn more and donate, or if you’re considering starting a group of your own, contact Donna directly by calling (501) 681-8187! Closer to home, on November 7, 6-9 p.m., Make Music NOLA will host its third annual “Adopt-An-Instrument Drive” sponsored by Williams Architects at Urban South Brewery. Currently in its ninth year, MMN (profiled in our “Making a Difference” column in our February issue) provides tuition-free music instruction to local students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch. This fall, interest in MMN’s string programs doubled and the organization is currently fundraising to purchase additional string instruments, specifically quarter-size violins and cellos. Former MMN teacher T-Ray the Violinist (Trenton Thomas) will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with advanced MMN students. The event is all ages, and attendees are encouraged to sign up to make a small monthly donation to MMN. Raffle tickets will also be available, and a portion of proceeds from food and beverage sales will be generously donated by Urban South and Gulf Coast Crawfish. For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, email or call 266-6091. To make a donation visit The holiday season can be stressful – between gifts, parties, hosting family and friends and, if you have a little one (or difficult one) in your life, managing expectations – so make your holiday dining reservations now! Our feature “Something Special” will help you decide where to go and our annual holiday fashion feature and What’s Hot on Holiday Fashion Accessories will help you decide what to wear. Lock it all in now and glide through the holiday season with less stress! Hopefully by the time I’m writing my next note to you it will actually feel like fall. Until then, at least velvet comes in short sleeves and pumpkin spiced beverages can be served over ice!

Morgan Packard Griffith

1 10th annual “Dancing for the Arts,” benefiting Young Audiences of Louisiana, Inc., 523-3525

8 “Boudin, Bourbon & Beer,” benefiting Emeril Lagasse Foundation,

16 “Fête des Fromages,” benefiting New Orleans Jazz Museum,

1 “Magnolia Moonlight Gala,” benefiting Magnolia Community Services, 731-1397

8 “Moonlight & Miracles,” benefiting Ochsner Health System, 842-8467

1 “Son of a Saint Annual Gala,”

8 10th annual “Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Awards Luncheon,” benefiting Committee for a Better New Orleans, 267-4666

16 “Center Celebration,” benefiting New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 897-0143

1 “Jazz and Joie de Vivre,” benefiting French Quarter Citizens, 588-2929 2 “Touch a Truck,” benefiting Junior League of New Orleans, 891-5845 2 “Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala,” benefiting Touro Infirmary Foundation, 897-8435 2 “British Pub Night,” benefiting Daughters of the British Empire, 579-4917 2 “Promenade on Esplanade,” benefiting Cabrini High School, 289-7345 3 18th annual “New Orleans Kidney Walk,” benefiting National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 861-4500 3 “NOCTURNE XVII,” benefiting Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, 899-4826 3 “Elenian Fashion Show,” benefiting the Elenian Club, 416-4096 6 “SOUPer Bowl Gala,” benefiting The Salvation Army, 509-7790 7 “Strikes for Sight,” benefiting Southern Eye Bank, 309-2283 7 “Weiss Awards,” benefiting New Orleans Council for Community and Justice, 522-3760 7 “Celebrating Partnerships for Latter Library,” 8 “Victory Ball,” benefiting The National WWII Museum, 528-1944 extension 363 8 “Salvations 2019,” benefiting The Green Project,

9 “Carnivale du Vin,” benefiting Emeril Lagasse Foundation, 9 “The Spy Who Read Me,” benefiting Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, 258-9726 13 Second annual “Champions of Change,” benefiting Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, 407-0711 14 “Southern Dominican Gala 2019,” benefiting Southern Dominican Province, USA, 837-2129 extension 8 14 “A Benefit Under the Stars at the Pavilion for Tomorrow,” benefiting Kingsley House, 523-6221, extension 133 15 “Odyssey 2019: Mystère Louisiane,” benefiting The New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4163, 15 “Just Say YAYA,” benefiting YAYA, 529-3306, 15 “Inaugural performance on THNOC’s newly restored Aeolian organ featuring Olivier Latry from the Cathedral of Notre-Dame,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection, supporting an economic relief fund for Notre-Dame employees who were also affected by the devastating fire of April 15, 2019, 598-7146

16 “CADA Family Feud,” benefiting CADA Prevention & Recovery, 821-2232 20 “Building Dreams,” benefiting Eden House, 407-0943 21-24 “Words & Music: A literary feast in New Orleans,” benefiting One Book One New Orleans, 21 “Historic Houses Society Gala,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 274-0744 21 “Shuck Cancer,” benefiting American Cancer Society, 219-2273 22 “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party,” benefiting New Orleans City Park, 483-9417 22 “Founders Ball and exhibition opening of ‘Chasing the Butterfly Man,’” benefiting Louisiana Museum Foundation, 588-0493 23 “Azúcar Ball,” benefiting New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, azucar-ball 29-December 30 (select nights) “Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans,” benefiting Audubon Zoo, AudubonNatureInstitute. org/zoo-lights 29 “Grambling State Bayou Classic Inaugural President’s Kicks Ball,” (318) 789-9487



Kitchen in the Garden A delicious new adventure in food education at the New Orleans Botanical Garden By Catherine Freeman

In June, New Orleans lost a revered icon with the passing of chef, restauranteur and community leader Leah Chase. Her legacy in the culinary world is undeniable and her belief in the power of food made her special. “Food builds big bridges. If you can eat with someone, you can learn from them, and when you learn from someone, you can make big changes,” she once said. Chase used her keen perception of the deep relationship between food and culture to make positive change. Also recognizing the exciting possibilities to educate and inspire through food, the New Orleans Botanical Garden expanded their programming with the recent opening of the spectacular Kitchen in the Garden, a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen. Kitchen in the Garden is perfectly positioned adjacent to the PLANO (Professional Landmans Association of New Orleans) gardens, which feature raised beds used for planting seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs and edible flowers. Designed by Carbo and Associates of Baton Rouge, the open air kitchen is outfitted with gleaming industrial grade appliances, a wood-burning stove and rotisserie, a pizza oven and broadcast technology with television monitors for cooking segments. Ample seating areas under a protective covering provides a unique, beautiful programming and special event space. This latest gem in City Park offers an unprecedented opportunity for programming focused on healthy living and environmental stewardship through hands-on gardening, cooking events and classes. “New Orleans is a culinary powerhouse, but sadly many people are unfamiliar with the health


benefits of fresh produce, its availability and affordability and how to prepare it,” says Paul Soniat, Director of the Botanical Garden. “The Kitchen in the Garden endeavor was conceived to provide the public with educational programming to better appreciate food and where it comes from, and in turn making New Orleans a healthier city.” Students, families and the community at large will have access to culinary workshops, demonstrations on healthy cooking utilizing seasonal produce, as well as growing, gardening and composting programs and much more, including a chef ’s dinner series showcasing local chefs and instructors who will utilize the garden to harvest ingredients for the dinner and demonstrations – a true garden-to-table experience. Funded primarily through the success of the Botanical Garden fundraiser “Magic in the Moonlight” as well as generous donations from local foundations, corporations and individuals, additional sponsorship and naming opportunities are available. New Orleans has been blessed with a robust culinary tradition, making it the perfect place for a top-notch garden to serve as a conduit in promoting the benefits, availability

and affordability of creatively cooking with fresh produce. Kitchen in the Garden is making a positive impact on individuals and families to develop healthy nutritional practices that will deliciously benefit both our youth and our community as a whole for years to come. n

A little more... Fall 2019 Programming: November 5 Chef’s Dinner Series presented by Rene Fransen and Eddie Bonin with chef Susan Spicer November 6 Pizza Making with Pizza Delicious and Dan Stein November 12 Holiday Wreath Making with Stephen Sonnier of Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts (this workshop includes all supplies, a wreath form and buckets of natural materials) November 13 Thanksgiving Recipes – hibiscus cranberry sauce with chef Jessie Gelini November 19 Peppers in the Garden – pickling and hot sauce with chef Melvin Stovall III and Dr. Joe Willis, LSU Agriculture Center For more information or tickets, visit


¡Vámonos NOLA! Play-based learning – and holiday camps By Brittany Kennedy

Once Halloween is over, we enter what I (somewhat) affectionately call the Holiday Vortex. It seems like Thanksgiving is a blip on our radar before we can even catch our breath for December. In between, there seem to be a series of small school breaks, report card days and professional development days that leave us scrambling during an already busy time of year. Luckily, a local organization has several options for keeping kiddos occupied – all while they learn Spanish. Now in their sixth year, ¡Vámonos NOLA! is the brainchild of two local moms, Nancy Doll and Krystie Schultz, both native Spanish speakers looking to create a Spanish co-op playschool for their young children. What started as two moms helping each other out has turned into larger organization that includes camps, classes, tutoring and after-school programs. “We saw an incredible demand from the community from people wanting to learn a second or third language,” said Doll. “We also wanted to create an environment where children who already spoke Spanish at home were comfortable speaking with people besides their parents.” The response was so positive that Doll and Schultz quicly grew their business and plan on opening a Spanish-immersion Early Childhood Center in the near future. Although they have a summer camp, the holiday camps in the winter offer amazing flexibility for parents looking for an activity during fall and winter breaks from school. What stands out about this program in particular is that it isn’t a full immersion program but instead implements


what they call a “sandwich method,” utilizing Spanish-English-Spanish so that kids new to the language don’t feel left out and students with experience can still practice their skills. Parents have the option of becoming a member of the organization to get a discount on these holiday camps, which focus specifically on crafts and games that not only pay tribute to the holidays celebrated in our own country, but that also teach children about the holiday traditions in Spanish-speaking countries. The curriculum is play-based and emphasizes kids feeling safe and comfortable, ideally creating an environment where they want to learn and share the Spanish they have learned. The summer campers even Facetime with the Doll’s and Schultz’s relatives abroad to practice their speaking and see how their language skills work outside their own world. In teaching children about other cultures and introducing them to new language, the goal of ¡Vámonos NOLA! is to teach children to become global citizens and leaders. The organization also places a huge emphasis on sustainability and helping kids make healthy choices. They have called many community

centers and churches “home” in their six years, recently moving back to St. Pauls’ UCC, and take pride providing healthy snacks for their campers. The staff has a combined 20 years teaching experience, and everyone, of course, is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, so students have first-hand role models for bilingualism and its benefits. There also do a lot of team-building exercises, so students come away with the idea that language learning is not an individual effort, but instead a cooperative one, showing them the importance of community and teamwork – lessons that translate no matter what language you’re speaking. n

Just the Facts ... ¡Vámonos NOLA! 495-2345, Upcoming Thanksgiving Camp: November 25-29 (No camp Thanksgiving Day) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (before and after care optional) Cost: $50 a day (members) $70 a day (non-members) Annual membership available for $50 (included with summer camps registration)


Holiday Fashion Accessories By Amy Gabriel

Holiday season in the Crescent City always means a dizzying flurry of obligations and invitations. Shine as you flit from fête to fête with accessories that are guaranteed to be the life of the party.

1. Even your credit cards deserve to get dressed up when tucked into a gold embossed wristlet. Wildflower, 2700 Metairie Road, 218-8996 2. Glitzy Marni sunnies add glam to a holiday brunch. Art & Eyes, 3708 Magazine St., 891-4494, 3. Crescent City class is all in the wrist with a pair of nickel plated water meter cufflinks. Perlis, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681,

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4. Let the compliments flow with a banana leaf cocktail ring with diamond detail. Cristy Cali, 3110 Magazine St., 722-8758, 5. Dance the night away in a pair of glittery silver stilettos with a flattering ankle strap. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250 6. What little one (or grown one) wouldn’t delight in a pom wand with pink pouf? Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336,



7. Your lobes will love a pair of leather and glass beaded hoops, made in New Orleans. Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8352,


8. Your highlights will reach new heights when topped with a sparkling headband from Elizabeth Cole. Lukka Boutique, 711 O’Keefe Ave., 218-7113

9. Sheer bold rose tights will add a touch of romance to your stride. Anthropologie, 10. A rhinestone clutch with bow clasp detail will dazzle on the dance floor. Shella’s Mirabella, 605 Metairie Road, 828-3888,

11. Because NOLA kids party too, dress up their tresses with crystal-detailed word bobby pins. Sayings Kids, 12. Step up your party style in a pair of black suede strappy platforms. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 8996800,

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Falling Into Warmth Chef Edgar Irias of Mayas shares his Pork Belly, Seared Scallops and Charro Beans



1 pound piece meaty pork belly 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 white onion, coarsely chopped 2 chiles negros 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 cinnamon sticks 2 teaspoons allspice 6 peppercorns 4 black pepper seeds 2 dinner spoons Sazon complete 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 2 dinner spoons brown sugar

1 slice thick-cut bacon 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 small tomatoes, diced 8 ounces cooked black beans, drained and rinsed 2 cups unsalted vegetable broth 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper 3 cups chopped fresh cilantro leaves, stems and root 1/2 teaspoon piri piri (Brazilian spicy sauce; substitute with any spicy sauce)

PREHEAT oven to 250 degrees. In a large ovenproof saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Cover, transfer to oven and braise pork until very tender, about 3 hours. TRANSFER pork to a plate to cool slightly; discard braising liquid. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat canola oil. Add pork belly, skin side down, and cook over moderately low heat until golden and crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer pork, skin side up, to a cutting board and let cool slightly.

SEARED SCALLOPS 2 sea scallops 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon olive oil


UNCOVER slightly, reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in remaining cilantro. Transfer to a food processor and add the beans and process until smooth. Transfer to bowl.

TO PLATE Smear a line of hot charro bean purée on a plate. Place 2 scallops and cross 2 pieces of pork belly on top. Top with escabeche red onions, micro greens, tortilla angel hair and cilantro oil.


MAYAS 2027 Magazine St., 309-3401,

RINSE scallops and pat dry. Sprinkle with kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder. Heat butter and olive oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over mediumhigh heat. Add scallops, making sure they don’t touch each other. Sear scallops about 3 minutes on each side. (You want a nice brown crust on both sides, and the inside should be white and moist.) Serve immediately.

COOK bacon over medium heat in a large saucepot until crisp. Drain on paper towels and crumble. Add garlic to same pot, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in broth, crumbled bacon, tomatoes, beans, salt, pepper, piri piri and half of cilantro. Cover and bring to a boil.



Stopping to Savor

Soft shell crab from Clancy’s

Sharing an attitude of gratitude at Clancy’s By Jyl Benson



In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving I try to spend one-on-one time with each of the women who have served as mentors to me throughout my life. My mother died when I was a teenager, and I doubt I’ll ever reach a point where I do not need the guidance they share. My friend Eileen Mohan and I took to one another instantly when we met years ago shortly after she moved to New Orleans from Singapore. I was f illed with pride as I introduced her to Clancy’s, the buttercup-hued corner restaurant I used to go at least once a month and for which I have nothing but the very fondest of many, many memories made in its unpretentious dining room while under a watchful gaze from the portraits of distinguished fellow New Orleanians lining the rear wall. Being as it is impervious to fads and resistant to change, the seasonally driven menu was just the same as the last time I was there in early autumn. Since it opened in 1983, Clancy’s has eschewed all manner of squiggles, foams and pearls on the plate as well as fussy Russian service. The tuxedoed waiters are courtly, yet friendly. The linens are white. The art never changes, nor do

the reasonable prices. I am comforted by the lack of foolishness to be found here. Though she hadn’t seen me in a while my favored waiter-person, Julie, sent out an order of fried eggplant with aioli before I even had a chance to order it. I shared with Eileen a f irst course that was as tantalizing to the eyes as it was the palate: Plump fried Gulf oysters with roasted Delicatta squash, bleu cheese, shaved radishes and a red wine gastrique. The combination of f lavors was unorthodox but remained within the conf ines that allow the 36-year-old restaurant to remain true to itself, neither succumbing to boredom nor idiocy. Soft shell crabs were blessedly in season, their plump, buttery goodness sublime with a kiss from the smoker, crispy fried exterior,and a light wash of white remoulade sauce enlivened with flecks of roasted red peppers. Eileen enjoyed a special of fettuccini with massive Gulf shrimp, tasso, peppers and a cream sauce with a hint of preserved lemon a mound of jumbo lump on top. We finished the meal off by sharing a butter-rum Budino with warm caramel sauce, fleur de sel and Chantilly cream. The sweet, rich, autumnal flavors set a tone for the time of year. During this frantic holiday season take the time to surprise a friend with unexpected time over a fine meal. Just stop and savor their company – the best gift you can give either one of you. n

Try This: Pulling your hair out trying to resolve your shopping list? The Link Restaurant Group has created three unique Cochon Butcher bags available for gift giving this holiday season. Each Butcher-branded cooler bag was specially curated by the meat cleaver-wielding krewe at Cochon Butcher and packed with a selection of gifts for any meat lover or drink enthusiast. The bags are ideal for tailgating, parading, picnicking and other casual gatherings.

 Butcher’s Meat Cooler Bag includes Cochon Butcher’s andouille sausage and countrysmoked sausage paired with Cochon Abita whole grain mustard. The meat cooler bag is available for $50.

 Butcher’s Bar Bag is packed with two Butcher-branded pint glasses and koozies, the infamous Rik Slave bottle opener, a handcrafted cutting board made by chef Stephen Stryjewski’s father, Bob Stryjewski, Cochon hot sauce and a Bloody Mary spice bag for $90.

 Butcher’s Kitchen Bag is stocked with Cochon signature hot sauce and whole grain mustard, a handcrafted cutting board made by Bob Stryjewski, an embroidered kitchen towel and the choice of one of chef Donald Link’s cookbooks for $125.
 How easy is that? All Butcher bags are available for purchase online at

CLANCY’S, 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, COCHON BUTCHER, 930 Tchoupitoulas St., B, 588-7675,


Healthy Hearts


The American Heart Association continues the fight against cardiovascular disease and defects. By Shelby Simon

The “New Orleans Heart Ball” highlighted the diversity of heart disease this year, emphasized through its “Walk a Mile in My Heart” exhibit. Guests strolled through a red fabric draped maze featuring dramatic floor lighting while seeing the many faces of heart disease and learning how heart disease affects people’s health, faith, community, well-being and livelihood. The exhibit showed guests the important, vast reach of their support for our community through their support of the local American Heart Association. Guests were welcomed to the Hyatt Regency New Orleans with a red carpet photo area accented by a wall of deep red roses constructed by Wink Design & Events. Highball tables were decorated with vibrant limes, lemons and artichokes, which were provided by Winn-Dixie and donated to Second Harvest Food Bank after the event. The program highlight was the Open Your Heart Moment, featuring Jennifer Hale. Three years ago, after months of strange symptoms, Hale was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. At the time of her diagnosis, her heart was down to 16 percent pumping capacity. Hale shared her tale about how excusing, ignoring and justifying the symptoms of heart failure nearly cost her her future. Her survival story inspired numerous donations totaling more than $20,000 that night. After a three-course dinner catered by the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, guests enjoyed dancing to a mix of old school and top 40 hits performed by The Remixers. Seven exciting items were auctioned live, chief of which was an Italian Villa Vacation donated by chef Andrea Apuzzo. More than 40 items were featured at the silent auction, including a $2,500 gift basket donated by Saks Fifth Avenue. This year’s Heart Ball was Co-Chaired by Jessica Brandt and Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich. The Patron Chair was Diane Hollis. The “2019 New Orleans Heart Ball” was presented by Ray and Jessica Brandt, and locally sponsored by Chevron, Entergy, Tulane Health System, Lake Lawn Metairie, LSU Health Foundation, Cox, LAMMICO, DIS, United Healthcare, Hancock Whitney, Humana, Home Bank, and Corvel. Media sponsors include The New Orleans Advocate and WVUE-TV/Fox 8. n

WHAT: “New Orleans Heart Ball,” benefiting American Heart Association WHEN: Saturday, June 15 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans 1. Jen Hale, Co-Chairs Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich and Jessica Brandt and Patron Chair Diane Hollis 2. Kevin and Hollie Erickson 3. Mark and Jean Hatfield, Leah Brown and Martin Irons 4. Dani Lisotta, Elizabeth Lowry and Tim Burke 5. Nick Adams and Tom Patrias 6. Lynn and Drew Marsh with Demetric Mercadel




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Backing the Blue


Crimestoppers GNO reinforced its commitment to crime prevention with a blue-all-over gala. By Shelby Simon

Shades of blue filled Generations Hall as 400 partygoers gathered for a night of blues music, the best of local bites and support for the youth crime prevention programs of Crimestoppers GNO. Bunches of blue balloons, twinkle lights and flowers decorated the room where partygoers danced the night away to blues music – including a tribute to Dr. John, who headlined the first “Night of Blue” – and more performances by Rockin’ Dopsie, Charmaine Neville, Matt Lemler, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, James Andrews, Robin Barnes and the Bucktown All-Stars. Thirty restaurants served up menu highlights including Galatoire’s, Haydel’s Bakery, Pascal’s Manale, Jaeger’s Restaurant, Desi Vegas, Oceana Grill, Mr. Johns Steakhouse, Muriels, Acme Oyster House, Pigeon Catering, Royal House, The Chicory, Katie’s Restaurant and Mirepoix’s Catering, capped by a sundae bar from Creole Creamery. More than 40 silent auction items were available for bidding, which included vacation packages, Saints and Pelicans tickets, jewelry, private parties at Pat O’Brien’s and the Tchoup Yard, media packages and an in-home dinner party prepared by chef Kevin Belton. Event Chairs were Winnie and Mark Brown. New Orleans City Council President Helena Moreno was the Honorary Chair, and Eric Paulsen served as Master of Ceremonies. Top sponsors for the event were Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, Bollinger Enterprises, Goldring Family Foundation, Woldenberg Foundation, Patrick Family Foundation, BrownRice Marketing, Pascal’s Manjale and WWL-TV. n



Event at a Glance

1. Event Chairs Mark and Winnie Brown with Irene and Tom Lutkewitte 2. Charmaine Neville with Bob Edmundson and Kathleen Parke Edmundson 3. Paulette and Frank Stewart 4. Stephanie Landry, Scott Illing and Tenisha Stevens 5. Michael Glaser, President and CEO Darlene Costanza, Lisa Romano and Vincent Giardina 6. Robert and Kathy Zetzmann



WHAT: “A Night of Blue” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO WHEN: Thursday, September 12 WHERE: Generations Hall






Orchestraic Opulence


The LPO warmed up their instruments for its 100-concert season. By Shelby Simon

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its upcoming 36-week season, in which they will perform at 100 concerts, with a trifold “Opening Night Gala.” The evening began with cocktails, a seated dinner and dessert reception, held in the newly redecorated Blue Room of The Roosevelt Hotel, awash in blue lighting with gold and white accents. Food and beverages served included a main dinner course of garlic braised f lat iron steak with parsnip and potato purée, roasted fall vegetables and natural braising jus and freshly brewed Roosevelt Blend coffee and teas. Following the meal, patrons moved to the Orpheum Theater for a concert, “Gala con Pacho,” sponsored by Paulette and Frank Stewart. Under the direction of Conductor Miguel Prieto and Pacho Flores on trumpet, the LPO performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Marquez’s Concierto de Otoño and Castellano’s Santa Cruz de Pacairigua. Following the concert, patrons enjoyed a champagne and dessert reception at The Roosevelt Hotel, which included warm beignets with chocolate sauce and cinnamon-crusted bread pudding. Dwight McGhee, President of the Board of Trustees of the LPO acted as Chair with assistance from James William Boyd, CEO; 800 patrons were in attendance. n



Event at a Glance

1. Paul Leaman, Marilyn Dittmann and Sheila and Chair and President of the Board of Trustees o Ret. Lt. Col. Dwight McGhee 2. Phyllis Taylor, CEO James William Boyd and Charlotte Bollinger 3. Juergen and Josette Seifert and Nancy and Dr. Stephen Hales 4. Bill Hess, Pacho Flores and Susan Hess 5. Hugh Long with Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik 6. Anne Gauthier, Mimi Kruger and Gregory and Betty Spreyrer



WHAT: “Opening Night Gala,” benefiting Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra WHEN: Thursday, September 12 WHERE: The Roosevelt Hotel






Chefs for a Cure


Five chefs were honored by Susan G. Komen at its annual summer wine pairing dinner. By Shelby Simon

To mark the 18th annual “Summer Cure,” Susan G. Komen New Orleans honored five outstanding chefs who each prepared a delicious dinner course paired with fine wine for an audience of 200. The Windsor Court Hotel hosted the benefit, Co-Chaired by Pat Denechaud, Holley Haag, Kristi Post and Dottie Reese. The five-course dinner began with ricotta, olive oil, saba, greens and seeded levain crackers by chef Bronwen Wyatt-Figs paired with Alexana Winery “Revana Vineyard” Riesling 2016. Chef Alfredo Nogueira served smashed cucumbers with caviar, anchovies, crispy quinoa and avocado crema paired with Henri Bourgeois Coteaux Vedomois “Le Vert Galant” Pineau d’Aunis Rosé 2017. Anne Amie “Two Estates” Pinot Noir 2015 was selected to pair with tamarind glazed pork cheek with tropical root vegetables from chef Adolfo Garcia. Chef Marcus Jacobs served BBQ Mississippi lamb with cucumber melon som tam and dry curry paste accompanied by Clos La Coutale Cahors 2017. The final dessert course, prepared by chef Kourtney Lopiccolo, was spumoni mousse gateaux with rum pecan crème paired with Ca’ De’ Medici, Lambrusco dell’Emilia N/V. The live auction featured jewelry donated by Friend & Company, an LSU Football Package and dinner parties by each of the five participating chefs. The silent auction hosted abstract work by Julie Denechaud Gahagan, hotel and restaurant gift certificates, wines and jewelry. Generous sponsors included St. Thomas Community Health Center and The vanMeerveld Family in memory of Karen van Meerveld Davis. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Kristi Post and Dottie Reese with Board Member and Co-Chair Joe Briand and Founder and Co-Chair Pat Denechaud 2. Karey Haslauer and Co-Chair and Board Member Holley Haag 3. Board Member Frank Liantonio, Director Lisa Plunkett and Auctioneer Jeff Crouere 4. Board Member Janis van Meerveld with Ray and Jessica Brandt 5. Bill Hines, Marbury Little and Warner Thomas 6. Ashley Mahana and chef Adolfo Garcia



WHAT: “Susan G. Komen Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner,” benefiting Susan G. Komen New Orleans WHEN: Friday, July 26 WHERE: Windsor Court Hotel






Dancing Deeply


Casa Argentina and generous supporters danced and donated to local and international charities. By Shelby Simon

To commemorate the 203rd anniversary of Argentina’s independence, Casa Argentina hosted its annual “Tango Celebration,” which made donations to benef it the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, the Second Harvest Food Bank, Young Audiences and other local and international charities. The Hyatt Regency Hotel hosted the program in the Celestin Ballroom, which offered a Patron Party preceding a three-course dinner. Wines were provided by Bizou Wines and Mi Terruno. Resembling the Argentina f lag, the dining tables were adorned with two bands of light blue tablecloths with white in the center and topped with sunf lowers. Julio y Cesar and band performed before, during and after dinner and the show. Top-notch tango performers included: Celina Rotundo, Hugo Patyn, Giovanna Dan and Guillermo de Fazio, Tomas Galvan and Gimena Herrera. Their performances showed extraordinary artistry and a deep passion for dance that explores all ranges of human feelings. Yakuelis Anzola, Dr. Juan Gershanik, Marla Donovan and Betty Speyrer served as Co-Chairs. Generous donors included the Lupin Foundation, Haydee and Nicolas Bazan, Goldring Family Foundation and the Gershanik Family, the Patrick Taylor Foundation, the New Orleans Saints, Panamerican Life Insurance Group, Paul Leaman, Dr. Carlos Trujillo, Dr. Juan Villalta and many more. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Betty Speyrer and Yakelis Anzola and Co-Chair Dr. Juan and Ana Gershanik 2. Gustavo Duque, Dr. Margie Kahn and Raul Fonte 3. Dr. Efrain Reisin, Luz Caputo and Nicolas Bazan



WHAT: “Tango Celebration,” benefiting Casa Argentina WHEN: Saturday, July 13 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans



Medical Miracles


New Orleans Medical Missions Service honored its volunteers and supporters of its medical missions. By Shelby Simon

Poster-sized pictures of smiling patients who received major surgeries, treatment and eyeglasses during NOMMS missions were on display throughout the 16th “Mission Possible Gala,” which honored individual and corporate supporters of the organization’s critical medical work. Archbishop Gregory Aymond delivered the invocation during the Patron Party. Dr. Thomas Kennedy, Medical Director and Board Member, emceed and made introductions of the Board of Directors of NOMMS in addition to presenting the awards. The was presented to Neil McAskill for his many volunteer activities including assisting in the assembly of donated items as well as the eyeglass clinic and his participation in numerous missions. Corporate Generosity Sponsor Awards were presented to Jackie and Julie Martello with Pax Sterile Processing for assisting with the sterilization of medical packs taken on missions and Lisa Harper of RSL Blunt Productions for their generous donations during our mission trips as well as the Gala. This year’s Gala was dedicated to NOMMS former CEO, founder and loving friend, Frederick J. Mikill II. Fred was one of the founders of the mission and has been a positive part of the organization since its beginning. Fred passed away earlier this year and is deeply missed by all. The Louisiana Spice Band entertained as guests dined from selections from The Impastatos, Texas Roadhouse, Maison Creole, Truck Farm Taverns, The Chicory and desserts from Ambrosia Bakery, Swiss Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nola Snow Snoballs, Roman Candy, Gambino’s and more. Four silent auction tables included more than 300 items of interest including art, jewelry and gift certificates for restaurants and hotels. There was also a live auction, presented by The Black-Tie Auctioneer Chuck Mutz. Lisa Calongne served as Gala Chair. Dr. and Mrs. R. Daniel Jacob, Ms. Joan Gisevius Johnson, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. David Richards and Karl Senner, LLC returned as Gold Sponsors. Other notable returning sponsors this year were Crescent Bank, Hydra Force, LLC, Financial Risk Mitigation, Inc. and Mr. & Mrs. Eric Tanzberger. 300 guests were in attendance. n



Event at a Glance

1. David Richards, Chuck Stumpf and Volunteer of the Year Honoree Neil McAskill 2. Dr. Thomas Kennedy with Corporate Generosity Sponsor Honorees Julie and Jackie Martello 3. Gala Chair Lisa Calongne, Kristie McConnell and Kimberly Calongne Tara



WHAT: “Mission Possible Gala,” benefiting New Orleans Medical Missions Service WHEN: Saturday, June 23 WHERE: Generations Hall



Community and Culture


The festival block party for the CAC featured art at the center. By Shelby Simon

A record-breaking 48,000 filled Julia Street to experience art, build community and celebrate culture throughout the Arts District of New Orleans for the “Hancock Whitney White Linen Night.” During the “Art in Focus” kick-off event, the CAC and the Arts District New Orleans honored gallery owner Arthur Roger and CCH Pounder. For its 25th anniversary, the CAC decided to bring art alive with interactive experiences as a way to keep art at the center of the festival block party and celebrate the community of art galleries, residents and neighborhood institutions such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the National WWII Museum. A highlight included Bob Tannen’s 30-foot boat, “The Life Boat Named NOLA,” on the 600 block and the YAYA live art painting on 400 block. The CAC also hosted an “Open Call Exhibition: Identity Measures,” featuring works by 23 regional artists, which explored identity as complex entanglements of lived experiences. Simultaneously, The Green Room at Auction House Market hosted drinks and light bites. White Linen After Dark at the CAC featured DJ RQ Away + “HI, DENTITIES!,” a Drag Experience by Vinsantos & New Orleans Drag Workshop, art installations, light bites and dancing. Hancock Whitney sponsored the block party with support from the Arts District of New Orleans, Cox Communications and Felicity Properties. n



Event at a Glance

1. Biff and Barbara Motley with Robyn and Andrew Dunn Schwartz 2. Molly Homler, Judith Brown and Valerie Besthoff 3. David Baker, Jenny and Warren Surcouf III and Tony Leggio



WHAT: “Hancock Whitney White Linen Night,” benefiting Contemporary Arts Center WHEN: Saturday, August 3 WHERE: 300-700 blocks of Julia Street and surrounding neighborhood



Champagne and Shoes


The Historic New Orleans Collection put their best foot forward for their annual Friday reception. By Shelby Simon

The first weekend of August marked the 12th anniversary of The Historic New Orleans Collection “Antiques Forum,” which, themed “Fancy Footwork,” offered a series of educational and entertaining talks by renowned experts from across the country. Presentations explored the use of various types of decorative feet in furniture, silver, and paintings as well as actual footwear. The champagne reception at the conclusion of Friday’s sessions kicked off the rest of the weekend of learning. The afternoon soirée was held in THNOC’s original campus at 533 Royal St. Food and live music were stationed in THNOC’s Counting House, the elegant hall lined with beautiful portraits from the 18th and 19th centuries. The bars were outdoors in THNOC’s picturesque French Quarter courtyard. Joey Landry of Arbor House Floral designed the grand centerpiece set in an antique decorative wheelbarrow provided by Keil’s Antiques. Ralph Brennan’s Catering and Events prepared a delicious menu inspired by a classic Southern summer picnic, with passed hors d’oeuvres including red fish remoulade and avocado toast. A buffet featured shrimp remoulade salad rolls, South Carolina pulled pork sliders and Southern fried chicken salad in waffle cones. Guests were treated to warm peach cobbler served over vanilla bean ice cream for dessert as they sipped champagne or white wine. Joe Goldberg on clarinet, and Alex Belhaj on guitar performed traditional New Orleans jazz. Jack Pruitt, Director of Development and Community Relations at THNOC, organized the program with support and assistance from THNOC’s President/CEO. This year, both Priscilla Lawrence, who retired as President/CEO in June, and Daniel Hammer, the current President/CEO, assisted. Neal Auction Company served as the presenting sponsor. The forum drew capacity crowds, and approximately 150 guests attended the reception. n



Event at a Glance

1. THNOC Director of Development and Community Relations Jack Pruitt, Lydia Blackmore and John Bobbitt 2. THNOC President/CEO Daniel Hammer, John Lawrence, Former THNOC President/CEO Priscilla Lawrence and Tom Savage 3. Gayle Dellinger and Alexis Navarro



WHAT: “Champagne Reception for New Orleans Antiques Forum,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection WHEN: Friday, August 2 WHERE: The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Royal Street Campus



Empower Women, Empower All


You Night honored 24 cancer survivors with a powerful runway fashion show. By Shelby Simon

The Contemporary Arts Center hosted “You Night New Orleans 2019” to a sold-out audience of 750 guests, comprised of friends, family members, health care providers and program sponsors who attended to cheer on 24 cancer survivors who walked the runway as a celebration of life.The method behind the experience is to train the participants to walk the fashion runway – with the bigger purpose of bringing cancer survivors together as a support group. The theme of this year’s program was “TURN THE BEAT AROUND,” a Latin-inspired theme that showcased the strength, love and beauty of the survivors through the music, videos and decorations. The show opened with 40 You Night alumnae who were dressed in “Copacabana-style” outfits and walked out on the runway to choreographed Latin music. Many of the costumes were provided by Carl Mack, owner of The Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture. Carl entertained the guests during their arrival with Latin songs that he played on the marimba. The runway show featured three clothing collections and a variety of thematic elements to showcase the theme and the beauty of the participants. The 24 cancer survivor role models who were celebrated on stage included: Sherri Lanzetta, Christine Becnel, Laurie Mauberret, Melissa Simon, Aliceson Moore, Janice Pennewell,Yadira Fandino, Dwanlynette Price, Lisa LaFrance, Patricia Chotto, Nita Meyer, Jane Fandrich, Anna Naquin, Tammy Sperandeo, Shanturia Thornton, Takeisha Revelle, Tina Dandry-Mayes, Alicia Poydras, Stacey Meany, Cherie Berrigan, Elizabeth Hampton,Vanessa Richard,Valerie Bouldin and Kay Wittenberg. Productions provided the stage and lighting, featuring You Night’s signature 94-foot-long stage. Boutiques who were featured in the event include: Town & Country Bridal, Dillard’s, Saving Grace, Maiya, Chico’s, Maiya, Hemline, Dolce Boutiques, and Jean Therapy, which, in the Grand Finale, featured Jean Therapy jeans and a signature crystal embossed You Night T-shirt and crystal embossed scarves. Hair and makeup styling was gifted to each participant by H20 Salon & Spa in Metairie. More than 25 favorite area restaurants and beverage companies donated food and libations to the guests. Dr. Ali Sadeghi with Sadeghi Center for Plastic Surgery was the Title Sponsor and West Jefferson Medical Center was the Hospital Sponsor, represented on stage by Oncologists Dr. Jimmy Ellis and Dr. Nelly Aoun. n

WHAT: “You Night New Orleans 2019,” benefiting You Night Events’ WE LIFT YOU UP fund WHEN: Saturday, July 27 WHERE: Contemporary Arts Center 1. Sue Ellen Stewart, Marie Campo, Jerry Parker and Cheryl McKey 2. Ruth Avila and Holley Haag 3. Candice Haynes, Kenny Lopez and Rhonda Ebel




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Hats With Heart


FestiGals hostsed the inaugural “Hats Off” luncheon and awards presentation. By Shelby Simon

“The Bigger the Hat, the Bigger the Heart,” as they say at FestiGals at the inaugural “Hats Off ” luncheon. Benefiting the Greater New Orleans American Heart Association, 350 gathered at Jung Hotel & Residences to tip off their hats to 15 extraordinary women for their professional accomplishments and contributions to the New Orleans community. The honorees were: Meaghan Bonavita, Liz Broekman, Sandra Dartus, Essence Harris, Priscilla Lawrence, Mary Kathrine LonatroTusa, Beverly Matheney, Brenda Melara, Mayra Pineda, Ingrid Rinck, Claudia Shabetai, Amy Sins, Lois Sutton, Gerri Valene and Jennifer Weishaupt. The keynote speaker was FestiGals Grand Diva Amanda Shaw. Amanda shared her story of success while growing up in the spotlight as she broke glass ceilings in the entertainment industry to become one of America’s favorite entertainers. She also premiered her latest music video for the song “How Lucky You Are” off her album Please, Call Me Miss Shaw. The album continues the artist’s efforts of expressing independence and female empowerment through her music. The playlist for the luncheon included upbeat and fun songs like Spice Girl’s “Wannabe” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Local news anchor and "Southern Charm New Orleans” “Bravolebrity” Tamica Lee moderated the event. The signature FestiGals colors of pink and orange filled the room from the tablecloths, to the feathers, balloon arches and glitter. Fun and colorful hats of all shapes and sizes were abundant. The FestiFabulous vendor showcase was popular with all the women. The lunch menu included delicious appetizers of caprese skewers and watermelon feta bites and the entrée was a 12 Seasons Shrimp Salad followed by a scrumptious Mint Chocolate Trio dessert. Wine was provided by HandCraft Artisan Collection. Fidelity P.O.W.E.R. (Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized), designed to meet the unique needs of women in business throughout our region, was the Presenting Sponsor. Following the “Celebrating Women’s Conference” and “Hats Off Luncheon” on Friday, the festivities continued all through the weekend emphasize the FestiGals’ mission to inspire, connect and celebrate women while supporting causes important to their well-being. n



Event at a Glance

1. Honorees Essence Harris Banks, Amy Sins, Beverly Matheney and Ingrid Rinck 2. Honoree Meaghan Bonavita, Keynote Speaker Mignon Francois, Honroee Sandra Dardis and Honoree Liz Broekman 3. Stephanie Burks, Diane Lyons, Brittany Gay and Shawanda Poree



WHAT: “Hats Off Awards Luncheon,” benefiting Festigals & the Greater New Orleans American Heart Association WHEN: Friday, June 21 WHERE: Jung Hotel & Residences



St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2019 tablescapes Preview Party and Luncheon presented by Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque - Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln benefited Bastion BY MORGAN PACKARD GRIFFITH | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF STROUT

Beginning with a Preview Party on Wednesday, October 2 and culminating with a luncheon on Thursday, October 3, St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC and the Renaissance Foundation, together with Presenting Sponsor Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln with Chairs Archie and Adrienne Casbarian and Amy and Stephen Farnsworth raised over $100,000 for Bastion at their sixth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes events. The Preview Party allowed 255 guests a sneak peek at the fabulous designs while sipping wine and dining on hors d’oeuvres by the Audubon Tea Room catering team. In addition, patrons enjoyed live music courtesy of Kinfolk Band & Music Group, LLC and bid on six packages that were live auctioned at the luncheon the next day. On Thursday, the Audubon Tea Room hosted 23 tables created by retailers and designers, each with its own theme and design elements. Almost 240 guests dined and sipped among these creations, while learning more about Bastion. Following our thank yous, we held a live auction of an “ultimate staycation package” with gift cards to local restaurants, hotel stays, golf packages and more; a custom tailored jacket by Luca Faltone; stays at the Swansons’

Napa Valley estate and the Mumfords’ home in Puerta Vallarta; and a live painting by Alex Harvie and “Madame Nola,” a giclée by Terrance Osborne. 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. This first-of-its-kind community model encourages meaningful, lifetime relationships to sustain a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war. Bastion is made up of 58 homes, green space, and a 1,709 square-foot Wellness Center. Bastion is currently 100% leased up with over 100 residents who have over 250 years of combined military service, along with 37 children. Bastion’s goal is to execute a third phase of the development that includes a wellness center expansion and continue to fill this critical gap in the continuum of care for even more post 9/11 veterans and families in Southeast Louisiana. If you would like to learn more, visit the community, or donate, please call (888) 737-5577 or visit Read on to learn more about these tables and see the incredible designs, and prepare to join us next year!




“I See You” designed by Kim Starr Wise for Kim Starr Wise Floral Events (437 Philip St., 315-5607,

“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” designed by Gene Luke for Ambrose Garden (1309 Prytania St., 861-1953,




“Greece/Mermaid/Beach” designed by Juli Juneau for Juli Juneau Nomad Collection (948 Harding Drive, 615-2113,

“Dinner In Bloom” designed by Chad Chaison for ELEMENT (4400 Woodlawn Drive, 433-2624,




“Farm to Garden” designed by Marianne Mumford for Landscape Images, Ltd. (655 Central Ave., 734-8380,

“Edith’s Garden” designed by Amy Graham and Laren Holzer for Longue Vue House & Gardens (7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488,




“Swag Dat” designed by Jacquelyn Lindsey for JL Studio Designs LLC (4728 Trenton St., 494-2580,

“Dixie Brewery Returns Home” designed by Kellie Mathas and Jared Carroll for Crystal Clear Creative (680 Ferriday Court, 508-1303)



“A Night Stroll Through The Rose Garden, The Air Rich With Perfume” designed by Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture (3528 Magazine St., 417-9751,, Blucid Floral (5113 St. Claude Ave., 957-6357,, and Bourbon French Parfums (805 Royal St., 522-4480,



“Everything Old is New Again!” designed by Stephen Sonnier for Dunn & Sonnier, Antiques • Florals • Gifts LLC (3433 Magazine St., 524-3235,



“Autumn in Aspen” designed by Glenn Vatshell and Michael Daniels for Palate New Orleans (8220 Willow St., 864-2990,

“Accioń De Gracias Con El General” designed by Steve Baker for Steve Baker Designs LLC (1539 Octavia St., 777-0557)



“Hearts Have Wings” designed by Bev Church and Luis Colmenares (891-0726,

“My Fair Lady” designed by Eric Fredericks for Bee’s Wedding Designs (738 Phosphor Ave., 830-4031,




“Unleash Your Heart” designed by “NO Fleas Market” for Louisiana SPCA (1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., 368-5191,

“Jungle Paradise” designed by Lisa LaFrance for Luminous Events (249 Villemar Place, 324-6441, and Herb Oldknow for Herbivore Floral Designs (1508 Edwards Ave., 265-0041,



“Rustic Christmas” designed by Denys Mertz, Stephanie Tarrant and Monique Chauvin for Mitch’s Flowers (4843 Magazine St., 899-4843,

“Rumba to Havana” designed by Maitee B. Gomez for Royal Events, Candles & Décor (110 Campbell Ave., Suite 1, 400-9416,




“Let’s Go Green!” designed by Eva Baillie and Kim Schulze for The Plant Gallery (9401 Airline Highway, 488-8887,

“The Art of Hospitality” designed by Susan Zackin for Z Event Company (508 Metairie Road, 510-5838,



“Habitat 101: Introduction to Affordable Housing” designed by Terri Dreyer and Marguerite Oestreicher for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (2900 Elysian Fields Ave., 861-2077,

“Q ueen of Sheba’s Picnic in the Sahara Desert” designed by Gaïlle Ray for Le Voyage (743 Camp St., 208-7240,




We wish to thank our Chairmen: Adrienne and Archie Casbarian and Amy and Stephen Farnsworth We also wish to thank our Presenting Sponsor: Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln And our Contributing Sponsors: IBERIABANK; Gayle Benson and The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans; The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation; Libby Dufour and Cleland Powell; Republic; Terrance Osborne; and The Casbarian and Farnsworth Families And our Table Sponsors: Amy and Chris Casbarian; Manny Bright; Bryan Automotive; Sally Cockerham; Mathilde and Richard Currence; Elizabeth and Peyton Bush; Donna and Paul Flower; Hancock Whitney; Catherine Makk; The Packard Family; Arlene and Alan Philipson; and Michelle and Lamar Villere In addition, a very special thanks to our host, the Audubon Tea Room.




Something Special By Jyl Benson Photographed by Sam Hanna

Filet Oscar from The Columns



hether you’re seeking time out in a festive holiday atmosphere or a means of entertaining guests without bringing the fa-lala to your own kitchen, a bevy of New Orleans restaurants have you covered for the season. With a lush hanging garden and climbing wisteria vines separating an intimate gathering space from the bustle of Poydras Street, the plush comfortable outdoor space at Copper Vine is a gracious way to begin or end an evening out. Selections from chef Mike Brewer’s new Pre-Thanksgiving menu pair and share easily: Gulf fish bouillabaise with blackened wild American shrimp, jumbo lump crab, sautéed vegetables and seafood broth; gumbo of half of a fried Manchester Farms quail with house-made boudin and chicken; and a house bread-pudding generous enough to serve two. On Christmas Eve, Copper Vine will serve their à la carte dinner menu, along with a variety of specials from chef Amy Mehrtens. On New Year’s Eve, the restaurant will host a very special dinner from their “Between the Vines” paring series in partnership with Ruinart, the oldest established Champagne house. If you’re looking for the trimmings, “The hotel decorates right after Thanksgiving: The room overlooking the Avenue holds a 14-foot tree,” says Adam Miller, Director of Events for The Columns. “Five mantles between the Ballroom, the Avenue Room and the Victorian Lounge (with a working fireplace that’s lit as the temperature drops) are decorated with angels and Papas Noel. Holly trims the handrails inside the magnificent three-story staircase, the stained

Crispy rosemary potatoes with chili aioli from Sofia

glass windows and the 10-to-14 door frames. A hand carved European nativity crèche, an old antique, will grace the hallway along with poinsettias.” The Columns will offer a Reveillon Menu for dinner Tuesdays-Saturdays throughout December, as well as for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day brunch, for $60 per person with

a selection of soups (including the hotel’s famed Oyster Stew), salads and entrées – including pan seared Diver scallops, veal osso buco, filet Oscar and pecan-crusted fish – and a plethora of tempting desserts. The Country Club offers a beautiful retreat from the outside world. Each of the three dining rooms is


The Country Club’s Pumpkin Cheesecake

Acorn 15 Henry Thomas Drive (in the Louisiana Children’s Museum), 218-5413, Broussard’s Restaurant 819 Conti St., 581-3866, Bourbon House 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, Borgne 601 Loyola Ave. (in the Hyatt Regency), 613-3860, Brennan’s 417 Royal St., 525-9711,

adorned with stunning handpainted floral murals by local artist Cindy Mathis that walk the fine line between sexy and proper. Whimsical paintings by southern artist Louis St. Lewis are scattered throughout and highlighted by custom lighting that makes the works sparkle. On Thanksgiving Day, the Country Club will serve an à la carte feast 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Starters include smoked duck and mushroom gumbo and crab beignets with saffron aioli. Entrées include classic roast turkey with all of the trimmings, braised lamb shank, pan-roasted shrimp and grilled Louisiana drum. Desserts will include pumpkin cheesecake and peanut butter pie. Throughout the month of December, the Country Club will offer a traditional four-course Reveillon Dinner for $60 per person including: duck and oyster gumbo,

poached Royal Red shrimp, truffle-roasted poussin or lemon-herb crusted Gulf fish; and panettone bread pudding with warm rum sauce anglaise. Head back to The Country Club for New Year’s Eve to bring in 2020 for an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve Celebration. The night will include a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, a three course meal, live music, party favors, access to the entire club, bottomless champagne all night long and easy access to firework viewing at the Rusty Rainbow over the Mississippi River levee. BRG Restaurant Group with host holiday dinners at many of its properties. Celebrate Thanksgiving at Restaurant August, Luke, Domenica or Borgne; Christmas at Domenica; Hanukkah at Shaya; and enjoy a Reveillon Dinner throughout December at Restaurant August, Borgne,


Domenici, Luke or Shaya. Briquette features coastal contemporary seafood in the converted Rodd Bros. Molasses factory in the Warehouse District. Executive chef Guy D. Sockrider C.E.C. is in charge of the culinary team. Briquette will feature an Absolute Dinner on December 5 for $120 per person with tasting flights of vodka and a five-course dinner prepared with vodka and paired with handcrafted cocktails. On December 19, a $120 Martell Dinner will feature tasting flights from Martell House in Cognac, France, and a five-course dinner prepared with vodka and paired with handcrafted cocktails. A sleek French-style Brasserie located in the Eliza Jane Hotel, Couvant will celebrate Thanksgiving with seatings from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. for $62 per person ($20 for children

Briquette 701 S. Peters St., 302-7496, Columns Hotel 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308, The Country Club 634 Louisa St., 945-0742, Couvant 315 Magazine St. (in the Eliza Jane Hotel), 324-5400, Domenica 123 Baronne St. (in The Roosevelt Hotel), 648-6020, Galatoire’s 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932,

Speciality cake at Ralph’s on the Park

under 12). To start guests will enjoy a wild mushroom velouté and hazelnut flan. The first course, served family-style, will be a turkey leg an foie presse with sour cherry marmalade and autumn greens in red wine vinaigrette. The main course will be a French play on the American classics: roasted turkey breast au jus and braised lardons with honey glazed chestnuts, caramelized winter squash, cider-braised gem lettuce, truffled celery pain perdu and robuchon potatoes. There will also be a pear frangipane tart with brown butter caramel ice cream for dessert. Couvant will offer two Reveillon-style meals throughout December: A $24 two course B’Reveillon Brunch daily from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and a three-course dinner menu for $69. Feeling indulgent? Add a cheese plate to any meal for $12 per person and decedent shaved back truffles for $25 per person. Santa Claus and his elves will be visiting Broussard’s Restaurant during brunch in December. Bring the children for festive food, music, photos with Santa and even a chance to send a letter to the North Pole. Menu items include favorites like cochon de lait Benedict; southern fried chicken and waffles; and raspberry and mascarpone stuffed pain perdu. The dates are December 14 and 15, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and December 20-22, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The restaurant will host a toy drive throughout the holiday season to benefit children in need. Unwrapped gifts may be

Pan-roasted shrimp and crab beignets with saffron aioli from The Country Club

dropped off at the restaurant and will be donated to families within our community through a partnership with the New Orleans Mission. Broussard’s will also offer a Reveillon dinner menu for $48 throughout the month of December. On Monday, December 2, Galatoire’s will host its annual Christmas Auction. Each year, the Galatoire Foundation holds Christmas and Mardi Gras table auctions to assist in supporting local nonprofit organizations. Started in 2006, the Christmas

and Mardi Gras table auctions have raised more than $2.2 million for local charities. Each fun and lively auction allows guests the opportunity to reserve a table on Galatoire’s famed first floor the Fridays before Christmas and Mardi Gras, which are two of the busiest days of the year for the restaurant. Always a favorite for holiday entertaining, in an unusual move Galatoire’s will be open on a Monday! The fabled spot for celebration will be open for festivities on Monday, December 23 to accommodate holiday revelers and both


Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, Emeril’s 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, Emeril’s Delmonico 1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937, Delmonico Milk Punch from Couvant Photo courtesy of Couvant

Galatoire’s and Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak will offer Reveillon menus throughout December. Galatoire’s is also hosting a New Year’s Eve Dinner in the upstairs Balcony Room for $225 per person with guests admitted beginning at 8 p.m. Palace Cafe, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Bourbon House and Tableau will be open for lunch and dinner for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and each of the restaurants will serve Reveillon Dinner throughout the month of December. Acorn (In the Louisiana Children’s Museum), Palace Cafe, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Bourbon House and Tableau will all be handing out holiday jingle bells at lunch during the month of December. Take a break from holiday shopping and stress and duck into Sofia for Happy Hour every Tuesday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy refresh-

ing spritzes and vodka Matteo mules for $7, Peroni on draft for $4 and glasses of wine (red, white and sparkling) for $6. Small plates range $ 5-7 each and include meatballs, garlic bread, insalata, Margherita pizza, rosemary potatoes with chili aioli and olives. Not to be outdone, the Emeril’s family of restaurant will be offering special menus to celebrate the holidays. Throughout the month of December, Emeril’s New Orleans (the flagship) will be offering a Reveillon menu for $80 per person. NOLA Restaurant will be offering a December Reveillon Menu daily for $50$65 per person and Emeril’s Delmonico will be offering the same for $65 per person as well as a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” on Christmas Eve. Ralph’s on the Park is turning 16 this holiday season! To celebrate, the restaurant is kicking off a year-long sweet-


inspired celebration with a full menu of items like a $16 two course lunch menu, Birthday Bubbles and a 16-Night Charitable Giving Campaign. Red Fish Grill is hoisting Holiday Gingerbread House Team Building Workshops so gather your gather your tribe, tap into your creative side, sip and create. The workshops will be offered December 2-20, Sundays-Fridays from 11 a.m.2 p.m., for $38 per person, which includes one gingerbread house, decorative candy, a jingle bell and one adult cocktail, beer or wine. A twocourse lunch will be available throughout the season, as will a three-course dinner for $35. Get in on the Naughty or Nice Happy Hour at Brennan’s in the Roost Bar & Courtyard on December 20 from 2-7 p.m. for “snow” falling in the courtyard, Home for the Holidays cocktails, deeply discounted bottles of bubbles and holiday merriment.

Luke 333 St. Charles Ave. (in the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue Hotel), 378-2840, NOLA 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, Ralph’s on the Park 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, Red Fish Grill 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, Restaurant August 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, Shaya 4213 Magazine, St., 891-4213, Sofia 516 Julia St., 322-3216, Tableau 616 St. Peter St., 934-3463,

Make sure you have the perfect fashions for every occasion this holiday season. Photographer: Teresa Cassagne-King Fashion Stylist: Tracee Dundas Makeup: Pilar Miranda Hair: Heidi Schirrmann Model: Alexandria Galiano | ABOUTFACES MTM Agency Location: Laurenia at the Pythian Market

LADY LUXE Emerald jacquard fit and flare cocktail dress with petal shoulder detail by Teri Jon from Perlis; vintage fur cape from Chau Chic; pavĂŠ diamond raindrop earrings, three tier diamond drop pendant necklace, gold and diamond bangle bracelet and fashion ring, all from Diamonds Direct

STANDING TALL Black strapless squared jumpsuit with notched front sequined side panels by AG Studio from Stella & Grace; gray leopard faux fur coat by John + Jenn from FeBe Clothing; onyx and diamond earrings, diamond lariat necklace and multi-shape diamond fashion ring, all from Diamonds Direct

EMBELLISH ME Sheer white feather high-low dress with platinum beading and white corset with cutglass and platinum rhinestone bodice appliquĂŠ, both from Chau Chic; double-strand drop dangle earring and diamond ring, both from Diamonds Direct

FIT & FLIRTY Matching two-piece, chartreuse and magenta metallic jacquard print set with criss-cross crop top and highwaist midi pencil skirt from Claudia Croazzo; large hoop fashion earrings from Stella & Grace; gold cuff bangle bracelet from Perlis; three-tier diamond drop pendant necklace from Diamonds Direct

RETRO VIBE Multi-colored sequined color block dress from West London; diamond chandelier earrings, tanzanite and diamond ring and diamond bracelet, all from Diamonds Direct


Building Dreams With Eden House A new fundraiser for a true need By Bev Church

As many of you know, Eden House is building a second home for adult women who have experienced human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. These women have experienced trauma, addiction, homelessness and poverty, and they now have a safe place to turn to where they can be rehabilitated and become successful adults. Kara Van De Carr is the Founder and President of Eden House, and wants to add a new twist to raising money for the organization – in her own home! It will be called “Building Dreams” and will have a country western theme with guests coming in ball gowns and boots or in country and western garb. Elizabeth Lyons, country and western singer and songwriter from our own city, will be the headliner along with her Nashville Band! (Visit her website to see her music videos: ElizabethLyonsMusic. com; she’s great and is the daughter in-law of Caroline and Bo Reily!) IBERIABANK is the “Rhinestone Cowboy Signature Sponsor,” but you could be a “Boots Are Made for Walking Benefactor” or a “Forever in Blue Jeans Contributor,” or come for $250 a person to the Patron Party. You will have drinks, fabulous dishes and listen to Elizabeth play with her band and at 9 p.m. – she’ll play the piano while you have dessert! You will be able to help furnish the new Eden House by purchasing a chair, table, lamp and more while you’re there. This is a casual, new kind of evening to make a difference for Eden House while having fun at the same time. Email tickets-sdietzel@edenhousenola. org or call 407-0943 to purchase tickets. To learn more about Eden House, visit n


Chairmen Courtney Freeman and Allison Hoffman with Founder and President Kara Van de Carr


Room filled with items guests can buy for the new Eden House. Ashley Longshore painting is the only auction item

Front Door of Daryl and Kara’s home ready for guests.

Especially Eden Gift Basket: A component of the recovery program designed to provide job skills and work experience so residents will be ready to get a job. Boots filled with Casablanca lilies.

Country singer and songwriter Elizabeth Lyons and her band.



Lupo–Bieker By Megan Holt

While waiting for his blind date, Alexander William Bieker knew nothing more than her name and that they had been set up by his stepmother’s friend’s daughter, who just knew the two would hit it off. When he finally met his matchmaker’s college friend, Alex took one look and exclaimed “Finally!”, as if he’d been waiting to meet her his whole life. His date, Francesca Marfese Smith Lupo, happened to have been in southern California for work training and traveled to San Diego to meet Alex after it was done. She was equally happy when she saw him, and so began their three-day first date. Francesca and Alex had a wonderful time exploring San Diego. They went to Del Mar for dinner at Jakes, hiked Torrey Pines and got to know one another. By the end of three days, they were a couple. They dated long-distance for 10 months before Francesca relocated to Cardiff by the Sea to be with Alex. Two weeks later during the Christmas holidays, the couple was skiing in Aspen, Francesca’s favorite place, when Alex proposed. Aspen is particularly special to Francesca because her family has a second home there, and the couple knew that they wanted that feeling of home to radiate throughout their wedding. They chose the perfect place to capture that feeling for the ceremony and reception – the Bieker family farm near Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Bieker family built the farm, which made Alex and Francesca feel at home on their special day. Before the big day at Bieker Farms, the couple enjoyed a rehearsal dinner at the Amway Grand Hotel Ballroom. The relatively calm evening couldn’t have prepared them for the severe weather to come. On the day of the wedding, an enormous thunderstorm caused the entire farm to lose power. The ceremony had to be moved to different locations on the property three times as the wedding took place, but everyone smiled and rolled with it! Francesca and Alex were married on July 20, 2019. Despite the storm, the farm’s simplicity was complemented with a few elegant touches throughout the property, most notably the extraordinary flowers accenting the “Barn.” This simple elegance was echoed in the bride’s Stella McCartney gown, and when she got to the end of the aisle it’s easy to imagine that Alex was once


again thinking “Finally!” In keeping with the wedding’s close family feeling, Tom Lupo, Francesca’s brother, performed the ceremony. The couple wrote their own vows, which were very personal and touching. After the ceremony, the celebration continued in the “Barn.” The thunderstorm had ended, giving way to a beautiful purple sunset that served as the backdrop of the newlyweds’ first dance to “Only You” by Parson James. Guests sipped the “Fran 75,” a play on the bride’s name and a signature cocktail from her hometown. Farmhouse Deli Catering put together a fantastic sit-down dinner for the reception. The wedding cake

was delicious, and in place of a groom’s cake everyone enjoyed Alex’s favorite food at the Blue Bell Ice Cream bar! After hours of friends and family dancing to a great band from Los Angeles, a 20-minute fireworks display ended the night. The couple has planned a honeymoon trip to New Zealand in November, where they will spend two weeks hiking and exploring, much like they did on their first date. They live in Encinitas, California, where Alex is the founder/CEO of Evolve Sports Group/Evolve Skateboards USA and Francesca is a Business Development Manager for a biotech company. n


Coordinator: Brooke Keegan Ceremony Music: West Coast Beverly Hills Wedding Gown: Stella McCartney, Saks Fifth Ave Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sloan, Amsale Bridesmaid Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo, Hugo Boss Groomsmen attire: Black tuxedo Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Bands: Valobra Master Jewelers Florist: Rhiannon Bosse Invitation: Pittbulls and Posey Photographer: Joel Serrato Videographer: Elysium Hair & Makeup: Hannah Wagner Music: West Coast Beverly Hills



November By Fritz Esker

Through November 10

HIGGINS: THE MAN, THE BOAT, THE WAR The life of legendary New Orleanian Andrew Higgins is told through live-action newsreel recreation, musical revue and dramatic history. BB’s Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944,

Through November 10

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW This outdoor, immersive production will give viewers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the classic tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden, City Park, 302-9117,

Through November 10

NOVEMBER This political comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet is a bitingly funny look at a president’s desperate attempts to hold on to his job at the next election. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

Through November 17

NATIVE GARDENS A disagreement over a fence line turns neighbors into bitter enemies in this brilliant culture-clash comedy. Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857,


DEAR EVAN HANSEN This deeply moving musical tells the story of a teenager with social anxiety trying to fit in during his senior year of high school. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,



THE RACONTEURS Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes, brings his current rock band to the Fillmore for one night only. The Fillmore, 6 Canal St., 881-1555,


RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: WERQ THE WORLD TOUR Rupaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all-new production as Asia O’Hara is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


BIANCA DEL RIO: IT’S JESTER JOKE The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” outrageously jokes about life from politics to travel to family to social media. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


THE ELF ON THE SHELF This new live musical inspired by the toy of the same name tells the story of how the elf helps a human family overcome a personal loss and remember the importance of Christmas. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

21 & 23

LOUISIANA PHILARMONIC ORCHESTRA: MOZART REQUIEM Pianist and composer Courtney Bryan begins the program with the world premiere of her latest work before the show closes with some Mozart. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


JONAS BROTHERS: HAPPINESS BEGINS TOUR The wildly popular boy band has extended its 2019 tour to include a night in the Crescent City. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

PILOBOLUS IN SHADOWLAND – THE NEW ADVENTURE The Pilobolus ensemble of gravitydefying, shape-shifting dancers returns with the Louisiana premiere of their new show featuring mixed media, animation, dance and shadow theater that will delight audiences of all ages. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052,




JUST TRUST ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS Fresh off their summer tour with Blondie, Elvis Costello and the Imposters bring a mix of old favorites and new hits to the stage. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


MJ LIVE: MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE CONCERT With Jalles Franca as the star performer, this concert will feature blockbuster songs spanning the entirety of the King of Pop’s career. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

DISNEY’S FROZEN JR. Watch some of the area’s most adorable young performers take on the new Disney classic Frozen. Westwego Performing Arts Theater (Teatro Wego), 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000,



Adelle Bergman Executive Director, Crescent City Cafe By Lindsay Mack


Crescent City Cafe’s Executive Director. “We created that community space where people know they’ll have breakfast served by smiling faces.” That sense of community is very real, too. Former guests who have gone on to obtain housing and more stable living situations will sometimes drop by just to say hello. In addition, the food served at Crescent City Cafe is similar to what diners in New Orleans might buy for brunch. Breakfast tacos, open-faced biscuits with pulled pork and blueberry cream cheese French toast casserole are just a few of the favorite dishes offered up twice a month. Moving forward, the cafe’s team hopes to have an even bigger impact on the community. “So we are actively working toward becoming a pay-what-you-can restaurant in the New Orleans area,” says

Bergman. This would include a dedicated restaurant space where visitors can pay a suggested price, pay what they can or trade volunteer time for their meal. It is another way to help reinforce the idea that food is a basic need, as well as break down barriers. “We want to create a space where there’s no ‘us versus them,’ just people eating,” says Bergman. n

Get Involved Groups and individuals are welcome to volunteer at Crescent City Cafe. Simply visit their website (, click on the volunteer tab and fill out the calendar. Donations are always accepted, and a gift of $5 will help provide breakfast for a guest at the current cafe. Donors for the planned restaurant are also needed at this time.


Twice a month, volunteers at the Crescent City Cafe serve up a free, restaurant-style breakfast for guests who are facing income difficulties or homelessness. For over 10 years now, the cafe has welcomed anyone who steps through its doors with a choice of delicious breakfast foods and a friendly dining experience. The Crescent City Cafe began in 2009 with a simple idea: serve meals to people facing homelessness in a dignified manner. Staffed entirely by young adult volunteers, the cafe offers a restaurant experience and creates a sense of community at the same time. Every first and third Saturday of the month, the cafe operates from a fellowship hall at the Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church. “Anyone at any stage is welcome to come eat,” says Adelle Bergman,


Brad Corcoran Brother Martin High School By Mallory Lindsly

“Being involved in your community is important to help it grow and to help it become a better place than it was when I got there,” says Brad Corcoran a senior at Brother Martin High School. “A community is only as strong as its weakest link.” Corcoran went on a mission with the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in Mississippi, where the participants helped a local Spanish community in need. There, they spent time teaching kids how to explore their faith and become involved more involved in their own community. “Seeing how the simple task of spending time and listening to what they had to say brought such happiness to them was unexplainable. It showed me that sometimes in life all we need is someone to show that they care,” says Corcoran. Corcoran has also participated in the Pro-life March in Washington DC. As a pro-life activist, this was a rewarding experience for Corcoran. He was able to march with a large number of people from around the country. Mark Benedetto, aka Coach Benny, is a former teacher at Brother Martin and has inspired Corcoran since the seventh grade to become a student activist. After school, Benedetto would genuinely ask Corcoran how his day was

while waiting to be picked up by his family. Eventually, Benedetto offered Corcoran a job at his café, Caffe Latte Da. While working at the cafe, Corcoran was able to see Benedetto as a mentor. “He taught me how to lead by example instead of giving orders. And most of all he taught me how to be a friendly, caring and compassionate person to all,” says Corcoran. Corcoran enjoys giving back to the community through service and volunteering. On the weekends, he works at Benedetto’s cafe. Once he graduates, he hopes to attend a university where he can become an emergency medicine physician. He hopes to join Doctors Without Borders and his goal is to provide quality healthcare for all. n



Cristy Cali Designer and CEO, Cristy Cali New Orleans By Lani Griffiths

Tell us a little background on your business. In October 2012, I started my own business after working in my family’s retail jewelry business for seven years. Since I had spent so much time in a retail environment, the freedom of online business was extremely attractive to me. It was also nice to have more creative freedom. At first, I started designing jewelry I knew there was a strong market for – New Orleansinspired pieces. In 2015, I started my metaphysics studies, which began transforming my designs into more conscious pieces in a spiritual sense. How does your Guatemalan heritage play into designing your jewelry? I am extremely proud of my Guatemalan heritage and I love incorporating that passion into my designs. My culture is now becoming more influential in my creative process as I have begun product development in my home country. In my most recent trip, I visited a very small village a few hours outside the city and met with local producers to see if they were interested in working with me to develop custom products for my shop.


What inspired the move to build a brick-and-mortar store? About a year ago, I started feeling a little lost and unfulfilled with my impact on the world. While I loved the flexibility and freedom that came with online business, there’s nothing like being able to meet your customers in person. Traditional and old-fashioned jewelry stores can be overwhelming. I wanted to create a space where no one would ever feel intimidated, or as if they couldn’t afford something. I have pieces for nearly any budget and I wanted to create a space where everyone would feel welcome. Is there a specific product or service you’d like to highlight? Servicewise, I’m bringing my online coaching business to my shop. If anyone is looking for a holistic life or business coach, I’m available for booking through my website My mission is to help people create a business out of something they love, or improve their quality of life by broadening their current perception of their own reality. As my business expands, I’m also growing my efforts with community partners to support individuals’ overall wellness. CRISTY CALI NEW ORLEANS, 3110 Magazine St., 722-8758,


In addition to your wearable art, you’re a holistic life coach, spiritual counselor and a metaphysical teacher. Which of these aspects is your favorite part of business? My favorite aspect of my business is inspiring and empowering people to be the best version of themselves, while staying true to their authentic purpose. These titles are all just labels that attempt to describe what

I do, which is to share my passion for self-love with others. I also love to write and talk about how astrology can help us feel less victimized about different circumstances in life, and how planetary energies can influence our emotions.


Patrick Schoen Managing Partner, Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home


By Lani Griffiths

Please tell us a little about your role at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home. I have worked for my family’s business since 1969. I took over the company in 2014 as managing partner, continuing my family’s 145-year legacy of helping New Orleans families. I run the day-to-day operations and ensure we give each family the undivided attention needed to focus on what matters most.

How do you build trust with your clients? We build and maintain our trust with families by living our mission: to provide the highest standard of funeral service, regardless of financial circumstances. We take the time to listen and guide families through the process. That is why New Orleans families have entrusted us in their time of need for generations.

Are there any particular challenges specific to New Orleans that you encounter? I would not say these are challenges, but rather part of the spice-of-life of New Orleans. The logistics of Jazz Funerals and the special sizing requirements of caskets for historic New Orleans tombs present unique variables that require experience and attention to detail.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know about your business? We have been innovators in this industry for over 145 years and offer more than just traditional celebrations and services. We offer many unique options and create tailored celebrations that are one-of-kind. A new 350-seat chapel sits alongside our iconic mansion. Along with our ample parking, the mansion and chapel offer the convenience of having the visitation, service and celebration in one location.

What is the most important aspect of your business? The most important part is listening with compassion and empathy. Taking the time to listen to families is essential to make sure we ask the right questions that bring out all the necessary details, ensuring that we help them create the perfect lasting memory.


S N A P S H OT S By Marie Gabriel 1






1. Anne Redd poses with Chip and Ella Flower at the annual Beauregard-Keyes House “Spring Gala” in March, where guests were treated to an evening of dancing to Deacon John and the Ivories, an oyster bar from Felix’s Restaurant and other local cuisines, like Galatoire’s signature shrimp remoulade. 2. Steve and Suzanne Dumez with Taylor and Martin Pospisil at the Beauregard-Keyes House’s annual “Spring Gala,” in the home’s picturesque courtyard, dating back to 1826. Over 350 guests attended the event. 3. Byron Adams Jr., Sister Marjorie Hebert M.S.C., Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond and Tommie A. Vassel attend the “Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal End of Campaign Celebration” in March at Archbishop Aymond’s home. 4. Joe Canizaro and Mike Read celebrate the success of the Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal Campaign at Archbishop Aymond’s home in March. During the reception, guests honored the many donors and volunteers who worked to support the 2019 campaign, which exceeded its $1.85 million goal. 5. Former Councilwoman Susan Guidry and Aaron Clark-Rizzio attended the “Celebration for Children’s Rights” in March, an annual event benefiting the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. Guidry was presented with the Pascal Calogero Champion of Justice Award for her tireless efforts to improve New Orleans’ juvenile justice landscape. (Photo: Armon Dauphin, Dauphin Tales Photography) 6. George C. Freeman III, Chrissy M. Calogero and Quentin F. Urquhart Jr. at The Building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard – the birthplace of New Orleans’ juvenile justice reform movement and location of the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights 2018 fundraising event, “Celebration for Children’s Rights.” (Photo: Armon Dauphin, Dauphin Tales Photography)


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7. Holy Cross Nursing students Victoria Hymel and Sheana Duckett helped out at the St. Margaret’s Foundation “Par 3 Golf Tournament” in March at the Timberlane Country Club to benefit the Ann Connick Stansberry Nursing Scholarship at UHC. 8. University of Holy Cross nursing students Secret Williams, Mallory Romano, Lauren Pizani and Victoria Hymel attend the St. Margaret’s Foundation Par 3 Golf Tournament in March. 9. Caroline Thriffiley, Jay Romig and Yvette LaCour are pictured at the Notre Dame Seminary’s annual gala. The over 700 guests were treated to both a live and silent auction, a raffle, a dessert room and entertainment by the seminary’s choir. 10. Gayle Benson poses with Harry Connick Sr. at the Notre Dame Seminary during the seminary’s annual fundraising gala in March. 11. Aisha Johnson and Lauren Godshall enjoyed Families Helping Families’ annual “Champion Awards” ceremony in April, which celebrated three community members , Amy Boyle Collins, Sherwood Collins and Patricia Ventura, for their outstanding community service. 12. Wade Verges, James Ramsey and Bernard Shutsey attended the Families Helping Families’ “Champion Awards” ceremony in April, where Verges presented the annual Wade Verges Champion Awards, named in his honor.



Art & Eyes

504-891-4494 Sabine Be ... hand made in France. They are $385 each.



Give the gift she really wants … gift cards are great for weekly nail therapy and her favorite makeup products. For holiday parties, Belladonna has a variety of host gifts such as ornaments, local kitchenware and jewelry.


504-821-4000 Have the “it” accessory this holiday season with this large black mink cross body only available at Ballin’s.


Claire Elizabeth Gallery


Ashton Shaw Despot, “Lagoon,” acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in. Pricing upon request. For more information, visit or call 843-364-6196.


Cristy Cali


The secret message behind this piece is to treasure your heart, follow your heart, protect your heart and respect your heart. We are all royalty in our own lives. Remember to be true to yourself and love yourself, because without self-love, you cannot love others unconditionally.

Delta Festival Ballet 504-888-9031

Give the gift of magic with New Orleans’ favorite Christmas tradition! Delta Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, December 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 22 at 2 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Tickets at

Eden House

504-407-0943 EpeciallyEden Shop local and give back with an Especially Eden gift basket! All baskets are assembled by and directly support survivors of human trafficking.


504-833-3717 Be spotted in this soft cashmere sweater and coordinating scarf from Elizabeth’s at 204 Metairie Road.

Diamonds Direct


Why not spice up your everyday look with a bangle? A yellow gold beaded bangle with pave tear drops containing round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 0.30 carats. SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 79


Feet First

Fredrick Guess Studio


Bee-hold! New beaded and embroidered Mary Frances statement bags make the perfect gift this holiday season, even if you’re simply treating yourself!


Get this beautiful Hilma Burt’s Mirrored Ballroom Storyville one-of-a-kind painting from Fredrick Guess Studio.

Gem Printing


Highlight your style with Calling Cards from Gem Printing Co! No matter if your enclosing a note with a gift or setting up a playdate make an impression that is sure to last. Calling Cards start at 100 for $27.95. One-day service.

Hall Piano Company 504-733-8863

Own a beautiful Steinway-designed Essex baby Grand Piano with a player system from just $19,900.

The Shop at The Collection (museum shop of The Historic New Orleans Collection)

504-598-7147 Local jewelry designer—and architecture enthusiast—Brandi Couvillion designed this piece exclusively for THNOC as part of the Seignouret-Brulatour Collection. Each piece draws inspiration from the architectural details of THNOC’s new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street. Silver Greek Key Cuff, 1” x 6,” $245. 80 ST. CHARLES AVENUE NOVEMBER 2019


Jos. A. Bank 504-528-9491

Whether shopping for the college fanatic or the Saints lover, Jos. A. Bank has you covered. Their Classic ReppStripe Ties make the perfect gift for any fan!

Home Malone

504-324-8352 A beautiful piece that will be a year-round classic. Hand painted in Louisiana, this ceramic serving tray measures 15” x 11” and can be purchased in-store and online, $68.

JL Studio Designs


‘Tis the season of giving and home accessories always make the perfect gift! Decorative trays, candles, lamps and even occasional tables are all great ways to bring cheer into your loved ones’ home during this magical time. JL Studio can assist you with creative, stylish ideas.

Le Petit Théâtre

Judy at the Rink

504-891-7018 @judyattherink

Judy at the Rink provides a fun and festive shopping experience. The selection of timeless home pieces by Simon Pearce, Annie Glass and Juliska are playfully paired with local artists like Ridge Walker, Lorraine Gendron and Amanda Talley. Shop with Judy for all of your wedding, birthday and holiday gifts!

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Celebrate the season with Le Petit Théâtre’s second annual A Christmas Carol! Ebeneezer Scrooge learns lessons in love, generosity, and redemption when he is visited by spirits. Filled with magic and holiday cheer, Charles Dickens’ heartwarming classic features 20 children from our Young Conservatory Program.



Louisiana Custom Closets

504-835-3188 | 985-871-0810

Gift the gift of space and organization! Let Louisiana Custom Closets design the perfect closets, pantry, garage or utility room for your home. Experienced professional designers, installation crews, and office staff deliver world-class service to every installation, at an extremely competitive price. Call for a free estimate!

Little PNuts 504-267-5083

Celebrate Christmas in the Wizarding World with the magical LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors is a different LEGO®Harry Potter gift. Recreate holiday scenes from Harry Potter that will inspire imaginative play through Christmas and beyond.

Pamela Marquis Studio


Over the past 25 years, Pamela Marquis has developed an appreciation for light, texture and bold, contrasting colors. When combined, these attributes create pieces that uniquely capture the essence of New Orleans. Visitors are welcome to enjoy Pamela Marquis’ gallery and working studio Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.5:30 p.m.

PERLIS Clothing


Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 504-523-6530

If you know someone who loves orchestral music, then give them the gift of the LPO this holiday. Visit or call 504-523-6530 to purchase gift certificates for a single ticket or subscription to any of the concerts in the 2019/20 season!


The perfect gift for the festive holiday season is the PERLIS navy & hunter twill tartan sport shirt. Standard fit with the iconic PERLIS crawfish embroidered on pocket and with PERLIS engraved buttons. Uptown, French Quarter, Mandeville and Baton Rouge.


Shard Shop



504-309-3336 Geaux Tigers!! Show your team pride in this Faux fur bomber jacket, $145.

Shella’s Mirabella 504-828-3888 @XoMirabella

Feel fabulous in a 360 Cashmere camel cardigan. The perfect piece for all of your holiday festivities!

Shard Shop has a variety of original locally made glass art for the perfect holiday gifts for friends and family. The Shard Shop gift card is perfect for all ages and can be applied to retail, workshops, or classes to experience making art with glass.

The National WWII Museum 504-528-1944

Step out in style! Find apparel and accessories with a vintage flair for men, women, and children at The National WWII Museum’s 1940s-inspired boutique on the corner of Andrew Higgins Drive and Magazine Street. 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 or visit



Ace Hotel New Orleans




For the holidays, both Josephine Estelle and Seaworthy will be open throughout featuring festive menus for Thanksgiving, Reveillon, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Plus, they will be featuring holiday-inspired musical programming in Three Keys all season long.

For an “Absolut-ly” perfect start to the holiday season, join proprietor Anna Tusa, and Absolut Brand Ambassador Elise Biechman at Briquette NOLA on December 5 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a delicious five-course Absolut-infused meal prepared by Chef Guy D. Sockrider, while Briquette mixologist Toby Stewart handcrafts the perfectly-paired Absolut cocktails. Call to reserve your table!

Red Gravy

Restaurant August



Join Red Gravy December 19 for The Feast of The Seven Fishes. An Italian Christmas Eve tradition representing the seven sacraments, 7 fishes will be served in 4 different courses, each to be paired with different wines. $90 per person, all inclusive. Seating is limited, call to reserve.

Restaurant August boasts historical architecture, luxurious detailing and contemporary cuisine to offer the most unique setting for your holiday event. The Private Dining Room and the Chef’s Tasting Room offer different experiences of your choice with hosting up to 100 or a small table of 12.



The Columns

The Country Club



Reveillon matches the largest appetite and finest meal: Oyster Stew, Turtle Soup, Veal Osso Bucco, Shrimp Mirliton Dressing, Ginger Creme Brulee, Irish Coffee, Brandy Milk Punch, live fire places and avenue seating. Reveillon dinners are nightly Tuesday-Saturday and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunch. Reservations recommended, 504-899-9308.

The Country Club offers an elegant escape with exquisite food and drink in sophisticated surroundings. Chef Chris Barbato’s dishes are expertly crafted with local ingredients inspired by Italian-French and Creole-Southern heritages, which complement the award-winning wine menu. An excellent choice for dinner or your next dinner or cocktail party.

Couvant at The Eliza Jane

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco Peruvian Cuisine



Whether intimate or extravagant, Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel can create memorable holiday celebrations. Gather around the fireplace in the Press Room Lounge or toast under the gas lanterns in the Garden Courtyard before dining lavishly in Couvant. Allow their classic Reveillon to enliven your festive season!

Spice up your holidays with a new tradition! Seafood is king at this cozy family-owned Peruvian restaurant. Also enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and the largest Peruvian wine selection in the city. Meat lovers will love the rich Peruvian lamb shank, lomo saltado and hanger steak. Finish with Mango Creme Brûlée, picarones or Lucuma ice cream. SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 85

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Gloriously Happy Armistice Day in New Orleans By Seale Paterson


celebratory drinks didn’t stop flowing until the bars ran dry. The Elks threw together a night festival with a parade and firework display. Hundreds of thousands of New Orleanians celebrated well into the night. On the first anniversary of Armistice Day in 1919, the American Legion and the city planned a celebration: an 11 a.m. moment of silence, followed by a memorial program at City Hall and an elaborate military parade on Canal Street. A holiday was declared at both the city and state level, and businesses and schools closed midday so all could participate in the festivities. Thousands of people who had served or were serving in military or welfare organizations, as well as Gold Star League families, marched together in the parade. Armistice Day was celebrated in New Orleans in this same general manner for the

next five decades. Nighttime military dances were added in the 1920s, and the parade was moved to the evenings in the 1930s. The last official Armistice Day celebration was in 1953. The following year, President Eisenhower officially changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day. n

A group of Italian men and soldiers gathered on the 900 block of Canal Street on Armistice Day: November 11, 1918. The Italian societies were out in full force to celebrate the end of the way and the victory. Their first parade was at 7 a.m., and marched to City Hall, and they kept parading all day around the business district. At 5 p.m., various Italian organizations joined together to form a parade with several bands, including the Italian Military Band. They were described by a reporter as “gloriously happy.”


The news of the end of the first World War reached New Orleans early on the morning of November 11, 1918. The celebrations of Armistice Day began at 3:30 a.m. on the riverfront, when the Dock Board heard the news and began blasting their horns, which were soon joined by church bells and sirens. All over the city, people read their papers and immediately abandoned all plans for the day. Businesses and schools were closed, and people took to the streets in wild celebration. Canal Street was overrun by 7 a.m. Cars decorated with American flags and patriotic bunting and balloons had to be removed from the crowded streets as impromptu parades started up on almost every block. Soldiers and sailors joined in with songs; bands played up and down the streets. Impassioned speeches and cheers and whistles filled the air, and the