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Don’t know what to wear, where to eat or what to do on New Year’s Eve and throughout the holidays? We’ve got all that and more, starting on pg. 50.


St. Charles Avenue’s Activists of the Year Dr. Naydja Domingue Bynum, Patricia Crouere Denechaud, Karin Giger Eustis, William Henry Shane Jr., Tim Trapolin and Carol Wise BY SARAH RAVITS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFFERY JOHNSTON


Sparkling Celebrations 17 stops upon our annual guide BY KELCY WILBURN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHERYL GERBER


St. Charles Avenue’s Activists 2018 (standing:) William Henry Shane Jr., Patricia Crouere Denechaud, Karin Giger Eustis, Tim Trapolin and (seated) Carol Wise and Dr. Naydja Domingue Bynum. Each year when we gather to choose St. Charles Avenue’s Activists of the Year, we all bring a list of potential candidates – all of whom are more than qualified. And every year we end up with a list much longer at the end of the meeting than it was when we started. And that exemplifies one of the most amazing things about New Orleans and her people, the number of those who give back only grows. In this, our 23rd year, we’re proud to honor these six Activists for their energy, their gifts, their ideas and their time. Their profiles illuminate the boards, nonprofits, committees, foundations and groups with which they’re associated across the entirety of New Orleans. We hope that as you read more about them, their stories will inspire you, as they have us, to give back to the city that gives so much to us all. Without them, our city wouldn’t be the same. Special thanks to the Latter Library for providing such a lovely setting.


In Every Issue

20 8 & 10 EDITORS’ NOTES


Okra Abbey: A community of fellowship


Dazzling Displays: Local holiday celebrations




Indulgent Comfort: Domenica’s Chef de Cuisine Rita Bernhardt shares her Chicken Confit


Cook is Cooking: Gris Gris adds sparkle to lower Magazine Street


Eugenia Niehaus Weds Thomas Otto Lind: June 8, 1963





Rafferty – Tidmore Creativity, Talent and Love More than 1,000 patrons celebrated the 15th anniversary of The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. 22 A Home for Hope The American Cancer Society recognized 10 Belles and Beaus committed to the community. 24 Food for Thought The 22nd annual “Sunday at Emeril’s” hosted 160 patrons in support of mental health endeavors at LSUHSC. 26 The Art of Fine Dining St. Charles Avenue proudly hosted its fifth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes event benefiting Bastion. 28 Dining Across America The James Beard Foundation spotlighted America’s diverse culinary scenes. 30

“Gather Ye Rosebuds …” The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society recognized literary achievements in a rose-themed fête. 32


Caring for Children St. Elizabeth’s Guild raised more than $80,000 to support the five children’s programs. 34


Passport to Success Junior Achievement hosted an around-the-world soirée honoring seven local “star” entrepreneurs. 36


Peace, Love & School St. Michael Special School raised funds to provide education access to students with special needs. 38

Barrie Wexner-Wurzburg: President, Joseph

Neighborhood Buzz “Fall Affair “2018 featured a special Garden District honey-inspired menu at Commander’s Palace. 40



Nicole Roach and Kate McHale Goodwin: Metairie Park Country Day YOUNG BLOODS

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B E V ' S N OT E

It is December, and it means that it’s our Activist Issue, this year featuring six incredibly giving New Orleanians who have helped make our city what it is today! Thanks to Naydja Bynum, Pat Denechaud, Karin Giger Eustis, Henry Shane, Tim Trapolin and Carol Wise for gracing our cover. It is our hope that you will read about their many accomplishments and get involved in any or all of their causes! Naydja Bynum is most identified with her work in improving the Tremé neighborhood, as well as her work on the executive committee of the Women of the Storm. Pat Denechaud is well known in her fight against cancer as the Founder of Komen New Orleans, and for her work as the Honorary Counsel of Canada. Karin Giger Eustis supports improving public education through her work with the Louisiana’s Children’s Museum, the Edible Schoolyard, First Line Schools, Posse and Latter Library. Henry Shane and his wife Pat have donated over 30 sculptures to beautify Jefferson Parish and he has worked with The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars and ACE Scholarships just to name a few. Artist Tim Trapolin has worked with Trinity Church’s program Undoing Racism and has helped Lambeth House, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans Museum of Art and YAYA through his gifts of his artwork. Carol Wise is best known for her work with establishing the women’s division of both the United Way and the Jewish Federation and has been on the boards of the Jewish Community Center, Touro Synagogue and Infirmary and so many more. We are honored to have them on our cover! I want to spotlight Eden House, which is a movement to eradicate the trafficking and selling of human beings by creating systematic change through youth prevention, education, legislative advocacy and recovery and reentry services for victims. I urge you to order gift baskets from Especially Eden, which are created by five residents who earned more than 250 hours of employment. They have sold over 420 gift baskets so far, and more will be available at holiday markets and online. Perfect for the person on your list who has everything, visit their website to order for the holidays, or anytime: The sixth annual “NOLA ChristmasFest” will once again give locals and visitors the opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and celebrate this magical season. This familyfriendly celebration includes indoor attractions for the whole family, including fan favorites like the only real ice rink in New Orleans, a new gigantic ice slide, carnival rides, beautifully decorated Christmas trees and a climbing wall. Also new this year are curling games, Polar Golf, Bouncy! The World’s Tallest Snowman inflatable and a life-sized snow globe for holiday selfies! In addition, “NOLA ChristmasFest” honors members of the military and first responders with half-priced admission each Friday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: It is hard to believe that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, but we’re making it easy for you! Check out our feature that tells you how to prepare, what to wear, how to finish, where to eat and what to do! We also have What’s Hot for Jewelry that might help your significant other for your holiday gift idea; make sure to tear out those pages and place them where he or she will see! Be careful at all of these incredible holiday parties and enjoy your time with friends and family! While we’re celebrating, I’ll be thinking about the loss of an unbelievable friend and activist with the biggest heart ever: Fran Villere. God bless her adoring family and many friends who will feel her loss even more this season. She was a Loving Cup recipient and I want to congratulate this year’s Loving Cup winner, Cleland Powell! He has helped numerous causes and we’re lucky to have him here with us in New Orleans. Enjoy your holiday season!

Beverly Reese Church


Ring in the holidays with the Ladies Leukemia League’s “Fete de Noel,” which will be December 7 at the Hilton Hotel! Enjoy a fabulous lunch and fashion show by Dillard’s, silent auction, door prizes, a parade of prizes and the unveiling of the Light the Tree of Life (at bottom), which honors donors who have given $1,000-$10,000. Pictured below, Officers Denise Woodward, Pat Golemi, Joan Ingram, Melba Bruce, Jacquelyn Milan, Ana Eller, Kathy Begg, Angela Riviere, Mary Evelyn Doody, Deborah Blancher, Sharon Marchand and Lisa Baynham, who is also serving as Chair, are so proud of the over $3.6 million they have raised so far for Leukemia Research to find a cure for this terrible disease. Call 458-4288 for tickets. The Ladies Leukemia League is entirely run and staffed by volunteers who are dedicated to the goal of ending Leukemia. Do not miss your chance to buy a table or be a major sponsor!

M O R G A N ' S N OT E

December is chock-full of parties, events, festivals, food, cheer and lots of stress. My goal this month is to let go of the last in that list – as much as possible, anyway. I am going to attend the things I can and, if I’m starting to feel under the weather or like the idiomatic chicken missing its head, I’m giving myself permission to beg off and spend that time taking care of myself. I urge you to do the same, whether that means passing up the third family gathering in as many nights for time with friends or vice versa. Just make certain to use this time as a reason to tell those you love that you do; they will never hear it too often and each time is precious. It might be a controversial opinion, but New Year’s Eve is my least favorite holiday because there’s so much expectation wrapped up in what’s almost always a disappointing evening. This year I’ll be consulting our “Sparkling Celebrations” feature that breaks down how to prepare, what to wear, how to finish, where to eat and what to do; it takes the guessing out of all of it and, I hope, will change my mind on the whole holiday. This issue each year is, in my opinion, our most important as it brings you our annual Activists of the Year. I encourage you to read all six profiles to not only learn more about people in our community who have made and continue to make contributions that can be felt throughout our city, but to possibly discover a cause or nonprofit that speaks to you and drives you to discover your philanthropic passion. One of my favorite bars has teamed up with one of our local charities most dear to my heart, and I’ve already begun to do my part! The Bombay Club started a year-long promotion on All Saints Day where $1 of each Sophie Cocktail (named for its benevolent spirit, Madame Sophie) will be donated to Save Our Cemeteries. It is a delicious way to make a difference. Another tiny way to give back I’ve discovered recently has helped to soften my hands, heal my face and plant trees in New Orleans. Adele Uddo is a hometown girl turned internationally famous parts model (her hands are her most famous part and have been photographed for brands from Dior to Dominos and with celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Natalie Portman). Her “labor-of-love” is Essential, a moisturizer that’s vegan, cruelty free and free of parabens, sulfates, dyes and all the bad stuff while being packed with essentials oils that leaves my skin feeling nourished without being greasy. She also donates a portion of every purchase to the NOLA Tree Project. Learn more at Enjoy this season, the cold weather (for while we have it) and those you love!

Morgan Packard Griffith


December 1 “Inaugural Founders Ball,” benefiting the Louisiana Museum Foundation, 558-0493 1 “Azúcar Ball,” benefiting New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, 636-0107, 1 “L’Chayim Award” benefiting Touro Synagogue, 895-4843 1 Inaugural “Family Feud Fundraiser,” benefiting CADA, 821-2232, extension 105 2 “NOCTURNE XVI,” benefiting Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, 899-4826 6 Fifth annual “Latkes with a Twist,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service, 828-6334, events/latkes-with-a-twist

7-9 “Holiday Home Tour & Patron Party,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center, 581-7032 7 “Fete de Noel,” benefiting Ladies Leukemia League, LLC, 458-4288 7 “ BGR Annual Luncheon featuring Michael E. Leiter,” benefiting the Bureau of Governmental Research, 525-4125 8 “Improvisations Gala,” benefiting New Orleans Jazz Museum, 568-6993 8 “Fête de Fezziwig,” benefiting Le Petit Théâtre, 558-9328 20-24 “It’s A Wrap,” benefiting LA/ SPCA, 453-3048 21 32nd annual “Home for the Holidays,” benefiting The NOCCA Institute & the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists, 310-4999


Okra Abbey A community of fellowship By Catherine Freeman

When I envision an abbey, I picture nuns walking single file through ancient religious buildings. So when a friend suggested I visit a garden called Okra Abbey I was curious what I would discover. Not surprisingly I didn’t encounter any nuns, but I did immediately sense I’d entered a special, sacred space. I arrived a little past noon at the indiscreet but tidy, colorful garden at the corner of Eagle and Hickory Streets for Okra Abbey’s “Grace and Greens,” a free hot lunch and outreach program. Long picnic tables situated in the middle of the garden were filled with people sitting side-by-side listening intently to a young woman. Realizing she was giving a blessing I slipped into an available seat and was overcome by tantalizing smells wafting from containers of food placed along the tables courtesy of nearby restaurant Carrollton Market, who prepares Okra Abbey’s vegetables in addition to donating other dishes. The diverse crowd in ages and races exclaimed an enthusiastic “Amen” at the blessing’s end and began eating and chatting like family. Warmly greeted by all those around me, I quickly understood that Okra Abbey is more than a garden or a meal, it’s a community of fellowship where all are welcome. The woman giving the blessing turned out to be Organizing Pastor and Executive Director Hannah Quick who, along with additional staff members and volunteers, kindly gave me an overview of the history, mission and current work of Okra Abbey.


Built in 2012 on the school playground, the Presbytery of South Louisiana and the Revs. Layne and Crawford Brubaker revitalized the garden in 2016 renaming it Okra Abbey. Through a combination of seed funding from the Presbyterian Church USA and the Presbytery of South Louisiana, gardening supplies from Parkway Partners, young adult and community volunteers and support from local Presbyterian congregations, Okra Abbey fulfills its mission to offer a safe, enjoyable space where all people can “grow in friendship and faith alongside one another as we share stories and food – pray, play and garden together – learning to use the food we grow to provide care for our local community – especially those in need.” The staff, young adults, and community volunteers work together to maintain and harvest the vegetables grown in the raised garden beds used for the weekly “Grace and Greens” lunch and the “Peas and Love” program, a biweekly vegetable delivery to homebound community members. Why the name “Okra?” We know okra is used in many traditional Louisiana recipes but it’s probably most

commonly found in gumbo. Hannah explained “Okra” was added to the garden’s name because gumbo is “a dish that cuts across boundaries of race and class as it’s enjoyed by folks of all walks of life throughout the city,” just as the Okra Abbey garden is accessible and enjoyed by many. Hearing by word of mouth and coming from around the city, visitors to Okra Abbey may come for one need but discover their visit can lead to additional assistance, pastoral care or merely a safe environment to relax. Dwight, one of the long-time neighborhood volunteers shared his affection for Okra Abbey, “I have peace of mind in the garden and nothing to worry about. It’s a peaceful spot where I can get away from everything and make friends.” Unique unto itself, Okra Abbey is providing the New Orleans community with much needed nourishment, for the body and the soul. n

A little more … For more information, to become a volunteer or to donate funds or supplies visit or email



Dazzling Displays Local holiday celebrations By Brittany Kennedy

While we cannot always hope for a Winter Wonderland in New Orleans, our penchant for celebration means that even the holiday season has its fair share of glitter, merriment and excitement. One of the things we do share with our neighbors in colder climates, however, is a excellent offering of lighting displays that will fill New Orleanians of all ages with wonder and delight this holiday season. While not a comprehensive list, my list highlights different displays throughout the city – both big and small – that promise to get you in the spirit this season. Few of us feel like it’s the holidays if we haven’t visited City Park’s “Celebration in the Oaks.” More than 165,000 visitors fill the park every year to see lights over 25 acres of City Park, take a few rides on the train or the carousel, pay a visit to Storyland and make sure that no NOLA kiddo forgets the story of Mr. Bingle – even if his presence is no longer on Canal Street. This year’s organizers have hinted that new displays will honor the city’s tricentennial. Meanwhile, the poinsettia tree in the Botanical Gardens and the Cajun Night Before Christmas display allow the grown-ups to re-live some holiday memories from years gone by. Buying tickets online in advance can help avoid lines when you arrive, and weekday evenings in the weeks earlier in December are generally less crowded (they’re even open after Christmas Day). While many of us are dedicated to preserving our local holiday memories, the Audubon Zoo is starting a new event that already promises to give New Orleans families a new tradition to add to their list. “Zoo Lights,” in its inaugural year, already has promised animalthemed lighting displays (including a 19-foot lighted peacock), craft tents to create special messages for patients at Children’s Hospital (the event’s sponsor) as well as nightly entertainment and a holiday story time. While the actual animal exhibits won’t be available to guests, the event boasts plenty of zoo-related sights and activities to give every parent and child another major holiday event that will no doubt become a yearly go-to. If two major light displays aren’t enough for you, then Lafreniere Park’s “Christmas in the Park” event offers both a walking and driving tour that, while not quite as large in scale as “Celebration in the Oaks,” is still impressive and affordable (the walking tour is free). 14 ST. CHARLES AVENUE DECEMBER 2018

City Park’s “Celebration in the Oaks”

Bundle up your gang, pack some hot cocoa and head out to Jefferson parish where you can make an ornament and write a letter to Santa and see a 60-foot sea serpent in the lagoon. The carousel is also open each evening, and this year’s new additions involve some Marvel and DC superheroes. As the holidays get closer – and we get busier – sometimes the smaller-scale events are easier to manage.The Roosevelt Hotel’s huge lobby display doesn’t take a ton of time to walk through and it’s a perfect place to capture those great photos for holiday cards.While most people are familiar with Ghost Manor (corner of Second and Magazine streets) as the sight of one of the best Halloween displays in New Orleans, the house also changes over to an impressive Christmas display and instead of zombies or Slimer roaming in the upstairs windows, a very realistic Santa peeks through and wanders through their Victorian home.Theirs isn’t the only Uptown or Garden District home decorated for the holidays, however,

meaning that, instead of hitting all the big displays, you can simply put your PJ-clad kids in the car, turn on some carols and let them eat a candy cane of drink one more hot chocolate, thereby creating memories that will really stay with us for years to come. n

Just the Facts ... City Park’s “Celebration in the Oaks” Open November 23, 24, 25, & 30 through January 1, 2019 (except for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve) Fridays-Saturdays, 5-11 p.m.; Sundays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Audubon’s “Zoo Lights” Open select nights November 23-December 30 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Lafreniere Park’s “Christmas in the Park” Open the month of December Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30-9 p.m.; FridaysSaturdays, 5:30-11 p.m. Holiday-Events/Christmas-Park



Jewelry By Amy Gabriel

From the twinkling lights on Canal Street to the wonderfully ornate decorations decking the halls of The Roosevelt Hotel, there’s no place like New Orleans for the holidays. Add some sparkle of your own this season with a pretty present for the one who keeps your spirits bright all year long.

1. Chatelaine 18 karat rose gold morganite drop earrings with diamond pavé details from David Yurman will catch every glint of holiday light. Aucoin Hart. 1525 Metairie Road, 8349999, 2. Collect compliments with a pair of lux feather mini Madeline earrings with white opal crystal, hand-dyed feathers and 18 karat gold plated accents. MignonneGavigan,


3. The intricate RoyalT Anniversary Bands by Tacori, available in various shapes and sizes, will truly dazzle. Boudreaux’s Jewelers, 701 Metairie Road, 831-2602, 4. A mirrored kite diamond ring featuring two stunning center stones flanked by delicate white diamond pavé makes for a truly unique engagement ring or sensational cocktail ring. Marion Cage, 3807 Magazine St, 891-8848,


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� � 5. Add sparkle to your everyday comings and goings with a 14 karat rose gold pendant with pavé diamond accents. Symmetry Jewelers, 8138 Hampson St., 861-9925,

7. What could be more perfect in a little blue box than a Tiffany bow cuff in 18 karat rose gold with diamonds? Tiffany & Co., 333 Canal St., 4346002, Photo credit: Tiffany & Co.

6. A pair of 18 karat yellow gold cufflinks with domed smooth white quartz are the epitome of understated style. Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 832-0000,

8. A pre-owned Cartier stainless steel watch with custom diamond bezel is a classically chic way to keep time. Friend & Co. Fine Jewelers, 7713 Maple St., 866-5433,



Indulgent Comfort Domenica’s Chef de Cuisine Rita Bernhardt shares her Chicken Confit


Chicken Confit

3 pounds russet potatoes 3 egg yolks 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt

8 chicken legs 1 pound duck fat salt (1/2 teaspoon per leg) black pepper (1/4 teaspoon per leg) few sprigs thyme 8 cloves garlic, crushed

BAKE potatoes (skins on, with a few holes poked in each) on a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack or a bed of coarse salt at 425 degrees for 45 minutes or until completely tender. (It is important to not lay the potatoes directly on a pan, because you want there to be plenty of air circulation.) (Note: You can also bake the potatoes directly on the oven rack.) Once finished you can choose to smoke the whole potatoes or proceed to make a traditional gnocchi, regardless, immediately cut them open after all cooking is done to release steam. Once cool enough to handle, but still warm, process potatoes in a ricer or food mill. Spread your riced potatoes onto a floured surface evenly. WHISK egg yolks in a bowl for about 1 minute and spread an even stream over potatoes. Lightly dust with about half the flour and knead your dough as if making biscuits, cutting the flour in and only working the dough enough to incorporate the ingredients. Add the rest of the flour. Once your dough is soft but smooth, you can begin rolling the gnocchi. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and roll out into snakes. Cut into ½-inch pieces.

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Set up a seasoned pot of water to boil. Cook gnocchi as is or roll them with a gnocchi board or a fork. DROP gnocchi into water and cook until they float (about 45-60 seconds). Pull with a slotted spoon and line onto a lightly oiled baking sheet.

Plating Place desired amount of chicken legs in a preheated oven at 425. Cook until skin is crispy, about 8 minutes. Sear gnocchi in a little bit of the residual duck fat. Add whatever roasted vegetables you like to the pan (Note: Sautéed kale or any other green is also delicious.). Add homemade or quality store bought chicken stock well-seasoned with salt and pepper. Heat until starting to simmer. Spoon vegetables and gnocchi into a bowl with broth, and place chicken on top. Eat as is or garnish with some fresh chives.



SEASON the chicken legs liberally with salt and pepper. Lay the legs skin side up flat in a casserole dish as compact as possible. Scatter garlic and thyme in the dish. Cover with duck fat (Note: If you can’t get duck fat you can also use olive oil.). Tightly cover with foil and cook in the oven for 4-5 hours at 275 degrees or until very tender. It is best to let the chicken completely cool in the fat before using.



Cook is Cooking Gris Gris adds sparkle to lower Magazine Street By Jyl Benson


Chicken & Dumplings and Oyster BLT at Gris Gris


Canal Street is no longer my destination of choice for getting in the holiday spirit, as most of the locally owned stores have been replaced by T-shirt shops, spots selling the latest in bouncy sneakers and track suits and tourist-driven novelty shops. For me the holiday shopping magic resides largely on Magazine Street, which unfolds over five miles from its foot at Canal Street all the way up to Audubon Park, revealing multiple personalities through boutiques, haberdasheries, galleries, restaurants and cocktail spots along the way. At the height of the season the air is positively electric as people hauling shopping bags stuffed with unique goods that are often locally made crowd the sidewalks. “I feel like we’re right at the gateway to Magazine Street,” says chef Eric Cook. “This is where the action starts to pick up. There are people everywhere. It’s full of life. “ Cook recently opened Gris Gris, a chic but comfortable restaurant and bar in the triangular-shaped building at Magazine and Felicity streets with the tantalizing bonus of outdoor seating on the deep, graceful second floor balcony. If people watching and a long hang with friends on a beautiful day is your jam, then this is your spot.

Like Magazine Street itself, Gris Gris reveals different faces as one moves through the space but never risks an identity crisis. Gris Gris is firmly rooted in New Orleans’ singular style of warm hospitality and features inspired takes on the southern cuisine locals cherish and visitors seek out. Enter from the street to the option of food bar seating around the open expositionstyle kitchen. Cook, as friendly and engaging as he is talented, is quick with a generous welcome and conversation. Head up the staircase to a collection of wooden tables surrounding an expansive cocktail bar and access to that magical balcony. It also affords access to The Samedi Room, Cook’s private dining and event space that includes a private kitchen and dining table for up to 12 people with the option of seating more. Named for Baron Samedi, a Voodoo loa, the Samedi has a private lounge space located on the venue’s third story with plush seating, a largescreen TV and two additional outdoor balcony spaces over Magazine Street. Cook, a New Orleans native, should be familiar to local diners. His 25-year career has brought him through the kitchen of Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace, Bourbon House, Tommy’s Cuisine and N.O.S.H., giving him plenty of time to figure out what he ESTAÑO, 2266 Saint Claude Ave., 930.8038, GRIS GRIS, 1800 Magazine St., 272-0241,

Try This: The miniscule Estaño on St. Claude Avenue is a most worthy destination. Beautifully crafted Spanish-style small plates of imported tinned seafood such as are served alongside crisp ham croquetas, truffled egg toast, pan con tamate kissed with tarragon, assorted cheeses and house-baked bread.

wanted to do in his own place. “I’m staying in my lane,” Cook says. “I’m doing what I do well and not trying to be everything to everyone.” Expertly friend Gulf oysters make two memorable appearances on the starter menu. They are the main attraction on a refreshing salad with crisp Little Gem lettuce, thin shavings of watermelon radish, a scattering of bleu cheese and a hint of sugarcane vinaigrette. They co-star in a fun take on a BLT alongside cubes of smoked pork belly and a truly sensational tomato jam. A silken tomato butter sauce elevates the Shrimp & Fried Green Tomatoes to game changing status. Ditto that for the smoked sausage, roasted red peppers and cherry tomatoes that enhance the Shrimp & Gris Gris Grits. “My mom makes this every year for my birthday and I plucked this straight from her,” Cook says of his deeply satisfying Chicken & Dumplings, which have the power to bring a warm smile to the stoniest of faces. Tender ribbons of pulled chicken mingle with carrots and pillow-like dumplings, the long cooked dish enlivened at the last moment with the addition of fresh thyme. n



Creativity, Talent and Love


More than 1,000 patrons celebrated the 15th anniversary of The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. By Shelby Simon

Surrounded by majestic live oaks and world-class sculptures, partygoers enjoyed cuisine from New Orleans’ best, imbibed in libations from the city’s top mixologists, danced under the stars and saluted local artists in The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden with the New Orleans Museum of Art’s annual “LOVE in the Garden,” which helps guarantee the future stability of the museum and programs vital to the New Orleans community. NOMA annually recognizes distinguished artists – either from New Orleans or with ties to the city – celebrating their work as creative catalysts in the community. This year’s at “LOVE in the Garden” honored artists John Alexander, Katrina Andry, Luis Cruz Azaceta and L. Kasimu Harris. Museum Director Susan Taylor gave remarks and presented the honorees with a plaque. Local restaurants and caterers served New Orleans’ best cuisine selections for patrons, with 69 establishments catering the main event and a fleet of food trucks presented by My House Social for late-night fare, including NOLA Sno-balls and Café du Monde. Entertainment featured the Storyville Stompers at the Patron Party, The Boogie Men at the “Garden Party” and DJ OttO at the “Late Night Party.” The fifth annual LOVE Cocktail Challenge sponsored by Sazerac New Orleans featured nine challengers this year: Jesse Carr of Balise and La Petite Grocery; Tyler Chauvin from Ace Hotel; Nick Detrich from Everywhen; Megan Devine from Twelve Mile Limit; Paul Gustings from Tujague’s; Konrad Kantor from Manolito; Crystal Pavlas from Bywater American Bistro; Daniel Victory from Victory; and Evan Wolf from Company Burger. The Overall Cocktail Challenger was Jesse Carr, while Chris McMillian from Revel won Fan Favorite. Elizabeth Grimes, Christine LeBlanc and Mimi Schlesinger served as Event Chairs. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Mimi Schlesinger, Christine LeBlanc, Elizabeth Grimes 2. Honorees L. Kasimu Harris, Katrina Andry and John Alexander 3. Anne Redd, Sydney and Walda Besthoff and NOMA Director Susan Taylor 4. Caroline Milling and Shane Loper 5. Drew Jardine and Elizabeth Hefler 6. Co-Chair Christine Leblanc, NOMA Board President Mike Siegel and Co-Chairs Mimi Schlesinger and Elizabeth Grimes



WHAT: “LOVE In The Garden,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art WHEN: Friday, September 28 WHERE: New Orleans Museum of Art






A Home for Hope


The American Cancer Society recognized 10 Belles and Beaus committed to the community. By Shelby Simon

A home away from home for cancer patients seeking treatment in New Orleans, the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road benefits local cancer research and services. The 18th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball” also celebrated 10 Belles and 10 Beaus who are among the top in their fields due to their education, experience, community service and commitment to the American Cancer Society’s mission. The 2018 Belles were: Dr. Rabia Cattie, Dr. Rupa Jolly, Lisa Picone Love, McKenzie Lovelace, Monica Mullooly, Jessica Schulman, Dr. Tammuella Singleton, Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Allison Tiller and Delia Young. The 2018 Beaus were: Glen Boyd, Dr. John Gordon, Michael Hecht, Dr. Brian Moore, Dr. Jody Morris, Jim Nelson, Jim Perrier, Dr. Danny Raines, John Regan and Dr. Ravi Tandon. “Garden Splendor – A Place Where Hope Can Grow” was the theme of the evening, which began as guests entered through the garden of the Grand Oaks Mansion room at Mardi Gras World. The Patron Party, in the River View Room, featured bright florals and a sunset along the Mississippi. The theme continued downstairs in the Beer, Bourbon and Bubbles Garden leading to the main ballroom, awash in hues of warm blues and greens with white florals. A new layout made room for the Hope Lounge, which included additional white leather banquet seating and a massive round, glowing bar from which patrons could pick their poison from the spirits provided by Jim Beam, Martin Wine Cellar and Southern Eagle. The Patron Party featured a performance by Javier Guiterrez Duet and catering by Southern Hospitality.The Main Ball hosted more than 30 restaurants in a tasting-style reception including Superior Seafood’s crawfish mac and cheese, Marcello’s pork ragu and rigatoni and Silk Road’s lemongrass crab bisque; 12 Seasons Catering served plated appetizers on the guests’ tables that included artichoke bites, boudin bites, Louisiana meat pies, crabmeat crostini and shrimp remoulade, capped by a desert of Nothing Bundt Cake’s Buntinis.The Bucktown Allstars kept the crowd dancing all night. Shannon McCloskey Able served as the 2018 Event Chair. Patron Party Chairs were Carla and Jay Adams. Jeff Fehlis, American Cancer Society South Region Vice President, was the event speaker. n

WHAT: 18th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball,” benefiting American Cancer Society WHEN: Friday, September 28 WHERE: Mardi Gras World 1. Patron Party Chairs Jay and Carla Adams 2. Patrick and Chair Shannon McCloskey Able 3. Belle Lisa Picone Love, Beau John Regan and Belle Delia Young 4. Board Member Dr. T J and Belle Rupa Jolly with Beau Dr. Jody Morris 5. Belle Dr. Tami and Damon Singleton 6. Beau Dr. Ravi Tandon, Belle Dr. Rabia Cattie and Dr. John Gordon




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Food for Thought


The 22nd annual “Sunday at Emeril’s” hosted 160 patrons in support of mental health endeavors at LSUHSC. By Shelby Simon

“Sunday at Emeril’s XXII” supported LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry’s ongoing efforts to meet critical needs of children and families in the region. Patrons enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner with wine pairings prepared and donated by Emeril Lagasse, a longtime champion of mental health efforts. Anne Redd and Dana Hansel were this year’s distinguished Honorees in recognition of their unwavering support of mental health services, especially for children. Board Chair Michael Schmidt recognized honorees and Dr. Howard Osofsky discussed LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry programs. Emeril Lagasse greeted diners. The dinner menu featured seafood-stuffed artichoke, frog legs and a lamb T-bone. Music was provided by a NOCCA Trio. There was also a limited auction with custom items up for bid. The evening of food, company, festivities and celebration of shared accomplishments provides important support for the lives of children and their families who benef it from the crucial research and services at LSUHSC. n



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1. Honoree Dana Hansel, Host Chef Emeril Lagasse and Event Chair Elizabeth Boh 2. Co-Chair Pamela Steeg, Honoree Anne Redd and Co-Chair Robert Steeg 3. Board Member Danny and Mary Clare Conwill with Jane Scott and Philip Hodges 4. Sheldon and Board President Michael Schmidt 5. Ned Bergin, Walter Flower and Edmund Redd 6. Professor Dr. Joy and LSUHSC Psychiatry Department Head Dr. Howard Osofsky



WHAT: “Sunday at Emeril’s XXII,” benefiting LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry WHEN: Sunday, September 23 WHERE: Emeril’s Restaurant






The Art of Fine Dining


St. Charles Avenue proudly hosted its fifth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes event benefiting Bastion and presented by Royal Honda. By Shelby Simon

From whimsical to elegant, lush and floral to bright and fanciful, the 25 elaborately decorated tablescapes at “Wine, Dine & Design” were dressed to impress. The annual luncheon raised more than $117,000 for Bastion, a New Orleans neighborhood designed for returning warriors and families to create community-based support and rehabilitation for veterans. Local retailers, designers and artists created decorative dining setups, leaving no detail unchecked: each table stood as its own work of art, from linens and chair backs, glassware and cutlery, show-stopping centerpieces and even party favors. A Preview Party the night before the luncheon invited 250 guests to view the tables at the Audubon Tea Room. Hors d’oeuvres were provided and accompanied by Touch Vodka Cocktails and music by Kinfolk Jazz. The luncheon on Thursday, October 4, featured an entrée of chilled Napoleon lobster and shrimp ravioli with tomato jam vinaigrette, lobster and shrimp ricotta resting on a bed of bib lettuce. Dessert featured a chocolate-dipped cannoli filled with pistachio mousse. The live auction included a James Michalopoulos original painting entitled “Saturn’s Turn,” a luxurious Scarlet Pearl getaway and a live event painting created by artist Kelly Boyette. Co-Chairs were Betsy and Dr. Eric Laborde and Sheldon and Michael Schmidt. n



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1. Co-Chairs Dr. Eric and Betsy Laborde and Sheldon and Michael Schmidt 2. Bastion Founder Dylan Tête with Peggy and Jack Laborde 3. James Michalopolous, Gayle Benson and Patricia and Vernon Brinson 4. Harry Kelleher Jr., Phyllis Taylor and Cleland Powell 5. Olivia Manning and Charlotte Bollinger 6. Maria Pote, Carol Hall, Priscilla Jordan and Amy Graham



WHAT: “Wine, Dine & Design,” benefiting Bastion WHEN: Thursday, October 4 WHERE: Audubon Tea Room






Dining Across America


The James Beard Foundation spotlighted America’s diverse culinary scenes. By Shelby Simon

The James Beard Foundation’s 2018 “Taste America” traveling culinary series' festivities commenced with four dinners happening simultaneously at restaurants throughout the city Each opened with a reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, followed by a seated dinner with a menu designed to showcase America’s diverse culinary scene. Capping off the night was a universal dessert created by Taste America Visiting All-Star chef Emily Luchetti of The Cavalier, Marlowe, Park Tavern, Leo’s Oyster Bar and Petit Marlowe, San Francisco. Maggie Scales of Link Restaurant Group served as Host Pastry Chef for the event and provided bread service for the evening. Commander’s Palace featured a reception menu presented by chef Nathan Richard of Cavan. Local All-Stars chef Slade Rushing of Brennan’s; chef Susan Spicer of Bayona; and chef Greg Sonnier of Gabrielle collaborated with Host Chef Tory McPhail for the seated dinner. The dinner’s emcee was Ian McNulty, and the event was Co-Chaired by Ti Martin and Steve Woodruff. Emeril’s Delmonico hosted a reception menu presented by chef Carl Schaubhut of DTB. The seated dinner was crafted by Local All-Stars chef Jana Billiot of Restaurant R’evolution and chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase with Host Chef Anthony Scanio. David Briggs Co-Chaired the dinner with Mark Romig, who also served as the evening’s emcee. Galatoire’s reception menu was presented by chef Meg Bickford. Local All-Stars Michael Gulotta of MayPop and Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery collaborated on the seated dinner with Host Chef Jeff Boullion. The dinner was Co-Chaired by John and Dathel Georges. The Palace Café reception menu was presented by chef Collene Quarls of Turkey & the Wolf. Local All-Stars chef Kristen Essig and chef Michael Stolzfus of Coquette; chef John Currence of City Grocery, Oxford, Mississippi; and chef Frank Brigsten of Brigsten’s collaborated on the seated dinner with Host Chefs Gus Martin and Taylor Lorio.The dinner’s emcee was Eric Paulsen and was Co-Chaired by Dickie Brennan and Christy and Kia Brown. The James Beard Foundation is proud to donate a portion of the evenings’ proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund. n

WHAT: “Taste America,” benefiting James Beard Foundation WHEN: Friday, September 28 WHERE: Commander’s Palace, Emeril’s Delmonico, Galatoire’s and Palace Café 1. James Beard CEO Clare Reichenbach, Commander’s Palace emcee Ian McNulty and Commander’s Palace Co-Chair Ti Martin 2. Taste America Visiting All-Star chef Emily Luchetti and Co-Chair Christian Brown 3. Mary Alice Van Sickle, Charlotte Bollinger, Sue Orgron and Mary Bollinger




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“Gather Ye Rosebuds …”


The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society recognized literary achievements in a rose-themed fête. By Shelby Simon

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society hosted its formal annual meeting to present a literary program focusing on the organization’s namesake.The program also presented the winners of its international literary competition,. The winners in each category this year were Richard Katrovas of Prague, Czechoslovakia for Novel; N. West Moss of West Milford, N.J. for Non-fiction Book; Dan Turtel of New York City who won the gold medal in two categories Novella and Novel in Progress; Matthew Pitt of Fort Worth, Texas for Short Story; Michael Ditchfield of Edgarton, Massachusetts for Essay; Lawrence Rhu of Columbia, S.C. for Poetry; and two winners for Short Story by a High School Student: Abby Hebert of New Orleans and Alex Clendenning Jimenez of Phoenix, Arizona. The society also presented its A Legend in His/Her Own Time awards for literary achievement and service to Faulkner scholar and Faulkner Society Co-Founder,W. Kenneth Holditch, a University of New Orleans Professor Emeritus of Southern Literature; volunteer activist Anne Simms Pincus, who has served the Faulkner Society in various capacities including member of the Executive Board and Chairman for 25 years; and novelist Joyce Blaylock of Nashville,Tennessee, who has been a key figure in the success of both Nashville’s Southern Literary Festival and the Faulkner Society’s projects for 25 years. This year’s special guests of honor included Faulkner scholars Thomas and Judith Bonner.The society also honored its competition judges at the event: Ladee Hubbard, Zachary Lazar, Moira Crone, John Biguenet, M.O.Walsh, Rodger Kamenetz, Peter Cooley and Laura Lane McNeal. The Faulkner focus of the program was his famous short story, “A Rose for Emily.”The distinguished poet, fiction writer, non-fiction commentator and playwright John Biguenet was emcee and did a monologue on the Faulkner story as a lead-in to a staged reading from the story by actors Michael Arata, Lisa Morrison and David Dahlgren. The program was followed by the society’s annual fundraiser.Theme this year was “Everything’s coming up roses.” As a lead-in to the fundraiser, New Orleans opera star Sarah Jane McMahon and pianist Jesse Reeks performed three songs about roses, including “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” the finale to the program. The event was Chaired by Rosemary James, Faulkner Society Co-Founder, who at the conclusion of the literary program, quoted from William Shakespeare and encouraged guests to “... gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” and join her for the party. n

WHAT: “Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner!,” benefiting Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. WHEN: September 23 WHERE: Ursuline Convent Chapel and Garden 1. ALIHOT Honorees Anne Sims Pincus, Joyce Blaylock Wood and W. Kenneth Holditch 2. Ben Benischek, Joe DeSalvo, Chair Rosemary James and Anne Gisleson 3. Russel Pitre, Dawn Hebert, Sean Sivhla, Honoree Abbey Hebert and Barry Hebert




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Caring for Children


St. Elizabeth’s Guild raised more than $80,000 to support the five children’s programs. By Shelby Simon

St. Elizabeth’s Guild hosted its 48th annual “Volunteer Activist Awards Luncheon” to support the many needs and well-being of the various children’s programs serviced by Catholic Charities since the 1950s. The Volunteer Activists of 2018 included: Debbie Albert, Ann Duffy, Ann Heslin, Todd Matherne, Diann M. Sanborn, Carol Short, Alfred E. “Ted” Stacey IV and Allison Giffin Talley. Hall of Fame Honorees 2018 were Carol M. Porter and Mark C. Surprenant. These honorees had been previously honored for their work in 1994, and were recognized again for their continued volunteer efforts in our community. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond delivered the invocation. Mark Romig, former Guild honoree, served as emcee. Entertainment at the Patron Party was the Harry Hardin Trio. Irma Thomas sang the national anthem to commence the luncheon, with continued music and entertainment provided by The Big Easy Boys. The entertainment continued with a style show of fashions from Dillard’s with celebrity models, including news reporters, hosts, restaurateurs and Sr. Marjorie Hebert, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Nancy Colomb and Erin Shea Stahnke were the Guild Fashion Show Coordinators with Dillard’s. The décor of the 2018 luncheon was a tribute to the celebration of the tricentennial of New Orleans. The luncheon menu was provided and served by the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel. An auction featured more than 125 items with key prizes including one-of-a-kind artwork and jewelry, a LSU National Championship bat signed by Skip Bertman and a special day of entertainment and pontoon boat ride at one of the oldest homes in St. Tammany. Two raffles featured a beautiful necklace and earring set from Anton, Ltd. and a $1,000 shopping spree at Dillard’s. Luncheon Chairman was Ana Eller, Guild member and former honoree. Approximately 500 guests were in attendance. n

WHAT: 48th annual “Volunteer Activist Awards Luncheon,” benefiting St. Elizabeth’s Guild WHEN: Friday, September 28 WHERE: New Orleans Hyatt Regency 1. Honorees Carol Short, Ted Stacey, Allison Talley and Ann Heslin 2. Hall of Fame Honorees Mark C. Surpenant and Carol M. Porter 3. Honorees Debbie Albert, Todd Matherne, Diann M. Sanborn and Ann Duffy




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Passport to Success


Junior Achievement hosted an around-the-world soirée honoring seven local “star” entrepreneurs. By Shelby Simon

A red carpet entrance with passports of this year’s honorees welcomed partygoers to Junior Achievement’s “Passport to the Stars: City Stars Soirée.” Way signs of France, Egypt, Australia and other foreign travels were placed throughout the event, along with a photo booth for guests to create a souvenir look. Honorees were: Stirling Barrett, Founder/Creative Director of Krewe; Chad Berg, Vice President and Co-Owner of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; Mark Berger, Owner and Partner of Higher Power and Varsity Sports; Eddie Compass IV, President and CEO of Next Generation Logistics LLC; Crystal McDonald, Founder and President of Acrew; and Clayton Randle and David Hecht, Managing Directors of Ajax Holdings. The Patron Party featured catering by Celebrate! Of Windsor Court. The food was donated by several local restaurants, including: Mr. John’s Steakhouse, Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s, Toulouse Gourmet, Theo’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Mandina’s, Acme Oyster House, Duke’s Place, Francesca’s, Gazebo Café, Reginelli’s, Willie’s Chicken and a craft beer bar donated by Crescent Crown Distributing. Robin Barnes entertained the approximately 300 guests. More than 100 auction items included prizes such as a Carnival Cruise, a trip to Telluride, Colo., a three-day stay in Hope Town in the Bahamas, and a Blue Dog signed by Deuce McAllister, Zach Streif and Bobby Hebert. The soirée benefited Junior Achievement’s primary mission to empower K-12 students to own their economic success by preparing them in financial literacy, workforce development and entrepreneurship. n



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1. Alden McDonald, Honoree Crystal McDonald and Todd McDonald 2. Honoree Chad Berg, Vanessa Berg, Brenda Berg and Lee Berg 3. Honoree Marc Berger, Katharine Kay and Honoree Eddie Compass IV



WHAT: “City Stars Soirée,” benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans WHEN: Friday, October 5 WHERE: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans



Peace, Love & School


St. Michael Special School raised funds to provide education access to students with special needs. By Shelby Simon

St. Michael Special School hosted the “Blue Rose Ball” 2018 themed “All You Need is Love” to support instruction costs to keep tuition affordable for students and offer scholarships to those in need. Though tuition covers less than 50 percent of per capita cost to educate each student, the school has always kept tuition low since parents have so many other expenses and education often does not end at graduation. St. Michael also does not turn students away due to financial need. Emcee Mark Romig welcomed everyone, and the Archbishop Gregory Aymond talked about the great work of St. Michael. The President/Principal Tish Sauerhoff delivered remarks and shared a video highlighting student programming and the renovation of St. Michael historic convent. Co-Chair Lori Ourso Babin gave everyone a heartfelt thanks for coming together to support her son’s very special school. A local high school jazz band provided the pre-party entertainment as sponsors enjoyed access to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. At the main event, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans provided a Louisiana-inspired menu. Four Unplugged was the headliner entertainment. The event also featured a surprise appearance by The New Orleans Mystics. Many of the 24 silent auction items were created by St. Michael students, including St. Louis Cathedral mosaic canvases, a Friendship Bench, a glass mosaic mirror in gold leaf frame and a rolling wine bar with a mosaic top. Additional prizes included front row seats to the St. Michael Christmas Play and a luncheon served by students in the St. Michael teaching kitchen. A live auction hosted prizes such as staycations and vacations at a historic Pontalba apartment on Jackson Square, a private balcony at Acme Oyster House and a five-bedroom beach house in Perdido Key, Florida. Lori Ourso Babin and Joanna and John Theriot served as Co-Chairs. The event was sold out with more than 800 guests in attendance. n

WHAT: “Blue Rose Ball,” benefiting St. Michael Special School WHEN: Saturday, September 29 WHERE: New Orleans Hyatt Regency 1. Darbi Philibert, Co-Chair Lori Ourso Babin and Ann Heslin 2. Joseph Wink III, Kathy Wink and Co-Chairs Joanna and John Theriot 3. Sherri Peppo, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond and Dr. RaeNell Houston




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Neighborhood Buzz


“Fall Affair “2018 featured a special Garden District honey-inspired menu at Commander’s Palace. By Shelby Simon

The Garden District Association hosted its 2018 “Fall Affair” in celebration of 300 years of New Orleans and 125 years of Commander’s Palace. The event featured a benefactor reception followed by a cocktail reception and seated dinner. The David Torkanowsky Quartet provided musical entertainment during the cocktail reception. A special cocktail honored Jack Forbes, entitled the King Bee, was a classic Bee’s Knees with hibiscus. Hors d’oeuvres included an artisan cheese canapé drizzled with Garden District honey, donated by Garden District residents who keep bees. The special main menu featured watermelon gazpacho and crispy redfish with autumn vegetables. To honor Ella Brennan, a dessert of Ella’s Big Apple featured raclette cheese, local honey, spiced apples, cinnamon and New Roads pecan streusel crust served with brown sugar bourbon ice cream. A selection of fine wines from Famille Perrin, Commander’s Palace gold label and MV Serenello were available for pairing. Honey for this special menu was donated by New Orleans neighbors: “Uptown Honey” by George Brower, “Wit’s End Private Label” by Liz and Terry Creel, “Sarah and Scottie’s Gnomerie Honey” by Sarah and Prescott Dunbar, “King Bee” by Jack Forbes and Brian Bockman, “Gundlach’s Garden District Gold” by Jimmy Gundlach and “V’s Bees” by Virginia Miller. In the spirit of preservation and education, the Garden District Association has embarked on capturing the authentic histories and images of some of the estimated 950 architecturally significant homes that decorate New Orleans. The benefit supports this and other cultural heritage projects of the Association. Chairs were Raelynn and Peter Loop and Virginia Miller and Bruce Wallis. Representing Commander’s Palace were Dottie Brennan, Lally Brennan and Ti Martin. n

WHAT: “Fall Affair,” benefiting Garden District Association WHEN: Sunday, September 23 WHERE: Commander’s Palace 1. Co-Chairs Bruce Wallis, Raelynn Loop, Virginia Miller and Peter Loop II 2. Jenny and John Charpentier 3. Allain F. and Pauline Hardin with Jacob Gardner




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Activists of the Year St. Charles Avenue magazine is proud to present its Activists of the Year 2018! Read on to learn why we’re honoring Dr. Naydja Domingue Bynum, Patricia Crouere Denechaud, Karin Giger Eustis, William Henry Shane Jr., Tim Trapolin and Carol Wise. What you’ll see is that though we’re only able to scratch the surface of their activism, their profiles will encourage and embolden you to take a more active role in our community and the nonprofits that make up its framework.

By Sarah Ravits Photographed by Jeffery Johnston



CAROL WISE WAS INSPIRED by her parents to become an activist.


The longtime New Orleans resident says they were active during the Great Depression in the city of her birth, Chicago. “They wanted to make the world a more just place. It was a turbulent time with the Depression, then World War II and the realization of the horrors of the Holocaust,” she says. Her mother, a social worker, instilled a desire to create a better world. Her activism began in the late 1950s. Wise went on to form the women’s division of the United Way and the Jewish Federation – both locally and nationally. “I’ve worked all my life,” she says. “Both organizations were open to trying new ways to involve women, and I was in the right place at the right time.” It was exciting for her to welcome women’s leadership. “We’ve made a lot of progress.” The United Way took on the issue of early childhood development, among other critical issues. “I got very inspired to make sure New Orleans had opportunities for all children through the Success by Six program,” she says. “We looked at ways to improve the city.” At the time, the schools were segregated and children of color didn’t receive the same quality of care as their white counterparts. “We wanted to give them the same quality of childcare,” she says. As a former realtor, Wise has spent time in all of New Orleans’ various neighborhoods. She worked as the head of the first relocation department for a major real estate firm, which meant she was working with people who were just moving to New Orleans. “I could promote the city and make their transition into the city much more comfortable and easy,” she says. “I could also see that diversity of the city is one of its greatest strengths, and I was proud that I could help connect people from various parts of the city – from different religions and different fields.” Wise also served as Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans and helped start the Professional Division of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation. She also served as its President and Chair. Wise’s other volunteer activities have included serving as President of Hillel at Tulane University, and she served on the International Board of Hillel. She also served on the board of the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of New Orleans, Touro Synagogue, Touro Infirmary, the Newcomb College Institute Advisory, the Policy Institute for Children and the Jewish Endowment of New Orleans. She also co-founded the Women’s Professional Council of New Orleans. Though she admits that she has little time for hobbies, she prioritizes spending time with her family. The mother of three dotes on her grown children, their spouses and her five “fantastic” grandchildren – whom she hopes will all “live in and love New Orleans” as much as she does.


Karin Giger Eustis

KARIN GIGER EUSTIS MOVED TO NEW ORLEANS in 1978 after 10 years of living in Boston and working in television news. The New Jersey native then became the executive producer at WYES-TV. The primary causes she supports are public education through the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Edible Schoolyard, FirstLine Schools and Posse. She also supports the advancement of girls and women via Days for Girls, Geaux Girl Magazine, Girls on the Run and Planned Parenthood. She is deeply involved in civic beautification and environmental causes through New Orleans Town Gardeners, Latter Library Garden Conservancy and Sustaining Our Urban Leadership (SOUL). As one of the founders of the Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans (along with Cathy Pierson), she was recently honored for her work in environmental education by the Garden Club of America – the program is now in five public schools across the city. She also loves gardening herself: “When we lived in a house built in 1884, for many years I researched and then planted gardens filled with heirloom flowers that would have been available in that era. It was great fun both intellectually and for getting dirt under my fingernails,” she says. Eustis was initially inspired to go into activism by her husband, Larry’s parents, Kate and Laurance Eustis. “Their civic life included political reform, public housing, Planned Parenthood, adult literacy and many other progressive causes,” she says. Larry was active in the Urban League, the YMCA and the city government. “Beyond family, I was knocked out by the accomplishments of volunteers at WYES-TV and many other effective volunteer organizations.” Eustis loves her charity work because she gets to work with a broad range of people who share common goals. “I love learning how different people work together to tackle problems,” she says. “Many of my closest friendships grew out of civic projects.” As a journalist and producer, she says she’s all about the “nuts and bolts” of projects. “I am a strategic planner and I think my pragmatism helps provide paths to bring visionaries’ dreams to life,” she says. “It’s fun to develop enthusiasm and work to make good ideas become a reality.”




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small town of Davant to New Orleans at age 12, because her family believed that they would obtain better employment and opportunities than what was available in Plaquemines Parish for people of color. The longtime activist now works to preserve the “beautiful and historic architecture of our New Orleans houses,” and improve the quality of life issues in the historic Tremé community by reducing blight and crime and improving cleanliness through an organized neighborhood association. She also serves as an executive member of Women of the Storm, a post-hurricanes Katrina and Rita women-initiated group that led the effort to go to the U.S. capitol to get the attention of congressional leaders. In this capacity, she says the group urged politicians to witness the devastation first-hand and shore up resources for the recovery process. Her favorite aspect of community involvement is “seeing positive results,” she says. “It’s never easy, but having a vision keeps you going.” She also says she believes her nursing and administrative education have given her a skill set that’s universal for “getting things done.” With a BSN from Dillard and a master’s and doctorate from LSU Medical Center, she says “I feel that my nursing knowledge and skills to help bring people back to health ties into restoring ill-health blighted properties back into commerce. It’s like bringing our history back to a thriving life.” “Besides wanting to fix, cure and/or resolve a matter, my nursing experiences taught me the patience and steps of process to get it done,” she notes. Outside of her activism, Bynum loves to sew, “fix things and make things.” She also at one time operated a home-based business where she crafted and sold ladies’ purses and other accessories; she says she would like to get back into that soon. Bynum was also the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of four annual Tremé Fall Festivals that provided financial support to St. Augustine Catholic Church for repairs, and she currently serves on the board of the New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation as well as Treasurer and Founding President of the Historic Faubourg Tremé Association. She is also a member (and past President) of the Preservation Resource Center and has won numerous awards over the years for her role in the community.



Patricia “Pat” Crouere Denechaud

interested in community service from an early age. For the past 40 years, she has held leadership positions with a variety of civic, cultural and charitable organizations. “I take great satisfaction in helping organizations excel, fulfilling their missions of fund development and awareness,” she says. “My work in this capacity has always afforded me the opportunity to work with exceptional individuals.” As a cancer survivor and the mother of a daughter who’s now facing her own battle with the disease, Denechaud says one of her proudest achievements is founding Komen New Orleans in 1992. Since then, the organization has granted $6.2 million locally for breast cancer screening, treatment and educational programs. A pioneer in the hospitality industry who started Crescent City Consultants in the 1970s, Denechaud was also the first female president of the New Orleans World Trade Center. Additionally, she serves as Honorary Counsel of Canada, advocating on behalf of the nation in Louisiana. “In these positions, my community engagement has been integral to my effectiveness and success in these roles,” she says. Denechaud says her degree in elementary education is a factor and “a driving force behind my interest in working with nonprofits having to do with children’s issues.” She has also been inspired by two important role models: her mother-in-law, Mary Denechaud, “who was a true community activist involved in a wide spectrum of organizations” and her own mother, Mildred Crouere, who is, at age 97, still active in the community. Her activism is primarily focused on health issues, youth, education, the economy and the arts. The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, LSU Health Foundation, Louisiana Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, Vieux Carré Commission and a number of other local organizations have benefited from her work to make the city a better place. Additionally, an interest in the history and rich culture of New Orleans, and being an eighthgeneration New Orleanian, spurs her involvement in The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Louisiana Historical Society.




architect and real estate developer and is the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Favrot and Shane Companies, Inc. He has built more than 9,000 apartment units in Southeast Louisiana, as well as shopping centers, office buildings, storage facilities and other commercial properties. He has a long history of serving the community through numerous economic development efforts, civic organizations and charitable causes. Some of Shane’s primary activism is centered around the Ogden Museum, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, ACE Scholarships, Tulane University and the Catholic Church. He says his favorite aspects of community involvement are “acquiring and donating works of art to museums and public buildings.” He and his wife, Pat, have donated more than 30 sculptures located on public rights of way within Jefferson Parish and Kenner. One of the most prominent works is the Blue Dog sculpture on Veterans Memorial Boulevard, which the Shanes donated from late artist George Rodrigue. In his spare time, Shane is an avid collector of antique cars and memorabilia and runs a museum complex. “The Cars of Yesteryears Museum is offered to not-forprofits to use the facility for their fundraising events,” he says. “It’s currently used over 125 times a year.” Shane is also one of the founders of each of the two Premier Economic Development Organizations in Greater New Orleans and he has served on numerous boards.

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Tim Trapolin

has always supported equality and equal opportunity for people of all races and faiths, he says. “We are all God’s children,” he says. One means of working toward this goal is through his service and involvement with Trinity Church and its Undoing Racism Program and its medical mission. He drew inspiration from his parents, Thelma Mae and Winter Trapolin, who were early outspoken supporters of the Civil Rights Movement. “I grew up in a loving home where being an advocate for your beliefs was a way of life,” he says. Trapolin also supports the Lambeth House, the Louise S. McGehee School (where he has taught art), The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art and the YaYas. Trapolin, who’s also known for his illustrations for books and invitation for Mardi Gras krewe events – including the Rex Ball – often donates his own artwork to promote the causes he cares about at various fundraisers throughout the city. “Through my art, I try to capture the essence of my subject (and) to let their inner light shine through. … Being an artist and rendering my friends and clients on canvas gives me the privilege of peeking a little bit into their souls.” A self-described “people person,” (which might be an understatement) Trapolin has 36 godchildren. “Keeping up with them is a fulltime job,” he says. “My life has been a journey of transformation, gratitude and deep happiness. Those are my greatest awards.”


SPARKING CELEBRATIONS 17 STOPS UPON OUR ANNUAL GUIDE The end of the year is arguably the most celebratory, glamorous and magical time of year. Holidays bring families and friends together under warm, twinkling lights, with joyous moods prevailing at events, dinners and celebrations. Planning for occasions like New Year’s Eve and other gatherings allows for added liberties in the ways of getting ready, dressing up and splurging on food and fun. Our annual guide to NYE planning contains tips on how to prepare, what to wear, how to finish your look, where to eat and what to do this season.

By Kelcy Wilburn | Photos by Cheryl Gerber


HOW TO PREPARE wherever and whenever. Just download the app from your Android or IOS play store, register and choose your service and time. Send the request for your advance or same-day appointment and a provider will accept. “Spafoo offers convenience on location and is open even when traditional brick-and-mortar businesses aren’t open – early in the morning, late in the evening and on Sundays and Mondays – of course during the day, also. Make your evening party less stressful by having the service come to you,” says Scott Reynaud, Co-Owner.



hen you want to look your best for special occasions, Dr. Sean Weiss of Facial Plastic Surgery recommends starting early. He suggests medium to deep

chemicals or ablative lasers for more aggressive skin resurfacing, which should be done three to four weeks before special occasions. “For dramatic, non-surgical enhancement with minimal downtime, injectable fillers using cannula rather than needles for injection is the way to go. Cheeks, lips, jawline and smile lines can be corrected instantaneously with little risk of bruising and swelling,” says Weiss. “Top it off with laser genesis and a light peel for glowing skin and you are sure to be a hit this New Year’s Eve,” he says.

Dr. Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery 2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie 814-FACE (3223) Dr. Ali Sadeghi – Center for Plastic Surgery 3434 Prytania St., Suite 420 322-7435

Dr. Ali Sadeghi at the Center for Plastic Surgery also recommends a number of non-surgical treatments that achieve quick results. From fillers and peels to Botox, microneedling, laster treatments and Emsculpt/Cool Sculpting, these treatments can help turn back the hands of time with little downtime. Dr. Sadeghi is often sought for liposuction and breast surgeries; if you’re looking for the more dramatic results achieved by surgery, consultations should be scheduled well in advance of any special occasion. At The Woodhouse Day Spa, Owner Erin Warner recommends the Therapeutic

The Woodhouse Day Spa 4030 Canal St. 482-6652 Spafoo

Stone Massage for dealing with a busy holiday season. The smooth, hot stones act as a remedy for the harsh, cold weather. Facials are also popular at The Woodhouse for adding glow. “The HydraFacial gives the skin an immediate glow that will look great for New Year’s parties and photos,” says Warner. She adds that the Illuminating Facial is a very light peel that has no downtime but removes that dull surface layer. “We also offer body exfoliating treatments in our Vichy shower. This helps give a glow to the body,” she says. It is hard season to stay on top of to-do lists during the holiday, and apps like Spafoo make it easier for those who aren’t good at setting appointments to get ondemand spa services such as hair, makeup, nails, massage and personal training

Note: St. Charles Avenue magazine doesn’t advocate plastic surgery except under certain conditions. Please consult your doctor before undertaking any medical procedure.


laudia Croazzo fashion

ing, Moll suggests something

house was founded in 2016

versatile that can be incor-

in the United Kingdom with a

porated into your regular

flagship store located in New

wardrobe such as a printed silk

Orleans. The store contains an

shirtdress paired with opaque

in-house studio where all couture

tights and flat ankle boots.

and Black Label gowns are made. “When I design I try to incorpo-

In 2019, Yvonne LeFleur will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

rate sophistication and sexiness – I

Proprietress Yvonne LeFleur

want women to feel empowered

enjoys a long reputation of

when they wear Claudia Croazzo,”

providing bridal gowns, formals,

says Claudia Croazzo, Founder

career clothes and edgy suits,

and Designer. “For me, New Year’s

dresses, contemporary sports-

Eve is the one night where I think

wear, furs, custom millinery,

you’re allowed to go extravagant.

jewelry, scarves, lingerie, gloves

I always wear a long gown for a

and fragrances. According to

night out on New Year’s Eve or a

LeFleur, the trend this year is to

heavy embellished cocktail dress,

achieve elegance with comfort.

and of course a crop fur coat just

“New Orleanians love to dress

to make a statement when you

up. Many clients prefer a formal

walk in to the room,” she says.

gown with a little fur, as their

According to Croazzo, sequins

date might wear a tux. We also

and embellishments are out in full

feature cocktail dresses and fur

force for the season. The beauty

wraps. Then, some ladies will

of sequined separates, she says, is

enjoy our silk blouses, cashmere

the ability to dress them down or

sweaters and velvet magic pants

dress them up.

for house parties,” says LeFleur.

Glitz and sparkle seem to reign

“Personally, I like to welcome

the holiday season, and there’s

the New Year at home wearing

nothing wrong with adding shim-

my cashmere robe with a silk

mer and pop to your style. But for

slip gown,” she says.


Yvonne LeFleur 8131 Hampson St. 866-9666

Claudia Croazzo 4214 Magazine St. 605-3005

some, a classic, sophisticated look is the way to go. “I tend to favor thoughtful pieces over anything flashy or colorful – a black slim jean with a silk

Billy Reid New Orleans 3927 Magazine St. 208-1200

camisole and sharp tuxedo blazer or leather jacket, amped up with cool vintage statement jewelry and a very pointy high heel,” says Hattie Moll, Store Director of Billy Reid New Orleans. Moll sees rich tones and patterns on the rise for this season along with duster jackets and kimonos worn over jeans and silk tops. For a more casual gather-




ccording to Rachel Burkhardt Patterson,


Owner of Feet First, metallics, shimmer and

texture rule footwear on a night like New Year’s Eve. Options in metallics include silver, platinum, gold and rose gold, while the basic black shoe can be jazzed up with fun fabrics that shimmer or metallic threads weaved in for extra sparkle. Additionally, animal prints, especially leopard and snake, are a great way to change up your basics. “Whether it’s feathers, studs or embroidery – and it doesn’t have to be a lot – texture adds another dimension to your party ensemble,” says Patterson. “But most importantly, be comfortable. Block Heels are back and will help you survive well past the midnight hour with little fatigue. Or, doctor up your shoes and feet with shoe accessories such as the Foot Petals line,” she says. In addition to choice of shoes, layering your accessories can add a lot of fun to your party look. “To complete your final look, adding fun jewelry, fur – faux, of course – or sequins will be sure to turn heads and make you stand out from the


crowd,” says Effie Boihem, Co-Owner of FeBe with Bessi Papazis. The two recommend using jewelry and a metallic clutch from Rebecca Minkoff to make your statement. “FeBe exclusively carries Sennod by local designer, Michele McKeon. Sennod gives you the ability to mix and match interchangeable vignettes with her latest design of layering chains,” says Papazis. “You can layer multiple delicate chains to create your own one-of-a kind look.” The store will host a Sennod Trunk show December 13-15. At RELISH, Owner Beth Harris echoes the need for bright, shimmery jewelry, handbags and shoes. She notes that vintage-inspired jewelry is hot right now, and RELISH features pieces from Paris and Brooklyn that are hand-made from vintage findings. If it’s a chilly New Year’s Eve, she recommends RELISH’s collection of real and faux fur accessories, vests, ponchos and jackets. “You have to see our glitter leather and metallic handbags and clutches in person – the perfect accessory for New Year’s Eve. We also have a selection of metallic and hand-embroidered leather booties to add the perfect amount of sparkle to your winter wardrobe,” she says.

Feet First 4122 Magazine St. 899-6800

FeBe 474 Metairie Road, Suite 102 Metairie 835-5250

RELISH 600 Metairie Road Metairie 309-3336



Briquette 701 S. Peters St. 302-7496 Brennan’s 417 Royal St. 525-9711 Gautreau’s Restaurant 1728 Soniat St. 899-7397

demi-glace. Before your midnight champagne, cocktails like The Briquette 75, the Baron’s Cup and Bourbon Milk Punch made with maple toffee bourbon will likely warm your spirits. While champagne is typically how you end your New Year’s Eve celebration, at Brennan’s, a champagne happy hour may be the way start to your evening or even your afternoon. Bubbles at Brennan’s runs 2-7 p.m., MondaysThursdays, in the Courtyard and Roost Bar. The restaurant will serve its à la carte menu for dinner on New Year’s Eve. This holiday season, Brennan’s is offering guests a new festive dining experience with


its B’Reveillon Brunch. A breakfast and lunch take on a New Orleans dinner tradition, the B’Reveillon Brunch offers a three-course meal available December 1-23. For an intimate, off-the-beaten path New

eciding where to dine and imbibe is part of the fun of the holidays, and even

Year’s Eve meal, regulars every year venture

more so on a night like New Year’s Eve, when you’re all dressed up and looking

over to Gautreau’s, a longtime New Orleans

to see and be seen. From quiet, quaint formal dining to social, celebratory cham-

favorite tucked within a quiet neighborhood off

pagne popping, your dinner or drinks locale adds to the experience.

St. Charles Avenue. According to Owner Patrick

If you’re looking for an energetic, contemporary dining room that infuses a New York vibe with New Orleans flair, the CBD’s Briquette may be the spot to hit. “From our convenient location in the Warehouse District to valet parking and our amazing wine cuvee housing 800 bottles to our glass-enclosed kitchen, Briquette will bring all the excitement you want for a beautiful New Year’s Eve dining experience,” says Anna Tusa, Director of Operations. Briquette will have you ringing in the New Year with entrées like the popular Snapper Pontchartrain or the Porterhouse of Pork with a Bleu Cheese Crust and fig


Singley, guests always dress to the nines on New Year’s Eve, and while the restaurant serves its regular à la carte menu, it will also bring back some of its all-time favorites. “Additionally we add several splurge-worthy dishes like foie gras in a more elevated dish than usual. We serve caviar, lobsters, rack of lamb and possibly Dover Sole,” says Singley.


hile it might not be where you choose to don your formalwear, the Louisiana Children’s Museum offers a festive daytime al-

ternative to New Year’s Eve fun for families with young children. The Louisiana Children’s Museum’s “Countdown to NOON” culminates with a colorful confetti toss and balloon release. Kids are welcome to get creative in making noisemakers and festive paper bag party hats. According to Amy Kirk, Education Director, The Free Agents Brass Band will have families looking forward to 2019 in style. Though closed on New Year’s Eve, Celebration in the Oaks brings

Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St. 523-1357 New Orleans City Park Visitor Center 5 Victory Ave. 483-9402

an enchanting winter wonderland to New Orleans City Park throughout the holiday season. This year marks the event’s 32nd anniversary. According to Amanda Frentz, Assistant Director of Public Relations, Celebration in the Oaks will have traditional installations such as Mister Bingle and the Cajun Night Before Christmas along with

NOLA ChristmasFest 900 Convention Center Blvd., Hall H

new items as well. “The holidays are always a magical time in the Park. The weather is cooler and people love being outdoors,” says Frentz. From December 21-31, NOLA ChristmasFest is a family-friendly event that welcomes people of all ages to the Convention Center.

NOPSI 317 Baronne St. 962-6500

“Kids, parents and grandparents delight in spending time together in the weather-controlled, indoor festival. Pay One Price ticketing ensures parents can say yes to every ride and take a turn on the ice rink – even skate rental is included,” says Diane Lyons, Event Specialist and Marketing Liaison. According to Lyons, The real ice rink is the most popular family attraction, but families also enjoy the ice slides, crafts, entertainment, carnival rides and bouncing on the inflatables. The festival is open on New Year’s Eve 11 a.m.-9 p.m. NOPSI welcomes guests to underCURRENT Bar & Patio on New Year’s Eve, which will be serving a prix fixe menu that includes VIP entry to its official celebration. “There will be an energetic fervor surrounding NOPSI. Aside from the New Year’s Eve revelry, many will be in town for the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which is a quick 10-minute walk from NOPSI,” says Gene Fields, Senior Director of Food & Beverage. “There is no better place to kick off your tailgate or celebrate your team’s win than at the Patio at underCURRENT or out by our rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid,” says Fields.



Eugenia Niehaus Weds Thomas Otto Lind June 8, 1963 By Bev Church



Eugenia Niehaus had graduated from the University of Texas El Paso and was teaching in Dallas, Texas. Tommy had graduated from Tulane University in Engineering, joined the Navy and was stationed in Long Beach, California. Tommy’s best friend, Jimmy Roddy, decided to get Tommy a date with Eugenia, who was visiting friends in Long Beach. They didn’t really care for each other that much on that date. They met again when Eugenia’s sister Virginia married Jimmy Roddy and decided to keep in touch. Eugenia was getting ready to accept a teaching position in Europe when Tommy decided not to let her go, and asked her to marry him. Eugenia planned everything – the dress, flowers and reception – and she even made the hats for the 12 bridesmaids. (Note: Eugenia had previously been in 12 weddings.) They were married June 8, 1963, at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in El Paso, Texas, with a reception at La Fonda for about 200 friends and family. The rehearsal dinner was held in a restaurant in Juarez (as had been the bachelor party) that was already decorated with pinatas and Mexican flowers. This was a wise choice, because they knew that everyone would end up there after dinner. Everyone in the town thought that they were celebrities, and even had a bullfight named in their honor. After the wedding they returned to New Orleans, where Tommy attended law school and Eugenia continued teaching. Their European honeymoon happened later that summer with a little help from Bush LeBourgeois. n



Rafferty – Tidmore By Megan Holt

Katherine Barkley Rafferty’s friends were tired of her staying home all the time, so they dragged her to the Bachelors’ Club ball on the night before Thanksgiving. Of course, the event turned out to be a blast, and she kept noticing a certain guy. As the party entered the wee hours of the morning the guy, David Christopher Villere Tidmore, walked up to her and said, “We’ve been looking at one another all night. We might as well dance.” Barkley and Christopher danced for about 30 seconds before heading to the Hilton Bar, where they talked until 4 or 5 in the morning. Just two nights later, the day after Thanksgiving, they went to “Christmas in the Oaks” and Morning Call on their official first date. Two and a half years later, Barkley decided to join Christopher for a few days at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, where he had been out of town working for a couple weeks. They were walking to dinner along the water on a beautiful spring night when they spotted a hammock. Christopher asked Barkley to sit down in the hammock, and then he got down on one knee and proposed. This natural, organic proposal was reflected in their wedding, starting with the save the date designed by Scriptura, which included a satsuma tree branch that would later make an appearance at the reception. Their friends and family went the extra mile to make the wedding festivities special. Christopher’s family hosted a rehearsal dinner on the Thursday before the wedding at Crescent City Steakhouse. They had a big family-style steak and sides dinner: Caesar salad, hand-battered onion rings, chateaubriand, two types of potatoes, creamed spinach, asparagus, broccoli and big slices of key lime pie. The next night, a huge group of friends hosted a Welcome Party at Lulu and Billy Freiberg’s home on Audubon Street.


On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Barkley walked down the aisle at Trinity Episcopal Church wearing a dress designed by Suzanne St. Paul. Christopher – along with ushers, readers and several wedding guests – accented his suit with a Blenhein Tie as a nod to his love of Winston Churchill. After Reverend Kit McClean pronounced Christopher and Barkley man and wife, the celebration moved just three blocks away to Katherine and Tony Gelderman’s home. There guests saw the real-life satsuma tree pictured in the save the date, as well as a gorgeous hanging centerpiece with lots of paper flowers and twinkle lights designed by Barkley’s mother. Family friends Courtney and Brett Sutton, owners of Flavor Box Catering, wowed the crowd with an array of food including chicken-and-waffle passed hors d’oeuvres, roasted red pepper

pasta and a giant seafood station with shrimp remoulade, marinated crabmeat and smoked salmon. At the end of the evening Flavor Box served meatball sliders, and the Cafe Du Monde food truck pulled up in front of the house to serve beignets and cafe au lait. The couple’s no-fuss, elegant style was reflected in little items like personalized napkins and go-cups. After cutting a delicious cake created by Royal Cakery, dancing to the sounds of Bobby J and Stuff Like That gave the evening a perfect finishing touch. After the wedding, Barkley and Christopher headed to their family condo in Florida to relax for a bit, and then flew to California for a wonderful friend’s wedding in Palm Springs! They are planning a trip to Portugal and Spain in January. Barkley and Christopher now live on Magazine Street. Barkley is the co-founder of Royal Merchant Trading Company. n


Ceremony Location: Trinity Episcopal Church Reception Location: Katherine and Tony Gelderman’s home in the Garden District Coordinator: An.Gle Events Celebrant: Reverend Kit McClean Ceremony Music: Albinus (organist), AnnaLotta Smith (pianist) and Rebeccka Coe (vocalist) Wedding Gown: Suzanne St. Paul Flower Girls’ Dresses: Lylian Shop from Pippen Lane Engagement Ring: Friend & Company Bride’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Groom’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Florist: Meade Wenzel Invitation: Scriptura Caterer: Flavor Box Catering Wedding Cake: Royal Cakery Photographer: Paul Morse and Elizabeth Dondis Hair: Rachel Reed of Hinge Salon Makeup: Andrea Wynman of Wynman Studios



Nicole Roach and Kate McHale Goodwin Metairie Park Country Day By Mallory Lindsly

Nicole Roach and Kate McHale Goodwin are seniors at Metairie Park Country Day. Goodwin is the outside schools liaison for the New Orleans Independent Schools “Relay for Life” and Roach was the Experience Co-Chair. Roach and Goodwin together helped bring “Relay for Life” to Country Day; “Relay for Life” is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is solely coordinated by volunteers in many communities and 27 countries worldwide. For the past few years Roach and Goodwin have participated in “Relay for Life.” Goodwin focused on helping New Orleans schools raise money and participate in the event, communicating to administrators, teachers and student representative from the other schools. Roach created the schedule of the event, selected the performers, organized the luminaria ceremony and had an overall pride in putting on the event. One of the events the two planned included the Luminaria Ceremony for “Relay for Life.” Guests donated $10 to purchase a luminaria, a paper bag each guest could decorate in honor or memory of a loved one. The bags


were f illed with candles and placed along the front circle of Country Day. “It’s important to be involved in and give back to your community because it’s an aspect of who you are. Being part of a community means that you are connected to something bigger and more important than yourself,” says Goodwin. Roach and Goodwin wanted to make “Relay for Life” a success because it was hosted on their school’s property. Because of their hard efforts, “Relay for Life” 2018 raised around $65,000, wellover donations from previous years. “I’ve gained a sense of purpose from my involvement. To me, being an activist means standing up for causes that I am passionate about and hopefully encouraging others to do the same,” says Roach. Roach hopes to attend Duke University after she graduates from high school; she’s unsure about her future career but would like to explore French, Math, Architecture or civil engineering. Goodwin hasn’t narrowed down her college choices yet, but is deciding among University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Tulane University. Goodwin hopes to study medicine and become a pediatrician. n



Luis Arocha Café Hope, Executive Director By Lindsay Mack


In fact, for much of the interview, Arocha shined the spotlight on Cafe Hope’s many success stories. The Steamboat Natchez, The Ritz-Carlton, Carrollton Market, Commander’s Palace and Coquette are just a few of the restaurants where Café Hope grads work in the kitchen. It is obvious the Café Hope family is proud of its quality graduates. In recognition of its efforts, Café Hope was awarded the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Angel Award with a $20,000 grant. Arocha credits the organization’s staff, board and community members for their efforts to change the lives of these young people. If members of the community would like to support Café Hope, donations to the organization are always welcome. But perhaps the best and most enjoyable way

to help out is by visiting the restaurant in person for a meal. “Honestly, the food here is spectacular,” said Arocha. After all, his staff includes people from some of the best restaurants in New Orleans. Patrons get a great meal at a great value, and every penny goes back to the community. Whether you join them for brunch, lunch, or dinner, a meal at Café Hope is about much more than the food. n

Get Involved Café Hope One Timberlane Drive, Gretna 309-2065, Hours Tuesdays- Fridays lunch: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays dinner: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays brunch: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Inspired by the renowned Café Reconcile, Café Hope opened its doors in 2010. Its mission was simple: Recruit young people and train them for hospitality industry jobs by running a real-life café. And as Café Hope’s Executive Director Luis Arocha explains, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes of this bustling restaurant. A nonprofit organization, Café Hope works with opportunity youth from the ages of 17 to 24 throughout the New Orleans area. Both full-service culinary training and important life skills courses are provided, preparing graduates for careers throughout the city. In addition to the challenges of managing a restaurant, Arocha also works with the marketing and development of Café Hope as a nonprofit. Despite these many duties, it’s clear that his focus is on the students and their wellbeing.


Brian Boudreaux President, Boudreaux’s Jewelers By Mirella Cameran

Tell us about why you decided to join the family business? I always had a passion for the business, so I decided to become a Graduate Gemologist from GIA (Gemological Institute of America). There are many great jewelers in New Orleans, what distinguishes Boudreaux’s? We have principal family members in every location with three active generations currently involved in our business, I don’t believe anyone else can say that locally. My father Don, myself and two brothers, and my two sons are now involved in helping run the business and continue relationships with clients we’ve had for generations since 1933.


Christmas is coming; any ideas for gifts? We’ve just partnered with renowned Southern California designer, Jude Frances, to showcase her gorgeous collection. It features a collection of high-fashion styles that are hand textured in either Sterling Silver, 18 karat gold or a mix of the two metals. n

BOUDREAUX’S JEWELERS 701 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-2602


Tell us about some of your favorite pieces in store right now? We have an exquisite, one-of-a-kind opal suite, which features perfectly matched vivid Ethiopian opals in a necklace, earrings and a bracelet that we expect will be an exciting addition to someone’s collection.

No business can stay still; tell us how you keep your company modern and relevant? My son, Brandon, has become our lead designer for our Boudreaux’s Signature Collection, and he’s employing the latest in cutting-edge technology to create designs with CAD programs and 3D printers. He also works directly with clients on custom designs for truly one-of-a-kind pieces.


Barrie Wexner-Wurzburg President, Joseph By Mirella Cameran

How did you become involved in your family’s business? I worked throughout my teens in the family business, and after college I knew I wanted to join it full time. That was in 1977, and I’m so fortunate to have worked for so many years with both my grandfather and my father. Tell us about Wexner Companies? The Wexner Companies is the parent company. We have two Joseph stores: our Memphis store and the one in New Orleans. How does Joseph do so well in such a tough trading environment? We are an intimate, highly focused specialty store. We have long term relationships with our clients. Coming to Joseph is an experience. We travel the world to bring the best of highly curated collections to our customers. Joseph is synonymous with service. There are very few specialty stores in this country that have the offerings that we have.

Can you tell us about any pieces you particularly love right now? That is very difficult as there is so much that I love. We have just received our first shipment of YSL shoes and handbags; they are absolutely fantastic. Is there anything coming up at Joseph we should know about? We believe in giving back to the communities in the cities where we do business, and this fall we had an event supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Is there anything else you’d like to add? My grandfather started

the business 88 years ago in 1930 in Memphis, Tennessee, and now we’re a fourth generation family business. Elle Wurzburg and cousin Philip Jacobson are the next generation who are passionate about fashion and retail. We love New Orleans and are thrilled to be back in this fantastic city. n

JOSEPH 5550 Magazine St., 900-1422


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1. Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana (VOASEL) President and CEO Jim LeBlanc, John and Dathel Georges and Tod Smith are pictured at the WWII Museum to mark the end of the Volunteers of America’s 2018 national conference with an awards dinner. John Georges, Owner and Publisher of The Advocate, was presented with the 2018 Empathy Award for his role in post-Katrina recovery. 2. Mark Ingram II (center) poses with VOASEL’s Geoff Artigues, Mike King, Voris Vigree and Jim LeBlanc at the Volunteers of America’s award dinner in June. Ingram was given the 2018 Ballington and Maud Booth Award for his work mentoring local children with an incarcerated parent. 3. The Jefferson Performing Arts Society’s Leading Ladies Guild host an Annie Membership Affair in conjunction with its Installation of Officers in June. The ceremony was officiated by JPAS President Stephen Dwyer (center) and took place after a JPAS Youth performance of Annie, Jr. 4. FestiTalk presenters Debra Gould, Lauren Siegel, Jessica LeBlanc, moderator Leslie T. Snadowsky, Christina Garrett, Jeanne Souders, Mary Jane Walsh, Juli Juneau and Therese Duke are pictured at the eighth annual “FestiGals Women’s Weekend “in June. (Photo by Barrett DeLong-Church) 5. Fashion designer Anne Monlezun celebrates “FestiGal’s Tricentennial Woman’s Day” with Sandra Dartus, FestiGals partnership liaison. The weekend-long event was headquartered at the Jung Hotel and featured women-centric events and presentations. (Photo by Riverview Photography) 6. Bamboula 2000 performs at the “Ashé Renovation Reveal and Summer Solstice Celebration,” hosted by the Ashé Cultural Art Center and Concordia to celebrate the renovations and unveil the O-Jam-Men Nursing Lounge, named for community health advocates Cheryl “Olayeela” Daste, Jamila Yejide Peters-Muhammad and Julie “Menhati” Singleton.



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7. Mayor Cantrell attended the “Ashé Renovation Reveal and Summer Solstice Celebration” in June. Ashé is celebrating their 20th anniversary and celebrating their new space, which will include a boutique, art and performance space and a central common area for the whole community. 8. Jacqueline Haas, Fr. Sergio A. Serrano, O.P. and Marla Donovan are pictured at the Hispanic Apostolate’s “Welcome Back to School” event in June, which helped raise money for the tuition of Hispanic children attending Catholic schools. 9. Diana Palacios, Liliana González, Paula Belanger and Rosiris Quintero attend the “Welcome Back to School” party hosted by the Hispanic Apostolate in June at the Sheraton Hotel in Metairie. 10. Vincent J. Giardina and Kevin Gardere, the Executive Director of Development for Bridge House/Grace House are pictured at “Mr. Legs,” a fundraising event featuring male contestants who show a little leg for charity. 11. Stacey Demmons (left) and Cynthia Browne pose with “Mr. Legs” contestant Jason Borja at the 18th annual event that benefits Bridge House/Grace House, a long-term residential, gender specific addiction treatment center. 12. New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson reads Dr. Seuss’ What Pet Should I Get? to local children aboard the Carnival Triumph.




December By Fritz Esker

Through Dec. 2

Dec. 6

This smash hit Broadway musical features the music of Emilio and Gloria Estefan while telling the story of their journey to America and the top of the music world. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

A brand-new live version of the popular children’s show comes to the Saenger with fun for the whole family. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


Through Dec. 23


A festive, raucous musical pokes irreverent fun at the traditional conventions of holiday plays. Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857, Through Dec. 23


This stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ acclaimed story tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck actor who must navigate the Christmas season as an elf at Macy’s. Teatro Wego, 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000, Through Dec. 29


The Victory Belles present classic holiday favorites sung in beautiful harmony. BB’s Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944, Dec. 6


The pop legend behind hits like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “Your Song” visits New Orleans on what will be his last tour. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,



Dec. 7-16


Based on the Bing Crosby film, this musical is about a pair of WWII veterans who have a song-and-dance act that leads them to a romance with a pair of lounge-singing sisters. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4723, Dec. 7-23


Twenty young artists from Le Petit’s Young Conservatory Program perform Charles Dickens’ timeless Christmas classic. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, Dec. 7-23


This delightful mix of holiday standards and classic hits will have audiences rockin’ around the Christmas tree. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

Dec. 8

Dec. 15



Dec. 12

Dec. 18-23

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

The hit 2003 Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell has become a musical that’s just as charming and fun for viewers of all ages. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the holiday season with the help of New Orleans’ favorite group of ordinary men with extraordinary moves. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052, DEBAUCHERY!

Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show with Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas classics and a selection of Davis’ own groundbreaking Fresh Aire series. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, ELF THE MUSICAL

Dec. 14

Dec. 19

Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld is on tour with his trademark brand of observational humor. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

The multi-sensory extravaganza features music from The Ghosts of Christmas Eve in what has become a cherished holiday tradition. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,


Dec. 15-23


The New Orleans Ballet Theatre presents the classic two-act ballet about the Sugar Plum Fairy. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


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World class Russian artists and hand-painted sets bring the Christmas spirit to life in this adaptation of the classic tale. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,







1. Boudreaux’s Jewelers 504-831-2602, The Fall 2018 collection by Jude Frances features stunning hand-finished textured bangle bracelets in 18 karat yellow gold and sterling silver hand-crafted in their stunning Newport Beach studio. Available exclusively at Boudreaux’s Metairie and Mandeville showrooms. Pictured styles starting at $890. 2. Home Malone 504-324-8352, This bronze pelican cuff with turquoise eye is handcrafted in Louisiana and is also available in several styles, including a necklace, ring and cufflinks. 3. J.McLaughlin 844-532-JMCL (5625), The Fairmont Coat is a must-have statement coat in metallic zebra jacquard. Visit J.McLaughlin at their new home on Magazine Street to pick up yours along with everything you need for the holiday season, including gifts for everyone on your list.



4. Porsche of New Orleans 504-832-2112, You’re invited to test drive a new Porsche Macan and discover a crossover that really drives like a sports car. From the base model starting at $47,800 to the Turbo for $77,200, Macan sets the bar for what crossovers can be. 5. FeBe 504-835-5250, Facebook: FebeClothing (Metairie) Come by FeBe to get your own layered necklaces by Sennod. 6. Elizabeth’s 504-833-3717, As we cool down this holiday season, this sheared mink anorak vest is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Available in navy or black, $685, at Elizabeth’s, 204 Metairie Road. 7. Cristy Cali 866-200-9435, Introducing our 2019 arrivals: Precious Love Always Wins Couture Charm with


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8. Cherry Blow Dry Bar 504-372-3094, Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 promo card.

10. Feet First 504-899-6800, Authentic python clutch handbags available in blue, black and blue and python print. Black and blue clutch comes with a removable shoulder strap. Available at Feet First on Magazine Street.

9. Hola Guava Hand-beaded “Pop Fizz Clink ” Earrings by Hola Guava, $79. Waitlisted, bestseller item!

11. Art & Eyes 504-891-4494, JACQUES MARIE MAGE. Paris and Hollywood’s “IT” eyewear for 2019! Looks like classic eyewear? Look closer, it’s not!

genuine stones set in sterling on their new Heart Clasp Couture Bangle Bracelet. For phone orders call 866-200-9435. Bracelets start at $55+, charm is $125.








12. Joseph 504-900-1422, Saint Laurent “Vicky” monogram YSL quilted patent leather cross-body handbag, $1,990. 13. Relish 504-309-3336, These Southwestern inspired geometric earrings and necklace are great statement pieces for the holidays. Handmade from vintage findings in Brooklyn, NY with stones in gold-plated brass. 14. Perlis Clothing Uptown 504-895-8661; French Quarter 504-523-6681; Mandeville 985-6741711; Baton Rouge 225-926-5909, Fully handcrafted 24 karat gold-plated cloisonné ornament featuring festive street car, hot sauce, jazz, St. Louis Cathedral and more. Made to last a lifetime with a shatterproof copper base. Comes in a silk covered box perfect for safekeeping and gift giving. 15. Eden House 504-407-0943, Shop local and give back with an Especially Eden gift basket! All baskets are assembled by and directly support surviors of human trafficking. 16. Lukka Boutique 504-218-7113, Instagram & Facebook @LukkaNewOrleans H Brand hand-knitted rabbit fur jacket in berry. More colors available, $699. Acrobat silk cami in rose, $163. Mother grey jean and Ulla Johnson rose gold sparkle heel, $238 and $475. 17. Delta Festival Ballet 800-745-3000, Delta Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, December 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 23 at 2 p.m. at Mahalia Jackson Theater. 18. Sosusu 504-309-5026, The “smile” cashmere sweateris from Kule, for $298.









19. Louisiana Children’s Museum 504-523-1357, Take home LCM’s Lil’ Grocery Store fun with environmentally friendly play options from Tender Leaf Toys. Their products are made from sustainable hardwood with non-toxic paint. For every tree that becomes a beautiful toy, another is re-planted. Till with money, $34.99; Fish crate, $24.99. 20. Little Pnuts 504-267-5083, Move over Nerf gun, the slingshot is taking over. The wooden Hella Slingshot is perfect for play and target practice. Each one-of-a-kind slingshot is handmade from natural wood. So grab one, head outside and cause some mischief!


21. Bon Temps Boutique 504-571-5259, Classically Southern, Bon Temps Boutique offers beautiful outfits for every holiday event. From handmade dresses to fun screen-printed tees and pajamas, it’s one-stop shopping for your littles. Locally owned and operated. Visit their new shop in Old Metairie. 22. BLEU, a Blowdry Bar Old Metairie 504-309-5999, Uptown 504-325-5625, Give the gift of fabulous Hair & Makeup this holiday season. BLEU Gift Cards are money to “blow” but definitely not wasted. Can be purchased for any monetary amount desired and applied towards services, products and even gratuity. 23. Cricut Cricut Maker, the ultimate smart cutting machine, will help you create amazing DIY projects with professional results including home and holiday décor, iron-on fashions and much more. With thousands of projects in Cricut Design Space, you can start creating right away.



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24. Louisiana Custom Closets 504-885-3188, 985-871-0810, Louisiana Custom Closets represents the pinnacle of quality design, materials and service for all of your home and office organizational and storage needs. They manufacture their products, which provides endless solutions for home storage. 25. New Orleans City Park Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park is the most spectacular holiday lights festival in the country. Join your City Park family for this New Orleans holiday tradition with 25 acres of lights. Visit for details and tickets. 26. Spafoo Spafoo is a smartphone app that makes the holidays easier! Use the app to order in-home


(or office) beauty and wellness services. You can even send a Spafoo gift certificate from the app. Download Spafoo today and send the gift of convenience and beauty! 27. Fredrick Guess 504-523-2022, “Creole” is an oil on canvas by New Orleans artist Fredrick Guess at M Contemporary. 28. The Shard Shop 504-309-2581, 48 x 48 Bottle Abstract by Mary Hong. One of the many fine glass art originals at the Mary Hong Gallery, located inside of The Shard Shop at 3138 Magazine St. 29. Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery 504-814-3223, Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery will help you create the perfect gift for that


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special someone for the holidays. They offer products and procedures for all skin types and conditions. Custom gift baskets are available through Christmas.

wear and sunglass boutique offering the latest in digital lens technology for the best vision possible. Their highly experienced staff will keep you looking and seeing your best.

30. Le Petit Théâtre 504-522-2081 x1, Le Petit Théâtre presents a season of BIG BOLD theatre including a holiday classic, a Tony Award-winning musical, a Tennessee Williams classic and a breathtaking story of a woman’s pursuit of musical dreams during the WWII London Blitz. Single tickets, 4-play and 3-play packages available.

33. Billy Reid 504-208-1200, Crew neck Heirloom Cable, $325. Custom fisherman honeycomb knit, Heirloom ribbon texture. Ribbon piping at back neck. 100% Superfine wool. Made in Italy. Sizes S-XXL. Also comes in off-white.

31. Ballin’s 504-866-4367, Mink crossbody handbag, $135. 32. Optical Shoppe 504-301-1726, Revoir by Dita Eyewear, $650, from The Optical Shoppe – a locally-owned designer eye-

34. Private Chef Catering by Chris Cody 504-473-6350, Chef Chris Cody provides a unique private dining experience for you and your guests in your home or event venue using hand-selected, fresh ingredients and local, artisan products for scratch cooking. Call today to work with Chef Cody on a custom specialty menu for your next event!





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Hope Haven A Spanish Colonial Revival-style campus of style By Seale Paterson

Located on Barataria Drive in Marrero, the Hope Haven campus of ornate Spanish Colonial Revival-style buildings catches the eye of almost every passerby. Hope Haven was first envisioned by Father Peter Wynhoven, a Dutch transplant to the Archdiocese of New Orleans. In 1911, he founded and opened St. Vincent’s Hotel to help homeless and jobless men. With its success, he turned his attention to what he believed was the cause of these ill-starred men: orphaned and abandoned boys. Hope Haven was envisioned as residential youth facility that included a self-sustaining dairy farm to provide vocational training and moral guidance for boys departing orphanages at age 14. The land in Marrero was secured in 1922. In 1924, when the Catholic Orphan Asylums in New Orleans announced plans to close all their sites, the scope of


Hope Haven grew. To accommodate these younger children, the campus had to grow. The first buildings included the Dibert Administration Building, which housed the classroom, refectory and dorms, the Weinberger Cottage and the Industrial School. In 1929, two large wings were added to the Administration Building, each one complete with dorms, dining areas and study and recreation halls. The Saenger Gymnasium was added a year later, and in 1931, the Murnan Agricultural Unit and the Marcus Feingold Mechanical and Arts Building, where 12 trades would be taught, were completed. In 1932, Madonna Manor, built across Barataria Drive from Hope Haven, was built to accommodate more students, including girls and all the students from the Chinchuba Institute for the Deaf. A grand building, it was built to the highest standards of construc-

tion and in the same architectural style as the other buildings on campus and included dorms, an infirmary, a swimming pool, dining and recreation halls and more. In recent years, the campus has been used as a community garden and restaurant as part of a culinary program for at-risk youth, an elderly aid center and a food bank, but is currently vacant. Local and state politicians are working on plans to restore and preserve the campus and its seven buildings for future use. n The Saint John Bosco Chapel was built in 1940, to “complete” the campus. The exterior was designed by Jack Kessels to match the Spanish look of the other buildings on campus, but much of the interior woodwork, including the pews and the confessional, was crafted by Hope Haven boys in their own shop. The stained glass windows depict the life of St. John Bosco and were created by Dutch craftsman Joep Nicholas, who had fled to New Orleans to escape Nazis.