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On the Cover

Photographed by Jeffrey Johnston Special thanks to Audubon Nature Institute’s Administrative Coordinator for Development Events Erin Palmer for her invaluable assistance.

From layerable monochromes to statement sleeves, find the outfit your closet is craving, starting on pg. 40.


Bright & Breezy

Spring's fashion trends bring a breath of fresh air By Melissa Coleman | Photography by Theresa Cassagne


Spring Shopping A Magazine adventure

By Kelcy Wilburn | Photography by Cheryl Gerber

Senior Vice President and Corporate Banker of Hancock Whitney Elizabeth Heffler, “2020 Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chair Dr. Leslie P. Gottsegen, Owner of Lexus New Orleans Clifton LeBlanc, “2020 Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans” Chair Betsy T. Laborde and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Children’s Hospital New Orleans Courtney Garrett for “2020 Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and “2020 Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans” benefiting Audubon Zoo. This year’s “2020 Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and “2020 Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans will celebrate the call of the whooping crane. This endangered species is North America’s tallest bird. Continuing Audubon Nature Institute’s journey in conservation through the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife, its conservation breeding partnership with San Diego Zoo Global, it is working to rebuild the wild flock in Louisiana and save this species from extinction. The “2020 Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans” on April 24 will have live entertainment for kids of all ages including animal meet-and-greets, sing-a-longs, crafts, magicians, face painters, kid-approved food and drink, giant inflatables, arcade games and a toddler play area. The 43rd “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” on May 1 will feature around 50 food purveyors and more than 40 specialty and full-service cocktails bars, and live entertainment by the Atlanta Showstoppers, Water Seed, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers and the Cajun Music Preservation Society. As always there will also be a packed silent auction and a raffle to win a 2020 LEXUS UX 200 donated by LEXUS of New Orleans. To learn more and purchase your ticket today, call 650-5539 or visit KidsZooToDo.org and ZooToDo.org.


In Every Issue


6&8 EDITORS’ NOTES 10 MAKING A DIFFERENCE Fore!Kids Foundation: Helping kids through golf 12 KIDS PLAY Hippity Hop: Local Easter events

PHILANTHROPIC FUN Elegance and Exhibitions The New Orleans Museum of Art treasures the community supporting its nationally recognized exhibitions and education programs. 20

14 WHAT’S HOT Spring Fashion Accessories

Wonderful Wines The generosity of more than 600 guests attending “Carnivale du Vin” helped Emeril Lagasse Foundation continue to support children. 22

16 ON THE MENU Craving Comfort: Chef Eric Cook of Gris Gris shares his Mississippi Rabbit Fricassee

By the Light of the Moon More than 2,000 patrons filled the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to support Ochsner Health System. 24

18 THE DISH Rockrose: Uncommon Greek cuisine with a focus on fresh Gulf seafood

Home Fulfillment Eden House raised funds for operating costs and furnishings for its second residence. 26

50 VINTAGE WEDDING Flora Sanders Fenner Weds Ronald James French: Saturday, August 20, 1960

Art + Entrepreneurship YAYA raised more than $90,000 to support its free after school arts and entrepreneurship programs for young New Orleanians. 28




A Salute to Veterans More than 750 guests celebrated Veterans Day weekend at the National WWII Museum gala. 30 Loving the Local Library Latter Library hopes to transform its grounds into spaces for community enjoyment, reading and entertainment. 32 A Star-Studded Soirée A private dinner for 125 supported Kingsley House’s mission to educate children, strengthen families and build community. 34 Historic Heritage Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses celebrated its loyal patronage. 36 Reclaiming Sustainable Creativity The Green Project hosted its Salvage Design Competition to highlight local creativity and the value of reclaimed goods. 38

52 WITH THIS RING Olson – Burton 54 YOUNG BLOODS Connie Uddo: Director, NOLA Tree Project 55 STUDENT ACTIVIST Elizabeth Drennan: Louise S. McGehee School 56 ONSTAGE CALENDAR 57 SHOP TALK Martha Claire Breland: Owner, Judy at the Rink 59 SHOP TALK Autumn Adamme: Founder and Owner, Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture 60 SNAPSHOTS 72 NOSTALGIA Straw Hat Day: More than 40 years of celebrating the coming of spring – by changing your hat

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B E V ' S N OT E

When spring arrives it’s time for all of the “Zoo-To-Do” and “Kids-Zooto-Do” Chairmen to fly their flags, so look out for those iconic reminders that both events are coming up! We are proud to present “2020 Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chair Dr. Leslie P. Gottsegen, “2020 Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans” Chair Betsy T. Laborde, Owner of Lexus New Orleans Clifton LeBlanc, Senior Vice President and Corporate Banker of Hancock Whitney Elizabeth Heffler and Chief Financial Officer of Children’s Hospital New Orleans Courtney Garrett on our cover. The 43rd “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” is on May 1 at the zoo, so get your cocktail dress and black tie out and get ready for a night under the stars, complete with fabulous food and drink from the best restaurants in town, live entertainment, animal encounters and more to support conservation, our zoo and the whooping cranes! To purchase tickets call 650-5539 or visit ZooToDo.org. Betsy and her committee for “Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans” can’t wait for you and your children to meet the animals, play on giant inflatables and have great kid-approved food and drinks. There will be many stages with live music and sing along groups, crafts, magicians, face painters and more. For tickets, call 650-5539 or visit KidsZooToDo.org. With so many upcoming and rescheduled events to attend, you’ll need a new spring outfit, so check out our feature on Magazine Street and our annual spring fashion spread. And if you’re daydreaming about travelling, our What’s Hot for Spring Fashion Accessories has you beautifully covered. Almost everyone has been touched by someone who has cancer, and Al Copeland Foundation and LSU Health Sciences Center Partnership in Viruses, Cancer and Immunotherapy have come up with an event to help end cancer! Krewe du Cure is April 16, 5:30-10 p.m. at the Copeland Tower Landmark Hotel and Suites, 2601 Severn Ave. in Metairie. Al and Luan Copeland promise an evening of cocktails, culinary delights, live music and a silent and live auction, all to support new local cancer education, patient programs and research at the Foundation. To purchase tickets please visit AlCopelandFoundation.org or call 620-3727.  Keep going out to your favorite stores and restaurants – they need us! Please stay safe and protect yourself from this virus! We all know that this will pass, but please check on your family and friends!

Beverly Reese Church


What better way to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, than to attend “IBERIABANK’s Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon!” Presented by the Friends of City Park and The New Orleans Town Gardeners, this event supports the care of City Park’s magnificent Live Oak trees and projects of the New Orleans Town Gardeners, like Grow Dat Youth Farm and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. Chairs Linda Miller, Barbara Rosenberg and Sheila Sanderford invite you to this fun celebration at the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain that includes a lively art auction, musical entertainment and beautiful seated luncheon. Learn more and buy your ticket today at FriendsOfCityPark.com. Shelley Hesse's painting, pictured above, will be auctioned off "live" at the luncheon.

M O R G A N ' S N OT E

As I write, my email is being flooded with events postponing and cancelling. The news seems to change hourly if not faster, and yet the adage that no one knows what the future holds has never been more true. That said, there are a few things that we know for sure: Wash your hands and try not to touch your face or others unnecessarily. When in doubt, opt to stay safe and stay home. Do not spread rumors; triple check what you see and hear before passing along or trusting information. And, even though galas, fundraisers and events are being changed, moved or canceled, the nonprofits they support will need our help more than ever. To those concerned, please know that we're pulling for you and are here to support you in any way we can. We will continue to publish our calendars and are updating them as conscientiously as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me: Morgan@MyNewOrleans.com Our next issue will include our "Registry of Charitable Events: May-August 2020." With all of the changes in dates and venues, this may be the most important calendar we've ever published. If you have an event in that time – whether it was scheduled then originally or moved to those months – I encourage you to reach out to me personally so that we can make certain we have all of your information correct. As a reminder, you can always submit an event – or resubmit one – by filling out our online nonprofit events form: MyNewOrleans.com/submit-a-charitable-event. As most of you know, magazines are conceived of and features and columns are scheduled months, even as much as a year, before they appear in print. To make keeping up-to-date even more interesting, we must finalize everything a couple weeks before you see it in front of you. Please keep that in mind as you read this issue. Many of the events, specials and even dishes that we talk about may be changed due to these circumstances. If you're stuck inside, consider supporting the stores we mention by treating yourself to something through their websites or, while we can, ordering some of the yummy treats we mention to be delivered to your door. Or buy a few gift cards now and use them as presents later! Stay safe, stay sane and get ready to hit the ground running as soon as we can!

APRIL 1 11th annual “Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, 729-2820 1 37th annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show,” benefiting Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9534

5 “Sunset Garden Gala," benefiting Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden, 523-7257 9 “Bow Tie Bash,” benefiting CrescentCare-NO/AIDS Task Force, 207-2273,

2 43rd annual “Ben Smith Fete Gala,” benefiting ACLU of Louisiana, LaACLU.org/bensmithfete

16 “Krewe du Cure,” benefiting Al Copeland Foundation and LSU Health Sciences Center Partnership in Viruses, Cancer and Immunotherapy, 620-3727, AlCopelandFoundation.org

2 11th annual “An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 941-0089

16 “Come Swing With Harry!,’” benefiting Harry Tompson Homeless Center, 273-5547

3 “WYES ‘Victoria & Albert’ Gala presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust,” 486-5511, WYES.org/events

21 “2020 Friendraising Luncheon,” benefiting Kingsley House, 523-6221, extension 196

3 “The Riverfront Experience: 16th annual Ezra Open presented by Better Than Ezra Foundation, the Riverboat City of New Orleans and Port Orleans Brewing Company,” benefitting the Better Than Ezra Foundation, BTEFoundation.org 4 “Cochon Cotillion XXIV Presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House, 821-7134 4 31st “New Orleans Film Society Annual Gala,” benefiting New Orleans Film Society, 309-6633 4 “NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival 2020,” 658-4121 4 “Kilts for Kids,” Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana, kilts.rmhc-sla.org or 504kilts.com 4 “Take Steps Walk,” benefiting Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, CrohnsColitisFoundation.org

22 “Heart of the Park Hat Luncheon Presented by IBERIABANK,” benefiting Friends of City Park and The New Orleans Town Gardeners, 483-9376 22 “Student of the Year Grand Finale,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 758-3213 22 22nd annual “Jazz & Heritage Gala,” benefiting New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, one.bidpal.net/jazzfest 24 “Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans,” benefiting Audubon Zoo, Events.AudubonNatureInstitute.org/ztdk 26 “ACCESS Jazz Brunch: ‘Spring to Life,’” benefiting Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans ACCESS Pregnancy & Referral Center, 885-1141 May 1 “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” benefiting Audubon Zoo, Events.AudubonInstitute.org/ZTD

Dates are subject to change; please check before making plans

Morgan Packard Griffith





Current champions Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer with kids from St. Michael’s Special School

Fore!Kids Foundation Helping kids through golf By Catherine Freeman


Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf Courses, a program dedicated to protecting the environment and preserving the natural heritage of golf. Opened in 2004 and home of the PGA Zurich Classic, New Orleans' own TPC Louisiana course was designed by renowned golf course architect Pete Dye and tour professionals Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson. However, more impressive than the golf course quality or top rated golfers gracing our state is the impact golf has made in our community, especially through the Fore!Kids Foundation. Since 1958, the nonprofit Fore!Kids Foundation has focused their mission on helping kids through golf. The more than 270 members raise funds through golf events like the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the “Golf Ball Gala,” a summer junior tour and charitable golf tournaments that

benefit a long list of local children’s service organizations. Impressively, Fore!Kids has raised over $38 million to date with $2 million being donated annually over the last two years. These donations are providing healthcare, education and hope for over 200,000 children each year through partner organizations such as Children’s Hospital, St. Michael’s Special School, First Tee, Educare, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and many others. Fore!Kids Foundation Executive Director Steve Worthy notes that while the PGA Tour is contributing locally in New Orleans through the Zurich Classic, the organization also makes a nationwide impact through the over 40 PGA events that have contributed more than $3 billion in charitable giving over the years.

➺ A little more...

To become a member of the Fore!Kids Foundation or purchase tickets to the 2020 Zurich Classic, visit ZurichGolfClassic.com.


When my sons were young they loved memorizing the license plate designs and nicknames of each state. Of course, their favorite was Louisiana’s displaying the pelican and phrase “Sportsman’s Paradise.” It is understood “Sportsman’s Paradise” refers to the plentiful hunting and fishing opportunities around our state but there are definitely additional sports that deserve recognition, one which may surprise you: golf. While Louisiana isn’t typically recognized for its golf, professional golf has been in New Orleans since 1931 and attracted big names such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and more. The award-winning Audubon Golf Trail features 16 courses throughout the state and coincidentally, all the courses are members of the Audubon

The golf tournament assumed its current title sponsor, Zurich Insurance Group, in 2005 and was the first major sporting event to return to the city after Hurricane Katrina. It has an undeniable New Orleans flair enjoyed by all ages offering high-end New Orleans cuisine and cocktails, local bands and a kids zone. Golf lovers are cheering about the recent change of play to an exciting two-man team format, the first of its kind on the PGA Tour since 1981 and the only FedExCup team event. However, it’s the commitment of foundation volunteer members that’s significant. “My involvement with the Fore!Kids Foundation began after I attended our city's PGA Tour golf tournament over 25 years ago. After discovering that the events' remaining profits each year go to support children’s charities in our area, it was clear to me this was a way I could help make a difference. Whether as a golf fan attending the tournament, a sponsor entertaining clients, a volunteer during tournament week, or as a year round Fore!Kids Foundation member, we all play a role in helping children in need,” says Board Chair David Perlis. Whether you’re a sportsman or not, everyone can make a difference by supporting the Fore!Kids Foundation by attending the Zurich Classic April 20-26, 2020 at TPC Louisiana! ✦



Hippity Hop Local Easter events By Brittany Kennedy

This year’s mild winter means that spring basically sprung before Mardi Gras. The Japanese magnolias bloomed a while ago. We already got the citrus off of the trees, and we’ve had warm temperatures for a while now. However, that doesn’t mean that we cannot welcome spring with several Easter events in the city, finally allowing us to break out the seersucker and white linen before it gets too hot to even think about going outside. One of the biggest Easter events that happens before Easter Sunday itself is the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Egg Hunt & Family Festival, which takes place April 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the newly expanded Sydney and Wanda Bestoff Sculpture Garden. With two egg hunts separated between children over and under 5 years old, there’s plenty of opportunity for your little one to find eggs scattered around famous sculptures and the garden’s lush landscaping. While the egg hunt is the obvious highlight, there’s also a diverse array of entertainment. While there’s the normal face painting and craft tables that one often sees at New Orleans events with children, there will also be music by DJ Audio Jocks as well as a petting zoo presented by the Metairie Small Animal Hospital. There are even activities for older kids, including a tattoo salon as well as special Art Activity by the Young Rembrandts of Louisiana. While tickets do have to be purchased


for the event (which is held rain or shine), the event is a great way to support NOMA and the work they do bringing art to all New Orleanians – big and small. On April 4 and 5 is the Egg Scramble in City Park’s Carousel Gardens and Storyland. This event also features a large egg hunt, but the event is designed for ages 8 and under and, with a 12-egg limit per child, all children are guaranteed a fair smattering of goodies. There are even a few golden eggs with prizes, and baskets are provided for the hunt. Tickets must also be purchased in advance and both days’ events are held rain or shine. Getting the egg hunts out of the way early means that families can focus on their own traditions Easter Sunday, like planting jelly beans the night before to see if lollypops grow overnight, hiding eggs in the back yard and making a trail of cotton balls (left behind by the Easter Bunny, of course) that leads children to their baskets in the morning. Meanwhile, on Easter Sunday there are several parades downtown (a few of which some parents may find less kidfriendly than others) that make this holiday specific to our city. The Historic French Quarter Easter Parade begins at 9:45 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 12, in front of Antoine’s Restaurant and makes it way toward St. Louis Cathedral, where Easter mass begins at 11 a.m. The parade riders hand out plush bunnies (they don’t throw

beads) and ride in carriages and convertibles decorated with flowers. They later return to Antoine’s for an Easter Bonnet competition, but there are other bars and restaurants in the city offering the same types of events for adults. While Antoine’s is often a favorite place for families to have Easter brunch (reservations are, of course, recommended), there are also several restaurants in the French Quarter offering specials for Easter Sunday. The Court of Two Sisters and Tujague’s also offer traditional Easter meals, New Orleans-style. While our NOLA Easter offers eggs and bunnies, even this holiday is another reminder that we New Orleanians do things just a little bit differently than everyone else, and that, in itself, is a reason to celebrate. ✦

➺ Just the Facts: NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival April 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, NOMA $10 advance member, $15 advance non-member, $18 at door NOMA.org/event/noma-egg-huntand-family-festival-2020 Egg Scramble April 4 & 5, 9 a.m.-noon City Park Carousel Gardens and Storyland $10 per person, $5 Friend of City Park members NewOrleansCityPark.com/events/ egg-scramble Historic French Quarter Easter Parade April 12 Begins at 9:45 a.m. in front of Antoine’s Restaurant and makes it way toward St. Louis Cathedral where Easter mass begins at 11 a.m.



Spring Fashion Accessories By Amy Gabriel In addition to your springtime festival agenda, your social calendar is blooming with invitations – some that will take you outside the Crescent City limits for tropical vacations and destination weddings. Here, travel-inspired accessories that are sure to rack up frequent style miles.

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� 1. Carry all of your essentials in a tassel accented, handwoven crossbody. Hola Guava, HolaGuava.com


3. Keep your passport fashionably protected in a full-grain leather wallet, etched with a 1934 map of New Orleans. Tactile Craftworks, TactileCraftworks.com


2. A Paris-made cuff bracelet with an interchangeable silk scarf makes for an ideal double-your-delight accessory. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, RelishNewOrleans.com


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4. A handmade shimmering sun ring will catch the light as you wave bon voyage. Mimosa Handcrafted, (225) 800-3068, MimosaHandcrafted.com

6. A snake print leather slide is ideal for sophisticated on-the-go gallivanting. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 8996800, FeetFirstStores.com

8. Remind yourself there’s no place like NOLA with a pair of “Please Return To New Orleans” studs. Cristy Cali, 3110 Magazine St., 722-8758, CristyCali.com

5. Take in the sights through a pair of color popping frames from Miga Studio. Art & Eyes, 3708 Magazine St., 891-4494, ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com

7. An Italian silk twill Buckwild bow tie is a dapper way to dress up a shirt while taking up little packing space. Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, JudyAtTheRink.com

9. An ESCAPE canvas weekender from Forestbound will ensure you’re stylishly suited for on-trend transit. Forestbound, Forestbound. com; CopperAndBrass.co

10. Travel time is on your side with The Altitude watch, engraved with the phrase “Veni. Vidi. Vici.”: ‘I came. I saw. I conquered.’ Vincero Watches, VinceroWatches.com 11. Shore up your essentials in a half-moon, tortoise shell clutch from Cult Gaia. Lukka Boutique, 711 O’Keefe Ave., 218-7113




Craving Comfort Chef Eric Cook of Gris Gris shares his Mississippi Rabbit Fricassee

INGREDIENTS: 1 ⅔ pounds rabbit

Cut the rabbit into serving size and season with salt and black pepper.

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter

Preheat a heavy pot with oil to mediumhigh heat.

3 Tablespoons oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped 4 green onions, chopped

Carefully place seasoned rabbit in oil, laying the pieces away from you to not splash hot oil in your direction. Brown rabbit on both sides. Remove the meat and set aside in a bowl to reserve liquids.

2 bay leaves

Add onions, celery and bell pepper to pot. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture being sure to scrape all the good stuff off the bottom of the pot. Once the mixture is cooked down, about 5-6 minutes, add minced garlic.

1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme

Cook for another minute to toast garlic.

Salt to taste

Slowly sift flour into pot and stir continuously to incorporate the mixture.

3 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tablespoons flour 1 cup red wine 2 cups dark chicken stock

Black pepper to taste Hot sauce to taste

Turn heat down to low and slowly add half of the red wine, stirring to incorporate. Be sure there are no clumps. Add half of the chicken stock and mix slowly, checking for consistency in thickness. Place the browned meat with the liquid that has settled in the bowl back into pot. Add remaining wine and stock to just cover meat. Return heat to medium-high. Add bay leaves and bring mixture to a boil. Once a boil is reached, lower heat to simmer and cover. Cook for 1 and a half hours, checking occasionally and stirring. Do not allow to come back to a boil – slow and low is the key to success.

Gris-Gris, 1800 Magazine St., 272-0241, GrisGrisNola.com


When rabbit is tender, remove pot from heat. Check for seasoning. Serve over cooked Louisiana rice. (Chef’s Note: I like to serve some hot corn bread with this dish.) Serves 4




Rockrose Uncommon Greek cuisine with a focus on fresh Gulf seafood

Grilled Octopus from Rockrose

By Jyl Benson

The menu at Rockrose, the contemporary Greek restaurant in the International House Hotel, recently unveiled a new spring menu to reflect the abundance of Gulf seafood and regional produce now coming into season while retaining the signature enhancements of bright lemon, garlic, fresh herbs and rich olive oil the restaurant has become known for since opening in October. Exposed, weathered brick, patches of plaster the color of warm sand, plush, tufted, deep blue velvet banquettes and flashes of mirrored glass create an environment at once soothing and invigorating. It is a fitting backdrop for locally born Chef Brian Doyle’s interpretation of Greek cuisine that’s reliant on local seafood instead of the hummus and grilled meat found on other local Mediterraneaninspired menus. Doyle’s partner in Rockrose is Nick Asprodites, a childhood friend and front-of-thehouse restaurant veteran. The duo travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean in planning Rockrose, which takes its name from a wild flower common to southern Greece. The fresh, inventive cocktail program at Rockrose is spearheaded by Jennifer Hussey. Her Greek Me Up combines Chartreuse, fresh lime and watermelon juices, and a hint of mastiha, an herbal liqueur made from the resin of a tree that grows exclusively on the island of Crete. Another signature cocktail, the Air PHOTO BY MIKE LIRETTE


Drop, combines the unexpected flavors of sherry, sparkling wine, lemon, honey and a splash of chocolate-walnut bitters. It is a toddy gone heavenly. On the primary menu, save for the tender gilled octopus served with black garlic potato salad, which Doyle sources from southern Spain. Each of the four starters features seafood pulled from nearby water; tuna tartare, for instance, no longer uncommon on local menus, is rendered striking here served with a rich fennel confit and a bracing vinaigrette flecked with Kalamata olives. Dig in with the provided sunchoke chips to scoop up the perfect bite. The briny flavor of plump U-15 Gulf shrimp is enhanced, not masked, by a light tomato sauce kissed with a touch of ouzo and the faint muskiness of browned goat butter. Rich jumbo lump crabmeat is rendered ever more so by a binding of spinach, fennel, bright preserved lemon and creamy feta and sharp kefalotyri cheeses. This is a starter for sharing, lest you ruin yourself for what’s to come. Flatbreads meant for sharing come topped with either earthy mushroom ragout and creamy pillows of Buratta cheese, or richly spiced Colorado lamb, feta and sundried tomatoes offset by fresh Greek oregano. While braised lamb, served tender at the bone, and a 10-ounce Tomahawk Berkshire pork chop crusted in crushed pistachios present solidly delicious arguments for straying from the signature

➺ Try This:

Keeping it fresh and vegetablefocused this spring? Check out the newly re-opened Seed, now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The vibrant space, lush with colorful live plants thriving in dappled natural light, is entirely vegan – but you’ll never miss the meat. Check out the artichoke cakes; masa gnocchi in an oat mole; and shaved and grilled asparagus, fennel and avocado with tahini dressing and fried quinoa served atop toast. Wash it all down with an incomparably perfect (and beautiful) Garden Vesper cocktail.

seafood theme, the whole fish still steals the show. Speckled trout was the specimen of the day on a recent visit. Dressed simply with a sauce of lemon, olive oil, capers and chives, hunks of pearly white meat fell to the plate between an intact head and tail. The rich sauce pooling beneath the fish was divine, and we used the abundant warm, fluffy pita bread to mop it up. Add a side of the charred rapini finished with garlic confit, a lemon-anchovy vinaigrette and crisp crust of breadcrumbs and Pecorino cheese for a satisfying meal that’s plenty for two to share. On April 19, Rockrose will host a family-style Greek Easter brunch featuring whole, locally sourced lamb, baby vegetables (including new asparagus with a butter-free Mediterranean take on Hollandaise) and fresh seafood. ✦

Rockrose, 217 Camp St., 369-3070, RockroseNola.com Seed, 1330 Prytania St., 417-7333, SeedNewOrleans.com




Elegance and Exhibitions The New Orleans Museum of Art treasures the community supporting its nationally recognized exhibitions and education programs. By Shelby Simon

More than 500 attendees filled the New Orleans Museum of Art and Besthoff Sculpture Garden to fète “Odyssey 2019: Mystère Louisiane” presented by IBERIABANK for an evening of opulence amongst art. Sound House presented by Élan Artists performed live music. In addition to the natural beauty of the museum and sculpture garden, Z Events and Urban Earth Design Studio provided elegant décor and stunning floral arrangements. Partygoers enjoyed cuisine prepared by 1718 Catering & Events with libations courtesy of Sazerac Co. In lieu of the traditional auction, NOMA invited guests to “Sip and Give,” offering champagne to those patrons interested in supporting a variety of NOMA operational needs. “Odyssey Ball” raised funds to support NOMA’s nationally recognized exhibitions and educational programs. Co-Chairs were Anne and Edmund Redd and Rupa and Tarun Jolly. ✦


➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: "Odyssey Ball," benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art WHEN: Friday, November 15, 2019 WHERE: New Orleans Museum of Art and Besthoff Sculpture Garden



1. Co-Chairs Tarun and Rupa Jolly and Anne and Edmund Redd 2. Fred Heebe, NOMA Volunteer Committee Chair Jennifer Heebe and Martha and Bill Gunther 3. Janice Parmelee, Martin De Laureal and Montine McDaniel Freeman Director Susan Taylor 4. Andrew and Susu Stall with Diane Hollis and Bill Goldring 5. Phyllis Taylor and Brent Wood 6. Louis and Nairne Lupin with Juli Miller Hart and David Kerstein








Wonderful Wines The generosity of more than 600 guests attending “Carnivale du Vin” helped Emeril Lagasse Foundation continue to support children. By Shelby Simon

“Carnivale du Vin 2019” marked the 15th year for the nationally recognized wine auction and gala dinner for Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s signature program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen, and nationwide nonprofit youth organizations supported by the foundation’s community grants program. The event was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The evening began with the G.H. Mumm Champagne Reception. During the Bacchus Reception, guests enjoyed food from culinary greats and wine from renowned vintners: Richard Blais, David Burke, Ashley Christensen, Sarah Grueneberg, Castello Banfi, Chateau Gaby, Paradigm and Paul Hobbs Winery. The Krewe du Vin Dinner featured a four-course meal created by Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Chefs de Cuisine and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts culinary students. Together with students from Café Reconcile, the students formed the service team for the special evening. Auctioneer DawnMarie Kotsonis and Special Guest Auction Reader Michael Haney offered prizes for bidding. Décor was provided by Perfect Presentations, including draped linens in gold, white, black and vibrant red, floral arrangements and candelabra adorned tables. Beverages were provided by G.H. Mumm Champagne, Buffalo Trace, Abita, Fiji Water and Republic National Distributing Company. Burlesque performers from Fleur de Tease greeted guests as they entered the G.H. Mumm Champagne Reception. Aerial performers provided by DreamCast Entertainment entertained guests during the night’s Bacchus Reception. New Orleans native band, The Soul Rebels, closed out the evening with a lively performance. The official commercial airline sponsor was American Airlines. Flexjet was the private flight sponsor, and the media sponsor was Wine Spectator. The event raised $1.5 million for nonprofits providing nutrition and culinary education, life skills development, arts education and basic childhood needs. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance

1. Host Chef Emeril Lagasse and Board Member Bridget Harrell 2. Board Member Andi Oustalet, Kate Rushton and Maggie McCabe 3. John and Kimberly Foster 4. Mary and Dr. George Van Wormer with Jennifer Joubert 5. Board Member Paul and Suzie Frank with Marilyn and Ron Harris 6. Chefs Richard Blais and Duff Goldman



WHAT: 15th “Carnivale du Vin,” benefiting Emeril Lagasse Foundation WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 2019 WHERE: Ernest M. Morial Convention Center







By the Light of the Moon


More than 2,000 patrons filled the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to support Ochsner Health System. By Shelby Simon

Large white spheres hung from the ceiling of the Superdome created a celestial ambiance for “Moonlight & Miracles” benefiting Ochsner Health System on November 8, 2019. Dr. David Margolin and Dr. Bobby Rodwig were this year’s Miracle Makers. The event was Chaired by Gayle Benson with the Rault Family. This year’s theme, “A World of Hope,” was captured by several video productions. Following the welcoming remarks made by Gayle Benson and President and CEO Warner Thomas, “A World of Hope” video narrated by Carl Sagan was presented. Guests also received a glimpse of a “day-in-the-life” of Ochsner clinicians and patients who receive care at the Ochsner Cancer Institute. A 2016 Miracle Maker, Daniel Allemond, was presented to speak by Thomas; Allemond is a pediatric cancer survivor who just completed an Ironman Triathlon. Jessica Huneycutt, New Orleans Saints Yoga Instructor, recounted her breast cancer journey and the impact that her Ochsner care team made in her recovery. Loving tributes to Dr. Daniel Margolin, Senior Physician, Colon and Rectal Surgery, and Dr. Bobby Rodwig, Senior Physician, Pathology Medical Director, were made by Dr. Brian Moore and Dr. Charles Whitlow. Johnny Lopez of Perfect Presentations was the lead decorator. Centerplate provided a three-course meal that was paired with Chateau St. Michelle wines. Guests were treated to red carpet photos and a Wheatly Vodka ice luge. Miles Clements, representing the Rault Family, who also serves as Ochsner Foundation Board Chairman, pulled the winning raffle ticket on stage for the winner of a 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Party on the Moon. Ronnie Lamarque dazzled the audience with his rendition of “All the Way” by Frank Sinatra. The evening’s program concluded with a Cyr Wheel performance by Elan Artists. More than $1.5 million was raised this year toward vital funding for innovative treatment solutions. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance 1. Norris and Bob Willams with Chair Gayle Benson 2. President & CEO Warner Thomas, Rene Doucet, Mary and Foundation Board Chairman Miles Clements 3. Bonnie Rault with Dr. Dennis and Maria Kay 4. Dr. Brian Moore with Lori and Steve Ballard 5. Dr. Renee Raymond and Mike Hulefeld 6. Jeanette and Chad Landry with Dr. Zoe Larned



WHAT: “Moonlight & Miracles,” benefiting Ochsner Health System WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2019 WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome







Home Fulfillment Eden House raised funds for operating costs and furnishings for its second residence. By Shelby Simon

“Building Dreams” for Eden House raised funds to support the Eden House operating costs and to furnish the second Eden House residence via an interactive home registry. The event was held at the home of Eden House Founder and Board President Kara Van de Carr her husband Daryl Byrd. Flowers were arranged by Leslie Stidd Massony. Guests who participated in the interactive registry received a beautiful Lotus charm designed by India Stewart. Following a champagne welcome, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres donated by Windsor Court. Gracious Bakery donated desserts, LA-23 donated barbecue and Mimi’s in the Marigny provided additional buffet items. Joel’s Catering provided food as well. Pearl Wine Company generously donated wine, and the Sazerac Company donated liquor and beer. Chase Ludeau provided musical entertainment. Country music singer and songwriter Elizabeth Lyons performed with her band who came in from Nashville. A luxury staycation courtesy of the Windsor Court and Arnaud’s was raffled off during the event. “Audrey with Lotus Flower and Gold Leaf” by Ashley Longshore was auctioned off. The losing bidder, who phoned in from Alabama, called back and offered to buy another “Audrey” at the winning bid price, and Ashley Longshore generously offered to paint another! The event was Co-Hosted by Courtney Freeman and Allison Hoffman. IBERIABANK sponsored the event at the Rhinestone Cowboy sponsorship level, and was joined by many other businesses and individuals at other sponsorship levels. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Building Dreams,” benefiting Eden House WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 WHERE: Home of Kara Van de Carr & Daryl Byrd



1. Co-Hosts Courtney Freeman and Allison Hoffman 2. Co-Founder and Vice President Katherine Erine and Walt Green 3. Board Member Peggy Babin, Chris Meeks, Helena Moreno and Board Member Erin Luetkemeier 4. Kay Oplinger with Chad and Board Treasurer Gina Rachel 5. Executive Director Susanne Dietzel, Medical Director Dr. Vivienne Hayne and Honorary Board Member Judge Karen Herman 6. David Indest, Bo Reily, Performng Artist Elizabeth Lyons and Will Reily







Art + Entrepreneurship YAYA raised more than $90,000 to support its free after school arts and entrepreneurship programs for young New Orleanians. By Shelby Simon

The YAYA Arts Center was filled with artwork made by youth artists, YAYA alumni artists and glass artists from across the city to welcome patrons to “Just Say YAYA Celebrating ARTrepreneurship” on Friday, November 15, 2019. AOS interior environments created a lounge space on the second floor and seating areas comprised of historic YAYA painted chairs. The courtyard was strung with lights and colorful flags where guests danced and ate, and artist Juli Juneau made handblown glass artwork in the hot shop. Food donations came from Palate New Orleans, Joel’s Catering, Cafe Reconcile, Zea Rotisserie & Bar, Langenstein’s, Bon Ton Cafe, Satsuma, Green to Go, Martin Wine Cellar, Faubourg Farms and Greek Girls Rice Pudding. Beverages were provided by NOLA Brewing, Seven Three Distilling and Roulaison. A Patron Party featured an oyster bar by Superior Seafood and food by Ralph’s on the Park and Napoleon House, with glassblowing demonstrations by Juli Juneau and music by Amber Matthews. Vegas Cola Band performed for the main event. Auction items featured donations from Terrance Osborne, Alexis Walter, Laurel Porcari, Christian Stock, LeBLANC + SMITH, Ace Hotel, Hotel Peter & Paul, Bacchanal and the Historic New Orleans Collection. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Just Say YAYA,” benefiting YAYA WHEN: Friday, November 15, 2019 WHERE: YAYA Arts Center



1. Co-Chairs Caroline Hayes and David T. Baker with Board Member Desiree Packard and Kimberly Allen 2. Alan Mumford, Board Member Anna Schaefer, Executive Director Meg Miles and Board President Danielle Coco 3. Board Member Carter Perrilliat, Immediate Past President Kay Kerrigan and YAYA Artists Shawn Evans and Hudson Meyn




A Salute to Veterans More than 750 guests celebrated Veterans Day weekend at the National WWII Museum gala. By Shelby Simon

The National WWII Museum’s 2019 “Victory Ball” presented by the Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation took place on the weekend of Veteran’s Day and saluted the men and women who have and continue to dedicate their lives to our freedom. The festive event featured cocktails and culinary creations by The American Sector Restaurant and Bar, live music, entertainment, dancing and unlimited access to the Museum’s pavilions and exhibit galleries throughout the evening. The Medal of Honor Recipient/Honorary Chairman was Specialist Five James C. McCloughan. The Honorary Chairman was Maureen Detweiler in honor of her late husband, William Detweiler. Committee Co-Chairs were Dr. Laura Cassidy and Mimi Moyse Schlesinger. A Patron Reception featured entertainment by Tiffany Pollack and Co and passed appetizers. At the Victory Ball, The Victory Swing Orchestra and The Yat Pack performed. The Museum’s Victory Belles also gave a Salute to Service. Floral arrangements were provided by LA Flowers. Proceeds from the Victory Ball support public programming and ongoing preservation efforts at the National WWII Museum. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Victory Ball,” benefiting The National WWII Museum WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2019 WHERE: National WWII Museum



1. Co-Chair Dr. Laura Cassidy and Senator Bill Cassidy with Co-Chair Mimi Moyse Schlesinger 2. Honoree Specialist Five James C. McCloughan, WWII Museum President and CEO Stephen Watson and Cherie McCloughan 3. Beth Mueller and Founding President Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, Ph.D.




Loving the Local Library


Latter Library hopes to transform its grounds into spaces for community enjoyment, reading and entertainment. By Shelby Simon

Latter Library opened its doors to local vendors and artists for a family-friendly party benefiting the library’s future projects and continued maintenance of the beautiful gardens. The current project in the works is an outdoor reading garden that can be used as an amphitheater-style seating for other library events with the goal of bringing indoor activities into outdoor experiences and highlighting lesser used areas of the grounds. Latter Library partnered with The Good Shop vendors and artists to bring this event to life. Food was provided by Dat Dog Catering and drinks were provided by The Wine Cellar on Prytania Street. DJ Gingerbeats offered musical entertainment. The silent auction featured fun and decorative socks from ELL & Atty, a braided money tree from Fait êNola, a dining table runner from Designs by Masue, a handmade pourover coffee brewer and riding essentials from Poet Motors. The Event Chair was Andrew Shachat, and Co-Chairs were Spencer Shilstone, Miles Mumford and John Bland. Marianne Mumford gave a speech outlining the importance of this event and the projects it funds. The presenting sponsor for the event was Landscape Images LTD, which has both an interest in preserving the library property for the surrounding community and additionally sees the potential for growth and new interests to keep the area alive and active. The Latter Library is thankful for the existing support and welcomes new visitors to enjoy the library and its upcoming community programs. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chair Spencer Shilstone and Event Chair Andrew Shachat 2. Co-Chair Miles Mumford, Catherine Freeman and Co-Chair John Bland 3. Matt Landau with Alan and Speaker Marianne Mumford



WHAT: “Growing Partnerships with Latter Library,” benefiting Latter Library WHEN: Friday, November 8, 2019 WHERE: Latter Library




A Star-Studded Soirée A private dinner for 125 supported Kingsley House’s mission to educate children, strengthen families and build community. By Shelby Simon

One of two annual fundraiser events held to sustain and enhance Kingsley House programs and services, “A Benefit Under the Stars” raised funds to meet the ever-evolving needs of the more than 7,000 children, families, seniors, veterans, mentallyfragile adults and caregivers who the organization serves annually. A Patron Party welcomed guests with glasses of sparkling wine and mingling with Celebrity Chefs while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. At the gala, guests were welcomed by Kingsley House Board President Miles Channing Thomas. Vincent J. Giardina, CPA and Trustee of Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, spoke of the Trust’s passion for the work of Kingsley House. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski spoke of their long-standing support of Kingsley House and their dedication to supporting organizations that have children and youth at the center of their mission. Elegant table designs by Urban Earth included lanterns pierced with stars, accented with seed eucalyptus and white roses. Guests were treated to a private dinner prepared by some of the city’s award-winning chefs, including Nina Compton, Susan Spicer, Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Maggie Scales. This year’s Guiding Light Sponsor was the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The Culinary Sponsor was the Link Stryjewski Foundation and the Shooting Star Sponsors were NFP | The Meltzer Group and Butler Holding Company. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance

1. Board President Elect Richard Roth III, Lisa Romano, Board President Miles Thomas and Vincent Giardina 2. Willie Michael and Board Member Dominique Wilson with Board Member Ben Butler 3. Margi Sunkel, Georgia Wilson, Jared Austin and Kelli Towers



WHAT: “A Benefit Under the Stars at the Pavilion for Tomorrow,” benefiting Kingsley House WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2019 WHERE: Pavilion for Tomorrow




Historic Heritage Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses celebrated its loyal patronage. By Shelby Simon

The “Historic Houses Society Gala” welcomed and honored the organization’s highest level of museum members. Their support allows the organization to maintain and preserve two 19th century historic house museums, which are National Historic Landmarks and important to the architecture, culture and history of New Orleans. Poe and Guy Carpenter opened their historic home for the gala. The home was built in 1870 by cotton broker Willis Herndon Hogan and meticulously restored by the Carpenters, owners of Supreme Restorations. The marvelously restored home was decorated with flowers in rich fall colors. The evening was catered by Ralph Brennan Catering & Events. The menu included two items from Creole Cookery, one of New Orleans’ oldest cookbooks, published by The Christian Woman’s Exchange in 1885. The historic dishes were courtbouillon redfish and turtle soup, and guests were gifted a copy of the original 1885 recipe of turtle soup as a favor. The signature cocktail was the Grima 57, inspired by a recipe found in a letter between two of the Grima brothers from 1857. Guests were greeted on the front porch of the home by Brett Gardner, a single banjoist playing New Orleans’ Dixieland sounds. In the backyard, a trio of band members from Vivaz including Javier Gutierrez stole the show with their acoustic Latin jazz. Sallee Benjamin and Grace Kaynor served as Event Chairs. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Historic Houses Society Gala,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2019 WHERE: Home of Poe and Guy Carpenter



1. Co-Chair Sallee Benjamin, Sybil Favrot and Co-Chair Grace Kaynor 2. Andrew and Betsey Todd with Hosts Poe and Guy Carpenter 3. Lise Kuhn, Julie Habetz and Erin Luetkemeier




Reclaiming Sustainable Creativity


The Green Project hosted its Salvage Design Competition to highlight local creativity and the value of reclaimed goods. By Shelby Simon

The Green Project’s mission is to cultivate a culture of creative reuse and build a marketplace for reclaimed materials. “Salvations Exhibition + Auction” exemplifies this mission in real time by pairing reclaimed materials with beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind design as featured in the fundraiser’s main event, the Salvage Design Competition. The event was hosted at the Marigny Opera House, neighbors to the Green Project’s home. More than 30 pieces of handcrafted furniture, lighting and art were exhibited and auctioned as the culmination of the competition. Each piece was made by local artists using only locally sourced, reclaimed materials. The winners were: Best in Show: Another Time by Audiowood; Best Craftsmanship: Breakfast with Termites by Chemical 14; Best in Creative Reuse: High Lustre by Bryan Bradshaw & John Mouton; Best in Furniture: The Beatle Seat by Beatle Wood Works; Best in Lighting: Sound of Light by Studio de Cava; Best in Dimensional Art: Fleur de Love Blind Design by Adam & Gina Dugger and Best in Functional Objects: Macrame Folding Screen by Saynomore Studio & N.O. Finer Fibers. The Salvage Design Competition Judges were BOA, Founder & Creative Director of OI Studio; Joel Pominville, Executive Director of AIA New Orleans and New Orleans Architecture Foundation; Susan Langenhennig, Director of Communications at Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans; and Bryon Cornelison, Director of Special Projects, Office of Mayor Latoya Cantrell. The event featured food by 1000 Figs. Cocktails were provided by Belle of the Bar and made possible by Republic National Distributing Company. Local beer was provided by NOLA Brewing. The Green Project sponsors included Wisznia Architecture + Development, GoodWood NOLA, Hancock Whitney, AOS Interior Environments, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, AIA New Orleans and Art+Design Magazine. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance

1. Gina and Adam Dugger with Michael Dalle-Molle 2. Jeannette St. Amour, Emily Perkins, Jena Meagher and Tramel Smith 3. Sarah Allee-Walsh, Nomita Joshi-Gupta and Patricia Mansour



WHAT: “Salvations Exhibition + Auction 2019,” benefiting The Green Project WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2019 WHERE: Marigny Opera House



Bright & Breezy From layerable monochromes to statement sleeves, spring’s fashion trends bring a breath of fresh air By Melissa Coleman Photography by Theresa Cassagne Hair by Thomas Roney and Kelly Ann Snesrud Makeup by Megan Teachworth Model Ashley A. with FT45

Dress by Ulla Johnson at FeBe; shoes by Kate Spade and bracelets, both at Feet First FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250, FeBeClothing.com Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800, FeetFirstStores.com

Dress by Costarello at SOSUSU; bracelets at Feet First SOSUSU, 3427 Magazine St., 309-5026, SoSusu.myshopify.com Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800, FeetFirstStores.com

Dress by Tadashi Shoji at Elizabeth’s; shoes by Joie at FeBe Elizabeth’s, 204 Metairie Road, 833-3717, Facebook.com/ShopElizabeths FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250, FeBeClothing.com

Striped top and skirt by Drew at PERLIS; yellow trench by Iris Setlawke at Ballin’s PERLIS, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661, Perlis.com Ballin’s Ltd., 2917 Magazine St., #105, 891-4502; 721 Dante St., 866-4367; BallinsLtd.com

Dress by Philosophy de Lorenza Serafini, pink lucite clutch by Edie Parker, both at SOSUSU SOSUSU, 3427 Magazine St., 309-5026, SoSusu.myshopify.com

Suit by Alice and Olivia, blue silk bodysuit by Michelle Mason, both at Em’s; shoes by Kate Spade at Feet First Em’s, 246 Metairie Road, 834-2795, @ShopEms Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800, FeetFirstStores.com

Spring Shopping



A Magazine Adventure

By Kelcy Wilburn | Photos by Cheryl Gerber

In New Orleans, when you want to keep your finger on the pulse of fashion and style you’re likely to head to a famous “M”: Magazine Street. Magazine Street is home to store owners who pride themselves on exclusive designs, direct imports from Europe and beyond, and a general interest and awareness of what’s hot season to season. This month we’re taking a stroll to see what’s in store for spring 2020 and where you can relax and refuel.


Starting on the far end of Magazine Street, near Audubon Park, PERLIS has long been selling high-end Southern fashion for men, ladies and children. Perlis is a hot spot in spring for one of the South’s most iconic fabrics: seersucker. “Our wide variety of seersucker and white linen suits allow men to stay cool during summer weddings and dressy events,” says Bebe Rafferty, Marketing Coordinator. “Also, we’ve introduced some summer seersucker for ladies.” According to Rafferty, Perlis also has introduced New Orleans-themed needlepoint belts and accessories exclusively made for PERLIS by Smathers & Branson that incorporate shotgun houses, crawfish boils, street tiles and even St. Charles Avenue. Heading towards downtown on Magazine Street, you’ll find Home Malone between Jefferson and Napoleon avenues. This location –Home Malone’s second – just celebrated one year on Magazine selling home décor, apparel, jewelry, art and gifts. Boasting a floor-to-ceiling collection of locally made items, Home Malone is a hot spot in spring for its paper Carnival flowers that add bright pops of color to area homes. In preparation for spring, the shop recently added new locally made jewelry and clothing. Home Malone loves celebrating local creators and invites hobbyists to its events. “We host a handful of craft classes each month at our Magazine Street location and will be participating with a local makers’ market on Magazine Street’s biggest event of the year, the ‘Champagne Stroll,’” says Owner Kristin Malone Johnson. Carried by Home Malone and other Magazine Street retailers like Dirty Coast and Ballin’s LTD is Mimosa Handcrafted, a local line of handmade jewelry by Owner and Creative Director Madeline Ellis. Ellis uses lost-wax casting in creating her works, which are cast in bronze, sterling silver and 14 karat gold. “We always see a shift in focus to gift giving in the spring for Easter, graduation and Mother’s Day, so we have some exciting new pieces coming out that speak directly to some of those,” says Ellis. Mimosa Handcrafted’s cake pull collection is a popular gift for brides, while the magnolia necklace, earrings, cuff and ring are popular for Mother’s Day, along with the sleek, to-the-point “MAMA” necklace. Once you cross over Napoleon Avenue, you’ll find NO Fleas Market, a fiveyear-old second-hand store owned and operated by the Louisiana SPCA. “What makes this store unique is that all proceeds from NO Fleas Market benefit the homeless and neglected animals at the Louisiana SPCA,” says Charlotte Cox, Manager. “By donating items and shopping at NO Fleas Market, you’re making a real impact in the lives of animals.” Since the store’s items are donated, there’s always something new to see. Previous items have included Tiffany & Co. and Mignon Faget jewelry; Hudson Jeans and AG denim; vintage pieces; Perlis and Ralph Lauren for men; and a diverse book collection. The store will be open for the Champagne Stroll on May 9. On the next block, Feet First continues to keep things fresh with spring arrivals in shoes. Locally owned and in business for over 40 years, the store recently changed hands with Owner Rachel Patterson now at the helm. Patterson anticipates color being key this season and has brought in a spectrum of colors in all styles.

Art & Eyes 3708 Magazine St. 891-4494 ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com Belladonna Day Spa 2900 Magazine St. 891-4393 BelladonnaDaySpa.com Cristy Cali 3110 Magazine St. 722-8758 CristyCali.com Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture 3528 Magazine St. 417-9751 DarkGarden.com Feet First 4122 Magazine St. 899-6800 FeetFirstStores.com DARK GARDEN CORSETRY & COUTURE

“We are very excited about two new shoe lines this spring, which include vibrant colors and beautiful textures: Kate Spade – including the Kate Spade Keds collaboration and bridal line – and Bird of Flight, which are handmade in Brazil with a vintage vibe,” says Patterson. About midway between Napoleon and Louisiana avenues, Art & Eyes is set back and shaded on Magazine Street. The locally owned store features independent European, Japanese and American frames in an amusing store full of color and creativity. According to Owner Starr Hagenbring, big and thin will be a strong look for glasses in spring. “Carolyn Abram is your girl,” says Hagenbring. “Parisian style, multiple different colors of metal, some with added acetate to really make them pop.” With festival season at our heels, she also mentions Spexwax and Vinylize, frames made of recycled colored and black vinyl records. Additionally, Piero Massaro is a personal favorite for Hagenbring, who brought in a variety of shapes. Walk a couple blocks more and arrive at Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture, a womanowned-and-operated atelier and boutique specializing in corsetry and special occasion attire. Long established in San Francisco, Dark


Garden’s new location on Magazine Street is at home with New Orleans’ love of dressing up. “Whether for Carnival, balls, weddings, costume parties, shapewear, a stage performance,or just a random Wednesday, we’d love to help you feel fabulous in our styles,” says Annabelle Zakaluk, Boutique Manager. With wedding season underway, Dark Garden has house-made gowns and separates available and can work with couture bridal clients to bring their fantasy ensembles to life. The boutique recently stocked Zakaluk’s favorite design: the Rosalind gown. “Inspired by the glamour of old Hollywood, this is a show-stopping piece for your holiday or special occasion, or you can order it in white as the perfect elegant wedding dress.” Among the bustling shops and restaurants just downtown of Louisiana Avenue is the fine jewelry store of Cristy Cali, Designer & CEO of Cristy Cali New Orleans. Primarily focused on sterling silver, Cali is most known for her Fleur de Knot collection, originally inspired by the ancient Celtic Love Knot. “Anything inspired by Celtic culture would be perfect for this time of year,” says Cali, “even the Fleur de Lis because this symbol originates from the iris flower. We often forget

Home Malone 4610 Magazine St. 766-6148 HomeMaloneNola.com Lukka New Orleans 711 O’Keefe Ave. 218-7113 ShopLukka.com Mimosa Handcrafted (225) 800-3068 MimosaHandcrafted.com NO Fleas Market 4228 Magazine St. 900-1446 la-spca.org, facebook.com/nofleasmarket PERLIS 6070 Magazine St. 895-8661 Perlis.com Pizza Domenica (Uptown) 4933 Magazine St. 301-4978 PizzaDomenica.com Relish 600 Metairie Road , Suite B Metairie 309-3336 RelishNewOrleans.com

2 MORE TO TRY Just a few blocks off the far end of Magazine Street is Lukka Boutique, a women’s contemporary fashion boutique gearing up for spring with lots of color. “We have seen neon as a fun trend to bring color to your spring wardrobe,” says Catherine Tessier Lemoine, Assistant Buyer and Marketing Consultant. “Lots of pink!” The looks of the season are “acrylic accessories, colorful jewelry and a statement handbag,” she adds. Sets are also in at Lukka, whether a blazer and matching short, a light-weight button down and matching pant or a fashionable top with shorts that can pass as a romper. “We just love the versatility that a set brings, together or separate,” says Lemoine. Mixing in a little of Magazine’s sister street, Metairie Road-based Relish offers a similar shopping vibe just on the other side of the parish line, where Owner Beth Harris is bringing in large-brim hats for outdoor events and relaxing on the beach. A frequent traveler to Europe, Harris is lately drawn to accessorizing with colorful silk scarves. “Women put them on their handbags and then put them around their neck or in the hair – it’s a great accessory, versatile, affordable, colorful and bright,” she says. Additionally, Harris is bringing in colorful belts and handbags for adding more pop to an outfit this spring.


this term translates to ’flower of the lily,’” she says. Cali couldn’t resist adding a fleur de lis to her Claddagh ring, a traditional Irish design intended to signal a wearer’s relationship status. Cali also notes that April is a time to reestablish or strengthen faith and spirituality – for this reason she notes that Celtic crosses can be a creative and beautiful way to express one’s faith.

WHERE TO TAKE A LOAD OFF On the lower end of Magazine Street, Belladonna Day Spa beckons shoppers off weary feet with rejuvenating spa experiences in addition to skincare services and a retail boutique. “We’re more than happy to give private tours to our shoppers and first-time guests,” says Nicole Strassel, Wellness Events Director. “Many of them are surprised to see that we offer so much more than spa treatments. We’re the one-stop-shop for aesthetics and wellness in a relaxed, upscale environment.” Belladonna is introducing a new series of wellness events at the spa to showcase new spa treatments and gathering spaces, including the Hydrotherapy Garden and tranquil Tea Garden with blooming jasmine, gardenia, magnolia flowers and a bubbling koi pond. Like relaxing, refueling is another must when shopping the six miles of Magazine Street. Fortunately, there’s Pizza Domenica (Uptown). “Our garlic knots are notorious in town, but we have pizzas that have been on the menu since day one, including the Calabrese pizza,” says Executive Chef Phil Mariano. “In the spring, we pull in fresh produce and fruit and change up pizza toppings, desserts and salads,” he says. A neighborhood pizzeria with an open kitchen, Pizza Domenica uses a custom-made oven shipped from Italy in creating its specialty, gourmet pizzas. The bar offers national and local beers, specialty brews and craft cocktails. Monday through Friday, Pizza Domenica offers an enviable happy hour from 3-5 p.m. with half off pizzas and drink specials. BELLADONNA DAY SPA




Flora Sanders Fenner Weds Ronald James French Saturday, August 20, 1960 By Bev Church

Flora Fenner met Ron French during her debut year when she was queen of Carnival in 1959. Her brother had introduced them the year before, and Ron was her escort in Atlanteans. Ron, who was from Houston, was attending medical school at Tulane and Flora was at Goucher in Maryland, so it was a long distance relationship until Flora came back to New Orleans to make her debut. Believe it or not, Flora and Ron had the same birthday, August 18, so I think this wedding was meant to be! Ron asked Flora to go with him to Houston to meet his family, but before the trip he went to ask her father, Darwin Fenner, for permission to marry her. Ron had a fabulous ring for her and on the way to Houston, on the beautiful Rice campus, he proposed and she said yes! Mr. Fenner was on a safari in Africa for two months, so Flora and her mother went to New York for the summer and stayed at the Barclay Hotel where they could make all of the wedding plans. Ron found a summer job at Sloane Kettering and stayed with friends, and they had a ball going to dinner and the theatre with Mrs. Fenner. 


The wedding was at Trinity Church at 8 p.m. in the evening. The aisle was accented with candelabra holding long ivory tapers and there were huge bouquets of white summer flowers flanking the altar. Flora was wearing a silk organdy gown with antique rose point lace in her collar and in her veil. The lace had been worn in her great grandmother’s wedding and passed down for generations! She carried a bouquet of white lilies of the valley and white orchids. The reception was held at Flora’s aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Eben Hardie’s, house on State Street, where they added an air conditioned tent decorated with smilax, tiny white lights and flowers that included white orchids, snapdragons and gardenias. There were 12 bridesmaids and groomsmen and little Mary Jane Fenner was the flower girl. After the reception, Flora changed into her going away outfit and they were off to a honeymoon in Las Brisas, Acapulco! Ron and Flora are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year! They have five boys and 13 grandchildren who all live in New Orleans. ✦





let their parents in on the secret. After Catherine joyfully said “yes,” they went over to her parents’ house, where Jeff’s parents were waiting as well. The six of them went out to dinner to celebrate the engagement. In addition to celebrating with their daughter, Catherine’s parents both played important roles leading up to the big day. Her mother designed and primarily produced the invitations. Her father chose the ceremony music and organized the musicians. For a December wedding, Swedish Christmas music that their family has played since Catherine was a child was the perfect fit. Like the music, the wedding décor also reflected the holiday spirit. On December 21, 2019, Catherine walked down the aisle of the chapel at Trinity Episcopal Church, which was beautifully bedecked for the Christmas season. After a touching ceremony officiated by Father John Pitzer, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the Orleans Club to continue the festivities. The Orleans Club’s classic, elegant winter atmosphere was a perfect complement to the holiday décor at the chapel. During the reception, guests particularly enjoyed the turtle soup and the cakes created by Swiss Confectionary. After an evening of wonderful food, fancy footwork on the dance floor and lots of smiles and laughter, Jeff and Catherine were happily exhausted and looking forward to their honeymoon. The couple spent two weeks in Spain before returning to their home in New Orleans. Jeff is a senior biostatistician at Ochsner, and Catherine is a social worker at Children’s Hospital. ✦

Olson – Burton By Megan Holt

Virginia Catherine Olson, like many 21st-century women looking to meet someone, downloaded the dating app Bumble. The app matched her with Jeffrey Harris Burton Jr., and the two arranged to meet at Delachaise for drinks. Catherine noticed Jeff’s welcoming smile right away, and drinks soon turned into a five-hour conver-


sation. Before long, the two were a couple. A little over two years later, Jeff surprised Catherine at her apartment when she got home from work. She knew that they were going out for a nice dinner, but she had no idea he was going to propose right then and there! Though the proposal was a private moment for the two of them, Jeff had already

Rehearsal Dinner Location: Tommy’s Cuisine Coordinator: Vicki Evans Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza from Wedding Belles Groom’s & Groosmen’s Attire: Black tie tuxedos from Perlis Engagement Ring, Bride’s Wedding Band & Groom’s Wedding Band: Aucoin Hart Jewelers Florist: Meade Wenzel Invitation: Scriptura and Catherine’s mother Caterer: Orleans Club Photographer: Eau Claire Photographics Hair: Amy Anderson Makeup: Ana Servilla Music: Bobby J and Stuff Like That





Connie Uddo Director, NOLA Tree Project By Lindsay Mack


average of 3,000 trees per year to Orleans Parish residents, completely free. (Check out NolaTreeProject.org/what-we-do/ big-treesy to see when the next giveaway event will be held.) Any resident can drop by, take a workshop and get educated about caring for their new tree. Finally, the Greaux Healthy Kids & Community Orchards program goes the extra mile toward helping New Orleans area children learn more about trees and healthy eating. Taking off from the edible school-

yard idea, volunteers with this program plant an entire orchard of fruit trees at a school or community center. The program has already placed 10 orchards. Overall, the NOLA Tree Project is all about building a better city. “Resilience; that word is used so much in New Orleans. But trees also build resilience, because they become part of the fight to help build stronger, healthier communities,” says Uddo.  “We really need corporate, local companies to come do a

day of service with us, help us fund the planting to purchase the trees, maybe become a long-term partner,” says Uddo. In fact, large groups of volunteers from companies, corporations, businesses or schools are especially welcome. You can help Uddo and her team meet (end exceed) the goal of planting 100,000 trees in New Orleans. ✦

➺ Get Involved Learn more by visiting NolaTreeProject.org.


One organization is dedicated to restoring the New Orleans tree canopy in a fun, spirited way that fits the city’s vibe. Originally founded by Monique Pilie as Hike For Katreena, the NOLA Tree Project was created to help replant the estimated 100,000 trees lost during Hurricane Katrina. With an increased focus on the sustainability, resilience and future of the city’s trees, the NOLA Tree Project just hit 50,000 trees last year under director Connie Uddo’s leadership. Why is it so important to restore the tree canopy in and around New Orleans? For starters, there’s the potential energy savings factor. A good shade tree can help keep a house cooler by up to 5 degrees in the summer, according to Uddo. Trees are also crucial for stormwater management. In addition to slowing down rainfall, trees such as the cypress can drink up hundreds of gallons of stormwater quickly. Lastly, trees are an iconic and beautiful part of the city. “What would NOLA look like without our majestic oaks?” says Uddo.  The NOLA Tree Project helps bring more trees to New Orleans through three programs. First, the Urban Forestry Program invites volunteers to plant trees in parks, public green spaces, neutral grounds, schools and community centers. Next, the Big Treesy Giveaway donates an


Elizabeth Drennan Louise S. McGehee School By Mallory Lindsly

“A community catches people when they fall and helps them get back up. This is why everyone must be involved in their community – for the help you may need in the future is the help someone else needs right now,” says Elizabeth Drennan a junior at Louise S. McGehee School. Drennan is involved in her local and school communities by being a member in New Orleans Independent Schools’ Relay for Life, The New Orleans Heart of Passion team, Girls Learn International, McGehee G.I.V.E club, McGehee 504-EVER club and the McGehee Best Buddies club. One of Drennan’s most rewarding experiences was “Red Carpet Day,” an event hosted by the Heart of Passion, a local nonprofit. Drennan worked together as a team with 15 other New Orleans high school students to plan a fundraiser for an allexpense-paid summer retreat for teenagers with cancer. “Before the actual camp, I had only worked on behind-the-scenes fundraising for this cause. It was incredible to get hands-on experience and see what we had been talking about all year actually happen,” says Drennan. Another way that Drennan has been a philanthropist for her community is by raising money for New Orleans Independent Schools’ “Relay for Life” as a team captain. Drennan says, “Through my involvement, I learned about communicating with businesses and possible donors while learning how to

stand up for what I believe in, in a way that makes people want to support my cause and my team.” Elenore Falshaw, McGehee’s Director of Development, inspired Drennan to become a student activist with everything she has taught her students. Falshaw has been there to give support for all of Drennan’s community service. “She has sparked my interest in philanthropy and inspired me that young people have the power to impact their community,” says Drennan. “Mrs. Falshaw has taught me that it’s up to me to stand up and convince the community to listen and support my causes, and she has also taught me so much about how to do so.” Drennan is a junior in high school and currently unsure where she wants to go to college, but is leaning towards Rhodes College. She hopes to have a career in marketing or philanthropy because she wants to learn more about everything that goes on with community service. ✦ SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM



April By Fritz Esker


Disney’s Moana, Jr. Rivertown’s stage adaptation of the recent Disney blockbuster is performed by kids, for kids. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, RivertownTheaters.com

4-MAY 3

Songs That Won the War The Victory Belles perform musical gems of the World War II era like “La Vie En Rose,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and many more. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943, NationalWW2Musem.org


RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road’s release, The Beatles tribute band RAIN performs those classics alongside their earlier hits. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com


42nd Street Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer journeys from Allentown, PA to the Big Apple to land a job in a glitzy Broadway show. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700, JPAS.org

10-MAY 3



No Limit Reunion Tour New Orleans native and iconic rapper Master P returns home for a No Limit reunion concert featuring Mystikal, Young Bleed, Mia X and more. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, SmoothieKingCenter.com

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo This lovable ballet company performs delightful parodies of great ballet classics like Swan Lake and Giselle in what The Sunday Times, UK calls “the funniest night you will ever have at the ballet.” Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com


Anastasia Based on the hit 1997 animated film, this dazzling show tells the story of a young woman in 1920s Paris trying to uncover the mysteries of her past. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com


Disney on Ice’s Dream Big See some of your child’s favorite Disney characters like Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Miguel from Coco and the heroine of Moana in an ice skating extravaganza. UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Ave., 280-7171, Arena.UNO.edu

LPO: American Virtuosos The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Debussy’s “Nocturnes”, Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 5” and other works. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com


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LPO: Cyril Neville & Special Guests World-renowned musician and New Orleans’ native son Cyril Neville will perform for two nights at the Orpheum with special guest artists. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com

Dave Chappelle & Joe Rogan Dave Chappelle, fresh off his recent Netflix special, joins forces with popular podcaster Joe Rogan for a night of unforgettable comedy. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, SmoothieKingCenter.com

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches In part one of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, multiple characters intersect in mid-1980s New York City. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, LePetitTheatre.com

Dates subject to change ; please check before making plans



The Comedy Zone The nation’s largest comedy network brings audiences a night filled with fun and laughs from nationally touring stand-up comics. Westwego Performing Arts Theater (Teatro Wego), 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000, JPAS.org

25 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s Treme Threauxdown Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue’s annual Jazz Fest party returns to the Saenger Theater. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com


Martha Claire Breland Owner, Judy at the Rink By Lani Griffiths

What is your role at Judy at the Rink? As a small business owner I get to do all the fun stuff. I’m the buyer, merchandiser and sales associate. I do the marketing, deliveries and all the paperwork, too. What are some of the favorites at the store? My favorites right now as we move into spring are Beatriz Ball and Juliska melamine products. I have three young kids, so having a beautiful, functional piece of serveware that won’t break easily is key. I also love all of the dinner napkins from Honey+Hank, they’re going to be perfect for crawfish season.


Do you sell any specialty items? We take a lot of special orders for custom double old fashions, custom art and glasses. We work closely with our local artists to provide unique items for our customers.

Ridge Walker Glass, Monique Perry, Amanda Talley, Jan Salzer, Gary Schiro, Johnston Burkhardt, Gary Zoller, Laura McClendon, CC Gotz and many more. Is there a gift registry available? We are working on getting the registry online, but we have an in-store registry. We also deliver locally at no charge. What is the best thing about your store’s location? The Rink is a beautiful building with so much charm and character. It can be your one-stop shop for gifts, books, linens, jewelry, coffee, interior design and children’s clothing. We have great stores in The Rink and covered parking.

What are some of the items you sell at the store? We have a little bit of everything. We have more traditional wedding registry lines like Juliska, Casafina, Vietri, Simon Pearce, Annie Glass and Beatriz Ball. We have fun jewelry, handbags, candles and lots of art.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know about your store or your business? The previous owner of Judy at the Rink established a strong customer following and I am so grateful for Kay’s guidance over the past six months. We have maintained the incredible customer service and unique gifts Judy has always been known for, in addition to adding new lines.

Do you support any local artists? We have lots of local artists. We work with Lorraine Gendron, Steve Hasslock,

Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, JudyAtTheRink.com SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM



Autumn Adamme Founder and Owner, Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture By Lani Griffiths

Tell us a little background about your business. Dark Garden supports uncommon beauty with beautifully curated boutiques centered around our world-renowned corsetry line. My team and I are determined to provide clothing to fit any body type and any personal style because I firmly believe everyone deserves to feel beautiful. I established Dark Garden in 1989, originally creating custom-made clothing and costumes. The store eventually shifted to a focus on corsetry and special occasion attire in 1993.


Why did you choose to open a new store in New Orleans? I’ve always been inspired by the past; the richness and romance of New Orleans history combined with the culture of revelry and costumes are a perfect fit for the creativity and style of our offerings. It’s literally a dream come true for me to have a boutique in New Orleans. What are your bestsellers? People love our Valentine corset. It provides amazing bust support while also reducing the waist and smoothing the hips. It can be worn both as foundation, like the best strapless bra you’ll ever find, or as outerwear, creating the bodice of an ensemble. What do you recommend for first-time buyers? I recommend visiting the boutique and exploring our offerings in person. Each of our

standard-fit styles suits a different natural proportion; our fit specialists will help you find the best corset for your needs. Our corsets are so comfortable and supportive that many of our clients (men and women) rely on our corsets in place of orthopedic back braces. People often start with our cotton poplin corsets, but others love our lightweight mesh and silk Risqué corset. Do you have any options in addition to corsets? Dark Garden is much more than a corset shop and we delight in continually finding new styles, designers and artists to feature. We offer skirts and dresses of our own creation as well as many delightful accessories made by artists local to both San Francisco and New Orleans. We also carry jewelry, gloves, robes, hosiery and even our own perfume created in collaboration with Bourbon French. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or your business? My production team at the flagship (in San Francisco) is amazing. I take great pride in supporting domestic manufacturing, offering a fair wage and a great work environment. Many of our team members have been with the company for a decade. Dark Garden, 3528 Magazine St., 417-9751, DarkGarden.com

S N A P S H OT S By Marie Gabriel







1. Jeff Gulotta and Alexis, a Liberty Kitchen alumna, celebrate 10 years of impact at Liberty Kitchen’s annual “Come Grow With Us” fundraiser in September 2019. The event featured chefs from nearly 20 of New Orleans’ hottest restaurants serving up signature dishes, alongside Liberty’s Kitchen trainees and alumni, for attendees to vote on for Best in Show, Most Creative and Best Presentation. 2. Tiffany Harvill, Erich Weishaupt, Ahmaad Lott, Chef Susan Spicer, Jennifer Weishaupt and Michelle Mathew attended Liberty Kitchen’s annual “Come Grow With Us” benefit, which raised over $170,000 to go towards the organization’s mission to build skills, relationships and confidence. The proceeds will be used for youth stipends, uniforms, knife sets, case management, career counseling, leadership training and more. 3. Mary Hindermann, Beth Cristina Artigues, Lane Hindermann and Robin Dusang attended a benefit art show hosted by Artigues in September to raise funds for The NOCCA Institute and Special Connections, an organization that helps adults with special needs. 4. Jennifer Artigues, Beth Cristina Artigues and Kristi Artigues are pictured at the Metairie Country Club for an exclusive art show featuring the work of Eugenie Suggs, Carolyn Busenlener and Carol Joachim in September to benefit The NOCCA Institute and Special Connections. 5. “Scales & Ales” Chairmen Chriss Knight and Lon Nichols celebrated the fundraising event’s 10th anniversary at the Aquarium of the Americas in October. Proceeds from the event supported shark research and conservation efforts and guests were treated to a memorable evening of food, drink and live entertainment, as well as the enchanting sights and sounds of the Aquarium on the New Orleans riverfront after dark. 6. Melissa Duhe and Dr. Aaron Mammoser race against brain cancer at the fifth annual “Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5K Run/Walk” in Audubon Park in October 2019. The Favrot family started the race in memory of Kelsey Favrot, who died 10 years ago of brain cancer.


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7. Parker Favrot, Celeste Favrot, Chelsea Cusimano, McKell Favrot and Caroline Favrot made up the 2019 Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5K Race Committee, which was held in Audubon Park in October 2019. Almost 600 runners and walkers participated in the benefit, which raises money to fulfill Kelsey’s dying wish that New Orleans provide the same level of neuro-oncology care as major medical centers so that patients and their families don’t need to travel for treatment. 8. Myra Mier Miramon and Karen T. Stall celebrated the memory of Donna Thiele Clement at “Sip to Save 2019: Celebrate the Night in Black & White,” a fundraising party held at the Metairie Country Club to benefit the Karen T. Stall Research & Breast Institute, which awarded the LSU Health Foundation and Ochsner Health Foundation $25,000 each for cancer research. 9. Dr. Robert Batson and Dr. Shawn McKinley attend “Sip to Save 2019: Celebrate the Night in Black & White,” a fundraising event to benefit breast cancer research. The night featured a Patron Party at the Old Metairie home of Charlie and Karen Stall, followed by a second-line to the Metairie Country Club for the main event, where guests were treated to specialty cocktails, gourmet food, a silent auction, casino games and more. 10. Ariane Hawkins and Kristyn Williams at the fourth annual “Beignet Festival” at the Festival Grounds at New Orleans City Park in October 2019, where guests were invited to sample from 30 unique beignet dishes from some of the city’s best restaurants and food trucks, live music, local art and more. 11. Touchstone ABA’s Jackie White, Bobbie Fremin, and Gabrielle Chenevert celebrated the fourth annual “Beignet Festival,” held at City Part in October 2019. In addition to delicious treats and local art and music, this year’s event benefited the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits serving children with developmental delays. 12. The “Kickin’ Parkinson’s” 2019 Committee posed together at the Stone Creek Club & Spa in October 2019 during their equestrian-themed fundraiser. With over 700 guests, 200 auction items, 97 sponsors, food and drinks from more than 30 local restaurants, the event raised a record-breaking $390,000 for Parkinson’s Disease research.




Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras Summer Music Festival & Summer Orchestra Loyola University New Orleans (504) 861-1801 / gnoyo.org The 22nd annual Summer Music Festival will take place Monday-Friday, June 1-5. Students have the opportunity to learn from talented professional musicians around the country. Benefits include small group instruction, numerous performance opportunities and social interaction with other talented musicians. Public performance June 5. Tuition is $450. GNOYO’s 10th annual Summer Orchestras program will run June 23-July 28. Rehearsals begin June 23 and continue every Tuesday through July 28. The final concert will be July 28, and it’s free and open to the public. No audition necessary. Enrollment is on a first-come basis. Tuition $250. Kehoe -France School 720 Elise Ave., Metairie (504) 733-0472 | Kehoe-France.com

Academy of the Sacred Heart Summer Camp 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans (504) 269-1230 | ASHRosary.org/Summer Calling all boys and girls ages 1-13! Choose your adventure with a wide variety of festive and fun summer activities and enrichment opportunities every day. Arts, sports, water fun, music, cheerleading, competitive games, yoga, fitness, sports, track and field, Jump Start and lots more ... campers will have a blast on and off campus. This year’s theater camp is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Lunch is included in the tuition, and before/after-care is available for all camps. Dates: June 1-July 17. $230-275 per week (depending camp choice). Ecole Bilingue Le Camp d’été 821 General Pershing St., New Orleans (504) 896-4500 | EBNola.net Join Ecole Bilingue for a fun-filled French summer camp where children will learn the art of French cuisine, the joy of chanter (singing) and l’amour de la scene (theatre)! Camp is open to all children and French language background is not required. Give your child the experience of a lifetime by learning about French culture in a small group experience with a highlytrained staff. For more information, visit EBNola.net or email summercamp@ebnola.com.


Kehoe-France Camp is celebrating its 72nd summer camp season this year for children 8 weeks through 13 years old. Their program includes swimming instruction daily for campers 4 years and older, tennis, archery, field sports, arts and crafts, weekly themes, in-house field trips, STEM, technology/coding and much more on their picturesque 14 acre campus. KidCam Camps 1100 Broadway Ave., New Orleans (877) 454-3226 KidCamCamp.com/Camp-Locations/Every-Day-Away Summer Camp Reinvented. An exciting field trip adventure every day, every week with daily busses departing from Uptown near Tulane and Kidcam City Park. Every Day Away is a summer day camp concept, now in its fourth year, brought to you by KidCam Camps. Campers ages 7-14 will not stay put, but get off campus every day as they enjoy new destinations. Weekly trips include White Sands Beach, Gulf Island Water Park, River Road Go Karts, Clue Carre, Surge, Top Golf, 3 Arrows Archery, Turtle Cove, Gulfport Marine and more! Learn more online at EveryDayAway.Camp. Louise S. McGehee 2343 Prytania St., New Orleans (504) 561-1224 | McGeheeSchool.com/Summer McGehee camp for girls and boys aims to make sure every camper has the best summer ever! Summer is a time for fun and adventure, and the dedicated staff of McGehee faculty works tirelessly to create and promote an environment where campers have fun, make new friends and try new things. They take pride in a low camper-counselor ratio, allowing custom-


ization of each camper’s experience so that they can maximize their summer fun! Camp runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. MondayFriday, and weekly registration is available. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Louisiana Children’s Museum 15 Henry Thomas Dr., New Orleans (504) 523-1357 | LCM.org/Camps This summer LCM Camp is inspired by their new museum and new home in City Park. All camps include a balance of museum exploration and theme-based learning. Camp is available for ages 4-5 and 6-8. LCM offers one- and two-week camp sessions available May 26-August 7. For more information and to register for summer camp LCM.org/camps. Love Swimming 5221 S. Front St., New Orleans (504) 891-4662| LoveSwimming.com Make sure your child is ready for camp, swim tests and summer vacation by enrolling today! Love Swimming is the premier swim school of New Orleans where the main focus is teaching children 6 months and up how to swim in an enjoyable and effective way! The facility contains two heated indoor pools making lessons comfortable and possible whether rain or shine. Classes are taught by experienced, patient and fun instructors who intend to keep your child safe and engaged. Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp St., New Orleans (504) 539-9608 |OgdenMuseum.org/SummerCamps Through a series of small, specialized camps, kids in grades 2-12 can explore fashion design, photography, painting, printmaking, mixed media and more! Each session draws inspiration from Southern works of art and gives campers the chance to learn from professional artists in a unique museum setting. In celebration of each session, family and friends are invited to a final show or gallery exhibition, showcasing camper artwork. Space is limited, register today to reserve your camper’s spot! Painting with a Twist 4931 W. Esplanade Ave., Ste. D, Metairie (504) 832-5536 | PaintingWithATwist.com/Metairie Hey Twist Kids! Summer Art Camp is back at Painting with a Twist in Metairie! Camps are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for five days. On the final day, young artists will have their own art show to showcase all that they have accomplished during the week. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend the art show! Campers will learn art techniques and use them while creating acrylic paintings on different sized canvases and surfaces. Snacks and a camp T-shirt are provided. For more information

on kids’ classes or the upcoming Summer Camps, call (504) 832-5536. Kids Summer Art Camps at Painting with a Twist are: June 8-12; June 22-26; July 13-17. Register before May 1 and receive $15 off! Must call studio when signing up to receive discount. River Ridge School of Music & Dance 2020 Dickory Ave., #200, Harahan (504) 738 - 3050 | Laapa.com/Camp Join the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts for a summer of Music, Dance and Fun at Summer Camp! Sign up for 1,2, 3 or 4 weeks this July – brand new beginners to music and dance are welcome! Students ages 5-16 choose from over 40 instrumental, vocal, and dance programs to explore. Each week concludes with a concert for parents and guests. Camps are held at both Harahan and Mandeville campuses. Only 25 campers accepted each week to maximize faculty-student interaction, so reserve your spot today! Trinity Epioscopal School 1315 Jackson Ave., New Orleans (504) 525-8661 | TrinityNola.org Trinity offers 30 specialty camps each June and August. Camps are led by Trinity faculty and staff and include a variety of options for students ranging 15 months-14 years old. Our summer camp runs over five consecutive weeks in June and for two full weeks and one partial week in August. It includes both half and full-day scheduling options. Before and after camp care is available from 7:30.–8:30 a.m. and from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day. Ursuline Academy Camp U 2635 State St., New Orleans (504) 861-9150 | UANola.org/Camp-U Ursuline Academy’s Camp U provides individualized camp programs with subjects your camper loves most. Empower your camper with fun challenges including creative problem solving, collaboration and entrepreneurship with Camp Invention. For your creative spirit, Camp Create offers art, singing, cooking, baking, sewing, creative writing, music and more. For athletes, there’s Camp of Champions led by both districtand state-winning coaches and former college athletes, which includes volleyball, softball, basketball, running and soccer. And you won’t want to miss Super Week: a week filled with fun field trips! Ursuline Academy’s Camp U is truly a camp for every girl!




Art & Eyes 504.891.4494 ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com PIERO MASSARO from Venice, Italy, makes the most beautiful frames. The acetate mirrors the fine glass tradition of this elegant city, $520.

Boudreaux’s Jewelers 504.831.2602 BoudreauxsJewelers.com Boudreaux’s Signature Diamond Cross Collection, starting at $895.

Ballin’s LTD 504.866.4367 BallinsLtd.com Ballin’s has an array of designs from Hazel Smyth Jewelry including these gorgeous Klecks with Moonstone Cabochon, Faceted Aqua Chalcedony and Turquoise Glass Intaglio earrings. The perfect gift this Easter!



Diamonds Direct 504.383.3900 DiamondsDirect.com

Elizabeth’s 504.833.3717 FB: @ShopElizabeths

This beautiful Diamonds by the Yard necklace is the perfect Easter present for all ages! The classic diamond necklace is available in a variety of carat weights set in 14 karat white gold. Pricing starts at $1,450.

Brighten your Spring wardrobe with colorful straw handbags from Elizabeth’s on Metairie Road.

FeBe 504.835.5250 FeBeClothing.com Hop into FeBe boutique to shop the latest spring collection from Sennod. A local New Orleans jewelry line. Come shop jewelry, clothing, shoes and accessories all season long!

Feet First 504.899.6800 FeetFirstStores.com Complete your Easter ensemble with a classic tortoise clutch. This timeless accessory has an optional shoulder chain for versatility.



NO Fleas Market 504.900.1446 LA-SPCA.org/NOFleas NO Fleas Market is a pet-friendly resale shop that donates 100% of proceeds to the Louisiana SPCA. Donated items are carefully curated to provide shoppers with a great selection from Chanel to Tory Burch. Donate and shop for the animals!

Nola Pens 504.258.3916 NolaPens.com Each pen is expertly handcrafted to showcase the richness of the Audubon Park Live Oak.

PERLIS Clothing New Orleans 504.895.8661 French Quarter 504.523.6681 Mandeville 985.674.1711 Perlis.com The NOLA Love scarf features hot spots such as Commander’s Palace, Camellia Grill, Bourbon Street and many more. A 16” x 60” creation by local artist Jax Frey.


Monomin 504.827.1269 Monomin.com Monomin is now carrying HVISK, a modern vegan-leather brand from Denmark, where all the bags retail under $100. Pictured is the baby blue Cayman Pocket Bag ($88) set to imitate croc. Bag comes with adjustable matching strap, but a 100% resin chain strap is available as an option for only $28.

Arnaud’s Restaurant 813 Bienville Street, New Orleans (504) 523-5433 ArnaudsRestaurant.com Arnaud’s Sunday Jazz Brunch adds another layer of New Orleans charm with the sounds of Dixieland accompanying a decadent and leisurely meal with sweet starters such as the Creole Cream Cheese Evangeline, and savory entrées like Eggs Fauteaux or Grillades & Grits.

Drag Diva Brunch at The Fillmore New Orleans 6 Canal Street, New Orleans (504) 881-1555 FillmoreNOLA.com | @thefillmorenola Drag Diva Brunch is the premier choice for celebrations of all kinds! Your ticket is ALL-INCLUSIVE: full southern brunch buffet, reserved table seating and complimentary mimosa. With a variety of themes and a fabulous local cast of Drag Divas, it’s the most fun at brunch you’ll ever have!

Gospel Brunch at House of Blues 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans (504) 310-4999 HouseofBlues.com/NewOrleans/GospelBrunch This House of Blues WORLD-FAMOUS Gospel Brunch is a foot stomping, napkin waving good time! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet including southern specialties, tender carving stations, UNLIMITED MIMOSAS and more. Great for large parties and for the entire family. Every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Luke Restaurant 333 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans (504) 378-2840 LukeNewOrleans.com Luke offers a classic New Orleans brunch boasting a lively atmosphere and a menu that highlights seasonal local ingredients. Luke is the spot to enjoy the weekend with family and friends by sharing a plate of a seasonal favorite, Crawfish Home Fries or a classic Shrimp and Grits. SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM



Ralph’s On The Park 900 City Park Avenue, New Orleans (504) 448-1000 RalphsOnThePark.com Springtime dining at its finest – weekend brunch at Ralph’s on the Park offers breathtaking views of City Park and bottomless bubbles, Mimosas and Rosé. Enjoy shareable appetizers and seasonal entrées including Crawfish Cakes & Poached Eggs and Strawberry French Toast.

Red Gravy 125 Camp Street, New Orleans (504) 561-8844 RedGravyCafe.com Expect the unexpected at Red Gravy! Chef de Cuisine Roseann cooks everything from scratch and to order with fresh ingredients. The cozy, colorful bistro also features Roseann’s own handmade pottery. Voted #1 Brunch on Open Table’s Top 10 Brunches in New Orleans – you don’t want to miss the new spring menu!

Vyoone’s 412 Girod Street, New Orleans (504) 518-6007 Vyoone.com

Ruby Slipper See website for all New Orleans locations (504) 525-9355 TheRubySlipperCafe.net Voted #1 Place for Breakfast in New Orleans Magazine’sTops of the Town, Ruby Slipper is famous for bringing New Orleans flair to brunch classics. The culinary team has crafted a Spring Seasonal menu, which includes Roast Beef Po’boy Benedict, Carnival-inspired Stuffed French Toast and ‘Cereal and Milk’ Pancakes (pictured). Ruby Slipper is open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch. 68 ST. CHARLES AVENUE APRIL 2020

Vyoone’s offers a unique French flare In a historic warehouse building with private dining for large group events. Enjoy brunch cocktails and delicious menus all day Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Relax in French Quarter-style courtyard with serene fountain and occasional live jazz music.


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Straw Hat Day More than 40 years of celebrating the coming of spring – by changing your hat By Seale Paterson

ladies who tossed straw hats to passersby. In 1931, the Saenger Theater got involved, giving each young boy that surrendered their winter hat free admittance to an afternoon show, as well as hosting a fire truck parked out front. The Saenger organist and a dozen showgirls went up the truck extension ladder and tossed dozens of hats to specta-


tors below, then paraded up and down Canal Street. The next year, they planned an entire day of programming, including music and a 12-foot diameter hat “packed fuller of girls than any hat ever was before.” Straw Hat Day petered out in the 1960s, as the fashion of men’s hats as everyday wear fell out of style. ✦

Two unknown men showing off the latest straw hat fashion in the 1930s. Newspapers would announce new styles every year – shapes, edge textures, brim sizes and straw color changed a little every year, but the biggest changes were in the bands. Some years they were bold, vivid designs; others, solid and solemn colored. A trend during WWII saw interchangeable bands, popular for wartime budgets.


Straw Hat Day – the day designated for men to switch from winter hats to the straw hats of spring and summer – quietly started in New Orleans in the late 1910s. But in April of 1922, Mayor Andrew McShane decided to make it official, issuing a Straw Hat Day proclamation and urging men to “put the old felt lid away and crown your bean with nifty, up-to-the-minute headgear.” Stores filled their windows with straw hats, resulting in record-breaking sales. Organized by the Retail Merchants Bureau of the Association of Commerce, Straw Hat Day was held yearly for the next four decades. But it was the first 10 years that were the most extravagantly celebrated. In 1923, they began shooting a cannon off six times to announce the day. In 1924, hundreds of new “Swiss Non-Breakable” hats were thrown from the roofs of the Macheca and Godchaux buildings on Canal Street. That same year, hats frozen into giant blocks of ice were placed around the business district, where one could wait for them to melt, or chip into it for a faster grab of their new free hat. In 1926, a marching band and local merchants (all wearing straw hats, naturally) led a float in the shape of a straw hat down Canal Street. Atop the hat: two young

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