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AUGUST 2020 VOLUME 25 ISSUE 3 EDITORIAL

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CO N T E N T S

IN EVERY ISSUE 6 EDITORS’ NOTES + ON THE COVER 8 MAKING A DIFFERENCE Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank: “Helping families from the bottom up” 10 KIDS PLAY Subscription Boxes: Getting off screen and into something new 12 WHAT’S HOT Sports & Spirit 13 THE DISH Old Gretna: An epicurean exploration

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PHILANTHROPIC FUN 14 CHILDREN AT HEART Approximately 950 guests went down the rabbit hole into Wonderland to support the new cardiac unit at Children’s Hospital. 16 CHEERS TO 150 YEARS The Temple Sinai Congregation celebrated a major milestone with a Roaring Twenties party.

IN EVERY ISSUE 18 FROM THE HEART Ochsner’s “Red Tie Affair” treated guests to an evening of dining and dancing on the Mississippi River. 20 FÊTEING THE FRENCH QUARTER French Quarter Fest, Inc. honored local leaders and celebrated the treasures of the Vieux Carré.

38 VINTAGE WEDDING Dr. Harold Anthony Fuselier Jr. Weds Ann Valentino: May 18, 1968 39 YOUNG BLOODS Jasmine Araujo: Founder, Southern Solidaritys 40 SHOP TALK Robert Lewis John III: Regional Supervisor, J&J Exterminating 41 SHOP TALK Kim Starr Wise: Owner, Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 42 SNAPSHOTS

FEATURE 22 REIMAGINING TOGETHERNESS Entertaining in a new era

48 NOSTALGIA Monkey Business on Canal: When entertainment reigned at the Brass Rail & the Monkey Bar


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E D I TO R S' N OT E S

Bev Church with (clockwise from top) Kristin Malone Johnson of Home Malone, Julia Craig of SoSuSu and Starr Hagenbring of Art & Eyes show you just how easy it is to make your mask a fashion statement.

We are so proud to feature YAYA on our cover and they’re so proud that they haven’t missed a single day of programming – moving all classes online! YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists) empowers young people through visual arts education combined with entrepreneurial leadership and life skills training to thrive as leaders in their schools and community. Thanks to Executive Director Meg Miles, Senior Director of Programs Timeka Junius and YAYA students Laila James, Hudson Meyn and Sofia Olexia-Daigle for gracing our cover! This year their biggest fundraiser, “Just Say YAYA,” will be held November 20 and will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the new YAYA Arts Center in Central City! They are honoring Baty Landis, Kay Kerrigan and me, who all led the capital campaign for the new building. The event will look a little different, but you can expect a hybrid of live and virtual opportunities to meet the YAYA artists and buy their artwork; experience glass blowing demonstrations; and bid on silent auction items. For over 30 years YAYA has served our young people who have become professional artists, designers, teachers and leaders in New Orleans and all over the country. Please visit YAYA. com or call 529-3306 to donate today! Even though entertaining is different now, entertaining at home – in small groups – is crucial. We all need to be a part of the “stimulus package” here in our city! Look to our annual feature on entertaining for tips on how to do so safely. We have all been at home for months not spending as we would have, so whether you need a new outfit or accessories – or just want some – visit all your favorite boutiques. Go through your closets and give to Bridge House/Grace House and then get out there and support our city's retailers!  I am so sad that we’ve lost the larger than life Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern Sr. I loved him so much! He was a visionary, a huge talent and entrepreneur, and will always be known for creating the Mardi Gras for which New Orleans has become internationally known. With the creation of his super krewes, he opened up Mardi Gras for everyone in this city who wants to be a part of it. He will be missed! Stay safe and wear your masks – it’s gotten to be a fashion statement!

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I am fortunate that walks around my neighborhood these days come with socially distanced visits with neighbors as well as weekly music played by extremely talented musicians – from their porches, of course. My son recently turned 3, which means that our walks tend to be at his pace now. This slower ambling means that I can take more time to notice which plants are blooming and, recently, the addition a number of plaques describing the histories of significant buildings as well as the events and people involved. As of May 25, 35 new markers have been installed through a multifaceted program created by the Garden District Association. According to Profiles in Preservation Project Chairman Andrea St. Paul Bland, each subscribing homeowner receives their detailed history in a bound personal book with professional photographs and, even more impressively, in 2021, the Garden District Association will create and publish a book including about 100 homes and historic structures with individual histories and photographs. For more information visit GardenDistrictAssociation.com. The "Diliberto Law Firm Leukemia Cup Regatta" is Saturday, October 3, at the Southern Yacht Club. You still have time to form a team to help raise money for life saving research and treatment of blood cancers! Contact Adam Eversole by emailing adam.eversole@lls.org or call 758-3210 to get involved today! The 20th anniversary American Cancer Society “Belles and Beaus Ball,” is going virtual! The “Belles and Beaus Virtual Experience” will take place online Friday, October 2. Ball Chairs Stacy Guest and Jessica Schulman promise a program filled with inspiring messages, entertainment and more – all to help underwrite one year of operations at the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge in New Orleans – an amazing place that provides not only a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers, but also a nurturing community. Visit BellesAndBeausBall.com or email BellesAndBeausNola@cancer.org to learn more and donate today. Enjoy the end of summer, wash your hands and keep your mask on!

Morgan Packard Griffith

Editor’s Note: "St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events: September-December 2020" will run in our upcoming issue. If you have a nonprofit event during that time and you haven’t filled out our online form, please do it ASAP: MyNewOrleans.com/submit-a-charitable-event/. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email Editor Morgan Packard Griffith directly: Morgan@MyNewOrleans.com.

AUGUST *Calendar confirmed as of July 15. Please confirm directly with the nonprofit before making plans. Various dates in August-September “Wine Dinners,” benefiting New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, NOWFE.com 14 “Generation House Party – Next Generation’s Brand New Virtual Event,” benefiting Next Generation Ministries, NextGenClubs.com/houseparty


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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank “Helping families from the bottom up” By Catherine Freeman

It is a distant memory now, but not too long ago baby paraphernalia – including an overwhelming numbers of diapers – monopolized my life. Diapers were sprinkled throughout every room in our house, stuffed in my purse, in the center console of our cars, in the jogging stroller and anywhere our brigade of babies roamed pre-potty training. Diapers were a necessity I fortunately never had to wonder if we could provide. Sadly, many mothers must choose between diapering and feeding their child; not being able to go to work or school because they lack diapers to send with their child to day care; or having to make their child spend from dawn to dusk in the same diaper because there isn’t money to buy the eight to 10 diapers needed daily. Without diapers, children and their caregivers face negative physical, mental and economic impacts, including health risks like rashes and urinary tract infections as well as mental problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. Inspired by this harsh reality, the Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) founded its Diaper Bank to support New Orleans families. In its 96-year history, the JLNO has played a vibrant role in New Orleans, investing millions of dollars and massive volunteer hours through impactful initiatives and community partnerships. Leveraging the strength of their membership of more than 2,100, JLNO’s Diaper Bank program works to raise community awareness of the “diaper need,” host diaper drives, buy diapers at a highly

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discounted rate and provide volunteer support for sorting, packing, distributing and storing diapers at their Elmwood facility. A whopping 1 million free diapers are distributed annually through Diaper Bank community distribution partners. Following two spring COVID-19 diaper distributions and upon seeing a marked increase in requests from community partners, the Diaper Bank will continue to focus on meeting growing needs, including expansion to provide adult diapers later this year and highlighting National Diaper Need Awareness week September 21-27. Although funding remains their greatest need, there are other ways anyone can help: • Donate Diapers. Drop-off disposable diapers of any size, including open packages, at JLNO Headquarters on Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Purchase from the JLNO Amazon Wish List. Visit Amazon.com and search for “Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank” to buy and ship diapers directly to JLNO. • Donate “Dollars for Diapers.” Make a

financial contribution on the JLNO website or by mail to JLNO Headquarters. • Host a Diaper Drive. Motivate your school, business, church or social group to collect and purchase diapers. • Share Information. Use social media to share facts found at diaperbank@jlno.org about diaper need and raise our community’s awareness. • Volunteer. While the Diaper Bank is run by JLNO members, they often love meeting and having help from the public. Complete the form on the JLNO website to indicate your volunteer interest. “Despite the fact that one in every three families reports struggling to provide clean diapers for their young children, it’s an often overlooked problem facing lowincome families. None of the government safety-net programs address this need and the JLNO Diaper Bank is the only resource to assist with diaper need specifically in the New Orleans area”, shares JLNO President Kristin Van Hook Moore. The JLNO is committed to helping solve the larger, systemic problems facing Metropolitan New Orleans women, children and families and through the Diaper Bank is elevating the entire community – from the bottom up. ✦

➺ A little more...

The Junior League of New Orleans is located at 4319 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70115, can be found online at JLNO.org and contacted by calling 891-5845 or emailing info@jlno.org.


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Explore the Gardens. Longue Vue Gardens has reopened to the public and is now offering a Garden Pass. This gardens-only membership is good for six months and admits up to six people to the gardens as often as you like for only $40. longuevue.com/join-support

Explore from Home. The Longue Vue estate was designed to be a space for wellness and inspiration. Enjoy the historic house, explore the vibrant gardens, and engage with our expert staff, through Virtual Vue. longuevue.com/virtual_vue

Book for Fall! Plan now for your corporate retreat, bridal shower, or garden-based celebration. Small groups only. longuevue.com/venues

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K I DS P L AY

Subscription Boxes Getting off screen and into something new By Brittany Kennedy

For the average New Orleanian, August means more hot weather and going back to school. However, this school year – or at least the first half of it – promises to be a very different experience. Be it fully online, hybrid or even a socially distanced in-person classroom, finding ways to keep kids indoors and occupied is likely to be its own full-time job this month. While kids are busy adjusting to the new routine, tapping into their creative brains can be a great way to keep them occupied, indoors and still learning or exploring something new. Luckily, there’s a cornucopia of subscription boxes out there that helps kids both young and old tap into a side of themselves that they may not even know exists. While these boxes are from national companies, it bears noting that as the new scholastic world evolves, local organizations will step up to the challenge of helping parents. For example, the organization 826 New Orleans, which is dedicated to helping kids develop creative writing skills, created their Beaucoup Books project, which supplied book-making kits for kids in July. Meanwhile, they also compiled a list of resources for parents that are both specific to promoting literacy skills and helping source resources locally. Among my favorite of the subscription boxes for school-age kids comes from the company Little Passports. For kids that didn’t get to travel as much this summer as they would have

liked, the World Edition and USA Edition subscription boxes provide kids a starter kit with a passport and blue suitcase, and every month they discover a new country or state with crafts and souvenirs as well as access to other online content. For the child with wanderlust, this is the most socially distanced travel you can get. If you have a budding scientist in your home, Little Passports also has STEM kits that have kids solve real-life scientific mysteries. They even have boxes geared at kids 3-5 years old where they explore specific themes, like music or dinosaurs. If your kiddo was inspired by all that quarantine bread making that seemingly everyone on the internet did, then there are a ton of cooking subscription boxes that are designed for kids but that get everyone in the kitchen. Kid Stir sends monthly recipes that are designed to be put in a colorful binder and organized so they can categorize them by meal and cook them over and over. They also get specialized cooking tools as well as crafts like place cards or special notes for their diners that show food prep and meals as a communal activity – a good lesson in these socially distant times. Perhaps the most comprehensive Subscription Box company is KiwiCo, which guides parents very directly to a specific box by age and interest. They offer kits for ages 0 to 14+ and topics ranging from art, STEM, geography and travel and, of

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course, early learning. The company has won a ton of awards for the care and high-quality materials they use. While the kits for older students are pricier, they offer a lot for keeping older kids off of screen and engaged in something educational. They also have classroom packs for parents in hybrid schooling that want to go together and do something collaborative. Just about all of these companies have resources for teachers and larger kits for groups, meaning that parents can work together to create a group project by class or just friends, or they can simply join the same subscription and share recipe results, world travels or scientific discoveries. The idea here moving forward is community building and consistency for kids that may have been lacking those things in the past few months. ✦

➺ Just the Facts:

826 New Orleans’s List of COVID-19 Resources: 826NewOrleans.org/ student-family-resources-forcovid-19-closures Little Passports: LittlePassports.com Most boxes are $17-$24 per month, and they have deals for 6-month and 12-month subscriptions. Kid Stir: KidStir.com/#WHAT Each box is $20-$25, depending on the subscription plan you choose. KiwiCo: KiwiCo.com Most boxes are $18-$25, but there are sale items as well as classroom packs.


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W H AT ' S H OT

Sports & Spirit By Amy Gabriel We may not all be gathering in Champion’s Square, sitting elbow-to-elbow at Tiger Stadium or tailgating in typical fashion this year, but we can still showcase the love of our favorite teams with spirited accessories.

� � 1. Vintage-inspired onesies, tees and short sets make for darling Sunday ensembles. Banbury Cross, 100 Atherton Drive, 837-0447, BanburyCrossKids.com

2. Stash a social distance mask in your chic black and gold Cofi Leathers cross-body bag. Ballins LTD, 721 Dante St., 866-4367, NewOrleansKnitwear.com 3. Lock in your Crescent City love with a sterling silver padlock charm (chain sold separately). Cristy Cali, 3110 Magazine St., 722-8758, CristyCali.com

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4. Pep up your porch party with a black satin umbrella complete with gold feather ruffle. Gem Printing, 1904 Veteran’s Blvd., 834-9580, GemPrinting.com 5. You will be on the proper prowl at your bar cart with a tiger-shaped 7-in-1 bar tool. Includes 10 ml jigger, corkscrew, muddler, knife, zester, bottle opener and strainer. Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, JudyAtTheRink.com

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7. Style is a cinch with a crawfish black and gold striped belt and solid brass buckle. Perlis, 6060 Magazine St., 895-8661; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681, Perlis.com

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6. Painted by hand by a Cubanborn ALEPEL artist, the jungle cat with an emerald Swarovski crystal eye detail will take your Tiger cheering section into chic territory. Lukka Boutique, 711 O’Keefe Ave, 218-7113


THE DISH

Old Gretna An epicurean exploration

PHOTO BY MIKE LIRETTE

By Jyl Benson

In these times of dueling sensibilities, when we’re eager for a change of pace yet wary of ever more uncertainty, adventures close to home are welcome. Old Gretna was established as Mechanikham in 1836 when wealthy landowner, Nicholas Noel Destrehan, hired surveyor Benjamin Buisson to divide his swath of land on the river into lots. Buisson’s original symmetrical plan created a two-block-wide settlement with Huey P. Long Avenue (originally Copernicus Avenue) at the center and one street on either side (now Newton and Weyer streets). Mechanikham quickly became home to many German immigrants who played a vital role in the city’s development, and whose descendants became some of Gretna’s most prominent citizens. Nearly two centuries later the area has evolved into a fascinating, vaguely mysterious community. Like Uptown New Orleans, Old Gretna is loaded with historic homes, many of the Eastlake style, in quaint neighborhoods that hug the Mississippi River. The primary centers of commerce – Huey P. Long Avenue, Lafayette Street and Kepler Street – are dotted with quaint shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. What is now Cafe 615 at Da Wabbit opened in 1948 as a drive-in diner, easily identifiable by its original, iconic Bugs Bunny-themed neon sign. Since 2004 the restaurant, a hugely popular spot for lunch and on weekends, has been owned and operated by Eric and Dawn Savoie, who run the kitchen and front of the house, respectively. Hearty, fresh, abundant daily

plate lunch specials range from red beans and rice with smoked sausage or pork chop on Mondays for $10, to white beans and rice with smothered rabbit for $12 on Thursdays. A connoisseur of fried chicken, I’ve never encountered one finer than that served here. Kept juicy on the inside by a long soak in brine then battered and cooked until hot, golden and shaggy on the outside, $14 will score you half of a bird served atop buttered toast with a choice of two fresh sides. In 2018, Jimmy Cho relocated his celebrated Banana Blossom Thai restaurant from the strip mall where it opened in 2009 to a larger, decidedly more upscale space he renovated at the corner of Lafayette and Ninth streets. An abundance of natural light, a sleek color palate, bright bundles of fresh flowers and sparkling chandeliers set the tone for a date night or an adventure with friends that starts at the bar with selections from the lengthy cocktail list presented at the elegant backlit bar. Appetizers include crispy rice paper pork rolls with Thai glass noodles and mushrooms served with a sweet-sour chili peanut sauce that also accompanies the excellent fried coconut shrimp. Chiang Mai egg noodles arrive in a yellow curry while the signature BB Curry pairs delicate vermicelli noodles with a feisty red sauce. A few blocks away, Gretna Depot is the area’s cozy neighborhood hangout with a massive menu that roves from Cajun hot tamales and boudin balls to fried seafood, gumbo, 20 different burgers and a changing roster of daily plate

Fried chicken from Cafe 615 at Da Wabbit

lunch specials. Each day brings a different drink special and halfprice appetizers (of which there are 17 from which to choose) from 3-7 p.m. On Thursdays the special pricing is offered all day. Across Huey Long Avenue, Amore is an absolutely gorgeous bakery and cafe featuring decadent hand-crafted cakes, pastries, gelato and breakfast and luncheon specials from Chef Sage Spicuzza, who has operated the business with her mother, Bonnie Pecot, and her sister, Calli Boullosa, since late 2016. Spicuzza makes the spectacular array of Italian and French pastries, including buttery croissants, Danishes, flaky Napoleons, beignets and zeppoles. She graduated from Delgado’s culinary program then went to work for Angelo Brocato’s and, later, the Hotel Monteleone.

Pecot is an enthusiastic decorator who lavishes her passion upon both the interior and exterior of Amore. The elegant space is a don’t-miss for major holidays – Halloween in particular. The city also holds an exceptional farmers’ market every Saturday morning on Huey P. Long Avenue. ✦ Amore, 307 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 322-2122, Facebook. com/Amorebakeryandcafe Banana Blossom, 500 Ninth St., Gretna, 392-7530, BananaBlossom504.com Cafe 615 at Da Wabbit, 615 Kepler St., Gretna, 365-1225, Cafe615.com Gretna Depot, 326 Huey P. Long Ave., 362-8690, GretnaDepot.com

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Children at Heart

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Approximately 950 guests went down the rabbit hole into Wonderland to support the new cardiac unit at Children’s Hospital. By Shelby Simon

“Sugarplum Ball 2020” transported guests to the whacky and whimsical world of Wonderland. Hedge walls created a maze that led to the rabbit hole filled with oversized flowers and greenery. The main ballroom featured tables covered in an array of vibrant colors and atop the tables for guests were teapots, top hats and flowers ready for the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Illuminated trees hung over the dance floor decorated with playing cards, clocks and tea cups. Live entertainers were on site as well: Alice, The Queen of Hearts, The Mad Hatter and The White Rabbit all made appearances. The Mad Hatter’s VIP Tea Party was held the hour before the ball. Top sponsors and hospital executives were treated to bites from Ralph’s on the Park and Brennan’s while the James Martin Band played. The ball featured music by Karma and cuisine catered by 32 local restaurants. Beverages were provided by Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED Inc., Crescent Crown Distributing, The Goldring Family Foundation/Sazerac Company and Republic National Distributing Company. Key auction prizes included an acrylic painting of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow by Kyle Lucks, 18-karat rose gold diamond crossover hoop earrings by Aucoin Hart Jewelers, a one-week stay in a St. Kitts home donated by Dr. Evans Valerie and a New Orleans Pelicans Suite Experience including 16 tickets, parking and $1,000 in catering donated by Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC. The event raised funds for the new Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital New Orleans, which opened in January. The New CICU expanded specialized pediatric cardiology services for the region, with 28 large private rooms designed to care for patients with any cardiac medical or surgical condition requiring specialized care from newborns to adulthood. Co-Chairs were Katie Crosby and Julie George. The Lemoine Company served as Presenting Sponsor. Additional sponsors included the Alice in Wonderland Sponsor McDonnel Construction Services, King of Hearts Sponsor Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation and The Cheshire Cat Sponsors Baker Donelson, Bank of America Securities, Bernhard, Lynne Burkart, Fidelity Bank, Gootee Building Trust, IBERIABANK, Marye and John Nickens and PJs Coffee of New Orleans. The event raised more than $530,000. ✦

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1. Ted and Co-Chair Julie George with Co-Chair Katie and Howell Crosby 2. Board Chair Tony Recasner and Children’s Hospital CEO John Nickens 3. Sarah and LCMC Health CEO Greg Feirn 4. Hunter and Board Member Kaylea Hill with Philip and Courtney Garrett 5. Ben Whitworth with Board Members Dr. Stephen Hales and Whit Huguley 6. Board Member Dr. Chip Roth and City Councilmember Joe Giarrusso

PHOTOGRAPHED BY KENNY MARTINEZ

WHAT: 39th annual “Sugarplum Ball 2020,” benefiting Children’s Hospital New Orleans WHEN: Saturday, March 7 WHERE: The Fillmore


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Cheers to 150 Years

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The Temple Sinai Congregation celebrated a major milestone with a Roaring Twenties party. By Shelby Simon

Temple Sinai celebrated its 150th birthday on March 7, 2020, with a Roaring Twenties Gala presented by the Goldring Family Foundation. The Patron Party took place at the home of Joan and Julian Feibelman. Julian is the son of Rabbi Julian Feibelman, Temple Sinai’s senior rabbi from 1936-1967. Galatoire’s and Ruth’s Chris Steak House donated hors d’oeuvres. Cantor Joel Colman and Dr. Marcus St. Julien performed show tunes. The gala featured a red carpet entrance with gold draped in the foyer, reminiscent of 1920s glamour. Tables adorned with tall glass centerpieces filled with feathers, pearls, red roses and carnations, coupled with amber uplighting, evoked a club atmosphere. Master of Ceremonies David Bernard took on the persona of Jay Gatsby for the occasion. Janie Glade served as Event Chair. Jay Gatsby’s favorite drink, the peach bellini, was passed around in champagne glasses throughout the evening. Meryl Zimmerman performed live jazz and 1920s swing music, accompanied by professional 1920s dancing by Dance Quarter. A video presentation featured all living past presidents speaking about their poignant memories. The clergy, as well as Herbert Barton, Executive Director Emeritus, were also featured. An auction featured 38 prizes, offering highlights such as a Saba breakfast for eight guests served at home and home stays in Florida and in Colorado for skiing. A raffle featured two prizes: a French Baroque freshwater pearl 54-inch necklace donated by Hope Meyer Jewelry, won by Sue Barton, and an 18 karat white gold and diamond ring donated by Friend & Company, won by Josh Danzig. All proceeds supported the operations of Congregation Temple Sinai. Temple Sinai, the oldest Reform Jewish synagogue in Louisiana, provides regular worship, social and civic engagement and education for children and adults to more than 500 families. Approximately 175 guests were in attendance. ✦

WHAT: “Temple Sinai 150th Celebration,” benefiting the Temple Sinai Congregation WHEN: Saturday, March 7 WHERE: Home of Joan and Julian Feibelman 1. Morgan and Rabbi Daniel Sherman with Event Chair Janie Glade and President Tracey Dodd 2. Josh Danzig, Patron Party Hosts Julian and Joan Feibelman and Mark Stein 3. Amy Gainsburgh-Haspel, Bill Hess and Barbara Greenberg 4. Rob and Pamela Steeg with Matt Glodowski 5. Executive Director Emeritus Herbert and Sue Barton 6. Tom Lowenburg and Judith Lafitte with Ellen and Ann Lowenburg

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From the Heart

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Ochsner’s “Red Tie Affair” treated guests to an evening of dining and dancing on the Mississippi River. By Shelby Simon

This year’s “Red Tie Affair” on Friday, March 6, which took place on The Riverboat Louis Armstrong, welcomed more than 600 patrons to raise funds for the lifesaving work happening at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI). The program was presented by Gallagher, Chaired by Gina Khatib and emceed by retired news anchor Norman Robinson. Walda and Sydney Besthoff served as Honorary Chairs. System Chairman of Cardiovascular Diseases of Ochsner Health and JOHVI Director Dr. Christopher White and Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas presented the annual John L. Ochsner Heart and Vascular Award of Excellence to Hector Ventura, MD, FACC, FACP, section head for advanced heart failure and heart transplant at JOHVI. Dr. Ventura dazzled guests with his rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Thomas presented remarks about the current and future plans for JOHVI. The program also recognized the 1000th heart transplant patient, Devine King. The cocktail reception and after party space were decorated with red, gold, and white furniture and draping by Mardi Gras Productions and Element. The dining room tables were appointed with red and white specialty linens and accented with centerpieces by Fancy Faces. At the cocktail reception, guests enjoyed music by the South Louisiana Virtuoso while dining on passed hors d’oeuvres and libations, including a Kir Royale specialty cocktail. Dinner by Ralph Brennan’s Catering included a spring salad, bronzed redfish and a chocolate torte. The after party featured cheeseburger sliders, a Nitro ice cream bar, a coffee bar and red velvet martinis. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Bobby J and Stuff Like That. Friend & Company Jewelers, represented by Ken Friend, was recognized for donating an Edwardian ruby and diamond ring valued at $7,500. Guests were also delighted to take a spin of the roulette wheel to win rare and valuable wine. Proceeds go toward supporting the lifesaving work happening every day at JOHVI. Additional sponsors included Stirling Properties for contributing décor, Comm Care Corporation as revenue enhancers, Steve and Kathy Nathanson for the invitations and valet sponsors, Marsh USA contributing a VIP Lounge, Bill Bloecher for heart pillows and Edwards LifeSciences for the Mission Moment. ✦

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1. Presenting Sponsor representative Anderson Baker with Chair Gina and Dr. Sammy Khatib 2. Ochsner Health CMO Dr. Robert Hart, 1000th heart transplant patient Devine King and Honoree Dr. Hector Ventura 3. Honorary Chairs Sydney and Walda Besthoff with Ken Friend. 4. JOHVI Director Dr. Christopher White, Rene Doucet, Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas and Sis Ochsner Mann 5. Billy and Lulu Freiberg with COO Mike Hulefeld 6. Norris and Robert Williams

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WHAT: “2020 Red Tie Affair,” benefiting the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute WHEN: Friday, March 6 WHERE: The Riverboat Louis Armstrong (docked behind Mardi Gras World)


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Fêteing the French Quarter

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French Quarter Fest, Inc. honored local leaders and celebrated the treasures of the Vieux Carré. By Shelby Simon

The French Quarter Fest kicked off what would usually begin the 2020 festival season on Friday, March 6, with its annual gala fundraiser at The Fillmore New Orleans, setting a glamorous evening for the more than 500 guests in attendance. The gala featured a full open bar, dinner and a silent auction. Honorees included musician Walter “Wolfman” Washington, OffBeat Magazine publisher Jan Ramsey and Vance Vaucresson of Vaucresson’s Sausage. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. also honored the late Earn Bernhardt and Tropical Isle for years of support and commitment to the French Quarter community. Guests enjoyed cuisine selections including The Fillmore crudité display, mini crawfish pies, a surf and turf roll, Loretta’s Pralines and Windsor Court dessert bites. Flowers donated by The Plant Gallery decorated the tables. Evan Christopher and David Torkanowsky performed at the patron party. At the gala, Sweet Crude was followed by the Rebirth Brass Band. Auction highlights included Pelicans and Saints memorabilia donated by Chevron; a two-night stay at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel; KREWE Milan sunglasses; a VIP experience at Abita Pub; a feed an alpaca and anteater experience donated by the Audubon Institute; a “Take Two” membership to the New Orleans Film Society; a behind-the-scenes tour at the New Orleans Jazz Museum; an Antoine’s gift certificate; four tickets and an exclusive guided tour at the National WWII Museum; a signed Kermit Ruffins photograph; and more local and nationwide experiences. ✦

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➺ Event at a Glance

1. Anna Simpson, Honoree Walter Wolfman Washington and Caitlin Hunter 2. Alexis Marceaux and Honoree Jan Ramsey 3. Rebecca Sell, Sandra Dartus and Robert Rizzuto 4. Barrett Cooper, Alejandra Guzman, Emily Madero and Tod Smith 5. Torrey and Chimene Saloy 6. David Bilbe, Sharonda Williams, Tracy Thomas and Quinton Hamm

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT

WHAT: “French Quarter Fest Gala,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc. WHEN: Friday, March 6 WHERE: The Fillmore


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Entertaining in a New Era By Kelcy Wilburn

Reimagining Togetherness


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city of action and excitement, it’s fair to say that New Orleans doesn’t idle well. And with health on the line, residents are scrambling to find new ways to sustain old connections, the friendships, family ties and neighborly introductions that bring us joy, comfort and distraction from whatever ails us or the world. Entertaining – and finding entertainment – now requires a level of creativity and caution that leads some to throw their hands up in defeat. But come on, New Orleans. Creativity is ubiquitous here, and curating unique celebrations is at our core. Sharing space safely with friends and loved ones is possible, even if it does require a little rethinking of the space itself.

Note that federal, state and local guidelines are continually in flux; before solidifying your plans for entertaining or enlisting the following ideas, make sure to follow the current rules for maintaining safe distances, wearing masks and limiting group sizes. Now, let’s get to some local suggestions for fueling friendly fun.

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Rethinking space is the first step in curating your “event.” I guess we’re rethinking that word, too. Perhaps a dinner event was 15 to 20 people before. Imagine now a dinner event for four to six, or for the household alone or for just you and your partner. Imagine spacious dining layouts; imagine new dining spaces. These are just a few of the considerations our Executive Editor Bev Church made before hosting friends to her home and garden in June. After discussing the Covid-19 precautions all couples were taking, Church and her husband invited two couples to a distanced and catered dinner replete with special touches. Spaced seating, vibrant flowers, place cards, personalized painted glasses and gifted basil plants added refinement and charm, while dishes from Southern Hospitality Catering added a sense of adventure. “We all helped serve each course in different parts of the garden – crawfish empanadas, stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat and duck wrapped in bacon were served by the pool,” says Church. “Natchitoches meat pies were served in the outdoor room, and the main dish, shrimp ravigote, in the dining room,” she says. The dinner concluded with ice cream cones and distanced dancing. Whether entertaining your own family household or a small cadre of friends, there are a number of ways to transform your outdoor space into a new environment. Belinda Belk, Owner of Blue Gardenia Events and The Dinner Party Experience, suggests utilizing a projector, whether for the entertainment or the atmosphere. “How about a music festival

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night?” she says. “Project some fab concerts from Jazz Fest or Lollapalooza and fest away in your backyard.” Projectors are also great for creating a video backdrop, from old black-and-white movies to early MTV music videos. A summer blockbuster night complete with buttered popcorn could even become a monthly series for spaced friends and neighbors. Belk’s newest venture, The Dinner Party Experience, brings the dinner party straight to your home while relieving you of the set-up, service and clean-up. From reimagining your space to adding special touches, the goal is to make not just friends and family feel special, but for you, too, to experience a break from the routine of quarantine. To Ken Marino, Owner and Designer at Fabulous Flowers, entertaining at home is the most personal expression of friendship. And while current circumstances have made many people tired of their homes, Marino suggests transforming your space – even if just for a night. A decorated tent filled with lanterns, rugs, pillows and rented furniture can be an oasis in Tangiers, he says. This way, you can be transported somewhere new along with your family or guests.

For restaurants, creativity and quick pivots have also been a necessary part of moving forward and continuing to elevate the gatherings of families and friends. Briquette, located in the former Rodd Brothers Molasses Factory in the CBD, is known for its coastal cuisine with an emphasis on whole fish, craft cocktails and its awardwinning wine list. According to Proprietor Anna Tusa, the restaurant was cleaned by COVID Cleaning before reopening with its virus-killing PURTEQ system. While offering distanced dining per the city’s Phase II guidelines over the summer, Briquette also began organizing events for food and drink enthusiasts looking to escape the house. “We’re featuring a Staycation Summer Dining Series, and our first event was June 25,” says Tusa. Briquette partnered with Wagner Family Wines (Caymus Vineyards) for that event and plans to host an Italian-themed socially distant wine dinner August 19 in conjunction with NOWFE. In addition to events, Briquette offers spaced tables in its main dining room as well as private fine dining in the Briquette Wine Room for special occasions. “We have been decorating tables with candles, rose petals and flowers, and getting cakes to make our guests’ special events over the top,” says Tusa. Known for its contemporary French cuisine and chic indoor and courtyard dining, Vyoone’s has also


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Social distancing is more easily accomplished outdoors, so Marino likes to use natural designs from his garden to add allure to his patio space. “Large elephant ears in a tall clear vase makes a striking centerpiece for a buffet table,” he says. “Small clusters of assorted greenery can be used in bud vases or mint julep cups as additional accents.” Another outdoor spaces to take advantage of is the front porch, which could be transformed into a concert stage for a performance for neighbors or a candle-lit Parisian café for a romantic dinner for two. Amy Vega Knoll, Co-Owner of Louisiana Caviar Co., suggests ordering take-out from your favorite French restaurant and enlisting your children to be the servers. “Of course, start your meal off with Champagne and Cajun Caviar and bon appétit!” she says. Another idea from Knoll is a Champagne and caviar tasting – trying new bites and varieties of bubbles with close friends in the backyard or on Zoom can offer a break from routine while helping support local companies. Martin Wine & Spirits, for instance, offers “Wine Club” kits, four- and six-pack kits of exclusively selected wines that make you feel like part of a wine club without paying the monthly subscription. Rebecca Triana, Marketing & Brand Director, helped celebrate a birthday recently with a wine kit

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reopened in the Warehouse District. According to Owner Vyoone Therese Segue, the restaurant was known for celebrating special occasions and is now welcoming guests back to its small private event spaces. “For in-person dining, upstairs provides adequate spacing for social distancing and small-group private dinners for entertaining family and friends,” says Segue. For those entertaining at home or looking for a night off from cooking, Vyoone’s is offering family take-out meals, regular take-out, curbside pick-up and chef-curated catering menus. Over in Bayou St. John on Esplanade Avenue, Lola’s has been sharing family recipes and family-style dining for 26 years. The popular Spanish restaurant has undergone a full makeover inside and out and now offers expanded outdoor seating under its brand-new pergola and century-old oak tree. Additionally, it offers carry-out with curbside pickup or delivery via Uber Eats. Known for its various tapas, rich paellas, house-made sangria and joyous atmosphere, Lola’s is a neighborhood restaurant that has seen its fair share of birthdays, first dates and engagements. Owner Isabel Miranda welcomes guests to continue gathering around her grandmother’s recipes whether at the restaurant or elsewhere. “We love our antipasto, paella and signature house-made sangria – take it to-go for a beautiful sunset picnic on Bayou St. John, just two blocks away,” she says.

CHECK OUT: Briquette 701 South Peters St. 302-7496, Briquette-nola.com Vyoone’s Restaurant 412 Girod St. 518-6007, Vyoones.com Lola’s 3312 Esplanade Ave. 488-6946, LolasNewOrleans.com


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accompanied by one of Martin’s deli cheeseboards featuring freshly baked bread from local Bellegarde Bakery. “We’ve had a number of customers order wine and cheeseboards recently, especially with our local delivery service,” says Triana. Martin Wine & Spirits consultants are available by phone to give recommendations and pairing ideas, and the company also offers prepared gourmet foods. The family-owned company offers online shopping with convenient, safe (and usually same-day) curbside pickup as well as local delivery. Another popular destination for prepared foods with options for curbside pick-up and home delivery is Langenstein’s, located Uptown, in Metairie and in River Ridge. “For years, Langenstein’s has treated our customers like family by providing holiday meals, prepared foods and specialty items for New Orleanians of all backgrounds,” says Trey Lanaux, Owner and Operator. Popular party hits that can be ordered online and picked up or delivered include Le Popeye Dip, Better Cheddar, Langenstein’s deviled eggs, artichoke balls and sandwich trays. Food and drink are obviously a given at any New Orleans event – even when everything else has to be reconsidered – and one way to make the delivery feel a little more special is with specially printed products such as cups, napkins, koozies, handkerchiefs, cake bags and champagne glasses. Even small gatherings deserve flare.

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“Printed products at a smaller party make the function feel well thought out,” says Melissa Mortillaro, Owner of Gem Printing Co. “The petit size of the function should in no way dictate the end result – having personalized items is an effortless and delightful way to highlight the reason for celebrating,” she says. Examples of items that can make a home gathering seem more lavish include monogrammed cups or coasters and even personalized, disposable guest towels to encourage safe hand washing. More creatively, these items can add fun and flare to distanced events, like online chats with people near or far. To celebrate a friend’s recent engagement, Mortillaro organized a Zoom meeting to toast the bride-to-be. “Before we ‘met,’ I dropped off a care package to each attendee, which included a personalized mini champagne bottle, a stack of monogrammed napkins and a monogrammed cake bag filled with macaroons,” she says. All of this goes to show that what makes the occasion special isn’t the space itself, but the thought given to creating special touches.


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Dr. Harold Anthony Fuselier Jr. Weds Ann Valentino May 18, 1968 By Bev Church

Ann Valentino had just graduated from LSU and Dr. Harold Anthony “Tony” Fuselier Jr. had just started his internship at Charity Hospital on the LSU service. They met each other at a house party in Pass Christian on July 4th and it was love at first sight! Ann and Tony dated exclusively for the next few months, and he decided to ask her to marry him. Of course he asked Mr. Valentino first, and then thought of the perfect way to pop the question. Tony and Ann were going to a Mardi Gras ball with some of their best friends and were going to meet at Lafitte’s Blacksmith for a drink beforehand. On the way to the bar, they went to Pat O’Brien’s first. Tony couldn’t wait to surprise her, so he asked her right there! Of course she said yes. They had planned a wedding in July, but Tony was drafted into the Airforce as a Captain so the wedding was moved up to May. Ann and her mom planned a beautiful wedding at Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue with a reception at the Royal Orleans. Ann’s dress and her bridesmaids’ dresses were from Liberty Shop, and her veil of Brussels lace was a gift from her mom and arrived just in time for the wedding. Rohm’s Floral Designs created all of the flowers – Ann especially wanted white peonies. The tiered cake was from Swiss Bakery and the

table was decorated with loops of greenery and more peonies. The parties were nonstop and included a bar shower, cocktail parties and brunches at Beattie Geary’s and at the New Orleans Country Club. Millie Ball’s mom gave Ann a “doe dinner” and her bridesmaids’ luncheon at the Pontchartrain Hotel was given by her mom. The rehearsal dinner given by Tony’s parents was at the Metairie Country Club. After the wedding Tony and Ann changed into their going away outfits and were off to St. Martin in the Bahamas. Today, Ann and Tony live in New Orleans and have four incredible boys and five grandchildren! ✦

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Jasmine Araujo Founder, Southern Solidarity 

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By Lindsay Mack

During the COVID-19 outbreak in the Greater New Orleans area, Jasmine Araujo noticed that people living unhoused were being neglected and left to their own devices during the quarantine. Araujo quickly mobilized a group of educators and activists who were interested in helping distribute food and other basic needs, and the Southern Solidarity team was up and running. By early June, the team was distributing 200 to 300 meals daily, without missing a single day since the beginning of lockdown. At first, the volunteers made all the food themselves before heading out to distribution –

sometimes assembling 300 sandwiches a day. Mutual aid groups are now donating food to the Southern Solidarity team, and their end goal is to get to the point of growing their own healthy food for the organization. Then there was the issue of shelter. Although hotel vouchers were offered to people living unhoused, Araujo and the team realized that they didn’t cover a large portion of this population, leaving many people vulnerable. After the Southern Solidarity team demanded more housing for people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many unhoused people were successfully relocated to local hotels.

In addition, the people living unhoused who are served by the Southern Solidarity team also help run the organization. “We want to make sure they’re a big part of the intellectual work creating these actions. The unhoused decide our budget completely, and they’re a part of our vision-building,” says Araujo. Looking to the future, the Southern Solidarity team plans to continue their work into the post-pandemic world. Although the COVID-19 outbreak spurred the group into immediate action, the issues that they’re addressing, such as food insecurity and lack of shelter, were already pre-existing in the New

Orleans unhoused population. Araujo and the volunteer team will keep working to improve the lives of so many people throughout the city. ✦

➺ Get Involved At this time, Southern Solidarity welcomes donations, including food, water and hygiene products. Interested people may also donate directly at Southern Solidarity’s Go Fund Me page: GoFundMe.com/f/help-feed -new-orleans039-homeless. Learn more and contact them directly by visiting SouthernSolidarity.org or emailing southernsolidaritynola@gmail.com.

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Robert Lewis John III Regional Supervisor, J&J Exterminating By Lani Griffiths

ROBERT LEWIS JOHN JR., ROBERT “BOBBY” LEWIS JOHN SR. AND ROBERT LEWIS JOHN III

What is your role at J&J Exterminating? I’ve worn many hats throughout my time at J&J Exterminating. Having grown up in our family business, I’ve had the opportunity to work within all of our departments. Currently, I’m the regional operations manager over our southeastern region. What is the most common extermination problem? One of the most destructive and common pests that we deal with in Louisiana are two species of subterranean termites. Our climate in Louisiana allows for them to thrive. There has also been an increase in bedbug activity in the last couple years. What is your most popular new service? One of our more recent programs that we offer our customers is the Platinum Program, which is a monthly service that includes coverage of all common household pests, mosquitos and fleas. This is a premium service we offer for those customers that want to be covered for anything and everything. What are some long-term effects that can occur if pest problems go untreated? Depending on the pest, the result of failure to treat for a significant amount of time can lead to damage to one’s health and property. This can range from significant structural damage to various health issues. 40 ST. CHARLES AVENUE AUGUST 2020

What is something people don’t know about extermination? It’s a fun business! We really love what we do and truly enjoy being able to protect our customers’ homes and families. Partly an extension of public health, our industry helps control vector-borne diseases that can be transmitted by various pests, mosquitos and ticks. What sets J&J Exterminating apart from other pest-control companies? J&J Exterminating is special because of our people – we have some of the best and most tenured industry folks out there. We take pride in our employees, as their knowledge and experience allows us to best serve our customers. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or your company? We are truly thankful and blessed that we have been able to serve our fellow Louisianans for over 60 years, which has allowed us to become the largest familyowned pest control company in Louisiana. We’re very excited to expand our company by bringing our mission and service to our neighbors in East Texas. J&J Exterminating, 416 Commerce Point, 833-6305, JJExt.com


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Kim Starr Wise Owner, Kim Starr Wise Floral Events By Lani Griffiths

What is your role at Kim Starr Wise Floral Events? I’m the head honcho, flower slinger, ladder climber, creative director, owner, boss lady, visionary and designer of all beautiful things. What events do you design in addition to weddings? Bar and bat mitzvahs, private dinner parties, debutante balls, birthday parties, corporate events, micro-weddings and micro-events. I do it all! What else do you offer along with flowers for your designs? Linens, candles, table rentals, plant rentals, chair rentals, event coordination, furniture rentals and large installations. What is discussed in a design consultation? Color palettes, design styles, personality, design of your home (for insight into your vision), favorite flowers, least favorite flowers, favorite scents, inspirations – pretty much anything that I can glean about who you are and how that will impact the overall design. What is the difference between floral design and event styling? A floral designer will put flowers in a vase (still a highly skilled trade) but an event stylist combines the many facets of “design” to create an overall look for a space. Event styling involves the curation of color palettes, linens, chairs, candles, flower varieties and vessel types, and controls the overall look of the event so that it’s a cohesive and immersive experience. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or your business? I’m getting ready to open a flower shop on Magazine

Street! I’m going to sell unique flower arrangements that you can pick up curbside or have delivered. I’ll also sell beautiful pillar and taper candles, handpainted vases, locally made candle holders, flowers harvested from New Orleans farmers, ceramic containers, plants and all of their derivatives. The shop will also sell local artwork from Thread Paper Glue and I’m stocking some other floral-driven products like perfume, floral pins, books and scented candles. There is a need for unique flower shops in New Orleans that sell beautiful containers and unique vessels. It’s Paris-inspired, but with a twist on tradition. I’ll also feature petite nosegays that are fragrant and monochromatic, and can sit on a nightstand or on your desk without any fuss. I’m also designing direct-ship boxes of flowers from California farms so you can share the flower love and keep American farmers in business. Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, 437 Philip St., 315-5607; KimStarrWise.com Flower shop, 2036 Magazine St. – slated for opening August 1 SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM

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1. Tara Madden, Jessica Graber, Betty Trachtman, Ribby Fergusson, Jenny James, Elizabeth Pearson, Amie Bond, Louise Saenz, Lesley Brown and Alisha Serement enjoyed a night of James Bond-themed fun at the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library’s fundraising event, “The Spy Who Read Me” in November 2019, which benefited the library’s 2020 Summer Fun and Reading Program. 2. Dixon Stetler posed with John Marc Sharpe at “The Spy Who Read Me.” The event was held at the Main Library and featured a scavenger hunt through the stacks, a silent auction, food from local vendors, a martini bar and more. 3. Paul J. Willis, Jack Sullivan, Dickie Brennan and Kristin Fary attended the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival’s annual Patron Party, held in November 2019 at the home of board member Susan Hoskins. (Photo by Ride Hamilton) 4. Yu Jiang, April Zhang, Cindy Murchison, Janelle O’Brien and Nina Kooij enjoyed a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music by Clive Wilson’s Jazz Trio and more at the annual Patron Party for the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival. (Photo by Ride Hamilton) 5. Niki Fisk, Maureen Long and Dallon Weathers attended Upturn Arts’ seventh annual fundraiser, “Appetite for Art,” held at New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute in November 2019. This year, the Tres Doux Foundation was honored for its continued support of Upturn Art’s art therapy program and the event raised more than $63,000 to support arts education for the children of New Orleans. 6. Michael Zarou and Katie Witry are pictured Upturn Art’s “Appetite for Art.” Guests were treated to an evening of live music by Alexis and the Samurai, with a special performance featuring the Upturn Arts’ Youth Ensemble, mocktails crafted by Upturn Arts Students, a four-course meal with dishes by top local chefs and restaurants and an auction that included an original art piece created in collaboration with Demond Melancon, Big Chief of the Young Seminole Hunters, and Upturn students

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7. Fr. Bert Ebben O.P., Fr. Juan Torres O.P., Michie McHardy Bissell and Fr. Tom Condon O.P. enjoyed an evening of fun and fellowship at the “Southern Dominican Gala,” a fundraising event held at Copeland Tower in November 2019. (Photo by Michael Maples) 8. Kevin Colomb Esq., Fr. Roberto Merced O.P. and Fr. John Dominic Sims O.P. attended the “Southern Dominican Gala,” an annual fundraising event that benefits friars in formation and those in limited service and the ministries of the Province. This year’s event featured an auction, food from local vendors, live entertainment from The Big Easy Boys and more. (Photo by Michael Maples) 9. Bianca Dixon, Bryn Hickey, Javonda Nix, Amy Noto, Portia Gordon, Amy Jackson, Racheal Hebert, Morgan Lamandre, Rebecca Marchiafava, Lizzy Dombrock and Alix Tarnowsky are pictured at “Champions of Change,” the Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response’s second annual fundraising gala. 10. Rep. Joe Marino (I-Gretna), honoree of STAR’s 2019 Legislative Champion, posed with STAR’s Legal Director Morgan Lamandre at “Champions of Change” in November 2019. This year’s event was held at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park in New Orleans and recognized the individuals and organizations that help STAR serve hundreds of survivors of sexual violence each year. 11. Amanda Albert and Maddie Lazar celebrated Latter & Blum Uptown and Latter & Blum Garden District’s annual “United Way Bake Sale and Auction” in November 2019, along with Bob Merrick, Chairman of the Board, far left. The team enjoyed a fun morning as they sipped mimosas and bid on sweet and savory treats, wine and artwork donated by Latter & Blum agents and vendors. 12. Mari Roberts and Joe Aluise helped Latter & Blum Uptown and Latter & Blum Garden District staff raise more than $15,000 for United Way during their annual “United Way Bake Sale & Auction.”

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Briquette 701 S. Peters St., New Orleans 504-302-7496, Briquette-Nola.com

Impress your guests with a lively holiday soirée at Briquette. The contemporary yet casual interior can accommodate seated dinners for up to 240 guests and up to 400 receptionstyle. Or for a smaller dinner party their Briquette Wine Room can accommodate 30 guests seated and 50 reception style, perfect for family gatherings during this pandemic.

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Cajun Caviar is born in the Bayou and made in the USA! The roe used to make the caviar comes from Bowfin, fished from freshwater Louisiana bayous. It’s a perfect addition to your spread for any gathering this upcoming season, big or small.


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JW Marriott New Orleans

444 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-585-4353, ICNewOrleans.com

614 Canal St. (driveway entrance on 611 Common St.), New Orleans 504-527-6724, JWMarriottNewOrleans.com

Celebrate your holidays in style on historic St. Charles Avenue with the InterContinental New Orleans Hotel. Their luxurious event space, decorated for the season, is the perfect place to enjoy time with friends. Contact their sales office to secure your date at (504) 585-4353 or ICNewOrleans.com.

Whether it’s a reception for 500 in the beautiful Ile de France Grand Ballroom, or an inside/outside reception for 90 in their eighth floor hospitality suites and terraces overlooking iconic Canal Street, JW Marriott New Orleans can offer the perfect room for any special event.

Fancy Faces Décor 73128 Highway 1077, Covington 985-893-2652 FancyFacesDecor.com

With over 30 years of experience, Fancy Faces Décor can transform your event into a spectacular soirée. From furniture and linens to stunning décor, they can make your dreams a reality.

Pat O’Brien’s – Private Events 600 Decatur St., New Orleans 504-561-1200, PatOBriensPrivateEvents.com

“Let the Good Times Roll” with one of New Orleans’ most iconic establishments! Visit Pat O’s On the River in The French Quarter or Pat O’Brien’s Briars Suite on Bourbon Street for a private event experience like no other in the city.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTICE: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Ace and the Louisiana Open Housing Act, which make it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. For more information, call the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-273-5718.

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FOR SALE 600 Port of New Orleans, 15F 600 Port of New Orleans Place, 15A 1516 Robert St 2727 St. Charles Ave 600 Port of New Orleans, 3E 600 Port of New Orleans Place #4B 1631 State St 11 Island Club Drive 7432 Barataria Blvd. 700 S Peters St. #211 7338 Barataria Blvd. 312 Timberlane Dr 8 Fernwood St. 610 John Churchill Chase St. #18 260 Sports Marina Rd., Venice PENDING 301 Fairfield Ave. PENDING 700 S. Peters St., #505 3720 Lake Lynn Dr 641 Adee Lane 330 Julia St., #316

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Latter & Blum, Inc. | 200 Broadway St., #142 | New Orleans, LA (504) 866-2785 | Licensed in Louisiana License #57937

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PROPERTIES ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS

Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211

www.EleanorFarnsworth.com 620 Ursulines Avenue.........SOLD................$8,250,000 5631 St. Charles Avenue .....SOLD ............... $6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue ...... SOLD ...............$6,000,000 1004 Falcon Road ............... SOLD ...............$5,600,000 3 Audubon Place ................ SOLD ...............$5,250,000 3711 St. Charles Avenue................................$4,599,500 16 Audubon Place .............. SOLD ...............$4,500,000 1 Garden Lane...............................................$4,447,000 295 Walnut Street ............... SOLD ...............$3,990,000 1649 Joseph Street .............. SOLD ...............$3,700,000 8 La Salle Place .................. SOLD ...............$3,650,000 905 Royal Street............................................$3,500,000 2507 Prytania Street............SOLD............... $3,250,000 525 Madison Street............. SOLD ...............$2,800,000 1 Brady Island Lane......................................$2,705,000 611 Hector Avenue........................................$2,690,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD................$2,650,000 1560 Henry Clay Avenue.....SOLD............... $2,575,000 8 Rosa Park.........................SOLD............... $2,490,000 1527 Sixth Street ................. SOLD ...............$2,385,000 1776 State Street ................. SOLD ...............$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ........SOLD ...............$2,300,000 1633 Dufossat Street...........SOLD................$2,250,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge......SOLD$2,200,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue.........SOLD $2,199,000 2503 St Charles Avenue .....SOLD ............... $2,195,000 1514 Valmont Street.......................................$2,150,000 1308 Nashville Avenue........SOLD................$2,100,000 4626 St Charles Avenue.......SOLD................$1,999,999 1505 Nashville Avenue........SOLD................$1,895,000 1938 State Street..................SOLD................$1,895,000 841 Barracks Street ............. SOLD ............... $1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street .............. SOLD ............... $1,850,000 7 Rosa Park ........................ SOLD ............... $1,800,000 1518 First Street .................. SOLD ............... $1,750,000 909 Ursulines Avenue......... SOLD ............... $1,750,000 418 Common Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,750,000 1328 Felicity Street ............. SOLD ............... $1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street .............. SOLD ............... $1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ............... SOLD ............... $1,700,000

1800 Jefferson Avenue ........ SOLD ............... $1,700,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .................................... $1,650,000 1732-34 Palmer Avenue.......SOLD................$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street.......... SOLD ............... $1,625,000 1233 Second Street.............. SOLD ............... $1,600,000 576 Audubon Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,595,000 2236 Prytania Street...................................... $1,590,000 915 Henry Clay Avenue......SOLD.................$1,590,000 19 Richmond Place ............ SOLD................ $1,575,000 411 Audubon Street.............SOLD.................$1,550,000 6015 Prytania Street ............SOLD................$1,497,500 2302 St. Charles Avenue #3A&B.....SOLD....$1,495,000 1663 Valmont Street.............SOLD................$1,495,000 4613 St. Charles Avenue ..... SOLD ......... ......$1,495,000 2707 Coliseum Street.......... SOLD ............... $1,490,000 2507 Prytania Street ........... SOLD ............... $1,490,000 6433 Paris Avenue .............. SOLD ............... $1,450,000 1542 Calhoun Street............ SOLD ............... $1,450,000 1641 State Street...................SOLD...............$1,425,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue ...... SOLD ............... $1,400,000 1205 Philip Street ................ SOLD ............... $1,399,000 1203 Marengo Street ...........SOLD ...............$1,390,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue ...... SOLD ............... $1,370,000 1413 Philip Street ................ SOLD ............... $1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ........... SOLD .............. $1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street............ SOLD ............... $1,300,000 1137 State Street ................. SOLD ............... $1,295,000 234 Brockenbraugh Court...SOLD...............$1,295,000 1620 Fourth Street...............SOLD................$1,295,000 6502 Woodwards Bluff, Long Beach, MS.....$1,275,000 434 Lakeshore Parkway...... SOLD ............... $1,275,000 1333 State Street ................. SOLD ............... $1,250,000 1207 State Street ................ SOLD ............... $1,250,000 397 Holden Rd, Poplarville, MS...................$1,100,000 1002 Webster Street....................................... .. $995,000 1311 Valmont Street............. SOLD..................$950,000 2823 Chestnut Street...........SOLD................. .$880,000 1920-24 Jefferson Avenue.................................$875,000 21431 Bobs Road, Long Beach, MS................ $850,000 912 Hidalgo Street...........................................$475,000

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Monkey Business on Canal When entertainment reigned at the Brass Rail & the Monkey Bar By Seale Paterson

the Exotic Wildfire, Linda and her Cuban Rumba and Dorothy the Comedy and Ballet Dancer, closing out with Larry Gerard and his Bedtime Stories for Grownups. The entertainment at the Monkey Bar tended to be the exotic type, advertising fun, frolic and a “gala of beautiful vivacious girls.” Sometimes these acts made headlines, like a catfight that went legal when Lilly Christine The Cat Girl (trademarked in 1952) sued the club for advertising a different “Cat Girl” in 1958. Lilly sued for “damage to her reputation” and “loss of good will” and won. Both the Brass Rail and

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Monkey Bar became known as a hot spots for jazz in New Orleans. They are mentioned in Dr. John’s autobiography Under a Hoodoo Moon; he was rumored to have skipped Sunday Mass to catch early morning band sessions. In 1955, Paul Gayten’s Orchestra was booked for an extended residency at the Brass Rail. Gayten soon went on to discover, sign and produce Clarence “Frogman” Henry and have a national hit song of his own with “But I Do.” The clubs fell victim to D. A. Jim Garrison’s pledge to sanitize the French Quarter. The relentless arrests of both staff and customers eventually

led to the loss of their liquor licenses in 1962 and closing of the establishments. ✦ The Brass Rail and the Monkey Bar in 1953. The Monkey Bar was known for its monkey and palm tree mural painted on the S. Liberty Street side of the building. But the monkey business didn’t stop there. During a raid in 1962, the District Attorney’s investigators discovered a warning signal inside the bar: when the police showed up, the doorman flipped a switch, activating a light-up toy monkey over the bar inside the club. (The doorman was arrested for interfering with the police.)

IMAGE PROVIDED COURTESY OF THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION, CHARLES L. FRANCK PHOTOGRAPHERS, 1979.325.5047

The Brass Rail opened at 1316 Canal St. in 1934. Taking its name from the brightly polished brass rail running along the mahogany bar, the Brass Rail was a 24-hour bar, package store and music club. Mike Gordon, a former distilling company manager, bought it in 1941. He touted his bar innovations, claiming to be the first in New Orleans to serve the Moscow Mule (the “new dream drink”), as well as bringing back an old custom: free snacks at Happy Hour. Gordon opened the Monkey Bar next door on November 21, 1951, with a full roster of entertainment: Nancy


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