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Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Above: Board Co-Chair Dr. Tarun Jolly, 2019 Belle Nancy Parker, Chair Ann Heslin, Happy Hour/Give Back Chair Lisa Love and Board Chair Ryan Messina are pictured for the 19th annual American Cancer Society New Orleans “Belles & Beaus Ball.”
Seven ways to help you look your best, all along Metairie Road.
The 19th annual American Cancer Society New Orleans “Belles & Beaus Ball” will solely benefit the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road, which offers 34 guest rooms located near cancer treatment centers offering a free, supportive, homelike environment where cancer patients and their caregivers can share a meal and have special activities to help them while receiving cancer treatments. The goal is to raise $400,000: one year of operational costs for the Hope Lodge. The gala will take place Friday, September 13 at Mardi Gras World, from 7 to 11:30 p.m., and will feature entertainment by T. Ray the Violinist and the Royal Essence Show Band with a multi-course dinner buffet provided by 12 Seasons Catering. This year’s Beaus are: Dr. John Hamide, Diagnostic Imaging Services; Dr. Dennis Kay, Ochsner Health System; Blaine Kern Jr.; Dr. Marc Matrana, Ochsner; Dr. David Oubre, Pontchartrain Cancer Center; Dr. Jason Parker; Dr. Mark Peters, United Healthcare; Dr. Roland Waguespack, East Jefferson General Hospital; Dr. Mark Wegmann, Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates; and Dr. Rodrek E. Williams, Parish Management Consultants. This year’s Belles are: Dianne Breaux, Breaux Mart; Dr. Elizabeth Foley Bucher, The Skin Surgery Centre; Courtney Dini, Ochsner Health System; Elizabeth “Liz” Baldwin Hefler, Hancock Whitney Bank; Leslie Marsh, Tulane University, The Baronne Group (posthumously); Dr. Cori A. Morrison, Children’s Hospital New Orleans; Anne Falgoust Ott, Demonte & Falgoust, llc.; Nancy Parker, Fox 8 News; Dr. Laura Beth Ramirez, Touro Infirmary; and Stacey Shane Schott, 1st Lake Properties, EJGH Foundation Board of Trustee. To date, the ball has helped raise more than $2 million dollars for local cancer education, advocacy, research and patient services in New Orleans. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit BellesAndBeausBall.com.
BY KELCY WILBURN PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHERYL GERBER
Special thanks to Chair Ann Heslin and American Cancer Society Communications Director Tracy Guara for their invaluable assistance.
Not matter the size of your soirée, sometimes it’s hard to determine how to start or what theme to throw. Find out the secrets to this and more from our tried-and-true local experts, starting on pg. 40.
Entertaining Impresarios Local experts weigh in on what helps hosts plan an occasion to remember. BY SARAH RAVITS
Fresh Looks for Fall
CO N T E N T S
In Every Issue
10 MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Compost NOW: Making it easier to help the environment
12 KIDS PLAY
Chugging Along: The New Orleans Train Garden
14 WHAT’S HOT
Sports & Spirit
16 ON THE MENU
Summer In a Bite: Crab Cakes with Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Maque Choux & Grapefruit Jam, courtesy of Chef Emeril Lagasse and Chef Philip Buccieri, Chef de Cuisine of NOLA
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Cool, Satisfying Summertime Bites: For when you have to get out of the kitchen
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Blooming Brightly: The “Festival of Flowers” in Mobile
Lessons from the Garden The New Orleans Botanical Garden celebrated the opening of a teaching garden and kitchen. 20
Springing to Life ACCESS honored Special Honoree Gayle Gaubert for her commitment to community. 30
Fashion Forward JCRS honored Betty Kohn with a fashion-filled gala and runway show. 22
Vive le Cochon! Bridge House / Grace House’s Carnival-themed annual gala gives back. 32
A Fruitful Decade More than 1,000 gathered to commemorate one decade of “An Edible Evening.” 24
Reviving Raw The PRC illuminated a vacant and historic building for the 42nd “Julia Jump.” 34
Man of the Hour Friends of Delgado packed the house for “Roast of the Town” and Warner Thomas. 26
Wining & Dining A “VIP Welcome Party” kicked off the “Royal Street Stroll” for NOWFE. 36
Monte Carlo Magic Jefferson Beautification, Inc. hosted a casino night out for 225 patrons. 28
Cancer Aweigh! A day of sailing and socializing on the lake supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 38
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Hylton – Nutik YOUNG BLOODS
Ralph Mahana: General Manager, Windsor Court Hotel STUDENT ACTIVIST
Riley Kay Talbot: Ursuline Academy
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80 NOSTALGIA Roar in the Water: The history of the Odenheimer Sea Lion Pool
AUGUST 2019 VOL. 24 ISSUE 3 Editorial
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We are so honored to present the 19th annual American Cancer Society New Orleans “Belles & Beaus Ball” on our cover for August! Thanks so much to Chair Ann Heslin, 2019 Belle Nancy Parker, Board Chair Ryan Messina, Board Co-Chair Dr. Tarun Jolly and (our own) Happy Hour/Give Back Chair Lisa Love. This year, the gala – annually attended by over 800 people – is solely benefiting the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road, which offers 34 guest rooms located near cancer treatment centers. It offers a free, supportive, homelike environment where cancer patients and their caregivers can share a meal and have special activities to help them while receiving cancer treatments. The theme this year is “The Keys of Hope,” and they’re hoping to raise $400,000: one year of operational costs for the Hope Lodge. Get your tickets now and enjoy a multi-course buffet provided by 12 Seasons Catering and entertainment by T. Ray the violinist and the Royal Essence Show Band!
The gala will take place Friday, September 13, at Mardi Gras World, from 7 to 11:30 p.m. A patron ticket is $500 and general admission is $250. Please visit BellesAndBeausBall.com to get yours today. You don’t want to miss this! This month we have a feature to help you host your next soirée. Luckily, New Orleans has an abundance of local experts who have a wealth of advice on how to make your party memorable and stress-free from the new trends to the tried and true. We all love our Metairie Road, so look to our feature “Fresh Looks for Fall” for seven ways to help you look your best, all along Metairie Road! What’s Hot this month features “Sports & Spirit to help you celebrate this sports season in style with spirited essentials that will take you from geaux time to show time. St. Charles Avenue is happy to celebrate and is a proud sponsor of the 25th anniversary of “White Linen Night.” We will be teaming up with the CAC (Creative Arts Center), joining them in their tent on Julia street, Saturday, August 3! Come out and see us, we will have games and chance at some fun prizes courtesy of St. Charles Avenue! Also, this year The Royal Street Arts District is heading up “Dirty Linen Night”
for the third year in a row! This year it’s August 10, and is featuring the best cocktails, wonderful street musicians and an impressive collection of food vendors including the Food Network’s Jordan Kanouse and her Bombshell Sweets and more. Co-Chair Ryan Tramonte agrees, “‘Dirty Linen Night’ is the coolest thing happening in New Orleans this summer!” Our annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes events benefiting Bastion are coming up October 2-3 at the Audubon Tea Room. We are so excited to have Ronnie Lamarque and the Lamarque Auto Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln as our Presenting Sponsor, and Chairs Archie and Adrienne Casbarian and Stephen and Amy Farnsworth! Terrance Osborne has donated a fabulous painting and you’ll want to bid on this and other amazing auction items. There are only a few tables left! Also, tickets for the Preview Party on October 2 are only $50 apiece and you get to see all of the fabulous tables! Have a great last holiday before school starts!
Beverly Reese Church
“Just Say YAYA” is coming up on November 15, and Chairs David T. Baker and Caroline Hayes promise a night of surprises and fun! The theme this year is “ARTrepreneur,” celebrating YAYA’s unique program of visual ar ts and entrpreneurship training. There will be fabulous food and drinks from New Orleans’ best restaurants, live music, glassblowing demontrations and ar twork for sale, including ceramics, sculpture, paintings, YAYA chairs and more. The Patron Par ty begins at 6 p.m. with the gala following 7-10 p.m. For tickets visit YayaInc.org or call 529-3306. You don’t want to miss this!
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M O R G A N ' S N OT E
As I write this it’s the Monday after (just for a moment there) Hurricane Barry mostly bypassed New Orleans. The damage from this storm could’ve been so much worse, and I’m glad that so many people took the appropriate precautions. Just because widespread flooding didn’t occur, doesn’t mean that the next time a tropical storm is headed our way we can ignore it. During the almost five days of hurrication with my husband and son, we often found ourselves getting stir crazy. When our amazing home started to feel like the walls were closing in, we would go for a walk around the neighborhood – even in the drizzle. Many neighbors must have thought we were crazy, but stretching our legs, taking deep breaths of humid air and even splashing in puddles would immediately lighten our moods, and seeing our always-busy neighborhood quiet and empty was like exploring a new city. It also had the added benefit of some exercise, which – even when I really don’t want to get out of bed – always makes me feel better. We are nearing the end of summer – though the temperature doesn’t feel like it –and it’s time to look forward to school, sports and the holidays. Whether you’re throwing an end-of-summer party or already planning a festive soirée, look to our feature for advice from our local “Entertaining Impresarios.” If you’re ready to premiere a new look at one of these parties, look to our feature “Fresh Looks for Fall: Seven ways to help you look your best, all along Metairie Road.” And if what you need is that perfect touch for your gameday, this month’s What’s Hot has exactly what you’re looking for to, as our columnist says, “take you from geaux time to show time.” So, go through your hurricane prep bag while this experience is fresh and add and renew those items you thought about (we added Zantac to ours and changed out the batteries). Then look to the future and get excited about all the fundraisers, openings – my family can’t wait to experience the Louisiana Children’s Museum in its new location – and games on the horizon!
Morgan Packard Griffith
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August 1-4 “2019 New Orleans Antiques Forum,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection, 598-7146 3 “Hancock Whitney White Linen Night,” benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center, 528-3805, CACNO.org 10 “Dirty Linen Night,” benefiting the Royal Street Arts District, DirtyLinen.org
Our next issue includes our Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2019. If you have not already filled out our online form, please do so quickly so that we can try to include it in our calendar and consider it for coverage: MyNewOrleans.com/ CharitableEvent
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Compost NOW Making it easier to help the environment By Catherine Freeman
I admit when I first encountered the compost collection bin under my mother in law’s sink, I was somewhat shocked. I knew she was an avid gardener, but was she really one of those super environmentally conscious gardeners that have their own compost piles? I was only familiar with a handful of composting gardeners, but now someone I knew well was actually saving food scraps and reusing them to fertilize her garden in New Orleans! At that moment I vowed to start composting to do my small part for positive environmental stewardship. However, following years of ridiculous excuses, it has remained on my to-do list until recently, when I stumbled upon a local community group making composting simple and convenient for everyone. According to a recent study by the University of Southern Indiana, every year each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic, compostable garbage. Landfills across the country are growing sky high and, not surprisingly, food waste accounts for the largest volume of items being dumped. Here in our food-centric city, the mission of Compost NOW (New Orleans Waste) to “keep community resources in the community” seems like a perfect fit and offers immense benefits from reuse as nutrient-rich soil for gardens, feed for farm animals and to better soil water retention.
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In 2017, Compost NOW founder and master composter Lynne Serpe launched the New Orleans program based on the model she started and ran with the Queens Library system in New York that still continues today. By partnering with the New Orleans Public Library system, Serpe and her team of volunteers are able to offer free residential food waste collection in convenient locations around the city to all demographics and ages. Compost NOW began with drop off locations at just two public libraries but has expanded to over 50 collections per month six days a week at 10 locations. The Rosa Keller Library boasts a whopping weekly collection of 900 pounds! By building a network of community composters in neighborhoods throughout New Orleans, Compost NOW’s total program goal is to divert 250,000 pounds of food waste from landfills to local farms and compost centers by year end. Local partners like Schmelly’s Dirt Farm, Speak Easy Farm, Sugar Roots Farm and Abundance Flower Farm are helping make this possible by collecting and reusing the compost and also keeping their carbon impact low by limiting the amount of transportation needed. Now that you’re inspired, here’s how you can get involved – and it’s so easy. The first step is to start saving your food
scraps in a paper or compostable bag or a reusable container and then freeze them. Why frozen? In agreement with the NOPL, scraps must be delivered frozen to avoid potential smells, roaches and rodents at the libraries, and this also means less of the same problems for you at home; plus, freezing breaks down the cell membrane, speeding up the decomposition process. Accepted food scraps include: fruit, vegetables, egg shells, nut shells, seed shells, tea bags, coffee grounds, filters, plain grains, pasta and breads. Leave out the meat, dairy, bones and oily foods. Find a drop off location and time, dump your scraps and go! A Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality 2019 Environmental Leadership Program Recognition Award recipient, Compost NOW fosters sharing, reuse and welcomes people of all socioeconomic backgrounds by “bringing together the community through composting.” n
A little more... Support Compost NOW by heading to Sylvain for Happy Hour on September 3. For more information or to volunteer, visit Compost-NOW.org.
K I DS P L AY
Chugging Along The New Orleans Train Garden By Brittany Kennedy
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old-time engines and coal cars. There are even a few Thomas the Train cars – in case you have a younger child determined to see his or her favorite train character. The Train Garden and layout were designed by Paul Busse who, along with his team at Applied Imagination, have designed train gardens and botanical exhibits across the United States. While the Botanical Garden suffered immensely after Hurricane Katrina, a generous grant from the Azby Fund allowed for staffers to remain and remove plantings. The trains and buildings were packed away, but it was a huge effort from volunteers that helped bring it all back for what was to be an abbreviated “Celebration in the Oaks” in 2005. While it’s easy to get lost in the whimsical designs of the buildings, the impressive scales of buildings and, in particular, a huge (relatively speaking, of course) wooden rail bridge, one of the most impressive elements of the train garden is barn where the “engineers” work on keeping the track in line, the cars tuned up and everything in working order. For the child interested in the technical side of model railroading, this section of the garden is the most compelling. Volunteers
on staff are happy to talk to visitors, and there’s a wealth of information (including a few model train magazines for sale) for those interested. The Train Garden also hosts birthday parties and events. While the train only runs on the weekends, the garden itself is a reminder of how our 365-day growing season allows for train gardens to operate year round. Meanwhile, the Garden Trains Association (link available on the City Park website) has a ton of information – some of it designed for beginners – to help every New Orleanian take advantage of our local flora while maybe adding a little chugga chugga to our own landscapes. n
Just the Facts ... New Orleans Botanical Garden Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: Adults: $8 Children 3-12: $4 Children under 3: Free Free admission for Louisiana residents on Wednesday; please show your ID to the cashier. New Orleans Train Garden Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets: Included in Botanical Garden Admission NewOrleansCityPark.com/in-the-park/train-garden
PHO TO COURTESY OF NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK
If you have a child that loves trains, then the moment you walk into the Train Garden at the Botanical Garden at City Park, you know you’re going to be there a while. In fact, it quickly morphs into one of those parenting moments when you know you have lost a battle before you have even had it, and you’re best to sit back and enjoy a little bit of New Orleans architecture and history as it chugs right by you. The garden is tucked away in a particularly lush corner of the Botanical Garden. While most people find themselves visiting it for “Celebration in the Oaks” during the holidays – and the garden was designed in 2002 for that very event – a daytime visit during the weekend when the train is running allows folks to enjoy some of the splendid details in the buildings and train cars that aren’t as visible in the evening hours. Featuring 1,300 feet of track, the train garden celebrates New Orleans history by focusing on its role as a major train hub in the late 1800s to the early 1900s, a moment that saw tremendous growth in specific neighborhoods. Placards showcasing these neighborhoods – you’ll notice Marigny, French Quarter and Garden District in particular – give not only their history, but how they changed and were shaped at the time that New Orleans was one of the major railroad destinations in the United States. In addition to replica streetcars (at 1/22 of their original size), there are a vast array of train cars: from commercial freighters that we see along the Mississippi River (some even bearing the same logos) to
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Sports & Spirit By Amy Gabriel
You consider the Superdome your home away from home and have been known to sing the LSU fight song in the shower. Celebrate this sports season in style with these spirited essentials that will take you from geaux time to show time.
2. Make your house the most spirited on the block with a Superdome door hanger on a sweet black hanging ribbon.
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Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8352, HomeMaloneNola.com 3. Hosting a Saints watch party? A black satin umbrella with gold accented ruffle makes for the most fun party favor. Gem Printing Company, 1904 Veterans Blvd., 834-9580, GemPrinting.com
4. You will be the life of the pre-party in Champions Square with a pair of Anine Bing gold stud rocker boots. Lukka Boutique, 711 O’Keefe Ave., 218-7113 5. Sun soaked games require shiny black Dita Mach-One sunnies. Optical Shoppe, 800 Metairie Road, 301-1726, OpticalShoppeBR.com
SELECT PHOTOS BY CHERYL GERBER
1. NFL approved, nothing says stadium chic like a clear crossbody bag with gold hardware and faux leather trim. Madly Yours, MadlyYoursCollection.com
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6. He will be the most dapper dude at the stadium in a collared crawfish gameday pinpoint sports shirt. Perlis, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681, Perlis.com 7. Show the Saints your adoration in a Zadig & Voltaire striped sweater with color-popping “love” splashed across the front. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250 8. Foam fingers get pushed aside for a 14 karat gold
plated honeycomb ring from Bracha. Wildflower, 2700 Metairie Road, 218-8996 9. Your little cheerleader will have the cutest caboose in a pair of Millie metallic gold shorts from Pink Chicken. Sayings Kids, SayingsKids.com 10. Take the LSU bleachers one stylish step at a time in a pair of cutout Cowman oxfords. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800, FeetFirstStores.com
ON THE MENU
Summer In a Bite Crab Cakes with Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Maque Choux & Grapefruit Jam, courtesy of Chef Emeril Lagasse and Chef Philip Buccieri, Chef de Cuisine of NOLA Crab Cakes 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over for shells Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons Creole mustard 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish 1 Tablespoon pickle brine 3/4 teaspoon celery salt 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 cup unseasoned fresh dry breadcrumbs *Maque Choux (recipe below) *Grapefruit Jam, for serving (recipe below)
PLACE crabmeat in a medium bowl and add lemon zest, mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, pickle brine, celery salt, paprika and 1/4-cup of the breadcrumbs. Toss gently to combine, trying not to break up the crabmeat too much. Form the mixture into
eight even portions, about 1/3-cup each, and lightly dredge in remaining breadcrumbs. Refrigerate while you make Maque Choux (*recipe below). HEAT a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to come 1/4-inch up the sides of the pan. When the oil just begins to shimmer, add the remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter to the pan and then add crab cakes. Cook until the crab cakes are golden on both sides and heated through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. SERVE crab cakes over Maque Choux, with a dollop of Grapefruit Jam spooned over the top. Garnish with a sprinkling of green onions. SERVES 4
Maque Choux 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped 2 cups small diced butternut squash 1/4 cup shrimp stock 11/2 cups roasted cauliflower florets 2 cups heavy cream 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1 teaspoon Essence or other Creole seasoning Grapeseed oil, as needed for frying Sliced green onions, for garnish
HEAT a medium skillet over medium high heat and add 2 Tablespoons of
butter. When hot, add onion and red and green bell peppers and sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Add butternut squash and shrimp stock and cook until stock has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Add heavy cream, brown sugar, salt and Essence, and cook, stirring occasionally, until heavy cream has reduced enough to coat the back of a spoon and the butternut squash is tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Fold in cauliflower, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Cover and keep the Maque Choux warm while you cook crab cakes.
Grapefruit Jam large ruby red grapefruits cup sugar Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of roasted garlic
PEEL the grapefruits with a peeler. NOLA 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, EmerilsRestaurants.com/Nola
PLACE peels in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil, drain and repeat this process two more times. While the grapefruit peel is blanching, JUICE grapefruits and strain through
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a fine mesh sieve. Set the juice aside. (You should have about 1 ½ cups juice.) IN A BLENDER, purée the blanched grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, sugar and garlic. Return this mixture to a nonreactive saucepan and cook until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, 12 to 14 minutes. Should be the consistency of a thin jam. MAKES ABOUT 1 CUP
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Cool, Satisfying Summertime Bites
White Ninja roll from Haiku
For when you have to get out of the kitchen By Jyl Benson
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PHOTO BY MIK E LIR E T TE
Though I’m an enthusiastic cook, by the time August rolls around I want nothing to do with a heat belching oven, roiling liquid in a hot pot or even hot food. I am in the mood for cool, refreshing soups, crisp salads, light vegetable-forward sandwiches, raw anything (pretty much) and fresh sushi. How fortuitous for me: I have plenty of company in my seasonal culinary aversions and New Orleans is loaded with spots at which I may indulge my passion for cold fare. To enter Haiku on Magazine Street one must first cross a covered, raised outdoor porch to reach the entrance. The intimate, jewel-like interior pretty much lacks natural light and is, instead, subtly lit to reflect the tiny metallic flecks in the stone counter of the sushi bar, and hung with serene art. The overall effect is c-o-o-l. I go here when I want to forget there’s a hot, powerful sun shining outside. The extensive menu includes hibachi options and delicious house-made ramen offered with choices of tonkatsu, kansu, shoyu and miso broths – all of which I enjoy but currently eschew in favor of fresh unadorned slices sashimi and inventive rolls, my favorite being the White Ninja combining yellowtail and transparent slices of both lemon and jalapeño with a splash of Ponzu sauce. At Luvi the indigo-and-white wallpaper that looks like undulating snow-capped mountains rendered in Batik is enough to remove me from the blast of heat outside.
Try This: In the afternoon it’s quiet and cool, the perfect backdrop for chef Hao Gong’s “Feed Me” menus, one of which is all raw and cold, the other a combination of raw and cooked – none of which is piping hot, and, therefore acceptable under our extreme atmospheric conditions. Both of the menus are constantly changing but offerings may include Shanghai Bund, one of those concoctions of seemingly disparate ingredients – paper thin slices of yellowtail, crisp green apple, Manchego, vinegar soy and basil oil – that Gong is known for bringing together with a brilliant magic touch. Other stow stoppers that may make an appearance of the Feed Me are Sunny D (salmon, Asian pear, seasoned soy and basil seeds), Light of Summer 12 (thin pieces of salmon, whitefish, Pink Lady apple, cucumber, yuzu-Creole vinegar and Matcha powder) or Bottoms Up 12 (Gulf tuna, pink dragon fruit and spicy sesame soy sauce). I am definitely not cool enough to be a regular at Hoshun, the sleek Asianfusion money machine in the LGD, but the rivers of metal, cold stone counters and low ambient lighting beckoned me in from the outdoors where it felt like a big dog was breathing on me. Cold and raw foods abound on the extensive menu: Tuna Tataki (seared rare tuna drizzles with ponzu and scattered with scallions) Yellowtail Jalapeño (yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño salsa) Beef Tataki (rare ribeye with ponzu and scallions) and cucumber salad with sesame and soy. Oh, so refreshing n
Speaking of cool, chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins (New Orleans’ answer to Eric Rippert and his Le Bernadin in New York City) will release his long awaited groundbreaking seafood cookbook, The Deep End of Flavor: Recipes and Stories from New Orleans’ Premier Seafood Chef, on August 15. “As fearless as my restaurant guests have become in ordering fish they’ve never heard of, most people are often skittish about cooking fish at home,” Flynn said. “It’s perishable, delicate and generally more expensive than other proteins. I want to ease those fish-cooking phobias forever.” As an avid diver and spear fisher who’s licensed to serve what he catches, Flynn is especially passionate about encouraging consumers to open their minds beyond the better known – and often overfished – species. A Georgia native, Flynn’s recipes meld his life-long love of Southern cooking and appreciation for the flavors of his adopted Louisiana home with his passion for the flavors of countries he’s visited, including Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico.
GW FINS 808 Bienville St., 581-3567, GWFins.com HAIKU 4430 Magazine St., 301-0850, HaikuNola.com HOSHUN 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, HoshunRestaurant.com LUVI 5236 Tchoupitoulas St., 605-3340, LuviRestaurant.com
PHIL ANTHROPIC FUN
Lessons from the Garden
The New Orleans Botanical Garden celebrated the opening of a teaching garden and kitchen. By Shelby Simon
The New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation’s “RESPONSE: Artists in the Park” in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters supported the newly constructed October Teaching Garden, a kitchen garden within the Botanical Gardens. Co-Chaired by Pam Bryan, Beverly Matheney, Reagan Charleston and Terrance Osborne, the event showcased 107 artists and 159 pieces of art for more than 350 people to view throughout the evening on Friday, April 5. New Orleans Classical and Jazz Sounds provided entertainment. Dickie Brennan and Co. served an antipasti table of charcuterie alongside seafood gumbo, miniature samples of beef wellington and ceviche. Live auction items by George Dunbar, Mac Ball, Allison Stewart, Terrance Osborne, Dawn Dedeaux spiked bidders from the crowd with their artistic interpretations. The Zemurray Foundation supported this event as the Presenting Sponsor. n
Event at a Glance
1. Co-Chairs Terrance Osborne, Pam Bryan, Beverly Matheney and Reagan Charleston 2. Ruthie Frierson, Steve Pettus and Natalie, Finnagan 3. Paul Soniat and Regina Scully 4. Garland Robinette, Joan Hooper, Mary Helen Seago and Charles Whitehead 5. Laura Shields and Hunter Charbonnet 6. Jay Bryan, Natalie Barnes, Anne Banos and David Waller
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIL RUBMAN
WHAT: “RESPONSE: Artists in the Park,” benefiting The New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation WHEN: Friday, April 5 WHERE: Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans Botanical Garden
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JCRS honored Betty Kohn with a fashion-filled gala and runway show. By Shelby Simon
The Jewish Children’s Regional Service “Jewish Roots of Fashion Gala” carried its theme throughout the night’s festivities by honoring the “fashionable” Mrs. Betty Kohn and presenting a style show in partnership with Dillard’s of Lakeside. With 500 in attendance, this signature event raised vital funds for JCRS’s camp, college and special needs scholarships for Jewish children and students. Mrs. Betty Kohn, who turned 95 in March 2019, walked the runway flanked by Gala Co-Chairs Loel Weil Samuel and Sue Singer. The striking table centerpieces that included glittering red and black stiletto heels were created by Gail Fenton Pesses and Sassy Celebrations with flowers by Ambrose Gardens. In addition to a lively silent auction, the evening was capped off by a raffle drawing for a dazzling sapphire and diamond bracelet donated by Chad Berg and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Broussard’s provided the hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail reception with libations donated by Sazerac Brands and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Chef Thorsten Leighty and his Marriott team provided a three-course dinner. The Style Show produced by Dillard’s at Lakeside featured Jewish designers such as Polo/Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Hart Schaffner Marx and included “scenes” such as “Coming to America,” “Circus Brights & Stripes,” “Spring Showers & Flowers,” “New York, New York” and a “Special Occasion & Bridal Wear,” which featured a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony with a chuppah and a hearty “Mazel Tov!” Since 1855, JCRS has provided needs based scholarships, support and service to Jewish youth and families in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants and assistance to children with special needs. In 2018, JCRS reached more than 1700 youth across seven mid-South states – a new service record! n
Event at a Glance
1. Fran Koch, Honoree Betty Kohn and Development Director Mark Rubin 2. Master of Ceremonies Board Member Fred Herman, Co-Chairs Loel Samuel and Sue Singer and President Neil Kohlman 3. Committee Member Barbara Greenberg and Incoming President Don Meltzer 4. Committee Member Barri Bronston, Board Member Marc Beerman and Decorations Committee Member Gail Pesses 5. Board Members Amy Gainsburgh-Haspel and Kathy Shepard 6. Dillard's Store Manager Mike Jones and Committee Member Dr. Harriet Aguiar-Netto
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WHAT: “Jewish Roots of Fashion Gala,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service WHEN: Saturday, March 30 WHERE: New Orleans Marriott
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A Fruitful Decade
More than 1,000 gathered to commemorate one decade of “An Edible Evening”. By Shelby Simon
The 10th annual “An Edible Evening” gathered guests for a garden party to benefit Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. All proceeds from this celebration of local cuisine, wine, live music and student-made goods ensure that children learn to make healthy connections to food and the natural world, through hands-on, garden-based food and nutrition education classes at all FirstLine Schools. Torrential rains brought the party indoors, but a moss wall created an illusion of being outside in the school atrium. A bounty of one-ofa-kind organic centerpieces adorned tables composed of ESY-grown snapdragons, calendula, bachelor button, nigella, swiss chard and herbs from four school gardens. A student photo gallery featured portraits of students celebrating the joy of gardening at Langston Hughes Academy, with goats, chickens and a pot-bellied pig named J-Lo Pig. Guests enjoyed a DIY boutonniere station, assembled tea bags using dried garden herbs and created their own garden-themed clay brooches, necklaces and magnets with artist Remy Diamond. Patron Party catering was provided by Jack Rose, The Bayou Bar and a signature cocktail by Hot Tin. The main party featured more than 30 local restaurants. The exclusive wine was provided by Presqu’ile Wines, and a beer garden included beer from Miel Brewery & Taproom, Parish Brewing Co., Parleaux Beer Lab and Urban South Brewery. Cure created the signature cocktail using Porchjam Distillery Spirits. Sponsored by Positive Vibrations, musical entertainment included Segenon Kone as well as the George Porter Jr. Trio, Déjà Krewe and DJ Brice Nice. The Tangiers Combo played at the Patron Party. The silent auction offered 60 packages, ranging from Broadway in NOLA tickets, an Emeril Lagasse Wine Package, French Quarter Rendezvous and a 30-A Getaway. There was also a London Getaway Raffle and Jewelry Pull of 200 pieces. Kieta Mutepfa and Stacy Leeman Guest served as Event Co-Chairs. Silent Auction Co-Chairs were Chrissy Carmody and Madhavi King. n
Event at a Glance
1. Co-Chairs Stacy Guest and Kieta Mutepfa 2. Charles West Beard, Koneca West, Executive Director Claudia Barker and Carrie Bevans 3. Jay Altman, Carol Starr, Claudia Barker and Randy Fertel 4. Jim and Stacy Guest with Lauren and Ryan Haydel 5. John and Kathleen Stassi with Kerrie Partridge and Karin Giger 6. David Barbier, Sabrina Pence, Alison Hartman and Greg St. Etienne
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WHAT: “An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans WHEN: Thursday, April 4 WHERE: Langston Hughes Academy
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Man of the Hour
Friends of Delgado packed the house for “Roast of the Town” and Warner Thomas. By Shelby Simon
It was standing room only in Harrah’s Casino for the Delgado Community College Foundation’s 15th annual “Roast of the Town” featuring this year’s Roastee, Warner Thomas, CEO of Ochsner Health System. The funds raised at the event are a part of the scholarship funds that the foundation provides for Delgado students as well as for faculty to invest into training and equipment for college-wide programs. The Roasters for Mr. Thomas included Dr. Joseph Delovision, senior physician and Medical Director at Ochsner Health System; David Gaines, CEO of System Retail Services and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs; Tracey Moffat, Chief Nursing Officer at Ochsner Health System; Bill Oliver, Founder and President of William Oliver Enterprises LLC; the Honorable Steve Scalise, Congressman of 1st Congressional District; and Andrew Wisdom, Chairman of Ochsner Health System, Board of Directors and Founder of Crescent Capital Consulting. All of the Roasters commented on the enormous presence of Delgado in everyone’s lives. A reception began the evening program with offerings by Galatoire’s, Mellow Mushroom and the Delgado Community College Culinary Department. A four-course dinner followed prepared by The Forum, Acme Oyster House, Harrah’s and Mr. Mudbug/ MMI 12 Seasons. Complementing the menu were wine and spirits donated by Trinchero Family Estates and the Seven Three Distilling Company. Chancellor William Wainwright, Ph.D., reminded guests that Delgado will be 100 years old in 2021, and spoke on its impact. Throughout the program, Eric Paulsen served as Emcee. A silent auction featured experiences at local restaurants and retail gift cards as well as sports packages with highlights including Saints tickets on the 45-yard line and an Ultimate Game Day Experience. For the last few years, Delgado has invited students to the event, representing their area of study or program. n
Event at a Glance
1. Adria and Dillard University President Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough 2. Golden Graduates Richard and Sandra Stewart with Cheryl and John Thompson 3. Michael Smith, Henry Coaxum Jr. and Karen Coaxum and Joel Vilmenay 4. Tonia Moore, City Councilman Jared Brossett, Roslyn Duplessie and Debra Weather Spoon 5. Artelia Banks and City Councilman Jay H. Banks 6. Dr. Jim Gates, Dr. Dianna Abney and Frenchie and The Honorable Leon Emanuel
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WHAT: “2019 Roast of the Town,” benefiting Delgado Community College Foundation WHEN: Friday, March 29 WHERE: Harrah’s New Orleans Theater
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Monte Carlo Magic
Jefferson Beautification, Inc. hosted a casino night out for 225 patrons. By Shelby Simon
Blackjack, craps, roulette and poker games filled the Grand Ballroom at Chateau Golf and Country Club, transformed into the Casino de Monte-Carlo for Parkway Promenade XXVII. Prior to the event, the Patron Party was held in the Main Lounge, which included many of the event sponsors and patrons. Seen at the Patron Party was Ron E. Samford Jr., President and CEO of Metairie Bank, the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Arleeta Terrell served as the JBI Event Chair. At the gala, archways were adorned with clusters of red, black and white balloons as was the stage. Balloon bouquets on the auction tables were trimmed in red white and black netting with miniature white lights. Selected paintings by renowned artist and Honorary Chairman James Michalopoulos were displayed about the ballroom for the art lovers. Guests enjoyed fabulous food and drink, including an Old New Orleans Rum tasting of its rum and its new cayenne liqueur, Gris Gris. The event was catered by Chateau Golf and Country Club and included a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening and five food stations serving delectable foods such as a made-to-order pasta station and dessert table, deliciously adorned with an array of sweets including bananas Foster and strawberries and chocolate fondue. Guests were entertained by the music of the Get Back Band throughout the evening. A photo booth sponsored by 1st Lake Properties entertained guests as they used props to display their comic side. Gaming awards included 11 Casino prizes with values in excess of $250. The top item was a three-night stay at a New Orleans bed-and-breakfast located in the historic neighborhood of Algiers Point, just two blocks from the ferry with six individual tickets into the Audubon Aquarium. One of the highlights of the evening was the Live Auction helmed by Guest Auctioneer Henry Shane, where JBI President Sharon Hannahan placed the highest bid for the James Michalopoulos’ giclée “Fleur de Vie.” Parkway Promenade provides the funding for various projects including tree planting, beautification and environmental education. n
WHAT: “Parkway Promenade XXVII: An Evening in Monte Carlo,” benefiting Jefferson Beautification, Inc. WHEN: Sunday, March 31 WHERE: Chateau Golf and Country Club 1. Carmen Ruiz, JBI Event Chair Arleeta Terrell and Connie Casey 2. Pat and Henry Shane 3. Debbie Mora, Michelle Yenni and Kay Andressen
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Event at a Glance
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Springing to Life
ACCESS honored Special Honoree Gayle Gaubert for her commitment to community. By Shelby Simon
More than 250 guests attended the “2019 ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” making it one of the largest ACCESS events. Proceeds from the brunch and auction allow ACCESS and Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services to continue providing complimentary pregnancy support services and a full-service Diaper Bank program in our community. Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services Director Michelle Black welcomed guests, followed by introductory remarks by Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Special to this year’s event was an exciting award presentation honoring Mrs. Gayle Gaubert as “ACCESS Pro-Life Champion” for her long-time dedication to ACCESS and pro-life issues. Following Archbishop Gregory Aymond’s heartfelt remarks describing her commitment to a culture of life, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans President and CEO Sister Marjorie Hebert presented the award, saying “the success of ACCESS is a direct result of Gayle’s faithful volunteer efforts and unyielding dedication. In honor of your many, many years of service to ACCESS, you have been named ACCESS Pro-Life Champion.” She received a standing ovation. Serving as Chair for the annual brunch, Kim Simon coordinated the event’s logistics and activities for the 2019 event theme: “Hats Off to Spring.” Many bright spring touches were seen throughout the day including some guests donning their fashionable spring hats and fresh flowering centerpieces adorning the brunch tables. Led by Director Christian Bautista, the Archbishop Rummel “Raiders Jazz Band” performed many jazzy tunes entertaining guests and setting the tone for a true Jazz Brunch. Co-Chaired by Sheila Spring and Jean Mitchell, this year’s silent auction showcased over 130 gifts on five boards, while guests could take chances to win one of the more than 20 items in the parade of prizes. The auction featured many one-of-a-kind and traditional New Orleans items, artwork and experiences. n
Event at a Glance
1. Sr. Marjorie Hebert, Honoree Gayle Gaubert and Archbishop Gregory Aymond 2. Catholic Charities Pro-Life Services Director Michelle Black, Chair Kim Simon and Tangie Stephens 3. Pat Quinlan and Gail Marquette
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WHAT: “ACCESS Jazz Brunch,” benefiting Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Center WHEN: Sunday, April 7 WHERE: Audubon Tea Room
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Vive le Cochon!
Bridge House / Grace House's Carnivalthemed annual gala gives back. By Shelby Simon
With more than six decades of providing critical resources for substance abuse recovery for the New Orleans community, Bridge House / Grace House served up a festive Carnival-themed “Cochon Cotillion” in the event’s 23rd year. The Court and Patron Party took place in the Bienville Room at Mardi Gras World. Court members attired in their favorite Frenchthemed costumes to coincide with the King and Queen’s costume decree. The Double-Step Cloggers performed and the Merry Antoinettes took photos with guests. A spoof on the traditional Mardi Gras ball, Cochon Cotillion set the scene with a bright display of Mardi Gras linens, florals and topiary balloon arrangements. Dancers from Muggivan School of Irish Dance performed as the doors opened and guests began arriving. The Double-Step Cloggers led a second line entrance into the Ballroom with King Iggie Perrin, Queen Angelle Verges and their Court, followed by Patron Party guests, the Merry Antoinettes and Muggivan Irish Dancers. ELS Show Band performed in the Main Ballroom and Mike Morris continued to perform in the Bienville Room. In addition to participating in the parade, The Pussyfooters and the Double-Step Cloggers performed during the band’s set break. A step and repeat with the Bridge House / Grace House logo provided a backdrop for guest photos, as well as a photo booth by CS Events of New Orleans. Caricatures from “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepoint were offered in the Bienville Room. Food from more than 30 local restaurants included dishes like Seafood Gumbo from Casamento’s Restaurant, Shrimp and Tomato Bruschetta from Bravo! Cucina Italiana and Bread Pudding from Café Reconcile. A raffle offered two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Additionally, 75 silent auction packages featured prizes including original artwork by M. Rinad, Robert Guthrie and Alex Beard, as well as an autographed New Orleans Saints football signed by Cam Jordan, Mark Ingram, Mike McKenzie and Curtis Baham. Event Chairs were Arlene Rome, Tiffany Truxillo and Rosemary Tunstall. Liz Reyes served as Emcee. n
Event at a Glance
1. Iggie Perrin IV, Queen Angelle Verges and King Iggie Perrin and Nicholas Perrin 2. Event Chairs Rosemary Tunstall, Tiffany Truxillo and Arlene Rome 3. Sarah Sammarco, Chip Verges, Megan Ripoll and Clare Ripoll
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WHAT: “Cochon Cotillion XXIII,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House WHEN: Saturday, April 6 WHERE: Bienville Room at Mardi Gras World.
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The PRC illuminated a vacant and historic building for the 42nd “Julia Jump.” By Shelby Simon
The former Union Savings and Loan Building came alive for “The Revival Gala: 42nd Annual Julia Jump,” with a host of music and entertainment, local food and beverages, live art painting and more. Held in the Mid-Century Modern former bank lobby, the Patron Party featured contemporary violin stylings by Kristen Monnick. Patrons checked into the party at the vintage teller windows and enjoyed welcome cocktails by Tanqueray & Ketel One. They were invited to walk through the bank gate to view plans for the building’s renovation and to enjoy delicious treats from Catering by Laura Arrowood while members of the Lost Bayou Ramblers performed. The upper floors of the long-vacant building opened for the gala with a host of entertainment, including a Royal Brewery Beer Garden and a silent auction. There were specialty cocktails by Ketel One, Bulleit and Johnnie Walker, installations by special guest artists and abundant Instagram opportunities, ranging from the live art painting and photogenic spots within the raw building. Music from Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses filled the halls. A dance party with DJ Preservation offered a live art battle featuring talented local artists, who then auctioned off their works at the end of the night. Event Chairs were Ayesha Motwani and Riley Kennedy. The gala benefits the work of the Preservation Resource Center. n
Event at a Glance
1. Robert Miller, Event Chairs Riley Kennedy and Ayesha Motwani and Aaron Motwani 2. Mary Wallace Shaver and Jonathan Shaver 3. Elizabeth Brown Soslow, Taylor Schmidt and Marybeth Brown
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIL RUBMAN
WHAT: “The Revival Gala: 42nd Annual Julia Jump,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center WHEN: Friday, April 5 WHERE: Union Savings and Loan Building
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Wining & Dining
A “VIP Welcome Party” kicked off the “Royal Street Stroll” for NOWFE. By Shelby Simon
The rainy skies cleared up for a wonderful event at this year’s VIP Welcome Party for the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. At the exclusive event prior to the “Royal Street Stroll,” NOWFE presented a $30,000 check to chef Ruth Varisco of Nunez Community College, the 2018 Event Benef iciary. Presiding and in attendance were Aimee Brown, NOWFE Executive Director, and Gail Varuso, NOWFE 2019 Board President. Brennan’s hosted the ceremony and provided tasty treats for all. Beverages included wines by Lagniappe Peak, beer from Stella Artois and water from Mountain Valley. Following the event, attendees ventured onto Royal Street, where they continued the festivities led “paradestyle” by Krewe of Cork, donning wine-themed costume and with world renowned winemakers serving as Grand Marshals. This event combined New Orleans’ greatest gifts: rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and historic architecture. Coupled with the world’s most outstanding wines, guests shopped the Royal Street galleries while visiting wine offerings and food tents along the route. n
Event at a Glance
1. Chef Ruth Varisco, Jim Fein and Board President Gail Varuso 2. Deb Almeida and Kian Tanakoli 3. Liz Williams and Brent Rosen
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PHOTOGRAPH ED BY G IL RUBMAN
WHAT: “VIP Welcome Party of Sip, Savor and Stroll,” benefiting New Orleans Wine & Food Experience WHEN: Thursday, April 4 WHERE: Brennan’s
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A day of sailing and socializing on the lake supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. By Shelby Simon
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosted a day of nautical fun on Lake Pontchartrain to secure funds in support of finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to continue to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. The event recognized Ayanna “YaYa” Singleton as the 2019 Honored Hero. Richard Provensal served as Event Chairman with Commodore Guy Brierre as Emcee. Bob Kottler serves as the Board Chair of the Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter of LLS. After a full day of sailing on Lake Pontchartrain, guests entered the Southern Yacht Club’s third floor where they could take in the full view of the lake from the wall of windows. Tables were covered with sailboats and nautically-colored tablecloths. Beverages were provided by Gosling’s Rum, New Orleans Coca-Cola, Crescent Crown Distributing and Republic National Distributing, Co. Food was donated by Mandeville Seafood, The Velvet Cactus, Centerplate, Mellow Mushroom, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Zea, Acme, Louisiana Seafood and Southern Yacht Club. Music was provided by Passport. Auction items lining the lakeside windows included a trip for four to the Trinchero Napa Valley Winery, a one-week charter through The Moorings in the British Virgin Islands and a limited edition Porsche watch, as well as stays at local hotels, dining at local restaurants and pieces from local artists. The Admiral’s Reception was held just before the main party, a highlight of which was an auction of a signed bottle of Gosling’s Family Reserve Old Rum. n
Event at a Glance
1. Event Chair Vice Commodore Richard Provensal and Thomas Long 2. SYC Commodore and Emcee Guy Brierre, Lynn Long and Board Chair Bob Kottler 3. Porsche of New Orleans General Manager Ryan and Kristen De Toro, Executive Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of New Orleans Katie Triplett and Andrew Singer
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIL RUBMAN
WHAT: “2019 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7 WHERE: Southern Yacht Club
Entertaining Impresarios Local experts weigh in on what helps hosts plan an occasion to remember. By Sarah Ravits
ï‚‡ Blue Gardenia Events Blue White Toile Party Photo by Greer Gattuso SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 39
hatever the occasion is, if you’ve decided to throw a party there are infinite ways to customize it to your unique vision. But the most important aspects are: a guest list that includes your favorite people, along with a fitting location, food and drinks and entertainment. Décor is also a good way to include your personal touch.
Organizing even a small soirée can be a daunting task; luckily, New Orleans has an abundance of local experts who have a wealth of advice on how to make your party memorable and stress-free. For starters, consider hiring a party planner. Susan Zackin, president of Z Event Company,
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says to take care of this step “as soon as possible. The earlier a planner is hired, the more benefits they can provide.” Belinda Belk, owner of Blue Gardenia Events, says she recommends hiring a planner about six months in advance. Another hot tip she offers is: Host a party
on a Friday or a Sunday because, “these are generally more available in the party-planning schedule and it will ensure you’re able to hire the vendors you want.” Themed parties are always appreciated, experts say. “People love to dress in costume, especially in New
Orleans,” says Zackin. Belk says that a festive theme helps “build excitement. Your guests will be talking about what they’re going to wear and what to expect for the evening.” If you’re thinking of throwing an end-ofsummer party, Belk has a few ideas for themes: Yacht Rock (think 1970s and 1980s easy-listening), Flamingo Soirée (think pink and black, kitschy, 1950s or 1960s supper club vibe), Hampton’s Clam Bake (stripes, nautical, all-white and seersucker), Summer in Tuscany (sunflowers, easy Italian fare, Under the Tuscan Sun vibe) or Evening in Provence (lavender, periwinkle, a touch of
Messina’s Catering and Events Photo by New Orleans Event Photography
elegance, lots of candle light and wine). When it comes to menu planning, Zackin says comfort food is soughtafter along with small plates and tapas sizeddishes. “I think it makes us feel less guilty about eating it,” she says. Belk likes serving family-style dinners where big platters are served, and guests can get into the communal mix. Or, she suggests, offering different stations for different elements: i.e. cheese and charcuterie, a dinner buffet and desserts. Entertainment is also of utmost importance. Nathan duToit, owner of Storyville Jazz
Agency, a service dedicated to representing traditional jazz talent, notes that party hosts in New Orleans have a huge group of talent from which to draw. He also sees a trend in hiring live bands over DJs as of late. “New Orleans is first and foremost a jazz city,” he says. “We believe the best way to give that authentic New Orleans experience is to provide an excellent, traditional jazz band. Whether it’s background music or the highlight of an event’s entertainment, the sound is truly unique.” Then choose a location. If the party is large enough,
consider renting a space instead of hosting at home. Messina’s at the Terminal, an architectural masterpiece that dates back to the 1930s, is a popular spot for special occasions including weddings and other large-scale events. Owner Stacey Messina says it’s a party space that’s “unlike any other in New Orleans” with its one-of-a-kind Art Deco atmosphere. There are four different spaces within the venue: The Grand Atrium can hold up to 700 guests, while the Walnut room and the outdoor Terrace can accommodate 125; the smallest room, named for
Huey P. Long, holds about 80. Everything including food, music, décor and style can be customized, says Messina, “so that the event is unique to each client. Incorporate as much personal style as possible and the event will be a success.” The Windsor Court is a classic, elegant spot
for a party in the French Quarter. “All types of events and parties work great at the Windsor Court Hotel,” says Jess Civello, an account supervisor who represents the hotel. She notes that it’s famed for producing trendsetting, bespoke events and that staff has the ability to work through a dynamic “transformation to deliver an unforgettable experience.”
The Windsor Court
St. Joseph Plantation
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Another hotspot in the heart of the French Quarter is Latrobe’s. The building itself is almost 200 years old. The company handles major details in-house to make the planning and production process seamless, including tables, chairs and linens to on-site catering. Newer to the scene is club XLIV in Champions Square, named in honor of the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV. It is a private lounge that works as a venue for a range of events – private and corporate events, baby showers, birthday parties and cocktail hours. Gilded
images of the Superdome, iconic musicians and Mardi Gras imagery are featured in the space, but it still has room for clients to add their special touches to the space to personalize it, says Meredith Adams, events and marketing coordinator. Another special events venue to consider is the St. Joseph Plantation in Vacherie, a picturesque working sugar cane farm that has been featured in multiple film and television projects, including All The King’s Men, Twelve Years A Slave and Mudbound. Depending on the size of the gathering, “we are able to offer indoor accom-
modations as well as a multitude of wonderful outdoor locations.” says Marketing Director Emily Gautreaux, who adds that it hosts a range of events, including weddings, holiday parties and corporate occasions. After you’ve chosen a theme and selected the ideal space for the event, get the word out with invitations via snail mail, a welcome departure from email invitations – especially if it’s a major event. Melissa Cousans Montillaro of Gem Printing says that “less is more” when it comes to invitation design. Font-wise, she sees customers requesting more block styles and in terms of color, “Many people enjoy mixing the simple blocks with a more ornate script for the feature lines. Dark and navy blues and antique golds are popular right now,” she says. A few more details and you’re squared away for an event to remember: Zackin says that décor and lighting are important to consider, as these elements help set the mood. “Décor doesn’t need to be over the top and extremely expensive,” she says. “But if it’s done correctly it becomes impactful and sets the tone for the event.”
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Blue Gardenia Events 1920s Jazz Lunch Photo by Jennifer Weinman
Blue Gardenia Events Blue White Toile Party Photo by Greer Gattuso (opposing page top right)
Messina’s Catering and Events Photo by New Orleans Event Photography (opposing page bottom lef t)
Blue Gardenia Events Yellow Coral Garden Party Photo by Jennifer Weinman (opposing page bottom right)
Blue Gardenia Events 206-8599 • BlueGardeniaEvents.com club XLIV Lasalle Street at the Superdome • 587-3663 • Champions-Square.com Gem Printing 1904 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie • 831-1762 • GemPrinting.com Latrobe’s on Royal 403 Royal St. • 299-0601 • LatrobesOnRoyal.com Messina’s at the Terminal Lakefront Airport, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd. • 241-5300 • MessinasCatering.com Storyville Jazz Agency 301-8668 • StoryvilleJazz.com St. Joseph Plantation 3535 LA-18, Vacherie • (225) 265-4078 • StJosephPlantation.com The Windsor Court 300 Gravier St. • 523-6000 • WindsorCourtHotel.com Z Event Company 508 Metairie Road, Metairie • 510-5838 • ZEventCo.com SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 43
Seven ways to help you look your best, all along Metairie Road. By Kelcy Wilburn Photos by Cheryl Gerber
The season changes, but the weather doesn’t – a familiar story for New Orleans as the summer months come to an end. As school and other fall activities begin to pick up we see the signs of change, even if it doesn’t feel any cooler or less humid outside. Despite the lingering summer heat, finding a fresh look for fall can be a fun and rewarding task. Metairie Road has become a popular destination for shoppers and prime real estate for hundreds of businesses that cater to both the Old Metairie neighborhood and its many visitors from in and out of
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k s o o L h s r e F for Fa ll town. From shopping to salons and skincare, you can find everything you need for a fresh look along this bustling thoroughfare. A newcomer to Metairie Road, Wildflower will soon be celebrating two years as a fashion boutique in the neighborhood. “We truly love our blossoming location – there are new restaurants, stores and salons popping up monthly which has really made this end of Metairie Road more of a shopping destination,” says Owner Danielle Conrad. Shoppers looking to freshen up their looks for the fall season can
find one easy solution at Wildflower; the start of football season brings fun new styles in locals’ favorite colors. Gameday selections at Wildflower start arriving in late summer and early fall and make for more sophisticated, fashionable statements than a supportive T-shirt. When it comes to surviving those hot, humid days, Conrad recommends midi-skirts. “Printed, pleated, silk – you name it. Midi-skirts are wildly popular this fall and can be worn in all climates and seasons,” she says. When the weather does start to transition
into fall, Conrad recommends a statement jacket in addition to light layering pieces like sweaters and denim jackets. This month, look for Wildflower at the ALG Warehouse Sale at The Cannery on August 25. Meanwhile, at the other end of Metairie Road, long-established boutique Elizabeth’s is also bringing in new styles for fall. Owner and Buyer Sal Trentacoste is consistently bringing in new European collections and items you won’t find everywhere else. Trentacoste keeps his eye out for unique modern lines that have a sophisticated edge.
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Current trends that Trentacoste sees for fall include updated animal prints, the return of wideleg pants and more emphasis on belts – wide belts, belted jackets and more. In the fall, as transitional styles arrive, Trentacoste focuses on maintaining a selection of lightweight materials, which he notes is key for us in the South. “Fall colors are deeper, and with that normally comes heavier fabrics. But we search the market for lightweight goods since our clients and region stay warm so much longer,” says Trentacoste. Cotton,
silk and lightweight knits are key for Elizabeth’s. With lightweight fabrics, customers can find items that help achieve a fall look without worrying too much about the temperature. With clients from all over the Gulf South, Elizabeth’s caters well to southern climates. Another stalwart of the Metairie Road shopping scene is FeBe, which for 16 years has provided a boutique for all ages with a diverse selection of designer brands. Some fall trends noted by owner Bessie Papazis are a good patchwork dress or a fun top with a puff sleeve.
“We will also be seeing blazers paired with animal print as a trend for the end of summer and early fall,” she says. For Metairie Road shoppers looking for an update, Papazis recommends considering a printed Ulla Jonshon top or a lightweight dress – the brand’s fun patterns make for a fresh look. “Saloni printed flower dresses are also great with flats or wedges. You can transition these looks easily from day to night with a fabulous pair of heels,” says Papazis. As the cooler months do descend, she
echoes other boutiques with a nod to animal print, especially leopard and snakeskin. A jewelry update might be in order for your fall fashion as well, and Boudreaux’s Jewelers has been a New Orleans favorite for generations. Since its move to Metairie Road in 1985, Boudreaux’s has been able to watch the neighborhood’s shopping scene explode with options. Boudreaux’s offers fine diamond and gemstone jewelry, designer fashion jewelry, watches and full repair and custom services in-house.
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When asked about fall trends in jewelry, Brandon Boudreaux, Lead Designer, notes that they are still seeing a strong trend towards yellow gold fashion pieces in designer lines, such as Jude Frances and Rudolf Friedmann. Jude Francis is a handmade designer collection out of Newport Beach, California, which Boudreaux says is great for gold layered and textured looks for late summer and fall. A Jude Francis trunk show is in the works for fall, so keep an eye on their events. If designer trends aren’t what you seek, Boudreaux’s offers custom jewelry for creating your own timeless style. “I work directly with clients on custom designs, and as
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the designer who will create their piece, they are able to work directly one-on-one with me from start to finish on a project,” says Boudreaux. And don’t forget haircare and skincare when updating your look and preparing for the seasonal shift. Nothing makes you feel more fresh than a salon shampoo and style, and that’s the expertise of Emily LaBorde, Owner of BLEU, a Blowdry Bar. With locations on both Metairie Road and Magazine Street, BLEU is a blowout focused hair salon boasting a luxury styling experience in addition to updos, makeup applications, hair/eyelash extensions and bridal/ wedding party services both in the salon and on location.
“Unfortunately, we can never fully escape humidity, despite the change of temperature, so Keratin Express Treatments can be done year round. We recommend you alternate between that and the Olaplex Blowout Experience to keep your hair happy and healthy,” says LaBorde. According to her, this one-hour, five-step process tames unruly, frizzy hair into shiny, easy-tomanage tresses. Avoid water the first 24 hours and you can expect results to last four to six weeks, or longer. Post treatment, she says, clients enjoy frizz-free hair with a smoother texture and faster blowdry and styling time. To freshen up the skin at the end of
summer, Sanova Dermatology dermatologists recommend beginning a comprehensive program that includes skincare products and in-office procedures to reverse sun damage. According to Drs. Patricia Farris and Mamina Turegano, skincare products with ingredients like vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide and alpha hydroxy acids can be used to reduce the visible signs of photoaging (sun-induced aging). Meanwhile, procedures such as chemical peels and lasers are used to lighten brown spots, soften fine lines and wrinkles and firm the skin. “We find this is a winning combination for patients who had just a little too much fun in the sun,” says Dr. Farris. Additionally, the practice has two
Elizabeth’s new-to-market options for low-maintenance, low-downtime treatments: skinpen microneedling and Laser Genesis. For a dramatic change with a few days of downtime, the Fraxel Dual laser treatment is designed to give a younger-looking appearance in a single treatment. For those who aren’t yet done having fun in the sun – after all, August and September still provide perfect beach weather – Dr. Keith LeBlanc Jr. of The Skin Surgery Centre has some advice for avoiding the dangers of the sun and skin cancer. As a surgeon specializing in Mohs surgery, Dr. LeBlanc sees a great deal of skin cancer caused by sun exposure. Common mistakes, according to Dr. LeBlanc, include not seeking shade during peak hours of exposure (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), inadequate application of sunscreen, forgetting to reapply
Boudreaux’s Jewelers sunscreen every two to three hours of continued exposure and each time you get out of the water. “It is recommended to apply 1 ounce of sunscreen per application, approximately one shot glass worth of sunscreen. Data shows average American applies less than half of this amount,” says Dr. LeBlanc. Additional sun-safe practices include protective clothing, seeking shade and using broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. Readers might be surprised to learn that basal cell skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America. “There is more basal cell carcinoma in the United States in a given year than there is breast,
prostate lung, and colon cancer combined,” says Dr. LeBlanc. Be sure to protect yourself if you’re still taking advantage of New Orleans’ lingering summer weather, even in fall. Sunscreen goes a long way towards giving you that fresh look even after your sun-filled vacation ends and fall back-to-school and work grind resumes.
Wildflower 2700 Metairie Road, Suite C Metairie 218-8996 WildflowerNola.com
BLEU, A Blowdry Bar 701 Metairie Road, Suite 112-2A Metairie 309-5999 BleuABlowdryBar.com
Elizabeth’s 204 Metairie Road Metairie 833-3717
Sanova Dermatology 701 Metairie Road, Suite 2A205 Metairie 836-2050 SanovaDermatology. com/locations/oldmetairie The Skin Surgery Centre 1615 Metairie Road, Suite 101 Metairie 644-4226
FeBe 474 Metairie Road Metairie 835-5250 Boudreaux’s Jewelers 701 Metairie Road Metairie 831-2602 BoudreauxsJewelers.com
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Ladies Who Launch St. Charles Avenue is honored to highlight women who exhibit entrepreneurial spirit, professional accomplishments and community involvement with Ladies Who Launch. This diverse group of businesswomen use their creativity and ingenuity to deliver products, services and events to a local and national marketplace. The following profiles are a testament to the caliber of affluent and influential women who continue to enhance the New Orleans area business scene.
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Tara Waldron closing attorney, homestead title
Buying or selling a house can feel like a hurricaneâ€”and Tara Waldron, a Closing Attorney for Homestead Title, excels at being the eye of the storm. Whether itâ€™s helping clients to smoothly navigate the process or initiating new technology to ensure transaction transparency, Waldron is constantly working to create a better closing experience for everyone involved. Her personal knowledge informs her decisions, allowing her to present practical solutions to overcome any challenge!
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Adria Kimbrough pre-law aDvisOr, DillarD uNiversity
Adria Kimbrough is used to navigating the lack of diversity in the legal fieldâ€”but her experiences have not made her complacent. As a first-generation African-American lawyer, Kimbrough has dedicated her work to making her field stronger and more diverse. She worked directly with Dillard pre-law students as a volunteer from 2012 to 2016; in 2016, she was brought on as the head of the PreLaw program, primed and ready to enact fundamental change. 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans 504.283.8822 | Dillard.edu 52 ST. CHARLES AVENUE AUGUST 2019
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Lauren Lipscomb OWNER/DESIGNER, HOLA GUAVA
Bright, bold, unique: that is what you can expect from Lauren Lipscomb’s brand Hola Guava. Inspired by travels in South America, Lipscomb brought that inspiration back to New Orleans and started Hola Guava. Hola Guava, which is known for statement earrings, can be found in boutiques in New Orleans and Old Metairie and is also accessible via the Hola Guava website. Lipscomb started the brand in part for her two young daughters; she spends time heavily investing in the community, particularly the women’s business community, in New Orleans. www.holaguava.com | HolaGuava@gmail.com Instagram @holaguava Facebook.com/holaguava 58 ST. CHARLES AVENUE AUGUST 2019
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Blooming Brightly The “Festival of Flowers” in Mobile By Bev Church
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PHO TOS BY DOTTIE CHURCH
With all of the festivals we have here in New Orleans, our sister city, Mobile, Alabama has the incredible “Festival of Flowers,” each year in March, which benefits the Providence Hospital Foundation. This year, I was invited as a one of three featured speakers to give a seminar on entertaining, and I was so impressed with the event, which this year highlighted Dutch Gardens. (The flamingo table pictured on the next page was my creation for the seminar.) Chairmen Mary Ellen Miles and Clair Wilson treated visitors to a four-day extravaganza with landscaped garden designs; vignettes including Point Clear Paradise, Couture Cabana, From Wind to Table and more. The displays transported you to Amsterdam and included waterwheels, windmills, the Dutch countryside with colorful tulips and green pastures and a 156-foot-long canal with traditional row houses, all constructed under an amazing tent. There were artists working on masterpieces and dozens of glass artists, garden designs and sculpture for sale. You don’t want to miss this great event for a worthy cause next year! n
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Hylton–Nutik By Megan Holt
Chelsea Lloyd Hylton matched with a man on the dating app Tinder, and they made a date. However, they ended up cancelling that date and didn’t follow up to reschedule. A year later she matched with the same man, Chandler Jay Nutik, on a different dating app, Hinge. Chandler remembered Chelsea and asked if they could finally get that date, and this time they made it happen! In late June 2015, they met up for a cool treat at Plum Street Snowballs. They talked for a while before walking down to Boucherie for dinner. Fast forward two and a half years, and they were a serious couple who had adopted a dog, named Bridges in honor of their favorite singer Leon Bridges, together. The happy pup parents took a vacation to Joshua Tree, California. On their second night there, they were watching the sun set over the desert when Chandler asked Chelsea to spend the rest of their lives together. She said yes, and the two were so caught up in the moment that it took Chandler an hour to realize that he forgot to get down on one knee when he asked! Though he wasn’t there for the proposal, Bridges was right there with Chelsea and Chandler as they planned their wedding. Jolly Edition created custom invitations featuring the three of them. Bridges made another appearance on the day of the wedding, as the couple did their first look. Chelsea’s grandfather had the honor of having a first look at the bride during a special moment for just the two of them, and then it was time for the groom and Bridges to see their favorite person! Bridges stood proudly next to the couple during the first look photos. Those photos were captured on November 3, 2018, just before their ceremony at City Park’s Popp Fountain. The natural beauty of the New Orleans landmark perfectly complemented the wedding’s colors of green, gold and light pink. As she walked down the aisle, Chelsea carried succulents in her bouquet to remind the couple of that moment in the Joshua Tree desert. Celebrants Rev. Beth Magill and Tara Nutik integrated Christian and Jewish traditions to honor the religious backgrounds of both families. After the ceremony, the celebration continued
just steps away at the Arbor Room. City Park’s catering staff created a delectable wedding menu, including seared tuna and crab dip. Plum Street Snowballs, where they had their first date, served sweet treats. The snowballs couldn’t compete with the sweet moment that the newly married couple shared their first dance to “Beyond” by Leon Bridges, whose music has been the soundtrack of so many memorable moments in their relationship. Their practice with instructors at From This Dance Forward helped them wow guests on their special day!
Just two weeks before their big day, Chelsea and Chandler had taken a trip to Paris. Between the adventure of that trip and the whirlwind wedding preparations, they were ready to truly relax and unwind. A five-day honeymoon to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, Belize, was just what they needed. After they recharged their batteries the couple returned to New Orleans, where Chelsea is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Peaceful Warriors and Chandler is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Works of Louisiana. n
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Rehearsal Dinner Location: Home of Rickie and Gordon Nutik Reception Décor & Florals: Dunn & Sonnier Antiques * Florals * Gifts Coordinator: Cathy Kercheval Ceremony Music: Thomas Grant Wedding Gown: Limor Rosen, Lovely Bride DC Flower Girls’ Dresses: Tutu Du Monde, Peony Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Engagement Ring: Anna Sheffiled Bride’s Wedding Band: Anna Sheffiled & Colehower Family Ring Invitation: Jolly Edition Wedding Cake: Haydel’s Groom’s Cake: Cake Pops, The Sweet Life Photographer: Gabby Chapin Hair: Argerie Villalobos Makeup: Midori Music: Got Groove
Groom’s Shoes: Anthology, Paris
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Ralph Mahana General Manager, Windsor Court Hotel By Lindsay Mack
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doubt, one of the most exciting aspects of my role as General Manager,” says Mahana. “It is inspiring to work with an organization and its employees to positively impact the community and the city itself, and that occurs both inside the hospitality industry and beyond.” The hotel’s dedication to service is impressive. As Mahana explains, the Windsor Court Hotel annually contributes more than $150,000 in room nights, in-kind donations and other resources to charitable organizations. Under Mahana’s leadership, the hotel has undergone a staff training on human trafficking awareness and prevention, donated furniture to Nicholls State University’s new ballroom project, and worked toward ensuring the hotel provides a welcoming space to the LGBTQ+ community. Plus, Mahana’s personal dedication to community causes is remarkable. “The causes and boards I dedicate the most time to are based on philanthropy and economic expansion, with a focus of race and gender equity and the industry that I live and
breathe,” he says. He is a board member of Kingsley House, GNO Inc.’s NextGen Council and The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association, in addition to supporting The New Orleans Campaign for Equity. He also contributes to The Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dress for Success, Strive NOLA, Sharp NOLA, Son of a Saint and The New Orleans Ballet Association. Lastly, Mahana is involved in animal welfare causes, and his four-year-old Frenchie, Bristol, reigned as Queen of Barkus this year. With someone so in tune with the philanthropic and social needs at the helm, the Windsor Court Hotel is in good hands. Providing excellent customer service to hotel guests, as well as thoroughly giving back to the community, are Mahana’s strong suits. n
Get Involved Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., (855) 264-1283, WindsorCourtHotel.com
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New Orleans has long been praised for its vibrant hospitality culture, and the latest generation of industry professionals are using their skills to give back in a major way. Ralph Mahana, who was named General Manager of Windsor Court Hotel in April 2018, proves hospitality workers are deeply dedicated to supporting New Orleans and the greater community on a number of fronts. At age 34, Mahana already has 13 years of experience in the day-to-day operations of the hotel, having started as a college sophomore in the night auditor/bellman role. Over the years he has worked in a variety of positions for the hotel, including operations, front desk, guest services, food and beverage and Director of Rooms. The move to General Manager has only solidified his love for the hotel itself and the industry as a whole. “Windsor Court is one of the most beloved hotel properties in the region, so having the ability to lead and work with the associates here to exemplify the spirit of New Orleans’ hospitality is, without a
Riley Kay Talbot Ursuline Academy By Mallory Lindsly
“I think the most rewarding volunteer work I have done is simply educating people on the issues within our environment,” says Riley Kay Talbot, a Junior at Ursuline Academy. Before Talbot learned about her environmental impact, she had no idea that one plastic straw would make the difference. Her sister, Sydney, took the time to show her the impact she can make and the problems she can create. “When simply having conversations with people about the environment, we’re able to discuss and bring to light problems and potential solutions,” says Talbot. Talbot’s activism has helped bring tremendous growth within her Ursuline community. For instance, her friends have switched to use sustainable alternatives such as reusable water bottles and straws. Ursuline faculty members even approached her with new ideas for creating a more sustainable future at Ursuline. More people within Talbot’s community are bringing reusable water bottles to school to eliminate wasting plastic. Talbot has gained leadership skills throughout her years in Student Council. Through the Ambassadors and Lion’s Pride programs, Talbot has spent a lot of time welcoming new and prospective students to Ursuline. With those leadership skills, Talbot along with Marie Foret, Caroline MacLaren and Casey Talbot from the Key Club, helped created Ursulines Water Cup Initiative. The idea behind the initiative was to cut down on waste at school and the students identified that many students were using one to three water cups a day. With the initiative, Ursuline
selected a BPA-free insulated reusable cup as their solution. Since the event, Ursuline has gotten rid of the throw-away cups and only has the reusable plastic cup on their campus. Beth Joubert, Ursuline’s Campus Minster, always pushed Talbot to be her best self to show her all the ways she can advocate for herself and the environment. “She reminds me that I don’t have to be rich, famous or even an adult to make a difference. I can be exactly who I am, and be an activist for the environment,” says Talbot. Talbot doesn’t have specific plans for college just yet, but she would like to study science. She hopes to continue to work with Ursuline and other schools in her community to make a more sustainable way of living. Next school year,Talbot is attending a service trip through Ursuline at Bethlehem Farm. While on the farm Talbot will learn how to live sustainably, which will help her expand her environmental activism. She wants to bring these practices back home and to her community. n SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 65
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1. Past-Presidents of the New Orleans Garden Society, Linda Skidmore Foreman, Denise Mehurin, Lee Pitre, Carole Parker McGinity and Cynthia Glancy posed with current president, Alice Reese, at the group’s annual luncheon and tea at the Metairie Country Club in January. 2. David Torkanowsky, Ed White, Jon Cleary, Raymond Weber, George Porter Jr., Sr. Jane Remson, O.Carm., Reggie Toussaint, Ivan Neville and Sandra Cordray gathered together for a star-studded performance at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in January. The sold-out show benefitted the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness Foundation while celebrating Allen Toussaint. 3. John Pope, Linda Morgan and Ed White attended the “Legacy of Caring” concert in January to raise money for the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness organization. 4. Janet Sula Evans, Aimée Hayes, Mike Grote, Andaiye Alimayu, Jonathan Leit and Kristin Sanders rang the tower bell to mark the official opening of Southern Rep Theatre’s permanent home in the former St. Rose de Lima Church during their “Inaugural Ball” in January. 5. Aimée Hayes, Southern Rep’s producing artistic director (center) gave her opening remarks at the theater’s Inaugural Ball in January. On the left, Janet “Sula” Evans and Andaiye Alimayu of Zion Trinity prepare to bless Southern Rep’s new home inside the old St. Rose de Lima Church. To the right, Alembic Community Development’s Jonathan Leit and Mike Grote waited to speak, along with Kristin Sanders of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development. 6. Claire Ballay, Charles Ballay and Katie Brasted are pictured at Woodland Conservancy’s “Save our Sponge Concert 2019” at the New Orleans Jazz Market. Held in January on World Wetlands Day, the event seeks to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit land trust’s work to preserve and restore forested wetlands. 66 ST. CHARLES AVENUE AUGUST 2019
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7. Tom McDermott, Robin Pannagl and Benny Rousselle attended the Woodlands Conservancy’s “Save our Sponge Concert” to benefit the 840 acres of forested wetlands the nonprofit manages. The event featured live performances by McDermott and fellow pianist Joe Krown and Leah Rucker’s Quartet, local food and drinks and a silent auction. 8. Dr. Tarun Jolly and Heidi Schmalbach enjoyed a preview of the 2018 LUNA Fete installation at a patron party hosted by Jolly and his wife, Rupa. 9. Valerie Besthoff, Dr. Rupa Jolly and Molly Homler attended the 2018 LUNA Fete Preview Patron Party at the Jollys’ home in December 2018. 10. Wendell Brunious, Troy Andrews and Jon Batiste celebrated the first ever “Improvisations Gala” at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in December 2018. (Photo by Eric Waters) 11. Tony Dagradi, Greg Lambousy, Stanton Moore and James Singleton attended the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s “Improvisations Gala.” Over 500 guests were treated to performances by legendary local musicians, unique lighting by the artists of LUNA Fete, food, drinks and a silent auction. (Photo by Eric Waters) 12. Dawn Beach, Dr. Michael Weaver and Emilie Rhys are pictured at the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s “Improvisations Gala,” held to help fund an expansion to include educational initiatives as well as interior and exterior improvements.
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August By Fritz Esker
BRING IT! LIVE: THE DANCE BATTLE TOUR Legendary coach Dianna Williams and her team of Dancing Dolls perform neverbefore-seen routines, including fan versus Dancing Doll stand battles. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com
JPAS THEATER KIDS PRESENTS ALADDIN, JR. Jefferson Parish’s young thespians put on a delightful retelling of the classic Disney film Aladdin. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700, JPAS.org
NEW ORLEANS FILM SOCIETY’S SUMMER FILM SERIES: DOWN BY LAW This 1986 cult classic comedy shot in New Orleans tells the story of three mismatched fugitives in the Crescent City. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com
100 YEARS OF WOMEN IN BLUES Big Easy Entertainment Award Winner Dorian Rush covers blues artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Irma Thomas to Janis Joplin and more. Westwego Performing Arts Theater (Teatro Wego), 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000, JPAS.org
THE WIGGLES’ PARTY TIME TOUR The world’s most successful children’s entertainment group brings their collection of characters, songs and family fun to the Orpheum. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, OrpheumNOLA.com
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT Brian May and Roger Taylor, founding members of the legendary rock group Queen, perform some of their greatest hits with “American Idol’s” Adam Lambert on vocals. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, SmoothieKingCenter.com
UB40 The 1980s British pop-reggae favorite UB40 performs their old favorites at the House of Blues. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, HouseOfBlues.com
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DOUBLE VISION REVISITED Jazz legends Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller reunite for the first time since the release of their Grammywinning 1980s collaboration Double Vision. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com
AARON LEWIS Outlaw country star Aaron Lewis comes to the Fillmore as a part of his State I’m In tour. The Fillmore, 6 Canal St., 881-1555, FillmoreNOLA.com
THE B-52S 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Quirky pop stars The B-52s celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their Cosmic Thing album (featuring “Love Shack” and “Roam”) with a new tour. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com
CHRIS BROWN Chris Brown brings his Indigoat Tour to New Orleans, featuring artists like Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Joyner Lucas and Yella Beezy. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, SmoothieKingCenter.com
BACKSTREET BOYS The boy band behind smash hits like “I Want it That Way” embark on their biggest arena tour in 18 years. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, SmoothieKingCenter.com
EDDIE B’S I’M ALREADY PROFESSIONALLY DEVELOPED Houston comic and teacher Eddie B, creator of the viral “What Teachers Really Say” videos, has a fresh new set of education-based material that has delighted audiences across the country. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com
RANDY RAINBOW LIVE Comic Randy Rainbow, known for his viral comedy videos on contemporary politics, brings his national tour to the Fillmore. The Fillmore, 6 Canal St., 881-1555, FillmoreNOLA.com
Holiday Party Planning
Restaurant August boasts historical architecture and luxurious detailing to offer the perfect setting for any holiday event. The Private Dining Room and the Chef’s Tasting Room offer different experiences for hosting up to 100 or a small table of 12.
Brennan’s iconic pink facade fronts a rollicking yet refined symphony of splendid ambiance, impeccable service and modern Creole cooking. Their spirited breakfast and flaming Bananas Foster are timeless indulgences. The sparkling Roost Bar and Courtyard Champagne sabering are notable new traditions.
301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans 504-299-9777 RestaurantAugust.com
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, up to 400 reception-style or a smaller cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres at their inviting bar area. Every menu is handcrafted for your special event. On-site valet available.
417 Royal St., New Orleans 504-525-9711 BrennansNewOrleans.com
504-587-3663 firstname.lastname@example.org Champions-square.com/book-your-event/club-xlivencore Just steps away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and named after the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl victory, club XLIV offers the perfect location for your holiday celebration! New Orleans inspired artwork and décor make this venue a favorite with the locals. Outstanding audio/visual elements and on-site parking complete the package. SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM 71
1904 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504-834-9580 GemPrinting.com Your one-stop shop for over 100 years, Gem Printing Co. offers an array of personalized items including: Holiday Cards, Invitations, Napkins, Cups, Glassware, Guest Towels and Gifts. Most items are printed in one day. From small get-togethers to large corporate events, let Gem Printing help plan your perfect holiday soirĂŠe.
Invitations by Beth 504-609-0284 InvitationsByBeth.com
Invitations by Beth is here to help you craft the perfect impression, lasting memory and most elegant way to invite your guests to your next special occasion. Elegant or casual, they will help make your special event memorable. Let Invitations by Beth be the complete source for your next big day!
Hilton New Orleans Riverside 2 Poydras St., New Orleans 504-556-3750 MSYNH-SALESADM@hilton.com HiltonNewOrleansRiverside.com
Make merry and bright holiday memories at the only hotel on the Mississippi Riverfront in New Orleans. The iconic Hilton New Orleans Riverside features over 130,000 square feet of newly renovated space including intimate rehearsal dinner space 29 floors up, river view rooms, luxurious suites and charming ballrooms.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp St., New Orleans 504-539-9607 email@example.com OgdenMuseum.org
Make your event a work of art this holiday season at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art! The museum is home to Stephen Goldring Hall, showcasing the worldâ€™s largest collection of Southern art, and the historic Patrick F. Taylor Library, known for its ornate architectural design. Events held between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 qualify for the Holiday Special : Contact 504-539-9607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book today!
Pat O’Brien’s - Private Events
Royal Frenchmen Hotel & Bar
‘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.
A gorgeous 1,600 square-foot courtyard provides a perfect private space for holiday parties, cocktail receptions, or any event. The hotel offers 16 expertly appointed rooms that sleep up to 55 guests. They work hand-in-hand with their preferred caterers and offer a crafted bar package featuring signature holiday cocktails.
The Columns Hotel
Though primarily known as a music venue, Republic NOLA’s historic warehouse space allows for flexible formats accommodating 100 to 1,000 guests. Since a change in ownership and major renovation in 2015, the venue now hosts more private events than ever, while handling all aspects of coordination and execution to allow clients to focus on making memories with their guests.
The Columns Hotel boasts the city’s best view of the Avenue. The restaurant/lounge menu offers daily bistro and Sunday brunch, with new à la carte and prix fixe options. Imagine your next event at The Columns Hotel (even on short notice)! Their hospitable staff can cater to any size group, large or small.
600 Decatur St., New Orleans 504-561-1200 PatOBriensPrivateEvents.com
828 S. Peters St., New Orleans 504-528-8282 RepublicNOLA.com
700 Frenchmen St., New Orleans 504-619-9660 RoyalFrenchmenHotel.com
3811 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-899-9308 TheColumns.com
The Country Club
634 Louisa St., New Orleans 504-945-0742, TheCountryClubNewOrleans.com The Country Club restaurant and bar offers an elegant escape with exquisite food and drink in sophisticated surroundings. Host your next dinner or cocktail party in one of their grand parlors, which comfortably seats 10 to 50 people for dinner or 100 people reception-style. The pool area is available for rent October through March. Custom menus available.
The Eliza Jane
315 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-882-1234 Hello@Couvant.com TheElizaJane.com Whether intimate or extravagant, Events by Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel can execute a memorable holiday celebration. Gather around the fireplace in the Press Room Lounge, toast under the gas lanterns in the Garden Courtyard or dine lavishly in Couvant. Venues for parties up to 150. Let them craft a bespoke event to enliven your festive season!
The Elms Mansion
The Event Glossary
Celebrate the season on the Avenue! This immaculately preserved 1869 historic mansion would love to host 80 or 800 hundred of your closest family and friends. Enjoy cocktails, dancing, and local gourmet dining in quintessential New Orleans style.
Be your own planner? With The Event Glossary, itâ€™s that easy! Whether youâ€™re a novice or professional, this online marketplace helps you plan any event from start to finish. With an event concierge online to answer questions, this one-stop shop will save you time, money and frustration. Everything can be sourced, ordered and paid for all on one website!
3029 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-895-9200 ElmsMansion.com
The National WWII Museum 945 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-528-1944 x288 NationalWWMuseum.org/rentals
Make your next event a historic occasion. The National WWII Museum provides a variety of venues designed to accommodate meetings, luncheons, wedding receptions, holiday parties and seated dinners of various sizes. The signature in-house entertainment will take your guests on a nostalgic journey through WWII-era musical classics. Delectable food is prepared exclusively in-house through American Sector Catering.
Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier St., New Orleans 504-596-4787 WindsorCourtHotel.com/Weddings Windsor Court is your home for holiday entertaining, from Friendsgiving feasts and Christmas luncheons to end-ofyear office parties and New Yearâ€™s Eve celebrations. The breathtaking views of the rooftop ballroom or the restaurantâ€™s intimate private dining room offer ideal venues for a variety of events. Customizable menus pair with signature service to ensure seasonal splendor at its best.
Z Event Company
508 Metairie Road, Metairie 504-510-5838, ZEventCo.com Z Event Company creates memories that last a lifetime! Their knowledge and access to the best sources both local and globally allows them to craft the event of your dreams, personalized just for you. The award-winning team at Z Event specializes in luxury weddings, social, corporate, nonprofit and milestone celebrations.
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$1,087,000 - Garden district Circa 1869, Once in a lifetime opportunity to live in the HISTORIC GARDEN DISTRICT. Gorgeous Grand CENTER HALL, SECOND EMPIRE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE. Stunning front porch FOR ENTERTAINING. Original ARCHITECTURAL details include pocket doors, medallions, fireplaces, mantels, gleaming HARDWOOD FLOORS. Great for second home or ALTERNATIVE to condo living, no Lawn to maintain! Convenient to COMMANDERS RESTAURANT, shops and parade route. Listed on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.
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Roar in the Water The history of the Odenheimer Sea Lion Pool By Seale Paterson
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Designed by Sam Stone and met with great enthusiasm and praise, the Greek revival theater with columns and ironwork was called “one of the most perfect pieces of architecture in the park.” Six sea lions arrived from California in July of 1928 and were an immediate hit, attracting large crowds daily, especially at feeding times. A 1986 renovation created a more natural environment for the sea lions while also improving viewing accessibility. The still popular Greek columns ringing the pool were preserved while a beaching space for birthing, a large rock outcropping with cave and an underwater viewing area were added. Another renovation in 1992 added a 200-seat amphitheater, creating a space for expanded
action-packed and educational sea lion shows, as well as a popular venue for weddings. After Katrina, the five Audubon sea lions – Sushi, Porter, Lily, Cinnamon and Katie – were housed in Galveston, Texas, for two years while the Odenheimer Sea Lion Pool was restored. It reopened on February 14, 2008, and is still one of the most popular attractions at the zoo, thanks to the oversized personalities and entertainment skills of the sea lions in their beautiful pool. n
The sea lion pool in the 1920s. The first sea lions, named Jack and Jill, were described as having “an almost human aptitude for family quarrel” as they squabbled over fish.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN MENDES PROVIDED COURTESY OF: THE HISTORIC NEW O RLEANS COLLECTION , GIF T OF WALDEMAR S. NELSON , 2003.0182.505.
Sigmund Odenheimer, who immigrated from Germany in 1880, had an impressive career in New Orleans, leaving a legacy that still has an impact today. He was the president of Lane Cotton Mills from 1886-1945 as well as the first president of the Deutsches Haus. He also was an early benefactor to the Audubon Zoo, donating large sums of money in the 1920s to fund an aquarium and a monkey house. The aquarium, opened in 1924, consisted of 15 fish tanks and a large tank in the center of the rotunda that held Audubon’s first sea lions. The tank was an inadequate home for the lively star attractions, so four years later – thanks to another donation from Odenheimer – a new sea lion pool was built.