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On the Cover

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Your wedding should be an expression of who you are as a couple, so discover the best local ways to showcase your style, starting on pg. 46.


Setting the Table Restaurants prepare for the collision of romance and debauchery BY JYL BENSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SAM HANNA

46 St. Charles Avenue’s Annual Couture Wedding Guide

12 local ways to show off your personal style BY KELCY WILBURN


Friends of City Park Board President Larry Dale; Trustee of Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Lisa Romano; Co-Chair and Board Member Robin Bordelon Borne; Trustee of Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Vincent Giardina; and Co-Chair, former Board Member and Head of U.S. Corporate Banking/Market President of Capital One Karen DeBlieux for the 40th anniversary of “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park The 40th anniversary of “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park will take place on Friday, March 15 beginning at 8 p.m. at Storyland in front of the Botanical Garden. The event will feature live music, cuisine from over 40 restaurants, libations from Republic National Distributing, multiple live entertainers, a car raffle from Bryan Subaru, live and silent auctions and fireworks, all to benefit the revitalization of Storyland. Our own Bev Church is a past Chair of the event, and this year will be its Honorary Chair! She says that the updated Storyland will encourage participants to enjoy deeper interaction with the stories through fun, play, education and entertainment. They are incorporating the latest educational methods, such as STEM and inclusive play and, of course, ADA accessibility. Tickets are $100, $90 for Friends of City Park Members and $75 for those under 35. To learn more and purchase tickets, call 483-9376. Special thanks to Jennifer Montgomery, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator of Friends of City Park for her invaluable assistance.



In Every Issue

20 8 & 10 EDITORS’ NOTES


Make Music NOLA: Building community through music


Lake Martin: A short trip offers such fun


Mardi Gras


Craving Crawfish: New Orleans School of Cooking’s Chef de Cuisine Matthew Guillory shares its Cajun Benedict


Soup Season: 5 of the most satisfying


Ana Ester Garfinkel and Dr. Juan Jorge Gershanik: June 18, 1966





Barnett – Freiberg Artistry Through the Ages The Ogden Museum of Southern Art recognized Honorees Coleman Adler II and John Alexander. 22 Inspired Learning KID smART hosted its largest fundraiser yet to support children’s education through the arts. 24 Community at the Core The JCC hosted 275 partygoers for a festive “Center Celebration” filled with community, dancing, music and barbecue. 26 Honoring Humanitarians The 61st annual Weiss Awards benefited NOCCJ’s program development. 28 Perspectives in Painting and Pottery Poydras Home presented a new format at its 24th annual event. 30

Supporting Seniors With a nod to New Orleans, Lambeth House hosted its 11th annual “Fall Gala.” 32


Cheers to Better Health March of Dimes hosted a benefit brimming with celebrity chefs and mouthwatering cuisine. 34


Southern and Sweet The Louisiana Landmarks Society welcomed patrons to the Pitot House for a bayou-themed fête. 36


A Spooky Soirée The New Orleans Garden Society hosted a whimsical haunted holiday party. 38 An Audience With the Creole Queen Kingsley House hosted a private dinner with Leah Chase to support children and families. 40


McKensie Kirchner: Tribe Guide & Co-Founder, NOLA Tribe Yoga STUDENT ACTIVIST

Autumn Routt: Lusher Charter School

60 Kevin McLaughlin: Co-Founder and Creative Director, J.McLaughlin


Nathan duToit: Owner, Storyville Jazz Agency

62 SNAPSHOTS 64 ONSTAGE CALENDAR 72 NOSTALGIA The Boston Club: When their toast was the toast of the town



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B E V ' S N OT E

This year the “Lark in the Park” is raising money for the revitalization of Storyland in City Park! We are so grateful to Friends of City Park Board President Larry Dale; Trustee of Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Lisa Romano; Co-Chair and Board Member Robin Bordelon Borne; Trustee of Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Vincent Giardina; and Co-Chair, former Board Member and Head of U.S. Corporate Banking/ Market President of Capital One Karen DeBlieux for gracing our cover. I am so proud to be their Honorary Chairman, and I want everyone to be at the “Lark in the Park” on March 15 to help restore this iconic landmark that every child in the city loves! As many of you know, Peggy Read and I Chaired the restoration in

1985 and we were so grateful to Harry Batt for creating Storyland in the 1950s. The new, updated and modern Storyland will encourage participants to enjoy deeper interaction with the stories through fun, play, education and entertainment. They are incorporating the latest educational methods, such as STEM and inclusive play and, of course, ADA accessibility. The icing on the cake is that we’ll be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Friends of City Park, which Peggy Read founded! The party will be in front of the Botanical Garden and will feature live music, cuisine from over 40 of our best restaurants, libations from Republic National Distributing, multiple live entertainers, a car raffle from Bryan Subaru, live and silent auctions and fireworks! We would love to see your support at any level, and there are a few exhibits left to buy. Call Jennifer Montgomery at 483-9369 for tickets or

sponsorships. I will see you there! Mardi Gras is March 5, and we want to get you ready with What’s Hot for Mardi Gras so you can add the perfect piece to your Carnival collection. Once you decide on your new addition, take it for a test drive. Our feature “Setting the Table” features restaurants who are preparing for the collision of romance and debauchery of Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. Rediscover old favorites and encounter your new regular haunt! You will be blown away by our Couture Wedding Guide, featuring advice, ideas and more from 12 of the best in the business.  Be safe and have a wonderful, romantic Valentine’s Day and Happy Mardi Gras!

Beverly Reese Church

This is the 35th anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association’s fabulous “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon,” themed “Enchanting Moments With Alice,” which will be held March 19 at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street. The Committee Chairs (pictured here) and Chairmen Gail Mckenna and Mary Katherine Lonatro-Tusa promise a festive event with a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue, a raffle for a mink stole and prizes from celebrity judges for all of the categories of festive hats! This year’s honorary chair is Betty Brooks, and all proceeds go to production and education as well as free performances for schools and the public. Please call (228) 860-7284 for tickets and to buy a table!



M O R G A N ' S N OT E

My first real visit to Storyland was on a Valentine’s Day date with my now-husband. We were both running fevers but he had created this amazing day full of surprises for me and I was determined that our being sick wouldn’t ruin it. One of my favorite memories of that day was kissing inside the whale’s mouth. My son is almost old enough now to enjoy Storyland, and while I can’t wait to introduce him to all of its charm, some of its patina is really beginning to show. That is one of the many reasons why we’re so excited to feature the 40th anniversary of “Lark in the Park,” because this year all proceeds will benef it the revitalization of Storyland! Created by Harry Batt in 1956, our own Bev Church (this year’s Honorary Chair) was Chair of “Lark in the Park” along with Peggy Read in 1985 for Storyland’s f irst restoration. This refurbishment will encourage participants to enjoy deeper interaction with the stories through fun, play, education and entertainment; the latest educational methods, such as STEM and inclusive play and, of course, ADA accessibility, will be incorporated. I am quite proud to announce here that this year’s St. Charles Avenue’s Courts of Carnival – our seventh annual! – will be published as a stand-alone special issue! If you’re a subscriber, you’ll receive it automatically. If you would like to become a subscriber, or would like to purchase additional copies (available for sale as of April 1), please call Renaissance Publishing 828-1380. Supporters of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation – a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government – have gathered at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub to shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research. In fact, this group alone has raised $863,618! If you do the math (which my friend Drew Morock, who has shaved (most of ) his head every year, did for me) it shows that they’re only $136,382 away from the $1,000,000 mark! Whether you want to shave your head, volunteer to help or to donate to this very deserved cause, let’s help them cross this line! Visit StBaldricks. org/events/FinnMcCools2019 to learn more and join them on March 23 for all the fun. And if you can’t make it to the Finn’s event, there are other St. Baldrick’s events taking place around the city! As with most Carnival seasons, Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of the extravagance, and sometimes in the deluge of King Cake sugar, f inding time to celebrate seems too much. Look to our feature “Setting the Table” for great dinner ideas – for Valentine’s Day and throughout the season – and make your reservation today. If you’re planning a wedding, dreaming about doing so or just love reading about them, look to our annual Couture Wedding Guide to learn about 12 local ways to show off your personal style. Happy Carnival!

Morgan Packard Griffith


February 2 “Junior Gala,” benefiting the Southern Sailing Foundation, 296-4608 7 “New Orleans Take Steps,” benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, 917-9031038, NewOrleans2019 9 “Ochsner Red Tie Affair,” benefiting Ochsner Health System, 842-7113 10 10th annual “Recycled Fashion Show,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House, 821-7134 16 “Get Yah Praise On,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute, 581-4629, 16 “Dominican Legacy Gala: Diamonds Are Forever,” benefiting St. Mary’s Dominican High School, 865-9401



Make Music NOLA Building community through music By Catherine Freeman

Albert Einstein was passionate about playing the violin. He was even quoted as saying that all a man needs in life to be happy is a table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin. But violin playing didn’t come naturally to him (it’s well known his dedication to consistent practice is how he became a respected musician in addition to his scientific acclaim). Einstein believed music not only brought him immense joy but also inspiration in all aspects of his life. These same qualities of commitment and joy are what Make Music NOLA strives to instill through providing access and opportunity for local young people to discover the positive benefits of playing string instruments. Noting a lack of string instrument instruction options for students in a city with a long-standing brass instrument tradition, and following requests from teachers, Make Music NOLA (MMN) was formed in 2011 through the vision and funding of New York conductor James Blachly. Beginning meagerly with one afterschool program of 15 students led by one volunteer, it has since grown to offer instruction to over 600 students during the 32-week school year with 11 teaching artists and 15 volunteers. MMN’s seven afterschool programs meet three days a week for four to five hours at locations around the city. Participants ages 6-18, receive intensive instruction on either violin, viola, cello or double bass in group classes of 12 students. But the program is much more than instruction as there are opportunities for students to participate in workshops


with professional musicians and attend field trips to performances around town. Additionally, MMN students perform up to four concerts a year, including program wide recitals, a solo recital and six community-based concerts at local events. MMN students have performed at Tulane University, Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Family Days, Celebration in the Oaks, and live on WWOZ. I was mesmerized by the skill and enthusiasm of the student musicians when I witnessed a performance! With greater demand for their program and a lack of high-quality music instruction in schools, MMN expanded to offer in-school and Saturday instruction. MMN now provides string classes and K-4 general music classes, as well as guest artists for workshops and performances, partnering with area charter schools. Students participating in their in-school programs are invited to attend MMN’s Saturday classes, summer sessions and perform in their end of the semester recitals. “Over the last seven years our students have performed for major rock stars, attended summer camp in New York, and participated in workshops with students from all over the country. Through the program, students attending MMN have high-level performance

opportunities and access to the highest quality musicians and venues. MMN has recently been awarded opportunities for our students to travel and participate in summer programs outside of New Orleans; our biggest goal is to raise the funds to make participation in these programs a reality,” says Executive Director Laura Patterson. String instruments are often more difficult to obtain and expensive than other instruments, so MMN partners with Hungry For Music, a nonprofit organization that collects used musical instruments and donates them to underserved youth. Through small group instruction and emphasis on community building, inspiring role models and musical experiences and self-confidence gained through performing, Make Music NOLA offers our city’s youth a unique environment for success, becoming one of the most sought after and creative youth development programs in New Orleans. n

A little more … To register a student or make a donation to support Make Music NOLA, visit



Lake Martin A short trip offers such fun By Brittany Kennedy

Once the holiday vortex is behind us (even as we’re in the full swing of Carnival), there are times when you need to switch gears, get out of town and get a change of scenery. It is moments like these when getting in a car and taking a short jaunt out of town is just the ticket to re-charging your family’s collective battery. Deep in Acadiana, in Breaux Bridge, there’s Lake Martin, which is part of the Mississippi Flood plain and one of many swamps with tours. What makes Lake Martin different, however, is its smaller size and shallow water. What this means for you (and specifically the small children in your life) is that instead of zooming across the water in a loud air boat, you coast along in a flat-bottom boat while a guide shows you plants and wildlife. Champagne’s Cajun Swamp Tours is one company that offers just this type of visit, and it’s a different experience than your average swamp tour. While such a visit seems like a spring or summer event, the cooler (but not cold) temperatures are often a good time to visit the area, which is not only a home for several alligators but also several bird species, including the snow egret and blue heron, whose spectacular plumage are almost as impressive as the gators that peek their heads above water. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and dedicated to educating visitors about its conservation. There are also walking trails, but they’re closed when alligators are nesting. Although you need a reservation for most of the swamp tours, in the low season they can be made as late as the day before or even the


morning of your trip, if it’s a spur-of-the moment decision. Once you’re in and around Breaux Bridge, it’s worth exploring the downtown as well as checking out a few of the local eateries that serve Cajun and Creole dishes like mom used to make (without mom having to cook). Glenda’s Creole Kitchen is an old-school establishment with a menu that changes daily, but has everything from your basic meatloaf and spaghetti and meatballs, to smothered just about everything – not to mention her famous stuffed turkey wings. Her cakes are also not to be missed. Again, the menu changes daily, so if you have a gang of picky eaters it’s worth calling ahead to see what’s on the daily rotation. Down the road a bit is also Poche’s, which has a similar – although a bit larger – menu, as well as a meat market if you need boudin or cracklings for the ride home. A little farther up the road, in Arnaudville, is a place that doesn’t, at first glance, seem like the most child-friendly option, but Bayou Teche Brewery, aside from serving a bunch of tasty beers, also has some great sodas, root beer and a large outdoor area with a giant Connect-4 game where you can sit, sip and chat about all you’ve seen that day. There is often live music in the weekend

afternoons and the entire space is welcoming with friendly, knowledgeable staff. The brewery offers tours as well, but, as always, it’s best to call ahead to reserve. While most parents can never imagine taking a road trip during February or spend most of the Carnival season planning to do just that, a short trip out of town is a sure – and relatively easy – way to give everyone a quick break from the routine of life that can be both mundane and crazy during the Carnival season. n

Just the Facts ... Champagne’s Cajun Swamp Tours 1151 Rookery Road, Breaux Bridge (337) 230-4068, Hours: Mondays-Sundays, 8 a.m.-until Glenda’s Creole Kitchen 3232 Main Highway #1, Breaux Bridge (337) 332-0294, Hours: Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Poche’s Market, Restaurant & Smokehouse 3015 Main Highway # A, Breaux Bridge (337) 332-2108, Hours: Mondays-Sundays, 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Bayou Teche Brewery 1094 Bush Highway, Arnaudville (337) 754-5122, Hours: Mondays-Sundays, 11 a.m. -9 p.m. (Sundays until 5 p.m.)



Mardi Gras By Amy Gabriel

Glitter decorating the streets, music vibrating in the air, floats dancing their way down St. Charles Avenue, flambeaux hoisting torches high. Carnival truly is a whirlwind for the senses. Celebrate this Mardi Gras season with accessories that will have you revelry-ready.


2. Give your little paradegoer a magic moment when all decked out in a bead unicorn romper. Bon Temps Boutique, 603 ½ Metairie Road, 571-5279.

3. Be prepared for any puddles in a pair of sleek splash proof sneakers available in olive, black and stone colors. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 8996800,

4. How ya gonna clap? With a gorgeous Italian hide Senape Holmes crossbody, accented with gold dipped hardware and customdesigned interior from local label BENE. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250,


1. Tossing beads is even better when your wrist is prettied up with stackable Julie Vos gold bracelets with purple stones. Ballin’s LTD, 721 Dante St., 866-4367; 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502,


� 5. Your favorite tiny dancer will bring the party to the parade line in a tutu with gold star accents. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, 6. Pay tribute to keeping the beat with hand painted, one-of-a-kind tambourine art from New Orleans

artist Patricia Low. Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 3248352, 7. Paradegoers will be green with envy over a pair of vintage inspired sunnies with honey and mint accents from Platoy. Art & Eyes,

3708 Magazine St., 891-4494, 8. Giver your geaux cup a chic upgrade by way of stemless champagne flutes with metallic gold or silver accents. Party Cup Express,

9. Every man is a King with a gold crown painted cufflinks and studs set in a gift box. Perlis Clothing, 6070 Magazine St., 8958661,



Craving Crawfish New Orleans School of Cooking’s Chef de Cuisine Matthew Guillory shares its Cajun Benedict

Cajun Benedict

Crawfish Cream Sauce

2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon Creole mustard 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon crab boil liquid 1 Tablespoon Joe’s Stuff Seasoning ¼ teaspoon salt 4 slices French bread 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter 2 eggs, poached Crawfish Cream Sauce for topping* (recipe below)

1/2 cup heavy cream ¼ cup chicken stock 4 ounces crawfish tails ½ Tablespoon Joe’s Stuff Seasoning 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter 1 teaspoon parsley, finely chopped

IN A MIXING BOWL, combine eggs, milk, mustard, garlic, crab boil, Joe’s Stuff and salt. Whisk until well combined. Allow to rest for 5-19 minutes. SOAK slices of French Bread in the egg mixture until saturated.

IN A SKILLET on medium heat, combine heavy cream and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. ADD crawfish and Joe’s Stuff Seasoning. Reduce sauce by half. BEFORE SERVING, melt butter into mixture and garnish with parsley.

IN A SKILLET on medium heat, melt butter. REMOVE bread from egg mixture and shake off excess liquid. LAY the bread in the skillet and allow to cook on one side until browned. Flip and continue cooking until both sides are brown PLACE bread on plate. Top with poached eggs and Crawfish Cream Sauce.

NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF COOKING 524 St. Louis St., 525-COOK (2665),






Soup Season 5 of the most satisfying By Jyl Benson


Pho Tau Bay’s Wonton Soup


I am always amazed by the reaction of visitors from frigid climates such as Chicago to the misery of our own cold, damp winter weather. They are usually shocked by the way the humidity has the power to transform the cold air they’re accustomed to into a deep, bone chilling assault that’s hard to shake off even when temperatures are in the 40s. On such days nothing has restorative powers that approach those to be had from a steaming bowl of soup, the ultimate comfort food when the needle drops. In a climate most often associated with sultry weather, we’re fortunate to have a great many places where we can enjoy distinctive soups, stews and gumbos that are best enjoyed on cold days. The oyster stew at Brigtsen’s is a silken reduction of oyster liquor flecked with ribbons of scallions and loaded with plump, briny oysters. On occasion lucky diners will find a version that mimics oysters Rockefeller with a broth kissed with a hint of Herbsaint. Pho Tau Bay has long been one of my top destinations on a cold day. My go-to is the PTB Wonton Soup, a house specialty, from which I can pluck the dumplings of pork and shrimp from the light, tasty, flavorful, warming broth. Another favorite is Bo Kho, a Vietnamese-style spiced beef stew. Chunks of marinated beef and carrots arrive swimming in the most delicious gravy ever with the faintest

hints of warm, sweet spices. It was the late, great chef Warren LeRuth who created the perfect marriage between oysters and artichokes in an elegant soup that became an instant classic. It was widely copied then and now, but Mandina’s version stands apart. The soup is thickened with a pale roux rather than cream, allowing the brine from the oysters and the delicate herbal notes from the artichokes to shine through. The restaurant’s version of turtle soup is an excellent, as well. I am fortunate to live right around the corner from Luvi, which enables me to regularly indulge my intense passion for the dumpling soup chef Hoa Gong learned from his mother in his native Shanghai. A thin, complex soy broth that I could consume every single day, summer included, is beautiful to behold with elegant origami-like pillows filled with pork, ginger and cabbage floating within. At kin the pork tonkatsu broth is the most traditional one offered with the miniscule restaurant’s silken puddles of house-made ramen. Combinations offered in the rich, cloudy broth change

BRIGTSEN’S, 723 Dante St., 861-7610, KIN, 4600 Washington Ave., 304-8557 LUVI, 5236 Tchoupitoulas St., 605-3340, MANDINA’S, 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, PHO TAU BAY, 1565 Tulane Ave., 368-9846, TOP TACO/AGAVE WEEK,

Try This: New Orleans’ third annual Top Taco festival and multi-day celebration of tequila and mezcal, Agave Week, will return Sunday, March 10-Friday, March 15 with an array of festive events around town. A very limited amount of advance discounted tickets for Top Taco – Agave Week’s grand tasting on Thursday, March 14 are available. The celebration, Top Taco, happens at Woldenberg Park with chefs and bartenders from over 50 restaurants competing for the coveted awards in four categories: Top Creative Taco, Top Traditional Taco, Top Creative Tequila Cocktail and Top Traditional Margarita. A portion of proceeds will benefit Foster Nola, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children in the city’s foster care system as they transition into adulthood.

frequently, but a recent variety combined crisped pork belly, Brussels sprouts and wilted greens topped with a marinated, soft-yolked egg. Another version combined the broth with panko-fried chicken and yuka crisps. Another broth is based on chicken stock infused with seafood tare. I recently found it paired with a roasted, spicerubbed fillet of lemon fish. On those frequent days when I have an envie for a meat-free dish, I go for kin’s Karl Winslow, which changes daily but always includes seasoned and browned minced tofu that mimics ground pork. The pairing of a dense umami-rich roasted mushroom broth with braised mushrooms, pickled mustard greens and slivers of radish and carrot was particularly satisfying. n



Artistry Through the Ages


The Ogden Museum of Southern Art recognized Honorees Coleman Adler II and John Alexander. By Shelby Simon

“O What a Night!” offered 500 attendees a festive opportunity to celebrate the Tricentennial and highlighted the important mission of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art: to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. The evening also offered tributes to Honorees Coleman Adler II and John Alexander. Coleman Adler II, CEO of Adler’s Jewelry and Member of The Ogden Museum Board of Trustees, has been a valued source of advice and support for the museum since its inception. Internationally recognized artist John Alexander, whose work is a contemporary embodiment of the natural South, has been added to the permanent collections of many museums, including the Ogden. A Patron Preview Party was held on Thursday, October 18 at the home of Troy Scroggins and Keith Malvitz. Guests were able to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, mingle and preview the gala’s 21 live auction items. Prior to the gala, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the Patrick F. Taylor Library, which additionally provided a preview of the 67 silent auction items. The gala took place in a tent outside the museum with decor provided by Ware & Co. The walls were lined with silver drapery to contrast the powder blue tablecloths, contrasting with dark blue and purple lighting and white flowers and succulent vases from Pick-A-Petal. Hors d’oeuvres were provided by chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette, with dinner by chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise. Musical entertainment was provided by Jeremy Davenport, Blue Earth Productions Presents D Play Band and Trendafilka. The event was Chaired by Charles Urstadt and David Bernard, along with Christa and Matt Schwartz. n



Event at a Glance

1. Honoree John Alexander, Charmaine Locke, James Surls and Sharon Kopriva 2. Chairmen Charles Urstadt, David Bernard, Christa Schwartz and Matt Schwartz 3. Roger Ogden, Ken Barnes and Geneva and David Kerstein 4. Anna Beth Goodman, Ware Porter and Allison Kendrick 5. David Gamble, L. Kasimu Harris and Aron Belka 6. Jessie Haynes and Chris Wayner



WHAT: “O What a Night!”, benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018 WHERE: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art






Inspired Learning


KID smART hosted its largest fundraiser yet to support children’s education through the arts. By Shelby Simon

By supporting “Cocktails for KID smART,” KID smART supporters gave more than 3,000 New Orleans children their best chance for success. The organization teaches through the arts to provide experiential instruction in academic subjects to reach all students in a classroom, which allows children to connect to math, science, history, language arts and a variety of other disciplines by doing, imagining and creating. Walton and Jeffrey Goldring hosted this year’s event at their St. Charles Avenue home. Sarah Quintana provided a musical backdrop as guests worked on the puzzle in the event program, which allowed them to interact with artwork in the house. The featured artist was Gretchen Weller Howard with husband Peter Howard. Additionally, a speech was delivered by Emily Hunyadi, school leader at Langston Hughes Academy. Cuisine was catered by Martin Wine Cellar, which included a grilling station serving beef short rib and Mediterranean salmon with tomatoes and feta. Ruthie Winston of Winston & Associates LLC served as the auctioneer at the live auction, which featured artwork entitled “Downriver 2,” an original painting by Gretchen Weller Howard. Event Co-Chairs were Scott and Janet Howard, and Adele and Graham Ralston. KID smART will celebrate its 20th anniversary in April 2019. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Janet and Scott Howard 2. Hosts Jeffrey and Walton Goldring with Co-Chairs Adele and Graham Ralston 3. Peter and featured artist Gretchen Weller Howard with Jeanne Turner and Phil Gunn 4. Cedric Martin, David Martin and Pamela Martin 5. Daryl Byrd, Jill McKay Pipes and H. Minor Pipes 6. Suzanne and Steve Dumez



WHAT: “Cocktails for KID smART,” benefiting KID smART WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2018 WHERE: Home of Walton and Jeffrey Goldring





Community at the Core


The JCC hosted 275 partygoers for a festive “Center Celebration” filled with community, dancing, music and barbecue. By Shelby Simon

The annual “Center Celebration” at the New Orleans Jewish Community Center brought the community together for a “Sweet and Saucy Night at the J.” The celebration also benefits new programs and improvements to the center for the coming year. The festive party atmosphere in the Mintz Auditorium put partygoers in a dancing mood. The event featured a spread of Kosher barbecue by Kansas City grill master Adam Glass, who flew in to prepare the barbecue and sides. Patrons also enjoyed full open bars and specialty lemonade daiquiris to pair with their meal. Just after learning his album, “It’s a Wonderful World,” was nominated for a Grammy, Kermit Ruffins and The Barbecue Swingers stepped on the JCC stage. Ruffins played classic New Orleans favorites and original music from his nominated album, and capped the night off with a New Orleans Saints version of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Co-Chairs were Ellen Kempner Sucherman and Emily Kupperman. Funds from this year’s event directly support the JCC’s Nursery School, Summer Day Camp scholarships and the ACE (Alzheimer’s Care and Enrichment) Program. n



Event at a Glance

1. Lee and Co-Chair Ellen Sucherman with Cathy and Charles Glaser 2. Zach and Co-Chair Emily Kupperman with Aimee and Steven Bain 3. Nathan and Executive Director Leslie Fischman,Lisa Lupin and Kenny Miestchovich 4. Mark Mintz, Jennifer Mintz, Melinda Mintz, Morris Mintz, Lara Mintz and Cliff Mintz 5. Allison Kupperman, Emily Kupperman, Dotty Jacobs and Betsy Rubenstein 6. Richard Buchsbaum, Lisa Romano and Vicky and Peter Sperling



WHAT: “A Sweet and Saucy Night at the J,” benefiting the New Orleans Jewish Community Center WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018 WHERE: New Orleans Jewish Community Center






Honoring Humanitarians


The 61st annual Weiss Awards benefited NOCCJ’s program development. By Shelby Simon

The “Weiss Awards” recognized members of the Greater New Orleans community whose civic and humanitarian contributions to the furtherance of human dignity were outstanding and an example to be followed. This year, the “Weiss Awards” were presented to outstanding community leaders who have been influential in promoting the advancement of social understanding and care. The honorees at the 61st annual “Weiss Awards” were: the Honorable LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of City of New Orleans; Pastor Fred Luter Jr., Senior Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church; Leopold Sher, Partner of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.; the Honorable Jay Christopher Zainey, U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; The Rhodes Family; and Pro Bono Publico. The atmosphere at the awards at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans was festive and celebratory with various floral arrangements and special lighting décor. NOCCJ hosted a three-course dinner, capped with bananas Foster cheesecake. Darryl Young/Dancing Man 504 and the Slow Rollers Jazz Band provided musical entertainment. An auction hosted myriad prizes including autographed sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind artwork and home décor, staycations at New Orleans’ finest hotels, exclusive tour access tickets, gym memberships and restaurant packages. Co-Chairs were Dorothy “Dottie” Reese, Bob Tucker and Anne Teague Landis. Approximately 300 patrons were in attendance. n



Event at a Glance

1. Honorees Dr. Stephen Hales and Leopold Sher 2. President & CEO Stephanie Bridges, Co-Chair Bob Tucker, Co-Chair and Board Member Dottie Reese and Co-Chair Anne Teague Landis 3. Honoree Pastor Fred Luter Jr. and Elizabeth Luter with Judge Kern Reese 4. Honoree the Hon. Jay and Joy Zainey with Duplain Rhodes III 5. Karen Sher and Honoree Stephanie R. Navarre 6. Tim Francis, Jasminne Navarre and Jim Landis



WHAT: 61st annual “Weiss Awards,” benefiting New Orleans Council for Community and Justice WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2018 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans






Perspectives in Painting and Pottery


Poydras Home presented a new format at its 24th annual event. By Shelby Simon

More than 200 attendees enjoyed the “Poydras Home Patron Party & Art Exhibition,” which presented a new event format for Poydras Home this year: a solo fine art exhibitor with one guest artisan. This year’s solo exhibiting artist, Billy Solitario, received his M.F.A. in painting from Tulane University in 2003 and can now frequently be found working at his Magazine Street studio or on the site of the landscapes he paints. Referring to himself as a “classic realist,” he explores subjects including landscapes, portraits and still life paintings, and finds inspiration in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast: the Mississippi River, the rainbow of colors found in crabs, oysters and crawfish and small slivers of land beneath the magnitude of the sky and clouds. Evelyn Jordan, guest sculptor, employs a meandering exploration technique with her clay work. Her functional work includes wheel-thrown teapots, teacups, bowls and dinnerware with a playful alteration to surface and form that is secondary to function. Through sculpture, Jordan aims to spark a moment of active imagination in the viewer. The 24th annual Patron Party invitation highlighted a large scale scenic Gulf painting by Solitario titled “Mackerel Clouds Last Night,” which was available for sale the night of the event. Additionally, on October 5th, Jordan led a clay activity with Poydras Home residents whose finished, ivory-glazed work was on display at the Patron Party. Musical entertainment was provided by Deacon John. A host of 12 local restaurants, dessert and beverage purveyors catered the program. The event was Chaired by Margo Moss. n

WHAT: 24th annual “Patron Party & Art Exhibition,” benefiting Poydras Home WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2018 WHERE: Poydras Home 1. Elise Thomas Ryan, Featured Artist Billy Solitario, Poydras Home Board of Trustees Vice President Suzanne and Robert Thomas 2. CEO Robert Prehn Ph.D. and Donna Flower 3. Patron Party Committee Member Jane Dupuy, Marion and Susan Bright and Patron Party Committee Chairman Margo Moss




Event at a Glance




Supporting Seniors


With a nod to New Orleans, Lambeth House hosted its 11th annual “Fall Gala.” By Shelby Simon

“Lambeth House Foundation Toasts the Tricentennial” was the theme of the 11th annual festive gala that saluted the city of New Orleans. Funds raised from the gala directly support Lambeth House residents in times of need, to make improvements in our community and for research that benefits senior citizens everywhere. For the fête, Lambeth House was adorned with flowers and drapery in red, white, blue and yellow, and featured table numbers assigned by small versions of famous New Orleans street signs. Republic National Distributors sponsored an open bar and food was provided by Executive Chef at Lambeth House Jacques Saleun. Guests enjoyed an elaborate menu, which included passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet and dessert. The quartet Cool Breeze performed New Orleansthemed music in the backdrop as guests mingled and dined. Guests also had the option to choose from a wide selection of auction items that included backstage access to the set of “NCIS: New Orleans”, hotel and sports packages, artwork by Terrance Osborne and a topaz necklace from Symmetry Jewelers. Live auctioneer, Chris Franklin from WWL-TV, entertained and excited the crowd. Linda and Pierre Conner and Beth and Stephen Conner served as Event Chairs. Approximately 200 people attended the benefit. n



Event at a Glance

1. Event Chairs Stephen and Beth Conner and Event Chairs Linda and Pierre Conner 2. Jere Hales and Janice Parmelee 3. Helen Wisdom, Tim Trapolin and Tammy Crabtree



WHAT: 11th annual “Fall Gala: Lambeth House Foundation Toasts the Tricentennial,” benefiting Lambeth House WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 WHERE: Lambeth House



Cheers to Better Health


March of Dimes hosted a benefit brimming with celebrity chefs and mouth-watering cuisine. By Shelby Simon

A lively cocktail party with purple and white décor, music and a host of celebrity chefs set the tone for the annual “March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction,” which supports the organization leading the fight for the health of moms and babies through research, programs, advocacy and education. The Omni Royal Orleans hosted both the Patron Party and the main event, which treated more than 250 attendees. A fleet of celebrity chefs catered the event. Those in attendance included: Tom Wolfe, Chef Chair of Omni Royal Orleans Hotel; Aaron Burgau of Patois; Norman Conerly of Acme Oyster House; Thorsten Leighty of Marriott; Brack May of Cowbell; Bradley McGehee of Blue Line Sandwich Company; Chris Montero of Napoleon House; William Morrisette of Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café; Gregory Rosary Sr. of Arnaud’s; Dallas Webber of Parkway Bakery and Tavern; and David Whitmore of Jack Rose. Music was provided by T-Ray the violinist. The live auction packages featured special restaurant, vacation and sports packages. Dining highlights from the auction included a dinner and wine pairing for eight at Jack Rose restaurant at the Pontchartrain Hotel, a cocktail demo and wine pairing dinner for four at Arnaud’s, an in-home dinner for eight with chef Brack May, a family-style dinner at Paradign Gardens prepared by chef Aaron Burgau and more. A grand LSU/Alabama package included tickets and seats on game day, and to be used at any time, a 25-person party at Parkway Bakery & Tavern under the tented area, which includes all beverages and an assortment of po-boys decided upon by the winner of the auction! Karen Eastman served as event Chair. Jay Batt was the Emcee. n



Event at a Glance

1. Chair Karen and Perry Eastman 2. Grady and Jill Fitzpatrick with Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik 3. Francis and Jennifer Maness with Paige and Paul Prechter



WHAT: “Signature Chefs Auction,” benefiting March of Dimes WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018 WHERE: Omni Royal Orleans



Southern and Sweet


The Louisiana Landmarks Society welcomed patrons to the Pitot House for a bayou-themed fête. By Shelby Simon

Louisiana Landmarks Society’s major fundraiser of the year, the “Fête du Jardin” – this year held in honor of the tricentennial of New Orleans – is essential to the organization’s ability to continue its preservation advocacy and education programs and maintaining its home, the Pitot House. This year’s fête was a resounding success, and the Pitot House provided a lovely setting from which guests could enjoy beautiful views of Bayou St. John from the gallery and celebrate the Saints’ victory from the patio. Floral arrangements of daisies, irises and plants peeked through crab traps, enhancing the bayou theme and adorning the décor that transformed the lawn into an enjoyable place to spend the evening. Along the double galleries and throughout the house, guests enjoyed fine wine, beverages and food provided by local favorites including Ralph’s on the Park, Cavan, Arnaud’s, Redfish Grill, Mother’s Next Door, Bayou Beer & Wine Garden, Katie’s Restaurant, Cafe Degas and Educated Palate. Sweets and desserts were provided by Boucherie, Sucré and JCB Creations. Craft Beer was served by Royal Brewery, and Old New Orleans Rum provided a “Partly Cloudy” specialty cocktail. Music was provided by The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band who played throughout the evening. Attendees enjoyed authentic bayou fun on the dance floor with Cajun dancers leading the way. A raffle was held with offerings from Twirl Photography, Greg Arceneaux, Emeril’s, Rock ‘n’ Bowl, Stella and Dot and more. Committee Co-Chairs were Sarah Howard and Kelley Gill, who give special thanks to Committee Members Sarah Busch, Michael Duplantier, Sandra Stokes, Margot Hammond, Julie Martin and Jennifer Zdon. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Kelley Gill and Sarah Howard and Committee Members Sarah Busch and Margot Hammond 2. Bill and Sally Reeves with Committee Member Michael Duplantier 3. Sonny Shields, Committee Member Sandra Stokes and Drew Jardine



WHAT: “Fête du Jardin: Big Fun on the Bayou,” benefiting Louisiana Landmarks Society WHEN: Sunday, October 21, 2018 WHERE: Pitot House



A Spooky Soirée


The New Orleans Garden Society hosted a whimsical haunted holiday party. By Shelby Simon

Over 150 patrons attended the “Bewitching Affair,” a Halloween-themed soirée benefiting the New Orleans Garden Society. Patron Party guests received complimentary champagne glasses etched with NOGS. “Haunted House” cache pots filled with sensational succulents encased in purple tulle and ribbon were given to all guests thanks to Party Favor Chair Adele Mangipano and her committee. Event Co-Chairs were Amy Carbonette Cioll and Valerie Hart. The event included a fashion show by Yvonne LaFleur with celebrity moderator Margaret Orr. Decorations Chair Cathy Langhoff and her team created three dimensional “haunted houses” accented with flora of creams, yellows and orange. Decorative witches hats also added festivity to the banquet room. A hat contest judged by Mary Katherine LonatroTusa and Sandra Thompson Herman included prizes. Partygoer Alice Reese won best Botanical Hat, Suzanne Carpenter won Enchanting Outfit and Peggy Howell and Patricia Fuqua won for Best Group Theme. Recognized for being most dressed in Halloween attire was Kim Hasney as “Super Girl Witch” and Faith Peperone as “The Good Witch.” The Audubon Tea Room provided cuisine. Auction items included Tickets to DreamGirls and to South Pacific donated by Jefferson Performing Arts Society. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chair Amy Carbonette Cioll and Vice President & Co-Chair Valerie Hart 2. Patron Party Chair Cindy Voss, Registration Chair Karen Burmaster and Judge Jean Murlin 3. Committee Member Lynn Skidmore, Carole McGinity and Judge Sandra Herman



WHAT: “Bewitching Affair,” benefiting New Orleans Garden Society WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 WHERE: Audubon Tea Room



An Audience With the Creole Queen


Kingsley House hosted a private dinner with Leah Chase to support children and families. By Shelby Simon

Kingsley House hosted a private dinner with worldrenowned chef Leah Chase. More than 150 friends and supporters gathered at Dooky Chase Restaurant for delicious food and heartwarming stories from the Creole Queen. All proceeds from the evening supported Kingsley House children and families. At the event, a VIP entrance included a private audience with chef Leah Chase, autographed cookbooks and French 75s prepared by mixologist Berni Ralston of Select Brands Inc. The main dinner, prepared by chef Chase, included her famous Creole gumbo, shrimp remoulade, fish topped with crabmeat, vegetable jambalaya and assorted dessert plates for each table. Chef Chase delivered remarks. Chef Chase and Kingsley House share a bond in their history: In a time when society was separated by the color of one’s skin, Chase’s restaurant was a vital gathering place for all people to come together to push for civil rights. Kingsley House faced a similar situation at that time, as the only traditionally white organization in New Orleans that had integrated all of its programs. Both Chase and Kingsley House pushed for civil rights and equality. The program directly benefits Kingsley House’s capacity building programs, which include Early Learning Services, Adult Day Care and Community and Supportive service. n



Event at a Glance

1. Kingsley House CEO Keith Liederman Ph.D., Charlotte Jane Sawyer and Alan Meltzer 2. Chef Leah Chase and Marianne Cohn 3. Kingsley House President Miles Thomas and Rebecca Thomas



WHAT: “A Night With Leah Chase,” benefiting Kingsley House WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2018 WHERE: Dooky Chase


Setting the Table Restaurants prepare for the collision of romance and debauchery As is often the case in these parts, this year Valentine’s Day falls squarely in the midst of Carnival season. On its surface Valentine’s Day is a celebration of romance. As such, this would logically lead celebrants to the bedroom. However, a casual, and in no way official, survey of 10 New Orleanians who routinely acknowledge Valentine’s Day with celebration revealed that the romance of Valentine’s Day leads not to the bedroom but to a meal a deux, most often in restaurants accustomed to the arrival of such gustatory-minded romantics on the feast day of St. Valentine. In preparation for their arrival, chefs and restaurateurs plan special menus and bits of lagniappe to accommodate them. Likewise, special provisions are often undertaken to welcome Mardi Gras revelers.

By Jyl Benson Photography by Sam Hanna


Steak Tartare at Galatoire’s


Briquette, an elegant, contemporary restaurant in a historic Central

done, mani-pedis or whatever, and they want to prolong their evenings.

Business District structure, just celebrated one year in business. At

Often, we’ll get large tables of people in white tie or black tie headed to

center stage within the space is an exposition-style kitchen enclosed

or from a big bash. Out-of-towners feel like they’re getting to see behind

with glass. An 18-foot char grill divides the restaurant from the kitchen

the scenes New Orleanians doing their thing.”

and sets the tone for the menu. On February 14, Owner Anna Tusa will welcome romantics to her

With soft, flattering lighting, a sexy Peruvian menu and prime location on the Magazine Street parade route, Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco is guaranteed

dramatic space with a prix fixe menu for $110 per couple. Guests will

a packed house for Valentine’s Day and throughout the Carnival season.

be seated with an amuse buche from the kitchen, followed by a choice

Small plates for sharing include the Classico Triadito, combining hamachi

of the Briquette Salad or Crab Bisque. Entrées on offer for the special

crudo with leche de tigre and aji limo sauce. With roasted potatoes, An-

evening include choices of filet Mignon served over mashed potatoes

dean cream and olive salsa, the Papa a la Huancaína and Anticuchos de

enlivened with crawfish tails, topped with lumps of crabmeat and

Corazon (grilled veal hearts, Aji panca and chimichurri) are also seasonally

finished with sauce Béarnaise, or blackened redfish served over fresh

appropriate choices. For something more substantial the Arroz con Pato

arugula with fried green tomatoes and topped with grilled Gulf shrimp.

combines beer-glazed duck confit, cilantro rice and salsa criolla.

For dessert diners will enjoy bread pudding beignets to share with demitasse cups of Irish coffee. Each within the family of restaurants in the Emeril’s portfolio will offer

Both Arnaud’s and Galatoire’s are popular and worthy destinations for both romantic dinners for two and larger gathering for a Carnival krewe. The former boasts the perennially popular Germaine Cazenave Wells

specials for Valentine’s Day. “The five-course tasting menu at Emeril’s

Mardi Gras Museum, named for successor and daughter of the restau-

changes every week but is certain to be more fantastic than ever to cov-

rant’s founder, Count Arnaud. Wells allegedly reigned as queen of over

er that special day,” says spokesperson Michelle Tarallo. “For Mardi Gras,

22 Mardi Gras balls from 1937 to 1968, more than any other woman in

we’ll be offering special Mardi Gras cocktails at all restaurants in addition

the history of Carnival. The museum, located on the second floor of the

to daily themed specials. Expect to see a King Cake-themed dessert at

expansive restaurant, showcases over two dozen lavish Mardi Gras cos-

Emeril’s New Orleans from Pastry Chef Jeremy Fogg. However, we won’t

tumes, including 13 of Mrs. Wells’ Queen costumes, one of her mother’s

be selling any King Cakes this year.” If you want that special holiday touch

and one of her daughter’s, as well as four King’s costumes worn by

from chef Fogg, you had better enjoy it at Emeril’s flagship restaurant.

Count Arnaud, and six children’s costumes.

Located right on St. Charles Avenue at the center of the action,

The collection is enhanced by more than 70 vintage photographs,

Emeril’s Delmonico has five private spaces, prime retail for private krewe

fabulous Carnival masks and faux jewels, elaborate krewe invitations

dining and parties. Use of the private rooms also affords entrance to the

and party favors. This local treasure is open to all, not just restaurant

restaurant’s prime viewing space on the Avenue.

patrons, daily during restaurant hours.

The verdant view from Ralph’s on the Park is a fitting stage for ro-

Arnaud’s spokesperson and proprietor, Katy Casbarian, says the restau-

mance. As such the restaurant will welcome Valentine’s Day with a spe-

rant will also offer special three- and four-course menus for lunch ($100)

cial three-course menu for $65. Throughout the entire month diners who

and dinner ($150) to private party hosts and guests through March 4.

choose the special Cupid Kiss, February’s Cocktail for a Cause, can enjoy

Each year, the Galatoire Foundation Mardi Gras Auction raises

it with the special je ne sais quoi that will come with knowing a portion of

funds to aide a local nonprofit in achieving goals for public good. Now

the sales for the drink will benefit the American Heart Association.

in its 14th year, the Mardi Gras auction will be held on Monday, February

Patrick Singley, proprietor of Gautreau’s restaurant, knows how to

4. One hundred percent of the funds raised at the auctions will benefit

please his customers. “We always have fresh roses on our tables and

The New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation (NOPJF) and the Gala-

porcelain lanterns which offer a soft glow, and usually Miles Davis or

toire Foundation.

Chet Baker playing in the background,” Singley says. “Any other addi-

Since 1905, Galatoire’s has maintained a strict “no reservation” policy

tions would be superfluous. No long stemmed roses for the ladies, no

for the popular first floor dining room. The auction allows attendees the

complimentary glass of sparkling rosé, no heart-shaped steaks or red

rare opportunity to reserve the most coveted tables of the year for the

velvet cake. No gilding of the lily. We are who we are. That’s what ap-

Friday before Mardi Gras, the busiest day of the year for the restaurant.

peals to most of our clientele. Less is more.” Singley says the Carnival season also brings a special appeal for his

Reservations for the Mardi Gras auction are now open. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. A $50 donation is

Uptown restaurant throughout the season. “A good little bump we get

required per couple with a $25 donation for every additional guest.

during Mardi Gras season is when people get dressed up and come by

Guests can secure their spot at the auction online at GalatoireMardi-

before a ball, a deb party or after. Parents hire baby sitters, get their hair Limited seating is available.

Arnaud’s, 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, | Briquette, 701 S. Peters St., 302-7496, Emeril’s, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, | Emeril’s Delmonico, 1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937, Galatoire’s, 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, | Gautreau’s, 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, | Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco, 5015 Magazine St., 267-7612,

The Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum at Arnaud’s

Kim Starr Wise Photo by Chelsea Rousey Photography


Couture Wedding Guide BY KELCY WILBURN



local ways to show off your personal style Once a wedding budget is set, the real fun begins. Deciding where to spend the bulk of your resources is what will inevitably define the character and ambiance of your special day and create those lasting memories. Priorities differ for everyone, and while some focus on an enchanting venue, others hone in on entertainment or a memorable meal. New Orleans is a destination city full of history and charm, so the options here for exercising your personality and flair are countless. Local wedding professionals can help get your creative wheels spinning and generate ideas for an unforgettable day. For even the most ambitious, controlhungry couples, a wedding coordinator or event planner is a godsend for manifesting your vision. When an event planner knows how to turn your budget into your vision, it takes enormous pressure off of everyone. “We understand that the perfect wedding means something different to every couple. We are careful to reflect their personal style in the décor and ambiance,” says Susan Zackin, Owner and Lead Designer at Z Event Company. Zackin has over 25 years of experience helping couples create the wedding they envision. According to Zackin, it isn’t more expensive to hire a planner when hosting a luxury wedding. “The planner has the ability to negotiate pricing on contracts, stop some of the overage and waste on orders and bookings and put your money where it will be most effectively spent,” she says. “For us, the goal is simple: make the wedding process enjoyable, stress-free and memorable.” Some of Zackin’s favorite custom wedding splurges have included full orches-

Floral ceiling created by Kim Starr Wise Photo by Brocato Photo

Floral Installation by Kim Starr Wise

tras at the ceremony, a full gospel choir recessional, breath-taking floral installations and hiring a celebrity chef for the reception meal. Of course, event location is one of the first and biggest decisions to be made in the planning process. According to Lauren Langenstein, Conference Services Manager at NOPSI Hotel, hotels are a trending venue for couples. NOPSI offers the “industrially elegant” Dryades event space with exposed brick, floorto-ceiling arched windows, chandeliers and views of the city skyline. “Dryades has the feel of a stand-alone venue with all of the added benefits that a hotel provides, including the ability to take the elevator home after the conclusion of your event,” says Langenstein. “Unlike standalone venues, when booking at a hotel, one has the benefit of having the linens, tables, chairs and dance floor included.” Royal Sonesta New Orleans, in the heart of the French Quarter, also plays host to weddings. According to Wedding Specialist Wyeth Metz, the hotel is a “destination in and of itself” with all services under one roof. “Restaurant R’evolution is the perfect site for an intimate family dinner, and our Fleur de Lis Suite attached to the courtyard or a Bourbon Balcony Suite serves as a great location for a welcome party. Most importantly, there are a number of options to host a ceremony and reception, including the Grand Ballroom,” says Metz. At Royal Sonesta, food is one of the most fun ways to make a statement. In addition to robust wedding packages, the team is willing to think outside the box for unique, custom dining experiences. Past examples include caviar, wild game and foie gras action stations. The Fillmore, the latest local venue from Live Nation, presents a new option for New Orleans couples. Modeled after the original San Francisco music venue that helped launch the careers of psychedelic acts such as The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and The Doors, the new spacious venue features 22,000-square-feet of flexible event space. “From rocking your vows center stage to the post-wedding champagne brunch with delicious eats, we’re dedicated to making your special day one to remember,” says Lauren Ramos, Senior Sales Manager. “In terms of entertainment, Live Nation is the largest entertainment company in the


The Fillmore

world. Therefore we have access to the world’s leading talent. There’s no artist we can’t book if the price is right,” she says. Two additional new options in town for event spaces include The Pearl Room in Harahan and Laurenia in the CBD. The Pearl Room is a new venue from Mr. Ed’s Restaurant Group that combines modern elegance with the well-known cuisine of the local restaurateur. The well stocked, allin-one venue offers convenience and flexibility, and its bridal suite, foyer and patio offer places to relax and take photos. The menu selections include favorites from both Mr. Ed’s and Austin’s Restaurant. Laurenia offers 3,500 square feet of new space in the CBD above the new Pythian Market. Housed in what was originally the historic Pythian Temple, Laurenia features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Duncan Plaza, hardwood floors and restored ironwork from the original building. According to Marketing Manager Alessandra Madrid, the unified space includes an additional events area called 2three4, a commercially equipped kitchen and a bridal suite. “We are located right on the downtown streetcar line. Wedding parties can rent out an entire streetcar for their wedding party and arrive in true New Orleans style,” says Madrid. Other worthwhile splurges include signature cocktails from Bar 1908 and a decadent raw bar that can be added to catering packages. Floral design can transform a space, adding ambiance with life and color. According to Denise Richter and Megan McHugh, Co-Owners of Pistil & Stamen, a floral budget is best spent on a few things: personals (what they call “wear and carry”), large statement pieces and site-specific installations. Personals are in most photographs, so it’s important for them to feel special and reflective of the couple’s personalities and style. Meanwhile, large statement pieces provide visual dynamism and set the tone of the event, whether it’s classic and elegant, opulent and lush or modern and cool. “Last, site-specific installations, like archways, living florals around columns and windows and suspended floral designs are almost always the most memorable florals of the events we do, and draw the most comments, oohs and aaahs from our clients and their guests,” says Richter. For example, Pistil & Stamen once created a “living forest” inside of Marigny Opera House,

transforming the bare, tall columns into trees with vines and Spanish moss. Likewise, Kim Starr Wise, a third-generation floral designer with over two decades of experience, recommends focal installations as a must. “Centerpieces may be forgotten, but I love to have a high-impact floral piece that a client’s friends will still be talking about a few weeks later,” she says. Depending on your floral budget, the sky is the limit. Favorite installations of Wise’s include a tulip ceiling consisting of 24,000 white tulips suspended over a dance floor and 10-foot hoops with streaming long garlands that created a jellyfish-like chandelier. While venue and design make their statement about the wedding couple, the wedding dress (or dresses) gives brides a chance to be a bit more personal in their taste. According to Camille Wynn, Owner of LVD Bridal, many brides look at the wedding weekend as a chance to express their fashion and personal style multiple times. “Brides looking for stylish second dresses for their reception and knockout rehearsal dinner jumpsuits or dresses are so fun and inspirational to work with,” says Wynn. “While working with brides to find their actual wedding gown is so special and meaningful, sometimes it’s just plain fun to get a little more non-traditional, daring and bold for the second or rehearsal dinner look.” When gown shopping, Wynn suggests researching dress shops in advance and visiting multiple shops that fit not only your wedding aesthetic, but also check off logistical boxes like timeline, sizing and pricing. Wedding style should go on to determine the style

NOPSI Hotel Photo by Mike Lirette Photography

The Fillmore

Floral Installation by Kim Starr Wise


of favors and stationary suite, and at Gem Printing Co., Co-Owner Melissa Cousans Mortillaro has a lot of expertise in the area of invitations. She recommends couples discuss their wedding style before shopping for invitations, as the save the dates and invitations can help give the wedding guests hints as to the formality of the event – from casual and relaxed to modern or traditional. “Some of my favorite invitations have incorporated both letterpress and very traditional engraved typography. Using a family crest or cipher is always a beautiful touch,” says Mortillaro. “Besides invitations of course, personalized cups, koozies and second-line handkerchiefs really give a laissez les bon temps rouler feel.” Here, second-lines are one of the most popular ways to congratulate and send-off a couple and add distinct New Orleans flair to a celebration. MemoireDesigns supplies couples with custom, artful, one-of-a-kind second line umbrellas created by Owner and Artist Kari Lee. “A pair of umbrellas can be used for the couple’s parade, and more additional parasols can be integrated into the overall wedding décor,” says Lee. The small, personal touches engage guests and makes them part of the celebration while shaping a memorable event for the couple, she adds. Other decorative uses of the umbrellas include use as table centerpieces, hanging décor or even a photo-op background made of differently sized, open parasols with outward facing canopies. These touches of a wedding go a long way towards expressing the couple’s fun side. And another fun touch is hitting the spa beforehand. Good for the body and mind, a spa or salon date for the couple and bridal group is well worth the time. “It definitely benefits wedding parties that we have a salon within a day spa,” says Lauren Duhe, Spa Manager of Spa Atlantis. Duhe loves seeing bridal groups come in together for body scrubs, facials and hair and makeup. For couples, it can also be a one-stop shop for relaxation with its steam room and massage services. “This can make the difference between an anxious, distracted bride and a bride who is truly centered in this special moment and connected to the people who have gathered to celebrate with her,” says Duhe.

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Floral Installation by Kim Starr Wise Z EVENT COMPANY 508 Metairie Road, Metairie 510-5838 NOPSI HOTEL, NEW ORLEANS 317 Baronne St. (844) 439-1463 ROYAL SONESTA NEW ORLEANS 300 Bourbon St. 586-0300 THE FILLMORE 6 Canal St. 872-3295 THE PEARL ROOM 2310 Hickory Ave. Harahan 737-0604 LAURENIA 234 Loyola Ave. 459-4005, extension 1025 

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Lukka Boutique 711 O’Keefe Ave., New Orleans 504-218-7113 @LukkaNewOrleans PERLIS Clothing 6070 Magazine St., New Orleans, 504-895-8661 600 Decatur St., French Quarter, 504-523-6681 1281 N Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-674-1711 8366 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, 225-926,5909 Wildflower 2700 Metairie Rd., Ste C, Metairie 504-218-8996 @WearWildflower



Fabulous Flowers By Appointment 504-909-0253 Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 437 Philip St., New Orleans 504-315-5607 HEALTH & BEAUTY Belladonna 2900 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-891-4393

MUSICIANS Storyville Jazz Agency 504-301-8668 PERSONALIZED ITEMS GEM Printing 1904 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie 504-834-9580

Party Cup Express 121 Industrial Ave., Jefferson 504-835-5465 Second Line Handkerchiefs 985-231-7789 PRIVATE CHEF CATERING Private Chef Catering by Chef Chris Cody 504-473-6350 PRIVATE DINING EVENTS

VENUES Arnaud’s 813 Bienville St., New Orleans 504-523-5433 Chateau Golf and Country Club 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner 504-467-1351


Compass Point 200 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-366-1768 Degas House Museum, Courtyard, Historic B&B 2306 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans 504-821-5009 English Turn Golf and Country Club 1 Clubhouse Dr., New Orleans 504-392-2200 Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans 444 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-525-5566 Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp St., New Orleans 504-539-9607

Riverside Ballroom at the Historic Hampton Inn and Suites 1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans 504-566-9990 Royal Sonesta New Orleans 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans 504-553-2205 weddings St. Joseph Plantation 3535 LA-18, Vacherie 225-265-4078 The Elms Mansion 3029 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-895-9200

The National WWII Museum 945 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-528-1944, extension 288 WEDDING FAVORS

WEDDING PLANNING SERVICES Z Event Company 508 Metairie Rd., Metairie 504-510-5838 @zeventcompany on Instagram

Aunt Sally’s Original Creole Pralines 750 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-944-6090

Terry Cambise

Home Malone 629 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans 504-324-8352

Liberto Cleaners 4814 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-897-2161


WEDDING RESOURCES The Event Glossary 504-510-5838 @eventglossary on Instagram



Ana Ester Garfinkel and Dr. Juan Jorge Gershanik June 18, 1966 By Bev Church

Ana and Juan are both from Argentina and met each other when Ana was 16 and Juan was 19. Ana was in college studying to be a teacher and Juan was in medical school when they met at a special lecture that Juan came to with his cousins. Ana met Juan and thought he was so handsome and that this could be the one! Juan felt the same way – he thought Ana was one of the most beautiful girls he had ever met! Juan had many years of medical school and fellowships ahead of him, so they dated for five years. Juan decided that he wanted to study in the United States in Miami, but before his internship he went to Europe with his friends for six months of studying there. While there, he decided not to go to Miami without Ana. Ana’s mom had to plan the wedding in two months! The wedding took place, first in a civil ceremony on June 14, 1966, and then the fabulous wedding and reception for 500 friends and family at Temple de la Asociación Israelita de

Beneficencia. This was a spectacular wedding and reception with only the best for Ana and Juan! Ana’s dress was created by the finest seamstress in Rosario, and they entered the synagogue through an elaborate canopy covered with fresh flowers and greenery. After the ceremony they went into the reception area, where guests were treated to appetizers in one room, then went to another room for the seated dinner for 500 with a fabulous band. The last room featured sweets along with a beautiful wedding cake. After the wedding, there was no time for a honeymoon, so they spent a few days in Miami, went to the beach and had a wonderful time – there would be lots of time for honeymoons later. Everyone knows Dr. Juan Gershanik as a famous neonatologist and philanthropist, and Ana as an amazing philanthropist, columnist and former teacher. After living in Miami; Lexington, Virginia; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Charleston, South Carolina,


they settled in New Orleans. They have three children, Alex, Vivianne and Esteban, and six beautiful grandchildren. n




Barnett – Freiberg By Megan Holt

India Devi Barnett was enjoying a girls’ day at the Bulldog on Magazine Street when she heard a voice scream “Indiiiaaaaa” (à la “Stelllaaaaa” in Streetcar Named Desire). The voice belonged to William Hunter Freiberg, who had gotten her number just a few minutes before. A few hours later, he texted and asked her to dinner. The two went to Booty’s Street Food in the Bywater and talked for hours. After that date, India called her mother and said, “I met the man I’m going to marry.” From there, the whirlwind romance began. After two weeks together, the couple said “I love you”; after four weeks they moved in together; after three months Hunter pulled India’s mother aside at Christmas to tell her he intended to marry India; after five months they took a trip to Bali. One morning in Bali, India work up to Hunter telling her that she had to get up right away and put on something white. He was in a white Balinese outfit. She walked outside with him, and the front yard looking out onto the ocean was covered in flowers. Hunter looked at India and said, “I want to marry you today, just me and you, making this commitment to one another. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. One day we will do the big American wedding but today, this is for us.” Then and there, they got married the traditional Balinese way. The first step toward the big American wedding happened on another trip, this time to Costa Rica. Hunter booked a zip lining tour, which India was not too excited about because she’s a bit afraid of heights. On a particularly scary course, Hunter offered to go first so that he could get a good picture of India flying through the air. He went ahead, and a while later India stepped off the platform. She could see Hunter on the next platform waiting for her, but she was so terrified that she didn’t even realize he was down on one knee! He proposed as soon as her feet hit the platform.


When they began planning the wedding, they knew that they wanted their families to play a big role. Instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, Hunter’s parents hosted a family-only cocktail party at their home catered by Martin Wine Cellar. India knew that she wanted to marry and have her reception at the same place her mother’s reception was held: her grandmother’s house. Her grandmother’s backyard was decked out in soft pink, cream and white, with chandeliers and lights dripping from the large oak tree and the pool area transformed into a modern lounge with pink lighting. As luck would have it, even the house was pink! On October 6, 2018, after the couple said “I do” with their toy poodle at their side, guests enjoyed a reception full of food and fun. Marie’s Fleur De Lis Catering created a menu that included herb crusted lamb chops, tuna wontons, crab cakes, mac and cheese and more. One of the main attractions was a six-foot-high wall

of Krispy Kreme donuts, which guests munched on while enjoying cigars given to them by the cigar girls walking around the reception. Late night partygoers were treated to gourmet grilled cheese triangles. For their honeymoon, India and Hunter returned to Bali, where they first promised to love one another forever. They live in Birmingham, where they own and operate a Smoothie King franchise. n

Reception Décor: Soho Chic Officiant: MaryBeth Guarisco Coordinator: Dale Shaw and Nan Dupuy Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Yvonne LaFleur Engagement Ring: Spinelli Kilcollin Bride’s Wedding Band: Bergdorf Goodman Florist: Dale Shaw Invitation: Stationary Stylist Caterer: Marie’s Fleur De Lis Catering Photographer: Sophie Berard Hair & Makeup: Preaux Face Music: BRW Band


Above Middle: Lee Parker, Cherri Barnett, Chloe Barnett, Stone Barnett, Holly Barnett, India Barnett, Hunter Freiberg, Ann Barnett, Ken Hall Barnett, Kerry Parker, Paul Parker, Sterling Cato, Ben Parker

Above Middle: Billy Freiberg, Hunter Freiberg, Marybeth Guarisco, India Barnett, Kendall Meehl

Above Middle: Sarah Freiberg, Billy Freiberg, India Barnett, Hunter Freiberg, Lulu Freiberg, Baker Freiberg, Lauren Freiberg



McKensie Kirchner Tribe Guide & Co-Founder, NOLA Tribe Yoga By Lindsay Mack


yogis might turn up anywhere. The NOLA Tribe Yoga approach to fitness is unusual and kitschy, as both Tilson and Kirchner explain. Their classes always involve an extra component: For instance, there’s goat yoga at Paradigm Gardens and yoga with kittens at the LASPCA. As they see it, yoga is transformative and amazing, so if it takes kittens, goats or beer to get someone interested, then that’s a worthy investment. In addition to these fun and free-spirited classes, NOLA Tribe Yoga has also enjoyed success with their bridal and bachelorette party yoga. They host girl tribes who are visiting the city and offer them a different flavor of New Orleans, as well as a break from Bourbon Street. Some visitors reported that the yoga classes were the highlight of their trip, leaving them with a positive

impression of the city. Of course, these yoga classes can also include flower crowns and go-cups, so it’s still in the spirit of a party. At this time, the NOLA Tribe Yoga community is looking for fun, energetic new instructors to join the tribe. Plus, for anyone whose party or event might benefit from some stretching, they also offer corporate and private event lessons. Of course, the best way to experience NOLA Tribe Yoga is to pick an event from their site and show up, ready to experience the city in a totally new way. n

Get Involved For more information, find NOLA Tribe Yoga at, NOLATribeYoga and, or by emailing


After meeting at a friend’s birthday party, Baye Tilson and McKensie Kirchner (pictured) had a conversation about taking yoga outside the studio. What if yoga meetups could take place during bachelorette parties or at beer gardens? They decided to host pop-up yoga events throughout New Orleans and founded NOLA Tribe Yoga. “I think that we love meeting people where they’re at,” says Kirchner. In this city, people tend to be out and about in social settings such as bars and festivals. Now they can opt into a yoga class in these places, too. “We bring a blend of mindfulness and movement into spaces where New Orleanians were already loving and living,” says Kirchner. At this time they offer donation-based sunrise yoga at locations throughout the city, as well as weekly classes at Tchoup Yard. But these


Autumn Routt Lusher Charter School


By Mallory Lindsly

“Recognizing the faults in the world around you is important, but you have to take steps to lessen those faults if you want to make a difference. No one person can solve our problems, so everyone needs to do what they can to help their community improve,” says Autumn Routt, a senior at Lusher Charter School. Routt is highly involved at Lusher and with her New Orleans community. Routt is involved with Angel’s Place, LASPCA, Common Ground Relief Wetlands, The National World War II Museum’s Victory Corps, YLC Recycles, Woodlands Conservancy and many more organizations. Routt volunteered at the Halloween and Christmas parties for Angel’s Place, a charity that provides support for children with life threatening diseases. “It was wonderful to work alongside these adults who chose to help these children and their families to have a happy day regardless of the challenges that they were facing themselves,” says Routt. Routt and her family moved to New Orleans in June 2017, and quickly fell in love with the city and volunteer opportunities. “I know that I would have loved living here in New Orleans regardless of my community service efforts, but I do truly believe that I have become more attached to this city as a result of the volunteering I have done within it,” she says. “There’s definitely a feeling of fulfillment that comes with knowing I’ve done something to better the

world around me, even if it is something small.” Melanie and Gavin Routt, Routt’s parents, inspired her to become a volunteer and a student activist. “My parents taught me to value kindness from a young age and they continue to support me as I strive to channel kindness through community service,” says Routt. “I owe everything that I am to them and the amazing life they’ve given me.” Engineering is a passion of Routt’s. She has been taking engineering classes since she started high school. For her senior engineering project, Routt is working with a group of peers to create a device to efficiently plan marsh grass to aid the restoration of the wetlands. Routt wants to become a biomedical engineer after she graduates from college. Her goal is to design prosthetics and other medical devices that provide more freedoms to their users. Routt hopes to work with the Wounded Warrior project to provide veterans the devices they need. n STCHARLESAVENUE.COM 59


Kevin McLaughlin Co-Founder and Creative Director, J.McLaughlin By Mirella Cameran

Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin

Tell us about your store? In restoring the historic Magazine Street shotgun house, it was important to showcase the architectural details that make New Orleans shine, from the exterior porch to the antique floors and decorative fireplace inside. When our customers walk into our store, we want them to feel at home.

How does your brand fit in this retail landscape? What is paramount to us is the local and loyal relationship we have with the community – one that transcends the clothes. For our opening in New Orleans, we partnered with the New Orleans Town Gardeners. In terms of the J.McLaughlin brand, we take a woman of a certain sensibility and take her as close to fashion as she’d like to be. We pride ourselves in always offering a warm welcome, great service, and proprietary designs and novelty pieces.

What are some of your favorite things available now? The Walden Coat is a favorite piece that you can buy now and will feel relevant throughout the seasons. Any upcoming brand news? We brought our longtime friend and model Jane Gill back for our February catalog. She has a classic look and confident sense of style that feels very J.McLaughlin. n J.MCLAUGHLIN, 3954-3956 Magazine St., 334-8023,



Why did J.McLaughlin choose to open a store in New Orleans? We’re a colorful, optimistic brand, and the town of New Orleans is a vibrant, happy place. With NOLA’s charm and personality, we approached the opening as an opportunity to get to know residents and visitors and introduce them to our world.


Nathan duToit Owner, Storyville Jazz Agency By Mirella Cameran

Tell us about how you came to set up Storyville Jazz Agency? A couple years ago I was encouraged to fulfill something that seemed to be missing in the New Orleans jazz community: A top-notch service dedicated to representing the best traditional jazz talent the city has to offer. It is my mission, alongside these musicians, to keep New Orleans jazz alive and thriving. How did you choose the name? We specialize in the early styles of jazz music. Storyville, New Orleans’ vice district in the early 1900s, was one of the neighborhoods where jazz music began to flourish.


What makes your agency different? We bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that’s unmatched in the New Orleans jazz community. I’m honored every day to work with the finest musicians in New Orleans – veterans of the scene as well as the best young talent. What kind of artists do you represent? Classic, traditional, early jazz … New Orleans jazz! For what kind of events do you supply performers? We cater to every type of event, big and small. Our services are global and we book for a variety of special events, public venues, concerts and festivals.

Can you tell us about some recent bookings? I recently booked the Northwest Pilots Association banquet, held here in New Orleans. It’s very exciting to share our music with jazz lovers from all over the country. We love to provide full jazz bands for special occasions! Who are your favorite performers? It was my dear friend and colleague Steve Pistorius that gave me the big push to start the agency. His piano playing is such a joy to listen to, plus his passion for New Orleans music comes out in every performance. I’m also a big fan of New Orleans favorites Wendell Brunious and Duke Heitger, both trumpeters. What’s coming soon? We’re getting ready to book house concerts, an old New Orleans tradition that brings the salon format right into people’s homes. We also have a special project, “Piano Professors of Storyillle: The Music of Tony Jackson & Ferdinand Jelly Roll Morton” that we’ll be booking for 2019-2020. n STORYVILLE JAZZ AGENCY, 920 Poeyfarre St., Suite 111, 301-8668,, STCHARLESAVENUE.COM 61

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






1. Stephen Materne, Maxwell Materne, Dr. Corey Hebert and Zach Materne are pictured at the “New Orleans Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride,” an international event held in over 600 cities in September for men to don their finest garb and ride their motorcycles to raise awareness for men’s health. 2. Chris Vatier and Caitlyn Williams show off their threads at the “2018 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride,” hosted by The Transportation Revolution New Orleans. The event raised over $20,000 in New Orleans and $6 million worldwide for men’s health organizations, specifically those focusing on prostate cancer and mental health. 3. Jodi Poretto and Diane Simoneaux attended the Degas House fall fundraiser “Cocktails in the Courtyard” in October 2018. 4. Michael Liebaert, Kathy Slimp and Degas House owner David Villarrubia posed with Béatrice Germaine, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, at Degas House and Foundation’s “Cocktails in the Courtyard” fundraiser. 5. Christine Perrin and Andrea Romanos celebrated the 30th annual Bridge House/Grace House benefit “Fore! Recovery Invitational” at English Turn Golf and Country Club on the Westbank in October 2018. 6. Iggie Perrin, Committee Chair, and Else Pedersen, CEO, are pictured at the Bridge House/Grace House’ annual charity golf tournament in October. All proceeds from the invitational benefit the organizations’ treatment programs, which specialize in helping men and women with drug or alcohol dependency lead sober and productive lives.


S N A P S H OT S By Marie Gabriel 7






7. Alyssa Schiaffino, Kelsey Flannery, Jasmine Haralson, Maggie Robert, Alessandra Madrid and April Dupre chose Katie’s Restaurants’ crawfish beignet as their winner at the 2018 Beignet Festival in City Park. 8. Beignet Festival founder Amy Boyle Collins celebrated the festival’s third year with Eleanor Hohnstein and Sarah Hugg Centorino at City Park in October. More than 30,000 people attended the annual event to sample over 30 types of beignets, choosing Ruby Slipper’s cochon as its favorite savory beignet and Luca Eats’ Oreo beignet as its favorite sweet one. The festival benefits the Tres Doux Foundation to support children with Autism. 9. Maryflynn Thomas and Dr. Jane Mill attended the Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera Association’s masquerade ball in October 2018, “The Haunting Affair,” held at the Guild Home on Prytania Street. 10. Coye Allshouse, Barbara Ballard and Kelley Levy enjoyed a scary-good time at the New Orleans Opera Associations fall fundraiser, “The Haunting Affair,” in October. 11. Phyllis M. Taylor, Ella Cheramie, Marisa Scarlata, Elijah Turk, Kennedi White and Ryan Simien Jr. won The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation’s “18 in ‘18,” a citywide arts competition celebrating high school students and their special connection to the culture of New Orleans. 12. Allison DeBattista, Davis Cole and Austin Martin attended the 2018 Epilepsy Alliance’s second annual gala, “The Soireé,” held at the Audubon Tea Room in October. The event raised over $100,000 to continue to provide services for those in Louisiana facing epilepsy.


February By Fritz Esker

Through February 2



The employees and diners at Jimmy’s All-American Beefsteak Place find themselves in a hostage situation in this immersive musical comedy. Little Gem Saloon, 445 S. Rampart St., 302-9117,

The creators of the hit TV show South Park bring their irreverent, R-rated musical about Mormon missionaries to New Orleans. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

Enjoy the beloved 1939 cinematic classic The Wizard of Oz on the big screen in the gloriously retro confines of the Saenger. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


Through February 3 THE WOLVES

This Pulitzer Prize finalist makes its regional debut at Southern Rep. It tells the story of a girls’ soccer team full of adolescent fear, fury, and ferociousness. Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857, Through February 3


Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, this play traces the rise of a charming clerk who finds he is eighth in line for a family fortune. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, Through February 17 SHEAR MADNESS

It’s a day like any other at the Shear Madness salon until someone is murdered in the longest running non-musical in U.S. theater history. The audience must help solve the murder! Westwego Performing Arts Theater, 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000,





Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau bring their progressive political podcast to the Orpheum Theater. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

This collection of classical music favorites includes “Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20”. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,





The hit Broadway musical tells the story of an all-girl trio of African-American singers navigating the behind-the-scenes reality of the American music industry. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700,

Come see the live version of the TV show highlighting a wide variety of dance styles, ranging from ballroom to hip-hop. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,




In the second leg of its “Pray for the Wicked Tour”, the popular rock band hits the Crescent City with Two Feet as an opening act. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663, 12


Glenn Miller’s music is alive and well with hits like “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and more. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,




Musical acts for this year’s Family Gras include John Oates, Michael McDonald and Brett Eldredge. Clearview Center, 4436 Veterans Blvd., 885-0202, 28


The Grammy-nominated rock band from South Carolina continues its national tour with an acoustic concert. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,



Valentine’s Day Gifts

Belladonna 504-891-4393 From the perfect pampering spa experience to a luxurious overnight stay at Belladonna’s all new Suites, Belladonna is the perfect Uptown wellness spa and laser cosmetics clinic. Escape to the new hydrotherapy garden with hot tub spa, sun deck lounge and private men and women’s steam rooms.

Art & Eyes 504-891-4494 Get cool with Pale Pink cats by CUTLER AND GROSS, a British design that is handmade in Italy, $440. Or mix it up with Magenta cats by PLEIN LES MIRETTES that is handmade in France, $350.

Ballin’s LTD 504-866-4367 Your Valentine will love the Honeybee Statement Necklace – iridescent clear crystal – available at Ballin’s.

Bra Genie 504-644-2500

Aunt Sally’s 504-524-3373 The Aunt Sally’s Madeline Gift Basket is perfect for the candy lovers in your life! This generous basket contains all of your New Orleans favorite pecan products and Aunt Sally’s famous creamy pralines, $65.


Designed for women by women, these buttery soft knits and silky satins are the perfect gift. She’ll want to lounge all day in these dark silver satin pants, $68, and will fall in love with this cozy knit sweatshirt, $76. Made in the USA.


FeBe 504-835-5250 Get this look by MILLY – blush shirred sleeve turtleneck with gold lamé skirt – perfect for your Valentine’s night on the town.

Home Malone 504-324-8352 This silver pelican cuff is handcrafted in Louisiana and is also available in several styles, including as a necklace, ring and cufflinks.

JoS. A. Bank 504-528-9491 Whisk him away for a romantic weekend with water-resistant carry-on rolling luggage. Get lost in luxury with this 100% Travelers All Wool Tuxedo Jacket, topped with a satin silk bow tie and a 100% cotton tuxedo shirt. Pair it with patent leather dress shoes.

Optical Shoppe 504-301-1726 Whether you choose red glitter Gucci frames, “Parisian chic” Francis Klein’s or the 1950s-style Norma frames from Fabulous Fanny’s, you’ll look red hot in designer eyewear from Optical Shoppe. Locally-owned, with experienced staff, they’ll keep you looking and seeing your best.

Lukka Boutique 504-218-7113 @LukkaNewOrleans Dazzle your Valentine with these Deepa Gurnani Hedi earrings from Lukka Boutique! These unique and lightweight post earrings are hand embroidered with glass crystals, plated brass fringe, iron chain, mild steel posts and Italian leather backing for $295.



Party Cup Express 121 Industrial Ave., Jefferson 504-835-5465 Share the Party Cup Express #LOVE this season with plastic Stemless Champagne Flutes and Stemless Wine Cups decked out in Metallic Gold with #NOLA Fleur de Lis and Crowns! And show off your #LOVESaints with a 20 oz. Frost Flex Cup!


Valentine’s Dinner Reservations Arnaud’s 504-523-5433 Special cocktails & dishes. Brennan’s 504-525-9711

PERLIS Clothing New Orleans, 504-895-8661 French Quarter, 504-523-6681 Mandeville, 985-674-1711 Baton Rouge, 225-926,5909 For 2019, the new stepped stripe rugby joins the PERLIS crawfish logo collection of original Mardi Gras rugbys and polos. 100% cotton American made quality for years of parades and parties. Perfect gift for your Valentine.

Briquette 504-302-7496 3-course menu by Chef Guy Sockrider, $55 per person. NOLA Cantina 504-266-2848 Ralph’s on the Park 504-488-1000 Red Fish Grill 504-598-1200

Wildflower 504-218-8996 @WearWildFlower Don’t forget to pick up your Sole Society Suede Debdi Handheld Crossbody in Oyster Pink; a perfect pre-Spring purse and a great Valentine’s Day accessory. $75


The Country Club 504-945-0742 Special menu & live music. Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco 504-267-7612


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3-story townhouse with private parking, street balcony, and courtyard in the French Quarter! True turn key being sold furnished, and features cypress cabinets/molding, hardwood floors, & architectural details throughout. Downstairs has garage & private suite with cozy brick courtyard. Second floor has full kitchen, another bedroom, and living space with French doors opening out to Burgundy street balcony. Third floor tops it off with 2 more independent bedrooms! Located in great section of the Vieux Carre!

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The Boston Club When their toast was the toast of the town By Seale Paterson


Carnival, but it might help), the Boston Club set up viewing stands on Canal Street every year starting in the late 1800s to provide a place for the Queen of Rex, her court and various esteemed guests to view the parade. Upon arrival at the Boston Club, the King’s float would stop and Rex would make a champagne toast to his Queen, presenting her with a purple, green and gold bouquet of spring blossoms, and then thank the club for their hospitality. When radio and television joined the Mardi Gras celebrations, they set up across from the Boston Club stands to capture this treasured Carnival tradition. It was the most photographed event at Mardi Gras for decades. In 1992, the club declined to erect their viewing stands as protest against the

city’s newly instituted bias ordinance, concerned that the stands would present them as a public accommodation rather than a private club. While they were later victorious in their lawsuit against the city, Rex had already accepted the formal invitation, delivered by limousine, from the Intercontinental Hotel on St. Charles Avenue to make his traditional toast there. It continues at the hotel today. n

The Queen of Rex in the viewing stands in front of the Boston Club in 1917. The club occupied a few different locations in downtown New Orleans until 1884, when it moved into the Mercer Mansion, designed by James Gallier Sr. Located at 824 Canal St., The Boston Club still calls it home today after purchasing it in 1905.


The Boston Club, founded in 1841, is the oldest social club in New Orleans and the third oldest in the United States. The club has long abandoned the card game it was named after, but remains an exclusive private club for a limited number of men of high social and business standing. While the club has hosted a number of annual events over its history, including New Year’s Eve and club anniversary dinner-dances, its Mardi Gras traditions are legendary. While the Hermes and Comus viewing parties and festive lights and decorations were widely praised, it was on Mardi Gras Day that the Boston Club shone the brightest. Closely tied to the Rex Organization (one doesn’t have to be a member of the Boston Club to reign as Rex, the King of

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St. Charles Avenue Magazine February 2019  

St. Charles Avenue is the magazine of the city's social activist and society scene. The pictorial publication covers non-profit fundraisers...

St. Charles Avenue Magazine February 2019  

St. Charles Avenue is the magazine of the city's social activist and society scene. The pictorial publication covers non-profit fundraisers...

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