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JULY 2020


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10 A TASTE FOR GOOD The James Beard Foundation gathered to benefit a scholarship fund for changemakers in the culinary industry.

6 MAKING A DIFFERENCE City Park: How to support our greatest outdoor escape 7 KIDS PLAY Upturn Arts’ U-Turn & More: Online camps fill a much-needed vacancy 8 WHAT’S HOT Summer Style 9 THE DISH Get Out!: Head across the lake for dining and relaxation

12 UNITED BY FLAVOR NOWFE’s annual gala honored Chef John Folse. 14 A SYMPHONY OF SERVICE A musical benefit supported JCRS’ continued efforts for Jewish youth and families. 16 REINVENTION & RECOVERY Nineteen designers took part in the annual Bridge House / Grace House fundraiser.




19 METAIRIE ROAD Getting back to business

24 ENTERTAINING WITH BEV Helping While Having Fun: Supporting restaurants and caterers. 26 WITH THIS RING Colton –Lasiter 28 YOUNG BLOODS Rabbi Katie Bauman & Evelyn Turner: Together New Orleans 29 SHOP TALK Ingrid Rinck: Founder and CEO, Sensible Foods & Rinck Packaging, Inc. 30 SHOP TALK Dr. Richard Gitter: Founder, Gitter Vein Institute. 32 SNAPSHOTS


40 NOSTALGIA Biff! Bang!: In 1918 the New Orleans Elks hosted a fundraiser to remember


We are proud to highlight the work of the New Orleans Ballet Association on our cover this month! Since March, NOBA has shared more than 1,850 hours of virtual dance, fitness and wellness programming for ages 3 to 96. These tuition-free classes have included youth, Senior Dance Fitness, Dance for Parkinson’s, the Freedom of Movement program for veterans, arts healing classes and activities, with a total attendance of over 3,500 participants and their families – so far! All were created by an amazing team of NOBA managers and teaching artists. Encouraging #NOBATogether, there was even a virtual concert in June! Movement is important for everyone, no matter their age, race or creed, and NOBA is committed to continuing to provide these free virtual classes for as long as they’re needed

to keep everyone moving. You can read about some of these participants (like the ones gracing our cover) and why moving is important to them, learn more about what classes are available and how to donate by going to NOBADance.com. Visit today! We are also so happy that many of our favorite places are reopening! Learn how some of your favorites are getting back to business on Metairie Road in our feature. “Zoo-To-Do for Kids presented by Children’s Hospital New Orleans” was cancelled, but the “Hancock Whitney Zoo-To-Do” is still a go for September 11! We are also so happy that the zoo is open and that everyone can play golf again! We can’t wait to visit the penguins, fish and insects, too. Please support the Audubon Institute by going to AudubonRecoveryFund.com. Happy summer!

The Louisiana SPCA is committed to finding loving families for the homeless and neglected animals throughout our state. Now is the perfect time to adopt a rescue pet! All you have to do is visit LA-SPCA.org and complete their online adoption application. All adoptions are by appointment-only to ensure the safety of their team and visitors. Adopt a new best friend today! So many local nonprofits have had to make difficult decisions about rethinking and rescheduling the events that raise necessary funds for their continued existence. Our quarterly Registry of Charitable Events: September-December is already underway and will be

published in our upcoming September issue! If you have an event that has been moved to that time or want to make certain we know when your event is taking place, fill out our online form at MyNewOrleans. com/submit-a-charitable-event. And if you have any questions or concerns, you can always email me at Morgan@MyNewOrleans.com. Stay safe this summer!


Because so many of our fabulous musicians are out of work, here's an idea that could be replicated in all of our neighborhoods! Bebe and Billy Marchal hosted the Hundreds Brass Band at their house for the Audubon Boulevard. Neighborhood Association for an our on a Wednesday evening. Everyone came and were encouraged to tip the band. What a great idea to bring neighbors together and keep our musicians' hopes alive!

Beverly Reese Church

I would like to sincerely apologize for the incorrect information being printed for Young Men Illinois in the 2020 Courts of Carnival publication. Please view the correct versions online (MyNewOrleans. com/young-men-illinois-club) and the correct digital edition.

Morgan Packard Griffith

JULY *Calendar confirmed as of June 15. Please confirm directly with the nonprofit before making plans. 11-12 & “Parade of Homes 2020 Goes Live and Virtual,” 18-19 benefiting the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans, HBAGno.org/paradeofhomes AUGUST 14 35th annual “Crimestoppers GNO Awards Luncheon,” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO, 837-8477, CrimestoppersGNO.org 14

“Generations Gala – online,” benefiting Next Generation Ministries, 885-0980

26 “Sip Sip Hooray! for CASA Jefferson – A Wine and Spirits Fundraiser,” benefiting CASA Jefferson Inc., 533-8757, CasaJefferson.org/sip-sip-hooray-casajeff 29 “Cochon Cotillion XXIV,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House, 821-7134, BridgeHouse.org/events/cochon-cotillion


New Orleans City Park How to support our greatest outdoor escape By Catherine Freeman

When not juggling working in home offices and remote school lessons while under “stay-at-home” orders, I watched friends jump into various activities – gardening, bread making, Netflix bingeing, cooking, puzzling, reading, etc. – they never seemed to find time for in busy pre-social isolation days. But the common denominator in recalibrated schedules was the extra amount of outdoor time enjoyed. With the beautiful spring, many New Orleanians found reprieve from their homes as well as a boost to their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing by getting outside to visit and exercise in local parks. Not surprisingly, New Orleans City Park became a popular destination for these escapes. You may know City Park has over 1,300-acres, is approximately 50 percent larger than New York City’s Central Park and its 20,000 trees make it home to the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world. You have also likely noticed that since Hurricane Katrina the park has rebuilt, added world-class recreation and cultural facilities and improved the level of care and stewardship of their grounds and forest. There is truly something for all ages and interests in the park, whether it’s strolling through the Botanical Garden, playing a round at City Putt, admiring the expanded Besthoff Sculpture Garden, exploring renovated Storyland, biking the Big Lake trail or just relaxing in the open green spaces. What you may not know is


that 90 percent of City Park’s revenue is based on activities that occur in the park – they receive no city and meager state funding. Despite developing a robust financial reserve post-Katrina currently being significantly drained for maintenance, the mandated COVID-19 closure of park activities for several months is projected to cause a loss of up to $4.7 million by June 30 – a staggering 24 percent of their overall budget. The park prudently cut expenditures, negotiated contracts and reduced salaries – but those actions alone won’t be enough to make up for the loss. The City Park team has loved seeing hoards of New Orleanians enjoying their time in the park recently (while practicing proper

safety protocols, of course!) and has been working tirelessly to ensure the park stays as beautiful and clean as ever. “The park’s natural spaces have provided a critical place to relax, recreate and rejuvenate during this difficult time. With the attractions opening in the park, I hope people will continue to enjoy our trails, wildlife habitats and quiet spots, which are truly priceless” says City Park Board Member Carro Gardner. Inspirational community support of more than 800 individuals is helping fund park operations, including everything from protecting ground oaks, to planting flowers, maintaining the grounds, mowing the grass and much more. However, there’s still

great need for financial support. As a thank you, for any contribution made donors will receive a packet of City Park’s wildflower seeds. Just think, a donation will brighten your own yard and brighten the future of the park! In order to make a donation, visit NewOrleansCityPark.com/donate. City Park has been here for us since 1850, so let’s be there for it! ✦

➺ A little more...

Only 750 tickets will be sold at $75 for a chance to win a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Premium donated by Bryan Subaru with proceeds benefiting Friends of City Park. A virtual drawing will be held on July 22. Purchase tickets at FriendsOfCityPark.com or call 483-9376.


Upturn Arts’ U-Turn & More Online camps fill a much-needed vacancy By Brittany Kennedy

Just as it seemed like the school year would never end, it suddenly did. In the meantime, New Orleans is slowly opening up when we normally slow down for the summer heat. For many parents the slow re-opening of stores and restaurants also means that camps are now running at a reduced capacity, leaving parents struggling what to do with kids this summer. Luckily, several organizations have organized virtual camps throughout the summer. For students who missed out on a lot of arts instruction during homeschooling (because there just wasn’t enough time to do it all), Upturn Arts launched U-Turn, the organization’s first at-home, virtual summer program for children. All families in the New Orleans area with children ages 4 to 14 are encouraged to register for U-Turn. Each registrant, limited to 500 but with hopes to expand, receives a U-Turn art kit complete with age-specific lesson plans, access to the YouTube learning channel, a reusable bag, T-shirt with tie-dye kit and all the art supplies needed to complete each activity. In line with Upturn Arts’ mission to provide Arts For All, the art kits will be available to families on a pay-what-youcan scale. All proceeds will go toward the production of future U-Turn programs. While participation is open to the public, advanced registration is required to receive an art kit. When schools were shut down at the beginning of the

pandemic, Dana Reed, the Executive Director for Upturn Arts, spent a lot of time looking at other national organizations and chatted with other local nonprofits to come up with a plan. However, her own personal experience as a parent working from home was the real genesis for this virtual camp. “I was at home for 14 days by myself with a 5-year-old and trying to work at the same time. In that experience, I really figured out what worked for us and what didn’t and what our challenges were. That’s what the U-turn art kit came from. You don’t need to get supplies from the store. You don’t need the computer. They can do most of it by themselves when they want to, and the focus of the lesson plans is benchmarks, realizing that many kids may have missed some of those in the homeschool period,” says Reed. If you have more of an active musician in your home, the School of Rock is also offering virtual camps and lessons from Rock 101 camps, along with private lessons offered via video conferencing as well as their own materials. While there are traditional music lessons and workshops, they also offer music theory and song writing, meaning your kids can make music in more ways than one. All camps have minimums and maximums, and alternatives will be offered if space is lacking. While rock and roll and YouTube seems new wave, even some traditional camps

have moved online. Scouts Louisiana East is hosting two free Facebook Live camping events. The first was in June, but the second will be 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 18, for grades 4-12. Participants are encouraged to pitch a tent in their yard or build a pillow fort to sleep in. Register online to receive an activity packet and follow along with our experienced camp guides on Facebook Live.  As summer moves along and more things start opening, there’s no doubt that local organizations will continue to do more, but, in the meantime, the creativity and ingenuity of local leaders in adapting their programs for our city’s children continues to be a source of hope and inspiration. ✦

➺ Just the Facts:

Upturn Arts U-Turn Camps: UpturnArts.org/u-turn More information will be released on their website throughout summer. Registration is on a pay-whatyou-can scale, but the kits cost about $100 to make and donations are welcome. School of Rock Camps: SchoolOfRock.com/music-camps Weeklong camps for an hour a day are about $100 a week. Girl Scout Camp In Camp Out Session 3: gsle.org/en/ events-repository/2020/camp_ in_camp_out_3.html




Summer Style

By Amy Gabriel July has arrived and the heat is on. When the temps are this high, you’ll want to keep your fashion choices as low maintenance as possible. These carefree pieces will be a breeze to incorporate into the mix.

1. Headbands are back. Slip on a beachy, hand-dyed natural fiber Bora Bora version by Kaanas. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5250

2. A pair of geometric sunnies with an ombre sunset fade are the epitome of courtyard cool. Kathy Fielder Boutique, 3649 Magazine St., 459-2329, KathyFielderBoutique.com 3. Block out the rays while still looking sunshine chic in a high crown, stiff brim hat in on-trend terracotta from Wyeth. Lukka Boutique, 711 O'Keefe Ave, 218-7113

4. Whether you’re having poolside fun or on errand runs, opt for a pair of rose gold Moonshine slides. Mirabella, 605 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888, XOMirabella.com 5. For an out-and-about bag, go with an oversized straw carry-all with natural frayed edges. Monomin, 2104 Magazine St., 827-1269, Monomin.com


7. Dressing up an outfit is a cinch with the Amanda Cuff, a stunning mix of bronze and turquoise stones. Mimosa Handcrafted, MimosaHandcrafted.com


6. A lightweight 100 percent linen chambray button-down shirt, with signature crawfish embroidery on the pocket, will be his go-to for relaxed weekend wear. Also available in light blue, navy and white. Perlis, 6060 Magazine St., 895-8661; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681, Perlis.com


Get Out! Head across the lake for dining & relaxation

I broke my New Orleans confinement a few weeks ago when I ventured over to Abita Springs and Covington with a friend for an overnight stay and some restaurant exploration. We started our adventure on the outdoor deck at the Abita Brew Pub with snacks, including crisp fried artichoke hearts served with a ranch dipping sauce; Southwest eggrolls combining cheese, corn, black beans and grilled chicken in a crisp wrapper; and blue crab claws sautéed in a New Orleans-style barbecue sauce finished with Abita amber beer and fresh rosemary. Thus fortified, we climbed aboard bicycles better suited for children and set off down the St. Tammany Trace, which is blissfully canopied in oldgrowth foliage and cypress trees that lend a bright, fresh fragrance while dropping the temperature by 10 degrees. We made fools of ourselves over the course of 10 miles or so on the too-short bicycles, laughing until our sides cramped,


By Jyl Benson

Fried porkchop sandwich on cheddar bread from Lola

and then repaired to Artigue’s Abita Market to assemble a dinner to be enjoyed on the porch outside of our rooms at the Abita Springs Hotel. The small grocery is spectacularly well stocked with house-made goods like andouille, boudin, head cheese, pork rillettes, chicken salad and a riff on pimento cheese. The wine and beer section is an absolute revelation in such a small space. The next morning we headed to Covington for lunch at Lola, long a favorite. Opened in 2006 across the street from the St. Tammany Parish courthouse, the restaurant is situated in a building that once housed the city’s historic train depot. The tiny kitchen is in an actual train caboose where husband-and-wife chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz create fine Southern cuisine with local produce and Gulf seafood. Excellent soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods make this a casual hot spot. At the

time of this writing, service was offered via call in with guests welcomed to eat on the raised wooden deck, which is shaded by a large Bradford pear tree. Nealy says they will consider re-opening the dining room they can seat at 50 percent capacity. “I don’t want to call our employees back in until they can actually earn a living,” she says. I sincerely appreciated this sentiment and left a generous tip for my take-out-eat-on-thedeck meal of blue crab arancini with lemon-truffle aioli; the LOLA salad with bleu cheese and candied pecan brickle; and a blackened wild salmon salad – all of it deftly prepared with great pride. It must have killed them to serve this high-tone cuisine in Styrofoam cartons. I begged Nealy to plate up (on a real plate) her favorite thing on the menu, and she appeared with a pile of Glory: a boneless fried pork chop bearing a perfect, shaggy crust cradled between two generous pieces of house-made cheddar bread and dressed with American cheese, a mustardmayo blend, shredded lettuce, a slice of ripe Creole tomato, a house pickle and jalapeño. It is calling me back. ✦

Abita Brew Pub, 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, (985) 892-5837 The Abita Springs Hotel, 22088 Ann O’Brien Lane, Abita Springs, (985) 951-4200, AbitaSpringsHotel.com

➺ Try This:

The gorgeous, two-year old Abita Springs Hotel reopened its doors to the public after statewide stay-at-home rules were lifted in mid-May. Built in a beautifully restored 1890s home, the hotel offers peaceful and stylish accommodations. The five-room hotel is limited to a maximum of 10 guests and combines the luxurious feel of a boutique hotel with luxurious linens, gorgeous bathrooms and thoughtful amenities – right down to a clothing steamer. Rooms overlook lush hotel grounds, a charming courtyard garden and one of Abita’s famed artesian springs. The St. Tammany Trace runs through the front yard and a limited number of complimentary bikes are offered. With five unique rooms awash in natural light the hotel has created stringent, comprehensive cleaning guidelines to ensure safety and peace-of-mind for guests and staff. Visit the hotel website for specific details on sanitary procedures and a contactfree stay. Use the booking code “STAYCATION2020” to receive 10 percent off on all reservations. Artigue’s Abita Market, 22069 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-7300, facebook.com/Artigues-AbitaMarket-100533846674548/ Lola, 517 N. New Hampshire St. Covington, (985) 892-4992, LolaCovington.com.




A Taste for Good The James Beard Foundation gathered to benefit a scholarship fund for changemakers in the culinary industry. By Shelby Simon

For those impassioned by good food, the “Taste America Gala Dinner” benefiting the James Beard Foundation offered both an opportunity to enjoy creations from the region’s most celebrated chefs and a way to give back to our community. On February 12, the dinner donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Taste America Scholarship Fund, which is part of the James Beard Foundation’s effort to give chefs and their colleagues the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable and delicious for all. The Gala Reception hors d’oeuvres menu offered delectable bites prepared by Chef Alex Harrell of The Elysian Bar, Chef Nicole Mills of Pêche Seafood Grill, Chef Nathan Richard and Chef Arvinder Vilkhu of Saffron. The Gala Dinner also featured an impressive lineup of chefs, including Chef Thierry Connault of The Ritz-Carlton, Chef Nina Compton of Compère Lapin, Chef Jamie Malone of Grand Café and Eastside and Chef Graison Gill of Bellegarde Bakery. The Dessert Reception menu followed suit, with sweet offerings from Chef Austin Breckenridge of Justine, Chef Ashley McMillan of The Ritz-Carlton, Chef Maggie Scales of Link Restaurant Group and Chef Jimi Setchim of Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard. Pianist Jesse McBride provided a musical backdrop for the more than 300 guests in attendance. Co-Chairs were Dickie Brennan; Susan and Ralph Brennan; Kia and Christy Brown; Katie and Eric Hoffman; Caroline and Bo Reily; and Allison and Ben Tiller. Ian McNulty served as Emcee. Capital One served as Presenting Sponsor. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Taste America Gala Dinner,” benefiting James Beard Foundation WHEN: Wednesday, February 12 WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans



1. John Georges, Co-Chair Christy Brown and Emcee Ian McNulty 2. Co-Chairs Ben Tiller and Bo Reily 3. Brian Kish, Antonia Keller and Co-Chair Dickie Brennan 4. Geordie and Sally Brower with Katie and Pepper Baumer 5. Brent and Cardine Rosen 6. Fred Holley, Jorge Lauriano and Chef Tory McPhail







United by Flavor


NOWFE’s annual gala honored Chef John Folse. By Shelby Simon

Each year, the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award is presented to a recipient who has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community. The “New Orleans Wine & Food Experience’s Award Gala,” which took place on January 29, honored Chef John Folse with this award for his unwavering love and extraordinary commitment to Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole cuisine and culture. More than 350 guests were in attendance. Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV took to the podium as Master of Ceremonies along with NOWFE Executive Director Aimee Brown. The Most Reverend Alfred Hughes, S.T.D., Archbishop Emeritus of New Orleans, delivered the invocation. The Honorable Donna Fraiche, Senior Counsel at Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and Honorary Consul of Japan delivered the State of Louisiana Proclamation. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser spoke prior to the Champagne Sabering by Braithe Tidwell, Brennan’s Wine Director. Representatives from “The Seven United Nations of Chef John Folse” shared a brief salute to the honoree, a descendant of early Louisiana settlers, in a tribute to the emissaries, envoys and consuls that have existed in Louisiana almost since its foundation at the end of the 17th century. Toasts were given by: Peter “Gene” and Kathy Verdin; Kirby and Zoe Anna Verret; Corine Paulk and Janie Verret Luster of United Houma Nation; the Honorable Vincent Sciama, Dean of the Louisiana Consular Corps and Consul Générale de France en Louisiane; Marta Blanco, Representative of Spain; Dr. Jessica Harris, Representative of Africa; the Honorable Susanne Veters-Cooper, Honorary Consul of the Federation of Germany; Honorable Dr. Quinn Peeper, Honorary Consul of Great Britain; the Honorable Frank Maselli, Honorary Consul of Italy; the Honorable John Arena, International Restaurateur; Ti Martin, Restaurateur; Errol Laborde, Editor of New Orleans Magazine; and Ewell Smith, President of NOWFE. The VIP Reception Menu and the dinner menu highlighted the seven united nations, prepared by a lineup of renowned local chefs including Chef John Folse & Company. Libations flowed freely from local distilleries, wine and beer sponsors. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance

1. Michaela York, Honoree Chef John Folse, Archbishop Alfred Hughes, Danling Gideon 2. John Fraiche, Dr. Jessica Harris, Patrick Dunne and the Honorable Donna Fraiche 3. Master of Ceremonies Eric Paulsen with Errol Laborde, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser 4. Mark Romig, Stan Harris and Chef Tory McPhail 5. Chefs Lydia Spaeoni, Edgar Dooky Chase, Michael Gulotta and Doe Chase 6. Ewell Smith, Aimee Brown and Fred Holley



WHAT: “Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award Gala,” benefiting New Orleans Wine and Food Experience WHEN: Wednesday, January 29 WHERE: Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans







A Symphony of Service


A musical benefit supported JCRS’ continued efforts for Jewish youth and families. By Shelby Simon

Jewish Children’s Regional Service held its ninth annual “Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues” Gala on February 2 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The event was Chaired by three former JCRS Presidents: Neil Kohlman, Bruce Miller and Leon Rittenberg III. Tipping out at 400 in attendance, this signature event raised vital funds for JCRS’s camp, college and special needs scholarships for Jewish children and students. The 2020 event honored The Beerman Family, whose members proudly claim a near 100-year history with the original early 20th century Jewish Children’s Home orphanage. Six Beerman siblings were residents of the home in the 1920s, while more recently family members have served in leadership positions within JCRS, including Marc Beerman as President 2015-2017. The program featured an inspiring evening of music from The Great American Songbook performed by the JCRS “Success Story” Ensemble comprised of current and former JCRS educational scholarship recipients who are all pursuing advanced degrees in musical performance. Basil Alter on violin is at the Manhattan School of Music, Joshua Dolney on trumpet is at the University of Illinois, Joshua Sadinsky on piano is at California Institute of the Arts and Caroline Samuels on double bass is at Boston University. Former aid recipient and past JCRS President Bruce Miller accompanied on the drums. The evening included a cocktail reception presented by Broussard’s with libations donated by Sazerac Brands and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, followed by a seated three course dinner crafted by the Hilton chefs. The musically themed table centerpieces that included glittering trumpets and treble clefs were created by Gail Fenton Pesses and Sassy Celebrations. A silent auction focused on boutique shopping, restaurants and once-in-alifetime vacations rounded out the evening. The evening was capped off by a raffle drawing for a stunning 18 karat white gold and quartz necklace donated by Chad Berg and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Since 1855, JCRS has provided needs-based scholarships, support and service to Jewish youth and families in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants and assistance to children with special needs. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance

1. Chair Bruce Miller, Barbara Kaplinsky and Chair Neil Kohlman 2. Rabbi David Gerber, Betty Kohn and Rabbi Daniel Sherman 3. JCRS Executive Director Ned Goldberg, Sue Singer and JCRS President Don Meltzer 4. Arlene Beerman McMahon, Robin Beerman and Joe and Lee Beerman Blotner 5. Cindy Paulin, Matt Berger and Hollie Ericksen 6. Dan Shea, Stephanie Stokes and Marc and Angela Beermann



WHAT: “Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service WHEN: Saturday, February 1 WHERE: Hilton New Orleans Riverside







Reinvention & Recovery


Nineteen designers took part in the annual Bridge House / Grace House fundraiser. By Shelby Simon

The annual Bridge House / Grace House “Recycled Fashion Show,” which took place on February 9, invited 19 local designers to showcase the possibilities of renewal with re-envisioned treasures found in their thrift stores for a unique fashion show experience. For the occasion, Rock ’n’ Bowl transformed into a fashion show complete with a runway, ropes and stanchions provided by Fleur de Lis Event Rentals. Each of the designers was given a $75 gift certificate and asked to create two outfits. Participating designers were Brenda Daws, Danielle Arthur, Darlene Hargreaves, Dawn Bagala Cantrelle, Face, Germanie Taylor, Jann Darsie, Joanna Daunie, Joy Gauss, Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, Mary Ann Murphy, Matthew Pilote, Misty Caster, Nathalie DuPont, Nicole Buuck, Shannon Dettrow, Shantel Caloian, Susan Cross and Tysean Riles. Lauren “Fleurty Girl” Haydel and Andrew Ward served as Emcees. Complimentary food was available to all attendees from Apolline, Come Back Inn, CoolBrew Coffee, Cowbell, Five Happiness, Foodie Fest / GBP Direct, Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant, Gulf Tacos, Haydel’s Bakery, Jaclyn Ezzo, Joey K’s Restaurant & Bar, Kimbo’s Kitchen, La Louisiane Bakery, Lil Dizzy’s Café and The Court of Two Sisters. Thirty-five items were offered at the Silent Auction, in addition to the 33 outfits from the show. This year’s event, which hosted 200 guests, was made possible by the committee: Barbara Gaiennie, Becky Bourg, Diana Parham, Eileen Chapoton, Jeffery Carlson, Joanna Daunie, Julie Graham and Mariel Kuebel. Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust returned as Presenting Sponsor for the second year in a row. St. Charles Avenue and MyNewOrleans.com served as this year’s Media Sponsors. In celebration of their 20th anniversary ride, members of the Krewe of Muses handed out throws. The only organization offering long-term residential substance-use disorder treatment in the Greater New Orleans Area, Bridge House / Grace House’s services are offered regardless of one’s ability to pay. Funds raised through the Recycled Fashion Show help provide treatment to the hundreds of homeless, indigent, uninsured and/or unemployed men and women Bridge House / Grace House serves each year. ✦



➺ Event at a Glance

1. Bonnie Wilson, Jennifer Holmes, Kristin Turner and Elizabeth Tierney 2. Angelle and Chip Verges 3. Nicholas Pontiff, Julie Pontiff and Emcee Andrew Ward 4. Kevin Gardere with Adrienne and Roland Gieger 5. Mardel Kuebel, Else Pedersen and Barbara Gaienne 6. Emcee Andrew Ward



WHAT: 11th annual “Recycled Fashion Show 2020,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House WHEN: Sunday, February 9 WHERE: Rock ’n’ Bowl






Metairie Road

BLEU, a Blowdry Bar


By Kelcy Wilburn

Spring is usually New Orleans’ busiest season, as festivals, graduations and holidays keep area businesses humming with both locals and visitors. But with the arrival of COVID-19 to the metro area, the 2020 spring season came to an abrupt halt before ever having a chance to get started. At the heart of Old Metairie, Metairie Road has always been an active, heavily trafficked corridor, thanks to its retail shops, restaurants, gyms, offices and salons – places that make up the community’s center. Like much of Greater New Orleans, Metairie Road became eerily quiet when the stay-at-home orders were issued. But with the arrival of summer, businesses are making a comeback and breathing life back into Old Metairie’s main vein. During the stay-at-home orders and subsequent Phase 1 reopening, area businesses were forced to get creative, many having to find new ways to serve their customers.





Deemed an essential service, banking continued at Metairie Road’s Fidelity Bank, which has been in operation since 2006; the location’s opening was delayed from the city’s last significant disaster: Hurricane Katrina. With over 100 years of history, though, Fidelity has survived the Depression, floods, wars and hurricanes, and its motto, “Here for Good,” continues to resonate. “Fidelity has one of the strongest capital positions of any of the banks in our marketplace, so we feel prepared to weather any downturn in the local economy,” says Tammy O’Shea, Chief Marketing Officer. According to O’Shea, Fidelity waived late fees and offered deferrals to help meet the needs of clients experiencing distress during the pandemic. While other businesses were closed, the bank continued drive-up service, and clients were permitted to schedule appointments online for branch access. Fidelity saw an uptick in use of its mobile and online banking services, which were already popular with clients. According to O’Shea, as an SBA Preferred Lender, the bank has been busy processing PPP loans. “We are proud to say we funded over $160 million, potentially saving over 22,000 jobs in our community,” says O’Shea. “We’re very proud of our bankers who are working 24/7 to process and fund as many applications as possible.” Another business to remain open along Metairie Road was Langenstein’s, a fifth-generation family-owned and -operated grocery with roots dating back to 1922. As the stay-athome orders were announced, shoppers flocked to grocery stores to stock up on goods. The large crowds and new guidelines from government authorities prompted many stores to make changes, but Langenstein’s was able to maintain its regular business hours while adding “senior-only” hours on Sunday and Wednesday mornings. “It was an early decision we made, and our customers greatly appreciated that we did,” says Trey Lanaux, Owner/Operator. “Customers overwhelmingly prefer to shop for groceries in the store, especially at Langenstein’s, but we’ve seen extreme growth and interest in our grocery pick-up and delivery services,” he says. Lanaux expects those services to remain popular as people become accustomed to the convenience. Langenstein’s opened along Metairie Road in 1994 as the Old Metairie community was blossoming. Lanaux feels honored that the store is a staple of the community and is especially grateful for its dedicated crew. “Our staff have been instrumental in feeding the New Orleans area while also helping to flatten the curve during the initial phases of the pandemic,” he says. “They are heroes to me and our customers.” Retail stores normally comprise much of the business along Metairie Road, making it a shopping mecca that rivals Uptown’s Magazine Street or the French Quarter. The area thrives from its loyal local shoppers, and business owners hope that as the ability to shop returns, the customers do, too. Popular stores and boutiques like Relish, Elizabeth’s and Boudreaux’s Jewelers all closed for a few weeks, all deeming it “the right thing to do”

to protect customers, employees and the community at large. At Relish, a home gifts and clothing boutique, Owner Beth Harris regularly imports items from Europe – as the virus was first being detected in the United States, Harris was hearing stories from Italian suppliers who recommended acting quickly to slow the spread. She closed Relish in early March but found creative ways to continue doing business. Harris set up her boutique at home and used Instagram and her store’s website to reach customers and continue selling merchandise. “My customers of 20 years knew what was happening, and ones that could support me reached out to make orders and were really supportive,” says Harris. “I was just working out of my house and delivering everything myself.” Harris began putting items back into the store in early May as Phase 1 began. By the end of that month, customers were increasingly trickling back in and one of her employees had returned to work. While the uncertainty of the future is unsettling, she hopes that since many residents won’t be traveling in summer that they’ll support local businesses. At women’s clothing boutique Elizabeth’s, Owner/Buyer Sal Trentacoste echoes that sentiment. “We’re fortunate to have loyal customers,” says Trentacoste,




who aims to please returning customers with a summer sale on social occasion dresses, evening wear and spring collections while the boutique stocks up on its popular casuals and breathable transition wear for late summer and fall. Elizabeth’s reopened in May with hours of 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For those who prefer a one-on-one shopping experience, private appointments can be made before or after hours. “We hope to have more normalcy by late summer and moving into fall,” he says. “If we support local business here, there will always be guaranteed good shopping – shopping with what the department stores don’t offer: real customer service.” Like many retailers, Boudreaux’s Jewelers shut its doors for six weeks but reopened in May having retained all of its employees. “Since reopening with sanitizing and social distancing protocols in place, I’ve been pleasantly surprised,” says Brandon Boudreaux, Lead Designer. “Couples are still getting engaged and married, children are still being born and anniversaries don’t stop, so we’re lucky and honored that the people of New Orleans still think of us to help celebrate their special occasions.” The jewelry store found ways to continue serving its customers while the showrooms were closed, which included virtual shopping and doing curbside service. According to Boudreaux, being in the heart of Old Metairie and so close to customers has been a great asset. “We’re lucky that although jewelry may not seem like the most essential thing, it holds a special place in people’s hearts,” he says, “and when couples or families go through things such as this crisis, they often look to items like jewelry that are long lasting and can be a pleasant reminder of challenges overcome in their lives.” Newcomers to the Old Metairie corridor, New Orleans brunch staple Ruby Slipper Café opened its Metairie Road location in the beginning of 2019. At the beginning of the pandemic shutdowns, Ruby Slipper Café closed its dine-in services and offered takeout and delivery only for two months. The restaurant reopened in May, adhering strictly to the guidelines for keeping customers and employees safe. Restaurants have been particularly hard hit by the stay-at-home orders, as many were largely reliant on dine-in service. “We had to become creative in our dish offerings and the way they were packaged for off-site dining,” says Jennifer Weishaupt, CEO and Founder. “Take-out and third-party delivery were


a very small portion, less than 1 percent, before Coronavirus,” she says. According to Weishaupt, the Ruby Slipper team worked quickly to create a to-go friendly menu, which featured new offerings such as breakfast tacos and biscuit sliders. Of the seven Greater New Orleans locations, the Metairie Road location was the first to be permitted to seat guests outside, which allowed the company to increase sales and get some of its “Krewe” back to work. Weishaupt says the Metairie reopening helped provide good training and best practices for other locations on safely operating a restaurant during the COVID-19 restrictions. Though also a food and beverage establishment, nearby Loft18 faced a different challenge than most restaurants, and decided to close its doors and halt all services during the stay-at-home order. “Our business relies on people engaging in our environment,” says Co-Founder Greg Whitman. “We created a beautiful space for people to gather and have fun, so without that we’re nothing.” Offering a unique combination of golf simulation, food and drinks, Loft18 was founded in 2015 and was, at that time, “a pathway for a new wave of hybrid entertainment,” according to Whitman. Whitman knew when the pandemic hit that Loft18 would need to close its doors to protect the public. As a group-focused establishment that hosts events, parties and sports watching, the business suffered through the shutdowns and is gradually regaining its footing as customers return. Local businesses bolstered by entertainment and events have arguably been hit the hardest. “We are one of the lucky ones to say we are still here,” he says. Despite the hit, Whitman and his business partners say the excitement they felt creating the Loft18 concept and opening its doors to the community still resonates today. “Metairie Road and the surrounding area is our home; we live here, and we grew up here. So we know the people, the places and the relationships are everything. It is the glue that keeps the engine going,” he says. Another hard-hit sector has been the salon and spa industry, and Metairie Road is home to a number of health and beauty businesses that were excited to get back to work in May. At BLEU, a Blowdry Bar, Proprietor Emily Laborde heeded the governor’s mandate and temporarily ceased BLEU’s in-person hair and make-up services, though BLEU was able to offer curbside pickup and local delivery for product orders. Laborde says it was an uncertain time for staff, who stayed in touch via social media and weekly Zoom calls for encouragement.

“Clients were disappointed we had to close but were happy once we were able to reopen on May 18,” says Laborde. “We reopened to an overwhelmingly supportive response.” She attributes the positive response to clients’ desires to feel a bit of normalcy return to their lives and to the loyalty that is inherent in the Metairie Road clientele. As to summer expectations, Laborde says these months are usually the slowest, and she doubts this year will be different. “I don’t believe the industry will be affected long term, just a little slower as we all get used to the ‘new normal,’” she says. As the center of all business in Old Metairie, Metairie Road is of course home to a number of offices and clinics, which were also affected by the shutdowns. For seven years, The Skin Surgery Centre has operated along Metairie Road, offering treatment in the removal and cure of skin cancers in cosmetically sensitive areas and specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction. In mid-March, the practice decided it should halt surgeries and do its part to help flatten the curve while limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus among its patient population, many of whom are over 65 and considered a highrisk group. Just like other types of businesses, healthcare practices like The Skin Surgery Centre were forced to pivot and find new ways to provide safe services. “We implemented telehealth to streamline the number of patients that had to return for wound checks and follow-up visits whenever possible,” says Dr. Keith LeBlanc, Jr. “When a patient absolutely needed to be seen in person during this time we cut down on office staff present, screened for COVID-19 symptoms, required patients to wear a mask and wore the protective equipment available to us,” he says. Upon reopening for surgeries in May, the practice took a number of steps to help patients feel safe regarding limiting possible exposure to COVID-19. Moving forward into late summer, Drs. LeBlanc and Bucher expect to see a steady flow of patients in need of Mohs surgery now that limbs are exposed and people are getting back to their dermatologists for spot checks. In retrospect, while it may seem like it was a quiet spring in Old Metairie, business owners were clearly staying busy, tirelessly finding new and safe ways to meet the needs of the community. Getting back to business has brought optimism to the area and a few more cars back to Metairie Road. Consider contributing to the local business recovery this summer and take advantage of that elusive easy parking while it lasts.

BLEU, a Blowdry Bar 701 Metairie Road, Suite 112-2A, Metairie 309-5999 BLEUaBlowdryBar.com Boudreaux’s Jewelers 701 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-2602 BoudreauxsJewelers.com Elizabeth’s 204 Metairie Road, Metairie 833-3717 Fidelity Bank 1811 Metairie Ave., Metairie 833-1433 BankWithFidelity.com Langenstein’s 800 Metairie Road, Metairie 831-6682 Langensteins.com Loft18 3128 Metairie Road, Metairie 827-1059 Loft18.com Relish 600 Metairie Road, Suite B, Metairie 309-3336 RelishNewOrleans.com Ruby Slipper Café 2700 Metairie Road, Metairie 638-9574 TheRubySlipperCafe.net

Ruby Slipper Café

The Skin Surgery Centre 1615 Metairie Road, Suite 101, Metairie 644-4226 TheSkinSurgeryCentre.com




Helping While Having Fun Supporting restaurants and caterers By Bev Church

I know that all of us are staying home, washing our hands and wearing our masks, but we all want to get back to whatever we feel is normal, so I’m spotlighting Commander’s Palace, Southern Hospitality Catering, Ralph’s on the Park and Napoleon House, who are all trying to keep their workers employed and give a little relief to all of us who would love to be back in their places of business! Please know that there are so many chefs, caterers and restaurants that we can’t spotlight who are doing incredible things. We all need to support the places we love! Commander’s Palace has created “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” wine and cheese parties on Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., which has everyone getting together on Zoom! Here is how it works: You can buy a ticket for $99, which is a tasting for two that includes three bottles of wine curated by “Wine Guy” Dan Davis and cheese from St. James Cheese Company. For $30 extra, you can add two additional friends. There is a theme for each night and costumes, hats and pets are encouraged, all in an outdoor setting. As you watch Dan on Zoom, he tells you about the wines and the reason he pairs each with the cheeses. You can pick up your box at Commander’s or have it delivered to your home. We love John Rowland at Southern Hospitality Catering and can’t wait to have a party when the pandemic is under control. They have a full menu that comes out every week that includes, “Porch and Patio Platters,” boiled crawfish, shrimp and especially John Rowland’s house made margaritas – regular and Blood Orange. Several of their clients have ordered their individually packaged box meals to give to frontline workers, construction crews and employees. They also include a customized note on each meal! A lot of us have picked up dinner at Ralph’s on the Park, which is still going on, and there’s also curbside pick-up at


Napoleon House called “Eating in Exile!” The favorite pick-up item at Ralph’s is the filet, and at the Napoleon House it’s their muffuletta. The best about both of these restaurants is the second-floor balcony at Ralph’s and the courtyard at Napoleon House, so you can be outside!

Thanks to all of you who are supporting our hospitality workers, chefs and restaurants! We love our first responders, healthcare workers and everyone at our supermarkets; to help them, why not get them a gift certificate to a favorite store, restaurant or caterer? Support them today! ✦


Opposing Page: Zoom wine tasting with Commander’s Palace’s “Wine Guy” Dan Davis Clockwise from Top Left: The staffs of Napoleon House and Ralph’s on the Park are ready to welcome guests and for pick up! Jenny and Tim Williamson in their garden enjoying Commander’s Palace’s virtual tasting. Southern Hospitality Catering delivers individual lunches for health care workers.




Colton – Lasiter By Megan Holt

At a party for the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day parade, Charlotte Clare Colton found herself standing next to Peyton Walker Lasiter. A native New Orleanian, Clare could tell by Walker’s accent that he wasn’t from her hometown, so when he asked where she had gone to school, Clare responded “Alabama.” Though he had indeed grown up in Little Rock, Arkansas, Walker immediately responded “No, where did you go to high school?” which let Clare know that he knew his way around. Before they could exchange numbers, Clare left with a friend. Walker ended up playing detective, tracking her down and asking her out. On their first date they stopped by YLC’s Wednesdays at the Square before heading to dinner at Pêche. After hours at the oyster bar the restaurant was getting ready to close, but Clare and Walker didn’t want the date 26 ST. CHARLES AVENUE JULY 2020

to end. They decided to go to the Howlin’ Wolf to check out another band. A few days later they met up again, and from then on they were a couple. Three years later, Walker and Clare planned to bring the story full circle and hold their wedding on the same day as the St. Patrick’s Day parade. When a global pandemic threatened to put a damper on their big day, the couple decided to roll with it, realizing that being married was more important than the wedding going exactly according to plan. The festivities began with a rehearsal dinner at The Lighthouse, with a southernstyle buffet and music by WoJoJo Brothers with a special guest appearance by Spyboy Honey Bannister of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians. The next day, Saturday, March 14, guests gathered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which was

decorated with white flowers, greenery and just a hint of blush. Clare’s three goddaughters made everyone smile as they walked down the aisle, where Fr. Tony Rigoli was waiting to say the wedding Mass. After the couple said “I do,” the celebration continued in front of the church. Because it was no longer possible to second-line from the church to the reception, guests were given kazoos and tambourines, and they became impromptu wedding musicians! Champagne in hand, everyone happily joined in as they walked toward Brennan’s – everyone except Edna Colton, Clare’s 98-year-old “NaNa”, who shook her tambourine from the comfort of a decorated pedi cab the family had arranged for the occasion. When they arrived at Brennan’s, the SOUL Brass Band was waiting to welcome them. Clare and Walker went up on the balcony,

and seeing their loved ones dancing in the streets below became a moment they’ll treasure forever. As guests entered the reception they were greeted by Ralph Brennan, who had a special gift for the newlyweds. In their honor he christened two new turtles, Shamrock and Magnolia, in the restaurant’s courtyard pond. Brennan’s wowed the crowd with a meal including crabmeat pasta, oysters on the half shell and Bananas Foster. After the couple’s first dance as husband and wife to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green, everyone partied like it was their last hurrah! As keepsakes of that special evening, guests took home custom designed cups, koozies, napkins and handkerchiefs made by Ella Paperie. After breathing a sigh of relief that – in spite of everything – they were married, Clare and Walker spent a week relaxing in Belize. They then returned to New Orleans, where Walker is an attorney at Manard Law and Clare is an interior designer and works for Flavor Paper, a Brooklyn-based custom wallpaper company. ✦

Reception Décor: Rentals & lights in the courtyard by Element Coordinator: The Event Glossary Ceremony Music: Harry Hardin Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza, Wedding Belles; Alençon lace added at the waistline & sleeves Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Wedding Belles Engagement Ring: Antique diamond ring purchased in New York Bride’s Wedding Band: Jack Sutton Groom’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Fine Jewelers Florist: Leaf + Pedal Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs Wedding Cake: Bittersweet Confections Photographer: James Shaw Photography Videographer: Bride Film Hair: Beverly Daigle with John Jay Make up: Tisa with Tisa Beauty Bar





Rabbi Katie Bauman & Evelyn Turner Together New Orleans By Lindsay Mack



deep sense of history is paired with a very socially conscious and forward-looking membership. It is a real, very important part of our mission to contribute to common good in the community,” says Rabbi Katie Bauman. “Together New Orleans facilitates that by bringing institutions to each other and finding common interests and working with them to chart a course of action.” Concerns about income inequality, as well as lines of racial and socioeconomic division, concern everyone, explains Rabbi Bauman. “Everyone is looking to find practicable, actionable steps to address those problems.” This drive to find real-life

solutions to these systemic issues in the city has also drawn Evelyn Turner to Together New Orleans. She was asked to represent her church, Level Ground Community Church, at Together New Orleans meetings along with her pastor. “Part of the vision of our church is to be involved in transforming systems in our community,” says Turner. “When I heard what Together New Orleans was about, it fit right into what we are about as a church. We want to be a part of positive change in the community.” As a diverse congregation, Level Ground Community Church’s members have been involved in helping the homeless population, improving education and addressing mental

health problems in the city. The opportunity to join forces with many more like-minded people and other organizations is especially appealing. “Together we can make a difference. This isn’t just talk. We can do it if we all band together and walk in the same direction,” says Turner. ✦

➺ Get Involved Interested community leaders and individuals are encouraged to learn more by visiting the Together New Orleans website, TogetherNola.org, or emailing contact@togetherla.com. To learn more about Touro Synagogue visit TouroSynagogue.org and to learn more about Level Ground Community Church, visit LGNola.com.


As a growing coalition of congregations and communitybased organizations, Together New Orleans is a new nonprofit dedicated to affecting real change in our city. A more localized version of Together Louisiana, one of the largest grassroots organizations in the state, Together New Orleans is aiming to bring together diverse groups to improve the city in a realistic, large-scale way. Here is what two community leaders have to say about the budding coalition and its many goals. Although Together New Orleans is still a new and developing organization, community leaders throughout the city have already responded positively to its mission. “Touro Synagogue’s



Ingrid Rinck Founder and CEO, Sensible Meals & Rinck Packaging, Inc. By Lani Griffiths

How did the idea for Rinck Packaging, Inc. come about? For Sensible Meals, it was important to us during the COVID-19 pandemic that we could keep everyone – our vendors, our delivery companies, our employees – moving forward, busy and employed. During this time, an opportunity for us to help other local food industry companies arose and I wanted to help them thrive as well. If Louisiana isn’t succeeding, then I’m not succeeding. You want the people around you to flourish, because that way you, your employees, your community – everyone – flourishes as well. What is your goal for this company? We want to make sure local companies are staying afloat and innovating. It has taken us years to make all the mistakes, build the facilities and create the right infrastructure to do this correctly. We are allowing other Louisiana businesses to skip all of those steps and go straight into safe, efficient nationwide shipping. Tell us about Rinck Packaging, Inc.? I wanted to share my resources with New Orleans. We worked 24 hours a day to prepare and open Rinck Packaging Inc. to help local Louisiana restaurants get their meals to customers nationwide in a safe and efficient way. We have a 60,000 square-foot cold facility, a fleet of refrigerated trucks and hundreds of employees. We have state-of-the-art vacuum seal machines that only two other companies in the whole country have. We have three currently

working with different functions, and have just ordered a fourth custom-built machine. The vacuum seal process means that meals don’t need preservatives and can be shipped in smaller containers while remaining safe and untouched from the facility to the customer’s door. We’re also supporting other local businesses by extending the discounted pricing we have earned over the years on materials, shipping and delivery. The only thing we’re charging is a flat fee for labor. What do you think makes a good entrepreneur? I believe that being a good entrepreneur and business owner is more than just accumulating awards and making money. It’s about being a leader for other businesses, so that they can see what responsible ownership and having a heart for people looks like. Rinck Packaging, Inc., 18096 Old Covington Highway, Hammond, (985) 400-1741, RinckPackaging.com SAINTCHARLESAVENUE.COM



Dr. Richard Gitter Founder, Gitter Vein Institute By Lani Griffiths

What is your role at Gitter Vein Institute? I am the Director and Founder of Gitter Vein Institute. I’m a board-certified cardiac and vascular surgeon with over 20 years of surgical experience. What services do you offer? Gitter Vein Institute primarily treats varicose veins, spider veins, vascular malformations, venous ulcers and vascular lesions of the face and body. What is your most popular service? Radiofrequency ablation is our most utilized service. It is a safe and highly effective treatment for varicose veins. It is the newest alternative to the outdated vein surgery known as “stripping.” Radiofrequency ablation has no down time and minimal discomfort; it’s an outpatient, office-based procedure with a 97 percent success rate. What sets Gitter Vein Institute apart from other medical facilities? We are a patientfocused vein treatment center based in New Orleans. We utilize the most innovative and proven state-of-the-art techniques to treat abnormalities associated with the peripheral venous system. We are here solely to care for our patients.


Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or your business? All ultrasounds are performed in accordance with the Society for Vascular Ultrasound to evaluate the deep and superficial venous systems. Ultrasound technique is paramount because “without a proper diagnosis, there cannot be a proper treatment.” We are privileged and honored to be Louisiana’s top vein center. We achieve outstanding outcomes for our patients. Gitter Vein Institute, 1 Galleria Blvd., #100, 833-0111, GitterVein.com



S N A P S H OT S By Marie Gabriel







1. Glade Bilby, Lucy Barnett and Gregory Holt celebrated the French Quarter Citizens’ annual fundraiser with “Jazz and Joie de Vivre” at the Orleans Ballroom in the Bourbon Orleans hotel in November 2019. 2. Alvin Albe Jr. and Virginia Boulet enjoyed a night of jazz, dining and dancing at the French Quarter Citizens 2019 fundraiser. Guests were treated to a musical performance by Phillio Manuel and clarinetist Tim Laughlin, an open bar and cuisine from some of New Orleans’ top restaurants. 3. Keith Frentz, Colin Shea, Danielle Fridge and John Barry won the Judges Choice Award at the “2019 Men Who Cook” fundraiser in November 2019, presented by the Brooke It Forward Foundation and Cintas. This year’s event was held on the rooftop of the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center’s parking garage in Downtown Covington and featured 23 celebrity teams, each made up of local businesses or community leaders teamed with a top chef from the New Orleans area. 4. John Barry, Luke Hidalgo, Nick LaRocca and Danielle Fridge posed with the Most Money Raised Award at the seventh annual “Men Who Cook” fundraiser. This year’s event raised more than $294,000 for Hope House, an organization dedicated to providing a bridge to justice and a path to healing for local child abuse victims. 5. Mary Jane Becker, Kenneth P. Carter and Rebecca T. Pennington attended the Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s annual “Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon” at the Audubon Tea Room in October 2019, which raised almost $20,000 to benefit Girl Scout programming, uniforms, event fees and camp maintenance. 6. Jay and Elena Veeramony, Piper Hall, Christina Jackson, Louis Jackson, Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Jaelyn Graham, Caroline Veeramony and Tiffany Jackson shares a smile at the “Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon,” an annual fundraising event to benefit the Girl Scouts Louisiana East. The 175 guests were treated to a meal, a silent auction, a keynote presentation and a flag ceremony performed by Team Smarties from Troop 30032 and Girl Scout Troop 40150, and more.


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7. Paul Soniat, Alice Reese, Carol McGinity, Denise Mehurin and Lee Pitre Lynch celebrated the New Orleans Garden Society’s 100th anniversary with a “Champagne Soirée” at the Botanical Garden in City Park in November 2019. In honor of the milestone, the society donated funds for a dramatic new fountain, designed by Robin Tanner. 8. Tiffany Joseph, Sydney Wilson and Founder and President Jazmine Wilson attended the launch party for Project Neaux Limits, a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization founded by Wilson that affords athletes necessary education and preparation tools. 9. Project Neaux Limits Founder and President Jazmine Wilson and Board Member Cyril Grayson celebrated the launch of the nonprofit, which focuses on wellness, community and connection to meet the needs of young athletes by providing guidance through education and mentorship. 10. Artist Brandan “BMike” Odums accepted the individual Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Award at the 10th annual “Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Awards Luncheon,” held in November 2019 at the New Orleans Racetrack & Fairgrounds. More than 180 people attended the event, which featured a keynote speech from Louisiana State Senator JP Morrell and honored individuals or organizations that go above and beyond in civic engagement. 11. Florence Andre accepted the Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Award on behalf of her organization, Nola4Women at the “Diana Lewis Citizen Participation Awards Luncheon.” The awards are organized by the Committee for a Better New Orleans, a celebrated group that champions the voice of citizens who enable the improvements of areas that touch New Orleanians’ lives. 12. Dr. Eric Simon and Dr. Cathy Lazarus posed after participating in the 18th annual “New Orleans Kidney Walk” in November 2019, which raised over $98,000 to support the programs and services of the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana.




From shopping to dining to services, St. Charles Avenue encourages our readers to support local business!



BANBURY CROSS Banbury Cross is your one stop shop for getting your little one ready for any occasion. Their extensive inventory will meet all of your shopping needs. Selections include everything from that first daygown to special occasions and everything in between. It is a locally owned family business that looks forward to assisting you. BanburyCrossKids.com / 100 Atherton Dr., Metairie / 504.837.0447


THE SKIN SURGERY CENTER The Skin Surgery Centre is open and currently offering all procedures. Like always, The Skin Surgery Centre is staffed with skin cancer and Mohs surgery experts across greater New Orleans, the Northshore and the Mississippi Gulf Coast—experts who specialize in guidance, consistency and communication. Patients go from cancer to cure and repair, all in a state-of-the-art facility, usually in just one day.

TheSkinSurgerycentre.com 1615 Metairie Rd., Suite 101, Metairie 504.644.4226







August welcomes back their valued guests with a new way of doing things. They are excited to offer dinner service Thursday through Saturday and Sunday brunch. Their team continues to provide you with a safe and enjoyable dining experience in these unique times and look forward to serving you.

The Schoen family and staff have been helping New Orleanians create personalized, lasting memories for themselves and their loved ones for over 146 years. Our experience and compassion guide you through the process and give peace of mind needed to allow family and friends to remember, grieve and console one another. Come see the difference.

RestaurantAugust.com / 301 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans / 504.299.9777

WeCare@SchoenFH.com / 3827 Canal St., New Orleans / 504.482.2111



STELLA JONES GALLERY Place St. Charles, 201 St. Charles Ave., #132 504.568.9050 | StellaJonesGallery.com

For almost 25 years STELLA JONES GALLERY has exhibited museumquality Black art and art of the Diaspora in a first floor gallery at Place St. Charles, in the heart of New Orleans’ Business District. Located just a block from the French Quarter, this unique space was named one of the FOUR SPOTS THAT HAVE TRANSFORMED THE ARTS DISTRICT INTO NOLA’S HOTTEST NEIGHBORHOOD by in 2017. The gallery was also awarded a 2018 Downtown NOLA Award for exceptional accomplishments. Image Credit: Michael Wilson, Crown series, graphite on paper


332 Julia St. | 504.522.5988 | mail@lemieuxgalleries.com Since 1983, the mission of LeMieux Galleries has been to unite seasoned collectors and new art enthusiasts with artists from the Gulf South. In 2015, long time employees Christy Wood and Jordan Blanton purchased the gallery. Since then they have widened the gallery’s focus on art of the Southern United States and expanded their roster to include more emerging artists. In addition to fine art they also offer custom picture framing. Image Credit: “Shadows” by Kris Wenschuh oil on panel 24 x 38 1/2



829 Chartres St. | 504.345.2243 | CreasonsFineArtGallery.com Creason’s Fine Art Gallery, located at 829 Chartres St., one-half block from Jackson Square, features the artwork of Greg Creason, Harry Mayronne and guest artists. Creason’s paintings, with the use of blown glass scraps, are awe inspiring and are pieces that “you must see in person!” Complementing Creason’s paintings are the whimsical marionettes/hanging sculptures of Harry Mayronne, a French Quarter local living legend. Image Credit: “Watermelon Daze” 48x48”, Greg Creason, Acrylic, foil, blown glass and resin on board-mounted canvas

OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART 925 Camp St. | 504.539.9650 | OgdenMuseum.org

Ogden Museum is excited to welcome the community back and share its new exhibitions, “Entwined: Ritual Wrapping and Binding in Contemporary Southern Art” and “Revelations: Recent Photography Acquisitions,” along with the exhibitions opened before its closure, “Melvin Edwards: Crossroads, presented by The Helis Foundation” and “What Music is Within: Black Abstraction from the Permanent Collection.” Come See the South at the O! Image Credit: Susan Plum, Luz y Solidaridad, 2006, Vinyl fibers, wooden dowels, stone and cast glass, Collection of the artist.



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Biff! Bang! In 1918 the New Orleans Elks hosted a fundraiser to remember By Seale Paterson


Enlisted men participated in a sham battle, firing blank ammunition from rifles and The Ambulance Corps made dashes onto the battlefield to retrieve “wounded” soldiers and administer first aid. Other events of the day included a floral automobile decorating contest and four Army airplanes doing stunt flights over the crowd. An elaborate fireworks display began with a rocket that spelled

out “WELCOME,” followed by portraits of military and government figures and an elk head. Closing out the day was the “Days of ’49” themed casino with roulette and other games of chance at one end, and at the other a packed dance floor full of revelers dancing to a jazz band late into the night. The Elks raised $34,000, well over their goal of $25,000; the banditti alone collected over $4,000. ✦

The Algiers Naval Station built a battleship float complete with mounted guns and a speaker system to advertise Biff! Bang! Servicemen rode on this replica of the USS Olympia as it “sailed” through downtown the morning of July 3, attracting people who would then fall victim to the banditti. It also was featured in the Elks parade later that day.


In 1918, the New Orleans Elks organized a two-day 4th of July fundraiser for the Navy Relief Society. The Wild West-themed celebration was called Biff! Bang! and would feature parades, a carnival and a pack of lady outlaws called the banditti. Festivities kicked off downtown early on July 3rd with the banditti holdup. The 500 lady bandits in masks and bandanas stopped autos and streetcars in the streets, entered restaurants, barbershops, stores and offices, and held up everyone that they encountered, including traffic police, with their toy pistols. A donation as small as a penny earned you a Biff! Bang! button and relief from further assault. An afternoon parade followed, featuring police and military bands, personnel from the Algiers Naval Station, Jackson Barracks and more, and the Elks, dressed as western bandits. They fired “revolvers” during the parade while the banditti flitted among the sidewalks, coercing parade-goers to donate at “gunpoint.” Over 50,000 people showed up at City Park on July 4th for a day of carnival-like festivities with booths, a freak show, live music, children’s entertainment, athletic exhibitions and more.

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St. Charles Avenue Magazine July 2020  

St. Charles Avenue Magazine July 2020  

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