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On the Cover


Photographed by Jeffery Strout Above: Co-Chair Pat Denechaud and Komen New Orleans Affiliate Executive Director Lisa Plunkett; Pictured on Cover: President of the Board of Directors Elizabeth Williams; Co-Chair and Honorar y Board Member Dottie Reese; Co-Chair and Honorar y Board Member Kristi Post; Co-Chair and Board Member Holley Haag; and Windsor Cour t General Manager Ralph Mahana; for the 18th annual Susan G. Komen “Summer Cure Chef’s Wine Dinner.” Event Chairs Pat Denechaud, Holley Haag, Kristi Post and Dottie Reese and Event Coordinator Joe Briand will be hosting the 18th annual “Summer Cure Chef’s Wine Dinner” benefiting Susan G. Komen New Orleans at the Windsor Court Hotel on Friday, July 26. The event will honor five outstanding chefs who each will prepare a course paired with Wine Importers Extraordinaire. Individual tickets are $300 and Sponsor Tables start at $3,000. The Susan G. Komen New Orleans Affiliate mission is: “To save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.” The Komen New Orleans Affiliate includes Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Washington parishes. Komen New Orleans has funded over $6.4 million in local mission dollars for breast cancer screening, treatment and education projects since 1992. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 455-7310. Special thanks to Lisa Plunkett, Executive Director, Komen New Orleans Affiliate, for her invaluable assistance.

Our city is known for its food and drinks, so of course its Happy Hours are as diverse as the restaurants themselves. Learn more about the exceptional food, cocktails and wine, usually at bargain prices, at Happy Hours across the city – like this one from Domenica, starting on pg. 40.


Opulent Offerings Local happy hours bring cheap thrills BY JYL BENSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SAM HANNA


Self-Pampering as Self-Care The benefits of indulging BY KELCY WILBURN PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHERYL GERBER



In Every Issue




LOOP NOLA: Exploring, inspiring and empowering – outdoors


Arnold, Nia, Kali and Zuri : The roar has returned to Audubon Zoo


Summer Style


Great Grouper: Le Pavillon’s Executive Chef Derek McKenna shares its Coriander Dusted Red Grouper with Mango-Lime gastrique and Yukon Potato Mousseline


My Happy ’Hood: The land of tacos and margaritas


Laura Augusta Kamien Weds Benjamin Franklin Jacobs III: September 23, 1967






Ordemann – Smith Glitzy Golfing A sweet Southern party supporting Children’s Hospital welcomed 800 partygoers. 20 Beyond the Blooms NOMA brought more than 75 floral artists and innovators together to illuminate the modern New Orleans experience. 22 Art All Around NOCCA’s “Art & Soul” showcased the breadth of NOCCA talent for a block party and beyond. 24 Magnificent Musicality The “Opus Ball” and “Sponsor Dinner” treated patrons of the philharmonic to music and mingling. 26 The Pigs are Coming! Eleventh annual “Hogs for the Cause” served up barbecue with a mission. 28

Playwright’s Party The “Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival” celebrated the genius of Tennessee Williams and contemporary artists in a multi-day festival. 30


Mind, Body & Heart This year’s “Go Red for Women” empowered women to put themselves and their health first. 32

Emma Elizabeth Mathes: Archbishop Chapelle High School

Sharing Vision & Values This annual event commemorated the Daughters of Charity’s 185th anniversary. 34 Gala in Green More than 300 gathered to support Raintree Children & Family Services and honor Kathy Randall. 36 Soirées & Sips This gala marked 30 years of “Amazing Grapes” for Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. 38


Dat Dog & Son Of A Saint Partner: Interview with Paul Tuennerman, CEO of Dat Dog



Caitlin Sullivan: Special Events Manager, Contemporary Arts Center


Parke McEnery; Sponsoring Broker/ Partner, McEnery Residential, The McEnery Company; & Katherine Eshleman: Relator/Partner, McEnery Residential

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B E V ' S N OT E

Get ready to attend the Susan G. Komen “Summer Cure Chef ’s Wine Dinner” on July 26 at the Windsor Court! Thanks to our cover models: President of the Board of Directors Elizabeth Williams; Co-Chair and Honorary Board Member Dottie Reese; Co-Chair and Honorary Board Member Kristi Post; Co-Chair and Board Member Holley Haag; and Windsor Court General Manager Ralph Mahana (Co-Chair Pat Denechaud and Komen New Orleans Affiliate Executive Director Lisa Plunkett are pictured in On the Cover.). This is the event’s 18th year, and five outstanding chefs will each prepare a dish paired with Wine Importers Extraordinaire. Susan G. Komen New Orleans has made such a difference by meeting the critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Since 1994, they have funded over $6.4 million in local mission dollars for breast cancer screening, treatment and education projects. Get you tickets now by calling 455-7310.You don’t want to miss this amazing event! Check out our What’s Hot for Summer Style that will give you the perfect touch for your go-to outfit this season, including sweet seersucker and cool chiffon. After all of the fun in the sun, setting aside time for self care is a must, and the most relaxing self care is through being pampered! Whether you’re looking for relaxation or rejuvenation, we have tons of local options at all price points – even if you only have half an hour! We also have a great feature on local, modern, restaurant bar-oriented happy hours. Find your new favorite watering hole for the best deals on drinks and bites around town. Get ready to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at the fourth annual “Chicken Jam,” benefiting the Al Copeland Foundation. Proceeds will raise funds to support local immunotherapy trials throughout the Gulf South region. Al Copeland Jr. made his dad a promise to do everything he could to find a cure for the cancer that took his dad at such an early age! Enjoy yummy fried chicken and lots of other food to choose from. Children are welcome and tickets can be purchased online at The “New Orleans Antiques Forum” returns for its 12th year August 1-4. Presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection, the four-day program brings nationally renowned experts in fields such as antique furniture, clothing and textiles, silver and paintings for engaging talks that are sure to delight and inform collectors of all levels. This year’s inventive theme, “Fancy Footwork,” will explore the use of elegant bases in furniture and silver, animal motifs in decorative arts and even the conservation of Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. You can also participate in optional events, such as a pre-conference tour of public and private collections in the Baton Rouge area and a Sunday Jazz Brunch at Arnaud’s. Registration is required, and tickets sell quickly. Learn more and register today by visiting We are all so saddened by the death of our beloved Leah Chase. She was like a mother to us all with her wise advice, welcoming smile, incredible Creole dishes, intelligence, work ethic, love for our city and f ierce love for her family and her friends! She and her husband Dooky were a great team. Dooky Chase Restaurant served Presidents, kings, civil rights leaders, politicians and regular people who were all treated in the same loving way! As Leah said, “We changed the course of history over a bowl of gumbo and fried chicken.” We will miss this American treasure; there will never be another Leah Chase! The hole in our hearts is huge. All we can do is try to make this a better place in her honor!

Beverly Reese Church


This photo was taken July of 2016 at Dooky Chase Restaurant. Genevieve Trimble was celebrating her 95th bir thday and Leah was 93. Ruthie Frierson and I planned to get these two amazing legendar y women together, and Leah set up the Gold Room for the celebration. I gave Leah the sunflower centerpiece. Gen gave Leah an autographed copy of her recently published book Afton Villa: The Birth and Rebirth of a Nineteenth Century Garden. Leah gave Gen autographed copies of her cookbooks. The two became fast friends. I can only say once again how much we will miss the iconic Leah Chase.


M O R G A N ' S N OT E

July in New Orleans often feels like a slog. The heat makes it hard to be out and about, and if it doesn’t feel like you’re walking through a wall of water because of the humidity, you’re actually walking through water while it rains. Many people leave town for as long as possible, escaping to either cooler climates or places with cool water. But there’s a certain kind of elegance in allowing the weather to determine what you do and the pace at which you do it. The term self-care is thrown around often these days, encouraging us to give more time to things that sustain us and make us feel good. Our feature on the benef its of indulging isn’t just a list of spa treatments, it’s a discussion of local rejuvenations that will make you feel more like yourself. After you’re refreshed, read about local Happy Hours that are raising the bar on opulent dining at a sweet price, and then schedule time at some of them with the person or people that make you feel most heard and loved – that’s also self-care! The past few years I’ve noticed that if I spend too much time driving, the tops of my hands begin to feel sunburned very quickly. I know that I should be wearing sunscreen whether I’m outside or not, but as I age the list of things I’m supposed to be putting on my skin keeps growing and some mornings it just feels like a step too far. Recently, however, I’ve discovered two sunscreens that are lightweight and easy to use that don’t leave me feeling like I have a layer of oil on top of my skin. (Note: I haven’t been paid to endorse these products, I just really enjoy them.) Glossier’s Invisible Shield (available Glossier. com) is a watergel formula with SPF 35 that seems to instantly absorb with no greasy residue, that they say “also works to neutralize harmful free radicals, and keeps pollutant junk from getting in there in the first place.” The second is a cult favorite from Japan called Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Sunscreen (available It has an SPF of 50+, smells lightly of lemons and is immensely hydrating without any greasy feel. My son turns two this month, and he’s old enough now to go on “adventures” with me to the grocery, around the block to check out a new shop or for a drive to a playground. I f ind myself taking him places that I dread going or have dismissed to see them through his eyes. The grocery store, for example, is an overwhelming series of colors and smells that need to be explored. A new-to-us playground offers the chance to say hello to someone new or to use our bodies in ways we may never have before when climbing or, in my case, ducking under and around structures. And if all else fails and the heat has sapped us of our wonder, then it’s time to get in line for a snowball and try a new f lavor to f ind it all over again. Grab some sunscreen and go out and f ind your wonder this summer, and let me know what it is:!

Morgan Packard Griff ith


July 6 Fourth annual “Chicken Jam,” benefiting Al Copeland Foundation, 620-3727, AlCopelandFoundation. org/chicken-jam 13 “Mr. Legs XIX,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7134 23 “Casa Argentina’s Tango and Dinner,” benefiting Casa Argentina, 237-1093 26 18th annual “Susan G. Komen Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner,” benefiting G. Komen New Orleans, 455-7310 27 “You Night Cancer Survivor Runway Show & Celebration,” benefiting You Night Events, (877) 591-5936, extension 3


LOOP NOLA Exploring, inspiring and empowering – outdoors By Catherine Freeman

There is a little-known crisis affecting children in our city, state and country. While not a medical diagnosis, the growing epidemic called Nature Deficit Disorder highlights the alarming lack of time today’s children spend outdoors. According to the Child Mind Institute, the average American child is said to spend a mere four to seven minutes per day in play outdoors, and a whopping seven hours per day in front of a screen. Finding this incredibly disturbing, I was elated to discover local nonprofit LOOP NOLA (Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program), founded to combat the trend by providing positive, life-changing outdoor adventures to New Orleans’ children and youth regardless of their family income, physical limitations or experience. LOOP NOLA’s Executive Director Jon Skvarka’s contagious passion for the outdoors was evident from the moment we met, leading me to believe the over 2,700 students from second through 12th grades in Orleans and Jefferson parishes that participated in LOOP NOLA programs this year were undoubtedly equally inspired. He explained the organization’s beginnings in 1997 as a city-financed NORD program and how ultimately, after state funding cuts, became its own nonprofit in 2015, now dependent on individual, corporate and foundation giving. In his third year as Executive Director, Skvarka and his highly qualified staff, all with extensive outdoor and nonprofit backgrounds, are making the outdoors more equitable for underserved, urban children and youth so everyone can experience the physical and mental health


Third graders from Samuel J. Green Charter School at Fontainebleau State Park

benefits of outdoor recreation along with the joy and wonder that are created in natural spaces. LOOP NOLA provides three opportunities for youth: half, full-day or overnight custom programs with a sliding payment scale for charter, public and private schools; afterschool outdoor Adventure Clubs; and an Outdoor Ambassador summer internship program. Through partnerships with local and state parks, school groups can participate in adventure-based activities such as LOOP NOLA’s ropes course, hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping, plant and wildlife identification and wetlands ecology programs. Offering a higher level of mentoring and leadership for older students, the Adventure Clubs and Ambassador Internships cultivate new local leaders who will share their love of the outdoors with the next generation. Using the outdoors as their tool, LOOP NOLA develops students’ emotional and social skills by empowering them through physical and mental challenges, thus inspiring development of a lasting relationship with the outdoors. The added benefits are immense from decreasing stress, increasing creativity and cognitive ability, improving mental health and improving academic achievement.

Ninety-five percent of partner teachers felt the LOOP NOLA programs made participants feel safe and welcome outdoors, more confident in themselves, more self-aware and more respectful of natural areas. One sixth grader shared, “LOOP NOLA helps us do things we don’t think we can do. I was scared to get in the canoe, but by the end I really liked being on the water.” Secluded in a forest in City Park, LOOP NOLA also boasts a Challenge Course facilitated by LOOP NOLA staff that offers adults three courses with low and high elements to develop cooperation, goal setting, leadership and self-confidence with facilitation. The Challenge Course is ideal for corporate, church or other groups wanting a unique and dynamic team building experience without having to leave the city. And fees support LOOP NOLA’s mission. “This nature thing is crazy! But I like it,” a third grader gushed. Thank you LOOP NOLA for changing lives by believing in the power of the outdoors. n

A little more... For more information or to support LOOP NOLA, visit or call 330-5369



Arnold, Nia, Kali & Zuri The roar has returned to Audubon Zoo By Brittany Kennedy


Norris painted a mural depicting lions, zebras and other animals in the Tingatinga style, which originated in Tanzania but spread to East Africa and features bright saturated colors (usually created with bicycle paint) and surrealist images. While the exhibit aims to highlight these cultural traditions, it also shows how the modern world has had a huge effect on lions in the wild. A replica of a 1920s-era train station offers panoramic views of the habitat as well as places with up-close views of the lions. However, the station is also meant to highlight how modern travel brought man closer to the animals, which also brought poaching and exploitation of Africa’s natural resources. Trying to create a counterpoint, mock train cars have become research stations that teach young and old about lion conservation and care. Audubon is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums “Species Survival Plan,” which aims to help save endangered species from extinction. The opening day event specifically helped raised money for the Ruaha Carnivore Project, which helps protect large carnivores, like lions, in Tanzania’s remote Ruaha region. There are only about 20,000 lions in the

world, making them a highly endangered animal, and Audubon hopes their exhibit will provide funding and outreach toward increasing that number. While this renovation and expansion of the zoo perhaps has made the biggest noise of late, it’s among several over the last few years that have transformed what were cramped and cage-like exhibits into expansive habitats that educate, as well as enthrall, patrons and visitors. The new elephant exhibit, the expanded Jaguar Jungle as well as the larger petting zoo have all been part of a comprehensive efforts to reconsider how the modern zoo can serve the vast amount of people that visit every year while maintaining a strong resolve to protect the animals that are both within its walls as well as those that are endangered in the far corners of the globe. n

Just the Facts ... Audubon Zoo Summer Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $19.95 for adults & $14.95 for seniors and children


While there are elements of Audubon Zoo that New Orleanians will always want to see – kids running down Monkey Hill, the Roman Candy Man and the fact that “they all axed for you,” just to name a few – today’s modern zoos are constantly changing and adapting to not only allow visitors to see animals but also to educate about conservation. The new lion exhibit embraces that very mission with its new pride of lions that recently made their debut in the Big Easy. On May 18, the zoo opened its new lion exhibit to the public, welcoming four new lions: a four-year-old male named Arnold and three-year-old sisters Nia, Kali and Zuri. These lions, however, are not the first at the zoo. The previous lion exhibit lasted until 2013, when male Bubba died of cancer and the female Cassie “retired” to the survival center that the zoo has on the Westbank. The goal since has been to bring the “roar” back to New Orleans, and a $5 million gift from philanthropists Joy and “Boysie” Bollinger made the expansive exhibit possible. The lions now have 12,000 square feet of roaming space and a 4,000square-foot holding facility. The exhibit is meant to resemble an African savannah with native trees and grasses. There are also large pieces of granite called “kopjes” that provide shade and a vantage point for the lions to both see and be seen by spectators. Every effort has been made for the exhibit to reflect the cultural traditions of the African savannah. Local artist Theresa



Summer Style By Amy Gabriel

Summertime in the Crescent City invites a dizzying bevy of outings. Pump up the personality on your accessories and outfits with attention-grabbing details that will outshine even the brightest sunny day.

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2. It is easy to envision a summer to remember when seen through rose gold-colored glasses like the Lynch by Salt. The Optical Shoppe, 800 Metairie Road, 301-1726,


3. Sophisticated gets a hip step up thanks to a pair of Haspel Marrero X G.H. Bass & Co. sneakers with seersucker details. Haspel,

5. Have a little fun in the sun in a geo palm leaf print bodysuit complete with a protective UPF 50+ material. The Bra Genie, 3054 N. Causeway Blvd., 644-2500,

4. This striped dress by Tata Naka is drama at its chicest. SOSUSU Boutique 3427 Magazine St., 309-5026,

6. You will be the talk of the dinner table when toting a red fringe horsehair Neely and Chloe bag. FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250


1. Throw yourself a little shade in a Paloma braided raffia sun hat from Mar Y Sol. $108. Swoon, 130 Harrison Ave., 516-2770


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pleated chiffon paneling on each side. Claudia Croazzo, 4214 Magazine St., 605-3005,

7. Be as festive as a fireworks show in a pair of GiGi red feather earrings with stone stud details. Hola Guava, 8. The ideal go-to look for picnics and strolls, The Casini shirt dress offers oversized kimono sleeves with

9. Crawfish boils are twice as nice when donning a pair of crawfish embroidered seersucker shorts. PERLIS, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681, 10. Your neck will be the next best thing to bottomless brunch mimosas when decked in a handmade Deepa Gurnani necklace with rose gold accents. Lukka Boutique, 711 O’Keefe Ave., 218-7113



Great Grouper Le Pavillon’s Executive Chef Derek McKenna shares its Coriander Dusted Red Grouper with Mango-Lime gastrique and Yukon Potato Mousseline Mango-Lime Gastrique

Fish Spice

1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil 1 teaspoon piquant peppers 1/4 teaspoon fresh jalapeños, minced 1 Tablespoon fresh ripe mango 1/2 teaspoon cilantro, chopped 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon lime zest 2 Tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 2 Tablespoons butter, coild Salt & pepper to taste

1 Tablespoon coriander 1 teaspoon fennel seed 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

PLACE avocado oil in pan and heat to medium. Add piquant and jalapeños, and sauté for 30 seconds. Add mango, cilantro, red pepper flakes and lime zest, and sauté for additional 30 seconds. Using the lime juice, deglaze your pan. Add brown sugar and reduce by half. Add butter and whisk until incorporated and sauce is more like a glaze. Salt and pepper to taste sweet and sour.

Yukon Potato Mousseline 3 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled, rinsed and cut into uniform portions 1/2 pound butter, cold 1 cup heavy cream  Salt to taste


Coriander Dusted Red Grouper 1 Red Grouper Fish Spice (*recipe above) 1 teaspoon avocado oil 1/2 teaspoon shallots, julienned 1/2 teaspoon fresh minced garlic

PAT grouper dry to insure a prefect sear. Dust one side with Fish Spice. Place 1 teaspoon avocado oil in a nonstick pan on high heat. Place coriander dusted grouper carefully into hot pan. Allow to sear until spices are caramelized and fish starts to have a solid sear. Place fish on a baking pan. Top with shallots, garlic and small amount of butter. Place into oven at 350 degrees. Cook until internal temperature is 155 degrees; time will vary.

To Plate Pipe Mousseline onto a plate. Use a spoon to put a tiny divot into the Mousseline. Place a small amount of Gastrique into divot. Place Grouper on top, spooning more Gastrique on top.


LE PAVILLON 833 Poydras St., 581-3111,

PLACE potatoes into a small pot of cold water at medium heat. Allow potatoes to become soft but not waterlogged. Heat cream up in separate pan, but don’t allow to boil. When potatoes are done, place them into a ricer or sleeve. Press though while adding butter. After all potatoes have been pushed though, use a rubber spatula to fold in the heavy cream until you get a smooth and velvet-like consistency. Season with salt.

COMBINE ingredients. Place in oven at 350 degrees. Toast for 4 to 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Put through a spice grinder.



My Happy ’Hood

Tacos from Juan’s Flying Burrito

The land of tacos and margaritas By Jyl Benson



I was 27 when I bought my home near Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue. That was 1996, and I still love it here. I never get bored. I have seen things change and, due to an astronomic property value uptick here on the “Sliver by the River,” there’s no way I could ever buy back into my neighborhood. Regardless, it doesn’t matter if my house is worth $1 or a $1 million; I’m not going anywhere, anyway. In addition to being highly walkable and largely unscathed by the Era of the Air B & B my neighborhood is loaded with restaurants, cafes, and bars of every sort. My daughter, Cecilia, now 22, literally cut her teeth on the menu at Taqueria Corona. Sure, the price of a Numero Tres, which was $6 or so back in the day, has gone up to $16.75, but it’s still a bargain that can easily feed two. Selections allow for customizing the platter – which comes with rice, beans and a grilled chicken salad – but the combination of a shrimp flauta, bean burrito and shrimp, fried fish and chorizo tacos delivers the best of the best. Today I must sometimes absorb the cost of a small pitcher of margaritas that I share with my daughter, but the richness of the memories we share, and continue to build, make it every dime I spend at Taqueria worth it.

Try This: I was there with Cecilia, then less than one month old and in a baby carrier, when Juan’s Flying Burrito opened in the Lower Garden District in 1997. Loosely based on the San Francisco Mission-style burrito joints that were hot back then, Juan’s differentiated itself with Creole-laced, kindasorta Tex-Mex-ish food to order and finished à la minute on the grill. Devoted to local food culture and value pricing, Juan’s has expanded over the years to offer its Hecho en NOLA sensibilities from four locations around town. I have remained a devoted patron and it became easier than ever for me to grab the tab for an excellent margarita or two with Cecilia when Juan’s opened a location on Magazine and Joseph streets a couple of years ago. Though most items on the menu ring in under $10, Tuesdays bring the ultimate Bargain Betty with $2 street-style tacos. Choose from Machaca beef debris, adobo chicken or tofu. Each is served on a white corn tortilla with cilantro, diced white onions and Cotija cheese. As though life in my happy little ’hood wasn’t blissful enough, Taceaux Loceaux, my favorite food truck, has opened its longanticipated brick and mortar location – not in the LGD on Celeste Street where Alex and Maribeth del Castillio originally intended, but better – four short blocks from my house. The avocado fries and the Seoul Man tacos (Bulgogi chicken, shredded cabbage, cilantro, pickled red onions and Sriracha aioli on flour tortillas), to which I’m

Every Sunday this summer, NOPSI Hotel’s Above the Grid rooftop pool and bar will be hosting a free, fun-filled day for locals to enjoy while soaking in the sun and enjoying healthy fare and Leinenkugel drink specials. With a lively DJ and water games, this should be a popular way to beat the heat this summer.

hopelessly addicted, are on the new menu as are all of the other cleverly named favorites including Carnital Knowledge (slow cooked pork, shredded cabbage, radish, cilantro and chipotle aioli on corn tortillas), Messin’ with Texas (seasoned slow roasted brisket, shredded cabbage, radish, cilantro, crema and salsa picante on flour tortillas), Southern Decadence (twice fried chicken skins, chow chow and Jezebel sauce on flour tortillas) and All Hat, No Cattle (seasoned beans and rice, shredded cabbage, radish, cilantro, crema and salsa picante on flour tortillas). The only difference now is they have additional vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, tot nachos, salads, a full bar and air conditioning. n JUAN’S FLYING BURRITO 5538 Magazine St., 897-4800, NOPSI 317 Baronne St., (844) 439-1563, TACEAUX LOCEAUX 737 Octavia St., 307-4747 TAQUERIA CORONA 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974,



Glitzy Golfing


A sweet Southern party supporting Children’s Hospital welcomed 800 partygoers. By Shelby Simon

The Sugar Mill set the stage for an elegant evening of Southern charm for this year’s “Sugarplum Ball” for Children’s Hospital. Playfully themed “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” the spectacular golf oasis setting invited guests to participate in games of miniature golf, delectable foods, fine beverages and a silent auction. A “19th Hole” VIP Party preceded the ball with catering by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group and music by the Harry Hardin Jazz Trio. More than 40 restaurants provided menu selections for guests, as well as beverages and desserts. Participating local favorites included Acme Oyster House, Clancy’s, Creole Creamery, Deanie’s, Drago’s, Galatoire’s, Haydel’s Bakery, Langenstein’s, Parkway Tavern, Pascal’s Manale, Superior Restaurant Group, Vincent’s Italian Cuisine, Zea’s Rotisserie and Bar and more. Karma provided entertainment in addition to a sensational silent auction filled with one-of-a-kind artwork, fine jewelry, vacation packages, sports memorabilia and more. Lisa Ballay and Karey Haslauer served as Co-Chairs. Community support from the Sugarplum Ball is essential to Children’s Hospital’s expansion and advancement of programs and services, purchasing new technology and equipment and assisting in funding life-saving projects. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Karey Haslauer and Lisa Ballay 2. Anthony Recasner with Cathy and Dana DeGeorge 3. Lou and Jill Fragoso with Kristin and Matt Schaefer 4. Ben Whitworth, Jamie Wiggins and Jonathan Brouk 5. Greg and Sarah Feirn with Marye and John Nickens 6. Tim Burdette, Wills Hover and Will Lemoine



WHAT: “Sugarplum Ball,” benefiting Children’s Hospital WHEN: Saturday, March 23 WHERE: Sugar Mill






Beyond the Blooms


NOMA brought more than 75 floral artists and innovators together to illuminate the modern New Orleans experience. By Shelby Simon

One of the most anticipated springtime events in New Orleans, “Art in Bloom 2019” showcased spectacular floral designs created by more than 100 exhibitors that remained on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art March 28-31, 2019. The annual “Art in Bloom Patron Party” and the subsequent “Preview Party” were held on Wednesday, March 27. With cuisine and libations from more than 25 top New Orleans restaurants and caterers, guests enjoyed an exclusive preview of the floral displays. Charles Kohlmeyer provided entertainment for approximately 1,000 attendees mingling amongst the art. The exhibitions featured more than 75 exhibitors in the following categories: Creative Designs, Exterior Designs, Garden Clubs, Ikenaba, Movers and Shakers, Professional Florists, Tablescapes and Young Artists. One of the distinguishing elements of the “Patron Party” is the silent auction, which featured an online component, allowing art enthusiasts to bid on more than 75 one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The featured auction item this year was a video installation by New Orleans artist Courtney Egan, whose work has been featured in the NOMA exhibitions “Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans” and “Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art.” Co-Chairs were Catherine Makk of the NOMA Volunteer Committee and Sweet Dupuy of The Garden Study Club. Lecturers included professional florists Putnam & Putnam and interior designer Nicky Haslam. Proceeds from “Art in Bloom” benefit education projects and exhibitions at NOMA and community projects of The Garden Study Club of New Orleans, including the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Long Vue House & Gardens, the historic parterre garden at the Beauregard-Keyes House, rain gardens at City Park and the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. n



Event at a Glance



WHAT: 31st annual “Art in Bloom 2019 Patron Party,” “Art in Bloom 2019 | Illuminations: Looking Within and Beyond,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art and The Garden Study Club WHEN: Wednesday, March 27 WHERE: New Orleans Museum of Art 1. Michael Putnam, Co-Chair Catherine Makk and Darroch Putnam 2. Rodney Smith, Frances Smith, Co-Chair Sweet Dupuy and Nicky Haslam 3. Hunter and Kaylea Hill with Anne Redd 4. Jennifer Heebe, NOMA Volunteer Chair Tommy Westervelt, Director Susan M. Taylor and Janice Parmelee, President NOMA Board of Trustees 5. Chris LaBato, Margaret LeCorgne and Donna and Paul Flower 6. Michael and Marley Le Bourgeois with President of the Garden Study Club Elly and Merritt Lane






Art All Around


NOCCA’s “Art & Soul” showcased the breadth of NOCCA talent for a block party and beyond. By Shelby Simon

The NOCCA Institute’s annual “Art & Soul” Gala offered top-notch entertainment featuring NOCCA alumni throughout the entire program, spanning from Press Street Station to 5 Press Gallery, the Solomon Family Hall and the block party along historic Homer Plessy Way. “Art & Soul” raises funds to support the programs of The NOCCA Institute, NOCCA’s nonprofit partner. The Patron Party, focused primarily in Solomon Family Hall, featured a special performance by Alexis and the Samurai. When the gala began and the Sasha Masakowski Family Quartet took the stage, the block party on Homer Plessy Way kicked off, too. NOCCA Jazz students performed along Homer Plessy Way, along with Visual Arts students drawing improv portraits and Creative Writing students penning on-the-spot poems. The event was emceed by Charles Divins from WDSU News. Also in attendance were “Art & Soul” Co-Chairs Boo Randle, NOCCA Institute Board Treasurer Clayton Randle, and Sophia Germer, who provided the cover art for this year’s invitation. The silent and live auctions featured vacation packages, artwork and one-of-a-kind experiences. Highlights of the live auction included week-long stays in Italy and Spain, rides in the 2020 Krewe of Orpheus parade and a Jaune Flyer Serigraph by Michalopoulos. Auctioneers were Dan Pruksarnukul, a NOCCA Musical Theatre faculty member, and Claire Elizabeth Thriffley, an “Art & Soul” Committee Member and owner of Claire Elizabeth Gallery. n



Event at a Glance

1. Ella Bright, Marion Bright and Meghan Donelon 2. Nan and Britt Galloway 3. David Hecht, Rebecca Hart and Steve Scandurro 4. Floyd and Rita Gue 5. Jennifer and Will Samuels 6. Stephen Stryjewski and David Slater



WHAT: “Art & Soul,” benefiting The NOCCA Institute WHEN: Saturday, March 23 WHERE: Press Street Station, 5 Press Gallery, Solomon Family Hall and along historic Homer Plessy Way






Magnificent Musicality


The “Opus Ball” and “Sponsor Dinner” treated patrons of the philharmonic to music and mingling. By Shelby Simon

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual “Opus Ball” was divided into two major events this year: the “Sponsor Dinner” on March 13 and the “Opus Ball” on March 23. The “Sponsor Dinner” was held at the iconic St. Charles Avenue mansion of Yulia and John Houghtaling. Cocktails were served in the open parlors of the living area with a seated dinner in the dining room. The room was illuminated by candles in the chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps, which brightened the multicolored f loral table arrangements designed by Dunn & Sonnier. A quartet from the LPO performed for the 300 patrons in attendance. Food and beverages were provided by Kenny Lacour of Grand Events of New Orleans and Dakota Catering of New Orleans and the Northshore, which included passed hors d’oeuvres of miniature crab cakes and duck confit and a dinner of smoked salmon with Louisiana caviar, dill-gin creme fraiche, lump crabmeat-French brie bisque, boeuf bourguignon purée de ponnes de terre rustique and romanesco with garlic and capers. Dessert offered a lemon sabayon with fresh raspberries and butter-toasted pound cake. The “Opus Ball,” held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, featured a Tribute to Fats Domino by the LPO orchestra led by Carlos Miguel Prieto. Davel Crawford was the featured vocalist. Anne Gauthier served as Chair of the “Opus Ball.” The Anne Gauthier Family Foundation and Yulia and John Houghtaling were Lead Sponsors. The “Opus Ball” benefits the expansion of LPO’s outreach programs by providing music education to residents of metro New Orleans and the surrounding Louisiana parishes. n



Event at a Glance

1. Lead Sponsor and Sponsor Dinner Hosts John and Yulia Houghtaling with Director Carlos Miguel Prieto 2. Stanford Pailet, Co-Chair Anne Gauthier, Marilyn Dittmann and Paul Leaman 3. Carlos and Jan Mickan with Paulette and Frank Stewart 4. Irwin Marcus and Angela Hill with Mimi Kruger and CEO James Boyd 5. Rivers and Kristin Lelong 6. Hugh and Krinsky Long with Sheila and President of the Board Dwight McGhee



WHAT: “Opus Ball,” benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra WHEN: Saturday, March 23 WHERE: Sheraton Hotel






The Pigs are Coming!


Eleventh annual “Hogs for the Cause” served up barbecue with a mission. By Shelby Simon

“Hogs for the Cause” kicked off the 2019 festival season in New Orleans with its 11th annual event on March 28-30. The second annual sold-out “Bacon Night” kicked off the festival on Friday, with teams serving up nearly two tons of Nueske’s bacon. Saturday welcomed a record-breaking crowd of both fans and competitors, featuring over 20 notable bands playing alongside 90 barbecue teams serving mouth-watering barbecue and vying for title of Grand Champion. The 2019 inductees into the Hog of Fame were revealed during the annual “Awards Ceremony” on Saturday at the New Orleans Lakefront Arena Grounds. This year’s “Hog of Fame” inductees were Bart Bacigalupi, Mike Ruoss, Bryan Fitzpatrick, Megan Medo, Brad Gottsegen, Craig Brewer and Dustin Alonzo. Music headliners for the 2019 event included both Trampled By Turtles and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Preceding the big festival, “Hogs for the Cause” and Link Restaurant Group presented a London-themed “Patron Party” entitled “The Pigish Invasion.” On Thursday, March 28, Calcasieu on Tchoupitoulas Street was turned into “BuckingHAM Palace” for the occasion, and elaborate costumes were worn by all! In bright, colorful robes, “The Beatles” made their grand entrance to the festivities: Co-Founders Becker Hall and Rene Louapre, Chairman of the Board Zandy Rainold and Gary Solomon. The Link Restaurant Group offered an array of “Pig’s Pub” snacks. British treats served included Scotch eggs, fish and chips and Yorkshire pudding. Cocktail offerings provided by Cure Co. included Pimm’s Cup and Old Fashioneds along with wine and beer provided by Southern Eagle, Diageo, Tito’s and Neat Wines. At “Hogs for the Cause,” the 11th annual “Ben Sarrat, Jr. Cook-Off” featured over 90 teams this year. The High on the Hog Grand Champion this year was team Aporkalypse Now, and the Top Fundraising Team was awarded to Fleur De Que. The festivities and barbecuing all supported “Hogs for the Cause,” which provides aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. n

WHAT: “Hogs for the Cause” WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30 WHERE: UNO Lakefront 1. Co-Founder Rene Louapre, Chairman of the Board Zandy Rainold and Co-Founder Becker Hall 2. Claire Thriffiley, Stephen Stryjewski, Lindsay Louapre and Emery Sonnier 3. Chelsea Cusimano, Heather Lolley and Brittany Hall




Event at a Glance




Playwright’s Party


The “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival” celebrated the genius of Tennessee Williams and contemporary artists in a multi-day festival. By Shelby Simon

The “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival” returned to the historic French Quarter for its 33rd annual celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theater and the works of Williams on March 27-31. The five-day event offered a range of diverse speakers and performers, including Dorothy Allison, Jami Attenberg, Bryan Batt, Jason Berry, Roy Blount Jr., Douglas Brinkley, Greg Brownderville, Alafair Burke, Robert Olen Butler, Patricia Clarkson, Maureen Corrigan, Michael Cunningham, Eve Ensler, Garth Greenwell, Silas House, Bernice L. McFadden, Daniel José Older, Hannah Pittard, Julia Reed, Justin Phillip Reed, Nathaniel Rich, Poppy Tooker, Kent Wascom and many more. Amongst the events, the dynamic staged reading of John Kennnedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces was sold out for all three performances at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. The theme for the annual Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading was “Before He Was Tennessee.” Dorothy Allison, Michael Cunningham and Bernice McFadden, amongst others, read literary gems by a young, unknown writer named Thomas Lanier Williams. The off-shoot festival, the Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival that occurs concurrently with the TW/NO Literary Festival, inducted Judy Grahn, Frank Perez, Cheryl Head and Michael Cunningham into their Literary Hall of Fame with the help of special presenter Ani DiFranco. Drummer and Smoke, returned with iconic New Orleans musicians Banu Gibson, The Tin Men and The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra led by Lars Edegran. Plus, singer Anais St. John presented her show Lulu White, based on the famous Storyville madam. The festival came to a close with the annual “Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest." The winner was Nathan Rayger of Minneapolis, Minnnesota. From the balcony, Eric Charleston and Cecile Monteyne entertained the crowd. n



Event at a Glance

1. (Front) Janet Duval and Dr. Kenneth Holditch with (standing) Lawrence Henry Gobble and Jeremy Lawrence 2. Dr. Kenneth Combs. Antoinette de Alteriis, Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton and Dr. Brobson Lutz 3. Paul Wilcox, Starr Hagenbring, Starr Chapman and Maria Arroyo



WHAT: The 33rd annual “Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival “ WHEN: Wednesday-Sunday, March 27-31, WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the French Quarter



Mind, Body & Heart


This year’s “Go Red for Women” empowered women to put themselves and their health first. By Shelby Simon

The 2019 “Go Red for Women Luncheon” highlighted the importance of heart health and served as a platform to educate women about the warning signs and risk factors of heart disease. The event, which welcomed 450 to the Hyatt Regency, focused on the connection between mental and physical health and encouraged attendees to take charge of their own health like they do in so many other aspects of their lives in order to enact real change in the rates of heart disease. The Circle of Red led attendees into the luncheon with a rousing second-line complete with Dancing Man. The Hyatt Regency New Orleans specially prepared a heart-healthy meal, featuring a salad course, a main course of salmon and a limoncello cake dessert. Katie Moore of WWL-TV served as the emcee. Dr. Sylvia Oleck and Dr. Colleen Johnson were Keynote Speakers. The Women in Medicine Honorees were: Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild, Dr. Danielle Gottleib-Sen, Dr. Sylvia Oleck, Dr. Daphne Ferdinand, Dr. Sabrina White, Dr. Takeisha Davis, Dr. Jheri Ducombs, Dr. Myra Kleinpeter, Dr. Cathi Fontenot and Dr. Adriana Nagy. The program also featured interactive health and education stations and a fashion show. The auction featured more than 30 “Purseanalities,” special purses filled with favorite items such as wine, jewelry, art, gift certificates and more. The “2019 Go Red for Women” Chair was Caitlin Cain. Beverly Matheney and Reagan Charleston Chaired this year’s Purseanality Auction and Janie Glade served as Patron Chair. Diane Lyons served as 2019 Circle of Red Chair. n



Event at a Glance

1. Circle of Red Chair Diane Lyons, “Go Red for Women” Chair Caitlin Cain, Kathleen Kennedy and Ileana Suquet 2. Christine O’Brien, Purseanality auction Co-Chair Beverly Matheney and Suzanne Whitaker 3. Holley Haag, Honoree Dr. Myra Kleinpeter and Keynote Speaker Dr. Sylvia Oleck



WHAT: “New Orleans Go Red for Women Luncheon,” benefiting American Heart Association WHEN: Friday, March 29 WHERE: Hyatt Regency



Sharing Vision and Values


This annual event commemorated the Daughters of Charity’s 185th anniversary. By Shelby Simon

Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans hosted its eighth annual “Keeping Our Promises” gala at The National World War II Museum’s U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The Patron Party began at 7 p.m. with entertainment by the One Shot Brass Band, and guests were treated to an interactive experience aboard the USS Tang Submarine, where they could relive the last epic battle of the USS Tang and feel a deeper appreciation for the bravery and sacrifice of those who served in the intense, confined world of underwater warfare. The gala, which included the presentation of the Inspired Cross Awards, a live fundraiser and a silent auction, immediately followed until midnight with entertainment by The Royal Essence Show Band. The four organizations honored with the Inspired Cross Award were: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Greater New Orleans Chapters; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s New Orleans Alumnae Chapter; LCMC Health; and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation. The award is presented annually to individuals and/or organizations that work with Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans to transform health care through innovation and belief in shared values. A live fundraiser was led by Michael Griffin, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans President and CEO, and Erica Spruille, Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans Fund Development Manager. A silent auction was held featuring unique offerings, including artwork, sports memorabilia and gifts such as artwork by Terrance Osborne, New Orleans Saints memorabilia, airline tickets, a custom Luca Falcone two-piece men’s suit, 1989 Professor Longhair Postal Cache from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation and a jewelry pull valued from $75 to $500, courtesy of Porter Lyons. Event cuisine was provided by the American Sector catering staff. Guests were also treated to an exquisite cake from Swiss Confectionery. Lauren Ryan and LaVerne Toombs served as Co-Chairs for this year’s gala. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chair LaVerne Toombs, Michael Griffin and Co-Chair Lauren Ryan 2. Carol Schmidt, Chelsea Graves and Pamela White 3. Sister Mary John Code, Bethany Bultman and Sister Bonnie Hoffman



WHAT: Eighth annual “Keeping Our Promises” gala, benefiting Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans WHEN: Saturday, March 23 WHERE: The National WWII Museum



Gala in Green


More than 300 gathered to support Raintree Children & Family Services and honor Kathy Randall. By Shelby Simon

The 10th annual “Paint the Town Green” gala for Raintree Children & Family Services honored Kathy Randall, longtime volunteer and supporter, for her service and support for our community’s most vulnerable children and youth. The event took place in the picturesque Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park. Floating calla lilies were illuminated in tall glass cylinders atop green satin table runners. Gold chiavari chairs and crisp white linens provided guests with an elegant dining experience to enjoy selections from more than a dozen restaurants, including: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, GW Fins, Antoine’s, Drago’s, Palace Café, Royal Sonesta Hotel, Haydel’s Bakery, La Louisiana, Pavilion of the Two Sisters, 12 Seasons Catering and Chateau Golf & Country Club. Guests also enjoyed music by The Yat Pack. An auction allowed guest to bid on over 100 items including a California Wine Country Vacation with airfare, a private in-home dinner, an original oil painting from Michalopoulos Gallery, a Navarre Beach vacation, jewelry and hotel and dining experiences. Debbie Alciatore-Empey, Lana Duke and Cindy Paulin served as Event Co-Chairs. Mark Romig served as Emcee. Raintree helps more than 300 at-risk children and youth each year through its programs: Raintree House, a safe home for abused and neglected foster girls; Raintree Family Support Coordination, which provides case management services for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays; and Raintree Family Care, providing foster children with a safe home in the community with a loving family. n



Event at a Glance

1. Event Co-Chair Debbie Alciatore-Empey and Mann Deynoodt 2. Event Co-Chair Cindy Paulin, James Micholopoulos and Event Co-Chair Lana Duke 3. Christine and Price LeBlanc with Jamie Moreau



WHAT: “Paint the Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children & Family Services WHEN: Friday, March 29 WHERE: Pavilion of the Two Sisters



Soirées and Sips


This gala marked 30 years of “Amazing Grapes” for Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. By Shelby Simon

More than 200 patrons gathered in the 1831 courtyard of the Hermann-Grima Historic House in the French Quarter for “Amazing Grapes” 2019. The classic courtyard features original garden beds and flagstone from when the home was built, beautiful brick walls and a historic open hearth kitchen. Patrons mingled underneath string lights in the courtyard to the sounds of traditional New Orleans Jazz by Smitti Supab. The event was catered by Broussard’s restaurant who served fresh Gulf fish, beef tenderloin, a Mediterranean spread and ravioli with Creole touches. Bittersweet Confections and Nothing Bundt Cakes donated desserts. Landry Vineyards hosted a wine tasting and donated wine. Libations were also donated by Pinhook Bourbon, Cajun Spirits Distillery, Urban South Brewery and Old New Orleans Rum. Patron table centerpieces were provided by the Martzolf Group. Auction items of note included a custom bench by Rivers Spencer, fine wines such as Opus One, Jazz Fest tickets, chartered fishing trip, a round of golf at Old Edwards Golf Club, a week in Perdido Beach, Florida and custom artwork. Community support from events such as “Amazing Grapes” helps Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses to expand and advance the organization’s mission of all-ages educational programming and the ongoing preservation of the institution. Merisa Aranas Pasternak and Amy Rosato Robertson served as Chairs. n



Event at a Glance

1. John Robertson, Co-Chairs Amy Rosato Robertson and Merisa Aranas Pasternak and Ryan Pasternak 2. Jody and Anne Guillot with Nancy and Michael Walshe 3. Sibby and Hunter Charbonnet



WHAT: “Amazing Grapes,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses WHEN: Friday, March 29 WHERE: Hermann-Grima Historic House







ew Orleanians of a certain age may recall when local “happy” hours came in three basic forms with slight variations thereof: Three-for-one well brand specials at The Boot, Friar Tucks, Hillary’s and Shanahan’s; the Friday evening “Sippin’ into Sunset,” the all-you-candrink for $10 booze fest hosted in the mid-1980s at a certain downtown hotel where IDs were never checked; and 50-cent bottles of Mickey’s Big Mouth malt liquor and bowls of greasy peanuts on Wednesday nights at Carrollton Station. By today’s standards those happy hours were, well, crappy hours. Restaurants targeted elderly diners with early bird specials featuring entrée discounts or free appetizers, and bars offered cheap drinks and stale nuts, chips and popcorn from randomly scattered communal snack bowls. The revival of cocktail culture blurred the line between the two, blessedly allowing for the evolution of the modern,

restaurant bar-oriented Happy Hour. In a city where restaurants have some of the best bars and bar food, this is as it should be, and the offerings and specials are as diverse as the restaurants themselves. We turn to them for the happiest happy hours with exceptional food, cocktails and wine, usually at bargain prices. Head to Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Mondays-Fridays, 5-7 p.m. for $5 bar snacks like Gulf shrimp spring rolls; tomato, bacon and shrimp Napoleons; mini beef Wellingtons; and mini seafood flatbreads. Five bucks will also get you a Dark & Stormy cocktail made with Gosling’s Black Strap rum and ginger beer or a McAfee’s Manhattan with Benchmark Bourbon, Dolin sweet vermouth and Reagan’s orange bitters. The Palace Cafe hosts its Happy Hour in the upstairs Black Duck Bar from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays with offers of half-off select small plates and half-off draft beer and wines on

tap. Around the corner at Bourbon House on weekdays from 4-6 p.m., freshly shucked oysters are $1 each. Wash them down with $3 Abita Amber on draft or half-price wine. Take in the beautiful view of Jackson Square any day from 2-5 p.m. at Tableau for $5 cocktails including the Dark & Stormy, Aperol Spritz, classic Daiquiri and French 75. Rule the Roost Bar during Bubbles at Brennan’s Happy Hour 2-7 p.m. MondaysThursdays, and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Fridays. Enjoy deeply discounted bottles from top Champagne vintners and premiere sparkling wine houses, plus bubbly cocktails for $7 and delicious bar snacks for under $15. And, don’t miss the weekly Champagne sabering every Friday evening at 5 p.m. Located on the first block of Bourbon Street, Red Fish Grill’s Oyster Bar offers $.75 freshly-shucked raw Gulf oysters, $3 local draft beer and $5 handshaken daiquiris Mondays-Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.




Looking over the gorgeous oaks of City Park in Ralph’s on the Park’s newly updated bar. Happy Hour is MondaysFridays, 3-7 p.m. and offers $5 featured wines by the glass, $3 craft beers and $5 dips and snacks including sweet potato hummus and truffle fries. Located in the Warehouse District, from 3-6 p.m. daily Briquette offers $5 glasses of house wine, $5 Refinery Margaritas, $8 South Peters Cosmos and $3 domestic beer. Five dollar small plates

include honey Dijon glazed bleu cheese-topped Brussels sprouts; mussels in a white wine cream sauce; rosemary pomme frites; grilled shrimp served atop seaweed salad; and Creole cream cheese ice cream. From 4-6 p.m. daily at Meril, $5 will get you your choice of select flatbreads, house liquors and select wines. Elegant, romantic Delmonico hits a happy note every day from 5-7 p.m. with $.99 char-grilled oysters, $5 small plates (candied bacon, STCHARLESAVENUE.COM 43



fried green tomatoes with remoulade, pancetta-wrapped gates, fresh sausage of the day, salmon rillettes, shrimp and corn beignets, deviled eggs of the day and French fries), and halfpriced specialty and house cocktails, all wines by the glass and select bottles of wine. Mondays-Fridays, 5-7 p.m., Emeril’s flagship restaurant offers small plates, wine pairings, house liquors and specialty cocktails, all for $5 each. The selection changes monthly, so check their website. Meanwhile, NOLA, Emeril’s long-time presence in the French Quarter, features select wines by the glass, house liquors, specialty cocktails and small plates, all available for $5 each. Small plates currently on offer are house-made Andouille sausage with wildflower honey mustard and jardinière; pork cracklin nachos with pâté, jalapeño-onion salsa, and queso; New Orleans hot frog legs with bread and butter pickles and garlic yoghurt; alligator sausage bao with house-made hoisin and kimchi; and quattro formaggio pizza with marinara and basil.


Also in the French Quarter, Arnaud’s French 75 Bar (2017 James Beard Foundation Award Winner for Outstanding Bar Program) hosts a Happy Hour every Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. with half-off select wines by the glass, $5 specialty cocktails and a bar menu with items ranging from $5 (savory palmiers with gruyere cheese, Chisesi ham and Dijon mustard) to $19.50 (a selection of four cheeses from St. James Cheese Company: Challerhocker, Point Reyes Blue, Ubriacone and Manchego). With its deep, graceful front porch and lush, verdant gardens, the impeccably restored and maintained historic Italianate raised center hall cottage that houses The Country Club offers a beautiful retreat from the outside world. Each of the three dining rooms is

Arnaud’s, 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, Bar 1908 at Pythian Market, 234 Loyola Ave., 481-9599, Bordeaux, 4734 Magazine St., 273-5747, Bourbon House, 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, Brennan’s, 417 Royal St., 525-9711, Briquette, 701 S. Peters St., 302-7496,

adorned with stunning hand-painted floral murals by local artist Cindy Mathis that walk the fine line between sexy and proper. Whimsical paintings by southern artist Louis St. Lewis are scattered throughout and highlighted by custom lighting that makes the works sparkle. Head to the oasis any day from 4-7 p.m. for $3 well drinks. Bar 1908, a fast craft bar in the Pythian Market food hall, hits the Happy Hour button seven days a week, 4-7 p.m. with $6 house wines, $5 draft beer, $18 draft pitchers and $7 Grand Temple Old Fashioneds and gin and tonics. On a quiet, tree-lined stretch of Magazine Street, Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco offers $6 pisco sours and house wine, $1 off all beers

and $8 shrimp ceviche and salmon crudo Mondays-Fridays, 3-6 p.m. Nearby Bordeaux offers $5 select wines by the glass and all cocktails for the same thrifty price Tuesdays-Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., and Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Domenica offers Happy Hours every day (including holidays) from 2-6 p.m. where all pizzas, wine by the glass, select beers and well cocktails are half-off. Every Sunday this summer, NOPSI Hotel’s Above the Grid rooftop pool and bar will be host to Sunday Swim Society, a free, fun-filled day for locals to enjoy friends and family while soaking in the sun and enjoying healthy fare and Leinenkugel drink specials. With a lively DJ, corn hole, giant Jenga board and more, this will be the hottest spot of the season. On Mondays from 9 p.m.-midnight the hotel’s Public Service Bar Industry Night brings music by DJ Marcus Lott, halfprice glasses of wine, $5 drafts, Boilermaker Specials starting at $5 and $12 Public burgers. As lovely as its namesake, Happy Hour at Sofia pops up every Tuesday through Friday, 4-7 p.m. This summer enjoy spritzes and Vodka Matteo Mules for $7, Peroni on draft for $4 and glasses of wine (red, white and sparkling) for $6. Small plates range $ 5-7 each and include meatballs, garlic bread, insalata, Margherita pizza, rosemary potatoes with chili aioli and olives.

The Country Club, 634 Louisa St., 945-0742,

Delmonico, 1300 St Charles Ave., 525-4937,

Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000,

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, 716 Iberville St., 522-2467,

Meril, 424 Girod St, 526.-745,

Red Fish Grill, 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200,

NOLA, 534 St Louis St, 522.6652,

Sofia, 516 Julia St., 322-3216,

NOPSI Hotel, 317 Baronne St, 844. 439.1463,

Tableau, 616 St Peter St., 934-3463,

Palace Cafe’s Black Duck Bar, 605 Canal St., 523.1661,

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco, 5015 Magazine St, 267-7612,

Domenica, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, Emeril’s, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393,


Self-Pampering as Self-Care THE BENEFITS OF INDULGING


Imagine yourself


a busy day and walking into a calm environment where you immediately don a soft robe and plush sandals. You enter a relaxation room where a glass of champagne or cup of hot tea awaits. After a few moments of quiet, you receive a restorative service, perhaps a Therapeutic Himalayan Salt Stone Massage or a Signature Seaweed Leaf Pedicure. Suddenly, you feel more balanced, rejuvenated. Suddenly, you feel “more like yourself,” says Giselle McBee, Co-Owner of Woodhouse Day Spa Metairie.


Aside from guilt, she notes another reason SPA ARIA AT HOTEL MONTELEONE

some people avoid self-pampering. The spa world can be overwhelming – it’s hard to know what products and treatments will be most beneficial and a worthwhile investment of time and money. “We’re here to guide you, whether it’s a single massage or facial all the way to a full-blown spa party with friends or family,” she says. As a mobile spa, Meli brings the experience of premier facial and body care to clients’ homes and events, customizing services – massages, facials, waxing, hair, makeup and more – that appeal to both spa savvy clients and guests receiving their first treatment. Kemp is passionate about self-care. “Self-care activities also help you to stay engaged with your parasympathetic system, leaving you in a restful and rejuvenating mode, as opposed to your body staying in sympathetic mode – guarding, increased heart rate, sustained tension in the muscles,” she says. She adds that when you

What you just imagined is how McBee paints the picture of a Woodhouse Day

regularly make time for you, you send a positive

Spa experience. She and other spa owners across the city curate these experiences

message to your subconscious that you matter.

and design these environments to not only create a space for self-pampering, but

“If you look better, you feel better, and it trickles

rather a space for self-care. While a spa experience can be indulgent – and there’s

into other aspects of your life: self-confidence,

nothing wrong with that – spa and salon professionals see the self-care benefits of

self-awareness, self-love,” says Kemp.

their services as the most important component.

At Spa Aria, located inside the Hotel Montele-

Feeling like yourself is crucial to positively navigating life’s challenges. More than

one, owners Sandy Blum and Cindy Cocke see

a “beauty” experience, services at Woodhouse and other spas are meant to heal the

self-care as a therapeutic way to combat the ill

mind, body and spirit. So why is it so hard to actively pursue a self-care regimen? Spa

effects of stress. When stressors overwhelm us,

and salon service providers credit guilt as one main reason a person will neglect their

they say, we tend to give up things that seem un-

care – guilt from taking time away from work, family and other obligations.

necessary or costly.

“Many people put others ahead of themselves, especially if they have a family,

“The reality is that during difficult times, self-

are taking care of elderly parents or are focused on building a career,” says Ellen

care is an absolute necessity to help weather

LeMaire, General Manager of Belladonna.

tough circumstances,” says Blum. “Combating

There is a common metaphor used in the industry to describe this dilemma: the

stress through frequent spa visits can not only

personal cup or bucket. Instead of trying to fill our own cup or bucket, we have a

be a preventative measure to avoid more doctor

tendency to try and fill others’. However, you can’t effectively fill another’s if your

visits, they can save money and are much more

own bucket is empty. Self-care refills your bucket, giving your body the rest and

pleasant, too,” she says.

rejuvenation it needs to continue being there for yourself and for others. “Anything important in life takes commitment,” says LeMaire. Self-care is no

Blum and Cocke recommend weekly or monthly massages first and foremost. If clients aren’t

different. Regimens can go a long way in providing the nourishment that the body

comfortable with a full body massage, their next

needs, whether through regular massages, facials or other services.

recommendation is a foot massage, which Blum

“A monthly or bimonthly massage will provide benefits such as stress reduction, sleep improvement, immunity enhancement and elimination of toxins in the body. Adding essential oils can improve congestion and increase energy,” says LeMaire. Stefanie Kemp, Owner of Meli, A Traveling Spa, likes to use the metaphor of the body as a car or your main mode of transportation. “How can you drive if there’s no fuel in the tank or air in the tires?” she says. Transportation requires maintenance.

says can bring the body back to balance. Facials are also an important choice. “A good facial leaves skin with a vibrant glow, clears it of pollutants that build up and boosts the lymphatic system and circulation. Many people may not realize that the skin is the largest organ and it deserves attention,” says Blum.

Spa Aria offers a local’s discount of 10 percent off services MondaysThursdays. The newly renovated spa also features a retail area with skin and beauty products in addition to local gifts and candles as well as toiletries and makeup for hotel guests and neighborhood residents. While the health benefits of a massage or facial may be more easy to pinpoint, there are also benefits to beauty services and products,

express services for those conscious of time and cost. “I wanted to create an environment that was all-inclusive and offered a variety of price points,” says McNeal. McNeal recommends skin care services such as the Dermaplane Facial as a high-impact repeated service. Exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, it creates a smoother texture and fresh-faced appearance.

such as hair coloring, blow-outs, manicures and pedicures. According

“It really creates a healthy glow and is a nice alternative to

to Emily LaBorde, Proprietor of BLEU, a Blowdry Bar, there are a lot of

Microdermabrasion or chemical peels,” she says. As a nail tech,

reasons one might neglect their hair or body in summer – everything from

McNeal also sees the benefits of regular manicures especially for

strained budgets to vacationing, to carting kids around to and from camp.

those wearing gel polish, which is best removed professionally to

“The simple joy of having 45 minutes to yourself is a treat. Combine that with BLEU’s luxurious blowout experience – which not only

avoid damage to the nail. Also taking a one-stop approach to self-care is Chronos Body

leaves you with fabulous hair but that fresh boost of confidence as

Health Wellness, which incorporates a variety of spa, med spa, fitness

you sashay out – and it’s truly the best $40+ you’ll spend all week,”

and other services in-house. Their team of professionals includes

says LaBorde. Additional services such as a scalp massage or hair

physicians and medical staff in addition to estheticians, trainers

mask can be added for an extra luxurious boost.

and coaches, massage therapists and more. At Chronos, everyone’s

While a confidence-boosting great hairdo benefits the mind and spirit, BLEU also features products that help improve hair strength and health. “We are excited to offer the Olaplex Blowout Experience, a six-step

journey begins with a consultation. After discussing your goals and budget, a wellness plan is devised. “Self-care is often neglected because people think they can’t

treatment process using all Olaplex products followed by our BLEU

afford it. But we have something for everyone,” says Kelly Alberado,

signature round-brush blowout. Super concentrated products work

Spa Concierge. Chronos offers varying memberships that include

on a modular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair caused by

combinations of services at discounted prices. Whether you’re looking

chemical and thermal damage,” says LaBorde.

for relaxation services or skin rejuvenation, you can find a monthly

At Mia Bella Beauty Lounge, owner Mia McNeal tries to make selfcare convenient so that it doesn’t take a back seat in clients’ lives. As

package to suit your goals, whether that’s losing weight, restoring vitality, finding peace, getting fit or defying age.

a one-stop shop for hair, nails and skincare needs, Mia Bella offers

“We’re like a family here,” says Alberado. “We love making people feel

a comprehensive menu of salon services in addition to a range of

good – when they leave with a smile on their face, it’s so rewarding for us.”




Belladonna 2900 Magazine St. 891-4393

Mia Bella 745 Baronne St. 510-5963

BLEU, a Blowdry Bar 701 Metairie Road, Suite 112-2A, Metairie 309-5999 5228 Magazine St. 325-5625

Spa Aria at Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal St., 2nd Floor 523-9990 

Chronos 3200 N. Arnault Road, Metairie 267-4549


Woodhouse Day Spa 4030 Canal St. 482-6652 NewOrleans. (Woodhouse Metairie – Coming Soon)

Meli 676-1122



gallery insider PRIVATE ART DEALER


Barnett Fine Art 504.524.2922

Ashé Cultural Arts Center 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard 504.569.9070

ALGIERS POINT Rosetree Blown Glass Studio 446 Vallette Street 504.366.3602 ARABI Studio Inferno 6601 St. Claude Avenue 504.945.1878 FB: Studio Inferno BYWATER Antenna Gallery 3718 St. Claude Avenue 504.298.3161 Dr Bob Folk Art Studio & Gallery 3027 Chartres Street 504.905.6910 Good Children Gallery 4037 St. Claude Avenue 504.975.1557 The Front 4100 St. Claude Avenue COVINGTON Saladino Gallery 409 East Boston Street 504.236.8827 Tripolo Gallery 323 North Columbia Street 985.789.4073


Matthew Clayton Brown 1724 St Andrew Street 504.522.5058 FRENCH QUARTER A Gallery for Fine Photography 241 Chartres Street 504.568.1313 Adorn 610 Royal Street 504.680.0133 FB: Le Jardin / Adorn Angela King Gallery 241 Royal Street 504.524.8211 Antieau Gallery 927 Royal Street 504.304.0849 Art in Bloom Gallery & Studio 830 Chartres Street 504.495.8635 Bee Galleries 319 Chartres Street 504.587.7117 Bruce Brice Gallery 2611 Chartres Street 504.949.4294 Caliche & Pao Gallery 312 Royal Street 504.588.2846



Patricia Latter Barnett established Barnett Fine Art, LLC in January 2003. Through Barnett Fine Art, Patty offers a unique approach to art collecting with access to your favorite artists, as well as new, emerging talents to enhance or broaden your collection. Because services are provided without a brick-and-mortar location, prices compare favorably to galleries. Visit for a sample of available artists and work then call 504.524.2922.

DR. BOB FOLK ART STUDIO & GALLERY 3027 Chartres Street 504.905.6910 BYWATER

Most well known for making “Be Nice or Leave!” part of the New Orleans vernacular, Dr. Bob is a self-taught visionary artist who has occupied his 9th Ward studio since 1991. His paintings, carvings and assemblages celebrating flora, fauna, architecture, food, music and people can also be found in the Smithsonian, the Brooks Museum of Memphis and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art House of Blues collection. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Parking on site.


St. Charles Avenue is a proud sponsor of Hancock Whitney White Linen Night – Celebrating 25 Years. We hope you find the Gallery Insider guide of art galleries listed by neighborhood helpful as you enjoy Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, Dirty Linen Night, Art for Arts’ Sake in October, a first Saturday opening or a summer weekend stroll through the Warehouse Arts District, the French Quarter, Magazine Street or other places around town where art can be appreciated.



831 Chartres Street, 504.345.2243, Creason’s Fine Art Gallery, located at 831 Chartres Street, 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.

HEMMERLING GALLERY OF SOUTHERN ART 733 Royal Street504.524.0909,


Calling all teachers! Join our “Just Imagine Kindness Challenge” for schools. What a great way to start the new school year. Become a part of the movement. To learn more, call the Hemmerling Gallery at 504-524-0909 or email Image: “Circle of Friends.”


721 Royal Street, 504.527.0703, FRENCH QUARTER

Peter O’Neill’s gallery in the French Quarter has been a top destination among visitors for 10 years. Along with depictions of New Orleans culture and landmarks, visitors are surrounded by the rich emotions of his figurative work. Collected internationally, O’Neill’s work is displayed in hundreds of public and private collections. Image: “Jackson Square at Night”



Callan Fine Art 240 Chartres Street 504.524.0025

Harouni Gallery 933 Royal Street 504.299.4393

Claire Elizabeth Gallery 131 Decatur Street 504.309.4063

Hemmerling Gallery of Southern Art 733 Royal Street 504.524.0909

Craig Tracy Gallery 827 Royal Street 504.592.9886 Creason’s Fine Art Gallery 831 Chartres Street 504.345.2243


221 Dauphine Street, 504.615.1752,


Pamela Marquis’ gallery and studio reside in the heart of the French Quarter. Marquis is a self-taught artist who got her start in the world of art through float painting. Over the past 25 years, this experience has led Marquis to develop an appreciation for light, texture and bold, contrasting colors. These attributes come together to create pieces that capture the essence of New Orleans. Visitors are welcome to enjoy Pamela Marquis’ gallery and working studio Thursday through Monday, from 10-5:30.

Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-Op 912 N. Peters Street 504.412.9220 Elliott Gallery 540 Royal Street 504.523.3554 Galerie Rue Royale 541 Royal Street 504.581.6925 Gallery Burguieres 736 Royal Street 504.301.1119 Gallery Orange 819 Royal Street 504.875.4006 Gallery Rinard 611 Royal Street 504.522.6536 Gallery Two 831 Royal Street 504.513.8312 George Rodrigue Studios 730 Royal Street 504.581.4244


221 Royal Street, 504.586.0202,


Fine art gallery featuring original works from the old masters – Durer, Rembrandt – and masters of the Belle Époque – Cheret, Lautrec, Mucha – to the modern masters – Picasso, Dalì, Miro, Matisse, Chagall – as well as the biggest names in Post War Contemporary Art – Warhol, Francis, Frankenthaler – along with a carefully curated group of renowned contemporary artists including Chilean minimalist Josè Basso, Tommaso Ottieri, Mr. Brainwash, Bruno Zupan, David Drebin, Gerhard Richter and Damien Hirst. Sculpture by Paige Bradley, Gustavo Torres and Christopher Schulz. 52 ST. CHARLES AVENUE JULY 2019

Graphite Galleries 936 Royal Street Cell: 505.577.7873 Gallery: 504.565.3739 Great Artists’ Collective 815 Royal Street 504.525.8190

Kako Gallery 536 Royal Street 504.565.5445 Kezic Gallery 337 Royal Street 504.298.1096 Kurt E. Schon, Ltd. Fine Paintings 510/520 St. Louis Street 504.912.2022 504.524.5462 Le Jardin 612 Royal Street 504.680.0133 FB: Le Jardin / Adorn Lozano & Barbuti Gallery 313 Royal Street 504.581.2428 M. Sani Art Gallery 823 Royal Street 504.529.1640 M.S. Rau Antiques 630 Royal Street 888.502.9460 Martin Lawrence Galleries 433 Royal Street 504.299.9055 Martin Welch Art 223 Dauphine Street 504.432.1423 Michalopoulos Gallery 617 Bienville Street 504.558.0505 Modernist Cuisine Gallery 305 Royal Street 504.571.5157 O’Neill Studios 721 Royal Street 504.527.0703


Oleander on Royal 1000 Royal Street 504.561.8860 606.422.6893 Pamela Marquis Studio 221 Dauphine Street 504.615.1752 Red Truck Gallery 940 Royal Street 504.522.3630 Scene by Rhys Art Gallery 708 Toulouse Street 504.258.5842 Sutton Galleries 519 Royal Street 504.581.1914 Tanner Gallery and Studio 830 Royal Street 504.524.8266 The Jamie Hayes Gallery 617 Chartres Street 504.596.2344 Vieux Carre Fine Art Gallery 507 St. Ann Street 504.522.2900 Windsor Fine Art 221 Royal Street 504.586.0202 GARDEN DISTRICT Anton Haardt Gallery 2858 Magazine Street 504.891.9080 Gallery B. Fos 2138 Magazine Street 504.444.2967 Rhino Contemporary Crafts Co. 2028 Magazine Street 504.523.7945 Terrance Osborne Gallery 3029 Magazine Street 504.232.7530 1920 Magazine 1920 Magazine Street 504.644.2451

GRETNA Art by Christy Gallery 603 Lafayette Street Call/Text Brock: 504.274.9622 Only Text Christy: 504.339.7934 LOWER GARDEN DISTRICT Coup d’Oeil Art Gallery 2033 Magazine Street 504.722.0876 David Spielman Gallery 1332 Washington Avenue 504.899.7670 Ellen Macomber Fine Arts 1516 Magazine Street 504.314.9414 New Orleans Photo Alliance 1111 St. Mary Street 504.513.8030


3029 Magazine Street 504.232.7530 GARDEN DISTRICT

You’ll get sensory overload when you visit Terrance Osborne Gallery. Lavender fills the air. A silky shag rug sits beneath a huge bed-like beanbag. Familiar local flavored music hits your ears and Osborne’s art is like eye-candy. Every work of art has a story and some are even interactive. Best of all, if you visit on Friday or Saturday you’re likely to meet the artist and he’ll personally tell you all about it!

Studio Amanda Talley 1382 Magazine Street 504.595.3136 MARIGNY Barrister’s Gallery 2331 St. Claude Avenue 504.710.4506 Scott Edwards Photography Studio & Gallery 2111 Decatur Street 504.610.0581 Second Story Gallery 2372 St. Claude Avenue, Suite 251 504.940.1130 Skimmer Studios by Ross Lunz 1241 Frenchman Street 504.450.0484 Staple Goods 1340 St. Roch Avenue 504.908.7331 UNO St Claude Art Gallery 2429 St. Claude Avenue 504.948.6939

THE GALLERY SALON AND SPA 6312 Argonne Boulevard 504.482.2219,


The Gallery Salon & Spa is located in the heart of Lakeview. This full-service locally owned day spa and salon operates within an eloquent contemporary art gallery. The art varies from established to up and coming artists. The unique experience they offer allows for customers to enjoy a wide variety of services while taking in the unique, colorful pieces throughout the salon and spa. Like @thegallerysalonandspa on Facebook to find out about upcoming exhibits and shows. STCHARLESAVENUE.COM 53


MID-CITY ArtEgg Studios 1001 S. Broad Street 504.822.4002

Newcomb Art Gallery Tulane University Woldenberg Art Center. 6823 St. Charles Avenue 504.865.5328

New Orleans Museum of Art 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle 504.658.4100

Pollack Glass Studio 4132 Magazine Street 504.875.3267


Thomas Mann Gallery I/O in Exile 500 Napoleon Avenue 504.581.2111

Alex Beard Studio 3926 Magazine Street 504.309.0394

THOMAS MANN GALLERY I/O IN EXILE 500 Napoleon Avenue, 504.581.2113,


After 30 years in the Lower Garden District, artist Thomas Mann has packed his bags and headed Uptown! This next step in Mann’s storied career has him in a live/work space in the former illustrious Rose Tattoo bar, across from Tipitina’s. This revolutionary retail environment is an engaging experience where every detail expresses Mann’s design aesthetic, from his meticulously designed interiors and jewelry, to the work of other jewelry artists and handmade gifts that he selectively curates.

Alexis Walter Art 5702 Magazine Street 504.568.0316 Ashley Longshore Gallery 4537 Magazine Street 504.333.6951 Carol Robinson Gallery 840 Napoleon Avenue 504.895.6130 Cole Pratt Gallery 3800 Magazine Street 504.891.6789 Dee Dee Martin Gallery 3426 Magazine Street 504.214.9372 Esom Gallery 3935 Magazine Street 225.202.6405 225.202.6406 Frenchy 8328 Oak Street 504.388.8823 Guthrie Contemporary Gallery 3815 Magazine Street 504.897.2688

BEATA SASIK ART GALLERY 541 Julia Street, 504.322.5055,

Kevin Gillentine Gallery 3917 Magazine Street 504.891.0509 WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT

Sasik Gallery is a colorful, artist owned gallery located in The Arts District. Sasik is an American painter, jeweler and enamellist working in oils, silver and vitreous enamel. You will find large and miniature paintings and one-of-a-kind jewelry in the gallery. The mission of the gallery is to uplift through art in a relaxed nonchalant atmosphere. The gallery’s upbeat positive vibe is loved by locals and tourists alike. Stop by to experience it for yourself. 54 ST. CHARLES AVENUE JULY 2019

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts 5256 Magazine Street 504.899.8111

Billy Solitario Fine Art 4531 Magazine Street 504.905.4175 Sidewalk Side Studio 3645 Magazine Street 504.899.4687 Tami Curtis Gallery 5523 Magazine Street 985.789.2214 WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery 535 Julia Street 504.524.3233 Arthur Roger Gallery 432 Julia Street 504.522.1999 Beata Sasik Gallery 541 Julia Street 504.322.5055 Boyd | Satellite 440 Julia Street 504.581.2440 Callan Contemporary 518 Julia Street 504.525.0518 Contemporary Arts Center 900 Camp Street 504.528.3805 Gallery 600 Julia 600 Julia Street 504.895.7375


George Schmidt Gallery 626 Julia Street 504.592.0206 JONATHAN FERARRA GALLERY 400a Julia Street 504.522.5471 LeMieux Galleries 332 Julia Street 504.522.5988 M Contemporary 612 Julia Street 504.523.2022 Mac-Gryder Gallery 615 Julia Street 504.322.2555


In 1985, French painter Françoise Gilot sought to express herself in a new medium. She embarked on a series of monoprints, or monotypes, using variations on elaborate lithographic techniques. Combining specially mixed inks with collage, Gilot created several series of mesmerizing, oneof-a-kind artworks rich in symbolism and full of luminous colors and textures. These artworks are complex, layered and elaborately constructed; they must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Opening reception on August 3 during W”hite Linen Night.” Image: Polarities (2009), Monotype with collage on Rives paper, signed & dated L/R, Size: 22 x 30”


Martine Chaisson Gallery 727 Camp Street 504.302.7942

925 Camp Street 504.539.9650,

New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking Studio 727 Magazine Street 504.529.7277


Visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art now through September 8 to experience “Piercing the Inner Wall: The Art of Dusti Bongé.” Widely considered to be the first Mississippi artist to work consistently in the Modernist style, this groundbreaking exhibition presents paintings, drawings and sculptures from her extensive and experimental career. Come See the South!

Octavia Art Gallery 440 Julia Street 504.309.4249 Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp Street 504.539.9650 Søren Christensen Gallery 400 Julia Street 504.569.9501 Stella Jones Gallery 201 St. Charles Avenue #132 504.568.9050 Steve Martin Fine Art 624 Julia Street 504.566.1390 ONLINE GALLERIES Brad Thompson Fine Art 985.640.2354 Melissa Bonin 337.380.6927


Søren Christensen is located on Julia Street in the heart of the New Orleans Arts District featuring contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography by artists from the region and beyond. The gallery offers complimentary consultation services to the trade, corporate and private collectors, including space planning/design and collection curation. They have a large inventory of work in a variety of price points, medium and styles, and offer digital renderings to aid in the selection process. Image: Flotsam mixed media on panel by Rose Thome Casterline



Laura Augusta Kamien weds Benjamin Franklin Jacobs III September 23, 1967 By Bev Church

Augusta Kamien was a freshman at Newcomb College and was walking along the quad carrying her piano books (she was going to play the organ in Newcomb Hall) when Ben Jacobs spotted her. Ben was in Tulane Medical School and music has always been a lifelong passion of his. He was smitten with Augusta and found out her name and how to contact her. He asked her out and she said no, but about


four months later, he tried again and asked her to go to the symphony. This time she said yes. The next date was to dinner at Antoine’s during Mardi Gras. As they came to the restaurant, there was a huge line. Ben, whose family practically lived at Antoine’s, went into the kitchen to find their favorite waiter, Abraham, and Augusta found herself whisked to the front of the line and in the door. She was

from a small town – Cleveland, Mississippi – and was definitely impressed! They dated for a little over a year and Ben popped the question by surprising her with a Tulane Bookstore bag. When she opened it up, there was a ring! Ben had already called Mr. Kamien and Augusta said yes! Augusta’s mom went into high gear and chose almost everything, but Augusta picked out her dress. The gown was made


with French illusion over white satin with Alençon lace. The cathedral train had layers of French illusion lace over satin. She carried a cascade of tuber roses and ivy with Royal Banquet orchids in the center. They were married at Temple Adath Israel in Cleveland at 7:30 p.m. and her parents hosted a reception for about 400 at the Cleveland Country Club on September 23, 1967. After a beautiful supper complete with music and dancing, Ben and Augusta headed back to New Orleans and their apartment in the Palmetto Apartments. It was very upscale, with lots of medical students. Because they were both in school, they had their honeymoon nine months later and went to Spain, England and France. Ben and Augusta have always lived in New Orleans, and have two children and three grandchildren, one dog and a cat! Ben has just retired from his cardiology practice and will be so missed, but Augusta and their friends will keep him very busy. n



Ordemann– Smith By Megan Holt

We have all been asked to help a friend move, but rarely does it lead to romance. Luckily that’s exactly what happened when Kelly Elizabeth Ordemann was helping her friend pack up and move out of town. As often happens, lots of friends get recruited to lend a hand, and one set of helping hands belonged to Edward James Smith III, who showed up ready to work and brought two bottles of champagne, turning the task of packing and moving into a sendoff party! The day after the moving party, Kelly left town for a month. Eddie called her every day she was away. They wasted no time after she returned – their first date was at Cavan the very next night, and 18 months later Eddie was planning a proposal. Kelly, a newly-graduated doctor, had moved to Baton Rouge for her pediatric residency, and Eddie came for a weekend visit. They were walking around the flower beds at the Baton Rouge Botanical Gardens when Kelly heard Eddie’s car keys fall. She turned around and noticed that he was grabbing something from his pocket, and in the moment he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Kelly and Eddie wanted to plan their rehearsal in a historic New Orleans establishment, and Broussard’s was the prefect fit. They loved the atmosphere created by the back courtyard, and Broussard’s food selections provided several mouthwatering options. Guests were particularly fond of the oysters. The next day, the couple got ready for their wedding near another New Orleans establishment: Audubon Park. Kelly and her bridal party got dressed at her family home bordering the park, while Eddie and the groomsmen got dressed at a friend’s house on the opposite side the park. The men then had an eventful trip crossing the park in full tuxedos! They had their first look in front of Kelly’s family house with family and friends watching from the porch. After that first look, they were off to Trinity Episcopal Church, where they were married on November 3, 2018, by Reverend Michael Kuhn. Then it was back to Kelly’s family house for the reception. The couple chose to hold the reception in Audubon Park in front the house because Kelly had such fond memories of growing up there. The

park became a special place for Eddie and Kelly as well, after many evenings walking Eddie’s dog, GW. For their big day, the reception tent was decked out with lights that beautifully illuminated the surrounding trees, and the table centerpieces pulled everything together by featuring the wedding colors: coral and gray. Chez Nous catered the wedding, and the grazing table was prepared by Suzie Ridgeway. Eddie loved the pastalaya from Chez Nous, and Kelly’s favorite were Suzie’s tomato sandwiches and tuna tartare. The couple both loved the song they chose for their first dance, “For Once

in My Life” by Stevie Wonder. After an evening of dancing and celebrating with friends, they returned to Baton Rouge, where Kelly is a pediatric resident at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and Eddie owns a business consulting group. In May 2019, the couple took their dream honeymoon trip: Santorini and Athens, Greece for five days; Treviso, Italy for four days; and Paris, France for two days. Eddie specifically chose Treviso, Italy because Kelly loves prosecco and Treviso is in the heart of prosecco country. No doubt they raised many a glass to a long, wonderful life as a married couple! n


(Above) Edward Ordemann, Susan Ordemann, Kelly & Eddie, Kaitlin Ordemann

Reception Décor: Event Rentals Coordinator: Elizabeth Kelleher Wedding Gown: Private Label, Town & Country Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jenny Yoo Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Caravelli Tuxedos, Tuxedo to Geaux Florist: Meade Wenzel Invitation: GEM Printing Caterer: Chez Nous and Suzie Ridgeway Wedding Cake: Royal Cakery Groom’s Cake: Robert’s Chocolate Doberge Cake Photographer: Farlow Photography Hair: Heidi Schirrmann Designs Makeup: Katie Evans Music: BRW

(Above) Tony Smith, Ann Bowie Smith, Kelly & Eddie, Elizabeth Lamar Smith

(Opposing Page) Front row: Annie Nuttli, Sarah Talley, the groom and bride and Best Man Collin Gasparovic; second row: Molly Downing, Erin Farry, Maid of Honor Kaitlin Ordemann and Dan Criscione; third row: Sara Clay Howe and Wyatt Esteves; fourth row: Edward Ordemann, Susan Ordmann, Mark Ponseti and Cory Bronenkamp; fifth row: Ann Bowie Smith, Catherine Fussell, Tyler King and Chris Coleman



Dat Dog and Son Of A Saint Partner Interview with Paul Tuennerman, CEO of Dat Dog By Lindsay Mack


deserving program at the same time. Also founded in 2011, Son of a Saint provides mentorship, education and emotional support for boys in the New Orleans area who are growing up without a father. Dat Dog has provided financial support and employment opportunities for boys in this program, 75 percent of whom have lost their fathers due to violence. “It’s a group of individuals who deserve our support and attention,” said Tuennerman. At present there are 100 boys enrolled in the program, and the 10 who are graduating this year will all attend college. For Tuennerman, helping these young men succeed is a personal matter. “Back when I was a young teen, struggling with having lost my father, I always wished somebody had reached out and said everything would be okay,” he says. Now, he uses his success as a restauranteur to help young men in a similar situation.

As Tuennerman explains, this support also makes professional sense. “From a business perspective, I believe that as business leaders in the community we have obligations to give back. Benefits of active community engagement show up on the bottom line, and it’s just the right thing to do.” Dat Dog has already donated over $24,000 to Son of a Saint in less than two years, and the company is now partnering with its suppliers to provide additional financial support over the next several years. “Who thought a little hot dog stand could do so much good in the community?” says Tuennerman.. n

Get Involved Anyone interested is welcome to try out this year’s Son of a Saint dog, as well as learn more about both organizations online by visiting and


Since its start in 2011, Dat Dog has grown from a single, modest hot dog stand into a New Orleans dining institution with locations all over Louisiana and now Texas. With its all-beef hot dogs, alligator, duck and crawfish sausages, and award-winning French fries, there’s something for everyone at this fun and funky restaurant. As it turns out, the CEO of Dat Dog, Paul Tuennerman, also has a strong commitment to giving back to the community. After learning more about his company’s partnership with the Son of a Saint program, you’ll have even more reasons to frequent Dat Dog. Each summer, Dat Dog hosts a competition challenging Saints players to create a brand new hot dog. The winner’s dog is featured on the Dat Dog menu for a year, with $1 from every purchase going back to the Son of a Saint program. It is a great way to celebrate tasty eats with local sports stars while benefiting a


Emma Elizabeth Mathes Archbishop Chapelle High School By Mallory Lindsly

“I believe that it’s important to be involved in the community because it allows us to change the world in little ways. Changing the world can be as small as smiling at the people passing by or as big as putting an end to war,” says Emma Elizabeth Mathes, a senior at Archbishop Chapelle High School. Mathes’ most rewarding volunteer work is working with hands-on artifacts at the National World War II Museum. She enjoys teaching guests new things every time she volunteers. “It’s amazing to see the spark of pure curiosity and wonder blossom in people’s eyes after learning something new. I also enjoy meeting and talking to all the veterans who come to the museum,” says Mathes. The museum hosts many events throughout the year to help cultivate a passion for STEM for young women. The program is called Girl’s Innovation Studio. Mathes loved working during those workshops because she was able to show young girls how to be themselves. “No matter the size of the change, being involved in the community gives people access to changing the world in ways they never would have thought of otherwise. Maybe a person’s volunteer work can also help them find the best version of

themselves along the way.” Julie Lefort, Mathes’ junior year religion teacher, showed her the importance of her activism. “I never realized that just helping people and being kind was activism, but walking into Ms. Lefort’s class has shown me that it is,” says Mathes. “She showed me the importance of a smile and the great treasure anyone can f ind when following their dreams.” Mathes is planning to attend St. Louis University to pursue her dream of working as a forensic scientist. During this summer, she’s working on starting her own service project with the help of her mom. Mathes will be working in animal shelters around the city to create videos of dogs playing in their natural setting. She wants to post these photos on Facebook in hopes to get people to adopt the shelter dogs. n STCHARLESAVENUE.COM 61


July By Fritz Esker


FRENCH QUARTER COMEDY SHOW Kick off the 4th of July weekend with comics DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson and DC Young Fly. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


ESSENCE FESTIVAL Missy Elliott, Big Freedia, Morris Day and Mary J. Blige are just some of the performers highlighting the 2019 ESSENCE Festival. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, (888) 946-9655,


JESUS & JOLLOF LIVE Part of the ESSENCE Festival’s new ESSENCE After Dark Series, this show will be a live broadcast of the “Jesus & Jollof” podcast. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


REEL BIG FISH & THE AQUABATS 1990s ska-punk band Reel Big Fish brings its hyperkinetic stage show to the Joy Theater for one night only. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,


MAMMA MIA! Enjoy ABBA’s greatest hits in this rollicking musical about a young bride-to-be on a Greek island trying to discover the identity of her father. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,



YES – THE ROYAL AFFAIR TOUR Prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees YES headline this tour, which also features Asia and John Lodge of The Moody Blues. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

MICHAEL BUBLE Crooner Michael Buble visits New Orleans as part of a new world tour. Each ticket purchased includes a CD or digital copy of Buble’s new album, love. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

Caitlin Sullivan Special Events Manager, Contemporary Arts Center By Mirella Cameran


BUILT TO SPILL – KEEP IT LIKE A SECRET TOUR Indie rockers Built to Spill tour America in honor the 20th anniversary of their album Keep It Like a Secret. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569,


IYANLA VANZANT – ACTS OF FAITH REMIX TOUR The internationally acclaimed life coach, bestselling author and Emmy winner Iyanla Vanzant brings a new inspirational and interactive event to the Saenger. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


THE 2019 NEW ORLEANS BEATLES FESTIVAL: ABBEY ROAD LIVE Enjoy the songs from The Beatles’ landmark album Abbey Road at this year’s celebration of the Fab Four. House of Blues New Orleans, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999,


CARLY RAE JEPSEN – THE DEDICATED TOUR Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated pop star Carly Rae Jepsen of “Call Me Maybe” fame tours in support of her new album, Dedicated. The Fillmore, 6 Canal St., 881-1555,


BUSH & LIVE – THE ALTIMATE TOUR 1990s grunge rockers Bush & Live unite to bring you songs from their hit albums Throwing Copper and Sixteen Stone. They will also be joined by special guest Our Lady Peace. Champions Square, LaSalle St., 587-3663,

How did “White Linen Night” start? “White Linen Night” started as a free block party in coordination with the August first Saturday Art Openings, driving traffic to the galleries in what was considered the slowest month. Two gallery owners at the time, Wyndy Morehead and Donna Perret, came up with the theme of white linen and martinis to celebrate the night. They were expecting a small crowd and an estimated 7,000 patrons showed up – August’s headlining event was born. Why White Linen? It’s the answer to “how do people dress up in warm weather?” Do you have to wear White Linen? No, it’s just a fun tradition. Why do you think it’s so successful? New Orleanians love a reason to celebrate, and this year will be the 25th anniversary of “Hancock Whitney White Linen Night,” so we’re celebrating our culture,

experiencing art and building our community. How many galleries participate? The 11 galleries represented by the Arts District New Orleans, plus surrounding Julia Street businesses, the Ogden Museum and we at the Contemporary Arts Center all participate. Can you tell us something about the event that we wouldn’t know? “Hancock Whitney White Linen Night” is actually a fundraiser for the Contemporary Arts Center, and the CAC plans and executes the whole Julia Street Block Party. We also have an opening! We show our Group Exhibition, the result of an Open Call of Regional Artists, this year the show is titled “Identity Measures.”

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, 900 Camp St., 528-3805,


HAMLET The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane presents Shakespeare’s timeless tale of a prince trying to avenge his father’s murder. Tulane’s Lupin Theater, 150 Dixon Hall Annex, 865-5106,




Parke McEnery

Sponsoring Broker/Partner, McEnery Residential, The McEnery Company

& Katherine Eshleman Relator/Partner, McEnery Residential By Mirella Cameran


What services does your company offer? Parke: Our companies work closely together to provide unparalleled real estate brokerage and valuation services. Collectively we have over 50 employees, appraisers, real estate agents and brokers, all committed to servicing the local real estate industry. How did the business start? Parke: In 1980, my father, Peter M. McEnery, founded The McEnery Company as a commercial real estate brokerage firm. Upon graduating from college I joined my father on the appraisal side and quickly developed an interest in brokerage. In the last year, we set out to grow the residential business through the creation of our sister company, McEnery Residential. How did the residential brokerage business begin to grow within what historically had been a commercial real estate company? Katherine: While working alongside Parke in the commercial appraisal division, I developed an interest in residential real estate. Parke

and I began leveraging the company’s existing network of commercial relationships to harvest new business in the residential market. In 2018, we formed an invaluable partnership with Ansley Marshall and created McEnery Residential. How is the business going? Parke: Business is great. We hold strong market share in both the local residential and commercial markets. What are the property markets like in New Orleans? Parke: The markets are in a state of mild transition. McEnery Residential has enjoyed a prosperous spring with numerous listings going to contract within a day of listing. Is there anything else you’d like to share? Katherine: We’re very excited to celebrate our one-year anniversary of McEnery Residential this August.


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1. Bobby and Allison Hjortsberg with Liz and Jason Williams at the annual Son of a Saint fundraiser, held at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans in November. The event featured a three-course dinner, silent auction and patron cocktail party presented by Moët & Chandon and Link Stryjewski Foundation. 2. Jon DeTrinis, 2017 Son of a Saint Mentor of the Year (left) and Founder Sonny Lee (right) present Beau Martin with the 2018 Mentor of the Year award (center) at the Son of a Saint Gala on November 30, 2018 – which Mayor Latoya Cantrell declared Son of a Saint Day in the city of New Orleans. 3. The Elenian Club ladies in waiting, Madison Page Montalbano, Samantha Claire Montalbano and Emily Angelena Ingraham (seated) and debutantes Hayley Lauren Tanner, Tiffany Anne Hamburger and Olyvia Riana Foseca at “Ballo di Natale” at the DoubleTree Hotel in December. 4. Elenian Club President Lisa Ingraham sits with Joseph Montalbano, dressed as Santa Claus, and the club’s past presidents (standing) Mary Lynn Roberts, Nancy Hamburger, Robin Hummel, Eileen Boudin, LeeAnne Leopold-Savoie Judith Miranti and Faith Peperone. 5. Mae Mae Landry, Libby Payne, Coco Prokop, CC Johnson, Lanie DeMarcay and Sarah Hescock pose for photos at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Payne during a Dessert Party, held ahead of the “8 O’Clocks Dance” in December. (Photo by Natalie Wagner Photography) 6. Charlie Martin, Coco McLeod, Morgan LeBourgeois, Grayson Eppling and Will Zurik take photos before attending the “8 O’Clocks Dance,” held at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club on December 1, 2018. (Photo by Natalie Wagner Photography)


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7. Aidan Couvillon, Eleanor DeHoog, Beau Gibbons and Lila Coe at Mr. and Mrs. John Payne’s before the “8 O’Clocks Dance” in December. (Photo by Natalie Wagner Photography) 8. Emmeline Moore, Morgan LeBourgeois, Will Zurik and Mae Mae Landry full of smiles before the 2018 “8 O’Clocks Dance” in December. (Photo by Natalie Wagner Photography) 9. Peter Waring, Carey Hammett and Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni attend a holiday celebration, hosted by the Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful at the home of David and Greer Monteleone. (Photo by Harold Spinner) 10. David and Greer Monteleone at their home in December, where they hosted Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful’s holiday celebration. (Photo by Harold Spinner) 11. Dr. Scott Delacroix celebrates the holidays with Jeannie Hillery and Jubi Hillery at their home, which they opened up to the LSU Health Foundation for a fundraising party, “Eat, Drink and be Giving.” 12. Mrs. Erin Delacroix shares a smile with her son, Dr. Scott Delacroix, at LSU Health Foundation’s holiday party, “Eat, Drink and be Giving,” which benefited cancer research and clinical care for the Department of Urologic Oncology at LSU Health.




BLEU, A BLOWDRY BAR 701 Metairie Road, Ste. 112-2A, Metairie 504-309-5999 5228 Magazine St., 504-325-5625 This summer, enjoy BLEU’s newest service, the Olaplex Blowout Experience. This 1 hour, 6 step process exclusively uses Olaplex products that work on a molecular level to repair broken hair bonds caused by chemical, thermal and mechanical damage. Repair. Protect. Strengthen. Followed by a signature round brush blowout, this will be the best $70 you’ll spend all summer!

THE GALLERY SALON & SPA 6312 Argonne Blvd. 504-482-2219 Beat the summer heat, humidity and frizz with one of the hottest summer trends, a Brazilian Blowout. As the #1 smoothing treatment on the market, the Brazilian Blowout performs like no other. All hair types can enjoy up to 4 weeks of smooth hair with their express treatment, or 3 to 6 months of smoothing with the full treatment.

DR. SEAN WEISS FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY 2201 Veterans Blvd., #408, Metairie 504-814-3223 (FACE) SaintCharlesAvenue Dr. Sean Weiss is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and expert in facial aesthetics. Celebrate Christmas in July with incredible offers including Hydrafacial, RF Microneedling, Skin Pen, Excel V Laser and more! Exclusive offers for St. Charles Avenue readers on Skin Medica skincare products, Injectable Fillers, Botox and Liposuction. Visit SaintCharlesAvenue for details!

WOODHOUSE DAY SPA 4030 Canal St. 504-482-6652, Reverse the signs of aging due to too much fun in the sun with a Hydrafacial at The Woodhouse New Orleans! Hydrafacial uses cutting-edge technology that’ll cleanse, extract and hydrate the skin. Hydrafacial has both instant and lasting results that you can see and feel! Woodhouse Metairie Coming Soon!



A.L. LOWE CUSTOM FRAMING 1126 S. Carrollton Ave. 504-861-0395, @allowecustomframing Framing since 1938, A. L. Lowe uses high quality materials to ensure the best product possible. With museum quality and UV filtered glass, your artwork will be beautifully framed in one of their many specialty frames available. Commercial and residential installation and delivery provided to New Orleans area including the Northshore.

LOUISIANA CUSTOM CLOSETS 504-885-3188 985-871-0810 Louisiana Custom Closets represents the pinnacle of quality design, materials and service for custom storage solutions. They manufacture their products, so their experienced designers and installers can work with you to create a customized storage plan for any room of your home or office. Call today for a free estimate.

VISION WOOD 6010 Magazine St. 504-265-8983

A NEW LEAF 601-916-5300, Do you love your home office or would you rather just close the door and not deal with what’s lurking behind it? You really can have a home office that you adore working in. Call today to find out how A New Leaf can help you decrease stress and increase your productivity!

Vision Wood invites you to see wood in a new way! Their wood gallery showcases the highest quality wood products and materials available. They offer architectural wood elements including flooring, decking, interior and exterior paneling and specialty items, like wide planks, herringbone, chevron and parquet patterns, Shou Sugi Ban, custom stair parts and locally made indoor and outdoor furniture.

WREN’S TONTINE SHADE AND DESIGN 1533 Prytania St. 504-525-7409

EXTERIOR DESIGNS, INC. 504-866-0276, Exterior Designs’ owner/designer Beverly Katz has an exceptional ability to transform even the largest landscapes into intimate spaces perfect for entertaining and relaxing, and is known for helping homeowners increase the value of their homes with landscaping. Services include design, construction, installation and project management for residential or commercial landscapes.

Dual Roller Shade gives you “the best of both worlds!” It has solar shade for UV protection while maintaining your view of the outdoors and a room darkening shade to block the light, all in one window treatment. It offers a minimal yet sophisticated look with light control, color and style, and is available in hundreds of fabric choices.


ENTERTAINMENT FOR KIDS LOVE SWIMMING 5221 S. Front St. 504-891-4662 What better time for swim lessons than this summer? Stop in Love Swimming and sign up for one of their many weekly classes. Let the Swim Experts of New Orleans take care of you this summer!

LOUISIANA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 420 Julia St., 504-523-1357, Come play at “Closing the Big Blue Doors,” July 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Receive a temporary tattoo and logo sticker, decorate a second-line hanky and sign your name on a Big Blue Door! Countdown to Closing at 1:45 p.m. with balloons and confetti! Tickets $2.50 members (1986 Opening Day admission) and $10 non-members.

FASHION FEBE 474 Metairie Road, #103, Metairie 504-835-5250 Stay cool this summer with the beautiful blue look by Shoshanna, available at Febe.

THE OPTICAL SHOPPE 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-301-1726, OpticalShoppeBR. com Soak up some rays this summer in Revoir by Dita Eyewear, $650. The Optical Shoppe is a locally owned designer eyewear and sunglass boutique offering the latest digital lens technology for the best vision possible. Their highly experienced staff will keep you looking and seeing your best.

THE SHOP AT THE COLLECTION The Museum Shop of The Historic New Orleans Collection 504-598-7147 PERLIS CLOTHING 6070 Magazine St. (only) 504-895-8661 This beautiful 100% georgette silk caftan is printed in Florence, Italy. The pattern uses arboreal imagery from artist Dena Lyons’ paintings of trees. The sensual soft fabric looks splendid with any attire. Dress it up with fancy sandals for hosting a garden cocktail party or throw it over your bathing suit for sitting by the pool.

Stay cool in the summer heat with this eco-friendly, 100% cotton button down from local designer Passion Lilie created exclusively for The Historic New Orleans Collection featuring a pattern from THNOC’s properties, $54. Available at The Shop at The Collection’s new location at 520 Royal St. Instagram: @ shop_thnoc | #shopthnoc


DINING RALPH’S ON THE PARK 900 City Park Ave. 504-488-1000 Ralph’s on the Park’s annual summer special is back: 3 Appetizers + a Glass of Wine for $33. Through the end of September, enjoy Chef Chip Flanagan’s delectable menu of over 15 items like Tempura Shrimp Creole, Grilled Vegas Strip with Romesco, Duck & Mushroom Flatbread or Crabmeat & Creole Tomato Salad.

DICKIE BRENNAN & CO. Temperature Lunch at Palace Café returns – two courses for yesterday’s high – if the high is 85° on Monday, count on Tuesday’s $8.50 lunch! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this popular New Orleans summer dining tradition, sister restaurants Bourbon House and Tableau will also offer temperature lunch specials. Temperature lunch is available Monday through Friday now through Labor Day.


THE STEAKHOUSE AT HARRAH’S 8 Canal St., New Orleans 504-533-6111 Celebrate summertime with a special prix-fixe menu at The Steakhouse at Harrah’s. Chef Chris Lusk has created a special menu that includes three courses for $55 or $75 with wine pairings. The Steakhouse is open nightly for dinner at 5 p.m.

SENSIBLE MEALS Lots of exciting new things are happening this summer in the Sensible Meals kitchen! Owner Ingrid Rinck has always been committed to providing freshly prepared meals free of preservatives. Now, with new Chefs on board, they will offer upgraded meats and packages will be vacuum sealed for added quality.


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





From Vienna to Menefee’s and Beyond 1101 N. Rampart St. By Seale Paterson


For the next 12 years, businesses opened and closed rapidly at 1101 N. Rampart St., with advertisements announcing at least 11 new bar and restaurant names until 1972, when Charlie Bering opened Lu and Charlie’s Jazz Club. Appearances by local legends like Henry Butler, Ellis Marsalis, Alvin Baptiste and James Booker kept the club open and popular until 1978. A few more live music ventures filtered in and out until 1982, when a $2 million renovation of the property (including joining the main house with the carriage house and adding a pool to the courtyard) resulted in Menefee’s, a 16,000-square-foot “pleasure palace” that included a piano lounge, 24-hour

bar, disco, dining room and a men’s-only health spa, all decorated in tones of mauve and silver. The business closed in 1985 after owner Jerry Menefee died. After a couple more short-lived nightclubs, the building remained empty from 1989 until 1994, when it was bought by Gary Bourgeois and converted it into the French Quarter Courtyard Hotel. Since 2009, it has been the New Orleans Courtyard Hotel. n The Vienna Garden Restaurant in the 1940s. The three-story building was built in 1879 for a cotton merchant named Dupaquier. Designed by architect G.A. d’Hemecourt, it was praised for its deep cornices, arched windows, wide balconies and wrought iron.


The Vienna Garden Restaurant opened in 1924 at 1101 N. Rampart St. Owned and operated by Matt and Margaret Franichevich, who resided on the top floors with their family, it was purported to be the city’s first steak house. Creole and European dishes filled out the menu of the very popular restaurant, noted for its excellence in cuisine and architectural charm. In the late 1920s, the Franichevichs also started renting out furnished rooms above the restaurant. Matt died in 1945, but Margaret continued running the businesses. In 1959, the restaurant closed, but the family continued to live upstairs for another decade while renting out the bottom for commercial use.

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St. Charles Avenue Magazine July 2019  

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