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June 2017

The National WWII Museum’s “American Spirit Awards” presented by Whitney Bank Encore! The social season in review Taking the Kids 1

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New Orleans has a multitude of nonprofit events. A frequent chair herself, Dana Hansel includes more than 50 in our annual feature on the past social season in review. See if your favorite gala or chairperson made it on our “Mosts” list, and discover which events you want to add to your calendar, starting on pg. 42.

2017 Encore! The past social season in review By Dana Hansel


Taking the Kids Summer fun for all ages by Kelcy Wilburn photos by Cheryl Gerber

On the Cover Silver Service Medallion Honorees John P. Laborde and David L. Oreck; Whitney Bank President Joseph S. Exnicious; and museum President and CEO Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller are pictured on our cover representing The National World War II Museum’s “American Spirit Awards” presented by Whitney Bank. While events surrounding awards take place June 8-10, the gala itself is Friday, June 9, 6-9:30 p.m.

at the museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The event will celebrate the honorees pictured on our cover, as well as American Spirit Awards Honorees, the Billy Michal Award Honorees and American Spirit Medallion Honorees. Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies, gala entertainment will be provided by The Midtown Men and chef Tory McPhail will provide the cuisine.

Photographed by Jeffery Strout Special thanks to The National World War II Museum’s Assistant Director of Communications Michelle Moore for her invaluable assistance.

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The American Spirit Awards Gala celebrates individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II. The proceeds from this year’s gala will support educational programming at the museum. Purchase tickets and learn more by visiting or by calling 528-1944, extension 334.

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In Every Issue



8 & 10


Editors’ Notes

Entertaining With Bev



Making a difference

RHINO: Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans is more than just service 14 Kids Play

Climbing Free: New Orleans Boulder Lounge 16 What’s Hot

Children’s Chic 18 On the Menu

Special Summer Salad: Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Executive Chef Vernell Gibson shares Ruth’s Fresh Mozzarella & Heirloom Tomato Salad 20 The Dish

South of the Border: New and notable specials

Climbing to the Top: Dr. Church’s volcano party 70

Philanthropic Fun

With This Ring

Clesi – Mazzarell 72 Young Bloods

Swinging to the Symphony LPO’s annual “Opus Ball” featured the songs of Louis Prima. 22

Hats Off to Opera Whimsical hats and a derby theme marked the 33rd annual “Mad Hatters. 32

Still Groovin’ Patrons celebrated the success of WYES over the past 60 years. 24

Dancing With the Stars The star-studded annual BRAVO gala supported the New Orleans Ballet Association. 34

Ensuring Access to Education The UNCF rallied partygoers for education and honored Leah Chase. 26

Storyville, A Literary Legend The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival began with a tribute to Storyville. 36

Civic Duty Diligence Crimestoppers GNO introduced an interdenominational campaign. 28

Halting Hunger More than 120 people gathered to support Second Harvest Food Bank of South Louisiana. 38

Chuck Charles: Proprietor, Oleander on Royal

Celebrating Cinema NOFS partied to promote filmmaking and educational programming 30

Generous Giving The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans thanked its selfless supporters. 40


Rupa Mohan: CEO, The Sweat Social 73 Student Activist

Madeline Lorraine Puente: St. Mary’s Dominican High School 74 Shop Talk

Simone Reggie: Co-Owner, Simone’s Market 75 Shop Talk

76 Snapshots


84 OnStage calendar

88 Nostalgia

To Dine and Dance: The Court of Two Sisters surged in popularity in the 1930s-1940s

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June 2017 Vol. 22 Issue 1 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Griffith Art Director Ali Sullivan contributing editor Mirella Cameran Society Columnist Catherine Freeman Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout

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We are so proud as New Orleanians to have The National WWII Museum in our city; it represents everything that’s superior: our history, our spirit and the service of our people! We are proud to present on our cover the museum’s “American Spirit Awards.” Thanks to Silver Service Medallion Honorees John P. Laborde and David L. Oreck; Whitney Bank President Joseph S. Exnicios; and museum President and CEO Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller for gracing our cover! While events surrounding the “American Spirit Awards” presented by Whitney Bank take place June 8-10, the awards gala itself is Friday, June 9, 6-9:30 p.m. at the museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The event will celebrate the honorees pictured on our cover, as well as American Spirit Awards Honorees David McCullough and David Rubenstein, American Spirit Medallion Honorees and others. Famed NBC anchor and Greatest Generation author Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies, gala entertainment will be provided by The Midtown Men (four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys) and our own award winning chef Tory McPhail will provide the cuisine. The “American Spirit Awards Gala” celebrates individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II. They honor those who “inspire others through their own acts of courage, sacrifice, initiative and generosity – particularly in the areas of leadership, service to country, or community and education.” The proceeds from this year’s gala will support educational programming at the museum, including the ongoing development of classroom materials and professional development for teachers in schools across the country, as well as online experiences that bring the museum and its research resources to students around the world. Be sure to get your tickets today by visiting or by calling 528-1944, extension 334. Our What’s Hot for Children’s Chic brings you great ideas for summer children’s outfits from bathing suits to bow ties. You don’t want to miss our annual feature “Encore! The Past Social Season in Review” by Dana Hansel. In this feature she covers more than 50 fundraisers and the people who chair them. See who you know and make a list of which events you want to attend next year! Le Petit Théâtre closes its historic centennial season with an ode to the theatre: Terrence McNally’s comedic Broadway hit, It’s Only a Play. Co-produced with The NOLA Project, some of New Orleans’ favorite performers star in this celebratory show including Ricky Graham, Leslie Castay and Sean Patterson. I am dying for you to get Sara Essex Bradley’s new book Dog Décor: Canines Living Large! This book is a must for all of us who love our family dogs and who want to take a trip to the opulent manors, modern homes and rustic and traditional abodes that our family dogs live in! This quote from Valerie Hart says it all: “Whether a purebred, a mixed breed, a shelter dog, a dog rescued, these ancient companions have found their way to us, into our hearts and our houses.” Sara’s background as an interior design photographer makes it all come to life! Have a great summer!

Beverly Reese Church

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This November Prospect New Orleans will present their blockbuster citywide contemporary art festival with the theme “Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp.” This theme is inspired by a quote by politically engagend saxophonist Archie Shepp, who described jazz as a triumph of the human spirit, a lily that grows “in spite of the swamp.”

Join Prospect New Orleans in celebrating artwork from 73 local, national and international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues throughout the city. Support Prospect.4 now by visiting 9

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June Events 1 “Kendra Gives Back,” benefiting the

Alzheimer’s Association, 613-6505 2

Morgan Packard Griffith

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“JA Bowl-A-Thon,”

Magnolia Ball,”

benefiting Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, 569-8657

benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 539-9616



benefiting The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, 865-5105

“Juleps in June,”

“Stray Cat Strut,”

benefiting the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society,, 586-1609

benefiting Louisiana SPCA, 368-5191



“Opening Night Party,”

June is a time of camps, swimming and snow balls. With that in mind, turn to our “Taking the Kids” feature for more than 10 local ideas from entertainment to education to keep kids of all ages occupied for hours to weeks. And if you need ideas for how to outfit them for these activities, look to What’s Hot for some adorable and useful pieces to add to their wardrobes stat. This issue also marks the fourth annual “Encore!” feature, which maps out the past social season, complete with a “Mosts” list and featuring more than 50 of our local nonprofit events. There are so many notable groups making a difference in our city, and we and this magazine are only here because of the amazing work that they do. So read on and see where your favorite event falls, and which ones you want to add to next year’s calendar! Remember that if you didn’t see your event listed in last month’s “Registry of Charitable Events” feature, now is the time to email me (Morgan@ and to fill out our easy online form: We want to make certain that everyone is included, but I can’t promote what I don’t know, so fill out the form today! Personally, my husband and I (and our amazingly supportive family and friends) are currently gearing up for the arrival of our first child, hopefully next month (in between beach trips, music festivals, showers, birthday parties and summer fun, of course)! We are over the moon and can’t wait to introduce him to so many of you whom we know and to see at these amazing events. We will be looking for you this fall! In the meantime enjoy all that our city offers during the summer – and don’t forget your sunscreen!

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“Tour de Cure & Walk,”

“New Orleans No Kid Hungry Dinner Hosted by Chef Nina Compton,”

22-24 “FestiGals – New Orleans Women’s Weekend Experience,” 524-1227,

benefiting the American Diabetes Association, 889-0278



31st annual “Spotlight On Success,” benefiting

“Dine Out for Paws,”

March of Dimes, 264-9290

benefiting Louisiana SPCA, 368-5191


“Parade of Homes”

presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans benefiting New Orleans Education League of the Construction Industry/ Jefferson Joining Forces home renovation project, 3 “‘Let’s Go On With the Show’ 50th Anniversary Gala,” benefiting Tulane

Summer Lyric Theater, 737-2377

8 “Soirée de Lumière,”

benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana, 899-4501, extension 257 23

“NOMMS Mission Possible Gala,”

benefiting New Orleans Medical Mission Services, Inc., 722-0130 24


“Sweet Summer Soirée,”

“American Spirit Awards,” benefiting The

benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities,, 486-6668

National World War II Museum, 528-1944, extension 334 9 “Join the Angels Under the Stars,” benefiting the

Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 881-7645 11

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RHINO Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans is more than just service By Catherine Freeman

When I was asked to write this column last summer, the concept of deciding which organizations to highlight was overwhelming. Would I ever be able to select just one nonprofit each month out of the thousands doing such inspirational work in New Orleans? Surprisingly, it has been easy. Sometimes an organization contacts me, sometimes I reach out, but more often an idea falls in my lap when I’m not looking for it. That was definitely the case this month. Over a recent dinner, I shared with friend Carro Gardner how I’ve been so moved witnessing such passionate volunteerism through my new job. Gardner, always active in a variety of local organizations, opened up about the uplifting experience she’s enjoyed by volunteering with RHINO (Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans) and I knew I’d found my next column topic. “For the past nearly 12 years, RHINO has given me the opportunity to meet, work with and thank thousands of people from around the country who have taken time off their work and lives to help us rebuild New Orleans,” says Gardner. “I am so proud of the quality program we run, providing not only needed work opportunities, but additionally welcoming these volunteers – from youth to adults – into our church family and to our amazing city.” As we remember, following Hurricane Katrina the outpouring of compassion worldwide for our city was monumental. The staff and congregation of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church answered the call by providing an affordable, meaningful and coordinated vehicle for concerned citizens to help rebuild New Orleans and restore hope throughout our community. For the first two years, the Uptown church education building was converted into a dormitory for visiting volunteer groups who gutted homes

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and staffed a food and clothing bank. In RHINO’s next phase, volunteers partnered with Habitat for Humanity and St. Bernard Project to rebuild the homes and lives of our community. Since 2005, RHINO has built an incredible 65 homes and has hosted more than 7,500 volunteers from over 30 states and three countries. RHINO is understandably proud that some volunteer groups have returned over 12 to 15 times over the past 10 years. RHINO has expanded its original mission by organizing a variety of avenues for service. RHINO continues to offer volunteer opportunities for visiting groups serving the New Orleans area, but now focuses on uniquely tailoring experiences to meet their desires. Showcasing our warm Southern hospitality is an underlying RHINO mission, whether it’s through adding cultural experiences or dinners in homes of parishioners. RHINO Ministry Director Caroline Cottingham witnesses first-hand how the lives of their parishioners and volunteers are enriched by emphasizing their belief that

“by doing service, we are served.” In fact, RHINO now offers one to two trips a year for their own congregation members to give back to areas of need around the United States. Reverse RHINO gutted 24 homes in Baton Rouge in response to recent flooding. In addition, Camp RHINO is a summer camp engaging youth in service projects throughout the community and boasts attendance of over 300 campers annually. Students learn about urban ministry through work in community gardens, construction, summer programs for at-risk youth and day programs for developmentally disabled adults. RHINO – through its growth from disaster response to a premier service project – is a perfect example of how volunteerism is making a difference in New Orleans for those being served and those serving. n

A little more … Help by hosting a volunteer group for dinner by emailing Learn more about RHINO by visiting 13

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Climbing Free New Orleans Boulder Lounge By CeCe Colhoun

One evening as I was planning the next day, I realized the boys didn’t have school. I decided I wanted to take them somewhere different, to have an experience they hadn’t had. I recalled a recent suggestion from a friend at a birthday party about the New Orleans Boulder Lounge (NOBL). Climbing is most definitely a direct contrast to our city’s landscape. My sons, ages 5 and 7, are certainly comfortable with climbing and often try to climb anything and everything they can regardless of the danger involved, so to have a place to go to where it’s the main event is a special occasion. Upon entering and registering, we were greeted by several very chill young men who oversee the facility. They immediately fit the boys with the appropriate footwear in their size and we went straight to the mat for a personal orientation. I realized that the walls weren’t as high as I expected, because they’re pitched inwards and in directions that make it extremely challenging to hold on. This type of climbing is a free climb, with literally no strings attached; there are no harnesses or belaying – the most common climbing technique. With belay climbing, there’s a partner applying tension on the rope when the climber isn’t moving and releasing slack when the climber wants to move, which keeps a falling climber from going too far. NOBL is void of this safety feature, and in the orientation, they explained to the boys that the mats below are there in order to absorb the shock of a fall, so they should tuck their knees and roll when they do need to let go to make the fall safer. In addition, the boys had to stay off the mats in case other climbers needed to fall. The rules were reviewed twice and the boys were set free. They suggested a certain area of the wall that was perfectly vertical, which is the least challenging portion of the wall on which to begin. Neither of the boys got all the way to the top; I think being that high was a bit too ominous. The instructor was always nearby and 14 st. charles Avenue June 2017

gave the boys tips, such as which color pegs to choose for their routes to the top. Certain pegs are color coded to be easier than others. The most fun part of the climb was seemingly when they got to let go and fall onto the mats. As all of this was occurring, I got to sit and enjoy the lounge part of the NOBL experience. I sat on cozy sofas and drank a local kombucha that they sell. Halfway through our stay the boys took a break for a snack and got re-energized to continue their climb. In the words of NOBL: “Why Climbing? Why New Orleans? Why Now? Climbing requires focus, patience and dedication. The lessons we learn while climbing can teach us a great deal about ourselves and the challenges we face on the wall help us develop important life skills. Through climbing, we hope to facilitate positive change in ourselves, our community, and our world.” I would also add that NOBL is a family friendly experience, everyone who enters no matter age or physiology is encouraged to climb. NOBL has recently acquired the building next

door and plans to expand the facility into a true kids’ zone, where the walls are specifically engineered for smaller bodies in mind. We will certainly be back to check that out! n

Just the Facts: New Orleans Boulder Lounge 1746 Tchoupitoulas St. 510-2990 Open Mondays-Fridays noon-10 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays noon-7 p.m. Members-Only Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays 8 a.m.-noon Kids Hours: Sundays 10 a.m.-noon Membership includes rental shoes, 2 guest passes per month, 10% off all retail and access to members-only hours and special events. (Recurring/EFT & Family memberships also available.) Pre-Paid Membership 1 Month – $75 (students/kids $70) 3 Months – $210 (students/kids $195) 6 Months – $390 (students/kids $360) 15

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Children’s Chic By Amy Gabriel

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School’s out for summer and the sandbox, zoo and neighborhood pool are primed for playtime. Outfit your beloved little ones in precious pieces and accessories that will see them from daytime snow ball dates to evening lightning bug chases. n

1. A mix ’n’ match lighthouse bow tie makes the perfect accessory for attending a summer wedding. NOLA Couture, 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959; 528 St. Peter St., 875-3522, 2. Stylishly stack multiple raw cork bead bracelets embellished with a signature gold “Q” tag. Queork, 838 Chartres St., 481-2585; 3005 Magazine St., 3886803; 3. She will be the sweetest splish-splasher at the beach in a Petit Bateau floral ruffled bikini. Peony 2240 Magazine St., 300.7908,

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4. Slip-ons Sun-San sandals make for a quick one, two, buckle up shoe. Wear them in the water and throw them in the wash. Available in silver and gold. Banbury Cross, 100 Atherton Drive, 837-0447 5. A suntans and sippy cups tiny tee has summer written all over it. The Elizabeth Chronicles, 5030 Magazine St., 571-5258, 6. Crawling never looked so cute than when done in a bum cover. Lucy Rose, Magazine St., 895-0444, 7. What could be more dapper than a petite collar pop from a cotton pique crawfish polo, available in a range of colors? Perlis, 6070 Magazine St., 8958661; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-1711; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681; 17

on the menu

Special Summer Salad Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Executive Chef Vernell Gibson shares Ruth’s Fresh Mozzarella & Heirloom Tomato Salad

Ruth’s Fresh Mozzarella & Heirloom Tomato Salad 2-3 small Heirloom tomatoes 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze 2 ounces fresh mozzarella ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
 1 Tablespoon balsamic dressing *see recipe below 1 Tablespoon freshly chopped basil Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions Remove core from tomatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces. Cut fresh mozzarella into similar bite-sized pieces.
 Place tomatoes in mixing bowl with balsamic dressing and stir to coat. Pour tomatoes with dressing onto serving plate or bowl. Top with fresh mozzarella pieces.
 Top plate or bowl with balsamic glaze olive oil. Sprinkle with freshly chopped basil. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Balsamic Dressing ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
 ½ cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon black pepper
 2 ½ teaspoons sea salt
 1 Tablespoon Sugar in the Raw

Directions Measure out ingredients and mix together. Store refrigerated for up to one week.

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House 525 Fulton St. at the Harrah’s Hotel 587-7099 3633 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 888-3600

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South of the Border

Johnny Sanchez

New and notable specials By Jyl Benson

Food Network star, newly

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minted New Orleans resident, James Beard Award recipient and a generally great guy who always seems to be having the grandest of times, chef Aarรณn Sรกnchez recently hosted a Coca Cola-based pop-up dinner at Johnny Sanchez, his hip, colorful Poydras Street restaurant, to kick off a new partnership with the iconic American soda giant. The menu for the evening included Coke-based cocktails, Michoacan-style crispy pork carnitas made with a Coca-Cola glaze and served with chipotle salsa and homemade tortillas and Coca-Cola and dulce de leche ice cream floats. As part of the new partnership, Sรกnchez, a lifelong fan of the classic beverage, will be featured in a documentarystyle television commercial, airing nationally in English and Spanish, within which he will celebrate his Mexican heritage through cooking and demonstrate how Coke pairs well with meals across all cultures. Throughout the year-long partnership and series of commercials, Coca-Cola will showcase variety of occasions where Sรกnchez will demonstrate the best dishes to serve with a Coke.

New small plates on the chef ’s everyday menu include crispy Brussels sprouts with butternut squash, Cotija cheese and jalapeño vinaigrette; Gulf Cobia ceviche with habaneropassionfruit and crispy hominy; a Gulf tuna tostada; and crispy pig’s ears chilaquiles. New entrées include arroz con pollo with grilled chicken and crispy rice; and Louisiana crawfish enchiladas. Weekdays 2-6 p.m. all beers, wine by the glass, house margaritas and well drinks are half-off and $2 tacos are offered. Taco choices include pork carnitas, spicy chicken, albondigas (spicy meatballs) and Des Allemandes fried catfish. Dramatically less high-brow but no less delicious, Las Cazuelas Mexican Grill, a sprawling family owned joint on the West Bank, offers house margaritas on Sunday afternoons for $3.50. Pair your relaxing libation with a sampler platter for two (two chicken quesadillas, four bean nachos, two beef flautas and two beef mini-chimichangas served with sour cream, guacamole and cheese dip) and the excellent and complimentary house-made salsa and fresh tortilla chips, and you and

Compère Lapin (in the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery) 535 Tchoupitoulas St. 599-2119 Johnny Sanchez 930 Poydras St. 304-6615 Juan’s Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950 515 Baronne St., 529-5825 Las Cazuelas Mexican Grill 1122 Manhattan Blvd., Suite B Harvey 267-5430 Taqueria Corona 5932 Magazine St. 897-3974

Try This: Chew on this shameful statistic: Nearly one in six children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than one in four in Louisiana. On June 5, chef Nina Compton of Compère Lapin, one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs in America for 2017,” will host a multicourse dinner and live auction to benefit the nonprofit No Kid Hungry to raise funds toward ending childhood hunger in America. Joining her in the kitchen are guests Aaron Brooks of Edge Steakhouse at the Four Seasons Miami; Michael Pirollo, Macchialina on Miami Beach; and Food & Wine’s “2016 Best New Chef ” Michael Gulotta of Maypop and MoPho. The event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $150 per person, inclusive.

a pal are out the door for less than $35 including tip. A lunch menu, offered daily 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., features an array of options, the priciest of which, the El Favorito platter (featuring a choice of one burrito, one taco, one chalupa and one beef enchilada plus rice and beans), will set you back $8.50. Also noteworthy on the Hispanicinfluenced dining scene, Juan’s Flying Burrito, New Orleans’ homegrown, “Hencho en NOLA Creole Taqueria,” took a turn to the east with the recent addition of Vietnamese-style Banh Mi Tacos offered in chicken, pork, steak and tofu varieties and served with pickled vegetables, Sriracha sour cream and fresh jalapeños. Also new at Juan’s are $2 Taco Tuesdays (Do we detect a theme?) when a variety of tacos are offered all day for, you guessed it, two bucks apiece. In the same vein, long beloved Taqueria Corona is offering weekend brunch at the Magazine Street location Saturdays and Sundays 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Menu options include huevos rancheros, chorizo con huevos, a breakfast burrito, ham and eggs flautas and a carne asada breakfast tostada. Brunch cocktails are also offered for five bucks and change. n 21

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Swinging to the Symphony


LPO’s annual “Opus Ball” featured the songs of Louis Prima. By Shelby Simon

The Louis Armstrong Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel was the appropriate setting to feature the music of another New Orleans legend, Louis Prima. Carlos Miguel Prieto, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Music Director, conducted the program, which included “Overture to Semiramide,” followed by the music of Louis Prima: “Sing, Sing, Sing;” “Angelina, Zooma Zooma;” “That Old Black Magic;” “I Wanna Be Like You;” “Just a Gigolo;” and “Sunday King of Love.” Darcy Malone was the vocalist. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation Louis Prima Award winners accompanied the LPO on the above songs; they included Brian Richburg Jr. on percussion, Madison Kerth as vocalist, Jeffery Miller on trombone, Glenn Hall on trumpet and Miles Berry on saxophone. Food and beverages were designed by chef Mark Quitney of the Sheraton Hotel. Following the dinner, the NOCCA Jazz Big Band accompanied the ASCAP scholars to provide dance music. Key auction items featured a suite on the 50-yard line of the Superdome for a Saints game, dinner for eight at Dr. Nia Terezakis’ home and a trip for two to New York City with tickets to the LPO performance at Carnegie Hall. More than 250 attended to support the LPO’s educational programs. Notable attendees included Chair Jeri Nims, President of the Board of Trustees Bill Hess and LPO CEO James Boyd. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, March 18 Where: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

1. Paul Leaman, Marilyn Dittmann and Susan and President of Board of Trustees Bill Hess 2. Rebecca Cain, LPO CEO James Boyd, Susan Krinsky and Hugh Long 3. Anthony Sylvester, Anne Gauthier and Ranney and Emel Mize 4. Barbara Sands, Matt Eckenhoff and Sheila and Dwight McGhee 5. David Rosen and Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik 6. Mimi Kruger, Sean Snyder, Lisa LaFleur and Matthew Abramo

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Photographed by Kenn y Martinez

What: “Opus Ball – LPO Swings,” benefiting Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra



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Still Groovin’


Patrons celebrated the success of WYES over the past 60 years. By Shelby Simon

WYES celebrated its “60 Years and Still Groovin’ Gala” at the home of Dana and Steve Hansel. Guests enthusiastically embraced the 1960s theme by donning a variety of groovy attire, from flower child to hippie, go-go boots to astronauts, “Mad Men” to Jackie O. The costuming cast a colorful array across the gala and set the tone for the evening. The Hansels’ home was awash in colorful lighting, decorated by large papier-mâché flowers and a red carpet walkway lining the lawn and entrance. Guests enjoyed a photo opportunity with a vintage Thunderbird and were greeted by British-styled models as they made their way to the tented backyard. Celebrate! Catered Events by Windsor Court offered passed and displayed bites, including a popular fondue station with three warm cheeses and a Louisiana charcuterie station. Libations were provided by Goldring Family Foundation Sazerac Company and Breaux Mart. Escalade delighted guests with their musical stylings and got guests moving their feet, encouraged by go-go dancers on platforms to dance the night away. Kaylea and Hunter Hill, Mary and Bill Hines, and C.C. and Bill Langenstein served as Event Co-Chairs. Approximately 275 attended the festive event. n



Event at a Glance What: “60 Years and Still Groovin’ Gala,” benefiting WYES Where: Home of Dana and Steve Hansel

1. Event Co-Chairs Bill and C.C. Langenstein, Mary Hines and Kaylea and Hunter Hill 2. Hostess Dana Hansel, Allan Pizzato and Katie Crosby 3. Robert and Rayne Bories, Evie Bories and Bridget and Bobby Bories 4. Michael and Basi Carbine and Alan Philipson 5. Ryan Adkerson, Jordan Goldblum and Mary Wyatt and Kerry Milano 6. Tia Roddy with Vernon and Patricia Brinson

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

When: Thursday, March 23



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Ensuring Access to Education


The UNCF rallied partygoers for education and honored Leah Chase. By Shelby Simon

This year’s “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball” raised $1.7 million to provide the resources to get students to and through college. Joined by nearly 1,000 businesses, civic and education leaders were Host Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Event Chairs Michael O. Smith, general manager of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Joel Vilmenay, president and general manager of WDSU-TV. Creole cuisine expert and James Beard Lifetime Award recipient chef Leah Chase received the Masked Award for being a trailblazer and work to secure better futures for the next generation. Founder of the first Mayor’s Masked Ball and UNCF advocate, Ambassador Andrew Young delivered a tribute to Chase, with whom he worked closely during the civil rights movement. The City of New Orleans presented Young with a proclamation and recognized his 85th birthday. The evening featured a VIP reception, a 2016 Nissan Maxima car raffle and silent and live auctions; student hosts came from Xavier and Dillard universities and dinner was provided by award-winning celebrity chefs, including: Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant; and James Beard Award recipients Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon and Pêche Restaurants and host chef Eric Damidot of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Chef John Besh spoke about the need to ensure equal opportunities for education for all students, and demonstrated the impact of his program “Chef Moves” and how it correlates with the work of UNCF. Three performances highlighted the evening. The Royal Boys Choir, a group of young elementary students, brought the audience to their feet and to tears as they performed “Use Me” as a tribute to honoree Leah Chase. Grammy Award-winning entertainers, R&B group Kool and the Gang and PJ Morton, keyboardist for Maroon 5, kept the crowd dancing until the end of the night. n



Event at a Glance What: “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” benefiting United Negro College Fund Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Edgar Chase, Carolyn and Ambassador Andrew Young, Bill Goldring, Host Mayor Mitch Landrieu and (seated) Honoree Leah Chase 2. Michael Smith, Stan Verrett, Arthel Neville and Joel Vilmenay 3. Dr. Walter Kimbrough, Therese Badon and Dr. C. Reynold Verret 4. Paul and Donna Flower with Charles Rice 5. Henry and Karen Coaxum with Sherry and Alan Levanthal 6. Warner and Pam Williams

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Civic Duty Diligence


Crimestoppers GNO introduced an interdenominational campaign. By Shelby Simon

Crimestoppers GNO recognized a host of local heroes at its 32nd annual “Awards Luncheon” for their efforts in helping solve and prevent crimes in the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Placquemines and Washington. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand served as emcee and bestowed the Sheriff Harry Lee Criminal Justice Award. The James J. Coleman Senior Corporate Partner Award was presented to Vinson Guard President Christine Vinson. The George Loker Community Service Award was given to: Representative Helena Moreno, Senator J.P. Morrell, Executive Director of the New Orleans Family Justice Center Mary Claire Landry, Public Policy Chair of United Way of Southeast Louisiana Kim Sport and Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer United Way of Southeast Louisiana Charmaine Caccioppi. Members of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty were also recognized with the Fallen Hero Award, including NOPD Officer Natasha Hunter, NOPD Officer Jude Williams Lewis, Jefferson Parish Deputy David Michel Jr. and Westwego Police Officer Michael Louviere. Keynote speakers were Gregory Rusovich and NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. Rusovich addressed how private businesses assist with public safety and law enforcement and the importance of Crimestoppers to public safety and changes in strategies in criminal justice. Harrison discussed the new Gun Crime Unit and presented the Crimestoppers NOPD Award of Excellence to its TIGER (Tactical Intelligence Gathering and Enforcement Response) Unit for solving multiple armed robberies in Orleans Parish. Crimestoppers President and CEO Darlene Cusanza introduced members of the new interdenominational “Project Good Samaritan” program and unveiled a new marketing campaign to engage other faith-based groups to inform their congregations of Crimestoppers programs. The inaugural members include: Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Pastor Antoine Barriere, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, Pastor Debra Morton, Pastor Preston Jones, Bishop Wiley Taylor, Pastor Fred Luter, Rafeeg H. Nu’Man, Reverend Karli Pidgeon, Reverend Kathy Radke, Pastor Robert Storey, Dr. Charles Southall III, Bishop Willy Gable, Father Bill Terry, Bishop Lester Love and Elder Otis Wafer. n



Event at a Glance What: 32nd annual “Awards Luncheon” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO When: Thursday, March 16

1. Crimestoppers President & CEO Darlene Cusanza, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand and Honoree Christine Vinson 2. Honorees Charmaine Caccioppi, Kim Sport, Senator J.P. Morrell, Mary Claire Landry and Representative Helena Moreno 3. Jim Letten, Speaker Michael Harrison, Henry Coaxum and John Hairston 4. Representative Danny Martiny and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman 5. Councilmember-at-Large Cynthia Lee Sheng and Lynne Burkart 6. Cynthia Molyneux and Mike Meguerditchian

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Celebrating Cinema


NOFS partied to promote filmmaking and educational programming. By Shelby Simon

The New Orleans Film Festival stands as a showcase of local, regional, national and international films and attracts hundreds of filmmakers annually. In efforts to cultivate and inspire new cinematic storytellers, NOFS hosts programs such as the Emerging Voices Mentorship program for filmmakers of color, a grants program called “Create Louisiana” and Cinema Classroom, which introduces students to films and different careers in cinema production and exhibition. More than 350 partygoers attended this year’s lively event to support the NOFS mission. Patron Party tickets included entrance to an exclusive event with top New Orleans food, specialty cocktails and live music by New Orleans/Belgian cellist, composer and singer Helen Gillet. Thea Pagel Productions highlighted the Magnolia Mansion’s Old Hollywood glamour. More than 13 New Orleans restaurants and numerous beverage purveyors provided gourmet fare and craft cocktails. Grammy-nominated producer DJ Mannie Fresh provided late-night musical entertainment. The live auction, helmed by board member Seth Bloom, included a VIP all-access pass to the New Orleans Film Festival, a private dinner prepared by Justin Devillier, a handmade bespoke suit and an outdoor movie watch party. Highlights of the silent auction featured a pair of Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet Premier tickets, four suite tickets to a Saints game and a pair of Golden Tickets to every show at Tipitina’s on the first Jazz Fest weekend. Event Co-Chairs were NOFS Co-Vice President Sayde F. Finkel, NOFS Board Member Conway Solomon and Trevor J. Haynes. Honorary Co-Chairs were former NOFS Executive Director Jolene Pinder, her husband Jason Curole and Joey Tufaro. NOFS Executive Director Fallon Young was also in attendance. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, March 18 Where: Magnolia Mansion and Altamura Restaurant

1. Co-Chairs NOFS Co-Vice President Sayde F. Finkel and NOFS Board Member Conway Solomon 2. Anna Beth and Honorary Board Member John Goodman with Board Member Sandy and Mackie Shilstone 3. Charles Urstadt, Honorary Board Member Alexa Georges, Rita Benson LeBlanc and David Bernard

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Hats Off to Opera


Whimsical hats and a derby theme marked the 33rd annual “Mad Hatters.” By Shelby Simon

Tables adorned with gold trophy cups tied with red ribbons and roses, cupcakes and horse toppers and horseshoeshaped cookies welcomed guests to the festive “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show” themed “A Day at the Races.” The morning Champagne Reception featured the Messy Cookers jazz combo and light bites. Stephen Orejudos, a Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet player, summoned guests to their seats for the luncheon with an enthusiastic series of “Call to Post Fanfare.” A Hat Contest featured celebrity judges: Becky Allen, Liz Copeland, Holley Haag, Cher Nungesser, Wendy Rodrigue, Suzanne Scott and Pat Shane. Following the contest, Penny Baumer welcomed patrons and Jean Rice delivered the invocation. Winners were: Betty Brooks Doss, Sherri H. Santagelo, Paula Duplantis, Melissa Gordon, Lorraine Cucchiara, Anton Heine, Margie Mielke, Jeannine Mielke, Irene Klinger, Anna Ortega, Dee Long, Stephanie Klekamp, Carol Hall, April Hurry, Pam Rogers, Debora Alciatore Empey, Eileen Capritto, Mary Dana Dandry, Betsy Dowling, Virginia Eckholdt and Louana DeMatteo. The Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show featured St. John’s 2017 Spring Collection with models flown in from Houston. Later, the Hat Auction featured more than 50 hats designed and decorated by Guild Members and community leaders, in addition to a silent auction featuring art and a staycation. Joanne Mantis, Dominique Giordano and Melanie Manzella served as Event Chairs, and emcee was Mike Hoss. Funds from the event were donated to the New Orleans Opera Association and used to educate and expose children to opera, fund opera performances each season and maintain the Women’s Guild Home located in the Garden District. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, March 22 Where: New Orleans Hilton Riverside

1. Event Chairs Dominique Giordano, Joanne Mantis and Melanie Manzella 2. Winners Mary Dana Dandry and Carol Hall with Carolyn Elder and Karen Villavaso 3. Winner Virginia Eckholdt, Al and President Penny Baumer, Anne Duffy and Debby Hirschwood

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Dancing With the Stars


The star-studded annual BRAVO gala supported the New Orleans Ballet Association. By Shelby Simon

BRAVO’s three-night gala package, “When the Stars Align: Stars of American Ballet Meet Stars of New Orleans Cuisine and Philanthropy,” celebrated the return of the internationally acclaimed artists of Stars of American Ballet, a company comprised of some of America’s most elite ballet artists from New York City Ballet and international guest artists. The experience kicked off on March 8 with a spectacular grand-seated Benefactor Dinner at the Windsor Court Hotel, featuring a live auction. On Friday, March 17, a 1933 Studebaker President convertible and a reconstruction of a Grauman’s Chinese Theatre arch greeted guests to the Golden Age of Hollywood-themed gala at the Roosevelt Hotel. A step and repeat allowed guests to have their photos taken with the internationally acclaimed artists of Stars of American Ballet in attendance. Hot off her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe at The National World War II Museum, NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance alumna Courtney Anderson and WDSU News’ Travers Mackel greeted guests on the red carpet. Gala Chairwoman Sandra Herman attended with husband Russ Herman, and President Sandra Stage Chaisson attended with husband Joel Chaisson. The gala featured a three-course menu inspired by recipes of New Orleans’ top chefs and included wine pairings. Deacon John & The Ivories performed musical entertainment. The live auction, presented by Master of Ceremonies Bryan Batt accompanied by New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht, included a weekend in New York City with ballet tickets and a backstage tour, and a seven-night Paris trip. The silent auction featured more than 75 items and a raffle offered a shopping spree at Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. The series of gala events culminated on Saturday, March 18, with the performance of Stars of American Ballet Encore! at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. n



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When: Friday, March 17 Where: Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans 1. Martine Chaisson Linares, Stars of American Ballet Artistic Director Daniel Ulbricht, BRAVO President Sandra Stage Chaisson and Gala Chairwoman Sandra Herman 2. Courtney Anderson, Bryan Batt, Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson and Travers Mackel 3. Teresa and Don Guzzetta with Monique Gougisha Doucette

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What: “When the Stars Align: Stars of American Ballet Meet Stars of New Orleans Cuisine and Philanthropy,” benefiting the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization

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Storyville, A Literary Legend


The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival began with a tribute to Storyville. By Shelby Simon

A series of opening night events kicked off “An Evening of Storyville Memories” at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Tennessee Williams’ apartment on St. Peter Street, home of Gray Coleman and Brian Theis, set the tone at the VIP Pre-Party. Laura Bellucci, bar chef at SoBou, provided a specialty cocktail called the Elan Vital. Catering was by chef Natasha Clement, winner of “All Star Academy” Season 2 on Food Network and owner of Sophisticated Southern Plates. The performance at Le Petit Théâtre hosted 300 patrons, and began with members of the cast in costume and in character interacting with guests outside the theater. Once everyone was seated, Pamela Arceneaux, author of Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, introduced the crowd to the history of Storyville and some of the rare and fascinating information found in the blue books. Next, Tulane University’s Sally Asher, writer and photographer, accompanied by actors Kerry Cahill and Andrew Ward, introduced the audience to the year of 1917, the year Storyville closed. Finally, Nina Bozak of The Historic New Orleans Collection dazzled the crowd with period dances accompanied by Seva Venet’s jazz band. An appearance by the Black Stroyville Baby Dolls, masked in the Mardi Gras tradition of the Storyville era, added an authentic touch to the evening. The VIP Post-Party followed at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau. The restaurant sponsored a champagne and dessert party for the 80 attendees. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, March 22 Where: Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

1. Host Gray Coleman, Board President Mamie Gasperecz and Board Members Mimi Koch and Janet Duval 2. Director Paul J. Willis and Board Member Kim Vaz-Deville 3. Antoinette de Alteriis and Host Brian Theis

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What: “An Evening of Storyville Memories” benefiting the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

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Halting Hunger


More than 120 people gathered to support Second Harvest Food Bank of South Louisiana. By Shelby Simon

A gorgeous spring evening greeted “Harvest at Home” guests as they arrived at the Old Metairie home of Melanie and Mickey Loomis. The Xavier Molina Jazz Trio greeted guests with a jazz repertoire with a modern touch as they entered the yard. Second Harvest Food Bank Board President Tricia Weeks welcomed and thanked guests for supporting Second Harvest Food Bank and presented Harvest at Home’s featured chef Nina Compton of Compère Lapin, with a signature “Harvest at Home” chef’s jacket. Weeks also thanked the participating chefs, each of whom have served as a featured “Harvest at Home” chef over the last eight years, with the exception of chef Susan Goss, who serves as director of Second Harvest Food Bank Community Kitchen. Additional participating chefs included Frank Brigtsen, Nina Compton, Tory McPhail, Susan Spicer, Rebecca Wilcomb and Sue Zemanick. Chef Maggie Scales of La Boulangerie provided a selection of delectable desserts, and W.I.N.O. hosted a selection of French wines. Patrons in attendance at the exclusive “Harvest at Home” evening also received a special gift bag that includes a Second Harvest Impact Report on Hunger in South Louisiana, a jar of Nina Compton’s guava jelly and special recipe for “Harvest at Home,” a bag of oatmeal cookies from the Second Harvest Community Kitchen and branded wooden spoon. A cookbook selected by Compton, My Key West Kitchen by Norman Van Aken and Justin Van Aken, was also included. “Harvest at Home” was Co-Chaired by Mary and Robert Lupo and Lauren and Phillip May. The 2017 event raised $135,000. n



Event at a Glance What: “Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank Where: Home of Melanie and Mickey Loomis

1. Natalie Jayroe with Hosts Mickey and Melanie Loomis 2. Elizabeth and Clifton LeBlanc with Kristen Riegel and Skye Fantaci 3. Chefs Rebecca Wilcomb, Nina Compton, Sue Zemanick, Frank Brigtsen, Susan Goss, Susan Spicer and Tory McPhail

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Generous Giving The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans thanked its selfless supporters. By Shelby Simon

The seventh annual “Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner” fêted major donors to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’ Annual Campaign; 70 major donors to Federation were in attendance. The Windsor Court Hotel offered an intimate setting for the black-tie affair, hosted by Darryl and Louellen Berger and the hotel. The event featured an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. A three-course dinner followed, capped by the Windsor Court’s famed Bananas Foster bread pudding. Entertainment was provided by Sharon Martin, accompanied on piano by Jake Gold. Event Co-Chairs were Alan and Sherry Leventhal, and Susan and Louis K. Good III. 2017 Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Annual Campaign Co-Chairs were Kathy Shepard and Maury Herman, who were accompanied by Hal Shepard and Cristina Wysocki. Also in attendance were Morris and Cathy Bart, Richard and Vivian Cahn, Marshall and Julie Oreck, and David and Jan Oreck. n



Event at a Glance When: Thursday, March 23 Where: Windsor Court Hotel

1. Morris and Cathy Bart with Hosts Louellen and Darryl Berger 2. Event Co-Chairs Alan Leventhal and Susan and Louis K. Good III 3. Bill Goldring, Julie Breeden, Cristina Wysocki and Annual Campaign Co-Chair Maury Herman

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What: “2017 Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner,” benefiting Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

Encore! The past social season in review By Dana Hansel

Wait! Did another social year just go whizzing past us? My, how time flies when we’re having fun and improving our community. As I prepared to write this article, I smiled as the images of all the beautiful and clever parties over the past year floated back to me. New Orleans’ magical parties create those “awwww” moments from the time you enter until you leave. Our social season runs from June to May, so let’s look at this past year’s busy social season …

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Most Patriotic: St. Charles Avenue magazine’s “Wine, Dine & Design Tablescapes Patron Party & Luncheon” benefiting Bastion

Hot and steamy summer kicked off the season with the “Heart & Soul Gala” benefiting the American Heart Association at Generations Hall. The theme was “The Teaching Garden,” and guests were introduced to the organization’s teaching garden programs in New Orleans. The AHA provides CPR training and certification, funds research and places defibrillators. Currently AHA is cleverly including a holistic long-term approach by teaching kids about gardening and healthy eating early in their lives. One of New Orleanians’ favorite nutritionists, Molly Kimball, participated in the event as did long-term AHA supporter Donna Klein; Dr. Robert Matheney and Mike Maenza chaired. Next up was “Juleps in June” benefiting The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, which has partnered with One Book One New Orleans and the society’s 2016 Big READ to focus on teenagers at risk for illiteracy. Preservationist Andrea and Attorney David Bland hosted the party at their gorgeously renovated home with its fabulous garden. (Junior League’s Garden Club also held their April meeting at the Blands’.) Part of a long-term tradition, mint juleps were served in silver cups and guests enjoyed food and flowers by Glenn Vatshell, chef and owner of Palate New Orleans. The National World War II Museum hosted a festive party to raise money to continue its major expansion. I remember fondly the opening of the D-Day Museum, its inaugural parade and the many WWII vets who came to New Orleans to celebrate the occasion. Now renamed The National World War II Museum, it’s the most visited museum in the city and No. 13 nationally. You could plan an entire week there and still have more to see and experience. Ending the summer season was Whitney Bank’s White Linen Night benefitting the Contemporary Arts Center. The highlight of the evening is that all the galleries in the Warehouse District are open and most serve libations and nibbles. Patrons break out their best white linen to support the arts and the neighborhood. For many parents, summer camps are a key to summer sanity. Many of our wonderful nonprofits and schools sponsor great camps for our kids to expand their learning experiences. Art oriented camps are available from Newman School, Academy of the Sacred Heart, The Louise S. McGehee School, Country Day Le Camp, St. Martin’s, St. Mary’s Dominican, Ursuline and nonprofits such as New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Ogden Museum, City Park and many others.

The Most List Most Active: Gambit’s “Reds, Whites and the Blues”

Most Artsy: “Cocktails for KID SmART”

Most Beautiful: Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful “April in Paris” – multi-year winner because of the constant beautification of Jefferson Parish

Most Beer: Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s “Boudin, Bourbon & Beer”

Most Business-like: Junior Achievement’s “Business Hall of Fame”

Most Charming: Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “Sippin’ in Seersucker” – multi-year winner because those seersucker suits are adorable

Most Champions: Ochsner Cancer Institute’s “Moonlight & Miracles Gala”

Most Creative: Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera Association’s “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Fashion Show”

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NOMA’s annual “LOVE in the Garden”


We then fell into fall with multiple events. Lighthouse Louisiana hosted its annual event chaired by Jim Perrier, Jane Heidingsfelder, Anne Villere and Jim Ashbee. Joel Catering donated an amazingly tasty evening and Joel Dondis’ dessert company, Sucré, provided its famous mouthwatering macaroons. Other favorite New Orleans restaurants provided tasty treats as well. The auction was highly successful featuring artwork, chef dinners, jewelry and more. In the legal world, things can move fast with court dates, filing deadlines and client depositions, but there’s great group of lawyers who take time out of their busy lives to donate time to help the less fortunate: The Pro Bono Project. In September, the group held its annual gala at the Audubon Tea Room. Honorary Co-Chairs were Gary Solomon Jr. and Seth Bloom Esq. Solomon has left his mark on many high-profile projects including lighting the Superdome – a favorite as one drives on I-10 at night! To add to the high caliber, Jan Hayden served as Committee Chair, John Casbon as Celebrity Auctioneer and Mark Romig as Emcee – what an A-list line-up!

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If you ever want to feel the love, then you must attend NOMA’s annual “LOVE in the Garden” event in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. This year’s Chairs, Jennifer and Fred Heebe, Penny and Al Baumer and Shelby Sanderford, created a magical evening. The event honored local artists: Elenora Rukiya Brown, Skylar Fein, Gene Koss, Ashley Longshore, Alexa Pulitzer and Josephine Sacabo. With LOVE in the air, wonderful artists and 1,600 of the who’s who list of New Orleans, this event was one to remember! Throughout the fall there are many neighborhood groups which raise money to help support their area’s special needs. These include the Garden District Association which celebrated its 30th annual “Fall Affair” at Commander’s Palace, and the Country Club Garden Association which hosted an annual fall party on Fairway Drive. Many other groups find ways to support and protect their neighborhoods. In that vein, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation held its annual “Stake Out for Justice” event Chaired by Steve Kupperman. Sheraton New Orleans Hotel hosted the event supported by Board

Member and Sheraton GM, Jim Cook. Greg Rusovich was introduced as the Chairman Elect. Thank you NOPD for protecting us and good luck in recruiting more police. Anyone who lives in New Orleans knows and loves our local restaurants. The “Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award Gala” benefiting the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience honored Ralph Brennan, President of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. Cameron Perry served as Event Chair and chef Ruth Varisco spoke about her work at Nunez Community College. With tasty food, plentiful drinks, beautiful space at the RitzCarlton and hospitality industry leaders in full force, the evening was a unique experience. “O What A Night” benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosted a festive dinner and auction. This past fall The Opus Award Honoree was Trustee Emerita Fran Villere. Gala Chairmen were

Most Dancing: New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s “Azúcar Ball” – ongoing favorite to get your dancing shoes moving

Tracy Copeland and Tommy Westervelt – people who can always take a party to new levels and then some! Tommy and Dathel Coleman were gracious Patron Party hosts at their Audubon Place home. NOMA’s 50th “Odyssey” was Chaired by Susu and Andrew Stall, and as patrons entered the museum, they experienced a Z Event-created “awwww” moment with balloons that seemed to be falling from the ceiling. Then Timothee Lovelock of Lovelock Entertainment not only held court during the main party but then was in the courtyard and kept the party hopping until late night with all his energy. Making the evening truly special was the museum’s fantastic exhibition “Seeing Nature: Landscapes Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection.” A bonus was a retrospective of the work of George Dunbar, a favorite New Orleans artist who helped to bring abstract art to the South. Leading up to the event, there were several events to celebrate the 50th: a kickoff party underwritten by the Hyatt; a party for the Young Fellows hosted by Susu and Andrew Stall; a luncheon at the August NVC meeting honoring all past “Odyssey” chairs and Chaired by Toni Feinman, Jerri Cullinan and Jean Taylor; and then an out-of-the-box Patron Party hosted by the Drs. Jolly at their Audubon Place home.

Most Dramatic: Le Petit Théâtre’s “Curtain Call Ball”

Most Enchanting: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Opus Ball” presented “A Tribute to Louis Prima”

Most Exciting: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s inaugural “Man/Woman of the Year Campaign” Kickoff Event – very new event

Most Fashionable: LPO Volunteers’ Encore Shop’s “Fall into Fashion” – this year celebrated the 10th year anniversary

Most Festive: New Orleans Opera Association’s Junior Committee’s “Big Wig Ball”

Most Glam: Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization’s “When the Stars Align: Stars of the American Ballet Meet Stars of New Orleans Cuisine and Philanthropy”

Most Glassy: “Just Say YAYA”

Most Fruitful: Louisiana Appleseed’s eighth annual “Good Apple Gala”

Most Heartfelt Golfing: “HeartGift Heroes Golf Tournament” – to add to your heartstrings, artist Thomas Mann is putting art where his heart is by unveiling the Heartfelt Louisiana Collection and donating half of all proceeds to HeartGift 45


Now we turn to our warm New Orleans-style winter. St. Charles Avenue magazine is always very proud to present our Activists of the Year, and this year’s event, honoring Alan Philipson, Beverly Matheny, Frank and Paulette Stewart, Mary Ann Valentino and Peggy Laborde, was no exception. After studying their bios, New Orleanians can feel confident that our city is in good hands with dedicated leaders who truly care. Thank you to our Activists and IberiaBank for hosting the annual event introducing and honoring the Activists. If you love to dance, the “Azúcar Ball,” which benefits the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, is for you. The black-tie annual event honored New Orleans own Arnold Donald, CEO of the Carnival Corporation. Donald is a St. Augustine graduate. Interestingly, the Rex organization recently celebrated 60 years of parading with St. Augustine’s famous marching band. New Orleanians love our traditions! Debutante parties filled the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. The creative themes, tasty food, beautiful dresses,

Most Wine: Hermann Grima + Gallier Historic Houses “Amazing Grapes Wine Tasting and Auction for Education” – multi-year winner because it’s just that fine with wine

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amazing high energy bands, proud parents and grandparents and the long-loved traditions allow guests to yearn for the next party. No matter how beautiful the girls or their parties, the core of the season is the girls’ enthusiasm as not only a time to bond with old and new friends but as an exciting rite of life’s passage. Although the season primarily focuses on the young ladies, one must not forget our dutiful Kings and Pages. Yes, men and sons, you have an important role in these majestic presentations and your participation is most appreciated. As many of you are masked in secrecy, the guessing game of who you are enhances the fun. As many of us were sad to see the end of “Downton Abbey,” WYES via PBS was able to produce another winner in “Victoria.” To celebrate the new series, WYES had a Victorian themed party Chaired by Russ and Sandra Herman and Jean Rice at the beautiful Opera Guild House. Six different garden clubs and florists provided floral arrangements to emphasize an important tradition of “Victorian Floral Codes.”

Most Horses: Junior League of Greater Covington’s “Harvest Cup Polo Classic”

Most Hip 40-Year-Old: Contemporary Arts Center’s “SweetArts”

Most Historical: A Tie! Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden’s “Sunset Garden Gala” and Vieux Carré Commission Foundation’s “Spirit of the Vieux Carré Gala”

Most Humanitarian: AntiDefamation League’s annual “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner”

Most Impactful: Eden House’s “Evening in the Garden of Eden”

Most Impactful: Eden House’s “Evening in the Garden of Eden”

Most Jazzy: The Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp and the New Orleans Arts and Cultural Committee awarded the 2016 Louis Armstrong Jazz Pioneer Award to Deacon John Moore

Most Kid-Friendly: Audubon Institute’s “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” Presented by Tulane Pediatrics

Most Literate: Start The Adventure in Reading’s “STAIR Affair 2016 – Treasure Island”

Most Champions: Ochsner Cancer Institute’s “Moonlight & Miracles Gala”

Most Lively: The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s “Stella!/Stanley! Shouting Contest”

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Most Stunning: NOMA’s “50th Odyssey Ball”


Then it was time for spring. One of our favorites is NOMA’s and The Garden Study Club’s “Art in Bloom” presented by IberiaBank. The two-day event kicked off with a Patron Party, which gave the ladies a chance to showcase their new floral dresses. The next day there were two presentations from James Farmer, lifestyle expert, and Laura Dowling, former White House Chief Florist. Both speakers are authors and signed books for the guests. A luncheon was

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followed with a Saks Fifth Avenue style show. The museum was transformed with a wide range of flowers and plants displayed to support the party’s theme, interpret a painting or to exhibit a tablescape. Beyond “Art in Bloom,” the museum always has stunning floral arrangements in the urns in the Great Hall. WYES celebrated its 60th year with a 1960s-themed gala Chaired by Bill and Mary Hines, Hunter and Kaylea Hill and C.C. and Billy Langenstein. Windsor Court

Catering was the caterer and Solomon Group provided the festive lighting. As you entered the party, ladies in British flagged outfits provided the guests’ first drinks. To add an extra layer of fun, go-go dancers danced on pedestals to get the crowd going. Once guests got their groove on, they could refuel at the fondue station – Windsor Court-style of course! (Edit note: This event was held in the author, Dana Hansel, and her husband’s fabulous home!) Did you realize how many ways there are to cook a pig? If you ever want to expand your “pig options,” then “Hogs for the Cause” is for you. The many groups who do, mainly composed of young men, lose sleep trying to prepare the perfect pig meal. But it’s the fundraising that makes the event a winner. In fact, the organization recently pledged $2.1 million for Hogs House, a place to stay for families of

children undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital. The 8,500-square-foot Hogs House will provide 10 to 14 family suites, two family lounges, kitchen spaces and laundry facilities overlooking the State Street grounds. Now that’s impressive cookin’ for a children’s cause! Adding to the busy spring season are plenty of school fundraisers, festivals, multiple runs for various causes and parties “just because.” In New Orleans, there’s something available for anyone who wants to socialize with old friends or make new ones.

Most Organic: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ seventh annual “An Edible Evening”

Most Musical: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.’s “Jazz & Heritage Gala”

Most Organic: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans’ seventh annual “An Edible Evening”

Most Paddles: New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park’s inaugural “Response – Artists in the Park”

Most Patriotic: St. Charles Avenue magazine’s “Wine, Dine & Design Tablsecapes Patron Party & Luncheon” benefiting Bastion & Bastion’s “Building Bastion” inaugural event

Most Royal: Bridge House / Grace House’s Cochon Cotillion 20”

Most Soulful: Legacy Donor Foundation’s “Soul Revival”

Most Stunning: NOMA’s “50th Odyssey Ball”

Most Stylish: Woman of Fashion & Men of Fashion’s 45th annual “Prix d’Elegance Luncheon & Fashion Show”

Most Tasty: Second Harvest Food Bank’s “Harvest at Home”

Most Visionary: Louisiana Children’s Museum’s “CHAIRish the Children” – we’re all excited to see their new location in City Park

Most Wine: Hermann Grima + Gallier Historic Houses “Amazing Grapes Wine Tasting and Auction for Education” – multi-year winner because it’s just that fine with wine 49

Taking the Kids Summer fun for all ages By Kelcy Wilburn Photos by Cheryl Gerber

While the kids may be excited to be out of school, the break in routine can be a hassle for parents who must scramble to keep the hours filled and the young minds occupied. Fortunately, New Orleans is a great place to live in the summer and is full of opportunities for family-friendly fun and programs for children. If you’re looking for a place to take the kids – be it for a few hours or a few weeks – you’re in luck. From educational activities to entertainment and sweet excursions, local businesses and organizations offer a variety of ways to spend the summer months. The Louisiana Children’s Museum is a gem for local parents and families, and while they offer plenty of special events and programs, they also provide daily activities all summer long. Parents looking to fill a few hours here and there can stop in for any number of activities including Toddler Time at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, STEM Lab at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and Wellness Wednesdays and Fitness Fridays, both at 11:30 a.m.

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Special June programming includes the Storytelling Festival (June 10-11), which features storytelling, theatre, music, art, puppetry and books. On Saturday, June 24, the museum hosts Kids Food Festival To-Go, where young foodies will learn about achieving balance in food choices through fun activities and sampling familyfriendly foods. In advance of the July 4 holiday, the museum will become the “U.S. of Play” with a week-long patriotic celebration running Monday, June 26 through Monday, July 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum will also host several camps for kids this summer. Summer camps are an obvious choice for entertaining children June through August, and while some programs require several weeks of commitment, others offer parents flexible schedules that don’t interfere with family vacations. McGehee School’s Summer at McGehee offers a variety of one-week programs for girls in grades (rising) Kindergarten through seventh. Split into two groups of younger and older students, the camps offer a

chance for girls to explore areas of interest while also homing in on their favorite subjects. McGehee’s one-week sessions begin June 19 and run through August 4, and their weekly enrollment means parents can enroll their child for one week up to six. Each week offers its own theme, which is then incorporated into the day’s classes in performance, sports, games, arts, crafts, science and other subjects. Examples of 2017 themes include Galactic Adventures, Depths of the Sea and Sleep-Away-at-School. “In general, we try to make camp a mini McGehee experience and maintain the culture of the school. If parents are interested in testing the waters of the all-girls experience, Summer at McGehee is a great place to start,” says teacher and Summer Program Director Julee LaPorte. Boys and girls ages seven (or rising second grade) through 14 are welcome at Metairie Park Country Day’s intensive arts-focused summer camp, Country Day Creative Arts, which runs June 12 through July 14. Students select five classes

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from a list of more than 30 in visual arts, performing arts and sports. In the past, classes to choose from have included music, acting, juggling arts, comics, robotics, yoga and drawing and painting. The camp runs Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m., and After Care is available for an additional cost. “At the end of the program, young artists celebrate all they have accomplished with a magnificent Arts Festival for family, friends, and the greater community,” says Director of Marketing and Public Relations Julie Bordes. The Arts Festival takes place during the early evening of Friday, July 14. While it might resemble a school, a library and a cafe, The French Library on Magazine Street is a children’s lifestyle shop that Owner and Director Katrina Greer founded based on a need for French books for the growing French immersion and expat population in New Orleans. With children and families in mind, Greer designed the boutique to also operate as a community center of sorts with activities,

events, classes, projects and other programs. The French Library continuously receives new titles from France and has expanded its inventory to include French toys, games, periodicals, cookbooks, accessories and gifts. “We will have an interim program offered for French Immersion students who would like to keep learning over the course of the summer,” says Greer. The program will include reading lists, book clubs, movie nights and more. Storytime and Étude (French tutoring and homework help) will also continue over the summer. The French Library will celebrate its one-year anniversary with cake, mimosas and treats for adults and children all day Sunday, June 4. New Orleans is very much a sportscrazed city, especially regarding the Saints, the Pelicans and local university sports teams. The summer is prime baseball season, and New Orleans is home to the newly named Baby Cakes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. “With tickets starting at just $5, the Baby Cakes provide affordable family

entertainment and a chance to watch the Major League stars of tomorrow,” says Director of Public Relations Dave Sachs. Baby Cakes games are also great for fun summer birthday parties – there’s even an outfield swimming pool that can be reserved for private gatherings. Games at the “Shrine on Airline” feature daily promotions, which provide discounts on tickets and concessions as well as special activities and entertainment. On “Funday Sundays,” for example, kids can play catch on the field before the game and run the bases afterwards. Special events include giveaways, such as a baseball card set on June 16 or a trip to Miami on June 23 that comes with Marlins tickets. Theme nights include Star Wars Night on June 24, the July 4 Independence Day celebration with fireworks and Purple & Gold Night on July 8. Options for indoor summer fun are a must in a city as hot as ours, and the one-year-old Broad Theater will play host to several family friendly Hollywood titles this summer. Located near the Whole 51

Foods on North Broad Street, the theater offers box office hits alongside classics and art films, giving New Orleans moviegoers a silver screen close to home. According to owner Brian Knighten, the theater will show a weekly classic children’s film plus its regular lineup of blockbusters. The Broad Theater features the expected concession-stand fare and also has a bar with beer, wine and cocktails. “And, we will of course continue to offer our ‘BYO Baby’ event, where parents with newborns can come see a grown-up film with the lights up a little and volume down and enjoy sushi from Asuka Sushi. We are happy to be working with The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital to promote this event to new parents,” says Knighten. An indoor option for fun that doesn’t require the kids to sit still is Palm Tree Playground, a beach-themed indoor playground that provides the best of both worlds – a “beach” atmosphere for active play located indoors and out of the elements. “We believe in quality, family fun. We support the community with a safe, exciting and clean environment where children laugh, play, develop, explore and socialize. Happy children equal happy parents, and our focus on customer service is directly related to the adults’ experience at Palm Tree Playground as well,” says Founder Heather Hays.

Typically, kids who play at Palm Tree Playground are between the ages of 9 months and 7 years. The destination offers weekday walk-in play and fun-filled birthday parties on the weekends. Choose from three party arrangements (Fun Party, Private Fun Party and Big Kahuna) and eight different party themes if you don’t want to bring your own decorations. Kids adore sweet treats, and in summer in New Orleans there’s no treat sweeter than a cold, colorful snow ball. Plum Street Snoballs has been a New Orleans icon since its inception in 1945. For generations, parents and grandparents have taken their children by the famous stand located at 1300 Burdette St. Owners Donna and Claude Black have retained many of the founder’s original recipes while creating new and exciting flavors such as King Cake and Roasted Marshmallow. You don’t always have to stroll to Carrollton to enjoy Plum Street Snoballs, who often set up a stand and dole out the juicy, icy treats at festivals and events all over

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town, including the Arts Market of New Orleans. The company also caters private events and birthday parties with a portable stand that makes fresh snow balls on-site. New Orleans City Park has its own stand for sweet treats, but instead of icy snow balls, people flock to Morning Call in City Park for its hot, sugar-coated beignets and café au lait, which also notably comes in a frozen form for those hot summer days. Snacks aside, City Park is full of opportunities for kids – from the amusement of Storyland and Carousel Gardens to City Putt and boat and bike rentals. With 1,300 acres of park land, families can enjoy everything from picnics and strolls to playground fun, tennis, golf, soccer and more. On June 9, 10 and 11, City Putt hosts its Summer Nights Party 6-10 p.m. each night. Tickets run $10 per person and are good for play on one course, sweet treats, a free raffle ticket one cocktail or soft drink and giveaways, too. Tickets can be purchased day-of at City Putt.

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Summer at McGehee at Louise S. McGehee School 2343 Prytania St. 561-1224 Country Day Creative Arts at Metairie Park Country Day School 300 Park Road, Metairie 837-5204 The French Library 3811 Magazine St. 267-3707 Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St. 523-1357

Baby Cakes Baseball 6000 Airline Drive, Metairie 734-5155

Broad Theater 636 N. Broad St. 218-1008 Palm Tree Playground 3011 N. I-10 Service Road, East Metairie 828-8164 Plum Street Snoballs 1300 Burdette St. 866-7996 New Orleans City Park 1 Palm Drive 482-4888 53

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Climbing to the Top Dr. Church’s volcano party By Bev Church

Dr. John Church has retired from his plastic surgery practice and is keeping busy by climbing volcanoes in Nicaragua and Guatemala. (Before this, he climbed mountains – like the Aconcaqua and the Pico do Orizaba – all over the U.S. and South America. He definitely needed a celebration to honor his achievements, so Luis Colmenares, John Rowland of Hospitality Catering and I got together. We started with a small volcano that Luis would create for the front of the house, but as you can see, it turned into a two-story creation with lava-like lighting, smoke and

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glowing rocks flowing from the top of the volcano! Luis even covered the walkway and painted stones so you felt that you were walking up the mountain yourself. Once inside, the table had another volcano as the centerpiece and an incredible menu that included Crescent City steak bites and petite wild mushroom chevre cakes to start; with Louisiana paella with shrimp, crawfish, crab, chicken and chorizo sausage; blackened chicken orzo pasta; forestiere salad; and Gruyère soufflé for the main course.

I decorated several tables so that guests could choose where to sit and then serve themselves. Director Miles Mumford created a video of the climbs in Guatemala and Nicaragua so we could imagine that we were there, too! I handed out maracas to everyone for favors, and with those and tambourines we danced around to the juke box all night and then went outside to watch the volcano glowing under the stars. We are getting ready to host more volcano parties soon, so stay tuned! n 69

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Clesi – Mazzarell By Mirella Cameran

When Victoria Aylett Clesi and Matthew Brian Mazzarell where sitting in their Geographic Information Systems Class as undergraduates at the College of Charleston, their minds may have been wandering a little. They both caught each other’s eye and interest. So, when Aylett had her Kappa Delta Fall party, she invited Matt as her date. They immediately hit it off and after graduation Matt moved to New Orleans to be with Aylett. Around four years after that party, Matt took Aylett to Laguna Beach, California. As soon as they arrived, Matt took Aylett for a cliff walk overlooking the ocean. He dropped to one knee, popped the question, she said yes and they were engaged. The wedding celebrations began with a wonderful rehearsal dinner at Antoine’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. On April 1, 2017, Aylett and Matt were married at The Most Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue, where Aylett’s parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles were married. The celebrant was Father Randy Roux. Aylett wore her mother’s wedding dress originally from Town & Country, adding her own touches with the help of her favorite dress designer and family friend, Ilaine Hartman. The bride also wore her aunt’s wedding veil held in place by the same comb of flowers worn by the bride’s mother on her wedding day. The recessional song was “Coeur de Jesus” the hymn of the Academy of Sacred Heart of which Aylett and her mother are both alumnae. After the ceremony, the wedding party moved to The New Orleans Country Club to celebrate, decorated exquisitely by Paul Norman of Thibodeaux’s Flowers. Aylett had chosen the club’s favorite turtle soup, and some Louisiana dishes for Matt’s South Carolina family and friends, such as crawfish etouffée and crabmeat beignets. She also included a cheese display from St. James Cheese

Company, one of the couple’s favorites! Margaret Jones of Scriptura designed a beautiful cipher for the couple that it was incorporated throughout the wedding festivities on invitations, napkins, cups and bridesmaids’ gift boxes. Pierre McGraw, a family friend, carved a large gilded cipher as a wedding gift that was hung for decoration at the reception. A shrimp luge also included the cipher carved in ice. Aylett included some sentimental touches both at her wedding and reception. She pinned

Matt’s Beta Theta Pi pin and her Kappa Delta pin on the stem of her bouquet. They used her parents silver champagne goblets and silver cake sword. And a white rose, the Kappa Delta flower, was added to the bouquets of sorority sisters who served as bridesmaids. The couple honeymooned in Athens, Santorini and Barcelona, and returned to their home on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans where Aylett is a Geologist with ERM and Matt is a Data Scientist with Teradata. n

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Rupa Mohan CEO, The Sweat Social By Lindsay Mack

While exploring southeast Asia for a

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the city’s culinary and cocktail culture. From guided meditation to fun runs, visitors can maintain fitness at their own pace. At this time The Sweat Social particularly caters to the many groups of people who come to New Orleans for conferences. On-site stretch breaks can help conferencegoers take a breather in between meetings. What is more, “sweatworking” offers an alternative to the traditional networking event. By doing a workout together, visitors can quickly break down barriers and get to know one another. Specialty workouts are also offered. Scavenger hunts are a hit, as well as brass class – a workout class set to the tempo of a live brass band. Mohan purposefully chose New Orleans as the launch site for her business. The city’s tourism industry, as well as its large number

of conferences and conventions, made it a perfect setting for The Sweat Social’s proof of concept. In particular, the supportive entrepreneurial community in New Orleans helped her out. “New Orleans is a phenomenal place to start a business,” says Mohan. Going forward, Mohan hopes to launch The Sweat Social in cities across the United States. Chances are people won’t want to leave home without their health and wellness practices. The Sweat Social can help meet those needs. n

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year, Rupa Mohan realized that one aspect of life is often left out for travelers: fitness. Because travelers must get by with little to no gear, they’re often left to the mercy of hotel gyms. Mohan, however, believed that health and wellness practices could be incorporated into trips with ease, so she decided to launch a business catering to travelers who are fans of health and wellness practices. Because of the city’s fame as a startup hotspot, Mohan took a flight from New Delhi to New Orleans to found The Sweat Social. The Sweat Social offers a tremendous variety of fitness and wellness services for travelers in New Orleans. A morning yoga or high intensity interval training class can help visitors refresh after a few days of enjoying

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her school, where she was a member of Student Council, Veritas Volunteers Service Club and served as a Student Preacher, just to name a few. Puente created and organized an event to honor her best friend, Ashley Code. September of her senior year, Code passed away from a brain tumor. The event was called Ashley Code Day: Pay it forward. On this day, students from 22 different high schools “One simple act of kindness were asked to perform random can have a rippling effect. The acts of kindness on what would more involved we become in have been Code’s 18th birthday. our communities, the more we “To know that thousands can create the positive changes of people participated, and we want to see in the world,” will continue to participate, in says Madeline Lorraine Puente, a spreading kindness to others recently graduated senior from St. on this day brought me such Mary’s Dominican High School. happiness, and I know, Ashley Puente’s most rewarding also,” says Puente. “Ashley in her volunteer experience was going own right was a relentless activist on a school mission trip during for Christ. She may have been Mardi Gras to Bani, Dominican young but she was tremendously Republic. Puente and her mature in her spirituality.” schoolmates taught in schools Puente’s mother, Karen and provided support to the Lacour Puente, has inspired community. her to become an activist. She “Until I arrived in Bani, I taught Puente the values of never fully grasped the reality of courage, kindness, service and living without simple comforts thoughtfulness. and conveniences. Americans “The life my mom leads is often take so much for granted, one I want to emulate, because such as having electricity, everywhere she goes she brings clean water, technology and an joy to others’ lives. This is why education,” she says. I became an activist, because Throughout her community, I want to help better people’s Puente is a member of City lives in every possible way, just of Kenner’s Mayor’s Youth like my mom,” she says. Advisory Council and the Puente is attending the Audubon Junior Zookeepers, University of Alabama in the and she has volunteered at fall and plans to have a career Children’s Hospital, Ronald in medicine. She wants to be McDonald House and the involved with the Catholic Rotary Club of Metairie. Church and various service Puente was also involved at organizations on campus. n 73

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Simone Reggie Co-Owner, Simone’s Market By Mirella Cameran

Tell us about how you opened Simone’s Market? I was working at Good Eggs, until they closed in August 2015. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do and a classmate from Tulane, AJ Brooks, expressed interest in opening a grocery store. We found the perfect spot on Oak Street. I wanted to have a market that had a mix of local and sustainable products, but also a chef to make prepared meals. How long have you been open? Four months.

How much of what you stock is locally produced? I stock as much as is available in the New Orleans area: Produce from within 150 miles of the city and milk, beef and seafood from local sources.

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What kinds of things do you sell? We have everything from pantry staples, small batch cheeses, ice cream, produce, beer, wine and liquor. We also have many brands you can only get here. Is there anything else you want to tell us? We are going to be having Saturday tastings and we’re available on Waitr. n

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Are you meeting a need? Yes, there was a great need for a grocery in this area and there’s so much foot traffic in our neighborhood it’s easy for guests to walk over to get their pantry staples.

What do you make in-house? We have an array of sandwiches, stocks, broths, lasagna, enchiladas, chicken pot pie, pimento cheese, smoked gouda mac & cheese, salsa and grape leaves.

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Chuck Proprietor, Oleander on Royal By Mirella Cameran

How did you come to open Oleander on Royal? The opportunity to open a gallery popped up and I had to jump at a lifelong dream. What makes you different from everyone else? Our lifestyle curating. I want to show people how they can live with art in their homes and plan on reflecting that in this space.

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Why Royal Street? Royal Street is an iconic street, known for its galleries. As a resident of the French Quarter, I tire of the stores with crawfish-scented candles that keep popping up. It’s an opportunity to change tourists’ opinions about New Orleans. Tell us about your favorite pieces? A bandaged tuba by Jerin Beasely: its size, execution and hues of gold and yellow really pop on its stark black background. And a rad, colorful piece by Willy Gardiner called “Hearts on Fire.” It’s like looking inside of a geode that’s been cut in half, with melted color blocks of blues and amethyst.

What else is going on in the gallery? We recently had a show for Amzie Adams, a French Quarter legend. It was beautiful, with a cool and easy crowd and live music. The second weekend of Jazz Fest was a show for Jerin Beasely. Tell us what you are excited about? Our Summer Lifestyle Series, we’re working with local yogis, specialty goods producers and small brands to create a truly immersive space. I would love for people to stay tuned and keep us on their radar. We may be new, but we have a lot planned. n

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1. Vincent Giardina, Lisa Romano, Susan Mancuso and Michael Hollis were honored at the “National Philanthropy Day Luncheon” presented by The Association of Fundraising Professionals in November 2016. The money raised supports the local AFP chapter and provides scholarship opportunities to nonprofit leaders. 2. Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter President Roselle Ungar, Awards Committee Chair Juli Pattison and Philanthropy Day Chair Whitney Armentor attend the “National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.” Over 300 guests attended the event that took place at the Audubon Tea Room. 3. Staci Rosenberg received the Big Pastrami Award from Executive Director of Tulane Hillel, Rabbi Yonah Schiller, at Hillel’s third annual “Schmancy Gala.” The award recognizes leaders in New Orleans who have made an impact on the community. 4. Ben Cappiello, Sarah Covert, Executive Director Rabbi Yonah Schiller and Chandler Nutik posed together at “Schmancy,” Tulane Hillel’s annual gala. Cappiello, Covert and Nutik were this year’s recipients of the Leading Forward Award, which honors individuals who exemplify leadership and community involvement. 5. Keshone and Kevin Waller hold their adopted son, Jameson, at the Volunteers of Greater New Orleans’ annual “Carousel Party” in City Park. The event takes place every year in November, which is National Adoption Month. 6. Dean, Nicholas and Stacey Howat celebrate National Adoption Month at the Volunteers of Greater New Orleans’ annual “Carousel Party.” Dozens of families were brought together to celebrate their unique bond with an afternoon of rides, food and fun.

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David and Judy Fried and Sharon Pollin and Bill Norman posed together at the Jewish Community Day School’s annual gala. The evening was a celebration of the school’s 21st “birthday.” 8. Hugo and Lis Kahn, Jewish Community Day School Gala Event Co-Chairs celebrated with Dashka Roth Lehmann and Larry Lehmann at the JCDS Gala on November 13, 2016. 9. Patti Hiller Lengsfield, Saundra K. Levy and Carol B. Wise attend the Jewish Community Day School’s gala to celebrate its 21st anniversary. 10. Lauren Ungar, Manager of Enrollment, Family and Community Relations celebrates the Jewish Community Day School’s 21st birthday with Jennifer Schneider, President of JCDS Parent Association. 11. Liz Yager, Tiffany Cotlar and Gail Chalew at the Jewish Community Day School Gala on November 13, 2016. The Vegas-inspired evening commemorated the school’s 21 years at the Gates of Prayer Synagogue in Metairie. 12. Ginger Crawford, Rita Miller and Janet Schwary shared a laugh at the Leading Ladies Guild’s “Champagne Membership Tea,” hosted by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. Prospective and current members enjoyed themed cocktails while mingling at the estate home of John and Yulia Houtaling.

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13. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Saige LaCour and David Schumacher celebrated at “A’s and Aces Gala: A Simply Smashing Night.” Nearly 200 guests attended the event to recognize the accomplishments of young community members like LaCour, who was the winner of the 2016 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. 14. The A’s and Aces staff pose together at “A Simply Smashing Night”; Kenny Waguespack, Eddie Garcia, Jane Cross, Christopher Brooks, Anna Monhartova, David Schumacher, Matthew Parker, A.J. Varnado, Aly Goldberg, Scott Edwards, Cindy Hart, Steve Usdin and Mary Johnston Norriss stand in front of the home of Frances and Calvin Fayard, where the gala was held. 15. Junior League of New Orleans President Maria Pardo Huete and Salvation Army Board Member Skye Fantaci attended The Salvation Army’s third annual “SOUPer Bowl Gala” at The National World War II Museum. The event pays homage to the early days of the Salvation Army, when their motto was “soup, soap and salvation.” 16. Ed Spooner, Chairman of the Salvation Army Board stands with his wife, Charlotte, at the “SOUPer Bowl Gala.” All proceeds from the event support the provision of meals, housing and life improvement programs at the Center of Hope. 17. Greg Pellegrini, Allyson Sanderson, Jennifer Grigsby and Sue Zaunbrecher show of their awards at the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s “Celebration of Philanthropy” in November. The event was hosted in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the Christwood Retirement Community. 18. Joy Durise and Nichole Shure attended the “Celebration of Philanthropy,” an event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the Northshore chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The event featured the 2017 AFP awards, which recognizes several of the Northshore’s most accomplished fundraisers. 78 st. charles Avenue June 2017

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19. Dr. Joseph Capsi, Ian Falshaw, Cole LeBourgeois and Whit Huguley celebrates the work of Dr. Capsi at his anniversary dinner, commemorating 20 years as a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Children’s Hospital. The took place at John Besh’s Pigeon and Prince and was hosted by HeartGift Louisiana. 20. Anne Banos and Dr. Stephen Hales are pictured at Dr. Capsi’s 20th anniversary dinner. Capsi is a dedicated volunteer surgeon for HeartGift Louisiana, a nonprofit whose mission is to make heart surgery possible for children in countries where advanced medical care isn’t available. 21. Hunter Hill and Chris LeBato attended the “New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Gala” at The Cannery. Hill was honored with the NORLI Innovative Leader Award. Proceeds from the event will benefit an upcoming project to develop community leaders. 22. Patty Riddlebarger, Betsie Gambel and Peggy Mendoza posed together at the “New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Gala.” Gambel was presented with the first ever NORLI Regional Leader Award, honoring an individual whose outstanding leadership has been essential in building and sustaining partnerships with regional communities. 23. Drew and Julie Jardin and Bonnie and John Boyd enjoyed the 2016 New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. The event was hosted at the home of Sarah and Pat Vance and featured Shakespeare speeches and toasts and refreshments from Joel Catering. 24. Pat Vance, Anne Morse, Jim Morse and Sarah Vance stand together during the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, which took place in the Vance’ home. This year’s event honored Herschel L. Abbott Jr., board member and prominent New Orleanian. 79

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1. Stuart Hall Headmaster Kevin Avin, center, poses with Gerald Duhon and his wife and Past Auction Co-Chair Missy Duhon at the “Headmaster’s Dinner” in January. The event served to recognize and thank the major donors of Stuart Hall School for Boys. 2. Valerie and John Van Vrancken celebrated at Stuart Hall’s “Headmaster’s Dinner.” The Van Vranckens are the parents of alumni and the grandparents of current Stuart Hall students. 3. Stuart Hall Board of Trustee Mandy Romig poses with Brian and Mary Larson at the Headmaster’s Dinner in January. The event was attended by over 200 donors. 4. John and Kay Fitzmorris, President of St. Mary’s Dominican High School Dr. Cynthia A. Thomas and President of Dominican Catholic Identity Jill Cabes attended “Legacy Gala: A Night For All Generations” at The Cannery in February. The annual event is put on by St. Mary’s Dominican High School and featured entertainment by the school’s Jazz Ensemble. 5. “Legacy Gala” auctioneer Bruce and alumnus Karen Kloesel Katz with Dominican teachers Crissy Giacona and Mazie Stewart posed at the “Legacy Gala.” The night included both silent and live auctions, which featured eight science laboratory art pieces drawn by Katz and other alumnae. 6. Members of a Dominican Legacy Family – Amanda Steen, Kathleen Lalla Steen, Elizabeth Lalla Steen, Katherine Stafford McGrittigan, Carolyn Lalla Bailey, Anne Lalla Babin and Sarah Babin – shared smiles at the annual “Legacy Gala.”

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7. Cabrini’s annual “Leadership in Giving Luncheon” was hosted by Cynthia Pazos at Commander’s Palace in March. Pictured here are (top row) Michelle Douglas, Gina Noto, Cynthia Chiasson, Natalie Tatje, Tish Steib, Maria Bienes, Florence Wingerter, Pam Mascari, Laurie Moeller, Jane Bartlett, Ashley Brennan, Teresa Billings, Ronda Gabb, Pam Delord and Charlene Pitre and (bottom row) Yvonne LaFleur, Cabrini High School’s President Jack Truxillo, Principal Yvonne Hrapmann, Cynthia Pazos, Amelia Hatheway and Erin Marrero-Savoie. 8. Jack Truxillo, Yvonne LaFleur, Cynthia Pazos and Yvonne Hrapmann attended the Cabrini’s “Leadership in Giving Luncheon” at Commander’s Palace. Yvonne LaFleur (’65) was honored as the 2017 Alumna of the Year. 9. Original artwork by Cynthia Pazos of Cabrini High School’s historic Esplanade Building were given to each guest of the” Leadership in Giving Luncheon.” The annual luncheon serves to thank the alumnae donors of Cabrini High School. 10. Dr. Billie Andersson, Reverend Father George Wilson and Laura Orwick attended the seventh annual Cathedral Montessori School’s “Silent Auction” in September 2016. The event raised over $20,000 to support a language, music and arts enrichment program and the creation of a Lower Elementary program. 11. Cuyler Boad and Anne-Teague Landis are pictured at the Cathedral Montessori School’s seventh annual “Silent Auction.” This year’s event was sponsored by Cembell Industries, Hermosa Cove Villa Resort, the Law Office of Albert F. Widmer Jr., the Law Office of Robert Angelle and Landis Construction. 12. Geromy Moore, Peter Dandridge, Kyle Cash and Michael Cash enjoyed the seventh annual “Silent Auction” to benefit the Cathedral Montessori School. The auction raised over $20,000 and included hand-painted garden posts created by CMS students and an exclusive Jamaican Villa stay at the Hermosa Cove. 81


Treating the Kids Friend and Company 7713 Maple St., 866-5433 Happy Birthday Cupcake Musical Figurine looks good enough to eat. An elegant fluted cupcake wrapper and luscious swirl of sweet enamel vanilla icing topped with pink and blue enamel stars create a masterpiece just for you. Twist the top and it cleverly plays “Happy Birthday to You”.

The French Library 3811 Magazine St., 267-3707 Let your child’s imagination run wild creating new worlds and exciting stories with the different images and characters presented by these charming storybook flashlights. Create a cinema within your home for the budding réalisateur (director) and let the adventure begin!

Feet First 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800 526 Royal St., 569-0005 These sweet little stuffed bears from Maison Nola feature the 100% Cotton “Storyland Toile” print. No two bears are alike, but are stuffed soft so they are perfect for cuddling!

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Positive Family Solutions 7100 St. Charles Ave., Suite 224 339-4938

NOLA Couture 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959 528 St. Peter St., 875-3522 Step up your kids summer style with a mix and match bow tie! Shop kids’ bow ties in store or at

Positive Family Solutions is the private practice of New Orleans native, Gerard Woodrich, LCSW, who specializes in disruptive behaviors, developmental disabilities, sexual trauma, depression, and anxiety, and has been trained in evidencebased interventions including CBT Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Play Therapy. Positive Family Solutions offers affordable and accessible counseling with flexible appointment scheduling and a sliding fee scale when necessary.

Little Pnuts 209 Harrison Ave, #C 267-5083 Kick off Summer with the greatest selection of travel and party games for game nights and family vacations. Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe has a wide selection to choose from, for all ages, 2 years to 15+. Keep laughter & fun alive with your family and friends all season long. 83

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June by Fritz Esker

Through 28




The Vic-Tones

As One


Watch this dynamic male vocal trio sing 1940s standards like “Chatanooga Choo Choo” and “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” every Wednesday through June. The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943,

This new, 75-minute characterdriven opera depicts the inner journey of a transgender person with humor and empathy. Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., 529-3000, NewOrleansOpera. org

Muse + Thirty Seconds to Mars + PVRIS

Through 25 Ain’t Misbehavin’

The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life with this musical revue featuring memorable songs such as “This Joint Is Jumpin’” and “Honeysuckle Rose.” The Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1943,

It’s Only a Play

The Taming of the Shrew

Terrence McNally’s sidesplitting comedy centers on theater insiders eagerly awaiting opening night reviews of their play at a lavish party. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

In Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, Bianca must secure a husband for her rebellious sister Katherine before Bianca’s father will give her permission to marry. Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., 865-5106, 6-11 Mamma Mia!

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)

ABBA’s hit romantic comedy about romance in Greece returns to New Orleans for high-energy fun. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

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Through 25

A young man in 1863 is promised his freedom from slavery if he fights for the Confederate side. What he finds on the battlefield will change him forever. Loyola University Marquette Theater, 6363 St. Charles Ave., 522-6545,

Muse, Thirty Seconds to Mars and PVRIS hit Champions Square as part of their North American tour. Champions Square, 587-3822,

13 Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain

Dynamic musicians and contemporary dancers tell the story of a man trying to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

New Orleans’ live, ongoing soap opera enters its seventh season as sisters Chanel and Cartier continue their outrageous adventures. The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 522-6545, 27 Boston: Hyper Space Tour

The timeless music of classic rock act Boston comes to New Orleans, reproducing their unearthly sounds without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, 29-July 2 ESSENCE Festival

“Party with a purpose” with musical acts such as John Legend, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross, alongside speakers such as Rev. Al Sharpton and filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, (888) 946-9655,

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

Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211 5631 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$6,000,000 1004 Falcon Road.....................SOLD...................$5,600,000 3 Audubon Place ......................SOLD...................$5,250,000 28 Audubon Place....................................................$5,200,000 1649 Joseph Street...................................................$4,200,000 16 Audubon Place ....................SOLD...................$4,500,000 1512 Lakeshore Blvd, Slidell..................................$4,500,000 295 Walnut Street .....................SOLD...................$3,990,000 8 La Salle Place .........................SOLD...................$3,650,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$3,000,000 1512 Seventh Street.................................................$2,850,000 525 Madison Street ..................SOLD...................$2,800,000 8 Rosa Park................................SOLD....................$2,490,000 1527 Sixth Street.......................SOLD...................$2,385,000 1776 State Street .......................SOLD...................$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ..............SOLD...................$2,300,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge......SOLD .......$2,200,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue.........SOLD .......$2,199,000 2503 St Charles Avenue .........SOLD...................$2,195,000 1938 State Street.......................SOLD....................$1,895,000 841 Barracks Street ..................SOLD...................$1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,850,000 7 Rosa Park................................SOLD...................$1,800,000 1518 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,750,000 15370 LA HWY 10 HY, St Francisville...............$1,700,000 1328 Felicity Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ....................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1800 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD...................$1,700,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .............................................$1,650,000 1732-34 Palmer Avenue............SOLD...................$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,625,000 19 Richmond Place ..................SOLD...................$1,575,000 1233 Second Street...................SOLD...................$1,600,000 576 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,595,000 6015 Prytania Street ................SOLD....................$1,497,500 4613 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$1,495,000 2707 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,490,000 2507 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,490,000

6433 Paris Avenue ....................SOLD...................$1,450,000 1542 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,450,000 1641 State Street.......................SOLD...................$1,425,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street ......................SOLD...................$1,399,000 1203 Marengo Street.....UNDER CONTRACT....$1,390,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street .....................SOLD...................$1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ................ SOLD ..................$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place .............................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1137 State Street ......................SOLD...................$1,295,000 6502 Woodwards Bluff, Long Beach, MS............$1,275,000 434 Lakeshore Parkway ...........SOLD...................$1,275,000 622 Barracks Street ..................................................$1,250,000 1333 State Street......................................................$1,250,000 1207 State Street .......................SOLD...................$1,250,000 234 Brockenbraugh Ct, Metairie......SOLD .........$1,235,000 571 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ....................SOLD...................$1,220,000 6554 Oakland Drive.................SOLD...................$1,200,000 441 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,199,000 1410 Philip Street ....................................................$1,100,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD...................$1,100,000 17 Chateau Palmer ...................SOLD...................$1,085,000 1701 Valence Street ..................SOLD...................$1,075,000 1919 State Street .......................SOLD...................$1,050,000 1221 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,050,000 1221 Exposition Blvd ..............SOLD...................$1,045,000 3225 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,000,000 1844 State Street .......................SOLD......................$995,000 1022 Webster Street .................SOLD......................$995,000 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington...............................$990,000 3447 Camp Street .....................SOLD......................$985,000 45 Savannah Ridge Ln .............SOLD......................$950,000 21431 Bob’s Road, Long Beach, MS .......................$850,000 203 Sycamore Drive, Metairie...................................$807,000 18 Darby Court...........................................................$799,000 6864 Vicksburg Street..............SOLD......................$697,000 5421 St Charles Avenue #1B.....................................$450,000 87

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To Dine and Dance The Court of Two Sisters surged in popularity in the 1930s-1940s By Seale Paterson

sundries and dress shop in the building at 913 Royal St. in the late 1800s, The Court of Two Sisters has been a restaurant since the 1930s. James L. Cooper bought the building in 1937 and was responsible for the restaurant’s initial surge of fame and popularity. Ads in 1938 described the restaurant as a place to dine and dance. The spacious and beautiful central courtyard featured dinner by candlelight while a string orchestra played French and Spanish tunes. Cooper even brought live opera to the courtyard. After dinner, a cocktail lounge featured a dance floor and more music, often until 3 or 4 a.m., according to the multiple noise complaints from neighbors.

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During the early 1940s, the restaurant became popular with World War II soldiers who were in New Orleans waiting for shipment overseas. Flashlights were provided on every table in case of blackouts, while servicemen enjoyed moonlit evenings in the courtyard. The cocktail lounge was still popular, although because of restrictions placed by the Office of War Mobilization in 1945, the party had to end at midnight. Tourists also discovered The Court of Two Sisters in the 1940s. A letter from Art Johnson written to his parents in 1941 upon his first visit to New Orleans described his dinner there: “WHAT A MEAL! Real, honest to goodness Creole cooking! Oyster Rockefeller, Creole Gumbo, Pompano Papillote /Cauliflower (even

this tasted different), Tomatoes, Lettuce / French Bread (big slabs) … Then dessert can be ordered with above – all this for $1.60. But I couldn’t be satisfied with just plain dessert. I was sold on a strawberry jubilee. The waiter brings out ice cream with the strawberries – then – right on the table – he sets a big burner, and proceeds to burn brandy – while it’s burning, he pours it on the strawberries and ice cream. It’s the moistest delicious dish I’ve ever had.” n The bar at The Court of Two Sisters, pictured here in 1941, was popular among tourists and locals alike.

Image provided courtesy of: The Charles L. Franck Studio Collectio n at The Historic Ne w O rleans Col lection , 1979.325.4685

Named after two sisters who had a