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ST. CHARLES AVENUE MAGAZINE

JUNE 2019

AHA’S “HEART & SOUL GALA”

SKINCARE

CHILDREN’S CHIC


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CO N T E N T S

Features

On the Cover

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Patron Chair Diane Hollis, Honoree and Speaker Jennifer Hale and Co-Chairs Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich and Jessica Brandt for American Heart Association’s “Heart & Soul Gala.”

Hot days and time spent keeping cook in salt or chlorinated water wreck havoc on our skin. Find your new or new to you skin saviour starting on pg. 46.

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Handle With Care New and tried-and-true products to protect, repair and restore your skin STYLED BY ALI SULLIVAN BY MORGAN PACKARD GRIFFITH PHOTOGRAPHED BY MIKE LIRETTE

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Encore! The past social season in review BY DANA HANSEL

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Thanks to Jessica Brandt for opening her home for the shoot, and to Mary Fein, AHA Communications Director for New Orleans and Baton Rouge, for her invaluable assistance. The American Heart Association’s “Heart & Soul Gala” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Saturday, June 15. Co-Chairs Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich and Jessica Brandt and Patron Chair Diane Hollis say the evening festivities will include dinner, dancing, an exciting live auction and an opportunity to Open Your Heart and further support the AHA’s mission. Additionally, this year the gala will feature a car raffle – tickets are $20 each – through a donation from the Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation. Raffle tickets are available in advance for the chance to win a new 2019 Camry LE. The winner will be drawn at the event. All proceeds go to the Greater New Orleans American Heart Association, Funds raised at the gala will help the AHA to continue the fight against cardiovascular diseases and defects, the No. 1 killers in our country. AHA funds research and educational programs both locally and nationally to lower these numbers.  Funds raised through the gala are invested back into the New Orleans community through educational outreach programs, CPR training and certification, placement of automated external defibrillators and funding for groundbreaking medical research.   Learn more and purchase tickets by visiting NewOrleansHeartBall.heart.org


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CO N T E N T S

In Every Issue

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6&8 EDITORS’ NOTES

10 MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Top Box Foods Louisiana: Affordable and accessible healthy, fresh food

12 KIDS PLAY

City Putt: Greens crafted to a tee

14 WHAT’S HOT

Spring Fashion Children’s Chic

16 ON THE MENU

Mucho Mojo: The Country Club’s Chef Chris Barbato shares its Crispy Gulf Fish with Avocado Salad, Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Red Pepper Mojo

18 THE DISH

Shrimp Toast: Nothing to Pu-Pu

56 ENTERTAINING WITH BEV

The Swansons’ 50th Anniversary Celebrations: Part Two

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PHILANTHROPIC FUN

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Smith – Korengold Enchanted Playground in the Park “Lark in the Park 2019” proceeds benefit the revitalization of Storyland. 20 Selfless Service Legacy Donor Foundation celebrated 20 years of organ donation awareness. 22 Masked Magnificence This year marked the 75th anniversary of UNCF. 24 Serving the Solution to Ending Hunger Second Harvest Food Bank continues to lead the fight against hunger in South Louisiana. 26 Motorcycle Chic for the Cantor Cantor Joel Colman honored for 20 years at Temple Sinai. 28

A Federation Fête The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans thanked 73 major donors. 30

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Courageous Community Crimestoppers GNO recognized those who make our city more secure. 32

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Youth Enrichment A Patron Party and festival for the Youth Empowerment Project supported youth enrichment programs. 34

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Tip of the Hat The Mad Hatter Luncheon took patrons down the rabbit hole and into a fun fashion show event. 36 Festing at The Fillmore French Quarter Fest opened with a spring soirée at The Fillmore. 38

YOUNG BLOODS

Gene Meneray: Co-Founder, The Ella Project STUDENT ACTIVIST

Makayla Amma Anderson: St. Mary’s Dominican High School SHOP TALK

Ellis Arjmand MD, MMM, PhD: Surgeon-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital, New Orleans


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Anne Krozely: General Manager, Love Swimming NOLA

64 SNAPSHOTS 66 ONSTAGE CALENDAR 72 NOSTALGIA Dixiana Bakery: The Melt-O-Way of memories


JUNE 2019 VOL. 24 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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B E V ' S N OT E

Please put Saturday, June 15, on your calendar for The American Heart Association’s “Heart & Soul Gala,” which will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Loyola Avenue! Thanks so much to Co-Chairs Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich and Jessica Brandt who promise a night to remember! Thanks also to Patron Chair Diane Hollis and Honoree and Speaker Jennifer Hale. The gala begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and silent auction. A scrumptious dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. followed by a live auction and car raff le of a 2019 Camry donated by the Ray and Jessica Brandt Family Foundation. Tickets are $250 each and can be purchased by visiting NewOrleansHeartBall.heart.org. At 8:30 p.m., Jennifer Hale, who has cardiomyopathy, will be the Open My Heart Speaker and will share her story about how research has saved her life, and at 9 p.m. there will be a band and dancing! 

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in this country and in Louisiana, and the “Heart & Soul Gala” is an evening dedicated to sparking awareness and raising funds to f ight cardiovascular disease and stroke. The gala raises funds for educational research, CPR training and certif ication, placement of automated external def ibrillators and funding for groundbreaking medical research. You don’t want to miss this important and life-saving party! One of our favorite annual features, “Encore! The Past Social Season in Review” offers the best of the many fundraisers put on by volunteers in our city and is written by one of the best fundraisers this city has ever seen: Dana Hansel! Make sure to look at her “Mosts” list and add them to your calendar. Check out What’s Hot for Children’s Chic to have your children looking their best during the long hot summer; You’ll get ideas about clothes, shoes and accessories from our best stores! Skincare is something everyone cares about at every age and you’ll see photos of the latest in skincare, locally and beyond. Be sure to check out Part Two of Elizabeth

and Clarke Swanson’s 50th anniversary in New Orleans in my Entertaining column! The annual FestiGals Celebration of Women Conference will take place June 20-22 at the New Orleans Jung Hotel, featuring dynamic speakers, a women’s vendor showcase, networking and a keynote address by Cajun fiddler and recording artist Amanda Shaw at the “Hats Off Luncheon,” which supports the American Heart Association. Shaw also leads the FestiGals’ “Step Up, Step Out Second-line Parade,” which shines a light on heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. For details about the women-centric celebration, visit FestiGals.org. I am so sad to report the loss of Mary Irene Scoggin, who was a force for good and helped every fundraiser there was for City Park, especially with the Botanical Garden. She should have been on Broadway and starred in many theatrical productions, but we were lucky to have her star as Edith Piaf several times and she sang every word in perfect French! She will be missed! Have a great vacation season!

Beverly Reese Church

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “Magnolia Ball is Saturday, June 8. Pictured here are last year’s Chairs Emily Shaya, Chad Graci, Andrew Freeman, Jessie Schott Haynes and David T. Baker; this year’s Chairs are Ariel and L. Kasimu Harris, Jessie Schott Haynes, Stuart Hurt, Sarah Martzolf and Cameron Elizabeth McHarg. The ball will celebrate the current exhibition “Piercing the Inner Wall: The Art of Dusti Bonge,” and will bring to life Bonge’s Surrealist “Circus Series” with a festive circus theme! There will be a diverse group of cuisine and cocktails, and entertainment for the evening will include Alexis and the Samurai, DJ’d: Ann Glaviano, Nesby Phips, Otto, Slumflower and Sporty’s Brass Band. There also will be a special performance by Krewe des Fleurs. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 539-9604 or visit OgdenMuseum.org/magnoliaball.

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M O R G A N ' S N OT E

If you’re looking for me this summer, I’ll be in the water. I spend my spring determining how often I can visit the beach and collecting the casual offerings of pool time from friends and acquaintances. Thankfully, my son is just as enamored of the siren call of cool water as I am. But all that sun and chlorine and salt take its toll on my skin and hair, so I’m excited that our beautiful feature on skincare products available locally has everything from daily supplements to sunscreen, and even nail polish! Thankfully the headlong pace that we’ve been running at in terms of nonprofit social events is slowing down – my dry-cleaning bill is so thankful! But there are still some amazing events coming down the pike these next few months, so don’t sleep on checking our calendars! To that end, Renaissance Publishing has been retooling its website, MyNewOrleans.com (So go look; it looks great! Congrats Kelly!). At the moment the usual shortened link to submit a charitable event to Avenue isn’t working, so please use the following until I can let you know differently: MyNewOrleans.com/submit-a-charitable-event. And remember, the deadline to submit your event for St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2019 is Monday, July 1, so fill that form out today! I have a soft spot for corsets. In fact, back in the early aughts, you could find me many nights dancing at the Shim Sham in black pants and a corset. My tastes and my body have changed a bit since then (Hello, pregnancy!), but what hasn’t changed is that the best corsets on the planet are made by Dark Garden, specifically by artist Autumn Adamme. Dark Garden has been handcrafting bespoke corsets in San Francisco since 1989. A decade ago Adamme fell in love with our city while costuming our own, beautiful Sirens dance and marching krewe. And, at the end of April, the second location of Dark Garden has opened at 3528 Magazine St.! In addition to selling corsets, stockings (by thigh circumference and in so many “nude” colors), hats and more, Adamme’s vintage and antique lingerie collection is on site: The Musée Dessous. Dark Garden’s three designers will make New Orleans their second home, rotating residence, and DarkGarden.com and its Facebook calendar will announce when each designer will be in residence for fittings, as well as lacing workshops and other special events. Enjoy the summer sun – with a big hat and sunscreen!

Morgan Packard Griff ith

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June 2 “Party Like It’s 1969,” benefiting National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 861-4500 8  “Magnolia Ball,” benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 539-9616 13  “The Man & Woman of the Year Grand Finale Gala,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 758-3210 13  “Back to School Giveaway,” benefiting Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 467-2550 13  Third annual “Soirée de Lumière,” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana, 899-4501, extension 257 14  “Opening Night Party for Much Ado About Nothing,” benefiting New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, 865-5105 15  “Heart & Soul Gala,” benefiting American Heart Association, 872-3491 20-23  “FestiGals Women’s Weekend Experience,” benefiting FestiGals, FestiGals.org 21  “St. Thomas Aquinas Fund Annual Gala,” benefiting Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 467-2550 22  “Mission Possible Gala,” benefiting Orleans Medical Mission Services, Inc., 392-1934 22  “FestiGals Step Up Second-Line Parade,” benefiting FestiGals, 524-1227, FestiGals.org


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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Top Box Foods Louisiana Affordable and accessible healthy, fresh food By Catherine Freeman

Writer and humorist Lewis Grizzard said “It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” I completely agree, but would add a few more homegrown indulgences that make also me smile: juicy watermelon, buttery corn on the cob, ripe peaches and fresh butter beans. The plethora of farmers markets, roadside stands and grocery stores in most neighborhoods make purchasing these summertime delicacies easy. However, as New Orleans is nationally ranked as having the largest number of “food deserts,” a shocking amount of residents lack similar availability to high quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Recognizing this need, a communityminded group founded the innovative nonprofit Top Box Foods Louisiana with the simple purpose of making healthy, fresh food affordable and accessible to everyone. After a college volunteer stint with Top Box Foods Chicago, 19-year-old Connor DeLoach teamed up with two classmates after realizing that a significant demographic was being neglected as it related to food access and equity. After researching cities with greatest need, the trio settled upon bringing the Top Box model to New Orleans in 2013. Now its Executive Director, Connor emphasizes that Top Box Foods Louisiana (TBFLA) isn’t a grocery store, a farmers market or a food bank but instead is a year-round accessible resource for anyone who wants to purchase affordable, healthy food. By using an alternative supply chain distribution model eliminating the middleman to buy at lower cost in bulk, TBFLA implements

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programs that are promoting healthier eating and lifestyles. Top Box Foods Louisiana currently manages two unique programs: Makin’ Groceries Program and Healthy Corner Store Collaborative. Utilizing volunteers to pack grocery boxes weekly with fresh fruits and vegetables along with frozen meats, fish and poultry, the Makin’ Groceries Program offers Friday and Saturday deliveries to convenient neighborhood sites across the city. Relationships and trust are the foundation of the program, cultivated through strategic partnerships with community organizations and churches where customers place and pick up orders. Educating and advocating, the Healthy Corner Store Collaborative connects with corner store proprietors in areas with limited food access to encourage promotion and sales of fresh, healthy foods. TBFLA recently started services in Baton Rouge, and is in the process of developing a healthy heat-and-eat meal delivery program. “Listening to the community’s needs is at the heart of what we do, which is why we’re excited to introduce healthy heat-and-eat meals in the coming months. Although we’re reaching over 2,500 families (and counting) with our affordable produce,

it’s imperative that we consider people who are unable to cook, including those who lack kitchen space, have disabilities or are busy balancing demanding lives. These cost effective options will make the healthy choice easier for people all throughout New Orleans and Baton Rouge,” shared Connor. Top Box is proud to have delivered over 25,000 healthy food boxes to New Orleans families, fulfilling their mission that healthy food matters but where you live shouldn’t. n

A little more... Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap (Serves 4) TopBoxFoods.com/new-orleans 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 cup baby carrots, chopped 1 medium green apple, chopped 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 pinch salt, to taste 4 leaves romaine lettuce Boil chicken breasts until cooked through. Cube chicken into bite-sized pieces. In a medium or large bowl,mix together chicken, yogurt, carrots and apples. Season with garlic powder, ground black pepper, paprika and a pinch of salt. Serve on top of a leaf of romaine lettuce.


K I DS P L AY

City Putt Greens crafted to a tee By Brittany Kennedy

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creativity and panache that one typically associates with New Orleans is lacking in the design of the individual holes. While I may want a slightly kookier mini-golf offering, from a technical standpoint, the holes are excellent. The greens are smooth, and there are obstacles and challenges that are fun and doable for kids while still being challenging and entertaining for adults. Putting one of the courses took my family of three a little over an hour, and no one felt rushed or like we were taking forever to finish. With that in mind, City Putt becomes a great summer evening outing if you have a lot of people and kids of varying ages. Besides nice greens with interesting obstacles, the water features and greenery at City Putt really display the excellent work by the gardeners at the park. While we didn’t find mosquitos to be a huge issue because of the plants chosen, sunscreen and bug spray during the summer months still may be a good idea. A small snack bar has good options (including beer and wine) for refreshments while you walk the course, and, because New Orleans will always stay true to her brand, there is a snowball stand outside the gates.

City Putt also hosts events and birthday parties, but I think its true appeal emerges in the midst of the summer doldrums. Entering July finds us bracing ourselves for even higher temperatures and humidity and children declaring an almost inevitable boredom. City Putt is an easy family outing that offers a relief from the malaise of summer by enjoying some low-stakes competition in the great outdoors. n

Just the Facts ... City Putt 33 Dreyfouss Drive 483-9385 NewOrleansCityPark.com/in-the-park/city-putt Hours: Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (last rental at 9 p.m.) Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight (last rental 11 p.m.) Monday: Only open for events Price: Ages 13+: $9 Children (4-12): $7 Second Round in same visit: $4 Children (0-3): Free

PHO TO PROVIDED BY NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK

The sport of golf always seemed a bit dignified and, well, a bit buttoned up for a city known for people dancing in the streets and wearing tutus during the weekday. But our warm climate makes us a major destination for golf – from the TCP Louisiana that hosts the Zurich Classic to the courses at Audubon and City parks. However, if you and the kiddos don’t want to brave 18 holes in the Louisiana sun, City Park’s mini course may just be the ticket for a family outing this summer. City Putt boasts 36 holes over two different courses; one themed for sites around Louisiana and the other based on people and events of the Crescent City. Both courses were re-surfaced in spring 2017, so the quality of the greens is excellent. Each hole has a placard describing the significance of the chosen theme, which, during the lazy summer months doing a somewhat low-impact activity, gives the satisfaction of knowing we may have learned a thing or two during a family outing. The Louisiana course mainly highlights festivals from around the state. There is, for example, a Ponchatoula hole and a Rayne hole, focusing on the former’s strawberry festival and the latter’s frog festival (with a frog sculpture that spouts water). The New Orleans course has the typical offering you would expect: a Louis Armstrong hole has a grand display and, of course, no City Park attraction is complete without Mr. Bingle. While the themes for each course and hole are well chosen, here comes my only real complaint about City Putt: the course itself is lacking the kitsch that most of us associate with mini-golf. While Mr. Bingle appears at his hole, I was expecting to have to putt into a hole that’s guarded by a moving candy cane or snowball. The


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W H AT ' S H OT

Children’s Chic By Amy Gabriel

� The social calendar for kids in New Orleans during the summer months offers an endless stream of fun. From crawfish boils and camp excursions to picnics by the pool and slumber parties, keep your favorite littles looking cool as snowballs as they flit from one playdate to the next.

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3. A collared polo with a signature crawfish logo is ideal for preppier occasions. Perlis, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; 600 Decatur St., 523-6681, Perlis.com

2. Toting around summer camp essentials is made easy with a washable raw linen alligator backpack. Zuka Baby, 3248 Severn Ave., 407-2700, ZukaBaby.com

4. He will be the cutest kid at the playground in a pair of lightweight navy gingham shorts. Bon Temps Boutique, 603 1/2 Metairie Road, 571-5259, BonTempsBoutique.com

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5. Petidoux’s Sicilian lemons PJs are perfect for stay-at-home weekend breakfast dates with your favorite little sous chef. Mignon for Children, 2727 Prytania St., 89102375, MignonNola.com 6. Nothing says classic like a sweet little white T-strap, first-walker shoe. Haase’s, 8119 Oak St., 866-9944, Haases.com

SELECT PHOTOS BY CHERYL GERBER

1. A white bubble with blue trim and embroidered ice cream cones is the sweetest outfit for the sandbox. Aura Luz, 4408 Shores Drive, 888-3313, ShopAuraLuz.com


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7. The sweetest dreams await with a Alimrose tulle cloud mobile above baby’s bed. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 3093336, RelishNewOrleans.com

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8. Pretty up any ponytail with a festive crawfish-themed bow. Nola Tawk, 487-0044, NolaTawk.com 9. Splish splash the day away in a sky pom pom swimsuit. Sayings Kids, SayingsKids.com

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10. Keep baby’s clothes clean with an oyster detailed Aw Shucks burp cloth and bib. Little Miss Muffin, 766 Harrison Ave., 482-8200; 244 Metairie Road, 833-6321, ShopLittleMissMuffin.com 11. Fun in the sun is a cinch with a pair of Sunnylife beach bats. Two Sprouts, 103 Focis St., 322-3838, TwoSprouts.com

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ON THE MENU

Mucho Mojo The Country Club’s Chef Chris Barbato shares its Crispy Gulf Fish with Avocado Salad, Smashed Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Red Pepper Mojo Crispy Fish 4 5-6 ounce yellowtail, skin on and scales off 1 cup corn flour 1 teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper Oil for frying

IN A BOWL, whisk together the corn flour, paprika, salt and pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Set aside. SEASON fish filets with salt and pepper and drudge through the seasoned corn flour until completely covered. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet until about 350 degrees. PLACE breaded fish in skillet and fry until golden brown on both sides. Remove from oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.

Avocado Salad 1 sweet potato, cubed 2 avocados, chopped 2 tomatoes, seeded ¼ cup chopped cilantro 2 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup olive oil Salt & pepper to taste

PLACE the cubed sweet potatoes in a sauce pan. Cover with water and boil until soft but not mushy. Place in a medium bowl and add remaining ingredients and toss. Check for seasoning.

Smashed Sweet Potatoes 4 sweet potatoes, peeled ½ cup butter ½ cup milk Salt & pepper to taste

CUT sweet potatoes into large cubes. Place in cold water and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let simmer until tender, about 20-30 minutes. Drain and place back in pot. Add remaining ingredients and mash with a potato masher until the desired smoothness is reached.

Roasted Red Pepper Mojo 4 red bell peppers 4 garlic cloves, chopped ¼ teaspoon cumin 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

PLACE bell peppers over the flame of a gas burner. Rotate over flame until charred on all sides. Remove from heat. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest for 5 minutes. PEEL as much of the charred skin off as you can (don’t worry if some remains, this will only add flavor). Deseed peppers and place in the bowl of a food processor or a high-power blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until completely combined.

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THE COUNTRY CLUB 634 Louisa St., 945-0742, TheCountryClubNewOrleans.com

Place the Sweet Potato Mash in the center of a plate. Place fish on top of mash and top with Avocado Salad. Drizzle Mojo Sauce around plate.


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THE DISH

Shrimp Toast Nothing to Pu-Pu By Jyl Benson

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Shrimp and Foie Gras Toast from Toups South

PHOTO BY MIK E LIR E T TE

A cornerstone of the Pu-Pu platter – companion to crab rangoon, sticky red ribs, fried wontons and other Americanized Chinese bites – shrimp toast is finally getting the respect I have long denied it. As a child I indulged at every chance my passion for the twobite morsels. At once chewy, crisp, briny and vaguely greasy, there was nothing not to love. As my palate “evolved” I turned my back on my old friend in favor of more sophisticated choices like spring rolls and shaomai. A recent experience set me free from what I now know was simple snobbery. I make no secret of my passion for dishes I suspect were created with the assistance of a bong. I thrill to ridiculous, incongruous combinations that somehow work, dishes like Commander’s Palace’s Shrimp Hennican (fried shrimp, pepper jelly, tasso, pickled okra and hot sauce beurre blanc), and the sandwich of braised collards, Swiss cheese, pickled cherry pepper dressing and cole slaw on buttered and griddled rye bread at Turkey and the Wolf. Thus, I was destined to become obsessed with the screwy riff Jason Lambert concocted for his shrimp toast at Toups South. As Chef de Cuisine at the pan Southern temple of meat and general excess, Lambert has an all-access pass to whatever ingredients may spark his imagination. He used his privilege to blend the


Try This: decadence of foie gras into shrimp paste, which he then slathered upon humble white bread before he pan fried it and then topped it with a sunny yard egg, a heap of bright kimchee and a shower of fresh herbs. The result: An over-the-top sensory overload that hits every taste bud. The $16 price tag takes it out of the humble category but the richness of the dish and the accompaniments turn it into a full meal for a reasonable price. Thus released from my shrimp toast shame and craving more I set out on an exploration of simpler renditions of the old school favorite. At China Palace in Harahan a simple concoction of ground shrimp and eggs whites is heaped upon what appeared to be flattened hamburger buns before it’s cut in quarters and deep fried. A four quarter portion costs $4.25. At Borgne a combination of both ground and whole small shrimp are bound together atop white bread that’s cut into the tiniest of triangles then fried and served with sweet chili sauce and pickled red onions. A serving gets you six pieces for $12. At Empress of China, an opulent 1980s throwback that left me homesick for the long-gone House of Lee, eight pieces of the classic go for $7.25. China Orchid in the Riverbend comes closest to the sacred goo of my youth. For $5.50 I enjoyed six pieces of the chewy, crisp, briny and vaguely greasy delicious I have denied myself for far too long. A coating of white sesame seeds was pushed into the shrimp paste before it was fried, sealing the deal for me. n

When the heat goes up I crave cold and raw foods. Sushi is always near the top of the list and Tsunami is one of my go-tos. My favorite bites are Luscious Lemonfish (lemon fish, thin slices of lemon and jalapeno with ponzu), TransBestBite (minced spicy tuna, tempura shrimp, kani, cream cheese and asparagus, soy wrapped and panko fried with plum, ponzu and tsurai sauce), the Pimp Salad (seared tuna, snow crab, cucumber, tomato, asparagus, avocado, masago and sesame soy ponzu dressing) and the Kabuki Roll (minced spicy tuna, shrimp, kani, asparagus, cucumber, soy wrapped, masago, scallion and ponzu sauce). Head in on weekdays from 3-6 p.m. for Happy Hour specials: $5 house martinis, Cosmos, apple-tinis and Lemon Drops; $4 house wines and draft beer; $3 select domestic bottles, well liquors and hot sakes; 25% off all rolls $9 and under, $ .99 for select nigiri; and half off of Luscious Lemonfish (hooray!), Smoked Salt Escolar, Yuzu Albacore and Truffle Salmon.

BORGNE, (in the Hyatt Regency), 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860, BorgneRestaurant.com CHINA ORCHID, 704 S. Carrollton Ave., 865-1428, ChinaOrchidNewOrleans.com CHINA PALACE, 1915 Hickory Ave. D, Harahan, 737-8988 EMPRESS OF CHINA, 429 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-3939, EmpressOfChinaNola.com TOUPS SOUTH, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 304-2147, ToupsSouth.com TSUNAMI SUSHI, (in the Pan American Life Center), 601 Poydras St., 608-3474, ServingSushi.com

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PHIL ANTHROPIC FUN

Enchanted Playground in the Park

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“Lark in the Park 2019” proceeds benefit the revitalization of Storyland. By Shelby Simon

Friends of City Park is celebrating a momentous year: its 40th anniversary. Nearly 35 years after its last major renovation, Storyland in City Park will receive a refurbishment supported by the funds raised at the gala, which will enhance the importance of play for all children by creating a modern Storyland with new exhibits and updates, including STEM, Inclusive Play and ADA accessibility. Wanting to celebrate past successes while looking towards the future, “Lark in the Park” was Co-Chaired by 22 past Chairpersons. The Honorary Chair was Bev Church, who chaired in 1982 and helmed the last major Storyland renovation in 1986. The VIP Party took place in the Pavilion of Two Sisters. Messina’s Catering and Events provided hors d'oeuvres. Cellist Helen Gillet performed. Atop each table was a small vase centerpiece wrapped with a Storyland rhyme to keep with the theme of the evening. The gala took place in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters and Botanical Garden, and featured lounge areas and savory delectables from more than 35 restaurants. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar provided a raw oyster bar. In addition, guests enjoyed beignets from the Café Du Monde Food Truck when leaving the party. Republic National Distributing Company provided premium libations and three specialty cocktails. Friends of City Park board members and auctioneers Leigh Morgan Thorpe and Robin Bordelon Borne got the crowd excited for the six one-of-a-kind packages. A raffle offered the opportunity to win a 2019 Bryan Subaru Outback, generously donated by Bryan Subaru. Robin Barnes and her band entertained guests until the programming portion of the evening. After the live auction, AFX Pro LLC put on a fireworks show. DJ Ann Glaviano – HEATWAVE! then took the stage to spin vinyl records into the evening. n

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1. Lindsey Wands and Co-Chair Robin Bordelon Borne 2. Andree and Jay Batt 3. Co-Chair Karen Deblieux, Larry Dale and Co-Chair Leigh Thorpe 4. Vincent and Donna Giardina with Lisa and D.J. Romano 5. Clarice and Jules Moise with Co-Chair Jackie Palumbo 6. Ellen and Mark Zetzman

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WHAT: “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park WHEN: Friday, March 15 WHERE: Pavilion of Two Sisters & Botanical Gardens, City Park


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Legacy Donor Foundation celebrated 20 years of organ donation awareness. By Shelby Simon

More than 500 guests attended the “2019 Soul Revival,” which marked the 20th anniversary of the Legacy Donor Foundation’s signature event to increase public awareness and education about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Louisiana. Ansley Seaver Mashall, also Legacy’s current Board Chair, and Taylor Morgan served as Co-Chairs. The Patron Party took place in the Port of New Orleans Board’s lobby and grand entrance. Guests were led to the main event by the Progressive Baptist Church Choir, who kicked off the music. The Jasen Weaver Trio also performed as guests dined on hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed sips from a strolling champagne skirt from Trixie Minx Productions. At the main event, a 16-foot Wall of Memories stood adorned with invitations, educational materials, pictures and promotional items to highlight the role of Legacy Donor Foundation has played in increasing the Louisiana Organ Donor Registry from 450,000 people when founded in 1999 to more than 2.6 million registered organ donors in Louisiana today. Guests dined on cuisine provided by Calcasieu Fine Dining by Donald Link, which offered shrimp and grits, crawfish Monica and pulled pork sliders. Zoe’s Bakery provided desserts and the Sazerac Companies provided libations. Music headliner Mixed Nuts had guests dancing around the tent waving rally towels. DJ Rob Nice kept the party going. Legacy Donor Foundation is the only organization in our state solely dedicated to growing the organ donor registry. The “Soul Revival” event has been the primary source of funding for Legacy Donor Foundation over the last 20 years. n

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Event at a Glance WHAT: 20th annual “Soul Revival,” benefiting Legacy Donor Foundation WHEN: Saturday, March 16 WHERE: Port of New Orleans

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1. Co-Chair and Board Chair Ansley Seaver Marshall, Rev. Willie Gable and Jeanne Foster 2. Lynn Morgan, Co-Chair Taylor Morgan, Ashley Morgan and Digges Morgan 3. Dr. Nigel Girgrah, Nicole Labadot, Michael Hulefeld and Matt Berger 4. Jennifer Cheatham and Melanie Diket 5. Chris and Leigh Ellen Puckett with Robin and Matt Williamson 6. Strolling champagne from Trixie Minx Productions and the Progressive Baptist Church Choir on stage


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Masked Magnificence

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This year marked the 75th anniversary of UNCF. By Shelby Simon

The “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball 2019" at The Hyatt Regency New Orleans Celestin Ballroom was adorned with bold lighting and the event's signature mask. As guests arrived, they were greeted by student volunteers from Xavier and Dillard universities on the first floor, as well as the masked ladies of PaperDoll Promotions on the third floor, who were dressed in dramatic ball gowns – and even a dress made to hold champagne glasses. Mayor LaToya Cantrell served as Host. Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health System, Presenting Sponsor, gave the keynote. Thomas, together with Michael O. Smith, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, served as Co-Chairs of the event. Mistresses of Ceremonies were Margaret Orr and Kweilyn Murphy with Master of Ceremonies comedian Jonathan Slocumb. Gayle Benson, Owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, and Grammy Award-winning musician PJ Morton, graduate of a UNCF school Morehouse College, received the UNCF MASKED Award. Guests were treated to a delectable meal prepared by James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient “Creole Queen” chef Leah Chase and Yvan Didelot, Hyatt Regency New Orleans Host Chef. The dessert course was prepared by chef Milan Smith of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Dinner music was provided by the talented students and alumni of Dillard University, the group “The Bleu Café.” A tribute to education was performed by the talented trio of the City Wide Youth Choir as historical photos of the 75 years of UNCF’s impact in New Orleans played on the screens behind them. The evening headline entertainment was the grand performance of multi-Grammy Award winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who kept the crowd on their feet. Guests participated in the silent auction to win prizes ranging from jewelry, sports memorabilia, artwork and vacation getaways. n

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1. Joel and Shirelle Vilmenay with Kortni and UNCF MASKED Award Honoree PJ Morton 2. Dr. Norman Francis with Edgar Chase III and chef Leah Chase 3. Phil and Patty Riddlebarger 4. Allana Barefield and Jourdan Clark 5. Paul Flower, Karen Coaxum, David Kerstein and Henry Coaxum 6. Karl Connor, Monika McKay, April Brumfield and Tarsha Lee

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WHAT: “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” benefiting United Negro College Fund, Inc. WHEN: Saturday, March 16 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans


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Serving the Solution to Ending Hunger

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Second Harvest Food Bank continues to lead the fight against hunger in South Louisiana. By Shelby Simon

The largest food bank in Louisiana honored the 10th anniversary of “Harvest at Home” with a lineup of talented chefs, scrumptious bites and the support of more than 200 guests in attendance. Guests were impressed with the beauty of the home and outdoor spaces of hosts Rupa and Tarun Jolly. Second Harvest Board member Susu Stall prepared beautiful floral arrangements for the home. Each year, “Harvest at Home” welcomes a different featured celebrity chef who creates a signature recipe with a selection of featured produce. This year, Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette were the featured chefs, and selected the signature produce as radishes. On the roster of participating local chefs and their dishes included Susan Goss, Director of Community Kitchen at Second Harvest Food Bank, who prepared smoked trout with ricotta, asparagus, radish and salsa verde. Chris Lynch took the place of Tory McPhail from Commander’s Palace to prepare a grilled crawfish and pimento cheese sandwich on brioche. Maggie Scales of La Boulangerie prepared a strawberry Paris brest. Alon Shaya from Saba served hummus with leeks, sumac and walnuts, served with pita chips and crudités. Sue Zemanick, chef and owner of Zasu, prepared spinach gnudi, peas, oyster mushroom and ginger mushroom broth. The Xavier Reed Quartet performed for the nearly 200 guests in attendance. Jennifer Heebe and Skylene Montgomery served as Co-Chairs, and Gayle Benson was the Honorary Chair. n

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1. Hosts Tarun and Rupa Jolly with Co-Chair Jennifer and Fred Heebe 2. Co-Chair Skylene Montgomery, Honorary Chair Gayle Benson, President & CEO Natalie Jayroe and Board Chair Skye Fantaci 3. Laura Ashley, Ellen Macomber and CeCe Colhoun 4. Board Member Robert Marks, chef Sue Zemanick and Lee Adler 5. Mickey and Melanie Loomis 6. Board Member Susu Stall, Christa Schwartz and Tina Dang

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WHAT: “Harvest at Home,”” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank WHEN: Thursday, March 21 WHERE: Home of Rupa & Tarun Jolly


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Motorcycle Chic for the Cantor

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Cantor Joel Colman honored for 20 years at Temple Sinai. By Shelby Simon

The “Temple Sinai Gala,” themed “This Is Your Life Cantor Joel Colman,” honored Colman for 20 years at Temple Sinai with a sold-out crowd of 235 friends and congregates. The cantor uses a motorcycle as his means of transportation, so in the foyer sat his very own motorcycle. In keeping with the theme, guests wore “motorcycle chic” or cocktail attire! Gala Co-Chairs were a mother and daughter team of Susan Kierr and her daughter Sarah Hess, with big help from the immediate past chair and Sarah’s mother-in-law, Susan Hess. Food for the Patron Party was donated by Ruth’s Chris and Galatoire’s. Sue Barton made chopped liver and Dr. Marc Behar made brisket. The Goldring Family Foundation donated liquor. Food for the seated dinner was catered by Marriott. On tables were circular canisters that turned and held photos from the cantor’s life. Silent auction items ranged from dinner packages to a Telluride condo stay given by Bill and Susan Hess. There was also a raffle of diamond earrings donated by Friend & Company. After dinner, a program of This is Your Life with videos, music and speakers highlighted the cantor’s life, hosted by comedian Eric Dreiblatt. Childhood friend Allen Leider, Cantor’s son Josh and Temple President Judge Robin Giarrusso spoke. Robin presented Cantor with a framed program cover. Councilman Joe Giarrusso followed his mother, presenting a resolution from the city. Temple member Cedric Walker spoke and presented him with a gift for his motorcycle from Indian Motorcycles. Additionally, Cantor sings with NO Vocal Arts group and was asked by maestro Robert Lyall of the New Orleans Opera Association to participate in a production of Samson and Delilah. In honor of this, Tommy Zanca, Aaron Ambeau and Zara Zemmels sang an opera selection. Salutes continued, including temple youth, staff and rabbis. The program ended with greetings by video of Joel’s devoted companion, his dog, while Zara Zemmels sang – this time, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window.” At the end of the evening, Cantor got on his motorcycle and rode out the door! n

WHAT: “Temple Sinai Gala,” benefiting Temple Sinai WHEN: Saturday, March 16 WHERE: Temple Sinai 1. Co-Chair Sarah Hess, Honoree Cantor Joel Colman and Co-Chair Susan Kierr 2. Liz Yager, Dr. Marc Behar and Mindy Brickman 3. Sue and Herbert Barton

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A Federation Fête

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The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans thanked 73 major donors. By Shelby Simon

The ninth annual “Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner” expressed gratitude to major donors of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans’ 2019 Annual Campaign. 73 major donors were in attendance. The intimate setting at the Windsor Court Hotel featured ivory linens and lush centerpieces of roses and hydrangeas. The evening was a black-tie affair, generously underwritten and hosted by Darryl and Louellen Berger and the Windsor Court Hotel. An open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres opened the program. In attendance were William Goldring and Diane Hollis; Henry A. Miller, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, with wife Jan Miller, Co-Chair of the 2019 Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Annual Campaign; Jonathan Lake, Co-Chair of the 2019 Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Annual Campaign with wife Fran Lake; Morris and Cathy Bart, Hugo and Lis Kahn; Brian and Lisa Katz; Maury Herman and Cristina Wysocki; Alan and Diane Franco; Richard and Vivian Cahn; Julie Wise Oreck, and David and Jan Oreck; and Arnold Kirschman, with wife Rachel Van Vorhees, who provided the evening’s musical entertainment. n

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1. Chair of the Board of Trustees Henry and Co-Chair of 2019 Campaign Jan Miller 2. Fran and Co-Chair of 2019 Campaign Jonathan Lake 3. Board Member Brian and Lisa Katz with Mara and Board Chair Designate Joshua Force

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WHAT: “2019 Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner,” benefiting Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans WHEN: Thursday, March 21 WHERE: Windsor Court Hotel


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Youth Enrichment

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A Patron Party and festival for the Youth Empowerment Project supported youth enrichment programs. By Shelby Simon

The third annual fundraiser for the Youth Empowerment Project, “YEP Fest,” which included a lively Patron Party and festival, raised more than $250,000 to help underserved youth through education, mentoring and employment readiness and enrichment programs. The Patron Party kick-off, hosted by Margaret and Kenneth Beer, featured an open bar and a silent auction. Speakers at the Patron Party included Event Co-Chair Elizabeth A. Boh, Executive Director and Co-Founder/ CEO Melissa Sawyer and Community Relations Director at IberiaBank Megan Beer Eustis. Sarah Busch and Suzanne Rusovich also served as Co-Chairs. Chef Scot Craig of Katie’s Restaurant served delectable bites. The Patron Party silent auction items included paintings by Elise Allen and Mac Ball; a one-week stay at a Seaside Watercolor home; a black-and-gold guitar with Cam Jordan’s signature; a Bottega Venta shoulder bag; a wooden sculptural table by Artisan Millshop; and a one-week stay at Tops’l Sandestin condo. The Patron Party was followed by “YEP Fest” presented by IberiaBank, held on Saturday, March 24, on the 1500-1800 blocks of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Local businesses were invited to compete in pedicab races; Palmisano won first place, beating out 20 teams in construction, media, gumbo, professional services and hospitality “heats.” Landis Construction raised the most money in YEP’s team fundraiser. Crowds enjoyed performances by Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias, Hot 8 Brass Band, YEP Drumline & Dance Team and Carmouche Performing Arts Academy, as well as an appearance by Laissez Boys. n

WHAT: “YEP Fest Patron Party 2019,” benefiting Youth Empowerment Project WHEN: Wednesday, March 20 WHERE: Home of Margaret and Kenneth Beer

1. Co-Founder & Executive Director/CEO Melissa Sawyer and Co-Chair Elizabeth Boh 2. Co-Chair Sarah and John Busch with Margaret Beer 3. Elly Lane, Ken Beer and Susu Stall

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Courageous Community

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Crimestoppers GNO recognized those who make our city more secure. By Shelby Simon

Crimestoppers GNO hosted its annual “Awards Luncheon” on March 22 to honor the community of civilians and law enforcement who defend and serve a safer New Orleans. The St. Bernard Sheriff ’s Office presented the nation’s colors and Pastor Tyrone Jefferson Jr. of Abundant Life Tabernacle Church performed the National Anthem. Pastor Brandon Boutin of Greater St. Stephens Full Gospel Church delivered the invocation and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto served as Emcee. Awards were presented to individuals whose commitment to the Crimestoppers cause has been outstanding: James J. Coleman Sr., Corporate Partner Award – Robert Merrick, Latter and Blum; Sheriff Harry Lee Crimestoppers Criminal Justice Award – Sheriff James Pohlmann, St. Bernard Parish; The George Loker Community Service Award – Dr. James Arey, Jefferson Parish Sheriff ’s Office and Cecile Tebo, New Orleans Police Department; and the Law Enforcement Silent Hero Award – Deputy Christopher Haislup, JPSO; Deputy Justin Nail, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff ’s Office; and Officer Christopher Abbott, NOPD. The Crimestoppers Chairman’s Award was presented to Pamela Schafer, Crimestoppers Board Member. Crimestoppers also honored fallen Officer Jason Seals of the Slidell Police Department who lost his life on November 18, 2018, while on the job. Justin Augustine III, Lacey Merrick Conway and Peter Wilson served as Co-Chairs. Funds raised from the luncheon goes towards Crimestoppers Youth Programs, which include the safe school hotline, presentations made by staff members to schools in the metro area about crime prevention, internet safety, sexting and drug use prevention, and the Teen Ambassadors Against Crime Leadership program that helps high school students gain a better understanding of the criminal justice arena and the role that students can and do play in community safety. n

WHAT: 34th annual “Crimestoppers Annual Awards Luncheon,” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO WHEN: Friday, March 22 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Co-Chair Peter Wilson and Honoree Bob Merrick 2. Honorees James Arey, Cecile Tebo and Chris Abbott 3. Honorees Justin Nail and Charlie Haislup

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The Mad Hatter Luncheon took patrons down the rabbit hole and into a fun fashion show event. By Shelby Simon

More than 450 guests attending the 35th annual “Mad Hatter Luncheon” celebrated in style at a whimsical wonderland filled with over-the-top hats. New Orleans Opera Association President Karen Villavaso delivered the opening greeting, and Cantor Josh Colman delivered the invocation. Richard Buchsbaum served as Master of Ceremonies. A presentation to Betty T. Brooks was made by Co-Chairs Mary Katherine Lanatro Tusa and Gail B. McKenna. A three-course luncheon was provided featuring centerpieces of top hats adorned with silk flowers. Mingling amidst guests were familiar characters from Alice and Wonderland, including Harold Bouillion dressed as the Mad Hatter, Celeste Bertucci McShane dressed as the Queen of Hearts, Skarlett Roa dressed as Alice, Deryn Anaya Patin dressed as Petite Alice, Carl Mack dressed as the March Hare/The Rabbit and Margarita Bergen dressed as the Caterpillar. A fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue, thanks to Stephen Putt and Carolyn Elder, awarded prizes to the various attendees donning specialty attire. Winners were: Peggy Doucette, Most Whimsical; Geri Valene, Most Beautiful; Fay Wartelle, Festive Fascinator; Heather Doyle, Best Ensemble; Elizabeth Zibilich, Best Original Theme; Valerie Grubb’s group “Down the Rabbit Hole” as Best Group; and Anna Bastian, Mad Hatter’s Choice. The fashion show judges were Simone Bruni Couere, Tracee Dundas, Marshall Harris, Cindy Paulin, Janet Shea and Earline Torres. Marshall Harris provided entertainment, and there were an assortment of 129 silent auction items for guests to bid upon. Additionally, Betty T. Brooks offered a mink stole as a raffle prize. n

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1. Earline Torres, NOOA President Karen Villavaso and Co-Chairs Gail B. McKenna and Mary Katherine Lanatro Tusa 2. Karen Humphrey, Faith Pepperone, Melissa Gordon and Kathy Singleton 3. Margarita Bergen as the Caterpillar

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Festing at The Fillmore

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French Quarter Fest opened with a spring soirée at The Fillmore. By Shelby Simon

French Quarter Fest kicked off the celebration nearly a month early, on March 22, with its annual gala fundraiser at New Orleans’ dazzling new venue, The Fillmore New Orleans. Guests experienced a night with Grammy-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton, a full open bar, dinner and a silent auction. A Tribe Called Gumbolia, a group of Mardi Gras Indians, second-lined throughout the event and took the stage for a powerful set. The Nayo Jones Experience entertained patrons at an exclusive private party before the event. More than 600 guests had the opportunity to bid on auction prizes such as a Drew Brees signed football and Anthony Davis jersey donated by Chevron; a signed Blue Dog print by George Rodrigue; an Abita Pub VIP Experience; a “Tourist in Your Own Town” package (including experiences at the Omni Royal Orleans and the National WWII Museum); Bevolo Home Décor; an Evening on the Riverboat City of New Orleans package; a pair of Pepsi Beach Cruiser Bicycles; photography prints by Michelle Elmore; Jack Daniel’s Tanglewood Electric Guitar; hand painted original artwork by Simon of New Orleans; a French Quarter Fest 2019 poster signed by Ayo Scott; a French Quarter Fest 2011 poster signed by Pete Fountain, Connie Jones and Tim Laughlin; and The Revivalists at The Fillmore and HOB Foundation Room Membership. Honorary Co-Chairs were Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Vice President Mark Hatfield and Irma Thomas. n

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1. Ralph Mahana and Honorary Co-Chair Irma Thomas 2. Chimene Grant Saloy, Brenda Thornton, Sandra Dartus and Ann Wills 3. Leo Basile, Leah Brown and Teddy Graziano

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WHAT: “French Quarter Festival Gala,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc. WHEN: Friday, March 22 WHERE: The Fillmore Hotel


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“Victory Ball” benefiting the National WWII Museum Photo by Jeff Strout

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THE “MOST” LIST

Most Active: St. Charles Avenue magazine’s 23rd annual Activists of the Year Most Artsy: “ArtVue” benefiting Longue Vue House & Gardens Most Beautiful: 52nd annual “Odyssey Ball” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art Most Beer: 11th annual “Hogs for the Cause” Most Charming: “A Night with Leah Chase” benefiting Kingsley House Most Champion: “Son of a Saint Gala” benefiting Son of a Saint Most Cuddly: Fifth annual “Arnaud’s Teddy Bear Drive” benefiting New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation & New Orleans Police Department Most Dancing: 50th anniversary “Evening of Stars” benefiting New Orleans Ballet Association Most Dramatic: “Curtain Call Ball” benefiting Le Petit Théâtre Most Edible: 17th annual “Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner” benefiting Susan G Komen New Orleans Most Elegant: Inaugural “Founders Ball” & Patron Party at the Carbines’ House benefiting the Louisiana State Museum Most Exciting: “YEP Fest” benefiting Youth Empowerment Project Most Fashionable: Saks Fifth Avenue “Key to the Cure” benefiting The Louisiana Cancer Research Center 

Rene Louapre, Zandy Rainold and Becker Hall at “Hogs for the Cause” Photo by Cheryl Gerber


Most Festive: “WYES It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” benefiting WYES Most Floral: “Art in Bloom” benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art Most Glam: 38 th annual “Sugarplum Ball” benefiting Children’s Hospital Most Glassy: “Just Say YAYA 30 th Anniversary Gala” benefiting YAYA Most Green: 10 th annual “Paint the Town Green” benefiting Raintree Children & Family Services Most Hats: 2nd annual “Heart of the Park Hat Lunch” benefiting Friends of City Park & New Orleans Town Gardeners Most Heartfelt: Red Tie Affair benefiting The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, Ochsner Health System Most Historical: “Spirit Gala” benefiting Vieux Carré Commission Foundation Most Horses: “Harvest Cup Polo Classic” benefiting Junior League of Greater Covington Most Holiday: “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party” benefiting City Park Most Humanitarian: “Hannah G. Solomon Award Luncheon” honoring Susan Hess benefiting the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section Most Humorous: “Cochon Cotillion” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House Most Illuminating: Magic in the Moonlight” benefiting the Botanical Garden Foundation Rose Mary Tunstall, Tiffany Truxillo and Arlene Rome at “Cochon Cotillion” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House Photo by Jeff Strout

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Most Impactful: “Alexis de Tocqueville Awards Gala” benefiting United Way of Southeast Louisiana


“Art in Bloom” benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art Photo by Will Strout

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Betsy Fortin, Havens Cary, Zana Georges and Michael White at “Heart of the Park Hat Lunch” benefiting Friends of City Park & New Orleans Town Gardeners Photo by Jeff Strout

Melanie andMickey Loomis with Trevor and Cece Colhoun at the Preservation Resource Center’s “Holiday Home Tour Patron Party” Photo by Jeff Strout

Christine Leblanc, Price LeBlanc and Jamie Moreau at “Paint the Town Green” benefiting Raintree Children & Family Services Photo by Gil Rubman

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Betty Kohn, Sidney Pulitzer and Honoree Joyce Pulitzer atTouro Synagogue’s “L’Chayim Awards “ Photo by Will Strout


Most Inspiring: “Exclusive Evening at SABA” benefiting New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter

“An Evening in the Garden of Eden” benefiting Eden House Photo by Kenny Martinez

Most Jazzy: “Opus Ball: A Tribute to Fats Domino” benefiting Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Most Just: “A Night of Blue” benefiting Crimestoppers GNO Most Literate: “Growing Partnerships with Latter Library” benefiting Latter Library Most Love: “An Evening in the Garden of Eden” benefiting Eden House Most Musical: 31st annual “Piano Night” benefiting WWOZ Most Paddles: “O What A Night!” benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art Most Patriotic: “Victory Ball” benefiting the National WWII Museum Most Pink: “Celebration of Life Luncheon” benefiting Cancer Crusaders Most Soulful: “All Saints Soirée” benefiting Save our Cemeteries Most Stunning: St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine Dine & Design” benefiting Bastion Most Stylish: “2018 New Orleans Antiques Forum” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection Most Tasty: “A Blind Taste” for WRBH Radio for the Blind Most Visionary: “Lark in the Park” benefiting City Park’s Storyland Most Wine: 22nd annual “Sunday At Emeril’s” benefiting LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry STCHARLESAVENUE.COM 55


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The Swansons’ 50th Anniversary Celebrations Part Two By Bev Church

Liz and Clarke Swanson’s 50th anniversary celebrations began on Thursday with a private concert at Preservation Hall, a second-line to Napoleon House and a beautiful cocktail buffet and dancing. The next night was a spectacular dinner and dancing at the iconic restaurant Arnaud’s. When you looked at your invitation, guests were encouraged to wear “over the moon” ball gowns for the ladies and “black tie (with a twist)” for the gentlemen. The flowers were by beloved Dunn & Sonnier. As guests entered the Count’s Room at Arnaud’s, a gospel choir serenaded everyone and were greeted by Elizabeth and Clarke. The dancing began immediately with Julio & César playing Cuban songs that made

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everyone get out on the dance floor. The best part of the celebration is that their whole family attended: Alexis and Trevor Traina; Veronica and Jamie Beard; and Claiborne and James Frank, along with all of their children who danced at every event! The six-course dinner was served impeccably with a different Swanson wine served with each course, with flaming baked Alaska for dessert! Many of you have visited the Swanson Vineyard in Oakville, California, and have loved their exquisite wines. We used the Swanson wine bottles, filled with flowers, the next night at Rock ’n’ Bowl. Sunday was the Swamp Tour in Jean Lafitte in bayou country! Like the previous

events I talked about in my last column, Pamela Pipes planned the whole weekend. Buses picked guests up at 9:45 a.m. and they were told to wear “Gator Friendly” blue jeans and sneakers, sun guard and hats. We had a wonderful tour with our guide, Anson, and saw alligators in the bayou and even saw where they filmed ideas for the Princess and the Frog. We then arrived at Restaurant de Families in Crown Point and were greeted by a Cajun band, and were served trays with boiled crawfish, crabs, shrimp, mini fried shrimp and oyster and roast beef poboys. What an end to a four-day anniversary celebration of Elizabeth and Clarke Swanson, which concluded with “au revoir mes amies!”, complete with a heart! n


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PHOTOS BY KELLIE GRENGS, MYRA MENVILLE AND PAUL MORSE

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WITH THIS RING

Smith – Korengold By Megan Holt

In 2011, New Orleans native Kathryn Vinsant Smith attended a Halloween party at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, dressed as the Tin Man. She introduced herself to William McKendree Korengold, who was dressed as a member of the Blue Man Group, and the two hit it off. During the winter holiday, Kathryn went skiing in Aspen while Will was skiing in Vail. Kathryn took a shuttle to Vail for a day, and they felt an incredible bond. After the break, they had their official first date and became a couple. They dated for over six years and often talked about taking a trip with Will’s sisters for Jazz Fest. They made it happen in May 2018, and after the fest the couple walked Kathryn’s parents’ dogs through Audubon Park. Suddenly, Will got down on one knee and proposed next to the pond. When they got back to the house, they found a sign that said “Kathryn Said Yes” and Kathryn’s family waiting with champagne! Will’s parents were hiding and surprised everyone, and the families went for dinner at Clancy’s. The next night, Kathryn and Will had a blast at their surprise engagement party. They ended the weekend with jazz brunch at Arnaud’s, where the band played “Going to the Chapel.” When deciding on their venues, the couple wanted to capture the essence of New Orleans. For the rehearsal dinner, they chose Antoine’s, where Kathryn’s grandmother and aunt had also celebrated their rehearsals. The ceremony took place at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. They decided on the Old US Mint for the reception, which enabled them to have a custom wedding in an historic landmark in the French Quarter. On March 16, 2019, guests were welcomed to the Old U.S. Mint by an arbor grand entranceway designed by Gretchen and Karl Becnel to mimic Kathryn’s mother’s garden. Mitch’s Flowers embellished the iron gate surrounding the building with palmettos, grapevine and magnolia, which essentially contained the grounds using Louisiana flowers. An.Gle Events also incorporated greenery into their venue design, which included a clear tent where the dancing took place with lounge areas lining the dance floor, a stage lined with flowers matching the bouquet and a circular bar surrounding a tree. The tent allowed guests to enjoy a view of French Quarter architecture among the night sky. Guests also enjoyed an array of sophisticated New Orleans food, tablescapes and signage from Patti Constantin Designs in Catering Inc. Knowing the couple’s desire for abundant food, French Quarter

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architecture and art, Patti pulled in architect Stephen Chauvin, who used authentic architectural materials to build the serving stations. Patsy Grace’s handmade puppets created whimsical vignettes for the food signage. Though not officially on the menu, Hansen’s Snow-Blitz was there as a surprise from Kathryn’s parents! They also surprised the couple with two large banners hanging from the museum that told the couple’s story up until their wedding day. The final surprise from Kathryn’s parents were people dressed as the Tin Man and a Blue Man to join the dancing.

Tin Man and Blue Man appeared after the couple’s first dance to the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” At the end of the reception, Mardi Gras Indians joined guests on the dance floor and then led a second-line down Frenchman Street to the after party. After a magical wedding, Kathryn and Will spent two weeks in Fiji and New Zealand. They live in Washington, DC, where Kathryn is account manager on the federal financial team at Amazon Web Services and Will is on the executive board of Ourisman Automobile of Virginia. n


WITH THIS RING

Coordinator: An.Gle Events Celebrant: Donald Frampton Wedding Gown: Pronovias, Kleinfelds, New York City Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, Bella Bridesmads Groom’s Attire: Custom Tuxedo, Martin Greenfield, Brooklyn, New York Engagement Ring & Bride’s Wedding Band: Charles Schwartz & Son, Washington, DC Florist: Mitch’s Flowers Favor: Hanson’s Snow-Bliz and Café du Monde Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs Caterer: Patti Constantin, Designs in Catering Wedding & Groom’s Cake: Flour Power Confectionery Photographer: Paul Morse Photography Videographer: Shannon Talamo Films Hair & Makeup: Just Face It, LLC Makeup: Just Face It, LLC Music: Shaun Ward (cocktail hour); Az IZZ (reception); Kinfolk Music Group (second-line)

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YO U N G B LO O DS

Gene Meneray Co-Founder, The Ella Project By Lindsay Mack

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help from The Ella Project, artists can be proactive about protecting their rights and tending to additional legal matters. The Ella Project developed a standing clinic so the clients could get quick, comprehensive legal service. Whether the artist wants to go on a worldwide tour, launch a neighborhood after school program, or get fundraising, “The key is figuring out where the artist wants to go, and using our set of skills to help them get there,” says Meneray. Because they’re working with such unique talents, every client is different. Meneray says that working with individual artists is similar to working with thousands of small businesses. “There is no one big moment or press conference announcing 800 new jobs from one company, rather it’s a series

of emails, thank you notes and anecdotes, and you add them up and see the value and importance of the work,” says Meneray. For the future, there are plans to expand The Ella Project’s reach to innovators and inventors in New Orleans as well. It’s all part of a broader plan to benefit the New Orleans area as a whole. n

Get Involved Support for this organization is crucial. “The Ella Project’s work literally could not be done without support from individual donors and foundations,” says Meneray. “Delivering these services means that support from the New Orleans and national community is essential.” Donations are always welcome, and pro bono work from qualified lawyers is also needed. For more information, visit EllaNola.org.

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One local organization is dedicated to helping New Orleans artists and nonprofits succeed in a big way. Launched as a joint program of the Arts Council of New Orleans, Tipitina’s Foundation and Tulane Law School, The Ella Project offers high-level, pro bono legal assistance to low and moderate income artists, musicians and grassroots nonprofits. As Co-Founder of The Ella Project, Gene Meneray understands just how special the city’s rich cultural scene can be. “As for rationale, we understood that while New Orleans artists and musicians are some of the best in the world, they were often inadequately compensated and even marginalized due to lack of infrastructure and equitable access to resources.” But with


STUDENT ACTIVIST

Makayla Amma Anderson St. Mary’s Dominican High School

PH OT O BY CHERYL GERBE R

By Mallory Lindsly

“It is important to be involved in your community for many reasons. I chose to be involved because it allows me to get to know the people in my community, make new relationships and view the world from different aspects. If I’m only able to view the world my way, then I have failed at living,” says Makayla Amma Anderson, a graduated senior from St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Anderson was highly involved both in her school and community. She volunteered with Dominican Sisters of Peace Center, where she helped tutor children who lived in the neighborhood. She also volunteered at Covenant Nursing Home where she assisted the elderly during afternoon activities, such as games and snack time. “To me, children and the elderly seem to be the most neglected groups in today’s society, so it makes me feel good just to be there and help, even with the little things,” says Anderson. One of Anderson’s most rewarding experiences has been working at the Peace Center. Many of the children she met at the Peace Center grew on her, and she was able to form real relationships with these children. “I was able to not only assist them with the academic aspect of their lives, but when they weren’t having a good day, I was able to talk them through it and see life from their point of view,” says Anderson. Through her activism, she

gained life-long friendships, mentors and a larger support system. Through her experiences, Anderson has realized that even something as small as asking someone how their day went could brighten it up. Haley Williams inspired Anderson to become a student activist. Williams stands up for herself and her friends, even when there’s a controversial matter. “Haley takes the time to understand the opposing and supporting sides of both parties, which is crucial to being an activist. Most people don’t realize that understanding or trying to understand both sides shows effort to resolve the issue,” says Anderson. Anderson is attending Tulane University in the fall of 2019, and she wants to become a neonatal physician to help premature and sick children; when Anderson was born, she weighed only 2 pounds 9 ounces. One of Anderson’s biggest dreams is to open an overnight daycare for less fortunate parents. n STCHARLESAVENUE.COM 61


S H O P TA L K

Ellis Arjmand MD, MMM, PhD Surgeon-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital, New Orleans By Mirella Cameran

How are you adjusting to life in New Orleans? I moved from Houston to New Orleans in January of this year. The adjustment has been very easy and the overall experience has been just delightful. What brought you this position? This is a time of growth and change at Children’s Hospital. With major campus improvements underway in Uptown, affiliations with both LSU and Tulane and plans for an expanded regional presence, we have an amazing opportunity to make a difference for the children of New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast.

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What do you see your biggest challenges/opportunities to be? There is large unmet need for pediatric specialty care in the region. We are growing rapidly, and it’s a challenge to hire and train new staff members quickly enough to meet the need. Is there anything else you’d like to share or that is coming up? I’m looking forward to my wife and children joining me here as soon as the school year ends!

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, 200 Henry Clay Ave., 899-9511, CHNOLA.org

PHOTO BY J EFFERY J OH NSTON

Other hospitals offer pediatric services; what makes Children’s Hospital unique and special? As the only children’s hospital in Louisiana, CHNOLA is unique in taking care of all children who need care, and in only taking care of children. With the greatest number of pediatric specialists in the state, we’re able to treat children with a wider range of conditions than another hospitals in this area.

What has surprised you about your new job? The people are amazing. Every day I’m struck by the strong sense commitment to the community amongst the physicians and staff at the hospital. Many are long-term employees with deep roots in the community who have a wonderful spirit of service.


S H O P TA L K

Anne Krozely General Manager, Love Swimming NOLA

PHOTO BY J EFFERY J OHNSTON

By Mirella Cameran

How did Love Swimming start? Marshall Love and Kaye Doiron saw a tremendous need in the community for warm water child-centered lessons, and in 2001 built a small boutique swimming school on Magazine Street in a commercial rental space that was less than 700 square feet. They had 72 swimmers signed up before they opened their doors.

you is key to developing strong swimming skills; equally as important is learning to move through it. Children can swim, with consistent exposure, by two. Consistent exposure is, of course, the key.

There are lots of swimming programs, what makes yours special? Fun! Above all else. We teach them to love the water so that they want to swim. Understanding child development, how kids learn and how to inspire kids to learn, is what sets us apart. Swimming lessons aren’t something we do to subsidize our fitness facility, they are all we do. We are swimming specialists. We love teaching swimming.

Why are your pools full of salt water? Salt systems naturally chlorinate the water and it’s a bit easier on the hair, eyes and skin.

Are you using a particular method to teach swimming? Teaching swimming is our number one goal. Learning to relax and let the water support

How young can you be to start? We start our parent and tot classes that are equally fun for mom and dad at six months.

Is there anything coming up that you’d like to share? Marshall and Kaye are currently founding a nonprofit that will allow Love Swimming to have a broader reach and a greater impact in the community for learn to swim programs.

LOVE SWIMMING, 5221 S. Front St., 891-4662, LoveSwimming.com

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

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1. Annette Dowdle with Dr. Robert and Beverly Matheney at the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse’s inaugural fundraising event, “Family Feud” at Harrah’s in January. Proceeds from the night benefitted CADA Prevention & Recovery Center’s youth prevention programs. 2. The ladies of Pontchartrain Links -- Kiana Mitchell, Ange’lique Reed and Beverly Wright – celebrate their win at CADA’s “Family Feud” event in January. Each member of the winning team took home a Google Home Hub as a prize. 3. John Bendernagel, Shaun Duncan, Sybil Favrot and Paul Masinter at the St. Charles Avenue Association’s annual meeting in November at the home of Sybil and Blair Favrot. 4. Newly inaugurated board members Odom Heebe, James Van Horn, Billy Freiberg, Ned Bergin and Ashland Hines at the St. Charles Avenue Association’s annual meeting. 5. Shelby Sanderford, Henry Heaton and McKell Favrot raise money for cancer research at the first-ever Shuck Cancer block party in November. The event raised over $115,000 and was organized by the American Cancer Society Junior Executive Board -- a committee of 50 young professionals and 20 “shuckers” who committed to fundraising $2,500 each. 6. Earl Truvia, Reginald Adams, Robert Jones, Daniel Rideau, Jerome Morgan, Wilbert Jones and Curtis Davis attend the Innocence Project New Orleans’ annual benefit, “Harvesting Hope: A Fundraiser for Freedom.” The event featured food by local chefs, entertainment by DJ Lunch $ and a live auction.

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7. Emma Pegues, Reed Pegues Smith, Claudia, Tucker and Carter Stillwagon and Claire, Remy, Catherine and Jack Karas celebrate the Junior League of New Orleans’ seventh annual “Touch-a-Truck” fundraiser in November. 8. Reed Pegues Smith shows off his look at the Junior League’s “Touch-a-Truck” event at the Pontchartrain Center in November. The beloved family tradition gives an opportunity for children to connect to possible careers in construction, manufacturing, emergency response and many others, as well as raise thousands of dollars for JLNO’s charitable operations. 9. Jonathan Warner and Monica Robichaux handed out food at APEX Youth Center for Feed the Children’s annual holiday campaign “No Hungry Holidays,” in partnership with PepsiCo. 10. Kendra Scott Jewelry partnered with March of the Dimes to donate gifts to new local mothers for a “Day of Gratitude” in November to raise awareness about preterm births. 11. Carla Adams, Ben Haney and Nomita Joshi-Gupta attend the annual “Salvations Gala” at the Arbor Room in City Park in November to benefit the Green Project, an organization serving the greater New Orleans area for nearly 25 years working to promote a culture of creative reuse. 12. Phyllis Jordan and Amanda Stone Talley at the “Salvations Gala” in City Park. The event featured a Salvage Design Competition, silent auction, a wine raffle, locally crafted food and open bar and music by Colin Davis and Night People.

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PERFORMING ARTS

June By Fritz Esker

Through June 2

COME FROM AWAY The critically acclaimed musical tells the story of the small town in Newfoundland who welcomed 7,000 people stranded in the wake of 9/11. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

Through June 9

HOW TO KILL A DIVA An insufferable soprano nearing the end of her career must contend with a young rival, an old lover and a homicidal chorus in this fun-filled musical romp. Westwego Performing Arts Theater, 177 Sala Ave., 885-2000, JPAS.org

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THE VICTORY BELLES The Victory Belles serenade audiences with their delightful renditions of 1940s hits. BB’s Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944, NationalWW2Museum.org

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WINEHOUSED: THE AMY CELEBRATION This show celebrates the late R&B songstress, Amy Winehouse. The Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., 528-9569, TheJoyTheater.com

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DEREK HOUGH Magnetic dancer Derek Hough embarks on his first-ever solo tour in this live show. Hough explores styles ranging from ballroom to tap to salsa to hip-hop. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

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DINE AND DANCE WITH THE VICTORY SWING ORCHESTRA Dance the night away as the National World War II Museum’s own Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the music of the WWII era. BB’s Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944, NationalWW2Museum.org 66 ST. CHARLES AVENUE JUNE 2019

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WEIRD AL YANKOVIC The biggest selling comedy recording artist in history plays his high-energy comic rock with background singers and a full symphony orchestra. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

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THE RAT PACK NOW The music and camaraderie of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. are captured in this world-class tribute show. BB’s Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., 528-1944, NationalWW2Museum.org

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University puts on Shakespeare’s timeless romantic comedy about jealousy and misunderstanding. Tulane’s Lupin Theater, 150 Dixon Hall Annex, 865-5106, NewOrleansShakespeare.org

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KINKY BOOTS This Tony-winning musical tells the heartwarming tale of a young man taking over his family’s struggling shoe business. It features a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein and music from pop legend Cyndi Lauper. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com

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TWENTY-ONE PILOTS: THE BANDITO TOUR Due to overwhelming demand, the Twenty-One Pilots have announced a second leg to their popular Bandito Tour. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive 587-3663, SmoothieKingCenter.com

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ROB THOMAS: CHIP TOOTH TOUR Singer-songwriter Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 fame hits the Saenger to promote his new album, Chip Tooth Smile. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com


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Alliance Française

Children’s Hospital

504-568-0770 AF-NewOrleans.org

CHNOLA.org/afterhours

This summer Alliance Française has a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages, whether they’re discovering the French language for the first time, preparing for back to school or simply want to have fun! They offer French classes, tutoring, immersion week, online classes and more.

Virtual Care from a Children’s Hospital Pediatrician! Children’s Hospital is committed to providing you with expert pediatric care, wherever you are and whenever you need it. With Virtual After Hours, you can receive face to face care from home on your phone, computer or tablet.

Contemporary Arts Center Summer Arts Camp 504-528-3805 CACNO.org Immerse your child in the arts at the CAC Summer Arts Camp with classes in visual arts, digital arts, theatre and dance. Camp is co-ed for children 6-14 years old and runs July 29-August 2. Tuition is $220 per week or $200 per week for CAC members.

Louisiana Children’s Museum

Love Swimming

PERLIS Clothing

504-523-1357 LCM.org

504-891-4662 LoveSwimming.com

Sing into Summer! Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., join LCM for a day of interactive music that playfully develops language skills. Enjoy “Fun in the Sun” music with teacher Eric from Singable Kids, go on an “Imagination Tour” with Bamboula 2000, explore locally inspired songwriting with Katy Hobgood Ray and the Confetti Park Players and more!

Love Swimming is the premier swim school of New Orleans. The facility contains two heated indoor pools making lessons comfortable and possible whether rain or shine. Classes are taught by experienced adult instructors with a small student to teacher ratio insuring the best experience.

New Orleans, 504-895-8661 French Quarter, 504-523-6681 Mandeville, 985-674-1711 Baton Rouge, 225-926-5909 Perlis.com The crawfish youth club belt with full grain leather tabs and English brass buckle features a crawfish ribbon stitched to a cotton canvas backing. Also available in favorite team colors black-and-gold and purple-and-gold!

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PERLIS Clothing New Orleans, 504-895-8661 French Quarter, 504-523-6681 Mandeville, 985-674-1711 Baton Rouge, 225-926-5909 Perlis.com Your special dad deserves something from the PERLIS Crawfish Collection. Maybe a lightweight, standard fit, washed linen sport shirt featuring the iconic crawfish logo embroidered on the pocket.

Sayings Kids SayingsKids.com Sayings Kids is a local e-boutique for children sizes 3-12. Shop with them online for on-trend designer clothing and accessories. Sayings Kids offers unique items, like this tiered color-blocked tulle panel dress! Their motto is “Inspiring kids to be great and look good doing it”. BE GREAT. BE BOLD. BE YOU.

The Shop at The Collection, The Museum Shop of The Historic New Orleans Collection 504-598-7147 HNOC.org/shop If your Dad is a “Fest Dad,” he’ll enjoy this box set from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Commemorating Jazz Fest’s 50th anniversary, it includes a hardcover book plus five CDs with 50 live tracks, $99. Available at The Shop at the Collection’s new location at 520 Royal St.

Shard Shop 504-309-2581 ShardShop.com/NOLA Looking for fun experiences this summer with the kids? Visit Shard Shop, a friendly make-your-own-art boutique. They offer daily classes in applying upcycled glass to a pre-painted canvas. The result is intoxicating! Classes are an hour long and suitable for all skill levels, ages 6 and up.

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Verdure Olive Oil 504-373-2848 VerdureOliveOil.com Give him what he really wants for Father’s Day, like this set of spices and premium olive oil for Verdure Olive Oil Company located on Magazine Street and online!


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Boudreaux’s Jewelers 504-831-2602 BoudreauxsJewelers.com

Bra Genie 504-644-2500 TheBraGenie.com

The OMEGA Speedmaster is one of OMEGA’s most iconic timepieces. Having been a part of all six lunar missions, the legendary Speedmaster is a representation of the brand’s pioneering spirit. At the heart of this chronograph is OMEGA’s calibre 1861, the famous movement worn on the Moon.

Treat him to comfortable, ready-for-anything swim trunks cut from a faderesistant fabric with built-in four-way stretch. The quickdry liner stays in place thanks to a light compression fit, with a hidden BallPark Pouch™ inside for friction-free support.

Chronos Body | Health | Wellness 504-267-4549 ChronosBHW.com Pamper the Dad you adore with a Chronos Body|Health|Wellness Father’s Day gift of a one hour massage and a one hour Gentleman’s Facial for only $150. It’s a gift any gentleman would love.

Dr. Sean Weiss Facial Plastic Surgery 504-814-3223 SeanWeissMD.com/SaintCharlesAvenue Need something for the Dad who has everything? Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Weiss is offering specials on Botox (Bro-tox), laser treatments and hair restoration consultation. Call the office to ask about other special offers for St. Charles Avenue readers!

Optical Shoppe 504-301-1726 OpticalShoppeBR.com Whether he’s catching waves or soaking up rays, Dad will love Maui Jim’s new Big Wave sunglasses featuring a lightweight design and scratch-resistant lenses. Shop local this Father’s Day with the Optical Shoppe on Metairie Road.

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N OS TA LG I A

Dixiana Bakery The Melt-O-Way of memories By Seale Paterson

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Dan Rousseve died in 1956, but his family continued the business, opening another location at Oak and Dublin streets in 1965. The Dixiana Bakeries were closed in the 1980s, and the properties were sold in 1993. n

Dixiana products weren’t carried commercially at shops or restaurants, and were available only at Dixiana Bakeries storefronts. This counter, located in the bakery department of Schwegmann’s Grocery on Airline Highway, was opened as a satellite location in 1951.

IMAGE PROVIDED COURTESY OF THE CHARLES L. FRANCK COLLECTION AT THE H ISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION , ACC. N O. 1979.325.44

Dixiana Bakery opened in 1931 under the ownership of Dan Rousseve. Located at the corner of N. Broad and Bruxelles streets, Dixiana quickly established itself as a popular place for doughnuts, French bread and other pastries. The fruit cake was a best seller almost immediately, especially during holidays, and they had a strong reputation for making extrabeautiful wedding cakes. In 1942, they opened a second bakery at 2382 St. Claude Ave., at the corner of St. Roch Street. With two locations, they provided delivery anywhere within the New Orleans city limits. The Melt-O-Way Coffee Cake was introduced in 1951, and Dixiana had a state copyright placed on the cake within the year. Described as so tender it would “melt away” in your mouth, it was flavored with vanilla, almond and rum, and came in three shapes: oval, round and heart. Both large and smaller individual sizes were available. With its economical prices, it was widely enjoyed at both special occasions and for everyday dining. A citywide jingle contest in 1951 resulted in this winning entry: “Melt-O-Way is good to eat, You’ll love this special treat. Buy it now, don’t delay, Dixiana has scored again you’ll say!” By 1952, the Melt-O-Way was available in seven cream flavors: sour cream, butter pecan, coconut, walnut, cherry, pineapple and apple. Raspberry, strawberry, fig, date and peach were added soon after. That same year, Dixiana introduced their famous Sarah Bernhardt wine cake.


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