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Whether you’re in the midst of planning your own wedding, dreaming of one in the future or just like to view how people have celebrated their “big days,” you can find inspiration, beauty and those special touches that only New Orleanians add to their weddings starting on pg. 42.


St. Charles Avenue’s Weddings Our 16th compendium: Cambise – Williams; Deshautreaux – Baumer; Kappelman – Rafferty; Lyman – Wogan; and Young – Henry BY MEGAN HOLT


St. Charles Avenue’s Registry of Charitable Events May-August 2019 COMPILED BY MORGAN PACKARD GRIFFITH


(Standing) 2019 Laureate Barry T. Kern, Vincent Giardina representing Title Sponsor Oscar Tolmas Trust and Chair Marty A. Mayer with (seated) Lisa Romano representing Title Sponsor Oscar Tolmas Trust and Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Walter E. Blessey Jr. are pictured for Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.’s “Business Hall of Fame Gala.” Established in 1984, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.’s “Business Hall of Fame Gala” honors local businessmen and women who have embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship. An honoree must: “have a record of outstanding entrepreneurial achievements, must be recognized by his or her organization or profession to have made a very significant contribution to the success of the organization or profession, must adhere to high moral and ethical principles and must serve as a role model for others.” The remaining 2019 Laureates are: Lynne A. Burkart, Director, Postlethwaite and Netterville; Barry T. Kern, President and CEO, Kern Studios & Mardi Gras World; Dennis Lauscha, President, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans; Curtis A. Pellerin, President, Pellerin Laundry Machinery and James W. Pellerin, Chairman and CEO, Pellerin Milnor Corporation; David M. Rubenstein, President, Rubensteins; Allen Square, Founder and CEO, Square Button; and the Business of the Year Honoree is Associated Terminals & Turn Services. The gala will take place on Thursday, May 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 569-8658 or visit Special thanks to JA Executive Vice President Melissa H. Binder, for her invaluable assistance.



In Every Issue

20 8 & 10 EDITORS’ NOTES


Camp Pelican: Making summer camp possible for all


Sugar Roots Farm: Farm-tofork education close to home


Spring Fashion Hostess Gifts


Sinful Summer Flavors: Executive Chef Vlad Ahmadyarov of the Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel shares its Pork Belly with Cane Syrup and Apple Cider Glaze and Mango and Mirliton Relish


Off the Path Perfection: Finding stellar Asian cuisine in a Harvey strip mall



PHILANTHROPIC FUN Turn of a Century The annual BRAVO Gala celebrated NOBA’s Golden Anniversary. 22

Radiant in Red Ochsner Health System hosted a benefit gala with heart. 32

Fruits of Good Labor Louisiana Appleseed celebrated its first decade of exemplary community changemakers. 24

Anchors Aweigh for the Cure The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s regatta serves their mission to defeat cancer. 34

Festive Fun Families gathered for a holiday-themed party at Tableau and a trip to Le Petit Théâtre. 26

Future Planning The PRC unveiled its strategy for years to come in a private reception for members of its President’s Circle. 36

A Lifetime of Service Mark Romig was presented the esteemed Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award. 28

Successful Service The “2019 YMCA Annual Meeting” honored community service and those who volunteer. 38

Festival Flair The annual “Bal Masqué” supported the nourishment, education and empowerment of New Orleans youth. 30

An Artist’s Legacy Patrons of the arts honored the legacy of New Orleans artist Daniel Price to support up-and-coming artists. 40


The Swansons’ Miraculous 50th Anniversary Wedding Party in New Orleans: Part One


Llewellyn Everage: Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources, Audubon Nature Institute


Madalyn Claire Cranford: St. Martin’s Episcopal School


Skip A Chatelain: Vice President, Dorsey & Company, Inc.


Natalie Becnel: Licensed Nurse Esthetician at Dr. Sean Weiss, Facial Plastic Surgery

58 SNAPSHOTS 60 ONSTAGE CALENDAR 70 NOSTALGIA Print in Paint: This WPA-commissioned mural now inspires yoga students


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B E V ' S N OT E

We are thrilled to present the “Business Hall of Fame Gala” presented by Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc. on our cover this month! They honor local businessmen and women who have embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship, have achieved extraordinary success in business and serve as role models for others. Thanks to our cover models: Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Walter E Blessey Jr., Chairman and CEO, Blessey Marine Services; Honoree Barry Kern, President and CEO, Kern Studios and Mardi Gras World; Chair Marty A. Meyer, President and CEO of Stirling Properties; and Title Sponsors Vincent Giardina and Lisa Romano of The Oscar Tolmas Trust. The gala will be Thursday, May 16, at the Ritz-Carlton, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and expect fabulous cocktails and dinner. The other 2019 Laureates are: Lynne A. Burkart, Director, Postlethwaite & Netterville; Dennis Lauscha, President, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans; Curtis A. Pellerin, President Pellerin Laundry, Machinery and James W. Pellerin, Chairman and CEO, Pellerin Milnor Corporation; David

M. Rubenstein, President, Rubensteins; and Allen Square, Founder and CEO, Square Button. I know you’ll want to support this amazing organization, so call 569-8658. Individual tickets are $350, or you can have a table for $3,500 or $5,000. This charity inspires and prepares young people to successfully participate in our economy through workforce readiness, entrpreneurship and financial literacy. GiveNOLA Day,” an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a one-day online giving event. For 24 hours, everyone who loves our region can support their favorite local causes by donating to one of more of 700+ participating nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event raised nearly $5.6 million from nearly 49,000 donations around the world. Learn more at Meaghan Bonavita, who locally founded Dress for Success, wants you to attend their event “Suits and Salads” on May 10. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Dress for Success New Orleans. The 10th annual “Suits and Salads Luncheon” will be held Friday, May 10. The event will be honoring the founder of DFSNO, Hope Encalade, and will feature a moving speech by the Client of the Year Shametria Gonzales. Joi Gordon, DFS Worldwide CEO, will be in attendance and will deliver the keynote speech. The proceeds from the luncheon will go to meet their goal of serving more than

400 local women in 2019, and to sustain the four programs offered by DFSNO: Suiting, Professional Women’s Group, Career Center and Mentoring. For more information and to purchase a ticket, call 891-4337. We are excited as always to bring you our fabulous wedding feature, which will inspire you and give you wonderful ideas! Thanks to Victoria Michelle Cambise and Aaron Michael Williams; Katie Ann Deshautreaux and Alvin Adam “Pepper” Baumer III; Caroline Alder Kappelman and Nigel Bruce Rafferty; Melissa Manget Lyman and Hansford Perdue Wogan; and Charlotte Anais Young and Robert Merritt Henry for sharing your weddings with us! Our column What’s Hot for Hostess Gifts offers you options aimed to impress beyond the usual baked goods.   Last but not least, please review our Registry of Charitable Events: May-August. We are the clearing house for all of your fundraising events to keep from competing with another gala on the same night, and if you don’t see your event there, please fill out our online nonprofit events form now: Have a great start to the summer vacation and be safe!

Beverly Reese Church

“The American Spirit Awards” presented by Hancock Whitney is an annual multiday celebration at The National WWII Museum that celebrates individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II and throughout history. Pictured here are the 2018 Honorees. Sponsors and patrons of the American Spirit Awards will begin their experience in New Orleans on May 22 at a Patron Reception presented by Acadian Ambulance Services at the Windsor Court Hotel. On the following day, May 23, activities will continue with the “American Spirit Awards Luncheon and Leadership Forum” in partnership with Stephens, where the 2019 American Spirit Medallion and Silver Service Medallion honorees will receive their awards and share their stories of success with Billy Michal Student Leadership Award recipients – a group of high school scholars from across the country who demonstrate the American spirit in their communities. The awards presentation gala and seated dinner will begin at 6 p.m. the same evening, where specialty menu items will be prepared by Susan Spicer. Proceeds from the events will support educational programming at The National WWII Museum, including the ongoing development of classroom materials and professionaldevelopment opportunities for teachers in schools across the country, as well as online experiences that bring the museum and its resources to students around the world. For American Spirit Awards ticket information and additional event details, visit or call 528-1944 extension 334.



M O R G A N ' S N OT E

Compiling the Registry of Charitable Events each quarter takes a lot of work, but it’s so much fun to see the next four months of nonprofit events laid out in a usable way. Not only can those individuals and groups who are still looking for an open date for an event easily see where the gaps may be, it’s also a nice way to plan which events you’ll be attending. If you have a nonprofit event this coming May-August and you don’t see it listed, please fill out our online form: Coming May 4 and showing through June, artists Louis St.Lewis and Nate Sheaffer are taking over Martine Chaisson Gallery in the Warehouse District with their “Rock & Royalty” show. The show features painting/mixed media/ neon as well as eglomisé panels. You may have seen some of this work – which feels very tongue-in-cheek and makes me smile – at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, NOMA or at the Country Club in Bywater. I spent almost two years working with planner Terry Cambise and my vendors (Hi James!) to plan Mike’s and my wedding – and I hope never to have to do anything like that again. But if you love to see how locals make their “big days” reflect who they are and what they like, look to our 16th compendium of weddings. You just might “ooohhh” and “aaahhh” before you realize it, If this note seems a bit piecemeal, that would be because I’m writing it in between chasing my son around the house. I’ll be typing away and then suddenly realize it’s much too quiet. That usually means it’s time to find another snack, sit down at his coloring station or have a dance party. My writing style up until now has included noise cancelling headphones with my medium of choice playing loudly enough to drown out my surroundings and working until I’m done. Now I’m typically writing 30 words at a time with Elmo or a They Might Be Giants kids album as my soundtrack. But every time I get a little huffy at having to stop again, he crawls onto the couch, pushes my computer off my lap and cuddles up with a hug, and he reminds me that there’s nothing that can’t wait a little bit, and a hug at the right moment can change your entire day. Have a great month and enjoy the weather!

Morgan Packard Griffith




Camp Pelican Making summer camp possible for all By Catherine Freeman

Each year as summer break approaches it reminds me of years ago when I traveled solo aboard a Trailways bus to my first overnight camp session. Terrified yet excited, the anticipation of freedom, fun and new friendships in an uncharted environment was intoxicating. Summer camp was all I envisioned, and I remained a devoted camper for years eventually continuing on as an employee in college. The value of sleep-away camp is immeasurable in giving young people important life and social skills, but for a variety of obstacles it is unfortunately not always accessible to every child. Camp Pelican is in the business of making summer camp possible for all! Situated on property in nearby Leesville through a partnership with the Louisiana Lions League for Children, Inc., children with pulmonary disorders – such as but not limited to severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, tracheotomy and ventilatorassisted children – have the opportunity to attend the week-long overnight Camp Pelican. The annual session is open to Louisiana children 5 to 15 years old, offering an adventure to 100 children each summer who wouldn’t be able to attend regular camp programs due to their extensive medical needs. Although Camp Pelican has been running since 1978, they continue to be challenged in sharing availability to families of children with pulmonary disorders but maintain their quest to host more campers each summer. Incredibly, the generosity of foundations, sponsors and fundraising through the annual “Pelicanpalooza” (September 28, 2019) makes it possible for every child to attend Camp Pelican free of charge.


Completely volunteer based, Camp Pelican is staffed by dedicated, trained professionals including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, child life specialists, educators and social workers because, in addition to the normal duties of a camp counselor, they must provide extensive medical care for the overall wellbeing of the campers. The camp provides an unprecedented one-to-one staff to camper ratio, giving parents peace of mind when trusting their children to the care of others. Daily monitoring of physical and emotional progress by staff members help facilitate meaningful interactions among campers to establish a sense of security and personal identity. “I was very nervous at first, but the camp administration, nurses and volunteers made me feel very comfortable with leaving my son for a whole week!” said a camper’s mother. A week at Camp Pelican is often just what the doctor ordered – some independence for campers and a break from demanding routines for parents. One of the greatest aspects of summer camp is undoubtedly the wide variety of activities and the freedom to try them all. Typical activities such as swimming, sports, canoeing, sing-a-longs, talent

shows, bonfires and arts and crafts are offered in a safe environment. Unique to Camp Pelican, they incorporate entertaining yet educational daily sessions designed to teach campers how to manage living with their illnesses and fit into society while dependent on devices or therapies. Having fun doing “normal kid” camp activities empowers the children to see beyond their limitations through experiences they will remember for a lifetime. “This camp, it’s not just a camp, it’s a life changing experience for children who live with life altering illnesses,” says a mother of two campers. “The highlight of my kids’ year is their trip to camp, and it doesn’t matter how many times I write it down for people to read, Camp Pelican gives my kids the ability to be like everyone else, and that’s all I could ever want for them.” n

A little more... To learn more about or make a donation to Camp Pelican visit



Sugar Roots Farm Farm-to-fork education close to home By Brittany Kennedy


of apples donated by local grocery stores that cannot sell them. They also have horseback rides for kids and the occasional special event. The picnic area is particularly well suited for birthday parties, and the animals are accessible but still secured, meaning kids can walk around and explore without feeling programmed or as if they’re in an amusement park. Since it’s a teaching farm, there aren’t dozens of cows and pigs, but instead one cow and two large hogs (that you’re warned not to touch since pigs apparently bite). In the spring, the rabbits have bunnies and the chickens are hatching chicks. However, perhaps one of the most famous residents is Bandito, a horse that was rescued after being found full of parasites and extremely underweight. It is clear the animals are happy to get tasty treats from kids and that the kids enjoy having an excuse to get a little dirty and have an up-close view of animals that they normally only see in books. In a city that’s as food-obsessed as our own, perhaps the biggest benefit of the Sugar Roots farm is its education focus that shows them where the food they eat actually comes from and why sustainability

and farming are important and much closer to “home” than they realize. Local citrus trees with signs indicating their type are sprinkled around, and the friendly and engaging staff are eager to share knowledge with anyone with interest. They compost and collect food waste to feed the animals and have regular classes dedicated to teaching kids a farm-to-fork model food production. While a visit to the farm isn’t likely to cause us to get some livestock or till our backyards, it’s a nice opportunity, especially while the heat is still mild, to buy a bag of dirt, plant to some seeds and see what how we can grow a few things to put on the dinner table this summer. n

Just the Facts ... Sugar Roots Farm 10701 Willow Drive 296-0435 Open for visits Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (weather permitting) Admission: $6/person (2 and under free) For more information visit SugarRootsFarm. org or email


Most of us who grew up in New Orleans think of ourselves as “city” kids. Although we have Audubon and City parks and plenty of green space in which kids can play, New Orleans is a city, an urban center. Well, most of it is. Tucked away on the West Bank near Algiers is a rural enclave that’s filled with wide-open spaces, people with ATVs and Sugar Roots Farm, a teaching farm whose mission “is to foster compassion and physical wellness in the metro NOLA communities through farm-to-fork education. Sugar Roots is dedicated to making a positive impact on our children by teaching them how to feed themselves using a sustainable, free-range working farm model.” Executive Director and Founder Sharessa Garland came to New Orleans to work for Audubon Zoo after getting her degrees in New York. After falling in love with New Orleans she decided to open Sugar Roots Farm, which is located just 15 minutes from downtown. The farm isn’t as expansive as a commercial farm, but, for children (particularly smaller ones), that space is particularly manageable and inviting. They don’t offer daily visits, but instead welcome regular visitors every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, you can also reserve the farm for field trips, camps, retreats and birthday parties. In addition to honey and eggs from the farm, you can also buy food to feed some of the many animals that live there. Goats, alpacas and chickens are willing recipients



Hostess Gifts By Amy Gabriel

From clinked glasses of mint juleps to celebrate a housewarming, to a brunch to show off some newly acquired art, to a raucous evening dinner party to celebrate the joy of a special occasion, the opportunities to gather are plentiful. Be prepared at all times with hostess gifts that aim to please and impress.

1. A bottle of Herbs de Provence Olive Oil – with top notes of lavender, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf – is the ideal gift for someone who knows their way around a spring salad. Verdure Olive Oil Co., 3634 Magazine St., 373-2848, 2. Scriptura’s “Writing and Drinking” series of hand-printed notecards, complete


� with recipes as envelope liners and illustrations of classic cocktails, will tickle your libation loving host. Scriptura, 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555, 3. A petite vase filled with fresh stems is as tried and true as it is a beautiful gesture. Ambrose Garden, 8015 Maple St., 861-1953,

� 4. Prepping for a party becomes a cinch when the host has a bamboo cutting board that touts our city’s favorite fare. Nola Tawk, 5. A quality coffee table book like the Making New Orleans Products Past and Present goes a long way for presentation and conversation. Ogden Museum of Southern Art Gift Shop, 925 Camp St., 539-9650,



� 6. A Crescent City hostess will appreciate a gift hand-crafted in France like this box set of Lily of the Valley scented triple milled French soap and matching sachet with a small Eiffel tower charm. RELISH, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, 7. Wine lovers will savor a custom, made-to-order initial made entirely of wine corks. Sorellas, 200 Metairie Road, 265-0011,

8. Arrive in style with mini stemless wine glasses hand-painted with white and gold oysters. Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8352; 4610 Magazine St., 766-6148; 9. A set of crawfish PJs in pima cotton by Cat’s Pajamas are the ultimate in comfort and style for spring lounging. The Woodhouse Day Spa, 4030 Canal St., 482-6652,



Sinful Summer Flavors Executive Chef Vlad Ahmadyarov of the Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel shares its Pork Belly with Cane Syrup and Apple Cider Glaze and Mango and Mirliton Relish Pork Belly

Mango and Mirliton Relish

2 pounds pork belly Sea salt and black pepper 4 fresh bay leaves 3 garlic cloves, peeled and bashed 1 teaspoon cardamom pods 4 star anise 1 Tablespoon fennel seeds Olive oil 2 quarts chicken stock 1 Tablespoon wholegrain mustard

1 pound mango, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice 1 pound mirliton, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice (should yield 2 cups) ½ cup red onion, chopped ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped ¼ cup green bell pepper, chopped ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced

PREHEAT the oven to 350 degrees. Score the pork belly skin diagonally in a diamond pattern at 1/2-inch intervals. Season generously with salt and pepper, rubbing it well into the skin.

Pickling Juice

PUT the bay leaves, garlic, cardamom, star anise and half the fennel seeds into a hot roasting tray on the stove with a little oil and heat for about 2 minutes until aromatic. Push to the side of the tray, then add the pork, skin side down, and cook for at least 5 minutes until golden brown. Turn the pork over, season the skin again with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the remaining fennel seeds. Pour in enough stock to come up to the layer of fat just below the skin and allow to boil. TRANSFER the tray to the preheated oven and cook for 2½ hours. After meat is cooked, transfer it to a pan and set aside to rest for 20 min. Put another pan on top of the pork and press it with weight. Transfer to a refrigerator for at least 6 hours. Take out and cut it in squares about 2.5-by-2.5 inches.

Cane Syrup and Apple Cider Glaze THE GRILL ROOM Windsor Court Hotel 300 Gravier St., 522-1994

BRING sugar, apple cider vinegar and cane syrup to a boil in a small, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly ,until it’s reduced half-way, then add butter and whisk. ADD salt and pepper to taste.

In a medium stockpot COMBINE all pickling juice ingredients and bring to a boil. Add mirlitons, mango and the rest of the vegetables. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Sterilize preserving jars and keep hot. Soak the lids and keep hot. Pack each jar tightly with the vegetables, dividing them evenly, and enough of the hot liquid to come within 1/2-inch of the top. Store in a cool dry place. Let age for 2-3 weeks.

To Plate Once ready to serve, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the pork belly portions from the fridge and add a dash of oil to a hot pan. Once oil is hot, add pork and sear evenly all over, then transfer to oven for 4-5 minutes to heat through. Meanwhile, drain and pat dry 1 Tablespoon Mango Relish. To serve, place pork on a plate, scatter relish and finish with some drizzles of the glaze on pork and around the plate. Garnish with micro herbs if available. Serve immediately. SERVES 4



½ cup sugar 1 cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup Steen’s Cane Syrup ¼ pound butter, cold

1 cup white granulated sugar 2 teaspoons turmeric ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 pieces clove 3 pieces garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups white vinegar 2 cups water



Off the Path Perfection Finding stellar Asian cuisine in a Harvey strip mall By Jyl Benson


Crispy Pan-Fried Noodles with Seafood from Hong Minh


We were starving. It was late on a Saturday afternoon and the two of us were the only people in Hong Minh, save for three generations of the extended Vietnamese-Chinese family who own the unassuming place and their children who were playing quietly by the cash register next to the whole roasted ducks hanging in the window. A notification written in English, Chinese and Vietnamese informed that within two days the family would be leaving to vacation in California for a month and the restaurant would be closed. We took the diversity of the establishment’s clientele as a good omen. Located in an old strip mall behind a Best Buy, the exterior of Hong Minh doesn’t impress. It looks tiny from the outside, but once you make it a few feet inside of the door a maze of rooms packed with bright decorations and bare-topped linoleum tables comes in to view. I suspect this place is packed with regulars who look nothing like my white bread self on weekend evenings. Ravenous and out of control, we ordered half of the menu. Our server gave us the side-eyed look you get when someone thinks you’re crazy, and soon the entire family, children as well,

disappeared into the kitchen and pots started clanging. We were advised that beers were available through the adjacent convenience store. This store was itself an oddity, complete with traditional New Orleans poor boys, real-deal andouille sausage served as a hot dog, Vietnamese pâté and soy-lacquered chicken feet available at the deli, and woks of every size, Mardi Gras paraphernalia, industrial cleaning supplies and an array of international candies keeping time with an impressive selection of craft beers. Each beautifully plated dish arrived as soon as it left the wok, and the children tried not to stare as we did out best to wipe out every delicious, expertly executed morsel: Roasted pork with shatter-crisp skin kissed with Chinese five spice; crispy salt and pepper chicken wings; Chinese-style shrimp friend rice; crisp pan-fried noodles heaped with shrimp, mussels, crab and squid in a light white sauce; fresh, translucent spring rolls filled with shrimp and roasted pork; a dish of garden fresh vegetables sautéed with silken tofu; and a large bowl of wonton noodle soup, the wontons themselves origami-like pillows that burst forth a savory broth at the slightest bite. It should go without saying that we left with to-go containers heaped with enough to share for days. As I paid the $57.11 bill for this fresh, deftly prepared meal of authentic Vietnamese and Chinese specialties, the wise man behind the counter advised that I ask about the off-menu specialties the next time I come back. This cannot happen soon enough. n

Try This: Chef Isaac Toups’ Toups South in Central City, New Orleans recently appointed Thea Sasseen to the position of sommelier and unveiled a new wine list with creative world-class picks featuring $25 bottles of wines available all day. The new wine program at Toups South is entirely domestic featuring mostly boutique wines, many of them bio-dynamic and organic, “if not in certification, at least in practice,” says Sasseen. “These wines are pure and expressive, and most of all, many of these are small producers. On Wine Wednesdays (WW) Sasseen will showcase a rotating selection of wines aimed at highlighting good value and unique varietals, while complementing Toups’ creative southern dishes. Toups South is also offering Happy Hour every day except Tuesdays and Sundays – from 3-6 p.m. with $5 wine-by-theglass and $6 signature cocktails, as well as small plates from $5-$15. Also new to Happy Hour is the Set Up where guests can play bartender. Each Set Up comes with a choice of spirit served in a 6 oz. flask for $17 or a 7 oz. bottle for $20 accompanied by a choice of house made soda (cola, root beer, pineapple and grapefruit, or the rotating weekly concoction).

HONG MINH 2101 Eighth St., Harvey, 592-7316 TOUPS SOUTH 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 304-2147,



Turn of a Century


The annual BRAVO Gala celebrated NOBA’s Golden Anniversary. By Shelby Simon

This year’s annual BRAVO Gala dedicated two glamorous evenings to kick off NOBA’s Golden Anniversary. On January 26, the “Evening of Stars” performance at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre began with a lifetime board member induction ceremony and presentation featuring youth from NOBA’s tuition-free dance program. NOBA’s newest Lifetime Board Members are three community visionaries whose extraordinary creativity and vision helped chart the course of the organization: Center For Dance Founders Hon. Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson and Janée Michelle Tucker, and former NOBA Board Chair Dr. Bernard M. Jaffe. While the stage was flipped for dinner, guests gathered in the lobby to enjoy champagne, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by 1718 Catering. Following, patrons experienced an extraordinary full performance of classical and contemporary masterworks danced by some of the world’s preeminent artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and National Ballet of Cuba, as well as NBC “World of Dance” and worldchampion ballroom stars. Gala patrons enjoyed a post-performance patron reception and then shifted to the transformed, gilded stage with magnificent centerpieces by Dunn & Sonnier, with a three-course dinner prepared by 1718 Catering by the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, music by Julio and César, a silent auction, a Lee Michaels shopping spree raffle and more. Benefactor Dinner Chairs were Gregory Curtis, who attended with Bradley Feichter, and Charlotte Bollinger. In attendance were Honorary Gala Chairs Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards. Special Honorary Guests included Former New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director Desmond Richardson and the evening’s artists. The gala experience continued on February 5 with a spectacular grand-seated Benefactor Dinner sponsored by the Windsor Court Hotel. Prior to dinner, guests enjoyed cocktails and entertainment by Anaïs St. John, and enjoyed music by Rachel Van Voorhees for dinner. Guests participated in live auctions, and benefactors also received a treasured gift from Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. n



Event at a Glance WHAT: “50th Anniversary Evening of Stars,” benefiting Ballet Resource & Volunteer Organization WHEN: Saturday, January 26 WHERE: Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts



1. NOBA Board Chair John Duck, Center For Dance Co-Founder Janée Michelle Tucker, BRAVO President Stephanie Burks and Center For Dance Co-Founders Hon. Jacqueline Brechtel Clarkson and former NOBA Board Chair Dr. Bernard M. Jaffe 2. Warner and Pamela Williams, Ralph Mahana and Benefactor Dinner Co-Chair Charlotte Bollinger 3. Honorary Gala Chairs Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards with Sandra and Joel Chaisson 4. Joseph Canizaro, Special Honorary Guest Wendy Whelan, Martine Chaisson Linares and Henson Davis 5. Jacquee Carvin, Teresa Guzzetta, Deborah Alciatore-Empey and Rosalyn Ditta 6. Stephen Sonnier, Gayle Dellinger, Jessie Tantardini and Carlos Mickan






Fruits of Good Labor


Louisiana Appleseed celebrated its first decade of exemplary community changemakers. By Shelby Simon

The 10th anniversary celebration of the “Good Apple Gala” honored the work of Louisiana Appleseed volunteers who embody the organization’s mission. Social Justice awards were given to individuals whose daily work exceeds expectations in creating access to justice, education and opportunity. Gayle Benson of Benson Enterprises was recognized for her exemplary work in creating access to education and personifying social justice to the Who Dat Nation. Additionally, United States District Court Judge Jay Zainey was presented the honor for his creation of opportunities through a program that restores dignity to the homeless in New Orleans and 37 cities nationwide. Senator JP Morrell received the award for his legacy of justice in the Louisiana Legislature, which will last for many years beyond his terms through the Constitutional Amendment for unanimous juries in criminal court. Awardees were Alex Baynham and Jeffrey P. Birdsong of Liskow and Lewis for tackling roadblocks to affordable housing; Representative Paula Davis of the Louisiana State House of Representatives for increasing access to opportunity through her wide-ranging advocacy efforts; Etheldreda Smith of Kuchler Polk Weiner LLC and Molly Wells of Fishman Haygood LLP for increasing access to education and increasing the amount of school children being fed in schools throughout Louisiana. Camille Whitworth was the Master of Ceremonies. A special 10-year Legacy Award was presented by Allison Tiller to former Louisiana Appleseed Executive Director Christy Kane. A video by Christa Rock was shown featuring the work of Louisiana Appleseed. Glass apple awards were created for each honoree. The event was Co-Chaired by Harry Simms Hardin III of Jones Walker; Chelsea Gaudin Favret of Forman Watkins & Krutz; and Margaret A. Mentz of Baker Donelson. Live music was provided by student jazz musicians from NOCCA. Catering was provided by the ACE Hotel.The special 10th anniversary apple cake was provided by Pure Cake NOLA. Louisiana Appleseed Gala Co-Chairs and Board of Directors donated wine and bourbon for the “Everyone’s a Winner” raffles. Door prizes were also donated by friends and board members.The event provided guests with stone coasters commemorating the 10th anniversary of Louisiana Appleseed. n

WHAT: 10th annual “Good Apple Gala,” benefiting Louisiana Appleseed WHEN: Thursday, January 24 WHERE: ACE Hotel 1. Co-Chairs Chelsea Gaudin Favret and Margaret A. Mentz 2. Honorees Etheldreda Smith, Gayle Benson and Molly Wells 3. Honoree Jeffrey Birdsong, Chapter Founder Phil Wittmann and Honoree Alex Baynham 4. Marcus Brown, Legacy Award Honoree Christy Kane and David Ellis 5. Board Members Zaheer Poptani, Allison Tiller and Don Abaunza 6. Board Member Christina Sautter and Adrienne Wheeler




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Festive Fun


Families gathered for a holiday-themed party at Tableau and a trip to Le Petit Théâtre. By Shelby Simon

“Fête de Fezziwig” was held to support Le Petit’s mission to present the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain and educate the diverse population of the New Orleans area. The family-centric event was held in the Green Room at Tableau, which was decorated for the winter holidays. Tableau provided cuisine including mini grilled cheese sandwiches, hummus bites and a wide array of holiday-themed sweet treats. The signature cocktail, the Fizzywig, was a festive drink made of cranberry, lime and cava generously donated by W.I.N.O. Kids made their own snowglobe Christmas ornaments and traditional Victorian crafts, and created a garland to hang on the Le Petit lobby Christmas tree. A highlight of the program was a visit from A Christmas Carol’s Mr. And Mrs. Fezziwig in full costume, played by Sean Patterson and Cammie West. A silent auction ranged from holiday gifts for children such as an American Girl doll and Star Wars Lego set, to spa packages, jewelry and art for adults, including art donated by James Michalopoulos, Rachael DePauw and Chris Roberts Antieau. Event Chairs were Shon Cowan Baker and Robin Bordelon Borne. This was the f irst Fête de Fezziwig and will be an annual event held in conjunction with Le Petit’s yearly presentation of A Christmas Carol. Following the activities at Tableau, attendees moved over to Le Petit to view a full performance of the show. n



Event at a Glance

1. Co-Chairs Robin Bordelon Borne and Shon Cowan Baker 2. Arden Cages, Hunter Cages, Josephine Eglé and Adelaide Eglé with Joy Bollinger 3. Patrick Gahagan, Pat Denechaud and Wills Gahagan 4. Frances, Annie, Hunt, Kaylea and Hunter Hill 5. Mollye and Ellie Demosthenidy 6. Parrish Dearney, Karen Wood and Scout Kearney



WHAT: “Fête de Fezziwig,” benefiting Le Petit Théâtre WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2018 WHERE: Le Petit Théâtre






A Lifetime of Service


Mark Romig was presented the esteemed Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award. By Shelby Simon

Mark Romig, recognized for his unwavering love and extraordinary commitment to our great city, was honored with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award. Each year, the award is presented to a recipient who has made a lifetime commitment to the hospitality industry through extraordinary leadership, personal and professional accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to the community. The award is named for legendary restaurateur Ella Brennan, in honor of her deep passion and commitment which has made a significant and longstanding impact on the New Orleans hospitality industry. The award was designed and fabricated by Adler’s. NOCCA student Diji Diallo trumpeted the beginning of the program with “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Jimmy Maxwell and his orchestra provided musical entertainment at the gala. Bryan Batt, a longtime childhood friend of Mark’s, was the emcee. The Very Reverend David Caron with the Archdiocese of New Orleans delivered the invocation. Speakers included Ellen Lee, representing Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the Director of Community and Economic Development for the city of New Orleans; Sonny Lee of Son of a Saint; Errol Laborde; Ti Martin; Mark’s sister and brother, Mary Beth Haskins and Jay Romig; and Gail Varuso, NOWFE Board President. Amongst the 350 guests, attending chefs included Michael Gulotta, also a NOWFE Board Member, Tory McPhail, Gus Martin and Tom Wolfe. Served on every table were Moet Magnum Bottles from Coastal Pacific Wines & Spirits, as well as a favorite snack of Mark’s: onion rings from Ye Olde College Inn. n



Event at a Glance

1. The Romig Family, with Honoree Mark Romig center back 2. Christian Brown and Fr. David Caron O.P. 3. Gail Varuso, Brian Kish and Aimee Brown 4. Tod Smith and Fred Holley 5. Peggy Scott and Errol Laborde 6. Chefs Christopher Lynch and Ashley Gray with Eileen Bivalacqua and chef Tory McPhail



WHAT: “Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award,” benefiting New Orleans Wine & Food Experience WHEN: Thursday, January 17 WHERE: Ritz-Carlton






Festival Flair


The annual “Bal Masqué” supported the nourishment, education and empowerment of New Orleans youth. By Shelby Simon

More than 450 masked revelers paraded into “Bal Masqué” at the start of a spirited Carnival season. The masquerade party featured live musical entertainment, a lineup of celebrity chefs and mixologists dishing out their best bites and an auction offering up one-of-a-kind local pieces and experiences — all to benef it the Link Stryjewski Foundation (LSF). James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and Steven Stryjewski (of Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher and Pêche) brought together a host of nationally renowned celebrity chefs and mixologists for an evening of New Orleans’ best hospitality. Participating chefs included: Nina Compton, John Currence, Suzanne Goin, Paul Kahan, Mike Lata, Nancy Oakes, Richard Reddington, Andrea Reusing, Slade Rushing, Frank Stitt and Maggie Scales. Neal Bodenheimer created specialty cocktails for the evening. Henriot Champagne was free f lowing all night in the Champagne Lounge in addition to Caribbean and classic cocktails. The band lineup offered the Original Pinettes Brass Band, The Roots of Music, Vermillionaires, Cha Wa and Ram from Haiti. Not limited to revelers at “Bal Masqué,” the auction allowed LSF supporters to bid on beautiful artwork, wine, masks and headpieces made by New Orleans artists. Proceeds from the gala support the LSF’s work to address the cycle of violence and poverty in New Orleans and provide education and training opportunities to youth. n



Event at a Glance

1. Founders chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski with Billy Link 2. Debbie Scollard with Robert and Morgan Lewis 3. Trixie Minx, chef Maggie Scales, chef Slade Rushing and Heather Lolley



WHAT: “Bal Masqué,” benefiting Link Stryjewski Foundation WHEN: Saturday, January 19 WHERE: The Sugar Mill



Radiant in Red


Ochsner Health System hosted a benefit gala with heart. By Shelby Simon

Shades of red were worn by guests at the “Red Tie Gala,” with many donning a custom red tie designed by Ochsner and NOLA Couture, featuring the Ochsner life mark in white and gold. Funds raised from the event and throughout Heart Month (February) benefit Ochsner Health System’s Dr. John Ochsner Tribute Fund. The cocktail reception featured the sounds of South Louisiana Virtuosi and custom Creole bruschetta, crab salad and cheese hors d’oeuvres. At the gala, guests dined on a three-course meal catered by The Ritz-Carlton, capped with a dessert course of warm beignets with dark chocolate and crème anglaise. Coffee and cordials followed in the side lounge with entertainment by the Phil Melancon Band and a special performance by Ochsner’s own Dr. Hector Ventura, who opened his performance with a beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Three patient stories were highlighted in videos throughout the event. The first highlighted Robert Williams, who received a heart transplant at Ochsner 30 years ago; his relationship with Dr. Ventura has been a lasting one since then. Another video featured Tom Waters; as part of a clinical trial supervised by Dr. J. Stephen Jenkins, serious heart complications were uncovered and treated at Ochsner. The final video showcased the story of Annie Duncan. After she f latlined in church, Dr. Abi-Samra fitted her with a pacemaker and other technology to regulate her heartbeat. She credits him with saving her life. The program additionally offered a Valentine’s Day-themed wine pull, which featured 100 bottles of various wines. Each guest purchasing a $20 ticket got a chance on one bottle of wine valued at $20-$100 and received a gold heart. n



Event at a Glance

1. Dr. Hector Ventura, Dorothy Brown and Robert Williams 2. Dr. Chip Lavie and Ochsner President and CEO Warner Thomas 3. Drs. Glenn and Nichole Poli, Dr. Sangeeta Shah and Dr. Hamang Patel



WHAT: “Red Tie Gala,” benefiting Ochsner Health System and the Dr. John Ochsner Tribute Fund WHEN: Saturday, February 9 WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton



Anchors Aweigh for the Cure


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s regatta serves their mission to defeat cancer. By Shelby Simon

Held at the Southern Yacht Club, the “2019 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta Kick-Off ” served to excite guests about the upcoming regatta and educate about the important mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This free event is held annually, prior to the Leukemia Cup Regatta, to share with the community how the funds raised from campaigns such as the regatta are used to bring us closer to beating cancer. The East Dining Room was decked out with sailboats donning each table, draped in navy pintuck and navy and white striped tablecloths. Food was provided by SYC. Attendees were welcomed by Event Chair Vice Commodore Dickie Provensal and Sponsorship Committee Chair Harold Bartholomew. Grace LaGraize served as Auction Chair. The event recognized Honored Hero Ayanna “YaYa” Singleton. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Last year, the Regatta raised more than $440,000 to support this mission. n



Event at a Glance

1. Committee Member Glenn Knoepfler with Burt and Karen Benrud and Event Chair Vice Commodore Richard Provensal 2. Sponsorship Committee Chair Harold Bartholomew with Auction Committee Chair Grace LaGraize 3. Ryan DeToro, Katie Triplett and Matt Helling



WHAT: “2019 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta Kick-Off,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society WHEN: Tuesday, January 22 WHERE: Southern Yacht Club



Future Planning


The PRC unveiled its strategy for years to come in a private reception for members of its President's Circle. By Shelby Simon

The Preservation Resource Center’s President’s Circle members were invited to an exclusive unveiling of the PRC’s new Strategic Plan to get a special look into the future of the organization. Executive Director Danielle Del Sol presented the plan as part of an elegant evening reception at a local historic landmark home, the Ewing House built in 1853 and now owned by Jason Waguespack and Jeff Morgan. Laura Arrowood Catering provided cuisine for the 75 attendees. The PRC’s President's Circle represents the organization’s major donors as well as past board Presidents. The exclusive group of 100 people were treated to this private reception for the unveiling. n



Event at a Glance

1. Executive Director Danielle Del Sol and Gordon McLeod 2. Past Presidents Will Hales, Larry Schmidt, Julie Habetz and Board President Marshall Hevron 3. Hosts Jeff Morgan and Jason Waguespack



WHAT: “President’s Circle Reception,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center WHEN: Wednesday, January 9 WHERE: Ewing House



Successful Service


The “2019 YMCA Annual Meeting” honored community service and those who volunteer. By Shelby Simon

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans Annual Meeting welcomed YMCA Board of Trustees members, Advisory Board members from across the region and special guests to welcome the new board members and thank those who have fulfilled their service. The reception also touted the past year’s successes and accomplishments and looked forward to another year of success. Thirteen new board members were welcomed to the YMCA, each coming from various professional backgrounds and communities within Greater New Orleans. Board members and other attendees represented the YMCA’s expansive services in the New Orleans metro region, including Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes. In recognition of their service to the community, the 2019 program celebrated two honorees: Paysse McWilliams with the C. Allen Favrot Humanitarian of the Year Award, and Belle Chasse YMCA Volunteer Mitchell Bernier with the honor of the Mildred Wild Volunteer of the Year Award. The elegant home of YMCA Board of Trustees Chair Richard and Jackie Yancey, filled with fresh f lowers, provided a beautiful setting for the 75 guests in attendance. YMCA President and CEO Gordon Wadge delivered remarks in addition to the award presenters, Robert Becnel, Belle Chasse YMCA Executive Director, and Joey Roberts, West St. Tammany YMCA Executive Director. Food was catered by ETC! Catering. The menu included a smoked salmon tray with all the fixings, mini crawfish beignets with remoulade sauce, artichoke stuffed chicken breasts, grilled veggie platter and brownies and lemon squares for dessert. Wine and beer were served as well, provided by The Wine Seller. n

WHAT: “2019 YMCA Annual Meeting,” benefiting YMCA WHEN: Thursday, January 24 WHERE: Home of Richard and Jackie Yancey 1. Director Belle Chase YMCA Bob Becnel, Director West St. Tammany YMCA Joey Roberts, Humanitarian of the Year Paysse McWilliams and Volunteer of the Year Mitchell Bernier 2. Board Members Marlin Gusman, Julie Nosser, Jay Batt and Erik Spansel 3. Board Members Elder Gwin, Kate Henry and Paul Kavanaugh




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An Artist’s Legacy


Patrons of the arts honored the legacy of New Orleans artist Daniel Price to support up-and-coming artists. By Shelby Simon

Daniel Price, and up-and-coming artist and New Orleans native, was killed in San Francisco on December 19, 2003. A graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School and NOCCA, Louisiana’s only public arts conservatory for high school students, Daniel was a talented artist whose work can be seen all around New Orleans. As a way to make some good of this terrible tragedy, the Price family created the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. In keeping with Daniel’s passions for art and music, the fund provides scholarships for outstanding visual arts and music students at NOCCA. This year, the event raised more than $53,000. The Price family, Kathy and Dr. Steve Price, hosted the event at the House of Blues, which was decked in holiday décor – poinsettias and all. A Patron Party featured entertainment by musical legends Irma Thomas and John Boutte. Guests were treated to a holiday buffet catered by the House of Blues with sweet treats created by NOCCA’s culinary arts department. The gala featured musical performances by Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers, Water Seed, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville & Friends, James Andrews, Trombone Shorty & Friends. Patrons perusing the auction items could bid on original artwork by former Daniel Price Award recipients. n



Event at a Glance

1. Steve and Kathy Price 2. Christopher and Madeline Price with Carol and Steve Venturatos 3. Oley Sassone and Sally Perry with Boo and Clayton Randle



WHAT: “Home for the Holidays: An Evening of Music and Art,”benefiting the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists and The NOCCA Institute WHEN: Friday, December 21, 2018 WHERE: House of Blues


St. Charles Avenue’s

Weddings St. Charles Avenue magazine is delighted to present its 16th compendium of our curated selection of locals’ weddings. Whether you’re in the midst of planning your own wedding, dreaming of one in the future or just like to view how people have celebrated their “big days,” you can find inspiration, beauty and those special touches that only New Orleanians add to their weddings, all in the following pages.


Cambise Victoria Michelle Cambise was on Bumble, a dating app, one day when Aaron Michael Williams’ profile appeared on her screen. Victoria sent Aaron a causal “Hey, what’s up?” and the two texted back and forth on the app for a few weeks before setting up a date. Their first date was at a Mexican restaurant, followed by miniature golf at City Park. The two made a bet that the loser would buy the next two rounds, and Victoria lost by one stroke! From there, they went to the Bulldog in Mid-City, followed by Tchoup Yard. Finally, Aaron said he wanted to show Victoria one of his favorite spots in the city, the Port of New Orleans. Within a few months, Victoria had introduced Aaron to her parents, and her father knew that this relationship was different. Not long after, her father became ill. Aaron visited him privately in the hospital and confided that he intended to spend the rest of his life with Victoria. Aaron shared the details of the conversation with Victoria’s mother after her father passed away, and he proposed the next month, on their one-year anniversary. For the proposal, Aaron tried to recreate their first date; unfortunately,

Victoria had to leave work later than expected. The two met up at the NOPSI Hotel for champagne, then Tchoup Yard to have a drink and then went to the Port of New Orleans. After a few selfies and conversation about the past year, they were walking back to the car when Aaron stopped on the railing and got down on one knee. Aaron had arranged for photographer Oscar Rajo to hide behind the statue, and a dear family friend, Joey, flew his drone over their heads, so the whole moment was captured! Of course, Victoria said “Yes!” and the planning began. She and Aaron chose a New Orleans gem in the Garden District, the private room above Tracy’s on Magazine Street, for the rehearsal. Chef John Folse created a special menu that brought the couple’s favorites together with a real New Orleans feel. On November 10, 2018, Victoria walked down the aisle of St. Francis of Assisi Church carrying a locket with a photo of her late father. After being married by Reverend Kenneth Allen, the couple headed for their reception at the New Orleans Country Club. Victoria and her mother, Terry, a wedding planner, chose The New Orleans

Williams Country Club because it has multiple rooms. They took all Victoria’s wishes for her big day and created a different experience in every room, ensuring that Victoria had everything she dreamed of for a romantic, elegant and timeless celebration. The NOCC prepared the menu, which included crispy fried oysters with Crystal beurre blanc, crabmeat ravigote, Beijing duck crepes and butternut squash bisque. La Louisiane Bakery stunned guests with a gorgeous cake. Victoria and Aaron danced their first dance to Aaron Lewis’ “Tangled up in You.” The band, A-Town A-List, kept the guests on the dance floor all night. The band and guests were caught by surprise when the groom got up and sang a few lyrics, too! Guests who stayed late into the evening were treated to petit grilled cheese and thin-cut fries. Artist Frenchy created a live painting of the event, giving the couple a special memory to last a lifetime. After the wedding, Victoria and Aaron, who love the tropics, spent a week-long honeymoon in Barbados. They live in New Orleans, where Victoria is in the event and hospitality industry and Aaron is a nuclear operator for Entergy Nuclear-Waterford 3.

Coordinator: Terry Cambise Wedding & Event Consulting with the help of industry friends Wyeth Furlong, Lisa Lafrance, Kim Starr Wise, Colleen Page and Krystal Touchet Ceremony Music: Seth Board (tenor), Dreux Montegut (organ), Harry Hardin (violin), Natalia Cascante (violin), Susan Boldissar (cello), Steven Orejudos (trumpet), Craig Heinzen (trumpet) and Guy Gauthreaux (timpani) Wedding Gown: Monique Lulliha, Joan Pillow, Buckhead Atlanta, Georgia Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy for Bella Bridesmaid, Bella Bridesmaids, Covington, LA Groom’s Attire: Custom made from Luca Falcone Groomsmen’s attire: Perlis Clothing Engagement Ring, and Bride’s and Groom’s Wedding Bands: Aucoin Hart Florist: Kim Starr Wise (reception); Ambrose Garden (church & personals) Décor: Luminous Events (rehearsal, ceremony & reception) Rentals: Event Rentals Linens: Event Rental, La Tavola Fine Linen & Table Wraps Invitation: Scriptura; Maria Helena (calligraphy) Photographer: Oscar Rajo; Paul Morse Videographer: Studio Vieux Carré Hair: Erin Guarisco & Nicole Klein, The Parlour Salon Makeup: Tisa Comet

Deshautreaux Alvin Adam “Pepper” Baumer III was meeting friends at Superior Seafood for a drink when he noticed Katie Ann Deshautreaux. Knowing he couldn’t let her get away, Pepper walked over and asked when Katie was going to let him take her to dinner. That first dinner together took place at Cavan, followed by drinks at Barrel Proof. From then on, they were a couple. Almost two years later, Pepper was planning a proposal and knew the timing had to be just right. He had to change his plan a little because Katie’s grandmother wanted to go to Beau Rivage for her 80th birthday, so the proposal ended up happening on January 18 – when the interstate was closed due to the hard freeze. Katie finally made it to Pepper’s house Uptown after work for an “event at Commander’s” (a family restaurant), and when she went inside he had the back doors open and was outside

in the yard with champagne and flowers on a white tablecloth that his cousins Sally and Lindsey helped him set up! Of course, Katie said “Yes!” and they began to plan their wedding celebration. Though an event at Commander’s was just a ruse on the night of the proposal, Katie and Pepper played no such tricks on their guests. Their rehearsal dinner was held in the Garden Room of Commander’s. The elegant atmosphere set the tone for the black-tie wedding, which took place on January 26, 2019, at Our Lady of The Rosary Church. The church has been one of Katie’s favorites since she was a child, and she walked down its aisle wearing an Anne Barge Camelot Gown with custom sleeves from I Do Bridal Couture. Father H.L. Brignac pronounced Pepper and Katie husband and wife. Katie, Pepper and their guests then headed to Metairie Country Club for


a reception, where they passed out pepper hats and flower crowns to add to the festive feel of the evening. Metairie Country Club created an elegant selection of food that included lamb Bolognese, parmesan risotto and tuna wontons. As the night continued, the couple cut a delicious wedding cake created by La Louisiane Bakery and danced their first dance to their favorite song, “Best of My Love” by the Emotions. Katie and Pepper then treated guests to some late-night snacks: chicken tenders and mini burgers! The newlyweds visited Anguilla for a six-day honeymoon, enjoying the tropical scenery while not being too far from home. They then returned to New Orleans, where both are involved in family companies. Pepper is COO of Baumer Foods Inc, and Katie is an Operation Administrator at Gallo Mechanical, LLC.

Coordinator: Elizabeth Burkhardt Ceremony Music: Brian “Seth” Board Wedding Gown: Anne Barge Camelot Gown with custom sleeves, I Do Bridal Couture Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo Madelyn Gowns in black, Wedding Belles New Orleans Groom’s Attire: Custom velvet shawl collar, Luca Falcone Groomsmen’s attire: Black shawl collar, John’s Tuxedos Engagement Ring: Pepper’s mother’s emerald cut stone, reset at Wellington and Co. Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Bands: Wellington & Co. Florist: The Plant Gallery Invitation: Paper N’ Things, Baton Rouge Wedding & Groom’s Cakes: La Louisiane Bakery Photographer: We Are The Rylands Hair: Julie Brauner and Allison Groetsch, H20 Salon Makeup: Katie Malone Make Up Music: Surround Sound Band

Kappelman When Caroline Alder Kappelman matched with Nigel Bruce Rafferty on a dating app, a mutual friend insisted were a perfect fit and that they meet right away. So the weekend before Jazz Fest, Nigel and his dog, Booker, met Caroline at The Bulldog for a drink. Nigel wouldn’t date someone who didn’t love his dog, and by the end of the afternoon Caroline was Booker-approved! Caroline and Nigel are both big Jazz Festers, so some of their first dates were at the fest and at night shows. They both knew sparks were flying when they danced together at the Saenger Theater to George Porter Jr. covering the Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree” onstage with Gov’t Mule. Caroline and Nigel spent much of the remaining days by each other’s side, and by the end of the weekend they were a couple. Exactly three years after that first Jazz Fest, Caroline and Nigel were on Easter holiday in the south of France. After a long day of dealing with a broken-down rental car, they finally ended up on the beach at sunset

in Nice. There, Nigel popped the question with a ring that had the same ring setting Nigel’s paternal grandfather and namesake had given his grandmother, Brucie Rafferty. Of course, Caroline said “Yes!” Caroline and Nigel wanted a unique, laid-back vibe to their wedding that reflected their personality as a couple, and Belinda Belk with Blue Gardenia Events joined forces with the mother of the bride, Julie Adler McAndrews, to give them the wedding of their dreams. Festivities began at with a rehearsal at Nigel’s parents’ home. The amazing party included lots of food, drinks, fun and of course Sam the Oyster man, a Rafferty family staple, shucking oysters.. The celebration continued the next day at Il Mercato, where both the wedding and the reception were held under a picturesque sunset. Though it’s an unspoken rule that nobody should upstage the bride on her big day, one member of the wedding party didn’t get the memo. Booker, the “Best Dog,” stole the show as he sauntered down


the aisle on March 30, 2018. Standing with his fellow groomsmen, he looked on in approval as his parents were married by Caroline’s uncle, Judge Scott Gardner. After the ceremony, guests were treated to a feast by Joel Catering and watched the newlyweds cut a beautiful cake created by PURE Cake. The guitar-shaped groom’s cake told the story of the couple’s mutual love of music. For their first dance, Caroline and Nigel wanted to recreate the magic of dancing to “Sugaree” at the Saenger. Not only did they want to dance to that song, they wanted George Porter Jr. to sing it. Everyone at their wedding got a taste of real New Orleans funk, as George Porter Jr. and his Runnin’ Pardners played the first dance and then kept the dance floor going all night long! Then Caroline and Nigel, with tambourines in hand, departed the reception in a sea of bubbles and rode in their pedicab chariot down the street to the Tchoup Yard, where they, along with their closest friends and family, continued the

party well into the early morning. After the wedding, the couple enjoyed a ten-day honeymoon to Northern Italy – Lake Como, Tuscany, Milan and Cinque Terre. The cherry on top of an alreadysweet trip was a quick trip to Paris. They then returned to New Orleans, where they live Uptown. Nigel owns a Creative Services company called Nouvelleo Creations, and Caroline is in Sales and Marketing for a startup company called Levelset.

Ceremony Music: Harry Hardin & John Rankin Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Joanna August Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: White Dinner Jackets, Perlis Engagement Ring: Stone & customization, Friend & Co. Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Bands: Friend & Co. Invitation: Scriptura Groom’s Cake: PURE Cake Photographer: Eau Claire Photography Hair: Ali Vasquez

Lyman In 2016, Melissa Manget Lyman had just ended a long-distance relationship. She didn’t anticipate that a guy she had once vaguely known as a teen would end up living around the corner from her, and that he would ask her out, but that’s exactly what happened. She and her neighbor, Hansford Perdue Wogan, set their first date for a Tuesday at Kenton’s Restaurant, but two days before Ford called Melissa and suggested getting together for some wine. He walked to her house, and they spent the next four hours on her front porch talking. Melissa was struck by Ford’s sense of humor and sincerity, and by how much they had in common as New Orleans natives. They kept that Tuesday date, and two more dates quickly followed. Ten months later, Ford had decided to propose to Melissa, and he was working to find a balance between a private moment for them as a couple and a family celebration. He chose a weekend when Melissa’s family would be in New Orleans. Earlier in the day, he suggested that they take a walk. Melissa wasn’t very interested, but Ford was insis46 ST. CHARLES AVENUE MAY 2019

tent. They walked past the front porch where they had their unofficial first date, and Ford suggested that they sit on the steps. Melissa suspected something was up, and she was right – Ford proposed right there! Later that evening, the newly engaged couple met their families at La Crêpe Nanou. Leading up to the wedding, Melissa’s family let their creativity shine. In addition to designing the invitation, Melissa’s mother learned calligraphy so that she could hand-letter the envelopes. Melissa’s mother and sister created the wedding guest book, which featured individual photos of Melissa and Ford side-by-side, from childhood until they met, and one last photo of them together. The couple brought the special people in their lives together for a rehearsal dinner at Ralph’s on the Park the night before the wedding. Melissa spent the morning of the wedding at Cindy’s Nails, where two of her mother’s friends hosted a manicure/pedicure party for the bridal party. Ford spent the morning with his groomsmen relaxing and watching football before heading to Felicity Church for the ceremony and reception.


Originally built in 1888, Felicity Church’s architectural design was the perfect backdrop for a fall wedding. They chose a décor of dark greenery with white flowers, and Melissa walked down the aisle on October 27, 2018, wearing white roses and sasanqua leaves picked from her mother’s garden in her hair. After they said their “I dos,” guests enjoyed a rather nontraditional wedding dinner. Frencheeze food truck pulled up outside the venue and served all night! They prepared a few variations of sliders and sandwiches, mac and cheese bites, truffle fries,and beignets, creating a meal that was fun, different and easy to eat before a night of dancing. For their wedding cake, Melissa and Ford served beignets! Melissa and Ford kicked off the dancing with Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.” The band played a special version at a slower tempo for the first minute of their dance. Then the band picked up the pace, and family and friends joined them on the dance floor! When the reception ended, Frencheeze handed out personalized “to go” bags so that everyone could take a late-night snack to the after party.

They boarded school buses and headed to Tchoup Yard to continue the celebration. Melissa and Ford live in Uptown New Orleans, where she’s an English teacher at the Louise S. McGehee School and he’s an attorney. They have planned a two-week honeymoon to France, Italy and Switzerland this summer.

Celebrant: Reverend Martha Clinkscales Ceremony Music: BRW Wedding Gown: custom gown, Sareh Nouri, New York. Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Wedding Belles Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: black tuxedo, Perlis Engagement Ring & Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Bands: Keith Miller Florist: Harkins the Florist Caterer: Frencheeze food truck Photographer: Laura Flannery Photography Hair: Gerald W. Makeup: Tisa Camet Music: Harlequin Chamber Music (cocktail hour); BRW (reception)

Young Charlotte Anais Young had just left her hometown of New Orleans for Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, when she happened to meet Robert Merritt Henry during freshman orientation. The two had Spanish class together freshman year and they traveled in mutual circles of friends, but they never dated during those early college years. However, during Charlotte’s junior year abroad she was back at Rhodes for a visit, and during a party with mutual friends Robert decided he wanted to ask Charlotte out when she returned to school the next semester. Once back at school, Charlotte was travelling back and forth to New Orleans for Mardi Gras balls. She had previously invited friends to a ball, but not Robert. Robert asked if he should go, but she said he wasn’t allowed since they weren’t dating. A few weeks later, they went to Charlotte’s Tri Delta Valentine’s Day formal together and he asked her to be his girlfriend. Six and a half years later, Robert planned a proposal in a place particularly special to Charlotte: Highlands, North Carolina. Charlotte went to camp there for over 10 years,

and the Young family has fond memories camping, hiking and enjoying time together in the cool mountains. The family has a home there and had long-planned a trip there for the Solar Eclipse, as it was in the zone of totality in August 2018. A few months prior, the Young family thought it would be fun to invite Robert’s family to join them, since the Henry family was also intrigued by this natural phenomenon. As is tradition, the Youngs always take a morning hike up the mountain their house is on called Satulah Mountain. On the first morning of their trip to Highlands, the Henrys and the Youngs made the trek up Satulah for their morning “eye opener” hike. Within minutes of reaching the top of the mountain, Robert pulled Charlotte aside, got down on one knee and proposed. Charlotte’s mom and sister came out with champagne and the families celebrated with a toast on the top of the mountain! Charlotte and Robert chose to hold a simple, traditional and elegant wedding in Charlotte’s hometown. The celebration began with a rehearsal at Brennan’s, followed by an after party in Brennan’s courtyard to welcome guests.


The next day, October 6, 2018, Charlotte walked down the aisle of the church she grew up in, Trinity Episcopal Church, where she and Robert were married by Rev. Henry Hudson and Rev. Andy Thayer. Rev. Hudson was asked to give the homily during the ceremony because he holds a special place in both families’ hearts. Rev. Hudson was Robert’s childhood priest (who baptized him in Little Rock at Trinity Cathedral) and was also the priest throughout Charlotte’s adulthood at Trinity Church in New Orleans. When it came time for the vows, Charlotte placed a gold band made by Robert’s mother, a jeweler, on her new husband’s finger. After the ceremony, the celebration continued with a reception at Il Mercato. Joel Catering created a wedding feast, including ahi tuna cornette, fried oysters, turtle soup and a St. James cheese table. The newlyweds enjoyed their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, a nod to the city of Memphis where they first met. Charlotte and Robert took a week-long honeymoon to Argentina, including Buenos Aires and Mendoza, before returning to their home in Dallas, Texas, where

Charlotte works in staffing for Robert Half, and Robert does commercial real estate brokerage for Henry S. Miller. Coordinator: events Celebrant: Rev. Henry Hudson and Rev. Andy Thayer Ceremony Music: Albina Prizgintas (organist), Elizabeth Overweg (violinist), Reception music: Jazzman Brass Band & the SoulSations from Memphis, TN Wedding Gown: Suzanne Perron St. Paul Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhullier, Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Perlis Engagement Ring: Davenport Diamonds, Dallas Bride’s Wedding Band: Davenport Diamonds, Dallas Groom’s Wedding Band: His mother, Sarah Henry Florist: Mitch’s Flowers Invitation: Scriptura Wedding & Groom’s Cake: Royal Cakery Photographer: Paul Morse Hair: Marcia Wehr, Salon Dante Makeup: Katie Malone

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Registry of Charitable Events MAY-AUGUST 2019 Compiled by Morgan Packard Griffith

MAY 03 42ND ANNUAL “HANCOCK WHITNEY ZOO-TO-DO” BENEFITS: Audubon Nature Institute EVENT INFO.: Donations to the 2019 events will celebrate Audubon’s conservation efforts for giraffes, a signature species of Audubon Zoo and the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW), Audubon’s conservation breeding partnership with San Diego Zoo Global. In the coming years, the zoo’s beloved giraffe exhibit will be updated with new ways to experience the giraffes up close as the African Savanna area becomes Celebrate Africa, a transformation that was kicked off by the construction of a new lion exhibit set to open this year. TICKETS: $85-275/Ticket LOCATION: Audubon Zoo: 6500 Magazine St. CONTACT: 861-5107, AudubonNatureInstitute. org/ZTD

07 “GIVENOLA DAY” BENEFITS: Greater New Orleans Foundation EVENT INFO.: During this one-day event, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, you can support your favorite local causes by donating to one or more of 700+ participating nonprofit organizations. Last year’s event raised nearly $5.6 million from nearly 49,000 donations across the nation and around the world. TICKETS: $10/Minimum donation LOCATION: Everywhere CONTACT: 598-4663,






BENEFITS: National Multiple Sclerosis Society Louisiana Chapter EVENT INFO.: This event is part of a nationwide program empowering communities with the knowledge, inspiration and relentless resolve to end multiple sclerosis forever. This year’s Person On the Move is Dr. Jesus Lovera, and Company On the Move is Hancock Whitney. TICKETS: $85/Ticket LOCATION: The Roosevelt Hotel: 130 Roosevelt Way CONTACT: 322-3788

BENEFITS: Project Lazarus EVENT INFO.: This annual event will feature a cocktail hour, a three-course meal, an award ceremony and a high-end live auction. TICKETS: $175/Ticket LOCATION: Ace Hotel: 600 Carondelet St. CONTACT: 949-3609

09 FOURTH ANNUAL “FAMILY EQUALITY DAY” BENEFITS: Longue Vue House and Gardens EVENT INFO.: Celebrate the vibrant and diverse community of LGBTQ+ parents and families in the Greater New Orleans Metro Area at this welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ parents, children and families. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Longue Vue House and Gardens: 7 Bamboo Road CONTACT: 488-5488

10 10TH ANNUAL “SUITS & SALADS LUNCHEON” BENEFITS: Dress for Success New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This year’s event will honor DFSNO Founder Hope Encalade, and will feature a “A Toast To Mothers” and an Empowerment Fashion Show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue featuring civic members of the New Orleans community and two Dress for Success Clients to benefit their programs promoting economic independence of women in the community. TICKETS: $90+/Ticket LOCATION: Hyatt Regency New Orleans: 601 Loyola Ave. CONTACT: 891-4337

11 “MEN IN KILTS” BENEFITS: Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Louisiana EVENT INFO.: The teams will face off for a final voting drive. Votes are $10 each and benefit the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans. TICKETS: Free; $10/Vote LOCATION: Children’s Hospital Conference Center: 210 State St. CONTACT: 486-6668,

12 “MOTHER’S DAY TIFFANY TEA” BENEFITS: Newcomb Art Museum EVENT INFO.: This event will feature a high tea service catered by the English Tea Room, champagne, live jazz and an in-depth tour of Tulane’s treasured Tiffany stained glass windows. TICKETS: $35/Member Ticket; $40/NonMember Ticket LOCATION: Newcomb Art Museum, Woldenberg Art Center at Tulane University CONTACT: (601) 278-0623,







BENEFITS: Foster Nola EVENT INFO.: After postponing in March due to weather, the event will showcase over 40 of New Orleans’ acclaimed restaurants, chefs, spirits and beverages, and will include live entertainment, a silent auction and the chance to crown winners in four categories: Top Creative Taco, Top Traditional Taco, Top Creative Cocktail and Top Traditional Margarita. New this year will be “A Night in Paradiso” presented by El Tesoro – an elevated VIP experience featuring exclusive entry to the event, a private lounge area with premium open bar, exclusive Paradiso and El Tesoro reposado select barrel tastings and all-star chefs.  TICKETS: $75/Ticket; $95/First Tasting; $125/VIP Ticket LOCATION: Woldenberg Park, 1 Canal St. CONTACT: 237-5667

16 “BUSINESS HALL OF FAME GALA” BENEFITS: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc. EVENT INFO.: Established in 1984, the “Business Hall of Fame” honors local businessmen and women who have “embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship in our community.” This year’s honorees are: Lynne A. Burkart, Director, Postlethwaite & Netterville; Barry T. Kern, President & CEO, Kern Studios & Mardi Gras World; Dennis Lauscha, President, New Orleans Saints & Pelicans; Curtis A. Pellerin, President, Pellerin Laundry Machinery & James W. Pellerin, Chairman & CEO, Pellerin Milnor Corporation; David M. Rubenstein, President, Rubensteins; Allen Square, Founder & CEO, Square Button; and Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree: Walter E. Blessey Jr., Chairman & CEO, Blessey Marine Services, Inc.; and Business of the Year: Associated Terminals & Turn Services. TICKETS: $700/Ticket Pair; $3,500-$5,000/Table of 10 LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton: 921 Canal St. CONTACT: 569-8658,

16 “DVASH: A CELEBRATION OF MODERN ISRAELI CUISINE” BENEFITS: Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans EVENT INFO.: For its second year, this event will feature a variety of different restaurants and chefs, and their dishes based on Modern Israeli Cuisine. Current Israeli fare includes regional dishes as well as the immigrant collaborative of recipes that have landed in Israel. TICKETS: $75/Ticket; $125-$18,000/Patron or Sponsor LOCATION: The Cannery: 3803 Toulouse St. CONTACT: 831-8475,

BENEFITS: Bridge House/Grace House EVENT INFO.: This annual luncheon presented by James P. Raymond Jr. Foundation and Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust honors prominent local women who serve as role models. The 2019 Award Recipients are Les Vincent (Richard “Buzzy” Gaiennie Award), Arlene Rome (Volunteer of the Year) and Sadie May (Alumna of the Year).  TICKETS: $100/Ticket; $1,000/Table of 10 LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room: 6500 Magazine St. CONTACT: 821-7134

BENEFITS: Kelsey Bradley Favrot Brain Tumor Initiative EVENT INFO.: “Gray Matters” will support efforts to recruit a Pediatric Neuro-oncologist to LSU New Orleans Department of Neurosurgery, and will offer an evening of food, drink and silent auction prizes. TICKETS: $50/Ticket LOCATION: Reflecting Pond at University Medical Center, 2000 Canal St. CONTACT: 568-6123,


BENEFITS: Asian Pacific American Society EVENT INFO.: The event raises valuable financial assistance for post-secondary education for local Asian students who are APAS student members. Founded in 1979, APAS is the umbrella organization for 16 Asian communities in the Greater New Orleans area. TICKETS: $60/Ticket; $70/VIP Ticket; $110/Couple Tickets LOCATION: Pho Orchid: 3117 Houma Blvd., Metairie CONTACT: 289-8697

BENEFITS: The National WWII Museum EVENT INFO.: The American Spirit Awards is an awards gala celebrating individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during the World War II years. 2019 Spirit Award recipients are Vice President Richard Cheney and Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, and 2019 American Spirit Medallion Recipients are The Honorable Everett Alvarez Jr., Gayle Benson, Peggy Noonan. And Gerhard L. Weinberg Ph.D. To learn more about this event and to see a full list of honorees, visit TICKETS: $75+/Ticket LOCATION: National World War II Museum: 945 Magazine St. CONTACT:




“CELEBRATING 95 YEARS OF JLNO” BENEFITS: Junior League of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This festive brunch will be followed by shopping in celebration of JLNO’s 95th anniversary. The Junior League of New Orleans is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. TICKETS: $75+/Ticket LOCATION: Canal Place, 333 Canal St. CONTACT: 891-5845

“INNOCENCE PROJECT NEW ORLEANS ANNIVERSARY GALA: CELEBRATE FREEDOM. GATHER FOR JUSTICE” BENEFITS: Innocence Project New Orleans EVENT INFO.: The evening will include a cocktail party, catered buffet dinner, open bar, silent auction, performance, award program and more. Founded in 2001, Innocence Project New Orleans frees innocent, life-sentenced prisoners, supports our clients living well and fully in the world after their release and advocates for sensible criminal justice policies that reduce wrongful convictions. As of March 2019, IPNO has freed or exonerated 34 innocent people who served over 803 years in prison between them for crimes they didn’t commit.  TICKETS: $150/Ticket; $225/VIP Ticket; Sponsorships Available LOCATION: The Filmore: 6 Canal St. CONTACT: 943-1902


JUNE 02 “PARTY LIKE IT’S 1969” BENEFITS: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana EVENT INFO.: The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana is celebrating its 50th anniversary and invites you to “Party like it’s 1969” with games, music, food and throwback cocktails. TICKETS: $100/Ticket LOCATION: Hyatt Regency: 601 Loyola Ave. CONTACT: 861-4500

08 “MAGNOLIA BALL” BENEFITS: Ogden Museum of Southern Art EVENT INFO.: This year this annual event will celebrate the museum’s exhibition, “Piercing the Inner Wall: The Work of Dusti Bongé,” on view April 11-September 8. The ball will bring to life Bongé’s Surrealist “Circus Series” with a festive, circus-themed evening, and will offer live music and DJs, circus performers, dishes and desserts, full open bars, a dance party and a silent auction featuring contemporary Southern artists. Creative costumes encouraged. TICKETS: $200/Patron Member Ticket; $250/ Patron Non-Member Ticket LOCATION: Ogden Museum of Southern Art: 925 Camp St. CONTACT: 539-9616

13 “THE MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR GRAND FINALE GALA” BENEFITS: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society EVENT INFO.: This event is the culmination of a 10-week fundraising campaign where 15 local community and business leaders compete to raise as much money as possible. At the conclusion of the evening, the Man & Woman of the Year are announced, and the grand fundraising total for 2019 will be revived. In 2018, LLS gave over $1.6 million to local patients and their families.  TICKETS: $2,000/Table LOCATION: National World War II Museum: 945 Magazine St. CONTACT: 758-3210






BENEFITS: Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: During this event, The Hispanic Apostolate with the collaboration of Healthy Blue will give away 500 school kits to students aged kindergarten-fifth grade. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Hispanic Apostolate: 2525 Maine Ave. CONTACT: 467-2550

BENEFITS: American Heart Association EVENT INFO.: Funds raised at the “Heart & Soul Gala” will help the American Heart Association to continue the fight against cardiovascular diseases and defects – the No. 1 killer in the state of Louisiana and in the country. The evening’s festivities will include dinner, an opportunity to Open Your Heart and further support the mission and an exciting live auction. TICKETS: $250/Ticket LOCATION: Hyatt Regency New Orleans: 601 Loyola Ave. CONTACT: 872-3491

13 THIRD ANNUAL “SOIRÉE DE LUMIÈRE” BENEFITS: Lighthouse Louisiana EVENT INFO.: This event offers a seated fivecourse dinner prepared by the chefs at Arnaud’s Restaurant and hosted by the Casbarian Family in the Count’s Ballroom. The dinner will celebrate the work of the Lighthouse and will offer an evening with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, the aforementioned dinner and the surprise Dans Le Noir course. TICKETS: $150/Ticket LOCATION: Arnaud’s: 813 Bienville Ave. CONTACT: 899-4501, extension 257

14 “OPENING NIGHT PARTY FOR MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” BENEFITS: The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University EVENT INFO.: Patrons, special guests and the cast and crew of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane will celebrate the festival’s 26th season. TICKETS: $75/Ticket LOCATION: Tulane University Lupin Hall: 16 Newcomb Blvd. CONTACT: 865-5105

20-23 “FESTIGALS WOMEN’S WEEKEND EXPERIENCE” BENEFITS: FestiGals EVENT INFO.: FestiGals Women’s Weekend Experience is New Orleans’ first and only women-centric festival and is held each summer for women to enjoy themselves, be inspired and become empowered in a safe, festive environment – for the weekend, for a day or for a single event. The program is developed annually by the FestiGals Dynamic Diva Advisory Committee. FestiGals was created by Diane Lyons; FestiGals weekend is produced by Diane Lyons & ACCENT-DMC, a DMC Network Company. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Various CONTACT:

21 “ST. THOMAS AQUINAS FUND ANNUAL GALA” BENEFITS: Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This annual gala is the main fundraiser event of the year for the St. Thomas Aquinas Fund, which helps families of Hispanic Children in Catholic Schools with tuition assistance.  TICKETS: $90/Ticket; Sponsorships Available LOCATION: Magnolia Plantation: 818 Elmwood Blvd. CONTACT: 467-2550

22 “MISSION POSSIBLE GALA” BENEFITS: New Orleans Medical Mission Services, Inc. EVENT INFO.: This event will raise money for equipment and services for the mission to serve underdeveloped countries, and will offer cocktails, dining, silent and live auctions and entertainment by the Louisiana Spice Band. TICKETS: $75/Ticket; Additional Individual and Sponsor Levels Available LOCATION: Generations Hall: 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd. CONTACT: 392-1934

22 “FESTIGALS STEP UP SECOND-LINE PARADE” BENEFITS: FestiGals EVENT INFO.: FestiGals invites you to step up to shine a light on heart disease and its impact on women. They are asking krewes, bands and interested ladies and gentlemen to lead the parade through the Vieux Carré to help raise money for the New Orleans Area American Heart Association in the most New Orleans way possible – with blinking boas, beads and neon attire. TICKETS: $35/Ticket LOCATION: New Orleans Jazz Museum: 400 Esplanade Ave. CONTACT: 524-1227

28 “JULEPS IN JUNE” BENEFITS: One Book One New Orleans EVENT INFO.: Guests can chat with literary guests of honor, be part of a contest for best hat and, of course, enjoy the famous mint juleps! Proceeds from this event will benefit OBONO’s community outreach efforts, as well as its annual festival, “Words & Music.” TICKETS: $75/Young Professional Ticket; $100/Ticket; $175/Couple Tickets; Sponsorships available LOCATION: Home of Leah Englehardt CONTACT: (205) 310-8537,




BENEFITS: You Night Events EVENT INFO.: Join WGNO’s Kenny Lopez to support and celebrate 25 women who completed the six-month You Night Empowerment Training Program, which seeks to give the skills that help them overcome the physical and psychological challenges of cancer treatment through teamwork, coaching and professional modeling courses, while building strong interpersonal bonds with other survivors. TICKETS: $100/Ticket; $250/VIP Experience LOCATION: Contemporary Arts Center: 900 Camp St. CONTACT: (877) 591-5936, extension 3

FOURTH ANNUAL “CHICKEN JAM” BENEFITS: Al Copeland Foundation EVENT INFO.: Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day with entertainment Copeland’s Fried Chicken and food trucks and a Kids Area. TICKETS: $20/Ticket; $5/Kid 6 & Up; Free/Kid 5 & Under LOCATION: UNO Lakefront Arena: 6801 Franklin Ave. CONTACT: 620-3727,

14 “MR. LEGS XIX” BENEFITS: Bridge House/Grace House EVENT INFO.: More than 15 contestants will compete for the coveted title of Mr. Legs by entertaining the crowd with their costumes and performances set to music. The title is awarded to the contestant who raises the most funds for Bridge House/Grace House. Food, bar, a silent auction and a raffle will also be offered. TICKETS: $50/Ticket in Advance; $65/Ticket at Door; $100/VIP Ticket LOCATION: Generations Hall: 310 Andrew Higgins Drive CONTACT: 821-7134

26 18TH ANNUAL “SUSAN G. KOMEN SUMMER CURE CHEFS WINE DINNER” BENEFITS: Susan G. Komen New Orleans EVENT INFO.: This annual event will honor five outstanding chefs who each prepare a delicious course paired with Wine Importers Extraordinaire. Komen New Orleans has funded over $6.4 million in local mission dollars for breast cancer screening, treatment and education projects since 1992. TICKETS: $300/Ticket; $3000+/Sponsor Table LOCATION: Windsor Court Hotel: 300 Gravier St. CONTACT: 455-7310


AUGUST 01-04 “2019 NEW ORLEANS ANTIQUES FORUM” BENEFITS: The Historic New Orleans Collection EVENT INFO.: This 12th installment, “Fancy Footwork,” will offer a series of educational and entertaining talks by renowned experts. Sessions are accessible to experienced collectors as well as beginning antiques enthusiasts and are designed to encourage the appreciation of decorative arts created in and imported through the Gulf Coast. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: The Historic New Orleans Collection: 533 Royal St. CONTACT: 598-7146



The Swansons’ Miraculous 50th Anniversary Wedding Party in New Orleans Part One By Bev Church


Party at Preservation Jazz Hall and the Napoleon House

We all met in the courtyard and went in together to hear the jazz concert and even got to dance a little before taking off on our second-line parade, complete with bandanas and umbrellas. We arrived at Napoleon House and were greeted

with Pimm’s cups and any kind of cocktail or wine you might want. My gift was creating the f lowers for the entire party, complete with mantles and food tables, cocktail tables and the entrance. The Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans band was playing in the background and there were crab claws, mini muffulettas, passed hors


Try to imagine a four-day celebration with 160 friends and family from all over the world, coming together in New Orleans to celebrate with Elizabeth and Clarke Swanson. In your wildest dreams, you couldn’t believe that they could treat their guests with such love, creating fabulous non-stop parties with attention to detail that would please the Queen of England or the Ambassador of Austria! It all started with a private concert at Preservation Hall with a second-line street parade led by the famous Preservation Hall Jazz Brass Band to a cocktail party at Napoleon House. All of the festivities were planned by Elizabeth’s sister Pamela Pipes, along with Elizabeth and Clarke. Guests stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, the Soniat House and the Omni Royal Orleans hotels with buses at the ready to take them to all of the events. All out of town guests were given welcome bags with pralines, directions, times, chips and water. We were all told exactly what to wear to each soirée. For Preservation Hall with cocktails and dancing at Napoleon House: spring dresses and jackets with no ties. Dinner and dancing at Arnaud’s: “over the moon” ball gowns with real or fake jewelry and tap shoes for the ladies, black tie with a twist for the men. Dinner and dancing at Rock ’n’ Bowl: Cajun casual for the ladies and bowling, fishing or Hawaiian shirts for the men. The Swamp Tour and lunch at Restaurant de Families: “Gator Friendly,” so blue jeans, sneakers and sun guard hats for the girls, blue jeans and sneakers for the men.


d’oeuvres and chocolate, lemon and caramel doberge cakes from Gambino’s Bakery. This was an early night because guests had just arrived that day. Rock ’n’ Bowl

This party was casual and we all really bowled – even though we were terrible! Elizabeth and her sisters dressed up like Nat’ly of Vic and Nat’ly with wigs and bowling shirts. Everyone danced and ate shrimp and grits, red beans and rice and crawfish étouffée with bread pudding for dessert. John and Debra Blancher surprised Liz and Clarke with fabulous passed hors d’oeuvres. After dancing to Papa John Gros Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles came in and closed down the night. There was a continuous movie playing celebrating Liz and Clarke. Of course Swanson wine was served the entire night! Coming next month: Part Two: The party at Arnaud’s and the Swamp Tour



Llewellyn Everage Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources for the Audubon Nature Institute By Lindsay Mack


monthly environmental service initiatives. The programs are wildly popular, too. In 2018, 268 youth volunteers participated in Audubon’s many programs, contributing 26,295 hours of service, explains Llewellyn Everage, Director of Volunteer and Intern Resources for the Audubon Nature Institute. Plus, the volunteers make a real impact on the local environment. For instance, the Audubon Youth Council, made up of 13 youth volunteers from across facilities, raised $1,000 for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation last year. In addition, the YCC performed nine environmental community service learning projects in Louisiana in 2018, contributing to the protection, wise use and enjoyment of Louisiana’s natural resources. Because of these and other initiatives, the Audubon Nature

Institute’s youth volunteers were named Youth Conservationists of the Year for 2018 in the Annual Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Recognition Program conducted by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Everage’s pride in the volunteers is evident. “Our teens constantly impress us with their brilliant project designs, poise with public speaking and innovative approaches to environmental stewardship.” It is a fantastic way for young people with an appreciation for the natural world to gain real-life skills in a meaningful way.

Get Involved Learn more about Audubon’s Youth Volunteer Programs online at youth-volunteers or by emailing


Youth volunteers have been a part of the Audubon legacy in New Orleans for decades. Thirty-five years ago the Jr. Keeper Program at the zoo was launched, followed by the AquaKids at the Aquarium volunteer group 15 years later. Now, young people have the opportunity to volunteer at the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, as well as the Nature Center, with the Youth Conservation Corps program. Overall, the Audubon Nature Institute’s youth volunteer programs offer a variety of opportunities for people aged 11 to 19 to help make a positive impact on the natural world. The programs emphasize learning, creativity, teamwork and environmental stewardship. Plus, the groups are accessible to fit a wide variety of ages, interests and schedules. At this time, Audubon’s seven youth development programs are: Jr. Keepers at the Zoo; Jr. Aquarists at the Aquarium; Jr. Naturalists at the Nature Center;

Valeria Emmett and Jr. Ecologists at the Aquarium and Butterfly Founder Garden; Eco Krewe at the Zoo; and Youth Sharessa Conservation Corps (YCC), which runs Garland



Madalyn Claire Cranford St. Martin’s Episcopal School By Mallory Lindsly


Mallori Cranford, Cranford’s twin sister, has inspired her to become an activist. Mallori has Down syndrome and has attended St. Michael’s since she was 6. Each year, the students of St. Michael’s perform a Christmas play. During the play, Cranford notices how her sister and fellow classmates play and interact kindly with each other. “I wanted to be surrounded by this type of energy, so that’s why I chose to do my activism with these special kids,” says Cranford. “She teaches me new things every day, and the most important thing I have learned from her is how to give unconditional love.” Cranford is undecided about where she wants to go to college, but knows that she wants to become a nurse practitioner. In her adult life, she wants to continue her activism by helping people with disabilities. One of the ways she wants to continue her activism is by running her own summer camp for those with special needs. n


“I gained self-confidence because helping others made me feel good about myself, and when I make other people happy it makes me happy. Being an activist makes me put others first before myself which I enjoy doing,” says Madalyn Claire Cranford, a senior at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. Cranford’s most rewarding volunteer experience is with Krewe de Camp, a camp that gives special needs children a whole week of fun to meet new friends. The camp is located at Camp Abby each year on the Northshore. Some of Cranford’s responsibilities are to make sure that the camper she is paired with has everything they need at all times and to ensure that the camper’s routine wasn’t disturbed. Each morning, Cranford would help her camper wake up and get ready for the day. The days of camp consisted of swimming, games and arts and crafts. Each night after dinner, there is a nightly activity for the campers to participate in. “After camp was over I had this smile on my face, knowing I did something good for the world. I made an impact on someone’s life and that is an amazing feeling,” says Cranford. In the eighth grade, Cranford organized a bead drive and got her community to donate beads to St. Michael’s Special School. Many of her classmates participated and it made her feel great to do something worthwhile.



Skip A Chatelain Vice President, Dorsey & Company, Inc. By Mirella Cameran

What’s the best way for someone to find a financial advisor? Working with a financial advisor and planning for your future retirement needs is very personal – I liken it to being married. The best marriages are built on trust and liking your partner. My closest clients are all referrals and came to me through one of their trusted friends or relatives. What distinguishes your services? Most financial advisors can offer the same products and services. But it isn’t about that. It’s about the individual client and their personal needs. It’s about client awareness, empathy and professional excellence.


What are the best tips you could give someone approaching a financial plan? Work with a professional advisor. Be thorough and make sure to plan for all of your future needs, including estate planning. Is there anything coming up you’d like to tell us about? We see 2019 as choppy, but no recession. Growth is slowing, not collapsing. Fundamentals and earnings growth should remain solid. Interest rates will remain low. Is there anything else you’d like to share? Staying invested is of utmost importance and it’s about achieving goals. Managing risk is more important than higher returns. n DORSEY & COMPANY, INC., 511 Gravier St., 592-3248,


What is special about your firm? Besides being an independent registered investment advisor and broker dealer, Dorsey & Company is one of the last Louisiana firms to have an active municipal bond trading desk. This is a big advantage when providing bonds for our clients.

Tell us the three most common mistakes you see in financial planning. 1) Not having a plan or starting too late 2) Managing debt 3) Trying to time the market.


Natalie Becnel Licensed Nurse Esthetician at Dr. Sean Weiss – Facial Plastic Surgery By Mirella Cameran

What’s your best antiaging advice? I recommend working with a plastic surgeon who specializes in facial aesthetics; it’s essential for early prevention and for maintaining a natural look. Do all these anti-aging lotions and potions actually make a difference? Yes, vitamin C serums, peptides and growth factors really work to further enhance and maintain beautiful results.


At what point do you need to move from non-invasive solutions to surgery? When non-surgical options are no longer beneficial, surgical offer a more dramatic effect. Do you have any news to share? I have joined Dr. Weiss’s practice to enhance our ability to be the premier provider of surgical and nonsurgical facial esthetics in the New Orleans area..

What services will you offer? I specialize in performing hydra facials, dermaplaning and Radio Frequency Microneedling. Why are these procedures beneficial? Along with other laser treatments, these procedures enhance collagen and elastin production which help to maintain youthful, quality skin. What procedures are popular right now? We recommend Dr. Weiss’ Signature Facial Treatment, which includes a Dermaplaning and 60 minutes Hydrafacial. Is there anything else you’d like to share? During May, I’m offering free consultations and 20% off my treatment packages and skin products. n DR. SEAN WEISS – FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY, 2201 Veterans Blvd., Suite 408, 814-3223,


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1. Susie Hoskins is pictured at her home with Susan Couvillon in November 2018, where a patron party for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival was held. 2. Tracy Cunningham, Jack Sullivan and Paul Willis attended the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Patron Party at Susie Hoskins’ home in November. 3. Craig and Arlene Tafaro with Pat and Henry Shane at “Pasta & Puccini,” a fundraising gala put on by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. 4. Jane Farber, Brenda Chetta, Connie Falati, Margaret Wagner, Sandra Hecker, Judy Burgess and Shirley Rappold attended the 23rd annual “Pasta & Puccini” gala in November 2018. 5. Jesse Thomas, Sheryl and Clint Smith, Walter Wright and Jackie and Antwan Harris with their baby are pictured at the 17th annual “”New Orleans Kidney Walk,” where over 1,200 participated to raise more than $95,000 to support the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana’s programs and services. 6. Robert Young and Nell Nolan Young attended a party held in Nell’s honor at the home of Vernon and Patricia Brinson in November 2018.


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7. Capt. Bob Phillips, Juli Miller Hart, Juan Barona and Patricia Brinson honored Nell Nolan Young at a fundraising party held at Brinson’s home to benefit the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. 8. Rising Foundations-First 72+ was presented their winning check at the 2018 Greater New Orleans Foundation Impact 100 Awards in November 2018. The nonprofit aims to break the cycle of incarceration by transforming the re-entry process. Every year, Impact 100, a GNOF women’s giving group, grants $100,000 to a local nonprofit that addresses the most pressing issues our communities face. 9. The Roots of Music team accepted an $11,000 check at the 2018 Impact 100 Awards. One of three runners-up, the nonprofit’s pitch was so inspiring to the women of the Greater New Orleans foundation, that each group was awarded with an additional $30,000. 10. Fred H. Myers, Gerald Rooks, Jim Leblanc, Lisa Romano and Vince Giardiana attended the Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana’s ceremony for the renaming of the Veterans Pavilion on Napoleon Avenue to honor Oscar J. Tolmas, a lifelong resident of New Orleans and WWII veteran. 11. Bill and Cindy Woessner are pictured with Brenda and Michael Moffitt at Audubon Tea Room for the Salvation Army’s annual “SOUPer Bowl Gala” in November. 12. Bobby Monsted, Margo Phelps, Esmond Phelps, Peggy Monsted and Dick Meyers attended the 2018 “SOUPer Bowl Gala” at the Audubon Tea room with 200 other supporters of the Salvation Army for a reception and seated dinner.



May By Fritz Esker


LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – SWING IN THE PARK The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performs favorites from the past and present in an outdoor concert that promises to be fun for the whole family. Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., 523-6530,


KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE – A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN OF SOUL Revered funk rock band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe pays tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


ME AND MY GIRL In 1930s England, common Cockney Bill Snibson discovers he’s the Earl of Hareford and must learn to be posh in this comedy with rousing musical numbers and side-splitting physical humor. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,


NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS The Denver-based band hits the Saenger on Jazz Fest weekend with their mix of old-school soul and garage rock. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


EVANESCENCE WITH SPECIAL GUEST VERIDIA Two-time Grammy Award-winning rock band Evanescence comes to New Orleans on its spring tour. The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,


FLOWERS FOR HALIE New Orleans’ Troi Brechet brings to life singer and civil rights leader Mahalia Jackson in an evening of story and song. Southern Rep Theatre, 2541 Bayou Road, 523-9857,



THE HENCHMAN: A SHAKESPEARE STORY Set 15 years after A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this exciting trip into Shakespeare’s magical world focuses on Jacob, the little changeling boy Oberon and Titania fought over many years earlier. NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden, City Park, 302-9117,


BRYAN ADAMS Listen to Bryan Adams’ classics like “Summer of ’69” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” in Champions Square. Champions Square, LaSalle St., 587-3663,


THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitz, a young pianist fights to keep her dreams and her love of music alive during some of history’s darkest times. Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,


THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – THE MIXTAPE TOUR Relive your glory days from the late 1980s and the early 1990s with pop icons The New Kids on the Block; they’re touring with fellow 80s/90s acts such as Salt N Pepa, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and Naughty by Nature. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,

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The final program of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season features Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,


LYNYRD SKYNYRD & HANK WILLIAMS JR. Legendary Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd are embarking on their farewell tour with the help of Hank Williams Jr. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,


COPPELIA This comic ballet tells the tale of a boy who falls in love with a life-sized dancing doll. His girlfriend poses as the doll to win him back. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700,


PAUL MCCARTNEY - THE FRESHEN UP TOUR Paul McCartney is one of the most influential rock stars in music history, both as a member of the Beatles and in his solo career. He is coming to the Smoothie King Center for one night only. Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, 587-3663,


CINDERELLA See the classic Disney fairy tale interpreted by graceful ballet dancers. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

24-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,

28-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,



Pearl’s Place

Bridal Gowns Pearl’s Place 3114 Severn Ave., Metairie 504-885-9213

Belinda Belk, Owner, Blue Gardenia Events

For 48 years, Pearl’s Place Bridal and Special Occasion Boutique has prided itself on quality customer service. Their expert sales staff offers a one-on-one experience that leads to your dream dress. With the largest selection of bridal gowns in the South, your options are limitless. They tailor to every bride at every budget. Experience the magic!

Event Planning Blue Gardenia Events 631 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-206-8599

Terry Cambise Wedding & Event Consulting

“Our philosophy is simple – we love creating memories! We specialize in creating artfully designed events designed to leave a long-lasting impression on your guests, creating memories to last a lifetime. We believe that well-curated details make an event feel truly custom, unique and charming. Some call it Southern hospitality, we call it the Blue Gardenia standard.” –Belinda Belk, Owner.

Susan Zackin, Owner, Z Event Company

Terry Cambise Wedding & Event Consulting 504-295-6815 Terry Cambise believes in elegance, romance and bringing your vision to life. Let her and her team do the design and the planning, so you don’t have to. Their goal is to create memories for a lifetime and for you to “Be a Guest at your own Event.”

Z Event Company 508 Metairie Rd., Metairie 504-510-5838 ZEVENTCO.COM “We look at every wedding through your eyes and craft the perfect style to complement your dreams. Chasing trends is not our thing, we believe in blazing new trails and setting a higher standard of entertainment and design in all of our events! We are experts with over 30 years of experience.” – Susan Zackin, Owner.




Flowers Fabulous Flowers 504-909-0253

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Personal service and attention to detail is the hallmark of Fabulous Flowers – a full service design company specializing in wedding flowers. Owner Ken Marino works closely with every bride to bring her vision to life and personalize the look of each wedding. “A happy bride is the ultimate goal,” says Ken.

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events 437 St. Phillip St., New Orleans 504-315-5607

Fabulous Flowers

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events provides customdesigned events based on each client’s aesthetic, style and vision. Whether simple or lavish, they create beautifully unique events – from custom furnishings, to fresh flowers, linens, candle décor and draping – with the goal of creating something styled just for you. Schedule a consultation for your wedding!

Custom Invitations Gem Printing 1904 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504-834-9580 Founded in 1918, Gem Printing Co. has served four generations of New Orleans brides. Gem specializes in Engraved, Thermography and Letterpress invitations, and also offers a wide array of personalized and non-personalized wedding essentials. Visit them for ideas and inspiration. Gem Printing Co. is a must for every bride in town!


Gem Printing

Boudreaux’s Jewelers 701 Metairie Road, Metairie 504-831-2602

Boudreaux’s Jewelers


“This spring we’re seeing a shift back to some of the traditional and classic three-stone engagement ring settings. The massive worldwide popularity of the British royal wedding last year, where Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle a classic style threestone engagement ring, has brought classic to the forefront again.” – Brandon Boudreaux



Men’s Formalwear John’s Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd., Metairie 504-455-5353

John’s Tuxedos Jos. A. Bank

Since 1984, John’s Tuxedos has offered one of the widest selections of men’s tuxedos, suits and formal wear accessories in the greater New Orleans area. Their expert tuxedo consultants have decades of experience and love to help brides and grooms coordinate the ideal look for their special day.

Jos. A. Bank 230 Carondelet St., New Orleans 504-528-9491 Whether you’re the lucky groom, a groomsmen or guest, Jos A. Bank can make it simple to find the right look. Since 1905, Jos. A. Bank has provided one-ofa-kind customer service, quality workmanship and an extensive selection of beautiful, classic, tailor-made clothing below competitors’ prices.

Personalized Items Party Cup Express 121 Industrial Ave., New Orleans 504-835-5465

Party Cup Express

Party Cup Express offers a variety of unique custom drinkware for your wedding or special event. They offer locally-inspired stock design or can help you customize your own personal monogram or other design ideas for custom printed cups of all kinds, koozies, napkins and other barware. Stop in or order online.

Venues for Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners & Special Events August Restaurant 301 Tchoupitouals St., New Orleans 504-299-9777

August Restaurant


August is located in a historic 19th century FrenchCreole building in New Orleans’ Central Business District. The interior is rich with original architectural details, gleaming hardwood floors, soaring columns, mahogany paneling and antique mirrors. The private dining room provides a upscale and unique experience while accommodating a large party.



Arnaud’s 813 Bienville St., New Orleans 504-523-5433 Nestled in the historic French Quarter, Arnaud’s offers New Orleans charm and modern elegance perfect for your most important day. Boasting 17 dining rooms, intimate ceremonies and receptions, to entire restaurant buyouts are easily organized and seamlessly executed. From creating customized menus to coordinating day-of event logistics, Arnaud’s is there every step of the way.


Brennan’s 417 Royal St., New Orleans 504-525-9711


Brennan’s is an iconic location for wedding events – from courtyard ceremonies and rehearsal dinners to bridal luncheons and farewell breakfasts. The openair courtyard and eight unique dining rooms, each steeped in New Orleans architecture and ambiance, can be personalized for your event. Let them create a memorable occasion for you every step of the way!

Briquette 701 South Peters St., New Orleans 504-302-7496 Let Briquette host your event, whether it’s a seated dinner for up to 240 guests, a reception for up to 400 or a smaller cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres at their beautiful bar area. Every menu is hand-crafted for your special event. On-site valet parking is available for your guests.


Chateau Golf & Country Club 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner 504-467-1351

Degas House

The most important day of your life deserves a setting as special as the day itself. Chateau includes exquisite facilities perfect for both intimate ceremonies or the most lavish 350+ celebration. Their experienced staff is dedicated to creating and facilitating the wedding of your dreams.

Chateau Golf & Country Club

Degas House 2306 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans 504-821-5009 In addition to wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, Degas House offers the “Dressing of the Bride Experience” in the historic Estelle Suite and Balcony overlooking tree-lined Esplanade. Create lasting photographic memories of time shared with your bridal party and mothers. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne available.



Elms Mansion 3029 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-895-9200

Elms Mansion

Join us for a quintessential New Orleans experience on St. Charles Avenue. Exchange vows in their spacious garden gazebo and begin the celebration in their immaculately preserved 1869 Mansion. Bring 60 or 600 hundred of your closest family and friends to enjoy dancing and gourmet local dining under their oak and magnolia trees.

English Turn 1 Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans 504-392-2200

Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center

Discover the realm of extraordinary at English Turn. Their waterfront patio, which overlooks the 18th hole, creates the picture perfect sunset ceremony. Enliven your palate with some of the finest local cuisine, curated by their talented culinary team. Magnificence awaits you at English Turn -- the perfect place to say “I do!”

Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Convention Center 1201 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans 504-566-9990 Say “I do” in a lovely courtyard with climbing ivy and flourishing flowers. Dance the night away in the Riverside Ballroom, with romantic lighting and a neutral palette that can accommodate your personal style. Eat fine cuisine by Joel’s Catering. Whether you’re throwing the biggest bash of the year or an intimate affair, the team at Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center will execute your vision of the ideal wedding day!

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Hilton New Orleans Riverside 2 Poydras St., New Orleans 504-556-3750 Make beautiful memories at the only hotel on the Mississippi Riverfront in New Orleans. The iconic Hilton New Orleans Riverside features over 130,000 square feet of newly renovated space including intimate rehearsal dinner space 29 floors up, river view rooms, luxurious suites and charming ballrooms.

InterContinental New Orleans

InterContinental New Orleans 444 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-525-5566 Say “I do” at the InterContinental and experience a wedding as magical as New Orleans. Their magnificent wedding venues overlook historic St. Charles Avenue and can host an event to remember. Let them provide the perfect setting for your rehearsal, bridal party, nuptials and reception.



Messina’s at the Terminal 6001 Stars & Stripes Blvd., New Orleans 504-241-5300

Messina’s at the Terminal

Restored to its original 1930s grandeur, the Art-Deco Lakefront Airport venue features a two-story Grand Atrium encased in marble and granite. The Walnut Room offers an intimate setting with a bar area sitting on the runway. The outdoor terminal terrace overlooking Lake Pontchartrain and runway is great for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.

New Orleans City Park

New Orleans City Park 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans 504-483-9402 City Park offers spectacular settings for weddings and other special occasions with an incomparable outdoor landscape, a unique selection of historic and architecturally significant venues and one of the largest catering operations in the area. Reach out today and let the staff show you the magic of City Park.

The Royal Frenchmen Hotel & Bar

The Royal Frenchmen Hotel & Bar 700 Frenchmen St., New Orleans 504-619-9660 The Royal Frenchmen Hotel & Bar provides a beautiful space for weddings, welcome parties, rehearsal dinners and after parties. A gorgeous 1,600 squarefoot courtyard provides a perfect private space for all events. The hotel offers 16 expertly appointed rooms that sleep up to 55 guests. They offer a carefully crafted bar package and work hand-in-hand with their preferred award-winning caterers to meet your every need.

St. Joseph Plantation 3535 LA-18, Vacherie 225-265-4078

St. Joseph Plantation The Country Club

Your perfect wedding awaits in the midst of centuries old Live Oaks. Let us help you create a memorable day set amid the timeless beauty of St. Joseph. Our home and grounds lend itself to your idyllic vision. Simple countryside elegance and a graceful antebellum home will offer the perfect atmosphere.

The Country Club 634 Louisa St., New Orleans 504-945-0742 The Country Club delivers exquisite food and drink in sophisticated surroundings. Their grand parlors comfortably seat 10-50 people for dinner or 100 people reception-style – perfect for your rehearsal dinner, a bridesmaids brunch or a cocktail reception. The pool area is available for rent October through March.



The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum 945 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-528-1944 The National WWII Museum provides a wide variety of venues perfect for wedding receptions and other special events. Signature in-house entertainment will dazzle your guests and take them on a nostalgic journey through WWII-era musical classics. Their delectable food is prepared exclusively in-house through American Sector Catering, featuring cuisine inspired by the WWII generation and local Louisiana tradition.

The Orpheum 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans 504-934-3338 The Orpheum’s iconic space is more than just a stunning historic theater. Built in 1918, the Orpheum has hosted vaudeville acts, silent films, Mardi Gras balls, countless concerts and, of course, weddings. They have a knack for creating unforgettable occasions and special memories; moments that happen only at the Orpheum.

Windsor Court Hotel 300 Gravier St., New Orleans 504-596-4787

The Orpheum Photo by Oscar Rajo

Windsor Court’s timeless elegance sets the stage for unforgettably romantic weddings. With stunning skyline views of the Mississippi River, crystal chandeliers, marble archways and unique artwork, each ballroom offers an incomparable backdrop. From the rehearsal to the reception, dedicated planners coordinate every detail, including customized catering, decorations and vendor referrals.

Wedding Resources

Windsor Court Hotel


The Event Glossary EVENTGLOSSARY.COM Be your own planner? With The Event Glossary, it’s that easy! Whether you’re a novice or professional, this online marketplace helps you plan any event from start to finish. With an event concierge online to answer questions, this one-stop shop will save you time, money and frustration. Everything can be sourced, ordered and paid for all on one website!




Ballin’s LTD 504-866-4367

Accessories from Ballin’s are a perfect gift for Mom!

Boudreaux’s Jewelers 504-831-2602

Pearls always come to mind when people think of Mother’s Day. In Louisiana, many women already have a strand of pearls, so focusing on accenting pearl earrings or a bracelet is always a hit for Mom.

Bra Genie

504-644-2500 She’ll fall in love with this elegant nightshirt made of satin charmeuse and accented with vintage embroidered lace. Perfect for warm weather sleep and lounge.

FeBe Dr. Sean Weiss Facial Plastic Surgery 504-814-3223

Keep Mom looking her best with products and services from facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Sean Weiss, like ELASTIderm eye cream and RF MicroNeedling for enhanced skin tightening. Call the office to ask about special offers for St. Charles Avenue readers!

504-835-5250 Make sure to get your mother something she wants this year, like a gorgeous necklace from Sennod Jewelry available at FeBe.



Home Malone

Le Petit Théâtre

Magnolia Door Hanger, designed by local artist Kristin Malone. This lightweight Home Malone door hanger isn’t only pretty, it’s weather-proof and fade proof, too.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. Jura’s daughter Mona Golabek performs live as she relates her mother’s quest to survive – an exceptionally heartfelt daughter-to-mother tribute.



Louisiana Custom Closets

Lukka Boutique

504-218-7113 @LukkaNewOrleans

504-835-3188 985-871-0810

From the Westward\ Leaning x Olivia Palermo Collection, the Seaspray 02 is an ivory marble acetate frame with tortoise interior, polished rose gold metals and navy gradient lens, $255. A portion of sales from this collection are donated to empower women through Dress for Success!

Louisiana Custom Closets represents the pinnacle of quality design, materials and service for all of your home and office organizational and storage needs. They manufacture their products, which provides endless solutions for home storage.

Optical Shoppe


Mac-Gryder Gallery 504-322-2555

Unique, limited-edition Artbook by famed French Modernist Françoise Gilot, mother of Claude and Paloma Picasso, $300. Mac-Gryder is a fine art gallery with an emphasis on personal service. Featuring high-end modern and contemporary paintings, drawings and photography.

Mom will be stylish for summer with her new Bobbi acetate cat-eye polarized sunglasses from SALT. Handmade, gradient polarized lenses, with 100% UVA/UVB protection. Can be fitted for prescription, $430.


PERLIS Clothing

New Orleans, 504-895-8661 French Quarter, 504-523-6681 Mandeville, 985-674-1711 Baton Rouge, 225-926-5909 Featuring four exterior pockets and a max-capacity breakaway zipper, the allweather woven Uptown Girl Pocket tote bag’s slim profile carries close to the body while fitting your laptop, files and more.


504-309-3336 The Maths Bag by Craie is handmade of canvas and leather making it the ideal all-day bag. Reversible to a linen canvas side, it can be worn on the shoulder or as a backpack. Maxi, $250 and Mini, $205. Also pictured, Infinity Sandals, $110.

Woodhouse Day Spa

504-482-6652 A set of crawfish PJs in pima cotton by Cat’s Pajamas are the ultimate in comfort and style for spring lounging.


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

PREMIER 701 ElEonorE StrEEt

$756,000 - Uptown new orleans Entertainers Dream Home! EXQUISITE WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES! TWO SHORT BLOCKS TO WHOLE FOODS, AVO RESTAURANT, PINK BERRY AND ALL THE FUN SHOPS ON MAGAZINE! Large CORNER LOT AND NEW DRIVEWAY & beautiful stone patio. large master suite & bath. Adorable shady yard fun for entertaining. Bonus Workshop/shed, Exterior painted In February 2019 w/colors by Louis Aubert. Large Rooms, Happy & Sunny Windows! Perfect for the buyer who appreciates architectural history & Charm. Gleaming wood floors. X Flood Zone!

447 Seventh St. $629,000

Jeanne Boughton RE/MAX N.O. Properties Associate Broker 8001 Maple St. New Orleans, LA 70118 Cell: 504-669-4773

If the beautiful wood siding of this Irish Channel beauty does not entice you, the 4 large bedrooms, yard & secure parking will! This home on a corner lot was renovated in 2015 and includes 12’ coffered ceilings, granite counter tops, plantation shutters and a flexible floor plan with large formal and casual spaces that flow out onto gracious back porch. Located only blocks from Magazine and Tchoupitoulas, with easy access to hospitals, downtown and I-10.


Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211 620 Ursulines Avenue...................................$8,250,000 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 16 Audubon Place .............. SOLD ...............$4,500,000 3711 St. Charles Avenue................................$4,300,000 295 Walnut Street ............... SOLD ...............$3,990,000 1649 Joseph Street .............. SOLD ...............$3,700,000 8 La Salle Place .................. SOLD ...............$3,650,000 2507 Prytania Street......................................$3,350,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue .....SOLD ...............$3,000,000 525 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 1633 Dufossat Street......................................$2,250,000 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 4626 St Charles Avenue.......SOLD................$1,999,999 1505 Nashville Avenue........SOLD................$1,895,000 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 ............... $1,750,000 909 Ursulines Avenue......... SOLD ............... $1,750,000 418 Common Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,750,000 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 ............... $1,700,000 138 Audubon Boulevard................................$1,650,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .................................... $1,650,000 1732-34 Palmer Avenue.......SOLD................$1,650,000 The Garage Condos......................$1,640,800--$685,860 2708 Coliseum Street.......... SOLD ............... $1,625,000 1233 Second Street.............. SOLD ............... $1,600,000

576 Audubon Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,595,000 19 Richmond Place ............ SOLD ............... $1,575,000 411 Audubon Street.............SOLD.................$1,550,000 6015 Prytania Street ............SOLD................$1,497,500 2302 St Charles Avenue #3A & B..................$1,495,000 1663 Valmont Street.............SOLD................$1,495,000 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 ...........SOLD ...............$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 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 1333 State Street ................. SOLD ............... $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 ............... $1,200,000 397 Holden Rd, Poplarville, MS...................$1,200,000 1839 Calhoun Street. ........... SOLD ............... $1,199,000 622 Barracks Street ....................................... $1,099,000 2823 Chestnut Street........................................$999,000 1410 Philip Street.................SOLD..................$975,000 4500 Camp Street.............................................$860,000 326 E Livingston Place....................................$859,000 21431 Bob’s Road, Long Beach, MS ...............$850,000 1515-17 Dufossat Street....................................$820,000 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington .......................$799,900 910 Jefferson Avenue........................................$750,000 4230 Chestnut Street........................................$525,000



Print in Paint This WPA-commissioned mural now inspires yoga students By Seale Paterson


paint the mural on one large canvas already attached to the library wall. The mural, 48 feet in length and 9 feet tall, was declared by the WPA to be the longest mural on a single piece of canvas in the nation. The mural was dedicated on July 24, 1941, in a brief program that included music by an orchestra and a formal presentation by the WPA Art Project of Louisiana to the NOPL Board of Directors. Shortly after the mural was finished Schoenberg joined the Air Force, painting identification aids of combat aircraft at Kelly Field in Texas and a mural at the Soldier’s Service Club in Dayton. He remained active in the arts world, and died in 2007. The Canal Branch closed in 1958 when the new Central Library opened less than

one mile away. The building has served as a variety of businesses since then, including secretarial and beauty colleges, but the mural was covered up by dropped ceilings for decades. When the flood-damaged building was bought after Hurricane Katrina, the new owner had the mural – long neglected and in terrible shape –painstakingly refurbished. Its restored and vibrant beauty now hangs over classes at Swan River Yoga. n The mural presents a history of printing, starting with prehistoric men chiseling into cave walls and flowing into Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese silk painting to monks and parchment manuscripts to Gutenberg’s press, ending with the production of a daily newspaper (a scene taken from the press room of the Times-Picayune and New Orleans States).


The Canal Branch of the New Orleans Public Library, located at 2940 Canal St. at the corner of S. Gayoso Street, opened in 1911. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation, it was an active part of the neighborhood, serving a few nearby schools, and by the 1940s had 8,500 registered users. In 1940, the WPA hired New Orleans artist and Arts and Crafts Club member Edward Schoenberger to paint a very large mural in the main reading room of the Canal Branch. While murals were at the time usually painted on smaller pieces of canvas and installed at a location after completion, the WPA thought it would be interesting and educational for school children to watch the process of Schoenberger, perched on scaffolding,

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