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CO N T E N T S
4 EDITORS’ NOTE No Cause Lost: How we can help the helpers 6 MAKING A DIFFERENCE The Posse Foundation: Developing a generation of leaders 7 KIDS PLAY Learning at Home: Online resources are here to help 8 WHAT’S HOT Finishing Touches 9 ON THE MENU Luxury Cooking for 1: Executive Chef Ryan Hacker shares Brennan’s Eggs Hussarde 10 THE DISH The New Canseco’s: Enjoy top-notch New Orleans cuisine and a warm welcome in the Riverbend
FEATURES 30 ST. CHARLES AVENUE'S REGISTRY OF CHARITABLE EVENTS May-August 2020 34 ST. CHARLES AVENUE'S WEDDINGS Boasso – Duplantier, Isaacson – D'Angelo & Zaccaro – Perrilliat
12 LATIN LEGACIES Proceeds from “The 2019 Azúcar Ball” provided scholarships to outstanding high school Hispanic students in our community. 14 HOLIDAYS AT HOME The PRC’s “Holiday Home Tour” began with a wining and dining for 350 patrons in a beautiful Mediterranean Revival home. 16 BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE More than 300 patrons gathered to marvel at the mystery of an unknown postLouisiana Purchase New Orleans cabinetmaker. 18 ASTOUNDING ACTIVISM Six New Orleans activists encourage their fellow New Orleanians to invest in improving their city.
41 SNAPSHOTS 20 PEARLS OF PURPOSE American Cancer Society raised funds for its Access to Care program providing transportation grants to local health systems. 22 A MUSICAL MENAGERIE The Jazz Museum raised funds to further enhance exhibits, music programming, events and the Jazz Museum Education Center.
42 YOUNG BLOODS Dr. Lana Joseph: Founder and CEO, High Level Speech and Hearing Center 48 NOSTALGIA Angelo Brocato: How Italianstyle ice cream became a New Orleans institution
24 HOLIDAY CHEER FOR A CURE LLL’s holiday fundraiser supported the awarding of grants to research causes, treatments and a cure for leukemia and related diseases. 26 DAZZLING DISPLAYS “Celebration in the Oaks” guests got the first glimpse at the festive holiday lights in City Park. 28 TREE TRADITIONS Poydras Home began a new tradition of tree lighting as a beacon of holiday cheer.
E D I TO R S' N OT E
Hello to you all, We decided that during this tumultuous time that, instead of highlighting one nonprofit’s fundraiser on our cover as we usually do, what was most important was encouraging our readers to help those who are helping us. Our mission, as you know, is to support our local nonprofits. And while they certainly need your support as our new normal changes each and every day, right now there are even more ways to help. As our neighbors, family members and loved ones put their lives at risk for us simply by going to their jobs as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, cashiers, delivery workers, chefs, etc., it’s easy to feel like there’s nothing one can do to make a difference – but that’s not true! If you’re crafty, consider making masks for your friends and neighbors. Caroline Reily was on national TV recently showing how to create her chic but effective mask; visit her YouTube channel Dynamite NOLA to find "Chic Easy DIY Facemask" and "Straw Hat Goes Anti-viral." While you’re crafting, consider donating to your favorite local radio station or expanding your library through a subscription service provided by a local bookstore. And if you’re alone (or just feeling a little blue) consider opening your home to a foster cat or dog. If interested, complete a foster application at la-spca.org/foster and a Louisiana SPCA employee will
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contact you within 24 hours. You can support our restaurant industry, and often our local farmers, by placing curbside pick-up orders – and sometimes delivery options – from many of your favorite local spots. Visit MyNewOrleans.com/alerts-andupdates and click on “Restaurant Updates” on the right side for options updated daily. There is also a link there for “Retail Store Updates.” Our local stores need our support as well – consider a gift certificate for Mother’s Day! And if you're a retailer reading this, update your profile there today. While you’re there, also click on “Nonprofit Event Updates” for our monthly calendar with rescheduled dates as we know them. If your nonprofit has a new date for its fundraiser and you don’t see it there, just email Morgan@ MyNewOrleans.com and we’ll have it updated within the day! So many nonprofits had to move or cancel their events. Some of these include: Cabrini High School (CabriniHigh.com), Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (ChronsColitisFoundation. org), French Quarter Festivals Inc. (FQFI.org), Friends of City Park (NewOrleansCityPark.com), Friends of Lafitte Greenway (LafitteGreenway.org), HermannGrima + Gallier Historic Houses (HGGH.org), Legacy Donor Foundation (OrganAwareness.org), Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPOMusic.com), New Orleans
Ballet Association (NOBAEvents. com), New Orleans Food & Wine Experience (NOWFE.com), New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA.org), New Orleans Opera Association (NewOrleansOpera.org), Pro Bono Project (ProBono-no.org), Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (DioCancerFund. org), UNCF (UNCF.org) and WYES (WYES.org). Second Harvest Food Bank (No-Hunger.org) has partnered with Entergy to match donations from $200-$75,000 if donated before May 31. United Way’s Hands On New Orleans Volunteer Center (UnitedWaySELA.org) has myriad opportunities, like delivering meals to seniors, their Phone a Senior campaign and mentoring students virtually. Kingsley House (KingsleyHouse. org), in addition to asking for donations to assist supporting their staff, are asking for cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, diapers and personal care items. Email dbetzer@ kingsleyhouse.org to learn more. The New Orleans Council on Aging also needs donations of cleaning supplies and the like, as well as monetary donations. If you're interested, call Martin Huber at 821-4121, extension 133. The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF.org) has reactivated its Disaster Response and Restoration Fund to “provide assistance to those who are most in need.” The New Orleans Business Alliance (nolaba.org/relief-fund) has set up a dedicated relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (JazzAndHeritage.org) has established the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a statewide relief fund to support Louisiana musicians who have lost income amid the pandemic. Creative Response (CreativeResponse.works) is a collaborative emergencey relief fund of so
many of our local arts groups, but it's also distributing 800 free art kits for young poeple every Wednesady until the stay-at-home order is lifted. Port Orleans Brewing Co. launched POB United (PortOrleansBrewingco.com), partnering with NATCO Food Service, Louisiana Fresh Produce and Blue Runner Red Beans to serve freshly prepared food for pick-up for service industry employees. The Brian Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALa.org) is asking for $10-$20 a month to sustain their “Ready, Relax, Eat” program in partnership with SWEGS Kitchen, which delivers nutritious meals to caregivers’ homes. The Al Copeland Foundation has started its “Be A Hero. Thank a Hero” (BeAHeroThankAHero. com) campaign to provide a “level of comfort in an overly chaotic work environment” by delivering essential care packages with items individually identified by Louisiana hospitals to first responders. Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (donate.firstlineschools. org/esynola), had to cancel its largest fundraiser of the year. In addition to, as most schools are, offering distance learning, it’s still maintaining four school gardens and taking care of the animals at Langston Hughes Academy. For the latest updates on city regulations and tips – like how to wear and care for a face covering – visit Ready.Nola.gov. Remember, human beings can be contained but the human spirit is boundless!
Beverly Reese Church &
Morgan Packard Griffith
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Posse Foundation Developing a generation of leaders By Catherine Freeman
In mid-March my children reluctantly arrived home after their college campuses decided to move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Understandably, nearly every campus in the country followed suit and millions of college students and their families began adjusting to this uncharted territory. My children definitely miss the face-to-face instruction from their professors, but what they miss the most are the friendships, activities and daily college life. Their longing for the bonds and support they enjoyed with peers is profound, and upon return to their respective schools I’m confident they’ll find themselves even more grateful for those relationships. Coincidentally, in January I was forwarded an idea to highlight an organiza-
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tion promoting personal and academic excellence for college students by placing them in supportive, multi-cultural teams of 10 students or “Posses.” Started 30 years ago because of a student saying, “I never would have dropped out of college if I’d had my posse with me,” the Posse Foundation long ago recognized the short- and long-term benefits of fostering strong relationships for college students. Through identifying public high school students with academic and leadership potential who may have been overlooked by the traditional college selection process, Posse extends the full-tuition opportunity to pursue their personal and academic goals at one of 58 partner colleges and universities. This national organization, with a 90 percent graduation rate, launched with only five students from New York City
attending Vanderbilt University as the first “Posse.” The Foundation has expanded to 10 urban cities, coming to New Orleans in 2011 through the help of former Tulane University President Scott Cowen. With over 260 local Posse scholars and alums, the New Orleans program fulfills its mission to create academic and leadership opportunities for a diverse range of students from seven surrounding Parishes. However, the Posse Foundation is much more than just a college scholarship. The four finely tuned Posse program components begin with the Dynamic Assessment Process, an evaluation method identifying young leaders with great potential. From September through December each year, high school juniors are nominated by their schools and community organizations based
on academic rigor as well as motivation, drive to succeed and potential leadership qualities. In a competitive three-part process, nominees participate in group and individual interviews with Posse staff and partner college administrators until a Posse is selected for each institution. These groups of high school seniors meet twice weekly from January to August with Posse peers and staff in Pre-Collegiate Training workshops addressing academic excellence, cross-cultural communication, leadership and team building and group support. Once at their respective colleges, the four-year Campus Program ensures retention through constant academic and emotional support in a routine of meetings and workshops with Posse groups, campus liaisons and mentors. Throughout college and post-graduation, local career partners (Entergy, LPHI, Propellor, Laitram, Lucid, IBERIABANK and Deloitte) and Posse alums are an integral component of the Career Program connecting and mentoring Posse Scholars to a wide range of professional opportunities. These partners are among over 200 industry-leading organizations partnering with the Posse Foundation. New Orleans Executive Director, Dr. James Dabney shares, “Posse’s ultimate goal is to create a leadership network that more adequately reflects the diversity of our country.” “It’s not just a program, it’s a movement” and the Posse Foundation is changing lives in New Orleans and around the country. ✦
➺ A little more...
Support The Posse Foundation at “The Power of 10” fundraiser October 13, at the Sazerac House. For more information visit PosseFoundation.org.
K I DS P L AY
Learning At Home Online resources are here to help By Brittany Kennedy
For me, Gov. John Bel Edwards' March 20 announcement that all schools would be closing for at least three weeks (and likely longer) now feels like it was years ago. Overnight, a new world entered my household and words like “social distancing” and “pandemic” came out of my 7-year-old’s mouth, and we were faced with the prospect of homeschooling while trying to work from home. The first week – to put it kindly – didn’t go well. The shift in structure and routine to our entire lives was challenging for everyone. What was crazy is that my husband and I, as professors, had worked from home before, and yet we still struggled. Even more, while there were so many resources available to help people suddenly faced with homeschooling, it was nearly impossible to sift through them all and even more impossible to imagine doing any of them. When I emerged from the rabbit hole on online help, I discovered that I needed to step back, make a plan and find resources that were immediately and locally available to me right here in New Orleans. We quickly felt the days become repetitive and monotonous, which, for kids, is one of the biggest challenges to working as they never feel like they're “finished.” We created a routine, and the day ends with some sort of family activity or just a walk around the neighborhood (respecting social distancing, of course). We try to get as much done so that no “school” happens on the weekends and we've made great efforts to have our weeks
maintain the structure they had before. Part of keeping a routine was also setting up a space where we could all work. For us, that meant finding private spaces to Zoom when we needed and finding a space where I could supervise my first grader; spaces like dining rooms and kitchens that are more open with as few distractions (mainly screens) as possible. We have also found that making a list of the day’s work, crossing each item off when it’s done and giving a non-screen break give the day much-needed structure. While I have appreciated the multitude of options on the internet to keep kids busy, my biggest go-to resource has been the one closest to home. The New Orleans Public Library has a ton of e-books, e-comics, audiobooks and streaming movies through a ton of different platforms that are all connected via their catalog. If you don’t have a library card, you
can sign up for a temporary one through their website (provided you live in Orleans Parish). The library has also begun hosting a Virtual Story Time, and the videos are all on their website, which is very navigable and helpful for parents looking for help and gradespecific content. For older kids, the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University has quickly adapted with online family guides for their current exhibitions, specifically Brandan “BMike” Odums “Not Supposed 2 Be Here,” which is given in a comic format. There are also downloadable coloring pages for Sophie Newcomb pottery as well as a lesson on color mixing with Squiggle Scribble. Outside of New Orleans, the Smithsonian – among many museums nationwide – has gone to great lengths to put as much content online as possible. What is most important to remember during this time is that whatever you're doing is
better than nothing, and there’s nothing you can do to replicate what your child gets at school, in activities and with their friends. What matters is what you think your kid needs right now and tuning out any other distractions. In the meantime, use this time to tailor your child’s learning to what they need in the moment and what they find most interesting. The rest will happen when it can. ✦
➺ Just the Facts:
New Orleans Public Library (all branches currently closed) NolaLibrary.org Virtual Story Time NolaLibrary.org/page/36/ for-children Newcomb Art Institute Online Learning Guides NewcombArtMuseum.tulane.edu/ online-learning Smithsonian Museum SI.edu
W H AT ' S H OT
The Finishing Touch
By Amy Gabriel When spending time at home, you want to surround yourself with accents that bring a bit of delight to your daily life. Pretty up your living space with a few finishing touches that make for an instant mood lift – all available online from local retailers!
� 1. An oyster wreath door hanger makes a delicious and inviting statement for your front porch. Home Malone, HomeMaloneNola.com
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2. Your furry friend will fall head over tail for a super soft and cozy Bessie and Barnie Bagel Bed in a lovely aspen snow leopard and blondie print. Relish, RelishNewOrleans.com 3. Showcase your love for Louisiana with a 100 percent cotton, striped patterned towel for your kitchen or powder room. Available in sky, mint and gray. Feet First, FeetFirstStores.com
4. Sparking joy is a matchbook away with a ginger blossoms classic toile pagoda box candle from Seda France. Plush Appeal, MardiGrasSpot.com 5. Play favorites with your prettiest bottles and display them on a minimalist acrylic wine rack. Modern Market, ModernMarketLifestyle.com 6. A petite, rosy pink Florence and Amalia Bohemian glass vase is the perfect complement to a fresh stem. Judy at the Rink, JudyAtTheRink.com
ON THE MENU
Luxury Cooking for 1 Executive Chef Ryan Hacker shares Brennan’s Eggs Hussarde
Marchand de Vin Sauce INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup butter 1/3 cup mushrooms, finely chopped 1/2 cup ham, minced 1/3 cup shallots, finely chopped 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped 2 Tablespoons garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper Dash cayenne 3/4 cup beef stock 1/2 cup red wine
In a 9-inch skillet melt butter and lightly sauté the mushrooms, ham, shallots, onion and garlic. When the onion is golden brown add the flour, salt, pepper and cayenne. Brown well, about 7-10 minutes. Blend in the stock and the wine and simmer over low heat for 35-45 minutes Yields 2 cups
Brennan’s New Orleans Cookbook (1961) INGREDIENTS: 2 large thin slices ham, grilled 2 Holland Rusks (a light, crisp toast available at most grocery stores) 1/4 cup Marchand de Vin Sauce (recipe right) 2 slices tomato, grilled
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2 eggs, soft poached 3/4 cup Hollandaise Sauce (recipe right) Paprika for garnish
Brennan’s, 417 Royal St., 525-9711, BrennansNewOrleans.com
Lay a large slice of ham across each rusk and cover with Marchand de Vin Sauce. Cover next with tomato and then egg. Top with Hollandaise Sauce. Garnish with sprinkling of paprika. Serves 1
Hollandaise Sauce INGREDIENTS: 4 egg yolks 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 pound butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon salt
In top half of double boiler, beat egg yolks and stir in lemon juice. Cook very slowly in double boiler over low heat, never allowing water in bottom of pan to come to a boil. Add butter a little at a time, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Add salt and pepper. Continue cooking slowly until thickened. Yields 1 cup
The New Canseco’s Enjoy top-notch New Orleans cuisine and a warm welcome in the Riverbend By Jyl Benson
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culinary position that made him miserable. “Then I was able to connect with Sinesio Canseco,” Saladino says. "It allowed me to return to my passion for gourmet markets. I connect with him one to one. There is no corporate B.S. to deal with, no constant red tape. My passion for gourmet markets connects me with the customer. This drives the enjoyment in my day to day.” Saladino grew up in an Italian household and started working in local restaurants when he was 14. “I never remember a time when food wasn't a part of my life,” he says. “Some of my earliest memories are watching my dad on Sundays make ‘sauce,’ which, of course, is so much more than a simple red sauce. It includes a day of slow simmering multiple meats and ingredients.” “Today he serves that same sauce over pasta and stuffed peppers from the kitchen at Canseco’s Markets for which he oversees culinary research and development across the brand of five markets. He works mostly from his home base at the Carrollton location, where often he spends days in the open kitchen overseeing a small staff, stirring pots and personally dishing up hot plates to guests in these days of hyper-cleanliness. On Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. guests will find him manning the grill for Steak Night when $12.99 will get you a freshly cut, grilled-to-order rib-eye served with your choice of two sides to go.
➺ Try This:
Galatoire’s has partnered with select Rouses Markets in the New Orleans area to offer their Shrimp Remoulade and Shrimp Creole as grab-and-go menu items. These familiar delicacies are currently available at the Veterans-Causeway, Tchoupitoulas Street and N. Carrollton Avenue locations.
“This is an unprecedented value and everything is made fresh in-house. Needless to say Thursdays are a very busy for us,” Saladino says. In this time when most of us are either hitting the “Add to Cart” button to have our groceries delivered or waiting in lines standing six feet apart to enter cavernous supermarkets or big box stores, to enter this cheerful, locally owned and operated market serving familiar New Orleans comfort foods with a side of personable hospitality is a most welcome revelation. Canseco’s Market also has locations in Old Metairie, Arabi, Gentilly and the Bayou St. John area. ✦
Canseco’s Market, 1133 S. Carrollton Ave., 766-0972, Cansecos.com Rouses Market, 4500 Tchoupitoulas St., 896-7910; 400 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-2129; 2900 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 834-4151; Rouses.com
PHOT0 BY JEFF STROUT
From his open kitchen Chef Antonio Saladino presides over a culinary operation devoid of mood lighting, fine linen, courtly tableside service or soothing music. The floors of his establishment are polished to a high shine offset by megawatt overhead lighting. If this were a restaurant this would be a most undesirable environment. But this is a newly opened, contemporary grocery store operating in the era of COVID -19 en masse germ-a-phobia, making this dazzling, sterile, visibly clean environment most welcome and soothing. On March 24, the Canseco family opened their fifth market just as New Orleans was rapidly ramping into the very strangest of times. Located in the Carrollton neighborhood in a historic building once occupied by Schwickert’s Pharmacy, this bright 6,000 square-foot full service grocery is a merry place with extensive beer and wine selections, vibrant fresh produce, in-house baked goods, fragrant fresh flowers and in-house prepared meals and grab-and-go items – including the utterly delicious, best selling Thunder Cheese dip, legendary Cuban sandwiches and a screamingly good almond chicken salad – and hot meals with a decidedly local flair overseen by Saladino, 55, a native New Orleanian and one of the first graduates of the UNO/ Delgado Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Les Chefs des Cuisine de la Louisiane Program. His lengthy career as an executive chef has wound its way through The Double Musky in Alaska to various casino restaurants on the Gulf Coast and The Chesterfield Hotel on the Florida island of Palm Beach. He went on to establish his own gourmet market, Antonio’s in North Raleigh, N.C., before returning to New Orleans to be near his family. He ended up in a corporate hotel
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Latin Legacies Proceeds from “The 2019 Azúcar Ball” provided scholarships to outstanding high school Hispanic students in our community. By Shelby Simon
“The 2019 Azúcar Ball: Nueva Vista Social Club” highlighted the many contributions of Cuba and its music to the city of New Orleans. Nueva Vista Social Club is inspired by the documentary A Tuba to Cuba, which follows New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba and in turn discover a connection that runs much deeper than could have been imagined. The decorations of the Ball and Patron Party were inspired by Cuba, including palm trees around the Ballroom and rum and cigars centerpieces for the Patron Party. The 2019 Gálvez Cup Recipient was Beatriz Ball. Ball was born into a distinguished Cuban family who relocated to Mexico City. Her world travels and life in many places fed her creativity and fostered her artistry. Today, using inspiration from the natural beauty around her, Beatriz Ball products are handmade in Mexico using sand casting. The Hyatt Regency New Orleans sponsored the Patron Party, which featured entertainment by Papo y Son Mandao. Decorations included original paintings by Cuban artist Piki Mendizabal. The Ball featured vibrant Latin Music by AshéSon, Julio & Cesar and DJ Felipe. The entertainment was provided by DileQueNOLA and was a joyful and fun Comparsa dance where all attendees joined in. The more than 500 patrons in attendance dined on Latin-inspired food from many of the best restaurants in the city. Three signature auction items included white gold and diamond ring and earrings donated by Friend & Company and an oil on canvas painting made exclusively for the “Azúcar Ball” donated by Mexican-American artist Belinda Flores-Shinshillas. The Ball was presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group and was sponsored by Jones Walker LLP, Ochsner Health System, Regions Bank, Hancock Whitney Bank, Entergy, JP Morgan Chase, among many other generous patrons. The Chairs of the 2019 Azúcar Ball Committee were MaryCole McCants, Rosa Balaguer Arostegui and Marguerite Henry. ✦
➺ Event at a Glance
1. Co-Chairs MaryCole McCants, Marguerite Henry and Rosa Balaguer Arostegui 2. George Fowler, Ileana Suquet, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas and Maricarmen Aldana 3. Heidi Kiesling, Ana and Dr. Juan Gershanik and Dr. Blanca Rosa Maldonado 4. Carmen and Kelly Duncan 5. Ramon and Maria Vallejo with Alex Gershanik 6. Helen Flammer and Raúl Fonte
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIL RUBMAN
WHAT: “The 2019 Azúcar Ball: Nueva Vista Social Club,” benefiting New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2019 WHERE: Hyatt Regency Hotel
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Holidays at Home The PRC’s “Holiday Home Tour” began with a wining and dining for 350 patrons in a beautiful Mediterranean Revival home. By Shelby Simon
The Holiday Home Tour and its Patron Party serve as fundraisers for the Preservation Resource Center, which supports the organization’s mission of preserving New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through collaboration, empowerment and service to the community. The 2019 Patron Party was presented by Regions Bank, while the Holiday Home Tour was presented by McEnery Residential. Robin and Allan Kanner’s beautiful 1922 Mediterranean Revival home welcomed the 350 Patron Party attendees. Glenn Vatshell of Palate New Orleans decorated the venue. David Torkanowsky performed on the piano. Incredible catering provided by Palate New Orleans included oyster maque choux, tuna sashimi, lump crab cakes, walnut gougeres, parmesan pork tenderloin, cassoulet beans, shrimp dijonnaise, chicken saltimbocca, raspberry pavlova and holiday cookies. Chanukah-inspired favorites included smoked salmon, latkes, savory rugelach, sweet and sour brisket and noodle kugel. The Patron Party was chaired by Martine Chaisson Linares and Lorey Flick. The Holiday Home Tour was chaired by Jenny Longwell and Courtney Lane. ✦
➺ Event at a Glance
WHAT: “Holiday Home Tour Patron Party,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans WHEN: Friday, December 13 WHERE: Home of Robin and Allan Kanner
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT
1. Patron Party Co-Chair Martine Chaisson Linares, Host Robin Kanner and Patron Party Co-Chair Lorey Flick 2. Charles Urstadt, Hartley Crunk and Board Chair Jeanne and Sherman Boughton 3. Leslie Bouie, Marshall Hevron and Ashley King 4. Juliegh Jones, Barbara Fredrickson, Allie Reese and Tara Loftis 5. Charlotte Jane Sawyer and Ashley Rivers 6. Sarah Martzolf, David Jackson and representing McEnery Residential Hayley Bumpas
More than 300 patrons gathered to marvel at the mystery of an unknown post-Louisiana Purchase New Orleans cabinetmaker. By Shelby Simon
A new exhibition of the Louisiana State Museum, entitled “Chasing the Butterfly Man: The Search for a Lost New Orleans Cabinetmaker, 18101825,” celebrates the genius work of an unknown New Orleans cabinetmaker for the repetitive use of a butterfly-shaped joint. Guests at the “Founders Ball” were the first to see the exhibit before its public opening. Hurricane glass-covered candles lined the Cabildo’s grand staircase. Special effects lighting created an ethereal glow. Faux birch trees adorned with moss, twinkling lights and fluttering silk butterflies were placed around the room. The legacy of the late Joy Nalty Hodges was honored due to her years of devotion and leadership with the Louisiana Museum Foundation. Dr. Jack and Patsy Holden were honored for their lifelong dedication to the preservation of Louisiana’s history and Louisiana Museum Foundation. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser addressed the crowd. Guests were welcomed to the melodies of harpist Jessie Metz on the second floor gallery. The allfemale electrified stringed Virtuosa Quartet headlined on the third floor. Dickie Brennan & Co. catered the evening’s cuisine, which offered a charcuterie station, numerous hand passed hors d’ oeuvres and special seafood delicacies. All seafood dishes were donated and made by the Louisiana Seafood Board. Produce for the various dishes was provided by Gulf Coast Produce. All bars were sponsored by the Goldring Family Foundation and featured Sazerac products and wines from Republic National Distributing Company. A specialty bar of Old Fashioneds was provided by the Sazerac Company. The event featured a small silent auction of eight high-end items, including an original Hunt Slonem painting featuring butterflies, an in-home design experience with Leontine Linens founder and Ball Co-Chair Jane Scott and a Victorian necklace donated by Adler’s. Jane Scott and Phillip Hodges, and Sweet and Ben Dupuy served as Co-Chairs. Major sponsors included Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Patrick, Eugenie and Joseph Merrick Hones Family Foundation, Mrs. H. Mortimer Favort Jr., Goldring Family Foundation, The Helis Foundation and IBERIABANK. ✦
➺ Event at a Glance
1. Co-Chairs Ben and Sweet Dupuy and Co-Chairs Jane Scott and Philip Hodges 2. Honorees Dr. Jack and Patsy Holden with Susan and Bob Judice 3. Semmes and Catherine Favrot with Steve and Denise Finegan 4. Tommy Westervelt and Dorothy Clyne 5. Melissa Steiner, Dickie Brennan and Kristin Fary 6. Steven Maklansky and Cybèle Gontar
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT
WHAT: “Founders Ball,” benefiting Louisiana Museum Foundation WHEN: Friday, November 22, 2019 WHERE: The Cabildo
Six New Orleans activists encourage their fellow New Orleanians to invest in improving their city. By Shelby Simon
St. Charles Avenue magazine is committed to honoring the exemplary philanthropic efforts of New Orleans citizens and nonprofits whose community activism strengthens the core of our community. For the 23rd year, our “Activists of the Year” awards event invited patrons to honor the generous contributions of time, passion and resources by six Activists in 2019: Susan Brennan, Daryl G. Byrd, Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III, Susan O. Hess, Robert “Bob” Merrick and Kim S. Sport. Susan Brennan is proud to support the success of some of New Orleans’ smaller arts organizations, along with government organizations and Christian and youth-related programs. Daryl G. Byrd serves as President and CEO for IBERIABANK; throughout his career he has been involved with health and human services, homeownership, education and arts and culture organizations. Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III exemplifies his family’s commitment to lifelong activism, and dozens of local organizations have benefited from his expertise. Susan O. Hess considers herself a “career volunteer” and her efforts were instrumental in the recovery of the LA/SPCA and City Park after Katrina. Robert “Bob” Merrick of Latter & Blum is driven to ensure people can live and raise families in safe, healthy communities, and tirelessly supports education and alleviating poverty. And, Kim S. Sport has shown tremendous dedication to public service through volunteering her legal services and time; she's the founder of several nonprofits and has drafted legislation to assure health insurance providers cover every stage of breast reconstruction following mastectomies. The gala took place at IBERIABANK, which offered beverages, catering by Patti Constanin and beautiful florals by Dunn & Sonnier Antiques, Flowers & Gifts. ✦
➺ Event at a Glance
1. Avenue’s Activists of 2019 Kim S. Sport, Robert “Bob” Merrick, Susan Brennan, Daryl G. Byrd, Susan O. Hess and Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III 2 . Tommy Westervelt, Elise Kiser and Renaissance Publishing CEO Todd Matherne 3. Activist Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III with Paulette and Frank Stewart and Barbara Kaplinsky 4. Kara Van de Carr and Activist Daryl G. Byrd 5. Mike and Activist Kim S. Sport 6. Megan Eustis, Tom Mabon and Chris LeBato
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY KENNY MARTINEZ
WHAT: St. Charles Avenue magazine’s “Activists of the Year,” benefiting the Renaissance Foundation WHEN: Wednesday, December 3, 2019 WHERE: IBERIABANK
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Pearls of Purpose American Cancer Society raised funds for its Access to Care program providing transportation grants to local health systems. By Shelby Simon
American Cancer Society’s Junior Executive Board brought in $281,000 during their second annual “Shuck Cancer” event in partnership with Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and Latter & Blum. The event was held on the two blocks of Napoleon Avenue’s neutral ground from St. Charles Avenue and Prytania Street. Twenty young professional cancer advocates and fundraisers named “Shucker Honorees” were highlighted at the event. They were: Brett Blanchard with Inhab Group; Sebastien Bonnot; Ella Bright with Standard Mortgage Corporation; Julie Comarda with Engle and Völkers; Spencer Crane with Merrill Lynch; Andrew Dale with IBERIABANK; Emily Degan with Ochsner Health System; Taylor Geoghegan with Estately NOLA; Allison Gouaux with Ochsner Health System; Becky Hardin with City Surf Fitness; Bryan Hargett with Moe’s Original BBQ; Dylan Kavanagh with InterCapital; Carrie Marquette with East Jefferson General Hospital; Bette Matheny; Cameron McHarg with Neil Auction House; Alex Porter with JH Blades; Chris Senner with Karl Senner, LLC; Anna Swigert with Tulane School of Medicine; James Van Horn with Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects; and Graham Williams with Adams & Reese LLP. The top fundraiser, Taylor Geoghegan, received the Shucker of the Year award, raising more than $38,000. The Patron Party included early access to 20 oyster varieties from across the country and Canada, 42 types of wine and 16 restaurant partners to the sounds of T-Ray the Violinist. Key speeches came from Latter & Blum Chairman, Robert “Bob” Merrick and John Michael Rowland, General Manager of Superior Seafood. Throughout the evening, guests were available to revel down the tented two city blocks, sampling the many varieties of wine and oysters. Tap Truck Nola included their very own “Shuck Cancer Oyster Stout” produced by Urban South Brewery. Musical entertainment was non-stop from local favorites Elizabeth Lyons and Kristin Diable. More than 1,200 guests attended the event led by Co-Chairs Alli Morrison and Rachel Turnage. ✦
➺ Event at a Glance
1. Shucker of the Year Taylor Geoghegan with Shucker Honorees Ella Bright and Julie Comarda 2. Shucker Honorees James Van Horn, Emily Degan, Allison Gouaux and Sebastien Bonnot 3. Sheryl and Latter & Blum Chairman Bob Merrick
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT
WHAT: Shuck Cancer benefiting American Cancer Society WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2019 WHERE: Neutral ground between St. Charles Avenue and Prytania Street
A Musical Menagerie
The Jazz Museum raised funds to further enhance exhibits, music programming, events and the Jazz Museum Education Center. By Shelby Simon
The grounds and gardens of the New Orleans Jazz Museum were transformed for the “Improvisations Gala.” The fundraiser enabled the museum to globally promote jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms through highly-interactive exhibits, as well as support ongoing musical and educational programming. Randy Fertel, Gianna Chachere, Rosalind Hinton and Tamara Kreinin served as Chairs. Honorary Co-Chairs were Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Hawks. Solomon Group created an illuminated backdrop for the evening highlighting “The Bass Player,” a monumental bronze sculpture provided by Herb Alpert, as well as spotlighting a Cadillac of New Orleans’ 2020 premium luxury XT6 on display. The celebration, spanning the museum’s grounds, featured illuminated installations, digital sculptures, projections and art animated by technology provided by local and international artists. A Patron Party preceding the Gala featured a cocktail hour, catering from Ruth’s Chris and performances by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Adonis Rose, Detroit Brooks and Shea Pierre. A second line opening the Gala featured the Big Queen Mary Kay Stevenson of the Original Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, Carol “Kit” Harris and the N’awlins Dawlins Baby Dolls and Treme-Lafitte Brass Band. A celebration full of music included The Soul Rebels, Pinettes Brass-Band featuring Big Freedia, Lena Prima, Charmaine Neville, Meschiya Lake, Seth Finch Trio, Herlin Riley, Wendell Brunious and Shea Pierre. Special guest Stephanie Jordan performed with students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the Trombone Shorty Foundation & Trombone Shorty Music Academy. The Plant Gallery decorated the museum with warm white lighted stars, globes and hanging ornamental spheres and lush greenery. More than 25 restaurants and purveyors offered food fare for the evening. Open bars served cocktails in New Orleans Jazz Museum cups courtesy of Dorignac’s. The Jazz Museum’s Education Center was transformed into Beattie’s Distillery Improv Jazz Lounge & Martini Bar with plush seating provided by Doerr Furniture and glow-in-the-dark martini glasses by Faux Pas Prints. And a silent auction featured nearly 100 items. ✦
WHAT: “Improvisations Gala,” benefiting New Orleans Jazz Museum WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2019 WHERE: New Orleans Jazz Museum 1. Co-Chairs Rosalind Hinton, Tamara Kreinin, Randy Fertel, Gianna Chachere 2. Dee Dee Bridgewater, Greg Lambousy and Christian McBride 3. Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, Pam Davis Friedler, Pamela Pipes and David Mutter
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY JESSICA BROUSSARD
➺ Event at a Glance
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Holiday Cheer for a Cure LLL’s holiday fundraiser supported the awarding of grants to research causes, treatments and a cure for leukemia and related diseases. By Shelby Simon
The primary fundraiser for Ladies Leukemia League is the annual “Fete de Noel,” which ushered in the Christmas season in early December. Celebrating 50 years, the Past Presidents in attendance were recognized before the start of the Fete. LLL Co-Presidents Melba Bruce and Jacquelyn Milan could be seen around the room. Children honored were Maryam Zebraolui, Mohammed “Memo” Alfrouk, Ludovic “T-Vic” Lee III, Austin Abadie, Adolyn Mince and Samantha Krail. Anna Kitchen was the young adult honored. Grant recipients included Firas Safa M.D.; Zachary F. Pursell Ph.D.; Samuel J. Landry Ph.D.; and Bing Z. Carter PhD. The Hyatt Regency hosted nearly 900 for the threecourse luncheon, which offered a salad course, roasted pork medallions with squash, carrots and asparagus, and praline cheesecake for dessert. The Celestin Ballroom was festively decorated with poinsettia centerpieces, which were also given as door prizes. Christy Saladino served as Chair alongside Co-Chairs Terri Kloor and Angel Riviere. Camille Whitworth served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Robert Landry debuted as Mr. Bingle, and Stephen Kernion as Santa. ✦
➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Fete de Noel Luncheon,” benefiting Ladies Leukemia League WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEFF STROUT
1. Mary Ellen Doody, Chair Christy Saladino, Laura Godel with Honoree Maryam Zebraolui 2. Co-Presidents Jacquelyn Milan and Melba Bruce with Mike Jones and Co-Chair Terri Kloor 3. Eryn Melancon, Cathy Wattigney, Phyllis Stacy and Anita Hymel
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Dazzling Displays “Celebration in the Oaks” guests got the first glimpse at the festive holiday lights in City Park. By Shelby Simon
The “Celebration in the Oaks” soirée helped kick off the holiday season in New Orleans with an exclusive look at the annual lights display, where guests donned in festive holiday cocktail attire get the first glimpse of the illuminated City Park, Botanical Garden and Train Route. Presenting sponsors were Entergy and Fox 8. Guests were treated to spirits provided by Republic National Distributing Company and cuisine from more than 30 local restaurants, caterers and grocery stores. A 2019 Culinary Competition among all participating restaurants featured stand-out dishes judged in a variety of categories by Dooky Chase IV and Chenier Taylor. Winners included Haydel’s Bakery for Best Table Display, La Madeleine for Best Holiday Dish, Lagniappe Luncheonette for Most Festive Serve Uniform, Wheatly’s Winter Warmer for Best Cocktail and NOLE’ Restaurant for Most Original Dish. DJ RQ Away and Karma provided musical entertainment, which included a silent disco in the Lath House. Approximately 1,200 were in attendance. ✦
➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party,” benefiting New Orleans City Park WHEN: Friday, November 22, 2019 WHERE: New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIL RUBMAN
1. Larry and Joann Katz with Emily Mueller and Bob Becker 2. Mike and Sue Guarisco 3. Natalie Weiss, Sandra Diggs-Miller and Casie Duplechain
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Tree Traditions Poydras Home began a new tradition of tree lighting as a beacon of holiday cheer. By Shelby Simon
Debuting an entirely new annual event, Poydras Home hosted their first “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival” on December 5, 2019. This burgeoning Uptown tradition featured a majestic, 30 foot lighted tree, which shone brightly until January 1, 2020. More than 300 attendees enjoyed the Patron Party inside Poydras Home’s historic 1857 Hall. Musical entertainment was provided by the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts jazz and vocal students led by Vocal Coach Anne Sumich. Once Poydras Home’s Magazine Street gate swung wide open for members of the public, partygoers strolled outdoors on front lawn for holiday tune favorites and gospel music performed by the New Orleans Council on Aging Community Choir under the direction of Mrs. Rhea Dokes. This portion of the evening was free and open to the public. Refreshments of hot cocoa provided by CC’s Coffee House and cookies compliments of Poydras Home were enjoyed by Patrons, residents, resident families, neighbors and guests alike as all awaited the big moment when the 30-foot tall tree was brightly lit. Betty Gerstner and Beverly Valudos had the honors of lighting the tree. Fabulous food and libations were donated by Creole Creamery, Galatoire’s, Langenstein’s, Martin Wine Cellar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Pelican Club, PM Brokerage & Consulting, Poydras Home Executive Chef Keith Faulkner, Ralph’s on the Park and Vincent’s Italian Cuisine. The Patron Party and main event were Co-Chaired by Bridget Bories, Lesley Hardin, Dee McCloskey and Deborah Mooney. ✦
➺ Event at a Glance WHAT: “Tree Lighting & Music Festival,” benefiting Poydras Home WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 2019 WHERE: Poydras Home
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY GIL RUBMAN
1. Co-Chairs Dee McCloskey and Lesley Hardin with CEO Erin Kolb 2. Robert and Board Member Bridget Bories with Board President Becky and Tommy McGoey 3. Charlotte Jane and Jack Sawyer holding Constance Sawyer with Board Members Karen Smith and Kay Livaudais
St. Charles Avenue’s
REGISTRY OF CHARITABLE EVENTS
Compiled by Elizabeth Christy
May–August 2020 *Note: These dates are subject to change; please check with the nonprofit directly if you have any questions
DBE SILVER TEA BENEFITS: DBE EVENT INFO.: DBE is a national philanthropic organization of women of British ancestry. This event will raise funds for Mountbatten House assisted living facility. TICKETS: $40/Ticket LOCATION: St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Byrd Hall CONTACT: 367-4116, DBEinLa.com
women who have embraced the spirit of entrepreneurship in our community. Honorees 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. TICKETS: $700/Couple; $3,000 or $5,000/Table of 10 LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton CONTACT: 569-8685, JAGNO.org
25TH ANNUAL WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE LUNCHEON
BENEFITS: Magazine Street Merchants Association EVENT INFO.: On the Saturday before Mother’s Day, stroll Magazine Street while shops stay open until 9 p.m. There will be music, bubbly and plenty of special offers. TICKETS: Free LOCATION: Magazine Street CONTACT: MagazineStreet.com/ event/champagne-stroll/
BUSINESS HALL OF FAME BENEFITS: Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans EVENT INFO.: Established in 1984, this event honors local businessmen and
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BENEFITS: Bridge House/Grace House EVENT INFO.: Each spring Bridge House / Grace House hosts this event to honor local female role models for the many women in their substance use disorder treatment program who are striving to become sober and self-sufficient. Three outstanding women from the New Orleans community who BHGH feels possess the ideals of a Grace House woman are chosen as the honorees. The event also recognizes three other individual honorees: a “Richard ‘Buzzy’ Gaiennie Award” recipient, a “Volunteer of the Year Award” recipient and a Grace House “Alumna of the Year” recipient. TICKETS: $100/Ticket;
$1,000/Table of 10 LOCATION: Audubon Tea Room CONTACT: 821-7134, BridgeHouse. org/events/women-of-substance
SWEETARTS 2020: CHANGE, INTO A RADIANT FUTURE BENEFITS: Contemporary Arts Center EVENT INFO.: The CAC’s premier annual ball has been reimagined into an elegant evening in a private home where the theme will be revealed in phases of “epicurean delights, visual exploration, live musical experiences and moments honoring the contributions of exceptional artistic leaders in the New Orleans community. … Guests can expect immersive experiences, tantalizing surprises and authentic artistry.” TICKETS: $350/Ticket LOCATION: Home of Alison Diboll CONTACT: 528-3805, CACNO.org
IPNO’S 19TH ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFITS: Innocence Project New Orleans EVENT INFO.: The evening will include a cocktail party, buffet dinner, open bar, silent auction, performance, award program and more. This
event will celebrate their freed, innocent clients and recognize the scores of innocent men and women still incarcerated and needing our legal assistance. Dozens of their freed clients, along with their loved ones, will be in attendance. TICKETS: $150/Ticket; Tables and Sponsorships Available LOCATION: The Fillmore CONTACT: 330-2111, ip-no.org
GIVENOLA DAY BENEFITS: Greater New Orleans Foundation EVENT INFO.: During 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. Past events have raised nearly $5.6 million yearly from nearly 49,000 donations across the nation and around the world. TICKETS: $10/Minimum donation LOCATION: Everywhere CONTACT: 598-4663, GiveNola.org
BLACK & WHITE GALA BENEFITS: Hispanic Apostolate EVENT INFO.: The gala will feature an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, fol-
lowed by a buffet dinner, as well as music and entertainment, a silent auction and more. TICKETS $100/Ticket LOCATION: Magnolia Plantation CONTACT: 467-2550
MAGNOLIA BALL BENEFITS: Ogden Museum of Southern Art EVENT INFO.: The annual gala will celebrate “Entwined” and the museum’s spring exhibition series. In addition, there will be music from the city’s top musicians and DJs; complimentary dishes and desserts; full open bars; a dance party; and a silent auction featuring contemporary Southern artists. TICKETS: $150-$2,500/Ticket LOCATION: Ogden Museum of Southern Art CONTACT: 539-9604, OgdenMuseum.org/magnoliaball
THIRD ANNUAL SOIRÉE DE LUMIERE BENEFITS: Lighthouse Louisiana EVENT INFO.: This evening will begin with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated, gourmet dinner, including the surprise Dans Le Noir course. In addition there will be silent and live auctions, music and the evening’s events while supporting Lighthouse’s 105-year mission of empowering people with disabilities through services, employment and advocacy. TICKETS: $500/Ticket LOCATION: Arnaud’s Restaurant’s Count’s Ballroom CONTACT: 899-4501
EVENT INFO.: This event is the culmination of a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research and patient support services among a group of dedicated local business leaders. Candidates and their teams, comprised of family and friends, work to raise funds. The man and woman who raise the most funds by the end of the ten weeks is awarded the prestigious title of New Orleans Man or Woman of the Year. TICKETS: $2,500/Table of 10 LOCATION: The National WWII Museum CONTACT: 758-3218, mwoy.org/nola
ART IN BLOOM 2020 | BEAUTY, INGENUITY, AND TRADITION PRESENTED BY IBERIABANK BENEFITS: New Orleans Museum of Art EVENT INFO.: For four days NOMA will showcase spectacular floral designs created by more than 100 garden clubs, floral designers and creative talents from across New Orleans. This year’s theme will bring together exhibitors from New Orleans and beyond to celebrate the diverse artistic cultures that animate our history. Events will include a Patron and Preview Party on the 25th; a lecture series on the 26th featuring celebrated women’s fashion designer Tanya Taylor of Tanya Taylor Clothing, and legendary floral designer and event planner Lewis Miller of Lewis Miller Design; and a luncheon and fashion show featuring looks from Taylor’s collection presented by Tanya Taylor Clothing and SOSUSU. TICKETS: Various LOCATION: NOMA CONTACT: 658-412, NOMA.org
MAN & WOMAN OF THE YEAR GRAND FINALE GALA BENEFITS: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
LARK IN THE PARK BENEFITS: Friends of City Park EVENT INFO.: The premier party in the park, this fundraiser will feature live music and entertainment; silent and live auctions; raffles; and festive food and libations. Proceeds from
this year’s party will benefit new technology and enhancements for “Celebration in the Oaks.” TICKETS: $75/Party Flock (under 35) Ticket; $90/Member Ticket; $100/ Ticket LOCATION: New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park CONTACT: 483-9376
MR. LEGS XX BENEFITS: Bridge House / Grace House EVENT INFO.: One of BHGH’s largest fundraisers, this event features male contestants who show a little leg for charity. As a parody of a beauty pageant, Mr. Legs contestants don costumes and perform on stage for a few minutes each, entertaining the crowd. Contestants solicit funds before and during the event; the title of “Mr. Legs” is awarded to the contestant that raises the most money. Prizes are also awarded for 1st and 2nd Runner Up. Celebrity Judges select winners from various categories such as: Best Costume, Sexiest Legs, Hairiest, Skinniest Legs and Best Performance. The event also features complimentary food from local restaurants, a silent auction and a raffle. An open bar is available to all guests and VIP ticket holders have an open bar in the VIP area only. TICKETS: $50/Ticket in Advance; $65/Ticket at Door; $100/VIP Ticket LOCATION: Generations Hall CONTACT: 821-7134, BridgeHouse. org/events/mr-legs
“OPENING NIGHT PARTY FOR TROILUS AND CRESSIDA” BENEFITS: The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane EVENT INFO.: Patrons, special guests and the cast and crew of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane will celebrate the festival’s 27th season immediately after
the performance. TICKETS: $75/Ticket LOCATION: Lupin Hall Theatre, Tulane University CONTACT: 865-5105, NewOrleansShakespeare.org
July 30-August 2
THE NEW ORLEANS ANTIQUES FORUM BENEFITS: The Historic New Orleans Collection EVENT INFO.: This event provides attendees the opportunity to learn from the best in antique decorative arts. Each year the four-day program brings scholars and experts from around the world to present entertaining and engaging talks on topics such as porcelain, glassware, New Orleans-made silver, paintings and more. Topics also include practical sessions on living with antiques. Optional events, such as a day-trip excursion, house museum tours, courtyard receptions and a Sunday jazz brunch are also available. Registration opens Monday, June 8. TICKETS: $300+/Registration LOCATION: The Historic New Orleans Collection Chartres Street Campus CONTACT: 523-4662, HNOC.org/antiques
“HANCOCK WHITNEY WHITE LINEN NIGHT” BENEFITS: Contemporary Arts Center EVENT INFO.: This annual event gives art lovers the opportunity to explore specially curated exhibitions of local, regional and internationally renowned artists at more than 20 of New Orleans’ finest galleries and arts institutions, including the Contemporary Arts Center, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the National WWII Museum. The Julia Street block party also features cuisine and cocktails from more than 30 local restaurants and vendors, and is free and open to the public. The celebration will continue at the “Hancock Whitney
White Linen, After Dark” official after-party at the CAC. TICKETS: Free/Julia Street Block Party; $20/CAC After Dark Ticket LOCATION: 900 Camp Street & 300-700 blocks of Julia Street CONTACT: 528-3805, CACNO.org
“2020: A SPACE ODYSSEY” BENEFITS: National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana EVENT INFO.: The Kidney Foundation is heading on an intergalactic journey through the cosmos and wants you to come along for the ride. The extraterrestrial brunch will feature a specialty welcome cocktail, appetizers, an open bar and interstellar desserts from New Orleans’ chefs and restaurants. Other festivities include DJs, a live feed photo booth, dancing, a live auction, a punch wall and more. TICKETS: $75-$7,500/Ticket LOCATION: Hyatt Regency CONTACT: 861-4500, KidneyLA. org/2020-a-space-odyssey
35TH ANNUAL CRIMESTOPPERS GNO AWARDS LUNCHEON BENEFITS: Crimestoppers EVENT INFO.: This annual luncheon will honor community and business leaders, law enforcement and media that work to fight crime in our community. TICKETS: $125/Ticket; Sponsorships Available LOCATION: New Orleans Marriott CONTACT: 837-8477, CrimestoppersGNO.org
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SIP SIP HOORAY! FOR CASA JEFFERSON – A WINE AND SPIRITS FUNDRAISER
BENEFITS: Next Generation Ministries EVENT INFO.: Next Generation Clubs give teens opportunities to meet mentors and discover their potential. This gala will celebrate students and explore how God works through his people to accomplish his purposes. TICKETS: N/A LOCATION: Hyatt Regency CONTACT: 885-0980
ZOO-TO-DO FOR KIDS PRESENTED BY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NEW ORLEANS BENEFITS: Audubon Zoo EVENT INFO.: This family-style festival for all ages features live musical entertainment, singalong groups for kids, interactive games, arts and crafts, a Toddler Area, kid-approved food and drink, giant inflatables, arcade games, opportunities to meet the animals, magicians, face painters and more. TICKETS: $25+/Ticket LOCATION: Audubon Zoo CONTACT: Events. AudubonNatureInstitute.org/ztdk
BENEFITS: CASA Jefferson Inc. EVENT INFO.: This event will include a wine tasting; bourbon, rum, vodka and gin tastings; small bites; both live and silent auctions; and live music. Spirits will be provided by Seven Three Distilling Co. and wine will be provided by Artisan Fine Wines. This event is CASA Jefferson’s primary fundraiser ,which will help raise funds to ensure that they can continue to provide quality advocacy for every abused and or neglected child in need in Jefferson Parish. TICKETS: $150/Ticket LOCATION: Fulton Alley CONTACT: 533-8757, CasaJefferson.org/sip-sip-hooray-casajeff
COCHON COTILLION XXIV BENEFITS: Bridge House / Grace House EVENT INFO.: Join BHGH at the first “unofficial” ball of the 2021 Carnival Season. Guests will don their best costumes and tackiest attire and join King Bill Metcalf and Queen Karen DeBlieux for an evening of festivities, including the music of ELS and Mike Morris, the Cochon Cotillion mini-parade, fare from local restaurants, an open bar, a large silent auction and a raffle. TICKETS: $100/Ticket; $150/Patron Party Ticket LOCATION: Mardi Gras CONTACT: 821-7134, BridgeHouse. org/events/cochon-cotillion
INAUGURAL IMAGINATION GALA BENEFITS: Ochsner Health System EVENT INFO.: Funds Mardi Gras World will be transformed into a magical space that will feature upscale cuisine, libations, special presentations, games, dancing to the sounds of Big Blast and the Party Masters and much more. Proceeds from the gala will help support the Pediatric Innovations Fund, which are used to meet the hospital’s greatest needs, including patient therapy, medical play and research. TICKETS: $125+/Ticket LOCATION: Mardi Gras World CONTACT: Ochsner.org/ imaginationgala
* All information compiled from submissions to St. Charles Avenue on or before April 15.
St. Charles Avenue’s
Weddings St. Charles Avenue magazine is delighted to present its 17th compendium of our curated selection of locals’ weddings. We all know that we’re living in interesting times, but 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. By Megan Holt
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Boasso + Duplantier
Recently graduated architect Hunter Chase Duplantier was having a going away party for a friend at his house when some of his guests introduced him to a friend they had brought, Adrienne Michel Boasso. She was focused on working on her real estate license and he was focused on working on a house, so neither of them focused on the other. A few months later they ran into each other at Tipitina’s, and soon Hunter invited Adrienne on a group social bike ride with mutual friends. Still keeping it casual, their first date was chicken wings and daiquiris. They quickly realized their shared loved for chicken wings, which resulted in their second date for wings (and Vietnamese) at Tan Dinh on the Westbank. To this day it’s one of their favorite date nights. Four years later, Adrienne and Hunter spent the Friday before Mardi Gras in the French Quarter before Hunter made his way meet up with his brothers for their ride in the Hermes parade. Knowing where Adrienne would be standing for the parade, Hunter planned the ultimate surprise – he hopped off the float and proposed right there on the parade route! After a proposal at such a signature New Orleans celebration, it was only
fitting that the rehearsal dinner take place on a signature New Orleans street – Magazine Street, location of the restaurant Coquette. Coquette created two signature cocktails, a vodka cocktail for Adrienne and a bourbon cocktail for Hunter. They also had a case of wine with labels customized with an engagement photo featuring their dog, Winnie. Cocktails and wine in hand, guests sat down to enjoy a meal served mostly family-style. Following the dinner, they chose from two desserts, a chocolate pudding and popcorn dish or the Ile Flottante. Coquette, with its refined casual atmosphere, was the first of three venues that reflected the couple’s style. The second was the ceremony location, St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church. The architecture spoke for itself and the minute Adrienne and Hunter walked they just knew it was perfect. They could envision their entire wedding day, which took place on March 7, 2020. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests were off to the third venue, Felicity Church, for the reception. From the bubbles and champagne wall at the entrance, to the personally curated candy bar, to the
architecture-themed guest book, to the series of family photos featuring those who couldn’t attend the celebration, every little nook and cranny of Felicity added to the ambiance and described the couple’s personality. Joel Catering created a menu focused on sophisticated yet approachable quick grab dishes. Favorite items included blue crab beignet hors d’oeuvres, potato gratin, fried chicken and honey butter cornbread. In keeping with lighthearted atmosphere, the couple chose Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” as the song for their first dance. As they danced, the two couldn’t help but wonder what their parents had in store for them. With only “sand and drinks with little umbrellas” as their guideline, Adrienne and Hunter’s parents gifted them a surprise honeymoon. They found out the morning before leaving that they were heading to Isla Palenqua, a remote jungle island off the coast of Panama. Isla Palenqua is a 400-acre private island with eight casitas, seven beaches and free-flowing piña coladas. They enjoyed relaxing on the island and exploring the Casco Viejo neighborhood in Panama City for a few days before returning
home to New Orleans. When not at their home in Bayou St. John, Hunter works as an architect and Adrienne is a realtor with RE/MAX N.O. Properties. RECEPTION DÉCOR: Royal Events COORDINATOR: Girls In Black Events CELEBRANT: Rev. Msgr. Frank J. Giroir CEREMONY MUSIC: St. Mary’s Assumption Music Director WEDDING GOWN: Wedding Belles BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Hayley Page from Bella Bridesmaid, Mandeville GROOM’S & GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Bonobos ENGAGEMENT RING: James Allen WEDDING BANDS: Ramsey’s on Veterans FLORIST: Sara Perez Ekanger with Antigua Floral FAVOR: Customized Koozie’s & matches from Etsy.com INVITATION: Scriptura CATERER: Joel Catering CAKE: Maple Street Bakery, Abita Springs PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristen Soileau Freeman VIDEOGRAPHER: Jody Johnston with Arbor Films HAIR: Karlie Lacoste MAKEUP: Melanie Hollander Daigle MUSIC: The Mixed Nuts
Isaacson + D’Angelo
Leigh Isaacson had recently decided to try a new dating strategy, so she joined a dating app. Her very first day on the app, she and Adam D’Angelo swiped right on each other and began talking. Adam gave Leigh a three-question quiz: Beer or liquor? Usher or R. Kelley? Fruit by the Foot or Fruit Rollups? After Leigh passed the quiz, they dove into a conversation about their love for dogs and their craving for Mike’s Pastry cannolis in Boston. They were enjoying the conversation so much that they decided to continue it in person at the Balcony Bar. Three years later, the couple was walking to their favorite coffeeshop when Adam suggested that they detour to see an art installation near the Algiers ferry. As they walked up the levee, they saw a photographer walking towards them. Adam swung Leigh around so the New Orleans skyline and river were behind them and said, “there’s no art installation. That’s our photographer and I have something to tell you.” Leigh gleefully laughed through Adam’s heartfelt proposal before saying yes! After the proposal, Adam had a day of surprises planned. First, they passed their favorite local restaurant, Tavolino, which had detailed “congratulations
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Adam and Leigh” chalkboard signs out front. Next, family and friends – some having flown in from Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. – were waiting at Congregation Coffee. After morning cocktails, the group took the ferry to the French Quarter, where they were joined by more family and friends. They ended the night at Lakeview Harbor for burgers and dancing down Frenchman Street. This festive evening with friends and family set the tone for their wedding, which combined New Orleans and Jewish traditions. The ceremony took place on November 16, 2019, at Temple Sinai, Leigh’s late grandmother’s temple. It began with a bedeken, a traditional Jewish ceremony where the groom veils the bride before the wedding. From the bedeken, they second-lined with a band to the front of the temple as guests entered for the full ceremony. Though it was the couple’s big day, one member of the wedding party stole the show – their adorable dog, Penny, who pranced down the aisle as the flower girl. Leigh and Adam were married under a chuppah decorated with flowers. As part of the ceremony, the bride and groom’s parents wrapped them in a tallit belonging to Adam’s late grandfather, who had worn it
for his bar mitzvah when he was 13. After a meaningful ceremony, the celebration continued at Generations Hall, the perfect venue to showcase their wedding band, Got Groove, and to give their guests plenty of room to dance and mingle. The couple shared their first dance to D’Angelo’s “Untitled,” chosen not only for its romantic feel, but also because the artist happens to share the newlyweds’ last name. Their favorite restaurant, Marjie’s Grill, created a menu that included charbroiled oysters, grilled mushrooms with lemongrass sambal butter, grilled gulf fish on the half shell, coal roasted sweet potatoes, marinated crab claws and much more. Driven by their love of good food, Leigh and Adam had taken a pre-wedding trip to Lyon, France, to eat at some of their bucket-list restaurants, including Maison Troisgros and Restaurant Paul Bocuse. Because they had already taken a trip, Leigh wasn’t expecting a honeymoon, but Adam surprised her with a weekend at Harry Potter World in Orlando. They live in McDonoghville, Gretna, where Leigh is CEO and CoFounder of Dig– The Dog Person’s Dating App and Adam is a Financial Analyst at Entergy’s Keystring Labs.
REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Cochon RECEPTION DÉCOR: Element Event Rentals COORDINATOR: Christie Chopin with Mise En Place Events CELEBRANT: Cantor Joel Coleman CEREMONY MUSIC: Vermilion Strings violin, cello and piano WEDDING GOWN: Kate McDonald, Unbridaled, Austin, Texas VEIL: BHLDN WEDDING SHOES: M4D3 BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Azazie GROOM’S ATTIRE: Suit – Theory, Shoes – Thom Browne, Tie – Commes de Garçon GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: TheBlackTux.com ENGAGEMENT RING: Adler’s BRIDE’S WEDDING BAND: Provided by her maternal grandmother, Mary Hall GROOM’S WEDDING BAND: Adler’s FLORIST: Leaf + Petal FAVOR: Embroidered Kippahs with wedding information, personalized totes from Uniforms by Logo Express on the Westbank and dog walking/sitting credits from app Rover INVITATION: Scriptura CATERER: Marjie’s Grill WEDDING CAKE: Shake Sugary PHOTOGRAPHER: Sophie Berard VIDEOGRAPHER: Montoto Productions HAIR: Ringletts Salon for Curly Hair MAKEUP: About Face of New Orleans MUSIC: Got Goove NOLA and Vermilion Strings
Zaccaro + Perrilliat
Spring festival season in New Orleans is always a great time to casually meet friends of friends, which is exactly what happened when Gracia Maria Zaccaro Chavarria and Jean Paul Perrilliat met through mutual friends at Wednesday at the Square. When Jean Paul learned that Gracia was from Honduras, they immediately began talking about the country’s landscape and culture. They enjoyed themselves so much that they made plans to attend Greek Fest, followed by Jean’s Paul’s cousin’s 30th birthday party. After that first date, they soon became a couple. Two years later, during Christmas 2018, the two finally had the chance to visit Gracia’s home country together. They began the trip on the Caribbean island of Roatan and made their way to Tela, Gracia’s hometown on the north coast of Honduras. Unbeknownst to Gracia, Jean Paul planned to propose while in Tela and had enlisted the help of her younger brother, Roberto, to capture the moment. On the second to last day of the trip, the couple set off for the beach resort of La Ensenada. Roberto, hiding behind a palm tree, took some wonderful photographs as they made their way
to the resort’s main pier overlooking the Bay of Tela. The sunset reflecting off the bay set the scene for the perfect proposal, and as Jean Paul and Gracia enjoyed the view Roberto got in place and set up for the perfect shot. He captured the moment when Jean Paul pulled the ring out of his jeans pocket and asked Gracia to be his wife, as well as the moment when she joyfully said yes! Gracia had grown up vacationing in Antigua, Guatamala, with her late grandmother, and she had always wanted to get married in a place that had such special memories. The couple began planning a destination wedding inspired by the flavors and culture of Antigua. The celebration began Thursday, December 5, 2019, with welcome cocktails on the rooftop terrace of a former Spanish colonial home. The candlelit rehearsal dinner took place on Friday at the 18th-century Convento las Capuchinas, where guests enjoyed authentic Guatemalan specialties while a Marimba band played in the background. The next day, December 7, 2019, Gracia walked down the aisle of Capilla Nuestra Señora del Rosario, which is situated on the ruins of a 16th century Dominican monastery. There
they were married in a nuptial mass celebrated by Padre Luis Fernando Rios. The Capilla (chapel) is part of Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, where guests stayed and where the reception also took place. Gracia and Jean Paul, who had seen the Rolling Stones in New Orleans a few months before the wedding, walked into their reception to the band’s “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” That upbeat song set the tone for a festive evening made all the more merry by the evening’s signature cocktail, Zacapa on the rocks. Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, which was bedecked with white roses and eucalyptus, created a delectable menu, and guests enjoyed dancing until 3 a.m. to the sounds of Los Engañosos. Guests were touched by the couple’s decision to donate to Mier Callejas, a nursing home in Tela, in lieu of wedding favors. After an unforgettable wedding, the
newlyweds took a honeymoon trip to the island of Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. They chose Guadeloupe because it reminded them of home – its Creole culture, architecture and history bear striking similarities to New Orleans. They then returned to New Orleans, were both are employed by Tulane University. COORDINATOR: Muckay Ixcamparij CEREMONY MUSIC: String quartet BRIDE’S WEDDING BAND: Family heirloom GROOM’S WEDDING BAND: Allianz ring FLORIST: Antonio Valle. Hotel Santo Domingo’s exclusive florists INVITATION: GEM printing CATERER: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo WEDDING CAKE: Sofia Cobian PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER: Auguro Weddings HAIR: Sharon Gaitan MAKEUP: Sofia Villagran
Bridal Gowns Pearl’s Place 3114 Severn Ave., Metairie 504.885.9213 PearlsPlace.com
For 50 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!
Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture 3528 Magazine St., New Orleans 504.417.9751 DarkGarden.com
Since 1989, Dark Garden’s designers have worked closely with clients to create one-of-a-kind ensembles which reflect each individual’s personal style and taste. Their new Signature Separates collection now adds striking pre-designed pairings to their corset line, world renowned for quality, beauty, and comfort.
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Sapphire Events 504.383.4376 SapphireEvents.com Valerie Gernhauser, owner and principal designer at Sapphire Events, is celebrating nine years in business this year. She continues to serve local couples in bringing their wedding day dreams to life, with her process-driven design, excellent taste, and forward-thinking solutions. Valerie says, “The party starts with us!”
Spera Special Events 504.452.6761 SperaSpecialEvents.com “I value a symbiotic relationship between planner and client. I offer guidance, creativity and logistical solutions in pursuit of a stress-free, and fun planning experience. My aesthetic emphasizes understated elegance that showcases the personality and charm of New Orleans. Let me take care of the planning so you can enjoy the party!” -Mary Spera, Owner
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.
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Custom Invitations Gem Printing 1904 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 504.834.9580 GemPrinting.com
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!
Men’s Formalwear John’s Tuxedos 3200 Houma Blvd., Metairie 504.455.5353 JohnsTuxedos.com Since 1984, John’s Tuxedos has offered one of the widest selections of men’s tuxedos, suits and formalwear accessories in the greater New Orleans area. They are happy to help with your upcoming wedding. All of their inventory is in stock and alterations are always done on site.
Venues for Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners & Special Events
Chateau Golf & Country Club
August Restaurant 301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans 504.299.9777 RestaurantAugust.com August is located in a historic 19th century French-Creole 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 an upscale and unique experience while accommodating a large party.
Chateau Golf & Country Club 3600 Chateau Blvd., Kenner 504.467.1351 ChateauGCC.com 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.
JW Marriott New Orleans 614 Canal St., (Driveway Entrance on 611 Common St.), New Orleans 504.527.6724 JWMarriottNewOrleans.com
JW Marriott New Orleans
Whether it’s a reception for 500 in the beautiful Ile de France Grand Ballroom, or an inside/ outside reception for 90 in their eighth-floor hospitality suites and terraces overlooking iconic Canal Street, JW Marriott New Orleans can offer the perfect room for any special event.
Pat O’Brien’s Pat O’Brien’s – Private Events 504.561.1200 PatOBriensPrivateEvents.com ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ with one of New Orleans’ most iconic establishments! Visit Pat O’s On the River in The French Quarter or Pat O’Brien’s Briars Suite on Bourbon Street for a private event experience like no other in the city.
Windsor Court Hotel 300 Gravier St., New Orleans 504.596.4787 WindsorCourtHotel.com/Weddings Windsor Court’s timeless elegance sets the stage for unforgettably romantic weddings. With stunning views of the New Orleans skyline and Mississippi River, crystal chandeliers, marble archways and unique artwork, each ballroom offers an unparalleled backdrop. From rehearsal to reception, dedicated planners coordinate every detail, including customized catering, decorations and vendor referrals.
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Wedding Dress Cleaning Liberto Cleaners Multiple locations 504.897.2161 LibertoCleaners.com
Liberto prides themselves in restoring and preserving all of your delicate memories with the highest magnitude of quality and detail. Heirlooming your wedding dress includes consultation, hand cleaning and pressing, and placing your dress in a specially constructed box. Gowns are stuffed with white acid-free tissue paper to prevent wrinkles.
Wedding Resources The Event Glossary a z event company EVENTGLOSSARY.COM A simple approach that is an affordable option! Be your own planner? With The Event Glossary, it’s that easy! Whether you’re a novice or professional, our web based planning company 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!
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S N A P S H OT S By Marie Gabriel
1. New Orleans Adult Education Center 1969 graduates Sandra O’Neal, Paulette Dunams Robertson, Shirley Rondendo and Dorothy Payton attended a reunion at the Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center, just blocks from the historic institution’s former home at 431 Exchange Place. 2. Melissa Smith, Julian Buenger, Jeff Geoffrey and Keith Plessy attended a reunion for the students of the New Orleans Adult Education Center, a small vocational school founded in 1965 to train mostly black, underemployed women to become the first secretaries who would go on to integrate the all-white businesses of the city. The school caused much controversy and was shut down in 1972, but succeeded in placing 94 percent of its total of 431 graduates in jobs with salaries above the national average. 3. Carol Morton presented Phillip Youmans with a Key to the City of New Orleans, during the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival. Youmans, a 19-year-old New Orleans native, directed the film Burning Cane, which was screened at the festival. 4. The film team of the Easy Does It posed together on the New Orleans Film Festival’s Red Carpet ahead of the film’s world premiere on October 18, 2019. 5. Fred and Micheline VanDenburgh attended a Tiffany Circle Social held at the home of Frank and Paulette Stewart in October 2019 to benefit the influential female donor group, dedicated to the Red Cross mission. 6. Paul and Carrie Dennis at Frank and Paulette Stewart’s home in October 2019 for a Tiffany Circle Social. Guests were treated to first-hand Red Cross stories from Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Regional CEO Joshua Joachim and Divisional Vice President Anna Trefethen.
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Dr. Lana Joseph Founder and CEO, High Level Speech and Hearing Center By Lindsay Mack
At the High Level Speech and Hearing Center, over 25,000 patients received help with their speech and hearing issues in the past three years alone. By treating and diagnosing speech, hearing and dizziness disorders, the center helps people across the city safeguard their health. A conversation with the High Level Speech and Hearing Center’s Founder and CEO Dr. Lana Joseph shows this physician has a personal interest in the hearing health of others. As a child, Dr. Joseph received speech therapy for speech and hearing issues. “After three months of speech therapy, I experienced a transformation; not just physically, but also emotionally,” says Dr. Joseph. “Following that step to receive treatment and noticing a change in myself, I became determined to help others who face the same issue.” To fulfill this goal, Dr. Joseph and the High Level Speech and Hearing Center’s team provide many outreach programs in addition to their in-house offerings. For instance, their mobile health services give the staff a way to test for potential hearing issues at daycare centers, schools, businesses and nursing homes. Anyone is invited to schedule the mobile health team to drop by their organization. Plus, the center provides help for specialized issues as well.
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Additional treatments offered at the High Level Speech and Hearing Center include fall prevention and therapy, care for balance disorders and dizziness, and even a musician’s clinic designed to keep hearing and vocal chords in top shape. In addition, Dr. Joseph advocates making hearing health a priority for everybody. “I wish people knew of the importance of having annual tests completed and monitoring your speech and hearing,” says Dr. Joseph. “We always think
of our physical health, but ignore signs that we should see a provider that specializes in hearing and speech services.” Keeping up with hearing tests now may even help prevent more problems down the line. Going forward, Dr. Joseph hopes to bring these hearing, speech and dizziness treatment options to even more communities. “I am exploring the idea of branching out to other cities and possibly other states, where we can offer our services to the communities that may not have
access to hearing and speech services,” says Dr. Joseph. Hopefully in the near future, even more people can benefit from the care and treatment from the team at High Level Speech and Hearing Center. ✦
➺ Get Involved To learn more, call 267-8929 or visit HighLevelHearingNola.com.
Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin Body Health
504.888.2829 | 985.727.7676 SkinBodyHealth.com BUY ONE GET ONE – Botox for Moms and Daughters. Call now – only 100 available! Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin Body Health is the South’s hallmark Anti-Aging institute. With a special certification in AntiAging and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Burkenstock’s goal is to help everyone achieve beautiful skin and fabulous health for life. Dr. Burkenstock personally performs all laser and cosmetic procedures
Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture
Who says shapewear can’t be beautiful and comfortable? Visit Dark Garden for the finest in luxury corsets, loungewear, apparel, and accoutrements. Ready-to-wear corsets start at $395, bespoke pieces from $1,750. Cupid underbust corset in Signature red silk satin from $745.
Dr. Sean Weiss Facial Plastic Surgery 504.814.3223 SeanWeissMD.com/ SaintCharlesAvenue
Keep Mom looking her best with a gift card from facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Sean Weiss. This month, buy a $100 gift card and get $10 free! Call the office to ask about special offers for St. Charles Avenue readers!
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Louisiana Custom Closets 504.835.3188 | 985.871.0810 LouisianaCustomClosets.com
Let experienced designers help you bring ideas to life to create the perfect organizational spaces for your home in your closet, pantry, garage or utility room.Professional installation crews and office staff deliver world-class service to every installation, at an extremely competitive price. Call for a free estimate!
Help mom spring into spring with this gorgeous gown. Pearl’s Place is swooning over the threedimensional floral detail. Perfect for upcoming weddings, galas, and special events. Gift cards available.
GLENNDA BACH TOP PRODUCING AGENT AT LATTER & BLUM Diamond Award Winner OVER $185,000,000 SOLD FROM 2014-2019
GBachLB@gmail.com | (504) 583-2792 SOLD 818 St. Charles Ave. 625 Dauphine St. 600 Port of New Orleans, 14F 525 Iona St. 17 Farnham Place 201 Avenue E 700 S. Peters St. 1432 Third St. 600 Port of New Orleans 425 Notre Dame 1413 Octavia St. 600 Port of New Orleans, 9 E/F 1214 Nashville Ave. 711 Tchoupitoulas St. 333 N. Diamond St. 600 Port of New Orleans, 15E 91 English Turn 315 Iona St. 1220 Second St. 2708 Coliseum St. 600 Port of New Orleans, 15B 1717 Coliseum St. 923 Henry Clay 600 Port of New Orleans, 10H 600 Port of New Orleans, GA
Sequoia Outdoor Supply
504.837.3300 SequoiaOutdoorSupply.com Sequoia makes it easy for Mom to spend more time outdoors with family. With a variety of pergola and pavilion kits and the option to create a custom structure, they have the perfect additions to transform your backyard.
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The Spa at Windsor Court
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The Spa at Windsor Court is a destination to unplug and breathe. Indulge mom this Mother’s Day with a gift card to the Spa at Windsor Court. Locals discount available Monday-Thursday.
Latter & Blum, Inc. | 200 Broadway St., #142 | New Orleans, LA (504) 866-2785 | Licensed in Louisiana License #57937
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PROPERTIES ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS
Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211
www.EleanorFarnsworth.com 620 Ursulines Avenue.........SOLD................$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 1 Garden Lane...............................................$4,750,000 3711 St. Charles Avenue................................$4,599,500 16 Audubon Place .............. SOLD ...............$4,500,000 295 Walnut Street ............... SOLD ...............$3,990,000 1649 Joseph Street .............. SOLD ...............$3,700,000 8 La Salle Place .................. SOLD ...............$3,650,000 2507 Prytania Street............SOLD............... $3,250,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue .....SOLD ...............$3,000,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue................................$2,995,000 525 Madison Street............. SOLD ...............$2,800,000 1 Brady Island Lane......................................$2,705,000 1560 Henry Clay Avenue......SOLD...............$2,575,000 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...........SOLD................$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 1514 Valmont Street.......................................$2,150,000 1308 Nashville Avenue........SOLD................$2,100,000 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
2600 Gay Lynn Drive .................................... $1,650,000 1732-34 Palmer Avenue.......SOLD................$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street.......... SOLD ............... $1,625,000 1233 Second Street.............. SOLD ............... $1,600,000 576 Audubon Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,595,000 915 Henry Clay Avenue......SOLD.................$1,590,000 The Garage Condos........................$664,300-$1,486,975 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.....SOLD....$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 ............... $1,295,000 234 Brockenbraugh Court...SOLD...............$1,295,000 1620 Fourth 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 ............... $1,250,000 571 Audubon Street ............ SOLD ............... $1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ............... SOLD ............... $1,220,000 1839 Calhoun Street............SOLD................$1,199,000 3803 Camp Street................SOLD................$1,195,000 397 Holden Rd, Poplarville, MS...................$1,100,000 1002 Webster Street....................................... $1,050,000 1311 Valmont Street..........................................$950,000 21431 Bobs Road, Long Beach, MS................ $850,000
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Angelo Brocato How Italian-style ice cream became a New Orleans institution By Seale Paterson
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only altar in New Orleans to do so. Starting on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, the artistic tower of breads and sweets was accompanied by sales of green ice cream and spumoni to the throngs of Irish that flooded in. The general public came on the 18th, and then for the last day – St. Joseph’s Day – the Italians pushed in for their Italian seed cookies, spumoni and casseta.
Brocato’s moved to their current Mid-City location in 1979. Located at 214 N. Carrollton Ave., it retains its old Italian feel while also providing more space to expand their wholesale and retail business. Locals and tourists both come in for fresh-to-order cannolis, gelato, ices and pastries, as well as take-home whole cakes and party treats. ✦
As Brocato’s gained success, they moved to a larger location at 617 Ursulines Ave., where they were able create a shop that reflected the more elegant style of the Italian shops in which Angelo had learned his trade. Photographed at the Ursulines shop are his wife and two sons, c. 1960.
IMAGE APPEARS COURTESY OF: THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION, GIFT OF DR. ABBYE A. GORIN.
Angelo Brocato immigrated to New Orleans from Sicily in the early 1900s, following a long apprenticeship at an ice cream and pastries parlor in Paloma. He opened his own shop in the French Quarter, introducing New Orleans to Italian-style ice cream. The first flavor he debuted was torroncino: vanilla gelato with cinnamon and almonds. Following soon after was granita al limone, more simply known as lemon ice. Both flavors are still very popular today. In 1928, Brocato’s presented a new dessert to New Orleans: Alkeno Ice Cream. Angelo received a US patent for Akeno on April 24, 1929, which guaranteed him exclusive rights to the name and dish, which was advertised as “ice cream with fruit built in the middle of it. … A refreshing and delicious dish ideal for serving at parties and bridge games.” It was a popular dish for decades. When Angelo died in 1946, his widow and children took over the business, expanding it and growing their customer base by placing their packaged ice creams and cookies at local grocers and restaurants. In the 1960s, the St. Joseph’s Day Altar at Brocato’s became so well attended that they decided to host it for three days – the