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(Standing left to right) “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chairman Michele Reynoir, President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute Ron Forman, “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” Chairman Julie Habetz and (seated left to right) Vice President, Gulf of Mexico Business Unit of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company C. Mike Illanne and President and CEO of Hancock Holding Company Carl J. Chaney for the 2014 “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and “Zoo-To-Do for Kids.”

on the cover

Gracing the cover this month are the who’s who of the most anticipated event of the spring: “Whitney Zoo-To-Do.” C. Mike Illane, Vice President of Gulf of Mexico Business Unit of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company and Carl J. Chaney, President and CEO of Hancock Holding Company invite you to join the gala with Michele T. Reynoir, “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chairman, Ron Forman, President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute and Julie B. Habetz, “Zoo-To-Do for Kids.” This year’s “Whitney Zoo-To-Do Patron Party and Gala,” Friday, May 2, promises to be a night to remember. The evening will feature headline entertainment by Atlanta’s popular dance band, Party on the Moon, its usual sought-after food and cocktails, as well as a silent auction with sports packages, fabulous getaways, and a luxury vehicle raffle featuring an IS250 donated by LEXUS of New Orleans. Both “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” and “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” will raise funds for Gator Run, Audubon Zoo’s new lazy river. The first expansion of the popular planned water park, Cool Zoo Splash Park, the lazy river will include a gentle seven-minute float along a Cypress forest complete with bridges, water cannons, relaxing beaches and a way to see the zoo from a new point of view. To learn more and to purchase tickets, call 861-6160 or visit and n Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to Stephanie M. Vega, Manager of “Zoo-To-Do” Events, for all of her assistance. | 1


features 22 Tangoing Through the Night

The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation celebrated 23 years of the “Azucar Ball.”

24 Rallying for Research Ochsner Health System raised funds for its Cancer

Institute at its inaugural “Moonlight and Miracles Gala.”

26 Artistic Exclamations


“Just Say YAYA!” highlighted artists while raising funds for its programs.

28 An Affair to Remember

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosted “A Vintage Affair for MS.”

30 It Pays to Pay It Forward

The “Alexis de Tocqueville Gala” honored Gary and Mary Ann Ostroske.

32 Savvy for St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew’s Village celebrated its annual “A ‘SAV-VY’ Affair.”

34 Under the Holiday Lights

“Celebration in the Oaks’” preview parties.

36 Carrying the Torch


The Anti-Defamation League’s “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner” began its second century.

38 Chefs Choice

The March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary with its 29th “Signature Chefs Gala.”

40 Gifting for the Holidays

The Ladies Leukemia League celebrated children, donors and more at “Fête de Nöel.”

43 This Spring Be Bold

Dare to pair prints with textures like loose sweaters and bring out statement jewelry. Color is everywhere; spring has sprung!

53 French Quarter Adventures

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See, eat & sleep New Orleans’ most famous neighborhood

57 Courts of Carnival


in every issue 8

A Note From Bev

10 Cruisin’ the Crescent 12 Skin Deep 7 Habits of Fabulous Hair: Step-by-step guides for


getting the hair you have to be the hair you want

14 Kids Play Rediscovering City Park 16 What’s Hot Accessories 18 On the Menu

Craving Crawfish?: Antoine’s Chef Michael Regua serves up his Crawfish Cardinal

20 The Dish

Fishing Expedition: Learning to love the whole fish

74 Bev Entertaining The Party of the Year

78 With This Ring

Moss – Baker

80 Young Bloods


Help Free An Angel: Johana Maison, Executive Director

81 Student Activist

Laurie Gundlach: Academy of the Sacred Heart

82 Shop Talk

Bra Genie Fitting Salon: Jeanne “Genie” Emory, Owner

83 Shop Talk

Mullin Landscape Associates: Chase Mullin, President

84 Snapshots 88 Schooldays Snapshots 96 Nostalgia The Wonderwall: A half-mile long stationary Mardi Gras.

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New Orleans’ definitive social magazine april 2014 / Volume 17 / Issue 11

Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Beauty Columnist Cat Wall Aschaffenburg Society Columnist Shelby Westfeldt Mills Associate Editors Haley Adams, Lauren LaBorde, Melanie Warner Spencer web Editor Lauren LaBorde Interns Kristen Himmelberg, Lexi Wangler advertising SENIOR Account Executive Maegan O’Brien (504) 830-7219,

Account Executive Brittany Brady (504) 830-7248,

Sales Assistant Erin Azar, Jenni Buckley Production/Web Manager Staci McCarty Production Designer Antoine Passelac Administration Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND EVENTS Kristi Ferrante Distribution Manager Christian Coombs Subscriptions Erin Duhe (504) 830-7231

A Publication of Renaissance Publishing, LLC Printed in USA 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 123 Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 828-1380 The entire contents of this magazine are copyrighted by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, © 2014 with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. St. Charles Avenue is not responsible for photos or artwork and assumes that all releases have been cleared upon submission to the magazine. St. Charles Avenue is published monthly by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 123, Metairie, La. 70005, (504) 828-1380. It is the policy of this magazine to employ people on the basis of their qualifications and with assurance of equal opportunity and treatment regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or handicap.

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events APRIL 4 37th annual “Julia Jump,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, 581-7032

Spring Has Sprung It is spring and we’re gearing up for the “Whitney Zoo-To-Do,” Friday May 2 and the “Zoo-To-Do for Kids,” April 25! Michele Reynoir promises an unforgettable evening filled with elegance and fun on May 2. There will be a great silent auction with sports packages, fabulous getaways and a raffle of a luxury vehicle IS250 donated by LEXUS of New Orleans. All proceeds will go to a new exhibit, Gator Run! Thanks to our cover models who are instrumental in making this new exhibit a reality, along with all of you who attend this fabulous black tie event: C. Mike Illane, Vice President, Gulf of Mexico, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company; Carl J. Chaney, President and CEO, Hancock Holding Company; Michele Reynoir, “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” Chairman; Ron Forman, President and CEO,

Audubon Nature Institute; and Julie Habetz, “Zoo-To-Do for Kids” Chairman. To purchase tickets, call 861-6160, visit the zoo or buy on line ztd. Of course you can still be a patron and get special VIP treatment! Do it today! We are so proud of our second annual Courts of Carnival, so don’t miss it! For each of 15 organizations, we have the invitation or program from the ball, pictures of the King, Queen and court, and a little about each. It is a real keepsake for Mardi Gras 2014. Even though Mardi Gras was late this year, we’re so ready for spring. You will love What’s Hot for Accessories, featuring everything from sunglasses to shoes. We are also featuring spring fashion with new stylist Kate Grace Bauer – welcome aboard! She will give you the latest looks to

4 “Sentimental Journeys 2014: Night in the Gardens of Spain,” benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens, N/A 5 “St. Paul’s Speakeasy in the Big Easy,” benefiting St. Paul’s Episcopal School, 488-1319 5 15th annual “Fête Française,” benefiting Ecole Bilingue de la Nouville-Orléans, 896-4500 get you ready for all of those fundraisers coming up. A Tribute to Toussaint, a documentary on New Orleans’ own Allen Toussaint, and featuring numerous performances by special guests, will be premiered at the New Orleans Museum of Art at 7 p.m. on April 30 in conjunction with New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation SYNCUP Cinema. New Orleans is known for the French Quarter so we want to spotlight what’s newly notable in our favorite part of town. Look for what to see, and where to eat and sleep in our most famous neighborhood, and think about taking a “staycation” in your own town.

– Beverly Reese Church

I am focusing on my family as an example of volunteerism on many levels: My sister, Linda Bjork (center), a photographer, volunteers each week at NOMA and the ACS Hope Lodge, and serves as the VP of YAYA. My other sister, Marianne (left), and her husband Alan Mumford (left), owners of Landscape Images, received the 2012 Green Spirit Award from Parkway Partners. They have been instrumental with Edible Schoolyards, Latter and Nix libraries, projects in City Park, and also helped start the “Secret Garden Tour.” My brother Tom Reese (right) is the Director of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, which just received a $6.1 million anonymous gift. He also serves as President of the Arts Council. His wife, Carol (right, is the Christovich Associate Professor in the Tulane School of Architecture while serving as VP of Longue Vue. Her new book, New Orleans Under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning, will be out this May.

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5 “Wisdom Salutes Legacies,” benefiting Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center, 304-5440 5 “Hickory Dickory Rock,” benefiting Family Service of Greater New Orleans, 822-0800 5 “Cochon Cotillion XVIII,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7135 6 “Parkway Promenade: It’s a Luau,” benefiting Jefferson Beautification, Inc., 737-7583, 7 “Harvest at Home,” benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, 729-2820 10 “School House Rock,” benefiting New Orleans City Year, 561-1290 11 “2014 Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Gala,” benefiting the Tulane A.B. Freeman School of Business, 865-5306 12 “Fabergé Opus Ball,” benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, 523-6530 12 12th annual “Ezra Open,” benefiting the Better Than Ezra Foundation,” 15 “Men & Women of Fashion Prix d’Elegance Luncheon,” benefiting the New Orleans Ballet Association, CK Jenny Hamilton, 504-522-0996 extension 206, 17 “The Big Beat,” benefiting the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra,” 301-9006 23 “Project Lazarus Annual Guardian Angel Awards Gala,” 949-3609 extension 505 25 “Zoo-To-Do for Kids,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute, 861-6160

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cruisin’ the crescent

By Shelby Westfeldt mills

They call New Orleans the “Birthplace of Jazz,” and although other parts of the country may argue the definition of jazz and its origins, what was created here is one-of-akind. I became inspired to dive into the history of music in our great city after attending a luncheon benefiting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. I was absolutely blown away when two of the students performed – they were so talented! The center provides a space for young musicians to gather together and create music from different influences in their lives, which happens to be the same way jazz started. New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures from all over the world, and when you cross European horns with African drums and then throw in a little gospel music and bar tunes, you basically get jazz. The sound is unique and jubilant, and it continues to make people want to get up and dance. Another great thing about jazz is that it’s appropriate for people of all ages. Whether at a Mardi Gras ball or on the corner of Bourbon and Iberville streets, you’ll see people young and old connecting with the music and dancing. Jazz is a huge part of the celebrations in our society today. We play it to honor a life at funerals, to second-line at weddings and to rejoice at church services. Like snowflakes, no two jazz songs are alike, and once you hear those wild horns blow, everyone’s hearts beat a little faster. There is no way to explain it verbally – jazz is just something you have to hear. Like Louis Armstrong said, “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”

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New Orleans just got a little bigger with the birth of three adorable additions to our city: 1



1. William “Will” Kayser Garrison was born on February 15 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. Will weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and is now home with his parents Elizabeth and Dustin Grimes. 2. Mary Scott “Scottie” McKinnon was born January 7 and weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. She was born at Oschner Hospital to proud parents Mary Scott and Ryan McKinnon. 3. John Edward Marshall Jr. was born January 2 at Touro Hospital and weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Both baby and parents Jennifer and John Marshall are happy and healthy at home.





4. Branford Marsalis, Lauren Mastio, Anna Schaefer and Harry Connick Jr. 5. Parker Sternbergh, Rivie Cary and Julie LeCorgne 6. Frank Zumbo, Joe Blanchek, Jim Pate, Ted Selogie and Robert Bray 7. Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. playing with residents of the Musicians’ Village

Music lovers gathered at the Civic Theatre for a luncheon benefiting The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. The center, located in the heart of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village, is a state-of-the-art recording and educational facility built to help promote and protect the unique musical heritage of New Orleans. Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis served as honorary chairs of the lunch with the aide of event chair Anna Schaefer. The Catering Connection and Fleur De Lis provided a delicious meal of salad and Gulf fish followed by a desert by Bittersweet Confections. The luncheon also featured musical performances by Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, residents from the Musicians’ Village and Ellis Marsalis Center for Music students. For more information on the center, please visit

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skin deep

By Cat Wall Aschaffenburg

7 Habits of Fabulous Hair Step-by-step guides for getting the hair you have to be the hair you want No question that healthy, beautiful hair that’s strong and shiny is an attribute we can’t completely control, but it doesn’t necessarily stop us from aiming for perfection. While hair texture and type is a “no return policy” gift from your parents, those ladies that do possess perfect hair must follow certain routines and practice healthy hair habits, don’t you think? I have boiled down some of the best tips and tricks to help make 12 | St. Charles Avenue April 2014

the hair you have become the hair you want. Read for the 7 Habits of Fabulous Hair: Habit 1: Shampoo less often. Only shampoo and condition your hair every other day to two or three times a week. You could call it a secret, but it’s widely known that if you wash hair too much it dries out. If shampooing only twice a week will leave your hair an oily mess, fret not. Try only washing your hair every three days with gentle shampoos and

conditioners that don’t contain sulfates. Or your could wash it every other day but use a leave-in product which still protects it from being “dry or over-worked.” I like to sprinkle baby powder on my roots at night and by morning my hair still looks fresh. Habit 2: Switch up your products. Switching your shampoo and conditioner means hair never “gets used” to the same one. Try alternating between drugstore and salon products. Habit 3: Go easy on the brushing. Only use a comb immediately after washing hair in order to avoid knots. Then primarily use natural fiber brushes after you dry.  Habit 4: Let hair dry naturally. Shiny, healthy and strong hair doesn’t like heat and styling. Try letting your hair air-dry overnight in a bun as you sleep. When using a hair dryer, limit blow dry time to

once a week, mostly use the coolest setting or just blow dry the roots and let the ends dry naturally. Habit 5: Trim regularly. The easiest way to get rid of split ends is, of course, to just chop them off. Perhaps this is why women with perfect hair don’t have any, because most say they have their hair trimmed religiously – every three months or even every six weeks.  Habit 6: Only color hair when necessary. I am a huge advocate of only going to a professional for hair color, but if you do color your own hair then really make the effort to just color what needs to be colored. Constantly putting color on the ends of your hair will damage it and can cause it to split, break and frizz. Habit 7: Eat well and take vitamins. A healthy diet rich in vitamins and nutrients will give you gorgeous hair. n | 13

kids play

By lynne gibbons

Rediscovering City Park For generations, New Orleans families have enjoyed the beauty and charm of the towering oak trees and Spanish moss of City Park, which boasts the largest collection of mature oak trees in the world. But in the last decade, the park has experienced a transformation, securing its spot as a preeminent hub of family fun. If you have children, you’re probably already familiar with the Carousel Garden Amusement Park and Storyland. While these areas have benefitted from new rides 14 | St. Charles Avenue April 2014

and party rooms in the amusement park, and a fresh coat of beautiful, bright paint in Storyland, the major changes lie in new additions to the park that weren’t present even a year or two ago. On a recent sunny Saturday, my gang met up with my friend, Charlee Williamson, and her twin girls, Vivian and Lesley. While her girls are 3 and my oldest is 11, everybody was happy at City Park. We started our day at the new Morning Call. Seating is available inside and out. We chose the

bright red tables outside because of the beautiful view. After we had more than our share of beignets, chocolate milk and iced coffee, we took the short walk to City Putt, the 36-hole miniature golf course. New in 2013, City Putt boasts two 18-hole putt-putt courses, the New Orleans course and the Louisiana course. On the New Orleans course each hole highlights something we love about our city, while the holes on the Louisiana course are each named for a Louisiana city. You will find yourself putting for a hole-in-one steps away from colorful statues of Louis Armstrong, a Mardi Gras jester or Mr. Bingle. When the weather warms up, City Putt even has water misters to keep you cool while you go for par. Next, we headed to the other side of the landmark New Orleans Museum of Art building and found Big Lake. If you haven’t discovered Big Lake, you’re missing out on many of the unique outdoor family activities available at City Park. If you approach the pier on the east side of the fountain in Big Lake you’ll meet John, who manages the transportation options for rent – and there are many! There are cruiser, mountain and children’s bicycles available. If you’re looking for a more unique experience, however, I highly recommend the surreys – a cross between a buggy and a bicycle. The single surrey fits two adults who do the pedaling and two small children who sit in a basket across the front, similar to the way kids sit in the seat of a Mardi Gras ladder. For larger families, a double surrey that seats four adults or older children and two small children across the front is available. Once you get the hang of the hand brake, this is a wonderful way for a group friends or a family to explore the park on

your own or by following the scenic 3/4-mile path around the lake. There is no need to bring helmets for the kids, they’re provided at no additional charge with your rental. If exploring the park by water sounds more appealing, you can rent myriad water vessels for Big Lake and its connecting lagoons and bayous. Two- and four-person paddleboats are readily available, as well as single and double kayaks for the more adventurous. Romantic rides also are available in an authentic, beautiful Venetian gondola for when you leave the kids at home (reservations or prepurchase required). By this time, our troops were getting hungry for lunch, so we headed to Café NOMA. With beautiful views of the park, the restaurant is bright and modern and not only offers delicious salad and panini options for the adults, but also a great kids menu including grilled cheese and flatbread pizza. Though our time was up, our options were not. The Sculpture Garden, Train Garden and Botanical Garden will have wait. More exciting things are on the horizon for City Park. There are plans for a Splash Park slated to open in 2015, and the Louisiana Children’s Museum will call City Park home in the near future. What used to be just a wonderful place to appreciate the natural beauty that south Louisiana offers is now that, and so much more. For specific operating hours, rental procedures and prices, visit n | 15

what’s hot

by Lexi Wangler



Locals know that spring in New Orleans brings a whole lot more than just sun. With crawfish boils and a parade of festivals coming at you fast, it’s time for a little flirty fun in the Crescent City – starting with some extras to shake off the winter pains.



1. Looking for something to spruce up your man’s spring wardrobe? Accessories may be female-dominated, but this spring he doesn’t have to feel excluded with these fun polka-dot bow ties from Jaque’s Clothing for Men. Get out that linen suit and he’s good to go. Jaque’s Clothing, 4921 Freret St., 533-9330 2. Florals are always a staple for spring, and it’s even better seeing them paired with lace on these clutches from Mirabella. Prefer bigger bags? No problem: double up with a flirty floral makeup bag. Mirabella, 605 Metairie Road, Suite C, 828-3888, ShopMirabella. com 3. These comfortable flats are perfect for long days outside, from spring into summer. Bright and versatile, they go well with both casual and dressy outfits. Perfect Fit Shoes, 5525 Magazine St., 456-5993,

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select photos by cheryl gerber

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8 7 4. Bold hues with a bohemian feel are par for the course this spring – pair this versatile large turquoise necklace with a coral top and jean shorts, or a demure and simple sundress. C. Collection, 8141 Maple St., 861-5002, 5. From Feet First comes Toulouse, KREWE du Optic’s new unisex glasses for the edgy visage. In tortoiseshell, the look is a perfect complement to this spring’s flirtation with vintage and modern fusion. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 200 Metairie Road, 526 Royal St.; 899-6800, 6. Have it both ways with this unique clutch from Charlotte Olympia. Pandora’s box opens with a spider clasp, and inside is the real prize: an interchangeable inner clutch in glitter suede, black and haircalf. MIMI and CeCe Shoe, 5500 Magazine St., 269-6464, 7. Cristy Cali’s “Sugar Skull” pendant shines in sterling silver this spring, just in time for Jazz Fest. If you’re looking for a piece with a unique NOLA twist, look no further than this voodoo-inspired piece. Cristy Cali, available exclusively at select retailers and online, 377-9575, 8. Currie Swim opens its New Orleans branch on April 3, and not a moment too soon. Check out these wild beach towels in jaguar and zebra hide before you hit the pool. Currie Swim, 7611 Maple St., Suite 101A, 861-7272 | 17

on the menu

REcipe Crawfish Cardinal 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 cup green onion, chopped 1/2 cup white onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 ounce melted butter Pinch thyme Pinch basil 2 Tablespoons tomato paste 1 pound crawfish tails, steamed 16 ounces half-and-half 2-3 ounces blonde roux (equal parts butter and flour) 3-4 ounces white wine Salt and pepper to taste Sauté first four ingredients in melted butter until limp, but not brown. Add thyme, basil and paste. Then add crawfish. Cook until very hot. Add white wine and reduce until alcohol is gone. Add roux and cream. Simmer until the mixture lightly thickens, but isn’t too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4

Craving Crawfish? Antoine’s Chef Michael Regua serves up his Crawfish Cardinal 18 | St. Charles Avenue April 2014

Antoine’s 713 Saint Louis St. 581-4422

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the dish

By jyl benson

A whole pan-roasted red snapper at Toups Meatery

TRY THIS Good Eggs recently set up shop in Bywater. Started in San Francisco, the on-line co-op marketplace for products from select culinary artisans and growers works with local producers to create marketplaces to support independent local farms and food businesses. The many local foods on the site include pastry and pie from the NOLA Pie Guy, pizza dough and King Cake from Crescent Pie & Sausage and Chocolate Granola from Gracious Bakery. Good Eggs delivers for a fee and free pickup spots are scattered throughout the area.

Fishing Expedition Learning to love the whole fish I realize how pathetic this is, but I’ve caught exactly one fish in my life. I was 7 or 8 and attending the Boat Show in the Superdome with my father. Feeling sporty, I competed to catch one of the hundreds of speckled trout crowding a stocked kiddy pool. My very own

ill-fated fish bit just as the buzzer rang to end the competition. I went home with my still-live specimen in a bag of water with the intention of 20 | St. Charles Avenue April 2014

keeping it as a pet. When asked how I wanted my prize cooked, I was shocked and attempted to magpie my treasure away in the bathroom. Understandably disgusted, my father wrestled the fish away to the kitchen where he gutted it, fried it whole and delivered it – whole – to the table. The resulting trauma was long and profound.

Why lie? I am a weenie and I’ve spent my life with blinders on, doing all of my hunting and gathering at Rouses and Langenstein’s. Just days after chef Michael Gulotta opened MoPho in Mid-City my daughter, Cecilia, and I scored seats at the window counter. “Oh cool, Mom. Let’s get the whole fish to share.” Gulp. To this 17-year-old I’m un-cool and embarrassing already. An inability to stare a dead fish in the eye and eat it anyway would rob me of whatever pittance of street cred I might just have with her. Our whole rice-battered fried redfish arrived upright with his tail swept gracefully to the left as though Gulotta had plucked him mid-swim from a kitchen tank (given the screamingly fresh texture and bright flavor of the fish, this could have been the case). Adorned with tiny discs of blood orange, the swishy-tailed Flipper was taking his post-mortem swim in a bracing pool of fresh citrus juice through a tangle of what appeared to be baby bokchoy. Ignoring his unwavering stare, with our chopsticks we reduced him to a spine and a head. Newly liberated from my discomfiture with “The Stare,” in recent weeks I’ve undertaken a whole fish fishing expedition. My quest has taken me to Kim Son for a steamed fish with black bean sauce and a fried variety in a bright tomato broth. I don’t

know what kind of fish they were,

a language barrier kept me from finding out, but both were delicious.

Pêche, chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt’s temple

to aquatic foods, can probably take the credit for re-popularizing the whole fish at the table trend that seems to be sweeping the area. On any given day there’s at least one variety of whole fish one the menu. The preparations and combinations include: Whole roasted flounder

with lemon-caper beurre blanc; grilled American red snapper with grapefruit and basil; grilled mangrove snapper with Louisiana shallots and criolla sella vinaigrette; grilled lane snapper with corn and jalapeños; and roasted redfish with salsa verde. I recently went to Toups Meatery

to join a friend for plates full of the porky goodness we can always find there, and chef Isaac Toups surprised us with a whole pan-roasted red snapper on the list of specials. Our snapper showed up adorned with butter-braised onions in a pool of rich, roux-free, tomato-free courtbouillion made with Mildred Toups’ (Isaac’s grandmother’s) recipe that calls for reducing mountains of fish bones and scraps into a fish fume that’s further reduced into “concentrated fish love.” The charing chef joined us at the table. When the fish was reduced to a pile of bones he snapped off its tail. “Like potato chips,” he said, taking a bite from the crispy fan and passing it to me. “Now the eyes ...” n

Good Eggs: 777-3380, Kim Son: 349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489, MoPho: 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, Pêche Seafood Grill: 800 Magazine St., 522-1744, Toups’ Meatery: 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999,

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philanthropic fun

By Lexi Wangler


Tangoing Through the Night The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation celebrated 23 years of the “Azucar Ball.” “Noche de Tango” was the phrase on everyone’s lips the night of November 16, 2013 at the Sugar Mill. Chaired by Martine Chaisson Linares, Amy Dye and Kelly Theard, the gala catered to the exotic tastes of Buenos Aries, Argentina, complete with live tango performances. Presented by the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, all proceeds of the evening were allocated to scholarships for outstanding high school Latino students. Last year, the proceeds of the “Azucar Ball” provided 44 students from public, private and parochial schools in Orleans and Jefferson parishes with thousands of dollars in scholarship funds. La Boca Restaurant catered the patron party that evening, while the gala served edibles provided by New Orleans staples such as Andrea’s, Antoine’s, Café Adelaide, Cochon, Coquette, Lüke and many more. The 23rd annual fundaiser of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, this year the “Azucar Ball” featured the presentation of the Galvez Cup. The cup is awarded to a person or group who through unselfish effort and devotion has been of the greatest assistance to the foundation in its work. This year’s recipient was renowned neuroscientist Dr. Nicolas Bazan, Director of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. n



event at a glance What: “Azucar Ball,” benefiting the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation When: November 16, 2013 Where: The Sugar Mill

1. Co-chair Martine Chaisson Linares, honoree Dr. Nicolas Bazan and co-chairs Amy Dye and Kelly Theard 2. Joel and Sandra Chaisson with Claudia Bernat and Ramon Vallejo 3. Victoria Baudier, Minnie Guas, Dr. Juan Gershanik and Elsa Baker 4. Ileana Suquet with Dr. Patrick and Nga Quinlan 5. Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Fierro, Margarita Bergen and Marty Quist 6. Jimmy Walsh, Yvonne LaFleur, Maria Leon Vallejo and Max Moreno

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philanthropic fun

By Lexi Wangler


Rallying for Research Ochsner Health System raised funds for its Cancer Institute at its inaugural “Moonlight and Miracles Gala.” Guests joined event chairwoman Gayle Benson on November 15, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to benefit cancer services and research for Ochsner Health System. The inaugural event followed the theme “Today’s Gift, Tomorrow’s Miracle” and raised funds for the Ochsner Cancer Institute, providing multidisciplinary care for adult and pediatric cancer patients. Ochsner plans to raise money for a different program every year and started off with a bang by raising almost $1 million that night. The patron party took place the night before at Club XLIV at Champion’s Square. Chaired by Kim Sport and Barbara Turner Windhorst, guests munched on delicacies from Pigéon Caterers while listening to vocalist Tanya Boutte. Entertainment for the gala included The James Martin Jazz Band, the Marine Corps Band, pianist Ronnie Kole and dance band Simply Irresistible. Attendees were able to bid on choice auction items such as an all-inclusive trip to New York for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, a Duck Dynasty Experience with Willie in a Dome Suite at the Saints versus Tampa Bay home game on December 29, 2013 and more. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Greenblatt walked away with the stunning raffle prize: a 2014 Diamond Silver C250W Mercedes-Benz. n



event at a glance What: “Moonlight and Miracles Gala,” benefiting cancer services and research for Ochsner Health System When: November 15, 2013 Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

1. Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, Catherine Tremaine and Tom and Gayle Benson 2. John P. and Sylvia Laborde 3. Pierre Villere II and CeCe Colhoun with Mimi and Jack Robinson 4. Trevor Colhoun, Warner Thomas, Stephanie Boisfontaine Schott and Louis Schott 5. Michelle Dodenhoff Dr. John Ochsner and MaryLou Ochsner 6. Sean Payton and Skylene Montgomery

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Artistic Exclamations “Just Say YAYA!” highlighted artists while raising funds for its programs. The annual art gala and showcase “Just Say YAYA!” took place on November 15 this past fall at the Young Aspirations, Young Artists Creative Glass Institute. With more than 450 guests, the evening raised more than $100,000 for YAYA, the nonprofit arts community and teaching design studio dedicated to the artistic, professional and personal development of creative young people in the Greater New Orleans Area, while focusing on developing life skills and entrepreneurial skills. Held in one of two YAYA studios, guests and partygoers enjoyed live local music, refreshments, glass-blowing demonstrations and artwork for sale by YAYA students. Beth Lambert and local legend Allen Toussaint delighted attendees with song, while the silent auction showcased works by spotlight artist Mitchell Gaudet, YAYA founder Jana Napoli and works from local gallery Michalopoulas. Edibles and libations from Liberty Cheesesteaks, Venezia, Felipe’s, Pinkberry and Martin’s Wine Cellar added to the artsy casual mood of the evening. A patron cocktail hour chaired by Shelby Westfeldt preceded the main event, chaired by Anna LeCorgne Schaefer. n



event at a glance What: “Just Say YAYA!,” benefiting Young Aspirations, Young Artists When: November 15, 2013 Where: Young Aspirations, Young Artists Creative Glass Institute

1. Julie LeCorgne, Jeff Parker and Grace LeCorgne 2. Elizabeth Hill, Ashley LeBlanc and Katherine Koerner 3. David and Madeline Cottrell 4. Lesley McBride, Nyka Scott, Baty Landis and Linda Bjork 5. Parker LeCorgne, Stephanie and Jim Huger and Charles Carriere 6. Wes and chair Anna LeCorgne Schaefer with Kim and Rep. Neil Abramson

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An Affair to Remember The National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosted “A Vintage Affair for MS.” November 15 witnessed more than 400 guests stepping out at “A Vintage Affair for MS” benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a dedicated foundation that raises money for research and potential cures for Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects over 2 million people worldwide by interrupting the flow of information between the brain and the body, often resulting in blindness and paralysis. Chaired by Mark Preston, Chad Graci, Ana Eller and Sara Lewis, the evening included food, drink, entertainment, artwork, auction packages and more, while educating attendees on the challenges that people with multiple sclerosis face every day. Formerly known as the “Renaissance Party,” “A Vintage Affair for MS” featured food and drink from the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, entertainment by hornpowered funk-soul fusion group the Bucktown All-Stars, live and silent auctions, artwork and a wine pull. The event raised more than $115,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, including the wine pull that sold 130 bottles in 45 minutes. Notable auction items included an Alex Beard limited edition giclée print, a New Orleans Pelicans Loge Box Package and an autographed Saints football signed by Steve Gleason. n



event at a glance What: “A Vintage Affair for MS,” benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society When: November 15, 2013 Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel

1. Ellen and Cooper Manning 2. Odom Heebe, Jane Heidingsfelder and Karen and Christian Blessey 3. Jimmy Fahrenholtz, Sara Hudson and David Shulman 4. Erin Hulin and Christina Graci 5. Tom Krentel, Scott Galante, Bridget Bagert, Amy Gutierrez and Trent Desselle 6. Co-chairs Mark Preston, Ana Eller and Chad Graci

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It Pays to Pay It Forward The “Alexis de Tocqueville Gala” honored Gary and Mary Ann Ostroske. Southeastern Louisiana’s chapter of United Way honored some of the community’s most outstanding activists and philanthropists on November 20, 2013, at the “Alexis de Tocqueville Gala” held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Chaired by former Alexis de Tocqueville Award winner Flo Schornstein, the evening featured the presentation of the Alexis de Tocqueville Award to Gary and Mary Ann Ostroske for their exemplary community leadership and philanthropic support. Gary served as President and CEO of United Way SELA for 25 years and was involved with United Way Worldwide for a total of 40 years. The gala raised over $130,000 for the “Pay It Forward” Fund, created in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ostroske and placed aside for future disasters in the community. With over 300 guests in attendance, Angela Hill oversaw the proceedings as master of ceremonies, with performances from the Benjamin Franklin High School Chamber Orchestra directed by Carl LaCoste and Rockin’ Dopsie and edibles and cocktails from the Hyatt Regency and Republic National Distribution Company, respectively. n



event at a glance What: “Alexis de Tocqueville Gala,” benefiting the Southeastern Louisiana chapter of United Way When: November 20, 2013 Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Billy Nungesser with Mary Ann and Gary Ostroske 2. Michael and Kim Williamson with Mary Ann and Rick Haase 3. Mary and Bill Hines

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Savvy for St. Andrew’s St. Andrew’s Village celebrated its annual “A ‘SAV-VY’ Affair.” St. Andrew’s Village threw their annual fundraiser on the evening of Friday, November 22, 2013, to the delight of over 500 guests at The Chicory. Chaired by Chris Zainey, Kathryn Zainey Gonski, Joy Haik Zainey, Margaret Zainey Roux, Sudie Sutter Joint, Alicia Corcoran and Louis Bartels, the event raised over $130,000 for St. Andrew’s Village. St. Andrew’s Village is a secure community where adults with developmental disabilities can live, work, worship and socialize. Guests enjoyed cocktails, edibles and dancing in a festive setting while bidding on over 150 choice items including art, jewelry, sports memorabilia, home décor, dining and travel packages. Twenty-five food vendors provided dining choices, including Borgne, Salú, Bon Ton Café, Katie’s, Café Reconcile and more. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of the Levee Dawgs and enjoyed pop-up stands with sweets and snowballs. Highlight auction items included a weeklong stay at a private beach house in Florida, a signed and numbered Blue Dog print from artist George Rodrigue, an evening sail for eight aboard a private yacht and an all-inclusive private party at the Chicory. n



event at a glance What: “A ‘SAV-VY’ Affair,” benefiting St. Andrew’s Village When: November 22, 2013 Where: The Chicory

1. Neesa Peterson, co-chair Margaret Zainey Roux and Sam Solomon 2. Co-chairs Louis Bartels and Joy Haik Zainey with Katie Cambre 3. Ryan and Caitlin Berni with Walker Lopez and Susan Atchley

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By Lexi Wangler


Under the Holiday Lights “Celebration in the Oaks’” preview parties. The city waits impatiently every year for the holiday light show at “Celebration in the Oaks” at City Park, and this year proved to be no different, with not one but two preview parties – one family-friendly and the other simply party-friendly. Chaired by Dessa Rutter Giffin, this year’s preview parties honored Angela Hill, Paul Soniat and Betty Bagert at the city’s premiere holiday light celebration. With 1,200 guests for the preview party and 1,800 for the family party, all funds raised were dedicated to the Botanical Gardens and capital improvements within the park. Highlights included entertainment for adults by The Tip Tops and The Boogie Men, while DJ Nick turned the tables alongside face painters, balloon artists and elves on stilts on the 24th. Food vendors included 40 of the city’s finest dining establishments, such as Ralph’s on the Park, Pascal’s Manale and more. Winn-Dixie provided a cupcake decorating station with over 1,000 cupcakes while restaurateurs competed in a brand new “Celebration Culinary Contest” with a variety of prizes including “Best Dish,” “Best Holiday Staff Uniform,” “Best Table Decoration” and more. n



event at a glance What: “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party” and “Family Preview Party,” benefiting New Orleans Botanical Gardens When: November 22 and November 24, 2013 Where: Pavilion of the Two Sisters and the Botanical Gardens, City Park

1. Jackie Palumbo and Tania Hahn 2. Honorees Angela Hill, Paul Soniat and Betty Bagert 3. Denise and Bill Hoffman

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Carrying the Torch The Anti-Defamation League’s “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner” began its second century. The Anti-Defamation League held its annual A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner on December 5, 2013, in the Empire Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Chaired by Judy Barrasso, Brent Barriere, Joy and Andrew Braun and Ina and Richard Davis, the evening celebrated the accomplishments of Kim M. Boyle, Ana and Juan Gershanik, Cathy S. Glaser and Anti-Defamation League board members Asher Friend and Marsha Zander. The dinner celebrated not only the great works of the aforementioned individuals, but also the league’s second century of existence and the greater message it has hoped to convey throughout the years: striving to realize a world without hate and discrimination. More than 330 guests enjoyed a cocktail hour preceding the dinner, both catered by host hotel the Hyatt Regency New Orleans and entertainment by the NOCCA Jazz Ensemble. Awards presented included the A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award to Ms. Boyle and Mr. and Mrs. Gershanik. The Torch of Liberty is presented to people in the community who care enough to translate caring into action and strive to build a future in which every citizen will share the fruits of democracy. It was first awarded in 1967 to Bernard Mintz. Speakers included Joshua Force, Rabbi Alexis Berk and Michael Botnick. n



event at a glance What: “A.I. Botnick Torch of Liberty Award Dinner,” benefiting the Anti-Defamation League When: December 5, 2013 Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel

1. Honoree Judy Barrasso, co-chair Brent Barriere and honoree Kim Boyle 2. Honoree Cathy Glaser, speaker Joshua Force and co-chair Joy Braun 3. Honorees Dr. Juan and Ana Gershanik with co-chairs Ina and Rick Davis

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Chefs Choice


The March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary with its 29th “Signature Chefs Gala.” The New Orleans March of Dimes proudly presented its 29th annual “Signature Chef’s Gala” on the evening of November 22, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Chaired by Karen Villavaso and Dr. Jane Miller, the evening celebrated the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes with a 1930s theme. With over 450 guests in attendance, the evening kicked off with rousing entertainment from local favorite, The Yat Pack. March of Dimes, an organization dedicated to the health and strength of infants, invited Robin Gates and husband Coach Bryan Gates to talk about their premature triplets and the importance of March of Dimes in their lives. Auction highlights included trips to Belize and Antigua, but the showstoppers were the culinary offerings from 22 of the city’s best chefs including Chef Chairman Matt Murphy of The Irish House, chef Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s, chef Michael Sichel of Galatoire’s, chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins, chef René Bajeux of Rene Bistrot, chef Justin Kennedy of Parkway Bakery and Tavern, chef Jared Tees of Manning’s, chef Vincent Catalanotto of Vincent’s, chef Theirry Connault of M Bistro and many more. n



event at a glance What: 29th annual “Signature Chef’s Gala,” benefiting the New Orleans March of Dimes When: November 22, 2013 Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel New Orleans

1. Co-chair Dr. Jane Miller, Chef’s Chair Matt Murphy, co-chair Karen Villavaso and Katherine Olivard 2. Chefs Marcus Woodham, Brian Landry and Tenney Flynn 3. Chefs René Bajeux, Alford Singleton and Bradley McGehee

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Gifting for the Holidays The Ladies Leukemia League celebrated children, donors and more at “Fête de Nöel.” The Ladies Leukemia League celebrated 45 years at their annual “Fête de Nöel” at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside on December 10, 2013. Chaired by Lorraine Cucchiara and Carolyn D’Antonio, the festive luncheon featured a fashion show by Dillard’s with a “Hooray for Hollywood and the Holidays” theme, a special performance by former American Idol contestant Terry McDermott, cocktails, a surprise appearance by New Orleans icon Mr. Bingle, an auction and more. Edibles provided by the Hilton Riverside included mesclun salads, petite filets of beef, potato Gruyere, chocolate crunch cake and triple cream cheesecake with crumbled peppermint. The league honored several children from Children’s Hospital by asking them to model clothing of their choice from Dillard’s, which the department store gave to the children as a Christmas treat. Auction highlights included wine, paintings, sterling silver pieces from designer David Yurman, a two-night stay in New York, gift baskets from Dillard’s and signed Saints memorabilia. Margaret Orr of WDSU-TV served as mistress of ceremonies, including the annual spectacle of lighting the tree, honoring donors to the organization. n



event at a glance What: “Fête de Nöel,” benefiting the Ladies Leukemia League When: December 10, 2013 Where: New Orleans Hilton Riverside

1. Catherine Accardo, Jeri Landry and Samantha Krail 2. Co-chair Carolyn D’Antonio, Ana Eller, Mike Jones and co-chair Lorraine Cucchiara 3. Eryn Melancona and Kelsey Reitmayer

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This Spring Be Bold Dare to pair prints with textures like loose sweaters and bring out statement jewelry. Color is everywhere; spring has sprung! By Kate Grace Bauer Photographed by Theresa Cassagne Hair and Makeup by Aimee Carr Model Brittney Frisella

Perfectly tailored Elizabeth and James skirt paired with Vince white tank at FeBe; 3.1 Philip Lim geode embroidered chiffon jacket at MIMI; chain link necklace and bracelet by Porter Lyons at Haute; tennis bracelet at Ballins LTD

Angelique: 7725 Maple St., 866-1092, Ballins LTD: 721 Dante St., 866-4367, Chatta Box: 4114 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-1527 Elizabeth’s: 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-3717 FeBe: 474 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-5250 Haute: 725 Magazine St., 522-8687, MIMI & CeCe Shoe: 5500 Magazine St., 269-6464, Trashy Diva: 2048 Magazine St., (888) 818-DIVA,

Orange tweed jacket with patent leather details with a white silk tank with rhinestone neckline and black asymmetrical skort with exposed zipper at Elizabeth’s; tennis bracelets and chain link bracelet at Ballins LTD.

Alexis tank and hi-low skirt with accessories by Alexis Bittar, all at Angelique.

Navy blue and lime color-block sweater with nude snakeskin skirt at Chatta Box; perfectly clear Lucite box (comes with three inserts) by Charlotte Olympia at MIMI & CeCe Shoe; gold and stone cuff bracelet at Angelique.

Elizabeth and James fitted jacket with flowy Clover Canyon architectural print dress at FeBe; raw turquoise earrings at MIMI.

Polka dot dress and cherry hat at Trashy Diva.

ICB oil slick silk dress at Haute; Balenciaga sunglasses at Chatta Box; necklace and bracelets at Ballins LTD.

Michael Stars sweater at Ballins LTD; printed pants at Haute; statement necklace at Elizabeth’s.

Stunning orchid print caftan with leather-wrapped pearl, satin and chain necklace, both at Angelique.

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French Quarter Adventures See, eat & sleep New Orleans’ most famous neighborhood by Kelcy Wilburn

From festivals and beautiful weather to new menus and exhibits, spring brings a long list of reasons to venture into the Vieux Carré. The French Quarter provides a unique historical and cultural backdrop for the fun and entertainment locals and tourists are able to enjoy alongside one another. Looking for an adventure this spring? “The French Quarter Business Association website,, is a great resource for finding out what’s going on in the French Quarter,” says Brittany Mulla, Executive Director of the FQBA. With a calendar of events and around 300 members, visitors to the site will find events and specials at various restaurants,

hotels, stores and more. This May, locals and visitors alike will want to keep an eye out for the “Get Away in the Vieux Carré” campaign promoted by the FQBA. An effort to bring locals into the neighborhood for “staycations” and the French Quarter experience, raffles will be available with winnings such as hotel stays, lunches and dinners, and other entertainment packages. With a wealth of historical images and information, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a go-to resource for all things related to the city’s unique past. This spring, the THNOC is opening a new photography exhibition exploring the connections between New Orleans

and its Latin Caribbean cousins. Featuring the work of local award-winning photographer Richard Sexton, the free exhibition opens April 15 in THNOC’s latest gallery space, the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art at 410 Chartres St. The new space offers French Quarter visitors a chance to immerse themselves in local and regional visual art. A block over, the Martin Lawrence Gallery offers visitors a look at fine art from around the world. Offering a large collection of modern masters such as Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Miro, as well as Andy Warhol, Erte, and artists they publish, such as Robert Deyber, Felix Mas, Renee Lalonde, Francois Fressinier and others, Martin

Lawrence Galleries are known for their inventory of quality pieces. In addition, artist Robert Deyber will be in attendance for a reception on April 11. “This is a really fun show for us,” says Mary Coxe, Gallery Director. “People love his work because of the play on words. We sold 26 paintings during his first show in New Orleans.” Coxe recommends calling for invitations. For an exhibit you can both see and taste, venture down to Aunt Sally’s Pralines’ new, expanded location just outside of the French Quarter. While treats are still sold at their 810 Decatur St. original location, the new CBD St. Charles location features a new, industrialsized kitchen designed to maintain the traditional cooking method on a larger scale. The Historic Creole Praline Tasting Tour, an hour-long tour through time, explores the history of the family business, now in its third and fourth generations of ownership, as well as the art of praline making; a praline tasting rounds out the tour. Tickets for adults run $19.99 and include a six-pack of pralines (a $13.99 value). Make reservations for the tour by calling (800) 642-7257. Speaking of New Orleans flavor, there’s a new restaurant making a big splash in its first year of business. Kingfish is one of the latest ventures of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts with New Orleans-born Executive Chef Greg Sonnier at the helm of the kitchen. Aptly named after the nickname for Louisiana’s famous governor, Huey P. Long, Kingfish shows off Sonnier’s culinary creativity and Louisiana’s eccentricities. With a large horseshoe-shaped bar and world-famous mixologist Chris McMillan, Kingfish celebrates the cocktail as well as the cuisine. “The restaurant has the large, brick walls you see all over the French Quarter and an open, | 53

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exposed kitchen, where you can see chef Greg in the middle calling out dishes. You feel a part of the kitchen,” says Zeid Ammari, COO of Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. Situated a few blocks away in a more than 200-year-old cottage is Bayona, acclaimed restaurant of chef Susan Spicer. “An example of the rare and famous ‘Brick and Post’ construction, Bayona is one block from Bourbon Street, yet a world away from the revelry,” says Regina Keever, Event Coordinator. “It is an oasis filled with charm, awardwinning cuisine and service for the worldly diner.” Bayona’s menu moves across a spectrum of styles and influences using local ingredients to craft flavorful and balanced yet complex dishes. Spicer takes inspiration from across the globe, which is evident in Bayona’s daily specials. In the heart of the action, located directly on Bourbon Street, is Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak, a traditional steakhouse and the latest expansion of Galatoire’s Restaurant. “We focus on the standards and do it right,” says Executive Chef Michael Sichel. “What’s cool about Galatoire’s is that this comes with 106 years of tradition, and we’re establishing a steakhouse with that merit. It’s not new – it’s new and old and nostalgic.” 54 | St. Charles Avenue April 2014

Maintaining the upscale, popular atmosphere of the original Galatoire’s, 33 Bar & Steak is connected to the original restaurant on every floor and features a bar on Bourbon Street. There is nothing like a long nap after a big meal or a comfortable bed to collapse in after a night of entertainment. Accommodations in the French Quarter vary in style and offerings as much as the shops and restaurants. Located in a quieter residential section of the French Quarter, Hotel St. Pierre provides guests with a relaxed setting reminiscent of another time. “Hotel St. Pierre is set in 13 historically authentic and charming buildings, which include Creole Colonial cottages dating back to the 1700s, set amid lush tropical courtyards, pools and fountains,” says Jodi Lafranca, Director of Sales and Marketing. “It has the feel of a bed and breakfast – you’d never guess it

has 70 rooms.” With rooms set around six distinct courtyards, Hotel St. Pierre can book groups in their own areas so they feel like they have the place to themselves. Featuring historic architectural elements, most rooms have French doors opening onto courtyards or balconies overlooking the mesmerizing cityscape. Hotel Le Marais offers guests an upscale, boutique experience described as an amalgamation of classic and modern. “The hotel is a fresh look at what the best of the French Quarter can be – new, modern in style, but still grounded in the historic nature of its location,” says Marc Becker, Area Director of Sales & Marketing for New Orleans Hotel Collection.  Four-star amenities and a focus on being both personal and personable add to the hotel’s draw. “An incredible courtyard with heated saltwater pool and bar access is a perfect touch,”

adds Becker. The New Orleans Hotel Collection offers a discount for guests booking directly with the hotel, called their “hospitality rate” (visit NewOrleansHotelCollection. com/beverage for details). Recently renovated in 2012 and featuring more than 10,660 square feet of function space on the hotel’s first floor, the Hyatt French Quarter offers the possibility of large meetings, weddings and events of any size. It features two outdoor venues: a pool courtyard and French Quarter courtyard. Additionally, its atrium features original bargeboard, exposed beams and is a popular local wedding spot for ceremonies and receptions. “One thing that sets us apart is our dining,” says Gina Chimeno, Director of Sales and Marketing. The hotel offers Powdered Sugar, a market-style restaurant available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and grab-and-go. The hotel also features Batch, a bar with a dining menu and aged spirits. Additionally Redfish Grill and Hard Rock Café have entrances from the hotel lobby, and guests can charge to their room from either restaurant. Venture down to the Vieux Carré and reacquaint yourself with the places that keep tourists returning year after year. Known for its mystery and charm, it’s a neighborhood that can never be known too well to enjoy. n

French Quarter Business Association: Jax Brewery Millhouse, 600 Decatur St., Suite 310, 309-1423, The Historic New Orleans Collection: 533 Royal St., 523-4662, Martin Lawrence Gallery: 433 Royal St., 299-9057, Aunt Sally’s Pralines: 810 Decatur St., 524-3373, 750 St. Charles Ave., 944-6090, (800) 642-7257, Kingfish: 337 Chartres St., 598-5005, Bayona: 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak: 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Hotel St. Pierre: 911 Burgundy St., 524-4401, Hotel Le Marais: 717 Conti St., 525-2300, Hyatt French Quarter: 800 Iberville St., 586-0800, CHERYL GERBER PHOTO | 55

Though the anticipation had been building for years, often since birth, the moment was fleeting – but what a moment it was. For an evening the spotlight was all theirs. The next day the world’s challenges would appear, for but for that night – and the days and weeks leading up to it – there was a chance for them to reign. We present here St. Charles Avenue’s second annual Courts of Carnival. They are arranged in reverse chronological order from Mardi Gras to Twelfth Night, as though they march into time. Somewhere elbow-length white gloves await next season, but the memories of Carnival past offer their own joys. Long live the season. Balls are presented in reverse order by date. | 57

Mistick Krewe of Comus 1857

“Sunrise at Giverny� Top: Her Majesty Miss Pauline Mason Ukrop and Comus. Bottom right: Her Majesty Miss Pauline Mason Ukrop. Bottom left: Pages Master William Robert Alsobrook and Master Davidson Penn McCay, Maids Miss Katherine Blair Johnson, Miss Olivia Talbot Huppman and Miss Claire Elizabeth Plauche with Her Majesty Miss Pauline Mason Ukrop and Maids Miss Greer Stimpson Turner, Miss Virginia Legier Alpaugh, Miss Hayley Louise Hoefer and Miss Blake Clark Lindner and Pages Master David Claiborne Webster and Master Murray Pearce Nelson Jr.

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Photography by Carroll S. Grevemberg/Grevy Photography

Rex 1872

“God of All Ages” Rex’s nonprofit is the Pro Bono Publico Foundation founded by the organization in 2006 to support local public education initiatives after Hurricane Katrina.

Top: Her Majesty Miss Carroll Irene Gelderman. Bottom left: Her Majesty Miss Carroll Irene Gelderman with Pages Master John Charbonnet and Master Clifford Fitz-Hugh. Bottom right: Maid Miss Caroline Lee Johnsen, Christian Trousdale Brown II, Maid Miss Eleanor Reid Bergin, Bennett Edwards Byrd, Maid Miss Elizabeth Parks Gambel, William Hamlin George, Maid Miss Kaelin Louise Ochsner and William Howell Crosby with His Majesty Rex John Peter Jack Laborde and Her Majesty Miss Carroll Irene Gelderman with Johnson Kelly Duncan III, Maid Miss Rachel Allen Gorney, William Henry Langenstein IV, Maid Miss Mathilde Stafford Mulkin, Louis McDaniel Freeman III, Maid Miss Mary Elizabeth Benjamin and William Boatner Reily V

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Krewe of zulu 1909

“Zulu Salutes Nelson Mandela” The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is a nonprofit and community organization.

Top: His Majesty Garren Thomas Mims and Her Majesty Georgette Anita-Lang Mims. Middle: His Majesty Garren Thomas Mims and his Royal Court: Zulu Warriors Clifton Jones Jr. and Stanley Alridge, King’s Charge D’Affaire Russell Kelly and Pages Master Sydney Bradford IV, Master Elijah Hines and Master Jace Louis Williams. Bottom: Maid Miss Christie M. Coleman and Duke Mr. Randy Moore

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Photography by Ray Bonnee for Bonneefied Images

krewe of proteus 1881

“The Ancient Elements of Alchemy� Top: Page Master Charles Bose Wynne III with Her Majesty Miss Elizabeth Parks Gambel and Proteus 2014, and Page Master James Wilbourn Downing. Bottom right: Maids Miss Blakely Durand Brennan, Miss Eleanor Reid Bergin, Miss Jennifer Leigh St. Paul and Miss Virginia Caldwell Giroir with Her Majesty Miss Elizabeth Parks Gambel and Maids Miss Jennifer Constance Killeen, Miss Shelley Elizabeth Tompkins, Miss Laura Louise Weinmanna and Miss Hayley Louise Hoefer. Bottom right: Her Majesty Miss Elizabeth Parks Gambel

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original illinois club 1895

“The Motherland� Top: His Majesty Colbert A. Clark and Her Majesty Miss Amanda Christine Newsome. Middle: Maids Miss Nila Renee Cannon, Miss Kayla Marles Neville, Miss Cierra Elizabeth Byrd and Miss Samantha Marie Morris with Her Majesty Miss Amanda Christine Newsome and Maids Miss Asia Monet Cleggett, Miss Meagan Elizabeth Suttleff, Miss Kayla Felicia-Marie Allain and Miss Ashley Elizabeth Cantrell. Bottom: Pages (front) Miss Kennedy Gabrielle Boutte, Miss Melody Cherise Newsome and Miss Sky Laryn Gooden (back) with Miss Akeye Louise Davis, Miss Samon Michael Costley and Miss Khailyn Marae Gordon

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Photography by Aaron Cormier

krewe of hermes 1937

“The Diamond Jubilee” The Queen is an Applied Physiology & Enterprise major at Southern Methodist University and knows that in Louisiana, one out of six children live in a food-insecure environment; as a result, she has become very supportive of Second Harvest Food Bank. Top: Her Majesty Miss Shelby Elizabeth Sanderford. Middle: Pages Master Landry Beard, Master Springer Favor and Master Pierce Conroy, with Ladies in Waiting (front) Miss Maggie Smith, Miss Olivia O’Bell and Miss Melanie DeMarcay, with (back) Maid Miss Devron Barreca, Bearer of the Scepter Miss Katherine Solomon, Maids Miss Jennifer Jones, Miss Reilly Rendeiro, Miss Katherine Eagan and Miss Gabrielle Broders, Captain of the Krewe of Hermes, Her Majesty Miss Shelby Elizabeth Sanderford and Hermes LXXV, with Maids Miss Naomi Slack, Miss Mary Elizabeth DeRouen, Miss Courtney Keller, Miss Ashley Roca and Miss Reid Harris, with Bearer of the Flowers Miss Isabella Mannino, Pages Master Jake Midkiff, Master Liam Amorosi and (standing) Master Robert Vosbein III, with Ladies in Waiting Miss Caroline Ortemond, Miss Ada Holmes, Miss Elizabeth Maniscalco and Miss Jeanne-Claire Franques. Bottom: Maids Miss Gabrielle Broders, Miss Reilly Rendeiro, Miss Reid Harris, Miss Mary Elizabeth DeRouen, Miss Courtney Keller, Miss Jennifer Jones, Miss Naomi Slack, Miss Ashley Roca and Miss Katherine Eagan

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knights of momus 1872

“Momus Is Listening” Top: Her Majesty Miss Claire Elizabeth Plauché. Middle: Maids Miss Olivia Talbot Huppman and Miss Virginia Legier Alpaugh, Masker, Her Majesty Miss Claire Elizabeth Plauché and Number One, and Maids Miss Jennifer Leigh St. Paul and Miss Hayley Louise Hoefer. Bottom: Maids Miss Virginia Legier Alpaugh and Miss Jennifer Leigh St. Paul, Masker and Maids Miss Olivia Talbot Huppman and Miss Hayley Louise Hoefer

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Photography by Pam Cresson Photography

the atlanteans 1890

“From The Mekong”

“Libations on the Nile” Top: Her Majesty Eleanor Bergin and Poseidon 2014. Bottom left: Her Majesty Miss Eleanor Reid Bergin. Bottom right: Page Master Thomas Wisdom with Maids Miss Julia Hunter and Miss Olivia Huppman, Her Majesty Miss Eleanor Bergin and Maids Miss Greer Turner and Miss Polly Ukrop with Page Master John Currence

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elves of oberon 1895

“Puck Dynasty” Top: Her Majesty Miss Lindsey Taylor Baker. Middle: Pages (kneeling) Master David Miller Farnsworth III, Master George Shelby Friedrichs IV, Master John Michael Guillot and Master Dennis Patrick Lauscha Jr., with Maids Miss Jennifer Leigh St. Paul, Miss Mary Elizabeth Soulé Rodrigue, Miss Hannah Grace Fay, Miss Katherine Marie Fleming, Miss Claire Catherine Brown and Miss Virginia Legier Alpaugh, with Her Majesty Miss Lindsey Taylor Baker and Maids Miss Eleanor Barrett Beuerman, Miss Elizabeth Parks Gambel, Miss Ainsley Alyn Mumford, Miss Isabel Timony Ross and Miss Eleanor Tidwell Gardner. Bottom: Pages Master David Miller Farnsworth III, Master Dennis Patrick Lausch Jr., Master George Shelby Friedrich IV and Master John Michael Guillot

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prophets of persia 1927

“Recreation the 1872 Coronation Ball of King Oscar II of Sweden and Queen Sofia of Nassau” The Queen’s favorite nonprofit is the Tipitina’s Foundation, which “supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures.” Top: Her Majesty Miss Nina Margaret Farris. Middle: Pages Master John Nicholson Pilley Lovell and Master Parker Henry Peyronnin, with Maids Miss Sarah Elizabeth Boswell and Miss Laura Lindsay Tatum, with Her Majesty Miss Nina Margaret Farris and His Majesty the Great Shah of all the Persias, with Maids Miss Emily Lee Dutton Seba and Miss Gabrielle Catherine Broders, and Page Master Grayson Patrick Joint. Bottom: Maids Miss Ashley Spencer Busenlener, Miss Katherine Louise Davis and Miss Cameron Bay Lowry, with Her Majesty Miss Nina Margaret Farris and His Majesty the Great Shah of all the Persias, with Maids Miss Katherine Michelle Bickham, Miss Charlotte Marshall Mitts and Miss Vivienne Fontaine Boswell

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achaeans 1947

“Perseus and Medusa� Top: Her Majesty Miss Jennifer Leigh St. Paul and His Majesty Odysseys LXVI. Bottom left: Maids Miss Shelley Elizabeth Tompkins, Miss Katherine Josephine Moody, Miss Rachel Allen Gorney, Miss Caroline Talbot Dienes, Miss Blakely Durand Brennan, Miss Virginia Legier Alpaugh, Miss Jennifer Leigh St. Paul, Miss Eleanor Barrett Beuerman, Miss Claire Catherine Brown, Miss Katherine Marie Fleming, Miss Chandler Christine Moody and Miss Lauren LeQuesne Murphy. Bottom right: Her Majesty Miss Jennifer Leigh St. Paul

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Photography by Carroll S. Grevemberg/Grevy Photography

krewe of osiris 1915

“Osiris always has an Egyptian theme, reflecting its namesake� Top: Her Majesty Miss Kaelin Louise Ochsner. Middle: Pages Master Wilson Engelhardt and Master Hayes Mentz, with Debutantes Miss Talley Hodges, Miss Riley Kirkpatrick, Miss Whitney Appel, Miss Bailey Batt and Miss Sarah McKendrick, and Maids Miss Ellie Beuerman, Miss Rachel Gorney, Miss Blair Johnson, Miss Caroline Dienes and Miss Frances Truett, with Her Majesty Miss Kaelin Louise Ochsner and His Majesty Osiris, with Maids Miss Elizabeth Gambel, Miss Madeline Clark, Miss Hannah Fay, Miss Blair Davis and Miss Cheney Gardner, with Debutantes Miss Lizzie Hamrick, Miss Reilly Talbot, Miss Madeleine Bienvenu and Miss Sarah Hufft, and Pages Master Andre Dumez and Master Sessions Hootsell. Bottom: Pages Master Wilson Engelhardt and Master Hayes Mentz, with Maids Miss Hannah Fay, Miss Blair Davis, Miss Ellie Beuerman, Miss Cheney Gardner, Miss Rachel Gorney, Miss Blair Johnson, Miss Caroline Dienes, Miss Madeline Clark, Miss Frances Truett and Miss Elizabeth Gambel, and Pages Master Andre Dumez and Master Sessions Hootsell

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krewe of apollo 1929

“Motown� Top: Her Majesty Miss Margaret Elisabeth Hoefer. Bottom, left: Pages (seated) Master Walter Douglass Goliwas, Master St. Denis Julien Villere IV, Miss Morgan Louise LeBourgeois, Miss Dorothy Frances Phillips, Master David Cartan Loker Gibbons III and Master William Troup Balart, with Maids (front row) Miss Anna Eugenie Huger, Miss Virginia Parker Stewart, Miss Mary Dalton Acomb, Miss Courtney Catherine Childs, Miss Charlotte Villars Delery and Miss Emily Dickinson Ellis ,with Maids (second row) Miss Susan Shelbourne Pointer, Miss Caroline Walmsley Favrot, Miss Avery Scott Rowan, Miss Annalee DesMare Gardner and Miss Caroline Bennett Johnson, with Her Majesty Miss Margaret Elisabeth Hoefer and Maids Miss Eleanor Grace Masinter, Miss Caroline Emily Lane, Miss Catherine Lapeyre Barry, Miss Elizabeth Flower Redd and Miss Mary Lucy Lapeyre. Bottom right: Pages (kneeling) Master William Troup Balart, Master Walter Douglass Goliwas, Master David Cartan Loker Gibbons III and Master St. Denis Julien Villere IV with (standing) Page Miss Dorothy Frances Phillips, Her Majesty Miss Margaret Elisabeth Hoefer and Page Miss Morgan Louise LeBourgeois

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Photography by Jim Cresson Photography

The High Priests of Mithras 1897

“My Fair Lady” The Queen’s favorite nonprofits are Kingsley House and Eden House for their work with local women and children in need Top: Her Majesty Miss Katherine Blair Johnson and His Majesty Caliph Middle: Pages Master William Lyons Cook, Master Ian Harrington Reily, Master William Davis Hardie and Master Donovan Norman Musser, and Maids Miss Greer Simpson Turner, Miss Corinne Dabezies, Miss Elizabeth Parks Gambel, Miss Laura Eason Weinmann, Miss Hannah Douglass Tyler, Miss Isabel Timony Ross and Miss Laura Caroline Folse, with Her Majesty Queen Miss Katherine Blair Johnson and Maids Miss Blake Clark Lindner, Miss Cheney Behrens Gardner, Miss Lauren Elizabeth Terral, Miss Katherine Marie Fleming, Miss Elizabeth Erickson Harper, Miss Adele Eustis Irwin and Miss Eleanor Tidwell Gardner. Bottom: Maids Miss Laura Eason Weinmann, Miss Greer Simpson Turner, Miss Isabel Timony Ross, Miss Adele Eustis Irwin, Miss Cheney Behrens Gardner, Miss Elizabeth Parks Gambel and Miss Katherine Marie Fleming, with Pages Master Ian Harrington Reily and Master William Davis Hardie, with Her Majesty Miss Katherine Blair Johnson and His Majesty Caliph, with Pages Master William Lyons Cook, Master Donovan Norman Musser, and Maids Miss Corinne Dabezies, Miss Laura Caroline Folse, Miss Eleanor Tidwell Gardner, Miss Elizabeth Erickson Harper, Miss Blake Clark Lindner, Miss Lauren Elizabeth Terral and Miss Hannah Douglass Tyler

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twelfth night revelers 1870

“Winnie the Poo” The krewe’s favorite nonprofit is Toys for Tots, which is endorsed by the United States Marine Corps Top: Her Majesty Miss Virginia Legier Alpaugh and the Lord of Misrule. Bottom left: Maids Miss Shelley Elizabeth Tompkins, Miss Kaelin Louise Ochsner, Miss Hayley Louise Hoefer and Miss Claire Catherine Brown with Her Majesty Miss Virginia Legier Alpaugh and the Lord of Misrule, and Maids Miss Lindsey Taylor Baker, Miss Carroll Irene Gelderman, Miss Katherine Blair Johnson, Miss Claire Elizabeth Plauché and Miss Laura Eason Weinmann. Bottom right: Junior Cooks (listed alphabetically) Master John Stafford Charbonnet, Master William Lyons Cook, Master Robert Bolton Drennan, Master Brian Christopher Fitzpatrick Jr., Master Edward Trimble Green, Master William Davis Hardie, Master Douglas Bernhardt Heebe, Master Sessions Ault Hootsell IV, Master Davidson Penn McCay, Master Donovan Norman Musser, Master Joseph Mattox Musser, Master John Carl Overby Jr., Master Henry Minor Pipes IV, Master Ian Harrington Reilly, Master Walker Rowan Reynolds and Master Christopher Richard Schmidt.

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The Party of the Year Gayle and Tom Benson and party planner extraordinaire Bronson van Wyck did it again! They planned the party of the year for the New Orleans Pelicans NBA All-Star event at the Contemporary Arts Center. Gayle wanted to focus on the best that New Orleans and Louisiana had to offer by showcasing our cuisine, musicians, hospitality and over-the-top décor. Susan Spicer catered the multicourse meal for NBA owners and executives at 6:30 p.m. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra played during dinner and the Bensons surprised guests with Grammy Award-winner 74 | St. Charles Avenue April 2014

Allen Toussaint! After dinner, more than 200 guests joined 500 VIPs who arrived at 8:30 p.m., and were treated to the music of David Torkanowsky, The Hot 8 Brass Band and Trombone Shorty. The concrete floors and walls of the CAC were completely transformed. Guests arrived on a red carpet flanked with palm trees and candles, and then entered a carpeted hallway complete with chandeliers, topiaries, Pelican team jersies, NBA memorabilia and their hosts. Cocktails were served in the conservatory, a clear tent filled

with tropical trees, chandeliers draped with flowers, Spanish moss, greenery, a huge painting of a replica of an Audubon pelican and sofas for guests on which to relax. Guests then proceeded to the bar and music area where Bronson van Wyck added Murano chandeliers over tables blazing with hundreds of candles and extraordinary flowers. The VIP lounge was complete with tapestries and mirrors that van Wyck found at New Orleans Auction Galleries. The pièce de résistance was the dinner served in a magnificent red paneled room that looked like you were in a castle! They added crown

moulding, glittering chandeliers, oriental carpets and paintings on the walls, including many paintings of Pelicans. The tables were covered in silk cloths and filled with flowers in mint julep cups that included peonies, ranunculus, roses and orchids along with silver candelabra and candles everywhere. Gayle and van Wyck collaborated on every aspect of the party and they succeeded in creating a wonderland for everyone to enjoy. How lucky we are to have Tom and Gayle Benson here in New Orleans as ambassadors to the world in showcasing our incredible city! n

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By Mallory Lindsly

Moss – Baker Stefanie “Stef” Moss and Joshua Baker met in September 2009 at a mutual friend’s wedding in San Francisco and there was an immediate connection. Stef even announced to her best friend that she had met her future husband that evening! Stef and Josh’s first date was dinner and a movie. Their second date included an introduction to Josh’s entire family and friends at a barbecue before a Cal-Berkeley football game. Josh proposed on a perfect San Francisco fall evening just before sunset. He took Stef to a quiet spot on the Coastal Bluffs that overlook the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay. After Josh asked for her hand in marriage, the two watched the sun go down and spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with family and friends.

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Stef and Josh wanted to have a lovely mix of an intimate ceremony with the many traditions of a New Orleans wedding reception. This resulted in a small, family only ceremony on Thursday, November 21, 2013, a dinner at Antoine’s on Friday for out of town guests and a big party at the New Orleans Board of Trade which included all of their favorite New Orleans traditions. Stef and Josh are taking their honeymoon touring Italy for two weeks in September. The two currently live in San Francisco, where Stef is the Special Projects Manager for a local nonprofit and Josh is the In-House Counsel and Broker at a boutique real estate and design firm. n

Bride: Stefanie Robinson Moss Groom: Joshua David Baker Bride’s Parents: Nancy and the late Hartwig Moss III Groom’s Parents: Linda and Michael Baker Date of Wedding: November 21, 2013 Ceremony Location: The courtyard at the home of a family friend, Jane Cross, in the Garden District. Date of Reception: November 23, 2013 Reception Location: The New Orleans Board of Trade Coordinator: Claudia Kelleher Celebrant: Rabbi Steven Chester, Bay Area Wedding Gown: Bagdley Mischka Flower Girls: Sydney and Ellie Baker Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss Rings: Friend and Company Florist: Meade Wenzel Favor: Boxed slices of wedding cake. Invitation: Scriptura Caterer: Pigéon Wedding and Groom’s Cake: Royal Cakery Photographer: Kristy May, New York City Cocktail Hour and Second-Line: Pin Stripe Brass Band Reception Music: The Bucktown All-Stars Entertainment: Frenchy, live-painter | 79


By Lindsay Mack

Help Free An Angel Johana Maison, Executive Director When her son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 1 year old, Johana Maison didn’t let the reality of coping with a special needs child overwhelm her. Instead, she founded Help Free an Angel, an organization that serves single parents of children with disabilities in the New Orleans area. Given her firsthand experience, Maison realized that children with disabilities – as well as their parents and loved ones – are often an overlooked community. While adjusting to her son’s condition, she had the idea of forming a more cohesive community of support for these families. The organization’s name, Help Free an Angel, came about when she realized that by

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providing special needs children with the right resources and tools, caretakers can help free them from the limitations of their conditions. Maison’s initial challenge was finding the right group of people to get her program off the ground. She found great allies among teachers and doctors – in fact, most of her board has a medical background. But Johana’s “A-Team” supporters are a little closer to home: her daughters Leilah Marie (9) and Nala Jean (8) are both very engaged with the organization. The most rewarding aspect of launching Help Free an Angel has been the willingness of people to help carry our her

mission in the New Orleans community, Maison says. By collaborating with her dynamic board members, she has helped special needs children enhance their communication skills and enjoy specialized arts programs. Many of the Help Free an Angel programs have a distinct New Orleans twist. For instance, Blaine Kern supports the program by throwing a mini-parade for them. He and his wife ride floats and distribute beads to the children. Maison is thrilled by the initial reaction to Help Free an Angel. “People do want to help,” she says. The ultimate goal of Help Free an Angel is the designation of a building in the metro New Orleans

area for parents of special needs children to gather and share support. Furthermore, Maison is creating after-school and summer programs especially for children with disabilities, because parents who have commitments to jobs or other family members often find it difficult to locate care for them outside of school hours. Individual volunteers are always welcome, and businesses and organizations are invited to share their resources, such as donating building space for an afternoon program. Visit their websites, and, for more details. Tagline: With Love and Unity Bringing Hope and Support! n cheryl gerber photograph

student activist

By Mallory Lindsly

Laurie Gundlach Academy of the Sacred Heart

“I think it’s important to be involved in my community because it’s just that – my community – and therefore it’s my job to try and better it as much as possible to make sure it stays as wonderful,” says Laurie James Gundlach, an environmentalist at heart. At the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Gundlach is the leader of the environmental club and a student council representative, and spends time outside of school volunteering with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Green Light New Orleans, a local nonprofit that exchanges New Orleans residents’ light bulbs with energy efficient ones. Gundlach volunteered planting cypress trees in Jean Lafitte National Park with her peers. She was excited because a large number of younger people came to volunteer to plant the trees. “The turnout was spectacular, and it was really rewarding to see people that don’t normally get down and dirty get involved. Overall, the day was extremely

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successful because we reached our planting goals and also had a ton of fun,” says Gundlach. “I have really taken a leadership role in promoting the events at my school and have tried to show enthusiasm when trying to appeal to my peers,” she says. She never had a leadership position before becoming involved both at Sacred Heart and within her community. Through these volunteer experiences, she gained experience in scheduling and planning events. The different organizations have also taught her to volunteer in something that interests her. Johanna Gundlach, her sister, has inspired her to become an activist. When Johanna was a student, she was also the leader of the environmental club and helped introduce Green Light New Orleans to Sacred Heart. Now that Johanna is in college, she still volunteers for projects and organizations that are meaningful to her. Gundlach was recently honored with the Dean’s Award for her work in lean with Sacred Heart’s Goal 3, a social awareness that impels to action. Her positive presence and maturity both inside and outside of the classroom earned her this prestigious award. She doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do after she graduates college, but she’s considering studying computer engineering and wants to find a job that incorporates being green. n | 81


By Mirella Cameran

Bra Genie Fitting Salon Jeanne “Genie” Emory, Owner

How did you start in the business?

Most stores only carry 20 of the 190 sizes available. I started a bra fitting business from home in 2005 and now I have 3,500square-foot store, over 30,00 clients and 16 staff, and no appointment is necessary. What do you love about your job?

Showing the nine out of 10 women who come in wearing the wrong bra the difference the right fit makes – it’s like a 10-minute breast lift!

Why is it so hard for women to find the right undergarments? Most stores

only carry the ‘average’ sizes, 34-40, and cups B-F, but women need sizes from 28-50 and AA to KK in cup size. We carry them all to offer a custom fit and are trained to pick the most flattering fit and styles.

What advice would you give about choosing underwear? Put your

top or dress over any style you like to see if it works. Larger breasts look firmer, higher and smaller in a bra with seams, which control and shape. You can have a $200 dress, but if your bra doesn’t fit, it’s pointless!

Tell us a secret about lingerie? Our most popular sizes are 32FF and 34F. These are the sizes of average-sized women who thought they were a 36 or 38D. What exciting things do you have for Spring/Summer 2014? Corals,

strawberry pinks and clean blues in romantic but functional styles.

What’s busier, Christmas or Valentine’s?

Christmas, because women love gift cards and wish lists! n

Bra Genie 2881 U. S. Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8683,

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By Mirella Cameran

Mullin Landscape Associates Chase Mullin, President

How did you get into the business?

Post-Katrina I wanted to help New Orleans’ residents rebuild their homes and landscapes.

What would you like us to know abut Mullin? Our team consists of

experienced, licensed landscape architects who design all of our spaces. We put a lot of thought and effort into making sure every detail is considered. Why do you think New Orleanians love their gardens so much? Our

climate is incredible for plants; we can grow many of the temperate plants and also some magnificent tropical.

If people are just starting out what three pieces of advice would you give them? Communicate. I was

amazed at how impressed clients were that I returned phone calls and showed up to appointments.

Quality: We treat every job as if it were our own home. Honesty: Do what you say you’re going to do.

What advice can you give to someone about nurturing a garden in New Orleans? Be sure to water in the

summer when we don’t have large amounts of precipitation. Often our quick summer showers aren’t enough to hydrate plants during the extreme summer heat. What’s been your favorite landscaping project you’ve ever worked on? A

breathtaking subtropical oasis on Bayou St. John. n

Mullin Landscape Associates 621 Distributors Row, Suite. F, Harahan, 275-6617,

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1. The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum hosted its “Tinctures and Tonics Benefit” on November 23, 2013, in the garden of a historic building on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. Pictured above are Tony D’Angelo, New Orleans Pharmacy Museum Board Chairman and museum Board Member, Greg D’Angelo. 2. Museum board member Charlotte D’Angelo and Patsy Bopp share a laugh over champagne at the benefit prior to the exciting live auction and dancing to the sounds of the Smoking Time Jazz Club. 3. Clé Dabezies, Sydney Bopp Perez and Leander H. Perez IV pose in the courtyard of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, a historic building protected by the Vieux Carré Commission and historically the first legal United States apothecary shop. 4. The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) celebrated its 11th annual “Nocturne Gala and Piano Recital” on November 24, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The evening featured American pianist Awadagin Pratt, who played selections from Couperin, Scarlatti, Schubert, Chopin and more to an audience of nearly 200. Pictured above are MASNO President Dr. Emel Songu Mize, Executive Director Julianne Nice and event co-chairs Dr. Jim Farrow and Anne Gauthier. 5. Dr. Mize with artistic director Daniel Weilbaecher, Mignon Faget and Dr. Farrow at the “Nocturne Gala,” which featured a champagne reception, dinner prepared by the culinary team of the Ritz-Carlton and the presentation of the 20th “New Orleans Oscar” to Mr. Pratt by local artist Luis Colmenares. 6. Several Loyola University New Orleans alumni gathered at Ralph’s on the Park on November 23, 2013 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Sigma Alpha Kappa (SAK) social fraternity. Pictured above are board members and their wives, including Tom Kloor, Kitty Kloor, Cynthia Leithman, Pat Grefer, J. Kenneth Leithman and Joseph Grefer.

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7. Sigma Alpha Kappa is unique to Loyola University New Orleans, and the university’s original social fraternity, founded in 1923. Pictured above are association members Ronald Gravois, Margaret Gravois, Bob Winn, Maria Winn and Henry Fransen. 8. Tony L. Chaveaux, his wife Kathryn Chaveaux, Catherine B. Tremaine and Wayne F. Amdee were among the guests attending the December 4, 2013 reception held by Longue Vue House and Gardens to welcome Mr. Chaveaux to his new position as Executive Director at Longue Vue. 9. On December 5, 2013, NBA All-Star Ambassador and New Orleans Pelicans Point Guard Austin Rivers surprised the students of Miller Wall Elementary School in Marrero with free tickets to the recent NBA Jam Session and All-Star Weekend in February. 10. FundDat and RabJab co-presented a Christmas-themed fundraiser, “A CrowdFunding Christmas” on December 5, 2013, at the Freret Street PubliQ House. Pictured above are Richard Pomes, co-founder of RabJab, Lauren Thom of Fleurty Girl and James Braendel, co-founder of RabJab. 11. Sponsored by Lucky Player Vodka, “A CrowdFunding Christmas” featured a competition between nonprofit organizations for funding. Whenever purchasing a signature cocktail from Lucky Player Vodka, guests were asked to place a token that symbolized $1 donation in one of six jars symbolizing a different nonprofit. Martin Roth, Lauren Thom, Kelsea Renton and Kyle June Williams pose above. 12. Participating nonprofit organizations included NOMAD Schools, Bloom Box Farms, The Little Things, Genesaiqos, WhoaGa and Maxwell Worthington. Pictured above are Kyle June Williams, Audrey Voelker, and Annie Clauss. | 85


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13. On December 6, 2013, Bridge House/Grace House hosted its “Tree of Recovery” ceremony at Lakeside Shopping Mall. The annual ceremony honors donors and individuals lost to substance abuse by hanging their names on the Tree of Recovery. The Bridge House Choir and the Grace House Choir both performed. Standing in front of the tree is Director Michelle Gaiennie with Kevin Gardere and Barbara Gaiennie. 14. December 7, 2013, saw Mizado Cocina teaming up with Team Gleason to host a “Holiday Spirit Party” to raise money for Team Gleason’s work against the terminal neuro-muscular disease, ALS. Pictured above are the Taste Buds, the owners of Mizado Cocina receiving a proclamation from Councilmember Guidry. 15. Poydras Home celebrated its new three-story Oak House expansion with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 10, 2013. Pictured are Lauren Hotard, Reverend Roosevelt Stephens, Jay Rive, Jill Winston and Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell cutting the ribbon to the additional 11 apartments for assisted dementia care and 22 apartments for classic assisted living.

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Coming this July... St. Charles Avenue magazine will feature its inaugural Gallery Insider Guide July 2014, with additional distribution at Whitney White Linen Night, Dirty Linen Night and Art for Art’s Sake. This guide will include a directory of the most exclusive and prestigious galleries in New Orleans.

Reserve your enhanced listing today! • With the purchase of an ad, receive a complimentary enhanced listing • Enhanced listings include an image of a piece of art and 75 words with which to show off your gallery

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1. On May 24, 2013, Greg and Jane Bensel hosted a celebrity Saints dinner at their Uptown home, courtesy of the annual “Stuart Hall Auction.” Guests were given honorary Saints helmets upon arrival, as pictured. 2. Guests to the exclusive party enjoyed a dinner prepared by chef Brian Landry of Borgne, pictured with his staff, and fraternization with Dennis and Jennifer Lausch, Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis and wife Melanie, and Saints owners Tom and Gayle Benson. 3. St. Michael Special School hosted its annual “Blue Rose Ball” benefit for nearly 800 guests on September 14, 2013. All proceeds of the event went to providing a quality education to children with major learning disabilities with an emphasis on functional academics and living skills that foster independence in the community. Pictured are Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond and Mayor Mitch Landrieu. 4. Guests at the “Blue Rose Ball” danced the night away to the dulcet sounds of the Wiseguys and enjoyed cuisine prepared by chef David Woodward, a raffle and much more. Co-chair Annette Francingues and her husband Wayne are pictured, with Craig and Stacie Doyle and Emily and Scott Francingues. 5. In October, Academy of the Sacred Heart celebrated their annual “Academy of the Sacred Heart Reunion Weekend” with awards and appreciation for the timeless institution. The school took the opportunity to honor alumnae for their service to the school, including Betty Johnson Constantin and Bonnie Smith Talbot, pictured. 6. Talbot, pictured here with her family, received the Alumna of the Year Award for rendering outstanding service to the school.

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7. Constantin, pictured here with her family, received the Academy of the Sacred Heart St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Award honoring an individual for service to the school. 8. Catholic Charities collaborated with Adoption and Pro-Life Services to celebrate National Adoption Month on October 25, 2013 by throwing an “Adoption Reception” at the home of Joe and Sue Ellen Canizaro. Sr. Marjorie Heber, host Joe Canizaro, event co-chairs Jean Rice and Michelle Black are pictured. 9. Danna Cousins, Philip and Lauren May, Rob Rogers and Jordinda Junius were among the guests who enjoyed champagne and culinary surprises at the elegant Old Metairie home of the Canizaros, along with an auction of wine and presentation on Celebrating Adoption. 10. Jean Rice and Michelle Black presented a gift of thanks to hosts Joe and Sue Ellen Canizaro while Sr. Marjorie Hebert, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, spoke to guests about the significance and importance of the work that the Adoption Services do in our community. Pictured are Janet Patterson, Judy Quinilty and Bob Winn. 11. Brother Martin High School held its annual “Celebration of the Crest” event at the New Orleans Marriott in early November 2013. Attended by 900 guests, the evening featured musical entertainment, edibles, libations and a stunning auction. Pictured are Bonnie and Michael Pittmann celebrating with family and friends after winning the bid for the “Eye of the Tiger” LSU Blue Dog Print signed by Les Miles. 12. Artist Terrence Osborne poses with his painting “The Tradition Continues” of Brother Martin High School at the “Celebration of the Crest” with Development Director Tommy Mitchell ’79 and guest auctioneer Scott Walker, ’93. | 89


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13. The Ursuline Academy of New Orleans held its “La Fête 286” gala event in early November 2013. The patron party and accompanying gala raised funds for the all-girls Catholic school, one of the oldest in the Greater New Orleans Area. Pictured above are co-chairs Brian and Lori Knight with Verna, Moon and Madeline Landrieu. 14. Guests, including Michael Kimble, Ursuline Academy President Karen McNay, Don McNay and Kay Norwood pose at the gala in the interior courtyard, enjoying the music of the Benchwarmers, elaborate live and silent auctions, and delicious edibles and libations. 15. Ann Fuselier, Sr. Carla Dolce, Mary Ann Valentino and Lisette Turpin enjoyed cocktails, local cuisine and entertainment by Gary Brown & Feelings at the patron party at half past six at Ursuline Academy’s main entrance on State Street.

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Academy of the Sacred Heart  4521 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans 504-269-1230 Campers will explore, create, and have fun in a nurturing environment. Many camp programs available: Day Camp for boy and girl toddler and nursery campers; Day camp for girls entering Prek-5th; Sports and More for boys entering Prek – 5th; Theatre Camps (Jungle Book for the Lower School boys and girls and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown for boys and girls entering 6th – 9th); Creative Hearts for girls entering K – 5th; new Middle School Camps: Too Cool for School, Ceramics and Mixed Media, and Service over Self.  Academic and Enrichment Camps, Sports Camps in volleyball, basketball, and speed and conditioning. For more info, check

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Brother Martin High School 4401 Elysian Fields Ave. New Orleans 504-283-1561 This summer, Brother Martin will offer Crusader summer camp for boys 6-12 years old. Camp will run from June 2nd through July 11th.  Mornings will be dedicated to sports along with scheduled activities or field trips during the afternoons.  Specialty sports camps in baseball (boys 8-14 years old) and basketball (boys entering 3rd through 8th grades) will be held July 14-July18 and July 21-25, respectively. Before and after care is also available at an additional charge. Online registration is available at

Jesuit High School 4133 Banks St. New Orleans 504-251-1204 Jesuit offers boys ages 5-12 a full six-week Summer Day Camp Program (June 2-July 11) and two three-week Day Camp Programs (June 2-June 20; June 23-July 11). Before and after-Day Camp Care is available. Day Camps feature Field Trips, Picnics, Movies, Tours, Bowling, Kickball, Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Laser Tag, Water Slides, Skating, Putt Putt, and Outdoor Games. In addition to two Academic Camps (Science and Study Skills), Jesuit also offers a variety of Sports Camps, including Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Lacrosse. Parents are assured that Jesuit’s Summer Camps are wellsupervised, safe, and fun. The school’s Mid-City location at Carrollton and Banks makes it accessible from anywhere in the


metro region. Information, fees, and online registration forms for all of Jesuit’s Summer Camps are posted on the school’s web site:

summer on a high note! A camp musical, arts and crafts, sports activities, water games, field trips and teamwork challenges will fill your daughter’s days at Summergate. July 21-August 8

Kehoe-France 720 Elise Ave. Metairie 504-733-0472 25 Patricia Drive Covington 985-892-4415 Having operated since 1949, Kehoe-France Camps are one of the most experienced camps in the Metro New Orleans area and offer an ideal opportunity for boys and girls, Infants 8 weeks old (by June 1st) through 13 years of age. There are two Kehoe-France Day Camp sites consisting of 14 acres in Metairie and 12 acres in Covington. We provide swimming pools, tennis courts, BB range, gymnasium, indoor activity center, several pavilions, arts and crafts, ceramics lab, computer lab, and numerous playing fields. The camps and staff provide each camper the advantage of adventure, fun, growth and education to ensure every camper enjoys all the activities for a memorable, fun-filled summer in a safe and secure environment.

Louise S. McGehee 2343 Prytania St. New Orleans 504-561-1224 school-life/summer-at-mcgehee Summer at McGehee is all about girls! Featuring: Curious Jane — hands-on, project-based classes that give girls the opportunity to explore design, building and science in a fun, creative environment. Weekly Sessions: June 2-July 18curiousjanecamp. com; Sports Camps — Week long sessions in June and August featuring McGehee’s Varsity coaches (soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country) summeratmcgehee; Summergate – End your

Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St. New Orleans 504-266-2412 Enjoy a safe, fun and educational camp environment at the Louisiana Children’s Museum for children ages 5 to 8 with a wide variety of week-long camps. Take a voyage into space for an out of this world experience! Become a junior paleontologist, discover your inner mad scientist, explore everything circles and dots, and much more! All summer camps are from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, contact Grace Connors at 504-266-2412. To register, under “Come Play-Camps.”

St. Martin’s Episcopal School 225 Green Acres Rd. Metairie 504-733-0353 St. Martin’s Episcopal School, a co-ed, early childhood through grade 12 independent school provides a challenging, college-preparatory education focused on development of the whole child. And this summer at St. Martin’s, camp opportunities exist for all ages! For the youngest campers (2-3 years), Summer Cottage Camp provides a nurturing environment and numerous developmentally appropriate activities both indoors and out: arts/crafts, water play, music, body movement and more. For ages 4-14, Summer Theme Campers will swim everyday and discover new talents in performing arts, health & fitness, and visual arts. St. Martin’s offers four Athletic Camps: Baseball, Basketball, Sports Academy, and Top Gun Sports; and several Science/Enrichment camps for boys and girls entering 1-9 grades.

St. Mary’s Dominican High School Metairie Park Country Day 300 Park Road Metairie 504-849-3188 Creative Arts & Much More! This extraordinary summer arts program takes place June 16 through July 18. Youngsters, ages 7-14, will participate in five classes from over 50 choices in the visual arts, performing arts and sports. Professional artists who design unique projects meant to immerse each child in the exploration of their own ideas guide students. A grand community arts festival culminates this daily celebration of the creative spirit.

7701 Walmsley Ave. New Orleans 865-9401 x4129 Join the fun at Dominican! Jumpin’ for Joy June bug campers (completed grades 1-4) experience days of jazzy activities such as Arts and Crafts, Cheerleading, Bibleosity, Music and more! DominiCampers (completed grades 4-8) enjoy activities such as cooking, jewelry making, dance, math mania, science exploration, drama and arts and crafts. DominiCampers are offered Sports and Specialized Camps, too! Supervised by Dominican’s coaching staff, sports campers receive sport-specific instruction and skill development for softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Specialized camps taught by Dominican masters of art, music, robotics and drama bring talented campers center stage as they cultivate their crafts. • | 93

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5631 St. Charles Avenue.....SOLD...............$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$6,000,000 16 Audubon Place .............. SOLD ..............$4,500,000 521 Gov. Nicholls................SOLD...............$3,750,000 8 La Salle Place ...............................................$3,650,000 18 Rosa Park ...................................................$2,590,000 1776 State Street ..................SOLD...............$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ........SOLD...............$2,300,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue......SOLD...............$2,199,000 2600 Gay lynn Drive ......................................$1,950,000 841 Barracks Street ........................................$1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street .........................................$1,850,000 1518 First 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 2708 Coliseum Street ..........SOLD...............$1,625,000 1233 Second Street..............SOLD...............$1,600,000 576 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,595,000 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 ..........................................$1,488,000 1542 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD...............$1,450,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street .................SOLD...............$1,399,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street ................SOLD...............$1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ........... SOLD ..............$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place ........................SOLD...............$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD...............$1,300,000 1207 State Street ..................SOLD...............$1,250,000 571 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ...............SOLD...............$1,220,000 6554 Oakland Drive............SOLD...............$1,200,000 441 Audubon Street ............SOLD...............$1,199,000

4901 St. Charles Avenue......SOLD...............$1,100,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue........SOLD...............$1,100,000 17 Chateau Palmer ..............SOLD...............$1,085,000 1701 Valence Street .............SOLD...............$1,075,000 1919 State Street ..................SOLD...............$1,050,000 1221 First Street ..................SOLD...............$1,050,000 1221 Exposition Blvd .........SOLD...............$1,045,000 3225 Prytania Street ............SOLD...............$1,000,000 1844 State Street ..................SOLD.................. $995,000 1022 Webster Street ............SOLD.................. $995,000 3447 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $985,000 45 Savannah Ridge Ln ...................................... $950,000 1543 Henry Clay Avenue.......SOLD.................. $950,000 1729 Jefferson Avenue........SOLD.................. $950,000 4525 Prytania Street ............SOLD.................. $950,000 3937 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $950,000 508 Walnut Street ................SOLD.................. $950,000 2331 Chestnut Street...........SOLD.................. $949,000 1922 State Street ..................SOLD.................. $899,000 6161 Loyola Avenue............SOLD.................. $895,000 1205 Arabella Street ............SOLD.................. $895,000 6047 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $850,000 836 State Street ....................SOLD.................. $849,000 500 Walnut Street ................SOLD.................. $825,000 5951 Tchoupitoulas.............SOLD.................. $815,000 5933 Camp Street ................SOLD.................. $799,000 1443 Calhoun Street ...........SOLD.................. $789,000 405 Exposition Blvd ...........SOLD.................. $755,000 1513 Hesiod Street ............................................ $479,000 7315 Dominican Street .............................................$479,000 7337 W. Roadway Street ......3 Slips.................. $150,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge ................$2,750,000 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington...................$1,350,000 595 Sandy Hook Dr, MS ...............................$1,100,000

Belle Alliance Plantation ...... $3,785,000 838 Lowerline........................ $2,470,000 10 Swan .................. SOLD.... $1,300,000 1440 Camp St.........................$1,245,000 500 Audubon ........ SOLD........ $998,000 5232 Chestnut ...... SOLD........ $920,000 1566 Calhoun ........ SOLD........ $875,000 5111 Pitt .................. SOLD.........$749,000 1240 Eighth ............ SOLD........ $725,000 208 English Turn ....................... $699,000 328 Julia.................. SOLD........ $595,000 6313 Laurel ............ SOLD........ $568,000 6308 Camp ............ SOLD........ $549,000 6219 Magazine St. SOLD........ $530,000 3801 St. Charles, Unit 201.................$499,000 924 Bellecastle ...... SOLD........ $485,000 234 Audubon St .... SOLD........ $479,000 8233 Freret St ....... SOLD........ $445,000 700 S. Peters .......... SOLD........ $428,000 6300 Colbert St ..... SOLD.........$419,000 4 Stilt ........................ SOLD.........$415,000 4440 Bienville ........ SOLD........ $399,000 915 Cadiz ................ SOLD........ $396,000 422 Henry Clay Ave.SOLD ....... $368,000 2420 Chippewa ........................ $325,000 3432 Nashville .......................... $299,000 721 E.Jefferson Park ............... $229,000 248 Cherokee Unit 33 ............. $209,000 4323 Danneel .......................... . $186,000 801 Henry Clay Ave, Unit 114 ................$119,900 | 95

new orleans nostalgia

By Seale Paterson

The Wonderwall A half-mile long stationary Mardi Gras. One of the most praised and ultimately favorite attraction at the 1984 Louisiana World’s Fair was the Wonderwall, a half-mile long wall often described as a stationary Mardi Gras parade. It ran down the length of South Front Street (now Convention Center Boulevard), forming a colorful edge of the fair grounds. Designed by famed Los Angeles architect Charles W. Moore and William Turnbull as a means to hide overhead wiring and an intrusive cityscape, the original inspiration for the Wonderwall design was the work of 18thcentury Italian artist Giovanni Piranesi. As different artists were asked to contribute to the

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design, it turned into a cascading structure of stucco and papiermâché in 25 different colors, containing metallic trees, pelicans, sandbag alligators, plants and Roman statuary. Influenced by many different architectural forms and eras, the wall varied between one and three stories high, and 12 to 18 feet in depth. Among the wall’s many architectural features of temples, towers and archways were found multiple entertainment stages, storefronts, food vendors, passageways and 40 fountains. Also contained in the Wonderwall was a fully functioning radio station, an outpost of WRNO, which operated daily from the site.

Disc jockeys played requests from guests to dedicate to their friends back home, as they also broadcast on WRNO Worldwide (shortwave radio). After the fair closed, various structures were sold off at public auction. The Wonderwall in its entirety was bought by cemetery owner Larry Chedotal for $50. He was the only bidder. He later

sold parts of the Wonderwall to people who wanted them, and many of those decorative pieces can still be seen around town: in the backyards of Uptown homes, on Bayou St. John, at the Louisiana Children’s Museum and along the Poydras Street corridor. n

Note: This is Part 4 of a yearlong focus on the 1984 Louisiana World’s Fair.

A model of the Wonderwall on display at the Exposition’s Headquarters Building in early 1984 shows how the estimated 10,000 lights will showcase the structure at night, creating an entirely new experience and look from the daytime version. The Wonderwall lighting was designed by Richard Peters, lighting consultant to Perez Associates, architects of the World’s Fair. The lights were to be seen as artwork, not simply illumination, and were controlled by a central computer, set to change depending on the time of day, and often piece by piece in sequence, taking the eye from one end of the fair to the other. Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library.

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St. Charles Avenue April 2014  

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