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(Seated) Tom and Event Chair Gayle Benson; (standing) President and CEO, Ochsner Health System, Warner Thomas; and 2015 Miracle Makers Award Winners Lori Ochsner and Dr. John Cole for Ochsner Cancer Institute’s “Moonlight & Miracles Gala”




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Features Metairie Road has become a lifestyle destination all its own. Though it’s only about four miles long, one could spend an entire day among its shops and eateries. Look no further than our feature for the latest in fashion, fitness and food along this corridor, starting on pg. 64.


Guide to Entertaining The tips you need to create an unforgettable event by Cassie Pruyn


A Day On Metairie Road The latest in fitness, fashion & food by Kelcy Wilburn

On the Cover Ochsner Health System’s President and CEO, Warner Thomas, is partnering with New Orleans’ dynamic duo and ultimate power couple, Tom and Gayle Benson, to combat cancer for the fourth annual “Moonlight & Miracles Gala” on Friday, November 11, at the MercedesBenz Superdome, alongside 2015 Miracle Maker Award winners, Dr. John Cole and Lori Ochsner. The Superdome will open its green turf for a magical evening of cocktails, dancing and wonder, all for a charitable cause. Event Chairwoman Gayle Benson is working with more than 100 other “Miracle Makers,” promising a

party to remember for its glamor and remarkable contributions. The event’s profits will aid in funding for continuing research and patient care at Ochsner Cancer Institute. Ochsner Health System is the Gulf South’s largest nonprofit, academic, healthcare system to provide multidisciplinary care to cancer patients both young and old. The event also commemorates those who help patients keep fighting; the ones who put smiles on the faces of those who are sick and suffering. These are nurses, doctors and staff, along with family and friends; they’re caregivers, and through Ochsner Cancer Institute they’re also Miracle Makers. Ochsner has been dedicated to cancer care

and research for more than 70 years, taking crucial steps towards innovating treatment programs. Offering recovery programs for even the most complex of cancer cases, Ochsner owns and has affiliations with 28 hospital and 60 health centers throughout the region, and employs more than 17,000 caregivers, physicians and specialists to treat patients as well as conduct more than 1,000 clinical research studies. The event begins and 6 p.m., and tickets will go on sale in September. For tickets and more information about the event, call 842-7125 or email Kathleen McCulla at

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to Ochsner Health System's Director of Public Relations Giselle Hecker

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In Every Issue


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10 & 12

Vintage Wedding

Editors’ Notes



Kids Play

Escape Plans: Two local places that specialize in challenging exits


Philanthropic Fun

16 Southern Glow

Undercover Agent: Banishing dark circles & shadows 10 What’s Hot

Sports & Spirit 20 On the Menu

A Sweet Side: Johnny Cake as shared by chef Jason Klutts of café Henri 22 The Dish

Summer Changes: One's success is another's demise & special menus

Mary Catherine Dicks Weds Norbert Emmanuel Schmidt: June 16, 1951

A Fête for Feathered Friends Annual "Whitney Zoo-To-Do" benefited the Tropical Bird House exhibit. 24

A Fashionable Fête "Prix d'Elegance" luncheon honored New Orleans' best dressed. 34

Treasuring History The Historic New Orleans Collection celebrates its 50th anniversary at "Soiree d'Or." 26

Models With a Mission The I Am Waters Foundation provides lifesaving water to America's homeless. 36

Wining & Dining for Education The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses strive to improve programming for all ages. 28

Access to Pro-Life Programs ACCESS celebrated 45 years of providing complimentary pregnancy support services. 38

Spotlight On Film "The NOFS Gala" supported new programming. 30 "School House Rock" Stars City Year Americorps raised funds to support students in need. 32

A New Krewe In Town DCFNO launched Krewe of Hotel Dieu for individuals tied to Hotel Dieu. 40 Party By the Pontchartrain The National Council of Jewish Women hosted a benefit at the newly remodeled Maison du Lac. 42

Young Bloods

Abhi Bhansali: Co-Founder, City Greens 72 Student Activist

Lili McCormack: Benjamin Franklin High School & New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts 74 Shop Talk

John Chrestia: Architect/Interior Designer, Chrestia Staub Pierce 75 Shop Talk

Becky Fos: Artist & Owner, Gallery B. Fos 76 Snapshots

88 Nostalgia

A Drink & a Dozen: The history – so far – of Pascal's Manale

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August 2016 Vol. 21 Issue 3 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Sarah George contributing editor Mirella Cameran Beauty Columnist Lorin Gaudin Society Columnist Catherine Freeman Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson Associate Editor Melanie Warner Spencer web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout intern Marie Simoneaux

Advertising vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan

(504) 830-7215, sales manager Brittany Brady

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Production Production/Web Manager Staci McCarty senior production designer Ali Sullivan production designer Monique Di Pietro traffic COORDINATOR Terra Durio

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 Cheryl Lemoine event coordinator Margaret Strahan ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Denise Dean Distribution Manager John Holzer Subscription manager Sara Kelemencky Subscriptions Mallary Matherne (504) 830-7231

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We are thrilled to feature the fourth annual “Moonlight and Miracles Gala” on our cover this month! Thanks to Tom and Chair Gayle Benson; Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health Systems; and 2015 Miracle Award Winners Dr. John Cole and Lori Ochsner. Gayle promises a night to remember on Friday, November 11 starting at 6 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. That night will include fabulous food, music, fireworks and a car raffle for a chance to win a Mercedes-Benz – all that for $400 a ticket. The party is always “on the turf ” at the Superdome, and the gala will benefit cancer services and research at Ochsner Cancer Institute, the largest nonprofit system in the Gulf South to provide multi-disiplinary care to adult and pediatric cancer patients. Get your tickets now by calling 842-7125! Be sure to check out What’s Hot, which features items to celebrate Sports and Spirit, from a belt buckle to nail polish. Now that summer is waning, you’ll want to get ideas from our "Guide to Entertaining" so you can hit the ground running on your next soirée! With the tips you need to create an unforgettable event, eight local experts give you their best advice. Spending “A Day On Metairie Road” is a must! In this annual feature, we update on the thoroughfare’s latest in fitness, fashion and food. This is also our annual Weddings Issue, so check out these six fabulous weddings and see what amazing features of each you’ll love. From the flowers to the locations – you’ll be impressed with all of the details. Our Vintage Wedding features Catherine Schmidt and her husband of 62 years, Baldy Schmidt – you’ll love it! Welcome to Catherine Freeman, who will be writing the column “Making a Difference” for us! We are excited she’s joining us at St. Charles Avenue and look forward to all of her great columns! We wish Marilee Hovet and her family all the best in New York City and we’ll miss her! Welcome Catherine! This year "Wine, Dine & Design" is benefiting Bastion, and the luncheon tables are almost sold-out! Call Margaret Strahan at 830-7264 for tickets to the luncheon, and go online to buy Preview Party tickets (see our ad up front for more details). It is going to be over the top and you won't want to miss it! Have fun getting everyone back to school, and let’s hope that the hot days are over soon!

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Catherine Freeman is the perfect person to write one of our favorite columns: "Making a Difference!" She is a graduate of Sweet Briar College and lived and worked in both New York City and Atlanta. She is married to Peter Freeman, has three wonderful children and has continued her community activities through it all. She has served on many boards, from the Junior League to Trinity and Newman schools, the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, the Legacy Foundation and more. She has Chaired "Sentimental Journeys," "Zoo-To-Do," "Amazing Grapes, Co-Chaired "Sugarplum Ball" and many more. We enthusiastically welcome her to St. Charles Avenue magazine!

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August in New Orleans is so hot and humid that you would be forgiven for thinking that you were actually in a sauna. But as we begin to look forward to cooler temperatures, we also have to start preparing for school; cheering on our favorite sports teams; entertaining for fun and for the holidays; and fall weddings. Thankfully, we have tips, tricks, stories and shopping lists for all of the above in this issue – plus the latest way to spend a fabulous day along Metairie Road! Personally, the best part of August for me was always shopping to go back to school – the pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, binders … Thankfully, since I work in editing, I can still go shopping for those things. I have even begun journaling again, and have really started to enjoy practicing my handwriting (which is atrocious) and learning different penmanship styles and skills. This year, I’m also looking forward to the incredible array of nonprofit events coming up – quickly – this fall, including our cover event, “Moonlight & Miracles.” Our next issue will include our “Registry of Charitable Events: September-December 2016.” If you have an event during those months that you want included, please fill out our online form as soon as possible: If you have any questions or concerns about our "Registry," calendars or coverage, please email me directly at: Have a safe and sunny August,

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August 4-7 “New Orleans Antiques Forum,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection, 523-4662

6 “Whitney White Linen Night,” benefiting

the Contemporary Arts Center, 528-3805, 26 “Next Generation Fundraising Banquet,”

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Escape Plans Two local places that specialize in challenging exits By Lynne Gibbons

If you have pre-teen or teenage children, you know there are countless activities and interests pulling them in different directions. Spending quality time with them can become increasingly challenging to accomplish. So, I was thrilled to discover two businesses relatively new to the New Orleans area that offer an indoor activity that everyone from adults to pre-teens will enjoy. These businesses, Escape My Room and Clue Carré, bring a growing national game to the local landscape. The concept is a simple: A small group of people is locked in a room for 60 minutes, charged with the task of solving puzzles and finding clues that eventually lead to the code to unlock the door. Escape My Room offers two rooms, both with a maximum capacity of eight people. The two rooms, The Mardi Gras Study and the Jazz Parlor, are, "both replicas of rooms from the DeLaporte mansion, which was demolished to make way for construction of the new hospital. Solving the puzzles and clues in each room lead you down a mysterious path where you help Mrs. DeLaporte find a missing treasure and solve an old murder mystery." It is important to note that children under 12 are only allowed if the entire room has been booked by your party. Clue Carré, located in the CBD, offers five different rooms: the Mardi Gras Den, the Voodoo Room, the Secret Agent Room, the Haunted Swamp Room and the Vampire Hunter Room. The maximum number of participants varies from seven to 10 depending on the specific room, and children must be at least 8 years old. If your party is the exact size that the room allows, you have the entire experience to yourselves. However, if you’re booking a smaller number, the remaining spots may be filled with other customers.

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Both companies offer very user-friendly websites that allow you to read a description of each room and view the available number of participants per time slot. It also shows you the average percentage of the “escape success rate.” If you think it sounds easy to follow a few clues and solve a few puzzles, think again! The average success rate hovers around 30 percent. Both companies allow you to book and prepay online, so when you arrive, you simply check in. While you’re only “locked” in your room for one hour, you should prepare to be there for longer, as you have a quick orientation before your time begins. This is a great activity for groups of friends or multiple generations of a family. Photography isn’t allowed inside the rooms, so all cell phones are left in lockers in the lobby. Your teenagers will be amazed at how much fun they can have without their cell

phones! Come ready to laugh but also ready to work together as a team to untangle the mystery set before you. Whether you succeed in the 60-minute time slot or not, you’ll be hooked and ready to be locked up again soon! n

Just the Facts: Clue Carré 830 Union St. 667-2583 Open seven days a week; hours vary Reservations required, call if within 16 hours of booking time Escape My Room 633 Constance St. 475-7580 Open seven days a week; hours vary Reservations required and can be booked up to one hour prior to game time; walk-ins not accepted

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Undercover Agent

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer and Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift

Banishing dark circles & shadows By Lorin Gaudin

Dark under-eye shadows are an issue. Actually, that discoloration or darkness can be the result of puffiness, pigmentation, blood vessels or hollows. Call the shadows bags or circles; attribute them to heredity, partying, hormones, sun exposure, childbirth or aging. Battling dark shadows is a serious and difficult business. The overwhelming possibilities for solutions range from injectables to fill sunken areas or surgery to remove fat pads; to creams, gels and serums that boast the ability to banish the signs of aging, provide sun protection or do away with darkness; to concealers to cover and correct; to specific sleep requirements to reduce the appearance of darkness; to a range of topical, potable and other products (green juices, hydrating waters, mists, teas, diets, pillow cases, etc.), all promising reward. What works and what doesn’t? There are some things we know for sure: sun protection, hydration and proper rest are key to reducing the appearance of dark shadows. Clearly medical intervention has its benefits, too. Beyond that, it’s all a dice-roll. Over the years I’ve tried a vast number of eye creams and concealers, but only recently did I stumble upon a couple products I now swear by. Fair warning: I spend money on skincare and lean towards natural and organic products. To start with, I’m obsessive about removing my eye makeup every night; I'm convinced that sleeping in mascara stains the under-eye area and makes my already dark circles darker. To remove makeup, I’m a two-step cleaner gal: micellar water or bi-phase makeup remover (if I’ve worn waterproof mascara) on a cotton pad to gently sweep away cosmetics, followed by an oil-based cleanser (Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil) as a second cleanse. After applying serum and moisturizer,

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my current go-to eye products are Josh Rosebrook’s Oculus Formula (night) and Chantecaille Stress Relief Eye Cream (day). This combination has had such a profound effect on reducing dark circles, I can get away with a light application of corrector, concealer and setting powder. n

Love List This month’s “Love List” is dedicated to eye products I’ve used and loved depending on time of year, heat, humidity, my skin’s condition and what I’m doing – inside all day writing, running the streets, exercising, etc. (Yes, I wear concealer when I walk Audubon Park.) In all honesty, I never go out without some under-eye coverage, SPF (Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30), concealer and sunglasses (Krewe, of course). Eye Creams (in addition to the abovementioned): Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream; Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay

Correctors: Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer; Sephora Bright Future Color Correctors; Armani Master Corrector Concealers: Eve Pearl; RMS; Nars Creamy Concealer; Mac Studio Conceal and Correct Duo; Philosophy; Urban Decay Naked Concealer; Benefit Erase Paste; Glossier Stretch Concealer; Keromask; Dermablend Brighteners: Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift (a gift from a friend); Armani Master Concealer Powder: W3LL People Realist Invisible Setting Powder; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light; RMS “un” powder. *Bonus: Avoid looking like a “hot mess” in this summer swelter with these stay-put, stay cool products: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer; Teri Miyahira crushed colors for eyes and face; Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush; Chanel Le Volume Waterproof Mascara; Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick. *All products available at: Saks, Sephora, Ulta or online 17

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Sports and Spirit By Amy Gabriel

With football season upon us, it’s time to round up your hometown crowd for some tailgating and stadium festivities. So when the Saints come marching in, you’ll be set to impress with our first round draft picks for sports and spirit accessories. n

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1. A black-and-gold plaid 100 percent cotton button down with wrinklefree treatment makes for a sophisticated way to stay spirited. Perlis, 6055 Magazine St. 891-2073,

2. Be enthusiastic from head to toe with fleur-de-lis themed socks, complete with a streetcar logo, from local label Bonfolk. Available at numerous locations in New Orleans and Metairie, and on

3. He will stay in the loop on the latest scores while wearing a black-and-gold fleur-de-lis club belt detailed with an antiqued brass buckle. NOLA Couture, 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959; 528 St. Peter St., 875-3522;

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4. Give your spirit fingers something to cheer about with a few slick swipes of Take a Right On Bourbon, a frosted gold metallic hue from the recently launched OPI New Orleans nail polish collection. Available for order at Buff Beauty Bar, 720 Carondelet St., 522-2833, 5. A vintage-inspired Grand Fleur detailed series 6 iPhone case will allow you to ring up a friend to root, root, root for the home team. Trashy Diva, 2050 Magazine St., 265-0973; 2048 Magazine St., 299-8777; 537 Royal St., 522-4233,

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6. Show your love of the game with a sweet "who dat" necklace in gold. Available in two lengths: 16-18” and 18-20”. Cristy Cali at Adler’s 722 Canal St.; 3301 Veterans Blvd., 523-5295; and 7. A rainy day tailgate becomes tolerable under a cork umbrella with a chic curved wooden handle. Queork, 838 Chartres St. 481-4910; 3005 Magazine St., 481-4910; 8. The ultimate go-cup, keep your drink cold for nine hours or hot for three hours in a triple insulated 16-ounce Corkcicle stainless copper tumbler. Available at 19

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A Sweet Side Johnny Cake as shared by chef Jason Klutts of café Henri

Johnny Cake Ingredients


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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cast iron skillet in oven to preheat.

cups cream cup buttermilk cup milk Tablespoons honey Tablespoon salt cup cornmeal cup grits ounces butter whole eggs, separated Tablespoon sugar

In a heavy bottom pot, heat cream, buttermilk, milk, honey and salt until just under a simmer. Whisk in cornmeal and grits. Continue to stir for about 5 minutes until mixture has thickened. Turn off heat. Add butter and stir until melted. Add egg yolks and stir. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg whites and sugar until soft peaks are formed. Fold into batter in three separate additions.  Carefully remove skillet from the oven. Coat with a little vegetable oil. Pour batter in and place back into oven. Cook for 20 minutes or until set.  Serve as a starter, sprinkling with sea salt immediately before serving. At café Henri, it's served with room temperature butter mixed with cane syrup.

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café Henri 800 Louisa St.

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Summer Changes One’s success is another’s demise & special menus By Jyl Benson

I love to cook. When my daughter was growing up, our family always shared an evening meal together, occasionally phoned in for delivery or pickup, but usually prepared from scratch by me. Knowing my only child was about to take off for college, last summer a friend warned of changes to come. “See that well-stocked refrigerator? Know how you like to cook? Just wait. In a couple of months, you guys will either starve to death, sustain yourselves on bowls of cereal or cheese and crackers for dinner or eat out every night.” “No way. I love to cook!” Yeah, right. I now stalk Taceaux Loceaux on Facebook. How fortuitous for me that they’re often parked outside of Dos Jeffes Uptown Cigar Bar, handily located two blocks from my house. My husband even acquired some special, flat, indestructible, environmentally friendly, reusable takeout containers that we bring over and have filled so our precious haul won’t get smooshed on the short walk home. So impressive and perfect for the job are said containers that we’ve elicited compliments from the food truck’s staff. But just as I have become truly, hopelessly addicted to their Avocado Fries (wedges of perfectly ripe avocado battered in some light, magical tempuralike coating, quickly fried to a

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Chicken Pontalba with Brabant potatoes and béarnaise aioli

Gulf fish almandine with lyonnaise potatoes and lemon butter sauce, both at Broussard's

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greaseless perfection and served with a magic potion/sauce) and the Seoul Man tacos (Bulgogi Chicken, shredded cabbage, cilantro, pickled red onions and Sriracha aioli on flour tortillas) New Orleans’ longest running contemporary food truck will leave the streets. Alex and Maribeth del Castillo are finally set to move – any day now – into a cavernous brickand-mortar location in the Lower Garden District. The restaurant, which will have the feel of a Mexican beer garden, will offer all of the cleverly named Taceaux Loceaux carnivore, vegetarian and vegan food truck favorites including Carnital Knowledge (slow cooked pork, shredded cabbage, radish, cilantro and chipotle aioli on corn tortillas), Messin’ with Texas (seasoned slow roasted brisket, shredded cabbage, radish, cilantro, crema and salsa picante on flour tortillas), Southern Decadence (twice fried chicken skins, chow chow and Jezebel sauce on flour tortillas) and All Hat, No Cattle (seasoned beans and rice, shredded cabbage, radish, cilantro, crema and salsa picante on flour tortillas). They will also have a larger menu, including meats and poultry from a wood-fired grill, as well as a full bar and off-street parking. “This will be pretty amazing,” says Alex del Castillo, while my heart breaks. But my misery will Broussard’s 819 Conti St. 581-3866 Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails 337 Chartres St. 598-5005 Taceaux Loceaux 627 Celeste St.

Try This The luck must be in the numbers – at least in the French Quarter. Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails is celebrating the birth year of Huey Long, 1893, with (take a guess) a special lunch menu priced at $18.93 through the end of September. Chef Nathan Richard’s three course menu offers a choice of gumbo or pork steam buns; entrées of smoked roast beef poor boy with the chef’s special comeback sauce, or fried chicken panzanella salad. Bread pudding rounds out the menu.

be short lived. “We’re planning to put the truck back out Uptown after some much needed repairs.” At the other end of the dining spectrum, my heavily tatted friend chef Neal Swidler, the kitchen king at swanky Broussard’s in the French Quarter, is offering a special summer menu in celebration of the year the restaurant was founded: 1920. Through the end of September, you can dine on the cheap with a threecourse, pre-fixe menu for, you guessed it, $19.20. The special menu will be offered daily and includes a starter of summer tomatoes with arugula and celery root remoulade and spicy boiled shrimp, turtle soup or soup of the day; an entrée choice of either Chicken Pontalba with Brabant potatoes and béarnaise aioli, or Gulf fish almandine with Lyonnaise potatoes and lemon butter sauce; and a dessert choice of a frozen parfait with fresh summer fruit or the chef ’s inspired seasonal bread pudding. n 23

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A Fête for Feathered Friends


Annual “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” benefited the Tropical Bird House exhibit. By Shelby Simon

“Whitney Zoo-To-Do” celebrated its 39th anniversary in 2016 with its annual adults-only black-tie gala at the Audubon Zoo on Friday, May 6. This year, the event was dedicated to the restoration of Audubon Zoo’s Tropical Bird House, and approximately 4,700 guests were in attendance. Combined with “Zoo-To-Do for Kids,” presented by Tulane Pediatrics, the two events generate more than $1.2 million annually. New Orleans’ finest florists, outstanding audio and prestigious production companies transformed the zoo. These included NOLA Flora, CHL linens, New Orleans Event Rental, Firefly Ambiance and Pyramid Audio Productions. Reminding guests that “Whitney Zoo-To-Do” was celebrating restoration of the Tropical Birdhouse, Crescent City Aerial Arts performers were staged throughout the zoo to flit and flutter overhead. The event also featured more than 70 restaurants and more than 60 specialty and full-service cocktail bars. The Main Stage entertainment was Emerald City, a Dallas-based 13-piece band who played high-energy dance songs and today’s hits. Other performers were Al “Lil’ Fats” Jackson, Treme Brass Band and the Uptown Electric String Quartet. The silent auction featured exotic vacations, collectibles for the sports enthusiast, gorgeous jewelry, dining experiences and much more. The Luxury Vehicle Raffle featured a 2016 Lexus ES350 generously donated by LEXUS of New Orleans. Caroline Calhoun served as the Gala Chairwoman. Honorary Chairmen included Mr. and Mrs. Tom Benson Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Prentiss C. Havens; Mr. Maurice L. Lagarde III; The Honorable Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell J. Landrieu; The Honorable Walter J. Leger III; The Honorable Helena N. Moreno; Lt. Gov. William H. Nungesser; The Honorable Nadine M. Ramsey; and Mr. William Boatner Reily II (posthumously). n



Event at a Glance When: Friday, May 6 Where: Audubon Zoo 1. Liz Sloss, Michele Reynoir, Gala Chair Caroline Calhoun and Sally Forman 2. Honorary Chair Prentiss C. Havens, Kathy Cary and Becky and Joe Jager 3. Bo and Caroline Reily with President and CEO Ron Forman 4. Gary Lorio, King Milling, Joe Exnicios and Hardy Fowler 5. Christopher Meeks, Honorary Chair Helena Moreno, Danielle Leger and Honorary Chair Walter Leger III 6. Trihn and Diem Do 24 st. charles Avenue august 2016

Photographed by Jeff Strout

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Treasuring History


The Historic New Orleans Collection celebrates its 50th anniversary at “Soiree d’Or.” By Shelby Simon

More than 260 patrons gathered to celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Historic New Orleans Collection at its “Soiree d’Or.” The Preservation Hall All-Stars performed at the Patron Party that preceeded the gala at the Orpheum Theater. During the Patron Party, Mayor Mitch Landrieu took the stage and praised THNOC for its contributions to the city and described the institution as one of the great repositories of New Orleans history. THNOC Board President Drew Jardine gave a toast to the institution at the gala. THNOC Executive Director Priscilla Lawrence welcomed guests and gave brief remarks on the past, present and future of THNOC. The Anniversary Gala Committee consisted of Bonnie Boyd, Chair and THNOC Board Member, along with Jordana Civetti, Mamie Gasperecz, Marshall Hevron, Julie Jardine, Anne Pincus and Tim Trapolin. Throughout the evening, a slideshow of photographs of past and current THNOC board members and staff, major milestones in THNOC’s history and selected programs were displayed on a screen above the stage. Throughout the gala, music was provided by Joe Lastie Jr. and the Lastie Family Gospel as well as JMO, the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra. Ralph Brennan Catering provided the evening’s menu. A live painting of the event was provided by Heirloom Live Event Painting courtesy of Gambel Communications. The finished work, pained by artist Jared Osterhold, will be added to the holdings of THNOC. n



Event at a Glance What: “Soiree d’Or,” benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection When: Wednesday, May 4

1. John and Event Chair and THNOC Board Member Bonnie Boyd with Julie and THNOC Board President Drew Jardine 2. Teri and Paul Maassen with THNOC Executive Director Priscilla and John Lawrence 3. Lydia Blackmore, Benjamin Janke and Elizabeth Ogden 4. Lou Hoffman, Jack Pruitt and Courtney-Anne Sarpy 5. Pam and Michael Cohn with Jackie Clarkson 6. Tim Trapolin and Peggy Scott Laborde

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Photograph ed by Jeff Strout

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Wining & Dining For Education


The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses strive to improve educational programming for all ages. By Shelby Simon

The courtyard of the Hermann-Grima House was festooned with strands of lights illuminating the evening of “Amazing Grapes, Wine Tasting and Auction for Education.” Guests walked between the courtyard and the neighboring Broussard’s Restaurant as they mingled throughout the evening. The Gumbo Trio jazz band performed in the backdrop as attendees tasted wines from a trio of tables – one red, one white and one for rosé and sparkling – by Dr. James Moises of Bizou Wines and Moises Wines. Each table hosted 12 wines, and Broussard’s Restaurant catered gumbo, shrimp and grits, artichoke and truffle pasta and bananas Foster. Major auction items included vintage wines dating to the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s; a week’s stay at a beachfront condo in Perdido Key, Florida; dinner for 10 at Restaurant R’evolution; jewelry by Julie Vos and Dominique Giordano; tours of Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon; several pieces of art from Esom Gallery and Abode; decorative pillows by Renee Laborde and Haven Custom Furnishings; as well as gift certificates to some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, hotels and shops. Funds raised will benefit the museum’s programs to bring history to life and enhance the quality of education for both students and teachers. Tricia King and Stephanie November served as event Co-Chairs. The event hosted approximately 200 guests and raised more than $90,000. n



Event at a Glance What: “Amazing Grapes, Wine Tasting and Auction for Education,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Where: Hermann-Grima House

1. Co-Chair Tricia and Charlie King 2. Co-Chair Stephanie and Peter November 3. Jane and Charles Ferguson, Buck Taylor and Board President Caroline Ferguson 4. Charlotte and Chris Dorion 5. Dr. James Moises, David Johnson, Claire Leftwich and Chris Ycaza 6. The Gumbo Trio

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Photographed by Jeff Strout

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Spotlight On Film


“The NOFS Gala” supported new programming. By Shelby Simon

The 26th New Orleans Film Festival featured 201 films and brought more than 375 filmmakers to share their work with local audiences. In recent years, the Film Society has developed new programming to serve the New Orleans community, including a mentorship program for filmmakers of color and an education program to promote media literacy for public school students.. Sayde Finkel and Britt Galloway served as Gala Committee Co-Chairs. Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis were the Honorary Chairs. Alex Glaser, NOFS Board President, was also in attendance. Approximately 500 patrons attended this year’s event at the home of John and Yulia Houghtaling. This year’s Celluloid Hero award was given to the cast and crew of “NCIS: New Orleans” to honor their commitment to the city. The décor included a neon theme complete with LED screens under the arches of the porch, which included images of sweeping landscapes and views of the city. When DJ Mannie Fresh started performing on the front porch, the screens switched to abstract images of popcorn with neon overlay. DJ Matty performed on the back porch, while the Loyola Jazz Trio played indoors. Robin Barnes and Trio played the Patron Party. Guests also had the opportunity to experience virtual reality firsthand. StoryUP had headsets and multiple scenes to experience, including a high school football field for guests to enjoy. Domenica catered the Parton Party, followed by a fleet of eight restaurants to cater the main event, including Delachaise, Dat Dog and Manhattanjack. John Calhoun emceed the live auction, which ended with a “Fund-a-need” for patrons to contribute directly to a grants program for local filmmakers. n



Event at a Glance What: “New Orleans Film Society Patron Party & Gala” Where: Home of John and Yulia Houghtaling 1. Co-Chair Britt Galloway and Hostess Yulia Houghtaling 2. Co-Chair Sayde Finkel, NOFS Board President Alex Glaser and NOFS Executive Director Jolene Pinder 3. Gary Solomon, Sam Mickal Solomon, Gina Goings and Chad Graci 4. Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association President Robert and Casey Vosbein 5. "NCIS: New Orleans" cast members Robert Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and "NCIS: New Orleans" Producer Joseph Zolfo 6. "NOFS Gala" Planner Thea Pagel and IATSE Local 478's Cory Parker

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“School House Rock” Stars


City Year Americorps raised funds to support students in need. By Shelby Simon

Each year, City Year deploys 45 Americorps volunteers in FirstLine Schools to provide academic intervention to more than 800 students. The “School House Rock Gala” fundraises to provide essential academic support to these low-income children in New Orleans to promote their success in school. Norma Jane Sabiston served as the Host Committee Chair. Honorary Event Co-Chairs were Mayor Mitch and First Lady Cheryl Landrieu. The School House Rock Star 2016 Honoree was Gary Solomon Sr. Paper roses made of classic novels encouraged the academic motif inside Rosy’s Jazz Hall. The NOCCA Jazz Ensemble performed for the approximately 250 attendees. City Year is an education-focused organization that partners with public schools in 27 communities across the United States. In order to keep students on track to graduate, City Year partners with school districts to place its corps members in schools with the most need, to provide students one-on-one support to overcome the challenges they face in and out of school. In addition to working with individual students who are at-risk of dropping out, City Year works to provide support to the whole school, including leading school-wide events, after school programming and in-class support for teachers. n



Event at a Glance When: Wednesday, April 20 Where: Rosy’s Jazz Hall

1. Karl Weber, Tyler King, Kyla Vick and Honoree Gary Solomon Sr. 2. Briana Alston and Host Committee Chair Norma Jane Sabiston 3. Russell Klein, Estelle Gong and Donna Klein

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A Fashionable Fête


“Prix d’Elegance” luncheon honored New Orleans’ best dressed. By Shelby Simon

Nearly 600 of New Orleans’ leading business men and women attended this year’s “Prix d’Elegance” luncheon Chaired by Brenda Breck. Jeff Chouest of Jeff ’s Haberdashery and Rebecca Nordgren of Chatta Box presented the runway fashion show for this year’s event. The fashion show, which in addition to professional models features New Orleans notables, is always a highlight of the event. “A fashion show,” as a guest stated, “with personality, beautiful spring fashions, and so much fun to watch!” This year’s Hall of Fame Awardees were Bob Breck (Men of Fashion) and Jacquee Carvin (Women of Fashion). The Men of Fashion “Best Dressed” Award Winners were: Nicolas G. Bazan MD, Chad Berg, Robert ”Bob” W. Brown, Roy M. Carubba, Gerry Cvitanovich MD, Michael Hecht, Burnie Juneau, Christopher Ledet, Maximilian G. Ortiz and Frank P. Quinn. The Women of Fashion “Best Dressed” Award Winners were: Penny L. Baumer, Stephanie Burks, Reagan Charleston, Simone Bruni Crouere, Jennifer Hale, Tamica Lee, Rebecca Nordgren, Lori Ramsey, Caroline Robert and Michelle Swanner Yenni A champagne reception preceded the event. Other entertainment included a silent auction with over 120 items, a raffle and a champagne pull. NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance pre-professional students performed “Think Pink” on the runway. The event raised more than $45,000 for BRAVO, the Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization. n



Event at a Glance What: “Prix d’Elegance,” benefiting Women of Fashion and Men of Fashion, and BRAVO Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

1. Roy Dunn, Hall of Fame Award Recipient Jacquee Carvin and Stephen Sonnier 2. Sandra Chaisson, Kenny Rubenstein, Hall of Fame Award Recipient and Chair Brenda Breck and Award Recipient Burnie Juneau 3. Award Recipients Chad Berg and Penny Baumer with 2014-'16 Women of Fashion President Teresa Guzzetta and Men of Fashion President Leon Giorgio

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Models With a Mission


The I Am Waters Foundation provides lifesaving water to America’s homeless. By Shelby Simon

I Am Waters Foundation hosted the Inaugural New Orleans Supermodel Luncheon on April 21, 2016 at the Audubon Tea Room. A VIP dinner preceded the event at The Pelican Club. The luncheon raised necessary funds to provide physical and spiritual hydration to America’s homeless men, women, children and veterans through special branded bottles of lifesaving water with words of inspiration, including “HOPE,” “LOVE,” “PEACE” and “DREAM.” The luncheon provided an opportunity to meet I Am Waters ambassadors and supermodels Crystle Stewart, former Miss Texas USA and Miss USA winner; Kelly Emberg, who began her career as a model after being scouted by John Casablancas; Kara Young, an international supermodel, philanthropist and entrepreneur; and Kim Charlton, winner of a beauty contest with a top New York modeling agency. Event chairs were Terri Havens, Anne Redd and Tara Shaw. Jim Kelly, Executive Director at Covenant House, and David Bottner, Executive Director at New Orleans Mission, delivered remarks. Robin Barnes opened the event with a performance of the national anthem. Joey Hunter, former co-president of American international modeling agency Ford Model Management, moderated the panel of supermodels. The event hosted more than 100 attendees and raised more than $44,000. n



Event at a Glance When: April 21 Where: Audubon Tea Room

1. Founder Elena Davis, Co-Chair Ann Redd, Gregg Davis and Co-Chair Tara Shaw 2. Committee Members Lynne Uhalt, Susan Colton and Patricia Brinson with Kim Charlton 3. Nina Friend, Crystle Stewart and Frances Fayard

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Access To Pro-Life Programs


ACCESS celebrated 45 years of providing complimentary pregnancy support services. By Shelby Simon

This year’s “ACCESS Jazz Brunch” helped commemorate 45 years of providing critical services to women and families in our community with a lunch, live music and an exciting silent auction. Most Reverend Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Center Board invited 250 guests to the Audubon Tea Room to mark this milestone with ACCESS’s largest annual fundraiser. Catholic Charities President and CEO Sr. Marjorie Hebert and ACCESS Board President Lisa Baynham presented the 2016 Outstanding Pro-Life Parish of the Year award to Divine Mercy Pastor Fr. David Dufour and Divine Mercy Culture of Life Coordinator Natasia Kissinger on behalf of the Parish and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. On behalf of the ACCESS Board and staff, Board President Lisa Baynham presented a bouquet of spring flowers to past Event Chair and Board Member Jean Rice to recognize all of her hard work and dedication to ACCESS over the years. The auction hosted 135 one-of- a-kind items such as a framed New York Times front page Titanic headline print, a 26-inch mother-of- pearl mosaic-style decorative round dish, an “Eye of the Tiger” painting on a huge wooden pallet, an autographed Tyreke Evans No. 1 Pelicans jersey and a Saints Super Bowl commemorative NFL football. This year’s silent auction was Co-Chaired by Jean Mitchell and Auction Chair by Sheila Spring, with the help of ACCESS board members and Archbishop Rummel High School “Student Ambassadors.” Rummel students also participated by entertaining the 250 brunch guests with many jazzy tunes. The “ACCESS Jazz Brunch” is the single largest fundraiser benefitting ACCESS, a pro-life program of Catholic Charities which serves nearly 900 abortion-vulnerable women each year. n



Event at a Glance When: Sunday, April 17 Where: Audubon Tea Room 1. Tangie Stephens, Dr. Kirk Webster, Dee Webster, ACCESS Board President Lisa Baynham 2. Patricia Quinlan, 2016 Outstanding Pro-Life Parish of the Year Honoree Divine Mercy Pastor Fr. David Dufour, Michelle Black, 2016 Outstanding Pro-Life Parish of the Year Honoree Divine Mercy Culture of Life Coordinator Natasia Kissinger 3. Auction Chair Sheila Spring and Linda Heno

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A New Krewe In Town


DCFNO launched Krewe of Hotel Dieu for individuals tied to Hotel Dieu. By Shelby Simon

Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans (DCFNO) held its fifth annual “Keeping Our Promises Gala” inside the picturesque Messina’s at the Terminal at the Lakefront Airport. This gala was especially meaningful, as the event included the official launch of the Krewe of Hotel Dieu, a community of individuals (comprised of former nursing students, patients, employees, etc.) who have a connection to Hotel Dieu Hospital – the local hospital owned and operated by the Daughters of Charity 1859-1992. During the “Keeping Our Promises” Gala, Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans presented The Honorable Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu with the prestigious Inspired Cross Award. A silent auction was held featuring unique offerings, including artwork from notable New Orleanians, sports memorabilia and gift packages from premier locations throughout the region. Items of note included signed prints by artist Terrance Osborne, Southwest airline tickets, signed Hank Aaron baseball and a football signed by 26 Heisman Trophy winners. Tanya Boutte and Friends provided entertainment at the Gala. This year’s Gala Chairs were Dr. Corey Hebert and Mullady Voelker; 300 patrons attended the event. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, April 16 Where: Messina’s at the Terminal at the Lakefront Airport

1. Co-Chairs Mullady Voelker and Dr Corey Hebert 2. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and CEO Michael Griffin 3. Alumni Board Members for Hotel Dieu Nursing School Bernie Cullen, Linda Davis, Jo Ann Bohm and Margaret Pomerleau

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Party By the Pontchartrain


The National Council of Jewish Women hosted a benefit at the newly remodeled Maison du Lac. By Shelby Simon

The New Orleans Section of The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) held its Spring Gala, “An Evening on Lake Pontchartrain,” at La Maison du Lac. The gala was the first party to be held in the newly renovated venue overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Décor sparkled and glittered with crystal, candles, white marble and flowers. Nearly 100 attendees danced to the live music of Eddie Veatch and The Inner Circle, who performed everything from “Blue Room” to “Bayou Blues.” Event Co-Chairs were NCJW Board Members Rollie Rabin and Ina Davis. Committee Members were President Susan Kierr, Vice President of Development Barbara Greenberg, Vice President of Public Relations Barbara Kaplinsky, Board Member Dana Shepard, Kathy Shepard, Loel Samuel and Board Member Eileen Wallen. It was a night of mingling, dancing and enjoying great food from chef Jason Rizzoto, owner of Aroma Catering. The food consisted of everything from mini beef Wellington, smoked salmon rose canapes and praline pecan baked brie. Dinner was a Brazilian-style buffet with filet mignon, seared ahi tuna and smoked turkey breast accompanied by grilled veggies, potatoes and a spring salad. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, April 16 Where: Maison du Lac

1. Co-Chair Rollie Rabin with Rick Davis and Co-Chair Ina Davis 2. Committee Members President Susan Kierr, Board Member Dana Shepard and Vice President of Development Barbara Greenberg 3. Board Member Eileen Wallen, Vice President of Public Relations and Committee Member Barbara Kaplinsky and Treasurer Kathy Shepard

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St. Charles Avenue’s

Weddings Profiles by Mirella Cameran

Each year St. Charles Avenue magazine delights in presenting a curated selection of locals’ weddings for your enjoyment. Whether you’re in the midst of planning your own wedding, dreaming of one in the future or just like to view how people have celebrated their “big days,” you can find inspiration, beauty and those special touches that only New Orleanians add to their weddings all right here. In this, our 13th compendium, we offer you six weddings that prove no matter the size, location or opulence, love shines through.

Ford – Lapeyre


rances Brett Ford first met James Martial Lapeyre when he sent drinks over to her and her friends at The Bouligny Tavern, but it wasn’t until 18 months later that he asked her out. They went to Delachaise Wine Bar on St. Charles Avenue because, as he told her, he wanted to be sure about a girl before committing to dinner. Fast forward two years and Brett didn’t suspect anything when James came to pick her up for their standing Saturday brunch date. However, as she went to run down the stairs she saw James on bended knee. After the “yes” and brunch at Satsuma, the couple went to Brett’s best friend’s house for champagne, on to dinner with both sets

of parents and siblings and then for drinks with lots of their friends, including out-of-towners. The night before their wedding, Brett wore an Oscar De La Renta-inspired gown by her wedding dress designer, Suzanne Perron, to the rehearsal dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant. On February 27, 2016, the couple was married at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church and celebrated their reception at The New Orleans Country Club. Happy Menocal, the New York-based artist who has worked on celebrity weddings including Poppy Delevinge’s, created a custom crest for Brett and James that inspired the colors, flowers and décor of the wedding.

Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner that featured some of the couple’s favorite Ina Garten recipes. There was also a Shrimp Room with a huge shrimp martini luge; a shrimp boot-shaped Groom’s Cake by Pure Cake and every kind of shrimp delicacy to reflect James’s family business. After spending their wedding night at The Windsor Court, the couple enjoyed their honeymoon at Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands and then five nights in Boston. They returned to their Uptown New Orleans home, where James works for Laitram Machinery and Brett is a Consultant for Becton Dickinson.

Celebrant: The Reverend Don Frampton Bride’s Dress: Suzanne Perron Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom skirts by Eugenie Fromherz Groom’s Attire: Custom tux by Knot Standard Wedding Rings: Keith Miller Gem & Jewelry Brokerage Wedding Invitations: Scriptura and Happy Menocal Studios Hair: Beth Washington MakeUp: Tisa Caterer: New Orleans Country Club and St. James Cheese Company Wedding Co-Coordinator: Angle Events Florist: Giverny Design Wedding Cake: Pure Cake Photographer: A Bryan Photo

Guidry – Williams


lise Springer Guidry loves strolling on a beach and picking up seashells, so when her boyfriend, Ray Elliott Williams Jr., pointed out a particular shell in her net, it was the perfect way for her to find her engagement ring. When they returned to New Orleans the following evening the couple celebrated with a family dinner at Commander’s Palace. Elise’s mother Chickie and stepfather John Martin’s best friends, Jan and Armin Moeller (who live in Jackson, Mississippi) are Ray’s aunt and uncle. Ray was visiting Chickie and John when Elise stopped by one evening. At first sight of Elise, Ray knew she was the one, but it was a year later at the opening of Hungry Howie’s in New Orleans that he saw her for the second time and he asked her to dinner. The couple began their wedding celebrations with a sumptuous rehearsal dinner held at Mansurs

on the Boulevard in Baton Rouge. The next day, June 25, 2016, Elise and Ray were married under the ancient oaks at the beautiful Houmas House Plantation. Elise walked down the aisle with her father Doug Guidry and stepfather John Martin to “Canon in D” played by The Original Magnolia String Quartet. The bride wore a Justin Alexander strapless A-line gown featuring floral Alençon lace from France. Her cathedral length veil, also in French Alençon lace, was borrowed from the bride’s mother’s sorority sister. Marguerite Blount and Meredith Duke, the matrons of honor, and eight bridesmaids wore blush pink gowns. The bouquets and floral décor featured peonies, hydrangeas and roses in pinks and whites with accents of coral and citrus green. After a cocktail hour in the lush Houmas House

gardens, guests enjoyed dinner and dancing in The Pavilion to the sounds of the Phunky Monkeys. The bride and groom played out their university rivalry – Elise attended Ole Miss and Ray LSU – with a playful groom’s cake featuring a football field with their alma maters and a score of 25 Old Miss and 6 LSU reflecting their wedding date. Favors in Ole Miss and LSU colors incorporated the couple’s names with the date and location of their wedding on one side and “pinch me, we’re married” on the other. The groomsmen also wore LSU Tiger cufflinks. The newlyweds honeymooned for two weeks in Hawaii and returned to Baton Rouge, where Ray is the Louisiana franchise owner of Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Elise is taking time off from her 13 year career as a teacher at McGehee’s Little Gate in the Garden District of New Orleans.

Celebrant: Reverend Dr. Donald Frampton Bride’s Gown: The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Suit: Perlis Groomsmen’s Attire: Rome’s Tuxedos Wedding & Engagement Ring: Rothschild’s Diamonds Groom’s Ring: Hannon Jewelers Wedding Cake: Chez Ru Rene Groom’s Cake: Gambino’s Invitations: Betty Hunley Designs Florist: Billy Heroman’s Flowers Photographer: Natalie S. Miller Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre Makeup: Luxe Aesthetics by Deanna Hair: Lindsay Terrell

Mills – Marshall


he connection between Caroline Clarke Mills and Conway Charles Marshall was instant. After meeting at a mutual friend’s wedding, they went out for dinner the following Saturday night at Jacques-Imo’s and then for lunch at Dong Phuong the next day. From then on, they were inseparable. Less than a year later, Conway arranged a dinner at his brother’s house and suggested stopping at Caroline’s parents’ house for a drink. The house was empty, so they went into the garden where Conway got down on one knee. After

Caroline said “yes,” their families and friends joined the couple for a celebration. The night before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held upstairs at Arnaud’s. Caroline wore her aunt’s wedding dress from the 1960s that was modified by designer Kathleen Van Horn of KVH Designs. On June 25, 2016, close family friend Fr. Charles Dussouy at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel, the bride’s alma mater, married Caroline and Conway. Designer Kathleen Van Horn also designed Lisa Mills’ mother-of-the-bride’s sleeveless empire waist

floor-length gown of periwinkle silk shantung with a matching sheer embroidered silk organza overlay for the bodice and attached train. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous reception at The New Orleans Country Club that included sushi by Chiba. As Atlanta-based band Jessie’s Girls played “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” Caroline and Conway took to the floor for their first dance. After honeymooning in Antigua for a week, the newlyweds returned to their Garden District home where Caroline is a Speech Pathologist at Touro Infirmary and Conway is at International Sureties Ltd.

Bride’s Dress: Kate McDonald from Wedding Belles Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Wedding Belles Groom’s Attire: Perlis, M Goldberg, Pelican Coast Wedding Rings: Adler’s Fine Jewelry Wedding Invitations: Betty Hunley Hair: H20 Salon & Spa Makeup: Kellie Bode Ceremony Music: Sarah Jane McMahon, Knox Van Horn, Kristin Albarado, Stephen Orejudos, Stephanie Screen Flowers: Ambrose Garden Cakes: Leah Michael Photographer: Sarah Becker Lillard

Taylor – Lapeyre


omehow, despite being in the same year at Vanderbilt, Caitlin Elizabeth Taylor and Killian Huger Lapeyre missed the chance to meet. It wasn’t until after graduation, when they were both living in Austin, Texas, that some of Caitlin’s friends recognized Killian at a music festival and they were introduced. Killian wasted no time asking Caitlin out to dinner, after which Caitlin insisted they go to the Broken Spoke to two-step. Four-and-a-half happy years later, after a bike ride on St. Patrick’s Day, Killian asked Caitlin to be his dance partner forever. The couple celebrated their engagement that night with their families and three of Caitlin’s closest friends, all of whom had snuck into town at Killian’s request, unbeknownst to Caitlin.

For the couple’s welcome party on the Thursday night before their wedding, they chose a Mexican dinner and two-stepping at the Broken Spoke, as on their first date. Friends and family continued to celebrate the happy couple at the rehearsal dinner held outdoors at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, overlooking the lake. On May 21, 2016, Caitlin and Killian were married at Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas, just outside of Austin. Caitlin incorporated her paternal great-grandmother’s lace handkerchief and her maternal great-grandmother’s blue lavaliere into her flower bouquet. She also had an antique sixpence in her shoe for good luck. The ceremony took place underneath a beautiful stone arch overlooking the hill country. The décor

featured neutral colors, and flower arrangements mixed beautiful deep pink and white peonies accented with succulents. At the end of the reception, Caitlin’s family released a lantern into the sky in memory of her father, who had passed away a year-and-a-half before the wedding. The newlyweds honeymooned in Spain for a week, then returned to Atlanta, Georgia, where Caitlin is an internal medicine resident at Emory University and Killian works for the conveyance company Intralox.

Celebrant: Rev. Robert Gribble from St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin Ceremony Music: The Arundel Ensemble string quartet and trumpet Bride’s gown: Carol Hannah, from The Sentimentalist in Atlanta Bride’s Veil: Sister-in-law’s (Sarah Lapeyre Stokes) Wedding Rings: Keith Miller Florist: Whim Florals Invitation: Reaves Engraving in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Caterer: Whim Events and Catering Wedding Cake: Bride’s Table in Dripping Springs, Texas Photographer: Abbey Henderson with Loft Photography Hair & Makeup: LucieMarie, Austin, Texas Music: Memphis Train Revue

Tompkins – But ler


hen David Sabiston Butler went to Coconut Beach in Kenner for a volleyball game shortly after moving to New Orleans, instead of his eyes locking on the ball, they locked on Lydia Hamilton Tompkins. Three years later, David drove Lydia out to the Lakefront with the pretext of dinner with friends. As they were early, he suggested they walk to the Coconut Beach site for a look at the view. He dropped to one knee and proposed. The couple enjoyed a sumptuous rehearsal dinner in the private room of Restaurant August. On Saturday, January 9, 2016 Lydia and David

were married in the chapel of her alma mater, The Academy of the Sacred Heart. Sarah Jane McMahon and Dale Melancon provided the ceremonial music and the bride’s uncle, Matt Holliday, played an original piano composition Their marriage was celebrated at The Orleans Club, which was decorated, along with the room at Restaurant August and the chapel, with beautiful fresh flowers by Meade Wenzel. The wedding cake was by Leah Michael. Lydia had treated David to Debbie Does Doberge Cakes for his birthdays, so she arranged for the bakery to create five unique groom’s cakes, each a different flavor representing

a school he went to or a city he lived in. After a wonderful reception including dancing to the band BRW, guests left with customized bags of popcorn designed by Nancy Ellis. Photographer Matthew Foster and a videographer from Shannon Talamo Films captured the festivities. After a honeymoon in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, Lydia and David returned to live in the Carrollton neighborhood in New Orleans, where Lydia is a pediatric physical therapist at Crane Rehab Center and David is an Executive Director at Lucid Software.

Celebrant: Father Frank Reale, SJ Bride’s Dress: Amy Kuschel from Wedding Belles Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm from Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s Attire: Lula Falcone Custom Clothiers Tuxedo Bride’s rings: Friend & Company Fine Jewelry Groom’s Wedding Band: Friend & Company Fine Jewelry Wedding Invitations: Betty Hunley Designs Hair: Marcia from Salon Dante Makeup: Kellie Bode

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Viguerie – Coco


hen Danielle Amelie Viguerie walked into NOLA Brewing’s fifth anniversary party, she had one thing on her mind: a new relationship. As Marketing Director of the Southern U.S. Trade Association, she was hoping to persuade owner Kirk Emmanuel Coco to consider new export opportunities. When Danielle broached the issue with Kirk, he asked her out to lunch. Armed with files on her first date, it took Danielle a while to realize this was no ordinary business lunch. After two years of dating, Danielle organized a birthday dinner for Kirk at

their home. When he said he wanted to open his presents and took hold of a small box, Danielle had no idea what he meant when he said, “I have been wanting this for so long.” When he dropped to one knee, she realized what he was going to ask her. The night before the wedding, they celebrated at The Tap Room at NOLA Brewing with food by McClure’s Barbecue. Danielle stayed at The Roosevelt Hotel and met Kirk at the hotel’s Sazerac Bar on the morning of their wedding: Saturday, May 21, 2016. They were joined by 25 guests at the Canal Ferry landing, from where they sailed to Algiers and

were married on the steps of the courthouse. After champagne and cake, they celebrated with a lunch at Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. As they walked there, they stopped on Royal Street for their first dance to “Just the Two of Us,” which was being played by street musicians. The couple honeymooned in Ireland for 12 days and returned to their Uptown New Orleans home, where Danielle is Marketing Director for the Southern U.S. Trade Association and Kirk is the owner of NOLA Brewing and NOLA Distilling.

Celebrant: Judge E. “Teena” Anderson-Trahan Wedding Gown: Pankaj & Nidhi for BHLDN Bride’s Engagement Ring: Moss Antiques Bride’s Wedding Band: Wellington & Company Jewelers Invitation: Moca Graphics Bride’s Bouquet: Giverny Design Hair: AHB Hair and Make-up Services Photography: NOLAfleur

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A Day on

Metairie Road The Latest in Fitness, Fashion and Food

There is an unmistakable charm to Old Metairie, and it’s no wonder the neighborhood is in high demand for both residents and business owners. Tight-knit and community oriented, it offers everything you need, from schools and churches to thriving businesses offering a variety of goods and services. Metairie Road, which winds through Old Metairie, is a hub of activity and has become a lifestyle destination all its own. Though it’s only about four miles long, one could spend an entire day among its shops and eateries.


Kickstarting your day with a little exercise is great way to get the body moving and motivated, and barre3 now brings its invigorating workout classes to a new location at 600 Metairie Road. According to Owner Kendall Carriere, barre3 offers a workout inspired by ballet barre, yoga and Pilates that’s designed to tone muscles, increase heart rate and strengthen the body. “People often ask if they’ll sweat or get any cardio benefits. Yes!” says Carriere. “We combine isometric holds with

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small range movement and large range functional movement.” Reservations for classes are recommended, and barre3 offers memberships with unlimited classes, a 10 percent retail discount, and barre3 online workouts and recipes.  There is nothing like a good workout to get you excited about your wardrobe, and fashion-focused clothing boutiques are abundant along the shopper-friendly corridor. Cella’s Boutique is another new addition to Metairie Road, with two other locations

across the metro area. In opening the new location, Owner Marcell Peraza prioritized a friendly and modern design for the boutique. Cella’s offers a large selection of comfortable, everyday chambray tops and shirtdresses, 7 For All Mankind denim, colorful silk tops, dresses, beachwear and hats, as well as flats, flip flops and heels. Suede over-the-knee boots are on the way for fall. “All of our customers in the neighborhood have been so receptive, and several have


followed us from our other locations to the new Metairie Road store,” she says. FeBe has been a mainstay on Metairie Road for over a decade and offers a mix of casual (e.g. ATM tees) and cocktail (e.g. dresses by Elizabeth & James) in addition to shoes and handbags. Shoppers can expect fall collections to be arriving now through September. “This season we’re really excited about Cinq à Sept, a new line with interesting details from one of the Elizabeth and James

designers,” says Store Manager Ron Jones. “We also recently added Pedro Garcia shoes, which are made in Spain and known for their stylish and comfortable wedges available in different heights.” FeBe will host a trunk show for locally based Sennod Jewelry Design September 9-10. Specializing in men’s clothing and accessories, Pelican Coast opened a new location on Metairie Road this summer and brings its casual, preppy southern wear to the neighborhood. Larger than its Magazine Street location, the new store will offer a larger variety of goods but feature the same coastal theme. Most popular for its New Orleans-themed neckties, bowties and club belts, Pelican Coast also offers seasonal button-down shirts, custom-designed neckties, polos, pants and shorts, swimsuits, T-shirts and bags. Pelican Coast has recently added imported products and complimentary brands to broaden its offering for customers, including J.W. Hulme leather goods and Filson goods for outdoorsmen. Kids have fun shopping along Metairie Road, too, and in 2012, B Kids opened as a conservative yet trendy, fun clothing store for children of all ages – especially tweens. According to Co-Owner Terryn Mann, she and her sister, Lynda Hornsby, wanted to open their store in a family oriented area. Dotted by numerous elementary schools, Metairie Road

proved the perfect location. B Kids stocks a variety of brands, including Splendid, Ella Moss, local tee-designer Sarah Ott and TEA Collection for baby and toddler. “Our Metairie Road location is super cute because we have a cool couch for the whole family to hang out on, so we have fashion shows daily!” says Mann. Mann also keeps a gift area stocked for quick and easy birthday gifts. One of the longstanding Metairie Road occupants is Boudreaux’s Jewelers, who moved to Metairie Road from their downtown location in 1985. Boudreaux’s features a collection of diamond and precious jewelry, from high-end pieces to fashionforward sterling silver and colored gemstone items. They showcase designer brands such as Tacori, Verragio and Simon G, and also specialize in timepieces with brands like Movado, Ebel and Seiko. Later this fall, Boudreaux’s is excited to feature respected designer, Charles Krypell, who fashions designs in sterling silver and 18 karat gold with diamonds and gemstones. “We do particularly well with colored diamonds and precious colored gemstones,” says Brandon Boudreaux, a fourth-generation jeweler. “We pick our stones loose and directly from the source. Then we build our jewelry to fit the diamond or gemstone that we are trying to feature,” he continues. “It lets us keep total control of the quality of everything that we do and it makes a visible difference.” 57

Being such a sought-after residential neighborhood, it makes sense that Old Metairie would have its fair share of home design shops and services, and JADE just celebrated its second anniversary as a home design resource along Metairie Road. JADE’s showroom features contemporary furniture, décor, light fixtures and home accessories. “We see so many of the same faces on a regular basis, sometimes they’re looking for help with their home, buying a wedding gift or a special something for a dear friend,” says Owner and President Jennifer Rabalais. Regarding the latest home trends, Rabalais says she loves the recent emergence of gold and brass. “Mixing gold in with metals currently in your home creates another layer of that collected look that usually only comes over time,” she says. Located in Metairie Road’s Friedrich’s Square for nearly 20 years, The Linen Registry is the only full-scale fine linen shop in the greater New Orleans area, with the widest selection of fine linen lines in the Southeast, according to Owner Lee McKee. This summer, the store moved two doors down. “Trends are fun, but they tend to come and go quickly. At the Linen Registry, we tend to focus on timeless elegance,” says McKee. That focus is on fine linens for the bed, bath and table, as well as monogramming, lingerie, gifts, accessories and a Bridal Gift Registry. “Appliqued monogrammed bedding is always popular in the South – as well as a softer color palette. Neutrals are always a go-to,” she says. A day of exercise and shopping will certainly work up an appetite, and delicious food along Metairie Road is in no short supply. For over 30 years, Mark Twain’s Pizza Landing has served neighborhood residents and visitors from across the metro area. Last December, Mark Twain’s Pizza Landing made Metairie Road history by selling its one-millionth pizza. “Most of our guests dine more than once a month. Many are weekly diners,” says Owner Jacques Broussard. “Our goal is to provide each guest an incredible dining experience – as if they were the only guest – and always offer a free refill when the glass is half empty.” The most popular pizzas are the menu’s specialty pizzas named after Mark Twain’s


books: The Innocents Abroad, Life on the Mississippi and The Mysterious Stranger. With Conola Grill & Sushi, Owners Will and Kinsey Varas bring a unique dual-restaurant menu concept to the Metairie Road dining scene. As they approach their second anniversary in the neighborhood, Will is enjoying getting to know the names and faces of the neighbors who venture in to eat. Half Southern café and half sushi bar, the menu at Conola Grill & Sushi has much to offer. While the neighborhood-inspired Hog

Alley Cubano (pulled pork, tasso and bacon with swiss, pickles and Creole mayo) and the Boneless Braised Short Ribs (red wine and vinegar braised short ribs over jalapeño cheese grits) show off Varas’ Southern roots, the Salmon Carpaccio and Blushing Geisha signature roll from the sushi menu highlight his natural talent for combining fresh seafood and vegetables with a creative flare. CoNola Grill & Sushi now offers a hopping brunch on weekends, and the restaurant can accommodate private parties and events.

barre3 600 Metairie Road,, 301-2017 • Cella’s Boutique 512 Metairie Road, 407-3828, Instagram: @ShopCellasBoutique • FeBe 474 Metairie Road, 835-5250, • Pelican Coast 600 Metairie Road, Suite A, 218-7368, • B Kids 115 Metairie Road, Suite B, 301-2954, • Boudreaux’s Jewelers 701 Metairie Road, 831-2602, • JADE 324 Metairie Road, 875-4420, • The Linen Registry 200 Metairie Road, Suite 102, 831-8228, • Mark Twain’s Pizza Landing 2035 Metairie Road, 832-8032, • Conola Grill & Sushi 619 Pink St., 837-0055,

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Entertaining The tips you need to create an unforgettable event By Cassie Pruyn

hether you’re an introvert, planning a get-together only when inspiration truly strikes or an entertaining maven, an event will only be successful if it’s an extension of you. Everything from the location to the décor to your own attire, it all needs to reflect who you are and what kind of event you hope to create for your guests. This sounds intuitive enough, but what does this really mean when it comes down to the nitty-gritty aspects of planning a party? To be sure, there are some fabulous event planners in our fair city. If it’s in the budget, hiring someone to help you define what you want and how to go about making it happen is undoubtedly the way to go. But even if you intend to plan your own event, you don’t have go it alone. Some of New Orleans’ most experienced and passionate entertaining experts are here to give you some pointers. 61

Event Planning First and foremost, no matter how you choose to get there, make sure all the logistics have been fully worked out by the time your event is set to begin. “It’s important for the hostess to remember to enjoy herself,” says Valerie Gernhauser, owner and principal planner at Sapphire Events, a full-service event planning company operating out of the CBD. “There is no greater reward for all of our hard work than seeing our clients trust us with everything and actually be present on the day of their event to spend time with their guests and fill that host/ hostess role.” Whether you entrust your celebration to a company like Sapphire Events, whose team of design experts work tirelessly to make it all come off without a hitch, or you choose to plan on your own, making sure everything is in place before the event begins is critical. That way, when your guests begin trickling in your mind won’t be scattered and your energy will be calm. If you’ve done the hard work beforehand you’ll be fully present from start to finish, exuding the essential you-ness crucial to any successful event.

Sapphire Events 437 Philip St., 383-4376,

Invitations Weeks before the “big day” arrives, however, your guests will already have experienced their first taste of what’s to come. Margaret Jones, owner of Scriptura, provider of couture stationery, invitations and party accessories, explains: “Invitations need to speak to the event at hand. For example, an outdoor wedding might feature organic imagery such as an oak tree on the invitation. A more formal black-tie wedding reception might encourage the use of engraved text with an embossed family crest. “The most effective invitations provide guests with a sense of the event, its formality and suggested attire,” she continues. “Imagery, fonts, paper stock and printing method can capture the spirit of an event, convey a wealth of information and create a sense of excitement for guests.” Betty Hunley of Betty Hunley Designs, specializing in custom invitations, fine stationary and gifts, adds, “I think guests should feel welcomed before they even step foot in the event, and a well-composed invitation extends just that hospitality. Subtleties of thoughtful addressing and attractive postage instantly set a gracious tone, so guests feel appreciated before they even open their envelope! Of course once they do, their welcome crescendos with an eye-catching invitation. Party accessories, such as napkins, cups, party crackers and décor, should link guests back to their initial warm welcome received from the invitation.” Invitations and party accessories, when designed to reflect graciousness toward your guests, your own personal aesthetic and the characteristics of your particular event should come together like a mosaic: each piece should be beautiful on its own, and even more powerful and memorable when set alongside the others. Scriptura 5423 Magazine St., 897-1555 3301 Veterans Blvd., 219-1113 Betty Hunley Designs 6057 Magazine St., 895-2870

Imagery, fonts, paper stock and printing method can capture the spirit of an event, convey a wealth of information and create a sense of excitement for guests.

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Saveur Catering

Z Event Catering



The mosaic needs the right frame, however, or else the impact will be lost. “Many times people pick a location that doesn’t suit their actual party,” says Susan Zackin, owner and head designer at Z Event Company, a full-service event planning and design company with a new showroom in Old Metairie. “Most times a host or hostess chooses a space based on their personal connection to the location. It could be it’s their favorite restaurant, a club they belong to or an outdoor area they have fond memories of. It all sounds great in concept, but often people don’t think about logistics when booking. Once planning begins,” she continues, “things that were not part of the initial discussion may change the way the space is used, and the location may not be the ideal place for their event any longer but now they’re locked into a contract. “On a positive note, we can save a host or hostess headaches and money by helping him or her choose the correct location. Even when a larger space is needed and you think your budget won’t allow for it, the fact that the location is already beautiful, for example, may mean some of the budget originally allocated for décor can be used somewhere else. So many spaces in our city have natural character, meaning extra décor can be minimal if those assets are highlighted properly.” Beth Claybourn of Beth Claybourn Interiors adds that, when planning an event set to take place in your home, “understanding the space you have to work with and the flow of your guests in the space is critical.” Furthermore, when designing an area meant for entertaining, the space ought to reflect your unique personal style, “whether it be formal or casual, eclectic or just plain fun. Done correctly it can create an extension of your personality.”

Once you’ve got your invitations and location covered, it’s on to the next most important aspect of any event, particularly one set to take place in New Orleans: food! Melissa Araujo, owner and executive chef at Saveur Catering, a farm-to-table boutique-style catering company, says it’s all about determining what kinds of food best speak to who you are and then figuring out how to make that vision fit your budget. A top-quality caterer like Saveur Catering will take the time to sit down with you and ask questions in order to help you define what dishes best suit you and your event. As Araujo puts it, “we don’t sell a menu.” Maybe it’s about your favorite restaurants, the food you grew up eating or a delicious image that caught your eye on Pinterest. Araujo is catering a wedding, for example, in which the bride is from Cuba and the groom is from New Orleans; they have requested dishes that make use of both culinary traditions, and Araujo is excited to meet that challenge. A host must also decide, Araujo reminds us, what values he wants to bring to his guests’ eating experience. Is it important to you that your party’s food is locally sourced, or that you have vegetarian options? Whether you meet with a caterer or simply brainstorm on your own, make sure to dig deep to discover which dishes will best reflect who you are, given the characteristics of your event and your budget.

Z Event Company 508 Metairie Road 510-5838, (800) 714-9050, Beth Claybourn Interiors 401 Tchoupitoulas St., 342-2630,

We can save a host or hostess headaches and money by helping him or her choose the correct location. owner of z event company susan zackin

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Flowers “Flowers make the party,” says Megan McHugh, co-owner of Pistil and Stamen Flower Farm and Studio. “You don’t need them everywhere – sometimes just one or two larger arrangements in a space will transform it. They elevate a room and make people want to be there. Also, all flowers are not created equal. Grocery store flowers are probably coming from South America, have chemicals all over them and are sometimes dyed unnatural colors. The fresher and more local your flowers, the more work they’ll do for you in the room. If you’re on a budget, try purchasing some really stunning flowers from your local flower shop or farmerflorist, and then arrange them in a vase yourself with foliage cut from your backyard.” In terms of trends in the floral world, McHugh says that, “floral design is definitely shifting towards a more ‘garden fresh’ aesthetic, thanks to taste-makers like Martha Stewart and a national burgeoning ‘slow flower movement.’ People want arrangements that remind them of the beauty of the outdoors, meaning they want them to smell like real plants and have organic shapes that reflect the landscapes they’re grown in.” In other words, think of your floral arrangements less as inanimate accessories and more like bursts of the outdoors meant to enliven your interior spaces, to create continuity between your event and the landscape that surrounds it.

Pistil and Stamen Flower Farm and Studio 1900 St. Claude Ave., 493-0656,

Self-Care Now that we’ve covered all aspects of space, atmosphere and ambience, we come finally to the hostess herself! She or he has worked tirelessly to make sure all of the event’s many components – from the invitations, to music, to food – express her essential self and her vision for the celebration. Now it’s time to make sure she herself is presented in a way that will allow her to feel confident in her role as hostess. Albert Brown Salon, a full-service hair, makeup and nail salon, offers to travel to the hostess before an event begins to relieve some of the stress of getting ready. Their team emphasizes choosing a makeup application (such as airbrush) that ensures longevity without feeling mask-like, and they offer a large collection of fine costume jewelry, including high-end pieces they can loan out, to achieve a finishing touch that evokes that allimportant attention-to-detail. According to the Albert Brown Salon team, “Hollywood glamour is very predominant this season. Hollywood glam makeup with a modern twist will encapsulate the inner diva without being overdramatic. But, of course, effortlessly-beautiful soft makeup is always in style.” Regardless of a hostess’s particular tastes, she should feel confident in her attire, and shouldn’t have to worry about checking her hair and makeup as the event goes on. Achieve your look so that you can feel confident and natural from beginning to end, without having to give it another thought. Whether it’s a casual-but-elegant dinner party with friends, or the formal wedding of your dreams, these experts have given you all the tips you need to make your upcoming event truly unforgettable! Albert Brown Salon 3424 Magazine St., 861-0090,

Albert Brown Salon

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Mary Catherine Dicks Weds Norbert Emmanuel Schmidt June 16, 1951 By Bev Church

Mary Catherine Dicks graduated from Newcomb with a degree in child psychology and a Louisiana teacher’s certificate, then taught school at Henry Allen School and then kindergarten at Newman. Norbert Emmanuel “Baldy” Schmidt graduated from Tulane with a degree in Electrical Engineering and went to work for GE. Catherine met Baldy at Bennie French’s Tavern in Pass Christian, Mississippi and it was “love at first sight!” They started dating in the Pass and in New Orleans, and went on a family trip to Fort Walton with Catherine’s parents in the summer. By Easter, Baldy asked Catherine to marry him and of course she said “yes!” Baldy had accepted a job in Bridgeport, Connecticut, so the wedding had to be held before the middle of June. Catherine’s mom planned the wedding in a few short months for just a few friends and family at home at 15 Audubon Blvd. The only problem was that Baldy was Catholic and Catherine was Baptist. After some quick lessons, they were married by Monsignor William Tracy with her Baptist minister nearby on June 16, 1951. Before the wedding, friends had showers and luncheons and the Carters threw a wonderful rehearsal dinner for them.

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The wedding was at 7 p.m., and Catherine wore a beautiful white organdy dress made by the dressmaker of the day, Mrs. Ruth Ludebach – she also made the dresses for her flower girls and bridesmaids out of tulle and princess lace. The flowers included her favorites, peonies and gardenias, and the cocktail buffet was accented by music performed on an organ that Mrs. Dicks rented from Werlein’s.

Catherine changed into her going away outfit of white linen accented by a tangerine scarf and matching shoes, and off they went to their honeymoon in Sea Island. Catherine and Baldy were married for 63 happy years. They celebrated their 25th anniversary at Sea Island and their children Rick, Tracy, Cathy and John surprised them with a party for their 45th anniversary. n 69


Abhi Bhansali Co-Founder, City Greens By Lindsay Mack

Founders Abhi Bhansali and Ben Kazenmaier

After attending college in other states and traveling extensively, New Orleanians Abhi Bhansali and Ben Kazenmaier returned home to discover a need. Finding quick, convenient access to salads and fresh foods proved difficult. Tapping into the city’s entrepreneurial culture, Bhansali and Kazenmaier launched the first location of City Greens in January 2012. The Poydras restaurant was immediately well received, as it bridged the gap between health and convenience foods for the professional crowd. Three Locations & Growing

Staff Investment

The founders of City Greens also strive to provide local residents with stable career

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Another aspect that sets City Greens apart is its commitment to transparency at every level of the product chain. The company grows its own greens at a farm in Florida and then ships the fresh produce directly to New Orleans, so that the bulk of food served at City Greens is never more than a few days off the plant. This vertical integration also gives the company the

chance to supervise growing conditions and uphold high standards. In addition, the other foods served at City Greens, such as radishes or proteins, are carefully sourced from local or national suppliers with similar growing practices and quality standards. Greening New Orleans for Good

In addition to furthering the health and fitness offerings in New Orleans, City Greens is also devoted to giving back to the community. For example, all proceeds from the grand opening of its Metairie location went to the benefit of Grow Dat, which will use the funds to help educate New Orleans children about the importance of growing and enjoying real foods. For its founders, this is all part of the business plan. “Making small differences in people’s lives is actually pretty easy,” says Bhansali. n

For More Information For more information on City Greens, visit or on CityGreens or on Twitter @EatCityGreens, or by emailing, or by calling one of their locations Elmwood: 229-4240, Old Metairie: 323-2900 or Poydras: 533-0004.

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As of this writing, City Greens has three locations in the Greater New Orleans area. Diners near Poydras, Elmwood and Old Metairie can enjoy the restaurant’s many salads, wraps and fresh juices. In addition, the company will likely continue its expansion into the future.

opportunities. Because restaurants in New Orleans have to face stiff competition for servers and cooks, Bhansali and Kazenmaier strive to make their staff feel like part of a family. In addition, the company already has a history of advancing workers from line work to management. By doing so, City Greens has managed to stay ahead of the turnover problem that plagues many restaurants.

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Lili McCormack Benjamin Franklin High School & New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts By Mallory Lindsly

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“So many cannot speak for fear of harassment, shame, or abuse – simply for being themselves.” Each year, Ben Franklin participates in the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Day of Silence. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning+ community and their supporters take a vow of Lili McCormack, a 2016 silence to reflect on the voices graduate from Benjamin that are not heard due to Franklin High School and the oppression and intolerance. New Orleans Center for the “Hearing the hallways grow Creative Arts, leaves her mark a little quieter and seeing in New Orleans by being a people react when I give leader for those in the Gender them my information card Sexuality Alliance. to read are some of the most McCormack was president grounding experiences I’ve of the Gender Sexuality ever had,” says McCormack. Alliance her junior year, and Gregory Swanson, one realized that being a leader of Ben Franklin’s Gendermeans putting others' voices Sexuality Alliance teach before your own. sponsors inspired McCormack “It's come to my underto become an activist. During standing that you cannot ask her first meeting with the of change from the rest of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance, world if you cannot ask of it she heard Swanson speak so from your backyard,” she says. confidently about the club and Even though McCormack its cause. is out in her community “No other adult I’d known being an activist, she knows in my life had done that so that she cannot always change openly,” she says. “Swanson the minds of everyone, but helped catalyze what it meant can create a dialogue about to be an ally.” topics such as gender, sexual McCormack is attending orientation and race. Starting Columbia College in Chicago these conversations encourages this fall and wants to create others to evaluate how their new musical theatre content actions affect others. exploring the activism and “It makes you consider how social issues of the 20th and privileged you are, how much 21st century and the music that your voice is a luxury,” she says. reflects it. n

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John Chrestia Architect/Interior Designer, Chrestia Staub Pierce By Mirella Cameran

How would you describe your design style? Our projects always focus on our client’s vision and reflect current trends, in a restrained and tailored manner. Tell us about your unique approach? We approach every project – both large and small, residential and commercial – with a commitment to provide our clients with the most creative solutions for their design expectations, needs and budget. What’s your take on design in New Orleans? Being a New Orleans native, the city’s environmental, cultural, historic and architectural background is always an inspiration.

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What is next piece about which you’re excited? We are working on the conversion of a historical church and grounds into a residential urban compound; and the conversion of a ground floor commercial space in a highrise building into a working law office/art gallery. We are also currently co-architects and interior designers for one of the largest new homes in the Garden District. Chrestia Staub Pierce 7219 Perrier St. 866-6677

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Do you have any golden rules of design? Rules of design are always changing; that’s the golden rule.

What is your own home like? I live in a classic New Orleans townhouse built around 1850. The beautifully designed interiors are a product of two renovations in the 19th century. The interiors combine contemporary furnishings and mid 20th century French antiques with local contemporary art.

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Becky Fos Artist & Owner, Gallery B. Fos By Mirella Cameran

How did you become an artist; did you go to art school? I have never been classically trained, unless you count high school art classes. I found my own style evolved as I painted. How do you achieve your rich, vibrant style of painting? I see all things as vibrant and full of color. I like to look through my color goggles and then paint. My style is constantly changing, but color is one factor that will remain a constant.

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Tell us about some of your favorite pieces? Pelicans, I would have to say, are my favorite muse. I really enjoy painting anything with movement and energy as well. One of my favorite pieces would be my rendition of Spy-Boy Dow Edwards of the Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians.

Where does your inspiration come from? New Orleans, nature and music! The city is so saturated in everything awesome, it inspires me daily. My normal routine is filled with experiences that awaken my senses and get my creative juices flowing. Has motherhood changed you? Having my son, Jude, make me very aware of the need to promote individuality and creativity. One of my most recent pieces titled, “Extraordinary,” is a depiction of the saying, “be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.” I believe that when we finally find what we were destined to be, we can flourish and share our gift. Gallery B. Fos 3956 Magazine St. 444-2967 75

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1. Cancer survivor, Jamie Lynn Brondum pauses on the runway during the 2016 “You Night Cancer Survivor Empowerment Program and Runway Event” on March 17 at Mardi Gras World. “You Night” is a program designed to help navigate life after cancer. The “Runway Celebration” is the last event in the program and allows participants to get on stage and celebrate victory over cancer. 2. Cindy Stewart and Sandy Hicks celebrate at the You Night Runway Celebration, held at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Stewart and Hicks both participated in the class of 2016 “You Night” program. “You Night” works with an annual class of women after battling cancer and sponsors various events, ending with the “Runway Celebration,” which pushes participants out of their comfort zones and encourages self-esteem in a fun, safe environment. 3. Mael Jista and Emile Hevia show off their costumes at “Studio 504: Disco for Dance Fundraiser.” The event was hosted by the Upturn Arts and Disco Amigos to support summer art camp scholarships, and included music by DJ Vikta Numan and food from Atchafalya, Dat Dog, Slice Pizzeria and Jaques Imos. Photo by Sean Ambrose 4. Jake Miller and Marianne Cohn attend “Studio 504: Disco for Dance Fundraiser.” The event included music, food, dancing and performances, as well as a silent auction featuring local businesses and artists. Upturn Arts and the Disco Amigos successfully raised $10,000 to support summer art camp scholarships. Photo by Sean Ambrose. 5. Board Members Bonnie Boyd and Alexandra Stafford attend the Historic New Orleans Collection’s event to honor the Helis Foundation. The event included food and drinks, music by John Rankin and curator-guided tours of the collection. Photos by Keely Merritt, courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection. 6. Helis Foundation Trustee Michael Schott, Brooke Minto, Christopher Alfieri and Jessie Haynes celebrate at the Historic New Orleans Collection’s event, where THNOC released their new catalog, showcasing the unique works of art gathered by the two organizations. The catalog includes 76 st. charles Avenue august 2016 77

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Rolland Golden’s Katrina Series, among other works. Photos by Keely Merritt, courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection. 7. James Williams, Judge Tiffany Chase and Judy Barrasso were honored at the Family Services of Greater New Orleans’ “10 Outstanding Persons Gala.” The event was presented by First NBC Bank and held at the Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park. 8. Past Board Chair Blake Jones, Honoree Catherine D. McRae and Honorary Gala Chair Ashton Ryan celebrate at the “10 Outstanding Persons Gala.” Dr. Corey Hebert and wife Alanah Hebert hosted the gala, which included cocktails, dinner and music by the Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet. 9. Rachel Perez and Jillian Winters attend the Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans’ “RSVP Senior Volunteers Luncheon” to celebrate more than 43,000 hours of community service in 2015. A mock check was presented to St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister for $1 million dollars, to represent the hours of services done for the parish. 10. Rick Littell and Wanda Bonnet attended the Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans’ “RSVP Senior Volunteers Luncheon,” which was held in recognition of a select group of volunteers, 55 years of age and older, who dedicate their time, skills and experiences to help St. Tammany Parish. 11. Conductor of the Louisiana Philanthropic Orchestra Glenn Langdon, Delta Festival Ballet alumna Jenessa Touchet and Artistic Directors Maria and Joseph Giacobbe pose together at this year’s fundraiser for Delta Festival Ballet, “La Fete Du Ballet: Let’s Go Nuts!” Langdon will be accompanying the 35th annual season of The Nutcracker and Touchet will be performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy. 12. Members of Delta Festival Ballet’s Youth Corps celebrate the upcoming 35th season of The Nutcracker, which will be performed at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for Performing Arts on December 17-18, 2016, at this year’s fundraiser for Delta Festival Ballet, “La Fete Du Ballet: Let’s Go Nuts!” 78 st. charles Avenue august 2016


Toulouse Gourmet Catering

Ralph's on the Park

3811 Toulouse Street, 488-4466,

900 City Park Avenue, 488-1000,

Toulouse Gourmet Catering offers full-service catering with menus that are packed with creativity and integrity. At Toulouse Gourmet the main focus is on delivering distinctive experiences for all types of events! If you can think it, they can create it. They firmly believe that menus should reflect the your needs for taste and budget. They offer menus with local seafood, meats, produce and dairy – and they always use fresh seasonal products.

"3 Apps & A Glass of Wine" at Ralph's on the Park, which makes summer more delicious, affordable and easy to share! Through August, chef Flanagan offers a nightly special of three appetizers and a glass of wine for just $33. It is a light way to dine during the warm summer months, and an exciting way to try different trio every time you visit!

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The Cannery

The Court of Two Sisters

3803 Toulouse Street, 486-8351,

613 Royal Street, 522-7261,

Mid-City’s premier event venue! Over 12,000 square feet of modern, unique space that can be customized to your heart’s desire! Small and intimate to large and luxurious, they can accommodate weddings and special events of all shapes and sizes!

The Court of Two Sisters serves a daily Jazz Brunch plus an à la carte Creole dinner nightly. Patrons enjoy dining in its spacious courtyard!


The Old U.S. Mint

The Cabildo

400 Esplanade Avenue, 568-6868

701 Chartres Street, 568-6968,

This historic landmark boasts a square block of fenced-in grounds. The versatility of this space makes it the ideal venue for your wedding ceremony. The performance hall is equipped with the latest light and sound technology. Maximum capacity: 500+ cocktail reception, 150 seated (performance hall).

Built in 1799 as the seat of the Spanish Colonial rule, The Cabildo is perfect for larger ceremonies and receptions. The second floor features a windowfilled gallery with spectacular views of Jackson Square, making it a one-ofa-kind backdrop for your special day. Capacity: 500 cocktail reception, 100 seated dinner.

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The Presbytère

The Palace Café

751 Chartres Street, 568-6968

605 Canal Street, 523-1661,

Nearly identical to The Cabildo, this 16,000-square-foot venue hosts the "Living with Hurricanes" and "Mardi Gras" exhibits. This building also showcases a window-filled gallery that overlooks Jackson Square, providing the perfect space for your ceremony and reception. Capacity: 500 cocktail reception, 100 seated dinner.

Stop by Palace Café’s Black Duck Bar! The recent addition boasts shared plates, charcuterie, 140 high end rums, craft cocktails and wine on tap.

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Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211 5631 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$6,000,000 1004 Falcon Road.....................SOLD...................$5,600,000 3 Audubon Place ......................SOLD...................$5,250,000 16 Audubon Place ....................SOLD...................$4,500,000 1512 Lakeshore Blvd, Slidell..................................$4,500,000 295 Walnut Street .....................SOLD...................$3,990,000 8 La Salle Place .........................SOLD...................$3,650,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$3,000,000 525 Madison Street ..................SOLD...................$2,800,000 1527 Sixth Street......................................................$2,495,000 8 Rosa Park................................SOLD....................$2,490,000 120 W Scenic Dr, Pass Christian, MS...................$2,489,000 1776 State Street .......................SOLD...................$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ..............SOLD...................$2,300,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge......SOLD .......$2,200,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue.........SOLD .......$2,199,000 2503 St Charles Avenue .........................................$2,195,000 15370 LA HWY 10, St Francisville .....................$1,950,000 841 Barracks Street ..................SOLD...................$1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,850,000 7 Rosa Park................................SOLD...................$1,800,000 1518 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,750,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .............................................$1,730,000 1328 Felicity Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ....................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1800 Jefferson ...........................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1732-34 Palmer..........................SOLD...................$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,625,000 1233 Second Street...................SOLD...................$1,600,000 576 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,595,000 1203 Marengo Street...............................................$1,499,000 6015 Prytania Street ................SOLD....................$1,497,500 4613 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$1,495,000 2707 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,490,000 2507 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,490,000 6433 Paris Avenue ....................SOLD...................$1,450,000

1542 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,450,000 1641 State Street.......................SOLD...................$1,425,000 5726 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street ......................SOLD...................$1,399,000 3717 Rue Chardonnay, Metairie .............................$1,395,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street .....................SOLD...................$1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ................ SOLD ..................$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place .............................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1137 State Street ......................SOLD...................$1,295,000 6502 Woodsward Bluff, Long Beach, MS ..........$1,275,000 434 Lakeshore Parkway ...........SOLD...................$1,275,000 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 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington............................$1,190,000 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 .............SOLD......................$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 1510 Arabella Street ...................................................$939,000 239 Aurora Avenue ..................SOLD......................$425,000 2836 Constance Street, Unit F ..SOLD......................$349,000 1205 St. Charles Avenue #416..................................$165,000 87

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A Drink & a Dozen The history – so far – of Pascal’s Manale By Seale Paterson

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born. Steeped in a (highly classified secret) butter, herb and pepper sauce, the large, heads-on shrimp don’t resemble what people commonly think of as barbecue, but the dish has been their best-seller for six decades. The 1950s were also a period of many remodels and updates: a new parking lot, the newly air-conditioned dining room, kitchen upgrades and the “Pascal Dining Room,” built to accommodate banquets, weddings and parties. What hasn’t changed, however, are the polished-wood bar and the white marbletopped oyster bar just inside the front door, both of which have been there since the restaurant opened 1913. In The large wooden bar was put in as part of a deal with Dixie Brewing Co., in exchange for beer exclusivity.

A drink and a dozen shucked while waiting for a table is as popular and iconic as the dishes themselves. For the past 30 years, a large part of that popularity is due directly to the charm and skills of the “World’s Most Famous Oyster Shucker, the pride of Uptown, Thomas ‘Uptown T’ Stewart.” n

Pascal’s Manale pictured in April 1963. Delivery and drive-up service were part of the restaurant’s offerings in the ’30s. They promised a prompt delivery service of not just their delicious food, but also liquor. If you opted for curb service, you could also have a cocktail served to the car. “We know that when we receive a telephone order for packaged liquors, our customers are usually in a hurry for service and we give them prompt delivery.” (The Times-Picayune, June 18, 1936.)

Photo by Dorothy Violet G ulledg e, provid ed courtesy of the Ne w Orlean s Public Li brary.

Frank Manale opened Manale’s Restaurant at the corner of Napoleon Avenue and Dryades Street in 1913. Helped by family, including his nephew Pascal Radosta, he managed it until his death in ’37. Pascal took over and eventually changed the restaurant’s name to Pascal’s Manale. The restaurant has remained under family management through four generations. Seafood, steaks and pasta dishes have been the mainstay of the Italian-Creole menu since they opened, but their most famous dish – barbecue shrimp – came not from local tradition, but from Chicago. Vincent Sutro, a family friend and regular visitor to New Orleans, was dining at the restaurant in the mid-1950s when he suggested the dish to Pascal Radosta Sr. They went into the kitchen right then and there, and a classic was

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