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Co-Chairs John and Ann Hairston; 2016 American Spirit Medallion Recipient Dr. Norman C. Francis; and National World War II Museum’s President and CEO Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller for the “American Spirit Awards.” 1

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Encore! The past social season in review

With summer underway, parents all across the city are looking for ways to occupy the hours recently abandoned by the school day. For local activities and attractions perfect for your little ones, look no further than our feature starting on pg. 54.

by Dana Hansel


Taking the Kids Activities & attractions for the whole family by Kelcy Wilburn

On the Cover The “American Spirit Awards” is a gala celebrating the individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II. Chaired by John and Ann Hairston, it will take place June 10 at the museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. Proceeds will support educational programming at the museum, continuing the development of classroom materials and professional opportunities for teachers in schools across the country

as well as online experiences that bring the museum and its research resources to students around the world. This year’s American Spirit Medallion will be bestowed upon Dr. Norman C. Francis and Gov. William Winter of Mississippi. The Silver Service Medallion, given to veterans who have served our country with distinction and continue to lead by example, will be presented to Jerry Yellin, Richard E. Cole and Betty Reid Soskin.

Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, President and CEO of The National World War II Museum, promises a memorable night. The program includes a Patron Party at 6 p.m. with a champagne cocktail reception; followed the Awards Gala at 7:30, featuring a menu by chef Donald Link; completed by a Post-Party at 9:30, with live entertainment, dancing and dessert. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 528-1944, extension 334, or visit

Photographed by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to National World War II Museum Public Relations Manager Michelle Moore

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In Every Issue

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FestiGals Takes the Stage: When it’s all for a good cause

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Editors’ Notes

With This Ring

Cambre – Saporito



Making a Difference

Farm to Classroom: Edible Schoolyard New Orleans 16

Young Bloods

Philanthropic Fun

Kids Play

Appealing Art: Summer camps at the Ogden 18 Southern Glow

Lash Out: Find your “holy grail” mascara 20 What’s Hot

Children's Chic 22 On the Menu

Pasta Please: Chef Philip Mariano of Josephine Estelle shares their Pork Sugo & Chiles 24 The Dish

Fun Times With Fin Fish: When a fish isn't a fish


The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project: Founder Megan Nuismer and Harvest and Volunteer Coordinator Geordan Lightfoot Smith

Flowers and Fine Art The 28th annual “Art In Bloom” kicked off with an art-filled Patron Party. 26

A Fête for the Finest Food This inaugural event celebrated celebrity chefs to benefit the John Besh Foundation. 36

Orchestral Anniversaries The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated 25 years and honored its longtime members. 28

A Brighter Decade Ahead Lighthouse Louisiana celebrated 100 years with its 10th annual spring gala. 38

Maggie Malone: The Academy of the Sacred Heart

90 Years of Family Service Raintree Children and Family Services celebrated 90 years and honored James Michalopolous. 40

Shop Talk

Jewish Jubilee JCRS celebrated its annual gala and honored The Oscar J. Tomas Charitable Trust and Ms. Marlene Trestman. 42

Shop Talk

Hats Off to Opera The 32nd annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon” raised funds to continue New Orleans’ tradition of opera. 44


Giving Mind to Body and Soul This soulful annual event supported LDF’s mission. 30 A Meaningful Masquerade UNCF hosted its anticipated annual ball to raise scholarship funds to get local students to college. 32 There’s N.O. Place Like Home PRC hosted a festive benefit to improve family housing prospects. 34

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Jeré Hales, MBA: Chief Operating Officer, Lambeth House 69

Randall Shaw: Owner, Nordic Kitchen and Baths 70 76 OnStage Performance Calendar

80 Nostalgia

More Than Just Coffee: The history, so far, of French Market Coffee

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June 2016 Vol. 21 Issue 1 Editorial Executive Editor Bev Church Editor Morgan Packard Art Director Sarah George contributing editor Mirella Cameran Beauty Columnist Lorin Gaudin Society Columnist Marilee Hovet Food & Dining Columnist Jyl Benson Associate Editor Melanie Warner Spencer web Editor Kelly Massicot Event Photo Coordinator Jeff Strout interns Lani Griffiths and Starlight Williams

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The National World War II Museum is one of our city’s biggest success stories – people from all over the world come to visit and understand the importance of the war that changed the world! We are proud to present for our June cover “The American Spirit Awards Gala,” which will be held on June 10 at the museum. The gala celebrates individuals and organizations whose work reflects the values and spirit of those who served our country during World War II. They are honoring those who inspire others through their own acts of courage, sacrifice, initiative and generosity – particularly in the areas of leadership, service to country or community and education. Thanks to John and Ann Hairston, the 2016 chairs of the American Spirit Awards Gala; Dr. Norman C. Francis, 2016 American Spirit Medallion Recipient; and Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, President and CEO of The National World War II Museum for gracing our cover! This will be a night you won’t want to miss. The Patron Party begins at 6 p.m. with a champagne cocktail reception, followed by the awards gala at 7:30 featuring a menu by famed chef Donald Link; then at 9:30, a Post-Party with live entertainment, dancing and dessert. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 528-1944, extension 334, or visit Summer is upon us and we have lots of activities for you to keep your whole family happy! Our feature “Taking the Kids” offers lots of local attractions and activities. What’s Hot for Children’s Chic will feature everything from bowties to a dress covered in birds for your little girl.  Also, thanks to Dana Hansel, who’s involved with almost every major fundraiser we have in our incredible city, who has written this year’s “Encore! The social season in review!” You don’t want to miss this; from a rundown of some of the year’s best events – more than 50 included! – to a stunning “Mosts” list with over 25 events, find your next favorite fundraiser and start to fill your calendar now. Have a great start to your summer and try to keep cool!

Beverly Reese Church

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We are happy to announce The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “Magnolia Ball,” which will be Saturday, June 11, at the Ogden! This event benefits the Center for Southern Craft and Design, the honoree is Top Mob, the New Orleans graffiti

collective, and the event will honor the memory of D.J. Real. This year’s Co-Chairs are Corey and Hattie Moll, Nicole Hershey and Elliot Hutchinson (pictured here). Sponsors include the Whitney Bank, The New Orleans Advocate, The Hellis Foundation

and Mignon Faget. The night will feature food trucks, full bars with specialty cocktails, a silent auction of artists’ works and a dance party! Wow! For tickets, visit event/magnolia-ball.

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“15th Anniversary

“Magnolia Ball,” bene-

Gala,” benefiting

fiting The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 539-9600, event/magnolia-ball

Innocence Project New Orleans, 943-1902 3

In a city where humidity can take on its own character and houses have historically been built to maximize air flow, summer would seem like a time to leave, or hide away in the room with the coolest air conditioning. However, though there are less large nonprofit galas, there’s plenty going on in our city. When the temperatures rise and the kids are out of school, finding ways to keep them occupied can make you sweat. Look to our feature on “Taking the Kids” for places to go and things to do with them that will allow you to keep your cool. And, while you’re out, look to our “What’s Hot for Children’s Chic” for some great new additions to their wardrobes. In our third annual “Encore! The social season in review” introduces a new writer for us, but a presence you’ve seen in many issues, both in photos and behind the scenes. Dana Hansel gives us a rundown of the past year in nonprofit events, with a list of “Mosts” and coverage of more than 50 galas, luncheons, teas and gatherings – all held to support philanthropic causes that aid New Orleans. One of those causes is The National World War II Museum, which we’re lucky to have in our city! The “2016 American Spirit Awards” will be held there this year for the first time, and we’re so grateful to John and Ann Hairston, Dr. Norman Francis and Dr. Nick Mueller for representing the event, the honorees and the museum on our cover. Enjoy your summer and all of the festivals, events and activities it brings, but don’t forget your sunscreen!

Morgan Packard

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“Juleps in June,” benefiting


the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc., 524-2940

“A Blind Taste,” bene-


fiting WRBH Radio for the Blind, 899-1144

“WYES Chef Paul


Prudhomme Tribute

“New Orleans Father

Dinner presented by

of the Year Awards,”

First NBC,” benefiting

benefiting the American Diabetes Association, 889-0278, extension 6072

WYES, 486-5511 4 “Heart & Soul Gala,” bene-


fiting the American Heart Association, 830-2300

“Spotlight on Success,”


benefiting March of Dimes, 264-9290

“Shir Chadash in


the Berkshires,”

“Opening Night Party,”

benefiting the Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, 889-1144

New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University, 865-5106



“Hats, Heels &

26th annual “Le Gala

Highballs,” benefiting Dress for Success, HatsHeelsAndHighballs. com

benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 861-4500



“American Spirit Awards,”

“Don’t Forget to Feed

benefiting The National World War II Museum, 528-1944, extension 334,

Mama,” benefiting New Orleans Council on Aging’s “Meals on Wheels,” 821-4121

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Farm to Classroom Edible Schoolyard New Orleans By Marilee Hovet

My mother-in-law grew up on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. Though she eventually moved into Seattle, she never stopped growing her own fruits and vegetables. The first time I heard about the Edible Schoolyard project, I was reminded of how astonished and intrigued my children were when they first realized that their Grandma used apples from her very own apple tree to make applesauce. She also bakes her own bread, makes fresh pies at Thanksgiving and always has homemade cookies in the kitchen. It strikes me that my mother-in-law and Edible Schoolyard founder Alice Waters, though they come from vastly different worlds, would have quite a bit in common. Edible Education

The Edible Schoolyard was founded 20 years ago in Berkeley, California. Since that time, the world of experiential learning through gardening has taken root across the country. Here in New Orleans, the Edible Schoolyard is one of our city's most notable nonprofits. A signature program of First Line Schools, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans operates five gardens (one at each of First Line's schools) and two teaching kitchens. Nationally, the program has distinguished itself as the largest of the Founding Edible Schoolyards, a group of seven programs across the country that are officially recognized for their exceptional work. Setting a Place

The mission of Edible Schoolyard New Orleans is to teach children to make healthy connections through food. While those connections may begin with a simple garden, they have the potential to move beyond food and evolve into a way of life. As staff member Amelia Bird so eloquently explains, “In classes

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and at special events, children are making connections to their core academic content; their agricultural and culinary heritage; local chefs and food growers; the ecology of the Gulf South; critical environmental and social justice issues; their communities and neighborhoods; and their own physical wellbeing.” Veggies Anytime

In describing his experience with Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, a fifth grade student at Samuel J. Green Charter School put just the right words to the power of this program and, in particular, its

impact on New Orleans in light of its postKatrina founding 10 years ago: “The Edible Schoolyard has changed how I feel about school. … After Katrina, on this campus all there was to do was to throw rocks on the concrete. Now we can come get veggies and fruits anytime we want in our garden.” When middle school students start getting excited about fruits and vegetables and wanting to go to school, something extraordinary is clearly at play. Edible Schoolyard New Orleans is not only making a difference, it seems to be achieving the impossible. For more information, visit n

Herbed Soda Bread & Homemade Butter 3 cups white flour

¾ cup whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups buttermilk variety of garden herbs

½ cup heavy whipping cream salt

HERBED SODA BREAD: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Measure and mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Measure out buttermilk. Make a well in the flour and pour in most of the buttermilk. Stir. Add snipped herbs.

inches high and put on baking sheet. Cut a cross fairly deep into the bread all the way to the edges.

Turn out onto floured cutting board and knead just enough to bring dough together. Pat dough into round loaf about 1½

Butter: Add whipping cream to jar with pinch of salt. Close tightly and shake. Strain the liquid (buttermilk!) off. Stir gently.

Bake for 45 minutes or until browned on top.

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Appealing Art Summer camps at the Ogden By Lynne Gibbons

New Orleans offers of a multitude

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their original production on the last day of camp. In the FUNdamentals camp, students will explore traditional fine art techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture, but then also delve into comics, animations and screen printing and 2D and 3D media. Perfect for your creative child! If photography is your child’s passion, you’ll find two Photo Camp options, one for students entering sixth through eighth grades, and one for older students. Both full-day camps meet for two weeks. The first week is spent learning the basics of photography, including the composition of a picture, proper exposure settings and the functions of a camera. During the second week, students get the chance to put what they’ve learned into practice in the field as they advance basic photography into photojournalism, portraiture and more. During the course of the camp, students create a portfolio of their work and have the opportunity to participate in a museum exhibition of their work during White Linen Night. Both camps are under the direction of portrait photographer Aubrey Edwards.

The specific dates and prices of each camp session are available on the Ogden’s website, Considering a membership in the Ogden is always a great idea, but it also makes these camps even more appealing as members receive a discounted rate on camp registrations. So whether you have visiting grandchildren, children looking to get out of the New Orleans summer heat or just kids interested in doing something creative and different this summer, check out the summer camp lineup at the Ogden. n

Just the Facts For registration and pricing, visit Advanced Fashion Summer Camp Grades 9-12 June 6-10 Art & Drama Camp Grades 2-5 June 13-24 Fine Art Fundamentals: Grades 2-5 June 27-July 8

Photo Camp: Grades 6-8 July 5-15 Fashion Camp: Grades 5-8 July 11-22 Photo Camp: Grades 8-12 July 18-29

photo by OMSA Photographer

of museums and attractions to entertain, educate and inspire tourists and locals alike. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Camp Street, just off of Lee Circle, is one of those treasures. You may be familiar with the multiple programs, events and shows the Ogden offers that tend to be geared more toward adults. For example, Ogden After Hours offers live music every Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m., until the end of July. These nights offer a wonderful combination of viewing art, listening to local musicians and enjoying a signature cocktail. But when you’re considering summer camp options for your children, the Ogden might not be the first place to spring into your mind. Well, think again! The Ogden offers a unique collection of art-inspired options in June and July for children entering grades two through 12. The Ogden offers Fashion Camp for fifth through eighth grades, and Advanced Fashion Camp for grades nine through 12. In both camps, students go through all phases of the design process, including research, sketch and construction, and end with a style show where their one-of-kind pieces make it way down the runway. These full-day camps, which run 9 a.m.-3 p.m., range in length from one to two weeks and vary in cost. The Ogden also offers a two-week Art & Drama Camp and a Fine Art FUNdamentals camp for second through fifth grades. The Art & Drama camp is under the direction of Andy Vaught from Cripple Creek Theatre Company and Suzanna Ritz. Students don’t just “put on a play;” rather, they create the script, scenery and costumes, and perform 17

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Lash Out Find your “holy grail” mascara By Lorin Gaudin

Some women (i.e. me) never leave the house with bare lashes. That flick of color, length and volume to the lashes helps bare eyes take on life. It is amazing how a few strokes of mascara widen eyes and give the impression of “done.” Even when you have a full face of makeup, mascara is essential – the final stroke(s) to a finished look. With spring came the release of new mascaras and collections composed of bright colors for summer with formulations that lengthen and increase volume, curl, tint and new waterproof versions of already beloved brands. The selection is enormous and daunting. Every time an eye is batted, there’s a new mascara promising to be “holy grail” status. As summer approaches, be lash-ready for anything from errands to weddings, festivals or the beach with one of the new mascaras on the market. Go big and fluttery, subtly tinted or wildly colored, or save face with lashes that can withstand heat, sweat and tears. Covergirl SuperSize with Fibers (regular and waterproof): Great color (there’s a Very Black!), curl and separation for flutter. The waterproof version leaves lashes a little crispy and in need of an oil-based remover. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Flasies Push -Up Drama: Cup-shaped bristles and a not-too-wet formula, help create curl without using an eyelash curler. Guerlain Maxilash Volumizing and Curling Mascara: Stunning, thick lashes that hold a curl. Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara: Bold volume and a great black color, it lasts all day with no smudging. Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara: A buildable formula that lengthens

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Too Faced Better Than Sex (Waterproof): Forget the cheeky name and enjoy its full, thick volume dispensed from a fat bristled brush – and it’s waterproof. It is a bit messy, but it works. Chanel Le Volume in Limited Edition Ardent Purple: Longtime fans of the intense black will love the limited edition colors in the same great formulation that’s big on volume and length. tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara: The narrow bristle brush drops that killer four-in-one mascara in a splash proof formula Chantecaille: A good ol’ bristle brush wand dispenses thickening, curling and water resistant mascara with no flaking! Benefit they’re Real! Mascara: Serious length and volume with a false lash effect for a lot of drama, and a spike rubber wand. Tom Ford Ultra Length Mascara in Raven: It creates really long lashes and is a great summer pick. Perfekt Lash Perfection Gel: A personal favorite, this creates fat, jet-black lashes with incredible length, no flaking and stay-all-day action. It leaves lashes soft and flexible, not dry and crispy.

L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara: A wetter mascara that creates seriously long, super black lashes. It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara:Yes to the volume and length and no to the super wetness of it … This mascara is best when it has dried out a bit. n

Get It Off Taking off mascara can be a struggle, and no one needs to be tugging around the delicate eye area. Here are favorites, both known and new, topping beauty-lovers' lists: Too Faced Melt Off Cleansing Oil: Following the model of many Asian makeup brands, this swipe on, set and sweep off oil comes in a tube, like mascara, and really breaks down tough waterproof formulas. Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover: Instant is the operative word. This is quick, gentle and leaves no oily residue. Micellar Waters: Fans of these cleansing waters know that they’re great for removing nonwaterproof mascara and everyday make up. Top picks are Bio Derma, Sephora’s Triple Action Micellar Water and from the drugstore, Simple Micellar Water in the bottle; skip the wipes. 19

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Children's Chic By Amy Gabriel

When it comes to what’s trending in fashion, the monkey bars can be as telling as the catwalk. From birthday parties and playdates to fun in the sun, these local accessories and outfits will have your little darlings dressed to impress. n

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1. Watch your little one take flight in a Siaomimi bird dress with a peekaboo back tie. Angelique Kids, 5519 Magazine St., 899-8992,

2. There is nothing sweeter than a pink and white striped snowball onesie. Banbury Cross, 100 Atherton Drive, 837-0447,

3. A true Crescent City combo, pair a seersucker bow tie with a woven ribbon youth club belt accented with snowballs all in a row. NOLA Couture, 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959; 528 St. Peter St., 875-3522, 4. Your little prince will be picnic-perfect in a 100 percent silk blue crawfish youth tie. Pelican Coast, 5509 Magazine St., 309-2314, 5. For your little bohemian dreamer, a sweet silver fringe purse to hold all of her “essentials.” B Kids, 115 Metairie Road, 301-2954.

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6. From the sand to the sea, your little lady will be beach ready in a Louise Misha ruffle bikini available in golden yellow with hot pink tassels or pink and white palm print with white pom pom trim. Peony, 2240 Magazine St., 300-7908,

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7. How to look cute and stay cool on a hot summer’s day? In an organic cotton onesie embroidered with a classic crawfish logo. Perlis, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661, 21

on the menu

Pasta Please Chef Philip Mariano of Josephine Estelle shares their Pork Sugo & Chiles

Pork Sugo & Chiles Ingredients


¼ cup olive oil 4 slices bacon, coarsely chopped 1 cup pancetta, coarsely chopped 1 cup mixed cured meats (e.g., sopressata, salami, prosciutto), coarsely chopped 2 yellow onions, chopped 1 fennel bulb, chopped 1 carrot, chopped ½ bunch celery, chopped 3 cloves garlic, smashed 2 Serrano chiles, seeded and chopped 2 cups dry red wine 2 cans whole plum tomatoes (28 ounces each)

To make the sugo, warm a Dutch oven over high heat and add olive oil. Add bacon, pancetta and mixed cured meats and sauté until browned, about 10 minutes. Use slotted spoon to transfer the meats to a plate. Add onions, fennel, carrot, celery and garlic to pot and sauté until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Stir in chiles. Add wine and simmer until reduced by half.


box pasta (served with housemade rigatoni at the restaurant)

for plating

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When water is boiling, drop in pasta and cook until not quite al dente, 7-9 minutes. Meanwhile, warm a large frying pan over medium-high heat and add 2 good glugs (about 2 Tablespoons) of olive oil. When oil is hot, add bacon and pancetta and sauté until fat is rendered and meat is crisp, about 5 minutes. Do not drain fat. Drain the pasta, reserving a little cooking water, and add the pasta to the pan along with pepper flakes. Toss pasta in fat to coat it well. Add the sugo and toss to coat the pasta well, adding a small amount of reserved cooking water if needed to loosen the sauce. Divide contents of the pan among warmed plates. Top with the serrano chile slices and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and serve right away. Serves 4

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photos by jeff ery john ston

Josephine Estelle Inside the Ace Hotel 600 Carondelet St. 930-3070

6 ounces bacon, diced 6 ounces Pancetta, diced small 1 pinch red pepper flakes 1 serrano chile, thinly sliced with seeds Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated to taste

Add canned tomatoes with their juice, then fill one empty tomato can halfway with water and add to pot. Bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat so that the sauce just simmers and cook until vegetables are soft and sauce is fully flavored, about 45 minutes. In batches, if necessary, transfer sauce to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a clean saucepan and set aside. 23

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Fun Times With Fin Fish When a fish isn't just a fish By Jyl Benson

Three hands grabbed for the succulent hunk on the platter. The protein was red, richly marbled and powerfully beefy. “Like a rib-eye was in the 1970s before they started screwing things up.” Each new course was a thrill. Michael Nelson chuckled. The meat wasn’t animal protein, but rather the flesh from a massive blue fin tuna collar, a part of the creature from just behind the gills and under a fin that gets tossed out. Muscles attached to fins have a different texture and more robust flavor than cuts from more central parts of the fish harvested for traditional steaks and fillets. Nelson started at GW Fins in 2005 as chef Tenney Flynn’s Sous Chef. Flynn recently tossed the reins to Nelson, promoting him to Executive Chef. Like Flynn, Nelson is a nose-totail guy who makes fishermen squirm. He rejects all but their finest, still-flapping specimens. With his prize secured, Nelson repairs to the kitchen to spend his days butchering down thousands of pounds of fish.

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Fish Rib

photos by sara essex bradley

Over a decade in, this sounds like a prison sentence for most of us, but this guy clearly loves his job. He stands tableside with Flynn, beaming, thrilled, psyched. “I think we’re finally changing the way people think about fish,” Nelson said. “And it’s fun! I’m having fun.” On a recent night he trimmed slight Gulf snapper collars into “wings.” I grasped a delicate plume of protruding fin as one might a chicken bone then bit through a crisp tempura crust flecked with black and white sesame seeds and a bright Korean chile glaze into succulent morsels of sweet meat suspended at the end of the plume. Divine. Also on Nelson’s list of double-take dishes are his swordfish “ribs,” culled from the muscles and bones connected to the fish’s huge dorsal fin. Contemplate good barbecue and the junky cuts that benefit from long, slow cooking spells due to their abundance of connective tissues, sinew and collagen. Somehow, Nelson made the connection between this big, weird-looking mass of stuff under the swordfish’s dorsal fin and a hog’s ribs. When he butchered away all of the stuff he was left with what looks – and performs like – a rack of ribs, and he treats it the same way. He applies a

GW Fins 808 Bienville St. 581-3467 La Rivière Confiserie 3719 Magazine St. 809-1026

Try This Kyly Larriviere recently opened La Rivière Confiserie, an exclusive purveyor of fine French candies and savories. A gorgeous jewel box of a shop, La Rivière offers products not found anywhere else nationwide, such as the masterful candies of Henri Le Roux. Look for chocolates, salt butter caramels, almond pralines, Calisson, pâté de fruit, bêtise and nougat, as well as jams, truffle, olive oils and biscuits.

dry rub and smokes it for a few hours over charcoal in a Big Green Egg. The result is a “rack” of bony swordfish that peels apart easily into “ribs” of rich smoky meat. He coats them with a glaze and served them with Southern sides like smothered greens, maques choux, cornbread and pickled vegetables. It is delicious and pure genius. GW Finns best selling Scallibut is another of Nelson’s brilliant inventions. He tops a piece of delicate halibut with thin slices of sea scallop, which are then seared onto the fish then served with lobster risotto and pea shoot butter. Nelson’s coconut sorbet is luxuriously creamy and robust and entirely vegan, but his Salt Malty Ice Cream Pie? I have no words. “You won’t be able to stop eating this,” he said, plunking it down in front of us as we refused dessert. We were stuffed. “No, no. You don’t get it. This is the perfect combination of salt, sugar and umami. It hits every note. You will not be able to stop.” Three weary diners lifted their spoons into the plate. Just one bite. Just one more, again and again – until it was gone. n 25

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Flowers and Fine Art


The 28th annual “Art In Bloom” kicked off with an art-filled Patron Party. By Shelby Simon

The Patron Preview Party for “Art In Bloom” was the first event in a five-day series of events that showcases the fabulous floral designs of more than 100 exhibitors. Carol Bienvenu and Mathilde Currence served as co-chairs. More than 30 local restaurants catered the preview event. The auction included three boards, each with an incredible array of valuable artwork. Prizes available for bidding included paintings, photography, blown glasses, pottery, prints, tapestries, jewelry, portraits and frames. The following days of “Art In Bloom” included lectures, a luncheon, a fashion show and a cocktail reception, as well as exhibits throughout the New Orleans Museum of Art. Proceeds benefit educational projects and exhibitions at NOMA and community projects of the Garden Study Club of New Orleans. Recipients of Garden Study Club grants include the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Longue Vue House and Gardens, the historic parterre garden at the Beauregard-Keyes House, the Lafayette Square Conservancy, and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. n



Event at a Glance What: “Art In Bloom Patron Preview Party,” benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art When: Wednesday, March 16

1. Patron Party Chair Erica Reiss with Jimmy and Susan Gundlach and Holley Haag 2. Al and Co-Chair Carol Bienvenu with Co-Chair Mathilde and Richard Currence 3. Board President Julie George, President of the Volunteer Committee Dana Hansel and President of Garden Study Club Anne Redd 4. Event Speaker Princess Giorgiana Corsini and Speaker Frances Schultz 5. Lynda Warshauer with Auction Co-Chairs Anne Villere and Elinor Bright 6. Garden Study Club Member Caroline Calhoun with Andrew and Garden Study Club Member Marilee Hovet

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Photographed by Kenn y Martinez

Where: New Orleans Museum of Art



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Orchestral Anniversaries


The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated 25 years and honored its longtime members. By Shelby Simon

The Orpheum Theater set a sophisticated tone for the “Opus Ball,” marking the 25th anniversary of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the 10th anniversary of Carlos Miguel Prieto as Musical Director and Principal Conductor. Prieto led the LPO in a program which featured “Rebound” for Cello and Orchestra, a piece composed by Samuel Zyman that was commissioned for the anniversary ball to feature Prieto’s father on cello. Later, dance music was provided by The Essentials. The event honored the six LPO Orchestra members who have been with the orchestra since its inception: John Reeks, Jim Atwood, Patti Adams, David Rosen, Bruce Owen and Rachel van Voorhees Kirschman. Large floral arrangements provided by Johnny Lopez of Perfect Presentation sat atop glass cylinders on black table linens, set with silver chargers and silver chiavari chairs. The seated dinner was designed by Horst Pfeifer and catered by Bella Luna. Key auction items included suite tickets on the 50-yard line to a Saints game, a Saints fan package including pre-game field passes, a birthday party at the Saints Training Facility and a shopping spree with gift certificates to Saks Fifth Avenue, Perlis, Adler’s, dinner at Galatoire’s and a weekend at the Windsor Court Hotel. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, March 19 Where: Orpheum Theater

1. Co-Chair Gayle Benson, Irwin Marcus and Co-Chair Angela Hill 2. President of the Orchestra John Reeks and Charlotte Bollinger 3. Frank and Paulette Stewart, Barbara Sands and Board President Hugh Long 4. Johnny Lopez, Board Member Ana Gershanik and Board Member Donna and Dr. Russell Klein 5. Board Member Paul Leaman, Marilyn Dittmann, Anne Gauthier and CEO James Boyd 6. Board Member Bill and Susan Hess

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Giving Mind to Body and Soul


This soulful annual event supported LDF’s mission. By Shelby Simon

Legacy Donor Foundation’s 17th annual “Soul Revival” focused on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donations and celebrating the lives saved by the generosity of others. Hosted by George and Lauren Bower, this year’s event was a street party at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Third Street. The Bowers’ connecting properties were transformed into a backyard atmosphere for the event. Bistro lights stretched across Third Street, where festive food trucks, hi-boy tables and guests filled the street for this soulful celebration. This marks the fourth year the Bowers hosted “Soul Revival” in honor of their friend and Legacy Donor Foundation founder, the late David Voelker. Nine couples served as co-chairs of the event in recognition of the potential nine lives that can possibly be saved though one organ donor. The 2016 “Soul Revival 9” Co-Chairs were Ransdell and William Prieur, Ansley and Carter Marshall, Dorothy and Joe Mann, Lacey and Price Lanier, Megan and William Wolf, Kaylea and Hunter Hill, Kate and Scott Tucker, Sara and Jonathan McCall and Shelley and Sean Tynan. Following a tradition that began with the first “Soul Revival,” the evening kicked off with the soul-sparking sounds of a gospel choir from the Progressive Baptist Church, LDF board member Rev. Willie Gable’s ministry. Hand-painted heart-shaped signs and wooden banners were prominently displayed throughout the area to highlight LDF’s major supporters as well as positive messages. Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters delighted the attendees as the headline entertainment. DJ Rob Nice served as emcee and DJ for the event, coming in from Atlanta to take the stage. In addition to a variety of dishes from Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, highlights of the party were offerings from some of New Orleans’ favorite food trucks. More than 800 people attended the event that began at dusk and continued until midnight. n



Event at a Glance What: “Soul Revival 2016,” benefiting Legacy Donor Foundation Where: Properties of George and Lauren Bower 1. Co-Chair William Prieur, Sheryl and Clint Smith Jr. and Co-Chair Ransdell Prieur 2. Devin and Lauren Wakeman with Co-Chairs Lacey and Price Lanier 3. Ryan, Nicole, Suzanne and Joe Labadot 4. Pepper Baumer, Bradley Beard, Lindsey Brower Beard and Brennan Brower 5. Dimitrios and Mary Petikas with William B. Buras 6. Food providers Frankie Ostello, Diana Beasley and Aaron Hubbard

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A Meaningful Masquerade


UNCF hosted its anticipated annual ball to raise scholarship funds to get local students to college. By Shelby Simon

The 2016 “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball” featured dining and décor in the Celestin Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency. Guests were greeted by a lighted red carpet, champagne girls and grand draped entrances. Gold linens, dramatic white ostrich candles and large floral arrangements decorated the ballroom. Guests were decked out in their black-tie finest with accompanying masks to participate in the anticipated UNCF Masked Contest. Bill Goldring, Chairman of Sazerac Co. and Co-Chairman of Crescent Crown Distributing, received the prestigious UNCF Masked Award 2016 for his dedication and support. Chairpersons included Michael Smith, General Manager of Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Joel Vilmenay, President and General Manager of WDSU-TV. The Host Committee included The Honorable Mitch Landrieu; Michael Lomax, PhD, President and CEO of UNCF; Therese Badon, Vice President of Development of UNCF; and LaJuana Chenier, Regional Development Director of UNCF. Kevin Frazier, co-host of “Entertainment Tonight,” and Camille Whitworth served as Masters of Ceremonies. Presenting sponsors were LCMC Health and Ochsner Health System. Celebrity chefs who provided catering included Leah Chase, Alon Shaya, Stephen Stryjewski and Eric Damidot. Dinner music was provided by Davell Crawford. Auctioneer Mark Romig led a buzzing auction, which included a VIP trip to the Ellen DeGeneres Show. There was also a car raffle and a silent auction that included getaway packages and artwork. The event hosted more than 960 attendees and raised a record $1.85 million. n



Event at a Glance What: UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball benefiting United Negro College Fund When: March 12

1. John Besh, Host Committee Member UNCF LaJuana Chenier and Ochsner Health System's Warner Thomas 2. Dr. Norman Francis, Host Committee Member Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Honoree William Goldring 3. Co-Chair Michael Smith, Dr. Reynold Verret and Adria and Dr. Walter Kimbrough 4. Tyrone Williams, Shavondri Jackson and Dr. Michael Lomax 5. Paul and Donna Flower with Sherry and Alan Leventhal 6. Masters of Ceremonies Kevin Frazier and Camille Whitworth

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There’s N.O. Place Like Home


PRC hosted a festive benefit to improve family housing prospects. By Shelby Simon

“Julia Jump” raised funds to support PRC’s mission to promote the preservation, restoration and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods. Funds raised will be used to provide critical home repairs for low-income, elderly, disabled and veteran families, transform blighted properties into family homes and train new house buyers in purchasing and renovating a home of their own. This festive event was Co-Chaired by Adrienne Casbarian, Amy Farnsworth and Andrea Mahfouz. The Patron Chairs were Anne and Sandy Villere. The Patron Party featured cuisine by world famous Arnaud’s Restaurant, as well as entertainment by The Necessary Gentlemen and champagne courtesy of Republic National Distributing Company. The main gala had an elegant swamp theme with entertainment by the Honey Island Swamp Band. Eighteen local restaurants participated in catering. The auction featured more than 200 donors and included a vintage Murano glass lamp donated by Lum Vintage Lighting, dinner with whiskey tasting donated by Kenton's, Scotch tasting donated by Glazer's Distributors, NFL Superbowl Champions Hat signed by Peyton Manning donated by Olivia and Archie Manning, a dozen trips including to Panama; the Grenadines; Watercolor, Florida; the Dominican Republic and more. Nearly 40 pieces of artwork included pieces by Nurhan Goturk, Holly Mabry Poole, and Alex Beard as well as pieces donated by Guy Lyman Fine Art, BEE Gallery, Malachite Home, perch. and many more. n



Event at a Glance What: 39th annual “Julia Jump,” benefiting Preservation Resource Center Where: The Cannery

1. Patron Co-Chairs Sandy Villere III and Anne Villere with Ed Marshall 2. Archie and Co-Chair Adrienne Casbarian with Michelle and Lamar Villere 3. Stephen and Co-Chair Amy Farnsworth with Co-Chair Andrea and Mark Mahfouz

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A Fête for the Finest Food


This inaugural event celebrated celebrity chefs to benefit the John Besh Foundation. By Shelby Simon

On Friday, March 18, the inaugural “Fêtes des Chefs” provided a spectacular party at The Civic with live music by The Soul Rebels and TYSSON. Five hundred attendees gathered to taste delicious food from the South’s finest chefs. The lineup of celebrity chefs included: David Bancroft, Acre; Edgar Chase, Dook’s Place and Dooky Chase’s; John Currence, City Grocery; Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery and Balise; Kelly English, The Second Line and Magnolia House at Harrah’s Gulf Coast; Miles Landrem, Johnny Sanchez; Ryan Prewitt, Pêche Seafood Grill; David Slater, Emeril’s Restaurant; Erin Swanson, Restaurant R’evolution; Austin Breckenridge, La Petite Grocery; and Patrick Wellman, Coquette. On Saturday, March 19, “Fête des Chefs” dispersed into intimate dinner parties celebrating seven world-renowned chefs in gorgeous New Orleans locations. These included: Chef John Besh with Gail Simmons and Chef Erick Loos at the home of John and Jenifer Besh; chef Marc Vetri with chef Todd Pulsinelli at the home of James Carville and Mary Matalin; chef Ashley Christensen with chef Alon Shaya at The Sazerac Building; chef Aarón Sánchez with chef Miles Landrem at the Ashley Longshore art gallery; chef Michelle Bernstein with chef Drake Leonards at The Whitney Bank Mansion; chef Ed Lee with chef Brian Landry at the home of a New Orleans Pelican player; and chef Sean Brock with Chef Justin Devillier at The Ace Hotel Luxury Penthouse Suite. n



Event at a Glance What: “Fêtes des Chefs,” benefiting The John Besh Foundation Where: The Civic; various locations

1. Chefs John Besh and Kelly Fields 2. Executive Director Caroline Rosen and Programming Director Lola Thomas 3. Chefs David Slater and Justin Devillier

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A Brighter Decade Ahead


Lighthouse Louisiana celebrated 100 years with its 10th annual spring gala. By Shelby Simon

Approximately 140 attended the spring benefit for Lighthouse Louisiana to fund the organization’s services to the community. The proceeds helped provide classes, technology training and social support for the blind or visually impaired, work readiness training and job matches for people with all types of developmental and intellectual disabilities and access to communication for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The décor played on the romantic chord in Arnaud’s Count’s Room with touches of ivory and gold. Dining stations throughout the room included fresh shrimp and oysters on the half shell served with Arnaud’s signature remoulade sauce, turtle soup, trout meuniere and filet mignon au poivre with scalloped potatoes. Servers passed beautiful canapes, including boudin wontons, savory brie tarts and smoked trout en croute. To enhance the festive ambience, The Gumbo Pot Trio performed traditional jazz stylings. A live auction featured original artwork created by artist John Bramblitt, who began painting after he lost his vision in 2001. A wine pull offered 55 changes to win a bottle of wine ranging in value from $20 to $150. Katy Casbarian served as Event Chair, and the Auctioneer was Board Member James Slatton. n



Event at a Glance What: “An Evening Benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana,” presented by Postlethwaite and Netterville Where: Arnaud’s

1. Jane and Event Chair Katy Casbarian 2. Alan and Ann Robson with Nikki and Auctioneer James Slatton 3. Keith and Evie Katz with Marie and Mark Acierno

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90 Years of Family Service


Raintree Children and Family Services celebrated 90 years and honored James Michalopolous. By Shelby Simon

The “Paint The Town Green” gala kicked off in the Harrah’s Theater, where decorations by Debra Guastella included lit trees sprouting out of green paint cans. Ruth’s Chris Steak House Patron Party preceded the event. The event honored James Michalopolous for his years of dedication to Raintree Children and Family Services. Co-chairs were Debra Guastella and Cindy Paulin with husband Ron Paulin. The Yat Pack provided musical entertainment and had guests dancing all night long. Ten local restaurants provided catering, including: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Arnaud’s, Chateau Golf and Country Club, Drago’s, Gordon Biersch, GW Fins, La Louisiane Bakery, Mr. Mudbug Catering, Palace Cafe and Royal Sonesta. A silent auction provided a huge variety of items, including a Las Vegas hotel stay, gift cards to New Orleans’ finest restaurants and fine jewelry from String A Bead, Mignon Faget and others. Later in the evening, emcees Mark Romig and Raintree Board Member Lana Duke led a live auction. Toward the end of the gala, a raffle drawing took place with a wagon filled with alcohol as the prize. The event raised approximately $160,000 with roughly 300 patrons in attendance. n



Event at a Glance What: “Paint The Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services Where: Ruth’s Chris Steak House; Harrah’s Theater

1. Olivia Ventola, Carl Gilmore and Lana Duke and Deborah Alciatore Empey 2. Cole Callihan, LaShawna Schofield and Sid Lewis 3. Scott Howard and Connie Kitchen

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Jewish Jubilee


JCRS celebrated its annual gala and honored The Oscar J. Tomas Charitable Trust and Ms. Marlene Trestman. By Shelby Simon

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) held its annual gala, “Jewish Roots of Celebration!” on March 5 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The evening honored The Oscar J. Tomas Charitable Trust and Ms. Marlene Trestman for their dedication to Jewish children, the community and the mission of JCRS. Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were Betty Kohn and Sara Stone. Gala Chairs were Vivian Cahn, Shelia Gold, Esther Hendler, Ken Klein and Neil Kohlman. More than 475 patrons enjoyed the evening that started with a lively cocktail reception and silent auction. Hors d’oeuvres and a family-style dinner were created by some of New Orleans finest Jewish chefs, whose personal offerings of dishes and tastes were inspired by their Jewish childhood memories. The gala’s talented chefs roster included Alon Shaya of Shaya and Domenica; David Slater of Emeril’s; Daniel Esses of Three Muses and Dryades Public Market; and Nathanial Zimet of Boucherie and Bourree. Commander’s Palace provided a double chocolate bread pudding for dessert and chef Eric Damidot of the Hyatt orchestrated the offerings. The Panorama Jazz Band entertained the patrons throughout the night, and a culinary-themed silent auction included once-ina-lifetime travel excursions to such places as Italy, France, Alaska and San Francisco. Bruce Katz, WVUE Meteorologist and former college aid recipient from JCRS, was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. JCRS dates back 161 years to 1855 and the Jewish Orphans Home in Uptown New Orleans, whose history includes the creation of Newman School. Today, JCRS provides needs-based scholarships to Jewish youth in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants, and assistance to children with special needs. In 2015, JCRS reached more than 1,500 youth across seven mid-South states. n



Event at a Glance When: Saturday, March 5 Where: Hyatt Regency

1. Honorary Co-Chairs Betty Kohn and Sara Stone 2. Master of Ceremonies Bruce Katz with Andrea and Mark Rubin 3. Charel Katz and David Perlis

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Hats Off to Opera


The 32nd annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon” raised funds to continue New Orleans’ tradition of opera. By Shelby Simon

This year, the 32nd annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon” featured beautiful and edible décor, with cake centerpieces in the form of a decorated hat, appropriately dressed with edible flowers and ribbons. Following the luncheon, waiters sliced the hats and served the cake as dessert, to the delight of the guests. Mad Hatter characters, such as the Queen of Hearts performed by Sonda Stacey, the Mad Hatter performed by Ted Stacey, Alice in Wonderland performed by Nina Pugh and the White Rabbit played by Scott Chotin, also made an appearance. A jazz ensemble provided musical entertainment at the main event. There was also a series of long “themed tables” featuring auction items for bidding, ranging from travel to accessories, culinary reservations to sports. For the Hat Judging Contest, judges included Edward Wilkerson of Lafayette 148, whose fashions were shown by Saks; Beverly Church of St. Charles Avenue magazine; Terrance Osborne, artist; Jax Fey; Tamica Lee; Pat Shane of Favrot & Shane; Jennifer Hale, sports coordinator; and Ed Marshall of First NBC Bank. The winners of the Hat Judging Contest were: Jean Rice, former President of the Opera Guild for “Most Beautiful,” Joan Ingram for “Best Ensemble” and Joyce Laporte for “Festive Fascinator.” Other winners included Henri Hall for “Most Whimsical,” Carol Verges for “Best Original Theme,” Lynette Stillwell for “Mad Hatter’s Choice,” “The Geisha Girls” for “Designer’s Choice” and “Turandot” for “Best Group.” Event Chairs were Melissa Gordon, Virginia Eckholdt and Junior Chairman Kathleen Robert. The Mistress of Ceremony was Katie Moore. n

What: 32nd annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon and Saks Fashion Show,” benefiting Women’s Guild of New Orleans Opera When: Tuesday, March 8 Where: Hilton Riverside Hotel

1. Event Chairs Melissa Gordon & Virginia Eckholdt 2. Steven Putt, Carolyn Elder, Edward Wilkerson, Junior Chairman Kathleen Robert 3. Gail B. McKenna, Sonda Stacey, Ted Stacey, Joan Eckholdt

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Event at a Glance


ENCORE! The Past Social Season in Review

By Dana Hansel

Another busy and fun social season has come and gone and we’re already halfway through the next year. As I reflect upon this past year, in the realm of fascinating and fun facts, I wonder exactly how many volunteer and preparation hours are needed to pull off all of New Orleans’ social events. Whatever the number is, I’m confident it would challenge any other city’s count as a percentage basis. And talking about other cities, we have to appreciate and be thankful for how welcoming other cities have been in supporting New Orleans in our times of need, especially postKatrina. We also have to appreciate the many who came to help immediately after Aug. 29, 2005 and stayed. As you look around New Orleans, our transplants are everywhere – Teach for America, City Year New Orleans, Idea Village,YLC and many more. So thank you to those who stayed – to all of us who are here are working to make our city even better.

Most Dazzling: "Sugarplum Ball," benefiting Children's Hospital

SUMMER Summer makes its presence known as temperatures and humidity rise, but the parties continue. Commanders Palace owner Ti Martin served as keynote speaker for Dress for Success’ annual “Suits and Salads” luncheon. Martin danced her way to the stage in her Aunt Adelaide’s monkey coat and hat and gave a funny yet meaningful speech about surrounding yourself with a positive community and helping others. The Hyatt was flowing with the latest fashions as our local style setters put on their best to celebrate helping less fortunate women get a suit and ask for a job. What is encouraging for some of us older community activists was that the room

was full of young, smart, fashionable women. Our city is in good hands for our future. The Preservation Resource Center had its 15th annual “Ladies in Red” with “A Red Hot Jazzy Gala.” At the Carver Theater, the group honored Antoine “Fats” Domino, Doreen Ketchens, Ellis Marsalis, Deacon John Moore, Tipitina’s Foundation and Joseph Torregano for their contributions to the cultural legacy of New Orleans. Red dresses, red bows, red lighting and specialty drinks made up the perfect blend for a red-hot night! Right in the middle of summer is FestiGals, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting, educating and inspiring women through seminars and events that empower, showcasing the culture of New Orleans and raising awareness and resources for targeted women’s causes. The group raises funds for cancer and several other women-centric needs. The “Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction” has generated more than $95,000 to support women with cancer through the auction of more than 100 original and custom bra creations. To end the summer, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity put on “Songs from the Heart,” two star-studded evenings in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Katrina. Warner Music and Nonesuch Records, which had helped immediately after Katrina, returned to the city for the anniversary. Nonesuch Records President Bob Hurwitz spoke passionately about his commitment to the area and how proud he was to build a house for Habitat. First up was Randy Newman at the lovely home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe. Newman has many hits, including several for Disney movies, but most of us know him for his famous song, “Short People.” The Heebe home, as always, was beautifully decorated with collectible antiques, art and rugs – endless elegant pieces including the antique piano that Newman played. Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona provided the food. The second night, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell performed at Danielle Kavanagh’s home, where chef Nathaniel Zimet of Boucherie catered. The Kavanagh home was a hit because of its stylish modern décor. Everyone who attended (and many attended both nights) raved about what intimate, elegant and entertaining evenings they had, though both were completely different experiences.

The Most List Most Active: “Power of Women,” benefiting the American Red Cross

Most Artsy: “Cocktails for Kid smART”

Most Beautiful: “Autumn Affair,” benefiting Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful

Most Dancing: “Azúcar Ball: Silver Jubilee, a Masquerade Ball,” benefiting the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Most Dazzling: “Sugarplum Ball,” benefiting Children’s Hospital

Most Elegant: “Odyssey,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art

Most Dramatic: “Moonlight and Miracles,” benefiting Ochsner Cancer Institute programs

Most Festive: “FestiGals”

FALL We then fell into fall with multiple events. Le Petit Théatre du Vieux Carré had their “Curtain Call Ball” at the historic theater combined with Dickie Brennan’s Tableau, the adjacent restaurant. Enjoying perfect fall weather, the courtyard connecting the restaurant and theater was packed. Talent was everywhere, especially on stage, with multiple acts including a Motown review by The Big Easy Babes and New Orleans musical classics by David Torkanowsky, Gerald French and Shannon Powell. This March, the Le Petit board hosted their Centennial Kickoff Party, where they announced next year’s shows and presented a prototype of the new theater seats. The theatre is on a roll with a great lineup, and now patrons can enjoy new and more comfortable seats. The following night was Young Leadership Council’s annual “Role Model Gala” at the Hyatt. The YLC is now 30 years old, and still growing and going strong. The black-tie affair included some of our top community do-gooders who were recognized and thanked for their good works. KID smART had its annual “Cocktails for KID smART” at the lovely Audubon Place home of Caroline and Andre Robert. Stunning flowers, tasty food by Joel’s Catering and flowing libations were the exact mix to create the perfect evening. The Robert home was full of flowers of every color, size and fragrance – what a treat! George Dunbar was the featured artist and donated one of his unique pieces for the auction. Additionally, all patrons and sponsorships received a giclée created from George’s art. To showcase Kid smART’s mission, teaching artists did demonstrations of how they encourage young artists.

If ever there is a magical night, it is under the oaks in City Park for the Botanical Garden Foundation’s annual “Magic in the Moonlight.” This past October, patrons enjoyed wine from Republic Beverages, dinner by Bayona’s Susan Spicer and an outstanding auction. The event enjoyed beautiful weather and again allowed its guests a special experience because the park was already decorated for “Celebration in the Oaks.” White balloon lights hung from the enormous oaks, creating the perfect setting for a romantic evening. For the first time in the history of “Odyssey,” the New Orleans Museum of Art produced three events in a year-long odyssey of visual arts, music and entertainment. The Odyssey Chairs were Robin Burgess and husband Terence Blanchard, the renowned trumpeter. In mid-November, sponsors attended an evening featuring a special performance by Monica Mancini at the artful home of Dathel and Tommy Coleman. Two nights later, Grammy Award-winning artist Patti Austin performed following a black-tie seated dinner and DJ Soul Sister hosted at the After Party. Earlier in the spring, there was a jazz brunch featuring Grammy Award-winning artists Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez at NOMA. The public was treated to a free concert on the museum’s steps. Only in New Orleans can a football field look glamorous, and Ochsner does just that with their annual “Moonlight and Miracles Gala,” benefiting Ochsner Cancer Institute programs. With thousands of people in black-tie and cocktail dresses, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is illuminated both inside and out. Since the purpose is to raise funds to battle cancer,

the color scheme represented every type of cancer. I certainly didn’t realize that each type of cancer had a color associated with it, but I do now. A Patron Party at Club XLIV in Champions Square a few days beforehand was yet another benefit for donors. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's signature annual event is “Carnivale du Vin.” The list of purveyors included Champagne Louis Roederer, Silver Oak Cellars, Tamber Bey Vineyards, Ramey Wine Cellars, Revana Family Vineyard, Paul Hobbs Winery and Molly Dooker Wines. People from all over the United States fly into New Orleans to attend one of the finest parties in the city, where you have a five course gourmet meal, drink fine wines, bid on unique items and dine with interesting people. The event is one of the top fundraisers in the city, and Lagasse donates 90 percent of the proceeds locally.

Most Glam: “You Night”

Most Hats: “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon,” benefiting the Women's Guild of New Orleans Opera

Most Heartfelt: “HeartGift’s Northshore Breakfast”

Most Humanitarian: “Weiss Awards,” benefiting New Orleans Council for Community and Justice

"Cocktails for KID smART" The Emeril Lagasse Foundation's "Carnivale du Vin"

Most Humorous: “Cochon Cotillion,” benefiting Bridge House / Grace House

Most Illuminating: “Magic in the Moonlight,” benefiting the New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation

Most Inspiring: “Downton Abbey”themed events for WYES: “Northshore Celebrates Downton Abbey”; “An Afternoon with WYES, ‘Downton Abbey,’ Tea and Wine, Too!”; “Downton Abbey Going Out In Style"; and the last episode screening at the Orpheum with the author of To Marry a Nobleman

WINTER As we entered New Orleans’s version of winter, we first celebrated St. Charles Avenue magazine’s 20th year with a first ever tri-fold cover honoring many of the 49 former recipients of the “Activists of the Year” award. The magazine also included many of the past honorees’ personal perspectives on the importance of activism. Each of their statements reinforced that each person's approach is driven by different reasons connected to their own personal stories. Thank you and congratulations again to all of the honorees who are active in many of the fundraisers profiled in this article. In early January, there was a new event called “Bal Masque” held by the Link Stryjewski Foundation, and it was a celebration of New Orleans Creole Carnival roots. The Link Stryjewski Foundation was created to address the cycle of violence and poverty, as well as the lack of quality education and job training opportunities available to young people in New Orleans, by providing support to organizations that directly work to end the cycle of violence and poverty that affect the lives of children; this year’s organizations to benefit were The Kingsley House and YEP. In Mardi Gras style, the guests put on their costumes and masks and lit up the Orpheum Theater. Guests enjoyed a four-course dinner prepared by chefs Oakes, Lata, Goin Stitt, Reddington, Ruesing and Kahan. Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band was the entertainment highlight. Others adding to the music were Jon Cleary and the Preservation Hall Horns, The Roots of Music and Cha Wa, a Mardi Gras Indian funk band. In anticipation of “Downton Abbey's” final season WYES hosted numerous “Downton Abbey”-themed events. In November, the Northshore celebrated

“Downton Abbey” at Kathy and Scott Gutterman’s stunning home. Then in mid-January, the Fayards at their iconic “wedding cake” house hosted “An Afternoon With WYES, ‘Downton Abbey,’ Tea and Wine, Too!” Many ladies (and some men) put on vintage outfits and jewelry to raise a glass to the worldwide success of the Masterpiece series. In early March, WYES hosted “‘Downton Abbey’ – Going Out in Style” gala. Guests went all out with their costumes, again, and enjoyed taking pictures in front of a 1920s vintage car as they approached the Ludwigs’ sprawling home in Old Metairie. Throughout the house were life-sized cutouts of “Downton Abbey” characters including the Dowager Countess, Lady Mary, Lord and Lady Grantham, Carson the butler and poor, pitiful Edith, who in the end made out just fine. A few days’ later guests from far and wide enjoyed watching the final episode of “Downton Abbey” on the big screen at the newly renovated Orpheum Theater.

There was a costume contest, champagne and lots of laughs and gasps as over 650 people said goodbye to the beloved series. And finally, in early April, to take us all back to the beginning, the author of To Marry A Nobleman, the book upon which the “Downton Abbey” series is based, spoke to a full house at Bonnie’s House of Broel. Mardi Gras kicked in and, as always, the fundraisers take a short break to allow the locals to host the biggest free show on earth. There are several Mardi Gras groups which have incorporated philanthropy into their organizations, such as the Krewe of Muses and Rex’s Pro Publico Foundation, which has donated generously to numerous education-focused groups. Most recently Hermes has started a foundation to support groups such as the New Orleans Police Department. The heart and soul of Mardi Gras is that there is something for everyone – parades, balls, house parties, balcony hanging and most importantly, family fun!

St. Charles Avenue's 20th Anniversary Cover "'Downton Abbey – Going Out in Style," benefiting WYES

Most Interactive Style Show: “Prix d’Elegance Awards Luncheon,” benefiting Men and Women of Fashion

Most Jazzy: “The Jazz & Heritage Gala,” benefiting the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.

Most Kid Friendly: “Zoo-To-Do For Kids,” benefiting Audubon Nature Institute

‹ Men & Women of Fashion's annual "Prix d'Elegance Awards Luncheon"

NOMA's "Art in Bloom"

SPRING Spring is in the air and the flowers are fragrant at NOMA’s “Art in Bloom” – always a unique and magnificent event. The two-day event kicked off with a patron party where the ladies showcased their new floral dresses. The next day there were three presentations from a2b table, Princess Giorgiana Corsini and Francis Schultz. A luncheon followed with a Saks Fifth Avenue style show. The museum is magical with a wide range of flowers and plants displayed to support the party’s theme or to interpret a painting or to exhibit a tablescape. Beyond “Art in Bloom,” the museum always has stunning floral arrangements in the urns in the Great Hall. Bridge House / Grace House celebrated its 20th year at “Cochon Cotillion” with Queen Mary Matalin and King James Carville, who invited all past royalty to be in their court. The royals enjoyed a preview party at the royals' home, where Southern Hospitality catered. Then a police escort led the royal bunch to the eastbank Mardi Gras World for a fun filled evening of food, drink and dancing. The royal couple paraded around and threw beads to

patrons at the packed party. Thereafter, Queen Mary and her court made their way up on the stage to take the party to another level of energy with dancing to ELS. The local alumni chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma supports STAIR, so in late March the ladies gathered at Mary Hines' home for a party with a purpose. Several other sorority alumni groups support local causes, so a fundraiser isn’t always a big affair yet can be just as impactful. If you ever want to see people thoroughly enjoy themselves while modeling, attend the Men and Women of Fashion’s annual “Prix d’Elegance Awards Luncheon.” There are two style shows: the professional one with some past honorees, then the current honorees, who made their celebrity walk with high fives and lots of groove. For over 20 years Emeril Lagasse has hosted and underwritten the annual “Sundays at Emeril’s Dinner” at his iconic eponymous restaurant. The dinner benefits the LSU Psychiatry Department chaired by Howard and Joy Osofsky. The five-course meal had matching exquisite wines paired to each course. This dinner is quite a treat!

Most Literate: “One Book One New Orleans,” campaign for community literacy led by the YLC

Most Lively: “Ezra Open,” benefiting the Better Than Ezra Foundation

Most Musical: “Return to the Orpheum Dinner,” benefiting the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Most Paddles: “O What A Night!,” benefiting the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Most Retro: “SweetArts,” benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center

Most Wine: “Amazing Grapes Wine Auction,” benefiting HermannGrima + Gallier Historic Houses

Most Youthful Musicians: Roots of Music

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With summer underway, parents all across the city are looking for ways to occupy the hours recently abandoned by the school day. While summer camps often help fill the void, there are still plenty of hours to be accounted for, and fortunately New Orleans is a city with endless opportunities for family fun. Whether you’re looking for an all-day affair to keep the young ones entertained or simply an afternoon or morning activity to add to the day’s agenda, options abound for parents whose kids are prone to asking, “What are we going to do today?” One obvious choice for a fun place to take the kids is the Louisiana Children’s Museum.


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Located at 420 Julia St. in the Warehouse District, the Museum offers 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and educational programs promoting hands-on, participatory learning for children; the activities are educational and cultural without seeming too school-like. Newly opened is an exhibit highlighting and exploring Vietnamese culture, specifically through the Tet celebration. Called “Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival,” the traveling exhibition showcases Vietnamese traditions, customs and values through interactive festival-related exhibits. “Visitors can explore the Marketplace to select traditional flowers and pretend food items to prepare for the celebration. In

the Home section of the exhibit, families can dress up in customary Ao Dai and pose for interactive family photos,” says CEO Julia Bland. Additionally, children can try on a giant Lion Dance Mask, engage with the parades, games and music, and participate in a (perpetual) midnight celebration with visitor-created fireworks. Family memberships allow parents and children the ability to enjoy the museum all year long at a variety of levels. Memberships include free admission and a number of discounts and savings on parties, programs and more. Thanks to support from the Helis Foundation, the Louisiana Children’s Museum will host a free admission day on Sun., June 26. Another local museum offering family friendly programming and events is the New Orleans

Museum of Art. Throughout the year, NOMA offers weekly programs to engage people of all ages through arts and culture from around the globe. This summer’s selections include StoryQuest on certain Saturdays, Friday Nights at NOMA until 9 p.m. every Friday and a weekly Summer Arts Camp for children ages 5-10. According to Elise Solomon, Youth & Family Programs Manager, StoryQuest is meant to spark imagination, creativity, and a love of reading. “Professional authors, actors and artists bring the world of children’s literature to NOMA in this family series,” says Solomon. “StoryQuest begins with interactive readings, then launch your quest through NOMA’s galleries and garden for related works of art.” Friday Nights at NOMA is a vibrant evening of arts and

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entertainment, including Art on the Spot, an art activity table for children and parents. The nights feature everything from music and movies to cooking demonstrations and gallery talks. If you’re looking to engage your child for a full week, the Summer Arts Camp at NOMA allows campers an opportunity to explore works of art in the galleries while getting creative in the studio or on stage. “Whether it’s through StoryQuest, Art on the Spot or just walking through the galleries, families are building memories that will last a lifetime,” says Solomon. Parents and grandparents also enjoy sending their children to programs like Summer Art Camp because these art experiences provide children the opportunity to explore their creative sides with professional teaching artists,” she says. Located inside City Park, NOMA is also close to a number of other options for family fun. New Orleans City Park isn’t only a place to throw a ball around or picnic under a tree, it’s a treasure chest of kid-friendly opportunities. If you’re looking for a quick stop, grab some beignets at Morning Call and watch the ducks in nearby waterways. If you’re looking to spend a full day at the park, there are countless ways to play outdoors: boating and biking with rentals from Wheel Fun Rentals, hiking through the Couturie Forest, playing golf, disc golf or tennis and fishing up and down Bayou Metairie. “New Orleans City Park is 1,300 acres of year-round family fun,” says Media Manager Amanda Frentz. “I think families love that there’s something for everyone and every mood,” she says.


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The park is also home to a number of attractions, such as the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, Storyland, City Putt, the New Orleans Botanical Garden and Train Garden and – coming soon – City Splash, a new water park that City Park plans to break ground on in the future. Season passes good for admission and unlimited rides at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland are available. On rainy days, hotter-than-hot days and even on nice days, it’s nice to have indoor options for fun, too, and the city offers plenty of those as well. A great spot for birthday parties and walk-in fun, Palm Tree Playground is an indoor playground that features custom beach-themed play structures, a toddler area for children 3 years old and younger and a Surf & Snack Shack (though packed lunches are welcome, too). During the week, the playground is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The weekend schedule is dependent on private parties, but

parents can find each weekend’s schedule at PalmTreePlayground. com or on social media sites. The company specializes in birthday parties for children 1-7 years of age, and they offer three party packages from which to choose. “What we do that’s completely unique is our themed party rooms. We have eight to choose from and they’re picture-perfect,” says Owner Heather Hays. The themed rentals include professional photo backdrops, tulle table skirts, fabric buntings, birthday banners, table toppers and lanterns hanging from the ceiling. According to Hays, the show-stopper décor makes it easy for parents to have an adorable party without spending a fortune. Themed days add to the summer fun, and 10-packs of passes are available at a discounted price. Offering another option for indoor play is BooKoo Bounce, a full-service indoor inflatable playground specializing in private

birthday parties and walk-in play. Last summer, BooKoo Bounce doubled the size of their facility to nearly 17,000 square feet, and now walk-in play is available every summer weekday and weekend in the new “BooKooToo!” arena. The arena features 10 additional bouncers, slides and obstacle courses, plus 21 state-of-the-art games in air-conditioned comfort – all adjacent to the original 8,500square-foot arena. While walk-in play is available seven days a week, the hours do fluctuate and parents can find weekly schedules at BooKooBounce. com or by calling the facility. BooKoo Bounce is known for its private parties, which cater to parents about as much as their children. “Our business model and mission is based as much upon the parents’ experience as it is about children’s enjoyment. We want parents to be able to enjoy the company of their friends, family and guests, and

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to provide a memorable, fun and exciting birthday party experience for their child,” says Founder and Owner Gene Sausse. BooKoo Bounce hosts around 25 parties per weekend, so Sausse recommends reserving three to eight weeks in advance for choosing the time of day that works best for you. Inserting a little shopping into your family fun never hurts, and one great destination for doing all kinds of shopping and exploring is the French Market. In addition to the six blocks of shops, restaurants and the flea market, the French Market now also operates Crescent Park along the river. The French Market is home to a number of locally owned children’s toy and clothing shops, including The Little Toy Shop and Baby One, as well as several shops that have children’s books and gifts such as A Tisket A Tasket Books and Aunt Sally’s Praline Shop. The famous flea market also makes for fun shopping with a variety of items such as masks, toys, books and clothing from around the world. The French Market also hosts year-round events and programs such as cooking demonstrations, farmers markets, concerts and fitness classes. “We are particularly excited about our 30th anniversary Creole Tomato Festival on June 11 and 12,” says Marketing Director Amy Kirk Duvoisin. “We will have four blocks of activities from Dumaine Street to Crescent Park, including activities in Dutch Alley, the farmers market, the Old U.S. Mint and Crescent Park.” This year’s children’s area will be located at the Old U.S. Mint and will feature interactive craft booths, hula hooping, Playbuild NOLA, magic shows, face painting and live music and entertainment each day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Located a few miles down the river is another great shopping destination for families. Haase’s

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Shoes & Young Folks Shop has been a New Orleans staple since 1921 and will continue to offer southern, traditional and classic children’s shoes and clothing for years to come, according to Manager Judy Caliva. This summer, fashionable parents can look forward to seersucker, bathing suits, beach towels, sandals, sundresses, shorts and tops. “Every day we have customers who love to tell us how many decades they’ve been coming to Haase’s, and that brings us a great sense of pride,” says Caliva. While known for its quality shoes and clothing, Haase’s is also famous for its mascot, Buster Brown, who, to this day, still blows a balloon for every child. Haase’s posts specials on its Facebook page (Facebook. com/Haases) and is holding its annual back-to-school sale now through August.

With all the activity that comes with summer, it’s also important to know where families can turn when illness or injury strikes, and fortunately for parents, New Orleans is home to Children’s Hospital, the only freestanding children’s hospital in the Gulf South. “All we see are kids. We have pediatric-trained specialists who see kids from birth to 21 for anything from tonsils to cancer. We do open-heart surgery and everything in-between,” says Cathleen Randon, Director of Public Affairs. “People use Children’s because they can have confidence knowing we have the pediatric specialists here. If your child needs surgery, they’re not only going to have a pediatric surgeon – everyone in there is trained for kids.” In addition to the hospital’s main campus and satellite clinics across the state, including on the

North Shore, Children’s Hospital also operates an outpatient after-hours clinic in Metairie at 3040 33rd St. (837-7760). Children’s Hospital isn’t all business – they’re known for having a little fun, too. This summer the hospital and Audubon Zoo are gearing up for their big fall family event, Boo at the Zoo. Keep an eye out for tickets, which go on sale this August. This month, tune in to the Children’s Hospital annual telethon, which airs on WDSU June 5.

Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia St., 523-1357, New Orleans Museum of Art 1 Collins Diboll Circle, 658-4100, New Orleans City Park 1 Palm Drive, 482-4888, Palm Tree Playground 3011 N. Interstate 10 Service Road, East, Metairie, 828-8164, BooKoo Bounce 5604 Blessey St., Elmwood, 835-6424, French Market 1235 N. Peters St., 596-3420, Haase’s Shoes and Young Folks Shop 8119 Oak St., 866-9944, Children’s Hospital 200 Henry Clay Ave., 899-9511,


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FestiGals Takes the Stage When it’s all for a good cause By Bev Church

a fun weekend for a “girl’s night out,” but I now understand that it’s so much more than that! The month of July is very slow in the city as far as tourism goes, but FestiGals has changed all that, bringing about 2,200 women from all over the country to New Orleans to partake of inspirational seminars, including “Conversations with Leah Chase” and Sallie Ann Glassman’s “From My Spirits to Yours,” just to name two. July 28-30 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel there will be networking opportunities and lots of fun, but most importantly, the event will give financial support to two important nonprofits. 60 st. charles Avenue june 2016

FestiGals supports the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans’ Breastoration, which provides support services to women during cancer treatments and recovery with the “Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon.” The “Stiletto Stroll” Pre-Party, Second-Line Parade and After Glow Party at Mardi Gras World with Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. will benefit the New Orleans Family Justice Center, which helps victims of domestic violence.You really want to attend this weekend as a local, to meet women from all over the country and tell them what a treasure we have here in our city. Those who get to attend Leah Chase’s seminar will be regaled by her stories of

the civil rights movement in New Orleans, and how Dooky Chase Restaurant was the meeting place for blacks and whites in the city to discuss change and make it peaceful. It was against the law for blacks and whites to eat together, so Leah and Dooky Chase broke the law – serving gumbo and fried chicken to their guests. The police at the time, who were all white, looked the other way. Not only is Leah Chase the Queen of Creole cooking, but she recently received the Lifetime Achievement award from the James Beard Society! Visit to learn more and sign up for its events. n

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Cambre – Saporito By Mallory Lindsly

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ABOVE: The Groom and

Bride Scott Andrew Saporito and Megan Alyce Cambre FACING PAGE, TOP: David and Betty Cambre and family BOTTOM, LEFT: Jerry and Rhenda Saporito and family BOTTOM, RIGHT: (Back row) Brandon Cambre, John Koerner, George Wilson, Andrew Eagan, Casey Vosbein, Miller Richmond, Robert Richmond, Scott Saporito, Megan Cambre, Christopher Saporito, James Sarpy, Thomas Favrot, William Alpaugh, Richard Rodriguez, Colin Cambre and Clay Cambre; (middle row) Michelle Hultberg, Lacy Davidson, Meredith Rongey, Taylor Gulotta, Carly Cambre, Caitlin Cambre, Sadie Cambre, Lauren Lorio, Heidi Saporito, Katie Rongey and Lauren Hodgins; and (front row) Hudson Cambre and Tate Self.

Coordinator: Satchel Planning & Design Wedding Gown: Tara Keely Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Nordstrom Groom’s and Groomsmen's Attire: Perlis Bride’s and Groom’s wedding bands: Friend & Company Photographer: Eau Claire Photographics Videographer: Your Day Productions Hair and Makeup: Katie Malone Makeup Studio Hair: Lesley Rogers and Anne Kirsch Florals: Meade Wenzel Cake Designer: Gambino’s


Saporito met during Pat Green’s performance at the 2014 “Hogs for the Cause” fundraiser. The two quickly connected when they realized that they both loved Pat Green during their high school and college years. After a couple of dinners, they were officially dating. The Cambres made plans to celebrate Labor Day 2015 with the Saporitos at their house in Pass Christian. Megan and Scott went for a walk, where Scott brought her over to the old Boston Whaler he had restored. Scott presented her with a Nola Couture redfish collar for the golden retriever puppy the two were adopting the next day. The nametag on the collar was inscribed with “Will you marry me?” After a brief moment of shock, Megan said “Yes!”, and then saw their families watching and cheering from the porch above. The weekend of the March 19, 2016 wedding, the Saporitos held a Rehearsal Dinner at Antoine’s to kick off the celebratory weekend.

The ceremony was at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the French Quarter with Father Joe Krafft and Deacon Wayne Lobell serving as celebrants. The ceremony music included Cantor Sarah Jane McMahon, Organist Dreux Montegut, Violinist Lulu Reeks and Trumpeter-Ryan Asprion. A reception following the ceremony was hosted at the Old Ursuline Convent, where Highlight’s Catering served delicious bites for the guests to enjoy. After the reception, Megan and Scott second-lined to the Hermes Bar at Antoine’s, where the guests kept the party going. Deacon John played the reception, and Megan’s father serenaded the guests with “Fortune Teller.” In May, the two traveled to Anguilla for a week of honeymooning and relaxation. They returned back to their house in Uptown New Orleans, where Megan is an attorney practicing civil insurance defense at Gieger, Laborde and Laperouse; and Scott is a marine insurance broker for Arthur J. Gallagher. n 63


The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project Founder Megan Nuismer and Harvest and Volunteer Coordinator Geordan Lightfoot Smith By Lindsay Mack

While living in Portland, Megan Nuismer saw a organization that gleaned fruit from cherry trees on her block. After moving to New Orleans, where she began working at Hollygrove Market, she had people call in wanting to donate from their fruit trees. She put the two ideas together and began the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project. Now a food sourcing specialist at the Second Harvest Food Bank, she devotes considerable time and effort to providing nutritious food to New Orleanians. Geordan Lightfoot Smith, the harvest and volunteer coordinator, travels all over the Greater New Orleans area as he guides volunteers through their fruit picking experiences. He works closely with homeowners to determine the fruit’s ideal ripeness, schedule a convenient time for harvest and oversee his volunteers. I spoke with both Nuismer and Smith to learn more about their dynamic program.

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The Fruit Tree Project serves hundreds of local food pantries, and the 10,000 pounds of produce they have gathered gets sent to metro area and many of the parishes they serve, benefiting around 210,000 people in a year. Fresh produce is one of the most requested foods that food pantries serve. “It’s important to get fresh fruit yearround,” says Nuismer, adding that it’s particularly crucial for the elderly and disadvantaged populations served by food pantries. In addition, some of the local

food harvested from the Fruit Tree Project is used in Second Harvest’s kitchen. For example, loquats (also known as japonicas, misbeliefs or Japanese plums) harvested in Uptown were made into a jam that was used in a dish prepared for seniors. Furthermore, the fruit tree owners are often thrilled to contribute to the South Louisiana community in this unique way. “The owners are happy to see how much fruit they can donate of that value,” says Smith. n

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Get Involved At this time, the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project is looking to increase its output and gather even more fruit from more trees. Interested fruit tree owners are encouraged to reach out to the Fruit Tree Project for information

about gleanings. Although their harvest is primarily citrus, they have also collected other fruits, and the volunteers are available year-round. This growing project is eager to increase its infrastructure as well as

obtain a van for delivery purposes. Therefore, donors are also welcome to help with monetary donations or tools. For more information visit or

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Small groups of volunteers can collect a surprising amount of fruit. The volunteers, who range from high school students to adults, use 12-footlong fruit pickers to reach high branches while staying safely on the ground. A typical fruit gathering can yield around 100 to 600 pounds of produce.

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Maggie Malone The Academy of the Sacred Heart By Mallory Lindsly

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community has not only allowed me to befriend people from all different backgrounds and upbringings, but it has also forced me to see the struggles and misfortune that are eminent in society,” says Maggie Malone, who graduated from The Academy of the Sacred Heart in May 2016. Volunteering at the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge has allowed Malone to directly come in contact with cancer patients and caregivers that Malone can help with her dedication to Relay for Life. “I have become close to some of the cancer patients and shared many memories with them,” says Malone “those people serve as constant reminders to me of how important my dedication to Relay for Life is.” Being a part of Relay for Life, Malone has learned a lot about cancer and the struggles that it entails, and it has encouraged her to inform others and make it their

concern as well. This past year, Malone was a part of the Relay for Life NOLA Youth Planning committee, where she helped plan the 2016 fundraiser at Sacred Heart. “As more people immerse themselves into their own community, the potential for the community increases. People need not be concerned solely with their own life, but also invest interest in the lives of others within their community,” says Malone. Lorraina Aldridge, the director of Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge, inspired Malone to continue her activism. Aldridge battled cancer and lost her hair during chemotherapy a few years back, but survived. She came back healthy with a passion to help others. Her love and dedication to the cause is prominent in her everyday work ethic. Malone will be attending Fordham University in New York and plans to get involved at the Dorothy Day Center they have on campus, as well as continue her time with the American Cancer Society. Even though she is undecided on her career path in life, Malone is interested in pursuing medicine for the betterment of society and to continue helping people. n

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Jeré Hales, MBA Chief Operating Officer, Lambeth House By Mirella Cameran

Why do you work at Lambeth house? There’s one reason: the people. Lambeth House offers something different and special for seniors. And, I work at Lambeth House because its mission directly aligns with my personal mission of enhancing the quality of life for active adults.

Care, we offer a comfortable home for seniors who need 24-hour or memory support.

Tell us about your role? I oversee all operations and I’m charged with not only meeting the ever-changing needs of our residents, but with raising the bar on our very high standards.

What’s the age range of your residents? In Independent Living the minimum age is 62, in Assisted Living it ranges from 75-95 years.

Why do people choose Lambeth House? It’s an exceptional place. Our residents live life to the fullest, enjoying the benefits of active aging. Additionally, Lambeth House is a Life Plan Community, so there’s the unique benefit of receiving supportive care on-site, when or if the time comes.

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Tell us something people don’t know about Lambeth House? We won the prestigious Design for Aging Merit Award by the American Institute of Architects. Most of our residents state that they wish they’d moved in sooner! Is there anything else you would like to share? We have a museum-worthy letter collection featuring leaders such as Albert Einstein and George Washington. n

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What options do you offer? Our Independent Living residents work, travel and enjoy the advantages of private, maintenance-free, independent living. For those who need more support, our Assisted Living is available. In Nursing

Do you have any unique amenities? Yes, our Wellness Center includes a fitness center, a saltwater pool and spa. We also have a meditation room, an arts studio and a chapel.

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Randall Shaw Owner, Nordic Kitchens and Baths By Mirella Cameran

How did Nordic start? After owning New Orleans’ first European style cabinet manufacturer for almost 10 years, the two principals teamed up with another local kitchen designer to form Nordic Kitchens & Baths in 1995. Why has it become so successful? Because we listen to our clients’ needs and provide exceptional design, luxury products and superior customer service. What are the key differences between you and your competitors? We create solutions when our competition would tell the client, “No, we cannot do that.”

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What's the best part of your job? Interacting with our clients and the uniqueness of each project. What if a customer has a special order? All of our cabinetry is truly custom built, and each kitchen is built to order. If a customer brings us a picture of a door or finish, odds are we can match it. What are the three most important things to do when renovating a bath or kitchen? Consult a design professional,

hire a qualified contractor and plan on a budget in proportion to the value of the home. What are the three worst things someone can do? Contract yourself with no construction experience, use a contractor or company whose work you have not seen or design the space yourself. What are the trends right now in kitchen and bath renovations? Grey tones, combination steam ovens, coffee makers and integrated appliances. What are the three most often quoted reasons customers choose you? Reputation, knowledge and range of product offering Is there anything else you want to share with our readers? I would personally like to thank everyone for their business over the last 21 years. n

Nordic Kitchens & Baths 1818 Veterans Blvd. Metairie 888-2300 69

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1. Designer, author and speaker Suzanne Rheinstien and Designer Reception Chair Shirley Moseley at the “Essence of Style Design Symposium Designer Reception on February 17. The two-day event began with an opportunity to enjoy food, drink and conversation with Rheinstien at the home of Carli and Frank Tessier. The next day, Rheinstien explored the charming design featured in her new book, Rooms for Living: A Style for Today with Things from the Past, with a lecture, luncheon and exclusive book-signing at the Audubon Tea Room. 2. Gates Shaw, Heather Trahan and Louis J. Aubert and Symposium Co-Chair Louis J. Aubert attended Longue Vue House and Gardens’ “Essence of Style Design Symposium.” Since 1991, the Symposium has been dedicated to inspire and educate New Orleanians interested in interior and exterior design and raise significant funds critical to maintain the National Historic Landmark estate. 3. Terrance and Co-Chair Stephanie Osborne, and Co-Chair Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace and Hugh V. Wallace III at Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s “Cookies & Cocktails: Evening in Paris” gala, which featured an open bar, live music and a silent auction. 4. Dr. Corey Hebert, Meg Farris, Jackie Clarkson and chef Matt Murphy judged the 2016 “Cookies & Cocktails competition,” selecting best appetizer, dessert and cocktail made using Girl Scout Cookies, while the attendees selected the People’s Choice. 5. Julie Livaudais George, New Orleans Museum of Art Board President and honoree David Kerstein and his wife Geneva Kerstein with Susan M. Taylor, The Montine McDaniel Freeman Director, enjoy their evening at the “NOMA Fellows Dinner.” Along with a night of good food and entertainment, the 2016 Isaac Delgado Memorial Award was presented to David Kerstein and The Helis Foundation. 6. The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans Board celebrated its 75th year in operation with a black-tie gala at the restored Lakefront Airport Atrium. The guests enjoyed cocktails before the installation of the 2016 Board of Directors, pictured here. 70 st. charles Avenue june 2016

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7. Senior Officers of the Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans Board, Michael Kraft, Mike LeCorgne, Frank Morse, Floyd Simeon and Roy Olsen, gather before the start of the event. The gala hosted a silent auction and finished the night by dancing to cool jams the from the LaCoste band. 8. Jefferson Beautification Inc. held its annual Christmas Luncheon at Chateau Country Club with the theme, “My Big Fat Greek Christmas Wedding.” Sixty-two members and guests were treated to the unveiling of JBI's latest proposed project, The Greek Muses Bronze Statues, to be erected in the sculpture garden surrounding the recently completed Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Muses Committee members pictured here are Sharon Hannahan displaying Euterpe, Kay Adressen displaying Melpomene, Beulah Oswald Soto displaying Thalia and Joy Shane displaying Terpsichore. 9. Pat Starnes narrated the humorous fashion show at Jefferson Beautification Inc.’s annual Christmas Luncheon themed “My Big Fat Greek Christmas Wedding,” which featured bridesmaid dresses appropriate to the theme. Pictured here are Sharon Hannahan as a bridesmaid, Valerie Hart as mother of the bride, Debbie Settoon as aunt of the bride and Joy Shane as maid of honor. 10. Tim Falcon, Café Hope Chairman of the Board; Scott Burke, Café Hope Board of Directors and owner of Loop Linen; and Pat Connick, State Representative, attend “Hope & Holidays Aboard the Steamboat Natchez” fundraiser for Café Hope. The event aimed to raise funds to continue the organization's mission of providing at-risk youth throughout the Greater New Orleans area with tools needed to enter the real world and succeed. 11. Curtis and Secretary Celeste Eustis with President Colleen and Marty McLeod at the “Sybarites Spring Soirée” at Arnaud’s. Guests were presented with a special cookie featuring the Sybarites plume, and there was a station where they could dress up with props and received the flipbook of the photos to take home. 12. President-elect Mendy Barry, Denise Galloway and Dana Hansel are pictured at the “Sybarites Spring Soirée” on March 5. Host restaurant Arnaud’s served their signature hors d’oeuvres, including oyster Bienville tartlettes, soufflé potatoes, shrimp Arnaud and more, along with three carving stations and a soup station. 72 st. charles Avenue june 2016


Author Stanley Dry — Louisiana Life “Kitchen Gourmet” columnist, former senior editor of Food & Wine magazine and accomplished cook — brings history, culture and spice together in his first book, The Essential Louisiana Cookbook, a Louisiana Life product by Renaissance Publishing. From classics, such as red beans and rice and a variety of delectable gumbos, to modern creations sure to become weeknight traditions, this collection of recipes will be a go-to for native Louisianans and those new to the state’s rich culinary landscape.



treating the kids Pelican Coast Clothing Company 5509 Magazine Street, 309-2314 Pelican Coast has a great selection of boys' belts and ties that are great alone or as a matching pair with Dad. Our local designs are the perfect pairing for NOLA kids' summer wardrobes.

The French Market The French Market’s signature annual festival, The Creole Tomato Festival, turns 30 years old this June! Activities will occur throughout the French Market District: cooking demonstrations and tomatoes for sale at the farmers market; children’s entertainment at the Mint; crafts bazaar; food trucks; and mainstage music at Crescent Park.

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Children's Hospital After Hours 3040 33rd Street, 837-7760 Children's Hospital After Hours is a walk-in clinic, staffed with Pediatric ER Physicians to care for your child when your pediatrician's office is closed. Open 7 days a week and accepting most insurance plans, the After Hours clinic is located in Metairie near Causeway and I-10.


Chateau Sew & Sew 1115 St. Mary Street, 533-9221 Chateau Sew & Sew offers a variety of group and private sewing classes, plus free events like their Saturday Sewing Social scheduled every Saturday in May! Check out the "Event Calendar" on their website for the latest schedule, then call or email to register for the next event. Visit their shop in the Lower Garden District at 1115 St. Mary Street, New Orleans 70130.

Louisiana Children’s Museum 420 Julia Street, 523-1357

NOLA Couture 2928 Magazine Street, 319-5959 528 St. Peter Street, 875-3522 Suit up your little one for a special occasion! Shop New Orleans and coastal inspired youth ties only at NOLA Couture. Each tie is made with 100 percent silk and designed in house. Your dapper dude will be sure to stand out from the crowd!

Louisiana Children’s Museum will bring the culture of Vietnam to New Orleans with a new traveling exhibit, "Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival." All summer long families can discover the beauty, sights and sounds of Vietnam through Tet, its most important celebration of the year. Learn more at

Touro Infirmary 1401 Foucher Street, 897-7011 Touro Infirmary has earned Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission. Touro underwent a rigorous onsite review in November,

2015. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, delivery of clinical care and

performance improvement. Touro is proud to be recognized for excellence in stroke care. Learn more at 75

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June By Lauren LaBorde

through June 5 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Le Petit closes its season with the musical, which combining situations from the 2,000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with classic vaudeville. Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, through June 9 Wicked

The hit musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Oz, beginning before and continuing after Dorothy’s arrival in Oz from Kansas. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, June 1-19 Colossal

In Andrew Hinderaker’s play, a star football player endures a catastrophic injury on the field and must come to terms with how this accident has affected his relationships with his father and his teammates. Southern Rep Theatre, UNO Performing Arts Center— Robert E. Nims Theatre, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, June 10-12 Ricky Graham’s Yats Entertainment

The popular performer presents another show of yatty humor. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. 461-9475, June 17-19 Shrek Jr.

The theater presents a kids-starring production of the animated movie-turned-musical about a lovable ogre. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner, 461-9475, June 20-26 Patchwork Players’ Snow White

The beloved children’s theater group presents the production. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. 461-9475,

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More Than Just Coffee The history, so far, of French Market Coffee By Seale Paterson

First roasted in 1890, French Market

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the chicory accounted for about 85 percent of sales in New Orleans. French Market Coffee was purchased by Reily Foods in 2008 and left the headquarters at 800 Magazine St., where it had been located for nine decades. But the move didn’t affect the availability or quality of French Market Coffee. It is still available on the shelves at any many grocers and in a number of New Orleans’ oldest and finest restaurants. n

An ad for French Market Coffee with the original logo on it. Various packaging has been used over the decades. A moisture-proof “patriotic package” during World War I freed up cans for the war effort. New technologies also changed how coffee was packaged. In 1934, French Market Coffee became the first vacuum-packed coffee in New Orleans. The logo, however, stayed the same for 120 years. In 2010, a redesign kept the imagery much the same but freshened it up a little for modern times.

Image appears courtesy of the Louisian a Divis ion of the N ew Orlean s Public Library.

Coffee has been a New Orleans favorite for well over a century. The Bartlett and Dodge families began selling their cans of locally roasted and blended coffee in the French Market as the New Orleans Coffee Company. As their coffee became more available, they published two small pamphlets. “The Story of the Old French Market” was published in 1915 and came with a 12-cup sample of coffee. It was followed in 1927 by a booklet about the history, uses and benefits of chicory to a mystified clientele outside of New Orleans. In 1927, French Market Coffee began enclosing coupons in coffee containers. For a specified number of coupons and a little cash, buyers could purchase various household items (Turkish bath towels, Pyrex kitchenware, fancy toiletries and “authentic reproductions of priceless Oriental rugs”), toys (tea sets, dolls and games), and more (streetcar and bus tokens were a big hit in ’41). The offerings became so numerous that they published a catalog and created a “premium department” at their Magazine Street headquarters with items on display and an attendant to show you how various items worked. In the 1940s, items started appearing inside their 3-pound containers: “Royal Ruby” red tea glasses, Jade-ite coffee mugs, Sierra tableware and other household items. Children’s plastic toys made appearances too: trucks and airplanes for the boys, and vacuum cleaners, bathtubs and other household furniture items for the future housewife. While the coupons and included items died out in the early 1960s, the popularity of the coffee stayed strong. Both chicory and non-chicory coffees were always available, but

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St. Charles Avenue June 2016  

St. Charles Avenue June 2016