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november 2015


Hunter Hill of IberiaBank, NOMA Director Susan Taylor and Joel Vilemay of WDSU-TV in front of John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Mrs. Asher B. Wertheimer” (New Orleans Museum of Art: Museum purchase in memory of William H. Henderson, 78.3), part of the “American Masters” collection.



on the cover

Join us in celebrating the “Ghosts Along the Mississippi” 2015 “Odyssey Ball” presented by IberiaBank and WDSU-TV, which this year showcases the New Orleans Museum of Art’s “American Masters” collection, featuring works by John Singleton Copley, Ansel Adams, John Singer Sargent, Jackson Pollock, Andy Worhol and many others. Grammy Awardwinner Patti Austin will perform at a luxurious black-tie dinner, and the night will finish out with an after-party featuring DJ Soul Sister. Thanks to Hunter Hill of IberiaBank, NOMA Director Susan Taylor and Joel Vilemay of WDSU-TV for being on our cover in front of John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Mrs. Asher B. Wertheimer” (New Orleans Museum of Art: Museum purchase in memory of William H. Henderson, 78.3), part of the “American Masters” collection. The 49th “Odyssey Ball” will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 13 at the museum with a cocktail party, followed by a seated dinner at 8 p.m., followed by a dessert buffet and after dinner drinks, and finished with an amazing live concert at 9:30 p.m. The After Party, presented by Chevron and featuring DJ Soul Sister, will run 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets start at $150 for Young Fellows and After Party tickets start at $75. Ball tickets are $1,000 and sponsorship packages are available starting at $2,500. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit odyssey-ball-2015-tickets or call 658-4100. n

Photograph by Jeffery Johnston Special thanks to Allison Gouaux, Communications and Marketing Manager for NOMA. | 1

contents features 24 AIDS Awareness Project Lazarus proudly celebrated its 30th year. 26 A Formal Fête The Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosted a gala to

promote the Center for Southern Craft and Design.

28 Kidney Heroes

The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana celebrated 25 years of battle against kidney disease.

30 Finding Cures; Saving Children


A Legends for Charity event raised funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

32 Nature in Artistry

The New Orleans Antiques Forum hosted its annual Speaker/Sponsor Dinner.

34 Pink Out

Susan G. Komen New Orleans raised funds to support breast cancer prevention and research.

36 Strutting Their Stuff

A mock male pageant for Bridge House/Grace House raised a record-breaking sum.

38 Stronger Together


The Akula Foundation hosted its most successful fundraiser to date.

40 After School Angel

HelpFreeAnAngel raised funds for special needs children’s programs.

42 Hola Havana!

Tales of the Cocktail award ceremony put a Cuban twist on cocktails.

45 Fall Flavors A restaurant guide for the season 50 Standing Ovation Inspiring holiday fashion 59 Your Table is Set St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2015

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tablescapes luncheon presented by Whitney Bank benefited Operation Homefront

contents in every issue 10 Editors’ Note 12 Making a Difference The Miracle League: Giving every child a chance to play 14 Kids Play A Spoonful of Sugar: Etiquette classes for your little ones 16 Southern Glow Gluten-Free Gorgeousness: When “what goes on, goes in”


18 What’s Hot Home Furnishings 20 On the Menu

Carpaccio for a Crowd: Apolline’s chef Matt Farmer shares his Beef Carpaccio

22 The Dish

Far Beyond Eggs: Brunch uncommon

74 Vintage Wedding

Virginia Richmond Weds Dr. John Ernst III: June 19 and August 23, 1965

76 With This Ring

Craighead – Bland

78 Young Bloods


Big Easy Bucha: Co-Founder Austin Sherman

80 Student Activist

Macy Mateer – Gulf Breeze High School

82 Shop Talk

Stephen Sonnier: Managing Partner, Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Flowers • Gifts

83 Shop Talk

Brandon Boudreaux: Owner/Manager, Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelry

84 Snapshots 92 OnStage Performance Calendar 96 Nostalgia From Home to Hotel: The history of The Columns

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New Orleans’ definitive social magazine November 2015 / Volume 20 / Issue 6

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 advertising vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan sales manager Brittany Brady (504) 830-7248,

Account Executive Erin Duhe (504) 830-7226,

Production/Web Manager Staci McCarty Production DesignerS Ali Sullivan, Monique Di Pietro, Claire Geary traffic coordinator Jessica DeBold Administration Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President/Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde vice president of sales Colleen Monaghan DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND EVENTS Cheryl Lemoine Distribution Manager John Holzer Subscriptions Sara Kelemencky (504) 830-7231 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Denise Dean

A Publication of Renaissance Publishing, LLC Printed in USA 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 123 Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 828-1380 The entire contents of this magazine are copyrighted by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, © 2015 with all rights reserved. Reproduction or use, without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited. St. Charles Avenue is not responsible for photos or artwork and assumes that all releases have been cleared upon submission to the magazine. St. Charles Avenue is published monthly by Renaissance Publishing, LLC, 110 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 123, Metairie, La. 70005, (504) 828-1380. Subscription rate: one year $17.95, two year $31, three year $43 — foreign rates vary call for pricing. It is the policy of this magazine to employ people on the basis of their qualifications and with assurance of equal opportunity and treatment regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or handicap.

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Editors’ Note

Art for All We are so excited to announce that New Orleans Museum of Art’s “Odyssey Ball” is coming up on November 13, with the theme “Ghosts Along the Mississippi.” “Odyssey” is sponsored by IberiaBank and WDSU-TV, and is chaired by Robin Burgess and Terrence Blanchard, who are hosting an extravagant black-tie dinner featuring Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin. Thanks to Hunter Hill of IberiaBank, NOMA Director Susan Taylor and Joel Vilemay of WDSU-TV for being on our cover. Patron tickets are $1,000 a person, Young Fellows are $150 and the After Party featuring DJ Soul Sister is $75. Call 658-4100 for tickets! You don’t want to miss supporting our nationally recognized museum, which

was founded in 1910. It houses nearly 40,000 art objects and is celebrating its American Masters Collection, featuring works by John Singer Sargent, John Singleton Copley, Jackson Pollock and more! We are so excited about our St. Charles Avenue’s, “Wine Dine & Design” sponsored by Whitney Bank, which benefited Operation Homefront! We want to thank Erica and James Reiss and Michael and Marley LeBourgeois, who chaired the event. We raised over $50,000 for our veterans and their families and wounded warriors in Louisiana and Mississippi! Thanks also to major sponsors: Bryan Subaru, The Saints, Bollinger Inc. and Trashy Diva. And thanks to Table Sponsors: Ann Packard; Auto Chlor; Celeste and Curtis Eustis; Darnell and Randy Philipson;

Erica and James Reiss; Faye and Marshall Ballard; Landscape Images; Linda and Gordon Kolb; Manny and Pepper Bright; Marley and Michael LeBourgeois; Mathilde and Richard Currence; the Packard Family; Pam and Bill Ryan; Pixie and Jimmy Reiss; Bev and John Church, Malachite Home; RDS Concepts; and Trashy Diva. Please look at the photos taken by Jeff Strout and at the amazing tables by our designers; we thank you! Thanks also to all of our staff at St. Charles Avenue and Renaissance Publishing LLC! The new Orpheum Theatre is spectacular, and we got to shoot our holiday fashion feature there! Thank you to Kristin Shannon for all of her assistance. We are all eating out more, so check out our feature on fall restaurant specials. I want to encourage you to visit Callan Contemporary for artist George Dunbar’s new show “The Surge”! Dunbar recently turned 88 and has exhibited his distinctive abstract paintings and sculpture across six continents. It will be running November 5-December 23, and Dunbar himself will be there November 7. For more information visit, call 525-0518 or visit them in person at 518 Julia St. Have a great Thanksgiving! Bev

On Friday, October 9, I did something I’ve never done before. In front of almost 250 movers and shakers, artists and patrons – oh, and some of my friends and relatives – with no prep time I stood on a stage and served as a live auctioneer for a painting created live by Christopher Turner at our 2015 “Wine, Dine & Design” luncheon. I am really not a risk-taker, but I do have a degree in theater; even though I haven’t been on stage since then, there’s just something comforting, a feeling of coming home, about stepping up behind a microphone and jumping off – metaphorically, of course. I have to brag a bit: We started with a bid of $500, and through increments of $100, brought in a winning bid of $2,000 for Operation Homefront! We hope that you enjoy the photos of the incredible tables crafted by our 23 talented designers. But even more than that, we encourage you to send in your donation today! Make your check out to Renaissance Publishing and include Operation Homefront in the subject line, and we’ll add it to the almost $50,000 we have raised so far. Enjoy the cooler weather and a hot toddy! Morgan

Co-author Carol McMichael Reese (seated), photographer Tina Freeman (seated) and Longue Vue Executive Director Tony Chauveaux (standing) are excited to tell you that November 3 marks the release date for Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors and Gardens of New Orleans’ Most Celebrated Estate. Published by Rizzoli, the stunning interiors and glorious gardens of New Orleans’ architectural masterpiece – including its 24 water features and 16 garden areas – are brilliantly presented. Today Longue Vue is about historical context and modern relevance. By striking the correct balance between preserving its exceptional physical assets and making sure those assets are fully available for the benefit of the broader New Orleans community of which it is a part, Longue Vue is now connecting with and serving a diverse community and cultural base, requiring new approaches and programs. The book is available at the Shop at Longue Vue, 7 Bamboo Road, or online at

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events NOVEMBER 4 “An Evening in the Garden of Eden,” benefiting Eden House, 407-0943 4 “SOUPer Bowl 2015,” benefiting the Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans, 250-2143 5 “New Orleans Light the Night,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5 “Historic Houses Society Fall Evening Gala,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 274-0746 5 “Celebrating UNO,” benefiting the University of New Orleans, 6 “Moonlight on the River,” benefiting Magnolia Community Services Inc., 731-1353 6 “Progressive Dining Experience for The Heart of The Quarter,” benefiting French Quarter Citizens Inc., 948-1859 7 “Moonlight & Martinis,” benefiting West Jefferson Hospital Foundation, 349-2051 7 “Howling Success Patron Party & Gala,” benefiting Louisiana SPCA, 762-3307 10 “STAIR Affair,” benefiting Start the Adventure in Reading, 899-0820 10 “Celebrity Waiters IX,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House, 821-7134 10 “Annual Catholic Foundation Dinner,” benefiting The Catholic Foundation, 596-3044 11 “New Orleans Mission Veterans Gala,” benefiting the New Orleans Mission, 287-1814 12 “Stake Out for Justice Luncheon,” benefiting The New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, 558-9944 12 “Uncork the Cure,” benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 455-5194

12 “Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award Gala,” benefiting the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, 12 “Future Takes Flight,” benefiting ReNEW Schools, 230-4352 13 “Just Say YAYA,” benefiting YAYA, 529-3306 13 “Odyssey” presented by IberiaBank and WDSU-TV, benefiting the New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4100 13 “Boudin, Bourbon & Beer,” benefiting the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, 212-2222 13 Third annual “Moonlight & Miracles Gala,” benefiting the Ochsner Cancer Institute, 842-7117 14 Touro Infirmary Gala,” benefiting the Touro Infirmary Foundation, 897-8943 14 11th annual “Carnivale du Vin,” benefiting the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, 212-2222 14 “National Philanthropy Day,” benefiting the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 348-3500 14 “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, 613-6505 15 “Northshore Celebrates ‘Downton Abbey,’” benefiting WYES-TV, 486-5511 15 “Homecoming 20! – Looking Back, Moving Forward,” benefiting the Jewish Community Day School, 19 “Schmancy,” benefiting Tulane Hillel, 20 “Golf Ball,” benefiting the Fore!Kids Foundation, 342-3000 21 “The 2015 Azúcar Ball,” benefiting The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, 636-0107 21 Seventh annual “COPS 2 Blues Fest,” benefiting COPS 2, 962-7260 | 11

making a difference

By marilee hovet

siblings, she cannot always follow the board games they play and when her brothers and sisters play team sports, Georgia is relegated to the sidelines. Being part of a team at some point in our lives is something that we all too easily take for granted. Most of us know what it’s like to run the bases in a little league game or swim on a summer team. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are 2.8 million school-aged children with disabilities in this country. Like Georgia, most of those children are sitting on the sidelines watching other children play.

The Miracle League Giving every child a chance to play Several years ago I was talking to a friend of mine who has four children, one of whom has Down Syndrome. Her daughter, Georgia, has fairly severe symptoms. In addition to having extremely low muscle tone, she also has

difficulty with hearing, speech and vision. Georgia’s mother once told me that, because of their differences, she frequently found herself struggling to find things that all four of her children could do together. Georgia goes to a different school than her

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Every child deserves the chance to play The mission of the Miracle League is “to promote the health and well-being of children with disabilities, provide opportunities for able-bodied children to learn about and interact with children with disabilities and develop community awareness and support for the child athlete with disabilities through organized sports leagues.” Founded as a joint effort between the Audubon Nature Institute and Children’s Hospital, the program has achieved enormous success in its basketball, soccer and baseball teams. Since the day of its first game in 2009, the Miracle League of Greater New Orleans has built its roster of athletes to include more than 200 players. Though initially a program for children and teenagers, the age range has

now expanded beyond the age of 21. The league has also garnered significant support from the community, including hundreds of volunteer player-buddies who are paired, one-on-one, to assist each athlete during the games. A field of dreams  If you’ve never seen a Miracle League game in action, take a little time to stop by Miracle Field. As part of the multi-million dollar athletic complex on the levee behind the Audubon Zoo, Miracle Field is right there in the mix. However, because it was designed for the Miracle League, it isn’t your typical field. With a specially cushioned and synthetically surfaced playing field, it’s safe and easily maneuverable for individuals who use walking aids or wheelchairs.  There is definitely something miraculous about the Miracle League and the many ways it makes a difference in the lives of its players. For a child who never imagined playing on a team, it might feel miraculous to put on a uniform for the first time. For another child it might feel miraculous to kick a ball for the first time. And for a girl like Georgia, who has spent many hours sitting on the sidelines of other games, it might just feel miraculous that, because of the Miracle League, it’s finally her turn at bat. For more information about the Miracle League, visit n

Heard something interesting for “making A difference?” If so, please send it to: St. Charles Avenue, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 or email Morgan@ with the subject line “Making A Difference” | 13

kids play

By lynne gibbons

children actually feel more at ease when they know what to do in any given situation. Good manners help them know what is expected of them, which helps them, as well as those around them, feel comfortable.

A Spoonful of Sugar Etiquette classes for your little ones In the South we may lovingly refer to our toddlers and tykes as “angels,” “sweethearts” and “little dears,” but if we’re truly being honest most mommas would have to admit that there are certain times when these descriptions aren’t exactly accurate. I love my kids to the moon and back, but I’ve been guilty of bribing good manners from them as we sat down to family dinners at my parents’ or my in-laws’ house. With the holidays approaching, you may be rehearsing similar bribes in your head in preparation for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah parties. Allow me to introduce you to a far better alternative than just rolling the dice on etiquette and table manners. Just as a spoonful of sugar makes medicine go down more easily, A Spoonful of Sugar classes make these ever-so-important life-skills fun and easy for kids to grasp.

The Place A Spoonful of Sugar, located at 145 West Harrison Ave. in Lakeview, has only been open since mid-2015, but its owner, Betty Rabe, has made etiquette her focus for far longer than that. In ’09, she became certified through the Emily Post Institute, whose program serves as the foundation for the classes and workshops offered at A Spoonful of Sugar. When you first enter, you’ll notice that the cheery yellow walls and crisp white trim create a bright, welcoming environment. Manners and etiquette may have a reputation for being fancy and formal, but Rabe is out to change that stereotype. Her mantra is that manners are for everyday life and everyday situations, not just for when children have on their fancy clothes. Her belief is that

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Tea Time The location provides the perfect backdrop for the monthly teas that A Spoonful of Sugar hosts. These are typically on Saturdays, reflect a theme of the season and are perfect for multiple-generation gatherings. Signing up for the teas is as easy as signing up for any of the classes, and flexibility is the keyword. You can sign up individually or enlist a group of friends and sign up together. The first class is titled “Why Manners?” and addresses the fundamental characteristics of respect and consideration.

101s and Beyond Other classes include “Table Manners” for the younger set (ages 4-6) and “Table Manners 101,” which teaches older children the skills needed to successfully navigate restaurant and in-home dining. “Table Manners 101” also includes tips and fun tricks to help the children remember which side of the plate the knife goes on and which water glass belongs to them. After graduating from “Table Manners 101” participants can sign up for “Table Manners: Practice in Action,” where the class actually dines together in a restaurant and polishes skills like making eye contact and ordering from a menu with a waiter or waitress. Since manners don’t end at the table, Rabe also offers workshops

such as “Communications 101,” “The Art of Friendship” and “Techno Manners,” which tackle skills such as thank-you note writing, coping with difficult situations with a friend and interacting in an appropriate way in the world of social media. She also offers a workshop titled “Charmed Girl: Starting Middle School” to help give girls confidence and tips for a smooth transition into this new phase. In case you’re thinking, “What about the boys?” Rabe caters to them as well with fun cooking classes where manners and dining dos and don’ts are cleverly slipped into the cooking curriculum. When Rabe and her team aren’t hosting classes or events in their Lakeview headquarters, they can be found out in the community, in schools or working with scouting troops teaching a course called “Veggecation,” a national program developed by a nutritionist that offers cooking classes featuring delicious and nutritious fresh foods. The program is fun and encourages healthy eating habits at the same time. Getting In Touch Betty Rabe believes that manners are much more than knowing which fork is correct; they give children confidence because the children know they have the skills they need when the situation presents itself. To read more about Betty Rabe and A Spoonful of Sugar, visit, which also has a current calendar and detailed description of all classes, workshops, teas and parties offered. n | 15

southern glow

By lorin gaudin

Red Apple Lipstick

Love List This month goes fall/winter in color, texture and scent:

Gluten-Free Gorgeousness When “what goes on, goes in” It may not be immediately obvious, but for those who have gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, avoiding the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats can extend to skincare, hair care, body care and cosmetics. There is a veritable laundry list of ingredients that can indicate that gluten is present in a product, but, since there are no formal regulations, companies can still label products gluten free, even if technically they’re not. After sorting through a lot of material, here’s a short list from of what to look for: Amino Peptide Complex Barley Extract Beta Glucan

Cyclodextrin Dextrin Palmitate Dextrin Fermented Grain Extract Hydrolyzed Malt Extract Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein  Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Hydroxypropyltrimonium Oat (Avena Sativa) Phytosphingosine Extract Samino Peptide Complex Secale Cereale Wheat Protein Sulfonate Triticum Vulgare Triticum Aestivum Wheat Germ Yeast Extract  On gluten-free beauty sites the often-used phrase, “what goes on, goes in,” implies that any substance

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Face: • Vital Assist 35 SPF Primer • Too Faced Born This Way foundation in Natural Beige • Giorgio Armani under eye corrector/concealer in No. 1 and No. 2 • Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base • Red Apple shadows, Black and Porcelain • Make Up Forever Artist Shadow, M738 and M656 • Touch in Sol Browza Super Proof Gel Brow Pencil • L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Carbon Black mascara

• Too Faced Love Flush in Baby Love • Too Faced Prep and Prime pressed powder • Red Apple Lipstick in Firecracker • Real Techniques foundation buffing brush Body: • Mistral Imperial Jasmine Soap Scent: • Diptyque Philosykos

placed on the skin is absorbed by the body. While medical science hasn’t advocated theory, widely accepted is the idea that using products that contain gluten can be problematic. Some studies reveal gluten as the culprit for acne, rosacea, eczema, hives, psoriasis, etc., for many with intolerance to this protein. If you have gluten sensitivity, it’s possible that beauty products could be a problem. Personally, as a diagnosed Celiac, I find certain products will make my eyes water or my head itch. Erring on the side of caution, I lean towards products marked “gluten-free,” and free of any of the above ingredients (and more). Visit and for the most up-to-date information and product recommendations. My favorite product line right now is Red Apple Lipstick. Available online only, the colors and formulas are fantastic. The eyeshadows don’t cause tearing, and the color pay-off is excellent. Their lipsticks are soft, rich and

creamy, with lovely, lasting color. Of the bigger cosmetic companies, my top picks are: eyeshadow palettes from Too Faced; Urban Decay products (the new Metal Crush shadows are gorgeous); Hourglass face powder palette; and Cover FX concealer. For skincare, I use Tatcha cleansing oil, Sunday Riley oils, When masks, Boscia; Ren and new on the scene, Drunk Elephant. For hair it’s all about Verb, Gloss Moderne, or select Lush solid shampoo bars. Speaking of Lush, there are two new locations: Royal Street and Magazine Street. For lips my favorites are from Bite Beauty and Tata Harper. The Louboutin nail polishes are stunning, but if you don’t want to drop the big dollars for a bottle, Magazine Nails & Spa has some seasonal and neutral Louboutin polishes to use in a manicure. Expect a small up-charge.

Purchases made at Saks, Earthsavers, Sephora, Ulta, Red Apple (online) and Walgreens

Have questions or products to recommend? Email SouthernGlow@ n

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what’s hot

by amy gabriel


Home Furnishings The fall social scene is upon us and your love of entertaining is in full swing. Festive gatherings make for the perfect opportunity to incorporate some new pieces into your home. From decadent dinners around the table to fireside chats with warm toddies, our furnishings spotlight is meant to inspire togetherness moments.

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​1. Get personal with Sasha Nicholas dinnerware – exclusively at Sotre. Not only can the dinnerware (with dishwasher safe gold trim) be monogrammed, but a gift giver may also include a personal message on the back. Sotre, Adornment for Inspired Living, 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475, 2. Have your guests sitting pretty when lining your bar with sleek acrylic and gold stools; available in counter or bar height. Abode, 2114 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 266-2135, 3. A pewter turkey butter dish by Vagabond House makes for a darling addition to the Thanksgiving tablescape. Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Flowers • Gifts, 3433 Magazine St., 524-3235, 4. The ideal setting for hand-writing invitations, seal your envelopes in style from a mid-century inspired Luciano writing desk in faux vanilla crocodile leather with Aztec gold finished legs. JADE interiors • art • design, 324 Metairie Road, 875-4420, JadeNola. 18 | St. Charles Avenue November 2015

select photos by cheryl gerber






com 5. Cast a lovely light on a foyer with a decorative sphere chandelier from Quorum international LeMonde Collection. St. Charles Lighting, 5029 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 888-2801, 6. A stack of conversation-starter local books will look lovely when stacked on this neutral tone-on-tone animal print bench in Zeus Natural fabric. Sofas and Chairs, 4116 Canal St., 486-9622, 7. Service with a style, flutes of champagne will look lovely when carried in on a glass Paris map tray with nickel edging. The Linen Registry, 204 Metairie Road, 831-8228 8. Outfit your breakfast room windows with a set of cascading Roman Shades with custom pricing. Wren’s Tontine, 1533 Prytania St., 525-7409 9. A remarkable piece of history, this 17th century table features its original iron brazier, which holds hot coal to warm diners during a meal. Empire Antiques, 3617 Magazine St., 897-0252, | 19

on the menu Beef Carpaccio 1 whole beef tenderloin 1 cup black pepper, ground Canola oil Trim all fat and silver skin off filet until just the center cut is available. Save scraps for later use. Break filet down into 4 pieces, cutting once down the center vertically and once down the center horizontally. Heat a skillet and add canola oil. Cover each piece in black pepper and then roll in hot oil. Allow to cool on a wire rack or in the fridge. Slice each piece into 1/8th inch slices. Using a mallet, flatten pieces until they are 2 centimeters thick. Arrange on deli sheets and wrap in plastic. (Can freeze for up to 48 hours.)

Tamari & Ginger Vinaigrette 1 cup shallot, diced small ½ cup ginger, grated ¼ cup garlic, grated 2 cups extra virgin olive oil 1 cup Tamari soy sauce Caramelize shallots in a cast iron skillet. Turn off heat, add ginger and garlic and allow to cool. Add olive oil and soy sauce. Store in an airtight container.

To Plate Arugula (1 ounce per person) Piave cheese

Carpaccio for a Crowd Apolline’s chef Matt Farmer shares his Beef Carpaccio

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Take one portion of the sliced meat and spread 1 Tablespoon of vinaigrette on top. Toss 1 ounce of arugula with vinaigrette, pickled carrots and pickled daikon and place on top of beef. Shave Piave over salad mix and serve. Serves a crowd

Apolline, 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881,

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the dish

By jyl benson


Philip’s filet mignon meal

My father and his fraternity brothers used to frequent Phillip’s when they were students at Tulane University. My friends and I used to favor Philip’s for its jukebox and lax approach to checking IDs. It was just a neighborhood joint with bar food as an afterthought. These days the clapboard exterior and glowing red neon sign remain unchanged, but the familiarity ends as soon as you open the door. A massive face-lift created an upscale and sophisticated gathering spot with soft ambient lighting and deep cushions invite lingering. General Manager Jason Warrington also serves as chef, and his menu includes inspired choices such as prosciutto and pear pizza ($12.95) with a base of fig spread and a scatter of goat cheese; and his razor-thin shoestring frites ($3.95) are tossed with zesty Parmesan and ribbons of fresh basil. Theme days are a thing at Philip’s, and Wednesday evenings find Warrington manning the courtyard grill for the evening’s $24.95 filet mignon meal that includes a glass of wine, a specialty cocktail or a seasonal beer; a salad (recently watermelon and tomato with diced red onions, lemon zest, feta and a fig balsamic reduction); and two sides (Parmesan and Romano creamed spinach, quinoa and kale, garlic smashed potatoes, and creamy house-made mac and cheese). He is back at the fire on Thursdays cooking up fillings for Taco Night that may include sirloin tips, grilled potato, chorizo, pulled pork, fried fish, chicken, shrimp and quinoa and beans. The cover price at the door is $5 for all the tacos and house-made salsa you want. Double margaritas, sangria and watermelon mojitos are also $5 and Mexican beers are 2 for 1. Bacon & Bourbon prevail on Fridays with $5 bourbon-based specialty cocktails and $7 bacon-centric small plates. “It so good to see customers from years ago rediscovering the place,” Warrington says. “We have a lot going on here at Philip’s. It’s not your parents’ Philip’s anymore!”

Far Beyond Eggs Brunch uncommon Though it was still called ‘breakfast,’ what we now think of as ‘brunch’ was first served by Elizabeth Kettering Dutrey Begue, a.k.a Madame Begue. She arrived in New Orleans in 1854 from her native Bavaria at the age of 22 to join her brother, a French Market butcher. A skilled cook, Elizabeth observed that her brother and his butcher friends were famished by midmorning after toiling at the market from predawn. To satisfy them, at 11 a.m. each day she began offering lavish meals of

many courses in a room upstairs from the coffeehouse across from the butchers’ market. Eggs were a staple on the decidedly European menu, and wine accompanied every course. The late Dick Brennan Sr. hit pay dirt when he evolved the meal in the 1970s by employing a jazz trio to serenade post-church tourist diners in an effort to lure them from the French Quarter to the fledgling Commander’s Palace. Despite the lively new background soundtrack, the offerings on the

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menu remained clearly identifiable as European in heritage. Contemporary brunch menus are all over the map. Eggs still provide a stalwart backbone, but the predictability ends there. At Johnny Sanchez the eponymous house Benedict marries up beef

cheek barbacoa with roasted corn sope and Valentina Hollandaise ($17) and the smoked Mangalista pork grillades arrive with poached eggs and jalapeño grits laden with Cotija cheese ($17).

Equally exotic side dishes include frijoles charros, Mexican street corn and Epazote rice ($5). Chef Nina Compton recently started offering brunch on

Saturdays and Sundays at Compère Lapin, her Warehouse District

hotspot, and there’s no sign of French-Creole here either. Instead meals begin with small plate offerings ($7) of avocado toast with radishes and peppers and shrimp with coconut curry and tostones before moving on to heartier selections ($14) of goat Bolognese with potato gnocchi;

ricotta pancakes with smoked cane syrup; and chicken and smoked mushroom hash. Thriftily priced ($4) sweet selections include chia seed and coconut pudding with

fresh berries. Unlimited Pimm’s Cups are available ($30). n

Compère Lapin, in the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 599-2119, Phillips Bar & Restaurant, 733 Cherokee St., 865-1155, Johnny Sanchez, 930 Poydras St., 304-6615,

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philanthropic fun

by shelby simon

AIDS Awareness


Project Lazarus proudly celebrated its 30th year. The “30 Year Anniversary Gala” showed special recognition to the Archdiocese of New Orleans for their creation of Project Lazarus during the very beginning of the rapidly growing AIDS epidemic. Archbishop Gregory Aymond was present to receive the honors and an award of appreciation. Messina’s at the Terminal in the Lakefront Airport, restored to its Art Deco glory, set the scene for the elegant fête and provided catering. The Royal Street guitar duo of Tanya and Dorise performed during the cocktail reception. Marguerite Moisio served as event chair; Lorraine Loydrake, a former resident, current volunteer and present board member was the keynote speaker. The event also featured a special presentation of a 30 Year Anniversary commemorative video, featuring founders Fr. Bob Pawell, OFM and Fr. Paul Desrosiers, produced through a donation from Christopher Jacob Photography. Eric Paulsen of WWL-TV and Warren Backer Jr. were the emcees and auctioneers for a live auction, which featured seven high-end art and vacation packages. A silent auction also included 19 packages of art, restaurants, hotels and home décor, including a trip to the Maison Dupuy and a sculpture by Hernan Caro. All funds raised at the gala directly benefit Project Lazarus, a home for people living with HIV/AIDS who would be homeless otherwise. n



event at a glance What: “30 Year Anniversary Gala,” benefiting Project Lazarus When: Thursday, June 25 Where: Messina’s at the Terminal

1. Jason Elam, Event Chair and Board Member Marguerite Moisio and Stephen Hoskins 2. Director of Development Steve Rivera and Board Member Michelle Campisi 3. Board Treasurer Ken and Natalie Jayroe with Archbishop Albert Hughes 4. Dustin Woehrmann and Board Members Brent Meche, Neil Savoy and Ryan Wentworth 5. Kevin Charpentier, Maureen Scheuermann, Board Member Fr. Philip Landry and Greg Domingue 6. Joe and Josephine Everly, Charlie Heim

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A Formal Floral Fête


The Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosted a gala to promote the Center for Southern Craft and Design. Paper magnolias adorned the Goldring Hall at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, heralding this year’s “Magnolia Ball” benefiting the Museum’s Center for Southern Craft and Design. Floral was the theme of the night, and the 596 attendees donned their summer best. The event honored Candy Chang for her contributions to the New Orleans art community. The Patrick F. Taylor Library, transformed into the Patron Lounge, featured white banquettes and clusters of twinkle lights surrounding the stage where DJ Matty spun tunes. ET’s All-Star Express played in the Main Atrium, and The Roamin’ Jasmine kept the party going on the terrace. David Halliday’s magnolia photograph served as the decor inspiration, and poster-sized reproductions displayed throughout the event. Participating restaurants included Bao & Noodle, Bombay Club, Boucherie, Boussard’s, Carrollton Market, CellarDoor, Cure/Cane & Table/Bellocq, The Delachaise, Fulton Alley, The Grill Room at Windsor Court, Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls and Joel Catering, all located throughout the museum’s five floors. Efren Towns, founder of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and leader of ET’s All-Star Express, led a second-line down from the roof through the building to bring everyone to the library for the Live Auction. Director William Pittman Andrews led the bidding. Silent auction items were available for mobile bidding, straight from guests’ personal devices. n



event at a glance What: “Magnolia Ball,” benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art When: Saturday, June 20 Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art

1. Meaghan Bonavita, William Andrews and Honoree Candy Chang 2. Corey and Hattie Moll 3. Jude Olinger, Laura and Sonny Shields and Erika Olinger 4. Natalie Bzowej and Dr. Viv Huilgol 5. Emily Shaya and L. Kasimu Harris 6. Mollye Demosthenidy with Beau and Jessie Haynes

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Kidney Heroes


The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana celebrated 25 years of the battle against kidney disease. “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie” honored 25 years of Kidney Heroes, individuals whose efforts and support of the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana have made a difference in the fight against kidney disease. The event, attended by more than 320 patrons, raised $48,000 to provide vital patient and community services, conduct extensive public and professional education campaigns, advocate for patients through legislation and support local research. The honorees included: Rosa Albert, CH, CCHT; Angelina Ariail; Rev. Terrance August; Jack Badinger; chef René Bajeux; Carolyn and Tunney Barrett; Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN; Sue Cary, MN, RN; Lisa Emboulas Farrell; René J.L. Fransen; Julie Cauvin Hahn; Friedrichs H. Harris Jr., MD, FACP; Cheryl McGee-Hills; Schaffer Mickal; Efrain Reisin, MD, FACP; Kristen Ruel; Kurt Schellhaas; Clinton “Clint” Smith Jr.; Margaret White, BSN, RN; and Jacquelyn “Jackie” Williams, LPN, PCC. A NKFL logo provided all guests with the opportunity for professional photographs to commemorate the event. Mark Romig served as event emcee and led the live auction, which included a Napa Valley stay, a custom suit by Luca Falcone and a private dinner prepared by chef Jason Walter. n



event at a glance What: 25th annual “Le Gala de la Bonne Vie,” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana When: Sunday, June 14 Where: New Orleans Marriott

1. Honorees Schaffer Mickal, Kristen Ruel, Dr. Vecihi Batuman and René Fransen 2. Dr. Lee Hamm, Patrick Van Hoorebeek and Torie Kranze 3. Honorees Carolyn and Tunney Barrett 4. Honoree Margaret White, Dr. Eric Simon and Honorees Julie Cauvin Hahn and Lisa Emboulas Farrell 5. Honoree Clinton and Sheryl Smith 6. Honorees Cheryl McGee-Hills, Jack Badinger and Angelina Ariail

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Finding Cures; Saving Children


A Legends for Charity event raised funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The “St. Jude in the Big Easy” benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, A Legends for Charity Event presented by The Solomon Family and The von Kurnatowski Family, raised nearly $400,000 for the kids of St. Jude. The event honored Doug Thornton, Executive Vice President of SMG, for his dedication and service to the city of New Orleans and the rebirth of the city after Hurricane Katrina. Ken Trahan, sports director of WGSO, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Hugh Hamilton, a local patient’s father, along with ALSAC CEO Richard Shadyac, talked about the extraordinary research and work being done at St. Jude. More than 750 guests were treated to an evening of cocktails, New Orleans cuisine and a live performance by Deacon John and The Ivories. The silent and live auctions included art, jewelry, shopping experiences, dinners, hotel stays and more. Top auction items included a James Taylor-autographed guitar, an autographed Saints football, fishing trips and Saints suite tickets. The top item at the live auction was the Emeril’s-inspired weekend and a painting by Richard Thomas. n



event at a glance What: “St. Jude in the Big Easy,” a Legends for Charity Event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital When: Thursday, August 20 Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

1. Olivia Manning, Honoree Doug Thornton, Denise Thornton and Archie Manning 2. Dave Roberts, Denise and Honoree Doug Thornton and Ron Forman 3. Sresident & CEO ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Rick Shadyac Jr., Hugh Hamilton, Kim Hamilton, Bradley Hamilton and Jim Barkate 4. Rick Shadyac Jr. and Honoree Doug Thornton 5. Cooper Manning, Honoree Doug and Denise Thornton, Rick Shadyac Jr. and Chandler and Paul Tagliabue 6. Rick Shadyac Jr., Cooper Manning, Honoree Doug Thornton, Archie Manning and Paul Tagliabue

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Nature in Artistry


The New Orleans Antiques Forum hosted its annual Speaker/Sponsor Dinner. At the eighth annual New Orleans Antiques Forum 2015, the theme “It’s Only Natural,” lent to discussions about the use of nature and natural elements in the creation and ornamentation of decorative arts. It attracted experienced collectors and developing enthusiasts throughout the country, who gathered to learn and celebrate the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. For the first time, this year’s forum was presented in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Williams Research Center. Between the cocktail hour and dinner, Drew Jardine, Board President of The Historic New Orleans Collection, welcomed attendees and thanked them for their support of the forum. Jack Pruitt, THNOC’s director of development and community relations and organizer of the 2015 New Orleans Antiques Forum, echoed Jardine’s remarks, recognizing the speakers, the members of the honorary advisory committee and the event sponsors. The art pieces on view at the dinner included flora and fauna of the South, including designs by Terry Conerly from Conerly Floral of Oxford, Mississippi, incorporating McCarty pottery from Conerly’s personal collection that illustrated the theme. Many pieces bore the signature curving black line that represents the Mississippi River. n



event at a glance What: New Orleans Antiques Forum 2015 Speaker/Sponsor Dinner, benefiting The Historic New Orleans Collection When: Saturday, August 1 Where: Hotel Monteleone

1. Hilton Bell, Claudia Kelleher and Ron and Anne Pincus 2. Hunt Slonem, Kathy Slimp and Eugene Cizek 3. Priscilla Lawrence and Neal Alfore

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Pink Out


Susan G. Komen New Orleans raised funds to support breast cancer prevention and research. The “Summer Cure Chef’s Wine Dinner” supports the mission of the Susan G. Komen New Orleans affiliate. More than $75,000 was raised to support breast cancer screening, treatment and education programs in our community and support breast cancer research. The Windsor Court Hotel went all-out to ensure guests felt welcomed to this long-anticipated event. Johnny Lopez of Perfect Presentations created pink floral centerpieces. Each table included a live pink fish, all of which were adopted and sent home with fish care instructions and food! The dinner highlight was the entrée by the Windsor Court’s chef Daniel Causgrove: roasted flounder with shrimp and mirliton dressing. Other entrées that had the room talking included: Meauxbar’s chef Kristen Essig’s braised pork belly with paradigm garden ratatouille and basil; chef de Cuisine Jeff Bouillion of Galatorie’s 33 Bar & Steak’s escargot in an herbsaint cream sauce; and chef Nathan Richard of Kingfish’s soup of peanuts and Acadian ham jam. Finally, Pastry Chef Maggie Scales of the Link Restaurant Group impressed all with her Peach Galette with almond frangipane, crème Anglaise and sweet ginger Chantilly. The highest live auction bid of the evening was a dinner at Herbsaint with chef Maggie Scales, which earned her the Silver Spoon award. Terrence Osborne attended the dinner and donated some of his artwork. n



event at a glance What: “Summer Cure Chef’s Wine Dinner,” benefiting Susan G. Komen New Orleans When: Friday, July 24 Where: Windsor Court Hotel

1. Event Co-Chair Dottie Reese, Johnny Lopez and Event Co-Chair Kristi Post 2. Event Co-Chair and Board Member Holley Haag, Board President Henry Kothmann and Event Founder Pat Denechaud 3. Executive Director Lisa Plunkett, Mark Romig and Board Member Paula Brown

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Strutting Their Stuff


A mock male pageant for Bridge House/ Grace House raised a record-breaking sum More than 700 people came out to see “Mr. Legs XV,” the 15th installment of the men’s beauty pageant parody fundraiser for Bridge House/Grace House. The evening featured entertainment, food, music and a beauty pageant featuring male contestants in crazy costumes. This year’s memorable show included: Mr. Uptown Funk, Taylor Swift, Prince Pretty “The King of Cutesville,” Bruce & Caitlyn Jenner, the Light-Weight Champion, the incomparable Chris Owens, Tom Cruise (think: Risky Business), Justin Timberlake doing “Suit & Tie,” Gus and his nurse, a Wicked Wizard and Patrick Fess and Bubblicious Bae. Winner Mr. Legs XV, the 1st runner-up and the 2nd runner-up are determined by the amount of money raised by the respective contestants. The contestants alone raised over $40,000 this year! Other 2015 winners included awards for Skinniest Legs, Hairiest Legs, Sexiest Legs, Best Costume and Best Performance. Laura Buchtel and Mike Hoss of WWL-TV provided an entertaining show as emcees. The judges put on a terrific performance as well, including: Jodi Borrello, Kirk Coco, Tamica Lee, Lauren “Fleurty Girl” Thom, Chris Reade and Sheba Turk. Bridge House/Grace House would also like to extend a thanks to the Muff-A-Lottas and Les Rebelles for their performances. n



event at a glance What: “Mr. Legs XV,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House When: Saturday, July 11 Where: Generations Hall

1. Emcees Mike Hoss and Laura Buchtel with Kevin Gardere 2. Karen Tipton, Heather Evans and Tiffany Truxillo 3. Timothy Polk, Judges Sheba Turk and Tamica Lee and Barry Smith

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Stronger Together


The Akula Foundation hosted its most successful fundraiser to date. This year’s “A Night Out with the Akula Foundation” raised nearly $25,000, making it its the most successful fundraiser to date. Funds raised directly benefit Akula Foundation programs, including a Grief Resource Center, an annual children’s bereavement camp, Camp Swan, community outreach and education, a medical radio show and indigent patient care. Southport Music Hall provided a relaxed, candlelit ambience. More than 200 attendees danced to live music by New Orleans band Troy Marks and NO IDEA. Southport Music Hall’s catering team provided cocktails and food, with highlights including New Orleans-style chicken andouille gumbo, shrimp fettuccine, mini muffulettas and catfish. Auction items included a Florida condo stay, artwork, an autographed New Orleans Saints football, numerous New Orleans hotel and bed and breakfast stays, museum and sports tickets, restaurant gift certificates and spa packages. n



event at a glance What: “A Night Out with the Akula Foundation,” benefiting the Akula Foundation When: Friday, July 17 Where: Southport Hall

1. Christopher Guthrie, Laura Phillips, Dr. Shiva Akula and Paige Rahn 2. Beth Arroyo Utterback, Lee and Janet Matthews and Bonnie Broel 3. Eliska and Gregory Dequair, Erin Hamilton, Stacey Williams and Annette Stewart

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After School Angels


HelpFreeAnAngel raised funds for special needs children’s programs. HelpFreeanAngel hosted an event, “Celebrating Unity&Support for HFAA Programs,” to enhance awareness of its after school programs for children with special needs. Billy Nungesser served as honorary speaker. Crescent City DJ provided a selection of 1980s throwback tunes. The catering team at Bellocq provided scrumptious catering, including a selection of shrimp pasta, red beans and rice and hors d’oeuvres. The mission of HFAA is to serve single parents of children with disabilities by providing necessary resources and tools. The organization is governed by a board of directors and dedicated to helping children with disabilities and supporting the family that care for them. Johana Maison founded HFAA because of her first-hand experiences of caring for a disabled child and the awareness of the difficulties that single parents face without the support systems available in an extended family. n



event at a glance What: “Celebrating Unity & Support for HFAA Programs,” benefiting the HelpFreeAnAngel Foundation When: Saturday, July 25 Where: Bellocq

1. Nicole Charbonnet, Emcee Billy Nungesser, Nikki Pontiff, Harold Spinner and Founder Johana Maison 2. Peter Legemaate and Reyna Rivera 3. Juliana Huelshoff-Ahumada and Margarita Ahumada

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Hola Havana!


Tales of the Cocktail award ceremony put a Cuban twist on cocktails. Tales of the Cocktail recognizes the best bars and bar talent from the United States and around the world. The 2015 “Spirited Awards” took guests from Bourbon Street to the festive streets of Havana with the theme of “Destination Cuba.” This colorful fête paid homage to the sights, sounds and flavors of Cuba, and honored the best of the spirits industry from bars and bartenders to writers and distillers in 26 award categories. This year’s special honors were presented to Jonathan Downey for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Steve Mannan, the first recipient of the Sam Guarino Citation, which recognizes the unsung hero in bartending Partygoers donned their best Cuban attire, listened to Cuban jazz tunes and sipped on daiquiris as they celebrated the people that change the way the world drinks. The Sheraton Hotel served a Cuban-inspired menu at a family-style dinner to continue the theme. New Orleans’ OTRA performed throughout the evening with afro-cuban sounds that honored the roots of Latin music. Ann and Paul Tuennerman served as Show Executive Producers; Show Producers were Tom Caltibiano, Simon Ford and Michelle Dunnick. Approximately 1,010 patrons attended the event, as well as 1,652 unique viewers on the Bacardi live stream, spanning 44 countries. n



event at a glance What: Tales of the Cocktail presents the 9th annual “Spirited Awards,” benefiting New Orleans Culinary and Culture Preservation Society When: Saturday, July 18 Where: Sheraton Hotel New Orleans

1. Julio Cabrera, Jackie Patterson Brenner and Juan Coranado 2. Leo Robitschek, Rachel Kim, Kelli Nikou and Lucinda Sterling 4. Shawn Kelley and Kevin Denton

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Commander's Palace: Blackened Redfish with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat and Crab Boiled Vegetables

all and winter are two of the busiest seasons for the New Orleans restaurant industry, and with the variety of seasonal meats, seafood and vegetables available during these months, it’s no wonder diners flock to their favorite locales for farm fresh flavor. As usual, it’s time to check in with some area favorites and find out what’s new and on the menu in November and what to expect for the holidays. According to General Manager Christopher Ycaza, “Broussard’s (819 Conti St., 581-3866, Broussards. com) is the youngest and most adventurous of New Orleans’ four ‘Grande Dames’ of the Vieux Carré,” due to chef Neal Swidler’s contemporary interpretation of 46 | St. Charles Avenue October 2015

classic New Orleans Creole cuisine. Currently celebrating its 95th year, Broussard’s mixes the old world charm of historic French Quarter dining with a new approach towards its food. Last month marked the launch of both Friday lunches (11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and chef Neal’s new fall menu. Highlights of the menu include Cane Syrup Candied Pork Belly (Steen’s cane syrup, red bean pancakes and horseradish crème fraiche), Tuna Remoulade Sushi Stack Salad (blackened sushi-grade yellowfin tuna, avocado salsa, sesame cucumbers, scallions, sticky rice and pickled okra) and PecanCrusted Pork Chop (grilled pork loin chop, candied pecans, Creole honey mustard, ginger whipped sweet potatoes and chicory salad).

“In addition to our fall à la carte menu, we’ll offer a nightly three-course $45 Fall Prix Fixe menu,” says Ycaza. Uptown, Commander’s Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, celebrates more than just the season – the restaurant wishes Ella Brennan a happy 90th birthday throughout November with a special Chef’s Playground tasting menu featuring chef Tory McPhail’s take on the famous restaurateur’s favorite dishes, as well as a special cocktail made just for Miss Ella. “We’ll have a giant birthday card for guests to sign and ask our guests to share their favorite Ella stories on our Facebook page,” says Darla Fisackerly, Marketing Manager. Previously thought to be 135 years old, the restaurant recently announced

their founding was actually in 1893, making the restaurant 122 years old. The mistake was lightheartedly commemorated with recent “OOPS” go cups. Looking forward to December, Commander’s Palace will offer a Reveillon menu at dinner, Jingle Bells during lunch Monday through Friday, Christmas carolers and special menus for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Another of the city’s most historical restaurants, Antoine’s (713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, has updated their popular $20.15 Lunch Special with fall specialties. The three-course special offers lunch-goers their choice of Chargrilled Oysters, Sweet Potato Bisque with Andouille Sausage or an Autumn Salad to start their meal. Entrées include Creole Shrimp and Grits (Louisiana shrimp with mushroom Creole sauce over creamy garlic cheese grits), a Bordeaux Petit Filet (served over Yukon mashed potatoes and topped with mushroom and onion cabernet sauce) and Veal Royale (with roasted tomato sauce served over onion and pecan rice). The lunch naturally ends on a sweet note with a choice of three desserts: Lemon Delight, Pecan Bread Pudding or Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Sundae. With 14 separate dining rooms, Antoine’s emphasizes their versatile private dining and events options. As the holidays near, now is a good time to book your event if you’re looking for a historic, French Quarter locale. Originally opened in 1946, Brennan’s (417 Royal St., 525-9711, is making waves again after its extensive renovation about a year ago. According to Christina Persand, Marketing & Promotions Manager, breakfast revelry is taken as seriously as a decadent dinner, and acclaimed chef Slade Rushing’s menus, while rooted in Creole traditions, are bolstered by contemporary New Orleans influences. “Marrying classic and modern techniques yields a decidedly innovative approach and enhances our local, seasonal offerings,” she says.

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Vega Tapas: Vieiras de Buceador Chamuscados: Seared Diver Scallops over Butternut Squash Puree

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Oak: Fried Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Grapefruit and Queso Fresco and the Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and Country Ham.

A new champagne-centered happy hour, Bubbles at Brennan’s, runs Tuesday through Friday from 2-7 p.m., and features $7 specialty champagne cocktails and discounted bottles of champagne. Enhance your seasonal sipping with a seat in Brennan’s perfect-for-fall courtyard. As it nears its 100th birthday, Arnaud’s (813 Bienville St., 523-5433, rounds out our updates from historic family restaurants, and this fall guests can expect usual traditions such as its four-course Thanksgiving holiday menu (November 26, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.) and a Reveillon menu in celebration of the Christmas holiday available December 1-23 for $49. Also in December, the typically dinner-only restaurant will open for special lunch offerings on December 11, 14-18 and 21-24.

“As fresh cranberries arrive to the restaurant, we make a cranberry cordial that pairs nicely with gin, grapefruit juice, and Aperol as a refreshing aperitif cocktail,” says Proprieter Katy Casberian. She is describing The Contessa, the restaurant’s most popular new fall cocktail. Another new favorite is the Pickford Cider, a tall cocktail with Cachaça as the base. “We juice a pineapple and cook with mulled spices and cinnamon to make our pineapple cider, which is then shaken with pomegranate honey syrup,” she says. Breathing new life into the New Orleans dining scene is the young yet highly touted team behind Sac-A-Lait (1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, Fresh off a trip to cook at the James Beard House, chef team Cody and Sam

Carroll, along with Chef de Cuisine Brad Andries, are turning heads with their bayou-inspired cuisine. According to Andries, the menu continues to change “almost daily but not quite” as fall vegetables and proteins become available. The offerings will highlight “the hunt – everything we grew up hunting and fishing,” he says. Examples include a duck and wild mushroom gumbo and scale-on crispy snapper with roasted leeks. Now open for lunch on Fridays (11-2 p.m.), Sac-A-Lait hosts diners eager to try the popular Alligator & Mirliton (sweet fried alligator with white remoulade and hand mashed mirliton) or the flavorpacked Chargrilled Oysters. After hosting its Tour of the Mediterranean series earlier this year,

Vega Tapas Café (2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007, is updating its menu this fall with tour goers’ favorite Mediterranean dishes. The Dolmades Griego – stuffed grape leaves with lamb, rice and mint served over lemon aioli – have been added to the list of cold tapas while the Albóndigas con Cuscús Tunecino – tunisian beef meatballs served over raisin couscous – have been added to the hot tapas. The menu offers both small and entrée-sized portions of their selections, giving diners the option to share and sample or stick to one dish. Another popular addition is the Ensalada de Lyonnaise, arugula and lardon bacon tossed in a warm vinaigrette and topped with a poached egg. The new menu at Vega Tapas is rounded out with an updated beer list that highlights Europeans brews from Spain, Greece and Turkey, as well as local craft brews from NOLA, Great Raft, Tin Roof and Abita. Aptly named for its location on the popular Riverbend Street, Oak (8118 Oak St., 302-1485, offers a sophisticated and comfortable spot for quality wines, craft cocktails, creative food, and live music. The food menu of chefs Via Fortier and Stew Freeman has been updated for fall and features a few likely and welcomed suspects that locals crave this time of year. Highlights include: Butternut Squash Bruschetta with goat cheese and country ham, Spinach Ravioli with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Pecorino, Brussels Sprouts with queso fresco, pancetta and grapefruit, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with cauliflower and spaetzle and Warm Apple Cobbler with whipped Chantilly cream. Well known as a chic watering hole for wine-lovers, Oak offers half-off wine on Wednesdays, free wine tastings every Thursday in November, 6-8 p.m., and $5 martinis for happy hour on Fridays. Visit on a cold day and enjoy the heated patio shared by Oak and Ale. Yes, the cold days are finally upon us, and cozying up to a bowl of soup or a seasonal dish is not only expected, it’s encouraged. Fall is here, and it’s time to give thanks, for fall is delicious. | 49

Standing Ovation Inspiring holiday fashion

Fashion meets Fine Arts under the Baroque floating oval dome of the newly restored Orpheum Theater. With its early designation on the National Register of Historic Places and the commitment to community, preservation and the arts by co-owners Dr. Eric George and the Von Kurnatowski Family, the Orpheum proudly enters a new era of hosting the performing arts, film, events and resumes its role as the resplendent home of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – the perfect place to bedeck, bejewel and be seen.

Styling by Lisa Tudor • Photography by Theresa King Cassagne Hair and Makeup by Katalina Mitchell for @fiftytwo45 Model Hedy Rose for @fiftytwo45

Angelique Boutique 7725 Maple St., 866-1092, • Cella’s Boutique 3013 Magazine St., 592-7510, 514 St. Peter St., 529-5110 • Clover Boutique 2240 Magazine St., Suite 101, 272-0792, • Elizabeth’s 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-3717 • Emma’s Shoes & Accessories 115 Metairie Road, Metairie, 407-0668, • FeBe 474 Metairie Road, Suite 102, Metairie, 835-5250, • Haute Women’s Boutique 725 Magazine St., 522-8687, • Haus 131 5517 Magazine St., 885-2333 • Pied Nu 5521 Magazine St., 899-4118, • Sotre 3933 Magazine St., 304-9475, • Stryker + Elizabeth • Yvonne LaFleur 8131 Hampson St., 866-9666, 50 | St. Charles Avenue October 2015

Yvonne LaFleur’s Mirrorshard Sequin Paillette French Silk Gown in dark Indigo and imported platinum drop earrings exclusively at Yvonne LaFleur New Orleans; Crystal rivet hinged cuffs by Alexis Bittar at Emma’s Shoes + Accessories; blue agate stone ring at Cella’s Boutique. | 51

Alexis “Lorelei” lace skirt, Alexis Bittar pave encrusted cuffs and heart ring at Angelique Boutique.

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Emma Coat by Skin, Freda jumpsuit by Ramy Brook, Lionette Lover of Pearl Juliette pendant and Toulouse bracelet all at Clover Boutique. | 53

Sculpted sweater and textured full skirt by Odeeh, the German Atelier, exclusively at Pied Nu; LK Bennet “Megan” suede heels and Uno de 50 ring at Emma’s Shoes and Accessories.

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Dress by 4.collective at FeBe; beaded suede choker by Hoss at Angelique Boutique; VitaFede ring and clutch by Whiting + Davis at Emma’s Shoes and Accessories. | 55

Ink blue gown with net inlay at Elizabeth’s; Alexis Bittar hinged Lucite crystal cuffs and hoop earrings at Emma’s Shoes and Accessories; Stryker + Elizabeth braided bracelet with pearls; dual stone bracelet at Cella’s Boutique; Erika Pena ring at Sotre. 56 | St. Charles Avenue October 2015

Kempner “Sienna” jumpsuit and earrings by Dora Mae Jewelry Designs at Haute Women’s Boutique; suede sandals at Haus 131; Hammered Cuff Bracelet at Stryker + Elizabeth; Erika Pena bib necklace at Sotre. | 57

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Your Table is Set St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2015 tablescapes luncheon presented by Whitney Bank benefited Operation Homefront by Morgan Packard


Beginning with a Preview Party on Thursday, October 8 and culminating with a luncheon on Friday, October 9, St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC, together with presenting sponsor Whitney Bank, presented a check for more than $46,000 to Operation Homefront at their second annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes luncheon. The Preview Party allowed almost 200 guests a sneak peek at the fabulous designs while sipping wine and champagne and

dining on hors d’oeuvres by Audubon Tea Room’s catering team. The next day, the Audubon Tea Room hosted 24 tables created by retailers and designers, each with its own theme and design elements. Almost 250 guests dined and sipped among these creations, while learning more about Operation Homefront. Following our thank yous, we held a surprise auction of a paining of the luncheon created live by artist Christopher Turner, which raised an additional $2,000.


Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. If you’re interested in learning more about Operation Homefront, visit or call its Louisiana/ Mississippi Field Office at 462-0245. Read on to learn more about these tables and prepare to join us next year, when we plan on raising even more for this wonderful cause.

Top: “Everyday Elegance” designed by Adler’s (722 Canal St., 523-5292, Bottom: “Hyacinth Bucket requests the pleasure of your company at her first annual outdoor-indoor-Chinoisere-style luncheon by the riverside with riparian entertainment” designed by Owner Gene Luke for Ambrose Garden (8015 Maple St., 861-1953)


Top: “Chef’s Table” designed by Richard Buchsbaum for Audubon Tea Room (6500 Magazine St., 212-5301, Bottom: “They All Ask for You” designed by Owners Eric and Carolyn Fredricks for Bee’s Wedding and Event Design (738 Phosphor Ave., Metairie, 830-4031)


Top: “La Soirée d' Elegance” designed by Beth Claybourn Interiors (401 Tchoupitoulas St., 342-2630, Bottom: “A Whimsical Wedding Brunch in Bermuda” designed by Beverly Church (891-0726,


Top: “Brainteaser” designed by BIALA Director Cat Howard and Board Member Kathleen Waring for the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (8325 Oak St., 982-0685, Bottom: “Mardi Gras” designed by The Cannery (3801 Toulouse St., 486-8351,


Top: “Spooktacular Supper” designed by Owner Nita Duhé for Crescent City Cooks (201 Chartres St., 529-1600, Bottom: “Lunch in Tuscany” designed by Owners Roy Dunn and Stephen Sonnier for Dunn and Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts (3433 Magazine St., 524-3235,


Top: “FestiGals Celebrates 5 Years of Inspiring, Educating, Connecting and Supporting Women” designed by ACCENT-DMC Meeting and Special Event Management for FestiGals (524-1227,, Bottom: “The Art of Entertaining” designed by JADE interiors • art • design (324 Metairie Road, Metairie, 875-4420,


Top: “La Sensuelle” designed by Kim Starr Wise Floral Events & Sapphire Events (2032 Adams St., 315-5607, Bottom: “Nesting in the Great Outdoors” designed by Marianne Mumford for Landscape Images (655 Central Ave., 734-8380,


Top: “Fleurs-de-Lis Carnival” designed by Joel Haas for Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place, 361-7821, Bottom: “Rustic Christmas” designed by Leslie Stidd Massony, Kim Hoang, Denys Mertz and Monique Chauvin for Mitch’s Flowers by Monique Chauvin (4843 Magazine St., 899-4843,


Top: “NSCDA: Entrusted with History's Future” designed by Sweet Dupuy of Holden & Dupuy Interiors for National Society of Colonial Dames of America ( Bottom: “Garden Pavillions” designed by Pam Ryan


Top: “Fall Garden Party” designed by Susan Komidor for Perino’s Home & Garden Center (3100 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 834-7888, Bottom: “Traditional Christmas” designed by Carlos Hernandez for Razzle Dazzle (2014 Magazine St., 523-9525,


Top: “Winter is Coming to the House of Stark” designed by Nan Dupuy and Dale Shaw for RDS Concepts (117 Rosa Ave., Metairie, 482-2595, Bottom: “Picnic” designed by Trashy Diva (2048 Magazine St. & 537 Royal St., 299-3939,


“The New YAYA Art Center� designed by Linda Reese Bjork for YAYA (3322 LaSalle St., 529-3306,

Thank You We wish to thank our Chairmen Erica and James Reiss and Marley and Michael LeBourgeois, along with our Committee: Megan Beer; Elizabeth and Peyton Bush; Mathlide and Richard Currence; Celeste and Curtis Eustis; Sarah and Greg Feirn; Helen and Scott Jenkins; and Rob Reiss.

We also wish to thank our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Whitney Bank; Supporting Sponsor Bryan Subaru; Contributing Sponsors the Saints and Bollinger Enterprises LLC; Program Sponsor Trashy Diva; and Table Sponsors Ann Packard; Auto Chlor; Bev and Dr. Johnny Church; Celeste and Curtis Eustis; Darnell and Randy


Philipson; Erica and James Reiss; Faye and Marshall Ballard; Landscape Images; Linda and Gordon Kolb; Malachite Home; Manny and Pepper Bright; Marley and Michael LeBourgeois; Mathilde and Richard Currence; The Packard Family; Pam and Bill Ryan; Pixie and Jimmy Reiss; RDS Concepts; and Trashy Diva. | 73

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Virginia Richmond Weds Dr. John Ernst III June 19 and August 23, 1965 Dr. John Ernst and Virginia Richmond have known each other since they were teenagers, when they first met at a Jesuit High School dance. Soon they were madly in love with each other. He was 18 and she 17 when he asked her to marry him (Mrs. Richmond, Virginia’s mother, explained that they both had to graduate from college before they could get married). John attended medical school and Mrs. Richmond took Virginia to London where she attended the University of London so she would be far away from John. Virginia was called home to make her debut early and reign

as Queen of Prophets of Persia, so she began attending Tulane University. She and John were near each other again. Finally, John graduated from Medical School and Virginia from Tulane, and they were married one week later.  Before they were married, John's close family friend, May Legendre, interviewed Virginia to make certain that she would be a suitable wife for John and after a few questions such as, “Are you a Republican?” and “How late do you stay out at night?” she told John, “You’ll be mad as hell with her, but you’ll never be bored – she’s perfect for you!”

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There was a minor problem: John was Catholic and Virginia was Presbyterian, so they had two wedding dates. First they were married at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, with the reception at Mrs. Richmond's home at 3 Richmond Place. Metairie Ridge Florist created a magical setting in the Richmond home and garden with hundreds of gardenias, magnolia blossoms, greenery and candles. Four hundred guests dressed in formal attire attended the reception. Mrs. Richmond even created a secret door so the servants could serve all of the guests properly.

Virginia’s dress was from The House of Balmain and was created especially for her with the help of close friend Harby Kreeger. He also collaborated with her on her going away outfit. The cake was from Gambino’s. Mr. Ernst bought an inconspicuous dark blue Chevrolet for the getaway car so no one would decorate it in a tacky fashion. Of course, Dr. Noel-Serge Meadows found it and decorated it so that when they left for their honeymoon, it was very identifiable. They spent the first night at the Maison de Ville, then were off to The Grand Hotel and finally to the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simon Island.  John and Virginia just celebrated their 50th anniversary, and he gave her two diamond-studded rings: one for the wedding in the Presbyterian Church and one for the wedding in the Catholic Church.  n

with this ring

By Mallory Lindsly




Craighead – Bland In late July 2014, Clay Vallon Bland Jr. told his girlfriend of three years, Jessica “Jessie” Colman Craighead, that they needed to attend a dinner with his boss and a client. After getting downtown, one of Clay’s co-workers texted him to say that dinner was pushed back – little did Jessie know that this was all part of a big plan. Since dinner was delayed, Clay suggested

getting drinks from Mona Lisa, a small Italian restaurant where they had their first date. After getting down on one knee, Clay told Jessie how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her – and Jessie immediately said “Yes!” The newly engaged couple then walked to a nearby friend’s home where all of their family and friends were waiting to celebrate.

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The Bland family hosted a beautiful rehearsal dinner at Galatoire’s the evening before the April 25, 2015 wedding. Clay and Jessie wed at St. Mary’s Church and continued the celebration with a reception next door at the Old Ursuline Convent. Guests dined on cuisine from Catering D’Orleans while dancing to music by The Escalade Showband. The Wedding and

Groom’s Cakes were made by Pure Cake, and Erika Parker was there to photograph all the special moments throughout the evening. Jessie and Clay left New Orleans the Monday morning after their wedding and spent a week in St. Martin in the French West Indies. n


Celebrant: Fr. Anthony F. Rigoli, OMI Wedding Gown: Watters, I Do Bridal Couture, Baton Rouge Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, Wedding Belles Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: White linen suit from Perlis with custom New Orleans water meter ties from Pelican Coast Bride’s rings: Aucoin Heart Jewelers Groom’s Wedding Band: Family ring Invitation: Barnard Company Hair: Natasha Mills, Pure Hair Studio Makeup: Tisa Beauty Bar Florist: Meade Wenzel 1. Jessica Colman Craighead and Clay Vallon Bland Jr. 2. Groomsmen Freddy Kullman, Lee McLean, Jordan Guidry, Devin Wakeman, Ben Montgomery, Ramsey Marcello, Scott Montgomery, George Gilly, Tom Hancock, Sean Leboeuf, Mike Hecker, Kenny Broadwell, Andrew Bland, Clay Bland, James Lapeyre, Terrance Ruona, Will Bland and Ross Zietz 3. Bridesmaids Laura McLean, Lindsey Argote, Raine Rafferty, Maddy Greenbaum, Alyssa Jacobs, Casey Craighead, Jessie Bland, Jamie Craighead, Mallory Robinson, Vanessa Greenbaum, Courtney Masters and Tracy Blackerby 4. Deborah Di Massimo, Louis Di Massimo, Jamie Craighead, Casey Craighead, Dr. Clay Craighead, Johanne Craighead, the bride and groom, Jane Bland, Andrew Bland, Laura McLean, Clay Bland, Sr., Sinnott Bland, Lyden Bland, Shannon Bland | 77


By Lindsay Mack

Big Easy Bucha is the first local brand for New Orleans, and its flavors – Jazz Juice Tea and Cajun Kick – reflect that background. While Sherman admits that this early success is great, he also adds that scaling up the company to meet demand has been one of the trickier parts of running the business.

Cocktail Mixer Because this is New Orleans, Sherman notes that his kombucha has another use: It’s featured in cocktail recipes. Big Easy Bucha can serve as a low-sugar alternative to cocktail mixers. And the Cajun Kick flavor, for instance, is made with freshly pressed ginger and can serve as a substitute for ginger beer.

Big Easy Bucha Interview with Co-Founder Austin Sherman Austin Sherman and Alexis Korman had the idea of bringing New Orleans its very own brand of Kombucha, a probiotic drink that has become a big trend in the health beverage industry. Sherman, with a background in the food and beverage industries, and Korman, a journalist, were well-suited to launching a kombucha business in the Deep South.

Kombucha Basics Kombucha is on the forefront of the fermented foods movement, which also includes trendy dishes such as kimchi, kefir and tempeh. Sherman notes that these and other health foods have had significant market gains compared to processed foods. This interest in fermented foods in particular, as well as a greater interest in health and wellness overall, has helped make Big Easy Bucha a hot product.

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Bucha in NOLA Sherman is quick to note that the production of Big Easy Bucha was his wife’s idea (also pictured). They made a batch, got some great feedback and decided to see whether New Orleans was ready for its own blend. Due to the positive demand, it looks like Big Easy Bucha has struck a chord with the health-conscious southerners demographic.

Future of Big Easy Bucha Big Easy Bucha is already a regional market leader. Sherman also notes that he may build a brewery in New Orleans that people can visit, as many customers have expressed an interest in touring their kombucha facilities. “We hope to be the premium kombucha brand of the south,” Sherman says. n

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student activist

By Mallory Lindsly

Macy Mateer Gulf Breeze High School

Macy Mateer, a sophomore at Gulf Breeze High School with New Orleans family ties, enjoys informing her peers about the importance of history. The United States has had a huge push to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. However, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress, only 18 percent of eighth graders have a decent understanding of our country’s history. Mateer had the opportunity to be the voice of American students on a panel to discuss how the education system can be improved to foster interest and knowledge of history. “I feel that in order to understand our present and future, you have to understand the past. It’s important to know who we are and why we are,” says Mateer. Under the guidance of Grace Freeman, Mateer has been participating in the National History Day Competition for the past four years. Over 600,000 middle and high school students compete in a yearlong, intensive research event, where students are guided to write a thesis and dive into research. Each year, Mateer competed 80 | St. Charles Avenue November 2015

in the performance category; she won Nationals in 2013. With the help of Cokie Roberts, Steve Scalise and the Louisiana Research Center at Tulane University, Mateer was able to bring home the Silver Medal by portraying Lindy Boggs at the competition. In addition to competing at Nationals in College Park, Maryland, Mateer was selected to present her project to the VIP Reception at the National Museum of American History – Smithsonian Institution. “I was so honored to share Miss Lindy and her accomplishments with guests from the Smithsonian, the History Channel, Fox News, the White House Historical Association and others,” she says. Mateer even started her own YouTube Channel called “History Happens” as a way to get students interested in the subject. She wants to show students that history is simply great stories and is all about the execution of the storyteller. At Gulf Breeze High School, Mateer is involved with Student Government and the International Thespian Society. She is also involved with the Optimist Ortorical Contest, and won the state competition two years ago. In the future, she hopes to have her own morning news show to give youths straight news, with no hype, spin or sensationalism, “You see, if I energize young adults through broadcasts, they’ll become knowledgeable, interested and hopefully involved. So when the time comes for them to vote or volunteer, they can make educated decisions.” n | 81


By Mirella Cameran

Stephen Sonnier Managing Partner, Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Flowers • Gifts

How did you start the business? I met Roy Dunn in 1984 and joined his antiques business. We moved from Houston to New Orleans in ’92 and added flowers in ’99. This was a natural direction for me, as I have had a floral business since the age of 13. Didn’t you just move? Yes, we’ve

entertain, and having flowers as part of their décor is a must.

What flowers are best to decorate with during the holiday season?

shrubs inside. Keep them healthy outside and drag them in when entertaining. I love to see an oak sapling as an accent in a dining room corner.

moved into a lovely 19th century home located at 3433 Magazine St. We have beautiful holiday decorations for sale, including Christopher Radko ornaments.

Fresh holiday greens and berries; paperwhites are my favorite, people either love them or hate them, but I fall on the love side. Amaryllis and orchids are also nice. Do you think New Orleanians love to decorate with flowers? Yes,

having flowers as part of your regular décor is a very Southern thing. Also, New Orleans is such a social city; people love to

Any insider tips on decorating with flowers? You can use exterior

Tell us some rookie mistakes people make with flowers.

Too many varieties in one arrangement; mono-botanical arrangements let the viewer appreciate the flowers used. What are the trends now in flowers? The trend is towards

more loose and unorganized “natural” type arrangements.


Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Flowers • Gifts, 3433 Magazine St., 524-3235,

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By Mirella Cameran

Brandon Boudreaux Owner/Manager, Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelry

Why do you do what you do? My family has a special passion for fine jewelry; we have owned and operated our business for four generations since 1933.

What’s popular at the moment? Rubies, sapphires and emeralds are very popular. During our buying seasons we go directly to the cutters to pick through thousands of stones to find the select few that satisfy our standards. Would you recommend buying any particular stones now? Emeralds; we

have seen a steady increase in their value over the past couple of years with no indication of that trend slowing down.

What will be popular for the holidays?

Diamond stud earrings are very popular from us because of the rigorous standards we apply when looking at the cut of the diamond. Tell us about the favorite piece that you’ve sold? Reworking a large

jadeite ring into a platinum dinner ring with custom cut diamonds.

What are your favorite items in the store right now? The new L’Amour

Crisscut diamond is one of the most unique diamond cuts I have ever seen. It’s an elongated shape that’s cut to show the diamond 50 percent larger than the actual weight of the stone is. We have a 4.21 carat stone that looks like a 7.00 carat diamond.

Tell us the biggest mistake to make when purchasing jewelry? Buying

a piece of jewelry or a diamond off of the Internet, because it doesn’t come with the care and service jewelry needs. n

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

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by lani griffiths







1. Tracee Dundas and the New Orleans Fashion Week Team celebrate the fifth season of New Orleans Fashion Week, a seven-day event in March to help uncover the overlooked southern fashion talent in the region. 2. A model at New Orleans Fashion Week dons a Romney Roe’s design. NOFW also hosts another 50 runway shows to showcase Southern design talent. 3. Beauty industry veteran John Jay is presented with a lifetime achievement award from Brett Kolinek, Vice-President of Helen Brett Enterprises. Helen Brett Enterprises held its International Jewelry and Merchandise Show at the New Orleans Convention Center on May 18. 4. John Jay celebrates with his fiancé Bonnie Suder and longtime friend Gayle Benson after he received the 2015 Helen Brett Pinnacle Award for his outstanding career in the beauty industry at the International Jewelry and Merchandise Show in May. 5. The third grade class at New Orleans College Prep (NOCP) had fun with a banana mascot on May 21 at the Eat More Fruit & Vegetables Student Nutritional Rally. NOCP, Liberty’s Kitchen and Dole Food Company came together to create the first-ever “National Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day,” an official holiday dedicated to fight America’s obesity trends. 6. Kindergarten students Jaziyah Aguilar and Kiren Garner celebrate National Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day at NOCP at their Student Nutritional Rally to help students choose healthier options and fight childhood obesity. 7. Newly installed officers President Meb

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Cefalu, Vice-President Cheryl Faust, Recording Secretary Gayle Gaudet, Corresponding Secretary Mary Evelyn Doody and Treasure Jacquelyn Milan are pictured at the installation luncheon of the Les Neuvelles on June 27, 2015. Les Neuvelles are a social and philanthropic club that has been in existence for over 40 years. 8. Founding members Lynn Hand, Irene Briede, President Meb Cefalu, Immediate past President Bobbie Redmann, Carol Porter, Jean Hall, Mariella Rolling and Joyce Cambias enjoy themselves at the Metairie Country Club for Les Neuvelles 40-year anniversary celebration. 9. Jim and Karen Ward and Elaine and Douglas Grundmeyer attend the WYES “Producers Circle Cocktail Party” on June 10, in honor of the station’s major donor’s and achievements throughout the year. 10. Winnie Brown, Fawn Ukpolo, Alan Philipson and Victor Ukpolo enjoy the WYES “Producers Circle Cocktail Party,” a night of celebration, delicious food provided by Tucker Fitz-Hugh and beautiful floral arrangements by Steve Baker at Ambrose Gardens. 11. Diane Lyons, Mark Romig, Nancy Parker, Cheryl Indelicato attend the FestiGals “Breastoration,” which raised over $45,000 for the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans June 11-14. 12. Norma Grace, Mary Lou O’Keefe and LaKica Amos have some fun at the FestiGals “Breastoration” event, with a luncheon, auction and nine personal and professional development seminars over the course of the weekend. All proceeds went to “Breastoration” and the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, which both offer support to women undergoing treatment for cancer. | 85


Holiday Gift Guide Eclectic Home (504) 866-6654

Cristy's Collection, Inc. (504) 407-5041

NOLA COUTURE (504) 319-5959 "At NOLA Couture, you can pick and choose your two favorite prints to design a bow tie that is uniquely your own."

Crystal Facet Lamp with Pleated Shade and in-line switch. 9”Dia x 17.5”H.

The Fleur de Knot is a design inspired by the Irish Love Knot. It represents the intertwining love between two individuals to become one. This new key design only enhances this meaning by portraying the theme, the key to my love… the perfect gift to someone that truly holds the key to your heart.

stryker + elizabeth This heavy-duty cotton canvas satchel with leather handles and an adjustable shoulder strap is a classic choice for any upcoming vacay. Canvas Bag Station’s reusable totes will keep you looking stylish, whether it's a weekend getaway or quick day trip! Also available in: Hot Pink, Navy, Hunter Green, Black, & Grey.


Betty Hunley Designs (504) 895-2870

Haute Women's Boutique (504) 522-8687

These gold leaf trays are the perfect gift and accessory for the home!

Grey alligator flat clutch by Clare Vivier.

Sotre (504) 304.9475 Fab Funky prints at Sotre.

Ballins, LTD. (504) 617-9114 The MightyPurse that charges your phone is available in an extended variety of fashion textures and colors. Made from 100% leather available at Ballin's Ltd.

Boudreaux's Jewelers (504) 831-2602 It is an eternity band in 18K White and Yellow Gold with Fleur De Lis designs and .31 ct of diamonds. $2,750 | 87


Yvonne LaFleur (504) 866-9666

B. Kids Nola (504) 218-4210 Perky ponytails adorned with a fluffy fur pom-pom! Made with an elastic band, dyed fox fur pom-pom and polyester.

Yvonne LaFleur's signature fragrance is an essential part of a woman's wardrobe! The fragrance line includes the Eau De Parfum, Body Lotion, Bath Gel, Powder and a Soy-base Scented Candle.

Little Pnuts (504) 267-5083 Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe features toys from around the world that are eco-friendly, naturally made and developed by companies that practice sustainability. Our toys are curated to help parents find the best quality toys for their “Little Pnuts” with an emphasis on imaginative and creative play.

Southern Candymakers (504) 523.5544

Clover Boutique (504) 272-0792 The astonishing candle with this famous Ladurée caramel with salted butter macaroon spreads the fragrance of this Gourmandise kept by magic within its biscuit China pot. 88 | St. Charles Avenue November 2015

Award-winning pralines, hand-made with the best ingredients shipped fresh from the French Quarter


California Drawstings (504) 702-8515 This stunning light weight necklace is 24k gold plated made in Israel. The cord is genuine leather. Earring to match. Great gift for someone special.

A. Renee Boutique (504) 418-1448 Judy at the Rink (504) 891-7018 Give the gift of this unique, gold candle-holder that makes for a great holiday centerpiece!

A. Renee Boutique, a French Quarter standout, carrying a Smoking Hot Fashion palette "For Women Who Dress to Kill". This adorable boutique carries the most unique fashions and shoes with a lagniappe of personal stylist services to compliment your shopping experience. From fashion rebel to career minded; youthful and mature; to funky and sexy. A. Renee Boutique is the store for all women who want to look astounding and feel amazing.

Febe (504) 835-5250 Sennod Jewelry Design: Designed by local designer, Michele McKeon, the three necklaces are gold with labradorite stones. The middle chain has her signature detachable pendent, called a vignette.

Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Flowers • Gifts (504) 524-3235 Bone Inlay Decorative boxes with geometric design and octagonal shape. Other shapes, colors and sizes also available. | 89


Elizabeth’s (504) 833-3717 Never let your feet get cold this winter in these waterproof, fur-lined, suede wedge bootie. Styles come in Black & Taupe ($395).

Academy of the Sacred Heart (504) 269-1230 Men's red silk tie with Academy of the Sacred Heart logo in white. Custom designed by NOLA Couture.

Feet First (504) 899-6800

Trashy Diva (504) 299-3939

This bamboo watch by local designer, Root, consists of a lightweight and Eco friendly bamboo case with a raw oil stained leather band and a quartz movement.

Festive and fabulous, the Elizabeth Cole Open Collar Necklace and Asymmetrical Earrings set is beautifully crafted from 24K gold, multicolored Swarovski crystals and radiant pearls.

Louisiana Custom Closets (985) 871-0810 Art & Eyes (504) 891-4494 This unique pair of Ganache glasses by Francis Klein are handmade in France. 90 | St. Charles Avenue November 2015

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

performing arts

By Lauren LaBorde

Performance Calendar november 6-7 Wizard of Oz: Movie With Orchestra The LPO screens the full-length film with Harold Arlen’s soundtrack performed live by the orchestra.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, 6-15 Simply Irma

The singer Irma Thomas plays herself in a biographical musical about her career.

Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-7529, AnthonyBeanTheater. com 6-22 Uncle Vanya

Goat in the Road presents a modern version of Chekhov’s classic. Goat in the Road

Productions, The Ether Dome, 3625 St. Claude Ave.,

13 & 15 Die Fledmermaus

Strauss’ lighthearted operetta is filled with spirited compositions. New Orleans Opera

Association, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St., 529-3000,


The Mutilated The not-often-staged Tennessee Williams play takes place in the French Quarter on Christmas Eve 1948. Mink Stole, a fixture in John Waters films, stars. Contemporary

Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3800,

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21 Dance Theatre of Harlem The company, known for its diverse array of dancers and eclectic repertoire, returns to New Orleans for the first time in 15 years. New Orleans Ballet

Association, Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St., 522-0996,

Dec. 1-20 The Winter’s Tale,

Company artist director A.J. Allegra directs the production of William Shakespeare’s haunting play. The NOLA Project, NOMA’s

Great Hall, 1 Collins Diboll Circle. Information, Dec. 4-22 The Bluest Eye

The theatrical adaptation of the Toni Morrison novel explores the effects a legacy of racism in a small Ohio town has taken on a community, a family, and an innocent girl. Le Petit Théâtre

du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081,

Dec. 1-6 Newsies

The Tony-winning musical is based on a cult favorite Disney musical.

Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052,

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

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new orleans nostalgia

By Seale Paterson

From Home to Hotel The history of The Columns In 1883, the successful tobacco merchant Simon Hernsheim hired Thomas Sully to build a family home for him at 3811 St. Charles Ave. Sully, a well-known and highly soughtafter New Orleans architect, built an elegant three-story Italianate mansion with expansive porches, fine detail and a cupola. Interior finishes were of the finest materials, and building costs were $65,000. The family lived there until Mr. Hernsheim’s death in 1898, after which it was bought and sold a few times. In 1915, a hurricane knocked the cupola

off and caused other damages. Repairs were made, and the house was turned into an exclusive boarding house. In ’53, the home was sold again and transformed into a public hotel: The Columns Hotel. In the 1970s, The Columns fell on some tough times. Heavy use as a boarding house and hotel left it in a state of shabby, faded opulence. Marble pieces were missing from the steps, leaks left stains on ceilings and plaster chunks had fallen from walls. The hotel income was insufficient, and in ’76 the owners closed for a short while and held

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a series of public auctions to sell off much of the hotel’s furnishings and service paraphernalia: beds, bookcases, china, paintings, clocks and even the bathroom sinks. That same year, the ownerinvestors sought permission to have the building torn down, claiming that it was unsellable. Happily, fortune took a turn for

the better via Hollywood in 1977, when the movie Pretty Baby was filmed in the hotel. And three years later, in ’80, Jacques and Claire Creppel purchased The Columns and began restoring it to its former mahogany-bedecked elegance. The Creppels reduced the number of rooms to rent, returned the first floor to its original use as gathering spaces and had the building placed on the National Register of Historic Places. They applied for a liquor license and opened the Victorian Lounge in the space that was once the Hernsheim family dining room. Despite resistance and legal proceedings from neighbors, The Columns’ bar stayed open, and eventually added food service. 1993 saw the debut of live music at The Columns and expanded outdoor seating, both of which remain very popular today. n

This year The Columns Hotel celebrates 100 years as an open house. Interior features original to the house include a square-spiral mahogany stairwell leading to a square domed stained-glass skylight in a sunburst design; the mahogany-paneled ceiling in the bar area, which was imported from Honduras; a large chandelier which had been stored in the attic in shoeboxes for decades; 12-foot tall mahogany doors; and painted frescos.

Charl es L. Franck / Franck-Bertacci Photographers Collection, The Historic New Orleans Collection, acc. no. 1994.94.2.1943

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