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NOVEMber 2016

(Seated) Co-Chairs Susu and Andrew Stall with (standing) Volunteer Committee Chair Dana Hansel, Presenting Sponsor IberiaBank CEO Daryl Bryd and Board President Julie George for “The 50th Odyssey” presented by IberiaBank for New Orleans Museum of Art.




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The glamour and glitz of vintage fashion is back in vogue, but this time with a modern flair featuring the most luxurious fabrics and embellishments with pleasurable panache. Find your perfect outfit for upcoming holiday parties and more, starting on pg. 57.

Claim the Cool 14 Brunches worth venturing out for by jyl benson & photographs by sara esex bradley



Vintage in Vogue

Motion to Table St. Charles Avenue's "Wine, Dine & Design" 2016 tablescapes Preview Party and Luncheon presented by Bryan Subaru benefited Bastion

Everything old is new again styling by tracee dundas & photographs by theresa cassagne

by Morgan Packard & Margaret Strahan & photographs by jeff strout

On the Cover Join us in celebrating a halfcentury of “Odyssey” with “The 50th Odyssey” presented by IberiaBank. This year’s event is inspired by New Orleans Museum of Art’s fall exhibition, “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection,” which includes 40 masterpieces spanning five centuries of European and American Landscape Paintings. The evening will include delicious cuisine, craft cocktails and entertain-

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ment by Gio, Karma and DJ violinist Timothee Lovelock. Guests will also enjoy a silent auction and “George Dunbar: A Retrospective,” a survey of the career of the New Orleans native who helped to introduce abstract art to the South. Thank you to Co-Chairs Susu and Andrew Stall, Volunteer Committee Chair Dana Hansel, Board President Julie George and IberiaBank (Presenting Sponsor) CEO Daryl Byrd for being on our cover.

“The 50th Odyssey” starts with a Patron Party at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 at NOMA. The Gala will begin at 8 p.m. and end at midnight. Tickets start $155 for Young Fellows; Gala tickets are $300; and Patron tickets start at $500. Sponsor packages begin at $5,000. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 658-4121.

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Vintage Wedding

Editors’ Notes



Making a difference

Serving Up Success: A's & Aces New Orleans 16

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Philanthropic Fun


A Centennial Celebration Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré kicked off a special season. 26

Southern Glow

Bathing Beauties: Taking your bath to the next level 20

Shared Vision of Success Patrons rallied to support Lighthouse Louisiana's services. 28

What’s Hot

Holiday Fashion Accessories 22

Fairness for Families The Pro Bono Project hosted a lively benefit to support legal services for those in need. 30

On the Menu

Pleasantly Pumpkin: Chef Tariq Hanna shares his 24

Recognizing Role Models The YLC heralded its 30th anniversary with the Role Model Class of 2016. 32

The Dish

Six Miles of Taste: Magazine Street's culinary treasure trove

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Whitworth – Stich 86 Young Bloods

Kids Play

A Trip Back in Time: The WWII Airpower Expo

Adel Jenness Weds Dr. Charles Hesse: August 15, 1942

Starting the Season on a High Note the Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association ushered in a new season. 34

A Futuristic Fête "LCM Looks to the Future" cheered to bright years ahead for the Louisiana Children's Museum. 36 Exploring Exhibitions More than 20 art exhibitions opened their doors for the CAC during "Whitney White Linen Night." 38

Dr. John Colfry: Breast Surgical Oncologist, Touro Infirmary 88 Student Activist

Jenna Elizabeth Cavalero: Mount Carmel Academy 90 Shop Talk

Ingrid Rinck: Owner, Sensible Portions Meals

Be Our Guest THNOC ended its first full day of forum events with a formal cocktail reception. 40


Female First Responders The American Red Cross paid respect to Louisiana women making a difference. 42


Ministry In Mind St. Michael Special School reminisced on its connection to Saint Teresa of Calcutta. 44


Shop Talk

Terryn Mann & Lynda Hornsby: Owners (and sisters), B KIDS NOLA Snapshots

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Blue Plate: "The legendary spread of the South"

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It is November, and we’re so excited to feature New Orleans Museum of Art’s “50th Odyssey” presented by IberiaBank! Thanks so much to Co-Chairs Susu and Andrew Stall; Volunteer Committee Chair Dana Hansel; Board President Julie George; and Presenting Sponsor IberiaBank CEO Daryl Byrd for gracing our cover! Susu and Andrew promise a night you won’t forget, inspired by NOMA’s fall exhibit: “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” including 40 masterpieces spanning five centuries of European and American landscape painting. The gala is November 12, 7 p.m. to midnight at NOMA. Patrons will enjoy delicious cuisine, craft cocktails, live music and more! I can’t believe that the first “Odyssey Ball” was 50 years ago! Call 658-4106 for ticket information! There are so many amazing events taking place in November! The “Azúcar Ball” is Saturday, November 19. Ileana Suquet is President of the Board and wants you to come so they can raise money for more scholarships for Hispanic children. “Just Say YAYA” is Friday, November 18, at the new YAYA Art Center and promises a great night with magical music, food by Dickie Brennan and a live auction, all to help young artists become successful adults. ”Magic in the Moonlight” chaired by Gayle and Tom Benson is November 11 and benefits cancer research at Oshsner. Please check our calendar for more November nonprofit events! With all of our fabulous fundraisers going on now, check out our Holiday Fashion feature and What’s Hot for Holiday Fashion Accessories. Not only will you see the latest, but also what will be great to go with it! We are also featuring 14 of the best brunches around town. It is so much fun to try new places, especially after church or on a day without football. We are very proud of our fundraiser “Wine, Dine & Design,” chaired by Elizabeth and Peyton Bush and Michelle and Lamar Villere, which benefited Bastion this year. There were two massive donations of $100,000 each, but our Preview Party and Luncheon also raised more than $87,000. Just as the Luncheon was over, an "angel," who wants to remain anonymous, offered to match every penny we raised, bringing our total to more than $174,000! Congratulations to Dylan Tête, founder an executive director of Bastion! Thanks to the staff of St. Charles Avenue, all of the designers who did a fantastic job, our "angel," presenting sponsor Bryan Subaru, and to Joy and Boysie Bollinger, Hibernia Bank, Sally and Walter Cockerham, Tia and Jim Roddy, Patricia and Vernon Brinson, the Saints and all of the table sponsors! You are the best! Be sure to visit my new website:; I’m also on Facebook and Instagram, so follow me to check out new centerpieces and great deal on books and more. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation will hold its 26th annual fundraiser, the "2016 Azúcar Ball," on Saturday, November 19, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. (Standing) Immediate Past President George J. Fowler III, Executive Director Raúl V. Fonte, Board President Ileana Suquet and (seated) "2016 Azúcar Ball" Committee Co-Chairs Heidi A. Kiesling and Aimee

Bonomolo invite you to join them for a night themed "An Enchanted Evening In the Land of Fire and Water" presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group. This event will celebrate Hispanic culture with dancing to the rhythms of local Latin bands Julio y César and AshéSon; food prepared by some of New Orleans' finest restaurants; bidding at a silent auction; and

special features, such as Carl Mack Presents and glamorous decorations. The Patron Party will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the Ball at 8. Arnold Donald, the New Orleans-born CEO of Carnival Corporation, will be honored with the Galvez Cup. For more information and to purchase tickets, email Raúl V. Fonte at 11

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November Events

As I write this we’re just past St. Charles Avenue’s third annual, and most successful, “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes Preview Party and Luncheon benefiting Bastion. If you attended, thank you so much for your kindness and support; if you were unable to, we hope you will join us next year! It isn’t often that we feature the same fundraiser two years in a row on our cover, but “The 50th Odyssey” presented by IberiaBank was too important for us to pass up. If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the event on November 12, make certain you join Co-Chairs Susu and Andrew Stall, Committee Chair Dana Hansel, Board President Julie George and IberiaBank’s CEO Daryl Byrd by calling 658-4121 today. As the cooler weather blows in, it’s the perfect time to look to our feature “Claim the Cool: 14 brunches worth venturing out for” to find the perfect new spot for the most indulgent meal of the day or to rediscover an old favorite. And after you’ve done so, look to our holiday fashion feature “Vintage In Vogue” to find the perfect touch for your next gala or an entire outfit in which you’ll shine. I love November, and not only for its crisp weather and its earlier sunsets, but for its holiday that gathers family – both blood relatives and those we choose to call so – together to celebrate all of the things for which we’re thankful. So as the end of the month, and Thanksgiving, approaches, reach out to those for whom you’re thankful and let them know that you’re thankful for them – even if it’s just a quick email or text. It will lift their spirits and make their day! Enjoy the weather and Happy Thanksgiving,



“Alexis de Tocqueville Awards and Gala,”

“Dancing for the Arts,” benefiting

benefiting the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, 827-6894 3 “Historic Houses Society Gala,”

benefiting The Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Museums, 274-0746 4 “Moonlight on the River Gala,”

benefiting Magnolia Community Services, 731-1362 4 “Boudin, Bourbon & Beer 2016,” benefiting

the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, 212-2222 4 “A Progressive Dining Experience – ‘A Night In Old Havana,'” benefiting

French Quarter Citizens, Inc., 710-3547 4 “Sacré Coeur Tour de Maisons,” benefiting

Sacred Heart, 269-1242 5 “Carnivale du Vin,”

benefiting the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, 897-9843 5 “Walk to End Alzheimer’s,”

Morgan Packard

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benefiting The Alzheimer’s Association, 613-6505, extension 8039

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Young Audiences of Louisiana, 523-3525

benefiting Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, 899-4826



“Touro Infirmary Foundation Gala,”

“New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter Shaya Dinner,” 522-9340

897-8435 10 “Schmancy,”


benefiting Tulane Hillel, 866-7060

“An Evening in the Garden of Eden,”


benefiting Eden House, 407-0943

“STAIR Affair 2016: Treasure Island,”

benefiting Start the Adventure in Reading, 899-0820

17-19 “Essence of Style Design Symposium,”


benefiting Friends of Longue Vue, 488-5488

“Uncork the Cure,”


benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 455-5194

“A Simply Smashing Night,” benefiting A's


& Aces, AsAndAces. org

“Howling Success,”


benefiting the Louisiana SPCA, 762-3308

“Just Say YAYA: YAYA Goes Gardening,”

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benefiting the Ochsner Cancer Institute, 842-7125 12 “The 50th Odyssey”

benefiting Young Artists, Young Aspirations, 529-3306 19 “2016 Azúcar Ball,”

benefiting the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, 636-0107

presented by IBERIABANK, benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art, 658-4106



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“Gala Night: Celebrating 21 Fabulous Years,”

benefiting the Jewish Community Day School, 887-4091


benefiting The Catholic Foundation, 527-5788 “Fete de Noel,”

benefiting Ladies Leukemia League, 466-8875 13

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Serving Up Success A’s & Aces New Orleans By Catherine Freeman

Tennis ten.nis /tenes/ noun. A game played on a rectangular court by two players or two pairs of players equipped with racquets, in which a ball is driven back and forth over a low net that divides the court in half. The definition sounds simple to those unfamiliar with the game but to tennis players, the underlying complexity of the seemingly straightforward concept is comical. What it neglects to mention are the multitude of factors that may prohibit the player from getting that small yellow ball back and forth over the net. Mental obstacles, weather, partner communication, technique, you name it and most tennis aficionados will admit they’ve encountered all those challenges and more every time they step on the court … yet they keep going back for more. Why? The answer is as simple as the definition: Tennis is fun! In 2008, when faced with the grim state of our post-Katrina city, two former Tulane tennis players and coaches decided to channel their love of the game to tackle issues of violence, illiteracy, poverty and obesity facing New Orleans’ youth. David Schumacher, a New Orleans native and retired lawyer, and Anna Monhartova, a Ph.D. and Tulane Hall of Fame player from the Czech Republic, wanted to provide New Orleans children with academic assistance, life skills and tennis. “Sports, like art and music, is a common denominator,” says Schumacher. “We use tennis as the hook to get the kids involved and stay committed.” Schumacher admits he may have not realized it initially, but says A’s & Aces was based on a growing globally recognized method called “Sports Based Youth Development.” This ideology supports the theory that academic support is crucial to a child’s success but the sport is equally 14 st. charles Avenue november 2016

integral in providing valuable social, physical, health and life-skills lessons. What began with a handful of volunteers and children has exploded to empowering about 1,000 underprivileged students annually with a full-time staff of five, part-time staff up to 35 and more than 100 volunteers. The program utilizes three interrelated features: a proven academic curricula, tennis and life skills activities – to link what’s done in the classroom and on the courts. A’s & Aces values its partnerships with Dillard University, Tulane University and NORDC (New Orleans Recreation Development Commission). Each provides facilities and/or volunteers to support the programs offered to students in kindergarten through fourth grade during school; and, also the older student-athletes in after school, summer seven-week programs, Saturday clinics, holiday camps and five annual USTA Junior Sanctioned tournaments. “David and Anna’s ability to balance academics and sportsmanship, enriching children by giving them pride in their achievements, is so admirable,” says board member Jane Cross. Academic enthusiasm, in addition to athletic accomplishments, abound with

40 A’s & Aces players now United States Tennis Association (USTA) ranked Louisiana Juniors. Local and national accolades have also been plentiful. In 2013, the USTA selected the program as the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) Chapter of the Year from a group of more than 600 chapters. Unlike most large NJTL chapters, A’s & Aces doesn’t have a permanent hub, but does have the long-term goal to secure a permanent facility to reach more children and provide sustainability to the organization. Most play because they love the game, but the birth and continued success of A’s & Aces is what happened when two people used their passion for tennis and turned it into something so much more. n

Just the Facts A’s & Aces’ gala “A Simply Smashing Night” is Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8 p.m. at the St. Charles Avenue home of Frances and Calvin Fayard. For information and tickets, visit A’s & Aces: 1036 Arabella St., 487-1147, 15

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A Trip Back in Time The WWII Airpower Expo By Lynne Gibbons

Fall in New Orleans provides that rare window of perfect weather for outside activities; the heat of the summer is behind us but the cold air of winter isn’t quite upon us yet. This November, The National World War II Museum and the New Orleans Lakefront Airport provide a unique, outdoor family opportunity that also delivers a good history lesson. In partnership with the Commemorative Air Force and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, The WWII Museum presents the World War II Airpower Expo November 4-6, with activities taking place at the newly renovated and re-opened New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The calendar of events for the three-day expo is full of activities designed to transport you back to the WWII era. There will be hands-on activities for children and adults; a collection of historic planes, or “warbirds,” which flew missions in the war; as well as the opportunity to hear from the veteran aviators who piloted these planes decades ago. You won’t only have the chance to tour the planes, but also to see them in the sky as they perform low passes over the audience. Located in the Biouvac Area, there will be exhibits where you and your children or grandchildren can touch and experience WWII artifacts, weapons, uniforms, vehicles and explore reenactment camps. The James Weddell Hangar will be the hub for entertainment and educational activities. Even the Victory Belles, a favorite at the WWII Museum, are included in the line-up. A new addition to the Expo, the “Boot Camp” will offer adults and children the chance to experience first-hand the physical fitness demanded of our soldiers. On separate age-specific courses, you can navigate cargo nets, rope climbs and more to see if you pass the test!

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Every hour, a different WWII-era air or ground vehicle will be showcased. You will be able to touch the vehicle and learn about its role in the war before it performs either ground maneuvers or takes off into the sky for an aerial show. A detailed schedule of specific vehicles is available online, and includes M3 Stuart tanks, M2 High Speed Tractors, WC-45 Ambulances, P-40 Warhawk aircraft from the Flying Tigers brigade, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-29 Superfortress, just to name a few. Adult tickets are $21 with discounts given to students, senior citizens, military veterans and museum members; there are also VIP packages. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The weekend of November 4-6 at Lakefront Airport offers a chance to literally touch history and talk to the heroes who were part of it. If you cannot make the Expo weekend, I encourage you to visit the Lakefront Airport on another occasion. The airport is a rich piece of the history of New Orleans. Built in

the 1930s, the Art Deco-style building was designed by the same architectural firm that built the Louisiana State Capital Building. In its heyday, the airport also housed a surgical facility and a post office. After Katrina flooded the building, it remained closed for several years. Now, after an extensive renovation, the building has been restored to its former beauty and not only houses an active airport but also a full service restaurant, Messina’s at the Terminal. Consider taking the family for brunch on a weekend and you’ll be served with a view of the private planes taxiing down and landing and taking off from runways right in front of you. n

Just the Facts World War II Airpower Expo, FridaySunday, November 4-6 For specific ticket prices and a schedule of events call 528-1944 or visit For year-round hours of operation and menus for Messina’s at the Terminal, visit 17

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Bathing Beauties Taking your bath to the next level By Lorin Gaudin

It seems like we waited forever for the weather to cool down, and now that it’s cooler, a cozy, soothing bath is in order. If you’re ready to trade up from Mr. Bubble (though, if that floats your boat, have at it) to something a little more luxurious, calming and heavenly scented, I’m bubbling over with information and recommendations for products to take bathing (or showering) to the next level. Before diving in, there are a couple things to know about the best way to soak it all in. Few things feel better than a hot bath on a cold day. Bathing rituals have been around for centuries, with almost every culture having its own version; think Turkish Hammam, Japanese Onsen or dips in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. But, what’s the optimal temperature for bath water? Debates are fierce, ranging from super-hot to super-cold, with most experts settling on a couple degrees over body temp – somewhere between 102 and 112 degrees. That range ensures proper washing away of environmental dirt and bacteria without burning or drying out the skin. The chestnut about going from a warm soak to a cold rinse for keeping hair shiny and facial pores tight appears to have some merit with the dermatological community, though jumping from a hot bath to a cold shower is my personal preference. Some find the hot to cold invigorating, but there’s no real science behind any purported health benefits. Basically, if you don’t feel dry, tight or itchy after a bath or shower, the water temperature is likely right on. There are myriad ways to set the scene – candles, incense, music, podcasts, a book, trashy magazines, a glass of wine or whisky – and find your chill. For a simple option, 18 st. charles Avenue november 2016

try Epsom salts and coconut oil. For a detox, mustard baths are the bomb. I adore the candles and incense from Astier de Villatte, found locally at Pied Nu, and usually I’m a fool for reading books or magazines in the

Love List As for carefully selected bath bubbles, oils, soaks and scrubs, to complete the full-body experience, here’s my big list of little luxuries at all price points: Lush: The bubble bars, melts and bombs are intensely scented and best used for more than one bath. Look for the Butterbear, Butterball and Honey Bee bombs; the Ceridwen’s Cauldron Bath Melt; and the Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar.

tub. However, my latest obsession is listening to podcasts. No electronics in the tub, I set up my phone or tablet on a nearby table and tap the speaker to turn it on and fill the room with sound. n

L’Occitane: The Almond Shower Oil and the Lavender Foaming Bath are both simply divine, and the shower oil is a stellar cleanser. Chanel: The ultimate in elegance: No. 5 The Foaming Bath Aveeno: If you have dry and itchy skin, the Skin Relief Shower and Bath oil is the answer. Burt’s Bees: The Lemon & Vitamin E Bath & Body Oil is deliciously scented. Bliss: Vibrant and perfect for shower or bath, the Blood Orange & White Pepper Soapy Suds are luxe. Origins: Calm to Your Senses Lavender and Vanilla Oil

for Bath & Body is just that: calming and lovely. Aveda: Take the edge off before bed with Stress-fix Soaking Salts. Philosophy: Fans of crisp and clean will adore Pure Grace Shampoo’s Bath & Shower Gel. Fresh: Lightly peach scented, Fresh’s Rice Sake Bath is best for soothing and soaking, and also boasts the ability to even skin-tone. Laura Mercier: For the gourmand, the Crème Brulee Honey Bath leaves skin super soft, supple and sweetly scented like caramel. 19

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Holiday Fashion Accessories By Amy Gabriel

The telltale signs of the holiday spirit in New Orleans are twinkling lights on the trees in the grand lobby of The Roosevelt Hotel, spiked eggnog on the Galatoire’s cocktail menu and ribboned wreaths on the backs of the carriages in the French Quarter. Celebrate the beauty of the moment by donning accessories suited for the season. n

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1. The Clare V spotted haircalf fold-over clutch is animal magnetism at its chicest. Haute, 725 Magazine St., 5228687,

2. Tote your mistletoe and morning paper in an Albuquerque bag. Available in natural and brown cork. Queork, 838 Chartres St., 481-4910; 3005 Magazine St., 388-6803; 3. A classic tartan scarf never goes out of style. Available in several color combinations. Perlis, 6055 Magazine St., 891-2073, 4. Sparkle and shine in a pair of sophisticated gold sequined pants. Clover, 2240 Magazine St., 272-0792,

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5. Cinch everything from slacks to shift dresses with the vintage-inspired leather Lapo Tassel Belt. Trashy Diva, 2050 Magazine St., 2650973; 2048 Magazine St., 299-8777; 537 Royal St., 522-4233; 6. Show the Saints some holiday cheer with a pair of fleurde-lis cufflinks. Pelican Coast, 600 Metairie Road, 218-7368; 5509 Magazine St., 309-2314; 7. Dashing and dapper, a matching pocket square and tie with ornament accents make for a festive and wellsuited ensemble. NOLA Couture, 2928 Magazine St., 319-5959; 528 St. Peter St., 875-3522; 21

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Pleasantly Pumpkin Chef Tariq Hanna shares his Holiday Pumpkin Cheesecake Holiday Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients



CRUST Combine all

1½ cup crushed ginger snaps 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar 5 Tablespoons melted butter

ingredients and press into bottom of 10-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool and turn oven down to 300 degrees.


⅔ cup light brown sugar ½ teasooon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ginger ⅛ teaspoon ground clove ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon salt 1 pound (2 8-ounce packs) cream cheese 3 whole eggs 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup pumpkin purée

FILLING Combine cream cheese, sugar and spices in a mixing bowl, and cream with paddle attachment fot 7-9 minutes or until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, then pumpkin and combine until smooth.

Pour over crust and place in 300 degree oven for 40 minutes. Check to see if centre is barely set (a little jiggle, but not wet). Turn oven off, but leave cake in oven for an additional 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to come to room temperature and refrigerate. When cold and fully set, remove from pan. Enjoy topped with sweetened whipped cream. Note from Hanna: I spend

Salon by Sucré 622 Conti St. 267-7098

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each and every day playing with desserts and confections, so during the holidays, I love to cook all the savory food. This is the time when my wife, Jennifer, shines with her amazing Pumpkin Cheesecake. Unfortunately everyone still gives me credit for it. So, I want everyone to know that she's the true pastry chef at home! 23

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Six Miles of Taste Magazine Street’s culinary treasure trove By Jyl Benson

One could do worse than to conduct a culinary tour of Magazine Street. Start at the lower (eastern) end of the street at The Bon Temp’s Café for outstanding, traditional real-deal Cajun food – don’t miss the authentic Crawfish Bisque. Hopscotch your way up the street to the western end, making stops to sip and snack along the way until you reach the Audubon Clubhouse Café. The deep wrap-around porch and the ground-level patio, set with thickly cushioned furniture, afford glorious views into the verdant park. The experience here is served to a background soundtrack of singing birds in the canopy of moss-draped oak trees within the park. There is a lengthy list of wine by the glass at very reasonable prices. Large pours of The Four Graces Pinot Gris and La Crema Pinot Noir will each set you back only $7. At the end of your tour, it’s entirely possible for you have experienced an international collection of flavors, among them Cajun, Caribbean, Cuban, Mexican, French, Chinese, Italian (both northern and southern styles) Vietnamese, Indian, Mediterranean, Creole, Israeli, Korean and Spanish. Add to this numerous pizza, hamburger, poor boy, coffee, bubble tea, hotdog, barbecue and bar-food joints, and you should be able to eat well and adventurously no matter the size of your budget or what you’re wearing.

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Shellfish Stew from La Petite Grocery

Try This Perennial favorite Antoine’s Restaurant has been included in Paul Freedman’s recently released book, Ten Restaurants that Changed America (Liveright Publishing). Freedman, who leads an interdisciplinary food studies program at Yale University, shows not just how we eat, but the ways in which our dining habits intersect with race and class, immigration and assimilation. “Evolving as the nation did, restaurants soon kept pace with a growing consumer base that demanded food not merely as fuel but also as pleasure and entertainment. Immigration from all corners of the world brought variety to the rather pallid American diet, while technology and modern transportation provided greater accessibility to our food choices.”

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With actual recipes from the 10 iconic restaurants, including Antoine’s oysters Rockefeller and Café Diabolique, the book would be nice for holiday gift-giving.

Named after a gunpowder magazine (warehouse) that was built at the western end in the late 18th century, the street stretches six miles from the outskirts of the French Quarter to the Mississippi River levee just past Audubon Park. Each block of the narrow, rambling thoroughfare has a different personality, and each has its own distinctive dining venues. Having lived three blocks from Magazine Street for the past 20 years, I take pride in my neighborhood and its walkable, aesthetically pleasing main thoroughfare. Within a one-block stretch, I recently enjoyed two vastly different, though equally delightful, meals within days of one another. Located at the corner of Magazine and General Pershing streets, La Petite Grocery never fails to impress. Owned and operated by chef Justin Devillier and his wife, Mia, La Petite puts the chef ’s creative spin on traditional New Orleans

cuisine with dishes like turtle Bolognese, panéed rabbit, blue crab beignets and shellfish stew with collard greens and pot liquor. Earlier this year Devillier took home a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South. On the same night, La Petite’s Israeli neighbor across the street, Shaya, was named the country’s Best New Restaurant. That is a mind blowing amount of culinary firepower in one block. A half-block upriver I also checked into Nirvana Indian Cuisine, where I have consistently enjoyed a buffet – something I usually detest. The lunch buffet here is a thrifty $11.50 per person. It changes daily, but a recent day bought spiced and buttered Basmati rice, Garam vegetable soup, fried mixed vegetable Pakoras, chicken Vindaloo (a thick spicy and tangy gravy with potatoes), butter chicken (roasted chicken cooked in tomatobutter Methi sauce), chicken Korma (almond and cashew gravy), mixed lentil Dahl and Saag Paneer (sautéed and spiced spinach with cheese). n Audubon Clubhouse Cafe 6500 Magazine St. 507-1899 clubhouse-cafe Bon Temp’s Cafe 401 Magazine St. 524-3386 La Petit Grocery 4238 Magazine St. 891-3377 Nirvana Indian Cuisine 4308 Magazine St. 894-9797 Shaya 4213 Magazine St. 891-4213 25

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A Centennial Celebration


Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré kicked off a special season. By Shelby Simon

To commemorate the Centennial Season (2016-’17) of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré, the second annual “Curtain Call Ball,” Chaired by Nancy Ellis and Cindy Howson Weinmann, drew more than 300 patrons to Le Petit and Tableau Restaurant on Friday, September 9. Over $100,000 was raised to support the theater’s mission of presenting the highest quality theatrical performances to entertain, educate and enhance the economic vitality of the greater New Orleans area. Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant custom created a Centennial Cocktail called “The Streetcar,” which will be available for purchase at Tableau throughout the theater’s season. Guests also enjoyed a lavish spread of artisanal breads, cheeses and pâtés, as well as a full dinner buffet. The program began with a sneak peek of season opener Pippin. The theater unveiled an anniversary video featuring distinguished members of Le Petit’s history, who shared the role of the theater on the New Orleans’ theatrical community. During the formal theatre program, Bryan Batt hosted an auction for two tickets to Hamilton on Broadway. Bryan then shocked and delighted the crowd as he hopped on the phone with friend and actor, Patricia Clarkson. He then auctioned off a surprise dinner opportunity with him, Tom Cianfichi and Clarkson. Later in the evening, actor Sean Patterson and burlesque performer Roxie Le Rouge lead the crowd in a live auction. Among the items for auction were a diamond and pearl bracelet from Friend & Co., an antique Etruscan brooch from Keil’s Antiques and a 10-person dinner at Tableau restaurant. n



Event at a Glance What: “Curtain Call Ball,” benefiting Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré Where: Le Petit Théâtre and Tableau Restaurant When: Friday, September 9

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1. Katie Hallman, Kathleen Van Horn and Co-Chairs Cindy Howson Weinmann and Nancy Ellis 2. Stanwood and Janet Duval, Honorary Chair the Honorable Jacquelyn B. Clarkson and Maxwell Williams 3. Biff and Barbara Motley with Michael and Brenda Moffitt 4. Tom Cianfichi, Lauré Sica, David Pons and Emcee Bryan Batt 5. Al and Penny Baumer with Yvette and Steve Pettus 6. Sid and Joyce Pulitzer



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Shared Vision of Success


Patrons rallied to support Lighthouse Louisiana’s services. By Shelby Simon

“Light Up The Night” raised more than $100,000 for the programs of Lighthouse Louisiana, which include classes, technology training and social support for people who are blind or losing their vision. Lighthouse Louisiana also provides work readiness services and job matches for people with all types of disabilities, as well as access to communication for people who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind. Event Co-Chairs were Jane Heidingsfelder, Anne Villere, Jim Ashbee and Jim Perrier. Travers Mackel served as Emcee. More than 400 patrons railed to support the cause. Joel Catering donated a delicious and bountiful charcuterie and cheese plate, and Sucré offered scrumptious macaroons. More treats came from Mandina’s, Red Dog Diner, Arnaud’s Restaurant, Cava and Chez Nous. DJ Wood performed musical entertainment. Key auction items included artwork by Jennifer Ansardi, Auseklis Ozols, Kevin Gillentine, George Dunbar and Mitchell Gaudet, a private chef-inspired four-course dinner by Ralph Brennan’s Catering with rentals by Perrier Party Rentals and a white gold, emerald and diamond necklace from Friend & Company. n



Event at a Glance What: “Light Up The Night,” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana Where: Home of Dana and Scott Hansel

1. Event Co-Chairs Jim Perrier, Jane Heidingsfelder, Anne Villere and Jim Ashbee 2. Renee and Paul Masinter with Renee Vidrine 3. Blair Monroe and Elder Gwin 4. Hostess Dana Hansel with Hunter and Kaylea Hill 5. Jim Mounger and Julie Nosser 6. William Sonner, Michael Gallaugher and Melissa and Jerry Steiner

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Fairness for Families


The Pro Bono Project hosted a lively benefit to support legal services for those in need. By Shelby Simon

The “Justice For All Ball” brought nearly 700 patrons to the Audubon Tea Room to party and provide support for the Pro Bono Project’s initiatives to offer civil legal services to underserved populations. The Patron Party at the Zoo Picnic Pavilion provided hors d’oeuvres from Doris, Drago’s and Marcello’s, and included a signature cocktail from the Ace Hotel called “Creole Apothecary.” A student jazz quartet from NOCCA provided entertainment. The 2016 Committee, including Chair Jan Hayden, Partner at Baker Donelson, and Vice Chair Dana Douglas, Partner at Liskow & Lewis, worked tirelessly with volunteers to create this event, which raises nearly a third of the Pro Bono Project’s annual budget. Emcee Mark Romig called upon The Pro Bono Project’s Executive Director Jennifer Rizzo-Choi and JFAB Committee Chair Jan Hayden, who presented the honorary co-chairs, Gary Solomon Jr. and Seth Bloom Esq., with engraved sterling silver key chains from Adler’s. At the ball, arriving guests were treated to Audubon Catering’s specialty cocktail, the Peacocktail, and entertainment from Flow Tribe. More than 20 food and beverage providers along with Audubon Institute Event/Catering Services offered guests a sampling of specialty dishes. Solomon Group brought high-tech highlights such as stunning gold, red, green and blue-violet uplighting and a large LED video screen behind the band stand, which projected images and Pro Bono Project information and provided an electronic backdrop for the live auction. John Calhoun entertained as he conducted the live auction, engaging the audience as they bid on precious artwork, a LeBron James rookie year shirt and even a rare French document establishing the House of Orléans, for which New Orleans was named. n



Event at a Glance What: “Justice For All Ball,” benefiting Pro Bono Project When: Friday, September 16

1. Event Chair Jan Hayden, Honorary Co-Chair Seth Bloom, Executive Director Jenny Rizzo-Choi and Honorary Co-Chair Gary Solomon Jr. 2. Bob Brickman, Naomi Yavneh Klos, Judge Rose Ledet and Justin Woods 3. Board Members Pat Fraizer and Wendy Hickok Robinson with Board Chairman Norm Rubenstein and Sally Perry 4. Russ and Sandra Herman with Bruce Shreves 5. Judge Bernadette and Dr. Terence D’Souza with Vanessa DePetrillo 6. Sophia and Isaac Ryan

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Recognizing Role Models


The YLC heralded its 30th anniversary with the Role Model Class of 2016. By Shelby Simon

The Young Leadership Council commemorated its three decades of building leaders with a black-tie gala to formally present the 2016 Role Model class, which included: Jodi Aamodt of Jacobs Manuel Kain & Aamodt; Margaret Saer Beer of IberiaBank; Lisa Blossman of New Orleans CityBusiness/Daily Journal of Commerce; Christian Brown of NOLA Holdings; Lynne Burkart of Postlethwaite & Netterville; Mark Cunningham of Jones Walker; J. Dalton Courson of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann; Dr. Jay Dumas of Daughters of Charity Health Services New Orleans; Leah Engelhardt of Preis; George Freeman of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver; Jason Horne of XS Martial Arts Dojo; Barbara Johnson of The Johnson Group; Hon. Calvin Johnson, Ret. Judge, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court; Wan Kim of Smoothie King; Dr. Keith Liederman of Kingsley House; Dr. Calvin Mackie of STEM NOLA; Leo Marsh of AT&T Louisiana; chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace; Pastor Dr. Debra B. Morton of Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church; Angela O’Byrne of Perez; Brandan “BMike” Odums of 2-Cent Entertainment, Studio BE; Terrance Osborne, artist; Else Pedersen of Bridge House/Grace House; Margo Phelps of Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans; Melanie Talia of the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation and Cheryl Teamer of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Gala was Co-Chaired by Richard Pavlick and Jennifer Jeandron. Bryan Batt served as the Emcee. This year, the gala raised nearly $190,000, which directly supports YLC’s 15 community service and leadership development programs. n



Event at a Glance What: 30th annual “YLC Role Model Awards Gala,” benefiting Young Leadership Council Where: Hyatt Regency

1. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Co-Chair Jennifer Jeandron, Emcee Bryan Batt and Co-Chair Richard Pavlick 2. Marcus Hunter, Ashley Heilprin and Honorees Terrance Osborne and Brandan “BMike” Odums 3. James Baehr, Honoree Melanie Talia and Joshua Woods 4. Honorees Margo Phelps, Wan Kim and Leah Engelhardt 5. Jermaine L. Smith, Miller Engelhardt and McKensie Kirchner 6. Executive Director Stephanie Powell and Honorees Leo Marsh and Pastor Dr. Debra B. Morton

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Starting the Season on a High Note


The Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association ushered in a new season. By Shelby Simon

“September Seduction” reminded patrons of the first opera of this season: Don Giovanni. Held at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport Terminal’s Walnut Room, the gala featured a seated gourmet dinner by Messina’s and activities such as a deluxe wine basket raffle. The Lee Michaels “Lights Out” Extravaganza was a standout highlight – a blinking heart raffle where the last three hearts still lit up received jewelry from Lee Michaels. The Patron Party preceded the Gala in the Walnut Room, which also hosted the silent auction prizes. The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra provided entertainment as guests mingled amongst passed hors d’oeuvres. Throughout the main event, gentlemen ballroom dancers twirled about to lively music by the Yat Pack and enticed ladies onto the dance floor. There was also a special floor show featuring Osman Torres and Taylor Schoen, and the 2015 USA Dancesport Champions. n



Event at a Glance Where: New Orleans Lakefront Airport’s Terminal and Walnut Room When: Friday, September 16

1. Marian Gibbs, Robert Lyall, Co-Chair and Women’s Guild President Penny Baumer and Larry Gibbs 2. Co-Chairs Dr. Jane Miller, Carol Hall, Karen Villavaso and Melissa Gordon 3. Debbie AlciatoreEmpey, Holley Haag, Debby Hirsch Wood and Virginia Eckholdt

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What: “September Seduction,” benefiting The Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association

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A Futuristic Fête “LCM Looks to the Future” cheered to bright years ahead for the Louisiana Children’s Museum. By Shelby Simon

Brightly colored planets, a giant moon and cascading, floating stars decorated the Louisiana Children’s Museum and created a whimsical ambience for the 18th annual “CHAIRish the Children” fundraising event. This year’s theme, “LCM Looks to the Future,” invited guests to travel on a cosmic journey to celebrate the museum’s bright future and 30 years of play and learning for children and families. Guests also gazed at a sneak preview of future plans for the LCM through a giant telescope. Partygoers enjoyed a fun and festive evening featuring gourmet cuisine and spirits, silent and live auctions, one-of-a-kind chairs, the lively sounds of Satchfield Music with DJ Scott Satchfield and more. Signature cocktails that included the Cane Run Rum “Cosmic Blast” and Wheatley Vodka “Nuclear Eclipse.” 19 local restaurants participated in catering. Dr. Mara Haseltine and Dr. Melissa Montgomery served as Event Co-Chairs, and Mark Romig and Eric Paulsen hosted as Auctioneers. The silent and live auctions featured an array of items and packages including works of art, jewelry, vacations, family outings, shopping and one-of-a-kind chairs designed by Frenchy, Shannon Kelley, Ellen Macomber, Posh Paint Pub, Nadia Ramadan and Simon of New Orleans. Guests also had the opportunity in the live auction to donate to the LCM’s “Rainy Day Fund,” a fund to support free field trips and bus transportation for schools and students in Kindergarten through first grade who were impacted by the recent devastating flooding. n



Event at a Glance What: 18th annual “CHAIRish the Children,” benefiting Louisiana Children’s Museum When: Saturday, August 27

1. Gregory Smith, Event Co-Chairs Dr. Mara Haseltine and Dr. Melissa and Dr. Scott Montgomery 2. CEO Julia Bland and Terrance Osborne 3. Michael Depetrillo, Vanessa D’Souza and Christopher and Amy Lawler

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Exploring Exhibitions


More than 20 art exhibitions opened their doors for the CAC during “Whitney White Linen Night.” By Shelby Simon

“Whitney White Linen Night” kicked off the Contemporary Arts Center’s 40th anniversary season with a Julia Street block party featuring an outdoor celebration and art openings at more than 20 galleries and museums. Throughout the evening, patrons visited the Cool Down Lounge sponsored by Cox, located in The Lighthouse on Camp Street. DJ Matt Scott and The Viberian Experience performed. The festivities featured a signature cocktail, a SKYY Vodka Basil Gimlet, as well as cuisine from 25 local restaurants: The American Sector, Bratz Y’all, Crêpes à la Cart, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Curly Q Fry Company, Dickie Brennan’s Restaurant Group, Foundation Room at House of Blues, The Green Fork, Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls, Josephine Estelle at Ace Hotel, Kenton’s, Kingfish, La Thai Uptown, Legacy Kitchen, LMNO @ Le Meridien, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Meauxbar, Mellow Mushroom, Mizado Cocina, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, NOLA Girl Food Truck & Catering, Pinkberry, Saucy’s BBQ, Seed, Saint Lawrence, Superior Grill and The Velvet Cactus. Proceeds benefit the Contemporary Arts Center’s year-round educational, visual arts and performing arts programs. n



Event at a Glance Where: Contemporary Arts Center When: Saturday, August 6

1. Sally Heller and Christopher Saucedo 2. Francesca “Frahn” Koerner and Caroline Fourmy 3. Maria Hinds, Marc Perry, Anjali Niyogi and Jebney Lewis

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What: “Whitney White Linen Night,” benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center

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Be Our Guest


THNOC ended its first full day of forum events with a formal cocktail reception. By Shelby Simon

The ninth annual New Orleans Antiques Forum’s final Friday activity, the cocktail reception, drew approximately 135 guests to THNOC’s Royal Street complex. Guests included registered attendees of the forum, speakers, sponsors, members of the Honorary Advisory Committee, staff of THNOC and members of the board of directors. The theme for this year’s forum was “Dinner Is Served.” The evening’s festivities began with a cocktail reception in the elegant Counting House, THNOC’s portrait gallery. Entertainment included performances of traditional New Orleans jazz by guitarist Seva Venet, pianist Chuck Chaplin and bassist Chris Severin. The cocktail reception also included passed hors d’oeuvres and grand floral arrangements to fit the formal dining theme. The 2016 panel of speakers included the following: Lydia Blackmore, John H. Lawrence, Priscilla Lawrence and Jack Pruitt of THNOC; Kelly Conway, Corning Museum of Glass; Nick Dawes, Heritage Auctions, New York; Adam T. Erby, George Washington’s Mount Vernon; John Stuart Gordon,Yale University Art Gallery; Leslie B. Grigsby, Winterthur Museum; Roger W. Moss, Director Emeritus, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia; Laurie Ossman, The Preservation Society of Newport County and Sumpter T. Priddy III, Sumpter Priddy III Inc. American Antiques and Fine Art. Tom Savage, director of museum affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, returned as the forum’s moderator, a role he has held since the inaugural event in 2008. n



Event at a Glance Where: Counting House of The Historic New Orleans Collection When: Friday, August 5

1. Speaker Leslie B. Grigsby, Forum Moderator Tom Savage and Rosemarie and Speaker Nick Dawes 2. Speakers John H. and Priscilla Lawrence with Claudia Kheel and William Keyse Rudolph 3. Speaker Sumpter T. Priddy III and Amanda McFillen

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Female First Responders


The American Red Cross paid respect to Louisiana women making a difference. By Shelby Simon

The “Power of Women,” hosted by the American Red Cross and the Tiffany Circle, honored extraordinary local female leaders who have made a significant contribution to the Southeast Louisiana community. The 2016 honorees were: Kim Bergeron, Lynne Burkart, Tanya Harris-Glasow, Colonel Cindy H. Haygood, Sandra Herman, Teresa Lawrence, McKenzie Lovelace, Diane B. Lyons, Marjorie A. McKeithen and Ingrid Rinck. Prior to the main event, there was a “Meet and Greet” for board members, honorees and Red Cross leadership. For the main event, attendees second-lined into the ballroom for the feature presentation. The 2016 Keynote Speaker was Jaime Primak Sullivan, star of the Bravo series “Jersey Belle,” host of the daily digital Facebook series #cawfeetawk and author of The Southern Education of a Jersey Girl. In addition, there were two photo booths and a virtual reality presentation depicting the Red Cross’ ground response five days into the August floods, designed and hosted by New Orleansbased 360 video firm R&D Design. There was also a $100 jewelry grab by Kendra Scott. Amanda and Justin Seale served as event Co-Chairs. More than 400 guests were in attendance n



Event at a Glance What: “Power of Women Luncheon,” benefiting American Red Cross When: Friday, September 16

1. Keynote Speaker Jaime Primak Sullivan and Christine Briede 2. Regional CEO Joshua Joachim, Board Member Kathleen Roberts and Honoree Sandra and Russ Herman 3. SAF Director Robert Harris and Honoree Cindy Haygood

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Ministry In Mind


St. Michael Special School reminisced on its connection to Saint Teresa of Calcutta. By Shelby Simon

The annual “Blue Rose Ball” drew 550 patrons to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside to support the students at St. Michael Special School, which nurtures more than 200 students from diverse backgrounds throughout metro New Orleans so they may grow in faith, academia and overall wellbeing. The fundraiser was to supplement the general budget in order to keep tuition affordable, as the cost of tuition covers less than half the cost of educating each student. During the cocktail hour, a slideshow played featuring images of the students. The Blue Rose is the school’s symbol: “If there were such a thing as a Special Blue Rose, with what care it would be nurtured. Our children are that special.” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond delivered the invocation, during which he commented on the special devotion and connection of St. Michael Special School and Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who stayed in the convent and attended Mass in the chapel during her 1976 visit. The school is in the midst of a capital campaign to renovate the chapel in name of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. The evening included myriad auction and raffle items. The Wine Glass Raffle included prizes such as Kendra Scott and Boudreaux’s jewelry and round trip Southwest Airlines tickets. There were 23 items in the silent auction, including hotel stays, restaurant gift cards, art and spa and beauty packages. The live auction awarded a Drago’s party package, a House of Blues Foundation Silver Membership and Bourbon Fest package and a San Francisco package. The Wise Guys provided musical entertainment. Norman and Rachelle Albright served as Event Chairs, and Mark Romig and Jim Rapier served as emcees and auctioneers. n



Event at a Glance Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside When: Saturday, September 17

1. Committee Members Monique Kinler, Jim and Frances Roemer and Jennie Keller 2. Benefactors Louis and Jody Kieffer and Deanna and Art D’Aquin 3. David Briggs, Emcee Mark Romig and Committee Member Marion and Emcee Jim Rapier

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Start your day with drama at Brennan’s with bananas Foster. The late chef Paul Blangé and the great Ella Brennan concocted this time-honored dessert on the fly back in 1951 to honor New Orleans’ incoming vice chairman, Richard Foster. The idea for the desert came from Ms. Brennan’s fondness for a dish her mother often made at home for her family – bananas sauteéd with butter and brown sugar.

Claim the Cool: 14 brunches worth venturing out for

by Jyl Benson with photographs by Sara Essex Bradley


As cooler Autumn weather finally settles in, restaurants offering brunch, particularly those with outdoor seating, see their numbers climb as New Orleanians (always ready for a party) get a head start on holiday season celebrating. The weekend scene at area restaurants suggests that brunch is a meal best served with festive libations and consumed between peals of laughter. It is an indulgent, leisurely meal that tends to lean toward decadence with free-flowing champagne, mimosas, milk punches and bloody marys being the signature beverages consumed with rich, flavorful foods, usually by nattily attired participants. It was in the early 1970s that Dick Brennan Sr. was struck with the idea to invite a lively jazz trio to play for the post-church crowd that visited the then fledgling Commander’s Palace (1403 Washington Ave, 899-8221, on Sunday mornings. “Us kids in the family were sent to the French Quarter to hand out flyers to tourists advising them that they should take the streetcar to the Garden District for jazz brunch,” says Dickie Brennan Jr. “It was an instant success, I mean we were slammed, and from then on pretty much every kid in the neighborhood was pulled in to work at the restaurant on weekends.” In bringing together the New Orleans trifecta – booze, food and music – Dick Brennan Sr., effectively created a new genre in New Orleans dining where it was perfectly acceptable to party hardy on Sunday morning à la Saturday night, and then return home for a nap. His winning formula has been replicated by many and evolved by others, even as the Commander’s Palace original continues to thrive on Saturday and Sunday mornings. In addition to this time-honored brunch spot, the following destinations are well worth considering for a lavish late morning weekend repast. There are far worse – and few finer – ways to usher in a new week.

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Chais Delachaise 7708 Maple St. • 510-4509

Tucked away on Maple Street near the Riverbend area, the global menu here extends to brunch, which is available on both Saturdays and Sundays. “I think our menu is an interesting twist on some classics,” says General Manager Trace Hayes. “The Nuoc Mau Benedict is an amazing take on Benedict with caramel ham served over sticky rice with a gentle red curry hollandaise and perfect sixminute eggs served whole with a runny yolk. We also have brunch special libations like $5 blood orange mimosas and bloody marys; a $6 Frozé (frozen Rosé, French peach liqueur and fresh lemon) as well as five $5 wines by the glass.” New brunch additions include a mushroom and kale quiche and a selection of frittatas. Weekends also bring freshly baked muffins and scones. Other options include Eggs Chais Delachaise (flash-fried Louisiana oysters, with a lemonchili glaze, soft poached eggs, béarnaise sauce, a Carolina griddle cake and mirliton sweet-and-sour relish; Silpancho (thin cut New York strip steak, a sunny-side up egg, steamed rice, Aji Pico and frites); and Roti Telur (Balada bread, scrambled eggs and a dipping bowl with chicken curry).

Broussard’s Restaurant & Picturesque Patio 819 Conti St. 581-3866

Brunch at Broussard’s means Sunday mornings at white cloth-covered tables either within or overlooking the restaurant’s verdant tropical courtyard to the strains of a strolling jazz trio. Bottomless mimosas for $12 are an easy choice, but chef Neal Swidler’s menu makes ordering an entrée a tough call. Raspberryand-mascarponestuffed pain perdu? Seared filet mignon with three-cheese scalloped potatoes and sunny-side eggs with bacon marchand de vin sauce? Whatever your call, finish things off with a sweet ending of flaming bananas Foster prepared tableside via guerdon.

Arnaud’s 813 Bienville St. • 523-5433

Chef Tommy DiGiovanni limits the prix fixe, four-course brunch to Sundays, when he serves up an assortment of elegant egg dishes and Creoleinspired specialties. “Guests may choose from 35 menu items while reveling in the sounds of Dixieland Jazz,” says coproprietor Katy Casbarian. “Favorites include Creole cream cheese Evangeline, eggs Fauteux (poached eggs and housesmoked Gulf pompano on English muffins with dill-infused hollandaise sauce), eggs Sardou, savory crabmeat cheesecake, oysters en brochette and shrimp Clemenceau. And, of course, bananas Foster and crêpes Suzette, my personal favorites.”

A wildly popular dish on many brunch menus around New Orleans, Eggs Sardou is named for Victorien Sardou, a famous French dramatist of the 19th century, who was a guest in New Orleans when the dish was invented. The dish combines poached eggs over artichoke bottoms topped with creamed baby spinach with Hollandaise Sauce. By all accounts it is best served with peals of laughter and copious amounts of fine champagne at Arnaud’s. 51

Toups South In the Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 304-2147 •

Superstar chef Isaac Toups’ new 2,000-square-foot restaurant blends rustic charm with modern touches, creating an unpretentious environment where the food shines and conversation flows. A 20 seat wrap-around exhibition kitchen made of reclaimed

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local cypress allows diners to take in the action while interacting with Toups and his talented team. The menu pays tribute to the ingredients and techniques of the South as a region; from South Carolina Low country to Texas barbecue and everything in between. Located in arty and exciting Central City, the brunch items here will make for a perfect “Sunday Funday” with creative dishes, such as Farm Eggs in Purgatory (poached eggs with andouille sausage, jalapeño tomato braise and toasted ciabatta); seared fois gras pain perdu with seasonal fruit, local greens and honey gastrique; and a breakfast poor boy with baked eggs, Tabasco

mashed chicken bologna and American cheese. The historic Brunning’s bar, built in 1851, was salvaged from Lake Pontchartrain after Hurricane Katrina. Helmed by Head Bartender Adrienne Miller, the cocktail program complements the menu and combines flavors with meticulous execution. Libations include Frida’s Brush (mezcal, lemon and Crème de Cassis topped with Prosecco); Toups Julep (Old Forrester, sweet tea honey syrup, fresh mint and persimmon bitters); and the Pork Chops and Applesauce (pork infused Old Forrester with apple and suze bitters, served on the rocks and garnished with an orange twist).

At Mr. B’s your courtly server will get you in the mood for the holidays when he arrives with a tray of holiday cheer. Try the Poinsettia Royale, a cranberry margarita, or a White Christmas martini. Ho, Ho, Ho!

Katie’s Restaurant 3701 Iberville St. • 488-6582

Superstar chef Isaac Toups' chic new Central City hotspot, Toups South, is among the city’s newest for a festive brunch. Kick off a “Sunday Funday” with Farm Eggs in Purgatory – poached eggs with andouille sausage, jalapeño tomato braise and toasted ciabatta.

Kick your Sundays off at wild and crazy chef Scot Craig’s ultrafun and lively Mid-City neighborhood restaurant. Brunch-worthy cocktails include the Poinsettia, brandy milk punch, a classic Pimm’s Cup and Irish coffee. Bottomless bloody marys, mimosas and sangria are available for $15. Chef Scottie isn’t one to fool around with the flavorless and it shows on this special, Sunday-only menu that includes eggs cochon (English muffins topped with house-smoked Cajun cochon de lait and poached eggs covered with a creamy hollandaise; a to-diefor crawfish beignet (filed with crawfish, mozzarella and Provel cheeses, peppers and onions, and topped with jalapeño aioli) and lemon ricotta pancakes (three large buttermilk pancakes stuffed with ricotta cheese and lemon zest and sprinkled with powdered sugar). The chef ’s namesake breakfast, Scottie’s Special Breakfast includes both scrambled and poached eggs, bacon, hash browns, cheese grits and a biscuit topped with grillades and debris gravy.

Café Henri 800 Louisa St. 302-2357,

This new-ish Bywater neighborhood gem is bright and sun-splashed, with walls of white subway tiles, Café Henri is uncomplicated and welcoming. Brunch starters include a biscuit basket with hot buttermilk biscuits, cane butter and housemade preserves; beef carpaccio with fried oysters; brioche French toast; and Johnny Cake skillet. Entrees include an eightounce flatiron steak, over-easy eggs and Ranchero sauce; and the Henri Burger with Russian dressing and house-made pickles.

Mr. B’s Bistro 201 Royal St. • 523-2078

Mr. B’s longtime chef Michelle McRaney embraces fall to create richer dishes, such as slow roasted Kobe beef brisket with creamy stone ground grits; crispy fried oyster and sautéed spinach omelet; and roasted duck and eggs with fall root vegetables. Sunday brunch at Mr. B’s is lively and spirited. A vibrant jazz trio strolls around the restaurant playing traditional New Orleans jazz and creates a festive atmosphere. Multi-colored balloon bouquets around the dining room set the party mood. Holiday specialty cocktails will soon make an appearance on the brunch menu, too. Look for the Poinsettia Royale with sparkling wine and a touch of Chambord; a cranberry margarita marries the traditional sweet-and-sour cocktail with cranberry juice, fresh cranberries and lime; and a White Christmas martini made with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, vanilla and white crème de cocoa shaken with cream. 53

Tableau 616 Saint Peter St. 934-3463 With both indoor and balcony seating right on Jackson Square and a brass band for entertainment, brunch at Tableaux on Saturdays and Sundays is a lively alternative to the traditional jazz brunch. Exciting starters include a shrimp remoulade bloody mary loaded with Gulf shrimp and pickled vegetables; and crabmeat ravigote with chow chow, cucumber, lemon aioli and lavash. Lighter selections include a chilled asparagus and seafood salad with grape tomatoes, watercress, crabmeat ravigote, shrimp, brioche and a lemon and herb vinaigrette. Entrées include eggs Hussard with grilled medallions of beef tenderloin; duck confit hash with poached eggs and roasted vegetable tian; and New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp and grits.

This will get your eyes wide open. Behold the starter course for Bourbon House’s three-course prix fix “Boozy Bourbon Brunch,” available for $45 including cocktail pairings. Plump Gulf shrimp are sautéed in Bourbon-laced sauce, served atop cheese grits and paired with either a choice of a Bourbon bloody mary or a classic mimosa.

Bourbon House 144 Bourbon St. • 522-0111

Every Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., Bourbon House offers a three-course prix fix “Boozy Bourbon Brunch” for $45 including cocktail pairings. The experience begins with shrimp sautéed in a bourbon sauce served atop cheese grits and paired with a choice of a bourbon bloody mary or a classic mimosa. The second course is a bourbon-glazed petit filet with grilled tomatoes, asparagus and a poached egg with hollandaise sauce paired with a U.S. 75 cocktail. A sweet ending comes with bourbon French toast made with bread pudding custard, bourbon butterscotch and bourbon whipped cream. Pair this with a bourbon milk punch and it’s nap time.

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Palace Cafe 605 Canal St. • 523-1661 •

Palace Café offers jazz brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays with a “Build Your Own Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar” that gets things going with a wide selection of infused vodkas, pickled vegetables, hot sauces and garnishes galore for bloody marys and fresh juices for mimosas. Starters include the famous Oyster Pan Roast

with rosemary cream, and herb breadcrumbs; and crabmeat cheesecake with a pecan crust, mushroom sauté, Creole meunière sauce. For lighter palates, a bright and bracing spinach salad combines grilled peaches, feta cheese, candied pecans and a warm bacon vinaigrette. Entrées include Creole

creations such as pain perdu made with Leidenheimer French bread, praline syrup, seasonal fruit and whipped cream. French classics include eggs Sardou with creamed spinach, artichokeleek ragout, poached eggs and sauce Choron; and a croque madame with ham and Gruyère cheese on brioche.


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713 St. Louis St. 581-4422 Antoine’

Chef Nathan Richard’s cleaver brunch offerings are a clear reflection of his unpretentious Thibodeaux upbringing.

Expect to wait for a table for Saturday or Sunday brunch. With seating indoors as well outdoors on a patio with unobstructed views of the verdant Mississippi River levee, it’s worth the wait.

Brunch at Antoine’s is refined but not stuffy, and formal but not pretentious; jackets for men are preferred, but not required.

Starters include pulled pork cracklin’ nachos with pimento cheese. Entrées include molasses-cured duck breast with sweet potatoandouille hash; cochon Benedict with “pickled poached eggs”; and a Low Country “peel and eat” boil with shrimp and house-made smoked sausage. A prix fixe menu is also available for $32. Bottomless mimosas make for a rumpus good time in the upscale, yet casual eatery.

Brennan’s Executive Chef Slade Rushing puts his own stamp on a New Orleans classic. For his rendition of Eggs Sardou he serves the artichoke bottoms crisply fried, flavors his creamed spinach with Parmesan, and substitutes a tomato-kissed sauce Choron for the more commonplace Hollandaise

Brennan’s Restaurant 417 Royal St. • 525-9711

Breakfast at Brennan’s is a beloved institution. It is a celebration, a tradition, an expression that trips off the tongue and the celebration of a meal originated at Brennan’s in 1948 in response to a challenge to the best-selling book, Dinner at An-

Starters include bacon praline cinnamon sticky buns and impossibly light buttermilk biscuits. Entrées include a confit pork steak with hash browns and a fried egg; a Gulf fish sandwich dressed with herbed goat cheese, arugula, roasted tomatoes and pepper aioli; and Dante’s eggs Benedict with roasted rosemary rubbed pork loin. Sweet selections are also offered.

toine’s. The publicity coup against the rival restaurant developed into the most popular meal time at Brennan’s. Seventy years later, items from the original brunch menu remain Breakfast at Brennan’s favorites. Bananas Foster, for example, and eggs Sardou. The experience is a long festive morning parade. In addition to Brennan’s extensive breakfast/brunch menu, which is served every day, a three-course prix fixe menu is available for $31 and includes seafood gumbo; egg yolk carpaccio with grilled shrimp, crispy sweet potato and andouille vinaigrette; and braised pork grillades.

Go for Sunday brunch and take in the ambience of light jazz from The Jimmy Maxwell Trio in the backdrop of the elegant, historic main dining room complemented by a menu of CreoleFrench classics. This is a quintessential New Orleans brunch experience. Antoine’s offers a threecourse brunch special for $33, as well as the à la carte menu with a free mimosa with each entrée, which includes Gulf fish amandine; grillades and grits; panéed veal topped with lump crabmeat; and fried oysters en brochette. Always thrilling and impressive, baked Alaska is on the menu, too.

Festival autumn brunch dishes at Brennan’s include a baked apple with oatmeal pecan raisin crumble, a brown sugar glaze and sweetened crème fraiche; and turtle soup with brown butter spinach, grated egg and aged sherry. Holiday season special events include “Over the Holidays” whereby Brennan’s will invite Santa to a special breakfast/brunch. Snow will be falling in the courtyard, and there will photo opportunities with Santa, a holiday cookie decorating station, “reindeer games” and a special takeaway treat. The three-course breakfast is $55 for adults and $35 for kids; check website for dates. 55

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Everything old is new again, but with a modern flair featuring ultraluxurious fabrics, embellishments and panache

Photographer: Theresa Cassagne Stylist: Tracee Dundas Makeup: Glenn Mosley Hair: Heidi Schirrmann | Elevations Salon Model: Rachel Palumbo Location: Messina at the Terminal, Lakefront Airport

Sartorial Style Multicolored, black sequined, long sleeved V-neck sheath mini dress with ribbon sash by Rachel Zoe and pendant necklace by Sennod, both from FeBe; hoop link chandelier earrings from Saks Fifth Avenue 58 st. charles Avenue november 2016

Midas Touch Gold sequined embellished capsleeved column gown by Badgley Mischka from Saks Fifth Avenue

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Lady Luxe Tomato red bubble-sleeved crepe mermaid gown by Jovani, navy and silver coarse glitter clutch by Jimmy Choo, fringe rhinestone necklace, leaf earrings and blue Lucite crystal hinged bangle, all from Saks Fifth Avenue 61

Vintage Flair Emerald strapless jumpsuit by Trina Turk from Elizabeth’s; blonde mink collar vintage cardigan and emerald rhinestone vintage necklace from Century Girl

All That Jazz Navy, black and silver beaded fringed flapper dress, chandelier earrings, long pearl and gray rhinestone necklaces, black gloves and rhinestone bracelet, all from Yvonne LaFleur; ostrich feather boa from Century Girl; navy and silver coarse glitter pumps by Jimmy Choo from Saks Fifth Avenue 63

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Motion to Table St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2016 tablescapes Preview Party and Luncheon presented by Bryan Subaru benefited Bastion By Morgan Packard & Margaret Strahan Beginning with a Preview Party on Wednesday, October 12, and culminating with a luncheon on Thursday, October 13, St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC, together with Presenting Sponsor Bryan Subaru, presented a check for more than $87,000 to Bastion at their third annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes luncheon, chaired by Elizabeth and Peyton Bush and Michele and Lamar Villere. The Preview Party allowed almost 250 guests a sneak peek at the fabulous designs while sipping wine and dining on hors d’oeuvres by the Audubon Tea Room Culinary Team. In addition, patrons bid on live auction packages including a weekend stay in

Napa Valley, a staycation in the Ace Hotel and more. The next day, the Audubon Tea Room hosted 26 tables created by retailers and designers, each with its own theme and design elements. Almost 260 guests dined and sipped among these creations, while learning more about Bastion. Following thank yous, a live auction of a painting of the luncheon created by artist Alex Harvie raised an additional $4,500. In addition, thanks to Marianne and Alan Mumford, there was a live auction of a week stay at their home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Nan Dupuy of RDS Concepts donated a total of three handmade hats that were also sold for Bastion.

As the luncheon ended, an anonymous "angel" offered to match the proceeds from both events, bringing the total raised to more than $174, 000. Bastion is a nonprofit organization that’s building an intentionally designed neighborhood in New Orleans for returning warriors with lifelong rehabilitative needs and their families. Through their powerful community model that empowers neighbors as volunteers in a warrior’s care plan, Bastion will sustain a thriving recovery from the wounds and causalities of war. Read on to learn more about these tables and see the incredible designs, and prepare to join us next year!


“An Adler’s Gracious Table” designed by Tiffany Adler of Adler’s (722 Canal St., 523-5292, “Verte de Jalousie” designed by Gene Luke of Ambrose Garden (8015 Maple St., 861-1953,


TOP: “Going to the Beach” designed by Eric and Carolyn Fredericks of Bee’s Wedding Designs (738 Phosphor Ave., Metairie, 830-4031, BOTTOM: “Smoke on the Water” designed by Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Event Design (757 St. Charles Ave., Suite 303, 323-2100,


TOP: “The Gift of the Nile” designed by Tricia Reichert of Beth Claybourn Interiors (401 Tchoupitoulas St., 342-2630, BOTTOM: “Save the Coast” designed by Beverly Church for Bev Church: Entertaining Celebrations (891-0726,


TOP: “A Girl’s Birthday Lunch at Galatoire’s” designed by Beverly Church for Bev Church: Entertaining Celebrations (891-0726, BOTTOM: “It’s Nature’s Way of Healing You with a Song” designed by Emily Eberwine of Pick-a-Petal Floral Designs and Julie Ponze Designs, LLC for the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (8325 Oak St., 982-0685.


TOP: “Go For The Gold!” designed by Nita Duhe of Crescent City Cooks Cooking School (201 Chartres St., 529-1600, BOTTOM: “Age of Discovery” designed by Stephen Sonnier of Dunn and Sonnier Antiques • Florals • Gifts (3433 Magazine St., 524-3235,


TOP: “Diamonds Are Forever/007/James Bond” designed by Fancy Faces Décor + Wine Design and Events (Fancy Faces Décor: 73128 Highway 1077, Covington, (985) 893-2652,; Wink Design and Events, 1519 Tchoupitoulas St., 366-8063, BOTTOM: “Disco Diva” designed by Accent-DMC Inc. for FestiGals, Inc. (615 Baronne St., Suite 303, 524-1227,


TOP: “The Elements of Elegance” designed by Tony Leggio and Holly Bethany of Hosts New Orleans (365 Canal St., Suite 1400, 524-8687, BOTTOM: “FALL in Love …” designed by Christy Porta for JADE (324 Metairie Road, Metairie, 875-4420,


TOP: “Industrial Modern” designed by Kim Starr Wise of Kim Starr Wise Floral Events (437 Philip St., 315-5607, BOTTOM: “Seeing the Forest for the Trees” designed by Marianne Mumford of Landscape Images Ltd. (655 Central Ave., Jefferson, 734-8380,


“The Colorful Days of Autumn” designed by Richard Bartholomew of Mardi Gras Productions (1201 Annunciation St., 529-5555, BOTTOM: “NSCDA: Entrusted with History’s Future” designed by Loftin Brooks, Marian DeMeyers and Susan Clasen for the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (1413 Louisiana Ave., TOP:


TOP: “Rustic

Romance” designed by Sue Komidor of Perino’s Home & Garden Center (3100 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, 834-7888, “TPG Sings the Blues,” designed by The Plant Gallery (9401 Airline Highway, 488-8887,




TOP: “Halloween Masquerade” designed by Carlos Hernandez of RD Home (2014 Magazine St., 523-9525, “Wounded Warrior” designed by Nan Dupuy and Dale Shaw of RDS Concepts (117 Rosa Ave., Metairie, 915-6482,



“The Absence of Color” designed by Nan Dupuy and Dale Shaw of RDS Concepts (117 Rosa Ave., Metairie, 915-6482, BOTTOM: “Flowers in the Attic” designed by Candice Gwinn of Trashy Diva (1022 Josephine St., 299-3939,


Fantasia” designed by Vivian Cahn of Vivian Cahn Designs (2934 DeSoto St., 722-1014, “Just Say YAYA” designed by Linda Bjork for Young Artists, Young Aspirations (3322 LaSalle St., 529-3306,

TOP: “Floral BOTTOM:


Thank You

We wish to thank our Chairmen: Peyton and Elizabeth Bush, Lamar and Michelle Villere and Dylan Tête, Executive Director of Bastion. We also wish to thank our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Bryan Subaru; Supporting Sponsors Joy and Boysie Bollinger, Hibernia Bank and Walter and Sally Cockerham; and our Contributing Sponsors Whitney Bank, Villere & Co., Community Coffee, the New Orleans Saints, Ballard Brands, St. Margaret’s Foundation and Vernon and Patricia Brinson. And thanks to our Auction Donors: Ace Hotel New Orleans,

Besh Restaurant Group, Brennan’s Restaurant, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Paul Villinski, The National World War II Museum, Nan Dupuy at RDS Concepts, Marianne and Alan Mumford and Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson. And we would like to thank our Table Sponsors: The Bastion Board of Directors; Marshall and Faye Ballard; Manny and Pepper Bright; Peyton and Elizabeth Bush; the Casbarian and Farnsworth Families; Richard and Mathilde Currence; Curtis and Celeste Eustis; Kinney, Ellinghausen, Richard & DeShazo; Landscape


Images Ltd.; Michael and Marley LeBourgeois; the National Society of Colonial Dames; Ann Packard and the Packard Family; James and Erica Reiss; Trashy Diva; and Lamar and Michelle Villere. In addition, we would like to thank our partners Alex Harvie Oil Paintings, Party Portraits, Perrier Party Rentals and Clarke and Elizabeth Swanson. And a very special thanks to Richard Buchsbaum and the Audubon Tea Room. And last but not least, thank you to our "angel" who matched the proceeds raioded at the event! 81

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Adel Jenness Weds Dr. Charles Hesse August 15, 1942 By Bev Church

World War II was raging and everyone was doing their part to make the officers who were stationed in New Orleans and their wives feel comfortable. The New Orleans Country Club, and many others, invited officers to their dances on the weekends, and Adel Jenness volunteered to help find housing for those stationed here by helping with one of the dances at the Patio Royal (now Brennan’s). She was having her picture taken for the Society section of the paper when Dr. Charles “Chuck” Hesse, a Major in the veterinary corps in the Army, noticed how beautiful 82 st. charles Avenue november 2016

she was. As she was dancing with her date, Chuck asked to cut in. He was a wonderful dancer, so they danced the rest of the night! He asked her for a date but she refused because she had just met him. She was with her family at their country house in Mississippi, and he asked if he could come and meet her family. Her mother and father loved him. Adel and Chuck dated exclusively, and on one of their dates at Arnaud’s he asked her to go with him to Chicago; she replied that she didn’t go on trips with single men. He explained that he wanted her to marry him.

They were married 10 weeks after they met at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with a small reception at the Jenness’ home on Vincent Avenue in Metairie.  Adel’s dress was created by the dressmaker of the day and her flowers were gigantic orchids. They honeymooned at the Palmer House in Chicago and then went on to meet his parents in Columbus, Ohio.  Adel and Chuck were married for 54 years. Chuck died in 1996 and Adel is right here in New Orleans in her own home, and is as charming and beautiful as ever at 97 years young. n 83

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Whitworth – Stich By Mirella Cameran

When Ashley Whitworth set off to spend a week in the Hamptons in the summer of 2014, she thought the only love affair she was going to have was with her young niece and nephew. She stayed with her brother Scott, his wife Lisle and their two children Rhett and Wesley, and, as serendipity would have it, some family friends dropped by for drinks one night. The group included Mark Stich, and they stayed for hours. The next night, when Mark invited Ashley for dinner and then to see a band, she didn’t think of it as a date and kept trying to pay for herself. Mark refused, and said she could only treat him if it were in her own town (where she was living) of Los Angeles. Ashley agreed, and Mark bought an airplane ticket to L.A. there and then, in the wee hours of the morning in a bar. The next day Mark had no buyer’s remorse; he phoned Ashley to say he was still coming to see her. One trip turned into many, and Mark continued to commute from Houston to L.A. to visit Ashley. About one year later, during dinner at her house, Mark dropped to his knee and asked Ashley to be his wife. Ashley, originally from Austin, Texas, was keen to invite her family and friends to New Orleans, where Mark grew up, for the wedding. The wedding party enjoyed a sumptuous rehearsal dinner at Arnaud’s, owned by Archie Casbarian, a friend of Mark’s from school. On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Ashley’s father, Flip Whitworth, walked his daughter, Anne Ashley Whitworth, down the aisle of Trinity Episcopal Church to “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke, to marry Mark Nathan Stich. Guests then joined the couple for a reception at the New Orleans Country Club, which was decorated, as was the church, by florist and designer Kim Starr Wise. Ashley and Mark enjoyed their first dance as a couple to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” They also celebrated with all their guests with a traditional second-line.

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Many of Mark’s childhood friends where involved in the wedding, including Tommy Aucoin, of Aucoin Hart, who helped Mark and Ashley with the engagement and wedding rings. Ashley’s step-uncle, Bishop John Shelby Spong, officiated the ceremony. Mark and Ashley are living in Houston, Texas. Mark, a former New Orleans Police Officer, is now an attorney with the maritime gas and oil company Pacific Drilling. Ashley is an elementary school teacher with a

master’s degree as a reading specialist. They are due to go on honeymoon for two weeks in December to Vietnam. n Wedding Gown: Vera Wang; Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dessy from Weddington Way; Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Perlis; Wedding Coordinator: Claudia Kelleher; Invitation: Colorbox Dallas, Texas; Wedding and Groom’s Cake: Pure Cake; Photographer: Archtype, Galveston; Hair: Heather Mahoney, H20 Northshore; Make-up: Kris Lombardo; Music: Sha’on and the Girls with Success

Scott Whitworth (bride’s brother), Lisle Whitworth, Nancy Whitworth-Soong (bride’s mom), Ashley Whitworth, Mark Stich, Flip Whitworth (bride’s father), his wife Suzanne Whitworth, Rhett Whitworth (ring bearer) and Wesley Whitworth (flower girl)

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Dr. John Colfry Breast Surgical Oncologist, Touro Infirmary By Lindsay Mack

Although few things are more crushing than a cancer diagnosis, physicians in New Orleans are embracing new technology that may make cancer treatment less invasive and more precise. For instance, Dr. John Colfry, a Touro Breast Surgical Oncologist, has helped bring the innovative Radioactive Seed Localization to the New Orleans area. About Radioactive Seed Localization

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offers some cancer patients. “The cosmetic results are fantastic,” says Colfry. In addition, he praises the procedure’s increased precision and need for less tissue removal. Overall, it’s an innovate technique that promises positive results for many of the area’s cancer patients. n

Bringing Radioactive Seed Localization to New Orleans

The radioactive seed localization technique is how lumpectomies are being performed at many major cancer centers. Dr. John Colfry learned the practice at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and he helped spearhead the introduction of this surgical technique to the New Orleans community. At this time, his team at Touro are the only people in the Gulf South using these seeds. He is understandably pleased with the benefits that radioactive seed localization

Outsmarting Cancer How can New Orleanians stay a step ahead of cancer? In general, Colfry recommends staying on top of cancer surveillance, having appropriate exams each year and understanding individual risk factors. For instance, high risk factors may include previous instances of cancer, as well as family members who have received a cancer diagnosis (particularly close relatives and those diagnosed under the age of 50). Lastly, by working with doctors such as Colfry, who embrace innovative treatment techniques, people in the New Orleans community can look forward to a healthier future.

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The new technology is available for women undergoing a lumpectomy for cancer. Previous methods of performing a lumpectomy for cancer patients involved a guide wire to help surgeons estimate the location of the cancer. The results could be somewhat crude. With this new method, surgeons forego the wire and instead use a tiny radioactive seed that’s inserted directly into the cancer. This seed is about the size of

a grain of rice, and it gives off a radioactive signal that helps doctors map out the area in 3D and pinpoint the exact location of what needs to be removed. Allowing for more precise treatment, this also helps doctors remove less tissue overall. 87

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Jenna Elizabeth Cavalero Mount Carmel Academy By Mallory Lindsly

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learn a lot about myself, and I plan to continue to volunteer for as long as I am able,” says Jenna Elizabeth Cavalero, a senior at Mount Carmel Academy. One of Cavalero’s most rewarding volunteer experiences is working with Camp Challenge, a week-long overnight camp at Lions Camp Center in Leesville. The camp is for children who have a terminal disease and their siblings. “I’m a survivor of childhood cancer, so Camp Challenge holds a very special place in my heart and I look forward to spending time with all of the campers and staff,” says Cavalero. The campers play lots of games, sings songs and participate in other fun activities during the day. Throughout, groups of children will cheer between the lunch tables to determine who’s the loudest table. Cavalero enjoys seeing the smiles on all the campers as they dance and play games.

At Mount Carmel, juniors and seniors have the option to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The first time Cavalero volunteered with Habitat, the group built a foundation house. The day was extremely hot and the manual labor was intense. The future owners of the house were outside working with the volunteers, which helped them all realize their goal. Kristen Hode, Cavalero’s eighth grade English teacher, has inspired her throughout her high school career. Hode always encourages Cavalero to be the best version of herself, so that she can be kind to others. “I have learned a lot about serving others through Ms. Hode, due to her constant generosity and her kind heart,” says Cavalero. Cavalero is still undecided about where she would like to go to college, but when she finally decides, she wants to study something in the medical field. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her friends outside of all of her volunteer activities. “I’ve gone through high school jumping into new things constantly, so I always keep myself busy,” she says. “I want to look back on these years and remember all of the adventurous things I did, and I hope that these years will continue to inspire me to be active in my community when I’m older.” n 89

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Ingrid Rinck Owner, Sensible Portions Meals  By Mirella Cameran

How did you start Sensible Portions Meals? I had two very successful fitness facilities and a reputation for weight loss, so I launched Sensible Portions in 2014. I wanted to change lives with a fair and affordable meal preparation option. What is the food like? It is a smart mix of clean “diet” foods with comfort “fun” foods so clients stick with the program. Simple portioncontrolled meals made with fresh ingredients. How do you measure success? The happiness of our clients is the best measure. Watching their lives blossom is so rewarding.

Tell us about some of menu favorites? Our famous red beans and rice and perfectly portioned waffles! 90 st. charles Avenue november 2016

Do you cater for different dietary requirements? Yes, we have the standard low calorie single protein and double protein. Clients can also request Paleo and Double Protein Paleo (glutenfree, dairy-free and sugarfree). All our meals low-carb, and we don’t add salt or preservatives. Is it expensive? No, 15 meals for five days costs $80-120. What’s the secret to your success? After five days on the meal plan, the appetite shrinks. It is like non-invasive stomach stapling. Tell us something we don’t know about your company? I am a single mom of three; 98 percent of our employees are women, 95 percent of them are moms and 75 percent are single moms. Sensible Portions Meals (985) 290-9757

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Where are the meals made? We have a large prep facility in Mandeville that is fully licensed, certified and insured with an A+ health rating.

Where is it available? It is available nationally via FedEx, and there are 10 pick up locations in Louisiana.

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Terryn Mann & Lynda Hornsby Owners (and sisters), B KIDS NOLA By Mirella Cameran

How did you start B KIDS NOLA? Terryn: We started in 2010 in Baton Rouge with our older sister and mom. There were no “cool” kids clothes in town, so we wanted to be the first to offer them. How many locations do you have? T: We have five: Baton Rouge, Old Metairie, New Orleans, Fort Worth, Texas and Birmingham, Alabama.

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What makes you different? Lynda: We offer contemporary but conservative styles for all kids. We want them to explore their own style and become confident. “B COOL. B DIFFERENT. B YOU” sums it up for us. What are your favorite pieces in the store right now? L: We have some great Ella Moss pieces, such as a fringe maroon dress with a matching jacket.

Is it just for girls? T: No way! We have fun and funky clothes for boys from newborn to size 8. Are there any trade secrets you can tell us? L: We strive to make our customers feel confident in what they’re wearing. So the secret is, making them love what they walk out with! Is there anything else you would like to add? T: I just had a little boy, so expect us to amp up our boys clothes in the future. I am determined to find cool stuff! B KIDS NOLA 5422 Magazine St. 218-4210 115 Metairie Road 301-2954 (additional locations as well)

What are your best sellers? L: Colored denim is always a great seller, and this fall we have jewel tones that are flying off the shelves. 91

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1. Chris Eaves, Dr. Guy Harvey, Mark Culotta and Don Moore attend the “Roaring 20s Speakeasy Gala” at Galatoire’s. The evening raised over $50,000 to benefit ocean conservation through the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. 2. Mary Sciortino and Rhonda Eckholdt enjoy a drink at the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation gala. The event included a dinner of Louisiana seafood, casino games, a costume contest and a live and silent auction, featuring a trip to Costa Rica. 3. Mayor Mitch Landrieu gives Rabbi Edward P. Cohn a key to the city at the “Congregation Temple Sinai Golden Gala,” which honored Cohn on his retirement for his 29 years at Temple Sinai.

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4. Robert Brickman, president of Temple Sinai, and his wife Caroline are pictured with Rob Steeg at the “Congregation Temple Sinai Gold Gala.” The event honored Rabbi Cohn with key to the city, presentations about his achievements and a slideshow of his 29 years as Rabbi at Sinai. 5. Board member Dan Milham, Chaplain Monsignor Anthony Taormina, President R. Daniel Jacob, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Father Terence Hayden at the “2016 Mission Possible Gala.” The 14th annual event raised funds for the New Orleans Medical Mission Services. 6. Pam Mikill and Dr. Thomas Kennedy are pictured at the “Mission Possible Gala.” Mikill won the Volunteer of the Year Award for her many works, including preparing heading up the Lick and Stick Committee, participating in missions and supporting the fundraising activities.

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7. CEO Frereck J. Mikill II and John DiMaggio of Patio Drugs attend the “Mission Possible Gala.” Patio Drugs received this year’s Outstanding Corporate Sponsor Award from the New Orleans Medical Mission Services. 8. Leslie Castay, Lawrence Henry Gobble and Beth Bartley attend the “Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival” for an evening of music, theater, food and cocktails. The event began at the Gallier House for bourbon peach tea, the “Tennessee Williams’ Neighborhood: A French Quarter Perspective” exhibit and music by Beth Bartley and Todd d’Amour. 9. Paul Willis and Brenda Currin share a smile at the opening event for the “Tennessee Williams’ and New Orleans Literary Festival.” Currin started in and Willis directed the evening’s staged reading of Williams’ one-act play Something Unspoken.

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10. Reality TV Star and Celebrity Stylist Thomasina “GooGoo” Atkins and PJ Morton of Maroon 5 strike a pose at Le Sanctuary’s “Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling Bash” at Fulton Alley. All proceeds went towards Le Sanctuary’s mission to help local girls pay for their freshman year college textbooks. 11. Le Sanctuary Book Club’s 2016 Scholarship Recipients are pictured along with Celebrity Host New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Brandon Coleman and Le Sanctuary’s President Angela L. Young & Vice President Daphney Young at the “Stars & Strikes Celebrity Bowling Bash.” 12. ( Seated) Treasurer Lynne Duvernay and Counselor Margaret Wagner are pictured with (standing) Past President Carrel Epling and LLG Member Sharon Marchand as they welcome the Jefferson Performing Arts Society Leading Ladies Guild 2016-’17 counselors and officers at their installation luncheon.

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Boudreaux's Jewelers (504) 831-2602 Lady’s oval sapphire and diamond ring in 18 karat White Gold.

B KIDS NOLA (504) 218-4210 Perforated and tassel embellished booties with stacked heel.

Beth Claybourn Interiors (504) 342-2630 Hand-crafted glass votive with gold edging. Made in the USA Dimensions: 4”x4”x3”


Eclectic Home (504) 866-6654 Brass Palms Up and Brass OK Palm. Palm UP: 5.5”x5”x8.5” OK: 5”x4”x9”

HMG Fine Jewelry (504) 957-3409 Morganite and diamond earrings. 28.74 carats of Morganite, 1.05 carats of diamonds and 18 karat rose gold.

Bella Bella (504) 834-2209

Cristy's Collection (504) 407-5041 The To Be or Not To Be Flip Ring is symbolic for the choice we have in the life we wish to lead. It is a reminder that we have a choice TO BE in the moment, TO BE in the now and appreciate the present.

Calling all festival babes, we've got the perfect accessory to add the finishing touch to your outfit. The Bri Bri Leather Belt was designed with western vibes, but has a modern update with the double buckle. This leather belt features amazing hardware with adjustable buckle closures. Wear this belt over a simple midi dress or over one of our lace mini skirts. By B-LOW the Belt.


Virginia Dunn (504) 899-8604 Home furnishings, rugs and New Orleans' finest linens.

Art & Eyes (504) 891-4494 Blake Kuwahara handmade in Japan. Mansart duo (Snake & Chestnut).

Louisiana Custom Closets (985) 871-0810 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.

Elizabeth's (504) 833-3717 The perfect holiday cocktail dress for your next party.


Maison de Provence (504) 895-2301 Pair of painted and giltwood candelabras with beaded arms.

FeBe (504) 835-5250 These turquoise and carnelian earrings are by Sennod Jewelry Design. They are from designer Michele McKeon's new fall collection of Persianinspired earrings, vignettes and necklaces.

The Linen Registry (504) 831-8228 Spicy ginger plays a leading role alongside amber and crisp balsam. One sniff and you'll be transported straight into an autumn harvest. Handpoured in the USA with cotton wicks and luxury soy wax blend.

The Shop at The Collection (504) 598-7147 An elder statesman of jazz and an international representative of New Orleans and African American culture, beloved local icon Danny Barker (1909– 1994) is credited with more than a thousand recordings and dozens of original songs. The Historic New Orleans Collection will bring Barker’s life and legacy back into print with the release of a new illustrated edition of his autobiography, A Life in Jazz, on Dec. 1, 2016.


Yvonne LaFleur (504) 866-9666

NOLA Couture (504) 319-5959 (Uptown)

Cashmere and Fox Cape. Available in all colors.

(504) 875-3522 (French Quarter) Capturing a piece of New Orleans in each design, NOLA Couture's bow ties would make the perfect Christmas gift.

Scriptura (504) 897-1555 (Magazine Street) or (504) 219-1113 (Veterans Memorial Boulevard) Scriptura has power tools for the sophisticated businessman. We carry a curated collection of Italian leather gear and a range of exceptional pens from around the world.

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Haute (504) 522-8687 "A Star is Born" Collection features Pretty little sparkly necklaces and chokers.


QUEORK (504) 388-6803 (Magazine Street) (504) 481-4910 (Chartres Street) The Lagniappe Cork Handbag by QUEORK is a Christmas must have for the gal on the go. There is a detachable wristlet strap as well as a fully adjustable crossbody strap to make this bag dress up or down, and the compact 7.5”x5.5” is enough to carry all of the necessities as well as any “Lagniappe” items found along the way. $89 and free gift wrap (!

The French Library (504) 267-3707

Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe (504) 267-5083

With the largest selection of children’s French books in the United States, The French Library specializes in bringing fairy tales to life. Playful, comfortable and made with great textiles, this floppyeared bonnet is sure to be a favorite with the little ones; transporting them into a Beatrix Potter story … en Français.

Get the family ready for laughter and joy. This holiday season Little Pnuts Toy Shoppe is focusing on family fun. They have games, creative activities and toys to promote imaginative play for everyone at home or on the go. And, they have something for every age, from infant through adulthood.

Chateau Sew & Sew (504) 533-9221 Let Chateau Sew & Sew help with all of your holiday personalization! From embroidery on Holiday outfits, stockings, or tree skirts to fun and fabulous Santa Sacks. Conveniently located in the Lower Garden District. 107

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November by Fritz Esker

Oct 21-Nov 5


4000 Miles

“Broadway’s Best: Featuring Bryan Batt”

A young man reconnects with his feisty 91-year-old grandmother after an arduous cross-country bicycle trip. Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 302-9117, 4-13

New Orleans native Bryan Batt and other theater stars sing hits from Broadway shows such as Evita, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and more. Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530,

Funny Girl

Fanny Brice rises to stardom with the Ziegfeld Follies and endures a turbulent romance with a gambler along the way. Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, 731-4700, 4-20 Freud’s Last Session

On the eve of World War II, Dr. Sigmund Freud talks love, sex, and God with Oxford don and future Chronicles of Narnia author C. S. Lewis. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, 4-20 1776

America’s founding fathers convince Congress to vote for independence from the British in this patriotic musical. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475,

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16 Debauchery!

New Orleans’ live, ongoing soap opera enters its seventh season as sisters Chanel and Cartier continue their outrageous adventures. The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave., 522-6545, 17 & 19 The Planets

Guest conductor Fawzi Haimor conducts Mason Bates’ “Mothership” and Stefan Jackiw performs Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 4,” followed by the orchestral suite “The Planets.” Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, 523-6530, Dec 1 “Yuletide Celebration”

The orchestra is joined by school choirs from across Greater New Orleans to perform yuletide favorites for the whole family. Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., 465-9985, 109

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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P r o p e r ti e s ELEANOR FARNSWORTH Top Residential Producer CRS, GRI, BRC, HRS

Office: (504) 891-1142 Cell: (504) 669-0211 5631 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$6,185,000 4717 St Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$6,000,000 1004 Falcon Road.....................SOLD...................$5,600,000 3 Audubon Place ......................SOLD...................$5,250,000 16 Audubon Place ....................SOLD...................$4,500,000 1512 Lakeshore Blvd, Slidell..................................$4,500,000 295 Walnut Street .....................SOLD...................$3,990,000 8 La Salle Place .........................SOLD...................$3,650,000 4831 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$3,000,000 525 Madison Street ..................SOLD...................$2,800,000 8 Rosa Park................................SOLD....................$2,490,000 1527 Sixth Street.......................SOLD...................$2,385,000 1776 State Street .......................SOLD...................$2,300,000 3 Poydras Street #9E/F ..............SOLD...................$2,300,000 6257 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge......SOLD .......$2,200,000 906 S. New Hampshire Avenue.........SOLD .......$2,199,000 2503 St Charles Avenue .........................................$2,195,000 15370 LA HWY 10 HY, St Francisville...............$1,950,000 841 Barracks Street ..................SOLD...................$1,850,000 1427 Eighth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,850,000 7 Rosa Park................................SOLD...................$1,800,000 1518 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,750,000 1328 Felicity Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1538 Fourth Street ...................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1415 Cadiz Street ....................SOLD...................$1,700,000 1800 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD...................$1,700,000 2600 Gay Lynn Drive .............................................$1,650,000 1732-34 Palmer Avenue............SOLD...................$1,650,000 2708 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,625,000 1233 Second Street...................SOLD...................$1,600,000 576 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,595,000 1203 Marengo Street...............................................$1,499,000 6015 Prytania Street ................SOLD....................$1,497,500 4613 St. Charles Avenue..........SOLD...................$1,495,000 2707 Coliseum Street ...............SOLD...................$1,490,000 2507 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,490,000 6433 Paris Avenue ....................SOLD...................$1,450,000 1542 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,450,000 1641 State Street.......................SOLD...................$1,425,000

5726 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,400,000 1205 Philip Street ......................SOLD...................$1,399,000 4917 St. Charles Avenue...........SOLD...................$1,370,000 1413 Philip Street .....................SOLD...................$1,370,000 447 Audubon Street ................ SOLD ..................$1,300,000 9 Blanc Place .............................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1578 Calhoun Street ................SOLD...................$1,300,000 1137 State Street ......................SOLD...................$1,295,000 3717 Rue Chardonnay, Metairie .............................$1,295,000 622 Barracks Street ..................................................$1,295,000 6502 Woodwards Bluff, MS..................... ..............$1,275,000 434 Lakeshore Parkway ...........SOLD...................$1,275,000 1207 State Street .......................SOLD...................$1,250,000 234 Brockenbraugh Ct, Metairie......SOLD .........$1,235,000 571 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,220,000 1539 Soniat Street ....................SOLD...................$1,220,000 6554 Oakland Drive.................SOLD...................$1,200,000 441 Audubon Street .................SOLD...................$1,199,000 71607 Riverside Dr., Covington............................$1,190,000 2006 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD...................$1,100,000 17 Chateau Palmer ...................SOLD...................$1,085,000 1701 Valence Street ..................SOLD...................$1,075,000 1919 State Street .......................SOLD...................$1,050,000 1221 First Street .......................SOLD...................$1,050,000 1221 Exposition Blvd ..............SOLD...................$1,045,000 3225 Prytania Street .................SOLD...................$1,000,000 1844 State Street .......................SOLD......................$995,000 1022 Webster Street .................SOLD......................$995,000 3447 Camp Street .....................SOLD......................$985,000 45 Savannah Ridge Ln .............SOLD......................$950,000 1543 Henry Clay Avenue.............SOLD......................$950,000 1729 Jefferson Avenue.............SOLD......................$950,000 4525 Prytania Street .................SOLD......................$950,000 3937 Camp Street .....................SOLD......................$950,000 1510 Arabella Street ...................................................$899,000 6864 Vicksburg Street................................................$700,000 239 Aurora Avenue ..................SOLD......................$425,000 1205 St. Charles Avenue #416..................................$165,000 505 Jefferson Avenue.......................................$2,500/month 111

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Blue Plate “The legendary spread of the South” By Seale Paterson

Blue Plate Foods was founded in 1929, originally operating out of a small building in Gretna. Their first products were shortening, and of course, mayonnaise. Freshness was the selling point – freshness of the ingredients, and, as a local company, the freshness of items delivered to grocer’s shelves the day after production. The 1929 newspaper ads for Blue Plate Mayonnaise claimed it was as good as homemade and provided recipes for salads named for the shapes you could assemble them into. The “Candle Salad” called for a pineapple and green pepper candlestick, a banana candle, a cherry flame and mayo to look like wax melting down the banana. Even more interesting was the recipe for the “Covered Wagon Salad,” with ingredients including animal crackers, lettuce, mayo and jellybeans, all held together with toothpicks. Blue Plate Sandwich Spread (spices, relish and pimientos mixed into mayonnaise for 112 st. charles Avenue november 2016

spreading on sandwiches and “even good mixed into mashed potatoes!”), various salad dressings and salad oil were introduced in 1930, followed soon by remoulade sauce and a “complete, economical, delicious” dehydrated soup mix. The 1938 debut of Blue Plate Margarine included a free kitchen bowl with purchase, a promotion that was repeated two years later with the debut of coffee. In ’40, Blue Plate joined the local coffee business and was producing coffee and chicory coffee from a building on Magazine Street, with tea following soon after. The 1940s were a time of big change for Blue Plate. In ’41, Blue Plate moved into New Orleans, setting up production in a newly built modern factory in Mid-City. The canned foods division was also very active, providing canned Southern favorites such as mustard and turnip greens, okra, tomatoes, green beans, Crowder peas, yams and

even shrimp and oysters. Hickory and hot barbecue sauces arrived shortly after. Blue Plate left New Orleans and moved to Tennessee in 2000. The only products still produced today under that name are the sandwich spread and, thankfully, mayonnaise. What would a New Orleans poor boy be if it wasn’t dressed with Blue Plate? n

A Blue Plate Peanut Butter billboard c. 1950s. Blue Plate peanut butter debuted in the ’40s, and was sold in both chunky and smooth. Their natural partner, fruit preserves and jellies, also debuted during the ’40s; flavors included: pineapple, plum, crabapple, strawberry, peach, apricot, blackberry and mint. During the ’50s, both the peanut butters and jellies were sold in collectible glass tumblers, decorated variously with flowers, circus animals, flying ducks and polka dots. Ads promoting peanut butter introduced recipes, including many different takes on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pancakes, stuffed yams and one for “Peanut Meat-loaf,” with an ingredient list of chopped meat, an egg, an orange, raisins and peanut butter.

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St. Charles Avenue November 2016  

St. Charles Avenue November 2016