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SEPTEMBER 2017 / VOLUME 51 / NUMBER 11 Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde Managing Editor Ashley McLellan Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Contributing Writers Mary Lou Eichhorn, Fritz Esker, Kathy Finn, Dawn Ruth Wilson, Brobson Lutz, M.D., Jason Berry, Carolyn Kolb, Chris Rose, Eve Crawford Peyton, Mike Griffith, Liz Scott Monaghan, Lee Cutrone, Dale Curry, Jay Forman, Tim McNally, Robert Peyton, Mirella Cameran Web Editor Kelly Massicot Staff Writers Kelly Massicot, Melanie Warner Spencer Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Sales Manager Kate Sanders Henry (504) 830-7216 / Kate@MyNewOrleans.com Senior Account Executive Lisa Picone Love, Jessica Marasco Account Executives Claire Cummings, Peyton Simms Director of Marketing and Events Cheryl Lemoine Event Coordinator Whitney Weathers Digital Media Associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264 Production Manager Jessica DeBold Production Designers Monique DiPietro, Demi Schaffer, Molly Tullier Traffic Coordinator Topher Balfer Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President Errol Laborde Distribution Manager John Holzer Administrative Assistant Mallary Matherne Subscriptions Manager Brittanie Bryant WYES DIAL 12 STAFF (504) 486-5511 Executive Editor Aislinn Hinyup Associate Editor Robin Cooper Art Director Jenny Hronek NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE Printed in USA A Publication of Renaissance Publishing 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 Subscriptions: (504) 830-7231 MyNewOrleans.com

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Contents features

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Fun! Food! Fest!

People to Watch

Fall Festival Guide

30 New Orleans Movers and Shakers

Our 2018 Guide to the

By Fritz Esker

By Kim Singletary

Best of the Fall Festivals

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Local Color Chris Rose If Elected 50

Modine Gunch Highbrow Eyebrows 52

Joie d’Eve The Aging Process 54

In Tune The Emotional Heart 56

In Other Words A review of the latest books 58

The Beat

Jazz Life

Marquee

Home

Entertainment calendar 26

A Record of Time 60

Grand Finale 62

Art Local Artist Monique Verdin 28

Persona Sallie Ann Glassman 30

Biz New in New Orleans Real Estate 34

Education 38 Alexina Medley

Health Forecasting the Flu 40

Style Fall into Festival Fashion 44

Chronicles Keeping it in the Family 46

The Menu Table Talk Bucktown Nouveau 102

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Restaurant Insider News From the Kitchens 106

Food One Pot Cooking 108

Last Call Blueberry Hill 110

Dining Guide Plus restaurant spotlights 112

In Every Issue Inside People We Have Watched 14

Speaking Out Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 20

Julia Street 44

Questions and answers about our city 22

Try This Face Off 166

Streetcar How Dixie Got Its 45 168

DIAL 12, D1 All ages are invited to an OPEN HOUSE celebrating WYES’ new facility — WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media — on Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Explore the new building with guided tours by our friendly staff, meet WYES program hosts and producers, enjoy refreshments, and take photos with Curious George and Super Why! For details, go to wyes.org.


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People We Have Watched An alumni retrospective ew Orleans, the city, has many traditions, so it is appropriate that New Orleans, the magazine, should have a few too. For us the most enduring tradition is “People to Watch.” Each year we look back at a past class with a matching end number to see whatever happened to the selectees. Ten years ago, in 2007, New Orleans was still in its early stages of rebounding from Katrina. Nevertheless hopes were high if not always totally achieved. Some careers just take unexpected bounces, none more so than Chad Shinn who we recognized as being the obvious heir apparent to his father, George, who owned the New Orleans Hornets. “For Chad Shinn his dad’s team and his new hometown are both part of his future,” we wrote. Sometimes things don’t just quite work out. George Shinn wound up bailing out of the NBA because of financial troubles. The team was purchased by Tom Benson who changed the name to Pelicans and the Hornets’ name reverted back to Charlotte from which it came. There were a few people, including a couple of coaches, who would be fired from their position at the time and one person, whose TV role was fired. That would be actor Brian Batt who at the time was playing art director Salvatore Romano on the hit program Mad Men. Batt was great, but Salvatore

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got in trouble in one of the episodes and had to walk the plank. (So as not to be a spoiler we won’t tell you why.) There were successes too. Larry Hollier, the Chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center, had a dream of developing a new teaching, emergency and specialty hospital complex that would share a campus with the new Veterans Administration hospital. The recently emerged University Medical Center is a tribute to him. Another M.D., Gerry Cvitanovich, was pioneering developing a group of urgent care clinics. He succeeded as the clinics became part of the next decade’s landscape. His business has since been sold to the Ochsner empire, just as well because he has lots else to do including serving as Jefferson Parish’s Coroner. And the list goes on. It occurs to me that we have always thought of People to Watch as being valuable for trying to provide a glimpse into the future. Yet there is a lot to learn from looking at the past. And the past is always a lot more reliable.

In our Aug. issue, we incorrectly identified Satchmo SummerFest CEO; her correct name is Emily Madero.


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The Monuments Another Mayoral issue besides crime uring the 1960 presidential campaign between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon, televised debates were used for the first time. There was a total of four, each focused on different topics; all presented an opportunity to answer on a wide range of issues. As innovative as the debates were, it would eventually be noted that there was one issue that was never mentioned: Vietnam. Yet that would become the dominant issue well into the next decade. That story comes to mind in thinking about the local mayoral campaign. From the beginning the consensus has been that crime is the major issue. But it is not a major issue in the sense of there being any division of opinion. Everyone is against it. All seem to agree that having more police on the streets is part of the answer, though there is vagueness about how that will be paid for.

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According to an interview in the New Orleans Advocate there is a controversy that the major candidates do not think is an issue, and that is the monuments question, even though it polarized the community. The candidates’ consensus seemed to be simply that the issue is over, let’s move on. We do not blame the candidates for not wanting to talk about it, because there is a racial tinge that makes the issue difficult. Nevertheless, regardless of where one stands on the controversy, there is a related issue that should be addressed: the limitations, or abuse, of executive power. New Orleans’ government was designed for a mayor to be strong; we don’t think the law intended for the mayor to be a dictator. From the beginning, the monument removal issue was designed and pushed through by one

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person, Mayor Mitch Landrieu. At the beginning, some agencies and public officials who are under the mayor’s control endorsed the issue. The city council, which politically cannot say “no” to an issue that is presented as being racial, voted (with the exception of Stacey Head) six to one to remove the monuments. That vote was used as the validation of all else that would follow, although we are confident that had the council been asked instead to create a commission to study the issue and to make recommendations on a comprehensive monuments plan, its members would have voted even more willingly. We understand that there are times when chief executives have to make the tough call and to act unilaterally, especially in the face of an emergency. But there was no emergency here; no public

outcry. Because the issue was socially sensitive that was all the more reason to have an informed study with the verdict reached at the end, and not before, the conclusion. We should at least learn from the monuments imbroglio. We urge the mayoral candidates not to ignore the issue, but to suggest a plan on working on such matters—a plan that is sensitive to the past yet that allows for diversity, not just by race but by historical contribution. There also needs to be a broader discussion about power; when it is used and when it is abused. As for the monuments, New Orleans is one of the nation’s most historic cities. It is a monument into itself of being America’s first truly international city. We may not always respect the past, but we should be better at understanding it. •

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Dear Julia, There was once a statue of a lovely Indian maiden standing on the edge of the island in the lagoon on the corner of City Park Avenue and Carrollton. I went through the Sculpture Garden but all they had was very modern art. I would love to know what happened to her. - Loretta Tuminello (New Orleans, LA) In March 1976, the bronze statue was stolen from its platform in the lagoon next to Swan Island. An underwater search was conducted shortly after the theft was discovered, but the statue was never found and its current whereabouts remain unknown.

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While you are right about the statue’s former location, the artwork did not depict a young Native American woman. The subject would be better described as an Art Deco-inspired young Caucasian woman from the 1920s. Dressed in a flowing gown, the woman steps delicately, grasping her dress in her left hand as she sips from a shallow cup in her right hand. An internet search produced media coverage of the underwater search in 1976 and the said statue was named “The Lady.” That information, however, almost certainly is anecdotal and likely is not what the statue was named. German sculptor Adolf MüllerCrefeld (1863–1934) designed

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the work, which is named La to Swan Island. The fountain Source. The statue, which was worked until the early 1960s, a fountain, was originally a when a freeze damaged its focal point of a formal garden mechanism. at the McFadden Mansion Older readers may have (now Christian Brothers noticed that City Park’s McFadden School in the heart of missing statue has Mansion, City Park). The photoan identical twin Bamboo Arbor graph accompanying that once adorned and Pond, circa this column shows La the Reily Memorial 1930s. Source in its original Fountain in Audubon garden home. Park from 1937 until the When the McFaddens moved early 1980s, when that fountain away in the 1940s, the mansion’s was demolished. Audubon Park’s furnishings were sold at auction. copy of La Source is no longer City Park subsequently obtained a fountain but has adorned La Source around that time. multiple locations within the Park minutes reveal that, in renovated zoo. The last I heard, early 1959, the bronze fountain the statue had been moved to from the McFadden house was temporary storage because of installed in the lagoon next ongoing construction.

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Dear Julia, My 84-year-old grandfather has been asking me to try to find out what was the name of the neighborhood ice cream parlor in the Irish channel on the corner of Jackson & Chippewa. He and his friends went to Redemptorist school and they would all go hang out there after school. It was mostly to meet the girls. He told me the place later became a union hall. Can you please help me? - Jessica Roth (New Orleans) From your grandfather’s early childhood and into his young adulthood, the Best Ice Cream Company operated the ice cream parlor at 636 Jackson Avenue at the corner of Chippewa Street. In the late 1930s, owner Frederick Yoars resided on premises. During your grandfather’s youth, Yoars, a native of Indiana, operated throughout the city no fewer than 16 Best Ice Cream parlors, four of which were on Magazine Street. The New Orleans-based ice cream chain, known for portion-controlled servings and locally-made cones, also operated stores on North Broad, Burgundy, Constance, Dryades, Dumaine, Freret, St. Charles and Tulane Avenue. There were also three locations across the river – 441 Seguin Street and 840 Teche Street in Algiers and 401 Huey P. Long Avenue (formerly Copernicus) in Gretna. The Best Ice Cream Company dissolved in the early 1950s. Its founder, Fred Yoars, spent his later years in Florida where he died in 1979 at the age of 82.

Helicopter pilot Lockwood changed employers not long after the November 1972 Rault Center fire but the reason why the former RAF pilot made that career change was not publicly explained. In mid-April 1973, less than six months after the Rault Center fire, the Louisiana American Legion commended Lockwood for having rescued eight people from the blasing skyscraper’s roof. The award was to have been presented at the state American Legion convention in Baton Rouge. However, when the organization learned the honoree had since relocated to Hawaii to work for another helicopter company, the ceremony was rescheduled to take place at the national American Legion convention in Honolulu.

Win a restaurant gift certificate Here is a chance to eat, drink and have your curiosity satiated all at once. Send Julia a question. If we use it, you’ll be eligible for a monthly drawing for a Jazz

­---------------------------------------------------Dear Ms Street and Poydras, Is it true that John Lockwood, the helicopter pilot who rescued several men from the roof of the burning Rault Center back in 1972, was fired the next day by his employer for endangering their aircraft? - Marinus Quist (Covington, LA)

Brunch for two at The Court of Two Sisters. To take part, send your question to: Julia Street, c/o New Orleans Magazine, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 or email: Errol@MyNewOrleans.com. This month’s winners are Loretta Tuminello, New Orleans and Marinus Quist, Covington, LA.

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MARQUEE . ART . PERSONA . BIZ . EDUCATION . HEALTH . STYLE . CHRONICLES


THE beat . marquee

September Our top picks for this month’s events By fritz esker

Fried Chicken Festival

Krewes for Karnival Fundraiser

Mark Twain Tonight!

NOLA on Tap

Now in its second year, the Fried Chicken Festival has expanded to a bigger location in Woldenberg Park on Sept. 23-24. There will be a fried chicken-tenders eating contest, a football lounge, a kids pavilion, cooking demos, desserts from Sucre and of course plenty of delicious fried chicken. Admission is free, but you pay for food. Information, FriedChickenFestival.com.

On Sept. 21, Fulton Alley is hosting the Krewes for Karnival’s First Responders Fundraiser. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the day of the event. Attendees will enjoy bowling, food, drinks and live music. The “Krewe” is made up of other krewes, and the event benefits the firemen, policemen and paramedics who work so hard during Mardi Gras. Information, 501auctions. com/finkrewesforkarnival or lisajo@ krewesforkarnival.com.

On Sept. 15, screen and stage actor Hal Holbrook recreates the one-man show he starred in on Broadway as Mark Twain. He skewers politicians, journalists, and so-called patriots in a 90-minute monologue on slavery, religion and politics. The satire is mixed with comic tales of life on the Mississippi and a ghost story. Tickets and information, OrpheumNOLA.com.

On Sept. 23, the largest beer fest in the region comes to the City Park Festival Grounds. There will be live music, and more than 400 brands of local, national, and home-brewed beer. Dog lovers can bring their four-legged friends (it’s also a fundraiser for the Louisiana SPCA). $5 admission (beer tickets are separate). NOLAOnTap.org.

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calendar Events and Exhibits

Aug. 1-Oct. 1 New at NOMA: Recent Acquisitions in Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, noma.org

Aug. 30-Sept. 4 Southern Decadence, French Quarter, SouthernDecadence.net

Sept. 2 Labor Day Comedy-Soul Fest, Lakefront Arena, arena.uno.edu

Sept. 11-17 We Live to Eat Restaurant Week, Citywide, CoolinaryNewOrleans. com

Sept. 14-17 New Orleans Burlesque Festival, French Quarter, NewOrleansBurlesqueFest.com

Sept. 16-17 Irish Fest New Orleans 2017, Kingsley House, IrishFestNewOrleans.org

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Treme Fall Fest, St. Augustine Church, TremeFest.com

Sept. 30-Jan. 21 Solidary and Solitary: Pamela J. Joyner & Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, OgdenMuseum.org

Sept. 14 & 16 Bolero with Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

Sept. 15 Hanson - 25th Anniversary Tour, Joy Theater, TheJoyTheater.com

Sept. 15 The Victory Belles, National World War II Museum, NationalWW2Museum.org

Sept. 16 An Evening with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com

Sept. 17 An Evening with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Civic Theatre., CivicNola.com

Sept. 18 Two Door Cinema Club, Joy Theater, TheJoyTheater.com

Sept. 18 The Accidentals, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

Sept. 22 Old American Songs and Spirituals, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

Sept. 23 DJ Soul Sisters Presents HUSTLE! at the Ice Pit, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

Sept. 24 Performances

Sept. 1 Boyfriend - 5th Annual Birthday Extravaganza, Joy Theater, TheJoyTheater.com

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TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band with Black Pacific, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

Sept. 26 Arcade Fire, Lakefront Arena, arena.uno.edu

Sylvan Esso with Special Guest Flock of Dimes, Civic Theatre, CivicNola.com

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Modest Mouse, Civic Theatre, CivicNola.com

Outside the Bachs: Wilkins Returns, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

Mac DeMarco, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com

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Art on display local exhibits

LOVE in the Garden September 22 7:00 – 11:55 pm

NOMA’s annual fall soiree will take place in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Tickets start at $50 and include a night of dancing and dining under the stars.

The Victory Belles September 15 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Her Louisiana Love Southeast Louisiana and the Houma Nation By Alexa Renée Harrison

onique Verdin feels most herself in Southeast Louisiana, probably because she is literally of this place. Her DNA has been sustained by the Mississippi mud for more generations than can be traced. As one of approximately 19,000 registered Houma Nation members (one of the largest indigenous peoples tribes east of the Mississippi) it is her goal to be a witness and recorder to her community’s ways of life, and to share the stories of the place she calls home. One of Verdin’s records of the inextricably interconnected Southeast Louisiana and Houma Nation history can be viewed in Verdin’s documentary, My Louisiana Love, which aims to place a 100 year parentheses around a multi-generational Houma tribal experience, exposing the cycles of environmental and social injustices. Storytelling for Verdin has taken many forms during her 20 years documenting Houma relatives and their homelands. Most recently, Verdin has been traveling with Cry You One, an outdoor performance celebrating the people and cultures of Southeast Louisiana, while turning clear eyes on the issue of our vanishing coast. “The more I have learned about all the ugly issues plaguing this beautiful place, the more I have grown to appreciate the wild wonder and resilience of the nature around me, from the

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Mississippi River to the bottomland hardwoods, to the barrier islands, and all the life that lives in between,” says Verdin. Currently she’s serving as the director of a collaborative community project called the Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange, working to build a record of the unique coastal cultures and native ecology present in our challenged wetlands. This experiential project is dedicated to inspiring Mississippi River Delta preservation through cultural happenings, strategic installations, and as a digital archive. Come November, New Orleans’ international art exhibition, Prospect.4, will open to the public, featuring select images from Verdin’s archives. Her featured series “Generations of Witness” will juxtapose the passing of time and generations using transparent images, palmetto weavings (historically used to create structures and roofs for Houma homes), and other photo processes to expose a story of the Houma people. Her continued subject: this place and its people, living in scattered settlements connected by a web of bayous… a web of bayous that are now disappearing into open water as the Gulf claims the land back for the sea, are something Verdin will never stop working to protect, advocate for, and bring awareness to through her art and community engagement. •

The trio will serenade with music of the 1940s at BB’s Stage Door Canteen, an exciting entertainment and dining destination in The National WWII Museum, for $40 per ticket.

The Arts Market September 30 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Browse this monthly open-air market at Palmer Park featuring as many as 130 artists selling affordable, handmade goods, live music and delicious food made by local vendors.

Monique Verdin, is an artist and daughter of the Houma Nation.

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A Free Spirit Vodou priestess, author and community leader, Sallie Ann Glassman By Ashley McLellan

hen you think of the core of Vodou is the belief that cultural fabric that there is an invisible world of spirit makes up New Orleans, Sallie within, beyond, and throughout Ann Glassman could be seen as the visible, physical world. That a spiritual seamstress behind it, world is more beautiful, more embroidering and weaving the powerful, and more full of potential community with healing and posi- and life than the visible world. tive energy. Glassman is a writer, Vodou continues to offer keys artist, community spiritual leader, to freedom and power. Vodou and ordained Vodou priestess. ceremonies provide a technology Along with a dedicated team for reaching into and interacting of community-minded people, with the invisible. Glassman helped to spearhead the development of the New Orleans How is Vodou important in the Healing Center, with the goal of history of New Orleans? Vodou is an essential presence in the providing unity and growth. In addition to her work history and culture of New through the Healing Orleans. Following Center, Glassman the revolution in True Confession also leads public Saint Domingue, I developed a fixation spiritual ceremo10,000 Haitian refufor Mid South Wrestling. nies throughout gees -- slaves, slave The Junk Yard Dog was the year centered owners, free people my favorite (Of course. around New of color - entered Wasn’t he everybody’s the port of New Orleans culture, favorite?). But I also had nature, preservaOrleans, doubling a thing for the Missing Link and the Ugandan tion and commuthe population of Warrior. I used to go to nity. While not born the city and reafthe Chalmette Cultural in New Orleans, firming the presCenter on Valentine’s ence of Vodou in Glassman’s tireDay to watch the show. less work, and her our culture. Slaves Go figure... dedication to her were allowed to adopted home of congregate on more than 40 years have earned her Sundays in Congo Square for a place in the tapestry of this city. dances where the songs, rhythms and dance steps encoded Vodou Many people have a clichéd idea of meaning and knowledge. Vodou “voodoo.” In your words, describe left its footprints all over the City’s Vodou? Vodou is a religion, a culture: in the dance steps, beaded culture, and a way of experiencing suits and chants of Mardi Gras life. It was born out of the conflicted Indians, in graveyard displays, encounter between African root the rhythms of jazz, the lyrics and traditions, European Catholicism, call and response of the Blues, Native American practices and the cuisine, the symbols welded beliefs and Masonic mysticism into wrought iron burglar bars, and magic. It was carried on the the resiliency and creativity of backs of slaves to St Domingue the people that allowed us to and the Louisiana colony. At the rebuild after Katrina. Some people

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think New Orleans has a European feel. I think it dances to an AfroCaribbean beat. How did you become ordained in Vodou practice? I am a UkrainianAmerican Jewish vegan from nowhere, Maine, who went on a long journey to become a Vodou priestess. I was living in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1976 when my brother called to tell me he had been hired at Tulane. I thought Vodou and jazz would be interesting and got on a plane with my dog and my bird a month later. I had no idea that it was Spirit calling, but my second day in New Orleans I ran into a Vodou practitioner who started teaching me about the tradition. I was hooked. Later, I was talking with my friend, Tina Girouard, in her kitchen about the possibility of going to Haiti to witness a ceremony in the temple she was president of that year. The phone rang; it was a mutual friend in Haiti calling to say that I should go and initiate. Not knowing any better at the time, I said, “sure!” I met my initiators, Edgard Jean-Louis and Silva Joseph, and was whisked away into a six day reclusion from the world, punctuated by some pretty intense rituals. I felt stripped of everything I used to identify myself emotionally, spiritually, physically and psychologically. I had to take up my power in order to get through. Edgard and the whole experience changed my life. I continue to learn what it means to be a Manbo -- a priestess of Vodou -- every day and hope that will always be the case.   Will you lead the Anbla Dlo Water Festival and what does it celebrate? The Anba Dlo Water Festival is morphing. Water does that. This year, because the water crisis has become so pressing, we will forego the annual Music and Art Festival. This change will favor a more serious Sixth Annual Anba Dlo “Beneath the Water Symposium,” followed by a community dinner discussion with scientists and 32

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environmentalists to explore bold solutions to the existential water crisis that we face in New Orleans. The Symposium will take place on October 26 at the New Orleans Healing Center. Another important event is the Day of the Dead; how will you celebrate? The New Orleans Healing Center will partner with La Source Ancienne Ounfo (My Vodou Society) to host the First Annual Day of the Dead/Fed Gede Celebration and Ceremony on November 1. It has finally outgrown its original venue in Achade Meadows Peristil and will be expanded in the lobby of the New Orleans Healing Center. The festival will include a traditional All Souls/All Saints/Day of the Dead/ Rara parade, a market, altars by local artists, a Ceremony to honor the dead and the Gede spirits, a pot luck supper, a procession to feed the dead, prayers for the dead from different traditions, praise names of the dead, and the passing of flame in their honor. In honoring the dead, we embrace the meaning of our own lives and open space for the next generations. •

At a Glance Occupation: Manbo Asogwe (High Priestess of Vodou)/Owner of Island of Salvation Botanica/ Artist and Author/Co-founding Co-chairman of The New Orleans Healing Center Born: 12/14/54 in Maine. Education: I completed one entire semester at Columbia University! Went on to study fine art at The New Orleans Art Institute. Favorite Book: Just one??? I’m torn between War and Peace, Le Petit Prince and The Heart of Darkness. Favorite Movie: Apocalypse Now, Dr Zhivago, Peter Brooks’ Mahabharata. Just saw a terrific Tibetan Western, but I can’t remember the name of it. Favorite TV show: Deadwood. Favorite food: Artichokes. Favorite restaurant: Irene’s Cuisine.


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Cityscapes notable developments

Better outdoor spaces

New in New Orleans Real Estate Projects under way and proposed dot the landscape By Kathy Finn

ig real estate developments tend to attract a lot more attention than their smaller brethren, which is why a few big projects that are under way or proposed in downtown New Orleans have tended to dominate local business news. The much-watched proposal to remake the World Trade Center building into a Four Seasons hotel and luxury condominiums, for instance, appears finally headed for an actual launch, as prolonged litigation gets resolved. Once construction begins, the activity at the foot of Poydras and Canal streets will be hard to ignore. Meanwhile, the chic 15-story apartment building called The Standard, which is rising amid the Domain Companies’ sprawling

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array of downtown developments, is also turning heads. The various Domain projects, which include several residential buildings and a variety of retail offerings, have grabbed headlines as they helped to transform a large section of downtown. But along with these hefty developments, a host of smallerbut-significant projects have recently opened or are angling toward fruition. Here is a look at a few that are either newly opened or proposed for construction.

Low-cost digs for travelers on Canal An area long targeted by planners for upgrading will get a boost when a major developer of hostels opens a new inn next year.

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Hosteling International plans an extensive renovation of the building at 1028 Canal St. and a portion of the next-door structure at 1036 Canal to provide low-cost overnight accommodations for up to 150 people. The building will become New Orleans’ largest hostel, which is a type of shared accommodation popularized in Europe and embraced particularly by young, budget-sensitive travelers. The developer plans to make maximum used of common areas to promote the social and cross-cultural experience that appeals to hostel devotees.

Co-Living development in Warehouse District Another project that primarily targets a young, budget-minded

As the downtown area bustles with new residential activity, both locals and visitors are getting more choices of outdoor areas that make for interesting ramblings. The city has undertaken a $3 million renovation of a section of the riverfront that opened as a result of a property exchange by the Port of New Orleans. Meanwhile, ongoing development of the Lafitte Greenway will enable biking or walking through appealing green spaces along a stretch that runs from the French Quarter to City Park.

St. Roch Market stretches out A developer has partnered with the increasingly popular St. Roch Market to open a similar fresh food-oriented site on Magazine Street in the Warehouse District. The new Auction House Market, to be located in a building that will house apartments on the upper floor, will feature a variety of food vendors, and follows on the heels of the new Pythian Market, which recently opened not far away.


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demographic is one called Two Saints, proposed by developer Marcel Wisznia on St. Charles Avenue in the Warehouse District. The project would create 230 “co-living” spaces in a new building that would incorporate two existing structures and replace a parking lot. The concept – another first for New Orleans – would create clusters of four private bedrooms and baths within a suite in which residents would share kitchen, dining and living-room space. The project targets workers in the downtown hospitality industry who are having difficulty finding affordable apartments near their jobs.

New apartments at Howard and Baronne Making a dent in the rising demand for downtown living options, developer Christian Cancienne has launched a remake of the former Howard & Baronne Storage Center at 846 Baronne St. His $34 million project will add another floor to the four-story building and create 50 apartments, with retail shops on the ground floor.

French Quarter luxury Cancienne is also the developer behind a remake at 220 Decatur St. in the French Quarter, where he turned an aging, unused building into 16 luxury condominiums. He took advantage of historic rehabilitation tax credits to complete the $7 million project, and his condos went on the market in June.

NOPSI Hotel The revamp of the historic building that once housed the offices of New Orleans Public Service Inc. was a long time coming, but the new NOPSI Hotel finally opened in July and has taken its place among

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other classy re-uses of stately old buildings. Built in 1927 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the former electric utility headquarters now houses 217 guest rooms, including 76 suites, a rooftop pool and bar, and an upscale restaurant called Public Service. The developer, Building and Land Technology, bought the building in 2015 for $12 million and invested $33 million into the renovation

Warehouse apartments A $50 million residential project designed by Trapolin-Peer Architects and Woodward Design proposes to create nearly 200 apartments in place of an aging warehouse at 730 Julia St. The warehouse would be demolished but an old, two-story carriage house on the property would become part of the new building. The Industrial Development Board recently approved a paymentin-lieu of taxes arrangement for the project, which eases the developer’s tax responsibility during the early years of the project. The five-story building will house one- and two-bedroom apartments, 144 off-street parking spaces and ground-floor retail.

Green Hotel Central City could be the home of a new “green” hotel under a proposal by developer Gerard Bourgeois Jr. He and other investors would like to build a fourstory, 42-room hotel equipped with a host of energy-efficient, resource-conserving features. If the proposal passes muster with city planners and regulators, the $5 million project would rise on a site currently occupied by a vacant warehouse, just off St Charles Avenue along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. •


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Maintaining a nearly perfect graduation rate requires constant student monitoring. Medley tracks down truants and personally brings them back to school. In cases of missing Hispanic students, whose immigrant parents move frequently, she gathers new addresses from

We do what we have to do to succeed, I make a nuisance of myself. I am quite good at that.”

Alexina Medley Warren Easton Principal Earns an “A” By Dawn Ruth Wilson

illingness to be a nuisance isn’t a trait normally associated with leadership, but it works for Warren Easton Charter High School Principal Alexina Medley. During Medley’s 11-year stint as principal of the city’s oldest public high school, Warren Easton has achieved an “A” rating from the state, and its “on-time” graduation rate ranks among the city’s top performing public high schools. She’s the first and only principal Easton has had since a group of alumni won a charter to run it after Hurricane Katrina.

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“We’ve made one hire,” says Bill Hatchett, a Foundation Board of Directors member. “And she hired the rest.” In a recent letter to supporters, Arthur Hardy, president of the Friends of Warren Easton Foundation, also praised Medley for the school’s seventh consecutive year of graduating 100 percent of its senior class, a measurement that does not include pre-senior year delays or dropouts. “We do what we have to do to succeed,” Medley says. “I make a nuisance of myself. I am quite good at that.”

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school chums. For the most difficult situations, a police escort is sometimes necessary, she says, as well as trips to court. In one case, sources told her that a missing male student had shacked up with an older woman in a house just behind the school’s sprawling, red-bricked campus on Canal Street. With a few coaches along for support, she pounded on the door and ordered the boy back to school. Once dressed, he complied and eventually graduated, Medley says. A picture of the young man resides in the school office along with scores of other smiling graduates. Such recoveries were common in the first few years, she says, but once word got around that the “crazy” principal would show up at the house, the number of such visits dwindled. All the drama has paid off. She

has danced with former President George W. Bush in the school’s court yard; collected generous donations for scholarships and the restoration of the ornate auditorium; and the Lady Eagles basketball team won a 2015 state championship, the first girls team from a New Orleans public school to do so. Best of all, of course, are the outstanding graduation rates and test scores that have made Easton the “most popular” among New Orleans public school applicants. NOLA.com reported recently that 2,500 students have applied for the school’s 250 open seats. The six-day-a-week taskmaster part of Medley’s makeup is mostly hidden beneath a soft-spoken demeanor. But in the halls, when encountering a stranger or unaccompanied child, an ever-so-slight edge sneaks into her voice, revealing the protective toughness that has led to Warren Easton’s success. Running a school of a thousand teenagers wasn’t her original goal in life. When she left her native Bahamas to attend school at Xavier University, she planned to study pharmacy. After a few months as an apprentice in a hospital, however, she decided to shift to education. So far, she’s spent 39 years steering children toward their futures. “I’m a public servant at heart,” she says, “That’s why I’m not a pharmacist.” •

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tips Preventing the Flu*

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Why should you get vaccinated? Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school. Increasing the number of people who get vaccinated each year helps to protect more people. 2

When and how often should I get vaccinated? Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. Vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or later. 3

Forecasting the Flu Influenza – a Category 5 killer virus By Brobson Lutz, M.D.

niffling noses and hacking coughs are respiratory distress sounds more common as fall turns to winter. On the sickness scale, common colds, bronchitis and sinusitis are the least serious respiratory woes. Various pneumonias strike like summer thunderstorms with the occasional wallop of a tornado. The granddaddy of all the respiratory infections is influenza, potentially deadlier than a Category 5 hurricane. Parallels with hurricanes and influenza are common. Meteorologists predict the number of named storms and the likelihood for direct hits on our coast beginning each spring. Usually the predictions are ominous. True to form, University of Colorado hurricane experts predict above average activity for the 2017 season. If we take a hit, the experts take a bow. If we escape seasonal hurricanes, those wrong predictions are easily forgotten. Just like the hurricane centers, influenza experts predict the worse, emphasize preparation, revise predictions as fall marches into winter, and hope that serially

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inflated concerns do not lull the public into complacency. Influenza and hurricane comparisons date back to 1918 when “evil bearing microorganisms” invaded New Orleans with “whirlwind onset, cyclonic progress, and hurricanic destruction” during the Spanish influenza pandemic that swept the globe. In New Orleans, the death toll quadrupled during the three peak months beginning in October 1918. Extrapolated to today’s population, the count for lost lives would be the equivalent of 9,000 deaths just in Orleans Parish today. The Asian flu pandemic beginning in 1957 was our second most serious outbreak in the past 100 years. During this pandemic, Tulane was the south’s epicenter for respiratory virus research. “The medicine wards at Charity were overflowing. Pregnant women, who then were never vaccinated, had especially severe disease. Some died,” said Dr. William Mogabgab, a now deceased physician and virologist describing the 1957 epidemic.

What should I do to protect myself from flu this season? In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others. 4

Can I get vaccinated and still get the flu? Yes. You may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period that it takes the body to gain protection, or you may be exposed to a flu virus that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccine. Flu vaccination is not a perfect tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection. 5

What should I do if I get sick with the flu? Treatment with antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness. Antiviral drugs are effective across all age and risk groups.

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Dr. George Pankey, a trailblazing infectious disease specialist at Ochsner, was an intern at the University of Minnesota during the 1957 epidemic. More than half of the patients in the heart unit died. Mogabgab lobbied the U.S. Surgeon General in 1957 to establish a national commission to standardise and improve

...there is no such thing as a year in New Orleans without influenza.”

vaccine efficacy. Since 1957, we have weathered lesser Hong Kong, Russian, and H1N1/09 outbreaks in part due to improved and better vaccines. But thanks to air travel, newer outbreaks move faster than in the old days when the virus depended on just migratory birds and ships for international travel. Today a successor to the commision first proposed by Dr. Mogabgab decides what influenza strains to include in each year’s vaccine to cover the constantly evolving and mutating strains. This year the basic trivalent vaccine targets flu strains first isolated in Michigan, Hong Kong and Australia. As September turns into October, various influenza predictions increase in the print and airwaves especially during slow news weeks. Will this be a bad year for influenza? What’s in the vaccine this year? Who needs the flu shot? National and local physicians usually weigh in. There is one major difference between predicting hurricanes and influenza. Years can pass without a hurricane making landfall near our piece of semitropical paradise, but there is no such thing as a year in New Orleans without influenza. Influenza, not hurricanes, remains our most dangerous recurrent seasonal hazard. The Louisiana Department of Health issues weekly updates on influenza-like illnesses with an eye towards early detection 42

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of any changes in viral strains or upticks in cases. Our influenza season trails our hurricane season and can even conflict with Mardi Gras. But influenza is much less predictable than Mardi Gras. Usually influenza diagnoses gradually increase before peaking in later winter months.For southern Louisiana, January and February are classic peak periods, but influenza watchers always expect the unexpected. For example, early October spikes occurred in 2009 and 2011. Unlike minor respiratory infections, influenza is a systemic disease. It hits with the impact of a freight train and respiratory symptoms often take a second seat to disabling fever, chills, and body aches and pains. Children less than 5 years old, pregnant women, and senior citizens are at high risk for serious complications including secondary bacterial infections and even post-viral depression months later. Folks with underlying heart, lung, and immune system disorders are most vulnerable to deadly exacerbations of their underlying chronic illnesses. Influenza is highly contagious. Hospitalized patients are especially vulnerable, and outbreaks caused by unvaccinated healthcare employees are well documented. All local hospitals encourage employee immunization; at least one local hospital mandates immunization. Employees who refuse immunization, are mandated to wear masks for all patient contacts during outbreaks. When prevention fails, rest, fluid and prayer are all in order. The prescription drug Tamiflu sometimes lessens symptoms. But, in a move hailed as a victory for evidence based medicine, the World Health Organization recently demoted Tamiflu to its non-essential category of drugs after non-drug company testing showed promised benefits were less than originally hyped. The bottom line – a flu shot is good disease insurance and it is that time again. •


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Keeping it in the Family Home for the generations by Carolyn Kolb

ell, my grandfather bought the house in 1932, once the streetcar line was gone.” Elizabeth Woods and her husband and children live in the same house where her father, Walter Suthon, grew up, on a quiet block of Hurst Street. And, yes, the streetcar – in this case the old Prytania carline – ran down the middle of the street until 1932. The Prytania line, first opened in 1864, started on Canal Street, went up Camp to Prytania, turned right on Upperline St., then left on Pitt Street, up to Joseph St., where it turned right, and then left onto Hurst. By 1883, the line extended all the way up Hurst to Exposition Boulevard. The Suthon’s new home had been built as a rental property; it was a twin to its next door neighbor -- with another twin nearby on Webster Street. The two-story house, which once

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had a deep front gallery on the second floor that is now enclosed, stayed in the family after its 1932 purchase. “My Dad bought it in 1962. It’s the only house I knew, and the only house my Dad knew,” Woods admitted. Woods and her family are still in the planning stages of renovation: “making the dining room part of the kitchen and the den, opening things up.” One constant in the house: two cast iron doorstops used inside “one is a wagon and one is a ship: they are original to the house,” Woods noted. Kermit Maronge’s grandfather bought his home, a camelback single, on Olivier St. in Algiers Point “around 1900.” There were three generations there when Maronge was a child. “A good bit of this area looks the same as it did when I was a kid,” he noted. “You walked everywhere. There were a lot of little groceries.”

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“I think the Historic District down Canal Street in a car.” She Landmarks Commission is good went to high school at Ursuline for things,” Maronge said. “They Academy. “We took the Carrollton keep things looking the same.” bus to get to Claiborne and then Since a neighbor found the the streetcar to Nashville.” site of a privy in his backyard, Although it now has central Maronge suspects his house had air and heat, the house was origione. Some things did change: nally heated by oil. ”We had a the fireplaces now work, the big tank in the back yard.” For outside color went from cooling in summer, “my gray to cream; the father put a big fan “The Prytania fence once wooden, in the dining room carline, opened 1864, connected Hurst became chain link, window and blew Street with Audubon and now will be it out – we opened Park from 1883 (anticiwrought iron. our windows to get pating 1884’s Cotton Exposition there) Mary Main, outside air.” to 1932.” Another Harding at 90, lives in the house her father built Street resident, Gasper in 1941, on two lots on Schiro recalled that when Harding Drive, just off Bayou they moved into their home (across St. John. “My mother wanted a from Main’s) decades ago, “we garden, a fireplace, and a screened were the only people who had a porch: it’s on the front.” In World house note: everybody had lived War II “my Dad was an air raid here so long!” warden,” Main recalled. When Keeping the house in the family the War ended “we rode up and is not unusual in New Orleans. •


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If Elected Trying to Choose A Mayor By Chris Rose

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isn’t it? Think about it: Is there ever a time when our neutral grounds are not littered with campaign signs? It seems never ending. Somebody is always running for something. And then they run for a run-off. Then they lose that office and then run for another one a few months later. For what is largely considered the most obese city in America, at least our politicians must be in good shape, what with all that running. Don’t get me wrong: This is the greatest country in the world, and New Orleans is my favorite city by far, but sometimes I wonder if voting with the serial intensity we devote towards electioneering here is almost too high a price to pay for democracy.

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And we always do it on Saturdays. If your day is going to be ruined by waiting in long lines of the largely morose electorate, and practically gagging when you press buttons for the least offensive candidate in a race, can’t we do that on Tuesdays like everybody else? This year’s mayoral primary is October 14. A Saturday. The run-off is November 18. A Saturday. Two perfectly good days I could be sleeping in, throwing my 9-iron into a pond because of another lousy chip shot or simply curled up with a good book or a good woman – not necessarily in that order. And then there’s this about the 2017 Mayoral Race, up and off to the races. It’s another circus show. Another Big Tent spectacle. Another clown car. There are 18 candidates vying to

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lead our city back to a safe, welleducated, economically robust and corruption-free community. Although when that last was, was before my time here. And there is no White Knight riding in to save us. Again. No Rock and Roll garbage man, Sydney Torres IV. No Brad Pitt, urged to run in 2010, but declined, despite creating a bonanza year for local T-shirt manufacturers. No James Arey, a local classical music radio host and five-time champion on Jeopardy who was able to finance his 2006 campaign with his $50,000 in winnings (plus a brand new Chevy Tahoe!). And no Rodney Fertel, whose sole campaign pledge in the 1969 mayor’s race was to procure a gorilla for the Audubon Zoo. (Ever the gentleman, upon losing the election by a wide margin, he followed through on his promise anyway, and did indeed gift the zoo with its first gorilla. Now that is a public servant of his word!) So we have 18 candidates to ponder, parse, peruse and prefer this time around. It’s not a city record, in case you’re wondering. That was in 2006, when 21 contenders signed up to run against the incumbent – a guy you might remember, named Ray Nagin. Running then, as now, is erstwhile actor, butcher and furniture salesman Manny Chevrolet. His perennial campaign slogan is: A Desperate Man for Desperate Times. And ain’t that the truth. We also have Frank Scurlock, who made his fortune off renting out those bouncy houses you see at kids’ birthday parties. There’s Edwards Collins, Sr., who listed

his residence on his mayoral qualifying papers as being in Chalmette. Hmm. And then there are always the usual suspects of city councilmen and women, judges, and generally a high-rolling businessman or two, and there often seems to be a funeral home owner thrown in the mix; some sort of cosmic analogy, I guess. And the clown car fills. In it this year, there are 11 Democrats, 3 Independents and 4 listed as “No Affiliation.” There are no Republicans registered for the race. Go figure. New Orleans holds what is called a “Jungle Primary.” (Not my phrase, folks; that’s what it’s really called.) It means the top two vote-getters, no matter which party or non-affiliation – unless one of them receives more than 50 percent of the vote – advance to the November run-off. Which is a swift change from the old days. The run-off used to be held after the New Year. But the state legislature, in its infinite wisdom moved the date forward with the intention of increasing voter participation. Why, you may ask? Well, the same answer to every existential question in New Orleans: Mardi Gras. And sometimes the Super Bowl. Me, I’m all for it. Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus has shut down; let’s close our circus as early as possible. Let’s clean up those neutral grounds. Let’s get all those ads off TV. Let’s just get a new mayor, dammit. So we can have a city that is safe, well-educated, economically robust and corruption-free. Again. •

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Highbrow Eyebrows Or, how to look pretty By Modine Gunch

his is the Year of the Eyebrow. I know this courtesy of my teenage daughter Gladiola. The girl is obsessed with her own eyebrows. If it was her boobs, that would be normal; I wouldn’t worry. But eyebrows? We live in a strange new world. When I was her age, I had no boobs, which bothered me a lot. I also had eyebrows like a schnauzer, which didn’t bother me at all. I shaved them off and drew them back on like McDonald’s arches, and that was that. But now the Eyebrow Pendulum has swung the other way. It is all about the “feathered” look. So Gladiola, whose eyebrows are perfect, needs $30 for special eyebrow enhancement gel that got tiny bits of actual fake hair in it, plus a fancy brush to smear it on with. It gets worse. I meet my motherin-law, Ms. Larda, for coffee and she says, “Notice anything new? I say, “Haircut?” No. “Lost weight?” No. “New stretch pants?”

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No. She waggles her eyebrows. “Got my eyebrows enhanced.” I hack up some beignet, but she don’t notice. “After the cataract surgery, I could see in the mirror again, and what I seen was my eyebrows weren’t there no more. Now, I am about to be sworn in as president of the altar society, as you know. I want to look good. So I went to the beauty shop and told your friend Awlette, and she said my eyebrows have faded to the same color as my skin. So she did a enhancement. See?” She waggles them again. “Deep Charcoal.” Then she squints at me. “Maybe you want to have a little work done yourself? This is the Year of the Eyebrow, Modine.” Hmph. I go home and look in the mirror. Then I phone Awlette. I want a price on eyebrow enhancements for me and Gladiola. Now, Awlette and me have been friends our whole lives. “I’ll let you in on a little secret, Modine. You can make that stuff yourself,” she says.

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That Sunday, when the shop is closed, me and Gladiola go over there and Awlette shows us how to do this. She crushes up some old eye shadow — Sultry Brown for me, Ebony Black for Gladiola — and mixes it into Vaseline. Then she clips off some tiny pieces of our hair and adds it in. She puts it on with a regular mascara brush. She says this is long-lasting eye shadow, so these eyebrows will last at least three days, even if we wash our faces. And since she is my friend, she also mixes me up something to bleach the hair on my upper lip. Crushed potato, honey, lemon juice and a touch of hydrogen peroxide. Put it on before my bath, wrench it off when I get out. We spoon each mixture into a little jar and bring them home, ready for beauty. We are beautiful for a whole week. The next Sunday, I wake up late. The power is out. I am supposed to be taking pictures of Ms. Larda’s altar society swearing-in. I say some bad words about Entergy;

jump in and out the bathtub; throw on my clothes; slap on make-up by light of my cell phone, and tear over to church. The ceremony has started already, so I tiptoe in and start taking pictures. Ms. Larda is acting strange. Every time she looks at the camera, she gets this astounded expression, and her enhanced eyebrows shoot right up to her hairline. Afterward, when I go to congratulate her, the other ladies look at me funny. “You must be from the French Quarter, honey,” one lady says. Ms. Larda don’t even invite me to breakfast. I wonder what got into her. Until I walk in my front door and Gladiola says, “OH. MY. GAWD.” Here’s a tip: never put your eyebrow enhancer and your mustache bleach in identical jars on the bathroom counter. Because in Ms.Larda’s moment of glory, I showed up with a enhanced mustache and no eyebrows. Maybe next year will be the Year of the Upper Lip. I could say I was ahead of my time. •


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LOCAL COLOR . JOIE D’EVE

don’t feel old most days. This is not because I am still young and hip. This is because I have never been young and hip and thus I don’t really feel youth slipping through my fingers. Yes, I’d rather spend my Friday night at home in pajamas baking bread than going dancing at a club. But that was also true when I was 22. When I was 16, my perfect date was coffee at Barnes & Noble and a typical weekend for my friends and me involved playing Trivial Pursuit at Shoney’s. I was the designated driver at my own 21st birthday party. So most days, I don’t feel any kind of age. I just feel like normal, nerdy, introverted Eve, happy to explain obscure grammar rules to you, spout off trivia from my vast knowledge of young adult fiction, send you links about the science of baking, discuss the modi operandi of various serial killers, or offer my pros and cons for all of New Orleans’ libraries. But then I read something about how it’s the 20th anniversary of K&B’s closing (it can’t possibly be that long ago – I remember it so clearly; I was so emotional about it!) or how a child I babysat is turning 25 (which seems weird because I am sometimes not entirely sure that I’m not still 25). Or I put a face to a name with some pop singer (Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande), and they look like toddlers to me. How can these children be singing about sex and heartbreak and love and booze and drugs? Or I try to figure out Snapchat. Or my new intern calls me “ma’am” and tells me he was born the year I started high school. It’s a subtle shift in many ways

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eye” – that’s a thing, right? – at age 87, that’s fantastic! If you want to wear glitter eye shadow at 55, please go ahead! I have just been anti-makeup for me for my entire life, so, yeah, I completely support your revelation that it’s a pain in the ass.) The other way I can feel myself aging is the way younger people look at me. Although I still sometimes look in the mirror and have trouble wrapping my brain around the fact that I am someone’s mom – two someone’s, in fact – I know I definitely come off as very “momish” now to teenagers. And it’s funny because I walked through a cluster of young teens the other day on my way into the office – me in sensible loose-fitting khakis; a blue knit top; hair in a ponytail; carrying a briefcase, my purse, and a Doc McStuffins lunchbox and the teens with ear gauges, nose rings, brightly dyed hair, and weird spiky hairstyles. I certainly wasn’t It’s easier if you’ve never been cool shocked. If I thought anything By Eve Crawford Peyton about it at all, it was just about the nature of fads and how they come and go. But I caught one kid giving me a challenging for me – I never learned how to day ‘putting my face on,’ and now look, like he was daring me to do dramatic things with eyeliner; I just don’t care at all.” be scandalized, and it made me I’ve never owned leather pants; “Yeah, it’s great!” I said. And it smile because it just seemed so cute … but also so weird that I’ve never shotgunned a beer or is great. I like it so much, actually, I’m now in a demographic that drunk MD 20/20. So it’s no loss that I have never given a shit comes across as easily that I’m now officially “too old” about makeup and I by mainstream standards to do don’t even know what shockable. any of them. I would do with 30 Excerpted from Eve But if the bad news Crawford Peyton’s But the truth is – and I don’t minutes allotted to is that I’ve outwardly blog, Joie d’Eve, somehow switched mean this to sound smug, even apply it. My underwhich appears though it sort of does – I’ve never standing of makeup demographics, the each Friday on really cared that much about begins and ends with MyNewOrleans.com good news is that I mainstream standards anyway. really don’t care. mascara and lipstick, “It’s kind of liberating to not and I only wear those on special You can have your nose ring; give a shit about wearing makeup occasions. (Again, this is not just leave me alone with my anymore,” a friend just a few years meant to sound smug. I am not family, my books, and my coffee, older than me said last week. “I anti-makeup for anyone at any and we’ll all live happily ever after. • used to spend 30 minutes every age. If you like doing a “smoky

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calendar must-see music

September 5 The Oh Sees bring their garage sound to One Eyed Jacks.

September 13 The outstanding Japanese Breakfast will head into the Hi-Ho Lounge.

September 13 The experimental doom metalists The Melvins will roll into One Eyed Jacks.

September 14

The Emotional Heart Sylvan Esso Returns By Mike Griffith

Beck will open for U2 at the Dome. The Irish rockers are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Joshua Tree record on this tour.

September 24 his month begins with the return of I think the version it ended up as is the truest pop maestros Sylvan Esso to both the version of the song…I think we just followed national stage, with their new record What a thread of what that song wanted to be,” he Now?, and the local scene, with a September said. This approach allows them to address 1 concert. Last time the pair passed through the emotional heart of their work while still town they sold out Tipitina’s; this time they developing the craft of sound. have booked into The Civic. This is a band I Meath spoke to this while discussing the have followed closely since the release of their ideas behind “Just Dancing.” “That song eponymous debut record in 2014. Together, the was the last song we finished for the record duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn and we really, really fought for it,” have made a habit of producing timely she said. “It was one of those songs Playlist of pop with absolutely killer hooks. I that I had been working on for eight mentioned caught up with them just before they months trying to figure out how to bands available hit the road for their summer tour write a song…about how there’s a at: http://bit.ly/ to talk about their creative process wonderful joy to new love or a new InTune9-17 and ways these new songs emerged. relationship where you can see the One of the things that shows in Sylvan Esso’s exact person you want to be reflected in the approach to songwriting is the organic nature person you’re trying to charm’s eyes. You’ve of their compositions. This technique really given them various cues, enough cues to let shines on the new record. I asked Sanborn them kind of know who you are.” to walk me through the composition of “Die This is a great explication not just of their process, but of Sylvan Esso’s progression as a Young.” “With [this tack]…I think that’s the version band. They have moved into a more intimate of that song that it ultimately wanted to be. I phase of their public image, and we are getting think when you [Meath] first wrote that song, to know their true sound better and better. •

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Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ will play at The Orpheum as TajMo, with Black Pacific.

September 26 Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade will take the stage at the UNO Arena. Arcade Fire will be on the debut tour for their new record and Wolf Parade are back from hiatus with a new album as well.

September 27 Synth-pop maven Zola Jesus will perform at Siberia. Nicole Hummel has an excellent new album out this month so expect an intimate night of new tunes. This is a wonderful opportunity to see one of the great contemporary performers up close. Dates are subject to change; email Mike@MyNewOrleans.com or contact him through Twitter @Minima. Shervin Lainez photo


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An Organized Panic by Patty Friedmann Sibling rivalry takes on new meaning in Patty Friedmann’s dark comedy An Organized Panic. Add in religion, a holiday feast, and an untimely death, and the recipe for family disaster is complete. Friedmann’s unique, touching and hilarious voice takes readers on a wild ride. New Orleanians will certainly recognize and appreciate all of the local details and shout-outs, from the classic “I bet I can tell you where you got them shoes” bit to Katrina, Lake Lawn and Five Happiness.

Day Drinking, 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz by Kat Odell In a city like New Orleans, where unusual and exotic ingredients like the phrase “it’s not the heat, it’s the Lillet, Calvados, yuzu and Aquavit. humidity” takes on new meaning, Helpful sidebars will make hosting refreshment is essential. For many, duties easier, with demos on simple refreshment takes the form of a syrup making, unusual serving cocktail, and may be enjoyed any vessels and the ever-important ice time of day. Perfect for fall festival cube. For designated drivers or those season, Day Drinking is who can’t or don’t drink a cocktail cookbook for alcohol, a dedicated menu those that enjoy easyof mocktails that tease By Ashley McLellan, drinking, sophisticated the tastebuds is included Please send adult beverages, but don’t as well. submissions for consideration, want to get hammered Fun, bright photography attention: Ashley before the sun goes down. and easy to follow recipes McLellan, 110 Author Kat Odell combines will have you mixing up Veterans Memorial low-alcohol beverages and a big batch of punch or Blvd., Suite 123, liquors, such as beer, wine, Metairie, LA 70005 pitcher of “Spiked Ice Tea” sake, sherry, vermouth in no time. and more, along with fresh fruit juices, Be sure to check out the “U.S.S. simple syrups and herbs for unique Wondrich” from local drink expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, owner of combinations to wet your whistle. Odell provides a primer on the NOLA tiki bar Latitude 29, and his ins and outs of some of the more definition of “intermission drinks.”

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The Cemeteries of New Orleans, A Cultural History by Peter B. Dedek Author Peter Dedak takes a thorough, scholarly look at the history of New Orleans’ unique cemeteries in the aptly named The Cemeteries of New Orleans. From the city’s humble burial fields to the elaborately designed cities of the dead, Dedek’s research provides an in-depth look at cemetery architecture, culture and tradition. He also provides a close examination of proper restoration and appreciation of tombs across the area. An excellent primer on some of our city’s most important cultural treasures.

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A Record of Time Al Jackson’s new Tremé jazz museum By Jason Berry

wo months after Hurricane Katrina, when most of the city lacked electricity, the first museum to reopen was Backstreet in Tremé, across from St. Augustine church. Sylvester Francis founded the cultural showcase to Mardi Gras Indians and jazz funerals in a small building that was called Blandin Funeral Home in an earlier incarnation. Francis, who videotaped parades, gathered Indian suits and funeral memorabilia, lost his home in the Lower Nine. He made his way back from exile in Texas and reopened Backstreet, living in the kitchen as he made repairs. Backstreet now has a neighbor in the grassroots world of cultural expositions: Tremé’s Petit Jazz Museum at 1500 Governor Nicholls St. This is the brainchild of Al Jackson, for many years a subcontractor on general construction for the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Jackson grew up in the neighborhood, grooving to the music. In the 1990s Jackson and a group of investors, including Palm Court owner Nina Buck, purchased a building at 1480 N. Claiborne that was once the Off-Beat Lounge. “The Musicians’ Union 496 had a hall on the upper floor,” says Jackson. The plan was for a jazz museum. The project was developing when the building collapsed. He got the call from one of his partners, made a beeline for the site and looked on with a sinking sense of loss. As people gathered, rhythm-and-blues singer Ernie K-Doe sidled up, saying, “I’m so sad, little brother. Can I offer you a beer?” Jackson began gathering boxes and files lathered in the dust, getting them into plastic bags. He drove home. The first thing he pulled out of a bag was a 1954 contract for Louis Armstrong, a

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job in Biloxi that paid $1,000. “I “Jazz didn’t drop out of the thought, Oh my God, what else skies,” he says, warming to his topic. “I take people back to Africa is in here?” A lot, it turned out: contracts for and the djimbi drum, how the Little Richard playing at the Dew music moved into the Caribbean, Drop, Ray Charles for a gig at the blended with French music in St. San Jacinto (a club later demolDomingue and came here. I tell ished to clear land for present-day the story of the evolution of music Armstrong Park), raw materials of in the African diaspora and how history. “And then the Holy it shaped the music of New Grail,” says Jackson. “A Orleans.” Al Jackson, decent ledger from 1941 Tremé’s Petit Jazz historian, Treme through 1952 of every Museum features live resident, and musician who played in music on weekend curator. New Orleans and signed nights and Sunday afterin with the local union – noon. Jackson, meanwhile, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, is working on a biography of Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Jordan Noble, a slave boy who Sister Rosetta Tharp. I couldn’t played drums at age eleven at the believe my eyes.” Battle of New Orleans in 1815. It took Jackson years to realize “Andrew Jackson pulled him his dream. Tremé Petit Jazz out of slavery in 1835; he fought Museum has paintings, photoagainst the Seminoles in Florida. graphs and new materials added In 1840 Jordan Noble fought in as Jackson casts his archival net. the Mexican-American War. Here’s He gives a lecture to his visitors. a guy who deserves a statue.” •

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Grand Finale Susan and Ronnie Mizell’s crowning achievement By Lee Cutrone

n the Lower Garden District sits an elegant grand dame of 19th century architecture. This antebellum townhouse style home, which the owners have traced back to 1857, but think may have existed earlier, is believed to have been part of the Livaudais plantation. Today, it is owned by Susan Mizell and her husband, Ronnie, who have lovingly restored it. “I think a house is a living thing,” says Susan, for whom the inspirational legacy of such a home includes not only the people who lived there, but the many workers and crafts people

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whose hands constructed it and ran it on a daily basis. “When I walked in and saw all the brick in this house was handmade, I thought about all those people who needed to be honored.” Ronnie had a similar revelation when he saw the worn corners of the wooden stairs leading to what was originally the second floor servants’ wing. “You have to appreciate how many feet went in and out of there,” he says. “A lot of lives have been here.” The Mizells began renovating properties in the late 1990s. Susan, a realtor and design enthusiast, and Ronnie, a hands-on restora-

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tionist, share a love of returning rundown historic structures to their former glory. Over the years, they’ve renewed both residential and commercial properties in the Lower Garden District and Irish Channel, where Ronnie’s mother was born and raised. In 2015, the Mizells were settled in a house they’d renovated as their family home in Old Metairie. But as empty-nesters, they found that a new adventure trumped the comfort of the familiar. The blighted condition of the Race Street house was a challenge that the couple couldn’t resist. “When I think about this house,

Above: The Mizells wanted a kitchen with a contemporary European feel; the design includes custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, honed marble countertops, and Thomas O’Brien pendant light fixtures from Circa Lighting; the service area behind the kitchen (with original brick hearth) is now a sitting area; the pocket doors are reclaimed cypress, and were purchased from Strip Ease and then dipped.

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Portrait by Greg Miles


Left: The living space, like the rest of the house, showcases old and new; the plaster medallion is original and the antique chandelier from Paris was purchased from Antiques de Provence on Royal Street; the two midcentury modern sofas opposite each other were inherited from Ronnie’s family. Top, right: Susan and Ronnie Mizell in the French Quarter style courtyard of their Lower Garden District Home; blue slate courtyard design, pool and landscaping by Kim Alvarez and Allan Basik. Bottom: The 19th century masonry double-galleried townhouse features lacy wrought iron columns and railings with bougainvillea; the front door is highlighted with a massive doorframe of carved cypress.


Upper left: the master bath includes an open curb-less shower, counters of aqua quartzite, honed limestone floors and a slipper tub with rooftop views; antique chandelier, from Shades of Light. Right: The elegant curved staircase is original to the house; chandelier, La Belle Nouvelle Antiques. Facing page: A peek through the original roof hatch was enough to convince Ronnie that he wanted a roof deck overlooking downtown and the Mississippi River; architects Richard Albert and Leslie Raymond of Albert Architecture executed his vision.


it sort of seems like the culmination of our lives together, the grand finale, the crowning glory,” says Susan. “This house has too much heart and soul in it to move on.” When the couple first viewed the home, it was in a state of severe disrepair and neglect. There were holes in the walls, ceilings and floors, the original handmade ceiling medallions and crown moldings were broken and the layout had been carved into apartments. Yet, there were cypress joists under the floors, which meant that the home was of high quality. The original curved staircase was intact, and front and rear porches, wide plank wood floors, pocket doors, brick cooking hearth and service quarters in

the rear of the home were still preserved. The Mizells looked past the deterioration and saw a historically significant, single family home where they could enjoy an urban lifestyle and still welcome family with plenty of room (the couple have three grown children – all married - and ten grandchildren). Working with Richard Albert and Leslie Raymond of Albert Architecture, they kept as much of the home’s original elements as possible but also requested a modern, European-inspired kitchen, a full master suite with his and hers closets, a second floor laundry, guest bathrooms, spaces for overnight guests, an elevator and a roof deck.

To emphasize the history of the house, they used reclaimed and repurposed materials and exposed parts of the architecture. All of the materials that were pulled out of the house during the renovation were reincorporated in some way. A floor joist is reused on the third floor as a support beam under the rafters, for example. Features, such as brick walls and peeled layers of paint, were revealed to tell of the house’s 160-year past. To maintain the integrity of the interior architecture, owners and architects took painstaking care with the addition of a new HVAC system. The equipment was housed under the stairs and the ductwork placed under the house. The Mizells’ involvement with

the project is evident throughout. Ronnie made several discoveries during the renovation process that are indicative of the home’s affluent beginnings — a network of wires used to ring for servants, and lead pipe that conducted running water, a very rare amenity for a residence in the1850s. He also re-glazed every one of the original windows by hand. Today, the house stands as a testament to the contributions the Mizells have made over three decades to the cause of preservation in and around the Lower Garden District. “It is a joy to see the revitalization of the neighborhood” says Susan. “It is a privilege, and very gratifying to be a part of something so important.” •

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Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Oct. 13-15 CrescentCityBluesFest.com Admission: Free and open to the public. Location: Lafayette Square Park. Best Bet: The Como Mamas are three lifelong gospel singers from the small town of Como, Mississippi. They combine forceful harmonies and hard-earned soul for a mesmerizing performance. Lagniappe: The festival is not just about music and BBQ. There is also a wonderful arts market with handcrafted artworks and home furnishings. Each year, the vendors are carefully curated to showcase the finest quality.


New Orleans Burlesque Festival Sept. 14-17 NewOrleansBurlesqueFest.com Admission: Tickets range from $20-50. Location: Different venues around the French Quarter/ downtown. Best Bet: The Queen of Burlesque competition is a highly coveted title in the world of burlesque, as dancers from London, Montreal, Dallas, and other locales from around the globe dance to the accompaniment of a live jazz band. Celebrity judges pick the winner. Lagniappe: At the Queen of Burlesque competition, be sure to get an autographed photo from burlesque legend Rita Alexander, the Champagne Girl.

Oct. 7 MagazineStreet.com Admission: Free and open to the public. Location: Various galleries on Magazine Street and in the Warehouse District.Best Bet: Many Louisianians are watching college football on Saturday nights in the fall, so the crowds are a lot thinner here than at White Linen Night. The weather’s usually a little cooler, too, so take your time and enjoy a leisurely stroll to and through the Crescent City’s many fine art galleries. Lagniappe: The Contemporary Arts Center always includes musical performances along with its art exhibits. Note: While most of Art for Art’s Sake is free, admission to the CAC party is $10 for non-CAC members.

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Must-have items Back up phone charger, just in case Band-Aids baby wipes, which can double as a cleaning cloth or come in handy if the portable potty is out of T.P. and hand sanitizer A bandana or cloth to wet and tie around your neck when you get hot Sunscreen Parasol or umbrella Water or water bottle

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Dec. 6-10 WordsAndMusic.org Admission: Prices are not finalized for 2017, but last year’s prices were $5 for individual discussions, $150 for an all-day pass, $200 for an all-discussion pass, and $800 for an all-events pass (the event includes discussions, meals, parties, and manuscript critiques). Special deals are available for students and teachers. Best Bet: Literature and Lunch is an event where attendees get to eat, drink a glass of wine and mingle with famous authors ($55 in advance). One is the noted religious scholar, bestselling non-fiction author, and television commentator Reza Aslan. Aslan’s new book God will be released concurrently with the festival. Another is the famous biographer Walter Isaacson (he’s written about Steve Jobs and Einstein), whose new book Leonardo da Vinci will be released in the fall. Lagniappe: Every year, the Faulkner Society creates a theme for the literary festival’s sessions. This year’s will be “War & Collateral Damage in Literature and Life.”

Fallon Young Executive Director of the New Orleans Film Society What’s new at the film fest this year? This year’s festival includes several initiatives focused on increasing opportunities for filmmakers - we are providing funding to Create Louisiana to offer a grant for a documentary filmmaker in Louisiana; Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/THEN initiative will award a $20,000 cash prize to a documentary filmmaker participating in our Pitch Perfect competition; Emerging Voices, our mentorship for Louisiana filmmakers of color, kicks off during the festival, and we will facilitate over 300 meetings with filmmakers and industry professionals during opening weekend. Is there any advance intel you can give us on what will be playing? Our programming team and small army of volunteer screeners are still reviewing an all-time record number of submissions prior to the September unveiling of the festival line-up…Audiences must stay tuned. What are you most excited about for this year’s fest? We see our greatest impact in the exchange of ideas that occurs when an anticipated 25,000 people gather over the course of nine days to champion film in New Orleans…With the finalizing and stabilizing of the film industry tax incentive statewide, we are expecting a big upturn in productions in Louisiana in the coming months there will certainly be a celebratory air at the festival following this positive news for the local film industry.


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Aug. 30-Sept. 4 SouthernDecadence.net Admission: Some events are free, but others have a fee. $70 for a weekend pass, $110 for a VIP weekend pass. Best Bet: Check out the Bourbon Street Extravaganza on Saturday afternoon and early evening. It’s a free outdoor concert at the corner of Bourbon St. and St. Ann St. Lagniappe: This year’s theme is “electrified.” Attendees are encouraged to wear all neon colors.

Oktoberfest Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 OktoberFestNOLA.com Admission: $8 for adults, children 12 and under free. Location: Deutsches Haus’ new location at 1700 Moss St. in Faubourg St. John. Best Bet: Eat! If you ever wanted to partake in authentic German food but can’t afford a plane ticket to Munich, now is your chance to gorge yourself on brats, schnitzel, sauerkraut, a wide variety of German cheeses and desserts, as well as the enormous Bavarian-style pretzels. Lagniappe: If you’re feeling worried about all the weight you might put on from the delicious sausages and frosty beers you’ll consume, then try to run some of it off with the Oktoberfest 5K run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 7th (register at RunNOTC.org).

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Oct. 27-29 VoodooFestival.com Admission: $140 + fees for a 3-day general admission ticket, $400 + fees for a 3-day Loa VIP ticket, $1050 for a 3-day platinum ticket (Note: ticket prices will increase as the festival date approaches). Location: City Park. Best Deal: The Loa VIP ticket gives you raised platform viewing of the main stage, express entry at the main gates, shaded lounge seating, air conditioned comfort stations and restrooms, massages, tarot readings, face painting, and unlimited carnival rides. Lagniappe: If you want to get into the Halloween spirit while at Voodoo, check out the on-site Mortuary Haunted House.


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Boudin, Bourbon and Beer Nov. 3 BoudinBourbonAndBeer.com Admission: $99. Location: Champions Square. Best Bet: Meet Emeril Lagasse himself! The legendary chef mingles freely around the event, interacting with the crowd, serving food, and taking pictures with his guests. Lagniappe: Aside from entry, food, and cocktails, the admission price lets guests visit the Nat Sherman Cigar Tasting Tent, where you can sample some of America’s finest cigars.


Gentilly Fest Oct. 6-8 GentillyFest.com Admission: Free to enter, but you must pay for food and beverages (no outside food or ice chests allowed). Location: Pontchartrain Park. Best Bet: Make sure to try the Gentilly Juice, which was a big hit at last year’s fest. It’s a tasty mix of vodka and a special juice blend. Lagniappe: Gentilly Fest is celebrating ten years of music, food, and fun. The event was started shortly after Hurricane Katrina to raise funds for organizations that will help make Gentilly a better place. This year, donations will aid the sports programs at Pontchartrain Park and Milne Playgrounds, the Roots of Music and other public service organizations.

New Orleans Film Festival Oct. 11-19 NewOrleansFilmFestival.org #NOFF2017 Admission: Individual screenings are $5-15. All-access passes are $200 for New Orleans Film Society members and $270 for non-members. Locations: The Orpheum, Contemporary Arts Center, Theatres at Canal Place, The Broad Theater and Ashe’ Cultural Center, among a few others. Best Deal: Join the New Orleans Film Society for special rates and the chance to buy tickets before the public. The all-access pass ($70 cheaper for NOFS members) gets you into both the films and the exclusive parties. Lagniappe: The film fest also hosts industry leaders in panels, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities.

Bywater Mirliton Festival facebook.com/MirlitonFestival TBD: Dates have not been set for this year’s neighborhood sampling of mirliton, the squash-like plant that’s long been popular in the Bywater.

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Nov. 15-19 HellYesFest.com Admission: $10-15 Location: The New Movement, One Eyed Jacks, Cafe Istanbul, Hi-Ho Lounge. Best Bet: While this comedy festival brings in nationally renowned talent (last year’s event featured Sarah Silverman), check out “Blow Up the Locals,” a comedy show featuring homegrown talent from New Orleans. Lagniappe: In its five years of existence, the Hell Yes Fest has never run the same format twice. This year’s festival will have fewer venues and a heavier emphasis on unusually formatted shows from around the country.

Oct. 7 BeignetFest.com Admission: Free and open to the public, but you must pay for food and beverages inside. Location: City Park’s Festival Grounds Best Bet: Since it’s a family-oriented festival, check out The Imagination Movers at noon on the 7th. The Disney Channel stars (and New Orleans natives) write and perform songs that speak to children instead of down to them. Lagniappe: There’s a kids village with games and activities for the little ones like corn hole, Jenga and food demonstrations. Proceeds from the fest support the Tres Doux foundation, which benefits children who suffer from developmental delays and disabilities.


Tips Bring cash, because festival ATM fees are crazy If you live close enough to bike, that is the way to go Bring a backpack. No one wants to carry everything. If you are going to something where you’d like to sit and enjoy the music, bring a tarp. Only bring a blanket or towel if you’re cool with it getting messed up.

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Oct. 22 PoBoyFest.com Best Bet: Try the barbecue oyster po-boy from Red Fish Grill, with fried oysters, blue cheese, and hot sauce.

Ziploc bags, if it starts raining you will be so happy you have these. Koozie – your drink will sweat and get hot immediately when you’re out in the sun. SUNGLASSES AND A HAT. Lord it gets hot, and your face and head are the first to burn. Beer tube cooler to pack beer cans in when you get inside the grounds.

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A lot of the time you can’t bring your own water and food, so check online to see what you can and can’t bring in with you. Always pack a poncho. if you need it and if you use it you can just toss it on your way out. 


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President and CEO of the Spears Group and Fried Chicken Festival organizer What’s new at this year’s fest? This year’s Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) is two days and at a new location, Woldenberg Park. Additionally, this year, the festival will feature three stages, including two music stages and a cooking demo stage. FCF will also feature the AT&T and Best Buy Football Fan Zone, the Sucre Sweet Spot, and the Louisiana Federation for Children Kids’ Coop, the GoNOLA Mist and Chill Lounge, and more. What type of fried chicken can people get here they can’t elsewhere? We have vendors from across the country, and the FCF is the only place you can get them all. Dishes include fried chicken muffuletta, fried chicken gumbo, smoked chicken wing nachos, fried chicken alfredo, and fried chicken grilled cheese to name a few. How will you deal with the crowds this year? At this new location, festival goers will have more than 520,000 sq. ft. of space to roam, which is more than four times larger than Lafayette Square’s 108,000-footprint. Additionally, we will have more vendors and the vendors will be better prepared with adequate equipment, staffing, and portions as we have a better idea of what to expect this time around. What are you most excited about? We are excited for the opportunity to provide a platform for independently owned restaurants to showcase themselves while providing a fun and safe environment for locals and tourists. Additionally, we are excited to expand our reach nationally to remind the country again that New Orleans is one of the America’s most beloved culinary destinations, and fried chicken is a great way to do so.

NOLA Christmas Fest Dec. 22-31 NOLAChristmasFest.com Admission: $20, free for kids 2 and under. $15 each for groups of 10 or more. Location: Ernest Morial Convention Center. Best Bet: The Greater New Orleans Area has not had an indoor ice rink since the one at the Lake Forest Plaza closed in 1988. So if you’re an ice skating aficionado or someone who has always wanted to try it, take advantage of the indoor rink. Skating and skate rentals are included with admission. Lagniappe: If you’re a little too timid to try on the ice skates, there are several carnival rides within the festival, including the Kringle Carousel, the Dat Dog Winter Whirl, the Comet’s Tail, and the Polar Express.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Nov. 18-19 TremeGumboFest.com Admission: Free and open to the public. Location: Armstrong Park. Best Bet: At the risk of sounding obvious, the gumbo. Nowhere else can diners find 12 different interpretations of gumbo side by side. When you’re not sampling liberally from the gumbo choices, there will also be cooking demonstrations and panel discussions. Lagniappe: Live music lovers should check out the Trumpet Mafia. It started as an informal jam session among some of New Orleans’ best trumpet players, but turned into a band with its own fresh interpretation of the New Orleans brass band sound.


Fried Chicken Festival Sept. 23-24 FriedChickenFestival.com Admission: Free to enter, but you must pay for food and beverages. Location: Woldenberg Park. Best Bet: Check out the festival’s newest addition: the Sucre Sweet Spot. If you’ve eaten all the fried chicken you can handle, you can buy a selection of desserts, like chocolate-dipped macaroons and other sweet treats, from chef Tariq Hanna. Lagniappe: After a cramped festival last year at Lafayette Square, this year organizers have moved to Woldenberg Park’s 520,000 sq. ft. of space (about five times the size of Lafayette Square). This year’s event will also feature a cooking demo stage headed by award-winning chef Jeff Henderson.


As New Orleans approaches its Tricentennial, we marvel at how many watchable people the city has created in its 299 years to date. There have been pirates, soldiers, spiritualists, rogues, musicians, physicians, chefs, (Did we mention rogues?), artists, writers and more, all worthy of being watched because of the accomplishments they might deliver. We define a Person to Watch as someone doing something new and interesting worth giving attention. In some cases it might be someone who has already been watchable but that is moving in a new direction. (Our list has not been flawless. Over the years there have been a few that have wound up in jail, but that only validated our thesis that they should have been watched.) Most of our selections, however, achieve the greatness that we had anticipated, or greater. How will this class do? We’ll be watching.

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Alyson Kilday

Co-founder, Damesly Partner, Hop & Jaunt Creative Agency When Alyson Kilday saw a chance to combine two of her favorite things — travel and connecting people — she jumped on it. The result is a creative new business she launched almost one year ago called Damesly. Damesly is a travel company that connects women by hosting workshops for professional and personal skill building in destinations around the world. Enjoy a photography workshop while hiking and exploring the Grand Canyon, or a PR workshop while cruising down Lake Powell. International destinations for 2018 and 2019 are already in the works to Japan, the Bahamas, Iceland and Argentina. This fall, Damesly will also host a trip in New Orleans designed to connect makers and small business owners of New Orleans with women looking to unleash their creativity to take their business or project to the next level.


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Andrew Petersen COO, Bluefin Data

Andrew Petersen is determined to change the relationship between governments and the seafood industry. “We intend on accomplishing this with a technology system that automates processes, saving people time to focus on the more important aspects of business and life,” he says. His company, Bluefin Data, was the $10,000 first-prize winner at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week’s Water Challenge in March. This year, Bluefin Data will release its software system called VESL, designed to be the heart of data collection and management in the seafood industry. VESL will capture information on when and where a catch happened, along with environmental data and who is buying and at what price. “We plan to start with all five Gulf States,” says Petersen, “then move our way up the East and West Coasts, and finally taking the leap to international regions.”

Owner, Charlie’s Sausage and Two Run Farm “It has a really spicy and smoky flavor and a smooth buttery aftertaste that just lingers on your tongue and makes you happy for a long time.” That’s how Charlie Munford describes Charlie’s Wild Boar Sausage, which the owner of Two Run Farm launched this past year. “We have been able to take a troublesome pest and make it a culinary specialty,” he says. “I get no end of satisfaction from that.” Munford says his short-term business goal is to be sure that “all 7.5 billion people in the world have tasted our sausage.” The company just received approval to launch the sausage under federal inspections, meaning it can be sold anywhere in the country. “We have discovered that 15 to 40 percent of customers who try our sausage at a demo buy a pack on the spot,” he says. “That’s how good it is!”


Toya Boudy

Entertainment Chef & Cooking Instructor When it comes to Cajun and Creole cuisine, Chef Toya Boudy has a flavor all her own. In addition to hosting a popular YouTube channel, “Cooking With Chef Toya,” the New Orleans native has appeared on TLC and the Food Network, including on “Guy’s Grocery Games,” a reality show starring Guy Fieri. Recently, Boudy also took home the title of “Next Best Cook,” on Hallmark’s Home and Family Channel. Her first cookbook, Cook Like A New Orleanian will be released this year. “It’ll be the first interactive cookbook from a New Orleans chef,” says Boudy. “This was just a dream at first and now it’s a piece of me that I can pass down to others.” What’s next for Boudy? Currently she’s gathering the ingredients for a national TV show.

Lauren Bott

Owner, Crowe Jewelry Lauren Bott was a costume designer and buyer working on a film in New Orleans when one day she found herself frustrated — she couldn’t find a certain piece of jewelry she was looking for. So, working out of her kitchen, she decided to make what she needed. “What I found was a very expensive hobby that slowly evolved into my passion,” she says. “Bott’s creations have since been featured in TV shows including Scream Queens, Treme and True Detective, along with films like Now You See Me and The Best of Me. Sandra Bullock even wore some of her earrings to be photographed for the cover of People Magazine in 2015. The first brick and mortar store for Crowe Jewelry opened this past February at 3903 Magazine Street. “The magic of the creative process,” she says, “starting with a pen and paper and taking the ideas to the bench, catches me by surprise every time.”


Mimi Holaday

Founder, Halo Mimi LLC This past March, New Orleans native Mimi Holaday walked away from New Orleans Fashion Week 2017 as the winner of both the Top Design Competition and Yelp People’s Choice awards for her first collection of stylish hats. After working as a designer for three years, Holaday started making hats two years ago. She is currently launching an online store, finishing renovation on her mobile boutique and hopes to host her first popup shop this fall. Holaday says her ultimate goal is to get her hats in two stores: Luisaviaroma in Florence, Italy and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. “They are the Ferraris of fashion boutiques,” she says. “To show your work in these stores means to meet a quality and design standard serving international fashion influencers around the world.”


Jackie Dadakis

COO, Green Coast Enterprises

Dr. RaeNell Billiot Houston

Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of New Orleans On July 3 of this year, Dr. RaeNell Billiot Houston became the first black superintendent of Catholic schools f or the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Formerly the associate superintendent, Houston and her husband are the parents of three girls, which she says has helped bring extra passion to her career goals. “One of the things I am most excited about is our special needs initiative,” she says. “We are piloting programs designed for special needs students. For me, it’s personal. My nine-year old daughter has Down syndrome. She is such a blessing to our family. As superintendent, I will work diligently to build effective and sustainable programs that meet the various needs of ALL of God’s children.”

“Louisiana regularly ranks as the highest per-capita user of electricity for residential customers of all 50 states,” says Jackie Dadakis, COO of Green Coast Enterprises. “We are literally throwing money out the window in our uninsulated/over-air conditioned homes.” Green Coast Enterprises develops real estate and performs a continuum of real estate services in the Southeast, with a special focus on coastal areas threatened by climate change. The company works with clients including the City of New Orleans, the Recovery School District, and several fellow real estate developers to design and renovate buildings to be more energy efficient. This year, Green Coast opened its largest real estate project to date — The Pythian. “The work we have done at Green Coast has shown our buildings can be using 35 to 50 percent less energy and still be comfortable.”


Dan Forman

CEO, Dependency Pain Treatment Centers “People with addictions have been treated poorly for so long, both by the medical profession and society as a whole,” says Dan Forman, who launched Dependency Pain Treatment Centers (DPTC) in 2016. The company is a local network of outpatient healthcare clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment and counseling for patients with substance dependency and chronic pain. “Right now, only 10 percent of people with addiction get help,” he says, so Forman has been busy creating programs that remove the barriers of time commitment, cost and stigma from addiction treatment, offering outpatient services at locations in Marrero, Kenner, New Orleans and Metairie. “There is no cure for addiction yet,” he says. “Until we find one, we’ll bring the most innovative tools to the community to keep the disease in remission.”


Trevor Schoonmaker Artistic Director of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp Prospect New Orleans

Since 2015, Trevor Schoonmaker has balanced having a young family while holding two full time jobs — chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and artistic director of Prospect.4 in New Orleans. Prospect.4 is the fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans, a citywide triennial of contemporary art that presents the work of local, national and international artists in unique venues. It will open this fall, Nov. 16-19, and include 73 artists from more than 25 countries showing across 17 venues throughout the city of New Orleans, on exhibit through Feb. 2018. “I am honored to play a small role in bringing world class contemporary art to New Orleans,” says Schoonmaker, “while also introducing more of the international art world to New Orleans and its dynamic arts community.”


Marcello Benetti

Musician, Composer, Improviser

Steve Trotter

Regional Vice President, Centerplate   If you’ve ever had anything to eat or drink at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center, Champions Square, National WWII Museum, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center or the Shrine on Airline baseball park, you’ve enjoyed the work of Centerplate, the exclusive food, beverage and hospitality provider at all of these locations and more. For almost 20 years, Steve Trotter has been with the company — during Hurricane Katrina, he served as general manager of the Superdome and New Orleans Arena. Trotter says he is gearing up for a busy year which will include New Orleans Baby Cakes fully up-and-running, preparing for tricentennial events, being part of a major renovation at the National WWII Museum and, of course, handling a full slate of Saints and Pelicans games alongside their partners at SMG.

“My first memories of playing music was in kindergarten drumming on anything I could find with my crayons,” says local drummer, Marcello Benetti. “I really had no choice to play music, it was inside me waiting for me to realize it.” Born near Venice, Italy, Benetti is a proud New Orleans resident who has embraced the local music scene, not only performing with top artists locally and abroad, but producing the annual H.I.P. FEST (Hosting Improvising Performers) in New Orleans with his friend and fellow musician Jeff Albert since 2013. In March, Benetti released his latest album Il Vizio! It’s the first time Benetti composed, arranged, and produced an entire album by himself. “I’ve also just finished writing music for a childrens’ book that I composed for my son Rocco,” says Benetti. “It will be published some time this year.”


Jennifer Weishaupt

Co-Owner and operator (along with husband Erich Weishaupt), The Ruby Slipper Café What happens when a chemical engineer and electrical engineer get together? If you’re husband-wife team Jennifer and Erich Weishaupt, you open a successful breakfast and brunch restaurant, of course. The Ruby Slipper Café has grown from a single neighborhood café in 2008 into a seven-unit chain in three states. The Ruby Slipper opened in Baton Rouge this past July and the company’s Mid-City restaurant and “world headquarters” is moving to a roomier location under construction on Broad Street and slated to open this fall. Mobile, Alabama and at least two other locations are on the agenda for 2018.  The Ruby Slipper Café grew out of a post-Katrina need to return a blighted corner store to commerce in the Weishaupt’s flooded neighborhood.  The ultimate goal, says the couple is to grow to between 20 and 30 locations, building The Ruby Slipper Café into the Southeast’s top breakfast and brunch restaurant.

Richard Carthon

CEO/Founder, FollowMyCal Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange, iCal — there’s no shortage of digital calendars to help organize your work, home and play. But wouldn’t it be great if there was one central location that enabled you to add and share events across multiple platforms? What if your family and friends could view your calendar, add to it and share events with you? Now they can with FollowMyCal. The social calendar platform is the creation of Richard Carthon and was a finalist at the 2016 NOEW Big Idea competition. Carthon’s goal is to make FollowMyCal a nationally recognized name within the next year, and he’s not afraid to do whatever it takes. “One of the hardest challenges I have ever faced was getting my first investor to invest in me,” says Carthon. “I received 56 no’s before I got my first yes… The biggest lesson I took is that you do not need everyone to see your vision or tell you yes, you just need one.”


Kristi Brocato

Owner, The Basketry Kristi Brocato was a college student with $500 and a dream back in 1995 when she started The Basketry. The multi-million-dollar company has since provided custom-made gifts and gift baskets for every kind of corporate and personal occasion. “I once did a gift basket for President Clinton filled with a New Orleans tie, cigars and local gourmet foods,” says Brocato. Headquartered in Luling, Louisiana, The Basketry also gives to the community, including through its Give Back Initiative for the homeless. For every gift that a customer buys, the company donates a “shelter gift” — basic toiletries and necessities. For Brocato, the effort is a natural way to share her success with others. “We can’t go through this life being satisfied with opening our doors every day and watching our numbers climb,” she says. “We have to make a difference.”


Christy Boutte

Owner and artist, Art By Christy Gallery An artist, Christy Boutte set an ambitious goal for herself — to open her own gallery before the age of 30. In 2002 she did just that. Well before her self-imposed deadline, Boutte opened Art by Christy Gallery in Historic Old Gretna.  “As a deaf person, I realized early on there were limited options available to me in a traditional workforce,” she says.  “In art, that isn’t so. Some say having a disability can enhance one’s art, showing a perspective that might not be normally considered.” She says her next challenge to conquer is the Internet. “Times are changing rapidly and the traditional gallery/stable of artists system is no longer the only viable path to be a successful artist. I am constantly experimenting with ways of creating engaging content online that will hopefully bring new fans to my artwork.”


Kid Chef Eliana

CEO, Eliana Cooks! LLC Chef, Cookbook Author and Personality At the age of four, Eliana de Las Casas was already in the kitchen cooking away. By the time she turned eight, she was food blogging and creating cooking tutorials for kids on YouTube. In 2010, at the age of only ten, de Las Casas released her first cookbook. Last fall, she was named the Teen Grand Champion on the Food Network show “Chopped,” a title that came with $25,000. “With my winnings from Chopped, I started my own spice company,” she says. “I currently have one spice blend released called Spice It Up! Creole Seasoning.” Now a senior at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, she’s a budding adult with lots of plans for the future, including a line of cookware and chef wear for kids. Her fourth cookbook, From Pallet to Palate: Cooking Seasonally with Rodale will be released in Spring 2018.

Simone Reggie

Owner, Simone’s Market Condos, boutiques, restaurants, even a video game developer — all have opened on Uptown’s Oak Street in the past year and a half. But no live/ work neighborhood can be complete without a place to grab groceries, and that Oak Street now has, thanks to Simone Reggie. Reggie opened Simone’s Market, 8207 Oak Street, in December 2016. The 1,650 square-foot market focuses on local and regionally sourced food. “The market is a giant puzzle and I have been working to put the pieces together and create a work flow that is efficient and productive,” says Reggie. “Also, tweaking the model to better serve what the customers want. We are now working on expanding our sandwiches and prepared foods selection and growing to have fresh seasonal meals for people to dine in or take out.”


Elizabeth Pearce Founder and owner, Drink & Learn

For five years, Elizabeth Pearce helped to create the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, serving as its original curator. Since leaving that position in 2009 she has journeyed out on her own and created Drink & Learn, an interactive experience that introduces people to the rich history of New Orleans through its famous cocktails while either strolling the French Quarter or kicking back at the Empire Bar of Broussard’s Restaurant. Pearce also serves as Education Specialist for the Sazerac whiskey company, conducting trainings on their historic brands both regionally and nationally. She says she hopes to soon be adding audio tours and a podcast to her offerings. “I particularly enjoy how surprised and delighted people are by these stories,” she says. “No one expects such rich history through booze!”


Todd Andrews

Co-founder and President, tasc Performance, Inc. Since opening in 2009, tasc Performance has aimed to reinvent performance apparel in an unexpected way — with bamboo. The company’s clothing promises the performance of traditional polyester offerings, but with a more natural material made without all the chemicals. Todd Andrews and his father, Al, co-founded the business, headquartered in Metairie, which opened its flagship store at 3913 Magazine Street in February of this year. This year tasc will be focusing on “launching new product categories in our flagship store on Magazine Street, on our website, with fine retail stores, destination resorts, and major events,” says Todd Andrews. As well as “growing our digital, PR and marketing presence on a national basis. The Andrews’ ultimate goal? “To build a major lifestyle brand headquartered in New Orleans.”

William DiPaola

President and COO, Dat Dog Enterprises Known for his laid back, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing style, William DiPaola is not exactly spending his days kicking back and lounging on the beach. DiPaola is the man behind the recent move to take New Orleans’ favorite hot dog restaurant and share it with the world. Under his direction, Dat Dog will expand to Baton Rouge with the first of three locations later this year. The successful chain of five restaurants will also be moving into Houston, with 25 restaurants planned over the next 10 years. “My long-term goal is to spread the beauty of what we do,” he says, adding: “Dat Dog does not sell hot dogs. It may seem as if we do, but I would say that we sell freedom of expression…All walks of life are welcome. We embrace the South Louisiana mentality: come as you are and do what you want.”


Gerald L. Parton

President and CEO, East Jefferson General Hospital

Emily Madero

President/CEO, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Very few people are able to say they have their dream job, but Emily Madero has had that privilege twice. On April 3, Madero left her position as acting CEO of The Idea Village to become president/CEO of French Quarter Festivals, Inc. “I made the decision to take a big leap and transition into a new job after 10 years,” she says. “It’s tough to leave an organization and people that you love, but it has been equally exhilarating and rewarding to dive into a new chapter.” In 2018, New Orleans will celebrate its tricentennial in concert with the 35th anniversary of French Quarter Festival April 12-15. “Expect an incredible lineup to mark this historic moment,” says Madero, “and new features that will embrace other important elements of our cultural heritage, such as dance, traditional crafts, and visual and culinary arts.”

This past May, Gerald Parton was named president of East Jefferson General Hospital — the fourth CEO in the hospital’s 46-year history. Prior to accepting the position, Parton served as regional vice president of Quorum Health Resources in Brentwood, Tennessee. He has a strong background in healthcare management. “The past year I managed 10 hospitals in Colorado,” says Parton, “assisting them with overall management including financial and quality issues.” He says his greatest career achievement so far was working with five hospitals to develop a regional network. This is not Parton’s first time living in New Orleans, before Tennessee he worked for a decade as CEO of Tenet Healthcare at Meadowcrest Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Jefferson. “Healthcare is an everchanging business,” he says. “We are closely watching the new healthcare legislation and how it affects East Jefferson General Hospital and our patients.”


Jean Lorent

Founder, Jean Lorent An engineer working in the Gulf of Mexico, Jean Lorent decided to start doing some creations with leather as a hobby a few years ago. As her skills and enjoyment of her new pastime grew, eventually it became a business. Jean Lorent’s full grain leather bow ties, wallets and suspenders are now sold at approximately 30 stores nationally, including a handful in New Orleans. In addition to leather, Lorent designs and handcrafts items in exotic materials like snake skin and crocodile. Since starting her self-named business in 2015, Lorent has been busy creating new designs and sourcing new colors and patterns. The company is currently working on introducing its women’s collection to a national audience. “Our goal is to be recognized as a lifestyle brand,” Lorent said. This year Jean Lorent was selected as a finalist for the Belk Southern Designer Showcase. She will release a new collection of handbags this fall.


Michelle Cheramie Ingram Owner, Zeus’ Place and Zeus’ Rescues

Since opening Zeus’ Place in 2006, Michelle Cheramie Ingram has been in the business of helping animals, and business is good. Ingram opened a second location on Napoleon Avenue in May of this year, a building that houses both Zeus’ Rescues (her nonprofit) and Zeus’ Place grooming services. “Within twelve hours of signing the lease for the second location, the opportunity presented itself to open a third location in the Beacon at the South District Market Downtown,” said Ingram. “We’ll open there in October!” In 2016, Zeus’ ventures rescued, reunited, and/or adopted out a total of 575 dogs and cats — over 250 of whom were dislocated due to the Baton Rouge floods. If that’s not enough, she also co-founded Freret Market and directs both it and the Freret Street Festival.


Rupa Mohan

Chief Exercise Officer, The Sweat Social How do you stay motivated to work out while traveling? Rupa Mohan has the answer, at least for visitors to New Orleans. Mohan’s business, The Sweat Social, offers travelers a way to explore the city while burning calories through customized fitness events like scavenger hunts, fun runs and group yoga. In 2016, the company was a New Orleans Entrepreneur Week Big Idea finalist and won the $20,000 Peter Mayer Marketing Award. “I love working with individual travelers but we found a market niche in working with conventions, conferences and meetings,” Mohan says. “We found that business travelers especially seek out our services. The ultimate goal is to expand The Sweat Social to other cities. “I want travelers to know our brand and seek out our services,” she says, “regardless of where they are traveling.”


Salvador Bivalacqua Co-founder, Seven Three Distilling Co.

Mike Maenza

Founder of SWEGS Kitchen

Brent Jouandot CEO

Jonathan Maki

Director of Brand Development

Amy Davis

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist In any list of America’s healthiest cities it can be assured that New Orleans is nowhere near the top. SWEGS Kitchen —an acronym for Small Wins Equal Great Success — wants to change that. Founded in 2015 in Mandeville, the restaurant already has four locations in the Metro New Orleans area. It is finding success by taking a healthier approach to classic New Orleans dishes and comfort foods — reducing or eliminating the salt, saturated fats and sugars, as well as many added chemicals — without compromising taste and at an affordable price point. In addition to continuing to open more locations, the SWEGS team’s future plans include developing brand awareness and market shares in the greater New Orleans area and developing more partnerships and studies with medical specific organizations, specifically targeting diabetes, heart and kidney foundations.

A lawyer by trade, Salvador I. Bivalacqua is a partner at the law firm of Galante & Bivalacqua. Along with his wife, Eileen, he also runs the day-to-day operations of Seven Three Distilling, which he opened with his childhood friend, Jeff Rogers, this past March. In addition to spirit tastings and sales, the distillery offers daily tours that include a history of Storyville and the historic Treme neighborhood, where Seven Three operates at 301 N. Claiborne Ave. Committed to using grains and cane grown in Louisiana, the distillery’s awardwinning St. Roch Vodka reached statewide distribution in under 60 days. Bivalacqua says that several more spirits will be following soon, including Gentilly Gin, St. Roch Cucumber — a flavored version of St. Roch Vodka — Marigny Moonshine, Irish Channel Whiskey and Black Pearl Rum.


Stephen J. Watson

President & CEO, The National WWII Museum

David “Buck” Landry, Ph.D.

President, University of Holy Cross A former member of University of Holy Cross’ Board of Regents, David “Buck” Landry, Ph.D. became the university’s 18th president in 2014. Known for decades as Our Lady of Holy Cross College, the university underwent a name alteration last year and is now known as University of Holy Cross. As president, Landry says his ultimate goal is to make UHC “a regionally recognized university in the Gulf South.” “We are looking at a five percent growth rate in students,” he says, “and adding new academic programs at the graduate level in health sciences, including a master’s in physician assistant and in biomedical sciences.” His proudest accomplishment as president so far is getting a new dormitory started last year. Now under construction, the dorm will serve 150 students.

On July 1, Stephen Watson was named the new president and CEO of The National WWII Museum, just as the museum heads into the busiest construction phase in its history. By early 2018, the plan is to break ground on the Hall of Democracy — which will house new research, education, and media initiatives plus a special exhibits hall — as well as the Bollinger Canopy of Peace and the Higgins Hotel & Conference Center. Following that will be more projects that will eventually quadruple the size of the original museum by 2021. “At the same time, we are beginning to develop a long-term strategic vision to expand our education and access initiatives to reach audiences both in New Orleans and across the world,” Watson says. “We believe the museum has the opportunity to become the primary, go-to authority on World War II.”


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meet the chefs Alison Vega and Drew Knoll

Bucktown Nouveau Station 6 Raises the Bar By Jay Forman

hile you can hardly swing a catfish in Bucktown without hitting a seafood joint, most are defined by heaping platters of monochromatic fried fare. But last September the husband-and-wife team of Alison Vega and Drew Knoll took over the former II Tony’s Restaurant site in the shadow of the goliath

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post-Katrina pump station, bringing with them a more nuanced take on our coastal bounty. Over the past year, Station 6 has upped the ante as to what diners can expect when they cross the 17th Street Canal. “We both come from more of a fine dining background – Drew particularly,” Alison

Restaurateurs Alison Vega and Drew Knoll are the husband-and-wife team behind Station 6. With deep roots in the local restaurant scene – Vega was the founder of Vega Tapas and Knoll was Chef de Cuisine at Emeril’s Delmonico for over a decade – the pair owned a restaurant in Antigua before returning to their native New Orleans. Their kitchen is steeped in talent, with team members like Veronica Botero recently of Perpignan, France. A close relationship with Emeril Lagasse’s organization as well as Craig Borges’ New Orleans Seafood also infuses the menu. The kitchen focuses their fine-dining skills on what is essentially a casual seafood joint, leading to a particular strength with execution.

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explains. “But when we were fresh in the simmering broth for living in Antigua, we realized there each order. And if Softshell Crab that people want food that they happens to be on the specials can relate to rather than stuff that menu, jump on it. is super-fancy or unnecessarily Station 6 also offers a Sunday elaborate. Sometimes just a little brunch from 11 to 3 p.m. This lemon and some olive oil can bring service, not widely advertised, is out the best.” distinguished primarily by a list of Their extensive renovation chef-driven specials tacked onto breathed new life into the formerly the regular lunch menu. Recently cluttered space. Seating is split they included a crab cake with almost evenly between indoors poached egg, Hollandaise, and and out, with a wraparound porch jumbo lump crabmeat topped with offering plenty of shade. Warm Ghost Pepper Cajun Caviar. “That wood finishes and a bar anchor one I named ‘6 in the Morning’,” the rear of the dining room. By Vega says. “We also have the Drew, and large the menu is light on which is roast beef debris and a complications with an emphasis fried egg over white cheddar grits on technique. Credit the depth with crispy onions.” For more of the kitchen staff, breakfast-type fare, whose collective they also recently ran experience includes Pistachio Pancakes Station 6, 105 Emeril’s Delmonico with blackberry Metairie Hammond and southern France. syrup. Highway, Bucktown, Begin with the Station 6 is open 345-2936. L, for lunch and dinner Ye l l ow f i n Tu n a D Tuesday Tuesday through Crackers, a tuna through Sunday, Sunday with the tartare freshened closed Monday. with a chili-cilantro a f o re m e n t i o n e d Station6Nola.com vinaigrette that Alison Sunday brunch. developed back in her Vegas Tapas There is plenty of parking in days. Topped with a dollop of her the surrounding lot. Station 6 is ghost pepper-infused Cajun Caviar, popular and reservations are not the roe adds pops of briny salti- accepted, so if you don’t want ness and a bracingly clean heat. to wait it is best to come early. It Swinging in the other direction is is family-friendly and there are Mamere’s Crabmeat Casserole, a off-the-menu options like chicken heritage dish drawn from Alison’s strips available for the little ones childhood. Built around whipped – just ask your server. • butter, cream cheese, parmesan and Worcestershire with lemon juice for zip, it comes served bubbling hot in crockery with toast rounds to scoop up the nuggets of sweet jumbo lump. Modern Coastal “My grandmother used to serve DTB on Oak Street pays homage this at Christmas,” Vega recalls. to similar fare but jukes in “When she put out the chafing another direction. Starting dish, we’d come running.” with many of the same coastal Recommended entrees include ingredients, DTB instead sends Seared Pompano, bronzed with them through a quasi-modernist curried brown butter and plated lens, resulting in dishes like with roasted asparagus spears. their meatless Mushroom Toasted cashews help to amplify Boudin Balls. It is a testament to the nuttiness of the flavor profile. co-owners Jacob Naquin and The Bucktown Cracked Crab Stew Carl Schaubhut skills that they is gumbo writ large, swimming can simultaneously balance a with shrimp and oysters that are respect for tradition with such added a la minute to plump up remarkably modern twists. 104

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News From the Kitchen Tavolino Pizza & Lounge, Smokehouse Grill, Curio By Robert Peyton

Brie and prosciutto pizza

Tavolino Pizza & Lounge

SmokeHouse Grill

Curio

If you’ve never visited Algiers Point, Tavolino Pizza & Lounge is a good reason to do so. The short menu includes addictive fried Castelvano olives stuffed with Gorgonzola, or ground pork and beef served with aioli or marinara sauce. Pizzas feature wafer-thin crusts, with toppings such as prosciutto, brie and arugula. The inviting dining room has seats inside, on a small patio to the rear, and in a lounge partially separated from the rest of the restaurant. 141 Delaronde St., 605-3365, Hours 3-10 p.m., daily (lunch service planned).

Smoke House Grill opened recently in Bucktown with a diverse menu of grilled, smoked and fried comfort food. Look for barbecued chicken, pork and beef, burgers and sandwiches, and local favorites like crawfish bread and blackened redfish with crawfish cream sauce on the familyfriendly restaurant’s menu. The grill also produces reasonably-priced strip, ribeye and fillets; each item on the kid’s menu comes with a drink, fries or yogurt and a scoop of ice cream for $6.95. 200 Metairie Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 252-4797. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon. through Sat.

By the time you read this, Curio will have joined the mushrooming number of restaurants by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts. The restaurant will open at the corner of Royal and Bienville streets, and will feature an eclectic menu from chef Hayley Vanvleet, formerly of Pêche and Cochon Butcher. The location is choice, and a wrap-around balcony on the second floor should be a great place to people watch during pleasant weather. 301 Royal St., 717-4198, Mon. - Thurs. 11-11 p.m., Fri. 11-12 a.m., Sat. 10-12 a.m., Sun. 10-11 p.m.

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One Pot Cooking Creating multiple meal results

RECIPE One-Pot Chicken Dinner

BY Dale Curry

Ingredients 1 whole chicken hen I took college friends home for weekends, my mother’s first question was “What should I cook?” And the answer was always the same: “a pot.” Going from Ole Miss to Memphis was a different animal from LSU to New Orleans. What our taste buds were calling for was good-old Deep South home cooking and a break from the hamburgers, French fries and candy bars that were sustaining us. But we knew little of gumbo, poor boys and jambalaya. Things certainly changed when our kids were driving in from LSU and ULL. One wanted jambalaya with whole pieces of chicken every time. The other was satisfied with easy red beans. Still, there’s a lot to be said for a countrystyle “pot,” for I have since learned that children from toddlers to college-age love its simple contents, and nothing is easier for the busy cook. With school and activities cranking up in September, why not let two pots simmer over the weekend to last for much of the week? A friend of mine cooked only on Sundays. A big piece of meat such as a roast or small turkey went into the oven while a pot of soup, beans or other creations bubbled on the stove. Several meals were gleaned, along with a multitude of sandwiches. I often use my mother’s oval aluminum roaster because it is large and cooks evenly. I occasionally use her black iron pot that is no telling how old, as well as a red-enameled cast iron pot which is pretty, but I swear it gets heavier every year. I often grab my Emeril-ware stainless steel pot that is much lighter but still has a heavy bottom, an important feature which keeps food from sticking and promotes even cooking. A whole chicken or a medium-sized beef roast are naturals for pot cooking. To cook a roast, season and brown a three-pound

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chuck roast, top with chopped onion and lots of Worcestershire, simmer for 1 hour, turn roast over, and add a cup of water, carrots and potatoes, cover and simmer until meat is very tender. And don’t forget the gravy. Mix a fourth cup of flour with water and strain into the drippings, stirring, until thickened. You’ve got two dinners and a few sandwiches.

Salt, freshly ground black pepper and Creole seasoning 1 Tablespoon butter 1 onion, chopped 2 stalks celery, cut in ¼-inch slices 2 to 3 carrots, scraped and cut into ¼-inch rounds 1 cup frozen lima beans 4 cups egg noodles

TIPS French Cooking Made Easy 1

Leave it to the masterful French cooks to design a one-pot meal of three courses with leftovers for more meals. 2

A pot-au-feu, or pot of fire, combines lean meats, often beef, and marrow bones, boiled in a pot with vegetables, both leafy and root. Onions, garlic and aromatic herbs add flavor. 3

First, the rich broth is strained and served as a soup, accompanied by toasted croutons. A little port or Madeira may sweeten the taste. Next, the bone marrow is served, spread on toasted French bread. Finally, meat is sliced and spread on a platter, surrounded by vegetables. Condiments such as gherkins, mustards, pickled beets and onions are served on the side. 4

Leftover meat will enhance a salad, be served with potatoes or sauce, or made into shepherd’s pie, meatballs or croquettes.

Directions 1. Remove giblets from chicken and reserve for other use. Rinse chicken well, removing excess fat. Sprinkle with seasonings inside and out. 2. In a large, heavy pot, melt butter and saute onion and celery until wilted. Add 4 cups water, and place chicken in pot. Sprinkle water with a little more seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes. 3. Turn chicken over and add carrots and lima beans to the pot, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn chicken over again. Increase heat to boiling and add noodles, pressing them into water. Reduce heat again and simmer until noodles are al dente, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. When ready to serve, cut chicken into pieces and slice breast. Serves 6


THE MENU . last call

Blueberry Hill As served at the NOPSI hotel By Tim McNally

e live in a place where change is not shunned, but neither is it encouraged. New Orleans likes herself and her surroundings. Changes are simply not sought out. What we have is fine for us and it seems our guests from all over the world are somewhat in agreement. If they have been here before, they are glad to find matters still in place when they return. We are not static for the sake of, we are constant because that’s the kind of town we want. For a long, long time, our grandparents and our parents made trips on busses operated by NOPSI to Canal Street, went to a building on Baronne Street labeled New Orleans Public Service to pay their electric and gas bills, all the while walking over metal covers on the sidewalk labeled NOPSI. Some of the circumstances have changed but the large round metal covers on the sidewalk still note the name of the company that provided those services to our families. The NOPSI building lives again, only this time it’s a hotel, and a very fine one at that. Gone are the displays of water heaters, washers and dryers, and depictions of housewives espousing machines that wash dishes or appliances that iron wrinkled clothing. The environment of the NOPSI hotel is familiar but changed. Cocktails were never a part of the journey to pay the electric bill.

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RECIPE Blueberry Hill

1 oz. Aviation Gin 2 oz. Rosé 0.25 oz. 1:1 Simple Syrup 0.25 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 2 Dash El Guapo Love Potion #9 Bitters Served over Crushed Ice Whole Blueberries Muddle 3 blueberries in shaking tin. Add all other ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Double strain the cocktail into a coupe glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a blueberry and serve. NOPSI Hotel, 317 Baronne St., (844) 439-1463, NopsiHotel.com

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Abita Springs Abita Brew Pub Gastropub 72011 Holly St., (985) 892-5837, AbitaBrewPub.com. L, D Tue-Sun. Better-than-expected pub food in its namesake eatery. “Tasteful” tours available for visitors. $$ Akers Middendorf’s Seafood Interstate 55, Exit 15, 30160 Highway 51 South, (985) 386-6666, MiddendorfsRestaurant.com. L, D Wed-Sun. Historic seafood destination along the shores of Lake Maurepas is worldfamous for its thin-fried catfish fillets. Open since 1934, it’s more than a restaurant, it’s a Sun. drive tradition. $$ Avondale H Mosca’s Italian 4137 Highway 90 West, 436-8950, MoscasRestaurant.com. D TueSat. Italian institution dishes out massive portions of great food, family-style. Good bets are the shrimp Mosca and chicken à la grande. Cash only. $$$ Bywater

H Pizza Delicious pizza 617 Piety St., 676-8482, PizzaDelicious.com. L, D Tue-Sun. Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable

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restaurant that began as a pop-up, but they also offer excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes as well. Outdoor seating a plus. $

H Mariza Italian 2900 Charters St., 598-5700, MarizaNewOrleans.com. D Tue-Sat. An Italian-inspired restaurant by chef Ian Schnoebelen features a terrific raw bar, house-cured charcuterie and an array of refined adult beverages served in the industrial/contemporary setting on the ground floor of the Rice Mills lofts. $$$ Carrollton Bourré AMERICAN 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 510-4040. L, D Tue-Sun. “Elevated” street food along with quality daiquiris and reconsidered wings are the draw at this newcomer from the team behind Boucherie. $$ Breads on Oak Bakery/Breakfast 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, BreadsOnOak.com. B, L Wed-Sun. Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak Street serves breads, sandwiches, gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. $ City Park

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Café NOMA AMERICAN 1 Collins Diboll Circle, NO Museum of Art, City Park, 4821264, CafeNoma.com. L, (snacks) Tue-Sun. Sleek bar and café in the ground floor of museum offers a thoughtful array of snacks, sandwiches and small plates that are sure to enchant, with a kids’ menu to boot. $$ Morning Call Bakery/Breakfast 56 Dreyfous Drive, City Park, 885-4068, NewOrleansCityPark.com/in-the-park/ morning-call. 24 hours a day; cash-only. Chicory coffee and beignets coated with powdered sugar make this the quintessential New Orleans coffee shop. $ CBD/Warehouse District H Annunciation Louisianian Fare 1016 Annunciation St., 568-0245, AnnunciationRestaurant.com. D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Steven Manning brings a refined sensibility to this refined Warehouse District oasis along with his famous fried oysters with melted brie. $$$ Balise Louisianian Fare 640 Carondelet St., 459-4449, BaliseNola.com. L Tue-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Chef Justin Devillier turns back the clock at this turn-of-the-century inspired bistro in the CBD. Decidedly

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masculine fare – think beef tartare with horseradish and pumpernickel – is carefully crafted and fits well alongside the excellent cocktail and beer list. $$$

H Besh Steak Steakhouse Harrah’s Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6111, HarrahsNewOrleans. com. D daily. Acclaimed chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$$$

H Borgne Seafood 601 Loyola Ave., 6133860, BorgneRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Coastal Louisiana seafood with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this high-volume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$ Café Adelaide Louisianian Fare Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., 595-3305, CafeAdelaide.com. B, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. This offering from the Commander’s Palace family of restaurants has become a power-lunch favorite for business-people and politicos. Also features the Swizzle Stick Bar. $$$$ Calcasieu Specialty Foods 930


Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2188, CalcasieuRooms.com. For gatherings both large and small, the catering menus feature modern Louisiana cooking and the Cajun cuisine for which chef Donald Link is justifiably famous. Chophouse New Orleans Steakhouse 322 Magazine St., 522-7902, ChophouseNola.com. D daily. In addition to USDA prime grade aged steaks prepared under a broiler that reaches 1,700 degrees, Chophouse offers lobster, redfish and classic steakhouse sides. $$$

famous seafooder specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$

H Domenica Italian The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, DomenicaRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Chef Alon Shaya serves authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta

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870 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-8205, LaBocaSteaks.com. D Mon-Sat. This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$

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H Desi Vega’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, DesiVegaSteaks.com. L Mon-Fri, D Tue-Sat. USDA Prime steaks form the base of this Mr. John’s offshoot overlooking Lafayette Square, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the appeal. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911, DragosRestaurant.com. L, D daily. This

Johnny Sanchez World 930 Poydras St., 304-6615, JohnnySanchezRestaurant. com. L, D daily. Contemporary Mexican mecca offering celebrity chef cachet to go along with the locally sourced produce accompanying the Bistec a la Parilla. Popular happy hour and downtown locale next to South Market District add to the appeal. $$$

and entrées features locally raised products, farm. $$$$

Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123, CochonRestaurant.com. L, D, Mon-Sat. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski showcase Cajun and Southern cuisine at this hot spot. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme here, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine from the bar. Reservations strongly recommended. $$

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Emeril’s Louisianian Fare 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, EmerilsRestaurants.com. L Mon-Fri, D daily. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$ Gordon Biersch Gastropub 200 Poydras St., 552-2739, GordonBiersch.com. L, D daily. Local outpost of this popular chain serves specialty brews made on-site and crowdpleasing lunch and dinner fare. $$

H Herbsaint Louisianian Fare 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, Herbsaint.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana

H Lüke World 333 St. Charles Ave., 3782840, LukeNewOrleans.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Chef John Besh and executive chef Matt Regan serve Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, house-made pâtés and abundant plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$ Manning’s AMERICAN 519 Fulton St., 593-8118. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Born of a partnership between New Orleans’ First Family of Football and Harrah’s Casino, Manning’s offers sports bar fans a step up in terms of comfort and quality. With a menu that draws on both New Orleans and the Deep South, traditional dishes get punched up with inspired but accessible

twists in surroundings accented by both memorabilia and local art. $$$

H Merchant Bakery/Breakfast 800 Common St., 571-9580, MerchantNewOrleans.com. B, L daily. Illy coffee and creative crêpes, sandwiches and more are served at this sleek and contemporary café on the ground floor of the Merchant Building. $ Morton’s The Steakhouse Steakhouse 365 Canal St., One Canal Place, 566-0221, Mortons.com/NewOrleans. D daily. Private elevator leads to the plush, wood-paneled environs of this local outpost of the famed Chicago steakhouse popular with politicians and celebrities. $$$$ Mother’s Louisianian Fare 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, MothersRestaurant.net. B, L, D daily. Locals and tourists alike endure long queues and a confounding ordering system to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$ Mulate’s Louisianian Fare 201 Julia St., 522-1492, Mulates.com. L, D daily. Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous Cajun destination. $$ Palace Café World 605 Canal St., 5231661, PalaceCafe.com. B, L, D daily. A classic New Orleans restaurant, located at the foot of the French Quarter, the Dickie Brennan and Palace Cafe team constantly evolve

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traditional Creol dishes. Enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates athe Black Duck Bar on the second floor. $$$

H Pêche Seafood 800 Magazine St., 5221744, PecheRestaurant.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-burning oven. An excellent raw bar is offered as well. $$$ Q&C Hotel/Bar AMERICAN 344 Camp St., 587-9700, QandC.com. B, D daily, L Fri-Sun. Newly renovated boutique hotel offering a small plates menu with tempting choices such as a Short Rib Poor Boy and Lobster Mac and Cheese to complement their sophisticated craft cocktails. $$ Red Gravy Bakery/Breakfast 4125 Camp St., 561-8844, RedGravy.com. B, Br, L, Wed-Mon. Farm-to-table Italian restaurant offers a creative array of breakfast items such as Cannoli Pancakes and Skillet Cakes, as well as delectable sandwiches and more for lunch. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties round out the menu. $$ H Restaurant August AMERICAN 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, RestaurantAugust.com. L Fri, D daily. James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh’s menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Rock-N-Sake Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, RockNSake. com. L Fri, D Tue-Sun, late night Fri-Sat. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$ H Root AMERICAN 21800 Magazine St., 309-7800, RootNola.com. L, D Tue-Sat. Chef Philip Lopez opened Root in November 2011 and has garnered a loyal following for his modernist, eclectic cuisine. $$$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, RuthsChris.com. D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this area steak institution, but there are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sac-A-Lait Seafood 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, Sac-A-LaitRestaurant.com. D Tue-Sat, L Fri. Cody and Sam Carroll’s shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and craft libations in an ambitious menu that celebrates local and southern cuisine. The striking buildout in the Cotton Mill lofts adds to the appeal. $$$$ The Grill AMERICAN 540 Chartres St., 522-1800. B, L, D daily. A diner with local character staffed by local characters. $ The Grill Room AMERICAN Windsor 114

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Tommy’s Cuisine Italian 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, TommysNewOrleans.com. D daily. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$ Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar AMERICAN 1009 Poydras St., 309-6530, Walk-Ons. com. L, D, daily. Burger, sandwiches, wraps and more made distinctive with a Louisiana twist are served at this sports bar near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. $$ Warehouse Grille AMERICAN 869 Magazine St., 322-2188, WarehouseGrille. com. L, D daily, Br Fri-Sat. Creative fare served in an art-filled environment. Try the lamb spring rolls. $$ Victory Gastropub 339 Baronne St., 522-8664, VictoryNola.com. D daily. Craft cocktails served by owner and acclaimed bartender Daniel Victory, as well as refined small plates and gourmet pizza. $$ Central City Café Reconcile Louisiana fare 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile.org. L Mon-Fri. Good food for a great cause, this nonprofit on the burgeoning OCH corridor helps train atrisk youth for careers in the food service industry. $$ Covington Don’s Seafood seafood 126 Lake Dr., (985) 327-7111, DonsSeafoodOnline. com. L, D Daily. Popular neighborhood seafood joint offers an array of crowdpleasing south Louisiana dishes, including char-broiled oysters and Zydeco shrimp. Kid’s Menu makes it a good choice for families. $$$ Darrow Café Burnside Louisianian Fare Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Highway 942, (225) 473-9380, HoumasHouse.com. L daily, Br Sun. Historic plantation’s casual dining option features dishes such as seafood pasta, fried catfish, crawfish and shrimp, gumbo and red beans and rice. $$ Latil’s Landing Louisianian Fare Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Highway 942, (225) 473-9380, HoumasHouse.com. D Wed-Sun. Nouvelle Louisiane, plantationstyle cooking served in an opulent setting features dishes like rack of lamb and plume de veau. $$$$$ Faubourg Marigny Feelings Cafe, Bar and Courtyard Lounge Louisianian Fare 535 Franklin Ave, 446-0040, FeelingsCafeBar.com. D Tue-Sat, L Fri. The All New Feelings Marigny is a complete relaunch of the

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Bayona, one of the most quintessential New Orleans dining experiences, has enjoyed 27 successful years in the French Quarter. To celebrate the anniversary, the acclaimed Susan Spicer restaurant is offering a three course lunch menu at $27. It’s a rare opportunity to indulge in Spicer’s cooking and enjoy the beautiful 230-year-old cottage and recently renovated, fountain-filled courtyard that has been home to Bayona for more than a quarter of a century. Spicer is renowned for her confluence of global flavors using the freshest of ingredients to create balanced and delicious dishes. Guests can also enjoy 27 cent martinis, however, the special lunch is only available Wednesday to Friday for a limited time. Plan accordingly. Bayona, 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, Bayona.com

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much beloved “Feelings Cafe”. Under the guidance of new ownership and Executive Chef Scott Maki, everything has been completely transformed into one of the most absolutely charming neighborhood restaurants in the area. Chef Maki’s emphasis on contemporary CreoleLouisiana fare is winning diners over from near and far.$$$$ Langlois AMERICAN 1710 Pauger St., 9341010, LangloisNola.com. L Fri-Sat, D WedSun. *Reservations only Supper club and boutique cooking school in the Marigny serves up culturally informed, farm-to-table fare with the added bonus of instruction. Open kitchen and convivial atmosphere add up to a good time. $$$

H Mona’s Café World 504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, tender-tangy beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros, stuffed into pillowy pita bread or on platters. The lentil soup with crunchy pita chips and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/ Breakfast 2001 Burgundy St., 525-9355, TheRubySlipperCafe.net. B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$ The Marigny Brasserie AMERICAN

640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472, MarignyBrasserie.com. L, D daily. Chic neighborhood bistro with traditional dishes like the fried green tomatoes and innovative cocktails such as the cucumber Collins. $$$ Faubourg St. John H Café Degas French 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, CafeDegas.com. L, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$

H 1000 Figs World 3141 Ponce De Leon St., 301-0848, 1000Figs.com. L, D Tue-Sat. Vegetarian-friendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-totable alternative to cookie-cutter Middle Eastern places. $$ French Quarter Angeline AMERICAN 1032 Chartres St., 308-3106, AngelineNola.com. B Mon-Thu, D daily, Br Sat-Sun,. Modern southern with a fine dining focus is the hallmark of this bistro tucked away in a quiet end of the French Quarter. Southern Fried Quail and Duck Confit Ravoli represent the style. $$$ Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Arnaud’s Louisianian Fare 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, ArnaudsRestaurant.com. D

daily, Br Sun. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade Italian 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, Remoulade.com. L, D daily. Granite-topped tables and an antique mahogany bar are home to the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thincrust pizza. $$ Antoine’s Louisianian Fare 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, Antoines.com. L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. This pinnacle of haute cuisine and birthplace of oysters Rockefeller is New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. (Every item is à la carte, with an $11 minimum.) Private dining rooms available. $$$$$ Antoine’s Annex Specialty Foods 513 Royal St., 525-8045, Antoines.com/AntoinesAnnex. Open daily. Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available. BB King’s Blues Club Barbecue 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, BBKings.com/neworleans. L, D daily. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician features a menu loaded with BBQ and southern-inspired specialties. Live music and late hours are a big part of the

fun. $$$ Bayou Burger Burgers 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256, SportsBarNewOrleans.com. L, D daily. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$ Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes, bourbon is offered as well. $$$ Bayona World 430 Dauphine St., 5254455, Bayona.com. L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$ Broussard’s French 819 Conti St., 581-3866, Broussards.com. D daily, Br Sun. Creole-French institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$ Café Giovanni Italian 117 Decatur St., 529-2154, CafeGiovanni.com. D daily. Live opera singers three nights a week. A selection of Italian specialties tweaked with a Creole influence and their Belli Baci happy hour adds to the atmosphere. $$$$

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St., 581-1112, CaneAndTableNola.com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Open late, this chefdriven rustic colonial cuisine and rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$ Chartres House Italian 601 Chartres St., 586-8383, ChartresHouse.com. L, D daily. This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$ Court of Two Sisters Louisianian Fare 613 Royal St., 522-7261, CourtOfTwoSisters. com. Br, D daily. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$ Criollo Louisianian Fare Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, CriolloNola.com. B, L, D daily. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various cultures reflected in Louisiana cooking and cuisine, often with a slight contemporary twist. $$$ Crazy Lobster Seafood 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, TheCrazyLobster.com. L, D daily. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination

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overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery Seafood 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. L, D daily. Crowd-pleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 841 Iberville St., 581-1316, Deanies.com. L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$

H Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Classic Creole dishes, such as redfish on the halfshell, and an Oyster Bar. Its extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$$ Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, DickieBrennansSteakhouse.com. L Fri, D daily. Nationally recognized steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and local seafood. Validated Parking next door. $$$$

H Doris Metropolitan Steakhouse 620 Chartres St., 267-3500, DorisMetropolitan.com. L Fri-Sun, D daily. Innovative, genre-busting steakhouse

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plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$ El Gato Negro World 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, ElGatoNegroNola.com. L, D daily. Central Mexican cuisine along with hand-muddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$ Galatoire’s Louisianian Fare 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, Galatoires.com. L, D Tue-Sun. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this world-famous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$

H GW Fins Seafood 808 Bienville St., 581-FINS (3467), GWFins.com. D daily. Owners Gary Wollerman and twice chef of the year Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak. On a quest for unique variety, menu is printed daily. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Steakhouse 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Galatoires33BarAndSteak.com. L Fri, D Sun-Thu. Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers handcrafted cocktails to accompany classic steakhouse fare as well as inspired dishes like the Gouté 33: horseradish-crusted bone marrow and deviled eggs with crab

ravigote and smoked trout. Reservations accepted. $$$ Hard Rock Café AMERICAN 125 Bourbon St., 529-5617, HardRock.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Local outpost of this global brand serves burgers, café fare and drinks in their rock memorabilia-themed environs. $$ House of Blues Louisianian Fare 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, HouseOfBlues.com/ NewOrleans. L, D daily. Surprisingly good menu complements music in the main room. World-famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$ Irene’s Cuisine Italian 539 St. Philip St., 529-8881. D Mon-Sat. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of this Creole-Italian favorite beloved by locals. Try the oysters Irene and crabmeat gratin appetizers. $$$$

H Italian Barrel Italian 430 Barracks St., 569-0198, ItalianBarrel.com. L, D daily. Northern Italian dishes like Braciola di Maiale as well as an exhaustive pasta menu tempt here at this local favorite that also offers al fresco seating. $$$ Killer Poboys Louisianian Fare 811 Conti St., 252-6745, KillerPoboys.blogspot.com. L, D Wed-Mon. This quasi-popup operating out of the Erin Rose Bar serves some of the city’s best poor boys, including one featuring glazed pork belly. $ K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen Louisianian


Fare 416 Chartres St., 596-2530, ChefPaul. com/KPaul. L Thu-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to a grateful nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$$$

H Kingfish Seafood 337 Charters St., 5985005, KingfishNewOrleans.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chefdriven French Quarter establishment. $$$ Le Bayou Seafood 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, LeBayouRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafoodcentric destination on Bourbon Street. Fried alligator is available for the more daring diner. $$$

H Marti’s French 1041 Dumaine St., 5225478, MartisNola.com. L Fri, D daily. Classic French cuisine, small plates and chilled seafood platters like Grand Plateau Fruits De Mer are the calling cards for this restaurant with an elegant “Old World” feel. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square Italian 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, Muriels.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Enjoy pecan-crusted drum and other local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted

establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House Italian 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, NapoleonHouse.com. L Mon-Sat, D Tue-Sat. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas, and for sipping, a Sazerac or lemony Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $$ NOLA Louisianian Fare 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, EmerilsRestaurants.com/NolaRestaurant. L Thu-Mon, D daily. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedarplank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill Seafood 739 Conti St., 5256002, OceanaGrill.com. B, L, D daily. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kid-friendly seafood destination. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro Gastropub 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, OrleansGrapevine.com. D daily. Wine is the muse at this beautifully renovated bistro, which offers vino by the flight, glass and bottle. A classic menu with an emphasis on local cuisine. $$$

H Patrick’s Bar Vin Gastropub 730 Bienville St., 200-3180, PatricksBarVin.com. D daily. This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small plates are served as well. $$ Pier 424 Seafood 424 Bourbon St., 309-

1574, Pier424SeafoodMarket.com. L, D daily. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by unusual twists like “Cajun-Boiled” Lobster prepared crawfish-style in spicy crab boil. $$$ Port of Call Burgers 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120, PortOfCallNola.com. L, D daily. It is all about the big, meaty burgers and giant baked potatoes in this popular bar/ restaurant – unless you’re cocktailing only, then it’s all about the Monsoons. $$

H R’evolution Italian 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, RevolutionNola.com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the more cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Chris Lusk and executive sous chef Erik Veney are in charge of day-to-day operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$ Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill Italian 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, RedFishGrill. com. L, D daily. Chef Austin Kirzner cooks up a broad menu peppered with local favorites such as barbecue oysters, blackened redfish and double-chocolate bread pudding. $$$$$ Rib Room AMERICAN Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, RibRoomNewOrleans.com. B, D daily, L MonSat, Br Sun. Old World elegance and high

ceilings, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning seafood and on Sundays a jazz brunch. $$$ Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant

Louisianian Fare 301 Dauphine St., 5860972, RichardFiskes.com. B, Bar Lunch daily. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street you can find this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-and-Bacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$ Royal House Louisianian Fare 441 Royal St., 528-2601, RoyalHouseRestaurant.com. L, D daily. B Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$ SoBou Louisianian Fare 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, SoBouNola.com. B, L, D daily. There is something for everyone at this “Modern Creole Saloon.” Decidedly unstuffy with an emphasis on craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Everything from $1 pork cracklins to an extravagant foie gras burger on accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$

H Tableau Louisianian Fare 616 S. Peter St., 934-3463, TableauFrenchQuarter.com. B Mon-Fri, L Mon-Sat, D daily, Brunch SatSun. Gulf seafood such as Redfish Bienville and classic Creole brunch dishes like eggs Hussard are the highlights of this Dickie

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Brennan restaurant that shares space with Le Petite Théâtre on the corner of Jackson Square. $$$

H The Bistreaux Louisianian Fare New Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, MaisonDupuy. com/dining.html. B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$

this Vietnamese outpost. $$ Harahan

H Oak Oven Italian 6625 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, 305-4039, OakOvenRestaurant.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Wood-fired pizza and seasonal Italian cuisine with a locavore philosophy brings respite to the burbs. Family friendly with patio seating to boot. $$

The Pelican Club AMERICAN 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504, PelicanClub. com. D daily. Serves an eclectic mix of hip food, from the seafood “martini” to claypot barbecued shrimp and a trio of duck. Three dining rooms available. $$$$$

Highway 190, (985) 626-7662, LaProvenceRestaurant.com. D Wed-Sun, Br Sun. Time-honored Provençal cuisine and rewards guests with a true farm-life experience, from house-made preserves, charcuterie, herbs, kitchen gardens and eggs cultivated on the property. $$$$$

Garden District Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s AMERICAN 2001 St. Charles Ave., 5939955, CopelandsCheesecakeBistro. com. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sun. Shiny, contemporary bistro serves Cajun-fusion fare along with its signature decadent desserts. Good lunch value to boot. $$ District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, DonutsAndSliders.com. B, L, D daily. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this nextgeneration café. $ Hoshun Restaurant Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, HoshunRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Offers a wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Five-pepper calamari is a tasty way to begin the meal, and their creative sushi rolls are good. Private dining rooms available. $$

H Mr. John’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, MrJohnsSteakhouse.com. D Tue-Sat, L FriSat. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$ Gretna H Tan Dinh Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1705 Lafayette St., 361-8008. B, L, D daily. Roasted quail and the beef pho rule at

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Kenner Drive, 469-5792, FiestaLatinaRestaurant. com. B, L, D daily. A big-screen TV normally shows a soccer match or MTV Latino at this home for authentic Central American food. Tacos include a charred carne asada. $$

823 Decatur St., 525-8676, TujaguesRestaurant.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. For more than 150 years this landmark restaurant has been offering Creole cuisine. Favorites include a nightly six-course table d’hôté menu featuring a unique beef brisket with Creole sauce. $$$$$

Cajun dining and dancing at Mulate’s

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The Bombay Club Louisianian Fare Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 5772237, TheBombayClub.com. D daily. Popular martini bar with plush British décor features live music during the week and late dinner and drinks on weekends. Nouveau Creole menu includes items such as Bombay drum. $$$$

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H Cava Louisianian Fare 789 Harrison Ave., 304-9034. D daily. Fine dining (and excellent wine list) at this high-end Cajun and Creole restaurant that makes customer service a big part of the experience. $$$ Lakeview Harbor Burgers 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887. L, D daily. Burgers are the name of the game at this restaurant. Daily specials, pizza and steaks are offered as well. $ Lakeview Pearl Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 6300 Canal St., 309-5711, LakeviewPearl. com. L, D Mon-Sat. A long list of specialty rolls rounds out the offerings of this Asian-Fusion restaurant. $$

H Mondo World 900 Harrison Ave., 224-2633, MondoNewOrleans.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Susan Spicer’s take on world cuisine. Make sure to call ahead because the place has a deserved reputation for good food and good times. $$$

In a city full of authentic and exquisite restaurants,

Lower Garden District H The Green Fork Vegan/Vegetarian 1400 Prytania St., 267-7672, GreenForkNola.com. B, L Mon-Sat. Fresh juices, smoothies and vegetarian-friendly fare make The Green Fork a favorite for lovers of healthy food. Catering is offered as well. $$

Mulate’s holds a special place as the “The King of Cajun

The Tasting Room Gastropub 1906 Magazine St., 581-3880, TTRNewOrleans. com. D Tue-Sun. Flights of wine and sophisticated small plates are the calling cards for this wine bar near Coliseum Square. $$

people. Mulate’s will help you pick from a range of

Voodoo BBQ Barbecue 1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647, VoodooBBQAndGrill. com. L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces

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Dine and Dance Halls.” This location features live Cajun music and dancing with home-cooked Cajun food, seven days a week. Mulate’s also has two private rooms where guests can tailor their own Cajun celebration, be it a small family gathering or a party for up to 1,200 Cajun menus and organize Cajun music and dancers if required. You can take a sneak peek at The Teche Room and the smaller Acadia Room on Mulate’s website. Mulate’s 201 Julia St., 522-1492, Mulates.com

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to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$ Metairie H Andrea’s Restaurant Italian 3100 19th St., 834-8583, AndreasRestaurant. com. L Mon-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Austin’s Louisianian Fare 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, AustinsNo. com. D Mon-Sat. Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$ Boulevard American Bistro AMERICAN 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. L, D daily. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, cafeB.com. D daily, L Mon-Fri. Br Sun. Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this familyfriendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! AMERICAN 3547 N. Hullen St., 267-9190. B, L Mon-Sat. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. B, L daily; D Mon-Sat.

CaffeCaffe.com Healthy, refreshing meal options combine with gourmet coffee and espresso drinks to create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. Try the egg white spinach wrap. $ Crabby Jack’s Louisianian Fare 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, CrabbyJacksNola.com. L Mon-Sat. Lunch outpost of Jacques-Imo’s. Famous for its fried seafood and poor boys including fried green tomatoes and roasted duck. $ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 1713 Lake Ave., 831-4141, Deanies.com. L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$ Don’s Seafood seafood 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1550, DonsSeafoodOnline.com. L, D Daily. Metairie outpost of historic local seafood chain that dates from 1934. Features an array of Cajun and seafood classics like their original ‘Jacked Up’ Oysters and seafood platters. Don’t miss their happy hour specials, which offer a good deal on popular dishes. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, DragosRestaurant. com. L, D Mon-Sat. This famous seafooder specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster

as well. $$$$

top-notch desserts. $$$$$

Heritage Grill AMERICAN 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 934-4900, HeritageGrillMetairie.com. L Mon-Fri. This lunch-only destination caters to the office crowd and offers a freshly squeezed juice menu to go along with its regular menu and express two-course lunch. $$

Sucré Specialty Foods 3301 Veterans Blvd., 834-2277, ShopSucre.com. Desserts daily. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available.

Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN 714 Elmeer Ave., 896-7300, MartinWineCellar.com. Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, towering burgers, hearty soups and salads and giant, deli-style sandwiches. $

Vega Tapas Café World 2051 Metairie Road, 836-2007, VegaTapasCafe.com. D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Fun, eclectic small plates destination offers creative fare keeps guests coming back with frequent regionally inspired specialty menus served with humor and whimsy. $$

Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant Seafood 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, AustinsNo.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$

H Royal China Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 600 Veterans Blvd., 831-9633. L daily, D Tue-Sun. Popular and family-friendly Chinese restaurant is one of the few places around that serves dim sum. $$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, RuthsChris. com. L Fri, D daily. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this area steak institution, but there are also great seafood choices and

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie, VicentsItalianCuisine.com. L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Snug Italian boîte packs them in, yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ Voodoo BBQ Barbecue 2740 Severn Ave., 353-4227, VoodooBBQAndGrill.com. L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$ Mid-City

H Blue Dot Donuts 4 Specialty Foods 301 Canal St., 218-4866, BlueDotDonuts.com. B, L Tue-Sun. The Bacon Maple Long John gets all the press, but returning customers are

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happy with the classics as well as twists like peanut butter and jelly.

H Café Minh Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4139 Canal St., 482-6266, CafeMinh.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Chef Minh Bui and Cynthia Vutran bring a fusion touch to Vietnamese cuisine with French accents and a contemporary flair. $$

H Crescent City Steaks Steakhouse 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, CrescentCitySteaks.com. L Tue-Fri & Sun, D Tue-Sun. One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$ Five Happiness Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, FiveHappiness.com. L, D daily. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and house-baked duck. $$ Gracious Bakery + Café Bakery/Breakfast 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, GraciousBakery.com. B, L daily. Boutique bakery on the ground floor of the Woodward Building offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $ Juan’s Flying Burrito World 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950, JuansFlyingBurrito.com. L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an

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carnivore’s delight. $$$

H Katie’s Restaurant and Bar Louisianian Fare 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582,

Parkway Bakery and Tavern

AMERICAN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047,

Trèo Gastropub 3835 Tulane Ave., 3044878, TreoNola.com. L Fri-Sat, D daily. Craft cocktail bar also serves a short but excellent small plates menu to accompany its artfully composed libations. $$

KatiesInMidCity.com. L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch make this a neighborhood favorite. $$

H Liuzza’s Italian 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120, Liuzzas.com. L, D daily. Classic neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$

H Mandina’s Louisianian Fare 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, MandinasRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Though the ambiance is more upscale, the food and seafood dishes make dining here a New Orleans experience. $$

H Mona’s Café World 3901 Banks St., 4827743. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, tender-tangy beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros, stuffed into pillowy pita bread or on platters. The lentil soup with crunchy pita chips and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

H MoPho Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, MoPhoNola.com. L, D Wed-Mon. Vietnamese cuisine meets southern Louisiana in this upscale casual hybrid by chef Michael Gulotta. Mix-andmatch pho and an interesting poor boy

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ParkwayPoorBoys.com. L, D Wed-Mon. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $ Ralph’s On The Park Italian 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, RalphsOnThePark.com. Br Sun, L Tue-Fri, D daily. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good cocktails. $$$$

H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/ Breakfast 139 S. Cortez St., 525-9355, TheRubySlipperCafe.net. B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$

H Taqueria Guerrero World 208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959. B, L, D, Tue-Sat. Friendly staff and authentic Mexican cuisine make this affordable neighborhood restaurant a neighborhood favorite. BYOB $

H Toups’ Meatery Louisianian Fare 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, ToupsMeatery. com. L, D Tue-Sat. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a

Multiple Locations Byblos World Multiple Locations, ByblosRestaurants.com. L, D daily. Upscale Middle Eastern cuisine featuring traditional seafood, lamb and vegetarian options. $$ Café du Monde Bakery/Breakfast Multiple Locations, CafeDuMonde.com. This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. $ CC’s Coffee House Bakery/Breakfast Multiple locations in New Orleans, Metairie and Northshore, CCsCoffee.com. Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $ Copeland’s Louisianian Fare Multiple Locations, CopelandsofNewOrleans.com. L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$ Little Tokyo Asian Fusion/Pan Asian Multiple locations, LittleTokyoNola.com. L, D daily. Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure


that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House Seafood Multiple Locations, MrEdsRestaurants. com/oyster-bar. L, D daily. A seafood lover’s paradise offering an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened redfish and more. An elaborate raw bar featuring gulf oysters both charbroiled and raw is part of the draw. $$$ Reginelli’s Pizzeria pizza Multiple Locations, Reginellis.com. L, D daily. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$ Theo’s Pizza Multiple Locations, TheosPizza.com. L, D daily. The cracker-crisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with a lot of local ingredients at cheap prices. $$ Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill AMERICAN Multiple Locations, ZeaRestaurants.com. L, D daily. Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular restaurant serves a variety of grilled items as well as appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Also offers catering services. $$$ Northshore Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 2466155, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as

one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

simply. $$

Dakota AMERICAN 629 N. Highway 190, (985) 892-3712, TheDakotaRestaurant.com. L Tue-Fri, D M on-Sat. A sophisticated dining experience with generous portions. $$$$$

Brigtsen’s Louisianian Fare 723 Dante St., 861-7610, Brigtsens.com. D Tue-Sat. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie destination. $$$$$

H Del Porto Ristorante Italian 501 E. Boston St., (985) 875-1006, DelPortoRistorante.com. L, D Tue-Sat. One of the Northshore’s premier fine dining destinations serving Italian food that makes use of locally sourced meats and produce. $$$ Gallagher’s Grill Louisianian Fare 509 S. Tyler St., (985) 892-9992, GallaghersGrill. com. L, D Tue-Sat. Chef Pat Gallagher’s destination restaurant offers al fresco seating to accompany classically inspired New Orleans fare. Event catering offered. $$$ Riverbend H Ba Chi Canteen Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 7900 Maple St., 373-5628. L, D Mon-Sat. The kitchen plays fast and loose with Vietnamese fare at this eclectic outpost on Maple Street. Try the caramelized pork “Baco”. $

H Boucherie Louisianian Fare 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, Boucherie-Nola. com. L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented

Carrollton Market AMERICAN 8132 Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket. com. L Sat-Sun, D Tue-Sat. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$

H Chill Out Café Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 729 Burdette St., 872-9628. B, L daily, D Mon-Sat. Thai food and breakfast favorites like waffles and pancakes can both be had at this affordable college-friendly hangout. $

H Cowbell Burgers 8801 Oak St., 2988689, Cowbell-Nola.com. L, D Tue-Sat. Burgers and homemade sauces on potato rolls are the specialty here, along with other favorites like skirt steak. $$ Upper 9th Ward St. Roch Market Louisianian Fare 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, StRochMarket. com. B, L, D daily. Beautiful restoration of historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$ Uptown

Amici Italian 3218 Magazine St., 300-1250, AmiciNola.com. L, D daily. Coal-fired pizza is the calling card for this destination, but the menu offers an impressive list of authentic and Creole Italian specialties as well. $$

H Ancora pizza 4508 Freret St., 324-1636, AncoraPizza.com. D daily. Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza fired in an oven imported from Naples. The housemade charcuterie makes it a double-winner. $$

H Apolline Louisianian Fare 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881, ApollineRestaurant.com. D Tue-Sun, Br Sat-Sun. Cozy gem serves a refined menu of French and Creole classics peppered with Southern influences such as buttermilk fried quail with corn waffle. $$$ Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute. org. B, L Tue-Sat, Br Sun. A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$ Blue Frog Chocolates Specialty Foods 5707 Magazine St., 269-5707, BlueFrogChocolates.com. Open daily, closed Sundays in summer. French and Belgian chocolate truffles and Italian candy flowers make this a great place for gifts. Bouligny Tavern Gastropub 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, BoulignyTavern. com. D Mon-Sat. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines

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are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$

Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along with contemporary creations. $$$$$

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Jacques-Imo’s Cafe Louisianian Fare 8324 Oak St., 861-0886, Jacques-Imos. com. D Mon-Sat. Reinvented New Orleans cuisine served in a party atmosphere. The deep-fried roast beef poor boy is delicious. The lively bar scene offsets the long wait on weekends. $$$$

St., 894-6238. L, D daily. One of a just few authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the city, excellent injera and spicy vegetarian fare make this a local favorite. $$ Camellia Grill AMERICAN 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. B, L, D daily. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $ Casamento’s Louisianian Fare 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, CasamentosRestaurant.com. L Thu-Sat, D Thu-Sun. The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer and for all major holidays. $$ Chiba Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 8312 Oak St., 826-9119, Chiba-Nola.com. L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Contemporary restaurant features fresh, exotic fish from all over the world and fusion fare to go along with typical Japanese options. Extensive sake list and late night happy hours are a plus. $$$ Clancy’s Louisianian Fare 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, ClancysNewOrleans.com. L Thu-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$

JungsChinese.com. L, D daily. This Chinese destination is a real find. Along with the usual, you’ll find spicy cold noodle dishes and dumplings. One of the few local Chinese places that breaks the Americanized mold. $

H La Crêpe Nanou French 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, LaCrepeNanou.com. D daily, Br Sun. Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neighborhood institution. $$$ La Petite Grocery French 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, LaPetiteGrocery.com. L Tue-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$

H Coquette French 2800 Magazine St.,

Magazine St., 896-7611, MagasinCafe. com. L, D Mon-Sat. Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available as well. $

Domilise’s Louisianian Fare 5240 Annunciation St., 899-912. L, D Mon-Sat. Local institution and rite-of-passage for those wanting an initiation to the real New Orleans. Wonderful poor boys and a unique atmosphere make this a one-of-akind place. $ Frankie & Johnny’s Seafood 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, FrankieAndJohnnys.net. L, D daily. Serves fried and boiled seafood along with poor boys and daily lunch specials. Kid-friendly with a game room to boot. $$

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H Jung’s Golden Dragon Asian Fusion/ Pan Asian 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280,

Lilette French 3637 Magazine St., 8951636, LiletteRestaurant.com. L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$

Dick and Jenny’s Louisianian Fare 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, DickAndJennys.com. D Mon-Sat. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$

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Juan’s Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000, JuansFlyingBurrito.com. L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $

Commander’s Palace Louisianian Fare 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, CommandersPalace.com. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Award-winner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$

265-0421, CoquetteNola.com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from chef Michael and his partner Lillian Hubbard. $$$

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H Magasin Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4201

Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN 3827 Baronne St., 899-7411, MartinWine.com. Wine by the glass or bottle with cheeses, salads, sandwiches and snacks. $ Mat & Naddie’s Louisianian Fare 937 Leonidas St., 861-9600, MatAndNaddies. com. D Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat. Cozy converted house serves up creative and eclectic regionally inspired fare. Shrimp and crawfish croquettes make for a good appetizer and when the weather is right the romantic patio is the place to sit. $$$$

H Panchita’s World 1434 S. Carrollton Ave., 281-4127. L, D daily. Authentic, budget-friendly Mexican restaurant serves tamales, mole and offers free chips and salsa as well as sangria. $ Pascal’s Manale Italian 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, PascalsManale. com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Vintage neighborhood restaurant since 1913

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Opal Basil has opened at 719 S. Peters Street. It will feature breakfast and lunch, serving rustic and artisan sandwiches. As the day winds down, the place will transition into a wine bar serving small plates by chef Robert Vasquez, an award winning chef who has pioneered southwestern cuisine through his 30 years in the catering, restaurant and retail business. Opal Basil will also offer Paleo ‘Grab & Go’ options for the local residents and visitors. Opal Basil, 719 S. Peters St.

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and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves icy cold, freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$$$

H Patois World 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441, PatoisNola.com. L Fri, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. The food is French in technique, with influences from across the Mediterranean as well as the American South, all filtered through the talent of chef Aaron Burgau. Reservations recommended. $$$ Pizza Domenica pizza 4933 Magazine St., 301-4978, PizzaDomenica.com. L Fri-Sun, D daily. James Beard Award Winning Chef Alon Shaya’s pizza centric spinoff of his popular Restaurant Domenica brings Neapolitan-style pies to Uptown. Excellent salads and charcuterie boards are offered as well. $$

H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/Breakfast 200 Magazine St., 525-9355; 1005 Canal St., 525-9355, TheRubySlipperCafe.net. B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$

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made with slow-cooked duck are dishes to try. $$$ St. James Cheese Company Specialty

Foods 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737, StJamesCheese.com. Open daily. Specialty shop offers a selection of fine cheeses, wines, beers and related accouterments. Look for wine and cheese specials every Friday. Sucré Specialty Foods 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311, ShopSucre.com. Desserts daily & nightly. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available. Tracey’s Irish Restaurant & Bar AMERICAN 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, TraceysNola. com. L, D daily. A neighborhood bar with one of the best messy roast beef poor boys in town. The gumbo, cheeseburger poor boy and other sandwiches are also winners. Grab a local Abita beer to wash it all down. Also a great location to watch the game. $

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H Shaya World 4213 Magazine St.,

Freret St., 267-0320, TheCompanyBurger.

891-4213, ShayaRestaurant.com. L, D daily. James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya pays homage to his native Israel with this contemporary Israeli hotspot.

com. L, D daily. Custom-baked butterbrushed buns and fresh-ground beef patties make all the difference at this excellent burger hotspot. Draft beer and craft

The Delachaise Gastropub 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, TheDelaichaise.com. D daily. Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub. Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$ H Upperline AMERICAN 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, Upperline.com. D Wed-Sun. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger and talented chef Dave Bridges make for a winning combination at this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$ H Wayfare AMERICAN 4510 Freret St., 309-0069, WayfareNola.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Creative sandwiches and southerninspired small plates. $$ Ye Olde College Inn AMERICAN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933. com. D Tue-Sat. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine.com. L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ Warehouse District

Lucy’s World 710 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995, LucysRetiredSurfers.com. L, D daily. The focus is on fun at this islandthemed oasis with a menu that cherry-picks tempting dishes from across the globe’s tropical latitudes. Popular for lunch, and the after-work crowds stay well into the wee hours at this late-night hangout. $ West Bank Nine Roses Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1100 Stephen St., 366-7665, NineRosesResturant. com. L, D Sun-Tue, Thu-Sat. The extensive Vietnamese menu specializes in hot pots, noodles and dishes big enough for everyone to share. $$ West End Landry’s Seafood Seafood 8000 Lakeshore Drive, West End, 283-1010, LandrysSeafood.com. L, D daily. Kid-friendly and popular seafood spot serves of heaping platters of fried shrimp, Gulf oysters, catfish and more. $$

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Bayona

AustinsNO.com 5101 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie 504-888-5533

Bayona.com 430 Dauphine St., New Orleans 504-525-4455

Austin’s Restaurant has been known as Metairie’s hot spot for steak, seafood and the Creole-Italian creations of Ed McIntyre and his culinary staff. Serving dinner Monday-Saturday, 5 pm ‘till. Private rooms are available for luncheons, banquets, rehearsal dinners and corporate events. Reservations recommended.

New Orleans residents and tourists alike have been patrons and fans of Bayona for 27 years, consistently receiving the highest ratings for food, service and atmosphere. Now open evenings Mon-Sat from 5:30 p.m. for theatre and event goers. Lunch is served Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.

Broussard’s

Court of Two Sisters

Crazy Lobster

Broussards.com 819 Rue Conti St., New Orleans 504-581-3866

CourtOfTwoSisters.com 613 Royal St., New Orleans 504-522-7261

TheCrazyLobster.com 500 Port of New Orleans Pl., Suite 83 504-569-3380

In a city that joyously celebrates fine dining as an art form, Broussard’s has been a New Orleans fixture for nearly a century. Located in the heart of New Orleans’ venerable French Quarter, Broussard’s offers chef Neal Swidler’s creative contemporary renditions of classic Creole cuisine in a timeless historic setting.

The Court of Two Sisters, known for its large dining courtyard, serves a lavish daily Jazz Brunch buffet, and now serves appetizers at the Carriageway Bar. Enjoy Blackened Alligator or BBQ Shrimp while sipping cocktails at the bar. At night, order la carte or the four-course dinner menu. Reservations recommended.

Enjoy Riverside dining on the banks of the Mississippi River. Their signature dish is the Bounty of Sea, featuring a twopound Maine lobster, shrimp, crawfish, snow crab, clams, mussels, corn and potatoes. Listen to the sounds of live music featuring the best entertainment straight off Frenchmen Street. Visit them after a long day at Jazz Fest.

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Briquette BriquetteNOLA.com 701 South Peters, New Orleans Award-winning chef Robert Vasquez will create a coastal contemporary menu and will utilize a large charcoal grill to highlight fresh fish and seafood. There will also be handcrafted cocktails and well curated wine list as well as small plates perfect for sharing.


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Fair Grounds

FrenchQuarter-Dining.com

FairGroundsRaceCourse.com/groupsales 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans 504-948-1285

FiveHappiness.com 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans 504-482-3935

Since 1872, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has been a part of the cultural fabric of this wonderful city. With great pleasure, we offer our considerable experience, southern hospitality and unique facilities to make your occasion truly memorable.

At Five Happiness, the ambience and friendly staff will take you to a new level of dining experience. This award-winning restaurant always strives to achieve its best. Private party and banquet rooms are available.

Galatoire's 33

Hoshun

Galatoires33BarandSteak.com 215 Bourbon St., New Orleans 504-335-3932

HoshunRestaurant.com 1601 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans 504-302-9171

Katie's

Whether stopping in for a short visit or a comfortable stay, Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak offers classic, hand-crafted cocktails and the finest wines and spirits, alongside USDA prime steaks from the dinner menu and lighter fare at Bar “33”.

Chinese or Japanese? Can’t decide? Hoshun is your answer, offering an extensive menu from classic Chinese dishes to Japanese sushi and everything in between (like Vietnamese pho or pad Thai). Stick with one cuisine, or mix and match. Open daily until 2 a.m.

It’s important to take time to celebrate the small things in life. Dickie Brennan & Co.’s four restaurants help make it easy. Book any event with 20 guests or less, and their chefs will work with you to create a specialized menu with additions like wine, beer, or spirit pairings. Book now at FrenchQuarter-Dining.com.

KatiesInMidCity.com 3701 Iberville St., New Orleans 504-488-6582

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Five Happiness

Dickie Brennan & Co.

Fresh and delicious, the Daily Catch Noel features grilled fresh fish over veggies topped with lump crabmeat and grilled shrimp. Call to ask about daily specials. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and don’t miss the bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch.

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Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar and Fish House MrEdsRestaurants.com Mid-City, Metairie, French Quarter & St. Charles Now open in Mid-City at the corner of Carrollton and Bienville, Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar serves your choice of chargrilled, fried or raw oysters, as well as long time favorites such as Oyster Rockefeller and Bienville. Offering both a stand up oyster bar and cocktail bar, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy. Four unique locations; one great menu.

Mulate's

MrEdsRestaurants.com 1001 Live Oak, Metairie 504-838-0022 910 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner 504-463-3030

Mulates.com 201 Julia St. 504-522-1492

Mr. Ed’s has been a local favorite since 1989, offering home-style cooking, Italian cuisine, seafood favorites, and Mr. Ed’s Famous Fried Chicken. Open Monday- Saturday for lunch and dinner. Daily lunch specials and catering are available as well.

Mulate's is famous for preserving and celebrating the food, music and culture found in the small towns and along the bayous of South Louisiana. Enjoy fresh seafood and local brews. Open at 11 a.m. daily and live Cajun music nightly.

New Orleans Creole Cookery

Opal Basil

Orleans Grapevine

NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com 510 Toulouse St., New Orleans 504-524-9632

OpalBasil.com 719 South Peters, New Orleans

OrleansGrapevine.com 720 Orleans Ave., New Orleans 504-523-1930

Savor authentic Creole dishes prepared by chef John Trinh, formerly of Eleven 79. Delight in traditional dishes such as gumbo, shrimp Creole and crawfish etouffée, as well as an oyster happy hour Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and signature drinks in the historic French Quarter.

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Chef Robert Vasquez draws on his vast restaurant, catering, and retail experience to helm Opal Basil. Originally based in Old Mandeville, Opal Basil, a wine bar and restaurant, is set to dazzle taste buds at their new home in the Warehouse District serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Enjoy true New Orleans atmosphere in a beautiful, tropical courtyard. Orleans Grapevine serves high quality cuisine and one of the largest selections of wine by the bottle or by the glass. Don’t miss the popular Bacon Happy Hour, where you’ll enjoy free bacon with your cocktails and wine. 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight daily.


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Poppy's Time Out Grill

PascalsManale.com 1838 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans 504-895-4877

PoppysTimeOutSportsBar.com Spanish Plaza across from Harrah's Casino 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 80 504-247-9265

Voted “Best Po’ Boy in Louisiana” by USA Today’s 10 Best, Parkway Bakery & Tavern is the oldest poor boy shop in New Orleans, overlooking the historic Bayou St. John in Mid-City. Enjoy one of Parkway’s legendary poor boys in the restaurant, covered patio or classic New Orleans bar.

This famous restaurant has been familyowned and operated since 1913. Pascal’s Manale is the origin of the well known Original Pascal’s Barbeque Shrimp. The old-time oyster and cocktail bars offer raw oysters on the half shell and all types of cocktails, as well as a great selection of fine wines. Fresh seafood, Italian dishes and delicious steaks are featured.

Poppy's Time Out is the place with the hottest sports action. They have all the DirecTV packages on 21 huge screens, great food and 20 beers on tap. They are open seven days a week, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Catch the game with them.

Ralph Brennan

Red Gravy

Restaurant Revolution

RalphBrennanCatering.com 504-539-5510

RedGravyCafe.com 125 Camp St., New Orleans 504-561-8844

RevolutionNola.com 777 Bienville St., New Orleans 504-553-2277

Chef de cuisine Roseann stays true to her roots with the Seaside Stack – Jersey pork roll, provolone, and two eggs on Mayhew Bakery brioche French toast. Voted #1 Brunch in New Orleans Magazine and on Open Table! Open Wednesday through Mon. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed 9/6.

Executive chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto present Restaurant R’evolution’s Sunday Jazz Brunch, an unparalleled fine dining experience highlighting reinterpretations of Louisiana cuisine and live music. Also featuring Bar R’evolution, Dinner nightly and Lunch Fridays. Comp valet parking at lunch.

Ralph Brennan Catering is known as New Orleans’ premier caterer for groups from 100 to 1,200 people. With the ability to match your palate, theme and budget in your home, restaurant, or venue of your choice, they are dedicated to providing a seamless, professional and, above all, memorable experience.

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Pascal's Manale

ParkwayPoorBoys.com 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans 504-482-3047

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Rizzuto’s Ristorante & Chop House 6262 Fleur de Lis Dr., New Orleans 504-300-1804 Rizzuto’s focuses on bringing you “Village Classics” that have been mainstays of our family for over half a century, as well as steak and chop specialties. With an exquisite wine list and specialty cocktail menu, your experience at Rizzuto’s will be nothing short of satisfied.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Sala

RuthsChris.com 525 Fulton St. Inside Harrah’s Hotel, New Orleans 504-587-7099

SalaNola.com 124 Lake Marina Ave., New Orleans 504-513-2670

Get the best steak house experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our signature 500° sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. Come in tonight and experience Ruth’s delicious, timeless recipe for yourself.

Enjoy brunch with bottomless mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 8 a.m. Try Traditional or Crab Cakes Benedict, Eggs Sardou, Omelets or something sweet like Zeppole or French Toast. Weekdays, happy hour is from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the bar. Open until midnight Thursday through Saturday. Closed Mondays.

St. Charles Parish

The Country Club TheCountryClubNewOrleans.com 634 Louisa St., New Orleans 504-945-0742

The Ruby Slipper Café

EdwardDufresneCommunityCenter.com 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Pkwy., Luling 985-331-3795 St. Charles Parish’s multi-functional facility is designed to host numerous functions from meetings to formal banquets and receptions. Their full-service, on-site caterer is available to meet all your food and beverage needs from ten guests to a formal dinner for 500.

Dive into a tasty paradise, tucked away in the heart of the Bywater. With a newly renovated space, The Country Club offers the perfect setting for enjoying chef-driven cuisine inspired by Italian-French and CreoleSouthern heritages. From chateaubriand to jumbo sea scallops, the new menu by Chef Chris Barbato, has all the foodies talking.

Tommy's Cuisine TommysNewOrleans.com 746 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans 504-581-1103

TheRubySlipperCafe.net Locations in New Orleans: Mid-City, Marigny, CBD, French Quarter, Uptown; Baton Rouge, LA; Pensacola, FL and Orange Beach, AL 504-525-9355 The Ruby Slipper Café adds a New Orleans twist to Southern breakfast, brunch and lunch classics. The scratch kitchen and eye-opening cocktails, such as the award- winning Bacon Bloody Mary, make it a hot spot for fueling up before a festival or grabbing a quick lunch during the weekday.

True Italian Cuisine with touches of French Creole influence served proudly in the heart of the Warehouse District. Tommy’s Cuisine combines a quintessential New Orleans reverence for fine ingredients with artfully concocted combinations to create a world-class dining experience.


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Back to School

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ur school years are a time for making lasting memories. They are also years that influence the adults we become, whether through the relationships we form, the information we glean, or the life lessons we learn. From the debate tournaments that led to law school, the science class that opened a path into medicine or engineering, or the teacher who inspired you to do the same, we can all identify the special moments or special people that changed the course of our lives forever. As students across New Orleans head back to school this month, it’s a great time to review the options for next year and the years after that. Finding a school and the learning resources right for your child or family can be a daunting task with so many great options for academics around the corner. From language immersion schools to Catholic, Jewish and charter, the discerning parent can wade into the waters of education in Greater New Orleans confident there’s a school

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with matching priorities. Additionally, health resources round out our guide to getting “Back to School.” Early/Primary Education For a strong primary education combined with the unique qualities of an outdoor country environment just minutes from downtown, check out Arden Cahill Academy, which is nestled on a 12-acre tract of land along Bayou Fatma in Gretna. Not only does the campus provide state-of-the-art classroom learning facilities, but an equestrian arena, stables and petting farm help the school provide unique learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom environment.  The school focuses on cultural enrichment as one part of its primary education and tradition of academic excellence. Their 300-seat theater, art studios, music rooms and foreign language programs ensure students’ abilities to excel in the arts, while a football field, competition pool, gymnasium, and


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extra-curricular athletics allow students to excel in physical competition as well. Arden Cahill Academy offers before and after school care and a specialized Infant Center that accepts children as young as six weeks. The academy also offers Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp. For more information on the school, please call 504-3920902 or visit ArdenCahillAcademy.com. Fall Open House takes place November 14 at 9:00 a.m. Trinity Episcopal is a co-educational, Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school. Their campus is located in the Garden District and offers a pleasant and stimulating learning environment for students and faculty. Trinity continues in the tradition of its predecessor school, Miss Edith Aiken’s Little School, and in that of Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity nurtures a child’s mind, body and spirit through a fun and challenging program that offers the best in the academic disciplines, uses best practices and is taught by a skillful, experienced and loving faculty and staff. The school’s mission is to build confident, resilient “upstanders” on a foundation of academic excellence, moral responsibility, and faith, who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world. Characteristics of Trinity graduates include being an empathetic “upstander,” a reflective person, an ardent questioner, a fluent communicator and a collaborative learner. For more information or to schedule an individual tour, please visit TrinityNola.com or call the Admission Office

at 504-525-8661. Open Houses for grades PK – 8 will take place on October 12, November 16, and January 19, all at 9:00 a.m. The mission of the Stuart Hall School for Boys is to live the words of Catholic educator, Janet Erskine Stuart, RSJC: “Education is formation, not just information.” Faculty and staff are dedicated to working with parents to help each child build a foundation for a life centered on a love for learning, a desire to help others, and a commitment to Gospel values. Now in its 34th year, Stuart Hall School is the only school in the greater New Orleans area to offer a Catholic, independent, all-boy education in a traditional, elementary school configuration (PK3-7th). Faith, honor, leadership and scholarship are the foundations upon which Stuart Hall builds future community leaders who have an unselfish commitment to the service of others. It truly is a school “Where Good Boys Become Great Men.”   For more information on Stuart Hall School for Boys or to tour the campus, please call 504-861-5384 or visit StuartHall.org. St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 60 years of experience in educating the mind, body and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 18 months through grade 8, offering ten+ years of nurturing yet challenging education that focuses on the Decade of Childhood. St. Andrew’s utilizes small classes to promote a challenging

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learning environment where students interact with teachers and grow spiritually, socially and intellectually. A strong academic program, enhanced by state-of-the-art technology, includes Spanish, music, chapel, fine arts, athletics and library skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports and community service round out St. Andrew’s program. See their students and teachers in action at an upcoming Open House -October 26 for Cottage, November 9 for PKGrade 4, December 7 for the Middle School Preview, or January 26 for STEM Expo PK-Grade 8 - or call for a personal tour. For more information, please visit the school’s website at SAESnola.org/admissions. Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only private French school in New Orleans that is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana. Founded in 1998, the mission of the school is to provide a strong and distinctive education by combining the best of French and American academics. Ecole Bilingue follows the curriculum of the French Education Nationale, considered to be one of the most rigorous educational systems in the world. Ecole Bilingue also offers a rich English language arts, and American mathematics and social studies programs designed to balance out and complement the strength of the French curriculum. The school has a campus of three buildings off Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans with students and teachers from the U.S. and

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around the world. Classes are offered for children in preschool (18 months) through 8th grade. The student-to-teacher ratio is 8 to 1, allowing each student an opportunity to have personalized attention for a better, differentiated education. For more information on Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, please visit EBnola.net. To schedule a tour, call 504-896-4500. Inspiring academics ignite all aspects of learning at Jewish Community Day School (JCDS). From PreK – 5th grade, JCDS is a fresh, egalitarian expression of the thousands-yearold tradition of high quality Jewish education. The school’s commitment to low student-to-teacher ratios ensures your child benefits from small groups and one-on-one instruction from highly qualified faculty. The JCDS curriculum builds intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills, empowering students to turn their knowledge and values into action. Whether developing technologies to address Louisiana’s vanishing coastline, cultivating an organic garden, or giving Tzeddakah to alleviate the struggles of others, JCDS students make a difference. At JCDS, parents and teachers are on the same team: your child’s. Tour JCDS and check out the Berenson 21st Century Learning Lab, full-size gym, pool and fully equipped classrooms. See what makes a JCDS education remarkable. Reach Admissions Manager Lauren Ungar at 504-887-4091 or e-mail lungar@jcdsnola.org. Visit JCDSnola.org. 


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Audubon Charter School excels in fostering a culturally rich and academically rigorous program that combines French and Montessori curricula with a comprehensive arts curriculum. Serving Pre-K through 8th grade, Audubon is proud of its reputation as an “A” rated school.  Audubon’s French program is one of only 57 in North America that is fully accredited through the Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE) and designated as a Certified World Languages Site. The Montessori program is accredited through the American Montessori Society and is one of the only Montessori programs in New Orleans that extends beyond the Kindergarten level. The Arts program includes general instruction in visual arts, music, or theater with opportunities to be placed in a Talented Program for additional formalized instruction. Audubon focuses on cultivating the whole child through individualized learning, multi-cultural and language exposure, and an emphasis on arts education. For more information, visit AudubonCharter.com or contact admissions at admissions@auduboncharter.com. Established in 1891, Holy Name of Jesus School is located in the Uptown area of New Orleans, adjacent to Loyola and Tulane Universities. It is a Roman Catholic, co-educational school for grades PK3 through 7th grade. Serving the Greater New Orleans area, the educational philosophy of Holy Name

of Jesus centers on teaching children confidence, compassion, and integrity while achieving academic excellence and maintaining the Catholic faith in an inclusive community. The school has flourished under the guidance of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Jesuit Fathers for over 125 years, and continues to guide their mission of educating the whole child both academically and spiritually. Private tours are available throughout the year by appointment. For more information, call 504-861-1466 or visit HNJschool.org. Experience the difference at Holy Name of Jesus— Faith, Family, Foundation for over 100 years. Continuous Education / K-12 Founded in 1867, the Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college prep school for girls, ages 1 through Grade 12. The school is committed to values of faith, intellectual advancement, social awareness, the building of community, and personal growth.   As part of a network of 150+ Sacred Heart schools, its global exchange program allows students to visit other sister schools in the U. S. and abroad. With global exchange opportunities, thought leadership, service learning activities, a tech-forward campus, design thinking and more, Sacred Heart girls are truly inspired to go out and make change in the world. Open House for Grades 5-12 is Wednesday, October 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Discover Sacred Heart for Ages 1 – Grade 4 is Saturday, October 14 from 9:00-11:00

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a.m., and Tuesday Tours take place October 17, October 24, November 7, and January 9 from 8:30-11:00 a.m.  For more info, call 504-269-1213 or visit AshRosary.org. Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a co-educational, non-denominational, independent school where care and cultivation of each child, from Pre-K through Grade 12, come to life with exciting and innovative approaches to teaching. The use of advanced technology and expansive, rigorous curriculum opens the world to Country Day students, and faculty teach them the importance of individual achievement through depth of inquiry rather than mere recitation of facts. Visit an Admission Open House or email  admissions@mpcds.com for a private tour. Upcoming Open Houses include: Pre-K on November 2 at 6:30pm; K-5th January 18 at 8:30am; 6th-12th grades on November 14 at 6:30pm and January 11 at 8:15am. Country Day’s Early Childhood Center provides children six weeks to four years a place to blossom with flexible enrollment options ranging from two to five days a week, with part or fulltime availability. Email cdecc@mpcds.com for a private tour.   Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is committed to the intellectual, ethical, emotional and physical development of each student. Newman offers a challenging, comprehensive and developmentally appropriate curriculum from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, with Green Trees Early Childhood Village enrolling children ages six weeks to four years. A Newman education encourages critical and independent thinking, leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, and provides superior guidance and support for high achieving students and families. Newman invites guests to explore the school’s offerings by visiting the school website or by scheduling a tour during the fall or spring. Individual visits are always encouraged and welcome. You may arrange a tour by calling 504-896-6323. Visit NewmanSchool.org for more information. Louisiana’s highest performing K-12 public school, Lusher

Charter School, a National Blue Ribbon School in partnership with Tulane University, offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary, college-focused curriculum. Lusher students engage in a comprehensive program, enhancing critical, analytical, and creative thinking. Serving 1,700 students, Lusher maintains two Uptown campuses - the Lower School on Willow Street, and the Middle and High schools on Freret Street. Arts integration starts in the Lower School; many Lusher students continue artistic pursuits in high school Certificate of Artistry programs. Students may choose an area of concentration in Humanities/Communications or Math/Science/Engineering. Beginning with introductory Engineering classes in Lower School, STEM options expand to include Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Science and AP courses in all sciences. A Learning Resource Center and stateof-the-art science laboratories support academic excellence. Qualifying juniors and seniors earn college credit at Tulane. Lusher’s numerous extracurricular offerings include 27 sports teams that operate with the support of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who provided funding for Lusher’s Brees Family Field. Call 504-862-5110 (Willow) or 504-304-3961 (Freret) to find out more about Lusher’s outstanding program. Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic school offering a diverse educational environment from early childhood (Toddler 2) through a college preparatory secondary program (Grade 12). Founded in 1727, Ursuline Academy enjoys the distinction of being both the oldest school for girls and the oldest Catholic school in the United States.  Combining tradition and innovation, the Ursuline experience empowers girls to become leaders of confidence and compassion. An Ursuline girl is strong and unique in all ways: spiritually, intellectually, physically. High School Open House (Grade 8-12) will be Thursday, October 26 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Elementary School Tours will be given November 8, 15, and 29. Private tours are also available by appointment. To join the Ursuline family, visit UAnola.org or contact the Office of Admissions at  504-866-5292 or admissions@uanola.org. Secondary / High School Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school, has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since it was founded in 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News and World Report, Franklin has received the highest School Performance Score in Louisiana, making it the #1 public school in the state, year after year. Franklin has been repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and recently won the National Green Ribbon Award. The school produces Presidential and National Merit Scholars each year with 99.9 percent of students attending four-year colleges. Franklin has the #1 Advanced Placement Program in Louisiana.  The class of 2017 earned over $36 million in merit-based scholarships. The 235 graduates received 934 acceptances in 36 states and nine countries.

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For more information, visit BFHSla.org or call the admissions office directly at 504-286-2610. The Mount Carmel Academy experience is filled with opportunities for each student to pursue her passions, uncover new talents, grow spiritually, and discover the person God created her to become. The challenging curriculum enables students to cultivate critical thinking skills, communicate effectively, weigh social and religious values, and prepare for higher education. A 1:1 MacBook program enhances instruction and offers powerful collaborative and in-class possibilities. Small class sizes (average of 15) ensure each student receives individualized attention while developing meaningful connections with her teachers and peers. As they navigate through a diverse selection of elective offerings and more than 50 extracurricular activities, students are encouraged to expand interests and become active participants in the community. Service to others is an integral part of a Mount Carmel education. Through hard work and reflection, students develop a deep respect for God, their families, and all of God’s creation. Teamwork and perseverance are found on and off the field on 12 athletic teams. Visit their Open House, Thursday, October 12, 2017, 3:007:00 p.m. Private tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit MCAcubs.com, call 504-288-7626, or email admissions@mcacubs.org.

Saint Paul’s School is administered by the Christian Brothers and their colleagues. The school follows the principles established by Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Founded in 1911, Saint Paul’s is a private, Catholic day school for boys in grades eight through twelve. The school has based its educational mission on the vision and teachings of the Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the Christian Brothers, and the patron saint of all teachers. Saint Paul’s strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and physical development as well as intellectual growth. To learn more, visit StPauls.com. Founded in 1903 by the Benedictine Sisters, St. Scholastica Academy (SSA) is an all-girls, Catholic, college-preparatory school on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain for girls in grades eight through twelve. The Academy’s college preparatory curriculum, when combined with the Benedictine tradition of prayer, work, study and community, prepares young women for success in a college environment and beyond. SSA invites you to learn more about their 115-year tradition of giving young women a comprehensive, Catholic education. Visit SSAcad.org. Colleges & Universities Nunez Community College is an open-access comprehensive community college located in Chalmette, LA, and is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical

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College System. Nunez serves the Greater New Orleans region and offers academic programs with transferrable credits as well as adult education and workforce training. As a community college, Nunez enrolls students from all walks of life in over 30 programs. From Nursing to Culinary Arts or Welding, Nunez offers programs of study that cover today’s workforce needs. For students going on to a university, Louisiana Transfer Degree programs guarantee that credits will be accepted at public institutions statewide. Nunez has opportunities for everyone, from working parents who are striving to better provide for their families through career and technical education to high-achieving students coming right out of high school who benefit from scholarships and lower tuition costs. With eight-week Fast Lane sessions, the next chance to enroll at Nunez is always only a few weeks away. Applications are accepted year-round, and there is no minimum GPA or standardized test score required for admission. Nunez Community College—Changing Minds! Visit Nunez.edu to learn more. Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA), the only Catholic historically black college or university in the U.S., is a New Orleans institution built on a legacy of success, faith, and service. Named one of “The Best 381 Colleges” by the Princeton Review and a “Best Buy School” by the 2017 Fiske College Guide, Xavier also ranks first in the nation in the number of African-American graduates who complete medical school. The New York Times calls Xavier one of “America’s Great Working Class Colleges,” ranking the school sixth in the nation for upward mobility and student transformation. But it’s not only the press that recognizes XULA’s value—in a recent Wall Street Journal survey, Xavier students gave their school the highest rating for career prep of any other school in the south. To learn how Xavier helps tomorrow’s leaders leave ready for personal and professional success, visit XULA.edu.

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More Learning Resources With passionate teachers and an environment that fosters creativity and excitement, Spreading the Music is the premier location in Uptown New Orleans for private music lessons, studio rentals, and group music classes. With degrees in both Music Education and Performance, owner Candace Crawford designed a music school that caters to each student individually and places them at the heart of their musical exploration. Spreading the Music specializes in all instruments and all ages with experienced teachers flexible to your schedule (make-ups included). The school is conveniently located on vibrant Freret Street at Valance Street, next to Mojo Coffee House. Thirty-minute, 45-minute and 90-minute weekly lessons are available in addition to group classes. Studios and rehearsal space run $15/hour for individuals and bands. Unlike other area schools, Spreading the Music also specializes in Adult Music Education. Don’t have an instrument? No problem! Spreading the Music can help you find one. Registration for Fall 2017 is available now. Visit SpreadingtheMusic.com/Get-Started, or call 504-509-5393. For over thirty years, the Alliance Française (AFNO) has been and continues to be New Orleans’ leading center for French language and cultural programming. Located in the Lower Garden District, AFNO promotes knowledge and appreciation of the French language and Francophone cultures to people of every age. The organization is a part of a worldwide nonprofit network founded in Paris in 1883, and the New Orleans chapter is one of more than 800 chapters in 133 countries that together serve more than 450,000 students.   AFNO offers French language courses for adults, children, and businesses looking to support the desire or need for language study. Classes are taught by native speakers in a small class environment. AFNO also offers language certifications including the DELF/DALF for adults and teens, DELF Prim for grade school students, and the DAEFLE for Teachers of French.  In addition to French classes, your time at AFNO is enhanced by cultural activities for adults and children that present a comprehensive look at francophone culture in the 21st century. For more information visit: AF-NewOrleans.org.   Health Resources Positive Family Solutions is the private practice of New Orleans native, Gerard Woodrich, LCSW. Displaying a commitment to the mental wellbeing of the community, Positive Family Solutions sees clients of all ages and offers affordable and accessible counseling with evening and weekend appointments available with a sliding fee scale when necessary. Woodrich’s Garden District practice offers a safe and nurturing environment for clients of all ages. The mission of Positive Family Solutions is to provide hope for individuals and families through specialized interventions focusing on individual strengths. Woodrich works with the child, family, or couple (including LGBTQ) to formulate therapeutic solutions to reduce negative behavior. Woodrich has counseling experience in severe mental illness, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression, as well as


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serious emotional disturbances such as sexual, physical, cyber, or emotional trauma, disruptive behaviors, PTSD, ADHD, and Conduct Disorder. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Woodrich has been trained in various evidencebased interventions including CBT Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Play Therapy. For information and appointments, call 504-3394938, visit PositiveFamilySolution.net or email gerard@ positivefamilysolutions.net. At The Perioclinic of New Orleans, Dr. Hisham Nasr and Dr. A. Margarita Sáenz practice a full scope of periodontics with expertise in dental implants, cosmetic periodontal surgery, gum grafting, laser bone regeneration, and more. Have you wondered how to improve a “gummy” smile with teeth that appear short? It’s possible your normal teeth are covered by too much gum tissue. Dental crown lengthening, or cosmetic tooth exposure, can correct this issue in just one appointment. During the procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile. The Perioclinic has a special affinity for complex, exceptional cases. Flexible scheduling can accommodate same-day surgery and emergencies. The Perioclinic’s highly

skilled, multilingual, caring, and compassionate staff is dedicated to providing the best possible patient experience. The Perioclinic is conveniently located in Old Metairie across from St. Francis Xavier Church & School. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 504-831-0800 or visit PerioClinic.net. If members of your family are headed back to school, consider getting well child visits, pediatric primary care, or even school physicals with CrescentCare. CrescentCare is a community health leader offering an array of wellness services for anyone seeking care. Offerings include primary care, pediatrics, PrEP for HIV prevention, behavioral health, dentistry, sexual health services, nutrition, and coordinated on-site pharmaceutical services for whole-person care with attention to accessibility, affordability, and convenience for clients. CrescentCare offers care for all, regardless of income, insurance status, country of origin/citizenship, or any other part of a person’s identity. The organization is dedicated to providing quality whole-person health care to anyone in the greater New Orleans area. Check out CrescentCare.org today or visit one of their convenient sites across the city to learn more about what CrescentCare can do for you and your loved ones. •

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ake a short drive this fall and experience the weekend getaway you’ve been craving. From quiet, warm beaches fresh off the busy season to back-to-school shopping at outlets and boutiques, you can find a number of destinations and activities that help you feel like you’ve gotten away from the grind, even if only for a few days. Visitors to New Orleans and “staycationers” will want to check out the city’s latest in hotels and downtown destinations as another option for family or friendly fun, especially as festivals fill the calendar and the Saints return to the Dome. Want to escape the state? Nearby Mississippi and Florida offer more ways to relax and unwind. Treat yourself after months of hard work and plan your weekend getaway today. An adventure awaits among the following destinations ready to show some hospitality and leisure. Mississippi Situated high on the bluffs above the Mississippi River, Vicksburg, Mississippi, serves as the “Key to the South” and prides itself on its perfect location as a midway point between Memphis and New Orleans. If you are in search of the elusive sound of the Mississippi Delta Blues, you will find it in Vicksburg. Live music from the Delta Blues to country and rock can be enjoyed at venues throughout the city. Learn American history by visiting the 138

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site of the defining battle of America’s defining war at the Vicksburg National Military Park. Enjoy the southern charm of Vicksburg by strolling the brick-paved streets of its historic downtown. Visit eclectic boutiques, art galleries, and various eateries featuring Southern specialties. Enjoy sweeping views of the mighty Mississippi River and some of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable. Relax—it all runs on river time. For more to see and do in Vicksburg, go to VisitVicksburg.com or call 1-800-221-3536.

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Chef Anthony Rametta of Scarlet’s Steaks & Seafood at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, recently named “Culinary King of the Casino” in the 2017 Southern Gaming & Destinations Chef Showdown, is delivering “The New Way” to dine on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This summer, Chef Anthony introduced a new menu at Scarlet’s Steaks & Seafood crafted from his 29 years of experience. Featuring Foie Gras French Toast, Orange Marmalade Bone-In Pork Chop, Veal Milanese, and Stuffed Cold Water Lobster, the exquisite steak and seafood specialties make for refined dining at its finest. Butler’s Bar & Lounge also features a revamped menu with unique appetizers such as the Butler’s Burger, Tasso Fried Sweet Chili Shrimp, Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops, and many more. Looking for a late-night snack? Butler’s is open and serving food until 2:00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Also, don’t miss out on Happy Hour, every 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at Butler’s. For reservations and hours of operation visit ScarletPearlCasino.com. Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on Mississippi’s largest private recreational lake. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Home sites are available on the water starting at $100,000. Both the homes and home sites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast, or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life... “BIG!” Big Bay Lake is only 90 minutes from New Orleans. Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit BigBayLake.com. Louisiana The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery and their gallery partner, Where Y’Art, are currently showing their latest collaborative exhibition, Art Crush I, exploring the feeling of falling head over heels for the first time. Curated by Dabito, a New Orleansbased designer and photographer, Art Crush I is a testament to the serendipitous encounter of finding “The One.” This inclusive showcase of New Orleans talent features a

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variety of mediums, from photographs and mixed media to paintings, woodworkings, printmaking and more. Adding a level of dimension to the exhibition, Dabito teamed up with West Elm to assert his keen eye for home design and art direction with vignette installations around the artworks, allowing patrons to envision how the pieces can be styled in a home setting. Located in the Warehouse Arts District, three blocks from the French Quarter and a short stroll from the Convention Center, the 167-room Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery features art, a retail space with New Orleans-made items, awardwinning cuisine at Compere Lapin and Tout La, free Wi-Fi, and Provenance Hotels’ signature Pillow and Spiritual menus. Book online at Old77hotel.com. The first luxury hotel to open in New Orleans in a generation, NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans welcomes guests with a magnetic elegance and dynamic vibe that reflects the spirit and energy of the city. NOPSI, which stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., opened in the former headquarters of the city’s power and transportation company. Originally built in 1927, the alluring nine-story building has been transformed into one of New Orleans’ most luxurious destinations. The dramatic Grand Lobby, the lively restaurant Public Service, and the shimmering rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid, all provide a luxurious atmosphere for guests. Located in the hotel’s classic lobby, UnderCurrent Bar & Patio’s iconic vaulted ceilings are the quintessential backdrop for an afternoon cocktail. Step onto the patio to enjoy the cool, crisp fall air in a timeless escape reminiscent of a French Quarter hideaway. Experience NOPSI Hotel this fall and enjoy 20 percent off rooms, 25 percent off suites and a welcome cocktail on UnderCurrent’s patio. Visit NOPSIHotel.com or call 504-9626500 for details and reservations. The Bridge City Gumbo Festival offers world-class, award winning gumbo. Former Governor Edwin Edwards named Bridge City “The Gumbo Capital of The World,” and the festival has now been going for over 40 years.   The Bridge City Gumbo Festival takes place in Bridge City, Louisiana, a quaint riverside community that runs along the great Mississippi River on the west bank of Jefferson Parish. The festival serves delicious South Louisiana foods such as its famous chicken and sausage gumbo, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice in addition to hamburgers, funnel cakes and more. Great live music rocks the stage and keeps crowds dancing from open to close. “Pay One Price” ride specials are available throughout the festival for those looking for carnival excitement. The Bridge City Gumbo Festival is among Greater New Orleans’ top festival experiences. This year’s fest takes place October 13-15. Parking is free, and entry is $3.00. Gumbo Park is located at 1701 Bridge City Ave., behind Holy Guardian Angels Church. For more information, call 504-341-9522.

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Florida Autumn along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida, is a sweet spot. With summer crowds a distant memory and rental rates discounted up to 30 percent, Louisianans have discovered that fall is the perfect time of year for a beach vacation. As an added bonus, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has created fall packages tailored to individual interests. Available with stays of three nights or more, the “Sip or Shop Packages” allows vacationers to select between a bottle of wine and a $50 gift card to Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s Restaurant or a NewmanDailey beach bag and a $50 gift card for shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. The Spa Package was added for women who want to relax in luxury at the new Salamander Spa. Newman-Dailey Resort Properties features premier South Walton, 30A and Destin vacation rental homes, condominiums and cottages on and near the beach. Call 1-800-225-7652 or visit DestinVacation.com. Experiencing Historic Pensacola is a must-do for any fall getaway to America’s first multi-year European settlement. Located downtown, just minutes from Pensacola’s world famous sugar-white beaches and emerald-green waters, Historic Pensacola is nestled within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts as well as in the heart of today’s waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment scene. The walkable complex shares the stories of Pensacola’s rich heritage through museum exhibits, guided home tours and engaging, period-dressed living history interpreters. “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing allows access to all museums, tours and activities for seven days. While exploring, step across the street to the Pensacola Museum of Art and immerse yourself in the diversity of visual culture through exhibitions, tours, and special events designed to educate and inspire. Through December, view Fear and Folly: The Visionary Prints of Francisco Goya and Frederico Castellon and Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women. Museums, tours and more. For hours and ticket information, visit HistoricPensacola.org, 850-5955990 and PensacolaMuseum.org, 850-432-6247. •

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s the longtime gateway to the country at the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans has always been an epicenter of art and culture. While locals may roll their eyes at the hackneyed “melting pot” metaphor, we have to admit that with its vast influx of immigrants and influences, New Orleans culture is unlike that of anywhere else on earth. Rich with history, and the art and architecture history brings, New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole abound with awe-inspiring sights and sounds, and it’s easy to forget how fortunate we are to be surrounded by beauty and the creative energy it produces. From historical museums and art museums to food festivals, live music, and more, there’s always so much to see and do in a city and state that offer so much more than meets the eye. Explore the region this month and fall in love with the arts and culture you can’t find anywhere else. With nearly a half-million objects dating to Louisiana’s earliest years and reflecting its most significant accomplishments, the Louisiana State Museum is one of the most important and comprehensive museum systems in the nation. It is Louisiana’s Smithsonian. Five museums call New Orleans’ historic French Quarter home and offer a chance to hear Louisiana’s music, discover its history, experience its culture, see how residents lived in the 1850s and explore New Orleans’ unique architecture. Three

Jackson Square sites include the Cabildo (1799), the Presbytère (1813), and 1850 House in the Lower Pontalba building. Madame John’s Legacy (1788) is the oldest example of French Creole residential architecture in the Quarter, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint (1838) on Esplanade Avenue is devoted to Louisiana’s rich musical heritage. Museums outside of New Orleans include the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches, the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum in Patterson, and the E.D. White Historic Site in Thibodaux. For more information on the unique offerings of each museum, visit LouisianaStateMuseum.org. Beignet Fest celebrates New Orleans’ most iconic dessert. From traditional sweet treats to savory delicacies that feature seafood, cheese and more, the festival is serving up the best beignets in the South. The 2nd Annual Beignet Fest will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Festival Grounds at City Park in the heart of New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood. This year’s festival includes a musical lineup with something for every reveler. The Imagination Movers and Eric Lindell will headline, with the Brass-a-Holics, Hill Country Hounds, and One Love Brass Band performing throughout the day. Proceeds from Beignet Fest will benefit the Tres Doux my n e w or l e a n s . com

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Foundation, with a mission is to celebrate, embrace and enhance the lives of children with developmental delays and disabilities by presenting them as whole beings, and to support organizations that do the same. For more information about Beignet Fest, visit BeignetFest.com. The Kenner Food & Wine Event comes to Chateau Golf & Country Club this October with a poolside soiree offering over a hundred wines, local flavors from dozens of restaurants, live music and more. Benefitting the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, the event takes place Thursday, October 12, from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Participating restaurants include Acme Oyster House, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Brisbi’s, Café Du Monde, Casa Garcia, Chateau Café, Deanie’s Seafood, Galatoire’s, Gendusa’s Italian Market, Joe Gambino’s Bakery, LaBella’s Catering, Restaurant Cypress, Restaurant R’evolution, Taqueria Chilangos and many more to complement the samplings from wine maker’s such as Caymus, Meiomi, Jordan, Silver Oak, Franciscan, La Crema, Sonomoa Cutrer, Justin, and more. Special discounts on wine will be offered at the event as well as enviable door prizes. Tickets run $80 and are available online at ChateauGCC.com. The Kenner Food & Wine Event is sponsored by Kippers Communications, Angel Wings Foundation and Gulf Bank & Trust. This season, New Orleans Opera is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The Association was formed in 1943, but the company and opera originally date back to April 22, 1796, and will turn 222 during the city’s Tricentennial next year. Making New Orleans “America’s First City of Opera,” New Orleans Opera will celebrate with seven new productions, giving opera audiences more choices, more venues, and as much opera as can fit into one season. New Orleans Opera Association presents three chamber operas: Maria de Buenos Aires, Piazzolla’s Tango Opera, Tabasco, George W. Chadwick’s origin story of the famous McIlhenny sauce, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium about ill-fortuned mystics. The Mainstage will present the Association’s 1943 inaugural double bill of classics Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Orpheus in the Underworld comes next, known as Offenbach’s hilarious “everyman” opera. Then, native son Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz tells the story of boxer Emile Griffith. The season ends on a high note with a Diamond Jubilee! Stars, Stories and Opera from New Orleans Opera’s legacy in celebration of the Association’s 75th Anniversary! Reserve tickets today at NewOrleansOpera.org. Take a walk through time as you enjoy a glimpse into the lives of fascinating people who have called St. Joseph Plantation “home.” Learn about the Priestly family and grandson H. H. Richardson, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, Felicite and Josephine, to whom he gave St. Joseph Plantation and neighboring Felicity Plantation. Discover the stories of the slaves that lived here and the work they did. 144

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In 1877, the story of St. Joseph’s Plantation’ current family began when Joseph Waguespack purchased the plantation. Joseph’s descendants, the Waguespack and Simon families, have kept this sugarcane plantation thriving for over 135 years, operating the plantation with over 1,000 acres planted. Visit and learn about the sugarcane industry and its regional significance. Additionally, see where scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and Mudbound were filmed. Visit StJosephPlantation.com, or call 225-265-4078. Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events, and educational programs that provide a comprehensive story of the South through visual art. The Museum welcomes over 80,000 visitors annually and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts. Opening September 30 is Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection, a national tour organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art, presented by The Helis Foundation.  Solidary and Solitary offers a new perspective on the critical contribution black artists have made to the evolution of visual art from the 1940s to the present moment.  This year’s “O What A Night!” gala honoree is Pamela Joyner, whose collection forms the basis of the Solidary and Solitary exhibition. Dubbed “the Met Ball of the South,” the glamorous black-tie event takes place October 21. For more information on the exhibition, gala, and other events, visit OgdenMuseum.org. An iconic French Quarter location for theater and entertainment, Le Petit Theatre was established just over a century ago in 1916. Today, its legacy continues with exciting productions running year-round just steps from Jackson Square. This month (September 15 – October 1), Le Petit Theatre premiers Once on this Island, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical and nominated for eight Tony Awards. From November 3 through 19, become Disenchanted! with the hilariously subversive, empowering musical featuring Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and more. In conjunction with 2018’s Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival, Le Petit will present A Streetcar Named Desire, March 9-25, 2018. Located at 616 St. Peter Street, the Theatre’s mission today is to provide high quality theatrical experiences that entertain and educate the diverse populations of Greater New Orleans. They offer a range of classic and contemporary dramas and comedies as well as musical productions. For tickets and information, visit LePetitTheatre.com. For the third year in a row, Algiers is excited to welcome the public for a free, family-friendly event highlighting some of the best in local music, art, food, and fun. The 3rd Annual Algiers Fest takes place Saturday, October 7, from 11:00am-7:00pm at


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Federal City. Presented by the Algiers Development District, Algiers Development Corporation, and the Joint Development Committee, Algiers Fest welcomes a lineup of musicians that includes John Cleary with special guest Walter Wolfman Washington, The Victory Belles, Geno Delafose & French Rocking Boogie, The Soul Rebels, Little Freddie King, the Marine Corps Band and DJ Rick Ducci bringing all the hits. Enjoy a variety of flavors and delicious foods from local food trucks and an array of children’s activities will be onsite for kids of all ages. For more information on this free, local festival, call 504-367-3331 or visit Facebook.com/AlgiersFest and the like the page for the latest news and information. For artist Stephen Brauner, New Orleans is both a steady and steadfast muse. As a kid, Brauner didn’t quite understand the allure of his hometown, but as an adult, he feels compelled to be an artistic voice for the city’s traditions through paintings and art that make sense of the cultural mystique of American’s most European city. “For over thirty years, I was satisfied working in trades like electrical, cabinetmaking, x-ray service, and construction. They were weaving an unconscious thread of experience within me that would one day connect to my art,” says Brauner. After Hurricane Katrina, something clicked inside him, persuading him to join the renaissance of the city through art, even without formal training.

Brauner’s work is characterized by unexpected blends of imagery and material. The more seemingly mundane, the more power it has to speak. Brauner’s work is available at Boundless, 1511 Metairie Road. For information, call 504-309-8628. Southern Rep Theatre presents its 31st season starting this fall with the regional premiere of Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home. Presented at NOCCA in partnership with NOCCA Stage Company, the production kicks off another dynamic season from one of the region’s leading professional non-profit theatre companies. The 2017-18 season offers something for everyone, including the annual Tennessee Williams production in partnership with the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival; the witty, family-friendly holiday play, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly; the regional premiere of the powerful Tony Awardwinner Eclipsed by Danai Gurira; and a special presentation of All the Way. Southern Rep is in residence at the Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance in 2017-18 during construction of the company’s future permanent home in the former St. Rose de Lima church building (2541 Bayou Road, New Orleans). More information about the current season, four- and five-play memberships, and the new building is available at 504-522-6545 or SouthernRep.com.  •

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Urology Patients of Urology & Urologic Surgery, the practice of Dr. Stephanie Hughes, enjoy friendly, caring staff, and quickly accommodated appointments in a more personal office setting. As a general urologist, Dr. Hughes specializes in all urologic problems, including enlarged prostate, incontinence, erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, kidney stones, recurrent urinary tract infections, and cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidney, and other urologic organs.  Board certified in Urology, Dr. Hughes focuses in large part on treating and preventing kidney stones as well as treating voiding dysfunction such as overactive bladder and enlarged prostates. Urology & Urologic Surgery treats patients on both sides of Lake Pontchartrain and offers same-day and next-day appointments. The practice offers in-office procedures for enlarged prostates (BPH) and overactive bladder. For Metairie appointments, call 504-887-5555, and for Covington appointments, call 985-892-8088. For more information, visit UrologyNOLA.com.

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aybe you’re looking to stay fit so you can play catch with the grandkids, or because you’re heading on a romantic anniversary getaway soon. Perhaps you’re just looking for more confidence and longevity in the workplace or on the golf course. No matter your reasoning for wanting great health, you can achieve it with determination and a little help from expert physicians and health resources in the area. From nutrition and diet to urologic care, integrative medicine, and rehabilitation and therapy, there are a number of professionals and specialists that have your best interests in mind when you’re contemplating or facing a lifestyle change that affects your health. Take your health by the horns this month and achieve the goals you’ve set for your personal wellbeing and active lifestyle. Weight Loss Based in the New Orleans area, Sensible Meals is the largest meal prep program in the country. People across the U.S. are signing up for this simple and effective path towards fast weight-loss results, all by consuming flavorful, chef-prepared, fresh foods. Sensible Meals boasts of the numerous health benefits including blood sugar regulation and overall heart health. This diet plan is changing lives. “After five days on the meal plan the appetite shrinks, and when you eat restaurant or home-prepared food, the desire for smaller portions remains,” explains Ingrid Rinck, Owner and Founder of Sensible Meals. Sensible Meals ships nationally to thousands of clients with free local pickup in 10 cities. For videos, client testimonials— including exciting local “before and after” photos and success stories—visit Sensible Meals’ Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages or head over to EatSensibleMeals.com. 

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Integrative Medicine Around the age of thirty, many men begin experiencing a decline in their testosterone production. They may begin to notice a depletion, if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fatigue, brain fog, depression, increased fat tissue, E.D. and/or low libido and increased risk of osteoporosis. Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center takes a comprehensive precision medicine approach towards restoring optimum testosterone states via bio-identical hormone replacement therapies in conjunction with the practice’s 4 Pillars Approach to care. Infinite Health’s patientpartners routinely experience the following benefits of approach to testosterone optimization: increased energy and focus, confidence, improved outlook, increased muscle mass, healthy erection and libido, stronger bones and a healthier heart. If you have been experiencing any of the above listed symptoms and would like to know if you are a candidate for Infinite Health’s optimized testosterone restoration program, contact their Metairie office today by calling 504-323-0025 or visiting YourInfiniteHealth.com. Visit Infinite Health Integrative Medicine Center at 3900 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Suite 204. Rehabilitation & Therapy The Rehabilitation Center of Thibodaux Regional, located in Lafourche Parish, offers an aquatics therapy program to help patients after injury or for those with chronic illness. Therapists at the Center utilize the Hydroworx Therapy Pool, which features an underwater treadmill, resistance jets, adjustable floor and underwater video monitoring. This leading-edge technology allows individuals to mimic land-based walking, running or sports-specific activities without the bodyweight and joint impact they experience on land. Aquatic therapy can make treatment and exercise less painful, and as a result, more successful, leading to improved quality of life. To learn more about aquatic therapy contact the Rehabilitation Center of Thibodaux Regional, 985-493-4782.


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Hospital Care With innovative programs like “Integrative Medicine” and “Live Well with Cancer,” East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) is leading the way not only in outcomes but one-of-akind programs that are patient friendly and deliver patients through treatment with as little discomfort as possible while limiting the chance of recurrence or complications. Add to that singular treatments like Uronav, which provides physicians an MRI-guided method of diagnosing and treating prostate cancer, and it’s easy to see why EJGH was ranked #1 in all of Louisiana by CareChex for both Medical Outcomes and Patient Safety. Find out more about EJGH offerings at EJGH.org.

For patients with more intensive symptom management needs, Canon has an Inpatient Hospice Unit located inside of the Ochsner Elmwood Medical Center. This unit provides 24-hour care in a home-like environment where patients are permitted to receive visits at any hour. Private rooms are available. For more information, visit CanonHospice.com or call 504818-2723. •

Hospice Care Anyone looking for compassionate and dignified care for their terminally ill loved one should consider the services offered by Canon Hospice. The caring team at Canon is dedicated to a hospice ministry that helps patients and families accept terminal illness positively and resourcefully. Their stated goal is to “allow patients to live each day to the fullest and enjoy their time with family and friends.” With special expertise in pain management and symptom control, Canon Hospice designs individualized plans of care for each patient based on their unique needs. Home Based Services provide doctors, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, pastoral care and volunteers.

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Baudry Therapy Center provides proactive healthcare using the body’s own healing mechanisms for a natural return to pain-free living. Their Doctors of Physical Therapy provide solutions for neck and low back pain, as well as pain in the extremities, helping clients take control of arthritic, sciatic, and degenerative disc issues. Baudry Therapy Center’s skilled team supports patients by providing hands-on treatment, valuable education, a positive environment, and proven strategies for healing. Their experts show patients how to invest in their own health so that they can live a longer, stronger life. While Baudry Therapy Center works closely with physicians to coordinate and facilitate appropriate and timely care, patients can access care at Baudry without a doctor’s referral. For more information or scheduling, visit BaudryTherapy.com or call 504-841-0150.

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o those of us who are fortunate to be pain-free, it might be hard to understand the consequences of chronic pain experienced by those who have it. These consequences can have negative impacts on many aspects of a person’s life beyond just the pain they feel. Avoidance of certain activities can negatively affect quality of life with potential psychological effects, and changes in behavior or movements to avoid pain can potentially cause harm or overuse to other areas of the body. To those who live with chronic pain, situations often feel like a lose-lose. But there is hope. With advances in medicine and research, today’s specialists in pain management and therapy can help reduce or eliminate pain in many cases. If you or someone you know is experiencing lasting pain from an illness or injury, there are fortunately a number of area health providers just a phone call away. Physical therapy is often one of the best choices you can make if you have long-term pain or suffer from an injury. Functional exercise improves strength, balance, and most importantly, quality of life. At Baudry Therapy Center in Metairie, patients experience a safe, inspiring environment, where they can strengthen and heal their bodies to eliminate pain and restore active living. 148

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Southern Pain and Neurological provides relief to patients with chronic pain by targeting the source of the pain, lessening the patient’s need for medication, and reducing their recovery time. Over 80 percent of the population suffers from lower back pain, many from disc degeneration, which usually affects the neck, back, and extremities. Drs. Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, Jr., and Donald Richardson combat pain by employing the least invasive procedures, such as the HydroDiscectomy, an outpatient alternative to traditional back surgery. Having chronic pain is not only physically debilitating, but can also influence mental and emotional well being. Southern Pain and Neurological physicians strive to improve not only the body’s function, but the quality of life of their patients. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact the Southern Pain clinic and find out what treatment is right for you. For information and scheduling at the Metairie, Marrero, and Covington offices, call 1-800-277-1265 or visit SouthernPainClinic.com. For nearly two decades, Crane Rehab Center’s team of therapists and techs have worked with thousands of patients in overcoming challenges, assisting them in achieving and returning to their highest level of function through individualized, innovative care. Offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy, ABA services, and wellness and enrichment programs, Crane Rehab is uniquely positioned to help you and your family eliminate pain and improve overall health. Crane is excited to expand their reach with a new facility located downtown in New Orleans’ CBD. This central, convenient location makes it possible for the city’s working population to access therapy before work, afterward, or even during a lunch break. The Crane team can help identify pain-causing habits in the workspace or at home and provide ergonomic solutions and healthier outcomes. Both the CBD and River Road locations treat lower back and spinal injuries, neurological disorders, arthritis, orthopedic/musculoskeletal injuries, and work-related and sports injuries. Additionally, they offer LSVT BIG Parkinson’s Treatment, post-surgical rehabilitation, and dry needling. Physician’s referrals are not required. For more information, visit CraneRehab.com or call 504-828-7696. •


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Face Off Behind the Mask by KELLY MASSICOT

rom a very young age, I have been scolded, warned and instructed to care for my skin. “You’re going to get wrinkles,” was a staple coming from my mother – especially when I came home as a teenager with a sunburn on my face and an attitude like I was so cool. Once I entered my 20s, I began seeing the effects of those countless sunburns and days in tanning beds. Immediately I added moisturizers and different lotions to my routine to ensure no more damage would be done. Then, at age 25, my life changed – I got my first facial. My skin felt magical, unlike it had ever felt before – smooth, glowing, hydrated. I was hooked. “A lot of women view facials as an unnecessary luxury,” said Meggan Ory, owner of Makeup by Meggan. “This is far from the truth.”

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Recently, Ory and I discussed facials and skincare when I went to try a mysterious new mask she now offers her clients. Once I got settled into the spa-like room Ory has in her studio in Kenner, she began by cleansing my skin and applying a clay mask to detox and extract impurities. After she toned, exfoliated and added serums and moisturizers to my skin, it was time for the main event. I was instructed to close my eyes and lips tight, and the gold specialty mask was applied. Unlike a typical facial mask, this was applied to my entire face – eyes and mouth included. The initially sensation is unexpected. The mask is cold and thick, dissimilar to a typical facial mask that is light and airy. Ory explained that the mask is supposed to feel, and be, a bit heavier as to help the product better penetrate the skin. I definitely had to find my happy

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place in order to not completely from a piece of clothing. “It looks meltdown from the thought of like a pancake,” was my initial something over my eyes and response as I looked at the outline mouth. And because of the cold, of my face on the underside of the I kept having a twinge of thinking gold mask. My face instantly felt my eyes were open under the smooth and hydrated. I also had no mask. Once everything settled visible redness anywhere on in and I became used to my face, which sometimes Makeup the sensation, I felt happens after a facial. by Meggan’s the benefits working. Though this was an specialty Ory took this time to unusual and new expericooling mask. explain that the mask is ence, Ory really stresses designed to drop the core the health benefits that temperature of the skin by come from regularly getting 6 degrees Celsius, which allows a facial. “Getting a facial once a for a drainage effect that firms month helps keep the skin smooth and tones, while helping with and free of texture,” she said. under-eye darkness and puffiness. “It keeps the skin clean, which The most interesting part of the prevents blackheads and whiteentire experience was when Ory heads from forming. Proper skin took the mask off. After about care also helps with anti-aging.” 10 minutes of letting it sit and For me, this was simply the work into my skin, she began to most memorable facial I’ve ever roll back the sides of the mask. received. I definitely found my It rolled off smooth, almost like happy place. • rolling tape off of a box or sticker

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NOLA BOARDS opens second location NOLA Boards, the New Orleans “born and bred” company which specializes in locally inspired and handmade cutting boards, countertops and custom furniture has opened its second location in the French Quarter. The company, started in 2014 by Mandy Simpson, opened its first retail location last year on Magazine Street. All the NOLA Board products are manufactured by New Orleans Woodworking, led by Simpson’s husband, using as many local woods as possible. Both stores also offer a range of artisanal products from local and upcoming artists. NOLA Boards, 519 Wilkinson St., Ste. 105, 516-2601, NolaBoards.com.

New Orleans Opera Celebrates 75th Anniversary The New Orleans Opera is celebrating its 75th season (2017-2018) with seven new productions. Performances will range from Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci at the Mahalia Jackson Theater to Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera at Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre in the French Quarter. The association is hoping to reach more New Orleanians with new repertoire and much-loved favorites. The New Orleans Opera is also focused on education and is seeking to nurture student talent from grade school to college. NewOrleansOpera.org By Mirella Cameran my n e w or l e a n s . com

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How Dixie Got Its 45 A couple of New Orleans favorites return ick’s Big Train Bar and Dixie Beer were part of each other’s history going back to the days when the bar was a favorite after-hours hangout for the brewery crowd. Nick’s once stood on Tulane Avenue across from the Dixie Brewery. The original bar never recovered from Katrina, though the good news is that a new Nicks will be opening near the original site. What was once Dixie’s castle-like main building is now the most handsome structure of the new Veterans Administration hospital complex across the street.

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For the last few years Dixie has been brewed out of town, though more good news is that Tom Benson has bought control of the beer company and promises to again brew the beer somewhere in New Orleans. According to legend, one day when Dixie founder Valentine Merz came by for a drink, bar owner Nick Castrogiovanni, using a gun analogy, told him that his beer “has a kick like a .45.” That was taken as a compliment and Dixie was for the longest time known as Dixie 45. (Another version says that

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Castrogiavanni was known for keeping a .45 behind the counter for, you know, just in case. Customers began referring to him as “45” so that a frequent command was “give me a Dixie, 45.” The phrase caught on.) It is written that there is more to life than just beer and those who believed that might have tried Nick’s cocktail house specialties, especially the Golden Cadillac (a creamy Martini made with vanillaanise flavored Galliano liqueur.) Also, The Banana Banshee, which was not invented there, but should have been given the bar’s popu-

larization of the drink. Whether it was for the beer or the Banshee, Nick’s had a loyal following, so much so that one website reviewer once wrote: Dang, Nick’s, I miss you. I miss hanging out after closing time, I miss drinking on the bartender’s tab, I miss barfing in your bathroom, and I miss being a young drunken idiot. Soon Nick’s will no longer have to be missed and customers will be able to guzzle locally brewed Dixie there again. That in itself should be all the kick that a good beer needs. •

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New Orleans Magazine September 2017  

New Orleans Magazine September 2017