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september 2019 / VOLUME 53 / NUMBER 9 Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde Managing Editor Ashley McLellan Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Contributing Writers Fritz Esker, Kathy Finn, Dawn Ruth Wilson, Carolyn Kolb, Chris Rose, Eve Crawford Peyton, Mike Griffith, Liz Scott Monaghan, Lee Cutrone, Dale Curry, Jay Forman, Tim McNally, Robert Peyton Digital Media Editor Kelly Massicot Staff Writers Topher Balfer, Kelly Massicot Melanie Warner Spencer Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Advertising Sales Manager Kate Henry (504) 830-7216 / Senior Account Executives Danielle Kiletico, Meggie Schmidt Account Executive Rachel Webber Director of Marketing and Events Jeanel Luquette Event Coordinator Abbie Dugruise Digital Media Associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264 Production Manager Emily Andras Production Designers Rosa Balaguer, Meghan Rooney Special Projects Art Director Molly Tullier Patty Traffic Coordinator Lane Brocato Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President Errol Laborde Distribution Manager John Holzer Administrative Assistant Mallary Matherne Audience Development Claire Sargent 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

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Contents Local Color Marquee Top Picks for September 22

Persona Julie Bland, Louisiana Children’s Museum 24 people to watch, p. 46

Education Chased by Scholarships 26

Chris Rose Boil Advisory 28

Modine Gunch Toil in the Soil 30

Joie d’Eve Dog Tired 32

In Tune Taking the Lead 34

Home Fresh Take 36



In Every Issue

Best of the Fall Fests


Where to enjoy food, music and more 40

The Story of a Cover 12

The Innovators

Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 16

Our 2019 People to Watch 46

Speaking Out

Julia Street Questions and Answers About Our City 18

Streetcar Back Street of Naples 112

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DIAL 12, D1 Learn how country music evolved over the course of the twentieth century in the new series, COUNTRY MUSIC, directed and produced by Ken Burns. Enjoy never-beforeseen footage and photographs, plus interviews from the Carter Family, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and many more. The eight-part 16-hour series kicks off on WYES-TV on Sunday, September 15 at 7pm.

The Menu Table Talk Coastal Mexican 58

Restaurant Insider News from the Kitchen 60

Food Oodles of Noodles 62

Last Call Tiki, Do You Love Me? 64

Dining Guide Listings by Neighborhood 66 september 2019 1 1


The Story of a Cover P e o p l e t o W at c h i s N e w

Orleans Magazine’s oldest tradition, having started in the early ‘80s and continued, after a brief hiatus in the last years of the‘80s, through the present. Of all the people who we have been deemed worthy of watching, no one has a story that deserves a perpetual sidebar as much as Harry Mayronne. An entertainer, who is a talented pianist as well as a puppeteer (who even makes his own marionettes), Mayronne was selected to be part of our class of 2005. A musical comedy he wrote, “Black and White Blues,” about life among servers at restaurants, was about to open in New York’s prestigious off Broadway district. Internally, we had to debate about who to put on the cover. As deadline approached, Mayronne, because of his talent and because of having a show so close to Broadway, was selected. Many stories about life in New Orleans in 2005 would have an abrupt stop, followed by a sentence such as this one: “And Then Came Katrina.” Our September issue had returned from the printers and was being delivered at the same time that the hurricane was making its calls. When the levees broke, our world changed. Copies of the magazine were delivered to homes where the residents no longer resided. Stores with magazine stands were flooded. The city was empty of everything but water and mold. Like a million other people, Mayronne evacuated, in his case to relatives of his mother’s in Birmingham. All of us wondered about our future. Post-Katrina days were long and worrisome. One such day, Mayronne, out of boredom, wandered 1 2 september 2019

into a Birmingham bookstore. He went to the back where the magazines were displayed and was shocked at what he saw. It was the September New Orleans Magazine and there he was on the cover, pictured sitting at the keyboard of a grand piano. And the headline bellowed: BROADWAY BOUND “Black and White Blues” is going to the Big Apple. Harry Mayronne and 29 other People to Watch. Because we were working close to deadline, we had not had a chance to tell Mayronne he had been selected for the cover. In retrospect, that was fortunate because he had a surprise just when we all needed something good to be surprised about. In the accompanying interview, Mayronne was asked about the uncertainty of bringing shows to the big time. His answer was prophetic: “I think there is always too much to do to be thinking of things going wrong.” And, as that moment in Birmingham might underscore, the same goes for things going right. september 2019 1 3

meet the sales staff

Kate Henry Advertising Sales Manager (504) 830-7216

Meggie Schmidt Senior Account Executive (504) 830-7220

Danielle Kiletico Senior Account Executive (504) 830-7250

Rachel Webber Account Executive (504) 830-7249

Colleen Monaghan Vice President of Sales (504) 830-7215 1 4 september 2019

speaking out

of jazz have been disappointed by the derelict remains. There have been efforts to revive the buildings, but most have failed except for the Bazan family’s dedication to restoring the Gem, which for serval years has been a lively cafe and music house. Still the neighborhood lacks companion attractions to make it a major destination. That may be changing, however. Recently a Cleveland based company, the GBX Group purchased the Gem. According to a report in The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate, GBX also now owns the buildings that housed the Iroquois Theater and the Karnofsky shop. The newspaper added that a spokesman for the new owner said that they want it to maintain the Gem’s music purpose. Not in the mix is the former Eagle Saloon located at S. Rampart and Perdido, close to where little Louis Armstrong was arrested. In jazz’s emerging years, Buddy Bolden would play there, He grew up in that neighborhood performing with lung power so where he rambled, and apparently strong it was said his horn could sometimes got in trouble. He also be heard for blocks around. The worked along S. Rampart at the Eagle is currently owned by a Karnofsky Tailor shop where, non-profit corporation. according to legend, Mr. We see the possibility Karnofsky once game him of something special a special gift—a cornet of An original re-emerging along S. his own. In the next decade ©Mike Luckovich Rampart. With the development of the what would become known Cartoon for New Orleans Magazine as “jazz” would develop nearby South Market in that neighborhood as District there is more loose musical notes were driven of a population base in the area to coalesce and form a new sound. and an emerging lively sports Though the street’s role in entertainment district could bring American culture is impressive extra crowds. the neighborhood would eventually We are excited about the fall into hard times; including the potential of new S. Rampart. nearby Eagle Saloon and Iroquois However, we offer this note of Theater, as well as the Little Gem caution: If you want to make noise Saloon and Karnofaky’s shop. on New Year’s Eve (don’t say Tourists who have come to New we encouraged this because it is Orleans to see the early landmarks illegal) bring fireworks.

North Rampart Street Parade Could there be a revival?

A New Orleans newspaper

article published in the first days of January, 1914, and using the language of the time, reported this about juvenile crime during that past New Year’s Eve: Few Juveniles Arrested Very few arrests of minors were made Tuesday, and the bookings in the Juvenile Court are not more than the average. Six white boys were arrested in Canal street for disturbing the peace, and one for being drunk. The most serious case was that of Louis Armstrong, a twelve-year-old negro, who discharged a revolver at Rampart and Perdido streets. Being an old offender he was sent to the negro Waif’s Home. The other boys were paroled.

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It would have been impossible to imagine the global impact of the event reported in such an inconspicuous news story. Armstrong, who apparently was the only kid in the city to get in serious trouble that New Year’s Eve, at least within the presence of the police, was sent to what was then referred to as the Colored Waif’s Home. It was there that one of the great events in jazz history occurred as the young man was taught to play a wind instrument called the cornet. One day he would play it better than anyone and embellish the music with a gravelly voiced song and an infectious smile. Armstrong was arrested at South Rampart and Perdido Street, a spot not far from the present City Hall and the center of his world.

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julia street with poydras the parrot

Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Dear Julia and Poydras, I am aware that salmon and trout are not native to Louisiana, and that fish we know as “speckled trout” is really a kind of croaker. A fishing buddy once told me he’d heard that salmon had been caught around Amite in the 1800s. Was that the tall tale I have assumed it to be or is there a remote chance he actually knew what he was talking about? Trace Miller (Covington, LA) In the mid-1870s, John Leet of Mandeville championed the introduction of California salmon into the Tchefuncte River at Amite. Under the auspices of the United States Fish Commission, California salmon spawn was taken to Michigan where the eggs were hatched and the fry raised until they were large enough to endure transport to Louisiana and elsewhere. The project was not unique to the Tchefuncte - there was a massive push in the 1870s to introduce sustainable populations of edible fish into waterways throughout the country and around the world in which native species were declining. Although the vast majority of the 15,000 young salmon that had been introduced in the Tchefuncte as twomonth old fish in 1874 likely died shortly after their release, anglers until 1879 occasionally reported landing salmon in that waterway. To the best of my 1 8 september 2019

knowledge, that introduced salmon population died out about 140 years ago.

Dear Julia and Poydras, In the 1970s and 80s, I would sometimes rent Carnival outfits from a local costume shop called MGM Costume Rental. Many of the items in the store had come from Metro Goldwyn Mayer motion pictures, but I think the business grew from a personal collection and that the MGM in its name may have stood for something else. Do you or Poydras happen to know if that was the case? Grant Foster (Hammond, LA)

Dear Julia, Is it true that automotive racing pioneer Barney Oldfield raced here when both his career and the sport were in their infancy? Carol Higgins (New Orleans, LA) When Barney Oldfield and Edward C. “Dare Devil” Hausman accepted the New Orleans Automobile’s invitation to race on the last weekend in March 1904, the rival drivers brought with them cars that were celebrities in their own regard - the Winton Bullet No. 2, its sibling the Winton Bullet No. 3 and the Ford 999. The men and their machines had raced the previous month in Savannah, where Oldfield’s Winton Bullet No. 2 won handily over the mechanically temperamental Ford 999 Hausman was driving. It was hoped that Oldfield’s own automobile speed record would fall during the races at the New Orleans Fairgrounds but no new records were set. Oldfield had previously raced for Ford and, while driving the 999 on a closed Indianapolis track in June 1903, achieved the then-unfathomable speed of 60 miles an hour. Rival manufacturer Alexander Winton took notice, luring

Ford’s record-setting driver to race for his company, driving the eightcylinder 1903 Winton Bullet No. 2 and its four-cylinder sibling, the 1903 Winton Bullet No. 3, also known as the Baby Bullet. In 1930, the Winton Engine Company donated the 1903 Winton Bullet No. 2 to the Smithsonian. The vehicle is not on public display but remains among the holdings of the institution’s National Museum of American History. The car’s rival, the 1902 Ford 999, has also survived to the present day among the holdings of Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan but, like its rival, it is not on public display. I do not know the fate of Winton’s Baby Bullet.

have a question for julia? Send your question to: Julia Street, New Orleans Magazine, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 or email: Julia@ NewOrleans

While costumes such as Clark Gable’s iconic trench coat from the film “Comrade X” and many of the thousands of other creations found at Robert Cahlman’s popular costume shop had been created for Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) productions, the shop’s name was not taken from that of the movie studio. Although known as “MGM Costume Rentals,” the company’s actual legal name was Mardi Gras Masquerade Company; shop inventory had, as you correctly recall, grown from Cahlman’s personal collection.

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greg miles photo

Louisiana Children’s museum CEO Julia Bland


September Our top picks for this month’s events by Fritz Esker

Stage Door Songbook Series: Cole Porter

On weekends from Sept. 6-29, the National World War II Museum’s Stage Door Canteen is unveiling its brand new “Stage Door: Songbook” series with a show on the life and music of the legendary Cole Porter (“Anything Goes”, “Let’s Misbehave.”) Information,

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Measure for Measure

2019 Curtain Call Ball

The 1980’s blockbuster comedy starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin as women who turn the tables on their sexist boss gets the stage musical treatment. It’s a show at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts that promises to be a rollicking good time, from Sept. 13-29. Information,

From Sept. 10-29 at the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Great Hall, the NOLA Project will be performing Shakespeare’s classic “Measure for Measure.” The story of a religious purist taking over morally debauched Vienna now feels more relevant than ever. Information,

Le Petit Theatre kicks off its 103rd season on Sept. 13 with the 2019 Curtain Call Ball. Broadway actress and singer Betsy Wolfe will perform, accompanied by a cast of local favorites. There will also be silent and live auctions. Information,

Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee photo

calendar Aug. 29-Sept. 2

Sept. 13

Southern Decadence, French Quarter. Information,

2019 Curtain Call Ball, Le Petit Theatre. Information,

Sept. 1

Sept. 13

Charlie Wilson, Smoothie King Center. Information,

Tash Sultana, Orpheum Theater. Information,

Sept. 5

Lord Huron with Hazel English, Orpheum Theater. Information,

Sept. 15

Rhett & Link: Live in Concert!, Saenger Theater. Information,

Sept. 20 Sept. 6

Chris Young, Champions Square. Information, Champions-Square. com.

National Fried Chicken Fest, Woldenberg Park. Information, Sept. 20-Nov. 16

Sept. 6

And That’s Why We Drink - A Paranormal and True Crime Podcast, Joy Theater. Information, Sept. 7-8

Who Dat Nation Rally and Music Festival, Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Information,

The Comedy Zone, Teatro Wego. Information, Sept. 21

Eddie Griffin, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information, Sept. 21

NOLA On Tap, City Park Festival Grounds. Information, NOLAOnTap. org.

Sept. 7

Lil’ Weezyana Fest 2019, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information,

Sept. 24

Deep Purple: The Long Goodbye Tour, Saenger Theater. Information,

Sept. 7

Lizzo, The Fillmore. Information, Sept. 9-15

Restaurant Week New Orleans, Various Locations. Information,

Sept. 24

The Head and the Heart, The Fillmore. Information, Sept. 26

Die Antwoord, The Fillmore. Information,

Sept. 11

Nickelodeon Presents Jojo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. the Tour Presented by Party City with Special Guests The Belles, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information,

Sept. 27-Oct. 13

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Westwego Performing Arts Theater. Information, Sept. 27-29

Sept. 12-15

Burlesque Fest, House of Blues and Civic Theatre. Information,

New Orleans Improv Festival, The Allways Lounge. Information, Sept. 28

Sept. 13

Jenny Lewis, Civic Theatre. Information,

Los Temerarios, Orpheum Theater. Information, Sept. 28

70s Soul Jam, Saenger Theater. Information, september 2019 2 3


to honor the many childhood memories on Julia Street, so I was fully aware that closing those doors was representative of closing a very dear chapter on thousands of people’s childhood memories.  Having my youngest grandchild in my arms made it easier, for sure!  

Q: What favorite exhibits will be making a return to the new location? We could not begin to think of opening a new museum without a grocery store or the bubbles exhibits, so those will be with us in a wonderful new way at the new museum.  Our Infant – Toddler space, called Play With Me, will be really magical and also builds on the decades-long foundation at Julia Street.  Instead of an exhibit on the Port of New Orleans, we will have an exhibit on the Mississippi River, a 100 -foot long water table in the Move With The River gallery. It will certainly be a new favorite!  

Q: What are some of your favorite new exhibits that families can look forward to at the new location?

Planting a New Seed Louisiana Children’s Museum CEO Julia Bland By Ashley McLellan

F o r n e a r ly 2 0 y e a r s , L o u i s i a n a

Children’s Museum CEO Julia Bland has overseen a generation of young New Orleanians growing, playing and learning. While most of that tenure was at the museum’s Julia Street location, Bland is now at the helm at the brand new, state-of-the-art City Park home. Bland 2 4 september 2019

cut the ribbon and opened the doors on August 31, ushering in a new start for the museum and a new class of kids.

Q: What was it like to close the big blue doors on the old location? It was quite emotional. People have been asking us for a couple years how we are planning

It’s a long list! The Infant-Toddler space, Play With Me, is really beautiful and filled with natural inspiration from southeast Louisiana, and creates a fabulous environment for building language skills. Most importantly, we will be working with parents here as they grow into their role as their child’s most important teacher.  The Sedimentation Table in the Dig Into Nature gallery will be mesmerizing and quite fun, while teaching about how we save the Louisiana coast. Our new exhibits are filled with local culture and “fingerprints.” The Follow That Food gallery takes the favorite memories children have of shopping for food and cooking food, and connects it into a full sequence of growing to buying to cooking to serving to eating – in a beautiful setting. And, Mr. Okra’s delivery truck is a highlight in this space. There are two beautiful animated stories created by talented New Orleans children, and I’m very proud of the way we have incorporated children’s art into all our graphics. Outside our Toddler Landscape is a fabulous location where you could easily spend a day!   

Q: What does it mean to you to have the museum location in City Park? Back in 2006 when we began imagining what a new Louisiana Children’s Museum might be, we had a few important criteria: it had to be accessible in a location where everyone felt greg miles photo

Born/raised: Johnson City, TN (birthplace), Knoxville, TN (grew up.) Education: Webb School of Knoxville, Newcomb College of Tulane University. Favorite book: “The Languages of Food” – a beautiful book documenting young children from Reggio Emilia, Italy as they study food. Favorite movie: It’s a Wonderful Life. Favorite food/ restaurant:  Acorn – our new café with the most spectacular setting and delicious food. Favorite museum:  The Louisiana Children’s Museum – I can’t get enough of it!

TRUE CONFESSION: “I used to love white whitewater kayaking! A category 4 rapid was an ultimate achievement of mine.”

welcome, it had to be in a location where we could surround children with beauty (if you are surrounded by beauty you learn what is beautiful), and we were determined to build a much deeper understanding of sustainability in its many definitions. City Park is one of the most beautiful locations in the region, readily accessible and used by everyone in the community. The setting of the Park was ideal for the many sustainability stories we have prepared to tell and share. We feel extremely fortunate – and do not take that for granted.

Q: Over the years, have you seen kids’ and parents’ museum expectations change, or are they universal from year to year? What I have learned is that the expectations can change from day to day. Sometimes a family may come for a special date of play and engagement, and sometimes the parent simply needs to exhale!  While children love the predictability of their experiences with us, and grow into richly layered learning opportunities, parents may be looking for “something new.”  With open-ended experiences we are assuring our guests that there is always something new, while revisiting the familiar favorite is anticipated joy!  We are hoping that our new spaces will keep parents off their phones, unless they are capturing memories of time well spent.  

Q: What does it mean to you to be such a big part of the lives of children growing up in New Orleans? To play a role in so many lives is thrilling and humbling. Whether we simply provide some quality time for a child to share with his parent or grandparent, or we launch a lifelong love or even a career (stories we have heard again and again,) it is a thrilling responsibility. The Louisiana Children’s Museum offers a rare opportunity for families of young children to come together with a common cause – to play and to learn. We are really a Big Tent or a Town Square – we see guests from all backgrounds who are there because of their children. It is an honor to be a steward of those precious years and experiences.    

Q: Now that the museum is open are you going to take a vacation? I’ve often said that the real work starts when we open our doors. This project has always been about making a positive difference in the lives of our children, and I can’t wait for the next chapter. We have been imagining over many years how children and their parents will respond to what we’ve created, so now the fun begins. It will be a vacation of sorts to simply focus on the museum being in one place – a quite magical place. september 2019 2 5


Chased by Scholarships Amaris Lewis Makes her pick by Dawn Ruth Wilson

Few teenagers hang in coffee

shops reading books such as “Living with Our Genes,” but then Amaris Lewis is no ordinary teenager. A graduate of Lusher Charter School with a 4.40 grade point average and an award-winning history of researching stem cells, she received $2.7 million in scholarship offers, including The Gates Scholarship, which provides the full-cost of attending any university for “exceptional”

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minority high school seniors. All twelve of the universities she applied to wanted her, including the most prestigious such as Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. Not surprisingly, in a media release, Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger described Lewis as “brilliant.” She is also described as “kind,” a fitting trait for someone whose first name means “promised by God” in Hebrew. With such a field of heavy-

weight institutions vying for her attention, someone might expect Lewis to lean to the geeky side, something like a female version of Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory” TV series. That stereotype gets dismissed fast. Casual conversation with Lewis reveals a well-rounded student. The math and science side rests easy with competitive swimming, ballet dancing and playing the violin with the school orchestra. Before heading to Israel to participate in a summer program at Weizmann Institute for Science, one of her planned weekends with friends included binge watching Harry Potter movies. “My entire childhood was Harry Potter,” she said. With so many offers, choosing the right school took self-reflection. MIT had been her “dream school,” but when it came to making a choice, she chose sunny Stanford, located on the West Coast, instead of the cooler climes of the East. Only 17, she found the environment at MIT more stressful that she wanted to experience at this stage. Although MIT promotes itself as “fun” and “artistic” as well as “obsessed with numbers,” Amaris noted the students she met there seemed “more stressed than I’d like to be.” Stanford’s students seemed more “optimistic,” she said. She’s also attracted to Stanford’s liberal arts programs because she thinks that liberal arts education “lends to innovative thought.” Most of her proposed fall classes

have titles such as “The Cancer Problem: Causes, Treatments, and Prevention,” but she’s also interested in “What Makes Music Classical?” By the time she’s ready for graduate school, she hopes to do a full-throttle specialization of either bioengineering or biomedical computation at Harvard or MIT, or both. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a medical degree and a Ph.D. Lewis has explored topics such as electricity and chemistry “for as long as I can remember,” she said. She learned about MRI scans from her father who is an MRI technician. Viewing those scans led to curiosity about the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. “What can I do to stop that from happening?” she remembered thinking. One practical skill she plans to develop first is learning to drive. “I am so busy with research and all this extra-curricular activity,” she said, “it’s hard to find the time.”


Favorite book: “Jane Eyre,” by Charlotte Bronte. Favorite food: Ramen noodles. Favorite sno-ball: Bubble gum. Favorite word: brouhaha. Favorite keepsake: First pair of pointe shoes. Favorite quote: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it is not real?” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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chris rose

In a city nearly consumed by

the subject of seafood and forever engaged in debate about where to get it, how to get it, how to cook it, how to eat it – and sometimes even what to call it – I am often perplexed, and even disappointed, by the absence of one debate that never seems to happen: Steam vs. Boil. Maybe it belies my mid-Atlantic roots that during the waning days of summer, I long for a bushel of fresh, hot, steamed crabs. Or steamed shrimp. Or how about this for a culinary challenge: Even steamed crawfish. And no, I’m not kidding. All we ever do around south Louisiana is boil our seafood. That is, when we’re not frying, broiling, braising or sautéing it. Or, I suppose in some rare occasions, eating it raw. But you can’t get a basket or tray of steamed crustaceans to save your life around here. (And if you can, please notify me immediately.) I have researched. I have inquired. I have practically begged. The end result is to wallow and rail quietly against the beholden, ingrained, insistent, inviolable, intractable – and if you ask me, stubborn and maybe even timid – culture of the boil. Or should I say cult of the boil! Whoa, did I just say that? Yes I did. But before you get all steamed up, dear reader (get it?) let me say that I realize that questioning the accepted and timehonored seafood preparation and consumption rituals, standards and practices around here practically amounts to fighting words. Nobody 2 8 september 2019

Boil Advisory Weighing the merits of steamed vs. boiled by Chris Rose

wants to be told their family has been doing everything wrong for seven generations. But just chill for a minute. Nobody’s saying that. I’m just trying to make a point. A point that anyone who has spent any appreciable time around the steam shacks, boardwalks and roadhouses of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware might appreciate: That steamed crabs and shrimp might be maybe, possibly, actually better than boiled. And if not those crustaceans, why not mud bugs? Even a few exalted experts and respected periodicals agree. (Or, at least, the expensive glossy ones.) Saveur magazine, one of the high holy snoots of the food industry,

claims the advantage of steaming crabs is that “the crab will be filled, not with water, but with delicious, undiluted juices.” Admittedly, the term “crab juice” does not entirely incite my appetite. It’s the meat I’m more interested in. But you get the point. That’s where the flavor is. In its “Eating Well” column, the New York Times wrote that the new generation of great chefs “appreciate the purity of the (steaming) technique, which preserves the flavor and appearance of fine ingredients. And for foods where a soft, silken texture is important, there’s no better method.” OK, they were talking about vegetables as much as anything

else, but it’s the most prosaic defense for my position I can find. So, therein lies my one single, small, insignificant and until now largely unspoken reservation about life here: Why, oh why, has there never been – during my 35 years in New Orleans – a seafood steam house? They smell so good. They’re generally very loud and very hot. In short, they’re a lot of fun. A very Louisiana kind of fun. Perhaps it is questions like these that are the reason I am not a food writer by profession. Maybe I’m howling into the digital echo chamber. Perhaps – just as when I weigh in on politics or policy issues, folks tell me: Stay in your lane, Rose. But then again, don’t listen to only me. Think: what would Anthony Bourdain say? Well, we don’t know, because he’s dead. But he was a dear friend of Louisiana, a great advocate for local fishers and fisheries, a man largely admired and respected in these parts. And a man – no, an explorer, a trailblazer! – who was always willing to get outside his comfort zone to experiment, to try something new. Something daring. Something even....heretical? So c’mon, Louisiana. C’mon friends and neighbors. C’mon, restaurants! Get some big pots and screens and a couple big tins of Old Bay seasoning to pour on top of everything and let it slowly sift and soak through the shells and armor of little sea beasts everywhere to flavor them to the heavens. Somebody give it a try. Or to paraphrase our beloved New Orleans zydeco dude, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., “Somebody Steam!”


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modine gunch

Toil in the Soil Gardening with the Gunches by Modine Gunch

I a m n ot w h at yo u c a l l a

traditional gardener. Whatever I grow is on leftovers in the refrigerator. But once— ONCE— I did real good with a poinsettia that I got at Christmas. I watered it every day and it was still blooming at Easter. I couldn’t believe it. Finally, my sister-in-law Gloriosa broke the news that it was made of silk. After I got over that shock, I decided to go with it. I slunk off to the Dollar Store and now I have a pretty garden on the balcony outside my apartment. I even change the silk flowers out with the season, when I remember. My sister-in-law Gloriosa lives in a gorgeous house Uptown with a flower garden that actually grows in dirt. Unfortunately, she also lives next door to her husband’s parents. Old Mr. Proteus ain’t so bad, but Ms. Sarcophaga, to put it nicely, is mean as a snake. She has never forgiven Gloriosa for being from the Parish—Chalmette— instead of Uptown. Anyway, the other morning, I get a phone call. It’s Gloriosa,

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whispering— even though she lives in a entirely different house than Sarcophaga. “My mother-in-law has gone bananas,” she says, real low. What happened was, the night before, when she was getting in bed, Gloriosa remembered it was garbage night and she hadn’t emptied the diaper bucket. So she slipped outside to drop the bag of diapers in the bin by the curb. And she saw something in the yard next door. Squirrel? No, squirrels don’t use flashlights. She peered through the fence, and there’s Sarcophaga scuttling around in the grass, wearing a surgical mask. After that, Gloriosa can’t sleep. Did Sarcophaga poison Sylvester, the neighborhood stray cat, and was burying him on the sly? But then Sylvester turns up at Gloriosa’s back door for his morning breakfast with tuna. Maybe she done in old Mr. Proteus? But then he turns up at Gloriosa’s back door for his morning coffee with bourbon. She adds extra bourbon and asks a few questions. Come to

find out, Ms. Sarcophaga has become a garden club fanatic. She is ranked “Seedling” in the Uptown Horticultural Society, but she wants to attain “Full Bloom,” which means she got to produce a Garden of the Month. And she was about to do it. She had this perfect fall garden, and then she sees brown spots on the lawn — even though she fertilizes it by hand and trims it with scissors. She panics and sends Mr. Proteus to Slidell, where he won’t be recognized, for a spray can of “turf paint.” There’s other kinds of plan paint too, but it’s all against Society rules. If she gets caught, she will be demoted to “Garden Hoe.” That’s why she is spraying at night. And when the sun comes up, her lawn is green as a pool table. But plant paint is addictive. Not that she sniffs it. But once she sees her grass, she wants more. The judging is day after tomorrow and her Naked Ladies - before you think filthy again, this is another word for Spider Lilies - could be

redder. So Mr. Proteus gets sent out for “topiary paint.” That’s what certain people use to paint their topiaries. (Before your mind goes into the gutter— topiary means a fancy-looking plant.) But this time — you saw this coming— he accidentally gets regular paint. Next day, Ms. Sarcophaga wakes up to dead Naked Ladies, and takes to bed with a bottle of gin. Mr. Proteus feels so bad, he confesses to Gloriosa, and Gloriosa calls me. I know just what to do. I look under the kitchen sink where I stash my floral collection, and pull out my red silk Naked Ladies, run them under the faucet for that dewy look, and bring them to Gloriosa’s. That night she sneaks over and replaces the Naked and dead Ladies with the silk ones. When the judges come around the next day, they rave about everything, especially the Naked Ladies. And that’s how Ms. Sarcophaga got into Full Bloom. And it was the Chalmette Gunches who saved her from becoming a Hoe. I hope she remembers that.




Dog Tired Do I regret getting a puppy? Not exactly, but By Eve Crawford Peyton

Before I had kids, I would talk

about my dog when my co-workers complained about their kids. “Jordan slept like crap last night,” my officemate Cathy would say by way of explanation while refilling her coffee mug for the fourth time. “I think she’s teething.” “Oh, tell me about it,” I’d say, topping off my own mug. “Loki woke me up at 7:30 wanting to play. I’m exhausted.” (When I was 22, 7:30 a.m. seemed unbearably early. Now it seems downright decadent.) Or my co-worker Beth would have to rush off for a parent-teacher meeting regarding her occasionally sassy daughter, and I would try to identify with her angst by talking about how Loki had to repeat obedience training twice. “He never listens to me either!” I’d say, annoyed. Bless them – they didn’t kill me. They didn’t even chastise me. They just smiled and nodded … and when I had Ruby a few years later and realized what an idiot 32 september 2019

I’d been, they didn’t say a word. And when I found myself on the other end of that conversation, listening to my younger childless co-workers complain about how hard it was to have pets when I’d spent hours picking lice out of my daughter’s hair or carried her howling out of Target or been up every hour soothing night terrors or tried to navigate the education system or budget for summer camp or argue with insurance about occupational therapy … well, I didn’t say a word to them either. I’ve always been grateful that my former colleagues weren’t too judgmental toward me, and now I’m also grateful that I kept my judgment of my colleagues to a minimum or at least kept it to myself – because I’d be eating my words right now. Getting a 6-week-old puppy was not a bad decision. He is cute and fluffy, and he makes us all laugh hysterically when he leaps and pounces on things. But it also wasn’t a wise decision because

puppies are freaking insane. And I remembered. while Milo is definitely not the “Do you regret getting Milo, same as a baby, he is also not a Mommy?” Georgia asked me w-a-l-k in the park. (Yes, he already one night when I guess I looked knows that word well enough that particularly frustrated. we have to spell it out.) “No, of course not!” I said, He frequently wakes up at 2 although if I were being honest, a.m. because he’s lonely or hungry I would have said, “Oh, maybe, or needs to pee (just like a baby). sometimes, a little bit,” but I was He cries all the time to indicate his scared that would lead to quesdispleasure and/or excitement (just tions like, “Do you regret having like a baby). I am constantly wiping kids, Mommy?” and the answer to up various substances that come that is a definitive honest “No, of out of his body (just like a baby), course not,” … “but kids are crazyand I can’t even be mad because expensive and incredibly stressful and sometimes I wish I he is way too adorable could just spend a day (just like a baby). Obviously I would Excerpted from Eve sleeping late, drinking Crawford Peyton’s never leave my kids blog, Joie d’Eve, which wine, and watching true home alone in a crate, appears each Friday on crime shows without and as three different worrying about going to lactation consultants our 15th birthday party can attest, feeding my babies was in a five-day span, OK?” a good deal more complicated than Of course both kids and pets dumping kibble into a bowl on the add incredible richness to our lives floor, so it’s not like I’m saying it’s and make it worth the hassle, but the same thing. they both also require time, energy, I am, though, saying that patience … and lots of coffee. getting a puppy was harder than


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in tune

must-see music september 1

George Clinton funks up The Fillmore.


september 3

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard rock The Joy. september 7

‘Lil Wayne Fest moves Lakefront Arena. september 12

Boogarins rocks One Eyed Jacks. september 15

Lord Huron rocks The Orpheum. september 17

Taking the Lead

Whitney brings indie folk to Tipitina’s.

At the top of their game by Mike Griffith

september 18

This month we have a fantastic lineup of women perfectly seamless. that, when taken together, represent the best moments If you are looking for something a bit more psychedelic and impulses of contemporary music. They all have that night, Tash Sultana is at the Orpheum. Sultana is an excellent new albums out and are touring at the top Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. of their game. I’ve had the good fortune of seeing this show a couple of Things get underway with Lizzo at the Fillmore on the times. The performance consists of Sultana constricting 7th and 8th. This multitalented performer released her each of these intricate songs loop by loop, and instrument wonderful debut record, “Cuz I Love You,” in January by instrument. It is an absolutely mesmerizing thing to to critical acclaim and commercial success. This album experience in person. Sultana’s sound is an airy, low-fi and tour represent the culmination of several years of psychedelic rock that rolls over the listener. This is going work for Lizzo, who has found a remarkable balance to sound great in the Orpheum. between her sincerity and humor, and managed to Finally, you’ll want to end the month by catching at least situate it within a melange of genre styles that work one of Kacey Musgraves’ two shows at the Fillmore (27th holistically. As a live performer, she has a natural feel and 28th.) When her first record was released in 2013, for and rapport with her audience. Her music there was a general feeling that Musgraves was is fearless and supremely confident. going to be a massive success. As a songwriter Playlist of mentioned On Friday the 13th, we are faced with bands available and singer she is in very exclusive company. a difficult choice as Jenny Lewis and Tash at: Her latest record, “Golden Hour,” took home Sultana both perform that night. Lewis, who In-Tune-9-19 four Grammys including album of the year. Her is at The Civic, is touring on her fourth studio performances are emotional explorations of her record “On the Line.” This album features some of Lewis’ music in the style of Stevie Nicks or Florence Welch. best songwriting and features contributions from an All This is a show that will make you feel, above all else. Star group of guests including Beck, Ringo Starr, Don These women represent some of the best music you can Was and Benmont Tench, among others. I’ve been a see on the scene right now and they’re all dropping in great fan of Lewis’ live performances for a while now. to see us. Amazingly, there is a ton of other legendary They are career-spanning affairs that somehow remain stuff going on this month as well. I’ll see you out there.


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Sinkane moves Gasa Gasa. september 24

Deep Purple rocks The Saenger. september 26

Die Antwoord moves The Fillmore. september 27

Kishi Bashi pops into Republic. september 28

Hiss Golden Messenger rocks Tipitina’s.

Dates are subject to change; email Mike@ MyNewOrleans. com or contact him through Twitter @ Minima. september 2019 3 5


Fresh Take A plain townhouse becomes lively and livable by Lee Cutrone photographed by Greg Miles

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“Everything was beige; walls,

Above: A pair of framed pieces by St. Frank in the living room relate to the leafy Farrow & Ball wallpaper that begins in the foyer and travels up the stairs to the nearby dining room; coffee table from Williams Sonoma, sofa by Cisco Brothers, chair by Terrain, Bunny Williams lamp. The cabinetry and trim in the kitchen are painted Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore to create architectural definition. Right: The antique table next to the sofa in the living room is from Sunday Shop.

kitchen cabinets, tiles,” homeowner Susan Nelson Hart said of the townhouse that she and her husband, Robert Hart, bought. Both are physicians at Ochsner Health System and were looking to make New Orleans their fulltime home. The couple, who previously practiced in Baton Rouge for many years, loved the townhouse’s St. Charles Avenue location. Its three stories and 2,500 square feet are perfect for empty nesters, while still accommodating for visiting family. Bonuses were that the relatively new property didn’t require renovation and has secure off-street parking. But Susan was eager to find a decorator who could infuse the space with much needed character. “I wanted someone young and

fresh who could make it look bigger and brighter,” she said. Living on St. Charles Avenue, where much of Mardi Gras takes place, the couple wanted the house to work for entertaining as well. Enter design duo Katie Logan and Jensen Killen of Logan Killen Interiors, who were recommended by a colleague of Susan’s. “We hit it off immediately,” Susan said of meeting the designers. Known for the original way they blend old and new, Katie and Jensen’s vision for the space was just as immediate. “They said ‘this place would be great with wallpaper,’” Susan recalled. The team also knew right away that rich paint colors would need to replace the lackluster beige september 2019 3 7

Top, left: Comfortable upholstered pieces and natural wood ground the decor with a “humble� element that is a Logan Killen trademark; velvet sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Top, right: A vintage console sourced from 1stdibs is paired with a mirror by Bunny Williams in the foyer; vintage Oushak runner, from Chairish. Bottom, left: A vignette in the dining room is composed of a vintage table and pedestal (both from Sunday Shop), framed art, and pink glasses that echo the color of the Amanda Talley painting. Bottom, right: A tufted leather chaise from Anthropologie is married with a modernist table from West Elm and a floor lamp by Horne in the master bedroom; bedspread of African Kente Cloth, from Sunday Shop.

Left: A sitting room adjacent to the foyer doubles as an office. Painting by Holly Addi; Big Bang Suspension Lamp by Foscarini. Right: The dining table and classic cane-back chairs are paired with two upholstered chairs from Restoration Hardware.

that reigned throughout. Storyboards with colors, fabrics and textures followed, and today the tone of the house is indeed set by a leafy wallpaper that begins in the entrance, travels up the stairs and into the dining room, and by paint colors that manage to look both light and cozy. “Our main goal was to bring warmth to an all beige new construction home, especially since it’s on St. Charles Avenue,” Katie said.

“The fact that it’s on St. Charles Avenue made us feel like going in more of a stately direction, meaning traditional, tailored and high-end,” added Jensen. “The darker trim highlights the architectural features.” Because the homeowners sold most of their furniture when downsizing from the home where they’d raised their two now-grown sons, Katie and Jensen had the freedom to help the couple start from scratch. Modern light fixtures, classic upholstered pieces and custom designs provide designer polish. Vintage pieces impart a sense of age while speaking to modern trends. “A lot of our sourcing is antique

and vintage, from places like 1st Dibs and Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge,” Jensen said, who, like Katie, is a Baton Rouge native. Layering adds to the “collected over time” look, and the comfort and livability that the couple wanted, but is well edited to keep the interior clean and uncluttered. Worn pieces, natural unfinished surfaces of wood and bamboo, ticking stripes, nubby linens, ethnic prints and earthy baskets ground the home with what Katie describes as a “humble element,” a Logan Killen trademark. The way the designers blended prints is also key to the overall look. Though both are full of lively movement, a large purple version

of painter Amanda Tally’s circular flourishes is completely at home over the lush vines of the dining room wallpaper, for instance. Much like Logan Killen’s threeyear-old Magazine Street store, Sunday Shop, which has a name that is synonymous with the look they strive for: “beautiful and easy like a Sunday,” the home is laidback, easy to sink into and well enjoyed. “We spend a lot of time in the living room and on the balcony overlooking St. Charles when the weather cooperates,” Susan said. “The sound of the streetcars connects us with the charm of New Orleans. We also have a prime location for every parade.”

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Best of the Fall Fests

C e l e b r at e the season with music, food and fun by Fritz Esker

W With the weather turning cooler (please?, pretty please?) it’s time to get outside, throw on some jeans and enjoy food, fun and festivities at the ever-growing list of festivals in and around the city.

From September through December, there is no shortage of events celebrating the Who Dat Nation, New Orleans film, blues and barbecue, comedy, music, art and more. The fall menu includes festival favorites, both new and old: fried chicken and all the fixings; beignets, both savory and sweet; poor boys of all shapes and sizes; and all the cheese you can eat. So get out your calendar; your weekends are officially booked!

Fried Chicken Fest September 20-22 Admission: Free, unless you buy a ticket to the Moet Chicken and Champagne VIP Lounge, which is $75 + fees. Location: Woldenberg Riverfront Park. Best Bet: It’s hard to pick one type of fried chicken served at the festival, so save room in your stomach to try as many different varieties of fried chicken as possible. There will be both Louisiana and out-of-state vendors. Lagniappe: The festival has grown in popularity in its short lifespan. To meet the increasing demand, the festival will be held over three days this year for the first time in its history.

Who Dat Nation Rally & Music Festival September 7-8 Admission: One-day pass $30, Twoday pass $45. One-day pass ages 13-18, $10, Two-day pass ages 13-18, $15. Admission is free for kids 12 and under. Location: Jefferson Performing Arts Center Best Bet: On Saturday, classic rock stars The Guess Who and 80s new wave band The Producers are among the highlights. On Sunday, local heroes Cowboy Mouth will be performing. Lagniappe: One of the festival’s stages will be inside the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, which will allow attendees a chance to cool off if the early September weather gets too hot.

NOLA On Tap September 21 Admission: $5 general admission, $25 VIP admission (early entrance + VIP area + free koozie), $30 sampler pass (35 drink tickets), Brewmaster Pass $45 (40 drink tickets + t-shirt.) Location: City Park Festival Grounds. Best Bet: Not to be too obvious, but… beer. It’s the largest beer fest in the region and features over 400 beers. That list includes unique home-brews as well as variations on classics. Lagniappe: The proceeds from the event benefit the Louisiana SPCA, which cares for homeless animals. That means you’ll be drinking beer for a good cause! Gretna Fest September 27-29 Admission: $20 for a singleday pass, $60 for a 3-day pass, $40 for a Saturday/Sunday pass. If you buy at the gate, the price goes to $25 for a singleday pass, but remains the same for the others. Free for

children 12 and under. Location: Gretna Riverfront Best Bet: As usual with Gretna Fest, this year’s event features an exciting lineup of musical acts. Eighties pop icon Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”), Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, and KC & the Sunshine Band are among this year’s highlights. Lagniappe: This year’s festival marks the debut of the Latino Village. The new addition will feature two stages of live music, dancing demonstrations, and culturally inspired craft and food vendors featuring cocktails and beers with a Latino influence. But that’s just scratching the surface of this year’s Gretna Fest. There will also be an expanded Italian Village with authentic Italian cuisine and cocktails. There will be a German beer garden with free beer from the ceremonial keg and German delicacies. The festival will feature a classic car show, rides and games for kids, and a selection of over 10 special craft beers. Oktoberfest New Orleans October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 Admission: Free and open to the public, but you must purchase food and beverages. Location: Deutsches Haus. Best Bet: Germans are known for their beer, and Oktoberfest will give you the chance to sample over 20 different German beers, nine different wines, and over 20 different schnapps. Be sure to get a designated driver or reserve an Uber or Lyft. Lagniappe: Oktoberfest has always been about more than the food and the beer. There’s plenty of other fun activities to enjoy, including the wacky dachshund races and chicken dancing. But the food deserves all of the attention it gets. There is bratwurst and weisswurst, brat

Voodoo Fest October 25-27 Admission: Three-day tickets are $140 for general admission, $250 for GA+, $400 for VIP, and $1,300 for platinum; 1-day tickets are $75 for general admission, $175 for VIP, and $800 for platinum. A warning: ticket prices usually increase in midSeptember. Location: City Park Festival Grounds. Best Bet: Nineties alternative Beck, 80’s hard rock band Guns N Roses, and popular rap sensation Post Malone will all be performing this year. Lagniappe: For those looking to spend a little more but not splurge on VIP tickets, the GA+ tickets give you a private lounge area with seating and shade, an air-conditioned restroom, a full-service bar with cocktails for purchase, and a screen with live stage feeds.

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burgers, kielbasa on a stick, french fries, chicken nuggets, corn nuggets, apple strudel, Bavarian roasted nuts, German cheeses, giant Bavarian-style pretzels, cake, and flammkuchen,a German pizza with a white, creamy sauce. Art for Art’s Sake October 5 Admission: Free. Location: Magazine Street, Julia Street. Best Bet: It’s hard to pick one of the many fine art galleries and antique shops on Magazine Street and Julia Street. Art for Art’s Sake isn’t about a single place; it’s about enjoying

the start of fall while sampling from a wide variety of the city’s art galleries and shops. Lagniappe: Many of the participating local businesses offer free beverages! Beignet Fest October 5 Admission: $5 per person. Children 12 and under get in free with a paying adult. VIP experience is $40 per person, $15 for children 12 and under. Location: City Park Festival Grounds. Best Bet: If you’re bringing children, get there for 11:15 a.m. to see the popular band Imagination

Movers. Lagniappe: The VIP Experience includes a large shaded tent and viewing area (bring your own lawn chair). VIPs get complimentary Cafe du Monde beignets from 10 a.m. to noon. There will also be an Abita Amber Happy Hour from 2-6 p.m. Louisiana Renaissance Festival Weekends, November 2- December 8 Admission: $20 for adults, $12 for kids, free for kids under 6 Location: Hammond. Best Bet: Experience the annual Louisiana Renaissance Festival, with

Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer November 8 Admission: $135, in advance Location: Champions Square. Best Bet: While you’re enjoying the varieties of boudin, be sure to sample the bourbon cocktails by Buffalo Trace. Lagniappe: A large portion of the proceeds support Emeril’s Culinary Garden and Teaching Kitchen, which integrates gardening and cooking concepts in a growing network of schools across the country.

special experiences for all ages including: mead and beer tastings, Royal Tea with the Queen, and a unique Fairy Tea on the Friday following Thanksgiving. Weekend themes also encourage costuming with “Heroes and Pirates,” a “Celtic Weekend,” and a “Time Travelers” experience.

New Orleans Film Festival October 16-23 NewOrleansFilmSociety. org Admission: A variety of passes and ticket packages are available on the website, as well as the option to purchase tickets for individual films. Location: The Orpheum, The Prytania Theater, The Broad Theater, The New Orleans Advocate Building, Contemporary

Arts Center. Best Bet: The lineup for this year’s festival was not available as of press time. However, the festival routinely allows New Orleanians to see top-notch films weeks or months before their theatrical release. The last two Best Picture winners at the Oscars, “Moonlight” and the locally shot “Green Book,” both played at the New Orleans Film Festival. Lagniappe: The theater’s inaugural fes-

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tival in 1989 showed some of the same mixture of local fare and higher-profile films. Movies screened at the first event included the Geena Davis/Jeff Goldblum/Jim Carrey comedy “Earth Girls Are Easy” and the nuclear Armageddon thriller “Miracle Mile.” There was also a healthy sampling of films shot in Louisiana: “Belizaire the Cajun,” “Cat People,” and “Pretty Baby.” The Prytania was also one of the original theater locations. Now in its 30th year, the festival receives a whopping 6,000+ film submissions from around the world. A team of over 60 local film buffs selects the 200+ films that make it into the festival. Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest October 18-20 Blues-Fest Admission: Free Location: Lafayette Square. Best Bet: Houma guitar hero Tab Benoit will be one of the headliners of this year’s fest (playing Friday, Oct.18), along with the Allman-Betts Band and Sonny Landreth (both playing on Saturday, Oct. 19) Lagniappe: Since there is no cost to get into Lafayette Square, spend some of your extra money on delicious BBQ from a dozen vendors from around the region. Country Smooth Festival October 20-21 Admission: $50-200 depending on the package you choose (military discount available for servicemen, servicewomen, and their immediate families). Location: NOLA Motorsports Park. Best Bet: There are fun options on both days of the festival, but Saturday, October 20 features headliners Hunter Hayes and Joe Nichols. Lagniappe: In addition to the great country

music, attendees will be able to enjoy go-carting and mechanical bull rides. Oak Street Po-Boy Festival November 3 Admission: Free admission; food and drink are available for purchase Location: Oak Street. Best Bet: It’s almost impossible to pick just one. There are lobster poor boys, crabmeat boudin balls poor boys, shrimp remoulade BLT poor boys, and many, many more. Varieties range from the classic to the exotic. It’s often a good idea to share poor boys with friends so you can get a taste of multiple varieties before your stomach completely fills up. Lagniappe: This year, there will be an opening second line featuring the One Love Brass Band, the Merry Antoinettes, Ritmeaux Krewe, and the Krewe of Condiments. Hell Yes Fest November 7-11 Admission: $10-23, depending on the show Location: The New Movement (2706 St. Claude Ave.) Best Bet: The Wheel of Improv show has performers spin a wheel with names of different improv games/scene suggestions. Wherever it lands, the performers must do whatever it says. It’s a way for audiences to see just how talented improv comedians are at coming up with new material on the spot. Lagniappe: In the past, performers at the Hell Yes Fest have included Sarah Silverman, Nick Swardson, James Adomian and Amy Heckerling.

Fete des Fromages (New Orleans Cheese Festival) November 13-16 Admission: Prices vary depending on the day of the event. For Saturday (the main day of the festival) $30 is the early bird ticket for adults ($10 for children.) For $65, you will get early access at 11 a.m. and beat the crowds, plus get three free drinks. Location: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint. Best Bet: Saturday, November 16 features the main event. Festival-goers will be able to taste more than 150 cheeses and meet over 2 dozen cheesemakers from around the globe while listening to local bands. Lagniappe: On Wednesday, November 13, try “Cheese & Cocktails: A Class for the Serious Gourmand.” Author and leading cheese expert Liz Thorpe will teach you everything you need to know about pairing cheese and cocktails. Attendance is limited to 50 people. NOLA Christmas Fest December 20-31 Admission: $20 on weekdays, $25 on weekends Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Best Bet: If you have ever wanted to try skating on a real ice rink, then lace up your skates and give it your best shot on NOLA Christmas Fest’s genuine ice rink. Lagniappe: The ice skating rink is just the tip of the iceberg. There is an ice slide, a carousel, a sleigh ride, a Christmas market, and much more. For attendees who are not afraid of heights, the Vixen’s View is a gondola that allows attendees to view NOLA Christmas Fest from 50 feet above the festivities. Each car comfortably holds four adults. The more physically fit can try the “Candy Cane Climb”, a holiday-themed rock climbing wall. •

Other Festivals, Near and (not too) Far Sept. 7 Lil Weezyana Fest (UNO Lakefront Arena) Sept. 13-14 New Orleans Burlesque Fest (Civic Theatre and House of Blues) Sept. 27-29 New Orleans Improv Festival (AllWays Lounge & Cabaret) Oct. 3-13 Crescent Chamber Music Festival (Various locations in NOLA) Oct. 11-13 Gentilly Fest (Pontchartrain Park) Oct. 12 NOLA Mac ’n Cheese Fest (Armstrong Park) Oct. 24-26 Harvest Wine & Food Festival (Watercolor, FL) Nov. 2 Acadia Music Festival (Thibodaux) Nov. 14-17 Fairhope Film Festival (Fairhope, AL) Nov. 16 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Armstrong Park) Nov. 29-Jan. 1 Celebration in the Oaks (City Park) Dec. 12-15 Luna Fete (Lafayette Square)

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p h oto g ra p h y by j e f f e ry j o h n sto n

the Innovators New Orleans Magazine’s People to Watch tradition has been going strong for more than 40 years. Throughout that time, we have celebrated musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, movers and shakers from across the city. ¶ We define a Person to Watch as someone doing something new and interesting; in some cases, it may be someone who has already been watchable but that is moving in a new direction. The main problem for New Orleans Magazine has always been picking the best of the best from a long list of contenders. We conceded there are always many other watch-worthy people out there, and we will keep our eyes open. ¶ Most of our selections achieve the greatness that we had anticipated, or greater. We’ve seen reporters go on to land on the Today show, musicians debut nationally on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series and the Tonight Show, and TV stars become national talk show icons. ¶ How will this class do? We’ll be watching.


Boy f r i e n d Ra p C a b a r et S o n gw r i t e r & P e r fo rm e r

Songwriter, producer and performer Boyfriend infuses her rap repertoire with feminist sentiments and sass, often sporting lingerie and curlers in her hair. She’s released several singles over the past few years, is currently working on a debut album, and has collaborated with popular local artists including Big Freedia and Galactic. Creating live shows is her passion. “I was raised on musicals, so coming up with costumes, props and choreography for my songs is the most fun for my inner child,” she said. An independent artist, she admits there are emotional pitfalls. “It’s easy to be beguiled by the concept of scarcity, especially as a woman – the idea that there’s a finite amount of success out there to be snagged.” Ultimately, her goal is “to feel confident that I do solid, effective work [and] to look back and forward with satisfaction, rather than frenzy.”


Jeanne O’Leary Owner Poof Cotton Candy

This year’s JEDCO Challenge Winner, Poof is a cotton candy company founded by former bartender Jeanne O’Leary in 2016. “I dreamed up Poof from the desire to be an entrepreneur,” she said. “The concept popped in my head one day, and I was pounding the pavement the next. I got a retainer on a wedding that very day. It wasn’t until I catered that wedding that I realized what I’d done. I literally spin up happiness. It’s incredible — the sweeping nostalgia, the ear-to-ear grins. These are what fuel my fire.” O’Leary said her focus now is on brand recognition. “My long-term goal is to ruin pink and blue cotton candy for EVERYONE!” she said. “When people think of cotton candy they’ll think Poof - dangerously delicious and re-imagined cotton candy!”

In 2016, Tank and the Bangas broke onto the scene, soon to follow up an impromptu People to Watch performance with appearances on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This follows in a fine line of notable musicians, starting with Allan Toussaint’s designation as a person to watch in 1978.

DANIE L HA M M ER P r es i d e n t a n d C EO T h e H i stor i c N e w O r l e a ns Co l l ec t i on

This past spring, The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) opened its new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street. The organization’s new president as of July 1, 2019, Daniel Hammer, said the 36,000-squarefoot, $38 million center was a huge challenge due to both its scale and timeline. “There were a lot of moving parts, and when we finally established a definite, known date for opening day, we immediately felt like we were months behind schedule,” he said. “THNOC staff stepped directly up to this challenge and the opening was a huge success, as has been every day since.” Hammer said THNOC is moving forward with an ambitious exhibition schedule that includes multiple exhibitions on display simultaneously. “We will be doing lots of programs and activities to go along with our exhibitions,” he said. “I hope everyone who reads this comes to experience what we do and joins us as we continue to grow.”

DC Pa u l Ra d i o H o st Entrepreneur Co m e d ia n Ac to r

DC Paul says performing arts and entertainment have been his passions for as long as he can remember. He can regularly be heard on WBOK radio. He also hosts the New Orleans Jazz Market’s “Jam Sessions” every Wednesday, which incorporates a crosssection of novice and seasoned singers, spoken-word poets, rappers and musicians of various backgrounds. And he’s a comedian who created the weekly stand-up comedy open mic event at Bar Redux and can be seen regularly delivering jokes at House of Blues among other venues. His repertoire is expansive, and much of his work focuses on showcasing the talents of the black creative community; the current generation, he says, is “impressively dynamic.” Ever-ambitious, he noted, “I would like to be a household name in the entertainment and media industry. I am always creating and seizing opportunities.”


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Juliet Meeks O’Keefe Owner J u l i et M e e ks D es i gn

Artist Juliet Meeks O’Keefe can’t imagine doing anything other than manifesting visual worlds through her work. A former graphic designer for Gambit, she opened her own business four years ago and continues to be surprised as she juggles all aspects of running her own business and perpetually evolving as a creator. She creates original art and products, for sale through her website,, and in-person at her Mid-City studio. She also collaborates with brands including Anthropologie, Birchbox, Cloud9 Fabrics, and teaches workshops related to watercolor and art licensing. “This past year has brought big changes,” she said. She moved to a new studio, released her first official painting collections and taught fellow artists. “There were lots of firsts, so I’m looking forward to a steady year ahead of focusing on my favorite projects.”


Todd Graffagnini Radio Play-By-Play Announcer New Orleans Pelicans

L a dy B EAST A rt i st, p e r f o rm e r a n d c r e at i v e d i r ec to r L a dy B EA ST P rod u c t i ons

Known for over-the-top spectacles that incorporate dance, aerial activity, Houdini-esque illusions, circus, drag, singing and burlesque, LadyBEAST runs her own show – but also collaborates with well-known entities including Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and The Laguinitas Beer Circus. She also just delivered a TED talk. “It was an honor to share the stage with so many intellectuals in their specialized field and to be considered one in my own field,” she said. “I chose my career because I was an athlete prior, and a visual and performance artist, so circus and entertainment felt like the perfect fusion of those two things for me,” she said. LadyBEAST’s long-term goals include performing nationally: “I’ve been taking every opportunity that will help my business and myself grow as an artist.”

New Orleans Magazine’s 1992 People to Watch recognized Hoda Kotb, a new New Orleans transplant and fresh weekend anchor and reporter for WWLTV. We think she did alright for herself later on.

Todd Graffagnini’s voice will soon resonate with basketball fans throughout the Crescent City. As the brand-new radio play-by-play announcer for the New Orleans Pelicans, on the cusp of what should be an exciting season, he spent the summer learning the ropes of the NBA and getting to know his new colleagues after leaving his former job calling games for Tulane sports. He always wanted to be a broadcaster. “My grandmother had her old cassette tapes of me talking into a tape recorder while watching boxing matches with my grandfather,” he recalled. “I guess you could say the first time I picked up a microphone and talked into it, I was hooked.” In the long run, he hopes to represent the Pelicans to his best ability, “in the broadcast booth and in the community.”


Mark Latter O w n e r a n d O p e rato r L att e r H osp i ta l i t y

Lenny Zichichi Director of Operations Aunt Sally’s Pralines

Lenny Zichichi recently celebrated his third anniversary at Aunt Sally’s Pralines, where he handles all aspects of the supply chain. His responsibilities include monitoring quality, cost and production of more than 2 million pralines that are sold annually. A self-described strategist, Zichichi says his career offers him challenges and opportunities to think critically and creatively. Last year, the company had its highest sales in its 84-year history; Zichichi says new packaging and products are also on the horizon. “I also love bringing people and business together,” he said. “My job does not just encompass looking at numbers; rather, a large part of my role is within management and motivating my staff. I find it enriching to be able to offer someone a work experience that emphasizes open communication, teamwork and positive attitudes.”

Another television break-out was New Orleans native Ellen Degeneres, who was highlighted in 1994 with her new ABC show “These Friends of Mine,” as well as her successful stand up career.

Born into the restaurant business, Mark Latter’s father ran Tujague’s Restaurant for 32 years before Latter took it over with his wife, Candace, in 2013. In 2016, he opened the restaurant and wine bar Bar Frances on Freret Street, and this past May, Latter opened Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District. He currently also serves on the board of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. “We have another concept in the works [in the Lower Garden District] that should open in the beginning of next year,” said Latter, who added that he would like to continue to grow Latter Hospitality in New Orleans, and possibly expand to a unit or two outside of New Orleans, even outside of Louisiana.


St e ll a B aty Landis E x ec u t i v e D i r ec to r Long u e Vu e H o us e a nd Ga rd e ns

Fascinated by creative expression, Dr. Stella Baty Landis says that art “serves as a powerful tool when we don’t see eye to eye and must work through different perspectives or challenging issues.” In May, Landis was granted the position of executive director of Longue Vue House and Gardens, the former residence of prominent civic leaders Edgar and Edith Stern, that is now a museum. Inspired by their legacy, Landis says upcoming programs will include topics of voting rights (a special cause for Edith) and equity in health care and education, which especially concerned Edgar. “I want our programs to reflect the full range of interests and backgrounds represented by different communities of the city and for our campus to feel open and welcoming to all.”


Ed Webb C h i e f E x ec u t i v e O f f i c e r Wor l d T ra d e C e nt e r N e w O r l e a ns

This past May, the World Trade Center of New Orleans announced that it had chosen a new leader, businessman and president and CEO of the World Trade Center Kentucky, Ed Webb. “With my team, we serve as the voice and a business resource for international trade in Louisiana,” said Webb. “This includes cultivating and managing relationships with key trading countries, as well as keeping our clients abreast of trade-related issues and their impact on business and Louisiana. Webb stepped into the role in mid-June and says he looks forward to marking his first 90 days with the World Trade Center New Orleans. “A very respected gentleman, Fred Starr, reminds me regularly that my role at this point is much like walking into an active game of chess: observe and observe some more before making a move,” he said. “There’s a lot of wisdom and experience in his words.”


Tim Duncan D i r ec to r o f At h l et i cs Un i v e rs i t y of N e w O r l e a ns

As the newly minted director of athletics for University of New Orleans, Tim Duncan’s responsibilities include development, management and supervision of a competitive, intercollegiate program. He works with nearly 50 coaches and support staff and close to 200 athletes; other duties include collaborating with the UNO development office to raise funds; recruit and manage coaches and administrative staff; and ensure compliance with all university national association and conference policies. A former college athlete himself, Duncan says one of his main goals is to help student-athletes achieve growth, both academically and athletically. “I am an advocate of seeking and empowering the collective voices of our student-athletes,” he said. By embracing the way that they receive and process information, he says that UNO Athletics will be in a unique position to attract and retain top-caliber student athletes.

Sophie Harris Vorhoff Executive Director Friends of Lafitte Greenway

The City of New Orleans broke ground on the $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway — a 2.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and green corridor that connects neighborhoods from Armstrong Park to City Park — in March 2014. That fall, Sophie Harris Vorhoff became the first executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, making her responsible for helping to shape enhancements and partnerships, as well as create programming for the greenway, which opened November 2015 and is used by over 300,000 people each year. “In the coming year, we are focused on pushing forward work to complete the final 1/2 mile of the Lafitte Greenway’s trail, connecting to Canal Boulevard as envisioned in the Lafitte Greenway Master Plan,” said Vorhoff. “I am also thrilled about the work we are doing in partnership with the Arts Council and the community to activate the Greenway with public art, as well as cultural and community events.”

A Saintly tradition of watching people continued in 2002 with the recognition of Deuce McAllister after his first year with the team, and 2006, with a profile of new head coach Sean Payton (noting that he had a long year ahead and that this was our year, surely.)


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Gulf Shrimp and Mixed Vegetables Sauteed in a Smoky Chipotle and Coconut Milk Sauce with Cilantro Rice and Plantains at El Pavo Real

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meet the chef

Fresh Gulf Fish,Baby Octopus, and Shrimp in a Tangy Tomato/Lime Marinade

Coastal Mexican El Pavo Real’s Tastes With A Difference by Jay Forman

Katrina had a profound effect on the

restaurant scene in New Orleans. In the years that followed a profusion of establishments filled niches that were underrepresented or even non-existent. But it was about more than just

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Chef and owner Lindsay McLellan met her husband Mario, a native of Mexico, while working in New York. While there she also fell in love with the various cuisines of Mexico and learned how to cook them. The duo relocated to her native New Orleans in 2005. She worked for several years at the Spanish hotspot Lola’s, eventually running the kitchen, and also at Susan Spicer’s globallyinspired Mondo. But along the way she kept her eyes open for a place she could call her own. After moving to Broadmoor, she noticed the spot that would eventually become El Pavo Real for rent and made her move.

places to eat; whenever a new place opened it gave something back, creating gathering spots in neighborhoods that desperately needed them. Such is the story with El Pavo Real, a Mexican restaurant on the corner where Fontainebleau,

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Napoleon and South Broad all “I love the mole sauce,” McLellan converge. said. “My husband makes that. Owned by Chef Lindsay Every note is deep and rich and McLellan and her husband Mario, earthy with a bit of spice and El Pavo Real was a bet on a neigh- sweetness.” borhood struggling to rebuild. It Entrees include “Caldo del wasn’t a sure thing; it faced a lot Pollo,” Mexico’s version of chicken of initial opposition to return the soup, a restorative broth spiced real estate to commercial zoning. with chilis and jalapeno and But it paid off once it opened, brightened with cilantro and lime. swiftly becoming a destination Loaded with chicken, green beans, for both neighborhood residents mirliton and other ingredients, it and prominent chefs who eagerly falls in the same class of soups embraced its menu of like Pho, Yaka Mein coastal Mexican cuisine and other hangoverinformed by Oaxacan friendly cures. Also El Pavo Real, 4401 S pedigree and peppered recommended are Broad St., Broadmoor; 266-2022; B, L, with Creole influence. the carnitas, braised D Tues-Sat. B, L McLellan fell in love pork shoulder Sun. Closed Mon. with Mexican cuisine rubbed down with while working in New achiote and chili York. “Growing up in New Orleans paste. Off the taco menu, the I wasn’t a big fan of Mexican “Pescado Frito” feature battered cuisine, because we didn’t really and fried fish with chipotle mayo, have any real Mexican food here,” pickled onion, jalapenos and slaw. she explained. “But when I moved The shrimp tacos, glazed with to New York I worked shoulder-to- tamarind and chipotle, stand out shoulder with guys from Mexico. I as well. All tacos are served on got to know them and their culture corn tortillas made in-house. and their food – I saw this direct Along with lunch and dinner, El line between Mexican and Creole Pavo Real opens early and offers cooking. Just the soul of it – a lot of breakfast. Specials rotate through the ingredients and techniques are constantly – be sure to check the similar. I thought, ‘If I could bring board for seasonal dishes like a this home people will recognize recent Creole tomato gazpacho. it as something familiar but also A full bar is offered as well as non-alcoholic treats like horchata. something special.’” The cheery light-filled space features a checkerboard tile floor and is lined with Latin artwork. A visit begins with a basket of complimentary spicy popcorn. Consider starting with ceviche, smoothed out and sweetened with tomato, creating a dish that is a hybrid of traditional ceviche and old-fashioned shrimp cocktail. South Market Mexican Otra Vez, another love letter to “You see this dish in beach towns Mexican cuisine by chef Akhtar in Mexico,” McLellan said. “It gives Nawab, recently opened in the the palate a break from the acidity South Market District. The of traditional ceviche.” The tamales contemporary space is the perfect feature freshly steamed chicken in backdrop for his ambitious masa with mole sauce – a defining component that appears elsewhere modern Mexican menu. in the menu. This essential sauce Recommended dishes include features four different chilis, “Queso Fundido,” intriguingly various seeds, nuts, and spices sweetened with honey. The that get charred, cooked down elegant bar makes it a hot spot for and blended into a smooth paste. happy hour as well.

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restaurant insider

News From the Kitchen Bellegarde Bakery, Bonci, Beaucoup Eats

Country loaf, Epi Bread and Baguette made with Bellegarde’s stone-milled fresh flours

by Robert Peyton

Bellegarde Bakery


Beaucoup Eats

Bellegarde Bakery started offering bread to restaurants and retail outlets in 2013, and in July opened a storefront near the intersection of Claiborne and Carrollton. The term “artisan” is overused, but it perfectly describes Graison Gill and his team in turning out beautiful loaves of hand-made bread using grains sourced directly from farmers and ground in their own stone mill. Bellegarde Bakery 8300 Apple St., 827-0008, Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Roman style pizza, with its focaccia-like crust, is a fascinating variation on the original. Now that Bonci has opened its third location in the U.S., outstanding Roman-style Pizza is available here. The toppings on the by-the-slice, rectangular pies change frequently, but are always fresh and delicious. Bonci, 730 Julia St., 766-6071, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on Sunday,

Creole lunch counter places aren’t known for vegetarian fare, or for innovative food generally, but Beaucoup Eats is the exception to the rule. At the restaurant’s second location on Canal street, you can find gumbo, grilled fish with crawfish sauce and mashed potatoes, and crawfish bread alongside vegan stuffed poblano peppers or jerk shrimp over coconut rice with grilled cabbage and brown-butter bourbon carrots. The restaurant offers dine-in and takeout service. Beaucoup Eats, 2323 Canal St., 603-4888, Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

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Oodles of Noodle Stirring the Pot


by Dale Curry

Ingredients 12 ounces udon noodles*

If I have learned one thing about raising children,

it is to feed them noodles. Really, any kind of pasta will do, but noodles are a favorite among kids, who like to slurp things. We Americans, of all ages, have graciously adopted the flavors of Asian cuisines with current tastes running towards noodle bowls. I love them because they are dinner in a bowl. Parents can sneak all types of barely cooked vegetables in with the noodles and the right seasonings, and palates young and old are happy. Bowls don’t have to be Asian. I have converted an American “pot,” as I call it, into a “bowl.” The ingredients - chicken, noodles, carrots and lima beans - get a stir-fry twist with only the noodles boiled in a pot. Stir them together and serve in bowls. Our large Vietnamese population has taught us to eat rice noodles in pho, the wildly popular soup eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and in bowls of rice vermicelli with meat, eggrolls or seafood. Long and fat udon noodles, made of wheat flour, complement many Japanese dishes as do soba noodles, made with buckwheat flour, which are also delicious in soups. Chinese favorites are thin egg noodles used in Cantonese dishes such as chow mein, and flat stir-fry egg noodles, both made of wheat flour. Also popular in Chinese cooking are glass or cellophane noodles, made from mung bean starch, which soak up juices in soups and stews and cook in just a few minutes. A favorite in Korean cooking is sweet potato vermicelli, which are longer and stronger than bean thread vermicelli. Made from the starch of sweet potatoes, they are slippery with a mild yet earthy flavor. And if you love Thai food, you’ve probably eaten pad Thai, the star of which is rice stick noodles, which are flat dried noodles made from rice flour. The best way to learn your noodles is to frequent Asian restaurants. The fastest growing numbers of Asian restaurants in New Orleans are Vietnamese. I must admit they are my favorite. I was stricken first on trips to the Saturday 5 a.m. Vietnamese markets in New Orleans East and later addicted on a trip to Vietnam where I ate pho for breakfast every morning.

1 pound thin-sliced tender steak such as New York strip or sirloin, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup baby carrots, cut into 4 strips per carrot ½ red bell pepper, cut into strips 1 cup broccoli florets 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 inch ginger root, peeled and minced 1/3 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons fish sauce 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 tablespoon lime juice 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

Directions A Fresh Addition Almost any meat, seafood or vegetable can be combined with noodles to make a meal. Beyond chicken, shrimp, steak, broccoli and carrots, try fresh mushrooms, corn, asparagus, kale, bok choy, spinach, edamame, meatballs or pulled pork. Asian grocery stores offer a world of ingredients that can be dropped into a noodle dish in the last stages of cooking including dried seaweed, dried mushrooms and a variety of sauces.

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the noodles for 8 to 10 minutes until just done, drain and rinse with hot water. Return to the empty pot to keep warm. 2. Put oils into a large skillet or wok and bring to high heat. Brown steak on both sides to medium or medium rare. Remove to a plate and cover to keep warm. In the same skillet, stir-fry the carrots, ginger, bell pepper, broccoli and garlic, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce, fish sauce, vinegar and lime juice. Add the steak and noodles and serve immediately or keep warm until serving. Serve in bowls, topped with cilantro. Serves 4.

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last call

Let Your Tiki Flag Fly Palace Café’s Tiki Cocktail by Tim McNally In many ways, September may be the most difficult

month in the New Orleans calendar. Money is spent on the children assuring a good back to school experience for them, rather than on vacations or festivals. The hot summer lingers on…and on… and on. No really big party happenings until the end of October. To be fair, the Saints are back on the gridiron. That’s a good thing. And Southern Decadence Festival spreads its wings, as does the bit-later Fried Chicken Festival. As always, New Orleanians are tasked with making their own fun times, especially this month. We are special at this sort of thing, so why not? Tiki is always good for a smile. We suggest going in that direction. Fix a crazy rum drink with thoughts of better times to come in the months ahead. No need to let the season pass you by with nothing of significance on the calendar and at the ready. Putting fruit and rum together is never the wrong answer. From the talented fun-makers at Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café where the New Orleans Rum Society, free to join, is an important fixture.

Tiki, do you love me?

1.5 oz. Plantation Rum Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum 1 oz. Pusser’s Rum 1 oz. Blue Curacao 1.5 oz. pineapple orange juice 0.75 oz. lemon juice, fresh-squeezed 0.25 oz. Cream of Coconut Combine all ingredients in at least an 8 oz. crazy tiki-style glass with lots of ice. Dehydrated pineapple garnish As created and served at Palace Café Black Duck Bar, 605 Canal Street, 523-1661,

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H Pizza Delicious pizza 617 Piety St., 6768482, Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable restaurant, that also offers excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes. Outdoor seating a plus. $ Carrollton Breads on Oak Bakery/Breakfast 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak St. serves breads, breakfast, sandwiches, 100 percent vegan. $ City Park Café NOMA AMERICAN 1 Collins Diboll Cir., NO Museum of Art, 482-1264, CafeNoma. com. 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. $ CBD/Warehouse District Balise Louisianian Fare 640 Carondelet St., 459-4449, Chef Justin Devillier turns back the clock at this turn-of-the-century inspired bistro in the CBD. Carefully crafted fare fits well alongside the excellent cocktail and beer list. $$$

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

H Borgne Seafood 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860, Coastal Louisiana with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this highvolume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$

H Cochon Louisianian Fare 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123, Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski feature Cajun and Southern cuisine. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine Reservations recommended. $$

H Desi Vega’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, USDA Prime steaks form the base of this menu, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the appeal. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911, This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$

H Domenica Italian The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, Authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products. $$$$ Emeril’s Louisianian Fare 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims 6 6 september 2019

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H Herbsaint Louisianian Fare 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana brown butter tart is a favorite dessert. $$$$$

H La Boca Steakhouse 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-8205, This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$

H Lüke World 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840, Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, housemade pâtés and plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$

324-3658, 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. $$$$ The Grill Room AMERICAN Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-6000, Modern American cuisine with a distinctive New Orleans flair, the adjacent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly. Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine Italian 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$

Mother’s Louisianian Fare 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, and tourists alike endure long lines to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$

Central City Café Reconcile Louisiana fare 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile. org. Good food for a great cause, this nonprofit on the burgeoning OCH corridor helps train at-risk youth for careers in the food service industry. $$

Mulate’s Louisianian Fare 201 Julia St., 5221492, Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous Cajun destination. $$

H Café Degas French 3127 Esplanade Ave.,

Palace Café World 605 Canal St., 5231661, Cassic New Orleans restaurant, the Dickie Brennan and Palace Cafe team evolve traditional Creol dishes. Enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates at the Black Duck Bar. $$$

H 1000 Figs World 3141 Ponce De Leon St.,

H Pêche Seafood 800 Magazine St., 5221744, Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by Chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-burning oven, and an excellent raw bar. $$$

HRed Gravy Bakery/Breakfast 4125 Camp St., 561-8844, Farm-to-table brunch restaurant offers a creative array of items such as Cannoli Pancakes and Skillet Cakes, as well as delectable sandwiches and more. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties round out the menu. $$ H Restaurant August AMERICAN 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, James Beard Awardwinning menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Rock-N-Sake Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, RockNSake. com. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution. There are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sac-A-Lait Seafood 1051 Annunciation St.,

Faubourg St. John 945-5635, Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$ 301-0848, Vegetarian-friendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-to-table alternative to cookiecutter Middle Eastern places. $$ French Quarter Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Arnaud’s Louisianian Fare 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade Italian 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, Home of the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$ Antoine’s Louisianian Fare 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, 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, 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, New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician with a menu loaded with BBQ and southern specialties. Live music and

late hours are a big part of the fun. $$$ Bayou Burger Burgers 503 Bourbon St., 5294256, Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$ Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, 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. $$$ Bayona World 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$ Brennan’s Louisianian Fare 417 Royal St., 525-9711, Chef Slade Rushing’s innovative Cerole menu borrows influences from French and Spanish ancestry with modern updates and distinct seasonal offerings. $$$$ Broussard’s French 819 Conti St., 581-3866, Creole-French institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$

H Cane & Table Gastropub 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112, Open late, this chef-driven rustic colonial cuisine with rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$ Chartres House Italian 601 Chartres St., 586-8383, This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$ Court of Two Sisters Louisianian Fare 613 Royal St., 522-7261, The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$ Criollo Louisianian Fare Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various Louisiana cultures, with a contemporary twist. $$$ Crazy Lobster Seafood 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery Seafood 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, Crowdpleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 841 Iberville St., 581-1316, 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, Classic Creole dishes, such as redfish on the halfshell, and an Oyster Bar. Its extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$$ Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, Nationally recognized steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and local seafood. Validated Parking next door. $$$$

H Doris Metropolitan Steakhouse 620 Chartres St., 267-3500, Innovative steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$ El Gato Negro World 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, Central Mexican cuisine along with handmuddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$ Galatoire’s Louisianian Fare 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this worldfamous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Steakhouse 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails and classic steakhouse fare and inspired dishes.

Reservations accepted. $$$

Bourbon Street. $$$

H GW Fins Seafood 808 Bienville St.,

Muriel’s Jackson Square Italian 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, Enjoy local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumoredto-be-haunted establishment. $$$$

581-FINS (3467), 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. $$$$$ House of Blues Louisianian Fare 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, NewOrleans. Good menu complements music in the main room. World-famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$ Irene’s Cuisine Italian 539 St. Philip St., 529-8881. 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. $$$$ K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen Louisianian Fare 416 Chartres St., 596-2530, KPaul. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to the nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$$$

H Kingfish Seafood 337 Charters St., 5985005, Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chef-driven French Quarter establishment. $$$ Le Bayou Seafood 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafood-centric destination on

Napoleon House Italian 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas. A Sazerac or Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $ NOLA Louisianian Fare 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill Seafood 739 Conti St., 5256002, Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kid-friendly seafood destination. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro Gastropub 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, Wine is the muse at this 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, 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, Seafood-centric

restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by unusual twists like “Cajun-Boiled” Lobster. $$$ Port of Call Burgers 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120, It is all about the big, meaty burgers and giant baked potatoes in this popular bar/restaurant – unless you’re cocktailing only, then it’s all about the Monsoons. $$

H Restaurant R’evolution Italian 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, RevolutionNola. com. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Jana Billiot and executive sous chef Gabriel Beard are in charge of day-to-day operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$ Red Fish Grill SEAFOOD 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, This vibrant, seafood-centric polished-casual landmark delivers innivative twists on casual New Orleans seasfood, including local favorites BBQ oysters and double chocolate bread pudding. $$$ Rib Room AMERICAN Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, Old World elegance, 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, Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street is this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-and-Bacon Mac and Cheese garnished september 2019 6 7

with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$ Royal House Louisianian Fare 441 Royal St., 528-2601, Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowdpleasing appeal. $$$ SoBou Louisianian Fare 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, 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 an accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$

H Tableau Louisianian Fare 616 S. Peter St., 934-3463, Gulf seafood such as Redfish Bienville and classic Creole brunch dishes like eggs Hussard are the highlights of this Dickie Brennan restaurant that shares space with Le Petite Théâtre. $$$

H The Bistreaux Louisianian Fare New Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$ The Bombay Club Louisianian Fare Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 577-2237, Popular martini bar with plush British décor features live music during the week and late dinner and drinks on weekends. Nouveau Creole menu includes items such as Bombay drum. $$$$ The Pelican Club AMERICAN 312 Exchange

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Place, 523-1504, Serves an eclectic mix of hip food, from the seafood “martini” to clay-pot barbecued shrimp and a trio of duck. Three dining rooms available. $$$$$

H Tujague’s Louisianian Fare 823 Decatur St., 525-8676, 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. $$$$$ Garden District Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s AMERICAN 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, Shiny, contemporary bistro serves Cajun-fusion fare along with its signature decadent desserts. Good lunch value to boot. $$ Commander’s Palace Louisianian Fare 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Award-winner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$ District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, DonutsAndSliders. com. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this next-generation café. $ Hoshun Restaurant Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, A wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Private dining

rooms available. $$

H Mr. John’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$ Lakeview H Cava Louisianian Fare 789 Harrison Ave., 304-9034. Fine dining (and excellent wine list) at this high-end Cajun and Creole restaurant that makes customer service a big part of the experience. $$$

H Mondo World 900 Harrison Ave., 2242633, Chef Susan Spicer’s take on world cuisine. This place has a deserved reputation for good food and good times. $$$ Metairie H Andrea’s Restaurant Italian 3100 19th St., 834-8583, Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Austin’s Louisianian Fare 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$ Boulevard American Bistro AMERICAN 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and

more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this family-friendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! AMERICAN 3547 N. Hullen St., 267-9190. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. Healthy, refreshing meal options, and gourmet coffee and espresso drinks create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. $ Crabby Jack’s Louisianian Fare 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, 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, Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$ Don’s Seafood seafood 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1550, Metairie outpost of historic local seafood chain that dates from 1934. Features an array of Cajun and seafood classics like their original ‘Jacked Up’ Oysters and seafood platters. Don’t miss their happy hour specials. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as

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

bakery offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $

H Katie’s Restaurant and Bar Louisianian Fare 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582, Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch make this a neighborhood favorite. $$

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, RuthsChris. com. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution, and great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$

H Liuzza’s Italian 3636 Bienville St., 482-

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie, Snug Italian boîte packs them in, yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$

St., 482-9179, Though the ambiance is more upscale, the food and seafood dishes make dining here a New Orleans experience. $$

Mid-City H Crescent City Steaks Steakhouse 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$ Five Happiness Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and house-baked duck. $$ Gracious Bakery + Café Bakery/Breakfast 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709,

9120, Classic neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$

H Mandina’s Louisianian Fare 3800 Canal

H Mona’s Café World 3901 Banks St., 482-7743. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros. The lentil soup and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

H MoPho Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, Vietnamese cuisine meets southern Louisiana in this upscale casual hybrid by chef Michael Gulotta. Mix-and-match pho and an interesting poor boy menu rounds out the appeal. $$$ Parkway Bakery and Tavern AMERICAN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, ParkwayPoorBoys. com. 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. $

soups, salads and deli-style sandwiches. $

Ralph’s On The Park louisianaian fare 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, RalphsOnThePark. com. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good cocktails. $$$

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House Seafood seafood lover’s paradise offers an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened redfish and more. A raw bar featuring gulf oysters both charbroiled and raw. $$$

H Toups’ Meatery Louisianian Fare 845

Reginelli’s Pizzeria pizza Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$

N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, ToupsMeatery. com. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a carnivore’s delight. $$$ Multiple Locations Café du Monde Bakery/Breakfast This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. $ CC’s Coffee House Bakery/Breakfast Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $ Copeland’s Louisianian Fare Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$ Little Tokyo Asian Fusion/Pan Asian Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$ Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, burgers,

H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/Breakfast Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$ Theo’s Pizza The crackercrisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with local ingredients at cheap prices. $$ Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill AMERICAN Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular spot serves a variety of grilled items, appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Catering services available. $$$ Riverbend

H Boucherie Louisianian Fare 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, Boucherie-Nola. com. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$ Brigtsen’s Louisianian Fare 723 Dante St., september 2019 6 9

861-7610, Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie destination. $$$$$

HCarrollton Market AMERICAN 8132 Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket. com. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$ Upper 9th Ward St. Roch Market Louisianian Fare 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, StRochMarket. com. Historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$ Uptown Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, B, A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$ Bouligny Tavern Gastropub 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$ Camellia Grill AMERICAN 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. 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, The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer and

for all major holidays. $$ Clancy’s Louisianian Fare 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$

H Coquette French 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421, The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from the chefs. $$$ Dick and Jenny’s Louisianian Fare 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, DickAndJennys. com. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$

H Gautreau’s Louisianian Fare 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, GautreausRestaurant. com. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along

H La Crêpe Nanou French 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neighborhood institution. $$$ La Petite Grocery French 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$ Lilette French 3637 Magazine St., 895-1636, Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$

H Magasin Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611,

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Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available as well. $

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. $$

Pascal’s Manale Italian 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, A neighborhood favorite since 1913 and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$$$

H Upperline AMERICAN 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger presents this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$

H Patois World 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441, French food, with influences from across the Mediterranean as well as the American South, all filtered through the talent of chef Aaron Burgau. Reservations recommended. $$$ Pizza Domenica pizza 4933 Magazine St., 301-4978, A pizza centric spinoff of the popular Restaurant Domenica brings Neapolitan-style pies to Uptown. Excellent salads and charcuterie boards are offered as well. $$

H Shaya World 4213 Magazine St., 8914213, James Beard Award-winning menu pays homage to Israel at this contemporary Israeli hotspot. $$$

H The Company Burger Burgers 4600 Freret St., 267-0320, Custom-baked butter-brushed buns and freshground beef patties make all the difference at this excellent burger hotspot. Draft beer and craft cocktails round out the appeal. $ The Delachaise Gastropub 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, Cuisine

H Wayfare AMERICAN 4510 Freret St., 3090069, Creative sandwiches and southern-inspired small plates. $$ Ye Olde College Inn AMERICAN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933. com. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine. com. 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., 5238995, Island-themed 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 into the wee hours. $

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Dining & Entertainment



Cajun Cookery

Dickie Brennan & Co.

701 South Peters, New Orleans 504–302-7496

719 S. Peters, New Orleans 504-302-7496

Executive Chef, Guy Sockrider 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 a well curated wine list as well as small plates perfect for sharing.

Edward A. Dufresne Community Center 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.

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The newest addition to The Warehouse District, Cajun Cookery is the home of the perfect Cajun and Creole combination. From po-boys to étouffée, Cajun Cookery is the place for New Orleans Cuisine. Check out happy hour from 2-4pm and Weekend Brunch 7am-2pm.

It’s important to take time to celebrate – even the small things in life. Dickie Brennan & Co.’s four restaurants – Palace Café, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Bourbon House and Tableau help make it easy. Book any event with 20 guests or less, and their chefs will work with you to create a special menu with additions like wine, beer, or cocktail pairings. Book now at

Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak


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

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

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.



La Petite Grocery

225 Chartres Street, New Orleans 504-218-8533

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

4238 Magazine St, New Orleans 504-891-3377

Justine is a Parisian-style brasserie by husband-and-wife team Justin and Mia Devillier. Combining the sophistication of a brasserie with the playfulness of the French Quarter, Justine honors the technique and simplicity of French classics in a bustling, multi-roomed restaurant with vibrant decor and grand presentation.

Katie's is known as one of New Orleans' favorite neighborhood restaurants. Serving daily specials and menu favorites like Katie's fresh and delicious crab cakes with lump crabmeat and housemade famous remoulade sauce! Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Owned by husband-and-wife team Justin and Mia Devillier, La Petite Grocery pays homage to its century-old home that’s acted as a cornerstone of the community throughout the years. In the kitchen, Chef Justin Devillier puts a creative spin on traditional New Orleans cuisine with dishes like Turtle Bolognese and Blue Crab Beignets.


Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian

3800 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-9179 Mandina's is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. "There are some items that have been on the menu for 75 years," says Cindy Mandina. "My grandmother always said, 'Take care of the neighborhood people and locals that come here… cater to their needs and desires’. That's what we're all about." Mandina's is open for lunch and dinner daily.

French Quarter, Metairie, Mid-City & St. Charles 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. Five unique locations; one great menu. 2nd French Quarter location now open at 821 Iberville St. open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

910 West Esplanade Ave. Kenner 504-463-3030 1001 Live Oak, Metairie 504-838-0022 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 MondaySaturday for lunch and dinner. Daily lunch specials and catering are available as well. Mr. Ed also oversees Austin’s Restaurant in Metairie and The Pearl Room in Harahan. september 2019 7 3



Dining & Entertainment


New Orleans Creole Cookery

Orleans Grapevine


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

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

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

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.

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.

Parkway can now take your phone orders no matter how busy or long the line is. Our new call in kitchen makes it easy to call, pickup, and enjoy some of the best poorboys in town! Serving fried Louisiana Oysters on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Pascals Manale

Ralph Brennan

Red Gravy

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

900 City Park Ave., New Orleans 504-488-1000

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

This famous restaurant has been family owned 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 wines. Fresh seafood, italian dishes and delicious steaks are featured.

Head over to Ralph's on the Park all night, every night from now through September to score three appetizers and one glass of wine for $33. Chef Chip Flanagan is serving up a 15 choice appetizer menu so you can mix and match your way to satiated.

Can’t decide between brunch and lunch? Why not both! Chef de Cuisine Roseann is serving her handmade pasta with a sweet sausage sugo, fresh ricotta and a sunny up yard egg. Naturally named Breakfast Spaghetti, this dish is a musttry! Voted #1 Brunch AND #1 Italian in New Orleans Magazine and on Open Table! Open Wednesday through Monday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Tito's Ceviche and Pisco

True Food Kitchen

630 Carondelet St., New Orleans 504-930-3071

5015 Magazine St., New Orleans 504-267-7612

801 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans 504-558-3900

Just in time for the return of Autumn, Seaworthy is bringing back brunch. That means endless libations and dishes worth waking up for — starting every weekend from August 31, 11am-3pm.

Intimate Peruvian restaurant in uptown New Orleans with premier handcrafted cocktails, heart-healthy Peruvian wine, a variety of melt in your mouth ceviches, tiraditos, savory meat and seafood.

True Food Kitchen is an award-wining restaurant brand founded by integrative medicine expert, Dr. Andrew Weil. The brand’s seasonal menu is guided by the principles of the anti-inflammatory food pyramid emphasizing wholesome, simple ingredients with simple preparations to highlight the natural health benefits and flavors of each ingredient.


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Back to School


chools all over the metro area welcomed students back last month, and over the coming months, open houses abound for parents getting a head start on next year’s enrollment. From early pre-school and care for infants up to specialized high school programs for teens, parents will find a number of schools looking to welcome in their little or not-so-little ones. New Orleans families will find that the city offers something for everyone with schools developed around certain philosophies, distinct teaching styles, or specific subjects. From private religious institutions to language immersion schools and arts-integrated curricula, the diverse educational landscape of the city means parents can tailor a child’s education to what they feel is most important while finding comfort in the strong academic reputations that many of these schools have fostered for years. Setting up a child for success is important work, and doing your homework now may mean easy transitions from schoolyear to schoolyear.

yet challenging education that focuses on “Cherishing Childhood, Developing Character and Cultivating Leaders.” Faculty strive to teach each child in a manner that builds on his or her individual strengths, interests, and abilities while at the same time fostering teamwork within the greater School community. St. Andrew’s utilizes small classes to promote a challenging 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 information literacy skills. Student publications, dramatics, interscholastic sports, and community service round out St. Andrew’s program. See students and teachers in action at an upcoming Open House (October 22 for PK 3-Grade 4, October 17 for the Middle School, Grades 5-8), or call for a personal tour. Cottage tours are available by appointment only. For more information, visit admissions.

Early Education St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is the oldest Episcopal school in New Orleans with 62 years of experience in educating the mind, body, and spirit of young children. St. Andrew’s enrolls boys and girls 12 months through Grade 8, offering ten+ years of nurturing 7 6 september 2019

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. september 2019 7 7

sponsored 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 around the world. Classes are offered for children in preschool (18 months) through 8th grade. The student-to-teacher ratio is 7 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 To schedule a tour, call 504-896-4500. Known as the “Jewel of Freret,” Samuel J. Green Charter School opened in 2005 as part of FirstLine Schools. Serving grades Pre-K - 8th, Green is working to provide more seats for children from all New Orleans backgrounds to learn together. The mission of Samuel J. Green Charter School is to prepare 100 percent of students for college, careers, and a successful life. With a rigorous and creative curriculum, Green focuses on providing a strategic use of blended and personalized learning. This dedication to the individual needs of each student is why Green was recently recognized by the state as a top performer both in the city and statewide with an “A” rating for student growth. In addition to the academic curriculum, students at Green benefit from hands-on learning experiences daily through FirstLine’s nationally renowned gardening and culinary program, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans. The school will host an Open House every Thursday in September

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from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. for families interested in the Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. For more information, visit, call 504-304-3532, or email 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 35th 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 (PK37th). 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.” Open House for grades PK3-7th grade will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. For more information on Stuart Hall School for Boys or to tour the campus, please call 504861-5384 or visit Trinity Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students age 15 months through 8th grade. Trinity’s campus is located in the Garden District and offers a pleasant and stimulating learning environment. Trinity continues in the tradition of its predecessor school, Miss Edith Aiken’s Little School, and in that of Trinity Episcopal Church. Trinity’s talented and experienced faculty and staff are committed to educating students in a nurturing september 2019 7 9

sponsored environment dedicated to the ideals of being Gentle, Generous, Truthful, Kind, and Brave. Trinity'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. Open Houses for all ages will take place at 9 a.m. on October 16 and January 16. Private tours are also encouraged. For more information or to schedule an individual tour, please visit, email, or call 504-670-2561. Established in 1978 and celebrating over forty years of serving area children, University Montessori School is a not-for-profit, preprimary school dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and method of education. University Montessori School has two complete and individual classrooms: a twenty-month to three-year-old class and a combination 3- to 6-year-old preschool, transitional, and kindergarten class. University Montessori School devotes itself to the total child—his or her emotional, social, intellectual, and physical well-being. A child-centered classroom is the basis of the Montessori approach. In each prepared environment, the child has the opportunity to progress at his or her own rate and reach the potential that each child carries within. By combining age groups in the preschool, transitional, and kindergarten class, the children develop a sense of community. The younger children teach the older children patience and empathy and give them a feeling of competency, while the older children practice leadership, providing younger children with assistance with work and classroom adjustment. For more information, visit, email,

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or call 504-865-1659.

Continuous Education (K-12) Arden Cahill Academy combines a strong education with the unique qualities of an outdoor country environment minutes from downtown. Nestled along Bayou Fatma in Gretna, the 12-acre campus currently serves students from 6 weeks in its Infant Center through High School (10th grade) and provides state-of-the-art classroom learning facilities in addition to an equestrian arena, stables, and petting farm. The school is currently expanding its high school with the addition of a grade per year through 2023. The school focuses on cultural enrichment as one part of its primary education and tradition of academic excellence. The STEAM Lab, 300-seat theater, art studios, music rooms and foreign language programs ensure students’ abilities to excel in the arts, while a sports field, competition pool, gymnasium, and extracurricular athletics allow students to excel in physical competition as well. Before and after school care are available. The academy also hosts Camp Corral, a 10-week summer camp. For more information, please call 504-392-0902 or visit Attend an Open House on October 10th, 6 – 8 p.m. (6th to 10th grade), or November 12th, 9 a.m (6 weeks to 10th grade). 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.

sponsored 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 Tuesday, October 29 from 5 – 7 p.m. Personal tours for Ages 1 – Grade 4 are available at your convenience. For more info, visit Ursuline Academy is an all-girls Catholic school offering a diverse educational environment from Toddler 1 through 12th grade. Founded in 1727, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans enjoys the distinction of being the first all-girls' Catholic school in the United States. As girls progress through the academy, a highly interactive approach exposes them to increasingly complex concepts in STEM and the arts that go beyond learning the material. Ursuline girls learn to think creatively, articulate their ideas confidently and compassionately, and solve problems collaboratively. Ursuline’s all-girls’ environment empowers students to challenge themselves, explore outside their comfort zones and expand what they are capable of achieving. High School Open House (Grades 8-12) will be Thursday, October 24 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Elementary Open House (Toddler 1- Grade 7) will be Friday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Private tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 504-866-5292 or St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a coeducational, independent college preparatory day school for students from 8 weeks through

12th grade. St. Martin’s curriculum and programs are designed to stimulate growth at the different stages in a child's life. A rigorous curriculum, balanced with small class sizes, an emphasis on critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and leadership, prepares students not only to thrive in excellent colleges, but also to lead meaningful and productive lives with knowledge and skills that enable success long after graduation. St. Martin’s is leading the way with a studentcentered innovation and design approach to education that is unlike any other in the region. Learn more about St. Martin’s when you visit the beautiful 18-acre campus for a personal tour or attend the Open House on Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to schedule a personal tour, please call the Admission Office at 504-736-9917. Visit St. Martin’s on the web at The Archdiocese of New Orleans is home to 75 Catholic elementary and secondary schools that educate nearly 35,000 students in eight civil parishes of South Louisiana. This summer, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has been busy planning and preparing for a fruitful school year. Hundreds of teachers participated in professional development workshops and many administrators attended retreats and other professional development opportunities. In October, high school admissions season will begin followed by elementary school registration in February 2020. For more information about Catholic Schools in the New Orleans area, visit or call the Office of Catholic Schools at 504-866-7916. Find and like them on Facebook at Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coeducational, non-denominational, independent school where care september 2019 8 1

sponsored 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 teaches them the importance of individual achievement through a depth of inquiry rather than a mere recitation of facts. Visit an Admission Open House or email for a private tour. Upcoming Open Houses include Pre-K on October 24 at 6:30 p.m.; K/1/2 on January 14 at 8:30 a.m.; Grades 3/4/5 on January 8 at 8:30 a.m.; 6th-12th grades on November 21 at 6:30 p.m. and January 16 at 8:15 a.m.

Middle and High Schools 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.

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Teamwork and perseverance are found on and off the field on 11 athletic teams. Visit their Open House, Thursday, October 10, 2019, 3 - 7 p.m. Private tours are available by appointment. For more information, visit, call 504-288-7626, or email admissions@ For over fifty-five years, Archbishop Rummel High School has been educating young men who become tomorrow’s leaders. Conveniently located in Metairie on a 22-acre campus, Archbishop Rummel provides young men, grades 8-12, with a faith-based Lasallian education while maintaining state-of-the-art facilities. Academically, the school sets high standards in its college preparation courses while also encouraging students to explore their individual interests. Unique to Archbishop Rummel are its pre-professional classes in biomedical sciences, engineering, and law studies. These courses give students opportunities to explore professional industries and develop relationships with alumni. “Touching hearts, Teaching Minds, and Cultivating Leaders” is not just Archbishop Rummel’s motto; it is the foundation by which its staff and stakeholders base their decisions and actions. The school invites prospective families to visit its campus and see the daily life of a Rummel Raider. To schedule a spend-a-day or tour, visit their website at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts—better known as NOCCA—has been training Louisiana's young artists for nearly 50 september 2019 8 3

sponsored years. NOCCA provides full-day, half-day, and after-school training in 11 arts disciplines: Classical Music, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Drama, Jazz, Media Arts, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design, Vocal Music, and Visual Arts. NOCCA's full-day program includes academic courses and has been rated one of Louisiana's top-ten schools. NOCCA also offers a summer session. Admission to NOCCA is by arts audition, and students attend tuition-free. NOCCA's nonprofit partner, The NOCCA Institute, provides financial aid to students who need help paying for art supplies and other costs associated with their training. NOCCA will host an open house for prospective students and their parents on September 28. That same day, NOCCA will publish applications for the 2020-21 school year and the 2020 summer session at Applications can be completed online and are due Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Colleges & Universities The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) offers degrees in more than 40 top-ranked programs, including architecture, animation, immersive reality, fashion, and film and television. This year, SCAD celebrates its 40th anniversary with SCADstory, a new immersive experience bringing to life the university’s creative journey. SCADstory is open to the public and is located in SCAD’s historic Poetter Hall on Bull Street in the center of downtown Savannah. A global university, SCAD enrolls nearly 15,000 students at locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; Hong Kong; and Lacoste, France. SCAD facilitates travel for students to study across these locations, helping define their SCAD experience on an international scale. SCAD’s 99 percent alumni employment rate is testament to the

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creative careers of the more than 40,000 SCAD graduates working all over the world. In Savannah alone, SCAD alumni have created over 60 businesses in the historic city including retail shops, art galleries, restaurants, and architecture firms. For more information, visit The University of Holy Cross encourages students to do good and to do well. A fully accredited Catholic university in New Orleans, the University of Holy Cross (formerly Our Lady of Holy Cross College) offers more than 65 majors and programs to more than 1,300 students. With 154 faculty members and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, students enjoy a personalized academic experience on an active campus where they are encouraged to explore spiritual values and pursue service opportunities. Some of the university’s most distinctive programs are in Business, Education, Healthcare, Counseling, and Nursing. The university was founded in 1916 as a mission of the Marianites of Holy Cross, whose distinguished history of educating minds and hearts dates to 1848. Located on the West Bank, minutes from downtown New Orleans, UHC offers an affordable, liberal arts education within a small, private university setting. For more information, visit Rooted in its Catholic heritage and continuing the centuriesold Jesuit tradition of educational excellence, Spring Hill College forms students to become responsible leaders in service to others. Located only a couple hours from New Orleans in Mobile, Alabama, Spring Hill College was named a 2019-2020 School of Distinction for its engaged and vibrant campus community, successful student outcomes, and the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, care for the

sponsored whole person, body, mind and spirit. Spring Hill also received distinction awards for its Business and Nursing departments as well as the Career Development program. Spring Hill College offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is home to the top ranked nursing program in Alabama. In 2018, 100 percent of incoming freshman received financial aid, and over 95 percent of outgoing graduates secured placement within six months of graduation. This fall, Spring Hill College is expanding undergraduate offerings to offer high-demand programs for ever-growing business career opportunities. For more information on Spring Hill’s academics, admissions, student life, and athletics, visit or call 1-800-742-6704.

Schools for Students with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Since 1965, St. Michael Special School has educated students age six through adulthood with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The school uniquely nurtures the whole child— academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Under the leadership of Principal Romaine McCarthy, along with the support of committed friends of St. Michael, the school serves over 200 students from 37 regional zip codes. Experience all that St. Michael School provides for its students, including its new Exploration Academy, which supports the transition of recent high school graduates into adulthood through a focus on independent life skills and community work experience. St. Michael is accredited by LDOE, AdvancEd, and is recognized as a NASET School of Excellence. Sign up for a tour at or call 504-524-7285.

The school is located at 1522 Chippewa Street in New Orleans. “St. Michael School—a special place where students learn, grow, belong.”

Other Learning Opportunities At Love Swimming Swim School, students of all ages are taught by a team of expert adult instructors who are passionate about teaching. Through safe, fun, and small classes, Love Swimming strives to provide swimmers with a strong foundation of love and respect for the water. Love Swimming's teachers motivate individuals to explore their abilities beyond their fears and expectations. With an indoor facility, Love Swimming Swim School never gets rained out, and their heated pools create a comfortable learning environment where swimmers can get right to swimming. This comfort is key to accelerating the learning process and developing strong safety skills that will last a lifetime. The organization believes swimming is the best exercise for babies, kids, and adults and offers classes for ages six months to adult. Begin your swimming adventures for both fun and exercise by starting lessons now. Call 504-891-4662 or visit • september 2019 8 5


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Fall Getaways


ummer vacation season may be over, but there’s plenty of good reasons to make time for a fall escape, and nearby destinations along the Gulf Coast offer a variety of ways to relax and enjoy autumn months. There’s nothing like a Southern fall sunset, with its vibrant colors accompanied by the season’s perfectly cool breezes. Outdoor dining is one way foodies take advantage of this time of year, diving into the local seafood of beach communities, the Cajun cuisine across South Louisiana, and the creative dishes and wine pairings offered at downtown restaurants. Hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals lure travelers with a variety of packages and entertainment options tailored to your interests. Meanwhile, Southern cities and Louisiana parishes welcome visitors to explore the unique cultural and environmental characteristics and exclusive points of interest that make their areas one of a kind. Find your fun this fall among the following destinations found in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida and get away for a memorable respite with friends or family.

Louisiana St. Martin Parish draws visitors year round with its welcoming hospitality, world-class music and famous local cuisine. Accommodations offerings include beautiful B&B’s, top quality campgrounds and cabins, houseboats, and hotels. Breaux Bridge offers an array of shopping, antiquing and world-renowned hot spots like the famous Zydeco Breakfast at Buck & Johnny’s on Saturday mornings 8 6 september 2019

or Cajun music and nightly entertainment across the parish. The Henderson area, at the edge of the Atchafalaya Basin, offers airboat and swamp tours and great family-owned restaurants such as Chicken on the Bayou and Crawfish Town USA. Highlights of year-round festivals and events include the Pepper Festival in St. Martinville October 26, Breaux Bridge City Wide Garage Sale (Oct. 4-5), Tour du Teche (Oct. 4-6). See “where Cajun began,” and visit Football season is in full swing in Ruston and Lincoln Parish. Home to Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, the area welcomes fans from across the country to enjoy game day activities. Loyal Blue Weekends start in September with outdoor concerts and downtown events, late-night pep rallies, tailgating activities and more. First game weekend is September 6, when the LA Tech Bulldogs and GSU Tigers go head to head. Fans can avoid game-day traffic this season by parking downtown and enjoying a shuttle ride to the stadium free of charge. Downtown Ruston offers a variety of boutiques and specialty shops, restaurants, and cultural events. Plan a visit this fall on October 26 for Ruston Makers Fair, a festival celebrating the arts culture of the area with works of local artists and makers of all kinds. For more information and events, or to plan your visit to Ruston and Lincoln Parish, visit

sponsored Hail half of a century at the landmark Royal Sonesta New Orleans. The resort-style luxury hotel in the heart of the French Quarter continues its 50th anniversary celebration with an array of exciting opportunities for guests and visitors alike. Through September 30, Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ annual French Quarter Fling guest package offers nightly rates as low as $159, and guests can upgrade to the French Quarter Fling Royal package featuring R Club Level rooms from $259 per night with even more upgrade options available. The hotel’s premier fine dining establishment, Restaurant R’evolution, launched a special Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. Priced at $15 per glass or $60 per bottle, the wine is also available across all of Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ on-property dining and entertainment outlets. Additionally, Bar R’evolution, housed inside Restaurant R’evolution, launched its brand-new, daily happy hour on Monday through Friday (5 to 7 p.m.), Saturday (12 to 7 p.m.), and Sunday (10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) with bar bites, house cocktails, wines by the glass, and beers all at inviting prices. Visit or call 504-586-0300 to learn more and book your stay. A stay at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans offers much more than a comfortable room. Known for its commitment to New Orleans’ artistic community, the Old No. 77 welcomes guests to its latest exhibition, Building Blocks: The Architecture of New Orleans. Currently on display, the show was curated by local Trapolin-Peer architect Gene Guidry along with Where Y’art. An intersection of the prevailing cultural attitudes that have shaped New Orleans’ architecture, Building Blocks is a look at the influences of French, Spanish, and American styles, overlain with the distinctive

Creole character that have become synonymous with the city’s unique neighborhoods. From the grand Greek Revival homes in the Garden District to the colorful Creole cottages in the Marigny, the city’s history and dominant social trends can be witnessed from front porch to inner courtyard. The Old No. 77 is Hotel & Chandlery is located in the Warehouse Arts District, three blocks from the French Quarter and a short stroll from the Convention Center. Book online at Spend warm New Orleans nights with a glass of wine in the serene courtyard at Effervescence Bubbles & Bites. Enjoy the peaceful fountain, relax on the outdoor couch, or grab a sidewalk table on North Rampart and treat yourself to bubbles. The impressive wine list spans the globe, including over 80 Champagnes by the bottle and 30 sparklers by the glass. Every Wednesday, Effervescence pops open a magnum of Champagne to pour by the glass—double the excuse to celebrate midweek. Flights are the perfect way to explore the list, available by the full or half glass. Try their sparkling rosé flight for a fun, crisp and fruity sparkling adventure. The full bar also serves bubbly cocktails, beer, and spirits. Effervescence’s bites menu features fresh, local ingredients prepared by the Michelin-trained chef couple. Highlights include Caviar Service, Dry-Aged Louisiana Wagyu, Pommes Frites and their signature Gulf Seafood Plateau, featuring five exceptional local and refreshing seafood preparations. Effervescence is open Wednesday-Sunday; for hours, menus, and event bookings, visit Upcoming events include wine classes, outdoor movie screenings and their Second Annual Chicken Picnic on October 2nd. Limited reservations on OpenTable. september 2019 8 7




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. Homesites are available on the water starting at $100,000. Both the homes and homesites 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

There’s nothing more refreshing and restorative than a vacation with your best gal pals. This fall, gather your friends for an unforgettable trip to Alabama’s sugar-white sand beaches. From sunset wine sippin’ and laughs over decadent meals, to morning beach yoga classes, shopping and spas, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have everything you need to make your next girlfriends getaway a relaxing, enjoyable experience. No matter how many friends want to join your fall getaway party, this Alabama destination has a wealth of outstanding lodging options to fit your needs. With more than 18,000 units, including nationallyrecognized hotels, condominiums and beach homes, you can pick the perfect place to lay your head after a long day of soaking in the sun. Get your girls together and start planning your next getaway by visiting, or call 877-341-2400 to request a vacation guide.

The Lodge at Gulf State Park

It’s fall, y’all—and that means football season is here! Visit the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort to experience “The New Way to Bet.” DraftKings at Scarlet Pear Sportsbook offers the best sports betting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Place a bet on your favorite teams on one of several self-service kiosks. The kiosks are available 24/7 and accept wagers for as little as $2.00. The kiosks also offer in-play betting. Catch every NFL game on 23 HD screens surrounding an astounding 144 square foot entertainment screen all while playing your favorite video poker game and enjoying a bite to eat. Treat yourself to an ultimate getaway at Scarlet Pearl’s luxurious hotel. With breathtaking views, superior service, and bathrooms that feel more like a spa, Scarlet Pearl has taken the definition of luxury into the clouds. Book your next stay at or by calling 888-BOOK-SPC. Fall is all about enjoying life on the Mississippi in Vicksburg. With special events on the Old Mississippi River Bridge like the Over the River Run, Bricks and Spokes Bike Ride, and Supper on the Sip, Vicksburg has one-of-a-kind experiences you won’t soon forget. If you are in search of the elusive sound of the Mississippi Delta Blues, you will find it in Vicksburg. Learn American history by visiting the 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 or call 1-800-221-3536.

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Unlike regular beach hotels cluttered together along the coast, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel is a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast with nature at its doorstep. Located within the beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park, The Lodge at Gulf State Park provides luxurious accommodations with direct beach access, four dining options, 40,000 square feet of flexible event space, and miles of beach trails with the pristine coastal scenery of this natural wildlife habitat. During your stay, you›ll connect with the outdoors on a whole new level. And in doing so, you›ll be helping in the hotel’s conservation efforts to restore and maintain the beauty of this truly distinctive property. Each of the 350 non-smoking guest rooms, including 20 suites, weave comfort and sustainability with a contemporary flair. All rooms bring the outdoors in by providing guests views of either The Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby/Gulf State Park. At The Lodge at Gulf State Park, doing nothing is really something. Book your fall getaway today by visiting

Henderson Park Inn

Florida At Henderson Park Inn, an adults-only, gulf-front bed and breakfast in Destin, Florida, privacy seekers will find the ultimate sanctuary for rest, relaxation, and romance. With serenity and style, the Inn boasts 37 intimate rooms, luxury amenities, and gulf-front terraces. Enjoy complimentary beach chairs/umbrellas, bicycles, chef’s gourmet breakfast, picnic-style boxed lunches, happy hour drinks at the “Tiki” bar, as well as wine, chocolates, and roses upon arrival. Dine on property in the evening at BeachWalk Café, Destin’s only fine dining located directly on the Gulf with unique dining opportunities such as rose-petaled “Toes in the Sand,” and outdoor, veranda dining overlooking the sugar white sands and translucent september 2019 8 9


waters of the Emerald Coast. Looking for more activities than relaxing at the beach? The Inn’s guests have access to all the amenities next door at the Inn’s sister property, The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort. Amenities include a full-service spa, fitness center, and two beautiful pools. Visit or call 866-398-4432 for more information. Make the most of the fall travel season with an escape to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of Portofino Island Resort where families enjoy the perfect balance of indulgence, natural beauty, and adventure. Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience offers plenty to do: explore the Santa Rosa Sound on a kayak or paddleboard, surf the emerald green waters of the Gulf, soar through the sky under a parasail, or board Portofino I and watch curious dolphins play in the water. Whether you want to spend time at the beach with your family, children, spouse or friends, guests of all ages will enjoy the properties of Premier Island. More than just another fall vacation, this will be one to remember for a lifetime. Discover yours at or call 866-966-1420. Louisianians have long discovered that fall is the perfect time of year to escape to the beach. With summer crowds a distant memory and vacation rental rates discounted up to 30% off, Destin, Miramar Beach and Scenic Highway 30-A are especially attractive. As an added bonus,

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Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has created fall packages tailored to individual interests. Those who enjoy craft beer will appreciate the “Craft Your Beach Vacation” package, while fashionistas will value the “Make A Statement” package, which includes a $50 gift card for Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach to purchase a statement piece that will serve as a reminder of their beach vacation. Newman-Dailey Resort Properties features premier South Walton, 30-A and Destin vacation rental homes, condominiums, and cottages on and near the beach. Call 1-800-225-7652 or visit DestinVacation. com to learn more about fall promotions and special offers.

Travel Resources There’s nothing like the feeling of jumping in the car and embarking on a long-awaited road trip. If there’s one thing that could ruin your journey, it’s unexpected car trouble. Fortunately, you can make sure your road trip stays on track with the peace of mind that accompanies AAA 24/7 Roadside Assistance. AAA covers you in any car, SUV or pick-up truck even if you’re not the driver. AAA provides members with free towing, free tire change, free lock-out assistance, free minor mechanical first aid, free jump start, and free delivery of emergency fuel. For a limited time, readers of New Orleans Magazine can join AAA for only $50 and get a second household member free (promo code 175498). Current AAA members can add one new household member free (promo code 175500). For more details see AAA’s ad in this issue, visit your local AAA branch, call 844-330-2173, or visit Join AAA today. •


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Arts & Culture


ouisiana’s melting-pot history combined with its unique, diverse landscapes is undoubtedly why it is one of the most culturally vibrant states in the country. Visitors to the state and locals alike find themselves enthralled with the food, music, history, and art of the communities that extend along the Gulf and Mississippi and over to Texas and Arkansas. Festivals welcome music lovers, food enthusiasts, and dancers for family fun, while galleries invite artists and their fans to find depth and meaning through moving works of visual art. Historic sites bring history alive with reenactments and thrilling stories of how we got where we are today. In New Orleans, opera and theater continue to thrive as stalwarts of the arts, with local theaters and organizations preparing for productions of the 2019-2020 seasons. Dig into Louisana’s arts and culture this month and see what worlds are opened to you through the imagination, creativity, and history of others. From October 1 through November 3, historic St. Joseph Plantation offers its annual, sought-after “Mourning Tour,” which features the grieving and funeral customs and rituals of 18th- and 19th-century Creole Louisiana. The house will be “dressed in full deep mourning,” according to the old prescribed protocol of mourning. Every weekend through November 3, St. Joseph Plantation features live actors portraying some of St. Joseph’s long-ago residents and the mourning customs they followed. Both educational and entertaining, these live re-enactments include portrayals of Dr. Cazemir Bernard Mericq and Josephine Aime Ferry who lived at St. Joseph on separate occasions. Regular tours are now offered seven days a week, and the guided mansion tour is one hour followed by a self-guided grounds tour. Photography of the interior is welcomed. The ground floor and gift shop are handicap accessible. For more information on St. Joseph Plantation, tours, and private events, visit or call 225-265-4078. Antieau Gallery, located at 4532 Magazine Street, showcases the work of celebrated and admired fabric-appliqué artist Chris RobertsAntieau. As a self-taught visionary artist, Antieau’s work tells stories of nature, perception, and the human experience. Her work is featured 9 2 september 2019

in museums all over the country, including Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum, and in the personal collections of influential people including former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Chris Roberts-Antieau has consistently been a pioneer of machine embroidery. Her main body of work, which she calls “fabric paintings,” are highly sophisticated tapestries created in her signature style of fabric appliqué and intricate embroidery, crafted on a simple Bernina sewing machine. This fall, the Royal Street gallery will display a new work, Antieau’s Jazz Funeral, a large work of fabric appliqué and embroidery depicting one of New Orleans most famous cultural traditions. Stop in Uptown (4532 Magazine St.) or in the French Quarter (927 Royal St.) to view the works of Chris Roberts-Antieau and expand your art collection with works by this truly unique artist. For more information, visit For the fifth 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, food, and fun. The 5th Annual Algiers Fest takes place Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Federal City, 2500 General Meyer Avenue. Presented by the Algiers Development District, Algiers Development Corporation, and the Joint Development Committee, Algiers Fest welcomes a lineup of musicians that includes The Soul Rebels, Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band, Jonathan Boogie Long, Casme, Blues Madness, and The Marine Corps Band. Enjoy a variety of flavors and delicious foods from local food trucks. An array of children’s activities for kids of all ages will also be onsite. For more information on this free, local festival, call 504-367-3331 or visit and like for the latest news and information. New Orleans Opera Association is celebrating its 77th season this year and is proud to continue the legacy of producing opera in America's First City of Opera. The tradition began when Andre Getry's Sylvain premiered in New Orleans on April 22, 1796. The 2019-2020 New Orleans Opera season includes Carmen, a


La Petit Theatre

story of desire, power and obsession; The Falling and The Rising, a story of service, sacrifice, and connection inside uncertainty; Joan of Arc, beautiful music with the story of New Orleans' beloved Saint; Charlie Parker's Yardbird, an exploration of the tormented jazz great and bebop innovator, and The Magic Flute, a popular fairy-tale for the entire family. The NOOA Education wing features many fun events throughout the year for both children and adults with Students Night Out, Opera

Nouvelle, in-school performances and programming, Opera on Tap and The Donald W. Wood, Sr. Vocal Competition. For more information, contact 504-529-3000 or go to 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. The 2019-2020 season premiers October 4 with Noises Off, a joyfully out-of-control British play-within-a-play. Following A Christmas Carol, presented throughout the holiday season, January brings Something Rotten!, a play New York Magazine called “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” Spring kicks off with August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, an intimate story about a brother and sister struggling over how to claim their family’s legacy and also free themselves of the past. April brings Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, the first part of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Gay Fantasia on National Themes, considered one of the best plays of the 20th century. From June 5-21, experience A Night With Janis Joplin, a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith. For tickets and information, visit or call the box office at 504-522-2081 ext. 1. • september 2019 9 3


Did you know that every three seconds someone needs blood? A non-profit community service organization, The Blood Center has a long-standing tradition of providing quality blood products to over 30 regional health facilities. Blood shortages typically occur during the summer season when schools are out and families are taking vacations. Your business or organization could help combat shortages— donating blood is a great team building exercise for organizations both big and small. If you can get 25 or more people sign up to save a life, The Blood Center will help you host a blood drive and send a team to your business, school, civic, or religious center. If you’re a small group, visiting one of their dozen fixed site locations in Southeastern Louisiana or Southern Mississippi is easy and convenient. Visit to find a blood drive or donor center near you, and consider calling 800-86-BLOOD to organize your own blood drive.



ocal children are back from vacation and heading back to school, which means their days will be spent surrounded by others and the germs that naturally accompany kids and learning settings. Whether sick with a sore throat or injured at soccer practice, an unwell child is inevitable at times, and expert care can help quickly get them back to the classroom or the field. New Orleans is full of healthcare professionals who can advise parents when illness or injury strikes. From specialized pediatricians to knowledgeable pharmacists, quality care is just around the corner. Thinking about donating blood this season? Remember that children can also benefit from your or your organization’s blood donation. Contact your local blood center to find out how you can help. Explore the offerings of local healthcare professionals and find helpful resources in children’s health and wellness. Because medical concerns can arise at any time, Children’s Hospital New Orleans is making access to its pediatricians more convenient than ever. Virtual Care allows parents to connect with a Children’s Hospital provider during business hours and also in the evenings and on weekends. The app allows families to receive expert pediatric care via secure video connection from anywhere in Louisiana. Virtual Care benefits include seeing a provider when most convenient, not having to pack up the kids and spend time traveling or waiting in a crowded waiting room, and having a specialist referral or a prescription called in from the comfort of home. To learn more or to download the Children’s Hospital Virtual Care app, visit To reach Children’s Hospital’s After Hours walk-in clinics in Metairie and River Ridge, visit For more information about Children’s Hospital, visit 9 4 september 2019

NOLA Discount Pharmacy is proud to continue the tradition of offering the Greater New Orleans area a local, family-owned drugstore with superior customer service and discount prices. In addition to filling your prescriptions in 15 minutes or less, they offer immunizations, compounding, and unique over-the-counter items. The stores feature an extensive retail selection with your favorite local and national brands, and if they don’t have it, they will special order it for you. NOLA Discount Pharmacy accepts all insurance plans and offers affordable cash prices on prescriptions. Transferring your prescriptions is quick and easy—just speak with a friendly staff member by calling one of their three convenient locations: 504888-9411 (4305 Clearview Parkway), 504-835-6060 (1107 Veterans Memorial Blvd.) or 985-307-0800 (3001 Ormond Blvd. in Destrehan). NOLA Discount Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. More information and prescription refill services available at For nearly 20 years, Dr. Jason Parker has been taking care of the dental needs for children of all ages with gentleness and compassion. Patients travel from within a 45-mile radius of his Metairie, Covington, and Slidell offices to see him and his incredible staff. “The key is having an energetic, friendly, experienced staff that creates a relaxed, positive and fun experience for every child,” says Dr. Parker. In 2008, Parker received the New Dentist Award from the Louisiana Dental Association. Throughout his career, he has extended care beyond his practice with a number of philanthropic endeavors. As chairman for the 2007 March of Dimes Gala, he raised $7,000 for neonatal research. Parker has also been involved in many levels of organized dentistry; he has served as chairman for Children’s Dental Health Month for the New Orleans Dental Association, helped to produce a documentary with the American Dental Association, and is a 2019 Honoree for the American Cancer Society Belles & Beaus Gala. To schedule an appointment for your child or for more information, visit • september 2019 9 5

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streetcar by errol laborde

Back Street of Naples Our group was walking through a back

street of Naples on the way to an historic cemetery when the tour guide assured us that our destination was only about a kilometer away. We Americans are often illiterate about the metric system, but I knew that one kilometer was less than a mile but more than what I, who had been hobbled by a back sprain, was able to walk at that moment. So, as the group turned a corner, I huddled with the guide. She assured me that the group would be coming back along the same path and if I just sat in the small public square across the street I could rejoin when they returned in about 45 minutes. That sounded good, though I was disappointed to be on the injured list. There was nothing fancy about the square, just a few benches and chairs and a table. The block contained mostly shops where the clerks stood at the front entrances hoping for 1 1 2 september 2019

customers. In the distance I could see the tour group waking away like troops on a mission. I, on the other hand, sat on a bench hoping to absorb Italian life. Then something strange happened. I doubt if I had been seated two minutes when a man walked past me. His steps were very pronounced, as though he was marching, as his arms swayed. Most notable, though, was that he was whistling, quite nicely, not just any tune, but the “Triumphal March” from “Aida.” Now, by my unofficial account, there are three cities in the world where that march, one of opera’s most stirring, is most significant. They are, in ascending order, Cairo, where Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece about an Ethiopian princess premiered in 1871; next is Milan, where the opera, with Verdi present, made its official debut in 1872; but first is New Orleans, where since the 1880s the march,

because of Carnival, has frequently been played between Twelfth Night and Mardi Gras, as kings and queens have made their promenade on ballroom floors. My guess is that the march, through the centuries, has probably been played more in New Orleans than in any other city. Not that there is anything unusual about an Italian whistling an opera, but the moment seemed too theatric to be true as though a character, listed as “The New Orleanian,” took the stage and sat on a bench. Someone behind the curtain signaled to cue the whistler who then walked by while performing a professional rendition of the march. If there was an audience, it would have applauded. I just sat, perhaps too mesmerized by the moment, to respond. Little did I know but that in the final scene something else strange was going to happen… . That estimated 45 minutes stretched past an hour. I, however, had not moved from my bench. I was fascinated by watching the locals, many of whom were shopkeepers, assemble as the day wore on, joining in animated discussions. As the lone American I was no doubt conspicuous. Then one of the shopkeepers, a friendly-looking man wearing a tweed cap, broke from his conversation and approached me. He spoke in a broken English that was far superior to my broken Italian. Pointing down the street he said, “your group is coming back, it is about two blocks away.” I thanked him and looked in the distance where I could see bobbing heads moving in my direction. I did wonder though, and still do, how he knew both that I was waiting for a group and where it was located at the moment. Maybe he had been standing outside his shop and overheard the initial conversation with the tour guide, or maybe it was just the mystique of old Naples. Either way, I realize now that as I sat there alone in a strange city, he was watching out for me. When I rejoined the tour group, I learned that it still had about another half-mile to its march which I endured, if not triumphally, at least steadily. Those who had gone to the cemetery had stories to tell. Amazingly, though I just sat on a bench, so too did I.


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New Orleans Magazine September 2019  

New Orleans Magazine September 2019  

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