New Orleans Magazine January 2020

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January 2020 / VOLUME 54 / NUMBER 3 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 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 On the Cover: Chartreuse Daiquiri at Claret

Top picks for January 22

Persona Cheryl Gerber 24

Photograph by Sam Hanna

Chris Rose Men and their boom box 26

Modine Gunch Hear today.... 28

Joie d’Eve So Lame 30

In Tune Groovy Gras 32

Home Uncommon ground 34




In Every Issue

In the Mix


Best bars to start the year 38

Herbsaint Unscrambled 12

Tops of the Town 2020

Speaking Out

Our readers’ picks 52

Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 16

Ella Brennan Award John Folse 56

Julia Street

National Teacher Awards

Questions and answers about our city 18

Taking a leap 58

UNO Education Silver and Blue reaching for gold 60

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Streetcar Meyer the Hatter 112

DIAL 12, D1 In WYES’ newest local documentary, BIRTH OF THE BREWS: A HISTORY OF DIXIE BEER, viewers will explore the brewery’s survival story from Prohibition to bankruptcy through Hurricane Katrina and its 2017 sale to Tom and Gayle Benson. Hear interviews from Gayle Benson and former owners Joe and Kendra Burno, among others. Narrated by Peggy Scott Laborde and produced by Laborde and Jim Moriarty. For details on all WYES programming and events, go to

The Menu Table Talk Bakery Bar Adventures 72

Restaurant Insider News from the Kitchen 74

Food A Winter evening 76

Last Call A KISS to start the New Year 78

Dining Guide Listings by Neighborhood 80


Herbsaint Unscrambled On the night that the new

Sazerac House on Canal Street had its grand opening, I happened to be looking at the exhibit for Herbsaint when Bill Goldring, the chairman of the Sazerac company, passed by. He was showing a special guest the many fine points of the museum. Herbsaint is a native product that was created in 1934 as a substitute for absinthe. As the story goes, absinthe, one of many licorice/anise flavored mixers, was very popular in the city (There was even the Old Absinthe House) though there was one serious problem. The liqueur was seasoned with a slice of wormwood which unfortunately had poisonous qualities. Once the drink was banned, people in the bar business looked for a substitute and it took New Orleans cocktail ingenuity to create Herbsaint. Eventually the Sazerac Company bought the rights and now manufactures it as part of its well-stocked inventory (which also includes another anise flavored mixer, Ojen, a Spanish creation that has a certain following within the Mardi Gras crowd.) Officially the name Herbsaint came from the Creole phrase Herbe Sainte which means “Sacred Herb.” There could also be another explanation, although I am not sure if it was planned or dumb luck: Goldring nodded (perhaps knowingly) when I pointed out to him that the word Herbsaint included all the letters in “absinthe” with the exception of the “r.” He asked

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me to point that out to his guest, which I did. “So, Governor, if you move around all the letters and add the “R” you get....” That night I went down in Louisiana political history as the person who introduced a near-anagram to John Bel Edwards. Politicians learn to look impressed when told something even if they are not. I am not sure if that story made it back to the mansion. This is our annual Best Bars issue, a topic that New Orleans has invested in both culturally and historically. Bars are places not just for drinking but for social gatherings. There are stories to tell including that of curious spellings. But if someone offers you something old, just watch out for the wormwood. JANUARY 2020 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

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speaking out

John Bel Edwards, Survivor The second time around On the night when John Bel

Edwards was first elected governor in 2015, his victory party was at the Monteleone Hotel. Journalist Tyler Bridges would report that later that night, after the crowds had left, Edwards and some old friends from his West Point days went to the hotel’s rooftop deck to puff on victory cigars. For Edwards, it must have been a powerful moment, feeling the satisfaction of victory while looking over the New Orleans skyline and seeing the path of the Mississippi River, which wanders through the state he is about to govern. Ahead would be four tough years best remembered for multiple legislative sessions to correct shortfalls from the previous administration. With each necessary tax fix that the new governor advocated, we could envision hired political consultants 1 6 JANUARY 2020

sharpening their knives to attack the governor as a tax monger when he ran again. On election night 2019, this one spent in Baton Rouge, Edwards must have felt the jubilation from four years earlier, only he was also free of much of the previous burden. Now term-limited he is politically liberated, having the freedom to perform without having to worry about the political implications. Even the overwhelming Republican majority in both legislative houses provides some relief. Any shortfalls can now be blamed on an uncompromising legislature. On the everyday matters of running the state, Edwards is now free to govern as he pleases. Nor can he be tortured much by further ambitions. Once you are governor, any other state office is a step down. Conceivably he

could run for U.S. Senator, but for services. Huey Long emerged he would have to contend with during the decade leading a poputhe overwhelming Republican list uprising in which government majority in the electorate. His best provided free education, health bet would be for a Democrat to be care, school lunch programs and elected President and then offer even textbooks. Louisiana’s Charity him a cabinet post. Or maybe Hospital system was an example he can just opt to enjoy life as a of big government for the whole former two-term governor who nation to behold. In many ways, retired undefeated Louisiana during that period was During the campaign, the ultimate liberal state. President President Donald Trump, Franklin Roosevelt would have been campaigning on behalf of right in proclaiming Republican Eddie Rispone, An original ©Mike Luckovich yelled tirelessly that that Louisiana is “too Edwards, a conservative Cartoon for New liberal for the country.” Orleans Magazine Democrat, was “too liberal Political ideology for Louisiana.” We note that shifts with the times; Edwards’ second term begins as fortunately, the appreciation for the 21st century moves into the decency remains consistent. twenties. The last time around, in Edwards seems like a decent person 1920, the state was on the verge of trying to do the right thing. No a dramatic shift as hard times and a one can ever be accused of being depression created more demands too decent for Louisiana.


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Electric Trolley Coach No. 1262, Magazine Line, at Audubon Par. Courtesy of The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection

Dear Julia, I recently saw a vintage picture of an electric bus operating on Magazine Street. I think the picture was from the 50s but I would like to know more about these strange bus-streetcar hybrids and when they were used here. Red Lagrange (Gramercy) The electric vehicle you are remembering was officially known as an electric trolley coach. Often called a trackless trolley, it was a form of public transportation that made its local debut on the Southport Shuttle Route (also known as the Oak Street line) weeks after the streetcar strike of 1929. Electric trolley coaches combined features of both buses and streetcars. When viewed below the roof, these trackless trolleys looked like regular fuel-powered public buses. When viewed from above, on the other hand, their roofs closely resembled those found on streetcars. Extending from the roof at the rear was a parallel pair of metal arms that permitted them to connect with existing streetcar power lines. 1 8 JANUARY 2020

Dear Julia, There used to be a small hospital not too far away from Mandina’s, but on the other side of Canal. It closed decades ago, but can you tell me anything about its history? As a small child, I recall being taken there to visit an ill relative but, unfortunately, I don’t recall else about it. Marla Wade (New Orleans)

Unlike streetcars, electric trolley coaches ran on roads, not rails, and were able move as much as 12 feet away from the overhead wires, allowing them to maneuver around obstacles and move to the curbside to accept or discharge passengers. The image accompanying this column shows electric trolley coach #1262 in a traffic circle by Audubon Park. It is typical of electric trolley coaches that operated on various lines throughout the city between 1929 and the mid-1960s. The Magazine Street line employed the trackless trolleys from 1949 to 1964. Dear Julia and Poydras, My grandparents lived in the Fourth Ward and often spoke of an old poor boy shop called Mitchell’s. Do you or Poydras know anything about it? I think it was on Carrollton. Joe F. Fuller (Metairie) Ira Mitchell opened Mitchell’s Better Poor Boys in a large twostory frame house, which stood at 232 N. Carrollton Ave. at the corner of Bienville Street.

Established in 1937, Mitchell’s was in its heyday during WWII. Mitchell’s prided itself on its poor boys but it was more than a sandwich shop – it was a full-service restaurant offering plate lunches, a bar, seated dining and a varied menu. Rather than stockpiling sandwiches for the anticipated daily rush, Mitchell’s made each poor boy fresh when ordered from the lunch counter, in the dining room or at curbside. Since this took time, ads often quipped that Mitchell’s poor boys were longer.

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In late 1937, Dr. Philip Montelepre purchased a two-story property and established a 10-bed medical clinic at 3125 Canal Street. By 1954, the facility which had come to be known as Montelepre Memorial Hospital had expanded, more than tripling its capacity and providing a wide range of medical services. In 1963, the architectural firm of Ricciuti Associates constructed at a cost of $292,000 a modern 41-bed annex for the growing hospital. In late 1989, Montelepre Memorial Hospital reorganized and was transformed from a general hospital to a long-term care and rehabilitation center. Later known as University Rehabilitation Hospital and Physicians Rehabilitation Hospital, it has since been demolished. Hospital founder, Dr. Philip Montelepre (18971959), was a New Orleans-born gynecologist and obstetrician. Socially active, he was the son of Paulo “Paul” Montelepre (1869-1941), editor of “La Voce Coloniale,” a newspaper serving the local Italian community. In addition to founding his namesake hospital, Dr. Philip Montelepre served for 12 years as the assistant Orleans parish coroner and was for many years an examining physician for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He died in 1959, following an extended illness and was laid to rest in Metairie Cemetery. JANUARY 2020 1 9

Local Color MARQUEE . PERSONA . chris rose . MODINE GUNCH . JOIE D’EVE . IN TUNE . home

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photographer cheryl gerber


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

College Football Playoff National Championship

Get ready for kickoff, sports fans. The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship will be coming to the MercedesBenz Superdome on Jan. 13. It’s sure to be a exhilerating atmosphere and an exciting game. Information,

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Wizard World Comic Con

Fans of sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, and ingenious costumes will want to go to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from Jan. 3-5 for Wizard World Comic Con. Guests at this year’s event include Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Tom Welling (Smallville) and Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride, Clueless). Information,

Mother Courage and Her Children

From Jan. 22-Feb. 2, poetplaywright Ntozake Shange translates Bertolt Brecht’s classic play “Mother Courage and Her Children” from Europe during the Thirty Years War to the American Southwest after the Civil War. Information,

Bill Burr

Fresh off his 6th hour-long special (“Bill Burr: Paper Tiger”) on Netflix, Bill Burr, the comedian once described by Rolling Stone Magazine as “the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor,” is coming to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for shows on Jan. 9-10. Information,

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Jan. 16-26

Allstate Sugar Bowl, MercedesBenz Superdome. Information,

Harry and the Thief, Contemporary Arts Center. Information,

Jan. 1

Jan. 16

Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Jam, Champions Square. Information, Champions-Square. com

Miranda Sings, Orpheum Theater. Information,

Jan. 6

Something Rotten! Le Petit Theater. Information,

Jan. 17-Feb. 2

Phunny Phorty Phellows, Uptown. Information,

Jan. 17-Feb. 9 Jan. 6

Krewe Jeanne d’Arc, French Quarter. Information,

Viagara Falls, Westwego Performing Arts Theater. Information, Jan 25

Jan. 9-11

LPO: Beethoven’s “Eroica”, Orpheum Theater. Information,

Jim Jeffries: Oblivious, The Joy Theater. Information, Jan. 26

Jan. 9

Morgan Wallen’s Whiskey Glasses Road Show, The Fillmore. Information, Jan. 9-10

Bill Burr, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Information, Jan. 10-26

Oliver!, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Information, RivertownTheaters. com

Ms. Saigon, Saenger Theater. Information, Jan. 29

Live Nation, Disco Donnie, and Amps Present Armin Van Buuren, The Fillmore. Information, Jan. 31-Feb. 1

Louis C.K., Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA. com Jan. 31-Feb. 1

The Trey Anastasio Band, Civic Theater. Information,

Jan. 11

Super Saturday Comedy Explosion with Ms. Shirleen, Saenger Theater. Information,

Jan. 31-Feb. 9

The Mousetrap, Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Information,

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Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival, Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. Information, JANUARY 2020 2 3


one thing about new orleans is that i will never get bored or run out of things to photograph.

musicians, socialites and burlesque. It is a glowing tribute to New Orleans women. We asked Gerber to step out from behind her camera for a moment and tell us about the book, what it’s like to work with a sometimes difficult subject and all the things she has seen from her view finder.

Q: How did you get your start as a photographer? I studied journalism in college and got my first job as a reporter at the “St. Tammany News Banner.” We only had one staff photographer so I started taking photos to go with my stories. I noticed that each week, my stories got shorter and the photos got bigger. I took that as a hint that I was not a great writer and might be a better photographer. My first big break came in 1995 when I did a story and photo essay for “Gambit” on gutter punks. It won first place photo feature by the Louisiana Press Club and that opened a lot of doors for me.

Q: What inspired you to become a photographer? In 1990, I discovered

Behind the Lens Photographer Cheryl Gerber by Ashley McLellan

If you’ve ever been to a Carnival parade

(and why wouldn’t you?) you may have seen an intrepid photographer capturing all the fun. Or when news happens, there she is in the thick of things getting just the right shot. Photojournalist Cheryl Gerber is seemingly everywhere at all times. She has spent a career documenting the

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events and celebrations that make New Orleans the unique and wonderful place it is. She recently launched her latest book, “Cherchez la Femme: New Orleans Women,” in which her lens focuses on women that influence the city, including the business world, the restaurant industry, glamorous marching krewes, Baby Dolls,

the iconic photographs of Michael P. Smith, who documented music and street culture in New Orleans. I knew immediately that was what I wanted to do. I called him a half dozen times to ask if I could work for him as an apprentice, until he finally relented. I’ve been photographing New Orleans’ culture ever since.

Q: Who are some of the most fun people you have photographed? I’ve photographed a lot of famous people like Brad and Angelina, Ellen DeGeneres and even Princess Diana. But the most fun people to photograph are the people

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on the streets of New Orleans, from the second-liners to the Mardi Gras Indians and carnival marching krewes. It’s so energizing! Born/raised: New Orleans, raised in Madisonville, Louisiana. Education: Covington High School and Southeastern Louisiana University. Favorite restaurant: JoAnn Clevenger’s Upperline. Favorite book: “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Favorite Carnival parade: Muses. Favorite king cake: Bywater Bakery’s Brioche king cake.

Q: What do you enjoy photographing the most? That’s a tough question. I love photographing it all. One thing about New Orleans is that I will never get bored or run out of things to photograph.

Q: Without naming names, has there been a subject that was the most difficult to shoot? The Mardi Gras Indians have always been difficult to photograph but for very different reasons 30 years ago and now. Back then, when I was first starting out, the Mardi Gras Indians were wary of photographers and it took a long time to gain their trust. Today, they don’t shy away from cameras but the problem is there are too MANY cameras. Trying to get a clear shot of an Indian on Super Sunday without other cameras in the shot is very hard.

Q: What inspired your new book, “Cherchez la Femme?” The Women’s March in 2017 inspired my new book. When I saw that massive sea of women marching for equal rights, I knew instantly that I wanted to do a book celebrating the amazing and beautiful women who make New Orleans so rich and diverse.

Q: Is there a group or person you wanted to photograph for the book, but couldn’t get? I desperately wanted to include literary and visual artists, as well as women in media, such as Anne Rice, Peggy Scott Laborde and Chandra McCormick. But the book was already getting too big and that would be a whole other book. Perhaps there will be a Volume 2 in the future!

True confession: I play clarinet, not very well, but love to play “Big Butter and Egg Man” duet with my husband who is a trombonist.

Q: The book is dedicated to Bonnie Warren; why did you choose her? Bonnie has been my colleague, close friend, mentor, and surrogate mother for nearly 30 years. She has introduced me to the most amazing circle of women. She taught me how to do a book as we co-authored two books, “Historic New Orleans Homes” and “New Orleans Homes at Christmas.” Her knowledge and friendship have been invaluable. JANUARY 2020 2 5

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Men and Their Boom Box Conquests by the Dragon Masters by Chris Rose

Let’s wind back the clock. It’s the early

1980s and four street kids from the Treme and the 7th Ward find themselves – as so many of their teenage contemporaries did – consumed by the tectonic shifts in their culture, their music, their art. They see the movies about people like them, hear music by people like them, wear clothes made and sold by people like them. And they dance. Oh, man, do they dance. They teach themselves the new moves and grooves busting out of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens. Popping, locking, slipping and sliding. They practice – a lot. They hurt themselves – a lot more. When they feel like they’re ready, they cut themselves a huge black and white square of checkerboard linoleum kitchen flooring and drag it over to Bourbon Street in the afternoons, after school. They call themselves the Dragon Master Showcase. And they dance. On their feet, hips, elbows, knees, hands and heads. To categorize their act as mere break dancing doesn’t do it justice. It’s so much more – a frenetic routine of gymnastics, acrobatics, ballet and gags. They work hard. They draw big crowds, make good money. They get noticed. They get signed. They do a long-term residency in Las Vegas. They tour the world for 10 years with the UniverSoul Circus. They perform for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. It all started when Ronald Reagan was in his first term as President. Drew Brees was in diapers. Most telephones were avocado green. And the rest is – as they say – well, not quite history. Not yet. Fast forward to 2019. Those “street kids” are now parents, grandparents. And they are still dragging that raggedy-ass linoleum square out to Bourbon Street and Washington Artillery Park three or four days a week, for three or four shows a day. They’re still popping and locking, breaking and rocking. And not one of them has ever cashed a paycheck, had a boss or had to call anyone sir. Well, except the cops who sometimes run them off the street. The Dragon Master Showcase has been from

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the start: L’il Countrie, C-Los, Page1-NE, and Mr. Wild Style. Our own Boyz from the Hood. Still using a boom box, after all these years. The youngest of the group is Wild Style – Patrick Anderson – 48-years-old with two grandchildren. The other three are in their 50s. For anyone who thinks Brees is too old to play football, at 40, go watch what these guys do. All the stupid cliches come to mind. Death-defying! Acrobatic feats of astounding endurance! You won’t believe your eyes! And if you knew how old they were, you certainly wouldn’t. But they still look like kids. Ripped. The kicks. The grills. The bandanas and sweats. The music. The jokes. And the cardboard boxes still filling up with money. I first saw these guys on the street when I moved to New Orleans in 1984. When I saw them last month pulling off the same moves, the same stunts, the same show well, truthfully, it made me want to go home and take some ibuprofen and lie down. But also find out how the hell they have pulled this off, how they can still do this approaching what some call...the sunset years. Ouch. Retired from the road, they keep it local

now. “At this point, it’s not just for the money anymore,” Anderson says. “It’s still just so much fun.” Lady Gaga said it well and perhaps best: Live for the applause, applause, applause. It’s a hard thing to give up. So they don’t. Page 1-NE is currently sidelined from the group. He blew out a hamstring last year during a show. It was a bad landing after jumping over 12 people. All at the same time. Try that, Tom Brady. With the money he saved from dancing on the street all those years ago, Anderson put his wife Linda – his grade school sweetheart – through nursing school. But she worries about the risk of it all now, the injuries. Linda tells him now: “Baby, it’s my turn. If you want to stop, I’ll pick it up from here.” He says he’s giving it thought. “It doesn’t feel like it did when we were 25, that’s for sure,” he laughs. “Sometimes it hurts a little more.” So that nursing school tuition might turn out to be the best investment he ever made. Other than that raggedy-ass sheet of linoleum they still drag around – the stage that gave the Dragon Master Showcase the world to see, to conquer.


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Hear Today… Gone Tomorrow by Modine Gunch These days, when the Gunches

get together at my mother-in-law’s, we watch her like a hawk. If she steps out the room, we skulk around, and whisper bad words to every lamp and potted plant and throw pillow. I got to explain. It took Ms. Larda a long time to accept that she needs hearing aids. Everybody in the Gunch family speaks in a screech, so when they’re in the same room, she hears them just fine. It’s other noises she has problems with. A couple months ago, I pass by her house and see a fire truck outside. I rush in, and sure enough, there’s a fire crew in full gear. But they ain’t fighting a fire. They are prowling around with their noses wrinkled, sniffing. “I smelt something burning,” Ms. Larda explains, “but I can’t

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find no fire.” Finally, she calls 911 and out comes the fire crew. One of them asks what’s that clanking noise they hear. Ms. Larda says. “What noise?” I explain it’s the dishwasher on the other side of the double. It’s pretty noisy whenever my brothers-in-law, Lurch and Leech, decide to turn it on. Ms. Larda leads everybody to their side. Nobody’s home, but the firefighters sniff their way to the dishwasher. They open it, and smoke pours out. The thing is, Leech and Lurch generally eat what Ms. Larda cooks, and politely return the dirty dishes for her to take care of. They use their dishwasher for other purposes. Right now it holds a size 13 tennis shoe, a lot of plastic go-cups, some Carnival doubloons in the silverware holder, and a

pack of hot dogs still in the plastic wrapper. (Hot dogs are the one thing the boys cook themselves, and they use the dishwasher to do it. I guess they wanted to have lunch ready when they got back.) The tennis shoe is touching the heating element and throwing off smoke. The firefighters put it out, and that solves that. But afterwards, Ms. Larda starts thinking. She didn’t hear that dishwasher and everybody else did. Maybe it really is time to get hearing aids. First, she goes to the Sloth Lounge to get the lowdown from my gentleman friend Lust, who has been wearing them for years. He advises her to get the kind of hearing aids that hook up to her cell phone, so she can turn the volume up and down real easy. And THEN he tells her a secret

that opens up a whole Pandora’s basket of trouble. I notice she is suddenly very cheerful about getting hearing aids. I wonder about that. Also suddenly, the family can’t keep no secrets from her. We’ll be talking in low voices about Mardi Gras costumes while she’s in the kitchen and she’ll pop in and say, “You wear something like that, Gloriosa, and God will give you pneumonia!” Or, “ He’s doing WHAT with Mrs. Lobello? I thought you said he was SUING her.” Or “If you’re going to rip one off, you could at least step outside.” You get the gist. The Gunches say it’s just like when they were kids. Mama knows everything. My grandson Go-Cup says maybe she’s got “extendable ears” like Harry Potter. And come to find out, he’s almost right. Lust finally clues us in. He had told her how to put her phone on speaker, but direct the sound to her hearing aids, leave her phone in a room, and hear anything that is said in that room. He says he was trying to get her to feel better about the hearing aids. Well, she is obviously feeling just fine about them. Walking around with a little smirk on her face. Great. Are we going to have to sweep the room like the KGB every time she steps out? Finally, the boys threaten to put her phone in their dishwasher, and the next thing she hears will be “slosh, clatter, silence.” So she says she’ll quit. Not that we believe her. So we try to flush her out by talking nasty to whatever she might have hid the phone under. That’s what it’s come to. Thanks, technology.




So Lame I can’t possibly care about how uncool I am these days. by Eve Crawford Peyton

M y a l m o s t-t e e n dau g h t e r,

Ruby, stepped in front of the TV while I was simultaneously pedaling frantically to nowhere on my exercise bike and trying to watch Ina Garten make something obscenely rich and fattening for the holidays. (“My mom exercises while watching people make things that she can’t eat,” Georgia told her teacher, and she’s not wrong.) “Hey, kiddo, can you move?” I asked her. “I’ve got about 15 more minutes to go here on the bike and then I’ll be ready to help with whatever you need.” Silently, she cupped her hand a few inches below my face. “What are you doing?” I asked. “And again, can you please move?” She kept standing there, her hand out. I put my hand in her hand. She laughed and shook it loose. “What do you want from me?” I said. “You don’t get it?” she asked, gesturing at me emphatically with 30 JANUARY 2020

her hand still cupped. “Do you want money?” I asked. “Because I don’t have any.” She laughed again. “No! You really don’t get it?” “Am I … supposed to, like, spit in your hand? Put something in there?” “Ugh!” she said, half-annoyed, half-laughing. “Mom! You’re so old! It’s a TikTok thing! You’re supposed to put your chin in my hand! Have you even heard of TikTok?” “OK,” I said, defensively. “I am old, but I have heard of TikTok! It’s like Vine, right?” She closed her eyes in pain. “Mom.” It wasn’t even an exclamation. Her tone was clearly, “I’m not mad, just disappointed.” “What?” I said. “I know Vine is gone, but I thought TikTok was like Vine!” “Not at all,” she said. “Not. At. All. But it’s OK. You can’t help being old.” She cupped her hand again. I put my chin in it obediently. She patted me on the head like I was a puppy. I have never felt older than I

have these past few months. From “Don’t even talk about memes; my inability to distinguish among it’s just cringey.” VSCO girls, E-girls, and soft girls “You’re so old.” (I’m not even to bands I’ve never heard of to my 40, for the record!) “How do you not know this? visceral hatred of Post Malone to my ignorance of anime – the signs Everyone knows this!” are all very clear that I am officially “Mom. Stop trying to be cool. older than dirt. You’re not.” Sometimes my daughter is patient Luckily, I’m not too thin-skinned, with me. She’ll explain the difference and as I’ve said before, I’ve never between being bisexual and being been cool to begin with, so not pansexual and let me ask “clueless” knowing the dankest memes really questions: “So if you like someone doesn’t bother me. who presents as female but identiAnd honestly – and I apologize fies as nonbinary, then you’re pan, in advance for the drastic shift in right? Does their gender tone – I just marked identity affect your sexual what would have been orientation?” my sister’s birthday Excerpted from Eve She’ll gently remind me Crawford Peyton’s this past Saturday, and blog, Joie d’Eve, which to get my coffee without a appears each Friday on if there’s one thing I’m plastic lid or straw. (“Save grateful for right now the turtles!”) … it’s the chance to She’ll try to pick clothes be old, the chance to out for me that are more stylish than get old. Yes, I’m getting old, Ruby, my usual khakis/blouse/sandals and it’s absolutely a privilege. You’ll combo or “constructively” criticize understand one day – when you’re my makeup choices. old, too. Other times she’s frustrated with Now get out of my way, please. my utter lameness. You’re still blocking the TV. jane sanders illustration JANUARY 2020 3 1

in tune

must-see music jan. 16 - 18

The Radiators jam at Tipitina’s. jan. 18

Flow Tribe funks up Republic. jan. 19

Spafford jams at House of Blues. jan. 24

Billy Strings brings bluegrass to Tipitina’s. Riarosa

jan. 25

Mandolin Orange brings the bluegrass back to Tipitina’s.

Groovy Gras

jan. 25

Dancing into Carnival

Miniature Tigers pop into Gasa Gasa.

by Mike Griffith

jan. 29

As we move from the holiday season to Carnival Pêche, Gianna and La Boulangerie) and a host of season, there are a lot of great things to do around celebrity chefs from around the world. The organizers town. As usual, the Radiators will be at Tipitina’s for always bring in some of the best music from around their annual winter anniversary reunion. This year the region capped by a Latin or Caribbean headliner. the shows run over the 16th, 17th and 18th. These This year, Tribu Baharu helms the event with support shows are a homecoming for both the band and the from Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas and The fans. It gives everyone involved a chance to see their Roots of Music. Tribu Baharu’s sound is influenced chosen family after spending an extended time with by the Afro music of Colombian Caribbean cities like their relatives. This run of shows has become one of Barranquilla, Cartagena and their goal is to convey the the musical highlights of the year in New Orleans. joy of being Caribbean through dance, using music as The Radiators are an important part of our musical a vehicle: “The intention is to make music to move heritage and these shows are often packed with guests the skeleton and show the world our version of the and friends from their decades-long career. If these Champetúa culture.” Champeta music originated shows don’t completely fill your yen for funky jams, from the “sound system” culture in Colombian’s you can round out the month with Trey Anastasio at Caribbean Coast, where mobile discos were essential The Civic for two nights. Anastasio is of course best in spreading their mix of rhythms and influences, such as Colombian folklore, Congolese known as the founding singer and guitarist soukous, Haitian kompa and calypso, of the jam band Phish. Just like Tipitina’s is the perfect venue for the Radiators, The Civic among others. Being part of a wave of Playlist of mentioned is a great location for Anastasio. The space bands available new Colombian music, the members of Tribu Baharu are frequently referred to will allow you to sit back and let the sounds at: InTune1-20 as “Champeta Champions.” wash over you. Finally, end the month with Baton The other outstanding January event that we have been tracking here for a while is The Link Rouge’s own outstanding indie pop ensemble Riarosa Stryjewski Foundation charity Bal Masqué. This is such at One Eyed Jacks. For this show they are accompanied a great party. It is a proper costume ball. Attendees by the excellent local duo People Museum. I’ve been really dress out for the event, with coordinated masks big fans of both of these groups for a while and having and attire. The food is courtesy of Chefs Donald Link them on the same lineup will be a real treat. and Stephen Stryjewski (Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher,


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Armin Van Buuren moves the Fillmore. jan. 31- feb. 1

Trey Anastasio jams at The Civic. jan. 31

Perpetual Groove jams at Tipitina’s. jan. 31

Riarosa with People Museum and Mosquito Eater dream at One Eyed Jacks.

Dates are subject to change; email Mike@ or contact him through Twitter @Minima. JANUARY 2020 3 3


Uncommon Ground Daughter As Designer by Lee Cutrone photographed by Greg Miles

When Fran and Marty Lessans

decided to build a house in Uptown New Orleans, with their daughter Stephanie Adler of Adler Design Build as architect, the couple discussed the idea of an arts and crafts style residence. But Stephanie, who initially resisted the idea of designing a new house for her parents at all, convinced them to let her

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do something unique. “I wanted to build a house around the concept of retaining and using water on site,” said Adler, who won the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) 2019 Award of Recognition for a Residential Design. It took four years from the purchase of the Lessans’ Uptown lot to moving in, but what the

Lessans got is unlike anything they could have imagined. Among its most notable features are: subterranean water containment that enables water to be reused for fountains and irrigation, rain chains (which divert water and make music), deep overhangs for shade and protection from wind and water, French doors and clerestory windows for natural light,

The main living area has a cathedral ceiling supported by beams of local cypress and the ceiling is reclaimed heart of pine. The Midcentury moderninspired cabinet behind the sofa was custom-made for the space by Alex Mena, who also fabricated the top of the dining table. The matching metal bases of the dining table and cabinet were made by Rodney Spears. Adler had the focal wall made with hickory and walnut scraps for texture and graining. Wall made by Woodworkers II in Picayune, MS. Abe Geasland designed the light fixture above the dining table.

hidden doors, a smart house system, a geothermal heat/pump system, a whole house generator, solar panels, a zinc roof, an outside shower, sliding aluminum shutters and handicap accessibility that allows aging in place. “There are no precedents in New Orleans for this type of design,” said Adler, who researched sustainable architecture in South America for ideas. In part, the Lessans’ wish list drove the design process. It included the main living on the first floor with an open concept conducive to entertaining, a connected two-car garage, a master area on one side/guest on the other, a large master bath, an outdoor shower, an office for both of the Lessans, warm woods and texture, a wood-burning

pizza oven, pet-friendly features such as a doggie doors, and a pitched roof that would hide the use of solar panels. “We wanted to make sure that it didn’t look like a spaceship had landed in New Orleans,” said Marty of the pitched roof. “We didn’t want stark modern,” adds Fran. “This house has a lot of architectural detail.” All of the Lessans’ requests made it into the finished structure, which Adler envisioned as modern. There are references to arts and crafts architecture found in details such as the master bedroom’s wood built-ins and coffered ceiling, as well as in the dark stained cypress wainscoting on the wall next to the stairs. Yet, Adler emphasizes that

Left: The kitchen side of the built-in tower that forms an entrance foyer houses appliances and storage. The top row of storage space is lighted. Cabinets by Woodworkers II. The herringbone patterned floor is made with reclaimed heart pine. At the top of the stairwell, are two guest suites, an attic space and an outdoor balcony. Glass windows fold open, allowing full access to the screened porch. Top: Fran and Marty Lessans with their dog Portia on their screened porch Bottom: A terraced garden (which provides ease of gardening and helps irrigation) runs along one side of the front walk. A floating overhang provides shade and sliding aluminum shutters storm protection. The walkway ramps without stairs for aging in place. Sand from California had to be imported for the natural blue stucco on the exterior, which never needs to be painted. JANUARY 2020 3 5

Top, left: The main living area is an open concept floorplan with master suite on one end and guest quarters on the opposite end. The custom-sized rug is from India, sofa by Thayer Coggin. Top, right: Adler chose the master bath’s glossy handmade tiles from Palatial Stone because they reference the Craftsman style that Marty Lessans wanted and reflect light like water. Indoor and outdoor showers are side by side on one end of the space. The floors of all the bathrooms are heated. Bottom, left: The master vestibule’s custom vanity is topped with a textured, leathered finish quartzite and illuminated with LED mirrors. Bottom, right: The courtyard is home to a wood burning pizza oven. Above the pizza oven are handmade tiles that mimic the colors of the flagstone hardscape. Landscaping by Evans + Lighter.

Top, left: Striped, wool felt wallpaper by Maya Romanoff covers the headboard and wall behind the bed in the master bedroom. The warm woods and coffered ceiling were inspired by the simplicity of the Arts and Crafts style. The custom designed dining table combines a base made by Rodney Spears with a wooden top by Alex Mena. The faceted pattern above the fireplace matches the front door, buffers sound and is made with materials used throughout the house including American Clay, bronze, stainless steel and quartzite. The semi-circular built-in below the hearth serves as a buffet. Metal light fixture by Abe Geasland.

“the form followed the function” with sustainability being the main criteria for every design decision. “The idea was to operate at net zero and provide as much energy as we use,” said Adler. “I tried to keep the house as low impact

as possible with local everything and low maintenance materials throughout.” The house is connected to the grid but typically, the monthly energy fee is minimal. Rainwater is used for the outdoor fountain and irrigation, the roof is made of zinc, which doesn’t add any heavy metals to the water, the outdoor garden is terraced for easy accessibility and watering. “I did a lot of experimentation with rainwater run-off and storage and I’m super proud of how well it works,” said Adler. “I only wish I had been more extreme with my use and storage.” At the entrance of the house is an interior tower that separates foyer and kitchen, houses foliage for clean air, and contains a wet

bar, storage and appliances. The house’s modern interior also features built-in furniture, open sitelines, wide wheelchair accessible passages, operable glass walls which lead to a patio, hidden storage and locally and regionally sourced materials. The beams of the living room ceiling are made from downed cypress trees purchased in Poplarville, Mississippi. The floors are salvaged heart pine. Adler also worked with local artisans to create custom pieces such as the chandelier in the dining room by Abe Geasland and custom stair rail by Christian Van Campen of S&H Metalworks. Local painter Annmarie Aurrichio applied the American Clay walls, a natural plaster finish that absorbs sound and doesn’t give off

polluting VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). The finished house has elements of both Art and Crafts and Mid-century modern architecture combined with the convenience of state-of-the-art-technology. “It’s the little crazy things I love,” said Marty. “I enjoy the button in the bedroom that turns out all the lights in the house except the bedroom for 15 seconds. It’s her inspiration with our ideas of what we wanted. She took it way beyond where my vision was.” “I like everything about it,” said Fran. “It’s been a joy to live in something my daughter did.” . JANUARY 2020 3 7


Best Bars to Watch the Game Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill With more than 30 flat screen TVs, two 13-foot mega-screens, and a recliner dining section, Manning’s is the epitome of a sports bar. Here you’ll find 24 beers on tap and a menu of sandwiches, burgers and wraps. The appetizer selection includes catfish tenders, wings blue crab deviled eggs and MVP loaded fries. 519 Fulton St., 593-8118,

Mid-City Yacht Club

New Orleans is a drinking town. After all, this is the birthplace of the cocktail and home of the once bustling Storyville. The city’s history with libations and the funloving attitude of the locals create a concoction that’s ripe for good times. Whether you’re looking for a dive bar to enjoy cheap drinks with the locals or a fancy new wine bar, you are certain to find a fantastic locale. Yet with so many watering holes from which to choose, planning your next night out can be a bit overwhelming. Let this guide lead the way to the best boîtes New Orleans has to offer.

New Orleans is the birthplace of many of the world’s favorite cocktails. Henry Ramos is credited with creating the Ramos Gin Fizz in 1888; the Absinthe Frappe was born in the legendary Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street; and an old New Orleans apothecary was the originator of the Sazerac.

"Café Brulot Diabolique" was created at Antoine’s Restaurant in the 1880s, and combines coffee, sugar and Cognac, which is set alight for a showy end to any New Orleans celebratory meal.

A friend of the bar owners, Mark Melan, once joked while riding in his pirogue after Hurricane Katrina that, “They should name that place the Mid-City Yacht Club.” So when Ben Markey and his wife Stefanie bought the bar in 2006, that’s the name they used. MCYC has the NFL Sunday ticket, 15 TVs and five different zones for sound. Saturday college games also take center stage as MCYC has the ability to show almost any game. 440 S. St. Patrick St., 483-2517,

American Sports Saloon American Sports Saloon welcomes fans of every team with a stadiumlike experience for every game. The bar also throws parties for events such as the Emmys, the Oscars, the Kentucky Derby and the Westminster Dog Show. The menu features salads, sandwiches and burgers, plus small plates like the crawfish dip dog. 1200 Decatur St., 300-1782,

The Rusty Nail Known by locals simply as The Nail, this small, friendly bar has grown considerably over the years. An urban oasis, the dog-friendly patio is surrounded by lush greenery and is the perfect spot to pull up a chair, order a beer and watch the game. We love the location where

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Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar With a gorgeous interior and a spacious outdoor patio, Claret is a welcome new wine bar in the Framework building on Magazine Street. The extensive wine list is affordable, and the menu by Chef Marcus Woodham spotlights cheese and charcuterie, and small plates like tuna tartare and smoked tuna dip. 1320 Magazine St., 7669425,

the Warehouse District meets the Lower Garden District. 1100 Constance St., 525-5515, Also Check Out: Cooter Brown’s Tavern: 509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104,; The District: 711 Tchoupitoulas St., 301-1476,

Best Bars for Food Erin Rose This Irish pub is a great spot for Irish whiskies of all kinds, top-notch Bloody Marys and, of course, a frozen Irish coffee. In the back, you’ll find an outpost for “Killer Po-Boys.” The food is true to its name with options such as the “Dark & Stormy” pork belly poor boy and the black beer beef debris poor boy. Pair it with a Guinness on tap or a local beer from Abita, Tin Roof, Dixie or Urban South. 811 Conti St., 522-3573,

The Carousel Bar & Lounge

The Hurricane, a rum-soaked staple of visitors to Pat O’Brien’s, was created during World War II when whiskey was scarce. The name comes from the distinctive shape of the glass in which it is served.

The Carousel Bar, which opened inside the historic Hotel Monteleone in 1949, celebrated its 70th anniversary in September. In addition to the rotating “carousel” bar, which takes 15 minutes for one trip around, the Carousel Bar boasts what may be the best Pimm’s Cup in the city, as well as live music and bar bites like shrimp pot stickers, mini Monte poor boys and a Cuban sammy. 214 Royal St., 523-3341,

Briquette Located in the Warehouse District, Briquette is housed in the former Rodd Brothers Molasses Refinery. The contemporary and casual restaurant and bar features an open kitchen with an 18-foot seafood display. Choose from fresh branzino, halibut, Faroe Island salmon,

redfish and many other fresh whole fish. Coastal dishes like “Snapper Pontchartrain” and Louisiana redfish, as well as the pretty cocktails, also impress. Briquette gets its name from the red-hot coals over which the fish is prepared. The friendly bar staff make dining at the bar (or waiting for your table) much more palatable. 701 S Peters St., 302-7496, Also Check Out: Copper Vine: 1001 Poydras St., 2089535, Bar Frances: 4525 Freret St., 3715043,

Best Bars for Live Music House of Blues This restaurant and bar—and live music venue—plays host to a full bar of hand crafted specialty cocktails, a menu of Southern-inspired favorites and live performances several times per month. Members of the Foundation Room upstairs also can enjoy more private performances, along with killer drinks and upscale bar bites. Upcoming shows include Jonny Lang (Jan. 23) and Wishbone Ash (Feb. 19). 225 Decatur St., 310-4999,

Blue Nile Blue Nile is a premiere New Orleans music club that gave birth to the music culture on Frenchmen Street. Bands have included countless top funk, blues, soul and brass shows, featuring local, national and international acts. In addition to the main space, Blue Nile also features a balcony room where other performances take place. Be sure to catch Marco Benevento on Jan. 18. 532 Frenchmen St., 766-6193, The Spotted Cat Music Club Located in the heart of Faubourg Marigny, The Spotted Cat is the quintessential jazz club of New Orleans. The small and intimate space plays host to local New Orleans musicians ranging from traditional and modern jazz to blues, funk, klezmer and more. We love stopping here before dinner at Adolfo’s (located above the Apple Barrel). Upcoming headliners include the Jumbo Shrimp (Jan. 30) and Shake’em Up Jazz Band (Feb. 21). 623 Frenchmen St., 943-3887, Also Check Out: d.b.a: 618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731,; Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub: 733 Bourbon St., 586-4800,

Tipitina’s So named after the song “Tipitina” by performer, composer and pianist Professor Longhair, Tipitina’s opened in 1977 and has remained a staple on the New Orleans music scene. Notable performers have graced Tipitina’s stage, such as Dr. John, Lenny Kravitz, James Brown and Pearl Jam. Members of the local band Galactic purchased the bar in 2018. Upcoming shows include Billy Strings (Jan. 24) and Perpetual Groove (Jan. 31). 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477,

Best Happy Hours The Delachaise Wine Bar The Delachaise, an Uptown neighborhood wine bar and bistro, offers more than 350 wines (with 36 selections less than $36), a full top shelf bar and top-notch cuisine like Thai moules frites, salmon Johnny cakes and housemate paté. This is also a local go-to for date night, so get your honey and make a night of it. Happy Hour takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 p.m. 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858,

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Belle Époque Absinthe Lounge A new absinthe lounge has opened in the heart of the French Quarter as an extension of the popular historic watering hole, The Old Absinthe House. The clandestine cocktail lounge features an original bar and marble absinthe fountains, acquired by the Old Absinthe House in 1871, which have been restored to their former grandeur. In addition to offering a world of history within its walls, Belle Époque features interior design by Sylvia Thompson Dias and a menu of small plates by Executive Chef Hayley Vanvleet (formerly of Peche, Cochon Butcher and Gris Gris). Bar director Laura Bellucci (formerly of SoBou) has developed a cocktail menu that is both exotic and approachable. 240 Bourbon St., 523-4640, belle-epoque.

Bar Marilou This new cocktail bar and lounge housed in the former City Hall law library at Maison de la Luz—the new luxury guest house by creative studio Atelier Ace—beckons with sultry design elements and an elevated beverage program developed by Joshua Fontaine, Adam Tsou and Carina Soto Velasquez. The first-ever U.S. project by Quixotic Projects, the Francebased hospitality group behind acclaimed Parisian venues like Glass and Hero, offers a daily apéritif hour with food and beverage specials from 2-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Try the “Tropical Thunder” cocktail ($15) and the gougères aux époisses, aka cheese puffs ($14). 544 Carondelet St., 814-7711, Also Check Out: The Country Club: 634 Louisa St., 945-0742,; Hermes

Bar at Antoine’s: 725 St. Louis St., 581-4422, best wine bar

Best Cocktail Bars Revel Café & Bar It’s hard to find a better craft cocktail than at Revel in Mid-City. Helmed by famed bartender and co-founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail, Chris McMillian, Revel offers classic New Orleans cocktails, house concoctions, vintage libations and a food menu of bar snacks, small plates, salads, sandwiches, platters and entrees. Try the Ploughman’s Lunch, featuring a rotating selection of salami and sausages with Cahill’s Irish Whisky Cheddar and Ubriaco Drunken Goat cheese, marinated olives, Creole mustard and house focaccia, and pair it with French 75 or a Sazerac. Then let McMillian tell you a drink-themed poem. 133 N. Carrollton Ave., 309-6122,

Effervescence Bubbles & Bites is an elegant Champagne bar offering chef-inspired shared plates, bubbles by the glass and bottle, bubbly flights, sparkling wine cocktails, still wine and beer. It’s a must-visit for anyone of the Champagne and wine persuasion. 1036 N. Rampart St., 509-7644,

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The Franklin Housed in a former corner grocery store, The Franklin embraces the French Quarter’s eclectic personality with a thoughtful and fun art collection. The elevated yet casual culinary and bar experience includes a daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m. with options like a house martini ($6) and a daily selection of oysters (six for $12). 2600 Dauphine St., 267-0640,

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The Elysian Bar Located in the former rectory at the Hotel Peter & Paul, The Elysian Bar was recently named one of America’s Best New Restaurants by Bon Appetit Magazine. Chef Alex Harrell and the team behind NOLA’s beloved Bacchanal have created a gorgeous space in which to imbibe. The bar focuses on Old World wines, many of which are sourced from small producers, as well as handcrafted cocktails. Try the “Parisian Mai Tai,” made with aged rum, Smith & Cross rum, elderflower, lime and housemade orgeat. 2317 Burgundy St., 3566769,

Cure This firehouse-turned-dimly-lit-cocktail-lounge won the 2018 James Beard Award for outstanding cocktail program. And it’s no wonder with cocktails like the “Stardust,” a local twist on a daiquiri with notes of citrus, chamomile and Caribbean spices. The food menu also shines with items like baked goat cheese, bruschetta, and cheese and charcuterie. No matter how many times you go to Cure, the cocktails will definitely keep you coming back. 4905 Freret St., 302-2357, Sazerac Bar Located within The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, this historic bar blends a cool ambience with classic cocktails and modern concoctions. Named after the world’s first mixed drink, The Sazerac Bar features

murals by Paul Ninas, a walnut bar with elegant bar stools and plush banquettes. It was even named the No. 1 hotel bar in the United States by voters in the 2019 USAToday 10 Best poll. 130 Roosevelt Way, 648-1200,

Cane & Table Offering proto-tiki cocktails and rustic colonial cuisine, Cane & Table features a cozy interior and an outdoor courtyard perfect for a night out. Try the “Flowering Wasp,” a cold weather Whiskey sour with island spices, mission figs, fresh ginger and apple brandy. The wine list only includes wines that have been sustainably, organically or biodynamically farmed. The food here also is simply stellar. 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112,

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Longway Tavern A cozy neighborhood bar located in the French Quarter, Longway Tavern features an open-air courtyard and a menu offering creative twists on nostalgic tavern fare. Small plates include options such as anchovies, chicken liver mousse and squash pancake, while the large plates include items like pork belly salad, a steak sandwich and caviar service (with bowfin roe, prosciutto and potato beignets). While you’re here, be sure to ask about the history of the place and how it ties into the decor. 719 Toulouse St., 962-9696,

Also Check Out: Barrel Proof: 1201 Magazine St., barrelproofnola. com; Jewel of the South: 1026 St. Louis St., 265-8816,; Napoleon House: 500 Chartres St., 524-9752,

Best Beer Bars The Bulldog With two locations—one Uptown and one in Mid-City—The Bulldog is a beer-lover’s haven. The Magazine Street location features 48 craft and local beers on tap (and more than 100 bottled beers), while the Mid-City location offers 61 craft and local beers on tap (and 90 bottled beers). Both locations boast large, dog-friendly patios and big-screen TVs. 3236 Magazine St., 891-1516,; 5135 Canal Blvd., 488-4180, bulldog-midcity.

Bayou Beer Garden As its name suggests, Bayou Beer Garden is a mecca for beer fans. The 15 beer taps feature everything from American wild ales and wheat beers to gose and porters. Try the Nightmare on Brett, and American wild ale aged in Leopold Bros. whiskey barrels. And with a bridge that connects the deck of Bayou Beer Garden to the courtyard of Bayou Wine Garden, there’s something to keep everyone happy. 326 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 302-9357,

Freret Beer Room A gastropub located on bustling Freret Street, this bar opened in 2016 to offer exceptional craft beer alongside delicious comfort food. The carefully curated selection of beer is presented according to flavor profile, with everything from cider and IPAs to the Milk Stout Nitro. The venue itself provides a pretty place to sip on a few glasses of suds. 5018 Freret St., 298-7468,

Wrong Iron on the Greenway A New Orleans-style beer garden with food trucks, Wrong Iron on the Greenway is a new bar located in the heart of Mid-City offering 50 beers, 10 wines, five cocktails and four frozen drinks all on tap. There’s also a large, dog-friendly patio and 60 bike parking spaces. It’s a no-brainer to add this bar to your list on sunny days. 3532 Toulouse St., 302-0528, Also Check Out: Courtyard

Brewery: 1020 Erato St.,; Parleaux Beer Lab: 634 Lesseps St., 7028433,

Best Wine Bars Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits Mediterranean living, New Orleans style is the order of the day at Bacchanal. This twostory wine and cheese store features globally accented small plates and live music on a large back patio. Wine lovers will love Bacchanal’s focus on Old World-style wines from smaller producers that reflect their terroir. Choose a bottle and a seat; then kick back and relax. 600 Poland Ave., 948-9111,

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Harry’s Corner Bar

Tubby’s Golden Lantern

This bar is a favorite hangout for locals. It’s a quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of other French Quarter bars. It’s cash only and no frills, but the friendly bartenders make the cheap drinks just that much better. You’ll be making new friends in no time, so enjoy the company. 900 Chartres St., 524-1107.

This cash-only gay bar offers draught beer, cocktails and drag shows in a cozy, bricklined space. Golden Lantern is ground zero for Decadence, but this dog-friendly spot also is popular year-round. 1239 Royal St., 529-2860.

Claire’s Pour House Located in the heart of the French Quarter on Decatur Street, Claire’s Pour House is a great spot to stop before dinner, prior to a show next door at the House of Blues, late night or really any time of day. While we’re sad they no longer offer the vodka-soaked gummy worms, we love finding the lovely Claire sitting at the bar. The jukebox also is pretty phenomenal. 233 Decatur St., 558-8980.

St. Roch Tavern St. Roch Tavern is a longstanding local dive bar serving up cheap drinks, good food and lively music. In terms of neighborhood hangouts, this one is a local favorite. 1200 St. Roch Ave., 945-0194.

The Vintage Enjoy coffee, beignets, wine, bubbles and bites at The Vintage, a new bar on Magazine Street. The vibe here is laidback yet elegant; the decor is stunning; and the late-night menu with beignet bites and two glasses of Cava for $11 is a steal. 3121 Magazine St., 3247144,

Also Check Out: Bouligny

Tavern: 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, The Domino: 3044 St. Claude Ave., 354-8737,

The Saint Bar & Lounge This nondescript bar in the Lower Garden District hosts live music, and the dancing here can’t be beat. The cave-like atmosphere, the secluded courtyard and the cheap drinks combine to create a rollicking good time. 961 St. Mary St., 523-0050, Also Check Out: Mimi’s In The Marigny: 2601 Royal St., 872-9868, The Kingpin: 1307 Lyons St., 891-2373

QiQi One of the only gay bars in Uptown, QiQi is a neighborhood bar that exudes Southern hospitality and charm. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor picnic tables on a nice day. They also have daily pop-ups so you can always find a good bite to eat. 1515 Aline St., 427-6693.

Good Friends Bar Boasting a Victorian-styled upstairs with a balcony, Good Friends Bar is a beacon for the LGBTQ community. Belly up to the mahogany bar and enjoy the view. Also be sure to check out Kocktail Karaoke on Tuesday nights. 740 Dauphine St., 566-7191,

Oz A staple gay bar in the French Quarter, the two-story Oz is a 24/7 dance club with DJs, drag shows, go-go dancers and a balcony. Weekly events include Comedy Cabaret, Video Happy Hour and Drag Dingo. 800 Bourbon St., 593-9491, Also Check Out: 700 Club: 700 Burgundy St., 561-1095,; Phoenix Bar: 941 Elysian Fields Ave., 9459264,

best happy hour

Meauxbar This vibrant restaurant and bar that borders the French Quarter features a menu of Frenchinfluenced cuisine and cocktails that reflect NOLA’s influence on classic cocktails. Meauxbar also offers many small production (yet accessible) wines. Daily happy hour takes place from 4-6 p.m. with a selection of $5 glasses of wine and cocktails, plus snacks like frites and aioli ($4) and smoked fish rillettes ($7). 942 N. Rampart St., 569-9979,

Tops of the

Town O U R R E A D E R S’ P I C K S A couple of notes To make the list, a choice had to have a significant number of votes; places without enough votes were eliminated. Categories without enough voters were also removed. Where there was evidence of ballot stuffing (and there wasn’t much) the votes were adjusted accordingly. We know that there are some significant places that didn’t make the list, nevertheless we’re confident that those that are listed are all worthy and are among the tops in their field.

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Top Non-profit

LASPCA The Louisiana SPCA has been dedicated to saving the lives of animals across the New Orleans metro area for more than 130 years. Headquartered on the West Bank at the organization’s 21,600 square foot campus, the LA SPCA cares for more than 300 animals at one time, with an annual count of more than 70,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, birds and reptiles. In addition to adoption services, the organization provides advocacy and leadership in legislation, clinic services, disaster preparedness, workshops and more.

Top Dive Bar 1. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant Top Dry Cleaner 1. Young’s Dry Cleaning 2. Russell’s Dry Cleaning Services Top Food Truck 1.Taceaux Loceaux Top French Bread 1. Leidenheimer

Top Antiques Store 1. M.S. Rau Antiques Top Art Gallery 1. Terrance Osborne Gallery 2. Ashley Longshore Top Bakery 1. Gracious Bakery 2. Haydel’s Bakery 3. Maple Street Patisserie

2. Octavia Books Top Carnival Parade 1. Muses 2. Endymion Top Chef 1. Nina Compton Top Children’s Boutique 1. Auraluz 2. Pickleberry

Top Bed-and-Breakfast 1. Degas House

Top Coffee House 1. PJ’s 2. Starbucks

Top Bookstore 1. Garden District Bookstore

Top Coffee House for Food 1. Caffe Caffe

2. PJ’s 3. HiVolt Top Craft Brewery 1. Abita Brewing Company 2. Port Orleans Brewing Co. 3. Urban South Brewery Top Craft Cocktail Bar 1. Cure Top Day Spa 1. Earthsavers Spa & Store 2. Woodhouse Day Spa

Top Furniture Store 1. Textures Warehouse 2. Doerr Furniture 3. Hurwitz Mintz Furniture Top Golf Course 1. Bayou Oaks at City Park 2. Audubon Park Golf Course Top Gulf Coast Getaway 1. Destin, Florida Top Gulf Coast Hotel 1. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 2. The Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

Top Gym 1. Orangetheory Fitness 1. Franco’s Athletic Club (tie) Top Hotel 1. Windsor Court Hotel 2. The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans 3. The Roosevelt New Orleans Top Hotel Bar 1. Carousel Bar & Lounge 2. Hot Tin Top ice cream/gelato 1. Angelo Brocato 2. Piccola Gelateria 2. The Creole Creamery Top Jazz Club 1. Snug Harbor 2. The Jazz Playhouse at Royal Sonesta Top lawn/garden supply 1. Perino’s Garden Center Top Live Theater Company 1. Le Petit Theatre 2. Southern Rep Theatre

Top Hotel Bar

Carousel Bar Tucked away in the Hotel Monteleone, the Carousel Bar & Lounge has been transporting patrons on a merry-go-round of top-notch cocktails and bar bites for the past 70 years. A favorite destination for locals and visitors alike, the historied bar has seen countless colorful stories told in its history. The circus-themed rotating bar comes full circle every 15 minutes. Live music provides a jazzy backdrop to the libation and festivities.

Top local actor/actress 1. Bryan Batt

Heritage Festival 3. NOLA on Tap

Top Local Charity 1. Louisina SPCA 2. The Al Copeland Foundation

Top Outdoor Dining 1. Bacchanal Fine Wine and Spirits 2. Café Degas

Top Local Jeweler 1. Aucoin Hart Jewelers 2. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry 3. Boudreaux’s Jewelers 3. Adler’s Jewelry

Top Place for a Bloody Mary 1. Atchafalaya Restaurant

Top Local Radio Station 1. WWOZ 2. WWL Top Men’s Clothing Store 1. Perlis 2. Rubensteins Top Museum 1. National WWII Museum 2. New Orleans Museum of Art 3. Louisiana Children’s Museum 3. Ogden Museum of Southern Art (tie) Top Neighborhood Restaurant 1. Clancy’s Restaurant 2. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 3. Katie’s Restaurant and Bar Top New Orleans Festival 1. French Quarter Fest 2. New Orleans Jazz &

Top Place for a Margarita 1. El Gato Negro 1. Juan’s Flying Burrito (tie) Top Place for a Power Lunch 1. Commander’s Palace 2. Galatoire’s Top Place for a Salad 1. The Daily Beet Top Place for Asian 1. Five Happiness Top Place for Barbecue Shrimp 1. Mr. B’s Bistro 2. Pascal’s Manale Top Place for Boiled Crawfish 1. The Galley Seafood Top Place for Breakfast 1. The Ruby Slipper Cafe 2. Daily Beet Top Place for Brunch 1. Commander’s Palace

Top Place for Burgers 1. The Company Burger 2. Port of Call Top Place for Cajun 1. Fete Au Fete Streatery 2. Mulate’s New Orleans Cajun Restaurant 3. K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen Top Place for Chinese 1. Five Happiness Top Place for Creole 1. New Orleans Creole Cookery

Top Place for Fine Dining 1. Commander’s Palace 2. Brennan’s Restaurant Top Place for Fried Chicken 1. Popeye’s Fried Chicken 2. Willie Mae’s Scotch House 3. Fiorella’s Cafe Top Grocery Store 1. Rouses 2. Dorignac’s 3. Langenstein’s Top Place for Gumbo 1. Gumbo Shop

Top Place for Hot Dogs 1. Dat Dog Top Place for Indian 1. Saffron NOLA 2. Nirvana Indian Cuisine Top Place for Italian 1. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 2. Red Gravy Cafe Top Place for Japanese 1. Tsunami 2. Shogun 2. Little Tokyo

Top Bakery

Gracious Bakery With four locations across the city, Gracious Bakery has quickly become the way many New Orleans start their day, enjoy brunch and lunch or celebrate special occasions. The menus include coffee, fresh baked breads, sandwiches, pies and cakes, sweet and savory waffles and more. This time of year, we’re ready to pick up one of the bakery’s unique King Cake creations, both traditional and with a twist.

Top Place for Sushi 1. Rock N Sake Bar & Sushi 2. Sake Café

1. Dorignac’s (tie)

Top Place for Tacos 1. Juan’s Flying Burrito 2. Taceaux Loceaux 2. The Velvet Cactus (tie)

Top Place to Hear Live Music 1. House of Blues 2. Tipitina’s 2. d.b.a. (tie)

Top Place for Tapas 1. Baru Bistor & Tapas Top Place for Thai 1. SukhoThai 2. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant 3. Café Equator

Top Place for King Cakes 1. Manny Randazzo King Cakes 2. Dong Phuong Bakeshop Top Place for Korean 1. Little Korea BBQ Top Place for Late Night Dining 1. Hoshun Best Local Sandwich Shop 1. Stein’s Market and Deli Top Place for Mexican/Southwest 1. Zocalo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina

2. The Velvet Cactus


Top Place for Middle Eastern 1. Saba 2. Byblos 3. Lebanon’s Café 3. Mona’s Café (tie)

Top Place for Raw Oysters 1. Peche

Top Place for Onion Rings 1. Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant

Top Place for Snoballs 1. Sal’s Sno-Ball Stand 2. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz 3. Plum Street Sno-Ball

Top Place for Pizza 1. Pizza Domencia 2. Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza 3. Reginelli’s Pizzeria Top Place for Poor Boys 1. Parkway Bakery and

Top Place for Seafood 1. GW Fins

Top Place for Steaks 1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 2. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse 2. Desi Vega’s Steakhouse (tie)

Top Place for Turtle Soup 1. Commander’s Palace 2. Mandina’s Restaurant Top Place for Vegetarian Dishes 1. The Daily Beet Top Place for Vietnamese 1. Mopho 2. Pho NOLA 2. Mint Modern Vietnamese (tie) Top Place to Buy a Wedding Dress 1. Town & Country 2. Wedding Belles Top Place to Buy Liquor and Wine 1. Martin’s Wine Cellar

Top Place to Gamble 1. Harrah’s Casino

Top Restaurant 1. Commander’s Palace 2. GW Fins Top Restaurant Worth the Drive 1. Middendorf’s Restaurant 1. Mosca’s (tie) Top Sports Bar 1. Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill 2. Walk-On's Bistreux & Bar Top Sweet Shop 1. Angelo Brocato Top Yoga/Pilates Studio 1. Romney Studios Top Bank 1. Hancock Whitney 2. Capital One 3. Iberia Bank Top Women’s Boutique 1. Chatta Box Boutique 2. Hemline •

Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award

John Folse


Thriving in the Environment by jay forman photograph by greg miles

ohn Folse is a difficult guy to categorize. Is he a chef? Undoubtedly. He made a name for himself with Lafitte’s Landing, an ambitious Cajun restaurant in an out-of-the way spot capable of drawing customers in from far and wide. An author? Sure. His “Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine” is a standard text in home kitchens and culinary schools. He is a food personality, with a slew of radio and television series promulgating his distinct style. As a businessman, his food manufacturing companies produce a staggering array of Louisiana-themed products. Add to this his role as an international ambassador for Cajun cuisine and the namesake of one of the nation’s most highly regarded culinary programs and what you have is one exceptional individual. So when NOWFE officials met to decide who would receive this year’s Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award, the decision was easy. Like Ella, there is nobody else out there quite like John Folse. One might be tempted to describe him as self-made, but Folse would be the first to point out that he could never have become what he is today without a lot of help. One of eight children born into to a Cajun family in the swamps of St James Parish, his father made a living as a trapper. “Hard work was a part of life,” Folse recalls. “He taught us to cook and especially to cook what you trapped. He’d say if you took the hide off the animal, you’d have to eat it.” Folse was just eight years old when his mother died and his father was left to raise the family alone. It was then that a woman named Mary Ferchard came into his life. “A few weeks after we buried my mother she came to door. She said you have eight kids and I’m here to help,” Folse says. “This lady helped raise us for the next 25 years.” Mary was a skilled cook, not merely talented but also inventive, and she shared with John techniques from African American traditions that played a pivotal role in his later development. “Mary showed me that cooking is not only a great way of life, but also a great gift. Mary is the reason I’m who I am today.” Despite such early appreciation, hospitality was not Folse’s first career choice. It was the early 1970s, and restaurant work held little appeal for a young man in the south. In fact, he had to be talked into his first kitchen job. It was in 1971. Soldiers were returning from Vietnam and jobs were tight. At this time Folse was sitting in a Howard Johnson’s restaurant in Baton Rouge sipping coffee and reading the classified ads. “One morning the general manager

came up me and asked if I liked to cook. I said yes but I wasn’t interested in restaurant work,” he says. “But she wouldn’t leave me alone. Eventually she forced me into an interview – I took the job because I couldn’t figure out how to tell her no.” It would turn out that Howard Johnson’s had that unique DNA that helped set John up for future success. It gave him organizational and corporate experience. It had culinary bonafides – Jacque Pepin was one of their executive chefs. The pay was good, but the real surprise was that John fell in love with it. “It reminded me of times in the kitchen growing up. I thrived in that environment.” Folse used his experience as a springboard to open Lafitte’s Landing in 1978. Lafitte’s garnered accolades, but it was around this time that some other guy by the name of Paul Prudhomme was making national waves. “I was sitting there a little jealous. I’m thinking I’m from the swamps, my daddy was a trapper… Why is it him up in New York and not me?” Folse recalls. He complained to his wife, who said, ‘Well why don’t you go national too?’ and his response was that Prudhomme owned the whole country by that point. She said, “Ok fine. Then you go international.” As Folse was mulling that over, providence intervened again. A couple of guys from Hilton happened to come through his restaurant. They loved the food and asked if he would like to come to Hong Kong and showcase his cuisine. “I said, ‘Let me go home and pack.’” Hong Kong led to Japan, Japan to Seoul, and the rest is history. Over time John’s company grew to incorporate a multitude of manufacturing, production, media and restaurant divisions. Lafitte’s may be gone, but Restaurant R’evolution now stands as his tribute to the melting pot of culinary traditions that gave rise to our cuisine. His latest project, the Folse Market in New Orleans’ gleaming new airport, capitalizes on his considerable production capacities, serving up baked goods, grocery items and prepared foods in a clever model easily replicable in other markets. Stay tuned. Despite all the business successes, it is the John Folse Culinary Academy at Nicholls State he puts forward as his proudest achievement. “To know we are building chefs with the same passion I have humbles me,” he says. He doesn’t just talk the talk – at the time of this interview he was taking a break from teaching class. Like Ella, Folse is not content to rest on his laurels. Life has other plans. “That’s what I tell my students - forget about the best laid plans – just go out there and do the best you can do. Chances are someone is going to notice it.”

by Dawn Ruth Wilson photograph by Craig Mulcahy

Taking A Leap Educator Wins National Teacher’s Award


cout runs into a crowd of men with murder on their minds, as she always does in chapter 15 of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Steven Gamache’s eighth grade students are all into it. Even on the cusp of a long holiday break, their eyes stay glued to projected textural highlights of Harper Lee’s 1960, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial injustice. Audio of the scene intensifies the moment that Jean Louise Finch – appropriately nicknamed “Scout” -- unknowingly stops a lynching. The southern-accented reader presents the moment in matterof-fact tones, but the significance of the action rings in the ears of the 20 or so modern-day teenagers following along. Scout greets the leader of the mob with endearing warmth and forces acknowledgment of her connection to his son, an elementary school classmate. The scene concludes with him offering to say “hey” to his son for the “little lady.” Then he calls off the murderous crowd. Only an innocent would confront such a hate-filled man at such a moment. Gamache asks his students to consider the importance of Scout’s unawareness of danger in literary terms. “It’s dramatic irony,” responds more than one student. “Snap it up,” Gamache says to the others to indicate praise. Gamache’s lesson on dramatic irony is just another day in the classroom at Paul Habans Charter School in Algiers, but it’s the kind of instruction that recently won him a Milken Educators Award, one of the most prestigious national teacher awards granted. The award came to him unawares in November, but all the top brass knew of it because they had secretly built a written case for him with the Milken Foundation. The award was presented by Lowell Milken, president of the Milken Foundation, at what appeared to be a routine Habans school function. Surrounding by colleagues who knew he had been recommended, Gamache was stunned. “I felt like it wasn’t real,” he says. “Like a television show. Like a dream.” This dream comes with a $25,000 check attached, money he will receive later this year when he attends a conference with other recipients of the awards. Gamache hasn’t decided how to use the money. He’s considering options: pay down student loan debt; visit Europe or use it as a down payment on a house. The Milken is awarded to mid-career teachers who excel at their craft. Gamache’s own success shows up in clear terms at the release of student achievement test scores each year. His students consistently achieve “academic growth” at the 90th percentile and above. One year, state data show his students scored at the 95th percentile, meaning only 5 percent of teachers statewide achieved more student progress in English. In recommendation letters, Gamache’s teaching style is described as “calm” and “patient.” He commands a classroom like a benign drill sergeant, but outside it, his easy demeaner brings a reputation of “silent hero.” Nordic-looking and slight, his off-campus interests are biking to festivals, reading and participating in a Mardi Gras krewe. That light-hearted side may explain a comment made in the student recommendation letter: “When Mr. Gamache teaches it’s like a fun bomb hit you.” This “fun” includes -- as one co-worker recalled -- asking students to retell the ancient Greek myth of Athena and Arachne. Imagine a narcissistic, contemporary artist turned into a cockroach and scrambling for cover under a Sears appliance sort of story. Gamache’s emerging talent caught Principal Elisabeth LaMotte-

Mitchell’s attention several years ago when they both worked at nearby Harriet Tubman Charter School. LaMotte-Mitchell directed curriculum development at a time that Harriet Tubman was transitioning from a failing school to a C-rated school. Gamache left New Orleans to teach in Boston for a while, but in 2016, when LaMotte-Mitchell was appointed principal at the all-new Paul Habans school, Gamache was her first hire. She says she admired his focus on academic rigor and the way he engaged with students. “I called him on his birthday,” she recalls. “I know you miss” New Orleans, she told him. Even though Gamache is a native of upstate New York, he says he was weary of snow, so he took the offer. Two years later, Paul Habans, a K-8th grade school of 900 students, had also transitioned from failing to a C-rated school, LaMotte-Mitchell says. It has achieved the distinction of a top “growth” open enrollment school for two years in row in Orleans Parish. As is the case for Gamache’s students, the school’s overall LEAP scores showed significant gains in academic progress from 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019. LaMotte-Mitchell is also a geographic transplant. A native of California, she made her way here in 2010 via Washington D.C. and Chicago, where she says she didn’t feel her instructional efforts were “effecting change.” “I was excited about what was happening in New Orleans,” she says. A challenge was her goal. She found it at Harriet Tubman and then later at Paul Habans. Both failing schools were reassigned by the state to the Crescent City Schools Charter Management Organization. As principal, LaMotte-Mitchell was directed to “turn around” Paul Habans, a charge she found more challenging than expected. “Kids in 6th grade who didn’t know all their letters is what we walked into,” she recalls. The school’s quick advance to a C state-rating was gratifying, but C isn’t good enough for LaMotte-Mitchell. Nowadays, a wall-mounted plaque that exhorts “Get to a B!” hovers over her desk. It reminds her daily of the work that is still to be done. A yard sign that reads: “I scored Advanced on the LEAP at Paul Habans Charter School!” rests against an office file cabinet. Such signs are staked into the yards of high achieving students each year to recognize them and encourage others to work toward top scores. The more “advanced” students a school generates, the higher the state’s assigned letter grade. Turning around schools is her talent, she says, and she has developed a formula that she believes accounts for Paul Habans’ success. A school must be safe and orderly at a “bare minimum,” she says. Then, it must create a student mind-set that school is “awesome” with frequent celebrations, competitions, award ceremonies, publications of student creative work and music and dance instruction. Staffing is the third ingredient. “We hire and look for people who are mission aligned,” she says. “This is not an 8 to 4 job. I look for passion.” Passion is what she discovered in Gamache, who says he came to teaching through a love of literature. After the first two years of college in New York City, he found that his favorite classes were literature classes. He liked reading, analyzing and talking about books, even commonly taught classics such as John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”; George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Knowing what he liked was the easy part. Then he had to face the looming question everyone faces when choosing English as the college major: “What am I going to do with it?” Teaching seemed the obvious answer, so he did some tutoring and obtained a master’s degree in adolescent education. Of that turning point, Gamache says: “It was the best way I could work with what I love.”

Silver and Blue Reaching for Gold


s the University of New Orleans approaches its spring 2020 semester, Privateers are sifting through syllabi, ordering books, and eagerly setting goals for the busy months ahead. But administrators and faculty members are also feeling hopeful. At the beginning of the 2019 fall semester, the University of New Orleans (UNO) increased its overall student enrollment for the second straight year, moving from 8,151 to 8,231 students, marking the first time in more than a decade that the university has grown in back-to-back years. Undergraduate enrollment alone increased nearly two-percent, to 6,713 students.

By Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur photography by Jeffery Johnston

“If we just look at undergrad, it’s the first time enrollment has grown three years in a row, since before (Hurricane) Katrina. And it’s not by accident,” said John Nicklow, who has served as UNO’s president since the spring of 2016. Although college institutions across the country have witnessed a decrease in enrollment numbers, as the amount of high school graduates has declined, UNO’s enrollment is taking an upward trajectory, said Nicklow. “There’s an incredibly competitive market right now,” he explained. “What we’ve tried to do is simply be more innovative and at the front of that market. We’re using better techniques when searching for students –

UNO increases enrollment, adds programs

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UNO among the national universities whose students graduate with the lightest debt loads. Nearly 77% of its students receive some form of financial assistance every year, totaling over $41 million dollars in financial aid and scholarships.

not just here and regionally, but also across the country.” Before becoming UNO’s president, Nicklow spent nine months as the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. He also boasts higher education experience as a faculty member in the engineering department, and as an administrator with knowledge in research, enrollment management, fundraising, and academic program innovation. But he actually began his professional career as an environmental engineering officer with the U.S. Public Health Service. “It doesn’t matter if the problem I’m solving is an engineering problem or something else; I use the same approach,” said Nicklow, explaining how his background has helped him tackle the challenge of boosting enrollment. First, he says, UNO staff pinpoints their pool of prospective students, based on characteristics gleaned from standardized tests and surveys, along with data retrieved through predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. They also consider the origins of tourists exploring the city. “They experience New Orleans and leave with fond memories, and that subtly puts in their mind that (UNO) may be a great place for

college,” said Nicklow. The UNO recruitment team then establishes an aggressive yet personalized stream of communication with each individual, highlighting specific and relevant benefits of the university. Nicklow has noticed an uptick in applications from students both in and outside of Louisiana – including areas of the Gulf Coast, such states as New York, Colorado, and California, and major metropolitan cities, like Chicago. There has been a four-percent jump in transfer students, which Nicklow partially attributes to articulation agreements and partnerships established with community colleges. Nicklow did note that there has been a drop in international students applying to UNO. But this decrease seems to be part of a nationwide trend. Proving they haven’t replaced quality with quantity, UNO has continued to attract diligent students. The average high school GPA of the current freshman class is 3.3, which is among the highest the university has had in the last 15 years. And, UNO is in the process of developing new academic programs,

By the numbers Highlights from the fall 2019 enrollment report:

The total number of in-state students increased 1.3% (7,210) and the number of out-of-state domestic students rose 7.8% (693)

Out-of-state domestic freshmen (90) increased by 27%

One-quarter of the 2019 freshman class is AfricanAmerican, an increase of nearly 10% over last year and the largest in 8 years

80,000 alumni

UNO has graduated more than 80,000 alumni – more than half of whom live and work in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.

Nearly 42%

of UNO’s undergraduate students are first generation Privateers.

including one focused on aviation. “The actual title is the Professional Pilot Program, but some people look at me and ask, ‘A pilot program in what?,’” said Nicklow. “No, it’s an actual airline pilot program. The number of airline pilots that will retire in the next five to 10 years is incredible, so there’s going to be a need for them.” The university is creating an urban construction management program, in response to conversations with local business leaders, and revamping its Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism (HRT) Administration program, due to the rising number of tourism-related jobs within the city. “We’re trying to quadruple that program,” said Nicklow. “So we’re renovating some facilities and an HRT lab space to make sure that our students can be served.” HRT’s Lester E. Kabacoff School features a state-of-theart dining facility with a full kitchen, and a demonstration kitchen and classroom. Plans are in place for a computer lab. The Hospitality Research Center provides data to such clients as the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. UNO now offers an online executive master’s degree in hospitality and tourism management. Although UNO has added online courses in a “careful and strategic way,” Nicklow prefers on-campus classes, because they enhance the student experience. Situated near the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, the 195-acre campus is indeed teeming with activity. “We have 140 student organizations, and every couple of weeks I learn of a new one,” said Nicklow, noting that the school is expanding its recreation and intramural sports programs, and its athletics department. The university’s evolution, however, has come with a few growing pains. At the beginning of the fall semester, while UNO’s dining facility was under construction, students endured long lunch lines. But those lines have largely diminished, now that more dining options have become available. Also, UNO’s on-campus housing is nearing capacity, so the school is exploring new residential options.

“Based on what we’re seeing for spring, and what we’re seeing for next fall already, we expect another (enrollment) increase, and so we’re going to have to get more strategic,” said Nicklow. “It’s a great problem to have.” Administrators have drafted a plan that examines what UNO should look like in five years, and then in 10 years. It is focused on three topics: continuing the enrollment growth, building partnerships with business leaders, and developing research. First, administrators must examine why enrollment is significant, said Nicklow. “Education changes lives. Graduates go into careers and change their communities, and then change the region,” he said. “If we want our community to be the best it can be, with better healthcare and lower incarceration rates, the solution is more education and more degree completion.” Over the last two years, UNO has developed a slate of certificate programs and training programs based on software engineering, data analytics, and corporate and nonprofit communications. These certificates push working professionals towards the next step of their careers, said Nicklow. The Carnegie Foundation classified UNO as a research university – one of fewer than 100 public universities to hold this designator. “We have a long legacy of research and scholarly work,” said Nicklow. “Money is being invested in new knowledge that’s being shared, not just among faculty, but among graduate and undergraduate students.” UNO hosts more undergraduate researchers this year, than ever. “The university has so many opportunities to grow, to produce, and to be part of the community,” said Nicklow. Watching the school blossom is rewarding, said Nicklow, before sharing what he considers to be the best part of his job: interacting with students, local business leaders, alumni, and UNO advocates. “I really love how close knit this community is,” said Nicklow. “There are a lot of institutions where I – where we – could be working, but there’s something different here, and we’re able to see it everyday.”

Education changes lives. Graduates go into careers and change their communities, and then change the region.



enerous, durable and unflinching in character – the men of New Orleans who fit this archetype are known as Kingfish. They are the very essence of power and compassion combined with masculinity, and give more to others than to themselves. A Kingfish always shows

up – fashionably late, of course, as he’s on New Orleans time – and when he enters the room, it’s under his command. Socializing is as important as business and often is one and the same. He’s dapper, a masterful storyteller and minds his manners the way his mama taught him. Leadership comes as natural to a Kingfish as breathing. He measures his success by the success of those coming up behind him and lends his strong shoulders for them to stand upon. Whether sipping a sazarac or a beer; conducting a meeting or jumping into a secondline; spending time with his family or serving on the board of a favorite charity, a Kingfish does it all with that special brand of savoir faire perfected in New Orleans. He’s not just a boss, he's a Kingfish.

New Orleans Magazine would like to thank Saks Fifth Avenue for providing the clothing and styling and The Windsor Court for providing the venue for our 2020 Kingfish photo shoot.



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Mark Glago Attorney and Law Professor As the managing partner of Glago Williams LLC, Mark Glago focuses his law practice on class actions, wrongful death, serious accidents and commercial litigation. He has personally handled over 2,500 individual cases and has been the lead litigator in over 160 trials. In order to share his knowledge and expertise with future generations of litigators, Mark has taught trial skills to 2nd and 3rd year law students as a professor at Tulane Law School since 2014. He has been honored in US News & World Reports’ “Best Lawyers in America,” and his firm has been recognized in “Best Law Firms in America.” He was also named to The National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 100 Lawyers” and to “America’s Top 100 Attorneys.” Mark Glago is passionate about the work of the New Orleans Mission, a homeless shelter dedicated to relieving human suffering, and often provides them legal representation and support. He strives to make a difference in Louisiana by maintaining a unique balance between professional success and community support. Clothing by Saks Fifth Avenue: Canali jacket; Saks Fifth Avenue shirt; Paige jeans


Fred C. Buras Managing Partner/ Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred, REALTORS Fred Buras has been a top producing realtor in the Greater New Orleans area for over 30 years. He entered the real estate profession at a challenging time, when companies were leaving the city because of changes in the oil industry. Because of that, Fred attributes his success to the late Martha Ann Samuel, a real estate legend who saw his potential and mentored him at her own company. Since then, Fred has gone on to start three Berkshire Hathaway real estate offices in New Orleans and Mandeville with over 100 agents. Fred considers it part of his mission to pay forward the generosity Martha showed him, and he prides himself on training and encouraging his new agents to be as effective and professional as possible. He carefully guides each team member through the dynamics of the industry, sharing best practices on negotiating and closing deals and, most importantly, supporting clients. After all, Fred believes the best agents are the ones who never forget the person at the other end of the deal. Clothing by Saks Fifth Avenue: Theory jacket, pant and shirt


Kevin Dolliole Director of Aviation, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Look no further than the new terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for proof of Kevin Dolliole’s commitment to pushing our city to new heights. Since becoming director of aviation in June 2017 — and in turn, taking the reins on the billion-dollar project — Kevin has rolled up his sleeves and ensured that the facility serves as a reflection of the progress New Orleans continues to embrace. It’s an undertaking that comes with its fair share of pressure, but for someone whose work remains so prominent in the public eye, he is calm and collected. It’s no surprise that perseverance is the name of the game for Kevin. He sees each new challenge as an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, and he believes that no matter what path a person chooses, integrity and patience will always lead to success. “I’m really proud that our team was able to deliver this new state-of-the-art terminal to the people of the Greater New Orleans Region,” he said. “The new facility lays the foundation for our future for years to come.” Clothing by Saks Fifth Avenue: Boglioli jacket; Eton shirt; Paige jeans; Saks Fifth Avenue pocket square


Stanton F. McNeely III, EdD President, University of Holy Cross As the newly appointed President of the University of Holy Cross, Dr. Stanton F. McNeely III is not only enlightening the minds of his 1,100 students on the New Orleans campus, he’s also opening their hearts to prepare them for life. Dr. McNeely, a New Orleans native and himself a UHC graduate, says the only way to prepare someone for their future is by moving forward in faith, spirt and action — the mission for success first laid down by the Marianite sisters who founded the University of Holy Cross 103 years ago. With the 2018 opening of the university’s first dormitory and the new Health Sciences building ready for classes starting in January 2020, Dr. McNeely is spearheading a personal crusade of not only expanding the footprint of this New Orleans university’s educational legacy, but also enlarging the hearts and minds of its residents. Clothing by Saks Fifth Avenue: Boglioli jacket; Eton shirt; Paige jeans


Stephen Fleishmann Owner, Titan Construction For the past 25 years, Stephen Fleishmann and the Titan Construction team have been helping every client meet their construction needs, no matter the budget, specifications or location. From period authentic renovations in the French Quarter to new constructions in the Uptown area and Old Metairie, Stephen understands that a home is the largest investment a person will make in their lifetime, so he works tirelessly to create a product that he and the homeowners can be proud of. Stephen doesn’t just believe in creating homes that echo the spirit of the Crescent City or his clients — more than that, Stephen believes that comfortable, high-quality housing should be accessible to people of all backgrounds. “Our goal is to preserve the tone and authenticity of New Orleans while serving all kinds of people,” Stephen says. One thing is for sure: as Titan Construction continues to grow, Stephen’s commitment to the people and communities that make New Orleans great will grow, too. Clothing by Saks Fifth Avenue: Saks Fifth Avenue jacket; Eton shirt; 7 For All Mankind jeans


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Phoenix entree at bakery bar

table talk

meet the chef Fenrir’s Binding dessert

Bakery Bar Adventures

Debbie Does Doberge, the local cake phenomenon owned by Charlotte McGehee and Charles Mary IV, sits at the core of Bakery Bar. A stand-alone company in its own right, their kaleidoscopic cakes are for sale out the case and may also be ordered and shipped online. Kids will love the colors of the Rainbow Surprise Wedding Cake, while adults may opt for more grownup flavors such as Pistachio or Triple Chocolate. Look for their new location -Debbie on the Levee – to open soon in Kenner’s Rivertown neighborhood.

And now for something completely different by Jay Forman

Looking to take a step off the beaten path?

Then Bakery Bar belongs on your list of places to check out. Located in the Lower Garden District just a stone’s throw from the GNO Bridge, this

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savory/sweet mashup opened back in 2016 when it took over the space occupied by the long-running Italian hideaway Eleven 79. Using their (awesomely named) Debbie Does Doberge cake business

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as its starting point, Bakery Bar lot of technically creative touches. owners Charlotte McGehee and The raspberry caviar in the Fenrir’s Charles Mary IV cooked up a “Binding” dessert, for example. savory menu to go with it, as “Fenrir was an overly-strong well as a retro-inspired cocktail demigod in Norse mythology, program. A year ago Joel White and Loki went to the dwarves to signed on as executive chef, who craft a chain strong enough to has since helped spearhead their bind him,” White said, explaining current concept menu approach. the dish. “Called Gleipnir, it was “New Orleans has such an made from impossible ingredients amazing restaurant scene that it like the breath of a fish and the makes it difficult to stand out,” roots of a mountain but was also White said. “To get noticed you just super-light.” This plays into the have to do something airy lemon-chiffon special.” White answers donut and the chain this challenge with his pattern on the plate. Bakery Bar, 1179 themed menus, which As this is Norse Annunciation St., Lower Garden District, 210-8519, mythology, the change up about every L, D Tues six months, allowing caviar (set with agar through Sun. Weekend Bakery Bar to reinvent agar) represents Brunch. Closed Mon. itself periodically in a blood. Confused? competitive market. Just in time You don’t have to think about it for Mardi Gras is his “Myths and anymore than you want to – just Legends Menu,” which draws upon eat it. After all, it has frosting Greek and Norse mythology along made from Trix cereal (Loki was with a smattering of Americana a trickster god). tall tales and urban legends. It is a Clearly, Bakery Bar makes for a geeky/brainy concept and makes fun, idiosyncratic dining destinafor a fun menu. Of course a concept tion. The menu alone is a doorway is no good if the execution fails, but into conversation and the full bar thankfully this isn’t the case here. will keep you talking all night Take the “Paul Bunyan” – braised long. It is kid friendly as well, oxtail in a blueberry coulis with especially for brunch, and the little maple syrup-spiked collard greens ones will “oh and ah” over the and mushroom barley. The warm, Debbie Does Doberge cake case, rustic dish works just fine on its all of which are conveniently sold own but note the components by the slice. which tie into the Paul Bunyan myth. Yes, its gimmicky, but it is smart and it works. Entrees to consider include the “Phoenix” with half a smoked chicken accompanied by an umami-rich mac and cheese made with creamy Humboldt fog cheese. The charred green onion (and the layer of ash in the cheese, for that matter) play into the phoenix theme. A Siracha barbecue sauce brings some heat. The “Sword and the Stone” features sword- Ice Cream Dream It’s hard to find comps for a fish cooked sous-vide with an place like Bakery Bar, but lovers of accompaniment of roasted, pickled ice cream need to check out and pureed root vegetable tied Piccola Gelateria on Freret Street. together with an apricot beurre Along with the city’s best Gelato – blanc (stone-fruit, natch). The sous try the Amarena Cherry – it offers a vide method touches on some of short list of savory crepes. Just save White’s skills as a chef; it’s not room for dessert. quite modernist, but you will note a

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restaurant insider

News From the Kitchen The Independent Caveau NOLA, Turmeric, Wei Dao Asian Cuisine by Robert Peyton

3 cheese Charcuterie board

The Independent Caveau NOLA


Wei Dao Asian Cuisine

The Independent Caveau NOLA is a fairly new wine bar and retail operation that also serves cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as high-end tinned seafood. Operated by Joanne Close and husband Jim Yonkus, it’s a great place to browse for interesting wines and grab a bite to eat in the bar or on the patio. The Independent Caveau NOLA, 1226 S. White St., 702-8033, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. (A good place, but could be a little difficult to find. Call ahead for directions.)

Turmeric , a new Indian restaurant opened in November on the West Bank in the space formerly occupied by Red Palace, a Chinese restaurant. The new spot features a menu of standard dishes, including biryanis, dishes cooked in the tandoor oven and multiple breads. Try the Country Chicken Curry, a stew flavored with chiles, tamarind, coriander and curry leaves. Turmeric, 1025 Westbank Expy., Gretna, 354 1422; open daily (except Tuesday) 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Wei Dao Asian Cuisine bills itself as a sushi restaurant, and that’s certainly a large part of the menu. But the restaurant also has a Chinese menu with offerings like fish with black bean sauce and bitter melon, cumin flavor beef and salt & pepper squid. We Dao Asian Cuisine, 5024 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-4288; Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and until 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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A Winter Evening Pot Roast, Southern Style by Dale Curry

My go-to dish for winter evenings is a pot


roast, with all but the rice in one pot. At one time it could be consumed by my family, but as children went off to college, it began to cover two dinners plus sandwiches for lunch. My pot roast proves that people like simple cooking because it is the same deep South style that my mother made, and I still get requests for it. When Ole Miss friends came home with me for weekends in Memphis, they often wanted “a pot,” meaning a beef roast with carrots and potatoes or similar treatment with a chicken. Pot roast in the United States is believed to have French and German roots. Pot roast is not only Southern. There is the well-known Yankee pot roast, which is generally cooked in water or stock while southern-style allows the meat to make its own juices, adding a little liquid much later. In both cases, slow cooking tenderizes the meat. Most important is the browning in a heavy bottomed pot before simmering begins. A few times friends from New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast invited me to their homes for spring break or Sugar Bowl, and parents occasionally took us to Commander’s Palace and seafood restaurants overlooking the Gulf. These were my first experiences with what I called gourmet cooking. Now a New Orleanian for many years, I still enjoy both deep-South and local cooking and wish everyone could be so lucky. Slow cooking doesn’t mean the cook is busy the whole time. While the food simmers, you do something else, the same idea as red beans and rice on Monday wash days. If your family is large or you want two meals from one cooking, increase the size of roast to five or more pounds and use a heavy oval pot. Some cooks use red wine and beef stock for liquid in a pot roast. A little red wine is nice, but I find the meat and seasonings lend flavor enough to the liquid. One thing for sure, it creates a delicious gravy to go with rice or mashed potatoes. If you’re looking for sides to go with pot roast, you can’t beat fresh green beans, seasoned with a little ham. Almost as good as the food are the smells throughout the house whenever a pot simmers on the stove while temperatures fall outside.

Southern Pot Roast

Ingredients 2 to 3 cloves garlic 1 3-to-4-pound chuck, rump or shoulder beef roast Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and Creole seasoning 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce 3 medium red potatoes, peeled 4 carrots, scraped 1 cup plus ½ cup water, divided ¼ cup all-purpose flour


Dutch Oven Cooking What kind of pot should you use to cook pot roast? Sometimes called Dutch ovens, any large, heavy pot with a cover will do. Black iron pots definitely qualify. The main concern is that the pot is thick on the bottom so that the meat browns well, followed by long simmering.

1. Cut garlic lengthwise into thin sticks. Use an ice pick to make small holes in the roast and insert garlic sticks several inches apart across the meat. This is called stuffing the roast. Chop leftover garlic. Sprinkle roast liberally with seasonings mashing the seasonings into the meat. Add oil to a heavybottomed pot and brown roast on all sides over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cover roast with chopped onions and remaining garlic. Drizzle Worcestershire over all. Cover and simmer for approximately 45 minutes. 2. Turn roast over, spooning onions over top, and add 1 cup water. Cover and continue simmering on low heat for 45 more minutes. Add potatoes and carrots and continue simmering for approximately 1½ more hours or until roast is fork tender. 3. Remove roast and vegetables to a plate. In a small bowl, stir flour into remaining ½ cup of water, stirring until all lumps are removed. Slowly add to liquid in the pot and heat, stirring, until gravy has formed. Return roast and vegetables to the pot. If not serving immediately, remove from heat and reheat to serve. Serves 6 to 8. JANUARY 2020 7 7

last call

A KISS to Start a New Year The Art of Keeping it Simple by Tim McNally

The long-standing tradition of taking

a few moments at the beginning of every year to define areas within our lifestyle where improvements can be made is a laudable exercise. More often than not, shortly after this personal evaluation, those positivepurpose sentiments and best-of-intention actions disappear faster than a just-passed Carnival parade, but we all mean well. And that’s the important fact. As the pace of life seemingly picks up speed with each moment, and complications force an endless series of compromises, maybe we should consider another avenue to self-improvement, KISS. Keep It Simple, Stupid. If you wish, dropping the last word from the directive is just fine. Simplification in a complicated era may be the best personal answer to the insanity that seems to surround modern life. The same approach can be applied to our selection of adult beverages. Eliminate the ingredients that take time and increase the span between making a good cocktail and enjoying a good cocktail. KISS. The Polo Lounge at The Windsor Court Hotel has created and features the perfect few-ingredient respite from the external pressures we all experience just by getting through the day. The Nicole is straightforward, simple, delicious, and quickly prepared. Here is the ideal KISS cocktail.

The Windsor Court Hotel Polo Lounge, 300 Gravier St., 523-6000,

The Nicole 0.5 oz lemon juice 1.5 oz vodka 0.75 oz Lillet blanc 0.75 oz Elderflower syrup  Combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake well. Serve in a martini glass. Garnish with edible flower.

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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 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. $$$$ Emeril’s Louisianian Fare 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$

H Herbsaint Louisianian Fare 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary 8 0 JANUARY 2020

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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. $$$ Mother’s Louisianian Fare 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, and tourists alike endure long lines to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$ Mulate’s Louisianian Fare 201 Julia St., 5221492, Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous Cajun destination. $$ Palace Café World 605 Canal St., 5231661, Cassic New Orleans restaurant, the Dickie Brennan and Palace Cafe team evolve traditional Creol dishes. Enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates at the Black Duck Bar. $$$

H 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 125 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., 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. $$$$ The Grill Room AMERICAN Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-6000, Modern American cuisine with a distinctive New Orleans flair, the adjacent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly. Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine Italian 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$ Central City Café Reconcile Louisiana fare 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile. org. Good food for a great cause, this nonprofit on the burgeoning OCH corridor helps train at-risk youth for careers in the food service industry. $$ Faubourg St. John

H Café Degas French 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$

H 1000 Figs World 3141 Ponce De Leon St., 301-0848, 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. $$$$$ Antoine’s Annex Specialty Foods 513 Royal St., 525-8045, Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available. BB King’s Blues Club Barbecue 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, new-orleans. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician with a menu loaded with BBQ and southern specialties. Live music and late hours are a big part of the fun. $$$ Bayou Burger Burgers 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256,

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. $$$$$ Brennan’s Louisianian Fare 417 Royal St., 525-9711, Innovative Cerole menu borrows influences from French and Spanish ancestry with modern updates and distinct seasonal offerings. $$$$ Broussard’s French 819 Conti St., 581-3866, Creole-French institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$

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. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Steakhouse 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails and classic steakhouse fare and inspired dishes. Reservations accepted. $$$

H GW Fins Seafood 808 Bienville St., 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. $$$$$

Chartres St., 568-1885, Enjoy local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted establishment. $$$$

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. $$

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. $

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

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. $$$ Le Bayou Seafood 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafood-centric destination on Bourbon Street. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square Italian 801

NOLA Louisianian Fare 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill Seafood 739 Conti St., 5256002, Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kidfriendly seafood destination. $$ 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-today operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$ Red Fish Grill SEAFOOD 115 Bourbon St., 5981200, This vibrant, seafoodcentric polished-casual landmark delivers innivative twists on casual New Orleans seasfood, including local favorites BBQ oysters and double chocolate bread pudding. $$$ 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 with fried oysters. Live music a JANUARY 2020 8 1

plus. $$$ Royal House Louisianian Fare 441 Royal St., 528-2601, Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$ 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. $$$$$ Garden District Commander’s Palace Louisianian Fare 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Award-winner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$ District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this nextgeneration café. $

Orleans steakhouse. $$$

tomatoes and roasted duck. $

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. $$$

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. $$$

Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, AcmeOyster. com. 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. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this family-friendly neighborhood spot. $$$

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. $$

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. $

H Mr. John’s Steakhouse Steakhouse

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

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

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. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$ Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant Seafood 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$ 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. $$$$$ 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. $$$ 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, 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. $$

H Liuzza’s Italian 3636 Bienville St., 4829120, Classic neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$

H Mandina’s Louisianian Fare 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, Though the ambiance is more upscale, the food and seafood dishes make dining here a

New Orleans experience. $$

H Mona’s Café World 3901 Banks St., 4827743. 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. $$$ Parkway Bakery and Tavern AMERICAN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, ParkwayPoorBoys. com. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $ Ralph’s On The Park louisianaian fare 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, RalphsOnThePark. com. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good cocktails. $$$

H Toups’ Meatery Louisianian Fare 845 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, soups, salads and deli-style sandwiches. $ 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. $$$ Reginelli’s Pizzeria pizza Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$

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

HCarrollton Market AMERICAN 8132 Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket. com. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$ Upper 9th Ward St. Roch Market Louisianian Fare 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, Historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$ Uptown JANUARY 2020 8 3

Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute. org. 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., 2650421, 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.

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com. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics.

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. $$$ La Petite Grocery French 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$

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upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$

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. $$

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. $$$

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

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 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. $

H Magasin Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611, Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available as well. $

The Delachaise Gastropub 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub. Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$

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

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. $

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

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Education: A Foundation for Success


ducation is a key component of a child’s life and helps ensure the academic and social development that leads to success in careers, relationships, health and more. New Orleans has a vibrant educational landscape, with schools that vary from private and religious to public and charter, schools that focus only on early education and those that take a continuous approach. Colleges and universities are another important component, and Louisiana is blessed with a wealth of undergraduate and graduate options, from small, private colleges to larger state schools all known for their exceptional programs. Additionally, swim schools, art museums, and music organizations round out the following list of educational institutions and resources available to children, teens, and adults in the metro area and state. Familiarize yourself with the area’s many schools and programs, and see where an educational journey may take your child and family.

Schools: Early Education Celebrating ten years of growth, Cathedral Montessori School (CMS) welcomes new family and friends to visit its expanded campus and new elementary school building with Montessori equipment and materials designed to inspire self-directed learning. A non-profit, co-educational, certified Montessori school, CMS now serves students 8 6 JANUARY 2020

ages three through nine and changes the educational landscape of the city by providing the only pre-school through elementary private school Montessori education in New Orleans. CMS provides an education of hope, self-motivation, and discovery to a greater population of students who will go on to contribute and problem-solve creatively in both the local community and across the world. Growth, transformation, and change are celebrated at CMS, but the curriculum and culture remain constant to support independent academic inquiry and discovery, emotional confidence and empathy, and social justice and collective responsibility. CMS welcomes you to visit the campus, learn about the school’s philosophy, and join its community. For more information, visit or call 504-252-4871. 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 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.

sponsored 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. Schedule a tour and see students and teachers in action. Call 504-866-6554 or visit Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only private French immersion school in New Orleans that is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and State of Louisiana. Founded in 1998, the mission of the school is to provide a strong and distinctive education by combining the best of French and American academics. Ecole Bilingue follows the curriculum of the French Education Nationale, considered to be one of the most rigorous educational systems in the world. Ecole Bilingue also offers a rich English language arts and American mathematics and social studies programs designed to balance out and complement the strength of the French curriculum. The school has a campus of three buildings off Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans with students and teachers from the U.S. and 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-K8th, 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% 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 hosts an Open House tour every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. for families interested in the Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. For more information, visit, or call 504-3043532 to reserve your spot on the next tour. 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 36th year, Stuart Hall School is the only school in the greater New Orleans area to offer a Catholic, independent, all-boy education in a traditional, elementary school configuration (PK3-7th). Faith, honor, leadership, and scholarship are the foundations upon which Stuart Hall builds future community leaders who have JANUARY 2020 8 7


an unselfish commitment to the service of others. It truly is a school “Where Good Boys Become Great Men.” For more information on Stuart Hall School for Boys or to take a private tour of the campus, please call 504-861-5384 or visit

Schools: Continuous Education / K - 12 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. Private elementary tours are available in January. To reserve a tour, please contact Additionally, private tours are available throughout the year by appointment. For more information, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 504-866-5292 or Founded in 1867, the Academy of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, college prep school for girls, ages 1 through Grade 12. The school is committed to values of faith, intellectual advancement, social awareness, the building of community, and personal growth. As part of a network of 150+ Sacred Heart schools, its global exchange program allows students to visit other sister schools in the U. S. and abroad. With global exchange opportunities, thought leadership, service learning activities, a tech-forward campus, design thinking and more, Sacred Heart girls are truly inspired to go out and make change in the world. Personal tours for Ages 1 – Grade 12 are available at your convenience. For more info, call 504-269-1213 or visit Arden Cahill Academy has begun a new chapter in the school’s 53-year history and welcomed its first high school class with an additional grade added over three successive years. The high school offers a college preparatory curriculum that continues to uphold the school’s tradition of academic excellence and exposure to the arts. Course selections include honors, AP, and dual enrollment classes with embedded ACT prep and college guidance. 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). Focused on cultural enrichment and academic excellence, the unique school features horse stables and a petting farm, a STEAM Lab, art and music rooms, and a 300-seat theater. 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 January 9 at 9 a.m. for babies six weeks old to 10th grade. Spend-a-days are available for 6th through 10th grades. 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

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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. 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

Schools: High Schools International High School of New Orleans students are compassionate, productive, global citizens who positively impact the world. The school’s mission is to educate and nurture a diverse learning community through the International Baccalaureate Programme, world languages, and intercultural appreciation to succeed in a global economy. The world language program at IHSNO includes Arabic, French, Mandarin-Chinese, and Spanish courses. Centrally located in downtown New Orleans, IHSNO promotes an understanding of business, multicultural awareness, and foreign language fluency. Prior foreign language skills are not required to apply. One of the few schools in the country offering Arabic and Mandarin, IHSNO has a focus on global education, foreign language fluency, and diversity, while remaining reflective of and involved in the local community. IHSNO offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a challenging, rigorous academic program that has gained recognition and respect from the world’s leading universities. IHSNO gives schools tour on Thursday of each week from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Contact the main office to schedule a tour. Spring Open House takes place on April 9, 2020, at 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Schools: Colleges & Universities Centenary College is a selective, residential, Tier One National Liberal Arts College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi. Centenary’s award-winning faculty and caring staff prepare students to engage global challenges through rigorous coursework, service opportunities, and intercultural experiences at home and abroad. Centenary ranks #1 in the nation among baccalaureate colleges for students studying abroad, beginning with the Centenary in Paris program that sends all first-year students to Paris, France. Ninetyfour percent of Centenary students who apply to medical school are accepted, along with 79% of those applying to law school. Centenary students are active in more than 60 clubs and organizations and NCAA Division III athletics on a beautiful campus that students describe as “welcoming and spirited.” For more information on Centenary’s academics, athletics, student life, and the admission and financial aid process, visit or call 800-234-4448. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has more than 19,400 students. It awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in disciplines ranging from the humanities to informatics, from business to exercise science. UL Lafayette’s academic programs are offered in an environment that fosters student success and emphasizes career development.


That’s why the University is proud to be the Official Higher Education Partner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans. These collaborations will give UL Lafayette students and recent graduates access to internships, practical career experiences, and professional development and networking opportunities. The Saints and Pelicans will fund two annual scholarships for qualified students. UL Lafayette is committed to providing students with learning opportunities beyond the classroom that will benefit them throughout their lifetimes. These partnerships will help the University meet that goal and enable students to realize their aspirations. Visit and explore the possibilities UL Lafayette offers. 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 1,100 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

Currently on view through May 2, is Vitus Shell: ‘Bout It ‘Bout It, The Political Power of Just Being, a collection of carefully calculated and empowering portraits that serve as a counterpoint to backgrounds of collaged newspaper articles and advertisements filled with bigoted or at least misunderstood accounts of African Americans. The Art of Sir Winston Churchill will be on view January 7 – March 21. Robert C. Tannen | Box City brings an interactive exhibition exploring urban design through cardboard boxes February 7 – May 16. For more information, call 337-482-2278 or visit The New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) serves diverse audiences throughout the region and provides educational programs that include live performances for schools and educational centers, innovative courses in musicology, world opera, hip-hopera and more, free tickets to students for dress rehearsals of opera productions, summer camp sessions, roundtable discussions with the performers, Nuts & Bolts pre-performance lectures, an annual vocal competition for high school students, and an interactive Opera Nouvelle series. NOOA was founded in 1943, and its mission is “to enrich the lives of all people by producing opera of the highest artistic quality and providing education opportunities through traditional and innovative approaches.” NOOA’s school-based programs are continually expanding to include new initiatives, engaging students at a more academic level with opera and making it more relatable to their lives. For more information or to find out how you can support these wonderful programs, contact 504-529-3000 or go to

Teaching Opportunities Swim Lessons Give a gift this year that could save a life—swim lessons not only provide a fun lifelong skill, they can also save a person’s life. 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

Teach New Orleans is a free, centralized resource that connects high quality educators to the city’s public schools. The organization aims to streamline the job-seeking process for educators by enabling candidates to share their resume with all 86 public schools while providing candidates with impartial job-search support and a comprehensive website with a job board, school-specific info, citywide growth data, and more. Since Teach New Orleans launched in 2018, more than 1,500 educators have shared their resumes on the site and over 115 experienced educators utilizing the site have been hired by New Orleans public schools. You can be the teacher that creates opportunities and makes a difference doing the work you love. Become a teacher through Teach New Orleans and experience firsthand the rewards of mentoring and teaching the city’s youth. For more info, visit •

Explorations in Art & Music The Hilliard Art Museum, operated by University of Louisiana at Lafayette, hosts rotating seasonal exhibitions and educational programming designed to connect art and education, the university and community, and generations and cultures. The Museum’s education team offers guided tours to groups of adults and school children alike, tailored to fit the interests of the group and the current season of exhibitions, which change every fall, spring, and summer. Each exhibition incorporates an educational component with either a dedicated space or labels that encourage participation, careful thought, and engagement with the works. JANUARY 2020 8 9


Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery

Spring Travel


etween the holidays and Mardi Gras, the Louisiana winter season is over in a flash. That’s why now is a good time to begin planning your spring travels, whether somewhere along the coast or just a short trip downtown for a festival season staycation. Plan a romantic weekend with fine dining and luxury accommodations or get the old crew back together for some much needed time reuniting with friends. Food festivals, casino resorts, and New Orleans hotels are some of the featured destinations for your perusal this month. Reserve some time now for your spring adventure—once Mardi Gras arrives in full swing, it can be hard to herd the cats for that special getaway you know you all need. Take a look at the latest news from nearby travel destinations and square away your roadside assistance to ensure no obstacle will keep you from some fun in the sun.

Downtown Adventures Fifth generation family-owned and operated, the historic Hotel Monteleone is located on famous Royal Street in the French Quarter. The Hotel Monteleone has long been the home to some of the world’s most famous and colorful characters—Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and Truman Capote called it home as well as countless movie stars, dignitaries, and royalty. The pet-friendly hotel features 570 luxurious guest rooms including 55 suites. All guest rooms come with marble and granite baths, Keurig coffee and brewer, in-room safe, refrigerator, high-speed internet 9 0 JANUARY 2020

access (fees apply), HD LCD television, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, plush robes, and alarm clock radios. Hotel Monteleone houses the award-winning Criollo Restaurant, the famous Carousel Bar & Lounge, a heated rooftop swimming pool with Acqua Bella Pool Bar, 24/7 Fitness Center with panoramic views, Spa Aria, on-site Business Center, valet parking, and 26,000 square feet of meeting space. For information and reservations, visit 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 experience a remarkable, interactive work by famed artist Robin Reynalds, one of a trio of artists behind a unique creative project celebrating 300 years of America’s most remarkable city, New Orleans. In his colorful pen-and-ink cityscape, New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell, Robin depicts more than 150 episodes and themes that have shaped New Orleans since the day explorer De Bienville first marked the spot on the banks of the Mississippi in 1718. On January 6, 2020, The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery will unveil a giclee version of this interactive painting in the lobby to kick off Carnival season. 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


Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Along the Coast Nothing satisfies a winter craving like a delicious, steaming bowl of gumbo, and visitors to the 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will get their fill of the famous Cajun and Creole dish this February 14-15. One of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald Coast, this year’s Sandestin Gumbo Festival will feature the best of the Florida panhandle culinary scene in addition to music, activities, and more. The event kicks off on Friday, February 14, with an extensive seafood boil hosted at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille from 5 - 7 p.m. On Saturday, February 15, the main event will bring gumbo fans and enthusiasts from all across the region together to taste and judge their favorite iterations of gumbo—light roux versus dark, seafood versus chicken and sausage, and gumbos with unique twists and influences while live music and children’s activities add to the fun. An accommodations package is available at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort and includes a ticket to Saturday’s main event. To reserve your place, visit or call 800-926-2936. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, voted Best Casino Hotel on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, invites you to treat yourself to one of its luxurious, award-winning hotel rooms featuring breathtaking design, superior service, and bathrooms that feel more like a spa. Swing into spring at Lava Links Miniature Golf Club and play a round of mini golf on one of its courses. These two, 18-hole golf courses are surrounded by refreshing waterfalls, exciting music and a live erupting volcano that promises fun for the entire family. While at Scarlet Pearl, enjoy mouthwatering cuisine crafted by

Chef Anthony Rametta at Scarlet’s Steaks & Seafood. Try any of Chef Rametta’s exquisite steak and seafood specialties from Scarlet’s new winter menu. From the Broiled Brown Sugar and Bourbon Pork Chop, to the Crab Stuffed Gulf Flounder, you’re sure to find a new favorite. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort—your home away from home. Book your next ultimate getaway at or call 888-BOOK-SPC.

Roadside Assistance 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 175598). Current AAA members can add one new household member free (promo code 175600). For more details, see AAA’s ad in this issue, visit your local AAA branch, call 844-330-2173, or visit Join AAA today. • JANUARY 2020 9 1


Peristyle Residences

Senior Care


rom navigating new medical and health concerns to developing the need for occasional or constant assistance at home, seniors face a lot of intimidating changes and challenges as they age. While some face these challenges on their own, others may rely on the help of adult children or loved ones as they break down medical bills, continue to maintain the home, or get to and from the store. Across the metro area, a variety of resources are available for older adults who planning for the future and who are—or aren’t—considering a move out of the home. Retirement communities offer maintenance-free living with continuous care, while in-home care givers help with tasks of daily life and provide companionship in one’s own home. Health insurance companies can help with healthcare costs, and local funeral homes can help with planning for the future while giving seniors a say in their celebrations. Check out the many options available for you and your loved ones today.

Health Insurance Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is devoted to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, the company remains committed to those roots with a new office in the Central Business District and a full-service, regional office in Metairie. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has offices in every major Louisiana city to serve its customers. True to its mission in its 85th year of service to Louisiana, Blue Cross offers a portfolio of Medicare plans designed to meet the healthcare needs and budget for customers who are eligible for Medicare. To find 9 2 JANUARY 2020

out more, visit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. It is a private mutual company, owned by its policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders.

Planning & Arrangements How you are remembered and celebrated is within your control. Savvy seniors are planning ahead, whether to ease the burden on loved ones, protect their assets, or simply have a say in their celebration. Choosing the right funeral home can make all the difference. Jacob Schoen & Son has helped New Orleans families create lasting memories for loved ones for over 145 years. Whether in your time of need or as a resource for guiding you through preplanning, the Schoen family and staff are available to help you navigate the intricate details of beliefs, family, and wishes to create the perfect celebration. Their thoughtful planning brings the ease, comfort, and peace of mind needed to allow family and friends to remember, grieve, and console. Located at 3827 Canal Street in a newly renovated mansion, Jacob Schoen & Son invites you to stop by and see what’s new, discuss what innovative options are available, and learn more about how they can help you or a loved one guarantee their wishes at an affordable price while create lasting memories. Stop by or call 504-605-0347 to set up an appointment.


Retirement Living

In-Home Care

Cutting-edge research and technology have always been at the forefront of aging services at Lambeth House, a continuous care retirement community in uptown New Orleans. According to Scott Crabtree, President and Chief Executive Officer, advances in technology will provide more opportunities to live fuller lives as we age. Last year, Lambeth House and Ochsner Health System completed a 12-month pilot study demonstrating how telehealth can effectively aid in the treatment of seniors with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illnesses. Each resident was equipped with iPads and FitBits that gathered information to help staff communicate with and understand each individual’s unique challenges. The goal is for healthcare providers to then be able to provide medical services to patients more efficiently and effectively. The study also evaluated ways to reduce caregiver burnout at a staff level. Thanks to the invaluable information the study has provided for Lambeth House Memory Care and their families, the plan is to continue it for an additional year. For more information or a tour of the community and its 20,000sqft. Wellness Center with indoor saltwater pool, fitness center, art studio, chapel, meditation room, and café, call 504-865-1960 or visit

Home Care Solutions specializes in compassionate in-home care, Alzheimer’s care, Parkinson’s Care, and Aging Life Care Management™ services to help your elderly loved ones extend their independence at home. They are committed to providing the highest quality of care, and keeping loved ones safe and comfortable while giving families peace of mind. Caregivers are carefully matched to meet both your loved one’s needs and personality. Care Managers at Home Care Solutions are able to navigate the care of your loved ones with expertise and heart and are experienced advocates with creative solutions for complex situations and all care concerns. Their Care Managers’ familiarity with local resources saves you time and often saves money while their compassionate understanding of the aging process saves you unnecessary distress. Home Care Solutions, a licensed Personal Care Attendant Agency, is a member of Home Care Association of America and Aging Life Care Association™. Call 504-828-0900 or visit Home Care Solutions would be honored to assist your family in navigating elder care.

Poydras Home is a Continuing Care Retirement Community offering independent living, assisted living, and nursing care. Poydras Home is known for its innovative programs that allow residents to enjoy life to the fullest with an emphasis on including residents experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Poydras Home has partnered with Southern Rep Theatre to launch a Care For Creatives Drama Club. This program engages residents living with dementia and their families in improvisational theatre exercises designed to stimulate communication. Poydras Home Director of Memory Support and Day Program Elena Cambre describes the program as transformative, serving to strengthen connections with caregivers. “The techniques offer participants’ care partners new tools for coping with the day-to-day challenges of communication,” says Cambre. “Drama and improv are about honest connections and making something new together. We are just getting started, but I can already see some amazing sparks coming to life within our group members,” she says. For more information, visit or call 504-897-0535. Peristyle Residences offer Residential Assisted Living and Memory Care in the comfort of luxurious, intimate homes complete with private bedrooms and congregate dining and living areas. This alternative approach to senior living is ideal for seniors who seek assistance with day-to-day living in a more private, home-like setting than traditional assisted living communities can provide. Peristyle Residences consists of nine beautiful homes throughout Greater New Orleans, including its newest homes, Old Metairie Gardens Memory Care Assisted Living, the only senior living in Old Metairie. Peristyle’s quaint, lovely residences provide the highest level of care, comfort, and compassion possible to the seniors they serve, along with convenience and peace of mind for their loved ones. Expert consultation from Chef Aaron Burgau of Patois adds distinction and flavor to the healthy, delicious meals prepared at the community daily, and an array of stimulating activities, including an exceptional Music Therapy program, keeps residents active and engaged at home. Peristyle Residences caregivers are highly trained in demen tia care and have ample experience caring for seniors. Schedule a tour today at or by calling 504-517-3273.

Home Instead offers peace of mind for families of aging adults who wish to remain in the home. A local franchise owned by a New Orleans native, Home Instead offers the added benefit of staff who understand New Orleans’ culture and hospitality. Home Instead New Orleans has a team of fully trained CAREGiversSM who provide the care and companionship your loved one deserves. CAREGivers provide support through non-medical services like meal preparation, transportation, personal care, medication reminders, and more, while working in tandem when needed with healthcare providers, home health, and hospice. “Most older adults want to stay home, the place they know and love,” says Owner Lisa Rabito. “Our focus is to build relationships first.” Available from eight hours a week to 24 hours a day, CAREGivers can take your loved one to church, the salon, and their weekly bridge game, or care for bed-bound clients who need full personal care, all while providing safety and companionship. Aging adults no longer in the home can also request Home Instead services at the retirement community or nursing facility where they reside. For more information, visit or call 504-455-4911. This year, Dependable In Home Care celebrates 50 successful years of providing proven dependability through referrals of quality caregivers at affordable costs. As the only nationally accredited caregiver registry in the region, Dependable In Home Care has high standards for caregivers. The Caregiver Registry Standards Board (CRSB) accreditation requires caregivers have a minimum of two years of experience, a national background check, drug screen, TB test, and carry professional liability insurance. “No other care providers in the area can match our credentials. We provide access to a vetted pool of nearly 175 experienced professional caregivers, certified nursing assistants, and LPNs,” says Joni Friedmann-Lagasse, Owner. With over 100,000 successful referrals, Dependable In Home Care has helped thousands of families find the high-level companionship, supervision, and care their loved one needs, from daily activities like bathing and dressing, to meal prep, mobility assistance, and transportation. After experiencing the challenges families face when caring for a loved one, Joni’s mother, Louise, founded Dependable in 1969. Joni has been at the helm for over 40 years and is a founding member of the CRSB accreditation board. For more information, visit• JANUARY 2020 9 3


Children’s Wellness

Pain Management



Pediatric Primary Care

Southern Pain & Neurological is happy to offer Superion Indirect Decompression System, a new, minimally invasive treatment for lumbar stenosis that fits in the gap between conservative care and invasive surgery. FDA approved and covered by Medicare, this outpatient treatment is especially helpful for older patients and those not able to tolerate more invasive laminectomy to treat significant limitation in walking or continuous standing. Clinical trials indicated 90 percent patient satisfaction through 60 months. Successful reduction in leg pain was rated at 75 percent for Superion, which was better than a laminectomy and for the same evaluation period. No opiates are needed after this procedure. Doctors Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain, especially stenosis and resultant claudication, creates a prison for patients, disabling them from an active lifestyle. The stress from walking and standing pain negatively affects personalities and decreases freedom. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact Southern Pain and find out if the Superion minimally invasive indirect decompression system or something else is right for you. For information and scheduling at the Metairie, Marrero and Covington office, call 1-800-277-1265. •

here’s a lot of focus on health and wellness at the start of the year, and while we may be planning our own New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves, let’s not forget the importance of wellness in a child’s life. Wellness can take on the look of a nutrient-rich meal or time spent away from screens; it can look like more time spent with family or exploring a newly discovered talent or interest. While all of these goals are meaningful and important, an eye on health should also be top priority. Pediatric primary care and pediatric dentistry are necessary for forming a healthy foundation for a child’s life. Having the careful eye of a specialized healthcare professional allows for the early diagnoses and treatment of problems as well as access to preventative care to protect your child from avoidable illnesses and injuries. Keep your child marching on the path to wellness with a visit to a primary care pediatrician or pediatric dentist today.

Children’s Hospital New Orleans offers extraordinary care just for kids, including pediatric primary care. Children’s Hospital’s pediatricians are here for your child’s healthcare on the healthy days and the not-feeling-so-well days. With 16 clinics across Greater New Orleans, including three convenient uptown locations, Children’s Hospital’s pediatricians offer expert care for families close to home. With same day and next day appointments, an after-hours clinic in Metairie, and virtual care available on demand, care is available through Children’s Hospital when you need it. By choosing a Children’s Hospital pediatrician, you also have access to Louisiana’s top pediatric specialists within one family. As the health experts for kids, Children’s Hospital is proud to provide comprehensive pediatric care for children from birth through adolescence. Schedule an appointment today and make 2020 your child’s healthiest year yet. Find a pediatrician online at

Dental Health 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 •

evelopments in pain management are helping people all across the country get back to work and daily life with a renewed sense of purpose and excitement. When living with chronic pain, it can be hard to do anything, from sitting in a chair at work to cooking at the stove or sleeping in bed at night. There are many approaches to pain management and a variety of healthcare providers who are available to diagnose and treat pain. A successful treatment has life-changing results, and the journey to living pain-free can be a fruitful endeavor. If you or someone you know is experiencing chronic pain, consider the latest news and treatments from New Orleans’ many healthcare professionals who dedicate their work to solving people’s pain problems. Exploring your options is the first step toward getting some answers and hopefully some help. JANUARY 2020 9 5

A Special Section of New Orleans Magazine WYES-TV/Channel 12 PROGRAM & EVENTS GUIDE january 2020


Premieres Tuesday, January 28 at 8pm Repeats Wednesday, January 29 at 10pm WYES’ newest documentary explores Dixie Brewery’s survival story from Prohibition to bankruptcy through Hurricane Katrina and its 2017 sale to Tom and Gayle Benson.



Premieres Tuesday, January 28 at 8pm | Repeats Wednesday, January 29 at 10pm

photos courtesy of Ed Piglia and State Library of Louisiana.

Peggy Scott Laborde and Gayle Benson


ith the new Dixie Brewery ready to open this month, viewers can experience its rebirth and drink up more than a hundred years of local beer history with this new WYES documentary — BIRTH OF THE BREWS: A HISTORY OF DIXIE BEER. The 30-minute documentary tells the story of Dixie Beer from its beginnings in 1907, when New Orleans was considered by many to be the brewing capital of the South. Dixie was one of nearly 50 breweries operating at the turn of the 20th century and became one of the most popular, along with Jax, Regal and Falstaff. Competition for local beer drinkers’ loyalty was fierce and the jingles, neon signs, clocks, trays and promotional pieces used to sell each distinctive brand remain beloved pieces of that past. The breweries themselves became landmarks, with the dome atop Dixie’s Tulane Avenue brewery and the nearby Falstaff weather ball becoming familiar sights. Dixie called itself “The One That Would Rather Be Best Than Biggest” and by the late 1970s, it was the only major local brewery left. Its survival story – through Prohibition, bankruptcy, Hurricane Katrina and its 2017 sale to Tom and Gayle Benson – makes its rebirth even more special. BIRTH OF THE BREWS is narrated by Peggy Scott Laborde. Produced by Laborde and Jim Moriarty, and edited by Larry Roussarie. D2

The program is made possible by the Producers Circle, a group of dedicated viewers who support local programming.


Wednesday, January 8th Enjoy champagne, noshes, giveaways, and shop with Grandmother’s Buttons. Pre-Screening Champagne Reception 6:30pm Screening begins at 7:30pm WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media 916 Navarre Avenue, New Orleans $20 per person Tickets at MASTERPIECE Sponsors


Jane Austen was chronically ill with a mysterious disease in early 1817, when she turned her thoughts to a happier subject. She started work on a witty and delightful novel set in a seaside town. She never finished it. Now, noted screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Les Misérables, Primetime Emmy® winner for Little Dorrit) picks up Austen’s plot and takes it in a glorious and satisfying direction, in Sanditon.

The 28th annual WYES SEASON OF GOOD TASTES comes to a close this January. WYES is thankful for all participating restaurants and to attendees who contributed to a SOLD OUT season! Your support is greatly appreciated.




Gabrielle Monday, January 6


Gautreau’s Wednesday, January 8



Bayona Tuesday, January 14



The Pelican Club Tuesday, January 21

Thank you to our sponsors: RESERVATION POLICY: There are no refunds. Reservations are transferable to another guest. D3




d ie g o o B d n a t o WYES Boot Sco hore! s h t r o N e h t n o


WYES-TV gratefully acknowledges memorial gifts received during this past year in loving memory of the following individuals:


In memory of Hilmar Denu Dominic Massa In memory of Selma Fields Betty and George Fithen

In memory of Janette Kornman Winnie and Mark Brown Shane Gray Lou Lane Kathy and Randy Opotowsky Elsa and Cole Schneider

In memory of Simon “Skippy” Shlenker Janie and Billy Rippner

For more information on making a memorial or celebration gift or a planned gift to WYES through your estate, contact Robin Cooper at 504-486-5511 or

CROATIA & ITS ISLANDS Small Ship Cruising on the Adriatic Coast

October 6 – 17, 2020 12 Days • 19 Meals | Lower Outside Double Rate $4,899pp | Single $5,399pp Refer to booking #962698 Highlights include: Dubrovnik, 7-night Adriatic Cruise, Slano, Mljet National Park, Korcula, Vis, Biševo Blue Cave, Hvar, Bol, Trogir, Split, Diocletian’s Palace, Choice On Tour, Šibenik, Cathedral of St. James, Krka National Park, Zagreb, Stone Gate

JOURNEY THROUGH SOUTHERN FRANCE June 13-22, 2020 9 Days • 12 Meals Double $5,399pp | Single $6,899pp Refer to booking #974363 Highlights include: Centuries-old Castles, Bordeaux, Grand Cru, Medieval Bastides in Dordogne, Lavender Fields of Saint Rémy, Hunt for Truffles, Village of Carcassonne

For details on all WYES trips, go to or call Collette 800-581-8942. D6


8pm WASHINGTON WEEK Join moderator Robert Costa and award-winning journalists for discussion and analysis of the week’s major stories.

9:30pm SINATRA IN CONCERT AT ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL was filmed in 1970. The setlist includes classics such as “Pennies From Heaven,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Kind Of Town” and “My Way,” as well as a superb rendition of George Harrison’s love song “Something.”

9:30am RICK STEVES' FESTIVE EUROPE 10am BRAIN's FITNESS PROGRAM is based on the brain's ability to change and adapt, even rewire itself. NOON 3 STEPS TO INCREDIBLE HEALTH! WITH JOEL FUHRMAN, M.D. 2pm MEMORY RESCUE WITH DANIEL AMEN, MD Learn how to supercharge your memory and remember what matters most to you. 4pm RETIRE SAFE & SECURE WITH ED SLOTT Ed lays out the questions to ask before your retire, the Roth IRA conversion conversation and the IRA strategies needed for a safe and secure retirement. 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “Animal Reunions”

10:30pm MEL BROOKS & CARL REINER SALUTE SID CAESAR The legendary comedy writers reminisce about their favorite moments working with Sid Caesar. Photo Credit: Justin M. Lubin, SMPSP 11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

2 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Part 2 of 8) 9pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Part 3 of 8) 10pm SECRETS OF THE SIX WIVES “Divorced, Beheaded, Survived” (Part 3 of 3) 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY


HIGHLIGHT 8pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2020” Celebrate 2020 with the Vienna


8:30pm COUNTRY MUSIC “The Rub” (Beginnings – 1933) (Part 1 of 8) See how what was first called “hillbilly music” reaches new audiences through phonographs and radio, and launches the careers of country music’s first big stars, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Pictured: The Original Carter Family. From left: A.P., Maybelle, and Sara Carter, c.1930.


6am LONDON’S NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE 2020 features 2,000 performers and over 10,000 participants from the USA, UK, Europe and beyond.

Philharmonic at the Musikverein. Under the baton of guest conductor Andris Nelsons and featuring the Vienna City Ballet, the orchestra will play the waltzes of Strauss. PBS favorite Hugh Bonneville returns as host.


4 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: TRANSPORTATION 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Hollywood Royalty” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actors Isabella Rossellini, Anjelica Huston and Mia Farrow unearth surprising new revelations about their family histories. 8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Sharon Van Etten/Lucy Dacus” 9pm 3:10 TO YUMA (2007) Stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. 10:30pm VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS



11pm FRONT AND CENTER “The Head and the Heart” (Part 8 of 9)


5 SUNDAY 6pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 6 (Part 4 of 8) An expectant mother faces a hard choice, and her decision affects Tom more than most. 7pm MASTERPIECE “Victoria, Season 3” (Episode 7 of 8) 8pm MASTERPIECE “Victoria, Season 3” (Episode 8 of 8) 9am & 9:30am DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD

Geared to preschoolers, the series focuses on practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning.

5:00am READY JET GO!


5:30am ARTHUR



1:30pm LET’S GO LUNA! 2:00pm NATURE CAT 2:30pm WILD KRATTS

4:30pm ARTHUR 5:00pm READY JET GO!


5:30pm PEG + CAT





11:30pm FILM SCHOOL SHORTS “Woman’s Best Friend” local HIGHLIGHT

6 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Hour” (Hour 1 of 3) Kick off a new season of treasures with a $125,000 appraisal from the grounds of Winterthur Museum.

7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Homecomings” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. helps actor Sterling K. Brown, comedian Sasheer Zamata and musician Jon Batiste (pictured) discover the unexpected places their ancestors called home, providing new insight into the people and places that made them who they are today. 8pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS "Off The Farm"


10pm THE LAVENDER SCARE Narrated by Glenn Close, the film tells the shocking story of the U.S. government’s decades-long effort to rid the federal workforce of LGBTQ employees.

10pm 3:10 TO YUMA (2007)






9pm TBA

grandiose showmanship and cruel victimization. Finally, after years in the headlines, he was brought down by his own excesses and overreach. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society

HIGHLIGHT 8pm AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “McCarthy” chronicles the rise and fall of Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin Senator who would test the limits of American decency and democracy. Free of restraint or oversight, he conducted a crusade against those he accused of being Communists and enemies of the state, a chilling campaign marked by groundless accusations, bullying intimidation,




performers, including Bradley Cooper, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, and others will salute Dave Chappelle at the 22nd annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Danny Clinch



6pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 6 (Part 5 of 8)

8pm NOVA: THE PLANETS “Inner Worlds”



11:30pm FRONT AND CENTER “Santana IV – Live at the House of Blues in Las Vegas” (Part 9 of 9) The energy-packed performance features the band’s signature classics including “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” “Evil Ways,” and “Soul Sacrifice.”


7pm NATURE “The Whale Detective” A filmmaker investigates his traumatic encounter with a 30-ton humpback whale that breached and almost landed on him while he was kayaking.

9pm NOVA “Meteor Strike”


7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT Peggy Scott Laborde is joined weekly by regular guests Poppy Tooker and Alan Smason, plus art reviews, local theatre productions, live music and more! Missed an episode? Watch it on the WYES On Demand channel at and at 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm COUNTRY MUSIC “Hard Times” (1933-1945) (Part 2 of 8) Watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff.

7pm MASTERPIECE “Howards End” (Part 1 of 4) Follow two independent and unconventional sisters and the men in their lives seeking love and meaning as they navigate an ever-changing world in this fresh take on E.M. Forster’s masterpiece.

new series

10pm SECRETS OF THE TOWER OF LONDON Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1,000 years, the formidable Tower of London has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. Learn surprising facts about the famous Tower of London.


8pm MASTERPIECE “Sanditon” (Part 1 & 2 of 8) Experience Jane Austen’s last, fragmented work, where entrepreneurs, love interests, legacy hunters, hypochondriacs and medical mountebanks come together at a struggling resort aimed to be the next fashionable playground in early 1800s England. In this episode, a coach accident introduces Charlotte Heywood to Tom Parker and later his brother Sidney, commencing adventures in the struggling seaside resort of Sanditon.





7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Part 4 of 8) 9pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Part 5 of 8)

10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT


8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “The Raconteurs/ Black Pumas”




13 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library” (Hour 2 of 3) Stephen King first editions from 1974-1977, an Ilya Schor silver plate and D9


SATURdays on

8pm FRONTLINE “America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump” (Episode 1 of 2) An investigation into America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics. Episode One traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump.


JAMIE’S QUICK AND EASY FOOD A perfect cooking seriesfor those who appreciate good food, but don’t have the time or energy for complicated cooking.



a Louis Comfort Tiffany oil, ca. 1870 and more. Which is valued at $100,000$150,000?


10pm TOM BENSON: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF A NEW ORLEANS SAINT presented by Ochsner Health System Traces the life of the business tycoon, who hailed from New Orleans’ 7th Ward. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY



15 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “Hippos: Africa’s River Giants” 8pm NOVA “The Planets” ‘Jupiter’

HIGHLIGHT 9pm EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL “Oman—Desert Canyon” (Part 1 of 10) Head into the unknown with explorer Steve Backshall as he journeys to the world’s last unexplored places and faces challenges around the globe, encountering extraordinary wildlife and meeting remarkable people along the way. Photo Credit: Courtesy of True to Nature Ltd. 10pm EARTH’S NATURAL WONDERS “Extreme Wonders” (Part 1 of 3) 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “This Land is My Land” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. reveals the unexpected family trees of entertainer Queen Latifah and actor Jeffrey Wright, redefining their sense of the black experience — and challenging preconceptions about America’s past. 8pm FRONTLINE “America’s Great Divide: Obama to Trump” (Episode 2 of 2) Episode Two examines how Donald Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions and how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide. 10pm FRONTLINE “Targeting El Paso” 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

16 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Part 6 of 8) 9pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Part 7 of 8) 10:30pm YOU’RE CORDIALLY INVITED Host Holly Holden explores these extraordinary houses first-hand, strolling through the gardens, walking the halls, and viewing the details that make each house so inviting and timeless.



(Hour 3 of 3) Wrap up Antiques Roadshow’s first-ever visit to Delaware with incredible appraisals including 1820 J.J. Audubon portraits, a Ming Dynasty Xiwangmu figure and Ric Binkley science fiction illustrations, ca. 1950. Learn which is $80,000-$150,000.


8pm NO PASSPORT REQUIRED “Los Angeles” Explore Los Angeles with Chef Marcus Samuelsson as he discovers the city’s Armenian food and culture. 9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Accept the Call” 10:30pm POV SHORTS “The Changing Same”

7pm INFORMED SOURCES Now in its 35th season, this weekly, local news special brings together our region’s top print and broadcast journalists to examine the stories behind the headlines. Repeats Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm COUNTRY MUSIC “The Hillbilly Shakespeare” (1945 – 1953) (Part 3 of 8) See how the bluegrass sound spreads in post-war America, and meet honkytonk star Hank Williams, whose songs of surprising emotional depth are derived from his troubled and tragically short life. 10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

18 SATURDAY 6pm LAWRENCE WELK: INDIANA 7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “This Land is My Land” 8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Mitski/Rainbow Kitten Surprise” 9pm DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) What could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button? 10:30pm VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS

11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY 5pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Movies for Grownups with AARP the Magazine” Annette Bening receives a Career Achievement Honor during the awards show that honors actors and filmmakers that resonate with older viewers. Photo Credit: Jon Rou


7pm MASTERPIECE “Howards End” (Part 2 of 4) Mrs. Wilcox makes a request. The Schlegels face eviction, while the sisters take up a cause. 8pm MASTERPIECE “Sanditon” (Part 3 of 8) Young Stringer presses Tom for back pay owed his builders, currently toiling under dangerous conditions. Aided by the new doctor, Charlotte and Sidney respond to an emergency. Miss Lambe pines for her absent lover. 9pm VIENNA BLOOD (Part 1 of 6) A student of Sigmund Freud and an Austrian detective team up to solve some of the most mysterious and deadly cases in early 1900s Vienna. In this episode, Max and Oskar investigate the seemingly supernatural murder of a beautiful young medium. 10pm DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) 11:30pm VARIETY STUDIO: ACTORS ON ACTORS

20 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Hour”


11pm THE KATE “Ana Gasteyer” Enjoy a perfect blend of the tongue-in-cheek comedy from former Saturday Night Live cast member combined with the vocal range of a seasoned Broadway star.

7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Beyond the Pale” Explore the Jewish heritages of actor Jeff Goldblum (pictured), radio host Terry Gross and comedian Marc Maron. 8pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “Bombing Auschwitz” Join historians, survivors and experts as they consider one of the great moral dilemmas of the 20th century. Should the Allies have risked killing Auschwitz prisoners and bombed the camp to stop future atrocities? 10pm FRONTLINE “Last Survivors” A landmark documentary about some of the last survivors of the Holocaust. Only children at the time, these now elderly survivors reflect on how the trauma of the Holocaust has affected the rest of their lives. 10pm JEWISH NEW ORLEANS explores the rich legacy and unique cultural expressions of Jewish life in the Crescent City. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY D11

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7pm NATURE “Wild Way of the Vikings” Ewan McGregor narrates. 8pm NOVA “The Planets” ‘Saturn’ 9pm EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL “Greenland—Frozen Frontier” (Part 2 of 10)


Sara Moulton shows viewers how to get quick, delicious meals on the table every night of the week.














10pm EARTH’S NATURAL WONDERS “Wonders of Waters” (Part 2 of 3)

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8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm COUNTRY MUSIC “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1953 – 1963) (Part 4 of 8) Travel to Memphis, where Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. 10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY


6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 4” (Part 8 of 8) Eight months after the bazaar, the Crawleys head to London for Rose’s presentation before the king. Mary’s suitors await, the Levinsons join, and a potentially explosive scandal threatens to embroil them.


10pm THE QUEEN’S GARDEN With permission from Queen Elizabeth, this program covers a year in Buckingham Palace Garden, exploring the history and the natural history of this remarkable hidden royal treasure in the heart of London.

8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Cage The Elephant/Tank and the Bangas” Cage the Elephant blaze through hits and albums and jazz and soul mavens Tank and the Bangas perform. Tank and the Bangas are based in New Orleans and on November 20, 2019, they were nominated in the Best New Artist category for the 2020 Grammy Awards. Photo Credit: Scott Newton KLRU


9pm SILVERADO (1985)



6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES Watch WYES’ weekly programs anytime online on WYES’ YouTube channel, wyesondemand, and at 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT

26 SUNDAY 6pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 6 (Part 6 of 8)


8pm MASTERPIECE “Sanditon” (Part 4 of 8) Lord Babington courts Esther, who prefers Edward. Charlotte and Sidney clash over Miss Lambe’s illicit meeting with Otis. Young Stringer and Charlotte strike up a friendship. 9pm VIENNA BLOOD (Part 2 of 6) Max employs his psychoanalytic training to probe murder suspects’ minds.Eventually, a thread emerges that takes Max and Oskar throughout Vienna. Solving the supernatural conundrum will threaten Oskar’s career and ultimately Max’s life.

9pm EXPEDITION WITH STEVE BACKSHALL “Suriname—Lost World” (Part 3 of 10) 10pm BIRTH OF THE BREWS: A HISTORY OF DIXIE BEER WYES newest documentary narrated and produced by Peggy Scott Laborde. 10:30pm MONUMENTAL JOURNEY

local premiere

8pm BIRTH OF THE BREWS: A HISTORY OF DIXIE BEER explores the brewery’s survival story from Prohibition to bankruptcy through Hurricane Katrina and its 2017 sale to Tom and Gayle Benson. Hear interviews from Gayle Benson and former owners Joe and Kendra Burno, among others. Narrated by Peggy Scott Laborde and produced by Laborde and Jim Moriarty.


30 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR 8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 5” (Part 1 of 9) 9:30pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 5” (Part 2 of 9)

10pm SILVERADO (1985)

10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT “Visits Historic Houses”



6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Bonanzaville” (Hour 1 of 3) 8pm NO PASSPORT REQUIRED “Houston” Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson to explore the food and culture of Houston’s West African community. 9pm TOM BENSON: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF A NEW ORLEANS SAINT presented by Ochsner Health System 10pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The First Rainbow Coalition” See how community-based movements came together across lines of race and ethnicity to confront issues such as police brutality and substandard housing in 1960s Chicago. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

local premiere

8:30pm MONUMENTAL JOURNEY tells the story of Frank Maselli and acclaimed artist Franco Alessandrini’s sculpture and transport of the Saint Pope John Paul II statue, commissioned by the American Italian Culture Center to commemorate the Pope’s 1987 visit and official dedication to the City of New Orleans for it’s 300th Anniversary. The statue resides in front of St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square. 9pm AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Ruby Ridge”



8:30pm COUNTRY MUSIC “The Sons and Daughters of America” (1964 – 1968) (Part 5 of 8) See how country music reflects a changing America, with Loretta Lynn speaking to women everywhere, Merle Haggard becoming “The Poet of the Common Man” and audiences looking beyond race to embrace Charley Pride.


10:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT

7pm NATURE “The Cheetah Children”


10pm FRONTLINE “New American Nazis” 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY


7pm MASTERPIECE “Howards End” (Part 3 of 4) Margaret receives an unexpected offer from Henry. Helen is incensed by the unfair fate of the Basts. The three families collide at a wedding, and Henry’s past is revealed. Photo Credit: Courtesy of 2017 Starz Entertainment, LLC

8pm NOVA “The Planets” ‘Ice Worlds’


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Meyer the Hatter Life on Top Several years ago, my wardrobe for spending an afternoon at the

French Quarter Fest included a spiffy new Panama hat. Somewhere along the riverfront a fellow fest-goer stopped me and said, “nice hat.” With local pride I replied, “I got it at Meyer the Hatter’s.” “I know,” the man answered, “I am Meyer.” He sure was. In an age when small businesses have disappeared as though flooded by the Amazon, Meyer the Hatter’s store has survived. So too has Sam Meyer. There are two things that the shop, located at 120 St. Charles Ave., right off of Canal Street, has plenty of; one is hats. They are all over: In the display windows, on the counters, on shelves, behind the counters, on peoples’ heads and stored in two upstairs floors. And the other plentiful fixture is people named Meyer. They, too, are everywhere; brothers, sons, a wife, a daughter-in-law, cousins, whatever. Sam Meyer himself is third generation, having followed behind his grandfather, Sam H. Meyer, who founded the store in 1894, and Sam’s father, Andrew, who started selling hats there 1 1 2 JANUARY 2020

in the 1920s. Sam II tossed his hat into the ring, so to speak, in the 1940s. He and his late brother William brought the store into the future, including moving to the current location. It takes lots of room to claim the title “The South’s Largest Hat Store.” I have a special fondness for the block, more so for what it was than what it is. In the days when the downtown workforce was practically all males, this was the most masculine of blocks. There was the hatter plus Pokorny’s men’s shoes, Rubenstein’s Men’s Clothes and a men’s luncheon club. Across the street was Kolb’s serving those heavy masculine German foods, and then there was The Pearl, an oyster spot whose fare included the very masculine past-time of downing a “dozen raws” on the half-shell. Meyer adapted his inventory to serve needs of all types, such as those white caps that jazz musicians wear, or top hats for the ball. I was there to cash in on a gift certificate. My selection was a gray, felt hat, with a clump of feathers stuck in the hatband on the left side. The wide brim gave the hat an Australian look, though without the prerequisite to fight a crocodile. Inside was a white card with the totally classic Meyer message: “Like hell it’s yours. This hat belongs to ______. But you can get one like it from Meyer the Hatter.” Thusly are hat thieves scared away. Meyer himself was wearing a red hat while he worked the floor. Keeping up with modern times he gave me a koozie displaying the store’s latest slogan, “Love your Hattitude.” A customer had suggested it to him. One with hattitude. Now I digress for a finale with a sad ending. Back to the Panama hat that the hatter had spotted me wearing. I like trains, and later that year we took a trip to Chicago and back. On the last leg of the ride as the train approached New Orleans, and I was packing, I could not find the hat. The sleeper rooms are so small that it is hard to lose anything, but there was no hat. I asked the attendant if maybe he had placed it somewhere. He hadn’t. Just to be sure though, he pulled down the overhead bunk, which is pushed up to ceiling level during the day. There it was. The attendant had not noticed the hat on the bed. Now it was a smashed disc of straw. Life continues; the trains keep rolling. There was some irony though that the hat met its demise on a train called The Panama Limited.


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