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By Mike Griffith

“James RIvers and the ‘Pipes”


Top Female Achievers


Speaking Out


Julia Street

Our Guide to Live Music

Portraits of Success

By Ashley McLellan


Chartering a New Course

Einstein Group

By Dawn Wilson

Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon

Questions and answers about our city

150 Try This

“Archers Make Ready”

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“Jacques Chirac in New Orleans”



The band All Them Witches performs at Gasa Gasa, from our guide to the local live music scene, starting on pg. 58. Photographed by Denny Culbert











Chris Rose

100 Table Talk




Modine’s New Orleans

102 Restaurant Insider

“The Price of Fear”


Joie d’Eve


Read & Spin

A look at the latest albums and books

106 Last Call







Entertainment calendar

Meteorologist David Bernard


“Click and Spend”


“Swimming with Bacteria”



“Aching In The Rain”

Crime Fighting

“A Judge’s DWI Arrest”


“Summer Living”

“Mourning a Friend, Losing a Hero”

Jazz Life

“Storyville in Time”

“Variety on Piety”

News From the Kitchens: MCP, Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine and Bearcat Café

104 Food

“Summer Kitchen”

The Armstrong

108 Dining Guide


“Bright Spot”


“Stitches in Time”

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James Rivers and the ’Pipes



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James Rivers already excels with the tenor saxophone and the clarinet, so you wouldn’t think that he would need to add to his repertoire by playing, of all instruments, the bagpipe. Yet Rivers, who jokes about the rareness of a black man playing an instrument for which the most famous tune is “Scotland the Brave,” became intrigued. As he tells the story, one day he was watching a football game on television and noticed bagpipes in a school band. At the time the leading music store in the city was Werlein’s, where he already did much of his business. He called and was told that they did not have the instrument but could order one. During an interview with music writer Jason Berry at the recent Jazz Fest, Rivers recalled that he did not know which brand of bagpipes to order so he just took what was available. To teach himself, he bought bagpipe records and listened intently. “I am not really a bagpiper,” Rivers qualified, “but a musician who learned how to play one.” A major challenge was the breath control. Rivers discovered that it was difficult to puff the required wind amount into the bag. Fortunately, he saw an ad for a bagpipe for

sale in the newspaper. When the seller came to deliver his product, Rivers tried it and discovered that it was much less exhausting. The seller explained that his original bagpipe was an inferior brand, and that the better bagpipes are much more proficient at holding the wind. At last, playing the bagpipes seemed feasible. Our cover story is about places to hear live music. At one of those places, on some nights, you might hear Rivers and his band, collectively known as The Movement. Stay for the set because Rivers always does at least one song on the bagpipes. Backed by his band you will hear the instrument unlike any way you have ever heard. On YouTube there is a clip of Rivers playing the bagpipes at the 2013 Jazz Fest. True confession # 1. I have never liked hearing the bagpipes. True confession #2. Rivers’ performance with the instrument is a wonderful melding, a jazzy rendition of “Blue Skies” with lots of improvisation, even a touch of “Scotland the Brave,” and the beat of the orchestra. Bagpipers of the world pay attention: You need this guy.

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speaking out

Needed, A Public Monuments Plan Sooner rather than later

Where the statue of Jefferson Davis once stood now symbolizes what there is of public policy regarding monuments and place names: there is nothing—just a void— a place for leaves to blow in the wind with no destination. Part of New Orleans’ greatness is that it has done a good job at preservation. We saved our old town and made the French Quarter a global attraction. We rejected a riverfront expressway. We saved the St. Charles streetcar line. We cared for our ancient cemeteries. We preserved much of our architecture. Now, however, as the city reaches its tricentennial we have surrendered some of our most significant public monuments. We do not intend to resurrect the arguments from both sides. We do hope that all involved would agree that there has to be a 22


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better system than mayoral mandate for making these determinations. This election year, when a new mayor and council will be selected, is a good time to bring up a discussion about monuments and street names We need to understand that New Orleans is different from most cities in that it is, by its nature, a historic depository. As a port city, New Orleans became a funnel for the cultures, races, languages and hopes of many people. The city’s role is to reflect history and not to desecrate it. We recommend that a permanent commission be established and that its members should include historians and scholars; and that there should also be a public review process. The commission could develop guidelines, which at least could provide some

thought and analysis for the future. It could also recommend new monuments and suggest funding plans. We hope that never again will there be masked forces, working for the city, having to sneak late at night to move a monument. We hope that never again will wellmeaning people who have generously supported civic projects face angry words from city hall. We hope that the public debate on monuments is spoken among the area’s citizens and is not represented by fringe elements from out of town. Lincoln had great hope that the aftermath of the war would be peaceful and that citizens split by the controversy could reunite peacefully. We hope for that too. n





Little Blue Room interior

Hi Julia, My dad Jimmy “King” Anselmo owned a club called the Little Blue Room, in the 800 block of Bienville St, across the street from Arnauld’s restaurant. He started the club around 1936 and the club was there till 1946. Could you tell me about the musicians who performed there? Love your stories, keep up the good work. All the best, Jimmy Anselmo New Orleans Your dad apparently rented the property at 826 Bienville and managed Anthony Ferrara’s liquor store at that location before taking over and opening the Little Blue Room in the late 1930s. Unfortunately, the bar didn’t operate under that name for very long and names of musicians who played there don’t appear to have made it into music history books I consulted. By the mid-1940s, your mother was officially in charge of the bar at 826 Bienville, then known as Myrna’s Inferno. The cottage that housed your parents’ club was demolished in the early 1960s when the D. H. Holmes department store built a warehouse on the site.



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Julia and Poydras, I must owe all my love of the city to my father, as he and mother frequently took me to New Orleans from an early age, I was around 4, and in later years. There was actually purpose in these trips of two or three times a year. My father attended Sunday meetings of the Louisiana Dermatological Society at Charity Hospital, where dermatology patients were presented and discussed for appropriate treatment. Years before he became a doctor, his mother took him with her when she went to New Orleans annually to shop at the fine stores on Canal Street. She and my father came by train from the middle of Mississippi, first by a day’s wagon ride from Thomastown to Kosciusko, MS, to stay overnight for the train to Canton, MS, Illinois Central mainline, and then on to New Orleans, another day’s ride. In New Orleans, they stayed at the Hotel Gruenwald, where he once mentioned to me there was a basement place called, The Cave. I got the impression that it had an icy motif and was a place to eat, but of course, may have included other features such as a bar. These were early days in my father’s life, before 1915. He was born in 1902. I didn’t disbelieve my father about The

Cave’s existence, but in visiting the Roosevelt (hotel’s current name since the 1940’s ?), I have never found any indication of the basement level activity, except that the men’s toilet goes down a very narrow winding staircase, definitely not ADA accessible. It is good to confirm that The Cave did exist in this early and dynamic era of New Orleans. Anything more you could say about it would be interesting. In later years, he took me with him to Larry and Katz’s, a wholesale liquor warehouse that ran a bar too that sold drinks based on the wholesale case price; this ran about 50 cents a drink for Jack Daniels, one of the last great bargains in the world. The place was located about a block from Canal Street up a street from Charity Hospital.I miss Larry and Katz’s. In these later years I have had to go out foraging for drinks on my own, but I have never found any place as comfortable and inviting that served drinks as freely and cheaply, except maybe Tujague’s. Do you think Poydras has found any such place? Many thanks, Russell Thompson Ocean Springs, MS

The Cave opened in the basement of the Hotel Grunewald in November 1910. Replicating a subterranean cave inhabited by an assortment of gnomes, nymphs and mermaids, the unique attraction was originally promoted as a restaurant but later featured music and dancing. Its many distinctive features included a waterfall, electric lights and a unique climate control system which conveyed fresh air from the roof to the underground night club, cooling or heating as needed. The site the Cave once occupied later became the Roosevelt Hotel’s laundry. Larry & Katz’s lacked the Cave’s distinctive décor but the neighborhood bar was around longer than the famed subterranean nightclub. Ignatius J. Catanzaro, the “Katz” of Larry & Katz, was running a bar and liquor store at 1601 Cleveland as early as the mid-1930s. By about 1941, he had taken on a partner, Lawrence J. Reynolds; it was at that time, the bar adopted its new name, Larry & Katz. It operated at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and South Robertson Street for about 37 years until it was demolished in the late 1960s, when the Tulane Medical Center was built. Dear Ms. Julia Street, When I was a child (in the early 1970’s) there was a horrible fire in the French Quarter (The Upstairs Lounge). I remember this very well because my uncle called from New York City to express his condolences; for the over thirty people who perished. So this tragedy made national news. Was the culprit who started the inferno ever brought to justice? Charlie Ayala Algiers, Louisiana

On June 24th 1973, a horrific fire tore through the Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar located on the second floor of a building at 141 Chartres Street, on the uptown lake corner of Chartres and Iberville. Thirty-two people were trampled or burned to death, trying to escape the fire, which raged in an area in which windows were barred and the only access was by way of a narrow stairway. The case remains officially unsolved and all deaths remain classified as accidental. Nobody was ever tried or convicted in connection with the Upstairs Lounge fire. A bar patron who was ejected from the bar following a fight earlier that evening, Roger Nunez, was named as a suspect, but he fell ill during interrogation. Nunez committed suicide in 1974. n

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Here is a chance to eat, drink and have your curiosity satiated all at once. Send Julia a question. If we use it, you’ll be eligible for a monthly drawing for a Jazz Brunch for two at The Court of Two Sisters. To take part, send your question to: Julia Street, c/o New Orleans Magazine, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 or email: This month’s winners are Russell Thompson, Ocean Springs, MS, and Charlie Ayala, Algiers, LA. JUNE 2017





persona, PG. 30

“New Orleans is...about being different and celebrating individuality, which is something I can appreciate and embrace.” - Fox 8 Meteorologist David Bernard

greg miles photograph

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June Events By Fritz Esker



New Orleans Oyster Festival Celebrate the versatility of our region’s favorite bivalve at the New Orleans Oyster Festival on June 3-4 at Woldenberg Riverfront Park. You can taste the oyster creations from over 20 restaurants, as well as enjoy competitions in oyster shucking, oyster eating and the largest oyster. Live music will be provided by local bands including Flow Tribe and Bag of Donuts. It’s free and open to the public, but VIP passes are available at $75 daily. Information,

New Orleans International Beer Festival Come to Champions Square June 3 for two-ounce unlimited sampling of craft beers from around the world at the New Orleans International Beer Festival. There’s also food, a cider garden, seminars, a beer garden for “cask” beers, music and games. General admission tickets, $40 in advance, designated driver tickets (you can’t drink any beers), $20 in advance.

ESSENCE Festival Get ready to “party with a purpose” at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival from June 29-July 2 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Musical acts include Diana Ross, John Legend, Chaka Khan and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Speakers include the Rev. Al Sharpton and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Ticket packages start at $150. Information,


Jun 1-Oct 1: New at NOMA: Recent Acquisitions in Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art. Information, Jun 1- Jul 9: Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico, Newcomb Museum. Information, Jun 5: The Bacon Brothers, Joy Theater. Information, Jun 6-11: Mamma Mia!, Saenger Theater. Information, Jun 8: Muse + Thirty Seconds to Mars + PVRIS, Champions Square.



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Jun 9-11: New Orleans Pride, French Quarter. Information, Jun 9: Journey with Special Guest Asia, Smoothie King Center. Information, Jun 10-11: French Market Creole Tomato Festival, French Market. Information,



(a collaboration with Cripple Creek Theatre Company) and The Tempest from July 7-23. Other readings and performances will occur during the festival as well. What makes Shakespeare still relevant in 21st century America? Shakespeare

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane Clare Moncrief, managing director of The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, discusses this year’s event.

was one of the architects of the English language that we speak today. But more importantly, his plays were some of the first to tell stories of real human behavior. Whether telling of kings and queens, young lovers, husbands and wives, corrupt politicians, parents and children, soldiers and clowns, his accuracy in portraying the human condition is deadly accurate. What would you say to someone who’s new to Shakespeare and is a little intimidated by Elizabethan English? Don’t

presenting full-length live professional performances of Shakespeare’s plays to 4,0006,000 middle and high school students (many who have never seen a live play) each year, just give your ears 5-10 minutes and the language style barriers fall. These student audiences are much more difficult to engage than our summer audiences, but it still works…Shakespeare wrote his plays to be heard rather than read. The words come to life in performance. What are you most excited about for this year’s festival?

We are thrilled to be expanding the outreach of our plays with the tour performances of The Taming of the Shrew. We are most anxious to get feedback from these audiences. The story of the “taming” of a woman, while sometimes quite humorous, also forces us to once again examine our attitudes and expectations relating to gender roles. n

Longtime fans of Shakespeare and novices alike can enjoy a celebration of the Bard this summer with the 24th annual New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. Its flagship productions this year are The Taming of the Shrew from Jun 2-17

be afraid. As evidenced by our experiences…in

Jun 10: A Night of Worship with Bethel Music & Housefires, Lakefront Arena. Information,

Jun 13: WWE Smackdown Live, Smoothie King Center. Information,

Jun 11: Tour de Fat Featuring Corey Harper, Joy Theater. Information,

Jun 22-24: Festigals, JW Marriott Hotel. Information,

Jun 13: Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain, Saenger Theater. Information, Jun 13: Third Eye Blind + Silversun Pickups, Champions Square. Information,

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Jun 24-25: Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, Armstrong Park. Information, Jun 27: Boston - Hyper Space Tour, Saenger Theater. Information, JUNE 2017




David Bernard

Chief Meteorologist, WVUE Fox 8 News


By Ashley McLellan

David Bernard is the ultimate weather geek, in the best possible way. He is a consummate professional who is always monitoring the shifting winds and weather, traveling to hurricane conferences and reading up on the latest forecasting technologies. Originally from Houston, Bernard grew up tracking 30


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Gulf storms. He would later gather experience tracking tornados in both Texas and Oklahoma. Becoming a meteorlogist was a no-brainer. Bernard began his local career at WWLTV, and gained attention for his forecasting of not only standard gully washer pop-up storms, but also for his steady guidance through Hurricane Ivan.

He solidified his hurricane forecasting experience after moving to an affiliate in Miami, where he was on call for mega-storms Katrina, Rita and Wilma. While weather is Bernard’s career passion, he has also always been passionate about the good food, good people, and good times in New Orleans, so much so,

at a glance

Age: 48 Born/raised: Houston, Texas Education: University of Texas, Mississippi State University Favorite book: Confederacy of Dunces Favorite movie: Life is Beautiful Favorite tv show: Currently, House of Cards Favorite food: Mexican Favorite restaurant: This is a loaded question! It is an ongoing quest that I hope I never find the answer. greg miles PHOTOGRAPH

that, Bernard returned to New Orleans in 2015 and was soon tapped to replace retiring WVUE Fox 8 Chief Meteorologist Bob Breck, a sunny outcome that may have been forecast from the very beginning.

Q: Have you always been

interested in weather? I’ve been interested in the weather about as long as I can remember. The first storm I tracked was Hurricane Anita in the Western Gulf of Mexico in 1977. It became a Category 5 storm off the Texas and Louisiana coastlines but eventually weakened and slipped southwest into Mexico. It sure made an impression! Q: What fascinates you most about your job? This is an easy one. The best part of my job is that each and every day is different. You may see sunny skies for three days straight, but I’m always looking for what’s coming next. Shifting jet streams, cloud and pressure patterns all mean that a change is ALWAYS on the way! There’s never a dull moment. Q: You were stationed for a time in New Orleans, moved away and came back. What draws you to New Orleans? I was destined to be a New Orleanian one way or the other. When I was a child, my parents came over from Houston to see the King Tut exhibit at NOMA. I thought Egypt was just about the most fascinating place on Earth, and when I found out New Orleans had landed that exhibit my intrigue for the city began to grow. But as far as living in New Orleans the answer is quite simple and one you’ve probably heard many times: the

people. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever been to another place that is more welcoming. New Orleans is also about being different and celebrating individuality, which is something I can appreciate and embrace. Q: June is when we see hurricane season start; what is your number one piece of advice for people preparing for the summer? You should know right now how you will protect your property and where and how you will evacuate if necessary. Prepare an evacuation “kit” now so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute. If we do not need to evacuate, be prepared to keep your family fed for a week with as many alternate options for power as possible. Q: A storm is coming; you can grab three things to evacuate with. What are they? Well that’s one question I never need to consider because I’m here for the duration! However for everyone else here are a few off the top. • A hard copy of important contacts (don’t rely on just your phone) • Cash • Evacuation Supply Kit (food, water, medicine & pet food) Q: When people recognize you on the street, what is the most common thing they say? “Hey David! Glad you’re back!” And that, more than anything, makes me feel very welcome! n t

true confession

I would give anything to be a professional singer. JUNE 2017




Click and Spend

Will e-commerce dictate the future of malls? By Kathy Finn

Do you find you are doing more shopping from your computer these days? Does it seem that has become something of a second home for you and your family? If your shopping habits fit this picture, you are not alone. Consumers throughout the world are increasingly turning to computers or mobile devices when they are hit with an urge to buy, whether the object of their pursuit is clothing, electronics or even groceries. And as they shop screen after screen filled with product images, these consumers may be writing the epitaph of traditional retail malls. The idea of locating groups of retail stores together under a single roof took off in the United States during the decades following World War II. In the prime of their popularity, retail malls formed the social center of many communities, offering not just stores, but cafés and food courts, specialty kiosks and appealing hang-outs for teenagers. Their ability to lure consumers also made malls popular among retailers, with brands



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big and small clamoring for coveted locations in the centers. But over time the trend became too much of a good thing. As eager developers opened more malls, the market became overbuilt. Centers built too close together had to compete harder. They began to cannibalize one another’s business, and mall owners undertook pricey renovations in an effort to make their property stand out. Into this competitive environment came a threat few had foreseen. In its early stages, online shopping was mainly the province of technological early adopters – people who simply wanted to see how an online purchase might work and size-up its long-range prospects. But with the advent of revolutionary new retail business models, led by such now-household names as Amazon, the future of retailing began to become clear. Shoppers quickly overcame their preferences for being able to see, hold or try on merchandise in a store, particularly as online retailers began to dangle perks such as free shipping and free returns.

Today, brick-and-mortar retail stores are closing at a record pace, according to an April 21 report by The Wall Street Journal. Retailers in the first quarter of this year announced more than twice as many store closings as they did in the same period in 2016, and close to 10,000 locations could fall by the end of the year, with hundreds of stores set for shuttering by national chains such as Payless ShoeSource Inc. and RadioShack Corp. “There is no reason to believe that this will abate at any point in the foreseeable future,” business analyst and former retail executive Mark Cohen told the Journal. At least 10 retailers, including apparel company Limited Stores Co. and electronics chain Hhgregg Inc., have filed for bankruptcy


Regroup & rethink

Challenges from e-commerce aside, retail malls still have a future, according to an assessment by marketing consultant McKinsey & Company. To avoid becoming a “historical anachronism,” the McKinsey report says, mall operators should “expand their horizons of what a mall can be.” In essence, malls must find ways that go beyond shopping to appeal to consumers. Instead of seeing themselves as real estate brokers, malls should consider themselves “providers of shoppable entertainment,” the report says.

protection so far this year. While a variety of factors, including the rise of “fast fashion” (styles that move quickly from runway to store and are popular with young online shoppers), are contributing to the trend, e-commerce is the monolithic culprit that’s knocking physical stores off their foundations. Evidence of the trend is visible in the greater New Orleans area. Retail malls in Jefferson Parish, long a leading regional center for shopping, have seen declining sales, according to sales tax collection reports. A recent report showed that February sales revenue at Jefferson malls was almost 10 percent lower than year-earlier totals. The report of the sales decline followed word that Macy’s planned to close its store at The Esplanade in Kenner, Kmart would shutter its Elmwood Shopping Center store and Sears would vacate its Oakwood Center

spot in Gretna. “We continue to believe the malls are suffering from a shift in the preference of many citizens away from the traditional ‘covered-mall’ shopping experience, as well as internet sales,” the parish sales tax report stated. In Orleans Parish, where existing malls tend to be specialty complexes that cater to tourists and visiting shoppers as well as locals, the retailers may be somewhat more sheltered from e-commerce encroachment. The Shops at Canal Place, for instance, which is home to a large Saks Fifth Avenue store, is bolstered by the periodic influx of out-of-town shoppers who come to the city to attend big conferences at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, located steps away from the convention center, also enjoys the benefits of such traffic. But local retailers still face many of the same challenges as their brethren elsewhere. They must continue to offer the quality instore shopping experience that many customers expect while also catering to those who prefer to do their shopping online, where profits are inevitably lower. Among other indicators of retailers’ difficulties, their local story is written in sales trends for retail space. The median asking price per square foot for retail commercial properties in the New Orleans area declined 18 percent in 2016, according to retail data aggregator LoopNet. The falling demand for available retail space shows that fewer companies are willing to risk an investment in floor space in a market where fewer and fewer consumers are inclined to mix it up at the mall. n JUNE 2017



THE BEAT | health

Swimming with Bacteria How safe is the water? By Brobson Lutz M.D.

“Swim with the dolphins” at Florida vacation hotspots. Or fly to the Bahamas and “swim with the pigs.” Expect to shell out about $300 to play with captive dolphins. Doggie-paddling with the pigs entails a boat ride to a deserted island some 90 miles from Nassau. Or visit a Louisiana barrier island and “swim with the enterococci.” Wetlands, not pristine sandy beaches, define the interface of land and the Gulf of Mexico for most of Louisiana, but we do have some 30 miles of beaches, washed by gulf waves, including Grand Isle, an isolated hunk of Jefferson Parish. Grand Isle, like human-infested beaches all over the world, plays host to summertime enterococci invasions. Selfies of “swims with enterococci” are unlikely to make it to Facebook. If it were not for regular monitoring of beach waters, the booty call would be akin to anonymous sex. Enterococci are bacteria and your colon is packed with them. Most of the time these



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free-loaders are good neighbors that keep normal colonic flora in balance. When medical conditions or antibiotics upset this microbiologic apple cart, good bacteria can turn bad, causing various body organ infections ranging from minor to deadly. A wide array of microbes lurking in natural waters can potentially cause gastroenteritis. Viruses including the notorious norovirus cause most bouts of infectious gastroenteritis. Bacteria and parasites come in second and third. In rivers, lakes and seas, the concentration of the bad bugs is normally too low to be detected by routine tests. This is especially true for Vibrio vulnificus, a dangerous microbe unrelated to sewerage that stalks persons with diabetes, liver disease and others immune impairments. Like other coastal states, Louisiana receives federal funding to monitor water quality off recreational beaches. Every April to October, the Louisiana Department of Health

collects waist-deep water samples from some 24 coastal beach sites popular with swimmers from Grand Isle to near the Texas border. During the 2016 swim season, the state issued some 80 advisories based on high bacterial counts. Decades ago fecal coliform counts defined the standard for water quality testing. Coliforms are mostly harmless bacteria that normally inhabit colons of warm-blooded beasts, including humans. While high fecal coliform counts typically indicate sewage contaminations, these high counts do not reliably correlate with risks of becoming ill with gastroenteritis. Counting just E. coli in fresh water or enterococci from salt water supposedly gives better data. According to the state website the bacteria found in sewage polluted recreational waters can cause “disease, infections or rashes.” The state updates beach water quality weekly during the swim season at http://new.dhh.louisiana. gov/index.cfm/page/288. Warning signs are also posted at sampling sites. “There is a warning sign around the Grand Isle State Park. I think they keep it up most of the year. Never heard of anyone paying attention to it,” said Brian Casey, a popular Galatoire’s waiter who spends most off days fishing on our state’s only inhabited barrier island. And folks may not pay attention to it for good reasons. High enterococci counts are most likely to predict human illness in waters along shoreline developments with defined discharges of untreated sewage. Discharge from

storm drains associated with heavy rainfalls fill the water with enterococci, but the relationship between the bacterial counts and reported cases of gastroenteritis is less definitive. Regardless of whether bacteria counts are related to human disease, continued collection of water t

quality data makes good sense. It calls attention to community sewerage systems with infrastructure needs. Any effort to reduce human contaminants from our recreational waters is a vote for conservation and our future on this slice of the planet we call Louisiana. n

bacteria in Lake Pontchartrain

Testing recreational waters for bacteria associated with sewerage contamination preceded the federally funded beach testing presently in force. The state health department tested water from Lake Pontchartrain beaches going back decades. The threshold at which the state recommended closure of recreational waters for swimming was redefined at a lower bacterial count many years ago. This change in numbers officially closed Lake Pontchartrain around Orleans Parish for swimming all summer long. “Why is the city telling folks not to swim in the Lake,” asked Dr. James Treadway in the late 1980s. Dr. Treadway was an esteemed pediatrician with decades of clinical experience under his belt. “My patients grew up swimming in Lake Pontchartrain. Most still do. I don’t remember a single child with any gastrointestinal illness from swimming in that lake.” Thirty years later not much has changed. “I have never had any children with GI infections I thought were caused by swimming in river or lake water,” said Dr. Jimmy Treadway, grandson of the first Treadway and the third in a family line of beloved pediatricians. “Every now and then I see a child with a rash attributed to swimming. Usually some sort of skin friction is involved. And ear infections are more common with summer swimmers regardless of where they swim. I almost never see otitis externa during the winter, it’s a summer thing.” The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation led efforts to cease shell-dredging and reduce urban runoff. It has done a yeoman’s job to improve the health of Lake Pontchartrain. Updated lake water testing results are on their website The real danger in Lake Pontchartrain is death by drowning, not infections by microbes. Those miles of seawalls with open waters are irresistible for an emerging crop of swimmers every summer. Our city needs to reopen our lake’s beaches. We need designated swimming areas with life guards on duty. The increased well-being from interacting with our natural recreational waters far exceed any adverse health risks due to bacteria. JUNE 2017




Aching In The Rain Weather-related joint pain By Kelly Massicot



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I have been dealt an interesting hand in life. In my heart and mind, I am a normal 26-year-old. However, my body feels as though it is up to par with my 88-year-old grandmother. I get aches and pains in the morning and when standing up or sitting down, I especially feel it when the weather changes. I can tell if it’s cold or raining before stepping foot outside my front door. And I’ve always wondered why I, and many others, feel this way during certain changes in the weather. The popular connection is in the changing barometric pressure. According to, barometric pressure is “any change in pressure, or the weight of the air pressing against the surface of the earth.” This change can bring on pain in your joints, as well as a migraine flare in those who suffer from these types of headaches. Barometric pressure changes with the weather, like when it’s cold or raining, which can cause a physical change in people. In a interview with Dr. James Gladstone, co-chief of the Sports Medicine Service and associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the doctor tells readers that especially in the cold weather muscles and ligaments tighten up, making it harder for them to move and ultimately feel stiff to the person housing them. Additionally, the cold weather can cause a change in joint fluid, which can also cause severe pain. Along the same lines, Tufts University conducted a study in 2007 on the correlation between barometric pressure and joint pain. The study showed with every 10 degree temperature drop, increased arthritis pain was found in the test subjects. Luckily, all reports say that the change that happens will change again, lessening the pain, once the weather clears or heats up. Dr. Gladstone also offered some remedies in his interview with He said that if you are going to do activity in cold weather, to assure you warm your body up first. He added, “Stretching indoors, jogging in place (if you’re going for a run), heat creams and heating pads can all help loosen up stiff joints.” I, on the other hand, have found that ice really helps my joint pain, whether it’s raining or it’s cold outside. I know many people that use heating pads, add yoga into their day or treat themselves to a spa. Either way, once you find your fight against the weather, you’ll be singing in the rain in no time. n JUNE 2017



THE BEAT | crime fighting

A Judge’s DWI Arrest What the cameras tell By Allen Johnson

Video of United States District Judge Patricia Minaldi’s arrest for DWI in 2014 in Lake Charles should give all police extra incentive to keep their body-cameras in working order and officialdom more accountable. Police arrested the judge, who has ties to New Orleans, outside her Lake Charles home three years ago. Public interest in the judge and her continuing battle with alcohol has begun to spill outside the southwest Louisiana area only recently – thanks to calls for more transparency of court records by the Lake Charles American Press and The Associated Press. Video of Minaldi’s arrest posted by KALC-TV may offer some teachable moments for police in New Orleans and elsewhere. “This case illustrates people in power also need to be monitored,” says Peter Scharf, a criminologist at LSU Health Care Sciences Center at New Orleans. “Police need a defense against abuse by officialdom.” In the police video of Minaldi’s arrest, the judge isn’t visible but she can be heard arguing with cops and refusing repeated requests to step out of her vehicle. “You were driving the wrong way on the Interstate,” an officer tells the judge, adding she was driving “extremely recklessly.” The officer says she crossed the centerline of the highway several times. The judge won’t budge. “Mrs. Minaldi…” the officer says. “Judge,” she says, correcting him. “Judge Minaldi…,” the officer says. Minaldi still won’t move, adding she can stay in her car because she is on her property.



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A woman officer removes a glass filled with what police insist is wine and pours it on the ground in full view of the police dash-cam. When police finally take the judge into custody, one officer begins to recite the Miranda rights. “I know that,” the judge replies with slurred anger in her voice. “God! You think I don’t know that.” During her ride to jail, the judge asks to speak to ranking police officials. She is told a deputy chief is on vacation. The name of another top cop is inaudible. Once at the jail, we finally see the back of the judge. She is uncuffed. An officer escorts her away from the transporting patrol car. Suddenly, we hear the voice of the arresting officer again. “What are they doing?” he asks someone off camera. “Bringing her to the Chief’s office,” the second officer says. “Why?” the arresting officer asks sharply. If there’s an answer, it’s not audible. Judge Minaldi is initially booked with driving with alcohol in an open container. Soon thereafter, Lake Charles news media obtain copies of the dash-cam footage. Judge Minaldi is then charged with first offense – DWI. She pleads guilty and is sentenced to one year probation. She pays $400 in fines, takes a defensive driving class and a course sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She also is allowed to attend church once a week instead of performing community service. Ironically, community

service helped Minaldi earn Senate confirmation as President George W. Bush’s nominee for a lifetime appointment to a federal judgeship in Lake Charles. In the spring of 2003, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, endorsed the nomination of Patricia Head Minaldi, a Republican and state judge “known to her friends as Patty”, in introductory remarks to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary at Washington D.C. Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, now the United States Attorney General, chaired the Senate proceeding. Landrieu praised Minaldi’s “exceptional legal background” as a criminal prosecutor and state judge. “As in so many areas of her life, Patty’s ties to the community inspired her work for the Child Advocacy Center,” which she helped to establish for Lake Charles children victimized by violent crime. Born in 1959 in Somerville, Massachusetts, Minaldi earned her law degree at Tulane University. From 1983 to 1986, she worked as a felony assistant district attorney for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office. She then spent 10 years prosecuting criminal cases for the Calcasieu Parish D.A. She served as a state judge in Lake Charles, from 1996-2003. Judge Minaldi was confirmed by the Senate on May 6, 2003, 14 years ago last month. Now 58, Minaldi is on medical leave. She says she is “winning” her battle with alcohol abuse. n JUNE 2017




Stitches in Time Tailoring in New Orleans By Carolyn Kolb

“You have to be comfortable in your clothes: if you’re not comfortable, it affects your selfconfidence.” Tatine Frater insisted. “Whatever you buy, it has to fit correctly!” What to do when you need that perfect fit? “I don’t think I’ve ever had a tailor say ‘No, I can’t do that,’” Ms. Frater admitted. Through the years, people in New Orleans have depended on local tailors for their alterations. In 1927, the city directory listed 107 tailors in the city. Today, even counting Jefferson Parish, there are less than half that number. Being sure you get clothes that will fit well can begin at the point of purchase. “It all depends on who is doing the measuring,” said longtime salesman Patrick McCausland at Perlis Clothing. (At Perlis, in-house tailor Than Nguyen does the alterations. He also takes outside work.) “It’s the fit that matters. You want something that doesn’t cling.” Taking up or letting out a seam can make the difference, and “more ex-



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pensive clothes usually have more let-out seam,” McCausland noted. “You also have to make sure the sleeves are the right length.” McCausland also believes in taking good care of clothing: “When I come home from work, I put things on a hanger. And, I rotate what I wear.” In another clothing care tip, McCausland warned against too much dry cleaning. “Once those chemicals touch the fabric it takes some of the life out of it.” (Dab off spots yourself, he advised.) Tailored clothes can also be intended for special events. Thimbelina Tailors often see wedding dresses come through the door. Formerly at Saks Fifth Avenue, Mrs. Hang Pham and Mrs. Khanh Tran took their nimble fingers and opened their own tailor shop twenty-one years ago. “Sometimes it’s the grandmother’s wedding dress made over for the granddaughter,” Mrs. Pham said. “We do a lot like that.” Did she sew her children’s clothes? Mrs. Pham, who began

sewing at 14, admits that today it’s less expensive to buy ready-made. Her skill with a needle provided her with a career when she came to this country. Another immigrant who became a New Orleans tailor was Henry Galler. He operated Mr. Henry Custom Tailor for many years. Galler had first worked at Rubinstein’s downtown, then went on his own, eventually at his Jackson Avenue location. He and his wife Eva were holocaust survivors and were tireless in educating young people on that subject. The business is now run by Annie Tran. “I used to work for him and I took over the business about fifteen years ago,” she said. Her customers include men and ladies as well. “Everything, even children.” “I can make a $10 garage sale suit look like something James Bond would wear,” Peter Santos proudly announced. Now at Mr. Santos Custom Tailor, Santos learned his trade from his father. “We started out learning how to fit the person with tailor chalk, marking, how to cut, how to hold a scissors, how to work with a thimble and needle – he just taught me how the body works on the clothing, how the customer likes it to feel,” Santos explained. Santos has altered military uniforms, priests’ cassocks, even outfits for pets. And, he does upholstery. One happy customer, Graci Rickerfor, came to him for a plastic cover for a large table. “He did it! A sort of square sleeve to protect the wood,” she said. “And, he made a custom tablecloth, too.” Santos’ family also works in his shop, so the enterprise will continue. “Every August we get men coming for fittings for the Red Dress Run,” Ana Caldcleugh said, describing unusual requests for her mother, Ana Caballero, at her business, Lil’ Dave’s Tailoring. Ms. Caballero, self-taught as a seamstress, had worked for the former owner (known as Lil’ Dave) whose father (Dave) had started the business on South Rampart before moving to Oak Street. Ms. Caballero bought the business in 2003. Another unusual alteration was for a Christmas suit, “A man’s suit, the jacket and the pants were blue and they were covered with snowflakes.” Everything from Mardi Gras costumes to underwear – if it’s going to fit right, there is a tailor in town to fix it! n

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Summer Living

Chill out and embrace the heat By Chris Rose

You know that song: “Summer time, and the living’s easy....” Well, George Gershwin, who wrote that song, obviously never lived in south Louisiana. Summertime is anything but easy here. In fact, it can be downright impossible. In the time it takes to walk from your front door to your car in the morning, you can find sweat rings on your shirt, blouse or dress. And by the time you read this, the inferno will be in full stride. But taking a pessimistic view towards summer and/or heat in New Orleans is ill-placed. Yes, we bitch about it ad nauseam, but have you ever considered the alternative? I lived in Madison, Wisconsin, for nearly five years. The weather there is diametrically opposed to the climate of New Orleans. Residents there suffer through an eight-month winter, whereas we contend with an eight-month summer here. The nuances of autumn and spring are come and gone in a flash in both places. And many folks would have you believe that both of these extreme climate conditions are equally insufferable. I would object. Here’s why: Let’s say it’s a Thursday night in February and trash pick-up is Friday morning. As you are about to crawl into bed it suddenly dawns on you that you neglected to put your trash out by the curb-side. So there you are, in your boxers and T-shirt faced with a conundrum. You’re too tired and stressed to go through the effort of getting fully clothed and putting on shoes and a coat and such; you just want to get it over with as fast as possible so you can hit the sack. Since it’s late at night you figure no one will see you if you make a quick dash from your garage down the driveway to the curb and back. So you slip out the back door and, as you begin your miserable task, you hear the door close and click behind you. Suddenly you realize:



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You just locked yourself out of your house. If you were in New Orleans, you would then drag the garbage down to the curb and then run back and sit on the back steps until your spouse or partner realizes you have been missing from the bedroom for an inordinate period of time and eventually comes looking for you. Worst case scenario, you knock on the neighbors’ door. This being a city where most everyone shares some degree of social intimacy with their neighbors and the sight of a half-dressed acquaintance carries less shock value than most communities, chances are they’ll invite you in for a cold Abita while you figure how to solve your conundrum. This scenario presents a time consuming hassle, but something you can laugh about the next day. Now imagine it’s February in Madison. If that door closes and locks behind you, stranding you outside, you are in an entirely different kind of pickle. Basically, you have approximately 45 seconds to secure shelter or you die. Put in such starkly contrasting in terms, it’s a nobrainer which region is more conducive to human habitation. Particularly if you are like me - prone to locking yourself out, misplacing your cellphone, losing your car keys, etc.; generally prone to taking shortcuts but never fully

thinking through the possible consequences and ramifications. So as the summer heat begins firing up the heat index in the coming days and the unyielding sun begins to burn holes in your retinas and your soul and your will to live nearly slips away, remember: Things could be worse. The grass isn’t always necessarily greener on the other side. Particularly in a place where you can’t see the grass for more than half the year because it’s covered with snow. Think of the differences. Driving with the window down or warming up your car for 10 minutes and scraping ice off your windshield before you can even think about driving somewhere. Treacherous icy roads versus treacherous potholes. Ceiling fans versus space heaters. Chilled Pimm’s Cups versus hot chocolate. Snowmobiles versus four wheelers. Ice fishing through a hole cut with a chainsaw versus wide open waters stretching all the way to the Gulf and beyond. Gore-Tex and Uggs versus Bermudas and a shoes-optional lifestyle. Canned herring versus boiled crawfish. Enough said. The lesson here is: Quit your bitching as the dog days kick off. Keep your head about you in the heat of the night. Count your blessings. Embrace the inferno. It’s summertime and you’re living in the Big Easy. n

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The Price of Fear

Nauseated pelican phobias and more By Modine Gunch

There are some things we would be better off without. Nail polish that glows in the dark. Unless you are the kind that likes to be kept awake at night by the glow of your own fingernails. Two left high-heeled shoes, which you packed by mistake for your cousin’s wedding in New Jersey, and is why you have to wear your $1.99 flip flops glitzed up with a couple of plastic geraniums you snuck off the centerpiece in the Holiday Inn lobby. The sun roof on my car. Now maybe you like the sun roof on YOUR car. Maybe you like to dress your car in a extra-large tutu and drive in parades and fling Carnival beads out the top. Maybe you got a tall dog that likes to stick his head out. Maybe you are in a suntan competition and need that drive time to soak up rays. Not me. Now, I got a little red Volkswagen bug, being as I live in the Quarter where you don’t parallel park, you parallel wedge. If I had a car any bigger, I would have to pay good money for a private parking space, but if I had one smaller, I couldn’t fit in it with two grandkids or even one hefty mother-in-law.



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Anyway, this Volkswagen is perfect. Except for the sun roof. I didn’t go looking for no car with a sun roof. But it runs good, and the used car salesman said the sun roof could save me from drowning. I should open it just before I got on the Causeway bridge, and if I wound up in the Lake Pontchartrain I could swim out through the sunroof. And I believed him. I got to drive across that Causeway to get to my daughter Gumdrop’s house in Folsom. I read that if you drive into the lake, you are supposed to calmly open the window or break it using your high heels or a $12 device called a Res-Q-Me which you can buy from the Causeway commission, and which I actually bought in case I was driving in my bedroom slippers. But this sounds even better. Which goes to show. Fear sells. Now what this salesman didn’t say was, if you get up late and rush outside carrying a bunch of stuff, including your cup of coffee, and you set your coffee up on the roof while you unlock the car, and somebody probably a person that you once gave birth to - left that sun roof open, you get a seat full of coffee. So you got to drape a plastic garbage bag over the seat, and put a towel over that to keep from getting

your backside wet while you drive, smelling like PJ’s, to your daughter’s. But at least you got a escape hatch in case of going into the lake, and you feel good about that when you get on the Causeway. Just before you become the only person you know who has got befouled on by a pelican. Remember brown pelicans? The ones we thought were going to go extinct from DDT and the BP oil spill, but they persisted and now they glide and swoop joyfully along the Causeway. And sometimes not joyfully, when they eat a fish that don’t agree with them. And your sun roof looks to a pelican like a port-a-potty. That right there might make you drive into the lake. Which I did not, even with pelican plop on my head, but it was close. I screeched into the first gas station after the bridge, dumped most of the squeegee bucket they got for windshields on my head; drove to Gumdrop‘s and shampooed with Mr. Clean. Twice. I was in the process of duct-taping that sunroof shut forever when I come to my senses. Could I un-tape it from inside if I happened to be under water? So I still drive the Causeway with the sunroof open. But on my head, I got a big yellow rain hat, which I bought at the Walmart. Fear sells. n





Mourning a Friend, Losing a Hero Remembering Lolis Edward Elie By Eve Crawford Peyton

Lolis Edward Elie died last month. I saw it come across my newsfeed and was briefly taken aback – obviously I had a sense of his importance, his prominence, but it still took me a few moments to wrap my brain around the fact that a person I’ve known as long as I’ve been alive was being memorialized in the paper. I’ve known Lolis for so long that I’ve truly never not known him. Some of my earliest memories are of being in his home when I was about 3 – he had statues of African warriors that terrified me and a spiral staircase that thrilled me, and he wore some kind of cologne that sort of smelled like Rice Krispies. And though I would later appreciate his genius, when I was younger, I mostly knew him as the man who would have interminable conversations with my dad over brunch at Le Richelieu while I whined to go to the French Market. In my self-centered teenage mind, he was much more



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important for being the man who slipped me a $100 bill at my Sweet 16 and again at my high school graduation than for being the “lawyer who helped desegregate New Orleans.” And even as I grew older, he was still, in my mind, more my dad’s best friend than any kind of hero. Heroes weren’t as soft-spoken as Lolis was; they didn’t have his quiet but wicked sense of humor; they didn’t have his indescribably charming giggle-laugh. I loved him, I respected him, but I didn’t realize how special he was to anyone besides our family. One of my favorite New Orleans stories: I grew up going by Katy (my middle name is Kathryn); Lolis’ son, Lolis Eric Elie, grew up going by Eric. When I won a writing award in high school, Eric, by then a well-known columnist for the Times-Picayune who used his full name as his byline, was the one who presented it to me. “Congratulations, Katy,” he said as he handed me the plaque. “Thanks, Eric,” I said. The audience – who had been introduced to us as Lolis and Eve – must have thought we’d messed up each other’s names, but in truth, we’d known each other too long to even think of each other by anything else but the names our families called us. Lolis was never really preachy with me, but he did teach me one very clear lesson that I never forgot: He worked in his younger years at the Audubon Golf Club, where he heard the white men around him say disgustingly racist things. Later, when he was

having serious discussions with major political players, he was surprised to find himself sitting across the table from men who had said things in his presence when he was basically invisible to them. From the time I was Georgia’s age, he impressed upon me that you need to be a good person in private and in public or you’re not actually a good person at all. He was definitely a good person, in public and in private. And when I’d come home from college, I never felt more grown-up and sophisticated and smart than when I was allowed to drink a glass of wine with my dad and Lolis and just listen to them talk. I was almost always too intimidated to contribute my own thoughts to their conversation – and the two of them almost had their own twin language anyway – but just listening to them talk, two brilliant men who’d been friends for half a century and endured numerous losses and joys and triumphs and tragedies together, was a privilege and gave me more than a twinge of regret for all the conversations I’d whined through (“Can we go yet???”) as a child. My heart aches for his family – and for my own. My father buried his best friend. And New Orleans? I can now say with complete certainty that New Orleans has lost a hero. n t


Excerpted from Eve Crawford Peyton’s blog, Joie d’Eve, which appears each Friday on jane sanders ILLUSTRATION JUNE 2017




JAZZ/HIP-HOP: Parking Lot Symphony, by Trombone Shorty. A powerful album filled with echoing horns and vocals from celebrity New Orleanian Trombone Shorty, Parking Lot Symphony has a great balance of smooth and slow jazz, booming brass, hip-hop, blues and upbeat funky tracks. It’s mixed with a few covers from some of the city’s most influential musical legends, including the Meters and Allen Toussaint. Trombone Shorty will be touring the West Coast this summer, and if you missed him at Jazz Fest this year, get your Trombone Shorty fix with Parking Lot Symphony.

FUNK: Naughty Professor is still rising, growing and experimenting with their sound, and with tremendous success. If you’ve had the opportunity to see them live, it’s easy to see why this gang of young musicians are all the rage in New Orleans. Anticipation for their new album, Identity, is at boiling point. From the steady, catchy guitar riff of the album’s opening track, the band sets the tone and excitement of what the album has coming next. Identity features more than a dozen guest artists, including Jurassic 5 lead singer Chali 2na, The Revivalists’ David Shaw, and members of The Soul Rebels. Set for release on June 23, you can preview Identity now with their track releases of “Stray” and “Darker Daze.”


MEMOIR: Author James Nolan is a fifth-generation New Orleanian, and has an unmistakable intuition about the city. New Orleans’ culture and aesthetic have undergone many changes since his youth, and for those of us who haven’t experienced the city for the last 50 years, Flight Risk, Memoirs of a New Orleans Bad Boy is a revealing window to the past. For those who have been here for that long, and longer, reviewers tout the book’s familiarity. The first chapter takes place in 1968, just after Nolan is committed to a mental hospital by his own family for his radical opinions on politics, foreign wars and ethics. Nolan’s story travels across the globe, exposes the sub-cultures of the city and includes his Katrina story.


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Storyville in Time The Song and the Place By Jason Berry

Spencer Williams, a name remembered by jazz mavens, was a pianist whose aunt ran a plush bordello in Storyville. In 1928, eleven years after the federal government ordered the shutdown of red-light districts in many cities, Williams wrote “Basin Street Blues,” a song that celebrates that tenderloin district, now universally associated with New Orleans. Louis Armstrong sang the earliest version. Now won’t you come along with me To the Mississippi? We’ll take a trip to the land of dreams Blowing down the river, down to New Orleans The band is there to meet us Old friends to greet us That’s where the light and the dark folks meet A heaven on earth, they call it Basin Street Coating the sweet romanticism of a riverboat trip over raw facts of a prostitution zone, the most controversial lyrics – “that’s where the light and the dark folks meet” – referred to the clientele of white men and black women. In fact, as Pamela D. Arcenaux writes in The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans, white hookers held a majority, if not by a huge margin. Still, the idea of interracial sex was too bold to popularize in song, hence the softer subsequent versions. Ella Fitzgerald’s “where



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all the proud and elite folks meet” gave way to Louis Prima’s “where all the hep cats meet.” Tweaking lyrics in concern for the politically correct is no stranger to the music industry. Randy Newman’s “Louisiana, 1927,” on the great Mississippi flood, sings of what the water has done to “this poor cracker’s land.” Aaron Neville, a deep soul, sang of it wrecking “this poor farmer’s land” – the farmer could be white or black. Piano professors at the opulent bordellos tried to stay above the drug addictions and scores settled by gunshot. “Basin Street Blues” is a surreal shape-shifter, a gift to today’s tourism marketing in its images of a dreamy New Orleans, happy music, friends to meet. And who today thinks of Lulu White, the madam of Mahogany Hall, which furnished the eponymous title for another song by her nephew and songwriter on piano, Spencer Willliams? Williams left for Chicago in 1907 at eighteen on a career path that took him to Paris in the 20’s, New York in the 30’s, composing dozens of songs with Fats Waller, Andy Razaf and Clarence Williams, followed by stints in London and Sweden; he died in Flushing, N.Y. at eighty. Garrison Keiller popularized his “Tishomingo Blues” on A Prairie Home Companion. Storyville has been the subject of several solid works in recent years -- Alecia Long’s Great Southern Babylon, Emily Epstein Landau’s Spectacular Wickedness and Gary Krist’s Empire of Sin – which yield textured profiles of major madams and the deep-pockets saloon

proprietor Tom Anderson. Pamela Arcenaux in Guidebooks to Sin assesses the Blue Books (actually booklets) furnished to male customers which advertised for the bigger brothels, some smaller ones and various useful products. Many musicians in later-life interviews shaped the idea of Storyville as an incubator of jazz – Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Danny Barker to name a few. “Names of individual musicians or ensembles,” writes Arcenaux, “do not typically appear in the Storyville guides.” In this intriguing study, Arcenaux positions Blue Books in the emergent advertising industry, which gave fashionable gloss to perfume, apparel, soap and items both luxurious and mundane. Whorehouses could not advertise in the daily press, hence the low-circulation guidebooks. “The district,” as musicians called it, was highly stratified. The mansions featured champagne and often a piano professor in the parlor, while the cabarets and saloons with sawdust floors had ensembles playing hot music near lowcost cribs. Lulu White and other madams paid for Blue Book ads “that depict the fussy, over-decorated domestic interiors typical of middle and upper middle class late Victorian houses – except few residences contained mirrored ballrooms,” writes Arcenaux. The booklets’ language orchestrated euphemisms and risqué suggestiveness to lure the men getting off the train at Basin Street for no-tell nights in the place of dreams. n


Bright Spot

Renee Landrieu and Dave Johnson’s Uptown cottage is full of light and laughter By Lee Cutrone

“I had always wanted to live in a small cottage on a large piece of property,” says Renée Landrieu, who seized the opportunity three and a half years ago. Landrieu and her husband, Dave Johnson, had renovated a large house Uptown when she stumbled upon just such a cottage several blocks away. The small 1927 Arts and Crafts house, situated on a double lot, had been in the same family since it was built, but had sat empty since its owner moved away after Katrina. Five years later, Landrieu got a call that the house was for sale. She and Johnson immediately put in an offer. The plan was to renew the property as a hub 54


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for their family, which includes five children and three young grandchildren. That meant gutting the house and virtually starting from scratch with both a rear and a side addition, an open kid-friendly floor plan and a serene interior with cool, washable whites. “It was about creating a place that’s peaceful and harmonious and still economical,” says Landrieu. The updated house, now nearly triple its original size, pays homage to its Arts and Crafts roots. Landrieu carried original design features, such as the front doors and arches on the porch, through to the rear addition. She also based the remodel around the outdoor

Top: The porch was screened in after the renovation was complete; double height ceilings and fans keep it cool; furnishings include a vintagestyle swinging chair and a contemporary glass-topped table from Zuri.

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Top: The living room’s floor-to-ceiling white is illuminated with natural light and touches of coastal blue; inexpensive chairs were renewed with white slipcovers; floor was white- washed, painted, sanded and white-washed again to achieve the perfect color; the mirror, from Renee’s previous home, was painted by Creative Finishes to be similar to the antique lantern from Dop Antiques; circular hide rug from Joss & Main ottoman, upholstered to tie in with the pillows from designer Jennifer Uddo. Left: Homeowners Renée Landrieu and Dave Johnson.

views. “Because you could see so much of the outside, I wanted the inside to be a blank canvas for what you see outside,” says Landrieu. “Instead of having a lot of color on the inside, I wanted to be able to look out and see all the colors of Mother Nature.” Things that the couple loved about their previous home factored into the design as well. An open flow and a huge kitchen island were musts. “Instead of design and build, I call it point and build,” says Landrieu, explaining that the design process was more about standing in the space and deciding what it called for through spontaneous conversations than about following blueprints. In fact, some parts of the project, such as moving walls, placing recessed lighting above the kitchen island and achieving the right shade of white on the floors, took multiple tries before they were just right. Other ideas — the two-story, vaulted ceiling in the family room, building out the attic as a guest suite and screening in the porch (to keep out mosquitos and keep in grandbabies and the couple’s Bichon, Bella) — developed after the renovation began. For the interior, she envisioned all white, but knew that working with an all-white palette can be a challenge. When her hairdresser recommended designer Katherine Starr, whose own home is mostly white, she called Starr for advice. 56


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“Katherine has been a big help,” she says. “Having an open floor plan, it seemed like it would be easy to create individual spaces that were still connected. But I struggled with the sofas and furniture in the family room. Also I was working with all rectangular shapes. She brought in ovals and circles and other elements like metal and glass to add interest. She used a lot of her design science to make the rooms interesting and surprising and enjoyable and functional.” Starr found Landrieu refreshingly open to suggestions. “[Renee] gave everything a lot of thought,” says the designer, who worked with Landrieu to fine-tune the interior’s whites and neutrals with coastal colors, refurbished pieces, modern touches and custom designs that fit the family’s lifestyle. “One of the most important things about doing this house was the fact that she has children and grandchildren. There’s a lot of living going on. The key was to find things that had what I call wow value but were durable and had functionality. I find lately that clients don’t just want a showcase. They want their homes to be comfortable and livable.” The couple entertain often and say the response from family and friends is always positive. “When you walk in the front door, you’re caught off guard,” says Landrieu. “It feels bigger inside and all the white takes the heat away. People say ‘I feel like I’m in heaven.’ It’s all white and sky.” n

Facing page: Comfortable sofas, leather swivel recliners from Scandinavia Inc., a white shag rug and a modern coffee table from Cantoni were arranged around the living room’s fireplace; pair of wooden sideboards custom made in France; abstracts by Shelley Dardar. This page: Top, left: The dining table, which expands to seat 12, was custom made by Dop Antiques using an antique metal base and a top that slides open for two additional leaves; the chandelier was renewed with Annie Sloan chalk paint and white shades. Top, right: Landrieu chose honed statuary marble for the kitchen counters and large island and statuary tiles for the backsplash. Bottom: Pair of contemporary wingback chairs with nail head trim, acrylic legs and durable microfiber upholstery from

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Our Guide to Local Live Music

E clectic” really doesn’t even begin to describe the plethora of clubs, bars, theaters and performance spaces that comprise the New Orleans live music scene. Over the decade since Katrina we have seen the revival of the theater district, as well as the proliferation of countless independent arts and performance spaces. The Frenchmen Street scene has swelled to bursting as a result of its prominence in national media. St. Claude through the top of the Bywater has become a fully realized arts district, with a number of new spaces joining venerable older haunts. In the past, the New Orleans music scene has had a history of being a bit insular, and our performance spaces reflected that inward gaze. Even just five years ago we didn’t have very many medium-size theatrical spaces. We were trapped between the intimate local show and large national touring company with very little left for the acts that find themselves between those spaces. Over the last few years, we have seen a reversal of that fortune with several exciting spaces opening to fill these gaps. While the city has always boasted a large number of clubs and theaters generally regarded as legendary around the world,



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the scene today is a complete ecosystem of varied spaces that support not just local acts, but also national headliners, rising independent artists, local experimenters and wandering troubadours. This scene isn’t just about the music either. A bevy of pop-up restaurants, boutiques and gourmet food trucks have emerged alongside the music. The music itself is no longer just about the performance, but about the experience of the event and the curated nature of the environment. Different spaces emerge and evolve along with the particular needs of performers and audiences alike. This list is by no means meant to be exhaustive. I have chosen to highlight some of my favorite places to see music along with a generous mix of legendary old guard spaces and exciting newcomers. Frankly, the best way to get to know the scene is to get out and find the place that feels best for you. The wonderful thing about the New Orleans music scene, as it stands now, is that there truly is something for everyone; hopefully this guide will help you find your groove.

packed up shop in 2003, it was only a matter of time before One Eyed Jacks grabbed the marvelous round bar from the Matador and moved in. Ever since, Jacks has been one of the foremost clubs for live music in New Orleans. Like its predecessor, Jacks has always been a center of the burlesque revival, with regular performances from some of the most talented performers on the scene. There is a sexy seediness to Jacks that just works. A long and relatively narrow space, the crowd seems to seethe on crowded nights. Also, the downtown location of the (Camellia) Grill is just across the corner and perfect for a late meal after a night of dancing. Jacks regularly scores performances from folks like Ty Segall or Parquet Courts who you would expect to see in much larger spaces.




































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space to see music in New Or-

As a relative newcomer on this list of

This Beaux Arts beauty was

venerable establishments, Gasa Gasa

originally constructed in 1918

this space is absolutely perfect.

roared onto the scene in 2013. Born

as a vaudevillian performance

from the remnants of Breezy’s coffee-

hall. The theater has had

house, Gasa has consistently hosted

many lives as a movie house

some of the best bands of the past

and philharmonic symphony

five years. I have remarked on several

hall. After being damaged in

occasions that years from now we will

Katrina, the theater underwent

be talking about the steady stream of

an extensive renovation to re-

musicians who have passed across its

store both its acoustical purity

stage on their way to stadium shows.

and its stunningly theatrical

Over the last few years a significant

appointments. These renova-

number of the bands on my annual

tions were helmed by Dr. Eric

top ten list have passed through Gasa.

George and Roland Von Kur-

The addition of a courtyard bar and

natowski. The latter of these

seating area, and the regular arrival of

gentlemen is also the owner

local food trucks have cemented Gasa’s

of Tipitina’s and the founder

position as one of the great places to

of the Tipitina’s Foundation,

see music in New Orleans. Pick a night

so the connection to the local

and just go; even if you don’t recognize

scene runs deep. The result of

the name of the band, you are almost

this work was the creation of

certainly guaranteed a great show.

the most aesthetically pleasing

leans right now. The sound in Music simply washes over the space without ever overpowering the audience. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra calls the Orpheum their home, but the theater doesn’t limit itself to the classics. Whatever your tastes, I recommend taking in one of their excellently curated shows.


Siberia is a music lovers dream. Everything in this establishment is focused around the relatively small stage. The space feels vital and improvised, as though something outstanding is just about to happen. The music at Siberia

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This beautiful TremĂŠ theater has recently been given a new life under General Manager Chris Ritter and Talent Buyer Davis Rogan. The fully renovated space boasts a brilliant new sound and lighting build-out that complements the space without destroying its historic charm. Rogan has positioned

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the theater to be a preeminent venue for showcasing locals. The weekly shows will follow a simple schedule with the Monday Night Blues Series, Mid Week Jazz on Wednesday and #ThirstyThursDAT Brass. One of the great things about these shows is that they happen relatively early by New Orleans standards, so the usual complaints about music getting started too late don’t apply.



































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tends toward the experimental,

comedic and musical perfor-

more than any other location

mances throughout the year.

on this list. It is here that you

One of the great things about

can witness noise resolving

the Saenger is even if you grow

into art. It is here that collec-

weary of the performance at

tives and collaborations form

hand the space is engrossing

and reform with ever more

enough to stand on its own.

subtle refinements. If you want to know what the punk or noise or experimental sound of


This august uptown estab-

New Orleans is at any moment,

lishment is Tips’ funkier and

Tips is one of the truly

this is the place to be. The club

slightly older cousin, located

legendary live music clubs,

does a great job of mixing local

on Oak Street in the Riverbend,

not just in New Orleans, but

players with traveling artists

and next-door to the excel-

across the world. It was

for organic evenings that just

lent Jacques Imo’s restaurant

founded in 1977, ostensi-

work. Added to all of this is

(which makes this spot an easy

bly as a place for Professor

the outstanding Polish dinner

two-fer). When I think of brass

Longhair to play, and has re-

counter Kukhnya in the back.

bands, the Maple Leaf immedi-

mained a haven for the local

This is not just some of the

ately comes to mind. Of course,

sound ever since. Tips is the

best bar food in New Orleans,

the Rebirth Brass Band has

de facto home of the Radia-

this is some of the best food in

held the Tuesday night spot at

tors, where they still return

New Orleans. Don’t go without

the Leaf for as long as anyone

trying the beet burger. Seri-

cares to remember. Add to that

ously, try the beet burger.

the Porter Trio on Mondays

to play every January. During Jazz Fest, the Fess Jazztival starts at the end of the festival day and runs into the wee


and the Joe Krown Trio on Sundays, and you have a line-up

hours of the morning. Make

Though a bit younger than

to rival any club line-up in the

sure to stop and pay your

some of the other theaters

world. The Leaf was one of the

regards to the bust of Fess on

on this list (only opening in

first places to open after Ka-

your way in. Tips is also home

1927), the Saenger outpaces

trina. Many of us still have fond

to the Tipitina’s Foundation,

them all in grandeur. Originally

memories of the nightly post

which has raised millions of

designed by architect Emile

Katrina cleanup ritual of Walter

dollar for the purchase of

Weil, the theater successfully

“Wolfman” Washington playing

attempts to call to mind an

until the national guard came

schools. The annual Instru-

Italian baroque courtyard com-

in to shut the place down. If

ments A’ Comin’ party is one

plete with a night sky popu-

that weren’t enough, the Leaf

of the great musical events of

lated by constellations and at-

was the crucible that birthed

each year, with Galactic host-

mospheric effects. The beauty

Bonerama. You can’t talk about

ing a seemingly never-ending

of the Saenger is immediately

New Orleans music without

stream of special guests. The

arresting. The post-Katrina

talking about the Maple Leaf. It

club also keeps it cool in the

restoration work was exhaus-

has just the right combination

summers with their Free Fri-

tive and extensively detailed.

of that funky sound, press of

day concert series. Basically,

I have yet to see a performer

bodies and camaraderie that

Tips is ground zero for New

fail to mention the ambiance of

elevates a club onto a whole

Orleans music. You can’t say

the space since it reopened in

other level. Make sure to check

you’ve been here without at

2013. The Saenger is home to

out the back bar and patio,

least stopping in.

the Broadway in New Orleans

which are perfect for cooling

series of traveling shows, as

down after a scorching first set.

musical instruments for local

well as a number of other


TheMusicBox Village Begun in 2011 as an

itinerant and seasonal celebration of music through participation, the Music Box Village has found a permanent home on Rampart Street. The arts collective behind the space offers spring and fall programming seasons and often attracts many of the performers from Jazz Fest to drop in as part of the spring season. This space is truly alive and encourages music as a form of play. You will never see anything like a show at the Music Box

























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Point Bar. The Old Point is widely

1946 as part of the post-war

borhood bars in a city known for

boom. Like many of the other theaters on Canal Street, the building was flooded during during Katrina, but has since seen new life as an event space. The Joy feels a bit more intimate than some of the other theaters on this list. Its architectural accents are Art Deco, which sets it apart from the other Beaux Arts spaces. The main accent of this theater is its stunning marquee, which was fully restored with the 2011 renovation. Over the last few years, the Joy has

regarded as one of the best neighits neighborhood bars. In addition to its scenic location and storied history, the Old Point always has a lively schedule of performances


This theater was completed in


over the weekend. Keep an eye

The oldest standing theater

out for one of Gal Holiday’s Old

in New Orleans, the Civic

Point sets; they are of exceptional quality. If you are looking to get beyond the crush of the French Quarter for an afternoon, the Old Point is a perfect option.


In 1994, the House of Blues

was constructed in 1906 in the Beaux Arts style that dominated New Orleans theaters of the period. The theater was renovated in 2013 and began a new life as a thoroughly modern concert hall. I love the Civic

brought its iconic brand to New

for its blend of the old and

musicians and comedians.

Orleans, taking up residence in

the new. There is a luxurious

the French Quarter. For years the


modern vibe of clean lines

House of Blues occupied a unique

and bright colors that seam-

niche in the local scene as one

lessly matches the historic

has been the anchor of the

of the few clubs that filled the

architectural accents of the

gap between the smaller spaces

space. The sight lines at the

and the larger theaters. Between

Civic are amazing; there is

hosted a truly stunning array of

For over 30 years Snug Harbor Frenchmen Street jazz scene. Not only does the club offer two shows a night from both local and touring jazz legends, it also boasts a full kitchen with some excellent options for dinner or a light bite. Personally, I am partial to Charmaine Neville’s standing Monday night gigs. With plenty of seating and table service, Snug is a great place to catch music in comfort and style. The elegance of this space honors the music without overwhelming it. If you’re just starting to explore the New Orleans music scene this is a great place to learn full of friendly and

their niche size and high profile

truly not a bad seat in the

founders, the House of Blues

house. Even from the floor

became one of the premier clubs

there are great views of the

in the city for the developing indie

performers. Make sure to

rock scene of the late '90s. With

check out their excellent bar

the power of Live Nation be-

program. The Civic is easily

hind them, this club has access

the home to the best cock-

to a large pool of high profile

tails on this list. The Civic

bookings. The House of Blues

heavily booked by Bowery

space know as The Parish, which

South who bring outstand-

hosts more intimate gigs, and a

ing shows to both spaces.

restaurant which is home to one of the most popular jazz brunches in town. If you’re lucky you may

knowledgeable folks.

score an invite to the Foundation


bar and balcony overlooking the

Just across the river, by way of the Algiers Ferry, you will find the Old

and Gasa Gasa are both

complex also contains a smaller

Room, which has its own private main stage.

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Each year in this section we profile a selection of notable women in our community. What is most difficult about the selection process is not so much finding worthy contenders but narrowing the list. As always we feel enriched by those who have been selected and encouraged by knowing there are so many others to consider.

top female achievers

By Ashley McLellan Photographed by Theresa Cassagne

Liz Williams Author; President and Director, Southern Food and Beverage Museum When Liz Williams first proposed moving SoFAB to an underused, too-long-neglected stretch of Oretha Castle Hailey Boulevard, many thought the idea was too much of a risk. Williams, a museum-building veteran, knew the move could be not only a boon for SoFAB, but also for a community ready to embrace it. “We did take a bit of a leap when moving to this current location, but I had experience from working with both the D-Day Museum and the Ogden and so I knew it could be done,” Williams said. “The city was also ready to help make changes in this area, so I thought it would make a great fit.” During construction, the museum started small with only the collection library located down the street, but it was the interaction with neighbors that sealed the deal, according to Williams. “What meant the most to us was that people from the neighborhood would stop by and thank us for being here," she said. "We really want to be a part of the community.” Williams’ vast knowledge of food culture, both locally and globally, paired with her inability to stand still, has her constantly on the move, looking for new exhibits, new subjects to explore, and more museums to pioneer: “At our core, we want to never forget that we are a museum. Some people come for the nostalgia, some just want to look at interesting exhibits, but some people come and teach us new things.” Mentor: First, Julia Child. She was the same age when she started her television show as I was when I started SoFAB. When she started, she didn’t know immediately what she was doing, and that’s like what I did with the museum. We just go with it. Secondly, I would like to continue to grow and mature as Leah Chase has; she is truly a wonderful role model. Defining moment: When the idea for SoFAB came to me; the more I thought about it, the more I knew that if I didn’t follow through and make it happen, it would be something that I truly regretted. Advice for young women: Be persistent. Life is not linear. Obstacles will come in your way, but go around them, over them, under them. Goals: We are now a part of the National Food and Beverage Foundation. With that we would like to continue to grow our program in Louisiana, but also to expand our program in Los Angeles, with the Pacific Food and Beverage Museum. I am also currently working on a new book all about Creole Italian food. Favorite thing about what I do: I am excited to get up every day. This is not work. I get to explore new things all the time.

Patricia Perkins Principal, Morris Jeff Community School Patricia Perkins has been an educator for almost 40 years, and brings every inch of her experience to measure success at Morris Jeff Community School, the city’s only International Baccalaurate degree program for elementary, middle, and soon, high school. When initially approached with the task to take the helm of a brand new school, Perkins was hesitant. “I went home and told my husband about that first meeting and my hesitancy, he replied, ‘yes, but you’re going to do it, right?” With the support of her family solidly behind her, Perkins set off into unchartered waters. Those same qualities that appealed to her to take on the role are the also the qualities she used to recruit the first team of faculty and staff, and continues to look for today. “I told them, you have to be optimistic; you have to have a pioneer spirit,” she recalled. Perkins’ hard work, and the hard work of the school’s faculty, staff and extensive parent-family community, is reflected in the school, from its charter to its student body. “When I was helping to write the charter, it had to include two words to describe the students that would attend MJCS: happy and smiling,” she said. “I know you can’t quantify happiness, but you can do everything else to make it the kind of experience where children will be happy and will smile. That was important to me. To have this be a positive place, right when you walk in.” To date, MJCS comprises grades Pre-k through 8th grade, and rising, with a brand new IB high school program set to launch this fall. “It was a life goal, to work with a school from the very beginning, and I got the opportunity to make it happen.” Mentor: A former Principal taught me persistence, patience, stepping back and thinking before making a decision. Defining Moment: When I was first teaching in an inner city Chicago school. It was hard work, but it showed me that I had a calling to work with those students. Advice to young women: Never give up your dreams. You have a voice. Goals: Seeing our first graduating high school class. It will be exciting to see where they will go. Favorite thing about what I do: Working with the staff, seeing new staff members blossom. I love watching our kids learn and grow. It’s not easy every day. Sometimes it’s hard, I love coming in to work every day.

Gwen Thompkins Journalist, Host of WWNO’s Music Inside Out Gwen Thompkins is a bona fide journalist. During her career, she has traveled the world, lived in many corners of it, and interviewed Presidents, musicians and every day folk. Her love of listening is what drives her work. “What we’re doing on Music Inside Out is journalism, but I fall in love with all the guests on the show,” Thompkins said. “While I try never to meet them beforehand, I love them long before we sit down together and long after we’ve said goodbye.” New Orleanians are lucky to have Thompkins reporting, learning and laughing every week on her more-than-just-about-music show, where she delves deep into the personalities that musically move this city, and beyond. “Only a handful of cities around the world are old enough and deep enough to feel like home to anyone who wanders in - Rome, Paris, London, Istanbul,” she said. “These are places in which people are steeped in an enduring culture and wake up to such a porous reality every day that the living and the dead seem to be in constant communication.”

Mentor: First, Edna Mae Mock, who taught drama at Ursuline Academy. In journalism, Elizabeth Mullener, an extraordinary writer at The Times-Picayune. At NPR, Barbara Rehm. Brilliant woman with a helluva poker face. Defining Moment: When I was 10, my family took a Greyhound bus from New Orleans to Florida to see relatives and maybe go to Disney World. There were so many passengers aboard that we had to split up. I sat next to a fellow who turned out to be a Vietnam veteran. Somewhere between Biloxi and Mobile, he started talking and by the time we reached Tallahassee, he’d told me his life story. It was on that ride that I understood how powerful the need is in people to tell their stories. I also understood how important it was for someone to listen. There’s no way I would have known then that I had an interest in journalism. That’s when I stopped thinking of people as strangers. Advice to young women: Work hard. Favorite thing about what I do: I’d be derivative if I said, raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. But I do like it when the people I interview feel as if they’ve been heard. Listening is an act of love.

Dr. Rabia Cattie Oncologist, Hematologist, East Jefferson General Hospital Dr. Rabia Cattie is a people-person. After sixteen years experience practicing medicine, both in her native Pakistan and in the U.S., she has learned first-hand that medicine goes way beyond the doctor’s office. “Working with my patients has taught me so much about compassion and understanding,” she said. “It’s not just about chemotherapy, it’s about the whole patient, working with their family, working with their financial situation, their physical and mental needs. I have learned about strength and courage, and so much more about myself, from working with my patients.” Dr. Cattie embraces that doctor-patient relationship, noting that it continues long after a diagnoses. "Once they are your patient, they are your patient for life. We develop long lasting relationships, and they become a part of my life and I cherish that." In addition to her bedside experience, Dr. Cattie, who served as adjunct professor at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, also embraces her relationships with interns and student doctors. “Although I am not teaching now, I miss having students and residents,” she says. “You continue to learn as they are learning. It’s a very rewarding.” Mentor: My mom, first. We grew up with her working and taking care of us, she fed us, clothed us, made sure we had everything we needed. Defining Moment: A rotation at Sloan Kettering while studying Oncology. There I saw and learned first hand about bone marrow transplants. I saw how many patients are affected by cancer, of all age groups. Before I spent time there, I wasn’t sure what specialty I was interested in, but that rotation helped me to decide that my heart was in learning more and helping in Hematology and Oncology. Advice for young women: Speak up. Make your perspective known. You can do anything. You are brilliant. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Goals: My goal is to continue to not only provide the best in care, but also to work with the whole patient. I’d like to incorporate massage, acupuncture, more ways to care for the whole person. Favorite thing about what I do: The most important thing to me about my work is the relationships I develop with my patients.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg Internationally acclaimed violinist, Loyola School of Music, Artist in Residence Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is an internationally renowned musician; she has performed at the White House; she has collaborated with contemporaries like Mandy Patinkin; she has a multitude of awards of achievement and excellence; her music has moved listeners to tears of joy around the world. Yet, with all of her accomplishments, SalernoSonnenberg sees the work she is doing here in New Orleans at Loyola University, as some of her most important work so far in her career. “It takes three elements to be a great teacher,” she said. “One, you have to have a mastery of the information you are teaching, whatever it is. Two, you must be committed; you must be ready to go the extra mile. And three, you must inspire. That is the hardest one, but somehow I am able to reach my students and inspire. It’s about teaching them not just how to play the notes, but how to play music. It’s so gratifying to watch their posture change, to get that standing ovation, when they realize they can do things that they had no idea they could do.” While Salerno-Sonnenberg has travelled around the world, New Orleans holds a special place as the artist’s new home. “I love New Orleans music,” she said. “It doesn’t speak to my music, because I play classical, but it speaks to me as a person. There is such a variety of music here, and it's everywhere. Where else can you go listen to a Schubert mass and then step outside and watch Rockin’ Dopsie perform? Only in New Orleans.” Mentor: Right now, I am my own mentor. I talk to myself in the mirror, as I go to teach these kids. Defining Moment: When I first worked with the (student) orchestra here, they were so scared. I worked with them for an hour or so, until they became a little more comfortable. The next rehearsal, there was an immediate change, in their music and their posture. Advice for young women: Don’t label yourself as doing something “as a woman.” Whatever it is, just go out there and be the best whatever you are doing. Goals: My goal is to focus on my own happiness right now, and that is being here in this city. I want to teach; what I am doing feels so good. I want to enjoy being in New Orleans. This is a city like nowhere else. Favorite thing about what I do: The best part is getting my students to play in a way they didn’t know they could.

Leora Madden Owner, Pearl Wine Company When life gave Leora Madden, owner of Pearl Wine Company, lemons, the businesswoman channeled her love of wine, travel and community into a chic neighborhood marketplace for work, play, and spirits. “I want each person who comes to Pearl Wine Company to learn something new,” she said. “I want to share information and the experience of wine. I want them to be able to enjoy a glass of wine here, maybe relax on one of our sofas, share conversation or get work done on a laptop. Then I want them to maybe take home a bottle of wine and continue the experience at home. This should be more than just shopping.” While some outside New Orleans have an idea of locals imbibing strictly sloshy go-cups of beer or daiquiris, Madden discovered the truth. “One thing I have learned is that there are so many more adventurous wine drinkers that I ever thought,” she said, praising the attitude that pairs well with her own love for wine. “For me, enjoying and drinking wine is not just a practice, it’s a philosophy and so many people here have been open to that.” Mentor: Pearl Wine Company is named after my grandmother, Leora Pearl. She was a businesswoman, she traveled, and was forward thinking. She was a woman ahead of her time. Defining Moment: It was when I was suddenly laid off from my big corporate career. It seemed devastating at the time. Looking back now, it was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. It was the thing that started me on this path. It was exactly what I needed. Advice for young women: Be tenacious. Don’t give up and don’t let anybody tell you that you cannot do something. Goals: I definitely want to expand. Several members of our staff are trained sommeliers. Our bartender comes from a family of wine makers. Maybe we might make some wine. Favorite thing about what I do: The people I get to meet. We always wanted to be a part of and make an impact on our community. We are so lucky to be able to invite people in.

Amanda Dailey and Julie Araujo Co-owners of Queork Partners Amanda Dailey and Julie Araujo, co-owners of Queork, see their business as providing unique, high quality, locally designed accessories for style collectors of all kinds, but also as educators on the flexible, eco-friendly uses for cork fabric. “I love to see people come in and ask about the material. They are amazed at all the applications,” Araujo said. Cork is a wonder fabric: it is naturally harvested, renewable, water resistant, mildew and odor resistant, and repels mosquitoes. “It’s incredible to see their faces. It’s been great to be able to teach people.” Dailey, who coordinates most of the dayto-day business activities, agrees; enthusiasm for Queork products is contagious. “For us, this is a labor of love,” she said. The company origin story is as unique as the product: the two turned a summer vacation in Portugal into a light-bulb business moment when they found an interesting cork dog collar in a little shop. Five years and four stores later, the pair recently paid a return visit to where inspiration first struck, and where serendipity gave a nod to their success. “We were walking to revisit the little store where we first saw these cork products that gave us the idea to start our own business,” Dailey recalled. “We had to wait for the streetcar to pass, and just as it passed, we saw a woman carrying a cork bag, one of OUR Queork bags. At first we thought she was copying us. We ran up to her and asked where she has gotten it, and she said, ‘at a little shop in New Orleans.’ We knew we must be on the right path.” Mentor: Amanda: Our moms. They are both entrepeneurs. Julie’s mom is from Portugal. She started her own business. She taught us how to get started with our own business. Defining Moment: Julie: That first trip to Portugal…THE trip. Advice for young women: Julie: Sometimes you have to chase those crazy ideas. Don’t be afraid of working hard. Goals: Amanda: Continue to grow the amount of manufacturing of our product that is done here in New Orleans. Favorite thing about what I do: Amanda: Being a teacher is perhaps one of the most gratifying experiences. Sometimes our customers become obsessed, kind of like we did.

Shon Cowan Baker, PhD. Fundraiser and philanthropist

Shon Cowan Baker is an ambassador of New Orleans generosity as a multi-talented volunteer, fundraiser and philanthropist for organizations across the city. She has spent countless hours lending her leadership skills to Dress for Success, the Junior League, Edible Schoolyard, City Park, as well as membership in Krewe of Muses. As a Board member and Lieutenant for the Krewe of Muses, Baker views her role in the allfemale super-krewe, and its historic place in New Orleans Carnival, with awe. “The Krewe of Muses is so much more than a parade; it is a celebration of the very fabric of New Orleans—family, fun, and community,” Baker said. “I am honored to be a member of the Krewe of Muses, the first female night krewe, which has garnered the respect and admiration of the city in such a short amount of time. It is a testament to the Krewe and the awesome leadership of women that we have become one of the most highly regarded parades of the Carnival season.” For Baker, her career and volunteer time is not just all work, but a way to spread her good fortune and her love for New Orleans throughout the community. “We are so fortunate to live in such a welcoming, lively and joyful city,” she said. “However, so often, many of our neighbors need our help. I volunteer to make a difference in the lives of those in need– to hopefully make someone’s life better, happier and maybe even easier.“ Mentor: I have been fortunate to have many mentors, known and unknown; to name one I would need to name them all. My hope is that I can repay their commitment to me by paying it forward. Defining Moment: Hurricane Katrina lingers forever in my memory and consciousness. My work is spurred by the desire to never see our city suffer so drastically again. My work as a fundraiser and philanthropist began with this disaster, and it was in those moments after the storm that produced my purpose. I knew that I had to do something to help rebuild New Orleans and the lives of so many affected. Advice for young women: Nevertheless, persist.Goals: I have so many! My primary goal is to inspire young girls and other women to lead. My hope for others is that they learn to harness their power into purpose; therein lies the ability to lead in ways big and small. Favorite thing about what I do: I love what I do and the life that I lead. My favorite thing about what I do is that I am able to live a life full of compassion, honor, usefulness, and one that makes a difference.

Lisa D’Amour Playwright, artist Lisa D’Amour has been acting and writing plays since her days at Dominican High School and performing at De La Salle. Inspired by New Orleans, her plays expose the delicate balance of life, a mix of Carnival, community and chaos. Her plays are dramatic, award-winning marquee events: Detroit was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and Airline Highway marked her Broadway debut. “I’m inspired by the dance between the civilized and the wild — both in people, and in the land we live on, in and with,” she said. “I have several plays that end in downright Bacchanals — characters dancing out their flaws, their secrets, their truth. I love writing people who have buttoned themselves into one way of living that gets upended by new ideas, or a new voice that emerges from within themselves.” For D’Amour seeing her plays come to life is also a precarious balance of emotion. “Opening night I’m like one big raw nerve. You’re both thrilled and exhausted after giving everything you have to the rehearsal process. However there is always a sense of relief about 3/4 of the way through the play when you realize — well, that’s it! It’s always wild to see the writing come to life, because it always becomes something you couldn’t predict.” Mentor: There are so many. Today I will choose Erik Ehn, a playwright, activist and teacher. Defining Moment: I was incredibly proud of the article about my work in The New York Times in 2015 — it captured what I love about both my playwriting and my experimental theater work. It featured many of my collaborators, who are my life line, as well as a picture of me and my talented brother Todd — who was in my Airline Highway on Broadway and in New Orleans. And I was wearing a Dirty Coast T-Shirt! On the cover of The New York Times Arts section! Advice for young women: Don’t strive for perfection. It makes you too careful, and there’s often beauty and something to be learned from the rough edges. Watch out for phrases like “I could be wrong” or “It’s just a thought." We’ve been trained to apologize and position ourselves as uncertain. Fight dat! Goals: Finish two new plays by the end of the year. To learn Spanish. To develop an original TV series. Favorite thing about what I do: I love being in the rehearsal room, working out scenes with actors, rewriting, discovering things new things about the play. I love traveling to other cities to work, and then bragging about the great theater work being done in New Orleans.

Anais St. John Vocalist and Music Educator Anais St. John is a teacher in the purest form of the word, through her work as an educator, but also through her work as a local and international performer. For St. John, teaching music for the past 17 years at Trinity School has been one of the most rewarding, and farthest reaching, aspects of her musical career. “I feel that I am an ambassador in many ways. I can speak to people through performing, but some of the most valuable ways I can be an ambassador is by reaching children through music. If I can help provide my students with a love of music and the arts, then they can go on to be even better citizens. St. John was recently invited to perform with a choral group in Mexico City, a role that moved her work as a teacher well beyond the city of New Orleans. “With the current state of politics, it was important for me to participate in this collaboration, with no borders, to show people that collaboration is good and we need to include all people from all cultures,” she said. “The best way to reach across those borders is through music. It was a powerful, emotional and eye-opening experience.” Mentor: My husband, Marco St. John. He inspired me and pushes me to go beyond my expectations of myself. He challenges me to be the best version of myself. Defining Moment: Performing at my first international festival at the Jazz Estonia Festival in Switzerland put me on a new level. I was able to see how people outside of New Orleans and outside the United States see and appreciate jazz. We are so lucky here in New Orleans, we forget how much it is loved around the world. Advice for young women: Work hard and get out there and do it. Goals: One, I’d really love the opportunity to play with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. I’d also love to take [the show] Let’s Dance on the road internationally. Donna Summer was very popular and lived for a time in Germany. Maybe that would be a good start, Germany. Favorite thing about what I do: I am able to live my life doing exactly what I always wanted to do. This is not work; this is pure joy. I am living my dream.


fodder for their crusade. They pointed to Einstein’s leadership criAlbert Einstein, the physicist known for developing the theory of relativity, and having a head of unruly white hair, once said: ses to bolster a claim that charters are no better than the traditional “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything public schools that they were replacing. At the time, it was unclear if Einstein would survive the rift. But new.” Those words from a verifiable genius are comforting for all survive it did, and in the next decade, with Toranto in charge, it was pioneers, and New Orleans has a huge stock of them in its resilient adding its fourth school. Last year, the Recovery School District secharter schools. An example of this resilience is a charter group in Eastern New lected Einstein to take over the former Sarah Reed High School and Orleans that is even named for him - Einstein Group Inc. The orga- open a new high school under the Einstein brand. Einstein Group nization’s name speaks of large ambitions, and Chief Executive Of- Inc. now operates: Einstein Charter School at Village de L’Est; Einstein Charter School at Sherwood Forest; Einstein Charter Middle; ficer Shawn Toranto has plenty of ambitions for the 1,400 students and Einstein Charter High at Sarah Towles Reed. Schools in Shrevewho attend Einstein schools. “We believe every child has a gift, and it’s up to us to find that port and Little Rock, Arkansas are in negotiation. Toranto, the driver of this operation, says she didn’t intend to begift,” Toranto says. Finding that “gift” is one of the tenets of Einstein’s model, which come an administrator. She started out as a kindergarten teacher it calls “The Einstein Way.” Also focusing on safety, respect for the and was one of hundreds of New Orleans public school teachers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina. She was already fed up with student, and data-driven, individualized instruction, it’s a model that the system’s bureaucracy and lack of attention to what she thought won a $5 million U.S. Department of Education grant in 2015 for the should be the priority – educating children. “Replication and Expansion of High Quality Charter Schools.” An OrWhen teaching positions opened again, she says she wasn’t sure leans Parish School Board press release said at the time that Einstein she wanted to return. “I had to ponder if I would come back to a “earned the 2nd highest score out of 12 successful applications” from system that in my opinion was schools around the country. not interested in operating in the The Einstein Group started best interest of the students.” with one school, which served But she took a kindergarten mostly black students and chilteaching position at Einstein in dren of Vietnamese immigrants 2006. Two years later, after a year who settled in the Versailles comas assistant principle, she bemunity after the fall of Saigon in came principal and basked in the 1975. What was once just anautonomy that the charter school other failing New Orleans school, By Dawn Wilson Photograph by Craig Mulcahy method offers. became, within a decade, a sucEven as a teacher, she relished cess with majority low-income the freedom that allowed her to student population, and brought experiment and draw on her own a “high performing” designation classroom experience. “It was a breath of fresh air,” she remembers from the state and approval to operate three additional schools. feeling. “I am going to teach – as opposed to ‘you must use the book, Word-of-mouth also brought additional immigrants to Einstein – Spanish-speaking children. Overall, Toranto says, Einstein educates on page 6.’” Even so, the first years were tough. In a landscape of storm devhalf of Orleans Parish’s English language learners, requiring the employment of nine translators and eight English as a second language astation, parents patched flooded homes and faculty taught in airteachers. Many new students arrive at school speaking no English. less and heatless classrooms. In brutally hot months, parents supplied frozen water bottles for cooling, Toranto says. “We get students every day straight from Vietnam,” she says. Even though a decade has passed since the storm, the neighborEven with this challenging population in a time of increasing hoods around Einstein Charter High on Michoud Boulevard and state expectations, the Einstein Group gets a passing grade from nearby Einstein Charter School at Village de’Est, show signs of the state, and students take prizes in sports, visual arts, debate struggle. Cratered streets require zig-zag driving skills, and some and English. utility poles lean toward the ground at precarious angles, perhaps Tien Nguyen, for example, an eighth grader at Einstein Charter Middle School, has once again triumphed in spelling. For the victims of the recent tornado. Ranch-style homes, many adorned with statues of the Madonna, are clustered together as if seeking second time in three years, Nguyen won the Annual New Orleans Spelling Bee, held at Xavier University. She won an expense paid protection from the perils of nature. Toranto calls the neighborhood New Orleans’ “forgotten commutrip to Washington D.C. to compete in the 2017 Scripps National nity.” Services are limited, and there are no city-operated recreation Spelling Bee. facilities for children. Still, the area attracts immigrants in need of a Einstein’s success is even more notable because it had a rocky start. A publicized dispute in 2006 that ended with the termination new home because it welcomes newcomers. “This,” she says, “is a very accepting community.” of the first school’s then-leadership gave anti-charter protestors

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Covington Rodney J. Isolani Isolani Endodontics 121 Lakeview Cir., Ste, 2 (985) 893-0715 Allen Sawyer Sawyer Endodontics 216 W. 21st Ave. (985) 327-7354 Kenner David J. Toca 2301 Williams Blvd., Ste. B 466-3353 Mandeville Charles O. Roy Northshore Endodontics 1510 W. Causeway Approach, Ste. C (985) 674-0060 Metairie Dominick J. Alongi Northlake Endodontics & Microsurgery 3621 Ridgelake Dr., Ste. 301 832-2433 Bryan P. Bohning Bohning Endodontics 4051 Veterans Blvd., Ste., 312 888-4034 Garrett B. Morris Endodontic Specialists 4520 Clearview Pkwy. 885-0177 Lauren S. Vedros Northlake Endodontics & Microsurgery 3621 Ridgelake Dr., Ste. 301 832-2433 New Orleans George H. Arch, Jr. Uptown Endodontics and Implantology 2633 Napoleon Ave., Ste. 701 895-1100 Lisa P. Germain Uptown Endodontics and Implantology 2633 Napoleon Ave., Ste. 701 895-1100 Slidell Scott E. Bonson Endodontic Associates 190 Cross Gates Blvd.

(985) 649-4881 Arthur W. Dickerson II Endodontic Associates 190 Cross Gates Blvd. (985) 649-4881 J. Jared Harmon Lakeshore Endodontics 102 Village St., Ste. B (985) 643-4600

General Dentistry

Belle Chasse Stuart J. Guey, Jr. 8951 Hwy. 23 394-6200 Charles Haydel 8635 Hwy. 23 394-7456 Covington Mary A. Beilman 426 S. Tyler St. (985) 893-5138

Shannon Doyle More Smiles Dental 7007 Hwy. 190 (985) 809-7645 Kathleen G. Engel 522 E. Rutland St. (985) 893-2270 *cosmetic services offered Joseph F. Fitzpatrick 110 Pine Dr. (985) 893-7671 James A. Moreau, Jr. More Smiles Dental 7007 Hwy. 190 (985) 809-7645 R. Glen Spell Family Dental Center 79132 Hwy. 40 (985) 893-3900 Gretna Michael G. Adams 307 Gretna Blvd., Ste. A 361-5367 Kenneth E. Alfortish 517 Whitney Ave., Ste. A 368-2792 Brian D. Connell Connell Dental Care 137 Bellemeade Blvd. 533-4105 *cosmetic services offered Damon J. DiMarco

DiMarco Dental 309 Gretna Blvd. 366-5611 *cosmetic services offered

*cosmetic services offered

James Nelson Bluebonnet Dental Care 400 Lapalco Blvd., Ste. B 392-4384

Madisonville Charles B. Foy, Jr. 400 Pine St. (985) 845-8042 *cosmetic services offered

J. Michael Rooney 307 Gretna Blvd., Ste. C 362-7130 Michael Tufton Tufton Family Dentistry 654 Terry Pkwy. 362-5270 Peter M. Tufton Tufton Family Dentistry 654 Terry Pkwy. 362-5270 Hammond Eugene R. Graff, Jr. Louisiana Dental Center Hammond 800 C M Fagan Dr., Ste. A (985) 345-5888 Sue C. LeBlanc Hammond Family Dentistry 1007 W. Thomas St., Ste. E (985) 345-8602 Jill Truxillo Beautiful Smiles 20204 US Hwy. 190 E. (985) 662-5550 Harahan Dennis L. Henry 6367 Jefferson Hwy. 737-5294 Harvey Wendy M. Maes New Orleans Dental Center 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Ste. F201 347-6000 *cosmetic services offered Jefferson Charles M. Jouandot Jefferson Dental Care 3809 Jefferson Hwy. 833-2211 Kenner James D. Roethele Roethele Dental Esthetics 283 W. Esplanade Ave. 504-461-0500

Larry A. Wise 909 W. Esplanade Ave., Ste. 101 464-0202

Melissa H. Pellegrini Miles of Smiles 198 Hwy. 21 (985) 845-2992 Mandeville Martha A. Carr 280 Dalwill Dr. (985) 727-0047 Glen J. Corcoran 3701 Hwy. 59, Ste. E (985) 871-9733 Gabriel F. Daroca III 2140 Ninth St. (985) 624-8268 Toby B. Moffatt 1510 W. Causeway Approach, Ste. A (985) 727-4848 Dennis R. Preau 2140 Ninth St. (985) 624-8268 Marrero Maria R. Burmaster Barataria Dental Clinic 2272 Barataria Blvd. 341-3120 Metairie Jason Alvarez Oak Family Dental 1001 N. Causeway Blvd. 834-6410 Debra Claire Arnold 2732 Athania Pkwy 837-4992 Terry John Billings 3101 Seventh St. 832-2222 Bridget A. Brahney 3508 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 888-6860 Joseph M. Campo 4141 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 205 888-1617

George P. Cerniglia 3320 Hessmer Ave. 454-5880 *cosmetic services offered Hunter L. Charvet, Sr. Charvet Dental Center 2300 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 834-6504 *cosmetic services offered Myrna L. Collado-Torres 3330 Kingman St., Ste. 6 888-2092 Joseph J. Collura, Jr. 3939 N. Causeway Blvd., Ste. 104 837-9800 *cosmetic services offered George T. Comeaux, Jr. 2620 Metairie Rd. 834-2180 Stan P. Cowley III Cowley Dental Care 3237 Metairie Rd. 831-4895 Stan P. Cowley, Jr. Cowley Dental Care 3237 Metairie Rd. 831-4895 Tre J. DeFelice DeFelice Dental 1900 N. Causeway Blvd. 833-4300 Duane P. Delaune Delaune Dental, the Art of Smiles 3801 N. Causeway Blvd, Ste. 305 885-8869 *cosmetic services offered Shelly Ereth-Barone GNO Dental Care 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 105-A 832-1164 Terry F. Fugetta 4508 Clearview Pkwy., Ste. 1-A 454-7008 Michael W. Gallagher Gallagher Family Dentistry 4440 Chastant St., Ste. A 887-0181 F. Thomas Giacona 5037 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Ste. 2C 455-6455 Nicole H. Hunn 3108 W. Esplanade Ave., N.

838-8118 Eva L. Jessup Clearview Dental Care 2221 Clearview Pkwy., Ste. 202 455-1667 Wynn Kapit 3024 Kingman St. 455-2984 Nanette LoCoco 4325 Loveland St., Ste. B 335-2992 Thomas F. McCoy III 4432 Conlin St., Ste. 1B 889-1209 Kirk E. Melton 4224 Houma Blvd., Ste. 320 456-5103 Troy L. Patterson Oak Family Dental 1001 N. Causeway Blvd. 834-6410 Stephanie A. Picou 3414 Hessmer Ave., Ste. 201 454-0067 Jene’ C. Ponder 2620 Metairie Rd. 834-2180

Gerard R. Tully, Jr. 701 Metairie Rd., Ste. 2A-212 831-4837 Corky Willhite The Smile Design Center 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 777 831-1131 *cosmetic services offered Donald D. Yuratich 2708 David Dr. 888-8110 New Orleans Mark D. Anderson Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry 3625 Canal St. 485-6575 *cosmetic services offered Donald P. Bennett 1010 Common St., Ste. 810 523-4882 Stephen C. Brisco, Sr. LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave., Ste. 127 619-8721 Robert A. Camenzuli Camenzuli Dental Excellence 1319 Amelia St. 895-3400

Greer C. Reisig Schwartz Dental Group 337 Metairie Rd. 832-2043

James A. Campo Campo Dentistry 2215 S. Carrollton Ave. 866-0681

Garry S. Salvaggio Salvaggio Dental Care 3223 8th St., Ste. 202 455-7717 *cosmetic services offered

Mark S. Chaney 1407 S. Carrollton Ave. 861-2523

Kevin J. Schellhaas 4741 Trenton St. 887-1272 John C. Schwartz Schwartz Dental Group 337 Metairie Rd., Ste. 302 832-2043 *cosmetic services offered

Roy J. Delatte, Jr. 8384 Jefferson Hwy., Ste. 3 738-7056 Denice L. Derbes 6251 General Diaz S. 486-2876 Jay C. Dumas Daughters of Charity 3201 S. Carrollton Ave. 941-6079

Joseph P. Simone II 4420 Conlin St., Ste. 204 456-0964

Dov Glazer 3525 Prytania St., Ste. 312 895-1137

Ryan M. Thibodaux Storyville Dentistry 815 N. Causeway Blvd. 831-4009

Leslie P. Gottsegen 2633 Napoleon Ave., Ste. 610 891-5000 Henry A. Gremillion LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave.

619-8500 Tony Hammack Audubon Dental Group 6120 Magazine St. 891-7471 Van T. Himel LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave. 941-8395 Eric Hovland LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave. 941-8113 William E. Kramer III 2801 Napoleon Ave., Ste. A 891-2826 Susan S. Lebon 2633 Napoleon Ave., Ste. 605 899-5400 Edward E. Levy III 7037 Canal Blvd., Ste. 206 283-5549 Nazafarine Mahroo 2021 Perdido St. 903-3000 F. G. “Frank” Martello 1502 Amelia St. 891-9119 John H. Moffatt, Jr. Moffatt & Walsh 5809 Citrus Blvd., Ste. 100 733-8551 Jonah R. Moore 1534 Aline St. 899-2333 Kendall P. Parker Parker Dental Center 5121 N. Claiborne Ave. 949-4547 Paul C. Perez Avenue Family Dentistry 3600 Saint Charles Ave., Ste. 202 304-4761 Kristopher P. Rappold Audubon Dental Group 6120 Magazine St. 891-7471 Gizelle P. Richard 4460 General DeGaulle Dr. 394-5330 *cosmetic services offered

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Dr. Kellie Axelrad, D.D.S. Pediatric Dentist

my toughest case

Coordinating the needs of the most special patients Dr. Kellie Axelrad has a Disney-modeled approach to treating her patients; one where extra care, lots of communication and a little bit of silliness equals quality care for each patient. “I really want to individualize the care that each of my patients receive,”

she said. “I get to know the kids and their families. We invest the time up front, before we even begin the exam, so that we don’t have problems later with nervous patients. We want to have happy, smiling faces.” For Dr. Axelrad, treating fearful patients, special-needs patients and patients that may have traditionally been underserved, has been a labor of love. She served as Chairperson for Children’s Dental Health Month in New Orleans before passing the torch to concentrate on her own practice and her own family. “It was a wonderful experience. We got to provide outreach to children who may not be able to see a dentist as regularly as we recommend, which is every six months,” she said. “We make it fun for them. We review nutrition, oral hygiene and fun things as well. Our motto is: healthy smile, healthy body, healthy mind.” Her toughest cases come with children who have the most special needs, but for Dr. Axelrad, treatment is a team effort. “When treating patients that are medically compromised, I work with all of the other doctors who are providing care, from cardiologists to G.I. specialists, and more.” According to Axelrad, planning dental procedures to coincide with other surgical procedures can be crucial for patients that may be fearful or have other medical considerations. “I recently had a patient, who was already fearful of dental work, who needed to have her tonsils removed,” she said. “We coordinated with her team of surgeons so that we could also go in and provide crucial dental care while she was already asleep in order to keep her from having to go through more than one procedure.” Coordinating with physicians and families, Axelrad understands the unique needs of all pediatric patients. “We are the only doctors that work inside their bodies while they are still awake,” she notes. “We get to know each patient, and explain each step, until they are comfortable. Whether they have behavioral issues, medical issues, or just need a little more TLC, we want each patient to be comfortable. It also helps to be as silly as possible.”

New Orleans Childrens Dental Center 6264 Canal Blvd Suite 1, New Orleans, 833-5528, New Orleans native, B.S. degree in Biology from Loyola University, D.D.S. degree from LSU School of Dentistry, served as Chairperson for Children’s Dental Health Month, serves as faculty in the LSU School of Dentistry; active staff privileges at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans and Gulf Coast Surgical Center in Houma.

Elizabeth E. Riggs 3442 Magazine St. 891-1115 *cosmetic services offered Jeffrey K. Roby 2633 Napoleon Ave., Ste. 700 899-3497 Wallace G. Serpas III CBD Dental Care 316 Baronne St. 525-9990 Jessica Tingstrom Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry 3625 Canal St. 485-6575 Kim M. Tolar Tolar Family Dentistry 2502 Napoleon Ave. 891-1880 *cosmetic services offered Sammy Tom Uptown Dental 8131 Saint Charles Ave. 304-6800 William R. Yeadon LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave. 619-8712 River Ridge William K. DeJong De Jong-Plaisance Family Dentistry 10154 Jefferson Hwy. 738-5171 Kerry T. Plaisance, Jr. De Jong-Plaisance Family Dentistry 10154 Jefferson Hwy. 738-5171 Slidell J. Kevin Curley 2800 Gause Blvd. E., Ste. D (985) 649-7510 John J. Killeen, Jr. 110 Village St. (985) 643-7516 *cosmetic services offered Kristie L. Reine Lakeshore Family Dentistry 435 Robert Blvd. (985) 643-1852

Michael T. Robichaux 1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A (985) 641-8058 Stephen J. Tomaszewski Camellia City Family Dentistry 1275 Seventh St. (985) 641-4444

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Covington Ben A. Almerico Almerico Oral & Maxillofacial 195 Greenbriar Blvd., Ste. 100 (985) 892-9993 Marrero Anthony A. Indovina 5132 Lapalco Blvd. 340-2401

Metairie Michael S. Block The Center for Dental Reconstruction 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 112 833-3368 Edward J. Boos Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Associates 4224 Houma Blvd., Ste. 670 456-5033 Michael G. Ferguson Oral Surgery Services 4420 Conlin St., Ste. 203 455-9960 Daniel B Harris Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Associates 4224 Houma Blvd., Ste. 670 456-5033 Walter Jackson Jackson Oral Surgery 4051 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 200 455-7161 Jeffrey James Oral Surgery Services 4420 Conlin St., Ste. 203 455-9960 Robert E. Lane Southern Oral Surgery 4224 Houma Blvd., Ste. 230 454-4515 Demarcus D. Smith IV Oral Surgery Services

4420 Conlin St., Ste. 203 455-9960 New Orleans Hugo Saint Hilaire Ochsner Baptist 2700 Napoleon Ave., Ste. 700 412-1240 Charles P. Silvia, Jr. Southern Oral Surgery 3525 Prytania St., Ste. 216 899-8173 Slidell Nathan R. Brown Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery 1271 Seventh St. (985) 643-1010 C. Bradley Dickerson 2334 Gause Blvd. E. (985) 641-2030

Oral Pathology

New Orleans Kitrina G. Cordell LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave. 941-8449 Molly S. Rosebush LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave., Rom 2108 619-8721


Covington Laurie L. Fricke 2301 North Hwy. 190, Ste. 7 (985) 892-2081 Amy Smith Sawyer Sawyer Orthodontics 226 W. 21st Ave. (985) 327-7181 Gretna Joshua J. Jones Jones Orthodontics 305 Gretna Blvd., Ste. A 368-8152 Philip J. Puneky Puneky Orthodontics 250 Meadowcrest St., Ste. 202 392-8484 Harvey Jack P. Devereux, Jr. Devereux & Nguyen Orthodontics 2800 Manhattan Blvd., Ste. D 368-7513 Kenner David V. Scaffidi Scaffidi Orthodontics 527 W. Esplanade Ave., Ste. 101 468-6200 Mandeville William R. Ledoux 260 Dalwill Dr. (985) 674-1500 Ronald A. Madere Madere Orthodontics 4010 Lonesome Rd. (985) 626-0160 Darren Miller Miller Orthodontics 1566 Hwy. 59 (985) 626-0991 Metairie John O. Clotworthy Clotworthy Orthodontics 1014 Veterans Memorial Blvd. 833-4361 Russell J. Cresson 3333 Kingman St., Ste. 200 885-8863 Hector R. Maldonado 4432 Conlin St., Ste. 2B 455-5581 Brian J. Olivier Olivier Orthodontics 4408 Trenton St., Ste. C 218-7300 Shannon K. Simons 3020 Kingman St., Ste. A 887-8480 Carol A. Stuckey Stuckey Orthodontics 701 Metairie Rd., Ste. 1A-204 835-1349 New Orleans Paul C. Armbruster LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave., Ste. 230 941-8234 Leeann S. Evans Evans Orthodontics 5700 Citrus Blvd., Ste. C 301-3413

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Dr. Hugo St. Hilaire, M.D., D.D.S., FACS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

my toughest case

A master of many practices Dr. Hugo St. Hilaire is a triple threat: as a Board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, he holds a doctorate in dental surgery (D.D.S.), a medical doctorate (M.D.), and is the only trained fellow at LSUHSC, and in the state of Louisiana, with such distinctions.

LSU Healthcare Network 3700 St. Charles Ave., 412-1240

“It all started in dental school, but I learned and worked hard. I recognized the need for additional training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Craniofacial Surgery. Despite the long road, it was clearly the right thing to do,” he said. It is this dedication to his career and his commitment to providing the best care to his patients that Dr. St. Hilaire tries to not only instill in his students, but also each of his six children. “As I teach my kids and my residents, you should not take shortcuts with your education. It will translate to shortcuts in patient care.” Originally from Canada, Dr. Hilaire moved to New Orleans just two months before Katrina. He briefly moved to Baltimore afterwards, but returned to the city the following January. “My wife is from here, and we’ve had our kids here,” he said. “When I moved back, I kind of had to make my own way, but it all paid off.” To treat the most complicated cases, Dr. St. Hilaire brings together his years of study, and the help of some new technology, to provide a treatment solution individualized to each case. “I had an older patient who had required all of my training to care for his case of osteoradionecrosis of the mandible,” he said. “He had been treated for cancer successfully years before, and now 20 years later, as a result of his radiation treatment, his lower jaw had basically died, and the bones became brittle, leading to fracture.” His patient would require vascularized bone transfer on both sides of his jaw, along with dental implants to replace lost teeth. Complicating the case was that the patient only had viable bone material from one fibula. “We were able to pre-plan the surgery carefully using virtual surgical training,” Dr. St. Hilaire said. “We were able to make sure we took the exact amount of bone we needed, and plan exactly where the dental implants would be needed.” In the end, the 12- to 13-hour long surgery was a success, and yet, Dr. Hilaire’s relationship does not end when the surgery is complete. “This patient had chronic pain, had been through cancer treatment. He knew about recovery and how tough it would be,” St. Hilaire said. “We talked him through it; we set up the right team. I still go visit him for followup checks. He is now a part of our extended family.”

Children’s Hospital of New Orleans 200 Henry Clay Ave., 896-9857,

Chief, Division Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Louisiana State University, New Orleans

G. Bradley Gottsegen Gottsegen Orthodontics 3424 Coliseum St. 895-4841 Sarita N. Hithe Hithe Orthodontics 3322 Canal St. 309-1401 Donald R. Toso Toso Orthodontics 1502 Calhoun St. 899-8383 Jamie L. Toso Toso Orthodontics 1502 Calhoun St. 899-8383 River Ridge Daniel Paul Bordes 9537 Jefferson Hwy. 737-7324 Slidell Kay D. Daniel Explore Orthodontics 2960 Gause Blvd. E. (985) 641-2472 Michael J. Guevara Guevara Orthodontics 1251 Seventh St. (985) 641-3587

Pediatric Dentistry

Covington Todd S. Brasuell 189 Greenbriar Blvd., Ste. A (985) 892-5942

Hammond Richard D. Olinde 1008 West Thomas St. (985) 542-6855 *cosmetic services offered

Elizabeth A. Thorson 123 Metairie Rd., Ste. 204 518-6815

Hisham F. Nasr The Perio Clinic 337 Metairie Rd., Ste. 301 831-0800

New Orleans Kellie S. Axelrad New Orleans Children’s Dental Center 6264 Canal Blvd., Ste. 1 833-5528 Nicole R. Boxberger Bippos Place for Smiles 4061 Behrman Hwy. 368-1990 Claudia A. Cavallino New Orleans Childrens Dental Center 6264 Canal Blvd., Ste. 1 833-5528 Suzanne E. Fournier LSU School of Dentistry 200 Henry Clay Ave. 352-8038 default.htm Stephen C. Holmes Uptown Pediatric Dentistry 3715 Prytania St., Ste. 380 896-7435 Janice A. Townsend LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave. 941-8250 Slidell Jill Donaldson Kids Dental Zone 1128 Old Spanish Trail (985) 646-2146


Madisonville Katherine E. Vo The Children’s Dental Cottage 704 Main St. (985) 845-3211

Covington Caesar Sweidan Saint Tammany Periodontics and Implants 7020 Hwy. 190 Service Rd., Ste. B (985) 778-0241

Mandeville Michael J. Von Gruben 1305 W. Causeway Approach (985) 778-2272

Gretna Charles T. McCabe 250 Meadowcrest St., Ste. 204 392-4734

Metairie Pamela R. Shaw Dentisitry for Children 701 Metairie Rd. 838-8200

Metairie Aymee Costales-Spindler Periodontal Health Specialists 2540 Severn Ave., Ste. 402 887-8205

A. Margarita Saenz The Perio Clinic 337 Metairie Rd., Ste. 301 831-0800 David Wilson Periodontal Health Specialists 2540 Severn Ave., Ste. 402 887-8205 New Orleans Gerald H. Evans LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave., FL 2 747-7505 default.htm Kristi M. Soileau 3634 Coliseum St. 899-2255 NeworleansPeriodontalSpecialist. com Slidell Thomas W. Mabry Slidell Periodontist 1241 Seventh St., Ste. A (985) 646-1421


Covington Israel Finger More Smiles Dental 7007 Hwy. 190 (985) 809-7645

Gretna Michael B. Smith 250 Meadowcrest St., Ste. 100 392-6057 Metairie Roger A. Vitter 4228 Houma Blvd., Ste. 210 883-3737 New Orleans Jonathan X. Esquivel LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave., Box 222 941-8184 Luis E. Infante Gonzalez LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave., Room 2108 619-8721 Laurie F. Moeller LSU School of Dentistry

1100 Florida Ave., Ste. 2108 941-8289 moeller/default.htm Alika K. F. Yu LSU School of Dentistry 1100 Florida Ave. 619-8721 Slidell Robert J. Rooney II Slidell Dental Implants 100 Smart Place (985) 641-6607

This list is excerpted from the 2017 topDentists™ list, which includes listings for more than 190 dentists and specialists in the New Orleans area. For more information call 706-3640853; or write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; by email (info@usatopdentists. com) or at topDentists has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Copyright 2010-2017 by Top Dentists, LLC, Augusta, GA. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of topDentists. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.



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Dr. Joseph J. Collura has worked at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry for more than 30 years, providing high-quality care and attractive, bright smiles to patients throughout the New Orleans region. He has extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry, advanced restorative dentistry, single-tooth as well as complete mouth implant reconstruction, root canal therapy, non-surgical gum care and the prevention and treatment of bite-related problems. Dr. Collura is passionate about advancing his skills and education and has been honored with a guest faculty position with the prestigious Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, which provides the latest in programs, seminars and hands-on training. Additionally, Dr. Collura is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry for conscious sedation and nitrous oxide analgesia. When you visit Dr. Joseph Collura, you’ll realize you’re in a caring, calm environment designed for patient comfort with an open, relaxed atmosphere facing Lake Pontchartrain. During your one-on-one discussion following an exam by Dr. Collura, he’ll answer questions and give you the information you need to make confident choices about your oral health care. For more details or to make an appointment, visit or call 504-837-9800. Doctors Kristie Reine and Edmund Ring want to thank all their patients as they celebrate 10 years. Congratulations to Dr. Kristie Reine for being named Top Dentist 2017.

Offering a range of services using only the most advanced equipment and technology, Lakeshore Family Dentistry welcomes patients of all ages. Need dentures, crowns or veneers? Dr. Reine and Dr. Ring are eager to help perfect your teeth, answer all of your questions, and ultimately help build your confidence while promoting comfort and care during all procedures. There are also various payment options to ensure a beautiful, healthy smile is within reach for everyone. Take the first step towards a brighter and more beautiful smile and call Lakeshore Family Dentistry to make an appointment with Doctors Kristie Reine or Edmund Ring. Located at 435 Robert Boulevard in Slidell call 985-643-1852, and visit The LSU School of Dentistry Faculty Dental Practice offers state-of-the-art dental care for patients in a privatepractice setting. General dentists and specialists work together to provide the best possible treatment options for patients and their families. As academic faculty members, LSU dentists stay abreast of the latest techniques in dental care, learning about recent research breakthroughs and technological advancements in field. Training more than 70 percent of the state’s practicing dentists, the LSU School of Dentistry has impacted people’s health throughout Louisiana. Three out of every four dentists and dental hygienists practicing in

Located in Slidell, Doctors Kristie Reine and Edmund Ring are celebrating their business serving the Greater New Orleans area for 10 years. The team at Lakeshore Family Dentistry embrace a unique style of only setting one-on-one consultations and appointments that guarantee patients a pleasant experience paired with beautiful smiles. The team puts patients first, and procedures are never done without all questions being asked and answered. Dr. Reine and Dr. Ring offer cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and veneers, dentures, crowns, root canals, implant restorations and more. Take the first step towards a brighter and more beautiful smile and call Lakeshore Family Dentistry to make an appointment with Doctors Kristie Reine or Edmund Ring.

Lakeshore Family Dentistry Kristie Reine, DDS Edmund Ring, DDS 92


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435 Robert Blvd., Slidell 985-643-1852

Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry is conveniently located on the Canal streetcar line in the heart of Mid-City. Dr. Mark Anderson, Dr. Jessica Tingstrom, Dr. Julio Marin, and their experienced team offer complete dental care for all ages, from routine cleanings to cosmetic dentistry procedures. In addition, Mid-City Smiles offers complete dental implant care including placement of implants as well as orthodontic care including braces and Invisalign. Their state-of-the-art office offers the most advanced technology including a Dental 3D CBCT Scanner for the highest quality imaging needed for implant dentistry as well as an iTero Intraoral Digital Scanner used in place of traditional impressions for crowns and Invasalign, providing more accurate results. Dr. Anderson, Dr. Tingstrom, and Dr. Marin are all New Orleans natives and graduates of the LSU School of Dentistry. Mid-City Smiles proudly serves as the official dental care provider of the New Orleans Pelicans as well as UNO Athletics.

Mark D. Anderson, DDS Jessica Tingstrom, DDS Julio Marin, DDS

3625 Canal St., New Orleans 504-485-6575

Tufton Family Dentistry Peter Tufton, DDS Michael Tufton, DDS

Dr. Peter Tufton received his dental degree from Loyola University New Orleans. After serving as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy Dental Corps, he taught at Loyola University’s School of Dentistry. He founded Tufton Family Dentistry in the 1960’s. Dr. Tufton is a member of the American Dental Association and the Louisiana Dental Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Dental Association as Vice President. Born and raised in New Orleans, Dr. Michael Tufton, (son of Peter Tufton) attended Jesuit High School. After graduating in 2005, he attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He continued his education at Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry, graduating in 2013 with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. As a family team, Tufton Family Dentistry offers multigenerational care.

654 Terry Pkwy., Gretna 504-362-5270 / JUNE 2015




Louisiana today are graduates of the school. Providing service to the community is a vital part of the school’s mission. Each year, faculty and students care for nearly 100,000 active patients in 13 health-related institutions statewide. Learn more about Louisiana’s only dental school by visiting to schedule an appointment with a faculty member, call 504-619-8721. Dr. Stephen J. Delahoussaye and Dr. Sarah Haydel are proud to serve patients in the New Orleans communities. At Lakefront Dental Care, your smile is our top priority. Dr. Delahoussaye, Dr. Haydel and their team are dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Lakefront Dental Care is a dental practice focused on restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile. We are proud to use conservative, state-of-the-art dental procedures that will result in beautiful, long-lasting smiles! In addition to dental exams, cleanings and fillings for all ages, we offer root canals and dental implants. We know that your time is valuable, so we provide CEREC© sameday tooth restorations and crowns. And to really make your smile shine, we offer cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers. Please visit our website at, or call at 504-282-5557.

DiMarco Dental Damon DiMarco, DDS Joanne G. Hoppe, DDS

DiMarco Dental has provided quality care for over 50 years in a friendly, family environment. Doctors Damon DiMarco and Joanne Hoppe offer individualized care and tailored solutions unique to each patient’s health and smile. New patients are welcome at their Gretna office, just minutes from the CBD.

309 Gretna Blvd., Gretna 504-366-5611 94


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Your smile isn’t only one of your most important features, it’s also unique to you. Everyone’s oral health, overall health and financial position is different, so at DiMarco Dental, Doctors Damon DiMarco and Joanne Hoppe provide individualized care and solutions that fit your specific needs. From routine cleanings to custom mouth and snore guards to implants and whitening, DiMarco Dental provides a variety of oral health services that will keep you both healthy and happy. It’s never too early to visit DiMarco Dental. Patients start as early as two years old, as developing
good habits early can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles. Young patients often require sealants and other preventative measures to combat the temptations of the modern diet, especially sugar found in foods and beverages. To schedule an appointment or for more information on DiMarco Dental and the practice’s holistic approach to medicine, call 504-366-5611 or visit New patients are welcome at their Gretna-based office at 309 Gretna Blvd. All that is good begins with a smile. At Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry, your smile is top priority. Dr. Brahney and her team are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain long-term dental health and a beautiful smile, whether it be through routine cleanings and checkups or through finding a

John J. Killeen, DDS John J. Killeen, DDS Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Dr. Killeen has been practicing in the Slidell/ Metropolitan New Orleans area since graduating from LSU School of Dentistry. His mission of providing the best care possible while embracing his patients as extended family has created a warm and welcoming dental experience. Understanding and listening to the patient’s concerns and desires for a more beautiful or functional smile through individualized treatment planning has been a hallmark of his practice. He invites new patients to become part of his dental family.

110 Village St., Slidell 985-643-7516


solution to a more complex dental concern. When you visit Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry, you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including the latest advancements that reduce discomfort and expedite care. Dr. Brahney offers a comprehensive list of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services
to meet the needs of the whole family, from Velscope oral cancer screening to fillings, crowns and tooth whitening. Not only are Dr. Brahney and her team focused on the beauty of your smile, they’re also concerned about your health, and to that end, they focus on thorough exams and routine cleanings. For more information about Dr. Bridget Brahney and her practice, or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 504-888-6860. New Orleans Children’s Dental Center has more than two decades of combined experience in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Claudia Cavallino and Dr. Kellie Axelrad have dedicated their professions to providing individualized care to young patients, rigorously keeping up with the latest and greatest in the dental field. Using the highest standard of dental care available, New Orleans Children’s Dental Center offers personalized, quality-focused experiences, ensuring that the children, adolescents and special needs patients that visit their office, achieve and maintain beautiful smiles and healthy habits that will last a lifetime. New Orleans Children’s Dental promises to provide a

unique and calming environment for all patients, making them feel as comfortable as possible. Some children are apprehensive about their first appointment, which is why they come to New Orleans Children’s Dental Center for their first time and every time after that. Make an appointment and learn more at The team of medical professionals at NOLA Craniofacial care for children and adults diagnosed with and recovering from craniofacial defects, whether they are conditions of birth or the result of trauma or a battle with cancer. Based in New Orleans, the NOLA Craniofacial doctors know how important it is for patients and families to be comfortable with their plastic surgeon. That trust is what binds any team of specialists gathered to manage care of an infant or a loved one. NOLA Craniofacial prioritizes the health and future happiness of each patient not just as they heal, but for life. The practice uses collaboration and specialists to address every patient’s unique needs, working with other skilled doctors and nurses. If you or someone you love has been injured, is battling cancer, or is expecting (or recently delivered) a child diagnosed with cleft lip, cleft palate or any other craniofacial deformity, visit for more information and to make an appointment.

Dr. Hugo St. Hilaire, MD, DDS, FACS is LSU Chief of Plastic Surgery and specializes in Craniofacial and Microsurgery Breast reconstruction, and also holds the distinction of both a medical doctorate (MD) and a doctorate in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Kelly Babineaux, MD, FACS is certified by The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Frank Lau, MD, FACS specializes in wound care and tissue engineering. Dr. Oren Tessler, MD, MBA, FACS, specializes in reconstructive breast surgery, migraine surgery, and cosmetic surgery. Amanda Gregoire is the team’s Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Charles Dupin, MD, FACS, Program Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery with primary interest in reconstructive surgery of face, head and neck and breast. Dr. Hamid Massiha, MDD, develops a number of innovative techniques in facelift, rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty. Dr. Gerhard S. Mundinger, MD focuses on solving complex craniofacial problems in adults and children.

LSU Plastic Surgery Hugo St. Hilaire, MD, DDS, FACS Oren Tessler, MD, MBA, FACS · Kelly Babineaux, MD, FACS Amanda Gregoire, NP-C · Frank Lau, MD, FACS

3700 St. Charles Ave. 3rd Floor New Orleans 504-412-1240 / JUNE 2017




Dr. Jason Parker is a pediatric dentist specializing in comprehensive children’s dental needs from age
one to teens. Dr. Parker received the Louisiana Dental Association’s New Dentist Award in 2008 for his outstanding contribution of time and talent for the betterment of mankind.
He has served the LDA and NODA in many capacities, including as a delegate at the House of Delegates Annual Legislative Session, on the NODA Conference Committee, on the LDA Council on Communications and on the LDA Council on Governmental Affairs. He was appointed to the NODA Board of Governors and is the second Vice President of NODA. Parker was bestowed the honor of 2004 New Dentist Award of Excellence by NODA. In the community, Dr. Parker has volunteered, organized or helped raise money for events city wide for children’s dental health. He also helped produce a post-Katrina documentary involving dentistry in New Orleans which he presented with Barbara Walters at the ADA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. For more information on Dr. Parker and his practice, visit or call 504-831-2120. From her beautiful, historic Uptown office, Dr. Elizabeth Riggs practices both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. She performs every procedure to the highest standard while expertly creating beautiful life-like porcelain veneers, crowns, bonding and implant/tooth replacement procedures. Additionally, she administers dermal fillers and Botox injections, emphasizing quality and comfort, to enhance the framework of her patients’ smiles. Dr. Riggs also offers platelet therapy, a modern and effective procedure, which promotes healing after dental and oral surgery. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her transformative work and her outstanding dedication to her patients, including the “Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry Award” from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is empathetic, effective and truly

dedicates her life’s work to fulfilling her patients’ goals for beautiful, healthy smiles. Information, (504) 891-1115,3442 Magazine Street, New Orleans, A family and a team of New Orleans natives, Dr. Peter Tufton works side-by-side with his wife, a dental hygienist, and his son, Dr. Michael Tufton. The Tufton Family Dentistry office is a comfortable and inviting space for patients of all ages. Tufton Family Dentistry has been open since the 1960’s, and so Dr. Peter Tufton has decades worth of experience. Attuned to the needs of their patients, the team is equipped with advanced technology to provide outstanding care. They use intraoral cameras, digital x-rays, and advanced cavity detection for more accurate diagnoses. They also use DentalVibe, pain-free injections. Each treatment room is equipped with a touch-screen computer, which displays images of the patient’s teeth on the screen, while the team of doctors explains the process of diagnosis and treatment the entire way. Tufton Family Dentistry offers affordable care and several financing options. Visit for more information. Dr. Mark Anderson, Dr. Jessica Tingstrom and Dr. Julio Marin pride themselves in their top-quality, patient-first approach to family dentistry. Conveniently located on the Canal streetcar line in Mid-City, Mid-City Smiles Family Dentistry offers complete dental
care for all ages – everything from routine cleanings
and cosmetic procedures, such as veneers and Zoom Whitening, to advanced implant dentistry. Orthodontic care includes braces and Invisalign, and Dr. Anderson is recognized as a leading area Invisalign provider. Their state-of-the-art office allows them to offer the most advanced technology and techniques in creating and restoring beautiful, healthy smiles. The doctors are all New Orleans natives and graduates

Lakefront Dental Care

Stephen J. Delahoussaye, DDS Sarah Haydel, DDS

A native of Lakeview in New Orleans, Dr. Delahoussaye was awarded his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) by the LSU School of Dentistry in 2008. Since graduation, he has completed many hours of continuing education and advanced training in Implant Dentistry. Dr. Sarah Haydel was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. She is a proud graduate of LSU and LSU School of Dentistry. Since graduation, she has completed many hours of continuing education and advanced training in therapeutic Botox treatment for TMD. Both doctors are members of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and New Orleans Dental Association, amongst other dental organizations.

7037 Canal Blvd, Suite 210 504-282-5557 96


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of LSU School of Dentistry. Dr. Anderson graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School and LSU; Dr. Tingstrom graduated from Mount Carmel Academy and UNO; and Dr.
Marin is a graduate of Brother Martin and LSU. Along with their caring staff, they provide a friendly relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful office space. Mid-City Smiles is uniquely positioned to serve both the English- and Spanish-speaking communities of New Orleans. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 504-485-6575. DeFelice Dental is committed to a conservative approach in patient care, focusing on preventative measures and maintenance, as well as on patient education. They provide top-quality care in a relaxed atmosphere. For patients who may require more complex treatment, the DeFelice Dental team provides comprehensive care with a gentle, caring touch. Services provided at the practice include gentle cleanings, tooth- colored fillings, non-surgical gum care, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, natural looking crowns and implants. In addition to visual cancer screenings completed during appointments, Velscope oral cancer early-detection technology is available for patients needing or requesting more advanced screening. Prior to leading his team at DeFelice Dental, Dr. Tre DeFelice worked as the Clinical Director of a unique specialty practice in New Orleans, where he planned, delivered and

coordinated patient treatment along
with a team of dental specialists, gaining tremendous experience and knowledge along the way. Dr. DeFelice spends many hours in continuing education to advance in areas of comprehensive patient care, esthetics, and dental implants. DeFelice Dental is conveniently located at 1900 N. Causeway Blvd. near I-10. For more information, visit or call 504-833-4300. Located in Slidell and serving the Metropolitan New Orleans area, Dr. John J. Killeen’s main focus is on family and cosmetic dentistry with a true passion for understanding and helping the patient become and remain healthy. The results are beautiful, long-lasting smiles! Preventive care and education are the keys to optimal health. Dr. Killeen uses conservative procedures, thorough examinations and comprehensive treatment planning to guide the patient to a level of care that is exceptional. Offering services with an emphasis on cosmetic restorations and replacement of teeth with implants has changed the lives and well-being of countless patients. Restoring confidence, security and function will make you proud and able to smile again. Coupled with patience and the ability to listen and understand the patient, Dr. Killeen’s patients receive care that supports their smile and overall health. Find a reason to love your smile today and in the future. Call to schedule an appointment at 985-643-7516 or visit•

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Dr. Collura earned his degree from LSU School of Dentistry after earning his pharmacy degree. He has also taken numerous postgraduate courses in cosmetics, restorative, and implant dentistry. He has extensive training in minimally invasive dentistry, as opposed to traditional crowns and veneers. Our focus is patient comfort. We offer conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. Smile gallery on

Dr. Bridget Brahney is a New Orleans native and proud graduate of top-ranked NYU College of Dentistry and Loyola University New Orleans. A member of several professional and prestigious organizations, Dr. Brahney passionately pursues continued education. She and her staff are committed to providing high quality care in a relaxed environment.

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Bywater’s Bratz Y’all features an authentic German biergarten serving up beer, brats, pretzels and more.

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The Hunter Schnitzel at Bratz Y’all


in the Park

Not as much as a place to eat, but a place at which to eat, consider getting it to go and walking to Crescent Park, an urban masterpiece by local design firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. A steep steel bridge takes you over the train tracks and drops you into a long sliver of landscaping and paths which hug the river, offering a unique perspective on the downtown skyline. Picnic tables are available there. There is a confrontational aspect to the park as well, which echoes the vibe of the gritty neighborhood that surrounds it.

Variety on Piety But in the same building By Jay Forman

Part of Bywater’s appeal is its scattering of small, independent restaurants. More so than other neighborhoods, these are often expressions of the owners’ desire to bring to New Orleans something that reminds them of home. In the case of Bratz Y’all and Pizza Delicious, New Orleans adopts a cozy corner of Berlin and a slice of Manhattan, respectively. Both share the same building near the foot of Piety Street, and both found their start in non-traditional ways. Bratz Y’all, the new kid on the block, is a full-bore German biergarten seemingly appended to the backside of Pizza Delicious. The restaurant is the brick-and-mortar realization of owner Sven Vorkauf’s German event catering service, which has collected accolades at numerous festivals, including the 2013 and 2016 Oak Street Poor Boy Fests. A Berliner, Sven met his future wife at St Joe’s Bar on Magazine Street while visiting New Orleans. They initially settled in Germany, but he’d been bitten by the New



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Orleans bug and they moved back in 2010. While building an event production company, Sven was struck by something odd. “I’d go to these festivals and think, my God, there is a lot of German heritage here, but nobody is really doing German food.” In 2012 he launched Bratz Y’all at the Freret Market and it was a hit. Then in 2016, a bit of kismet: An out-of-business pretzel bakery behind Pizza Delicious became available. “I said, dammit I need pretzels and this place is big enough to put a little bistro inside and a biergarten outside. I bought the whole thing.” A biergarten was born. Essentially a bakery with a front bar at the service counter and some limited inside seating, the bulk of the restaurant spills out into the adjacent patio filled with picnic tables, string lights and sociable vibe. “A biergarten is a place where people come together,” Sven explains. “You share tables. You talk. Play games, like backgammon and chess. Bring your family and your dog and

have a good time.” The good times are aided and abetted by the eight signature German beers on tap and many more in bottles. German red, white and sparkling wines represent Deutschland as well. The bar menu is rounded out with a selection of unique schnapps. If you crave a full-blown biergarten feast, come on a Sunday and tackle the Schweinshaxe, a roasted pork shank with crispy skin and fall-offthe-bone tender meat garnished with sauerkraut, gravy and mustard. It is accompanied with potato dumplings, tender pillows with a texture between gnocchi and mashed potatoes. Most guests however will opt for a sandwich. The Drunk Pig, made from pork marinated in dark beer is one. Another is the NOLA Schnitzel, a breaded and fried pork cutlet served jeffery johnston PHOTOGRAPH

with crawfish remoulade slaw on a muffalatta bun. “I’m German, I’m a schnitzel. And I live in New Orleans now. So a schnitzel topped with crawfish remoulade slaw?” Sven points out, “That’s me!” Sausages include a mild, finely-ground traditional pork and veal Bavarian bratwurst seasoned with marjoram and thyme. I prefer the more assertive Berliner, coarsely ground smoked pork sausage punched up with paprika and garlic. Whatever you get, try the homemade pretzels. There is a kids menu as well, and the open lot flanking the side functions as an ad-hoc playground, allowing grownups more time to socialize over a stein of Paulaner Hefeweizen. Pizza Delicious got its start as pop-up by a pair of Tulane students and immediately struck a chord – at the time, pizza in New Orleans was largely of the preKatrina vintage. And while Neapolitan-style places have upped the pizza game, Pizza D stuck to its New York thincrust roots. “Pizza D is homage to the pizza we grew up eating,” says co-owner Michael Friedman. Their brick-and-mortar on Piety Street opened almost five years ago. That you can find Uptowners dining sideby-side with Bywater folks is a testament to its city-wide draw. Mike credits his staff for the restaurant’s success. “Many have been with us for years. We are really in a good place now and it is all thanks to them. It’s a group effort.” Pizza D is fresh off a minirenovation, which expanded inside seating and allows for better flow. While the pizza has been steadfastly terrific, the menu’s pasta section has deepened of late thanks to a foray to Italy for inspiration. “Brad Holderness (our GM)

came with us and he now heads up the pasta department,” Mike says. “While we call him the GM, he is so much more than that. He’s excited about food and is a master experimenter.” Brad’s efforts, plus a new pastaextruding machine, have opened up a lot of new pasta possibilities. Dishes rotate through, but if available, try the Bucatini All’Amatriciana flavored with guanciale, tomatoes and sharp pecorino Romano cheese. Another dish inspired by Chicken Marsala is popular, with crispy chicken thighs spiked with Aleppo pepper, house-made potato gnocchi and green beans. A locavore sensibility informs the salads and pizza toppings, and vegan items are offered as well. Pizza D serves wine, beer and hard cider, and there is a limited cocktail menu as well. As with Bratz Y’all, appealing patio seating is part of the charm with a side lot providing spillover for kids. n


Bywater Eats

Bratz Y’all 617 Piety St. 301-3222 L, D Wed-Sun Closed Mon & Tues GERMAN $$

Pizza Delicious 617 Piety St. 676-8482 L, D Tues-Sun Closed Mon PIZZA $$ JUNE 2017



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News From the Kitchens

MCP, Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine and Bearcat Café By Robert Peyton

MCP MCP opened in April in the former location of Naked Pizza off Claiborne. If you’ve been to Mid City Pizza, you’re familiar with the menu, because it’s essentially identical. That’s no more a coincidence than the fact that MCP are the initials of the Banks street restaurant, and owned and operated by the same folks. Owner Rand Owens told me they chose a different name to avoid confusion, and, I think, because putting “Mid City” on a building in the Uptown neighborhood seemed incongruous. It’s a small place, focused more on takeout and delivery than in-house dining. They make just about everything in-house, including the dough, sauce and meatballs, and source most of the rest of their products locally. They use Terranova’s sausage, for example. The large, thin-crust, New York-style pizzas at MCP are the same as at the Banks Street location, including the daily specials – the red beans and rice pizza is available every Monday, as is the taco pizza on Tuesdays. Specials change the rest of the week based on what’s available and what they feel like cooking. MCP delivers to a huge area for such a relatively small operation. MCP, 6307 S. Miro St., is open 7 days, 11 to midnight,, 509-6224.



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Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine

Bearcat Café

Before Freret Street became a hotspot for dining, Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine was the place to go in the neighborhood. It was a beloved restaurant, and one of the places most missed after Katrina devastated the area. The folks behind Dunbar’s never left the business, exactly; most recently you could find them cooking at Loyola University and at well-catered events and festivals. When the property at 7834 Earhart became available, they jumped on it. The new space is cavernous. There’s a ton of elbow room, and that’s mainly because the kitchen wouldn’t be able to keep up with many more customers at one time. That tells you two things about Dunbar’s: first, it’s extremely popular, and second, they care enough about the food and their customers that they will forego a quick buck to guarantee return visitors. The menu is essentially the same as before, with a few additions. The gumbo that was once available only on Fridays is an option every day, and they’re doing barbecued baby back ribs daily. Beyond that, Dunbar’s is as classic a Creole joint as you’ll find in New Orleans, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Dunbar’s Creole Café, 7834 Earhart Blvd, open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Sunday, when they open at 10 a.m, 509-6287.

Bearcat Café on Jena Street a block off Freret, is an interesting concept; the menu is divided into “good” and “bad” cat sections, with the former made up of lighter, healthier dishes, and the latter featuring more hearty fare. There are vegan and vegetarian options on both sides. General Manager Robert Jeffery has a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry, having worked with Chef Kevin Vizard at his eponymous restaurant, followed by a stint at the Palace Café. Just about everything is made in-house, including the teas, juices, yogurt and coconut milk. There’s a reverse-osmosis water filtration system used to make excellent coffee and espresso, and other beverages. The seasonal menu is a mix of classics and vegan/ vegetarian dishes like the chia seed pudding with granola, coconut milk, fruit and honey, or the farro bowl, with seared mushrooms, almonds, seaweed, fennel, carrots and black beans. The kitchen is gluten-free, but sandwiches on La Boulangerie bread are available. Carnivorous options include brisket hash with egg and mornay sauce, and the “hangtown fry,” which combines soft-cooked eggs, crispy oysters, bacon and crème fraiche. Bearcat Café, 2521 Jena St., open 6 to 4, Tuesday to Sunday, 309-9011. jeffery johnston PHOTOGRAPHs


Summer Kitchen Grilling up the season’s best By Dale Curry



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Grilled Fish Tacos

Black bean salsa 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained 2 medium ripe tomatoes, chopped ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup onions, chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Juice of ½ lime Tacos 10 to 12 8-inch corn or flour soft tortillas or both Vegetable oil for brushing 1 pound firm, white fish fillets such as drum, snapper or mahi mahi Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Juice of 1 lemon Sour cream 2 cups shredded cabbage Drizzle of vinegar To make salsa, place drained beans in a medium bowl. Add all other ingredients. Best made an hour or so ahead of time and left at room temperature. It can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving. Heat gas or charcoal grill, with rack 3 to 4 inches above coals or flames. Brush taco shells lightly with oil on both sides and set aside. Salt and pepper both sides of fish and brush with extra-virgin olive oil. When grill is ready, place whole fillets on rack and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side, depending on thickness of fish. Squeeze lemon juice over fish as it cooks. Use a spatula to make sure fish is not sticking. Grill just until cooked-through and flaky. Place tortillas on the grill and lightly toast on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Wrap in a kitchen towel to keep warm. To serve, cut fish into pieces and place in taco shells. Dress with salsa, cabbage and sour cream. Serves 4 to 6.

I don’t have one of those glamorous outdoor kitchens that are the rage in the South, but I do have two grills and an herb garden. Plus, my husband has six plants producing big, fat, juicy red tomatoes. Frankly, I prefer an air-conditioned kitchen (sour grapes?), so frequent trips to the backyard to harvest our mini crops and heat up the grill are no problem. It’s the best time of the year for eating, as far as I’m concerned. Last year, one of our basil plants grew three feet high. The first winter freeze killed it, and I felt the pain. Sweet basil is dear to my heart, especially on pasta or Creole tomatoes. Cilantro runs a close second, which I love on fish tacos from the grill. Summer cooking makes it easy to eat healthy. More grilling and less frying; fresh vegetables and fruit; fewer dishes with gravy and roux. We have berries now, peaches later and watermelon all summer long. Put them together, add mint and you can call it salad or dessert.

Corn on the cob cooks in minutes if you place it over coals or flames and turn it frequently until a few kernels begin to blacken. Place it on a platter, salt and glaze it with a little butter. Besides steaks and hamburgers, other meats and seafood that cook well and quickly on the grill, be it charcoal or gas, are pork tenderloins, lamb chops and shrimp on a skewer. Wrap those shrimp in bacon, and you’ve got a winner. All you need to grill most meats is a sprinkling of salt and pepper, or Creole seasoning, a moderate fire and a sauce for brushing. The sauce might include Worcestershire, oregano and vinegar for pork; olive oil and rosemary for lamb, and butter and lemon for shrimp. You won’t need to brush the shrimp if wrapped in bacon. Elaborate sauces are unnecessary, as a brush-on sauce is needed mostly to keep the meat or seafood moist and from sticking. I don’t think I need an outdoor kitchen anyway. One kitchen is enough to clean up.

Pesto Pasta 2 cups, packed, fresh sweet basil leaves

Grilled Summer Vegetables

1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

1 pound asparagus

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 small eggplant, peeled and cut into ½-inch sticks 4 inches long

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 pound angel hair or other pasta Place basil and nuts in a food processor and pulse until chopped. Add garlic and pulse once or twice. Slowly add olive oil while blending, and scrape sides with a rubber spatula. Add cheese, salt and pepper and blend until roughly smooth. If too dry, add a little more olive oil. Serve at room temperature over hot pasta, or refrigerate up to a few days. Do not heat pesto. Boil pasta until al dente and drain. While hot, toss with room-temperature pesto. Serve with extra Parmesan, if desired. Serves 4.

Summery Fruit Salad 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup fresh strawberries 1 cup watermelon cubes

2 zucchini, cut into ½-inch sticks, 4 inches long 1 red bell pepper, cut into halfinch strips ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Toss prepared vegetables with oil, salt and pepper, transfer to a grilling basket. Heat gas or charcoal grill. Just before ready to serve, place basket of vegetables on grill 3 to 4 inches above heat source. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes or until fork tender and some of the vegetables are browning. Asparagus is best crisp. Serves 6.

½ loosely packed cup fresh mint leaves, chopped 1 tablespoon poppy seed salad dressing or more, if desired Rinse berries and pat dry. Halve the strawberries and cut watermelon into bite-size pieces. Place blueberries, strawberries and watermelon in a large bowl, add mint and toss with poppy seed dressing. Serves 4. JUNE 2017



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Pop the corks!

Rampart Street revival is fulfilled By Tim McNally

It’s safe to say that North Rampart Street has never in its long history looked so good. Almost back to the time of the founding of the village when the walls, the Ramparts, were first erected to protect the citizens from Native Americans, and a little vice versa, all the way through the Storyville era and the birth of Jazz, North Rampart Street never enjoyed respect and beauty at the same time. But it does now. The long, hard project to revitalize the area, reinstall a streetcar and upgrade the appearance of the border of the French Quarter is now done. The wounds of snarled traffic and business lost are still healing. It appears the promise of a better place has been fulfilled. No test is more conclusive than new meaningful businesses opening. The latest example is Effervescence, 1036 N. Rampart St., a wine bar that focuses on bubbles. Let the popping of corks, the pouring of wine that fizzes and the happy sounds of patrons having a great time begin. The old street has never looked so inviting in almost 300 years.


The Armstrong

1.5 oz. Redemption High-Rye Bourbon 0.75 oz. Basil Liqueur 0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice Top with Champagne or sparkling wine. Serve on the rocks; garnish with purple basil leaves. A Drink that Honors the Man, the Myth and the Legend 106


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Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill Multiple Locations, L, D daily. Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular restaurant serves a variety of grilled items as well as appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Also offers catering services. $$$

Bywater Elizabeth’s 601 Gallier St., 944-9272, B, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sat-Sun. This eclectic local restaurant draws rave reviews for its praline bacon and distinctive Southern-inspired brunch specials. $$$ Satsuma Café 3218 Dauphine St., 3045962, B, L daily (until 5 p.m.). Offers healthy, inspired breakfast and lunch fare, along with freshly squeezed juices. $

carrollton Bourré 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 510-4040. L, D Tue-Sun. “Elevated” street food along with quality daiquiris and reconsidered wings are the draw at this newcomer from the team behind Boucherie. $$

New Orleans flair, the adjacent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly. Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Manning’s 519 Fulton St., 593-8118. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Born of a partnership between New Orleans’ First Family of Football and Harrah’s Casino, Manning’s offers sports bar fans a step up in terms of comfort and quality. With a menu that draws on both New Orleans and the Deep South, traditional dishes get punched up with inspired but accessible twists in surroundings accented by both memorabilia and local art. $$$ Pete’s Pub Intercontinental Hotel, 444 St. Charles Ave., 525-5566, dining/petes_pub. D Mon-Fri. Casual fare and adult beverages are served in this pub on the ground floor. $$ Q&C Hotel/Bar 344 Camp St., 587-9700, B, D daily, L Fri-Sun. Newly renovated boutique hotel offering a small plates menu with tempting choices such as a Short Rib Poor Boy and Lobster Mac and Cheese to complement their sophisticated craft cocktails. $$

H Root 21800 Magazine St., 309-7800,

Satsuma Maple 7901 Maple St., 309-5557, B, L daily (until 5 p.m.). Offers healthy, inspired breakfast and lunch fare, along with freshly squeezed juices. $ L, D Tue-Sat. Chef Philip Lopez opened Root in November 2011 and has garnered a loyal following for his modernist, eclectic cuisine. $$$$


H Restaurant August 301 Tchoupitoulas

Café NOMA 1 Collins Diboll Circle, NO Museum of Art, City Park, 482-1264, L, (snacks) Tue-Sun. Sleek bar and café in the ground floor of museum offers a thoughtful array of snacks, sandwiches and small plates that are sure to enchant, with a kids’ menu to boot. $$

CBD/Warehouse District The Grill Room Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-6000, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Featuring modern American cuisine with a distinctive

St., 299-9777, L Fri, D daily. James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh’s menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar 1009 Poydras St., 309-6530, L, D, daily. Burger, sandwiches, wraps and more made distinctive with a Louisiana twist are served at this sports bar near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. $$

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Warehouse Grille, 869 Magazine St., 3222188, L, D daily, Br Fri-Sat. Creative fare served in an art-filled environment. Try the lamb spring rolls. $$ Wolfe’s in the Warehouse 859 Convention Center Blvd., 613-2882. B, L, D daily. Chef Tom Wolfe brings his refined cuisine to the booming Fulton Street corridor. $$$

Downtown The Grill 540 Chartres St., 522-1800. B, L, D daily. A diner with local character staffed by local characters. $

Faubourg Marigny Langlois 1710 Pauger St., 934-1010, L Fri-Sat, D Wed-Sun. *Reservations only Supper club and boutique cooking school in the Marigny serves up culturally informed, farm-to-table fare with the added bonus of instruction. Open kitchen and convivial atmosphere add up to a good time. $$$ The Marigny Brasserie 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472, L, D daily. Chic neighborhood bistro with traditional dishes like the fried green tomatoes and innovative cocktails such as the cucumber Collins. $$$ Snug Harbor 626 Frenchman St., 9490696, D daily. This jazz club serves cocktails and a dining menu loaded with steaks, seafood and meaty burgers served with loaded baked potatoes. $$$$

French Quarter

Angeline 1032 Chartres St., 308-3106, B Mon-Thu, D daily, Br Sat-Sun,. Modern southern with a fine dining focus is the hallmark of this bistro tucked away in a quiet end of the French Quarter. Southern Fried Quail and Duck Confit Ravoli represent the style. $$$ Continental Provisions 110 N Peters St., Stall 23, 407-3437. Open daily. Artisan purveyors including Bellegarde Bakery,


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St. James Cheese Co. and Cleaver & Company team up to reclaim a foothold for quality food in the tourist Ground Zero of the French Market. Sandwiches, breads, cheeses and more. $$ Hard Rock Café 125 Bourbon St., 5295617, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Local outpost of this global brand serves burgers, café fare and drinks in their rock memorabilia-themed environs. $$ The Pelican Club 312 Exchange Place, 523-1504, D daily. 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. $$$$$ Rib Room Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, B, D daily, L Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Old World elegance and high ceilings, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning seafood and on Sundays a jazz brunch. $$$

GARDEN DISTRICT Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s, 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sun. Shiny, contemporary bistro serves Cajun-fusion fare along with its signature decadent desserts. Good lunch value to boot. $$ District Donuts Sliders Brew, 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, DonutsAndSliders. com. B, L, D daily. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this next-generation café. $

Metairie Boulevard American Bistro 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. L, D daily. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$

$33 Special at Ralph’s

488-1000, Every day Chef Chip Flanagan of Ralph’s on the Park meets with his team to decide how to deliver the freshest spins on the eclectic comfort food that is the hallmark of this landmark restaurant. Every month, Ralph’s offers a specialty cocktail with 20% being donated to a local charity. In June, July and August, there will be a dinner of three appetizers and a glass of wine for $33. – Mirella Cameran



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café B 2700 Metairie Road, 934-4700, D daily, L Mon-Fri. Br Sun. Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this family-friendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! 3547 N. Hullen St., 267-9190. B, L Mon-Sat. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. B, L daily; D Mon-Sat. CaffeCaffe. com Healthy, refreshing meal options combine with gourmet coffee and espresso drinks to create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. Try the egg white spinach wrap. $ Heritage Grill 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 934-4900, L Mon-Fri. This lunch-only destination caters to the office crowd and offers a freshly squeezed juice menu to go along with its regular menu and express two-course lunch. $$ Martin Wine Cellar 714 Elmeer Ave., 8967300, Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, towering burgers, hearty soups and salads and giant, deli-style sandwiches. $ Vega Tapas Café 2051 Metairie Road, 836-2007, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Innovative establishment offers fresh seafood, grilled meats and vegetarian dishes in a chic environment. Daily chef specials showcase unique ingredients and make this place a popular destination for dates as well as groups of friends. $$

Mid-City Parkway Bakery and Tavern 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, L, D Wed-Mon. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $

NORTHSHORE Dakota 629 N. Highway 190, (985) 8923712, L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. A sophisticated dining experience with generous portions. $$$$$

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

Uptown Audubon Clubhouse 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, B, L TueSat, Br Sun. A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$ Camellia Grill 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 3092679. B, L, D daily. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $ GG’s Dine-O-Rama 3100 Magazine St., 373-6579, B, L Tue-

Sun. Upscale-casual restaurant serves a variety of specialty sandwiches, salads and wraps, like the Chicago-style hot dog and the St. Paddy’s Day Massacre, chef Gotter’s take on the Rueben. $$ Martin Wine Cellar 3827 Baronne St., 8997411, Wine by the glass or bottle with cheeses, salads, sandwiches and snacks. $ Slim Goodies 3322 Magazine St., 891 EGGS (3447), B, L daily. This diner offers an exhaustive menu heavily influenced by local cuisine. Try the Creole Slammer, a breakfast platter rounded out by crawfish étouffée. The laid-back vibe is best enjoyed on the patio out back. $ Stein’s Market and Deli 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771, B, L Tue-Sun. New York City meets New Orleans. The Reuben and Rachel sandwiches are the real deal and the half-sours and pickled tomatoes complete the deli experience. $ Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar 1418 Magazine St., 524-3828; 4807 Magazine St., 895-5757, B, L daily. Laid-back café focuses on breakfast and brunch dishes to accompany freshly squeezed juice offerings. Health-food lovers will like it here, along with fans of favorites such as peanut butter and banana pancakes. $$

Tracey’s Irish Restaurant & Bar 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, L, D daily. A neighborhood bar with one of the best messy roast beef poor boys in town. The gumbo, cheeseburger poor boy and other sandwiches are also winners. Grab a local Abita beer to wash it all down. Also a great location to watch the game. $

H Upperline 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, D Wed-Sun. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger and talented chef Dave Bridges make for a winning combination at this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$

H Wayfare 4510 Freret St., 309-0069, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Creative sandwiches and southern-inspired small plates. $$ Ye Olde College Inn 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, D TueSat. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$

Asian Fusion/Pan Asian

Little Tokyo Multiple locations, L, D daily. Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$

Bywater Red’s Chinese 3048 St. Claude Ave., 304-6030, L, D daily. JUNE 2017




Assertive, in-your-face Chinese fare by chef Tobias Womack, an alum of Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese. The Kung Pao Pastrami and General’s Chicken are good options. $$

mari is a tasty way to begin the meal, and their creative sushi rolls are good. Private dining rooms available. $$

CBD/Warehouse District

B, L, D daily. Roasted quail and the beef pho rule at this Vietnamese outpost. $$

Rock-N-Sake 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, L Fri, D Tue-Sun, late night Fri-Sat. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$

Faubourg Marigny Bao and Noodle 2700 Charters St., 2720004, L, D Tue-Sat. Housemade noodles and a more authentic take on Chinese fare sets this neighborhood startup apart. Try the soup dumplings if available $$

French Quarter V Sushi 821 Iberville St., 609-2291, D daily, late-night. Creative rolls and a huge list of fusion dishes keep party-lovers going late into the night at this combination sushi and martini bar. $$$

Garden District Hoshun Restaurant 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, L, D daily. Offers a wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Five-pepper cala-



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Gretna H Tan Dinh 1705 Lafayette St., 361-8008.

Kenner Little Chinatown 3800 Williams Blvd., 305-0580, L, D daily. One of the city’s best Chinese restaurants is secreted away on William’s Boulevard in Kenner. Try the roast duck or roast pork, either one is terrific, as well as their short menu of authentic dishes that (for the most part) avoid Americanized Chinese fare. $$

Lakeview Lakeview Pearl 6300 Canal St., 309-5711, L, D Mon-Sat. A long list of specialty rolls rounds out the offerings of this Asian-Fusion restaurant. $$

Metairie CoNola Grill & Sushi 619 Pink St., 8370055, L, D Tue-Sun. Eclectic cafe with DNA from both Sun Ray Grill and Aloha Sushi Bar puts out southerninspired fare backed by an Americanized sushi menu, a kids menu and more. Along with a Sunday brunch, there’s something for everyone at this independent restau-

rant. $$$

appeal. $$$

H Royal China 600 Veterans Blvd.,

Riverbend H Ba Chi Canteen 7900 Maple St., 373-

831-9633. L daily, D Tue-Sun. Popular and family-friendly Chinese restaurant is one of the few places around that serves dim sum. $$


5628. L, D Mon-Sat. The kitchen plays fast and loose with Vietnamese fare at this eclectic outpost on Maple Street. Try the caramelized pork “Baco”. $

Daiwa, 5033 Lapalco Blvd., 875-4203, L, D daily. Japanese destination on the Westbank serves an impressive and far-ranging array of creative fusion fare. $$$

H Chill Out Café 729 Burdette St.,

Mid-City H Café Minh 4139 Canal St., 482-6266,

Uptown L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Chef Minh Bui and Cynthia Vutran bring a fusion touch to Vietnamese cuisine with French accents and a contemporary flair. $$ Five Happiness 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, L, D daily. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and house-baked duck. $$

H MoPho 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, L, D Wed-Mon. 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

872-9628. B, L daily, D Mon-Sat. Thai food and breakfast favorites like waffles and pancakes can both be had at this affordable college-friendly hangout. $ Chiba 8312 Oak St., 826-9119, Chiba-Nola. com. L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Contemporary restaurant features fresh, exotic fish from all over the world and fusion fare to go along with typical Japanese options. Extensive sake list and late night happy hours are a plus. $$$

H Jung’s Golden Dragon 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280, L, D daily. This Chinese destination is a real find. Along with the usual, you’ll find spicy cold noodle dishes and dumplings. One of the few local Chinese places that breaks the Americanized mold. $

H Magasin 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611, L, D Mon-Sat. Pho, banh

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

WEST BANK Nine Roses 1100 Stephen St., 366-7665, L, D Sun-Tue, Thu-Sat. The extensive Vietnamese menu specializes in hot pots, noodles and dishes big enough for everyone to share. $$

CBD/Warehouse District H Merchant 800 Common St., 571-9580, B, L daily. Illy coffee and creative crêpes, sandwiches and more are served at this sleek and contemporary café on the ground floor of the Merchant Building. $

City Park

grits. $$

Morning Call 56 Dreyfous Drive, City Park, 885-4068, in-the-park/morning-call. 24 hours a day; cash-only. Chicory coffee and beignets coated with powdered sugar make this the quintessential New Orleans coffee shop. $


Red Gravy 4125 Camp St., 561-8844, B, Br, L, Wed-Mon. Farmto-table Italian restaurant offers a creative array of breakfast items such as Cannoli Pancakes and Skillet Cakes, as well as delectable sandwiches and more for lunch. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties round out the menu. $$

Faubourg Marigny H Ruby Slipper Café 2001 Burgundy St.,

H Ruby Slipper Café 200 Magazine


CC’s Coffee House Multiple locations in New Orleans, Metairie and Northshore, Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $

St., 525-9355; 1005 Canal St., 525-9355, B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$



Gracious Bakery + Café 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, B, L daily. Boutique bakery on the ground floor of the Woodward Building offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $


Café du Monde Multiple Locations, 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. $

Gracious to Go 7220 Earhart Blvd., 3013709, B Mon-Fri. Quick-service outpost of Gracious Bakery + Café serves artisan pastries, locally roasted coffee and grab-and-go sandwiches to meet the needs of commuters. Onsite parking a plus. $

Breads on Oak, 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, B, L Wed-Sun. Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak Street serves breads, sandwiches, gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. $

525-9355, B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$

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


The Joint 701 Mazant St., 949-3232, L, D Mon-Sat. Some of the city’s best barbecue can be had at this locally owned and operated favorite. $

French Quarter BB King’s Blues Club 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, L, D daily. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician features a menu loaded with BBQ and southern-inspired specialties. Live music and late hours are a big part of the fun. $$$

Lower Garden District Voodoo BBQ 1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647, L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$

Metairie Voodoo BBQ 2740 Severn Ave., 353-4227, L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$ JUNE 2017




French Quarter Bayou Burger, 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256, L, D daily. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$ Port of Call 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120, L, D daily. It is all about the big, meaty burgers and giant baked potatoes in this popular bar/restaurant – unless you’re cocktailing only, then it’s all about the Monsoons. $$

Lakeview Lakeview Harbor 911 Harrison Ave., 4864887. L, D daily. Burgers are the name of the game at this restaurant. Daily specials, pizza and steaks are offered as well. $

Riverbend H Cowbell 8801 Oak St., 298-8689, L, D Tue-Sat. Burgers and homemade sauces on potato rolls are the specialty here, along with other favorites like skirt steak. $$

Uptown H The Company Burger 4600 Freret St., 267-0320, L, D daily. Custom-baked butter-brushed buns and fresh-ground beef patties make all the difference at this excellent burger hotspot. Draft beer and craft cocktails round out the appeal. $


Faubourg St. John H Café Degas 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, L, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$

French Quarter Broussard’s, 819 Conti St., 581-3866, D daily, Br Sun. CreoleFrench institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$

H Marti’s 1041 Dumaine St., 522-5478, L Fri, D daily. Classic French cuisine, small plates and chilled

seafood platters like Grand Plateau Fruits De Mer are the calling cards for this restaurant with an elegant “Old World” feel. $$$

Lacombe H La Provence 25020 Highway 190, (985) 626-7662, LaProvenceRestaurant. com. D Wed-Sun, Br Sun. Chef John Besh upholds time-honored Provençal cuisine and rewards his guests with a true farm-life experience, from house-made preserves, charcuterie, herbs, kitchen gardens and eggs cultivated on the property. $$$$$

Metairie Chateau du Lac 2037 Metairie Road, 8313773, L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. This casual French bistro, run by chef-owner Jacques Saleun, offers up classic dishes such as escargot, coq au vin and blanquette de veau. $$$$

Uptown Bistro Daisy 5831 Magazine St., 899-6987, D Tue-Sat. Chef Anton Schulte and his wife Diane’s bistro serves creative and contemporary bistro fare in a romantic setting. The signature Daisy Salad is a favorite. $$$$

Gastropub Abita Springs

Abita Brew Pub 72011 Holly St., (985) 892-5837, L, D TueSun. Better-than-expected pub food in its namesake eatery. “Tasteful” tours available for visitors. $$

CBD/Warehouse District Gordon Biersch 200 Poydras St., 5522739, L, D daily. Local outpost of this popular chain serves specialty brews made on-site and crowdpleasing lunch and dinner fare. $$ Victory 339 Baronne St., 522-8664, D daily. Craft cocktails served by owner and acclaimed bartender Daniel Victory, as well as refined small plates and gourmet pizza. $$

French Quarter H Cane & Table 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112, L Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Open late, this chefdriven rustic colonial cuisine and rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$ L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from chef Michael and his partner Lillian Hubbard. $$$

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, D daily. Wine is the muse at this beautifully renovated bistro, which offers vino by the flight, glass and bottle. A classic menu with an emphasis on local cuisine. $$$

H La Crêpe Nanou 1410 Robert St., 899-

H Patrick’s Bar Vin 730 Bienville St.,

H Coquette 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421,

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

200-3180, D daily. This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small plates are served as well. $$

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

Mid-City Trèo 3835 Tulane Ave., 304-4878, L Fri-Sat, D daily. Craft cocktail bar also serves a short but excellent small plates menu to accompany its artfully


composed libations. $$

Uptown The Avenue Pub 1732 St. Charles Ave., 586-9243, Kitchen open 24/7. With more than 43 rotating draft beers, this pub also offers food, including a cheese plate from St. James Cheese Co. and the “Pub Burger.” Counter service only. $ Bouligny Tavern 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, D Mon-Sat. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$ The Delachaise 3442 St. Charles Ave., 8950858, D daily. Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub. Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$


Avondale H Mosca’s 4137 Highway 90 West, 4368950, D Tue-Sat. Italian institution dishes out massive portions of great food, family-style. Good bets are the shrimp Mosca and chicken à la grande. Cash only. $$$

Bywater H Mariza 2900 Charters St., 598-5700, D Tue-Sat. An Italian-inspired restaurant by chef Ian Schnoebelen features a terrific raw bar, house-cured charcuterie and an array of refined adult beverages served in the industrial/contemporary setting on the ground floor of the Rice Mills lofts. $$$

CBD/Warehouse District H Domenica The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, L, D daily. Chef Alon Shaya serves authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products, some from chef John Besh’s Northshore

Ruby Slipper Open BR & Garden District The New Orleans family owned and operated, Ruby Slipper Café is soon going to have eight locations. The latest opening on Magazine Street in Uptown, will be followed by the company’s first in Baton Rouge, which will open in June/ July 2017. All of the cafes feature a twist on traditional southern breakfast, lunch and brunch fare, served in a casual environment. – M.C.



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farm. $$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, D daily. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$

French Quarter Café Giovanni 117 Decatur St., 529-2154, D daily. Live opera singers three nights a week. A selection of Italian specialties tweaked with a Creole influence and their Belli Baci happy hour adds to the atmosphere. $$$$ Chartres House, 601 Chartres St., 5868383, L, D daily. This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$ Irene’s Cuisine 539 St. Philip St., 5298881. D Mon-Sat. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of this Creole-Italian favorite beloved by locals. Try the oysters Irene and crabmeat gratin appetizers. $$$$

H Italian Barrel 430 Barracks St., 5690198, L, D daily. Northern Italian dishes like Braciola di Maiale as well as an exhaustive pasta menu tempt

here at this local favorite that also offers al fresco seating. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, L, D daily, Br SatSun. Enjoy pecan-crusted drum and other local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House 500 Chartres St., 5249752, L Mon-Sat, D Tue-Sat. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned Europeanstyle café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas, and for sipping, a Sazerac or lemony Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $$ Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, L, D daily. Chef Austin Kirzner cooks up a broad menu peppered with local favorites such as barbecue oysters, blackened redfish and double-chocolate bread pudding. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, L, D daily. Granite-topped tables and an antique mahogany bar are home to the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thincrust pizza. $$

H R’evolution 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, L Fri, D daily, Br

Sun. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the more cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Chris Lusk and executive sous chef Erik Veney are in charge of day-to-day operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$

a house specialty. $$$


Ralph’s On The Park 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, Br Sun, L Tue-Fri, D daily. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good cocktails. $$$$

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

Metairie H Andrea’s Restaurant 3100 19th St., 834-8583, L MonSat, D daily, Br Sun. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Semolina 4436 Veterans Blvd., Suite 37, 454-7930, L, D daily. This casual, contemporary pasta restaurant takes a bold approach to cooking Italian food, emphasizing flavors, texture and color. Many of the dishes feature a signature Louisiana twist, such as the muffuletta pasta and pasta jambalaya. $$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie, L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Snug Italian boîte packs them in, yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is

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

NORTHSHORE H Del Porto Ristorante 501 E. Boston St., (985) 875-1006, L, D Tue-Sat. One of the Northshore’s premier fine dining destinations serving Italian food that makes use of locally sourced meats and produce. $$$

Uptown Amici 3218 Magazine St., 300-1250, L, D daily. Coal-fired pizza is the calling card for this destination, but the menu offers an impressive list of authentic and Creole Italian specialties as well. $$ Pascal’s Manale 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Vintage neighborhood restaurant since 1913 and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves icy cold, freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and JUNE 2017



DINING GUIDE steaks are also solid. $$$$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine. com. L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$

Café Adelaide Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., 595-3305, CafeAdelaide. com. B, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. This offering from the Commander’s Palace family of restaurants has become a powerlunch favorite for business-people and politicos. Also features the Swizzle Stick Bar. $$$$

H Cochon 930 Tchoupitoulas St.,

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CBD/Warehouse District H Annunciation 1016 Annunciation St., 568-0245, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Steven Manning brings a refined sensibility to this refined Warehouse District oasis along with his famous fried oysters with melted brie. $$$ Balise 640 Carondelet St., 459-4449, L Tue-Fri, D daily, Br SatSun. Chef Justin Devillier turns back the clock at this turn-of-the-century inspired bistro in the CBD. Decidedly masculine fare – think beef tartare with horseradish and pumpernickel – is carefully crafted and fits well alongside the excellent cocktail and beer list. $$$ Bon Ton Cafe 401 Magazine St., 524-3386, L, D Mon-Fri. A local favorite for the old-school business lunch crowd specializing in local seafood and Cajun dishes. $$$$



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588-2123, L, D, Mon-Sat. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski showcase Cajun and Southern cuisine at this hot spot. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme here, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine from the bar. Reservations strongly recommended. $$ Drago’s Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911, L, D daily. This famous seafooder specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$ Emeril’s 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, L Mon-Fri, D daily. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$

H Herbsaint 701 St. Charles Ave., 5244114, L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before

sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana brown butter tart is a favorite dessert. $$$$$ Mother’s 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, B, L, D daily. Locals and tourists alike endure long queues and a confounding ordering system to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$ Mulate’s 201 Julia St., 522-1492, Mulates. com. L, D daily. Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous Cajun destination. $$

Central City Café Reconcile 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, L Mon-Fri. 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. $$

Darrow Café Burnside Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Highway 942, (225) 473-9380, L daily, Br Sun. Historic plantation’s casual dining option features dishes such as seafood pasta, fried catfish, crawfish and shrimp, gumbo and red beans and rice. $$

Latil’s Landing Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Highway 942, (225) 473-9380, D Wed-Sun. Nouvelle Louisiane, plantation-style cooking served in an opulent setting features dishes like rack of lamb and plume de veau. $$$$$

Faubourg Marigny Feelings Cafe, Bar and Courtyard Lounge 535 Franklin Ave, 446-0040, D Tue-Sat, L Fri. The All New Feelings Marigny is a complete relaunch of the much beloved “Feelings Cafe”. Under the guidance of new ownership and Executive Chef Scott Maki, everything has been completely transformed into one of the most absolutely charming neighborhood restaurants in the area. Chef Maki’s emphasis on contemporary Creole-Louisiana fare is winning diners over from near and far.$$$$ Horn’s 1940 Dauphine St., Marigny, 4594676, B, L daily, D Thu-Sun. This casual, eclectic watering hole offers offbeat twists on classics (the Jewish Coonass features latkes to go with the crawfish etouffée) as well as the usual breakfast and lunch diner fare. $ Praline Connection 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934, L, D daily. Down-home dishes of smothered pork chops, greens, beans and cornbread are on the menu at this Creole soul restau-

rant. $$

French Quarter Acme Oyster House 724 Iberville St., 5225973, L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Arnaud’s 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, D daily, Br Sun. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Antoine’s 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. This pinnacle of haute cuisine and birthplace of oysters Rockefeller is New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. (Every item is à la carte, with an $11 minimum.) Private dining rooms available. $$$$$

H The Bistreaux New Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$ The Bombay Club Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 577-2237, D daily. Popular martini bar with plush British décor features live music during the week and late dinner and drinks on weekends. Nouveau Creole menu includes items such as Bombay drum. $$$$ Café Maspero 601 Decatur St., 523-6250, L, D daily. Tourists line

up for their generous portions of seafood and large deli sandwiches. $

boys, including one featuring glazed pork belly. $

Court of Two Sisters 613 Royal St., 522-7261, Br, D daily. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$

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

Criollo Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, B, L, D daily. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various cultures reflected in Louisiana cooking and cuisine, often with a slight contemporary twist. $$$

NOLA 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, L Thu-Mon, D daily. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$

Galatoire’s 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, L, D Tue-Sun. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this world-famous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$

Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant, 301 Dauphine St., 586-0972, B, Bar Lunch daily. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street you can find this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-andBacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$

House of Blues 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, L, D daily. Surprisingly good menu complements music in the main room. World-famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$

Royal House, 441 Royal St., 528-2601, L, D daily. B Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$

Killer Poboys 811 Conti St., 252-6745, L, D Wed-Mon. This quasi-popup operating out of the Erin Rose Bar serves some of the city’s best poor

SoBou 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, B, L, D daily. There is something for everyone at this “Modern

Creole Saloon.” Decidedly unstuffy with an emphasis on craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Everything from $1 pork cracklins to an extravagant foie gras burger on accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$

H Tableau 616 S. Peter St., 934-3463, B Mon-Fri, L MonSat, D daily, Brunch Sat-Sun. 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 on the corner of Jackson Square. $$$

H Tujague’s 823 Decatur St., 525-8676, L, D daily, Br SatSun. 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. $$$$$

Kenner Copeland’s 1319 W. Esplanade Ave., 617-9146, L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$

Lakeview H Cava 789 Harrison Ave., 304-9034. D daily. Fine dining (and excellent wine list) at this high-end Cajun and Creole restaurant that makes customer service a big part of the experience. $$$ JUNE 2017




Metairie/Jefferson Acme Oyster House 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Austin’s 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 8885533, D Mon-Sat. Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$ Copeland’s 1001 S. Clearview Parkway, 620-7800; 701 Veterans Blvd., 831-3437, L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$

and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a carnivore’s delight. $$$ L Thu-Fri, D MonSat. Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$

for a good appetizer and when the weather is right the romantic patio is the place to sit. $$$$

Upper 9th Ward

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

Copeland’s 2333 Manhattan Blvd., 3641575, L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$

St. Roch Market 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, B, L, D daily. Beautiful restoration of historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$

NORTHSHORE Acme Oyster House 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 246-6155, AcmeOyster. com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

Crabby Jack’s 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, L Mon-Sat. Lunch outpost of Jacques-Imo’s. Famous for its fried seafood and poor boys including fried green tomatoes and roasted duck. $

Gallagher’s Grill 509 S. Tyler St., (985) 892-9992, L, D TueSat. Chef Pat Gallagher’s destination restaurant offers al fresco seating to accompany classically inspired New Orleans fare. Event catering offered. $$$

Drago’s 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, L, D Mon-Sat. This famous seafooder specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$

Riverbend H Boucherie 1506 S. Carrollton Ave.,

Mid-City H Katie’s Restaurant and Bar 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582, L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch make this a neighborhood favorite. $$ Lil’ Dizzy’s Café 1500 Esplanade Ave., 5698997, B, L daily, Br Sun. Spot local and national politicos dining at this favored Creole soul restaurant known for homey classics like fried chicken and trout Baquet. $

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

H Toups’ Meatery 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, L, D Tue-Sat. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails

862-5514, L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$ Brigtsen’s 723 Dante St., 861-7610, D Tue-Sat. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie destination. $$$$$

Uptown H Apolline 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881, D Tue-Sun, Br Sat-Sun. Cozy gem serves a refined menu of French and Creole classics peppered with Southern influences such as buttermilk fried quail with corn waffle. $$$ Casamento’s 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, L Thu-Sat, D Thu-Sun. The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer and for all major holidays. $$ Clancy’s 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111,

Dick and Jenny’s 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, D Mon-Sat. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$ Domilise’s 5240 Annunciation St., 899912. L, D Mon-Sat. Local institution and riteof-passage for those wanting an initiation to the real New Orleans. Wonderful poor boys and a unique atmosphere make this a one-of-a-kind place. $

H Gautreau’s 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, D Mon-Sat. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along with contemporary creations. $$$$$ Jacques-Imo’s Cafe 8324 Oak St., 8610886, D Mon-Sat. Reinvented New Orleans cuisine served in a party atmosphere. The deep-fried roast beef poor boy is delicious. The lively bar scene offsets the long wait on weekends. $$$$



Reginelli’s Pizzeria Multiple Locations, L, D daily. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$ Theo’s Pizza Multiple Locations, L, D daily. The crackercrisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with a lot of local ingredients at cheap prices. $$

Bywater H Pizza Delicious 617 Piety St., 676-8482, L, D Tue-Sun. Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable restaurant that began as a pop-up, but they also offer excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes as well. Outdoor seating a plus. $

Uptown H Ancora 4508 Freret St., 324-1636,

Joey K’s 3001 Magazine St., 891-0997, L, D Mon-Sat. A true neighborhood restaurant with daily lunch plates; red beans and rice are classic. $ D daily. Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza fired in an oven imported from Naples. The housemade charcuterie makes it a double-winner. $$

Mahony’s 3454 Magazine St., 899-3374, L, D daily. Along with the usual poor boys, this sandwich shop serves up a grilled shrimp and fried green tomato version dressed with remoulade sauce. Sandwich offerings are augmented by a full bar. $

Pizza Domenica 4933 Magazine St., 301-4978, L Fri-Sun, D daily. James Beard Award Winning Chef Alon Shaya’s pizza centric spinoff of his popular Restaurant Domenica brings Neapolitan-style pies to Uptown. Excellent salads and charcuterie boards are offered as well. $$

Mat & Naddie’s 937 Leonidas St., 8619600, D Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat. Cozy converted house serves up creative and eclectic regionally inspired fare. Shrimp and crawfish croquettes make


Slice 1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-PIES (7437); 5538 Magazine St., 897-4800; L, D daily. Order up slices or whole pizza pies done in several styles

Katie’s, Upstairs and OnLine

488-6582, Katie’s restaurant and bar is located in in Mid-City. Its extensive menu is joined by daily lunch and dinner specials, and the bar has a $5 drink special all day every day. The upstairs dining rooms can accommodate private parties large and small, but if you’re hosting an event at home or just feel like staying in, online ordering and delivery through Waitr makes Katie’s only a few clicks away. – M.C.



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(thin- and thick-crust) as well as pastas, seafood, panini and salads. $

Seafood Akers

Middendorf’s Interstate 55, Exit 15, 30160 Highway 51 South, (985) 386-6666, L, D Wed-Sun. Historic seafood destination along the shores of Lake Maurepas is world-famous for its thin-fried catfish fillets. Open since 1934, it’s more than a restaurant, it’s a Sun. drive tradition. $$

CBD/Warehouse District H Borgne 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860, L, D daily. Coastal Louisiana seafood with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this high-volume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$

H Pêche 800 Magazine St., 522-1744, L, D Mon-Sat. Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-burning oven. An excellent raw bar is offered as well. $$$ Sac-A-Lait 1051 Annunciation St., 3243658, D TueSat, L Fri. Cody and Sam Carroll’s shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and

craft libations in an ambitious menu that celebrates local and southern cuisine. The striking buildout in the Cotton Mill lofts adds to the appeal. $$$$

French Quarter Bourbon House 144 Bourbon St., 5220111, B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes, bourbon is offered as well. $$$ Crazy Lobster 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, L, D daily. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, L, D daily. Crowd-pleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood 841 Iberville St., 5811316, L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$

H Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse. com. B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Classic Creole

dishes, such as redfish on the halfshell, and an Oyster Bar. Its extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$$

H GW Fins 808 Bienville St., 581-FINS (3467), D daily. Owners Gary Wollerman and twice chef of the year Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak. On a quest for unique variety, menu is printed daily. $$$$$

H Kingfish 337 Charters St., 598-5005, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chefdriven French Quarter establishment. $$$ Le Bayou 208 Bourbon St., 525-4755, L, D daily. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafood-centric destination on Bourbon Street. Fried alligator is available for the more daring diner. $$$ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House 512 Bienville St., 309-4848, MrEdsRestaurants. com/oyster-bar. L, D daily. A seafood lover’s paradise offering an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened redfish and more. An elaborate raw bar featuring gulf oysters both charbroiled and raw is part of the draw. $$$ Oceana Grill 739 Conti St., 525-6002, B, L, D daily. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kid-friendly seafood destination. $$

Pier 424, 424 Bourbon St., 309-1574, L, D daily. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by unusual twists like “CajunBoiled” Lobster prepared crawfish-style in spicy crab boil. $$$

Kenner Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant 910 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A, 463-3030, L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$

Metairie Deanie’s Seafood 1713 Lake Ave., 8314141, L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House 3117 21st St., 833-6310, oyster-bar. L, D Mon-Sat. Seafood-centric eatery specializes in favorites like whole flounder, crabmeat au gratin and more. An oyster bar offering an array of raw and broiled bivalves adds to the appeal. $$$ Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, AustinsNo. com. L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches JUNE 2017



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famed Chicago steakhouse popular with politicians and celebrities. $$$$

Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House 301. N. Carrollton Ave., 872-9975, L, D daily. Latest outpost of local seafood chain features char-broiled oysters, seafood poor boys and other favorites such fried chicken and red beans and rice in a casual setting in Mid-City Market. $$

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, RuthsChris. com. D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this area steak institution, but there are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$


Garden District H Mr. John’s Steakhouse 2111 St.

Frankie & Johnny’s 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, L, D daily. Serves fried and boiled seafood along with poor boys and daily lunch specials. Kid-friendly with a game room to boot. $$ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House 1327 St. Charles Ave., 267-0169, L, D daily. Outpost of local seafood chain serves Cajun and Creole classics in the Maison St. Charles Hotel. Favorites include Redfish Maison St. Charles, which features blackened redfish topped with crawfish etouffée. $$$

Charles Ave., 679-7697, D Tue-Sat, L Fri-Sat. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$

French Quarter Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, L Fri, D daily. Nationally recognized steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and local seafood. Validated Parking next door. $$$$

West End

H Doris Metropolitan 620 Chartres

Landry’s Seafood 8000 Lakeshore Drive, West End, 283-1010, LandrysSeafood. com. L, D daily. Kid-friendly and popular seafood spot serves of heaping platters of fried shrimp, Gulf oysters, catfish and more. $$

St., 267-3500, L Fri-Sun, D daily. Innovative, genre-busting steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$


CBD/Warehouse District H Besh Steak Harrah’s Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6111, HarrahsNewOrleans. com. D daily. Acclaimed chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$$$ Chophouse New Orleans 322 Magazine St., 522-7902, D daily. In addition to USDA prime grade aged steaks prepared under a broiler that reaches 1,700 degrees, Chophouse offers lobster, redfish and classic steakhouse sides. $$$

H Desi Vega’s Steakhouse 628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, DesiVegaSteaks. com. L Mon-Fri, D Tue-Sat. USDA Prime steaks form the base of this Mr. John’s offshoot overlooking Lafayette Square, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the appeal. $$$

H La Boca 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 5258205, D Mon-Sat. This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$ Morton’s The Steakhouse 365 Canal St., One Canal Place, 566-0221, Mortons. com/NewOrleans. D daily. Private elevator leads to the plush, wood-paneled environs of this local outpost of the



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Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Galatoires33BarAndSteak. com. L Fri, D Sun-Thu. Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails to accompany classic steakhouse fare as well as inspired dishes like the Gouté 33: horseradish-crusted bone marrow and deviled eggs with crab ravigote and smoked trout. Reservations accepted. $$$

Metairie Ruth’s Chris Steak House 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, L Fri, D daily. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this area steak institution, but there are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$

Mid-City H Crescent City Steaks 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, L Tue-Fri & Sun, D Tue-Sun. One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$

Uptown Charlie’s Steak House 4510 Dryades St., 895-9323, CharliesSteakHouseNola. com. D Tue-Sat. This quintessential New Orleans neighborhood steak house serves up carnivorous delights including its 32-ounce T-Bone in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. An upstairs dining room accommodates larger parties with ease. $$$


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


Byblos Multiple Locations, L, D daily. Upscale Middle Eastern cuisine featuring traditional seafood, lamb and vegetarian options. $$

Bywater The Green Goddess 307 Exchange Place, 301-3347, GreenGoddessRestaurant. com. L, D Wed-Sun. One of the most imaginative local restaurants. The menu is constantly changing, and chef Paul Artigues always has ample vegetarian options. Combine all of that with a fantastic selection of drinks, wine and beer, and it’s the total (albeit small) package. $$

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

H Lüke 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840, B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Chef John Besh and executive chef Matt Regan serve Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, housemade pâtés and abundant plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$ Palace Café 605 Canal St., 523-1661, B, L, D daily. A classic New Orleans restaurant, located at the foot of the French Quarter, the Dickie Brennan and Palace Cafe team constantly evolve traditional Creol dishes. Enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates athe Black Duck Bar on the second floor. $$$

Faubourg Marigny H Mona’s Café 504 Frenchmen St., 9494115. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, tender-tangy beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros, stuffed into pillowy pita bread or on platters. The lentil soup with crunchy pita chips and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

Faubourg St. John H 1000 Figs 3141 Ponce De Leon St., 301-0848, L, D Tue-Sat. Vegetarian-friendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-to-table alternative to cookie-cutter Middle Eastern places. $$

French Quarter Bayona 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat.

Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$ El Gato Negro 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, L, D daily. Central Mexican cuisine along with hand-muddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$

Kenner H Fiesta Latina 1924 Airline Drive, 4695792, B, L, D daily. A big-screen TV normally shows a soccer match or MTV Latino at this home for authentic Central American food. Tacos include a charred carne asada. $$

Lakewood H Mizado 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., 885-5555, L daily, D Mon-Sat. Sleek restaurant offers modern Mexican cuisine featuring pan-Latin flavors and influences. Small batch tequila and a ceviche bar make it a party. $$

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

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

Mid-City Juan’s Flying Burrito 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950, JuansFlyingBurrito. com. L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $ Lola’s 3312 Esplanade Ave., 488-6946, D daily. Garlicky Spanish dishes and great paella make this artsy boîte a hipster destination. $$$

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

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

Upper 9th Ward Kebab , 2315 Saint Claude Ave., 3834328, L, D Wed-Mon. The menu is short and tasty at this kebab

outpost along the revitalized St. Claude Avenue corridor. $

Uptown H Café Abyssinia 3511 Magazine St.,

as well as sangria. $

H Patois 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441,

894-6238. L, D daily. One of a just few authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the city, excellent injera and spicy vegetarian fare make this a local favorite. $$ L Fri, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. The food is French in technique, with influences from across the Mediterranean as well as the American South, all filtered through the talent of chef Aaron Burgau. Reservations recommended. $$$

H Irish House 1432 St. Charles Ave.,

H Shaya 4213 Magazine St., 891-4213,

595-6755, TheIrishHouseNewOrleans. com. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Irish pub dishes such as shepherd’s pie and fish and chips are featured here, as well as creative cocktails like Irish iced coffee. Check the schedule of events for live music. $$ L, D daily. James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya pays homage to his native Israel with this contemporary Israeli hotspot. Cauliflower Hummus and Matzo Ball Soup made with slow-cooked duck are dishes to try. $$$

Jamila’s Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine 7808 Maple St., 866-4366. D TueSun. Intimate and exotic bistro serving Mediterranean and Tunisian cuisine. The Grilled Merguez is a Jazz Fest favorite and vegetarian options are offered. $$ Juan’s Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000, L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $

H Panchita’s 1434 S. Carrollton Ave., 281-4127. L, D daily. Authentic, budgetfriendly Mexican restaurant serves tamales, mole and offers free chips and salsa

Warehouse District Lucy’s 710 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995, L, D daily. The focus is on fun at this island-themed oasis with a menu that cherry-picks tempting dishes from across the globe’s tropical latitudes. Popular for lunch, and the afterwork crowds stay well into the wee hours at this late-night hangout. $

Specialty Foods

CBD/Warehouse District Calcasieu 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 5882188, For gatherings both large and small, the catering

menus feature modern Louisiana cooking and the Cajun cuisine for which chef Donald Link is justifiably famous.

French Quarter Antoine’s Annex 513 Royal St., 5258045, Open daily. Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available.

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

place for gifts. St. James Cheese Company 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737, StJamesCheese. com. Open daily. Specialty shop offers a selection of fine cheeses, wines, beers and related accouterments. Look for wine and cheese specials every Friday. Sucré 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311, Desserts daily & nightly. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available. n

Mid-City H Blue Dot Donuts 4301 Canal St., 2184866, B, L Tue-Sun. The Bacon Maple Long John gets all the press, but returning customers are happy with the classics as well as twists like peanut butter and jelly.

Uptown Blue Frog Chocolates 5707 Magazine St., 269-5707, Open daily, closed Sundays in summer. French and Belgian chocolate truffles and Italian candy flowers make this a great



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Summer Weekends


here’s something special about weekends in the summer. Whether you’re heading out of town or into the city, the laidback, lazy vibe of the season makes relaxing easy and good times even greater. Long days mean more time spent with family and friends enjoying a sunrise over the beach, shopping and sightseeing by day, and a toast at sunset over a delicious meal. From a weekend beach trip or New Orleans “staycation” to an international

Dining & Imbibing New Orleans’ food is legendary. When seeking the best variety of Creole dishes in an authentic atmosphere, locals and first-time travelers alike find themselves at The Court of Two Sisters. Located at historic 613 Rue Royale in the French Quarter, the award-winning restaurant stretches from Royal Street to Bourbon Street and features a gorgeous open courtyard decorated with lush foliage, gas lamp lighting and a peaceful central fountain. Brunch isn’t just for Sundays! The Court offers a festive

voyage, the summer offers countless ways to spend your days. Chilled cocktails and raw oysters beckon from local restaurants alongside seasonal specialties, while area shops are updating their window displays with the latest in summer fashion and design. Nearby travel destinations abound for those itching to the hit the road, and a number of local events invite you to join in on the fun. Dive into the following regional favorites, and plan your summer weekends today.

live jazz brunch buffet seven days a week. Indulge in over 60 different items including specialty omelets, eggs Benedict, turtle soup, grits and grillades, iced boiled shrimp, salads, fruits and a variety of desserts. At night, enjoy an elegant four course Table d’Hote dinner or select from an extensive à la carte menu featuring dishes such as Trout Meunière, Veal Oscar and Shrimp and Grits. Call 504-522-7261 or visit CourtofTwoSisters. com for reservations. New Orleanians love brunch, and most locals know that no


one does brunch better than The Ruby Slipper Café. The Ruby Slipper started in New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood as a project of love and homecoming after Hurricane Katrina. The restaurant has grown to seven locations in total, with five in New Orleans and two on the Gulf Coast. All of The Ruby Slipper Cafes are unique to their location. In fact, the brand categorizes each restaurant based on their specific neighborhood. In New Orleans there is Mid-City, Marigny, Canal, French Quarter, and the newest restaurant located Uptown at 2802 Magazine Street. Each location boasts scrumptious breakfast, brunch and lunch signature dishes including Eggs Cochon, Bananas Foster Pain Perdu, and Gulf Fish St. Peter. They are also known for the eye-opening cocktails, including the Bacon Bloody Mary, which just one first place at the New Orleans’ Bloody Mary Festival. No matter what neighborhood you are in, The Ruby Slipper Café makes it feel like home. Visit the Ruby Slipper online at and on Facebook. NOSH (New Orleans Social House) is the newest hot spot in town. Located in the Warehouse District at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Julia Streets, NOSH combines the fun of a music venue, a menu of exceptional small plates, and, of course, an incredible selection of high-end cocktails, beers and wines. NOSH is the true definition of “a good time had by all.” Social is the core of the NOSH experience. Chef Michael Farrell has assembled a delectable menu of snacks and small plate delights, a fresh seafood bar, and flatbreads and tartines

that are certain to be the center of conversation. Add in cocktails and a carefully selected list of 50 wines offered by the glass or by the bottle and it will keep the discussions going late into the night. “When you can’t decide between the bison sliders or the Gulf shrimp spring rolls, don’t worry; you can stop back tomorrow for a second round,” says Executive Chef Michael Farrell. For more information on NOSH please visit or call 504-581-7101 to make reservations. Located in the Lower Garden District and just blocks from Downtown New Orleans, Hoshun Restaurant delivers a flavorful punch of pan-Asian flavors with their own take on traditional dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and other South-Asian countries. Popular menu items include pho soup and Vietnamese spring rolls, pad Thai, sushi, General Tsao’s Chicken, Hunan steak, Kung Pao shrimp and more. Enjoy family-style dining in an elegant atmosphere while sharing your favorite appetizers, entrees, combination dinners and sushi specials. Whether you’re looking for seafood, steak or vegetarian fare, Hoshun’s extensive menu provides options for everyone. Open daily until 2:00 a.m., Hoshun is a favorite late-night spot for locals and visitors alike. Its great lunch prices and daily happy hour (3:00-6:00 p.m.), make it a popular daytime destination as well. On Tuesdays, S.I.N. night extends happy JUNE 2017




hour from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. For menu and information, visit or call 504-302-9716. Located at 1601 St. Charles Ave., Hoshun offers a private party room overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line fitting between 25-70 people. Named #1 Brunch Spot and #2 Best Italian & Casual Dining in New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine, Red Gravy greets summer from its Camp Street location and is celebrating with new specials involving seasonal ingredients. Red Gravy owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker loves trips to the Crescent City Farmers Market, where she picks the freshest items for use in creative dishes at the restaurant. In summer, the focus is light and fresh with cool fruit soups, bruschettas and toasts, and small pies. “A particular favorite of mine is the Picnic in Sienna. It’s a meat-filled pastry that changes weekly with fruit, cheese, and a small salad,” says Rostoker. While the menu continues to showcase different foods and seasonal trends, you can always count on Red Gravy’s regular brunch menu and signature Italian delicacies: Roseann’s famous meatballs and handmade pasta. View the menu and make reservations online at, or call 504-561-8844. Visit the website for summer vacation times. Boulevard is a classic American Bistro offering simple, wellcomposed dishes for the whole family. The casual but clubby dining room serves an all-day, à la carte menu while the large bar imparts a feeling of your favorite neighborhood bar with an extensive wine list and hand-crafted specialty drinks. The menu features appetizers such as deviled eggs with sweet pickle relish, wood-fired artichokes and crispy Gulf oysters. Grilled chicken salad, seared tuna salad and an American blue wedge salad are joined by burgers, a Gulf fish sandwich, prime rib sandwich and a lobster roll. Entrees range from rotisserie chicken, slow roasted pork chop, and seared sea scallops to prime rib, filet mignon, crab cakes and barbequed ribs. Boulevard is open seven days a week. For more information, or to view the menu, please visit or call 504-889-2301 to make reservations. Five Happiness, New Orleans’s award-winning Chinese restaurant, offers a delicious menu of Sichuan and Hunan specialties in a sleek and elegant dining room. Enjoy the succulent shrimp with honey-roasted pecans, General’s Chicken or asparagus sautéed with garlic sauce in a comfortable and unique setting distinguished by its authentic Chinese décor of etched glass and Chinese paintings. The dining room, now split into three rooms, provides a more private dining experience for guests. Five Happiness is available for private parties, receptions, or other functions for groups of up to 50 people. Serving options are customized for each party, ranging from sit-down dinners to buffets or cocktails with hors d’oeuvres and prices ranging from $20-$45 per person. For more information, call 504-482-3935 or visit



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Summer brings exciting events to Ralph’s on the Park and café b, two neighborhood favorites from the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. From June 1 – August 31, receive three appetizers and a glass of wine for only $33 at Ralph’s on the Park, located next to the gorgeous, grand oaks of City Park. Choose from appetizers such as Miso Tuna 2 Ways, Pork & Beef Potstickers, Crabmeat & Mango Salad, Salsa Verde Braised Goat, Smoked Redfish Onion, Alligator Beignets and more. Chef Chip Flanagan is excited to revive this time-honored tradition and welcomes guests for summer snacking and sipping. For reservations, call 504-488-1000. At café b, the annual Summer Wine Camp takes place July 10, 17, and 24. Each class includes five tasting pours and three small plates for $40. Wine experts will teach guests about varietals and regions, the fermentation process, how to taste wine, the tongue map, aromas and more. Cafe b will conclude the series with a special Wine Dinner on July 31. There will be limited seating, so call 504-934-4700 today for reservations. The Rizzuto family’s continued resilience over generations has grown their legacy from its early beginnings as a simple Vieux Carré grocery stand, founded by their immigrant ancestors, into their present-day, new restaurant concept, Creole Carré. At Creole Carré, the menu proudly showcases the many flavors and colors of the Rizzutos’ Sicilian roots and Creole influences. In true French Quarter fashion, the restaurant welcomes you to join with the Rizzutos in sharing their love for local culture and cuisine. From classic Italian entrees like Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Crab & Lobster Ravioli to Creole classics such as Louisiana Seafood Gumbo and Crawfish étouffée, the dishes at Creole Carré marry the flavors of two continents and generations of exceptional cooking. Steaks, seafood platters, overstuffed poboys, and raw and charbroiled oysters are additional highlights of the menu, perfect when accompanied by a salad such as the Caprese Burrata, Fried Oyster Spinach, or their specialty, the Southern Deep Fried Chicken. For more information, call 504-300-1800. Creole Carré is located at 208 Bourbon Street. Celebrate summer in the heart of the French Quarter with family and friends at New Orleans Creole Cookery. Stop in and relax after a day of French Quarter shopping or sightseeing


with authentic Creole fare and the time-honored tastes of classic favorites such as Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, and Snapper Pontchartrain. Dine leisurely in the courtyard or stop in at the oyster bar for a cold beverage and fresh oysters. New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Enjoy casual fine dining at its very best in your choice of the charming Toulouse Lautrec dining room, romantic courtyard, or lively oyster bar. Each offers a Creole-inspired menu complemented by tempting handcrafted cocktails. Located at 510 Toulouse Street in one of New Orleans’ oldest and most storied locations, New Orleans Creole Cookery is just steps from festival excitement. New Orleans Creole Cookery is open seven days a week (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.) for lunch and dinner with a jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.). Learn more at Call 504-524-9632 for reservations. Whether you’re taking a break from wandering the French Quarter and Riverwalk or looking for a place to fuel up with drinks and fresh or fried seafood, find your feast this summer along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River at The Crazy Lobster. Dine riverside with a fresh Steamed Seafood Bucket: a 2-lb. lobster, snow crab, shrimp, crawfish, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes, and sausage all seasoned to pure perfection. Looking to satisfy a craving for Creole favorites? New Orleans’ favorites like étouffée, jambalaya, gumbo, and

red beans, along with the best fried seafood in New Orleans are also highlights of the menu. Summer is ideal for indulging in Crazy Lobster’s Poppy’s Voodoo Juice, a refreshing and cool fruity tropical cocktail. Live music keeps the restaurant hopping nightly with a variety of funky musicians straight from Frenchmen Street. The Crazy Lobster is open seven days a week, from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information and menu, visit Call 504-569-3380 for reservations. Westbank residents and visitors are praising their latest option for exceptional New Orleans dining with Lafitte’s Landing Seafood House, located in Harvey at 1700 Lapalco Boulevard. Relax with family and friends and great local fare after a long summer day, and indulge in the familiar flavors you always crave: succulent boiled seafood, crisp salads, juicy steaks, and perfectly seasoned Gulf fish. From oysters and soft-shell crab to specialty dishes like Shrimp Pasta Lafitte and Redfish Pontchartrain, not to mention New Orleans classics like Shrimp & Grits, Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, and Shrimp Creole, the menu is full of local flavor and offers something for everyone. Stop by the bar at Lafitte’s Landing on your way home from work or play this season and relax with a menu of handcrafted cocktails and signature drinks, including the refreshing Lafitte’s Landing Punch, the Big Easy, Southern Cooler, Cajun Bloody Mary, and more. Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. JUNE 2017



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You can find Italian food and pizza in all corners of New Orleans, but when you want something truly authentic, a mediocre national food chain is not the place to go. Respect pizza, pasta, and your palette by visiting Amici Ristorante & Bar. At Amici, Chef Frank Timphony marries the flavors of authentic Sicilian cooking with an unmistakable New Orleans influence. Located in the Garden District on Magazine Street, Amici Ristorante & Bar was founded by the Rizzuto family in 2013. Their grandmother, Lena, grew up in Caporeale, Sicily, and wanted to recreate the food of the family’s heritage for their amici and neighbors. Lena’s sauces, pastas, parmigiana and cannolis have been recreated and perfected by cousin Chef Frank Timphony and amico Chef Jasper Mirable. The intense heat from Amici’s Sicilian, custom-built, 1100°F coalfired oven gives Amici’s pizzas their distinct, charred edges, and chewy, pliable crust. The dough fully crisps in under five minutes, while the sauce stays bright and fresh, and cheese gets that perfect pull. For menus, info, and reservations, visit This summer, stop by any of the Tropical Isles, home of the Hand Grenade®, New Orleans’ Most Powerful Drink® and the Hand Grenade® Martini. Also, enjoy a Hand Grenade® at Funky Pirate Blues Club or Bayou Club. Experience Trop Rock, Cajun/Zydeco & the Blues with Tropical Isle’s nightly entertainment, the best on Bourbon. State-of-the-art sound systems plus great live bands will keep you dancing the night away at Tropical Isle Bourbon, Tropical Isle Original, Little Tropical Isle, Funky Pirate and the Bayou Club. While there, ask about the Hand Grenade® Martini! Enjoy big screen TVs at Funky Pirate, Bayou Club, Tropical Isle Bourbon and Top of the Trop. For more on Tropical Isle, visit For a quiet escape, visit local favorite The Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro right off of Bourbon at 720 Orleans Avenue, which has more than 200 varieties of wine by the bottle and plenty of wine by the glass, plus a Bacon Happy Hour! For sample menus and wine lists, visit Mr. Ed’s has been a local favorite since 1989 and is still regarded as among the best eateries in New Orleans today. Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar serves your choice of chargrilled, fried or raw 124


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oysters as well as long time favorites such as Oyster Rockefeller and Bienville. Offering both a stand-up oyster bar and cocktail bar, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy. With four unique locations across Greater New Orleans, including the newest in Mid-City, Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House brings its fresh seafood, poor boys, platters, and specialties to Metairie, the French Quarter, and St. Charles Avenue, with the fourth location now open at 301 N. Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City Market. “Mr. Ed” McIntyre also oversees Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant of Metairie and Kenner and Austin’s Seafood & Steakhouse of Metairie. Explore each savory menu at Celebrating 27 summers in the French Quarter, Bayona invites you to step into its secluded courtyard or classic Creole Cottage for an essential New Orleans culinary experience. The nationally acclaimed menu continues to delight patrons and critics alike with its innovative and fresh flavors. Beginning June 7th, Bayona will once again be offering its renowned Anniversary Lunches - three courses for $27. Indulge in signature dishes like the Goat Cheese Crouton with Mushrooms and Madeira Cream and the crowd-pleasing Smoked Duck “PB & J” with creamy cashew butter and pepper jelly, or see what magic Chef Susan Spicer and her team have conjured up for the daily specials featuring the freshest local ingredients. The anniversary lunch will also feature 27-cent martinis, lemon drops, and manhattans. Discover why Bayona has won accolades from such publications as Zagat, Gourmet, TripAdvisor, and Forbes Travel Guide, to name a few. For reservations, call 504-525-4455 or visit Hop on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and head to Pascal’s Manale Restaurant, New Orleans’ crown jewel of Creole-Italian fusion cuisine. Home of the original New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, this 104-year-old establishment is today operated today by fourth and fifth generations of the original Manale family. Founded in 1913, Pascal’s Manale serves the classic dishes for which it’s been famous for decades. A fusion of authentic


Italian and Creole influence, Pascal’s Manale’s menu includes New Orleans and Italian favorites, steaks and seafood dishes. Start your night with raw oysters from the oyster bar and follow with specialty favorites including the combination pan roast, which is oysters, crabmeat and shrimp chopped in a blend of parsley, green onions and bell peppers baked in a casserole with a topping of breadcrumbs and butter. Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m., enjoy half-priced raw oysters at the oyster bar as well half-priced beer, wine and selected cocktails. Pascal’s Manale is located at 1838 Napoleon Avenue. Call 504-895- 4877 for reservations or visit Summer Shopping Shoppers looking for summer style that combines natural beauty with eco-friendliness and superior function will want to visit Queork, located in two of New Orleans most popular neighborhood shopping areas, the French Quarter and Magazine Street. Queork is locally owned and specializes in fine handbags, shoes, and accessories for fashion, home, and office that are made from natural cork fabric, which has the look and feel of a soft leather but has the fabulous qualities of being water, scratch, and stain resistant. Cork fabric comes from the same raw material as wine corks - the outer bark of the cork oak tree, mainly grown in the Mediterranean. Once the bark is removed, the tree is left to regrow its bark before it is harvested again. This process takes place every 9-12 years, which makes the tree live longer - typically anywhere from 250-300 years. Cork is not only beautiful; it is also one of the most sustainable products in the world. Visit Queork in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street to learn more. From handbags, wallets, belts, bowties, boots, jewelry, aprons, hats, etc.—there’s something for everyone, at Queork. To shop online visit Tom Mathis, co-owner and designer at Symmetry Jewelers and Designers is a prolific and accomplished artist in a variety of media. Tom started drawing and painting at the early age of seven and never stopped learning. Later in life, he added photography to his talents and also became a master hand engraver and sculptor. Today, most of his sculpting is done using the latest in technology. He has mastered CADCAM model designing and creates amazingly detailed pieces grown in Symmetry’s 3D printers. Adding to a growing collection of charms and cake-pulls, Tom has designed several more pieces with local flavor. Brand new to the group are Tom’s highly detailed and whimsical shotgun house and the tomb of Marie Laveau. Summer has become a major engagement and wedding season, and Tom is busy conceiving new designs for the bride and groom as well. Symmetry Jewelers and Designers is located in the Riverbend at 8138 Hampson Street in New Orleans. Visit While Trashy Diva is a distinctly New Orleans clothing company with five locations spread across the city, their vintage-inspired designs are known and coveted worldwide. For nearly twenty years, Trashy Diva has provided customers 126


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with impeccable designs in classic styles. Original dresses and separates by Candice Gwinn suit a modern sensibility with a focus on creating feminine silhouettes that flatter a variety of body types, from sizes 0-24. Summer in the South means sundresses, sandals and swimwear! From the funky, cute, ‘40s-inspired Berry Chantilly print to the genteel, garden-party ready Dogwood, you’ll find an assortment of dresses, skirts, and tops to flatter your shape. Pair your choice with the perfect airy summer footwear from their Uptown shoe boutique or French Quarter dress boutique, including brands like Remix, B.A.I.T., and Jeffrey Campbell. Visit their French Quarter dress boutique or either lingerie boutique to shop the expansive swimwear selection, including modest retro suits from Esther Williams as well as bra-sized options from Heidi Klum, Free People, and Marlies Dekkers. For more information, visit, call 504-299-3939, and follow @TrashyDiva on Instagram. Events & Entertainment New Orleans is a city for both sinners and saints. It is the place where God and the Devil shook hands so the party could go on. In this spirit, the Saints and Sinners Tour, offered by French Quarter Phantoms, takes you through the sweatsoaked madness of the city’s best and worst - the pious and the criminally disposed. Experience both the good and evil of New Orleans on this surprising and oft-salacious, adults-only tour exploring the eclectic belief systems that created a sense of acceptance found nowhere else. Looking for a more family affair? Wander the headstones and mausoleums of St. Louis #1 Cemetery and learn the fascinating histories of people buried there with French Quarter Phantoms’ Cemetery Tour. St Louis #1 Cemetery is the oldest active New Orleans cemetery and the most haunted cemetery in Louisiana! It is the final resting place of the notorious Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau as well as many other colorful New Orleanians. Other tours include the Ghost & Vampire, Tour Treme, Music of New Orleans: Listen & Learn, and The Garden District. For tour times, tickets, and private tours, visit or call 504-666-8300. For 35 summers, Country Day Creative Arts, on the campus of Metairie Park Country Day School, has transformed children’s lives. Boys and girls, ages seven through fourteen, select five classes from over thirty choices in the visual arts, performing arts, and sports. In an environment of mutual respect, professional artists from New Orleans and around the country guide the natural talents in each young artist to new heights of individual creativity, affirmation, and pride. The Country Day curriculum is unique, inventive, and filled with playful energy. Intricate and imaginative projects are designed to immerse each young person in the exploration of their own ideas and creative choices. The daily schedule includes five classes and two CDCA gatherings. At the end of the program, young artists celebrate all they have accomplished with a magnificent Arts Festival for family, friends, and the greater community. Visual, performing, and literary arts combine into an extraordinary expression of creativity that bursts from every corner of CDCA.


Country Day Creative Arts runs June 12 through July 14. Learn more at or call 504-849-3188. On the summer solstice, June 21, 2017, people across the world will join the Alzheimer’s Association® to do an activity they love ­— or an activity loved by someone affected by Alzheimer’s — to help end the disease. The Longest Day® is all about love. On the longest day of the year, communities and individuals will raise funds and awareness for care and support of those affected by Alzheimer’s while advancing research toward the first survivor. The Alzheimer’s Association challenges you to join or create a team, host an event, or register as an individual and participate in a sunrise-to-sunset activity to honor those facing Alzheimer’s. From swimming to scrapbooking, you’re limited only by your imagination. To advance critically needed research and provide care and support, each participant is asked to raise funds for the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Start fundraising early, and see your total skyrocket! On The Longest Day, you’ll be a part of a global movement to help end Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on how to participate, visit or call 800-272-3900. The Louisiana Children’s Museum at 420 Julia Street is the cool place to play this summer! Behind the Big Blue Doors, families explore and experience the Museum’s signature

exhibits and engaging educational programs including daily art encounters, hands-on science, story time, fitness, and more. At the LCM Storytelling Festival, June 10-11, delight in storytelling, theatre, music, art, puppetry and books! On Saturday, June 24, discover healthy and balanced food choices and sample healthy snack options with the Kids Food Festival To-Go. Then celebrate the USA with a week-long patriotic party, U.S. of Play, Monday June 26 through Monday, July 3. The Louisiana Children’s Museum is open daily during the summer months (beginning June 5), Monday through Saturday, from 9:30am-4:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $8.50 per person (children 12 months and older and adults). LCM members are admitted free. Visit for hours and information about programs, birthday parties, membership and more. The French Market Distric of New Orleans spans from the Shops at the Upper Pontalba to Crescent Park, and includes shops on Decatur Street, Dutch Alley, and the open-air farmers and flea markets. The district is open daily and offers an eclectic variety of eateries, local handmade ads and crafts, unique souvenirs, and activities year-round. The French Market is also home to The Crescent City Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Summer is an exciting season at the French Market, which celebrates the start of Creole tomato season with its JUNE 2017




annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival taking place this year on June 10th and 11. Festivalgoers will find fresh Creole tomatoes for sale by local growers, live music stages, food booths, cooking demonstrations, free children’s activities, and tomato eating contests! Visit for more information on the Market and the 31st Annual Creole Tomato Festival. Take a walk through time as you enjoy a glimpse into the lives of fascinating people who have called St. Joseph Plantation “home.” Learn about the Priestly family and grandson H. H. Richardson, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, Felicite and Josephine, to whom he gave St. Joseph Plantation and neighboring Felicity Plantation. Discover the stories of the slaves that lived here and the work they did. In 1877, the story of St. Joseph’s Plantation’ current family began when Joseph Waguespack purchased the plantation. Joseph’s descendants, the Waguespack and Simon families, have kept this sugarcane plantation thriving for over 135 years, operating the plantation with over 1,000 acres planted. Visit and learn about the sugarcane industry and its regional significance. Additionally, see where scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and Mudbound were filmed. Visit, or call 225-265-4078. Since 1852, Fair Grounds Race Course has been a part of the cultural fabric of the wonderful city of New Orleans. With extensive experience, southern hospitality, and unique facilities, the Fair Grounds is able to make your occasion truly memorable. Whether it’s a group for “A Day at the Races,” a meeting or an evening party, Fair Grounds provides an ideal setting for your next event. A major strength is its flexibility; event settings range from elegant to casual and reception-style to sitdown with your choice of view of the racetrack or downtown New Orleans. With grounds fit for even the most special of occasions, Fair Grounds would consider it a privilege to share in any big day. Host your ceremony or reception in the Paddock and be among the many greats in history that have paraded around this historic site. For groups of 25 or more, request the Fair Grounds Race Course brochure and “Win, Place and Show” your guests an afternoon to remember. Call 504-948-1285 or email Visit online at Following the success of the Louisiana Tour 2016, Vicari Auction is excited to announce an expanded tour culminating in its annual New Orleans auction for classic and muscle car enthusiasts this summer. The party starts Wednesday, July 5, with cocktails at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches, LA, before setting off on July 6 through the Cane River National Heritage Area to Paragon Casino Resort. The tour continues after lunch 128


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with a special “Tiger” tour concluding in Baton Rouge. On July 7, wind your way to Madisonville for a Pellegrini Performance Group tour, and then cruise into New Orleans and take a lap around the NOLA Motorsports track. Cruise fees are $75 each day (participate one or both days), which covers the driver and one passenger. On Saturday, July 8, expect around 200 cars for the oneday auction at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, including a viewing of the first officially sanctioned Batmobile that ever toured! Entry is $10, and gates open at 8:00 a.m. with the Car Show going until 4:30 p.m. The auction begins at 9:00 a.m. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort is “The New Way!” to get away on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this summer! Every Sunday in June, Movie Nights with the classic Captain America series are featured at Garden Oasis Pool along with sno-balls and raffles! On June 18, bring Dad to Scarlet’s Steaks and Seafood from 2:00-9:00 p.m., where the Father’s Day Special includes Steak and Bleu Cheese Salad, Ribs prepared four ways and a 7-Layer Chocolate Cake for only $50/person. A Dixie Chopper Blackhawk Mower is also up for grabs that day at 6:00 p.m.! Earn one entry per 50 Base Slot Points. On Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 p.m., drive away in a 2017 Chevy Colorado with a Big Green Egg Grill, Yeti Cooler and more! Earn entries May 22nd – June 24th. July 2 and 3 brings Mary Wilson of the Supremes singing your favorite Motown hits. With more than 1,200 of the best Slot Machines, 38 exciting Table Games, and 10 Live Poker Tables, you are sure to find an old favorite or make a new one. Book your stay today at Travel & Lifestyle Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on Mississippi›s largest private recreational lake. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Home sites are available on the water starting at $100,000. Both the homes and home sites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast, or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life... “BIG!” Big Bay Lake is only 90 minutes from New Orleans. Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit People visit New Orleans because it’s unlike any other place on earth, and a stay in such a distinctive city deserves a hotel experience just as astonishing. With numerous accolades including #2 Best Hotel in New Orleans by Conde Naste Traveler, a pet-welcome policy, an unsurpassed creative vision, and Top Chef Nina Compton’s Compère Lapin restaurant, Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery offers both pleasure and distinction in addition to its rich history. Inspired by the building’s heritage as a warehouse provisioning the Port of New Orleans, the Old No. 77 Hotel


lobby does triple duty as an art gallery and as a chandlery stocked with items from local and regional creators of t-shirts, art, jewelry, fragrances, candles, soaps, and much more. From the moment you enter the lobby, you’ll be surrounded with the creative vision not just of the hotel’s esteemed designers, but also from the artists whose works don the walls and the craftsman whose items fill the chandlery. For more booking and information, visit Old77Hotel. com. Visit and shop the chandlery at 535 Tchoupitoulas Street. Condor Airlines, part of Thomas Cook Group Airlines and the third largest airline in Germany, has expanded its route network with new, non-stop service from New Orleans to Frankfurt and beyond. With a total of 16 gateways in North America, Condor is the only discount carrier operating with full-service, inclusive fares in Business, Premium, and Economy class on the Boeing 767-300 aircraft. “I’m thrilled to have yet another nonstop trans-Atlantic flight come to New Orleans,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Nonstop flights to Frankfurt open a gateway to new international markets that will create jobs and new opportunities.” Experience all that Germany has to offer this summer with a hastle-free, non-stop flight from home. All Condor passengers receive complimentary checked baggage, complimentary beverages and meals and complimentary in-flight entertainment. Additionally, Condor’s business class features reclining seats, a personal in-seat, premium touch-screen entertainment system, power and USB ports at every seat, gourmet, five-course meals with complimentary wine, beer, and cocktails, and a well-being amenity kit. Book online at or by calling 1-866-960-7915. When living the New Orleans experience, it’s important to envelop yourself in the essence of New Orleans - a feeling captured by each upscale property in the New Orleans Hotel Collection (NOHC). NOHC properties are set apart by distinctive style, personalized service, and superb location. Locally owned and operated, the collection consists of the new JUNG Hotel and Residences opening in November, the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Crowne Plaza (Airport), The Whitney Hotel, Hotel Mazarin, and Hotel Le Marais. Hotel Le Marais, Hotel Mazarin, and Bourbon Orleans were named among “New Orleans’ Ten Best Hotels” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. A consistent guest-favorite, Whitney Hotel is conveniently close to both the World War II Museum and Lafayette Square’s Wednesday summer concert series. New Orleans Hotel Collection’s “no nickel and dime” approach provides all guests with a free breakfast, a welcome drink, in-room bottled artesian water and coffee, Wi-Fi, newspapers, and access to a business and fitness center. For a special readers’ discount better than any online travel agency for direct bookings, visit



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It’s summer travel season, and there’s no better beach escape than Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos and the acclaimed sky-homes of the Portofino Island Resort. Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience, Portofino Island offers families the perfect balance of indulgence, natural beauty, and active adventure. Take a kayak or paddleboard adventure and surf the crystal blue waters, or fly under the sun as you parasail your day away. Be sure to reserve a spa day and get pampered in the comfort of your private suite or poolside. Enjoy a morning or sunset cruise and watch curious dolphins jump out of the water to say hello. Whether you want to enjoy the beach with family, children, spouse or friends, guests of all ages will enjoy the properties of Premier Island. More than just another summer vacation, this will be the one your family remembers for a lifetime. Discover yours at or call 866-935-7741. Architecturally unique, industrially elegant, and timelessly refined—the first luxury hotel to open in New Orleans in a generation, NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans welcomes guests with a magnetic elegance and dynamic vibe that reflects the spirit and energy of the city. NOPSI, which stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., is in the former headquarters of the city’s power and transportation company, a nine-story, distinctive and historic landmark built in 1927 and newly reimagined. Located conveniently in heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District, NOPSI Hotel is within a short walk from the historic French Quarter, The Warehouse and Lower Garden Districts, Lafayette Square, and attractions like the MercedesBenz Superdome. A dramatic Grand Lobby, lively restaurant, and shimmering rooftop pool and bar provide a luxurious atmosphere for guests. Stay two nights this summer and enjoy the third night free! Visit or call 844-439-1463 for details and reservations. Experience the top-rated resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast this summer! The Florida Panhandle is one of the top coastal destinations in the country. Located in the heart of this region is the iconic Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, rated #1 Resort in Destin by U.S. News and World Report and universally recognized as the finest resort on the Emerald Coast. Relax by soaking up the sun and splashing in the clear emerald waters, or get moving with a multitude of exciting activities like YOLO boarding, kayaking, waverunners, parasailing and more. Sandestin offers endless complimentary amenities including daily bicycle rentals, access to tennis courts, fitness center, boogie boards and resort transportation. Plus, enjoy complimentary entertainment all summer long with movie nights, luaus, fireworks, concerts, and more. The days just don’t seem long enough to enjoy all the activities Sandestin has to offer. To start planning your summer vacation and to save 25%,


visit or call 855-288-6678 (promo code: SUMR17). Summer is endless in South Walton, Florida. Hold on to kids’ smiles, beach days with the family, and hiking and biking through the pristine natural landscape. Hold on to suntans, sandy toes, and eating dinner while you’re still in your swim gear. Hold on to what’s really important: spending time with family without another care in the world. Take your pick of 16 beach neighborhoods, each with its own style and amenities, and stay in grand beach houses, cozy cottages, or full-service resorts. Travel is a breeze, whether by car or by plane - South Walton is a short drive from both Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) and Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). So whenever you need to find your perfect destination, summer is waiting in South Walton. Discover all that awaits you at Expansive floor plans, custom kitchens, luxe lifestyle services - 1st Lake Properties invites you to “Live the Good Life” at Artesia Apartment Homes, a new luxury community in Covington, LA. Artesia offers the perfect balance of country living in city style. Nestled near nature trails, historic downtown, and high-end shopping, enjoyment abounds at Artesia Apartment Homes. Revel in must-have amenities

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he key to good health is the ability to move around comfortably. We are mere mortals, however, and often fall victim to broken bones, tennis elbow or carpal tunnel and neuromuscular disorders. The state of Louisiana holds some of the most prominent orthopedists in the country who are specialized to treat a vast number of injuries and ailments. Whether your pain originates from a sports injury or too much time typing at the office, that pain is real and can make everyday activities difficult to accomplish. Seeing an orthopaedist may help you get back to daily life at home, at work or on the playing field quicker than you think. A variety of minimally invasive and advanced procedures are available from physicians and surgeons across New Orleans, even in cases of rare conditions. Knowing your options is the first step in seeking care, and a consultation with one of the following orthopaedics and sports medicine specialists may help you find a path to healing.

Dr. Neil Maki Orthopaedics Neil J. Maki, MD Nicole O. Bourgeois, PA-C

Certified in orthopaedics and sports medicine, Dr. Neil Maki practices in Thibodaux, and is a Clinical Professor in Orthopaedic surgery at the LSU Medical School. Dr. Neil Maki helped develop many shoulder arthroscopic procedures. Besides being an expert in shoulder care, his practice includes sports medicine, hand surgery, joint replacements, endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery and fracture care. Named Best Doctor since 2000, Dr. Maki is regarded as one of the area’s top orthopaedic surgeons.

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Serving the West Bank and Greater New Orleans region, Westside Orthopaedic Clinic provides superior general orthopaedic treatment, with
a specialty in spinal care. The clinic has been in operation since 1961, making it one of the longest standing orthopaedic clinics in the city. Dr. Ralph. Katz is a board-certified and fellowshiptrained orthopaedic specialist who has performed over
500 minimally invasive procedures with consistently excellent
outcomes. For the right patient who has failed conservative treatment
(e.g. medication, physical therapy, injections), a minimally invasive microdiscectomy can be done in an outpatient setting with an incision that can be covered by a Band-Aid. The procedure typically takes less than an hour. Most patients can return to normal activities within three to six weeks. Additionally, Dr. Katz performs cervical and lumbar spinal fusions, utilizing small incisions with minimally invasive systems. He is one of few local surgeons who perform both cervical and lumbar disc replacements. Westside offers full-service, in-house X-rays, EMG/NCS, as well as physical therapy services, with access to new rehabilitation equipment. Same-day appointments can
be accommodated. For more information, visit WestsideOrtho. com or call 504-347-0243 The Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional is committed to providing student athletes and coaches with the tools needed for a safe and successful season. One

unique aspect of
care offered through Thibodaux Regional’s Sports Medicine Center is use of its advanced concussion technology, which provides physicians with concrete data to help determine when an athlete is ready to return to sports following an injury. In addition to concussion management, comprehensive treatment and rehabilitative services are offered for all types of injuries, with an end goal of helping athletes return to the same level of competition performance. “Thibodaux Regional’s sports medicine program also offers educational seminars that focus on nutrition, conditioning, equipment fitting and reconditioning, and specific health topics such as concussion and athletic injury rehabilitation,” says Larry D‘Antoni, ATC, LAT, Coordinator of the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional. To learn more about the sports medicine program at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, call 985-493-4502 or visit Each year, thousands of Americans make the
decision to end chronic joint pain by undergoing joint replacement surgery. The Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Touro Infirmary understands that even elective surgery, such as joint replacement of the knee, shoulder or hip can be very disconcerting. Touro offers a unique approach to patient care, providing education, care and resources patients need to relieve pain, improve function and get back to doing the things they love.

The physicians at Pontchartrain Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialize in caring for the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and related structures of the body. They evaluate and treat all injuries and disorders from the neck down to the feet in both adult and pediatric patients. Pontchartrain Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s physicians ensure that they are available 24/7 for telephone calls, hospital rounds and emergency room consultations, including after hours, weekends and holidays. X-ray services are also provided in-office. Physical therapy services are provided in our fully staffed and equipped facility at our Metairie office. Join us in welcoming Dr. John Carradine to our family! Dr Carradine brings years of experience in the surgical care of the foot and ankle to POSM.

3939 Houma Blvd., Suite 21, Metairie 504-885-6464 14041 Hwy. 90, Boutte 985-764-3001

Pontchartrain Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Brandon P. Donnelly, MD ∙ Charles G. Haddad, Jr., MD ∙ Jeffrey J. Sketchler, MD Joseph L. Finstein, MD ∙ John G. Burvant, MD ∙ Keith P. Melancon, MD Harold M. Stokes, MD ∙ Michael P. Zeringue, MD ∙ John Carradine, DPM (not pictured) JUNE 2017




Touro Infirmary is the first of its kind in the region, offering the most recent arthroscopic, minimally-invasive surgical procedures designed to return you
to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. The Center features a unique group recovery method, with “hotel-style” rooms and amenities, and occupies a separate hospital wing designated specially for joint recovery patients. Touro physicians and staff recognize the importance of both family and group support during the recovery period. To learn more about the Orthopaedic and Spine Center at Touro, visit Tulane Orthopaedics doctors are elite, fellowship-trained surgeons who combine their expertise and subspecialty areas into a single comprehensive program. Patients have access to some of the most capable
surgical care in the nation, as well as one of the newest rehabilitation programs. This ensures a faster and more effective recovery, regardless of whether you’re trying to get back on the sports field or back to daily life. Specialists offer care and prevention of sports medicine injuries, total joint replacements of hips, knees, shoulders, elbows and ankles, treatment of pelvic and other bone fractures and treatment of spine-related conditions ranging from scoliosis in children to adults with disc herniations
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including the Institute of Sports Medicine in Uptown New Orleans, Tulane-Lakeside in Metairie and downtown at Tulane Medical Center, Tulane doctors and staff are able to serve the entire Greater New Orleans community. For more information, call 877-Tortho (877-867-8461) or 504-988-6032, or visit One of the region’s top orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Neil Maki practices in Thibodaux and is on staff at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. Six staff members, including physician assistant, Nicole Orgeron Bourgeois PA-C insure that patients’ individual needs are met by the most effective means. Dr. Maki specializes in the shoulder and has pioneered many shoulder arthroscopic procedures including obtaining patents on arthroscopic instrumentation. He also performs joint replacements, and is one of few specialists in the region who performs endoscopic carpal tunnel (wrist) and endoscopic cubital tunnel (elbow) surgery. Board-certified in both orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Maki is fellowship trained in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. He has served on the medical staff of the New Orleans Saints and the Nicholls State University athletic programs. Dr. Maki holds a distinction as a Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics and Honorary Alumnus at LSU Medical School. He may be reached by calling (985) 446-6284 or (800) 521-2647. •

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Archers Make Ready Straight As An Arrow By Kelly Massicot

In 2008, Suzanne Collins introduced the world to a young female warrior named Katniss Everdeen. In The Hunger Games, Everdeen was a symbol of the misunderstood underdog who exuded bravery and housed some major badass skills. One of those skills included the use of a bow and arrow to take down her enemies or hunt for food. Since the book, and eventually the movies, became popular I have been obsessed with the thought of archery. I figured there were others who were intrigued by this pastime and went on a search, which led me to Westbank Archery and 504 On Target. One afternoon, a few of the Renaissance Publishing editors made our way to the 504 On Target facility to unleash our inner Katniss. The look of the building does not prepare you for what you will find in the shooting area. It’s as if a hunting lodge was placed in the middle of a hollowed out office building in the middle of the Westbank. An all-wood structure sits in the center of the main room, surrounded by owner Chad Daigle’s other business ventures,


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including Westbank Archery. Deer, boar and other animal trophies line the walls, and sitting areas surround the range, making for a perfect spot to catch the multitude of tournaments and events held at the facility. Daigle explained the five different types of bows: recurve, horseback bow, longbow, compound bow (what we would be using) and crossbow (a la Joffrey Baratheon). The compound bows we used had the option for all the bells and whistles you wanted, with the bow being able to grow with the archer as they become stronger. He continued with an explanation of the parts of a compound bow, as well as the important calls and commands heard when in the range. “The range is hot,” we were told, meant that no one should step in front of the shooting line while archers were knocking a bow and aiming at the target. “Archers make ready,” signaled to the archers to prepare an arrow. Daigle was excellent at showing us how to hold the bow properly, position our stance and correct our errors once we shot an arrow. For

a man who hunts and works constantly in the outdoors, he’s extremely patient and makes any visitor feel at ease, even the youngest ones. As I readied my bow and prepared to shoot, I felt the bowstrings leave my hand and completely missed the target. Daigle still offered words of encouragement. And after a few more frustrating attempts, I eventually shot my arrow into the center ring around the bull’s eye. I left the range feeling satisfied with my quick progress and ultimately empowered. Daigle and 504 On Target offer birthday parties, private lessons and family deals. The range is also open to the public, but archers must bring their own equipment. If you’re looking to gain confidence, try something new, and even potentially take out some anger on an unknowing target paper, archery is a fun and interesting way to do so. Stick with 504 On Target and you’ll give Katniss Everdeen a run for her money in no time. n cheryl gerber PHOTOGRAPH



St. Thomas Heart Center Opens St. Thomas Community Health Center (CHC) has opened the St. Thomas Heart & Vascular Center, bringing access to quality cardiovascular care in New Orleans. A full-range of cardiovascular services will be available five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Orleans native, Dr. Arthur “Chip” Grant, was named the Director. The goal of St. Thomas is to keep families healthy, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.


Condor Airlines: Non-stop to Germany

866-960-7915, Condor Airlines, part of Thomas Cook Group Airlines, and the third largest airline in Germany, is now offering non-stop seasonal service between New Orleans and Frankfurt. The service season is May 3rd through October 4th, on Wednesdays and Sundays. The airline’s extensive partner network in Frankfurt easily connects passengers with flights throughout Europe. Condor is the only discount carrier operating with full-service, inclusive fares in Business, Premium and Economy class. By Mirella Cameran cheryl gerber PHOTOGRAPHS JUNE 2017



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Jacques Chirac in New Orleans By Errol Laborde

Now that France has elected a new President, Emmanuel Macron, I have been thinking that there have been two French Presidents who have set foot in New Orleans. One was Charles DeGaulle, whose post-war celebrity status was so high in 1960 that the city even named a West Bank road after him. The other was not yet a president, but only a student when he was here, yet he left his impressions too. Jacques Chirac served as Le Président from 1995 to 2007, capping off a career which also included being mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. When Chirac was a graduate student, he spent time in this city doing a study of the Port of New Orleans. In 1954, while here, he became seriously ill with pneumonia.


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A French- speaking doctor was called on. That was New Orleanian Homer Dupuy, who nursed young Chirac back to good health. For the rest of his life, Dupuy would tell about maintaining a correspondence with Chirac as he ascended through French politics. Dupuy would later achieve his own throne. He was Rex in 1963 and continued to be a passionate member of the organization. Former journalist and New Orleans native Tom Sancton, also known for his jazz clarinet, once served as Paris Bureau Chief for Time magazine. In that capacity he met Chriac several times. Sancton recalled that each time he was re-introduced to Chirac, the President was delighted to hear that he was from New Orleans. Chirac would tell Sancton

about his experience as an exchange student here, an honor that was reported in the local media. According to Sancton, Chirac liked to say that The Times-Picayune was the first newspaper in which his name was ever published. Some of his memories were confused. According to Sancton, Chirac would tell about going to New Orleans jazz clubs and hearing Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway perform, neither of whom lived or worked here. He also said that Ellington became his mentor and the two had dinner at Galatoire’s, a racially improbable pairing in the 1950s. Chirac, for the most part, had a glorious career; though it was bumpy toward the end, with Chirac having received a two-year suspended sentence on a charge of diverting public funds. As a free man, he could have come back to visit his old haunts. He could inspect the Joan of Arc statue and take a drive down DeGaulle Drive, maybe even have dinner at Galatoire’s. And if he wanted to hear music, he could have gone to a jazz club where, on a given night, if the clarinet player reminded him of the old Paris bureau days, it might have been Sancton.Having studied it before, Chirac might even have wanted to revisit the Port of New Orleans. A lot will have changed but one thing would be the same. He would have gotten his name in The Times-Picayune again. n