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MARCH 2020 / VOLUME 54 / NUMBER 5 Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde Managing Editor Ashley McLellan Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Contributing Writers Fritz Esker, Kathy Finn, Dawn Ruth Wilson, Carolyn Kolb, Chris Rose, Eve Crawford Peyton, Mike Griffith, Liz Scott Monaghan, Lee Cutrone, Dale Curry, Jay Forman, Tim McNally, Robert Peyton Digital Media Editor Kelly Massicot Staff Writers Topher Balfer, Kelly Massicot Melanie Warner Spencer Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Advertising Sales Manager Kate Henry Kate@MyNewOrleans.com Senior Account Executives Danielle Kiletico, Meggie Schmidt Account Executive Rachel Webber Digital Operations Manager Sarah Duckert Director of Marketing and Events Jeanel Luquette Event Coordinator Abbie Dugruise For event information call (504) 830-7264 Production Manager Emily Andras Production Designers Rosa Balaguer, Meghan Rooney Special Projects Art Director Molly Tullier Patty Traffic Coordinator Lane Brocato, Jeremiah Michel Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President Errol Laborde Distribution Manager John Holzer Administrative Assistant Mallary Matherne Audience Development Claire Sargent WYES DIAL 12 STAFF (504) 486-5511 Executive Editor Aislinn Hinyup Associate Editor Robin Cooper Art Director Tiffani R. Amedeo NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE Printed in USA A Publication of Renaissance Publishing 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 MyNewOrleans.com

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Contents Local Color Marquee Top event picks 32 BEST NEW ARCHITECTURE, P. 58

Persona Maurice Carlos Ruffins 34

Education Learning from being a mom 36

Chris Rose The Chris Show 38

Modine Gunch Behind the times 40

Joie d’Eve Parenting tips 42

In Tune Buku + Hogs 44

Home Dream team 46



In Every Issue

Coastal Romance


Gulf getaways for two 50

Sentimental Journeys 14

Best of Architecture

Speaking Out

Our annual guide to excellence 58

Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 18

Julia Street Questions and answers about our city 30

Streetcar Lady New Orleans 112


DIAL 12, D1 CALL THE MIDWIFE returns to WYES for its ninth season with plenty of new guest stars alongside old favorites. Watch it Sunday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. Save the date!! On Friday, April 3, WYES will host its 2020 Gala presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust featuring an evening inspired by MASTERPIECE favorites “Victoria & Albert.” The fundraiser will feature The Boogie Men and cuisine from Celebrate! Catered Events by Windsor Court. For WYES program and event details, go to wyes.org.

The Menu Table Talk Going Greek 70

Restaurant Insider News from the Kitchen 72

Food Smokin’ hot 74

Last Call Commander’s Palace sidecar 76

Dining Guide Listings by Neighborhood 78



to me their honeymoon in 1945. They were married in central Louisiana shortly after he returned home from the war. During that time, many purchases were limited. An uncle gave her some of his ration stamps so she could buy new shoes for the wedding. For the reception there was homemade cake and punch served in her family’s home and then it was off to the honeymoon. The trip began by taking a Trailways bus to New Orleans. It was so crowded he had to stand all of the way. From there they took a train, the Southern Crescent, to Biloxi, Mississippi. Our cover story looks at romantic travel along the Gulf Coast, a ritual that has transcended decades. Much, of course, has changed through the years, but what remains constant is the mesmerizing appeal of sand, water and sunsets. Today’s travelers are well acquainted with the white sand beaches and green water east of Biloxi along the Florida panhandle. Many have also experienced the Mexican coast, the Caribbean and the view from cruise ships. For the couple above, though, the experience was totally different. For her, raised in a rural enclave during the Depression, the day they arrived in Biloxi was probably the first time in her life that she had seen a beach. She had grown up near meandering shady bayous, but never experienced a waterfront. She had heard about sand, but never experienced stepping in it. And that sunset! So that’s where the sun goes at night.


For him, we know that there was a least one big beach that he had been to, back in ‘44, and it was a whopper. It was called Normandy and the reception committee was totally hostile. Sunburns would be the least of anyone’s worries. “Sentimental Journey,” an elegant song about rediscovery of romantic interest, as recorded by Doris Day, was the nation’s most popular song that year. The recording had become the anthem of troops returning from the war and those waiting for them: Gonna take a sentimental journey, Gonna set my heart at ease, Gonna make a sentimental journey, To renew old memories. For the rest of their lives together, the couple would cherish that song as they remembered the place when the journey began.



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Theater of Government Yes to relocationg City Hall WE SUPPORT THE IDEA OF

relocating New Orleans’ City Hall to the abandoned Municipal Auditorium. The suggestion has been around for a while, but has recently gotten new push from the support of the Cantrell administration, which has $41 million in FEMA money dedicated to the building’s post-Katrina repair. That makes the discussion serious. New Orleans’ current City Hall (built in the late 1950s) though modern in design, has never been a totally successful nor beloved building. It was constructed in the post-war era when the nation, made brash by its successes, was in a mindset to unleash the future. The quaint, historic, architecturally significant city that so many people loved, and whose design heritage was reflected in the previous seat of government,


the Greek Revival style Gallier Hall, a stately building that was more appropriate to the city. Beyond its appearance, City Hall has often had repair problems (bets could have been taken on successful elevator rides) but its most notable offense these days is that its Loyola at Poydras Avenues location takes up space on what could be an incredibly lucrative plot of land. Located next to the Superdome and the Arena, and adjacent to the business district, sale of the location could be a windfall for the city. Meanwhile, the Municipal Auditorium sits empty as it has since Katrina. Opened in 1930, the building had a glorious history as a performance space and the site for Carnival balls. Those days are gone. There is already a glut of theaters downtown, so much so that there is still not a plan for

the long closed Lowe’s theater. for Rampart Street and bring There has been no better loca- more activity to Armstrong Park. tion for Carnival balls, including At its best, the converted ample promenade space and building could not fill all of the sight lines, than the auditorium. city’s space needs, but that is Carnival alone, however, cannot already the case with the current provide the revenue to support City Hall, as many public offices the building. are located in nearby buildings. Converting the auditorium into A proper seat of government City Hall would take creative should always be surrounded by design, but that is why the green spaces as a place where Almighty gave the world archi- citizens can gather, be heard, or tects. We see that every just relax in the shade day with former wareof democracy. The houses and office buildauditorium building An original ings now having been ©Mike Luckovich can provide that. transformed into other Cartoon for New We think the city administration is uses including boutique Orleans Magazine hotels and condominiums looking in the right projects. Those conversions in direction. Done right, the reloturn bring new people living in cated City Hall could strengthen the area and enliven neighbor- two neighborhoods; the one it hoods that were once dormant left and the one it moved to. after office hours. The new City Seldom can public projects claim Hall could enhance opportunities such a complete victory.




Cheryl Gerber photo

and ready-made sandwiches, helping assure that one’s lunch doesn’t come with sawdust or salmonella lagniappe.

Dear Julia, I was parking my car in the lot of 2645 Toulouse Street, in front of the SBP building and adjacent to the Broad Theatre. It’s a spot I park in frequently. Today’s rain revealed a white placard in the pavement, which caught my attention. It reads, “BROAD STREET Carnival and Pleasure Club Dec 2, 1945.” Do you have any information on the club and if they paraded? LaWanda Smith (Metairie, LA)

maids Joyce Silvers, Louise Bienvenu, Jacqueline Bordes and Carol Cruz. Dianne Juge and Camelo Tessitore were her pages. The Broad Street Carnival and Pleasure Club paraded again, perhaps for the last time, on Mardi Grad Day 1949, following a slightly different route. A ball followed at Deutsches Haus.

Club president Sidney J. LeBlanc, Sr. formally dedicated the Broad Street Carnival and Pleasure Club, 600 N. Broad St., with a flag-raising which took place on December 2, 1945. The club filed its charter two weeks later. The Broad Street Carnival and Pleasure Club is known to have paraded in 1947 and, again, on Mardi Gras Day 1948. It was a small neighborhood affair in which two bands and one float accompanied the marching club. Grand Marshall Joseph LeConte led the procession which began at the club’s den on Bayou Road and proceeded down Broad to Perdido before turning around and returning to the starting point to disband. A ball followed at the Top Hat Club on North Broad and St. Ann. Mrs. Albert Pettingill reigned as queen; her court included

Dear Julia. I heard many years ago, that there was/is a law that says a poor boy sandwich had to be at least 11” to be called a poor boy. Is this true or just fiction? I really enjoy your and Poydras the Parrot’s column in New Orleans Magazine each month and basically it is the first column I read. Don Gaudin (New Orleans)


It may be a matter of pride to see how one’s poor boy measures up against the competition, but I found nothing in the city or state legal codes stipulating that poor boy sandwiches must be any particular length. There are, however, numerous laws concerning the sanitary handling and retail packaging of flour, bread

Dear Miss Julia, I was in your city about four or five years ago. As I was leaving Café du Monde, walking down Decatur toward Canal Street, I noticed on my left side a crew working on a plain stand-alone dark brown brick building about four or five stories high. They appeared to be tearing it down. Although I have never seen it used for anything, I just hope it’s still there. Please help! I remember seeing it from a Decatur Street service station. Fan forever, Bob Furlong (Oak Creek, WI)

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The brick building you are remembering still stands in a large parking lot in the block bounded by N. Peters, N. Front, Bienville and Iberville. When it was built, around 1912, as part of the American Sugar Company’s Louisiana Refinery, it stood at the corner of Bienville and Clay, a short street which formerly ran through the middle of the block. The building has been under renovation in recent years. You most definitely could, in years gone by, see the red brick sugar building from a Decatur Street service station. Built around 1927 for the St. Bernard Oil Company, the station formerly stood at the Conti Street end of an irregular block bounded by Conti, Decatur, N. Peters and Bienville. The station was partially demolished in the late 1980s and the remainder was recently razed.


Florida Destinations


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SPONSORED Franklin County, along Florida’s Northern Gulf Coast, is a coastal oasis with sparkling beaches, tranquil bay waters and scenic rivers and streams. Dubbed “Florida’s Forgotten Coast” for its quiet, laid-back atmosphere, the area’s pristine bays and Gulf waters support a thriving water-based eco-tourism industry in the coastal communities of Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, Alligator Point and St. George Island. Folks in Franklin County enjoy nature’s salty bounty through fishing, kayaking, swimming, diving, hiking or eating fresh Apalachicola Bay seafood. More than 80 percent of Franklin County’s 545 square miles is publicly owned with hundreds of miles of rivers, creeks and coastal shallows to explore. Boat ramps and primitive canoe/kayak launches abound—bring your boat and tie up at one of many commercial marinas. Take a relaxing sunset tour of Apalachicola’s historic waterfront aboard one of several eco-tour boats or charter an offshore trip from the docks in Carrabelle. Some of the region’s finest birdwatching and camping opportunities exist at St. George Island State Park. Accommodations range from beachfront vacation rental homes and hotels to camping facilities. Learn more and find getaway deals at FloridasForgottenCoast.com.


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St. Augustine, Florida







Events Our top picks for this month by Fritz Esker


Everyone’s favorite high-flying basketball team comes to Lakefront Arena on March 8 to delight and dazzle fans with breathtaking hoops and hilarious physical comedy. Information, arena.uno.edu.



The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra takes its audience on a journey through the work of master composer John Williams (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws) on March 7-8 at the Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.


The best Sun Belt Conference men’s and women’s basketball teams meet at the Smoothie King Center on March 14-15 to vie for a spot in the NCAA tournament (a.k.a. March Madness). Information SmoothieKingCenter.com.


The popular charity barbecue and music festival returns to Lakefront Arena on March 27-28. Eighty-five local and regional BBQ masters will be participating. All proceeds benefit families with children suffering from brain cancer. Information, HogsForTheCause.org.


MAR. 18-22

Dancing With The Stars Live Tour 2020, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Various Locations. Information, nowfe.com.

MAR. 6-8

MAR. 18-APR. 5

Jersey Boys, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.

Reykjavik, Southern Rep. Information, SouthernRep.com.

MAR. 6-8

MAR. 19

Schoolhouse Rock Live Junior, Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Information, jpas.org.

Top Taco 2020, Woldenberg Park. Information, TopTacoNOLA.com.

MAR. 6

LPO: Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.

MAR. 19

The 13th Annual Big Easy Blues Festival, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information, arena.uno.edu.

MAR. 20-29 MAR. 6-22

Peter and the Starcatcher, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Information, RivertownTheaters.com.

Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, BB’s Stage Door Canteen. Information, NationalWW2Museum.org. MAR. 22

MAR. 6-29

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), Teatro Wego. Information, jpas.org.

Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday, A.L. Davis Park. Information, NewOrleans.com. MAR. 25-29

MAR. 6-22

The Piano Lesson, Le Petit Theatre. Information, LePetitTheatre.com.

Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, French Quarter. Information, TennesseeWilliams.net.

MAR. 7

MAR. 26

Lord Teach Me How to Love Again, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information, MahaliaJacksonTheater. com.

LPO: Classical Contrasts with Bassoonist Jack Pena, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.

MAR. 7-8

MAR. 27

Spring Pontchartrain Home Show and Food Fest, Pontchartrain Center. Information, jaaspro.com.

Voices of Congo Square, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA. com.

MAR. 12

MAR. 27-29

Bert Kreischer: The Berty Boy Tour, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.

New Orleans Home & Garden Show, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Information, NewOrleansHomeShows.com.

MAR. 13

Set It Off, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com. MAR. 15

Ali Wong: The Milk & Money Tour, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com. MAR. 17-22

Mean Girls, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.

MAR. 28

Houston Ballet, Mahalia Jackson Theater. Information, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com. MAR. 28

Trevor Noah: Loud & Clear Tour, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.




The Writing Life Novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin by Ashley McLellan


2019 novel “We Cast a Shadow” became a runaway hit, garnering praise from NPR, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and many more. The novel, a unique story about a father protecting his son no matter what cost, was recently


released in paperback, and Ruffin, a native New Orleanian and graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop program (as well as Loyola University School of Law), is looking forward to continuing to explore his writing in more new and

creative ways. He will also appear on a panel at this year’s 34th annual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, March 25-29, where he will discuss his writing, literature, and both his novel and his upcoming collection of short stories.


Born/raised: New Orleans Education: Loyola Law School. University of New Orleans for B.A. in English and MFA in Creative Writing. Resides: New Orleans. Favorite restaurant:  Neyow’s. Favorite TV or Movie: Imitation of Life (1959). Pencil or pen: pen. Paper or e-book: paper.

Q: Your novel, “We Cast a Shadow,” is about to come out in paperback. How does that feel to you? It’s a dream come true. I’ve loved to tell stories my whole life. It’s a very happy time for me.

Q: What was it like having your book named one of the best books of the year by NPR and the Washington Post? I hoped the book would get some attention and it did. I feel like the luckiest man in New Orleans to have my novel receive such glowing commentary from national publications.

Q: What inspires your writing? Does the city of New Orleans influence your writing? New Orleans is a town full of vibrant people who love to experience the best of life. I’m inspired by the richness of our culture. We’re all storytellers here.

Q: What is a typical writing day like for you, and where do you write? I love to write in coffee shops early in the morning and let the light of sunrise move around me as I work. My favorite time to edit is just before midnight at home. I walk my hallway and read my words aloud to get them right. Q: What/who are you reading right now? Right now, I’m reading a novel called “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi and a graphic novel called “Angola Janga” by Marcelo D’Salete about enslaved people who escaped captivity and formed free communities for themselves in Brazil.

Q: How many years have you attended the Tennessee Williams Festival? I’ve been going for just over 10 years.

Q: Why is it an important festival for you? It’s a great place to see the best and brightest local authors with a fun mix of national figures. I once bumped into John Waters there.  TRUE CONFESSION: Something many people may not know about me I played football in high school. I was an offensive lineman for the McDonogh #35 Roneagles. I was much bigger then.

Q: Who are you looking forward to seeing or meeting at this year’s festival? Saaed Jones, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, and John Warner Smith.

Q: What’s next for you? My paperback just came out so I’ll be touring New York and California. Next year, my short story collection comes out.




Williams so well she relayed the skills she learned raising three children into a second career – awarding-winning middle school teacher. Big-time award-winning, in fact. After 15 years using natural nurturing techniques teaching 6th and 8th grade English at John Q. Adams Middle School in Metairie, The Milken Family Foundation chose her recently as a recipient of its prestigious educator award. Winning a Milken anoints Williams as education royalty, so to speak, and also brings a handsome monetary award - $25,000. The secret ingredients of her success in the classroom - as measured by student performance - evolved from years at home with her own children. “It’s that motherly thing that makes you know what kids want,” Williams said. “I don’t always focus on the teaching. If I focus on the relationships, the rest of it comes naturally.” Williams says the power of love works wonders, even with 8th graders focused on the “cool” factor. When children feel safe, she says, they follow guidance and do their best at tasks to please her. Flashing an occasional expression of incredulity, also helps. “I have that ‘Mama’ tone,” she said. “I just give them the look.” To build relationships, she talks to students about their special interests and family life, and attends extra-curricular activi-


Learning From Being a Mom Jennifer Williams’ big win by Dawn Ruth Wilson

ties such as sports events and music recitals. She keeps extra backpacks and other frequently lost items on hand, just as a parent would, to minimize the trauma of such events, especially for children whose parents can’t afford replacements. Attention to emotional needs, even for the most difficult students, eventually pays off. One child, she remembered vividly. The girl “hated everybody,”

and Williams admitted to having days that she didn’t like the girl either. But, instead of ignoring her, she found tasks for the girl to do to make her feel special. One Christmas, much to her surprise, the girl rewarded Williams’ patient persistence by giving her a necklace with a dangling “J” pendent, the first letter of her first name. The relationship factor also showed its results in a small group of struggling children she

taught for three straight years. Poor academic results indicated a need for reading intervention. After the third year of small group teaching, their test scores soared beyond expectations. “That’s when I knew that the relationships you build with them are really important and can make all the difference in the world,” she said. As an English teacher, she also uses the power of “sense of place”, a literary term referring to a unique location that brings meaningful texture to the core content. To create a relaxed classroom atmosphere, she incorporates yoga balls and other anti-anxiety details. She posts favorite images on her bulletin board. “Everyone calls my classroom the Pinterest Classroom,” she said, referring to the social media imagesharing site. On Fridays, just for fun, the lights go out and students work by flashlight. Other days, rap songs teach figurative language. Winning a Milken award never crossed her mind. The day of the announcement, she had been focusing on quieting the noise around her. It took a while to notice that the important-looking man addressing the school assembly, Foundation Founder Lowell Milken, called her name. “I was almost embarrassed,” Williams said. “I couldn’t stop crying. Even some of the boys were crying. It was the sweetest thing.”





The Chris Show Seeing what he sees at seaside by Chris Rose

IT’S WEIRD: When you live in the midst of a secret, it can be hard to grasp that everybody doesn’t know about it. How many times – perhaps even in this issue of the magazine – have you heard the Gulf Coast hailed as “one of America’s hidden gems” or “our secret playground” or “home to America’s most beautiful unknown beaches” or other marketingworthy phrases? All cliches. But all true. And that’s fine by me. The less known the better, as far as I’m concerned. After all, who needs another boom box* on the beach? OK, I was being ironic there. Showing my age. Then again, I’m not sure I actually know what those little speakers people carry around these days are called – even though I have one. (*For those of you under 40, Google it; or see MTV, LL Cool J, circa 1986.) Point being: From Holly Beach in southwest Louisiana (the Cajun Riviera) to Mexico Beach on the Florida panhandle (the Redneck Riviera), the Gulf Coast is indeed a treasure of lost coves and forgotten towns – and an unending source of inspirational material for American writers, musicians and film makers. “Grand Isle” was Kate Chopin’s finest novel. “Biloxi Blues” won the Tony Award for Neil Simon. Bob Dylan wrote about Delacroix and Mobile in two of his best songs. Bayou La Batre is where Forrest Gump docked his shrimp boat. And Jimmy Buffet sang songs about getting drunk or laid in just about every other town along the coast. And, of course, Seaside, Florida, was the location where Truman Burbank, the unwilling star of “The Truman Show” lived out his unwitting reality show life. Admission: I love Seaside. If I had scratch, I’d have a house there. It has a perfect book store, a perfect record store, a perfect grocery store, a perfect community theater, a perfect elementary school, perfect playgrounds, a perfect farmers market, a writers retreat, idyllic galleries, boutiques and bistros, model homes and parks, opaque green water and fine sand beaches. 38 MARCH 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM

It is, as Hemingway once wrote (not about Seaside, for the record): A clean, well-lighted place. Hell, it even has a croquet pitch, for crissake. Nobody locks their bicycles in Seaside. Everyone waves and says hello. Norman Rockwell lives here. It’s a postcard town. And yes, it has its own postcards and even a coffee table book to celebrate itself. And I guess that’s the rub for a lot of folks. Being in Seaside can feel like being inside of one of those balsa wood and plastic architectural scale models the size of a pool table that developers pitch to financiers to build their projects to say: This is what it will look like. And Seaside can feel admittedly plastic sometimes. It’s too perfect. Too idyllic. Too planned. And definitely too white. And I’m not just talking about the sand. It is, in fact, the very model of the model “planned community,” a concept brought to life in 1985. That’s why producers chose it to film “The Truman Show.” It looks like a movie set, populated by attractive movie extras, all going about their perfect lives in their perfect beach houses in their perfect weather in their perfect town. I imagine it’s the only place in America where the cops are more bored and listless

than the Maytag repair man.* (*For those of you under 40, Google it.) But, smite me if you will, I can’t help but love the place. Truthfully, I love any place with a shoes-optional lifestyle. Everyone in Seaside has more money than me but, truthfully, I’d rather be the poorest man in town than the richest. It’s easier to make friends that way. Nobody wants anything from you. So, in this issue of the magazine which celebrates Gulf Coast lives and Gulf Coast living, I shamelessly admit: I like pretending, once every four or five years, that I live in a perfect world. A clean, well-lighted place. You know what Seaside is? It’s a cruise ship that never leaves port. And I don’t know that I could permanently camp down in a place without live music and second lines and occasional street chaos, but it’s fun to pretend sometimes. To enter the bubble of “The Truman Show” where it seems everyone has been placed there to accommodate and soothe your own chaotic mind, scuttle your worries and make you realize that paradise is truly an illusion. But so are the movies. You can watch one, or be in one, in Seaside.





Behind the Times Getting the back story by Modine Gunch


can’t take it back. You better be sure that the goldfish is dead. Or, worse, that you don’t happen to be on the phone with somebody important. Because once you flush, they have a mental image of you sitting there, doing what you been doing this whole time you been talking about your daughter’s algebra grades. I happen to be sitting in the bathroom when Ms. Landry, my daughter’s algebra teacher, calls. I pick up because it’s the school

number and I don’t know we are going to get into a conversation about equations. I get very involved in this conversation. And then I flush, in the middle of a sentence. I wasn’t thinking. I just did it. And I realize what I done when there is a dramatic pause on the other end, and Ms. Landry says, “Uh— I better let you go,” and gets off the line. I’m lucky she didn’t say, “I better let you wipe off.” You got to be so sneaky about life these days. Then there’s the whole “butt-

call,” thing. For a long time, my mother-in-law Ms. Larda thought that meant passing gas real loud. I had to explain it’s not that; it’s sitting with your phone in your back pocket, and somehow making the phone call a random number. With college kids, it’s usually their mother. (God has His ways.) The nice way to say it is “pocket dialing.” But hardly nobody is nice enough to say that. Anyway, yesterday Ms. Larda calls me up (on purpose) and bellows into the phone, “Modine! Do you know where your daughter Gladiola is?” At her friend Charmette’s. Supposedly studying, I tell her. “Supposedly is right,” says Ms. Larda. “I just got an accidental boot call from her and I got an earful. I can’t even repeat it, Modine.” “Butt call,” I correct automatically. But I grab my car keys and get myself over to Charmette’s. Her big brother Bubba opens the door (hmph! I say to myself) and I ask where’s Gladiola and he yells “Gladiola! Ya mama wants ya!” and Gladiola comes downstairs, looking guilty. I tell her it’s time to go home, and when we get in the car, I ask what was going on in there. Gladiola hangs her head. “We took a break to watch a little TV.” “Who took a break?” “Me and Charmette. We watched a little bit of that old movie, ‘When Harry Met Sally.’”

I think for a minute— “What part of When Harry Met Sally?” “The scene where they’re — you know—-in a restaurant and, she pretends she’s— um—and then that lady says, ‘I’ll have what she’s having.’” “Any chance you pocket-dialed Gramma Gunch?” “OHHH. Is THAT why you’re here?” We look at each other and sit there and laugh and cackle like two fools. But underneath that I am squirming, because this means my baby knows what — you know—sounds like. I guess “When Harry Met Sally” came out, Ms. Larda heard it was a dirty movie and didn’t go. I call Ms. Larda back and explain it was a movie. . “And you believe that,” Ms. Larda says in a dry voice. “Sometimes I wonder about you, Modine.” Today she calls again. “I got a booty call...” she starts. Oh sheesh. I can’t believe she used that expression. “You mean butt call,” I say. “A booty call is when a guy calls you at night because he wants...”— I better clean this up -- “suppose you are trying to have a baby, within the bounds of holy matrimony, and your husband, —say, he works at night, and he calls and says he’s coming home quick so you two can, uh, conceive the baby now.” There is silence, then a snort, then a lot of stifled haw-hawing. Finally she says, “Thanks for young-splaining, Modine, but booty calls been around since pay phones.” “Old man McCosby had a few drinks and called me, around midnight, feeling romantic, and no, I did not let him come over. “You got to get more worldly, girl,” and she snickers and hangs up. You just never know.






Parenting Tips Good Advice; or Maybe Not by Eve Crawford Peyton

A S A “S E A S O N E D” M O M, I often get asked for parenting tips – and I have no idea what to say. My daughter Ruby told me last week that there’s a rumor going around her school that I’m a teen mom. She was offended on my behalf; I was wildly flattered. “Do they really think I look that young?” I asked, flipping my hair. “No, Mom, they’re just bad at math. I told them you were 39, and they decided you must have been a teenager when I was born.” OK, so subtraction is hard, and I definitely wasn’t a teen mom … but


I was basically the first one in my college friend group to have a baby. I was 25 when I got pregnant with Ruby. Now I have a teenager and a 7-year-old while my many of my friends are having their first babies. And I don’t know exactly what to tell them when they ask for advice … at least nothing that won’t terrify them. So I tell them that it gets easier … but I don’t tell them that it also gets harder. That yes, it’s so much better now that Ruby sleeps through the night and has ways to express herself beyond screaming … but

that I still can’t sleep through the homework guilt. I feel Happy Meal night because I wake up at 3 a.m. guilt. I feel bedtime guilt. When to pee (oh, yeah, I also don’t tell Georgia had to get several molars them that their bladders will never filled, I thought the guilt might be the same) and then lie, staring at crush me; when I accidentally shut the ceiling, wondering if I handled Ruby’s fingers in a door, I wanted to a discipline situation correctly or if fling myself off of a building. This Ruby needs to get more comfortable Christmas, I had guilt about buying with failure or if Georgia is hiding Georgia too many presents and not her anxiety over her occasional enough presents simultaneously academic struggles. and I also feel guilty that Ruby was I tell them that it will be life- born so close to Christmas. changingly amazing, but I leave out So yes, friends, buckle up. There the part about how it will also be will be guilt and stress and worry life-changingly stressful and how like you’ve never known. There you can never just run out for a will be horrible children’s songs quick weekend brunch anymore that you will never forget; it’s been with your partner because you a full decade and I still sometimes need so much stuff for children catch myself humming songs from and oftentimes they won’t sit still “Yo Gabba Gabba.” There will be sleepless nights and gross illnesses, in a restaurant anyway. I tell them to always trust their gut often together. You will never get and that they know their children all of the Goldfish crackers out of best, but I don’t add that sometimes your car. you don’t know your child as well But the only real things I know as you think you do and the idea for certain are 1.) that you will love that they have rich inner lives is them so much it will sometimes hurt both fascinating and terrifying. to breathe. That, in itself, can be And sometimes you’re entirely both good and bad – because it’s certain that they have strep, but scary to love anyone that much. And they don’t – or you think they’re 2.) that you will be shocked at how fine and snap at them to get their act fast it will go. I don’t know how I together, only to find out that they have a teenager. I don’t know how have hand-foot-mouth and you’re I have a 7-year-old. I swear, they were both just babies a second ago. a jerk for not being more patient. As a working mom, I assure The days go slow, they say – and them that they can have it all, but boy, do they; some interminable they can’t, not really. When they rainy days I still break every hour miss work because their kid is sick, till bedtime into 6-minute chunks they will feel guilty. When they and celebrate every tenth of an miss their kid’s baskethour – but the years … ball game because they they go way too fast. have to work, they will Excerpted from Eve Breathe it all in, I’d feel guilty. And if they Crawford Peyton’s tell them. You won’t blog, Joie d’Eve, which choose to stay home, appears each Friday on love every second, and they will feel guilt over MyNewOrleans.com yet somehow, inexpligiving up their careers cably, you’ll miss it. and “wasting” their education or Welcome to the world, babies, guilt over not loving every single and welcome to the world of parenting, friends. Nothing will moment of parenting. Oh, the guilt. I don’t even try ever be the same again. to explain the guilt to the uninitiIt’s crazy on this side of things, ated. I feel screen time guilt. I feel but we’re delighted you’re here.







Caamp brings folk to The Civic Theater. MARCH 3

Dan Deacon makes One Eyed Jacks move. MARCH 4

Yves Tumor experiments with One Eyed Jacks. MARCH 7

Susto rocks Gasa Gasa. MARCH 18

Eric Johnson rocks The Civic Theater.

BUKU and Hogs


A month of mood and food

Post Animal psychs out One Eyed Jacks.

by Mike Griffith


T H E T I M E F O R F E S T I VA L S E A S O N I S U P O N U S. T H I S get creative to keep our fans on the edge of their seat, month there are two great spring festivals with the BUKU and give them a new experience every year, luckily, I Music + Art Festival and Hogs For The Cause falling on think we’ve nailed it every time that we’ve made such back-to-back weekends. a drastic change so far—hopefully our fans trust us to Entering its 9th year, BUKU (March 20-21) has fully nail it again—and deliver them a bigger and better, and made the transition from a boutique festival to an integral more long lasting experience,” he said. part of the annual festival circuit. Organizers have upped The next weekend (March 27-28) Hogs For The Cause the stakes on their lineup, and have transformed the returns to the UNO Arena grounds for two days of insanely site to take advantage of the intersection between their good music and food. This year, the Friday night “Bacon industrial urban location and core electronic dance and Night” sees performances from Robert Randolph and hip-hop sound. This year, the festival features headlining The Family Band, as well as Yola, Illiterate Light and sets from Tyler, The Creator, Flume, Illenium, Glass Boy Named Banjo. The main event on Saturday features Animals, Run The Jewels, and sets from locals Bouffant Old Crow Medicine Show as headliners with supporting Bouffant, Treet, Mhadi G, Malik Ninety Five and Raise performances from Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, Paul Cauthen, Charley Crockett and Sweet Crude. the Death Toll. “Something that’s been especially exciting Hogs, like BUKU, is special because it adheres for BUKU year over year is that the site to a quirky core identity and trusts in its fans Playlist of mentioned changes every year,” festival co-founder bands available to follow along. Both of these festivals are Dante DiPasquale said. “I don’t think there’s at :http://bit.ly/ beautifully curated and make for absolutely ever two years in a row where it was the exact InTune3-20 memorable weekends no matter what sort of same layout, the exact same stages. This year vibe you’re looking for. is going to be no different.” Don’t forget that the Youth Leadership Council’s The expanded footprint of the site will allow for more Wednesdays at the Square free concert series in Lafayette of the unique art installations. This rapid change and Square starts up again this month, as well. The first turnover is a key aspect of the festival’s philosophy, show will be March 11 and will run every Wednesday according to DiPasquale. “Load in and load out has to through May 13. Keep an eye on our website for more be really quick…we’ve used that to our benefit, and information on specific performances.



Best Coast rocks the Joy Theater. MARCH 26

Yonder Mountain String Band brings bluegrass to Tipitina’s. MARCH 28

Royal Trux punks up the Howlin Wolf. MARCH 30

Glitch Mob experiments at the Joy Theater.

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



This page: The living room, directly opposite the kitchen, features an abstract painting by Mildred Wohl that previously belonged to Ryan’s parents. Graci modernized the gold bergère with a geometric print. The custom taupe wool rug is subtly accented with chartreuse. The sideboard cabinet was made by Alex Geriner of Doorman Designs.

Facing page, left: In the kitchen celadon and white are accented with touches of yellow. Pendant fixtures above the island from Katie Koch Home. The counter stools have kid friendly vinyl on the seats. Top, right: Ryan and Amanda Berger at their front door. Bottom, right: The fretwork windows above the stairs and the sidelights at the front door were put in during the renovation and the octagonal and diamond motif on the floor was painted by Thomas Oppliger. Two Drysdale paintings hang near the stairwell. The 18th century Chinese console is one of a pair found on Magazine Street.

Dream Team Uptown home strikes the perfect chord by Lee Cutrone photographed by Greg Miles


return to New Orleans and renovate a house where they could raise their family, they called in a dream team of experts: architect Lee Ledbetter of Lee Ledbetter & Associates, interior designer Chad Graci of Graci Interiors and contractor William 4 6 MARCH 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM

Wolf of Yazoo Restorations – all of whom happen to be personal friends. The house, built in 1904 and owned by members of the same family for more than a century, was in need of updates and while the Bergers wanted the house to be appropriately traditional for its architecture, they also wanted it

to be fresh and youthful for their family of four. Ryan and Amanda, who met in New Orleans and married while living in Austin, have strong ties to the city. Ryan, a real estate developer, grew up just blocks from the newly purchased house, and Amanda, an attorney originally from Mobile, attended Loyola Law School. While still living in Austin, they began working with Ledbetter and architect Amy Petersen (also of Lee Ledbetter & Associates) on architectural drawings for the remodel. “We engaged Lee first,” Ryan said. “He helped us feel confident about the vision.” Ledbetter opened and reconfigured the first floor to suit the family’s modern lifestyle and reworked the existing den — added during an earlier renovation — to look original to the house. The space, which the family uses as

their informal family room with bar, seating and breakfast areas, now features wooden flooring, built-in bookshelves and moldings that connect better to the architectural language in the rest of the house. Ledbetter also reconfigured the second floor and designed an addition for an en suite master, again infusing it with elements clean enough to satisfy an appreciation for contemporary aesthetics but rooted in tradition to look as if they were always there. With a new second-floor master, the Bergers turned the third floor, previously used as the master suite, into a mother-in-law suite for guests. They also turned a small back house into a dual-purpose

structure housing storage on one side and an indoor/outdoor kitchen for entertaining on the other. For the clients, working with talented professionals who were also friends was an ideal scenario. They credit Ledbetter with distilling their vision for a light, bright, airy and inviting home, Yazoo with budget friendly practicality, and Graci with steering them at times out of their comfort zone. They also praise the overall attention to detail, which included specific spaces for heirloom pieces inherited from Amanda’s grandmother, appropriate lighting for art that the couple already owned, and using local artisans. MYNEWORLEANS.COM MARCH 2020 47

Top, left: One side of the family room is used as a breakfast area. The landscape by Charlotte Terrell is from Soren Christensen Gallery. Gold flush-mount starburst fixtures provide lighting on both sides of the rectangular room. Bottom, left: Ledbetter’s team designed the built-in linen cabinet to complement the windows in the master bath, part of the 2nd floor master addition. Parquet de Versailles marble floor tiles from Floor & Décor. Top, right: Three and a half-year-old Lillian’s room was designed to grow with her. The whimsical hot air balloon fixture came from New Orleans Auction. Bottom, right: A painting by Thomas Swanston from Soren Christensen hangs above the bed in the serene master bedroom. Bedding by Matouk.

Above: The dining room’s custom wallpaper by Gracie Studio set the tone for the color scheme in the house. An Empire style table is paired with Regency style chairs that Graci had painted by Thomas Oppliger. The sideboard belonged to Amanda’s grandmother. A painting by Henry Casselli hangs above a Mario Villa console at left.

“Everyone did such an amazing job and we worked really well together,” said Graci, who worked with the couple to design the finishes, fabrics and furnishings for the interior. “They gave me a beautiful framework in which to do my job.” Because the floorplan is open, Graci’s job entailed decorating the mix of casual and formal spaces so that there is visual continuity. A hand-painted Gracie Studio wallpaper with an elegant, metallic floral design set the tone.

“We started with the dining room wallpaper,” said Graci, who traveled to Dallas with Amanda to customize the colors and pattern of the paper to work with the room’s arrangement of furniture and art. “It has a deep celadon color, so everything had to flow from that. The celadon picks up in different ways throughout the first floor. The whole house has a palette of soft celadon, yellows, and punches of green and tan. I wanted all the rooms to be unique, but they had to relate.” Even the front door’s bright yellow hints at the palette inside. Described by Traditional Home magazine as a New Traditionalist, Graci prefers to anchor rooms with timeless pieces and silhouettes, which he updates in unexpected ways, something that occasionally requires gentle coaxing even with the most in-sync clients. “The things that Chad brought

to us we loved, but had I sat there and flipped through hundreds of books, I’d never have found them,” said Amanda. “We would have been too traditional.” “I gave an extra nudge on some things,” said Graci, citing the example of the modern geometric fabric he used on an 18th century bergere in the living room. “They’re a young couple and there was no reason for things to be stodgy. They wanted fresh color, fun pattern and things that could grow with them as they add over time.” While the use of pattern and color is lively, it’s never busy or loud. An octagonal and diamond pattern motif applied by decorative painter Thomas Oppliger covers the floor of the foyer with a smaller leopard-print runner nearby on the stairs. Yet the two are in perfect harmony, thanks to Graci’s use of color and scale.

“Pattern is best used in different scale,” Graci said. “If there is a giant pattern on the floor, there should be a small pattern on the window treatments.” Along the way, the Bergers, whose daughters are now 3 1/2years old and 15 months, emphasized the need for the décor to be accommodating for children. Graci obliged with child-friendly touches such as the vinyl on the kitchen’s counter stools, a sisal rug in the living room, stain-preventative treatments on fabrics, a round breakfast table for family interaction and an animal-print rug that hides the wear of little feet on the high-traffic stairs. “We are very pleased with the function and the look of the house,” the couple said. “Chad, Lee’s team and Yazoo didn’t miss any details.”



Coastal Romance



he earth’s bringing forth of flowers, the warmth of the sun on our faces — spring’s an excellent time to consider heading to the beach, getting outdoors in the balmy weather, sinking our toes in the sand and enjoying the Gulf’s seafood bounty. The Gulf Coast also provides perfect romantic opportunities, whether for a couple’s weekend getaway, a backdrop for the ideal proposal or even a beach setting for the Big Day. If you’re looking for some romance along the coast this spring, we’ve compiled a few ideas to get you started. ROMANTIC ACCOMMODATIONS

The latest newcomer to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Centennial Plaza transformed the former Gulfport Veterans Administration Medical Center into a massive resort situated on 48 acres overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The 10 surviving Spanish Colonial Revival buildings, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places, have been lovingly renovated and include two hotels with 215 rooms combined, a chapel that serves as an events space and a massive fountain with a corresponding lighting and music display.

Centennial Plaza Resort, named for its inception at the turn of the 20th Century, opened last August and has hosted weddings and other events inside both the 2,600-square-foot chapel that seats 200, the oak-lined green spaces and on the island inside the pond that’s connected from the surrounding pathways by a small, quaint bridge. “The weddings are actually on the island with the guests overlooking the Gulf of Mexico,” Angie Dearman, director of events, said of the pond. The Centennial also features a romantic hotel package that includes chocolate-covered strawberries and sparkling wine upon arrival. For those who want a quiet escape, The Henderson Park Inn in Destin features an adult-only resort with only 37 rooms located on a private Gulf beach and fronted on one end by Henderson Beach State Park. Amenities include on-site dining at the Beach Walk Café, picnic lunches, beach service, bicycle rentals and

a sunset happy hour. If nightlife beckons, the heart of Destin and all its attractions is only a short drive away. Nature lovers who don’t want too much sand in their shoes might try their hand at Fancy Camps, an upscale camping experience in Florida Panhandle state parks that includes a 16-foot canvas tent with linens, furniture, lighting and heating and cooling units. Each tent accommodates two adults with outdoor firewood and camp stove available. ELVIS SLEPT HERE

Mobster Al Capone used to visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast and built what is now the Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center as a transportation point when he moved bootlegged alcohol from Canada into the United States during Prohibition. “It was built for laundered mob money,” said Donna Brown, Gulf Hills general manager. “The 18th green on the golf course used to be perfectly aligned



with the front door of the hotel. Cars and boats were gassed up so they could leave in a hurry.” As fascinating as the resort’s origins are, visitors seem more interested in the fact that Elvis Presley once slept here when the resort served as a dude ranch in the 1950s. Elvis stayed in the resort villas back in the day, but today’s visitors can enjoy the threebedroom, 2,000-square-foot “Love Me Tender, Love Me Suite” room in the main lodge. Oak Crest Mansion in Pass Christian, built in 1920 and its inception also involving mob connections, boasts of its own Elvis suite. The upper right-hand-side room of the mansion is said to have been the place where Elvis laid his head.

song goes, when you set sail on the Biloxi waters on an historic schooner helmed by Captain Ron Reiter. The sunset cruises — either group charters or walk-on sails — help raise funds for the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum. Reiter has been sailing these “White Winged Queens” for years, allowing coastal visitors to get on the water, experience a piece of maritime history and enjoy a glass of wine as the sun slips below the horizon. Over in Gulf Shores, docking at the Perdido Beach Resort, Sail Wild Hearts will take up to 49 people on its 53-foot catamaran. The company offers multiple cruises each week, including sunset cruises, adventure sails, dolphin tours and snorkeling experiences.


Gulf Coast fine dining restaurants, such as Perch at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores and Fisher’s at Orange Beach host special events such


The sun sets “from off towards New Orleans,” as the Jimmy Buffett

as dinner series and wine classes. At OWA, Foley’s family amusement park, newcomer Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen serves up traditional Southern meals and the C’est Le Vin Wine Bar & Shop offers fine wines by the glass and bottle, plus craft cocktails, to sample and purchase. If you’d rather bring the fine dining to you, Le Cordon Bleu-educated Chef David Pan of Orange Beach Concierge will serve up original four-course meals consisting of fresh ingredients from local farms. He curates unique menus for each customer, said wife and co-owner Tillie Pan, adjusting meals for dietary restrictions and the event’s theme. “We serve from two to 2,000,” Pan said. “One family had 45 people and they wanted all three meals. We did 847 meals that week. They wanted a full resort experience.” The Pans don’t recommend beach dining because sand, wind and rain can ruin a good meal. Beach cleanups also happen at sunset, not the ideal way to enjoy a fine meal, she said. “But if you want a beach ambiance at your condo, we can create that for you,” she said, adding that patios and decks work great. “We can absolutely create a romantic experience.”

Hunter Davis on the Florida Panhandle also serves as a private chef, delivering meals for two to 20 customers with his Dish and the Spoon company. He arrives at the visitor’s accommodations, prepares the meal and then cleans up afterwards so diners can relax, he said. Both companies have sample menus on their websites. UNIQUE PROPOSALS

Janell Hawkins loves making sand castles — and we’re not talking something your baby brother created. Hawkins spends hours building sand forms that transform into masterpieces, much like sculptures created from marble, she said. Most of her business revolves around group classes in which she leads others into building their dream castle. But sometimes, she builds sand artwork for proposals. “We have done 25 proposals down here,” Hawkins said. Recently, she was hired to create the castle from “Beauty and the Beast” to provide the backdrop for a man’s proposal to his girlfriend. “It had ‘Will you marry me?’ on it,” Hawkins explained. “And he brought out a rose.” Hawkins films the process with time-lapse photography,


STILL NEED MORE INCENTIVES? You can pretend you’re Demi Moore at the Coastal Arts Center at Orange Beach. The large campus is home to the Clay Studio, open to the public, where classes in pottery making are held regularly. Create a bonfire on the beach in South Walton after obtaining a permit through the South Walton Fire District. The fee is $50 and fires are allowed on the majority of Florida Panhandle beaches. Come for the special events that happen along the Gulf Coast all spring, including: Tequila and Taco Fest, March 6-8, Seascape Town Center, Miramar Beach, Fla.

then the proposal and the final destruction of the castle. Because castles cannot remain on the beach due to the sea turtle habitat (except for some winter months), they must come down. Hawkins is allowed to build sand castles everywhere, she said, including public and private beaches. “We can go anywhere as long as there is sand and water,” she said. “Beauty and the Beast” may be the trend this year for the most popular proposal at Bellingrath Gardens outside Dauphin Island was a globe featuring a rose, much like one from the popular Disney movie. It was poised on a table and when the couple arrived, the man took a knee and proposed, said Sally Pearsall Ericson, director of marketing and public relations. Most proposals at the Alabama gardens take place at Christmas during the lights display, Ericson said, but spring

blooms provide dramatic backdrops as well. Weddings, wedding photography and other events usually take place on the south terrace outside the Bellingrath historic home.

The 68th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, March 20-22, Fairhope, Ala. Annual Spring Arts Festival, March 28-29, Ocean Springs, Miss.


Whether for a couples’ massage or individual spa treatments, there are numerous luxury spas along the Gulf Coast. The Salamander Spa at The Henderson offers a long menu of massages, body treatments and salon services within their 10,000-square-foot space adorned with local artwork. There’s even a couples’ suite. In Destin, visitors may enjoy Gulf views while indulging in the holistic spa treatments from the second floor of the West Tower at Emerald Grand at Harborwalk Village. Included in the experience are women’s and men’s relaxation areas, steam rooms and a dry sauna.

Sandestin Wine Festival, April 16-19, Sandestin, Fla. Celtic Women at Beau Rivage Casino, April 18, Biloxi, Miss. Taste of Ocean Springs Food & Wine Festival, May 7, Ocean Springs, Miss. The Hangout Music Festival 2020, May 15-17, Gulf Shores, Ala.

Framework New Orleans There is a new mixed-use complex on lower Magazine Street that demonstrates an innovative way of orchestrating commercial spaces. It utilizes a familiar organizing element, but one rarely seen on Magazine Street; it is the courtyard. From the street, two brick two-story masses create a court between them that extends public space toward the rear of the site. The court extends to the sidewall of a historic brick warehouse building that has also been incorporated into the project. Felicity Property Co., the developer, has choreographed the complex to encourage a rhythm of activity throughout the day and into the evening. In the morning a coffee shop acts as a magnet; in late afternoon/early evening it’s a wine bar that connects at the rear of the courtyard, away from the noise of Magazine Street traffic. There is also a health clinic, retail shops and two health and wellness tenancies. The two-story buildings feel a bit over-scaled on the street although exterior horizontal siding helps the scale feel more comfortable along the courtyard edges. Behind the street facing commercial spaces in each building is a stair lobby entered from the courtyard and providing full accessibility to the first floor and the offices above. Behind the stair each building contains another ground floor destination accessed from the courtyard. A whimsical element is the treatment of the courtyard ground plane. In consultation with landscape architect Wes Michaels, the court is conventional hardscape with planters at first; this treatment gives way to a “lawn” of synthetic turf that also provides stormwater storage below. Developer Patrick Schindler describes the intention to create “A Third Place,” a kind of home base away from home, and the project breaks new ground in that direction.

Bell Butler Design & Architecture; Megan Bell, architect; Lindsay Butler, architect; Patrick Shindler, Kendall Winingder



Rarely have so many works of contemporary architecture come online in New Orleans in a single year as they did in 2019. The new airport terminal, the great enlargement of Historic New Orleans Collection gallery spaces, the new Children’s Museum and the Pavilion in the greatly expanded New Oreans Museum of Art Bestoff Sculpture Garden are all projects that significantly enhance the community. They are, coupled with several others of note, with a variety of uses, that also extend our tradition of architectural excellence.

by John P. Klingman photography by Jeffery Johnston


Crescent City Aviation Team: A joint venture between Atkins and Leo A Daly; professionals of record: project director & lead architect: Daniel C. Taylor, Atkins; terminal: Daniel C Taylor, Atkins & Timothy J. Duffy, Leo A Daly; concourses: Daniel C Taylor, Atkins; Manuel Esquivel, John Bellian, EStudio; architectural consultants: conceptual designcore & shell: Pelli Clarke Pelli; interior finish, Lauren Bombet; 3D visualization: Kevin Shumbera, EStudio

Stock Residence On a wide lot in Carrollton near the Mississippi River, a surprising new project has recently been completed. From the street it appears to be a bungalow with a new addition producing an “L� shape. However, upon entering, the larger scope of the project is immediately apparent. An extension appears, a kind of outdoor double parlor that frames an edge to an expansive outdoor space. The extension even has a punctuation point: a 2nd floor studio at the far end. BildDESIGN.BildCONSTRUCTS; Byron Mouton, architect; Jason Blankenship, John Tyler Young, Daniel McDonald, design build team

North Terminal Louis International Airport The long-awaited North Terminal at Louis Armstrong has opened, with a complete, sudden transfer of all commercial airline operations. The change has been dramatic, both in operational terms and with a dramatic architectural reimagining. Although the long swooping building form is best appreciated from the runways, many people will experience the terminal primarily from the interior; and here the spatial success is apparent. One great aspect of the new terminal is its clarity. Upon entry, at the top level, all airline check in counters are

arrayed along a curving edge with daylight dropping from above. The generous volume has curved strips of white ceiling that reinforce the swooping curvolinear theme of the structure. One can then proceed down to an open, sky-lit, central TSA checkpoint that looks out toward the runways to the south. After the checkpoint three concourses are directly accessible. They depart from the normative airport condition by including the eating and drinking amenities along the center rather than interspersed along the concourse length. These venues represent some of the fine New Orleans establishments although their designs are a bit cacophonous. The concourses are also shaped with shallow curves and dark metal, wood-like ceilings that correspond to the path of movement. These curves relate perhaps to the circumferential streets common in historic sections of our city. A special treat is the terrazzo floor with sparkly bits of mirrored glass in the matrix. The concourse edges provide an orchestrated system of seating, and the linear gates have excellent electronic graphics displaying relevant information. The terminal is unusual in that it has three levels; the lowest floor is dedicated to baggage retrieval and ground transportation connections. There is plenty of natural light helping this area feel commodious rather than the on-grade basement of the old terminal. In fact, the plethora of glazing is a mark of the entire project. The curtain walls are designed for hurricane force winds of up to 150 mph with a unique, visually interesting system including steel tension rods that allow for substantial movement of the wall without failure. There are some issues, of course. Although compactness is advantageous in the new structure, the drop-off area is too tight; and the weather protection is inadequate. Then there are the traffic issues, that partially arise from the inexplicable delay in construction of a direct connection to the interstate. Architecturally, the construction of a boxy, extremely awkward parking structure adjacent to the flowing terminal undercuts the visual success of the ensemble, at least until plant material grows up the walls to soften the appearance. Overall though, the region has gone from having an adequate, but disjointed facility to having one with a spirit more commensurate with our hopes for the future. It is rare for a work of architecture to reach this level of aspirational embodiment; the last time was in 1975 with the completion of the Superdome. Like the dome this project will be enjoyed equally by visitors and residents.

Louisiana Children’s Museum The LCM has moved from the Warehouse District into a new home in City Park. When approached from the south via a new pedestrian bridge (with a mist sculpture) across a WPA-era lagoon, the building presents itself as a long, light pavilion. The siting is excellent, locking the building into place, with the long louvered porch creating shade and shadow along the front facade. Here the main entrance is framed in blue glass, providing an effective visual cue and evoking a memory of Julia Street. At the entrance are some child-specific elements, a miniature entrance door and a highly tactile live edge to the wooden countertop at the reception desk. The building is a two-story H-like shape in plan; the entrance leads into the fully glazed middle bar. This double height space links the loft-like volumes along either side. It also provides an edge to two outdoor areas, lushly planted to the east and designed as an expansive play space to the west. This outdoor space is not as commodious as the front porch however. Umbrella shading will need to be augmented for comfort in hot or wet weather, whereas the porch shading will be effective throughout the year. Visible from the play area is the most child-centered element of the design. In the exterior wall facing this outdoor space on two levels are projecting “kindows,” a thickening of the wall enough to allow for inhabitation by small people, either sitting or reclining. These window boxes are surfaced with cork, a friendly and sustainable material. In fact, according to Director Julia Bland, who has been dedicated to the project for over 10 years, sustainable design was at the forefront of selection criteria as the Museum embarked upon a national search for an architect. West coast based Mithun Architects in conjunction with Waggonner and Ball, has achieved that goal although many of the sustainable strategies are achieved through efficient but mostly invisible systems rather than a more visibly

didactic approach. One novel example is hydronic cooling of the concrete floor slabs. The exhibition spaces are well designed, flexible in terms of change over time, with visible steel structure and building systems exposed overhead. The steel structure is marked by beams that are at oblique angles to the orientation of the spaces, providing visual interest but complicating the overhangs as they protrude beyond the exterior wall. The volumes are generous, perhaps overly so; more small-scale elements could have added additional vitality to the design. Among the best of the exhibit spaces is “Move with the River,” an interactive miniature Mississippi water world. Another highlight of the project is the café on the southwest corner. This pleasant space, entered independently from the south porch, has light and views on three sides and connects to a shady outdoor seating area. This outdoor space provides a view of the extensive outdoor play areas that develop the edge between the building and the lagoon.

Mithun Architects; Rich Franko, design partner; Josh Distler, project architect; Michael Fiegenschuh, project manager; Greg Catron, Bob Trahan; Christian Runge, Debra Guenther, landscape architecture; Annie Rummelhoff, interiors; Waggonner & Ball Architecture/ Environment; Mac Ball, principal-incharge; Charles Sterkx, David Demsey, Dennis Horchoff

Gilmore House This is an unabashedly contemporary house on a substandard lot deep in the Irish Channel, designed as her family residence by local architect Mary Gilmore. While the open plan interior is rather straightforward, it includes well-designed details; and the house extends upward to include a third level loft. The exterior is handsome, also with careful detailing, including an exposed wood side hall porch entrance, careful window placement with narrow projecting surrounds and even a red painted vent pipe. Mary Gilmore, architect

Historic New Orleans Collection Exhibition Center, 520 Royal Street This project is a labor of love. It involves an intricate restoration of the 19th century Seignouret-Brulator house, across Royal Street from the HNOC’s original building, combined with a contemporary architectural design of galleries and service spaces deep within the French Quarter block. From the street, the appearance is serene, featuring a careful, historic, although not original, facade restoration. However, upon proceeding through the porte cochere into the old courtyard, one is confronted by a three-story glass wall that heralds the new construction. In some ways the iconic courtyard is the heart of the project. Maintaining its original perfect proportions, each side reflects the complicated history of the project. The side closest to Royal Street is the original loggia, enclosed long ago. On the downriver side, a service wing with a picturesque historic stair has been restored. The stair has been famously documented in dozens of drawings and paintings, notably by early 20th century members of the Arts and Crafts Club. The upriver side consists of an early 19th century structure with an added third floor roof terrace constructed by pioneer preservationist William Irby, who bought the building and engaged in a renovation during the 1920s. Even the courtyard floor demonstrates its history, with a newly-discovered historic well and earlier brick paving revealed below a glass panel. The new wall on the river side of the courtyard is a complex assembly of wood and glass with cast-in-place concrete piers just behind. The glass is very reflective, mirroring those in the courtyard framed against the back of the Brulator facade. Only in the evening is the glass transparent enough to provide a visual introduction to the new spaces beyond. The public spaces of the Tricentennial Wing are an ensemble of assembly and gallery occupancies. Immediately connected to the courtyard is a double height lobby with a suspended balcony around the edges. Above that is a gallery space that provides courtyard views; it is topped with a fine clerestory element highlighted with projecting wood slats. Culminating the new spatial experience is a large clerestory lit gallery on the top floor just behind an open L-shaped stair. With exponentially expanded space for changing exhibitions, HNOC has put the area to full use. Interactive exhibits expand one’s understanding of the city and particularly the Vieux Carré, with its rich and complex history. The exhibition in places almost overwhelms the architecture. In the new main top floor gallery for example, shades mask the daylight in deference to the exhibits, as in many museums, and similarly in the third floor gallery space overlooking Royal Street, a

wonderful French Quarter view is masked by artifacts and drawn shades. The amount of coordination required for this project was astounding, and the construction took more than five years. Some of the best work is quite subtle. One of the finest elements is the handsome historic wooden stair in the Brulator loggia. It was taken apart piece by piece, its solid wood treads meticulously restored and rebuilt to such current standards that it is a legal fire exit. Another important aspect of the project is the commitment to sustainable design. For example, this is one of the first in the Vieux Carré to completely account for the rainwater that falls onto its large roof area. This combination of respect for the past, judicious editing and sympathetic contemporary design epitomizes the best in creating an ongoing tradition. According to President/CEO Daniel Hammer, the completion of the project is a giant step toward HNOC’s mission: affecting visitors’ experience of the French Quarter, leading to an enhanced awareness of the importance of its preservation.

Waggonner & Ball Architecture/ Environment; David Waggonner principal in charge; Brian Swanner, Sarah Weinkauf, project architects; Mac Ball, Dennis Horchoff, Charles Sterkx, Kenner Carmody, Jerry Blanchard, Kate Bertheaud, Emily Hayden Palumbo, Steve Scollo, Donald del Cid

Lindsey Residence Camelback Addition On a quiet block of Constance St. uptown, Marty McElveen has created an extraordinary ensemble that combines a 1908 shotgun renovation with a highly energetic addition. It could be characterized not as a shotgun camelback double but rather a single shotgun double camelback. While the interior includes several terrific rooms, the project also sports six porches, three on each level, providing unique “places to be.� MOSA; Marty McElveen, architect

Holly and Smith Architects, Michael Holly, principal-incharge, Robert Boyd, Jeffrey Smith, Kevin Morris, Christie Badinger, project team

Next to Next to Nothing On the loading dock of the hard-to-find-but-worthit ArtEgg Studios building is a new tiny wine bar: Next to Next to Nothing. This boxy jewel adjoins a tiny wine shop, Next to Nothing, within the building. The translucent polycarbonate clerestories become a lantern at night, while the occupants can spill out onto the former warehouse loading dock. Elliott Perkins, Steve Bishoff, designers

St. Michael Special School Chapel

John P. Klingman is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Tulane University where he served as a full-time faculty member for 35 years. His book, “New in New Orleans Architecture,” is available at local bookstores.

Near the river in the Lower Garden District is St. Michael Special School, which provides services to over 200 children with special needs. As part of a campus renovation, Holly and Smith Architects were presented with an unusual design challenge, to design a new chapel connected to the back of a large historic townhouse double. Because the building in on a corner, the new chapel would also have a strong street presence. The renovation of the townhouse was also a major part of the project. Thanks to a historic photograph, reconstruction of a full double gallery on the front of the building could be achieved. The project has succeeded admirably. The scale of the new chapel building is commensurate with the monumentality of the townhouse. The chapel’s roofline corresponds to that of the reconstructed townhouse service wing, that contains building services. Most appropriately, the chapel uses painted wood exterior elements in a major way, like the historic building. However, here the wood elements are treated in a more contemporary manner, as a frame and a series of horizontal louvers that control sun entering through clerestories on each side of the new structure. Inside, the chapel is a tall, serene volume in which natural light abounds. Clerestory daylight reflects onto the white walls and also enters through square windows holding the stations of the cross, designed by the students. The sides of the front wall provide a surface upon which images can be projected and also conceal long openings that reflect additional daylight onto the alter. Lectern and alter details include laser-cut wood ornament in the school’s blue rose motif. The space has been carefully designed for music; and according to reports, the chapel has a special ambiance when the students are singing and/or engaging the school’s well-regarded bell choir.






Brian Doyle graduated from culinary school after earning a degree from UNO. Right away he had the good fortune to work under Chef Jimmy Corwell at Le Foret, as well as Rue 127. He then spent time in a number of kitchens in San Francisco before rounding out his experience with travels abroad, especially around the Mediterranean. At Rockrose, he reunites with a childhood friend to bring his vision of Greek cuisine to New Orleans.

Going Greek Mediterranean Flavors at Rockrose by Jay Forman


opens in New Orleans, let alone one that elevates this cuisine to the level of fine dining. Rockrose, which opened last fall, steps gracefully into this


niche. Here at the International House Hotel in the CBD guests will find a thoughtfully built-out space featuring red brick peeking through plaster walls, white marble tabletops and a contempo-


rary vibe softened with parquet Parsley and dill are prominent, as floors and elegant carpets which is dried Greek oregano, an herb sets the stage for contemporary which holds particular appeal Mediterranean fare. with Doyle. “It is subtle but brings Owner Nick Asprodites and really great flavor,” Doyle said. “I Executive Chef Brian Doyle are like it more than the fresh.” partners in this venture. Friends Seafood and vegetarian choices since childhood, the pair grew up abound, but diners seeking meat together with Doyle gaining an traditionally associated with Greek early appreciation for Greek cuisine food should try the braised lamb. through his friend’s family. Doyle This features a deeper flavor took a circuitous professional profile, with spices more common route to this style of cooking, to northern Greece like anise, having first worked at cinnamon, coriLe Foret and Rue 127 ander, cumin and Rockrose, 217 Camp before heading to San fenugreek. Braised St., CBD; 369-3070; Francisco to work in and served with Rockrosenola.com. B Daily, ricotta gnocchi and a series of MichelinL Mon-Fri, D Tues-Sat (Happy Hour on Mon.) starred restaurants. kale, it is akin to a But it was time spent mild curry. in small kitchens in The bar program Greece that gave him the clarity is overseen by Jen Hussey. of vison he leans on for Rockrose. Recommended cocktails include “The focus here is on ingredients the “Greek Me Up,” with and simplicity,” Doyle said. “The Chartreuse, mastiha, lime and simple flavors and ingredients are watermelon. “It has a bit of a more the star than fancy tech- southern twist with the pickled niques or knife-cuts.” The whole watermelon rind – Greek meets the fish is a dish that encapsulates this South,” Doyle said. Greek wines approach. On a last visit it was are featured but not exclusively speckled trout, butterflied down so – options from all over appear the middle with the head left on. to compliment what is essentially This is a market-driven dish, so a broader, more Mediterranean going into spring expect to see a menu than one which is excluvariety of snapper rotate through. sively Greek. Seasoning is simple – salty bursts Rockrose is open for breakfast, of capers and aromatic shallot and lunch and dinner. The Happy Hour garlic with lots of fresh herbs and menu features a sampling of their bright lemon notes. It is sharable sharable spreads and bar-friendly as well. “For me, this dish is our choices like chickpea fries and lemon potatoes. concept on a plate,” Doyle said. Start with an assortment of spreads – the roasted red pepper and dill has an especially concentrated flavor that pairs well with the creamy feta. Roasted eggplant is softened with honey and mint. All come with house-made pita, made with Bellegarde flour. Move MEZZE AND MORE on to the grilled octopus, especially It’s not Greek, but 1000 Figs tender and prepared simply with just off Esplanade Avenue hits extra virgin olive oil, lemon and many similar Mediterranean notes black garlic. with lots of crossover dishes. Their Diners here will notice an falafel is arguably the best in the emphasis on herbs, in particular city and the “Mezze Feast” features fennel and anise. Their “Oysters a kaleidoscope array of vegetarian Asprodites” is a take on Rockefeller fare that would sway even the most with Ouzo, fennel and celery. devoted of carnivores.




News From the Kitchen


Laurel Oak, Long Chim, Blue Giant by Robert Peyton




The Magnolia Hotel, on Gravier Street, is now home to Laurel Oak, a Southern Brasserie. The restaurant results from a partnership between hotelier Stout Street Hospitality and TAG Restaurant Group, both out of Denver. Local chef Wesley Rabalais heads the kitchen, turning out items like Benton’s ham tartine and roasted redfish with gulf seafood étouffée. 535 Gravier St., Monday - Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday – Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., 527-0006, Laureloakrestaurant.com.

The number of Thai restaurants in New Orleans increased earlier this year when Long Chim took up residence on Magazine Street. The restaurant, which specializes in “street food” started as a vendor in the Auction House Market, and the new location isn’t much larger. Look for a small menu of salads, soups and noodle dishes. 4113 Magazine St., Thursday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to be added, 982-0046.

Chinese-American food gets a bad rap, but that’s the challenge behind longawaited restaurant Blue Giant which was opened recently by two chefs with local experience, Bill Jones and Richard Horner. The focused menu of standards like shrimp dumplings, hot and sour soup, steamed bok choy with house-made oyster sauce and whole Peking duck, Blue Giant may change perceptions locally. 1300 Magazine St., Monday - Wednesday (closed Tuesday), 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., 582-9060, Bluegiantnola.com.







Smokin’ Hot


NOLA BBQ catches fire


1 teaspoon salt

3 racks St. Louis-style pork ribs

1 teaspoon garlic powder

by Dale Curry

1/3 cup Steen’s cane syrup Dry rub:


was a rare find in New Orleans. A slice of meat drenched in barbecue sauce was about the closest you could get. Shortly before the turn of the 21st century, a few cooks with Kentucky-Tennessee-North Carolina backgrounds opened a couple of joints with smoke pouring out of the chimneys most of the day and night, and a taste for slow-smoked ribs, pulled pork and chicken began to tempt the Cajun-Creole palate. Things really started smoking when a small group of guys smoked a hog raised a few thousand dollars for a little boy with brain cancer. Today, the New Orleans restaurant scene has its fair share of great barbecue, and Hogs for the Cause has raised more than $5 million for the treatment of pediatric brain cancer and aid to patients and their families. On March 27-28, the event referred to affectionately as “Hogs” will lure crowds of locals and visitors to the UNO Lakefront with the smell of smoking meat cooked by competing teams from all over the country. One such cook is James Cruse, who began barbecuing ribs 22 years ago in his backyard in Arabi. Now he heads up “Aporkalypse Now,” a team that has won numerous grand championships at Hogs. The team renamed itself Central City BBQ this year because Cruse has become the restaurant’s pit master. Last year, it won first place in the ribs category. His key: doneness and texture. He has no recipe except that they are smoked at 250 degrees from three to six hours, depending on the cut. “The key is fire management,” he said. And the texture “should be smooth and moist, a soft bite.” Another local team, “Mr. Pigglesworth,” also sprouted from backyard cooks who heard about Hogs and went on to collect some top awards. They, too, say it’s all about time and temperature. “You can’t rush it to get it to come out right,” said Antony Spizale, one of the team’s chief cooks. “When you understand the concept of controlling the heat and time of cooking, barbecuing is easy.” When he’s in his own backyard in Kenner, he sets the heat on his Weber at 225 degrees to smoke pork shoulder and spends as many as nine hours getting the meat just right, checking the temperature every hour, then controlling it with vents. The following recipe is based on many tips from Cruse and Spizale with my own experience thrown in. After all, I am a Tennessee native.

2 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 small onion, chopped

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin

For the grill: 1 small bag hickory chips, soaked in water for 1 hour

Barbecue sauce:

1 medium bag charcoal briquettes

3 cups ketchup

2 cups water

1 cup cider vinegar

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup brown sugar Directions 1. Remove membrane from back side of ribs, running a knife beneath the rib edge and using paper towels to pull off. (Demonstrations can be found on-line.) 2. Make dry rub by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl. An hour or two before putting on the grill, rub ribs liberally on both sides with dry rub. 3. Make barbecue sauce by combining all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and simmering for 1 hour, covered, over low heat. 4. Soak about half the hickory chips in water for 1 hour before charcoal fire is ready. Soak more later, if needed. In a spray bottle, mix water and white vinegar.

BBQ FEST Admission to Hogs for the Cause is $30 for one day or $55 for two days March 27-28 at the UNO Lakefront with three stages of music and booths selling barbecued ribs, pork shoulder, whole hog and porkpourri (anything porkcentric) cooked by fundraising teams from all over the country. For more information, contact Hogsforthecause. org.

5. Heat a large charcoal fire in the bottom of a barbecue grill with a cover and vents. When white-hot, spread in a large area on one side of the grill. Top with several handfuls of drained hickory chips. Place grill 5 to 7 inches above charcoal and lay ribs on the opposite side of the grill from the fire. Adjust vents to channel the smoke over the meat for indirect heat. Smoke for 1 hour. 6. Open grill and spray ribs with water-vinegar mixture. Turn ribs over and around, spray again and spread a handful or two of new charcoal evenly over the hot coals and top with more chips. Keep grill closed for 1 more hour and repeat the spraying, turning of ribs and addition of charcoal and hickory. Grill will fluctuate in temperature when you open it but should maintain an average temperature of 250 to 300 degrees throughout. After another hour, repeat process. 7. When ribs have smoked for 3 ½ hours, open grill and apply a thin layer of barbecue to each side of ribs, using a brush. Cover and smoke for 30 minutes. 8. At the end of 4 hours, ribs should be tender but firm enough not to fall off the bones. Slice and serve after a 10-minute rest, or remove from grill, wrap in heavy foil and keep in warm oven, 200 degrees or less, for up to an hour. Slice ribs apart and serve on a platter with sauce on the side. Serves 10 to 12. MYNEWORLEANS.COM MARCH 2020 7 5


Drinking History A Sidecar for the road by Tim McNally


motorcycle part immediately sets itself off as singular. However, the sidecar is anything but, and is, in fact, another style of the New Orleans mid-19th century curated cocktail, Brandy Crusta. The sidecar itself was first evidenced on the streets of Paris, around Place Vendome and the Paris Ritz Hotel during the days of World War I. And, yes, it was named for the motorcycle attachment made to carry an extra passenger on the two-wheel vehicle. The always-in-top form drinks team at Commander’s Palace have brought back this most excellent adult drink, judicious use of both brandy and Cointreau, coupled with plenty of citrus to offset the presence of sugar both in the drink and on the rim of the glass. This cocktail is elegant to visually behold and to thoroughly enjoy on the palate. The challenge is to resist the temptation for another, then another. Then again, why would anyone resist such a delightful and historic cocktail, or two?


Commander’s Palace Sidecar 2 Tbsp. superfine sugar – we used purple and green that you can find at party stores 1 lemon wedge  2 oz. domestic brandy  1 oz, Cointreau  1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice  1 lemon twist   Place the sugars in two shallow saucers. Wet half of the inside and outside rims of the glass with the lemon wedge and discard the wedge. Dip the rims into the sugar. Fill the glass with ice and set aside. In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the brandy, Cointreau, and lemon juice and shake vigorously. Twist the lemon peel into the prepared glass and strain the cocktail over it. Serve immediately. As created and served at Commander’s Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, CommandersPalace.com.





H Pizza Delicious PIZZA 617 Piety St., 676-8482, PizzaDelicious.com. Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable restaurant, that also offers excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes. Outdoor seating a plus. $ CARROLLTON Breads on Oak BAKERY/BREAKFAST 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, BreadsOnOak.com. Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak St. serves breads, breakfast, sandwiches, 100 percent vegan. $ CITY PARK Café NOMA AMERICAN 1 Collins Diboll Cir., NO Museum of Art, 482-1264, CafeNoma. com. Sleek bar and café in the ground floor of museum offers a thoughtful array of snacks, sandwiches and small plates that are sure to enchant, with a kids’ menu to boot. $


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a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana brown butter tart is a favorite dessert. $$$$$

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

H Lüke WORLD 333 St. Charles Ave., 378-2840, LukeNewOrleans.com. Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, house-made pâtés and plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$

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

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

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

8 Canal St., 533-6111, HarrahsNewOrleans. com. Acclaimed chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$$$

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

H Café Degas FRENCH 3127 Esplanade Ave.,

H Borgne SEAFOOD 601 Loyola Ave.,

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


H BH Steak STEAKHOUSE Harrah’s Casino,

613-3860, BorgneRestaurant.com. Coastal Louisiana 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 Cochon LOUISIANIAN FARE 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123, CochonRestaurant.com. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski feature Cajun and Southern cuisine. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine Reservations recommended. $$

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

H Domenica ITALIAN The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, DomenicaRestaurant.com. Authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products. $$$$ Emeril’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, EmerilsRestaurants.com. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$

H Herbsaint LOUISIANIAN FARE 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, Herbsaint.com. Enjoy 7 8 MARCH 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM

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

HRed Gravy BAKERY/BREAKFAST 125 Camp St., 561-8844, RedGravy.com. Farm-to-table brunch restaurant offers a creative array of items such as Cannoli Pancakes and Skillet Cakes, as well as delectable sandwiches and more. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties round out the menu. $$ H Restaurant August AMERICAN 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, RestaurantAugust.com. James Beard Awardwinning menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Rock-N-Sake ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, RockNSake. com. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House STEAKHOUSE Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, RuthsChris.com. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution. There are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sac-A-Lait SEAFOOD 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, Sac-A-LaitRestaurant.com. Cody and Sam Carroll’s shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and craft libations in

FAUBOURG ST. JOHN 945-5635, CafeDegas.com. Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$

H 1000 Figs WORLD 3141 Ponce De Leon St., 301-0848, 1000Figs.com. Vegetarianfriendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-to-table alternative to cookie-cutter Middle Eastern places. $$ FRENCH QUARTER Acme Oyster House LOUISIANIAN FARE 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, AcmeOyster. com. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$

H Arnaud’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, ArnaudsRestaurant.com. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade ITALIAN 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, Remoulade.com. Home of the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled all-beef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$ Antoine’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, Antoines.com. This pinnacle of haute cuisine and birthplace of oysters Rockefeller is New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. (Every item is à la carte, with an $11 minimum.) Private dining rooms available. $$$$$ Antoine’s Annex SPECIALTY FOODS 513 Royal St., 525-8045, Antoines.com/Antoines-Annex. Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available. BB King’s Blues Club BARBECUE 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, BBKings.com/ new-orleans. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician with a menu loaded with BBQ and southern specialties. Live music and late hours are a big

part of the fun. $$$ Bayou Burger BURGERS 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256, SportsBarNewOrleans.com. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$ Bourbon House SEAFOOD 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse.com. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes, bourbon is offered as well. $$$ Bayona WORLD 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, Bayona.com. Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$ Brennan’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 417 Royal St., 525-9711, Brennansneworleans.com. Innovative Cerole menu borrows influences from French and Spanish ancestry with modern updates and distinct seasonal offerings. $$$$ Broussard’s FRENCH 819 Conti St., 5813866, Broussards.com. Creole-French institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$

H Cane & Table GASTROPUB 1113 Decatur St., 581-1112, CaneAndTableNola.com. Open late, this chef-driven rustic colonial cuisine with rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$ Chartres House ITALIAN 601 Chartres St., 586-8383, ChartresHouse.com. This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$ Court of Two Sisters LOUISIANIAN FARE 613 Royal St., 522-7261, CourtOfTwoSisters.com. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$ Criollo LOUISIANIAN FARE Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, CriolloNola.com. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various Louisiana cultures, with a contemporary twist. $$$ Crazy Lobster SEAFOOD 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, TheCrazyLobster.com. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery SEAFOOD 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. Crowdpleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood SEAFOOD 841 Iberville St., 581-1316, Deanies.com. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering

seafood platters. $$$

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

H Doris Metropolitan STEAKHOUSE 620 Chartres St., 267-3500, DorisMetropolitan.com. Innovative steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$ El Gato Negro WORLD 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, ElGatoNegroNola.com. Central Mexican cuisine along with handmuddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$ Galatoire’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, Galatoires.com. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this worldfamous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak STEAKHOUSE 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Galatoires33BarAndSteak.com. Steakhouse

offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails and classic steakhouse fare and inspired dishes. Reservations accepted. $$$

H GW Fins SEAFOOD 808 Bienville St., 581-FINS (3467), GWFins.com. Owners Gary Wollerman and twice chef of the year Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak. On a quest for unique variety, menu is printed daily. $$$$$ House of Blues LOUISIANIAN FARE 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, HouseOfBlues.com/ NewOrleans. Good menu complements music in the main room. World-famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$ Irene’s Cuisine ITALIAN 539 St. Philip St., 529-8881. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of this Creole-Italian favorite beloved by locals. Try the oysters Irene and crabmeat gratin appetizers. $$$$ K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen LOUISIANIAN FARE 416 Chartres St., 596-2530, ChefPaul. com/KPaul. Paul Prudhomme’s landmark restaurant helped introduce Cajun food to the nation. Lots of seasoning and bountiful offerings, along with reserved seating, make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. $$$$

H Kingfish SEAFOOD 337 Charters St., 5985005, KingfishNewOrleans.com. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chef-driven French Quarter

establishment. $$$ Le Bayou SEAFOOD 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, LeBayouRestaurant.com. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafood-centric destination on Bourbon Street. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square ITALIAN 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, Muriels.com. Enjoy local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-be-haunted establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House ITALIAN 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, NapoleonHouse.com. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas. A Sazerac or Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $ NOLA LOUISIANIAN FARE 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, EmerilsRestaurants.com/NolaRestaurant. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedar-plank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill SEAFOOD 739 Conti St., 5256002, OceanaGrill.com. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kidfriendly seafood destination. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro GASTROPUB 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, OrleansGrapevine.com. Wine is the muse at this bistro, which offers vino by the flight, glass and bottle. A classic menu with an emphasis on local cuisine. $$$

H Patrick’s Bar Vin GASTROPUB 730 Bienville St., 200-3180, PatricksBarVin.com.

This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small plates are served as well. $$ Pier 424 SEAFOOD 424 Bourbon St., 309-1574, Pier424SeafoodMarket.com. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by unusual twists like “Cajun-Boiled” Lobster. $$$ Port of Call BURGERS 838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120, PortOfCallNola.com. It is all about the big, meaty burgers and giant baked potatoes in this popular bar/restaurant – unless you’re cocktailing only, then it’s all about the Monsoons. $$

H Restaurant R’evolution ITALIAN 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, RevolutionNola. com. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Jana Billiot and executive sous chef Gabriel Beard are in charge of day-today operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$ Red Fish Grill SEAFOOD 115 Bourbon St., 5981200, RedFishGrill.com. This vibrant, seafoodcentric polished-casual landmark delivers innivative twists on casual New Orleans seasfood, including local favorites BBQ oysters and double chocolate bread pudding. $$$ Rib Room AMERICAN Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, RibRoomNewOrleans.com. Old World elegance, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning


seafood and on Sundays a jazz brunch. $$$

trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$

Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant LOUISIANIAN FARE 301 Dauphine St., 5860972, RichardFiskes.com. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street is this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-and-Bacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$

The Bombay Club LOUISIANIAN FARE Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 577-2237, TheBombayClub.com. 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. $$$$

Royal House LOUISIANIAN FARE 441 Royal St., 528-2601, RoyalHouseRestaurant.com. Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$ SoBou LOUISIANIAN FARE 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, SoBouNola.com. There is something for everyone at this “Modern Creole Saloon.” Decidedly unstuffy with an emphasis on craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Everything from $1 pork cracklins to an extravagant foie gras burger on an accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$

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

H The Bistreaux LOUISIANIAN FARE New Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, MaisonDupuy.com/dining. html. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting


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

H Tujague’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 823 Decatur St., 525-8676, TujaguesRestaurant.com. For more than 150 years this landmark restaurant has been offering Creole cuisine. Favorites include a nightly six-course table d’hôté menu featuring a unique beef brisket with Creole sauce. $$$$$ GARDEN DISTRICT Commander’s Palace LOUISIANIAN FARE 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, CommandersPalace.com. The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Award-winner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$ District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, DonutsAndSliders.com. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this nextgeneration café. $ Hoshun Restaurant ASIAN FUSION/PAN

ASIAN 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, HoshunRestaurant.com. A wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Private dining rooms available. $$

St., 267-9190. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. CaffeCaffe.com Healthy, refreshing meal options, and gourmet coffee and espresso drinks create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. $

H Mr. John’s Steakhouse STEAKHOUSE

Crabby Jack’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, CrabbyJacksNola.com. Outpost of JacquesImo’s. Famous for its fried seafood and poor boys including fried green tomatoes and roasted duck. $

2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, MrJohnsSteakhouse.com. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$ METAIRIE

H Andrea’s Restaurant ITALIAN 3100 19th St., 834-8583, AndreasRestaurant.com. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Acme Oyster House LOUISIANIAN FARE 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, AcmeOyster. com. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Austin’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, AustinsNo.com. Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$ Boulevard American Bistro AMERICAN 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, cafeB.com. Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this family-friendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! AMERICAN 3547 N. Hullen

Deanie’s Seafood SEAFOOD 1713 Lake Ave., 831-4141, Deanies.com. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$ Don’s Seafood SEAFOOD 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1550, DonsSeafoodOnline.com. Metairie outpost of historic local seafood chain that dates from 1934. Features an array of Cajun and seafood classics like their original ‘Jacked Up’ Oysters and seafood platters. Don’t miss their happy hour specials. $$$ Drago’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, DragosRestaurant.com. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$ Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant SEAFOOD 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, AustinsNo.com. 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. $$

make this a neighborhood favorite. $$

cocktails. $$$

oysters both charbroiled and raw. $$$

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

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

H Toups’ Meatery LOUISIANIAN FARE 845

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

N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, ToupsMeatery. com. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a carnivore’s delight. $$$

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

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

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

H Mona’s Café WORLD 3901 Banks St., 482-

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS Café du Monde BAKERY/BREAKFAST CafeDuMonde.com. This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. $

7743. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros. The lentil soup and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $

CC’s Coffee House BAKERY/BREAKFAST CCsCoffee.com. Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $


H Crescent City Steaks STEAKHOUSE 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, CrescentCitySteaks.com. One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$ Five Happiness ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, FiveHappiness.com. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and house-baked duck. $$ Gracious Bakery + Café BAKERY/BREAKFAST 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, GraciousBakery.com.Boutique bakery offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $

H Katie’s Restaurant and Bar LOUISIANIAN FARE 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582, KatiesInMidCity.com. Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch

H MoPho ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, MoPhoNola.com. Vietnamese cuisine meets southern Louisiana in this upscale casual hybrid by chef Michael Gulotta. Mix-and-match pho and an interesting poor boy menu rounds out the appeal. $$$ Parkway Bakery and Tavern AMERICAN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, ParkwayPoorBoys. com. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $ Ralph’s On The Park LOUISIANAIAN FARE 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, RalphsOnThePark. com. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good

Copeland’s LOUISIANIAN FARE CopelandsofNewOrleans.com. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$ Little Tokyo ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN LittleTokyoNola.com. Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$ Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN MartinWineCellar.com. Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, burgers, soups, salads and deli-style sandwiches. $ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House SEAFOOD MrEdsRestaurants.com/oyster-bar.A seafood lover’s paradise offers an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened redfish and more. A raw bar featuring gulf

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

H Boucherie LOUISIANIAN FARE 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, Boucherie-Nola. com. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$ Brigtsen’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 723 Dante St., 861-7610, Brigtsens.com. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie destination. $$$$$

HCarrollton Market AMERICAN 8132 Hampson St., 252-9928, CarrolltonMarket.



com. Modern Southern cuisine manages to be both fun and refined at this tasteful boîte. $$$

inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$

UPPER 9TH WARD St. Roch Market LOUISIANIAN FARE 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, StRochMarket.com. Historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$

H Coquette FRENCH 2800 Magazine St., 265-0421, CoquetteNola.com. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from the chefs. $$$

UPTOWN Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute. org. B, A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$ Bouligny Tavern GASTROPUB 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, BoulignyTavern.com. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$ Camellia Grill AMERICAN 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $ Casamento’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, CasamentosRestaurant.com. The familyowned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer and for all major holidays. $$ Clancy’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, ClancysNewOrleans.com. Their Creole-


Dick and Jenny’s LOUISIANIAN FARE 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, DickAndJennys. com. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$

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

H La Crêpe Nanou FRENCH 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, LaCrepeNanou.com. Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neighborhood institution. $$$ La Petite Grocery FRENCH 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, LaPetiteGrocery.com. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$ Lilette FRENCH 3637 Magazine St., 8951636, LiletteRestaurant.com. Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$

H Magasin ASIAN FUSION/PAN ASIAN 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611, MagasinCafe.com. Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available

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

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

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

H The Company Burger BURGERS 4600 Freret St., 267-0320, TheCompanyBurger. com. 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. $ The Delachaise GASTROPUB 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, TheDelaichaise.com. Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub.

Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$ H Upperline AMERICAN 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, Upperline.com. Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger presents this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$ H Wayfare AMERICAN 4510 Freret St., 3090069, WayfareNola.com. Creative sandwiches and southern-inspired small plates. $$ Ye Olde College Inn AMERICAN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933. com. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine ITALIAN 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine. com. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ WAREHOUSE DISTRICT Lucy’s WORLD 710 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995, LucysRetiredSurfers.com. Islandthemed oasis with a menu that cherry-picks tempting dishes from across the globe’s tropical latitudes. Popular for lunch, and the after-work crowds stay into the wee hours. $

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Spring Travel Destinations


pring inspires travel for many local families, and whether it’s a spring break week away or a simple day trip to a nearby point of interest, getting out of town and out of a routine is good for the soul. Greater New Orleans is close to a wide variety of attractions, and even destinations thousands of miles away are made close by the convenience of an international airport. From discovering the soul of Mississippi and the history of Louisiana to feeling the waves crash against you in Alabama or Florida, there’s an adventure for everyone just a short drive away. Festivals also abound across the region, which means a surplus of opportunities for food, music, dancing, and art. Professional and collegiate sporting events, vacation rentals along the beach, casino resorts, and entertaining excursions are just a few of the options included here. Find your fun this spring with a nearby or international trip, and remember what it’s like to experience the world away from the home and office.


INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL This spring and summer, allow Condor to deliver you to your international vacation destination. Beginning May 23, 2020, international flights from Condor Airlines will resume from New Orleans, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays through September 19, 2020. Condor has been flying its guests to the most beautiful destinations in the world since 1956. Every year, around 9.4M passengers fly with Condor from eight German airports to around 90 destinations in Europe, Africa, and America. According to a survey conducted by the German Institute for Service Quality on behalf of the news channel n-tv, Condor has repeatedly been named Germany’s most popular holiday airline for many years. “After 16 years, the Condor logo will return to the tails of our aircraft, which makes especially every person working for Condor very proud,” says Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor. “Condor and our logo is a strong brand that has signified Germany’s most popular airline for 64 years.” For flights and information, visit Condor.com.


LOUISIANA HOT SPOTS St. Martin Parish draws visitors year round with its welcoming hospitality, worldclass music, and famous local cuisine. Accommodations offerings include beautiful B&Bs, top quality campgrounds and cabins, houseboats, and hotels. Breaux Bridge offers an array of shopping, antiquing and world-renowned hot spots like the famous Zydeco Breakfast at Buck & Johnny’s and nighttime entertainment at Tante Marie’s, Pont Breaux’s Cajun Restaurant, and Cafe Sydnie Mae. The Henderson area, at the edge of the Atchafalaya Basin, offers airboat and swamp tours and great family-owned restaurants such as Chicken on the Bayou and Crawfish Town USA. St. Martinville plays host to countless festivals and quaint cafes in the beautiful downtown district. Take heritage tours at Acadian Memorial, African American Museum, and LongfellowEvangeline State Historic Site. Located just two hours west of New Orleans and a short drive from anywhere in the state, St Martin Parish holds the true essence of Cajun and Creole. Discover “where Cajun began” by visiting CajunCountry.org. French Quarter Phantoms Ghost & Vampire Tours are fun for visitors and locals alike. Listed as #5 in TripAdvisor›s Top Ten Ghost Tours in the World, their tours should be on everyone’s “Must Do” list. Grab a cocktail and walk along with their Master Story Tellers for a lot of great laughs and chills up your spine. Their fun, exuberant guides are passionate about entertaining guests. Year-round tours begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly and are appropriate for all ages. For daytime adventures, explore St Louis #1 Cemetery, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily, or walk amidst shady live oaks and grand houses on a tour of the Garden District available at 10 a.m. daily. For adults-only fun, try Saints & Sinners, a dirty little French Quarter history tour beginning at 1 p.m. daily. French Quarter Phantoms offers a variety of tours throughout the day and evening. Pick your favorite, grab your friends, and have some fun. Online discounts are available through FrenchQuarterPhantoms.com. For more information, call 504-666-8300. A visit to New Orleans combines comfort with adventure, the experience of southern hospitality and a relaxed pace among the magic and entertainment that keeps the city lively all year long. Adjacent to the French Quarter and in close proximity to popular festivals and events such as Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and French Quarter Fest, the

JW Marriott New Orleans offers recently refreshed, luxurious hotel rooms and suites with views of bustling Canal Street and the French Quarter. After exploring the sights, rest easy with JW Marriott’s heated outdoor saltwater pool on the 8th floor as well its lobby lounge and bar. JW Marriott believes that a hotel is more than a place to lay your head—it is a crafted, immersive experience created by staff that love what they do. That’s why each moment of your stay is personally choreographed to delight and inspire your journey so that you may leave richer than when you arrived. Visit JWMarriottNewOrleans.com to view exclusive packages or call 504-525-6500. Surrounded by the waters of Bayou Teche, Atchafalaya River, and the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin, the Cajun Coast in St. Mary Parish is known for its natural splendor and “road less traveled” atmosphere. Spend a beautiful spring day exploring the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area or winding along the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway. Captain Caviar’s Swamp Tours take visitors through the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest overflow swamp in the country. Or, experience the wilderness by paddling through the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge or renting canoes and kayaks at Captain Caviar Swamp Tours in Patterson. Golfers love the Atchafalaya at Idlewild, ranked Louisiana’s number one golf course by Golfweek Magazine in 2008 and 2009. This spring, St Mary Parish is alive with festivals and events. March brings the Basin Brew Fest and Brittany’s Project (March 21) and Songs on the Bayou Songwriter’s Festival (March 25-29). April 17-18 brings the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival, the Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show, and the Franklin Bicentennial Celebration. Porch Fest takes place April 18, and Rhythms on the River runs every Friday for nine weeks beginning April 17. For more information, visit CajunCoast.com. 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’s 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 four-time Oscar nominee Mudbound were filmed. Visit StJosephPlantation.com, or call 225-265-4078. Located in downtown New Orleans, The Smoothie King Center has taken its place as the number one entertainment and sports venue in the region. In addition to playing host to some of the world’s largest musical acts, it is also the home of the New Orleans Pelicans. This month, the Smoothie King Center will host the Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships on March 14 and 15, WWE Friday Night SmackDown Live on March 20, and Nick Cannon Presents: MTV Wild ‘N Out Live on March 28. The NCAA Women’s Final Four will also return to the Smoothie King Center for the fourth time, tipping off on April 3 and 5.




Tickets to these events are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. To check out all of The Smoothie King Center’s upcoming concerts and sporting events, please visit SmoothieKingCenter.com.

ALABAMA GETAWAYS Spring ahead to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach—whoever said you had to wait until summer to enjoy a beach vacation has obviously never been to the Alabama Gulf Coast. Spring adventures await you and your family along Alabama’s 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches. With pristine turquoise waters, deliciously warm weather and an extensive list of activities on and off the beach, your family will want to spend their spring break in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for years to come. Make plans to visit Alabama’s coast for the Waterway Village Zydeco and Crawfish Festival on Saturday, April 4. Sink your teeth into hot, juicy, lip-smacking crawfish throughout the day while dancing to the infectious rhythms of some of the best Zydeco bands from around the South. To start planning your spring getaway, order a copy of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach’s 2020 Vacation Guide at GulfShores.com/Plan/Vacation-Guide. Unlike regular beach hotels cluttered together along the coast, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel is a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast with nature at its doorstep. Located within the beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park, The Lodge at Gulf State Park provides luxurious accommodations with direct beach access, four dining options, 40,000 square feet of flexible event space, and miles of beach trails with


the pristine coastal scenery of this natural wildlife habitat. During your stay, you'll connect with the outdoors on a whole new level. And in doing so, you'll be helping in the hotel’s conservation efforts to restore and maintain the beauty of this truly distinctive property. Each of the 350 non-smoking guest rooms, including 20 suites, weave comfort and sustainability with a contemporary flair. All rooms bring the outdoors in by providing guests views of either The Gulf of Mexico or Lake Shelby/Gulf State Park. At The Lodge at Gulf State Park, doing nothing is really something. Book your spring getaway today by visiting LodgeatGulfStatePark.com.

FLORIDA FUN IN THE SUN It’s spring break 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 skyhomes 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 emerald green 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, your spouse or friends,


guests of all ages will enjoy the properties of Premier Island. More than just another Spring Break, this will be the one your family remembers for a lifetime. Discover yours at PremierIsland.com or call 866-935-7741. Experiencing Historic Pensacola is a must-do for any spring getaway to America’s first multi-year European settlement. Located downtown, just minutes from Pensacola’s world famous sugar-white beaches and emerald-green waters, Historic Pensacola is nestled within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts as well as in the heart of today’s waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment scene. The walkable complex shares the stories of Pensacola’s rich heritage through museum exhibits, guided home tours, and engaging, period-dressed living history interpreters. “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing allows access to all museums, tours, and activities for seven days. While exploring, step across the street to the Pensacola Museum of Art and immerse yourself in the diversity of visual culture through exhibitions, tours, and special events designed to educate and inspire. For hours and ticket information, visit HistoricPensacola.org (850-5955990) and PensacolaMuseum.org (850-432-6247). Spring is here and summer is close behind. With the warmer temperatures, many Louisiana families are dreaming of fun-filled days at the beach. Just a four-hour drive from New Orleans, the soft, white sand beaches along Destin, South Walton, and 30-A are easily accessible. For more than 35 years, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has been welcoming families to the beach and sharing local favorites. This year,

families can act local by participating in Beach BINGO, the My Beach Memories Photo Contest, a Coastal Clean Up, or Food for Thought food drive. Participating guests will be registered to win a vacation stay with Newman-Dailey or other fun prizes. For families planning a spring getaway, Newman-Dailey is again offering the Late Spring Fling* special offer. For stays between April 18 and May 20, 2020, vacationers can save 10 percent off a vacation rental home or condominium. (*Some restrictions apply). Use promo code: SPRING20. Learn more at DestinVacation.com or call 1-800-225-7652. Uncork some fun in the sun at the 34th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, April 16-19. Regarded as one of the top wine festivals in the country and known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” the Sandestin Wine Festival provides a picture-perfect series of events, complete with white tents, flowing wine, gourmet food, and live music at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. With one-of-a-kind seminars, wine dinners, and culinary experiences, the Sandestin Wine Festival is most known for its main event, the Grand Wine Tastings, which showcase more than 500+ domestic and international wines over a two-day span. Guests enjoy the opportunity to talk to vineyard owners and wine makers about their favorite appellations while also trying something new. Savor South Walton tents allow guests to pair delectable, bite-sized appetizers from some of the Emerald Coast’s best chefs with their current glass selection. The popular Bubbly & Boozy tent returns to the Grand Sandestin Lawn with bubbles, specialty liquors, and desserts galore. For a full schedule, tickets, accommodations, and more, visit SandestinWineFestival.com.




MISSISSIPPI ESCAPES There are so many reasons to visit Vicksburg in the spring—from Vicksburg Pilgrimage to fun day festivals and flea markets, there are countless one-of-a-kind experiences you won’t soon forget. If you are in search of the elusive sound of the Mississippi Delta Blues, you will find it in Vicksburg. Learn American history by visiting the site of the defining battle of America’s defining war at the Vicksburg National Military Park. Enjoy the southern charm of Vicksburg by strolling the brick-paved streets of its historic downtown. Visit eclectic boutiques, art galleries, and various eateries featuring Southern specialties. Enjoy sweeping views of the mighty Mississippi River and some of the most beautiful sunsets imaginable. Relax—it all runs on river time. For more to see and do in Vicksburg, go to VisitVicksburg.com or call 1-800-221-3536. Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available for building custom homes and retreats starting at $70,000 and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. 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!” Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit BigBayLake.com. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, voted “Favorite Casino Resort to Vacation At” on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, welcomes you to book your stay and enjoy a lavish hotel room featuring breathtaking views, superior service, and bathrooms that feel more like a spa. Start your Sunday mornings with a Jazz Brunch at Scarlet’s Steaks & Seafood with bottomless mimosas and bellinis and live entertainment by Jesse Hill. Spice it up with a loaded Bloody Mary topped with fresh lobster tail. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort showcases over 900 state-of-the-art slot machines, over 30 top-of-the-line table games, and over 50 video poker games. If you are feeling really lucky, take a shot at a hole-in-one at Lava Links Miniature Golf Course featuring a live, erupting volcano. Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort—your home away from home. Book your next ultimate getaway at ScarletPearlCasino.com or call 888-BOOK-SPC. Life has a distinctive rhythm and texture in Greenwood, Mississippi, home of the haunting strains of the blues, America’s original musical art form, and the final resting place of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. The area inspired a culinary tradition that rose from humble roots to seduce the most discerning palates while simultaneously comforting the soul. Greenwood attracts artists, musicians, filmmakers, craftsmen, chefs, foodies, writers, storytellers, seekers, entrepreneurs, outdoorsmen, lovers, collectors, history buffs, and adventurers. It lives,



breathes and redefines authentic Southern hospitality. Foodies love visiting the original Viking Cooking School with demonstrations and hands-on lessons from expert instructors and chefs (advance reservations required), and unwinding is made easy with amazing eats and drinks at a variety of local restaurants. History buffs loves visiting the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement and its Freedom Trail markers identifying the fateful story of Emmett Till and the site of the famous “Black Power” speech by Stokely Carmichael. Meanwhile, markers from the Mississippi Blues Trail adorn Greenwood, offering significant insights to the music’s origin. The Museum of the Mississippi Delta features history, art, and regional archaeology. For more information, go to VisitGreenwood.com. Take an island adventure this summer that won’t break the bank and is located only about 70 minutes from New Orleans. Mississippi’s finest beaches are located on Ship Island, approximately 11 miles offshore from the Gulf Coast cities of Gulfport and Biloxi. The undeveloped sand island is accessible only by boat. Ship Island Excursions offers daily passenger ferry service from Gulfport and Biloxi. Watch for Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins during an enjoyable 60-minute cruise. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ship Island offers visitors the first high quality, natural beaches for swimming and shelling east of New Orleans. Travel to a special place where the main attractions are long, quiet beaches, beautiful green water, and clean Gulf air. The nine-mile long barrier island also features historic Fort Massachusetts (circa 1858).

Food service is available on the boats and the island. Chair and umbrella rentals are also available. During summer, the National Park Service offers a lifeguarded swim beach and fort tours. Ferry service operates March through October. Visit MSShipIsland.com for info.

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Summer Camps


amps entail all the best things about school but without all the homework, testing, and stress. Every summer, kids across New Orleans get an opportunity to home in on their particular interests and explore their talents—and the world—in a relaxed learning environment designed to engage and entertain. Now’s the time to start checking out the options for your camper at the area’s various schools, organizations, and institutions.


Creative camps offer young artists more training in the arts and music, while sports camps help young athletes develop foundational skills. Science camps may take a fresh look at nature and the environment, while cooking and sewing camps teach youngsters how to be self-sufficient and creative. Language and cultures are also ripe for exploration and enlarge the world around us. The following summer camps are a few of the many options that abound locally for parents this year.



Make it a shining, fun-filled summer at Sacred Heart Summer Camp for girls and boys. For ages 1-13, Sacred Heart offers a wide variety of festive, fun summer camps and enrichment opportunities in academics, athletics, and the arts. Arts, sports, water fun, math, cheer, competitive games, yoga, fitness, track and field, Jump Start, and the ever-popular theater camp provide something for everyone. Lunch is included in tuition, and before- and after-care are available for all camps, which take place June 1 through July 17, 2020. For more information on summer camp and the school, visit ASHRosary.org/summer or call 504-269-1230. This summer, Ursuline Academy is offering several exciting camp options for all girls rising toddler 3 through seventh grade. Camp U: A Camp for Every Girl provides individualized camp programs with an emphasis on the subjects your camper loves most. Empower your camper to become an innovator through fun teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving at Camp Invention. For your little artist, singer or craftswoman, Camp Create offers art, singing, cooking, decorating, baking, sewing, creative writing, music, ceramics and more. For the athletes, there’s Camp of Champions, led by district- and state-winning coaches and former college athletes, which includes basketball, soccer, softball, running, and volleyball. Camp of Champions offers a one- or two-sport day as well as half-day options. Returning this year to Camp U is Super Week, a fun week of field trips. Learn more about Ursuline Academy’s various camp options at uanola.org/camp-u or by emailing summercamp@uanola.org. For more information on Ursuline Academy, visit UANola.org.


At Ecole Bilingue, the fun continues after the school year with Le camp d’été, which offers an incredible variety of summer programs for children two (must be potty-trained) through twelve years old. No French background is required. This year, Ecole Bilingue is excited to bring back many of its campers’ favorite activities, all infused with French lessons and the culture the school is known for. With expert counselors and over a decade of day camps under its belt, Ecole Bilingue understands exactly how to provide a safe, fun, and enriching experience for all campers. Located at Ecole Bilingue’s Uptown New Orleans campus with state-of-the-art facilities, Le camp d’été offers the perfect environment in which children can thrive all through the summer and straight into the school year. Visit Ecole Bilingue’s website for a full list of dates, fees, and the form to enroll your child in Le camp d’été today. For this information and more, visit EBNola.net or call 504-896-4500. Choose your adventure at Mount Carmel’s Summer Camp. Campers customize their summer fun by picking their favorite classes from a diverse and exciting selection. They will enjoy being artists, scientists, dancers, athletes, cheerleaders, chefs, detectives, designers, actresses, and so much more. Campers will explore their individual interests and uncover new talents as they make friends and have a blast. MCA Summer Camp runs June 1-26. Camp is divided into two sections: girls entering second through fourth grade and girls entering fifth through eighth grade. Morning sessions are 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and afternoon sessions are 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Camp classes are led by Mount Carmel faculty members with assistance from their students. A lunch program is offered and before- and after-care are also available. Registration opens March 12.


Please visit MCACubs.com to register, and get ready for a fun-filled summer at MCA. Broadway Theatre Connection (BTC) presents a five-day Musical Theatre Intensive with Broadway’s finest mentors July 27th- July 31st at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. BTC offers an exciting curriculum in Musical Theatre for young artists ages 8 to 18 years old who are interested in becoming well-rounded performers. Classes can include Jazz, Theatre Dance, Tap, Voice, Acting a Song, Monologues and Sides, Original Broadway Choreography, and a Faculty Q+A. The students will have the opportunity to invite a limited number guests to the view the classes during the week. Broadway Theatre Connection’s faculty is comprised of currently working professionals in the theatre industry or a reputable college theatre program. Visit the BTC Facebook page for announcements about the BTC faculty members coming to New Orleans in 2020. For acceptance to the Summer Intensive, Broadway Theatre Connection requires that a student have training in only one of the three disciplines of Musical Theatre: Dance, Acting, or Voice. No audition is required. Visit BroadwayTheatreConnection.com for details and registration. Space is limited, and scholarships are available through the support and generosity of NOTA. Have a “whale” of a summer on the 12-acre country campus of Arden Cahill Academy’s Camp Corral. Cahill Camp Corral offers a relaxed environment where children continue to grow and develop during the summer months under the supervision of qualified teachers and experienced instructors. Activities and amenities include horseback riding, swimming, art, theater production, sports, game room, petting farm, laptop lounge, academic enrichment classes, field day, dances, fishing, water slide, bounce house, overnight camp “in”, archery, riflery, STEAM lab, discovery and much more. Campers ages 3-14 are welcome to attend (camper must turn 4 by Sept. 30, 2020). Conveniently located on the West Bank (10 minutes from the GNO Bridge), the camp runs 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with before- and after-care available. Hot lunches can be provided for an additional fee. Session 1 dates are May 26 - June 26 and Session 2 dates are June 29 - July 31 with an option for weekly rates. For more information or to register now, visit Camp Corral online at ArdenCahillAcademy.com. This summer, LCM Camp is inspired by its new museum and new home in City Park. All camps include a balance of museum exploration and theme-based learning. Each session’s theme ties into one or more of the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s impact areas: Environmental Education, Health & Wellness, Arts & Culture, and Literacy. Louisiana Children’s Museum summer camps run $325 per week for non-members and $275 per week for members. Camps are designed for children ages 4 to 5 and 6 to 8. Choose from eleven weeks of themed camps from May 26 through August 7. Camp is held daily from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Before- and after care are also available for an additional fee. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. To register or learn more about LCM summer camps, visit LCM.org/Camps or call 504-523-1357.•




and reveal her favorite antique-hunting spots throughout Europe. Anecdotes from years of treasure hunting are accompanied by images of rare and precious finds, with text that decodes just how to choose the right pieces, pair pieces from different periods, and display them in a contemporary interior. Available nationally and internationally this April from Abrams Books, Soul of the Home will also be available at Shaw’s new showroom located at 5833 Magazine St., which is filled with new arrivals of European, mid-century, and antique finds. For more info, visit TaraShaw.com. With a focus on “functional luxury,” St. Romain Interiors is a treasure trove of antiques, reproductions, and new contemporary to traditional furniture that Cindy St. Romain uses to create a timeless elegance. Located in Mandeville, St. Romain Interiors offers a convenient online store constantly updated with Cindy’s newest finds from Europe. Customers can view details and dimensions without leaving home. When you do make the small jaunt across the lake, you’ll find small-town, boutique shopping with extremely competitive prices, unparalleled customer service, and one-stop shopping for your design needs. Appointments are available at any time or day of the week, and customers trust St. Romain to see every design project through to the end. In addition to furniture and lighting, hand-selected local and antique artwork is available for completing or complementing a room and can be incorporated in design projects with a skillful eye. For customers looking for design services, Cindy St Romain offers 25+ years of experience working in a variety of styles on projects large and small. For more information and to see what’s currently available, visit StRomainInteriors.com.

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ome is where the heart is, they say, but by the time summer rolls around, vacation usually draws the heart and mind elsewhere. That’s why it’s important to be home-focused in spring, whether spring cleaning and taking on that much-needed room remodel or planning that morale-boosting community or corporate event before everyone starts heading to the beach. Home means a lot of things—from houses to communities—and that’s the focus of the following businesses and organizations. From interior designers and construction resources to those who strive to protect our unique ecosystems and waterways, there are a variety of professionals who can help you get your spring plans and activities in order. New wallpaper or paint may unleash the possibilities of your living room or home office, while a new front door may give your house the facelift it deserves. New educational opportunities and private event spaces round out the following home-centered service providers ready to take on your project.

INTERIOR/EXTERIOR DESIGN & ANTIQUES Local designer and antiques dealer Tara Shaw is well regarded for her expertise in French and other European antiques—a supplier for a host of AD100 and Elle Decor A-listers, Shaw is also known for her own custom furniture line, Maison, licensed with Restoration Hardware. Shaw’s newest endeavor delivers her expertise to your home and coffee table through 272 pages of enchanting photographs, secrets, anecdotes, and tips. Through Soul of the Home, Shaw helps readers understand how to select the best antiques and use them in a variety of decor schemes. Chapters present never-before-published spaces from Shaw’s portfolio 9 4 MARCH 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM

Susan Currie Design specializes in interior design, everything from kitchen and bathroom renovations to designing personalized and effective business and home offices. “A well-designed home office can help inspire you and make ‘going to work’ a joy instead of a chore,” says Susan Currie. Currie’s three “C’s”of home office design include color, cohesion, and cherish. ° Color can set the tone for your workspace. ° Cohesive looks are visually interesting while delivering a calming effect. ° Cherish your space by surrounding yourself with little luxuries that help you savor your time working from home. Inspiring art, a scented candle, or even a vase of fresh-cut flowers can lift the mood. With a penchant for color, Susan adds an energetic flare to any space and offers clients a unique perspective on their own style. “We take great care to listen and understand how a space will function for our clients,” says Susan. “With the help of our skilled craftsmen, we turn their vision into a reality.” For more info or to schedule a consultation, visit SusanCurrieDesign.com or call 504-862-5800. Exterior Designs, Inc., a comprehensive landscape design and build company, is known locally for helping homeowners increase the value of their homes with landscaping. Beverly Katz, owner/designer, creates New Orleans inspired landscapes by blending timeless Spanish and French influences of the city’s architecture with functional solutions for the modern homeowner. Exterior Designs has an exceptional ability to transform even the largest landscapes into intimate spaces perfect for entertaining and relaxing. An interior designer before realizing her talent for landscape architecture, Beverly has a keen eye for detail combined with an affinity for problem solving, material selection and spatial composition. Because of her background, her creations are an extension of her clients’ homes. When Beverly visits a home for the initial consultation, she takes note of the client’s design aesthetic and allows it to flow into the outdoors.

SPONSORED Offering design, construction, installation and project management for residential or commercial landscapes, visit ExteriorDesignsBev.com for design inspiration or call 504-866-0276 for a consultation.

DOORS & MILLWORK “Finding the right product for the project” is the core focus of Renaissance Doors. Whether that is a custom $3,000 iron front door or an inexpensive baseboard for a rental unit, Renaissance Doors provides value for its clients with competitive pricing, excellent customer service, and on-time delivery. The company’s large showroom stocks various styles of interior and exterior doors, and first-time visitors are always surprised to see the extensive inventory of in-stock baseboards, crown moulding, and window trim. Family owned and operated by Matthew Durish and wife Melissa, Renaissance Doors is a trusted, local resource for contractors and homeowners looking for quality millwork for their renovation or new construction project. “I’m proud to work in a city that I love,” says Matthew. Renaissance Doors invites you to stop by the showroom at 1000 Edwards Ave. in Harahan for a tour. For more information, visit RenaissanceDoorsLLC.com or call 504-344-6994.



With Southern Refinishing, you don’t get a contractor—you get a family. Southern Refinishing offers more than 40 years of experience in bathroom and kitchen reglazing projects for customers in the Gulf South. In addition to saving homeowners the cost of replacing their bathroom and kitchen fixtures, the company’s goal is to make every customer’s experience as comfortable and painless as possible. They know how stressful it can be to have a contractor disrupting your personal space, so the company works to minimize disruption throughout the remodeling process. From tile walls, countertops, and sinks to fiberglass and acrylic tub repairs and tub/shower conversions to clawfoot tubs, Southern Refinishing has the equipment and expertise to work with any fixture. A local New Orleans company, Southern Refinishing is experienced with both small and large jobs, from residential homes to commercial projects such as hotels. Get a customized quote today by calling 504348-1770. Visit SouthernRefinishing.com for a gallery of projects and additional information.



As a non-profit organization working to sustain one of the largest estuarine systems in the Gulf of Mexico, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) also oversees one of Louisiana’s newest and greatest treasures, the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center. As Louisiana’s only working lighthouse, the New Canal Lighthouse offers the public an all-ages, hands-on lab with programming and displays that focus on the history of the lighthouse, the ecology of the Pontchartrain Basin and the critical coastal issues faced by South Louisiana. Additionally, the New Canal Lighthouse offers the public an unparalleled private event space with gorgeous views of Lake Pontchartrain and enchanting coastal sunsets. Surrounded by water on three sides and located at the entrance of two sailboat harbors, the New Canal Lighthouse is beautifully positioned for unforgettable events, from birthdays, weddings, and corporate events to celebrations of life for those with maritime connections or a just a simple love of the lake. The facility can accommodate 500+, depending on set up needs. For more information on rentals, call 504-282-2134. For more information on the museum and the LPBF, visit SaveOurLake.org. • MYNEWORLEANS.COM MARCH 2020 9 5

SPONSORED Doctors Paul Hubbell, Barry Faust, and Donald Richardson understand that chronic pain, especially stenosis and resultant claudication, creates a prison for patients, disabling them from an active lifestyle. The stress from walking and standing pain negatively affects personalities and decreases freedom. If you are suffering from chronic pain, contact Southern Pain and find out if the Superion minimally invasive indirect decompression system or something else is right for you. For information and scheduling at the Metairie, Marrero and Covington office, call 1-800-277-1265.

Specialty Medicine


ll of the new technologies and procedures available in medicine can be far too much for the average Joe to keep track of; fortunately, specialists across the medical landscape know the advancements available to them. When you’re facing an injury or illness, the last thing you want to do is research. Many of today’s doctors are heavily specialized, pursuing specific fields where they can dive deep into research and the modalities that may help solve a patient’s medical problem. With years of study and practice, specialists should be well positioned to help find solutions to your needs, from chronic pain, to stroke, or even just a tired look. From neurologists to plastic surgeons, help is out there and available locally. The following news and offerings from local specialists may help you or a loved one dealing with a complex problem that your primary care physician isn’t suited to take on alone.

NEUROLOGICAL CARE Southern Pain & Neurological is happy to offer Superion Indirect Decompression System, a new, minimally invasive treatment for lumbar stenosis that fits in the gap between conservative care and invasive surgery. FDA approved and covered by Medicare, this outpatient treatment is especially helpful for older patients and those not able to tolerate more invasive laminectomy to treat significant limitation in walking or continuous standing. Clinical trials indicated 90 percent patient satisfaction through 60 months. Successful reduction in leg pain was rated at 75 percent for Superion, which was better than a laminectomy and for the same evaluation period. No opiates are needed after this procedure. 9 6 MARCH 2020 MYNEWORLEANS.COM

The brain is an amazing machine, comprised of over a billion neurons, each at work full time and especially in New Orleans, arguably the most stimulating city on earth. Culicchia Neurological is the synapses that helps not only your neurons connect, but helps you reconnect with who you are. For years, they’ve brought new advancements and understanding to their patients—people come from all around the region seeking care from award-winning, fellowship-trained specialists and sub-specialists. The Culicchia team works together to diagnose and treat disorders such as brain tumors, aneurysm, stroke, epilepsy, migraines, and spinal disorders. Specialties include Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management. Their affiliate, CNC Hearing and Balance Center, provides the latest in hearing healthcare. With clinics in Marrero, Uptown New Orleans, Slidell and Mandeville, Culicchia’s function is to improve yours. Call 504-340-6976 for an appointment or visit CulicchiaNeuro.com or cnchearing.com.

PLASTIC SURGERY A specialist in facial aesthetics, Dr. Sean Weiss is one of a select few surgeons in the world who are double board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Using the top plastic surgery techniques, he performs cosmetic surgical procedures on men and women seeking enhancement of the face, head, and neck. Dr. Weiss also performs non-surgical procedures including injectable fillers and wrinkle reduction. Fellowship trained, Dr. Weiss works exclusively on plastic surgery of the face, head, and neck. With years of experience and a vast knowledge about this area of the body, Dr. Weiss performs facelift, blepharoplasty, forehead lift, brow lift, rhinoplasty, hair restoration, and other procedures, providing comprehensive care for your aesthetic needs. Dr. Sean Weiss - Facial Plastic Surgery is located in Metairie just minutes from downtown New Orleans. Learn more at SeanWeissMD.com or call 504-814-3223 to schedule your consultation.

OTHER RESOURCES Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is devoted to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, the company remains committed to those roots with a new office in the Central Business District and a full-service, regional office in Metairie. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has offices in every major Louisiana city to serve its customers. In 2019, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana was recognized by Points of Light as a 2019 honoree of The Civic 50, the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States, and by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber as a 2019 Diversity Star. The company invites all Louisianians to visit its website at bcbsla.com. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. It is a private mutual company, owned by its policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders.•

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


PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS THE NEVILLE BROTHERS: TELL IT LIKE IT IS Thursday, March 5 at 7pm; Saturday, March 7 at 9:30pm The Neville Brothers throw a musical party like few others. In 1989 they performed a unique television special called THE NEVILLE BROTHERS: TELL IT LIKE IT IS (2nd Release), featuring guests such as Jimmy Buffett, Herbie Hancock and Greg Allman.

TIM JANIS: CELTIC HEART Saturday, March 14 at 5pm The special features new songs from composer Tim Janis along with traditional Irish reels and beloved well-known cover songs. The stellar cast of musicians includes Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, Camille and Kennerly Kitt of The Harp Twins, Irish flautist Eimear McGeown, singer Lynn Hilary from Riverdance / Celtic Woman, and more.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” Monday, March 16 at 8pm A visionary known for his restless aesthetic, Davis is widely regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in music. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews. Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Clive Davis, Wayne Shorter, Davis’s son Erin Davis and nephew Vince Wilburn, bassist and Davis collaborator Marcus Miller, and Ron Carter are just a few of the luminaries weighing in on the life and career of the cultural icon.

GARTH BROOKS: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG Sunday, March 29 at 8pm & 9:30pm Country music icon Garth Brooks receives the 2020 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C. The multiple hall of famer is the youngest recipient of this prestigious prize. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm East Lake Meadows, the public housing project opened by the Atlanta Housing Authority in 1970 and demolished a generation later, is the subject of a new documentary by Sarah Burns and David McMahon (THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, JACKIE ROBINSON) that tackles the impact of racism on housing while also exploring the daily lives of those who called East Lake Meadows home. Ken Burns is Executive Producer. Pictured: Eva Davis leans against a telephone pole, the buildings of of East Lake Meadows appear behind her. Atlanta, GA. September 8, 1986.




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WYES invites you to celebrate the popular MASTERPIECE period drama “Victoria” at the WYES Gala presented by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust “The Town and Country World of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert”

2020 Gala Co-Chairs and Lisa Romano of the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust- the gala’s presenting sponsor. Back Row (l-r): James & Erica Reiss, Cleland Powell, Ludovico Feoli; Front Row (l-r): Stephanie Feoli, Lisa Romano, Claudia Powell




WYES Paulette and Frank Stewart Innovation Center for Educational Media 916 Navarre Avenue, New Orleans Patron Party 6:30pm | $500 | *$225 – Jr. Patron

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

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







10am SUZE ORMAN’S ULTIMATE RETIREMENT GUIDE Join the acclaimed personal finance expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement. With empathy, straight talk and humor, Suze provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.” Noon BRAIN WASH WITH DAVID PERLMUTTER, MD offers a jump-start to a transformational way of living and interacting with the world that any one of us can sustain for the rest of our lives. 2pm DR. FUHRMAN’S FOOD AS MEDICINE Learn how to use food to help prevent disease and improve health with the latest scientific research and practical, easy-to-follow advice.

5:30pm SESAME STREET: 50 YEARS AND STILL SUNNY! The special features interviews with Jodie Foster, Itzhak Perlman, LL Cool J, filmmaker Ken Burns, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger and Jeffrey D. Dunn, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop, the program also includes interviews with many of the award-winning writers and puppeteers who brought the beloved characters from the series to life. Photo Credit: Sesame Workshop 7pm DOWNTON ABBEY RETURNS! Join host Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) for a celebration of the beloved hit series and a sneak peek at the upcoming movie. Features new interviews with the cast and creators and never-before-seen video clips. 9pm ELVIS: ALOHA FROM HAWAII was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe.

8:30pm RISE UP: SONGS OF THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT Celebrate the centennial of women’s right to vote through popular music, including performances by Aretha Franklin, Lesley Gore, Helen Reddy, Loretta Lynn, Gloria Gaynor, Dolly Parton, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Melissa Etheridge, Tina Turner and more.


10pm AGING BACKWARDS 3 WITH MIRANDA ESMONDE-WHITE uses groundbreaking science to develop a practical six-point plan anyone can use to keep their minds sharp and their bodies active using gentle daily movement.





7pm SUZE ORMAN’S ULTIMATE RETIREMENT GUIDE provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.” 4pm RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN EASTER Taking you on a spring journey through

7pm JULIA CHILD’S BEST BITES Celebrate the first lady of cooking with Martha Stewart, Jacques Pepin, Vivian Howard, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Andres, Eric Ripert, Rick Bayless and more. Chefs and celebrities share personal insights as they screen Julia’s most-beloved episodes. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Julia Child Foundation



7am DEEPAK CHOPRA: THE SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS Explore how understanding our true nature can lead to a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, enthusiasm for life and material abundance. Filled with timeless wisdom and practical steps viewers can apply right away.

Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN EASTER celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures. Rick joins Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more.

6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm DR. FUHRMAN’S FOOD AS MEDICINE Learn how to use food to help prevent disease and improve health.









Learn all about astronomy, technology, the scientific method and earth science, presented in an entertaining and engaging way! Meet Sean and Sydney as they befriend the new kid on the block, Jet Propulsion, who just happens to be an alien from planet Bortron 7. 5:00am READY JET GO!


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5:00pm READY JET GO!


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9pm BRAIN SECRETS WITH DR. MICHAEL MERZNICH Join host Maria Shriver to learn how to improve and maintain cognitive fitness and deal with aging.


7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT Peggy Scott Laborde is joined weekly by regular guests Poppy Tooker and Alan Smason, plus art reviews, local theatre productions, live music and more! Missed an episode? Watch it on the WYES On Demand channel at YouTube.com and at wyes.org. 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK

7pm THE NEVILLE BROTHERS: TELL IT LIKE IT IS The Neville Brothers throw a musical party like few others. In 1989 they performed a unique television special called THE NEVILLE BROTHERS: TELL IT LIKE IT IS, featuring guests such as Jimmy Buffett, Herbie Hancock and Greg Allman. 8:30pm SOUL LEGENDS Join host Pam Grier in a tribute to the greatest soul hits and performers from the 1970s and 80s. Features classics by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bill Withers, The Spinners, Isaac Hayes, Minnie Riperton and more. 10:30pm CHUCK BERRY: BROWN-EYED HANDSOME MAN Celebrate the father of rock ‘n’ roll with legendary artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Jeff Lynne and more performing favorite songs by their self-proclaimed hero.

8:30pm ELVIS: ALOHA FROM HAWAII was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center in Honolulu and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe. 10pm IL VOLO: 10 YEARS The beloved trio performs stunning new arrangements of their greatest hits and songs from their new album. 11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

7 SATURDAY 7am SUZE ORMAN’S ULTIMATE RETIREMENT GUIDE Join the acclaimed personal finance expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement. With empathy, straight talk and humor, Suze provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.” 9am DR. FUHRMAN’S FOOD AS MEDICINE Learn how to use food to help prevent disease and improve health with the latest scientific research and practical, easy-tofollow advice.

8 SUNDAY 7am SESAME STREET: 50 YEARS AND STILL SUNNY! includes interviews with many of the award-winning writers and puppeteers who brought the beloved characters from the series to life.

11am JULIA CHILD’S BEST BITES Chefs and celebrities share personal insights as they screen Julia’s most-beloved episodes. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Julia Child Foundation 12:30pm BRAIN WASH WITH DAVID PERLMUTTER, MD offers a jump-start to a transformational way of living.


2:30pm RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN EASTER Rick takes viewers on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Greece.

9pm 3 STEPS TO PAIN FREE LIVING Eliminate the root cause of many painful conditions with this easy to follow plan from neuromuscular therapist, yoga instructor and pain specialist Lee Albert, who teaches five simple exercises to correct muscle imbalance. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

10 TUESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm JOHN SEBASTIAN PRESENTS: FOLK REWIND Join John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful in a special featuring the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 50s & 60s folk era, with historic footage and new performances.

4pm SUZE ORMAN’S ULTIMATE RETIREMENT GUIDE 6pm MAGIC MOMENTS: THE BEST OF 50’S POP Join hosts Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney for this nostalgic trip back to the 1950s.

8pm LIONEL RICHIE AT GLASTONBURY Experience the legendary Grammy Award winner’s 2015 performance at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival. The concert includes favorites like “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “All Night Long,” “We Are the World” and “Three Times a Lady.” 9:30pm THE NEVILLE BROTHERS: TELL IT LIKE IT IS features Jimmy Buffett, Herbie Hancock and Greg Allman. 11pm DURAN DURAN: A DIAMOND IN THE MIND

Noon THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. This six-hour series guides viewers on a journey across two continents to explore the transition of African-Americans. The series encompasses five centuries of events, visits key sites, and engages in debates with historians and eyewitnesses like school integration pioneers Ruby Bridges and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, former Black Panther Kathleen Neal Cleaver and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Pictured: “The Problem We All Live With,” Norman Rockwell, 1963. Oil on canvas, 36” x 58”. Illustration for “Look,” January 14, 1964. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©NRELC, Niles, IL. 8pm CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, HEAL YOUR MIND WITH DANIEL AMEN, MD discards an outdated, stigmatizing paradigm and replaces it with a modern brain-based, whole-person program rooted in science and hope. 10pm SUZE ORMAN’S ULTIMATE RETIREMENT GUIDE





9pm LEONARD COHEN - TOWER OF SONG celebrates the globally recognized icon, poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen. A 24-piece orchestra and special guests kd lang, Sting, Elvis Costello, Damien Rice and more pay tribute with moving renditions of “Dance Me to the End of Love,” “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne,” “Bird on a Wire” and “Democracy” to name a few. 10:30pm PINK FLOYD: LIVE IN VENICE Experience the first authorized version of the band’s legendary 1989 “Night of Wonders” concert. Over 200,000 fans gathered in St. Mark’s Square to hear them perform their greatest hits from a floating platform in the Venetian lagoon.












In season 8, in the state of Sinaloa on Mexico’s west coast, Pati harvests oysters and eats them right out of the water, searches the mountains for chiltepin chile, and samples chilorio, a regional specialty. 5:00am MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD 5:30am DINOSAUR TRAIN










years of greatest hit songs from the 50s to the 70s featuring legendary performers The Kingston Trio, Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin, Engelbert Humperdinck, Judy Collins, Davy Jones, Mel Carter, Patti Page and more.


9:30pm IL VOLO: 10 YEARS Celebrate 10 years of friendship, memories and music with international superstars Il Volo in concert from Matera, Italy. The beloved trio performs stunning new arrangements of their greatest hits and songs from their new album. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

12 THURSDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm DOWNTON ABBEY RETURNS 9pm SUZE ORMAN’S ULTIMATE RETIREMENT GUIDE Join the acclaimed personal finance expert for essential advice on planning for and thriving in retirement. With empathy, straight talk and humor, Suze provides information about key steps for anyone trying to achieve their “ultimate retirement.”

5pm TIM JANIS: CELTIC HEART Two-time #1 Billboard Charting artist Tim Janis and Grammy/Emmy nominated artist Máiréad Nesbitt (founding member of the global phenomenon Celtic Woman) return for the brand new musical special. CELTIC HEART takes viewers on a musical journey weaving in images from the six Celtic regions, Brittany, Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Wales and the beautiful Celtic Coast. The stellar cast of musicians includes Celtic violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, Camille and Kennerly Kitt of The Harp Twins, Irish flautist Eimear McGeown, singer Lynn Hilary from Riverdance /Celtic Woman and more. 6:30pm BEST OF WYES






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10am RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN EASTER Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN EASTER celebrates this 2,000-yearold story in a variety of cultures. Rick joins Andalusians carrying parade floats, Greek priests tossing showers of flower petals, and villagers blessing olive branches, plus feasting, fireworks, and more. 11:30am A HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY Explore how Christianity has changed politics, sex and society in

the first truly global history of the religion in this six-part series. Thought-provoking and magisterial, the series uncovers how a Jewish sect that preached humility became the largest religion in the world.


7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Crocker Art Museum” (Hour 3 of 3)

HIGHLIGHT 8pm AMERICAN MASTERS “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” delves into the sixdecade career of the musical genius: from his days as a Juilliard student to the development of his signature sound on recordings with his famous quintet, from his collaborations with Gil Evans to his shifts to new musical paradigms in the 70s and 80s. The film tracks Davis’ boundary-breaking musical triumphs and the meanderings of his complicated personal life. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and had a successful limited theatrical run, tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn. 9pm SINGULAR tells the story of Cecile McLorin Salvant, a talented jazz singer with a timeless voice, who developed an inimitable vocal style and earned three Grammy Awards before the age of 30. Interviews with fellow jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Bill Charlap, along with Cecile, her mother Lena, her sister Aisha and her bandmates, tell the story of Cecile’s success in the insular world of jazz. The program chronicles her childhood as a HaitianAmerican in Miami, her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, and her 2010 victory at the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NIALL FERGUSON’S NETWORLD “Disruption” See all three episodes back-to-back! In this groundbreaking new series hosted by Niall Ferguson and based on his bestselling book The Square and the Tower, Ferguson visits network theorists, social scientists and data analysts to explore the history of social networks. In the first episode, Ferguson untangles issues surrounding social media networks, viral ideas and truth.

course in 1965, and chronicles their experiences in the wild. It also captures how one month in the woods taught them they could do more than they ever thought possible. During their experience, the young women forged a special bond, and at a reunion 47 years later, the group reminisce about the lessons they learned and the memories they made, with some surprising revelations. Photo Credit: Every Life is A Story LLC 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY


8pm NIALL FERGUSON’S NETWORLD “Winner Takes All” Looking at the past, Niall Ferguson illustrates how the web shifted to become a profitable network.


9pm NIALL FERGUSON’S NETWORLD “Networld War” Explore how democracies are threatened by forces that exploit and weaponize social networks.

8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 6” (Part 2 of 9)


18 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “Yosemite” 8pm NOVA “Japan’s Killer Quake” 9pm 10 MODERN MARVELS THAT CHANGED AMERICA Enjoy a whirlwind tour of 10 engineering feats that made our civilization possible.


9pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 6” (Part 3 of 9) 10pm A VERY BRITISH ROMANCE WITH LUCY WORSLEY





20 FRIDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm INFORMED SOURCES 7:30pm STEPPIN’ OUT 8pm WASHINGTON WEEK 8:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Turandot” Hear Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sing the demanding title role of Puccini’s Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liù and Marco Berti as Calàf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular 1987 production. 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

10pm WOMEN OUTWARD BOUND profiles the first group of young women to participate in an Outward Bound survival school





7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Criminal Kind” Uncover the outlaw roots of actor Laura Linney and journalists Lisa Ling and Soledad O’Brien. 8pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS “Kate Brown/ Colter Wall” 9pm A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966)

22 SUNDAY 3pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 8 (Part 1-4 of 8) Watch Parts 5-8, next Sunday, March 29th starting at 3:00 p.m. Following the end of SEASON 8, don’t miss the PREMIERE of SEASON 9 of CALL THE MIDWIFE.


In Belton’s third series produced by WYES, Chef checks out some of the city’s top festivals including the Oyster Festival, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, Bastille Day Fete, Satchmo Summer Fest, and many more!








7pm MASTERPIECE “Little Women” (Episode 1-3) Set against the backdrop of a country divided, the story follows the four March sisters on their journey from childhood to adulthood while their father is away at war. Under the guidance of their mother Marmee, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage. 10pm A PASSAGE TO INDIA (1984)

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6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY Learn the history of East Lake Meadows, a former public housing community in Atlanta. 9pm FRONTLINE “Under Fire” Once an unrivaled political power, the NRA is facing challenges from all sides. How the NRA aligned with President Trump and his base, but is under attack ahead of the 2020 election. 10pm 10 TOWNS THAT CHANGED AMERICA 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY

25 WEDNESDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm NATURE “The World’s Most Wanted Animal” Meet the pangolin, an almost unheard-of creature, yet the most trafficked animal in the world. 8pm NOVA “Transplanting Hope”

23 MONDAY 6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Desert Botanical Garden” (Hour 1 of 3) Phenomenal Phoenix finds abound at the Desert Botanical Garden including Neil Armstrong-signed Apollo 11 Moon Landing photos, a Tongan war club made around 1800 and 1993 “Magic: The Gathering” beta cards. Which is appraised for up to $100,000? 8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Green Bay” (Hour 3 of 3) 9pm POV “The Rescue List” 10:30pm RICK STEVES HUNGER AND HOPE: LESSONS FROM ETHIOPIA AND GUATEMALA 11:30pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY



9pm EARTH’S SACRED WONDERS “House of the Divine” Discover what people do for faith in some of the most stunning locations on Earth. In the first episode, learn how a Muslim in Mali, a Shinto in Japan and an Episcopalian in New York City worship. Pictured: Sikh devotee sitting by the Pool of Nectar, The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India 10pm ANDES: KINGDOM OF THE SKY 11pm AMANPOUR AND COMPANY









7pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS “Hollywood Royalty”



7pm INFORMED SOURCES Watch WYES’ weekly programs anytime online on WYES’ YouTube channel, wyesondemand and at wyes.org.

9pm THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES (1996) A shy, middle-aged professor enters into a romantic but non-physical relationship with an unlucky-in-love colleague. Stars Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges and Lauren Bacall.





8:30pm SOMEWHERE SOUTH Explore savory dishes uniting people and creating new traditions across the American South with award-winning host and chef Vivian Howard.

8pm GARTH BROOKS: THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN PRIZE FOR POPULAR SONG Country music icon Garth Brooks receives the 2020 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C. The multiple hall of famer is the youngest recipient of this prestigious prize.

3pm CALL THE MIDWIFE, SEASON 8 (Part 5-8 of 8) Watch the premiere of SEASON 9 of CALL THE MIDWIFE at 7:00 p.m.

6pm PBS NEWSHOUR 7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Desert Botanical Garden” (Hour 2 of 3) 8pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Spokane” (Hour 1 of 3) 9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “One Child Nation”


8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 6” (Part 4 of 9)

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known as “Jack the Cat.” That would have probably given you a little more standing on the school playgrounds, especially since dad was a radio DJ at a time when record spinners were idolized by the Boomer generation. Having The Cat as a dad should have given you at least footnote status in New Orleans cultural history, but there was so much more. In fact, if people got medals for cultural 1 1 2 MARCH 2020


links, Kendra Elliott Bruneau, one of the Cat’s daughters, might be the ultimate New Orleans woman. Let us count the ways: • In addition to being a popular disc jockey, Jack the Cat (Ken Elliott) also dabbled in record producing. His biggest hit will forever be heard during Carnival seasons. “Mardi Gras Mambo” was produced by Elliott and recorded by a group called the Hawkettes. The lead singer was 16-year-old

Art Neville. If you’re keeping track, Kendra’s dad was a DJ who produced a Mardi Gras song that was recorded by Art Neville. The moment was a precusor to the evolution of the Neville Brothers. • One of Kendra’s brothers, Ken Elliott II, once owned Barq’s Root Beer. Ok, so far, we have: Popular D.J., Mardi Gras Mambo, the Nevilles and now the city’s most indigenous soft drink, Barq’s root beer. There’s more. In 1985, Kendra

Elliott Bruneau, and her husband Joe, bought Dixie Beer; not a six-pack but the entire brewery. They tried hard to rescue the business during an era when the big national breweries were dominating the market, but it was through. There was, however, an inspired moment. A specialty beer was created called Blackened Voodoo, which was made more mysterious by the addition of a smoky flavor. The beer might have been just another novelty item on the shelf until someone convinced the powerful in the state of Texas that the brew was obviously connected to the occult. That was all the Texans needed to hear. Blackened Voodoo was banned in the Lone Star state, but that became a big story which gained national attention and for a while, the Voodoo to-do created the most talked about beer in America, and it is still popular. Add to the list: • From the same lineage that gave us Barq’s root beer, came Blackened voodoo beer. Then came Katrina. Despite the Bruneau’s best efforts, the badly damaged brewery had to be shut down. The Dixie brand existed, but it was brewed out of state. It just wasn’t the same. But then in 2017 a new, very high-profile buyer stepped forth. The story is told that over poor boys and Dixies at Parkway Brewery, the Bruneau’s, who would stay as minority owners, agreed to sell the company to Tom and Gayle Benson. So, the saga continues as though to a Mambo beat. Jack the Cat’s daughter sells the Dixie brewery to the owner of the Saints over a roast beef poor boy. Could that instant be any more New Orleanscentric? Maybe if the moment is depicted on a doubloon.



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