Chef Emeril Lagasse isn’t only a national treasure, he’s also a local hero! It is time for Carnival Du Vin, the spectacular fundraiser that Chef Lagasse has held to raise money for children’s charities since 2005. Thanks to our cover models: Chef Lagasse, Kristin Shannon, Mark Romig and Tony Cruz. This year the gala will attract movers and shakers from all over the world to the Hilton New Orleans Riverside on Saturday, November 13. Be sure to attend this year; you don’t want to miss it! To get your seat, download a reply card from carnivaleduvin.com. Thanks to Emeril for his continued support of our incredible city!

We have a jam-packed issue this month! You will love What’s Hot for Art and get great birthday ideas from my entertaining column. This month also features OnStage with everything you need to keep up with the local arts scene. In addition, two “Cancer Warriors” who were willing to share their stories with us; you’ll find them very inspiring!

Look to “Something Old, Something New” for local shops that make the difficult search for the perfect antique a thing of the past. And, we know you’ll be gearing up for holiday entertaining so turn to “Fall Into Entertaining” for two takes on a modern holiday table (no red and gold here – just black and gold…and green!). Speaking of entertaining, I’m having two seminars on entertaining with workshops in October on the 21st and the 28th. Plan a party and we’ll have the centerpiece for your dinner party on Friday or Saturday. Check out my ad in this issue.
Omega Hospital was the presenting sponsor for the Heart & Soul party benefiting the American Heart Association pictured in our last issue; our apologies for the omission.

Get ready for the 16th annual Poydras Home and Art Show November 5-7, and patron party November 5, at 5354 Magazine St. At the patron party you can enjoy music, fabulous food and be the first to see the juried art exhibit for $100 per person. The show is all weekend and is free to the public. You will get to see 2,500 original works of art by Louisiana and regional artists. You won’t want to miss this juried art exhibition with oils, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media paintings, glass art, photography and much more. Call 897-0535 for information and tickets.

The Academy of the Sacred Heart Avenue Marketplace, Christmas in October, will be held on Friday, October 22, in the courtyard of the school’s main campus located at 4521 St. Charles Ave. Visit 10 a.m. until 4:30 pm with a $5 admission (all proceeds benefit the academy) to shop 100 of the area’s top vendors, featuring jewelry, clothing, art, holiday decorations, stationary and lots more! There is also a holiday luncheon 11:30 a.m. with food provided by Clancy’s Restaurant; tables of eight are available for $45 per person with your shopping ticket included! Contact Elaine Hardie, director of special events, at 891-1943 for more information; or find luncheon registration forms and more by visiting www.ashrosary.org under the “events” tab.

Please keep sending the www.restorethegulf.com YouTube video to all of your friends and family. The Women of the Storm are going to storm Washington, D.C. with hundreds of thousands of signatures and lobby for coastal restoration for the entire Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida!