A note from Bev

Start picking out that fabulous dress for the Whitney Zoo-to-Do on May 6, which will benefit the new Twilight Adventure at Audubon Zoo. Thanks to Caroline Milling from the Whitney, Whitney Zoo-to-Do Chairwoman Mary Johnson, Humana Zoo-to-Do for Kids Chairwoman Anne Villere, Graham Ralston and Clifton LeBlanc of Lexus for posing for our cover in front of the new Splash Park, which opened April 1.

The Zoo-to-Do has raised more than $25 million since 1972, and this year you won’t want to miss the fabulous food and premium liquors and wines from some of our most famous restaurants and establishments, not to mention dancing to The Four Tops. You will also have a chance to win a 2011 Lexus ES350 valued at $38,148 – raffle tickets are $100 a piece and only 1,000 will be sold. There is also “the best” silent auction with exotic vacations, collectables for sports enthusiasts, stunning jewelry and one-of-a-kind works of art.

Anne Villere wants all to attend the Humana Zoo-to-Do for Kids – a week earlier on April 29 – featuring music by Radio Disney, hot dogs, pizza, ice cream and inflatables – so many exciting surprises for kids. For tickets for April 29 call 861-6160 and for May 6 861-6190 or visit www.AudubonInstitute.org.

The Junior League Kitchen Tour starts with an incredible patron party on Thursday, April 14, at Latrobe’s. (See my column on page 54 for more information.) Thanks to Dr. Troy Scoggins and Mr. Patrick Miller for allowing us to photograph his incredible Garden District kitchen!

Our daughter-in-law, Jessica Church, is having a baby in June, so we’ve been shopping at Baby Bump Maternity at their new location on 2917 Magazine St., for great spring fashions. Robbie Allen is excited about a new designer, Rosie Pope, whose designs are currently featuring in their store. They also have nursing clothing and accessories for after pregnancy, stylish diaper bags, shoes, jewelry, local NOLA baby onesies that say, “Sweet as Beignets” and more!

I want you to know about two extraordinary photographers in town: Celeste Marshall and Thom Bennett. Heirloom Wedding Photography concentrates on capturing your special event and they exclusively feature 8-by-10 platinum portraiture by Thom Bennett. Visit www.celestemarshall.com or call 220-8558 for more information.

Please support 2011 Harvest at Home: Fighting Hunger Feeding Hope, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank. One in eight people in South Louisiana is hungry and you can help by becoming a Premiere Partner at $500 or a Prime Time Partner at $250. No need to get a babysitter or a new dress; Chairman Tricia Weeks says to simply select a night in April to gather friends and family and prepare and share a meal and create awareness about hunger. At each level you get a cookbook by Chef Donald Link and other goodies to help prepare a meal.

Additionally, our hearts go out to the people of Japan and the relief workers; please consider a donation to the Red Cross or any other agency that will assist in their recovery.

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