Get ready for the 2012 “Heart & Soul Gala” on Saturday, June 9, benefiting the American Heart Association! Wow, what a lineup for our cover with honoree Jim Letten, gala chair Cleland Powell, American Heart Association volunteer Barbara Turner Windhorst and General Council of Peoples Health – sponsor of the gala –Donna Klein! Thanks to all of them for bringing us elegant surroundings, gourmet dining, continuous live entertainment and an outstanding silent auction. All will take place at 601 Loyola Ave. and will begin at 6 p.m. with tickets starting at $250. Contact Linzy Cotaya at 830-2300 for more information.

     Father’s Day is June 17, so definitely check out What’s Hot for the best ideas for the man in your life who has everything. We all love our pets and want them to be safe and fashionable, so see our special section to get all of the latest and greatest local pet fashions, health care, food, spas, daycares and more! The children are out of school and there’s lots of time for outdoor activities and time for shopping – our children’s chic fashion feature will give you ideas galore.

     I have recently been in Denver for The Cottonwood Institute’s seventh annual “Basecamp Bash” and brought you ideas for you next fundraiser geared to the outdoors. You could also ask friends to the country for a weekend camp-out!
Shared Housing of New Orleans is a preventative program that allows elderly or disabled individuals to remain in their homes and not go to a nursing home, because they’re paired with a homeseeker who provides light housekeeping and companionship. The homeowner provides room and board. Police checks are done on all applicants to the program, and careful screenings and interviews are done by the program coordinator and registered nurses. This program desperately needs funding, and if you have any questions or have a referral, please call 896-2575 or email Marion Strauss at strauss@sharedhousingofneworleans.org.

     Restaurant R’evolution, a new restaurant from acclaimed chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, will open in the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 777 Bienville St. on Monday, June 4! The menu will reflect a melding of chefs Folse and Tramonto’s culinary styles and the diverse historic and cultural influences of Louisiana. You will be thrilled with their interpretations of gumbo, poor boys, beignets and more with dishes named appropriately: Creole Loggerhead Turtle Soup and Death by Gumbo – quail gumbo served with a whole semi-boneless quail stuffed with oysters, andouille sausage and rice. Another example is their Abita Battered Crab beignets with four remoulades. You don’t want to miss this fabulous addition to New Orleans!