Amazing Grapes, the fabulous spring fundraiser for Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses is March 1 and you don’t want to miss it! We are so excited to have executive director Mamie Gasperecz, co-chairs Holt Kolb and Cara Ogg, Barry Wiss representing Trinchero Family Estates and Keith de la Gardelle, regional manager of the Trincero Family Estate on our cover this month. Kolb and Ogg have planned an exciting evening with a patron party at 6 p.m. at the Westin Canal featuring an exclusive patron auction board. At 7 p.m. more cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a spirited live auction will follow. All proceeds go to continuing the HGGH’s educational programs and to offering a glimpse into life in New Orleans in the 19th century. For tickets, please call Lisa Samuels at 274-0747.
Valentine’s Day, as usual, is February 14, so you’ll want to check out this month’s What’s Hot for everything from jewelry to intimates and everything in between.

Out annual Couture Wedding Guide presents you with the best that New Orleans wedding vendors have to offer, from rings to dresses to locations to food and more!

In addition, we have a special section on what’s new and what’s hot in the restaurant scene – and our town is known for the best!
There are two special fundraisers coming up quickly that are so important to our city: “SweetArts Bash” for the Contemporary Arts Center and “Sugarplum Ball” for Children’s Hospital.

The “SweetArts Bash” at the CAC is March 9 from 8 to 11 p.m. and the honoree’s reception is February 28 at Allen Eskew’s. Nici Eichberger and Greg Porter are co-chairing the event and promise a night to remember, with classic dishes from top chefs and signature cocktails by artists in boutique bars; VIPs can relax in intimate lounges, enjoy decorated spaces and then dance the night away. Please call 528-3805 for ticket information.

Friends of Children’s Hospital will come together on Friday, March 8, in celebration of the 32nd annual “Sugarplum Ball” themed “Midnight in Paris” at The Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. Co-chairs Christy Kane and Betsey Todd have amassed a huge committee to take on the task of turning the 260-year-old convent grounds into 1920s Paris. The 2013 “Sugarplum Ball” will help fund the expansion of services at the Autism Center at Children’s Hospital and will honor orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Andy King. For more information, contact Children’s Hospital Public Affairs at 896-9373 or to purchase tickets visit
We have a special vintage wedding featuring Dr. Isidore Cohn Jr. and Marianne Cohn – two New Orleanians who have given so much to our city and our country. You will love it!

Have a great and safe Mardi Gras followed by a spectacular Valentine’s Day!



2  22nd annual “Party with a Purpose,” benefiting Taste of the NFL, (952) 835-7621

5  “IHOP National Pancake Day,” benefiting Children’s Hospital, 896-9373

21  “Goldring-Woldenberg Major Donor Dinner,” benefiting the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, 780-5614

22  “Go Red for Women Luncheon,” benefiting the American Heart Association, 830-2300

24  “Celebration: An Evening of Marvels!,” benefiting the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, 460-3247