A Note from Bev

Hostess Frances Fayard, “2014 Harvest at Home” chef Sue Zemanick and event co-chairs Melanie Loomis and Jennifer Lausha for Second Harvest Food Bank’s “Harvest at Home,” which aims to encourage participants to “come together, share a meal and start a conversation about the issue of hunger in our community.” Designed as a two-part “at home” initiative with a kickoff fundraiser dinner for local leaders Monday, April 7, at the Fayards’ home, with a follow-up “at home” event for those who want to celebrate and converse in their own residences. To learn more, visit no-hunger.org or call 729-2820.

We are thrilled to feature the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Fabergé Opus Ball” on our cover this month! As you all know, the LPO is the only full-time musician-governed and collaboratively operated orchestra in the United States, and its 67 members are dedicated to having live orchestral music as an integral part of our cultural and educational life. What a treasure it is to have the exceptional Carlos Miguel Prieto, Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the LPO on our cover, as well as Event Chair Marilyn Dittmann, CEO James Boyd and trustee Paul Leaman Jr. They have promised a spectacular night on April 12, so don’t miss it! The event begins at 6 p.m. with a concert at the Civic Theatre featuring Russian-American pianist Lola Astanova in concert with the LPO. Following the performance, there will be a spectacular seated dinner and dancing at the Hyatt Regency.
Tickets start at $250, but there are many categories available, ranging up to $10,000

Now that Mardi Gras is almost over everyone is turning their attention to sprucing up their homes, so we have a great What’s Hot on Home Décor. We just had Michael Carbine create an outdoor room for us, and it’s featured in my column about outdoor entertaining with a fishing twist. When thinking about decorating, don’t forget your outdoor spaces. We have two related features: “Avoiding DIY Disaster” on home renewal, and “Six-Mile Panorama,” featuring the new and noteworthy on Magazine Street. Every March we feature the most fun Debutante Snapshots, so check out this year’s parties for great ideas and the latest on what these gals are up to.

I just went in to St. Germain, and Faye Cannon told me about the exciting Donald Pliner Personal Appearance Day on March 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. What a treat to meet Donald and Lisa Pliner, who’ll be mingling with customers, signing shoes and touting Lisa’s Signature Collection, which are hand made in Italy and only available at a few stores around the nation. St. Germain will have beverages, desserts and live music! What fun!

The Rosary Sacred Heart Alumnae Association is hosting its second “Sacré Coeur Tour de Maisons” on Friday, March 14. This year they will feature seven homes in the Uptown area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Taceaux Loceaux food truck will be located at Danneel Park serving lunch. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour and can be purchased online at AshRosary.org, by calling 269-1242 or at all houses on the day of the tour. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Sr. Shirley Miller scholarship fund at Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Irene Lutkewitte told me about her dad’s 47th annual “Al Briede Gold Cup Race” on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 8 a.m. at West End Park. This year it will benefit the Chris D. Briede Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Stanislaus College and the Louisiana SPCA. Contact the New Orleans Track Club or email your registration to registration@runNOTC.org.

March Events

11 | “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon & Fashion Show,” benefiting Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association, 267-9527
14 | “Lark in the Park,” benefiting Friends of City Park, 483-9368
15 | “2014 Secret Gardens Tour,” benefiting Brain Injury Association of Louisiana, SecretGardensTour.org
18 |  “An Evening Benefitting Louisiana Lighthouse,” 899-4501 extension 219
19-23 | “Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival,” 581-1144
19-23 | “Art in Bloom,” benefiting NOMA & Garden Study Club, NOMA.org
20 | “Paint the Town Green,” benefiting Raintree Children and Family Services, 899-9045
20 | “Jazzin’ on Jackson Gala,” benefiting Mercy Endeavors Senior Center, 568-0607
21 | “Amazing Grapes Fine Wine & Entertaining Auction,” benefiting Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses, 525-5661
22 | “2014 Dancing for the Arts,” benefiting Young Audiences of Louisiana, 523-3525
22 | “Jewish Roots of Broadway,” benefiting JCRS, (800) 729-7368
22-23 | “Peake BMW Leukemia Cup Regatta,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mississippi/Louisiana, 837-0945, LeukemiaCup.org/msla
23 | “Celebration,” benefiting Children’s Museum St. Tammany, 615-8859
23 | “Dog Day,” benefiting City Park, 762-3307
24 | “Cancer Crusaders' seventh annual Golf Tournament,” 738-9964
27 | “An Edible Evening,” benefiting Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 267-9053
28 | “Fly Away’ Sugarplum Ball,” benefiting Children’s Hospital, 896-9373
28 | Third annual “Keeping Our Promises” gala, benefiting Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans, 212-9568
28-29 | “Hogs for the Cause,” benefiting Pediatric Brain Cancer, HogsForTheCause.org
28-30 | “Symphony Book Fair,” 861-2004
29 | 15th annual “Soul Revival,” benefiting Legacy Donor Foundation, 588-8900
29 | “UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” 581-3794
29 | “Light of Hope Gala,” benefiting CASA Jefferson, 715-6348

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