Beauty That Benefits

St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2019 tablescapes Preview Party and Luncheon presented by Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque - Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln benefited Bastion

Beginning with a Preview Party on Wednesday, October 2 and culminating with a luncheon on Thursday, October 3, St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC and the Renaissance Foundation, together with Presenting Sponsor Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln with Chairs Archie and Adrienne Casbarian and Amy and Stephen Farnsworth raised over $100,000 for Bastion at their sixth annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes events.

The Preview Party allowed 255 guests a sneak peek at the fabulous designs while sipping wine and dining on hors d’oeuvres by the Audubon Tea Room catering team. In addition, patrons enjoyed live music courtesy of Kinfolk Band & Music Group, LLC and bid on six packages that were live auctioned at the luncheon the next day.

On Thursday, the Audubon Tea Room hosted 23 tables created by retailers and designers, each with its own theme and design elements. Almost 240 guests dined and sipped among these creations, while learning more about Bastion. Following our thank yous, we held a live auction of an “ultimate staycation package” with gift cards to local restaurants, hotel stays, golf packages and more; a custom tailored jacket by Luca Faltone; stays at the Swansons’ Napa Valley estate and the Mumfords’ home in Puerta Vallarta; and a live painting by Alex Harvie and “Madame Nola,” a giclée by Terrance Osborne.

The Renaissance Foundation’s mission is to support nonprofit organizations through marketing, events and financial support.

Bastion, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an intentionally designed neighborhood for returning warriors and families located on 5.5 acres at 1901 Mirabeau Ave. in New Orleans. This first-of-its-kind community model encourages meaningful, lifetime relationships to sustain a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war. Bastion is made up of 58 homes, green space, and a 1,709 square-foot Wellness Center. Bastion is currently 100% leased up with over 100 residents who have over 250 years of combined military service, along with 37 children.

Bastion’s goal is to execute a third phase of the development that includes a wellness center expansion and continue to fill this critical gap in the continuum of care for even more post 9/11 veterans and families in Southeast Louisiana. If you would like to learn more, visit the community, or donate, please call (888) 737-5577 or visit

Read on to learn more about these tables and see the incredible designs, and prepare to join us next year!



“I See You”

designed by Kim Starr Wise for Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

(437 Philip St., 315-5607,




“Breakfast At Tiffany’s”

designed by Gene Luke for Ambrose Garden

(1309 Prytania St., 861-1953,





designed by Juli Juneau for Juli Juneau Nomad Collection

(948 Harding Drive, 615-2113,



“Dinner In Bloom”

designed by Chad Chaison for ELEMENT

(4400 Woodlawn Drive, 433-2624,




“Farm to Garden”

designed by Marianne Mumford for Landscape Images, Ltd.

(655 Central Ave., 734-8380,




“Edith’s Garden”

designed by Amy Graham and Laren Holzer for Longue Vue House & Gardens

(7 Bamboo Road, 488-5488,



“Swag Dat”

designed by Jacquelyn Lindsey for JL Studio Designs LLC

(4728 Trenton St., 494-2580,




“Dixie Brewery Returns Home”

designed by Kellie Mathas and Jared Carroll for Crystal Clear Creative

(680 Ferriday Court, 508-1303)




“A Night Stroll Through The Rose Garden, The Air Rich With Perfume”

designed by Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture

(3528 Magazine St., 417-9751,,

Blucid Floral (5113 St. Claude Ave., 957-6357,, and

Bourbon French Parfums (805 Royal St., 522-4480,




“Everything Old is New Again!”

designed by Stephen Sonnier for Dunn & Sonnier, Antiques • Florals • Gifts LLC

(3433 Magazine St., 524-3235,




“Autumn in Aspen”

designed by Glenn Vatshell and Michael Daniels for Palate New Orleans

(8220 Willow St., 864-2990,




“Accioń De Gracias Con El General”

designed by Steve Baker for Steve Baker Designs LLC

(1539 Octavia St., 777-0557)




“Hearts Have Wings”

designed by Bev Church and Luis Colmenares





“My Fair Lady”

designed by Eric Fredericks for Bee’s Wedding Designs

(738 Phosphor Ave., 830-4031,




“Unleash Your Heart”

designed by “NO Fleas Market” for Louisiana SPCA

(1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., 368-5191,




“Jungle Paradise”

designed by Lisa LaFrance for Luminous Events

(249 Villemar Place, 324-6441, and

Herb Oldknow for Herbivore Floral Designs

(1508 Edwards Ave., 265-0041,




“Rustic Christmas”

designed by Denys Mertz, Stephanie Tarrant and Monique Chauvin for Mitch’s Flowers

(4843 Magazine St., 899-4843,




“Rumba to Havana”

designed by Maitee B. Gomez for Royal Events, Candles & Décor

(110 Campbell Ave., Suite 1, 400-9416,




“Let’s Go Green!”

designed by Eva Baillie and Kim Schulze for The Plant Gallery

(9401 Airline Highway, 488-8887,




“The Art of Hospitality”

designed by Susan Zackin for Z Event Company

(508 Metairie Road, 510-5838,




“Habitat 101: Introduction to Affordable Housing”

designed by Terri Dreyer and Marguerite Oestreicher for

New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity

(2900 Elysian Fields Ave., 861-2077,




“Queen of Sheba’s Picnic in the Sahara Desert”

designed by Gaïlle Ray for Le Voyage

(743 Camp St., 208-7240,




We wish to thank our Chairmen:
Adrienne and Archie Casbarian and Amy and Stephen Farnsworth

We also wish to thank our Presenting Sponsor:
Ronnie and Natasha Lamarque – Lamarque Automotive Complex featuring Lamarque Lincoln

And our Contributing Sponsors:
IBERIABANK; Gayle Benson and The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans; The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation; Libby Dufour and Cleland Powell; Republic; Terrance Osborne; and The Casbarian and Farnsworth Families

And our Table Sponsors:
Amy and Chris Casbarian; Manny Bright; Bryan Automotive;
Sally Cockerham; Mathilde and Richard Currence;
Elizabeth and Peyton Bush; Donna and Paul Flower; Hancock Whitney; Catherine Makk; The Packard Family; Arlene and Alan Philipson;
and Michelle and Lamar Villere

In addition, a very special thanks to our host,
the Audubon Tea Room.