Bev's Note

“Magic in the Moonlight” at the New Orleans Botanical Garden has become one of the most prestigious fundraisers in the city, and with Margo DuBos and Juli Miller Hart chairing this alfresco dinner, you don’t want to miss it! Thanks to our cover models: Co-Chairs Margo DuBos and Juli Miller Hart, Inaugural Moonlighter Committee Member Brooke Levy, President of the Board Muffin Balart and Vincent Giardina representing Presenting Sponsor Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust!

This magical party will be held under the starry sky in the Botanical Garden on Friday, October 13. In celebration of the city’s 300th anniversary, renowned chef John Folse will recreate the historical banquet given by Prince de Condé in honor of King Louis XIV at Chateau de Chantilly, France. The dinner will be presented in honor of the Duke of Orleans, who will be in attendance to enjoy the exquisite dinner with other guests, as well as cocktails and dancing. Additionally, there will be a “party within a party” for the 45 and younger set – the Moonlighters – complete with cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Proceeds this year will go to the Botanical Garden Foundation, which is raising money for the Outdoor Teaching Garden in the vegetable and herb garden. For tickets, call City Park at 483-9386.

This month, we’re featuring some of New Orleans’ most fashionable philanthropic residents, all of whom are dedicated to making our city the best! Thanks to Bryan Batt, Betsy Laborde, Tia Roddy, Allison Tiller and Joel Vilmenay.

Now that summer is over, we turn our attention to our homes, condos and second homes. Check out What’s Hot for Home Furnishings for some perfectly on trend items in soothing blue to help you achieve a serene scene. We also bring you more than 10 local experts’ takes on the growing trends in kitchens and baths, so that you can determine what changes you want to make – from as small as adding a toe niche to your shower to redoing your pantry to make it workspace ready.

Our Registry of Charitable Events for September-December 2017 lists all of the events you’ll want to attend. There is a deadline to be included, so if you don’t see your event listed, please get in touch. It is the only way to be sure that you’re not scheduling you fundraiser on a night that there will be major conflicts. To submit your event for inclusion in Avenue’s calendars and to have it considered for coverage, please fill out our online form:

Have a wonderful fall; I can’t wait for the cool weather! Be sure to check out my website for great entertaining ideas:


Beverly Reese Church


Ben and Kathleen Waring will be the hosts of first Friends of BIALA dinner, “A Fantasy Indoor Garden Party” benefiting the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana. This inaugural dinner event will feature entertainment by Queen Kitty D’ Litter and her entourage, guest speaker Nicole Marquez, food and beverages from local businesses and a preview of the new “Queens in the Garden” event to benefit BIALA. Friends of BIALA is a new philanthropic giving circle to support traumatic brain and spinal cord injury survivors throughout Louisiana.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 982-0685 or visit



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