I love the Edible Schoolyard! I volunteered there for two years at Samuel J. Green School, so I’m very excited to present the biggest fundraiser for them on our cover this month! This is the ninth annual “An Edible Evening,” which is their premiere fundraising event showcasing their signature seed-to-table garden and culinary education program. Students learn to grow food and prepare it in healthy ways, but also learn core curriculum subjects such as math, science and more as they garden. There are school gardens and teaching kitchens in FirstLine’s four K-8 schools!

“An Edible Evening” will be held this year on March 22 at the Langston Hughes Academy Dreamkeeper Garden, with the Patron Party starting at 6 p.m. hosted by Mopho + Maypop, and the Gala following at 7. Thanks to our cover models: Co-Chairs Ann Heslin and Catherine Hales; FirstLine Schools Board Chair Brian Egana; Patron Co-Chair, board member and Capital One representative Carol Starr; and Langston Hughes Academy Leader Kamisha Gray. They are promising a night that you won’t forget featuring wines by Presqu’ile Winery, a special cocktail by Cure Co., Tito’s Vodka, Dixie Beer, a beer garden featuring local microbreweries, food from more than 30 local restaurants, live music and a raffle.

Patron tickets start at $250 a couple; call 421-1060 and visit ESYNola.org to learn more and purchase tickets. It is such a fun party and you’ll learn so much about their program that is changing lives every day!

It is hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is almost here; check out What’s Hot to find the perfect gift for someone you love (or yourself), and our feature on Valentine’s restaurant specials for where to go!

Another wonderful place to go is the National World War II Museum. Their popular Stage Door Canteen is offering a great medley of music starting February 17 with “A Sweetheart of a Valentine Show,” which will feature the Victory Swing Orchestra’s salute to the golden era of Big Bands. February 23 through March 25 will feature “Always … Patsy Cline” with some of her best hits: “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces” and more. Also, from March 7 through June 27 “The Best of Sinatra” will be a salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes with his hits “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way,” “New York, New York” and more. You can have dinner and the show or just go to the performances. They are always great! Call 528-1943 or visit StageDoorCanteen.org for tickets and more information!

One of our best features is here again! Our annual Couture Wedding Guide offers the best in local tips, tricks and trends from the best in the biz.

The Jung Hotel on Canal Street is back in a totally new way and more amazing than ever! It is a truly one-of-a-kind development project that covers a full city block with residences and a luxury hotel. The residences are really high-end and offer all kinds of special services delivered through close association with the hotel. Be sure to check out the luxurious lodging and effortless living on historic Canal Street close to the French Quarter, and right by the Saenger and the Orpheum theaters!

Have a safe Mardi Gras and have fun in our over the top city!

Bev's Note

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Bev's Note

The Lupo Family – Robert E. Smith Lupo, Francesca Lupo, Mary P. Lupo M.D., Abby G. Lupo and R. Tom Lupo – are the Chairpersons for “Lark in the Park 2018!”

The proceeds from the event this year will benefit the restoration of the Casino Building. Built in 1912, the Casino Building in City Park has been a lively and active part of the park’s history for over 105 years.

Themed “Party in the Park,” it will be held on the Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn and Peristyle and will feature: entertainment by Sweet Crude and Anna Glaviano; savory delectables from more than 40 local restaurants; premium libations and three specialty cocktails by Goldring Family Foundation and Republic National Distributing Company; a drawing for a 2018 Bryan Subaru Forester; and an incredible one-of-a-kind bracelet donated by Valobra Master Jewelers and valued at $9,500!

Buy your ticket today by calling 483-9376 or by visiting FriendsOfCityPark.com/event/lark-in-the-park.