Bev’s Note

Get ready to attend the Susan G. Komen “Summer Cure Chef’s Wine Dinner” on July 26 at the Windsor Court! Thanks to our cover models: President of the Board of Directors Elizabeth Williams; Co-Chair and Honorary Board Member Dottie Reese; Co-Chair and Honorary Board Member Kristi Post; Co-Chair and Board Member Holley Haag; and Windsor Court General Manager Ralph Mahana (Co-Chair Pat Denechaud and Komen New Orleans Affiliate Executive Director Lisa Plunkett are pictured in On the Cover.). This is the event’s 18th year, and five outstanding chefs will each prepare a dish paired with Wine Importers Extraordinaire. Susan G. Komen New Orleans has made such a difference by meeting the critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Since 1994, they have funded over $6.4 million in local mission dollars for breast cancer screening, treatment and education projects. Get you tickets now by calling 455-7310. You don’t want to miss this amazing event!

Check out our What’s Hot for Summer Style that will give you the perfect touch for your go-to outfit this season, including sweet seersucker and cool chiffon.

After all of the fun in the sun, setting aside time for self care is a must, and the most relaxing self care is through being pampered! Whether you’re looking for relaxation or rejuvenation, we have tons of local options at all price points – even if you only have half an hour!

We also have a great feature on local, modern, restaurant bar-oriented happy hours. Find your new favorite watering hole for the best deals on drinks and bites around town.

Get ready to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day at the fourth annual “Chicken Jam,” benefiting the Al Copeland Foundation. Proceeds will raise funds to support local immunotherapy trials throughout the Gulf South region. Al Copeland Jr. made his dad a promise to do everything he could to find a cure for the cancer that took his dad at such an early age! Enjoy yummy fried chicken and lots of other food to choose from. Children are welcome and tickets can be purchased online at AlCopelandFoundation.org/chicken-jam.

The “New Orleans Antiques Forum” returns for its 12th year August 1-4. Presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection, the four-day program brings nationally renowned experts in fields such as antique furniture, clothing and textiles, silver and paintings for engaging talks that are sure to delight and inform collectors of all levels. This year’s inventive theme, “Fancy Footwork,” will explore the use of elegant bases in furniture and silver, animal motifs in decorative arts and even the conservation of Dorothy’s iconic ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. You can also participate in optional events, such as a pre-conference tour of public and private collections in the Baton Rouge area and a Sunday Jazz Brunch at Arnaud’s. Registration is required, and tickets sell quickly. Learn more and register today by visiting HNOC.org/antiques.

We are all so saddened by the death of our beloved Leah Chase. She was like a mother to us all with her wise advice, welcoming smile, incredible Creole dishes, intelligence, work ethic, love for our city and fierce love for her family and her friends! She and her husband Dooky were a great team. Dooky Chase Restaurant served Presidents, kings, civil rights leaders, politicians and regular people who were all treated in the same loving way! As Leah said, “We changed the course of history over a bowl of gumbo and fried chicken.” We will miss this American treasure; there will never be another Leah Chase! The hole in our hearts is huge. All we can do is try to make this a better place in her honor!

Beverly Reese Church


This photo was taken July of 2016 at Dooky Chase Restaurant. Genevieve Trimble was celebrating her 95th  birthday and Leah was 93. Ruthie Frierson and I planned to get these two amazing legendary women together, and Leah set up the Gold Room for the celebration. I gave Leah the sunflower centerpiece. Gen gave Leah an autographed copy of her recently published book Afton Villa: The Birth and Rebirth of a Nineteenth Century Garden. Leah gave Gen autographed copies of her cookbooks. The two became fast friends. I can only say once again how much we will miss the iconic Leah Chase.


 

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