Get ready for the amazing “Bal Masqué” presented by the Link Stryjewski Foundation! This year, Founders chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski, will be joined by chef Nancy Oakes from San Francisco and chef Nancy Silverton of Los Angeles for the fifth annual weekend January 17-18! Thanks to chefs Donald and Stephen for gracing our cover, along with Foundation Director Emery Sonnier and Board Member Heather Lolley.

All proceeds will go to nourish and educate New Orleans youth that face extreme poverty, trauma and violence, empowering them to realize their potential and become active, positive members of our community. The Chef’s Dinner on Friday night at Calcasieu will feature dishes from Link, Stryjewski, Oakes and Siverton, and the “Bal Masqué” on Saturday will feature chefs Nina Compton, John Currence with Vishwesh Bhatt, Suzanne Goin, Paul Kahan, Mike Lata and more. Each will prepare unique small plates for the guests. Mixologist Neal Bodenheimer of Cure will present Caribbean and classic cocktails along with Champagne Henriot, fine wines and beer. There will be live music from the Caribbean and Cajun Country bands. Attire is black tie or costumes, and masks are a must. For tickets and information call 588-2189, extension 8, or visit You don’t want to miss this!

Please check out our Registry of Charitable Events: January-April 2020 for your favorite fundraisers and new events. Please put them on your calendar so you can plan your activities now! This calendar is important so that you don’t schedule competing events on the same nights. If you don’t see your event listed, please fill out our online form:

We have a wonderful feature on Senior Living: Where to live, what to do and how to care for and treat yourself! Whether you’re reading for you or a loved one, this will give you all of the information you need to make great decisions on the proper care necessary to have a great life.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will hold its kickoff for the upcoming “2020 Porsche of New Orleans Leukemia Cup Regatta” presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana on Tuesday, January 21 at Southern Yacht Club. This complimentary event is an opportunity to learn more about LLS and how the donations raised through the Regatta will fund blood cancer research, as well as support local patients and their families. For more information call Jean-Preston Lucius, Senior Campaign Manager, at 758-3208 or visit

We are excited to tell you about the New Orleans Ballet Association’s “50th Anniversary Evening of Stars,” which will be on January 26 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. You will be treated to a stunning evening of dance by dancers from around the world! Presenting sponsor the Hyatt Regency and General Manager Michael Smith will magically transform the stage following the concert to a glorious ballroom for the seated dinner prepared by the Hyatt Regency New Orleans’ 1718 Catering. Fabulous flowers will be created by Dunn & Sonnier Antiques, Flowers & Gifts!

The new year brings new beginnings, and often those are associated with making yourself look and feel better. What’s Hot for Beauty features new products to take you from sleepy to shining.

Have a wonderful New Year filled with love and happiness!

Bev's Note

Beverly Reese Church

Bev's Note

This year the “Good Apple Gala” will be January 23, 2020, at the NOPSI Hotel. This year  will fête Social Justice Honorees John Hairston and David Kerstein and Pro Bono Honorees Jeannine Sullivan, Salyria Gumms and Patricia Smith! Louisiana Appleseed’s mission is to increase access to justice, opportunity, education and social justice. Please call 561-7312 for tickets and information!