St. Charles Avenue magazine and Renaissance Publishing, LLC are gearing up for the second annual “Wine, Dine & Design” tablescapes luncheon and cocktail party sponsored by Whitney Bank this October 8 and 9 at the Audubon Tea Room to benefit Operation Homefront! Thanks so much to Co-Chairs Erica and James Reiss and Michael (not pictured) and Marley LeBourgeois, Chairman of the Board of Operation Homefront Mike Levy, and Brittany Whitsell from Whitney Bank for gracing our cover this month! Operation Homefront a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Ninety-two percent of everything raised goes to the service members and their families – those who risk their lives every day to keep us safe!

Over 20 designers and retailers have designed lavish tablescapes for you to enjoy featuring fabulous linens, flowers, favors for each guest to take home and more. The cocktail party, which is new this year, will be held on Thursday, October 8, 6-8 p.m., and will only be $40 a ticket. At this evening’s event you can enjoy wine in a commemorative take-home glass, hors d’oeuvres, a fun band and a sneak peek of the designs and the designers. To reserve your ticket, visit now!

The luncheon takes place the next day, Friday, October 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., for $125 a person and includes the viewing of the tables, cocktails, a short presentation from a wounded warrior, a fabulous lunch provided by the Audubon Tea Room and a special favor from the designer who sponsored your table. A special thanks to supporting sponsor Jay Bryan of Bryan Subaru, who will have a fabulous new Subaru parked at the front of both events – of course decorated for a picnic in the country.

Thanks to our table sponsors and to the designers participating. Thanks also to the Audubon Tea Room, Betty Hunley Designs and Renaissance Publishing, our parent company, who will be giving 100 percent of the proceeds to Operation Homefront. Call Cheryl Lemoine at 830-7232 for tickets and information today!

We are thrilled to feature some of our favorite chic locals in our annual Fashionable New Orleanians feature. Pictured in what they would wear to their favorite fundraisers, Louellen Berger, Manny Bright, Melissa Coleman Charles Divins and Celeste Eustis give you a glimpse into their lives and closets.

Everyone wants to add a new twist to their home or office, so check out the Gallery Guide and Home Organization features. Once you give away a few things, you get to add new ones, and we have some of the best ideas around.

Do not forget to support Le Petit Thèâtre on Friday, September 11, 7-11 p.m. at their fundraiser, “The Curtain Call Ball!” Event Chairs Kay Favrot, Kathleen Van Horn, Brenda Moffitt, Kay McArdle and Shon Baker promise you a night of music and theatre, and you’ll be supporting a New Orleans treasure that Dickie Brennan helped to bring back! Call 522-2081 for tickets.

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Cheers to Events!
Our inaugural “Wine, Dine & Design” presented by Whitney tablescapes luncheon was a day I’ll never forget, and was so successful that we’re adding a cocktail party the evening before!

Our Preview Party will take place Thursday, October 8, 6-8 p.m. For only $40, you’ll receive a souvenir glass for your wine, hors d’oeuvres and a preview of the designed tables that will be the center of the luncheon. Tickets for the Preview Party are only available by visiting

Our second annual luncheon will be the next day, Friday, October 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and I encourage you alls to call Cheryl Lemoine at 830-7232 to reserve your seat now for $125 – we’re already selling out!

Thanks to our presenting sponsor Whitney Bank, supporting sponsor Bryan Subaru, Contributing Supporting Sponsor the New Orleans Saints and our program sponsor Trashy Diva.

We would also like to thank Bollinger Entreprises LLC, as well as our additional sponsors: Auto Chlor; Faye and Marshall Ballard; Manny and Pepper Bright; Mathilde and Richard Currence; Celeste and Curtis Eustis; Landscape Images; Marley and Michael LeBourgeois; Linda and Gordon Kolb; Ann Packard; the Packard Family; Perrier Party Rentals; Darnelle and Randy Phillipson; RDS Designs; Erica and James Reiss; Pixie and Jimmy Reiss; Pam and Bill Ryan; and Trashy Diva.

If you’re still waffling on whether to attend, check out our amazing table designers: Adler’s; Ambrose Garden; The Audubon Tea Room; Bee’s Wedding & Event Designs; Beth Claybourn Interiors; Bev Church – Entertaining Celebrations; Brain Injury Association of Louisiana; The Cannery / Toulouse Gourmet; Dunn & Sonnier Antiques, Florals, Gifts; FestiGals; JADE NOLA & The Plant Gallery; Kern Studios at Mardi Gras World; Kim Starr Wise Floral Events; Landscape Images; Malachite Home & Mitch’s Flowers; National Society of the Colonial Dames of America; Perino’s Garden Center; Razzle Dazzle; RDS Concepts; Trashy Diva & Yseult Designs; and YAYA.

If you’re up to attending two parties in one night, please consider supporting “Faces of New Orleans,” October 8 at the St. Charles Avenue home of Fraces and Calvin Fayard. This biennial gala raises critical funds for the Trinity Counseling and Training Center, providing affordable counseling to those in the greatest need. This year the gala will honor two individuals who are dedicated to issues of mental health: Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, Orleans Parish Coroner and Timothy Trapolin.

Please contact Raina O’Neil at 670-2537 or at for tickets or questions.

One more thing: We cannot believe that we allowed a misspelling of the name of one of our favorite New Orleanians, Stephen Sonnier, to make it to print in our last issue. We greatly regret the error and encourage you to visit Dunn & Sonnier Antiques • Flowers • Gifts at 2138 Magazine St. or at

Stay safe, sane and enjoy the end of summer!  


Cheers to Events!Jim Ashbee, Celeste and Curtis Eustis, Jane Heidingsfelder and Jim Perrier ask you to please consider supporting “Light Up the Night” benefiting Lighthouse Louisiana on September 18 at the beautiful St. Charles Avenue home of Jim Ashbee and Jim Perrier for $100 a ticket.

There will be fabulous food, cocktails and music by Haywood Hillyar. Travers Mackel will serve as emcee, and there will be auction items including artwork by George Dunbar, Ashley Longshore, David Harouni and Mitchell Gaudet.

Thanks to McIlhenny Foundation, Whitney Bank, IberiaBank and Arndaud’s for their generous sponsorships.
For more information and to purchase tickets, call 899-4501 extension 209 or visit