Earlier this summer, The Salonniere – the award-winning website that declares its dedication to the art of entertaining – released its first “Les Pages” list. This by-invitation-only list was comprised of the nation’s top event companies, both venues and event professionals, and some New Orleans notables made the list.

The Salonniere prides itself on “Les Pages” being a strictly merit-based list, where companies cannot buy in, which was comprised over a year by its editors and “The Salonniere 100,” which is the annual list of America’s 100 best party planners.

“Together, ‘The Salonniere 100’ and ‘Les Pages’ shine a light on the people in America who are exceptional at leveraging the power of social gatherings to enrich the lives of others,” said Carla McDonald, the founder and editor in chief of The Salonniere. “’The Salonniere 100’ celebrates the gifted connectors who host parties, and ‘Les Pages’ honors the exceptional professionals who bring events to life.” 

There are four different categories for the New Orleans area, with 25 local professionals and companies making the list.


New Orleans’ Best Event Designers

An.gle Events

Kenny LaCour

Matchstick Creative

Thea Pagel Productions

Z Event Company


New Orleans’ Best Floral Designers

Dunn and Sonnier

Giverny Design

Kim Starr Wise

Mitch’s Flowers

Poppy & Mint

Urban Earth


New Orleans’ Best Caterers

Grand Events

Joel Catering

Laura Arrowood

Patti Constantin, Designs in Catering


New Orleans’ Best Event Venues


Latrobe’s On Royal

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Marigny Opera House

Music Box Village

New Orleans Botanical Garden

Orpheum Theater

Preservation Hall

Race and Religious

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden




Fun Fact:

The Salonniere was “named for the trailblazing women in 17th and 18th century France whose parties—called salons,” says the website. “Demonstrated the importance and influence of social gatherings, The Salonniere promotes the joys of planning, hosting and attending parties.”