How to Host: Unexpected Outdoor Entertaining
Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you do not.
This time we were in the target range when the rude lady with the old-fashioned name came calling, leaving behind shorn roofs, crippled foliage and moldy refrigerators that could take months to rectify. Yet, this being the beginning of autumn (at least as we know it) and New Orleanians being the hopelessly social beings we are, we’re all trying to figure out how to gather, share our Hurricane Ida stories and raise a glass to either our good fortunes or our tales of woe.
What to Serve?
Ring up Cochon Butcher (or just place an online order) for a spread of house-made charcuterie like Mortadella, Cotto Salami, Sopressatta Salami, Hog’s Head Cheese, Coppa and Duck Pastrami. Two sizes are available: one that feeds 8 and one that serves 15. Available for pick up or delivery. How easy is that?
Cochon Butcher, 930 Tchoupitoulas St., Suite A, 504-588-2123, CochonButcher.com
Besting Biting Bugs
Jennifer John, a former news reporter, anchor for WWL-TV and an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, founded Pang Wangle, a New Orleans-based outdoor clothing and adventure company, in 2017. The company’s fashionable clothes are designed specifically for hot, humid, buggy climates like New Orleans. She partnered with Insect Shield® to put their proprietary bug repellent technology into New Orleans-designed, made in the USA, stylish, eco-friendly clothing.
“Based in subtropical New Orleans, we can always count on two things: celebrations and mosquitoes,” John says. “Pang Wangle delivers the elegant solution to biting insects with our wraps, scarves and leggings. We’re taking ground-breaking technology and putting it in luxurious, eco-friendly styles that women want to wear. It lasts more than 70 washes and is safe for the entire family, including infants and pregnant women. Zika, Lyme Disease, Dengue fever are real threats and on the rise. We have the technology to protect ourselves. Let’s use it! And the clothing is easy care – just wash and wear.”
The Essential Wrap, Featherlight Infinity Scarf and Optimist Pants are flattering and available in an array of colors. They are available at PangWangle.com (enter code “NOLA15” for a 15 percent discount) and locally at Home Malone (629 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-324-83452, HomeMaloneNola.com); Glitterbox (1109 Royal St., 504-568-0955, GlitterBoxNo.com); The Good Shop, 1114 Josephine St., 504-784-0900, TheGoodShopNola.com); and Massey’s Outfitters NOLA, 509 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-648-0292, MasseysOutfittersNola.com).
Whether Pouring from Box or Vintage Bottle …
With its elegant aesthetics, the Savino wine carafe is designed to maintain fresh wine for up to a week and features an innovative float that automatically seals the remaining wine in the carafe, preventing oxidation. It also adds a bit of swagger for those who are otherwise serving wine from a box (your secret is safe with us). Simply pour wine into the lovely glass decanter, insert the air stopper and replace the lid to save wine. It’s dishwasher safe, 10.5 inches tall for a perfect fridge fit,and holds a standard 750 milliliters bottle of red, white or rosé-all-day. Available at SavinoWine.com.