New Orleans Magazine - December 2010

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Our top picks of the month’s events

SUPERDOME’S ‘GOLDEN AGE’

Sometimes Doug Thornton can scarcely believe his own story: In August 2005, the giant stadium he oversees suffers millions of dollars worth of damage from a major hurricane and several days of housing tens of thousands of flood refugees. The…

VINCE VANCE

His song, “All I Want for Christmas is You” celebrates an anniversary

SAM DALTON: STORIES TO TELL

Samuel “Sam” Dalton, the 82-year-old dean of civil rights lawyers in Louisiana, leads a Sunday visitor to the kitchen area of his modest law office on Jefferson Highway. In the kitchen, he holds out a small, red plastic basket filled…

Grassroots oaks on the avenue

Lined with historic homes and traversed by a landmark streetcar route, St. Charles Avenue plays an important role in the identity of New Orleans. Yet Uptown resident Ted Le Clercq was dismayed to find that after Hurricane Katrina one of…

RECOVERY: LEARNING FROM THE PAST

Angry residents demanding that the state return New Orleans schools to local control bring the above truism to mind. Considering the shameful state of the school system before the state took control of it after Hurricane Katrina and the corruption…

HOME IS WHERE THE HAM IS

In recent years I’ve baked a ham for Christmas Eve, and my son-in-law has deep-fried two turkeys for Christmas dinner. I have loved relaxing at their house on Christmas day, having shouldered many holidays at mine. I also serve gumbo…

KRAUSS

Last of the classic department stores

Best of Dining

Best of 2010 Chefs, Restaurants, Front of the House, Behind the Bar, Ethnic and More

ELISE BERON

It is those certainties of life, those everyday, you-can-set-your-watch-by-’em occurrences that give our lives focus and keep us balanced and sane in an ever-nuttier world, experts say.For instance: If it’s 3 p.m. in New Orleans, you know that “The Jerry…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

Dominique Macquet, right, has returned to professional cooking with Dominique’s on Magazine (4729 Magazine St.) in a converted cottage. Macquet has partnered in the venture with Mauricio Andrade, who worked for many years with Emeril Lagasse. Macquet is a native…

PEEVES OF THE DECADE

For the last 10 years or so, this month’s column, with occasional lapses, has chronicled what it considers to be top restaurant peeves. Because, our Best of Dining issue corresponds with a change in decades, that provides an excuse to…

With a little help from Qatar

While Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures left lasting scars on New Orleans, it’s becoming clear that the generosity and good will the community experienced in the wake of the disaster carries its own legacy, which can often be far-reaching.…

The FIRST POST-K Christmas

For most of us, the song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” took on a different meaning five years ago – just three months after the levees broke. At issue was not so much if we would be home for Christmas…

Letters

Remembering  “The McDonogh Three”Re: “Ruby Bridges: The first black child to desegregate an elementary school in the South celebrates an anniversary,” Persona column by Sue Strachan. October 2010 issue.The interview includes a claim that over the years has become an…

Read & Spin

Putumayo World Music, founded by New Orleanian Dan Storper, is now a worldwide effort to embrace all musical stylings and cultures. The organization features artists from throughout the world. Its latest release is World Christmas Party, a compilation of Latin,…

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NOLA BY THE NUMBERS

Innovative exchange blooms in New Orleans

Local business leaders often promote New Orleans as a growing hub of entrepreneurism, pointing to the surge of small start-ups now setting up shop here. One of them, the Receivables Exchange, has recently earned a major honor that’s further validating…

Creole Cats for Christmas

Chamain O’Mahony, artist and proprietor of The Creole Cat, enjoys reaching out to tourists, cat lovers, locals and people who know what it means to miss New Orleans. O’Mahony says her goal is to “make people laugh, or at least…

A Modine Christmas

I was a disappointment to Sister Gargantua.She taught English back at Celibacy Academy, and I was always lacking in vocabulary skills.But since I downloaded “Word Genius” onto my iPhone, that’s changing.In this game, you got two minutes to find as…

Health Beat

nThe rate of death from stroke in the United States has fallen 26 percent since 2000, when the rate was 125 deaths per 1,000 stroke patients. The rate for men fell even further, with 29 percent fewer cases of fatal…