New Orleans Magazine - September 2020

People to Watch

People to Watch has been a staple tradition for New Orleans Magazine for more than 40 years, and this year’s class is equally as stellar as years past. We define a Person to Watch as someone that is doing something…

Raising the Glass

I know a woman who tells the story that when she was a little girl, a long time ago, her family had a ritual of having dinner at Commander’s Palace every Friday night. “Oh no,” she and her siblings complained,…

Mixing Things Up at Home

Many have expressed fear. Some have mentioned lack of dexterity. Others note they have no talent. Poppycock. You can do it. You can make superb cocktails at home, and that approach to quality drinking has become more necessary as our…

Beyond Boredom

A complaint I’ve heard throughout our long and wearing home isolation is: “I am so sick of cooking.” Even those of us who love cooking treasure nights out at favorite restaurants. At first, we had the joy of spring’s beautiful…

A Gumbo of Flavor

New Orleans cuisine is often described as a melting pot where various influences converged to create a unique panoply of flavor. Typical descriptors fork broadly along two tines – Creole and Cajun. More generally, in toss-away phrasing, New Orleans cuisine…

Top Real Estate 2020

Buying a house is more than just a purchase; it’s about finding the right place that you can call home. Connecting with the right professionals to make your dream a reality is a big step in one of the most…

Homeward Bound

While quarantined, local realtor Francesca Brennan put her professional expertise into action for a personal matter. She and her husband purchased a new home – one that offers ample outdoor space and a place where the couple’s two kids –…

Aging Gracefully

Not long after spouses Scott Chapman and Troy Richard moved into their third residence together, Scott had a revelation. The two had been drawn to the open floor plan and high ceilings of the house built in 2014, but the…

Getting Schooled

On March 13, while driving home from our last normal day and staving off panic, I told Ruby, “This is all going to be fine; we just need a good, solid schedule.” The next day, while my kids slept in,…

Keep on Dancing

Remember how you used to go to kids’ recitals? Your family would send an advance group - a couple of cousins, maybe - to get there real early and sit up front and scatter stuff (a coat, a hat, a scarf,…

People Watching

The theme of this issue of the magazine is an annual feature called “People to Watch.” It’s a fairly common offering in city magazines like this, along the lines of “Best Restaurants” or “Best Doctors,” etc. But I particularly favor…

Traveler Broads

Remember when we could all travel? Before a global pandemic interrupted spring and summer travel – or basically travel for the foreseeable future – Jessica Fender and Kerry Maloney took their love of exploration and turned it into a colorful,…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, My grandmother grew up in the River Parishes and often mentioned riding the old rural ferry boats. She enjoyed the actual ride between Luling and Destrehan, but the wooden boarding ramps were scary to a little country girl…

Dining Guide

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Back to School

As families across New Orleans navigate the uncharted waters of a 2020-2021school-year—whether in-person or through virtual classes—one thing is certain: the show must go on. Education continues to be a top priority for citywide families, and area schools are taking…

Fall Weekends

Throughout 2020, the draw of the great outdoors has continued to pull Louisiana families out of their homes and into the beautiful landscapes that surround the region. From warm, sandy beaches to sweeping views of rural fields, rivers, and lakes,…

Around the House

It’s fair to say we’ve been spending a lot of time around the house these days. For some people, all of this time at home has inspired a desire to improve their living space, whether through a renovation or a…

Arts and Culture

Whether a bold painting that strikes a chord or a cultural experience that connects you to something bigger than yourself, the feelings and emotions evoked by art or culture help us find joy and fulfillment, making our days brighter or…

Shannon Worrel

In 2016, Shannon joined the New Orleans startup WiseMove. In four years the flat-fee brokerage firm has handled over 200 transactions and saved clients over $1M in commissions. For Shannon, “Being a Realtor isn’t about the money; it’s about getting…

Tom Bookhardt

Tom is uniquely qualified to provide buyers and sellers assistance with single family homes, bank owned assets, investment properties, multi-unit complexes, and commercial transactions. FAST FACT Fixed mortgages are now between 2-3%, the lowest in almost 50 years. unitedrealestatepartners.com 504-305-4930…

Tiffany McMath Hymel

For 20 years, Tiffany has helped both residents and businesses make fresh starts by locating and securing the perfect property for their needs. FAST FACT: More than a realtor, Tiffany is a commercial property manager, former superintendent, and mother. berkshirehathawayhs.com…

Matthew Grass

Matthew Grass isn’t just passionate about buying and selling homes, he’s passionate about creating a sustainable future for New Orleans’ real estate market. That’s why he founded The Agency, a brokerage designed to create successes for buyers and sellers by…

Terrence Davis

Terrence loves helping clients maximize their property’s image and comfort. In 2018, he ranked in the top five Keller Williams agents nationally for units sold. FAST FACT: A former pro basketball player, Terrence offers a personable nature and competitive edge.…

Team Right Side

Gardner Realtors Sam Poché and Jennifer Saltaformaggio formed Team Right Side, benefitting clients by combining their collective skills & resources. Along with Beth Dunkenberger, Brett Massony, & Jolene Woods, Sam & Jennifer provide clients with well-rounded expertise & integrity that…

Lynda DePanicis

With nearly 30 years of experience, Lynda is a top-ranked producer who offers trusted advice, proven results, and a reputation built on integrity and respect. FAST FACT: A former behavioral health executive, Lynda loves helping clients succeed emotionally and financially.…

Rae Bryan

Whether a historic New Orleans home or the perfect vacation property, Rae has the background and experience to make your real estate dream a reality. FAST FACT: Previous lender and appraisal analyst experience contribute to Rae’s 14-year, top-tier realtor success.…

Gary Lazarus

Gary takes pride in guiding clients throughout the buying and selling process, helping them set expectations that provide for a seamless, surprise-less real estate transaction. FAST FACT: Gary’s construction background informs his ability to guide clients when viewing a property.…

Patrick Knudsen

From historic properties in the French Quarter, Marigny, and Bywater to development sales in the CBD and Warehouse District, Realtor Patrick Knudsen is well versed in the variety of properties and neighborhoods New Orleans offers. A former business owner, Patrick…

Pam McLaurin Lee

With 30+ years of experience helping people purchase homes and rebuild communities, Pam is one of the most passionate, caring loan officers you’ll ever meet. FAST FACT Pam stays up-to-date on available programs and grants, and voluntarily teaches community classes.…

Erika Buxton

With a military family, Erika Buxton knows well the complexities of buying and selling under specific timelines, and she became a realtor to help others—whether military or civilian—navigate the real estate market effectively and efficiently. Erika’s flexibility and understanding of…