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New Orleans Magazine December 2020

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Food Lovers Guide

New Orleans is a food town, with a dedicated population that holds on tightly to old favorite haunts, while embracing and celebrating new traditions and new faces. For our annual December list of restaurant, food and drink “bests,” our team of writers, plus our editorial staff, had the difficult task of honoring some of our […]

From the Editor

In New Orleans, we have a special relationship with food and dining (and, of course, imbibing). This year, due to COVID-19, our love affair with food took on especially new meaning, as many of us turned to comfort food, take-out and special deliveries of meals, kits, mixers and more. New Orleanians watched closely as restaurants, […]

Christmas Unwrapped

You can always tell who, in a Zoom meeting, is not wearing a bra. They are the ones you see just from the eyeballs up. My sister-in-law Gloriosa goes to a lot of them meetings, being socially active and all. At first, she tried to hang in there (ahem!) In August, she bragged to me: […]

The Dish: Meal Delivery

The food and beverage team behind St. Roch Market, Auction House Market and Market Supper Club have started a new local food-delivery service called Parcel. This is no regular meal delivery service though. Instead, Parcel delivers meals to your doorstep prepared by a variety of local chefs. Simply purchase a subscription to a preset number […]

Nosh: Holiday Love

December is always the perfect time to throw a little extra love in the air. Bring this year to a grand finale with this full-flavored showstopper – juicy pork chops complimented perfectly by a sweet whiskey berry sauce with a swift kick of pepper at the end. Now, I know over the years Brussels sprouts […]

Travel: Coastal Holiday

The weather outside on the Gulf Coast this time of years sits on the good side of frightful. For the most part, the rain and bitter cold have yet to rear their ugly heads. This month on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it’s possible to stroll along miles of peaceful beaches, to dine on seafood fresh […]

Vintage: 1952

“Jingle, Jangle, Jingle, here comes Mr. Bingle.” Every New Orleanian over 40 knows the little ditty that conjures up glorious childhood memories of Christmas on Canal Street where department stores raised Christmas decorations to an art form. For decades at Maison Blanche, Old Saint Nick shared the stage with Mr. Bingle, the store’s popular little […]

Table Talk: Stoked and Smoked

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that the little things matter. Food doesn’t need to be complicated to taste good. And few things exemplify this principal more than barbeque, where it is the quality of the ingredients and the patience of the technique that make all the difference. This focus on fundamentals and […]

Growing Pains: Holiday Hurricane

I am a notorious pessimist. Sometimes I think this comes from a childhood of watching Saints games where they seemed certain to win only to blow it at the last second, but honestly, it’s probably just deeply ingrained in my personality. I assume every hurricane is coming for us. I assume every twinge is cancer. […]

Chris Rose: A Secret Visit

There’s an old crank in the woods who spends an untoward amount of time ranting on Facebook. He has little else to do anymore. His posts can be quite vitriolic but folks who know him generally see him as a mild fellow, not one prone to road rage or physical violence or any such crimes […]

Home Advice: Niki Epstein

Magical, twinkling lights are intertwined with the holidays. They announce the arrival of the season, amplify the beauty of our surroundings and our celebrations, and elevate our souls. On the other hand, untangling miles of knotted lights and blowing fuses with competitive lawn tableaux are the stuff of movie spoofs. To take the hassle out […]

Bar Tab: Cocktail Series

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and Bombay Sapphire have partnered to launch The Canvas Project, a web-based content series featuring the creative passions of last year’s 12 finalists in the Most Imaginative Bartender competition. From photography and videography, to home gardening tips and mindfulness tutorials, the series is designed to spark inspiration and foster connection. […]

Streetcar: An Old Acquaintance

One night in March I was clicking the TV remote control through those late night talking head news shows when I was stopped cold by a news item. There was a picture of a headline from the next day’s “Wall Street Journal.” The headline said that America was about to enter, “a long, dark period.” […]

Persona: Chef Meg Bickford

Commander’s Palace, nestled in the heart of the Garden District, is at the top of the menu, if you will, when it comes to fine dining in New Orleans. This year, longtime Commander’s chef Tory McPhail announced he would be leaving the restaurant after 18 years to move closer to family in Montana. Though many […]

Cheers: Christmas Cheer

Holiday plans seem a bit uncertain these days. Will we be able to spend time with all our friends and family or continue to be limited to small groups? With that in mind, it’s best to choose a holiday cocktail that can serve the solo imbiber or scale up for a group of thirsty revelers. […]

News + Notes

Celebration in the Oaks Driving Tour Celebration in the Oaks has become one of the Crescent City’s most cherished holiday traditions. Now in its 34th year, its walking tour will be unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, City Park will be bringing back the driving tour. Event organizers say there will still be more […]


The brain is one of the most complicated, fascinating parts of the body, affecting its overall functioning. When problems such as stroke, tumors, or seizures arise, the affects can be significant. Greater New Orleans offers its citizens and those of surrounding regions a wealth of specialists in neurosciences, who can be instrumental in the diagnosis […]

Men’s Health

From dealing with lingering knee pain to getting your annual flu shot or watching for signs of venous disease, the body can require a great deal of maintenance and attention. While keeping up with health needs can seem an intimidating task, it doesn’t have to be. Wellness checks with your primary care physician are one […]

Ansley Seaver Marshall, JD, HHS

Ansley Seaver Marshall credits those around her for her success as one of New Orleans’ top producing realtors. From her husband and two daughters to her brokerage partners at McEnery Residential and Realtor team members at Ansley Marshall Group, Ansley’s hard-working colleagues and supportive family inspire her to give her all. Focused on giving back to […]

Michele Cooper, MD

The first of her family to attend college, Maryland-native Michele Cooper today enjoys a distinguished medical career complemented by impactful community activism. After residency training at Charity Hospital, Michele worked with some of the most renowned surgeons in New Orleans during her landmark craniofacial fellowship at Children’s Hospital. After Hurricane Katrina flooded their home, Michele […]

Shelley Hoddinott Richardson

After graduating from LSU, New Orleans native Shelley Hoddinott Richardson followed her passion for finance and service and today enjoys wearing the hats of businesswoman, philanthropist, mother and wife. Shelley is a proud member of the Hoddinott/Richardson Group at Merrill Lynch, where she works as a Financial Advisor alongside her father, Reginald Hoddinott, III, SVP. […]

Debra Macaluso

For more than four years, Debra Macaluso has felt honored to help people achieve their home ownership dreams in her role as Mortgage Loan Officer at Summit Funding. “I heard a saying a long time ago that I hope to put into practice each day: ‘Be the wind in someone’s sail,’” says Debra. To that […]

Deborah Augustine Elam

Deborah “Deb” Augustine Elam is one of the country’s foremost experts in diversity, inclusion and leadership development and a fervent advocate for empowering women and diverse leaders. During her tenure at GE, Deb shattered the glass ceiling as the company’s first-ever Black female corporate officer. After a 30-year trailblazing career, she returned home to New […]

Lesley Gattuso Brown, MCD CCC-SLP

As a mother, balancing a busy career with virtual home school and family life, Lesley Gattuso Brown knows well the importance of resilience and clear communication. As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, she is committed to helping area children achieve both. After 11 years at a pediatric clinic, Lesley built NOLA Speech & Language from the […]

Taylor Alfonso

Taylor Alfonso is an unstoppable force—no matter what life throws at her, she responds with hard work and dedication. When her son was diagnosed with autism, Taylor nearly put her dreams aside—instead she harnessed the strength to be both an attentive mother and the woman she knew she could be. Strong, resourceful, and determined, Taylor […]

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