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New Orleans Magazine February 2021

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History Lessons

Montgomery is a city of dichotomies. A telegram by Jefferson Davis to order the bombing of Fort Sumter that began the Civil War was sent from the Winters Building on one side of the Montgomery’s Court Square. On the other side lies the bus stop where Rosa Parks boarded a city bus and helped launch […]

Porch Punch

Luis Zepeda has only lived in New Orleans for two Carnival seasons, but he already has his favorite parade drink: a boozy Arnold Palmer made with Luzianne tea-infused bourbon and charred lemons. The charring brings a subtle smokiness and smooths out the lemons’ acidity. Even without parades this year, he plans to enjoy it outside […]

Hidden Gem

Most cities have their neighborhood joints, casual places where you can get a sandwich or splurge a bit more for an entrée. But only one has Chef Susan Spicer working the line, helping to come up with “Thank You Baby Jesus” ideas like “Duck Pastrami” or a BBQ shrimp that can be super-sized, giving you […]

Butterfly Wings

For those who write regularly about Carnival, the quote to the right is both a source of beauty and frustration. The beauty comes from author Perry Young’s butterfly of winter metaphor and his skillful use of language (“tattered, scattered, fragments of rainbow wings”) all encapsuled into 41 words that capture the essence of Carnival. The […]

’60s Glam

Throw your own party in this classic 1960s sequin wiggle dress by Gene Shelly. Made of stretch knit wool with hand applied sequins and beads, this highly collectible sheath is sure to dazzle. Head to Century Girl for more fabulous period finds, Centurygirlvintage.com. Bright and funky, these bold 3D printed vases by UAU project, a […]

The Next Generation

If not now, when?   While 2020 had so many life altering implications, it will forever be defined as the year that Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry and “I can’t breathe” a collective dirge. Black change makers are passionate about a host of social ills that affect their community. The common thread that […]

Matters of the Heart

In the early days of the pandemic, an unsettling trend began to emerge, one that has endured and been magnified as COVID-19 cases continue to rise: minorities in the United States, specifically Black, Latino and Indigenous populations, are far more likely to die following infection.  According to the APM Research Lab, Indigenous people are approximately […]

Carnival Spirit

Picture it: A bleak and freezing mid-February Tuesday in Columbia, Missouri, the sky gray, the trees bare and brown, black piles of plowed snow lining the busy street. I pull on gloves and a hat and boots and double socks and a coat and a scarf and grit my teeth, preparing to fight against the […]

From the Editor

February is normally a busy month for New Orleans. It’s filled with Carnival events, parades, and sometimes, Mardi Gras day itself. It’s also a time to mark Black History Month, to celebrate leaders who have strived for change and social justice. This year, both of those will be marked and changed by the pandemic upheavals […]

News + Notes

Mardi Gras Krewe of House Floats Sadly, in-person parading will not happen in New Orleans this Mardi Gras season. While nothing can recapture the joy and camaraderie of watching parades with friends and family, the Krewe of House Floats looks to at least keep the creativity and artistry of Mardi Gras alive by decorating houses […]


From 1872 to 1900, the Rex organization – as did the Mystic Krewe of Comus for a short time years earlier – carried on the ancient French tradition of featuring a live Boeuf Gras, or fatted ox, in its annual Mardi Gras procession. It marked the last day meat could be eaten before Ash Wednesday […]

Sashay By

Dear Julia and Poydras, When my wife and I were dating, we have been together 27 years, we would go to the revolving restaurant atop the Trade Plaza by the bridge and river on Canal Street. We had a routine every visit; we would order two drinks each and make the rotation of the lounge, […]

Brittani Lewis

As the beginning of last year started, none of us were prepared for the chaos that 2020 would bring. As the world shut down and citizens were asked to shelter in place, there were those who knew it was their time to step up. Healthcare workers became front line fighters. It takes a strong person […]

Disco Amigos

Mardi Gras parades may not be rolling this year, but Jack Rose, located within the Pontchartrain Hotel, will still be celebrating. The convivial restaurant is serving specialty Mardi Gras cocktails through February 16 that are sure to put you in the spirit of carnival. Signature libations include the stunning “Disco Punch Bowl,” a boozy, large-format […]

Beverly Katz

February is named for the Latin word februum, which means purification. This fact seems in line with the sage gardening advice that local landscape designer Beverly Katz of Exterior Designs prescribes for the third month of the year. February usually brings cold temps and that, according to Katz, makes it a good time for simplifying, […]

Floating on By

It’s all about the beads, my little nephew Comus informs me. And you can’t catch beads on Zoom, he says.  I tell him this is a historic Mardi Gras.  He says if historic means no parades, he don’t much like historic. I know.   After all we been through, now we can’t even stand outside […]

Heavenly Match

There’s so much to love about fried ravioli. (Fun fact it was one of the recipes I submitted to “Guys Grocery Games” when I got picked to compete, so it holds a special place in my heart.) It’s the combo of fried and creamy that makes everything right about this dish, on top of it […]

Memory Mambo

Mardi Gras is canceled this year. So say the authorities. It’s happened before, many times in fact. Mardi Gras was canceled in 1918 and ‘19, during World War l. (And coincidentally, during the Spanish flu pandemic.) Then again it was tossed between 1942 and ‘45 for World War ll. Then again in 1951 for the […]

Ashes to Ashes

On the morning after Mardi Gras, the streets in the Quarter, particularly those closest to Canal Street, have a crunch to them. City workers with shovels and brooms are busy pushing the debris left from the day before into piles. At first glance the miscellaneous clumps of broken beads, torn costume parts, errant plastic cups […]

Financial Health Check Up

If your physical health has commanded most of the spotlight recently, it might be time for a financial checkup. That is especially true after a year filled with unanticipated shocks – economic and otherwise.  “History has shown that the unexpected is always going to come along,” said Shelley Ferro, Founder and Owner of Ferro Financial, […]

King Cake Season

While we may not be able to celebrate Mardi Gras in the traditional sense, at least we can still eat king cake. Some to try include those by Executive Pastry Chef Maggie Scales of the Link Restaurant Group. She is offering several flavors and sizes of king cakes at both Cochon Butcher and La Boulangerie. […]

Money Management

Whether organizing your finances to meet your family’s goals or seeking solutions for making your business practices more cost-efficient, managing money is a necessary component for ensuring a more secure future. And whether it’s cash you’re looking to invest, assets you’re looking to expand, or savings you’re just beginning to grow, the scope of money […]

Renée Pastor

Over 30 years in the industry, Wealth Manager Renée Pastor has helped hundreds of clients plan for and transition into successful retirement. This year, Renée expanded that focus—her desire to help individuals manage their 401(k)account while they are still working led her to go independent and start The Pastor Financial Group, part of the RIA […]

Paul Karas

With a totally paperless mortgage application, Paul swapped his desk for a pool table so you can bank on him to guide you through a transparent process. The award winning tech, however, takes a back seat to the products and services such as local appraiser panels, historic renovation financing, condo project approvals, and the nation’s […]

Pamela McLaurin Lee

After a year spent largely at home, many local homeowners are ready for change and an upward move. When securing the needed home loan, prompt service and attention to detail are critical for ensuring a smooth transaction. At Gulf Coast Bank, Pam McLaurin-Lee is known for her attentiveness, knowledge, and ability to close quickly and […]

Andy Lovell, CPWA®

Helping you pursue meaningful goals with a holistic approach and allowing you to enjoy the benefits of your wealth from generation to generation is the mission of Lovell Wealth Management of Raymond James. With decades of experience, the team specializes in providing investment advice and financial planning services to families, individuals, endowments, foundations, and women […]

Annette Dowdle

Annette Dowdle has enjoyed 20+ years of collaborating with employers on their benefits programs, ranging from basic services such as life and disability to more complex and costly programs like medical benefits. She and her team guide clients on traditional medical programs as well as complex cost containment solutions. Regardless of the path, Annette always […]

David Garretson

Even as a child, David Garretson was good with numbers. A Metairie-native who graduated from Jesuit, David earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of New Orleans, and the rest was history. The banking and finance industry welcomed David with open arms back in 1989—today, he offers 31 years of experience helping individuals, families, […]

Jill Knight Nalty

This year, Argent Trust Company will celebrate its 31st anniversary as a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm providing comprehensive wealth management solutions to individuals, families, businesses, and institutions. With offices in 30 markets, the trust company is approaching responsibility for $31 billion in clients’ assets.  “Trust is the core of our business,” says Jill […]

M. Andrew Remson

After earning his MBA from Loyola University New Orleans, Andrew Remson identified a local need for mortgage banking with a customer-first approach, which led him to leave a Fortune 500 Company to found America’s Mortgage Resources, Inc. As the company celebrates 25 years, Andrew’s method remains the same—offer seasoned professionals who consistently put the customer […]

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