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New Orleans Magazine July 2020

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University of Holy Cross Face of Higher Education

  No matter where you are on your educational and professional journey, there’s no time like the present to take on your next challenge, to build a community of like-minded peers and to launch into the next stage of your career. At University of Holy Cross, students of all ages and backgrounds are invited to […]

A New Day

After Russ Greco put his work as a construction contractor behind him last year, he found himself feeling a little lost, so he did what many people do at that stage of life: He began looking for ways to become more involved in the community. “You start to feel a little bit irrelevant when you […]


After sheltering-in-place for what feels like an eternity, New Orleanians are eager for a change of scenery – especially since summer is in full swing. How to “vacation” in New Orleans All events and openings are subject to change or cancellation due to the ongoing COVID-19 reopening phases in New Orleans. Please check with the […]


If you had dined at Tujague’s Restaurant anytime between the years 1856 and 2013 you would not have had to think very hard about what to order. Known as a “Table d’hôte” menu there would be five courses, four of which were pre-determined. The first would be shrimp remoulade, consisting of boiled shrimp with a tangy sauce […]

A Summer’s Reward

Usually the trek to arrive at a New Orleans’ July is not so manic, not so distressing. This year we have all paid a dear price for the journey and we have arrived at a season not usually associated with rewards. Still, our home area does a better job with nature’s beauty than many places. […]

Mellowing with Melon

On a hot summer day of my childhood, there was nothing like an ice-cold watermelon to pick up your spirits. If nothing else, it cooled you down a notch and entertained you long enough to make scary teeth out of the rind. I have since found the pleasure of making colorful summer salads with watermelon, […]

AVO, the Italian Tradition

Italian cuisine has always played an outsized role in the New Orleans restaurant landscape. Sicilian immigrants helped shape the mercantile history of the French Quarter in the late 19th century, contributing definitive local dishes like the Muffuletta as well as the distinctive Creole Italian fare that many New Orleanians grew up with. Homegrown distributors such […]

No Small Thing

[gtx_gallery] Thea Pagel is an expert when it comes to transforming spaces. As an event planner with 30 years of experience, she creates memorable environments for everyone from debutantes to major corporations, including Microsoft and The New York Stock Exchange. So, when she found an unassuming bracket shotgun in need of saving, she relished the […]

Manageable Summer Goals

Three years ago, I made a summer “bucket list” for myself and my kids. It included going to the beach, having a picnic, making a fancy British Pimm’s cake, and going to White Linen Night. I went to the beach with my mom and my kids. Georgia got stung by a jellyfish and threw up, we realized […]

Zooming into the Present

Last year I was complaining about the heat, saying that’s why we can’t never have a Fourth of July parade around here. If people prance around in nothing but glitter and a few feathers for Mardi Gras, which is in February, what would they wear in July? Two stars and a firecracker, and that would […]

Wishes From a Tree

It’s the summer of no summer. Or maybe the Endless Summer. Hard to tell. Either or both. This issue of the magazine addresses the topic of “staycations.” Question: Are there any other kinds of “cations” these days? Me, I’m staycationing in Lacombe, in the woodsy North Shore retreat where my partner lives. I’ve abandoned my […]

Social Aid, New Orleans Style

When Krewe of Red Beans founder Devin De Wulf saw a simple need, providing front line workers with wholesome meals, he jumped into action. He and his krewe members have launched a new initiative, the Krewe of Second Line. New Orleans Magazine caught up with De Wulf to find out more about it, and to […]

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia and Poydras, The COVID-19 pandemic brings to mind the Spanish Flu, which my grandparents lived through, although some of our extended family did not. I even heard that the Southern Yacht Club was a hospital. Is that true? – Ralph Stevens (New Orleans) In October 1918, during the Spanish Flu pandemic, the American […]

Staycation Nation

“Staycations” is the operative word in travel this year. With the world travel market in a tizzy, destinations are appealing to locals to revisit home. That’s the theme of this issue, as it is for many magazines. This is the year of self-discovery. Lucky for us, we have a destination that is far better than […]

Vanessa Motta

“A woman who does what she says and has the results to prove it.” That’s how clients describe Vanessa Motta, a Hollywood stunt woman who became a personal injury attorney. Vanessa aggressively fights for her clients’ rights, ensuring they receive the quality of medical care they deserve. Her slogan, “Send ‘er in,” has made a […]

Reagan Charleston Thomas, Esq.

After planning a career in law as a young adult, no one was more surprised than Reagan Charleston herself when she launched an artistic career as a jewelry designer. Reagan grew up watching her mother and grandparents cut and sculpt copper for their French Quarter gallery, inspiring her to blend generational craftwork and New Orleans […]

Mia Freiberger-Devillier

Businesswoman and restaurateur Mia Freiberger-Devillier is a living testament to the fact that you can have the best of both worlds. Her career is a perfect marriage of her two greatest passions — business management and hospitality — and she puts her skills to work every day at La Petite Grocery and Justine, both of […]

Bonnie Boyd

With more than 300 years’ worth of music, history and culture, there are countless reasons why New Orleans is a top travel destination — and when Bonnie Boyd founded BBC Destination Management on April Fools’ Day in 1992, she sought to share her love for the city’s “embarrassment of riches” with the global tourism industry […]

The Fertility Institute Face of Fertility Treatment

Since 1976, The Fertility Institute of New Orleans has achieved over 18,000 pregnancies. The physicians and specialized staff are dedicated to helping couples start and grow healthy families, utilizing the most advanced treatments available in fertility medicine. They offer the entire spectrum of specialized procedures such as intrauterine insemination, in Vitro Fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, […]

Ursuline Academy Face of Education

At Ursuline Academy, educators believe that true learning doesn’t just happen in the confines of a single classroom: it happens when students are empowered to collaborate, innovate and raise each other up. In this all-girls environment, students are encouraged to challenge each other and explore outside their comfort zones, effectively expanding what they’re capable of […]

Tulane Dermatology Face of Dermatology

Innovators in the treatment of skin diseases, faculty physicians at Tulane University Department of Dermatology provide cutting-edge general dermatology care, as well as advanced treatment of complicated dermatological problems. Led by Erin Boh, MD, Ph.D, the department offers expert  treatments for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and cosmetic dermatology. Their physicians also provide phototherapy, photopheresis and unique […]

Erin Hardy Face of Real Estate

When Erin Hardy renovated an historic shotgun house in 2014, she had no idea she was building the foundation of a career in real estate — but she discovered a passion she’s been putting to work ever since. As a Top Producer at Rêve Realtors, Erin uses her contract and property law knowledge  — and […]

Surgical Specialists Face of Weight Loss

Since its founding in 2000 by Dr. Tom Lavin, Surgical Specialists of LA has become one of the most respected, experienced and comprehensive bariatric programs in the country. The largest private practice in the Gulf South, this group is comprised of seven advanced laparoscopic surgeons specializing in minimally invasive weight loss surgery. As laparoscopic procedures […]

Prime Fitness RX Face of Fitness

If you’re looking for an unbeatable fitness experience where cleanliness and safety are of the utmost importance for members, then look no further than Prime Fitness RX. Owners Mark and Sacha Owens bring New Orleans the EGYM experience that blends state-of-the-art technology with innovative techniques to help you attain your fitness goals, 24/7. “Our exclusive […]

Oak Family Dental Face of Family Dentistry

The Patterson family welcomes you to Oak Family Dental, the area’s top provider of friendly, high-quality dental care. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Troy Patterson, Dr. Margaret “Garet” Patterson, and Dr. Troy Patterson Jr. have combined their diverse dental specialties to provide thoughtful, detailed consultations alongside state-of-the-art technology. Their full menu of services includes root […]

Humana Face of Health Plans

When Rhonda Bagby began her first hospital job at sixteen years old, she did so with one goal: to help people achieve their best health regardless of circumstances. That same core value has been her guiding light through every phase of her career, leading to her position as Vice President of Humana’s Louisiana Employer Group […]

HR NOLA Face of Human Resources

People are at the heart of every business and organization, and how they work together can make or break any team’s success. That’s where Human Resources professionals come in — or as Amy Bakay calls them, “the protectors of culture and the gatekeepers for all codes of conduct.” There’s no “one size fits all” approach […]

Haunted History Tours Face of Historic Tours

When he started Haunted History Tours in 1995, Sidney Smith introduced the concept of paranormal tours to New Orleans, and his company has remained as the #1 choice for learning and celebrating the city’s ghostly lore ever since. Any tour is only as good as its guides, which is why Smith employs the liveliest and […]

Gitter Vein Institute Face of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Richard Gitter, MD, FACS, is a graduate of Isidore Newman, Tulane University, and Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Gitter returned home to New Orleans after serving as Director of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery both in Sioux City, Iowa, and Fredericksburg, Virginia. Board certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Gitter is the Founder […]

Dr. Black Plastic Surgery Face of Plastic Surgery

When you think of medicine, you might not typically associate it with art — but that’s exactly how Dr. Elliott Black and Dr. Summer Black see their profession. Their jobs as Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons require a fine mix of craft, calculation and care.  These skills enable them to help patients “put their best […]

Cox Communications Face of Telecommunications

As the new vice president of Government and Public Affairs for Cox’s Southeast Region, Erin Monroe Wesley could not have envisioned the challenges introduced in 2020. With more than 17 years of governmental affairs, legal, policy and economic development experience, Monroe Wesley is leading through change with a renewed focus on innovation to better serve […]

Brady’s Wine Warehouse Face of Fine Wines

Patrick Brady believes wine is more than just a drink to pair with dinner. Each bottle is unique, and each sip is a sensory experience that connects the drinker with other times and places. It’s a job not taken lightly at Brady’s Wine Warehouse, which is why the staff is constantly exploring, tasting, and selecting […]

Alison Calamia Face of Reverse Mortgage

Who else but Alison Calamia could represent reverse mortgage in New Orleans? After all, she was the one who brought reverse mortgage products to Louisiana in 1991. Calamia leads customers with honesty and integrity through virtually every aspect of the profession, from retail to wholesale to secondary market. “It’s not just about business,” she says […]

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