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New Orleans Magazine July 2021

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Streetcar: Vic, Nat’ly and Bunny

  We know the day was the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. It was during the time when Morten Andersen was the Hall of Fame kicker for the New Orleans Saints. On this morning, one of New Orleans’ finest couples, Vic Broussard and his wife Natalie (always pronounced “Nat’ly”) were having a spirited discussion […]

Julia Street: Hubig’s and Merlin’s

Dear Poydras and Julia, I remember as a young child driving to the Garden District with my dad to help him with a job. We used to drive past the Merlin Chocolate Bunny factory. It always enthralled me because that’s where those good chocolate goodies came from. I seem to remember it along Magazine Street, […]

From the Editor

Summer is here, and for many, that means slathering on the sunscreen and seeking out shady spots to protect ourselves from the sun’s relentless rays. For me, growing up in the 1970s and 80s meant doing, or not doing, things to catch the perfect tan or get that healthy “glow.” We did things that would […]

Blackberry Bushels

  Days after New Orleans post-Katrina flooding, a friend put Chef Scot “Scottie” Craig in touch with a group of CNN journalists seeking someone who could feed them something other than military-issued, vacuum sealed M.R.E.s. With his home and restaurant—the popular Katie’s in Mid City inaccessible— Craig was free to eager to help  “I was […]

Northern Exposure

  Travel restrictions are loosening up, which is good news for those wishing to escape the Deep South’s apex of summer and head to cooler destinations, such as Alaska. While foreign-flagged cruise ships may not have returned full force to Alaskan waters, smaller ships within the 49th state offer great ways to explore individual regions, […]

Show-Stopper Spirits

  A jewel box of a cocktail lounge has opened at the new Kimpton Hotel Fontenot in the CBD led by executive chef Chris Lusk and bar supervisor Paula Echevarria. Dubbed the Peacock Room, the new hotspot delivers a bright and vibrant feel during the day and a moody atmosphere after sunset. The interior of […]

In the Meow Mix

  I don’t eat cat kibbles. I would have thought the ladies at Gloriosa’s pool party last week didn’t eat cat kibbles either. It goes to show… I got to explain. My sister-in-law got a gorgeous new backyard pool during the pandemic, and now she is socializing up a storm. Every week there’s another bunch […]

Eat Like A Pro

  Chefs are a lot like the rest of us. They don’t feel much like cooking after a long day at work. They know the pain of preparing separate dinners for partners and picky kids. And when they go out, they just want to relax and enjoy a good meal. There are differences, of course […]

Market Fresh

  Situated along a commercial stretch of Veterans Boulevard is The Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery, an independent outpost surrounded by a sea of big box chains. Owned and operated by Alison Vega-Knoll and Chris Wilson (the former also owns the seafood-centric Station 6 in Bucktown and the later is a longtime veteran of Emeril’s […]

Sheer Beauty

  Makeup by Meggan used on models from left to right: Jewel: Citrine Beauty Oil, Gorgeous Glow Primer, Expensive Skin Foundation shade Porcelain, Tiffany Powder, Expensive Skin Powder shade Cream, Quartz Lipgloss Melissa: Citrine Beauty Oil, Gorgeous Glow Primer, Expensive Skin Foundation shade Light, Tiffany Powder, Expensive Skin Powder shade Natura, Quartz Lipgloss Rupa: Citrine […]

Travel Time

  Whether you’re jetting off to Mykonos or road tripping cross-country, Chufy’s Chit jumpsuit with pockets and contrasting belt will carry you from day to night. Cut from organic cotton and printed in a tropical design inspired by travels through Ancient Burma, it seamlessly pairs with comfy sneakers or sandals for trekking around the piazza […]

Market Menu

  Auction House Market has two new food vendors, further expanding the options available at the chef-driven food hall. First up, Yvonne Molina has opened La Mezcla Mexicana after experiencing success with her tamale pop-up at a local neighborhood bar. The menu features birria tacos, Mexican street corn, enchiladas, burritos and more. Meanwhile, Em Trai […]

News + Notes

TRY THIS Satchmo Summerfest A summer tradition returns with the Satchmo Summerfest at the New Orleans Jazz Museum from July 30-August 1. The music lineup and the food and beverage menus for the 2021 event were not released by press time, but festival goers can expect plenty of both; Satchmosummerfest.org. Museum of the Southern Jewish […]

One Day at a Time

  It’s been two months now. I’m sure, at some point, I will stop counting the days and weeks and months since my mother’s sudden and unexpected death, but I’m not there yet. I still think, every Friday, about the last time we saw each other. Every Saturday, about the last time we spoke on […]


  Back in the hay day of train travel, Southern Railroad’s New Orleans Terminal, seen in this circa 1908 photograph, loomed over Canal and Basin streets at the doorway of the city’s infamous red-light district, Storyville. It was designed by the famed Chicago Beaux-Arts architect Daniel Burnham whose credits include the great “White City” at […]

Poetry in a Glass

  Laura Bellucci created this absinthe inspired daiquiri, as an homage to the 19th century French poet, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, an early advocate of “art for art’s sake.” After spending time in the Caribbean, his writing frequently referenced that tropical paradise, and he saw drugs and alcohol as the best route to said paradise. His […]

Jennifer + Kenny Rabalais

  During the heat of summer, keeping our houses and ourselves cool is a “hot topic.” Luckily, there are many ways to keep the sun and temperatures at bay.  As the husband and wife team that owns Jade, a home design boutique on Metairie Road, and The Plant Gallery, a nursery that offers everything from […]

Payton Malone

  Actress Kristen Wiig – talking about passion and going for your dreams – once said, “You have to do what you really, really, really, really want to do, even if it scares the shit out of you.” As a child growing up in Texas, Payton Malone was terrified of the tornadoes and intense storms […]

Women of Influence 2021

Annette Dowdle — Senior VP, HUB International Gulf South As Senior Vice President of HUB International Gulf South, Annette Dowdle works with regional and national specialists to align employers with proactive ways to achieve mutual goals for their organization and employees. Annette offers 20+ years of experience collaborating with employers on their benefits programs and […]

Sandra Herman Founder, New Orleans Entertainment Coalition

After serving 20 years in state government, heading major departments, philanthropist and strategic advisor Sandra Thompson Herman founded New Orleans Entertainment Coalition (NOEC) to promote global awareness, education, and celebration of the arts and culture as a means to enhance the quality of life, support tourism, and strengthen the economy. As CEO & Board President, Sandra is […]

Olivia F. Scott Founder, Omerge Alliances

Accomplished business owner, former Carol’s Daughter CMO, Assistant Professor, and writer Olivia F. Scott channels her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit through Omerge Alliances, a marketing communications consultancy, and Freedom at the Mat, a wellness brand offering online and in-person short-form mindfulness and movement classes. Omerge Alliances specializes in advertising campaigns, media planning, and branded event […]

Nicole Dorignac Secretary/Treasurer, Dorignac’s

Now entering its 75th year, Dorignac’s has provided generations of families with the foods and specialty items that make their everyday meals and special occasions both meaningful and familiar. Founded in the 1940s by Joseph Dorignac, Jr. and his mother Margaret Dedebant Dorignac, the grocery is still run by the passionate, committed Dorignac family now […]

Laurie McCants Operating Partner/General Manager, Mercedes Benz of Covington

Laurie McCants loves cars and helping others, and as Operating Partner for Mercedes Benz of Covington, Honda of Covington, and Covington Powersports, she found her dream job. Under her leadership, Mercedes Covington received the prestigious Mercedes Best of the Best Gold Laurel Award in its first year of eligibility. Likewise, Honda of Covington is a […]

Kristen Stanley-Wallace Owner, Stanley-Wallace Law, LLC

Kristen Stanley-Wallace always knew she would one day be an attorney who helped others, and as Owner/Attorney of Stanley-Wallace Law, she is known for serving clients with empathy and compassion, traits other attorneys may lack. “Our clients are at the forefront of everything that we do,” she says. “We know that when they visit us, […]

Heather Joseph CEO, River Oaks Hospital

An internationally recognized psychiatric hospital located minutes outside of New Orleans, River Oaks Hospital has served individuals from across the globe. A recognized leader in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma, River Oaks prioritizes quality patient care. “As CEO of River Oaks Hospital, I am honored to say that we are continuously enriching our […]

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP Partners; Michelle Roy, Elizabeth Penn, Erin Wedge Latuso, Amy Maccherone, and Melissa Fuller

With 50 percent female partners, Forman Watkins & Krutz is a New Orleans law firm trying cases throughout Louisiana for over 30 years. The firm’s New Orleans female leadership includes Michelle Roy, Elizabeth Penn, Erin Wedge Latuso, Amy Maccherone, and Melissa Fuller. FormanWatkins is intentionally unique, valuing different perspectives. A commercial, employment, and litigation firm […]

Dr. Devan Szczepanski Founder, DS FAMILY MEDICAL GROUP

Dr. Devan Szczepanski believes there is a picture of health and well-being within everyone. As a Board Certified Physician and Founder of DS Family Medical Group, her mission is to rediscover the art surrounding the science of medicine.  “No two patients are alike,” says Dr. Szczepanski. “My goal is to practice medicine the way Michelangelo […]

Deanna Head Founder/Owner, Unitech Training Academy

As Founder and CEO of Unitech Training Academy, Deanna Head has been responsible for growing an impactful institution that started with one small building in 1997 and has grown to seven statewide campuses that offer field-specific allied health job training to future employees and skilled, well trained graduates to Louisiana’s employers.  Deanna started Unitech as […]

Casey Mintzer President, New Orleans Perspectives

Economist Casey Mintzer started New Orleans Perspectives after seeing a lack in qualitative research with hard to reach populations. “I wanted to be the one to say ‘yes’ to projects that have previously been shut down,” says Casey, President. “We find the people that companies, researchers, and nonprofits want to talk to.” Serving New Orleans […]

Annette Dowdle Senior VP, HUB International Gulf South

As Senior Vice President of HUB International Gulf South, Annette Dowdle works with regional and national specialists to align employers with proactive ways to achieve mutual goals for their organization and employees. Annette offers 20+ years of experience collaborating with employers on their benefits programs and is known for her compassion, authenticity, and dedication to […]

Resources for Older Adults

  Enjoying high vaccination rates among their population, older adults across Greater New Orleans are some of the first people to welcome the world back to a sense of normalcy. Visiting with grandparents and older friends and family is easier now than a year ago, which comes with great relief for everyone. As we regain […]

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