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New Orleans Magazine May 2021

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Kim Lewis

In a city with an entire parade dedicated to the Roman god of wine (Bacchus, for those not up on our Roman or Mardi Gras knowledge) it’s surprising that functioning wineries aren’t popping up all over New Orleans. When Kim Lewis was looking for a pivot from working in the healthcare industry, wine was a […]

The Dawning of Normal

I don’t know if it’s the change of the season – summer is right there on the horizon – or what, but suddenly I’m feeling plunged back into real, actual life, and I’m not entirely sure I’m ready.  It’s almost bathing suit season, and I forgot to lose 10 pounds (to be fair, though, this […]

You Go Girl

After nearly a year of Zoom happy hours and small shindigs on someone’s back porch, you and your best gals are probably ready for a proper “Girls Night Out.” You know, one that entails getting dressed up in a new outfit that no one has seen, and ordering an Über (because you are nothing if […]

Picnic to Go

  Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery – the new go-to spot for good eats in Metairie – features a chef-sourced meat and cheese case (alongside a basket of Gracious Bakery baguettes), filled with jams, jellies, nuts, crackers, and even the board and cheese knife to go with it all. Chef Chris Wilson, the wine and […]

The Seersucker Revolt

  Revolutions sometimes start in the presence of a bottle of wine. This was probably one of them. A man I know had dropped by the office with a mission on his mind. It was mid-September. A week earlier he had experienced lunch at Galatoire’s with some friends. For the occasion he pulled from the […]

Top Female Achievers

  Each year, New Orleans Magazine features women who are making a difference across the community. The past year has provided many challenges , but each of the 11 Female Achievers we spotlight here have handled the challenges. They’ve put their time and talents into field as diverse as hospitality, design, non-profit work, business and […]

Grace Kaynor

As an interior designer and co-owner of Sotre, a Magazine Street store specializing in sustainable home décor, Grace Kaynor of Grace Kaynor Designs keeps her fingers on the pulse of the design world. These days, she finds the latest trends by visiting virtual markets, which have temporarily replaced in-person markets due to COVID-19. With people […]


Most New Orleanians are familiar with the Old Mint, that hulking Greek Revival building that sits at the foot of Esplanade Avenue at the river, but few know of its long and colorful history. Seen in this 1897 photograph, a worker at the New Orleans branch of the United States Mint counts and weighs thousands […]

Julia Street: Before Juan’s

  Hi Julia, Hi Poydras, Juan’s Flying Burrito occupies the space at 5538 Magazine St., but it was home to a home-cooking restaurant in the 1970s that was frequented by business types, students and neighborhood residents. My husband, a native New Orleanian, fondly recalls the corned beef and cabbage special there. But, alas, he cannot […]

Garden Party

This striking statement necklace is the perfect gift for mom. Great for everyday or a festive soiree, the piece is made from hoplite, jasper and brass on a 19-inch chain, and provides an excellent pop of color. Available at Perch, Perch-home.com. Clandestine’s “Picnic Pack-Up” has everything you’ll need for a lovely get together. This charming […]

News + Notes

  “Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr” Shows are back on at BB’s Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum. From May 21-30, check out “Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr.” Born in Vienna, Lamarr was an actress once known as “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” […]

Down South

  Oxford, Mississippi’s a small town with a whole lot of enjoyment. You’ll want to spend at least a long weekend in this Ole Miss haven to have enough time to follow in the footsteps of William Faulkner, dine your way across town at the incredible culinary options, visit historic sites and hopefully catch live […]

In the Pink

  Latitude 29 owner and tiki maestro Jeff Berry created the Pink Moon during the pandemic when he was really missing his French Quarter bar. He began with a new guava purée that he was excited to try, then added ingredients that represent New Orleans, including Herbsaint, found in the Sazerac, and cognac, used in […]

Snake Eat Snake World

Since this is the May issue of New Orleans Magazine, I thought I would write an homage to all the mothers of the world, particularly my own, this being Mother’s Day month. And then I saw a ginormous water moccasin leap out of a small creek and swallow a green striped garden snake half its […]

Spice is Right

Aficionados of Middle Eastern cuisine have a compelling option in Saj, a picturesque new restaurant on Magazine Street that opened quietly during the pandemic’s peak last summer. With its crisp, contemporary design featuring splashes of bold color and elegant tile, Saj joins a short but notable list of establishments that distinctly levels up the quality […]

From the Editor

I recently ventured out for a small luncheon with some of my girlfriends. Out. Of my house. We had all been thoroughly vaccinated and had waited the proper post-shot wait period, so we decided to celebrate a birthday, as well as our ability to start to go out in public again, carefully. Reservations were made in […]

Taco Time

The Tacos Hennicano at Juan’s Flying Burrito: A Creole Taqueria (juansflyingburrito.com) literally inspired me to write a contemporary New Orleans cookbook (Fun, Funky & Fabulous, Pelican Publishing, 2015). Back in 2013 or so, my then teenage daughter and I wandered into Juan’s Mid City location and these tacos were on offer on the special board: […]

Regular People

My mother-in-law Ms. Larda and her friends are all excited about the Metamucil Challenge.  It ain’t like the ice bucket challenge.  I got to explain.  Before COVID, what Ms. Larda worried about most, health wise, was blockage. Whenever she read a obituary in the paper, unless they specifically stated that the late person was whacked […]

Spring Spritz

  A new bubbly and bright canned cocktail from Ketel One, dubbed Botanical Vodka Spritz, is blooming with real botanicals and has expanded its launch to 11 new states, including Louisiana. The 73-calorie cocktail has no carbs, no added sugar, no artificial flavors or sweeteners and is made from 100 percent non-GMO grain. The Ketel […]

Workers’ Compensation, LLC

Following law school at Loyola University New Orleans, Corey Fitzpatrick started his career defending employers against workers’ compensation claims. After handling many claims on behalf of employers, Corey decided to become an advocate for injured workers. Since then, Corey has represented over 1,500 injured workers and helped establish Workers’ Compensation, LLC as one of Louisiana’s […]

EveryBody Wellness

The premier weight loss and wellness center of New Orleans, EveryBody Wellness offers individualized plans to help clients reach their personal goals. With a staff of Registered Nurses and trained and certified Weight Loss Coaches, EveryBody Wellness is the leading Greater New Orleans provider of the Ideal Protein weight loss plan, a medically supervised, three-phase […]

South Paws Veterinary Specialists

Clients travel from all over the surrounding states to take advantage of South Paws Veterinary Specialists’ services and expertise. Now in its 11th year, South Paws is a locally owned, boutique-style veterinary specialty clinic founded by the late “Dr. Bob” Hancock, a Board-Certified Small Animal Surgeon. The clinic’s focus is providing a reasonably priced surgical […]

Urban Systems, Inc.

The premier firm for providing quality traffic engineering and transportation planning services, Urban Systems, Inc. has been solving transportation issues in Louisiana since its founding in 1974. A Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise that is 100 percent Woman Owned, Urban Systems, Inc. enjoys the distinction of being the prime firm to oversee the completion of the […]


New Orleans and Thailand have a lot in common—Keith and Supreeya Scarmuzza would know, having both lived in these two regions known for their cuisine. A native of Bangkok with a grandmother who grew her own herbs and made her own sauces, Supreeya grew up with a strong sense of what Thai cooking should be. […]

Select Stone LLC

With three locations across South Louisiana, Select Stone is the premier local source for granite, marble, quartzite, quartz and soapstone. Across its New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Broussard locations, Select Stone offers over 400 in-stock colors inspected for quality and consistency.  “Getting involved and partnering with our customers to help them grow and create unique […]

Workers’ Compensation, LLC

As a member of Workers’ Compensation, LLC, Suzette Murphy handles workers’ compensation claims and leads the firm’s Social Security Disability section. She and her team navigate Louisiana residents unable to work through all stages of the difficult Social Security process.   “It’s disheartening to think how difficult the Social Security Disability process is for those […]

America’s Mortgage Resource

Alison Calamia loves dispelling myths, specifically myths about reverse mortgage. As a Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional—and the person who brought reverse mortgage products to Louisiana 30 years ago—Alison enjoys connecting with customers and relaying how this product can transform their lives. To become a Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional, Alison was required to pass a rigorous exam, […]

Crescent City Retirement Group

New Orleans native Anthony Cangemi has been providing independent, local financial solutions since 2008. Anthony is an independent advisor representative with Crescent City Retirement Group (CCRG), a registered investment advisory firm, and also president of Crescent City Insurance Group, LLC. He holds his Series 65 and insurance licenses and is also a Chartered Retirement Planning […]

Team Right Side

In 2018, Sam Poché and Jennifer Saltaformaggio—after decades of success—decided to team up and let their complementary traits create an even better real estate partnership. Considering the tongue-twisting nature of “Saltaformaggio,” the two decided to forego their last names, instead landing on Team Right Side, providing “The Right Realtor, Right Now!” According to Jennifer, Team […]

Southland Plumbing Supply

Originally founded in 1967 by Alan Vinturella’s father, Southland Plumbing Supply has enjoyed consistent growth in both its business and family. Alan joined the company in 1972 and has since welcomed his own children, Chad and Loni, as the third generation of the family business. As President, Alan has overseen the company’s expansion from the […]

New Orleans Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery

Drs. Russell Hendrick and Parker Velargo co-founded the New Orleans Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery and recently welcomed Dr. Celeste Gary to the practice.  “Our objective is not only to provide superior care in surgical and non-surgical procedures but also to establish meaningful relationships with our patients,” says Dr. Velargo, a fellow of the […]

Pet Paradise New Orleans

The trusted local partner for complete pet care, Pet Paradise offers boarding, day camp and grooming all under one roof. A long-time Pet Paradise customer herself, Cheri Duhon joined Pet Paradise in October of 2015 after 18 years with the Audubon Nature Institute. Recognizing the company’s commitment to guests and extensive community involvement, Duhon was […]

Chehardy Sherman Williams

Chehardy Sherman Williams offers every client, whether a business or individual, the same accessible, reliable, and dedicated approach to solving their legal issues. A preeminent Louisiana law firm practicing in various areas and all courts, Chehardy Sherman Williams has received the highest possible rating for ethical standards, professional reliability, and legal diligence. As Partner, attorney […]

Kristi Soileau, DDS, MED, MSHCE

“New Orleans makes people smile,” says Dr. Kristi Soileau, gum disease specialist and cosmetic periodontal surgeon. “There’s nowhere like it—people come from all over for our food, arts, culture, infectious happiness, and even our healthcare services.”  Dr. Soileau would know; as a board-certified periodontist, she’s been in local private practice for 32 years with an […]

Tammuella “Tami” Chrisentery-Singleton, MD

The Louisiana Center for Advanced Medicine (LCAM) was founded in 2019 to fill a growing need of care for underserved patients with rare, chronic inherited blood disorders. LCAM utilizes an integrated multi-disciplinary approach and partners with community providers, academic institutions, public sector organizations, community leaders and surrounding hospitals to provide comprehensive and cohesive care.  “We […]

Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Families across the community and state look to Children’s Hospital New Orleans as the health experts for kids in Louisiana. For more than 60 years, Children’s has delivered expert pediatric healthcare as the first and largest free-standing children’s hospital in Louisiana. Today, the hospital provides unmatched pediatric expertise with a vision to change the face […]

Koga Neurosurgery

Dr. Sebastian Koga is a neurosurgeon specialized in brain tumors and complex spinal disorders. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford (UK), Tulane University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia neurosurgery program. He moved to the Northshore in 2014 and built the first comprehensive neurosurgery program in this region, treating thousands […]

Filling the Nest Luxury Travel & Lifestyle

Private. Exclusive. Unusual. Personalized. Marla Fowler knows luxury travel doesn’t mean the same for everyone. As the Founder of Filling the Nest Luxury Travel and Lifestyle, Fowler is known for creating bespoke adventures for worldwide destinations.  “The discerning traveler is looking for more,” Fowler says. “They just don’t always know what more is, so that’s […]

Vista Shores

Vista Shores is a locally owned and operated private luxury assisted living and memory care community built on the site of the legendary Vista Shores Country Club overlooking Bayou St. John. This state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care community provides exceptional, highly personalized care to seniors in a therapeutic environment that honors the dignity and […]

Dorignac’s Food Center

With a history dating back to the 1940s, Dorignac’s Food Center has thrived for decades thanks to its exceptional customer service and its reputation for stocking a large selection of specialty local and international items. This beloved institution is now in its 4th generation of family-run operation with its 5th generation growing in involvement.  “We […]

Hospice Associates

Founded in 2004, Hospice Associates serves patients facing terminal conditions and abbreviated life expectancies. Sixteen years in, it is considered a leader in its field. The Hospice Associates team compassionately and effectively manages the pain and discomfort of frail, elderly, home-bound people suffering with cancer, dementia, stroke, and heart and respiratory failure in their place […]

Home Instead

New Orleans native Lisa Rabito first learned about Home Instead from the Wall Street Journal—with aging parents of her own, the concept of a local franchise that allowed seniors to remain at home immediately interested her.  For 21 years, Home Instead has offered this crucial service and much more across Greater New Orleans. Today, Lisa […]

Orthopaedic Specialists of New Orleans

An active athlete himself, Dr. Richard Meyer, Jr. understands the harm an injury can do to a person’s lifestyle, whether they’re a pro athlete or someone who just enjoys staying on the move. A board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Orthopaedic Specialists of New Orleans, he has the experience and unique understanding required to give both conservative […]

University of Holy Cross

At the University of Holy Cross (UHC), it’s not one administrator or faculty member who is the face of higher education—it’s the students that fill that role.  “It is our mission to educate the minds and hearts of students,” says Stanton F. McNeely III, Ed.D., President. “Without students, there is no mission.” UHC is an […]

Chehardy Sherman Williams

A founding partner of Chehardy Sherman Williams, David Sherman has played an integral role in the development of one of the most recognized local law firms.  With 500+ years of combined attorney experience, Chehardy Sherman Williams attorneys work in 21 practice areas in all courts.  Sherman offers a multifaceted transactional practice with experience representing businesses and […]

Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

A funeral provider that has served multiple generations of New Orleans families of all faith backgrounds, Leitz-Eagan has a unique history and long-standing reputation of caring for the community in a sincere and compassionate manner, offering honest and professional guidance and support. “In New Orleans, the way we celebrate the lives of those we love makes […]

Brady’s Wine Warehouse

Prior to spring of 2020, Brady’s Wine Warehouse was already known for its robust on-demand delivery business, but once the pandemic hit, the local wine and spirits shop experienced a demand that only a seasoned retailer could meet. Tapping into the team’s creativity and flexibility, Brady’s pivoted during the pandemic’s first difficult months to 99% […]

Oak Family Dental

When patients visit Oak Family Dental, they become part of the dental family. A family atmosphere has always been a priority for Dr. Troy Patterson; since founding the practice in 1980, Oak Family Dental has undergone a state-of-the-art renovation and added both of Dr. Patterson’s children—Dr. Margaret Patterson and Dr. Troy Patterson, Jr.— to the […]

HUB International

Annette Dowdle recognizes that healthy employees are productive employees, and as Senior Vice President of HUB International Gulf South, she works with regional and national specialists to align employers with proactive ways to achieve mutual goals for their organization and its employees. She has enjoyed 20+ years of collaborating with employers on all their benefits […]

Ursuline Academy of New Orleans

Founded almost 50 years before America, Ursuline Academy of New Orleans is the first all-girls’ Catholic school in the nation. The Academy’s nurturing community, diverse by design, fuels every girl’s success. Students with different backgrounds, beliefs and talents feel part of a sisterhood at Ursuline. Starting in early childhood, Ursuline’s Reggio Emilia-inspired approach builds each […]

Doors of Elegance

Doors of Elegance has helped thousands of customers enhance their homes since opening its showroom in 1987.  “When we first opened our business, we exclusively sold New Orleans beveled glass doors,” says Vice President, Laurie Martin.  “We’ve grown with the times, and now we offer all types of exterior doors, from beveled glass, wrought iron, […]

Velocity Agency

Named as one of the top digital marketing and advertising agencies in the country by The Silicon Review, Velocity Agency is a one-stop shop for any company looking to revitalize their brand and grow their business and revenue.  Robert “Trey” Berning, III, Founder, has a natural knack for devising strategies and improving connectivity, necessary ingredients […]

Sanova Dermatology

With over 20 years within the community, the Sanova Dermatology team has prided themselves on delivering outstanding medical care, with an emphasis on skin cancer prevention and treatment, and the most cutting-edge cosmetic and anti-aging treatments while always prioritizing the patient experience.  “If you are looking for an excellent, highly experienced dermatologist, look no further […]

Titan Construction

Whether a customer is looking to build their own high-end, completely custom home or prefers searching the market for a brand new home with exceptional finishes, the Titan Construction name inevitably comes up. Since 1996, Stephen Fleishmann’s company has been delivering quality custom homes and new construction that withstands the test of time. Over those […]

Albright Management Strategies

Rachelle Albright’s primary goal is to expedite positive results during her clients’ construction projects. After 21 years in the commercial general contracting business, Rachelle started Albright Management Strategies, LLC to focus solely on construction management. With extensive experience in estimating, project management, operations and executive leadership, Rachelle affords building owners the opportunity to concentrate on […]

Ruby Slipper

Jennifer Weishaupt believes brunch without exciting recipes, gracious hospitality and eye-opening cocktails is just a sad breakfast. She, along with husband Eric, have brought that passion to each Ruby Slipper Café restaurant since opening their original Mid-City location in 2008.  Born out of the desire to create a welcoming space for her community as they […]

Bliss Bridal

At 25 years old, Katie Yellin opened her first bridal shop with only 30 gowns in nearby Fairhope, Alabama. A Gulf Shores native, Katie loved visits to New Orleans and kept her eye on the city as a home for her second store. Today, Bliss Bridal offers elegant boutiques in Fairhope, New Orleans, and Hattiesburg, […]

Avenues Recovery & Townsend Recovery Centers

Understanding that each person has a unique path to recovery and that being part of a like-minded community helps them find that path is addiction treatment at its best. Avenues Recovery Center, a treasured New Orleans addiction treatment provider, embodies that ideal. Within a few short years, Avenues has become a cornerstone of the New […]

Women’s Health

  The strain and stress of the last year has had rippling effects on both our physical health and economic health. Banding together as a community has kept New Orleans families and businesses moving forward despite the hardships, which have taken a big toll on women who are balancing the demands of jobs and stuck-at-home […]

Spring & Summer Travel

  Along the Gulf Coast, the allure of the water is felt throughout spring and summer, whether it’s the beaches calling from nearby states or the Gulf seafood it provides calling from the restaurants of the French Quarter. Whether you’re spending an afternoon at the oyster bar or gliding along the bay on a paddleboard, […]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

The Sazerac House Store.SazeracHouse.com 101 Magazine St, New Orleans 504-910-0100 Celebrate mom with something sweet from the Sazerac House Shop. Pralines & Cream liqueur, Pralines & Cream candle by Xodo Botanicals and Pralines & Cream Coffee by PJ’s Coffee. All available in-store or for curbside pick-up. NOLA Boards NolaBoards.com 4228 Magazine St, New Orleans 504-2560-030 […]

Faces of New Orleans 2021

New Orleans is a city known for its food, music and culture. But behind those memorable menus, melodious grooves, and colorful city mosaics are its people. In honor of those Big Easy personalities, we’ve selected some of the top movers and shakers in their businesses and cultural fields. They are the voices, the flavor, the […]

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM