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New Orleans Magazine October 2022

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Editor’s Note

October is maybe my favorite month of the year. The leaves are falling. It’s a great time to (hopefully) break out some cozier clothes. Halloween is right around the corner, and all of the best fall food favorites are back in season, from gumbo (in all its incarnations) and the return of the best and […]

Fall Fests

New Orleanians hoped festivals would return in 2021, but COVID-19 had other plans for most of them. The good news is festivals are back in full force for fall 2022. There’s something for everyone in the Crescent City’s fall festival lineup. National Fried Chicken Festival Oct. 1-2 FriedChickenFestival.com Admission: Single-day tickets are $15 and weekend passes […]

Game ON

It’s football season in New Orleans! Whether you’re rooting for the Saints or your favorite college team, pigskin pairs well with pig out. If season tickets aren’t on the menu, or if you’re looking for a place to pre- or post- game near the Dome, we’ve rounded up a list of spots where you can chow down and, in […]

Great Adventures

Traveling may double as an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate if one chooses the right locale. Small but cozy towns that still offer great attractions, dining opportunities and a chance to revive in nature may be just what the doctor ordered if you’re looking to escape the harried life, even if only for a few […]

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

The Urvi Dress by Lekha is handmade in India from 100-percent cotton. Fully lined with three-quarter sleeves, pockets and a midi-length, this is a great transitional piece for all seasons. Available at Shop Lekha, shoplekha.com. Handcrafted by artist Alice Trahant Phillips, these Bubble Gum Ball earrings bring the party. Like your own set of little […]


So my granddaughter Lollipop got assigned to write about her summer vacation. If I would have known this ahead of time, I would have palmed her a twenty and told her to say she went to the beach.  But that isn’t what happened over summer vacation. What happened was the  Gunches, as a family – […]

Jackson Hole

We had two hours on our own in Jackson, Wyoming, the town which is known for the surrounding valley formed by the majestic Teton mountains. In Old West parlance, a valley was known as a “hole” so the area would be referred to as Jackson Hole. Our Tauck tour bus was parked in a public […]

Table Tome

Neal Bodenheimer, owner of renowned New Orleans bars and restaurants Cure, Cane & Table, VALS and Peychaud’s is releasing his first cocktail book this month, “Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em,” with coauthor Emily Timberlake. The 256-page hardcover book showcases New Orleans’s iconic cocktail scene through 100 drinks, each chosen to represent […]

Pizza Pleaser

Once upon a time a lack of good pizza was a valid gripe about New Orleans. But no longer. From artisan Neapolitan to blue collar Chicago deep dish to thin, foldable New York-style slices, the Big Easy now provides. To this list you can add Zee’s Pizzeria, which dishes out their New England-style pies from […]

Chad Graci

The hearth was originally the source of cooking and warmth in the home. The modern-day fireplace, which evolved from the hearth, is a focal point of a room and a place for gathering family and friends, especially in the months of fall and winter. Whether finetuning a fireplace as part of your interior design or […]

Aw Shucks!

Hey Julia, Are oysters an aphrodisiac? – Rocco Schmidt, Mereaux Oh, for the person who can give a definite answer to the question! What is definitely true is that the legend has existed, some say going back to Roman times. (Although the Romans probably never needed much to get started, if you know what I mean.) There have been some studies […]

Louisville Thrills

On a cool Kentucky evening Angelique led a tour of visitors through a tree-lined neighborhood known as Old Louisville. She explained that 48 city blocks south of downtown emerged in the Victorian period to house the city’s most prosperous residents. It’s not the oldest section of Louisville, but the most preserved with one of the […]

Louellen Berger

  With our haunted, historic past and the love of all that is theatrical, Halloween is a welcomed holiday  throughout the city. Though the pandemic sidelined many traditional Halloween celebrations, one mainstay that has continued for many decades is the St. Charles Avenue Skeleton House. Each year, the Skeleton House delights visitors with the comical, […]

Hot Potato

Potatoes were not a “thing” in Germany (or Ireland, Scandinavia, or Spain) where they are closely associated with the cuisine, until 1498 when Spanish explorers brought seedling plants back with them from South America. The Spanish allegedly mistook the potatoes for truffles as they were dug from the ground in the same manner as the […]

Breaking Camp

It’s autumn in New Orleans, which basically means it’s just the same as summer except with football and Halloween costumes. I love football and Halloween costumes, so that part is fine with me. I don’t even mind when the temperature dips a little bit. My decade in the frigid Midwest made me wary of autumn […]

Boo To-Dos

Tujague’s is hosting Halloween-themed events this month. First up is the Krewe of Boo Parade Viewing Party (Oct. 22 with balcony access, an open bar, food and private bathrooms). Next up is Poppy’s Pop-Up Drag Queen Brunch (Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m. with a three-course menu and bottomless mimosas). Finally, Tujague’s is hosting a Witches […]


The U.S. Custom House, that somber-looking four-story gray granite Modified Greek and Egyptian Revival behemoth standing as 423 Canal St., ranks among the oldest Federal buildings in the South. Once the second largest building in the United States behind the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the history of its construction is filled with intrigue and […]

News + Notes

“Katherine Choy: Radical Potter in 1950s New Orleans” This exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art (on view until April 23rd) gathers oral histories in the first monographic review of celebrated artist Katherine Choy, who was born in Shanghai but eventually found herself as director of ceramics at Newcomb College. This is the first […]

Sloe it Down

When Jennifer O’Blenis and her fellow co-owners bought Westbank favorite, the Naughty Knight Lounge, they embraced its history but made it their own. She describes the aesthetic for the 50-year-old bar as “your dad’s or grandfather’s basement bar.” Keeping with that theme, they will be serving some forgotten (but tasty) 1970s drinks, like the Harvey […]

Cancer Care   

Using the latest treatments, care options and supportive services, these healthcare and living facilities are among the best cancer care resources available.

Holly MacKenna, MD

Specializing in integrative psychiatry, Dr. Holly MacKenna embraces the sacred feminine aspect in every person to re-create a system which is provider- and patient-centered. She is passionate about improving brain health which has led to her providing assessments and treatment for veterans, athletes and others with traumatic brain injuries within her practice Dara Wellness and […]

Margaret S. Burns, Esq.

In a male dominated arena, Margaret Burns stands out as a female business-owner, an assertive, tenacious personal injury attorney and a dedicated mother to two young boys. Having suffered a car accident herself, Margaret understands the resounding impacts accidents can have. Margaret goes above and beyond to ensure her clients recover in every capacity from […]

Celeste Marshall

When Celeste Marshall began her own journey to homeownership, she planted the seed to what would become a thriving real estate career. A former photographer, Celeste now combines an eye for architecture and design with her keen business sense as a Historic Homes Specialist. Celeste guides her clients in facilitating change, whether it’s selling a […]

Christen Jones

In an industry that so often feels purely transactional, Christen Jones makes the loan process a relationship-based one. Christen’s experience in sales and real estate allows her to establish a foundation of trust on which she creates tailored loan options for each client’s unique circumstances – whether they’re a first-time homebuyer or seasoned investor. “My […]

Tracee Dundas

In Tracee Dundas’ eyes fashion goes far beyond trends – it’s a means of expression, a tool of empowerment and a catalyst for change. Founder and Creative Director of New Orleans Fashion Week she has successfully created a platform and raised attention to the Gulf Coast fashion industry. From designers sought by Project Runway to […]

Lori Byargeon 

Executive Director Lori Byargeon has repeatedly witnessed the tremendous impact of Dress for Success New Orleans (DFSNO) since she began as Volunteer Coordinator nearly a decade ago. Lori now leads the non-profit in empowering women of all ages and experiences to reach economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and career resources. […]

Kat Bosio

While Kat Bosio’s background in law certainly gives her resume an edge, the sincere bonds she forms with her clients are what have kept her a top producing agent throughout her decade-long real estate career. “Assisting clients navigate through a transaction, both physically and emotionally, has a remarkable way of connecting us that I feel […]

Mayra E. Pineda

As President and CEO of the HCCL and board member of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mayra Pineda leverages her access to both high-level leaders and communities to create opportunities for growth on local and national levels. Leading a smaller non-profit means Mayra is deeply involved in every facet of HCCL, from funding […]

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