St. Charles Avenue - December 2004

Gift Giving 101

A chicken. Yes, that would be perfect. A nice ceramic chicken. Ooh, and the top half comes off, revealing a space below for cufflinks and collar stays. What a bonus! An absolutely perfect gift for Cheryl’s husband for the holidays.…

Fuselier-McConnell Wedding

When Melissa Lee McConnell and John Prentice Fuselier wed on August 7, it was a culmination of a journey that took them from where they grew up—Melissa in Mobile, Ala., Prentice in New Orleans—then meeting at University of Alabama, moving…

North of the Lake

On Oct. 9, Christ Episcopal School celebrated its 20th anniversary. More than 350 people attended the event held in the campus’ gym, including current parents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff. Special door prizes were given to attendees who had…

Be in the Picture

The Cancer Crusaders would like to “Picture Cancer Cured,” and they invited others to join them on the night of Oct. 16 for its annual fund-raising event. This year’s sold-out soirée took place in Hotel Inter-Continental’s Grand Ballroom, which was…

On the Buy and Buy

Conspicuous consumption never played so well than at Saks Fifth Avenue’s “Key to the Cure” kick-off gala and shopping weekend. The kick-off party on Oct. 14 drew a large crowd that filled Saks’ three floors, where partygoers could find food…

Getting off the Ground

The invitation requested “creative chic attire,” but whatever guests donned on Oct. 8, a fantastic time was had by all. The Idea Village’s second annual fund-raiser, “What’s the Big Idea,” was held at the Renaissance Arts Hotel—and the “Big Idea,”…

The Top Ten

The Family Service of Greater New Orleans’ “Ten Outstanding Persons Gala” took place on Oct. 21 at the Audubon Tea Room. The gala is held to recognize ten people in the community for their civic, volunteer and charitable contributions. This…

Park Place

This year, City Park turned 150 years old, so there was naturally much cause to celebrate. The Friends of City Park threw its annual “Lark in the Park” event on Oct. 8, when almost 1,000 brave guests faced the stormy…

Moving Pictures

Event co-chair Jude Swensen wasn’t the only person who enjoyed herself on the night of Oct. 10. Of course, she may have been the only one serenaded by the wait staff at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans in honor of her…

Making Magic Happen

The clear tent was draped in tiny white lights, while on small tables mushroom-shaped lamps glowed through their toppings of flower petals. Where was this fetching setting? Washington Square Park, which was the site for Girls and Boys Town of…

An Odds-On Favorite

The sign read, “Welcome to Fabulous Paws Vegas,” and with Elvis wondering around Generations Hall, it would be hard not to realize that the theme of the LA/SPCA “Howling Success” fund-raiser was “Viva Paws Vegas.” Held Oct. 22, the soirée…

Floor Show

It was definitely “O, What a Night,” for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s inaugural gala on Oct. 22 at the museum. The artwork was the décor, so to speak, as were the crowds who packed the five floors of…

Divine Decadence

I adore eggnog, as does my husband—and we seem to have passed our pronounced passion on to our offspring. I am now forced to confess to purchasing eggnog as soon as it arrives each year (often as early as mid-October)…

Seasonal Sustenance

Appetizer: Salmon rillettes with herb blinis and salmon caviar Salad: Confit of duckling salad with butternut squash and pomegranate Entree: Double-cut pork chop pan-braised with an apricot and onion compote, and served with duchess potatoes and french-cut green beans Dessert:…

Jewelry

Two words to describe this luxurious creation by Adler’s: fabulous color. Glowing apple-green tsavorite, bright poppy-pink sapphires and brilliant star-white diamonds set in an 18 kt. yellow gold crescent-shaped necklace is almost as much a delight to behold as it…

Showered with Praise

It was a night of possibilities, but there was one that was in the forefront of peoples’ minds—supporting New Orleans Outreach. This group’s annual fund-raiser, “Brainstorm,” took place on Oct. 23 at the comfortably chic home of Terry and Liz…

Symbol of the City

Since 1727, locals have worshiped on the site of the St. Louis Cathedral. French engineer Adrien De Pauger and engineer-in-chief Leblond de la Tour designated the area, and it was the first building in New Orleans constructed in the briquete…

Comfort and Joy

It’s hard to describe the living areas of Boody and Remy Fransen’s State Street home without reaching for the word “not”: not cluttered, not stuffy, not overly formal, not cliché. “A neighbor recently walked through and said, ‘My, it looks…

Breakfast is Broken

My wife had an excellent suggestion on a recent Sunday morning after we tried, unsuccessfully, to have brunch at two separate Uptown restaurants: “Why don’t we open up a place and get people really excited about it with a lot…

Trips and Treats

Since its inception in 1995, “Sentimental Journeys” has been the benchmark for fund-raisers—the food, the wines, the décor and auction items can be considered the best in the city. This year’s gala was no exception, especially with such talented people…