St. Charles Avenue - December 2006

A Deck of Cards

When did the practice of sending official City Hall Christmas cards start? No one is too sure, but the New Orleans Public Library archives’ earliest card is from 1954, when Chep Morrison was Mayor. While each card is unique, the…

North of the Lake

In October, two Northshore schools got into the fund-raising spirit. On Oct. 22, St. Paul’s School in Covington held its annual “Jazz ‘N Roll” benefit. This party is known for its variety of food and drink, raffles, silent and live…

Ragsdale- Magnuson Wedding

Southerners have a way of finding each other in New York City, and despite a blizzard in late January 2005, Katherine Scott Magnuson and George Young Ragsdale II met at an engagement party he co-hosted for friends from North Carolina.…

To Your Health

Turkey is a healthier choice than other standard fare like rib roast or honeyed ham.During the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Mardi Gras, most people confess to gaining about five pounds every year. But according to the New England Journal of…

Special Advertising Section: Holiday Gift Guide

For the Home1. New for the home from Vietri, these white ceramic Incanto candlesticks incorporate shapes and motifs that are favorites of all Italians: de Medici dots, baroque curves, lace, heraldic emblems and deep stripes. Made in Tuscany, the design…

In Praise of Small Spaces

The trumeau mirror over the sofa visually expands the space by reflection.Apied-à-terre, defined as “a foot to the earth,” is a good descriptionofmy small condominium. It’s my piece of New Orleans, my peace of mind,my home away from home. When…

Painting a Picture for the Future

The New Orleans Museum of Art was seeing blue for the American Red Cross’ annual “Humanitarian Ball.” Held the evening of Oct. 14 at NOMA, local artist George Rodrigue (famed for his “Blue Dog” paintings), his wife Wendy Rodrigue, and…

A Patch of Green

Hurricane Katrina extensively damaged the trees and other greenery in St. Anthony’s Garden, located behind St. Louis Cathedral, so some concerned citizens banded together to have “La Fête du Jardin,” a fund-raiser for the restoration of the garden. The Oct.…

Taking the Lead

On Oct. 14, more than 700 guests in black-tie attire gathered at the Sheraton Hotel for the Young Leadership Council and ABC26/CW38 Children First “Role Model Gala, ” themed “Celebrate New Orleans.” This year marked an important milestone, because it…

Guiding Lights

Founded in 1965 by Sr. Lillian McCormack, St. Michael’s Special School has played an important part in the education of New Orleans children, focusing on students with major learning difficulties. The children are known as the school’s special “blue roses.”…

A Smash Hit!

After a year off, the New Orleans Film Festival asked everyone to “Make a Scene” at its kick-off gala on Oct. 12. And those who made the scene at Rosy’s Jazz Hall had much to grab their attention. Patrons had…

All the Right Moves

In what almost turned into a pre-game rally to the first New Orleans Saints game, two of the team’s players—running back Deuce McAllister and quarterback Drew Brees—hosted an evening of festivity and fund-raising for McAllister’s Catch-22 Foundation. The 800 or…

Star Power

For many new nonprofit organizations, the first fund-raiser often sets the tone for galas to come. “Music for Tomorrow,” a group founded by Kabir Sehgal and Brent Reidy, definitely took the concept up a notch for its inaugural event—a benefit…

Just What the Doctor Ordered

A sunny day greeted partygoers on the afternoon of Oct. 4, when Ochsner Hospital hosted “Double Shot for Tots” at its Pediatrics Center on Jefferson Highway. This fund-raiser supports a variety of programs for the hospital’s pediatric department, including training…

The Facts of Life

The art-filled home of Jill and Marc Winston was the site for “Safe Sex in the Big Easy,” a fund-raiser held Oct. 19 to benefit Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. The site was very apropos because the…

On Exhibit

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art was packed to the rafters, so to speak, with 850 people who were there for “O What A Night,” a benefit for the museum held Oct. 21. As a cultural celebration of the South,…

A Savory Repast

7 on Fulton chef Michael Sichel brings an innovative approach to this menu.AppetizersEndive and watercress salad with pears, blue cheese and candied pecansCauliflower risotto with roasted almondsEntréeCrispy redfish with calamari, fennel, arugula and sauce piquanteDessertApple tart with vanilla ice cream…

Entertaining With Bev

Seasonal SimplicityThe holidays call for easy decorating and gift-wrapping ideasChristmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are times when we go all out for decorating and gift giving! Why not make it easy and use items you can pick up at your local…

Along The Avenue

Jet-Stetting, New Orleans StyleThere may be a smaller “footprint” in this city, but people are making tracks all over the place. I don’t see any shortage of planes—I counted six nonstops to NYC in November—and by car, Houston is a…

December 2006

Chef Gerard Maras, Bev and Table One Brasserie co-owner Tarek Tay for “Dine Out for Charity.” Each month, the restaurant will choose a charity to donate funds to, and on Dec. 20, Children’s Hospital will receive 20 percent of day’s…