St. Charles Avenue - December 2013

Local Wedding: Barnard-Favrot

Elizabeth “Betsy” Barnard and Thomas Blackburn Favrot III were introduced through Betsy’s friend who volunteered with Thomas at the Houston rodeo. Thomas asked Betsy to dance at Gallant Knight Bar, which featured a jazz band every Thursday. Betsy didn’t realize…

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars Celebrates 20 Years

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars celebrated its 20th anniversary with its “Golden Tassel Gala” on September 27. This evening of fun regaled its guests with a cakewalk, auction, raffle and a whole lot of Creole and Cajun cuisine. This incredible organization…

What to Know Before You Helm an Event

From St. Elizabeth’s Guild’s “Activist Luncheon” to Audubon Institute’s “Zoo-To-Do,” Peggy Laborde has chaired them all – well, almost. So when researching all there is to know about what responsibilities, perks and surprises might be in store if you say,…

New Orleans Welcomes Newport

New Orleanians have had a long history with Newport, Rhode Island, starting in the 1930s when J. Edgar Monroe bought Rosecliff in Newport for $50,000. Jimmy and Minnie Coleman and Lynne and Hunter White have houses in Rhode Island and…

The VCPORA’s 75th and Most Successful Fundraiser Yet

Deemed by organizers as the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents & Associates, Inc.’s most successful gala ever, the “75th Diamond Anniversary Gala” made the historic Cabildo in Jackson Square sparkle on September 28. Co-chaired by Brenda and Michael Moffitt, the…

Luxury Gift Guide

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On The Cover

When the time comes each year to choose St. Charles Avenue’s Activists of the Year, we end up with a list much longer at the end of the meeting than it was when we started, and if you were listening,…

A Note from Bev

What a special month for our magazine! Our December cover honors six incredible New Orleanians who are making a positive impact on our city through countless volunteer hours and their own monetary resources. Congratulations to: Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin, Boysie Bollinger,…

An Action-packed Evening at ACS’s "Dressed to Cure"

A late September evening saw the 13th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball” at Mardi Gras World honor 20 men and women who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer. The “Dressed to Cure” theme accented the elegant evening,…

Cruisin’ the Crescent

Recently I was looking through an old picture book of New Orleans from my great-grandfather’s era. As I flipped through the pages, it dawned on me that we have more in common than our DNA. You see, I’m in my…

10 Top Beauty Gift Ideas

Dear Santa, I hope you’re rested for your big trip. I want you to know that I’ve tried to be good all year. I’d really like it if you could bring me these 10 things:    1. Guerlain ‘Liu Holiday…

Q& A with Yvonne La Fleur

How did you get your start in the business? My French-Canadian aunts taught me everything I know. By 11 years old I could cut a pattern and sew my own designs. When did you open your first store? In the…

Catholic Cultural Heritage Center Unveils Its New Exhibition

The Catholic Cultural Heritage Center threw a celebratory gala on October 4 to mark the opening and serve as a preview for the long-awaited exhibit, “The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: The Life & Ministry of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan.” Held…

What’s Hot for Jewelry

This wide diamond cuff bracelet is perfect for any lady wishing to shine this holiday season. Gently crafted, the gold and diamonds will surely set off your skin tone, if you can tear your eyes away from the sparkle. Adler’s,…

Q&A with Cristy Cali of Cristy Cali

When did you start designing? I started designing for my mom’s shop, Sterling Silvia, when I was 16. How have your designs changed? My first designs were more literal – streetcars and pelicans – now they’re more contemporary. They are…

“Good Students Gala” Honors Female Media Professionals

The Childhood and Family Learning Foundation held its “Good Kids + Good Health = Good Students Gala” at the St. Charles Avenue home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe on October 9. A philanthropic organization focused on helping students receive the…

Citrus Cheer

Chef Ray Gruezke shares his Drum With Orange Broth Mussels and Grapefruit Salad

Vieux Carré Commission Foundation Hosts a “Gala at Galatoire’s”

Four hundred guests attended the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation’s smash of an event, “Gala at Galatoire’s.” Held in the historic restaurant, this glittering affair successfully raised money for the Vieux Carré Commission, an underfunded city agency seeking to preserve New…

New Orleans Restaurant Bars to Try This Holiday Season

The holidays … Guests visit. Elaborate dinners are held every night. Whether you want to escape the family or you just need to improvise on some holiday cheer, saddling up to the restaurant bar downtown is always a good option,…

OnStage Performance Calendar

DECEMBER Through Dec. 15 | A Tuna Christmas This installment in a series of comedic plays taking place in the fictional small town of Tuna, Texas, follows the town’s Christmas festivities, which include a competitive lawn display contest and an…

Cancer Crusaders Honors 12 Active Survivors

The afternoon of September 26 saw the 13th annual Cancer Crusaders “Celebration of Life” luncheon held in the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Honoring notable local cancer survivors, the luncheon was lavishly attended by both present and past honorees. Chaired by…

Activists Of The Year 2013

St. Charles Avenue magazine is proud to present its Activists of the Year 2013: • Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin • Boysie Bollinger • Julie Livaudais George • Susan Read Johnson • Allen Toussaint • Rod West By honoring these six locals,…

Grocery Matters: The History of Solari’s

For over 100 years, Solari’s was one of the primary food destinations in New Orleans for local shoppers and tourists alike. Operated from 1864 until the 1920s by the Solari family, the shop was known for its exotic imported offerings…