St. Charles Avenue - February 2020

Shop Talk: Ellen Balkin

What are your responsibilities as Director of Education? I lead Ogden Museum’s efforts to fulfill our educational mission to provide innovative programs and tours designed to bring art and people together. I also foster relationships with area educators, students and…

Bev's Note

We are beyond excited to present the “Game Changer Gala” for our February cover! Thanks so much to Co-Founders Steve Gleason and Michel Varisco Gleason with Host Committee Co-Chair Gayle Benson and Hyatt Regency General Manager Michael Smith for gracing…

St. Charles Avenue’s Couture Wedding Guide

While most New Orleanians are thinking of Carnival this month, for an engaged couple it’s time to start planning for their own big day. So, since it’s time to go all out just like the city, St. Charles Avenue has…

Mary Queen of Vietnam Tet Celebration

During February and March, it seems as if the only event that we can focus on is Carnival – even if you’re not a fan of the purple, green and gold. As King Cakes fill up offices and classrooms, and we…

With This Ring: Bailey – Meachum

In October 2011, two women who were friends at Southern Methodist University reconnected at their 25th college reunion and realized that they both had children attending Texas Christian University. One of these children, Page Carrère Bailey, thought this was a…

Philanthropic Fun: Learning through Art

Christa and Matt Schwartz opened their Uptown home for 225 patrons at “Cocktails for KID smART” presented by Regions Bank. In thanks for their support, signed art prints of “Duckweed #4” by featured artist Marjorie Brown Pierson were distributed to…

Philanthropic Fun: Garden Goodness

Lush garden-inspired tablescapes and votive lanterns flickered around The Pavilion of the Two Sisters for “Magic in the Moonlight,” the first event held in this new venue. Proceeds from the Botanical Garden Foundation benefit will be used to restore the…

SNAPSHOTS

Dawn Bradley Fletcher and David Schlakman attended the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter “There’s No Place Like Home” gala, held at the Audubon Golf Clubhouse in May, to celebrate the shelter’s 10th anniversary and present the first ever “Jackie…

Philanthropic Events Calendar

February 1 “Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service, 828-6334 9 11th annual “Recycled Fashion Show,” benefiting House / Grace House, 821-7134 12-13 “Taste America,” benefiting James Beard Foundation, 583-5550   March 4 “Student of the Year Kick-Off,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma…

ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center

It is possible Carnival is the only time of year “Who Dat” chants are drowned out by another equally passionate exclamation. In the coming weeks “Throw me something mister!” will reign supreme as young and old alike jockey to receive…

Performing Arts: February

2 Something Rotten! Set in 1595, this hilarious comedy tells the story of two brothers’ efforts to write the world’s very first musical. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, LePetitTheatre.com 9 Viagara Falls On Charley’s 77th birthday he’s…

Philanthropic Fun: Southern Hospitality

Drenched in Louisiana flora, tropical greenery, sparkling votive lighting and regal purple hues, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomed approximately 400 patrons to its annual “O What A Night!” gala for an celebration of the best of Southern art,…

Philanthropic Fun: A Legal Legend

The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women presented Madeleine M. Landrieu, Dean of Loyola University College of Law, with the prestigious 2019 Hannah G. Solomon Award. Dean Landrieu has spent a large part of her…

Philanthropic Fun: Sips and Spirits

More than 200 partygoers filled Broussard’s Restaurant and Courtyard for the “Spirit of the Vieux Carré Gala” benefiting Vieux Carré Commission Foundation. The gala benefits the mission of the VCC Foundation and funds the programming for the following year of…

Young Bloods: Todd Wackerman

While working as a science teacher in New Orleans, Todd Wackerman faced a common dilemma: lab materials are often outside the school’s budget. To help other educators facing a similar issue, Wackerman created the STEM Library Lab, an equipment share…

Philanthropic Fun: Shining Supporters

Junior Achievement hosted a celestial “City Stars Soirée,” themed “The Stars Align for You” presented by Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. This year’s gala was attended by approximately 325 supporters of JA’s mission to empower students to own their economic…

Morgan's Note

My son is in Christmas withdrawal. As we packed up the Christmas tree, he lovingly rang the bell in his favorite ornament, and then, when the box had been closed, patted it and said, “bye-bye, ho, ho, ho.” I know…

Philanthropic Fun: A Celebratory Citizen

United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s annual gala, backing the nonprofit’s mission to eradicate poverty in the region, presented the esteemed Alexis de Tocqueville Award to 2019 honoree Roger H. Ogden. Upon receiving the award, Ogden said, “If you can paint…

Doubling Down on Decadence

Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras have much in common when it comes to food – neither holiday feels complete without the over-the-top sensory experience of decadent meals, a little wine or a fancy cocktail and sweet, sharable desserts. And whether you’re indulging…

What's Hot: Mardi Gras

1. Even your parade eyewear will have pizazz with a pair of Francis Klein frames, handmade in Paris and embellished with petite crystals. Art & Eyes, 3708 Magazine St., 891-4494, ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com 2. Decorate well and do good with a silky bead…

Out to Lunch

“Lunch like a queen, dine like a pauper”: that’s my motto. I relish meeting friends for a meal in the middle of the day to try new dishes and check out new places, because come evening I want to be…

Philanthropic Fun: Illuminating Hope

“Light Up the Night” benefitted Lighthouse Louisiana and raised more than $60,000 to help empower persons with disabilities through services, employment and advocacy. The beautiful Women’s Opera Guild Home hosted a packed house with more than 150 attendees. The Goldring…

Student Activist: Gabriel Joseph Wright

“The most important feeling I’ve gained from my activism has definitely been humility. As a result, I personally view situations differently and always remember to think of those who have it so much worse than I,” says Gabriel Joseph Wright,…

Philanthropic Fun: A Toast to Home

New Orleans itself set the theme for Lambeth House’s annual gala, which took place on the grounds of Lambeth House and allows the organization to support its residents in times of need, to make improvements in our community and for…

Breakfast Opulence

Café Normandie’s Stuffed Crawfish Bisque Buckwheat Crepe  12 Buckwheat Crepes (*recipe below) 2 pounds Crawfish Bisque (*recipe below) 2 pounds bechamel (*recipe below) ½ pound fresh Morel mushrooms  Olive oil 3 Shallots, chopped 1 pound Louisiana crawfish tails 12 large…

Shop Talk: Robert Lyall

Tell us a little about what you do for the New Orleans Opera Association. My formal titles are the General and the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera. This first title is one with an administrative focus and the…

St. Charles Avenue's 2020 Valentine's Gift Guide

Art & Eyes (504) 891-4494 ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com PLATOY CAT SUNS by Akira Ishiwatari are homemade by artisan Fabio Stramare and available at Art & Eyes, $595.   Ballin’s LTD (504) 866-4367 BallinsLtd.com Bee My Valentine by Julie Vos both at Magazine…

St. Charles Avenue's 2020 Bridal Resource Directory

BEAUTY SERVICES   The Spa at Windsor Court 300 Gravier St., New Orleans (888) 441-0137 WindsorCourtHotel.com/spa   Woodhouse Day Spa 5004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 504.584.4004 WoodhouseSpas.com   BOUTIQUES - CLOTHING, LINGERIE, ACCESSORIES   Ballin’s 2917 Magazine St., New Orleans…