Stella Reese, Leah Chase Jr., Gretchen Bjork and Dooky Chase Jr. do a second-line through the restaurant with their umbrellas. Since your guests will be out in the sun all day, buy some inexpensive hats—baseball or straw—and use them for the hand-delivered invitation. Just attach a note with the party particulars on it. You can’t […]
Muffin and Jason Muzzy Labouisse, Peter Labouisse, Muffin and Jason, Conny Ullrich and Joe Adriance Muffin with Amy Rosato, Mary Parsons McKinnie, Sarah Doerries, Christine Ullrich, Katie Hardin, Amy Cook, René Ullrich and Leslee McNabb Bill Pohlmann, Vinny Adriance, John Cook, Tony Adriance, Alan Burton, Tony Macklin, Chris McNabb, Peter Labouisse, Muffin and Jason, Joe […]
by HILLARY GOLDEN When chef Gerard Maras approached Ralph Brennan about opening a restaurant and working together again (they had been at Mr. B’s Bistro), they felt it was time to create a restaurant “for locals, by locals.” However, one of the first orders of business was to find a location. Other Ralph Brennan restaurants […]
by ASHER RUBIN Charlie is a gentle soul. He has a successful software company that sells programs to doctors. He’s an engineering type. He’s happily married and the father of two teenagers. The key to his home life is simple: when his wife speaks, he obeys. His principal objective in life is to avoid confrontation. […]
by MICHAEL DEPP It’s a peculiar position to find oneself in when you’re rooting for a restaurant that you don’t really want to succeed. Such was the case for me with Sugar Magnolia, the late Lower Garden District eatery that drew me back on a number of occasions, I guiltily admit, even though the food […]
It’s Bank One Zoo-To-Do time again, so get ready to celebrate! To honor the imminent opening of the Audubon Insectarium, this year’s party theme is “Fireflies & Black Ties.” Kicking off the fun is the patron party—“Grasshopper Showstopper” on May 3 at the Audubon Zoo. Presented by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, the party will have […]
Event co-chairs George Massey and Sheila Davlin flank Dr. Elly Zakris and Restaurant August’s chef (and new owner) John Besh at the Make-A-Wish dinner. Event co-chair Sharron Massey, Richard Buchsbaum, Pam Ryan and Rick Gardner in black-tie or Brazilian hot at the Make-A-Wish dinner. Olympic medalist Johnny Lovell and NYYC Commodore George Hinman Jr. in […]
Dani Cross, event chair Tony LeMon and Mary Ann Haase Dr. Douglas Moodie and Dr. Ed Martin Allison and Will Trist Allyson Bateman, Susan McHugh, Liz Gary and Michelle Pecoraro Julie and John Bevington Bruce Wainer, Yvette Fontenot and St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis Being in the playground as a young child—crawling all over […]
Rickie and Gordon Nutik will be honored with the L’Chayim Award at Touro Synagogue on April 3. This award is given to a couple or individual who have made a significant contribution to the synagogue through their years of membership. This Carnival season, the past Queens of Achaeans held a luncheon at Bacco, with Sheldon […]
Mark McKay, event co-chairs Jennifer McKay and Amanda Jones, and Gladstone Jones HG/GH executive director Stephen Moses and Dee Moses with Janet and Stanwood Duval Gene and Kristen Dry with Clancy and Margo DuBos Bella Luna chef Horst Pfeifer with Joyce and Sidney Pulitzer Robin and Randolph Richmond Tommy Westervelt with Suzanne and Michael Brown […]
Hilary Rubenstein, Eric Bay and Alison Rubenstein Marshall Jennifer Magee, Sugar Weil and Virginia Eckholdt Lucy Bustamante, Jill Hezeau, Mike Theis and Karen Sommer Shalett On Feb. 17, the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street —the home of Rubensteins—became the heart of New Orleans fashion. Upon entering a swank soirée called “Styles with […]
Campaign Celebration co-chairs Carol Good and Alvin Samuels with Madilyn Samuels Bob Merrick, Julie Wise Oreck and Karen Merrick Lisa and Hugo Kahn Bill Goldring, Diane Franco and Alan Franco Joan Berenson, Sara Stone and Byrde Haspel Harry Blumenthal and Bobby Garon It was a commemoration of past and present at the annual Jewish Federation […]
Event co-chairs David and Mary Lucy Lane with Eric Goebel Dottie and Bill Davis with Linda and Tommy Westfeldt Daryl and Maria Daigle Paul McIllhenny with Elizabeth and Rod Rodriguez Deryle and Jessica Bourgeois with Graham and Ann Arceneaux Janet Mora with David and Richelle Voelker Sports and a soirée—an unlikely mix, but one that […]
Carolyn Elder, event co-chair Sandi Smith, Brenda Breck and Juli Miller Hart Maureen Evans, Lynn Skidmore and Annette Wood Sybil Naquin, event co-chair Debbie Alciatore, Jerry Alciatore and Janet Renaudin Virginia Eckholdt, Betty Davidson and Jo Ann Wisdom Yvonne La Fleur as the “Mad Hatter’s Choice” Celeste Marshall and Stephen Putt Teresa Guzzetta and Jacquee […]
Cammie Mayer, Charles Mayer and Connie Kitchen Laverne Welch and Laura Jensen Ed Winter, Jackie Milan and Eugene Priestly Pam Halter, Sonda Nagy and Shaney Cefalue For the first year, Raintree Children and Family Services decided to celebrate a community activist at its annual gala. Because it was the first time, Raintree wanted to choose […]
Lauren Kessler, JLNO president Wendy Beron, event co-chair Veronica Koclanes and Liz Creel Margie Villere, Nell Saussy and M. I. Scoggin Joan Hartson, Joey Marcotte and Marion Bright Kenny LaCour, Mary Grace Rome, chef Bob Iacovone and event co-chair Mathilde Currence Bev Church with George and Fran Villere Melissa Scandaliato, Frank Stansbury and Patti Todd […]
Event co-chairs Steve and Mara Kupperman with Joy and Boysie Bollinger Event co-chairs Richelle and David Voelker with Jennifer Magee Ashton Ryan, Pam Kancher and James Eason Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu with Jeanette and Doug Slakey Event co-chairs Paul and Giselle Connick with Louis Good and Cleland Powell Libbie Harrison and Bob Brown How does […]
Event co-chair Annette Wood, John Duck, Jaye Berard Smith and event co-chair Leslie Stokes Suzy Parker, Louis Wilson, Julia Fremin and Karl Schroeder Jacquee Carvin, Guy Brierre and Rosalyn Weinstein Donna Klein, Stephen and Ellen Manshel, and Ryan Berg Ralph Lupin, NOBA executive director Jenny Hamilton and T. G. Solomon Bill Coates and Cecile Gibson […]
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Stella Reese, Leah Chase Jr., Gretchen Bjork and Dooky Chase Jr. do a second-line through the restaurant with their umbrellas.
Since your guests will be out in the sun all day, buy some inexpensive hats—baseball or straw—and use them for the hand-delivered invitation. Just attach a note with the party particulars on it.
You can’t go wrong with Dooky Chase’s famous fried chicken, fried trout and potato salad! The centerpiece is a candle holder filled with colored gravel, then water and a single lily are added.
Personalize the second-line umbrellas for your guests. Buy umbrellas (these are from Target) and faux flowers (these are from Michael’s). Start by hot-glueing leaves at the top of the umbrella and then on the tips of the umbrella spines. When dry, sew the flowers in place with a few stitches.
Create a showstopping look with this umbrella centerpiece—the metal base is designed by Bev Church with Julia Yerkov.
Jazz Fest is almost here and the excitement is starting to build. This is the time of year when your friends from out of town “just happen” to drop in. House guests are the norm for Jazz Fest, as well as for French Quarter Festival, so make it a weekend that no one will forget.
Begin early by making reservations at your favorite restaurant on the Wednesday night before Jazz Fest begins. Surprise guests with flowers on the table and flower-bedecked umbrella favors. I chose Dooky Chase restaurant because it is one of my favorites and you are guaranteed a fabulous New Orleans meal prepared by the legendary chef, Leah Chase. If you’re lucky, she might even make an appearance and regale you with stories about her historic restaurant.
You and your guests are starting the weekend well fed, energized and ready to dance, eat and shop at the Fest! •