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The Ride To Read

The New Orleans Public Service began publishing the “Riders’ Digest” on Sept. 15, 1947 as a free weekly brochure for passengers on the company’s streetcars and buses. Copies were first placed in holders inside each NOPSI vehicle. The “Riders’ Digest” served a number of purposes. It was a convenient and efficient means for NOPSI to […]

Children & Working Out

As a personal trainer, two questions that most parents ask after seeing results from their own training are: “Can my child work out?” and “Is it safe?” The reluctance of fitness professionals to suggest weight training for pre-adolescent children is due largely to a concern for injury. This concern has grown from several reports that […]

Gwin – Dupuy Wedding

Dottee and Mac The custom of the single woman who catches the wedding bouquet is the next one to marry proved apt for Dorothy Butler Ives Dupuy. Better known to family and friends as Dottee, she caught the bouquet at a wedding on Friday night, then her boyfriend, Oscar McDuffie Gwin IV—Mac—proposed to her at […]

A map to the statrs of Magazine Street

Whether you shop it all in a one-day marathon ramble or spread it out over a long weekend, we’ve found the must-go-to destinations for a Magazine Street shopping tour. Our tour starts at the edge of Audubon Park and takes us downtown to the edge of the Warehouse District. The first stop is the fashion […]

North of the Lake

The dog days of summer were upon the region when the “Jazz’n the Vines” concert was July 28—when these photos were taken. “Jazz’n” takes place May through October, the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, at Pontchartrain Vineyards in Bush, La. The outdoor evening concert series showcases bands or musicians who play blues, big […]

A Healthy Commitment

In 2001, a group of local physicians and businessmen created New Orleans Medical Mission Services Foundation and began medical missionary work throughout Central and South America. The group’s “Mission Possible 2007 Gala” was held on June 23 at Generations Hall. Featuring a musical performance by Thrill, silent and live auctions, a jewelry raffle, dining and […]

Advocating Equality

Since 1938, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans has worked to eliminate racial discrimination and support equal opportunity. On June 16, the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel was the site of the group’s 28th annual “Golden Gala.”  The event was chaired by Robert M. Stuart Jr., president of Capital One Bank (Southern Franchise), and […]

Kicking their Boots Up

New Orleans isn’t exactly the “Wild West,” but sometimes it’s fun to pretend. On July 21, guests gathered at the Foundry for the “Pink Fling Wingding”—a Western-themed benefit put on by the Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force. Guests donned Western attire—a few wore pink cowboy hats—and entered the party through a corral gate flanked by […]

The Royal Treatment

The first fundraiser since Hurricane Katrina for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater New Orleans was a regal affair. On June 16, special guest Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York—who is also the International Ambassador for the group—joined guests for a high tea at the JW Marriott Hotel. Ferguson and more than 400 guests enjoyed […]

Strutting their Stuff

Some people slave away at the gym to tone their legs up for the summertime. Some diet, and some don’t care.  At “Mr. Legs VII,” Generations Hall was filled on July 14 with legs of all shapes and sizes because it was a fund-raiser that poked fun at typical beauty contests. All the contestants were […]

Sipping into Summer

Guests enjoyed extraordinary pairings of entrées and wine at the renowned annual “Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner.” This event held at the Windsor Court Hotel on July 26 benefited Susan G. Komen for the Cure and was chaired by Angele Darling, Pat Denechaud, Kristi Post and Glenn Vesh. Chefs Scott Boswell of Stella!, Spencer Minch […]

Scouting the Future

Ninety-five years of Girl Scouts was celebrated on June 23 at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. “Rhapsody in Green” was the Girl Scout’s first local fund-raising gala and it proved to be a success. “ ‘Rhapsody in Green’ was a magical evening. We lined up some wonderful auction items and the music and menu were divine,” […]

With Stars in Their Eyes

Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré (affectionately called Le Petit) is known for presenting fabulous plays in a historic building—and it has been doing so for 90 years. The theatre’s benefit on July 23, “Encore! – A Fête for Le Petit” was a party that would have suited even the biggest drama queens and kings. […]

Class Acts

New Orleans Magazine honored some of the city’s brightest and accomplished women at its “Top Female Achievers” awards luncheon on July 11 at the W Hotel New Orleans. Ten dynamic women made the list this year: Tiffany Adler, Carolyn Elder,  Stacey Griffin, Michelle Ingram, Bronya Keats, Barbara MacPhee, Patricia Molina, Dionne Randolph, Tania Tetlow and […]


Fashion is fleeting, cyclical, and sometimes downright finicky. Personal style, on the other hand, is timeless. It’s about taking a trend and making it your own—and sometimes, it’s about knowing when not to. Each of the five locals on St. Charles Avenue’s 2007 list of “Stylish New Orleanians” —a restaurateur, decorator and avid equestrian with […]

Fall Fashion Accessories

This fall, shiny skin is in. Not the kind that needs a powder brush, but accessories stitched from a variety of exotic skins like python and Nile crocodile, camel and ostrich. Shiny patent leather reigns, large sunglasses shield and flatter, cinched belts are back and classic gold jewelry looks more modern than ever. 1. Handcrafted […]

A Local Look at Mediterranean Cuisine

“Lemon juice and olive oil. He put it on everything.” So said my friend Mike about his ex-girlfriend’s Greek father. Indeed, this seasoning duo infuses much of thecuisine of Greece, along with that of other nations along the rim of the Mediterranean Sea. With a culinary tradition extending backwards through time for millennia, Greek cuisine […]

A New Season

La Petite Grocery’s new chef Justin Devillier concocts a menu that deftly mixes the savory and sweet flavors of the fall AppetizerApple, walnut and celery root tossed in white-wine vinaigrette with Roquefort and fresh herbs EntréeBraised shank of Berkshire pork with smothered greens and stone-ground grits DessertPoached pear tart with vanilla sabayon and almond ice […]

Recycle, Create & Celebrate

With the environment being of such concern now, it’s only natural to think of ways of how to integrate that into entertaining. Instead of using paper plates and napkins, plastic glasses and flatware—which destroy trees and fill landfills, to name a few environmentally destructive things—use what you already have in your house: china, silver or […]

Muscling in

Adding muscle seems to be a mystery to most, yet if you pick up a copy of any fitness magazine you’ll almost always see a headline like this: “Gain 15 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks.” If it were so easy you’d have millions of muscle-heads running around. Even though building muscle tissue can be […]

Just Down the Street

Tired of the heat? Ready to look at some cool fall fashions? Plan an afternoon of shopping on trendy Metairie Road, home to more boutiques than you can shake a credit card at. When all that buying wears you out, Metairie Road is also the place for restaurants, salons and other spots where you can […]

St. Charles Avenue Weddings

Dawson – Farris Wedding— by Judi Russellphotos: Oscar Rajo Lindsay & Joe The setting was historically romantic when Lindsay Taylor Farris married Joseph Edwin Dawson on Oct. 14, 2006. The couple said their vows under the magnificent oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, and then entertained kith and kin at an outdoor reception […]

North of the Lake

Ten days after American Independence Day, many of those who live in greater New Orleans celebrate another patriotic holiday to honor the area’s French heritage. This year, on July 14th, downtown Covington was the place to be on Bastille Day when the Covington Association of Retailers, in conjunction St. Tammany Art Association’s 42nd Annual Juried […]

Success Stories

Guests flocked on June 8 to Generations Hall for the 21st annual March of Dimes fund-raiser “Spotlight on Success,” honoring New Orleans’ outstanding single professionals. WDSU-TV’s Camille Whitworth served as the hostess for the evening that began with a complimentary cocktail hour and a buffet featuring dozens of culinary delights from restaurants all over town. […]

Celebratory Sipping

The city was echoing with the clinks of wine glasses and delightful cries of “Cheers!” on Memorial Day weekend. That’s because the 16th annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience served more than 15, 000 glasses from 1,000 different types of wine. Among the weekend events were a series of Vintner dinners at dozens of […]

Dance if You Can-Can

Adecadent and delightful theme —“Moulin Rouge”—mixed in with a hip venue and eye-catching attractions are just part of the recipe for a fabulous party. Just ask the many who attended the Ballet Resource and Volunteer Organization (BRAVO)’s Ballet Ball fund-raiser held June 1 at Republic. The evening was filled with exotic entertainment, featuring Fleur de […]

Springing into Action

On May 20, guests gathered for the “YMCA New Orleans Garden Party”—an early summer soirée of cocktails, cuisine and entertainment at the lovely home of Bob and Carol Pettit. The Orleans Original Jazz Ensemble provided tunes with a local twist. Wonderful food was provided by esteemed restaurants and purveyors, including Whole Foods Market, Houston’s, Back […]

Pump it Up

Chaired by Leslie and Carol Hirsch, the American Heart Association’s “Heart of New Orleans” gala generated funds to support education, research and awareness to prevent heart disease and stroke in the area. It was also a fun, early summer evening filled with gourmet food, cocktails with both live and silent auctions. The black-tie soirée, presented […]

Juleps in June

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society heralded the summer social season with Juleps in June, which took place on June 3 at the beautiful residence and gardens of the Houmas House Plantation, owned by local entrepreneur Kevin Kelly. The gala began at 4 p.m. with bus transportation from New Orleans to Burnside, where the plantation is […]

Opening Creative Doors

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a unique and progressive organization providing young artists the opportunity to enrich their lives through the study of creative writing, visual arts, music and theater. NOCCA is currently in the progress of expanding its campus and designing new programs. NOCCA’s “Art & Soul Gala”—complete with the theme […]

For the Greater Good

On May 21, the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women gathered at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel for the Hannah G. Solomon Awards Luncheon. Women of the Storm was recognized for “Outstanding Community Activism on Behalf of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast” and Carol Good was the special […]

Moving Forward

The National World War II Museum’s Freeport-McMoRan “Victory Ball” was a celebration of things past and to come. The ball’s theme was “The Fruits of Victory, the Joys of Liberty,” which accurately encompassed the museum’s new campaign to add the Liberation and Victory Pavilion, a new museum space that will honor prisoners of war and […]


The Fulton Street corridor adjacent to the Harrah’s Hotel continues to blossom, most lately with the addition of Grand Isle (575 Convention Center Blvd.), the latestventure from local restaurateur Joel Dondis. Designed by architect Lee Ledbetter, the sharp décor is softened through the exclusive use of Fonville Winans’s evocative black and white photographs, which offer […]

A Good Portion

Chef Edgar Caro brings a Latin beat to Baru Bistro & Tapas AppetizerPicada CartageneraNamed after Cartagena, Colombia, whereEdgar Caro is from SaladEnsalada de CamaronGrilled shrimp and mango on a bed of red-leaflettuce drizzled with honey-lime vinaigrette EntréeCarne a la PlanchaGrilled skirt steak topped with red-onion mojoand served with papa verdes Picada Cartagenera 1/2 chorizo sausage, sliced2 […]

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