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St. Charles Avenue August 2008

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School Days

1   Grace Manthey with her mom Lisa Manthey, 2008 Gator Run chair, Saturday, March 15, at Audubon Park for the 27th annual Gator Run benefiting the Holy Name of Jesus School. This year’s theme: “Gators Go Green”! 2   Adele Michaelis Ralston (1994) holding Riley Ralston, Joan Pilliod Michaelis (1954), Laura Michaelis Vickery (1979) and Laura […]

A Love for Literature

The first New Orleans Public Library bookmobile debuted in June of 1940. Bookmobiles traveled the streets of New Orleans for the next 39 years, reaching out to people in neighborhoods that didn’t have their own library branch. The service was needed and enjoyed by many residents of the city but as more neighborhood branches were […]

Calendar of Events

AUGUST 2    Whitney White Linen Night, benefit for the Contemporary Arts Center, 528-3805,    www.cacno.org. 3    Annual Chairman’s Reception, benefiting the Louisiana Restaurant Association,    454-2277. 23    10th Annual CHARish the Children, benefit for the Louisiana Children’s Museum,    586-0726 x206. 23    8th Annual Hope Gala, benefiting American Cancer Society, 469-0021. 23    Pink Ribbon “Bling Bling Fling,” benefiting […]


1   Dr. Elizabeth “Terry” Fontham, National American Cancer Society president-elect; Dr. Charles Brown, St. George Medal recipient; Terry Birkhoff, associate state vice-president, Louisiana American Cancer Society; and Brad Grundmeyer, American Cancer Society Executive Leadership Council president,gather to honor Dr. Brown for his accomplishments, which include over 20 years of volunteer service with the ACS. 2   […]

The Spice of Life

Do you exercise regularly several times a week and consider yourself to be in good shape but then do a fun run on the weekend or go skiing for the holidays and end up feeling as if you were run over by a train? Perhaps you’re just bored with the same old workout, you’re struggling […]

Discovering Metairie Road

On the ABC-TV show Desperate Housewives, the women who live on Wisteria Lane have deep, dark secrets. On Metairie Road it’s the shops, restaurants and office buildings that store the secrets and you’re the one likely to dig up the hidden items, exquisite gems and killer prices. Take Imedla’s (501 Metairie Road), for instance. The […]

Wortham–Brown Wedding

Simonne &  Taylor It was on the tree-lined campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville where Simonne Baldwin Brown, an underwriter for Continental Underwriters, Ltd. and John “Taylor” Wortham, an investment manager for Patriot Investment Management, first met. Though Simonne earning her master’s at Vanderbilt and Taylor moving to Washington, D.C. to earn his master’s at […]

Kilgore-Lutkewitte Wedding

Erin & Parker Studying for the Bar exam doesn’t seem like it would be an exciting time for any future attorney, but for Erin Gillen Lutkewitte, her studying came with a surprise. Her boyfriend, Charles “Parker” Kilgore was studying with her, so on their last night of freedom, before what was to be their final […]

Kearney-Wood Wedding

Lacey &  Patrick When it came time for Patrick Kearney, private chef and owner of Toque Private Chef Services, to propose to his girlfriend, Lacey Wood, assistant to the captain of the Krewe of Hermes, he decided that champagne and candles just weren’t going to cut it. Instead, Lacey came home one day to find […]

Kalozdi-Hankins Wedding

Stephanie & Kicker The hallway of a college dormitory isn’t exactly where a girl would go to find Mr. Right but that’s where Stephanie Christine Hankins found hers, Jeno Joseph “Kicker” Kalozdi, at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Kicker was the hall liaison two floors below Stephanie, where she was an RA, and on […]

Hansel-Cross Wedding

Tonya & Andrew Many people would be incredibly offended if someone spilled a cocktail on them, but when Andrew Troy Hansel spilled his drink on Tonya Renee Cross while out with friends, it was love. To make up for his clumsiness, Andrew asked Tonya on a date and the two dated for more than three […]

Gaines-Poche Wedding

Whitney and Clark Family has always been an important part of Whitney Rials Poché’s life. Her boyfriend of two and a half years, Clark Gaines, took that into account when he waited for a weekend when Whitney’s parents, Brenda and Tom Poché, came up to visit her in Columbus, Ohio. While Whitney and her mother […]

Brewster-Craig Wedding

Caitlin & Hyder Both Caitlin Kelly Craig and Gary “Hyder” Brewster Jr. knew of each other while they attended Louisiana State University, yet they never formally met. They went to the same parties, knew the same people, had the same interests… but for three years, never ran into each other. It wasn’t until July 2005, […]

North of the Lake

The Junior League of Greater Covington, in conjunction with the Northshore Kiwanis, St. Tammany Parish, Franco’s Athletic Club and WGSO 990 AM, presented “A Celebration of Pure Imagination” on April 27. The event to raised funds toward construction of the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, a joint initiative of the JLGC and St. Tammany Parish. […]

Research Advances

Special guest Margaret Orr, meteorologist with WDSU-TV, presided as mistress of ceremonies on Tuesday, May 13, at a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton honoring The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The luncheon featured presentations by M. D. Anderson Cancer Center faculty members. Thomas Burke M. D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief, addressed attendees […]

Fashionable Folks

Some familiar faces took to the runway at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Thursday, May 8 for the Raintree Children and Family Services luncheon and celebrity fashion show. The event featured art, wine, gifts and celebrity models strutting the catwalk in fashions by Talbots, Jos. A. Bank and Lazy Bug. Chaquita Johnson received applause […]

Apple for the Teacher

On May 15, Teach for America Corps directors, members and educational leaders gathered at the home of author Michael Lewis to speak about their work and raise funds for the Sponsor a Teacher program. “It was an amazing night,” says Trish Kelly, development coordinator for Teach for America in Greater New Orleans, “Bringing community leaders, […]

Women of Substance

Over 400 guests gathered at the Audubon Tea Room May 9, for the 13th annual Women of Substance Luncheon. Grace House, a long-term residential treatment facility for chemically dependent women, organized the luncheon to present honors to women in law enforcement. Colonel Anella Wilson-Joseph was honored as a Woman of Substance, as were Keva Landrum-Johnson, […]

Grape Evening

When the theme of a party is “Amazing Grapes,” the dinner by Chef Horst Pfeifer and wife Karen, the venue The Foundry and the beneficiary the Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses, you can bet the wines on auction and on your table are not “chateau screw-top!” The 2008 Amazing Grapes Fine Wine and Entertaining Auction, underwritten by […]

Seersucker Sippin’

There was no questioning that it was springtime at The Shops at Canal Place on May 16, as guests donned their finest seersucker suits and dresses for the fourth annual Sippin’ in Seersucker. The benefit for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans also featured fabulous music, cuisine and cocktails, as well as […]

Oldies But Goodies

Old fans and new fans alike gathered at the House of Blues for the seventh Annual Ponderosa Stomp on April 29 and 30, to see the great bands of the past. “We were sold out both nights,” says Dr. Ike Padnos, founder of Ponderosa Stomp and president of the Foundation Board. “This year, we returned […]

Crépuscule Celebration

On a balmy afternoon, Pitot House, the colonial-era house on Bayou St. John, opened its doors for its first benefit since Hurricane Katrina. Gentle breezes and Dixieland jazz blew across the bayou. The combo beckoned patrons, preservationists,pre-booked party goers and curious tourists to join in the fun. Some spread blankets on the lawn while others […]

For the Birds

Birds of a feather flocked to the Audubon Zoo on Friday, May 2, for the Chase Zoo-To-Do, benefiting the Audubon Zoo. Patrons gathered early for a party at 7:30 p.m., with the rest of the guests heading into the gala at 8:30 p.m. Invitees dressed their summer finery, black ties for some and white linen […]

Sensational Sushi

One of the more dramatic ways in which our food culture has changed in New Orleans in the last few decades is the abundance of Japanese restaurants. Sushi really took off in the U.S. in the 1980s, and New Orleans has been no exception to the general trend. Not even Hurricane Katrina was enough to […]

Rich Transitions

APPETIZER: Smoked Vidalia Onion and Asparagus Soup ENTREE: Grilled Lamb T-Boneon a candied pecan smoke shiitake mushroom salad, parsnip purée and rosemary lamb demi-glace DESSERT: Goat Cheese Caramel Pot de Crème   Smoked Vidalia Onion and Asparagus Soup:1/2 pound butter1/2 pound flour6 medium Vidalia onions, quartered   and smoked for 1 hour 4 each fibs of celery, […]

Picture Perfect

Everybody wants to look great in photos – especially on your wedding day. Your makeup is an important part of your overall look; it should enhance your appearance and not make you feel like you’re wearing a mask. Since you’ll be photographed and/or videotaped, the camera lights are a specific concern. These lights tend to […]

What’s Hot for Itty-Bitty Back to School

When prompted to think about “back-to-school,” the mind wanders through red falling foliage over cracked, grounded leaves, onto school buses and off into new-pencil-scented classrooms. Scenic images of little hands waving from the last window of the school bus don’t often relay the calamity-laden journey taken before Timmy or Tammy got on that dang bus. […]

Fiesta Time

My daughter Gretchen was born in New Orleans lived in Piedmont, Calif., for 20 years. She returned to New Orleans to attend college, finished law school at Tulane University and worked for Couhig Partners for three years. Now she’s Chicago bound, but will never completely say goodbye to her friends and family here in New […]

Along the Avenue

It is time for polo shirts, pink pants and cabana stripes – and I’m not just talking about on the gals. But before summer’s hottest month sweeps away our early summer memories, let’s look back at a few of June’s parties. For many, these were the last hurrah before debunking for Highland, the Hamptons, Aspen, […]

A Note From Bev

Everyone loves the Louisiana Children’s Museum Fundraiser “CHAIRish the Children” and this year the 10th annual Gala will be Saturday, August 23rd at 420 Julia St. Thanks so much to our cover models, Co-chairs Elizabeth LeBlanc, Melissa Scandaliato, Board President, Brian Quirk, Chef Brian Landry and Steve Hemperley, representing Capital One. You all know that […]

On the Cover

For 21 years, the Louisiana Children’s Museum has played an important role in the lives of local children with its programs, classes and exhibits that bridge the gap between learning and fun. It is truly a shining gem in a city where there’s so much to learn. But who says kids have all the fun? […]

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