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St. Charles Avenue December 2006

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A Deck of Cards

When did the practice of sending official City Hall Christmas cards start? No one is too sure, but the New Orleans Public Library archives’ earliest card is from 1954, when Chep Morrison was Mayor. While each card is unique, the ones produced for Morrison and his City Council seem to have the best stories to […]

North of the Lake

In October, two Northshore schools got into the fund-raising spirit. On Oct. 22, St. Paul’s School in Covington held its annual “Jazz ‘N Roll” benefit. This party is known for its variety of food and drink, raffles, silent and live auctions, and entertainment, provided this year by Nova, the Wagners, St. Paul’s Marching Band, and […]

Ragsdale- Magnuson Wedding

Southerners have a way of finding each other in New York City, and despite a blizzard in late January 2005, Katherine Scott Magnuson and George Young Ragsdale II met at an engagement party he co-hosted for friends from North Carolina. Katherine’s friend Susan, who knew George from University of North Carolina Business School, introduced the […]

To Your Health

Turkey is a healthier choice than other standard fare like rib roast or honeyed ham. During the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Mardi Gras, most people confess to gaining about five pounds every year. But according to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average person gains only one pound over the holidays—but never loses it. […]

In Praise of Small Spaces

The trumeau mirror over the sofa visually expands the space by reflection. Apied-à-terre, defined as “a foot to the earth,” is a good descriptionofmy small condominium. It’s my piece of New Orleans, my peace of mind,my home away from home. When our sons went away to collegeseveral years ago, my husband Matt Moseley and I […]

Painting a Picture for the Future

The New Orleans Museum of Art was seeing blue for the American Red Cross’ annual “Humanitarian Ball.” Held the evening of Oct. 14 at NOMA, local artist George Rodrigue (famed for his “Blue Dog” paintings), his wife Wendy Rodrigue, and several American Red Cross staff members and volunteers were honored at the fund-raising soirée, which […]

A Patch of Green

Hurricane Katrina extensively damaged the trees and other greenery in St. Anthony’s Garden, located behind St. Louis Cathedral, so some concerned citizens banded together to have “La Fête du Jardin,” a fund-raiser for the restoration of the garden. The Oct. 1 event began with an 11 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral, then more than 200 […]

Taking the Lead

On Oct. 14, more than 700 guests in black-tie attire gathered at the Sheraton Hotel for the Young Leadership Council and ABC26/CW38 Children First “Role Model Gala, ” themed “Celebrate New Orleans.” This year marked an important milestone, because it was the YLC’s 20th gala. And the focus of the event—the honorees—remains the same. The […]

Guiding Lights

Founded in 1965 by Sr. Lillian McCormack, St. Michael’s Special School has played an important part in the education of New Orleans children, focusing on students with major learning difficulties. The children are known as the school’s special “blue roses.” On Sept. 23, the school held its annual fund-raiser, the “Blue Rose Ball” at Hilton […]

A Smash Hit!

After a year off, the New Orleans Film Festival asked everyone to “Make a Scene” at its kick-off gala on Oct. 12. And those who made the scene at Rosy’s Jazz Hall had much to grab their attention. Patrons had their own VIP lounge—complete with a bouncer—and got early peeks at the celebrity silent auction […]

All the Right Moves

In what almost turned into a pre-game rally to the first New Orleans Saints game, two of the team’s players—running back Deuce McAllister and quarterback Drew Brees—hosted an evening of festivity and fund-raising for McAllister’s Catch-22 Foundation. The 800 or so people showed up for “Cocktails for Katrina” at Generations Hall raised more than $60,000 […]

Star Power

For many new nonprofit organizations, the first fund-raiser often sets the tone for galas to come. “Music for Tomorrow,” a group founded by Kabir Sehgal and Brent Reidy, definitely took the concept up a notch for its inaugural event—a benefit concert at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall featuring Irvin Mayfield and members of the New Orleans […]

Just What the Doctor Ordered

A sunny day greeted partygoers on the afternoon of Oct. 4, when Ochsner Hospital hosted “Double Shot for Tots” at its Pediatrics Center on Jefferson Highway. This fund-raiser supports a variety of programs for the hospital’s pediatric department, including training for residents and fellows in the pediatric program, and purchasing teaching dolls used to educate […]

The Facts of Life

The art-filled home of Jill and Marc Winston was the site for “Safe Sex in the Big Easy,” a fund-raiser held Oct. 19 to benefit Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. The site was very apropos because the art auction was one of the night’s big highlights. Works by David Halliday, Amy Weiskopf, […]

On Exhibit

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art was packed to the rafters, so to speak, with 850 people who were there for “O What A Night,” a benefit for the museum held Oct. 21. As a cultural celebration of the South, the party had Arnaud’s, Ralph Brennan’s Restaurant Group and Stella! provide down-home fixings and Republic […]

A Savory Repast

7 on Fulton chef Michael Sichel brings an innovative approach to this menu. AppetizersEndive and watercress salad with pears, blue cheese and candied pecans Cauliflower risotto with roasted almonds EntréeCrispy redfish with calamari, fennel, arugula and sauce piquante DessertApple tart with vanilla ice cream topped with caramel sauce 2 onions3 stalks celery1 carrot1 jalapeño pepper2 […]

Entertaining With Bev

Seasonal SimplicityThe holidays call for easy decorating and gift-wrapping ideas Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are times when we go all out for decorating and gift giving! Why not make it easy and use items you can pick up at your local grocery store, art store and florist–and don’t forget about the greenery in your own […]

Along The Avenue

Jet-Stetting, New Orleans StyleThere may be a smaller “footprint” in this city, but people are making tracks all over the place. I don’t see any shortage of planes—I counted six nonstops to NYC in November—and by car, Houston is a hop and a skip away with a good book on tape, though it’s a quicker […]

December 2006

Chef Gerard Maras, Bev and Table One Brasserie co-owner Tarek Tay for “Dine Out for Charity.” Each month, the restaurant will choose a charity to donate funds to, and on Dec. 20, Children’s Hospital will receive 20 percent of day’s proceeds. And, every guest who brings a wrapped children’s gift will receive a free glass […]

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