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St. Charles Avenue December 2008

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Ornamental Orleans

Canal Street has long been the destination of holiday display enthusiasts, but the appearance of Maison Blanche’s Mr. Bingle in November 1948 was a defining moment. From the ’50s until the mid-’80s, 15-minute Mr. Bingle puppet shows in the department store windows entertained shoppers all day. Further up Canal Street in the 4500 block, the […]

Letter to the Editor

JL Foundation:We were extremely disappointed after receiving calls from our sponsors regarding the article published about Fête la Vie in your September issue of St. Charles Avenue Magazine. The article inaccurately identified the ladies of the Junior League Foundationof Greater Covington, their  volunteers and guests as responsible for coordinating, putting on and attending the Fête […]

December Calendar

December 3    Dr. Ana Pou Defense Fund Fundraiser, benefits the Dr. Ana Pou Defense Fund,    danahansel@hotmail.com or winb@cox.net 4    Alexis de Tocqueville Award Celebration, benefits the United Way of Greater New Orleans, 293-2647 4    Fête de Nöel, benefits the Ladies Leukemia League, (985) 703-0831 13    Caroling in the Vines, benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, […]


Alicia Keys and Lexus honored the students of Frederick A Douglass High School on her visit May 22. Randall Feldman, Sal Crespo and Sylvia and Jack McComiskey at WYES’ second annual Champagne Tasting Celebration, May 31. The event featured champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world courtesy of Glazer’s, and hors d’oeuvers and dessert […]

Get Your Heart Pumping

Cardio training is important for maintaining the health of the most important muscle in your body: the heart. One of the leading health problems today is heart disease and, for this reason, you cannot underestimate the importance of cardiovascular training. Cardio workouts elevate your heart rate while increasing blood circulation and oxygen flow. Each time […]

Lagarde – Spooner Wedding

Edward Charles Spooner Jr. had no idea that when he attended his little sister Sarah’s birthday party at a local bar that he would be meeting his future wife. When he met Erin Louise Lagarde, he felt an instant connection with her as they talked the night away. The two would meet again at another […]

Present Perfect: Charitable Gift Giving

Everyone knows the holiday season is about gifts and giving to those you love. But this year, the times they are a-changin’, as giving is less about what you give than to to whom you give it. So while the economy is trying our patience and our wallets, make those gifts count by giving back […]

A Spiritual Brunch

The brunch bunch gathered on Sunday, September 21 to honor Patricia Talbot Hotard of the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center at their 2008 Jazz Brunch. Held after a beautiful Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, members of ASC and its board enjoyed a leisurely brunch at Antoine’s Restaurant, which included Sunday staples of soufflé potatoes, grillades and grits, […]

Fun Under the Big Top

The first annual fundraiser for the 3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center wasa major celebration on September 27. With three stages of music, delicious cuisine and whimsical circus-themed snacks by local restaurants, revelry wasthe theme of the evening. The bash also featured raffle prizes, live and silent auctions and tons of art. Following a patron […]

Caps Off

Forty lucky guests, including Alan Alario, Brian Landry and Senator Joel Chaisson, gathered on September 26 for Le Coeur d’Orleans dining event. The event featured a sumptuous buffet prepared by the executive chef of the Windsor Court Hotel. To set the tone, Kirk Branch played the piano for the event, and guests dined on a […]

Celluloid Success

The New Orleans Film Festival Patron party was a smashing success and an entertaining kick-off to the New Orleans Film Festival, an annual event that showcases local, regional, national and international films. The patron party featured decadent cuisine prepared by the John Besh Restaurant Group (the chef is famous for his local establishments Restaurant August, […]

Toasting for Ten

The Audubon Tea Room played host to many a dapper guest when Family Services of Greater New Orleans honored top locals who are dedicated to the community at this year’s Ten Outstanding Persons Gala.  Held on the evening of October 2, the black tie event acknowledged those dedicated community leaders for their volunteer, charitable and […]

Artistry Alive

Art appreciators and patrons alike flooded Magazine Street and the Warehouse Arts District on the evening October 4, for the annual Art for Art’s Sake celebration. Presented by Capital One, the fundraiser turned 30 this year, and 44 galleries around New Orleans participated in the festivities. More than 30,000 people turned out for the event, […]

All Hail our Renaissance

In such a musically rich city, isn’t it OK to toot your own horn every oncein a while? New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles magazine featured “5 fabulousrenovations” in the June issue and fêted those responsible at the inaugural Renaissance Awards & Heritage Club Luncheon on September 18th. The honored abodes were those of Rashida Ferdinand, […]

In Love with Art

In New Orleans, it’s parties more than calendar dates that mark a change of season. It can be said the New Orleans Museum of Art’s annual “Love in the Garden,” held at the end of September, marks the end of summer and the beginning of the fall social season for most New Orleanians. The party, […]

Legally Lavish

The Pro Bono Project celebrated 20 years of giving back to the community this year with the annual Justice For All Ball. Held on Friday, October 3, the night kicked off with a lively patron party at 6:30 p.m. with scrumptious food by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. At 8 p.m. the main event began, and hundreds […]

The Dish

Taste the Tapas Five years ago, during those halcyon days when converting dollars to Euros wasn’t a cripplingly intimidating prospect, I rented a tiny car and drove around Spain with my old friend Andrea. Without much of a plan, we wended our way from Barcelona down the coast to a sun-bleached, wind-battered beach outpost called […]

Winter Wonderland

APPETIZERFoie Gras “Du Monde”Autumn fruit and foie gras beignets with vanilla infused sugarcane syrup, foie gras cafe au lait and chicory coffee “mist” ENTRÉEGrilled Muscovy Duck and Slow Roasted Goosecooked with P&J oysters, roasted goose, Creole trinity, smoked mushrooms and house-made hot sauce DESSERTBananas Foster “S’mores”Banana bread pudding with a crisp graham cracker tuille, melted […]

Beautiful Bounty

When I’m giving a gift, I think of the recipients and the conversations I’ve had with them. I ask myself what hobbies they have, what their prized possession is, what would make life sweeter, easier or just bring a smile. Those little details are what cue us in on a good gift. One of the […]

What’s Hot: Jewelry

Andy Williams got it right when he crooned that the holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year.” December is always a memorable month filled with fun, thanks to the copious holiday parties that abound. And what says holiday cheer more than friends and family? Big, bold jewelry – of course! So while we […]

Along the Avenue

Yikes! Just yesterday it seems it was college football season; now people are decking the halls. With parties, benefits and assorted events, one does well just to keep the calendar straight. Oh, but there’s music in the air! The opera and the symphony have had great crowds Uptown; now, musicians are packing up to make […]

A Note from Bev

It is holiday time and that means Celebration in the Oaks at City Park! It has become such a tradition for all of our families, so we don’t want you to miss it this year. Thanks to Terry Hall and Superior Energy, the major sponsor for Celebration in the Oaks and so many other incredible […]

On the Cover

The holiday season is a magical time. As winter’s chill settles on New Orleans, anything seems possible and the air almost appears to twinkle as breezes blow. For many New Orleanians, the season hasn’t officially begun until they can walk under the lights of City Park’s “Celebration in the Oaks.” Superior Energy CEO Terry Hall; […]

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