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Cancer Crusaders Honors 12 Active Survivors

The afternoon of September 26 saw the 13th annual Cancer Crusaders “Celebration of Life” luncheon held in the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Honoring notable local cancer survivors, the luncheon was lavishly attended by both present and past honorees. Chaired by Debbie Buchler and Dawn Miller, the guests were alternately serenaded and second-lined into the Grand […]

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars Celebrates 20 Years

Jefferson Dollars for Scholars celebrated its 20th anniversary with its “Golden Tassel Gala” on September 27. This evening of fun regaled its guests with a cakewalk, auction, raffle and a whole lot of Creole and Cajun cuisine. This incredible organization aims to expand access to educational opportunities for Jefferson Parish Public School students through scholarships […]

Tulane University Hosts Its 12th Annual "Helluva Hullabaloo Auction and Party"

Chair and member of the board at Tulane University Jill Glazer organized the 12th annual “Helluva Hullabaloo Auction and Party” to great success on October 4 at Tulane University’s Lavin-Berneck Center at the Uptown campus. Celebrity auctioneer Bryan Batt did the honors at the casual and crazy fun party that coincided with Tulane’s homecoming weekend. […]

The VCPORA’s 75th and Most Successful Fundraiser Yet

Deemed by organizers as the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents & Associates, Inc.’s most successful gala ever, the “75th Diamond Anniversary Gala” made the historic Cabildo in Jackson Square sparkle on September 28. Co-chaired by Brenda and Michael Moffitt, the gala began at 7 in the evening, with a patron party held at Dickie Brennan’s […]

Anne Rolfes

Interview with the founder of Louisiana Bucket

Local Wedding: Barnard-Favrot

Elizabeth “Betsy” Barnard and Thomas Blackburn Favrot III were introduced through Betsy’s friend who volunteered with Thomas at the Houston rodeo. Thomas asked Betsy to dance at Gallant Knight Bar, which featured a jazz band every Thursday. Betsy didn’t realize that Thomas would soon become her Gallant Knight. It didn’t take long for Betsy and […]

What’s Hot for Jewelry

This wide diamond cuff bracelet is perfect for any lady wishing to shine this holiday season. Gently crafted, the gold and diamonds will surely set off your skin tone, if you can tear your eyes away from the sparkle. Adler’s, 722 Canal St., 523-5292, AdlersJewelry.com   Another stylish option for your fingers, this winter showstopper […]

Grocery Matters: The History of Solari’s

For over 100 years, Solari’s was one of the primary food destinations in New Orleans for local shoppers and tourists alike. Operated from 1864 until the 1920s by the Solari family, the shop was known for its exotic imported offerings sold alongside local standards. It was sold in 1921 but retained its name and its […]

OnStage Performance Calendar

DECEMBER Through Dec. 15 | A Tuna Christmas This installment in a series of comedic plays taking place in the fictional small town of Tuna, Texas, follows the town’s Christmas festivities, which include a competitive lawn display contest and an ill-fated production of A Christmas Carol. Teatro Wego! Theatre, 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, 885-2000, JPAS.org […]

Q&A with Cristy Cali of Cristy Cali

When did you start designing? I started designing for my mom’s shop, Sterling Silvia, when I was 16. How have your designs changed? My first designs were more literal – streetcars and pelicans – now they’re more contemporary. They are wearable and fashionable but still reflect my home state. Where do you find your inspiration? […]

Q& A with Yvonne La Fleur

How did you get your start in the business? My French-Canadian aunts taught me everything I know. By 11 years old I could cut a pattern and sew my own designs. When did you open your first store? In the late 1960s; I had spent time in London, Paris and San Francisco, and I had […]

Student Activist of the Month: Emily MacLaren

The Ursuline Academy senior talks about her love for volunteering.

Luxury Gift Guide

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What to Know Before You Helm an Event

From St. Elizabeth’s Guild’s “Activist Luncheon” to Audubon Institute’s “Zoo-To-Do,” Peggy Laborde has chaired them all – well, almost. So when researching all there is to know about what responsibilities, perks and surprises might be in store if you say, “Yes!” when asked to chair a philanthropic event, we asked question upon question – but Laborde […]

Activists Of The Year 2013

St. Charles Avenue magazine is proud to present its Activists of the Year 2013: • Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin • Boysie Bollinger • Julie Livaudais George • Susan Read Johnson • Allen Toussaint • Rod West By honoring these six locals, we’re honoring the gifts of their time, their efforts and their energies that they have […]

New Orleans Restaurant Bars to Try This Holiday Season

The holidays … Guests visit. Elaborate dinners are held every night. Whether you want to escape the family or you just need to improvise on some holiday cheer, saddling up to the restaurant bar downtown is always a good option, especially when a full and fabulous dinner menu is available. If you’re taking in The […]

Citrus Cheer

Chef Ray Gruezke shares his Drum With Orange Broth Mussels and Grapefruit Salad

New Orleans Museum of Art Celebrates at ‘LOVE in the Garden’

The first fall evening of the season saw another successful “LOVE in the Garden,” NOMA’s annual benefit for the popular and beautiful Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The garden party was held in the evening, with a patron party beforehand. Under the ancient oaks, guests fraternized and mingled to the dulcet tones of local […]

10 Top Beauty Gift Ideas

Dear Santa, I hope you’re rested for your big trip. I want you to know that I’ve tried to be good all year. I’d really like it if you could bring me these 10 things:    1. Guerlain ‘Liu Holiday Collection’ Perfumed Shimmer Powder Face & Body: For when perfume is too heavy, this will […]

Cruisin’ the Crescent

Recently I was looking through an old picture book of New Orleans from my great-grandfather’s era. As I flipped through the pages, it dawned on me that we have more in common than our DNA. You see, I’m in my early 30s, and I’ve seen, heard, smelled and tasted many of objects in the pictures. […]

A Note from Bev

What a special month for our magazine! Our December cover honors six incredible New Orleanians who are making a positive impact on our city through countless volunteer hours and their own monetary resources. Congratulations to: Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin, Boysie Bollinger, Susan Read Johnson, Julie Livaudais George, Allen Toussaint and Rod West. Their accomplishments are varied […]

On The Cover

When the time comes each year to choose St. Charles Avenue’s Activists of the Year, we end up with a list much longer at the end of the meeting than it was when we started, and if you were listening, you would often hear “We haven’t profiled her before?” “How could we have overlooked his […]

Vieux Carré Commission Foundation Hosts a “Gala at Galatoire’s”

Four hundred guests attended the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation’s smash of an event, “Gala at Galatoire’s.” Held in the historic restaurant, this glittering affair successfully raised money for the Vieux Carré Commission, an underfunded city agency seeking to preserve New Orleans’ oldest and most famous neighborhood: the French Quarter. Attendees gathered to celebrate and raise […]

“Good Students Gala” Honors Female Media Professionals

The Childhood and Family Learning Foundation held its “Good Kids + Good Health = Good Students Gala” at the St. Charles Avenue home of Jennifer and Fred Heebe on October 9. A philanthropic organization focused on helping students receive the care they need to graduate, the foundation hosted the cocktail reception to honor women who […]

Catholic Cultural Heritage Center Unveils Its New Exhibition

The Catholic Cultural Heritage Center threw a celebratory gala on October 4 to mark the opening and serve as a preview for the long-awaited exhibit, “The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: The Life & Ministry of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan.” Held at the picturesque Old Ursuline Convent Museum, the patron party began at 6:45 p.m. with […]

Sean Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation Raises Awareness and Spirits

Without a doubt, the “Black and Gold Gala” was the event of this football season. Organized by Karen Hegman and the “Black and Gold” Committee, the black-tie red carpet event sold out and raised millions for Saints Head Coach Sean Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation. Founded in 2008, Sean Payton’s personal philanthropy organization raises funds […]

An Action-packed Evening at ACS’s "Dressed to Cure"

A late September evening saw the 13th annual “Belles & Beaus Ball” at Mardi Gras World honor 20 men and women who have made significant contributions in the fight against cancer. The “Dressed to Cure” theme accented the elegant evening, complete with a fashion show by the Shops at Canal Place. Event co-chairs Clark Castle, […]

Summer Bridal Show – June 14, 5-8 PM