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Philanthropic Fun: Backing the Boys

Son of a Saint raised $7,500 in support of the organization’s many programming events and resources for its young mentees at its “Dine Around.” CeCe and Trevor Colhoun generously hosted the event at their Uptown home. A trio of musicians, performing on an upright bass, xylophone and drum set, entertained the group of 30 guests […]

St.Charles Avenue’s Activists of the Year

  Read on to learn why we’re honoring Susan Brennan, Daryl G.Byrd, Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III, Susan O. Hess, Robert “Bob” Merrick and Kim S. Sport. What you’ll see is that though we’re only able to scratch the surface of their activism, their profiles will encourage and embolden you to take a more active […]

Holiday Jewelry

1. A holiday engagement will be the talk of the town, especially with a Tacori RoyalT diamond ring in Platinum featuring a 3 carat round diamond. Boudreaux’s Jewelers, 701 Metairie Road, 831-2602, BoudreauxsJewelers.com     2. Gift the elegant and modern man in your life with a 6.5 mm ring featuring a pebble hammer black […]

Philanthropic Fun: At Home in the Park

The Louisiana Children’s Museum opened new doors for CHAIRish the Children, showcasing its new home in City Park, which was meticulously designed to be a social, cultural and learning resource for children and families. Indoors and out, guests were introduced to the many hands-on ways to learn literacy, health and wellness, arts and culture, environmental […]

Philanthropic Fun: The Show Must Go On

More than 300 guests joined Le Petit Théâtre’s “Curtain Call Ball” to provide vital support for its mission to present the highest quality theatrical performances to education and entertain the diverse population of our region. In addition to presenting a full season of comedies, dramas, and musicals, Le Petit impacts thousands of youth in the […]

Nostalgia: Charles L. Franck

The Charles L. Franck, Commercial Photographer studio window, decorated for Christmas. The rights to all the Franck company’s prints and negatives are held by HNOC. The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection, accessible online, is an impressive documentation of the social changes and the industrial and urban growth that changed the face of New Orleans during […]

Philanthropic Fun: A Safer City

More than 650 guests supported the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation at “Stake Out for Justice,” hosted at the Sheraton Hotel. Proceeds benefited the mission of NOPJF, which is to make New Orleans a safer place in which to live, work and visit. The NOPD Honor Guard presented the colors. Jim Cook, NOPJF Chairman […]

Student Activist: Amanda Francisca Rougeé

“I believe it’s so important to be involved in the community because anyone can make a difference in someone’s life. For me, it’s important to speak out about the importance of organ donation and hopefully save a life,” says Amanda Francisca Rougeé, a sophomore at Mount Carmel Academy. Anita Garza Rougeé, Rougeé’s mother, inspired her […]

Ken Richmond

Located on River Road, the American Cancer Society Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge is a friendly sanctuary for people who travel to New Orleans in need of cancer treatment. A conversation with the current manager of Hope Lodge New Orleans, Ken Richmond, reveals why this organization is such a beloved fixture in the city. Designed […]

Blythe Wren

What product or service do you recommend most for homes in New Orleans? Everyone is different, so I find out the need of the customer and then go from there. The most popular window treatment right now is Solar Shades. They block out the heat and UV from the sun, and they help with glare […]

Christmas Bonfires

While there is no shortage of Christmas events in New Orleans, one of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is a Cajun one that takes places on Christmas Eve a little over an hour up river. The Christmas Bonfires in Grammercy and Lutcher have been lighting the way for Santa Claus (or Papa Noel, as the […]

Performing Arts: December

Through December 15 Scrooge in Rouge This cross-dressing musical take on A Christmas Carol was created by and stars Varla Jean Merman, Ricky Graham, Yvette Hargis and Jefferson Turner. Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., 461-9475, RivertownTheaters.com 4-29 Mandatory Merriment An irreverent send-up of traditional holiday plays features six strangers stranded together […]



Morgan’s Note

This is our last issue of the year, and as we look forward to the New Year I would like to thank all of you who have helped make Avenue possible. The staff at Renaissance Publishing, especially our Art Director Ali; our Sales team Lisa and Samantha; Jeanel and Abbie who work so hard on […]

Philanthropic Fun: Going In Blind

For the sixth year in a row, “A Blind Taste” served as WRBH Reading Radio’s sole annual fundraising event. Intended to be a culinary adventure, as well as an opportunity for guests to gain awareness into some of the challenges faced by WRBH listeners on a daily basis, diners experienced the aromas, sounds and flavors […]

St. Charles Avenue’s Guide to New Year’s Eve

  How to Prep Party prep is essential for a night that brings some of the biggest bashes of the year, and it’s the perfect occasion to splurge on spa time and skincare. A full-service day spa on Magazine Street, Belladonna recently added medical aesthetics to its menu of offerings. A few weeks out from […]

Waring – Mcintosh

Nina Pape Waring was enjoying the single life in college and had no intention to find a serious relationship. That all changed one day at a Carolina football tailgate party, when she met Duncan Scott Mcintosh Jr. Everything Dun said made Nina laugh, and the next thing they knew they were on their first date. […]

Vintage Wedding: Emilie Barton Wendel Weds Dr. John Virgil Garoutte

Emilie Wendel was a senior at Newcomb College and John Garoutte was a pre-med student at Tulane University when they met for the first time at Alphonse Picou’s jazz funeral at Basin and Canal streets. Their love of music led them to this fortuitous meeting. After they met, Emilie dated many young men and had several […]

Philanthropic Fun: Friends Like Family

Garden District Association flags could be seen flying throughout the neighborhood as New Orleanians of the historic neighborhood came together for the annual “Fall Affair.” Patrons attending the party were all given green and white flags with the Garden District logo to hang on the front of their home. The Benefactor Party, hosted at the […]

Holiday Happenings

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration, although it isn’t called that in Italy and isn’t a “feast” in the sense of “holiday,” but rather a grand meal. The meal is historically served on Christmas Eve – a vigil or fasting day. The abundance of seafood reflects the Roman […]

Valerie Gernhauser

How would you describe your role at Sapphire Events? I founded the company in 2011 and have grown the business into the premier event design and planning firm in the city. What kind of events does Sapphire specialize in? Debutante parties, private events, weddings, and celebrations large and small. We love a good party! Do […]

Legacy Donor Foundation

As a 3-year-old, long-time Isidore Newman School Science teacher and Cross Country Coach Randy Zell was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Insulin dependent, he spent 30 years managing his diabetes until his body started showing signs of distress. Eye surgeries followed by kidney failure forced him into time-consuming dialysis treatments. At this point, Randy and […]

Philanthropic Fun: Justice Served

The Pro Bono Project heralded its 31st annual “Justice for All Ball “with a festive fête in truly New Orleans fashion, where more than 500 guests danced and dined throughout Mardi Gras World’s themed ballrooms. At the Patron Party, the evening’s Emcee Mark Romig gathered the crowd in Mardi Gras World’s Riverview Room for a […]

December 2019

December 2 “The Garden District Christmas Concert,” benefiting The Friends of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 782-3323   4 “Sound Collage,” benefiting New Orleans Jazz Museum, NolaJazzMuseum.org   4 “Holiday Toy Drive,” benefiting Sideline Pass, info@sidelinepass.org   5 Inaugural “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival,” benefiting Poydras Home, 897-0535   6 “Mandatory Merriment Part Deux,” benefiting the […]

Philanthropic Fun: Leading by Example

The hallways of The Fillmore were lined with nearly life-size portraits of the Role Models for the Young Leadership Council’s 33rd annual “Role Model Awards Gala,” creating a fun and memorable photo opportunity for family and friends of this year’s honorees. The awards ceremony took place in the Music Hall, where the space was illuminated […]



Classical Tastes

Vinaigrette 1 1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup Dijon mustard Salt and sugar to taste In a mason jar, place the oil, vinegar and mustard. Cover with a lid and shake until well blended. Add salt and sugar to taste.   Tuna 6-8 ounce tuna steak, or 6 ounce canned tuna 1/2 […]

Bev’s Note

We are so excited about our cover, which features our 2019 Activists! Thanks to Susan Brennan, Daryl G. Byrd, Edgar L. “Dooky” Chase III, Susan O. Hess, Robert “Bob” Merrick and Kim S. Sport for gracing our cover and for all they do to make New Orleans the best! The nonprofits that they support cover the gamut […]

Philanthropic Fun: Cocktails for City Park

Aptly named “Martini Madness,” Friends of City Park hosted a craft cocktail-forward celebration at the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, joined by a sold-out crowd of 1,100 guests. Friends of City Park collaborated with Republic National Distributing Company to serve over 30 martinis, including a French 75 Martini, Watermelon Spicetini, Ginger Hibiscus Martini, The Swedish […]

Philanthropic Fun: Home Away From Home

Mardi Gras World transformed into a magical environment with a shimmering star wall and blue, amber and white-accented lighting and confetti globe balloons for the “Belles & Beaus Ball” in support of the American Cancer Society. Themed “Keys of Hope,” 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge on River Road, […]

Luxury Gifts

Art & Eyes 504-891-4494, ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLa.com I’VE GOT MY EYE ON YOU bag! One, in a series bag by artist Starr Hagenbring. Vintage materials. At Art & Eyes, $495.   Ballin’s 504-821-4000, BallinsLTD.com Get this beautiful reversible sheared mink and longhair trim 36” in black, available in all sizes at Ballin’s, $3,995. Also available in reversible […]

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