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Shop Talk: Ellen Balkin

What are your responsibilities as Director of Education? I lead Ogden Museum’s efforts to fulfill our educational mission to provide innovative programs and tours designed to bring art and people together. I also foster relationships with area educators, students and artists, to make certain the museum is embracing and engaging the entire New Orleans community.  […]

Bev’s Note

We are beyond excited to present the “Game Changer Gala” for our February cover! Thanks so much to Co-Founders Steve Gleason and Michel Varisco Gleason with Host Committee Co-Chair Gayle Benson and Hyatt Regency General Manager Michael Smith for gracing our cover this month! They and many other famous faces – locally and nationally – […]

St. Charles Avenue’s Couture Wedding Guide

While most New Orleanians are thinking of Carnival this month, for an engaged couple it’s time to start planning for their own big day. So, since it’s time to go all out just like the city, St. Charles Avenue has chosen the festive crème de la crème for its annual “Couture Wedding Guide.”   Put […]

Mary Queen of Vietnam Tet Celebration

During February and March, it seems as if the only event that we can focus on is Carnival – even if you’re not a fan of the purple, green and gold. As King Cakes fill up offices and classrooms, and we all struggle (and fail miserably) at keeping glitter at bay, the all-consuming nature of our […]

With This Ring: Bailey – Meachum

In October 2011, two women who were friends at Southern Methodist University reconnected at their 25th college reunion and realized that they both had children attending Texas Christian University. One of these children, Page Carrère Bailey, thought this was a neat coincidence and decided to send a Facebook message inviting the other to lunch: “Hey […]

Philanthropic Fun: Learning through Art

Christa and Matt Schwartz opened their Uptown home for 225 patrons at “Cocktails for KID smART” presented by Regions Bank. In thanks for their support, signed art prints of “Duckweed #4” by featured artist Marjorie Brown Pierson were distributed to Sponsors and Patrons. A native of south Louisiana, Pierson’s visual art explores the relationship between […]

Philanthropic Fun: Garden Goodness

Lush garden-inspired tablescapes and votive lanterns flickered around The Pavilion of the Two Sisters for “Magic in the Moonlight,” the first event held in this new venue. Proceeds from the Botanical Garden Foundation benefit will be used to restore the WPA-era brickwork in the Parterre Rose Garden and support programming in the Botanical Garden’s recently […]


Dawn Bradley Fletcher and David Schlakman attended the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter “There’s No Place Like Home” gala, held at the Audubon Golf Clubhouse in May, to celebrate the shelter’s 10th anniversary and present the first ever “Jackie and Dan Silverman Homeless Champion Award” to Debbie Rees.  Jackie and Dan Silverman are pictured […]

Vintage Wedding: Susan Louise Read Weds Edward Douglas Johnson Jr.

Susan Read attended Sacred Heart, Rosemont College and Newcomb College, where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma. Doug Johnson attended St. Martin’s and the University of Texas, where he was president of his fraternity Sigma Chi. He then attended grad school at Tulane University while working at Boeing. Susan and Doug met at a debutante party […]

Philanthropic Events Calendar

February 1 “Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service, 828-6334 9 11th annual “Recycled Fashion Show,” benefiting House / Grace House, 821-7134 12-13 “Taste America,” benefiting James Beard Foundation, 583-5550   March 4 “Student of the Year Kick-Off,” benefiting Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 758-3213 6 “Red Tie Affair,” benefiting Ochsner Clinic Foundation, 842-7125 6 “French Quarter Fest Gala Fundraiser,” benefiting French Quarter Festivals, Inc., 522-5730, […]

Performing Arts: February

2 Something Rotten! Set in 1595, this hilarious comedy tells the story of two brothers’ efforts to write the world’s very first musical. Le Petit Théâtre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081, LePetitTheatre.com 9 Viagara Falls On Charley’s 77th birthday he’s forced to examine the importance of friendships and emotions that haven’t dimmed with age. Westwego […]

ArcGNO Mardi Gras Recycle Center

It is possible Carnival is the only time of year “Who Dat” chants are drowned out by another equally passionate exclamation. In the coming weeks “Throw me something mister!” will reign supreme as young and old alike jockey to receive the coveted throws from float riders in parades filling New Orleans’ streets. Many may trek […]

Philanthropic Fun: Southern Hospitality

Drenched in Louisiana flora, tropical greenery, sparkling votive lighting and regal purple hues, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomed approximately 400 patrons to its annual “O What A Night!” gala for an celebration of the best of Southern art, music and food in support of the museum’s award-winning educational programs. Recipients honored with the […]

Philanthropic Fun: A Legal Legend

The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women presented Madeleine M. Landrieu, Dean of Loyola University College of Law, with the prestigious 2019 Hannah G. Solomon Award. Dean Landrieu has spent a large part of her career advocating for improvements in laws and policies relative to children who come before the […]

Young Bloods: Todd Wackerman

While working as a science teacher in New Orleans, Todd Wackerman faced a common dilemma: lab materials are often outside the school’s budget. To help other educators facing a similar issue, Wackerman created the STEM Library Lab, an equipment share center for teachers. Now educators all over the greater New Orleans area have access to […]

Philanthropic Fun: Sips and Spirits

More than 200 partygoers filled Broussard’s Restaurant and Courtyard for the “Spirit of the Vieux Carré Gala” benefiting Vieux Carré Commission Foundation. The gala benefits the mission of the VCC Foundation and funds the programming for the following year of programs such as the Vieux Carré Virtual Library, VCC Design Guidelines and Quarterly Care Workshops. […]

Philanthropic Fun: Shining Supporters

Junior Achievement hosted a celestial “City Stars Soirée,” themed “The Stars Align for You” presented by Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. This year’s gala was attended by approximately 325 supporters of JA’s mission to empower students to own their economic success by preparing them in financial literacy, workforce development and entrepreneurship. City Stars honored were: […]

Morgan’s Note

My son is in Christmas withdrawal. As we packed up the Christmas tree, he lovingly rang the bell in his favorite ornament, and then, when the box had been closed, patted it and said, “bye-bye, ho, ho, ho.” I know that he isn’t alone in this. At school this very morning I heard another mother […]

Philanthropic Fun: A Celebratory Citizen

United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s annual gala, backing the nonprofit’s mission to eradicate poverty in the region, presented the esteemed Alexis de Tocqueville Award to 2019 honoree Roger H. Ogden. Upon receiving the award, Ogden said, “If you can paint a picture for people of how they can make a difference through giving, then the […]

Doubling Down on Decadence

Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras have much in common when it comes to food – neither holiday feels complete without the over-the-top sensory experience of decadent meals, a little wine or a fancy cocktail and sweet, sharable desserts. And whether you’re indulging with a loved one in chocolate ganache or your favorite bakery’s signature King Cake, it’s […]

Out to Lunch

“Lunch like a queen, dine like a pauper”: that’s my motto. I relish meeting friends for a meal in the middle of the day to try new dishes and check out new places, because come evening I want to be home with my dogs and dinner is usually either leftovers from lunch or a hastily […]

What’s Hot: Mardi Gras

1. Even your parade eyewear will have pizazz with a pair of Francis Klein frames, handmade in Paris and embellished with petite crystals. Art & Eyes, 3708 Magazine St., 891-4494, ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com 2. Decorate well and do good with a silky bead pillow from The MyNew Orleans Photo Project presented by the nonprofit ReFOCUS. A portion of […]

Philanthropic Fun: Illuminating Hope

“Light Up the Night” benefitted Lighthouse Louisiana and raised more than $60,000 to help empower persons with disabilities through services, employment and advocacy. The beautiful Women’s Opera Guild Home hosted a packed house with more than 150 attendees. The Goldring Family Foundation sponsored a full bar, including the Blue Vision specialty cocktail. Six local restaurants […]

Student Activist: Gabriel Joseph Wright

“The most important feeling I’ve gained from my activism has definitely been humility. As a result, I personally view situations differently and always remember to think of those who have it so much worse than I,” says Gabriel Joseph Wright, a senior at Archbishop Rummel High School. Wright plays a large role in Rummel’s community. […]

Philanthropic Fun: A Toast to Home

New Orleans itself set the theme for Lambeth House’s annual gala, which took place on the grounds of Lambeth House and allows the organization to support its residents in times of need, to make improvements in our community and for research that benefits seniors everywhere. More than 220 guests were in attendance. Flowers and drapery […]

Breakfast Opulence

Café Normandie’s Stuffed Crawfish Bisque Buckwheat Crepe  12 Buckwheat Crepes (*recipe below) 2 pounds Crawfish Bisque (*recipe below) 2 pounds bechamel (*recipe below) ½ pound fresh Morel mushrooms  Olive oil 3 Shallots, chopped 1 pound Louisiana crawfish tails 12 large eggs Chives 4 cups Gruyere, shredded Mix bechamel and crawfish bisque. In a hot sauté […]

Shop Talk: Robert Lyall

Tell us a little about what you do for the New Orleans Opera Association. My formal titles are the General and the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera. This first title is one with an administrative focus and the second involves overseeing the artistic focus and planning of the Opera Association. There’s always a […]

St. Charles Avenue’s 2020 Bridal Resource Directory

BEAUTY SERVICES   The Spa at Windsor Court 300 Gravier St., New Orleans (888) 441-0137 WindsorCourtHotel.com/spa   Woodhouse Day Spa 5004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie 504.584.4004 WoodhouseSpas.com   BOUTIQUES – CLOTHING, LINGERIE, ACCESSORIES   Ballin’s 2917 Magazine St., New Orleans 721 Dante St., New Orleans 504.866.4367 BallinsLtd.com   Dark Garden Corsetry and Couture 3528 Magazine […]

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