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Cooking with a Private Chef

Michael Saxer, author of a new book, Cooking with a Private Chef: New Orleans to Newport, has been the private chef for Mr. and Mrs. James J. Coleman Jr. for almost 10 years. The following pages are a “sneak peek” into a dinner party they had recently for the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, Jonathan […]

Registry of Charitable Events

January Jan. 9Celebrating 100 Years of Zulu, 1909-2009Benefits: Louisiana Museum Foundation and the Louisiana State MuseumEvent Info.: The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is celebrating its Centennial year with a fabulous exhibit (From Tramps to Kings: Celebrating 100 Years of Zulu,1909-2009) opening at the Presbytere in January and will remain open to the public […]

New Year, New You

If you’re that unusual person who actually followed the experts’ advice and didn’t overindulge during the holidays, you can probably quit reading now. But for the rest of us, who never saw a buffet or fully stocked bar we didn’t like, January is time to get serious about getting back in shape. Fortunately, getting serious […]

See the Light

There’s no better time to reflect and observe patterns already in motion than when a new year creeps up on us. It truly is the end of an era as the old phrase “no pain, no gain” finds itself unceremoniously escorted out the door in 2009 with the wane of invasive cosmetic procedures and beauty […]

Educate Yourself

Academy of the Sacred Heart4521 St. Charles Ave.504-269-1213 www.ashrosary.orgSince 1887, the Academy of the Sacred Heart has been educating the young women of New Orleans. Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent, collegepreparatory school for girls, preschool through grade 12. It is the only area Catholic girls’ school that is a member of the Independent Schools […]

Dine at the Bar

Depending on your outlook, the holidays are either winding down or continuing their relentless forward march toward Mardi Gras. In either case, fatigue is probably setting in on some level. I always know I’m starting to fade whenI sigh at the prospect of another sit-down meal requiring a focused awareness of the occasion and its […]

Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella1 1/4 cups aaroz ceribolla rice8 ounces shrimp stock2 ounces sliced calamari bodies2 ounces sliced chorizo4 peeled jumbo shrimp6 mussels2 ounces sofrito5 grams spanish saffron2 piquillo peppers (sliced)    In an 8-inch paella pan, sauté the chorizo and calamari in 1-tablespoon olive oiluntil the chorizo starts to brown slightly.    Add the rice, sofrito […]

Facing Up

With all the new changes with our magazine, I thought it would be fun to give a new look to one of favorite readers. I know it seems a typical January theme, but aren’t we all hoping for just a little bit of improvement every year – why else would we make all those New […]

New for 2009

In the words of style maven Tim Gunn, “Lighten up; it’s just fashion.” Those are certainly words to live by in these coming months, as heavy winter garb gives way to more warm weather-friendly attire. And as the New Orleans climate errs on the erratic side, adding lighter fabrics in punchy hues is sure to […]

Along the Avenue

Happy New Year, and raise a toast to our new look! We hope our bubble of optimism is infectious. No matter the economic scene, take a deep breath and repeat after me: Things will be fine in 2009. OK, there’s a shift from caviar to carbonara and from filet to fried chicken, but as long […]

A Note from Bev

We are so excited about bringing you the New St. Charles Avenue – a new look, a new size and design, but the same celebration of community leaders who are making such a difference in our city! Society, Celebration and Style is what we bring to New Orleans! On January 8, we’ll introduce the new […]

Polo Power

The 12th Annual Harvest Cup Polo Classic raised money for Junior League of Greater Covington and their community. On Sunday, October 26, 2008 spectators assembled at John Melton’s Folsom Equestrian Center for the thrilling and much-anticipated event. Proceeds went to the St. Tammany Parish groups of Hope House Child Advocacy Program, Habitat for Humanity, New […]

Broadway Bound

Lambeth House celebrated a decade of providing care to the elder community on October 16, 2008 with a huge bash, “On Broadway – Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Lambeth House.” More than 200 guests arrived for the soirée, which included an open bar, wine and hors d’oeuvres created by Lambeth House Food and Beverage Director […]

Kick-Off for a Cure

Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure Kick-Off Gala was held on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 to celebrate the annual fundraiser for cancer research. During Key to the Cure New Orleans, held that Thursday-Sunday, 2 percent of sales at Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans were given to the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium – a research […]

A Party to Die For

Save our Cemeteries held their 22nd All Saints Soiree on October 18, 2008. The night consisted of a lavish dinner and party with auction to honor the unique cemeteries that grace the landscape of Louisiana with their beauty and history. Decked out in their cocktail best, patrons met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. […]

A Very Green Gathering

Going green never tasted so good! Parkway Partners held their annual Feast with the Stars fête on October 19, 2008, in order to raise much-needed funds and publicity for their eco-friendly cause. A perennial New Orleans fall favorite, this year’s Sunday Jazz Brunch featured live music courtesy of the Storyville Stompers to liven up the […]

Safe is Sexy

It was all about responsibility this past October on the evening of October 9, when Mimi and John Bowen opened the doors of their Audubon Place home to Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta for their annual and primary fundraiser. This year’s theme was “Safe Sex in the Big Easy.” Gala Chairpersons Susan […]

Re-Opening Revelry

Macy’s made its triumphant return to New Orleans this past October in serious style, with the Grand Opening celebration at Lakeside Mall. The October 24th Opening Gala, which benefited the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, was a star-studded event to be sure, as nearly 1,000 excited shoppers, onlookers and NOCCA supporters watched celebrities […]

Such a Special Rose

The Blue Rose Ball was held October 4, 2008 alongside the mighty Mississippi in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom. It was not only an elegant evening but also a joyful fundraiser for St. Michael Special School. The organization’s mantra was the focal point of the event: “If there were such a thing as a Special Blue […]

Southern Sundown

The party, “O What A Night,” which benefits the Odgen Museum of Southern Art, takes its name from a song. But the event extends over two nights beginning as many do with a patron party held on the first night, this year at the gracious home of George and Fran Villere. The main event – […]

Bountiful Bidding

This year, Longue Vue House and Garden’s annual Sentimental Journeys fundraiser transported guests to “A Night in Old Havana.” The theme was carried through from Charlotte Tanet’s cigar-shaped dinner menu, to vintage cars parked at the entrance and a slide show of Cuba in its heyday projected on screens throughout the dinner. Sentimental Journeys, which […]

Downtown Decorations

From 1933 until ’70, New Orleans had an official city decorator. Betty Finnan was a clerk in the city’s delinquent tax office when Mayor Robert S. Maestri, as part of his ongoing support of the arts, appointed her. Canal Street Christmas decorations, an idea that originated with Finnan, changed every year over the 37 years […]


1. Fashion Institute of New Orleans students, with Louisiana State Senator Ann Duplessis and District 2 Community Enhancement Corporations representative Tiffany Crawford (center), at the organization’s Passion for Fashion event held this past June 19. 2. Jairren James, Myreaka Goins and Myrielle Morant served double duty as models and students as they strutted their stuff […]

Happy Returns

Now that the holiday season is over and Turduckens once again roam the earth as three separate animals, the mind is free to realize it’s a new year! Again. In 2009, why not take some time to appreciate a gift just for you – the gift of fitness! Resolve to look good, feel good and […]

On the Cover

Welcome to the new look of St. Charles Avenue magazine! Since the magazine was first printed in November 1995, it has gone through paper, size and editorial changes, but has never been fully redesigned – what better time to unveil a new look than at the start of a new year! Inside, you will find […]

Student Activist

In an increasingly modern world full of iPods, Facebook and blogs, it grows more impressive each day that a young person chooses to ignore these digital distractions and take time to give back to their community. Laura Elliott Gregorio, a 17-year-old senior at Louise S. McGehee, has a full agenda with her McGehee activities alone […]

Mead–Jahncke Wedding

Elizabeth Lee (E. Lee) Jahncke’s sister and brother-in-law thought it would be fun to set her up with their friend Jason Anthony Mead. Little did E. Lee know she’d be meeting her future husband. The foursome met at Lafayette Square downtown to listen to music at “Wednesdays on the Square” and then went to Tommy’s […]

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