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St. Charles Avenue January 2019

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Nostalgia: The Meal-a-Minit Era

The Meal-A-Minit at 1717 Canal St. opened in 1951. This location was probably the most successful of the chain. It had a complete retail pastry department as well as a large parking lot with both food and cocktail service to your car, all available 24 hours a day. Ten years later, Gruber opened 14-lane, 24-hour […]

Performing Arts: January

  5-6 Rock of Ages: 10th Anniversary Tour This jukebox musical full of pop and metal standards from the 1980s celebrates its 10th birthday. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St., 525-1052, MahaliaJacksonTheater.com   8-13 Les Miserables The musical epic of Victor Hugo’s classic novel returns with the timeless story of Jean […]


The New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School Founders Colby “Skip” Dempesy, Paul Guth, Sybil Morial, Matthew Causey and Barbara MacPhee celebrated the school’s 25th anniversary in April. The celebration featured a student-led event to show Sci High evolved from a specialty program into one of the top schools in the city.  Julie Bourgeois, […]

Snap Shots

Jessica Paxton, Alexia McKinney, Pat Tucker, David Bottner, Candi Hamm, Bevann Dubuisson, Ashley Nguyen, Kate Memleb, Herbert Dubuisson, Kathy Delatte, Michelle Gonzalez, Jennifer Gardner, Parker Gardner and Chip Gardner participated in the “Big Easy, Big Heart” 5K race at Fontainebleau State Park in July. Johnny Lonardo, John Nogueras II and David Bottner at the 2018 […]

Shop Talk: Dr. Kimberly Field-Marvin

  Tell us what led you to join McGehee?  From the moment that I began to learn about McGehee and the people associated with it, I felt a strong connection. McGehee women are independent, smart, full of integrity and are committed to serving their community. I cannot imagine a more interesting and innovative place to […]

Shop Talk: Christopher Cody

  You have worked in some famous restaurants in New Orleans and elsewhere, why make the switch to private chef/caterer?  I love the hands-on approach of building personalized menus and events with clients. On any given event, I’m hand picking the ingredients and cooking most things from scratch. Interacting directly with the clients and getting […]

Student Activist: Ryan Joseph O’Connor

  “Community service is important because it can change people’s lives. In a world full of negativity, the positive impact of service can change your life along with the lives you’re serving,” says Ryan Joseph O’Connor, a senior at Brother Martin High School. O’Connor is involved in many organizations including the Student Ministry, Extraordinary Minister […]

Dr. Quinn Peeper & Attorney Michael Harold

  Music, philanthropy and fun all collided on November 17, 2018, when Rach and Bach rocked out with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Amateur musicians Dr. Quinn Peeper (Rach) and Attorney Michael Harold (Bach) performed “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18” and “Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056” […]

Pottharst – Girolami

  Sarah Villere Carnahan Pottharst was living in Verona, Italy, when her parents came to visit for a few weeks. The three traveled to Venice, where her mother set off in pursuit of a particular style of earrings. She found her favorites at Giordan, a family-owned jewelry store on Piazza San Marco. Alvise Girolami was […]

Family Gatherings

  With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Mardi Gras and Easter, we all have family and friends getting together to celebrate. Because these gatherings are multi-generational, mixing children, young adults and grandparents, you have to ready for anything! Whether you’re at the beach, in the country or in the mountains, the key to successful entertaining is to […]

Registry of Charitable Events

  January 9  “President’s Circle Reception” Benefits: Preservation Resource Center Event Info.: President’s Circle members of the PRC are invited to an exclusive unveiling of the PRC’s new Strategic Plan for a special look into the future of the organization. Executive Director Danielle Del Sol will present the plan as part of an elegant evening […]

Assisted Living Guide

  When it comes to helping an elderly loved one into an assisted living facility, it can be a comfort to know that there are several high-quality options in New Orleans that compassionately cater to residents’ individual needs as they navigate the aging process. The Blake at Colonial Club The Blake at Colonial Club is […]

Renewal in the New Year

  New Year’s resolutions can be fun to think up during the festive holiday season, when we’re eating and drinking with abandon. But now that the New Year has arrived, it’s time to get down to business. While some of us are trying to cheat our way out of too-lofty goals, others are putting their […]

Philanthropic Fun: Greenway Growth

  Ensuring the Lafitte Greenway remains a healthy and vibrant public space that connects people to nature, their destinations and to each other, Friends of Lafitte Greenway hosted the sixth annual “Greenway Soirée,” the organization’s largest annual benefit. Held trailside at the Cellar on St. Louis, the event flowed between a tented outdoor space with […]

Philanthropic Fun: Encore for Musicians

  The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra hosted “Baubles and Bubbly for Beethoven” to publicize the Encore Shop, a resale boutique which specializes in designer clothing, shoes and accessories that directly benefits the musicians and artists of the LPO. The beautiful home of Mary Matalin and James Carville was decorated with flowers, oversized champagne glasses filled with […]

Philanthropic Fun: “Stelllllllaaaaaa!”

  Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s themes of desire and passion, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival staged a benefit called “An Evening of Desires.” Guests enjoyed music, scenes from plays and poetry by and inspired by the works of Tennessee Williams. Funds raised contribute towards the 2019 Festival programming, which will take place […]

Philanthropic Fun: Taste of Cuba

  The “Feast at the Board of Trade” transported guests to Old Havana with an elegant, tropical brunch evoking Cuban style and cuisine. The event honored Dr. Lake Douglas. The courtyard at the New Orleans Board of Trade featured tables draped in lime green satin cloths, with indoor tables covered in cream linens surrounded by […]

Philanthropic Fun: Elegance Under the Oaks

  This year’s “Magic in the Moonlight” featured an elegant dinner served under the majestic oaks and the twinkling lights of the New Orleans Botanical Garden on flower-filled, candlelit tables. An opening cocktail party was held in the Azalea/Camellia garden including champagne and hors d’oeuvres from all of the participating chefs. “Magic in the Moonlight” […]

Philanthropic Fun: Celebrating a Changemaker

  The National Council of Jewish Women proudly honored Susan Hess as the 2018 recipient of the coveted Hannah G. Solomon Award. Susan Hess was selected for epitomizing the qualities of NCJW founder Hannah G. Solomon, and for acting as a catalyst for positive social change in the community. She helped establish and led several […]

Philanthropic Fun: Representing 30 Years

  The Pro Bono Project celebrated its 30th annual “Justice for All Ball” this year with a festive gala filled with nods to the New Orleans Tricentennial. Held on the grounds of the Audubon Zoological Gardens in the Odenheimer Pavillion, the Merry Antoinettes greeted Patron Party guests as they walked along a path illuminated by […]

Philanthropic Fun: Think Pink

  All three floors of Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans were decked in an elegant array of pink décor to celebrate “Key to the Cure” benefiting the Louisiana Cancer Research Center. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the annual benefit, which has raised $2,200,000 for cancer research. Each of the floors hosted small bites […]

Philanthropic Fun: Preserving the Vieux Carré Character

  The Vieux Carré Commission Foundation celebrated the launch of “The New Vieux: An Education & Engagement Program” for the craftsmen and caretakers who will carry the cultural heritage of the beloved French Quarter and city into the future. The foundation’s mission is to support the preservation and protection of the French Quarter’s invaluable historic […]

Philanthropic Fun: Catholic Community

  The Catholic Foundation hosted its annual dinner to bring the Catholic community together for an evening of fellowship, and to publicly thank and recognize those who have contributed to the success of the organization’s mission. The evening began with a cocktail hour, which was followed by dinner and the program. At the dinner, Archbishop […]

Setting a Clean Course

  I first met Kim Sawyers in 2017 when she was applying for a grant offered by the Feed Justice Team (of which I am a member) at First Unitarian Universalist (FUU) Church. We were looking for someone with a home-based culinary business who would benefit from use of the church’s large commercial commissary kitchen […]

On the Menu: Tantalizing Textures

  Winter Shrimp Tacos 20 Gulf shrimp (21-25) 10 Mawi corn tortillas (6 inches) 8 ounces Spicy Sweet Potato Purée* (recipe below) 8 ounces Mirliton & Coconut Slaw* (recipe below) 8 ounces corn starch (for dredging shrimp) Peel and devein shrimp, set aside and refrigerate. Make the purée and the slaw. Assemble tortillas, putting two […]

What's Hot: Beauty

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AHA’s Kids Heart Challenge

  When we think of the words “heart healthy,” we picture images of exercise, foods rich in omega-3s and making sure we schedule that yearly check-up. We don’t, however, usually think about our kids, and the American Heart Association is trying to change that. Celebrating its 40th year in Louisiana schools, the AHA’s Kids Heart […]


  Fireworks, champagne toasts, “Auld Lang Syne,” black eyed peas, collard greens and resolutions. How routine and fortunate it is for me to say goodbye to the past year and feel the hopeful anticipation of possibilities of the year to come. However, for formerly incarcerated individuals something as seemingly simple as having a “fresh start” […]

Morgan's Note

I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from the holidays. While I enjoyed spending so much time with family and friends, I’m excited to get back to my routines, including diet, exercise and self-care practices – though I think my son would be glad to continue playing with everyone and receiving new toys! I […]

Bev's Note

We are honored to present the JCRS’ “Jewish Roots of Fashion Gala” on our January cover! Special thanks go to Honoree Mrs. Betty Kohn, a special New Orleanian who supports the Jewish Children’s Regional Service through the establishment of the Betty and Ira Kohn Camp Scholarship Fund. Thanks also to cover models: Co-Chairs Loel Weil […]

Health and Beauty

Virtual Pediatric After Hours Care Illnesses and injuries don’t follow a schedule, so it’s important to be close to medical care that’s available after hours. Children’s Hospital’s Virtual After Hours Care allows parents to access Children’s Hospital care  wherever they are through a free app. Simply register online and receive face-to-face pediatric care from your computer, tablet […]

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