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St. Charles Avenue July 2019

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Shop Talk: Caitlin Sullivan

How did “White Linen Night” start?  “White Linen Night” started as a free block party in coordination with the August first Saturday Art Openings, driving traffic to the galleries in what was considered the slowest month. Two gallery owners at the time, Wyndy Morehead and Donna Perret, came up with the theme of white linen […]

Nostalgia: From Vienna to Menefee’s and Beyond

The Vienna Garden Restaurant opened in 1924 at 1101 N. Rampart St. Owned and operated by Matt and Margaret Franichevich, who resided on the top floors with their family, it was purported to be the city’s first steak house. Creole and European dishes filled out the menu of the very popular restaurant, noted for its […]

Young Bloods: Dat Dog and Son Of A Saint Partner

Since its start in 2011, Dat Dog has grown from a single, modest hot dog stand into a New Orleans dining institution with locations all over Louisiana and now Texas. With its all-beef hot dogs, alligator, duck and crawfish sausages, and award-winning French fries, there’s something for everyone at this fun and funky restaurant. As […]

Philanthropic Fun: Gala in Green

The 10th annual “Paint the Town Green” gala for Raintree Children & Family Services honored Kathy Randall, longtime volunteer and supporter, for her service and support for our community’s most vulnerable children and youth. The event took place in the picturesque Pavilion of the Two Sisters at City Park. Floating calla lilies were illuminated in […]

Philanthropic Fun: Magnificent Musicality

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual “Opus Ball” was divided into two major events this year: the “Sponsor Dinner” on March 13 and the “Opus Ball” on March 23. The “Sponsor Dinner” was held at the iconic St. Charles Avenue mansion of Yulia and John Houghtaling. Cocktails were served in the open parlors of the living […]

Bev’s Note

Get ready to attend the Susan G. Komen “Summer Cure Chef’s Wine Dinner” on July 26 at the Windsor Court! Thanks to our cover models: President of the Board of Directors Elizabeth Williams; Co-Chair and Honorary Board Member Dottie Reese; Co-Chair and Honorary Board Member Kristi Post; Co-Chair and Board Member Holley Haag; and Windsor Court […]

Philanthropic Fun: Soirées and Sips

More than 200 patrons gathered in the 1831 courtyard of the Hermann-Grima Historic House in the French Quarter for “Amazing Grapes” 2019. The classic courtyard features original garden beds and flagstone from when the home was built, beautiful brick walls and a historic open hearth kitchen. Patrons mingled underneath string lights in the courtyard to […]


  3 French Quarter Comedy Show Kick off the 4th of July weekend with comics DeRay Davis, Michael Blackson and DC Young Fly.  The Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., 525-1052, SaengerNOLA.com 5-7 ESSENCE Festival Missy Elliott, Big Freedia, Morris Day and Mary J. Blige are just some of the performers highlighting the 2019 ESSENCE Festival.  […]

Philanthropic Fun: The Pigs are Coming!

“Hogs for the Cause” kicked off the 2019 festival season in New Orleans with its 11th annual event on March 28-30. The second annual sold-out “Bacon Night” kicked off the festival on Friday, with teams serving up nearly two tons of Nueske’s bacon. Saturday welcomed a record-breaking crowd of both fans and competitors, featuring over […]

Student Activist: Emma Elizabeth Mathes

“I believe that it’s important to be involved in the community because it allows us to change the world in little ways. Changing the world can be as small as smiling at the people passing by or as big as putting an end to war,” says Emma Elizabeth Mathes, a senior at Archbishop Chapelle High […]

Vintage Wedding: Laura Augusta Kamien weds Benjamin Franklin Jacobs III

Augusta Kamien was a freshman at Newcomb College and was walking along the quad carrying her piano books (she was going to play the organ in Newcomb Hall) when Ben Jacobs spotted her. Ben was in Tulane Medical School and music has always been a lifelong passion of his. He was smitten with Augusta and […]

Philanthropic Fun: Beyond the Blooms

One of the most anticipated springtime events in New Orleans, “Art in Bloom 2019” showcased spectacular floral designs created by more than 100 exhibitors that remained on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art March 28-31, 2019. The annual “Art in Bloom Patron Party” and the subsequent “Preview Party” were held on Wednesday, March […]

Philanthropic Fun: Sharing Vision and Values

Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans hosted its eighth annual “Keeping Our Promises” gala at The National World War II Museum’s U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center. The Patron Party began at 7 p.m. with entertainment by the One Shot Brass Band, and guests were treated to an interactive experience aboard the USS Tang […]

With This Ring: Ordemann–Smith

We have all been asked to help a friend move, but rarely does it lead to romance. Luckily that’s exactly what happened when Kelly Elizabeth Ordemann was helping her friend pack up and move out of town. As often happens, lots of friends get recruited to lend a hand, and one set of helping hands […]

Opulent Offerings

New Orleanians of a certain age may recall when local “happy” hours came in three basic forms with slight variations thereof: Three-for-one well brand specials at The Boot, Friar Tucks, Hillary’s and Shanahan’s; the Friday evening “Sippin’ into Sunset,” the all-you-can-drink for $10 booze fest hosted in the mid-1980s at a certain downtown hotel where […]

Philanthropic Fun: Mind, Body & Heart

The 2019 “Go Red for Women Luncheon” highlighted the importance of heart health and served as a platform to educate women about the warning signs and risk factors of heart disease. The event, which welcomed 450 to the Hyatt Regency, focused on the connection between mental and physical health and encouraged attendees to take charge […]

Self-Pampering as Self-Care

Imagine yourself leaving a busy day and walking into a calm environment where you immediately don a soft robe and plush sandals. You enter a relaxation room where a glass of champagne or cup of hot tea awaits. After a few moments of quiet, you receive a restorative service, perhaps a Therapeutic Himalayan Salt Stone […]


Bobby and Allison Hjortsberg with Liz and Jason Williams at the annual Son of a Saint fundraiser, held at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans in November. The event featured a three-course dinner, silent auction and patron cocktail party presented by Moët & Chandon and Link Stryjewski Foundation. Jon DeTrinis, 2017 Son of a Saint Mentor of […]

Philanthropic Fun: Glitzy Golfing

The Sugar Mill set the stage for an elegant evening of Southern charm for this year’s “Sugarplum Ball” for Children’s Hospital. Playfully themed “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” the spectacular golf oasis setting invited guests to participate in games of miniature golf, delectable foods, fine beverages and a silent auction. A “19th Hole” VIP Party preceded […]

Great Grouper

Mango-Lime Gastrique 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil 1 teaspoon piquant peppers 1/4 teaspoon fresh jalapeños, minced 1 Tablespoon fresh ripe mango 1/2 teaspoon cilantro, chopped 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon lime zest 2 Tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 2 Tablespoons butter, coild Salt & pepper to taste Place avocado oil […]

Philanthropic Fun: Art All Around

The NOCCA Institute’s annual “Art & Soul” Gala offered top-notch entertainment featuring NOCCA alumni throughout the entire program, spanning from Press Street Station to 5 Press Gallery, the Solomon Family Hall and the block party along historic Homer Plessy Way. “Art & Soul” raises funds to support the programs of The NOCCA Institute, NOCCA’s nonprofit […]

My Happy ’Hood

I was 27 when I bought my home near Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue. That was 1996, and I still love it here. I never get bored. I have seen things change and, due to an astronomic property value uptick here on the “Sliver by the River,” there’s no way I could ever buy back […]

Morgan’s Note

July in New Orleans often feels like a slog. The heat makes it hard to be out and about, and if it doesn’t feel like you’re walking through a wall of water because of the humidity, you’re actually walking through water while it rains. Many people leave town for as long as possible, escaping to […]

Philanthropic Fun: Playwright’s Party

The “Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival” returned to the historic French Quarter for its 33rd annual celebration of contemporary literature, culture, theater and the works of Williams on March 27-31. The five-day event offered a range of diverse speakers and performers, including Dorothy Allison, Jami Attenberg, Bryan Batt, Jason Berry, Roy Blount Jr., Douglas Brinkley, […]

Shop Talk: Parke McEnery & Katherine Eshleman

What services does your company offer?  Parke: Our companies work closely together to provide unparalleled real estate brokerage and valuation services. Collectively we have over 50 employees, appraisers, real estate agents and brokers, all committed to servicing the local real estate industry. How did the business start?  Parke: In 1980, my father, Peter M. McEnery, […]


There is a little-known crisis affecting children in our city, state and country. While not a medical diagnosis, the growing epidemic called Nature Deficit Disorder highlights the alarming lack of time today’s children spend outdoors. According to the Child Mind Institute, the average American child is said to spend a mere four to seven minutes […]

Arnold, Nia, Kali & Zuri

While there are elements of Audubon Zoo that New Orleanians will always want to see – kids running down Monkey Hill, the Roman Candy Man and the fact that “they all axed for you,” just to name a few – today’s modern zoos are constantly changing and adapting to not only allow visitors to see animals […]

What’s Hot: Summer Style

1. Throw yourself a little shade in a Paloma braided raffia sun hat from Mar Y Sol. $108. Swoon, 130 Harrison Ave., 516-2770 2. It is easy to envision a summer to remember when seen through rose gold-colored glasses like the Lynch by Salt. The Optical Shoppe, 800 Metairie Road, 301-1726, OpticalShoppeBR.com   3. Sophisticated […]

Summer Trends

BEAUTY   BLEU, A Blowdry Bar 701 Metairie Road, Ste. 112-2A, Metairie 504-309-5999 5228 Magazine St., 504-325-5625 BLEUaBlowdryBar.com This summer, enjoy BLEU’s newest service, the Olaplex Blowout Experience. This 1 hour, 6 step process exclusively uses Olaplex products that work on a molecular level to repair broken hair bonds caused by chemical, thermal and mechanical […]

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