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St. Charles Avenue May 2007

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Plane Dealing

When traveling this summer, it’s interesting to note that while plane technology was not as advanced, planes looked so much more stylish—and air travel seemed a lot more leisurely so many years ago. With that in mind, we take a look back at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. During the 1930s, the New […]

Losing Weight on the Go

For many people, finding an effective way to lose weight can be difficult—almost as difficult as finding a few extra minutes in their jam-packed days. In a world of exhausting commutes, long workdays and a multitude of daily chores and errands, the task of shedding those extra pounds can often fall to the wayside. But […]

An Affair to Remember

The beginning of summer in New Orleans brings endless opportunities for entertainment—festivals, barbecues and patio dining, to name a few. While flip-flops and Bermudas, icy cold beer and boiled seafood are all welcome additions to the season, many want to host a warm-weather party that kicks it up a notch—not the temperature, but the style […]

Savoring Summer

As summer descends upon the city and nature sets the temperature to “broil,” the typically straightforward task of choosing a place to eat can be rendered onerous by the heat. Therefore, in an attempt to simplify the decision making process, we’ve posited some typical dining quandaries along with some proposed solutions. So get out there […]

Tiller – Berger Wedding

Allison and Ben When Allison Aden Berger met Benjamin (Ben) Bradley Tiller at a friend’s wedding, little did she know that they had just missed meeting years earlier. They had both been ski instructors at Snowmass, and it was this missed connection that actually was one of the ways they connected. And on March 3, […]

North of the Lake

Inclement weather didn’t keep the crowds away from Barq’s “Woofstock” festival on April 1. The Sunday afternoon affair still drew 1,000 people and more than 500 dogs to Covington’s Bogue Falaya Park. A benefit for the St. Tammany Humane Society, the all-day event began with a low cost vet clinic, which offered discounts on heartworm […]

Lifesaving Lessons

Master of ceremonies Dr. Luis Gabriel Uribe and event chair Angela Westbrook were part of an elegant evening party to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana. Held April 14 at the Sheraton Hotel, partygoers  at the “Gift of Life Gala” commenced their night by sipping cocktails and bidding in a silent auction, […]

Give Me Some Sugar

he richer, the better—for chocolate, that is! And at the WYES-TV/Channel 12’s “Chocolate Sunday” on April 1, more than 600 guests enjoyed chocolate in almost every form imaginable. The event was held at Generations Hall, and in honor of the WYES’ 50th anniversary local pastry chefs indulged their talents with a sculpture competition, complete with […]

Brimming with Creativity

he Women’s Guild of the New Orleans Opera held its 23rd annual “Mad Hatter’s Luncheon” on March 29 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel—complete with the whimsical theme of “Butterfly Gardens.” Event co-chair Jane Renaudin saw some gorgeous glittering butterfly decorations while visiting Newport and knew they would be the perfect addition to the […]

Playing for Keeps

While playwright Tennessee Williams is the patron saint of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, other writers get their due as this event showcases works by them and Williams. Held March 28 to April 1, seminars, workshops, theatrical offerings, film, food and cocktails—remember, Williams is the patron saint—crowd the days and nights. So it was […]

By a Snout

Some New Orleanians can’t get enough of Mardi Gras. So less than two months after Mardi Gras day, Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World played host on April 14 to Bridge House and ABC26/CW38’s “Cochon Cotillion XI.” The evening was a Mardi Gras parody with more than 900 revelers who sported their tackiest black-tie attire to […]

Doing its Part

Desire NOLA provides grants and small business development assistance, and on March 30, the group also showed the city that it knows how to throw a great party. More than 400 people attended “A Party Named Desire,” which was held at Republic nightclub. Chairing the event was Annie Flettrich, and committee members included Christy Reeves, […]

Hitting a Milestone

On March 30, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans celebrated the 30th anniversary of its still popular “Julia Jump” benefit.  The soirée’s setting at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Hotel—itself an example of preserving the past, as it was once the Maison Blanche department store—created just the right mood. The patron party began with music […]

Wet Noses, Warm Hearts

Two legs were good, but four legs were even better at the LA/SPCA “Dog Day Afternoon” on March 25. This year’s theme was “Pawsitively New Orleans: Gotta dig it!” The event, which helped to raise money for the LA/SPCA to help homeless and abused animals, was held at Audubon Park with plenty of furry fun […]

Ever Green

“Art in Bloom” was sorely missed in 2006, so when it was announced that it would return in 2007, there was much rejoicing. This year’s theme, “Vive la Nouvelle Orleans!” was apt, as it celebrated the rebuilding spirit of the city and coincided with the exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art, “Femme, Femme, […]

Creating New Memories

It was just before 7 p.m. and for one home on St. Charles Avenue, the night of April 20 was just about to begin. The garden—still vibrant with late spring blossoms—had a just-before-sunset glow and was humming with activity: wine being uncorked, food simmering or receiving final touches, the band getting in place. The home—a […]

Along the Avenue

If June is “sweet”—weddings, graduations, and such—May is feverishly festive, starting May Day, rolling thru Jazz Fest, “Sippin’ in Seersucker,” the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience, and moving toward “Juleps in June.” Great guy Dalton Milton now has his own official day thanks to the New Orleans City Council, plus an official drink, the […]

Land of the Brave

Memorial Day is an important reminder of the importance of our men and women in the armed forces. During World War II, there was a person back home in New Orleans who made an his own contribution to the war effort: Andrew Jackson Higgins. His Higgins Industries produced the first amphibious landing craft: the LCVP […]

Giving Spirits

New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes and Catholic Charities welcomed 130 guests at the early evening reception on March 5 at the Archbishop’s residence. The eventwas to honor longtime volunteers for Archbishop’s Community Appeal. The fund was founded by Archbishop Philip Hannan and Dr. Ralph Dauterive 40 years ago as an effort to help the city […]

Red Carpet Revelry

Lights, cameras, action! The glitz and glamour of Hollywood was on hand at the W New Orleans Hotel for the American Red Cross’ “Red Cross Red Carpet” Oscar-night party. To give the party a “reel world” feel, partygoers were greeted by a Joan Rivers impersonator and ”paparazzi” (actually local middle school students). Hosted by ABC-26 […]

with pain, no gain

We want to thank you for the abundance of emails we’ve received lately.  A topic that has come up frequently has been pain management and the awareness of possible injuries resulting from working out. When any workout or specific exercise causes you pain, pay attention. Knowing how to react can help you avoid a serious […]

Graduation Gifts

1. Come to Little Miss Muffin to get gifts for your graduate including this magnetic bulletin board from Bittersweet. It’s great to bring to the dorm to hang your photos and memories. Little Miss Muffin, 244 Metairie Rd., 504.833.6321, 766 Harrison Ave., 504.482.8200 2. Sterling belt buckles designed by Tom Mathis and handmade by the craftsmen […]

Marsiglia – LaCorte Wedding

Jennifer and Michael Little did Jennifer St. John LaCorte and Michael Jay Marsiglia know that years after they shared a lunch table at Metairie Park Country Day School, they would one day be dating, much less married. It took them until college—separate ones in different states—to start dating, but eventually they landed in New Orleans […]

North of the Lake

Spending a Sunday evening—March 18, to be exact—in Covington’s Bogue Falaya Park was not only a pleasant option to wrap up the weekend, but it was also a great way to benefit the Youth Service Bureau. The party on this beautiful night was the “Chef Soirée,” at which there was more than enough food—85 plus […]

An Open Book

The Friends of City Park hosted a wonderful evening of outdoor entertainment and dining to contribute to the rebuilding of New Orleans’ beloved City Park.  “Lark in the Park” was held March 23 at the park’s Pavilion of the Two Sisters and Botanical Gardens.  Partygoers enjoyed some of the finest local cuisine and live entertainment […]

To Grow and Nuture

On March 22, Jefferson Beautification supporters spent a spring evening at the home of Jennifer and Kenny Rabalais as a preview to the Omni Bank “Parkway Promenade XVI.”  The more than 200 patron party guests sampled delectable food  by Vega Tapas Café and Chop’s Bistro & Martini Bar, and enjoyed live entertainment by the Last […]

Star Power

For this year’s Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans Campaign Celebration, the group turned to Academy Award-winning actor and activist Richard Dreyfuss to be their guest speaker at the March 7 event. Dreyfuss spoke about of the importance of teaching civics to America’s youth, as well as encouraging his audience to appreciate their Constitutional rights. […]

Helping Others

Adelightful culinary occasion filled Emeril’s restaurant when the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry held its annual “Sunday at Emeril’s” on March 18. A cocktail hour preceded dinner, with a musical performance by two NOCCA students. The cocktails and music allowed guests to work up their appetite for delicious fare prepared by […]

Getting High Marks

March was a busy month for fund-raisers with these three local schools putting their own spin on their respective parties. On March 3, Jesuit High School hit the high seas with its nautically themed “Celebration” benefit held at the school. More than 500 Jesuit supporters were greeted at the party’s entrance by an oversized life […]

A Vine Affair

An evening of delectable dining and drinks, as well as silent and live auctions, was held on March 23 to benefit renowned national landmarks Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses. The annual “Amazing Grapes Fine Wine Auction and Dinner” was held at the Foundry on St. Joseph Street, where chef Horst Pfeifer once again thrilled partygoers […]

A Harmonic Convergence

On March 10, the elegant Garden District home and garden of Edmund and Anne Redd was packed with revelers there to support a good cause, the Legacy Donor Foundation, and to have a spirited time, as the “Soul Revival” gathers those who like their music loud and fast and their food finger-licking good. The music […]

A Beacon of Hope

Co-chairs Katy Casbarian and Mathilde Currence put together an evening of fine dining and fund-raising in the French Quarter at Arnaud’s Restaurant on March 15. Sponsors of the event—besides the restaurant host—included the Goldring Family Foundation, Otto Candies and Perfect Presentations. The elegant affair was a benefit for the Lighthouse for the Blind, which serves […]

Restoring its Presence

An abundance of gorgeous Newcomb pottery created before 1930 was showcased March 24 and 25 at the New Orleans Auction Galleries for a special auction to benefit the Save Newcomb College organization. But pottery was not the only coveted works up for bid. Paintings, engravings, metalwork and drawings were also among the prized items auctioned […]

A Fetching Confection

Dreams of sugarplums were dancing in heads, no doubt, when the “Sugarplum Ball” returned this year with the theme of “Candyland.” The party was held March 16 at City Park’s Pavilion of Two Sisters, itself transformed into a Willa Wonka-like paradise by oversized lollipops, a giant Hershey kiss and flavorful balloons placed throughout and  into […]

Roamin’ Holiday

New Orleanians have the best of almost everything right here at home. Let’s face it, who can top our unique mix of cultures, cuisine, music, architecture and laissez-faire, bohemian and resilient spirit? But, New Orleanians also know that to really appreciate home, you have to broaden your horizons.  So when the temperature and the humidity […]

Mother’s Day

Mom can sample the life of the bon vivant with an evening at One Restaurant & Lounge, where they have just debuted their menu for spring. New items include delicacies like cochon de lait, a slow-cooked pork roast served with stoned ground grits, sweet-and-sour red cabbage, and cracklins on the side. Another scrumptious choice is […]

All in the Family

Tommy Cvitanovich, Drago Cvitanovich and Klara Cvitanovich AppetizerDrago’s Original Charbroiled Oysters EntrèeHerradura Shrimp DessertHot Brownie à la Mode Herradura ShrimpHerradura Mix: 1/2 to 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (cut into strips) reconstituted with white wine 2 sticks whole butter2 whole yellow onions (diced 1/4-inch cut) 3 tblsp. Vegetable Magic (Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasonings) 1/2 tsp. […]

A Seafood Soirée

‘tis the season for crawfish, shrimp, crabmeat and other bounties from Louisiana’s waters. So it’s a great time to have a casual get together in the backyard to enjoy the last moments of spring (and crawfish!) Call three couples and assign each couple to bring a dish (salad, hors d’oeuvres or dessert)—or even a special […]

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