Philanthropic Fun: Dazzling Displays

The “Celebration in the Oaks” soirée helped kick off the holiday season in New Orleans with an exclusive look at the annual lights display, where guests donned in festive holiday cocktail attire get the first glimpse of the illuminated City Park, Botanical Garden and Train Route. Presenting sponsors were Entergy and Fox 8.

Guests were treated to spirits provided by Republic National Distributing Company and cuisine from more than 30 local restaurants, caterers and grocery stores.

A 2019 Culinary Competition among all participating restaurants featured stand-out dishes judged in a variety of categories by Dooky Chase IV and Chenier Taylor. Winners included Haydel’s Bakery for Best Table Display, La Madeleine for Best Holiday Dish, Lagniappe Luncheonette for Most Festive Serve Uniform, Wheatly’s Winter Warmer for Best Cocktail and NOLE’ Restaurant for Most Original Dish.

DJ RQ Away and Karma provided musical entertainment, which included a silent disco in the Lath House. Approximately 1,200 were in attendance. 

Event at a Glance

What: “Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party,” benefiting New Orleans City Park

When: Friday, November 22, 2019

Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park

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 Mike and Sue Guarisco

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Natalie Weiss, Sandra Diggs-Miller and Casie Duplechain


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