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” cuisine was prepared by chef Greg Sonnier of Gabrielle and Joel’s Catering. The “Moonlighter” dinner, provided for patrons 40 and under, was served family-style, and featured passed hors d’oeuvres from chef John Sinclair of Longway Tavern, starters from chef John Bel of Meauxbar, a main course from chef Ben McCauley of Sylvain and dessert by chef Nathan Richard of Cavan.

The auction featured extravagant prizes, such as a pair of French 19th century stone garden lions and a gardening consultation with landscape architect Michael A. McClung of Four Seasons Landscape; a dove hunting trip in Uruguay from Black River Outfitters; and a dinner for 10 prepared in your home by James Beard Award-winning chef Sue Zemanick. Raffle prizes included a private chef experience at Mooneyes Kitchen, a Napa Valley Reserve Magnum bottle and artwork by Cleland Powell III. In addition, Porter Lyons Jewelry Pull Program offered Mystery Boxes including jewelry items valued from $50 to $500.

Music was provided by Harry Hardin and his classical and jazz quartet during the cocktail party and dinner. DJ Brice White provided music at the after-party in the Pavilion of Two Sisters.

Proceeds support the Outdoor Teaching Kitchen scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019, which will host educational programs, cooking demonstrations and workshops.

Joey Brown, Liz Brown and Jessie Haynes served as Chairs. The “Moonlighter” party within the party was chaired by Leigh Thorpe, Brooke Levy and Caitlin Brewster. 

Event at a Glance

What: “Magic in the Moonlight,” benefiting Botanical Garden Foundation
When: Friday, October 12
Where: City Park

Philanthropic Fun: Elegance Under the Oaks

Moonlighter Chairs Caitlin Brewster, Leigh Thorpe and Brooke Levy

Philanthropic Fun: Elegance Under the Oaks

 Bob Becker, Rebecca and Dr. Dan Lester and Paul Soniat

Philanthropic Fun: Elegance Under the Oaks

Sweet Dupuy with David and Barbara Waller 

Philanthropic Fun: Elegance Under the Oaks

David Kerstein and Susu Stall

Philanthropic Fun: Elegance Under the Oaks

Natalie Finnegan with chefs Greg and Mary Sonnier