Philanthropic Fun: Leaning into Literacy
One Book One New Orleans campaigned for literacy and honored author Elizabeth Williams and chef Susan Spicer.
Enabling ongoing literacy outreach programming, “Juleps in June” supported the efforts of One Book One New Orleans, as well as for their festival, “Words & Music: A Literary Feast.”
The event honored Elizabeth M. Williams, author of OBONO’s 2018 book selection, New Orleans: A Food Biography and chef Susan Spicer.
Pam Georges Dongieux hosted at her Garden District home, decorated beautifully with flowers she herself arranged. Mariana Oldenburg beautifully designed the event programs.
Donated catering was provided by Tujague’s and Seed, as well as beer provided by Second Line Brewing, wine from Martin Wine Cellar and of course mint juleps, with fresh mint provided by The ACORN Farm. Olive Blue Catering prepared classic New Orleans dishes, including red beans and rice and passed appetizers.
New Orleans recording artist Kristin Diable provided musical entertainment.
A festive hat contest offered prizes for the winners, Catherine Whitney and Kate Fatan Burgun: a signed Susan Spicer cookbook and lunch for two, donated by Bayona. Claudia Lynch served as the hat contest judge and provided the prizes for the runners up. Additionally, Trashy Diva provided a gift card as a door prize to one lucky patron.
OBONO Executive Director Megan Holt served as Event Chair.
Event at a Glance
What: “Juleps in June,” benefiting One Book One New Orleans
Where: Home of Pam Georges Dongieux
When: Friday, June 1
Kirk E. Lee, Honoree Elizabeth M. Williams and Honoree chef Susan Spicer
Jason Berry, Stacey Balkun and Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Keith Burnstein, Kristin Diable and David Clemons
Joan Hyman and Elizabeth Hyman
Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, Stephanie Powell, Jermaine Smith and Karl Hartdegen