La Petite Grocery welcomed 80 guests to a seated dinner and live auction for the fifth annual “A Blind Taste,” which benefits the WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Impaired. The FM reading radio station broadcasts over a 90-mile radius from New Orleans. The station’s programming includes a broad range of interests ranging from news, magazines, literature, fiction, non-fiction and interviews with writers, authors, poets, chefs, musicians and people working in service for the blind and other local populations in need.

Co-Chairs were Angela Hill and Charles Smith. Charlotte Travieso, a WRBH volunteer reader and longtime supporter, was the guest speaker.

The dinner and auction were held in La Petite Grocery’s dining room, arranged by proprietor Mia Freiberger-Devilier. The five-course meal was prepared by chef Justin Devilier.

The Greg Smith string duo performed during the Patron Party, which included passed hors d’oeuvres such as blue crab beignets, chanterelle mushrooms on brioche and Louisiana caviar and creme fraiche on cornbread blinis, paired with a Spanish sparkling wine.

The live auction featured a five-night, six-day stay in a Paris apartment, a cocktail party for 25 guests presented by La Petite Grocery at the winner’s choice of local venue, a Saints and Pelicans package, a couple’s afternoon, a framed print by Butch Anthony and a membership to the New Orleans Athletic Club.

This year, there was a new addition of an online-only silent auction ran for two weeks leading up to “A Blind Taste,” plus a raffle for one José Balli sterling silver fleur de lis necklace, donated by Kaye and Jerry Smith.


Event at a Glance

What: A Blind Taste benefiting WRBH Radio for the Blind
When: September 17
Where: La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine St.)


Philanthropic Fun: Sensory Dining

Kaye Smith and Jerry Smith

Philanthropic Fun: Sensory Dining

Board Member Matt Berger, Board President Daniel Meyer, Board Member Lindsey Wands and Buddy Henricks