New Orleans was a scenic sea of seersucker on Friday, May 14 for the sixth year as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans and The Shops at Canal Place united together in style for “Sippin’ in Seersucker.” The “evening of Southern art, music, cocktails, cuisine, fashion and shopping” has begun to mark the start of summer on many New Orleanians’ calendars.
Tables were decked with – what else – seersucker tablecloths and floral centerpieces of multicolored roses. The fabric’s name is derived from the Hindi, Urdu and Persian words “shir o shaker,” meaning “milk and sugar.”
Speaking of, there were tastes from great New Orleans establishments including Bittersweet Confections, Jazmine Café, Kyoto, La Côte Brasserie, Rambla, Sazerac Restaurant, Slice and Zea Rotisserie and Grill. Mint juleps and mojitos were popular cocktails along with the Herbsaint Frappe by Tales of the Cocktail.
Co-chairs this year were Josh Friedmann, Townsend Jordan and Elizabeth and Cooper Woods. Mix 92.3 morning show host Mike Theis emceed with help from Rita Benson LeBlanc. The evening was dedicated to Brandon Franklin of the TBC Brass Band, who was killed days before. TBC performed as well as sissy bounce performers Katey Red and Big Freedia, joined onstage by Ms. Tee. Katey Red and Big Freedia also judged the seersucker contest; Dusk Lipton and Golden Richard IV took home best dressed – a prestigious honor in such a fashionable crowd.
The raffle’s five packages were Beauty, Entertainment, Shopping, Wine and “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown.” Guests browsed the shopping specials throughout the stores and mixed and mingled amongst guests including actress Jennifer Coolidge, City Councilmember-at-Large Jackie Clarkson, DJ Lefty and Alison Fensterstock, Polo Silk, Edwin Neill and Dr. Christ Voigt. Most striped ensembles survived the soiree without a spill. So in summation, Sippin’ in Seersucker was sensational!