Southern Soirée

Donning their Southern best seersucker attire, hundreds gathered at Canal Place on Friday, April 15, to celebrate the 12th annual “Sippin’ In Seersucker,” which took over the first two floors of Canal Place. The annual fundraiser benefits The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and is regarded as the kickoff gala to the summer social season.

Event chairs included L. Kasimu Harris (also a seersucker ensemble judge), Ariel M. Wilson and Jolie Bensen Hamilton (co-owner of clothing company Jolie & Elizabeth).

Fourteen restaurant stations spanned the mall, each offering light bites and cocktails. The list of purveyors included Angeline, The American Sector, Banana Blossom, Barcadia New Orleans, CELEBRATE! Catered Events by Windsor Court Hotel, The Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel, Fulton Alley, Gordon Biersch, Highly Seasoned Catering, Love, Cookie by Baker Maid, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, Silk Road and Southern Candymakers.

Music by Luke Winslow-King String Band and Smoking Time Jazz Club performed lively music as judges roamed the crowd to select participants for the seersucker ensemble competition, hosted by Charles Divins, Master of Ceremonies, and judged by Tracee Dundas and L. Kasimu Harris.

A raffle included four $250 gift cards to The Shops at Canal Place wine, beer, entertainment and craft packages, plus a men’s seersucker suit by Haspel and two seersucker bowties by Jolie & Elizabeth.


What: “Sippin’ In Seersucker,” benefiting The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
When: Friday, April 15
Where: The Shops at Canal Place


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