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The Junior League of New Orleans held its “Toast of the Tour Kick-Off Party” and Auction at Latrobe’s on Royal on March 25. The event featured a New Orleans-style menu including flash fried oysters with horseradish aioli, seared Ahi tuna on wonton and avocado purée with tomato salsa, fried soft shell crabs with Remoulade sauce, chicken and andouille gumbo and more.

Special features of the event included an oyster bar provided by Acme Oyster House, a signature cocktail from Republic Beverage Co. by Neil Bodenheimer featuring Buffalo Trace Whiskey, a JLNO 85th anniversary cake by Maurice’s Fresh Pastries, a Cartier watch raffle by Adler’s and floral arrangements by Perfect Presentations.

Entertainment for the evening included music by the Troy Sawyer Trio, Bon Operatit and Ron Jones. The silent auction boasted nearly 50 items including a week’s stay at Seascape Resort in Destin, while the live auction ranged from an entertainer’s package (music by Bon Operatit, catering from The Green Fork, flowers from Urban Earth and invitations from Write on Stationary) and a year’s worth of dining including gift certificates to Boucherie, Café Degas, Dick & Jenny’s, MiLa and more.

The evening also honored the homeowners who opened up their kitchens for the Kitchen Tour: Tracey and Kelly Lightfoot, Michael and Wendi Grosch, David and Margaret Blitch and more.

Kitchen Tour sponsors included Cabinets by Design, Artisan Kitchen & Bath, B&S Appliance Distributors and Thermador, Classic Cupboards, Stafford Tile & Stone, N+O, Nordic Kitchen & Bath, Burke Property Investments, Studio MV and Helm Paint & Supply.