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Culinary Questions and Answers

  We here at Haute Plates Industries enjoy answering your questions about restaurants, dining and food. By “enjoy,” I mean “ignore,” but certain individuals who will go un-named but who employ Haute Plates Industries feel that Haute Plates Industries should…

Variety is the Spice of the Holidays

  So many special flavors and aromas surround the holiday season – nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, burning embers, pine, eggnog, brandy, and baking aromas just to name a few. There is no reason to limit our sensory experiences by drinking the…

A Sampling of Louisiana Holiday Fun

  Looking for unusual holiday fun this season? Here are a few events happening throughout Louisiana to make your season bright.   Make gingerbread Executive Pastry Chef Brett Gauthier of Red Fish Grill of New Orleans will host Gingerbread Workshops on…

Eli's Last Stand?

  Maybe it's too early to write the epitaph for Eli Manning's football career. Maybe not. Given a chance to redeem his flagging career on Monday Night Football, his flagging coach put Eli in as the starting QB for his…

WeddingWire Winter Bridal Trends

  We’ve been discussing a lot of wedding trends following The Knot magazine’s release of its top trends for 2020. Recently, however, online wedding marketplace WeddingWire, an online division of The Knot, released its top trends for weddings this winter.…

Daring To Say "Christmas"

While at a party several Christmases ago I was talking to a teacher from a local private school. During the conversation I asked her how they celebrate Christmas at the school. “We don’t,” she answered. “We have many cultures there…

Highs and Lows

  You can’t win ‘em all is what every real football fan knows and, unfortunately, that old axiom came into play this weekend as the New Orleans Saints were beat 48-46 in the Superdome. Thankfully, for many a fan in…

The Knot Predictions: Floral Frenzy

Recently, we highlighted some 2020 wedding trend predictions made by wedding magazine The Knot. Topping the list were couple’s providing entertainment and VIP-style perks in powder rooms and lounge areas, as well as interactive food elements, but this week’s trend…

History and Tradition

New Orleans has been described as the northern-most Caribbean city, and I’ve always thought that an apt description. It’s not just that our climate is similar, though that’s a big part of it since we tend to grow the same…

Art and Shopping in Sunset

Visit for the wine. Visit for the art. But most of all, visit Sunset for the chance to buy locally produced gifts and recycled antiques. The town of Sunset, about 20 minutes north of Lafayette, offers an Uncorked Art Walk…

The Perfect Pairing

  Last July when Kaia Gerber (Cindy Crawford’s daughter) took to the runway at the Valentino Couture fashion show in Paris, she heralded the return of big hair. The legendary hairstylist Guido Palau created a ‘60s-inspired sky-high and ultra-thick look…

A Baker’s Dozen

  Every year when the calendar page turns over to December, I have the same initial thought that most Americans have – the only significance December held for me for 26 years: “Oh, hey, it’s almost Christmas!” This means buying…

Historic Anniversary

New Orleans is not lacking in history. We live among countless buildings and historical sites, some of which have been in existence since the city was first established 300 years ago. One of those buildings, the Elms Mansion on St.…

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