Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Toast to New Orleans: September 23-30



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Darlings,

The beautiful fall season is here and we can feel in the air, the sweet smell of victory as our beloved Saints team in its first home game scored a victory against the  Vikings. I could not wait to say these words: Geaux Saints. GO !Emoji

Last week was a very exciting, inspirational and powerful week.  Once again, there were more fabulous events than I could possible attend but I sure tried. 

I started it by attending  WYES Beatles Tribute with The FAB FOUR (56 photos)

Fabulous is the only way that I could describe the performance of the Fab Four as WYES Recreates A Night New Orleanians Never Forgot - The invasion and performance of the Beatles 50 years ago My brother Lorenzo and I started our evening at the VIP reception at the WYES Studio where we enjoyed fabulous cuisine, libations and meeting the Fab 4 and the gentleman who portrayed Ed. Sullivan.

From there we were transported by bus to and from Tad Gomley Stadium. When we arrived at the Stadium it raining until the first few minutes of the performance and miraculously the rain stopped and we started grooving to the sounds of the FAB FOUR. l wasn't here in 1964 but this is one evening that I am going to remember for a long time.

Did you know that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? Touro and Crescent City Physicians hosted  the second annual beer tasting event to raise prostate cancer awareness on Thursday, September 18 from 5:30-8 p.m. at NOLA Brewery Company at 3000 Tchoupitoulas. I had a fun time for a great cause.

My next stop was at the Eiffel Society where the hilarious Politics with a Punch was taking place. I didn't stay long but it is always fun to see my old-time friends.

The Louisiana Women Leaders Business Conference at the New Orleans Hilton was an incredible experience, I attended the lovely luncheon that featured as Keynote Speaker CNN Headline News' Nancy Grace and Mistress of Ceremony Nancy Parker, Fox 8 TV News anchor and three-time Emmy Award Winning Journalist. Nancy Grace 's speech was moving and inspirational.


 Friday was quite a very special night. Darlings, you know that I do not give up going to the opening night of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra withCarlos Miguel Prieto and Martini Madness at City Park, but there were three events that I needed to cover; The first one was the at the lovely home ofHeidy and James Dugan on Prytania Street. Reception honoring Hall of Fame Inductees for Louisiana Center (9 photos)

My next soiree was fortunately across the street and it was The Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild's largest annual fundraiser for the second year in its new form as a Masquerade with a fabulous Spanish theme. In honor of season-opening opera of “Carmen”, the Juniors’ Masquerade event consisted of a costume or cocktail attire event with Spanish-inspired entertainment, food and libations, and atmosphere.

This year’s Masquerade: Running with the Bulls, took place at the New Orleans Opera Guild Home in the Garden District.. The evening was graced with live music by The Treblemakers and an electric, Spanish inspired fashion show by NOLA Fashion week. My darling friend, talented Venezuela-born Fashion Designer, Jose Luis Rodriguez, featured his Spanish-themed, cape-inspired collection for a fabulous, private showing at the Guild Home. Jose made a fabulous red and black lace matador hat for me to wear so I needed to make an appearance.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana's Excelencia Award Dinner Gala at the JW Marriott was outstanding. It honored Entergy, Brenda Murphy, Teresa Lawrence, Lindsey Navarro and Raul FonteJulio and Cesar and their band kept everyone dancing the night away after the delicious dinner, 2014 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Excelencia Award (39 photos)

Before I share all the fabulous events that have been scheduled for this upcoming week I want to share this news. 

Last week, we were mourning the loss of great jazz visionary, promoter, publisher, Cosimo Matassa and this week we are mourning  the death of my darling, old-time friend: talented artist Bruce Brice. http://www.wwltv.com/story/news/local/2014/09/14/first-jazz-fest-poster-artist-bruce-brice-dies/15645061/ 
On a happy note, Dress for Success New Orleans has added an extra weekend for their 3rd Annual Inventory Reduction Sale. The location is Esplanade Mall between Target and Dillard’s, across from the feature elevator, First Floor, in Kenner, LA to benefit Dress for Success’ mission of promoting economic independence of disadvantaged women.

I am looking forward to attending these events: 
On Friday,  September 26, there will be no one but three fabulous events:
LOVE In the Garden benefiting  New Orleans Museum of Art. Sponsored by Regions Bank, the annual fundraiser, in celebration of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts' fortieth anniversary, the New Orleans Museum of Art will honors five artists-faculty and alumni-from the renowned high school conservatory during LOVE in the Garden 2014(see below for details).

That night is also, the  14th Annual Belles & Beaus Ball at Mardi Gras World, 7-11 p.m. Performance by The 610 Stompers, Fashion Show by The Shops at Canal Place, Music by Karma New Orleans, Hosted by Nancy Parker and Mark Romig, live and silent Auction, and food from over 30 local restaurants
  
The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, will pay tribute to the women of New Orleans and their legendary influence when it marks the 65th anniversary of the historic 1949 Stormin' of the Sazerac” on Friday, September 26.

On Saturday, September 27, once again there are more fun events than I could possible attend 
VCPORA's Annual Fundraiser VIVE LE VIEUX CARRE., One of the oldest and most historic buildings in the French Quarter, the Old Ursuline Convent, 1100 Chartres St., will be the scene for the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates' big whoop-di-do,  from 7 to 10 p.m.

The International School of Louisiana cordially invites you to our 11th annual Refrigerator Art Auction and Gala, Phantom Masquerade, to benefit our Enrichment programs. Our gala, named after a child’s first canvas, the refrigerator, brings together local artists, musicians, and more than 300 guests for an evening of local cuisine, libations, eclectic auction items and special musical performances. 

September 27, 2014
Generations Hall
310 Andrew Higgins Dr.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Patron Party (Doors open 6pm)
Gala (7pm-10pm)

For more information email development@isl-edu.org or call (504) 229-4375

New Orleans on Tap benefiting Louisiana SPCA is also on Saturday, September 27. The SPCA teams up with local favorite beer bar The Bulldog to throw a beer tasting festival showcasing more than 200 beers and live music.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner! benefiting Pirates Alley Faulkner Society will be celebrated on Sunday, September, 28. Beginning at 1 p.m. with a toast with mint juleps in traditional cups, this event (usually titled “Juleps in June”) will feature an open bar, music, the annual auction of a Faulkner-related painting and literary honorees Bonnie Warren and Cheryl Gerber. 

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On Sunday, September 28, the French Market will hold it last "Taste of the Opera" from 4 to 5 p.m.

That evening, Trinity Artist Series presents, at 5 pm, flutist Laura Patterson, pianist/organist/harpsichordist Albinas Prizgintas and Nanette Ledetdancer/choreographer and her Ensemble in a program of Music and Dance
Grand Golden Gamble benefiting Longue Vue House and Gardens will be on Sunday as well. 
Longue Vue House and Gardens hosts its newest fundraiser, inspired by the location of the evening – the Playhouse at Longue Vue – featuring specialty cocktails, food stations and more.
Finally on Monday, September 29, it is SoFAB's Ribbon CuttingA three-day celebration beginning on September 29, at 1 pm. (see calendar below for all the details)
Darlings please make sure that you put in your calendar that the next Royal Sonesta's Round Table is on Thursday, October 16 at noon at the elegant Fleur de Lis Suite of the Royal Sonesta. We will be celebrating Oktoberfest and Halloween, so get your sexy, creative Witch Hat. WE will feature Kirk Coco, CEO of NOLA Brewery Company, Karlos Knott of Bayou Teche Brewing  and the Director of Deutsches House Keith Oldendorf,, The entertainment will be by talented performers of the Jefferson Performer Arts Society's Pasta and Puccini.. Their Gala will be on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel. 
The Royal Sonesta’s Round Table Luncheon is $50 inclusive with advance reservations or $55 at the door. Parking is complimentary in the hotel’s parking garage. For reservations, please contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220 or email her at nscallan@sonesta.com

Have a great week: 

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PIZZA NOLA TO HOST "GUMBO PARTY" FOR NCIS:NEW ORLEANS PREMIERE
TV Correspondent Dave Walker joins the fun to share his thoughts. 

Will Samuels, co-owner of Lakeview's Pizza Nola, announced today that the pizzeria will host a "Gumbo Party" for the premiere of the CBS television series NCIS:New Orleans on Tuesday, September 23, from 7:00-10:00pm, at 141 W Harrison.

 The CBS drama stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McClellan, and CCH Pounder comprising a field office team that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in New Orleans, a city that (according to the CBS press release) " 
Joining the party will be Dave Walker, Television Correspondent for The Times-Picayune/Nola.com. The show begins at 8pm, but at 7pm, Mr. Walker will share his views on the new fall TV season. Throughout the evening, the pizzeria will have a special screen showing tweets tagged with #GumboParty and #NCISNola. Pizza Nola has also put together a Twitter list of NCIS:New Orleans cast and crew which can be found at https://twitter.com/PizzaNola/lists/ncisnola. 
Following the show, at 9pm, Mr. Walker will conduct a live chat about the episode on Nola.com

The show will be projected on a large screen in the pizzeria's parking lot. The pizzeria will be offering free gumbo (while supplies last) as well as $1-off bottled beer throughout the event.

Other food and drinks will be available for sale from the restaurant, and participants are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs (no outside food or drinks).
and is open daily with dine-in and carryout service as well as delivery to 70124, 70005, UNO and beyond. On Fridays through Sundays, the restaurant offers a full breakfast (including delivery) from Bawk beginning at 7am. 
For more information, call Pizza Nola at 504-872-0731, visit the event's Facebook site at Facebook.com/events/691886510897098/, or visit PizzaNola.com, Facebook.com/PizzaNola , or follow @PizzaNola and #GumboParty on Twitter. 

“Bites of Bywater”

September 23 – 24, 2014

Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, is hosting its next event in the Bywater neighborhood. Dishcrawl takes food lovers on a gourmet walking tour to four distinctive neighborhood restaurants in one night. It's like a pub crawl-but more delicious!
Dishcrawl delights New Orleans foodies with its latest event "Bites of Bywater."  Each night will only accommodate 25 ticket holders, so the experience will be intimate and very special. On both nights, Dishcrawlers will visit four rising stars of the Bywater culinary scene to sample signature dishes from appetizers to dessert. Couples, singles, groups of family and friends and all around adventurous food lovers, are socially and culinarily engaged through impromptu and intimate restaurant immersion.
Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, at which time the first location is revealed to ticket holders.
September 23 – November 19

The Victory Belles present America's Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to The Andrews Sisters

September 23 – November 19
  • Location: National WWII Museum, The Stage Door Canteen
  • Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Times: 11:45 am
  • Admission: $40.00
  • Phone: 504-528-1943
  • Venue: National WWII Museum, The

Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews Sisters epitomized the "we're all in this together" spirit of the war years, and their optimistic songs and exuberance made them ideal morale boosters. The Victory Belles are proud to pay tribute to this talented trio, who volunteered so much time entertaining our troops here and abroad. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time, and Chattanooga Choo Choo, are just a few of the signature favorites you'll hear in this upbeat Canteen salute.
Wednesday, September 24
 
9 breweries... 20 beers... a bearded blogger... and an Irish pub.
It's time to raise a glass to Louisiana Craft Brewers Week! Bite and Booze and The Irish House bring the best in brew to you. All commercially available Louisiana breweries in New Orleans will be under one roof on September 24th! Mix and mingle with the beers you  love best and try exclusive specialty concoctions from each brewery! Chef Matt Murphy will be serving up some of his classic pub food, Jay Ducote will be there to drink, beer will be flowing, and good times will be had! Check back here soon to see what beers will be poured at the event.

September 24 – October 4

Mark of the Feminine

August 02 – October 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of exhibitions to be produced by the CAC focusing on the remarkable community of artists working in New Orleans. The 2014 exhibition,  features works by a selection of multigenerational female and female-identifying contemporary artists working in a variety ofmediums.
NEW ORLEANS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
UPCOMING SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Orion Group Open House & Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, September 24th
 
201 St. Charles Ave.
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

RSVP required. 
Please call 713-783-3449 or email Somer.Yarbrough@orioneng.com



 


World Trade Center Executive Speakers Series
Thursday, September 25th

*Chamber members will be given the World Trade Center member rate
Featuring Guest Speaker, Walter Robb Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market

Westin Canal Place Hotel
Room Number: Ballroom II
100 Rue Iberville
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

For more information please click here



Thursday, September 25
  
The Fall 2014 season of Jazz in the Park  event now runs from 12 to 8PM, with  after party at Kermit Ruffins' Treme Speakeasy (1535 Basin Street) from 8 to 11PM
September 25

Le Foret to host Round Pond Wine Dinner

  •  Le Foret, 
  •  129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Times: 7:00 pm
  • Admission: $125.00 per person, including tax and gratuity
  • Phone: 504-553-6738
  • Venue: Le Foret
With fall right around the corner, Le Foret - the CBD's 4-story French and Creole inspired contemporary restaurant - has crafted a sumptuous seasonal four-course wine dinner, showcasing pairings from Round Pond Winery. Located in the acclaimed Rutherford region of Napa Valley, Round Pond is a family-owned and operated vineyard known for its voluptuous, complex varietals, expertly paired with a specially crafted menu by Executive Chef Brandon Felder - recently crowned Gambit's Emerging Chef Winner. Wine aficionados and foodies alike can enjoy four delectable courses highlighting the warm, rich flavors of autumn, featuring correlating wines from one of California's most premiere vineyards.


September 25-30

RIVERTOWN THEATERS PRESENTS - SHREK THE MUSICAL


  • Location: Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts
  • Address: 325 Minor Street, Kenner, LA
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Visit Website
Based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, we bring the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things... more

Friday, September 26
STORMIN' OF THE SAZERAC

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria™ Hotel will pay tribute to the women of New Orleans and their legendary influence when it marks the 65th anniversary of the historic 1949 “Stormin' of the Sazerac” on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Wearing the hats, veils, peep-toe shoes and gloves, popular in post-war New Orleans, they changed the Sazerac Bar forever. Get ready to storm in the Fountain Lounge beginning at 2:00 p.m., where ladies can enjoy $6.50 Sazeracs, specialty cocktails, small plates and shopping.

September 26
 
The American Cancer Society New Orleans and HEROfarm invite you to the 14th Annual Belles & Beaus Ball this Friday. Enjoy food, music, open bar, silent auction, Belles & Beaus presentation, fashion show and more. 



14th Annual Belles & Beaus Ball * September 26, 2014 Mardi Gras World * 7-11 p.m.Performance by The 610 Stompers, Fashion Show by The Shops at Canal Place, Music by Karma New Orleans, Hosted by Nancy Parker and Mark Romig, Live and Silent Auction, and Food from over 30 local restaurants 



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New Orleans Museum of Art
Love in the Garden
Fri., Sept. 26
Celebrate LOVE in the Garden presented by Regions with over 60 of New Orleans' best restaurants, musical entertainment by NOCCA Jazz & Vocal Ensembles, The Yat Pack, Mario Abney & The Abney Effect and the inaugural LOVE Cocktail Challenge featuring craft bartenders from around the city. To purchase tickets, visit noma.org


Friday, September 26, 2014
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Patron Party | 7 pm 
Garden Party | 8 pm
Late-Night Party | 9 pm
With entertainment by
NOCCA Jazz & Vocal Ensembles | The Yat Pack
Mario Abney & The Abney Effect
Honoring NOCCA Artists
Jennifer Odem | Brandan Odums | Mary Jane Parker
Ersy Schwartz | Michel Varisco

In celebration of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts' fortieth anniversary, the New Orleans Museum of Art honors five artists-faculty and alumni-from the renowned high school conservatory during LOVE in the Garden 2014. Similarly focused on arts education, NOMA provided classroom space to a nascent NOCCA in the mid-1970s as it launched its new arts-focused school. Today, NOCCA offers 11 arts training programs and an innovative academic curriculum providing an educational experience unlike any other
September 26 – 28

JEFFERSON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY PRESENTS - BLUEBERRY HILL


  • Location: Teatro Wego
  • Address: 177 Sala Ave., Westwego, LA
  • Time: Friday and Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday 3:00 pm.
  • Visit Website
The Jefferson Performing Arts Society will be opening their 37th Season with an original New Orleans Jukebox Musical, Blueberry Hill. Written and Directed by Butch Caire. Featuring classic New Orleans... more


September 26 – 28

THE ANTHONY BEAN THEATER PRESENTS - TWO TRAINS RUNNING


  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Anthony Bean Community Theater
  • Address: 1333 So. Carrollton Avenue (Corner of Willow Stree), New Orleans, LA
  • Time: Friday and Sunday 8:00 pm; Sunday Matinee 3:00 pm
Two Trains Running is the powerful, often funny, always compassionate story of ordinary people who find community and hope in a Pittsburgh diner amid the turbulent political upheaval and social change... more

Saturday. September 27
VCPORA's Annual Fundraiser
Vive le Vieux Carre
One of the oldest and most historic buildings in the French Quarter, the Old Ursuline Convent, 1100 Chartres St., will be the scene for the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates' big whoop-di-do, Vive le Vieux Carre!, on Sept. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

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11th Annual Refrigerator Art Auction and Gala: Phantom Masquerade

International School of Louisiana

Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

New Orleans, LA


The International School of Louisiana cordially invites you to our 11th annual Refrigerator Art Auction and Gala, Phantom Masquerade, to benefit our Enrichment programs. Our gala, named after a child’s first canvas, the refrigerator, brings together local artists, musicians, and more than 300 guests for an evening of local cuisine, libations, eclectic auction items and special musical performances. 


Sunday, September 28 
@ 5 pm: Flutist Laura Patterson, pianist/organist/harpsichordist Albinas Prizgintas
and Nanette Ledet dancer/choreographer and her Ensemble in a program of Music and Dance  

Tuesday, September 30 at 6 pm: “Organ & Labyrinth” and  candlelight with Albinas Prizgintas
on the 5000 pipe tracker organ. From Classical baroque to Vintage Rock and Popular tunes.

SoFAB's Ribbon Cutting on September 29th

A three day celebration beginning on September 29, 2014 at 1 pm.

 Day One - Ribbon cutting celebrating the re-opening of the 
Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Museum of the American Cocktail,
Galerie d’Absinthe
Kuyper Cake Collection
Gallery of the South - States of Taste =
Purloo - A Restaurant and bar

at 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. in New Orleans in its own building with a demonstration kitchen and the restaurant, Purloo. The event is hosted by Mark Romig, President & CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. The Gallery of the South – States of Tastes presents an exhibit representing every state in the South including the District of Columbia. The Museum of the American Cocktail’s unique collection documenting the history of the cocktail opens as a part of the new museum.

The temporary exhibit during the opening includes the photographic work of Stephen Binns.  This exhibit will be followed in mid-December by an exhibit celebrating the 175 th anniversary of Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans.  Antoine’s is America’s oldest continuously operating restaurant run by its founding family.

The annual lecture that culminates the Culinaria Query, the Contemporary Issues in Food & Drink  Lecture sponsored by Domino Foods, Inc. will take place in the evening at the museum.  The speaker will be Jeremiah Tower.  He will speak to the query:  Can we reset the family table?  The title of his talk is “Do Smart Phones Replace the Family?” The lecture is followed by a short reception.  There will be an invitation only cocktail party later that night.  
Day Two - Jeremiah Tower will conduct a Master Class for aspiring culinary students from area schools and programs, including CafĂ© Reconcile, Liberty’s Kitchen, and NOCCA. Free admission until mid-October begins for concierges and taxi drivers.
Day Three - Jeremiah Tower will conduct an afterschool class for children.  

SoFAB is celebrating its opening by sharing with the community!

Media guided walk-throughs on that morning at 10:00 am and 11:30 am.  Press welcome from 10:00 am for photos and interviews. 

What’s Inside: The museum, which originally opened in 2008 at the Riverwalk Marketplace, is re-opening in its own building with many exciting features made possible by the new building:

  1. The Rouse’s Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air at SoFAB. This is a special demonstration kitchen.
  2. Gallery of the South: States of Taste. This Gallery features exhibits about each state in the South, with signage by renowned folk artist Dr. Bob. It includes the Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery which will be rededicated.  
  3. Opening of the full-service restaurant Purloo, with Chef/Owner Ryan Hughes.
  4. Special Exhibits Gallery:  Photography by Stephen Binns
  5. Museum of the American Cocktail
  6. The Trail of Smoke and Fire (barbecue around the south)
  7. Galerie d’Absinthe
Where:  1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113, the former Dryades Street Market. It was part of the city market system of New Orleans. The architect is Jonathan Tate. Construction has been managed by Woodward Design Build.  

Speakers:  Speakers include Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, Councilmembers Stacy Head and LaToya Cantrell, various donors and community members. Special guest chef Jeremiah Tower will be presenting a keynote talk, as well as conducting a master class for area culinary students on September 30 and a class for children on October 1.

Museum Hours: Wednesday through Monday from 11 to 5:30. Adult admission is $10.00, $5.00 for students and seniors.

What People Are Saying:  “The Museum of the American Cocktail tells the exciting story of the cocktail, explains its important place in history, and looks forward to its future,” says Dale DeGroff, MOTAC founder and SoFAB Institute Board member. “We can’t wait to share the cocktail story.”

“We could not be more excited about the upcoming opening,” says Liz Williams, president of the SoFAB Institute. “We are honored to have the support of Jenn-Air/Whirlpool, the Julia Child Foundation, Rouses Market,and Domino Foods, as well as many private and foundation donors. We look forward to many years of partnership.”
   
“The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is a unique museum celebrating and documenting the food and foodways of the American South. It has been growing since it first opened in 2008,” explains SoFAB Board Chairman, Edward Johnston.

SoFAB InstituteThe SoFAB Institute documents and celebrates the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming, and a range of media.  Because everyone eats, all aspects of food and drink—culture and geography, anthropology and history, economics and politics, law and policy, media and the arts, science and technology—reveal the state of the world.  The SoFAB Institute, which also includes  the SoFAB Center for Food Law, Policy & Culture, Nitty Grits (the International Culinary Dictionary), The SoFAB Culinary Heritage Register, and SoFAB Media, is among the nation’s leading institutions studying food and drink.





September 29 
 Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group is Thinking Pink!
KICK-OFF for Komen®: NOLA Goes Pink Party at Heritage Grill
Monday, September 29 from 5-8 pm

*  Fabulous Food & Cocktails
*  Silent Auction
*  Special Guests: Thomas Morstead, all participating NOLA Goes Pink Chefs and Live Entertainment surprise guests!
*  Ticket sales & proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen®

Click here to purchase tickets!

PHOTOS FROM LAST WEEK EVENTS
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The Junior Committee of the Women’s Guild's largest annual fundraiser for the second year in its new form as a Masquerade with a fabulous Spanish theme. In honor of season-opening opera of “Carmen”, the Junior’s Masquerade event consisted of a costume or cocktail attire event with Spanish-inspired entertainment, food & libations, and atmosphere at the Opera Guild Home.
O What a Night! Darlings, you know that I do not give up going to the opening night of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra with Carlos Miguel Prieto and Martini Madness at City Park, but there were 3 events that I needed to cover; The first one was the at the lovely home of Heidy and James Dugan on Prytania Street.



 Louisiana Women Leaders Business Conference at the New Orleans Hilton. I attended the lovely luncheon that featured as Keynote Speaker CNN Headline News' Nancy Grace and Mistress of Ceremony Nancy Parker, Fox 8 TV News anchor and three times Emmy Award Winning Journalist. . Nancy Grace 's speech was moving and inspirational. — with Sandra Thompson Herman and 3 others. (7 photos)



Darlings, I was so happy that, I was not wearing false eyes lashes to any of the the fabulous luncheons for the Louisiana Center for Women in Government ad Business, the powerful speakers such as Nancy Grace, Hoda Kotb, and honoree recipients Sonia Perez, Carol Solomon and Life Time Achievement Award honoree , beloved Angela Hill made me cried with them as they told their inspirational stories. . — at Hilton New Orleans Riverside.


The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana's Excelencia Award Dinner Gala at the JW Marriott was outstanding. It honored Entergy, Brenda Murphy, Teresa Lawrence, Lindsey Navarro and Raul Fonte. Julio and Cesar and their band kept everyone dancing the night away after the delicious dinner, — at JW Marriott New Orleans.
Pints for Prostrate. Touro and Crescent City Physicians hosted the second annual beer tasting event to raise prostate cancer awareness at NOLA Brewery. — with Kristen Robinson and Christine Albert. (5 photos)