Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Toast to New Orleans: July 11-18 -Hairspray/ Bastille Day Celebrations and Upcoming Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail on July 19

A Toast to all of you!  Happy Bastille's Day! We may not be in France but we sure know how to celebrate it right here in New Orleans. Viva La France!

I hope that you all had a chance to rest after the long and fun 4th of July weekend.
After enjoying so much July 3rd Celebration at City Park, I actually took it easy and enjoyed very much staying home with my beloved Chiquita who does not enjoy the sounds of fireworks.
I was invited by the Bourbon Orleans to the fun and delicious Spanish Wine Dinner that kicked off the annual San Fermin Celebration of the Running of the Bulls. I enjoyed so much seeing so many familiar faces and friends from St. Bernard and the Canary Islands Islenos Society. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154479554005870.1073742880.581200869&type=1&l=39725759c2

Wonderful luncheon  with the Club of New Orleans at Herbsaints
It was delicious😍
 —  Sue VaccaroSandra Thompson HermanRicky StevensRenee Carrere,Jacquee CarvinDavid Anderson and Morris L. Kahn. and many more

I did not miss getting up early in the morning to attend, on Saturday morning, the Running of the Bulls in the Warehouse District.

That afternoon, I also attended the lovely Ray Cole's Celebration of Life. Many of his customers were wearing his beautiful creations, including me. May his Soul RIP. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154483528675870.1073742881.581200869&type=1&l=65750c100b
Darlings, I am looking forward to several celebrations this week:
My darling friend, talented vocalist Robin Barnes will be tying the knot to her fiance and fellow musician, Pat Casey, at the Windsor Court.
Tonight is also the Bastille Day Celebration at the Palace Cafe with French Master Chef Rene Bajeaux. 
I will also be toasting to Restaurant R'Evolution’s 5th Anniversary Celebration at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
On Wednesday, July 12, I will be attending the preview of Tulane Summer Lyric Theater's production of Hairspray. It runs from Thursday July 13th through Saturday the15th.
On July 13, I have been invited to by the American Cancer Society to the announcement party and kickoff event for the Belles & Beaus Honorees at Canal Place.
That evening, as part of its Summer Theater Festival for Families, Rivertown Theaters will close out its 2016-2017 season with a lavish production of The Little Mermaid, one of Disney’s timeless Broadway musicals that continues to be a favorite with multi-generations. It runs from July 13–23.
On July 14 I will have plenty of opportunities to toast and celebrate Bastille Day.
I am going to start my day by going to the annual  Krewe of Cork 's Bastille Day Luncheon at Palace Cafe. I can not wait! 
This year’s edition of Bastille Day Fête will take place Friday, July 14 at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) from 6-10 p.m. It is presented by the Alliance Française of New Orleans, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the French-American Chamber of Commerce - Gulf Coast Chapter and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.
Bastille Day Fête provides an opportunity for French and American families to celebrate France’s national holiday and the strong French heritage in our state. Louisiana is the most francophone state in the U.S., and the population of French citizens in Louisiana is steadily growing. The event will also be an opportunity to say farewell to Consul General Grégor Trumel, who will leave Louisiana this summer after three years of service.
The celebration will continue on Sunday, July 15 when the Faubourg St. John Merchants' Association is planning its annual Bastille Day Block Party from 4:30-9:45 p.m. in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon Street, between North Lopez and Esplanade. The celebration will include food, music, children’s activities and an art market. There will also be a contest for the best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon costume.
Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail - Wednesday, July 19
Darlings, this is a perfect time to make your reservations because I want the champagne to be flowing like in the past and  legendary Melvin Allen of the Monteleone Hotel's Carousel Bar will be mixing some fabulous decadent cocktails.
The annual Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail, hosted by social editor Margarita Bergen, will be on Wednesday, July 19 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.
“Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail,” Paul and Ann Tuennerman, founders of the Tales of the Cocktail, will be the honorary co-hosts. The featured speaker will be Ted A. Breaux, a native New Orleanian and research scientist who has dedicated over 20 years of research toward resolving the mysteries and myths associated with absinthe. A special absinthe cocktail will be prepared by a legendary mixologist and will be served to all the guests.
Cocktail historian and author, Elizabeth Pearce, will be discussing her new book, Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Neighborhood Pubs, and All-Night Dives.
She will also be entertaining guests with drinking songs along with talented baritone, Ivan Griffin, accompanied on the piano by Jim Walpole.
The Honorable Consul of France, Gregor Trumel, will be the very special guest in his last appearance before he leaves for his new assignment at Algiers, Algeria.

The $55 all-inclusive price includes a 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking.
Please make your reservations by calling Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her at Judy.LeBlanc@BourbonOrleans.com. RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT ARE REQUIRED. Walk-ins will not be accepted, as the hotel will only prepare meals for the number of guests who have made reservations.

Have a blessed week! 
Lafete News Link July 11, 2017

First Course
Creole Tomato Gazpacho with Louisiana Shrimp
cucumber basil granita

Second Course
Salmon Coulibiac
Grilled Covey Rise ratatouille and Champagne dill veloute

Third Course
Muscovy Duck Leg Crepinette
Brie roasted leek mashed potato, sage shallots jus

Fourth Course
Calvados poached apples
pain d’epices, black pepper crème fraîche, caramel sauce

The dinner will have two seatings at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Be sure
you select the correct time when purchasing your tickets.

The Todd Price Taste Club is offering our friends and family a 10% discount. Please use the discount code BASTILLEDINNER when purchasing tickets.

Wednesday, July 12
Come Join Bon Operatit! for a FREE Performance of
"Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better"Wednesday, July 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
at the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter
Opera and Broadway battle it out featuring selections from
Roméo et Juliette, Madama Butterfly, and La Bohème
and their musical theatre counterparts West Side Story,
Miss Saigon, and Rent!
Wednesday, July 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
at the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter
541 Bourbon Street
$5.00 valet parking at the hotel
To reserve a table call (504) 524-7611 ext 146
For more Bon Operatit!...
Come Hear Us Sing as the Sun Sets
at the Thursday at Twilight
Garden Concert Series in City Park
When: Thursday, July 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park's Botanical Gardens
Cost: Adults $10

Concert < July 12
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
www.BonOperatit.com or call (504) 232-1046
Jambalaya the Musical opens TODAY at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center! July 6 - 9, 2017 -Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 7:30 PM -Sunday at 2:00 PM at Jefferson Performing Arts Center ,6400 Airline Drive,Metairie, LA

JAMBALAYA, THE MUSICAL is a rollicking, contemporary musical set on the shores of the lush Louisiana Bayou. A high-energy, electrifying tale with pathos, comedy and heart, the music extends from Broadway Rock to Zydeco, Cajun and Hip Hop. A 'coming-of-age' story with fiery music, sizzling dance, magic, mysticism and a cast of colorful characters.
Tickets are $40
*$3.00 Jeff. Parish Facility Fee and $2.00 Ticketing Service Fee added per Ticket

Tickets for JAMBALAYA, THE MUSICAL may be purchased online at jpas.org/jambalaya, by calling the box office at 504-885-2000, or at our Administrative/Box Office: 1118 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA 70001.

Tickets are available at the Venue Box Office One (1) hour prior to the perform

Wednesdays are free thanks to The Helis Foundation. Join us!

Free Wednesdays at the New Orleans Museum of Art
Where: New Orleans Museum of Art, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
When: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Who: Everyone welcome, free admission is for Louisiana residents
How: Just show up
Free admission on Wednesdays for Louisiana resi
dents sponsored by the Helis Foundation

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join soprano Kathleen Halm Simmons, mezzo-soprano Phyllis Treigle, tenor Travis Richter and collaborative pianist Todd Simmons for an Ogden After Hours Fête. This festive and flirtatious New Orleans Opera Preview Concert, entitled Opéra Nouvelle: from Verismo to Offenbach will feature music from the first two mainstage productions at New Orleans Opera - Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci (October 6 and October 8, 2017) and Orpheus in the Underworld (November 12 and November 14, 2017.)
In October 2007 the Big Easy partnered with the Big Apple to make New Orleans the first official Opera on Tap franchise. Each season, the New Orleans Opera presents the finest young local and regional singers in casual, 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more.
"Seeing the singers congregate and flit around the bar was like having a backstage pass, while the immediacy of the small stage was akin to having season ticket holder seats." - Alex V. Cook, Country Roads Magazine
Ms. Linda will also be here serving her tasty Ya-Ka-Mein!


Bastille Day Fête 2017

This year's edition of Bastille Day Fête will take place 
Friday, July 14 at the New Orleans Museum of Art from 
6-10 pm. This year, activities will take place indoors only 
and will include music and dancing with local swing band 
the Bon Bon Vivant, a cooking demonstration by Café 
NOMA, guided gallery visits in French and English, 
numerous French-themed kids' activities and more.
For more information about Bastille Day related activities 

This year's edition of Bastille Day Fête will take place Friday, July 14 at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) from 6-10 pm and is presented by the Alliance Française of New Orleans, the Consulate General of France in Louisiana, the French-American Chamber of Commerce- Gulf Coast Chapter, and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.
Bastille Day Fête provides an opportunity for French and American families to celebrate France's national holiday and the strong French heritage in our state. Louisiana is the most francophone state in the US, and the population of French citizens in Louisiana is steadily growing. The New Orleans festival was ranked 3rd best Bastille Day festival in the world by Reuters.com; and Fodor's also listed it as an event worth traveling to New Orleans for.
The event is celebrated by francophone communities around the world with festivals, balls, dances, parades, and firework displays to celebrate the storming of the Bastille, a fortress prison in Paris on July 14th 1789, igniting the French Revolution.
This year, activities will take place indoors only and will include music and dancing with local swing band the Bon Bon Vivant, a cooking demonstration by Café NOMA, guided gallery visits in French and English, numerous French-themed kids' activities and more.
The event will also be an opportunity to say farewell to Consul General Grégor Trumel, who will leave Louisiana this summer after three years of service.

You won't want to miss Wine Lovers The Musical at Teatro Wego this July!
When: July 14, 15 at 7:30 PM
            July 16 at 2:00 PM
Where: Teatro Wego!
              177 Sala Avenue, Westwego, LA
Price: $40 (which includes 6 glasses of wine!)
Special Discount:
 $30 discounted tickets for designated drivers. $20 discounted tickets for designated drivers who accompany 3 or more full priced tickets! (For the $20 discounted tickets- you must call 504-885-2000.)
This is a night out at the theatre that you do not want to miss! We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe so we encourage designated drivers to come join in on the fun!
Tickets available at below or by calling 504-885-2000!

Michael Green is Gourmet Magazine's wine and spirits consultant. He's also appeared on a variety of Food Network shows. He's now done something truly new and different -written a musical about wine. Well, wine and love. Wine Lovers tells the story of two mismatched students attending a wine class led by an effervescent teacher and their journey of discovery. 
During the show, audience members enjoy SIX delightful wines along with the class, and everyone learns a little about wine... and love.
July 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 PM
July 9, 16 at 2:00 PM
Teatro Wego!
 177 Sala Avenue * Westwego, LA

By William Shakespeare
July 14-23     |     Tulane's Lupin Theater 
Directed by Clare Moncrief
Meet the cast   |   Meet the creative team
"We are such stuff as dreams are made on..."
Wrongly accused and exiled for twelve years, Prospero sets out for revenge. However, he finds redemption in the process. Both magical and moving, Shakespeare's masterpiece questions what it means to love and to forgive. It's a tale that the whole family will enjoy.
Family Day!
Sunday July 9 is Family Day at the Festival! Patrons who use the code "FAMILYFUN17" when purchasing ticket to the July 9 matinee of The Tempest also receive free admission to a catered lunch of pizza and salad. This event, held at the theater, will also feature a preshow talk about the play and a backstage tour after the show!
14, 15    7:30pm
21, 22    7:30pm
16, 23  1:30pm


Join the fun in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon for the Faubourg St. John Bastille Day block party in New Orleans on Saturday (July 15) from 4:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The celebration will include food, music, children’s activities, and an art market. There will also be a contest for the best Marie Antoinette or Napoleon costume.  Details in the link:

"Vive La France" Musical Extravaganza 
Sunday, July 16   

 2017   5pm-6pm
Celebration with the New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble, 
Albinas Prizgintas, vocals/ piano/organ - Phil The Tremolo King 
& Trio, vocals/ guitar - Nanette Ledet, dancer - Maria Victoire 
singer/guitar and the quartet Les Bohemiens, and More...
Trinity Episcopal Church
1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans
 Police security provided
Handicap access and elevator available
Free and Open to the Public

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