Before I begin to share my blog, “A Toast to New Orleans,” I want to express that my prayers and thoughts for those less fortunate who were affected by the tornados in Oklahoma.
I hope you enjoyed this past week as much as I did. I found myself toasting to my beloved New Orleans and its myriad of events more than I anticipated. Among the many fabulous events that I attended was a delicious Trinchero Family Estates wines dinner at Besh Steak House at Harrah’s Casino on Thursday night. It was spectacular and I was surrounded by darling friends.
The next Wine Dinner will be Thursday, June 20, with White Oak Winery. Dinner will be $75 per person, and seats are available now.
On Friday, I was a very busy social butterfly and started my evening by going to the Concert in the Courtyard at the beautiful Historic New Orleans Collection. It featured Mas Mamones, which brought a Latin sound to May Concerts in the Courtyard with Herbsaint Frappes provided by Sazerac. I had one and it was delicious.
I concluded my evening at the Annual Cork in the Park in the Botanical Garden Pavilion of the Two Sisters. The Wine Tasting event benefited City Park and it was sponsored by Merrill Lynch and Republic National Distributing Company.
On Saturday, I was time to don my beautiful white summer dress to attend first, the reception in honor of upcoming movie “Una Vida – A Fable of Music and Mind” at the lovely residence of visionary, Renaissance man Dr. Nicolas Bazan and his wife Haydee. The movie “Una Vida,” which is currently in production here in New Orleans, is based on a novel by Dr. Bazan of LSU and is being made completely in the city of New Orleans. It highlights jazz music, the city, and the struggles faced by Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families.
I left the lovely soiree to attend the party Habana Whites and Cuban Independence at the International Hotel. It was really lovely. I concluded my week by attending on Sunday, the annual fundraiser for NOCCA: Art and Soul. NOCCA and the Lupin Foundation’s Gala featured performances by the talented students and Alumni All-Stars. The delicious hors d’oeuvres and sangria were done by NOCCA’s Culinary Arts Department. There was an Art and Soul silent auction as well.
One of the happiest news items that I celebrated was the announcement by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) musicians and board of trustees that Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin Music Director and Principal Conductor, has signed a contract extension engaging him for an additional five years. The LPO also announced the appointment of James William Boyd as chief executive officer. Boyd has served as LPO interim managing director since July 2012.
Another announcement was by perennial King of Cork, Patrick van Hoorebeek and the krewe of Cork naming Claude Giraud as Grand Marshal for the 2013 Krewe of Cork Royal Street Stroll. Monsieur Giraud has vineyards in the district of Aÿ, and produces two labels: Champagne Francois Hemart and Champagne Henri Giraud. Francois Hemart is a non-vintage range, with all fruit coming from Grand Cru villages in Aÿ, while wines under the Giraud label are only released as vintage wines, again with all fruit from the best vineyard sites in Aÿ. The vintage wine sells for upwards of 100 euros per bottle, putting it in prestige cuvée territory. I cannot wait.
As you know, starting this Wednesday, May 22-May 25 is the annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. “America’s Favorite City” celebrates 21 years of Wine and Food. Twenty-one years ago a small group of forward-thinking wine lovers sat around a table concocting an event that today is considered one of the top wine events in the country. Someone born the year the event started would now be legal to drink at this year’s NOWFE.
The 21st anniversary NOWFE will include wine dinners hosted by more than 30 local restaurants; Vinola, NOWFE’s premium tasting event; the Royal Street Stroll sponsored by Rouse’s, NOWFE’s signature event set in the heart of the French Quarter; The Big Gateaux Show, the newest culinary confection; seminar series based on the current trends in wine and food; two days of Grand Tastings with over 75 restaurants and more than 1000 wines; and culminating with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Award Gala. Taking place in “America Favorite City,” as awarded by Travel + Leisure Magazine, NOWFE annually attracts over 10,000 foodies, wine connoisseurs, art aficionados and music lovers to New Orleans’ restaurants, shops and art galleries. You know I will be there!
From May 23-26 is The 10th Anniversary of Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. Visit the website for schedule and details: www.sasfest.org
Among the other events that are scheduled for this week and the weekend is the Fidelity’s Concert in the Park on Wednesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. This free annual concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will feature many orchestral favorites.(See calendar below for details).
On May 24, 25, and 26 is the annual Greek Festival New Orleans during Memorial Day Weekend. It is celebrating its 40th anniversary of Greek Festival New Orleans, an amazing showcase of Greek food, music, and fun!
Also on May 24-26 is the New Orleans Home & Garden Show” at Hall I-1 – New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Not to be missed!
Have a great week and a happy Memorial Day weekend
May 21-June 2
Broadway Across America Presents WICKED
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz) is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a parallel novel of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum‘s classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.Mahalia Jackson Theater. For tickets visit: http://theatreneworleans.com/Events.php?search_text=Wicked+New+Orleans&gclid=CO-I2NSNhLcCFcbb4AodAC4AEg
Wednesday, May 22
Lafayette Square presents Trombone Shorty
Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. and usually last until 7:00-7:30 p.m.
Lafayette Square is located just one block off of Poydras Street, between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street, opposite the Federal Court buildings.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
Wednesday, May 22
WINE DINNERS: CHEFS & WINEMAKERS ARE PERFECTLY PAIRED!
New Orleans’ premier restaurants match up with renowned vineyards. Chefs and Vintners plan the menus together, ensuring outstanding food and wine pairings. Reservations and payments can be made by contacting the restaurant directly. Credit card confirmation may be required. NOWFE cannot guarantee reservations in any restaurant. Jackets suggested. Dinners, winery details, prices and menus will be posted as they become available.
2013 LIST OF WINE DINNERS – WEDNESDAY MAY 22 AT 7:00PM MANY ARE SOLD OUT SO VISIT : HTTP://WWW.NOWFE.COM/EVENTS/WEDNESDAY
The 10th Anniversary of Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts. there will be walking tours, parties and many events. Visit www.sasfest.org
The box office will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. beginning Friday, May 24. It is located at the Royal Salon A at the Hotel Monteleone. When registering onsite, you will receive a paper ticket to give to the door attendant at the session.
Thursday, May 23
Royal Street Stroll Sponsored by Rouses
5:30 – 8:30 PM, 200 – 900 BLOCKS OF ROYAL STREET
TICKETS $89 ADVANCE/$109 ON-SITE
***NOTE: TWO ENTRANCES, THE 900 BLOCK & THE 400 BLOCK
A definitive evening event of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, which brings together New Orleans’ greatest gifts: rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and stunning historic architecture with the world’s outstanding wines. Shop the enchanting galleries of Royal Street while experiencing wine offerings at each stop, as live jazz music fills the air. As always, we will be joined by the Krewe of Cork, as they parade down Royal Street.
Must be 21 to enter. At the event, in exchange for your ticket, you will receive a 2013 Wine Glass & Wristband that allows you receive wine & food offerings. RAIN or SHINE! Rain ponchos will be distributed if necessary.
Thursday, May 23
Panel Discussion: Coastal Restoration Plans and Progress
The Louisiana State Museum is hosting a panel discussion on coastal restoration efforts on the Gulf Coast and the implementation of the Coastal Master Plan at 6 p.m. at The The Presbytère, Jackson Square . Panelists include Garret Graves, chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana and executive assistant to the governor for coastal activities; David Muth, Louisiana state director of the National Wildlife Federation; and Charles E. Allen III, director of coastal and environmental affairs for the City of New Orleans.
The program is free and open to the public as part of the Louisiana State Museum’s Coastal Conversations series on environmental issues raised in the exhibition Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Friends of the Cabildo.
Thursday, May 23
“Thursdays at Twilight” presents Alex McMurry
Alex McMurray is among the best songwriters in New Orleans, a man who over the past two decades has written songs that mark our lives, deaths, loves, hates, hangovers, and what comes before and after those excesses. This will be Alex’s first solo appearance at our Twilight Series, one you should not miss. Pavilion of the Two Sisters at New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park
5:00 PM – Gates Open -6:00 PM – Performance Begins .COST: $10.00 Adults $3.00 Children ages 5-12 .Advance sale tickets are available online @ www.neworleanscitypark/garden
Thursday, May 23
Jazz in the Park and Marketplace at Louis Armstrong presents: Hot 8 Brass Band/Donald Harrison & The Congo Sqaure Nation
Each free show runs from 5PM to 8PM, with an intermission jam-packed with entertainment and authentic New Orleans culture in the form of a second line parade courtesy of The New Skool Brass Band, The Black Feather Mardi Gras Indians, and The Women of Class Social Aid and Pleasure Club.
Thursday, May 23
The Propeller Gala
The Propeller Gala celebrates the graduation of the 2012-2013 class of Social Venture Accelerator Fellows and the Grand Opening of the Propeller Incubator. The event will include highlights from the Propeller Accelerator Fellows, small plates from a variety of New Orleans’ “secret chefs,” Jewel Catering, beer & wine, live entertainment, and silent auction.
Funds raised at the May 23rd Propeller Gala will go towards next year’s Social Venture Accelerator, the expansion of Propeller’s Alumni program, and the execution of our annual social innovation pitch competition (PitchNOLA) which sources innovative solutions from the community for food access and vacant land. 4035 Washington Avenue- 504-564-7816–Investor Hour & Gala Ticket ($80) // 6pm – 7pm-Gala ($35 in advance; $40 at door) // 7pm-10:30pm-tickets available at: propellergala.eventbrite.comI
May 23-June 9
Southern Rep presents NEXT TO NORMAL
Starring Leslie Castay,with Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Music by Tom Kitt. Directed by Blake Coheley and
Musical direction by Jefferson Turner.Thursday at 7:30pm until Sunday at 2:00pm.Get Tickets.(www.southernrep.com) .
.The Freeport-McMoRan Theater at The Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street, FOR TICKETS: Contact Southern Rep Theatre Box Office -PHONE: (504) 522 – 6545
May 24 – 26
Directed by Gary Rucker,Choreography by Frannie R. Buchtel and Musical Direction by Kyle Aucoin.Main Stage at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts.
GYPSY is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920′s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born.
Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You’ll Never Get Away from Me, If Momma Was Married, All I Need Is the Girl, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get A Gimmick and Together Wherever We Go. This is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business and one of the award-winning, legendary Broadway musicals of all times.325 Minor St. in the heart of Rivertown, Kenner LA.Plenty of parking on the streets around the theater.Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm.Sundays at 2:00 pm .
Tickets are $30 – $35 with discounts for seniors and students/military. Student pricing and group discounts are available. Patron Club Donor Packages, 5-Show Season Packages and VIP Suite group tickets are also available. Box Office: (504) 461-9475 or 468-7221 www.RivertownTheaters.com
Grand Opening of City Park’s City Putt-Miniature Golf Returns to New Orleans
Just in Time for Memorial Day Weekend -City Park proudly introduces its newest family friendly attraction – City Putt, a miniature golf complex with two 100% ADA accessible 18-hole courses. -Come putt with us on May 24!
Come early for opening day festivities, including a ceremonial ribbon cutting prior to the gates opening. The first 150 patrons through City Putt’s gates on opening day will have the chance to win a special prize if they draw a golden golf ball out of the City Putt golf ball bucket. Complimentary popcorn and Arnold Palmers will also be available, while supplies last, for patrons waiting in line.
Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25
GRAND TASTINGS and Seminars – visit http://www.nowfe.com/events/friday-saturday
A truly “Grand” experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs, with offerings from New Orleans’ finest chefs and selections of wines from around the world.
The New Orleans Convention Center – HALL J -Tickets $99 (Advance) $119 (Day of Event)
Must be 21 to Enter
Friday May 24th 6:00 – 9:00pm-Featuring a close-out performance by Flowtribe!
Saturday May 25th 2:00 – 5:00pm -(1:00-2:00pm Trade Only Portion)
Featuring a close-out performance by The Nigel Hall Band! -
On Saturday: Attention Seafood Lovers!
At the Saturday Grand Tasting, Louisiana chefs will participate in the 7th annual Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off hosted by the Louisiana Seafood Board. The winning chef, crowned the “King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood,” will represent Louisiana in the seventh annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off. “It is vitally important for us to remind consumers that Louisiana seafood is still readily available and safe for consumption,” states Ewell Smith, Executive Director of the Louisiana Seafood Board. “Louisiana produces one-third of the seafood for the continental US, and 70% of the seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, creating a $2.4 billion industry that supports over 27,000 jobs.”
May 24, 25, and 26
Greek Festival New Orleans 2013-Memorial Day Weekend
40th anniversary of Greek Festival New Orleans, an amazing showcase of Greek food, music, and fun! We are working hard to bring you another memorable Memorial Day Weekend,.
May 24 – 26
New Orleans Home & Garden Show”
Hall I-1 – New Orleans Morial Convention Center.
· Friday, May 24th – 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM-· Saturday, May 25th – 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM-· Sunday, May 26th – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The team that brings you the “New Orleans Home & Garden Show” is proud to announce our newest event the “New Orleans Home & Interior Design Show.”
In this show we have endeavored to embrace all things design; including furniture, fashion, lifestyle, landscape, art & interiors both contemporary and traditional. Local designers will be showcased in our features and at many of the seminars. Seminars will be themed around restoration, renovation, entertaining, and holiday celebration. Appearances by local and national celebrities.-Admission Ticket Prices:Adults – $15.00;Military w/ ID – $5.00-
Sunday, May 26
Trinity Artist Series present @ 5 pm: The NAVY Band New Orleans
The Ceremonial Band in a MEMORIAL Day Concert Celebration.
1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, La. – Call Albinas: (504) 670-2520 -
SAVE THESE DATES ;
New Orleans Oyster Festival at Woldenberg Park
Free-Oyster competitions including the Acme Oyster Eating Contest, the P and J Oyster Shucking Competition and the New Orleans Fish House Largest Oyster Contest. Proceeds from the festival support the Louisiana oyster community, fishers and their families, and security for the 8th District Police Department. http://neworleansoysterfestival.org/lineup.php
Juleps in June
The Faulkner Society will once again celebrate the beginning of the fun summer social season
in the BIG EASY with its annual fundraiser, Juleps in June.
This year’s event will take place at the residence of Greer & David Monteleone, Honorary Chairs, and catering will
be by their famous Hotel Monteleone, a national literary landmark.
Proceeds will be used to partially offset the costs of the Society’s projects for the general reading public, developing
writers, and young New Orleanians at risk of going through life illiterate.
Last year, the Society’s projects had a positive impact on some 7,000 persons.We hope you will join us for a great party and help us fund our 2013 projects. Faulkhouse@aol.com
Royal Sonesta ‘s Round Table Luncheon
Darlings, have a great week- it is yours to be !