My week started by attending the luncheon of the WTC presenting the 2011 C. Alvin Bertel Award to Capt. Allen J. Gibbs President, Crescent River Port Pilots Association at the Plimsoll Club. It was well attended and it was a lot of fun.
The next day was my annual Round Table Luncheon Saluting Tales of the Cocktail at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The luncheon was co-hosted by Tales of the Cocktail founders Ann and Paul "Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail" Tuennerman and featured internationally known mixologists Tony Abou-Ganim, author of The Modern Mixologist, and H. Joseph Ehrmann, King of Cointreau and Nightclub and Bar Magazine's 2010 Bartender of the Year. In keeping with the beverage theme, entertainers Elizabeth Pearce and Bob Edes performed excepts from "New Orleans Down the Hatch: A Cabaret in Two Cocktails." Immediately after the delicious luncheon prepared by Executive Chef Peter Page we proceeded to second-line with a jazz brass band and the Saintsations to the kickoff party of the 9th Annual Tales of the Cocktail at the Monteleone Hotel.
From there on it was party after party. So many of them that I actually opted to miss a few of them because I had to work as a Realtor, columnist and at Casell Gallery on Royal Street (I know, it is my blood).
I did take off on Thursday to be the featured speaker across the lake at the Women of Infinite Possibilities in Covington. I was really delighted to see old friends and meet new ones. I was impressed by the amount of entrepreneurship and women power. I was grateful to be invited and hopefully they will come to my Round Table.
But I do want to mention that one of the highlights of the Tales of the Cocktail was the spirited dinner that I attended at the Grill Room of the Windsor Court. Executive Chef Drew Dzejak of the Windsor Court’s Grill Room teamed up with mixologists Hal Wolin and Jonathan Pogash of the consulting company, The Cocktail Guru, to present a six-course gastronomic adventure into the world of fine dining and inspired cocktails. I cannot stop raving about. I think it was one of the best meals that I have had this decade. Congratulations to Chef and his staff!
Would believe that was also the Grand Opening of the much anticipated Patrick Van Hoorebeek's Patrick Vin Bar at the St. Louis Hotel. It was so delightful with entertainer Johnny Angel holding court with his band at the lovely courtyard. Hundreds of Patrick's costumers gather to celebrate the opening with wonderful creative cuisine by Chef Agne Bellet. It was a great soiree!
Before I tell you about all the wonderful fun events that my beloved city has to offer I want to tell about the untimely death of my darling friend Eugene Schreiber. As Bobby C. Brannon, President, World Trade Center of New Orleans, said regarding Eugene’s July 20th passing: "Gene Schreiber was a giant in the field of international trade and economic development. His energy and optimism motivated everyone he met, and his tireless work for New Orleans and Louisiana made a lasting and positive imprint on the economy of our state and region. Gene’s leadership as Managing Director of the World Trade Center, over a career that spanned more than three decades, set the standard by which all of us who work in the field of international trade and commerce should be judged. His initiative and sheer will were often the difference between real achievement and simply settling for the status quo. Even against the insurmountable odds and overwhelming despair following Hurricane Katrina, Gene was unflappable, a combination of cheerleader and head coach, always charting a clear path to victory and a return to prosperity and “commerce as usual.
“In Gene’s career at the helm of the World Trade Center, and in his work as a Foreign Service officer around the globe, he accomplished things and lived a life most of us can only aspire to. He played host to the world’s most important people including Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev and Henry Kissinger. Yet, Gene always made it his highest priority to encourage and assist that budding entrepreneur, that young college graduate looking for advice, or that man or woman with an untested or untried idea that “might just catch on” in the international market."
I had the pleasure of counting Eugene as friend. I travelled with him on over 17 economic missions throughout the world with three different New Orleans mayors. He was passionate about his work and inspired other people as well. He loved Latin America, its people and its culture and he will be missed!
Darlings, this week there are a few parties that I do not want to miss. As always there are more than one in the same night but I am looking forward to attending ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER BENEFIT FOR NOLA PAY IT FORWARD. It is a fundraising event to benefit NOLA Pay it Forward on the historic Creole Queen Paddlewheeler, “Rockin’ on the River” will feature live music by Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and The Yat Pack.
The other event is the grand opening of Irvin Mayfield’s I Club the latest music venture from the Grammy Award and Billboard Award-winning trumpeter, composer, arranger, UNO professor and businessman. The I Club, located in the former Henri restaurant space in the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel at 614 Canal Street, will feature four consecutive days of exciting grand opening events beginning Wednesday, July 27 with an invitation only party, followed by three days of grand opening entertainment (Thursday, July 28 - Saturday, July 30) that is open to the public. On Thursday, it is the Tasting at the Track. 35 wines for $25. What a deal!
Darlings, have a great cool, dry week.
Tuesday, July 26
Toasting with Margarita
Join me and my friends for an evening of networking and sipping deliicous refreshing cocktails from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Complimentary cheese tray and "happy hour" drink price.
DITA VON TEESE
The burlesque performer presents "Strip Strip Hooray" at th eHouse of Blues 8 p.m. 225 Decatur Street, 310-4999.
Wednesday, July 27
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER BENEFIT FOR NOLA PAY IT FORWARD
It’s time to Rock the Boat! Creole Queen Paddlewheeler is pleased to present “Rockin’ on the River”, a fundraising event to benefit NOLA Pay it Forward, from 5-8:30pm. Held on the historic Creole Queen Paddlewheeler, “Rockin’ on the River” will feature live music by Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and The Yat Pack. Additionally, food from top local restaurants, as well as wine, beer and spirits, will be available for sale. One hundred percent of ticket, food and beverage sales will be donated to NOLA Pay it Forward, the new program recently created by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to assist disaster victims in rebuilding their lives. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and can be purchased online at creolequeen.com. The boat will remain docked throughout the event, so attendees can come and go freely.
IRVIN MAYFIELD’S I CLUB GRAND OPENING R The grand opening of Irvin Mayfield’s I Club (www.iclubneworleans.com), the latest music venture from the Grammy Award and Billboard Award-winning trumpeter, composer, arranger, UNO professor and businessman, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, 2011. The I Club, located in the former Henri restaurant space in the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel at 614 Canal Street, will feature four consecutive days of exciting grand opening events beginning Wednesday, July 27 with an invitation only party, followed by three days of grand opening entertainment (Thursday, July 28 - Saturday, July 30) that is open to the public.
Irvin Mayfield’s I Club grand opening schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, July 27 at 8 p.m. A Grand Opening Night Party
(by invitation only) featuring Mia Borders and Davell Crawford
Thursday, July 28 at 8 p.m. Los Hombres Calientes feat. Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers
with special guest Rockin’ Dopsie
Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. Los Hombres Calientes feat. Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers
plus George Porter Jr.
Saturday, July 30 at 8 p.m. Los Hombres Calientes feat. Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers
plus Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Other incredible musicians scheduled to perform at the I Club in the coming months include: Cajun/Zydeco-inspired sweetheart, Amanda Shaw; Cyril Neville of Neville Brothers fame; modern troubadours such as Kristin Diable and Mia Borders; and Irvin Mayfield’s own, Los Hombres Calientes, who will offer weekend performances of blazing hot, Afro-Cuban rhythms.
The I Club will present a diverse musical format while Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street continues to offer the best in Jazz performances. The two Mayfield clubs will provide music lovers with decidedly unique musical experiences on both sides of world-famous Canal Street.
Thursday, July 28
Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series presents
Gay Men's Chorus 6pm
Pavilion of the Two Sisters
New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens
TASTINGs AT THE TRACKS
Enjoy 35 wines for $25 - all American from 6 to 8 p.m. Purchase ticket at Dorignac's, 710 Veterans.
Friday, July 29
Obituary Cocktail Society
Obers will gather s from always from 6 to 7 p.m. at this great new New Orleans saloon.........
Patrick's Bar Vin ..730 Bienville St., 581-7300; inside the St. Louis Hotel
Free Summer Wine Forum at Le Meritage
A Pairing of Wine & Hor d' Oeuvres
hosted by Sommelier Kevin Durand
Every Friday, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Join Sommelier Kevin Durand as he ventures through a different topic with 3 to4 wines eachweek.
July 29: Blind Tasting Game
*Fruit, Cheese & Crackers will be served during the tasting
1001 Toulouse at Burgundy
*Reservations Required, Please Call Ahead
July 29- July 31
Glenn Miller: In the Mood!
Our very own 17-piece Victory Big Band will get you In The Mood for a Moolight Serenade, channeling the swinging & mellow sounds of one of WWII's best-loved big bands.The National World War II Museum- 504-528-1943
PLEASE PUT IN YOUR CALENDAR
August 2 at Octavia Books
The Asante Foundation, a non-profit organization, is gearing up for its 4th Annual Asante (Thank You) Crystal Awards in part of celebrating and honoring New Orleans' deserving natives. The Annual Awards ceremony with the theme, "Year of the Brass Bands and Social & Pleasure Clubs," will be held on Aug. 3 at The Mahalia Jackson Theatre of Performing Arts, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. A reception for honorees and sponsors will be hosted from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In anticipation of the event, the categories for honorees have been announced and include:
- Jazz musicians such as Donald Harrison, Kent Jordan, Dr. Michael White,
Last year's show was a success with an attendance of over 800 people with an anticipated attendance of 2,000 local members and guests this year. Host of the 2011 Asante Awards is Kermit Ruffin's Band and The Barbeque Swingers. Entertainment performances include Donald Harrison, Kent Jordan, The Barbeque Swingers, Sharon Martin, and Chuck Perkins. Food and drinks will be made available for sale. Sponsors include City of New Orleans, Community Connection Program, Inc. Metro Disposal, Inc., Elevation Masters, NOLA.Tv and New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD).
August 4- August 7
Satchmo Summer Festival
"What a Wonderful World" you'll discover during an entertaining and educating weekend in the French Quarter honoring New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. The Satchmo-inspired program includes musical performances, lively discussions, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass, activities for budding young jazz fans -504)522-5730 or (800) 673-5725
The Spirit of Louis Armstrong Shines Bright
on Frenchmen Street for the August 5th Satchmo Club Strut
It's time again for jazz fans to break out their Struttin' shoes and go on down to Frenchmen Street for one of the best events of the year, the SATCHMO CLUB STRUT! It’s the perfect chance to experience the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ unique music scene and it’s all there for the taking on Friday, August 5, when the New Orleans Jazz Celebration presents the 11th annual Satchmo Club Strut in the historic Faubourg Marigny from 6 pm until 2 am.
Throughout the evening, music aficionados will be treated to jazz performances by Centurion Lionel Ferbos and a variety of stellar musicians, including Chris Thomas King, Don Vappie, the Soul Rebels, Shamarr Allen, Ellis Marsalis, Charmaine Neville, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Glen David Andrews, the Free Agents Brass Band, Tom McDermott, Fredy Omar, Jason Marsalis, and others, including the “Satchmo of Japan”, Yoshio Toyama.
Plus, New Orleans’ own Allen Toussaint & Jazzivity, Davell Crawford, Donald Harrison Jr. and the Treme Brass Band will be featured on the Red Stripe Stage in Jane Alley, a new outdoor venue in at 619 Frenchmen.
Seventeen cool venues will host the hottest jazz in town, including Maison, Snug Harbor, Blue Nile, Three Muses, d.b.a., Vaso, Checkpoint Charlie’s, Bicycle Michael’s, to name a few. From Marigny Brasserie to Mojitos, Strutters can dance, drink and dine the night away while supporting the New Orleans Jazz Celebration, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and perpetuating jazz to audiences of all ages.
For more details and to reserve a wristband that opens the doors of these exciting venues to Club Strutters, visit nojc.org/strut. General admission is $30; the VIP price of $80 includes fabulous food and drink at the Maison Penthouse.
ON Going :
Every Thursday (5:30pm), Friday (9pm) + Saturday (9pm)
at Davenport Lounge in The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.
Anais St. John at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court
Every Friday and Saturday at the Polo Lounge of the Windsor Court" 9 p.m. to Midnight!
BOMBAY CLUB -830 Conti St.586-0972
Presents:LIVE MUSIC -No Cover Charge
Jazz Trio Marlon Jordon @ 8-11 p.m. Every Wednesday & Thursday
Pianist Monty Banks @ 6-9 p.m. Every Friday, Saturday & Every Sunday 7-10pm
Pianist Amanda Walker every Monday & Tuesday 7 – 10pm in February
Until August 14
The Golden Legend in the New World:
Art of the Spanish Colonial Viceroyalties
533 Royal St. Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Continuing its exploration of the Spanish colonial period, The Historic New Orleans Collection presents The Golden Legend in the New World: Art of the Spanish Colonial Viceroyalties, featuring paintings from the New Orleans Museum of Art and maps and early portraits from The Collection.
Showcasing the great artistic wealth created between the mid-17th and early 19th centuries, with a special focus on indigenous adaptations of Christian subject matter, this display complements The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States (El Hilo de la Memoria: Espa?a y los Estados Unidos), 533 Royal St.Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Until October 27, 2013
Hurricane Katrina - A Storm of Change
Times: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Closed on major holidays
The Historic Presbytere in the French Quarter’s Jackson Square
Phone: (800) 568-6968
Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond is a $7.5 million exhibit opening on the ground floor of the historic Presbytere in the French Quarter’s Jackson Square.
Until August 14
Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, one of the most influential women in the history of U.S. politics, will have her pins on display. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, which features over 200 pins from her personal collection. New Orleans Museum of Art
Until July 30
Shannon's current work, incorporating ceramic figures, mosaic tiles, plates, cups and saucers, is clearly an outgrowth and contination of her previous interests.
Until September 25
Race: Are We So Different?
Old U.S. Mint-Phone: 504-568-6945
The Louisiana Civil Rights Museum is presenting this traveling exhibit on the history, science and everyday experience of race.http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/Mintex.htm - 504-568-6945
Margarita Bergen, M.Ed, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty
811 Marigny Street, Unit C
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201