New Orleans Events: Pet Night; Seersucker & Fizz; Kingfish, Ready Teddy, Photos
Written by  // Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:24 //

 Margarita BergenDarlings,

I could not have ended the week of August 16-22 in a more superb way than to attend the delicious annual Louisiana Cooking's Chefs to Watch 2011 Awards Dinner at Harrah's Theatre. It honored five of Louisiana's hottest chefs: Cory Bahr, Executive Chef, Restaurant Sage, Monroe, and 102 A Bistro, Ruston; Drew Dzejak, Executive Chef, The Grill Room at the Windsor Court, New Orleans; Nathan Gresham, Executive Chef-Owner, Beausoleil, Baton Rouge; Phillip Lopez, Executive Chef, Rambla, New Orleans; Colt Patin, Executive Chef, Crawfish Town USA, Henderson. The evening started with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the dinner prepared by the honored chefs.


On Saturday night , I attended the fun-filled, elegant annual American Cancer Society's Hope Gala at the Shops at Canal Place. It honored with the "Spirit" Award, eleven health professionals who have distinguished themselves in the fight against Cancer. The honorees were:

Brian Boulmay, MD - LSU Health Sciences Center; Lori Dean, RN - Touro Infirmary; Prescott Deininger, PhD - Tulane Cancer Center; Myra DiGange, RN, BSN - St. Charles Surgical Hospital; Roland Hawkins, MD - Ochsner Health System; Virendra Joshi, MD - Tulane Health Sciences Center; Robert L'Hoste, Jr., MD - East Jefferson General Hospital; Donna McDonald - Leadership Volunteer; C. Scott Nicholson-Uhl, MD - West Jefferson Medical Center; David Oubre, MD - Pontchartrain Hematology Oncology; and Sarah Moody Thomas, PhD - LSU Health Science Center

On Thursday, I enjoyed a very well attended WTC Networking Night at the Green Bar of the Westin Hotel. I had a lovely time and enjoyed meeting and mingling with a lot of old and new friends.

I also attended two great fun events: The thank you fiesta giving by Tales of the Cocktail at its headquarter in the Bywater and a Bombay Gin competition at the Eiffel Society Restaurant. 

Before, I share with you all the fun events that have been scheduled for the upcoming week, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family of four distinguished members of our community who passed away last week. One of them was activist Anne Gooch, who worked very hard along with her husband, David Gooch, founding the Wine and Food Experience; Belinda Lazaro, a lovely animal lover and the PR of the Royal Sonesta when she worked there; Buzzie Gaiennie of Bridge House; and Arnold Radel, a former violinist with the old New Orleans Symphony, music teacher in the New Orleans Public School System, and a well-loved “French Quarter Character.” They will be missed by me and the community. May their souls rest in peace.

Like most New Orleanians,  I am going  to be missing my darling friend Councilman Arnie Fielkow and his family. Best of luck in  his new career. 
Hope Gala
See Bayoubuzz's Video and Photos of Hope Gala


Fun events that our beloved city has to offer:

Love Sessions at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, 300 Bourbon Street


Tuesday          August 23        Son of a Saint Sports Foundation

~ SOS is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of fatherless young males through organized sports programs, mentorship and education.


Wednesday     August 24        Unity of Greater New Orleans

~ UNITY is a nonprofit organization leading a community partnership to prevent, reduce and end homelessness.



Thursday        August 25        St. Mary’s Academy

~St. Mary’s school provides a holistic education that focuses on the spiritual, mental, physical, and aesthetic development of its students to produce well-rounded, caring and contributing members of society.


Love Sessions at Irvin Mayfield’s I Club, 614 Canal Street (Common Street Entrance)          

Friday             August 26        North American Mission Board

~ NAMB is the domestic missions’ agency for the Southern Baptist Convention, which provides national coordination for disaster relief efforts to areas when the needs arise.


                                                Jericho Road Episcopal Housing

~ Jericho Housing is a neighborhood-based non-profit homebuilder that provides families with healthy and energy-efficient affordable housing opportunities.


Saturday         August 27        Children’s Hospital

~ Children’s is a not-for-profit medical center that provides comprehensive pediatric healthcare through the continuous improvement of patient care, education research, child advocacy and management.


Sunday            August 28        New Orleans Haitian Relief Task Force

~ The Haitian Task Force brings direct relief support to Haitians affected by the earthquake of January 12, 2010 and the recent cholera outbreak. 


Monday           August 29        New Orleans Jazz Orchestra – Katrina Remembrance

~ NOJO is a performing arts institution dedicated to creating and presenting authentic jazz experiences that celebrate the origin and transform the future of jazz.


Wednesday, August 24

Get In The kNOwLA‏ at the JW Marriott
Come join us for an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge
from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - This week featuring:Ray Brown-(Glass Art)-Live Entertainment by:Javier Gutierrez (guitarist) Spirit Tasting and complimentary Hors D’oeuvres

Memorables and fun upcoming events of the week of August 23-29 (2)




This online album has 35 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 11/21/2011.



 Wednesday, August 24

8:30pm - 11:30pm-Rock-N-Bowl-3016 S. Carrollton Ave.


 Thursday, August 25
Tasting at the Track presents : “ABC: Anything But Chardonnay”
Held in partnership with Dorignac’s Food Center, this reception-style tasting will feature more than 35 premium wines from top producers. Cost to attend is $25 per person. Tickets are available at Dorignac’s (710 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie) and, if not sold out, will be sold at the door. 6-8 pm, Held in the Fair Grounds 4th floor Clubhouse, the sampling will also feature a selection of gourmet cheeses, and wine experts who will answer wine-related questions. For more information, visit www.fairgroundsracecourse.com or call 504-948-1285. NOTE: Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.


August 25

Thursdays at Twilight presents pianist David Torkanowsky

Stroll through the New Orleans Botanical Garden at twilight, settle in with a mint julep and enjoy the finest musicians New Orleans has to offer. This popular music series, offers jazz, classical, and Latin American music.  5:00pm -8:00pm
 Pavilion of Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park,  http://www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com


August 25th
 LASPCA's Pet Night at the Roosevelt 

Last one this summer…PET NIGHT at the Roosevelt Hotel Bar, located at 116 University Place, to benefit the LA/SPCA.  From 6:00-9:00, bring your best four-legged buddy and enjoy libations and music on the patio.  Friendly, leashed, pets are welcome!  Call 566-9444 or visit www.la-spca.org for more information.  NOTE:  The Roosevelt Hotel Bar is NOT inside the Roosevelt Hotel, but next door. 



Friday, August 26

Seersucker & Fizz Friday at the Sazerac Bar 
 The Roosevelt New Orleans will celebrate the birth of the “Kingfish” with two of his favorite things: Ramos Gin Fizz cocktails and seersucker.

The celebration will include a variety of specially flavored Ramos Gin Fizz cocktails priced at just $8.30 (normally $13), in honor of his birthday August 30 or 8/30. A special three-course menu also will be available inside the Sazerac Restaurant, beginning at 1 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to dress in seersucker. The event will also include a drawing for a complimentary treatment at the Guerlain Spa at The Roosevelt, a bowtie courtesy of Nola Couture, a seersucker dress courtesy of Jolie & Elizabeth and a hat from Les Dames Chapeaux.

Complimentary valet parking is available for those who dine at the Sazerac Restaurant. For lunch reservations, call (504) 648-5486.

Friday, August 26
Fridays at the French Market featuring Patrick Williams and The Blues Express and Leroy Jones
The concerts at the French Market are colorful invitation to locals to rediscover the historic Market while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the new Farmers Market eateries, as well as new and familiar Flea Market vendors showcasing clothing, handmade jewelry, artwork, photography, candles and international and local crafts. 4:00-7:00pm. 504-522-2621; http://www.frenchmarket.org


August 26

Free Summer Wine Forum featuring  "Off the wall reds"  at Le Meritage

A Pairing of Wine & Hor d' Oeuvres -hosted by Sommelier Kevin Durand
Every Friday, 5:00pm - 6:00pm- Expect a fun, interactive, and educational forum where all participants taste and learn together. Fruit, Cheese & Crackers will be served during the tasting -Le Meritage,1001 Toulouse at Burgundy-504-522-8800- www.lemeritage.com.
*Reservations Required, Please Call Ahead

August 26

Obituary Cocktails Society

Obers will gather as every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at this saloon: COSIMO'S BAR- 1201 Burgundy Phone: (504) 522-9715- Special Happy Hour prices. 


 August 26

Where Y'Art?

Every Friday evening at NOMA, enjoy different and varied offerings of live music, performances, children's activities, exhibition walkthroughs, guest speakers, theater, dance, food . . . and of course, GREAT ART! All programs are free with Museum admission.

August 26-28

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.http://www.ddaymuseum.org

 Friday,August 26 at 10:30 p.m. and  August 27 at 11:30pm
Les Femelles Fatale
More Info Intimate, fast paced, drag show with something for everybody! Hosted by Princesse Stephaney with three guests each week.  
  Michaels On The Park,834 N. Rampart St.

Memorables and fun upcoming events of the week of August 23-29




Honorees Chefs at the Louisiana Cooking's Chef to Watch 2011

This online album has 42 photos and will be available on SkyDrive until 11/21/2011.

 Bayoubuzz's Event Videos and Photo Gallery:

Deanie' Seafood, Vella Contribute To America's WETLAND Foundation--Bayoubuzz.com

Gumbo DanceSport Championship 2011 in Baton Rouge, La--Bayoubuzz.com

New Orleans Saucy CAC SweetArts Gala 2011--Bayoubuzz.com 

New Orleans Go Red For Women By American Heart Association-- Bayoubuzz.com 

New Orleans Area Daughter Tells Heart-Felt Story of Heart Problems--Bayoubuzz.com 

Vince Vance's Annual 39th Birthday Party--Bayoubuzz.com

JPAS Evening At Eiffel (Jefferson Parish Louisiana) Fundraiser--By Bayoubuzz.com



August 27

 An Adoption Option & Bake Sale

Sponsored by the LA/SPCA will be held at Clearview Mall, located at 4436 Veterans Blvd., from 11:00-3:00.  LA/SPCA adoption counselors and volunteers will be on hand to help you select the right pet for your family.  A variety of shapes, colors and sizes of four-legged friends eager to find a new home will be available for adoption.  Call 368-5191 or visit www.la-spca.org for more information.

Saturday, August 27

The Roosevelt New Orleans Welcomes Back “The Kingfish” for a One-Night Special Performance in Celebration of Huey P. Long’s Birthday Weekend

Two decades after its triumphant off-Broadway premiere, The Kingfish is back, with a production of the one-man play depicting the life and times of famed Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long at the location he called home in New Orleans – The Roosevelt Hotel.Doors open at 8 p.m. for the performance, which begins at 8:30 p.m. in the world-famous Blue Room. Featuring actor John “Spud” McConnell, the performance will celebrate what would have been Long’s 118th birthday.Admission costs $60 per person. For reservations, call The Roosevelt at (504) 335-3138. A special pre-theatre menu will also be available in the Sazerac Restaurant. 
Sunday, August  28
Trinity Artist Series present KATRINA MEMORIAL:  "When The Levee Breaks"

ALBINAS Prizgintas plays CLASSIC ROCK on the magnificent 5000 pipe Trinity organ. 5 p.m. 1329 Jackson Ave. New Orleans.


Sunday, August 28
Audubon Zoo presents The Ramblin' Letters

Every Sunday this Summer come out to Audubon Zoo and enjoy live music by local artists. Audubon Zoo will be open 10 am to 7 pm Labor Day.

Performances are Sundays, 5 pm - 6 pm on the Capital One Stage.


Sunday, August 28

Benefit for Ready Teddy

Terence McQuiston, the singer well known as "Ready Teddy" who has performed with Little Richard, suffered a crippling injury earlier this summer that paralyzed him from the neck down. Teddy's friends will be hosting a benefit for him at Big Al's Deckbar on Jefferson Highway (opposite Ochsner Hospital) on Sunday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to midnight. There will be nonstop live music from musicians who are donating their time to this worthy cause, helping Teddy pay some of his medical expenses. Big Al will be cooking barbecue and there will be pastries, a raffle sponsored by Harley Davidson and the best live blues musicians New Orleans has to offer. Donations of items for sale and donations of time for volunteers and musicians are welcomed. Please help Teddy ... Come out and play music, donate and share the love with friends. To donate or for more information contact Jackie Jackson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Oscar Caballero (Music Coordinator) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, August 29

21 st Annual New Orleans Liberty Mutual Invitation

Benefitting the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, the Golf Tournament will be at the English Turn Country Club.Contact Name: Torie Kranze
 (504) 861-4500, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Monday, August 29th @ 6pm or Tuesday, August 30th @ 6pm

NOLAWineSpeak Presents Our FIRST Industry Wine Education Seminar & TASTING!
Presented by Michelle Gueydan ~ Vinosolutions Consulting & Swirl Wine Bar of Louisiana & Bryan Dias ~ Dias Associates Consulting of California.  Learn about wine in a Louisiana context ~ pairing, handselling, presentation & more!  This class is designed for food & beverage service industry staff, food servers & bartenders, restaurant managers & wine buyers, wine shop & retail staff.  The classes will be hosted at Purveyor of Fine Wine 1040 Magazine St. In the Warehouse District on Monday, August 29th @ 6pm or Tuesday, August 30 @ 6pm cost ~ $35/person, reservations required ~ class will book fast!
Sign up online, www.nolawinespeak.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your spot!

Swirl Wine Bar & Market, 3143 Ponce de Leon Street, 504.304.0635


Tuesday, August 31

Toasting with Margarita at Le Booze

Join me for delightful networking while we sip cool mojitos at le Booze of the Royal Sonesta Hotel from 5:30 to 7 P.m. Complimentary Cheese Tray.

August 31-September 5

40th Southern Decadence Festival

The French Quarter will the setting of the celebration of Gay Life, Music & Culture in New Orleans. http://www.southerndecadence.com/index.htm

September 1, 2011

Southern Decadence Weekend with Message of Marriage Equality
Bourbon Pub & Parade Disco owner Sandy Sachs will host the NOH8 Campaign Photo Shoot, by photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley. A studio will be set up on the second floor of the Pub opening up the opportunity for New Orleans residents and Southern Decadence visitors to join the campaign. 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Bourbon Pub and Parade.http://www.bourbonpub.com


September 14

Round Table Luncheon- A Salute to the Cultural Arts

 ON Going :

Jeremy Davenport
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


August 1- August 31

COOLinary New Orleans-

Celebrating Dining in America's Most Delicious City!It is going to be a elicious summer!  Throughout the whole month of August, participating restaurants will feature mouth watering pre-fix 2-course lunches at $20 or less and 3-course dinners at $35 or less.  Bring your appetite! http://www.COOLinaryneworleans.com

Until October 27, 2013
Hurricane Katrina - A Storm of Change
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.  
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

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  

Have a great, cool and dry week! 

Margarita Bergen, M.Ed, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty

Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine

Cultural Diva- www.neworleans.com

Social/Cultural Columnist - www.bayoubuzz.com

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