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Margarita's New Orleans: Louisiana Legends, Politics with a Punch, Key To The Cure

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This was one week to toast and celebrate and I did plenty of both. I have been waiting for weeks to say that New Orlenians were elated about a Saints victory and it finally happened. Congratulations to our boys and to Drew Brees for breaking the record for consecutive games with a passing touchdown. Let's keep it going!



Last week was a very hectic and exciting week for me since I am part of the newly released book, Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… Life Stories About Food, created and edited by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald with photography by Troy Kleinpeter and published by Pelican Publishing Company. We had our first reading this past Thursday at the Octavia Bookstore and the readers included Drew Ramsey of Hubig's Pies, social columnist Nell Nolan of the Times Picayune , Karen Benrud of Cafe Du Monde, Sal R. Sunseri of P&J Oysters, Liz Williams of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and yours truly. It is a beautiful book.

The New Orleans Book Launch will be on Tuesday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be hosted by featured storyteller, Chef Matt Murphy at the Irish House. Not to be missed.

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald and Karen Benrud of the Cafe Du Monde family will be reading at my Round Table Luncheon on Wednesday, October 17. That same night, I was part of the 100th edition of “Politics with a Punch” at the Eiffel Society. The exciting panel included Bernie Cyrus, former Louisiana State Music Commissioner; Steve Kelley, award-winning Times- Picayune cartoonist; Yvonne Landry, comedian, founder of N.O. Comedy Fest; Spud McConnell, movie star, talk show host, WWL AM; John Young, President of Jefferson Parish and I. It was quite a night!

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The next day was time for me to attend the elegant 

Louisiana Legends of Rock and Roll Gala presented by the Louisiana Museum Foundation that transported attendees back to the late 1950s with electrifying concerts by two Broadway stars – Levi Kreis as a young, hip and happening Jerry Lee Lewis and Louisiana native Brandon Bennett impersonating Elvis Presley. The beautiful weather provided a perfect night for the Gala outdoors at the Old U.S. Mint.

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On Saturday after work, I rushed to Julia Street to do the annual ritual of the first Saturday in October, Art for Arts’ Sake. It was really lovely but I had to rush through it, anxiously anticipating attending “Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience” at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presented “Here to Stay,” the new multimedia concert celebrating the greatest team of collaborators in the history of American music, George and Ira Gershwin. With a top-notch touring party, including Kevin Cole, the leading Gershwin interpreter; Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair; and a fabulous dancer/vocalist Danny Gardner, the concert provided an unprecedented insider view into the legendary duo. It was complete with photos from the Gershwin family archives, rare video clips, and elegant, state-of-the-art visual elements that provide a distinctive experience never before seen in a Gershwin show. I loved it and I think the entire audience did as well, judging by their enthusiastic applause.





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On Sunday, I attended briefly the OktoberFest at Broussard’s to catch my darling friend Claudia Baumgarten and her Biergartners. The food, the ambiance and the beer was divine. It reminded me of the lovely time that I spent in Munich at their Oktoberfest.

That Sunday, I was invited by my darling friend Sammy Steele, to celebrate a Mariachi Birthday Fiesta at the Windsor Court for Chris Owens, Jude Swenson and her daughter Ginger Schwartz. Among the guests were former governor Edwin Edwards and his lovely wife Trina. I ended my week by portraying, at a private party, the Baroness de Pontalba at the Presbytere.

This week is going to be another exciting, fun-loving one. Among the events that I am going to try to attend will be the St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activists Awards. Activists will be honored during a luncheon, and a fashion show will be provided by Dillard’s with St. Elizabeth’s Guild members and local celebrities at the Hilton Riverside.

On Thursday, October 11 is the 5th annual Lambeth On Broadway and, from October 11-18 is the 23rd Annual New Orleans Film Festival Gala. The renovated Joy Theatre will host the opening night film of the 23rd Annual New Orleans Film Festival. Louisiana’s only industry-recognized international film festival will present a comprehensive program of screenings, panels, workshops, awards and more.

Also on Thursday night there are two other events that I am not going to be able to attend but I want to mention them because they involve people in our city who are worthy of our support. At 7:00 there is going to be a benefit for Armand "Sheik" Richardson, a talented trumpet player and photographer who suffered a heart attack recently and needs help paying his medical bills. The benefit will be held at the Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Avenue, and many of the city's top musicians will be on hand to perform. Sheik has done so much for the city, most of it for free, including the Arabi Wrecking Krewe which he started right after Katrina to help musicians and others gut their damaged homes. Please come and donate what you can.

The second event, stars my darling friend Jose Torres Tama in his new one-man show, "Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers" at the Shadowbox Theatre, 2400 St. Claude Avenue at Marigny Street. The show starts at 9 p.m. and runs through Monday, October 15. An immigrant himself, from Ecuador, Jose cleverly pantomimes the prejudice that exists among a large number of Americans toward the new arrivals in this country, many of whom are from Latin America. Great satire and definitely not to be missed!

October 12-14 is the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, a showcase for Louisiana music, barbecue and crafts with two stages featuring blues and R&B performances from the region. October 12 is also the Placido Domingo special concert, sponsored by the New Orleans Opera Association on the Placido Domingo Stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in Louis Armstrong Park.

Saturday, October 13 from 6-11 p.m. is “O What a Night,”an evening of art, music and cuisine with Southern flair honoring longtime artist/sculptor Lin Emery, recipient of this year’s Opus Award. Food by James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and Chris Hastings is featured. Also on Saturday night is Bustout Burlesque’s monthly show at the House of Blues, produced by Rick Delaup.

Darlings, enjoy your week and save some of your energy for next week because my Round Table Luncheon will take place on October 17.

I want to congratulate Patrice Fisher & Carlos Valladares (www.EcosLatinos.org) who were presented on Tuesday night with the DeBango Excellence in the Arts Award as part of Que Pasa New Orleans 2012.


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Wednesday October 10 - Sunday October 14
The Second Annual Que Pasa 2012 


Wednesday, October 10

ST. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activists Awards
Activists will be honored during a luncheon, and a fashion show will be provided by Dillard’s with St. Elizabeth’s Guild members and local celebrities at the hilton Riverside, 2 Poydras . The event will also have a silent auction throughout. Tickets: Patron: $100; Individual: $65. For tickets : Rosalie Edwards, 466-8875

Wednesday October 10 - Sunday October 14
The Second Annual Que Pasa 2012 

Cervantes Fundación Hispano-Americana de Arte (Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation) and Hispanic Flavor Productions are proud to announce the Second Annual Que Pasa Fest 2012. With the  support of several other sponsors and local non-profit organizations, this festival will be an extension of the Latin cultural show, ¿Que Pasa New Orleans?? celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and  highlighting exciting Latin music and Hispanic heritage and culture. Que Pasa Fest 2012 will be a six day festival filled with music and dance and will be held at various locations throughout the area. This  year two local non-Latino acts, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. and Free Spirit Brass Band, have joined in to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. 
Wednesday: 8pm-Delgado Community College/Student Life Center: Our Folkloric Dances
Thursday: 8pm-Tulane University, Dixon Hall/Dixon Annex: Classical music concert
Friday: 7pm-Mojitos Rum Bar and Grill: Latin Swing and AsheSon at 10:30pm-11pm-4am at Maison: Allan & Joel and BiBi plus your favorite DJs

Saturday: 12pm to 8pm-Lafreniere Park: Treat the whole family to a fun-filled day of music, food and entertainment,Scheduled to appear: Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Rumba Buena, Free Spirit Brass Band, Julio y Cesar, Patrice Fisher and Arpa, Eduardo Rey, Allan & Joel and many more!
Sunday: 4pm-Mojitos Rum Bar and Grill: Riccardo Crespo and La Tran-K Band - Free admission to all events

Wednesday, October 10
HARVEST THE MUSIC at LAFAYETTE SQUARE presents JJ Grey & Mofro + Colin Lake

5:00-7:30pm-Free- No outside food or drink at Lafayette Square

 October 10
Wine & Art Wednesday's
Featuring local artists, live music, and free wine seminar's by Sommelier Drew Brandwein about :What foods go best with what wines.
Le Meritage will be presenting their fall series of wine tasting combined with a presentation of local artists. Each Wednesday Sommelier Drew Brandwein, CS will be conducting a wine seminar in the courtyard of the Maison Dupuy. In addition, each night a featured artist from New Orleans will be showing and discussing their works, techniques and approach. We will also be showcasing live acoustic music from Aaron Lopez Barrantes. The event will be complimentary to the Wednesday evening guests dining in Le Meritage or $20 for non-guests. The following is a schedule of the subjects covered.
Oct 10 - Wine Pairings - What foods go best with what wines.Le Meritage | 1001 Rue Toulouse,504.522.8800 -www.LeMeritage.com
Wednesday, October 10
On October 10th Bourbon House will be raising a toast to 10 years of serving critically acclaimed seafood and the city's best bourbons with a special four course dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be open to the public and will feature an unveiling of their own anniversary bourbon from Heaven Hill Distillery - 10 year old Evan Williams Single Barrel. Chef Darin Nesbit and his culinary team have created a menu that speaks to both the restaurant's bourbon focus, as well as their signature dishes using the best local ingredients available. The four course dinner will begin with bourbon cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner paired with wines selected by our Beverage Director, Barry Himel. The dessert course will be served with a straight pour of the anniversary bourbon.
Tickets are $75plus tax and gratuity and reservations can be made by calling 504.274.1814 or emailing [email protected].
Thursday October 11

Jazz in the Park presents: Treme Brass Band at 5PM and Renard Poche Band at 6:30PM

Inside of the historic Louis Armstrong Park. The events are FREE 5-8pm for seven Thursdays until November 1st featuring a Marketplace that provides an opportunity to purchase fresh food, produce and craft market available to the public from 3-7PM

October 11

5th annual Lambeth On Broadway
Lambeth House Foundation' annual Lambert on Broadway features cocktails, dinner, music and entertainment and dancing on the patio to the sounds of The Yat Pack, a cabaret performance in the parlor by Jeffrey Pounds and a lavish buffet by Chef John Joffe. Lambeth House, 150 Broadway St. (at the River). Tickets: $150 - Contact: 865-1960

October 11-18

23rd Annual New Orleans Film Festival Gala
The renovated Joy Theatre will host the Opening Night Film of the 23rd Annual New Orleans Film Festival. Louisiana’s only industry-recognized international film festival will present a comprehensive program of screenings, panels, workshops, awards and more. For more info contact :NewOrleansFilmSociety.org

October 12-14
Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival

A showcase for Louisiana barbecue and crafts with two stages featuring blues and R&B performances from the region. Legendary blues man Keb Mo (pictured), veteran soul singers Clarence Carter and Latimore, blues harmonica ace Sugar Blue, guitar shredder Larry Burton and Baton Rouge's Grammy-winning blues artist Chris Thomas King are some of the great acts who will appear at the seventh annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. Friday, Oct: 12: 5:30-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 13 & Sunday, Oct. 14: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Ave. Admission: Free Lafayette Square Park

Friday, October 12

Obituary Cocktail

6 to 7 PM at 801 Royal,Corner of Royal & St Ann-Charming new bar/restaurant-20% discount for locals!

 Friday,October 12

Placido Domingo in Concert

Sponsored by the New Orleans Opera Association on the Placido Domingo Stage of the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in Louis Armstrong Park. Placido Domingo's will be performing with some of the world's leading operatic talent, including Stephanie Blythe, Ana Maria Martinez, David Lomeli, and New Orleans' own Sarah Jane McMahon. They will be joined by the 80-voice New Orleans Opera Chorus and accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for a glorious musical evening conducted by Robert Lyall, and hosted by New Orleans' own Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Academy Award nominee, actress Patricia Clarkson. Tickets to this event is a benefit available only to subscribers. To become a new subscriber go to this link https://www.choicesecure03.net/mainapp/eventschedule.aspx?clientID=newoop.

Friday, October 12
Veuve Clicquot Winemaker Dinner

You are personally invited to Restaurant R'evolution's inaugural winemaker dinner featuring Cyril Brun, Chef de Cave at Veuve Clicquot. Seating at this intimate gathering is limited so please reserve early.

$250 per person-Communal seating at tables of 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Room at Restaurant R'evolution,777 Bienville Street

October 12 to November 24
"Jump, Jive & Wail: The Music of Louis Prima"

The show features a cast of ten who bring to life these legendary songs, musicians, vocals and dance, with the non-stop energy that kept audiences cheering from New Orleans to New York and Las Vegas to network television. "Jump, Jive & Wail" will feature such timeless Prima classics as Sing! Sing! Sing!, Just A Gigolo, Oh Marie, That Old Black Magic and Basin Street Blues. To reserve tickets please visit www.stagedoorcanteen.org or call 504-528-1943. Performances include Friday and Saturday evenings, with a dinner option, and Sunday brunch matinees by Chef John Besh and the American Sector restaurant.

 Saturday, October 13

“O What a Night”
An evening of art, music and cuisine with Southern flair honoring long time artist/sculptor Lin Emery ,recipient of this year’s Opus Award from 6 p.m. to 111 p.m.. Featuring food by James Beard Award-winning chefs Donald Link and Chris Hastings. The silent and live auctions showcase some of the best works by Southern artists will benefit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art . $300 and up per ticket. Contact: (504) 539-9616- Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.


October 13

Chocolate Ball 2012


The Ronald McDonald House Charities present the annual Hugs and Kisses Chocolate Ball honoring Mr. Ollie Green at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street. The evening will start a 6 p.m. and the gala will begin at 7 p.m. The Yat Pack will be the entertainment of the night. Call 504-486-6668 for tickets.  


Saturday, October 13

Cocktail Reception and Concert starring The Baby Boyz Brass Band, and the Robin Barnes Trio.
Benefitting the Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation.
The Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation (ECFLF) to host the GOOD KIDS + GOOD HEALTH = GOOD STUDENTS GALA: a cocktail reception and concert to celebrate our esteemed honorees and celebrate their contributions to the education and health of New Orleans’ children. The celebration, which is a fundraiser to support ECFLF’s work in the coming year, will take place Saturday, October 13, 2012, in the majestic lobby of the First NBC Bank building, 210 Baronne Street, from 7:00-9:00pm. The event is hosted by Ashton Ryan, Jr., President & CEO of First NBC Bank. The Baby Boyz Brass Band, and the Robin Barnes trio will entertain the audience and The Catering Connection Unlimited will provide dinner. Individual tickets are $1,250 per couple and provide attendance to the honoree reception and the Gala. General admission tickets are $250 per couple. The honorees are: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu;Dr. Karen DeSalvo;Marsha Broussard;Patricia Riddlebarger;Hon. Cedric Richmond;Senator Karen Carter Peterson
Leo Marsh;Dr. Donald Erwin and Dr. Mary Abell;Dr. Norman Francis;Kenneth Pickering
and Special Honoree Ruby Bridges

October 13

Touro Here for Life Gala

Celebrate Touro Infirmary’s 160th anniversary in style with dinner, a stage show and dancing. A silent auction will run through the evening. In a special ceremony during the evening, the 2012 Judah Touro Society award will be presented to Marvin L. “Buddy” Jacobs. To top it off, guests can enjoy the sounds of Preservation Hall-Stars featuring Leroy Jones at Grand Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal St. Patron: $500; General: $200-Contact: Harriett D. Cortez, 897-8744, [email protected]


October 14

Who's Who in I Do


Who's Who in I Do Bridal Show is a "Must Do" for anyone planning a wedding. View more than 150 Exhibits, Your Chance to Win Great Prizes including an exotic Honeymoon. The fall bridal show will be held at the New Orleans Fairground from 2 to 5p.m. $10 advance ticket, $15 at the door.


October 14


Nocturne X


The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans invites you to Nocturne X - A Celebration of the Piano at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. Champagne Reception at 5 p.m. at the Lafayette Foyer. Salon Concert with Danny Driver at 6 p.m. at the Lafayette Ballroom and Dinner at 7 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom. Black Tie- For ticket call: 899-4826



October 15
Fall Into Fashion

The Encore Shop, the upscale resale shop that benefits Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will host a fashion event to introduce the new “line” of fall clothes. This year, the shop has decided to allow those who pay a little extra to have an opportunity to shop before the clothes are available for sale. The Encore Shop. $50 per ticket for preview shopping and party; $35 per ticket for the party. Encore Shop, 7814 Maple St. Contact: (504) 861-9028

October 16




October 17


Round Table Luncheon


The popular Round Table Luncheon hosted by yours truly at noon at the Fleur de Lis Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel will be a literary one and will feature as speakers Randy Fertel, author of "The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak", Peggy Sweeney-McDonald creator and editor of Meanwhile Back at Coffee Du Monde and Karen Benrud of the Cafe Du Monde family  and  Cory Roy-Psychic to the stars and her Halloween predictions. Entertainment by operatic star of JPAS. Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairing. The luncheon is $45 inclusive and $50 at the door. Parking will be validated. For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, [email protected].


October 17
Key to the Cure
Key to the Cure 2011 is a four-day charity shopping weekend during which 2 percent of sales at Saks Fifth Avenue New Orleans will be donated to the cancer research programs of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. The “Key to the Cure Kickoff Gala” will take place Wednesday, October 17, followed by a weekend of charity shopping. The gala will feature local cuisine; beverages compliments of Republic National Distributing Co.; and New Orleans-style entertainment on every level. Complimentary parking the night of the gala. Saks Fifth Avenue, Canal Place, 301 Canal St. Tickets: $75, Gillian Stagg, (504) 293-2618 or [email protected]


October 17


Ten Outstanding Persons Gala

The gala offers a buffet dinner, wine, champagne, mixed drinks, a silent auction, music, beautiful table decorations and an award ceremony for the night’s honorees. The funds from the night support the Family Service of New Orleans at Pavilion of the Two Sisters, City Park, Tickets: Gala and patron party: $250; Gala: $125. Contact: 822-0800

Cocktailly yours
Margarita Bergen,M.Ed.
Society Editor - New Orleans Living Magazine
Hostess of the Royal Sonesta's Round Table Luncheon
Social/Cultural Columnist - www.bayoubuzz.com
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New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
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