Tuesday, 19 July 2011 15:56

New Orleans Area Events: Tales Of Cocktail, Fashions, More

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Darling friends,

Margarita BergenIt feels so good to be back in my beautiful adopted city of New Orleans. I still remember when I was able to spend the summers at the beautiful island of Ibiza, Spain and miss a few parties. Not anymore. There are more than I could attend. I just did my calendar for the month of August and there are days that I‘m going to need a clone. Wishful thinking but I am sorry not to have one yet.

I actually took it easy and only attended a few very special events such as the official celebration of Bastille Day that started with wreath laying by the Statue of Jeanne d'Arc on Decatur Street by Hon. Consul General of France,  Jean- Claude. Brunet. That evening I attended the very delightful party hosted by the consul general at the Williams Research Center. I left early to attend the annual Gala of the VCPORA: Vive Le France at the Cabildo. So many parties and so little time but I enjoyed both of them a great deal.
I ended this week by attending at the Museum of American Cocktail's Mixology Masters of New Orleans. It was wonderful to start the week of Tales of the Cocktail, mingling with the bartenders who are turning the Crescent City into a Mecca of Mixology! One of the great forces in reviving New Orleans is the reinvigoration of its bar industry through celebrating the city’s unique cocktail lore and traditions at its finest dining establishments. My darling friend Dale DeGroff, Mixologist extraordinaire, aka “King of the Cocktail” and President and Founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail at the Riverwalk and his lovely wife Jill were present as well.  Jill DeGroff, author of "Lush Life; Portraits from the Bar", just publish another book in which I am included. She  collects interesting faces and great tales from cafes and bars around the world. She has, in fact, drawn portraits and collected stories from hundreds of characters over the years, including bartenders, musicians, writers, artists, chefs, gypsies, dancers, pirates, and other denizens of the nightjust wrote a second book in which I am included.


Talking about great news , I must congratulate the Windsor Court Hotel that rose 26 spots to be named the #6 Big City Hotel in the US and Canada in Travel + Leisure's 2011 World's Best Awards survey. This ranking, based on reader responses, evaluates rooms, location, service, food and value.

I must also congratulate Executive Chef of the Grill Room: Drew Dzejak since he is one of Louisiana Cooking's Chefs to Watch 2011. The others are Cory Bahr, Executive Chef, Restaurant Sage, Monroe, and 102 A Bistro, Ruston;  Nathan Gresham, Executive Chef-Owner, Beausoleil, Baton Rouge; Phillip Lopez, Executive Chef, Rambla, New Orleans; Colt Patin, Executive Chef, Crawfish Town USA, Henderson.

Congratulations to all of them .They will be honored on August 22 at Chefs to Watch 2011 Awards Dinner at Harrah's Theatre. Not to be missed!

This week coming up is one of those weeks that I wish will never end because it is the annual Tales of the Cocktail Week.


I am going to start my week by attending the luncheon at the WTC that is presenting on Tuesday, the 2011 C. Alvin Bertel Award to Capt. Allen J. Gibbs President, Crescent River Port Pilots Association at Luncheon. It should be a lot of fun. Of course, I am looking forward to my annual Round Table saluting Tales of the Cocktail on Wednesday, July 20 at noon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, to be followed by a second-line parade to the Monteleone Hotel where the Kick-off party of Tales of Cocktail will take place.(Check out all the details in the calendar)  


That evening my brother artist Lorenzo Bergen will be once again having an art exhibit at the lobby of the J W Marriot from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Not to be missed.


From there on, I will be totally immersed in Tales of the Cocktail but I am taking time off to be a guest speaker across the lake. I have been invited to be the keynote speaker on Thursday, July 21 at the “Women of Infinite Possibilities (W.I.P.) Women's Day Out! -Reach for the Stars.” It should be fun and I am looking forward to it.


Darlings, wishing you a spirited week and check out all the fun events that this very special week has to offer.

Tuesday, July 19

WTC present its 2011 C. Alvin Bertel Award to Capt. Allen J. Gibbs
President, Crescent River Port Pilots Association at Luncheon

11:30 a.m. Networking Reception, Followed by Award Presentation
12th floor, Westin Canal Place Hotel
Cost: $45.00, Tables of Eight $360.00
Click here to register. or (504) 619-9834.

The C. Alvin Bertel Award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Greater New Orleans port area. The World Trade Center is pleased to announce that after careful consideration, the selection committee organizations have chosen Capt. A.J. Gibbs as this year's recipient

July 19

OMNI HOTELS & RESORTS Celebrates National Ice Cream Day 

            This summer, Omni Hotels & Resorts is once again treating travelers across the brand to summertime soirées celebrating National Ice Cream Day. Guests visiting Omni properties, including the Omni Royal Orleans located at 621 St. Louis St., are invited to a complimentary ice cream social - complete with a Design-Your-Own Sundae Bar, on Tuesday, July 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. Through a partnership with Häagen-Dazs, the luxury hotel brand will serve rich, vanilla and chocolate flavored ice cream along with toppings. Chef Rene Bajeux will add a unique local twist with the addition of praline, spicy pecans and king cake toppings.

July 20

An Evening at the JW Marriott 

Experience an evening of cultural indulgences at the JW Marriott Lobby Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Featuring Local artist Lorenzo Bergen(Acrylic paintings, including Abstracts and Florals) .Live Entertainment Raphael Bas & Pierre Pichon Gypsy Swing)
 Complimentary Wine Tasting, cheeses and Hors D' Oeuvres.

Wednesday,July 20

Round Table Luncheon - A Salute to Tales of the Cocktail 

 This month's "spirited" Round Table Luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel will take place on Wednesday July 20 at 12:00 Noon in the newly renovated Fleur de Lis Room.   Co-hosted by social columnist Margarita "Darling" Bergen and Tales of  the Cocktail founders Ann and Paul "Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail" Tuennerman,  the luncheon will feature guest speakers, live entertainment, delicious cuisine, and of course plenty of champagne, July's Round Table welcomes H. Joseph Ehrmann, King of Cointreau and  Nightclub and Bar Magazine's 2010 Bartender of the Year, who will be mixing up a delicious summer cocktail. Tony Abou-Ganim, author of The Modern Mixologist, will give us insight on what makes the perfect cocktail.  In keeping with the beverage theme, entertainers Elizabeth Pearce and Bob Edes will be performing "New Orleans Down the Hatch: A  Cabaret in Two Cocktails."  Executive Chef Peter Page is planning a three-course gourmet menu with wine pairing.  The luncheon is $42 inclusive.  Parking will be validated.  For reservations, contact Noel Scallan at 504-553-2220, [email protected] 

 Immediately following the luncheon, guests are invited to participate in a Second-Line Parade down Royal Street for the "2011 Tales of the Cocktail" official kick-off event.  For a complete list of "Tales" seminars, tastings, and events happening at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, visit talesofthecocktail.com.

July 20

On Wednesday, July 20, from 5:00-7:30 p.m., the Friends of the Cabildo will host an exclusive one-night-only viewing of the special
collections of the Louisiana State Museum at the Collections Storage Facility housed at 1000 Chartres Street in the French Quarter
in New Orleans.  Guests will be guided through this remarkable assemblage of art, costumes, artifacts and more, rarely seen by the general public.


Louisiana State Museum curators will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their respective collections on a docent-guided tour. 
Tours last approximately 30 minutes.  A wine and cheese reception will follow.


Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Friends of the Cabildo members.  Space is limited.  Reservations are required.


For more information on this event and how to become a member of the Friends of the Cabildo, please contact
Rebecca Duckert at (504) 523-3939 or [email protected].


July 20- July 24

Tales of the CocktailsShake Things Shake

July 20-24th, 2011 




 Stir your soul, in the 9th Annual Tales of the Cocktail. It  has been bringing cocktail aficionados from around the world to New Orleans,
for the most spirited event of the year. This year  is shaking things up once again with a new batch of seminars. With over 50 seminars,
Tales of the Cocktail® will feature topics on bitters, the history of cocktail glasses, making house sodas and cocktail writing presented
by some of the biggest names in mixology such as Harold McGee, Matthew Bax, Simon Ford, Paul Pacult and more.  In addition to the seminars,
you will  enjoy book signings, dinner pairings, cooking and mixing demonstrations. Not to be missed! The Monteleone Hotel is the headquarter for the event http://www.talesofthecocktail.com



Wed at Point 2011 

Wednesdays on the Point  
2011 Summer Festival Concert Series presents
Higher Heights Reggae& Flow Tribe

Every Wednesday from 6-9PM Free Admission 

Algiers Ferry Dock, 200Morgan St.


Fashion with a Twist 

Thursday, July 21

Women of Infinite Possibilities (W.I.P.) Women's Day Out!  -Reaching for the Stars
 I will the Keynote speakers at the monthly meeting of the W.I.P.Time - the event starts at 9AM and finishes at 3PM - 
Covington Presbyterian Church - Social Hall (our group is not part of the church - they are simply and very kindly letting us use the hall).   
222 S. Jefferson St., Covington, LA. - www.wipgroup.org  
July 21

City Park N. O. Logo 

  Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series presents

 The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra 


  Pavilion of the Two Sisters

  New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens




Food and drink may be purchased

  No outside food, drink or pets

  Season and half-season passes are available

  Tickets: $8 adults, $3 children ages 5-12




July 21


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 live music on the patio.  50% of all proceeds will go to the LA/SPCA!!  Friendly, leashed, pets are welcome!  Call 566-9444 or visit www.la-spca.org for
more information.

July 21- Sunday July 24.

Twelfth Night


 Set in the fictional sea-side village of Illyria in the early 1950s, Twelfth Night weaves together the stories of a brother and sister lost at sea, a local count
love-sick for a woman who has sworn off men, and group of buffoons out to exact revenge on a pompous, egomaniacal butler. Sprinkle in cross-dressing,
sword-fights and mistaken identities, and you have the ingredients of one of the world's greatest romantic comedies by the world's greatest playwright.

Twelfth Night  features  Michele Guidry as Viola, Heidi Dippold as Olivia, John Neisler as Orsino, and Ricky Graham as Malvolio.Thursdays
(07:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
Fridays (07:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
Saturdays (07:30 PM - 10:00 PM)
Sundays (01:30 PM - 03:00 PM)

Buy Tickets Online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/169439 or through the Lupin Theater Box Office at 865-5106.


JULY 22 



Free Summer Wine Forum

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. 
Expect a fun, interactive, and educational forum where all participants taste and
learn together. 


July 22: French Chardonnays

July 29: Blind Tasting Game

August 5: Bubbles - Cava, Prosseco, and Old vs. New

August 12: Off the wall whites

August 19: The magnificent wines of Northern Spain

August 26: Off the wall reds


*Fruit, Cheese & Crackers will be served during the tasting


Le Meritage

1001 Toulouse at Burgundy




*Reservations Required, Please Call Ahead


Friday, July 22

 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon at the JW Marriott on 

The Keynote Speaker will be Secretary of State of Louisiana, the Hon. Tom Schedler, a New Orleans native.  Secretary Schedler was sworn in on November 22, 2010
when then Sec. of State Jay Dardenne was sworn in as our new Lieutenant Governor. 

Sec. Schedler will speak about several new initiatives in his office to make doing business in Louisiana an easier, more streamlined and friendlier process. 
For reservations call 504-885-4262,E-Mail:  [email protected]


Friday, July 22

The New Orleans Museum of Art "Where Y' Art!

• 5:30p to 8:30p: Music by Greg DiLeo
• 5:30p to 8p: Art Making Activity
• 7p: Zen Paintings Tour by NOLA Artist Robert Tannen
• 6p: NVC: The Artist’s Palate Cookbook: Samplings & Tastings

July 22
Obituary Cocktail Society
Obers will gather as every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at this saloon:K'JOES RESTAURANT --720 Saint Louis St. Phone -566-8900. 
Drink specials and hors d'oeuvres -- Maryflynn's "Prohibition Jazz Blues" will be entertaining....

July 22-23

New Orleans Down the Hatch at K-Joe

Opening at K-Joe's restaurant in the French Quarter, New Orleans Down the Hatch: A Cabaret in Two Cocktails celebrates the history of New Orleans through an evening
of song and tasty cocktails. The show, nominated for the Big Easy Award for Best Cabaret in 2010, stars two Running With Scissors regulars: Big Easy Theatre Person of the
Year Bob Edes and New Orleans culinary historian Elizabeth Pearce. Tinkling the ivories, you'll find the lovely and talented pianist Jim Walpole.

First opening last year at Le Chat Noir, Bob and Elizabeth take the audience through the history of New Orleans as told through two of its signature drinks: the Sazerac
and the Hurricane. Audience members will enjoy each drink while hearing about the people that gave the city its distinctive character, the abundant speakeasies during
Prohibition, and how a lack of whiskey during WWII led to the creation of one of New Orleans most popular drinks. Audiences are sure to be delighted by this show, which
Will Coviello of the Gambit dubbed "a gleeful celebration of all things alcoholic...effortlessly entertaining."

The show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm from July 15 through July 23 at K-Joe's, 720 St. Louis in New Orleans' historic French Quarter. Tickets are $25 and includes
a free Sazerac and Hurricane for each audience member. Purchase tickets now: CLICK HERE!

Read more: http://neworleans.broadwayworld.com/article/New-Orleans-Down-the-Hatch-Returns-to-K-Joes-715-723-20110708#ixzz1SYvRMJaa



July 22-August 1


Waiting Around 7-2011

July 22

FREE SUMMER WINE FORUM AT LE MERITAGE________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Friday, July 22

 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon at the JW Marriott on 

The Keynote Speaker will be Secretary of State of Louisiana, the Hon. Tom Schedler, a New Orleans native.  Secretary Schedler was sworn in on November 22, 2010 when then Sec. of State Jay Dardenne was sworn in as our new Lieutenant Governor. 

Sec. Schedler will speak about several new initiatives in his office to make doing business in Louisiana an easier, more streamlined and friendlier process.  For reservations call 504-885-4262,E-Mail:  [email protected]

July 22

Sade with John Legend
 7:30pm at New Orleans Arena;http://www.neworleansarena.com


July 22 

Don't Miss Meet the Craft Distillers
 La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone
In the last decade, the number of small distillers in the U.S. grew from a few dozen to more than two hundred today, now making an array of products from white spirits such as vodka and gin to wide varieties of liqueurs, aged whiskeys and brandies. Tales of the Cocktail was founded on entrepreneurial
spirit and in 2011 will give our attendees a special opportunity to meet the artisans of our country’s craft distillers.
 5:30 PM to 7 PM. La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone 
July 23

5th Annual Spirited Award® Ceremony

This summer, spirits from around the world will descend on America’s most soulful city as Tales of the Cocktail® returns to New Orleans. At Tales of the
Cocktail®, Mahalia Jackson Theater will come to life welcoming the stars of the cocktail industry for the 2011 Spirited Award® Ceremony, a red carpet event hosted by Pernod Ricard USA. Dress in the style of 1920’s Atlantic City for an evening of Boardwalk Empire gangsters and glamour! Enjoy Big Band tunes and take in a variety of entertainment and the talents of your peers8:30 PM to 11:30 PM Mahalia Jackson Theater.


July 24
Combier Distillery USA Launch Party

Guests are invited to sample a range of craft products from the historic Combier distillery, including some never before imported to the U.S. Available for
tasting are a rare selection of artisanal eau de vie, liqueurs, absinthes, and fruit syrups that represent 177 years of distilling tradition. On hand to greet you
and guide you through the tasting are President Franck Choisne, U.S. Importer Scott Goldman, and Absinthe Distiller T. A. Breaux.The Windsor Court’s Executive Chef Drew Dzejak will serve passed hors d’oeuvres specially created to complement the Combier craft products. 4 – 6 PM, Windsor Court Hotel -Complimentary

 Sunday, July 24

Trinity Artist Series presents   Philip Greenwood & Bridget Clonts, piano

5 pm       Music by Bach Telemann, Schumann, Darius Milhaud, Carl Reinecke, Philippe Gaubert,1329,
Jackson Ave.  Call: 670 252



July 26

  EVERY TUESDAY @ 6 pm till 7 pm "Organ & Labyrinth",  Organ Recital & Candlelight with Albinas Prizgintas on the 5000 pipe Trinity tracker organ. The programincludes some of the greatest music ever written ranging Classical Baroque to vintage rock and popular tunes www.albinas.org





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


 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 
"Breaking Muse"
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

Have a great spirited  week!


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

Social/Cultural Columnist - www.bayoubuzz.com

811 Marigny Street, Unit C

New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201

Margarita Bergen,
Tel/ Cell 504-495-9181 Fax/504-940-6201

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