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Indulge in These 3 Events…

The Scout Guide New Orleans is thrilled to have Martin Wine Cellar, Tiki Tolteca and Ox Lot 9 join its membership roster. And, given that it is the season of indulgence, I am sharing with you three awesome events that I think you should know about too.

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Martin Wine Cellar is hosting a wine tasting of some of their finer California wines on Tuesday, December 2 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at their Metairie location. For a $50 entry fee, you can taste wines that average in price from $40 and $50 dollar and there are 25 wines to taste in all different varietals. You can view the complete menu here. The event is reception style, so you can come and go as you please. The catering department will also have many hors d’oeurves for you to sample as well. This is a great opportunity to scout some finer wines for the holiday season. With any selection you make, you will be sure to impress your friends!  To make a reservation, call Andrew Dike at 504-896-7300.

Ox Lot Bartlett


Jeff Hansell, Chef at Ox Lot 9, will be moving his restaurant outdoors for the evening to Bartlett Farms in Folsom, Louisiana for a farm to table dinner. Guests are invited to join at 4 PM for an al fresco dinner composed of the freshest, locally grown, seasonal ingredients available. The menu will be announced at dinner however, it will have a cocktail reception followed by a 4 course meal with wine pairings set in the middle of a working field. For those of you who are Good Eggs fans, they source a lot of their produce from this farm. Dine with the crew and then stay over night at the Southern Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Covington. Tickets are $150. For dinner reservations, contact leahhbartlett@gmail.com

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Tiki Tolteca is a Latin American Tiki Bar that opened this summer above Felipe’s in the French Quarter. In its short existence, it has been named Food & Wine’s Best New Bar, USA TODAY’S top 10 Tiki Bars, and Thrillist’s 21 Best New Bars in America. It may be hard to believe that one place could garner so much press in such a short amount of time but not when you have a bartender like Nathan Dalton concocting the cocktails. On Tuesday, December 9th at 7PM in Tiki Tolteca, Nathan and his compadres, Higinio, Marcus and Justin, will be hosting a tasting dinner. The menu will be all about Oaxaca and Del Maguey Mezcal. Hold on to your seats because drinks light on fire and Higinio has already sent off for some chapulines and cusanos (grasshoppers and worms)!  Don’t worry, there will only be one bug food course, but they will have bugs in the drink, too. This dinner is obviously not for the faint of heart! The drinks will all be with mezca, and they will have some really cool do-it-yourself cocktails. Educational with a few neat surprises. The dinner is $100 per person. To reserve your seat, please email tikitolteca@felipesnola.com.







Last night, I unveiled Volume 3 of The Scout Guide New Orleans at Octavia Art Gallery, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the publication and the party! The clean backdrop of Octavia Art Gallery provided a platform for The Scout Guide to really shine! This publication is truly a labor of love, and here is what I love most about it this year: the cover color — orange — and its symbolism. Orange is the color of joy and creativity. Tory Burch proclaims the color orange “happy and chic” and Frank Sinatra thinks it is the happiest of all colors! The color is associated with autumn when TSG makes its debut. And if you dig a little deeper into colors and their meaning you’ll learn even more about the fascinating story behind orange. One thing is for sure, TSG New Orleans Volume 3 will certainly be noticed!

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Each spread is absolutely gorgeous and tells a beautiful story of the business, but what I also love about the book is that the story begins with “A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever” and ends with “May All of Your Pain Be Champagne.” These mantras were not planned for the photos nor the beginning or the end, its just a beautiful tribute to New Orleans and our joie de vivre!


Our fabulous roster of businesses include:

Alexis Walter Art || Angelique  || Angelique Kids || Arnaud’s || Ashley Longshore || Bremermann Designs || Buff Beauty Bar || Clover || Denise St. Pierre || Dunn & Sonnier || Eclectic Home || Elise Allen Art || Emma’s  || Friend & Company || Gallery 3954 || Gallery Orange || Gogo Jewelry || Hattie Sparks || History Antiques and Interiors || Hour Blast || Jade || Katie Koch Home || La Petite Grocery || Le Foret || Leontine Linens || Loomed NOLA || Lum || Lynn Morgan, Realtor || Malachite || Martin Wine Cellar || Meauxbar || Mignon || Mimi || MMR Interiors   Neal Auction Company || New Orleans Museum of Art || New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation || NOLA Couture || NOLA Rugs || Octavia Art Gallery || Ox Lot 9 || Patti Constantin Designs in Catering || Reyn Studios || Shaun Smith Home || Southern Hotel St. Romain Interiors || The Grove Street Press || Tiki Tolteca || Tisa Beauty Bar || The Plant Gallery || Windsor Court

You can view all the pictures from the party on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Visit one of these businesses for your complimentary copy, and when you do, please….



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Photos by Marianna Massey, photographer for The Scout Guide Baton Rouge


Octavia Art Gallery Exhibit

Alluvial Constructs

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Inspired by the notion that “every place is unfathomable, infinite, [and] impossible to describe, because a place…[is] constantly arising and decaying,” Alluvial Constructs provides a visual exploration of the intrinsic, unavoidable and poetic processes of construction and degradation. New Orleans is positioned on a plane of soft alluvial soil, built up over time from the Mississippi River’s natural cycle of flooding and erosion. Each new layer of sediment deposited on the banks of the river creates a malleable, amorphous and ever-changing topography. Overlaid on this sinuous and shifting landscape is the architecture and infrastructure of a city. Constructed out of rigid and impervious materials such as concrete, brick and metal, the built environment of New Orleans—like that of most cities—serves as an archeological record and a representation of a shared collective history.

The ten artists included in Alluvial Constructs address this complex idea of a city’s physicality as both an ephemeral and stalwart documentation of place. Their works investigate concepts of materiality, architecture, nature and the passage of time. Artists Anastasia Pelias and Joseph Cohen’s practices are primarily focused on materiality. Their viscerally-veiled, layered paintings and works on paper are about the act of painting; the import lies with the physical presence of their medium and in the compositional topography that results from the artist’s act of mark-making.

Diana Al-Hadid, Regina Scully, Kianja Strobert and Simon Pyle share an interest in architecture and archaeology. While aesthetically disparate, their paintings and mixed media works often depict abstracted, fractured or discreetly rendered glimpses of structures, cities or built environments. The resulting compositions feel sedimentary and gritty, evoking a sense of being unearthed in an arrested moment of decay.

The artistic practices of Wayne Amedee, Simryn Gill, Michel Varisco and Letha Wilson are related through a common interest in nature, questions of sustainability and documenting the poetry of daily life. Typically, these artists use materials and images from nature or their own environments as a starting point for their interpretations. Ranging from documentary photographs to hybridized photo-sculptures and from sculptural iterations constructed out of paper to oversized abstract aluminum forms, each expertly achieves depictions of our collective world that are unexpected and compelling.

Octavia Art Gallery

Alluvial Constructs runs through November 29th, so be sure to scout it out this weekend.

Octavia Art Gallery 

454 Julia Street

New Orleans, LA 70130


Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Tell them SCOUT sent you!



Behind the Scenes of Volume 3

This summer, TSG photographer Sara Essex Bradley and I worked our tails off to capture the best of local in New Orleans for Volume 3 of The Scout Guide New Orleans. Together, with the help from our favorite local businesses, we produced a stunning showcase of our city. The result is a narrative that reflects the individuality, importance, and influence of entrepreneurs and artisans in our town, and a publication that binds them together to create a national network of local businesses that support one another and their communities.
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People ask me all of the time whether this publication is for locals or visitors, and my answer is always BOTH! My job is to introduce, remind and inspire our readers to discover, visit and support these great LOCAL businesses. Their contributions make us proud to call New Orleans home and one of the top travel destinations in the world.
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This blog is the online destination for the inside scoop on the BEST of New Orleans. The places and faces you see here will be the subjects of in-depth features and profiles, trend pieces and thoughtful tips to enlighten, inspire, and elevate everyday life.

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Next week, I will unveil our Volume 3 membership. It is my hope that you will run, not walk, to the nearest business location to pick up your copy of the latest publication. While you’re there, discover something new! Talk to the business owner, learn their story, understand the passion behind their business. Edit and curate your life in a way that supports the artisans and embraces our community because engaging with the experts can actually save you money in the end, while maximizing your happiness and quality of life.

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Hire a real estate broker that specializes in the market and your home buying needs. DIY projects are fun but an interior designer can give you a roadmap for your home to use when your budget allows. Ask the wine expert for a new varietal, your tastebuds will thank you! Visit and patronize our cultural institutions, they make our city vibrant and help attract new investments to New Orleans.

Remember you can support local businesses through our network of City Guides. The Scout Guide is now in 60 cities throughout the country — use TSG as your resource when you travel or when you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for at home. Need to send flowers to a loved one in another city? A TSG florist is waiting for your call! Want to practice yoga when you’re away from home? TSG will help you find the best place to ohm.

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At The Scout Guide, our motto is…the story begins in print, but it continues online. Join us throughout the year as we delve deeper into the unique, talented entrepreneurs who infuse our town with their originality, creativity, and passion. Screenshot 2014-11-11 09.17.05

Thank you New Orleans for giving me the opportunity to share our colorful story with the world. It is an honor and a privilege, hard work, and lots of fun! Cheers to Volume 3!




Meet Barbara Tfank at MIMI


‘Tis the first really cold day in NOLA, but spring has sprung at MIMI. Barbara Tfank’s Resort and Spring 2015 collections have arrived, and they are a welcome burst of warmth. The designer is also here in the flesh, ready to show you her collection and sip a little champagne too!

Barbara Tfank has a huge fan club both local and national! She should be your go-to when looking for anything for carnival, a wedding or a special occasion…including a national book tour! Jane Scott Hodges, wearing Barbara Tfank, is flanked by her husband and party-goers at TSG Charlotte’s Capitol for her book signing for Linens: For Every Room and Occasion.


Welcome Barbara Tfank to New Orleans! Enjoy this online preview of her collection and we hope you find a little time in your busy schedule to play dress up at MIMI.


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BTfank Spring


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Showing Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14th 10 AM – 6 PM.


5500 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70115






Musson-Bell House

Neal Auction Company’s annual Louisiana Purchase Auction™, scheduled for November 21, 22 & 23, features antiques and fine art from the Musson-Bell House Collection of Bryan and Rubie Bell, New Orleans.

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The Musson-Bell House, at 1331 3rd Street in New Orleans’ Garden District, was built during the 1850s for Michael Musson, a prominent cotton broker and the maternal uncle the French Impressionist Edgar Degas. During the 1950s, the Italianate mansion was acquired by historic preservationists Bryan (1918-2009) and Rubie Bell, who, over the next sixty years, devoted themselves to restoring the home and outfitting it with historic furnishings. The Musson-Bell House Collection reflects the Bell’s commitment to historic preservation and encompasses fine Continental and American furniture, paintings, and decorative arts. Highlights include a group of circa 1850 American Rococo carved rosewood furniture attributed to New Orleans merchant and cabinet maker Prudent Mallard, comprising a half tester bed, a double door armoire, a washstand, and a dressing chest.


LOT 1044 Important American Rococo Carved Rosewood Half Tester Bed, c. 1850, attributed to Prudent Mallard, New Orleans, l. 87 1/2 in.


LOT 1045 American Rococo Carved Rosewood Double Door Armoire, c. 1850, attributed to Prudent Mallard, New Orleans, h. 108 1/2 in.

Preview these items and more at their exhibition as well as online.

EXHIBITION beginning Monday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special Saturday Preview, November 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Evening Preview Reception, Wednesday, November 19, 5 to 8 p.m.

Neal Auction Company

4038 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70115