Wine, Cheese, Charcuterie

PHOTO ©SARA ESSEX BRADLEY Wine, Cheese and Charcuterie are three words people live by. These words make your mouth water and upon consumption of the yummy goods, they take you to your happy place. This Thursday, July 31 from 5-7 pm, John, Jim and Aimee are hosting an epic wine tasting event. They will offer 14 wines from some of their best producers. It’s guaranteed that these wines will expose your tastebuds to flavors you’ve never tasted. Best part about this tasting event, all of their cheese & charcuterie is 15% off. It may not be the most well-balanced dinner, but everyone loves a wine and cheese plate for dinner after a long day of work.

Keife & Co. is the place to go to find the hard to find, so take this opportunity to scout it out before they close for their August only summer sabbatical.

Keife & Co.

801 Howard Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70113

504-523-7272

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Jul
30
2014

Admire It, Acquire It at Eclectic Home

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Create your own Italian veranda at home with new pieces from Eclectic Home. Now through August, all outdoor furniture is 20% off!

Owner and Lead Designer of Eclectic Home, Penny Francis, was recently featured in The Advocate. If you missed the interview, you can read it here.

Eclectic Home

8211 Oak Street

New Orleans, LA 70118

(504) 866-6654

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Image sources: Pinterest, Eclectic Home

Jul
25
2014

Spotlight on Alexis Walter

Alexis Walter Art Alexis Walter is one of my absolute most favorite artists. I love her work and proudly display my piece on my chest of drawers. She is such a hoot to hang out with too! Craving a much needed visit, I stopped by her charming gallery located in her very own backyard to see what she is up to this summer!

TSG: I love the vibe of your studio. The aesthetic, the snacks, the art, the tunes. What are we listening to? 

AW: “Strawberry Letter 23″ by The Brothers Johnson. We finally hooked up my husband’s record player recently and have been listening to our parents’ old vinyl. I’ve had “Strawberry Letter” running through my head all day, every day. I finally broke down and downloaded the original song and a handful of remakes so I can listen to the same song on repeat and not get bored! Quincy Jones’s version is also a fave.

TSG: I need a new book recommendation! What book are you reading?

AW: Where to start! I’m a big reader and always have a few going at once. I am listening to I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith while I paint in the studio. And, I have been reading up on my absolute favorite artist, Nicolas De Staël, when I’m not painting. I accidentally bought the French version so my Larousse dictionary has been in play quite a bit too!

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TSG: I know you have a soft spot for all things French! What’s your go-to item for summer? Is it French?

AW: Of course! It’s a must to have a chilled bottle of Rosé at all times– you never know when you might need one, right? I am absolutely loving my time in my vegetable garden, so you can rarely find me without my favorite copper weeder and wide brim hat. And, I always have my travel watercolor palette and travel pencil roll ready for impromptu getaways!

TSG: Have you had any impromptu getaways this summer?!

AW: No! This summer has been mostly work and not so much play. I did just finish several new paintings that I love, and two of my paintings were recently published in Domino.

TSG: Its so nice to cool off in the AC with you. I love summertime, but what are you most looking forward to about fall?

AW: Relaxing! In September we’re going to visit my in-laws in NYC for a few days and then spending a week at their home in the Hudson Valley. Upstate New York is so gorgeous in the fall. I’m counting the days!!

Alexis’s art is available in any size. Begin with a mini for your table top and grow into a large wall hanging. Call today to make an appointment to view Alexis’s collection. 

Alexis Walter Art

alexis@alexiswalterart.com

504-568-0316

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Jul
24
2014

James Beard Benefit dinner to be held at La Petite Grocery

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Chef Justin Devillier, James Beard Finalist for Best Chef South, of La Petite Grocery will host the upcoming Friends of the James Beard Benefit Dinner at La Petite Grocery on Monday, August 4th. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm, with dinner at 7pm.

Participating chefs include: Chef Devillier, Aaron Burgau of Patois, Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette, Adam Evans of The Optimist in Atlanta and JBF Award Winner Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston

A regionally and seasonally inspired 5-course menu includes:

Sweet corn, celeste figs, chanterelles, oats (Michael Stoltzfus)

Spiced duck fat poached swordfish with Georgia peach, pickled summer vegetables, crispy ham, and basil (Adam Evans)

Chicken skin boudin stuffed rabbit with purple hull peas, greens, and creole mustard jus (Aaron Burgau)

Underbelly pork bresaola with compressed melon, herbs, chiles, and fish sauce (Chris Shepherd)

Beef short rib, tomatoes, herbs, sauce berry (Justin Devillier)

Basque Cake, toasted almonds, roasted peaches and coriander ice cream (Bronwen Wyatt)

Tickets are $150 for JBF members, and $175 for the general public. Proceeds for the dinner will support the James Beard Foundation’s local scholarships and culinary programs. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 504.891.3377.

And if you haven’t heard the latest news on the street, Chef Devillier is opening a new restaurant in the CBD. You can read more about the new venture here. Also check out LPG’s pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt in Garden & Gun, who shares a tidbit about peaches that I bet you didn’t know.

La Petite Grocery

4238 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70115

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Jul
22
2014

Get to Know Molly Babineaux…and Alice too

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MOLLY BABINEAUX

Owner, Loomed NOLA

It’s summer time in the city! If you’re not crammed inside an air-conditioned office or home, you’re likely chillin’ by the pool or a big body of water (you lucky duck!). And, If you’re “in the know” you’ve clearly scouted one of NOLA’s newest businesses, Loomed NOLA, and you’re sporting your Turkish Towel from everyone’s favorite store. New Orleans is so lucky to have this amazing local business, Loomed NOLA, that works directly with the families of Turkish craftsmen to bring the highest quality and most beautiful handwoven textiles right here to our city for everyone to enjoy. We checked in with Molly to learn what’s keeping her sane during these h-o-t months. 

TSG: Books are can be a total escape from reality. Clearly, after a long day at the shop, you have to slip away to some other world. What book takes you there?

MB: Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt

TSG: And if you’re too tired to read, you have to be jamming to some tunes with a great glass of vino. What song are you listening too?

MB: Anything by the Avett Brothers!

TSG: Any chance you’re able to say “Bon Voyage” this summer? If so, where are you heading? 

MB: Florida and Istanbul, although I’ve got southern Spain on the brain…

TSG: Can I go in your suit case? Ok, Ok, what’s your go-to item for summer?

MB: My white maxi dress from Hattie Sparks and my favorite coral Loomed NOLA pestamel, of course!

TSG: Trés Chic! What are you most looking forward to about Fall?

MB: Cooler temperatures and new school supplies. I treat myself every September!

TSG: Spoken just like a former school teacher! 

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Turkish Towels are all the rage for so many reasons. I love them because they are lightweight, easy to throw in the beach bag, doesn’t weigh it down, air drys quickly, and doubles as a sarong. Molly can certainly enlighten you on all the other reasons why they are ideal for bath and home, too. Be sure to read Molly’s blog where she shares her tidbits on the Turkish Towel and other very important things to know like caring for your Turkish towels!

Loomed NOLA

2727 Prytania Street

In the Rink

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 304-2047

Instagram @loomednola and #loomedinaction

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Image Sources: www.loomednola.com, Istanbul photo by Noa Griffel

Jul
18
2014

SCOUTED: Royal Monogram Notes

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Alexa Pulitzer has a new paper line and we are in love, as per usual. The Royal Monogramed Notes are an elegant way to say hello or thank you — and the price point is exceptional. The charcoal and ecru is stunningly chic, and each set includes 8 cards with envelopes. You can call Alexa or order them online by clicking here.

Alexa Pulitzer

504.945.4843

www.alexapulitzer.com

sales@alexapulitzer.com

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Jul
17
2014