James Beard Benefit dinner to be held at La Petite Grocery


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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Get to Know Molly Babineaux…and Alice too

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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


SCOUTED: Royal Monogram Notes

Royal Alphabet Boxed Notes

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




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Home Tour with Shaun Smith

SSmith_HenryClay-5-3 How do you describe designer Shaun Smith in one word? Gorgeous. We’re talking about his style of course…though he’s not too shabby either. Shaun is a natural born talent, but this modest Mississippi man doesn’t boast. Every time someone sings his praises (and its often), he nods to his neighbor and says he’s been blessed to learn from the best.

There is no question Shaun Smith has a knack for styling. He can walk into any room, take its contents, turn them upside down, and viola! You have an entirely new room. Shaun takes us on a tour of a recent project and shows us how he transformed this space to truly reflect the client’s view point, style and personality.

TSG: Tell us about this project. What was the client’s charge to you for this home?

SS: This project was a transformation of a one-story Victorian house into a camelback with an addition of a large open family room and kitchen. My client wanted her home to be grown up, feminine, but livable so friends could come over with kids or dogs. People-friendly. Not fussy. She wanted a palette that would feel good to anyone. She pleaded with me to reuse as many existing pieces as I could, and in the front of the house, we did. It’s amazing what a little rearranging and a fresh coat of paint can do!

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Before and After Shaun Smith

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Shaun Smith Henry Clay Family Room  TSG: What’s your favorite thing you “scouted” for this house?

SS: The African Juju Feather Hat above the TV! I know the day I walked into the house with it, my client thought ‘What in the world is he doing with that thing?’ But the second it went over the TV, it just finished the room for me. It was so good.

TSG: I am no interior designer, but I have to bet that today’s design challenge is having the TV over the fireplace or prominently displayed in the center of the room. How do you feel about flat screen domination?

SS: People are always afraid that I am going to say the TV has to go. I know people live with a TV and I am not one of those people who thinks you have to hide it in the cabinet. It is what it is and you just have to place great things around it. So with this project, we have the two great jars on the mantle to flank the TV and the juju hat over the fireplace. It just looks good. You don’t even notice the TV anymore, you just look at everything beautiful around it.

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TSG: Give us a few of your secrets…what’s your favorite paint color? How do you make everything look so damn good?

SS:  Two great go-to paint colors are Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White and Sherwin Williams Origami White. The all white books came from booksbythefoot.com. They come in any color and it’s a nice clean way to fill shelving. They’re actually real books but the jackets are turned inside out. And lastly, hang your art at eye level. Its an easy fix for any room.

TSG: Thanks for sharing this project and a few of your secrets with us. If you can’t tell, we have a total crush on everything you do! Shaun has great new inventory in his store, so be sure to stop by and scout it out. 

Shaun Smith 

3947 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70115



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Photos by Sara Essex Bradley


SCOUTED: By Reese Witherspoon

Moroccan Wedding Rug Reese Witherspoon stopped by Shaun Smith Home yesterday and snatched up one of these amazing Moroccan Wedding Blankets. Shaun only has a few more…you want…you need…so go get one now!

Shaun Smith Home

3947 Magazine Street

New Orleans, LA 70115

Instagram @shaunsmithstyle

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with Ralph Brennan

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“Stars, Stripes and Sazeracs” is the headline of a recent article for The Local Palette penned by New Orleanian Michael Harold on Ralph Brennan’s Fourth of July Celebration in Pass Christian, Mississippi.


Alma Fishing

Going fishing over the long weekend? Red Fish Grill’s Chef Austin Kirzner shares his recipe for Grilled Redfish and Crabmeat with Lemon Butter Sauce in this month’s St. Charles Avenue Magazine.



Celebrating America’s Birthday in New Orleans? Order BBQ Oysters and Ice Cold Beer at Red Fish Grill before watching the fireworks over the Mississippi River.


115 Bourbon Street

French Quarter

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