Author: Pamela Marquis

The Frugé Way

  By anyone’s standards, Courtney and Mike Frugé are in the middle of nowhere, just off Highway 35 in Branch, Louisiana.  But from a small, 20-acre rice farm, they've built a successful business that includes Frugé Seafood, Frugé Aquafarms, Cajun…

Vaccine Hunters

  There are Nazi hunters, bounty hunters and vampire hunters, but today the most sought out hunters are vaccine hunters. Tulane University medical student Brad Johnson recently turned young New Orleans-area citizens into volunteer vaccine hunters when he started NOLA…

King Cake Stories

  For five more days, you can enjoy a delectable piece of king cake and have the pleasure of reading an engaging creative story about the origins of this beloved Carnival tradition. The Made in New Orleans Foundation (MiNO) —…

There Will be Rum

  Only hours before the first Uptown Mardi Gras parade on Feb.14, 2020, with hope and a solid business plan, Peter Rivera, Meagen Moreland-Taliancich and Mark Taliancich proudly opened the doors to their new distillery, Happy Raptor. One month later,…

The Blue Dog is Back At It Again

  The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) and New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) recently announced the release of a limited-edition print by celebrated artist George Rodrigue called “Louisiana ArtWorks.” The piece is the only instance from Rodrigue’s…

Blooms for a Cause

  “I love that flowers can make such a difference in a normal day,” says florist Destiny Pinson, owner of New Orleans-based floral and lifestyle studio Doris Ione. “Even a single bloom can spark joy, and I love that. I…

The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws

  The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws, a Northshore organization that raises funds to benefit the community, is determined to continue its efforts even if they can’t parade this season. The krewe will parade later in 2021 in Downtown Covington…

More Room at the Inn

  For 65 years, Ozanam Inn has offered emergency shelter, aid and comfort to the poor and needy of New Orleans in a building located at 843 Camp St. In late 2019, the nonprofit’s longtime home was sold, and the…

Teens Get In on the Giving

  With the help of its partners, generous benefactors and charitable volunteers, Hams for Fams — an organization of dedicated local teenagers — spreads joy annually in the form of a delicious and nutritious food basket. Since 2015 — when…

It’s a Christmas Miracle!

  Since Dec. 8, the BLOAK 12 Days of Christmas fundraising campaign has sold more than 1,200 sandwiches at Blue Oak BBQ (900 N. Carrollton). Blue Oak is sponsoring the event designed to help feed families associated with Son of a…

The Great Tree Debate

  Glowing with lights and hung with cherished ornaments, Christmas trees from St. Charles Avenue mansions to 9th Ward shotguns are bringing Christmas cheer to New Orleanians everywhere…and the business of Christmas is booming. Each year, Americans buy almost 30…

The Picture of Hope

Pablove Shutterbugs provides a valuable creative outlet for New Orleans children with cancer and a way for anyone to buy art with a purpose. “Children deserve to be children,” says Charlotte Rolfs. “Their scars should tell an exciting story of…

Reimagining Recycling

I have trash glass everywhere. In a brown paper bag, I have pickle jars, curry jars, kosher mustard jars and so much more. Underneath a table, I have an extremely large collection of green Topo Chico bottles. And in my…

Bells Will Be Ringing

  We’re all suffering from excruciating election anxiety, and the European model shows New Orleans yet again in the cone of uncertainty for a hurricane. Plus, each morning we awake wondering if that tickle in our nose represents the beginnings…

The Mobile Mechanic

  There is concierge service at hotels, concierge doctors who make house calls and concierge security details who can keep you safe. I don’t use any of those services, but I do have a concierge mechanic. OK, maybe he’s better…