Dec 072017
 

Camille Whitworth via Facebook).

Danae Columbus

Incoming Councilmember-At-Large Helena Moreno became a state legislator after first enjoying a successful career as a WDSU-TV newscaster. Now Camille Whitworth, another former WDSU reporter and anchor, is considering making a bid for Moreno’s soon-to-be-vacated District 93 legislative seat.

Born in a Houston suburb, Whitworth has spent almost 25 years as an award-winning broadcast journalist. She worked in Louisville, Kentucky and Raleigh, North Carolina before joining WDSU in 2003. She left in March 2016 when the station chose not to renew her contract but decided to rebrand herself as a New Orleans-based media pro and public speaker. Whitworth is also currently the on-air personality for East Jefferson General Hospital’s “Healthy Lifestyle” infomercials that air weekly on WWL-TV. Continue reading »

Nov 302017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Attorney General Jeff Landry has had a pretty good November. He dined at Mar-a-Lago with Trump insiders, took part in a high-level fundraising reception where he made important contacts, and is poised to soon assume the presidency of the National Association of Attorneys General. Back home, Landry can’t wait to pour over mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell’s city credit card statements he has subpoenaed with a fine tooth comb. Continue reading »

Nov 232017
 

Newly elected Judge Nicole Sheppard and supporters. (submitted photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Newly elected judge Nicole Sheppard, Civil District Court Division J, has the common touch. In a relatively low budget campaign with few paid consultants, Sheppard coasted to a very comfortable victory over attorney Omar Mason by conducting an old-fashioned grassroots campaign in the churches and the streets.

“We definitely worked hard. The voters believed in me, my sincerity and my independence. They could feel my passion to serve the people,” Sheppard reflected yesterday. The CDC vacancy occurred due to the election of Judge Paula Brown to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. Continue reading »

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Nov 222017
 

Creole Dressing, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Rice, or Macaroni?

150 year old family Creole Oyster Dressing, the recipe is below and it’s good! Shrimp and Ham Stuffed Mirlitons share the table in a cast iron skillet. (Kristine Froeba)

The countdown to a New Orleans Thanksgiving dinner has begun. The old guard, as we know, still serves Oyster Dressing along with their roast turkey. However, an influx of newcomers might be changing the local menu.

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Nov 092017
 

Judicial candidates Marie Williams, Graham Bosworth and Byron C. Williams answer questions during an election forum hosted by the Home Defense Foundation in 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Cycle enthusiast Michael Weinberger — who leads the twice weekly rides for the Crescent City Cyclists Club and is also founder of the Home Defense Foundation — is not your average citizen activist. A retired lawyer from Brooklyn, New York who specialized in mechanical engineering liability, Weinberger always held distinct views on how government should operate. “Citizens should try to make a difference,” said Weinberger who moved to New Orleans in 2007 after first visiting here years earlier on a month-long motorcycle trip. Continue reading »

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Oct 272017
 

Chef Alon Shaya’s signature Lamb shank with Pomegranate seeds. (photo by Kristine Froeba for UptownMessenger.com)

Renowned chef Alon Shaya has distanced himself from the Besh Restaurant Group by launching a new hospitality group, formed only two days after Shaya’s ouster from his namesake restaurant.

Rosh Hashanah 2017 began at sundown on September 20, the first day of the Jewish New Year. It was also the date of the founding of Pomegranate Hospitality, chef Alon Shaya’s new company. The pomegranate is a long time symbol of the Jewish celebration and a symbol of fruitfulness, perhaps in this instance, also new beginnings. Continue reading »

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Oct 262017
 

Barkley Rafferty has launched the Royal Merchant Trading Company from her Uptown home. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Armed with her Tulane MBA and a love of cooking, 31-year old Barkley Rafferty recently launched an online and direct mail spice business, Royal Merchant Trading Company, which is supplying customers with amazingly fresh, high quality, hard-to-source spices from around the world.

“I started developing this product two years ago out of my frustration,” said Raffferty. “I love to cook. At New Orleans grocery stores I can find great produce, local seafood, and fresh bread. But I could never find the exact spices I was looking for,” Rafferty continued. Continue reading »

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Oct 202017
 

Saffron NOLA: Tikki Trio of beet, pea pate, and vegetable potato cakes (photo by Katherine Kimball, katkimballphoto.com)

It’s been two months since its grand opening on Magazine Street, and the renown Gretna pop-up officially has a permanent home in New Orleans.

Saffron NOLA is finally Uptown; better yet, it’s now open five nights a week and still offering craft cocktails, now with a Happy Hour and Sunday brunch. Continue reading »

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Oct 192017
 

Attorney Royce Duplessis and Downtown Development District director Kurt Weigle pose for a photo during the National Night Out Against Crime. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

While Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is expected to formally certify the election of State Rep. Helena Moreno to the New Orleans City Council later today, potential candidates including attorney and City Planning Commission member Royce Duplessis are already lining up for the District 93 race. Continue reading »

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Oct 132017
 

Oktoberfesters in Alpine hats and Lederhosen (Photo by Katherine Kimball)

Oktoberfest and the Oompa band have finally returned to New Orleans proper. What could be more fitting for a New Orleanian than Bratwurst and beer on the bayou?
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Oct 122017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

New Orleans voters who still have not made a final choice on who they want to support in Saturday’s elections should look no farther than their stomachs. When making any important decision, it’s always best to thoroughly research the pros and cons, seek advice from family and friends, and then sleep on it. Continue reading »

Oct 052017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Several dozen New Orleans women active in politics came to the home of Julie Schwam Harris last night to network with Northshore legislative candidate Lisa Condrey Ward, who pledged to be a consensus builder with a new independent voice and perspective that — if elected — could be benefit their entire region.

A lawyer, wife, mother, and real estate developer best known for restoring the historic Southern Hotel in downtown Covington, Ward said she had never before thought about running for office but knew now was her time. Ward joins a new wave of women candidates including State Treasurer hopeful Angele Davis, three women seeking to become New Orleans first female mayor and nine women running for various positions on the New Orleans City Council, who want to create a government that is more representative of the voters it serves. Continue reading »

Sep 282017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Ever since I kicked my first political envelope at age 12, I have been passionate about politics. I look forward to every campaign season. I speculate who will qualify, pour over campaign literature, attend forums, devour polls, analyze campaign finance reports, and eagerly await election returns.

Somehow this campaign season is different. Although early voting begins Saturday September 30 and continues through October 7, a high number of voters – more than 30 percent by several accounts- have still not decided who they would support. Early voters- including many chronic voters- now make up twenty percent of total voters. Candidates who fare well in early voting are more likely to win. Continue reading »

Sep 222017
 

Pickled Shrimp and Deviled Eggs (Kristine Froeba)

Fall diners in New Orleans know how to capitalize on balcony breezes and craft cocktails. Root offers both in a trendy setting with a menu to please the most exacting gastronome. Tucked above the more well-known (and difficult to book) Square Root is simply, Root.

Root, a separate entity, juts out over the sidewalk with a small industrial-chic dining room, a Magazine Street balcony, and an inspired menu. Continue reading »

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