Chef John Besh, New Leviathan Orchestra to headline fundraiser for Battle of New Orleans commemoration

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A Saturday night gala at a St. Charles Avenue home — hosted by a local historian with catering by John Besh and music by the New Leviathan Orchestra — will raise money to commemorate the War of 1812 on property near the original battlefield in Chalmette on the event’s bicentennial in January.

For details, see the invitation below from the Louisiana Living History Foundation:

To All Who Wish To Defend New Orleans…

And, Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.

A ‘CALL TO ARMS’ GALA EVENT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 7 PM at 6330 St. Charles Ave (across from Loyola).

The British are coming! And so are the Americans to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans just ten days from now!!!

And, to raise money to construct a permanent living history site commemorating the last time that British and American forces faced each other across the field of battle.

Catered by Chef John Besh and alive to the sounds of the New Leviathan Orchestra, an historic home at 6330 St. Charles Ave, on the corner of Exposition just across from Loyola University, will decked with actual flags and uniforms of the War of 1812 specially for this ‘once in a live time’ event.

Hosted by local author and 1812 historian Tim Pickles, this Gala fundraiser seeks to raise money to prepare a battlefield for the 2,000 re-enactors that are coming to New Orleans in January 2015.

Funds from the Gala will go to transform a 25-acre plot of land, just a mile from Chalmette Battlefield into a replica of the original field of battle from the ramparts of Line Jackson to the camps of the British.  The property, donated to the Pickles’ Louisiana Living History Foundation by the Meraux Foundation, will be a permanent living history site, for annual re-enactments of the Battle of New Orleans and other historical events.  (U.S. law prevents them from occurring on the actual historical battlefields.)

And, to celebrate its commencement for the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans in January, that field will host the world foremost 1812 re-enactors from Canada, Australia, the US, and the UK.  They will present the largest War of 1812 Battle ever staged in the United States, an event made possible only if you take the “Call to Arms” and come next Saturday night, October 18th.

At 7 pm, we will fortify you for battle authentic feast featuring smoked venison on the bone, barbecued venison, and a special not to be missed treat: stuffed Cochon de Lait, courtesy of renowned New Orleans Chef John Besh.

Earn your “Officer’s Star” at our Patron Party at 7 pm for just $250.00 per person.

To just attend the Gala at 8 pm, our ‘Call to Arms’ asks for a contribution of $100.

RSVP to, and pay at the door, or click on our paypal link at

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