Photos by Charlie London
It was a beautiful day on the bayou for the Le Marche des Fetes
at the Pitot House on December 4th, 2010.
Papa Noel at the Pitot House.
The P&J Oyster Cookbook
New Orleans Classic Gumbos and Soups
New Orleans Classic Appetizers
New Orleans Classic Seafood
New Orleans Classic Desserts
Arnaud’s Restaurant Cookbook
Kit Wohl is a cookbook author, photographer, graphic designer, and artist. She has worked with chefs, restaurants, and hotels across the country as the CEO of Wohl & Company. Wohl drew from her passion for the culinary arts to produce Arnaud’s Restaurant Cookbook.
After she completed that cookbook in 2005, she produced New Orleans Classic Desserts for Pelican. The series has grown, and each of Wohl’s four volumes covers a different aspect of New Orleans’ traditional and mainstream cuisine. New Orleans Classic Gumbos and Soups was chosen by Gourmet magazine as their February 2009 cookbook club selection, and New Orleans Classic Desserts is now in its fifth printing
The Joy of Y’at Catholicism
Much like royalty ascending a throne, Earl J. Higgins had the markings of a Y’at Catholic from the beginning. He began his physical and spiritual life in bastions of New Orleans’ Catholic culture, having been born October 1941 in Hotel Dieu Hospital and christened in St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. Graduating from Jesuit High School cinched the deal. He is an authentic Y’at, an affectionate term for a local New Orleanian.
Armed with a B.A. in English and a juris doctorate from Tulane University, Higgins compiled an impressive resume of government service. He retired from the United States Navy in 1989 with the rank of commander, U.S. Naval Reserve, and from the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, in 2002 as the assistant director of staff attorneys. When questioned about his seemingly dry government service, Higgins points out that there is much humor and creativity among bureaucrats and military people. No doubt Higgins led the charge, instigating his share of humor over the years.
Creating Your Architectural Style
George D. Hopkins, Jr. is a distinguished architect of national renown whose professional accomplishments have received widespread acclaim. Founder and chairman of the Hopkins Company, an architectural firm, Hopkins specializes in the design of upscale residences and urban redevelopment planning. His innovative and unique architectural style, which ranges from historically preservative to creatively contemporary, has been frequently featured in books and national magazines since his career began in 1970. Licensed to practice in twenty-five states, Hopkins has received nearly two dozen awards—among them are the Best Homes in Mississippi award and the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
The Streetcars of New Orleans: 1964-Present
Earl W. Hampton, Jr., is a streetcar enthusiast employed by CSX Transportation, a railroad service that transports goods across the eastern United States. In addition to authoring numerous articles in magazines such as Traction & Models, Hampton was also the editor in chief of Open Track, the newsletter of the New Orleans Railway Museum Association, which eventually became the New Orleans Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
Hampton first indulged his lifelong love of railcars with his work as a tourist representative for the “Streetcar Named Desire.” As an active member of several street and rail groups, Hampton contributes photography and expertise to such organizations as the New Orleans Street Railway Association, a nonprofit organization whose mission is the preservation and restoration of New Orleans’ historic streetcars; Southern States Traction, a discussion group about transit in the South; and Streetcars Desired Everywhere, a blog about the future of rail transit in New Orleans.
Toby Belfer Learns About Heroes and Martyrs
Toby Belfer Visits Ellis Island
Toby Belfer and the High Holy Days
Toby Belfer’s Seder: A Passover Story Retold
Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree
A Belfer Bar Mitzvah
Like her character of Toby Belfer, Gloria Teles Pushker knows what it is like to be the only Jewish child in town. When her children were growing up in Louisiana, they were the only Jewish family in the entire parish. As a family they shared in Toby’s experiences of practicing a religion that was not as well recognized as the faith found in their friends’ homes. Learning to share her faith with her friends, she quickly understood that children should have an appreciation for other religions.
She never considered herself much of a teacher, rather devoting her time to raising a family and working in the family business. But in 1972, she decided to go to college. Taking one course a semester, she completed her studies with a master’s degree in education with a concentration in children’s literature. This grand commencement from the University of New Orleans took place just months after the release of her first book, Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree. She later taught children’s literature on the college level at Loyola University in New Orleans.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Bugs
Why the Crawfish Lives in the Mud
My Aunt Came Back from Louisiane
Down in Louisiana
Today Is Monday in Louisiana
Johnette Downing writes child-centered, thought-provoking, family-friendly, entertaining, and educational music, books, and poetry with Louisiana spice. She has produced seven CDs of original music for children, and she is the published author of four children’s books, poetry, and articles. She had the good fortune to be born into the gumbo of Louisiana, with its mix of cultures and music, so her primary musical influences and inspirations are Dixieland jazz, Cajun, Creole, and zydeco music.
Among her many accolades are six Parents’ Choice Awards, two Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Awards, four National Parenting Publications Awards, three iParenting Media Awards, a Family Choice Award, and a Family Review Center Seal of Approval Award. She was named one of “Thirty People to Watch” in 2000 by New Orleans Magazine and is listed on the Louisiana Artist Roster, the Louisiana Touring Directory, and the SouthernArtistry Registry.
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