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                                                         C-6                                                                                                                                                             October 15, 2005

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   EATING OUT
                   Although uninvited guests named Katrina and Rita blew many couples’
                   nuptial plans out of the water, one local couple still set sail last weekend
                    on the sea of matrimony. And a rescheduled bridal show can help steer
                           other displaced brides and grooms in a similar direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Emeril Lagasse appeared
                                                                                                                                                                                                           on the cover of Cigar
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Aficionado magazine this
                                                                                                                                                                                                           month, but he hasn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                           appeared in New Orleans
                                                                                                                                                                                                           since Hurricane Katrina.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           EMERIL?  ––––––––––

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Celebrity chef
                                                                                                                                                                                                       has been a New
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Orleans no-show
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the storm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                By Brett Anderson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Restaurant writer
                                                                                                                                                    STAFF PHOTOS BY MICHAEL DEMOCKER
        ‘It was the day we had planned for more than a year,’ says Jamie Dill, wiping away a tear on her wedding night, six weeks after Hurricane Katrina.                                                Emeril Lagasse has, in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       way only Emeril Lagasse can,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       appeared to be everywhere

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everywhere but New Orleans.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Since Hurricane Katrina
                                                                                                                                                                                                       forced the closure of Lagasse’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                       three New Orleans restaurants
                                                                                                                                                 HOW TO RESCUE YOUR                                    and layoffs within his company,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the quintessential celebrity chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                       has maintained a rigorous sched-
                                                                                                                                                 HURRICANE-DELAYED                                     ule of appearances, and not just
                                                                                                                                                                                                       on his two television shows,
                                                                                                    By Maria Montoya
                                                                                                                                                 WEDDING                                               “Emeril Live” and “Essence of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Emeril,” both of which air daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                       on the Food Network.
                                                                                                          Staff writer                           Assess your contracts. Before making                     There are the “Good Morning
                                                                                                                                                 any calls, examine the fine print in                  America” segments every
                                                                                          Jamie Dill’s invitations were                          written agreements you might have                     Friday and, in the wake of
                                                                                      sealed and mailed. Her gown                                made. Many contracts have an “act                     Hurricane Katrina, big-ticket
                                                                                                                                                 of God” clause that releases you                      charity events in New York City,
                                                                                      picked out. Bridesmaids and                                from your contract.
                                                                                      groomsmen good to go. The wed-                                                                                   Las Vegas, Miami and else-
                                                                                                                                                 Be patient. Chances are the folks you                 where. You’ll also find him on
                                                                                      ding of her dreams a month away
                                                                                                                                                 were working with in planning your                    the covers of the October issues
                                                                                      from reality.                                              wedding are Katrina or Rita victims
                            THE ULTIMATE                            Then came Katrina.                                                                                                                 of Gourmet and Cigar Aficionado
                                                                    While many brides-to-be across the area panicked,                                                                                  magazines.
                            BRIDAL SHOW                          Dill remained steadfast. She’d waited five years to mar-
                                                                                                                                                 Make contact, not assumptions. Most                      Earlier this month saw the
                                                                                                                                                 brides have room blocks for their                     release of his 11th cookbook,
               What: Displaced brides who need                   ry her high school sweetheart, Jason Ledet. Displaced                           events, but not all hotels are able to
                help reorganizing their weddings                 or not, she wanted her wedding to go on as planned.                             honor those arrangements because
                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Delmonico: A Restaurant With
                                                                    “As we watched everything that was going on, we                              contract and relief workers are                       a Past,” prompting a publicity
                        due to Hurricane Katrina
                                                                 knew we had to have the wedding no matter what,” Dill                           occupying most of the city’s                          tour kick-off on “The Tonight
                     and/or Rita can register for
                                                                 said of her Oct. 8 nuptials. “Even if it wasn’t going to be                     habitable hotel rooms. If you want                    Show With Jay Leno.”
                    services and meet with area                                                                                                                                                           The busy schedule, Lagasse
                                                                 anything like we planned it, we had to have the wed-                            to go ahead with your date, contact
                vendors that are now operating.                                                                                                  the hotel to confirm that your event                  said, is one of the main reasons he
                                                                 ding. It was the day we had planned for more than a
                   When: 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.                  year.”                                                                          will go on as scheduled.                              hasn’t gotten around to visiting
                        Fashion show at 4 p.m.                      As Dill and Ledet walked down the aisle at St.                               Be open to new ideas. Many                            New Orleans since Hurricane
                          Where: Marriott Hotel,                 Henry’s Catholic Church on Gen. Pershing Street, they                           businesses are up and operating,                      Katrina hit the city Aug. 29.
                 5500 Hilton Ave., Baton Rouge.                  were excited not only for their new status as man and                           and smaller hotels and venues are                        “I know this is a major cata-
                                                                 wife, but for the fact that their family could focus on                         accepting new weddings and are                        strophe, but I work so far in
                     Cost: $6 per person, with a                                                                                                 willing to work with displaced                        advance. My things are planned,
                                                                 celebration rather than devastation for the first time
                 portion going to the Red Cross.                                                                                                 brides.                                               my people are planned,”
                                                                 since Aug. 29.
                          Call: (225) 752-9183                      For most other brides-to-be in the affected areas,                           Prioritize. Determine what is most                    Lagasse said Wednesday from
                        or visit the Web site at                                                                                                 important to you so you can decide                    Raleigh, N.C., another book-
                                                                 however, Katrina and Rita are causing wedding                                   if it’s better to stick with the original
                  www.theweddingmarket.com.                      rescheduling nightmares.                                                                                                              tour stop. But even in absentia,
                                                                                                                                                 date and make adjustments or wait                     Lagasse contends, “I don’t
                                                                                                                                                 for the wedding you originally
                                                                                         See WEDDING, C-4                                        planned.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       know anyone out there who’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                       been more rah-rah for the city
                                                                                                                                                 Source: New Orleans wedding planner Robin             of New Orleans in the last cou-
                                                                                      WEDDING VENUES, C-4                                        Legendre                                              ple of weeks.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          In terms of people reached,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lagasse may be right. As
                                                                                                                                                                                                       arguably the most recognizable
                                                                                                                                                                                                       restaurant chef in the world,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and perhaps the most famous
                                                                                                                                                                                                       personality in Louisiana,

      MAGAZINE, STREET OF DREAMS, REAWAKENS                                                                                                                                                            Lagasse commands a large
                                                                                                                                                                                                       audience whenever he speaks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          But for Lagasse, New
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Orleans is more than home. The

                                                    OR SHOPPERS, one of the many      For instance:                                      its still burgeoning housewares department. The               chef, a Massachusetts native,
                                                    storm-tarnished gems in New           Weinsteins (4011 Magazine St.), Filly (5418    spa Charlotte Williamson (4864 Magazine St.)                  fixed his star to the city’s culi-

                                                    Orleans’ crown is poised to       Magazine St.), Trashy Diva (2048 Magazine St.),    has opened its doors, too.                                    nary reputation when he took
                                                    shine again. Everyone is invit-   Winky’s (2038 Magazine St.) and Metro Three            Savvy Gourmet (4519 Magazine St.) is hosting
                                                                                                                                                                                                       over the kitchen at
                                                    ed to head to Magazine            (2032 Magazine St.) will be offering everything    Saturday night open houses at which shoppers
                                                    Street today with brooms,         from haute couture to cheeky T-shirts reading      can find any number of cool cooking gadgets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Commander’s Palace in 1983,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and both the man and the city
            Signposts                               rakes and garden clippers in      “Nagin for President.”                             Scriptura (5423 Magazine St.) and Stationer of

    road to
            on the
                                                    hand to participate in a volun-
                                                    teer cleanup effort.
                                                       The cleanup crew will
                                                    gather first at Napoleon
                                                    Avenue and Magazine at 9
                                                                                          Neophobia (2022 Magazine St.), Talebloo
                                                                                      Antiques (2015 Magazine St.), Melange Sterling
                                                                                      Silver (5421 Magazine St.), Retro-Active (5418
                                                                                      Magazine St.), Hugh Martin Home (4222 Magazine
                                                                                      St., #A) and Plum (5430 Magazine St.) have both
                                                                                                                                         New Orleans (3947 Magazine St.) will be open as
                                                                                                                                         well with their selections of stationery and acces-
                                                                                                                                             Once the street has been brought back to its
                                                                                                                                         original patina, expect even more retailers to join
                                                                                                                                                                                                       have benefited tremendously.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Emeril’s, Emeril’s Delmonico
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and NOLA, the chef ’s New
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Orleans restaurants, are part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       a nine-restaurant empire that
                                                    a.m. before dispersing            functional and quirky home furnishings in stock.   the mix. Bryan Batt of Hazelnut’s (5515 Magazine              includes locations in Las Vegas,
                                     throughout a six-mile stretch of the shop-           Aidan Gill (2026 Magazine St.) is open for     St.) is organizing a Nov. 5 grand opening of the              Orlando, Miami and Atlanta.
                                     ping mecca. In conjunction with the effort,      shaves, haircuts and single malt scotches, while   street, hoping that by then, “open for business”              Emeril’s Homebase, the compa-
                                     several boutiques and spas have readied          Belladonna (2900 Magazine St.) has a limited       signs will have replaced wooden storm boards on               ny that oversees all his business
                                     themselves to throw open their doors             menu of manicures, pedicures, facials and mas-     every block.
                                     today, if they hadn’t already.                   sages, as well as Halloween decor mixed in with    — Karen Sommer Shalett, staff writer                                   See EATING OUT, C-5


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