Fri, Oct 14, 2005 5:12 PM .15.C1.living CMYK t .. 2 I H . See MONEY C-11 COMICS • C-2 SECTION See C SPORTS Saturday 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. WHERE’S EMERIL? –––––––––– Celebrity chef has been a New Orleans no-show the storm since–––––––––– 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 recently. Wedded 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 blitz 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 too. 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 s 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 f 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- COMEBACK 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 TRAILnormalcy 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- sories. 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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