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New Orleans Convention Center Named a "Top Workplace" 
The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has been selected as one of the city's Top Workplaces by The Times-Picayune and

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Longue Vue Visits the Library
Creep, crawl or fly over to the library and learn about the special powers of insects! Get up close and personal with insect specimens! Read a book, create a craft, and sing a song. Get your summer started with this fun and engaging presentation!

June 10, 2015
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

New Orleans Latter Library
5120 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115


Jen Cohn

The French Market 29th Annual CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL
Bringing fresh food and fun to the lower French Quarter

June 13 & 14, 2015--10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Food booths are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Children's activities are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
NOLA Baby & Family entertainment stage inside New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in Dutch Alley is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Cathead Vodka Stage in Dutch Alley open 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Louisiana Cookin' Culinary stage open 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.;
Mainstage open 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

All retail shops in the French Market District are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and some will stay open later during the festival. Tomato vouchers for free tomatoes (when you spend $30 in retails shops) must be redeemed by 6:00 p.m. both days.

Southern Rep Theatre Announces Details for Lisa D'Amour's DETROIT
Limited engagement! June 3 - June 21 at Ashé Power House

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details for its upcoming production of DETROIT, by Lisa D'Amour, directed by the theatre's Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes.

In a first-ring suburb just outside a city that might be Detroit, Ben and Mary see sudden signs of life at the deserted house next door and invite their new neighbors Sharon and Kenny over for a barbecue. As the action unfolds we learn that Sharon and Kenny met at rehab, neither is employed, and they don't own a stick of furniture. The quintessential American backyard party turns quickly into something more hilarious - and potentially more dangerous, too.

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Destination Kitchen Presents: CRAWLS/ FOODIE TOURS/ DINE AROUNDS to support the Eat Local Challenge during the month of June 

A FUN way to taste the Local food and drinks in our area!

12 to 3 pm
Tastings and stops: Primitivo, Cafe Reconcile, Church Alley, Purloo, SOFAB, Jack and Jakes & Casa Borrega
Drawing for Oryza Vodka or Oryza Gin by Donner Peltier

3 to 6 pm
Tastings and stops: The Avenue Pub, Pralines by Jean, The Irish House, Emeril's Delmonico, Tivoli & Lee and Bellocq at The Hotel Modern
Drawing for Oryza Vodka or Oryza Gin by Donner Peltier

5 to 8 pm
Game of bowling at Fulton Alley
Tastings and stops: Fulton Alley, Green Goddess, Tableau
Drawing for Oryza Vodka or Oryza Gin by Donner Peltier

Crescent City Brewhouse is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Kosarek as Executive Chef.

Joe was born and raised in southwest Louisiana with a unique blend of Cajun and Czech heritage. He has worked in restaurants in the city for over a decade, beginning his career at Bacco in the French Quarter and at Emeril's New Orleans. Before stepping into the Executive Chef role at Crescent City Brewhouse, he was Sous Chef at Café B in Metairie.

City Park Festival Grounds Receives SITES Certification for Sustainable Landscapes
Groundbreaking Initiative Brings Sustainable Design Full Circle

New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds joins a select group of projects certified under the national Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM (SITESTM) program for sustainable land planning, design, construction and maintenance.

The Festival Grounds was awarded a one-star rating by the SITES program led by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the United States Botanic Garden and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program has established best practices and performance-based benchmarks for developing and rating landscapes that have sustainable elements.

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Garden to Glass Cocktail Worship at Longue Vue House & Gardens
Join the education staff at Longue Vue for a summer garden-to-glass workshop led by instructor Max Messier of Cocktail and Sons. Explore the history of classic cocktails and learn how to make creatively-crafted mixed drinks using ingredients from your garden and Cocktail and Sons' all-natural, handcrafted syrups. Gain exclusive tips to create a home bar and sample a selection of cocktails, using garden fresh herbs like lemon verbena, mint and honeysuckle.

June 18, 2015
5:30 p.m. Talk begins at 6 p.m.

Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Road
New Orleans, LA 70124

$35 per person ages 21 and over

Jen Cohn

Brittany Racca named IPCVB's new Communications Coordinator

Brittany RaccaBrittany Racca recently accepted the Communications Coordinator position at the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Racca's core responsibilities include coordinating content, public relations efforts, marketing, social media and graphic design.

"I am extremely excited to have been given this opportunity," Racca said. "I enjoy the work I have done so far here, and I look forward to helping promote Iberia Parish and all it offers in a more involved interest."

A native of Erath, La., Racca graduated in May 2014 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor in Journalism and a minor in English. She worked as an intern at the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau last spring and she transitioned to part time after graduation.

"We're so very grateful to have Brittany on our team," said Fran Thibodeaux, IPCVB's executive director. "Her knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm benefit us tremendously in promoting Iberia Parish."

The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.

For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit

2015-16 Productions to Include World & Regional Premieres

Southern Rep Theatre announces its 2015-2016 Mainstage Season (September 2015 - June 2016): STAGE KISS by Sarah Ruhl (Regional Premiere), SONG OF A MAN COMING THROUGH by Joe and Andrew Doss (World Premiere), ORPHEUS DESCENDING by Tennessee Williams, and COLOSSAL by Andrew Hinderaker (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere). Lagniappe programs for 2015-16 include the return of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the sixth season of DEBAUCHERY! (New Orleans' only live, ongoing soap opera), and the return of the 6x6 and 3x3 new play development workshops, also in their sixth year.

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Kinder Garden at Longue Vue House and Gardens
Play, Learn and Grow!

Play, learn, and grow in this hands-on class for children ages 18 months to five years and their accompanying adult. Explore the world of insects through sand play, singing, craft making, digging for worms and more in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden for children. Linda Frantz, principle of the Bright School for the Deaf, will be on hand to offer information on newborn hearing screening, risk factors for hearing loss, and age appropriate language milestones. Advance registration not required. Program fee covers one child and one adult.

June 27, 2015
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Only when the sun can join us!

Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden
7 Bambo Road
New Orleans, LA 70124

$10 members; $12 nonmembers
$1 off for siblings
$5 each additional adult

Lydia Vaughn

City Park's Thursdays at Twilight Concert Series Schedule
May through August 2015 Schedule of Concerts at the New Orleans Botanical Garden in New Orleans City Park

Join music lovers at City Park to hear some of New Orleans' favorite performers during the "Thursdays at Twilight" concert series. Bring your friends to enjoy this very popular series with an array of musicians and mint juleps indoors at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. This series is sponsored by the Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, Peoples Health, and The Azby Fund with support from WWNO 89.9 FM.

Admission is $10 per person. Mint juleps, wine, beer, soft drinks, water, and food are available for purchase. No outside food, drink, or pets are allowed.

Advance tickets are available online at Advance tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 504-483-9488 or at the Botanical Garden Gift Shop. Thursdays at Twilight Series Season Passes are also available for purchase.

When: Thursday Evenings
5 pm - Gates Open, 6 pm - Performance Begins

Where: Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park

Contact: New Orleans Botanical Garden: phone: 504-483-9488 or email:

For more information and the schedule click here.

Hotel Le Marais of the New Orleans Hotel Collection receives highest Honor from

The Hotel Le Marais, a boutique hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection announced that is has received the coveted "Award of Excellence" from the worldwide travel company.

The Award of Excellence is an annual award recognizing the very best hotels available in Inc.'s global marketplace, as judged by the experiences of customers. Based on more than 500,000 guest reviews submitted annually by travelers, only a very limited number of hotels were designated the 2014 worldwide award recipients.

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Bubba Gump Offering their Rockin' Summer Lineup!
429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA  70130

Run, Forrest, Run to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in the French Quarter. Come in and try our rockin' summer lineup, available for a limited time! Headliners include items like Grilled Seafood Trio and Shrimp Bruschetta, as well as cool new Beer Cocktails and mixed drinks like the Rhythm and Booze. With a fun, casual atmosphere, out-of-this-world seafood dishes, and a fun drink selection for all ages, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is the hottest ticket this summer.


The Foundation Gallery Presents: Sea and Soil a Group Exhibition with Aline Cross, Kathy Dumesnil, Faye Earnest, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Lee Morais, Elizabeth Simon
June 6 - July 3, 2015
1109 Royal Street, New Orleans LA 70116
Hours: Open daily 10 - 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays
Contact Info: or 504-568-0955

Visit the website for more information.

Wink Eyelash Bar & Makeup Studio hosts its 3rd Annual "Beauty and Entertainment' event The Makeup and Martini Mixer  
July 4, 2015 at Hyatt French Quarter Hotel 1 - 7pm

The Makeup & Martini Mixer puts an interesting spin on "having drinks with the girls".  The Makeup and Martini Mixer features beauty makeup applications, professional photo shoots and a selection of signature Martini's. A great time solo or with a group of friends.

Join Us, Saturday, July 4thth for our 3rd Annual Beauty and Entertainment event The Makeup & Martini Mixer III: Essence Edition featuring, live entertainment, celebrity appearances, beauty makeovers & tips, and partake in professional photo shoots memorializing the event.

Tickets are...

The Experience: ($100.00) Includes admission, a beautiful Makeup Application, a professional Photo Shoot, Martini's, Hors d'oeuvre and Live Entertainment

The Ambiance: ($50.00) Includes admission, signature Martini's, Hors d'oeuvre and Live Entertainment

The VIP: ($125.00) Includes RESERVED VIP seating near the stage, admission, a beautiful Makeup Application, a professional Photo Shoot, Martini's, Hors d'oeuvre and Live Entertainment