Food & Culture in New Orleans Published by Entouriste categories: featured, personal, press

Some surprises are certainly great surprises. I’ve been waiting patiently for news concerning our most recent publication. Today, the wait is finally over. Highlights from a recent trip to New Orleans focused on food and culture has just been published by Entouriste.com. In case you are unfamiliar with Entouriste.com, its a travel and photography blog with amazing content and insight shared from around the world. This happens to be my third feature on Entouriste.com and one I’m very excited to share. Definitely make the jump over to Entouriste.com to see the full story here.

Below I’ve included some additional highlights from our trip to New Orleans for you to enjoy. I can also offer some great travel tips if you are planning your own NOLA adventure soon. Devote a substantial amount of time to eating and drinking. Be a hedonist for a couple days and accept the associated weight-gain. The food and drink in New Orleans is stellar and unlike anything else around. Eat grilled oysters at Acme, beignets at Cafe du Monde, and have drinks at Cane & Table. Plan to shop a little while you are there. Trashy Diva has a well-appointed selection for smart ladies. Goorin Brothers has just the right hat for any gentlemen.

Also, enjoy the night life. If you view food as I do, like entertainment, then plan a special night out at John Besh’s Restaurant August. Take in tasty rum concoctions at aforementioned Cane & Table, or a live jazz show (followed by burlesque) at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. In short – eat, drink and live well. The gym will be there when you get home. Enjoy the details below and many more tips at Entouriste.

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Lindsey & Jared – An Emotional First Look categories: featured, weddings

When I arrived, the groomsmen were clearly ready to have fun. I think I must have walked in on some hysterical conversation when I entered the room. I’m still curious what they were talking about. Jared immediately spotted me as I began to introduce myself. “What do we do now,” he asked. “First, relax,” I said, “and start getting ready.” It only took a few minutes to realize that this was going to be a great group of gentlemen. By the time I reached Lindsey later that afternoon, it became abundantly clear that the entire group was amazing. The bridal party was composed completely of family, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, and the closest of friends.

Before heading to Fountaine Bleau for Lindsey and Jared’s wedding ceremony & reception, we first had something special planned. For their wedding, Lindsey and Jared chose to do a first look. Doing so creates a great emotional moment, but also solves a lot of scheduling issues. While planning for their wedding day, Lindsey and Jared both wavered between a first look and a traditional approach. At the end of the wedding, I asked Lindsey what she thought of the first look – “The best decision we made!” For the first look itself, we found a beautiful and secluded homestead in Avon Lake, not far from their wedding location. Thankfully the sun was beaming, but more important was the moment shared between the bride & groom. It was so beautiful.

And the great moments didn’t stop with the first look. The ceremony was deeply personal. One of my favorite moments was Jared being escorted down the aisle by his parents. During the wedding reception both the Maid of Honor and Best Man gave funny, heartfelt toasts. All the guests danced late into the night and clearly had a blast, especially Lindsey and Jared themselves. To the new Mr. & Mrs. – thank you so much for having me as a small part of your wedding! It’s an experience I won’t soon forget. I certainly hope you enjoy the little preview below.

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PUBLISHED – Art Deco + Craft Cocktail Wedding Inspiration on 100 Layer Cake categories: featured, press, weddings

The degree of planning required to complete this Art Deco meets Craft Cocktail wedding inspiration shoot still surprises me even today. The wedding inspiration shoot took months to plan, a full day to capture, and even more months for publication. However, I’m thrilled the outcome was published today on 100 Layer Cake, and that I can finally share the work with everyone.

This wedding inspiration shoot demonstrates what top-talent can do outside the confines of an actual wedding. Creative daydreams are let loose and the outcome can truly be amazing. As an example, the art deco design and styling from Janelle Miller at With Love and Whimsy Events is gorgeous. Featuring rich golds and deep blacks, each element is designed to be an easy DIY project. The florals from Molly Talyor Designs also capture the look perfectly. Renoir Calla Lilies, Mona Lisa Anemones, Gold Combo Roses, hand-painted gold tipped succulents and feathers combine for a rich, opulent palate.

We also wanted to take the inspiration to the next level and feature tasty drink recipes that anyone could use as a featured drink at their wedding reception. While I tend not to give out my personal drink recipes, I thought offering a few for this wedding publication would be worth it. If you’re a bourbon fan, then you’ll definitely want to check out the recipes included on 100 Layer Cake, and repeated below.

Lastly, I’d like to offer some special thanks. Without the help of the entire team, this wedding inspiration shoot would still just be an idea on paper. Thanks to the always awesome team at Cleveland’s Holden Arboretum for letting us use the gorgeous Lantern Court. Karin and Rebecca from Something White Bridal supplied the fashions and they look amazing. Lindsay and Sarah did an awesome job with hair styling and make-up. And the furnishing provided by Ann at Borrowed Vintage + Eclectic were just what we needed.

Hope on over to 100 Layer Cake for all of the inspiration details. Included below are a few extra highlights as well -

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Tango Manhattan cocktail recipe:

2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz. Red Wine Reduction
4-­6 drops Angostura bitters
Stir vigorously over ice.
Pour into chilled Martini glass.
Garnish with 2 Amarena Fabbri cherries.

Red wine reduction
1 bottle Petite Syrah + 1 cup sugar
Reduce wine by half.
Add sugar, stir to dissolve.
Cool and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Art Deco styled wedding at Holden Arboretum's Lantern Court.

Pomegranate Bourbon Daisy cocktail recipe:

2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1⁄2 fresh squeezed lemon
1⁄2 oz. ginger syrup
1⁄2 oz. pomegranate syrup
2 oz. club soda
Stir over ice. Pour into tumbler glass with ice.
Top with 4-­6 drops Angostura bitters.
Garnish with Amarena Fabbri cherry & lemon twist.

Pomegranate Syrup

1 cup pomegranate juice (no sugar added) + 1 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice + 2-3 drops orange flower water
Bring pomegranate juice to bare simmer. Turn off heat. Add sugar, stir to dissolve. Add lemon juice and orange flower water. Cool and store in refrigerator until ready to mix with alcohol.

Ginger Syrup
1 pound fresh ginger & 1 cup sugar
Peel ginger. Grate over bowl with microplane. Place grated ginger in a clean tea towel. Squeeze grated ginger juice into bowl. Add sugar and place juice in a storage bottle. Shake vigorously to dissolve sugar. Store in refrigerator.

Art Deco styled wedding at Holden Arboretum's Lantern Court.

White-Peach Mint Julep cocktail recipe:

2 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 oz. white ­peach infusion
1 oz. club soda
Muddle 4­-6 mint leaves in julep cup.
Add ice to cup. Shake bourbon and infusion over ice .
Pour into julep cup. Top with club soda.
Garnish with mint sprig

White-Peach Infusion

2 cups water + 2 cups sugar + 1 ripe white peach
Bring water to simmer, turn off heat and add sugar. Stir to dissolve. Add chopped peach, skin and stone removed. Steep until cool. Remove peach and store in refrigerator until ready to mix with alcohol.

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 Event concept & design – With Love and Whimsy Events
Photography - Hunter Photographic
Location – Lantern Court at Holden Arboretum
Bouquets, boutonnieres, and table flowers - Molly Taylor Designs
Bridal fashions – provided by Something White Bridal Boutique
Vintage furniture - Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals
Hair & make-up styling – Lindsay London & Sarah Wassil