Annual Round Table Luncheon

Round Table Luncheon Saluting the 2019-20 Cultural Season on Wednesday, September 11 at noon at the Bourbon Orleans. 


The annual Round Table Luncheon  will be co- hosted by social editor Margarita Bergen and Lisa D. Alexis, Director  of Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy .

Lt. Governor Billy Nungasser has been invited as well. 


Among the speakers who have been invited are Jenny Hamilton, Director of the New Orleans Ballet Association; Maestro Robert Lyall, Conductor &  Director of New Orleans Opera; Maestro Dennis Assaf, Director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, James William Boyd, CEO of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra;  Susan Taylor, Exec. Director of the  New Orleans  Museum of Art: Laura Tennyson of the Contemporary Arts Center,  Maxwell Williams, Artist Director of Le Petit Theatre; William Pittman Andrews, Executive Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; Dave Hurlbert, Executive Director of the Marigny Opera House; Aimee Hayes, Producing Director of Southern Repertory Theatre; Daniel Hammer   Executive Director of The Historic New Orleans Collection; Greg Lambousy,Director of New Orleans Jazz Museum ;  Gary Rucker and Kelly Fouchi, Co-directors of Rivertown Theater; Nick Stillman , Exec. Director of Prospect 4, Heidi Schmalbach,Exec. Director of Art Council, Beth Arroyo Utterback, CEO of WWOZ; Clem Goldberger of the National WWII Museum, Megan Holt Ph.D Executive Director of One Book One New Orleans,  Dr. Maxim Samarov , Director of New Orleans Chamber Orchestra,  Fallon Young ,Executive Director of New Orleans Film Society , Rosemary James, Co-Founder, Faulkner Society.

Live entertainment will be by  talented bass-baritone Ivan Griffin. Also featured will be Givonna Joseph and Aria Mason, co-founders of OperaCréole with pianist Ashalen Sims.

Pianist Jim Walpole and drummer Carl Mack  will perform before and after the Round Table Luncheon.

Tracee Dundas the founder of the New Orleans Fashion Week is presenting a brief fashion show of Dark Garden Corsetry. 

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for socializing and seating and the luncheon and speakers start at 12 noon.


 The $65- all-inclusive price includes a delicious, 3-course gourmet luncheon, champagne/wines and valet parking. Make your reservations now by calling Judy LeBlanc at (504) 571-4672 or email her at

September Round Table Menu


Mixed Field Greens

With candied pecans, Boursin cheese crumbles, sliced strawberries, & raspberry vinaigrette 

Pork Medallions With creole mustard cream sauce and Carrot Cake

Champagne/wines are being underwriter by Sandra and Ross Herman! 


The Round Table Luncheon is celebrating its 14th year. Since it started on August 2005, the monthly Round Table has been attracting a distinguished guest list of influential movers and shakers. Modeled after Dorothy Parker’s famed gatherings at the old Algonquin Hotel in New York,  Each luncheon focuses on a current topic of interest locally within thearts, cultural activities and philanthropic initiatives that set our community apart and enhance our quality of life.


Our Local Publisher Partners

The Arts Council of New Orleans

The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at


WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

Southern Food

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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