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LOVE in the Garden Presented by Hancock Whitney

Fri, September 22nd, 2023 at 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

You’re Invited to


Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Patron Party | 7 pm
Garden Party | 8 pm

LOVE in the Garden Chairs

Carroll Gelderman
Carter Perrilliat

NVC Chair

Elizabeth Grimes

A festive evening featuring the best of New Orleans cuisine, musical performances by NOCCA Trio and Raw Deal, and the annual LOVE Cocktail Challenge sponsored by Sazerac Company, LOVE in the Garden this year was New Orleans’s favorite garden party! Funds raised during LOVE in the Garden provide critical support to NOMA’s exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives all year round.

For more information about LOVE in the Garden, please email love@noma.org or call 504.658.4121.


Presenting Sponsor


Walda Besthoff
Eileen and Joey Devall
Jane and Rodney Steiner


Katherine and Tony Gelderman
J. Edgar Monroe Foundation


Virginia Besthoff and Nancy Aronson
Blaire Fernandez and Mike Katz
New Orleans and Company
Katie and Gray Stream
Sculpture Fields at Montague Park
Lele and Brent Wood


Ellen and Mac Ball
Cathy and Morris Bart
Belle Chasse Marine Trans.
Valerie Besthoff
Chris Bolen
Jean Caillouet, CPA
Luz and Salvador Caputto
Crescent Sound and Light
Sally Duplantier
Gaye and Allen Frederic
Carroll Gelderman and Carter Perriliat
Susan and Jimmy Gundlach
Jennifer and Fred Heebe
Claudio Hemb
Anne Kock
James Kock
Janet and Kevin Krane
Ray Lagasse
Sally and Jay Lapeyre
Tracy Mangles
Kay McArdle
David G. Perlis and Debb Almeida
Primary Eye Care
Pamela and Bill Ryan
Julia and Bo Sanders
Lisa and David Schlakman
Andrew and Robyn Schwarz
Laura Scriba
Kenya and Tod Smith
Janis Van Meerveld and Charles Cerise
Windsor Court Hotel
Yazoo Restorations, LLC


Anonymous Melissa Dovie Olivier Group LLC
Kathryn and Erin Angeles Bart and Cherise Farris Stewart and Renee Peck
Roberta Bartee Fidelity Bank VGP – Taylor and Martin Pospisil
Master Gunnery Sergeant Beals
and Mrs. Jessie Beals
Vivian Fonseca and Owen Grossman, MD Susanne and David Purvis
Mary Beth Benjamin Kirsten R. Gambrell Leo J. Radosta
Elizabeth A. Boh Julie and Ted George Kathleen and Drew Ramsey
Vivian and Richard Cahn Becky and Warren Gottsegen Salty Oyster Media
Ray and Fedora Copeland Sonia Gupta and Alex Ducros Susanne Roberts and Ralph Simon
Kristin Crawford – Kimpton Hotel Fontenot Josephine Sculpture Park Mrs. Dawn and Dr. Mike Smith
The Artist Cleo Kathy Kornman Betty and Greg Speyrer
Joni and Tommy Diaz Lagniappe Counseling Gregory St. Etienne
Donald J. DiBartolo Magnolia Pools, LLC Suzanne and Bob Thomas
Attorney Amanda Hamm and Ron Diehl Murphy Appraisal Services LLC Dawn Adams Wheelahan
Elaine W. Dimiceli Robin O’Bannon and Richard Bertram Ann and David Williams

LOVE Committee

Elizabeth and William Alpaugh Christine and Max Hadley Richard and Katherine Morales
Mary Beth Benjamin Jay and Cara Howard Taylor and Martin Pospisil
Katherine and Ethan Bickford Anne Kock Barkley Rafferty and Christopher Tidmore
Will Bryan Cammie Mayer Laura Rutledge
Court Burlingame and Allie Willis Bailey and Malcolm McBee Ellie Sanders
Claire and Stanton Cagle Virginia and Calvin Miller Sam and Andrea Scofield
Caroline and Reiss Eagan Kathleen Mix Shelley Tompkins and Alex Landin
Will Erickson and Philips Wood Emilie Montgomery William and Megan Wolf
Eliza and Michael Worley

Media Sponsors



Music by NOCCA Trio | 7–8 pm

Entertainment by Raw Deal Band | 8–11 pm

Raw Deal Band is an ensemble based in New Orleans, LA. Offering a scintillating performance of funk and soul hits, this energetic group offers a performance that is full of fire. Their raw, passionate vocalists and smooth, talented musicians present a seamless blend of melodious beats and flawless harmonics. With four amazing vocalists, a world-class horn section, and a menagerie of highly talented artists, Raw Deal Band is here to bring the party to your event. Playing the beloved music of Earth, Wind and Fire, Prince, Rick James, and many others, this band is a blazing flashback to the golden age of classic, soulful funk. Playing with some of the city’s most popular acts, this band has proven itself as a collection of talented musicians, all ready to entertain you.

Participating Restaurants

Acme Oyster House Elizabeth’s Restaurant P.F. Chang’s
Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream and Pastry G’s Pizza Picnic Provisions & Whiskey
Aunt Sally’s Pralines Gracious Bakery and Café Silk Road
Barracuda Highly Seasoned Catering, LLC Southern Candymakers
Blue Oak BBQ Ice Cream 504 Swiss Confectionery
Café Degas Jewel of the South The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery
Café NOMA Lula Restaurant Distillery The Vintage
Crescent City Brewhouse Martin Wine Cellar
Crescent City Steakhouse Nothing Bundt Cakes – Metairie  

Eighth Annual LOVE Cocktail Challenge Sponsored By

Featuring 5 craft cocktails from the city’s most creative bartending talents.
Each bartender will create a unique drink inspired by a variation of LOVE:

The Challengers:

Zen Castro | Latitude 29, Esprtitu, and Turning Tables – WINNER OF BEST IN SHOW
Corazon Tequila | Unrequited LOVE | Cocktail Name: Every Breath You Take

Wheatley Vodka | Unconditional LOVE | Cocktail Name: Mi Familia, Mi Corazon

Mark Griffin | Pigeon & Whale
Buffalo Trace Bourbon | LOVE/HATE | Cocktail Name: Love Doesn’t End/It Changes

Chris Hannah | The Bar at the Jewel of the South
Henry Ramos Gin | LUST | Cocktail Name: Vargas Girl

Sam Kiley | Dovetail and Turning Tables
Myers’s Rum | Forbidden LOVE | Cocktail Name: Don’t Funk with My Heart


Fri, September 22nd, 2023
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans , LA 70124