We’re excited to share with you the eleventh week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Emeril Lagasse, James Booker, Ron Foreman, Moon Landrieu, Dutch Morial, and Margaret Haughery.
Emeril Lagasse, by Connie Kittok
“I invited Emeril into the kitchen (at Commander’s) and asked him what he thought of all the aromas wafting about. ‘Well, it kind of smells like my mom’s kitchen.’ It was a perfect answer — and completely sincere. That’s when I began to suspect we might have someone special.” — Ella Brennan, on Emeril Lagasse’s 1985 job interview, in her memoir “Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace” (excerpt from Nola.com)
James Booker: Piano Genius, by Gabriel Flores
“Human nature is the reason why I play the piano the way I do. But no just ordinary human nature — some people say I’m a freak of nature.” — James Booker (excerpt from Nola.com)
Ron Forman, by Connie Kittok
“I have a passion for New Orleans. I think we are all looking for ways to make New Orleans better. Right after (2005’s Hurricane Katrina), I think we were scratching our heads in despair saying, ‘What are we going to do?,’ but, boy, a couple of years later we were saying, ‘We’re going to be a much better city than we’ve ever been.'” — Ron Forman, in a 2008 interview (excerpt from Nola.com)
Moon Landrieu, by Michael McManus
“We begin this first day of our new lives with firm convictions that New Orleans’ problems can be overcome, that this city of tradition and heritage can recover its pride and regain its momentum and move ahead to meet the challenges of a modern world.” — Mayor Moon Landrieu, in his 1970 inaugural address (excerpt from Nola.com)
Dutch Morial, by Maddie Stratton
“Many years ago, when I was a small boy, I daily passed a beautiful park near Elysian Fields Avenue. Children were always playing there in a kind of freedom that came to them naturally. But because of the laws of my childhood, I was allowed to do no more than look through the bars of the fence. I have never forgotten those bars. They stand forever in my memory as a symbol of a city divided against itself.” — Mayor Dutch Morial, in his first inaugural address, in 1978 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Margaret Haughery, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“She never had upon her hand a kid glove, and she never wore a silk dress, though she earned by hard labor many thousands of dollars. But no woman has been borne to the tomb within the limits of New Orleans who was more generally respected and loved.” — The Daily Picayune, Feb. 12, 1882, upon the death of Margaret Haughery (excerpt from Nola.com)
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.