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New faces of New Orleans

"New faces of New Orleans" Continued...

Issue: "New faces of New Orleans," Aug. 15, 2009

Lüke has an open kitchen eminently watchable from the tables, and it was fun to see the open flames as chefs in their white habits prepared Besh signature dishes. (Among those listed: "Sugar and Spice Duckling with Foie Gras and Quince" and "Hand-made Potato Gnocchi tossed with Blue Crab and Black Truffle.") Toy Harmon, 33, grew up in tiny Mentone, Ala., and recalls the reaction of some folks to the news that she was marrying Doug two years ago and moving to New Orleans: "They thought I was coming to Sodom and Gomorrah."

Doug Harmon said that Katrina changed Tulane: "There wasn't a lot of civic engagement, but now the people drawn to Tulane are drawn to service. Students wanted to get involved, plugged in locally. People are moving here who would never have moved here before. They see the value of the city. They want to be involved in something meaningful."

Doug Harmon presented a big picture: "New Orleans used to attract people who had nowhere else to go. Now, it attracts people who want to do something historically significant." Toy Harmon, pregnant with an Oct. 9 due date, said, "I love the thought of our kids growing up in a town with a distinct culture.

She paused and said with a hint of surprise, "Our kids are going to be from New Orleans."

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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