Elvis is in the building!!!

"The Elvis" is in the building...

We are happy to announce that “The Elvis” has returned…to Cochon Butcher, that is.  A tasty King Cake in honor of “the King”.  filled with fresh bananas and peanut butter, and topped with marshmallow cream and diced house-cured bacon.  Set your scales back 10 pounds!


The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

outlet collection at riverwalk

Recently, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk announced its collection of more than 70 stores and restaurants, which includes Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus, Coach Factory On Sale and Forever 21. Now undergoing a $70 million renovation that will expand its footprint by 50,000 square feet, the Riverwalk is the first outlet center in a downtown area and is slated to open in late spring or early summer 2014.

Retailers include Aerosoles, American Eagle, Cafe du Monde, Charlotte Russe, Chico’s, Clarks, Crocs, Guess, Hartstrings Childrenswear, Kay Jewelers, New Balance, Gap, Raising Cane’s, Red Mango, Steve Madden, Sunglass Warehouse and Tommy Bahama. The mall is 94 percent leased.

Mark Bulmash, senior vice president of development for the Howard Hughes Corporation, says this reflects a heightened national interest in New Orleans. “The city is on its way back,” Bulmash says. “It took us two and a half years to get the retailers to understand the opportunity here. Early on, it was like, ‘Why New Orleans?’ Now it is ‘Why not New Orleans?’ There is a newfound excitement for the city.”

“The caliber of retailers shows that downtown New Orleans has national appeal as a place to live, work and do business,” says Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer. “The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is an exciting addition to District C and the entire city.”

With retail developments including Tiffany & Co. opening at The Shops at Canal Place and H&M opening in the French Quarter this fall, Bulmash and Canada foresee downtown re-emerging as a major shopping destination, recalling the days when women donned hats and white gloves to visit Canal Street department stores like Godchaux’s, Maison Blanche and D.H. Holmes.

For more info, check out The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

ReNEW Schools Future Takes Flight Fundraiser

ReNEW Schools Future Takes Flight Fundraiser


For the over 3,200 ReNEW students across the city, college is on their minds. The students set their sights on earning college diplomas by participating in end-of-year college-focused field studies sponsored by ReNEW. The goal of the field studies is to expand the students’ scope of opportunities post-graduation. On college visits across the county, students will partake in admissions sessions, meet with financial aid officers, tour dorm rooms, and grasp firsthand that college is more than an idea; rather it is a real, tangible opportunity for the future.

Understanding that the majority of ReNEW’s students have never traveled outside the city of New Orleans, these field studies grant a tremendous opportunity for students to have a truly extraordinary learning experience.  This year, ReNEW is hosting its 2nd annual Future Takes Flight fundraiser to benefit these college visits and field studies. This event will be held in the auditorium of ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy on October 4, 2013 from 7:00-10:00pm.

This year’s event highlights include:

  • Handcrafted Cocktails and Spirits by Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire, Dewar’s and Bacardi, and beer provided by Abita
  • Live music by Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band, played on the Blue Dog Steinway painted by George Rodrigue
  • More than $12,000 worth of exciting items for silent auction
  • Commissioned, one-of-a-kind artwork from Terrance Osborne, Richard Thomas,  Jerome Ford and other internationally acclaimed artists
  • Over 12 stationed restaurants, providing small bites and samples of city favorites

Tickets, sponsorship, and donations can be purchased at:


Pinnacle Events Featured As Top 5 NOLA Event Planner!

Pinnacle Events was recently featured as one of the top 5 Event Planners in New Orleans, published by Social Tables.

The Social Tables Blog is curated by Julia Damon and Trevor Lynn of Social Tables, a cloud based event planning software platform helping event professionals with everything from guest lists to check-in.

The Social Tables Blog strives to provide a valuable resource for event and meeting professionals to continue their education of our ever-expanding industry. It was created in order to provide valuable content for event professionals, and posts are written by event professionals themselves.

For more information, and to see the article, please click here!

Thanks for the shout out Social Tables!



BioDistrict New Orleans

 The new BioDistrict New Orleans is focused on creating and sustaining an economic development engine for the community through globally competitive bioscience and environmental research and development.  According to officials, the construction represents the largest single investment in the region since Hurricane Katrina, and is now the largest hospital construction project in the world. This economic development will create for the city, high paying sustainable new jobs over the next eight to ten years, not only in biosciences, but also in banking, law, construction and a plethora of other service industries that stand to benefit.  By encouraging public –private partnerships, and collaboration between our cornerstone institutions, the BioDistrict will hopefully create a sustainable and resilient economy for the greater New Orleans region.  Some of the estimated economic impact of the BioDistrict  over the course of 15-20 years is: 34,000 direct and indirect jobs, $3.3 Billion in Economic Activity, $2 Billion in increased Personal Earnings just to name a few.

Pause 4 Dinner

“Pause 4 Dinner and Lunch,” the LA-SPCA’s annual dine-out restaurant event, takes place on Thursday, June 13, 2013 during regular lunch and dinner hours. Highly recognized restaurants from around Greater New Orleans partner to raise money for animal welfare in our region while attracting patrons and new clients to their business.

Participating in this event is SIMPLE - just eat lunch and/or dinner at one of the listed restaurants.  Every participating restaurant donates 20% of their dining proceeds to the Louisiana SPCA!

If you can’t make it out for lunch or dinner, you can still support the event by donating here.  Enjoy!

Dalai Lama in New Orleans

The 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists exiled in Dharamsala, India, will be making his first visit to New Orleans this week. He will address the public in two sold-out talks at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and UNO Lakefront Arena. He also will address students during the 2013 Tulane University commencement ceremony and the “Resilience: Strength Through Compassion and Connection” academic conference.

Professor Ron Marks with Tulane University’s School of Social Work, who established the Louisiana Himalaya Connection, coordinated the visit on one of his annual trips to Dharamsala with his graduate students. Students at the School of Social Work provide service through more than 75 local organizations, including schools, hospitals, post-Katrina assistance programs, and in Plaquemines Parish following the BP oil disaster.

Tibet has remained under Chinese control since 1950, following generations of political turmoil. In 1959, the Dalai Lama established the Tibetan government in exile, which remains in Dharamsala. The Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts to liberate Tibet.

There are tons of public events planned in recognition of the Dalai Lama’s visit, including the creation of a sand mandala, a large colored-sand painting made over four days. On May 17, a procession will bring the mandala to the Mississippi River, where it will be ceremoniously dispersed.

To see a full schedule of events, visit www.dalailamanola.com

Southern Living Weddings Magazine

We are extremely excited to announce that Pinnacle Events has been featured in Southern Living Weddings Magazine for the second time! We were asked to put together a welcome basket that embodies all good things NOLA, and we could not have done it without our wonderful friends at Mignon Faget, Sucre, The Garden Gates, Tipitina’s Foundation, and Cafe du Monde! Don’t forget to pick up your copy at any local book store or grocery store and look for us on page 101!

Super ProCamp IV New Orleans, LA

We are extremely excited to be working with ProCamps Worldwide for their Super ProCamp IV during Superbowl!

The Citi Garth Brooks Super ProCamp IV presented by Gillette in partnership with the Starkey Hearing Foundation will be taking place at the Big Easy Sportsplex on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Join Country Music Superstar Garth Brooks and New Orleans Stars Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Curtis Lofton, and Deuce McAllister for football instruction and fun! Visit http://www.procamps.com/superprocamp4 for more information and to register!

City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks

Experience one of the nation’s most unique month-long festival of lights! Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans City Park remains one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country, attracting over 122,000 people in 2010. Walk through the Botanical Garden, Storyland, a children’s theme park, and Carousel Gardens, an amusement ride area aglow with holiday magic at every turn! There is nightly musical entertainment and a full service cafe featuring City Park’s famous hot-buttered rum! This event has been going on since the beginning of Decemeber and will continue to be open nightly through Jan. 1, 2013 with the exceptions of December 24th and 31st. Admission is $7 per person, except Friends of City Park and children under three get in free! Don’t miss out on the holiday magic, head over to City Park before it is too late!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Celebration In The Oaks. Happy Holidays!