For gentlemen forbidden to have a bar shed in the backyard, consider the bar cart. Equipped with wheels, it can roll whenever you’re on a roll.

There are minimalist, industrialist and modern bar carts, and it is a home accessory practically imbued with male status.

The prices are maximalist. An Arteriors Emory bar cart will set you back $1,200 to $1,500, while the Madison Park Lauren model from Bed, Bath and Beyond rings up at $229. Crate and Barrel values their product at $599 (as if subtracting a dollar makes it not $600). A Ronan circular cart requires $1,375 of your hard-earned money, its World Market knockoff $170, and a Nicole acrylic model will leave you $1,049 lighter. Even Target’s version is a hefty $310.

Acquiring one is just the beginning. As with any good game, the secret to creating a winning bar cart is to understand its components, according to "The Bar Cart Bible" by Media Adams, a tome to help you with the fundamentals and the necessary startup information. Included between its covers are several hundred cocktail recipes, what bottles to have on hand, a glassware guide, necessary equipment, measurement charts, a bartender’s glossary, garnish suggestions, mixology tips and even ready-made decorative art.

I don’t have a bar cart, but I do have a bar tray. Engraved by my father’s battalion long ago, it sits atop a sideboard and keeps a couple of celebratory Champagne glasses at the ready, a bottle of Stoli for firing up Pasta Stolichnaya, a half-bottle of Buffalo Trace and some Harvey’s Bristol Cream. Behind it hangs a large painting of a reclining nude.

A reminder to all of why you shouldn’t drink.


Patricia Gannon covers society for the Acadiana Advocate.  She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

Bordeaux, Brie & Bonnard

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum hosted an intimate gathering for wine and cheese, but what wine and cheese it was. Marcello’s and Whole Foods partnered the spread, which featured certified sommelier Dina Bohn, both red and white Bordeaux and appropriately paired fromages for days. Ticketed guests began in the A. Hayes Town building upstairs and later adjourned, sans wine, to the museum proper to view Pierre Bonnard. Making the most of an elegant evening, some Syrah Viognier and Cave-Aged Gruyère were Dr. Barry and Claire Bohn, art royalty Veronica Rodrigue, Don and Cookie Bacque, George and Rootie Foster, in town for the weekend from Houston, and Marie Delahoussaye in her Dirk Guidry hand-painted jacket.

RivALZ

St. Thomas More Cougar Stadium hosted Blondes vs. Brunettes for flag football, the better to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. “It’s their way to give back,” said community outreach specialist Adrienne Mullins. “We recruit them, and most have a tie to the disease.” There to tackle first aid if the going got rough was UL-Lafayette team physician and Louisiana Orthopedic Specialists’ Dr. Stephanie Aldret, hoping for no more than a few Band-Aids, while keeping it by the book were referees Jim Blanchard, Mike Bedgood, Rodney Simon and Shaun Courville. “If they’re runnin’ and their flags fall off, they can tap ‘em on the back,” he said. “It’s all about where their hips are.” And speaking of running, The Advocate was fortunate enough to run into Breaux Bridge native and Saints wide receiver Travin Dural, doing good in the neighborhood. How 'bout them Saints.

July ArtWalk

Fine Arts Co-op opened early for ArtWalk, the better to enjoy an unhurried class in mosaics by owner-instructor Tanya Falgout. Deep into their mandalas were Tracie Musumeci, Marian Owen and Barbara Stevens, whose focus and fee was yielding fine art results. “They come with nothing, and I give them everything,” said Falgout, who convenes the workshop every ArtWalk. Also featured were sculptor Travis Prejean and Cliff Broussard, who posed cheerfully with his ceramic and enamel Clifton Chenier, entitled “Black Snake Blues.”