BY: Grand-mère Charlotte Crozat.
AUTHOR: Ellen Byron
Hello and bonjour from Crozat Plantation Bed and Breakfast. I’m Magnolia Crozat’s beloved grand-mère, Charlotte Crozat. I’ll be honest, I’m in a bit of a funk today because I recently learned that my favorite shop in the French Quarter, Lucullus Antiques, has closed up shop on Chartres Street. They’re relocating to another part of town and changing their focus, which has always been on culinary antiques. I always looked forward to seeing the magnificent displays in their windows. Here are a few photos I took with my smart phone. (Yes, I’m in my early eighties and have a smart phone. I’m also a wiz on the computer, if I do say so myself.
I’ve heard from those who know these things that Millennials simply aren’t interested in the finer accoutrements of life like crystal, silver, and good china. Even here in Louisiana, where we’re so proud of our history and traditions. I do understand that times change. It’s hard to imagine my own granddaughter setting the kind of grand table that was once de rigeur for a certain class of household. Still, I do so hope that the beautiful treasures at Lucullus found happy homes.
What do you think, readers? Do you think epicurean elegance is a thing of the past? Is there one item you’d like to see live on forever? (For me, that would be crystal stemware. Oh, that beautiful sound when two champagne glasses clink together.)