JoAnn Clevenger
JoAnn Clevenger

JoAnn Clevenger

For nearly 40 years, New Orleans' Upperline Restaurant showcased founder JoAnn Clevenger's vibrant art collection and effusive hostessing. While Clevenger came up with dishes for Upperline's traditional menu, she was never the chef. Clevenger was known for being present in the dining rooms, greeting and socializing with customers. She has been named a finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurateur award for four years in a row.