Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington. That sounds like the guest list of a party you wish you'd been invited to. And in a way, you were, because all of these famous names were regular visitors to one of New Orleans' best loved restaurants.
When the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience honors Leah Chase this weekend, it will be using a potent symbol of hospitality to toast one of the city's enduring examples of what hospitality is all about.
We'll hear how the laws are outdated, find out why an approved ordinance was vetoed, and discuss plans for the future. Then, Greg Reggio joins us to talk about his involvement with the Taste Buds, a culinary and restaurant development company based in Louisiana. Plus, Jyl Benson and Ryan Hughes discuss great places to eat and unexpected ingredients to use in your kitchen.
If New Orleans was not specifically pining for a modern coastal Italian dining experience in a refurbished industrial space at the border of the Marigny and Bywater, well, you wouldn't know it by the scene at Mariza on any given night.
Wendell Pierce, the actor and co-owner of Sterling Farms grocery store, chats with Dwight Henry, who will be making doughnuts and buttermilk drops in the store.
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Troy Henry (from left), Jim Hatchett and Wendell Pierce, co-owners of Sterling Farms grocery store, meet at the store's soft launch on March 21. Pierce, an actor, gained fame through his starring roles in David Simon's <em>The Wire</em> and <em>Treme.</em>
New Orleans restaurant culture is abuzz with different flavors, new fashions and even a new lexicon these days. Some places set the pace and others struggle to keep up. But then there are those that ignore them altogether, and in some cases stand apart, by essentially standing still. Leni's Café is one example.
The Mexican army's May 5 victory in 1862's Battle of Puebla is a pretty small holiday in Mexico. But in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has grown into a kind of Mexican St. Patrick's Day. So this weekend, in honor of that holiday, thousands of Americans will be dipping tortilla chips into guacamole, and when they do they'll have an important decision to make: how best to dip without breaking the chip.
Fresh seafood has helped define Louisiana's cuisine for centuries. This week a field of experts join us on Louisiana Eats! to discuss how our local seafood is caught, distributed and consumed.
We'll hear from Paul Greenberg about the environmental changes that threaten the Mississippi River shrimp; listen how members of the Gulf Seafood Trace program improve consumer relationships with local fishers; and find out how the shrimp industry has changed in the past 20 years from seafood distributor Louis Raines.
Music isn't the only thing that draws people to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival each year. The astounding variety of food all in one spot is one of the biggest pluses for locals and visitors alike.
Do you have your own Jazz Fest food favorite? Did we miss something important? Let us know in the comments below.
With nearly 70 food vendors and over 200 dishes, Jazz Fest isn’t simply a music destination, it’s a foodie paradise. But that makes vendor selection and organization an arduous task.
Fortunately, just the right woman is leading the process. Michelle Nugent has been the Jazz Fest Food Director since 1999 and has a culinary résumé befitting a world-class chef. She spent 17 years working with chef Susan Spicer, first as an apprentice, then as Bayona’s sous chef, and finally as the executive chef at Spice Inc.