New Orleans, LA – Can I share with you a little secret? Farmers markets may operate for only a few hours a week in each location. What you may not realize is that the relationships established beneath the tents and umbrellas carry on long past the closing bell. One example of this is the relationship between Poplarville's J&D Blueberry Farm and Hubig's Pies. Our city's beloved century long Simon Hubig Pie Company is owned by the Bowman and Ramsey families who when not frying shop at markets. This summer, they were in search of lots of frozen blueberries for their blueberry pie.
New Orleans, LA – An innovative project for Louisiana musicians hoping that filmmakers will use local talent and recording facilities in movie and television productions. Jay Weigel talks to WWNO about NOLA hosting this filmscoring event.
New Orleans – By 4:30 in the morning, Al Sunseri is usually performing his pre-dawn stake out near the corner of Iberville and Bourbon streets in the French Quarter. He's an owner of P & J Oyster Co., and he's looking for a parking spot for his delivery truck. It's important to get into position before the beer vans arrive to restock the many nearby bars because P&J workers have their own heavy lifting ahead of them at this particular corner.
New Orleans, LA – If you're like me, you've started your Saturday morning early shopping for the pick of the crop at our region's farmers markets only to head back home in time to brew a pot of coffee and chicory, enjoyed with Isabel's tamales. I then prepare Saturday lunch featuring Mississippi chevre and and cucumbers from La Rose. Sound familiar? The only sounds I've not yet mentioned are the ones on my radio: The Splendid Table on WWNO, 89.9 FM. In the world of public markets, we rely heavily upon the transfer of knowledge we gain from our public radio.
New Orleans – Middendorf's Restaurant turned 75 this year, but the seafood destination in Manchac attained its institution status long before this anniversary. Located by the western edge of Lake Pontchartrain, it has been a landmark on the route between New Orleans and the Northshore for generations. And its specialty of ultra-thin, razor-sliced fried catfish has earned such a following that some New Orleans people routinely make the 40-mile drive for a meal here.
New Orleans – Writer Robert Hicks burst onto the national literary scene in 2005 - when his first novel - "The Widow of the South" - garnered great reviews - and hit the New York Times bestseller list just a week after publication. Robert Hicks second novel - "A Separate Country" - which is set in post-Civil War New Orleans - is just out - and is also receiving widespread critical acclaim. WWNO's Fred Kasten picks up the story...