Ian McNulty

Producer

Ian is the host of Where Y’Eat and the Community Impact series at WWNO.

Each week, Ian shares his commentary on the intriguing food culture of New Orleans and south Louisiana with WWNO’s Where Y’Eat. He also shines light on the difference that innovative nonprofits are making across the New Orleans region through WWNO’s Community Impact series, interviewing nonprofit leaders and the people they serve.  Ian first became a WWNO contributor in 2009. He is a freelance journalist and a published author. A native of Rhode Island, Ian is a graduate of Rutgers University. He has lived in New Orleans since 1999.

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A new market-within-a-market seems right in step with the renewed appreciation for locally harvested or handmade food and the burgeoning cottage industry producing it all.

Head down to the French Market early on a Wednesday afternoon these days and you can watch as about two dozen vendors set up booths for a new weekly edition of the Crescent City Farmers Market. These vendors come from all across the region, as reflected by what they’re bringing to market these days.

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A new food truck park offering an offbeat supper option and a glimpse of what’s in store for St. Claude Avenue.

It’s easy to portray food trucks as the renegades of the culinary world. Modern, highly mobile and very much in vogue, they play by different rules than brick-and-mortar restaurants. But around New Orleans lately, these food trucks are increasingly enlisted to serve a number of community causes alongside their street food.

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All around New Orleans, the sounds of the season signal cooler weather ahead. Some of these speak directly to our appetites too.

If you heard a sharp snap one recent morning, it might've been the sound of New Orleans collectively switching off the air-conditioner at the start of a dramatically cooler day.

Now the odds of the A/C staying off for any extended period may be low, but that’s not the point. The sound was a harbinger of the fall, and others will follow, including some that speak directly to New Orleans appetites.            

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There is a wider variety of American shrimp turning up on New Orleans menus, presenting richer possibilities.

We order our shrimp fried or grilled, boiled, poached, marinated as ceviche or sautéed for New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp.

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Here is a different strategy for beating the crowds and getting a good brunch before kickoff on busy football weekends. 

In the beginning there was breakfast. Then breakfast begat brunch. But then brunch went crazy, so getting some poached eggs and hollandaise for a laidback weekend meal has somehow become a half-day affair of crowd control, waiting lists and self-serve Bloody Mary stations.

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A pair of familiar New Orleans restaurant spaces have been remade by creative new chefs.

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A new Italian restaurants balances Old Country tradition with hallmarks of a local sub-regional style.

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A new clutch of offbeat dinner clubs showcase both young chefs and very old Louisiana traditions. 

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We follow a family story that leads across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point, and the tight-knit circuit of restaurants that make the neighborhood so inviting for short excursions. 

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Two restaurants with deep menus of traditional Chinese flavors seem to be hiding in plain sight directly across from each other along one of the area's busiest boulevards.

The sound of broiled oysters sizzling in their shells is a familiar one in southeast Louisiana, and it will always turn heads. But it wasn't just the sound effects or wafting smell of garlic that captured our attention as a waitress crossed the dining room with one particular order.

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