French Market

Poppy Tooker

On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we take a virtual trip to Paris. Our first stop is a rendezvous with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu at the St. Roch Market – a place where charcuterie, crepes and cheeses are served – much like in a Parisian marché.

St. Roch is the last of the original city markets that formally dotted New Orleans' cityscape. Built in 1875, this landmark has recently been renovated and restored to its former glory.

Crescent City Farmers Market

Kathryn Parker has been at the helm of the Crescent City Farmers Market for just one year. Taking over from the organization's original leader, Richard McCarthy, who went on to become the Executive Director of Slow Food America, Kate says it’s been a year that has flown by so quickly, one with a never-ending learning curve.

“I thought I knew a lot about growing seasons,” she says. “But the more time I spend with the market, the more I am learning."

Ian McNulty


Ian McNulty

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.

Nina Feldman / WWNO

On Wednesday afternoon, the Crescent City Farmers’ Market opened in the historic French Market. This is the fourth weekly market that Crescent City Farmers Market operates citywide — but the French Quarter location makes this one different than the rest.

The French Market in New Orleans has been running since 1791. For a couple of centuries, it provided the French Quarter and local community with fresh meats and produce.

French Market

The French Market Corporation — which oversees the six city blocks of the French Market proper, the Upper Pontalba Building, Jackson Square, parking lots, and much more — has a new executive director.

National Archives

The French Market may seem like one big urban flea market — with everything from tee-shirts to Mardi Gras masks, alligator heads to shot glasses. And tourists… lots of tourists. But upon closer inspection, you discover that this outdoor shopping plaza is full of individuals who couldn’t be more different from one another.

NolaVie's Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Renée Peck met some of these local vendors who make the French Market another unique corner of the city.

Norbert Hess

 

This week on Inside the Arts, the mystique of New Orleans piano wizard James Booker is creating a buzz at the New Orleans Film Festival. We talk with filmmaker Lily Keber about her in-depth documentary Bayou Maharajah.

A spooky weekend is in store for the younger set as the Boo Carré Halloween and Harvest Festival kicks off in the French Quarter. And Songs in the Key of Life, a Stevie Wonder opera, is in final performances at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. 

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:35 a.m.
 

Krewe De Jeanne d'Arc

The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc announced their 2013 royal court yesterday at the French Market.

Gretchen Neuenhaus, a junior at Mount Carmel Academy, will portray Maid of Honor Joan of Arc, René Bajeux will portray King Charles VII and Betsie Gambel, president of Gambel Communications, will serve as Queen Yolande of Aragon. Gambel is the krewe's first queen.

The krewe parades each year on Jan. 6, which is Joan of Arc's birthday as well as the Feast of the Epiphany, the official start of the Carnival season.

The French Market

A schedule of some of the holiday-related events coming up at the French Market.

December 1

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  St Nicholas Day Fair in Dutch Alley.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  WWOZ Cookbook Celebration at the French Market. Taste samples, purchase cookbooks and aprons, meet the musicians behind the food and more!

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