Randy Fertel

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New Orleans has a great new tool for music lovers. A Closer Walk is an interactive, location-based website about New Orleans music history. Just tap the map and you can find songs, rare photos, stories by local writers, and much more. One of the project’s founders, author Randy Fertel, speaks with NolaVie’s Renée Peck to share more about A Closer Walk.

Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Renée Peck.

This week on The Reading Life: Poet Megan Burns, whose new book is Sound and Basin, and University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop director Rick Barton, who’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of his novel Black and White on the Rocks.

We'll also talk with writer/philanthropist Randy Fertel, founder of The Ron Ridenhour Prizes, and Seth Rosenfeld, who received the book prize this year for Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals and Reagan's Rise to Power.

In honor of Mother's Day we'll listen to Randy Fertel speak about his mother, the founder of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Plus, Kit Wohl will discuss her latest book, New Orleans' Classic Brunches.

ATNO 2/2/12

Feb 3, 2012

Paul Maassen speaks with  Peter Fos, the new President of UNO; Sharon Litwin scoops the details behind Krewe Delusional; and the new head of Build Now drops in for a visit. 

This week on Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to Randy Fertel and his latest adventures in the Krewe Delusion.

Crystal Honey Sauce

1/2 cup Crystal hot sauce
1/4 cup honey

This recipe originates with Chef Darin Nesbit of the Bourbon House. Chef Darin tosses fried alligator in the sauce and serves it with blue cheese dressing for dipping, a la buffalo wings.

Bring the 1/2 cup Crystal hot sauce to a boil in a saucepan and boil until it has reduced in volume by half. Add the honey to the hot sauce, return to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook together for 10 minutes.