National Public Radio can't get enough of New Orleans these days. Today it was a five-minute report on Willie Mae's Scotch House, the Tremé lunchtime institution run by Willie Mae Seaton and her great-granddaughter Kerry Seaton.
The online article even comes with photos by Gambit contributor Cheryl Gerber (aka The Hardest Working Girl in the Camera Business) and the Southern Foodways Alliance's Pableaux Johnson. (The SFA has been a relentless champion of the restaurant, spearheading rebuilding and fundraising efforts for two years now.)
Interesting quote about Kerry Seaton:
Kerry Seaton now acts as cook, business manager and spokesperson for Willie Mae.
The younger Seaton has been mentored by renowned New Orleans chefs such as John Besh. She'd like to open another restaurant, perhaps in the French Quarter and maybe, someday, make Willie Mae's Scotch House a national franchise.
Like crazy, super fast. Like so fast that his-almost-10-minute-press-conference-felt-like-just-under-five-minutes fast. Like I-thought-he-was-from-California-what's-the-deal? fast. Like OK, y'all get the picture.
During today's City Council committee hearing regarding New Orleans Affordable Homeownership (NOAH), a nonprofit agency hired to remediate homes for the elderly and low-income homeowners, Councilmember Stacy Head proposed a resolution that the City Council pledged that no future moneys should be allocated to NOAH.
The Nagin administration has stated the NOAH remediation program was suspended in July 2007 and is no longer receiving city funding for operation. NOAHs offices are located in the Aamco Building on Poydras Street, and, as Councilmember Head put it, co-located with the citys Office of Recovery and Development Administration.
Tonya Durden, NOAHs interim director, said that the nonprofit agency has continued to operate based on funding from its 2007 contract with the city. She added that NOAH currently employs four people in its office.
As Kevin Allman mentioned in a previous post, Loyola and Tulane not-so-surprisingly snagged spots on the Princeton Reviews party school list for this year.
As a student at the less famous Uptown university, this is simultaneously hilarious and embarrassing, especially since the only other lists Loyola appears on are Lots of Hard Liquor, Students Study the Least, Town-Gown Relations Are Great (or, Loyal Patrons of Area Bars) and Best College Library.
I cant help to wonder if the Princeton Review people have ever visited to the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library. Sure in pictures it looks good, with its cool computers and large-screen televisions, but its really just a thinly-veiled trading post for Adderall around finals time. Theres also an entire Facebook group devoted to getting busy (and Im not talking about studying) in the librarys vast learning facilities. It more closely resembles a crowded bar at times than it does a learning hub.
But when Im not consuming excess amounts of hard liquor or not studying in our award-winning library, Ive managed to get a pretty decent education. And because our classes are small (possibly because of low attendance ), Im afforded an intimate learning experience and close relationships with my professors, who have provided useful job connections. Overall, I feel like Ive had a quality college experience at the good value of only 30 thousand dollars a year.
(At least we didnt fare as poorly as University of New Orleans, who only made the Ugliest Campus and Dorms Like Dungeons lists. Yikes.)
WWL-TV is running one of those unscientific, click-here Web polls. Is it just me, or do any big names seem to be missing -- like the now-departed agency director?
Long before the Red Bull fad, plenty of New Orleans people caught an energy blast from the incredibly sweet tea served in such huge portions at Dunbar's Creole Cooking.
And before "extra value meal" was a trademarked marketing ploy from McDonald's, Dunbar's ridiculously generous red beans and fried chicken plates were a well-known way to stretch your dollar and fill your belly with the goodness of local cooking.
Dunbar's was hit hard by the levee failures and managed an unorthodox reopening in a spot in Loyola University's Broadway Activities Center, which is open to the public.
But the Dunbar family is working to move back to Freret Street and to help pay for repairs to the original building they are throwing a fund raiser this Friday. Here are the details:
What: A Night to Remember Benefit Gala, with live entertainment, buffet dinner and open bar
When: Aug.1, 7 p.m. -11p.m.
Where: Loyola Law Center, 501 Pine St., New Orleans
Tickets: $50 per person or $75 per couple, available at Dunbars in the Loyola Law Center (501 Pine St., 861-5451); the Freret Neighborhood Center (4605 Freret St., 373-6403); from the Dunbar family (220-1066); or at the door.
-- Ian McNulty
From the press release:
Effective August 1, 2008, Anthony Jones, Interim Technology Director will return to his previous civil service position as Management Information Systems (MIS) Director. The City will name a permanent director for the technology division within 90 - 180 days according to Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Brenda Hatfield.
According to Civil Service policy, a classified employee may request leave from a position and then return to it, particularly in the case of interim director positions. Jones will return to his classified MIS position, where he will be assigned to Capital Projects. He will receive the standard civil service approved salary.
On August 4, M. Harrison Boyd will step in as Interim Director while the City continues its search. Boyd has extensive management and consulting experience in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, and economic and community development.
Louisiana Senate President Joel Chaisson has suspended Sen. Derrick Shepherds right to participate on senate committees until the West Bank lawmakers legal woes are resolved.
Chaisson says Shepherd has accepted the suspension.
Hallelujah! Sedrick Ellis finally signed a 5-year deal with the Saints, ending his holdout. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Jeremy Shockey and the Giants' relationship went sour last year.
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