Noah Bonaparte Pais made his weekly stop on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to break down this weekend's entertainment options. His top choices included The 19 Fund benefit at Tipitina's (tonight!), Ola Podrida at the Circle Bar, I Killed My Mother, the Greek Festival, the Asian-Pacific Festival at Audubon Zoo, Redesigning Women at Mid-City Theatre and more.
The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience's wine tasting events start tonight with the Royal Street Stroll and Vinola premium wine tasting and continue with Grand Tastings Friday and Saturday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. More on NOWFE highlights here.
One of the food events is the Big Gateaux Show Friday, which is hosted by Keegan Gerhard and Tariq Hannah. Gerhard is a regular host on Food Network and is a former competitor in cake and pastry competitions. He also used to be the pastry chef at the Windsor Court. He currently has a dessert bar in Denver called D Bar. He also serves as emcee for the national and world Team Pastry Championships. Hannah runs Sucre and is a veteran of TLC's Ultimate Cake Off and Food Network Challenge. The judging panel for the NOWFE competition is led by Johnny Iuzzini of Top Chef Just Desserts.
Contestants include pastry chefs Jacqueline Lopez from New Orleans' Hyatt Regency, Shun Li from the Windsor Court Hotel and Ravindra Verma from the Ritz-Carlton and Gonzalo Jimenez represents New York City's Grand Hyatt. In the event, each will have to prepare 1,000 petit fours and bonbons as well as small cake showpieces inspired by a local burlesque dancer paired with the chef. Attendees can watch the competition, sample the sweets and drink Champagne and Hendrick's Gin cocktails.The event is 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Royal Sonesta.
Uptown Messenger was launched in September 2010 by Morris and his wife, photographer Sabree Hill. Last January, Morris launched Mid-City Messenger with reporter Marta Jewson. Both websites cover government and politics, crime, business and community events.
Morris began his journalism career in 2003 as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in his hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss. He has worked for the Palatka (Fla.) Daily News and The Courier in Houma, La. Most recently, he worked for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. — first as a reporter covering crime, politics and special investigations and finally as editorial page editor.
Jewson, who majored in journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was an intern at Gambit and has reported on education for The Lens. She also is a freelance photographer.
“Everyone at Gambit is a big fan of the professionalism and thoroughness Robert and Marta have achieved with the Messenger websites,” said Gambit editor Kevin Allman, “and we’re looking forward to bringing their original reporting to a print audience.”
“I’ve been an avid reader of Gambit since long before I became a journalist, and I love its constant advocacy for the city of New Orleans,” Morris said. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to share the reporting of Uptown Messenger and Mid-City Messenger with Gambit’s audiences and expand it in print form.”
Both Gambit and Uptown Messenger will continue their ongoing news partnerships with WWL-TV as well.
L'Alliance Française de la Nouvelle-Orléans offers the latest installment in its series of monthly screenings at Cafe Istanbul on Monday, May 27 at 7 p.m. with director Julie Lopes-Curval's 2006 film Toi et Moi. The light-hearted romantic comedy is presented in French with English subtitles and stars Marion Cotillard and Julie Depardieu. Tickets are $5 general admission and free to L'Alliance members. Cafe Istanbul is located inside New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude. More info here.
Ian McNulty's cover story this week, "Movers and Shakers," was all about New Orleans' craft cocktail bartenders, but of course we didn't have enough room to run all the great photos taken by Cheryl Gerber.
Here's a roundup of images from "The Pop Shop" pop-up bar event at Faubourg Wines April 16, and "On the Rocks Jukebox" at One Eyed Jacks April 23.
Tamara Jackson from Silence Is Violence and Mary von Kurnatowski from the Tipitina's Foundation appeared on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to talk about the May 23 concert at Tip's for The 19 Fund.
Gambit's nonprofit arm, the Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education, has teamed up with The Tipitina’s Foundation, the United Way and Silence Is Violence to help the 19 victims of the Mother's Day shooting with a benefit concert Thursday featuring some of New Orleans’ top musicians, including Donald Harrison Jr. leading the Congo Square Nation Mardi Gras Indians, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stooges Brass Band, Bonerama and others. The event is hosted by honorary co-chairs Fats Domino, Wendell Pierce and Harrison.
All proceeds from the May 23 benefit concert — and all funds raised by The 19 Fund — will be turned over to United Way, which will serve as fiscal agent for The 19 Fund at no charge. Silence Is Violence will coordinate victim services, which will include financial aid as well as help accessing other free and discounted social services from governmental and nonprofit sources.
The woman who is all things Y@Speak, Lauren LaBorde, is donating blood at the Frenchmen Street blood drive, so forgive me for pinch-hitting for her...
The people have voted, the votes have been tallied and the tallies have been posted: Finalists for the Y@Speak Awards, celebrating all the best in the New Orleans Twitterverse, are now live and voting is open.
1) Do not complain. These were your choices.
2) We agree, we agree: "celebrity" is an elastic term in a town where nobody is really a celebrity, but everybody is kind of a celebrity if you put your mind to it. Again, these were your choices.
3) Megan Braden-Perry was nominated in one category, but that was a conflict of interest. Sorry, @MeganDoesNola.
4) See Note #1.
So go vote in the Y@Speak Awards, then join Lauren LaBorde (@laurenlaborde), your charming host Ian Hoch (@ianhoch) and all the nominees at PubliQ House (@FreretPubHouse) June 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to see who wins.
Two enormous bloodmobiles — one in neon chartreuse, the other, well, blood-red — stretched down Frenchmen Street from the Apple Barrel to the Spotted Cat this afternoon. The event was called “Frenchmen Street: Roll Up Your Sleeves,” and it was a replacement blood drive for the 19 victims of the Mother’s Day second line shooting in the 7th Ward.
More than 100 people had preregistered to give blood between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to Amanda Chittenden, the Blood Center’s public relations manager. “But the first 12 people we got were all walkups,” said Erica Dudas of the New Orleans Musicians' Assistance Foundation, the group that staged the blood drive.
The event — held in the concrete pad that’s home to the Frenchmen Art Market — was busy from the kickoff, with would-be donors lining up and musicians David and Roselyn serenading the crowd with a song appropriately called “Kiss It and Make It Better.”
“New Orleans has given us a lot,” said Roselyn. “Helping other musicians is just what you do.”
The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a stolen statue of a pig in a chef’s outfit. The statue was stolen on the morning of May 1, 2013 during Jazz Fest weekend.
Possible scenario: Swept up in the reverie of a musical weekend, the thieves stumbled upon their new pig friend and invited it to their Hawaiian shirt and straw fedora Bacchanalia. Or, a hooded Chik-Fil-A employee removed the statue as a message — the consequence of slogan copywright infringement. Or, the pig was a witness. To what? We may never know.
Anyone with information as to the location of the pig is asked to notify Detective Robert Stoltz, First District Investigations, 504-658-6012, email@example.com, 911, or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll free at 1-877-903-7867.
Edgar Caro made his name in New Orleans at his restaurant Baru Bistro & Tapas, where he serves dishes from his native Colombia. The food at his most recent venture, Basin Seafood & Spirits (3222 Magazine St., 504-473-8865), has a lot more to do with his adopted Louisiana home, and also with his partner in the new restaurant.
Caro recently opened Basin Seafood with Tommy Peters, a former fishing guide whose family has for years operated a fishing charter business from Venice, La. Caro was one of their clients, and Peters says he was always impressed by what the chef could do with the day’s catch once he got it dockside— or even before then.
“We caught a snapper one time and he made it into ceviche right there on the boat,” Peters recalls. “It was just four ingredients and it was the best ceviche I’d ever had. We’ve been friends ever since.”
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