Chefs, bakers and restaurateurs
will pick up the party on Sunday during the annual Chefs' Bastille Day Celebration, slated to run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Head to the 700 block of Tchoupitoulas Street, between Girod and Notre Dame streets, for traditional Fete de la Bastille music, games for all ages, prizes and the annual waiters' race at 1:30 p.m. In addition, more than 20 food and beverage booths will vend goodies from the following businesses: Andrea's, Begue's, Bistro at Maison de Ville, Cafe Degas, Cafe Volage, Christian's, Jamila's, La Boulangerie, La Cote Brasserie, La Louisiane Bakery, Louis XVI, Maurice French Pastries, Mirabelle, Philippe's The Place, Rene Bistrot and the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. Valet parking at the Marriott Renaissance Arts Hotel (700 Tchoupitoulas St.) costs $3. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.
Henry's Bakery & Deli (2313 St. Claude Ave., 944-2622) just opened at the end of May, and already "the people in this community are really clinging to the bakery," says part-owner and baker Dwight Henry. That's in large part because of his glazed buttermilk drops, which remind customers of the ones they used to buy at McKenzie's Bakeries. Henry has cooked and baked all over town, including at McKenzie's, but as he's quick to point out, "I'm not trying to exploit the situation. I brought them back because people love them and miss them." Among the other sweets in his bakery case are cinnamon-and-raisin squares modeled after the ones sold at the late Woolworth's bakery on Canal Street. Henry and his business partner, David Lawson, aim to offset other shortages in the neighborhood by serving Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, muffalettas and beignets fried to order. Henry's is open from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.