What's in Store
In a related vein, it was heartening to read Jeff Siegel's piece, 'Grocery Shopping in the Big Easy,' in the latest Gravy, a newsletter compiled by the Southern Foodways Alliance. Siegel posits that the recent failure of the Albertson's supermarket chain in New Orleans is due to the city's support of more localized grocery traditions. Though it's not a scientific study, he does report that, according to census bureau figures, 'Louisiana has 2 percent of the grocery stores in the United States, but only 1.5 percent of the population.' Of course, that could mean merely that we eat more. But, considering Albertson's demise, the optimist would infer that more, smaller, independent groceries and local chains such as Rouse's, Dorignac's, Langenstein's and Robert Fresh Markets account for that extra .5 percent.
Give Him Cornbread
Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie, who edited Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue, an anthology compiled by the Southern Foodways Alliance, will conduct a discussion and signing beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Octavia Books (513 Octavia St., 899-7323). One of the essays in the book is by John T. Edge, featured elsewhere in this issue.
Class in Session
The Savvy Gourmet has nailed down a roster of October cooking classes, including "Get Back to Your Roots (cooking with root vegetables)" on Monday, Oct. 18, and "Apple Harvest" on Tuesday, Oct. 19. For locations and pricing, and to reserve a space, call 895-2665 or visit www.savvygourmet.com.