Music fans got their first taste of Angelo Brocato's (214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com) new Centennial Spumoni at Jazz Fest. The wedge of pistachio, chocolate and orange gelatos is one of four new or retired flavors that Angelo Brocato's will introduce this year to celebrate their 100th anniversary. In mid-May, look for the newly created St. Joseph Chocolate Almond, a dark chocolate gelato full of chocolate-coated almonds. The classic Sicilian Toasted Almond and an alkeno, a rectangular wedge of pistachio and Sicilian Toasted Almond gelato with a whipped-cream center, will be reintroduced later this year. The celebrations culminate in July with a block party.
Reading about food may be a poor substitute for eating it, but the spring issue of Oxford American (www.oxfordamericanmag.com) dedicated to Southern food might leave you with a full belly by the time you finish the last article. The recently resurrected magazine of Southern writing plans to make the food issue an annual feature. Guest edited by the Southern Foodways Alliance 's John T. Edge , the issue features several local writers and chefs: Times-Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson offers an ode to Port of Call (838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.com); Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie writes about the Creole Feast cookbook and the foundational role of African Americans in Creole cuisine; former Gambit Weekly restaurant critic Sara Roahen investigates the history of Clementine Hunter 's Melrose Plantation Cookbook ; and in an interview, Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen's Restaurant (723 Dante St., 861-7610; www.brigtsens.com) cites Middendorf's (30160 Highway 51 S., Manchac, 985-386-6666) as a restaurant deserving more attention.
Slow and Easy
Cooking instructor Poppy Tooker will explain the Slow Food movement (www.slowfoodusa.org) at the Uptown Crescent City Farmers Market (200 Broadway St.; www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org) at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. The Slow Food movement, which began in Italy and has spread across the globe, seeks to preserve regional culinary traditions, promote ecologically sound food production and restore the table as the center of community life. Tooker's talk is part of the Deep South Humanities Center 's Food for Thought series (www.deepsouth.tulane.edu), which will bring a different speaker to the Uptown Farmers Market the first Tuesday of every month. A tasting event will also take place with several versions of slow-cooked Creole daube glace.
In case you've forgotten, this Sunday, May 8, is Mother's Day. I bet Mom hasn't forgotten. There might still be time to make reservations for the special Mother's Day Champagne brunch at the Windsor Court Hotel 's New Orleans Grill (300 Gravier St., 522-1992; www.windsorcourthotel.com). Chef Jonathan Wright will pamper mama with baked oysters, a tian of lump crab and roast rib of lamb. Brunch is $38 plus tax and gratuity. Call 522-1994 for reservations.