Louisiana RoadFood Festival
Gourmet magazine's roving food-writing duo Jane and Michael Stern bring a new festival called the Louisiana RoadFood Festival (www.louisianaroadfoodfestival.com) to the French Quarter this weekend. Booths will line the 300 to 600 blocks of Royal Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday selling boudin, meat pies, bread pudding, po-boys and other dishes. Saturday features construction of the world's longest oyster po-boy, an annual, edible stunt organized by the Louisiana Oyster Jubilee (www.oysterjubilee.com).
James Beard Awards
Commander's Palace's Elle Brennan will receive a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation. Nominees for other categories of achievement include Gautreau's Sue Zemanick for Rising Star Chef, Emeril's for Outstanding Service and Lilette's John Harris for Best Chef in the South. The Times-Picayune's Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker's Cooking Up a Storm is nominated for best book on American Cooking. The winners will be announced on May 4.
Between the Bread
A new sandwich shop called Between the Bread (625 St. Charles Ave., 324-5304; www.betweenthebreadnola.com) has taken over the former downtown location of the bakery La Boulangerie. Order sandwiches, soups and salads at the counter on one side of the restaurant. A coffee bar is on the other side.