Several of the city's growing number of pop-up restaurants will participate in a showcase event at Propeller's Broadmoor headquarters (4035 Washington Ave., 504-322-3282; www.gopropeller.org) on May 20 to welcome a fresh batch of local entrepreneurs to the New Orleans business scene.
The Propeller pop-up event honors recent graduates of its 2014-2015 Accelerator class. The local nonprofit helps support and promote social innovation initiatives, and graduates of the 10-month program are involved in 15 new business ventures.
The list of 10 pop-up vendors includes Mexican brunch purveyor Chilango, ice cream newbie Laurel's Licks, Seoul Shack, Congreso Cubano, Joie de Vie, Stickball, Upper 9 Doughnuts, Blue Oak BBQ, L'enfant Terrible and Burmese food pop-up Lahpet. Dishes include a "Cowboy Lunchable" from Blue Oak BBQ: chopped Texas-style brisket with onions, pickles, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce served on a saltine cracker. Jamie Trent, who runs the meatball-centric Stickball, will serve gluten-free crab cake balls and remoulade.
The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and features music from local DJ and WWOZ-FM host Brice Nice, a silent auction, a pop-up art installation and "pop-themed" activities such as a balloon dart competition.
Proceeds support the organization's 2015-2016 Accelerator and alumni programming. Tickets are $35 general admission, $100 VIP early admission. Abita Brewing Co. and Martin Wine Cellar provide beer and wine. — HELEN FREUND