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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Propeller hosts pop-up restaurant event

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 10:46 AM

click to enlarge Propeller students celebrate completion of its Accelerator class in 2014. - COURTESY PROPELLER
  • Propeller students celebrate completion of its Accelerator class in 2014.

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.) on May 20 to celebrate and welcome a fresh batch of local entrepreneurs to the New Orleans business scene.

The Propeller Pop benefit features more than 10 of the city’s roaming food hawkers and it honors recent graduates of the organization’s 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 pop-up vendors include Mexican brunch purveyor Chilango at The Franklin, 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.

“The idea behind featuring pop-ups is that they are the true entrepreneurs of the food world,” says Propeller Communications Manager Catherine Gans. “They’re up and coming in a way just like our entrepreneurs are.”

Some of the menu options will include a Cowboy Lunchable from Blue Oak BBQ: chopped Texas-style brisket coupled with onions, pickles, cheddar cheese and barbeque sauce served on top of a saltine cracker.

Jamie Trent, who runs the meatball-centric Stickball, says her team will be serving gluten-free crab cake balls and remoulade, a nod to the increased demand in New Orleans for restaurants to accommodate special diets.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and includes 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 from the event will support the organization’s 2015-2016 Accelerator and alumni programming. Tickets ($35 general admission, $100 VIP early admission) include entrance to the event and all food and beverages. Beer and wine will be supplied from the Abita Brewing Co. and Martin Wine Cellar.

For tickets, visit the event page or Propeller’s website.

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