Thursday, March 26, 2015

Listen: Uptown Messenger on NOPD task forces being diminished, consolidated

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 5:36 PM


This week in Gambit, Robert Morris of Uptown Messenger reported on how specialized New Orleans Police Department task forces designed to prevent crime before it occurs had been eroded by reassigning officers.

Today he spoke with WWNO-FM's Eve Troeh about the story and its implications. You can listen to the report here.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Gambit Food Revue set for March 11

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 4:08 PM


One price, dozens of tastes of the city: That was the idea behind the original Gambit Food Revue five years ago, and it was such a hit we've done it every year since.

The premise was simple: We asked dozens of the eateries we'd written about that year to come together for a food festival like no other — a mashup of white-tablecloth restaurants, bistros, bars and food trucks, all in one room for one (low) price.

Under the jump: this year's lineup of restaurants, and how you can get tickets.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Preview: Gambit's 2014 Food Revue on Wednesday, Feb. 19

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Gambit's 2014 Food Revue is Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Park's Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Repeat Gambit Food Revue guests will be glad to know that 26 of 35 restaurants participating are new to Food Revue.

UPADTE: Only VIP tickets remain.

The new Gambit Food Revue restaurants are listed below:
  • Dreamy Weenies
  • Sainte Marie
  • Ba Chi Canteen
  • Cafe Dauphine
  • Basin Seafood and Spirits
  • Lucky Rooster
  • Wayfare
  • Baru
  • The Sammich
  • Cibugnu 
  • Mr. Gyros
  • Ps & Qs
  • Dis Taco
  • Bear's Poboys
  • Lil Dizzy's
  • Reginelli's
  • Little Gem Saloon
  • Wakin' Bakin'
  • Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap
  • Porter & Luke's
  • Milkfish
  • Apolline
  • Drip n Sip
  • Kingfish
  • Shortall's BBQ (at 12 mile limit)
  • Mizado Cocina
  • Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak

Repeat Food Revue favorites will also be in attendance:
  • Banana Blossom
  • Tivoli & Lee
  • SoBou
  • Liberty's Kitchen
  • Morning Call
  • Brazilian Market & Cafe
  • Kupcake Factory

Abita's Grapefruit Harvest IPA will be served, along with wine and other Abita beers. In VIP, there's a champagne bar.

General admission tickets are $45.
VIP tickets, which include early admission at 6 p.m., VIP tent access and a champagne bar, are $70.

For tickets, visit or call (504) 483-3152.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Gambit Comedy Night at Publiq House September 23

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM


So here's something fun — and free — to do on a Monday night: We're going to present an evening of free stand-up comedy that starts early and ends early.

It's at Publiq House on Freret Street, and there will be happy hour specials before the show begins at 7 p.m.

The night's being put together by New Orleans comedian Joe Cardosi, and the lineup includes Andrew Polk, Cassidy Henehan, Ariel Elias and J.D. Sledge. Another funny guy, Matt Rosenthal (@spacehugs on Twitter) will be live-tweeting the event with the hashtag #GambitComedyNight

Here's the event's Facebook page if you want to r.s.v.p. and follow — or, you know, you can just show up. No pressure. We've barely even announced it and we have dozens of confirmed attendees, so if this goes well, who knows? We might do it again. Let's see how this one goes.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nick Lama wins Gambit's Emerging Chefs Challenge

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Emerging Chef winners Lincoln Owens, Nick Lama and Nick Hufft.
  • Emerging Chef winners Lincoln Owens, Nick Lama and Nick Hufft.

Chefs have to please diners every time they send a plate out of their kitchens, but the competition at Gambit’s Emerging Chefs Challenge upped the pressure — and the reward. At The Cannery on Wednesday, Aug. 28, Chefs handed dishes directly to attendees, who sampled items from the dozen finalists and voted for their favorite.

The dishes ranged from creative comfort food inspirations to elegantly simple haute cuisine. Barcadia chef Nick Hufft reinterpreted spaghetti Bolognese with Korean-accented kimchi noodles and spicy beef bulgogi. Ye Olde College Inn’s Brad McGehee reconfigured chicken and waffles into mini-waffle cones topped with peach preserves. Bayona’s Brett Duffee highlighted locally sourced foods with braised Chappapeela Farms duck in a peanut mole atop caramelized banana sopes. Chef Anthony Scanio of Emeril’s Delmonico tossed spinach and ricotta gnudi with braised Mississippi rabbit, tomato and green olives and topped it with brown butter-toasted almonds.

When the more than 460 ballots were tallied, the favorite was Gautreau’s chef Nick Lama’s citrus-poached shrimp with jumbo lump crab, mango slaw and lemon grass broth. In the pretty presentation, a large pink knuckle of shrimp rested on julienned yellow and red peppers and jalapenos in a zesty broth made with coconut milk.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The best of Greg Peters' "Suspect Device"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Like the work of many great artists, Greg Peters' work wasn't for everyone. His scabrously
funny poolitical cartoon, "Suspect Device," appeared in Gambit for more than a decade, but it took its sharpest form after Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee collapses. In those years, "Suspect Device" (which appeared twice a month, usually) became a place where the cartoonist expressed outrage and hope, fear and optimism ... and a great uncertainty about both the state we live in and the state he lived in. 

Going back over his cartoons in the days since his death, I found many that perfectly reflected the week they were drawn; some that referred to teapot-tempests barely remembered (Joey DiFatta, anyone?); and others that were as trenchant, if not more so, as the day Peters mailed them in. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the simple parable than ran Jan. 8, 2008, when the outside world was thoroughly sick and tired of hearing about New Orleans' "recovery." (So were a lot of us.) Fortunately, I don't have to pick a favorite.

Click to see the level of detail in all these terrific cartoons.

— There will be a memorial service for Greg Peters Sat. Aug. 10 at Martin and Castille Funeral Home (600 E. Farrel Rd.) in Lafayette. Visitation at 1 p.m.; services from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. A New Orleans memorial will be held Sat. Aug. 31. Location TBD,  

March 21, 2006 — six months after Hurricane Katrina and the levee collapses. - GREG PETERS/SUSPECT DEVICE
  • March 21, 2006 — six months after Hurricane Katrina and the levee collapses.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks and forecast

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Gambit's Noah Bonaparte Pais has your weekend doom-sounding schedule: in music, there's Canadian punk band KEN Mode at One Eyed Jacks and Baton Rouge's Twin Killers at Gasa Gasa; in film, there's proto-punk documentary A Band Called Death at Zeitgeist; the 9th Ward Opera Company takes Marigny Opera House; stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell headlines The Howlin' Wolf; and Rashaad Newsome's King of Arms is at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

And WWL-TV's Derek Kevra has your weekend forecast:


Monday, July 15, 2013

"Are you from here?" This week's cover question becomes a readers' contest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

"Are you from here?"

Tell Gambit what it means to be a local in New Orleans.

In this week's issue, six Gambit writers offer up their own answers and explanations to the very simple — but very complicated — question: "Are you from here?"

Now we want to hear from our readers: Are you from here? And what does that mean to you?

Tell us and you could win 2 tickets to the first New Orleans Saints preseason game of the year, against the Kansas City Chiefs (Aug. 9).

Here’s how to enter:

Use one of the following to answer the question: “Are you from here?”

Email:; (your answer must be 150 words or fewer)
Instagram: photo submission @gambitneworleans #areyoufromhere
Tweet: @The_Gambit using the hashtag #areyoufromhere

Deadline for entries: Fri. July 26. Answers may be used online or in an upcoming edition of Gambit.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks and forecast

Posted By on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

It's San Fermin en Nuevo Orleans weekend, and the Running of the Bulls begins 8 a.m. sharp on Saturday. What's the weather looking like, Derek Kevra?


Noah Bonaparte Pais has more picks for this weekend, including Cayucas and Brazos at Circle Bar, The Iran Job at Zeitgeist, and tonight, Sing Me Songs That Say I Love You closes. There's also some Difficult Men and works by Willie Burch and Eudora Welty.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

An update on Blake Pontchartrain

Posted on Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

On Sunday, June 16, a Gambit reader (who happens to write for The TImes-Picayune) noticed that some recent Blake Pontchartrain columns contained passages that hewed closely to materials that were published elsewhere. In some cases, passages in the Blake columns were identical, or nearly identical, to the work of others and not properly attributed.

After analyzing those examples and doing our own preliminary research, we determined that the identical passages were not inserted during the editing process but instead were the result of careless writing by the person who has researched and produced Blake for the past 15 years. Although the bulk of each column in question contained original material, the writer’s failure to quote or attribute the work of others constitutes plagiarism. We are deeply disappointed and saddened by this news.

“Blake Pontchartrain” is a nom de plume and has been a regular feature of Gambit since 1988. Throughout that time, both in print and online at, Blake has been our readers’ favorite column. The name “Blake Pontchartrain” is also trademark of Gambit Communications Inc., which publishes Gambit. The contributor in question will no longer write for Gambit, but the Blake Pontchartrain column will return in coming weeks.

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