3-course interview: Todd Pulsinelli, chef and rapper

The Restaurant August chef releases another rap album
Restaurant August Executive Chef Todd Pulsinelli has more than just impressive kitchen skills up his sleeve. On Sept. 9, the Ohio-bred chef, aka Warbucks, dropped his third hip-hop album Side Dishes, a record full of heavy beats and explicit lyrics, including the songs "Dirty Rice" and "Cheese Gritz."

3-course interview: Nick Middleton with Grita Tacos

The chef's Mexican pop up comes to New Orleans from Austin, Texas
Nick Middleton started running a Cajun-themed pop-up outside of his Austin, Texas home last year. But Middleton grew up cooking Mexican food with his mother, and he changed course to create his Mexican-themed pop-up Grita Tacos (www.gritatacos.com), which operates in Austin and New Orleans.

3-course interview: Kathryn Fontenot, professor and gardener

The author of The Louisiana Urban Gardener offers advice for beginners
Kathryn K. Fontenot, an assistant professor at LSU AgCenter's School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, is an avid gardener and works with farmers' markets and home, community and school gardeners. Her new book The Louisiana Urban Gardener (LSU Press) offers guidance to new and beginning home gardeners.

3-course interview: Eli Ramos, co-owner of K & E NOLA

Ramos and chef Kazuyuki "Kaz" Ishikawa host monthly pop-up series
Eli Ramos and Kazuyuki "Kaz" Ishikawa met while working at the Metairie Japanese restaurant Shogun several years ago. Ishikawa, a native of Japan, garnered followers for his culinary style blending traditional Japanese methods and techniques he honed while working in California.

3-course interview: Amber Landry, cheesemonger

Pairing craft beer and cheese at St. James Cheese Company
Cheesemonger and beer enthusiast Amber Landry is running a new beer and cheese pairing program at St. James Cheese Company in the Warehouse District (641 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-304-1485; www.stjamescheese.com). From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

3-course interview: Alice Figueroa, nutritionist

Linking nutrition and diet to health
Dietician and nutritionist Alice Figueroa was one of 10 people chosen for the James Beard Foundation National Scholars Program, which awards up to $20,000 to pursue studies in the culinary arts. A New Orleans native, Figueroa lives and works in New York, where she is using the scholarship to study at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.

3-course interview: David Emond with Liberty’s Kitchen on school nutrition

The nonprofit prepares meals for students from low-income families
Liberty's Kitchen (www.libertyskitchen.org) functions as a cafe and a classroom, teaching work and life skills to young people. The nonprofit organization also runs a school nutrition program that prepares 3,500 meals a day for low-income children in New Orleans public schools.

3-course interview: Serigne Mbaye, chef

On Senegalese cuisine and New Orleans connections
Senegalese chef Serigne Mbaye learned to cook in kitchens in New York City, Cleveland and Montpelier, Vermont. After traveling in Senegal, he decided to share the food of his homeland with diners.

3-course interview: Antonio Molesini, wine salesman

Italian wine enthusiast hosts a tasting at Swirl Wine Aug. 29
Italian wine enthusiast and salesman for Republic National Distributing Company Antonio Molesini will host a tasting of the wines of Montalcino at Swirl Wine Bar & Market (3143 Ponce de Leon St., 504-304-0635; www.swirlnola.com) at 6 p.m. Aug. 29.

3-course interview: Justin Fox Burks, author and chef

The author of The Chubby Vegetarian is at SoFAB Aug. 12
Chef and cookbook author Justin Fox Burks has been a vegetarian for most of his life, but that doesn't mean he always has eaten healthily. When Burks and his wife, Amy Lawrence, started their food blog The Chubby Vegetarian in 2008, they noticed a need to shift from traditional "healthy" eating concepts to new methods that put vegetables and fresh ingredients at the forefront — without sacrificing taste.

3-course interview: Jonathan Moore, cider maker

Broad Street Cider & Ale is the first cidery of its kind in New Orleans
Jonathan Moore and Diana Powell opened Broad Street Cider & Ale (2723 S. Broad St.; www.broadstreetcider.com) July 22. The couple discovered a love of cider while traveling in Europe, where ciders are crisper and drier than those commonly produced in the U.S. Their cidery is the first of its kind in New Orleans and includes a pub.

3-course interview: Morris Richardson, farmer

On raising goats in Mississippi and selling dairy products at farmers markets
Morris and Gloria Richardson raise goats and lamb on their farm in Wiggins, Mississippi. They sell dairy products, goat and lamb meat and goat milk-based skin care products via their website (www.msgoatlady.com) and at farmers markets, including the Tuesday Crescent City Farmers Market at 200 Broadway St. Morris spoke to Gambit about their farm.


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