3-course interview: Chris Ball, Dadquiri food trailer

Eclectic food from an Airstream trailer
Early this year, Chris Ball started the pop-up Izakaya Ball with his brother Michael Ball, who has since left the city. A couple of months ago, Ball and friends Bailey Brupbacher and J. Tuscano launched Dadquiri (@dadquiri on Instagram), a mobile food operation run out of a 1971 Airstream trailer.

3-course interview: Caroline Richter, Medusa founder

The group organized to address sexual misconduct
In the wake of reports of sexual misconduct in the restaurant industry, a local group has been formed to address the complaints. Medusa, started by Turkey & The Wolf server and bartender Caroline Richter, held its inaugural meeting last month at the Irish Channel restaurant.

3-course interview: Carlos Wilfredo Avelar, tortilla shop owner

How the tortillas get made at Mawi Tortillerias in Metairie
Carlos Wilfredo Avelar first came across Mawi Tortillerias (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-644-2624; www.facebook.com/mawitortilleriamexicana) when his son, chef Will Avelar of Emeril Lagasse's Meril, started buying tortillas from the tiny specialty grocery. When the previous owners, a Mexican couple who had accepted job offers elsewhere, decided to sell the business, they approached Avelar.

3-course interview: Kim Sunee, cookbook author

The local author releases Everyday Korean
Author, food columnist and recipe tester Kim Sunee was born in South Korea but adopted at a young age and grew up in New Orleans. Her love for food and writing was spawned during her childhood and blossomed after she moved to France.

3-course interview: Andrew Lohfeld, distiller

The local distiller makes Roulaison rum
Andrew Lohfeld started brewing beer and sake in his dorm room at the University of Pennsylvania. He later moved to New York, where he worked at Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn.

3-course interview: Karl Hartdegen

The cicerone-certified brewer discusses fermentation
When his siblings gave him a home-brewing kit for Christmas one year, Karl Hartdegen couldn't have known where it would lead. He developed a love for brewing and eventually became a brewer for Crescent City Brewhouse.

3-course interview: Joie Todd Kerns, sandwich maker

Dream Steam pops up with steamed sandwiches
For the past couple of months, Tennessee native and recent New Orleans transplant Joie Todd Kerns has brought his Dream Steam pop-up to local bars and breweries. Kerns served his steamed sandwiches at different incarnations of his pop-up in Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas before coming to New Orleans.

3-course interview: Michelle Mashon, culinary tour guide

Bon Moment leads New Orleans food tours
Through her company Bon Moment (www.bonmomentnola.com), Michelle Mashon leads culinary tours in neighborhoods outside the French Quarter. On her next tour on Nov. 8, participants will visit restaurants in the Carrollton and Riverbend neighborhoods, sample dishes at each and meet the chefs.

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.


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