Midnight Menu +1

Ray Cannata has eaten at over 750 New Orleans restaurants, so he knows a thing or two about hanging out. Margo Moss has turned Ted's Frostop from a greasy spoon into a considerably less greasy but not quite silver spoon. When the sun goes down on The NOLA Brewing Tap Room in the Irish Channel, Ray and Margo entertain members of New Orleans restaurant community. Their guests bring along a friend, a +1. Anything can happen.

Low and Slow

Low and Slow
July 14, 2015

Bar B Q ain't what it used to be when dad threw a few ribs and chickens on the grill, pretty much forgot about it while he got loaded on crappy beer and we all had to pray mom's potato salad was edible before we were forced to accompany it with various forms of carbon which we just knew would give us all cancer. Well, we survived. And just as... Read More »

It's The 90's, Dad

It's The 90's, Dad
June 30, 2015

Calling Luke Deadnettlez a barista is a little like calling Richard Branson a businessman, or Mick Jagger a vocalist. While it's essentially true, the job description doesn't begin to do justice to the scope of their influence. Luke holds court daily at Z'otz coffee shop on Oak Street. He doesn't own the place - that distinction belongs to a couple Luke describes as "Old school New Orleans Goths" - but Luke's... Read More »

Old McLocal Had a Farm

Old McLocal Had a Farm
June 16, 2015

If you catch and smoke a raccoon, an event that involves neither a farm or table, is that strictly "farm to table"? That is just one of the many vexing questions posed by the annual Eat Local Challenge in which you're challenged to eat only locally sourced foods for 30 days. Eric Bucich is a board member of the Eat Local Challenge. He's a raccoon smoker. And he eats bugs.   Chris Look... Read More »

Yelp: It's What's For Dinner

Yelp: It's What's For Dinner
May 26, 2015

Of all the TV shows, radio shows and podcasts about food – of all the years of restaurant reviews in newspapers - probably nothing has revolutionized dining out more than the smart phone app, Yelp. Yelp puts the power of approval or disapproval of a restaurant in the hands of regular people. But it also means in New Orleans that tourists have discovered every great little neighborhood restaurant that we... Read More »

Green to Go Sweets to Stay

Green to Go Sweets to Stay
May 19, 2015

Ray and Margo sit down at an especially lively night at the Nola Tap Room to welcome our first official returning guest, Gia Di Leo of Green to Go. Gia has to shout to be heard over the noise, but she's so excited that she'd probably be shouting anyway, because Gia is just days away from opening Green to Go's first brick and mortar store!   But Gia isn't the only person... Read More »

Grand Isle Jubilee

Grand Isle Jubilee
May 12, 2015

Margo was on a hot streak at the dog track and couldn't make it this week, so Ray is flying solo. But don't worry, Chef Ryan Haigler of Grand Isle restuarant is never short on conversation.    Ryan is now the head Chef at Grand Isle, but this isn't his first high profile gig. Ryan has cooked for high profile restaurants such as La Petite Grocery and was even hired on the spot at... Read More »

Beer Barbecue and Bertucci

Beer Barbecue and Bertucci
May 5, 2015

Kirk Coco's inspiration for opening NOLA Brewing is inextricably entwined with the US Navy, Hurricane Katrina, Dixie Beer, and the clap. In a city of colorful characters, Kirk Coco is a colorful character. A wonderful combination of impetuousness, frank honesty, and business acumen, Kirk's venture into brewing is from his telling something akin to a blind man wandering drunk along the edge of a cliff. But in this case the blind... Read More »

Jack and Jake and Marc and Nina

Jack and Jake and Marc and Nina
April 7, 2015

Nina Camacho and Marc Quiroz have known each other before they were born. Their fathers were college room mates and had kids within a month of each other. Those kids, Nina and Marc, have stayed friends ever since. Today, after a circuitous route that has taken them individually across the country, they are both back in New Orleans. Nina is part of the team opening Jack and Jake's Public Market on... Read More »

Candyman Goes Carbonated

Candyman Goes Carbonated
March 31, 2015

Roy Nelson was the Willy Wonka of New Orleans, growing up in a chocolate factory. His family owns Elmer's, the country's last remaining family-owned and operated chocolate factory. What do you after chocolate when you want to go out on your own and start up your own business? In Roy's case he went straight for the cane sugar. And the pecans. And the Satusmas. And the Bourbon vanilla. And with his wife... Read More »

Not Dissin Dem or Dissin Dat or Dis n Dat but Dis n Dem

Not Dissin Dem or Dissin Dat or Dis n Dat but Dis n Dem
March 17, 2015

Like many New Orleans kids, Colin Provensal was hanging out in bars way too young. In Colin's case, 7. And he was playing piano. By 13 he had a regular Saturday night piano gig in a restaurant on the Orleans-Jefferson parish line at the beginning of Veterans Boulevard. At 14 he was working in his first restaurant, dropped out of high school, and he's been in the food biz ever since. Colin's... Read More »

Jambalaya Girl

Jambalaya Girl
March 10, 2015

If you shop at a New Orleans Sam's Club pretty much any weekend you'll see a guy or a girl stirring a giant pot of jambalaya. The girl - wearing yellow plastic fork earrings - is Jambalaya Girl Kristen Preau and the guy is her brother Kevin. When you get home from Sam's you can cook up the same jambalaya from a pack of Cook Me Somethin' Mister jambalaya. Kristen and Kevin... Read More »

Magic Beans and The Different Colored Soup

Magic Beans and The Different Colored Soup
February 10, 2015

"Food evangelism" probably doesn't sound too appealing, but spend a few minutes in the fresh food revival tent with Emery Sonnier and Kimisha Sawyers and you'll be testifying you've seen the light and a holy band of green angels.   Emery is the Associate Director of Market Umbrella, the folks who put on 4 Farmers' Markets a week in New Orleans. Kim is the market's Evaluation Manager. Growing up in a Sicilian New Orleans... Read More »

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