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Wanderlust: New Orleans

By Mac Malikowski | April 3, 2013

Photo: Mac Malikowski

New Orleans

I thought I had New Orleans pinned. In my mind it was always just the Southern metropolis party city that serves chicory coffee twenty-four hours a day. I love to travel and I have always wanted to visit New Orleans but I had never expected the city to challenged me the way others cities did. I thought I had it figured out, until I actually went there. Read More

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Dinner with a Legend: Honoring Leah Chase in NOLA

By | July 13, 2012

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A culinary queen who is decorated with awards just as much as her restaurant is with African-American artifacts, New Orleans Chef Leah Chase will be honored on Friday July 20th at chef John Besh’s August restaurant.  It will be the setting of a demo dinner cooked in conjunction with Marcus, as Chase is showered with the love and respect she’s garnered over a span of 60 culinary years. Read More


Honoring Leah Chase

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 20, 2012

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Due to my schedule I won’t be able to be in New Orleans on Monday night, but if I was you better believe I’d be at the New Orleans Museum of Art Gala honoring Leah Chase. What can I say about Leah Chase? First and foremost, I consider her a great mentor and her contributions to the New Orleans community is beyond admirable.

Monday night’s gala will unveil an exhibition of paintings by artist Gustave Blanche III, intimate moments he captured of Leah stirring at the stove, greeting restaurant guests, even ordering supplies. For those who know this legendary woman, it’s a fitting tribute to someone who has put so much love and passion into sharing her food. The gala will also inaugurate the Leah Chase Art Purchase Fund for the acquisition of artworks by African American artists for the museum’s permanent collection. And if that wasn’t enough? Ms. Chase is also catering the event.  Read More


Providing New Orleans with a Green Alternative

By admin | March 15, 2012

Photo: Topher Seguin

Photo: Topher Seguin

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

Food insecurity is a major growing concern, especially in lower income areas where fresh and nutritious food is rarely available to the entire population due to either proximity or affordability. Large urban sprawl can often times be to blame. Recently in the urban center of New Orleans, actor turned grocer, Wendall Pierce who opened up a greener convenience store Sterling Express in December, now plans to open a whole grocery, Sterling Farms, throughout New Orleans’ low-income neighborhoods to help address this same issue.

The idea first sprung up in Mr. Pierce’s head because of his deep-rooted passion and interest in all things food. Read More


Food Focus: Mardi Gras King Cake

By admin | February 20, 2012

Photo: Back to the Cutting Board

Photo: Back to the Cutting Board

By: Michael Engle

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday as some of us know it. Mardi Gras is a traditional Catholic celebration, marking the final day before Lent and is marked by lavish festivities across the Catholic world. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, LA, Mardi Gras has evolved as a way of life, with parades being scheduled every day for a month in advance. But no discussion about Mardi Gras in New Orleans is complete, however, without mentioning King Cake.

King Cake is, in its most simple form, a rich, yet simple, dessert that is iconic to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Borrowing from Spanish and French tradition, modern King Cake closely resembles brioche; traditionally, the brioche is either left plain or flavored with cinnamon. It is, unlike its Old World counterparts such as rosca de reyes and galette des rois, almost always ring-shaped. All King Cakes are adorned with the Mardi Gras colors: purple, green, and gold, which respectively represent justice, faith, and power. These colors are most often accomplished by using colored sugar crystals, which are sprinkled over a white icing. Read More


Treme and Food

By mahir | June 7, 2011


Picking up steam as one of the hotly anticipated and popular television shows of summer, HBO’s “Treme” provides different, but equally affecting slice-of-life, stories from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Now, as the shows second season is off to a great start, Read More


My Mobile Mardi Gras

By mahir | March 8, 2011

By Erica Veal – Events Manager at Red Rooster Harlem

My family is from Mobile, Alabama. In Mobile, Mardi Gras starts two weeks before Ash Wednesday, with parades and that sort of thing. People are out there right now, partying, and celebrating. Read More


Celebrating Mardi Gras With King’s Cake!

By mahir | March 7, 2011

King’s Cake is a centuries-old Mardi Gras tradition – covered with colored sugar of the three kings, yellow, green, and purple, a little toy Baby Jesus or a crowned king usually hides inside this cake as a surprise for a lucky individual! Read More


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