It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No Andy Williams, not Christmas, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet. I hope you all caught up on your rest because it’s Locals Day, the kickoff to weekend number 2!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No Andy Williams, not Christmas, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet. I hope you all had better luck getting to see all your picks yesterday that I did. It was so great being out there and seeing the sights and sounds and my Fest friends that I just do not know where the day went.
If I could only see one stage today it might be Fais Do Do. Jambalaya with Cajun living legend D. L. Menard gets the party started, followed by the lovely and talented Gal Holiday. Louisiana legends Warren Storm and Tommy McLean appear next with Willie Tee & Cypress. The three closing acts sandwich the Osborne Brothers between the zydeco sounds of Keith Frank and the Zydeco Sweetheart herself, Rosie Ledet.
If you find the beauty of an aquarium a peaceful counterpoint to typical New Orleans nightlife, this is your opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. This Friday, September 11, is the 6th Annual Scales & Ales to support the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas’ conservation efforts and education programs. Partygoers will enjoy Bites and Brews including: Abita Beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and delicious cuisine from more than 40 local restaurants. The evening’s entertainment will feature the world’s premier video DJ, Roonie G, and local sensation DJ Brice Nice.
The 3rd Annual Farm to Table International Conference is scheduled for August 8-10, 2015, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. F2Ti features the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2Ti explores the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally. It takes place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Annual Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, an event attracting food and beverage professionals from across the country.
This year’s theme, “A Feast for the Senses,” spotlights the sensual aspects of food and drink at every stage of the agricultural-culinary cycle. Topics will include, but are not limited to, best practices in urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, enhancing sustainability, and the latest trends and developments in the industry, including food science, security, and safety.
The anniversary of author Ian Fleming’s birth is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the impact on popular culture of his most famous creation, James Bond. That being said, I really only know about music and booze.
There are lots of cool things to talk about regarding music from the Eon Production film series that premiered in 1962. Highlights from the 60s included Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger, Tom Jones’ Thunderball, and Nancy Sinatra’s You Only Live Twice. Of particular NOLA interest is the song We Have All the Time in The World performed by Louis Armstrong in 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine will have a booth - drop by and say hello!
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in the Big Easy, showcasing what the city does best. In its 23rd year, this New Orleans festival has become one of most incredible culinary events in the nation, attracting over 10,000 gourmands and connoisseurs as well as art and music lovers. We locals also have no problem with enjoying excellent food, exceptional wine, and a great time!
As the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Dr. John would tell you, “It’s All Over Now.” However, as is usually the case at the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet, there is way too much to see before 7:00 this eve:
There are only 3 days left for this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet, but there is still a plethora of players to appreciate:
When you hear the Call to the Post trumpeting late in the afternoon of the first Saturday each May, it is heralding “The Run for the Roses”, the Kentucky Derby! This most famous horse race in America takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky where it has been run every year since 1875. Not unlike major events (think parties) in our own state there are several traditions involving music, food, and, naturally, booze. As the horses parade before the grandstands, the University of Louisville Marching Band plays Stephen Foster’s My Old Kentucky Home. Traditional food like Burgoo, a thick stew, and Hot Browns, a really yummy (think cheese sauce and bacon) open face sandwich, are served. For the cocktail, it is the Mint Julep that is the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby.
MINT JULEP (Tall Rocks Glass will do if you do not have a Silver Cup)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No Andy Williams, not Christmas, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet. I hope you all have dried out from yesterday’s late afternoon precipitation, and let’s do it again.