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Local breweries and distilleries are getting into the Mardi Gras spirits

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger It’s Carnival time — and before we know it, we’ll be hitting the streets and enjoying parades. Something that goes great with parades, king cake and good times is that perfect beer or cocktail. It seems like nearly every brewery or distillery in town is getting in on the action Read More…

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At King Cake Hub, the tradition goes on after loss of its founder

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger The King Cake Hub, a Carnival pop-up, opened for its fourth season Jan. 6 with its traditional Twelfth Night kickoff party at a new location next to the Zony Mash Beer Project on Thalia Street at South Broad.  As usual, the first sweet taste of Carnival was enjoyed to live Read More…

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Creole Bread Pudding and Whiskey Sauce, the classic dessert for Christmas dinner in New Orleans

By Krisitine Froeba, Mid-City Messenger Family recipes that date back several generations are being pulled from well-worn recipe files and put back into play for the holidays. One of the favorites is  New Orleans Creole bread pudding and whiskey sauce.  We’re a city that holds an unflinchingly tight grip on our family traditions and history. Read More…

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Mid-City’s modern Réveillon chefs take on a classic New Orleans feast

By Kristine Froeba, Mid-City Messenger New Orleans’ luxuriously decadent feast, le Réveillon, is traditionally served on both Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Now it has expanded to include the entire month of December. As with much of New Orleans traditions, le Réveillon descends from the French Catholics of the colonial New Orleans period under France’s Read More…

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Olio Novello, Italy’s premier olive oil, coming soon to Rouses (sponsored)

True olive oil lovers know there’s olive oil, extra-virgin olive oil — and then there’s Olio Novello, the first batch of oil made from the year’s olive harvest and the most coveted style of olive oil sold. Italians line up to buy bottles on the day they are released. Rouses Markets exclusive Olio Novello is Read More…

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Creole Oyster Dressing like your grand-mère used to make

By Krisitine Froeba, Mid-City Messenger Oyster dressing, or farci d’huîtres, served with turkey was already an established tradition in 19th century New Orleans. “Nothing is more elegant or recherché than an Oyster Dressing,” reads the original “Picayune Creole Cookbook,” published in 1901. “Oyster stuffings are favorite Creole dressings for turkeys.” Our family’s Thanksgiving tables yield Read More…

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Leo’s Bread, a farmers market favorite, now serving breakfast, lunch and baked goods on Bell Street

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Leo’s Bread is serving up fresh bread, bagels and sandwiches in Mid City. What started as a small operation that sold exclusively at farmers markets is now a full-fledged brick-and-mortar bakery at 2438 Bell St., near Esplanade Avenue and North Broad. Owner Kate Heller is a self-taught baker who started Read More…

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Parkway Bakery’s Thanksgiving Poor Boy includes a good cause with all the fixin’s

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger It’s turkey time, and Parkway Bakery wants you to gobble up their famed Thanksgiving Poor Boy for a good cause. This year, Parkway Bakery is once again teaming up with the Al Copeland Foundation to raise money for cancer research. The favorite Thanksgiving Poor Boy is available every Wednesday in Read More…

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Oktoberfest returns to Bayou St. John for two more weekends

By Kristine Froeba, Mid-City Messenger Deutsches Haus, founded in 1848, the keeper of all that is German in New Orleans, is holding Oktoberfest once again. After missing a year due to Covid-19, the Oktoberfest celebration is back with the theme “Reborn on the Bayou.” The festival continues to honor the city’s Bavarian culture and ancestry Read More…