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Brocato’s gains national recognition as James Beard semifinalist

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger Most everyone in New Orleans knows the Angelo Brocato gelato parlor and  pastry shop on Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City. Now it is on the national radar.  The century-old family business was recently announced as a semifinalist for a 2023 James Beard award in a new category: bakeries. The announcement came Read More…

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Barcelo Gardens Fresh Market invites the community to celebrate grand opening Jan. 29th (sponsored)

Barcelo Gardens Fresh Market celebrates permanent location Jan. 29 at 3440 Piety St. to bring more fresh produce to food deserts in Louisiana. Barcelo Gardens Fresh Market is excited to announce the opening of the newest location, a permanent venue at 3440 Piety St. This new venture, featuring a brick-and-mortar store and multi-use open space, will bring fresh vegetables Read More…

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Church Alley to celebrate a decade of serving coffee — and the community

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger On Saturday (Jan. 14), Church Alley Café & Grocery on Canal Street will toast its 10th anniversary with champagne, king cake and a raffle benefitting Women With a Vision. Owner Reneé Blanchard moved to New Orleans from Lafayette 12 years ago to work for the Waterkeeper Alliance after the BP Read More…

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Christmas in New Orleans: Oyster Patties and Creole Bread Pudding (with recipes)

By Kristine Froeba, Mid-City Messenger Family recipes are being shared and Christmas meals planned. What is served in between the starter and dessert varies from household to household, but dinner traditionally begins with Creole Oyster Patties and ends with Creole Bread Pudding, topped with Whiskey Sauce. Oyster Patties Everyone loves Oyster Patties. No culinary topic Read More…

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New Chick-fil-A at I-10 & Carrollton is officially open & ready for business (sponsored)

Franchised Owner/Operator Ben McLeish has deep roots in New Orleans, having lived in the city for more than 20 years, founding a nonprofit organization and leading an inner-city ministry. He has a deep passion for the city his family calls home and plans for his new restaurant to inspire a generation of leaders. Locally Owned and Operated As Read More…

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Melba’s po’boy shop now open on Tulane Avenue

Melba’s, the 24-hour restaurant that prides itself on being “America’s Busiest Po’boy Shop,” is now open on Tulane Avenue. The restaurant joins Melba’s original location on Elysian Fields Avenue. Melba’s is owned by Scott Wolfe and his wife, Jane Wolfe, a born and raised New Orleanian, got his start in 1982 when he and Jane Read More…

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Mid-City restaurants celebrate the holidays with Revéillon dinners

Three Mid-City restaurants are honoring the Revéillon tradition with prix fixe menus that reflect their style and cuisine.  The local Revéillon dinners were inspired by the early Creole residents celebrating the start of Christmas with a big family meal after midnight Mass. This European tradition was used to break the daylong fast leading up to Read More…