Tasting

Poppy Tooker - DRAG QUEEN BRUNCH

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for the bookstore launch of Poppy Tooker's DRAG GUEEN BRUNCH

Tag along with Poppy’s bevy of rollicking drag queens for an unforgettable time. Stunning photos of glamorous divas vie with world-famous brunch dishes bringing a surprise with every turn of the page.

The Return of Bean Madness

Event date: 

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Its March and the 3rd annual Bean Madness competition is on!

Bean Madness, a spoof on a college-basketball tournament, is organized by one of New Orleans's quirkiest Mardi Gras groups - The Krewe of Red Beans - to promote local businesses, local restaurants, and raise money for some wonderful local-non-profits  New Orleanians will participate in tastings of red beans from 32 restaurants at 21 venues across the city.

P O S T P O N E D - Cathy Barrow - PIE SQUARED - P O S T P O N E D

Event date: 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

New Orleans JCC - 5342 St. Charles Avenue - New Orleans, LA 70115

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This event has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control
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We will repost once a new date becomes available.

Join us at the uptown JCC where food writer Cathy Barrow will present PIE SQUARED: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies, followed by a tasting and book signing

 

Poppy Tooker - PASCAL'S MANALE COOKBOOK and Sally Asher - THE MERMAIDS OF NEW ORLEANS

Event date: 

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a Saturday afternoon joint author event with Poppy Tooker signing PASCAL'S MANALE COOKBOOK and Sally Asher signing THE MERMAIDS OF NEW ORLEANS.

Poppy Tooker combines family photos, stories and recipes from Pascal's Manale Restaurant into a collection that is much more than just a cookbook. Her exploration into the storied Uptown restaurant, one of the “jewels in New Orleans’ culinary crown,” reveals the history of the family behind it and their influence on the city’s culinary culture. In contrast to the chef driven French dishes of the Creoles, Sicilian cuisine came straight from mama’s kitchen just as the signature dishes on the tables of this beloved eatery. A bastion of Italian cuisine in New Orleans, recipes for Pascal’s Manale’s best-known dishes, including their famous barbecued shrimp, stuffed artichokes, and meatballs have fed their fans for over a century!

Sally Asher tells the story of the mermaids who reside in the Mississippi River, surrounding the Big Easy. These citizens of the sea are much like their land counterparts, culturally and ethnically. Many New Orleans mermaids play in bass bands, eat roeballs in the summer, live in narrow trident houses, and have their own parades (with floats that really float!). And true to mermaid lore, the mermaids are allowed on land one day a year. New Orleans mermaids, of course, choose Mardi Gras, where they can blend in with the vibrant and decorative costumes.

Timothy Pakron - MISSISSIPPI VEGAN: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy's Heart

Event date: 

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a fun delicious event when Tim Pakron shares stories from, gives tastes, and signs MISSISSIPPI VEGAN: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy's Heart -- all about Gulf Coast Southern cuisine, with lots of Cajun, Creole, and New Orleanian inspired dishes.

Tim’s the real deal—he forages, cooks, and shoots his own beautiful photos. You’re going to love this book.”
—Jamie Oliver

Tom Fitzmorris - TOM FITZMORRIS'S NEW ORLEANS FOOD

Event date: 

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a signing and tasting with food critic, radio host, and author Tom Fitzmorris celebrating the newly revised edition of TOM FITZMORRIS'S NEW ORLEANS FOOD.

Originally launched at Octavia Books in 2006, and now updated and refreshed with a great new cover, introduction, a 16-page color insert with beautiful 4-color photography, and 250 recipies, this is a must have resource for your own kitchen or a great gift for anyone who knows what it means to miss New Orleans. From small plates (Shrimp Rémoulade with Two Sauces) to main courses (Redfish Herbsaint, Creole Lamb Shanks) to desserts and drinks (Bananas Foster, Beignets, and Café au Lait), these dishes are elegant and casual, traditional, and evolved.

 

Liz Thorpe - THE BOOK OF CHEESE

Event date: 

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Do you love cheese? Brie? Cheddar? Parmesan? Join national cheese expert and local author Liz Thorpe for a cheese tasting inspired by her new book, THE BOOK OF CHEESE. As part of our celebration of New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day, Liz will introduce you to the cheeses to look for when you're ready to upgrade from your go-to favorites. All this while also signing her beautiful, highly informative, and indispensable book.

 

Chef Alon Shaya at Uptown Crescent City Farmers Market

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Event address: 

Crescent City Farmer's Market, Uptown Square Parking Lot, 200 Broadway, New Orleans, LA 70118

Please join us at the Tuesday Crescent City Farmer's Market for the launch of two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya's new book, SHAYA: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel.

An exciting debut cookbook that confirms the arrival of a new guru chef…A moving, deeply personal journey of survival and discovery that tells of the evolution of a cuisine and of the transformative power and magic of food and cooking.

Bean Madness!

Event date: 

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Come to Octavia Books for a blind taste and then cast your vote as we feature the 2nd round battle:

Boucherie
v
The High Hat Cafe

Two excellent restaurants. But, only one can advance to the "Sweet 6-bean."

Bean Madness is a spoof on the college-basketball tournament organized by one of NOLA's quirkiest Mardi Gras krewes - The Krewe of Red Beans. Bean Madness promotes local businesses, local restaurants, and raises money for two wonderful local-non-profits, Anna’s Place and Make Music NOLA.  We invite you to come serve as a judge! Tell us which beans deserve to win!

Liz Thorpe - BOOK OF CHEESE

Event date: 

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

St James Cheese Company (Warehouse District), 641 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

THE BOOK OF CHEESE: The Essential Guide to Discovering Cheeses by Liz ThorpeFrom America’s most engaging authority on cheese, comes a groundbreaking book destined to become a classic.

Please join Octavia Books and St. James Cheese Company for a special evening celebrating the launch of Liz Thorpe's THE BOOK OF CHEESE: The Essential Guide to Discovering Cheeses You'll Love. Liz will sign books and  guide you through a tasting of six cheese and beverage pairings. 

We will be at St. James Cheese Company's new Warehouse District location, 641 Tchoupitoulas St.

To reserve your plance and attend the celebration, please purchase your books now through Octavia Books by clicking Add to Cart and follow these instructions at checkout:

  1. Select the “In-Store Pickup” option. On the evening of the event, your  books will be given to you arrive at the event.
  2. Write "signed copy - attending" in the “Order Comments” area. 

 We will also have additional copies at the door, while supplies.

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