Tasting

Bean Madness!: Charity Taste-off!

Event date: 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

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

Sixty-four NOLA restaurants compete
Red Beans Parade charity tournament to vote who makes the best red beans
A bracket, pop-up tastings, and the “Final Fork”

Please join Octavia Books for the “Sweet SixBean” of Bean Madness. Members of the Krewe of Red Beans will be on site at the bookstore to give out tastes of red beans and rice and encourage you to vote for the tastiest. 

And, while you are here, you can also meet Chef Jennifer Hill Booker who is joining us to sign hher beautiful new cookbook, DINNER DEJA VU: Southern Tonight, French Tomorrow

 

Lior Lev Sercarz - THE SPICE COMPANION

Event date: 

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us when Lior Lev Sercarz - the renowned spice expert and founder of La Boîte - gives an interactive presentation on his new book THE SPICE COMPANION: A Guide to the World of Spices, including a discussion on sourcing and blending, a live demo of a spice blend from the book, and a jar of the blend to take home. Also sample Tripel Burner, his latest collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery.

Tickets are $10 which will help cover material cost and which will count as $5 toward the purchase of the book, to be signed by the author at the event.

John Besh - BESH BIG EASY: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes

Event date: 

Monday, December 14, 2015 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us when James Beard Award-winning Chef John Besh returns to Octavia Books with his newest, BESH BIG EASY: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes. And, he is bringing some tastes of Mamma's Seafood Gumbo which is from the new book!

In BESH BIG EASY, John Besh makes his favorite hometown cooking accessible to a wide audience of cooks and readers. In this, his fourth book, he takes another deep dive into the charm and authenticity of the cuisine of his hometown, New Orleans.

Cynthia LeJune Nobles - A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES COOKBOOK

Event date: 

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 8:00am

Event address: 

Crescent City Farmers Market - 700 Magazine St. (corner of Girod), New Orleans, LA 70130

Please join us at the Saturday Crescent City Farmers Market when we will be with Cynthia LeJune Nobles signing A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES COOKBOOK: Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly's New Orleans.

In John Kennedy Toole’s iconic novel, Ignatius J. Reilly is never short of opinions about food or far away from his next bite. Whether issuing gibes such as “canned food is a perversion,” or taking a break from his literary ambitions with “an occasional cheese dip,” this lover of Lucky Dogs, café au lait, and wine cakes navigates 1960s New Orleans focused on gastronomical pursuits.

Evan Goldstein - WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA

Event date: 

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for an informal talk, wine tasting, and booksigning with author and Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein featuring WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA: The Essential Guide.

The most comprehensive guide to the wines of the entire continent, WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA introduces readers to the astounding quality and variety of wines that until recently have been enjoyed, for the most part, only locally. Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein leads wine enthusiasts on an exciting geographical journey across ten countries, describing the wines, grapes, and regions of each.

Chef John Folse - CAN YOU DIG IT: Louisiana's Authoritative Collection of Vegetable Cookery

Event date: 

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a tasting & signing with Chef John Folse featuring his new encyclopedic cookbook, CAN YOU DIG IT: Louisiana's Authoritative Collection of Vegetable Cookery While Chef Folse signs, his team will be dishing out some tastes of Cream of Chicken and Artichoke Soup (p. 424).

After five years of suspense, the book cooks and readers have been waiting for has arrived! Chef John Folse is proud to present CAN YOU DIG IT, an ode to vegetables dedicated to Louisiana’s love affair with gardening.

Gary Wiviott & Colleen Rush - LOW & SLOW 2: The Art of Barbecue, Smoke-Roasting, and Basic Curing

Event date: 

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

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

LOW & SLOW 2

Welcome back to Barbecue Boot Camp with Gary Wiviott & Colleen Rush, authors of LOW & SLOW 2: The Art of Barbecue, Smoke-Roasting, and Basic Curing! Taste some of the scrumptious offerings from the book! (Menu: Smoked Tri-Tip Sandwiches with Chimichurri Sauce and Shrimp Cocktail with Smoked Horseradish Cocktail Sauce.)

Get barbecue right all over again with Low & Slow 2, complete with 100 new recipes, step-by-step instructions, tips, and illustrations for cooking low and slow on four of the most popular charcoal cookers out there, the Weber Smoky Mountain, the Big Green Egg, an offset smoker, and a kettle-style grill. Learn how to make mouthwatering barbecue and smoke-roasted meats without fail.

Annelies Zijderveld - STEEPED: Recipes Infused with Tea

Event date: 

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Event address: 

Crescent City Farmers Market 700 Magazine St. (corner of Girod), New Orleans, LA 70130

Get ready to be Infused and join Octavia Books for a Saturday morning at the Crescent City Farmers Market featuring Annelies Zijderveld signing and giving samples from her new cookbook, STEEPED: Recipes Infused with Tea, bringing the flavors and fragrances of tea to the table in 70 freshly brewed recipes.

Get your oolong on! From morning eats to evening sweets, Steeped infuses your day with the flavors and fragrances of tea.

Dale Curry - GUMBO

Event date: 

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us for a presentation, signing, and tasting celebrating the release of Dale Curry's GUMBO, a Savor the South® cookbook. Dale will be bringing samples of her chicken and andouille gumbo.

Recalling childhood visits to her grandmother's house in New Orleans, where she would feast on shrimp and okra gumbo, Dale Curry offers fifty recipes—for gumbos, jambalayas, and those little something extras known as lagniappe—that will put Louisiana taste and hospitality on your table.

"Gumbo" calls to mind the diverse culinary traditions of Louisiana that, like gumbo itself, are simmered from elements of the many cultures circulating in the state. Drawing historically from French, African, Caribbean, Native American, Spanish, Italian, and other culinary sources, the Creole and Cajun cooking featured in Gumbo embraces the best of local shellfish, sausages, poultry, and game.

Dianne de Las Casas and Kid Chef Eliana - mother/daughter author duo storytelling, cooking demo & booksigning

Event date: 

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia St. - New Orleans, LA 70115

Celebrate Spring with children's picture book author Dianne de Las Casas and Kid Chef Eliana - storytelling and a cooking demo! Dianne will tell an "egg-cellent" story while Kid Chef Eliana demonstrates 3 ways to use boiled eggs.

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