Tasting

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.

Joan Nathan (with Chef Alon Shaya) KING SOLOMON'S TABLE at JCC

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

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

Meet us at the Uptown JCC and take an unforgettable culinary journey with much-loved James Beard Award and IACP Award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan in conversation with James Beard Award-winning New Orleans chef Alon Shaya, featuring KING SOLOMON'S TABLE: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World.

A tour de force of Jewish cooking from around the globe…. A rich tome that bounces from country to country, recipe to recipe, drawing connections all along the way…. Nathan serves as a modern emissary, gathering recipes and stories from all around of the globe to bestow upon the king, who presumably is everyone paging through King Solomon’s Table.” —The Washington Post

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.

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