Tasting

MAD MEN - BIG EASY STYLE

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Carousel Bar & Lonuge - Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street
70130 New Orleans
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Join with us at the Hotel Monteleone to turn back the clock and celebrate in MAD style! In honor of TV’s most anticipated season debut, the Monteleone is hosting a Mad Men Season 5 Premiere Party on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the newly renovated Carousel Bar and Lounge.

Authors Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin will be at the celebration with Octavia Books to sign copies of UNOFFICIAL MAD MEN COOKBOOK: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men.

photo by Tom LowenburgSpecial Guest, cast member BRYAN BATT will be present as the event's celebrity judge; and he will also be with us to sign copies of his recent book, BIG EASY STYLE.

 

Ever wish you could mix an Old Fashioned cocktail just the way Don Draper likes it? Or prepare Oysters Rockefeller and a martini the way they did fifty years ago at one of Roger Sterling's favorite haunts, The Grand Central Oyster Bar? Ever wonder how Joan Harris manages to prepare a perfect crown roast in her tiny apartment kitchen? Or about the connection between Jackie Kennedy's 1962 White House tour and Betty Draper's Valentine's Day room service order?

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside serves up more than 70 recipes to satisfy a Mad Men appetite! From the tables of Manhattan's most legendary restaurants and bars to the Drapers' Around the World dinner, This is your entrée to the culinary world of Man Men-era New York. Packed with period detail, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook provides invaluable historical and cultural context for the food and drink featured in Mad Men, tips on throwing a successful '60s cocktail party, and even a guide to favored Mad Men hangouts.

 

Come dressed in any Mad Men fashion you choose; whether you are a Betty or a Don, Roger or a Salvatore, it's up to you. Put on your skinny tie, grab your best pearl necklace and fill up your glass of scotch for a sharp-suited good time!

The Hotel Monteleone will be providing delicious 60’s-inspired passed hors d'oeuvres as well as complimentary specialty cocktails including an Absolut® Vodka Gimlet, Beefeater® Gibson and Chivas® Rob Roy.

The party is open to the public and free to attend, so please pass along to whomever. Door prizes will be given to lucky winners as well as goodies for attendees throughout the night… so, ladies, grab your red lipstick; fellas, slick back your hair and everyone get excited for a fun-filled night in the Carousel Bar & Lounge!

Chef John Besh at the Crescent City Farmers Market - MY FAMILY TABLE

Event date: 

Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Event address: 

700 Magazine St
Corner of Girod
70130 New Orleans
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Please join us at the Saturday Crescent City Farmers Market for a special signing and recipe tasting with New Orleans' own James Beard award-winning chef John Besh featuring his new book, MY FAMILY TABLE: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking.

 

Chef John Besh invites us into his home and shows us how we can put good, fresh, healthy food on the table for our families every day.

In MY FAMILY TABLE, the Iron Chef champion makes a case for the importance of home-cooked meals. "If I can help make a difference by cooking simply and sharing what I love to cook, I can possibly help us all use our passions and skills to make our lives better at almost every meal."

From organizing your kitchen and stocking your pantry to demystifying fish cookery, John Besh shares his favorite recipes he cooks with his family every day. Master recipes Risotto of Almost Anything and Creamy Any Vegetable Soup show you how to make the food without worrying about having the right ingredients or mastering complicated techniques. Filled with mouthwatering photographs of each recipe as well as showing John in his kitchen with his wife and four sons, MY FAMILY TABLE captures the spontaneity, intimacy, and fun of home-cooking and will inspire the nation back to the family table.

Chef Besh's Italian Wedding Soup

 

 

As a special treat, Chef Besh will treat us to a tasting of his Italian Wedding Soup from the new cookbook.

 

 

 

Chef John BeshJohn Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouthwatering dish at a time.

Besh grew up in southern Louisiana and has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans. Each of his eight acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Luke, La Provence, American Sector, The Soda Shop, Domenica and Luke San Antonio) celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region.

From the outset of his career, Besh's talent and drive have earned kudos: Food and Wine magazine named him one of the "Top 10 Best New Chefs in America," and his flagship restaurant, August, was featured in Gourmet magazine's "Guide to America's Best Restaurants" and "America's Top 50 Restaurants." Besh won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006 and received Food Arts' Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans.

Besh's devotion to local ingredients and cuisine also extends to his entrepreneurial projects, including the creation of Besh Restaurant Group Catering; a line of gourmet products; the publication of his first cookbook, My New Orleans.

Besh is a frequent guest chef on NBC's Today Show and has appeared on top programs on The Food Network and the Sundance Channel.

 

Chef John Besh - MY FAMILY TABLE

Event date: 

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Please join us when New Orleans's own James Beard award-winning chef John Besh returns to Octavia Books for a presentation, signing and tasting featurning his amazing new cookbook, MY FAMILY TABLE: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking.

Chef John Besh invites us into his home and shows us how we can put
good, fresh, healthy food on the table for our families every day.

 

In MY FAMILY TABLE, the Iron Chef champion makes a case for the importance of home-cooked meals. "If I can help make a difference by cooking simply and sharing what I love to cook, I can possibly help us all use our passions and skills to make our lives better at almost every meal."

From organizing your kitchen and stocking your pantry to demystifying fish cookery, John Besh shares his favorite recipes he cooks with his family every day. Master recipes Risotto of Almost Anything and Creamy Any Vegetable Soup show you how to make the food without worrying about having the right ingredients or mastering complicated techniques. Filled with mouthwatering photographs of each recipe as well as showing John in his kitchen with his wife and four sons, MY FAMILY TABLE captures the spontaneity, intimacy, and fun of home-cooking and will inspire the nation back to the family table.

Chef Besh's Italian Wedding Soup

 

 

As a special treat, Chef Besh will treat us to a tasting of his Italian Wedding Soup from the new cookbook.

 

 

 

Chef John BeshJohn Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouthwatering dish at a time.

Besh grew up in southern Louisiana and has set the benchmark for fine dining in New Orleans. Each of his eight acclaimed restaurants (August, Besh Steak, Luke, La Provence, American Sector, The Soda Shop, Domenica and Luke San Antonio) celebrates the bounty and traditions of the region.

From the outset of his career, Besh's talent and drive have earned kudos: Food and Wine magazine named him one of the "Top 10 Best New Chefs in America," and his flagship restaurant, August, was featured in Gourmet magazine's "Guide to America's Best Restaurants" and "America's Top 50 Restaurants." Besh won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006 and received Food Arts' Silver Spoon Award in 2009 for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans.

Besh's devotion to local ingredients and cuisine also extends to his entrepreneurial projects, including the creation of Besh Restaurant Group Catering; a line of gourmet products; the publication of his first cookbook, My New Orleans.

Besh is a frequent guest chef on NBC's Today Show and has appeared on top programs on The Food Network and the Sundance Channel.

 

DINNER WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS - Troy Gilbert, Chef Greg Picolo & Dr. Kenneth Holditch

Event date: 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Immerse yourself in the world and food of one of the world’s greatest playwrights as Troy Gilbert, Chef Greg Picolo and Dr. Kenneth Holditch give us a presentation, signing and tasting featuring DINNER WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS.

Like Hemingway to Cuba or Mark Twain to the Mississippi, certain writers are inextricably tied to their environments-the culture, the history, the people, the cuisine. The plays of Tennessee Williams evoke the ambiance and flavor of the South. Part food memoir and part cookbook, this fresh look at the world of Tennessee Williams-both in real life and in his plays-is the perfect book for literary lovers and food lovers alike.

Troy Gilbert is a native of New Orleans and the author of New Orleans Kitchens and Café Degas Cookbook.

Greg Picolo is a native of New Orleans and the chef of Bistro Maison de Ville, which offers sophisticated cuisine in the Louisiana Creole style.

Kenneth Holditch is a professor emeritus at the University of New Orleans, the editor of the Tennessee Williams Journal, co-author of Tennessee Williams and the South, and the co-editor of the Library of America edition of Tennessee Williams's works.

FOOD PORN DAILY: The Cookbook

Event date: 

Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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FoodPornDaily: The Cookbook by Amanda Simpson
Please join us for a post-Thansksgiving Saturday afternoon signing and tasting with Amanda Simpson, creator of the popular website FoodPornDaily.com (which has had more than 23 million hits since 2008), featuring her new cookbook -  an uncensored, up-close look at food so delectable it’s positively sinful.

Author Amanda Simpson, whose website generates more than 50,000 hits a day, says that food porn is a high-resolution, close-up image of any food that gets your salivary glands flowing, whether a huge, juicy cheeseburger, or a healthy-yet-flavorful piece of grilled fish. Calories play no role in the definition.

The cookbook, Food Porn Daily, is filled with more than 230 recipes, 100 pictures of endless moments of flip, drool, cook, eat, repeat. After a decade in the restaurant business, Amanda moved to San Diego where she worked for years as a mental health counselor before deciding that food was her real passion. She has been working as a personal chef ever since.

WADING HOME: A Novel of New Orleans - Rosalyn Story

Event date: 

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Wading Home by Rosalyn StoryPlease join us for an evening with classical violinist and author Rosalyn Story in celebration of the publication of WADING HOME: A Novel of New Orleans.  Rosalyn will give a reading and sign books, and there will be red beans & rice from Cafe Reconcile, refreshments and music -- Tom Worrell, keyboard, with the author joining in on violin.

 

As the shadow of Hurricane Katrina looms, Simon Fortier knows how he plans to face the storm—in his long-time home in Treme, just as he did through so many storms before. But when Katrina’s waters rise and the city’s failed levees cause devastating floods, Simon disappears.

It is up to his son Julian, a celebrated but down-on-his-luck trumpeter, to find him. Julian ushes home to the city he left years before, to search for a father with whom he’d been on difficult terms over preparing for the hurricane. Julian’s return to New Orleans brings him back in touch ith figures from his past, loves and enemies both, and as his search for Simon takes him to the rural plot where Simon grew up, Julian is drawn deep into its troubles. As he tries to come to grips with his father’s likely fate and struggles to regain his trumpet chops, Julian slowly gains a deeper, richer understanding of the father with whom he’d been at odds.

Lyrical, accessible, compelling, and populated by a broad, fully realized cast of supporting characters,  Wading Home's  timeless story tells how this son strives to save his father: shaken to the core by the devastation of a city, he discovers the true meaning of home, family and history.

ROSALYN STORY lives in Dallas. Her first book, And So I Sing: African American Divas Of Opera And Concert, inspired the PBS documentary Aida’s Brothers and Sisters: A History of Blacks in Opera, in which she appeared as featured narrator. Her first novel, More Than You Know garnered rave reviews and was an Essence bestseller. She is a violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony. 

 

Tom Worrell has performed with Johnny Adams, Deacon John, Marva Wright, Mem Shannon, Walter Wolfman Washington, Solomon Burke, Johnny Sansone, The Wild Magnolias and Shebe Kimbourgh.

CAFÉ DEGAS COOKBOOK

Event date: 

Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Event address: 

Crescent City Farmers Market
700 Magazine St. (Corner of Girod St.)
70130 New Orleans
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CAFÉ DEGAS COOKBOOKPlease join us downtown at the Saturday Crescent City Farmers Market for a cookbook signing, cooking demonstration & tasting with Troy Gilbert, Jerry Edgar and Jacques Soulas featuring their new CAFÉ DEGAS COOKBOOK.

When it comes to French bistro fare, Café Degas offers the crème de la crème. Nestled in a historic neighborhood, under the oaks of Esplanade Avenue, the renowned establishment provides guests with a true New Orleans experience, away from the French Quarter. An inviting atmosphere upon arrival and an outdoor courtyard lends it an open feel. Eclectic, yet elegant, Café Degas possesses a certain flair that sets it apart from other restaurants in the city, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

The pleasant ambiance of Café Degas allows diners to enjoy the exceptional cuisine offered on the menu. This beautifully illustrated collection of recipes presents a sampling of the restaurant’s best creations. Selections include such appetizers as La Gratineé d’Oignons (Onion Soup) and Steamed Degas Mussels while the main dishes range from Scallops with Smoked Tomato Butter and Crawfish Remoulade to Chicken Basquaise. The cookbook also contains a section on savory desserts and refreshing cocktails.

Whether a professional chef or an amateur cook, readers can attempt an extravagant main course or a simple appetizer—amuses-bouche—perfect for a Sunday brunch. Along with exceptional artwork from owner Jacques Soulas, appetite-inducing photographs offer a hint of the flavors and aroma emanating from each delicious dish.

 

Troy GilbertJournalist Troy Gilbert is a longtime patron of Café Degas. He has contributed articles to Food Network Magazine, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans CityBusiness, Louisiana Sportsman, and Sailing World, and his work was nominated for a Southam Award on two separate occasions, which is the highest award for sailing-related writing. An avid sailor, Gilbert serves on the board of directors for the Friends of West End and the New Orleans Yacht Club. He is also author of author of NEW ORLEANS KITCHENS and the forthcoming DINNER WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS to be celebrated with a signing at Octavia Books on March 29 (see).

 

Jerry EdgarJacques SoulasJerry Edgar and Jacques Soulas are contributors to the book and owners of the restaurant.

 

 

 

"A Night with Louis" -- One Book, One New Orleans 2010 Kickoff

Event date: 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art
2003 Carondelet
70130 New Orleans
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One Book, One New Orleans - 2010 - SATCHMOCome to celebrate the kickoff for the Sixth Annual One Book One New Orleans campaign for literacy and community. "A Night with Louis", will be held at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet St., 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Many spectacular New Orleans eateries will be showcased, including:

...And more!

 

The book selection for this year is Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, the 1954 Louis Armstrong memoir.

During a five-week reading period beginning at this kickoff event, you and everyone in the New Orleans area are encouraged to share a common experience of reading the same book at the same time. The challenge is to get people from throughout our community -- of every background and age  -- to come together to celebrate one book and its impact on our city.


Octavia Books will have Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans (and other related books) available at the kickoff for you to purchase!  We will donate a portion of sales at the event to the One Book One New Orleans program.

The New Orleans Public Library will be on-site to sign individuals up for library cards and the Literacy Alliance of Greater New Orleans will also be present. 

Please bring a copy of your favorite book to include in a session with Dear New Orleans photographer. If you like, all books may be donated to the New Orleans Public Library!

ONE BLOCK Block Party

Event date: 

Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

500 Caffin Ave.
(between Chartres and Douglas Streets)
70117 New Orleans
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ONE BLOCK - A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds

 

Come to a block party to celebrate ONE BLOCK: A New Orleans Neiborhood Rebuilds (Photographs by Dave Anderson, Essay by Chris Rose) with the folks who lived through it and made it all happen on 500 Block of Caffin Street in Holy Cross in the  Lower Nine. 

There will be performances by Rebirth Brass Band and Little Freddie King, a photography exhibition by One Block residents and local artists Chaundra McCormick and Keith Calhoun, and special guests.  And of course, there will be a booksigning and Octavia Books will have copies of ONE BLOCK at the event available for purchse.     

One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds (Aperture, August 2010), photographs by Dave Anderson, essay by Chris Rose, is a powerful portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans as seen through the prism of a single city block whose residents are attempting to rebuild their homes. Using portraiture and still lifes, Anderson explores the very nature of community while testing its resilience. The block party, which takes place on the block where Anderson made the photographs, will mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina and celebrate the resiliency of this block and community. 

Anderson’s compassionate treatment of the neighborhood’s difficult circumstances has drawn comparisons to the work of Dorothea Lange and other Farm Security Administration-funded photographers. Seventy years later, between the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina and the current housing crisis, the stability and permanence of the American home is once again in jeopardy. 

One Block reflects Anderson’s affection for New Orleans and his fascination with the power of human resilience – both individually and collectively.

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