Tasting

New Orleans Road Food book signings in the French Market

Event date: 

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 12:00pm to Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

French Market
French Quarter
70116 New Orleans
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Please join us at the French Market at the heart of the 4th Annual New Orleans Road Food Festival for author signings with:

We will also also be featuring the CAFE RECONCILE COOKBOOK. Octavia Books will contribute a significant portion of all New Orleans Roadfood Festival book sales for the benefit of Cafe Reconcile, the official non-profit partner of the festival.

Books will be available for purchase Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25 from noon-4PM  from Octavia Books onsite in the book tent where the signing will take place. Signings are scheduled as follows.

Sat., Mar. 24        
1PM  

Lynne Rossetto Kasper

& Sally Swift

Sat., Mar. 24 3PM Jane & Michael Stern
Sat., Mar. 24 3PM Poppy Tooker
Sat., Mar. 24 3PM Jane & Michael Stern

 

Beyond books, there will of course be lots of food, music, cooking demonstrations, and fun for everyone. Four blocks in the French Market will be lined with dozens of top Roadfood cooks from New Orleans and all of Louisiana as well as from all across America, each offering a unique specialty. This is NOT typical and expected festival fare: it is a taste of America's most celebrated dishes, all gathered in one place: a foodie's dream. Portions are right-sized and priced to provide everyone a chance to taste the maximum number of great regional eats as they stroll through the French Market inhaling delicious smells that range from real Texas pit barbecue to Pecan Pie to artisan boudin sausage made by Cajun country's most beloved butchers. There is no admission fee; just bring plenty of appetite!

For more information on the New Orleans Road Food Festival events, see http://www.neworleansroadfoodfestival.com/Events.

 

Oran B. Hesterman - FAIR FOOD: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All

Event date: 

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Event address: 

Bittersweet Confections
725 Magazine St. (near Girod St.)
70130 New Orleans
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Crescent City Farmers Market Celebrates St. Joseph’s Day (a day early!) with a Locavore Altar and Special Guest Visionary Philanthropist and Agronomist Oran B. Hesterman, author of FAIR FOOD: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All.

On the eve of St. Joseph’s Day, the Crescent City Farmers Market community will celebrate the patron saint of workers, families and social justice with a locavore St. Joseph’s Day altar at Bittersweet Confections (725 Magazine St) from 3-6pm. Domenica Restaurant will provide the traditional dish served at St. Joseph’s Day altars, Pasta Milanese, Italian wines will be offered, and Transportation Revolution will provide eye candy in the form of Italian scooters and motorcycles. Visionary philanthropist and agronomist Oran B. Hesterman of the Fair Food Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will sign copies of his new book, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, which will be available for purchase at the event through Octavia Books. 

Tickets to the event are $30 in advance and may be purchased online at crescentcityfarmersmarket.org or at any Crescent City Farmers Market location, or $35 at the door. Ticket price includes Pasta Milanese and 2 drinks; free for children under 12. All proceeds will benefit the Crescent City Farmers Market’s community programming. WWNO 89.9FM's "Louisiana Eats!" is a media sponsor.

The locavore St. Joseph’s Day altar will feature the delicious work of local bakers and CCFM vendors Kathleen Cooper of Forte Grove, Lisa Barbato of Rivista, Suzie Banck of Windfield Farm Bakery, and former CCFM vendor Cheryl Scripter of Bittersweet Confections, as well as the fruits of other CCFM vendors’ labor. Attendees will receive a city-wide listing of St. Joseph’s Day altars to visit on his actual feast day, Monday, March 19. The tradition of building altars stacked high with breads and cakes (often in the shapes of Christian symbols) to honor St. Joseph on his feast day dates back to the Middle Ages when Sicilians sought to thank St. Joseph for saving them from famine. The tradition was brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants and lives on today. "At the Crescent City Farmers Market, we work to ensure dignity for the painstaking work of local farmers and fishers, and food security for families through a variety of community programs," says marketumbrella.org Director of Markets Emery Van Hook. "We also work to preserve our region's agricultural and culinary heritage, so carrying on this centuries-old tradition of honoring St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers, families and social justice, with a gorgeous display of locally baked, grown and caught foods seems well-aligned with our mission," she adds. Also in line with tradition, attendees will receive a dried fava (or lucky) bean. Fava beans, a favorite local crop seasonally available at the Crescent City Farmers Market, are largely credited with providing nutritious sustenance for Sicilians in a time of severe famine.

 

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.

 

 

 

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