Bean Madness!: Charity Taste-off!

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


The Redbeans Parade has organized a spoof of college basketball’s March madness tournament. 64 New Orleans restaurants and chefs have signed up to compete in a month-long, single-elimination tournament to determine who actually has the best Red Beans and Rice in New Orleans (and raise money for two local non-profits, Anna’s Place and Make Music Nola). The tournament lasts from March 9 until April 2 and is Sponsored by Camellia Brand Beans

You will have the opportunity to make predictions (and a donation) – through a bracket that will be available online (at and in paper-form beginning on March 2nd, when the 64 restaurants are announced to the public. Restaurants range from neighborhood spots (Red Rooster, Frady’s) to fancier establishments (Boucherie, Coquette) to famed red beans destinations (Joey K’s, Sammy’s) to name a few.

“We’re excited to create an only-in-New-Orleans event that the members of the Red Beans Parade are excited to create! And excited to use our parade group to give back in this tiny way to two local non-profits we admire” says Devin De Wulf, founder of the Red Beans Parade. “Importantly, we also really want to know which restaurant in town can legitimately claim the best Red Beans and Rice.”

The Bean Madness tournament includes 63 “pop-up” blind-taste tests around the city of New Orleans - from Octavia Books to corner bars, groceries, and markets – the people of New Orleans will judge the red beans, and ultimately crown a champion. The “Final Fork” will be held at the end of March – and the Championship will be held at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Sunday April 2.


Event date: 

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

Event address: 

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

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