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Top 5 Jazz Fest Foods 2014

 

Cochon de lait po boy

Cochon de lait po boy

There are over 65 food booths at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; it can make it hard to decide what to eat. As the staff of our New Orleans Bed and Breakfast attend and sample the food booths every year, we are sharing our Top 5 Jazz Fest Food selections with photos taken from last weekend’s feasting.

1.    Cochon de Lait Po-Boy from Love at First Bite Caterers. (See photo above) A must have item at least once per weekend!! While the main ingredient of this po-boy is the pork (cochon is roasted suckling pig), this Cajun treat’s highlight is its extras. It is dressed with cabbage and creamy Cajun sauce. The combo of tastes are wonderful. Make sure you pick up lots of napkins before you walk away with this one!

2.   Crawfish Strudel from Coffee Cottage.  There are many crawfish dishes on the grounds, but the the light and flaky pastry shell that makes this one my all time favorite crawfish dish in the world.  It’s savory, not sweet, but they also have the white chocolate bread pudding at this booth.

Crawfish streudel and white chocolate bread pudding

Crawfish streudel and white chocolate bread pudding

3.   Spinach Artichoke Casserole, Seafood Au Gratin, Sweet Potato Pone from Ten Talents Catering. This plate has veggies, a rarity in the Jazz Fest diet, plus a slightly sweet dessert. It also has the additional factor of being easy to eat while traveling between stages.

4.   Crawfish Sack, Oyster Patty, Crawfish Beignets from Patton’s Caterers. The sacks are thin crepes filled with a wonderful crawfish etouffee, tied at the top w/ a green onion & the entire thing gets quick fried until the outside is crispy. The crawfish beignets are a non-sweet adaptation for the traditional delicacy deep fried, bite-sized crawfish bread balls served with a tasty but light remoulade sauce; fabulous.

 

Crawfish Sack, Oyster Patty, Crawfish Beignets

5.   Guil’s Gators from Sharon and Guilherme Wegner. If you want to try an alligator dish, my friends Sharon and Guil don’t run a restaurant anymore, but every year they make these fried alligator bits with jalapenos and onions. They are great tasting and not too spicy or gamey. 

Don’t forget to get seek out the Rosemint herbal iced tea  or strawberry lemonade at Congo Square to wash it all down.

It’s not too late!  There is one more weekend of Jazz Fest, and we have a last minute availability for any 3 nights between April 30 and May 4.  Check our reservations page for your last minute getaway to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival!

 

 

 

Great music and food on Wednesdays at the Square!

Amanda Shaw

Amanda Shaw

Go for the music or go for the food, but get yourself downtown on Wednesday evenings for the annual free concert series, Wednesdays at the Square.

Lafayette Square on a lovely Wednesday Evening

Lafayette Square on a lovely Wednesday Evening

 

Sponsored by the Young Leadership Council, concerts are held at Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue every Wednesday from March 6 to May 22, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, rain or shine.

Coming Up:  Marcia Ball, Irvin Mayfield, the Meters Experience, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and more.

Tab Benoit

Tab Benoit

No pets or outside food; concession sales keep it free!

No need to look for parking downtown, the streetcar that passes in front of the Grand Victorian B&B will put you right in the heart of everything!  Mid-week rooms available so you can hear your favorite artist, or meet a new one.

All photos courtsey of YLC’s Wednesday  at the Square.

 

Jazz Fest 2012 Your Grand Victorian Guide

New Orleans…home to Jazz music, Mardi Gras, and the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast...will now see its streets inhabited with the sounds of music as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest 2012 is dawning! The Jazz Fest cubes have been out for awhile, now that the French Quarter Festival is over, it’s time to turn our attention here as the New Orleans Jazz Fest begins April 27 – May 6, 2012. What are the cubes? As Chris Rose says, they are…

“…those hallowed, nearly mystical linear graphic guides to whom is playing when and where at the Fair Grounds on any given day.”

Marcia Ball – an annual Do Not Miss performance for Grand Victorian Innkeeper

 

Locals spend hours pouring over and researching what acts to see at what times. Here are Wesley Hodges’ special picks for each day. The highlight is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many special guests including Ani Defranco and Bonnie Raitt, would be taking over the coveted responsibility of closing down the Gentilly Stage on the festival’s final day. The spot was previously held by The Radiators, who played their Jazz Fest farewell set on May 8, 2011.

 

This article by Keith Spera shows how jam-packed each day is, living up to its promise that every year will be better than the last.

Artist Anders Osborne

There have been many changes in the lineup; this NolaVie blog has links to previous concert appearances by some of the fill-ins that may help you decide. The loss of Levon Helm, Eddie Veddeer and Jill Scott has made for some interesting fill-ins.

Offbeat Magazine has the cubes for download, a new and improved iphone app and the best guide to pick up when you’re in town or once you get to the hallowed Jazz Festival gates.

 

For other suggestions on “Jazz Feasting” and other delectable items to tempt your tastebuds at this year’s Jazz Fest, check out this Gambit article for all Foodies as it provides a superior overview.

 

We would love to have you come by and visit us at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast to tell us about your experience at this year’s Jazz fest!

Photos by Masahiro Sumori

French Quarter Fest in April

 

Get your music, food and French Quarter cravings met all in one place at French Quarter Fest, the largest free music festival in the South. For four days (April 12–15, 2012) you can hear over 800 local musicians on 21 stages plus taste delicious food from over 65 of New Orleans finest restaurants, also known as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.”

The French Quarter Fest is keeping traditional jazz music alive with Louisiana musicians as well as an International Stage where traditional jazz bands from all over the world will perform.

For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, fireworks on the river are back on Saturday night. Sit along the banks of the mighty Mississippi and watch the show!

You can also learn to dance at the French Quarter Fest. Learn the Charleston, Swing, Zydeco and how to second line at various stages in between music sets.

All of the French Quarter Festival events are free and accessible by the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar which will drop you off at the front steps of our New Orleans bed and breakfast. Elegant peaceful rooms in the Garden District offer a lovely complement to your fun vacation at the French Quarter Festival.