Dining My Way Through Jazz Fest

Oysters at Bourbon House

Oysters at Bourbon House

by Betty Fussell

Judy Walker, food editor of  The Times-Picayune, posted a nice write-up of my recent New Orleans visit, which included a lecture May 2 at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

During Jazz Fest week, I had dinner at Bourbon House with owners Dickie Brennan and his partner, Steve Petius, and lunch with John Folse, Michaela York, and Danling Gao Gideon (of Chef John Folse & Company) at the Old Gumbo Pot, where Leah Chase at age 16 had her first job in a restaurant (see Chase’s Gumbo Z’herbes).

Poppy Tooker (founder of Crescent City Farmers Market) showed me the ropes for a full day at the Jazz Fest (beer & vodka do mix), and Liz Williams, founder of SOFAB, took me to dinner with Daphne Derven (New Orleans Food & Farm Network) at Gallatoire’s. NOLA is a mini food-cosmos all its own.

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Posted on May 12, 2009