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Nov 1, 201710:32 AM
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All there is to sip and savor in New Orleans

Coming Attractions

We say this all the time, and the frequency of the thought does not make the sentiment any less true: overall, no town has more activities built around the end of the year than New Orleans.

Oh sure, there are events and happenings in other places that are amazing and fun. But many other places take their best shot and then that’s it. Once the Snow Festival is over, nothing’s left to do except head to the mall and sip hot chocolate…straight.

Around here, like we always do, when one fun and special event is done, don’t linger in the road. You will get run over by the next six events. Sometimes an event is going on and you won’t even be aware. You will just assume that’s the way it’s supposed to be so what’s the big deal?

As we totter into the holiday season, which seems to start earlier each year (I had no idea Christmas jack o’lanterns were even a thing), it is soon to be followed by Carnival the first six weeks in 2018, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day. Don’t rest too long, because those are soon followed by what we lovingly call "Festival Season."

But next year is the Tricentennial noting the 300th anniversary of the founding of this burg, and if you think our regular calendar of events is wacky, you will not be resting at all in 2018. Nonstop, wall-to-wall, full-bore, lights-out.

Let’s leave that for a future discussion. Suffice it to say, next year, from start to finish, you will have a lot of decisions to make as to how you are going to spend your leisure time.   

 

For now:

Nov. 3 – Coming up right now is Emeril Lagasse's amazing fund-raising event, Boudin, Bourbon and Beer. Champions Square, next to the Superdome, will be chock-a-block with more than 60 chefs from all over town and America, wall to wall music, an endless array of adult beverages, and more fun than anyone is having anywhere else at that time. One price, $99, for all you can eat, drink, and do. Benefits education in New Orleans. www.boudinbourbonandbeer.com.

Nov. 12 – The thank-you Nate, rescheduled Po-Boy Festival on Oak Street. After all these years, you don't need me to tell you what a great party this is, do you? www.poboyfest.com

Nov. 17 – Beaujolais Nouveau - By French law, the introduction of the first wine of the new vintage is not available until the third Thursday of November following the harvest. New Orleans respects French wine law, and so the French American Chamber of Commerce celebrates the respect of two entities joined by a common cultural bond. This is the night to revel in this French tradition. www.faccwinefestivals.com

Nov. 18-19 – The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, Congo Square, the true birthplace of Jazz shows off her culinary skills. Brass bands, second lines, and down-home cooking. C'mon, y'all, don't just sit there. 

Nov. 18 - Feb. 25 – Prospect 4, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. This citywide art installation makes new statements about the unique nature of New Orleans' unique natures. It all meets together at www.prospectneworleans.com.

Dec. 1 - Jan. 1  – Christmas New Orleans Style includes bonfires on the levee, Reveillon dinners in just about every restaurant, caroling, holiday lights all over town, home tours, and delightful diversions everywhere. www.followyourjoy.com

Dec. 2 –  Beignet Festival: City Park gives it up for New Orleans most famous "doughnut." Sweet and Savory are included. Music and awards. www.beignetfest.com

Dec. 6 - 9 – Luna Fete once again dazzles with light installations putting our city's unique architecture in a whole new light (pun intended). 

Dec. 6 -10 – New Orleans: Words and Music Festival. Words alone are not the whole story! With suitable grace and incredibly beautiful melodies, this celebration brings authors and markets together for the benefit of all. www.wordsandmusic.org

 

 

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All there is to sip and savor in New Orleans

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In New Orleans, when the subject is wine and spirits, it is very difficult to leave Tim McNally out of the discussion. He is considered one of the “go to” resources in the Crescent City for counsel and information about adult beverages and their place in the fabric of life in this great city.

 

Tim is the Wine and Spirits Editor, columnist and feature writer for New Orleans Magazine; the Wine and Spirits Editor and weekly columnist, Happy Hour, for www.MyNewOrleans.com; the Executive Editor and monthly features writer for Gulf Coast Wine + Dine Online; creator and editor of his own website, www.winetalknola.com; all in addition to his daily hosting duties on the radio program, The Dine, Wine and Spirits Show, on the air at WGSO – 990AM, every weekday, 3- 5 p.m, and streamed live on www.wgso.com.

 

Over the years, Tim has proved to be an informed interviewer, putting his guests at ease, and covering tactile and technical information so that even a novice can understand difficult agricultural and production concepts. Tim speaks with winemakers, wine and spirit ambassadors, distillers, authors, people who stage events and festivals, and takes questions from listeners and readers, all seamlessly blended together in a program that is unique in America.

 

Tim’s love of wine actually came about many years ago from his then wife-to-be, Brenda Maitland, a noted journalist in her own right, and together they have traveled to the major wine producing areas in the US and Europe, seeking first-hand information about beverages that give us all so much pleasure.

 

They were instrumental in the founding of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, a major national and international well-regarded festival of its type. They both continue to be involved with the planning and staging of this multi-venue, five-day event now over twenty years old.

 

Tim is also considered one of the foremost professional wine judges in the US, being invited to judge more than 11 wine competitions each year, including the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (the largest competition of American wines in the world, with more than 6,000 entries), the Riverside, CA International Wine Competition, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, Indiana International Wine Competition, Sandestin, Florida Wine Festival Competition, the State of Michigan Wine Competition, the U.S. National Wine Competition, and the National Wine Competition of Portugal.

 

Tim is a guest lecturer to many local wine and dine organizations, and speaks each year to the senior class in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

 

Staying abreast of the news of the wine and spirits world is a passion for Tim, and he is committed to sharing what he knows with his listeners and readers. “Doing something I love, with products that I truly enjoy, created by interesting people, coupling the experience with culinary excellence, and doing it all in the greatest city in America,” are the words Tim lives by.

 

It’s a good gig. 

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