Holiday Markets and Dining Specials: Keep It Local


I have been relieved on late to note brisk traffic on Magazine Street, my neighborhood Main Street, as holiday shoppers and celebrants have been turning out to keep their business local.

Currently the Magazine Street Merchants Association (MSMA) and Seven Three, a local distillery, are running a special holiday cocktail promotion with several of the association’s hospitality partners.  Priding itself on distilling “spirits with a sense of place,” Seven Three produces rum, gin, whiskey, vodka and moonshine from its flagship on North Claiborne Avenue and the name Seven Three represents the 73 neighborhoods of New Orleans. Current participating Magazine Street venues include Gris Gris, The Vintage, La Petite Grocery Juan’s Flying Burrito, Red Gravy, Del Fuego, Rosie’s on the Roof in the Higgin’s Hotel, Mahoney’s Po-boys and Seafood, Saba, Picnic Provisions & Whiskey, and Joey K’s Restaurant. Each restaurant/bat has a different festive cocktail on offer to celebrate the season. Order the special Seven Three cocktail at a participating location and snap a quick picture of yourself with it then post it on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and tag @magazinestreet, @seventhreedistilling and the restaurant, and use the hashtag #SevenThreeOnMagazine and you could win a generous prize package full of spirited goodies. Winners are chosen randomly every Monday through Jan. 2, 2021.

Palm & Pine will host an extra special mid-day meal tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  with a festive three-course meal for $40 per person and top it off with crushable holiday cocktails from resident Palm & Pine bar wizard, Jason Dumas. Guests are encouraged to make reservations and arrive dressed in their holiday finest! The full menu can be found on Palm & Pine’s Instagram HERE. Tomorrow night Palm & Pine will bring back its popular Friday movie night from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Who Dat! Lounge with a screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” served with sides of holiday themed snacks and cocktails.  Reservations are required. Lastly, Palm & Pine is hosting a holiday Tamale Festival and offering hand-made tamales for $25 per dozen, with four different flavor varieties per dozen, including duck tamales with Oaxacan mole and hot sausage hot tamales. Orders can be placed by calling the restaurant at 504-814-6200 and will be available for pick-up on Dec. 21, 23 or 24.

This Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day the Magazine Merchant House will host a Little Flea Holiday Market with tons of cool goods from local artists, vintage furniture and clothing, exotic plants, books, records, bikes, textiles, baked goods, and specialty food pop ups. Check it out.

A few blocks away, Monkey Board, on the Rooftop of The Troubadour Hotel will host the Fa La La La Holiday Popup Market Featuring Local Vendors on Saturday from 12-5 p.m. Goods will be for sale from eleven local vendors including Southern Rhoades Apothecary, Ficus Ceramica, C’Mere NOLA, Yasworm Jewels, Cocktails by Pop, Rahm Haus Ice Cream, Artist Erin Doherty, Succotash Ferments, Tarot Readings by Priestess Carie Ewers, Big O’s Original Pops, and Elixirs by Cocktail Creative.

Restaurant Gris-Gris is celebrating the holidays Voodoo-style with a Mangé Loa Holiday Menu. Mangé Loa – meaning ‘the feeding of the Gods’ – is a Voodoo ceremony and large annual feasting of the gods (‘loa’) featuring a variety of animal offerings, drinks, desserts and delicacies. Followers of Voodoo believe the powers of all loa are lifted to their highest potential during this celebration. And since we have had a doozy of a year and will need all the superpowers we can get – Gris-Gris is celebrating Mangé Loa through December 24. The four-course pre-fixe menu ($65) is available for dinner only and features Chef Eric Cook’s top loa offerings – herb-roasted Cornish hen, duck, chicken, and andouille gumbo, cast iron seared fish and lobster and all the trimming. Wine pairings are available for an additional $35. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (504) 272-0241.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Use it to spread a little joy and keep your business local. Our people need us.





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