New Orleans Magazine - May 2006

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Redefining Hurricane Season

re: Errol Laborde’s Commentary in the May 29 E-mail Newsletter I am writing to commend Errol Laborde on his intelligent piece on the six month long hurricane season. The first hurricane I remember well was Audrey which I believe was…

SPEAKING OUT: Gracias a los hispanos

ANYONE WHO THINKS THAT our recovery to date could have succeeded without the help of Hispanic laborers has been sniffing too much mold. Anyone who believes that an invasion of foreign workers to fill a need in the marketplace is…

MARKET MANIA: Great dishes with regional ingredients

Making a quiche is extremely easy. It is a custard baked in a pie shell with whatever ingredients you want to include. In this case, colorful vegetables make a delightful accent. Other choices are mushrooms, carrots, green onions and leeks.…

ERROL LABORDE: The need to redefine hurricane season

Hurricane season, we are being reminded ad-nauseam, begins June 1. I am no meteorologist but I will make this prediction there will be no hurricane on the first of June nor is there likely to be much tropical activity during…

HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS

May 29 Memorial Day, Enjoy it! May 31 Wednesday at the Square presents Cowboy Mouth and Kipori Woods, Lafayette Square. For more information visit Click here. June 3 Freret Street Festival & Homeownership Fair, 11am to 7pm at Freret Street…

GLANCING BACK

Better to know now . . . Louisiana and the city of New Orleans got a feel for how local hurricane response might go the next time around as state and local officials did a dry run last week. A…

LOOKING AHEAD

Just when you thought it was safe . . . A new hurricane season officially begins this Thursday, even as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers scrambles to complete repairs and upgrades to levees and floodwalls throughout the New Orleans…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Goat cheese soufflé

This weeks recipe of the week comes from our sister publication St. Charles Avenue magazine. Chef Jens Jordan of Joel Catering and Event Planning serves up Savory Flavors combine with light cooking. ON THE MENU Appetizer Goat cheese soufflé Entrée…

STREETCAR: Ernest and Mary

When I first met Ernest and Mary Hansen in 1980, I was a freelancer researching a story for New Orleans Magazine. The topic was snowballs, and I thought I would be talking to a bunch of pimply teens operating stands…

NEWS BEAT: En español

With the Hispanic population on the rise in the New Orleans area, a coalition including local government, schools, social services and business organizations have come together to create a new resource to help this community prosper. Called the Hispanic Business…

NEWS BEAT: Giving a lift

A donation of heavy-duty shipyard equipment from a snowy port in Alaska is helping Louisiana fishermen ravaged by Hurricane Katrina get back to harvesting shrimp, oysters and other seafood from the warm Gulf Coast waters. The coastal city of Valdez,…

NEWS BEAT: Digging the gigging

Jazz Fest is normally the busiest time of year for New Orleans music clubs, but at one of the city’s most famous venues, Tipitina’s, it’s shaping up as a tremendously active time for hurricane recovery as well. The charitable and…

RESTAURANT INSIDER

The beat goes on: May is hoppin’! This month, the prestigious James Beard Awards will be presented in New York (as of press time, chef nominees from New Orleans included Donald Link of Herbsaint and John Besh of Restaurant August…

ERROL LABORDE: Thoughts from the Election

OLIVER THOMAS IS NOW THE MAN One of the big winners Saturday did not have to campaign a lick. With the term-limited Ray Nagin re-elected, Council member at Large Oliver Thomas (who was re-elected in the primary last month) is…

NEW ORLEANS' VOICES: George Porter, Jr.

With the summer heat rising in New Orleans, this week Craig Kraemer of NewOrleansPodCasting.com talks to one of the hottest bass players in the country who is from right here in New Orleans, George Porter Jr. George shares with us…

GLANCING BACK

Winners must hit the ground running At the end of the local elections, it was still unclear exactly when Mayor Ray Nagin will officially begin his second term, but a date likely will be set shortly. Because the elections were…

LOOKING AHEAD

It’s Nagin, again New Orleans voters on Saturday handed Mayor C. Ray Nagin a second round at the helm of the city. Ending a campaign that saw him running neck-and-neck with challenger Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu most of the way,…

NEW ORLEANS' VOICES: Rick Gratia & Taylor Hackford

With the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience kicking off this week NewOrleansPodCasting.com’s Craig Kraemer sat down with Rick Gratia of Muriel’s Restaurant, this year’s President of NOWFE. Listen as Rick tells us why he is more optimistic now than…

JUDGING THE DEBATE

There's a story about the original Kennedy/Nixon debate in 1960. Polls showed that those who saw the debate on television thought that Kennedy had won. Those who heard it on radio thought Nixon had won. It was a matter of…

LOOKING AHEAD

Who will lead? Few local residents need to be told that the most important election in New Orleans’ history is soon to be a wrap. The runoff opponents are lobbing nonstop volleys via TV and radio commercials, direct-mail pieces, street…

LOOKING BACK

Come again? To a casual observer, Rev. Tom Watson’s endorsement of Mayor Ray Nagin in his run for re-election probably didn’t seem puzzling. Watson, who made his own run for the office but was knocked out of the race in…

LOCAL COLOR: Eddie Powers on stage

Two guys in the john at Mo’s Chalet dance emporium in Metairie are comparing their triple-bypass scars. One of the guys has a cigarette bobbing up and down between his lips and is advising the other as to how his…

TABLE TALK: Food in the Fauborg

FOR TWO WEEKENDS, JAZZ Fest crowds packed the restaurants around the racetrack. Before the festival, though, an empty table at the neighborhood favorites, such as Lola’s or Café Degas, was as easy to find as a new refrigerator in New…

PERSONA: Anais Patterson

Anaïs Patterson – model, opera singer, cabaret performer, and choir teacher of students at Holy Cross, De La Salle and St. George’s Episcopal schools – has a stage presence that is hard to forget. Whether Patterson is dressed in a…

NEW ORLEANS' VOICES: Angela Hill

This week: Craig Kraemer, of NewOrleansPodCasting.com, brings you Channel 4 anchor and beloved optimist Angela Hill. Listen as Angela talks about the importance of being optimistic in New Orleans in this post Katrina time. Click here to listen. Next week:…

HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS

May 16 Wally Pontiff, Jr. Baseball Classic, the Zephyrs will take on the Sacramento Rivercats at 12:00 PM followed by LSU and Rice playing in the third-annual Wally Pontiff, Jr. Baseball Classic, for more information log on to www.zephyrsbaseball.com. May…

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Eggplant medallions with crab meat béchamel

There is no better combination than fresh Louisiana produce and local seafood. In the following recipe, I paired my favorite vegetable with my almost-favorite shellfish (second only to oysters). EGGPLANT MEDALLIONS WITH CRAB MEAT BECHAMEL 1 large eggplant 1 cup…