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Shop Talk: Mary-Jo Webster

What is it like to work for such an iconic New Orleans brand? For me this is a dream job. It is about food, retail and New Orleans – three of the things I love the most! Aunt Sally’s is a strongly local, well-established, still relatively small business. It is family owned, and that sense of family is quite real and present in our daily operations.

Can you give us a brief history of Aunt Sally’s and what makes it so special? Aunt Sally’s was founded in the French Quarter in 1935 by a French Creole couple named Diane and Pierre Bagur. Our flagship store has been in the French Market from the beginning.  Our pralines are truly the best. They are made with the finest fresh ingredients; cooked by hand in big copper pots over an open flame, and dipped by hand to cool on a marble slab. To watch our cooking process is to watch a theatrical display of culinary history!

What’s your favorite item in the store? I love our Tricentennial Tin! It is a limited edition collectible that we made to celebrate New Orleans’ 300th birthday.

Is your staff allowed to eat as many pralines as they like? You betcha!

Tell us something we might not know about Aunt Sally’s? We are about to start introducing some new flavors as limited time offerings. The first one up is a fabulous Salted Caramel Praline.

Aunt Sally’s

750 St. Charles Ave., 944-6090
810 Decatur St., 524-3373


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