The Best Bets for Eats for Festing In Place This Weekend
Get out your hammock! This is the last weekend for “Festing in Place,” Beth Arroyo Udderback’s brilliant solution for keeping the Jazz & Heritage Festival’s traditional relationship with WWOZ radio alive while large public gatherings are still banned. Tune in to WWOZ, 90.7 FM today through Sunday to enjoy some of the very best musical performances from past years. Check out the schedule here.
On Friday, long time Jazz Fest vendor Vaucresson Sausage Company will be selling their amazing hot sausage poor boys as well as crawfish sausage poor boys in the free-and-open-to-all for food area at JamNola’s Jamfest. The food area is located at Press Street Station, 5 Homer Plessy Way.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. you can find the Vaucressons at a pop-up in the parking lot at 4500 Tchoupitoulas St. Vance and Julie Vaucresson will be grilling up hot sausage and crawfish sausage poboys and will also have packaged products for sale: two pounds of fresh hot sausage for $12 and 1 pound packages of crawfish sausage/$8. Just in time for Mother’s Day.
Consider a big pile of GW FINS’ amazing Fins Wings as part of your culinary spread for Festing in Place. To celebrate the restaurants’ 20th Anniversary, restaurant owner Gary Wollerman has created the Fins Wings for Fins Kids Foundation, earmarking funds raised to benefit the social and scholastic education of New Orleans’ youth. Currently, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Fins Wings (in the restaurant and to go) benefit the local organization First Tee. Through Fins Wings For Fins’ Kids guests are asked to pay what they like for the popular dish (usually $14 an order), with a goal of raising and donating $25,000 to First Tee this year.
“This dish epitomizes the approachability to enjoying parts of the fish that are often discarded,” reflects Wollerman said. “This is a dish that our Executive Chef Michael Nelson created several years ago, as part of his mission to utilize the entire fish in delicious dishes, and guests have truly embraced it.”
Copeland’s of New Orleans is offering a “Festin’ for Two” menu through Sunday with 19% of proceeds going to the Jazz Heritage & Music Relief Fund which helps musicians who lost income due to COVID-19. The “Festin’ for Two” menu is $40 and offers a choice of crawfish bread (8 pieces) or crab beignets (4 each), two individual entrees of either jambalaya pasta or crawfish fettucine, and two Copeland’s biscuits. For an additional $10, guests can add a 20 oz. strawberry lemonade daiquiri. The Festin’ for Two menu is available for pick-up or delivery. To order, visit CopelandsToGo.com
Be safe, be kind, and have some fun celebrating the city and the culture we love.