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Bacchanal Wine Hosts 8th Annual Rosé Fest



On Saturday (5.13), Bywater watering hole Bacchanal Wine will offer patrons la vie en rose — or more accurately, vino en rosé — with the 8th annual Rosé Fest. 


Cinco de Mayo Cocktails (Recipes)


Happy Cinco de Mayo! NoDef has already shared the best spots around New Orleans to celebrate with live music, tacos, and of course a drink or two. For the more introverted celebrants, there are still plenty of ways to get down from the comfort of your own kitchen. NoDef's pals at the Mexican-born William Grant & Sons offered up a few suggestions for cocktails featuring traditional spirits like tequila, mezcal, and Ancho Reyes. ¡Salud!


James Beard Award Winner 2017: Rebecca Wilcomb, Herbsaint


Restaurants and bars in New Orleans had another reason to let les bon temps roule this week, as some of their own won big at the James Beard Awards in Chicago this week. Known as the Oscars of the food & beverage world, the annual event nearly always features a few New Orleans faces.


NOLA Food Dynasty Doc 'Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table’ Now on Netflix


Ella Brennan has been a legend in culinary circles for decades, but a new documentary is bringing the dining diva’s story to the silver screen. On Monday (5.1), Netflix released the film Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table. The Leslie Iwerks-directed documentary enlisted an impressive crew of restaurant industry all-stars to sound off on the life of the 91-year-old Brennan matriarch, who credited with putting New Orleans food culture on the map. 


Big Easy Bucha’s Karl Hartdegen Becomes Eighth Certified Cicerone in Louisiana


This week it was announced that Karl Hartdegen, brewer at Big Easy Bucha, has been recognized as a Certified Cicerone. Hartdegen is the eighth Louisiana resident in history — the sixth in New Orleans — to be designated this title in the competitive Cicerone Certification Program. 


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Big Easy Bucha Leads the Farm-to-Bottle Kombucha Movement



Tucked amongst somewhat nondescript buildings in Gert Town is bright pop of color where New Orleans’ first and only small batch kombucha brewery, Big Easy Bucha, greets its visitors. That immediate splash of vibrancy is carried forward into the brewery, which crafts the fermented beverage of choice for both the health-conscious and trend-conscious of today. 


Jazz Feast: NoDef’s Guide Where to Eat

New Additions & Fest Traditions



The 2017 Jazz and Heritage Festival is just days away. By now, you’ve likely mapped out your custom schedule based on the Jazz Fest cubes, stocked up on sunscreen, and planned your fest-friendly fashions. Now, let’s turn our attention to possibly the most important aspect to any NOLA festival: the food. 


Eco-Conscious Cocktails (Recipes)


With Earth Day just hours away, everyone should raise a glass in toast to Mother Gaia! NoDef's pals at Bombay Sapphire offered up a few suggestions for environmentally-minded libations ahead of Saturday's celebration. The team called upon some of the top cocktail creators from across the country to share zero-waste cocktails to sip the sustainability lifestyle. 


Top of the Hops: Courtyard Brewery Hosts Inaugural Louisiana Hop Festival


On Thursday, Courtyard Brewery will host the first ever Louisiana Hop Festival, a showcase of the best brews from the Boot. The one-day fest will benefit the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, and offers a chance for hopheads, beer snobs, and brew newbies alike to grab a pint and enjoy music, food, and drinks as the work week comes to an end.


Farm to Pantry

The Best Farmer's Markets & Co-Ops in New Orleans



There are an endless number of reasons to buy local, especially in the Big Easy. The food tastes better and is higher in nutrients since produce has to travel a much shorter distance from the ground to your family’s table. Local food is also GMO-free, a quality many people now strive for in their food. Buying local-farmed produce also supports local farming families, helps build community, and preserves open space — which can quite the commodity around here. In New Orleans, locals are fortunate to have an array of famer’s markets and co-ops, all of which work closely with local growers and producers to bring the best they have to offer.

Check out the list below of the best (and tastiest) ways to support our local economy.


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