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Bell Spell: Jinxed Creamery Issues Another Recall

The popular southern creamery Blue Bell issued an ice cream recall (again) on Wednesday (5.03) evening. This time the issue is not Listeria, but a simple case of mislabelling.

Beards Bagged

The rest of America is continuing to affirm what we already knew: the food in NOLA is great. On Monday (5.02) evening, tasterati gathered in Chicago for the annual James Bear Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant industry. New Orleans chefs took home three big honors.

Edible Ecstacy

NOWFE Bulks Up Lineup for 2016

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) is really kicking it up in 2016. The ever-popular Royal Street Stroll and the GrandTasting will return, but they will be supplemented by an impressive roster of special events ranging from fishing with Donald Link to a Franco-Spanish Hog War.

Feast Season

Sparklehorse Pops Up at Carrollton Station

This week being the Jazz Fest break, there are lots of big name event son Monday (4.25) night. However, up in the Riverbend, there are is also some popular grass roots action. Burgeoning pop-up, Sparklehorse is hosting Carrollton Station (8140 Carrollton St.) cooking up some crazy food and offering some free music.

Windsor Court Fetes Elizabeth With $90,000 Dessert

Across the pond, Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 today (4.21). While madmen and Englishmen are elated about the royal celebration, in NOLA most locals are focused on a different type of jubilee over at the Fair Grounds. But, the folks at the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier Street) are offering some specials in homage to their trans-Atlantic namesake including a 90,000 dollar dessert.

K-Paul Remembered

K-Paul’s Executive Chef Paul Miller worked by the side of Paul Prudhomme for decades. As the City remembers and celebrates his mentor at French Quarter Fest, Miller shared his memories of Prudhomme’s first Fest with NoDef.

Fest Favorites

Hot Po-Boys & Cold Beers

The traditions at French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron don’t stop with the stages or the centuries old setting. For many, the most important rituals involve the food and drink. Two popular parts of this local lagniappe are Abita beer and the debris po-boy from the Omni Royal Orleans Rib Room.

Hogs Announces Winners

Beyond the porcine plethora and the music, Hogs for the Cause is a competition. In 2016, powerhouse team Aporkalypse Now took home the coveted High on the Hog Grand Champion award. Click on through for the complete list of winners.

Wild Boars

Drunken Pigs Preps for Pig-Out

Hogs will start a day late, but there’s still plenty of action at the festival grounds today.  The krewes at City Park are counting on the fires of their smokers to ward off the wet. Despite a delayed start date, Hogs for the Cause is set to unleash an onslaught of porcine products this weekend. NoDef checked in with our friends at Team Drunken Pigs to get an insider look.

Beard Goggles

Be it beads or rhinestones, New Orleanians like their bling. And, on Tuesday (2.15), several local restaurants move one step closer to take home a big, shiny medal. Nine NOLA establishments made the cut as finalists for the 2016 James Beard Awards.

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