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Barking All the Time

The Hill Country Hounds Talk Roots

A different kind of sound is building a following in the New Orleans music scene. The Hill Country Hounds blend the rhythms of the Crescent City and the Appalachian region of West Virginia in a style they call, “Louisianamericana.” The New Orleans-based band combines the “Boom-Chicka-Boom” rhythm akin to Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three with the ruggedness of rock n’ roll and the beat of New Orleans blues.

Po-Boy Fest Winners: Seither's, Slow Boys Go Back for Seconds

Sunday's Oak Street Po-Boy Fest has mostly been digested, and bellies are moving on to Thursday's feast. But before we head into full Turkey Day mode, the fest organizers wanted to take a moment to announce this year's winners.

Walk on the Light Side

New Orleans Chefs Talk Healthy, Homegrown Options

It’s well into January, and if you’re lucky, you’ve been able to stick to one or all of your New Year’s resolutions.

NoDef Nods: Food

New Orleans Eating in 2012, and a Glimpse Ahead to 2013

New Orleans' food scene continued its fast growth in 2012, with a mix of high profile openings and hallmarks of foodie culture that brought new geographic areas and even more national attention. In the New Year, more new openings will ensure that we'll never struggle to find a place to eat. Here's the best of 2012, and what to look for in 2013:

'Beasts & Brass' Benefit Punctuates Chef Nathanial Zimet's Return to the Kitchen

In New Orleans, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a block party and a benefit.  This weekend’s Beasts & Brass—a food-and-music spectacular to raise money for Boucherie chef Nathanial Zimet—promises to be a little bit of both. Sunday at the Howlin’ Wolf, the community continues to rally in support of Zimet, who was shot three times in May outside his home in an attempted robbery after staying late at the restaurant to prepare food for the next day’s Bayou Boogaloo festival.

Change Brew

NOLA Props Up Recovering Chef Nathanial Zimet with 'Beers Not Bullets' Benefit

First, the good news: Chef Nathanial Zimet’s recovery is going better than anyone could have expected. 

Bourdain on Boudin

Last week, NoDef received reports that No Reservations' nomad of nosh, Anthony Bourdain, was in town. Our minds quickly produced daydreams that involved the snarky sightseer taking in one of the smoked delectables from those guys that wear the "Hot Meat For Your Mouth" shirts. But they were quickly dashed as Bourdain tweeted that he stopped in to see Susan Spicer, and went for a dish of yakamein before it was off to Cajun Country. The most extensive evidence of the "South Louisiana" episode that has turned up so far is this Deep South Magazine report from Cajun Country, in which Travel Channel's man attends a pig slaughtering, and meets up with David Simon.

Nathanial Zimet Benefits, All in One Place

Last week, NoDef's Brad Rhines ran down all of the benefits planned for Boucherie Chef Nathanial Zimet, who was shot early on the morning of May 22. Now, so much support has been offered for Zimet that the benefits have their own website. Over at, all of the ways to help with the chef's recovery are neatly compiled. Along with the many dates and times at which we can help him out, the site also provices the valuable information that Zimet is a beast.

'One of Us'

NOLA Food Community Reaches Out in Wake of Nathaniel Zimet Shooting

For Chef Nathaniel Zimet, a horrible shooting ordeal over the weekend was quickly followed by an outpouring of support. NoDef collected details on the upcoming benefits, and other outlets through which people are helping Zimet recover.

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