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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.

Drinking Culture

Taking A Shot At Ms. Mae's

The following is a work of historical fiction. Mostly. 

O for a Muse of firewater, that would preserve some aspect of apprehension! A dive bar for a stage, drunkards to act, and dirtbags to behold the swelling scene! But pardon, gentle readers all, our cheap and rotgut spirits. For our favorite New Orleans Sommelier had sent me a challenge; after the balance of our lives had been spent building the worthy scaffold of our tolerances. Shot for shot, beer for beer; turning the accomplishment of many years drinking into an hourglass. Admit me then chorus to this history, who here upon your humble patience pray; gently to hear, kindly to judge, The Club Ms. Mae’s.

Every Man A King

Dead Huey P. Long turns has a birthday at the end of August. Where better to celebrate than the Quarter restaurant bearing his name: Kingfish (337 Chartres Street). On Tuesday (8.11), the downtown destination revealed details of their Third Annual Huey P. Long Birthday Celebration and Look-a-Like Contest. (And, yes, there will be Spud.)

Fright Night: NOLA Celebrates Halfway to Halloween

Mardi Gras is so popular in New Orleans that we celebrate the halfway point. Now, a group of ambitious filmmakers and actors are applying the same formula to the City’s other favorite holiday: Halloween. Friday (4.01) night, the Halfway to Halloween party is coming to Spirits on Bourbon (615 Bourbon St.)

Pigging Out

By the closing hours of Hogs, most attendees were contending with a mix of full and fatigue. The event’s growth has been nothing less than mercurial. Still, one detail remained: the titles. Chefs spend months preparing for the cook-off, but winning yields an entire year of bragging rights.

Irish Channel Takes a Chil(i) Pill

Gumbo is king in Louisiana, but this weekend chili is getting a little love. The ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy is hosting their second annual “Chili in the Channel” this Saturday (3.07). Pros and home cooks alike will vie for the coveted Golden Pot while the public simply enjoys the food.

Hoops Coach Competes for Team Gleason

Football is king in Louisiana, but some locals are paying a little more attention to a college basketball tournament. That’s because the coach’s competition stands the chance of raising money for Team Gleason. Washington State mens basketball coach, Ernie Kent is representing the foundation in the Infiniti Coaches’ Challenge.

King Cake Walk

NoDef's Annual Public Tasting Returns to the Ogden

Get ready for some tricolor sugar. There’s only one confection that is worthy of Carnival royalty and NOLA Defender will be serving it up in volume tomorrow. NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on February 5 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 

Book Binge: A Literary Supermarket Sweep

The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library are looking to print media to boost their digital presence. The non-profit is trying to build up a social media presence and has created a contest to aid the cause. Winners will be given two minutes to run through the group’s basement archives and fill a shopping cart within as many books, CD’s, and records as they can grab.

Hot or Not

Tales of the Toddy 2014 in Photos

On Thursday (12.18) night, hundreds of bartenders, chefs, and drinkers gathered at House of Blues for the annual Tales of the Toddy cocktail competion. The toddies were served both hot and cold, and the two man bartending teams were decked out in their finest costumes. Treo, Sylvain, and Barrel Proof's staff were all repreented amongst the winners. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen was on hand to capture the action.

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