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Missing Link: Boudin, Bourbon, & Beer Headliners Announced

As the name suggests, much of the focus at Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer is on, well, boudin, bourbon, and beer. However, this is New Orleans; so, there is also music! Today, organizers released the music lineup for November 13th event. Alabama’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones will headline the event.

K+10: Desire NOLA Returns

Desire NOLA is back! Ten years after its post-Katrina creation, the non-profit company is reemerging into the New Orleans community through a happy hour on July 31 at the New Orleans Jazz Market. At the event, Desire NOLA will also introduce their new $100,000 civic entrepreneur grant campaign. 

Gustings Takes Manhattan

On September 17, the storied James Beard House in New York City is going to get a taste of Louisiana—literally. The folks at Broussard’s are packing up shop, heading to the Big Apple, and serving up some SoLa fare at the culinary mecca. Given the importance of drink to NOLA’s culture, bartender and iconic curmudgeon Paul Gustings will be leading the charge.

The Missing Link

In New Orleans, one know that they have reached some marker of success when they have have their own foundation. After dominating the James Beard Awards for several years, chef Donald Link now has his own non-profit along with business partner Stephen Stryjewski.

Derby Day Benefit to Support Team Gleason

There is a deep relationship between the Kentucky Derby and New Orleans. For starters, Churchill Downs owns the Fair Grounds, a popular warmup destination for Derby hopefuls on account of the long straightaway similar to the one 705 miles away. On May 2, NOLA’s love for the Derby will be harnessed for good, helping Team Gleason.

Something Beautiful: Shorty Fest Reveals 2015 Lineup

In the midst of Jazz Fest madness, New Orleans favorite son Trombone Shorty hosts his own star-studded celebration. Troy Andrews is headlining his own festival for the third year. The concert for a cause just released their impressive 2015 lineup which will also includes John Boutte, Sweet Crude, and an all-star salute to Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.

Grandstanding for a Cause

By Ashley Larsen

There may still be a lot of Saints Season between here and Mardi Gras but that doesn’t mean it is too early to start getting ready for the party. And the party will be a big one, Mardi Gras usually brings in about one billion dollars every year and enough tourists to pack every streetcar from Canal to St. Charles. Both tourists and locals alike scramble (often lubricated) to get the best throws. But, there is nothing worse than being pushed out of your spot and watching the whole parade from a crowd fifteen people deep. Tipitina’s Foundation has a solution through their 4th annual Mardi Gras Grandstands fundraiser. 

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