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NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden (5:00 PM)
The NOLA Project presents this festive comedy that pits two of Shakespeare's most beloved characters in a war of words and wits
1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd (5:00PM- 11:00 PM)
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is inviting Grecophiles of all ages out to Bayou St. John for goat burgers, traditional music and dancing, and regional libations
The Convention Center (6:00PM-9:00 PM)
An experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs with live music by Flow Tribe
Zephyr Field (7:00 PM)
New Orleans baseball against the Omaha Storm Chasers
One Eyed Jacks (7:30)
Sketchy Characters Productions brings you a comedy sketch and web series that plays off the madness of the French Quarter
Shadowbox Theatre (8:00 PM)
Straightforward conversational drama explores one area's gentrification through 50 years
Art Klub, 513 Elysian Fields Ave (8:00 PM)
An interactive and sparkling performance presented by Nari Tomassetti
The Little Gem Saloon (8:00 PM)
The fourth evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Howlin’ Wolf (9:00 PM)
A funky two night celebration of the band’s 30th anniversary
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Rock around Lee Circle tonight
'One Beignet at a Time'
New Book Brings 'Foodie Monologues' of Local Notables From Stage to Page
A heartfelt celebration of local food culture has been transformed from a performance to a compilation of foodie tales in a coffee table book complete with mouth-watering photographs and recipes.
Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde... compiles monologues from a show of the same name. Each story is accompanied by a montage of related photographs shot by Baton Rouge native Troy Kleinpeter and includes an assortment of recipes. Drew Ramsey of Hubig Pies, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Kip Holden and trumpeter Jeremy Davenport, are just a few of the local notables who contributed.
The concept began as a production modeled on The Vagina Monologues. Drawing from her background in Los Angeles’ acting industry and her childhood memories of hearty Southern cooking, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald created a show based on a series of personal anecdotes focused on the topic of food. The show premiered at the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville in May, 2010, and was an instant hit, as famous Chefs, charismatic actors, restaurant owners and foodies alike took the stage to tell comical tales about food and its power over our emotions.
The idea came to McDonald when a friend described getting drunk the night before Thanksgiving and eating the entire coconut cream pie she was supposed to bring to her boss’ house the following day. At the time she had been upset that she was spending the holiday working rather than in the company of her family but in retrospect it became a hilarious anecdote that encapsulated the familiar urge toward comfort food.
"The more I retold the story, the funnier it got," Sweeney-McDonald said.
A publisher from Pelican Books attended the show’s second run in New Orleans, and asked Peggy if she’d be interested in compiling the monologues into a coffee table book.
The book release coincides with a double anniversary for Café Du Monde as this year marks 150 years since its’ founding and 70 since Hubert Fernandez gained its ownership. In homage, Fernandez’ granddaughter contributed her food story to the book and will be reading at the café on Oct. 20.
Due to the performance based history of the book. Readings and signings will be framed as theatrical events. Today’s book launch takes place at Octavia at 6pm. Not only will attendees be provided with an opportunity to have their copies signed by multiple authors but food will be served as well, in accordance with the event’s theme.
“The stories are to be acted rather than simply read, that’s why I like to call it Reality Dinner Theater,” McDonald explains.
A part of the book’s intent is to capture the sense of comfort surrounding food and the relief provided by the ritual of familiar eats.
Despite nods to the famous café, it is not a regional book, as Peggy puts it, everyone has their “Café Dumonde; that diner, deli, restaurant or café that they know they can afford, where they know what to expect and when the place will be open, they know what to order and most importantly, they know that the meal will be enjoyable regardless of whatever else is going on in their lives”.
It is this magical relationship to food that Peggy captures with the book.
“No matter where I live or what’s going on in my life I always find myself back there, just taking life one beignet at a time,” she says.
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