The Desk Set, librarians and book lovers invite you to enjoy the decadent tastes and sounds of New Orleans at the Beaucoup Book Love BBQ to benefit the A.P Tureaud Elementary School in the 7th Ward.
$10-15 suggested donation, kids $5 – $10 suggested donation, all-you-can-eat, ya’ll!
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer, b/w Frost & Richardson, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Guests can enjoy a Cajun and Southern inspired feast from notable chefs and restaurants like Enid’s, the Great Jones Cafe, Tamara Reynolds, The Meat Hook,Sweet Deliverance NYC, Anarchy in a Jar, Agger Fish Corp, Sour Puss Pickles, Karol Lu, My Friends Mustard, and Paisley Farms. Darlings, you are invited to indulge in down-home dishes such as chicken jamabalaya, gumbo, Andouille sausages, grilled fish, pickled okra, cornbread, red velvet cupcakes, pralines and much more. Special guests on the grill are the lovely Cathy Erway of NotEatingOutInNY and Theodore Peck of the Food Experiments.
A New Orleans music panel will be held at 2:30 PM with charismatic NOLA lovers and culture experts, Iris Brooks, Aubrey Edwards, Gabriel Soria, and Tom Ostoyich. Listen to them discuss the city of New Orleans and why it’s such a fertile ground for music, what makes its music scene so distinctive and why despite such a wealth of talents, it stays so resolutely local. Subjects may include the Jazz Fest, sissy bounce, the Ponderosa Stomp, bounce and the current crop of weird bar bands and “waltzpunk” bands, in addition to some hot jazz and how it remains fresh and current.
All proceeds will go towards buying sets of classroom books for the students at A.P. Tureaud. Needed books include classics like Inherit the Wind and Shiloh, and newer releases such as Henry’s Freedom Box and Keeping the Night Watch. The entire wish list is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/registry.html?ie=UTF8&type=wishlist&id=2YWW46OZ56653
The Lucky Chops Brass Band will play booty-shaking sets of N’Awlins’ inspired tunes at 1:30 PM and 3:15 PM. Local kids and grown-ups will be reading from the Tureaud Books wish list throughout the afternoon. Guests can enter the Who Dat Raffle to win awesome raffle prizes and New Orleans inspired cocktails will be available for sipping all afternoon long.
The Who Dat? Raffle Prizes
- Grand Prize “Old Glory” necklace by Camille Hempel Jewelry Design ($150 value!)
- LUCRATIVE EARLY BIRD RAFFLE PRIZE: $100 gift certificate to Rye Restaurant (Be sure to show up between 1pm and 2pm to buy raffle tickets for the 2:25 drawing!)
- Artist photograph by the fabulous Aubrey Edwards
- D.P. Chutney sampler set
- 2 Book Bundles: signed copies of Forking Fantastic by Tamara Reynolds and The Art of Eating In by Cathy Erway
- Custom book bundle from Random House
- 2 New Orleans themed book bundles (City of Refuge by Tom Piazza & House on First Street by Julia Reed) from Harper Collins Publishing House
- 2 food themed book bundles: Immoveable Feast by John Baxter, Coop by Michael Perry, The Story of Sushi by Trevor Corson from Harper Collins Publishing House!
- Jammin’ Jam basket from librarian jammer, Anarchy in a Jar
- Tasty Mombucha kombucha set
- Gift certificate Idlewild travel book store
- Yummy granola & jam basket from Sweet Deliverance
- Letter press goodie bag from Sesame Letter Press
- Hot sauce and pickles by Cheshire Canning
- Rockin’ mix CDs made by local NOLA music experts
- Delicious My Friends Mustard Set
- Bike Tour for 2 Confederacy of Cruisers
- Limited Edition Skateboard from Crif Dogs
The raffle will be held at 4:45. Tickets are $2 for 1, $5 for 5 and $10 for 15.
Aubrey Edwards is a Brooklyn and New Orleans-based music photographer and educator. Edwards was an award-winning, primary music photographer for the alt-weekly Austin Chronicle from 2004-2008; her present client list includes the United Nations, Magnolia Pictures, Playboy, SPIN, XXL and Comedy Central. She teaches photography and videography in low-income NYC public schools, and runs a continued education photography school in downtown Brooklyn. Her recent work in New Orleans includes guest lecturing with the University of New Orleans photo department, conducting workshops with the New Orleans Kid Camera Project, and completing an artist residency with Louisiana Artworks. Check out www.wheretheyatnola.com and www.aubreyedwards.com.
Cathy Erway (on the grill) is the author of The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, based on her two-year mission to forego restaurant food and her blog, Not Eating Out in New York. She likes throwing dinner parties, potlucks, supper clubs, cook-offs, and her weekly radio show, Let’s Eat In, on Heritage Radio Network. She is the proud parent to four rooftop chickens on a rooftop garden in Red Hook, which is chronicled in her blog, Lunch at Sixpoint.
Theodore Peck (on the grill) is a born and bred New Yorker whose kitchen experience began at the tender age of three at Ratner’s Delicatessen, a New York institution founded by his great grandfather in 1904. At the age of 24, Theo was drawn to the family business and opened the Lansky Lounge, a restaurant and bar in the Lower East Side. He studied at the New England Culinary Institute where he majored in charcuterie, and learned the intricacies of the kitchen working at Blue Hill at Stone Barns with Dan Barber, Hugo’s with Rob Evans, and Fore Street with Sam Heyward. His current day job is the kitchen manager of Crif Dogs. Meanwhile, Theodore continues to work on NYC’s premiere cooking competition, The Food Experiments, with his partner Nick Suarez. In his nonexistent spare time, he is pursuing several other possible ventures such as a pate company, prepared food shop, or neighborhood restaurant.
Tamara Reynolds is the co-author of Forking Fantastic. She freelances as a wine consultant, continues to run Sunday Night Dinner and her own small catering company, One Ass Kitchen Productions, for which she hires her many multi-talented friends to work for her. You can see her successes and failures at The Sunday Night Dinner blog.
Gabriel Soria is a music journalist and graphic novelist. His evangelism about his adopted hometown’s music and culture has appeared in Mojo, the Guardian, the Oxford American and Arthur, among other publications. Although he’s currently based in Brooklyn, he’s a member in good standing of two New Orleans bands, the Noisician Coalition and the Valparaiso Men’s Chorus. Gabe Soria has written about the music on the television series, Treme.
Iris Brooks was born and raised in the French Quarter. She is a freelance writer and former founder and executive director of the literary non-profit, The Accompanied Library in The National Arts Club. She has been a theater critic, private librarian, burlesque dancer, costume designer, and award-winning mermaid at the Coney Island Mermaid parade. Currently enrolled in the MFA program at Columbia, she spends most of her time writing about, returning to, or pining for New Orleans.
Tom Ostoyich is a former resident of New Orleans who gets back there as often as possible. He’s a fan of classic New Orleans R&B (40s-70s) and NO funk, as swell as swamp pop. He’s tended bar in various saloons, including one memorable evening at the legendary Ernie K-Doe Mother-in-Law Lounge. He is currently working on a piece about the New Orleans singer Tami Lynn.
The Lucky Chops Brass Band is making a big stink in New York City. The five piece brass band combines unhealthy amounts of jazz, rock n roll and golden era hip hop to get a funky groove that will make you dance like you mean it. Joined in the past by such jazzers as Wynton Marsalis and Kevin Blancq, you can be sure that we won’t be leaving any time soon.
Anarchy in a Jar is run by librarian Laena McCarthy, who makes jam, jelly, preserves and chutney in Brooklyn, New York. Laena learned the art of jam making in upstate New York from her mother, who taught her to source local ingredients from small farms and her own garden. After traveling around the world for a few years and awakening to the vast array of senses on planet Earth, Laena ended up back in New York at an opportune time, when there is a revived demand for fresh, local, creative food. With help from her team of tasters, fellow food makers and jam fans, she stirs her eclectic experience into the elixirs of the jar.