June 6 Assignment Week: NOWFE, Movies & Costumes

NOWFE starts

The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is back and bigger than ever June 7-12, attracting foodies and wine connoisseurs from across the country. He begins by kicking off his 30e anniversary with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement in Hospitality Awards Gala on Tuesday. Local restaurateur icon Frank Brigtsen is this year’s recipient, celebrating a career of local food and culinary mentorship in New Orleans spanning more than 50 years.

A series of wine dinners at some of the region’s most beloved dining establishments will feature local cuisine as well as the best wine pairings, top-notch wine labs and educational experiences, two grand tastings and a brunch delightfully cheeky burlesque, hosted by New Orleans burlesque queen Trixie Minx, highlight the week-long list of activities.

NOWFE not only brings great people, food and wine together, but strives to raise funds for beneficiaries each year. To date, the experience has raised over $1.5 million for local nonprofit hotel organizations. This year, NOWFE is partnering with the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) and Café Reconcile, highlighting the work each is doing to educate and empower young people looking to get into hospitality at all levels.

It’s a great way to eat, drink and be merry, and I can’t think of a better way to start the summer.

Summer Blockbusters and More

Speaking of summer, the heat is on…literally…which is why I’ll head to the Broad Theater to catch a fun movie or two, complete with a refreshing drink in the air-conditioned glory. The theater is currently screening mega-hits like “Top Gun: Maverick” (pro tip: check out New Orleans Magazine’s Persona profile of local actor Greg Tarzan Davis, who landed a role in the film), “Bob’s Burgers , The Movie” and “Everything everywhere all at once”. Jazz Fest fans will also want to keep the beat alive and catch “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story,” which highlights the 50e anniversary with its colorful history, New Orleans heritage with cameos from icons such as Irma Thomas, Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Ben Jaffe, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffet and many more.

Jewish Museum Opening Festival

While the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience has been open for a year at its location at 818 Howard Avenue, the museum will finally be able to truly celebrate New Orleans style this Saturday and Sunday. The museum, which highlights the history and culture of the Jewish people and families of the American South with 9,000 square feet of exhibits and artifacts spanning 13 states and 300 years, will be free and open to the public. , featuring a party from noon to 4 p.m. with music, kids’ crafts, food, shopping and more. There is an additional reception for patrons, members and donors and a jazz brunch celebrating the history of the museum’s collection and its home on Howard Avenue.

Disguise time

The Carnival walking and beading clique of which I am privileged to be a member, the Fabulous Ladies of Beading, recently announced their Mardi Gras 2023 theme. Although I cannot reveal it until Twelfth Night, I can tell you that we are already working hard to hand embroider our corsets and headpieces for next year, and I’m sure we are not alone. Krewes all over town work hard to plan, sew costumes, create float plans, learn dance routines and more.

When possible, we try to keep things local. Two of my favorite places I’ll be visiting in the next few weeks are NOLA Craft Culture in Mid-City (your one-stop-shop for sequins, trims, sequins, craft classes and more) and Gary’s Arts, Crafts, & Needlework in Metairie (a mecca for beads, jewelry-making supplies, sequins, ribbons, and all the craft supplies you might need). Be sure to check them out for more than carnival supplies.

Mardi Gras is a year-round endeavor, and there are many more places we’ll be visiting as we get closer to Mardi Gras, from Jefferson Variety to Broadway Bound, The Bead Shop, Plush Appeal, Fifi Mahony’s and more. again, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint, thankfully.