Jan 082016
 

Craft Cocktails, Boutique Wine Pours, & Southern Comfort with Style!

Red Dog Diner’s Roasted Duck Waffle with Duck Crackling, Slaw, and Five Spice Maple Syrup (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Red Dog Diner opened only two months ago, but they are making their mark with the breakfast and brunch crowd. The “Kitchen Sink Bloody Mary” lists “everything in the kitchen sink. Tell ya mom an Dem!” They aren’t kidding.

“Everything fresh and made from scratch” isn’t a bad way to start. Another unique attribute is that Red Dog plans to serve brunch seven days a week until 2 p.m. Currently, it’s Tuesday through Saturday. New Orleanians love breakfast, and long lines at most Uptown breakfast spots attest to that. Unlike most of those other favorite breakfast spots, Red Dog also serves dinner. Continue reading »

Jan 072016
 
The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Thursday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The streetcar carrying the Phunny Phorty Phellows leaves the Willow Street streetcar barn on Wednesday night. The event takes place on 12th night, 12 days after Christmas and is the first parade of Carnival season in New Orleans. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday, Jan 6 the Phunny Phorty Phellows Carnival krewe welcomed in Carnival season 2016. The annual event signals the beginning of Carnival season which concludes with Mardi Gras day on Feb 9. The Phellows are a krewe that dates back to 1898 and this streetcar tradition dates back to 1981.

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Dec 232015
 
oysterpatties

Oyster Patties (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

No culinary topic in New Orleans evokes quite the response that Oyster Patties do. The mention of the dish by New Orleanians causes instant sensory memory— “Ah, Oyster Patties!” They begin by telling you who in their family made them, how they were made, and over which particular holiday the Oyster Patty held sway. The conversation rapidly turns to family recipes. Next is the ubiquitous reminiscing over McKenzie’s Bakery. Then a pause, finally, when the idea dawns: “Hmmm, who’s still making the shells?” Happily, they are still available.

The New Orleans Oyster Patty tradition harkens back to Creole New Orleans. The origins of the French dish entered the New Orleans lexicon of cooking as far back as the 1840s. It was already a mainstay of Creole entertaining long before the turn of the century. Bouchées d’Huitres are documented in New Orleans’ cookbooks as early as 1922. Oyster Bouchées, Oyster Vol-Au-Vents, or as they have come to be known, Oyster Patties, continue to be a mainstay in New Orleans entertaining and holiday meals. Continue reading »

Dec 162015
 
Meredith Cherney

Meredith Cherney

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better shop small, I’m telling you why!

By Meredith Cherney

New Orleans is unlike any other city in the world, and shopping locally keeps it that way. You help maintain New Orleans’ diversity and distinctive flavor while building stronger neighborhoods by supporting local economies. With the proliferation of corporate chain stores and online shopping, the excitement of choosing the perfect gift in a local store and interacting with the owner is a shopping experience that is becoming increasingly rare. Continue reading »

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Dec 112015
 
Baba Ganoush and Labneh (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Baba Ganoush and Labneh (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Chef Alon Shaya has been taking the restaurant scene by storm, and not just the local scene. We’re actually talking about the country. His namesake restaurant Shaya was recently voted Best Restaurant in America by Esquire Magazine. Chef Shaya was already well known for bringing his cuisine to both Domenica, at the Roosevelt Hotel, and Pizza Domenica, but now he has become a national celebrity with the success of Shaya’s “Modern Israeli Cuisine”. Not bad for a restaurant that only opened in February.

The accolades are many, and they continue to grow. Chef Shaya racked up a James Beard award in May for Domenica, while Shaya was listed in August’s Bon Appetite Magazine’s Best 50 Restaurants in America. Middle Eastern-influenced Shaya was even singled out in the latest issue of Garden & Gun Magazine, a magazine that showcases the very best of the South. Continue reading »

Dec 042015
 

Kenton’s drink menu displays its whiskey-driven focus (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Following months of chatter about the proposed restaurant at Nashville and Magazine, New Orleans’ first American Whiskey Bar Restaurant opened to fully-booked tables. Kenton’s is attracting crowds and a neighborhood clamoring for both a taste and a peek inside.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Owners and husband-and-wife team Sean Josephs and Uptown’s Mani Dawes, along with Alabama native and Executive Chef Kyle Knall, are the names behind the restaurant. Josephs and Dawes are also the current owners of Maysville in Manhattan’s Flatiron District where Knall is also executive chef. Like Kenton’s, Maysville prominently features American cuisine and earned mention by The New York Times food writer Peter Wells. Wells described Knall’s cooking, saying his “understated American style is a winning blend of the refined and the unpretentious.” That theme continues at Kenton’s. The whiskey restaurant concept is courtesy of Sean Josephs; this is his second whiskey-themed restaurant. Kenton’s is following in the steps of his successful Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, NY, while Dawes owns a Chelsea tapas bar, Tia Pol. Continue reading »

Nov 222015
 
Jonathan Epperman of Parkway Bakery prepares oysters for the deep fryer. Parkway was one of 34 food vendors at the 2015 Oak Street Po boy Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Jonathan Epperman of Parkway Bakery prepares oysters for the deep fryer. Parkway was one of 34 food vendors at the 2015 Oak Street Po boy Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On a clear blue Sunday afternoon, people packed Oak Street from curb to curb from Carrollton to the Eagle avenue for the 2015 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. People ate food from 34 different vendors. Vendors included Oak street’s own Jaques Imo’s, Parkway Bakery from Mid City and Oceana Grill from the French Quarter. Live music could be heard all day on two stages. The bands included Rebirth Brass Band, Tank and the Bangas, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen and more.

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Oct 202015
 
UM-tees

Click for full store. Pre-order by Friday, Oct. 23, for items to be ready by Thursday, Nov. 5, Pop-Up Shop.

NOLA Messenger is proud to be an independent, New Orleans-owned and operated media company that has supplied quality news about the community to the community for five successful years. Now, you can help support our reporting in your neighborhood — and show some love for your favorite neighborhood news site — by purchasing from our new line of merchandise. Continue reading »

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Oct 152015
 
Robert Morris

Robert Morris

Uptown Messenger founder Robert Morris will be a featured guest on WHIV’s The Sound Salvation with Chris Rose at noon today. Robert and Chris will be discussing crime and other information. To listen live, click here or tune in to Radio NOLA HIV at 102.3 LPFM. Continue reading »

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Mar 262015
 

wwnoAfter our report with Gambit this weekend on the role of the shrinking New Orleans police task forces in preventing violent crime by seizing guns, Eve Troeh of WWNO public radio invited Uptown Messenger reporter Robert Morris into the studio to discuss the issue.

Click here to listen to a recording of this morning’s broadcast at the WWNO website.

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Mar 192015
 
People observe the elaborate altar at St. Stephen's church. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People observe the elaborate altar at St. Stephen’s church. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Thursday, churches across the greater New Orleans area celebrated St. Joseph’s Day. A celebration originated in New Orleans’ Sicilian community, the day pays homage to St. Joseph who, according to legend, saved Sicily from famine during the Middle Ages. St. Stephen’s church on Napoleon avenue had an elaborate altar while also serving free food outside the church. Continue reading »

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Mar 152015
 
Wild man of the Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on LaSalle on Sunday afternoon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Wild man of the Hard Head Hunters Mardi Gras Indians on LaSalle on Sunday afternoon. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday afternoon, plumes of feathers, the ring of tambourines and the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras Indians’ hand-stitched suits filled the streets of Central City under pristine blue skies. Mardi Gras Indians from all over the city met at A.L. Davis park on LaSalle and Washington for the annual Super Sunday celebration.

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Feb 132015
 
Actor John C. Reily throws Bacchus doubloons to the audience.

Actor John C. Reilly throws Bacchus doubloons to the audience. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Actor John C. Reilly made an appearance at Children’s Hospital on Friday morning. Reilly, the star of the popular children’s movie Wreck-It Ralph, brought copies of his movies to kids. Reily will reign as the king of Bacchus this year.

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Dec 092014
 
Eddie Murray, a Loyola junior, sports a shirt reading "Justice for ___ whichever one is next." On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Eddie Murray, a Loyola senior, sports a shirt reading “Justice for ___ whichever one is next.” On the back, the shirt listed names of black men who have died at the hands of police. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Tuesday, Loyola New Orleans’ Our Lives Matter group held a candlelight vigil in honor of those who have passed due to police brutality. After lighting candles, participants held a 4:30 moment of silence for the four and a half hours Michael Brown’s body was left on the street. Students took the opportunity to share their own experiences with police brutality and abuses of power and generally their feelings about the current events involving the police. Our Lives Matter will be holding events in the coming year including a panel discussion on the definition of racism and a meeting with the Second District police.

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Nov 222014
 
Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Stooges Brass Band (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Saturday, the 6th annual Second District Blues festival was held in Palmer Park, on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne. Its a festival benefiting COPS 2, Citizens Organization for Police Support 2. The festival featured music by Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Russell Batiste Jr., Mia Borders, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the Stooges Brass Band. There were many dining options including the Praline Connection, Ms. Linda’s Yakamein and Crepes A la Carte. Different arts and crafts were available for purchase as well. One of the more unique things about Saturday’s festival was its association with the LASPCA and other dog adoption groups like the Louisiana Boxer Group.

Andre Perry (left) takes his father Robeson's photograph during Mia Borders' performance. Andre seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Robeson Perry (left) takes his father Andre’s photograph during Mia Borders’ performance. Robeson seemed like a natural with the camera. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 282014
 
Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Men Olympians social aid and pleasure club, sporting black and white suits, braved the rain for their annual second line parade on Sunday through central city. This year, they celebrated their 130th anniversary. The parade included four big-name brass bands, New Birth brass band, the Grammy-nominated Hot 8 brass band, TBC brass band and the Stooges.

The Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Young Men Olympians (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 142013
 
4609 Freret, the new home of Villere Realty, Du Mois Gallery and now Uptown Messenger. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

4609 Freret, the new home of Villere Realty, Du Mois Gallery and now Uptown Messenger. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Uptown Messenger and Mid-City Messenger have moved into the new location of the Du Mois gallery and Villere Realty at 4609 Freret, and the space will have its grand opening from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Sept. 14) for the premiere of a new show at the gallery, “Bathworks,” featuring the art of Brett Reif and Arlyn Jimenez.

Come by, see our beautiful new home (right in the middle of the block with our great neighbors at Zeus’ Place, the Freret Neighborhood Center, Dennis Barber Shop and Bloomin’ Deals and across from Company Burger), enjoy some drinks and some live music. Hope to see you there!

Sep 132013
 

Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson of our sister site at Mid-City Messenger will be speaking about her work covering charter schools Saturday morning at the Rising Tide conference on new media and the future of New Orleans. The panel discussion, “Charter School Access and Accountability,” begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be moderated by attorney Scott Sternberg, who has also represented Uptown Messenger.

See Mid-City Messenger for a discussion with Jewson about the charter-school system.

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Sep 132013
 
jewel bush

jewel bush

Uptown Messenger columnist jewel bush, founder of the MelaNated Writers Collective, will be speaking at 10 a.m. Saturday as part of a panel discussion on “Creating Community for Writers of Color” at the Rising Tide new media conference on the future of New Orleans at Xavier University. Below, find a short series of questions and answers with Bush:

How did the MelaNated Writers Collective get started?

I was in newspapers for 6 years, and when I left to begin doing communications and marketing for nonprofits and various organizations, I missed the camaraderie of the newsroom. I freelanced for awhile, but it’s not the same as being in a space with other writers. Around this time, I started to take my creative writing seriously and began attending literary workshops around the country like VONA (Voices of our Nation) the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color, co-founded by the Pultizer-prize winning author Junot Diaz and Callaloo when it was at Texas A&M. Spending time with other writers, talking shop with them was amazing. It was what I needed and as close as I could get to the newsroom energy without being in the newsroom. In fact, it was a little bit better, because this bunch of creatives weren’t as jaded or cynical as newsies can often be. They were motivated and psyched about writing.

After I did Callaloo and did VONA for the first time, I knew a week here or two weeks there of this was great, but it wasn’t enough. I knew I wanted and needed this year round at home. I knew I needed to recreate this here; and that’s what I did. I began talking to other writers, poets, bloggers, MFA students/graduates, journalists, teachers about this idea; and from there, the writers I knew introduced me to writers they knew and before you knew it there were nearly 20 people in my living room talking about their work and what it meant to be a writer of color living in New Orleans. Continue reading »

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