Feb 152013

Craig Giesecke

One of the things I enjoy so much about where I’m working these days is the fair amount of freedom I get to produce what I want instead of being held to a list of prescribed recipes and procedures. Once a chef has spent a certain amount of time in self-employment, it is extremely difficult to go into someone else’s kitchen and do their thing their way – just as it would be for anyone in any industry to similarly adapt.

During the Great Job Searches of that dismal year 2012, I purposely avoided applying for employment in any kitchen run by, say, John Besh, Emeril Lagasse or any of the Brennans (among others). There were several reasons, but the chief among them was respect. These folks have excellent reputations and proven track records, and it would be an insult for me to try to “improve” on what they do. Given my junior status in the food industry and my lack of a culinary degree, it would be doubly stupid of me to think I could make their operations better by saying anything more than “yessir” when given a task. Continue reading »

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Feb 142013

Today is the day when love is most visible, filled with candies and chocolates, hearts and flowers, and everything in between. But these are all the norms for women’s gifts. This Valentine’s day, get the man in your life something he can brag about. Recognized locally and nationwide for quality at every point, we have an assortment of accessories available in the shops or gift cards for services. Continue reading »

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Feb 142013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With the much-enjoyed 2013 Mardi Gras now an endearing memory it’s time to turn our attention to the Lenten season and fasting. It’s always good to give up things like fancy desserts and fine liquor for a few months but with politicians like ours, we’re giving up much more.

Allan and Danae liked Bobby Jindal the Congressman — but not Bobby Jindal the Governor.  This Lent, we are thinking about all those college students who have been negatively impacted by the constant cuts to higher ed. We’re thinking about the thousands of Medicaid recipients who will no longer get the quality of services they need; and the mental health patients and their families who are suffering because doctors, clinics and hospital beds are not available. Continue reading »

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Feb 142013

St. Michael’s Special School in the Irish Channel still has hundreds of tickets remaining for its Chefs’ Charity For Children fundraiser next week that will help support its mission of serving developmentally delayed children and adults, according to a report by Bill Capo and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Feb 142013

The crash took place on South Claiborne near Amelia, and the gray Chevrolet Avalanche then turned left onto the next street, Louisiana Avenue Parkway, police say.

A man who was trying to cross South Claiborne Avenue on foot was killed after being hit by a large SUV truck that did not stop, authorities said. Continue reading »

Feb 142013

Joseph Davis (via opcso.org)

Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

Sheldon Jefferson, 15, and Joseph Davis, 16, had their robbery, rape and kidnapping charges moved from juvenile court to state court Wednesday, and District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says he plans on trying them as adults, according to our partners at WWL-TV.

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Feb 132013

The rain-geared tuba section of the Talladega College marching band pauses on Napoleon between raindrops during Orpheus Monday night. (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

So this Carnival wasn’t the sunniest, but at least it wasn’t the wettest (or coldest).  All told, it seemed to be a well attended, largely respectable gathering save for the obligatory Bourbon St shooting and other gun / parade infractions.  Unfortunate realities aside, personally my season rounded out into some a-has (3 involving my mother-in-law), otherwise just some observations worth noting: Continue reading »

Feb 122013

Members of Zulu parade down St. Charles Ave. Mardi Gras day. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With the final day of Carnival mostly spared by rain yet again, the Krewe of Zulu greeted Uptown crowds early, followed by the Krewe of Rex’s presentation of “All Creatures Great and Small” to close out Fat Tuesday.

The Krewe of Rex “Dinosaur” float rolls on St. Charles Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 112013

Harry Connick Jr. and actress Mariska Hargitay ride in the Orpheus parade.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A misty evening made for light crowds on the Uptown route, but the Krewe of Orpheus proudly presented a tribute to bygone krewes in “The Unseen New Orleans Carnival,” and the Krewe of Orpheus recalled its own themes from the past 20 years of “Rhythm, Rhyme and Revelry.”

The “Athenians” float in the Krewe of Proteus parade rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 112013

A probable-cause hearing that could lead to two teenage suspects in last week’s rape and kidnapping of a woman in the Garden District being tried as adults has been delayed until Wednesday, reports Brendan McCarthy of our partners at WWL-TV. Continue reading »

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Feb 112013

Owen Courreges

I really just wanted to write a fluff column about parking during Mardi Gras.  That’s all.  The message was going to be: “Don’t park too close to the corner because it cuts visibility and causes accidents, particularly in times of high traffic.”

Instead, I’m going to write about how easy it is to fall victim to police misconduct, particularly when taking photographs in public. Continue reading »