King Cake Hub to celebrate Carnival season and its return to Zony Mash

Now that the holiday season is out of the way, Carnival season is fast approaching, and, of course, that means king cake. There’s no better spot to get your king cake fix than King Cake Hub, which offers a wide variety of king cakes in one place. This year, the Hub’s selection will include more than 70 cakes from local bakeries including Bittersweet, Breads on Oak, Brennan’s, Bywater Bakery, Caluda’s, Cannata’s, Caywood and Randazzo Bakery, District, Hi Do Bakery, Gracious, Joe Gambino’s Bakery, NOCCA, Sugar Love, Nolita, Mad Matter Bakery and Marguerite’s King Cakes. Several king cake-related sweets and other merchandise will also be available. 

King Cake Hub was founded in 2019 by Will and Jennifer Samuels. The couple got their first taste of the king cake business by selling their own king cake at their gelato shop, La Dolce NOLA, on Metairie Road.

At Pasta on the Fly, build your own meal with fresh pasta and toppings

By Marielle Songy, Uptown Messenger

New Orleans native Ryan O’Connor owns Pasta on the Fly, a new Maple Street restaurant that allows diners to build their perfect pasta bowl. O’Connor was working at the Ritz-Carlton on Canal Street when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. He relocated to California, where he worked as general manager of the Michelin-starred Rustic Canyon restaurant in Santa Monica.   

At Rustic Canyon, O’Connor learned from master pasta maker Evan Funke. “He has the softest touch when it comes to pasta; he rolls out everything by hand,” he said. “That was a turning point for me.