Bites in Transient: King cake social gathering is on, beer for Mardi Gras Indians, a James Beard dinner | The place NOLA Eats

Every year, Bywater Bakery (3624 Dauphine St., 504-336-3336) goes large for the beginning of Carnival season, which for bakeries after all means king cake season. The neighborhood store hosts a block social gathering on the Epiphany with a lineup of native musicians worthy of its personal small competition and, naturally, numerous its king cake.

This yr, the omicron surge pressured that social gathering to be postponed, however this weekend, it’s again. Bywater Bakery is holding the festivities on Sunday, Feb. 6, from 11 a.m. to six p.m., with some well timed additions.

The occasion doubles as a fundraiser for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic Makin’ Groceries program, which offers meals to susceptible members of its group. The bakery contributes bread and different meals to this system all year long.

Ronmia Miller, a cake decorator at Bywater Bakery, holds a sizzling piece of boudin king cake, considered one of a number of savory vareities right here.

Bywater Bakery is understood for all kinds of specialty king truffles. New to the lineup this yr is the “brownie bomb,” a chocolate model, and the Bywater bourbon cinnamon swirl, made with candy potato dough and bourbon from the native Seven Three Distilling Co.

Bywater Bakery has additionally constructed a distinct segment for savory king truffles, together with variations with boudin, crawfish au gratin and spinach and artichoke.

You’re invited to Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson’s 80th birthday party, Thursday

Al “Carnival Time” Johnson performs his well-known music “Carnival Time” throughout the Kings Day celebration at Bywater Bakery on Kings Day in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Photograph by David Grunfeld, | The Instances-Picayune)

Sunday’s music lineup consists of Deacon John, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, John Boutte, Herlin Riley, Bruce “Sunpie” Barns, Soul Brass Band, David Torkanowsky, Josh Paxton and Washboard Chaz.

COVID-19 testing, vaccination and booster pictures shall be out there on the occasion, together with a blood drive.

Faubourg turns beer into funding for Mardi Gras Indians


Roderick Sylvas, of the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians tribe, marches throughout the Allstate Sugar Bowl committee second line parade by the French Quarter in New Orleans, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. The L.B. Landry Excessive Faculty marching band, Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians and the third Line Brass Band marched with the Allstate Sugar Bowl second line. (Photograph by Sophia Germer,, The Instances-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

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Collaborations have turn into frequent within the craft beer world, with brewers and different companies teaming up for particular limited-edition releases.

Faubourg Brewing took a special method for its newest collaboration. The New Orleans East-based brewery has a brand new field of 12-packs of its flagship beer, Faubourg Lager, that includes Mardi Gras Indians on the paintings. Throughout Carnival season this yr, the brewery is pledging proceeds from gross sales of this specifically packaged beer to the Mardi Gras Indian Council, a group group that represents many various Mardi Gras Indian tribes across the metropolis.

Faubourg additionally created a poster that includes a Mardi Gras Indian, which it’s promoting on-line at Poster gross sales proceeds are additionally pledged to the council.

The brewery referred to as the promotion the start of a partnership between the corporate and the council that can develop sooner or later.

Faubourg Brewing is the brand new title for what was identified for greater than a century as Dixie Beer. The corporate is owned by Gayle Benson, proprietor of New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans franchises, amongst different companies underneath the Benson and umbrella.

Chef collaboration brings Café Reconcile to Vyoone’s for James Beard dinner

On the Warehouse District restaurant Vyoone’s, chef Sidney Montrel serves a menu of French bistro flavors. In Central Metropolis, chef Martha Wiggins serves trendy soul meals at Cafe Reconcile, a nonprofit that makes use of the construction of a neighborhood cafe as a educating platform, surrounding it with mentoring and social companies.

On Feb. 16, they’ll prepare dinner collectively for a dinner produced at the side of the James Beard Basis. It’s a part of the group’s Open for Good marketing campaign, a assist program for unbiased eating places developed in response to the pandemic. All proceeds from the dinners go to the collaborating eating places.

Their menu features a grilled baguette bread course, seared scallop with butter bean cassoulet, traditional coq au vin (or vegan couscous coq au vin) and white chocolate bread pudding. The dinner consists of wine pairings and drinks from Rabbit Gap Distillery and White Claw Exhausting Seltzer.

The Feb. 16 dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. at Vyoone’s (412 Girod St., (504) 518-6007), with indoor and outside seating out there.

Tickets are offered in pairs, beginning at $300 for 2, with tables of two, 4 or six out there. For tickets and particulars see

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