Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Meanwhile Back at Cafe du Monde...
Sometimes the ExperienceLA blog becomes ExperienceLouisiana when there is a Los Angeles connection, and "Meanwhile, Back at Cafe du Monde..." straddles both LAs. Producer and creative director Peggy Sweeney-McDonald is from Louisiana and lives in Los Angeles. On Wednesday she taped a talk radio show with Jay Ducote for radio and Internet broadcast on the Bites and Booze show for Saturday 3 pm west coast time to discuss the upcoming performance of Meanwhile Back at Cafe du Monde... at Boutin's in Baton Rouge that features a local cast of chefs and personalties connecting with food.
Also in the broadcast booth and on part of the Baton Rouge cast was General Russel Honore who played such a pivotal role during Katrina coordinating military relief efforts. Calling into the show was Paul Arigo, CEO for Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau., who is also part of the Baton Rouge cast. I was in the broadcast booth taking pictures.
Regardless of where one lives, you can listen to Jay, Peggy, Russel, and Paul on Baton Rouge 107.3 Talk on the Internet or the Tunein Radio application for Apple and Android mobile devices to hear this entertaining broadcast promoting this ultimate performance art food show. The broadcast is also availlable from iTunes as a podcast if you miss this during its regualr Saturday afternon time slot.
Meanwhile Back at Cafe du Monde performances are now over 30 with several Los angeles performances in Santa Monica and in Hollywood. For those who are reading this in Louisiana and missed the New Orleans performance last weekend, then call Boutin's to make your reservation for Sunday October 16. For $35 one will get the great Cajun cooking of Boutin's and the food/performance that begins at 5:30 pm. For this performance, Jay Ducote who recently made Fox's Master Chef Top 100 serves as master of ceremonies being responsible to keep the evening moving along. as the cast features many notable Baton Rouge local chefs and food personalities.
When I started the ExperienceLA project my definition of culture in Los Angeles included food (which then was considered unusual) and has been part of the project since the 2003 launch date. However in Louisina the culture revolves around food. Thus with food being the universal language, Peggy developed the entire concept of this performance art with permission to connect around Cafe du Monde a food destination known around the world. So catch the Bites and Booze show to whet your appetitie for the Boutin's show on Sunday or back in Los Angeles sometime in the future. I think I am ready for some beignets now.