New Orleans food culture is both sacred and cherished by its residents. However, it can be difficult to feel connected to some of our favorite traditions nowadays. So, here are some events for the city's food-lovers that are sure to whet the appetite. Please make sure that if you choose to partake in these activities, you are exercising proper social-distancing precautions and, as always, wear a mask.
Wednesday Evening in The Garden With Chef Pat White
Every Wednesday in July, from 5 - 8 p.m., the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park is hosting the talented chef Pat White, who will prepare some fantastic dishes while attendees enjoy being outside and maybe even indulge in a "Garden Mojito." Food is limited, and it is recommended that those attending order online to ensure their purchase. For more information, click here. 5 Victory Ave., (504) 483-9488, neworleanscitypark.com/botanical-garden
Beignet Fest at Their Place
The beloved Beignet Fest will continue its tradition of supporting children with special needs this summer, with some slight changes. At participating locations, vendors spread throughout New Orleans, the Northshore, and Baton Rouge, from July 24 - 26, will be supporting the cause and competing for the best sweet and savory beignet dish. For menus, locations, and participating vendors, check out beignetfest.com.
Circus Wine and Cheese Party
This week, Commander's Palace and the St. James Cheese Company are hosting a live themed virtual event, in which participants can learn exactly how one should pair wine and cheese. The night will be hosted by James Beard Award-nominated and certified "wine guy" Dan Davis, and the attire is circus-themed. For more information, click here.
Krampus in July, A German Luau (At-Home Edition)
The Krewe of Krampus is back this year with some essential modifications, and although this is a foodie event—mostly because there is a special offer from Bratz Y'all for an authentic German meal—this is an even more comprehensive experience. Saturday, July 25, prepare your very own backyard German luau with those in your household, complete with Hawaiian and Alpine mash-up costumes. There will be a Facebook livestream going on at 7 p.m., complete with performances and contests. For more information, click here.
New Restaurant Vals is Up and Running
Get some takeout and support this new Uptown business. They serve a variety of casual Latin American dishes, such as fried fish or sweet potato tacos, and have a walk-up window as well as an outdoor patio. Try one of their frozen margaritas. 4632 Freret St., (504) 356-0006, valsnola.com