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Eating For Under $5 A Day in NOLA; Feral Hogs Are The New Nutria

Plus, Dinner Lab and Rivershack Tavern gear up for anniversary celebrations.

The Rivershack Tavern turns 25 in September.
The Rivershack Tavern turns 25 in September.

NOLA— Behold fifteen meals for under $5 in New Orleans, including St. James Cheese Co.'s 'mini moo' and a banh mi from Hong Kong Market, courtesy of listicle-pro Scott Gold. [Thrillist]

NOLA— The first-ever Chefs Taste Challenge, part of the Farm To Table International Conference, went down on Friday night in the convention center with chef Hari Pulapaka of Deland, Florida nabbing first prize, and local chef Matthew Farmer of Appoline nabbing the fan favorite vote. []

NOLA— Helen Freund reports that Dinner Lab celebrates three years in with a huge anniversary dinner on August 20 featuring six local chefs, including Michael Gulotta, Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig, guest bartenders, DJ Soul Sistah and more. Tickets here. [Gambit]

RIVERBEND— Freund also reports that the Rivershack Tavern will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a huge four-day blowout, September 24-27, including live music, guest bartenders and food/drink specials. [Gambit]

LOUISIANA—Y'all, there are 500,000+ feral hogs running rampant all over this state, so don't be surprised to see more wild swine heading to a restaurant near you. []