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A Cochon de Lait Festival Debuts in New Orleans This October

And other top dining news

Walker’s cochon de lait is among the city’s favorites.

The NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival will debut this year on October 21 in Palmer Park. That’s just a day before the Oak Street Po-boy Festival just down the road. Here’s a list of all the restaurants that have already signed up for the pork fest. [via press release]

Gabrielle restaurant is developing some new dishes for its opening menu. One thing is for certain: There will be no fried chicken. [Mid City Messenger]

Loyola announced the addition of a food studies program and became the first university in Louisiana to offer such a course of study. It’s aimed to prepare students for careers in policymaking, food policy advocacy, food supply chain and distribution, food marketing and food research, food journalism, food criticism, food entrepreneurship, and consulting. [via press release]

Joy the Baker explains why she chose New Orleans as her home. [GONOLA.COM]

Restaurant R’evolution has named Luis Ochoa the new general manager and Patrick Sterling to the assistant general manager post. Ochoa and Sterling recently oversaw the restaurant’s baller fifth anniversary VIP celebration. [press release]

In flood-related news...

After covering the restaurants that closed because of flooding, Ann Maloney of the T-P turns her attention toward the ones that have opened or plan to soon. [NOLA.COM]

Wakin’ Bakin’ on Banks Street in Mid City reopened after taking a foot of water in the kitchen during the week’s deluge. In the end, the biggest loss was a pastry cooler, but the owners are looking at developing a better flood readiness plan. [FOX8]

Port of Call workers saved a man whose wheelchair tipped over, leaving his head underwater. WVUE shared this video. [WVUE-FOX8]