THE BOOKSHELF — Brennan’s restaurant in the French Quarter just released children’s book about ten turtles whose lives take them through everything from the Battle of New Orleans to Hurricane Katrina to the first Mardi Gras and — of course — “Breakfast at Brennan’s.” Written by Simone Rathlé and illustrated by Tania Lee, A Topsy, Turvy History of New Orleans & Ten Tiny Turtles has been released in celebration of the 2018 tricentennial of New Orleans and published by Hoffman Media. The book will be available at local bookshops and Brennan’s. [press release]
EXPANSIONS -- Congregation Coffee, the popular Algiers Point coffee shop, is expanding to the Beacon Building in the South Market District the May with plans to add more food. Expect salads, pre-boxed lunches, and sandwiches. [NOLA.COM]
FOOD TV — Heads & Tails Restaurant and Oyster Bar’s exec chef Brandon Green will compete on Chopped’s first ever Mardi Gras episode airing February 6 on the Food Network.
KING CAKE WIRE — Haydel’s bakery is running a contest in search of someone with “a face fit for a king cake baby.” The winner gets two tickets to Bacchus Rendezvous 2018. Details here. [FACEBOOK]
EVENTWIRE — Top Taco announced plans for Agave Week, taking place from March 11 through the 16 and kicking off with the world’s largest bloody Maria brunch. Details here. [press release]
NEWS — Central City food court Roux Carré is launching a four-month culinary accelerator program, Launch Pod, to support five culinary concepts while considering them for residency at Roux Carré. [GAMBIT]
NEWS — The newest Gravy Podcast explores las pulgas, or vending spaces, that sprung up in New Orleans following the arrival of Central American, Mexican, and Honduran immigrants after Katrina. [SFA GRAVY]
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