clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

This Weekend Is Jammed With Big Food Events

Private kitchens in the French Quarter open their doors; Beignet Fest and Muffuletta Fest return, and Mango House pops up

Beignet Fest

There’s a lot going on this weekend in the New Orleans food world this weekend. Here’s the best plan of action to hit everything

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Daytime Events

The Beignet Fest returns this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at City Park’s Festival Grounds with 19 vendors slinging plenty of both sweet and savory options, and a few non-beignet options too (fried catfish sandwiches from Grannie’s Cooking Pot, chicken and sausage jambalaya from the Jambalaya Guy, and more). For dedicated VIP potties and shade, spring for the VIP ticket at $40 for 21+ ($20 for 4 to 20-year olds; 3 and under are free with paying adult). General admission is free.

Dinner Time

The gone-since-Katrina Mango House pops up in the Jeanette Street cottage that once housed it. The event is part of a series of Ann Lloyd, who ran Caribbean-inspired Mango House from 2002 to 2005 will serve a four-course dinner with sweet potato chips, coconut shrimp, hearts of palm salad with avocado and papaya, jerk pork chops, crab cakes with avocado sauce, and banana rum brûlée. Dinner is $55 with drinks available for purchase. Make a reservation by contacting Boucherie at 504-862-5514 or Here’s Eater’s full list of special dinners.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Daytime Events

The Muffuletta Fest is back for its second year on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in front of Nor-Joe Italian Imports in Metairie with muffulettas, bocce ball, and more. It’s basically a muffuletta-centered block party with a muffuletta-eating contest and tons of live music as well. Here’s the full line-up.

Cirque de Cuisine, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s annual romp through some of the French Quarter’s best kitchens, kicks off at the Bourbon O Jazz Bar (730 Bourbon) at 12:30 p.m. this Sunday, where tour-goers can grab tickets, maps and wristbands, and SoFAB sangrias ($7/sangria) before heading out to the 11 special and historic homes. Each kitchen will serve a bite from a local restaurant and a drink. Check-in opens at 12:30 p.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance, $45 for SoFAB/NatFAB Members, and $65 at the door. More info and advance tickets here.


The family-friendly Backyard BBQ, benefitting the Crescent City Farmers Market, lands at Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart Street) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday with food from Luvi, Marjie’s Grill, Echo’s Pizza, Saba, and more; beer from local breweries; and kids activities like pumpkin painting, mask making, leaf stamping, and monster puppets. $75 for adults and $10 for kids. Tickets here.

Saffron NOLA hosts Nik Sharma, whose debut cookbook ‘Seasons’ has been lauded by the New York Times and more, for the first in a new series of collaborative dinners. Saffron chef/owner Arvinder ‘Dickey’ Vilkhu and family will create a four-course menu based on their upbringing in New Orleans and India, intertwining recipes from Sharma’s cookbook. One glass of sparkling is included with ticket purchase. Bar seating is $80 and table seats are between $95 and $105. October 7 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets here.

Grow Dat Youth Farm is having a meat-centric dinner out on the farm, complete with cocktails, live music, and farm tours. The three-course dinner is in collaboration Blue Oak BBQ, Cavan, and LaBoca Steakhouse. Special guest speaker Marshall Bartlett of Home Place Pastures will help incite a conversation around ethical and sustainable meat practices, creating a unique experience that blends education with outdoor dining. It starts at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $95.

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum

1609 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113 Visit Website

Nor-Joe Italian Import Co.

504 Frisco Ave, Metairie, LA

Grow Dat Youth Farm

150 Zachary Taylor Drive, , LA 70124 (504) 300-1132 Visit Website


8115 Jeannette Street, , LA 70118 (504) 862-5514 Visit Website


4128 Magazine Street, , LA 70115 (504) 323-2626 Visit Website