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Paradigm Gardens Reveals a New Series of Pop-Ups in the Garden

Plus, Mr. Okra’s second line has been organized; and more top food news to know today


EVENTWIRE — Paradigm Gardens is gearing up for its spring season with a new series, Vinyl Vibrations. It’s a BYOB, DJ-spinning, pop-up food series featuring Budsis’s Authentic Thai, Phyto NOLA, The Smoking Oyster, Queen Trini Lisa, Fritai, The Pupusa Lady, Bukoo Buns, The Pupusa Lady, South of Eden, Laphet, Taco Cat, and Windowsill Pies. Tickets are $10. More info here. [press release]

POPEYES — Rapper Lil Scrappy presented his wife Bambi Benson with roses and a box of Popeyes for Valentine’s Day. “Thank you for always keeping my biscuits warm and buttery,” Benson posted to her boo on social media. [CELEBRITY INSIDER]

EATERWIRE — Blue Oak BBQ will dish out prime time Tex-Mex dishes to raise money for Hogs for the Cause at the restaurant this coming Monday, February 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Blue Oak is usually closed on Mondays). The menu includes tacos, queso con carne, fajitas, “yellow rice,” ranch beans, boudin chili rellenos, and smoked sea salt flan. The barbecue destination will do it a second time on March 12. [ADVOCATE]

RIP — Mr. Okra’s second line will directly follow the walk-through visitation services, which will be at Marigny Opera House from 1 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. [GAMBIT]

SWITCHEROOS — Ray’s on the Ave has moved to another ave. It’s now at 714 N. Claiborne in Treme, in a place that formerly housed Cohen’s Formal Wear. Ray’s on the Ave is from Elray Holmes, known for the Frenchman St. post-Katrina hang-out Ray’s Boom Boom Room. [ADVOCATE]

EATERWIRE — Loyola University will host ”Open Kitchens: Women Chefs Changing the New Orleans Food Scene” with Mary Sonnier of Gabrielle as moderator and Kristen Essig, Martha Wiggins, and Kelly Fields as panelists. The panel is at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Auditorium in the Communications and Music Complex. Admission is free. [GAMBIT]

NEWS — Local businesses like Cafe Hope and Ted Brennan’s Decatur are feeling the effects of bank First NBC’s failure. [CITY BUSINESS]

CONTROVERSIES — Instagram may be ruining the croissant. [E]