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Mr. Okra’s Truck Heads Back Out on the Road

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Sergio Robinson continues her father’s tradition of selling produce from the truck
Stephanie Carter

MAKIN’ GROCERIES — The unmistakable, but still somber, voice of Mr. Okra’s daughter, Sergio Robinson, flooded Uptown streets today as she made the regular rounds singing and selling the day’s produce offerings in her father’s colorful, Dr. Bob-painted pick-up truck with Willie “Frog” Nelson. She told Eater that she officially resumed the route yesterday. Arthur “Mr. Okra” Robinson died on February 15. He was 75 years old. [ENOLA]

Plus, Robért Fresh Market’s Marigny store will hold grand opening this Saturday (but it officially opened last December). Eater’s sister-site, Curbed, has the scoop. [CURBED NOLA]

COMING ATTRACTIONS — Tujague’s and Bar Frances owner Mark Latter is plotting a courtyard wine bar for Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District. [UPTOWN MESSENGER]

CONTROVERSIES — On that note, The Lens is wondering whether Big Brother should get to watch people buy booze in the Big Easy? [LENS]

THE LUNCH LINE — Ancora pizza on Freret Street just added lunch and a happy hour. Happy hour, which runs between the new lunch and dinner, includes specials on snacks, pizza, Italian spritzes, beer, and sparkling wine. [NOLA.COM]

EVENTWIRE — Alon Shaya will celebrate the release of his new cookbook, Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel, at Compére Lapin on March 13. [GAMBIT]

EATER IDK — Deep in the immense archives of the Times-Pic, the team has found the worst sno-balls of all time. [NOLA.COM]

FISH FRY — Ian McNulty visits a Friday fish fry at the Old Arabi Bar. [ADVOCATE]

FOOD IN FILM — WGNO chats with food stylists who keep food looking (not tasting) good on movie sets. They use glue to keep milk from looking runny and insert wires into shrimp to get that perfect shape. [WGNO]

SWITCHEROOS — Google just sold Zagat. Here’s everything you need to know. [E]

LISTCICLES— USA Today published a “reductive” list of a female chef in every state. (There’s even one in yours!) There are binders-full of talented female chefs in Louisiana, and the uber-talented Kristen Essig got the nod. Here are seven alternate headlines for the list. [E]

EVENTWIRE — Speaking of Kristen Essig, she’ll be joining chef and Yes Ma’am Foundation founder Kelly Fields, and Chef Elizabeth Falkner, on March 10 at Willa Jean for a four-course dinner, with cocktails and passed apps, to raise money for the Yes Ma’am Foundation, which aims to “create community, leadership and mentorship opportunities for women in the restaurant and hospitality industry.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $200 and available here.

All EaterWire Coverage [ENOLA]

All EventWire Coverage [ENOLA]


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