After a solid year-long pause on the food, music, and cultural festivities that help make New Orleans a vibrant city, in-person dinners, events, and food festivals are gradually returning, even if they look different from years past. While some annual events are postponed or canceled for 2021, there are plenty of noteworthy dining experiences happening around town this spring and summer. Below are a few food-and-drink-related things to do this week and weekend in New Orleans. For a roundup tracking all the new 2021 dates for festivals in New Orleans, see here.
Death & Co. Takeover at the Chloe
Garden District hotel hotspot the Chloe has established what it’s calling a monthly artist residency, hosting events with hospitality industry leaders from around the country. It kicks off this week with Dave Kaplan, the founder of big-time NYC cocktail bar Death & Company, which now also has locations in Los Angeles and Denver. On Monday, July 26 he’s running the pool bar, serving a menu of Death & Co original cocktails. The free event, from 5 to 9 p.m., can allow up to 100 people; a fireside chat in the lounge with Kaplan on Tuesday, July 27, is also free; tickets for the 6 to 7:30 p.m. event can also reserved via Resy.
Christmas in July Luncheon at Arnaud’s
Feast on crab cakes, tomato pie, croque madame, duck confit, and pan seared Gulf fish at Arnaud’s during their Christmas in July luncheon this Friday, July 30 while enjoying music and live entertainment at the legendary French Quarter restaurant. The three-course, prix fixe menu is $50 per person and includes one glass of rose. Reservations are available from 1:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by calling the restaurant.
Brew Together at Faubourg Brewery
Faubourg Brewery is hosting a very special dinner this Thursday, July 29, a five-course, beer-paired meal from chef Byron Bradley (who recently opened Del Sur in the Catahoula hotel). 100 percent of the ticket proceeds will go to the Made in New Orleans Foundation (MiNO) a nonprofit that works towards a New Orleans hospitality industry that grows, supports, and finances the success of BIPOC.
Satchmo Summer Fest
This weekend marks the 21st annual celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and Old U.S. Mint running July 30 through August 1 with outdoor music and food booths. Tickets are $7 in advance here or $10 at the door.
Rosa Blanca Wine & Music Festival
Local caterers and food trucks will abound at this weekend’s Rosa Blanca Wine & Music Festival, this Saturday, July 31, the first year for the event celebrating old-school R&B, hip-hop, reggae, and jazz. Tickets to the event, from 3 to 10 p.m. at Lafrieniere Park in Metairie, are $65, and it requests all-white attire, so take extra care while chowing down. Details can be found here.
Did we miss a special food or drink event happening in NOLA this week? Leave a comment or send an email.