Ever since a fire destroyed the Dauphine Street factory for Hubig’s Pies, the maker of New Orleans’s beloved fried and filled pastry has taken residents on a decade-long emotional rollercoaster. Hubig’s devotees are on another high at the moment, after a Reddit user spotted a Hubig’s executive’s Facebook post about hiring, indicating production was imminent. The Times-Picyuane/New Orleans Advocate has the scoop: Drew Ramsey, the owner of Hubig’s, said the company is indeed hiring a team to work at the new production facility. The response was so overwhelming that the listing has since been “paused” while the company sorts through all the applications.
Still, some customers remain skeptical after years of heartbreak. As one Reddit user put it: “I’ll believe it when I eat it.”
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival showcases neighborhood newcomers
This weekend brings the return of a beloved Uptown bash that gathers more than 40 vendors to sling various po’ boy-inspired-creations, ranging from the expected (like cochon de lait) to the less so (like smoked meatloaf with pimento). The Oak Street Po-boy Festival returns Sunday, November 6 after a two-year pause, and in addition to familiar vendors, the festival will showcase a number of Oak Street newcomers — Mukbang, Seafood Sally’s, and 14 Parishes. Perhaps most excitingly, Juan’s Flying Burrito will be set up at its new location on Oak Street serving po’ boy versions of its staple tacos as well as the stiff drinks the local mini-chain is known for.
Get a sneak peek of the new Addis Nola
Acclaimed Ethiopian restaurant Addis Nola is celebrating its reopening in a new, bigger location (on November 10) with a sneak peek and block party this weekend, featuring live music, food, and local vendor pop-ups. The Afreaux Block Party at 2514 Bayou Road, celebrating Black businesses, cuisine, and culture, is free and open to the public and kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 (weather-dependent).
‘Pass the Peas’ at top NOLA restaurants for equity in hospitality
24 top local restaurants and bars are gearing up for a week-long fundraiser for the Made in New Orleans Foundation, also known as MiNO, a nonprofit that works for a more equitable hospitality industry in New Orleans. During Pass the Peas Week, November 5-11, the proceeds of special menu items at said restaurants, including Marjie’s Grill, Mister Mao, and the Munch Factory, go to support MiNO’s culinary scholarship and equity partnership programs. See here for a full list of participating restaurants and info about their MiNO on the Menu items, as well as other special events related to the fundraiser.
A student food hall pops up at NOCHI
For NOCHI’s Winter 2022 graduating class, the culinary institute has created a public-facing final project: a pop-up food hall featuring three different student concepts. Open to the public for lunch November 4, 7-9, 11, and 14-16, vendors serving barbecue, Japanese, and Nicaraguan cuisine will be onsite at the school from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The NOCHI Food Hall is open to the public for reservations, walk-ins, and to-go orders.