It’s a sure sign of hurricane recovery when Times-Picayune restaurant writer Brett Anderson starts handing out beans again. While most reviewers paste on stars to indicate excellence in the restaurants they critique, it’s a TP tradition to ladle out red beans -- five for superior cooking down to one, or none, for not-so-good. It’s been nearly three years since Hurricane Katrina swamped the best cooking in the western hemisphere. Anderson spent that time writing hard news, food news, features, and best bets; today marks his weekly return to holding New Orleans’ chefs' feet to the grill fire. He explains his decision to begin writing restaurant reviews again in today’s TP.
“So as the recovery wore on, my reluctance to return to criticism wasn’t because there was no great food to be had. By my measure, most of our highest achieving restaurants were, remarkably, performing at or near pre-Katrina levels around the first anniversary. I was, rather, uncomfortable with what the critical analysis of food and service could imply: that things were back to normal when they so clearly were not.
Finally, there was too much good food out there to hold out any longer.”
Today’s review is of French Quarter bistro Mr. B's, a restaurant in the Brennan family group, which includes Commander’s and Bacco.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.