It’s a bye week for the Saints, all the more reason to attend the other sporting event that obsesses everyone who lives south of I-10. I’m not talking about basketball or duck hunting, although both accurate footwork and being a good shot are components of this grill iron. Grab your wooden spoon and black iron skillet, (figuratively, of course) and head down to the Big Easy for an evening with the baddest boy behind the flame, Anthony Bourdain.

Aficionados of food writing will remember when Bourdain roared onto the national scene with his behind-the-butcher-knife tell all, Kitchen Confidential. Outrageously funny and wildly overheated, Bourdain followed with more books, and is currently escorting his fans on a global eating orgy as the star of  “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations,” on the Travel Channel.

His connections with New Orleans began post Hurricane Katrina, when he brought his TV crew to film the struggles of restaurateurs and chefs in the Crescent City. In a recent interview with Times-Picayune food critic Brett Anderson, Bourdain pokes Emeril in the belly and lauds Donald Link’s pork-centric cuisine. It’s a rare opportunity to catch the former chef and current food star in person. Bourdain will be speaking on Thursday night in New Orleans. 

Anthony Bourdain kicks off the inaugural New Orleans’ Speakers Series Thursday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts. Tickets are $37.50 to $60. To reserve a seat call (800) 745-3000 or go to

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