When it comes to Jazz Fest, many New Orleans residents (and beyond) have come to identify something personal that ensures their attendance at the pricey, oftentimes blazingly hot festival year after year. For some, it’s the uplifting gospel tent, for others it’s the Fais Do-Do stage, and for a surprising many, it’s the crawfish bread. Because while Jazz Fest is famous for its food — dishes like crawfish Monica, cochon de lait po’ boys, and crawfish strudel — Panorama Foods’s crawfish bread is perhaps the most famous of them all. That crawfish bread, as well as Panorama’s sausage bread and shrimp bread, will not be served at Jazz Fest this year, ending its 35-year run as a vendor, reports the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate.
John Ed Laborde cites a number of factors in the decision, including the “all-consuming effort” it takes for the Marksville, Louisiana company to participate in the New Orleans festival, rising costs, and changes in the Jazz Fest contract this year. While Panorama’s crawfish bread is still available for online ordering and shipping, it’s the end of an era for Laborde, who told Eater in 2021 when Jazz Fest was canceled, “We love New Orleans, we love being a part of it. We just have to hope we’re going to be past all this by the spring, and that we’ll get to see all our friends again.”
Osteria Lupo, one of the most anticipated new Orleans restaurant openings for 2023, has set its fast-approaching debut date: April 5. The restaurant is from Costera partners Brian Burns, the former chef de cuisine of Donald Link seafood favorite Peche, and Reno De Ranieiri, a longtime Link group manager and sommelier. While the menu is still in development, the duo has shared a few pasta-heavy specifics: radiatori with Louisiana blue crab; campanella with porcini, maitake, and shiitake; and seared scallops with asparagus risotto.
Parran’s Po-Boys, a 45-year-old New Orleans institution for po’ boys and Creole Italian specialties, has closed the doors at its most recently-opened outpost, Parran’s at 4920 Prytania Street, according to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate. Owner Al Hornbrook has decided to concentrate on the two original locations in Metairie and Kenner, declining to resign the third location’s lease five years after opening to great fanfare in 2018.
While a New Orleans pop-up known for creative Indian specialties prepares to open its first restaurant, it’s also helping New Orleanians experience a proper Holi, the Hindu festival celebrating colors, spring, love, and joy. LUFU NOLA (which stands for Let Us Feed U) is spreading the word about the celebration, also known as the festival of colors, which is hosted by Prashant Kakad, better known as DJ Prashant, Vybes Nation Nola, and others. It takes place Saturday, April 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. at 1681 Religious Street, the home of Deja Vieux Food Park.