Where to Hear Great Live Music in NOLA!

Here are a few New Orleans spots where you can enjoy great live music during your stay!

Rock n Bowl - this is NOT your mama's bowling alley! Some of the best bands in town play here. Lots of fun, lots of dancing, bowling optional. Usually a $5 - $10 cover. Smoke-free.
Chickie Wah Wah - cool & funky with top-notch local performers. Cover charge varies.
Jeremy Davenport - Ritz-Carlton. Terrific trumpet player & crooner. Smoke-free.
Irvin Mayfield's Playhouse - Royal Sonesta. Gathering place of many of New Orleans' best jazz musicians. Smoke-free.

d.b.a. Fun music venue in the heart of the Fauborg Marigny. Smoke-free.

Snug Harbor - It's not uncommon to find a member of the Marsalis family holding court here. Nice jazz club.


Menu: Friday Evening Reception

La Petite Grocery, Chef Justin Devillier
Chilled corn soup with hearts of palm
Pork cheeks with tomato jam

Ste. Marie, Chef Chris Foster
Spicy tuna tartare with avocado mousse, coriander, grilled country bread
Rabbit ragu with house-made pappardelle, parmesan

Sylvain, Chef Sean McCusker
Shaved brussels sprouts with apples, pecorino, hazelnuts
Chicken liver crostini with Maras Farm’s sprouts, dandelion gastrique

The Grill Room, Chef Drew Dzejak
Gluten free gulf shrimp dip
Gluten free Louisiana crab dip in endive

Shrimp & orzo
Crawfish etouffee

Sucre, Chef Tariq Hanna
Black truffle hazelnut macaroon ‘PoPs’
Local honeyed rice cream parfait


GW Fins, Chef Tenney
Gluten free bite sized chocolate bombes- white & dark chocolate mousse on a base
of flourless chocolate cake, covered in chocolate ganache


Where to Eat Breakfast in NOLA!

Before conference sessions begin at 9am on Saturday and Sunday, delight in a proper NOLA breakfast at any of these 5 recommended restaurants- all delicious and within walking distance of the Hotel Monteleone!

Camellia Grill - 540 Chartres Street. A New Orleans institution. A great diner serving some of the best omelets, waffles, burgers, etc. in town. And the service is full of personality! Very reasonably priced.
Hours: 7 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Cafe du Monde - 800 Decatur Street. THE original beignets and cafe au lait.
Hours: Open 24/7.
Stanley - 547 St. Ann Street - facing Jackson Square. Delicious egg dishes!
Hours: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Cafe Fleur de Lis - 307 Chartres Street. A solid, traditional breakfast.
Hours: Mon.- Sat. 7 a.m. - 3 p.m, Sun. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Old Coffee Pot - 714 St. Peter. Old NOLA classic with good Bloody Marys!
Hours: Opens at 8 a.m. daily.

Welcome Winebow!


As a first time sponsor at the International Food Bloggers Conference, Winebow will be pairing wines from its highly acclaimed portfolio with the very special Saturday evening dinner!

Winebow is a major importer and distributor of a wide range of fine wines, spirits and sakes from the world’s most prominent growing regions, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, Italy, and Spain. The company’s premium Italian wine collection, under the Leonardo LoCascio Selections label, is widely recognized as the de facto seal of approval for Italian wine enthusiasts. Winebow is headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Wallingford, Connecticut.

For more information please visit www.winebow.com

Follow Winebow on Twitter @WinebowWine

Welcome Abita Beer!

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The Abita Brewery is pleased to welcome you to IFBC 2011 in New Orleans. Abita is Louisiana’s favorite brew and our beer sponsor this year. Founded 25 years ago and nestled in the piney woods north of New Orleans Abita brews full-flavored ales and lagers in small batches, hand- crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. These all natural brews are made with only the finest ingredients and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by their loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes.

To learn more about the Abita Brewery visit http://abita.com/
Follow them on Twitter @TheAbitaBeer
Find them on Facebook

Featured Speaker: Craig Walker!

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Craig Walker is the founder and CEO of FireSpotter Labs, a mobile applications and services developer which just released its first product, Nosh. Nosh is an iPhone and Android app that helps people find what’s good at restaurants with menu item reviews and photos from the community.

Prior to founding Firespotter, Walker was Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures. Previously, Walker was the CEO and co-founder of GrandCentral Communications – which was acquired by Google in July 2007 (now Google Voice) – where he became the Group Product Manager for the Real Time Communications Group responsible for Google Voice, Google Talk and Google Talk Video. Craig was also the CEO of Dialpad Communications, where he transformed it into the most profitable VoIP company in the industry and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005 (now Yahoo! Voice).

Walker received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1988, and subsequently earned both an MBA from Georgetown University and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.

Find Craig on Nosh: http://www.nosh.me/cwalker123
Follow Craig on Twitter @cwalker123
Follow Firespotter on Twitter @firespotter
Find Firespotter on Facebook!

Welcome Jordan Vineyard and Winery!

jordan winery

Jordan Vineyard & Winery returns to IFBC as wine sponsor for a second year! Nominated for two Wine Blog Awards in 2011, the family-owned estate produces a weekly video blog featuring the Jordans, their winemaker and chef named The Journey of Jordan. Since 1976, the Jordan family has been renowned for its elegant wines, culinary excellence and gracious hospitality. Jordan Vineyard & Winery lies tucked into the hills of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, where the iconic Jordan chateau overlooks 1,400 acres of rolling hills and vineyards with three quarters of the land dedicated to natural habitat. Today, second-generation vintner John Jordan continues to build upon the legacy of his parents, preserving the timeless winemaking qualities of balance, finesse and food affinity. 

Learn more about Jordan's fantastic selection of wines here: www.jordanwinery.com
Follow them on Twitter @JordanWinery
Find them on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Gwen Pratesi!

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The very lovely Gwen Pratesi will speak on the Blogging Your Values at IFBC New Orleans!

Gwen Pratesi began her blog, Bunkycooks, in 2009 as a way to share her lifelong passion for cooking with friends and family. Bunkycooks quickly grew, evolving into a food, travel and lifestyle blog.

In June 2010, Gwen transformed her website by creating her now well-known On The Road adventures and Chef Interviews series. These series highlight travel to unique local farms, producers, chefs and restaurants that compliment her food and recipes. She informs, educates and entertains her audience with stories about the people and places behind our food.

By building on her previous work experience as a Personal and Executive Assistant in Boston, she has created a new venture, On The Road Culinary Adventures. These premium events take guests on a culinary road trip to meet and work with some of America’s best chefs, visit unique farms, wine and spirits producers and other special destinations. She also organizes private dinners and cooking classes with award-winning chefs to round out these adventures.

Gwen has been featured on several food websites including Fine Cooking.com, and has been written about in several Atlanta area newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She organized and hosted Food Blog Forum in Atlanta, September 2010, the first food blogging conference to take place in the Southeast.

When she isn’t traveling, you can find Gwen in Atlanta or in the mountains of North Carolina writing, cooking, entertaining and spending time with her husband and Tibetan Terrier.

Learn about Gwen's upcoming  On the Road Culinary Adventures tour in September!

Follow Gwen on Twitter @BunkyCooks
Find her on Facebook!

Cooking Demo with Restaurant R'Evolution's Chef John Folse!

restaurant r'evolution

Journey through the evolution of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole cuisine with world-renowned Chef John Folse, co-owner and executive chef of the upcoming Restaurant R’evolution. Located in the heart of the French Quarter at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Restaurant R’evolution’s mission is to create modern, imaginative reinterpretations of classic Cajun and Creole cuisine. Chef Folse will demonstrate two delicious dishes on Saturday afternoon at IFBC New Orleans!

Demo Dishes:

Shrimp & Hominy Stew
The perfect example of the intermarriage of Native American, African and Spanish cuisine in New Orleans.
Food allergens: seafood

Corn & Crab Bisque Cappuccino
Like gumbo, Corn & Crab Bisque is an icon in Creole cuisine. In this demonstration you will witness the evolution of the classic dish to the contemporary interpretation.
Food allergens: seafood, milk

Wines of Navarra to Make a Splash at IFBC NOLA!

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Wines of Navarra, a group of quality wine producers in Navarra, Spain, had entirely too much fun at the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Virginia and decided it could not go back home without making a visit to the great cuisine capital of New Orleans.

At the Friday, August 26th, Meet & Greet Wine Hour the Wines of Navarra will pour a large selection of incredibly diverse and delicious wines in the hotel’s Royal rooms from 5:15 – 6:30PM. The wines will be paired with foods from a local NOLA restaurant.

Navarra, situated right next to Rioja in Spain, is an independent kingdom that has been making wine since before France was a country. Come taste the diversity of Navarra and see why the wines are just so perfect for pairing with every kind of cuisine.

To prepare for your taste of a kingdom of wines, visit us at www.winesofnavarra.com

Twitter: @navarrawine

Facebook: winesofnavarra


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