Some people say New Orleans’s best culinary days are behind it. Not me. When I took a trip down there recently, I discovered an amazing new food ’hood, toured the city with a TV star who plans to open up grocery stores that will feel like a party and hung out with a trailblazing chef who’s working to supply the world with tastier pork. And that’s just now. I’m betting that in the future, New Orleans will become one of the country’s premier sources of culinary talent. First, NOCCA—the renowned creative-arts school whose graduates include Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr.—has launched a cooking program with help from local superstar Emeril Lagasse. Then there’s the upcoming, $35 million John McDonogh culinary high school, located just outside the French Quarter. If there’s ever going to be a food world dream team, odds are it’ll come from New Orleans.
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The Wendell Pierce Treme Tour
I will never stop mocking the people who take that ridiculous Sex and the City bus tour around Manhattan. But even so, if anyone ever launches a Treme tour of New Orleans, I’ll be the first one on the bus to gawk at sights from the HBO series, which is devoted to the city’s post–Hurricane Katrina music-and-food scene—even if it means the locals see me as a hopeless tourist.