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Oct 26 - Nov 9, 2016
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Art is the Driving…

Oct 26 - Dec 30, 2016
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Comedy Gold hosted by…

Oct 26, 2016 - Jan 07, 2026
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Danse Macabre- The…

Oct 26 - 30, 2016
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David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 26, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Dean's List

Oct 26 - Dec 28, 2016
Dean's List is a variety show of a most unusual kind. This show blends improv,… more

Education Gallery…

Oct 26 - Nov 27, 2016
Artists and Sense of Place Residency Show featuring artwork created by students… more

Evenings with Enrique

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
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Happy's Running Club…

Oct 26 - Dec 28, 2016
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Oct 26, 2016 - Apr 09, 2017
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Oct 26 - 26, 2016
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Light Up the Night…

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
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Live Opera…

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
Opera Returns to Bourbon Street. Enjoy FREE opera entertainment at the Puccini… more

Ogden Museum of…

Oct 26 - Nov 8, 2016
Each year, the Ogden Museum celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead),… more

Ogden Museum of…

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
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Opera on Tap

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
Now in its 10th season, Opera on Tap presents the finest young local and… more

Oscar and The Blues…

Oct 26 - Dec 28, 2016
This bands plays Blues music, which guest musicians will sit in and play with… more

Royal Carriages…

Oct 26 - 26, 2016
Join us in celebrating Royal Carriages 75th Anniversary. For  the first… more

Saenger Theatre…

Oct 26 - 30, 2016
Join us for the Illusionists- Live from Broadway. This mind blowing spectacular… more

The Maison Presents -…

Oct 26, 2016 - Jul 26, 2017
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every… more

"Let Them Eat Cake!"…

Oct 26 - Nov 9, 2016
Join us for Exhibition for "Let Them Eat Cake!"  Fine Art… more

New Orleans Honored as One of the Tastiest Towns in the South in the May Issue of Southern Living

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Jennifer Zawadzinski

Kristen McElhone

New Orleans Honored as One of the Tastiest Towns in the South in the May Issue of Southern Living

The City Is Recognized for Its Masterful Oysters and Innovators

Birmingham, Ala. - To celebrate the best of today's Southern cuisine, Southern Living announces the "10 Tastiest Towns in the South," as determined by popular vote. Each town is featured in the May issue, on newsstands April 19th. For the full story, go to

Southern Living editors identified the most compelling food destinations across the region and allowed consumers to vote for their favorites once per day from January 10th to February 28th.

While Durham, NC took home the top award, New Orleans, LA impressed editors and voters alike. New Orleans was recognized as "a masterful, provocative gumbo of oysters and innovators," according to the magazine.

In the issue, Southern Living editors share the culinary vibe of each destination, identify its star tastemakers, and cite where to go for the best bites and the best nightcap.

Chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt are cited as the city's star tastemakers. The magazine also singles out Coquette, Borgne and Root and recommends The Que Guapo at Maurepas Foods.

"The South's culinary scene has become richer and more diverse than ever," said Southern Living Travel and Features Editor Jennifer Cole. "Whether you're a native or a tourist, there's an endless variety of dishes, restaurants and local flavors to discover across our region."

The Southern Living 10 "Tastiest Towns in the South" are:

Asheville, NC: Intrepid casual fare from a tight-knit, indie-chef community

Atlanta, GA: Tradition infused with global punch thanks to heritage-minded chefs

Austin, TX: Where smoke and swagger meet urban ethnic style with a twang
Charleston, SC:
Hyper-attention to local sourcing and indigenous heirloom ingredients

Durham, NC:  Artisans devoted to coffee beans, brews, and the craft of humble foods

Greenville, SC: Internationally inspired food with a locally owned, Main Street sensibility

Louisville, KY:  Refined fare without pretense, in a town where bourbon is king

Memphis, TN: A bountiful crossroads of 'cue, crops and rising culinary stars

Miami, FL: A culinary Mrs. Robinson (mature, refined, sexier than ever) with a Southern accent

New Orleans, LA: A masterful, provocative gumbo of oysters and innovators

Southern Living editors identified the top 10 "Tastiest Towns in the South" based on the following criteria:

  • Food as a cultural identity: The unique food or ethnicity that defines a particular Southern region
  • Growth of a culinary-minded community: The influence that the culinary industry has on the local community and tourism
  • Diverse cuisine at a variety of price points: Accessibility to hearty, flavorful meals at any budget
  • Local, sustainable food practices: The focus on sourcing products from local purveyors to geographically define where each meal comes from
  • Hot chefs on the rise: The influence of the area's culinary talent in the media and pop culture
  • Abundance of buzz-worthy food events: The number of festivals in the area that celebrate all things food and drink
Southern Living celebrates the best of the Southern lifestyle, focusing on food, home, travel, garden, and style.  The brand connects consumers with the region's rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms.  Headquartered in Birmingham, AL, the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. Time Inc. is a Time Warner company.

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