Meet: Ashe's "Standing in the Shadows (no more)" quilting workshop. Quilting and its function as a narrative device is of historical and cultural importance to both New Orleans and the larger African American community. The Ashe Cultural Arts Center is offering a free narrative quilting workshop from August 26 - November 25 (to be held each Tuesday from 6 - 8 PM). The workshops will facilitate participants' efforts to incorporate their own personal stories into textile collages. Each workshop will be attended by various storytellers, poets and speakers who will work with participants in crafting their visual narrative.
Finished quilts will be formally exhibited at Ashé Cultural Arts Center from March 3-April 30, 2015. "Standing in the Shadows" will then embark on a national and international tour in the fall.
Free and open to the public. RSVP: (504) 569-9070. Be sure to bring fabrix scissors and any fabrics you would like to share at the communal event. Sewing experience not necessary.
Eat: Adobo glazed wings at CellarDoor. With football season in progress -- or pre-progress, rather -- the wing roundups will be coming.
However, at some point, no matter how crispy yet succulent those wings are, wings will be wings. CBD gastropub CellarDoor serves a pleasantly plump cousin to the comparatively limp and average wing -- a wing that transforms the typical game bite into an edible obsession you come back for again and again. The adobo wing standout ($12 for 4 wings) consists of oversized chicken wings, glazed with a slightly sticky, umami glaze slathered on a thin layer of perfectly crisped skin resting atop succulent chicken stuffed with a tender dirty jazmine rice stuffing.
Drink: At Cane and Table's bottomless brunch. French Quarter proto-tiki bar and rustic colonial restaurant Cane and Table has launched a weekend-only bottomless brunch option, available noon to 2 PM. For $28 diners can enjoy a bottomless estuary of one of five cocktails -- the Colonial Mimosa, the Cane & Table Michelada, Sangria, Bloody Marys, or a daily punch-- plus one of two entree selections: grilled gulf Shrimp with cauliflower paella, yucca and pork hash or a veg-friendly stuffed poblano.
The one catch: After two hours of bottomless boozing, Cane and Table will cut you off, because too much of a good thing ain't so good.
Fete: On home game days at Emeril’s restaurants. Sometimes cheese fries and a beer just don’t cut it for dinner.
For occasions when you want a real meal, without combatting the ration lines at the Dome (truth be told, they have improved dining options), all of Emeril’s restaurants -- Emeril’s, Delmonico and NOLA -- will be extending their hours and offering Saints-inspired food and drink specials on all home Saints games through the end of the regular NFL season (including the next preseason home game on August 28th). Specialty cocktails include: the Saint Collins (gin, St. Germain, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup), the Who Dat Sweet Tea (blueberry-mint infused vodka, agave nectar, fresh brewed iced tea), the Fleur de Lis (cava, St. Germain, gold flake) and the Black & Gold (Crown Royal, Dolin vermouth, blackberry puree, Angostura bitters). You can find a detailed listing of the restaurants’ hours here.
Looking ahead: The meatiest party of the year, Emeril’s Boudin, Bourbon and Beer, is still a couple months out, but the presale tickets ($85, which will save you $15-20) ends on August 31. The all-inclusive event, which features 40+ boudin-orineted dishes from NOLA’s best chefs, specialty cocktails, brews and live entertainment will be on November 7 at Champion’s Square.
Wear: NOLA zip code necklaces. These babies are either a thoughtful gift for the New Orleans enthusiasts in your life or the friend who tends to overindulge in cocktails, wander and forget where they live -- maybe both. Each delicate gold chain bears a subtle pendant that bears a New Orleans zip code (70115, 70118, 70130, 70001, 70124 are the options currently available). The necklaces are available for $95 at Uptown women's boutique Azby’s.
Chelsea Lee is managing editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]