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We've Got Your Weekend: Food, food, food

Former Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo launches a biweekly bake sale pop up thins Sunday,

Former Lilette pastry chef Beth Biundo launches a biweekly bake sale pop up thins Sunday,

Friday / Food news: It would seem that every day is Food Day in New Orleans. But elsewhere they seem to need reminding. So national Food Day was created to celebrate food and bring importance to food issues. And that's a serious conversation: 23.5 million Americans live in a food desert, an area without access to fresh, healthy, and affordable foods. And New Orleans is no exception -- even if we do put more pizzazz into our observances, like the 200-satsuma group peel planned at noon on Friday. Other activities range from hula-hooping to cooking demos, all from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the French Market.  Find out more at the French Market website and the NOLA Food Day blog.

Saturday / Shane's shout out: Community Records 7th annual block party at the Carver Theater (2101 Orleans). Doors open at noon. Tickets $17 advance / $20 at the door.

Learn more about the music festival in our interview with one of the performing artists, Sundog.

Saturday / Water show: NPR PresentsWater +/- launches its eight-city national tour right here in the Big Easy (but of course!) on Saturday. NPR and WWNO Public Radio present the multi-media production that combines national and local news coverage, music, poetry, storytelling, and visual projections to explore how too much or too little water is shaping lives and affecting communities around the country and the world. The evening will be co-hosted by NPR’s Michele Norris and WWNO’s Eve Troeh and will feature Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change); Tony Award-nominee, Michele Shay (August Wilson’s Seven Guitars); Jason Dirden (Tony Award-winning Production, A Raisin in the Sun); and Lucas Caleb Rooney (Boardwalk Empire). Members of the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars Band will perform in the show. The series will highlight each city’s unique, nuanced relationship with water. The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Saenger Theater. Tickets are $25-$45; get more information here.

Saturday / Whole hog: Here's one we've all been waiting for. After taking a break during the summer heat, Salu Bistro and Bar on Magazine Street is back on with its Monthly Pig Roasts. The first will take place on Saturday throughout the day on the restaurant’s outdoor patio. Executive Chef Dustin Brien will prepare a whole hog, cochon-de-lait style, and serve up $5 sandwiches along with $3 domestic beers, all washed down with live music from noon to 3 p.m.

 Sunday / Bywater bake sale: Beginning this Sunday, the former pastry chef at Lillete, Beth Biundo, will offer her homemade sweets at biweekly popup bake sales (held on Sundays) from 2 - 5 PM at Satsuma Cafe (3218 Dauphine). Biundo will offer a variety of cookies, individual slices of layered and loaf cakes ($2-$6), as well as whole cakes beginning November 2. Specific selections from this weeks bake sale include pumpkin sugar cookies, apple ginger upside down cake and chocolate peanut brittle layer cake.

Renee Peck is editor of NolaVie. Email her at [email protected]