Recently, we lost one of the great guys of New Orleans, Michael Mizell-Nelson. A well-loved UNO professor and a historian of New Orleans, he was considered the expert on the history of the po-boy and its blue-collared underpinnings. Always interested in real history and in real people, Michael will never be forgotten by those that love New Orleans or those who admire the people bringing light and knowledge. R.I.P Michael.
He helped develop the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, an online archive of more than 25,000 photos and oral histories from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Take a look at this site that he and his colleagues built with stories from our city:
New Orleans Historical
and listen to Poppy Tooker’s great interview and remembrance of Michael
My pal Poppy Tooker gives a short and sweet overview of a few places that visitors and locals should check out or renew their acquaintance with in our city, many of them right here in the French Quarter. That alone makes Poppy an original and an authentic voice for the city and its culture since she is not afraid of embracing the Quarter and its delights and yet I know she won’t say it unless she means it. Brava Poppy. Moveable Feast On Location with Poppy Tooker in New Orleans – FineCooking.com.
French Quarter block by block favorite Poppy Tooker did a great show on seafood recently; Gerard Maras (a giant among chefs in our city) shares his boiling technique, Tenney Flynn who is still the best seafood chef in the Quarter, talked about fish handling, and finally Poppy and her guests discussed the ecological issues facing the harvesting community. Seafood is something Poppy knows a great deal about-she is a fisherwoman herself and one of the best champions of fishing families in Louisiana and across North America.
Can you remember to mark “listen to Louisiana Eats” to your Saturday calendar? I’d recommend it.
The Ebb And Flow Of Louisiana Seafood | WWNO.