Poppy’s Drag Brunch Heats Up

On Thursday August 9, I packed up my truck for my usual trip to Ohio. I started to pack it around 6:15 a.m. to try to beat the heat and the street parade of hustlers eyeing my stuff. Even with that, the sweat that ran down my back and arms from the humidity and baked in heat of the asphalt made it clear that there would be no relief. As for the guy who threw trash into my truck bed, I told him off and even though he ambled off the block with a finger raised over his head, I felt better.  As Walt Whitman said, agitation is the most important factor of all.

That heat, the fact that I work from a laptop at home, and have a sister who has a generous nature and a comfortable home on the shores of one of the Great Lakes, means the pull to leave for a while is too great for me to resist.

But even though I am gone-pecan until the true fall arrives sometime in Mid-November with its wonderful slate of outdoor events and the arrival of citrus season, it doesn’t mean that New Orleans is ever far from my mind. I’ll continue to post about events and issues and have momentary pangs of homesickness too.

This is one event that I am sorry to miss:

Book signing with author Poppy Tooker
August 31, 2019 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Shop at The Collection, 520 Royal Street
Admission to the event is free. The book retails for $29.99
and supports Crescent Care.
Join radio personality, author, and culinary activist Poppy Tooker as she and some special guests sign copies of her forthcoming book Drag Queen Brunch on Saturday, August 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Shop at The Collection, the museum shop of The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Drag Queen Brunch (Rainbow Road Press, 2019) features gorgeous colorful photography by Sam Hanna of dishes (both ladies and recipes) in some of New Orleans’s most iconic restaurants and courtyards. With every turn of the page, Drag Queen Brunch brings readers to the next stop of an unforgettable time with Tooker and a bevy of rollicking drag queens. 
The event is free, and coincides with Southern Decadence. The book will be available for $29.99. Refreshments from SoBou will be available for guests ages 21 and older. 
A portion of the proceeds from Drag Queen Brunch benefit Crescent Care, a healthcare initiative established by the NO/AIDS Task Force and the Lazarus House.
The Shop at The Collection — which has expanded to nearly 2,000 square feet — is located in THNOC’s new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Customers may also shop online at www.hnoc.org/shop.

Poppy is my dear friend but even if that weren’t true, I’d surely tell you to go to her talks, buy her books, and generally listen in on whatever is in her ever-so practical, generous, slightly dangerous New Orleans mind.  She WILL make you feel better about the two-showers a day temps and help you once again love the diverse creativity of our place.

Her commitment to the LGBTQ community has been so steadfast for decades  you can be sure that her book and the brunches are both celebratory and deeply insightful to why the drag community deserves to be lionized as true artists. As for me, their work to bring glamour back to everyday life,  living ones personal life in line with the political, and their constant education on behalf of the LGBTQ community are some of why I’d say drag deserves the big table. I am sure Poppy will have more.

I’ll be writing at the site below while I am gone in case you are interested.


History of a New Orleans friend

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

Moveable Feast On Location with Poppy Tooker in New Orleans

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.

The Ebb And Flow Of Louisiana Seafood | Louisiana Eats

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.


On Saturday, December 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., culinary enthusiast, author, and radio host Poppy Tooker will sign copies of her new book Louisiana Eats!: The People, Their Food, and Their Stories (Pelican Publishing Company, August 2013) at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s museum shop, located at 533 Royal Street in the French Quarter.

Book signing with Poppy Tooker, author of Louisiana Eats!: The People, Their Food, and Their Stories
Saturday, December 7

2–4 p.m.
The Shop at The Collection, 533 Royal Street
Free and open to the public. The book retails for $24.95 and will be available for purchase at the event.

As the host of the popular public radio show Louisiana Eats!, Tooker is passionate about food and the people who make it. Her new book gives readers an in-depth, behind the scenes look at Louisiana food producers and personalities interviewed on her show.

The book introduces the reader to stories previously untold with transcripts of 15 interviews with specialists of iconic Louisiana foods, accompanying essays and recipes and portrait photographs by David Spielman of the subjects. Tooker, a native New Orleanian, examines the place that food and race play on Louisiana’s tables and champions the growers and food producers who are preserving endangered indigenous ingredients like Creole cream cheese and mirlitons.

Louisiana Eats! retails for $24.95 and will be available for purchase at the event. In addition to hosting the signing with Tooker, The Shop at The Collection will also be hosting its annual Member Appreciation Day and trunk show with Mignon Faget, Ltd. on December 7, giving readers and shoppers plenty of reasons to visit. More information is available at http://www.hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662.