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Red Beans, Red Wine & Rebuilds: a Katrina Anniversary Special

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Aug 26, 2015 11:47 AM

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, how does the city's food reveal how the place has changed? This hour-long special episode takes on that question, from what was eaten just after the storm to the stories of two restaurants that tap into the post-Katrina gentrification and marketing of New Orleans to the outside world.

This special presentation is part of the ongoing podcast series Gravy.  Hear this special presentation on WITF 89.5 & 93.3 Friday August 28 at 1:00pm (replacing the second hour of Here and Now.) 

In part one, we hear the personal stories of three New Orleanians, taken from blogs they kept in the immediate aftermath of Katrina. Food figures largely in their writing, and that food reveals residents who were already wrestling with what had irrevocably changed and what was holding true about their city. These blog posts are included in the new collection "Please Forward," edited by Cynthia Joyce.

In part two: what does a once-bohemian wine store and restaurant in one of the city's fastest gentrifying neighborhoods show us about the cultural transformation that part of town is undergoing? Writer Sara Roahen brings us the story of Bacchanal and the Bywater.

And in part three: was the post-storm resurrection of a beloved soul food restaurant in New Orleans uniformly a good thing? Reporter Keith O'Brien tells the story of the rebuilding of Willie Mae's Scotch House, once purely a local's favorite which now serves a growing clientele of tourists.  

More information about the podcast series Gravy...

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