Every weekday, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Leslie J. Almeida, of NOLA Eats
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
In New Orleans, dining out is often the main course of an evening's festivities, rather than a mere appetizer. Nearly seven years ago, I sought out others that shared my love for socializing and dining, and NOLA Eats was born.
It all started on a social networking forum popular with the subculture sect. After several discussion threads on the topic of New Orleans food and dining were circulating, a few locals decided to get together for a meal. After declaring the event a success, we decided to make plans to meet again, unknowingly setting the foundation for what NOLA Eats is today; social dining. I created a forum dedicated to our shared interest and it grew from there, migrating to other social networking sites as newer ones became more popular. Since then, I have organized dozens of food and beverage events for a group that grows with each gathering.
Planning and hosting isn't new to me, having practically grown up in the service industry. Professionally, I've supervised the front-of-the-house of a family-owned restaurant and coordinated private events for a celebrity chef's restaurant. Making people feel welcome and assuring them a good time is inherent. It's second nature. With NOLA Eats, I enjoy making the arrangements, planning menus and coordinating with restaurants for the sake of having a good time with great people. As for the writing aspect, I created NOLA-Eats.com so I could share my favorite meals with friends, even if they weren't sitting at the table with me. It's evolved into my own cheerleading section for the home team, our home, New Orleans. It's where I can bring attention to the restaurants, eateries and bars locals and visitors alike want to know about. With contributions by Daniele Farrisi and Christy Lorio, NOLA Eats also covers vegetarian dining (which can be a challenge in a city known for its fried seafood) and booze (which is not a challenge to find).
New Orleans and, well, Louisiana in general is full of magic and I want to share the excitement with everyone, one meal at a time. NOLA Eats is more than a blog about eating. It's a blog about consuming New Orleans.
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Congrats Leslie for feasting on New Orleans and for helping in responding in earnest to the situation that our city is facing in the Gulf waters. Thanks for gathering and researching the best of our cuisine and culture. Un aplauso para Leslie!!!!
Thank you for your thanks ;) I appreciate your support more than you know.
Yay thanks for the shout out Leslie!
Thank you for your contributions in getting New Orleanians and visitors inebriated!
(Pssst! Christy also writes about Southern fashion at her blog: http://slowsouthernstylenola.blogspot.com/)
Oops. That's http://slowsouthernstylenola.blogspot.com/
Great job Leslie-Its always so nice to see someone who understands the unique cultural qualities of our wonderful lil city, NOW so more than ever that our food culture is on the brink of major changes with the whole BP OIL spill disaster. I am very proud of you having known you for a long time! Keep it up Sista for the sake of food and New Orleans!
Thank you, Martha! That's so sweet of you to say :)
I encourage everyone that isn't currently in the Gulf Coast area to do their research before canceling plans to visit Louisiana or eating/buying our seafood. As you said, if there is a time where we could use some love, it's now!
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