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Friends of City Park – LARK 2017

Since 1982, Lark in the Park has been the premier annual fundraising event hosted by Friends of City Park. With 85 percent of City Park’s operating income coming from self-generated funds, events like Lark in the Park are critical to the park’s capital improvements. Recent projects include funding part of City Park’s new miniature golf complex, City Putt, the renovation and restoration of the Peristyle, the creation of a new entrance for the Botanical Garden and Storyland and more! – See more at:

This year, proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Tad Gormley Stadium field. This amazing event was held for the first time on the field at Tad Gormley Stadium.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience 2016

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience 2015

Congratulations to this year’s New Orleans Wine and Food Event King of Louisiana Seafood New Orleans Chef and owner of The Sammich Mike Brewer.
So happy for him and for the recognition of his creative culinary talents.

It was great running into many of the Chefs I’ve gotten to know over the years and whose restaurants I’ve dined at and enjoyed many
good meals; that includes Chef Tom Wolfe. Got to know him pre-Hurricane Katrina when he had his Wolfe’s restaurant in West End and
enjoyed his great duck dish. Now he’s the Executive Chef of the Rib Room in the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter.

Also check out the feast for the eye courtesy of Superior Grill Restaurant its called a Chaud-Froid; translated it means “hot-cold,”
in French. Its basically a jellied sauce used to decorate serving platters to coat chicken breasts or other cooked and cooled items.

Just in case you couldn’t make it to Nola – enjoy some of the scenes from this year’s NOWFE.

2015 Hogs for the Cause

March 2015 – Lark in the Park Fundraiser

2014 Oak Street PoBoy Festival New Orleans


Liz Interviews Philip Bailey
Earth Wind & Fire



2013 New Orleans OffBeat Awards

This past Saturday Shelley Brown and I were honored to co host
the OffBeat Awards to a very enthusiastic audience.

Congratulations to all the award winners!!!

You can see more info at

Liz Reyes & Shelley Brown WVUE














Liz & Shelley WVUE








Liz & Shelley WVUE









New Orleans Latino Flavor

New Orleans is known for many things, but often the city’s multi culture ethnicity is overlooked.

The Latino community is very much a thriving segment of the metro
New Orleans scene, and Latin cuisine is popping up all over with world
class restaurants delivering the flavors of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Today I am going to show you a few of my favorite local Latin hot spots
around town, including a new Colombian restaurant.

Featured Video:

Mais Arepas
1200 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Mon – Closed
Tue – Sat 11:30am 2:30pm & 6pm – 10pm
Sun 6pm – 10 pm

Owner: Chef David Mantilla

Latino cuisine just got a whole lot better in New Orleans.  Former partner
in another well known Colombian restaurant Baru Bistro and Tapas,
David Mantilla has gone out on his own to expand the Colombian
food scene.

Mantilla recently opened Mais Arepas with a focus on the Colombian
staple, the delicious Arepa.

I first tasted one of these delicious treats when I was working in
Bogotá Colombia, and I’ve craved them ever since.  Now I don’t have
to go far to experience it again.

Hailing from Cali Columbia, Chef Mantilla wanted to re-create some of
the delicious foods he grew up with in Colombia.

His food is colorful, intensely flavored, and you’re sure to have a
wonderful experience.


Other places around town to check out:

Norma’s Sweets Bakery
3221 Georgia Ave Kenner LA 70065
(504) 467-4309
Mon-Sun 7am-8pm

Owner Norma Castillo a native of Honduras has long loved baking, and her
customers agree! 
With two locations, one in Kenner and the other in
Mid City, you don’t have to go far to 
experience the delicious foods
from across Latin America.

Left: Pastelitos Right: Guava Pasteles

Left: Pastelitos Right: Guava Pasteles

From Honduran and Nicaraguan tamales to Cuban pastelitos,
Tres Leches, and those yummy 
guava pasteles, you’re sure
to walk away with a smile on your face from the burst of
flavor you’ll experience.


Churros Cafe
3100 Kingman St Metairie, LA 70006

(504) 885-6516
Mon-Wed 11 am – 4 pm
Thu-Sat 11 am – 9 pm

Churros Cafe was opened in 1993 by Cuban natives Vivian and José Nieto
who fled Cuba for a better life, coming to America and ending up in
New Orleans.  With a love for food and missing their home style cooking,
Churros was a natural outcome.

Specializing in home style Cuban cuisine, Churros has an extensive menu
of entrées and desserts that rivals the best Cuban restaurants in Miami’s
“Little Havana”.   Having worked in Miami myself, I can tell you that Churros
is as exceptional as the famous Miami Versailles Restaurant or La Carrette.

You simply cannot go wrong with a meal at Churros Cafe!

Cuban Papas Rellenas

Cuban Papas Rellenas










Above:  Photos 1 – 8 as per the recipe below, showing
Vivian making Cuban Papas Rellenas and the finished product shown in Photo 9



  1. Six medium size potatoes
  2. Mash with butter
  3. Use a ice cream scooper to scoop
  4. Mould a space in middle of it
  5. Add sautéed cooked ground beef
  6. Roll and cover open center
  7. Dip potatoe ball in egg
  8. And then deep fry


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