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Restoring New Orleans Restaurants




Restaurants lead recovery



New Orleans has one of the strongest culinary traditions in the US, if not the entire world.

New Orleans restaurants were among the first businesses in the city to re-open their doors after the levee failures. In fact, some scarcely closed as chefs and kitchen staffs labored around the clock to provide food to rescue workers and first responders.

How can you help New Orleans right now?

Amazingly, it can be as simple as coming to town and eating like a king (or queen.) How hard is that?

This short documentary was originally presented at the 2006 James Beard Awards in New York City as a tribute to New Orleans chefs who were collectively recognized for their collective efforts.

New Orleans is world famous for its music, architecture, diversity and, perhaps most of all, its food. This documentary portrays the state of restaurants in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. It includes interviews with chefs who lost their restaurants to the flooding as well as those who cooked for first responders and nourished the soul of many New Orleaneans struggling to rebuild their lives.

This short documentary was originally presented at the 2006 James Beard Awards in New York City as a tribute to New Orleans chefs who were collectively recognized for their humanitarian efforts.

This project is part of a series of short documentaries produced by the non-profit, New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC).

Several New Orleans filmmakers were challenged to create a short documentary on New Orleans as we try to gain support from the nation to help rebuild our great city.

The stories provide a snap shot of life in New Orleans following Katrina from a local point-of-view.

The budget for each short documentary is $500.

Posted on: January 5, 2007




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