Ask the Expert

Where New Orleans - - WHERE NEW ORLEANS -

Concierge at the Mar­riott Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Q: What’s the coolest thing about sum­mer in New Or­leans?

A: All of the fun fes­ti­vals. In June we have the French Mar­ket Cre­ole Tomato Fes­ti­val, the Ca­jun-Zy­deco Fes­ti­val and the Oys­ter Fest (p. 16), which is a fa­vorite.

Q: Give three sug­ges­tions for beat­ing the heat.

A: Wear light, cool clothes, drink plenty of wa­ter and find a shady spot where you can lis­ten to some mu­sic.

Q: Where would you guide guests in search of a hot new restau­rant?

A: We have so many. One of the hottest is Restau­rant Re­birth (p. 22). I’m a gumbo snob, and the gumbo chef Ricky Cheramie makes is just won­der­ful. He’s a Ca­jun boy from down the bayou, and his gumbo takes you away to a lit­tle south Lou­i­si­ana town, with every­body out un­der the oak trees at long wooden ta­bles with linen cloths hav­ing a won­der­ful fam­ily time.

Q: Snoballs or ice cream?

A: Snoballs. I send peo­ple Uptown to Plum Street Snoballs (1300 Bur­dette St., 504.866.7996). I’ve been go­ing there since my kids were lit­tle.

Q: Essence Fest kicks off at month’s end. Where would you send vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the true essence of New Or­leans?

A: Most peo­ple would say the French Quar­ter, but for me it’s French­men Street. That is the essence of New Or­leans. It’s laid­back and has a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing, from food to mu­sic.

Ca­jun-Zy­deco Fest

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