Ask the Expert
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.