POSTED Tue. Jun 9, 2015

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Pop Culinary Art

The New Orleans pop up dining scene continues to evolve and grow on a daily basis. Here’s five current favorites. The above main image, courtesy of Facebook, depicts a dinner at The PDR Nola.

Nola Foodsmiths

Comfort food with a twist. Leave your diet at home and come hungry and grab a drink from the bar. This is a late-night spot with all the goodies to make your dreams come true. Especially if you’ve been out drinking and having a good time.

An a la carte menu features dishes like Stuffed Shrimp: Louisiana shrimp stuffed with smoked jalepeno cream cheese wrapped in bacon and fried with a bourbon BBQ sauce and Crawfish Beignets with pepper jelly. Grab your friends, even if it’s like herding cats, to join the Nola Foodsmiths Thu., Fri. and Sat. nights 11pm-2am at Evangeline II. Menu Changes weekly, and is regularly updated on Facebook and Instagram (@nolafoodsmiths).

Karibu Kitchen

The patio at Handsome Willy’s comes alive from 4pm-10pm on Tuesday evenings with the succulent rotisserie meats of Karibu Kitchen. In addition to the weekly selection of meat, each menu features unique theme guiding the selection of the various sides and entrees. Fresh picked vegetables find their way from the farm to your mouth and all meat is fair game. No reservations necessary. Follow them on Facebook to see what’s cooking each week and to see where else to find them around town.

The PDR Nola

If you see the red lantern burning out front (above) of Chef Rita Bernhardt and William Barial’s home in the historic Treme near Armstrong Park, you know something is cooking and it is sure to be delicious. This is a sit down dinner affair (our main image depicts a PDR dinner), with course progression beginning with a charcuterie spread accompanied by house made mustard, pickles and jam and culminating with a dessert that you will find room for somewhere. Local ingredients come alive in the experienced hands of Chef Rita and with Barial as your host, fun will be had at this food speakeasy. Monthly menu available online at The PDR Nola. It’s BYOB so pick up your favorite bottle of wine on the way. Reservations required, $65 per person.

Sugarman’s 1000 Bagel Brunch (Through June 14th)

Sunday bagels, New York-style. Join Laura Sugerman for an a la carte menu of freshly baked bagels in the gorgeous Bayou St. John. This brunch pop-up at 1000 Figs is BYO, with fresh squeezed orange juice and hot brewed coffee available for purchase on-site. The bagel offerings include house cured salmon with herbed cream cheese, red onion, capers and heirloom tomato or a breakfast sandwich with yard egg, aged cheddar and house smoked bacon.

Not feeling a bagel? Yeasted waffles are also on the menu with hibiscus infused mascarpone and fresh local berries. Menu subject to change, follow Sugarman’s Bagels on Facebook for upcoming events. Brunch set to resume in August after a short summer vacationl check their Facebook page for more information.

Mosquito Supper Club

At Mosquito Supper Club, the ladies put their Southern Louisiana roots to work, making guests feel like they are eating Sunday dinner like Grandma made it. This pop up experience is a celebration of the bounty of seafood produced locally along the Gulf coast.

The original Supper Club is 5- course seated meal served family style. Expect to come in, sit down, and pass around pot after pot of delicious home-style cooking. Keep your plate, enjoy the company, and soak in the tastes and aromas of food cooked from the heart. Reservations required, 24-30 people max. at Cajun Records above Mr. Gregory’s Deli, 806 Rampart Street.

Join Effie and Melissa for a Cajun Brunch every third Saturday of the month at Zeitgeist Theater and Church Alley Coffee. From 10am–3pm guests can dine and dance live Cajun music (see above). Brunch dishes feature local seasonal ingredients, pay at the door. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter, @mosquitosupperclub. Prices vary. Book reservations and check their calendar on their website for other fun events like monthly Zydeco dancing shrimp boils.

Black Swan Food Experience

The Black Swan Food experience is a street food style union of Creole, Thai, and Caribbean flavors with Chef Nikki Wright serving soulful dishes such as avocado fries and crawfish fritters. You can find them weekly at Handsome Willy’s on Friday nights from 10pm until close.

Featuring a huge outside patio and jams by DJ RQAways, The Black Swan Food Experience propels customers into the weekend. No cover for tunes and delicious eats are a la carte. Follow @blackswanpopup on Instagram or visit them online for up-to-date information about additional pop-up locations and menus.

Images courtesy of Facebook.

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