Ray Cannata has eaten at over 750 New Orleans restaurants, so he knows a thing or two about hanging out. Margo Moss has turned Ted's Frostop from a greasy spoon into a considerably less greasy but not quite silver spoon. When the sun goes down on The NOLA Brewing Tap Room in the Irish Channel, Ray and Margo entertain members of New Orleans restaurant community. Their guests bring along a friend, a +1. Anything can happen.
Calling Luke Deadnettlez a barista is a little like calling Richard Branson a businessman, or Mick Jagger a vocalist. While it's essentially true, the job description doesn't begin to do justice to the scope of their influence.
Luke holds court daily at Z'otz coffee shop on Oak Street. He doesn't own the place - that distinction belongs to a couple Luke describes as "Old school New Orleans Goths" - but Luke's been there for a decade and his brand of intensity, humor, politics, and ambiguous relationship with normalcy permeates the place to such a degree that Z'otz has a brand as a New Orleans coffee shop every bit as defined as Starbucks' brand. If Starbucks was a cave peopled by every type of Crescent City coffee drinker from a marginally functional crack addict to a Presbyterian pastor with a pompadour.
Luke Deadnettlez - two thirds of his real name given to him at birth in Prattville Alabama - is a gay man in a loving relationship with a woman, the father of two children, a communist, permaculturist, universalist, ex acid swallowing ex Tulane architecture student who, if he doesn't and he probably does, should give thanks every day for the existence of New Orleans where he is able to live the life he wants and not just survive but thrive, shine and be a star in a caffeinated galaxy.