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.
Rev. Dr. Raymond Fortier Cannata is the subject of a feature length documentary, The Man Who Ate New Orleans, which has shown in numerous film festivals and theaters (Puerto Rico, Brooklyn, Atlanta. St Louis, Miami, and others). The film celebrates Ray's quest to eat at every single non-chain restaurant within New Orleans city limits: a total of over 750 different dining establishments.
When he's not making food movies, Ray Cannata is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (7100 St. Charles @ Broadway). Redeemer had only 17 members return after Katrina, but now has a few more. The congregation's work of planting and disaster relief has been featured on national television and other media including Anderson Cooper 360, Fox and Friends, By Faith, and World magazine. Ray serves on his denomination's Standing Judicial Commission (their supreme court), has four earned degrees and enjoys writing on a variety of topics.
His most recent work is the book Rooted: The Apostles' Creed.