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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.

 Ray CVannata the man who ate new orleans

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.

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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.

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His most recent work is the book Rooted: The Apostles' Creed

Ray Cannata rolls in Rolling Elvi

Ray is active in the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi, where he is trophy holder of Best Blue Hawaii and Best Coiffured Elvi. He is currently the reigning King of Participation, King of Trivia, and King of Propulsion. He also dances with the Elvi's subgroup, The Jailhouse Rockers.
Ray loves New Orleans so much he refuses to shop outside the city limits except under duress, and he gave up his car five years ago in order to encourage himself to walk or bike everywhere he needs to go. He doesn't want to miss any of the people or details of the city. 
Ray and his wife have two children, who both attend public charter schools.  They also have three chickens and a guinea pig. The historic Magazine Street home they purchased a few months after Katrina is emblazoned with a plaque from the Jazz Commission, and was featured in the PRC's Shotgun Houses of New Orleans book. 
Ray and his wife were awarded the annual Robert Henri Art Spirit Award by the Blue Easel Club in 2012. 
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In his spare moments, Ray is the official photographer for the French Ye-Ye band, Les Autres, and has a Pass Tout Acess to prove it. 
Little know trivia fact about Ray: he has inherited the chair in which his great-grandfather was circumcised in 1891, and the chair in which his wife's 5x-great grandfather died, in 1803.


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