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.
When Barrie Schwarz went home from work as a food runner in a restaurant and tried to figure out what she could do to open a business in between throwing parties at her house, she realized that maybe if she combined all three parts of her life - throwing parties at her house for the people at work as a business - she'd hit a home run.
Well, it wasn't totally a home run but it was a lead-off double and led her to the next step - throwing parties at places other than her house and getting people other than the chefs at her work to do the catering. And so was born My House NOLA - mobile kitchens aka food trucks who cater events Barrie plans in places other than her house.
When a 7 foot tall friend of a friend showed up at a party with his Spanish room mate, presto! Jordi Figueras was the regular sized Spaniard who, it turns out, drives a pedicab, designs websites, fixes stuff, and knows a thing or two about business thanks to graduating from Tulane Business School and never going home.
Jordi and Barrie obviously enjoy working together and hanging out together but their differences are fascinating. Barrie grew up eating scooped out cantaloupe filled with cottage cheese. Jordi's mom supplies him with fine Spanish cheese. Barrie is Jewish, Jordi grew up in a town where all the Jews were dispensed with generations ago but American Jews are the town's only tourists, looking for their long lost roots. Barrie is steeped in New Orleans food, Jordi has never had Bananas Foster, or, as he calls it, Frosted Bananas.
This conversation is a fascinating, rollicking exploration of cultures powered by figs.