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New Orleans Food and Film Night

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New Orleans Then and Now: Join us for a Food and Film Night August 15

On Friday, August 15, just two weeks before the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Arts & Education Council (AEC) will host a New Orleans-themed evening at Loose Cannon Studios, 1800 Rossville Avenue, at 6 PM. This is the third event in the 2008 AEC Back Row Film Series.

Participants can sample traditional New Orleans dishes such as jambalaya and red beans and rice, and see two short documentaries by Oxford filmmaker Joe York.

The first film, "Marsaw," is a portrait of Martin Sawyer, a who has been a bartender in and around the French Quarter of New Orleans for more than sixty years. Among his signature drinks are a rye-brandy Sazerac, a wicked mint julep and his namesake cocktail, the Marsaw. He witnessed the flood of 1927 and survived Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, the Southern Foodways Alliance honored him with the Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award, given to a man or woman deemed an unsung culinary hero or heroine.

The second film is "Above the Line: Saving Willie Mae's Scotch House," the story of acclaimed New Orleans restaurant owner Willie Mae Seaton and her drive to rebuild her landmark restaurant following the devastating floodwaters of Katrina. Volunteers stepped in to help the 89-year-old rebuild her restaurant and start serving her famous fried chicken again.

Blue Orleans Creole Restaurant, whose owners relocated to Chattanooga after Katrina, will introduce the audience to authentic Creole food with flavorful dishes that represent New Orleans' celebrated history.

The Back Row Film Series gives an interactive approach to film viewing, enhancing the viewer's experience by offering related activities such as guest speakers, food, music and demonstrations. The program is part of AEC's mission to provide unique opportunities for lifelong learning and participation in the arts for all members of the community.

Tickets are $15 for AEC members and $20 for general admission. Food, film and drinks are included.

Seating is limited. Call 423-267-1218 or purchase tickets online.

Film | By aec | 10:22 AM


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