For the past two weeks, members of the Redbeans Parade have been holding pop-up “bean tastings” around the city of New Orleans. Beginning with 64 New Orleans chefs and restaurants, 48 have been eliminated by our “judges” – the people of New Orleans (and a few tourists). The month-long, single-elimination tournament seeks to determine who actually has the best Red Beans and Rice in New Orleans (and raise money for two local non-profits, Anna’s Place and Make Music Nola). The tournament lasts from March 9th until April 2nd, 2017 and is sponsored by Camellia Brand Beans.
The 3rd round of the tournament is set to take place on Saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th with 8 different tastings around the city. Locations range from Octavia Books, the Farmers Market, Dirty Coast, Martin Wine Cellar, The Avenue Pub, the R-Bar, and More.
“People have been very passionate so far about their role in judging the beans – and our restaurants are definitely getting into the competitive spirit,” says Devin De Wulf, founder of the Red Beans Parade. “The 16 remaining restaurants all have proven they serve wonderful red beans – but there can only be one winner.”
The 16 remaining restaurants are:
Uptown: Joey K’s, Red Rooster, The High Hat Café, and Coquette
Downtown: 3 Muses, Frady’s, Cake Café, and Bywater Bakery
By Da Quarter: Deanies Seafood, Welty’s Deli, Evangeline, and Cornet
Mid-City/East: Neyow’s, Sammy’s, Avery’s, and Mandina’s
The “Final Fork” will be held at the end of March – and the Championship will be held at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.
About the Red Beans Parade:
For the past nine years, the Red Beans Parade has celebrated our undying love of beans and New Orleans Carnival through our Lundi Gras parade in the Marigny and Treme. We make creative suits out of beans and hot-glue and parade with the Treme Brass Band.