Two years ago, I spent one of the best (and most caloric) days of my life eating my way around Nashville with Jane and Michael Stern, the folks behind the Roadfood books and web site, and featured on public radio's Splendid Table.
This spring, they're hosting a similar experience in New Orleans. But instead of a private event involving hopping on and off a bus all day, the Sterns are bringing the food to one spot � and throwing a big party on April 4 and 5.
The event, the Louisiana Roadfood Festival, is open to the public, and lasts all weekend. Making it better, the Hotel Moteleone is offering a $169 a night festival rate.
The core of the festival is four city blocks in the French Quarter, along Royal Street, where 16 restaurants from across Louisiana (not just New Orleans) will be serving their own unique specialties, from Cane River meat pies to Cajun boudin sausage. They will be building the world's longest po-boy as a publicity stunt and having second line bands, and crawfish/shrimp boils.
Believe me, you'll never have a tastier time.
The Sterns have been chronicling their eating adventures for decades, finding the best barbecue, fried chicken, clam shacks, and hot dog stands around the nation. If you were going to be serious about it, you can say they have helped discover and promote American regional cuisine. If you were going to be blunt, you could just say they know great food.