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Events & Schedule at the 2010 Po-Boy Fest

Festival Date, Time, and Location

4th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Fest
Sunday, November 14, 2010: 11am - 7:00pm
Oak Street at South Carrollton

The 2010 New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival presented by Blue Plate Mayonnaise will feature three stages with live music, arts and crafts, a children's section with games and prizes, panel discussions covering the history of the po-boy, and, of course, the best tasting po-boys in New Orleans. There will be a beverage station on every block and enough bike corrals for 1000 bikes.

Po-Boy Judging

Po-boy judging will be on Dante St. between Oak and Plum, with Greg Reggio of Tastebuds as the MC and featuring the following judges: State Representative Helena Moreno, District 93, Tom Demsey, Whistle Monster, David Darragh, President and CEO of Reily Foods, District A Councilperson Susan G. Guidry, and Dr. Misty Suri.

Win a Jet Ski Raffle canceled

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Po-Boy Fest 2010 History Panel Discussions

Sunday, November 14, 2010: 11am - 7:00pm
Location: 8325 Oak Street

The former Armstrong-McCall Beauty Supply store is located next to Frenchy's Gallery and across the street from the Maple Leaf Bar and Jaque-Imo’s Café.

11:00 am Food Fight: Preserving Local Culinary Culture

Session #1 Seafood City, Very Pretty: Celebrating the legacy of Al Scramuzza

Beginning in the 1940s, Al Scramuzza began to make his mark in the seafood, and later, the music industries. In the aftermath of the oil disaster, join the campaign to re-brand NOLA as Seafood City. Hear Al’s stories and participate in singing the Seafood City anthem.

Featuring: Al Scramuzza, Seafood City, retired and Alvah Green, UNO graduate student

Session #2 Preserving Local Culture: Origins of the Po-Boy Preservation Movement

Sandy Whann of Leidenheimer Baking Company discusses planting the seed and watching it grow.

Featuring: Sandy Whann, President, Leidenheimer Baking Company and Tom Fitzmorris, The Food Show, 1350AM


12:00 pm First Families of the Poor Boy: Martin and Gendusa

Celebrate the Poor Boy with the two families responsible for its creation following the 1929 streetcar strike. Family members tell stories about the founding fathers of the Po-Boy sandwich and the Po-Boy bread loaf: restaurant owners Bennie and Clovis Martin and baker John Gendusa.

Featuring: Martin and Gendusa family members

Moderator: Tom Fitzmorris, New Orleans Restaurant Authority

Free Tasting Samples: Gendusa Poor Boy Bread (Donated by John Gendusa Bakery)


12:45 pm 2nd Annual Ultimate French Bread Fighting

Jared "Limp Loaf" of Subpar Sandwich versus the Spirit of John "Poor Boy Loaf" Gendusa. Fight for your right to poor boy loaves in a world of substandard bread

Featuring: The Poor Boy Players, Directed by Laurie Williams and Christine Horn

The Poor Boy Players: Jared Subpar Sandwiches - M.A. Montalvo; John 'Po-Boy' Gendusa -Jean Paul Villere; Announcer - Chris Lane; Referee - Drue Hardegree; Pretty Girl - Emily Manger Davis

Bread donated by John Gendusa Bakery


1:00 pm Carrollton History

Session #1 75th Anniversary of the Huey P. Long Bridge Opening: Building and Widening the Huey P

In the early 1930s, Carrollton residents regularly trekked upriver to witness the bridge’s construction.  Learn about the engineering feats required to erect the bridge as well as the 21st century engineering required to modernize the bridge.

Featuring: Indira Parrales, Spokesperson for the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project

Session #2  Apple Street & North West Carrollton: The Little Carrollton Neighborhood that Could and Did

The Apple Street commercial district is one hallmark of a Carrollton neighborhood (between S. Carrollton, Leonidas, S. Claiborne, & Earhart) forgotten by some but never by its resident advocates. Hear stories about the neighborhood’s past, present and future.

Featuring: Jenel Hazlett, NorthWest Carrollton community activist and C.A. Robinson, former resident of Apple Street


2:00 pm  Mirliton Man and Praline Woman

Session #1  Growing Louisiana Heirloom Mirlitons in the Home Garden.

Dr. Lance Hill has developed into one of the world’s experts on the vegetable. Sometimes called the “Mirliton Man,” he will share his passion for preserving the Mirliton.

Featuring: Dr. Lance Hill, Director of the Southern Institute for Education at Tulane University 

Session #2  Praline Vendors as Entrepreneurs—not “Mammies”

Ms. Nunez re-interprets the racist depictions of 19th century “pecan candy” vendors as “mammies” and connects their legacy to the 21st century praline businesswomen and men whose entrepreneurial efforts are no longer encumbered by the “mammy” legacy.

Featuring: Chanda M. Nunez, UNO History MA thesis candidate

Free Tasting Samples: Pralines (Donated by Judy Lambert of Ms. Judy's Creamy Pralines)


3:00 pm Making the New Orleans Middle Class: The Origins and Early Years of UNO

The author of On Higher Ground: The University of New Orleans at Fifty, Dr. Robert Dupont provides an overview of the essential role that the city’s public  university has played in creating the metro area middle class. Dr. Raphael Cassimere, retired UNO history professor, will discuss his experiences as a full-time student working 45 hours per week during the early 1960s. They will be joined by Errol Laborde, the Editor/Associate Publisher of New Orleans Magazine, who earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from UNO.

Featuring: Dr. Robert L. Dupont, Associate Professor of History at UNO; Dr. Raphael Cassimere,  Seraphia D. Leyda University Teaching Professor of History, Emeritus;  and Errol Laborde, Ph D, Editor in Chief of Renaissance Publishing  


4:00 pm UNO in the City: Fresh NOLA Knowledge

Session #1 Higgins Industries’ Contribution to the Allied victory in World War II

Featuring: Michael Edwards, Project Coordinator, UNO’s Eisenhower Center and Brad Burke, UNO history graduate student

Session #2 LaGarde General Hospital: Army Medicine Comes to New Orleans

Featuring: Paula Fortier, UNO Urban Studies graduate student

Session #3 Chinese New Orleans

Featuring: Winston Ho, UNO history student


5:00 pm New Orleans, I presume? African Explorer Henry Morton Stanley in the Crescent City

In 1859, a Welsh orphan jumped ship in New Orleans and began reinventing himself as the future African explorer Henry Morton Stanley.  In an illustrated lecture, UNO students discuss their research into the mysterious Louisiana roots of the man best known for locating Dr. Livingstone and assisting in the European colonial powers' so-called "Scramble" for Africa.  They will be joined by Dr. Mathilde LeDuc archivist of the Stanley Papers at Belgium's Royal Museum for Central Africa.

Featuring:  Drue Hardegree, Matthew Bravender, Amber Zu-Bolton, Sugam Singh and Douglas Marziale, UNO Student Researchers; James Mokhiber, Project Director, "Becoming Henry Morton Stanley"; Dr. Mathilde LeDuc, Royal Museum for Central Africa.


6:00 Sculptor Enrique Alferez & New Orleans Public Art

Arguably the city’s most visible artist, Alferez’s legacy remains relatively unknown. Documentary filmmaker Matthew Martinez examines the public art sculptor Enrique Alferez created for New Orleans.  The filmmaker shares research conducted for his 1989 documentary on Alferez, along with recent updates. The artist's daughter will contribute her insight into her father's life and work.

Featuring:  Matt Martinez, UNO MFA graduate and Tlaloc Alferez, MD


Kids’ Activities:

Bread Head: Make French bread friends and then eat them!

Pistolettes donated by Leidenheimer Baking Company

Praline and Po-Boy History Coloring and Activity Sheets

Featuring: Chanda M. Nunez, Kristin Wanek, Stacey Meyers, and Lissa Capo, UNO history graduate students


This year’s history sessions are dedicated to the late Rima Reck and Richard Collin, two UNO professors whose serious study of New Orleans cuisine remains influential. Richard Collin was best known as New Orleans’ Underground Gourmet and the city’s first newspaper restaurant critic; he and wife Rima created The New Orleans Cookbook, a 1975 classic that remains in print.  Rima passed away in 1998, and Richard died earlier this year. His last New Orleans appearance was at the 2008 Po-Boy Fest.













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