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Events & Schedule at the 2012 Po-Boy Fest

Festival Date, Time, and Location

Festival Opening Ceremony                                  10A on Oak St. at Carrollton.

Please join us for the offical Oak Street Po-boy Festival Opening Ceremony on Sunday, November 18th. 

  • Presentation of the Oak Street Po-boy Festival by Festival Grand Marshall Justin Kennedy (Parkway Bakery)
  • Blessing of the Po-boy by Father Herb (Mater Dolorosa)
  • Cutting of the Po-boy 'Ribbon' by Hank Staples (Festival Producer)
Oak Street between Carrollton & Eagle St.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Free admission


The 2012 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival presented by Abita Beer will feature two stages with live music, a brand new Kid's World sponsored by St. Andrew's Episcopal School, a new eating area featuring Abita Beer, panel discussions covering the history of the po-boy, and, of course, the best tasting po-boys in New Orleans. Admission to the Po-Boy Fest is free.

2012 Po-Boy Awards Schedule:

Leander's Main Stage on Leonidas and Plum St.

  • 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Best Specialty Pork/Meat
  • 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Best Seafood Po-boy
  • 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Best Turkey/Chicken Po-boy & Best of Fest Grand Prize

Tipitina Foundation Stage on Monroe and Oak St.

  • 12:15 pm - 12:30 pm Best Sausage Po-boy
  • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Best Pork/Meat Po-boy & Best Specialty Seafood Po-boy

2012 History Panel Discussion Schedule:

Sunday, November 18, 2012: 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: In the back room at Squeal Bar-B-Q at 8400 Oak, between Cambronne and Joliet? 


12:00 to 12:30: First Families of the Poor Boy: Martin and Gendusa

Celebrate the 83rd anniversary of 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 poor boy sandwich and the poor boy loaf: restaurant owners Bennie and Clovis Martin and baker John Gendusa.

Featuring: Gendusa & Martin family members
Moderator: Tim Fitzmorris, host of  The Food Show, 1350AM
Free Tasting Samples: Gendusa Poor Boy Bread (Donated by John Gendusa Bakery)

12:30 to 1:00: Lost Restaurants of New Orleans

You’ve seen the documentary, now read the book. Tom Fitzmorris talks about Lost Restaurants of New Orleans, which he co-authored with Peggy Scott Laborde of WYES.

Featuring: Tom Fitzmorris, The Food Show, 1350AM
Author book signing sponsored by Blue Cypress Books immediately afterwards in History Center

1:00 to 1:30: The Delta Queen Cookbook

A member of the New Orleans Culinary History Group, Cynthia Lejeune Nobles discusses her recently published LSU Press book on the history of and recipes from the last authentic overnight wooden steamboat.

Featuring: Cynthia Lejeune Nobles, food history columnist Baton Rouge Advocate
Author book signing sponsored by Blue Cypress Books immediately afterwards in the History Center.

1:30 to 2:00: Movie Theaters of New Orleans

Recently released, Movie Theaters of New Orleans chronicles more than 100 lost movie theaters in metro New Orleans, beginning with Vitascope Hall on Canal Street, considered to be the first movie theater in the United States. 

Featuring: co-authors Rene Brunet, Prytania Theater owner & historian, and urbanologist Jack Stewart, PhD
Author book signing sponsored by Blue Cypress Books immediately afterwards in the History Center.

2:00 to 2:30: From Mercato to Market: The Evolution of the Muffaletta                                 from Palermo to New Orleans

Food historian Dana Logsdon traces the evolution of the Muffaletta from bread loaf to the city’s second most revered sandwich, a topic that she has pursued as a founding member of the New Orleans Culinary History Group.

Featuring: Dana Logsdon, former co-owner of La Spiga Bakery and baker for Angelo Brocato's Italian Desserts

2:30 to 3:30: New Orleans Brewery History

An expert on both beer and New Orleans brewery history, Argyle Wolf-Knap provides an overview of the many breweries that once existed in the city. Madison Bruno will provide an update on the status and future of Dixie beer as well as plans for their damaged Mid-City brewery.

Featuring: Argyle Wolf-Knap, Sommelier & Brewing Historian; Leo Basile & Keith Pumilia, Abita Brewing Company; Madison Bruno, Dixie Brewing Company family member; and Michael Calabrese.
Free Tasting Samples: Abita Christmas Ale, Abita Brewing Company; and Dixie Beer, Dixie Brewing Company (Donated by the Breweries).

3:30 to 4:00: Preservation and Innovation: Breads on Oak & The Milk Bar 

The Carrollton neighborhood recently witnessed two grand openings: an artisan bakery on Oak Street and an innovative sandwich shop and milkshake purveyor in the Riverbend. Baker and scholar Dana Logsdon welcomes bakers Sean and Chamain O’Mahony of Breads on Oak and restaurateurs Kevin and Inta Phayer of The Milk Bar as wonderful additions to the neighborhood. Dana will discuss the role that innovation has long played in the city’s culinary history as well as how families such as the O’Mahonys and the Phayers help to preserve and refashion our vibrant food culture.

Featuring: Dana Logsdon, former co-owner of La Spiga Bakery and baker for Angelo Brocato's Italian Desserts
and Michael Mizell-Nelson, University of New Orleans History Department & Poorboyologist

4:00 to 4:30: Some Bakers Were Just Born Bad: Bread Ordinances in New Orleans during the Civil War

During the Civil War, the city council and federal authorities passed ordinances regulating the weight and price of bread. These reforms forced some bakers onto the wrong side of the law in an attempt to secure their own livelihoods. 

Featuring: Kyle Willshire, baker and University of New Orleans History graduate student

4:30 to 5:00: Spiritual Centers: the Churches of Carrollton

Carrollton’s many churches are the subjects of a newly launched series of online and mobile app story sites, some of which feature stories told by parishioners. A team of three graduate students present their findings and demonstrate their mobile history apps.

Featuring: Paige Brown, Javier Gutierrez, and Jennifer Rohrbacker, University of New Orleans History Department graduate students

5:00 to 5:30: Carrollton’s Literary History

Carrollton’s literary heritage centers upon the Everette C. Maddox Memorial Prose & Poetry Reading series, held every Sunday at 3 pm in the back of the Maple Leaf Bar. His friends who knew him well and who have sought to honor their friend by establishing the series describe the work and life of the late poet Everette Maddox. The neighborhood’s literary history also includes the legacy of the long-gone Basement Bookshop and the Penny Post Coffee house (now Neutral Ground Coffeehouse) as well as the stalwart Maple Street Bookshop and the more recently opened Blue Cypress Books. These topics are interpreted in a newly launched series of online story sites and mobile history apps demonstrated during the session.

Featuring: Brandon Keene and Lacar Musgrove, University of New Orleans History Department graduate students

Carrollton History Project:

Preserving the history of the Oak Street business district and the Carrollton neighborhood is a long-term project undertaken by graduate students in University of New Orleans’ Public History seminar since 2008.


History Center programming is produced by graduate students enrolled in the seminar. This year’s class members are Allison Baffoni, Paige Brown, Michael Calabrese, Hannah Dailey, Javier Gutierrez, Brandon Keene, Christina Lawrence, Adrienne Luck, Lacar Musgrove, Jennifer Conerly, and Mary Ann Wegmann.

Their Carrollton research can be seen via online story sites and tours available at neworleanshistorical.org. Those with smart phones may download the free mobile app version by selecting the appropriate link: Apple or Android (Google Play).

Online Carrollton history exhibits created by previous students can be found via? nolacitymuseum.org.













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