Lyndsey Beaulieu was born and raised in New Orleans but moved away to attend the University of Virginia. After college she lived in Los Angeles where she became part of the HBO family as an assistant at the HBO offices, then as a Writers' Assistant on ‘Big Love.’ She has been with ‘Treme’ since the pilot and currently works as the Writers' Office Coordinator.

 

Monday
Nov122012

Kimberly Rivers Roberts, the Woman Behind Trouble the Water

By Lolis Eric Elie

'Trouble the Water' received an Academy Award nomination for its incredible, real time depiction of the federal levee failures of 2005. In the hours leading up to Hurricane Katrina, Kimberly Rivers Roberts, the subject of the film, interviewed her neighbors as they prepared, or didn't prepare, for the approaching storm. Though she has no training as a journalist or filmmaker, Roberts raised many of the questions and captured many of the images that a more seasoned journalist would have chosen to depict. During the storm, she kept her camera rolling as she and her husband, Scott, struggled to survive the winds and rains. Working with filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, Roberts' video footage became one part of a larger story of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. During the festivities, Roberts, then pregnant, gave birth to her daughter Skyy.

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Thursday
Nov082012

Desautel's vs. Desautel's on the Avenue

By Lolis Eric Elie

Desautel's and Desautel's on the Avenue are very different restaurants.

As Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens) would be quick to tell you, both feature seasonal, local ingredients, the buzz words of contemporary fine dining restaurants. But, as befitting its location on St. Charles Avenue, the fanciest street in New Orleans, Desautel's on the Avenue is more polished and more formal than its predecessor. Both might serve rentier de cochon, the Cajun pork backbone stew, but it's unlikely that Janette's first restaurant would have served it tableside by waiters using the two-spoon method as she does on the Avenue. (Incidentally, that's a dish our writer, Anthony Bourdain discovered filming in Louisiana for his show, 'No Reservations'. You might even see a couple of familiar faces from the 'Treme' family in that episode.)

The Asian influence is obvious on the new menu. If you'd spent the better part of a year cooking at the church of David Chang, your cooking would develop an Asian accent too. A lot of the recipes from both these menus will appear in the forthcoming 'Treme Cookbook: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans.'

Here are Janette's two menus, so you can keep up with what everyone is eating.

                                               DESAUTEL'S                                                                     DESAUTEL'S ON THE AVENUE

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Monday
Nov052012

The Origins of Galatoire's Mardi Gras Auction

By Lolis Eric Elie

By the time Toni Bernette (Melissa Leo) arrived at Galatoire's in last night's episode, the auction had long ended and the pre-Mardi Gras Friday lunch tables had been won or lost. Judge John A. Gatling (or more likely a campaign contributor) had bought the rights to their table at auction and at said table, the drinks were flowing freely. While our scene focused on the fun being had by the party of Judge Gatling (Tim Reid), there's a back story that contains its own excitement: For more than a century Galatoire's has been the Friday destination for New Orleans ladies and gentlemen who lunch. But since the restaurant has only so many seats in its downstairs dining room, a new New Orleans tradition has evolved to allocate the tables.

Personally, I avoid Galatoire’s on pre-holiday Fridays. It's insane enough on a regular Friday without adding Christmas cheer and Carnival abandon to the well-liquored mix. Lacking an intimate familiarity with this tradition, I sat down with Melvin Rodrigue, the restaurant's chief executive officer to get the 411. 

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