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New Orleans’ 2014 Satchmo SummerFest

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong is a New Orleans legend who still lives in the hearts of musicians and jazz lovers the world over. A central figure in the development of early New Orleans jazz, Satchmo became a world-renowned star that helped to put New Orleans and its monumental genre on the map of the music world. And the city celebrates his legacy still today.

New Orleans’ Satchmo SummerFest, held this year from July 31st through August 3rd, 2014 at and surrounding the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint in the French Quarter, is one of many summer festivals that occur in the city each year. But it is memorable in its own right due to the curated music, food and events that are intended to represent all that Satchmo and his contributions are to New Orleans.

Black and white photo of Louis Armstrong with trumpet in hand.

Photo of a photo in the US Mint Jazz Museum

The music schedule will be released in early July, but past festivals have included such artists as Kermit Ruffins, Leroy Jones, Jeremy Davenport, Ellis Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon and Allen Toussaint, in addition to one of last year’s special guests, Japanese trumpeter Yoshio Toyama. Each year, dozens of local trumpeters, jazz musicians and more congregate on all four days of New Orleans’ Satchmo SummerFest to celebrate the music and traditions of Satchmo and New Orleans jazz.

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2014 French Quarter Fest Food Guide

2012-10-13_14-42-24_923 As the Food tab on the French Quarter Fest website aptly puts it, “Food abounds” at New Orleans’ second biggest festival of the year. A huge draw for the city and its tourism (and locals too of course), the food selection is world-class and exemplary of so much of what New Orleans has to offer. Restaurants from all over the city come together to create a superb menu that rivals any other festival food offerings on the planet.

In fact, there’s so much great food, it might be overwhelming for you to figure out which are the best eats to complement your festival experience. And we’re here at Southern Comfort B&B to help you sift through it all to find all the nom-noms you can handle. read more »

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New Orleans Creole Tomatoe Festival

Big juicy ripe red creole tomatoes

Locally Harvested, Juicy Creole Tomatoes


It seem that all we do in New Orleans is eat, and listen to music, and go to festivals to eat and listen to music.  So what’s wrong with that?   This weekend’s Annual Creole Tomato Festival, together with the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, at the French Market combines two of our favorite things-cajun/zydeco music and the aphrodisiac Creole tomato.

The Louisiana state legislature designated the Creole tomato the official vegetable plant of Louisiana in 2003.   (Okay, we know it’s technically a fruit, but that’s irrelevant for this discussion.  We honor the Creole tomato, no matter what its horticultural designation).   We locals look forward to their arrival the way folks in the Midwest do to the first sweet corn.   The Creole tomato usually means any tomato grown in southeast Louisiana, typically in St. Bernard and Placquemines Parish in that famous alluvial river soil.   They’re “open-pollinated,” and they have a crown at the root!   There’s no specific breed as such, although they were originally developed by LSU.  (Some sources say it was developed in the West Indies, but who knows?)  It just has to do with the soil, and the sultry Louisiana humidity.   You can grow your own—if you’re in the right place, with the right soil and climate—from varieties like Celebrity, Better Boy, Fantastic, Monte Carlo, Bingo, Big Beer, and Sunleaper. Slap a slice or two on some white bread, add bacon and mayonnaise, and you’re in summer mode for real.  Your host at Southern Comfort Bed and Breakfast loves this sandwich!

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