The Nitty Gritty
- Event is May 18, 2013, from noon to 3 p.m.
- Price is for one person
- No refunds past May 13
- Rain or shine
- Must be 21 or older, sorry kids
Truth: if anyone in this town knows his way around a sack of mudbugs, it's Scott Serpas. Sure, the award-winning chef has racked up awards and accolades for his creative takes on the New American cuisine he serves up at Serpas True Food, but every once in a blue moon, he lets his south Louisiana heritage run wild. And luckily for you, this right here is one of those times.
On Saturday, May 18, the Old Fourth Ward will be filled with the intoxicating scents and sounds of a good ol'-fashioned crawfish boil (pronounced "crawfish ball"), as Scott and his crew cook up hundreds of pounds of spicy Cajun goodness. Revelers will get to go to town on an all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring those famous crawdads, corn, potatoes, a hearty chicken and andouille jambalaya, and homemade potato salad from the Serpas family recipe books. Be advised: we also hear rumors of a Ponchatoula strawberry cake, so do your best to save a little room.And of course, it'd be a downright sin to toss a few pounds of crawfish down your gullet without washing 'em down with a cold libation of the adult-friendly sort. Happily, you'll have your pick of two ice-cold Abita beers or Crescent City Coolers (a Nawlins-worthy concoction made with Tito's Handmade Vodka) to slake your thirst and loosen up your dance moves… And just in time, too, because here comes the rootsy sounds of local picker Nathan Nelson, who'll be playing live. Because, as any native New Orleanian worth his or her seasoned salt will tell you, there's no better way to shake off that food coma than by cutting a rug on the dance floor. It's just about the best possible way to laissez les bon temps rouler that we can dream up.