Tell us a little bit about your life here in New Orleans.
I do this by building and maintaining positive relationships with members of the community. I spend quite a bit of time out at events connecting with people to provide exclusive experiences to the people who are visiting our city that are unexpected and surprising.
In my downtime, I usually cook, trying out new recipes and alternating old ones. A dream of mine is to open a bar that serves small plates.
What are some of the ways you stay inspired?
I spend a lot of time riding my bike around the city taking pictures of things that intrigue me. I watch foreign and horror cinema. I visit museums often. Graphic Novels. Cooking is always something that inspires me.
What should someone add to their bucket list for experiencing New Orleans and the surrounding parishes?
Eat char-grilled Oysters. Drive through the Southern Boudin trail, eating Boudin from different vendors along the way. A crawfish boil in someone's backyard is completely different than eating it at a bar or restaurant; I hope they would get to experience that. Listen to a brass band. A late night of dancing on Frenchman Street. Watching the sunset at the Fly. If you're lucky, join in on a Second Line.
Saying hello to people on the street. Eating lunch with friends while talking about dinner. The knowledge of how to suck the head of a crawfish even if you don't enjoy it. Some people don't but are always happy to show a visitor how to do it. I find that the people who choose to live here, which is no easy feat, usually possess a connection with the undercurrent of this place that I have never found anywhere else. We find a reason to celebrate anything. Our infinite capacity to be eclectic, rebound and appreciate the little things keeps a smile on my face.
What neighborhood do you live in? What is great about your street and block?
I live in the Lower Garden District on the corner of St. Mary and Felicity. The Half-Moon is my Cheers. What I love most about my block are my neighbors. We call ourselves the "St. Mary Porch Sitting Society."
We get together, typically once or twice a week for a chat and enjoy a few drinks. There's no pretension and exclusion. We have people that don't even live on the block that come porch with us. It's a beautiful thing.
Who do you respect as creators of culture and great community members and why?
Everyone that does anything creative I respect and admire. Ersy Schwartz is my favorite New Orleans artist because of how she explores allegory, surrealism, and magic realism in her work.
Cream of Blueberry
Who would be your ultimate festival headliner?
Nina Simone & Miles Davis.
How do you do Mardi Gras Day?
I typically start off with drinks at a friend's house, walking with the Krewe of St. Anne parade, a few more drinks on Frenchman street then ending the day with a delicious pot of Gumbo.
Your favorite Dirty Coast shirt design?
Bury me above ground and New Orleans is for Livers.