The LET um EAT team is headed to New Orleans so book your New Orleans hotel and pack your bags and come and meet us! We were recently selected as one of the start ups to attend Collision, a huge tech conference which attracts entrepreneurs, investors and media from around the world. We’ll be exhibiting one day and then attending talks and workshops, networking with mentors and other start ups and of course taking in the culture of the city. Since it’s against the rules to feed people while we’re exhibiting, there’s been talk of doing some tailgating outside the conference center with some ‘nduja and cured meats – LET um EAT! Watch out for our team rocking our LET um EAT crown hats and gear, you won’t be able to miss us.
We’re excited about the opportunity to attend Collision and also to meet and connect with Seeders and Feeders in New Orleans. Check out our profile on Melissa Martin of Mosquito Supper Club and watch for other profiles leading up to the conference.
The organizers of Collision have been awesome about sending information about their Night Summit, which is all about getting out to the local bars & restaurants after the 9-5 conference hours and doing some networking and exploring the city. We think we’re going to fit in just right.
We also put together this little guide of some other places we’re excited to eat or drink at and explore while we’re in the city. If you’re attending the conference, be in touch through the Collision app or via email. We’d love to meet you out on the town!
We mentioned Melissa Martin, who we reached out to earlier this month to profile and join The Collective. Melissa hosts weekly dinners at her MOSQUITO SUPPER CLUB and also has a sweet little spot called CURIOUS OYSTER CO in the Dryades Public Market. We can’t wait to go to supper club on Thursday! Thursday’s dinner is actually sold out, but there are still tickets to Friday, April 29 dinner if you’re staying the extra day and want to experience some true New Orleans style cajun cooking.
We keep reading about Mike Gulotta of MOPHO (he was recently named a Food & Wine Best New Chef) and have been eyeing the menu at his Louisiana-inspired Southeast Asian spot in Mid City. Pho yes please. If you are staying through the weekend, be sure to hit MoPho on Saturday for Mike’s weekly pig roast. It’s the talk of the town.
We asked Melissa Martin of Mosquito Supper Club what her favorite places to go eat in the city were and, in addition to MoPho, she said MARIZA in the Bywater. It’s a beautiful little Italian restaurant that will also get you further East in the city and into this fun, eclectic neighborhood.
A chef friend of ours suggested we check out KILLER PO BOYS in the French Quarter, the muffaletta in particular. If you go to New Orleans and don’t get a Po Boy, you missed out.
And finally, not far from the Convention Center is WILLA JEAN, a hip little bakery cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus they have Intelligentsia coffee, so you can get your fix before hitting the conference.
Mosquito Supper Club in the French Quarter
Reservations available for Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm
2 miles from the Convention Center
MoPho in Mid City
Open 7 days for Lunch & Dinner
5 miles from the Convention Center
Willa Jean in the Central Business District
Southern style cafe and bakery open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Just 1 mile from the Convention Center
A little piece of history for you: New Orleans is actually known as the birthplace of the cocktail, way back in the early 1800s, thanks to a guy named Antoine Peychauds. To this day, drinking, music and socializing is a strong part of the city’s culture. The days at Collision will be long, but there will still be plenty of hours to get out to NIGHT SUMMIT and explore what the New Orleans nightlife has to offer. You may be tempted by Bourbon Street, and go there for a Hand Grenade if you must, but don’t miss these other quality places.
Go to CANE AND TABLE to get your tiki on. Their cocktail list is one of the best in the city. It’s adventurous and you may not have heard of many of the ingredients they’re mixing up, but you can’t make a bad choice. There’s no sign outside, but just follow the blue dot on your map app. They also have happy hour with drink and Caribbean-style food specials everyday from 3 pm to 6 pm.
CURE, Cane & Table’s sister bar, has been around since 2009 and is credited with really revitalizing the cocktail scene of the city. The interior of the bar is stunning, but you can also grab a seat on their beautiful outdoor patio. If you’re not feeling the cocktail, they also offer 40% off bottles of wine on Thursdays.
If you happen to make it over to the Bywater, order a bottle of wine and a cheese plate and sit in the courtyard at BACCHANAL WINE BAR. It is rosé season after all.
We could go on, but suggest you just browse through PUNCH magazine’s City Guide for New Orleans. They have people on the ground that know good drinks and have created an online catalogue with the city’s best cocktails, dive bars, restaurant bars and even the “most bizarre bars”. Something for everyone.
Cane & Table in the French Quarter
Classic & Tiki Cocktails
1.5 miles from the Convention Center
Cure on Freret Street
3 miles from the Convention Center
EXPLORE + PLAY
It’s impossible that you don’t know this, but Collision takes place right between the two weekends of Jazz Fest. But that hardly means that the music is going to stop. New Orleans has a countless number of live music venues that are going off any night of the week. We’re looking forward to hearing the local brass band at CANDLELIGHT LOUNGE in the Treme neighborhood and seeing what’s going on at TIPITINAS.
After the sun goes down, take a wander along FRENCHMEN ST. It’s a quieter and less-touristy version of Bourbon St with a number of live music venues. The Frenchmen Art Market is a fun outdoor attraction with local artists selling handmade art, jewelry and other crafts. They’re closed Tuesday & Wednesday, but open in the evenings until 1 am every other night of the week.
The CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET operates four days a week: Tuesday in Uptown New Orleans, Wednesday in the French Quarter, Thursday in Mid-City and Saturday downtown. Farmers Markets are an amazing way to experience a city and see what’s in season in the area! We’ll be going to the Wednesday market in the French Quarter, but if you’re staying through Saturday we’d recommend hitting that one too as it’s the biggest of the week.
Crescent City Farmers Market
Wednesday 1 pm – 5 pm
1235 N Peters Street in the French Market
1.5 miles from the Convention Center
THE SWEAT SOCIAL is a New Orleans fitness company hosts running tours and exercise classes for travelers to the city. They’re teaming up with Collision to give you opportunities every morning to get your sweat on. Classes are free and you can pre-register on Eventbrite.
The Sweat Social Running Tours
Tues – Thurs 6:30 am – leaving from Launch Pad @ 643 Magazine Street
The Sweat Social Tone Classes – combine Yoga, Pilates and Core Conditioning
Tues – Thurs 8:30 am – New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center @ 900 Convention Center Boulevard 1st Floor, New Orleans
Also check out Collision’s guide to New Orleans, with more info on the city’s history, the start up scene and other cool places to hang out.
See you at Collision!