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When the Saints Come Munching In

Posted: June 08, 2016 | Author: Fr. Leo

New Orleans - The Big Easy, birthplace of Jazz music, home of the Saints football team, and famous for its cuisine, with a distinct Creole and Cajun food scene. It's also the setting for my latest set of episodes of Savoring Our Faith, which airs on EWTN on Thursdays at 5pm EDT. I've been filming all week, and had a chance to cook with some great chefs and priests!

Through my travels and work with Grace Before Meals, I have a lot of great ties to "NOLA", and am happy to feature a number of my great friends, cooks, and locales in the area on Savoring Our Faith. This includes celebrity Chef John Besh, who has a number of restaurants, cookbooks, and national TV shows, along with a delightful family devoted to their faith. I am also working closely with his team on The Table Foundation's first big event, The Olive Mass, set to be in New Orleans on September 26, 2016. More details to come on that special event in the weeks to come. Also featured is former Chef at Upperline Restaurant and, as of June 4, 2016, the newly ordained Fr. Ken Smith, pictured above (far right). Another special guest is my good priest friend, Msgr. Christopher Nalty, who many of you may remember as the priest wearing a do-rag that helped me to defeat Iron Chef Bobby Flay on Food Network in 2009. 

Here's a throwback from 2009 - Bobby Flay (second from left) with our super GBM team - Tim Watkins, myself and Msgr. Nalty. 

As mentioned before, New Orleans is a great "scene for cuisine" and we had the chance to stop by some great restaurants. Pictured below are some of the chefs I met along the way:

Posing with Chef Miles of Johnny Sanchez

Chef Drake of Lüke with his family, including his newly baptized son!

'And I said what about breakfast at Brennan's New Orleans'...OK, that's not funny.

Other special locales that we visited included the St. Louis IX King of France Cathedral, which is where The Table Foundation's Olive Mass will be held to extend a special blessing on chefs and those in the culinary + hospitality industry. Certainly a breathtaking place and impressive structure.

Outside view of St. Louis Cathedral.

Inside view of the cathedral.

We also had a chance to visit the Tabasco company, known for their hot sauce, on Avery Island, LA, which is chock full of things that foodies can appreciate, including a museum, tour of the factory, cooking classes and a look into their Creole cuisine. 

You'lll get a chance to see more of my tour at the Tabasco factory on my show in the season to come.

So whether you are a fan of Cajun cooking or not, there is a lot for everyone to love in the area, whether it is the food, the people, or the local restaurants and shrines. And this is just one of the many locations I feature on my show Savoring Our Faith, so tune in every Thursday at 5pm EDT opn EWTN. Call your local cable provider to find out the best way to get EWTN and we hope that you will join in on the faithful foodie adventures.

Let us Pray:

Father in Heaven, thank You for Your providence, and for the adventures our team has had a chance to embark. May we bear witness to Your love for us through the food we eat, the company we keep, and the places we go. We pray a special blessing on the city of New Orleans, LA, our TV show Savoring Our Faith, and also, the many chefs, priests, and people who are striving to do good things with the talents You have blessed them with. Help us to spread the Gospel through the power of food and meals for those who hunger, body, mind and soul. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.


10 Spots left for Napa Valley Pilgrimage in November 13-19, 2016!

Speaking of faithful foodie adventures, there are 10 spots left for my special "Nourishing the Body & Soul" Napa Valley pilgrimage. Check out the linked image below or call 313-565-8888 ext. 122 directly to sign up today.

Click to watch a special video and find out more details for this pilgrimage!