ERICA FALLS: How Do You Red Bean?

ERICA FALLS: How Do You Red Bean?

Erica Falls grew up the youngest of 8 children in New Orleans’ 9th Ward. Her mother was a school teacher and musician who sang and played the piano and organ at church. At an early age, her parents passed along their love of classic soul 

BRIAN LANDRY: How Do You Red Bean?

BRIAN LANDRY: How Do You Red Bean?

Brian Landry is a New Orleans native. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he was not only surrounded by great cooks at large family gatherings, but also by the waterways that offered some of the best seafood in the world. He was fortunate enough to have 

JOHNETTE DOWNING: How Do You Red Bean?

JOHNETTE DOWNING: How Do You Red Bean?

If you grew up in Louisiana you probably grew up listening to Johnette Downing in some form or another. The New Orleans native has been the familiar voice to a generation of school kids who sang along to her songs or were read one of 

BIG SAM WILLIAMS: How Do You Red Bean?

BIG SAM WILLIAMS: How Do You Red Bean?

On a Wednesday night at the Jazz Playhouse inside of the Royal Sonesta, you’d find Big Sam Williams and his band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, grooving it out to a packed house. The award-winning band’s unique New Orleans funk style has been the beating heart 

JONATHAN FLOYD: How Do You Red Bean?

JONATHAN FLOYD: How Do You Red Bean?

In 2016, Jonathan Floyd heard about a company in Chicago that offered care packages with items unique only to the Windy City. This had him wondering if anyone was doing this for New Orleans? He found that there was not a service that allowed someone 

STEVEN WELLS HICKS: How Do You Red Bean?

STEVEN WELLS HICKS: How Do You Red Bean?

My interview with Steven Wells Hicks was first published on March 8, 2015. I’m sad to share that Hicks passed away on September 4, 2020. He loved New Orleans and he loved to write and share about it. My deepest condolences to his family. Steven 

CHEF ISAAC TOUPS: How Do You Red Bean?

CHEF ISAAC TOUPS: How Do You Red Bean?

Chef Isaac Toups was born and raised in the ‘Frog Capital of the World‘: Rayne, Louisiana. The city is located in the heart of Cajun country in the southern part of the state; in a spot where Toups can trace his family roots back over 

ROBERT MEDINA: How Do You Red Bean?

ROBERT MEDINA: How Do You Red Bean?

Cooking has always been a part of Robert Medina’s life.  Like most kids in the Crescent City, he grew up around some great cooks.  He wanted to be in the kitchen helping out as the meals were being prepared, carefully watching the steps needed to cook