Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique.
Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place!
Mosca's - A New Orleans Classic
Today’s episode is all about a family owned Italian roadhouse on the West Bank of New Orleans. We’re joined by Lisa Mosca, who along with her mom, keeps the family tradition alive at Mosca’s.
Founded in 1946 in Avondale, Louisiana on the West Bank of New Orleans, Mosca’s has been serving a blend of New Orleans and Italian food, family style, for decades.
Those in the know expect to walk into a dining room filled with music from the jukebox, raucous energy from the crowds of people, and tables full of dishes like Oysters Mosca and Chicken a la Grande.
Join us as we relive the past, dive into platters of food, and talk about why Mosca’s should be on your list of places to visit Beyond Bourbon Street!
Italian American Cultural Center
Today, we’re going to learn about the American Italian Cultural Center, and the history and impact of Italians on New Orleans. I’m joined by the Chairman of the Cultural Center, Mr. Frank Maselli.
Tales of The Cocktail with Neil Bodenheimer
Today’s episode is about the largest event in the spirits and cocktail industry, Tales of the Cocktail. We’ll learn about its 20 year history, what the event is all about and more.
Our guest is Neal Bodenheimer, one of the co-chairs of Tales of the Cocktail and also the owner and/or partner of several local establishments. Join us as we discuss his unique places as well as Tales.
Where Black NOLA Eats
Today’s episode is about black owned restaurants in New Orleans. I’m joined by the founder of a Facebook group called Where Black NOLA Eats. Join Jalence Isles and me as we talk about lots of great places to eat, as well as the reason for the group's creation, and the economics of being a black-owned small business.
You'll want to have a notepad and pen ready to capture lots of new places to discover!
Listener Questions and Answers
Listener Questions and Answers
Today's episode is a question and answer show, where we answer questions from listeners like you!
Time Stamps for Today's Show 05:42 - What is your favorite, casual restaurant right now? Narrow it to the Garden District?
06:48 - I’m hoping to visit New Orleans during the Christmas season. Are Reveillon dinners only offered on Christmas Eve or is typically the entire month of December?
08:32 - My question is, what are some things you are your family do to cope with the brutal heat of the summer months?
12:08 - How do locals feel about all of their “hidden gems” not being so hidden anymore?
15:08 - Has there been any update on the opening of the Backstreet Cultural Museum?
17:17 - Which swamp tours do you recommend?
18:46 - There’s always lots of chatter online about increased crime. What’s it like on the ground - are people feeling anxious about this, or is it status quo?
25:34 - I think it would be interesting if you mentioned some of your favorite books (fiction and non-fiction) about New Orleans. Books that really capture the city.
35:11 - A buddy and I are considering riding in this year’s Krewe of Boo Halloween parade. Wondering if you might have any helpful tips for first-time, out-of-town float riders? Also, any favorite costume shops you can recommend in or around the French Quarter?
38:31 - My husband and I will be returning with our son (9) in mid-October. Anything specific to that time of the year that is great for families that love to have fun?
41:55 - If you ever want to talk mirliton I’m happy to help.
42:33 - Have you interviewed Jalence Isles? She is the founder of Where Black NOLA Eats and a serious champion of black owned restaurants in the city.
45:40 - I am an alum of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and would love to know more about the Gentilly Neighborhood and how it have changed over the years.
47:01 - My daughter and I love New Orleans. She loves New Orleans so much that she is starting at Tulane as a freshman this year! She moves in August 15th. My husband has never been to New Orleans!! I’m looking for suggestions of things to do that will show him how awesome the city is - while simultaneously escaping the heat.
48:33 - What if you covered a topic that’s been done, like Mardi Gras - but from a different perspective? Have someone on from a krewe, and they can explain what it’s like, how to join (can we live out of state?), what it means to be a part of their krewe. Even a few different people from different krewes…
49:40 – What about someone like Mason Hereford from Turkey and the Wolf. His cookbook just came out (just and he recently competed on Iron Chef? Not just him but Isaac Toups too. They worked together for raising funds for Ukranian refugees.
51:33 - I think a great topic for a future show would be uniquely New Orleans charities and non-profits. Bridge House Grace House comes to mind and so many others would be great to highlight and celebrate. There is so much good being done in our city
53:04 - Perhaps you could interview someone from the Krewe of Red Beans about their community work.
53:54 - What are a couple food/drink, New Orleans History and Voodoo/Ghost tours you would recommend?
56:43 - I’ve heard that taking a ferry ride to Algiers and walking the bank is a good way to spend an hour or two seeing New Orleans from a different point of view, but I’ve also read that the ferry schedule can be inconsistent and somewhat unreliable to plan a day around. What are your thoughts?
58:53 - I am a big planner- planning is part of the fun for me, even if we don’t stick to all my plans. Many others, however, believe the best way to enjoy a few days in New Orleans is to go light on the planning and just let the trip happen on its own. What are your thoughts?
1:02:57 - Have you interviewed Sam Malvaney? He lives in the FQ and his home is called the Museum of Bad Taste.
1:03:20 - How did you start y
Fire at the Upstairs Lounge
NOTE: Today’s discussion involves some gruesome descriptions of what happened on the night of Sunday, June 24, 1973. You may wish to listen to this one when your little ones are not around.
On June 24, 1973 an arsonist set fire to a gay bar in New Orleans called the Up Stairs Lounge. Within moments fire engulfed the bar, and ultimately claimed the lives of 32 people. It was the largest massacre of LGBTQ individuals in the United States until the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016.
My guests today are Robert “Bobby” Fieseler, and Clayton Delery. Bobby authored a new book about the fire entitled, Tinderbox, the Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation.
Clayton Delery is a native of Metairie, LA just outside of New Orleans. Clayton’s 2015 book about the fire, The Upstairs Lounge Arson: 32 Deaths in a Gay Bar, was recognized by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with a Book of the Year Award.
Join us as we talk about the fire, about life in New Orleans during that time, and about the impact of the fire on New Orleans and its citizens in the 45 years since.
Resources Tinderbox, the Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation, by Robert Fieseler, is available on Amazon and at local bookstores, including Garden District Book Shop and Octavia Books. You can also follow Robert Fieseler on Twitter (@wordbobby).
The Upstairs Lounge Arson: 32 Deaths in a Gay Bar, by Clayton Delery is available on Amazon.
Johnny Townsend's book Let the Faggots Burn was the first book published about the Up Stairs Lounge fire. His book is a great source of information about the men (and women) who lost their lives in this tragedy. You can purchase Johnny's book at Amazon.
Robert Camina produced an award-winning and moving documentary about the fire called Upstairs Inferno. You can purchase it directly from his website.
Thank You I first learned about the Up Stairs Lounge massacre many years ago.
Its been on my list of topics for the Beyond Bourbon Street podcast since we launched in December 2016, but I hesitated to tackle it. I wanted to make sure I had the interview skills to do it justice. I also wanted to find the right person or people to talk to. Thanks to my friend James Tardie I connected with Robert, and through Robert, with Clayton.
Words cannot express how appreciative I am to Robert Fieseler and to Clayton Delery for opening up to me. While I understand they have books to promote, it is obvious how personal the story is to both of them. Our discussion was difficult, but I hope it conveys to you the listener at least a sense of the tragedy itself, as well as the times.
I am also hopeful by sharing this story, it helps us all be mindful of the work we still have to do in today's world to ensure everyone is treated as equals.
I also owe a word of thanks to John Price and the Old 77 Hotel. When John heard about this topic, he quickly offered a space for us to record. The Old 77 actively supports all members of our community, and I am honored to have them as a partner.
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Don’t be fooled by title, it’s not just for visitors to the city. This podcast is great for history buffs and travelers both. I binge when I’m painting. Glad I found it. Thanks for the great content.
I bought Mark’s book and follow him on Facebook, which lead me here! Great knowledge being shared which keeps me listening! Thank you!
A Podcast For Lovers Of New Orleans!
I’ve really enjoyed this podcast by Mark Bologna. I do want to say that it has changed some since 2020. I feel like it went from an informative podcast about the history and activities of New Orleans to a slightly liberal point of view. I try to overlook it for the most part. But it’s very obvious from time to time that there is some wokeism in it. Which is not something we want to get from a podcast. We get enough of that from tv.