192 episodes

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!

Beyond Bourbon Street, an Insider's Guide to New Orleans Mark Bologna

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 829 Ratings

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!

    The Dew Drop Inn

    The Dew Drop Inn

    Honoring Musical Legends: Curtis Doucette and the Restoration of the Dew Drop Inn
    Does the story of a forgotten cultural landmark, at the crossroads of history and music, resonate with you?

    Preservationist developer Curtis Doucette breathes life into the historic Dew Drop Inn, fighting to restore its musical legacy and create a space that honors the past while embracing a diverse future.

    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Unearth the transformative journey of the Dew Drop Inn and its rebirth in New Orleans. Gain insights into how the Dew Drop Inn shaped the civil rights movement. Learn how the restoration project is empowering small, disadvantaged businesses. Appreciate the dedicated efforts to preserve the pulsating cultural and musical heritage of New Orleans. Discover how the Dew Drop Inn will serve as an interactive history hub for visitors.
    "Our goal with the Dew Drop Inn project is to restore it to its former glory and be as close to what it used to be as possible." - Curtis Doucette

    • 30 min
    Questions and Answers about New Orleans

    Questions and Answers about New Orleans

    Questions and Answers about New Orleans
    In this episode, Mark is enjoyed by guest Chris Masrhsall. Together, they answer listener questions about New Orleans.

    05:05 - Top 5 Restaurants in Bywater/French Quarter or walking distance?
    07:50 - Advance ticket sales for New Orleans Museum of Art?
    09:25 - Connection between New Orleans and French Wine?
    12:15 - Where do you beat the heat in CBD/Marigny for a drink or bite to eat?
    14:05 - Do you see New Orleans population growing dramatically?
    18:00 - Ways to help the Unhoused population
    21:35 - Bars/restaurants in Lakefront area?
    25:55 - Celebrating 25th anniversary in NOLA what 2 restaurants should they choose?
    29:10 - Sailing Clubs on Lake Ponchartrain
    30:40 - A 2nd Edition of the BBS Book?
    31:50 - Growth of Vietnamese influence in New Orleans food
    35:30 - Restaurants/Bars that locals avoid still worth a visit?
    39:30 - Mark hosting a Book Club?
    41:00 - New Orleans Thanksgiving plans
    41:30 - Taking kids on adventures outside of New Orleans
    44:45 - Any breweries that serve cocktails as well?
    47:50 - Safety in the French Quarter
    50:50 - How to Be a “good tourist” in New Orleans
    53:40 - Streetcar episode?
    54:10 - Historic ships to tour?
    54:50 - What is the best seafood restaurant not fried in the French Quarter?
    56:10 - Asian Market in New Orleans?
    57:30 - What can ages 18-20 do when traveling to New Orleans?
    1:00:10 - Lingua Madre

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Hubig's Pies

    Hubig's Pies

    Piecing It Back Together: Drew and Kathleen Ramsey's Unwavering Dedication to Rebuilding Hubig's Pies
    Discover the incredible story of Drew and Kathleen Ramsey as they face unimaginable challenges in their mission to revive Hubig's Pies. From surviving Hurricane Katrina to rebuilding after a devastating fire, their determination and resilience will inspire you. But will they be able to overcome their latest obstacle and bring back the iconic dessert? Find out in this gripping podcast episode.

    "We didn't know what we didn't know. It was a complete loss, but we salvaged what we could and rebuilt from scratch. We put in the time and effort because we wanted to preserve the legacy of our pies and the relationships we've built with our community, suppliers, and customers". - Kathleen Ramsey

    In this episode, you will be able to:
    Experience the raw, real journey of reconstruction following a devastating disaster. Delve into the hidden adversities of weathering Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing recovery. Investigate the ripple effect ignited by one event – a fire – on an entire community, mirrored by the story Hubig's Pies. Observe the determination and commitment demonstrated by the Ramsey's story to restore a nostalgic treat.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Draining New Orleans

    Draining New Orleans

    Draining New Orleans, with Richard Campanella
    Discover the hidden tale of New Orleans' battle against water, where an unexpected twist shaped the city's destiny. Journey alongside Richard Campanella as he unravels the secrets of its transformative drainage system, revealing a startling revelation.

    Brace yourself for a revelation that challenges everything we thought we knew about this historic city. This captivating exploration will leave you questioning the past, present, and future of New Orleans' water management.

    Geography and Topography's Influence

    The influential role of topography and geography on drainage strategies in New Orleans was a significant point of discussion. Being positioned below sea level, the city has had to innovate and overcome floods and water management difficulties over time. Accordingly, the understanding and effective handling of the city's unique geographical context is vital for combating current and future water-related issues.

    Economic and Public Health Motivations

    Behind the establishment and progression of New Orleans' drainage systems were economic interests and pronounced public health concerns. Disease outbreaks such as the 1878 epidemic and the resulting public health crisis brought to the fore the need for an effective drainage system. In modern times, ensuring efficiency in water management is equally important for supporting the city's infrastructure and maintaining the health and safety of its residents.

    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Discover the fascinating journey of New Orleans' evolution through its innovative drainage system. Understand how geography and topography have significantly influenced this city's unique drainage design. Listen to the compelling economic and public health motivations behind the efforts to improve New Orleans' drainage systems. Gain insights into how the principle of path dependency influenced the city's decisions regarding its drainage systems. Explore the main challenges and victories of New Orleans' in managing their water systems effectively. Trace the intriguing history and development of the drainage systems in New Orleans. Uncover the remarkable impact of the city's geology on its drainage strategies. Appreciate the decisive role of economic and health factors in the city's quest to improve its drainage networks. Learn about the city's triumphs and troubles in tackling its water management needs.
    "Let's embrace the path of progress and make the necessary investments in drainage to ensure a better future for generations to come." - Richard Campanella

    • 47 min
    Raising a Family in New Orleans: Jan Bologna's Unique Perspective

    Raising a Family in New Orleans: Jan Bologna's Unique Perspective

    Jan Bologna, a lifelong New Orleans resident, reflects on the city's growth and changes while sharing her love for the unique culture, discussing the challenges of raising a family, and revealing her favorite local experiences in this captivating episode of Beyond Bourbon Street.

    In this episode host Mark Bologna interviews his mother, Jan Bologna, who shares her experiences and insights growing up in New Orleans and raising a family there.

    Jan discusses various topics such as the changes in the education system after Hurricane Katrina, the positive developments in the city, the influence of her family's French and Italian cultures on her cooking, and her favorite New Orleans restaurants and cultural experiences.

    Jan's personal perspective offers a unique insight into the growth and changes in New Orleans over the years. She expresses her love for the city and shares her favorite moments and traditions that make it special.

    Her reflections on education, culture, and culinary influences paint a vivid picture of the city's evolution and provide valuable insights for listeners. If you are interested in hearing firsthand experiences from someone who has lived and thrived in New Orleans, this episode is a must-listen.

    Jan's passion for the city and her deep connection to its history and culture shine through in her stories and anecdotes. From the challenges of running a restaurant to the joys of Mardi Gras, this conversation promises a fascinating glimpse into life in the vibrant city of New Orleans.

    "Childhood was a lot less encumbered by all the outside things...we had to invent our own toys, our own games. Kids today sometimes miss out on that." - Jan Bologna

    About Hurricane Katrina "We survived it because we learned in the midst of that...we had each other. That was an immense difference." - Jan Bologna


    • 1 hr 12 min
    From the Pitch: Ian McNulty on the Surging Popularity of Rugby in New Orleans

    From the Pitch: Ian McNulty on the Surging Popularity of Rugby in New Orleans

    In this episode, you will be able to:

    Immerse yourself in the vibrant rugby culture growing in New Orleans, and find out why it's quickly turning heads.
    Unveil the links and disparities between rugby and its American counterpart, football, from strategy to spirit.
    Dive into the historical ties between rugby and American football that have shaped their evolutions.
    Discover how inclusivity and community are integral to the expanding prevalence of rugby in New Orleans.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
829 Ratings

829 Ratings

AshCapsho ,

Wonderful podcast

This podcast shows off New Orleans in an absorbing and authentic manner, bringing the unique vibrancy of the city right to your ears. The cultural insights and lesser-known local facts makes this such a delight to listen to. - Ash & The Capsho Team

RayL83 ,

Great Podcast!

Home from my second Jazz Fest and I can finally say, “I know what it means to miss New Orleans.” Thankfully my fiancée and I are going back in July for an extended stay(test run). This podcast is dishing all the goods! Can’t wait to be back, thanks for this Mark!

Deannaduke ,

There’s not anything better than this

This podcast is wonderful! It is a true tale of New Orleans and anyone coming to see us, whether a first time visit or a repeat one, there’s nothing better!
Mark is amazing! He loves our city and it’s so obvious!

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