On the eve of St. Joseph’s Day, the Crescent City Farmers Market community will celebrate the patron saint of workers, families and social justice with a locavore St. Joseph’s Day altar at Bittersweet Confections (725 Magazine St) from 3-6pm. Domenica Restaurant will provide the traditional dish served at St. Joseph’s Day altars, Pasta Milanese, Italian wines will be offered, and Transportation Revolution will provide eye candy in the form of Italian scooters and motorcycles. Visionary philanthropist and agronomist Oran B. Hesterman of the Fair food Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will sign copies of his new book, Fair food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, which will be available for purchase at the event through Octavia Books.
Tickets to the event are $30 in advance and may be purchased online at crescentcityfarmersmarket.org or at any Crescent City Farmers Market location, or $35 at the door. Ticket price includes Pasta Milanese and 2 drinks; free for children under 12. All proceeds will benefit the Crescent City Farmers Market’s community programming. WWNO 89.9FM's "Louisiana Eats!" is a media sponsor.
The locavore St. Joseph’s Day altar will feature the delicious work of local bakers and CCFM vendors Kathleen Cooper of Forte Grove, Lisa Barbato of Rivista, Suzie Banck of Windfield Farm Bakery, and former CCFM vendor Cheryl Scripter of Bittersweet Confections, as well as the fruits of other CCFM vendors’ labor. Attendees will receive a city-wide listing of St. Joseph’s Day altars to visit on his actual feast day, Monday, March 19. The tradition of building altars stacked high with breads and cakes (often in the shapes of Christian symbols) to honor St. Joseph on his feast day dates back to the Middle Ages when Sicilians sought to thank St. Joseph for saving them from famine. The tradition was brought to New Orleans by Sicilian immigrants and lives on today. "At the Crescent City Farmers Market, we work to ensure dignity for the painstaking work of local farmers and fishers, and food security for families through a variety of community programs," says marketumbrella.org Director of Markets Emery Van Hook. "We also work to preserve our region's agricultural and culinary heritage, so carrying on this centuries-old tradition of honoring St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers, families and social justice, with a gorgeous display of locally baked, grown and caught foods seems well-aligned with our mission," she adds. Also in line with tradition, attendees will receive a dried fava (or lucky) bean. Fava beans, a favorite local crop seasonally available at the Crescent City Farmers Market, are largely credited with providing nutritious sustenance for Sicilians in a time of severe famine.
Location: Street: Bittersweet Confections Additional: 725 Magazine St. (near Girod St.) City: New Orleans, Province: Louisiana Postal Code: 70130 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)