I’ve got Mardi Gras on the brain.
Maybe it is because I’m heading to New Orleans this weekend, or maybe it is because dressing up like a moron, eating delicious Cajun food, and day-drinking are a few of my favorite things. Whatever the reason, Mardi Gras is nearly upon us, and I thought I would share some of the Fat Tuesday inspired events happening around Atlanta, for those of you who won’t be able to head to Louisiana for the real thing.
These are just a few of the Mardi Gras parties coming up, so if you know of any other good ones, let me know!
I’m attending at least one of these events, though I can’t show favoritism and say which one. Just look for the guy dressed like an idiot with a hurricane stain on his shirt.
Parish Food and Goods – Inman Park
3rd Annual Mardi Gras Celebration
Enjoy live music by Charlie Wooten and Zydefunk as well as authentic New Orleans staples from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket cost is $40 and includes all you can eat crawfish, red beans and rice, house made king cake, and all you can drink Abita beer. There will also be additional cash bar items such as oysters, Whynatte shots, “Mardi Gras Lemonade”, and Bloody Mary’s. Book your tickets in advance, with a reservation and receive $5 off the ticket price. 11 a.m.- 4p.m., Saturday, March 5th. 240 N. Highland Ave., Inman Park. 404-681-4434, www.parishatl.com. $35 in advance, $40 at the gate.
Front Page News – Little 5 Points
4th Annual L5P Mardi Gras Music and Food Festival
Front Page news will host its 4th annual Mardi Gras party this Saturday, Feb. 26th. Festivities begin at noon at include seven different musical acts, including Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharoh Gummit, as well as a wide selection of New Orleans style food and drink specials. If you love oysters and want to test your mettle, try your hand at the oyster eating contest. Proceeds benefit the Tipitina’s Foundation. Noon – 9 p.m. (Outside), 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Inside), Feb 26th. 351 A Moreland Ave., Little 5 Points. 404-475-7777, www.l5pmardigras.com. General Admission: $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, VIP: $50 in advance, $75 at the gate.
Rosebud – Va. Highland
Fat Saturday Mardi Gras Brunch
From 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th, Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud will transform their regular brunch menu into an homage to Fat Tuesday. The special menu includes crawfish and andouille sausage crepes, crispy alligator tails, buttermilk fried oysters Sardou, and fried Krispy Kreme doughnut bread pudding. Traditional Mardi Gras drinks, such as the classic hurricane served in a yard glass, will be available as well. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. March 5th. 1397 N. Highland Ave., Virginia Highland. 404-347-9747, www.rosebudatlanta.com. $-$$
Serpas True Food
On Tuesday, March 8, Serpas True Food will bring Fat Tuesday to Atlanta with Mardi Gras themed food, drinks and décor. Executive Chef and Owner Scott Serpas, a New Orleans native, will serve a menu including Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Pie, Red Beans & Rice and Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, all priced at $10 each. Diners will conclude their Mardi Gras feasts with King Cake, a special addition to the dessert menu. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., March 8th. 404-688-0040, www.serpasrestaurant.com. $-$$
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog
- Jon Watson writes about Popular Eats for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Live To Feast