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Tastes & Tales with Chef John Currence

The Idea Village

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CST)

Tastes & Tales with Chef John Currence

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Keynote (6:15-7:30PM)
Doors open at 6:00PM for the Keynote. Open seating.
Ended Free $0.00
VIP Cocktail Reception & Keynote (5:00-7:30PM)
Includes a copy of John Currence's latest book "Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey", access to the VIP Reception with specialty cocktails from the Big Bad Chef's new book, and priority seating for the Keynote following the VIP Reception.
Ended $60.00 $4.29

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Tastes & Tales with John Currence



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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 | Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street, New Orleans)

VIP Cocktail Reception (paid): 5:00-6:00PM

Includes a copy of John Currence's latest book "Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey", access to the VIP Reception with specialty cocktails from the Big Bad Chef's new book, and priority seating for the keynote following the VIP Reception.  

Keynote: 6:15-7:30PM 

Doors open at 6:00PM. Open seating.  

Meet John Currence

John Currence was born and raised in New Orleans to a family that loved to cook and spend time in the kitchen. His parents’ travels during his childhood, combined with the family’s several years in Europe, brought the dishes of the world to their dinner table, while time spent hunting and fishing in South Louisiana began the education in the foods of his home.

Currence’s first restaurant job was washing dishes at Bill Neal’s Crook’s Corner. He worked his way up through the Crook’s kitchen, and after three years, returned to New Orleans to open Gautreau’s as sous chef. After several years, Currence moved on to the Brennan family of restaurants to help open Bacco before settling in Oxford, MS, and opening City Grocery in 1992. In the time since, the City Grocery Restaurant Group has seen a number of openings, including Nacho Mama’s, Kalo’s, Ajax Diner, City Grocery Catering Company, Bouré, Big Bad Breakfast and Snackbar.

Recipient of 2009 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South, Currence was honored as Restaurateur Of The Year and Chef Of The Year by the Mississippi Restaurant Association in 1998. In 2006, he received the Southern Foodways Alliance Guardian of Tradition Award and won the 2008 Great American Seafood Cookoff in New Orleans and the 2009 Charleston Food and Wine Festival’s Iron Chef Challenge.

Currence competed on Bravo’s season three of Top Chef Masters in spring 2011, and is currently working on the Adventures of The Big Bad Chef video series, trips through the lesser known food spots of the Deep South. His first cookbook: Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some, will be released on October 1, 2013. Currence resides in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife Bess and baby girl, Mamie.

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When & Where

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CST)

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The Idea Village

Founded in 2000, The Idea Village is an independent, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to identify, support, and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. The Idea Village is a globally recognized leader of entrepreneurship by catalyzing an entrepreneurial ecosystem that has provided direct support to over 3,000 New Orleans entrepreneurs by engaging over 2,400 professionals to allocate 72,295 consulting hours and $3.45 million in seed capital. Collectively, this portfolio generates over $100 million in annual revenue and has created over 2,000 jobs for our community. www.ideavillage.org

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