Lunch At Casamento's!
In 1919, Joe Casamento, a hardworking Italian immigrant, blended Italian tradition and Louisiana seafood to create Casamento's Restaurant, located at 4330 Magazine Street, near Napoleon Avenue in the 12th Ward of New Orleans.
It was the Saturday before Mardi Gras and the Krewe of Iris parade had just passed Marengo Street and St. Charles Avenue. Beads and doubloons in tow, we headed to Casamento's. Lunch started with dozens of raw oysters and eventually trout sandwiches served on Casamento's unique pan bread, soft shell crabs, seafood gumbo, and an order of meatballs for lagniappe. The thick, dark chicory coffee was made in an ancient, battered drip coffee maker and served with steamed milk.
Twelve more parades would march through the neighborhood before Mardi Gras was over.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
original 14" by 22", colored pencil on paper
Border Detail from the children's novel "Tales of the Louisiana Moon"