The ORIGINAL, not the head banger


by Tom Fitzmorris

Long before the Voodoo Festival in City Park took over the Halloween weekend (as it will this weekend), the Faubourg St John Neighborhood Association held its annual fundraising party–also Halloween weekend, also with a voodoo theme, also near City Park. Instead of loud music, however, the theme is food. (Although there’s music, too.) The location is right: The Pitot House, one of the city’s oldest houses, on Bayou St. John in the bend across from City Park. It was the home of James Pitot, the first mayor of New Orleans.

The party starts at eight-thirty tonight (Saturday, October 27) and goes until midnight, with all the essential makings of a fun evening: live music, open bar, and food. What food? From these esteemed culinarians, most of which are from the neighborhood:

Café Degas
Santa Fe
Fellini’s Café
Commander’s Palace
Deutsches Haus
Aunt Sally’s
Little Tokyo

The tickets are available in advance for $50 online ( or at these merchants:

Terranova Supermarket, 3308 Esplanade Ave
Swirl Wine, 3143 Ponce de Leon
Cork & Bottle, 3700 Orleans Avenue

Tickets are also at the door for $60. The money goes toward the continuing improvement of that historic neighborhood and the Pitot House itself, which is a real gem. Its projects include the ReBridge Project, Desmare Playground, and the Bayou Children’s Halloween event.