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Chelsea Brasted
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Solar panel program could power New Orleans in next big hurricane

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Feed the Second Line wants to install solar panels on 300 local restaurants. Photo: Katie Sikora,/Courtesy of Feed the Second Line

It started in darkness. In the weeks after Hurricane Ida as New Orleans struggled to get reconnected to the electric grid, one local nonprofit came up with an idea to hopefully solve multiple problems all at once: Install solar panels and battery backups in local restaurants.

Driving the news: Since Feed the Second Line developed the project, which it dubbed “Get Lit, Stay Lit,” it has installed solar panels on three restaurants, with five more coming soon.

What to expect at New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

A woman sips a glass of red wine. She's wearing purple sunglasses bedazzled with purple, good and green jewels, and wearing a sequin headband with an ostrich feather.

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience includes many wine tastings. Photo courtesy of NOWFE.

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience kicks off Wednesday night, marking 31 years of wine tasting, special dinners and more.

Why it matters: With hundreds of restaurants, winemakers and chefs participating, NOWFE serves up a smorgasbord for the discerning diner.

No James Beard Awards for New Orleans restaurants this year

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Angelo Brocato has been open in New Orleans since 1905. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

New Orleans left empty-handed from Monday's James Beard Awards ceremony celebrating the best chefs and restaurants in the country.

State of play: We started out with 12 semifinalists representing NOLA, which was whittled down to three finalists: chef Ana Castro of Lengua Madre, the long-standing Angelo Brocato bakery and Serigne Mbaye of Dakar NOLA.

6 essential snoball stands in New Orleans

Hansen's Sno-Bliz is celebrating 84 years this year. Photo: Matt Jones/Courtesy of Hansen’s

If my New Orleans summer had a flavor, it would probably be the sweetness of a cherry snoball, so red it stains your lips and that starts melting immediately upon reception.

  • Just me? I doubt it.

Try the 3 New Orleans spots on Esquire's best bars list

The Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons New Orleans. Photo: Christian Horan/Courtesy of Four Seasons

The Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons New Orleans. Photo: Christian Horan/Courtesy of Four Seasons

New Orleans landed three spots on Esquire's annual Best Bars in America list, published Thursday.

  • Only San Francisco and New York have more, with five.

New steakhouse with $400 gold-coated steaks to open in New Orleans

24-karat gold leaf wraps the steaks at Gaia. Photo: Courtesy of Gaia Steakhouse

A "new age" steakhouse will open on St. Charles Avenue this July.

What to expect: Gaia Steakhouse's atmosphere will be over the top with 24-karat gold atop steaks cut tableside, luxe finishes and "world-class" DJs.

4 best rooftop bars in New Orleans

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Rosie’s on the Roof. Photo: Courtesy of Rosie's on the Roof/Higgins Hotel

There’s something inherently swanky about a rooftop bar, and these four options in New Orleans embody that vibe.

  • Whether you’re looking for a place to grab a quick pre-dinner cocktail or planning to while away an evening watching the sunset, we have you covered.

6 best ways to eat shrimp in New Orleans

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Shrimp and grits at Patois in New Orleans. Photo: Sean Gardner/Washington Post via Getty

We live in the best city in the world to eat shrimp, so we rounded up New Orleans' iconic shrimp dishes with the help of Axios New Orleans readers.

  • What's your favorite?
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