In April, while waiting at JFK for our flight to New Orleans for Jazz Festival, I happened upon the NY Times Magazine piece on the recently revived St. Roch Marketplace. Several European-style food halls and marketplaces have sprung up in US cities, including Seattle, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. This is good news for local food growers, farmers, and makers. And for all of us who love food.
St. Roch has a particularly rich and interesting history in New Orleans. The original building, a fish market that was something of an institution in the neighborhood, was destroyed by Katrina.
I immediately added a visit to our already-packed New Orleans itinerary, and it didn't disappoint. We arrived early Sunday morning, camp chairs in tow for Jazz Festival, and breakfasted on thick slabs of toast with strawberry jam, crepes and one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten -- a "leftover" cold fried chicken sandwich, pressed to perfection. It's open throughout the day into the evening, offering cocktails, oysters, and dinner. And several vendors, including a fishmonger and produce seller, offer beautiful fresh foods to prepare at home.
Here's a link to the NY Times piece: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/09/st-roch-market-new-orleans-food-hall/?_r=0