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On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias we pay a visit to St. Roch Market, a food hall in the St. Roch area of New Orleans! We chat with four food vendors and the two folks who run the beverage program at the hall’s bar, The Mayhaw. We discuss some of the various food and drink options to be found there, what the mission of St. Roch Market is, and what a food hall of this type does and represents.

The NOLADrinks Show – St. Roch Market Food Hall – 2021Ep2 – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Sophie Burton and Benton Bourgeois of St. Roch Market and The Mayhaw.

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Sophie Burton and Benton Bourgeois of St. Roch Market and The Mayhaw.

We’re on-location on this installment of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias. We’re at St. Roch Market, a food hall that boasts a dozen food vendors with varied cuisine, a craft cocktail bar, and to-go and delivery options.

First up, we chat with Sophie Burton and Benton Bourgeois who work with the overall market as well as running the bar, The Mayhaw. We discuss the market, its story, and how it works. This includes a conversation on the entrepreneurial and support components the market provides to its food vendors. Many of whom use the opportunity to start their own brick-and-mortar establishments, food trucks, or go off in a completely different direction.

Also, we talk about the terrific diversity of food available in the market. Cuisine ranges from BBQ to Burmese and much more! We chat with four food vendors about their operations, their cuisine, and what it’s like being a part of the market.

The NOLADrinks Show – St. Roch Market Food Hall – 2021Ep2 – Shots of the terrific food and drink we sampled and discussed on the show. Got your taste buds fired up now?

Pictured above – Shots of the terrific food and drink we sampled and discussed on the show. Got your taste buds fired up now?

They include Charly Pierre of Fritai (Haitian), Shannon Bingham of Emmylou’s (BBQ), Kellen Poindexter of Poindexter’s (Deli), and Alex Regules of Laksa NOLA (Burmese and Malaysian). In these short interviews – most of the time it’s a one-person operation at their stall and we didn’t want to keep hungry guests waiting! – we touch on their respective backgrounds and why they cook what they do.

The NOLADrinks Show – St. Roch Market Food Hall – 2021Ep2 – Charly Pierre of Fritai.

Pictured above – Charly Pierre of Fritai.

The NOLADrinks Show – St. Roch Market Food Hall – 2021Ep2 – Kellen Poindexter of Poindexter’s Deli.

Pictured above – Kellen Poindexter of Poindexter’s Deli.

The NOLADrinks Show – St. Roch Market Food Hall – 2021Ep2 – Benton Bourgeois of The Mayhaw.

Pictured above – Benton Bourgeois of The Mayhaw.

What’s great food without great drinks? Sophie and Benton let us know about the drink program at The Mayhaw bar, as well.

We talk about what we taste with our guests (thanks to them for serving us up with some delicious food and drink!) as we go. Of course, we let you know when and how you can visit the market. As an added note, we want to be sure to let you know they are making great efforts to keep guests, vendors, and employees safe from covid.

The NOLADrinks Show – St. Roch Market Food Hall – 2021Ep2 – Alex Regules of Laksa NOLA.

Pictured above – Alex Regules of Laksa NOLA.

The NOLADrinks Show – St. Roch Market Food Hall – 2021Ep2 – Shannon Bingham (getting warmed up for the interview!) of Emmylou’s.

Pictured above – Shannon Bingham (getting warmed up for the interview!) of Emmylou’s.

The map below shows the location of St. Roch Market. You can subscribe to, stream, and download The NOLADrinks Show podcast using the links and player at the top of the post.

Cheers and Be Well, You All!

~ Bryan