Is it possible that the fastest way to neighborhood revitalization in New Orleans is through the stomach? That seems to be the story these days along the Freret Street commercial corridor, a historic but long-neglected and under-loved shopping district that has blossomed into the city's newest restaurant row.
New Orleans, La. – Each year, as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina comes around, I think about the transformational power of the very early months of the recovery, when everything seemed to be at stake, teetering on the brink of individual decisions. I think especially of the way the actions of a few could inspire so many, and how often that inspiration happened around a kitchen or in a dining room.